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Abe leaves for Pyeongchang for talks with Moon, Olympics ceremony

AP's commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. The visual was important, a United States official said . "At any moment, he could have gotten up and left and sat somewhere else, and then you would have had the image of North sitting in the box with South Korea and Japan", the official added. Read More »

Trump blocks release of Democrats' counter-memo


In a letter to the House Intelligence Committee, White House counsel Donald McGahn wrote that the Justice Department had identified portions of the Democrats' memo that it believed "would create especially significant concerns for the national security and law enforcement interests" if disclosed. Read More »

Borussia Dortmund, Germany star Marco Reus back after 259 days out


Dortmund were also handed a huge boost as Marco Reus made his first appearance of the season as the German giants moved up to third in the Bundesliga with a win over Hamburg. Three goals in eight second-half minutes proved decisive as Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Cologne 4-2. Bayern Munich are 18 points clear at the top of the table after beating Schalke 2-1. Read More »

North Korea invites South Korean president to visit


Moon and Kim Yong Nam planned to return to the Games venue to watch the joint Korean women's ice hockey team - the first ever combined team at the Olympics - take on Switzerland, the Blue House said . The vice president was asked about the possibility of U.S. Pence avoided public criticism of Moon, congratulating South Korea on hosting the Olympics but privately, officials said, he expressed concern about Moon's more conciliatory tone toward North Korea. Read More »

Gerry Adams says a united Ireland "has to be worked for"


Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald will officially replace Mr Adams at a special party conference in the RDS in Dublin this afternoon (Saturday). The move ushers in a generational shift in Northern Irish politics. Reflecting upon the thousands of people killed and injured during the Troubles, he said it was something he regrets. Mrs O'Neill was elected to the devolved Assembly in 2007 following the restoration of powersharing after years of back-room work for former assembly member ... Read More »

USA government shuts down for second time in three weeks


But he also wasn't interested in keeping the government open for a "reckless" spending deal that busts the budget caps. But then, they should realize the need for 60 votes in the Senate means that they need to work with Democrats , i.e. The conservative House Freedom Caucus, a group of 30-some Republicans, including Biggs and Jordan, said it does not support the deal. McConnell and Schumer said the deal was the product of extensive negotiations between both parties and the White ... Read More »

South Korean president meets North Korean delegation


Kim Yo-jong, in fact, was seated nearly directly behind the USA vice president. Moon promotes the Olympics as the "Peace Games" and hopes to use North Korea's participation as a springboard to better relations between the estranged neighbors - and perhaps to broader denuclearization talks. Read More »

Philippines to ask airlines to bring Filipinos home after Kuwait deaths


Ejercito also urged the Philippine government to review policies concerning the deployment of OFWs since Kuwait "has not yet signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) created to protect Filipino migrant workers" in their country. "Do not give us back a battered worker or a mutilated corpse". Senator Cynthia Villar, who also advocates the protection of OFWs and their rights, said it is only fitting to halt the deployment of Filipinos in "countries where they will only be abused". Read More »

Congress expected to vote on budget to avert government shutdown


Congress passed a bipartisan budget plan in the early hours on Friday, ending a government shutdown that lasted just a few hours. If the plan is passed in the House of Representatives and signed by the president in the next few hours, the shutdown could be rescinded before the USA working day begins on Friday. Read More »

South Korea's Moon hosts talks with North Korean leader's sister

But folks were stunned when they thought they also saw North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump. Vice President Mike Pence's tour, which was meant in part to counter the North's outreach to Seoul, has taken a back seat to the highly anticipated meetings between senior North Korean officials and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Read More »

Egypt conducts massive operation against militants in Sinai


Since the Egyptian military ousted President Mohammad Morsi in 2013, militants have been increasingly targeting security forces around Mount Sinai. A military spokesman said the operation would cover large parts of Sinai, but also parts of the Nile delta and the Western Desert, where other militants have waged attacks, some believed to be staged out of neighbouring Libya. Read More »

Turkey Resumes Afrin Operation In Northern Syria


The overnight attack, which a US military official earlier said killed about 100 of the attackers, added another layer to the Syrian conflict that is once again plunging into a new and unpredictable spiral of violence. "One is that we don't get approvals to actually go but even if we got approvals, there just is too much fighting going on", he said, pointing to hostilities in Idlib, Eastern Ghouta, and Afrin. Read More »

Read the White House letter denying release of Democratic memo


In addition to alleging abuse of FISA warrants by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the memo produced by Nunes and declassified earlier this month also said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had approved of at least one FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on Page, which left questions about whether Trump would fire Rosenstein. Read More »

Ryan calls Pelosi's eight-hour speech 'impressive'


Instead, she took advantage of the magic-minute rule that allows the majority leaders of each party and the speaker to talk as long as they'd like. Still, Pelosi indicated she wouldn't be formally whipping her members against the bill Thursday morning. Read More »

22 dead in regime air strikes on Syria enclave


The Turkish officials said the two also agreed that efforts to create "observation posts " in Syria's Idlib province as part of a de-escalation agreement among Turkey, Russia and Iran should gain momentum. advisers in Deir el-Zour province by 500 fighters. This is the second time in three months this base has been attacked by the Israelis, and once again came without any formal explanation. Read More »

What's in the budget deal congressional leaders struck? Here's a rundown


But Pelosi's critics have charged that, without following the speech with a strong whip effort against the budget deal , her feat of endurance amounts to little more than empty theater. Pelosi said she wants House Speaker Paul Ryan to guarantee a vote on an immigration package on the House floor , similar to what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would do for the Senate. Read More »

Trump responds to article on USA intel operation: 'Drain the swamp'


The payment, the report writes, was meant to be part of a $1 million payout to the Russian seller who claimed access to a wide-ranging collection of secrets including information on the stolen cyberweapons and material on Trump, which he said included a 2013 video of Trump with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room. Read More »

Pence bashes North Korea's military parade, endorses Trump's parade


An inter-Korean summit would be the third of its kind, after Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il met the South's Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun in 2000 and 2007 respectively, both of them in Pyongyang. North Korea conducted its largest nuclear test previous year and said it had developed a missile capable of carrying a warhead to the United States. Read More »

Samsung 'DeX Pad' leaked ahead of the Galaxy S9 official launch


The Exynos variant is expected to be better, although, no such leak for the Exynos variants yet. The device is packed with 6GB of RAM. So it seems possible that the results are for the Galaxy S9 . Of course, you'd also need a mouse to interact with the UI, but with DeX Pad , your phone will act as the touchpad, allowing you to eliminate the need for a mouse. Read More »

S Korea's Moon and North's ceremonial head of state to attend

US Vice President Mike Pence also attended the opening ceremony but had no contact with the North Korean delegation. North Korea's military generals, high-ranking officials and even members of the ruling Kim family are subject to periodic purges under the rule of leader Kim Jong Un . Read More »

Moon, Guterres say PyeongChang Olympics will mark start of global peace

Speaking to NBC's "Nightly News" on Thursday, the vice president continued to stress that the United States would protect itself from North Korean nuclear threats by taking whatever "action is necessary to defend our homeland". Past "charm offensives" have been interpreted as North Korea trying to recoup from crippling sanctions on their nuclear program, or trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its US ally. Read More »

Cavs, Jazz, Kings Complete 3-Team Deal Involving Hood, Crowder, Others


He also says there is mutual interest in that happening. - Traded Thomas, Channing Frye , and a No. 1 pick to the Lakers for Clarkson and Nance. Cavs star James is expected to become a free agent this season , but did not reportedly make a commitment to stay in Cleveland before the Thomas trade went down. Read More »

Winter Olympics on Saturday


Meanwhile, the two Koreas marched together and South Korea's President shared a historic handshake with Kim Jong Un's sister as the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opened in a spirit of intense rapprochement on Friday. The United States filed in with the countries that begin with the letter "M" because America in Korean is "Migug". In January 1968, Kim Yo Jong's grandfather, founding North Korean president Kim Il Sung, sent a squad of North Korean commandos to Seoul who tried unsuccessfully ... Read More »

Narendra Modi will become first Prime Minister to visit Palestine


Not only was his visit the first by an Indian prime minister to since its creation in 1948, it clearly de-linked Palestine from 's equations with the Jewish state even while elevating 's ties with to a "strategic partnership". After that he reached Ramallah of Palestine today. Modi held discussions with President Mahmoud Abbas over a working lunch. The two parties will also sign a number of bilateral agreements aimed at strengthening the bonds of friendship between the Palestinian and ... Read More »

Hong Kong bus overturns, killing at least 19 people


Another 47 people were injured and taken to hospitals, including 19 in serious condition, the Hospital Authority said. Multiple passengers interviewed by the TVB and Cable TV news channels said the bus was moving at a high rate of speed when the accident happened. Read More »

PM Modi conferred 'Grand Collar of the State of Palestine'


India had voted in the UN General Assembly in December a year ago against US President Donald Trump's unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Modi, who is on a three-nation tour, reached Palestine on Saturday. One has to remember that this trip of Modi comes within the confusion that US President Donald Trump has created by unilaterally declaring that US would be shifting its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, acknowledging the disputed city as Israel's capital. Read More »

All-round Australia sweep into tri-series final


Both sides will be searching for their first win of the series . Toss: David Warner , the Australian captain, won the toss and opted to bowl against England in the third Twenty20 global of the tri-series, with New Zealand as the other team, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on Saturday (February 10). Read More »

US Senate Votes to Fund Government; House Set to Vote


The US government has stumbled into a midnight shutdown as a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan, budget-busting spending deal, protesting the return of trillion-dollar deficits on the watch of Republicans controlling Washington . Read More »

Winter weather returns this weekend; it could include light ice


By this point in an average winter, D.C. should have seen over 10 inches, according to climate data maintained by the National Weather Service . Snow totals could be light, with most of the area picking up two inches or less. Less than an inch of new snow is possible today , forecasters said. Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 55. "Precipitation may become heavy at times during the morning commute on Wednesday ", said the NWS. Read More »

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president to visit him in Pyongyang


Every Olympics has its share of geopolitical back stories. "You are fired. Get out of here Korea", one protester, wearing a mask of U.S. President Donald Trump, shouted at a protester wearing a mask of Moon Jae-in. The vice-president's deliberate snub to the North Koreans - and, by extension, the host country - highlighted the deep divisions between Washington and Seoul on how to deal with Pyongyang. Read More »

Powerful Midwest storm grounds flights, closes schools


Just days after Winter Storm Liam led to frigid conditions and thousands of flight delays and cancellations, another snowstorm is making its way across North America . American, United and Southwest airlines warned travelers to expect more flight cancellations to and from Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Read More »