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Virginia, Villanova Among No. 1 Seeds in 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket Preview


If they Spartans win out to finish their regular season and then go on to win the Big Ten Tournament, they would improve their case to be a top-2 seed or better in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. "All those wins that those teams racked up in November still matter". With Selection Sunday exactly a month away, Duke may not have as much work to do as many expected to play its way into a top seed. Read More »

Turkish helicopter downed in Syria's Afrin - Erdogan

Turkey resumed on Friday airstrikes in northern Syria's Kurdish enclave of Afrin after a brief lull, killing and wounding several people, the military and Kurdish officials said. In addition to border security, the Turkish General Staff says Operation Olive Branch is meant to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty. Read More »

Turkish military helicopter shot down near Syria: President Erdogan

In a separate incident, two Turkish Armed Forces personnel were killed when an attack helicopter crashed in Syria's Afrin during the ongoing Operation Olive Branch on February 10, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said . The Afrin invasion aims to the prevent the YPG from establishing a statelet on Turkey's borders, which they fear could become a base for PKK attacks in Turkey. Read More »

White House Reneges On Trump's Promise To Release Democrats' Memo


The White House also released a letter sent to McGahn by FBI Director Christopher Wray and to Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, expressing concerns about the memo's release "in light of longstanding principles regarding the protection of intelligence sources and methods, ongoing investigations, and other similar sensitive information". Read More »

Man texts 'LOL' in group text as woman dies from overdose


Valera has been charged with rape, manslaughter and homicide by controlled substance. Brian Varela, 19, is alleged to have sexually assaulted Alyssa Mae Noceda , 18 when she passed out after the pair took drugs together. The suspect's roommate reportedly told police that he saw Noceda alive after 9 p.m. on Saturday night. The suspect reportedly claimed that he had put Noceda's body in a plastic box and planned to bury her. Read More »

Pence will use Olympics to push tougher stance on North Korea


Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, was at the opening ceremony with North Korea's nominal head of state, 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam. The first liberal president in a decade, Moon during his inauguration speech a year ago that he would be willing to visit Pyongyang and meet with Kim Jong Un if that helps solve the nuclear problem. Read More »

Paul Ryan says not to doubt his 'real commitment' to DACA


Without taking any restroom or meal breaks, and with only occasional sips of water as her voice became strained, Pelosi concluded her speech still standing at 6:11 p.m. So maybe it's time to get rid of it? While Pelosi held the floor for hours, it wasn't a filibuster. Whether you like President Trump or not, he is trying to do what's best for all of us. Read More »

SLFP backed by Mahinda Rajapaksa takes lead in local body elections


Full official results are expected to be released later today. In the first officially declared result coming from the Tamil-minority dominated north, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won the Manthai east local council in the Mullaitivu district with prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) coming second. Read More »

Turkish jets resume airstrikes over Syrian Kurdish enclave

The U.S. said Russian Federation must use its influence over Bashar al-Assad's forces to ensure Syria immediately allows United Nations aid to reach vulnerable civilians. Western powers have expressed alarm over the government's campaign against Eastern Ghouta, where 400,000 people have been besieged since 2013, facing severe food and medicine shortages. Read More »

Indian PM lays wreath on arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat's grave


Modi will be the first-ever prime minister to visit Palestine . India has consistently voted in favour of resolutions supporting the Palestinian cause at global forums, an issue that has bothered strategic partner Israel . Modi witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony which was live-streamed to the Dubai Opera House where the prime minister was interacting with the Indian community. Read More »

Narendra Modi launches project to build Abu Dhabi's firts Hindu stone temple


He thanked the Gulf countries - a home to almost 3.3 million strong Indian diaspora - for providing them "a home away from home". "UAE has respected our culture and it is our responsibility to uphold the principles of peace and tolerance". Before the address, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the BAPS Temple project via video conferencing. Earlier in the day, Modi paid tributes at the UAE war memorial Wahat Al Karama near Abu Dhabi . Read More »

Indian PM makes historic visit to Palestine


Further the Prime Minister said, "The visit will begin from Palestine, on 10 February after transiting through Jordan". This will be the first ever Prime Ministerial visit to Palestine from India. Talks between the two sides covered the Palestinian cause, and Jordan's role in protecting Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, based on the Hashemite custodianship over the holy shrines, Jordan's state-run Petra news agency reported. Read More »

Ligue 1: Confident PSG ready for Real Madrid - Emery


Real's big victory over Sociedad took them third above Valencia but they trail Barcelona by 16 points as they turn their attention to the defence of their Champions League title against Paris St Germain at the Bernabeu on Wednesday. Ronaldo then completed his hat-trick, pouncing to finish after Geronimo Rulli had spilled a shot from Bale, on as a substitute. "It's a very hard game, I am a Real Madrid ambassador and obviously I want them to win, but on the other hand I like PSG and ... Read More »

La Corea del Nord invita Moon a Pyongyang


Qualora venisse accettato, il summit di Pyongyang sarebbe il terzo del suo genere, dopo gli incontri tra il padre di Kim, Kim Jong Il , e i sudcoreani Kim Dae-jung e Roh Moo-Hyun nel 2000 e nel 2007, ogni volta a Pyongyang . "Noi non abbiamo mandato una delegazione di alto profilo in Corea del Sud per creare la possibilità di dialogo con gli americani, incontrandoli quando non hanno valore da essere umani". Read More »

Winter Olympics organizers confirm cyberattack, refuse to reveal source

President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un stopped bragging about their respective nuclear buttons and crashed the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang - but, alas, it was all fake news. Any summit between the two still-officially warring Koreas would be a coup for Moon, who has been pushing for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. Read More »

No disagreements with Russian Federation over Syria operation: Turkish FM


Turkey's President Erdogan has promised to sweep the militants from Turkey's southern border, a move that could put Turkish troops in confrontation with US forces on the ground in Syria. The mission, however, does not have a mandate to apportion blame for chemical attacks in Syria. European Union Affairs Minister Ömer Çelik criticized late Wednesday French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian over his remarks about Turkey's ongoing Operation Olive Branch launched against PKK / PYD / Daesh ... Read More »

Pence: 'No daylight' between U.S., allies on North Korea

US Vice-President Mike Pence has said his country and South Korea are in complete agreement on the need to maintain pressure on North Korea . The senior US official said Pence was not trying to avoid the North Korean officials but rather ignore them. Read More »

Second White House official resigns amid domestic violence accusations


Porter ", Rather noted. "What the president is saying when he is talking about due process, he's right in this way, we are a country of laws", Conway said on CNN's "State of the Union". "Before we were contacted by the media, we learned last night that there were allegations", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement Friday. Read More »

United Nations chief calls for immediate de-escalation in Syria


During retaliatory airstrikes later on Saturday, the Israeli jets came under heavy Syrian anti-aircraft fire. However, Israel and Syria have both signalled they are not seeking wider conflict and on Sunday their frontier was calm, though Netanyahu struck a defiant tone on Sunday in remarks to his cabinet broadcast by Israeli media. Read More »

Rabita Committee sacks Dr Farooq Sattar as MQMP convener


Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan's (MQM-P) convener Dr. Farooq Sattar on Saturday offered his party's coordination committee to draft a new mutually agreed upon list of four candidates for the upcoming Senate elections, vowing to visit the Bahadurabad stronghold of his intra-party rivals if his offer is accepted. Read More »

Russia, Turkey to enhance military coordination in Syria


Turkey resumed on Friday airstrikes in northern Syria's Kurdish enclave of Afrin after a brief lull, killing and wounding several people, the military and Kurdish officials said. Turkey considers the group a terrorist organization and an extension of an insurgency within its own borders that has fought for Kurdish autonomy for more than three decades. Read More »

VP Pence: US, South Korea, Japan Committed To Ending NK Threats


Pence , speaking to reporters abord Air Force Two after attending the opening ceremony of the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, said that he and President Moon Jae-in "continue to stand strong" and coordinate efforts against the North. When the Olympics are over and little sister goes back north, normal service likely will be resumed. "I feel incredibly honored to be here in Korea competing for the U.S. Read More »

Russian plane crashes near Moscow, killing 71 people: agencies


The An-148, Flight 6W703 of Saratov Airlines stopped transmitting signals about its whereabouts in the area of Argunovo village, where the crash presumably occurred. Eyewitnesses in Argunovo said they saw a burning plane falling from the sky. Sixty-five passengers and six crew were believed to be onboard. Russia's Emergencies Ministry has said it is urgently sending crews to the reported crash site. Read More »

Helicopter carrying at least 7 people crashes in Grand Canyon


Saturday on the Hualapai Nation near Quartermaster Canyon, Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley said. According to Xinhua, multiple agencies took part in the rescue and investigation. Additional information is not available. Winds in the Las Vegas valley picked up in the afternoon with gusts up to 45 miles per hour, but the cause of the crash is not immediately known. Read More »

S. Korean, DPRK athletes march together at Winter Olympics opening ceremony


South Korean officials have said Mr Moon was invited to Pyongyang to speak with Mr Kim during the talks and lunch that Mr Moon hosted at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Saturday. US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership traded insults as tensions rose. The invitation puts Mr Moon in a hard position as he had promised to engage with the North, but his U.S. Read More »

Star studded PAD MAN night!


I didn't have enough money, but now I can. Kumar has teamed up with his wife, Twinkle Khanna , to tell the true story of Arunachalam Muruganantham . Padman starring Akshay Kumar , Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte got off to a decent start at the Box Office owing to positive reviews by the critics. Read More »

CDC: US flu levels now rival 2009 swine flu


So what's happening? almost 3,000 people across the US died as a result of the flu in the first 20 days of 2018, according to the latest available data from the National Center for Health Statistics , and that number has likely risen. So far this season, 63 pediatric flu-related deaths have been reported, with the region comprised of Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida reporting 18 children dead - the most of any region in the ... Read More »

Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey


Yildirim said the helicopter was on a mission in the Afrin region as part of Ankara's offensive dubbed Operation "Olive Branch". Turkey considers the YPG to be the Syrian affiliates of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Also Friday, Save the Children said tens of thousands of children are in immediate danger in the besieged eastern suburbs of the capital of Damascus, also known as eastern Ghouta, which has been under intense shelling and airstrikes that left more than 200 dead in the ... Read More »