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Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony

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Moon and Kim Yo Jong had their first face-to-face encounter at the opening ceremony. Vice-President Mike Pence is trying to counter North Korean "propaganda" around the Winter Olympics with his own symbolism and rhetoric, shining a spotlight on the North's nuclear weapons program and human rights abuses. Read More »

North Korea Invites Southern President to Pyongyang

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The U.S. and its allies are not ruling out military action against North Korea , Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News . She is considered the gatekeeper of her brother's appearances and security, according to Michael Madden, the founder and director of NK Leadership Watch, an analysis website focused on North Korea. Read More »

Trump explains refusal to declassify Dems' memo

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In a tweet posted just minutes after the White House announced its decision to block the Democratic memo from public view, Lieu slammed the move as "outrageous" and said he's now "convinced [Trump] is intentionally hiding relevant information from the American people in order to mislead the public". Read More »

Indian PM Modi Arrives Palestine, Lays Wreath At Yasser Arafat's Mausoleum

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During the bilateral meeting with PM Modi, Sultan Qaboos appreciated the contribution of honest and hard working Indian nationals in the development of Oman, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. Addressing the Indian community at Muscat , the Prime Minister emphasized on Centre's "Ease of Living" policy, and said, "We are working with the mantra of "Minimum Government, Maximum Governance" towards making lives of common people easy". Read More »

Iranian-Canadian environmentalist's death in prison raises questions

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Prison authorities insist that three prisoners who died after they were arrested during nationwide street protests in December also committed suicide, although many Iranians have challenged those conclusions. CHRI has learned that on the same day as Seyed-Emami's arrest, at least nine other staff members and executives of the Persian Heritage Wildlife Foundation were also taken into custody in Tehran, according to a relative of one of the detainees who asked not to be identified. Read More »

Israeli settlements complicate the task of making peace

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Donald Trump has threatened to cut aid to countries that voted against Washington's move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The US leader's latest comments came in an interview published on Sunday with the conservative newspaper Yisrael Hayom . Read More »

School Fires Teacher After She Marries Same-Sex Partner

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Morffi was called into the principal's office Wednesday and ordered to resign, her friend Katerina Reyes-Gutierrez told the Herald . They obviously didn't know Morffi was gay, however Cintia Cini said they couldn't have cared less when they discovered. Read More »

Kim Jong-un invites South Korean president to Pyongyang

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North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong Un has asked South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang at the "earliest date" possible for what will be a third inter-Korean summit, Kim's sister told the South Korean leader Saturday. Turns out the North Korean leader is actually an Australian named Howard. It was a historic moment, and it happened even before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics had officially begun. Read More »

Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un impersonators thrown out of Olympics

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Kim Yong-nam is the highest-ranking North Korean official to ever visit the South, while Kim Yo-jong is the first member of the ruling family to do so. Moon watched the unified Korean hockey team take the ice Saturday evening for the first time with Kim. "The Olympics seems like a political show - and South Korean players losing their spots to North Korean players for the joint women's ice hockey team is unfair". Read More »

Republicans approves massive budget deal Video

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Paul took advantage of Senate rules to delay a vote on the budget bill until early Friday morning, after the midnight shutdown deadline. But Paul refused to yield and allow an early vote, forcing a shutdown while highlighting his policy priorities about excessive government spending . Read More »

North Korea invites South Korean president to visit

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Moon's desire to engage North Korea was in contrast to his US ally. Moon said he wanted to "create the environment for that to be able to happen", according to the office. "I hope the right conditions will be created so that the leaders of the South and the North will hold a meeting", he said. The two Koreas have a rocky and sometimes violent history at the Blue House. Read More »

Pyeongchang or Pyongyang? Twitter users place Olympics in North Korea

During the games, they're also accompanied by government minders tasked with security, supervision and translation duties who report suspicious activities back to Pyongyang , Young said . During the 2000s, the two countries' athletes marched together at the opening and closing ceremonies of several global sporting events, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Read More »

UK's Boris Johnson urges 'safe, dignified' return of Rohingya refugees

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Buddhist villagers reported no attack by a large number of insurgents on security forces in Inn Din. Police arrested two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, on December 12 for allegedly obtaining confidential documents relating to Rakhine and have accused them of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act. Read More »

5 jumbos killed on tracks in Assam

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Another elephant was seriously injured. The engine of the train derailed due to the impact; no passenger was injured. Railway officials claimed the section where the elephants were crossing was not a notified elephant corridor and that a 30 kph speed restriction had been imposed on all trains based on inputs from the Forest Department. Read More »

Serena Williams won't play Fed Cup Saturday singles matches

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BC-TEN-Fed Cup, 1st Ld, 130Venus Williams gives United States 1-0 lead over Netherlands in Fed CupAP Photo NCCB106Eds: Corrects spelling of Hogenkamp in 3rd paragraph Will be updated after 2nd match. Play begins on Saturday with two singles matches and will continue on Sunday with two reverse singles matches and the doubles match. Sunday's scheduled singles matches have Venus Williams facing Hogerkamp and Vandeweghe taking on Rus. Read More »

Hassan Rouhani underlines importance of Iran's ties with Turkey

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He also called for the use of national currencies between Iran and Turkey for economic exchanges. Turkish and Iranian presidents on Thursday spoke over the phone and hailed the increased cooperation between the two countries on security issues and on fight against terrorism, according to presidential sources. Read More »

Second White House official resigns over domestic abuse claims

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He said strongly yesterday that he is innocent, but you will have to talk to him about that'. White House speechwriter David Sorensen denied his wife's claims of abuse, but resigned - hours after President Donald Trump was criticized for wishing staff secretary Rob Porter a "wonderful career" after he too resigned amid similar accusations. Read More »

Iran sneers at reports of Israel downing Iranian drone

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The Pentagon also said it backed Israel's right to defend itself. The US backed Israel and expressed deep concern over the latest escalation. "Let no one make a mistake", Netanyahu said. The Algemeiner reported on Saturday that Yadlin stated in a conference call that the ongoing conflict is born of "Iran's determination to build a force in Syria, and Israel's determination not to let them". Read More »

Judge Loya's death: United Oppn petitions Prez

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Loya. "We got a positive response from the President", he told mediapersons. The memorandum also mentioned that two confidants of Loya - lawyer Shrikant Khandalkar and retired district judge Prakash Thombre - also died under suspicious circumstances. Read More »

Trump signs budget agreement, ending US govt shutdown

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Some fiscally-minded Republicans disapproved of the bill's increased spending, among them Sen. President Donald Trump signed a spending bill Friday morning to keep the government operating after some brief uncertainty about when he would do so. Read More »

2 killed when Turkish helicopter crashes in Syria

After two days of discussions, the congress, brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey, reaffirmed its full commitment to the " sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity " of Syria . But many have moved to other parts of Syria, according to United States officials and analysts.For the Assad regime, those ISIS remnants are a mixed blessing. Read More »

Hardik Patel meets Mamata Banerjee, gets offer to join Trinamool Congress

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I told him that he should join politics. "It will be the right choice if he does". In the formal meeting between the two, Patel extended his support in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Patel said he was impressed with what he saw in Bengal - which he said was nothing like what's said of the state - and promised to work together to "build a better India". Read More »

Senate leaders announce budget deal with huge spending increases

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Questions remain as to whether Senate Democrats will continue to insist that any deal provide "parity" between increases in defense and non-defense spending above the caps mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act. The House bill will be dead on arrival in the Senate, likely Wednesday . Why? A bipartisan deal to keep the government funded past midnight hit a major snag Thursday, as a last-minute maneuver in the Senate by Kentucky Republican Rand Paul to protest spending ... Read More »

Operation Olive Branch: Turkish military helicopter shot down in Syria operation

A statement from the Turkish military did not specify a reason for why the helicopter crashed. Another 11 soldiers were wounded after the offensive's bloodiest day for Turkish military personnel, the army said. "This has created a humanitarian crisis, because the capacities of the region are not enough to meet the needs of this massive displacement", she told a news conference. Read More »

Presidente Sudcorea incontrerà la sorella di Kim Jong Un

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Niente cerimonia di inaugurazione dei giochi . L'arrivo degli orchestrali è stato accolto dalle proteste di gruppi di cittadini della Corea del sud . Si sono concluse a Pyongyang le celebrazioni ufficiali per il 70mo anniversario della fondazione dell'Armata del popolo coreano. La delegazione della Corea del Nord , che parteciperà alla cerimonia in augurale delle olimpiadi invernali di Pyeongchang , è arrivata in aereo nel primo pomeriggio (ora locale) all'aeroporto internazionale ... Read More »