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India, Jordan ink 12 pacts


King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday on a three-day visit. Briefing reporters after official talks between Modi and Abdullah, S. He said that all faiths promote human values. "Tell them exactly what you think and what you need, and we will follow up to make sure that happens", His Majesty told an audience of more than 300 businesspeople, investors and company representatives from the two countries. Read More »

Afghanistan's president asks Taliban to join peace talks


But Ghani reiterated his long stance that the group must "respect the law" and "recognize" the national unity government that came to power more than three years ago following a deal brokered by the US. "The ball is in the Taliban's court now", Aziz Amin Ahmadzai, a security analyst who has worked closely with Mr Ghani's office in the past, told The National. Read More »

HUD Boss Ben Carson Spent $31000 On Office Digs


The Associated Press reports that $5,000 is the federal statutory max for office redecoration, and that HUD filed the purchase as a "building expense" and not as a decoration. "The Secretary said that it was hard to have a Listening Tour in Baltimore without his son's involvement as his son was the largest employer in Maryland", Cruciani wrote. Read More »

Kiwis bowled out for 223 runs against England


It was an equation that was never in doubt as Stokes led England home easily alongside Jos Buttler. Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has said that Ben Stokes "owes" England following the fallout from the incident in Bristol last September which led to a charge of affray - which Stokes has pleaded not-guilty to - and meant he missed the Ashes. Read More »

Schools across West Virginia closed for seventh day


They occupied the House galleries to watch the vote. The IWW-WV press release continues, "At last count, over 1,000 voters rejected the deal outright, over 400 said the deal was a start, but ultimately rejected it, and only 21 said they accepted the deal as is". Read More »

Melania Trump Steps Out After Donald Trump Affair Allegations


First lady Melania Trump's NY friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, has been cut loose from her team as an unpaid adviser after controversy arose over the $26 million her firm received from the presidential inaugural committee. She also personally received $1.62 million from the committee, according to the Times . She did not identify any errors. Winston Wolkoff, who incorporated her firm just weeks before the inauguration, was tapped by the head of the committee, Thomas J. Read More »

Eight Turkish soldiers killed by Kurdish fighters in Afrin


Anadolu Agency quoted the Turkish General Staff statement as saying that thirteen other soldiers were injured during the operation Olive Branch on Thursday. Ankara believes the targeted Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) are linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is deemed a terrorist organization in Turkey. Read More »

Eleven dead in Papua New Guinea quake


The 7.5-magnitude tremor struck 90km south of Porgera in the Pacific nation's mountainous Enga province early on Monday, with sporadic aftershocks continuing to rumble through the rugged region. Papua New Guinea media reported that aerial surveys of the worst-hit areas showed countless roads, bridges and infrastructure destroyed, along with private homes. Read More »

Corbyn blasts "outsized egos" of Tory ministers

But we should not forget that services make up 80 per cent of the United Kingdom economy. They adopted the principle of "managed regulatory divergence". If the UK were to enter into a customs union with the EU, the UK could leave out of the union any goods that may be of strategic importance for the UK to negotiate agreements on with other countries. Read More »

New England prepares for nor'easter; flooding expected


Drier weather settles in for a few days. Much of the Arklatex experience some showers and thundershowers Wednesday. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph.or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur. Lighter amounts can be expected as low as 5,000 feet by Friday night. Coastal implications are pretty serious, as this is a time of high astronomical tides. Read More »

Erdogan Tells a Weeping Girl, 6, She'd Receive Honors if Martyred


Tiras held her salute however her face crumples as she was lifted out of the crowd to meet the president. " She is ready for everything, isn't she? ". Amid the applause, supporters in the audience chanted: "Chief, take us to Afrin", news agencies reported . "Hopefully, we can collaboratively bring it to $5 billion to begin with, then to $10 billion, and afterwards even higher, there's no reason we can't do this", Erdogan said. Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon rejects latest Brexit offer in devolution row


However, Mike Russell, Scotland's Brexit minister, accused the Tory government of trying to "unilaterally rewrite the devolution settlement". Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones said the Bills were not an attempt to "block Brexit", but to protect the devolution settlements given that the sides were "running out of time". Read More »

Trump's top aide Hope Hicks resigns as White House communications director

During conversations on Air Force One or on the tarmac, Ms Hicks was polite but cool, she says. The White House did not announce the exact day of her departure. Trump paid tribute to Hicks' "outstanding" contribution over the past three years, calling her "as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person". Read More »

Douglas High shooting: Lawyer for ex-deputy says he's not a coward


Later Sunday, Stoneman Douglas administrators, teachers, parents and students are scheduled to meet at the school to discuss its scheduled reopening. "Further, Sheriff Israel has made his accusations at a time when he has admitted that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's investigation is on-going, in what Israel himself characterizes as 'a fluid investigation, '" the letter reads. Read More »

MPs agree to EFF's motion on land expropriation, with amendments


Opening the debate on his motion, Malema said: "The time for reconciliation is over". He said they did not seek revenge on white people, but a restoration of black people's dignity, which was deeply rooted in the land. He added that the ANC did have a moral claim to advancing the policy and that it was a tactical matter with regards to which political party tabled the motion and claims the victory. Read More »

Gazprom vows to defend rights after legal loss against Ukraine


The head of Naftogaz, Andrei Kobolev, said on Twitter that the decision marked "an important day for the Ukrainian people and the future of European gas markets", while Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko congratulated Ukrainians and called the ruling "a convincing and historic victory!" The Russian side has returned the funds to Naftogaz in full. Read More »

Modi, Shah to meet CMs of party-ruled states today


While confirming, that his party has asked Congress to let JD (S) have four Rajya Sabha seats as a pre-poll pact, Kumaraswamy said that they were "not begging". "When Congress goes, the harmful Congress culture also goes", he added. "Mr. Modi is not ready to accept his failure as Prime Minister". Modi patted his back while referring to his oath to build Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue and claimed it to be the Indian counterpart of America's Statue of Liberty, calling the former "Statue ... Read More »

Jitan Ram Manjhi joins RJD-led Grand Alliance


He said: "My party has quit the NDA and we will join the Grand Alliance". On February 25, the former chief minister had demanded a Rajya Sabha seat for his party in the upcoming elections. Sources said Manjhi was unhappy with the NDA over not getting the Jehanabad bypoll seat or any assurance for Rajya Sabha nomination. However, JD (U) later reversed its decision and chose to contest the Jehanabad seat. Read More »

Wall Street down, steel tariff fears hit industrial stocks


Downplaying the volatility of the past weeks, Chairman Powell said the recent correction in the stock market should neither "hamper growth" nor restrain Fed policy. "There is no evidence that the economy is now overheating". "The robust job market should continue to support growth in household incomes and consumer spending, solid economic growth among our trading partners should lead to further gains in USA exports and upbeat business sentiment and strong sales growth will likely ... Read More »

MP by-polls: Setback for BJP but no cakewalk for Congress


Party president Rahul Gandhi is known to favour younger faces and is fond of Scindia, 47. Congress nominee Pranay Sahu has so far got 315 votes. Notably, the election results will determine the voters' mood for the upcoming Assembly elections scheduled later this year. Read More »