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Qatar Airways buys Cathay Pacific stake for US$662m

The Middle Eastern carrier said it bought nearly 3.8 million Cathay shares, which represents a 9.6 percent stake in Hong Kong's biggest airline. "Cathay will have three major shareholders, all with different and potentially conflicting interests - Swire, Air China and Qatar Airways", said Corrine Png, CEO of transport research firm Crucial Perspective. Read More »

Securing N.Korea nukes would be via 'ground invasion'


The statement goes on to say that entering into a protracted and massive ground war with North Korea would be disastrous for US troops and allies. "Their assessment underscores what we've known all along: there are no good military options for North Korea", the statement said. Read More »

US Strikes ISIS in Somalia for 1st Time

Africa Command. It was learned that the attack on Somalia was in coordination with Somalian government forces. Local officials confirmed the airstrikes. A US official anonymously told the Associated Press that the airstrike "may have targeted top leaders" of ISIS in Somalia. The Islamic State's presence in Africa has been largely limited to the Mediterranean coastal region, but in recent months has spread into West Africa and the sub-Saharan region. Read More »

A partly cloudy, warm and humid Sunday


Showers will continue into Sunday morning especially for Pittsburgh points north. Sunday will be mostly cloudy and warm. Some fog may develop early Monday morning. Sunday afternoon may end up a a little milder than Saturday even though it might be a dimmer day with more cloud cover. A storm system will move into the Plains midweek, which could bring a chance for a rain and snow mix to parts of Kansas. Read More »

Russia Retaliates Against Canada


Ottawa's move "is isolating itself from one of the key global powers" and "pushes Canada's foreign policy back to the narrow black-and-white world view, incompatible with modern geopolitics", he added. "Today's announcement sends a clear message that Canada will take action against individuals who have profited from acts of significant corruption or who have been involved in gross violations of human rights", Freeland said. Read More »

Bowe Bergdahl Will Not Be Imprisoned


Army Col. Jeffery Nance didn't explain how he formulated his sentence that also included a dishonorable discharge. The prosecution brought the wife of Master Sergeant Mark Allen, Shannon Allen, to the stand, who described the brain injury that her husband received after being shot in the head during the search for Bergdahl. Read More »

Documents show Wilbur Ross' ties to Putin-linked business


Mr Shamalov has a 3.9 per cent stake in the firm. Ross sold off numerous holdings when he joined President Donald Trump's Cabinet earlier this year to avoid conflicts of interest while he promotes US commerce throughout the world. The optics are still concerning for the administration, according to Trump's critics. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is reportedly connected to business with Vladimir Putin's son-in-law in links uncovered by The Guardian's " Paradise Papers ", which claim ... Read More »

Several Killed as Gunman Opens Fire in Texas Church


She said she doesn't know what happened but said there was heavy police presence and people being airlifted from the scene. Unconfirmed reports on social media claim that more than a dozen people have been injured during the shooting, though it is not clear yet how serious their injuries are. Read More »

Ill. cop, another person dead after traffic stop

Another person, who hasn't been identified, was found dead inside the crashed vehicle, police said. A Rockford police officer was killed and another person was found dead in a vehicle early Sunday when a traffic stop led to a crash and an apparent shooting. Read More »

Ex-football player suspected of killing wife


As of 5:45 p.m. Friday, McClanahan had not been charged in relation to the death of his wife, who the release identified as Keri McClanahan, of Arizona. McClanahan is from Bakersfield, California, and played at Washington State before a brief stint with the Dallas Cowboys. McClanahan is being held without bail, and it's unknown if he has an attorney. Read More »

With North Korea on his mind, Donald Trump heads to Japan


US Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected to sound clear message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that nuclear weapons and missile development are entirely unacceptable and "all options are on the table". En route to Japan, the President on Saturday stopped in Hawaii where he visited the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor - the scene of the 1941 Japanese attack that drew the U.S. Read More »

Mueller Has the Evidence to Charge Flynn

If Flynn indicted , he would be the first member of the Trump administration to face charges as part of the Russian Federation investigation, and it's not clear if President Trump would try to use his pardon powers to protect him in that situation. Read More »

Senate Dems demand Sessions clarify testimony on Russian Federation


Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who is in charge of the committee's Russian Federation investigation, confirmed to CNN that Page gave such testimony , but minimized its meaning. In an interview Friday with CNN's Jake Tapper, Page declined to comment on who specifically he told about the upcoming trip during the campaign, but said, "it'll come out", referring to various leaks from the multiple investigations into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's meddling in the last year's ... Read More »

Russian police detain dozens of nationalist protesters

An AFP photographer said police, some in helmets and bullet-proof vests, picked up the protesters one by one in central Moscow close to the Kremlin. The detained members of the cell "planned to commit high-profile extremist acts on November 4-5, 2017 in the form of arson attacks on administrative buildings... Read More »

China Bans National Anthem Disrespect


He has put the "China dream" for a more prosperous and powerful nation at the heart of his political vision, promising to extend prosperity and restore worldwide prestige. China's growing reach into Hong Kong's affairs has, however, stoked tensions and mass protests including the 2014 "Occupy" civil disobedience movement that blocked major roads in the city for 79 days to pressure China to allow full democracy. Read More »

Typhoon kills 27 in Vietnam


The organisation also said that almost 626 houses have collapsed entirely and that more than 30,000 people have been evacuated from the affected region, according to Reuters reports. The storm moved from the coastal area into a key coffee-growing area of the world's biggest producer of robusta coffee beans. The Vietnamese government on Saturday said that more than 40,000 hectares of crops had been damaged because of the typhoon, including sugar cane, rice fields and rubber plantations. Read More »

Hockey Asia Cup 2017: Indian eves to take on China in finals


Lalremsiami then blasted the fourth goal in the 38th minute for India securing a spot against China in the finals of the Hockey Asia Cup, 2017. On Friday, India came up with a splendid over-all performance to defeat defending champions Japan in the semi-finals and book their place in the summit showdown. Read More »

Arsenal boss Wenger expects big Ozil performance at Man City


The curse of Rodney Marsh - a big-money signing in March 1972, when Malcolm Allison's City led the table by four points, only for them to finish fourth - may return if Guardiola tinkers at this stage, though for now he is merely viewing Sánchez as a risky opponent. Read More »

On Virat Kohli's 29th birthday, Hardik Pandya gets his revenge


Earlier, hours before Kohli's birthday celebrations began, India lost in the 2nd T20 to New Zealand at Rajkot . The New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. Kohli tweeted: "Thank you everyone for all the love and the wishes". The Indian Cricket Team Captain led his team to a remarkable nine-match winning streak in ODIs, equalling MS Dhoni's record of most number of consecutive wins as captain. Read More »

Papadopoulos Plea Prompts Senate Call To Question Sessions


Both Senate Republicans and Democrats pressed the attorney general on the Comey firing and the investigation into Russian interference in the election; Catherine Herridge goes in-depth for 'Special Report'. During his January 10 confirmation hearing, Sessions said he was "not aware" of anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign coordinating with the Russian government when asked about such ties by Franken. Read More »

Syrian army takes full control of Deir Ezzor city from IS


Syria's army broke into Deir al-Zor in September, ending a Daesh siege of almost three years on government-held parts of the city. Iraqi forces had surrounded the last of the ISIS fighters in nearby towns Rawa and Romana, as well as surrounding areas north of the Euphrates River on Qaim's outskirts, Rasoul said. Read More »

Breitbart Money Man Mercer Steps Back From RenTech, Not Politics

Mercer's resignation comes after an explosive Buzzfeed feature showed how Yiannopoulos used Breitbart as a platform to spread white nationalism, which Bannon regularly signed off on when he served as the outlet's executive chair. It "showed a complete lack of professionalism", a source told the publication, also expressing surprise that Mercer didn't cut Yiannopoulos off sooner. Read More »

Gun Runner wins 2017 Breeders' Cup Classic


Starting from the rail, the world's richest racehorse broke inward and seemed to struggle the entire trip, running at the back of the 11-horse field before passing exhausted horses in the stretch. - Lady Eli (5-2) has overcome laminitis, a sometimes fatal hoof infection, to resume her brilliant career. Arrogate hasn't been the same horse since his wins in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup and the $10 million Dubai World Cup earlier this year. Read More »

Turnbull 'open' to NZ refugee offer


Prime Minister Ardern, who was recently elected into the New Zealand office, had her first official meeting with Prime Minister Turnbull this morning. Ms Ardern said some of the discussions with Mr Turnbull were "challenging" and "frank". Senator Di Natale said New Zealand had a more compassionate approach to refugees. Read More »