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North Korea's Kim Invites S. Korean President for Summit: S. Korea

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A delegation of more than 500 North Koreans are attending the Games. "It was a very emotional moment to get finally there after many years of hard work and many negotiations still taking place here", the German said the morning after the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Games. Read More »

Clinics held Saturday to protect Connecticut residents from the flu

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Outpatient visits to hospitals and emergency departments by patients with influenza-like illness have now reached levels not seen since the 2009 season, Schuchat said. There are four seasonal influenza strains that infect humans. While the CDC does not have numbers yet on how effective this year's flu vaccine is, researchers in Canada - where similar strains of the virus have been spreading - estimate it is less than 20 percent effective against the H3N2 strain. Read More »

Erdogan says Turkish chopper shot down in Syria operation

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The US-led coalition and its local allies in Syria struck pro-government forces with deadly air and artillery fire to repel "an unprovoked attack" near the Euphrates, the coalition said on Thursday. He reiterated Turkey's expectations and called on the U.S.to end every kind of aid provided to the YPG, a militant group Ankara considers to be organicaly-linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Read More »

After S. Korea visit, Pence insists 'no daylight' on North

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North Korea did prove it was capable of a charm offensive, a stark contrast from the past year when Kim Jong Un and President Trump have traded insults and dire threats. Many analysts are skeptical about Kim Jong Un's motivations for this sudden outreach, especially as he continues to assert his desire to press ahead with his nuclear weapons program to fend off the "hostile" United States. Read More »

Modi pledges $40mn for development of Palestine

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Modi met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Saturday. President Abbas accorded a red carpet welcome to Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to make an official visit to Palestine, in an official ceremony at the presidential compound, also known as Muqata'a, in Ramallah - the Palestinian seat of government. Read More »

Helicopter Crashes In The Grand Canyon

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He did not name which company the helicopter was part of. Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley confirmed the deaths to Phoenix TV station KPHO , the AP said. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating. The Grand Canyon, which is more than 1.6km (one mile) deep, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the US. Read More »

Guilty Verdict For Killer Of Two Sacramento Deputies

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Marquez, 34, was charged with two counts of murder with special circumstances, which can bring the death penalty, along with one count of attempted murder and several counts of carjacking, according to a criminal complaint released by Sacramento County District Attorney Rod Norgaard. Read More »

Trump won't release Democratic memo, sends back to committee

Devin Nunes , R-Calif., chair of the House intelligence committee . Intelligence committee members agreed to release the Democrats' memo , giving Trump only a few days to review it and decide if he'd make it public. Trump had said earlier Friday he planned to release the memo. It is 10 pages, while the GOP memo is four pages. FBI chief Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a separate letter indicated that releasing this material would present concerns for ... Read More »

Michael Porter Jr. optimistic he'll return for Missouri this season

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Porter suffered the lower back injury on November 10 against Iowa State , and subsequently underwent back surgery to fix damage to the L3-L4 spinal discs. Porter averaged 36.2 points and 13.6 rebounds per game as a senior in high school in Washington , and he was a McDonald's All-American after signing with Missouri (16-8, 6-5 Southeastern Conference). Read More »

Pakistan's iron lady Asma Jehangir passes away

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Over her demise, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar said the entire country paid tribute to Jahangir's services. The activist co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Women's Action Forum. The democracy activist was jailed in 1983 for her participation in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy during the regime of military dictator Ziaul Haque. Read More »

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean President Moon to Pyongyang

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The Korean roster features players from both North and South Korea , and seeing them compete as a team was remarkable, to say the least. Despite threatening to bomb each other off the face of the earth, North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump appeared to be hanging out with each other in downtown Seoul on Friday. Read More »

New child Infants Reportedly Evacuated From Syrian Hospital Amid Russian Airstrikes

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The Turkish military in other statements said a total of five soldiers were killed and nine wounded on Saturday in clashes with mainly Kurdish forces near Afrin . According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights , 34 people died in the area on Wednesday. SANA said earlier that forces of the US-led worldwide coalition targeted popular forces that were fighting the Islamic State group and the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour. Read More »

Strikes batter Syrian enclave as United Nations plea falls on deaf ears

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This is published unedited from the PTI feed . The operation has been conducted jointly with Free Syrian Army opposition forces which are friendly to Turkey. "The main components of the Turkish-backed groups are Jabhat al-Nusra al-Qaeda's Syrian branch which rebranded itself as Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham, senior Afghan [Taliban] members, and Turkistan Islamic Party from China's Turkic Uyghurs", Hasaka said. Read More »

Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive in Syria

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Eleven Turkish soldiers were killed on Saturday, including two military personnel when a helicopter was downed, in the bloodiest day in Ankara's offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria . Nine Turkish soldiers were killed and eleven were wounded in "Operation Olive Branch" carried out by the Turkish army in Syria's northern Afrin province on February 10, Turkish Armed Forces announced in three separate statements on the same day. Read More »

Turkey resumes airstrikes on Kurdish-held enclave

The military said that 36 targets were destroyed on the 22nd day of Operation Olive Branch , killing 79 " terrorists ". The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Saturday called for "urgent global action" to put an end to an increased wave of violence in Syria , including the Kurdish region of Afrin . Read More »

North Korea stages show of force with new missiles during parade

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The prospect of two-way talks between the Koreas, however, may not be welcomed by the United States. Washington calls it a campaign of "maximum pressure". At a glittering but sub-zero ceremony, South and North Korea brought the crowd to its feet as they entered behind the blue-and-white Korean unification flag. Read More »

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

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Already there have been concerns that North Korea's overture of the sports diplomacy is an indirect attempt by the regime to wedge a rift between the US and South Korea. North Korean media slammed Pence what they described as "snobbish" behavior. The country's participation was agreed upon in the talks between Pyongyang and Seoul in January. Read More »

Turkish military announces death of 11 soldiers in Afrin operation

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An investigation has been launched, he told journalists in southwestern Mugla province, local TV channel CNN Turk reported. A representative of the Kurdish militias said that the chopper was shot down by Kurdish fighters over an area located northwest of Afrin, according to the news agency. Read More »

Pentagon Official Describes Response to Attack by Pro-Regime Syrian Forces

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US service members who are a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program can not be deported, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told Pentagon reporters today. Those pro-regime vehicles and personnel who retreated were not targeted by coalition air and artillery strikes, he said. "We suspect Syrian pro-regime forces were attempting to seize terrain SDF had liberated from Daesh in September 2017", a USA military official told Reuters . Read More »

Mild weekend with rain on tap for Saturday night, Sunday

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Compared to Wednesday's wintry mess of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain, Thursday was a much better day for an Eagles championship parade. For now the Storm Prediction Center does not have any risk defined for the state, but I would expect it to raise at least a "marginal risk" on its future updates for Sunday . Read More »

Pyeongchang 2018: occhi puntati sulla sorella di Kim Jong-un

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Ancora più esplicita la Corea del nord , che si è definita "non interessata" ad un incontro con Mike Pence durante la sua visita in Corea del sud . Secondo altre indiscrezioni sarebbe nubile ed il gossip le avrebbe anche attribuito una relazione con una guardia del corpo sullo stile della principessa Stéphanie di Monaco. Read More »

Olympics Open and Cyberattacks Begin

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If Moon accepts the offer, it would be the first time a South Korean president entered North Korea since 2007 - and the third time overall. Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power previous year on a policy of engaging more with the reclusive North. Read More »

'Grassley' Memo Seeks Criminal Action on Steele; Implicates State Department, Clinton Campaign

The Justice Department has not commented on the criminal referral. With the redactions, it's hard to make out exactly what Grassley is accusing Steele of. I have embedded the Grassley referral memo below via Scribd. The Memo's eight pages are highly redacted, but the essential point becomes clear: A Clinton campaign associate shopped anti-Trump information, from an unnamed foreign source, to a State Department figure. Read More »

Sri Lanka's local govt polls end peacefully, over 15 million vote

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According to the results released so far, the ruling United National Party has come in second and the United People's Freedom Alliance led by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is at a distant third. Sirisena faces strong opposition from Rajapaksa in the election. In the run-up to Saturday's much-delayed local government election, Sirisena had even suggested that the UNP-led government was more corrupt than the Rajapaksa's administration they toppled together in January 2015. Read More »

Senate Budget Deal Provides $6 Billion To Fight Opioid, Mental Health Crisis

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So far House conservatives have signaled they could support a short-term CR that included a caps deal . The U.S. Senate , in a rare display of bipartisanship, on Wednesday reached a two-year budget deal to raise federal spending by nearly $300 billion, in an attempt to end the kind of squabbling over fiscal issues that has plagued Washington for years. Read More »

Trump explains refusal to declassify Dems' memo

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Schiff and other Democrats charge that the Republican memo led by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes of California is misleading and omits key facts, including that the FISA application did state that ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, was paid by a political entity. Read More »