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Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit in Pyongyang

Although the two leaders failed to narrow gaps on these two key issues, they did agree to resume shuttle diplomacy between Seoul and Tokyo as well as host a summit between South Korea , Japan and China in Tokyo soon. On Saturday Kim Yo Jong "courteously" handed over a personal letter from the North Korean leader to Moon and told him of her brother's "intention", North Korea's state news agency KCNA said, without elaborating what that was. Read More »

At Olympics, Mike Pence snubs Kim Jong-un's sister

Pence, who will lead the US delegation to the opening ceremonies Friday evening, met Thursday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to press for a more clear-eyed approach toward the nuclear-armed neighbour to the north. US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership traded insults as tensions rose. "The North Koreans should understand that for a summit or any kind of serious talks to occur, Moon needs to be able to take something to Washington - something that addresses ... Read More »

Figure skater Yura Min suffers wardrobe malfunction


While competing in the figure skating team event, she only paused once while performing synchronized side-by-side spins, or twizzles, when her top began slipping forward off her shoulders. "This is my first Olympics, our first program and if my top were to come down, that would have been a disaster" she said . Yura managed to finish the routine with her outfit still in place - and with a big smile on her face. Read More »

PM Modi meets UAE leaders, Indian community


While the UAE already has two Hindu temples in Dubai , a spokesperson from Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) said the temple in Abu Dhabi will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East. Read More »

Pennsylvania GOP Submits New Congressional Map to Governor


But a spokesman for Wolf suggested the plan would fail to meet the high court's requirements because it lacked approval from the state legislature as a whole. The 15th district would be condensed to Lehigh and Northampton counties, as well as most of Carbon County. "It's now up to the Governor to weigh in, which can bring an end to the confusion for Pennsylvanians, who will be casting votes in primary elections in just a few months". Read More »

Russia, Turkey to enhance military coordination in Syria

However, pro-Kurdish news sources said it was shot down in the village of Qude in Afrin's Rajo district. Turkey launched a military offensive on January 20 to oust the YPG from Afrin, citing national security. Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) neutralized at least 39 PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists during the ongoing operation in Syria's Afrin that also left nine Turkish soldiers martyred Saturday, according to Turkish military. Read More »

Second WH aide resigns after abuse accusations


Sorensen provided photos to the Washington Post that showed injuries he said she inflicted upon him during their fights, including bruises and scrapes. Late Friday, a second White House aide, speechwriter David Sorensen , also resigned amid allegations of domestic violence . "He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent", Trump said. Read More »

India's speeding train kills four elephants


On December 10 past year, at least five adult elephants and a calf died after the Guwahati-Naharlagun Express hit them at Balipara in Assam's Sonitpur district. Though the NFR said Saturday's tragedy did not happen in one of them, forest officials said they submitted a list of 19 places along railway tracks where elephants have been moving across tracks constantly in Lumding, Hojai and Lanka forest ranges. Read More »

Nebraska Basketball Team Taking Stand Against White Nationalist On Campus


Miles added that the vast majority of players voted against boycotting, but said they wanted to make a statement against racism. Nebraska basketball players sent a message through social media Thursday night, aiming a message at a fellow student who claimed to be the "most-active" white nationalist in Nebraska. Read More »

Donald Trump: 'Mere allegations' are destroying lives


He says "some are true and some are false" but says there's "no recovery for someone falsely accused". Some are old and some are new. President Donald Trump is bemoaning what he believes is a lack of due process for "someone falsely accused". Read More »

Winter Olympic Games take off in South Korea


Kim Yo Jong is 28 years old, according to the US government. At a Friday VIP reception for delegation leaders, Pence arrived late and stayed for just five minutes - and did not interact with the delegation from the North. Outside, many locals, bundled up against the cold, wore the joint team's jersey with "KOREA" emblazoned across their chests and waved mini unification flags - a pale blue silhouette of the Korean peninsula. Read More »

Kansas projected to be No. 2 seed by NCAA Tournament selection committee


Duke is now the No. 7 team in the nation in the eyes of the NCAA men's basketball selection committee, which revealed its top 16 teams up to this point in the season Sunday afternoon on CBS. Cincinnati, 3. Tennessee, 4. Duke was the second-best ACC team, listed at the No. 7 overall seed (No. 2 seed in East Region). The Sooners will be back in action Tuesday night when they face Texas Tech at 6 p.m. Read More »

Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony

A visit by Moon to the North would enable the first summit between leaders from the two Koreas since 2007. Moon had already shaken hands with Kim Yo Jongand Kim Yong Nam at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday in Pyeongchang. To pave the way for the North's participation at Pyeongchang, South Korea had delayed the annual exercises with US forces, which usually take place between February and March, until after the Olympics. Read More »

France Calls For Opening Of Humanitarian Corridors In Syria

Ankara launched the Operation Olive Branch air and ground offensive last month against Kurdish fighters in Syria's Afrin region. It opened a new front in Syria's multi-sided, nearly seven-year-old war. President Bashar al-Assad, who has seized a clear advantage in the war with Russian and Iranian help, is hammering two of the last key rebel pockets of Syria - the Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus and Idlib in the northwest near the Turkish border. Read More »

Turkish, Free Syrian forces liberate village in W.Afrin

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on global law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said. But U.S. forces are not in Afrin, so have been unable to shield Afrin from the attack by Turkey , its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally. "We might lose a helicopter , but they'll pay the price for this". Read More »

Israeli settlements complicate the task of making peace


President Donald Trump questioned Israel's interest in making peace with the Palestinians in an interview published Sunday, spotlighting its West Bank settlements as a complicating factor. The statement appears to reflect a tougher stance than the one heard in recent months from the administration, resembling far more the position of previous administrations, which tended to describe settlements as an "obstacle to peace". Read More »

Detained Iranian-Canadian Activist Reportedly Dies In Tehran Prison


On Instagram, Raam said Iranian authorities said Emami had committed suicide in jail. "The news of my father's passing is impossible to fathom", Raam Emami wrote. "Everyone is in shock", an academic who knew Emami well told AFP on condition of anonymity. "He was my friend and will be missed". Ghaemi said Seyed-Emami was a founder of the group, which he called "the leading environmental NGO in Iran", and he was detained along with almost a dozen other members. Read More »

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


He later reportedly boasted to a friend that Noceda 'died having sex with me'. Police say Varela told officers that the girl took painkillers and a concentrated form of liquid THC at the party before passing out. He added that he felt "too tired" to take the girl to the hospital, police say. According to reports, he got up for work the next morning and used Alyssa's thumb to unlock her iPhone, posting a message on her Snapchat to suggest that she'd run away. Read More »

Man held for attempted murder of stabbed girl, 11, in Wolverhampton


Officers were called to scene on Kent Road shortly before 1am after a neighbour heard a disturbance and found Jasmine with multiple injuries, including one to the head. Leading the investigation, Detective Inspector Ian Wilkins from West Midlands Police Homicide team said: "We are continuing to support Jasmine's family at this truly tragic time". Read More »

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

The BBC reports that Pence mostly blew off a dinner for VIPs, and noticeably snubbed Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's long serving nominal head of state. Kim Yo-jong is the 30-year-old sister of Kim Jong-un and the first member of her family to go to South Korea since the 1953 ceasefire paused the Korean War, according to The Guardian . Read More »

Kim Jong Un invites S. Korea's Moon to Pyongyang


Moon is eager to use Kim's presence at the games to restore regular communication with North Korea and eventually pull it into nuclear talks. But Moon, a liberal who has always wanted to engage the North, will also have to convince a good portion of his own people who are deeply wary about North Korean intentions. Read More »

Senate budget plan averts shutdown, does nothing for DACA


Pelosi said she would oppose the deal unless House Speaker Paul Ryan gave assurances he would bring immigration legislation to the floor for a vote. DACA is an Obama administration policy established in 2012 that deferred deportation actions for some undocumented people who entered the minors. Read More »

Government shuts down again after Sen. Rand Paul delays vote


Voting was delayed Thursday by Sen. But Pelosi said on the House floor that because House Speaker Paul Ryan has yet to promise an immigration vote, the emerging budget pact "does not have my support, nor does it have the support of a large number of members of our caucus". Read More »

Turkish jets resume airstrikes over Syrian Kurdish enclave

Activists have said at least 211 were killed since Monday in eastern Ghouta. Moayad al-Hafi, a rescue worker, said his team was hit in a double-tap strike as they were pulling bodies out in Jisreen. The YPG controls almost all of Syria's frontier with Turkey . The neighborhood was one of several so-called de-escalation zones agreed a year ago by Russia, Turkey and Iran. Read More »