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Watch Andra Day + Common's Rousing 'Stand Up for Something' Oscars Performance


A land where dreamers live and freedom dwells. The 90th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will see the likes of Daniel Kaluuya, Greta Gerwig, Sam Rockwell, Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman hoping to take home a coveted prize. "Much love to all the heroes that joined Andra Day + I on stage", Common tweeted after the performance. While Day sing, spotlights lit up the stage revealing the throng of activists onstage. Read More »

Germany's Social Democrats sign up for Merkel's grand coalition


The SPD suffered its worst ever election result and many blamed their coalition with Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) for that poor performance. Her liberal conservatism is something that differs from other Christian Democrats in places such as Austria, which has caused some issues regardless of her popularity. Read More »

Cavs' Thompson to miss several games with sprained ankle


Thompson injured his heel when he was stepped on by one of Denver's players during the first half of Saturday's loss to the Nuggets . He continued to play, but experienced swelling of his right ankle overnight. The Cavs big man played all 82 games in four straight seasons from 2012-16 and totaled 447 consecutive games before a thumb injury kept him out for a few games past year. Read More »

S. Korea plans to push for US-North dialogue


Inter-Korean talks began after Kim Jong Un stated in his New Year's address he wanted to engage the South. He will be accompanied by National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon and Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung. "We will deliver President Moon Jae-in's wish to bring about denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and permanent peace by extending the goodwill and better inter-Korean relations created by the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics", Chung said at the presidential Blue House. Read More »

Winter storm watch issued for parts of region


Travel will be hard at best Monday , if not unsafe, especially Monday afternoon and evening. There will be a 60 percent chance of rain mixed with snow at about midnight. Snow will continue into Monday evening, and may become mixed with freezing drizzle at night. Blizzard warnings were posted for portions of the Dakotas, where snow totals may reach 15 inches, with winds as high as 55 miles per hour. Read More »

China to raise defence budget by 8.1% in 2018


President Donald Trump announced last Thursday he would impose hefty tariffs on imported steel and aluminium to protect United States producers, risking retaliation from major trade partners like China, Europe and neighboring Canada and sparking fears of a global trade war. Read More »

US aircraft carrier, Carl Vinson, in Vietnam for historic visit


Vietnam remains the most vocal claimant in the South China Sea dispute as the Philippines has backed off under China-friendly President Rodrigo Duterte. Vietnam has been preparing for the visit for months, and considers the event an important milestone in the development of its diplomatic relationship with the U.S. Read More »

UK: Opposition Party Hardens Its Stance on a Soft Brexit


Yet there are several obstacles in the way of such an alliance, not least the fact that, in the hours after Corbyn's policy shift at least two of the eight pro-Remain Tories who have signed an amendment to the forthcoming trade bill calling for a customs union have refused to say whether they would actually vote for it. Read More »

Kenya Sevens finish seventh in Vegas


Fiji now progress to face hosts United States of America in the first semi-final after they defeated England 17 to 12, leaving New Zealand to contend with England for fifth place tomorrow morning NZT. The pacy Baker ran in two tries against Fiji and scored again in the final, taking his try total to 158. But I think we just love the adrenaline. Read More »

Theresa May gives United Kingdom the "hard facts" of Brexit

But she also sent a blunt message to Brussels that the European Union must face "hard facts" and resolve "tensions" in its own stance if it is to help deliver the best outcome for both sides. The speech to journalists and diplomats at London's grand Mansion House was the most detailed account yet from the British government of what it is willing to give and what it wants to take in the ongoing divorce negotiations. Read More »

No 'cherry-picking': EU's Michel Barnier calls Brexit secretary for transition talks


Sir Keir said Britain was more likely to strike new deals if it works "jointly with the EU", adding: "We all want to do bold new trade agreements but we would be better off doing that with the European Union". Sir Keir said Labour had "long championed being in a customs union with the EU and the benefits". Asked if legislation was being delayed because the Government would lose, he replied: "We want to persuade our colleagues of the merits of our argument before we take the bill ... Read More »

China calls for U.S. restraint on trade protectionism


The NPC is also expected to endorse another draft constitutional amendment to enshrine Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era in the fundamental law. "Don't forget, China is great", Trump is heard saying in the recording. "And look, he was able to do that", Trump said, according to CNN . President Xi and the Communist Party are already considering the need to stabilize unrest, cracking down on political rights and internet speech . Read More »

China's 2018 defense spending up 8.1%


It comes amid a marathon campaign to nurture self-sustaining growth based on domestic consumption instead of trade and investment and to rein in surging debt that prompted ratings agencies to cut Beijing's government credit rating past year. Read More »

Budget Session 2018-19: PNB Fraud to Dominate Proceedings in Parliament


On the first day of the second-leg of the Budget session, the House witnessed uproar as Congress , Trinamool Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) as well as AIADMK members trooped into the Well. The primary issue of the protest was the bank scam by diamond czar Nirav Modi who allegedly failed to repay a loan of rupees 12,000 crore. Naidu also congratulated Aruna Budda Reddy, who won a bronze medal at the recently concluded World Gymnastics Tournament in ... Read More »

BJP and ally ahead in Nagaland


The BPP-NDPP alliance is leading in 21 seats while the ruling Naga People's Front ( NPF ) in 16, as per trends available for 44 constituencies for the Nagaland Assembly, Election Commission sources said today. Meanwhile, former Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio stated, "We have two topmost priorities". The figures are for the 35 out of 59 seats that went to polls on February 27. Read More »

USA embassy in Turkey closed over security fears


The Ankara governor's office said in a statement it had taken "extra security measures" after USA sources provided Turkish intelligence with information on the possibility of terror attacks against the embassy and where Americans lived. There were no incidents in the capital past year. 20 launched an operation against the YPG in its border stronghold of Afrin in western Syria. Turkey still claims that the U.S. Read More »

Accusers testify at hearing for Cardinal Pell


Cardinal George Pell has returned to an Australian court for a hearing that will determine whether he stands trial on sexual assault charges. Valda and her husband Paul Hogan with Helen Dawson (right) outside Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday. Read More »

Three injured in car-ramming attack in Israel's Akko


An Arab Israeli hit two IDF soldiers, a Border Policeman and a pedestrian in a "nationalistic" car-ramming attack in the north. Police later declared the incident a terror attack. "Then the soldiers started to shoot". The three victims, all reported to be about 20 years old, were not seriously injured, according to reports. The investigation is under a gag order for now and no further details were provided, including the driver's identity and condition. Read More »

President Trump's White House Owns the Media


The White House has pushed back on the characterization of an administration in chaos, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders citing successes since president took office despite numerous resignations and palace intrigue stories becoming an nearly daily theme in the press. Read More »

Voting underway for Pakistan Senate


Most of the seats from southwestern Balochistan province, and semi-autonomous tribal region along the Afghan border were won by the independent candidates. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) got 12 seats, including 10 from Sindh and two from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to become the second largest party. The Senate elections are held after every three years to elect half seats that have completed their six-year term. Read More »

Merkel's Fourth Term Likely to Be Her Last


Merkel welcomes the "clear result" and looks forward to working with the SPD again, her Christian Democratic Union said on Twitter. In power since 2005, Merkel steered the European bloc through the financial crisis and debt crisis, but her authority was dented by her 2015 decision to open Germany's borders to migrants, resulting in an influx of more than a million people. Read More »

Why India Should Lie Low If A US-China Trade War Erupts


The adviser, Liu He, said he will take charge of reform efforts this month and wants a list of USA demands for what China could do to ease tensions, according to the person. The president's desire for wholesale change in USA trade policy has met with increasing resistance from congressional Republicans as well as the business community, normally a reliable GOP ally. Read More »

Trump's White House: Low morale, more chaos, increasing fear


Trump gave Kushner an nearly unprecedently broad portfolio, from streamlining the U.S. government to working for Middle East peace. Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who for a time led Trump's transition team, said the White House staff, including family members, needed to put the president's interests first. Read More »

Guatemala says will move embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

He made the announcement at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington D.C. on Sunday, March 4. The decision in December by President Donald Trump to transfer the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem has drawn widespread condemnation, with critics saying it damages hopes for a negotiated Middle East peace. Read More »

Another big tremor rocks Papua New Guinea


The national disaster centre in Port Moresby could not immediately be reached by telephone. The quake destroyed or damaged around seven thousand homes. ASX-listed energy explorers and producers Oil Search and Santos between them own 42.5 per cent of the ExxonMobil-led PNG LNG Project. "New Zealand is working with Papua New Guinean authorities, the United Nations, donors and aid agencies on the ground to identify how New Zealand can best assist". Read More »

Oscar host Kimmel mines Hollywood sexual misconduct scandal for laughs

Peele could become the first black man in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' history to win a directing Oscar , while " Lady Bird " director Greta Gerwig could be only the second female to take home that prize. It's been an unusually lengthy - and often unpredictable - awards season, already an increasingly protracted horse race begun as most of the contenders bowed at film festivals last September. Read More »