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Donald Trump's pick for national security adviser turns down the job
- February 19, 2017

Other officials said his decision was motivated by financial concerns about leaving his job at aerospace firm Lockheed Martin, where he is now a senior executive, and the impact it would have on his family. Flynn resigned Monday night amid allegations surrounding his pre-inauguration contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during which the two reportedly discussed the sanctions against Moscow and whether the new administration would lift them. (more...)
Russian Federation accepts passports issued by east Ukraine rebels
- February 19, 2017

Earlier in the day, Russian, Ukrainian, French and German foreign ministers held talks in the Normandy format on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference to discuss peace progress in eastern Ukraine. The decision, condemned by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, will reportedly allow people from the conflict-torn area to travel, work and study in Russian Federation. (more...)
Russian Federation to recognize passports issued by Ukrainian separatists
- February 19, 2017

In another sign that tensions are far from easing up, Moscow signed a decree Saturday recognizing passports issued by rebel authorities in Ukraine's separatist regions, triggering a protest from Kiev which called it a "provocation". Russian Federation also seized Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014. Foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin said: "This decree fundamentally contravenes the logic of the Minsk agreements". (more...)
Donald Trump attacks 'lying' media during Florida rally Donald Trump attacks 'lying' media during Florida rally
- February 19, 2017

Donald Trump launched another extraordinary attack on the media as he took the unusual step of holding a campaign rally just weeks after entering the White House. Jerry and Nancy Ackerman drove from Oviedo, some 60 miles away, to try to show Congress that Trump has oodles of support. "We're not going to let our country be taken advantage of any more in any way, shape or form". (more...)
Iraqis displaced from Mosul marry in refugee camp
- February 19, 2017

An Amnesty International report claimed that Iraqi government forces and militias have committed serious human rights violations and war crimes. The Iraqi army claim to have taken it back, and defeated the Islamist terrorists. "Mosul would be a tough fight for any army in the world, and the Iraqi forces have risen to the challenge", said Townsend. Iraqi forces will then attempt to punch into the densely populated city's western side from a number of possible directions, including by throwing ... (more...)
Russian Federation says it will not return Crimea to Ukraine Russian Federation says it will not return Crimea to Ukraine
- February 19, 2017

The Flynn resignation Monday re-opened questions about the relationship between Trump and his aides and the Russians, the subject of investigation by the FBI and congressional committees. The president chose to put himself in front of the White House press corps amid a tumultuous week. "Why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they've received of being fake when you're providing information that's not accurate?" A change of attitude, however, was clearly visible in ... (more...)
Despite warming trend, no record heat in KC on Saturday Despite warming trend, no record heat in KC on Saturday
- February 19, 2017

Temperatures reached 71 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Presidents' Day on Monday will be a little cooler than this weekend, but highs will still be roughly 10 degrees above average as they top out near 50 degrees. (more...)
Iroegbu leads WSU to a 86-71 win over Arizona State Iroegbu leads WSU to a 86-71 win over Arizona State
- February 19, 2017

But the junior was given a chance to start against Washington State and scored a season-high 20 points boosted by 4-for-5 from 3-point range, once again proving the Wildcats are in great hands at the point guard position. Once again, Arizona State's shooting ability, with guards Tra Holder (10 points) and Torian Graham (18 points) was not enough to overpower the Sun Devils' glaring lack in size. (more...)
Palanisamy wins stormy confidence vote in Tamil Nadu
- February 19, 2017

Meanwhile, the Election Commission today issued a notice to Sasikala on a petition filed by AIADMK leader V Maitreyan - of the Panneerselvam camp - challenging her nomination as general secretary of the party. The frenzy increased as the Opposition's prime demand of a secret ballot was flatly refused by the speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly speaker, Dhanapal. (more...)
The leaders met after separately addressing the security conference in Munich The leaders met after separately addressing the security conference in Munich
- February 19, 2017

In the first major foreign policy address for the Trump administration, Mr Pence said the United States would "stand with Europe today and every day". The promised commitment is 2 percent of a nation's GDP for defense, and according to CNN , Pence stated that "The President of the United States expects our allies to keep their word, fulfill this commitment, and for most that means the time has come to do more". (more...)
Kentucky Wildcats Win a Dog fight, Top Georgia on the Road Kentucky Wildcats Win a Dog fight, Top Georgia on the Road
- February 19, 2017

The Wildcats began the night tied with SC for the SEC lead. De'Aaron Fox tied the game at 73 with a lay up with 1:09 left. He twice scored tying baskets on layups in the final 2:07. The Wildcats out-rebounded the Bulldogs 41-26. Willis had seven points and led the Cats with 12 rebounds. The finish by Fox overshadowed Frazier's 36-point effort that came to a complete halt down the stretch. (more...)
Jewish groups slam Trump's handling of antisemitism questions Jewish groups slam Trump's handling of antisemitism questions
- February 19, 2017

And I wonder what do you say to those among the Jewish community in the States and in Israel, and maybe around the world, who believe and feel that your administration is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones. "He lied about-he said he was going to get up and ask a very straight, simple question". "No, I'm just a reporter ", Ryan said. He's like the Breitbart-types who think whites suffer more from being accused of racism than African-Americans do from actually experiencing it. (more...)
Afghanistan summons Pakistan's ambassador over shelling
- February 19, 2017

The border closures halt trade supplies to Pakistan's landlocked neighbour and increases tensions between the two countries, who accuse each other of harbouring militant groups. On Wednesday, at least seven people were killed when suicide bombers targeted villages around Peshawar in northwest Pakistan. The cross-border strike by Pakistan has reportedly hit camps of Jamaat ul Ahrar, a splinter group of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and an ally of the ISKP. (more...)
WashPost: DHS Secretary Signs New Guidelines for Dealing with Illegal Immigrants
- February 19, 2017

He said the vetting process needs to be improved to ensure that no risky people enter the country. "I will have, this time, the opportunity...to work the roll-out plan in particular to make sure that there's no one in a sense caught in the system moving from overseas to our airports, which happened in the first release". (more...)
Basilashvili one step away from breaking Georgia's ATP duck
- February 19, 2017

Young ousted No. 2 seed John Isner in three sets Friday night to reach his second semifinal here in three years, but Delray Beach in 2015 remains the last final he reached. Basilashvili took just 22 minutes to close out the second set. Kukushkin connected on 65 percent of his first serves and won 82 percent of his first-serve points while King managed to take only 36 percent of his first-serve points. (more...)
Campaigning ends for third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections Campaigning ends for third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections
- February 19, 2017

Polling is underway in 69 Assembly constituencies that figure in phase-III of the staggered Uttar Pradesh elections. A bitter settlement in the Yadav family feud which ended with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav taking over the reins of Samajwadi Party from his father Mulayam Singh will also be a key factor in determining if the first family retains its strongholds. (more...)
Russian Federation wants pragmatic and mutually respectful relations with US - Lavrov
- February 19, 2017

Merkel also called for discussion on the idea of hybrid war at a session of the Russia-NATO Council. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, NATO has seen three waves of enlargement in 1999, 2004 and 2009 respectively, bringing a total number of the Alliance member states to 28. (more...)
Pakistan seals border, asks Afghanistan to immediately deport 76 wanted terrorists
- February 19, 2017

The army has so far provided no details of how and under what circumstances the militants were killed. The Indian side was represented by Joint Secretary, External Affairs Ministry, Gopal Baglay, at the conference in Moscow which was also attended by representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, China and Iran. (more...)
Trump to Interview Candidates for National Security Post at Mar-a-Lago
- February 19, 2017

Gen. Keith Kellogg is on President Donald Trump's short list to take over as national security advisor, the president said in a tweet Friday. Trump, who has been searching for a new national security adviser for about a week, could add a couple more candidates to the list, Spicer said. (more...)
Donald Trump goes golfing five more times than Barack Obama so far Donald Trump goes golfing five more times than Barack Obama so far
- February 19, 2017

Concerns have been raised that it will put the Queen in a hard position, while Commons Speaker John Bercow said he believed Mr Trump should not be allowed to address Parliament during the trip. "I know when you're telling the truth and when you're not", he said. One of the questions I was asked, I thought it was a very good question was about the inner cities. (more...)

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