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Merkel appoints rumoured successor to key party post Merkel appoints rumoured successor to key party post
- February 20, 2018

Members of Germany's center-left Social Democratic Party have started voting on whether to accept the coalition agreement negotiated by their leaders with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc on forming a new government. Less than two years later she took over the party leadership. Tauber, 43, will announce his decision on Monday, the sources said, with a successor to be named at an extraordinary party congress on Feb 26. (more...)
Mob Drags Out Two Rape Accused From Police Station, Lynches Them Mob Drags Out Two Rape Accused From Police Station, Lynches Them
- February 20, 2018

They then overpowered the policemen, broke open the lockup, dragged the two accused to the market area and beat them to death. The girl had gone missing on February 12 after which her parents lodged an FIR. On Monday, they barged into the police station, where the accused had been kept and dragged them out. The mob thrashed the perpetrators to death and left before the police could arrest any of them. (more...)
Mueller Charges Lawyer With False Statements in Russia Probe Mueller Charges Lawyer With False Statements in Russia Probe
- February 20, 2018

Gates , who once worked on President Donald Trump's campaign, already faces charges of a money laundering conspiracy, and failure to file as a foreign agent. The law firm where a lawyer charged by special counsel Robert Mueller used to work says it fired him past year and has been cooperating with authorities. (more...)
Zimbabwe: Thousands gather for Tsvangirai tribute Zimbabwe: Thousands gather for Tsvangirai tribute
- February 20, 2018

Some in Zimbabwe said the opposition's public displays of discord are disrespectful of Tsvangirai, who was jailed, beaten and accused of treason in his years of resisting Mugabe's government and even became prime minister in an uncomfortable coalition government for a few years. (more...)
Syria jets pound rebel enclave as ground assault looms Syria jets pound rebel enclave as ground assault looms
- February 20, 2018

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said bombardment of the insurgent-held enclave started escalating on Sunday evening, wounding 325 people. Neither the Syrian military nor Russian Federation commented on the renewed bombardment in eastern Ghouta , but they have often said they do not target civilians . (more...)
White House Expresses Support for Improved Gun Background Checks
- February 20, 2018

Sens. John Cornyn and Chris Murphy introduced the Fix NICS bill last November after a shooting at a Texas church. 'While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system'. (more...)
Iran resumes hunt for missing plane Iran resumes hunt for missing plane
- February 20, 2018

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the crash, although weather was severe. Mohammad Taghi Tabatabai, an Aseman Airlines spokesman stated state TV that all passengers on Flight No. According to state media, the plane crashed about an hour after takeoff, roughly 22 km (14 mi) from Yasuj and close to the city of Semirom, which is located in the central province of Isfahan. (more...)
Political scientists rank Trump last, Lincoln first in presidential greatness survey Political scientists rank Trump last, Lincoln first in presidential greatness survey
- February 20, 2018

Republicans and conservatives ranked Washington in the top spot and liberals, Democrats and independents chose Lincoln. "His average rating is 12.34, which is almost three points lower than [15th US President] James Buchanan (15.09), who previously occupied the lowest rank", the survey revealed. (more...)
Partygoer stole museum statue's left thumb after selfie Partygoer stole museum statue's left thumb after selfie
- February 20, 2018

Franklin Institute staff didn't discover that the thumb was missing until January 8, according to the affidavit. He then put his hand on the left hand of one of the warriors and snapped something off, the documents said. Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre, which arranged the loan of 10 of the statues, "strongly condemned" the theft, according to a report in the Beijing Youth Daily . (more...)
President or Luxury Towers: Either Way, Trump Is the Rage in India President or Luxury Towers: Either Way, Trump Is the Rage in India
- February 20, 2018

Tribeca Developers is the official representative of Trump Organisation in the country. "The planned speech by Trump Jr. has renewed conflict of interest concerns, with some questioning why the US President's son will be lecturing on foreign policy while simultaneously trying to hawk his family business's lavish new condominiums", The Washington Post reported . (more...)
As US Signals Openness to Talks with N.Korea, Uncertainties Loom As US Signals Openness to Talks with N.Korea, Uncertainties Loom
- February 20, 2018

North Korea may be able to co-host the 2021 Asian Winter Games with South Korea and make the North's Masikryong ski resort available for the Games, a North Korean official said on Tuesday according to the South's Yonhap news agency. Seoul is convinced that improving relations with Pyongyang can help the regime return to the negotiating table with Washington , which has shown more scepticism and insisted that North Korea must commit to denuclearization. (more...)
Google AI device could predict a person's risk of a heart attack Google AI device could predict a person's risk of a heart attack
- February 20, 2018

It was also able to deduce a persons age, blood pressure, and whether they smoke. "Most cardiovascular risk calculators use some combination of these parameters to identify patients at risk of experiencing either a major cardiovascular event or cardiac-related mortality within a pre-specified time period, such as 10 years", the paper states. (more...)
On Twitter: Trump and Romney friends again On Twitter: Trump and Romney friends again
- February 20, 2018

Finally, Republican opponents of Trump should not make Romney into the sole savior of the GOP . Romney officially announced his Senate run on Friday with a video that took shots at Washington while praising Utah's fiscal restraint and embrace of immigrants. (more...)
Oxfam workers threatened key witness, report reveals Oxfam workers threatened key witness, report reveals
- February 20, 2018

On Monday Oxfam released a 2011 internal report documenting accusations against Roland Van Hauwermeiren, who ran the aid body's operation in Haiti at the time. The UK government has demanded Oxfam hand over any information concerning staff members' involvement in the scandals to their respective governments, as none of the aid workers found guilty of sexual misconduct in Haiti were British nationals. (more...)
Rick Gates pleads guilty, turns on Paul Manafort in Robert Mueller's probe Rick Gates pleads guilty, turns on Paul Manafort in Robert Mueller's probe
- February 19, 2018

Both Flynn and Papadopoulos pleaded guilty previous year to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Rick Gates is going to change his plea to guilty", the source told the newspaper and added that the plea will be presented in court "within the next few days". (more...)
Congress, Left parties have 'secret pact' for Tripura polls: Narendra Modi Congress, Left parties have 'secret pact' for Tripura polls: Narendra Modi
- February 19, 2018

Counting of votes will take place on March 3. Voting is being held up to 4pm at 3,174 polling stations across Tripura . A total of 292 candidates are in the fray, which includes 23 women. Sarkar will becomes Chief Minister for the 5th time if he wins again. "Jahan bhi jaate hain, kuch na kuch galat vayeda karke chale jaate hain", Congress President Rahul Gandhi said while addressing a rally in Tripura's Kailashahar on the last day of campaigning on Friday. (more...)
Storm expected to slam Arizona high country with strong wind Storm expected to slam Arizona high country with strong wind
- February 19, 2018

Totals across the city will range from 1-5 inches, with the highest amounts being on the west side of the metro. Sunday's sunshine and mild temperatures will be a distant memory by Monday morning, the National Weather Service says. Northeast wind 5 to 10 miles per hour. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for SW Colorado for 8"-16" of snow, and a Winter Storm Warning for our central and northern mountains for 6"-12" of snow. (more...)
Australian politician slammed for Facebook gun photo Australian politician slammed for Facebook gun photo
- February 19, 2018

Political opponents accused Mr Christensen of inciting violence. After Greens supporters complained, Christensen initially changed his comment on the picture to: "You gotta ask yourself, do you have a sense of humor, greenie punks?" Christensen, whose National party is the junior partner in the government's ruling coalition, later deleted it but responded defiantly, saying: "I'm not going to be moralised to by these extreme greens who put the livelihoods, safety and lives of other ... (more...)
Family that took in Florida shooting suspect speaks out Family that took in Florida shooting suspect speaks out
- February 19, 2018

James and Kimberly Snead of Parkland, Fla ., said they allowed Cruz to keep his guns-an AR-15, two other assault rifles, BB guns and pellet guns-as long as he stored them in a locked safe, the couple revealed in an exclusive interview with the Sun-Sentinel published on Saturday. (more...)
Gorgeous, warm week to follow rainy, cool Monday Gorgeous, warm week to follow rainy, cool Monday
- February 19, 2018

The snow showers will continue to come to an end, and the rivers, creeks, and streams will continue to recede, as we head into Sunday . Winds will be breezy, gusting up to 25mph in the afternoon. West Michigan can expect to see rain showers moving in from south to north on Monday . A complicated several days of weather ahead with first a mild night. (more...)