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Global Thailand's king condemns bid by sister to become PM
Author: 0 Thailand's king condemns bid by sister to become PM

Leader of Thai Raksa Chart party Preecha Pholphongpanich, center, holds a picture of Princess Ubolratana at election commission of Thailand in Bangkok , Thailand, Friday, Feb. King Rama X made a televised address about his sister on Friday saying, "Involvement of a high-ranking member of the Royal Family in politics, in whatever way, is an act that conflicts with the country's traditions , customs and culture and therefore is considered extremely inappropriate".

Global Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker Grilled by the House Judiciary Committee
Author: 0 Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker Grilled by the House Judiciary Committee

Congresswoman Val Demings (D- FL) directly told Acting AG Matthew Whitaker during today's hearing, "I believe that you have worked to make our criminal justice system--to make a mockery out of it". He gave an ultimatum, saying he would only testify if the House dropped its threat of a subpoena. "I don't know if your time has been restored or not", Whitaker said to laughter in the room.

Global Virginia lieutenant governor on sexual assault allegations: ‘The interactions were consensual’
Author: 0 Virginia lieutenant governor on sexual assault allegations: ‘The interactions were consensual’

Senior Democrats have already called on him to resign, including Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Tim Kaine and Elizabeth Warren. "Sexual assault is never acceptable", his statement said. He said Saturday he heard from Tyson after their encounter and he knew Watson after their encounter, and he said neither ever "said or otherwise indicated that our interaction was not consensual or caused her any discomfort".

Global Senate panel approves Trump attorney general nominee
Author: 0 Senate panel approves Trump attorney general nominee

Whitaker has done, but I think the time has come for new leadership at the department". But Barr has refused to promise that he will release the report in its entirety, citing Justice Department regulations that encourage prosecutors not to criticize people who they do not end up charging with criminal behavior.

Global Prince Philip, 97, Gives up Driver's License after Crash
Author: 0 Prince Philip, 97, Gives up Driver's License after Crash

Whether Elizabeth actually influenced the decision hasn't been made public, of course, but experts on the royal family suggested last month that she would be the one to make the call. Buckingham Palace calculated he had completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952. Fairweather also told the Mirror on Saturday that she welcomed Philip's decision to surrender his driver's license.

Global Customs officer shoots, injures man at US-Mexico border
Author: 0 Customs officer shoots, injures man at US-Mexico border

Mexico border. Reports say Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino said the shooting took place after the driver refused to stop and tried to run over the CBP officer. The group was spotted west of Lukeville by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter sent to investigate a possible campfire seen on a surveillance camera.

Global Backed Syrian force launches final battle against Daesh
Author: 0 Backed Syrian force launches final battle against Daesh

The SDF arrested 63 suspected militants in ISIS's former Syrian capital Raqa on Thursday during an operation against sleeper cells, it said in a statement. The U.S. -led coalition has said it is not discussing the timeline of the U.S. withdrawal from Syria. The country's Kurds have largely stayed out of the conflict, instead developing semi-autonomous institutions in parts of the country's northeast under their control.

Global Maduro accused of risking lives by blocking aid
Author: 0 Maduro accused of risking lives by blocking aid

Speaking in its inaugural meeting in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, the EU-backed International Contact Group on Venezuela said overly forceful intervention could aggravate the crisis in the country. A Senior White House official has revealed that the United States is actively in direct talks with the military in Venezuela urging them to abandon headstrong leader Nicolas Maduro .

Global Migrant caravan reaches town on Texas border
Author: 0 Migrant caravan reaches town on Texas border

He asserted that with its wall, "El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country". The rally, announced Wednesday morning, February 6, provides Trump with an opportunity to make a public case before a friendly audience for his long-promised border wall - a demand that led to the 35-day shutdown that ended January 25.

Global Elizabeth Warren formally launches 2020 White House bid
Author: 0 Elizabeth Warren formally launches 2020 White House bid

The backing could prove valuable for Warren given his status as a rising young Democratic star and his friendship with her potential 2020 rival, former Texas Rep. "I can't go back", Warren told the Post . That challenge is on display this weekend as Democratic presidential contenders - or those considering a run - fan out across the crucial early-voting states.

Global Trump to undergo second physical exam Friday
Author: 0 Trump to undergo second physical exam Friday

Conley said Trump did not undergo any procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia, meaning he did not have a colonoscopy. Trump will be at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington later Friday for the physical exam.

Global Virginians reeling as top 3 officials in government embroiled in scandals
Author: 0 Virginians reeling as top 3 officials in government embroiled in scandals

Everyone in Richmond, it seemed, was waiting Thursday for Virginia's Legislative Black Caucus to respond to the latest developments. Lamont Bagby, said Wednesday. And Al Sharpton, the prominent black activist and television personality, told BuzzFeed News that Herring and Northam should resign and that he'd lead protests against the two politicians .

Global Acting AG Whitaker Will Testify Before House Committee After Earlier Refusing
Author: 0 Acting AG Whitaker Will Testify Before House Committee After Earlier Refusing

Chairman, I see that your five minutes are up, " Whitaker said to the committee's Democratic leader, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY. "The chairman has made the commitment that we requested , and agreed that, if Mr. Democrats in Congress know too that to push him with a subpoena could land them in a lengthy court battle which might not wind up going their way (or if it does, might be too late to have a meaningful impact).

Global VATICAN Pope: Emirates trip marks new page in Christian-Muslim dialogue
Author: 0 VATICAN Pope: Emirates trip marks new page in Christian-Muslim dialogue

On Tuesday, the pope acknowledged that nuns in the church had been abused by priests and bishops, adding that in one case there had been "sexual slavery" perpetrated by clerics and the founder of a community. The nuns scandal broke as the Catholic church has had to contend with a wave of cases involving paedophile priests in countries worldwide from Ireland and the United States to Australia.

Global Hakeem al-Araibi: Thai government 'shirking responsibility' by detaining footballer
Author: 0 Hakeem al-Araibi: Thai government 'shirking responsibility' by detaining footballer

Thailand's government insisted Wednesday it can not free a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia until hearings on Bahrain's request for his extradition are completed. Al-Araibi was sentenced to 10 years' jail in absentia over the firebombing of a police station in Bahrain in November 2012. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne urged Thai authorities to use their discretion.

Global Storm Erik: Bus impaled by huge tree in Poole
Author: 0 Storm Erik: Bus impaled by huge tree in Poole

Firefighters swooped on the scene before the road was closed. Met Éireann on Thursday issued four separate weather warnings for Ireland, two Status Orange and two Status Yellow ahead of Storm Erik. The unsettled weather is expected to remain in parts of the United Kingdom over the weekend, with Northern Ireland and Scotland set to experience more strong winds and rainfall on Saturday.

Global Saudi crown prince had threatened to use 'bullet' on Khashoggi - NY Times
Author: 0 Saudi crown prince had threatened to use 'bullet' on Khashoggi - NY Times

Khashoggi's murder has put the spotlight on Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman , who has been accused of ordering the journalist's assassination. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives for the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 9, 2018.

Global Montana cat found stuck in the snow, freezing cold
Author: 0 Montana cat found stuck in the snow, freezing cold

Cats' temperatures are normally around 101 degrees, said the veterinarian. "I've never seen this". "Her temperature was very low but after many hours she recovered and is now completely normal", the clinic wrote on Facebook . They rushed her to a nearby animal clinic to get her examined. "Fluffy is incredible!" the clinic said. Facebook commenters sent their well wishes to the kitty and their congratulations to the clinic.

Global Jeff Flake's Elevator Protester To Be AOC's SOTU Guest
Author: 0 Jeff Flake's Elevator Protester To Be AOC's SOTU Guest

Archila, a longtime liberal activist and co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action, cornered Flake in a Capitol Hill elevator and berated him for supporting Kavanaugh's confirmation despite the numerous sexual-assault allegations leveled against the nominee by former classmates.

Global Pope Francis Departs UAE Following Historic Visit
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The UAE plays a leading role in a Saudi-led coalition battling to restore Yemen's internationally recognised government. The pope received a traditional military welcome that included a flyover by UAE military aircraft. In order to safeguard peace there is a need to enter together, as one family, into an ark which can sail the stormy seas of the world, "the ark of fraternity", Pope Francis said in a speech delivered at the Founder's Memorial.

Global Taliban says talks with Afghan politicians 'very successful'
Author: 0 Taliban says talks with Afghan politicians 'very successful'

It appears that Russian Federation facilitated the meeting despite strong opposition from President Ghani, who has also been sidelined from other peace initiatives led by United States special envoy Zalmai Khalilzad in recent months. "This has put Ghani in a hard position because he does not have the support of the influential Afghan figures, and can not agree with the U.S. on peace", the analyst noted.

Global Iraqi President Says Trump Did Not Ask Permission To 'Watch Iran'
Author: 0 Iraqi President Says Trump Did Not Ask Permission To 'Watch Iran'

Trump told coalition members meeting at the State Department that while "remnants" of the group were still risky, he was determined to bring USA troops home. He also called on China to make the kind of far-reaching "structural" changes to industrial policy that analysts say Beijing is likely to resist. He said the fight is entering a new stage where those allied against IS must confront a "decentralized jihad" with more than military force.

Global Dem derides Trump claim he prevented NKorea war
Author: 0 Dem derides Trump claim he prevented NKorea war

Trump met Kim in June in Singapore, the first-ever summit between leaders of the two countries that have never formally ended the 1950-53 Korean War, months after the U.S. "North Korea relationship is best it has ever been with USA", he tweeted. Vietnam could also be an important location for the U.S., which is now locked in a trade war with China - one of North Korea's closest allies.

Global UK Prime Minister Vows No Return to Hard Border with Ireland
Author: 0 UK Prime Minister Vows No Return to Hard Border with Ireland

Then there was this answer she gave to our colleagues at UTV during a press conference earlier in the day: "I'm not proposing to persuade people to accept a deal that doesn't contain that insurance policy, what Parliament has said is it wants changes to the backstop".

Global Federal Prosecutors Subpoena Trump Inaugural Committee, Source Says
Author: 0 Federal Prosecutors Subpoena Trump Inaugural Committee, Source Says

It demands documents related to any "benefits" offered to donors, including "tickets, photo opportunities, and/or small group receptions". A wide-ranging subpoena served on the inaugural committee Monday seeks an array of documents, including all information related to inaugural donors, vendors, contractors, bank accounts of the inaugural committee and any information related to foreign contributors to the committee, according to a copy reviewed by The Washington Post .

Global Australia hit by ‘once in a century’ floods
Author: 0 Australia hit by ‘once in a century’ floods

All flights in and out of Townsville were last night cancelled as authorities warned worst-case scenario modelling showed as many as 20,000 properties could be inundated - about one-quarter of the city's homes. About 1,000 people were in evacuation shelters overnight Sunday as residents were warned to conserve water and schools were closed. Authorities are begging locals to listen to emergency services as they're faced with at least another 24 hours of heavy rain and potential for flash ...

Global Prominent Democrats Call Virginia's Governor to Resign following Discovery of Racist Photo
Author: 0 Prominent Democrats Call Virginia's Governor to Resign following Discovery of Racist Photo

Now that same quality may be contributing to what is looking more and more like a spectacular career-ending disaster. U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings has joined a chorus of elected officials calling on Virginia Gov. "He has been a friend to me and has treated my family and me with hospitality and respect", Fairfax wrote in a statement Saturday, noting that he is a descendant of people enslaved in Virginia.

Global Trump's comments rile Iraqis, prompt troop pullout calls
Author: 0 Trump's comments rile Iraqis, prompt troop pullout calls

In an interview on the CBS network, Mr Trump spoke of the "endless wars" in Syria and Afghanistan and made clear he wanted to reduce the costly USA military presence in those countries, despite warnings against such moves from his military advisers and spy chiefs.

Global Freezing rain, roller-coaster temperatures
Author: 0 Freezing rain, roller-coaster temperatures

On Monday, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory that will be in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday . Freezing rain is likely in all areas, with the heaviest possible along and south of I-96. Wind: E/NE 5-10. Low: 20. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become hard to navigate due to accumulating snow. Sat: High: 40 Low: 16 Mostly sunny to partly cloudy; breezy.

Global Nostalgia: Remembering Chinese new Year celebrations in Ipswich from 1986
Author: 0 Nostalgia: Remembering Chinese new Year celebrations in Ipswich from 1986

But her popularity has risen unabated, and just months after state media slammed her as an emblem of counterculture, she is playing a starring role as the country ushers in the Year of the Pig tomorrow. The Chinese New Year concludes with a Lantern Festival, which begins on February 16 and concludes when the New Year ends on the 19th. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor led the festival celebrations and wished all concerned a happy, healthy and rewarding Year of the Pig.

Global Super Bowl overnight TV ratings fall to 10-year low
Author: 0 Super Bowl overnight TV ratings fall to 10-year low

For the Patriots , Julian Edelman had 141 yards on 10 catches, and he won Super Bowl MVP. The low-scoring matchup between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams on CBS averaged a 44.9 rating in metered market households.

Global European nations raise pressure on Venezuela's Maduro
Author: 0 European nations raise pressure on Venezuela's Maduro

The political crisis in oil-rich Venezuela has provoked a worldwide split, with a USA -led group of countries that have already recognized Guaido as interim president pitted against nations such as Russian Federation and China that support Maduro.

Global Iraqi President hits back at Trump over comments on U.S. presence
Author: 0 Iraqi President hits back at Trump over comments on U.S. presence

Brennan highlighted Trump's public disagreement with members of the intelligence community about the need to keep US forces in Syria to fight the remnants of the Islamic State . An amendment from the congressional body said that Islamic State and Al-Qaeda still pose a threat to USA interests and that a U.S. withdrawal would "allow terrorists to regroup, destabilize critical regions and create vacuums that could be filled by Iran or Russian Federation".

Global Assistance from USAID in West Bank, Gaza Officially Over
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Ministry spokesman Ashraf al Qudra said in a statement they were shot during protests along the border, but none were reported to be in a life-threatening condition. The terrorists will be interrogated by Israeli security forces. Gaza Health Ministry officials said earlier that since March 30, when the marches started, the Israeli army had shot and killed more than 250 demonstrators and wounded around 25,000 others, a lot of them shot by live gunshots.

Global Plane crashes in Southern California; 2 killed, officials say
Author: 0 Plane crashes in Southern California; 2 killed, officials say

Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration , said the aircraft went down under unknown circumstances. The home can be seen with scorch marks on its facade and broken windows, among other damage. Images from the aftermath of the incident shared to Twitter show debris strewn across the residential street where the plane is believed to have crashed.

Global Indian students arrested in USA
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India has made a diplomatic protest to the United States after 129 Indian students were arrested for enrolling in a fake university. "We have urged the USA side to share full details and regular updates of the students with the government, to release them from detention at the earliest and not to resort to deportation against their will", the ministry added.

Global Vice President Yemi Osinbajo survives crash landing
Author: 0 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo survives crash landing

Senior Special Assistant to the President on zMedia and Publicity in the Office of the Vice President , Mr Laolu Akande , confirmed the incident. He posted: "We are safe and sound!" Osinbajo tweeted, saying the crew managed the situation well.

Global MMA fighter wanted in killings captured after escaping van
Author: 0 MMA fighter wanted in killings captured after escaping van

Marks has three pending murder charges against him, authorities said, adding that he is considered to be "extremely risky". Authorities say Crews is "extremely dangerous" and that anyone who sees him should immediately call the police. Texas Prisoner Transport Services has contracts with several Central Texas departments, including Bell County, McLennan County and Hill County. Maya Maxwell, 26, was arrested and charged after she told police that she tried to hide Swearingin's vehicle in ...

Global Nissan cancels plans to make X-Trail SUV in the UK
Author: 0 Nissan cancels plans to make X-Trail SUV in the UK

Her tweet added that Brexit was just a part of the problem. In the run up to the 2016 Brexit referendum, Nissan said it would prefer Britain to remain in the EU. Nissan is part-owned by French manufacturer Renault, which had led to concerns that production could be moved to France to avoid any tariffs which might be introduced on exports to the European Union if the United Kingdom leaves the single market in a hard Brexit.

Global Make designating a sober driver your game plan Super Bowl Sunday
Author: 0 Make designating a sober driver your game plan Super Bowl Sunday

Riverside police have announced that they'll be conducting special traffic enforcement patrols on Super Bowl weekend, February 1-3 to take impaired drivers off the road and enforce state seatbelt laws. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter. "Driving under the influence is still the number one cause for traffic crashes and fatalities, during the holidays, and Super Bowl weekend is no different", said ISP Acting Director Brendan Kelly.

Global Trump criticized for attacking his own intelligence team as
Author: 0 Trump criticized for attacking his own intelligence team as "passive and naive"

The next morning, the White House canceled the president's daily briefing as Trump lambasted his intelligence chiefs on Twitter over their congressional testimony. He said in another tweet that they were "all on the same page ". Their assessments also broke with other assertions by Mr Trump, including on the threat posed by Russian Federation to USA elections, the threat Islamic State posed in Syria and North Korea's commitment to denuclearise.

Global Gold Coast man charged with Brisbane Airport bomb hoax
Author: 0 Gold Coast man charged with Brisbane Airport bomb hoax

Australian Federal Police and Queensland police swarmed the worldwide terminal, declaring an emergency situation and halting train services. The airport had been evacuated with flights grounded and trains stopped. Eyewitnesses on the Gold Coast shared photos on social media of tanks from the Explosive Ordinance Response Team, or bomb squad, arriving at the Bruce Bishop vehicle park, where it is understood the man detained by police in Brisbane airport had his auto parked.

Global Venezuelan opposition leader warns officers to stay away from his family
Author: 0 Venezuelan opposition leader warns officers to stay away from his family

Rubio went on to warn the firm that both it and any airline it hires to take the gold away will be subject to U.S. Treasury sanctions. Russia's Central Bank denied Novaya Gazeta's allegations. Britain, France, Germany and Spain are expected to announce their direct recognition of Guaido from Monday, assuming an eight-day deadline they set last Saturday for an election is not met, diplomats said.

Global Federal judge warns she may impose gag order on Roger Stone, prosecutors
Author: 0 Federal judge warns she may impose gag order on Roger Stone, prosecutors

While Stone would be barred from discussing the case, the conservative firebrand would be free to talk about other topics, including "foreign relations, immigration or Tom Brady" said the judge. He also is charged with obstruction and witness tampering. According to the indictment: 'After the July 22, 2016 release of stolen DNC emails by Organization 1, a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact STONE about any additional releases and what other damaging information ...

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