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World Wrapped in symbolism, portraits of the Obama generate reactions found
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Obama's portrait at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery . In an interview with this newspaper, the curator of paintings and sculptures and Latin art in the Gallery, the Puerto Rican Tainan Caragol, said that Wiley is not a "conventional" artist and, therefore, forces the public to have a "new look at this president and his history, which changed the profile of the U.S.

World Two arrested in Gupta raid
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The Hawks must also ensure that ANC Secretary General, Ace Magushule is thoroughly investigated for his alleged role in relation to the Vrede dairy farm project, in which R10m allegedly went directly to Atul Gupta. Shortly afterwards, an unmarked police van left the compound as residents applauded police officers and hurled abuse at security guards for the Guptas, who have been accused by South Africa's top anti-corruption watchdog of influence-peddling and swaying the appointment of cabinet ...

World Seaside Bomber Sentenced To Life
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Rahimi, a Muslim who federal prosecutors say attempted to radicalize other jail inmates while awaiting sentencing, also was ordered to pay about $563,000 to victims. Ahmad Khan Rahimi's sentence is consistent with federal sentencing guidelines, and was imposed by Judge Richard Berman after a three-hour hearing.

World Political crisis in South Africa: President Jacob Zuma told to step down
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In addition, President Zuma committed to deliver a statement in response to this decision later today. "When we recall our deploy, we expect our deploy to do what the organization expects him to do", Magashule added. "There will always be party lines", he said. "The collective of the ANC believe that (party) president Cyril Ramaphosa must take over the (national) presidency".

World Second judge blocks Trump from ending DACA
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Judge Nicholas Garaufis , a former President Bill Clinton appointee on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of NY, concluded the government violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it ended the program. At the end of the meeting, Trump said he thought Congress could reach agreement on the immigration policy that shields "Dreamers", immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents, from deportation.

World North Korea leads diplomatic competition at Winter Olympics
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A North Korean delegation, the highest-ranking to visit the South and led by the younger sister of the North's leader Kim Jong Un , concluded its visit on Sunday after charming and intriguing the South Korean public, but still faces deep scepticism over Pyongyang's sincerity towards improving relations.

World Trump explains refusal to declassify Dems' memo
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The president's lawyer, Donald F. McGahn, says the memo contains numerous classified and sensitive passages. The Democratic counter-memo deserves to be read by Americans, "once the necessary redactions have been made", says Rep. "All we can do is make criminal referrals", the California Republican said. President Donald Trump is promoting a conservative argument that he's been "victimized" by the Obama administration through its allegedly flawed application for a surveillance warrant on ...

World Duterte 'epitome of misogyny, fascism rolled into one'
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The controversial comment was included in an official transcript of the speech released by the Presidential Communications Office. "Tell the soldiers: 'There's a new order coming from the mayor". Duterte who came into power after vouching to kill all of the country's drug users and peddlers has been doing just that. "Come on. Just laugh", he told a pro-Duterte social media personality, adding that people "identify with his humour".

World Indian PM Modi Arrives Palestine, Lays Wreath At Yasser Arafat's Mausoleum
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He then headed to Arafat Museum and wrote in the guest book saying that Arafat was a "special friend of India and his contribution to Palestine is historical". We appreciate it, " Mr Modi said, President Abbas described Mr. Modi as a "great guest" and said Palestine was relying on India's influence, its voice on strategic and economic levels and standing on the worldwide fora which would be conducive to the desired goal of peace process process with Israel .

World ANC leaders meet to finalise Zuma exit
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Sunday's rally was part of ANC celebrations marking 100 years since late leader Nelson Mandela's birth - as well as efforts by Ramaphosa to try to revive the party's tainted reputation ahead of next year's general election. Zuma's hold over the ANC was shaken in December when his chosen successor - his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - narrowly lost out to Ramaphosa in a vote to be the new party leader.

World 'Queen Yuna' thrilled with final torchbearer role at Winter Olympics
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Park Jong-ah of the Korean unified women's ice hockey team celebrates after scoring a goal during a friendly match against Sweden Feb. 4 in Incheon, South Korea . "An early resumption of dialogue between the United States and the North is needed also for the development of the South-North Korean relationship, " Moon said, according to his spokesman .

World 14% of all Texas deaths related to flu — CDC
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Overall, a cumulative rate of 51.4 laboratory-confirmed, influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population was reported by the agency, with the highest hospitalization rate for people who are 65 years and older. Schuchat noted they continue to recommend vaccination against influenza, "even this late in the season". "In recent weeks, the percent of specimens testing positive for influenza A has been decreasing, while the percent positive for influenza B viruses has continued to ...

World Another White House Official Resigns Amid Abuse Accusations
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Porter-who resigned on Wednesday-is reportedly involved romantically with White House communications director Hope Hicks , for whom his second ex-wife, Jennie Willoughby, says she's anxious. Willoughby, 39, described that she was floored when Trump praised and declared Porter's innocence Friday, following his resignation amid the domestic abuse allegations.

World Police officer shot, 2 women killed during standoff in Detroit
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Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood confirms that the two women died. A third victim, a police officer, had a gunshot wound to the leg and is expected to recover. Officers arrived at the scene seven minutes later, at which point they came under fire and one of their own suffered a non-life threatening injury, according to Assistant Chief Arnold Williams.

World Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony
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South Korea's presidential office said after the meeting that the North Korean leader has invited Moon to visit his country and expressed willingness to improve inter-Korean ties in the letter. "But he stayed there the entire time . and talked to Moon and Abe and their spouses, and the North Koreans sat in the back and didn't talk to anybody, and that image is telling".

World Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills three
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Becky Dobson, Jason Hill, and Stuart Hill died after their helicopter, which was taking them around the canyon, dropped out of the sky around 5.20 p.m. Dramatic images of the crash site show the wreckage lying at the bottom of a canyon, engulfed in flames. Teddy Fujimoto, a Las Vegas photographer in the area at the time, said he saw two or three small explosions in the wreckage, and that one injured woman "was pretty much burned all over".

World Pakistan Taliban confirms senior commander's death by drone
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Publicly, Pakistan condemns the USA drone strikes in its territory as a violation of its sovereignty, but media reports suggest that Islamabad tacitly endorses such attacks and even in some cases provided intelligence on the targets. Pakistan denies sheltering militants. Pakistani authorities suspect Sajna played a role in planning major terrorist attacks in the country and was instrumental in a jailbreak in 2012 in the northwestern town of Bannu that freed about 400 inmates, including ...

World Tripura election '18: Amit Shah confident about BJP's govt
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Similarly, our party did not have an adequate base in Tripura earlier and the BJP got a very small percentage of votes previously (BJP secured 1.54 per cent votes in 2013 polls) in Tripura. "Due to their misrule Tripura stands last, when it comes to development", Shah said in a press conference in Agartala . Meanwhile, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday also unveiled BJP's election manifesto at the party headquarters in Tripura.

World PAL, Cebu Pacific to transport repatriated OFWs from Kuwait
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THE Philippines today expanded a ban on its citizens working in Kuwait after President Rodrigo Duterte angrily lashed out at the Gulf state over reports of Filipino workers suffering abuse and exploitation. Just last week, the government confirmed that the body found in a freezer in a vacant apartment in Kuwait was that of a Filipina. He has repeatedly expressed anger about alleged abuse in Kuwait, where he said low-paid Filipinos were made to endure rape and starvation.

World Ice hockey: N Korean media silent on country's loss
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It should not be forgotten that the exertion of continuous pressure on Pyongyang will change its actions. "But if you want to talk, we'll talk", Pence is reported to have said. And given her high status in North Korea , she would also be an ideal person if the Unites States would like to reach out to North Korea . The best-case scenario is that it leads to denuclearization but it could also worsen bilateral relations between Seoul and Washington.

World Ties with U.S. at risk of breaking down: Turkey
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Diplomatic sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the United States proposal to establish a 30 km deep security zone into Syrian territory on Turkey's border would be discussed, pointing out that Turkey first wants to ensure getting a clear position out of the USA on the issue of stopping support to Kurdish units.

World Iraq seeks US$88.2b for reconstruction, says minister
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Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq (KICRI) is due to kickoff on Monday amid great aspirations by the Iraqis who are eager for a positive outcome and tangible contributions that will help rebuild their war-torn country.

World RSS denies its chief compared the cadres to armymen
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In a statement issued in New Delhi this morning, RSS said that Bhagwat's statement had been "misquoted" in the press which had inadvertently "distorted" his speech. His trumpeting of the military might of the influential RSS, which often describes itself as only a socio-cultural organisation, immediately raised eyebrows in political circles, partly because of the disparaging comparison he made with the army, and also because the military exercises imparted in RSS shakhas have been ...

World Saudi Cleric: Women Not Obliged to Wear Abayas
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A decision was recently passed that allowed women to attend public sporting events with men. Sheikh Mutlaq's statement is the first time a religious leader has said women are not required to wear the loose-fitting dress. Before that announcement, Saudi women were only allowed to wear swimsuits inside segregated gymnasiums and women-only swimming pools. Last month, women in the kingdom were finally granted admittance to stadiums in some cities to watch live soccer games.

World What Trump infrastructure plan could mean for Gateway Tunnel
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The $200 billion in direct federal spending breaks down into five parts. President Trump on Monday will offer a budget plan that falls far short of eliminating the government's deficit over 10 years, conceding that huge tax cuts and new spending increases make this goal unattainable, three people familiar with the proposal said.

World University replaces professor who insisted Australia was not a country
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Buzzfeed previously reported that Ashley Arnold , a student of SNHU had initially failed her assignment - one where she compared social media norms between the United States and Australia . On Friday, SNHU announced via Twitter that they had apologized to Arnold and had replaced her professor. Arnold sent back convincing evidence that Australia is in fact both a continent and a country .

World Mike Pence avoids North Korean official at Olympic reception
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In a historic move, South Korean President Moon Jae-in welcomed senior North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong, to the presidential palace for a lunch meeting on Saturday. Mr. Moon and Ms. Kim Yo Jong had their first face-to-face encounter at the opening ceremony . "I don't know", he said. "She's probably one of the most influential people on Kim Jong Un himself, precisely because he has very few people he can trust", said Balbina Hwang, visiting ...

World South Africa's ANC to hold special meeting as pressure mounts on Zuma
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Last week, the State of the Nation was postponed in what was seen as a sign of mounting pressure within the ANC for Zuma to be ousted. The country's ruling African National Congress ( ANC ) is reportedly pressuring him to resign his position nearly a year before his second term is set to expire.

World Elon Musk just made space cool again
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A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral , Fla., on February 6. Musk , who is the CEO and lead designer of SpaceX, founded the company in 2002. SpaceX is also not the only one eyeing the moon. Trump was vague, however, with details, financing or a calendar for sending men to the moon or the Red Planet.

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Trump, who has at times exchanged taunts and threats with Kim, said in early January after the first intra-Korean talks in over two years that the United States was willing to speak to North Korea "under the right circumstances", although it was far from clear whether this would pay dividends.

World Jerusalem was highlight of my year, says Donald Trump
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Alexander Shumilin, a Middle East scholar at the Institute for United States and Canadian Studies, called Abbas' visit "an attempt to cosy up to Russia, a consistent ally, and to stop Netanyahu leading Moscow astray during an improvement in Russia-Israeli ties".

World Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for talks in the North
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Some North Korean experts believe tough United Nations sanctions that are cutting off most of the isolated regime's sources of revenue might pressure Pyongyang to further engage with Seoul. "As we speak, an estimated 100,000 North Korean citizens labour in modern-day gulags", Pence said. Hundreds of anti-North Korea protesters scuffled with riot police hours not far from the main stadium before the opening ceremony began, with some of their banners reading "Moon regime is leading Korea ...

World No. 16 Oregon State women edge Washington State in OT, 63-61
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The Oregon Ducks have been playing well with wins in four of five following a 65-40 rout of the Washington Huskies as a nine point favorite. Oregon State goes for a weekend sweep when it hosts Washington at 7 p.m. Satou Sabally and Sabrina Ionescu each added 17 points for OR (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12), which shot 80 percent in the first half and 62 percent for the game.

World Turkey, US discuss sensitive issues in ties in Istanbul
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US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday amid persistent tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over Syria and other issues. " These things will happen; we are in a war ". Erdogan has promised to sweep the militia from Turkey's southern border, a move that could put Turkish troops in confrontation with US forces on the ground in Syria.

World President Donald Trump on Monday will unveil his long-awaited infrastructure plan
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Only $200 billion of that, however, would come from direct federal spending, according to White House aides. Under the proposals, states and private investors would put up the remaining US$1.3 trillion. Last year, Trump's budget projected a slight surplus after a decade, but critics said it relied on an enormous accounting gimmick - double counting a 10-year, $2 trillion surge in revenues from the economic benefits of "tax reform".

World Karan Nagar gunfight: CRPF soldier killed
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The security forces gunned down 5 terrorists and were carrying out the operations carefully as they do not want any collateral damage, he added. "They couldn't enter the headquarters but sneaked in a building close to the HQ". Combing operations is underway at the Sunjwan Army Camp. According to news agency ANI , a CRPF personnel, who was seriously injured in the gunfight during the ongoing encounter at the CRPF camp in Srinagar's Karan Nagar, succumbed to his injuries.

World U.S. says attacks on Syrian civilians 'must end now'
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The numbers, in the region bordering the Syrian capital Damascus, would rise later as rescue workers dug the dead up from underneath the rubble of collapsed buildings. Many have sought refuge near the Turkish border, threatening a new influx of refugees. A Western intelligence agency told the BBC previous year that three branches of the SSRC, including the one at Jamraya, were being used to produce chemical munitions in violation of a deal that saw Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad agree to ...

World South Korea's Inbee Park honored with role in Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
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Moon and Kim Yong Nam , the North's ceremonial head of state, will jointly attend the unified Korean women's ice hockey team's first match later Saturday evening. "The leader of North Korea has to be worshipped as god, and this will not change unless the regime collapses". He made it clear from the start that he came to the Games with a message of "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang.

World Team news, build up and live action from the Nou Camp
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With Barcelona pushing for a stoppage time victor, it was Getafe that nearly secured the three points when, in the dying seconds, they forced a free kick in a unsafe place. The Catalan giants received some good news on the injury front, as Ousmane Dembele has returned to the matchday squad. Ernesto Valverde's line-up featured January signings Yerry Mina and Philippe Coutinho , while Lucas Digne and Paco Alcacer made just their fifth and sixth starts of the La Liga campaign, ...

World Wall may be built in House Intel Committee as atmosphere 'absolute poison'
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One of the Republicans who spoke with CBS, Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL), said the Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating the committee's Republican staffers over alleged leaks, which could be a source of the tension, he said. "While we have more than our share of difficulties, the important oversight work of the committee continues with our staff working together irrespective of party".

World Meeting ends between SKorean leader, N. Koreans
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Kim Yo-jong held a blue document folder when she arrived at Cheong Wa Dae for her meeting with Moon, prompting speculation that she may have been carrying a letter from the North Korean leader. The statement from the Ministry of Unification came after a high-level North Korean delegation concluded a three-day visit which included an invitation for South Korean President Moon Jae-in to travel to Pyongyang for talks.

World Trump blocks release of memo
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President Donald Trump is refusing to declassify a high-profile memo written by Democratic lawmakers about the Russian Federation probe. Schiff, who has traded bitter Twitter messages with the president after Trump called him one of "the biggest liars and leakers" in Washington, warned this week that Trump might call for "political edits" meant to erase embarrassing parts of the memo, not information related to national security.

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The South Koreans want to use the Olympics to ease tensions spurred by North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons. Moon has already put a summit offer on the table. Kim, in a New Year's address, expressed a wish to "melt the frozen North-South relations". Analysts say that the missiles, which were successfully flight tested three times a year ago, could potentially reach deep into the US mainland when perfected.