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World Testy telephone call forces Mexican president to postpone White House visit
Author: 0 Testy telephone call forces Mexican president to postpone White House visit

Pena Nieto was tentatively planning the trip for March but the visit has been put on hold following the phone call which took place on February 20, the official told CNN on Saturday. Mexico, Trump has committed , will somehow end up paying for the border wall, whether that comes in the form of taxing remittances to have illegal aliens from Mexico actually pay for the wall or tariffs on imported goods from Mexico.

World Democrats offer own memo on Russia probe
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But the White House pushed back on the memo, arguing that the special intelligence court that approved the surveillance of Page was never informed specifically "that Hillary Clinton and the DNC funded the dossier that was a basis for the Department of Justice's FISA application".

World Olympics: Swiss take inaugural gold in Alpine team event
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Ambani gave away the gold and silver medals to Switzerland and Austrian teams. "The reason most athletes don't want to do it is because they fear injury". That's how Great Britain beat the USA after their match was tied at 2. Sweden had been fancied for a podium spot given they fielded individual slalom gold medallists Frida Hansdotter and Andre Myhrer, but they went down 4-0 to the Austrians in the quarter-finals.

World Staff return to Florida high school for first time since massacre
Author: 0 Staff return to Florida high school for first time since massacre

Nikolas Cruz , a 19-year-old former student at the school, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. As she left, she placed her hands on the shoulders of two of the young men and said, "Boys, I am so proud of you". Seventy-eight per cent - including 65 per cent who live in gun households - support creating a government buy-back program for assault weapons. "That was never the issue".

World United Nations cease-fire in Syria not to affect Turkey's Afrin op
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Czech police would not elaborate on details of the arrest and only said that a 67-year-old foreigner had been arrested at the request of Turkey's Interpol. Muslim still holds huge sway over the PYD even after his resignation from the party's leadership. Ankara is filing an extradition request for Muslim, and a Czech court will decide whether to transfer him into Turkish custody, Anadolu reported.

World Al-Quds' Church of Holy Sepulchre Closes Amid Row with Occupation Authorities
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Theophilos III, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Francesco Patton, the Custos of the Holy Land, and Nourhan Manougian, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, issued a statement declaring that "this abhorrent bill ... The church leaders are also protesting the fact that the Jerusalem municipality no longer exempts their commercial ventures (as opposed to their religious services) from real estate taxes.

World Russians win hockey gold with 4-3 OT win over Germany
Author: 0 Russians win hockey gold with 4-3 OT win over Germany

Even with Alex Ovechkin , Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Bobrovsky back in North America, this gold medal was particularly sweet because of the backdrop of sanctions and the Russians' nearly three-decade drought. Aus den Birken made 26 saves. The country won gold in the first-ever women's curling event in Nagano in 1998, and medaled in every winter games since then - until they came in sixth place in Pyeongchang after a series of tough losses.

World Death toll rises to 38 in Mogadishu bombings
Author: 0 Death toll rises to 38 in Mogadishu bombings

Concerns have been high over plans to hand over the country's security to Somalia's own forces as a 21,000-strong African Union force begins a withdrawal that is expected to be complete in 2020. The bomb blasts shattered months-long period of calm in Mogadishu during the absence of NISA and Police leadership after last October truck bombing at Km5 junction which killed 512 people.

World India post 172 for7 in the decider
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Suresh Raina , who had announced himself with a six off Junior Dala, tucked into Andile Phehlukwayo's first two balls and taken boundaries off short balls from Morris and JP Duminy, eventually holed out off Shamsi for a feisty 43. None of the remaining batsmen could make more than Hardik Pandya's 21. The series is now locked at 1-1 after South Africa won the second T20 by 6 wickets .

World Fisher's birdie streak secures share of Qatar Masters lead
Author: 0 Fisher's birdie streak secures share of Qatar Masters lead

Having been tied for second overnight, Pepperell shot a six-under round of 66 - birdieing the par-five 18th to reach 16 under par. He'll start Sunday four behind the leaders but with just three men ahead of him, two of them yet to win at this level and the other, Fisher, not a victor in almost seven seasons.

World Heavy storms likely tonight and Sunday — FIRST ALERT FORECAST
Author: 0 Heavy storms likely tonight and Sunday — FIRST ALERT FORECAST

With the heavy rain, areas that are already saturated could experience some localized flash flooding. Isolated heavy downpours are possible this afternoon as temperatures warm to the upper 50s. There will likely be a few clouds around, but there could also be a good amount of sunshine! This high pressure system will then build atop the region through the middle of the week making for mostly sunny to partly sunny skies.

World PM Narendra Modi most expensive watchman in the world, says Congress
Author: 0 PM Narendra Modi most expensive watchman in the world, says Congress

He asked if Prime Minister Modi even manage to deposit 10 rupees in any account. In his brief speech, he accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of failing to keep any of his promises. In a bid to promote their party and spread their ideology, the party chiefs of both the political parties have reached the state to kick-start the second phase of poll campaigning.

World Mueller: Manafort secretly paid top European politicians to lobby for Yanukovych
Author: 0 Mueller: Manafort secretly paid top European politicians to lobby for Yanukovych

The U.S. special counsel hit President Donald Trump's former campaign manager with new conspiracy and other charges, including allegations that he set up a secret lobbying campaign involving former senior European politicians. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort received a slew of additional charges this week. As part of the lobbying scheme, Manafort paid at least 2 million euros through offshore accounts to the highly influential European politicians for pretending to be ...

World Russia probe: Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty
Author: 0 Russia probe: Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty

He admitted to charges accusing him of conspiring against the United States government related to fraud and unregistered foreign lobbying as well as lying to federal authorities in a recent interview. A sealed charge in the case this week as well as closed-door discussions in recent weeks had brought speculation that a plea deal for Gates or some other development might be near.

World China Communist Party has proposed removing presidential term limits
Author: 0 China Communist Party has proposed removing presidential term limits

Meaning, President Xi Jinping could stay in the office indefinitely because, for now, he has nearly completed his two terms, and will soon be asked to step down from the presidential seat. The move to lift the presidential term limits is not unexpected. At some point, Xi could be given a party position that also enables him to stay on as long as he likes.

Author: 0 Mueller accepts plea from ex-Trump aide

In Thursday's indictment, both Manafort and Gates are being charged with laundering $30 million millions of dollars from overseas when they lobbied on behalf of the Ukraine. That FBI interview came as Gates was trying to negotiate a plea deal. ABC News reported that a source said it was "gut-wrenching" decision for the former aide who also faced a significant financial burden.

World Republican congresswoman claims 'so many' mass murderers are Democrats without offering evidence
Author: 0 Republican congresswoman claims 'so many' mass murderers are Democrats without offering evidence

Republican Claudia Tenney from the 22nd district told a talk show host yesterday that numerous gunmen who kill people in the USA turn out to be Democrats . He continued, "Tenney's comments are unhinged, shameful, and disgusting and show why voters will replace her next November". "I am fed up with the media and liberals attempting to politicize tragedies and demonize law-abiding gun owners and conservative Americans every time there is a terrible tragedy", the former state legislator said.

World Florida shooting: U.S. airlines join other firms in dropping NRA
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The latest companies to end their ties with the NRA were Delta and United Airlines , two of the three largest US -based airlines. Companies are scrambling to cut ties with the National Rifle Association . The NRA has faced intense criticism following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, the latest in a string of high-profile mass killings in the U.S.

World ABLV Bank will be liquidated in accordance with Latvian law
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LATVIA'S central bank governor Ilmars Rimsevics has denied he has taken bribes and claimed it's a conspiracy by several private banks to oust him as he had hurt their profit margins. The bank did not have sufficient funds which are immediately available to withstand stressed outflows of deposits before the payout procedure of the Latvian deposit guarantee fund starts, " the ECB points out.

World PM Modi To Attend Auroville's 50th Anniversary Celebrations Today
Author: 0 PM Modi To Attend Auroville's 50th Anniversary Celebrations Today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed that science and technology should be used for welfare of humanity and to reach the highest peaks of human life. He asked people to inculcate safety in their day-to-day lives, stressing that India needs to become a "risk-conscious" society. "In this budget, emphasis was laid on "waste to wealth" and "waste to energy" through bio-gas for villages under "Swacch Bharat" initiative called "GOBAR-Dhan" (Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources)", he said.

World Aruna Reddy creates history to win bronze at Gymnastics World Cup
Author: 0 Aruna Reddy creates history to win bronze at Gymnastics World Cup

Dipa, the senior pro, tweeted . "Aruna is now the first and the only Indian to have won a medal in the World Cup and we are proud of her", Shantikumar Singh, secretary of a faction of Gymnastics Federation of India, said. This turned out to be Aruna's first worldwide medal. Significantly, 16 nations have participated in the event this year and the finals of eight different categories will be held on Saturday and the day after.

World Pakistan back on terrorist financing list
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Countries already on the grey list include North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Ethiopia. Prior to the FATF's official decision, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif had taken to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that Pakistan had been given a three-month reprieve.

World 'Maximum pressure': U.S. warns North Korea as Ivanka Trump hits Winter Olympics
Author: 0 'Maximum pressure': U.S. warns North Korea as Ivanka Trump hits Winter Olympics

A North Korean delegation will also attend the closing ceremony, but the South Korean government said it's unlikely that Ivanka Trump will meet the North Koreans or defectors from North Korea . Kim Yong-chol, a vice chairman of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea , was previously banned from travel as part of USA sanctions after being accused of masterminding the sinking of a South Korean warship in 2010 that lead to the deaths of 46 sailors.

World UN Security Council unanimously backs Syria ceasefire
Author: 0 UN Security Council unanimously backs Syria ceasefire

In a bid to get Russian support, sponsors Kuwait and Sweden amended the draft resolution late Friday to drop a demand that the cease-fire take effect 72 hours after the resolution's adoption. Moscow, which intervened militarily in support of its Damascus ally in 2015, has denied any direct involvement in the Eastern Ghouta bombardment.

World Death row inmate claims he is at risk for 'botched' execution
Author: 0 Death row inmate claims he is at risk for 'botched' execution

Alabama plans to execute Doyle Hamm, 61, at 6 p.m. (0000 GMT) for the 1987 murder of motel clerk Patrick Cunningham. A devout Christian and retired executive, Kent Whitaker said he had forgiven his son and that his family did not want him to be executed .

World US Sanctions Nine Chinese Firms for North Korea Ties
Author: 0 US Sanctions Nine Chinese Firms for North Korea Ties

Vessels registered in China and a range of other countries were among the entities included in the sanctions, as well as Chinese and Hong Kong shipping companies. "I do want to say, because people have asked: North Korea", he said before briefly mentioning the sanctions. The new sanctions came as senior US officials said the Trump administration and key Asian allies are preparing to expand the interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea, a plan that could include ...

World Students demand political action in wake of deadly Fla. school shooting
Author: 0 Students demand political action in wake of deadly Fla. school shooting

It is the sixth shooting this year at an American school, which has hurt or killed students. One sliver of hope? Several students heard the statement and reported it to school administrators, who contacted police. "Now is the time to get on the right side of this, because this is not something that we are going to let sweep under the carpet", she said on " Meet the Press ".

World Severe Weather Alert Day: Saturday, Feb
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I will talk more about this long range outlook and the overnight storm threat in my forecast at 9, 9:30 and 10 p.m. As quickly as the Tornado watch was extended to 7pm, the Weather Service cancelled it altogether.so now we are NOT under any tornado watches as of 630pm.

World Billy Graham's body prepared to lie in repose
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Family and friends were at the Billy Graham Library to watch as the hearse arrived after a three-hour motorcade down from the mountains he loved so much. Leighton Ford, the evangelist's brother-in-law, said the procession brought gratitude and tinge of sadness. The Department of Transportation says delays are possible on his route on I-40, USA 321 and I-85 along with some streets in Charlotte like North Tryon Street, Stonewall Street and South Boulevard.

World Afghan National Army soldiers killed
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Militants attacked a government army post overnight on Friday in the western province of Farah, a ministry of defence spokesman said. Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said six people were wounded in the attack in the Shash Darak area of Kabul , near North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters and not far from the U.S.

World Oklahoma mother-daughter duo shoot would-be robber in their liquor store
Author: 0 Oklahoma mother-daughter duo shoot would-be robber in their liquor store

At some point Lee and his shotgun have parted as he appears to be no longer armed. "My mom says, open the drawer, give him the money, give him the money". The man managed to grab the mother and that's when the daughter shot him again. Though Lee fled the scene, he returned to a local hospital to treat his numerous gunshot wounds.

World Former Trump campaign manager paid lobbyists for pro-Russia Ukraine
Author: 0 Former Trump campaign manager paid lobbyists for pro-Russia Ukraine

The indictment says the group was managed by a former European chancellor, who it names as Foreign Politician A, in coordination with Manafort. But Gates knew that was not true, partly because he and Manafort wrote a report for Ukrainian leadership about the "pertinent Ukraine discussions that Manafort had told him had taken place", according to court documents .

World Trump slams Sessions for not subjecting Obama to Special Counsel investigation
Author: 0 Trump slams Sessions for not subjecting Obama to Special Counsel investigation

But you're probably not surprised. An indictment by special counsel Robert S. Mueller alleged that 13 Russian nationals and three corporations from the Kremlin took part in the hacking of social media platforms, conducted identity fraud and posed as American citizens to organize rallies for the then-Republican nominee Donald Trump .

World Teacher 'would have shot the hell out of' gunman
Author: 0 Teacher 'would have shot the hell out of' gunman

A week after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire on the students and teachers of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida , Trump met with the survivors to hear their stories. Parents and educators overwhelmingly reject the idea of arming school staff. Educators need to be focused on teaching our students. "Why do we protect our airports, our banks, our government buildings, but not our schools?" the President said .

World Lee wins South Korea's only Olympic gold in speedskating
Author: 0 Lee wins South Korea's only Olympic gold in speedskating

Kim and Park also made matters worse in a series of interviews and non-apology apologies. She leaned over and sobbed after the 16-lap race ended. In a response to CNN's request for comment, the Presidential house said: "The Blue House plans to respond to the petition at an appropriate time ".

World President Trump To Meet With State, Local Officials On School Safety
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The US president said recruiting ex-military as teachers who would carry concealed weapons would make schools a "much harder target for attackers". He pointed to reports that the school resource officer at the high school in Florida stayed outside instead of entering the building when shots were fired as evidence that it would be better to arm teachers than hire security guards.

World England's Stokes expected to return for New Zealand ODI
Author: 0 England's Stokes expected to return for New Zealand ODI

Stokes hasn't played for the Three Lions since September, after he was embroiled in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub, but having been granted unconditional bail on February 13, Stpkes was given the green light to fly to New Zealand , as he looks to put his troubles behind him, and focus on the cricket.

World Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA
Author: 0 Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

The move comes after the most recent mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida . The issue of gun control , and the NRA's role in opposing it, became the focus of renewed national debate on 14 February, when a former student killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, with an AR-15 assault rifle he had purchased legally.

World Businesses distancing themselves from NRA in wake of Parkland shooting
Author: 0 Businesses distancing themselves from NRA in wake of Parkland shooting

None of the companies gave details about why or when they chose to cut ties with the NRA , but the news comes as the hashtag #BoycottNRA has circulated widely on social media. Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA. Those decisions came a day after three rental vehicle brands owned by Enterprise Holdings Inc said they were ending discount programs for NRA members.

World Tech3 and Yamaha Ending MotoGP Partnership
Author: 0 Tech3 and Yamaha Ending MotoGP Partnership

Meanwhile, Tech3 have announced Hafizh Syahrin will replace Jonas Folger in their rider line-up this season. "In Sepang I met (the Malaysian circuit chief executive) Razlan Razali , we were just chatting and now and then you have insane ideas, which are sometimes the ones that bring the best result".

World South Korea and US Expose Differences on Inter-Korean Dialogue
Author: 0 South Korea and US Expose Differences on Inter-Korean Dialogue

Trump was later the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the presidential Blue House. This file picture taken on December 13, 2007 shows North Korea's chief delegate Kim Yong Chol (C) and North Korean soldiers crossing the border which divides the two Koreas to attend the inter-Korean general talks at the South's side of the truce village of Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas since 1950-53 Korean War.

World Red Cross admits 21 staff paid for sexual services
Author: 0 Red Cross admits 21 staff paid for sexual services

The news from the two charities follow recently-revealed allegations that senior staff members of the British extension of Oxfam International - which works to combat poverty and offers assistance during disasters - used prostitutes and downloaded pornography while working in Haiti after the devastating 2010 quake.

World Democrats' memo defends Russian Federation probes
Author: 0 Democrats' memo defends Russian Federation probes

The warrant at issue in the Republican memo was obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or Fisa. Democrats have released a memo rebutting GOP claims that the FBI abused USA government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference.

World Trump Defends Second Amendment At CPAC And Warns of Dems Taking Office
Author: 0 Trump Defends Second Amendment At CPAC And Warns of Dems Taking Office

In a sprawling, campaign-style speech to activists, the President vowed to make it tougher for those with mental illness to buy guns, suggested arming teachers and vowed to defend the Second Amendment from gun foes. Trump has advanced a variety of ideas to counter gun violence, and the White House this week asked the Justice Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for recommendations: everything from faster ballistics testing to more prosecutions for those who ...

World The companies that have cut ties with the NRA basically overnight
Author: 0 The companies that have cut ties with the NRA basically overnight

However, the gun lobby took to Twitter to defend itself. Enterprise Holdings Inc., which operates Alamo and National vehicle rentals as well, said it had ended its participation effective March 26. In response, the NRA and Trump have suggested arming teachers who have received training to deter attackers, a proposal that has been met with skepticism by teachers unions and gun violence experts.

World Walkouts in solidarity with Parkland
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The nationwide event is planned for 10 a.m across all time zones. As the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting turn their waking nightmares into a national revolution, their supporters have funneled huge sums of money to the students' cause.

World 'Wedding gift' explodes in India, killing groom and his grandmother
Author: 0 'Wedding gift' explodes in India, killing groom and his grandmother

The cops have initiated their investigations and are looking for the person who had gifted that box to the couple during reception ceremony. As per reports by ANI , the blast took place at Patnagarh in Odisha's Bolangir district. The package exploded when the newly married couple tried to open it. Sesadeba Bariha, the Sub Divisional Police Officer of Patnagarh, later confirmed that the family received the parcel in which the bomb was kept.