Trump Planning 'Streamlined' Immigration Order
- February 20, 2017

The guidelines are contained in two draft memos signed by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and now under review by the White House, according to two people familiar with them. "I would say the president is contemplating releasing a tighter, more streamlined version", he said. The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security also said green card residency holders or travelers already on planes will not be blocked. (more...)
Akufo-Addo, Mahama off to Barrow's inauguration Akufo-Addo, Mahama off to Barrow's inauguration
- February 20, 2017

Mr Barrow is the third president in the history of The Gambia, and the celebrations also mark the country's 52 years of independence. "Gambia has changed forever". Boris Johnson, British foreign secretary, visited Barrow on Tuesday, saying: "We are here to help". The regional force has secured the country during the transition, which has remained peaceful. (more...)
After day in South Korea court, Samsung chief awaits arrest decision After day in South Korea court, Samsung chief awaits arrest decision
- February 19, 2017

According to Reuters, the special prosecutor's office will indict Lee on charges of bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas, and perjury. He said: "The original focus of the special prosecutor was the president, but I think because they couldn't find much on her during the investigation, they have arrested Lee". (more...)
Trump knew of Flynn's Russian Federation phone calls 'weeks ago'
- February 17, 2017

Chaffetz, who was eager to investigate Hillary Clinton's email controversy, has come under pressure from Democrats on the committee and his own constituents for going soft on Trump and not launching inquiries regarding Trump's financial conflicts of interest. (more...)
Congressman: Russian spy ship loitering by CT Congressman: Russian spy ship loitering by CT
- February 17, 2017

Garrett asked Trump at a press conference on Wednesday about three recent incidents involving the Russian military: a Russian spy ship loitering outside of a U.S. The fly-bys, according to American officials, were deemed "unsafe and unprofessional". "A military ship up here all by itself is kind of unusual". According to officials, all four planes were flying with their transponders turned off, thus increasing the risk of an accident. (more...)
Pakistan shrine blast leaves 50 killed, 200 injured
- February 17, 2017

Thursdays are an especially important day for local Sufis, meaning that the shrine was packed at the time of the blast. Militants said the attack was the beginning of a new campaign of violence against the government, security forces, the judiciary and secular political parties. (more...)
Trump to pick Alexander Acosta as new nominee for labor secretary
- February 17, 2017

He also served on the National Labor Relations Board for a year - from 2002 to 2003 - as a Republican member of the board under President George W. Bush . "But, if he continues to appoint mega-rich CEO's who stiff their workers of rightful pay and turn a blind eye to sexual harassment, it won't be the last". (more...)
Robert Durst Case: Friend Says 'The Jinx' Millionaire's Wife Feared Him Robert Durst Case: Friend Says 'The Jinx' Millionaire's Wife Feared Him
- February 17, 2017

Prosecutors have suggested that it could have been Berman who made the call, pretending to be Kathleen Durst, at Robert Durst's request in an apparent attempt to cover up his wife's disappearance. He said that Kathie Durst had come to his apartment on several occasions to complain about her marriage and told him she was afraid her husband would hurt her. (more...)
Russian jets harass the destroyer Porter Russian jets harass the destroyer Porter
- February 16, 2017

Three incidents in which Russian aircraft made low passes occurred on February 10 while USS Porter (DDG-78) was operating in worldwide waters in the Black Sea, Capt. The buzzing of the Porter by Russian aircraft occurred in global waters of the Black Sea near Romania. Approximately 2,800 personnel from Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, the United States, Canada, Spain and Ukraine, 16 warships and 10 warplanes will participate in the 10-day exercises. (more...)
Catapult found on US-Mexico border used for drug smuggling
- February 16, 2017

Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agent Vicente Paco said the device was "very complex" and the first catapult of this kind ever seen by agents at this part of the border. Drug smugglers along the Mexico-Arizona border will have to find another way to deliver marijuana after their pot-slinging catapult was dismantled. (more...)
Kremlin says White House scandal is "internal matter"
- February 16, 2017

The Valentine's Day stunt was coordinated by the app Hater - a Tinder-style dating app that matches you with other users based on things you both hate. Reports on Russia's apparently unbridled joy over Trump's win are 10 for a penny, but the hand-wringing over the supposedly treasonous relationship usually leaves out two important points: First, the declassified intelligence report presented to prove that Russian Federation in some way influenced the election presents a weak case and ... (more...)
Thousands protest Trump in Mexico City
- February 16, 2017

Numerous marchers were dressed in white as a sign of unity. Protester Julieta Rosas was wearing a T-shirt with a picture of Trump sporting an Adolf Hitler mustache. "Undocumented Mexican immigrants are not criminals or rapists", another sign read. "It is time we citizens combine forces and unite our voices to show our indignation and rejection of President Trump, while contributing to the search for concrete solutions", said the coalition behind the marches. (more...)
10-year-old declared dead after being rushed to hospital
- February 16, 2017

The accident, which took place in Reading's Oracle shopping centre on Monday, saw Kaden Reddick suffer serious head injuries after being struck on the head by a store display unit that being used to display accessories and candies for customers queuing for the till. (more...)
Indian-controlled Kashmir gunfight toll rises to 7
- February 14, 2017

The clashes erupted after security forces cordoned off Nagbal village and conducted searches following inputs that the terrorists were hiding there. "As the security forces neared the house where the militants were hiding, they came under heavy fire, in which four army personnel and a policeman were injured". (more...)
North Korea missile launch prompts urgent UN Security Council meeting North Korea missile launch prompts urgent UN Security Council meeting
- February 14, 2017

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters that North Korea's "unlawful weapons programs" were a clear and grave threat to national security. North Korea claimed Sunday the anti-missile defense system THAAD and South Korea's "Kill Chain" strategy to destroy and detect missiles will not defend against its projectiles. (more...)
Unexploded WW2 bomb sparks evacuation of thousands in Greece's Thessaloniki Unexploded WW2 bomb sparks evacuation of thousands in Greece's Thessaloniki
- February 13, 2017

Bomb disposal experts started work at 11.30am, 90 minutes later than planned, but defused the bomb in only 30 minutes, the governor of Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzizikostas announced. Officials said the device was too degraded to tell if it was a German or an Allied bomb. Defusing the bomb and then moving it to a military shooting range " could take us up to two days ", he added. (more...)
Peru ex-president Alejandro Toledo faces arrest on bribery charges
- February 12, 2017

The magistrate rejected the request made by Toledo's lawyer, that the former president could have the opportunity to make periodic appearances in the court, instead of having to remain in prison while continuing the investigation. Toledo served as president from 2001 to 2006. His successors have also denied any wrongdoing. The bribes were apparently given so a company could win a contract to build a highway from Peru to Brazil. (more...)
Erdogan approves constitutional reform bill
- February 11, 2017

President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan approved constitutional amendments that would bring drastic changes to the country's political system on February 10, including a shift to an executive presidential system from the current parliamentary system, clearing the way for a referendum to be held on April 16. (more...)
Top US general says Afghanistan war at 'stalemate,' more troops needed Top US general says Afghanistan war at 'stalemate,' more troops needed
- February 10, 2017

Nicholson said he had personally reached out to Commandant Gen. Robert Neller to ask for assistance since "the Marine Corps has deep experience in Helmand". He said that the resources for the counterterrorism mission there, in contrast, are "adequate". Gen. John "Mick" Nicholson's testimony laid on Donald Trump's desk the first major war decision - surge troops or not? - just three weeks into his new and tumultuous administration, which so far has focused more intently on US border security ... (more...)
Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo sworn in as Somali president
- February 09, 2017

Gun shots have already been heard in Mogadishu as people celebrate Farmajo's victory. Mr. Farmajo previously served as prime minister of Somalia for eight months before stepping down in 2011. Al Shabaab militants in Somalia publicly beheaded four men accused of spying for the country's Western-backed government, the United States and neighbouring Kenya, residents in the south of the Horn of Africa country said. (more...)