Lebanon signs deal with three global oil companies

Meanwhile, Lebanon is protesting a controversial wall that Israel is planning to build along its southern border but Lebanon says would encroach on its territory. The three companies have bid for two of Lebanon's 10 offshore blocks, to determine whet... More..

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North American markets plunge; Dow Jones in correction territory
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

North American markets plunge; Dow Jones in correction territory

The benchmark S&P 500 edged lower after two days of big moves, including its largest single-day percentage loss in more than six years on Monday. " The dust hasn't settled yet, and I think both buyers and s...More..

Senior Oxfam staff took part in
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Senior Oxfam staff took part in "Caligula-style" orgy

The charity's inquiry into sexual misconduct from 2011, which investigated sexual exploitation, the downloading of pornography, and bullying and intimidation, led to the sacking of four men and saw three others...More..

Chicago in the bullseye as heavy winter storms pummel Midwest, Great Lakes
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Chicago in the bullseye as heavy winter storms pummel Midwest, Great Lakes

Stay tuned for latest forecast from Chief Meteorologist Jim Teske on NewsChannel 9 First at Four. A winter storm moving across the Midwest is forecast to bring between 8 and 14 inches of snow to northern IL, ...More..

Iranian, Russian, Turkish leaders to meet in Istanbul
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Iranian, Russian, Turkish leaders to meet in Istanbul

Rouhani noted that Iran is ready to expand economic ties with Turkey. According to Reuters, presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran have agreed to meet in Istanbul to discuss the conflict in Syria. Rouhani sa...More..

Israeli missiles target 'research centre' outside Damascus
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Israeli missiles target 'research centre' outside Damascus

The Observatory said the strikes killed seven combatants and two civilians. Youth in Eastern Ghouta "are being starved, bombed and trapped", said Sonia Khush, Save the Children's Syria response director. It...More..

Oops! It happened again - tsunami test alert causes scare
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Oops! It happened again - tsunami test alert causes scare

The National Weather Service said it was investigating how what it called "a routine test message" sent out about 8:30 a.m. The message was sent to phones throughout the East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico and the C...More..

Plane carrying Kim Jong Un's sister lands in South Korea
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Plane carrying Kim Jong Un's sister lands in South Korea

Kim Yong Nam arrived in the South Friday for a three-day visit, at the head of the North's diplomatic delegation to the Winter Olympics , accompanied by leader Kim's sister, two other senior other officials, ...More..

Trump Not Happy With Raj Shah's Porter Remarks
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Trump Not Happy With Raj Shah's Porter Remarks

Porter has denied the claims. He is a friend, a confidant and a trusted professional. Porter, a director of staff and responsible, amongst others, for numerous documents that arrived at the office of the Unit...More..

Coast Guard searching for 3 missing fishermen near Jacksonville
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Coast Guard searching for 3 missing fishermen near Jacksonville

The Coast Guard has announced that they are suspending their search for a possible mariner in distress near Buzzards Bay . The person, who sounds like a man, made three separate mayday calls - at 8:31 p.m., ...More..

Japanese, S. Korean leaders discuss future ties, efforts over Pyongyang
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Japanese, S. Korean leaders discuss future ties, efforts over Pyongyang

Vice President Mike Pence, in an exclusive interview with NBC's "Nightly News", vowed that the US would protect itself from North Korean nuclear threats by taking whatever "action is necessary to defend our hom...More..

United States congressional leaders reach long-term, bipartisan budget deal
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

United States congressional leaders reach long-term, bipartisan budget deal

As she was leaving the Senate floor Friday night after the Senate voted to pass a budget deal and fund government into March, Maine Republican Sen. McConnell and Schumer said the deal was the product of ext...More..

Congress Passes Government Funding Bill Overnight
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Congress Passes Government Funding Bill Overnight

Republican Senator Rand Paul, objecting to deficit spending in the bill, engaged in a nine-hour, on-again, off-again protest and floor speech late on Thursday that delayed passage of the deal past the midnight ...More..

Ginza school causes uproar over designer uniform
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Ginza school causes uproar over designer uniform

The Yomiuri ShimbunTaimei Elementary School in the Ginza district of Tokyo plans to introduce a voluntary student uniform costing up to about ¥80,000, starting with first graders this spring, it was learned Thu...More..

Maximum security alert nationwide for comprehensive military operation in Sinai
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Maximum security alert nationwide for comprehensive military operation in Sinai

The operation is launched as part of the efforts to reach the three-month deadline set by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to eliminate terrorism after the mosque attack that killed more than 300 people in the no...More..

First Trump tweets after State of the Union slam Democrats
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

First Trump tweets after State of the Union slam Democrats

That wasn't a record, though. Meehan Crist and Tim Requarth explain in their Nation article, "The Crisis of American Forensics", live on Thursday. Fox News drew 3.5 million viewers for the president's ...More..

Sen. Paul forces delay in voting on budget deal
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Sen. Paul forces delay in voting on budget deal

The Senate is expected to vote on, and pass, a budget compromise which was hammered out by leadership from both sides of the aisle. The $400 billion plan includes huge spending increases for both the Pen...More..

by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Winter Olympics: IOC rejects request for 15 reinstated Russian athletes

It added that it wants a "transparent and comprehensive review" of how the evidence gathered by Professor Richard McLaren on behalf of WADA into the Russian doping conspiracy in 2016 was used by the IOC and v...More..

Rubio Leaps To Top Democrat's Defense Over Texts To Russian Oligarch's Lobbyist
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Rubio Leaps To Top Democrat's Defense Over Texts To Russian Oligarch's Lobbyist

Democratic Senator Mark Warner secretly exchanged multiple texts with Adam Waldman, a lobbyist for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, in a desperate attempt to contact Christopher Steele , author of the discre...More..

California Dem #MeToo Leader Accused of Groping
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

California Dem #MeToo Leader Accused of Groping

Although Fierro does not now work for Calderon, Garcia and Calderon are both members of the Assembly, and Calderon reported the matter to the Assembly Rules Committee. The claims against Garcia could harm the v...More..

Papers of 227 candidates valid
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Papers of 227 candidates valid

The ruling Nagaland Peoples Front has announced the largest number of candidates - 58. The last day for withdrawal of nomination papers is on February 12 while polling for the 60 Nagaland Assembly constituenc...More..

Congress votes to reopen government, passes budget deal
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Congress votes to reopen government, passes budget deal

The Senate passed the legislation, which funds the government through March 23, in a 71-28 vote shortly before 2 a.m after Republican Sen. It's not clear if there are enough votes in the House to do so, as li...More..

Senate Passes Spending Bill; House Takes Up Measure Next
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Senate Passes Spending Bill; House Takes Up Measure Next

The day before what would have been another shutdown , Republicans and Democrats struck a 2-year, almost $400 billion budget deal that upon passage will segue into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's ...More..

Bangladesh former PM sentenced to five years in prison
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Bangladesh former PM sentenced to five years in prison

Tarique Rahman , Zia's elder son and heir apparent, and four others were sentenced to 10 years in this politically significant case that comes ahead of general elections due in December. Policemen inspect a fir...More..

President Trump's latest approval rating: Numbers best in 7 months, poll shows
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

President Trump's latest approval rating: Numbers best in 7 months, poll shows

More voters credit President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military para...More..

Rand Paul holding up vote to keep government open
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Rand Paul holding up vote to keep government open

And if the Republican majority in the House can not pass this bill on its own, then the GOP will have to make the choice to either provide the necessary assurances that the House will debate legislation deali...More..

Brexit Transition Period Not Guaranteed if Differences Remain - EU Negotiator
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Brexit Transition Period Not Guaranteed if Differences Remain - EU Negotiator

Responding, Mr Barnier said: "I'm surprised by these disagreements and if they persist, a transition is not a given". However, Barnier said that a deal could not be guaranteed, if Britain remains inflexible. ...More..

Pence not ruling out meeting with North Korea at Olympics
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Pence not ruling out meeting with North Korea at Olympics

The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 1,100 points Monday with stocks taking their worst loss in six and a half years. Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday signaled openness to a possible face-...More..

Stormy parade weekend: Chance for some heavy rain
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Stormy parade weekend: Chance for some heavy rain

It will remain a little milder than recently however, with a maximum temperature of 7°C. Rain is forecast for most of the northern region for much of the coming week, with the exception of a couple of overcas...More..

Canada-Philippines helicopter deal sparks human rights concerns
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Canada-Philippines helicopter deal sparks human rights concerns

Canada said it would review the sale, including on human rights grounds, after Philippine Major-General Restituto Padilla told Reuters the helicopters would be used for the military's internal security operatio...More..

Violence In Syria's Idlib, Eastern Ghouta 'Must End Now' Says US
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Violence In Syria's Idlib, Eastern Ghouta 'Must End Now' Says US

Amid the attacks, doctors have put up makeshift health centres, but health professionals say they too are being hit. The official says about 100 of the attackers were killed. In a statement , Paulo Pinheiro ...More..

Porter isn't the only high-level Trump staffer forced out over past actions
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Porter isn't the only high-level Trump staffer forced out over past actions

Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah on February 8 said Rob Porter , who resigned as White House staff secretary amid allegations of abuse, "received no waivers and no special treatment". Shah said Po...More..

Death toll tops 200 in four-day regime assault on rebel area
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

Death toll tops 200 in four-day regime assault on rebel area

The town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta was under siege on Wednesday, with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reporting that 34 people had been killed and about 200 more injured in the bombardment . The dea...More..

UN Security Council to discuss Syria humanitarian truce
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

UN Security Council to discuss Syria humanitarian truce

Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters that he protested the assault in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor during a closed-door Security Council meeting. While UN officials say hundreds of thousands o...More..

USA government shuts down as Congress fails to vote on budget
by | Friday, February 09, 2018

USA government shuts down as Congress fails to vote on budget

A shutdown - technically a lapse in agency appropriations - became inevitable as GOP Sen. "I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits", Paul told fellow senator...More..