United Nations mediator not expecting quick breakthrough in Syria peace talks

De Mistura said Russian Federation, which has supported head of the regime Bashar Assad's military advances, had asked the Syrian government to "silence their own skies in the areas touched by the ceasefire" during the talks. He also did not indicate how long he expected the new round to continue. On Wednesday, Salem al-Meslet, spokesman for the HNC umbrella group, told the AFP news agency tha... [Full Article...]

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels seize center of strategic town of Al-Bab

Ahmad Othman, commander of the Sultan Mourad opposition group, told AFP that "Al-Bab is completely liberated, and we are now clearing mines from the residential neighborhoods". Anadolu reported that 44 IS fighters were killed, 15 in battles with Turkish forces, and 29 in air strikes carried out by the US-led worldwide coalition, also joined by Turkey. [Full Article...]

Former HK chief jailed 20 months for misconduct in office

At the same time, the judge remarked that it is indisputable that Tsang had dedicated himself to public service for more than forty years. Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang (C) reacts as he walks towards his auto from the High Court after the jury found him guilty of misconduct in his high-profile corruption trial, in Hong Kong on February 17, 2017. [Full Article...]

Iraqi forces retake key village near Mosul airport

The United States, which has deployed more than 5,000 troops in the fighting, leads an global coalition providing key air and ground support, including artillery fire, to the Iraqi and Kurdish forces. Andrew Exum, a senior Pentagon Middle East policy official during the final years of the Obama administration, said it was more likely that conventional USA forces would aid an impending Kurdish-led ... [Full Article...]

France's Le Pen cancels Mufti meeting over headscarf

However, Le Pen argued she had met in the past with the grand mufti of Egypt back in 2015 without wearing a headscarf. Wary that her image and lead position in opinion polls might equally be hurt, Le Pen said she was convinced voters would not fall for moves created to derail her and her campaign. [Full Article...]

Bodies of 74 migrants wash ashore in western Libya

Initial figure put the dead at 45, however, the Libya Red Crescent, that confirmed the tragic incident says it has recovered 74 bodies from the shore. The Zawiya coast guard posted a video that showed the refugees' boat, with no engine, as the first bodies were recovered. Mr Leggeri blamed the use of small dinghies and other poor vessels for the high death rate. [Full Article...]

Vandals strike Jewish cemetery in University City

Over 100 headstones were reportedly damaged , and police have said it's not clear yet whether this was a hate crime. Police were notified about the vandalism Monday morning, and investigators are working to look at surveillance videos . [Full Article...]

Austria arrests Ukrainian tycoon Firtash

Austria arrests Ukrainian tycoon Firtash In 2008 he and Paul Manafort, the political consultant who briefly served as chair of Mr Trump's electoral campaign, were partners in an $895 million deal to buy and redevelop a Manhattan hotel. "(The ruling) means simply that it's up to another country to decide whether he's guilty or not", judge Leo Levnaic-Iwanski said. Firtash, one of Ukraine's richest men and a one-time ally of ousted pre... [Full Article...]

Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial expands global footprint with South Korea investment

Alipay is used for e-commerce at Alibaba's online venues and in a large number of mobile applications. Alibaba's financial services affiliate Ant Financial is aggressively pushing to expand its presence across the globe. These are all areas where Ant Financial is already well entrenched and experienced in China, so the alliance makes plenty of strategic sense for both parties. [Full Article...]

Britain's Brexit bill to be 'very hefty', EU's Juncker

The British will have to honour their commitments, so this will be a stiff price to pay. Using the French slang word "salty", meaning hefty or pricey, he added: "Therefore the bill will be - to use a rather vulgar term - very salty". Just in time for the British House of Lords to begin wrapping up its first day of debate over a bill initiating the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union, more ... [Full Article...]

1.4 million children could die this year from starvation in four countries

CAFOD and TrĂ³caire started working in together in South Sudan, as CAFOD and TrĂ³caire in Partnership on 1 April 2015. "The problem in South Sudan is that it's a very weak government, and you have tens of thousands of young men that know little else except how to fight and how to wage war". [Full Article...]

Kim Jong Nam's death: Body has no puncture wounds

Police Deputy Inspector General Noor Rashid Ibrahim said on Sunday that Malaysia would give family members two weeks to claim the body. Closed circuit television footage released Monday appears to show the moment that Kim Jong Nam was attacked and the events leading up to his death. [Full Article...]

Vail Resorts to purchase Vermont ski area

Vail Resorts to purchase Vermont ski area But AIG will retain ownership of much of the Spruce Peak base area including the 300-room Stowe Mountain Lodge as well as future development rights. The transaction is subject to a normal review process in Vermont. Vail will add Stowe to the EPIC pass for the upcoming season. The business includes AIG Affordable Housing (representing over 102,000 multi-family units across the United States),... [Full Article...]

"Not My Presidents Day:" Protests across the country, including here in Milwaukee

There were about 50 people at the "Rally for President Trump", where people made signs, waved American flags and wore "Make America Great Again" hats. "I am here to stand up for what's right, to stand up against what's wrong", one protester, Miriam Bowden, said. A man stands in front of Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., with a powerful message against President Trump on Presidents' Day... [Full Article...]

Liberation of Mosul imminent: Iraqi forces

Liberation of Mosul imminent: Iraqi forces The coalition has conducted more than 10,000 air strikes on Isil targets in Iraq and trained and equipped more than 70,000 Iraqi troops, the general's statement said. Iraqi forces launched an assault on the Western half of Mosul on Sunday, marking an intensification of the battle to reclaim the city from the ISIS militants who seized it in 2014. [Full Article...]

Secret Service probes object thrown at Trump motorcade

Secret Service probes object thrown at Trump motorcade Trump filed Federal Election Committee paperwork on January 20 - his Inauguration Day - setting up a 2020 campaign, though Trump said he was not formally announcing a re-election bid. The juvenile also implicated four additional students that were involved for a total of five. Trump also took to Twitter to explain a comment he made about violence in Sweden at a Saturday rally. [Full Article...]

At least 14 killed, dozens injured in Philippines bus crash

At least 14 killed, dozens injured in Philippines bus crash Senior Supt. Randy Peralta, director of the Rizal Provincial Police Office, said the strong impact wrecked the vehicle and instantly killed 10 passengers. Nearly 40 others were injured, said Bong Bati, the civil defence officer at Tanay. One of the students told the police that they were heading to the camping site in Tanay town when he noticed a foul smell that seemed like a burning tire. [Full Article...]

Rare appearance from May as Lords begin Brexit debate

The legislation, which will pave the way for the PM to trigger Article 50 to formally begin Brexit, was passed unamended by a majority of 372 MPs. There are now 191 peers down to speak in the debate, which will last two days. It would be irresponsible to, and merely ask them to return two years later with a deal. Lord (Michael) Cashman, a longtime campaigner on LGBT issues, pledged to vote aga... [Full Article...]

Time has come for Australia to recognize Palestine - Kevin Rudd

The first of these two conditions would permanently disenfranchise Palestinians in Israel. Michael Koplow, a Middle East analyst at the Israel Policy Forum, told Business Insider that the US's alliance with Israel owes to two key factors - intelligence sharing and ideological unity. [Full Article...]

Iraqi forces capture last villages before Mosul airport

The government forces are expected to target the city's airport first during this new phase. The troops killed many IS militants and destroyed two of their booby-trapped vehicles, a shovel truck and a vehicle carrying extremist militants, the statement said, adding that the troops have seized a total of 63 square kilometers in west of Mosul during the day. [Full Article...]

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