Andrew Puzder withdraws as a labor secretary nominee
- February 17, 2017

Mr. Acosta, now dean of Florida International University College of Law, previously served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division under President George W. On Feb. 15, a senior GOP source disclosed that the hearing would be cancelled because Puzder's withdrawal was already considered inevitable, CNN reports . (more...)
Flynn's call to lock up Clinton resurfaces after resignation Flynn's call to lock up Clinton resurfaces after resignation
- February 16, 2017

Since the news of Flynn's resignation emerged, various people have been quick to share footage of a speech that he gave at a recent Republican convention. Of course, Pizzagate - the fake news story about Hillary running a child sex ring out of a D.C. area pizza parlor called Comet Ping Pong - didn't need to be proven false, as it was never even remotely close to being proven true. (more...)
Senate votes to repeal Obama-era gun regulation Senate votes to repeal Obama-era gun regulation
- February 16, 2017

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the regulation issued by the Obama administration was too vague. "This is essentially a national gun ban list". Earlier this month the House bill passed nearly entirely along party lines. The American Civil Liberties Union has joined with the NRA in fighting the regulation, as has an independent federal agency charged with advising the president and Congress on government policy. (more...)
Schumer: Sessions must recuse himself from potential DOJ Flynn probe Schumer: Sessions must recuse himself from potential DOJ Flynn probe
- February 16, 2017

Flynn was forced to resign Monday following reports he misled Vice President Mike Pence about contacts with a Russian diplomat. In addition to a Sessions recusal, Democrats also called on administration, transition and campaign officials not to destroy records of Russian contacts. (more...)
Elon Musk: Humans Need To Merge With Machines To Avoid Becoming Irrelevant
- February 16, 2017

On AI, Musk reiterated the threat that humanity may one day be surpassed by it. Musk also hinted on the ramifications on the growth of "artificial general intelligence" saying that it would be "smarter than the smartest human on earth" and therefore is "dangerous situation" in its own merit. (more...)
NASA scientist detained at U.S. border until he unlocked his phone NASA scientist detained at U.S. border until he unlocked his phone
- February 16, 2017

At first, the border agent asked him questions that CBP already knew the answers to since Bikkannavar is enrolled in CPB's Global Entry program which gives "pre-approved, low-risk travelers" expedited entry into the USA; before being approved for the program, CBP says "all applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment". (more...)
Williamsburg Building Has Pregnant Trump And Putin Love Photo Projected Onto It
- February 16, 2017

There are no specific details on a possible earlier meeting between the Russian and USA presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, spokesman for the Russian president Dmitry Peskov said, RIA Novosti reported . The two sides recently had a phone conversation, that was assessed by many in Moscow and in Washington as a " good start ", and a significant shift in dialogue. (more...)
Russian Planes Buzz by US Navy Destroyer Russian Planes Buzz by US Navy Destroyer
- February 16, 2017

In a surprise confession, a US official said that multiple Russian military aircrafts came close to a US Navy destroyer in the Black Sea on February 10. The USS Porter , a guided missile destroyer, was forced to endure potentially risky flybys conducted by several different types of Russian aircraft, the Washington Free Beacon reported. (more...)
Turkey arrests man suspected of planning Istanbul nightclub attack
- February 15, 2017

He was carrying a rent contract of an Istanbul apartment where the suspected attacker had taken refuge before he was detained, Dogan said, quoting the prosecutor's office in the southwestern region of Burdur. Masharipov, an Uzbek citizen born in 1983, was caught on January 16, after evading police for more than two weeks. Authorities on Tuesday prepared an indictment for the airport attack, demanding for the 45 suspects to be sentenced to jail time between 2,132 years and 3,342 years, ... (more...)
Tour bus flips on Taiwan highway, killing 17 people
- February 15, 2017

Local media said the top of the bus had been torn off and its occupants tossed onto the roadside. Channel NewsAsia reports that the bus, which was carrying 44 people including the driver and a tour guide, hit a road barrier before flipping on to its side. (more...)
J&K Encounter: Four Hizbul Terrorists Killed In Kulgam
- February 14, 2017

All shops and commercial establishments remained closed in Srinagar. The clashes erupted soon after one civilian was killed in the encounter between security forces and militants. They said it is unfortunate world community paying no heed towards our suppressed voice and sacrifices rendered by your budding youth. The two deceased soldiers belonged to the 1st Rashtriya Rifles. (more...)
Pro-Choice Protesters Far Outnumber 'Defund Planned Parenthood' Camp At Mission Rally Pro-Choice Protesters Far Outnumber 'Defund Planned Parenthood' Camp At Mission Rally
- February 14, 2017

They recited the rosary prayer and held anti-abortion signs. Asked about it, he said he believes Planned Parenthood's mission is focused more on providing abortions than protecting women's reproductive health. Planned Parenthood says it performed 324,000 abortions in 2014, the most recent year tallied, but the vast majority of women seek out contraception, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, or other services including cancer screenings. (more...)
Germany president: Steinmeier chosen by lawmakers
- February 13, 2017

Steinmeier was guaranteed victory in the vote, with support not only from his SPD party - the junior partner in Angela Merkel's ruling "grand coalition" - but also by the Chancellor's own "Christian Democrats". The German president has little executive power but is considered an important moral authority. However, she said he was coming to office during hard times. (more...)
Justice minister Florin Iordache resigns after protests Justice minister Florin Iordache resigns after protests
- February 12, 2017

Romania's government withdrew the contentious decree, crafted by Iordache, to legalize some forms of official misconduct this week after hundreds of thousands protested in cities around Romania. This discontent has reached its zenith with the current protests - the largest since the fall of Communism - in response to a government proposal to amend the penal code. (more...)
'Catastrophic' fire danger looms over parts of Australia
- February 12, 2017

NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says "the conditions for Sunday are the worst possible conditions, they are catastrophic - we haven't seen this in NSW to this extent ever". The temperature in one Sydney suburb, Penrith, was forecast to reach 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday, it said. Those could prove extremely hard to control, given the conditions. (more...)
Aman 2017 naval exercise Aman 2017 naval exercise
- February 12, 2017

Naval platforms of nine countries arrived in Karachi on Thursday to participate in Multinational Naval Exercise Aman 2017 to be organiased by Pakistan Navy from February 10 to February 14. Of special interest is the first time participation of Turkey and Russian Federation and another indicator that both countries are seeking closer defense ties with Pakistan. (more...)
Peru judge orders 18 months of prison for ex-president Toledo
- February 12, 2017

Toledo rose to power denouncing widespread corruption in the government of his predecessor, Alberto Fujimori, who fled to Japan amid a far-reaching graft inquiry in 2000. "He can't come back ..." He was accepted as a visiting scholar by Stanford University in California from September 2016 to October 2017, according to a letter posted on his Facebook page. (more...)
Lake Oroville inflows decrease; emergency spillway may not be needed, DWR says
- February 11, 2017

Officials were using drones to monitor the situation but stressed that the damage was not to the dam itself. "If we can push up to 50,000 to 55,000 cubic feet per second during the next 24 hours we think we can reduce or eliminate the need to use the emergency spillway", said Croyle. (more...)
Chinese and U.S. warplanes CLASH over South China Sea
- February 11, 2017

In the latter case, a Chinese J-10 fighter came within 100 feet of a U.S. Navy RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft. -US and Chinese military planes flew dangerously close to one other this week near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, in an incident that a Navy official described as unsafe but inadvertent. (more...)
Iranians celebrate the Islamic Revolution and chant 'death to America' Iranians celebrate the Islamic Revolution and chant 'death to America'
- February 11, 2017

Last weekend, James Mattis, the new U.S. secretary of defense, said Iran was "the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world". A young Iranian man told state TV: 'America and Trump can not do a damn thing. Nonetheless, reports emerging from the White House this week indicate that, rather than scrapping President Barack Obama's landmark deal, the Trump administration is exploring how to tighten its enforcement and renegotiate its key terms - a suggestion rejected by Iranian ... (more...)