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Samsung Heir Jay Lee Indicted
- March 01, 2017

Lee Jae-yong, the Vice President of Samsung , who was arrested on February 17 for his supposed role in the bribery scandal has been found guilty on several counts, including embezzlement and improper use of the company's corporate strategy office. (more...)
Voter ID hearing set for Tuesday
- March 01, 2017

Justice Department told a federal judge Monday that it will drop efforts to prove that the Texas voter ID law was written to intentionally discriminate against black and Latino voters. "Thus, there is no reason for the Court or the parties to devote additional time and resources to arguing the discriminatory goal claim on the current briefing and record now, before the Texas Legislature has had a chance to act on the new proposed legislation". (more...)
Iran launches naval drills amid rising United States tensions
- March 01, 2017

The latest Iranian cruise missile, named Nasir, also premiered during the day. The objective of the drills was to hone the navy's skills in fighting piracy and terrorism. Iran's foreign ministry decried the new US sanctions as "illegitimate". Current tensions between the US and Iran are at the highest level after the two countries reached a long sought-after deal regarding Iran's nuclear program in the summer of 2015. (more...)
Iran is honoring the nuclear deal, the United Nations says
- February 28, 2017

A confidential report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) obtained by Reuters made clear Iran's official stock of enriched uranium has fallen by half. Even before the conclusion of the nuclear deal, repeated reports by United Nations watchdog body failed to produce the least evidence that that Iran's nuclear program has diverged from its rightful course. (more...)
France's Hollande strikes back at Trump over Paris remarks
- February 26, 2017

The moral of the story, Trump said, was that what is happening in Paris, shouldn't be allowed to happen the U.S. Without naming it, Trump implied that terrorist attacks in Nice and Paris in the last several years have changed the cities, perhaps making them unsafe. (more...)
Israel Denied A Human Rights Researcher's Visa For Promoting "Propaganda"
- February 25, 2017

This week, Israel's Ministry of Interior wrote to HRW's Omar Shakir advising him he would not be granted a visa because the ministry believed HRW's "public activities and reports have engaged in politics in the service of Palestinian propaganda". (more...)
Olympics gymnast Simone Biles, Mr. T among new 'DWTS' cast
- February 25, 2017

Biles's Olympic teammate Laurie Hernandez won the competition last season. We'll have to wait for word from ABC before we know Biles and Mr. T are officially on board, but these potential additions to the "Dancing" team are certainly exciting. (more...)
Macron Denies Bayrou's Candidature as Running Mate in French Presidential Vote Macron Denies Bayrou's Candidature as Running Mate in French Presidential Vote
- February 25, 2017

Le Pen has narrowed the gap with her rivals recently by taking advantage of the unrest in a Paris suburb these week, with race-fuelled clashes between the public and police. The starting point of that vision would be to redefine the European Union and France's position in the EU. "Past leaders chose deregulated globalization". (more...)
The FBI The FBI "interviewed" Michael Flynn days after the Russian Federation sanctions call
- February 23, 2017

A third candidate is retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who, like Flynn, advised Trump on national security and foreign policy during the presidential campaign. And the Kremlin admits, prior to the USA election, that its ambassador spoke with Flynn, whose ties to the Trump campaign extend back as far as February 2016. (more...)
South Korea accuses North Korea of Kim Jong Nam assassination
- February 20, 2017

Kim Jong-nam died in Kuala Lumpur this week after being assaulted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with what was thought to be a fast-acting poison. " We have to send a sample to the chemistry department, we have to send a sample for toxicology tests ", he said. Two women, one of them Indonesian and the other traveling on a Vietnamese passport, and a boyfriend of one of them, have been arrested earlier on suspicion of involvement in the death of Kim Jong Nam. (more...)
Samsung boss arrested in Korean bribery scandal Samsung boss arrested in Korean bribery scandal
- February 19, 2017

Lee was originally accused of bribery, embezzlement, and hiding of assets overseas, and subsequently faced charges of perjury and hiding the proceeds of a criminal act. Lee Jae-yong has denied the charges and stated that he was forced to make donations to organizations and even foundations controlled by acquaintances of the President. (more...)
President greets Gambia on its Independence Day President greets Gambia on its Independence Day
- February 19, 2017

Global pressure, including the threat of a regional military intervention, led Mr Jammeh to finally accept his December election loss and fly into exile in Equatorial Guinea. BBC West Africa correspondent Thomas Fessy says that thousands of people are expected to attend the ceremony at the main stadium in the capital Banjul. (more...)
House Republicans won't commit to Flynn investigation
- February 17, 2017

Flynn resigned Monday after admitting that he had misinformed administration officials about communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. "It's all fake news", Trump told reporters at a press conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, calling the matter a "fabricated deal to make up for the loss of the Democrats". (more...)
China deploying troops at North Korea border after assassination China deploying troops at North Korea border after assassination
- February 16, 2017

The motive of the apparent killing is still unclear but South Korean media cited Kim Jong Un's "paranoia" about his estranged half-brother. South Korean officials believe he was poisoned with either a needle or a spray, Lee Cheol-woo, chairman of the intelligence committee in South Korea's parliament, told reporters after meeting the nation's intelligence chief. (more...)
Syrian rebels say talks will focus on strengthening truce Syrian rebels say talks will focus on strengthening truce
- February 16, 2017

Russian Federation and Iran have helped turn the tables on the ground with their military backing for President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey has supported rebels fighting to oust the strongman. Muslit, however, said the opposition had yet to receive an agenda for the upcoming negotiations. The Syrian government has not yet responded to the report on state media. (more...)
Shutdown in Kashmir to protest Kulgam deaths
- February 16, 2017

All shops, business centres and private offices remained closed in the Valley. "There is no restriction on the movement of people anywhere else in the Valley but security forces have been deployed in sensitive areas to keep a tight vigil on anti-social elements", he said. (more...)
Why Didn't Anyone Fix the Oroville Spillway? Why Didn't Anyone Fix the Oroville Spillway?
- February 15, 2017

He says the lake behind Oroville Dam also is capable of handling additional rain from an expected storm this week. Evacuation orders for almost 2,00,000 people living below the tallest dam in the United States remained in place early on Monday after residents were abruptly told to flee when a spillway appeared in danger of collapse. (more...)
Frank-Walter Steinmeier elected German President
- February 14, 2017

Sigmar Gabriel, the outgoing Social Democratic leader who succeeded Mr. Steinmeier as foreign minister, stepped into the void, advocating for Mr. Steinmeier as the coalition's choice. In his acceptance speech, Mr Steinmeier, 61, said that Germany should be an "anchor of hope". The 25-year political veteran is a highly popular figure in Germany, particularly after donating a kidney to save his wife's life in 2010. (more...)
Quebec's population passes 8 million, but growth well below Canadian average
- February 11, 2017

By that measure, the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Guelph and Woodstock CMAs saw higher population growth than either Ontario or Canada as a whole, while Stratford saw a smaller growth rate and the population of the Brantford CMA actually fell slightly. (more...)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to meet US President Donald Trump Monday
- February 10, 2017

President Trump's "protectionist policy" regarding keeping jobs in America, as well as his tough talk on adding tariffs to imported goods manufactured by American companies outside US borders, has created tensions between Mexico and Canada. (more...)
Russian Federation kills three Turkish soldiers in accidental Syria bombing
- February 10, 2017

Both parties are carrying out investigations into the incident, it said. Al-Waer is one of few remaining rebel-held neighborhoods in Homs. Al-Bab has been besieged since Monday, when Assad's forces advancing from the south cut off a road leading into the town. (more...)
Former prime minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo declared Somalia's new president
- February 09, 2017

The four candidates who garnered most of the votes progressed into the second round. The airport, where the vote was taking place, was guarded by the African Union peacekeeping force AMISOM and is surrounded by high concrete barriers to protect it from attack. (more...)
20 killed in bomb blast near Afghanistan's Supreme Court 20 killed in bomb blast near Afghanistan's Supreme Court
- February 08, 2017

According to reports, several ambulances were seen plying in the area. President Ashraf Ghani, spoke of the bombing and said it was a "crime against humanity and an unforgiveable act". Last month, more than 30 people died when explosions rocked a bus carrying security personnel near the Afghan parliament. Afghan government forces control no more than two-thirds of national territory, and have struggled to contain the insurgency since the bulk of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldiers ... (more...)
Cory Bernardi: The one thing he hasn't told us Cory Bernardi: The one thing he hasn't told us
- February 08, 2017

In another message to his supporters, the Senator had said in March 2016 that his goal was to build a movement "to fight against the tyranny of political correctness" in his country. He had warned for many years of the consequences of ignoring voters. Earlier on Tuesday, Senator Bernardi's defection infuriated his former Liberal colleagues and opposition alike, who alluded to his "betrayal and hypocrisy". (more...)
Russian Athletes Apply to Compete as Neutral Athletes in International Events Russian Athletes Apply to Compete as Neutral Athletes in International Events
- February 07, 2017

A second investigation, led by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, concluded in December and showed widespread doping throughout Russian sport affecting hundreds of athletes through the subversion of anti-doping controls by government and sport officials in the country. (more...)
Israeli leader presses United Kingdom to impose new sanctions on Iran
- February 07, 2017

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been received at Downing Street for his first face-to-face meeting with his British counterpart. The spokesperson added that while it is important that the nuclear deal with Iran "is very carefully and rigorously policed", the British government believes that it has neutralized Iran's ability to acquire nuclear weapons "for more than a decade". (more...)
Record number of child casualties cited in Afghan conflict, United Nations report says Record number of child casualties cited in Afghan conflict, United Nations report says
- February 07, 2017

The 2016 numbers reported by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan ( UNAMA ) show 11,418 conflict-related civilian casualties. "This appalling conflict destroys lives and tears communities apart in every corner of Afghanistan", the report quoted Tadamichi Yamamoto , United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, as saying. (more...)
Australia's inhumane refugee policies are not inhumane enough for Trump Australia's inhumane refugee policies are not inhumane enough for Trump
- February 06, 2017

A USA federal judge on Friday put a nationwide block on Trump's order, although his administration could still have the policy put back into effect on appeal. Why? Trump has begrudgingly said he planned to stand by the deal, but described it on Twitter as "dumb". Though Turnbull declined to confirm the report, he also didn't deny it, apart from rejecting one detail - that Trump had hung up on him. (more...)
Myanmar military likely killed and raped hundreds during Rohingya crackdown Myanmar military likely killed and raped hundreds during Rohingya crackdown
- February 06, 2017

Presidential spokesperson Zaw Htay said: "These are extremely serious allegations and we are deeply concerned". The report said the violence against the Rohingya has been widespread and seemingly systematic, involving killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and other sexual violence, arbitrary detention, and deportation, "indicating the very likely commission of crimes against humanity ". (more...)
Ford F-150 Raptor Earns 'Four Wheeler Pickup Truck Of The Year'
- February 04, 2017

Ford first announced it will sell the Raptor in China during the 2016 Beijing auto show and has been presenting it at various shows across the country ever since. It's unclear how many Chinese buyers will take the F-150 Raptor off-road and put its legitimately-impressive talents to the test, and how many are simply swayed - like, quite probably, a fair proportion of American Raptor buyers - by the truck's meaty design. (more...)