President Trump's frenetic first week and the questions it raised

President Trump's frenetic first week and the questions it raised The Politico journalists tried several times to get Speaker Ryan to criticize the Trump administration, and the Wisconsin Republican wouldn't bite. As was expected, Trump spoke of immigration, trade and national security and rallied his Republican colleagues to get moving on his "ambitious legislative agenda". [Full Article...]

Labour's former joke-writer says Jeremy Corbyn is wrong on Brexit vote

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said: "What happens to people that vote not to trigger will be managed by the whips but the leadership has a lot of sympathy for [MPs] in heavily Remain constituencies who find themselves in difficulty". [Full Article...]

Another try: New talks bring hope of ending Syrian war

At the conclusion of the two-day conference in Astana on Syria's almost six-year war, the three countries said they will use their "influence" to strengthen the truce, which has been in place since December 30. In a statement after the sessions closed, Syria's ambassador to the UN, Bashar al-Ja'afari, who led the government delegation to the talks in Astana , says the offensive by the governmen... [Full Article...]

Trump's Gag Rule Puts Women's Health and Lives at Risk Globally

Trump's Gag Rule Puts Women's Health and Lives at Risk Globally Carol Tobias , the president of the nation's largest anti-abortion organization National Right to Life Committee in Washington, applauded Trump for putting an end to funding for groups that promote the killings of unborn babies in developing countries. [Full Article...]

Manager at Top Russian Cybersecurity Firm Arrested

In a move that stunned some security researchers, a top investigator at Russia's largest antivirus provider, Kaspersky Lab, has been arrested in an investigation into treason, a crime that upon conviction can carry severe sentences. Both face charges of treason, the report said. Founded in 1997 in Moscow, Kaspersky Lab is a cybersecurity and anti-virus provider present in nearly 200 countries, a... [Full Article...]

Pope axes Knights chief in condoms row

Festing had refused to cooperate with a papal commission investigating his decision to oust the order's grand chancellor, Albrecht von Boeselager , over revelations that the Knights' charity branch had distributed condoms under Boeselager's watch. [Full Article...]

Russian Federation sets up Moscow meeting with Syrian opposition

Russian Federation sets up Moscow meeting with Syrian opposition He expressed the hope that "the Syrians will have a common inclusive future", while the corresponding negotiations will continue in a variety of formats, including in the Geneva one. "I believe it essential that the armed opposition agreed to this", Lavrov said. Russia, Iran and Turkey - the guarantors of this trilateral mechanism - also pledged jointly to fight the Islamic State and Fateh al-... [Full Article...]

Ivanka Trump: 'I'm not going to act as first lady'

Ivanka Trump: 'I'm not going to act as first lady' She has not made her first official statement as first lady yet, but on Inauguration Day, Melania Trump's ensemble seemed to speak for her. The President was "pulling her in sexually", making contact with the pelvis area, Ms Wood said , while Ms Trump was actually pulling away slightly from him as they danced - indicating she didn't want to "merge with him as a partner". [Full Article...]

President Trump restores pro-life Mexico City Policy

President Trump restores pro-life Mexico City Policy President Donald Trump has proved his pro-life credentials on his first full day in office by reinstating the "Mexico City policy" that restricts U.S. Furthermore, the poll found that 74 percent of Americans - including 54 percent of pro-choice individuals - support placing some restrictions on abortion, whether limiting it to the first three months of pregnancy or to the so-called "extreme" cas... [Full Article...]

Korean minister arrested over artist blacklist allegation

Cho resigned hours after she was arrested, and it was accepted by the prime minister, who has had the powers of the president since Park's impeachment. The South Korean Constitutional Court has six months to decide on the impeachment. In October, South Korean daily newspaper Hankook Ilbo revealed that the South Korean government blacklisted 9,473 artists, including the victor of the Man Booker I... [Full Article...]

Turkish police, ruling party 'hit by attacks in Istanbul'

Turkish police, ruling party 'hit by attacks in Istanbul' A rocket was sacked near the police headquarters in Turkey's largest city of Istanbul on Friday. He also said two assailants were involved in the attack. There were no reports of casualties in the attack, in which the assailant opened fire on a police vehicle in Istanbul's Esenyurt district and later fled after police officers returned fire, leaving behind his gun and a bag containing grenades... [Full Article...]

White House blasts news media for 'deliberately false reporting'

The Meet the Press host invited Donald Trump's counselor on his show to ask her about yesterday's freakish press conference , in which White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer berated the press for accurately reporting on the size of Trump's inauguration crowd. [Full Article...]

Oil producers say output cut on track

The committee now has no plans to use external agencies, such as consultants that track oil exports by monitoring tanker movements, to verify that countries are implementing the pledged supply curbs, said three people familiar with the matter. [Full Article...]

Baba Rahman faces surgery after knee ligament injury

Ghana top Group D after an opening 1-0 win over Uganda thanks to an Andre Ayew penalty. The result means that for Mali to qualify for the quarter finals, Uganda must beat Egypt or at least force a draw in the other Group D match, and then the Malians win against The Cranes in their final group game and hope Ghana beats Egypt. [Full Article...]

Statement: Moving Embassy to Jerusalem is an Endorsement of Israel's Annexation Policies

Another controversial step taken by Mr. Trump is the appointment of his personal lawyer David Friedman as the US Ambassador to Israel. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been increasingly outspoken about Mideast tensions, was in Paris defending American interests at the conference in his last major diplomatic foray before he leaves office. [Full Article...]

Five weeks for his new hairdo: Trump stars at Madame Tussauds

Artists took hundreds of measurements and photographs to get the proportions right, Madame Tussauds said. Wait, can we vote to swear in Donald Trump's wax figure on January 20? The faux body double will be featured in the museum's Washington, D.C., New York, Orlando and London locations. [Full Article...]

Obama Says Trump Has Opportunity to Reach Arms Deal With Russia

Well, sounds like Putin knows all about "puttin" on the ritz!' "Healing America One Penis At A Time" is an infinitely better campaign slogan than "Make America Great Again". "It will become clear how relations between the United States and the rest of the world will be developing only after everyone in the new (U.S.) administration assumes office and the official work begins". [Full Article...]

Iraqi army says most of eastern Mosul retaken from Daesh

But the prospect of retaking western Mosul looms heavy on Iraqi forces, despite all the support they have by the us -led coalition, as well as Sunni and Shiite volunteer militias. The progress comes as the United Nations warned that almost 150,000 people have been displaced since the Mosul operation started in mid-October. Recent strikes in western Mosul have reportedly killed civilians. [Full Article...]

China's Xi Jinping Speech Seen as Move to Fill Global Leadership Role

A World Economic Forum study said that within advanced economies, median per capita income fell on average 2.4% over the past five years, helping to explain why disaffection is so high across the West. President Xi Jinping of China has found a way to portray himself as the new leader of the world. "Today, I think there is a big question mark as to how China pivots in this world", Bob Mor... [Full Article...]

Libyan wins right to sue ex-British minister over rendition

Libyan wins right to sue ex-British minister over rendition Abdul Hakim Belhaj said he and his wife Fatima Boudchar were kidnapped, abused and forcible transferred to a Libyan prison in 2014 in an operation involving MI6 and the Central Intelligence Agency. "Theresa May should apologise to this family, draw a line in the sand against torture, and restore British honour once and for all". The pair also accuse the state of collusion in the "torture, in... [Full Article...]

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