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Florida Hockey Team Places Medals on Memorials of 17 School Massacre Victims

Top Stories - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 00:00

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas team was the underdog but won the state championship.

Trump's Approval Rating Drops Back To His Worst With 2 New Polls

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 21:15

Donald Trump’s approval rating has slumped again to match the lowest of his presidency, according to two new polls.

In a Sign of Growing Divisions, California's Democratic Party Won't Endorse Dianne Feinstein

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 20:33

It's the first time Feinstein has failed to win the party's backing

Naval Warfare Will Change Forever If Submarines Turn into Underwater Aircraft Carriers

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 20:10

Imagine a future in which nuclear attack submarines (SSNs) can deploy undersea drones (UUVs) to hunt, and possibly kill, enemy subs. The U.S. Navy, at least, is taking steps to make this a reality. The future of the U.S. Navy depends to great extent of which of these becomes a reality.

U.S. Military Battle with Possible Russian Mercenaries: 'Our Strikes Were Done out of Self-Defense'

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 20:05

Both the Pentagon and the Russian government are deemphasizing the Feb. 7 incident because a wider conflict that is spiraling out of control does not benefit anyone. The Pentagon is reiterating that a battle in Syria that allegedly left some number of Russian mercenaries dead was purely an act of self-defense on the part of U.S. forces. Indeed, the Pentagon still does not know exactly who it is that American forces targeted during their retaliatory strike on Feb. 7.

No More Status Quo After the Sky Row in the Taiwan Strait

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 19:56

The cross-Strait fight over commercial sky routes may foretell a coming year of disaster for Taiwan’s external relations under China’s fresh squeeze. The horn of a diplomatic war between Taiwan and China has been blown in the latest row over four new commercial flight routes initiated upon the west half of the Taiwan Strait in January. This sky row may foretell a coming year of disaster for Taiwan’s external relations under China’s fresh squeeze.

Slovak police probe murder of investigative journalist

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 19:54

Slovakian police launched a murder probe on Monday after a leading investigative journalist known for writing about high-profile tax fraud was found dead along with his girlfriend, officials said. The body of Jan Kuciak, a 27-year-old reporter for the aktuality.sk news portal, was discovered alongside that of Martina Kusnirova at their home in Velka Maca, some 65 kilometres (40 miles) from the Slovak capital Bratislava. Police commander Tibor Gaspar told reporters Kuciak died of a gunshot wound to the chest while his partner was shot in the head.

America Will Never Win the War in Afghanistan

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 19:53

It is difficult to see how the present troop force in Afghanistan would be able to accomplish what one nearly seven times as large could not. According to an in-depth investigation conducted by BBC News reporters in late 2017, the Taliban fully control four percent of Afghanistan’s districts and “have an active and open physical presence” in 66 percent of the remaining ones. There are currently fourteen thousand U.S. troops stationed there, up from 8,500 when President Trump took office, and the Army is recommending that the president authorize the deployment of an additional one thousand troops.

Russia sets stage for U.N. veto of western bid to call out Iran

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 18:45

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia has laid the groundwork for a likely veto on Monday of a British, U.S. and French bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Iran over its weapons falling into the hands of Yemen's Houthi group. The 15-member Security Council has to renew its targeted sanctions on Yemen on Monday. Russia has proposed a rival resolution that would simply extend the mandate of the regime for one year and not mention Iran.

California hiker found after 6 days missing in Yosemite park

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 18:43

YOSEMITE, Calif. (AP) — A well-prepared California hiker missing for six days in the icy backcountry of Yosemite National Park was found in good health after an extensive search, officials said.

Florida shooting survivors return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for first time since tragedy

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 18:35

Students from a Florida high school where 17 of their classmates and teachers were killed in one of America's worst mass shootings, returned to the school for the first time on Sunday. Thousands of students joined their parents in walking past the three-story building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where the massacre took place. The school reopens on Wednesday, but the early opening was organised to ease into the return for students, and to allow some to gather up belongings that had been left in the rush to escape when the school was evacuated.

Major 7.5-magnitude earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea 

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 16:30

A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea early Monday, with unconfirmed reports of blackouts and damage to buildings, officials said. The quake's epicentre was around 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of Porgera in Enga province, according to the US Geological Survey, and hit at a depth of 35 kilometres. Felix Taranu, a seismologist at the Geophysical Observatory in the capital Port Moresby said the quake was felt strongly at Mount Hagen, some 168 kilometres away.

Romanians march in support of anti-corruption chief

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 16:27

Thousands of Romanians braved freezing temperatures on Sunday to show their support for the popular head of the country's anti-corruption investigation body, who the left-wing government is trying to oust. Justice Minister Tudorel Toader from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) launched a procedure on Thursday to sack Laura Codruta Kovesi, the chief prosecutor of the DNA anti-corruption body, accusing her of being "authoritarian". About 3,000 protesters gathered near the government building in capital Bucharest, according to news agency Agerpres, chanting "Codruta, don't forget, we are with you", and "Justice not corruption".

Florida House Republicans Demand Sheriff's Ouster Over Parkland Shooting Response

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 15:52

Nearly every Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives is calling on Gov. Rick Scott (R) to suspend a county sheriff over his office’s response to a deadly mass shooting at a local high school earlier this month.

Hungary PM's Fidesz party suffers surprise setback at local by-election

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 15:49

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party suffered an unexpected setback at a local government by-election on Sunday when an opposition-backed independent comfortably beat the Fidesz candidate for mayor weeks before a national election. Orban's rightwing nationalist Fidesz is seeking a third consecutive term in parliamentary elections, campaigning with a fierce anti-immigrant message, coupled with increased spending on wage rises and promising more money to pensioners.

Greek anarchist group smashes windows at Novartis office in Athens

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 15:30

Greek self-proclaimed anarchists threw paint and smashed windows at the entrance of the Athens headquarters of Swiss drugmaker Novartis on Sunday, police said. About 30 people were involved in the attack at 0515 local time (0315 GMT), a police official said. In a statement published on the Internet, the Rouvikonas group said the attack was linked to a probe into allegations of bribery by the drugmaker to doctors and public officials.

Russian hackers pose as North Koreans to launch cyberattack on Winter Olympics, claims US

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 15:20

Russian hackers attacked South Korean government computers during the Winter Olympics, but made it look like the attack was carried out by the North, US intelligence agencies believe. As the Pyeongchang games came to a close on Sunday, watched by US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and North Korea's blacklisted military general Kim Yong-chol, US newspapers reported that Russia had carried out the cyber attack in revenge for being excluded from competing following accusations of doping.  During the Opening Ceremony, Russian hackers operating from the GRU – the Russian military intelligence agency – allegedly masked their IP addresses to make it look like their hack had come from North Korea. Officials in Pyeongchang acknowledged that the games were hit by a cyber attack during the February 9 Opening Ceremonies, but had refused to confirm whether Russia was responsible. There were disruptions to the internet, broadcast systems and the Olympics website. Many attendees were unable to print their tickets for the ceremony, resulting in empty seats. On Sunday, as the games drew to a friendlier end, with a sentimental closing ceremony packed with K-pop and pyrotechnics, the North topped off its weeks-long charm offensive by apparently extending the olive branch to its sworn enemies in the US. After sending athletes, cheerleaders and Kim Jong-un's own sister to Pyeongchang in an unprecedented diplomatic thaw, North Korea's delegation to the South also expressed willingness to talk to Washington yesterday/SUNDAY. Not everyone was convinced by the North's overtures, however. The North Korean delegation led by Kim Yong-chol, head of the Workers’ Party United Front Department and the man accused by Seoul’s intelligence agency of masterminding a deadly 2010 attack on a South Korean warship, was met by protesters, who attempted to block vehicles from reaching the ceremony as the convoy crossed the Demilitarised Zone. Ivanka Trump and bobsledder  Lauren Gibbs attend the 4-man Boblseigh  Credit:  Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images Around 100 conservative politicians and activists staged a sit-in demonstration at the Tongil Bridge, according to local broadcaster YTN, with the South Korean authorities deploying more than 2,500 police officers to control the protests. To avoid a clash, the North Korean motorcade took an alternative route after crossing the DMZ. The South's opposition Korea Liberty Party accused the government of “abuse of power and an act of treason” for shielding the North Korean vehicles from the protest. On arrival at the ceremony, Ms Trump and Mr Kim did not speak. But South Korea issued a statement saying that South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with a delegation from the North shortly before the closing ceremony, and the North expressed willingness to engage in a dialogue with the US. The North has "ample intentions of holding talks with the United States," Moon's office said in a statement. The North's delegation also agreed that "South-North relations and US-North Korean relations should be improved together," the statement said. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook, Ivanka Trump, senior White House adviser, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, South Korea's Constitutional Court President Lee Jin-sung and US Forces Korea Commander Vincent Brooks and Kim Yong-chol of the North Korean delegation, attend the closing ceremony Credit: REUTERS/Murad Sezer The White House gave lukewarm support to the idea, saying that talks would only begin if it was clear they would lead to “the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who attended the games as a member of the US delegation, said "we will see". Ms Sanders said Mr Trump remained committed to achieving the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" of the peninsula and that his "maximum pressure campaign" against North Korea must continue until it abandons its nuclear and missile programs. Winter Olympics 2018: Best pictures from South Korea's PyeongChang games Ms Sanders said the US, South Korea and the international community "broadly agree" that denuclearization must be the outcome of any dialogue with North Korea. She said North Korea has a bright path ahead if it chooses to comply. "We will see if Pyongyang's message today, that it is willing to hold talks, represents the first steps along the path to denuclearization," she said in a written statement. "In the meantime, the United States and the world must continue to make clear that North Korea's nuclear and missile programs are a dead end." Mr Trump once scolded Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who favors diplomacy with North Korea, for "wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man," Mr Trump's derisive nickname for North Korea's leader. Last week it emerged that Mike Pence, the vice president, was on the verge of meeting representatives of North Korea on the sidelines of the games. Mr Pence’s office said later that a potential meeting between the two sides was scratched at the last minute by the North Koreans after Mr Pence condemned human rights violations, and new economic sanctions were announced.

Hero Dog Shot Several Times While Protecting Teen Owner During Home Invasion

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 15:02

Rex the German shepherd is expected to make a full recovery.

Israeli navy kills Palestinian after boat breaches sailing limit, military says

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 14:40

A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip died on Sunday after the Israeli navy fired on the boat he and two others were sailing in, a military spokeswoman said. The navy opened fire after the boat ignored warnings and strayed from a permitted fishing area in the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel, the spokeswoman said. The union and his family named the dead man as 18-year-old Ismail Saleh Abu Reyala.

Christians shutter famous Jerusalem church to protest taxes

Top Stories - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 14:26

JERUSALEM (AP) — The leaders of the major Christian sects in Jerusalem closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, for several hours on Sunday to protest an Israeli plan to tax their properties.


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