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Kuwait invites Philippine president to visit amid workers row

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:53

Kuwait has invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to visit, state news agency KUNA said on Monday, as the countries seek to settle their differences over allegations of extreme abuse of migrant workers in the wealthy Gulf state. After the body of a Filipino was discovered in a freezer in a Kuwait apartment, Duterte arranged free flights for workers wishing to leave - an evacuation that Kuwait said was an unnecessary escalation of a diplomatic rift. The Philippines suspended sending workers to Kuwait in January after reports that abuse by employers had driven several to suicide.

Carnival investigates "cruise from hell"

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:30

Carnival has launched an investigation into a wild brawl off the Australian coast, that saw 23 passengers kicked off a cruise. Some on board accuse security of being heavy handed. Joel Labi reports.

Missouri antique shop harassed over pro-police flag

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:30

Business faces backlash for putting up a pro-police flag. Owner shares her story about supporting the police.

Republican politician raffles AR-15 rifle days after Florida school shooting

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:13

A Republican politician raffled an AR-15 rifle at a campaign fundraising event just days after a similar weapon was used to kill 17 people in a Florida high school. Parents held a vigil outside the fundraiser for Aaron Penman, a sheriff’s deputy who is running for a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates, to remember the 14 students and three workers killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week. Conveying his “heartfelt sorrow” to the victims in Florida, he told Fox News the event had been “months in the planning”.

Indonesia raises aviation warnings after Sumatra volcano emits ash cloud

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 07:11

Indonesia on Monday raised flight warnings around the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island to their highest level after it sent a towering plume of ash more than 7 kilometers (4.4 miles) into the air, its biggest eruption this year. Areas around the crater of the volcano, located about 1,900 km (1,181 miles) northwest of the capital, Jakarta, have been off-limits for several years because of frequent volcanic activity. The Bureau of Meteorology's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VACC), in Australia's northern city of Darwin, issued maps on Monday showing an ash cloud heading in three directions from Sinabung, to the north, northwest and south-southeast.

Orrin Hatch Reportedly Apologizes To Rob Porter's Ex-Wives

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 06:48

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has reportedly apologized for defending his former chief of staff Rob Porter, who recently resigned from President Donald Trump’s administration following allegations that he abused his two ex-wives.

Now juice stores are giving out Bitcoin as a competition prize

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 05:55

It's not just cashed-up dads jumping on cryptocurrencies, juice companies are doing the same too. Australian juice chain Boost have launched a competition where customers can win one Bitcoin, if they can correctly guess the price of the cryptocurrency at 12 p.m. the following Monday.  SEE ALSO: Say hello to Buttcoin and the community celebrating Bitcoin's fall Only one person can choose a certain price, to ensure there's no splitting of the prize. At the time of writing, one BTC is equal to $10,569 (A$13,387.76), but as we've seen lately BTC's price has been fluctuating a lot in recent weeks. Boost will have one BTC a week to win over four weeks. Like any in-store competition you'll need to buy a juice to get an entry code, which you can enter in the chain's app and guess BTC's prospective price. As for people who might not be following the cryptocurrency rollercoaster, you can also get the app to pick a price for you. Boost's effort is the latest in a string of cryptocurrency-aligned competitions: There's a puzzle game which lets you win one BTC if you can successfully crack it.  Surely investing in cryptocurrencies is already enough of a game? [h/t CNET ] WATCH: It's so easy to save money and eat healthy with zero-waste cooking

Former Trump aide Richard Gates 'to plead guilty to fraud and testify against Paul Manafort'

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 05:49

A former aide to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has reportedly agreed to testify against its former chairman. When he presents a revised plea in a Washington DC federal court in the next few days, as well as making it clear that he will testify against Paul Manafort, according to the Los Angeles Times which first reported the story. Both Mr Gates and Mr Manafort were charged in October by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his ongoing investigation into whether Mr Trump's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

Texas roadhouse shooting: Six-year-old boy among victims in San Antonio restaurant shooting

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 04:33

It happened at about 8.40pm on Sunday outside the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in San Antonio, police said. San Antonio Police Department chief William McManus told reporters: "We do not believe that this shooting was random. "The folks were waiting outside to eat when the shooting occurred.

Medium intensity earthquake shakes SW Mexico, scaring residents

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 03:13

Mexico City (AFP) - A medium intensity earthquake struck southwestern Mexico early Monday morning, scaring residents already shaken by a powerful quake two days earlier, though there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team Crushes Finland, Heads To Olympic Finals

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 02:55

The U.S. women’s ice hockey team dominated on Monday, beating Finland 5-0 in the Winter Olympics semi-final in South Korea.

Iranian Rescue Teams Reach the Site of the Plane Crash That Likely Killed All 65 People on Board

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 01:56

Aseman Airlines said all on board Flight EP3704 were killed, including six crew members

'No idea we had a monster under our roof' say couple who took in Florida gunman

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 01:28

Cruz, 19, moved in with James and Kimberly Snead of Parkland, Florida in late November after his adoptive mother died earlier that month from complications of pneumonia, they told the South Florida Sun Sentinel in an interview published Sunday. "I told him there'd be rules and he followed every rule to the T," James Snead, 48, an army veteran and military intelligence analyst, told the paper. "We had this monster living under our roof and we didn't know," added Kimberly Snead, 49, a neonatal nurse.

Carnival probes security personnel's response to brawl in South Pacific cruise

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 01:18

By Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) - Carnival Corp , the world's largest cruise operator, said on Monday it was investigating the response of its security personnel to a brawl that broke out on one of its South Pacific cruises that resulted in 23 passengers being removed. The American-British company said in a statement that it was investigating "all aspects including the security response" of the incident, which was captured on video and posted on social media. The 10-day cruise to the South Pacific returned to the Australian southern city of Melbourne on Saturday, a day after 23 people were removed in the New South Wales (NSW) town of Eden for what the company described as "disruptive and violent acts".

Home surveillance shows a cougar walking up to a couple's window in Wisconsin

Top Stories - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 00:00

Researchers say that in its very early stages, a blood test has diagnosed autism with 92 percent accuracy, and home surveillance shows a cougar walking up to a couple's window in Wisconsin.

Trump says FBI missed signs on Florida shooting due to Russia probe, draws criticism

Top Stories - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:20

By Michelle Price WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S presidential election, drawing sharp criticism for saying an excessive focus on Russia led investigators to miss signs that could have prevented a deadly school shooting in Florida. In a series of tweets over the weekend from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Trump said congressional investigations and political "hatred" showed Russia had succeeded in sowing "discord, disruption and chaos" in the United States.

Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East?

Top Stories - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:01

How would Israel or America respond?  Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East? After gaining naval and air bases in Syria, Russia may now be setting its sights on Lebanon. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered Russia's Defense Ministry to seek a military cooperation agreement with Lebanon.


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