Ohio congressman Ryan challenges Pelosi for House Democratic leader

22 Nov, 2016

We need to create America 2.0 - a multicultural, progressive, and innovative country that fights every day for ordinary people. "The consensus is clear", Ryan wrote. Ryan's bid marks the second time Pelosi has faced a challenge after a dismal Democratic performance in an election. The Ohio Democrat, however, said he will only serve as House minority leader if a minimum of two-thirds of the party caucus supports him in November 30's secret ballot vote.

Palestinian killed in clashes at Gaza-Israel border

21 Nov, 2016

Over the weekend, protests have been held in the southern city of Rahat, where 100 Palestinians held a rally against the bill, while more than 500 people took part in various demonstrations in the north. Israel has opened investigations into several incidents. The bill, which passed the ministerial committee for legislation on Sunday, had been appealed by Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, who demanded another discussion on it before its first parliamentary reading.

Malaysian group to hold anti-Najib rally despite ban

19 Nov, 2016

A police spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment. Najib has been at the centre of a corruption scandal since July 2015, when a Wall Street Journal report suggested that 673 million dollars in his personal bank accounts had been siphoned off from the beleaguered 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund.

Ondo guber: Jegede calls for calm over A'Court adjournment

19 Nov, 2016

And in an interlocutory ruling, Justice Abang ordered INEC to substitute Jegede's candidacy with that of Ibrahim Jimoh. The court was expected to rule on all the applications on Friday, November 18, 2016. They added that by refusing to stay proceedings, members of the panel - Justices Saulawa, Ignatius Agube and Goerge Mbaba - "have betrayed their oath of office in their deliberate refusal to be bound by the principles of judicial precedent and stare decisis and refused to be bound by their ...

Obama administration backs off Pacific trade deal vote effort

18 Nov, 2016

With the vast number of consumers who buy USA goods live outside the country, she said, ripping up trade deals with five of the fastest growing nations in the world doesn't help generate growth or create jobs at home. All 12 negotiating parties had concluded a TPP agreement in October of 2015 but each country was required to ratify the deal afterward. The TPP was the center point of the Obama administration's so-called "pivot" to Asia, a strategy which would solidify economic, security and ...

Refugee resettlement deal offers hope at last

16 Nov, 2016

The Refugee Council of Australia , however, welcomed the step. "This announcement is full of holes ". Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Immigration Minister Peter Dutton (right) has suffered constant, often vicious attacks. However, Secretary of the US State Department, John Kerry, confirmed to media outlets that they would only consider referrals that came via the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Detained Dasuki declined offer to attend father's burial, says Nigerian Government

16 Nov, 2016

Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal described him as a pioneer reformist who deployed his wide knowledge of Islam and vast experience as a technocrat to making profound impact on his family, community and the nation at large. I pray that Allah grant him Aljannah Firdaus and courage for his immediate family to bear the irreparable loss". According to an SMS alert by the News Agency of Nigeria , Nigeria's Interior Minister, AbdulRahman Dambazau, said Dasuki declined offers to visit his late ...

Medical Marijuana Legalized in Florida

12 Nov, 2016

Arizona voters handed the recreational cannabis industry its only defeat Tuesday . Speaking with the Huff Po , Tom Angell, chairman of drug policy reform group Marijuana Majority said election night is a momentous day for reformers of the drug.

Trump pledges commitment to defend South Korea from the North

12 Nov, 2016

During the presidential campaign, he repeatedly said South Korea doesn't pay enough for its own defense and the presence of USA troops in Korea doesn't guarantee peace. Park said North Korea may attempt a provocation during the political transition period in the USA and that the US and South Korea should be ready to "sternly" respond if needed, according to the statement.

No harassment for small deposits, black money hoarders in trouble: FM

10 Nov, 2016

According to these rumours which were circulating on social media even before the demonetisation announcement, the new notes would come with what is variously described as a "micro nano Global Positioning System chip", which is supposed to be able to help track individual notes by way of satellite.

Ohio's Kasich congratulates Trump on victory

10 Nov, 2016

Democrat Hillary Clinton was the choice among those who wanted someone in the White House with experience while Trump was the favorite of those looking for someone who would bring change. On Tuesday that's what happened - even though voter turnout in the state was 1 per cent less than last time and the independents snared 4.4 per cent of the vote.

Clinton calls Trump to congratulate him on victory

10 Nov, 2016

By Tuesday afternoon, preparations were in full swing inside the Javits Center on what was a handsome day in NY. The mood at the site of Hillary Clinton's election night gathering, the Javits Center in New York City, appears to be highly stressed and sullen at the moment.

Who Paid for Chelsea's Wedding?

08 Nov, 2016

Band had a long-running feud with Chelsea Clinton over her efforts to investigate the inner workings of the Clinton Foundation , which apparently targeted Band's alleged use of the foundation to bolster his consulting firm Teneo. Podesta replied that Brand's reference to Chelsea Clinton as "not smart" was an "understatement". According to Politico , the memo written by Clinton aide Doug Band details how "helpful" hedge fund billionaire Marc Lasry has been "on a number of fronts" that ...

Syrian Kurds push ahead in their offensive toward Raqqa

08 Nov, 2016

Turkey, which now backs a second anti-IS offensive in the north Aleppo countryside, west of Raqqa , previously stated that it would not accept the participation of Kurdish fighters that Ankara considers terrorists in the battles. The fighting in northern Syria is taking place under the cover of air strikes by the US-led coalition that played an instrumental role in the past in battles between SDF and the extremists.

Pakistan denies bail to National Geographic's 'Afghan Girl'

04 Nov, 2016

As a refugee, she should not be able to get a Pakistani ID, reserved only for citizens. During the case, Gula's lawyers Abdul Latif Afridi and Mubashar Nazar argued that it was wrong of FIA to arrest Gula since she was preparing to leave for her home country.

US Deeply Concerned by Turkey's Increased Pressure on Opposition Media

03 Nov, 2016

On its website, Cumhuriyet confirmed editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu and a columnist for the paper Guray Oz had been detained, following raids on their homes. Dundar, who lives in Germany now, has ruled out returning to Turkey until the emergency measures are abolished. The closings and the detentions of journalists have been sharply criticized by rights organizations.

McIlroy Golfer skips Turkish Open amid security fears

03 Nov, 2016

McIlroy said afterwards the reason for his withdrawal was "obvious". With more than a million ranking points available to the victor of each event, third-placed McIlroy can still overhaul the 1,055,971-point gap in the standings to leader Danny Willett and the 643,243 points between the Northern Irishman and second-placed Henrik Stenson.

Hacked emails show Clinton campaign communicated with State

03 Nov, 2016

A possible conflict of interest exposed in the latest Clinton campaign emails released by WikiLeaks . As we pore through thousands of WikiLeaks emails, however, we discover that the DOJ official who sent Congress that letter has connections to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta .

Kim Kardashian West returns to social media

02 Nov, 2016

As she recovers from the harrowing experience, the reality star has stayed out of the spotlight, avoiding public appearances or social media posts. If Kim would've just stuck to her point about wanting to do more with North's hair than throw it in buns and ponytails, cool.

Iraqi PM upbeat on Mosul offensive

02 Nov, 2016

Separately on Thursday, the United States said an American soldier had been killed in a roadside bomb attack in northern Iraq . Half a dozen Humvees from the unit were lined up outside the town early Thursday, preparing to enter as Iraqi forces pounded Bartala with artillery.

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro releases 5 jailed opposition members

02 Nov, 2016

The 53-year-old socialist leader greeted foes at the weekend talks, but opposition leaders conditioned further dialogue on the release of their estimated 100 political prisoners and a national vote on his rule. "Ambassador Shannon will meet with senior government officials, members of the political opposition, and representatives of civil society", the U.S.

Malaysia! Andrew Gaskell: Missing Australian found in Malaysia jungle

02 Nov, 2016

Australian tourist Andrew Gaskell, who went missing in Mulu National Park in Sarawak, was found alive on Monday (Oct 31). He said paramedics gave him initial treatment before he was flown to the Miri Airport where he arrived at 2.35pm and from there was sent to the Miri Hospital.

Syrian military vows to repel Aleppo insurgent attack

01 Nov, 2016

Rights group Amnesty International said rebels had "displayed a shocking disregard for civilian lives ". "On October 30, illegal armed groups fired shells fitted with a poisonous substance against Dahiyat Assad and Hamdaniyah areas of Aleppo city from the territory of 1070 quarters", the ministry said on its website.

Clinton makes gains among younger voters, but their mood is dark

31 Oct, 2016

The RealClearPolitics website , which tracks most major polls, shows Clinton leading Trump by an average of 5 percentage points. While the poll suggests the wave of allegations about Trump's treatment of women may blunt the impact of voters' concerns about Clinton, it was taken before Friday's news that the FBI will investigate whether there is classified information in newly uncovered emails related to its probe of her private server.

Pakistan Minister quits over 'leak' of civil-military spat

30 Oct, 2016

A minister last week told AFP the military would ask the government to sack officials who leaked the damaging report, a prediction that has now been borne out. The head of ISI was also present. The Dawn stood by Almeida and his reports, with its editor Zaffar Abbas saying the story "was verified, cross-checked and fact-checked".

Iceland votes in snap polls after Panama Papers scandal

30 Oct, 2016

As the the country's voters prepare for fresh elections, polls suggest the new "digital democrats", the Pirate Party , could steal a march on the older parties. Iceland is one of the few countries where the party already holds seats, and it has its eyes on the presidency of the Parliament and a constituent assembly to review Iceland's Constitution.

Firing on Majlis in Karachi kills five

30 Oct, 2016

The shooting took place in the North Nazimabad neighbourhood of the sprawling metropolis of more than 18 million people, where sectarian, ethnic and political violence is common. Majlis-e-Aza, a religious gathering of Shia Muslims, was arranged nearby a police station in Nazimabad block-4 area in Karachi . IGP AD Khawaja said police was not pre-informed about the Majlis .

Spain's Rajoy wins confidence vote to be prime minister

30 Oct, 2016

The Socialist party has agreed to abstain in the second vote, which was called automatically after Sr Rajoy fell six votes short of the majority he needed in Thursday's first parliamentary vote. Some 6,000-10,000 protesters took to the streets in Madrid for a peaceful protest of the new government, according to estimates from the police and organizers.

IS using "tens of thousands" as human shields in Mosul

29 Oct, 2016

Many fear Isis will resort to more brutal tactics as the forces converge on the city, which is still home to more than a million people. More than 200 people have been slaughtered in recent days - a mix of civilians who refused to join ISIS and former security forces, according to reports provided to the U.S.

China's Xi Jinping more powerful than ever

29 Oct, 2016

The 6th Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) was held from October 24 to 27 in Beijing . The strong leadership of the CPC with Xi as the core is vital to China's targets to build an "all-round moderately prosperous society" for the CPC's centennial in 2021, and for it to become a "modern socialist country" in time for China's centennial in 2049, Xinhua quoted Liu Dongchao, a professor with the Chinese Academy of Governance as saying.

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