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Colossal spinning ice disk in city’s river brings out the curious

Colossal spinning ice disk in city’s river brings out the curious The attention-grabbing formation is spinning counter clockwise and has served as a big raft for local birds, the TV station posted. "It looks like the moon has landed in Westbrook", the city wrote on its Facebook page when it shared a gorgeous drone video of the ice circle on Tuesday. [Full Article...]

Iranian satellite fails to reach orbit, but test draws U.S. condemnation

Iranian satellite fails to reach orbit, but test draws U.S. condemnation The U.S.is concerned that the long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit can also be used to launch warheads. The United States is criticizing Iran's failed attempt Tuesday to launch a satellite into orbit. Iranian political commentator Jason Unruhe told state media the launches represent a "clear message" to the West. "The satellite is part of a civil project with pur... [Full Article...]

Two U.S. soldiers reportedly among 14 killed after bombing in Syria

Two U.S. soldiers reportedly among 14 killed after bombing in Syria The Manbij Military Council militia has controlled the town since US-backed Kurdish-led forces took it from Islamic State in 2016. A source told Hawar, a Kurdish news agency based in Syria , that four us soldiers were taken away by medevac helicopter, including two who had been killed. [Full Article...]

Syrian Kurds reject Turkey's plan for 'safe zone'

Syrian Kurds reject Turkey's plan for 'safe zone' On Sunday, Mr Trump tweeted : "Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds ". The anti-ISIL campaign is now nearing its conclusion with the group's fighters confined to an ever-shrinking enclave of just 15 square kilometres in Syria . [Full Article...]

Polish mayor 'critical' after stabbing on stage at Gdansk charity event

Polish mayor 'critical' after stabbing on stage at Gdansk charity event Stefaniak says that "the next hours will decide everything". Via Cleveland's Sister Cities website , Gdansk "gained modern historical significance when Hitler, citing Poland's refusal to give control of the city to Germany, used it as an excuse to invade Poland, beginning World War II". [Full Article...]

Pompeo in Saudi Arabia for ME crises talks

Pompeo in Saudi Arabia for ME crises talks In his remarks in Riyadh , Pompeo specifically indicated Trump had made a decision to withdraw "uniformed personnel" from Syria , referring to USA troops whose existence is acknowledged by the Pentagon, as opposed to covert units who do not dress in American military uniforms. [Full Article...]

White House sought military options against Iran past year

White House sought military options against Iran past year The request was made after militants in Iraq aligned with Iran fired mortars at Baghdad's diplomatic district, which includes the U.S. Embassy, the report said. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo repeatedly underscored the "Iran threat" during his ongoing trip to the Middle East, calling upon regional allies to jointly counter Iran's action in the region. [Full Article...]

No deal scenario could make united Ireland more likely - May

No deal scenario could make united Ireland more likely - May Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said the Theresa May's defeat over the Brexit deal reinforced the need for the Irish government to "stand firm" on the backstop. We will oppose the toxic backstop and vote against the WA (withdrawal agreement). Earlier, the DUP's Brexit spokesperson he did not fear a no deal Brexit and did not think Theresa May had room for manoeuvre on extending Articl... [Full Article...]

Extremists attack hotel in Nairobi; al-Shabab claims role

Extremists attack hotel in Nairobi; al-Shabab claims role Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab has since said it is behind the attack and that its fighters were still inside the complex. Joseph Kipchirchir Boinet, the Inspector-General of Police, said that the situation is being "managed". "Their mission was to cause pain and fear and they proceeded to do so without seeking details", Odinga said. "The main door of the hotel was blown open and th... [Full Article...]

Chico Officers Released From Hospital

Chico Officers Released From Hospital According to O'Brien, eight people were admitted, four of whom are listed as being in critical condition. A relationship between the victims has not been established, though police say they all knew each other to some extent. O'Brien said a narcotics task force was trying to determine the source of the drugs. "Every indication - talking to medical staff, talking to doctors - everything is cons... [Full Article...]

Saudi Woman Who Fled Country Hopes She Inspires Others To Follow

Saudi Woman Who Fled Country Hopes She Inspires Others To Follow The 18-year-old planned her escape from her Saudi Arabian family in the midst of a family trip in Kuwait. In a statement reported by Australia's ABC News , her family, including her father, Mohammed al-Qunun, who is a Saudi governor, said: "We disavow the so-called "Rahaf Al-Qunun" the mentally unstable daughter who has displayed insulting and disgraceful behaviour". [Full Article...]

Seeds Start Sprouting on the Moon

Seeds Start Sprouting on the Moon Plants have been grown previously on the International Space Station, but this is the first time a seed has sprouted on the moon. The image above, taken on January 7, shows a sprouting of a cotton seed. Tests carried out by future missions could lay the groundwork for building on the moon's surface, by testing technologies like 3D printing or the use of moon soil in construction, he said. [Full Article...]

Barr says Trump asked him for no promises

Barr says Trump asked him for no promises She said senior ethics officials were consulted about the memo and have advised that it presents no conflict of interest to Barr's work as attorney general. But Barr's comments are unlikely to satisfy Democratic demands for what Dick Durbin of IL, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, on Sunday called "ironclad, rock-bottom assurances" that Barr wouldn't interfere with Mueller's work. [Full Article...]

Huge Zimbabwe fuel price hike; foreigners to pay in forex

Huge Zimbabwe fuel price hike; foreigners to pay in forex The government plans to reintroduce its own currency within 12 months, the state-controlled Herald newspaper said yesterday, citing Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube . In an effort to find a solution, Mnangagwa announced the price of diesel will increase to $3.11 (local bond notes) per litre from US$1.24 (local bond notes), while petrol has gone up to $3.31 (local bond notes) per litre from $1.31 (lo... [Full Article...]

Trump, following explosive news reports, denies he worked for Russian Federation

Trump, following explosive news reports, denies he worked for Russian Federation Trump has also repeatedly and vociferously denied collusion with the Russians. "We are going to put our heads together and get at the truth, and we are going to work together", Engel told CNN . When Warner was asked whether he thinks Trump acted wittingly or unwittingly as a Russian agent, he cited a report alleging that Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, shared internal polling data... [Full Article...]

Trump Rips Warren Over ‘Beer Catastrophe’ Video, References Wounded Knee, Little Bighorn

Trump Rips Warren Over ‘Beer Catastrophe’ Video, References Wounded Knee, Little Bighorn Trump tweeted , along with the Instagram live video Warren posted on New Year's Eve to announce her candidacy over a beer with her husband, Bruce. In a tweet shared by nearly 20,000 people, Mr Trump said the 2020 presidential hopeful, who claims to be part Native American, should shoot a political advertisement from "Bighorn or Wounded Knee". [Full Article...]

Active shooter situation at UPS facility in New Jersey

Active shooter situation at UPS facility in New Jersey The women, both UPS employees, were not seriously injured during the hours-long standoff, Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore said at a news conference. A modified lockdown, meaning no one can enter or leave the building, was ordered at three Logan Township schools following the reported active shooter. [Full Article...]

Saudi refugee in Thailand headed to Canada

Saudi refugee in Thailand headed to Canada She later said she was going to be put on Kuwait Airlines flight 412, which was scheduled to depart Bangkok at 11:15 a.m. local time, to Kuwait en route to Saudi Arabia . Still Tamara Wood, a lecturer in forced migration at the University of New South Wales, said the speed with which her case is being treated appears quick, but "not unprecedented". [Full Article...]

House GOP leader vows action against King over race remarks

House GOP leader vows action against King over race remarks The Congressional Black Caucus, a group of lawmakers now composed entirely of Democrats, has called for King to be stripped of his committee assignments. The top Republican in the House said Sunday that "action will be taken" against Rep. Steve King for comments the Iowa Republican made last week defending white nationalism and white supremacy . [Full Article...]

Bolton asked Pentagon to develop military options for strike against Iran

Bolton asked Pentagon to develop military options for strike against Iran Trump's national security team led by John Bolton conducted a series of meetings to discuss a forceful American response, including what many saw as the unusual request for options to strike Iran. Embassy and resulted in no casualties, the Journal reported, adding that he Basra attacks did not affect the consulate operations. The Pentagon is said to have followed through on the order from the ... [Full Article...]


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