Duterte asks USA envoy, 'Why didn't you stop China?' Duterte asks USA envoy, 'Why didn't you stop China?'
- March 30, 2017

Its director Greg Poling told Voice of America that new antennas had been spotted on Subi and Fiery Cross, so he expected deployments there soon. BEIJING - A report from a US think tank says China has almost completed construction work on three man-made islands in the South China Sea, giving it the ability to deploy combat aircraft and other military assets to the disputed region. (more...)
North Korea tests new high-thrust rocket engine
- March 30, 2017

Kim called the test "a great event of historic significance" for the country's indigenous rocket industry, the KCNA report said. March 19 (ANI): North Korea has conducted a ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust missile engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch station. (more...)
Centrist European leaders celebrate Dutch election result Centrist European leaders celebrate Dutch election result
- March 30, 2017

Rutte called his victory on Thursday an "evening in which the Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections of US President Donald Trump, said "stop" to the wrong kind of populism ". A recent diplomatic row between Turkey and the Netherlands helped Rutte by allowing him to take a strong stance against a majority Muslim nation and appease some on the right. (more...)
SPEAKER STRAUS: House Public Ed Committee Moves Forward on School Finance Reform
- March 29, 2017

Democrats say the heart of the bill hasn't changed, and contend the bill's 26-23 defeat in the Senate should mean it can't be considered again this session. Supporters say the bill could help save babies. The bill allows five years for compliance. The proposal comes after four years of conflict involving Democratic former IN schools chief Glenda Ritz, then-Gov. (more...)
Iranian Support of Houthi Rebels Worsening Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen Iranian Support of Houthi Rebels Worsening Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen
- March 29, 2017

The protest came a day after a rebel court in Sanaa sentenced President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to death for high treason in absentia. Since January 2015, Yemen has been the scene of a bloody civil war opposing the country's Sunni elites led by former President Hadi, backed by Riyadh, and Shia Houthi rebels, who are close to Iran. (more...)
Multiple rounds of severe storms in US forecast Multiple rounds of severe storms in US forecast
- March 29, 2017

Sunday's storms will contain heavy rain, frequent lightning and some gusty winds. These are the Severe Weather Outlooks for today, tomorrow and the next day. Last week, back to back to back days of severe weather hit parts of the Plains, Southeast and Midwest. NEXT WEEK: The wave train remains active; another setup for strong to severe storms shows up around Tuesday , April 4. (more...)
Korean prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ex pres Park Geun-hye
- March 28, 2017

Park has denied all the charges against her, even though many of her alleged accomplices have either been arrested or jailed for their suspected involvement in the scandal that led to her impeachment. Park, who is now free from detention, was questioned for 14 hours by prosecutors last week. She could be charged for allegedly allowing close friend Choi Soon-sil to extort money from large firms. (more...)
Carrie Lam to be next HK leader
- March 28, 2017

The protests saw tens of thousands take to the streets calling for fully free leadership elections, but failed to win concessions from Beijing. The protesters are those from the Umbrella Movement who, in 2014, staged an unprecedented sit-in to challenge China's decision to reject open nominations for candidates for first-ever elections for Hong Kong's leader in 2017. (more...)
Rock'n'roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90 Rock'n'roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90
- March 27, 2017

Louis, Mo. In Sweet Little Sixteen , You Can't Catch Me and other songs, Berry invented rock as a music of teenage wishes fulfilled and good times (even with cops in pursuit). "More people chose his music than chose mine", he said. "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry". His legacy also includes the 1972 hit " My Ding-a-Ling " in addition to memorable tunes from the 1950s like " Maybellene ", " Roll Over Beethoven ", " Johnny B. (more...)
Danny Blind sacked as Netherlands head coach
- March 27, 2017

Saturday's 2-0 defeat in Sofia was the Netherlands's second in their opening five games in World Cup qualifying group A and left them in fourth place in the pool, already six points behind leaders France and three behind second-placed Sweden. (more...)
Boko Haram: Troops kill terrorists at Borno College of Business Boko Haram: Troops kill terrorists at Borno College of Business
- March 26, 2017

He said troops were in pursuit of the attackers, most of whom had escaped with gunshot wounds. Not long ago, as attacks escalated in Nigeria, the governor of Borno, the birth place of Boko Haram, said he needed help now "more than ever before". (more...)
US Authorizes Construction of Pipeline Keystone XL
- March 26, 2017

The Obama administration had rejected the pipeline after years of delay, after heated debates within the administration, street protests, and court battles tossing up resistance to the project. But in January he had leavened his optimism with some doubts because of uncertainty about demand from oil producers. The Canadian company is allowed to build, connect, operate and maintain facilities in the border between United States and Canada for the transport of crude oil. (more...)
Leaders meet for Rome anniversary — European Union summit Leaders meet for Rome anniversary — European Union summit
- March 26, 2017

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo only agreed to sign the declaration at the last minute, after bitterly opposing a reference to a "multi-speed" Europe favoured by powerhouse states France and Germany. The migration crisis also offers an opportunity for Europe's leaders to refuse to give in to fear and "false forms of security" while posing a much deeper question to the continent's citizens. (more...)
Book of Condolence In Memory Of Martin McGuinness Opens At Guildhall
- March 25, 2017

Former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness passed away at Altnagelvin Hospital on Tuesday. Mr Adams said Mr McGuinness was born into an "Orange state which did not want him or his kind". Terence Slowey, on behalf of councillors and council management and staff, has extended his deepest sympathy to Mr. McGuinness' family and loved ones. (more...)
Derry City captain Ryan McBride dies at 27 Derry City captain Ryan McBride dies at 27
- March 25, 2017

The sudden death of Derry City FC captain Ryan McBride has caused a deep sense of shock, leaving supporters stunned and the wider sporting world devastated. He had been receiving treatment for an aggressive brain tumour. The words of PFAI General Secretary Stephen McGuinness - and just one of the many tributes paid to the late Ryan McBride from those in the domestic game. (more...)
HSBC 'processed £435m of laundered Russian cash' HSBC 'processed £435m of laundered Russian cash'
- March 22, 2017

It is known about 70,000 banking transactions, 1920 of which went through the British banks , 373 - through the American Citibank and Bank of America. The companies conducted fake business deals between themselves then sued each other in courts in Moldova , demanding the repayment of hundreds of millions of pounds of loans. (more...)
Manipur CM N Biren Singh to face floor test today
- March 22, 2017

The BJP has 21 MLAs in the 60-member house. He has handed out letters of support from the NPP with 4 MLAs, NPF-4, TMC-1, LJP-1 and one independent. On March 12, a list of 33 MLAs was submitted by BJP to the Governor of the state, Najma Heptullah along with a letter a support from the regional parties. (more...)
Thailand turtle that ate 5 kg coins died Thailand turtle that ate 5 kg coins died
- March 22, 2017

Piggy Bank's shell was cracked, swollen and infected when she was found, leaving her rescuers anxious that she had a tumour. Dr. Nantarika Chansue , who was one of the surgeons who worked on Bank, wrote on Facebook that Bank "fully recovered from the surgery on March 6". (more...)
President Trump not backing down from 'wiretap' charge
- March 21, 2017

But unfortunately for us, when Trump was a private citizen, he spent much of his time crying about President Obama's leisure time, which means that now when he acts like a big hypocrite, we can't help but point it out and correct the record. (more...)
Brexit: Article 50 will be triggered next week Brexit: Article 50 will be triggered next week
- March 21, 2017

The UK's ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, formally informed EU Council president Donald Tusk this morning to expect May's letter next Wednesday. The two-year process of Britain formally leaving the EU will get underway at the end of the month but exit talks between May's government and European leaders aren't expected to begin for another two months. (more...)
Syria: Government forces retake Damascus - SANA
- March 21, 2017

Insurgent groups have repeatedly over the past years tried to break the defenses of Damascus, President Bashar Assad's seat of power. Government forces engaged them in the suburban Jobar District later in the day. The TV reported live from Jobar around noontime Monday as cracks of gunfire and explosions could be heard in the background of the footage. The clashes come at a time when the Syrian regime has been weakened in the capital - located in the south of the country - due to its focus on ... (more...)
Gas prices still easing, for now Gas prices still easing, for now
- March 21, 2017

AAA says the lowest average price was about $2.35 per gallon in the Detroit area. Gas prices have declined 14 of the past 16 days, though that hasn't translated into much relief at the pump. "A sudden plunge in the price of oil is likely to weigh on gas prices, at least temporarily", said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for (more...)
Turkish politicians slam European Union court's headscarf ruling
- March 20, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the European Union of starting a "crusade" against Islam and said his country is no longer friends with the Netherlands. The dominant Turkish leader accused Germany and the Netherlands of "fascist actions" for cancelling several planned rallies of his ministers. Around 30,000 Kurdish supporters took to the streets in Frankfurt on Saturday to denounce the Turkish president and the upcoming referendum which seeks to expand his presidential ... (more...)
Tillerson begins South Korea trip
- March 20, 2017

During his trip to Korea, Tillerson declared that diplomatic and other efforts to stop North Korea's nuclear weapons programme over the past 20 years had failed, so the Trump administration would try a tougher approach, without giving details. (more...)
Israel threatens to 'destroy' Syrian air defence systems
- March 20, 2017

The Syrian army claimed it successfully shot down one Israeli plane and hit a second - a claim swiftly denied by Israel. "Each time we discover arms transfers from Syria to Lebanon we will act to stop them". "Israel does not usually confirm or deny individual raids, but it may have been led to do so this time by the circumstances of the incident", Israeli worldwide news TV channel i24 News reported on the issue. (more...)
Rebels Leave Al-Waer Under Government Evacuation Deal Rebels Leave Al-Waer Under Government Evacuation Deal
- March 19, 2017

The evacuation is the third phase of an agreement reached past year that saw hundreds of fighters and their families leave the area. In 2011 the violent repression of demonstrations in many Homs neighbourhoods calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down from power lead thousands to seek refuge in al-Waer. (more...)
Could Scotland defy Theresa May and hold its own unofficial independence vote?
- March 18, 2017

May said the referendum result was not just a vote to leave the European Union , it was also an instruction to change the way the country works forever. The SNP claims Scots should be given another say on independence to stop the country being dragged out of the Brussels bloc "against its will". In a stark warning to the Prime Minister, the SNP leader will suggest that ignoring the will of the Scottish Parliament would "shatter beyond repair" the idea that all parts of the country are equal. (more...)
Marshfield and Rapids JC Penney to close
- March 18, 2017

More than a third of all the J.C. Penney department stores in OR will be shuttered by this summer in a wave of closings expected to affect up to 140 stores nationwide. The company said the changes will affect about 5,000 workers nationwide. At that time, it didn't specify which stores would close. Most of the store in this batch are either in the range of 47,000 to 70,000 square feet or even smaller at 10,000 to 30,000 square feet. (more...)
Trump Moves to Eradicate Obama Car Emission Standards Trump Moves to Eradicate Obama Car Emission Standards
- March 17, 2017

The Post also wrote that a senior, unnamed "White House official said that poor sales of electric vehicles and consumers' preference for larger vehicles need to be considered in the review, echoing nearly word-for-word an argument that the auto industry has raised in recent months". (more...)
Miguel Cabrera, K-Rod help Venezuela advance in World Baseball Classic Miguel Cabrera, K-Rod help Venezuela advance in World Baseball Classic
- March 16, 2017

Because three teams - Mexico , Venezuela and Italy - were all tied in Group D with a 1-2 record, the event's tiebreaker for a three-way deat heat states that the tied teams would be ranked based on fewest runs allowed per defensive inning in the games the team played against one another. (more...)