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by | February 09, 2018 | 20:04

The two sides have also almost come to blows over Lebanon's tender for projects in two of its 10 offshore blocks in the Mediterranean Sea, namely Block 4 and Block 9. "We have confirmed and reaffirmed that Block 9 is located within the Lebanese maritime waters and is fully subject to the sovereignty of the Lebanese state", Abi Khalil said.

by | February 09, 2018 | 19:58

Russian airstrikes also intensified on the Syrian cities of Saraqeb and Idlib and the towns of Kafr Nubl and Maasran, a day after rebels shot down a Russian jet, killing its pilot. In Damascus, the official SANA news agency said the local fighters were battling militants from the so-called Islamic State and the US -backed SDF in the area.

by | February 09, 2018 | 19:34

Getting the legislation out of the House before the midnight shutdown deadline was more iffy, with Democrats and members of the House Freedom Caucus suggesting they might oppose it. The federal Office of Personnel Management said government operations would "vary by agency" and employees should "refer to their home agency for guidance on reporting for duty".

by | February 09, 2018 | 19:31

However on Wednesday he also warned the USA was about to impose the "toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever". USA officials declined to provide details of the expected sanctions. "It is highly significant that a member of the Kim family is coming to the South for the first time in history", said professor Yang Moo-Jin of the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul .

by | February 09, 2018 | 19:29

A potential escalation of sanctions could be the USA blacklisting Chinese banks accused of providing North Korea access to the global financial system and facilitating sanctions evasion. At the same time, the vice president has deliberately left the door open to a possible encounter with North Korean officials expected to be in attendance.

by | February 09, 2018 | 19:22

It should be partly sunny Monday into Tuesday , but rain could return Tuesday afternoon, the weather service said. There is a slight chance of snow before 2 a.m. Temperatures in the low 20s before dawn Friday , Feb. 9, 2018, were expected to hit highs in the mid-30s later, the National Weather Service said.

by | February 09, 2018 | 19:23

Today, AP employs the latest technology to collect and distribute content - we have daily uploads covering the latest and breaking news in the world of politics, sport and entertainment. Mark Benioff, CEO, Salesforce, said, "Like you, we're a city that values diversity, we value equality and we also value innovation". At least some of that enthusiasm translated into new investment.

by | February 09, 2018 | 18:41

Update: The House has passed the budget measure, 240-186. The underlying bill includes huge spending increases sought by Republicans for the Pentagon along with a big boost demanded by Democrats for domestic agencies. Trump's fellow Republicans control both chambers of Congress. Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer reached a budget deal that included wins for both parties.

by | February 09, 2018 | 18:32

An investigation by British newspaper The Times found the charity, which is headquartered in Oxford, UK, allowed three men to resign and sacked four others, who had been accused of gross misconduct following an inquiry into sexual exploitation by aid workers.

by | February 09, 2018 | 18:33

Wearing the shirt - sold by a popular Russian sportswear brand - is just a way to keep warm, she said. "It's an emotional time", he said. The 15 were among a group of 28 Russians who had been banned for life from the Olympics for doping.

by | February 09, 2018 | 18:24

Insiders sold a total of 2,960,687 shares of company stock valued at $126,486,405 over the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 3,761,965 shares of the financial services provider's stock worth $142,503,000 after acquiring an additional 135,037 shares during the last quarter.

by | February 09, 2018 | 17:48

The bill that was signed includes another temporary funding measure to keep the government open until March 23. Almost $300 billion in new spending included in the bill approved on Friday will ensure the annual budget deficit will exceed $1 trillion in 2019, said the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a private fiscal policy watchdog group in Washington .

by | February 09, 2018 | 17:32

The shutdown will end up being just hours long and cause minimal disruption after the House followed suit with the Senate to pass the two-year budget package, which includes funding to keep the government running through March 23. "The outcome of this vote will not be any different after the regular time expires than it would be if we had that vote at 10:30 [p.m.]". Taking to the Senate floor, Paul railed against government spending on everything from Afghanistan to misspent funds diverted ...

by | February 09, 2018 | 17:24

Kim Yong Nam is president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly. Both countries are set to march under a unified Korean flag at the opening ceremony, for which Pyongyang has sent its honorary president, Kim Yong-nam, Pyongyang's highest-ranking official to visit the South, and leader Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-jong, marking the first visit of a member of the Kim dynasty to the South.

by | February 09, 2018 | 17:25

The Senate passed a massive, bipartisan budget agreement and spending bill to reopen the shuttered federal government amid objections from Republican fiscal conservatives who say the bill marks a return to unchecked deficit spending. Chuck Schumer , the leader of the Senate Democrats , said the deal should break the cycle of partisan fights over spending. However, the Senate deal does not resolve the issue of immigration , a key point for house Democrats.

by | February 09, 2018 | 17:15

Pyeongchang - Dozens of Russians implicated in doping lost a last-minute court bid to take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Friday, prompting relief among rivals but fury in Moscow. Read also: North Korea's female cheering squad: Who are they? But Yo Jong has risen to greater authority far more quickly than her once powerful aunt, said Cheong Seong-chang, analyst at the Sejong Institute think tank.

by | February 09, 2018 | 17:11

Daniel Fierro says when he was a staffer for an assemblyman, Garcia grabbed and squeezed his butt and tried to grabbed his crotch. Fierro said he chose to tell Calderon about the incident because of Garcia's outspokenness in the #MeToo movement.

by | February 09, 2018 | 17:01

After finding the strong evidence against the Afzal Guru & Maqbool Bhat, the Supreme Court announced the death sentence to both of them in August 2005 after which Maqbool Bhat, who was the founder of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) hanged on 11 Feb 1984 in Tihar Jail and later on 9 Feb 2013 Afzal Guru was also hanged.

by | February 09, 2018 | 17:01

Kyodo News reported that the Party of Hope lawmaker Manabu Terada pointed out that "a certain range needs to be considered", considering the school is a public one. The board instructed the school to decide the matter after sufficient talks with the Parent Teacher Association and local residents. News of the school's decision to introduce the luxury Italian brand into the classroom has reached the Japanese parliament .

by | February 09, 2018 | 16:48

Residents of the area reported hearing air activities above Ismailia, a city near the Suez Canal. The former general on November 29 ordered the military to defeat militants in North Sinai within three months , after an attack on a mosque which killed some 300 people, the deadliest such incident in the Arab world's most populous country.

by | February 09, 2018 | 16:34

Photographers take a picture of the Ohio Clock shortly after midnight early Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, outside the Senate chamber at the Capitol, in Washington . The House is preparing to vote on the bill in the next few hours. The government shut down for three days in January, when Congress reached an impasse over government spending levels and immigration legislation.

by | February 09, 2018 | 16:33

It funds the government for an additional six weeks, until March 23, but it would fund the Defense Department with a boost of $65 billion more than last year for the remainder of the fiscal year. "I voted against this legislation because Dreamers are not included in it", said Sen. "This is a bipartisan bill". The government has been operating on funding from a series of short-term spending measures.

by | February 09, 2018 | 16:25

Our answer is clear: "Make the [nuclear accord] a successful experience and then we discuss other issues", he said. As the 2015 nuclear agreement reached implementation, a deal was apparently struck and they were released in early 2016. Trump's ultimatum has effectively put the deal on life support until mid-May. "We and our European partners are absolutely clear". There are also Iranians and American-Iranians in USA prisons, charged with crimes related to evasion of sanctions.

by | February 09, 2018 | 16:23

Mr Turnbull would not be drawn on reports Mr Joyce's new partner was offered a posting in a colleague's office past year. 'I am deeply saddened by the news that my husband has been having an affair and is now having a child with a former staff member.

by | February 09, 2018 | 15:59

It's the first time since the 1998 Nagano Olympics that four ski jumpers from the United States qualified for the medal round. And yet Russian Federation will still send about 170 participants competing as "Olympic athletes from Russian Federation", not too far below the 232 who competed - and in many cases, cheated - in Sochi four years ago.

by | February 09, 2018 | 15:59

A short program routine can not be longer than three minutes. For the Gangneung coastal region, where indoor events like ice skating and hockey will take place, the average temperature is slightly warmer with a high of 44 Fahrenheit and a low of 29.

by | February 09, 2018 | 15:56

Although she doesn't expect to get much sightseeing in, Todd knows her way around South Korea , at least a little bit, as she attended the Olympic test event past year with the half pipe team . The Olympic rings at the Athletes' Village ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Kim Yong Nam on Friday took a picture with Moon and his wife Kim Jung-sook before entering the reception room.

by | February 09, 2018 | 15:46

He said the United Kingdom must "accept the ineluctable consequences of its decision to leave the European Union , to leave its institutions and its policies". Barnier said that he did not understand the angry British reaction to a draft European Union transition agreement that contained sanctions for Britain if it breached the terms of the deal, including freezing its single market access.

by | February 09, 2018 | 15:39

Warner was seeking to establish contact with Steele as part of the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian election meddling. "I'm in", Waldman, whose firm has ties to Hillary Clinton , texted back to Warner. Steele famously put together the anti-Trump dossier of unverified information that was used by Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials in October 2016 to get a warrant to conduct surveillance of former Trump adviser Carter Page.

by | February 09, 2018 | 15:28

And it was seen as a kind of safe area. "As we were pulling out the children and the dead from under the rubble, they targeted us with five rockets - directly targeting us", said Hafi, 24. Last month, the Syrian opposition chose to boycott peace talks hosted by Russian Federation in the Black Sea city of Sochi. "These reports are extremely troubling, and make a mockery of the so-called " de-escalation zones " meant to protect civilians from such bombardment ", said Commission Chair ...

by | February 09, 2018 | 15:19

President Mamnoon Hussain highlighted the long-standing issues of Kashmir and Palestine, saying that they were imperative for worldwide peace and security. Pakistan's foreign ministry says Jordan's King Abdullah II has arrived in the capital, Islamabad , to meet top government officials. The visiting King will hold talks with the president, as well as Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

by | February 09, 2018 | 15:10

In a statement , Porter said "these outrageous allegations are simply false", adding he "took the photos given to the media almost 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described". Porter had an interim clearance, which means he can travel with the president on Air Force One and present him with classified documents. A dismissal of Kelly would surely revive the narrative of a White House in crisis as it faces the ongoing Russian Federation probe and the ...

by | February 09, 2018 | 15:06

Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to create at least four demilitarized zones in Syria, in order to guarantee compliance with a ceasefire agreement agreed since December 2016, thus minimizing the war tensions. Employing the right-wing nationalist demagogy that has characterized AKP rule, Erdogan told his audience that Turkey was confronting the same enemies that stripped the Ottoman Empire of "five million square kilometers" of territory.

by | February 09, 2018 | 15:05

A United Nations -mandated investigator said Tuesday his team was probing reports that bombs allegedly containing weaponized chlorine have been used on two recent occasions in Syria . Syrian government has been critical of Aljazeera and Al-Arabia TV channels coverage from the very beginning of the crisis in 2011. Syrian government troops have waged an intense air campaign on Eastern Ghouta since Monday that has left at least 207 civilians dead in total, according to the Syrian ...

by | February 09, 2018 | 15:04

Retting has been an attorney with the Beverly Hill-based law firm Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez for more than 35 years. Currently David Kautter, a Treasury assistant secretary, is acting as commissioner of the 80,000-employee agency that will implement the tax code rewrite passed by the Congress in December.