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Rand Paul effectively shut down the United States government for hours after he blocked a late-night vote with his fiery speech on the Senate floor. However, despite the early morning vote, the government still was not able to avoid a brief shutdown overnight. That will give lawmakers enough time to translate the deal's overall funding levels into the detailed spending bill that will fund the government through September.
  • Syria: Air defenses respond to Israeli strike near capital

    Syria: Air defenses respond to Israeli strike near capital

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    In January alone, 211 civilians were killed and 1,447 wounded. "The result is more victims, children, women and the elderly, the destruction of homes, the killing of all reason to live". The SSRC is promoted by the Syrian government as a civilian research institute but the U.S. accuses the agency of focusing on the development of non-conventional weapons and the means to deliver them.
  • Lebanon signs first offshore oil and gas contracts - minister

    Lebanon signs first offshore oil and gas contracts - minister

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    The government had approved two bids by an global consortium of energy companies, comprising France's Total, Italy's Eni and Russia's Novatek. Israel and Lebanon have exchanged threats and condemnation over the tender, amid rising tensions over territorial and marine boundaries between them.
  • Syria intercepts Israel strikes near Damascus

    Syria intercepts Israel strikes near Damascus

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    Meanwhile, Aljazeera has reported that Russian and Syrian forces have killed at least 110 civilians over the past 48 hours in Eastern Ghouta , a suburb of Damascus . The Syrian government denied deliberately attacking civilian targets, but provided no specifics on what they thought they were attacking. The Russian Defense Ministry said the USA airstrike wounded 25 pro-Syrian volunteers.
  • Senate reaches budget pact, adding $300 billion

    Senate reaches budget pact, adding $300 billion

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    Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, called the deal "eye-popping and eyebrow-raising". The White House said Thursday it was preparing for a United States government shutdown as Congress hit a stumbling block in its efforts to pass a stopgap spending bill before midnight.
  • US Plans to Unveil Toughest Sanctions Over North Korea Soon

    US Plans to Unveil Toughest Sanctions Over North Korea Soon

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    Abe, who will also attend the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday, added that he hoped to find time on the margins of the games to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, to reaffirm their unwavering commitment. "We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games", he said. This file photo shows the North Korean cheering squad sent to the 2003 Summer Universiade held in South Korea's city of Daegu.
  • Pence heads to Olympics leaving open chance of talks…

    Pence heads to Olympics leaving open chance of talks…

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    Security Council restrictions in the past year that have slashed the pariah nation's export revenue and capped fuel imports. Moon is pursuing denuclearization of the peninsula through inter-Korea dialogue and using the worldwide sports event to promote this policy.
  • Weather to be cooler today, with freezing drizzle and snow possible tonight

    Weather to be cooler today, with freezing drizzle and snow possible tonight

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    Road conditions may get even worse later in the day Saturday into Saturday night as temperatures fall. Another round of snow will move in late Sunday into Monday . After about 7 a.m Saturday , when temperature will rise into the 40s, there is a 40 percent chance for rain. The National Weather Service says accumulating ice from less than.10 inch to possibly.20 inch is expected.
  • US IT headed towards Canada

    US IT headed towards Canada

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    With Toronto in a bid to host Amazon's planned HQ2 headquarters, Justin Trudeau said he planned to tell CEO Jeff Bezos why he should continue to invest in Canada. But the warm greeting in California comes amid mounting tensions between Canada and the United States over the renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement.
  • Boston paper 'looking into' Tom Brady agent hoax

    Boston paper 'looking into' Tom Brady agent hoax

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    One guy decided he was going to have some fun with this moment by and pretend to be Tom Brady's agent, Don Yee . On the heels of the San Francisco 49ers making quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo the highest-paid player in the National Football League with his new five-year, $137.5 million deal, the Boston Herald's Ron Borges reported via unnamed sources close to Tom Brady that the Patriots QB was ready to sit out all of this year's offseason organized team activities unless he got a ...
  • Trump's speech? Give it an 8.5 — Viewpoint

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    Trump is also seeking bipartisan support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals legislation to protect from deportation young people brought as children to the country illegally by their parents. "Happiness is at the root of everything". He claims it allows immigrants to bring to the U.S. unlimited number of relatives. Yet, apparently, somehow it's not enough.
  • Senate strikes 2-year budget deal: 5 takeaways for healthcare leaders

    Senate strikes 2-year budget deal: 5 takeaways for healthcare leaders

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    In a further sign of Congress' inability to get basic work done, the House on Tuesday had to approve another stopgap bill to keep the federal government from shutting down. However, with the vote to pass, the bill has been sent to the House to end the government shutdown . In a February 8 press conference, Pelosi said she wasn't trying to whip votes against the bill.
  • Russians to appeal against Pyeongchang exclusion

    Russians to appeal against Pyeongchang exclusion

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    The fifteen Russians who were not invited to participate in PyeongChang despite the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS) having overturned their life-long doping ban filed a second urgent application to the court. Also among them is speed skater Denis Yuskov, who served a ban for marijuana, and the biathletes Irina Starykh and Aleksandr Loginov, who previously had been banned for use of the blood-booster EPO.
  • Gay Marriage Dominates Costa Rica Presidential Election

    Gay Marriage Dominates Costa Rica Presidential Election

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    Following last month's decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Fabricio Alvarado, a 43-year-old journalist with a prominent career as a preacher and Christian singer, vaulted to 16.9 percent in a survey published January 31 by the University of Costa Rica's Center for Research in Political Sciences, or CIEP.
  • Trump pushes for more Republicans in Congress

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    After months of funding the government through short-term patches, a coalition of centrist House Republicans and Democrats combined to end the year's second government shutdown and resolve a fiscal fight that had spilled over from 2017. It also extends the federal debt ceiling to March 2019. There also is no offset reduction for almost $90 billion in new disaster aid for USA states and territories ravaged by hurricanes or wildfires.
  • Last ditch Olympics appeal by Russian athletes rejected

    Last ditch Olympics appeal by Russian athletes rejected

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    She is believed to be carrying a personal message from her brother to the South's president. But Pence continued, calling the North Korean parade "an ongoing provocation". The North has sent almost 500 people to the Pyeongchang Games, including officials, athletes, artists and also a 230-member state-trained cheerleader group after the war-separated rivals agreed to a series of conciliatory gestures for the Games.
  • Pence says S.Korea President supports US additional sanctions on N.Korea

    Pence says S.Korea President supports US additional sanctions on N.Korea

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    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is using his appearance at the Winter Olympics to call on the global community to get tougher on North Korea's nuclear program and human rights abuses. The 2018 Winter Olympics kick off on Friday, Feb. 9, in PyeongChang, South Korea . Kim Yo Jong and her delegation were greeted by government officials, including Unification Minister Cho Myong-gyon, before boarding a bullet train to Pyeongchang.
  • Restrictions in Kashmir parts on Afzal Guru's death anniversary

    Restrictions in Kashmir parts on Afzal Guru's death anniversary

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    Guru, a Kashmiri, was executed in 2013 for his role in 2001 Indian parliament building attack. After Guru's hanging, the central government did not hand over his body to his family members and buried it inside the jail complex. However, despite restrictions, a large number of people visited the family of Guroo. Despite strict restrictions, protesters including pro freedom leaders managed to reach the residence of Guru in Jageer Ghat village to offer their condolences and register their ...
  • A public school in Tokyo is introducing Giorgio Armani uniforms

    A public school in Tokyo is introducing Giorgio Armani uniforms

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    Yet one local school has taken its reputation to new heights, after introducing a new uniform designed by Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani costing more than £500. "A thorough discussion between the PTA, parents and other parties involved should have been held", an education board official said. " Opposition lawmaker Manabu Terada even raised the issue during a parliamentary session, questioning the logic of such an expensive uniform at a public school with students from a range of ...