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Syrian Observatory: thousands flee Afrin attack, blocked by government forces

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The SDF was created in 2015 by the various Syrian Kurdish political forces and their military wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG), and the Women's Protection Units (YPJ). And the fact that it is right on the Turkish border makes it operationally easier for Turkey. She warned that the Turkish offensive could interfere in the war against IS. Read More »

Trump bark into bite with tariffs on Chinese solar panels

While the action is targeted at imports from China, Trump's tariffs apply to all imports, since Chinese manufacturers have moved operations to other countries. If the tariff stands, it could reduce the cost-effectiveness of solar for many planned installations. In each of the four years, the first 2.5 gigawatts of imported solar cells will be exempted from the tariff. Read More »

Third day of U.S. government shutdown as working week begins

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday night he had scheduled a vote for 1 a.m. Monday on a new spending bill that would keep the government open until February 8. Sherrod Brown (D- Ohio) proposed a similar measure. Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC suggested one possibility: a bill that would fund the government in exchange for a commitment to move onto immigration after February 8. Read More »

Iran urges quick end to military operations in Syria's Afrin

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He said that Turkey respects territorial integrity of Syria and will comply with its commitments under trilateral talks between Iran, Turkey and Russian Federation. Bekir Bozdag, the deputy prime minister and government spokesman, said in a briefing with reporters the campaign was "not against the Kurds " and that Ankara would defeat the YPG there and restore democratic institutions and infrastructure. Read More »

Vikings' Adam Thielen dealing with 'slight' back fractures for NFC Championship

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The Vikings' night started off as well as they could have hoped. The Patriots bring in the number one offense in the NFL . There's a sense of hopelessness for their opponent. Vikings: Making 29th overall playoff appearance (27th since the merger), 20-28 in postseason play (18-26 since the merger). Can the Patriots repeat history? Have thoughts on how the Eagles and Vikings are performing? Case Keenum will be facing the best defense he's faced all year. Read More »

Women's March 2019: When Is the Next Women's March Event?

More events are planned to take place on Sunday, with celebrities to be a big feature including Eva Longoria , Olivia Munn, Scarlett Johansson, Alyssa Milano, Viola Davis and Cher. She said this year, organizers were trying "to access a cross section of America, from minorities to the disenfranchised to women in low-income communities". Read More »

LeBron Has Lost all Confidence in the Cavs

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Oklahoma City had the league's MVP a year ago in Russell Westbrook , and added to its roster by trading for Paul George and Anthony during the offseason. His highest scoring average came in his third season at 31.4 points per game. Cleveland has paid out in just three out of 20 home games. The Thunder already had wins against the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors under their belt. Read More »

Turkey begins first wave of artillery fire on Kurds in Afrin

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The leading Kurdish party in Syria called on the worldwide community on Wednesday to shoulder responsibility for the security of a Kurdish enclave threatened by Turkey, the Associated Press reported . "Other countries' views can only change the technical details and the strategy of the operation", he added. He said the Kurdish people in Syria face torture and oppression, not just at the hands of the Assad-regime, but also PYD/PKK. Read More »

Rand Paul: Dems spiked his immigration compromise to end shutdown

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Democrats say the search for a deal has been hurt by Trump's sending contradictory messages about what kind of bipartisan immigration proposal he would accept. Trump canceled a trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida that included a major fundraiser on the anniversary of his first year as president. The House convened as well and was on hold, waiting to see if its members would be needed to act just in case gridlock broke in the Senate. Read More »

Met Office places Cumbria on alert for more snow and ice

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Showers will become increasingly confined to eastern coasts on Sunday and it will become largely dry, though there is a threat of rain for a time along the south coast overnight. Agencies are now working to keep the traffic moving. The Met Office predicts that up to 8cm (3in) of snow could fall at low levels on Tuesday, and more than 15cm (5in) over higher ground. Read More »

Amazon Narrows Down Candidates for 2nd headquarters

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CNBC reports a total of 238 North American cities submitted proposals. Amazon expects to make a final decision sometime in 2018. The e-commerce giant solicited bids from cities with populations of at least 1 million and ready access to an worldwide airport and got 238 applications. Read More »

Couple accused of chaining up 13 children lived in North Texas

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TWO healthy dogs have been rescued from the "House of Horrors" where 13 children were allegedly starved and tortured by their own parents. The children would reportedly march in single-file for hours, according to ABC News . Ms Flores said that the family had always been private: "When that happens for 20 years, and it was before the kids even were there, you don't think it's abnormal". Read More »

Kerber sets up Sharapova clash of the champions

The extreme heat policy at the Australian Open does not use a simple maximum heat, rather a combination of factors including temperature, humidity and wind speed. "Lindsay is wonderful. We've had three years together and she has taught me how to handle big moments like this", said Keys, who made the Australian Open semis in 2015. Read More »

Backgrounder: US government shutdowns in recent years

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In the situation, Federal Government employees would be forced to shut down nonessential services while essential staff at top level agencies would continue working but employees are not sure when they would get their salaries. But Schumer said on the floor that Trump earlier Friday had walked away from a bipartisan deal in which Democrats even put the border wall on the table, and called the shutdown the "Trump shutdown". Read More »

Is Trump a racist? Sometimes he sounds like one

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For those who considered border security the priority, the legislation called for hiring 19,200 Border Patrol agents, building another 700 miles of fences and adding more mobile surveillance and ground sensors. Left to its own devices, the State Department came up with its own talking points to be used by US missions in Africa working to stem the damage, said a USA official, who wasn't authorized to disclose internal deliberations and demanded anonymity. Read More »

United States government shutdown begins, so does the finger-pointing

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As the clock ticked down to an eventual government shutdown at midnight Saturday, Trump invited Schumer to the White House to hear him out. In anticipation of an imminent government shutdown, Trump cancelled his planned trip to Mar-a-Lago, his Florida mansion, where he meant to celebrate his first anniversary at the White House on Saturday. Read More »

Majority of women don't think Trump is mentally stable

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However, Obama's score at this stage in his presidency was one of the lowest in his first year as he started off with a net approval rating of +56%. In its analysis, the Gallup report, released just days before President Donald Trump embarks on a trip to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, criticized Trump for keeping his campaign promise to put "America First" in his foreign policy. Read More »

California parents deny torturing and starving 13 children

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The victims were not allowed to shower a couple of times a year, Hestrin said . Elizabeth Jane Flores, a 41-year-old Christian motivational speaker from Cleveland, Tennessee is the sister of Louise Anna Turpin, the woman who, along with her husband, has been accused of child endangerment. Read More »

US government shutdown looms as Senate short of votes for spending bill

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Doyg Ducey said the tourist attraction "will not close on our watch, period". Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the White House traded blame for the possible shutdown just hours before the midnight deadline. Most Americans would not feel the effects of a partial government shutdown. Republicans are already dubbing it the " Schumer Shutdown ". The CNN poll was conducted on January 14-18 among 1,005 adults. Read More »

NKorea cancels visit to prepare for Olympics in South

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Each ministry's part in the broader policy objective is laid out in the statement . Adding "only through dialogue...can a way to an effective and peaceful resolution be found". The decision to keep up with military threats comes the same day as Donald Trump expressed doubt that the intra-Korean talks will lead to " anything meaningful ". Read More »

White House doctor says President Trump is 'very healthy'

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Navy doctor Ronny Jackson provided a more detailed readout Tuesday following Trump's first physical last Friday at the Walter Reed military hospital. Which is interesting, because watching the reactions of Trump's opponents to everything the president says or does, the word "crazy" comes to mind. Read More »

MS Dhoni sees a silver lining in the performance of Indian bowlers

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He also applauded the Indian fast bowlers for their efforts and felt that they have performed remarkably well in both the matches. South Africa are still No 2, but they are closing the gap on the Indians. He will need to ask his players if they need more than just a "positive influence" as a coach. It was also a 17-member squad, Abbas Ali Baig joining from Oxford when Vijay Manjrekar had to undergo a knee surgery. Read More »

President Trump tweets he wants 'merit based' immigration system

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Trump had declared in September that he would revoke the programme, which consents to certain immigrants who landed in the US illegitimately as children, to reside and work without apprehension of being deported. "Nobody wins a government shutdown battle but I do know one thing: If it happens it will be because a bipartisan compromise was rejected by Republicans", Sen. Read More »