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Dow briefly falls more than 10 percent from high

Dow briefly falls more than 10 percent from high The index closed at just above 21,500 points , down 5 percent. At midday today, the ASX and the ALL ORDS were both down by 3 percent. The U.S. dollar also weakened against the Japanese yen trading at 108.68 yen, down from 109.12 on Monday. [Full Article...]

Hong Kong top court overturns prison sentences for activists

Hong Kong top court overturns prison sentences for activists In a case viewed as a crucial test of Hong Kong's judicial independence, an appeals court has ruled to free three prominent activists who were facing prison terms for their role in massive pro-democracy protests that shook the semi-autonomous region of China in 2014. [Full Article...]

USA Gymnastics Suspends Former Olympic Coach Who Worked Closely With Nassar

USA Gymnastics Suspends Former Olympic Coach Who Worked Closely With Nassar USA Gymnastics has suspended former women's Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert, who reportedly was close to former team doctor Larry Nassar , the organization said Monday night. The Michigan Attorney General's Office, which prosecuted Nassar, said on Friday that 265 women and girls now have reported abuse to law enforcement. [Full Article...]

Palestinian teen killed in Israeli raid on Jenin

Palestinian teen killed in Israeli raid on Jenin The victim, Itamar Ben Gal, was attacked at a bus stop near Ariel. Israel has imposed severe restrictions on Palestinian development in this area, home to dozens of Israeli settlements. All settlements in the West Bank are illegal under worldwide law and have been recognised as a major impediment to peace in the region by the United Nations and the global community. [Full Article...]

Are US Troops in Iraq Staying or Going? Depends Who You Ask

Are US Troops in Iraq Staying or Going? Depends Who You Ask According to the Western contractors, the drawdown began last week and a number of US troops have left bases on daily flights. While the US has closely supported key Iraqi military victories over the Islamic State in places like Mosul, some of the Shiite-led paramilitary forces with close ties to Iran have called for the withdrawal of USA forces. [Full Article...]

United Nations chief congratulates US, Russia on nuclear arsenal cuts, urges further disarmament

United Nations chief congratulates US, Russia on nuclear arsenal cuts, urges further disarmament February 5, 2018 (EIRNS)-Both the US and Russian Federation have issued statements reaffirming their commitment to the implementation of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). To the dismay of some anti-nuclear commentators, Trump called New START "a one-sided deal". Under the treaty either party shall reduce its strategic offensive arms in a way that will ensure at the end of a seven-year p... [Full Article...]

Who Is Esmond Bradley-Martin? Leading Ivory Investigator Killed In Kenya

Who Is Esmond Bradley-Martin? Leading Ivory Investigator Killed In Kenya Bradley Martin's wife reportedly discovered his body, which was lying on a bed. One of the world's leading investigators of the illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn has been killed in Kenya. Wildlife Direct chief executive officer Paula Kahumbu hailed Esmond for his contribution in the fight against poaching. "He was one of the most important people at the forefront of exposing the ivory tr... [Full Article...]

Paris Attacks Terror Suspect Refuses to Answer Questions in Belgian Court

Paris Attacks Terror Suspect Refuses to Answer Questions in Belgian Court The French national of Moroccan descent complained he was exhausted and successfully demanded the right not to be photographed in court. "My silence neither makes me a criminal nor a guilty person". Three police officers were wounded and an Algerian fellow jihadist, Mohamed Belkaid, was killed in the gun battle. Abdeslam, who was raised in Brussels , was arrested a few days later in the immigra... [Full Article...]

Syrian Army deploys new air defenses in north

Syrian Army deploys new air defenses in north At least 51 civilians were killed by Syrian regime attacks on Tuesday in Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb, according to local civil-defense sources. In the northwest, the government and its militia allies have been trying to advance in mostly rural Idlib, the last province still largely under rebel control. [Full Article...]

Wikileaks founder loses appeal to have United Kingdom arrest warrant withdrawn

Wikileaks founder loses appeal to have United Kingdom arrest warrant withdrawn The WikiLeaks founder applied to have a warrant for skipping bail quashed, which would free him to leave the embassy, where he has hidden since June 2012, without fear of arrest. Watkins said the case against Assange was "extremely simple" in that he had failed to surrender to custody in answer to bail, therefore the warrant still stood. [Full Article...]

NWS sends out 'erroneous alert' for Tsunami warning

NWS sends out 'erroneous alert' for Tsunami warning A Tsunami Warning IS NOT IN EFFECT. Several National Weather Offices sent out tweets clarifying what happened a short time later. We have been told that some users received this test message as an actual Tsunami Warning. NWS officials said a monthly tsunami warning test was scheduled at 8:30 a.m.by the National Tsunami Warning Center, and some people received the warning. [Full Article...]

GOP releases memo, says Democratic-financed dossier was used in surveillance application

Republicans, he said , had "found themselves in an insupportable position when they released a misleading memo and refused to release the Democratic response, so I think they were compelled to take the action they did today". Will Hurd of Texas, also appearing on "This Week", explained why he voted against releasing the Democratic memo at the same time as the GOP memo . [Full Article...]

200m women, girls genitally-mutilated - United Nations chief

200m women, girls genitally-mutilated - United Nations chief The study also points out that in the absence of a law, India could become a global hub for FGM, as many countries such as the USA and Australia have seen arrests and convictions for carrying out the practise. Who already bear the scars, or suffer related complications, or relive harsh memories of pain and betrayal. "We know how to change this". The study - The Clitoral Hood a Contested Site: ... [Full Article...]

Kenyan police fire teargas at demonstrators demanding TV stations reopen

Kenyan police fire teargas at demonstrators demanding TV stations reopen When veteran opposition challengerRaila Odinga chose to stage his on January 30, few had any idea that the mood in Nairobi would become one of toxic intolerance - intolerance of the opposition, of the media and of the rule of law. Odinga supporters say they are angered by police impunity, persistent government corruption and the perceived neglect of large swathes of the country by the central gove... [Full Article...]

Dow Jones stock index hit by record falls

Dow Jones stock index hit by record falls Yields on 10-year U.S. Treasury debt hit a four-year high of 2.885 per cent, having jumped nearly 7 basis points on Friday. On Monday, the S&P 500 ended 7.8% down from its record high on January 26, with the Dow down 8.5% over that time. [Full Article...]

PM Modi to Visit UAE And Oman From February 10 to 12

PM Modi to Visit UAE And Oman From February 10 to 12 This, Kumar said, would also provide a platform to the prime minister to engage with the world community. Both these countries have a sizable Indian diaspora. This will be Modi's second visit to the UAE. He will reach UAE in the late evening of February 10. "He will be laying a foundation stone for the temple through a video link". [Full Article...]

US Vice President Pence Not Excluding Meeting N Korean Officals at Olympics

US Vice President Pence Not Excluding Meeting N Korean Officals at Olympics The joint team had three practice sessions on Tuesday, at Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, the site of its three group stage games during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics . Murray also expressed initial frustration. It lost 3-1 but many believe it was a decent result given that both Koreas are ranked out of the world top 20. [Full Article...]

Chinese national shot in Karachi 'targeted' attack dies

Chinese national shot in Karachi 'targeted' attack dies According to the details provided, the deceased Chinese was working at a non-CPEC related private shipping firm in Karachi and he was shot dead in broad daylight in Karachi's Clifton area on Monday afternoon. However, they were not carrying with them the police guard on duty today, "which is against the security instructions issued to them from time to time", said the police officer. [Full Article...]

Montgomery man arrested into connection to sharing viral child porn video

Montgomery man arrested into connection to sharing viral child porn video Steinberg. Germaine Moore, 44, the man who police believe sexually assaulted a young girl in a video that went viral on social media , has been taken into custody . He said it is his understanding that the child already has been located and is safe from any further abuse by the perpetrator, who is now in custody in related offenses in another state. [Full Article...]

Sen. Chris Coons cosponsors bipartisan effort on immigration reform

Sen. Chris Coons cosponsors bipartisan effort on immigration reform The measure would not immediately authorize spending the $25 billion Trump is seeking to fortify the border with new wall and fence construction. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier on Monday floated the idea of passing a big increase in defense appropriations through September 30 while negotiations continued on non-defense spending levels - an idea Democrats have opp... [Full Article...]


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