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US Sanctions Russia’s Rosneft over Oil Ties to Venezuela

US Sanctions Russia’s Rosneft over Oil Ties to Venezuela Rosneft called the sanctions "outrage, quot; and said the U.S. authorities, in talks with the company, had repeatedly recognized that he was not breaking any restrictions". Another Indian purchaser, Nayara Electricity, said it complies with relevant sanctions. TNK Buying and selling Global, one more Rosneft subsidiary, also on a regular basis lifts crude straight from Venezuelan ports, in accordan... [Full Article...]

Senate GOP gives Trump's pick for intelligence chief tepid response

Senate GOP gives Trump's pick for intelligence chief tepid response Critics assailed the appointment of Grenell as an acting director - meaning he will not require Senate approval - and for his perceived lack of experience in intelligence matters. "It is offensive to assume that the US taxpayers continue to pay for more than 50,000 Americans in Germany but the Germans get to spend their (budget) surplus on domestic programs", Grenell told the German news agency... [Full Article...]

British tourists David and Sally Abel test positive for coronavirus

British tourists David and Sally Abel test positive for coronavirus Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne has tweeted the plane is already on its way to Tokyo . About 380 Americans were on the cruise ship . Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and Italy were planning similar flights of passengers. 88 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed on board the ship today (18 February), amount them David and Sally Abel, a British couple on board in contact... [Full Article...]

Abandoning anti-corruption posture, Trump goes on pardoning spree

Abandoning anti-corruption posture, Trump goes on pardoning spree Trump ultimately did not commute Blagojevich's sentence in August. "I saw that and I did commute his sentence". Mr. Trump made no immediate comment Tuesday on his decision but left it to his deputy press secretary, Hogan Gidley, to announce the pardon to reporters. [Full Article...]

U.S. planes heading home with those from cruise ship

U.S. planes heading home with those from cruise ship More than 3,600 people, including 428 Americans, were stuck on the ship after revelations earlier this month that a passenger on board had been infected with the virus. This almost doubles the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the USA, bringing the total to 29. She pointed out that not all of them were infected on the first day. [Full Article...]

Airbus 'deeply regrets' US tariff increase

Airbus 'deeply regrets' US tariff increase In October, the World Trade Organization (WTO) had permitted the USTR to impose tariffs on USA $7.5 billion worth of good from European countries. "Airbus has and will continue to push for a negotiated settlement to this 15-year-long dispute", it said noting that the "further escalation complicates efforts to find a negotiated outcome to this dispute". [Full Article...]

US Senate Aims to Restrict Trump’s Iran War Powers

US Senate Aims to Restrict Trump’s Iran War Powers If senators took their oaths seriously, votes to assert Congress's authority in matters of war and peace would be unanimous. "It's not the presidency". Ayatollah Khamenei said on January 8 that such military actions are not enough and the US forces must leave the region. "And with President Trump taking steps toward risky conflict with Iran - without any consultation with Congress - we need to... [Full Article...]

Trump Claims Roger Stone’s Jury Was Tainted by Bias

Trump Claims Roger Stone’s Jury Was Tainted by Bias Jill Hasday , University of Minnesota Law School professor. "The President has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law", White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. Trump had made it clear early Tuesday he thought the original sentencing recommendation for Stone was unfair, tweeting at 1:48 a.m. that it was " a miscarriage of... [Full Article...]

United Nations releases database of 112 firms linked to Israeli settlements

United Nations releases database of 112 firms linked to Israeli settlements NGO Monitor, an Israeli group that is highly critical of the rights council, called the list "defamatory" and an endorsement of the anti-Israel boycott movement. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear he considered the United States government's position on settlements under President Donald Trump as more important than the views of UN organisations. [Full Article...]

Barr agrees to testify before House Judiciary Committee in March, Nadler says

Barr agrees to testify before House Judiciary Committee in March, Nadler says It is extremely rare for Justice Department leaders to reverse the decision of its own prosecutors on a sentencing recommendation , particularly after that recommendation has been submitted to the court. "He's the chief law enforcement officer. The House Judiciary Committee , which has oversight of Barr, must also investigate independently". Napolitano continued to say that the foreperson's p... [Full Article...]

Westminster 2020: Siba the standard poodle named best in show

Westminster 2020: Siba the standard poodle named best in show It marks the fifth time a Standard Poodle has won the show. A standard last won in 1991. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is underway, but the final rounds air tonight, February 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) Despite the breed's strong track record of success, the win can be viewed as an upset. One mistake, like confusing a wire fox terrier for a smooth fox terrie... [Full Article...]

Philippines to terminate security pact with US

Philippines to terminate security pact with US Still, he added that the "contradictions between Manila and Washington may intensify". Without an agreement in place on a set of terms by which USA troops can be present on Philippine soil, there is a risk that we could see some discussion and potential reconsideration of the level and type of presence there that has helped undergird U.S. [Full Article...]

U.S. DOJ to seek lighter prison term for Trump adviser Stone

U.S. DOJ to seek lighter prison term for Trump adviser Stone According to Fox , citing the unnamed officials, the requested punishment was not what had been earlier represented to government officials. A day after Trump reacted furiously to the prosecution's demand for a sentence of seven to nine years to his former aide, the Justice Department indicated that it will recommend less. [Full Article...]

DUP MP calls for Conor Murphy to quit or be sacked over…

DUP MP calls for Conor Murphy to quit or be sacked over… Surging support for Sinn Fein, which is committed to the reunification of Ireland, threatens the country's political equilibrium even though the party is unlikely to form the next government because both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail refuse to work with it. [Full Article...]

Lisa Leslie on if rape allegation complicates Kobe Bryant's legacy

Lisa Leslie on if rape allegation complicates Kobe Bryant's legacy The 41-year-old basketball legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine people who perished when Bryant's private helicopter crashed in Calabasas on January 26, and it has now been confirmed he will be honored within the In Memoriam section of the Oscars this weekend. [Full Article...]

Republican Senate officials request Hunter Biden's travel documents from the Secret Service

Republican Senate officials request Hunter Biden's travel documents from the Secret Service That same month, they sent a letter to the Treasury Department asking about any possible reports of money laundering or fraud in the business dealings of Biden. "The administration told House Democrats to go pound sand when their oversight authority was mandatory while voluntarily cooperating with the Senate Republicans' sideshow at lightning speed", Ashley Schapitl, a spokeswoman for Sen. [Full Article...]

Bernie Sanders will snub Donald Trump's State of the Union

Bernie Sanders will snub Donald Trump's State of the Union It was this country-fried aspect of her identity that Judd leaned into when talking up Warren as this event, speaking about her mother "was married and pregnant and dropped out of school at 19" and, because "we come from coal country", her uncle developed cancer and died. [Full Article...]

China accuses U.S. of 'slander' over Xinjiang comments

China accuses U.S. of 'slander' over Xinjiang comments According to the United Nations and human rights groups, more than one million people, mostly Uighur Muslims have been detained in isolated conditions as an "anti-terrorism campaign". "We are working closely and hand in hand with the Chinese government to solve the current global epidemiological challenge", he said, adding that he will learn more about the flights shortly. [Full Article...]

Trump rape accuser E. Jean Carroll seeks his DNA in defamation suit

Trump rape accuser E. Jean Carroll seeks his DNA in defamation suit In early November, E. Jean Carroll had attacked the American president in defamation within the State of NY: he had affirmed that she had invented his accusations. Carroll said she fought back and eventually got away. Carroll also seeks a retraction and unspecified damages from Trump after his previous refusal. A legal notice, seen by Reuters and verified by lawyers for the columnist E Jean Ca... [Full Article...]

Impeachment Trial Moves To Question Phase, While Witness Vote Looms

Impeachment Trial Moves To Question Phase, While Witness Vote Looms The questions can be directed at either the Democratic House prosecutors or Trump's legal team, and will take up to eight hours a day over Wednesday and Thursday. Republicans lack the votes to block witnesses at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial , Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded late Tuesday, a potentially major hurdle for Trump's hopes to end the trial with a ... [Full Article...]


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