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GOP to push Cabinet confirmation hearings despite ethics concerns

Chuck Schumer, the Democrat's leader in the Senate, wrote to Republican leader Mitch McConnell to raise concerns that full background checks on Mr Trump's nominees have not yet been completed. Tuesday, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will discuss at 3:30 p.m. whether retired Marine Corp. Towson's records are complete regarding his Federal Bureau of Investigation background check, the Office of Government Ethics paperwork, his financial disclosure form.

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Draghi, Renzi Said to Be Targeted in E-Mail Cyber-Spying Attacks

The suspects tried to obtain confidential and sensitive data, especially on banks, at the ECB in Frankfurt and at the Bank of Italy in Rome, according to another person familiar. Once thoroughly protected on American server farms, this information has now been confiscated thanks to the invaluable help of the FBI's Cyber Division.

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Coldplay Denies Reported Israel-Palestine "Peace Concerts"

Israel's Channel 2 reported Monday that one of the world's biggest bands will play the unprecedented shows at an outdoor venue, identified in the report only as an "agricultural area", on November 3 and 4. The band's frontman Chris Martin visited Israel in November immediately after headlining the Global Citizen Festival in Mumbai, India, prompting speculation of a planned gig in the Holy Land.

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Canada PM Justin Trudeau shuffles key Cabinet ministers

As foreign minister, she will be charged in part with dealing with the USA administration of a man who says he wants to renegotiate or leave the North American free trade agreement (NAFTA) - Canada's largest and most important trade deal.

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Watch Livestream: Jeff Sessions Attorney General Confirmation Hearing Begins With Shouts

During the first of two days of a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee , Sen. Before the nomination hearings began, Code Pink protesters, shrouded in Klu Klux Khan hoods, protested the nomination of Sessions with signs "End Racism, Stop Sessions" and 'Hate Sessions'.

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After Urjit Patel, Parliamentary Panel May Summon PM Narendra Modi On Demonetisation

On the issue of summoning Modi, Thomas told IANS that there is "no convention like that" and the committee would take decision "on what to do" after hearing from Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel and other government officials, to whom it has sent a detailed questionnaire.

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Trump Said to Be Told of Unverified Russian Intelligence Plot

Multiple unnamed sources told CNN the allegations were included in a two-page memo presented to Trump and President Barack Obama as part of an intelligence briefing on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The document claims that the Russian government has been cultivating a relationship with Trump, under the endorsement of Russian president Vladimir Putin , alleges that Trump accepted political intelligence from the Kremlin, and says that there "was a continuing exchange of ...

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Netanyahu: Israel Has Evidence UN Settlements Resolution Obama's Efforts Result

Palestinian authorities identified him as a resident of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukaber, close to where the attack occurred. According to The Guardian , the attack took place while a large group of Israeli soldiers "visited a scenic outlook overlooking modern Jerusalem and the Old City, a few blocks from the current U.S.

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President Assad on factor determining success of Syria peace talks in Astana

A Syrian man rides a bicycle past destroyed buildings in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus , on January 7. On Sunday, two civilians were killed by regime fire and the area was hit by a dozen regime air raids after the failure of negotiations to fix the water plant at Ain al-Fijeh, the Britain-based monitor said.

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President Obama's farewell address in Chicago

Obama says the nation's politics need to reflect "the decency" of the American people. As President Barack Obama prepares to address the country from Chicago Tuesday night, the free tickets are now being sold - or traded - online . But the jet technically won't be Air Force One any longer. Unlike inaugural addresses, which tend to be visionary and future-oriented, or state of the union remarks, which lay out a policy agenda, farewell addresses typically get neither the attention ...

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Syria's Assad affirms readiness for Astana talks

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have both said they want to improve bilateral ties. President Assad said, dismissing rebel groups backed by Saudi Arabia, France and the UK. A large chunk of Syria's territory northwest of Aleppo is still controlled by rebel groups, an area the will nearly undoubtedly attract more of the government's force following Assad's gain in December.

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What CNN's Report on Trump and Russia Does and Doesn't Say

Trump, multiple USA officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN . Graham is referring to the report released Friday by The Office of the Director of National Intelligence that Russian President Vladimir Putin led efforts to influence the 2016 Presidential election-specifically by discrediting former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, notes Reuters .

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'The Walking Dead' Synopsis Reveals 'All-Out War' Is Coming

In the new synopsis from AMC, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) will be "preparing for war" against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) by reaching out to leaders of several outposts, including the Kingdom's charismatic figurehead Ezekiel (Khary Payton). The group huddles up for a discussion in "The Walking Dead" Season 7, Episode 9. Some viewers were unhappy to tune into the show's premiere and learn that certain takes of Glenn's eye bulging from his head and Abraham's bleeding skull were removed from the episode.

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King of Thailand Calls for Amendment to Constitution

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has asserted his royal authority five weeks after acceding to the throne, asking for changes to be made to his kingdom's draft constitution. The prime minister did not detail which clauses were problematic. King Vajiralongkorn, 64, took the throne on December 2, succeeding his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October after a long illness.

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Israeli soldiers shoot dead 'knife-wielding' Palestinian

Israeli Forces claimed that Salhi had weilded a knife and attempted to stab one of the soldiers, then shot him dead. Troops from the elite Duvdevan unit were on an operation in the Palestinian village of Far'a, northeast of Nablus, to arrest wanted suspects, the military said.

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M1 motorway body: Police describe scene of discovery as 'catastrophic'

The northbound carriageway was closed at about 03:00 GMT due to a "body in the road", Northamptonshire Police said . The M1, between junction 16 near Northampton and junction 18 near Rugby, was shut at about 3am. We can only describe the scene and injuries as catastrophic. Motorists have been advised to seek alternative routes. "The police have got an very bad lot of investigation to do this morning and Highways England have got a clean up operation to do".

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Slight chance of freezing rain tonight before warmup arrives

Total daytime ice accumulation of 0.3 to 0.5 of an inch possible. Later Tuesday , some mixed precipition could make roads slick, especially in colder, inland areas. After the afternoon rain , a cold front will approach early evening and the winds will be kicking up. But the conversion to rain and temps warming into the low and mid 30s will lessen the ice threat.

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US Intel Chiefs Brief Trump on Claims Russians Hacked His Personal Information

The report also concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an "influence campaign" aimed at hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. 10) on another matter. FBI Director James Comey told Burr the agency and its investigators made "multiple requests at different levels" for access to DNC infrastructure and John Podesta's devices, for the purposes of investigating cyberattacks and subsequent information leaks.

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Sir David Clementi poised to be named government choice for BBC chair

The new position has been created as a result of the BBC's new unitary board being created to replace the BBC Trust from April 1st. The other candidates were John Makinson, chairman of Penguin Random House and Dame Deirdre Hutton, a career civil servant described as the "Quango queen".

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Assad says "he could consider" stepping down as Syria President

He said they were forced to "liberate" the city. Rebels deny contaminating the water source and say the government has damaged the infrastructure. The regime regime is now focusing its attention on rebel-held Idlib in the country's northwest and the Wadi Barada area near Damascus , where its main water supply is based.

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President Obama Farewell Address Time

Barack Obama is returning to Chicago for one final speech - a parting plea to Americans not to lose faith in their future, no matter what they think about their next president. President Obama's Farewell Address airs tonight at 9:00pm ET/ 8:00pm CT. The White House said the outgoing president took the country out of one of the worst economic recessions.

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Attorney: Obama not focus of Avondale wedding

The wedding was at a private residence near the St. John's River and was closed to the media. Nicholson Wednesday Helen Pajcic, who worked on Obama's 2008 campaign and is the daughter of a longtime Democratic fundraiser Steve Pajcic, according to the Florida Times-Union.

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Plane carrying four people crashes on central Queensland beach

A 21-YEAR-OLD Irish woman is in a critical condition in hospital after a light aircraft carrying four people crashed in a remote part of Queensland, Australia. "Buckle up and leave the crowds behind as we fly you onto your own tropical island paradise, landing on the beach, where you will live like a CASTAWAY or a SURVIVOR for 3days/2nts", it says.

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J&K: One militant killed in encounter with security forces in Bandipora

Eyewitnesses told that the militant's death sparked protest while a large number of people hit to roads and chanted pro-freedom slogans. The identity of the militant was not immediately known. Four terrorists had struck the camp close to the army headquarter of the 12th Brigade in Baramulla. The last terror attack took place past year, on November 29, 2016 in Nagrota area of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Bernie Sanders Won't Rule Out 2020 Run

Sanders made it very clear in his swift response that he does not believe the Obama administration is against business owners. The 75-year-old independent senator, who ran a strong but unsuccessful campaign against Clinton for Democratic nomination, also discussed his plans to run for president in 2020.

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Protests as Trump's nominees face questions

At the time , Sessions was accused of describing the N.A.A.C.P. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as "un-American" and "Communist-inspired". The Reform movement did not say it opposed Sessions's confirmation, but threatened to do so if he "continues down the path that he has carved out over his many decades in public life".

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New round of Post Office sell-offs announced

A Post Office is so much more than just somewhere to send letters - it is a real hub which provides a range of services to local people. The closures come as the company annouced axing a further 62 branches in 2016. "It requires a proper business plan for growth and investment which is being ignored". However, the Post Office said it was committed to mainlining its "special place on the high street" and remained committed to providing essential services to communities across the country ...

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Justin Trudeau's redesigned cabinet

Veterans Stephane Dion, and John McCallum are both out. Chrystia Freeland, who held the International Trade post, is said to be taking Dion's place. He will continue the Trudeau government's ambitious work of bringing more Syrian refugees to Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau applauds International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland in Toronto on January 13, 2016.

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8 dead in suspected pirate attack off Zamboanga

TFZ initially reported the attack as a "piracy incident" but said in a later report that it was an "extortion" incident preying on the fishermen. "If these were Islamist militants, [the fishermen] would have been taken captive and held for ransom", Balilo said.

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Islamic State Blows Up Government Buildings On Iraq's Mosul

Iraqi forces have fought their way into two more southeastern districts but their advances are being slowed by Islamic State's tactic of using civilians for cover. "Every day the Iraqi Security Forces go forward and every day the enemy goes backward or underground", Colonel John Dorrian, spokesman for the coalition, said.

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Ivory Coast Cabinet Makes Way For New Government After Mutiny Delays

A group of soldiers took to the streets in the country's second city of Bouake on Friday, in what was thought to be an army mutiny over the payment of bonuses promised in 2007. "I have tendered my resignation and that of the government", he said after a meeting with Ouattara. His going had been delayed by the unrest but had been expected following the approval of a new constitution and parliamentary elections last month.

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UAE Ambassador Wounded in Afghan Attack

A local security official confirmed that seven people were killed and at least 18 others were wounded in the explosions. Afghanistan's Capital city suffered maximum casualties when two coordinated bombings near the Parliament building killed at least 38 people including civilians and military personnel, officials said.

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Mum's heartbreak over death of daughter, 7, in York

The child was taken to hospital but later died. "A 15-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with the incident". I was told her mother arrived after the incident in her auto. The force's York North Safer Neighbourhood Team tweeted: "Difficult and tragic shift". She was rushed to hospital but died a short time later. "Our thoughts and sympathy are with the parents and family involved as well as colleagues who did all they could".

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Snow and wind the story for Tuesday

Temps swing back to the plus side tomorrow with snow changing to periods of rain late in the afternoon and the high plus 2. "Brief freezing rain is possible in some areas during the changeover from snow to rain", Environment Canada's advisory read.

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Holcomb sworn in as governor, vows to move in forward

Gov. Suzanne Crouch were also sworn into their positions at the inauguration. Before that, he served as a top aide to former Gov. Mitch Daniels and state republican chairman. IN has added more than 165 thousand private sector jobs and the state's unemployment rate has been cut in half. "That's no longer the case", he said.


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