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U.S. adviser Bolton promises India support after Kashmir attack

U.S. adviser Bolton promises India support after Kashmir attackU.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton spoke to his Indian counterpart promising support to bring those responsible for a deadly car bombing in disputed Kashmir to justice, the Indian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. A Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad, has claimed responsibility for the attack on a military convoy in which 44 paramilitary police were killed, raising tensions with India. Bolton told Ajit Doval in a telephone conversation that the United States supported India's right to self-defense against cross-border terrorism, the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.




POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2019 12:47 AM

Top US officials considered removing Trump using 25th amendment, FBI lawyers confirm

Top US officials considered removing Trump using 25th amendment, FBI lawyers confirmAn explosive claim that senior officials at the FBI and Justice Department discussed forcing Donald Trump out of office has been backed by two more witnesses in secret Congressional hearings. Former acting head of the FBI Andrew McCabe revealed earlier this week there had been conversations at the top echelons of the government about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Mr Trump after he fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017.




POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2019 5:57 AM

The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment 'important'

The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment 'important'VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local):




POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2019 6:21 PM

North Koreans pay tribute to Kim's father in freezing cold

North Koreans pay tribute to Kim's father in freezing coldThe Day of the Shining Star dawned bitterly cold in Pyongyang. Kim, the son of the isolated North's founder Kim Il Sung and the father and predecessor of current leader Kim Jong Un, was born on February 16. According to Pyongyang's orthodoxy, he came into the world in 1942, in a snow-covered hut at a secret camp on the slopes of Mount Paektu, the spiritual birthplace of the Korean people, where his father was fighting occupying Japanese forces.




POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2019 4:00 AM

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman heads to Pakistan on Asian diplomatic offensive

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman heads to Pakistan on Asian diplomatic offensiveSaudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman flew to Pakistan at the start of a three nation diplomatic tour designed to repair the kingdom's reputation and bolster ties with key regional allies. The crown prince's visit could be overshadowed by dangerously spiraling tensions between Pakistan and India. The trip comes days after a suicide bomber killed 44 Indian paramilitary police in the disputed Kashmir region.  New Delhi has accused Pakistan of having a hand in Thursday's attack and vowed to punish Islamabad, which denies involvement. Iran, a regional rival of Saudi Arabia, accused Pakistan of harbouring and training militants behind a suicide bombing in Baluchistan that killed 27 troops on Wednesday.  Crown prince Mohammed is expected to travel to Dehli to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday. He will spend Thursday and Friday in China.  The three nation tour has been characterized as part of a Saudi "pivot to the east" and is in part meant to repair the crown prince's reputation following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the ensuing state-led cover-up. Despite his vow to shift Saudi Arabia to renewable energy, the trip is also in part a roadshow to sell Saudi oil. China is the world’s largest buyer of Saudi crude, and India is close behind. As the guardians of the most holy site in Islam, the Saudi royal family carry great clout in Pakistan. The visit also deepens a long standing alliance that has seen Saudi Arabia propping up Pakistan's fragile economy.  Pakistani officials have said that Saudi Arabia will announce eight investment agreements during the visit, including a $10 billion refinery and petrochemicals complex in the coastal city of Gwadar, where China is building a port. Saudi Arabia has in recent months helped keep Pakistan's economy afloat by propping up its rapidly dwindling foreign exchange reserves with a $6 billion loan, giving Islamabad breathing room as it negotiates a bailout with the International Monetary Fund.




POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2019 8:10 AM

Southwest declares operations 'emergency' amid labor dispute with mechanics

Southwest declares operations 'emergency' amid labor dispute with mechanicsThe airline sent a strongly worded memo to mechanics ordering all hands on deck in response to a higher than usual number of planes out of service.




POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 9:00 PM

Family: UK teen who joined Islamic State has baby in Syria

Family: UK teen who joined Islamic State has baby in SyriaLONDON (AP) — The family of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group and now wants to return to the U.K. said Sunday she has given birth to a baby boy.




POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2019 6:02 PM

`Going Away Party` for School Shutting Down Because of Student`s Death Causes Controversy

`Going Away Party` for School Shutting Down Because of Student`s Death Causes ControversySome parents are outraged a California school for kids with special needs is holding a "going away party" after one of its own students died after being restrained by staff.




POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2019 11:00 PM

Here’s What’s Open and Closed on President’s Day 2019

Here’s What’s Open and Closed on President’s Day 2019Find out if banks, schools and the post office are open on President's day




POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2019 9:23 AM

U.S. tells European Union to recognize Guaido as Venezuela president

U.S. tells European Union to recognize Guaido as Venezuela presidentThe European Union must recognize Venezuelan congress leader Juan Guaido as the president of the South American country, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday, pressing not just individual European governments but the bloc as a whole. In a speech at the Munich Security Conference, Pence said Guaido, who has declared himself interim leader and has won U.S. and international support to replace Nicolas Maduro, deserved that "the rest of the world" recognize him, and called Maduro a dictator who must step down.




POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2019 6:35 AM

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