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Aid groups cut death toll from migrant shipwreck off Libya

Aid groups cut death toll from migrant shipwreck off Libya The 16-year-old was barely conscious when he was spotted by the Iuventa , a ship belonging to the German organisation Jugend Rettet. The UNHCR said the only survivor was rescued by a Spanish ship that is part of the crew of the Operation Sophia - the European Union assistance operation off Libya's coast. [Full Article...]

Arab leaders vow to support Syrian refugees

A draft summit statement, drawn up by the Palestinian delegation and obtained by AFP , says the league's members "reaffirm their commitment to the two-state solution". Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Saudi Arabia's King Salman slipped out of an Arab summit session for face-to-face talks, signaling an attempt at possible reconciliation. [Full Article...]

Manohar Parrikar's BJP-Led Coalition Wins Trust Vote In Goa Assembly

Manohar Parrikar's BJP-Led Coalition Wins Trust Vote In Goa Assembly In a major setback to the Congress Party, the Supreme Court had refused to stay the swearing-in of Parrikar and ordered a floor test in the state assembly that will be held today. The Opposition benches included 16 MLAs from Congress, while its newly-elected member Vishwajit Rane remained absent during the voting. Despite Congress being the single largest party, the Governor invited BJP-led by for... [Full Article...]

South Africa's president fires respected finance minister

South Africa's president fires respected finance minister Yet if the ANC replaces Zuma as party president in its 2017 elective conference, " Zuma will be much more vulnerable", Glaser said. Even allies of the ruling party had warned against replacing Gordhan. Their confidence in Zuma's leadership had been restored, he said. The inevitable conclusion is that Zuma was hellbent on replacing them with appointments that would allow looting of the nat... [Full Article...]

Turkey scraps rallies in Germany before vote as row rages

On Monday, Merkel again told Ankara stop the Nazi comparisons and said Berlin could block appearances by Turkish officials if they did not comply with German law, which explicitly forbids disparagement of the government . German media had reported that Erdogan planned to visit Germany this month to rally the estimated 1.4 eligible Turkish voters living in the country to support his constit... [Full Article...]

Netanyahu set to approve first West Bank settlement for 20 years

Netanyahu set to approve first West Bank settlement for 20 years Israeli political sources, however, said the new construction would actually take place within the boundaries of an existing settlement. Establishing a new settlement may be a way for Netanyahu to appease far-right members of his coalition government who are likely to object to any concessions to USA demands for restraints on building. [Full Article...]

US' Next Move to Fight ISIS: Establish 'Zones of Stability'

But they were not likely to develop a new overall strategy. He was addressing a meeting of 68 countries and organisations gathered in Washington to discuss accelerating the battle against ISIS. Instead, in front of a room full of diplomats, including many from Muslim countries where Trump's favoured phrase is viewed as offensive, Tillerson emphasized a sympathetic view of Islam. [Full Article...]

EU offers Spain veto right over Gibraltar in Brexit talks

EU offers Spain veto right over Gibraltar in Brexit talks The rock has in recent years become a haven for gaming, banking and financial services companies which attract more than 10,000 cross-border workers. "The British didn't give a damn about Gibraltar and they created this situation themselves", a second senior European Union official said. [Full Article...]

House Speaker Ryan understands Trump's frustration on health bill

While many members of the group have said it won't support the bill in its current form, the Freedom Caucus has found itself facing the brunt of the blame for the bill's failure. "So I think a lot of good things are going to happen". Separately, Ryan told reporters that he understand and share Trump's frustration when asked about the President's tweet. [Full Article...]

Trump threatens to fight Freedom Caucus in 2018 midterm elections

Steve Hayes agreed that picking a fight with the Freedom Caucus is "really dumb tactically". Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, who is not a member of the caucus, trolled Trump on Twitter , writing, "It's a swamp not a hot tub". At the start of Trump's presidency, less than three months ago, Ryan's approval-to-disapproval split stood at 33-43. "I think it's going to happen because we've all been pr... [Full Article...]

Israeli cabinet approves first new settlements in West Bank in two decades

Trump had asked Netanyahu at a joint press conference last month to "hold back" on West Bank settlement construction. The Palestinians claim the West Bank and east Jerusalem, areas captured by Israel in 1967, as parts of a future state. [Full Article...]

Malaysia to send Kim body to North Korea

Police said the other three men are believed to be hiding in the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur . Malaysia however has officially confirmed his identity using DNA evidence and said it is waiting for his next of kin to claim the body. [Full Article...]

US Speaker Ryan doesn't want Trump to work with Democrats on healthcare

Representative Warren Davidson, a Freedom Caucus member from OH, said Republicans should leave aside the blame game and work through their policy differences before launching tax reform legislation. Some Republicans were so furious they were publicly saying things usually reserved for closed door-meetings. The White House accused the conservative group of moving the goalposts during negotiatio... [Full Article...]

Arab States send message to US, Israel

Arab States send message to US, Israel The clear and unified Arab message regarding the Mideast peace process, the high-level of attendance by Arab leaders, and the reconciliation between Arab leaders were key achievements of the Arab summit hosted on Wednesday by Jordan. On Wednesday, Arab leaders who participated in the summit issued a statement calling on the worldwide community to refrain from recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capi... [Full Article...]

Gigaba named new South African finance minister in cabinet reshuffle -eNCA TV

He will be replace by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba . Combined with the long-standing tension between the president and some of his Cabinet ministers and the ANC parliamentary caucus, this could tip the scale against the president, said Duvenhage. [Full Article...]

White House not disputing reports of sharing intel

No one on Nunes' committee had seen the materials before he made his announcement, and the sequence of events cast further doubts on Nunes' ability to lead an independent investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation. [Full Article...]

Trump attacks Freedom Caucus in tweet; Paul Ryan disagrees

Mr Trump said on Twitter yesterday. The President initially blamed Democrats for the failure of his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare but has since refocused his attention toward the 32-member group of hard-line conservatives. "I share his frustration", said Ryan. Carrying out those reforms with Democrats is "hardly a conservative thing", Ryan said, according to interview excerpts releas... [Full Article...]

House Freedom Caucus must 'get on the team'

House Freedom Caucus must 'get on the team' Several Republicans broke ranks and opposed it, resulting in the bill being pulled off the floor of the House of Representatives. It came shortly after Ryan made clear in an interview on "CBS This Morning" that if his party can't unify, Trump will likely turn toward Democrats for future legislative deals. [Full Article...]

Trump to Meet Chinese President in Florida

U.S. president Donald Trump has set himself on a collision course with Chinese president Xi Jinping , saying the first meeting between the two leaders would be "very difficult". Two days later, in the Xi-Trump phone conversation on February 10, Trump said the USA government adheres to the one-China policy. The Beijing government also protested Trump's post-election phone conversation with t... [Full Article...]

Shark washes onto street in Australia during cyclone

A man, believed to be aged in his 60s, was badly injured when a wall collapsed on him in Proserpine. "Conditions were extreme with heavy rainfall and strong wind gusts causing damage to the resort and surrounds", they said. Despite Debbie losing power when it finally made landfall on Tuesday, the region is still being subjected to intense winds and strong rainfall, up to 20 inches, according to... [Full Article...]

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