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Trump insists Supreme Court nominee didn't criticise him

Trump insists Supreme Court nominee didn't criticise him

Gorsuch made those comments in a meeting with Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, who had urged him to go public. "And he said to me that he found them "disheartening" and "demoralizing" - his words". The president's statement came as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals considers his temporary travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries with a history of terrorism: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Read More

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AIADMK Presidium Chairman switches to Panneerselvam's camp

AIADMK Presidium Chairman switches to Panneerselvam's camp

At 5 pm, Panneerselvam had called on Rao and after a brief meeting told reporters that "good things will happen and dharma will triumph". Panneerselvam now has the support of four MPs, out of a total of 50. Advocate G S Mani, who is representing Chennai-resident Senthil Kumar, General Secretary of NGO Satta Panchayat Iyakkam, pleaded that the matter be heard on urgent basis. Read More

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Police fire tear gas at protesters in Baghdad

A police official confirmed to AFP that 11 people had been injured, but did not confirm a death. He accused the elections commission of being corrupt and called for its members to be changed, a statement from his office said. Mustafa said he would not offer his resignation and accused Sadr of using the commission as a political "scapegoat". The protest organisers said about two dozen demonstrators choked on the tear gas. Read More

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President Trump Phones Iraqi PM About Travel Ban

President Trump Phones Iraqi PM About Travel Ban

Sign up to our daily newsletter for your chance to win. But according to an official readout of Thursday's call from the Iraqi prime minister's office, the two world leaders may be finding some. President Donald Trump's decision to temporarily bar travellers from seven countries, including Iraq. Washington is a key economic, political and military ally for Baghdad, including in the war it has been waging against the Islamic State jihadist group for nearly three years. Read More

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How Screwed Is Judge Gorsuch Over These Trump Comments?

How Screwed Is Judge Gorsuch Over These Trump Comments?

Trump said Gorsuch's comments were " misrepresented " by Blumenthal. "I'm also concerned about the president", said Sen. "If he wants the American people to believe that he is truly independent, Judge Gorsuch must tell them in no uncertain terms that President Trump's attacks are not just disappointing - they are abhorrent and destructive to our Constitutional system - and he must condemn them publicly ". Read More

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NSW Heatwave: Temperature Set To Soar On Saturday

NSW Heatwave: Temperature Set To Soar On Saturday

The NSW Rural Fire Service has forecast "Catastrophic" fire conditions for parts of NSW, with a state-wide total fire ban being declared for Saturday. "We are likely to see broad areas under Severe and Extreme fire danger ratings". "Under these unsafe conditions, fires will be extremely hard to control and may threaten properties with little warning". Read More

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'Our patience has a limit,' says Sasikala; heads to meet AIADMK MLAs

Mr Panneerselvam told reporters that he was not "convinced of the decision" taken by this group, but "by then they had collected the signatures of the legislators" in favour of Sasikala, a close confidante of Jayalalitha. "My belief is that here is the man who has captured the hearts of the masses". Sasikala urged the party workers not to have any truck with Madusudanan and said they should extend their cooperation to Sengottaiyan. Read More

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Dissenter-in-chief sacked by Sasikala over OPS tilt

Dissenter-in-chief sacked by Sasikala over OPS tilt

Never given any formal role by Jayalalitha in the party or the state government, Sasikala's role was always that of aide and confidante. Earlier in the day, Ms Sasikala had said in a press release, "E. In a day of several twists, Ms. Sasikala left Poes Garden and is reportedly heading towards Koovathur in the outskirts of Chennai . He told a news channel the state governor would study the legal and constitutional implications of the situation and act accordingly without input from the ... Read More

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Sasikala not general secretary, says sacked party leader

As the Governor indicates he may wait for the Supreme Court's verdict on the wealth case case, it is a battle of nerves between the rival camps of AIADMK general secretary V.K. A constitutional expert, Dr Subramaniam Swamy, a BJP MP from Rajya Sabha, has gone out of his way to criticise Governor Rao's conduct, saying there's no legal hurdle before Sasikala and for the governor's evasiveness, there should be no reason why she shouldn't be sworn in as the CM. Read More

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Chris Collins tells Kellyanne Conway's critics to 'get a life'

Chris Collins tells Kellyanne Conway's critics to 'get a life'

In an interview on Fox News Thursday, Ms. Conway urged people to buy Ms. Trump's products and offered that she was giving a "free commercial". "Go buy Ivanka's stuff is what I would tell you", Conway said. The tweet prompted complaints from ethics experts , but Conway's comments, at the end of an interview Thursday morning with "Fox & Friends," quickly escalated into a bigger controversy. Read More

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Buzz of an alternative leader for Tamil Nadu as Sasikala meets MLAs

Later in the day, taking a cue from Panneerselvam who set a political tsunami in motion on Tuesday after meditating at late Jayalalithaa's memorial at Marina Beach, Sasikala, clad in a green sari and green blouse a la Amma, too went to the spot where the former Chief Minister has been interred, offered her prayers and placed the letters of support from AIADMK MLAs electing her as the leader of the legislature party at the tomb. Read More

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Brawl breaks out as Zuma addresses South African parliament

Brawl breaks out as Zuma addresses South African parliament

The security official in white shirts forcibly ejected about 25 members of the main opposition party before peace was finally restored at the parliament. Zuma, halfway through his second five-year term, ousted Thabo Mbeki in his African National Congress (ANC) party and became president in 2009. But Daniel Silke, a director at Political Futures Consultancy, described Thursday's incidents as very serious, adding: "The ANC will come out very poorly after this". Read More

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Sasikala writes to Governor Rao; seeks appointment to meet along with MLAs

Accepting Panneerselvam's resignation, the Governor had on February 6 asked him to continue till alternative arrangements were made. The ruling AIADMK now has two clear divisions - one led by Sasikala and the other under Panneerselvam. She also said that there is nothing for her to fear. In her letter to the Tamil Nadu CM, Sasikala also questioned delay in oath ceremony. In the letter Sasikala that she had then submitted an "elaborate presentation to invite me to form the government as I ... Read More

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Belgium: US youth linked to cyberattack on Brussels airport

Belgium: US youth linked to cyberattack on Brussels airport

They say that jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation they questioned the boy in Pittsburgh, who "confessed having committed the acts". No further information was released on the suspect or his possible motivation. According to AFP , the attempted cyberattack reportedly came just hours after the suicide bombers blew themselves up at the airport. Prosecutors said the case was not related to its investigations into the Paris attacks of November 2015 and the Brussels bombings in ... Read More

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US Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump Travel Ban

Within 14 days, the Justice Department can also file a motion for reconsideration of Thursday's decision by the same three-judge panel or by an "en banc" panel of 11 judges randomly selected from the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court. And Trump's former presidential rival Hillary Clinton offered a terse response on Twitter , noting the unanimous vote: "3-0". Of course, if he's not hankering for a fight, President Trump could simply rewrite the order and accomplish much of what he wanted. Read More

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Tamil Nadu: Stalemate continues as governor dithers on taking a call

Tamil Nadu: Stalemate continues as governor dithers on taking a call

Panneerselvam needs the support of 117 AIADMK MLAs. He invited Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar to join the fight against Sasikala who he said is "only a temporary" party secretary. Currently, O Panneerselvam is the interim CM of Tamil Nadu. The MLAs were taken to the resort in luxury buses, a day after caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam alleged that Sasikala had forced him to resign. Read More

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Support for Paneerselvam Brewing in Sasikala's Camp?

All the legislators who attended the emergency meeting were bundled into two luxury buses and taken to an undisclosed location. At a meeting led by Sasikala on Wednesday, she said Panneerselvam could not divide the party. On Thursday, the Tamil Nadu government also revoked the suspension of former Tamil Nadu chief secretary Ganadesikan. "There are reasons to believe that Sasikala is still a pawn at the hands of her relatives-the Mannargudi Mafia-and that even now she can't take any decision ... Read More

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Alabama governor names new state attorney general

He pushed to put ephedrine products behind pharmacy counters and led the first prosecution under a law that allows killers of pregnant women to be prosecuted for two murders. Don Siegelman to replace Ronald Thompson. Unusual asked the House Judiciary Committee to suspend an impeachment investigation of Bentley because his office was doing "related work" in November. Read More

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South African parliament erupts into fistfight

South African parliament erupts into fistfight

The violent clashes began when EFF members were eventually forcibly removed from the chamber by security guards. Some members of the ruling African National Congress party heckled them as they left. "President Zuma's deliberate use of the words "law and order" in his statement points to an excessive use of the army outside of their ceremonial role in the annual fanfare". Read More

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Tamil Nadu: Jallikattu to be organised in Alanganallur today

Tamil Nadu: Jallikattu to be organised in Alanganallur today

Prizes like Motorcycles, gold and silver coins, gift bags, home appliances, mobile phones, LED television sets, home theaters were being distributed to the winning bull tamers and also to the bull owners. Film industry personalities, including Raghava Lawrence, Karu Pazhaniappan and director Ameer also witnessed the sport. A bull tamer slips and falls at the jallikattu in Palamedu near Madurai on Thursday. Read More

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Trump will not appeal travel ban ruling, reports claim

The ninth circuit's ruling applies only to the question of whether or not the earlier ruling by district judge James Robart, in Seattle, was correct in issuing the temporary restraining order. "We need speed for reasons of security, so it very well could be". "We all get disappointed from time to time at the outcome in courts on things that we care about". Read More

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Trump travel ban: President attacks 'so political' courts

Trump travel ban: President attacks 'so political' courts

The survey was conducted before President Trump's travel ban from seven specific Muslim-majority countries, but it comes from citizens of nations that have historically experienced much more Muslim immigration than the United States has. Not only is the executive order meant to lock out tens of thousands of migrants from the seven majority-Muslim countries named, but the order's sweeping ban on refugees also bars entry to Central American children feeing violence in countries including ... Read More

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ISI-backed espionage ring busted, 11 held

ISI-backed espionage ring busted, 11 held

The Congress has claimed that one of the men arrested in Gwalior was a relative of a Bharatiya Janata Party councillor, reported The Indian Express . Madhya Pradesh Anti Terror Squad members display in Bhopal on Thursday an electronic appliance used by a gang allegedly involved in spying for Pakistan. Read More

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French Farmer Convicted for Harbouring Illegal Migrants

He was charged in autumn past year for having helped people to enter, travel and stay illegally in the country. A small group of Herrou's supporters gathered in the drizzle outside the court building in Nice on Friday. Cedric Herrou remains defiant ahead of a court ruling that could see him jailed for sheltering illegal migrants. The farmer continues to house teenagers from Sudan and Eritrea on his property, reports say. Read More

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Israeli legislation on settlements violates international law, says UN chief Guterres

The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints expressed by the authors are theirs alone and don't reflect any official position of Geopoliticalmonitor.com , where this article was published. MK Shuli Muallem-Refaeli of the pro-settler Jewish Home party said the bill was "dedicated to the fearless people of Amona who were forced to go through what no Jewish family will have to again", the Times of Israel reported . Read More

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Pot leaf-covered Bigfoot walked through reporter's live shot Thursday

Pot leaf-covered Bigfoot walked through reporter's live shot Thursday

WWLP named the sighting as "pot sasquatch" and the troller sure seems to be having a fun time in it. You never know what might happen during live television in western MA! Forget yesterday's news. Undeterred by the impending snowstorm, the "Pot Sasquatch" continued to skulk around the area, hiding behind objects and causing mischief. According to state law, as long as the "Pot Sasquatch" is only covered in one ounce of marijuana, he or she should have no problem with police. Read More

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ISIS fires rockets at Israel from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

ISIS fires rockets at Israel from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Indeed, if Trump is concerned (as I believe he is) about Israel's national security and its future wellbeing, the only way to safeguard that is by insisting that the two-state solution remains a viable option. Relocating the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem unconditionally will be a de facto recognition of Jerusalem , east and west, as the capital of Israel. Read More

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