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'Venezuela is not a democracy' Argentina's Macri tells Spanish media

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Argentina's President Mauricio Macri used some of his harshest language yet against Venezuela's socialist government in comments to Spanish media published on Saturday ahead of his trip to Madrid. "Enough with euphemisms, Venezuela is not a democracy," the....
 

Syrian forces attack rebel-held areas of Homs, Deraa, Damacus

Syrian warplanes bombard besieged rebel-held district of Homs, southern Deraa and insurgent areas in Damascus's outskirts. (Adds Damascus assaults) By John Davison. BEIRUT, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Syrian warplanes bombarded a besieged rebel-held district of Homs, southern Deraa and insurgent areas in....

URA, BOU offer sh20m for second edition of NSSF 7 hills run

The second edition of the NSSF Kampala Hash Seven Hills Run is now sh180m short after the Bank of Uganda and Uganda Revenue Authority contributed sh10m each during the launch of the race at Makerere University Primary School on Friday. URA Assistant Commissioner Public and Corporate Affairs Vincent....

Equality office pays its own men more than women

A Government department planning to name and shame private firms over their gender salary gaps pays its own male civil servants almost six per cent more than female colleagues, The Mail on Sunday has learned. The Government Equalities Office (GEO), which is run by Women’s Minister Justine Greening, also pays ethnic staff 12.

Anti-war protesters turn out for Munich Security Conference

More money for education. Protesters waved banners demanding that Germany's leaders resist US demands to increase its military spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2024. Rather than arms, war and the military, they called for better investment in the country's education system. Protesters decry anti-immigration rhetoric.

Hundreds cheer or jeer as lawmakers take sides on hot-button issues at Cedar Rapids forum

CEDAR RAPIDS — With changes curtailing the ability of public employees to collectively bargain becoming law in a span of just 10 days, and another round of votes to defund Planned Parenthood expected next week, hundreds of constituents flocked Saturday to hear Linn County lawmakers explain themselves.

Trump sons open Dubai golf club as namesake now US president

By JON GAMBRELL and ADAM SCHRECK Associated Press. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Two of U.S. President Donald Trump's sons ceremonially opened a Trump-branded golf club in Dubai on Saturday, meeting privately with Emirati elites as questions remain about how separated their father is from the empire bearing his name.

Blind cleric behind plot to wage war of terror on U.S. dies

Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman speaks during a press conference held in his Jersey City home in this 1995 file photo (Patti Sapone/The Star-Ledger) -- Up to the moment he was sentenced to life in prison for plotting to "wage a war of urban terrorism," that led to the bombing of the World Trade Center....

Jets beat Habs 3-1 to spoil Claude Julien’s return to Montreal bench

Mathieu Perreault scored in the third period and Patrik Laine added an empty-netter as the visiting Winnipeg Jets defeated the Canadiens 3-1 on Saturday afternoon to spoil coach Claude Julien’s return to the Montreal bench. Joel Armia had the other goal for the Jets (27-29-5) and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 19 of 20 shots.

Feb 18, 2017 5:47PM ESTpublished: Feb 18, 2017 5:45PM EST

Lisa Marie Presley describes herself as deeply in debt and just out of a treatment facility in court papers that accuse her estranged fourth husband of having hundreds of inappropriate photographs of children on his computer. Their 8-year-old twin daughters are under the care of California child....

Feb 18, 2017 5:14PM ESTpublished: Feb 18, 2017 5:13PM EST

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri used some of his harshest language yet against Venezuela's socialist government in comments to Spanish media published on Saturday ahead of his trip to Madrid. "Enough with euphemisms, Venezuela is not a democracy," the center-right Macri said, according to leading newspaper El Pais.

Feb 18, 2017 5:41PM ESTpublished: Feb 18, 2017 4:59PM EST

A man sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars for the murder of a Calgary couple and their grandson has been assaulted in jail, according to his lawyer. Kim Ross said his client Douglas Garland was attacked Friday night in the Calgary Remand Centre where he is awaiting transfer to a federal institution.

Donald Trump holds Florida rally

Image copyright APTN. US President Donald Trump has arrived for what the White House calls "a campaign rally for America" in Florida. The rally in Melbourne is similar in style to those he held during the election campaign. The rally comes off the back of a week in which Mr Trump attacked the media in an aggressive press conference.

Reported hunting accidents in 2016 mark all-time low

The record-low coincided with a record high number — at more 10,111 — of hunter education certificates issued in 2016. The state's hunter education dates to the 1970s, but the program was revamped in 2015 to allow students the option of taking the course online, with the youngest group of students required to attend a two-hour Hunt Safe Session.

‘Tiger curfew’ in Pilibhit after 7 die

PILIBHIT: Thirty villages around the core area of Pilibhit tiger reserve are living in the shadow of a "man-eater" on the prowl. After seven villagers were killed by two tigers in around three months, there is almost a When farmers muster the courage to go out to their fields, they do so in daylight....

Women can soar higher, says Parrikar

Verem: minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday lauded the role played by women in shaping the country's history and said they were capable of greater achievements. "Indian women can scale greater heights if given adequate opportunities," he said while commissioning the Navy's second ocean-going sailboat, INSV Tarini, at Verem.

Dearth of customs facilities in Surat affecting diamond trade

Surat: Despite being the world's largest diamond cutting and polishing centre, Surat is being ignored by the customs department of Government of India when it comes to providing Precious Cargo Customs Clearance Centre (PCCCC) at Surat Hira Bourse, the lone Inland Container Depot (IDC) of diamonds,....

Disability chief discusses key issues with CS

Ahmedabad: Dr Kamlesh Kumar Pandey, chief commissioner for persons with disabilities (CCPD) of Government of India concluded his two-day visit to Gujarat on Saturday with meeting with state's chief secretary J N Singh. Talking to media, Pandey said that he discussed issues ranging from ST bus passes....

71-year-old arrested for molesting 6-year-old girl

Ahmedabad: Anandnagar police apprehended a 71-year-old man after his domestic help accused him of molesting her six-year-old daughter on Saturday morning. Police have started investigating whether the accused has been involved such incidents previously.

Vanarmare community to be felicitated

Panaji: Not waiting for the government authorities to mark a historic moment, members of civil society are planning to felicitate the Vanarmare community, whose 40 members voted for the first time in the recently held state assembly elections. The only wait is now for the one remaining eligible tribesman to get his voting rights.

Revised policy promises to offer bonanza

Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government has decided revise the 2015 policy for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and give the sector more incentives. The MSME sector is politically sensitive as it generates the maximum employment in the state. The state government is likely to announce the....

MSME defence parks to be set up at Sanand, Khoraj and Dholera

Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government has decided to set-up defence parks, at the Sanand and Khoraj GIDCs, cumulatively spread over 1,500 hectares and proposed another estate in the Dholera SIR, for defence manufacturing MSMEs. A key official close to the development said: "Considering the possibility....

Week after 12-yr-old boy’s death, brother-in-law too succumbs

Rajkot: Harsukh Patel, brother-in-law of the 12-year-old orphan boy Gopal Ajani, who was murdered in a conspiracy hatched by a London-based NRI woman and two others for insurance money, died at a hospital in Rajkot on Friday late night. Patel is survived by wife and a son.

Delhi burglar exploited Gujaratis’ wanderlust

Ahmedabad: Banking on Gujaratis' liking for holiday travel, Mohammed Asif Dhobi, a notorious Delhi burglar, swooped on locked bungalows and flats in the city. Dhobi stole valuables, cash and gold jewellery worth lakhs from locked houses for two years straight but was finally nabbed by city crime branch officials, from Delhi, on Friday night.

Tender Brides of the North: The girls wasting away

On a dry, windswept compound in the Upper East Region village of Naaga, 14-year-old Amina (not her real name) carries a tiny baby within her arms. Amina is a wife, a mother and a victim of child marriage. In her village, it’s a norm for a man, no matter how old he is, to marry a teenager.

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announces changes for North Hills schools

Updated 14 minutes ago. Several Catholic elementary schools in the North Hills will merge under a plan unveiled Saturday by Bishop David Zubik of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. The overhaul, which will become effective in the fall, involves ten schools in various communities throughout the North Hills.

The Latest: Pence offers Ukraine’s president support

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s office says during Saturday’s meeting in Munich his country “received a powerful signal that the U.S. stands with Ukraine, that Ukraine is among the top priorities for the new U.S. administration.” President Donald Trump’s stated aim of improving relations with....

Capitals rally from two-goal deficit, but lose to Red Wings in shootout

DETROIT — By just about any measure, Braden Holtby has been one of the best goaltenders in the league this season. Where he has struggled is shootouts, and Henrik Zetterberg’s successful strike dropped the Capitals’ netminder to 0-5 this season in the one-on-one competition.

Catholic diocese announces plans for North Hills elementary schools

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced the final plans for parish schools in the North Hills that will consolidate in time for next school year. The announcement was made during the Saturday evening Masses at each of the 32 parishes in the North Hills, which will all support the schools financially under the new “regionalized” schools model.

'Venezuela is not a democracy' Argentina's Macri tells Spanish media

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's President Mauricio Macri used some of his harshest language yet against Venezuela's socialist government in comments to Spanish media published on Saturday ahead of his trip to Madrid. "Enough with euphemisms, Venezuela is not a democracy," the centre-right Macri said, according to leading newspaper El Pais.

Sen. Ron Johnson backs Russia probes but downplays urgency

WASHINGTON – Homeland Security chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says Congress should investigate a broad range of issues raised by Russia: its efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, its communications with President Donald Trump's campaign, and U.S. government leaks about those matters. “It all has to be looked at,” said Johnson.
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