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Turkey invites Barzani-backed Syrian Kurdish KNC leaders to Astana peace talks

HEWLÊR-Erbil , Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Three Syrian Kurdish leaders officially have been invited to take part in the Jan. 23 Astana talks between Syrian government and opposition parties, to be mediated by Russia, Iran and Turkey. Ibrahim Biro, head of the Kurdish National Council (KNC or ENKS),....
 

Oil cash beneficiaries are heroes – Museveni

During a stormy NRM parliamentary caucus meeting at State House Entebbe yesterday, President Museveni said he would not let parliament malign the 42 public officials who shared a Shs 6bn bonus payment. The bonus was a reward to the officials for winning at least $700m from a capital gains tax....

With clemency for Manning, attention turns to WikiLeaks head

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision Tuesday to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence brought fresh attention to another figure involved in the Army leaker's case: Julian Assange. On Twitter last week, Assange's anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks posted, "If Obama grants Manning clemency....

Caroline Kennedy boosted US-Japan ties as US ambassador

TOKYO (AP) — Caroline Kennedy stepped down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa.

Russia and eastern Libya commander sign naval base agreement

By Ken Hanly 8 hours ago in World According to an article in Al Jazeera, Italian State TV RAI reported commander of the Libyan National Army(LNA) Khalifa Haftar signed an agreement that would allow Russia to build two naval bases near Tobruk, and Benghazi.

Samsung heir awaits court ruling on arrest

By AFP 4 hours ago in World The heir apparent to the Samsung business empire appeared at a South Korean court on Wednesday as a judge began deliberating whether to formally arrest him over his alleged role in a snowballing corruption scandal engulfing President Park Geun-Hye.

Julian Assange welcomes Obama's decision to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has welcomed the decision by US President Barack Obama to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified US documents, while calling for an end to a "war on whistleblowers". "I welcome President Obama's decision to commute the sentence of Ms.

Aircel-Maxis Case: Court to pass order on charge on January 24

A special court will pronounce on next Tuesday its order on framing charge against former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and others in the Aircel-Maxis deal case lodged by CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Special Judge O P Saini, who was scheduled to pass the....

India's growth to drop but rebound likely later in 2017: Nomura

India's growth numbers are likely to slide in the next two quarters, but a sharp rebound is expected in the second half of 2017 as the demonetization impact will be transitory and not long lasting, says a Nomura report. The Japanese financial services major has lowered its January-March 2017 GDP forecast to 5.

US whistleblower Edward Snowden allowed to stay in Russia for another 'couple of years' as Chelsea Manning's sentence commuted

US whistleblower Edward Snowden will be allowed to stay in Russia for another "couple of years", the country has announced. He leaked thousands of confidential documents from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 revealing bombshell details about surveillance operations around the world.

GPD enlists other agencies to look into Charfauros case

The Guam Police Department has identified a team of investigators from other agencies to look into a case involving one of GPD's most-senior ranking officers, Colonel Mark Charfauros, and his conduct at an incident on Christmas Eve. Chief of Police Joseph Cruz said, "We put an external group of....

Tenorio, DOE's Sanchez lead tour of Simon Sanchez High School

As students and faculty begin to lose hope for a renovated campus, political leaders took yet another tour of the Home of the Sharks on Wednesday morning - just as the department announced students may face double-session next year because of faulty facilities.

AG attends education board meeting

Attorney general Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson met with members of the Guam Education Board at a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss the ongoing $7 million lawsuit filed superintendent Jon Fernandez against the board and six of its members. Deputy attorney general Kenneth Orcutt was also in....

Building a more prepared Guam

Teachers are learning to build a more resilient island through both disaster preparedness and protection of the environment. Educators are learning how to connect disaster preparedness with the environment and community resilience at the 2017 Youth Preparedness Summit taking place at the Guam Community College this week.

DPW suggests increasing price for gas

It may be a new year, but several of Guam's roads remain the same and in need of serious repair. In order to help pay for these road improvements, the Department of Public Works is proposing an increase in gas prices. "There are a lot of serious roads on the island that need repair," admitted Glenn Leon Guerrero.

Money being spent to repair Guam's very old water system

A new public auditor's report on the Guam Waterworks Authority flags a continued high rate of leakage in the system. The head of GWA acknowledges the need to improve on the unaccounted for water loss, and says they've been pouring big money into capital improvements to fix a very old system.

Legislature staffers finally get their money

Senators and employees of the 34th Guam Legislature were paid for the first time since the new term started. The legislature's executive director, Jermaine Alerta, confirms all employees should have been paid today for work performed from January 2-6. Last week, KUAM News received several concerns....

Forensic accountancy firm doubles capacity as it marks fifth birthday Manchester Evening News

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc. Forensic accounting and insolvency practice Inquesta is doubling capacity at its Greater Manchester headquarters as the firm celebrates its fifth anniversary. Inquesta, which was founded in January 2012 by directors Rob Miller and Steven Wiseglass, is investing....

In Thailand, transgender activist breaks barriers to education Reuters

© REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha Nada Chaiyajit, Thai transgender activist, 37, poses during an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation at a hotel in Bangkok BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thai transgender activist Nada Chaiyajit completed her undergraduate studies in August, and two....

Calendar, Jan. 18 and 19: Ash Girl, museum tour, Tom Hooper

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18. The Ash Girl, presented by Black Wing Theatre Company at Teechamitsa Theatre at Royal Bay Secondary, 3500 Ryder Hesjedal Way. Today through Jan. 20, 7 p.m. Tickets at Royal Bay Office or tel. 250-474-2377. Royal B.C. Museum tour, Behind the Scenes: Mammal Matters. 11-11:30 a.m. at 675 Belleville St.

Were opportunities for clues from MH370 debris missed?

FILE - In this July 29, 2015, file photo, French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane known as a "flaperon" on the shore of Saint-Andre, Reunion Island. While search crews spent years trawling in futility through a remote patch of the Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines....

UPDATE: Judge Steps Down from Case against Accused Ojeda Attacker

UPDATE (1/17/17 4:00 PM): In a letter to Logan County's Chief Justice Monday, Judge Eric O'Briant officially recused himself from the criminal trial against Jonathan Porter. Porter is charged with malicious wounding and destruction of property in the brutal attack against freshman state Senator Richard Ojeda.

Education pick painted by Dems as unqualified

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also expressed his frustration with Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander said there would only be one round of senator questions. Schumer said she was controversial and Democrats need more than one five-minute period....

China's top judge attracts criticism with remarks

China's top judge has drawn criticism from legal professionals after he dismissed the concept of judicial independence as an "erroneous Western ideal." Zhou Qiang, the head of the Supreme People's Court, was previously seen as a reformer keen on limiting the influence of government officials on local courts.

Were opportunities for clues from MH370 debris missed?

Three nations shelled out around $160 million and years' worth of work on the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The result: No plane. The only tangible — and arguably most important — clues into what happened to the aircraft have come courtesy of ordinary citizens, who bore the costs themselves.

Clashes over illegal Arab building in Israel, 1 killed

At least one Israeli Arab has been killed in clashes between police and demonstrators in southern Israel during a court-ordered operation to demolish illegally built homes. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says a local man tried to ram his vehicle into forces deployed to the Um al-Hiran village Wednesday.

EU reiterates implementation of 27 international conventions only criteria for Sri Lanka to regain GSP Plus

Wed, Jan 18, 2017, 12:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka. Jan 18, Colombo: The European Union has reiterated that implementation of 27 international conventions by the Sri Lankan government was the only criteria for the European Commission to recommend restoring the Generalized Scheme....

2:13 Ecuador Revives Nine Months After Earthquake

Quito, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Nine months after the devastating earthquake that severely damaged the Ecuadorian coast, today the country stands up with an impressive recovery capacity and an economic revival in course. Last April 16, a quake of 7.8 degrees magnitude, with epicenter in Pedernales,....

Accepting, declining or deferring an offer

For all 2016 year 12 students and adults who have applied for an undergraduate tertiary course in 2017, the wait is over. Now decisions have to be made. Accepting an offer. Receiving an offer does not confirm your enrolment in the course. To secure your place, you must follow the enrolment....

Now will Julian Assange be extradited to the US to face charges?

/div> January 12, 2017 But the status of Assange, currently still in Ecuador's embassy in London, just behind Harrods, is much less clear. Will he be extradited to the US, to face potential espionage or computer crime charges from the Department of Justice? For a start, we have only Assange's word for it.

The family battle that shaped new Health Minister Greg Hunt

As Hunt explained in a 2010 speech, his mother Kathinka suffered a form of bipolar disorder. "It is not something about which I have talked much about," he said. "Her condition was not permanently debilitating but it was significant." The "shock" of seeing his mother institutionalised (she later....
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