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Australia economy rebounds in Q4, extends recession-free run

The Australian dollar rose as much as 0.1 per cent immediately after the release by the Australia Bureau of Statistics, but quickly pulled back to be 0.1 per cent lower at $0.7652. An economist who spoke with LEADERSHIP yesterday said the GDP figure had raised the hope that the recession may have bottom-up with the improving trends in several key sectors of the economy, including agriculture and mining.

Judge OKs pretrial release of Pulse gunman's widow but delays order

Ryu said it was " debatable " whether the prosecutors have evidence to support their charges that Salman aided and abetted her husband's attack in which 49 people were killed and 53 were injured at the Pulse nightclub. If they do appeal, her attorneys say the case will move to Florida. Salman's family has said she is a "simple and innocent" woman who was mentally and physically abused by Mateen.

Russia Vetoes UN Move on Syria, Warns It May Harm Geneva Talks

A top Syrian opposition negotiator told journalists overnight Wednesday the "envoy is really keen to start a political process on the basis of a clear agenda". "We need to talk to them, but we risk being accused at any moment of being traitors, especially after what happened at the United Nations today", a member of the opposition delegation said.

Things Couples Do On Pancake Day

Whether you call it Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day , today is a day of feasting for the fast. This easy recipe will give you the flawless pancakes What's the best pancake mixture recipe? Heat a small frying pan and grease with butter then ladle in enough batter to coat the base of the pan.

Wilbur Ross confirmed to lead Commerce Department

The vote comes almost three months after Trump first tapped the famed investor for his cabinet and four weeks after a Senate committee unanimously voted in favor of his nomination. In an ethics agreement released before his confirmation hearing , Mr Ross said he will resign his positions with 38 entities. Regarding NAFTA, Ross said in a January hearing that "all aspects" of the agreement are in jeopardy, and that it is "logically the first thing for us to deal with".

Swedes mock US Fox News for interviewing fake expert on TV show

Bildt is one of the founders of an worldwide consulting firm called Modus World LLC, which according to its website specializes in "operations and management of possible kidnap and ransom situations". "He is in not in any way a known quantity in Sweden and has never been part of the Swedish debate ", Swedish Defense University leadership professor Robert Egnell told the Associated Press .

Plan to Purchase 950 Tons of Kazakh Yellow Cake

Saleh also announced a Tehran-Astana deal to buy 950 tons of yellow cake from Kazakhstan, which is part of Iran's worldwide nuclear deal known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He went on to add that the most notable achievement mentioned in the report is the injection of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) into advanced domestically-manufactured centrifuges, known as IR-8, which is an "affirmation of the continuing nuclear research and development activities of Iran according to the ...

Darrell Issa: Jeff Sessions Should Recuse Himself From Trump-Russia Probe

Bill Maher interviewed Republican Representative Darrell Issa , former chair of the House Oversight Committee, on Real Time Friday night. "Say the Russians hacked only Mitt Romney [in 2012] and there was a lot of contact between the Obama administration and Russia", Maher asked Issa .

Russia's United Nations envoy Churkin buried in Moscow

A farewell ceremony was held at the UN Headquarters in NY on Wednesday and was attended by more than 300 Russian and foreign diplomats and contemporaries. "He could spot even the narrowest opportunities to find a compromise", U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday, calling Churkin "brilliant, wise, gracious, and amusing".

UK Parliament debates Donald Trump's state visit

A counter petition signed by 300,000 was also debated. Flynn replied that Britain should not "try to imitate the errors of the past". A couple of hours later, Scottish National Party Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh reminded her colleagues that Trump posted a tweet in 2012 saying it would be acceptable to take nude photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge .

Convicted church shooter Roof wants new federal trial

Rufus Berry told the Post and Courier newspaper. He added that he would hate to know what the outcome would have been if the Bible study hadn't been canceled that night. Roof's attorneys argued that his actions didn't constitute interstate commerce - a necessary component for the federal prosecution - because the attack was planned and executed completely within SC.

OIR Official: 'Conditions Have Been Set' for ISIS Defeat in Western Mosul

Iraqi forces are advancing into western Mosul and making steady gains in efforts to liberate the area from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said today. More than half of those 750,000 people in the west of the city are younger than 18, according to Mercy Corps. Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, a top US commander in Iraq, said the Iraqi forces are an "increasingly capable, formidable, and professional force".

Battle for Brexit moves to its final hurdles in House of Lords

Some lawmakers have said they want the government to go back to the negotiating table in the event of losing the vote, an idea rejected by Jonathan Hill, another former European Union commissioner who sits in the upper house for the Conservatives.

Muslims Fundraise To Repair Vandalized St. Louis Jewish Cemetery

The cemetery's Facebook page said it hopes to publish names of those with damaged headstones by Wednesday morning. "The impact is huge on the Jewish community". Video surveillance from the cemetery and nearby businesses is being reviewed. "We must fight acts of intolerance and hate". David Posner, the director of strategic performance of the JCC Association of North America, told CNN that 54 JCCs in the United States and Canada have received 69 bomb threats since January.

US Must Hire 5000 Border Patrol Agents - Homeland Security Secretary

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly unveiled new policies on Tuesday that are aimed at detaining and deporting more immigrants in the US illegally. But President Barack Obama's protection in 2012 of undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children will continue to be honored. As justification for the measures, the memos cite an uptick of apprehensions at the southern border that has " significantly strained DHS resources", as well as a backlog of 534,000 pending immigration ...

ISIS Proxy in Sinai Fires 2 Rockets at Southern Israel

Monday's attack came a day after ISIS in Sinai accused the IDF of killing four of its militants in a drone strike. On February 9, a volley of rockets from Sinai targeted southern Israeli resort city Eilat, with three intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system and the fourth exploding outside of the city.

Slovakia's take on International Monetary Fund in Greece

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble denied on Sunday that he had said Greece would have to leave the euro zone if it failed to implement economic reforms. But Eurogroup finance ministers insist the plans keep Greece on track for the 3.5 per cent target. Greece's left-wing government has lost a lot of support as it legislated for more austerity in return for the bailout cash - it's about 15 percentage points behind the main opposition conservatives according to opinion polls.

USA pushes Beijing to keep up pressure on North Korea

China "will temporarily stop its imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of this year" including coal for which customs applications have been made but not yet processed, it said . Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se in Germany. Earlier this month, Pyongyang tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile, its first direct challenge to the global community since President Donald Trump took ...

Flash flood watch, high wind warning issued by National Weather Service

More rain will move in between 8 and 9 a.m. Friday, and snow returns to areas above 5,000 feet by the afternoon. Cities throughout the county are offering sandbags for residents. Friday and continues through 2 a.m. Saturday. "Heavy snow, gusty winds, low visibility in blowing snow, and icy roads make for risky driving conditions", according to the NWS.

Netanyahu to Meet With Trump While Facing Probes at Home

Mr Netanyahu has repeatedly said he is willing to negotiate over the establishment of a Palestinian state "without preconditions". The one-state, two-state discussion largely overshadowed the item at the top of Netanyahu's agenda Wednesday: Iran and the prime minister's continued opposition to the 2015 global agreement to limit its nuclear program.

Trump clashes with Jewish reporter over anti-Semitism question

Racism. The least racist person". "It is honestly mind-boggling why President Trump prefers to shout down a reporter or brush this off as a political distraction", Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL's national director, said in a statement posted on Twitter .

Syrian opposition groups present at Astana talks

While Russia and Iran back the regime with military might, Turkey has supported rebels fighting to oust Assad. In Geneva, U.N. humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland called on parties to allow aid convoys to reach besieged and hard-to-reach areas of Syria to demonstrate "goodwill" before envoys gather for talks on February 23.

Kim Jong-nam's death raises speculation about motive, impact

The source gave no further details. Said Mr Fadzil: "He asked for help and was immediately sent to the airport's clinic". The effect of Kim Jong-nam's death on the regime isn't expected to be great, given that he was not an official. But his attempt to visit Tokyo Disneyland reportedly soured North Korea's leadership on his potential as a successor. Some reports also say that Kim Jong-nam may have been involved in recent political changes within the regime.

Kim Jong Un's half-brother assassinated in KL

Jong-nam and the current North Korean leader Jong-un are both sons of Kim Jong-il, the former leader of North Korea, who died in late 2011. He said the man held a North Korean passport but "we do not know his identity". Emails revealed in a 2012 book about Kim that he opposed North Korea's hereditary transfers of power and had doubts about his younger half-brother's ability to govern.

Private medics in Kenya announce 48-hour solidarity strike with jailed colleagues

Doctors in public hospitals have been on strike since December 5 to protest working conditions in public hospitals, among other issues. "There can be no negotiations if the doctors are in jail, " the statement read. Now doctors earn an average basic salary of $400 to $850 per month compared to a Kenya legislator who earns almost $14,000 a month. But jailing them on Monday for contempt of court, Judge Hellen Wasilwa said the seven had provided no reason for punishment to be deferred.

Kailash Satyarthi's stolen Nobel replica recovered, 3 arrested

Proud that @DelhiPolice recovered it in quick time", he tweeted. The accused are claiming they had not taken away the citation, police said. "I had complete faith in the government, the police and the people of this great nation", Satyarthi said in a statement on Sunday.

Tour bus flips over on Taiwan highway, killing 32 people

Taiwanese television footage showed the bus careening toward a road barrier at a highway curve before flipping on its side. Police are investigating whether the bus was speeding at the time, according to local media. The Taiwan Tourism Bureau said that the tour had been organised by the Tieh Lien Hua Travel Agency and that numerous passengers were elderly. Taiwan has a relatively good road safety record, but several crashes have been reported involving tour buses, including one last month ...

European Union foreign policy chief against U.S. embassy in Jerusalem

Trump has expressed openness to working more closely with Russian Federation, a stance that has rattled European allies and drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans who say Russian Federation is an adversary of the United States and other Western democracies.

Syrian Forces Liberate Strategic Village near Al-Bab

They add that Turkish forces are meeting strong resistance, and that military casualties are on the rise. The Kremlin confirmed Thursday that Russian war planes had accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers in an air strike that went wrong in northern Syria, the RIA news agency reported .

Israeli paper: Trump says settlements don't advance peace

He also said he would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem , a controversial decision in the Arab world because of Jerusalem's importance to Muslims, as well as Jews. On the presidential campaign trail, Trump said that Israel should continue its construction of settlements, which the majority of the worldwide community considers to be illegal under global law.