Italian authorities facing questions on response pre-avalanche

Italian authorities facing questions on response pre-avalanche

Conditions at the site are deteriorating, with the snow turning to ice. At least six people are known to have died after the avalanche flattened the four-star Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola on Wednesday. "We've tried to do everything to keep them calm, but since they can't leave due to the blocked roads, they're prepared to spend the night in their cars". Read More

The Global Gag Rule Will Increase Abortions, According To History

The Global Gag Rule Will Increase Abortions, According To History

The Mexico City policy differs from the 1977 Hyde Amendment - which blocks federal money from directly funding abortion - because it blocks government money from going to any non-abortion activities of affected groups. NGOs that actually provide abortions, except in the case of rape, incest or life endangerment, are also ineligible for aid. "President Trump is continuing Ronald Reagan's legacy by taking immediate action on day one to stop the promotion of abortion through our tax dollars ... Read More

Bio Box: The life of drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman

Bio Box: The life of drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman

Guzman's lawyers promised a zealous defense to ensure he receives a fair trial, and they said they would examine whether Guzman was extradited appropriately. Though he has been convicted of crimes in Mexico, he has escaped from prison there twice. "So who is Chapo Guzman?" By finally bringing their case in the Eastern District of NY, prosecutors chose that city over Chicago and other jurisdictions that have long hoped to put Guzman on trial. Read More

OR jobless rate drops to record low set in 1995

OR jobless rate drops to record low set in 1995

Phillips, assistant vice president and senior economist at the Dallas Fed. Cullman County came in at 4.9 percent, up slightly from November's 4.6 percent. Oregon's fastest-growing job category in 2016, up 8.1 percent, was construction , a highly cyclical industry. And the county's construction trades, which reached a peak average of more than 23,000 workers in 2006 at the height of the housing boom, dipped to as low as 11,500 workers in 2011; by previous year, the average had ... Read More

North Korean ICBM test looking more likely, says South

U.S. officials revealed they are readying for an imminent missile test from Kim Jong-un amid fears North Korea may detonate a weapon on Inauguration Day. "I don't recognise the missiles from this description", said Joshua Pollack, editor of the US -based Nonproliferation Review. Experts say this could mean that potential test-firings could happen much earlier than previous predictions, which had said that a missile could be launched sometime in February, before Seoul and Washington hold their ... Read More

Gambia: Barrow sworn in as new president

Gambia: Barrow sworn in as new president

The regional force included troops from Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Mali, and they moved in after Barrow's inauguration and the United Nations vote. On Sunday, Jammeh announced he had filed a court injunction to prevent Barrow from becoming president. West African military forces are ready to enforce a transfer of power in The Gambia, a popular beach destination among European holidaymakers. Read More

China urges the U.S. to stop Taiwanese delegation from attending Trump's inauguration

China urges the U.S. to stop Taiwanese delegation from attending Trump's inauguration

And that could boost the Liberal government's existing enthusiasm for expanded trade with China. With that in mind, it's surely inconceivable that the incoming U.S. Not only did he have the first-ever high-level contact with Taiwan's president in a controversial phone call last month, but he has repeatedly questioned USA support for "One China". Read More

Deadly quake nightmare returns to haunt Italy

Two months later, a 6.6 magnitude tremor - the strongest to hit Italy in more than 30 years - left more injuries and damage in the same areas , CNN reported. The first quake, measuring 5.3, struck the beleaguered city of Amatrice at 10:25am local time, and the shock waves could be felt in contiguous regions and all the way south in Rome . Read More

TN CM to call on PM Modi over 'jallikattu'

TN CM to call on PM Modi over 'jallikattu'

The men who held to the bulls reared by women they admired were deemed as winners. PTI is reporting that the Tamil diaspora in Sri Lanka, Britain and Australia are also holding demonstrations. Another youngster named Mohan Kumar added: "PETA is not a true animal-rights organisations". While the ban on Jallikattu was what held them together, numerous protesters at Marina Beach said their anger was the result of pent-up frustration against what they saw as a threat to "Tamil identity". Read More

Davos: Chinese president defends globalisation at forum

He addressed a crowd full of business leaders and politicians, but his message was squarely aimed at one person: Trump, who on the campaign trail excoriated China's trade policies and threatened to slap a tariff as high as 45% on Chinese imports. Read More

Madame Tussauds Unveils Presidential Trump Wax Figure

The inauguration is still a few days away, but this " Donald Trump " has already moved into the Oval Office. We're not surprised it took workers FIVE WEEKS to construct his iconic hair piece! The wax Trump is dressed in a dark blue suit, a red tie and a Made in America flag lapel pin. Read More

President-elect Barrow will be inaugurated 'through other means in The Gambia'

President-elect Barrow will be inaugurated 'through other means in The Gambia'

Some diplomats said U.N. Security Council approval was not needed for an ECOWAS military intervention if Barrow requested help. Still, Ecowas maintains that it does "not wish to start a conflict". The Chief Justice decided he will not rule on an injunction seeking to stop Barrow's inauguration. Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz landed in the Gambian capital Banjul on Wednesday evening in an effort to convince Jammeh who remains defiant. Read More

The Oil Price Rise Falters, Can OPEC Stick to its Cutbacks?

This comes despite an upwardly revised forecast of United States supply. Crude futures have fallen five per cent since their early January peaks amid doubts the producers will fully comply with the cuts. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia said deeper-than-planned production cuts and robust demand were helping the market rebalance. An expected rebound in North American oil activity offset reported declines elsewhere to send crude oil prices sharply lower early Wednesday. Read More

Pakistani mother sentenced to death for burning daughter alive

Pakistani mother sentenced to death for burning daughter alive

In most cases, the victim is a woman and the killer is a relative who escapes punishment by seeking forgiveness for the crime from family members. Khan alleged that he saw his in-laws first beat his wife, douse her in kerosene and then set her ablaze. Read More

Japanese Vessel Caught With Dead Whale Onboard, Activist Group Says

Japanese Vessel Caught With Dead Whale Onboard, Activist Group Says

Australia took the case against Japan to the International Court of Justice, which ruled in 2014 that Japan's scientific whaling programme should stop. "No more whales will be killed today", said Meyerson. The discovery comes just days after Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official state visit to Australia. Read More

Mogherini says European Union to stand by Iran nuclear accord

An Iranian diplomat on Friday said that his country would not allow any move to review the worldwide nuclear deal, which has put an end to the disputes over Iran's decade-long nuclear issue. Should the Iran nuclear deal fall apart, the consequences for the Middle East region would be "unfathomable", according to a new report from the International Crisis Group. Read More

What Donald Trump thinks about civil rights icon John Lewis

What Donald Trump thinks about civil rights icon John Lewis

At the start of a weekend dedicated to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Trump was using his potent social media platform to hurl insults at a civil rights leader. Prior to being nominated as president, Donald Trump had no notable political experience. Lewis also said he would not attend Trump's presidential inauguration. Read More

President Abbas: Paris conference last chance to implement two-state solution

Among other things, Abbas is expected to raise with Francis the Palestinian concern about a possible move of the US embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Vatican referred to Palestine as "a state", giving it full recognition as an equal partner. "If it does, it will not help peace and we hope it does not happen", he said. Read More

PM May to set out Brexit approach to calm critics

PM May to set out Brexit approach to calm critics

European Union leader and Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat [official website] stated on Thursday that an essential part of any transition deal [ Guardian report] with Britain will include application of European Union law in the United Kingdom even after Brexit, which provoked an nearly immediate response [BBC report] from a high ranking member of parliament in the United Kingdom who said that such a deal is "the worst possible scenario for the European Union and the United Kingdom". Read More

MS Dhoni : Virat Kohli Will Be A Better Captain Than Me !

MS Dhoni : Virat Kohli Will Be A Better Captain Than Me !

Dhoni has recently handed over the captaincy baton to Kohli, who now leads the Indian team in all three formats of the game. Kohli had a squad of young players and fast bowlers that could produce an unprecedented run of wins, Dhoni said in his first comments to the media since stepping aside from captaining the limited-overs side earlier this month. Read More