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China Downgrades US Credit Rating From A- To BBB+, Warns US Insolvency Would “Detonate Next Crisis”

China Downgrades US Credit Rating From A- To BBB+, Warns US Insolvency Would “Detonate Next Crisis”

on January 17, 2018, 7:05 AM / in International News, National News

by Tyler Durden  |   zerohedge.com In its latest reminder that China is a (for now) happy holder of some $1.2 trillion in US Treasurys, Chinese credit rating agency Dagong downgraded US sovereign ratings from A- to BBB+ overnight, citing “deficiencies in US political ecology” and tax cuts that “directly reduce the federal government’s sources of debt repayment” weakening the base of […]

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Erdogan: US trying to form ‘terror army’ in Syria

Erdogan: US trying to form ‘terror army’ in Syria

on January 16, 2018, 6:09 AM / in International News, National News

Al Jazeera Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the US is working to form a “terror army” on his country’s southern border by training a new force in Syria that includes Kurdish fighters. “What we are supposed to do is to drown this terror army before in comes into being,” he said in an address in the capital, […]

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UN defends Palestinian refugee agency, says its work ‘is critical’

UN defends Palestinian refugee agency, says its work ‘is critical’

on January 16, 2018, 6:03 AM / in International News, National News

United Nations spokesperson says UNRWA ‘will have to find other sources’ if Trump administration cuts funding By AP and TOI STAFF The United Nations spokesman said Monday that the work of the UN agency that helps Palestinian refugees “is critical” and if the United States or any other donor cuts its contributions “we will have to find other sources.” Stephane Dujarric was responding […]

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Merkel’s conservatives strike tentative coalition deal with Social Democrats

on January 12, 2018, 7:28 AM / in International News

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives reached a deal with the Social Democrats early Friday to a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations. If solidified, the agreement could end months of political uncertainty after Merkel’s party emerged from September elections without enough parliamentary seats to easily form a new government, which raised questions about how long Merkel could stay in her job. […]

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Ecuador grants Julian Assange citizenship

Ecuador grants Julian Assange citizenship

on January 12, 2018, 7:26 AM / in International News

Ecuador has granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange citizenship, the South American country’s foreign minister announced Thursday. Ecuador gave Assange asylum after he sought refuge in its London embassy in 2012, seeking to avoid being extradited to Sweden for questioning about an alleged rape. Sweden dropped the investigation because it couldn’t interview Assange, but he has remained in the embassy for […]

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Facebook alters algorithm to favor posts from friends over companies

Facebook alters algorithm to favor posts from friends over companies

on January 12, 2018, 7:24 AM / in International News, National News

Facebook said Thursday that it plans to change its algorithm to give its two billion users more content from friends and families, favoring it over news and brands. “We built Facebook to help people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us,” Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote. “But recently we’ve gotten feedback […]

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U.S. gives highest travel warning for five Mexican states

U.S. gives highest travel warning for five Mexican states

on January 11, 2018, 8:00 AM / in International News

The State Department on Wednesday issued its highest-risk advisory against travel to five violence-ridden Mexican states. The Category 4 warning to Americans against visiting the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas, and the Pacific coast states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, and Sinaloa, lumps Mexico in with such war-torn countries as Somalia, Afghanistan, and Syria. The advisory came after Mexico’s surging violence, […]

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Dead or Alive?

Dead or Alive?

on January 11, 2018, 7:00 AM / in International News

A man in Spain who was declared dead by three doctors was actually still alive, which doctors discovered only when he began snoring on the autopsy table, according to news reports. The man, 29-year-old Gonzalo Montoya Jiménez, was a prisoner at a jail in northern Spain. He was found unconscious in his cell on Sunday (Jan. 7), and was believed […]

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Be Careful What you Wish For

Be Careful What you Wish For

on January 9, 2018, 9:10 AM / in International News, Opinion

A “COSTLY WAR ON WARMTH” by Viv Forbes, ©2018, carbon-sense.com (Jan. 9, 2018) — In today’s crazy world, Western politicians are wasting billions of taxpayer dollars force-feeding costly unreliable green energy in the bizarre belief that this will somehow change Earth’s climate. Even more incredible, they fear global warmth and seem hell-bent on creating global cooling. They should study climate history. […]

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North Korea agrees to send delegation to South Korea’s Winter Olympics

North Korea agrees to send delegation to South Korea’s Winter Olympics

on January 9, 2018, 7:19 AM / in International News

North Korea has agreed to send a delegation of officials, athletes, cheerleaders, and journalists to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, South Korean Deputy Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung said Tuesday. The breakthrough came during the first direct high-level talks in more than two years between the two countries. The discussions were hastily set up after North Korean leader Kim […]

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BBC China editor resigns over gender pay gap

BBC China editor resigns over gender pay gap

on January 8, 2018, 7:50 AM / in International News

Carrie Gracie, the BBC’s China editor, announced her resignation in an open letter posted Sunday on her personal blog, citing gender pay inequality at the British public broadcaster. The BBC has faced criticism recently for paying men more than women in similar jobs, and Gracie said that she learned when salary data was revealed in a July funding settlement how […]

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Israel publishes blacklist of groups that back boycott

Israel publishes blacklist of groups that back boycott

on January 8, 2018, 7:45 AM / in International News

Israel on Sunday released a blacklist barring the leaders of 20 organizations from entry over their support of a boycott of Israel until it ends its occupation of the West Bank and grants the right of return to Palestinian refugees. The list consisted of primarily European and American organizations, including a U.S. Jewish group. It also names entities from Latin […]

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Britain’s May shaking up Cabinet

Britain’s May shaking up Cabinet

on January 8, 2018, 7:43 AM / in International News

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to fire at least four high-profile Conservatives in the biggest reshuffling of her Cabinet since last June’s snap election. The most prominent ministers reportedly facing possible replacement include Education Secretary Justine Greening, Party Chairman Patrick McLoughlin, and Business Secretary Greg Clark. Two key leaders expected to stay put are Boris Johnson, who will […]

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Pres. Trump Accuses Pakistan Of Aiding Terrorists, Threatens To Cut Off Funding

Pres. Trump Accuses Pakistan Of Aiding Terrorists, Threatens To Cut Off Funding

on January 3, 2018, 8:30 AM / in International News, National News, People

At 9:32 am (CT)  this morning – I took my first breath of earthly air in 1940 – in the same bed, bedroom, house,  my mother took her first breath on this earth.  All this took place on the shores of the Great Mississippi River in Winona MN.   Having now completed 78 years I am embarking on my 79th year […]

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Trump threatens to cut off aid to Palestinians

on January 3, 2018, 8:19 AM / in International News, National News

President Trump on Tuesday said the U.S. might stop sending money to the Palestinians. “We pay the Palestinians HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect,” Trump tweeted. “They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel.” The remarks came a day after Trump accused Pakistan of giving the United States […]

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North Korea reopens border hotline with South Korea as Trump mocks Kim Jong Un

on January 3, 2018, 8:11 AM / in International News

North Korea reopened a border hotline with South Korea on Wednesday, a day after South Korea proposed high-level talks next week to ease tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapon and missile programs. The offer followed a New Year’s Day speech in which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for dialogue and said he had a nuclear button on his desk […]

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U. S. Service member killed and 4 injured on New Years Day

U. S. Service member killed and 4 injured on New Years Day

on January 3, 2018, 7:22 AM / in International News, National News

One U.S. service member was killed and four others were injured in a “combat engagement” in eastern Afghanistan on New Year’s Day, U.S. Forces Afghanistan said Tuesday. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said in a statement. “At this very difficult time our heartfelt sympathies go […]

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Trump on Iran

on January 3, 2018, 7:20 AM / in International News, National News

President Trump on Tuesday said the Iranian people are “finally” taking action against the country’s “brutal and corrupt” rulers, and reiterated his warning to Tehran that “the U.S. is watching” its response to protests. “The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime,” Trump said on Twitter. “All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave […]

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Fusion GPS Partners Make First Public Comments About The Dossier

on January 3, 2018, 6:40 AM / in International News, National News

By Chuck Ross  |   The Daily Caller Two of the co-founders of the opposition research firm behind the infamous Steele dossier say they are “extremely proud” of their work investigating Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. But, writing at The New York Times, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two partners at Fusion GPS, provide little in the way of evidence to support […]

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South Korea answers North Korean overture with offer of talks

South Korea answers North Korean overture with offer of talks

on January 2, 2018, 7:16 AM / in International News

South Korea on Tuesday answered North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s call for dialogue by proposing high-level talks on the border next week. Kim suggested easing military tensions and said he was open to sending a delegation to the upcoming Winter Olympics in the South. Cho Myoung-gyon, Seoul’s unification minister, proposed a meeting next Tuesday in the border village of […]

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