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Monday, January 22, 2018
The White House is defending a tough new ad by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign that says Democrats will be "complicit" in any killings committed by immigrants in the U.S. illegally. The 30-second spot was released on Saturday's anniversary of Trump's inauguration and amid the government shutdown. Democrats are refusing to fund the government unless Republicans agree to protect some 700,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. The ad... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
Some New Caledonian crows craft hooked tools out of branched twigs, and Scottish biologists have discovered why - the birds can extract food from cracks and crevises several times faster than by using straight twigs. "It is a painstaking sequence of behaviors,” explains Professor James St. Clair, from the University of St. Andrews, the lead author of the new study in the current issue of Nature Ecology & Evolution.  “Crows seek out particular plant species, harvest a forked... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
The aid organization, CARE International reports North Korea and Eritrea top the list of the 10 most underreported, forgotten humanitarian crises of 2017. The other countries include Burundi, Sudan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Lake Chad Basin, Vietnam and Peru. The report shines a light on tens of millions of people who are forced to suffer in silence because their plight goes under-reported and their needs go unmet. Last year, it estimates 220 million... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
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Monday, January 22, 2018
Former soccer star George Weah, 51, was sworn in Monday as Liberia's new president in a ceremony held at a packed sports stadium in the capital of Monrovia. The presidents of Gabon, Ghana and Sierra Leone were in attendance, as well as Weah's former fellow soccer stars. "I have spent many years of my life in stadiums, but today is a feeling like no other," Weah said. He thanked outgoing president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for "laying the foundations on which we can... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
Kid Rock has donated about $122,000 from sales of merchandise promoting his potential U.S. Senate campaign to a voter-registration organization.   The Detroit-area rocker, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, teased the public for months. At a September concert, he was introduced as Michigan's "next senator."  In October, he confirmed he wasn't running.   Kid Rock's publicist, Jay Jones, said in an email to The Detroit News that money raised from... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
The International Monetary Fund says the global economy grew at a faster than expected 3.7 percent pace in 2017 and will do better this year and next. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde called predictions of strengthening growth "very welcome news." She spoke Monday in Davos, Switzerland, at the annual World Economic Forum. IMF experts say 120 nations, representing three-quarters of the global economy, saw growth last year. IMF experts said tax cuts in the United States... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
South Africa's ruling party said Monday it is considering whether to order President Jacob Zuma to step down as head of state.   "We have not arrived at any decision that Zuma must go or Zuma must not go," African National Congress (ANC) Secretary- General Ace Magashule told the press after a four-day meeting of the party's National Executive Committee. He denied local media reports that Zuma's departure was imminent.   Zuma, whose scandal-plagued tenure... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
U.S. authorities issued an emergency order Monday requiring additional screening of cargo on flights departing for the United States from five Mideast countries, citing a threat of terrorism. The Transportation Security Administration order is aimed at preventing terrorist attacks in response to “persistent threats to aviation,” TSA said in a statement. The countries falling under this order are Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. The countries were chosen... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
The head of Russian television channel RT says the Kremlin-funded outlet is already suffering the consequences of having to register as a foreign agent in the U.S. amid allegations that it participated in attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. A Capitol Hill committee decided Nov. 29 to revoke RT's accreditation to cover Congress, and RT has been shut out of news events and suffered damage to its reputation, said Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of the operation... (Full Story)
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