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Trump appoints ex-Breitbart chief Bannon to NSC

National security law analyst Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution obtained a stinging critique of the entry ban drafted through the dissent channel at the State Department that he said hundreds of employees are expected to sign. Bush, has explicitly said that that the president did not want Karl Rove, his chief political strategist, in the sensitive meetings. She suggested Mr Trump was reducing the importance of the NSC by allowing Vice-President Mike Pence to chair some ... Read More

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Wash. AG joins 15 other AG's in condemning President Trump's refugee ban

Justice in America doesn't live or die on the stroke of one man's pen regardless of how high his office. Syrians are barred indefinitely, and the executive order reportedly stipulates a religious test that prioritizes Syrian Christians. But the order excludes countries behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan. Read More

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Trump to Mexico leader: Pay for wall or meeting is off

Trump to Mexico leader: Pay for wall or meeting is off

After talking tough about the wall, he held out an olive branch, saying "Mexico re-affirms its friendship with the people of the United States, and its willingness to reach agreements with its government". Ordinary Mexicans responded to what was an obvious diplomatic insult by strongly suggesting Peña Nieto cancel his January 31 Washington , D.C. meeting with Trump. Read More

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Syria: Envoys gather for peace talks

Syria: Envoys gather for peace talks

Russia, Iran and Turkey supported in a joint statement the determination of the Syrian opposition to take part in the upcoming Geneva talks. The United States, which is not a party to the emerging peace process, said it welcomed any "actions that sustainably de-escalate violence and reduce suffering in Syria", according to a statement issued by the State Department in Washington. Read More

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Espaillat statement on Trump's Executive Order reinstating global gag rule

Espaillat statement on Trump's Executive Order reinstating global gag rule

No more than 48 hours after the historical Women's March on Washington, President Trump announced his administration is reinstating the "Mexico City Policy" aka the global gag rule . But in the years the rule hasn't been in effect, the USA has contributed more than $ 600 million , which has helped an estimated 27 million women receive contraceptive services-and it's stopped 2.3 million self-induced abortions. Read More

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Knights of Malta head quits over Vatican condom row

The Vatican , in turn, rejected what it said was an attempt to discredit members of the commission and ordered the leaders of the institution to cooperate with the inquiry. Reports in the specialist Catholic press suggested Von Boeselager was targeted because Order charities he oversaw had taken part in a programme distributing free condoms to prostitutes and others in Myanmar to prevent the spread of AIDS. Read More

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Russian Federation arrests top cyber security expert amid allegations of treason

The FSB's Sergei Mikhailov, held alongside Stoyanov, was reportedly deputy chief of the agency's Information Security Centre. She said the company has no details of the charges against Stoyanov. The Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity and anti-virus provider, founded in 1997 in Moscow, operates in nearly 200 countries and territories worldwide, and its products and technologies are used by over 300 million users. Read More

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Turkish FM Says Astana Talks May Become Milestone for Syrian Future

Turkish FM Says Astana Talks May Become Milestone for Syrian Future

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov has also praised the gathering in the Kazakh capital. He stressed that time will tell if the Astana process proves effective. They agreed to set up a trilateral commission to implement and monitor the truce that began last month. Russian military experts in Astana also started work on separating armed opposition groups from terrorist organizations. Read More

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Donald Trump attacks 'shameful' media reports of small inauguration crowds

In a combative debut press conference , Sean Spicer accused the media of lying after Trump's inauguration crowd was compared unfavourably to that of Barack Obama's in 2009. It seems some people may have voted for Trump despite the fact that he didn't release his tax returns, not because they didn't care. Aerial photographs showed that the crowds for Trump's inauguration were smaller than in 2009. Read More

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Rockets fired at Istanbul police and AKP offices, no casualties

Rockets fired at Istanbul police and AKP offices, no casualties

Nevertheless, the projectile missed the building and there were no reports of casualties, national broadcaster CNN Turk said. He left a hand grenade before running away when officers shot back. Last year, Turkey's Interior Ministry updated its list of "wanted terrorists", which includes 676 names. The attacks happened as the Turkish parliament in Ankara was voting on a draft bill to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers, which was approved in the early hours of Saturday. Read More

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S.Korean minister, aide arrested over alleged blacklist

Prosecutors questioned Cho and Kim as part of their probe into a wider political scandal involving Park and her confidante, Choi Soon-Sil, who is now on trial for abuse of power and coercion. Kim, 78, a former top intelligence official, came under fire for his alleged involvement in human rights abuses committed under Park's father. Both Kim and Cho are said to be denying all allegations regarding the list. Read More

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Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee Concludes Inaugural Meeting

The monitoring committee was created in order to secure the implementation of the deal, chaired by Kuwait from the OPEC side and Russian Federation from the non-OPEC side. The largest producer involved in the cuts agreement said it would make a daily reduction of 300,000 barrels by April or May. Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Kuwait have already made deeper cuts than required, while Russian Federation has reduced supply faster than expected, ministers said as they arrived in Vienna. Read More

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Acheampong starts for Ghana against Mali

It gave Ghana their second straight win in Group D, having started their campaign with victory over Uganda last week. The Black Stars looked destined to take the lead after just eight minutes as Andre Ayew's miscued header landed in the path of his brother Jordan, but the Aston Villa forward somehow failed to make a connection and a golden chance went begging. Read More

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Vladimir Putin has hailed Russia's prostitutes as 'the best in the world'

In one particular claim, Trump paid prostitutes to urinate on a bed at the presidential suite in the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Moscow, because the Obamas had once stayed there. "And then they started saying Trump is right". "It will become clear how relations between the United States and the rest of the world will be developing only after everyone in the new (U.S.) administration assumes office and the official work begins". Read More

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Davos Cocktail Circuit Hums With Trump Optimism After Day One

Davos Cocktail Circuit Hums With Trump Optimism After Day One

In his introduction to the President of China , the founder of WEF Mr. Schwab , made the significance of Xi's speech explicit: "In a world marked by great uncertainty and volatility the world is looking to China ", Schwab said . As Mr Trump vows to focus on American interests, Europe is increasingly pre-occupied with its own troubles, from Brexit and militant attacks to the string of elections this year in which anti-globalisation populists could score gains. Read More

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Discwoman members to join Women's March on Washington this weekend

But they agreed women need to be vigilant about standing up for their rights and that one way to do that would be to join a national march on Washington the day after Trump is sworn in as the nation's 45th president. "The president-elect, and those he surrounds himself with, find enjoyment in putting people down", she said. "It is about women and women's right to be treated fairly in every way". Read More

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