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Shutdown ends after Democrats agree to trust that McConnell will allow ‘dreamer’ vote

Today 11:49 GMT

After three days of contentious negotiations and name-calling, Congress voted to end a government shutdown Monday when Democrats agreed to trust the word of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The pact came at a time when trust has been in short supply on Capitol Hill — and it unnerved liberal activists who weren’t sure whether to believe McConnell. McConnell delivered a carefully worded speech on the Senate floor, saying it was his “intention” to address the dreamer issue, whether in the next spending bill or thereafter.

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Pope Francis apologizes for upsetting sex abuse survivors but stands by controversial bishop

Today 01:38 GMT

Pope Francis apologized for remarks he made last week defending a bishop in Chile accused of covering up sexual abuse, but he did not back down from his support of the bishop who has caused a firestorm.

The pope’s remarks had caused widespread backlash among abuse survivors and even prompted criticism from Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston and the pope’s top adviser on clerical sex abuse.

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Pence says U.S. embassy to make Jerusalem move next year on faster timetable

Today 12:44 GMT

The United States will open its embassy in Jerusalem next year, Vice President Pence said Monday, accelerating plans to move the mission in line with the Trump administration’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem — and the embassy will open next year,” he said. “Our president made his decision in the best interests of the United States — but he also made it clear that we believe this decision is in the best interests of peace.”

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Source: Global News

Tsunami warning issued for B.C.’s coast after 7.9-magnitude earthquake off Alaska

Today 11:49 GMT

Environment Canada issued a tsunami warning on Tuesday morning that stretched all along B.C.’s coast, from Greater Victoria north to Haida Gwaii and beyond.

The U.S. National Weather Service issued this graphic illustrating tsunami travel time contours: . And it was issued after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake happened 278 kilometres southeast of Kodiak, Alaska, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

6 Articles
Source: The Week

The DREAMers are in big trouble now

Today 14:33 GMT

Democrats in the Senate withheld their votes from bills to keep the government open, demanding that Republicans include a provision extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which would allow young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children (the "DREAMers") to remain in the U.S. When it became clear they weren't going to get what they wanted, they made a deal with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying they'd vote to keep the government open if McConnell would allow a separate vote on DACA later on.

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Source: The Guradian

Britain's Kyle Edmund stuns Dimitrov to reach Australian Open semis

Today 17:19 GMT

Kyle Edmund is through to the semi-finals of a slam for the first time after beating world No3 Grigor Dimitrov in four sets on day nine of the Australian Open – and the 23-year-old Yorkshireman might allow himself at least a moment to dream about the ultimate prize on Sunday afternoon.

Edmund beat Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 49 minutes on a warm Tuesday afternoon in front of an engaged house of 15,000 fans on Rod Laver Arena.

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Source: The Guradian

Kabul hotel attack: multiple Americans killed, says US official

Today 17:20 GMT

Multiple American citizens were killed and injured in the Taliban’s 14-hour siege of an upscale Kabul hotel last weekend, the state department said on Tuesday.

In addition to the Americans killed in the attack, six Ukrainians, two Venezuelan pilots for KamAir, a citizen of Kazakhstan and a citizen of Germany were killed, officials said. Word of the American deaths came as Afghan’s interior ministry said an investigation was under way to find out how the attackers got into the building so easily.

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Source: BBC

Australian Open: Marin Cilic beats Rafael Nadal to reach semi-finals

Today 14:33 GMT

World number one Rafael Nadal retired hurt in the fifth set of an enthralling quarter-final against Marin Cilic at the Australian Open.

It was only the second time in 264 Grand Slam matches that Spaniard Nadal has retired - the last being against Briton Andy Murray in the quarter-finals of the 2010 Australian Open. Speaking following the match, Nadal said he would provide an update on his injury after an MRI scan on Wednesday.

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Source: New York Times

It’s the Patriots’ Stage; All the Rest Are Merely Players

Today 14:34 GMT

Two teams will play in it on Feb. 4, but why does it feel like the Patriots own the stage and they are bringing it with them?

Since the Patriots championships are occurring in an age of free agency and the N.F.L. salary cap, which are two factors that would likely have broken up dynastic teams like Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers, the 1950s Yankees and the 1960s Boston Celtics, another Patriots Super Bowl victory raises the question: Where does their current run rank among the great championship streaks of any team in any sport?

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Source: The Guradian

Las Vegas rally marking Women's March anniversary puts focus on voting

Today 12:44 GMT

The first anniversary of the Women’s March was celebrated in a Las Vegas stadium on Sunday with a “#PowerToThePolls” rally, intended to harness and direct the so-called “resistance” against Donald Trump. There were chants of “Today we protest, tomorrow we vote”.

Requesting then that the crowd share its enthusiasm via social media, she added: “This is the one rare moment when what happens in Vegas shouldn’t stay in Vegas.”

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Source: Washington Post

Oscar nominations 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ leads with 13; ‘Get Out’ nominated for best picture

Today 14:33 GMT

Best sound editing “Baby Driver,” Julian Slater “Dunkirk,” Richard King and Alex Gibson “Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini and Theo Green “The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce. Best sound mixing “Dunkirk” “The Shape of Water” “Baby Driver” “Blade Runner 2049” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. Best animated short film “Lou” “Dear Basketball” “Negative Space” “Garden Party” “Revolting Rhymes”. Best live action short film “My Nephew Emmett” “DeKalb Elementary” “The Silent Child” “Watu Wote / All of Us” “The Eleven O’Clock”. Best makeup and hair styling “Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten “Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick “Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard

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Source: DW

Kurdish-dominated SDF accuses Turkey of backing 'IS' with Syria assault

Today 14:34 GMT

Turkey launched the ground assault to drive Kurdish forces away from its southern borders and prevent the creation of Kurdish-dominated statelet which could further destabilize Kurdish-populated areas in Turkey.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there was "no stepping back" from Syria's Afrin as Turkey's army clashed with Kurds in their push to take the city. Kurdish forces accused Ankara of backing the "Islamic State" group.

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Source: New York Times

U.S. Tariffs, Aimed at China and South Korea, to Hit Targets Worldwide

Today 15:26 GMT

The tariffs unveiled on Monday will apply to imports of washing machines and solar energy cells and panels from around the world, not just from China and South Korea.

Both China and South Korea export a lot more to the United States than they import, meaning higher tariffs could hit their economies harder.

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Source: New York Times

What’s Behind Turkey’s Attack on Syria’s Kurds

Today 17:18 GMT

Amy Austin Holmes, a fellow at the Wilson Center who has studied the Syrian Kurds, says that many of them joined the Protection Units “for the simple reason that they wanted to defend their towns, like Kobani, that were under attack from the Islamic State, and not necessarily because they were convinced by the ideology of the P.K.K.”. Michael M. Gunter, a political scientist at Tennessee Tech who also studies the Syrian Kurds, said, “The Turks overplay the threat, but it’s not completely a figment of their imagination.”

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Source: The Guradian

'Sicker than healthy': Pope blasts Latin America's corrupt politics

Today 00:38 GMT

Pope Francis has taken a tough stand against political corruption before wrapping up his Latin American trip with a mass at an air base before 1.3 million people.

By and large Latin America’s political culture is sicker than it is healthy,” he told bishops from across Peru, a country that has seen its political parties and presidents plagued by dishonesty and graft.


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