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DOJ lawyers conclude Kushner in White House doesn't violate anti-nepotism laws

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Daniel Koffsky, in a 14-page opinion, said that federal nepotism laws did not apply because the president is afforded "special hiring authority, " exempting positions in the White House from the law. The OLC said the federal law is meant to give the president "broad discretion" in hiring White House employees. The office of White House counsel had asked the department for a definitive opinion on Kushner's role. Read More

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Conway Says Trump Is Officially Never Releasing His Tax Returns

Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway this morning. White House press secretary Sean Spicer harshly criticized the media in the U.S. on Saturday for its coverage of Donald Trump's inauguration. "This was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe", Spicer said. 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. Read More

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'El Chapo' is hauled off to U.S. jail that has held terrorists

The Sinaloa Cartel is responsible for trafficking hundreds of tons of drugs throughout the U.S. Some officials said it was an olive branch to the incoming USA president, who had said he would kick Guzman's "ass" after taking office. Homeland Security Investigations said at the news conference. Guzman was recaptured a year ago in Mexico after escaping from a maximum-security prison for a second time. Read More

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Baba Rahman faces surgery after knee ligament injury

Baba Rahman faces surgery after knee ligament injury

Tests in Gabon's capital Libreville on Wednesday confirmed that Baba had suffered " a rupture of the meniscus and a particular tear of the anterior cruciate ligament with fluid collection in the left knee ". "Whether we play an excellent game or not, at the end of the day we just want to win and move forward". The Black Stars were in total control of the game in the opening half and should have led inside 10 minutes but Andre Ayew and John Boye missed from close range. Read More

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N.Korea reiterates threat to test intercontinental missile

USA officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, cautioned however that they did not have such precise information about the range or potential timing of Pyongyang's missile test, should it happen. The military drill is created to improve combined capability to detect and trace North Korean missiles such as the ICBM, for which Pyeongyang claimed to be in a final stage of deployment. Read More

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British tennis ace Dan Evans inspired by £19.99 T-shirt

British tennis ace Dan Evans inspired by £19.99 T-shirt

Evans, for so long the bad boy of British tennis, gave a tactical master class to outsmart the former US Open champion, who works with Andy Murray's former coach, Jonas Bjorkman. "You can't be upset with yourself". In fact, both players traded breaks throughout the first set, before Evans managed to clinch it 7-5. Tomic has Davis Cup next then he hopes to get back on track and get his ranking going up again after missing time to injury last season. Read More

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Iraqi forces push into IS-held pocket in Mosul

Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarallah, from the Joint Operations Command, said in a statement. Abadi said in a statement that operations were ongoing to clear some parts of east Mosul , including some forested areas along the Tigris. "The coalition and the ISF (Iraqi security forces) should plan for western Mosul to be the hardest fight in Mosul ", he said. He said that recapturing Mosul's western half, which the jihadists still fully control, would be an easier task. Read More

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Putin: Those who "fabricated" Trump dossier are "worse than prostitutes"

Back in the US, Trump has denounced the dossier (prepared by a former British intelligence officer) as false. The diplomat contemptuously called its author a "runaway swindler from MI6", Britain's foreign intelligence agency. "At times, they have been fairly lengthy, and they've been substantive", he said. Still, Europe's leaders are eager to ensure they have Trump's ear before Putin does. Read More

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In Davos, Xi defends globalisation

Scores of organisations have warned of the perils of protectionism, especially in the aftermath of Mr Trump's election victory. "Countries should view their own interest in the broader context and refrain from pursuing their own interests at the expense of others", the Chinese president said. Read More

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Thunder Bay lawyer to take part in Women's March on Washington

A lawyer from Thunder Bay, Ont., says she will be part of a major march taking place on January 20, in Washington D.C., - the day after Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States. The video prompted several women to say publicly that Trump had groped them. "If we can keep it front and center in the public eye, I think that will affect change", Omland added. Read More

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Female shark produces offspring without a mate for first time ever

Female shark produces offspring without a mate for first time ever

This also contains the female's genetic material, leading to "extreme inbreeding", she says. A natural form of asexual reproduction in which embryos develop without fertilization is called parthenogenesis. "She adapted to the circumstances". In 2006, she was introduced to a male shark, and began laying eggs fertilized by him two years later. It raises the prospect of Leonie's ability to give birth asexually being passed on through the generations. Read More

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Oil prices up on world market

Oil prices up on world market

However, the new forecast reflects crude oil prices near or above $50/b, which have led to increased investment by some US production companies, particularly in the Permian Basin. Yesterday, Brent crude prices rose above $55 despite data showing that USA stockpiles swelled last week. - EIA sees US Gulf of Mexico production averaging 1.7 million b/d in 2017, up 100,000 b/d from 2016, and climbing to 1.9 million b/d in 2018 as new projects, including Chevron's Big Foot and the Hess-operated ... Read More

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Iraq forces advance in Mosul but civilian toll mounts

Iraq forces advance in Mosul but civilian toll mounts

Iraqi special forces have done most of the fighting within the city, while Iraqi troops have advanced on it from different sides. A top Iraqi commander, Lt. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on October 17 announced a major offensive to retake Mosul , the country's second largest city. Carter said the decision to keep a residual USA military presence in Iraq would be up to the Iraqi government and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Read More

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British Teen Charged With Murder of 7-Year-Old Girl

British Teen Charged With Murder of 7-Year-Old Girl

She was also charged with possession of an offensive weapon. A teenage girl is due to appear in court accused of murdering a seven-year-old girl in York. Katie has been described as a "kind, thoughtful and sweet child" and was often seen by neighbours "laughing and playing with her friends". The girl's grandparents left floral tributes at the scene, with a note reading: "Night night, my darling princess". Read More

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United States sanctions five Russians over human rights violations

The US blacklisted five Russians, including Russia's chief public investigator who is a close aide to President Vladimir Putin, for human rights abuses, in a move described by Russia as the "inadequacy" of outgoing President Barack Obama. Litvinenko died after drinking tea laced with a rare radioactive substance at a hotel in London. Litvinenko was a former Russian agent turned freelance investigator who had collaborated with British intelligence . Read More

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US Consular Officer Shot in Guadalajara

US Consular Officer Shot in Guadalajara

The auto lurches forward, then stops, as several people begin rushing toward the driver. A video with the two suspects has been released by the consulate. The FBI has asked anyone with information to contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico Cityat (01-55) 5080-2000. Ashcraft's LinkedIn profile lists him as a foreign service officer at the U.S. Read More

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TMC workers step up offensive, set BJP office in Hooghly on fire

TMC workers step up offensive, set BJP office in Hooghly on fire

The Special CJM Court allowed the CBI to take TMC MP Sudip Bandyopa-dhyay on a six-day remand for interrogation for his alleged complicity in the Rose Valley Group chit fund scam. She alleged that it was a political vendetta against her party. They have been arrested by the CBI under the influence of the BJP. In a veiled warning to TMC, he asked the Mamata Banerjee-led party to "mend its ways" or face consequences. Read More

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