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Venezuela military backs Maduro, on
Venezuela military backs Maduro, on 'alert' for border violations

Venezuela's military reaffirmed its support for embattled President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday and said they were on "alert" for border violations following threats by US President Donald Trump who urged them to back opposition leader Juan Guaido. "The armed forces will remain deployed and on alert along the borders ... to avoid any violations of territorial integrity," said Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, reading out a statement in a public appearance alongside top commanders. "We reiterate unrestrictedly our obedience, subordination and loyalty" to Maduro, he added.

Jussie Smollett attack: Brothers claim
Jussie Smollett attack: Brothers claim 'Empire' actor staged attack after threatening letter, source says

Two brothers told police Smollett staged an attack on himself because he was upset a threatening letter he received a week prior did not get enough attention, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told ABC News.

Republican campaign paid for
Republican campaign paid for 'coordinated, unlawful' absentee ballot scheme in NC 9th District election, investigators said

McCrae Dowless' attorney told the elections board he won't testify without a legal protection against prosecution for events he describes. The board refused.

Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped
Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted his Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian counterparts Tuesday in a series of sit-downs that replaced a high-profile summit in Jerusalem that was cancelled over a rift with Poland.

Stocks slide on doubts over trade talks
Stocks slide on doubts over trade talks

Stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic softened Tuesday after a mixed session in Asia, with investor harbouring growing doubts over chances of success at US-China trade talks, dealers said.

Huawei founder says will not share data with China - CBS News
Huawei founder says will not share data with China - CBS News

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's founder and chief executive pledged not to share any customer information with the Chinese government and said the company had never done so, in an interview with CBS News that aired on Tuesday. Asked if it had shared data with China's government, Huawei's Ren Zhengfei said in a translated interview with the television news outlet: "For the past 30 years, we have never done that. On Monday, Ren said in a separate interview with the BBC that the technology company would not undertake any spying activities and that it could shift its business investments to other countries amid an ongoing U.S. pressure campaign.

China, Iran meet amid efforts to preserve nuclear deal
China, Iran meet amid efforts to preserve nuclear deal

BEIJING (AP) - The Iranian foreign minister's passionate defense of his country's interests at the Munich Security Conference has made him "a famous person" in China, his Chinese counterpart told him Tuesday, as the sides met amid efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

Bernie Sanders announces he is running for US president in 2020
Bernie Sanders announces he is running for US president in 2020

Senator Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday he is running for president, launching a second bid for the White House after a surprisingly strong run for the Democratic nomination in 2016. Sanders, 77, made the announcement in a radio interview in his home state of Vermont. "I wanted to let the people of the state of Vermont know about this first," Sanders said on Vermont Public Radio. The self-described Democratic socialist joins an already crowded field of candidates seeking to take on President Donald Trump and the Republicans in 2020. Sanders gave an outline Tuesday of how he will campaign. "And what I promise to do is, as I go around the country, is to take the values that...

An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance
An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

The 11-year-old was charged with disruption and resisting arrest

States sue Trump in showdown over border wall funds
States sue Trump in showdown over border wall funds

A coalition of 16 states sued President Trump's administration on Monday over his decision to declare a national emergency for border wall funds.

Airlines begin waiving change fees for new winter storm
Airlines begin waiving change fees for new winter storm

Southwest Airlines had already started waiving rebooking fees ahead of the new storm. It's likely that others would do the same as forecasts solidified.

U.S.-backed Syrian forces call for 1,500 coalition troops to stay
U.S.-backed Syrian forces call for 1,500 coalition troops to stay

The remarks by Mazloum Kobani, the commander-in-chief of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, followed talks with senior U.S. generals in Syria and offered perhaps the most comprehensive view to date of his requests for an enduring military assistance from the U.S.-led coalition. It also shows that Kobani is still holding out hope that U.S. President Donald Trump may soften his withdrawal order, which has been criticized by allies at home and abroad and which triggered the resignation of Trump's defense secretary. "We would like to have air cover, air support and a force on the ground to coordinate with us," Kobani told a small group of reporters who traveled with the U.S. military...

Europeans reject Trump
Europeans reject Trump's call to repatriate Syria jihadists

European officials on Monday gave a cold shoulder to a call by US President Donald Trump to take back citizens captured in the fight against Islamic State jihadists in Syria for prosecution back home. Concerns rose about the fate of European nationals now being held by Kurdish forces after Trump shocked his coalition allies in December by announcing the withdrawal of American troops from Syria. Officials worry the Kurds will no longer be able to ensure the captives' detention, especially if their longtime foe Turkey mounted an assault on Kurdish fighters to keep them from establishing control in Syrian cities.

Did the media fairly report the Jussie Smollett investigation?
Did the media fairly report the Jussie Smollett investigation?

Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz reacts to the coverage of the evolving investigation involving the alleged attack on the actor.

Wine for dummies: The questions about wine you're too embarrassed to ask
Wine for dummies: The questions about wine you're too embarrassed to ask

When picking a good bottle of wine leaves you stumped, you may have a few questions. We've asked a wine expert all the things you're too embarrassed to ask.

Seven MPs quit Labour Party as Brexit tensions mount
Seven MPs quit Labour Party as Brexit tensions mount

Seven MPs quit Britain's main opposition Labour Party on Monday, citing the leadership's support for Brexit and a growing culture of racism, intimidation and abuse. The departure of the seven moderates was the biggest split in UK politics in nearly four decades, illustrating the divisions that Brexit has stretched to breaking point. The group include Chuka Umunna, who has led a campaign for a second Brexit referendum as a path to stop Britain's departure from the European Union.

McCabe and 60 Minutes Avoid Discussing Why Russia Factored in Comey
McCabe and 60 Minutes Avoid Discussing Why Russia Factored in Comey's Firing

Andrew McCabe is a good witness and he made a favorable impression, at least on me, in his 60 Minutes interview with Scott Pelley. Pelley and his editors did a great job highlighting McCabe's down-to-earth likability. Unlike Jim Comey, a career prosecutor and corporate lawyer before he became FBI director, former deputy director McCabe is a career agent; his relation of events smacks of the Bureau's "just the facts, ma'am" ethos. And McCabe's account of Trump telling him to ask his wife what it was like to be a "loser" (after she lost a Virginia state senate race) is devastating, precisely because it sounds just like something Trump would say.That aside, there are problems with McCabe's...

Polish NGO leaves to deliver sex abuse report to Pope
Polish NGO leaves to deliver sex abuse report to Pope

Representatives of a Polish NGO helping victims of child abuse committed by Catholic priests left Warsaw early on Monday hoping to deliver a report to Pope Francis in the Vatican about Polish bishops neglecting pedophilia cases. The "Have No Fear" organization, led by a former victim Marek Lisinski, hopes that the report, which accuses some bishops in devoutly Catholic Poland of failing to report crimes, will trigger resignations from top positions in the Church.

Poland Demands Israeli Response Over
Poland Demands Israeli Response Over 'Racist' Holocaust Comments

Morawiecki canceled sending a delegation to Jerusalem, where he was slated to meet his counterparts from the Visegrad Group of eastern European nations Monday, after Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu was reported as saying last week that the Polish nation cooperated with Nazi occupiers during World War II. While Israel clarified that Netanyahu had been talking about "individuals, and not the whole nation" collaborating with the Nazis, the comments drew swift reaction from the government in Warsaw, which has passed laws criminalizing the act of blaming Poland or its people for wartime crimes committed against Jews and other minorities.

Zimbabwe opposition official convicted of false declaration
Zimbabwe opposition official convicted of false declaration

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - A Zimbabwean court has convicted prominent opposition politician Tendai Biti for announcing that his party's leader won disputed elections held in July.

Six More Killed in Kashmir as India-Pakistan Tensions Rise
Six More Killed in Kashmir as India-Pakistan Tensions Rise

The soldiers, including one major, were killed during a search operation in Pulwama district, near the summer state capital of Srinagar, an Indian Army spokesman said in New Delhi. Earlier on Monday, Pakistan called back its envoy from New Delhi for consultations reciprocating a similar move by India last week. Combined with rising crude prices, heightened Kashmir tensions -- with Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledging a "befitting reply" last week -- have weighed on India's currency.

Pakistan says Saudi crown prince orders 2,100 Pakistani prisoners released
Pakistan says Saudi crown prince orders 2,100 Pakistani prisoners released

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the release of about 2,100 Pakistani prisoners from the kingdom's jails during a high-profile visit to Islamabad, Pakistan's information minister said on Monday. Prince Mohammed arrived in Pakistan on Sunday at the beginning of an Asian tour, which will include China and is seen as an attempt by him to rebuild his reputation after the murder of Saudi critic and journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia on Sunday signed investment agreements with Pakistan worth $20 billion.

France snubs Trump
France snubs Trump's appeal to repatriate IS fighters en masse, for now

France will for now not act on U.S. President Donald Trump's call for European allies to repatriate hundreds of Islamic State fighters from Syria, taking back militants on a "case-by-case" basis, its justice minister said on Monday. U.S.-backed fighters appear poised to capture Islamic State's last enclave in Syria and Trump on Saturday pressed France, Britain and Germany to bring home more than 800 captured Islamic State fighters and put them on trial.

Jihadi bride Shamima Begum gives birth and says
Jihadi bride Shamima Begum gives birth and says 'people should have sympathy for me'

The British schoolgirl who ran away to join Isil has appealed for public sympathy following the birth of her son, as a row intensifies over whether she should be allowed to return to the UK. Shamima Begum, 19, went to Syria in 2015 and was discovered there in a refugee camp last week, heavily pregnant and insisting she wanted to go home. The birth of her child over the weekend prompted calls for the baby to be subject to care proceedings should Begum be able to return from Syria, as it emerged that the Family Division of the High Court had presided over cases involving at least 150 children deemed at risk of radicalisation in the last five years. In an interview with Sky News recorded at...

Saudi Prince Starts Asia Trip Pledging $20 Billion for Pakistan
Saudi Prince Starts Asia Trip Pledging $20 Billion for Pakistan

The two nations signed memorandums of understanding in the energy and agriculture sectors, including one for a $10 billion oil refinery in southwestern city of Gwadar, where China has helped build a deep water port. Saudi Arabia also signed a pact to provide Pakistan with crude oil and petroleum products on delayed payments to meets its energy needs. "We are creating a great future for Saudi Arabia and Pakistan," Prince Mohammed, the kingdom's de facto ruler, said at a reception by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday in Islamabad at the start of a two-day trip.

Jussie Smollett attack: Brothers tell police that Jussie Smollett paid them to stage attack, official says; new evidence
Jussie Smollett attack: Brothers tell police that Jussie Smollett paid them to stage attack, official says; new evidence 'shifted the trajectory' of investigation after brothers cooperate, police say

Two brothers told Chicago police that they were paid by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to orchestrate and stage an attack on him, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told ABC News.

More than 1,500 attend vigil for Aurora shooting victims
More than 1,500 attend vigil for Aurora shooting victims

AURORA, Ill. (AP) - More than 1,500 people braved snow and freezing drizzle to attend a prayer vigil for five slain co-workers Sunday, two days after they were fatally shot at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant by a longtime employee who was fired moments earlier.

Marco Rubio Warns Venezuelan Soldiers to Let U.S. Aid Enter the Country
Marco Rubio Warns Venezuelan Soldiers to Let U.S. Aid Enter the Country

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio visited a border staging point for U.S. aid to Venezuela on Sunday and warned soldiers loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that it will be a "crime against humanity" if they block entry of aid.

Russia pioneering return of
Russia pioneering return of 'ISIS children'

As the end nears for the IS enclave in Syria and the fate of jihadists' family members becomes a prescient issue, Russia can be seen as a pioneer in systematically returning children of Islamist fighters home. A potential homecoming of the many foreign women who have gone to live in the IS "caliphate" and their children, many of whom were born there, has been a subject of debate in Russia, with some security chiefs seeing them as potential threats. Earlier this month, 27 children, from four to 13 years old, were flown from Iraq to the Moscow region.

Jussie Smollett attack: Timeline of key moments in alleged attack on
Jussie Smollett attack: Timeline of key moments in alleged attack on 'Empire' actor

"Empire" actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police last month that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs.

Vigil honors victims of gun rampage at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois
Vigil honors victims of gun rampage at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois

The Aurora Prayer Coalition and area churches hosted a vigil at the Henry Pratt Co., where a shooting took place Friday.

Should politicians condemn the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett before the facts come out?
Should politicians condemn the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett before the facts come out?

Talk radio hosts Chip Fanklin and Josh Kimbrell weigh in on the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett.

Chicago AccuWeather: 2-4 inches of snow on Sunday
Chicago AccuWeather: 2-4 inches of snow on Sunday

Steady snow throughout the day Sunday with 2 to 4 inches expected across the Chicago area. Highs in 20s.

AccuWeather: Wintry mix expected
AccuWeather: Wintry mix expected

A wintry mix of snow, sleet and possibly freezing rain could bring a slick coating to an inch of accumulation to the area on Sunday night, especially from New York City and points north and west.

Husband accidentally runs over and kills wife on Valentine
Husband accidentally runs over and kills wife on Valentine's Day in Pennsylvania

A husband is reeling from a tragic incident after police say he accidentally ran over his wife.

Colin Kaepernick settles collusion case with NFL
Colin Kaepernick settles collusion case with NFL

Colin Kaepernick and his former teammate, Eric Reid, have reached a settlement in their suit against the NFL. The players sued the league in 2017, alleging it colluded to keep the players out of league in response to their protests -- against police brutality and racial injustice -- during the pre-game National Anthem, which drew the ire of President Donald Trump. SEE ALSO: Colin Kaepernick's Pet Tortoise Is the NFL's Internet MVPDetails of the settlement were not disclosed. In fact, it seems like we're destined to know very little about the terms of the deal, unless they leak out at some point. The NFL issued a brief, three sentence joint statement on the matter.Kaepernick and Reid both...

The Latest: Extremist attack in Nigeria kills 4 civilians
The Latest: Extremist attack in Nigeria kills 4 civilians

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) - The Latest on Nigeria's postponed presidential election (all times local):

Venezuela's Exit From U.S. Sanctions? Show Maduro the Door
Venezuela's Exit From U.S. Sanctions? Show Maduro the Door

The Treasury Department said Friday it would "consider lifting sanctions" on those who take concrete steps to "restore democratic order" in the country, as it imposed fresh penalties on five of Maduro's close associates, including Venezuelan Oil Minister and PDVSA Chairman Manuel Quevedo. The move is the latest in a series of steps the U.S. has taken to chip away at Maduro's inner circle.

Judge limits public comments in Trump confidant Stone
Judge limits public comments in Trump confidant Stone's case

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge on Friday placed some limits on what President Donald Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone and his lawyers can say publicly about his criminal case in the special counsel's Russia probe.

It Looks Like the Land Rover Discovery SVX Is Dead
It Looks Like the Land Rover Discovery SVX Is Dead

This looks like another miss from Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations.

U.S. judge issues gag order in trial of former Trump adviser Stone
U.S. judge issues gag order in trial of former Trump adviser Stone

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she was issuing the modified gag order to "maintain the dignity and seriousness of the courthouse" in a case that has generated a carnival-like atmosphere since Stone's arrest in Florida on Jan. 25. The order prohibits lawyers involved in the case from speaking with news media outlets and prohibits other participants, like Stone himself, from making statements that may affect the case when they are near the courthouse. It does not stop Stone from talking about his case when he is not near the courthouse.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:

Officials: Suspect caught in Illinois shooting
Officials: Suspect caught in Illinois shooting

Police arrested a suspect in a shooting on Friday at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, but the area remained under lockdown, officials said.

Democrats vow to fight Donald Trump
Democrats vow to fight Donald Trump's 'unlawful' national emergency as he reveals $8bn border wall plan

Democrats and campaign groups have vowed to fight Donald Trump's "unlawful" national emergency declaration as he revealed plans to raid existing government funds to build his Mexico border wall.  The US president hopes to gather $8 billion through various means to construct barriers along America's southern border, declaring at a White House press conference that "walls work 100 per cent".  Most controversial is the $3.6 billion Mr Trump wants to redirect from existing military construction projects by using a power only available to him after declaring a national emergency. He also plans to take $2.5 billion from the Pentagon's anti-drugs fund and $600 million from money forfeited to the...

How Shamima Begum and two other schoolgirls from Bethnal Green became jihadi brides living under a deadly regime
How Shamima Begum and two other schoolgirls from Bethnal Green became jihadi brides living under a deadly regime

According to her older sister Sahima, Shamima Begum was like any other 15-year-old girl, with the same hobbies, the same worries and infatuations which preoccupy the minds of most British teens. "She was into normal teenage things," Sahima said. "She used to watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians." At 15, Shamima's young mind was filled with much more than the affairs of the most famous family in Hollywood. Four months before she was due to sit her GCSEs, Shamima - the daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants, by all accounts a "sensible girl" and a "talented and dynamic" student at the high-flying Bethnal Green Academy - was secretly planning to leave her family and the only home she had ever...

Trump vows emergency declaration over wall, agrees to shutdown-averting bill

Conceding defeat in his earlier demand that Congress provide him with $5.7 billion in wall money, Trump agreed to sign a government-funding bill that lacks money for his wall, but prevents another damaging government shutdown. The bill, passed overwhelmingly by both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday, contains money for fencing and other forms of border security. The bill was expected to go to the White House on Friday for the president's signature before he flies to his private Mar-a-Lago golf club in Florida for a holiday weekend break.

Lovesick on Valentine
Lovesick on Valentine's? Museum of broken hearts has the antidote

Forget romantic dinners and roses, the place to be on Valentine's Day is Zagreb's Museum of Broken Relationships, a paean to personal objects and stories of heartbreak. From a toaster to an exercise bike and a pair of lacy bras, the small museum imbues seemingly ordinary objects with meaning through captions that detail their role in the unravelling of relationships around the world. The museum was buzzing Thursday, Valentine's Day, with groups of friends and also some couples seeking out an unorthodox way to celebrate love.

President Trump's National Emergency Is a Ploy to Avoid Admitting Defeat on the Wall
President Trump's National Emergency Is a Ploy to Avoid Admitting Defeat on the Wall

The risky maneuver opens a Pandora's box of future challenges

The Latest: Branson sets fund-raising concert against Maduro
The Latest: Branson sets fund-raising concert against Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):

Amazon Critics Call Company
Amazon Critics Call Company's New York Reversal a Win for the Little Guy

Amazon.com Inc. expected some public outcry over its choice to expand in a redeveloped Queens industrial area along New York City's East River. Among the fatal errors: Three-term Governor Andrew Cuomo and two-term New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, underestimated how an anti-corporate message from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in office less than two months, would take root so deeply and so quickly. "Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon's corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world," Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic Socialist,...

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