After House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed him in an interview over the weekend, President Trump responded by accusing her of undermining the Democratic Party. In a “Fox & Friends” interview that aired Tuesday ahead of his address to a joint session of Congress, Trump branded Pelosi “incompetent” and said she’s “done a terrible job” as a party leader. “You know, if you look at what’s going on with the Democrats and the party, it’s getting smaller and smaller,” Trump said.
House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said today that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the national security adviser fired by President Trump, may have done the country a “big favor” if he signaled to the Russian ambassador that sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama after the Russian cyberattack on Democratic Party officials would be lifted once President Trump took office. The comments by Nunes, a vocal defender of the Trump White House, seemed to be the strongest indication to date that Flynn may have sought to undercut Obama’s actions, giving private assurances to Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, that punitive measures just imposed by the then-president would go away under Trump.
President Donald Trump opened his address to a joint session of Congress by condemning the recent threats against Jewish community centers and a fatal shooting in Kansas being investigated as a hate crime. There have also been dozens of threats against Jewish community centers — and vandalism in Jewish cemeteries — across the nation in recent weeks.
Backed by China, the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned North Korea for its "irresponsible and provocative" attempts to evade sanctions. The council agreed during a closed-door meeting on "the importance of full compliance" with sanctions resolutions, said Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, the council president. The remarks endorsed by China, Pyongyang's sole ally, followed a report by the UN panel of experts that showed North Korea was flouting sanctions by resorting to middlemen and front companies abroad.
Red-hot, sparkling lava is shooting into the sky in eastern Sicily. Italy's Mount Etna volcano first became active on Jan. 23 and has experienced a series of eruptions ever since. In the video below, posted by Storyful, orange explosions of lava are seen spewing from the southeast crater.
Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. pleaded guilty to fraud Monday and agreed to pay $1 billion in penalties for concealing an air bag defect blamed for at least 16 deaths, most of them in the U.S. The scandal, meanwhile, seemed to grow wider when plaintiffs' attorneys charged that five major automakers knew the devices were dangerous but continued to use them for years to save money. In pleading guilty, Takata admitted hiding evidence that millions of its air bag inflators can explode with too much force, hurling lethal shrapnel into drivers and passengers.
A policeman providing security for Francois Hollande accidentally fired his gun as the French president was giving a speech, injuring two people in the VIP area of the crowd, an official said. "It was an accidental shot by a police officer which injured two waiters, or at least one waiter and an (event) employee. The injuries aren't life threatening," local government chief Pierre N'Gahane said.
On Tuesday night, President Trump gave his first address to a joint session of Congress, and the Democrats issued their response from former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. Follow along for analysis of the speech and post-address commentary from Yahoo
By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - German automakers dominated Consumer Reports' annual ranking of automotive brands released on Tuesday, with Volkswagen AG's Audi leading the pack, while U.S. brands continued to lag despite gains for many. Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at the magazine, said German automakers rose largely due to improvements in reliability. "Building one or two great vehicles is achievable, but making a whole lineup of excellent ones is much more difficult,” Fisher said.
Six years ago this summer, Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her toddler daughter, Caylee, following a lengthy and controversial trial in Orlando, Florida. Judge Belvin Perry, now retired and working for the law firm Morgan & Morgan, told the Orlando Political Observer recently he thought investigators should have devoted more time to looking into the role chloroform — which evidence showed someone on the Anthony family laptop searched online for months before Caylee vanished — may have played in the case. No," Perry told the Observer, a small blog that is owned by KMH Media Corp and has about 7,000 Facebook likes.
By Stephen Kalin and Isabel Coles SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces seized a damaged Mosul bridge on Monday which could link up their units on either side of the Tigris river, as thousands of civilians fled the fighting for Islamic State's remaining stronghold in the west of the city. U.S.-backed army and police units advanced through populated western districts, fighting tough street battles, and announced they had captured Mosul's southernmost bridge. Once repaired, the bridge could help bring reinforcements and supplies from the eastern side, piling pressure on the militants dug in the western side among 750,000 civilians.
At least 3 people are dead and two others are injured after a small plane crashed into homes, sparking a massive fire. Terrible situation in Southern California spent restarting this morning with some breaking news there crash. Moments after the plane slammed into a home in this neighborhood Whitney sees with their cell phones recording flames raging neighbors say is a ran out the woman who identified herself as a pilot came crawling out half on fire.
During a “Fox & Friends” interview that aired Tuesday, President Trump defended his performance in office but acknowledged some snags in how his policies are promoted. Asked how he would grade his presidency so far, Trump volunteered two separate answers, giving himself an “A” in effort and achievement but a “C or a C-plus” in messaging. “I think in terms of effort, which means something but I give myself an A-plus, okay, effort,” Trump said, according to a transcript.
A California high school abandoned an annual fundraising auction to buy a senior for a day after some students said the practice reminded them of slavery. Lamari Johnson, an African-American senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento, launched an online petition to end the practice, noting that February is Black History Month. The fundraising event, a common practice at American high schools, has been going on for more than a decade, with money going toward the senior ball, The Sacramento Bee reported Monday (http://bit.ly/2lY0s4w ).
Indonesia and Saudi Arabia Wednesday signed agreements in areas ranging from trade to aviation as the kingdom's monarch visited the world's most populous Muslim-majority country for the first time in almost half a century. King Salman was treated to an elaborate official welcome as he arrived in Jakarta, his latest stop on an Asian tour seeking investment opportunities, at the head of a 1,000-strong delegation including princes and ministers. After disembarking from his plane, he was met by President Joko Widodo before travelling past cheering crowds in pouring rain to a presidential palace at Bogor south of Jakarta, where he was greeted by a marching band, a mounted honour guard and a 21-gun salute.
Marie Collins, an Irish survivor of clerical sex abuse, resigned Wednesday from Pope Francis's child protection panel, accusing senior Vatican officials of "shameful" blocking of reforms approved by the pontiff. The 70-year-old, who was raped by a hospital chaplain at 13, explained her decision in an article for the National Catholic Reporter (NCR). Collins's departure leaves the Pontifical Commission on the Protection of Minors with no abuse survivors working for it.
Israeli forces began evacuating nine homes in the West Bank settlement of Ofra, following a Supreme Court decision that ruled they were built on private Palestinian land.Dozens of settlers and their supporters were protesting on the rooftops as military
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Chinese technology giant Xiaomi on Tuesday unveiled an in-house processor, setting its sights on a top-tier global market long dominated by American companies. With the launch of its Surge S1 chipset, Xiaomi joins a rarified group of smartphone manufacturers with self-designed processors -- the only others are Apple, Samsung and Chinese telecom company Huawei. "The ability to create its own chipsets is the pinnacle achievement for any smartphone company," said Lei Jun, Xiaomi's CEO and co-founder.
In his first speech to a joint session of Congress, President Trump on Tuesday challenged divided lawmakers and a polarized nation to look past his turbulent early days in office and rally behind the “America First” vision of his history-making campaign. “A new national pride is sweeping across our nation,” Trump declared to a packed House of Representatives at the outset of the hour-long address. The entrepreneur stayed true to many of the core messages of his insurgent and profoundly nationalist candidacy – blaming immigration and global trade for a range of ills, expressing resentment at the burdens of America’s post-World War II global leadership, pushing for dismantling Obamacare – while dropping some of his most inflammatory rhetoric.
By Andrei Khalip and Pedro Moreira LISBON (Reuters) - A former CIA officer convicted of involvement in the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in Italy was released on Wednesday after winning a last-minute reprieve from extradition. Sabrina de Sousa, a dual U.S.-Portuguese citizen, was waiting at Lisbon airport to be flown to Italy early on Wednesday when word came she was to be released, after Italy's president granted her a partial pardon. "I'm happy with how this worked out here after two years of having this troubling my mind," a smiling de Sousa told reporters as she left the Judiciary Police headquarters.
President Donald Trump stunned U.S. diplomats and many security experts on Monday as he pledged what he called a “historic increase” of $54 billion in military spending to be offset by cuts to the State Department and other federal agencies. U.S. officials said Foggy Bottom would be required to send a plan to the White House within 48 hours to cut as much as 30 percent of its budget, a bold proposal that would force the elimination of foreign assistance programs and a massive reorganization of the State Department. White House budget plans are merely the first volley in negotiations between the Oval Office and federal agencies, and later must win approval in Congress.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to Germany on Tuesday for failing to save a German hostage, who was beheaded by Muslim militants, and said a massive offensive backed by fighter jets against the extremists was underway. Philippine military officials said Jurgen Gustav Kantner was beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern jungles after a ransom deadline lapsed Sunday. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned "this abominable act, which shows once again how inhumane and without conscience these terrorists act," spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.
White House press secretary Spicer said, "I think we did our job very effectively." He shown as the reports. This morning that he reached out directly to the CIA. Director of Pompeo did you directly contact director Pompeo ask him to knock down the New
The glittering revelry of Rio de Janeiro's carnival descended into mayhem again on Tuesday when a freak accident struck a float for the second time in two nights. Police and firefighters rushed to evacuate scantily clad victims from the packed Sambodromo, the elongated stadium that hosts the carnival's headline event: the elite samba school championship parade. It has been a rough year for Rio's legendary carnival.