Politics

France threatens to withdraw from Winter Olympics over South Korea safety concerns

The Olympic Plaza will be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.(Photo: Lee Jin-man, AP) France will not compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang if safety cannot be guaranteed and the state of North Korea’s atomic weapons program worsens, Laura Flessel, the country’s sports prime minister, said in an interview Thursday …

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Israel Says It Downed Hezbollah Drone Headed Toward Golan

The Israeli military said it shot down an Iranian-made spy drone operated by the Hezbollah militant group as it approached the Golan Heights on Tuesday, and vowed to take further tough action against any attempts by its archenemies to violate the country’s sovereignty. The aerial showdown took place as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was preparing to address the U.N. General …

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Republican ads target Winter Park’s Stephanie Murphy

Republicans are launching attack ads against U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park, targeting her on a vote against a defense spending bill that would have funded President Donald Trump’s border wall. Photo via Stephanie Murphy/Facebook Local GOP leaders have already identified Murphy’s District 7 position as a seat that could possibly switch to Republicans in the next election, though Murphy has …

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President Donald Trump approves greater FEMA aid for 37 Central Florida counties

Central Florida – President Donald Trump on Wednesday approved Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola, Brevard and Polk counties to receive individual assistance from the federal government. Qualified residents of 37 Florida counties can now access aid including mortgage assistance and unemployment aid. They are also eligible for late-fee forgiveness on mortgages and payments to JP Morgan Chase. Osceola County today reported …

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US federal agencies ordered to stop using Russian company’s software

The U.S. on Wednesday banned federal agencies from using computer software supplied by Kaspersky Lab because of concerns about the company’s ties to the Kremlin and Russian spy operations. The directive issued by acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke comes as various U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies and several congressional committees are investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential …

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White House: Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Gets Ready for Irma

The White House may be open for business in Washington, where Hurricane aid dominated the agenda for President Donald Trump and lawmakers. A thousand miles to the south in Palm Beach, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, the Florida resort he once dubbed “The Winter White House,” readied Friday for Hurricane Irma. Workers attached wooden storm shutters to the windows of the main …

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Things aren’t going very well for Theresa May on Brexit

Things aren’t going very well for Theresa May on Brexit. Top European officials doubt talks about future trade deals can begin as planned next month because there hasn’t been enough progress on the details of the split itself. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Britain was on a “learning curve” and reminded the British prime minister that there will “no free lunch” in Brexit talks. …

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Technical or Not, Debt-Limit Default Spells Treasuries Nightmare

Nobody doubts America will make good on its debts. Yet if Congress fails to lift the debt ceiling in time, what’s known as a “technical” default — one that merely delays interest and principal payments — would be on deck for the $14.1 trillion Treasury market, presenting a potentially dizzying array of complications. Bond-market industry groups aren’t waiting to see …

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Nikki Haley to UN on North Korea: ‘Enough is enough’

America’s ambassador to the United Nations told the Security Council today that its incremental approach toward getting North Korea to stop its nuclear program has failed. “To the members of the Security Council, I must say, enough is enough,” U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that was called in response to North …

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North Korea successfully tests missile-ready hydrogen bomb, state-run TV says

North Korea – People watch a TV news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, showing North Korea’s announcement that it conducted an underground hydrogen bomb test.(Photo: Ahn Young-joon, AP Images) North Korea’s state-run broadcaster said Sunday the country had successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded onto its new intercontinental ballistic missiles. The …

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