South Korea's culture minister arrested over blacklist of artists

Cho is the first sitting minister in the country's history to be arrested. Special prosecutor's team has reportedly stepped up inquiries into allegations that Park instructed Kim and Cho to secretly crack down on leftwing artists amid rising criticism of Park's inaction to the deadly sinking of the Sewol ferry in 2014 that claimed about 300 lives. [Full Article...]

Istanbul rocket attacker arrested in western Turkey, police say

Istanbul rocket attacker arrested in western Turkey, police say In 2013, DHKP-C attacked the U.S. embassy in Ankara, and left two people - the bomber and the Turkish guard - dead. The shooter opened fire on officers in a auto in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul, the Dogan news agency said. The first attack on the police headquarters in Fatih , a district on the European side of the city, damaged a wall, according to Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin. [Full Article...]

Iran to realize OPEC-designated production quota

The meeting on Sunday at OPEC headquarters was of a new "OPEC Ministerial Monitoring Committee" comprising Kuwait, Algeria, Venezuela from OPEC, and Russian Federation and Oman from outside the cartel. OPEC's production fell by 220,900 barrels a day to 33.085 million a day in December, led by declines in Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, according to secondary sources data in the group's monthly report ... [Full Article...]

Man killed by crocodile at Cahill's Crossing in Kakadu national park

Man killed by crocodile at Cahill's Crossing in Kakadu national park The body of their companion was found downstream near the crocodile on 19 January. An ABC report suggested the man to be from the nearby indigenous Gunbalanya community. The crossing, on the edge of the Kakadu National Park , becomes submerged with the tides and is often unpassable during the wet season, from November to April. [Full Article...]

China Tries To Tell Trump Who Can Attend His Inauguration

Following those comments, Beijing reiterated that the policy was not negotiable. The Chinese government responded angrily that the policy is "non-negotiable". "The government of the People's Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing China ". For Taiwan, the lack of diplomatic recognition by the USA and most other nations means that it can not belong to worldwide org... [Full Article...]

The Elders Welcome Paris Mideast Peace Conference

In late December, the US did not veto a United Nations resolution that described Israeli settlements as "a flagrant violation under worldwide law and a major obstacle to the vision of Two States living side-by-side in peace and security". As its response to resolution 2334 demonstrated, Israel is going to do what it wants in terms of the colonization of Palestine and to hell with the worldwide com... [Full Article...]

Bosnian Serb leader dismisses United States sanctions

The Dayton peace treaty left Bosnia divided between the Serb Republic and the Bosniak-Croat Federation, which are linked by a weak central government. The sanctions include a ban on travel to the US and the freezing of Dodik's assets in that country, and in all other countries that will join these measures, the daily said. [Full Article...]

Flight MH370: Search for vanished airliner suspended

The MH370 flight disappeared on March 8, 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, to Beijing. "Today, the last search vessel has left the underwater search area", said a joint statement from the Australian, Chinese and Malaysian officials who conducted the search. [Full Article...]

Theresa May confirms United Kingdom exit from European Union single market

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, David McAllister said the other 27 member states have more clarity about what to expect from the United Kingdom government but would now have to wait until the end of March until Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is triggered and the negotiating process begins. [Full Article...]

First China-UK freight train arrives in London

First China-UK freight train arrives in London The Yiwu-London link makes the United Kingdom the 8th European country to agree a direct train link to China, where Premier Xi Jinping unveiled his "One Belt, One Road" policy in 2013, Reuters reports . "This will be a great undertaking benefiting the people of all countries along the route." he said in a 2013 speech where he first outlined his vision for the train. [Full Article...]

Iraq's military has retaken half of Mosul from ISIS

Sheghati added however that while the east of the city could be considered under government control, some work remained to flush out the last Isis fighters. The CTS troops have so far killed 3,300 IS militants and destroyed 300 vehicle bombs in the battles of Mosul , according to Shghati. - November 3: IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi breaks a year-long silence to urge his fighters to defend Mosu... [Full Article...]

Mexico youth shoots teacher, classmates, then kills himself

The teenager was named by Nuevo Leon state governor Jaime Rodriguez as Federico Guevara, who was believed to have been suffering from depression. In one of the few previous incidents, a 13-year-old student shot a 12-year-old classmate in the head at a Mexico City middle school in 2004, seriously wounding her. [Full Article...]

'Shark Tank' Judge to Run for Political Office in Canada

Should he secure the leadership position when elections are held in May, O'Leary would then be running against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2019. Trump's GOP opponents numbered at least a dozen when he entered the presidential race in 2015; O'Leary will join 13 other candidates in the running for the Conservative Party's leadership. [Full Article...]

Underwater search for MH370 suspended

French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. "There will be finger-pointing again". The governments said the suspension, which was flagged by Malaysia earlier this month, was not "taken lightly nor without sadness" but that "to date no new information has been discovered to determin... [Full Article...]

Those trying to defame Trump are worse than prostitutes: Putin

Those trying to defame Trump are worse than prostitutes: Putin We were thrown out of every place. "As far as I know there is a presumption of innocence, so it's up to you to prove it's true". To be scoffed at and thrown around the way we're being thrown around is absolutely unthinkable. His relations with Moscow have faced renewed scrutiny after an unsubstantiated report that Russian Federation had collected compromising information about Trump. [Full Article...]

Ringling Bros. announces closing

Ringling Bros. announces closing Ringling Bros . Barnum & Bailey Circus thanks all spectators and supporters that visited the circus all of these years, but regretfully must perform their last time come May of this year. According to The Wall Street Journal , although Ringling Bros .is the biggest and best-known circus to call it quits recently, other circuses have accepted the same fate. [Full Article...]

Justin Trudeau's holiday on Aga Khan's island comes under investigation

You wrote that Mr. Trudeau's office has said that he travelled to Nassau on a Government of Canada Challenger jet but has refused to answer questions as to whether he or his family also travelled from Nassau to the Aga Khan's private island on the private helicopter. [Full Article...]

Japan pledges to bolster Vietnam's S China Sea patrols

Abe and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc reviewed an honour guard in Hanoi before heading for talks behind closed doors at the beginning of his two-day visit Monday. Abe and Turnbull also reaffirmed their support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the 12-nation trade pact that incoming President Donald Trump has vowed to scrap. [Full Article...]

We Might Be Getting More 'Game Of Thrones' After All

Although GOT season 8 renewal has not been officially revealed, the HBO president insisted that once the exact episode count is ironed out, an official season 8 pickup will follow. Fans will be welcomed back to Westeros when season seven of Game of Thrones premieres this year. In any case, we can expect the final hours to kill off just about everybody, which is the Game of Thrones way. [Full Article...]

'At least 20 killed' as Turkish Airlines cargo plane crashes into village

'At least 20 killed' as Turkish Airlines cargo plane crashes into village Some 15 buildings were damaged in the crash, according to the head of the crisis centre Mukhammed Svarov. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to the president of Kyrgyzstan in connection with the deadly plane crash. There were 92 people on board the aircraft, including eight crew members and 84 passengers. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev declared January 17 a day of mour... [Full Article...]

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