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Alex Azar confirmed to lead HHS

Alex Azar confirmed to lead HHS Azar succeeds Tom Price, who resigned amid questions about his travel. Azar's long-expected approval as HHS secretary puts him in a charge of a department with a trillion-dollar budget that oversees the massive Medicare and Medicaid health coverage systems, drug regulatory bodies, disease-fighting agencies and the ever-controversial Obamacare health reform law. [Full Article...]

High hopes for new ambassador for religious freedom

High hopes for new ambassador for religious freedom Audio will be available later today . Brownback, who will end his seven year post as governor, was the centre controversy when he was nominated by US President Donald Trump for the role. The narrow margin of Brownback's confirmation to the ambassadorship shows just how slight the GOP's hold on the Senate majority is-and how much room there still is in the Trump administration for anti-LGBTQ po... [Full Article...]

Kentucky school shooting suspect expected in court Thursday

Kentucky school shooting suspect expected in court Thursday Webb said detectives are looking into his home and background. "But she couldn't say anything, and I kept calling her name over and over and over and she couldn't respond, and we just thought that that was her way of telling us that she was OK", Holt said. [Full Article...]

Trump says Palestinians 'disrespected' United States, aid on hold

Trump says Palestinians 'disrespected' United States, aid on hold Mr Trump said U.S. aid to the Palestinians is "on the table" but they won't get it "unless they sit down and negotiate peace". Pence's three-day trip to the Middle Eastern region earlier this week was dismissed by Palestinians - including Christians - as embodying the Donald Trump administration's perceived bias towards Israel, demonstrated by the controversial December 6 announcement by T... [Full Article...]

Italian train derails near Milan, 2 dead

Italian train derails near Milan, 2 dead The cause was not immediately clear. "People were scared, they were shouting "my God, my god, my god", John Eugaosa, a 25-year-old Nigerian working in Milan told AFP . A number of rail services in Milan, Italy , have been delayed or suspended in view of the Milan train derailment. One of the carriages was lying across the track, bent nearly at a right angle. [Full Article...]

Member Of Anti-Muslim Party In Germany Resigns, Converts To Islam

Member Of Anti-Muslim Party In Germany Resigns, Converts To Islam Kalbitz told CNN that while "lots of Muslims in Germany are well integrated, Islam itself is not part of German culture", a point he reiterated in a Facebook post Wednesday . It is now the largest opposition party in Parliament, with the two biggest parties - the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats - again looking to form a coalition. [Full Article...]

Reports find mixed impact of e-cigs

Reports find mixed impact of e-cigs Teens who vape are also more likely to try smoking regular cigarettes at least once and there's moderate evidence that this could set teens up for heavier cigarette use later on. Millions of Americans use e-cigarettes - a liquid (also called e-liquid, e-juice, and vape-juice) that's heated up into an aerosol and inhaled by users. [Full Article...]

Manhunt underway after sheriff's deputy killed in Colorado

Manhunt underway after sheriff's deputy killed in Colorado Wednesday. One suspect was in custody and a manhunt was underway for two additional suspects Thursday morning. "On behalf of the entire sheriff's office, we are praying for the wife and family of our fallen deputy". Law enforcement says the suspect is still on the run. The Adams County Sheriff's Department has set up a public tip line, 720-322-1313, to collect information about the shooting ... [Full Article...]

United States embassy will move to Jerusalem in 2019: VP Pence

On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence told Reuters that the timeline of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks depends on the Palestinians without mentioning which usa partners, exactly, were in on these talks. In Brussels, Abbas repeated his call for East Jerusalem as capital as he urged the European Union member nations to recognize a state of Palestine immediately, arguing that this would not disr... [Full Article...]

The more you look at it, the worse Democrats' shutdown deal look

The more you look at it, the worse Democrats' shutdown deal look Most Senate Democrats voted for that bill after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., promised he would bring immigration legislation to the Senate floor if Congress had not reached an agreement on the DACA recipients by the time the spending bill runs out. [Full Article...]

De Blasio, other mayors boycott Trump meeting after sanctuary cities threat

De Blasio, other mayors boycott Trump meeting after sanctuary cities threat The manufacturers named in the lawsuit include Purdue Pharma, Teva, Johnson & Johnson and Allergan. "It's time for Big Pharma to pay for what they've done". De Blasio is not the only mayor who backed out of the meeting. Earlier this month, his administration detailed its plan to sue several of the biggest oil companies in the USA, including BP and ExxonMobil, citing the damage they've done to th... [Full Article...]

Meehan: Former staffer that was paid settlement claim was his 'soul mate'

Meehan: Former staffer that was paid settlement claim was his 'soul mate' Meehan denied harassing the aide in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer , but confirmed that he "developed an affection" for the aide "in a way in which I was struggling to make sure that I would never put that into our professional relationship". [Full Article...]

USA says not a good idea for Venezuela's Maduro to run again

USA says not a good idea for Venezuela's Maduro to run again The most prominent official on the European list is Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela's ruling socialist party who is considered to be the nation's second most powerful leader. Maduro, ignoring threats of global censure, plowed ahead with the vote for the Constituent Assembly last July and neutered the opposition-controlled National Assembly. [Full Article...]

Zainab's 'killer' remanded to police custody

Zainab's 'killer' remanded to police custody There has been no immediate comment either from the accused or his lawyers. Pakistani police have arrested a key suspect behind the rape and murder of Zainab Ansari. In the video, Imran, whose involvement in the case was confirmed by CM Shehbaz on Tuesday, said that he tricked Zainab by telling her that he would take her to meet her parents - who had gone to Saudi Arabia to perform Umra. [Full Article...]

Bodies of five workers recovered after oil well explosion in Oklahoma: sheriff

Bodies of five workers recovered after oil well explosion in Oklahoma: sheriff One person was hospitalized for burns. Morris said those presumed dead include Josh Ray, 35, of Fort Worth, TX; Matt Smith, 29, of McAlester, OK; Cody Risk, 26, of Wellington, CO; Parker Waldridge of Crescent, OK, and Roger Cunningham of Seminole, OK. [Full Article...]

Ex-military chief of staff to run in Egyptian presidential election

Ex-military chief of staff to run in Egyptian presidential election At the same time, former military chief of staff Samy Anan appeared in a video announcing that he will run in the upcoming presidential election. Sisi led the military coup that ousted Egypt's first freely elected president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, after the so-called "Arab Spring" protests forced long-time president Hosni Mubarak to resign. [Full Article...]

Alert raised as Mount Mayon volcano spews ash, lava in the Philippines

Alert raised as Mount Mayon volcano spews ash, lava in the Philippines It says the volcano's activities, such as spewing lava from its mouth, are continuing after a minor eruption was confirmed on January 13th. A level 4 alert means Mt Mayon is active, with persistent tremors, low-frequency type quake. There is magma beneath the volcano, which might be erupted. As of January 18, there were 6,973 families or 26,971 persons, housed in evacuation centers based on re... [Full Article...]

Once-influential UKIP in chaos as leader refuses to quit

Once-influential UKIP in chaos as leader refuses to quit Deputy leader Margot Parker, who is an East Midlands MEP, said Mr Bolton's "personal life took over the job he was elected to do". Calling for "cohesion" in Ukip and rather than focusing on the leadership debate, Mr Bolton urged the Party to "concentrate on such matters as the local government election campaign and the necessity of mobilising our efforts to ensure the government delivers true ... [Full Article...]

Italy Shooting: Male student in custody, female air lifted

Italy Shooting: Male student in custody, female air lifted The girl was airlifted to a hospital in Dallas with an unknown condition. An investigation is ongoing. The Ellis County sheriff's office confirmed the shooting in a tweet about 8:30 a.m. According to Lee Joffre, the Italy ISD Superintendent, the suspect fired shots in the cafeteria and then left the school building. Joffre says the district is working to reunite parents with their children... [Full Article...]

England set to take on Australia in quarter-finals

England set to take on Australia in quarter-finals Jonny Bairstow (39) and Root (27) got starts, but when the latter fell England were teetering on 107-4 and, following a stand of 65 between Buttler and Eoin Morgan (41), the captain edged Josh Hazlewood behind. Seamer Mark Wood , Woakes and leg-spinner Adil Rashid all snared two wickets apiece, as Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis made half-centuries in vain for Australia . [Full Article...]


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