• Israeli F-16 fighter jet shot down by Syrian air defense missiles
Israeli F-16 fighter jet shot down by Syrian air defense missiles

Iran , for its part, denounced Israeli "lies" and said Syria had the right to "legitimate self-defence" in response to air strikes launched by Israel. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said Israel had targeted several bases in the east of the central province of Homs.

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  • Israel launches large scale attack against Syria
Israel launches large scale attack against Syria

The crew members were taken to hospital; one is reported to be in a serious condition. Iran, Israel's regional arch-enemy, has rejected as " ridiculous " reports Israel intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria. Conricus declined to give details on the drone's presumed mission or whether it was armed. It is believed to be the first...

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  • Indian PM embarks on Mideast tour, to engage in
Indian PM embarks on Mideast tour, to engage in "temple diplomacy"

If successful, the country's influence in West Asia would increase, enabling for further promotion of Indian interests in the conflict-prone region. In Amman , the Indian Prime Minister was received by the Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki and he later met King Abdullah II of Jordan at his residence.

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  • Israel shoots down Iranian drone, as Iran target Israel fighter jet: IDF
Israel shoots down Iranian drone, as Iran target Israel fighter jet: IDF

During an earlier tour of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Northern Command, Netanyahu also expressed Israel's determination to defend itself. But Conricus said Israel was in possession of the remains of the drone and that Israeli officials were certain was Iranian.

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  • Trump Will Not Release Democrat's Rebuttal Memo
Trump Will Not Release Democrat's Rebuttal Memo

US President Donald Trump has revealed in a post on Twitter that he blocked the release of a classified memo written by congressional Democrats on Russian Federation and the 2016 USA election because its content is "very political and long" and must be "heavily redacted" before it could be put out in public.

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  • Donald Trump accuses Democrats of playing politics with memo
Donald Trump accuses Democrats of playing politics with memo

Devin Nunes' (R-CA) memo alleging anti-Trump bias among the Justice Department and FBI's highest ranks. In sending the memo back to the Intelligence Committee, the White House included a letter from FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein cited concerns that the release of the memo might have negative n...

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  • Heading home, Pence insists 'no daylight' on North Korea
Heading home, Pence insists 'no daylight' on North Korea

Critics say it's unclear whether revived dialogue between the Koreas could lead to immediate breakthrough on the nuclear stalemate when it seems unlikely that the North would be willing to give up its nukes under any deal. -South Korean war games that North Korea claims are preparation for invasion. It was the US that appeared to be the one left ...

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  • India's Modi on historic West Bank visit
India's Modi on historic West Bank visit

Prime Minister Modi will be accompanied by his Palestinian counterpart Rami Hamdallah. Soon after his arrival, Prime Minister Modi visited the Mausoleum of Yasser Arafat in Ramallah and laid a wreath at the grave of the iconic Palestinian leader.

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  • Kim Jong Un invites South Korean President Moon to Pyongyang
Kim Jong Un invites South Korean President Moon to Pyongyang

The two nations remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a cease-fire. North Korea sent 22 athletes to the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games following its last-minute decision to take part in the quadrennial event.

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  • Don't mention nukes: South Koreans learn how to talk to the enemy
Don't mention nukes: South Koreans learn how to talk to the enemy

Moon and Kim Yong Nam were due to be in the stands as well, a Blue House spokesperson told CNN. The differences are particularly challenging for women ice hockey players from the two Koreas who were asked just a few weeks ago to compete as one nation, the Canadian head coach of the joint team, Sarah Murray, told a news conference on Sunday.

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  • At Olympic Games, Kim Jong Un's sister takes VIP seat
At Olympic Games, Kim Jong Un's sister takes VIP seat

North Korea has no intention of meeting U.S. officials during the Winter Olympics that start in South Korea on Friday, state media said, dampening hopes the Games will help resolve a tense standoff over the North's nuclear weapons programme.

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  • Kim Jong Un's sister met with South Korea's president
Kim Jong Un's sister met with South Korea's president

The two Koreas have been divided since the conflict ended in a ceasefire in 1953, and the democratic South has risen to become the world's 11th-largest economy, while the North has stagnated under the Kim family's rule. Moon spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Saturday that Moon told Kim Yo Jong that the North and South should continue to build condit...

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  • Pakistan to Host West Indies For Three T20Is in March
Pakistan to Host West Indies For Three T20Is in March

Opening batsman Nasir Jamshed's trouble in the spot-fixing scandal widens after he was charged with a series of breaches of Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct by the Pakistan Cricket Board . The trophy that had come to Lahore as part of a journey that sees it travel to 51 countries and 91 cities across six different continents, encouraged other forei...

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  • Powerful Midwest storm grounds flights, closes schools
Powerful Midwest storm grounds flights, closes schools

About 23 million Americans are under winter weather alerts as an arctic front pushes from Montana through the Midwest, CNN meteorologists said. The Des Moines Register reported that three to seven inches of snow fell in northern Iowa Friday morning.

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  • Carlos Carvalhal: Swansea put 'all the meat in the barbecue', says manager
Carlos Carvalhal: Swansea put 'all the meat in the barbecue', says manager

The Portuguese, previously a stranger to English football, was met with the usual dose degree of scepticism when he was appointed as Sheffield Wednesday's manager in the summer of 2015, replacing the relatively popular Stuart Gray in the hope he could guide the club to "where they want to be, the Premier League", as Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chans...

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  • US House passes budget bill to end government shutdown
US House passes budget bill to end government shutdown

Earlier Thursday, the Senate voted to block a separate defense spending measure - that also included short-term federal funding - largely because it failed to fund domestic programs along with the military. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor Thursday night, during his marathon speech that would ultimately lead to another brief govern...

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  • Pres. Trump Signs Spending Bill, Ends Gov't Shutdown
Pres. Trump Signs Spending Bill, Ends Gov't Shutdown

Although the new budget compromise contained something for everyone, many Democrats and Republicans in Congress expressed their displeasure with it. The bill will also raise the debt ceiling. At about 2:00 a.m. today the Senate approved a budget deal. The California congresswoman has called for the bill to include protection against deportati...

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  • Johnson says to raise detained Reuters reporters with Suu Kyi
Johnson says to raise detained Reuters reporters with Suu Kyi

It included photographs of the victims, hands bound kneeling on the floor before the killing-and of their bodies in a pit after. "This once more attests to the need for a full and thorough investigation by the authorities of all violence in Rakhine State and attacks on the various communities there", United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq told rep...

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  • Olympics show USA and South Korea out of sync on North Korea
Olympics show USA and South Korea out of sync on North Korea

Though it has no real medal contenders and sent only 22 athletes, North Korea has turned out to be a major political player in Pyeongchang. A separate one-page cheat sheet provided by Inje Speedium to its staff points out that North Koreans don't use English words like shampoo and conditioner, which are used in the South.

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  • Olympic: Joint Korean march gave me goosebumps, says IOC boss
Olympic: Joint Korean march gave me goosebumps, says IOC boss

However, Pence could not avoid being seated close to both Kim Yong-nam and Kim Yo-jong in the VIP box at the Opening Ceremony . Pence is leading the USA delegation to the opening ceremonies, where he has worked to pour cold water on warming ties between the two Koreas.

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  • Trump says no to declassifying Democrats' Russia probe memo
Trump says no to declassifying Democrats' Russia probe memo

Rooney expressed frustration with Democrats, but also with the breakdown of bipartisanship in general. It also alleges that DOJ official did not disclose to the court that the dossier was funded in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, and that the Page surveillance application contained information about Tru...

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  • Padmaavat earns Rs. 239 crores at BO
Padmaavat earns Rs. 239 crores at BO

Ranveer Singh walked away with all the laurels for his fantastic portrayal of Alauddin Khilji in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat and we hear that Shahid Kapoor is not too pleased with Ranveer totally overshadowing him in the movie.

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  • 2 police officers shot and killed in Columbus suburb
2 police officers shot and killed in Columbus suburb

ET when they were fired upon. The Columbus Division of Police will be handling the investigation. The City of Westerville has confirmed the second officer shot during a gun battle Saturday has died. "Please continue to follow back for more information", the City of Westerville said on Twitter after the first officer passed away. Westerville i...

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  • Michy Batshuayi promises to copy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal celebration
Michy Batshuayi promises to copy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal celebration

His cross found Christian Pulisic who slid the ball to the far post where Batshuayi, who signed on loan from Chelsea 10 days ago, scored into an empty net. RB Leipzig had marginally closed the huge gap with a 2-0 win over Augsburg on Friday but goals from Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller gave Bayern the home win and no doubt cheered the 72-y...

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  • Mahrez set to return to training with Leicester
Mahrez set to return to training with Leicester

Another talking point from the match was the reappearance of Mahrez. "Now, away, we can show our progress against this team". On Thursday, Foxes boss Claude Puel said Mahrez would not be selected for Saturday's trip to Manchester City .

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