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DiDi, SoftBank to provide platform services for Japan taxi industry

DiDi, SoftBank to provide platform services for Japan taxi industry Both partners believe DiDi's deep learning-based demand prediction and smart dispatch systems, combined with SoftBank's local resources and expertise, will power Japan's taxi ride-hailing services. The company continues to apply its big data capabilities to increase taxi drivers' work efficiency and income. The China-based on-demand taxi service provider Didi Chuxing is now working to start a ne... [Full Article...]

Trump Would Welcome Government Shutdown If Immigration Not Resolved

Trump Would Welcome Government Shutdown If Immigration Not Resolved USA lawmakers sought to clinch a sweeping budget deal Wednesday that would set spending levels for two years and end the immediate threat of another government shutdown , on the eve of a new deadline for federal funding. The proposal includes Trump's demands for funding for a wall along the US-Mexican border and significant changes to US immigration law. Senate aides told the Journal that... [Full Article...]

Ryan believes he has the House votes to pass bipartisan budget deal

Ryan believes he has the House votes to pass bipartisan budget deal Sadly, we needed some Dem votes for passage. "Costs on non-military lines will never come down if we do not elect more Republicans in the 2018 Election, and beyond", he wrote. The deal, crafted by Senate leaders on Wednesday, would stave off a government shutdown before a midnight deadline (4pm on Friday AEDT), while extending the government's debt ceiling until March 2019. [Full Article...]

Reuters report on Myanmar massacre brings calls for independent probe

Reuters report on Myanmar massacre brings calls for independent probe Almost 700,000 other Rohingya have fled northern Rakhine since August 2017 when Myanmar security forces conducted a brutal military crackdown in response to deadly attacks on police outposts by the militant group the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). [Full Article...]

White House says it fell short handling abuse claims against aide

White House says it fell short handling abuse claims against aide Senior staff at the White House apply for five-year clearances, and the process can be lengthy - some current officials are still waiting, aides said. In that role, he would have needed a security clearance to see classified information that is passed to the president. On Thursday, the deputy press secretary pushed back against those charges, saying Kelly was not "fully aware" of the allegations... [Full Article...]

North Korea appears to have held military parade on eve of Olympics

North Korea appears to have held military parade on eve of Olympics A decision by North Korea to send the artists, including an orchestra, by sea has triggered debate in the South, where conservatives see the move as a clear indication the North is trying to use the Olympics to ease sanctions against it. Its price starts at about $1,000. According to North Korea Leadership Watch, she is a close aide of her brother's "and since his accession manages his public even... [Full Article...]

Olympics Ratings Slide From Sochi 2014 For NBC's Unofficial Launch

Olympics Ratings Slide From Sochi 2014 For NBC's Unofficial Launch The comments by Pence also came on the same day he visited North Korean defectors, along with Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died in the USA shortly after being released from North Korean custody in 2017. [Full Article...]

Rob Porter latest Trump administration official to face security clearance issues

Rob Porter latest Trump administration official to face security clearance issues He has also beaten back his own accusations of misconduct with women, which suggests Kelly's efforts to defend Porter probably weren't a dealbreaker for Trump personally. Porter denied the allegations but resigned on Wednesday. Kelly's luster has slowly eroded during his roughly six months as Trump's top staffer - and some White House aides worry it may be acutely painful, considering he takes p... [Full Article...]

Dow Falls More Than 1000 Points, Enters Correction Territory

Dow Falls More Than 1000 Points, Enters Correction Territory The market turmoil follows a prolonged period of booming stock prices with virtually no sharp declines. Microsoft and JPMorgan Chase each lost 1.7 percent. But a steady climb that lasted more than a year has given way to two weeks of shaky selling. Wall Street tumbled back into sell-off mode Thursday (Feb 8), with the Dow plunging more than 1,000 points as worries over interest rate hikes ... [Full Article...]

Deadly mosque blast hits Libya's Benghazi

Deadly mosque blast hits Libya's Benghazi The source said one bomb had been hidden in a coffin in the courtyard of the mosque and another in a shoe cabinet at the entrance. Two weeks ago, around 35 people were killed by a twin bombing at a mosque in the same city. Haftar heads a government based in eastern Libya, while an internationally recognized administration has been set up in the western capital of Tripoli. [Full Article...]

Messing evening commute as snow gives way to sleet, freezing rain

Messing evening commute as snow gives way to sleet, freezing rain Snow should diminish Saturday morning with a break in action until another round of accumulating snow, perhaps 3-5 inches, hits later Saturday night into Sunday morning. The Chicago Department of Aviation reports Friday morning that about 550 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and about 230 flights were canceled at Chicago's Midway Airport. [Full Article...]

Airstrikes kill 54 civilians in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

Airstrikes kill 54 civilians in Syria's Eastern Ghouta The Chair of the Commission, Paulo Pinheiro, denounced the intensified violence, which he said makes "a mockery of the so-called 'de-escalation zones , ' meant to protect civilians". It says that 30 civilians were killed on Monday and 80 were on Tuesday. "It will be hard for the Americans to prevent the Russians and the Syrians from doing this directly, unless we're willing to go eyeball to eye... [Full Article...]

Lebanon signs first offshore oil and gas exploration agreements

Lebanon signs first offshore oil and gas exploration agreements Total-led worldwide consortium (Total 40%, ENI 40%, Novatek 20%) signed two Exploration and Production Agreements (EPA) with the Republic of Lebanon, covering Blocks 4 and 9, located in the deep waters offshore Lebanon. Describing Lebanon's efforts in exploring gas in Block Nine as "provocative", Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed in a latest statement that the gas field "is by a... [Full Article...]

Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan Won't Seek Re-Election

Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan Won't Seek Re-Election Nolan first joined Congress in 1975, serving three terms, before successfully returning to Congress for the 2012 elections. DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER: Last October, a Democratic challenger emerged in the 8th District. Nolan's candidacy had effectively boxed out the Democratic field, so it's likely that more Democratic candidates will now enter the race. But he has faced an endorsement challenge fr... [Full Article...]

Regime attacks in Syria's E. Ghouta 'alarming': Turkey

Regime attacks in Syria's E. Ghouta 'alarming': Turkey The Russian officials offered assurances that they would not engage the coalition forces in the area, Veale said. "That will come through close and effective dialogue". "The people here have collapsed, people are seen talking to themselves in the streets. They don't know where to go", said Siraj Mahmoud, a spokesman with the Civil Defence rescue service in the rebel-held area. [Full Article...]

White House warns of midnight shutdown as spending bill stalls in Senate

White House warns of midnight shutdown as spending bill stalls in Senate The deal would also end - at least for a while - the prolonged congressional cycle of fiscal standoffs and short-term spending patches. The full Senate is expected to vote on the proposal Thursday afternoon. Pelosi asked of Ryan in a lengthy speech on the House floor. "While I obviously cannot guarantee any outcomes, let alone supermajority support, I can ensure the process is fair to all... [Full Article...]

United States vows new North Korea sanctions ahead of Olympics face-off

United States vows new North Korea sanctions ahead of Olympics face-off Kim Jong-un named his sister to represent North Korea at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, a historic visit that raises the drama as world leaders including US Vice President Mike Pence gather for the event. "And we will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Japan, the people of South Korea, and our allies and partners across the region until we achieve the global objective o... [Full Article...]

Abe and Moon show unity as Winter Games open

Abe and Moon show unity as Winter Games open South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) shakes hands with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda before the start of their bilateral summit at his office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on February 8, 2018. "As we speak, an estimated 100,000 North Korean citizens labor in modern-day gulags", Pence said. "Those who dare raise their voices in dissent are imprisoned, tortured and even murdered, and their children... [Full Article...]

Possible Snow To Kick Off Wet Weekend, Weather Service Says

Possible Snow To Kick Off Wet Weekend, Weather Service Says This little bird seemed to enjoy the light snow and sleet that fell in Warren County on Wednesday, Feb. 7. As of Friday , there are no advisories or watches for the High Country, but a prolonged period of rain from Saturday afternoon into Sunday night could bring over two inches rainfall to the mountains. [Full Article...]

K&C: Herald story on Tom Brady holdout product of hoax

K&C: Herald story on Tom Brady holdout product of hoax The story was immediately refuted by such outlets as NBC Sports Boston and NESN late Thursday night . And now, Brady is seeking something similar, per Ron Borges of The Boston Herald . The 49ers gave Brady's former backup a five-year contract that will pay him $27.5 million annually, the highest annual salary in National Football League history. [Full Article...]


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