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Taliban annoyed at US added demands prior to peace talks

President Trump has recently demanded that the Taliban unconditionally agree to a "reduction of violence" before peace talks on Afghanistan can even commence. This has frustrated the Taliban who were annoyed by additional US demands.

Op-Ed: Coronavirus update — Finally some good news, but many worries

Beijing - Hidden on Xinhua, the first and so far only bit of good news about coronavirus appears in a single line in an article – 38 people who had recovered have been discharged. It gives a little hope in a bleak overall picture.

New Data: How much do Americans know about encryption?

New data reveals that U.S. citizens are familiar with – and trust – the concept of encryption. However, at the same time the poll reveals that generally people are fuzzy on exactly how data encryption works.

White House say voters should decide if Trump remains in office

Washington - White House lawyers began their defense of Donald Trump at his historic Senate impeachment trial on Saturday, saying the president did nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine and American voters -- not Congress -- should decide his fate.

Delta fined $50,000 for discriminating against Muslim passengers

Washington - Delta Air Lines was Friday fined $50,000 by the US Department of Transportation to settle allegations it discriminated against three Muslim passengers who were ordered off their planes.

Op-Ed: US threatens to assassinate new Iranian Quds commander

The US assassination of General Qassem Soleimani the commander of the Iranian Quds Force earlier this month almost started a war. Iran retaliated with a missile attack January 8 on two US bases in Iraq causing a number of brain injuries to US soldiers.

Op-Ed: US envoy denies there are talks with Iraq on US troop withdrawal

US Special envoy for the ISIS conflict James Jeffrey denied on Thursday that the US has been having any talks with Iraq about withdrawing troops insisting that there is no real engagement.

US charges ex-chief of Mexican anti-drug unit with trafficking

New York - A former commander of a Mexican federal police unit that worked hand-in-glove with US agents fighting drugs cartels has been indicted in New York on drugs trafficking charges, US prosecutors said Friday.

Pompeo to visit UK ahead of Brexit, then to Ukraine

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Britain next week ahead of its exit from the European Union and will then travel to Ukraine, the country at the heart of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

What businesses should make of Data Privacy Day Special

Data Privacy Day (or Data Protection Day) comes at the end of January each year. The focus is with raising awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. What can businesses learn from the annual event?

Weinstein drew up 'red flag list' of women, rape trial told

New York - Harvey Weinstein told a private investigator to approach women he suspected were detailing sexual misconduct allegations against him to journalists, his rape trial was told Friday, as the court heard from Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez.

Weinstein rape trial told of sexual assault 'myths'

New York - A forensic psychiatrist told Harvey Weinstein's rape trial Friday that victims of sexual assault commonly remain in contact with their attacker for years after the incident.

Pompeo to head to UK ahead of Brexit, then to Ukraine

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head to Britain next week to reaffirm the US "special relationship" with the country ahead of its exit from the European Union, the State Department announced Friday.

LendEDU Report: Data reveals average student loan payment

Using an exclusive dataset that included nearly 150,000 student loan payments, digital finance company LendEDU has determined the average monthly student loan payment by U.S. state.

Democrats wrap up case against 'imminent threat' Trump, his team up next

Washington - Donald Trump's lawyers prepared to deliver his first full-throated defense Saturday in the Senate's historic impeachment trial, after Democratic prosecutors spent three days making their case for the US president's removal from office.

EU calls Iran nuclear talks next month in bid to save deal

Apo - Brussels made a bid to buy more time to save the Iran nuclear deal Friday, calling a meeting for next month after Britain, France and Germany launched a dispute process.

Failure to deliver: Japan mailman hoarded post for years

Apo - A former Japanese postman faces possible charges after police discovered he stockpiled a mountain of mail at his home, reportedly saying it was "too much bother" to deliver the items.

Trump attends anti-abortion rally as Democrats wrap impeachment case

Washington - US President Donald Trump, seeking to shore up evangelical support ahead of the November election, addressed the country's biggest annual anti-abortion rally on Friday as the Senate sat in judgment nearby at his impeachment trial.

Op-Ed: US general in Iraq claims Shia militias not ISIS are main threat

The US Deputy Commander in Iraq and Syria, Major General Alex Grynkewich downplayed the threat posed by ISIS terrorists within Iraq. Instead, he argued that Shiite groups including those not controlled by Iran were the real threat..

'Sopranos' actress Sciorra tells Weinstein trial: 'He raped me'

New York - "The Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra fought back tears as she told a court Thursday that being raped by Harvey Weinstein left her feeling like she was having "a seizure" and caused her to self-harm.
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