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The deal paves the way for a return to the so-called "grand coalition" between the CDU and SPD, which governed prior to the last election . Martin Selmayr, the powerful chief of cabinet for European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, noted that the agreement contained "a strong Europe chapter, numerous committed references to the EU framework in all sectorial chapters".
  • Pyeongchang Games set to open with Russians still in doubt

    Pyeongchang Games set to open with Russians still in doubt

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    Tensions with North Korea haven't helped, either. As anyone who's had a particularly unlucky cruise might know, the virus thrives in confined spaces, since it can take as little as 12 hours after you've been exposed to become sick and contagious.
  • United Kingdom will consider pardons for convicted suffragettes

    United Kingdom will consider pardons for convicted suffragettes

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    Yesterday was the 100 year anniversary of some women finally being given the chance to vote in the UK. The Representation of the People Act , given royal assent on February 6 that year, was the culmination of decades of lobbying by suffragists, and from 1903, more militant protests by the suffragettes who broke away under the leadership of Emmeline Pankhurst.
  • Apple Explains New Battery Health (Beta) Features in iOS 11.3

    Apple Explains New Battery Health (Beta) Features in iOS 11.3

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    Apple on Tuesday released the second developer beta of iOS 11 .3, including battery health monitoring features and recommendation if a battery needs to be replaced. There has been no evidence that the company had this in mind with the throttling update; seeing that the end goal was to make older iPhones last as long as possible.
  • Rand on the back foot as Zuma deadlock continues

    Rand on the back foot as Zuma deadlock continues

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    Earlier on Tuesday afternoon came the news that Parliament's presiding officers had chose to postpone the SONA , with another statement following saying the postponement was on the insistence of the troubled president himself. The ANC said that the talks meant that a special party meeting scheduled for Wednesday that could have forced Zuma out of office had been postponed to next week, but it gave no details about any possible resignation deal.
  • Manchester United commemorates 60th anniversary of Munich Air Disaster

    Manchester United commemorates 60th anniversary of Munich Air Disaster

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    United always mark the occasion with dignified ceremonies and touching tributes, but given it is the 60th anniversary, February 4 has taken on extra significance this year. The plane stopped off in Munich to refuel. Twenty of the 23 victims died at the scene. "You still sing about Sir Matt Busby and about playing football 'the Busby way.' We have a duty to keep that spirit alive and keep making you proud to support this team".
  • Pink slams trolls after national anthem performance at Super Bowl

    Pink slams trolls after national anthem performance at Super Bowl

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    But, it's Pink - she's is a pro! The Philadelphia Eagles did not tell President Trump to go fuck himself. Following this victory, the Eagles faced the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship and won 38-7. "I'm happy for Nick, I'm happy for the team. And now, my chance has finally come", Pink said before adding that her children had gotten her sick before the big game.
  • Winter Weather Advisory in effect until noon Sunday

    Winter Weather Advisory in effect until noon Sunday

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    Temperatures will warm above freezing by early afternoon with highs in the upper 30s and low 40s. South of the Missouri River, there will be anywhere from a trace to 2 inches, and amounts were not certain as of this morning, according to forecasters.
  • SpaceX Succeeds In First Launch Of Falcon Heavy Rocket

    SpaceX Succeeds In First Launch Of Falcon Heavy Rocket

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    During a news conference after the launch Tuesday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he did not believe it could be done. "There are a lot of uncertainties around this program, but it is going to be our focus", Musk said on a press call following Falcon Heavy's launch.
  • Shutdown watch: Key House vote Tuesday but Senate changes expected

    Shutdown watch: Key House vote Tuesday but Senate changes expected

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    House Republican leaders have the votes to pass a bill Tuesday to fund the government through March 23, with a full defense appropriations bill attached to the measure, as well as two years of funding for community health centers. If Senate leaders fail to finalize the deal within the next day, McConnell could amend the House resolution with a fallback option to keep federal agencies open.
  • Trump tells GOP to 'give a little' to reach deal on immigration

    Trump tells GOP to 'give a little' to reach deal on immigration

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    But in an effort to break through the current immigration stalemate paralyzing Congress , some Republicans are breaking from their embrace of President Trump's immigration plan and suggesting a narrower path without numerous controversial cuts to legal immigration the White House has demanded.
  • Black History Month celebration features music, food

    Black History Month celebration features music, food

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    Although ASA hasn't planned any events for Black History Month , ASA president and junior sociology major Diamond Hall said the events organized by UAAS are a great opportunity for all Dollars students to get involved and learn. The event is organized by Multicultural Programs and the African Student Association. "It is a statement to the community that we are celebrating being of African descent or African".
  • Trump Says Immigration Deal May Not Be Possible Before DACA Ends

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    House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, speaking to reporters at the Republican retreat, said he didn't anticipate there being another government shutdown . A remark that " Americans are dreamers, too " - a dig at the undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, whose advocates call "dreamers" - was met with eye-rolling on the Democratic side of the House chamber.
  • SpaceX launches most powerful rocket in the world

    SpaceX launches most powerful rocket in the world

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    CENTER, FLORIDA-Today may finally be the day. It will be broadcasted on SpaceX' website and on Youtube . Seeing as today's launch is merely a test , Falcon Heavy wasn't carrying a commercial payload (the company often shuttles supplies to the International Space Agency or puts satellites into orbit for paying customers).
  • 'I'd love to see a shutdown' over immigration

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    Q: How did this start? They have protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals , or DACA, program, which is scheduled to expire on March 5. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. They caved the last time over a government shutdown , will they go the distance this time to try to get a straight amnesty this time? Giving 1.8 million illegal immigrants - over a million more than who are now covered by DACA - a pathway to ...
  • Democratic memo released by US House Intelligence Committee

    Democratic memo released by US House Intelligence Committee

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    But two people familiar with the panel's schedule say that meeting has now been put off. They have a closed-door meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on Monday. "We want to make sure that the White House does not redact our memo for political purposes, " Schiff said. However, the Nunes memo says information about Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos - not the Steele dossier - "triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016".
  • Justice Department, FBI Officials Frustrated By Memo Release

    Justice Department, FBI Officials Frustrated By Memo Release

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    Nothing in the highly anticipated memo from the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee impugns the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller . Democrats take issue with both points. Then, after spending three pages twisting himself into a logical pretzel to portray the dossier as the root of a corrupt investigation , Nunes ends The Memo by accidentally (?) confirming what law enforcement has been saying all along: that the investigation was not triggered by the ...
  • Cavs coach Tyronn Lue leaves game in second quarter

    Cavs coach Tyronn Lue leaves game in second quarter

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. There was no drive, no motivation shown to help the Cavs figure out this mess, except for an interesting first-quarter huddle discussion with assistant coach Mike Longabardi.
  • US Vice President Pence Not Excluding Meeting North Korean Officials at Olympics

    US Vice President Pence Not Excluding Meeting North Korean Officials at Olympics

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    On Sunday night, the North sent a message via a cross-border communication channel saying its high-level delegation will visit South Korea from February 9-11, the South's Unification Ministry said in a statement . But in a more recent move this past Friday, Trump hosted North Korean defectors in the Oval Office, potentially meant to anger North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un .
  • In Recent Talks, DREAMers' Fate Is Tied To Immigration Overhaul

    In Recent Talks, DREAMers' Fate Is Tied To Immigration Overhaul

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    The White House dismissed Monday a bipartisan immigration proposal from Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) that would not fund President Trump's long-promised border wall. Trump made the comments as GOP leaders raced to muster support for yet another stopgap spending bill that would keep the government open through March 23.
  • White House says Trump not advocating for government shutdown

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    President Trump said Tuesday he would shut down the government if Congress doesn't fix an immigration system that doesn't allow the government to deport criminal gang members. The White House on Monday rejected a bipartisan deal announced by Sens. Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) have introduced a simplified measure combining DACA and border security.
  • Seoul grateful to Moscow for not boycotting PyeongChang Olympics

    Seoul grateful to Moscow for not boycotting PyeongChang Olympics

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    The did not name the athletes, but Russian officials have said they include two gold-medal winners from the 2014 Sochi Olympics - cross country skier Alexander Legkov and skeleton athlete Alexander Tretiakov . The IOC is considering whether to appeal the CAS decision at the Swiss Federal Tribunal. Speaking at the Olympic village, IOC President Thomas Bach repeated his disquiet over the CAS ruling and said on Monday an appeal was possible.
  • Shocking Memo Reveals How Comey Disgraced an Honorable FBI

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    And the public dissection of the four-page, GOP-authored document began. The FBI had a responsibility to follow these facts where they lead. His assessment on Twitter was: "That's it?" Schiff asked Nunes for another vote on the memo , but Republicans didn't appear to waver.
  • Tesla Roadster takes one-way rocket ride to Mars

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    The Falcon Heavy is 230 feet tall. "People [came] from all around the world to see what will either be a great rocket launch or the best fireworks display they've ever seen", Elon Musk said in an interview with CNN's Rachel Crane.
  • House Intelligence Will Likely Release Dem's Counter-memo

    House Intelligence Will Likely Release Dem's Counter-memo

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    Andrew Janz, a Fresno County prosecutor who is one of three Democrats challenging Nunes for reelection , responded with this tweet later Monday morning. Bannon's lawyer has been negotiating with the committee and the White House about the interview's terms. But the memo also includes revelations that might complicate efforts by Trump and his allies to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry.
  • Senator McCain DACA deal doesn't include border wall funding

    Senator McCain DACA deal doesn't include border wall funding

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    Trump, whose anti-immigrant rhetoric was a keystone of his 2016 campaign, said previous year he was ending the program, claiming that Obama exceeded his legal authority to create it. He adds that the 1.3 million estimate includes people who are not eligible for DACA because of criminal convictions, so the actual application rate among eligible Dreamers is likely higher.
  • Digicel calls on everyone to unite for a safer Internet

    Digicel calls on everyone to unite for a safer Internet

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    Launched today for Safer Internet Day , coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre , there are 75 guides in total covering different apps, networks, platforms and devices, all packed with advice on setting up content filters and privacy settings.
  • Talking victory: GOP legislators gather in search of winning 2018 agenda

    Talking victory: GOP legislators gather in search of winning 2018 agenda

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    And it went further than most of the DACA proposals circulating around Congress, because it makes that path available to 1.8 million immigrants, as compared to the roughly 800,000 DACA recipients. And 75 percent of its 46 million viewers said they liked it, too, according to the polls. Trump made the remarks during a speech in a Cincinnati suburb where he was promoting the tax bill he signed into law last December.
  • Intel Chair Nunes to Ask FISA Court for Transcripts

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    As a result, the document only further intensified a partisan battle over how to interpret the actions of the FBI and Justice Department during the early stages of the counterintelligence investigation that Mueller later inherited. Mr Comey returned to the fray on Friday to suggest that the memo was not the smoking gun the Republicans had made out it was. The House intelligence panel on Monday voted unanimously to make public the Democratic rebuttal to the GOP's memo on the Russian ...
  • Nassar Sentenced in Eaton County

    Nassar Sentenced in Eaton County

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    About 200 of his victims faced Nassar during the court proceedings. Those sentences would be served at the same time . For many of these women, of whom many are gymnasts, "treatment" by Nassar was mandatory. The case centers on sexual assaults at Twistars , a gym for elite gymnasts. Their descriptions of lasting emotional scars, and criticism of institutions that allowed Nassar's abuse to go unchecked for decades, have shaken United States amateur athletics.
  • Los Angeles Lakers drop Oklahoma City Thunder 108-104

    Los Angeles Lakers drop Oklahoma City Thunder 108-104

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    Julius Randle (19), Clarkson (18), Ingram (16), Josh Hart (14) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (13) also scored in double figures for the Lakers . The Golden State Warriors are averaging 115.6 points on 50.9 percent shooting and allowing 107.7 points on 44.2 percent shooting.
  • 'Let's Have a Shutdown' If Congress Can't Reach Immigration Deal

    'Let's Have a Shutdown' If Congress Can't Reach Immigration Deal

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    The government shut down for three days last month after Democrats blocked a short-term spending bill offered by Republicansbecause there was not yet an agreement on immigration. In September, Trump announced the " wind-down " of the DACA program with an expiration date of March 5. At this afternoon's White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was pressed on Kelly's inflammatory remarks and took the opportunity to pivot to taking shots at Democrats.
  • Strain mounting on South Africa's Jacob Zuma to resign

    Strain mounting on South Africa's Jacob Zuma to resign

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    But he faces a new confidence-vote in parliament against his leadership on February 22 filed by the opposition far-left Economic Freedom Fighters party (EFF). We can not waste money, time, nor another iota of our dwindling credibility on the global stage by allowing Jacob Zuma to deliver the State of the Nation Address.
  • Dow Jones up as much as 510 points after Monday's dive

    Dow Jones up as much as 510 points after Monday's dive

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    The market's slump began on Friday as investors anxious that creeping signs of higher inflation and interest rates could derail the market's record-setting rally. The Dow skidded as much as 1,500 points , before recovering some of its losses. A bear market happens when stocks decline over a prolonged period, with the same 20 percent threshold.
  • Voters may not blame Trump if there's another government shutdown, poll says

    Voters may not blame Trump if there's another government shutdown, poll says

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    Congress also faces another looming deadline, as the United States could have trouble paying its bills within weeks if lawmakers do not take the politically painful step of raising the debt ceiling. Now that the two weeks are almost up, there is still no agreement, and lawmakers still appear to be at as much of an impasse as before. The budget bill would set levels for fiscal 2018 and 2019.
  • Broadcom raises bid for Qualcomm in 'final offer'

    Broadcom raises bid for Qualcomm in 'final offer'

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    Under the terms of the revised offer, Qualcomm stockholders would receive an aggregate of US$82.00 per each Qualcomm share , consisting of US$60.00 in cash and the remainder in Broadcom shares. Broadcom's new offer would give Qualcomm shareholders $60 per share in cash, the same cash payment the company offered previously . This has been added in order to diffuse one of Qualcomm's key objections, namely that such a deal is unlikely to ever be given the go-ahead by regulators.