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Putin says US sanctions list targets all Russians

Russian President Vladimir Putin says a list of officials and businessmen close to the Kremlin published by the US has in effect targeted all Russian people. The list names 210 top Russians as part of a sanctions law aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the US election.


Argentine President bans nepotism

Argentine President Mauricio Macri has announced government job cuts, aimed at reducing the deficit, while attacking a 'patronage system' in place for decades. Thereby, Ministers will be forbidden from employing close family members, while those currently in such posts will have to resign. One in four positions appointed by ministers will also be cut. Mr Macri, who has just returned from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, has said "what we have proposed is much more than economic change, it is cultural change".
Within hours of his announcement, several close relatives of Ministers, left their jobs.

Andrew McCabe, FBI deputy director, quits after Trump criticism.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's deputy director, whom US President Donald Trump repeatedly accused of political bias, has resigned.Andrew McCabe was forced to step down ahead of his official retirement date on 18 March, reports CBS News.


Philippines to phase out its beloved cheap but rickety 'jeepneys'

Jeepneys, the flamboyant passenger trucks of the Philippines are nearing the end of their reign, as the “Kings of the Road”. However, they’re not going down without a fight.
Government moves to overhaul outdated public transport, in order to make transport modes safe and environment friendly, will put the brakes on this mode of travel, that has long been the cheapest option of transport in the Philippines. However, operators and drivers of the 200,000 jeepneys that have plied the nation’s roads for decades, denounce moves to oust them as “anti-poor” and a "threat to their livelihoods".
Jeepneys have evolved from surplus army jeeps left behind by the US military after World War Two. They are brightly-painted vehicles festooned with religious slogans, horoscope signs or family names.

Russian opposition leader is detained on day of protests.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained by police in Moscow after joining a rally in support of a presidential election boycott. Mr Navalny tweeted, urging his backers to join protests across Russia. Earlier, police raided his offices in Moscow, reportedly seizing equipment.


'Doomsday Clock' moved to just two minutes to 'apocalypse'

Growing concerns about a possible nuclear war and other global threats have pushed forward the symbolic 'Doomsday Clock' by 30 seconds, which now reads as just two minutes before 'midnight'. The clock created by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947, is a 'metaphor' for how close mankind is to destroying the Earth. It is now the closest to the apocalypse, since 1953.
1953 was the year when the US and the Soviet Union tested hydrogen bombs.

Padmaavat row continues as Indian Supreme Court to hear pleas against 3 States and the Karni Sena

The Supreme Court in India today agreed to hear pleas, in order to initiate charges of Contempt of Court, against the governments of Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and members of the 'Karni Sena', for aggravated incidents of violence, in view of the release of the film 'Padmaavat'.


Larry Nassar: Disgraced US Olympics doctor jailed for 175 years

Ex-US Olympic gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years after testimony from nearly 160 of his victims.The judge dismissed Nassar's attempted apology as insincere, saying he would "be in darkness the rest of his life".Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault against girls and young women, including Olympians.The 54-year-old had already been sentenced to 60 years for possession of child pornography.

Indian PM calls protectionism as dangerous as terrorism

Sending out a strong message against protectionism and inward-focused economic policies, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said such tendencies can be as dangerous as terrorism and climate change as he pitched for creating a “heaven of freedom.” Mr. Modi, who became the first Indian Prime Minister to address the World Economic Forum’s annual summit here in two decades, talked about grave concerns facing the world,

including terrorism and climate change. In an almost hour-long speech in Hindi, the Prime Minister sought to hard sell India as an investment destination, saying those wanting wealth with wellness and peace with prosperity should come to the country.

Asia fears that US tariffs on washing machines and solar panels are "just the start" of more to come

South Korea and China protested today against US President Donald Trump slapping steep import tariffs on washing machines and solar panels. It was a move that stirred fears in Asia of more protectionist measures lined up, to come out of Washington. For all his rhetoric to win votes, Trump’s actions on trade during his first year had been less alarming than many outside the US had feared - UNTIL NOW. The tariffs on washing machines, have dealt a heavy blow to South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. China, the world’s biggest solar panel producer, branded the move an “over-reaction” that would harm the global trade environment for the products affected.

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