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LeEco clarifies 'wind-up mode' rumors; says launches lined up

The layoffs were initially reported by India's Economic Times , which claimed that 85 percent of staff had exited as a precursor to LeEco's total withdrawal from the domestic market. "That has been the primary objective in taking certain measures, though the numbers (of layoffs) indicated are incorrect", he added. LeEco, the cash-starved business run by Chinese entrepreneur Jia Yueting, sought to tamp down concern over its Indian operations on Friday, saying that the country remains an ...

Drone strikes kill 4 Qaeda suspects in Yemen

The vast region is known for its rocky mountains, which have been used by al-Qaida as a hideout. It was in central and mountainous Al Bayda province on January 29 that Owens, 36, of Peoria, Illinois, a member of Navy SEAL Team 6, was killed in what U.S.

Trade surplus slumps to $1.3b in shock result

Australia has not seen a recession - defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth - since June 1991. Gross domestic product in Africa's most-populous country declined 1.3 percent in the quarter from a year earlier, after shrinking 2.2 percent in the previous three months, the National Bureau of Statistics said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday.

Syrian peace talks flounder as participants ask: Where is America?

The opposition wants to discuss "political transition" and, after hearing from de Mistura said they believed that Russian Federation had persuaded Syria's government negotiators that it should be on the agenda of the talks. The opposition is likewise optimistic that Trump's pledges to roll back Iranian influence will translate into more robust support for the rebels than was the case under the Obama administration.

How to make your Pancake Day food waste friendly

Dating back over one millennia Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration and penitence, the last day before Lent. But what is Shrove Tuesday and what is the history behind it? Peter's Episcopal churches will join together for the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.

Ukip donor Banks will stand against party's only MP

Speaking after the event, he said: "It's not just me". The MEP also claimed a "lot of people" have been calling for Carswell, who defected from the Tories to Ukip in 2014, to have the party's whip withdrawn. "I think there is little future for Ukip with him staying inside this party". In an exchange with the UKIP peer Lord Pearson, Mr Carswell indicated he had made some attempts to help but then he joked Mr Farage should get an OBE for "services to headline writers".

Senate confirms billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary

While commerce secretaries rarely take the spotlight in Washington , Ross is expected to play an outsize role in pursuing Trump's campaign pledge to slash USA trade deficits and bring manufacturing jobs back to America. The bank's former chairman, Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, is reportedly close to President Putin, a fellow former KGB agent. Mr Ross hit the headlines when he said in December when he urged Cypriot financiers to strike during this "period of confusion" in Britain to draw ...

Sweden doesn't recognize 'national security adviser' interviewed on Fox News

Fox News does take Nils Bildt seriously. And while "ransom situations" certainly sounds dead serious, Bildt, as he seemed to suggest Thursday, was being taken as anything but, transformed into comic internet memes almost on par with Trump's Last Night in Sweden phenomenon.

Iran requests 950 tons of uranium from Kazakhstan

Salehi insisted that "the five members of the 5+1 group have given their written consent to the joint commission, but the United Kingdom changed its mind at last minutes following the U.S. Under the nuclear agreement, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

Funeral ceremony for Vitaly Churkin scheduled for February 24 in Moscow

Churkin's family, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and foreign ministry staff attended a memorial for the former diplomat at Moscow's Central Clinic Hospital. From diplomats who argued with him to reporters whom he scolded about their questions, Churkin was without a doubt the most standout United Nations diplomat.

Iraqi Shiite Militias Push To Take Villages West Of Mosul

Iraqi special operations forces, regular army and federal police units are taking part in the offensive along with government-approved paramilitary forces, mainly consisting of Shiite militias, which are operating on the city's outskirts. "IS resistance could be greater in this area and it will be harder, but all the more important, to completely clear the networks from Mosul after its recapture", said Emily Anagnostos, Iraq analyst at the Institute for the Study of War.

China says understands South Korean need for security, still opposes missiles

As long as USA policy toward North Korea relies on coercive pressure, China will always be working at cross-purposes with it. But in a sign that Beijing's patience was running out, it rejected a coal shipment from North Korea worth about $1 million Monday, the day after the test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported .

UK's House of Lords thrashes out Brexit bill

The Brexit campaign made "false promises and false assurances, specifically created to deceive", Labour peer Lord Livermore has claimed, adding he will oppose the Brexit bill. "Before Brexit, I never thought to return, but I've changed my mind and I will", Araceli Rodriguez, a Spaniard in her 60s told AFP. If the bill is not amended then it might get approved by the House at the third reading, which is scheduled on 7 March 2017, after which it could go on and become a law.

Dozens of headstones toppled at Jewish cemetery in Missouri

Will work with law enforcement and community to support. On Monday, 11 Jewish community centers (JCCs) across the USA received bomb threats , the latest in a wave of 69 coordinated threats against 54 JCCs in 27 states and one Canadian province since early January, according to the JCCA, an association of JCCs.

Trump administration tightens rules on deportation and detention

Mr Kelly's memo also includes instructions to enforce a long-standing provision of the US Immigration and Nationality Act that allows authorities to send some people caught illegally at the border back to Mexico, regardless of where they are from.

Rockets from Sinai hit Israel, no casualties: army

Despite having focused the vast majority of its efforts waging a bloody insurgency against the Egyptian Army in recent years, the Sinai Province has long used saber-rattling and small scale attacks against Israel to boost its credentials.

Germany expects continued International Monetary Fund aid for Greece

Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund, which thus far has not financially contributed to the current Euro 86 billion bailout agreed in 2015, said more progress was needed. "It is a very positive and good step that the institutions have enough confidence and a common agreement to go back to Athens", he added. "I assume it will", Schaeuble said when asked about the IMF's participation.

California drought: Rain falling across the state today

Friday's rainfall is being generated by the second of back-to-back weather systems, although the first, which showed up late Thursday afternoon, amounted to very little, generating only trace amounts of rain or rainfall measured only in the hundredths of an inch, NWS forecasters said.

Trump Asks Netanyahu To Halt Settlements, Says Embassy Move is Being Evaluated

The new USA president sees the decades-old plan for a Palestinian state existing peacefully beside a Jewish state as an unmet goal. Earlier on Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had warned that there was "no alternative" to a two-state solution to the conflict, after a White House official said peace did not necessarily have to entail Palestinian statehood a day before.

Trump can not seem to give a straight answer on anti-Semitism

He added that he is also the "least racist person". "I hate the charge, I find it repulsive, I hate the question ", Trump continued, reprimanding the reporter for asking "a very insulting question ". "We will never forget what the Jewish people have endured", Trump said. Trump , as he always does, took the question as a personal attack. I think a lot of good things are happening and you're going to see a lot of love.