MUNICH — The Latest on the international security conference taking place in Munich (all times local):5:25 p.m. The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo have traded barbs at an international security conference over the responsibility for a stalemate in efforts to improve their ties. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo President Hashim Thaci appeared together at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, both expressing interest in reaching an agreement but neither appearing to give ground. Vice-President Mike Pence labeled Huawei a “threat” to national security systems and urged allies to exclude them from developing 5G wireless infrastructure. Merkel told the Munich Security Conference Saturday that the U.S. withdrawal was “inevitable” because of Russian violations.
February 16, 2019 10:51 UTC
MUNICH — German Chancellor Angela Merkel robustly defended European nations’ decision to stand by the Iran nuclear deal in a spirited backing Saturday of her multilateral approach to global affairs, but U.S. The deal offers Iran sanctions relief for limiting its nuclear program, and the International Atomic Energy Agency has said so far that Tehran is sticking to the agreement. But the U.S. argues that the deal just puts off when Iran might be able to build a nuclear bomb. “I see the ballistic missile program, I see Iran in Yemen and above all I see Iran in Syria,” she said. Vice-President Joe Biden, who was in office when the Iran nuclear deal was negotiated, went out of his way to thank Merkel and defended the Iran deal as a “significant agreement.”“The America I see does not want to turn its back on the world,” Biden said.
February 16, 2019 10:18 UTC
BAGHOUZ, Syria — A U.S.-backed force in Syria is closing in on Islamic State militants in a tiny area less than a square kilometre (square mile) in eastern Syria, and will soon declare the defeat of the militant group, a commander with the group said Saturday. SDF fighters said were fired by the U.S.-led coalition. Furat, the SDF commander, said IS fighters are now besieged in an area that is about 700 square meters (840 square yards). He said that SDF fighters were able to liberate 10 of their colleagues that were held by IS. The Observatory said that some 200 IS gunmen surrendered Friday, days after about 240 others surrendered and were taken by SDF fighters and members of the U.S.-led coalition.
February 16, 2019 10:08 UTC
YOLA, Nigeria — The Latest on Nigeria’s postponed presidential election (all times local):11:10 a.m.Nigeria’s president says he is “deeply disappointed” by the last-minute delay of Saturday’s election until Feb. 23 and says he is going back to the capital to hear the electoral commission’s explanation. President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement says the commission had “given assurances, day after day and almost hour after hour that they are in complete readiness for the elections. When asked if he was “dampened” by the last-minute postponement by the electoral commission, he said “absolutely not.”Both his party and the ruling party have condemned the last-minute decision to delay the vote. It called on political parties to avoid incitement and misinformation and called on the electoral commission to explain how Nigeria will pay for the costly election delay. One ruling party campaign director said it is better to give the electoral commission time to conduct a credible vote.
February 16, 2019 10:01 UTC
A noisy and illegal road salt depot operating in a residential area of Halifax is frustrating neighbours and city officials. People living in the area of the former Ben's bread factory on Pepperell Street can hear the sounds of equipment loading salt in the middle of the night whenever it snows. "It was really annoying, in the middle of the night I would hear beeping. Adeline Dubreuil-Mahe says her baby, Alexis, is often awoken at night by the neighbouring road salt operation. Illegal operationThe road salt depot is operating illegally, without permits and violating zoning bylaws, said city spokesperson Brendan Elliott.
February 16, 2019 09:56 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Young Malaysian ice skater C. Sree Abiraame bagged three gold medals at the Middle East fourth official ISI International Figure Skating tournament held at the Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The seven-year-old triumphed in the girl's 7-8 years category Freestyle final on Friday (Feb 15), after accumulating 5.0 points in the evening, while Norin Angela, representing the hosts, claimed silver with 4.0 points at the tournament dubbed Skate Abu Dhabi 2019.
February 16, 2019 09:33 UTC
- Federal Tory leader Andrew Scheer and the conservative premiers of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick are to speak today at a pro-pipeline rally near the Saskatchewan-Manitoba boundary. ( Zane Woodford/Star Halifax )Rally organizer Sinclair Harrison says if the bill passes it would be detrimental to future pipeline development. He also wants to encourage TransCanada Corp. to reapply to build Energy East, a pipeline that would have transported oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to New Brunswick and Quebec. Article Continued BelowEnergy East would have featured a tank terminal in Moosomin, Sask., near where the rally is taking place. New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said he continues to fight for Energy East and will bring that message to the protest.
February 16, 2019 09:11 UTC
Trump's remarks risk upending his entire case for declaring a national emergency. He imagines how a Democratic president might declare a national emergency to achieve stricter firearms control, for example. Eight prototypes for the border wall stand in San Diego in 2017, awaiting tests to determine how easily they could be tunnelled under, climbed over or chiselled through. "It's one thing to declare a national emergency if you think there are foreign troops at the frontier. Watch Trump declare a U.S.-Mexico border emergency:
ROME - The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession. The punishment announced on Saturday for the once-powerful prelate and Archbishop of Washington comes a few days before Pope Francis is to lead an extraordinary gathering of bishops from around the world over the sex abuse crisis which has eroded the faith of many Catholics and threatened his papacy. Defrocking means McCarrick, 88, who now lives in a friary in Kansas after he lost his title of cardinal last year, won’t be allowed to celebrate Mass or other sacraments.
February 16, 2019 09:00 UTC
Watch: Young activists stage sit-in protest at Nancy Pelosi's officeRotstein says grassroots resistance in California is growing bolder because the state is at the confluence of two issues that define the Trump agenda. "All the [Trump] administration issues hit California harder than a lot of other places." And with Trump ever-focused on building his wall along the Mexican border, many California Democrats are responding with their own wall of resistance. "I think it's an easy way, in a Democratic state that doesn't like Trump very much, to stay popular." But many California progressives point to demographic trends, which suggest the U.S. electorate is becoming younger and more diverse — a Democratic advantage.
In the week since the SNC-Lavalin story broke, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has changed his talking points several times. "There were many discussions going on, which is why Jody Wilson-Raybould asked me if I was directing her or going to direct her to take a particular decision," Trudeau said. "If you work in the Prime Minister's Office, you'd prefer it to not have to peel the onion completely," Reid said. The SNC-Lavalin affair has sparked two government-related probes and led to the resignation of a cabinet minister. 11:46On Wednesday, an emergency meeting of the House of Commons justice committee was called to discuss a proposal from the Conservatives and New Democrats to hear from nine witnesses — including PMO officials and Jody Wilson-Raybould herself.
Joe Schlesinger, one of Canada's most respected and beloved journalists, died this week at the age of 90. He led what he called "a little boy's dream" of a life, "wandering around the world, watching the universe unfold and actually getting paid for it." If a common illness like pneumonia made a person unfit to be president, then many American leaders would have never taken office. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves after leaving an apartment building Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (REUTERS)The world took notice of America's reticence to use its vast power.
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February 16, 2019 09:00 UTC
Pakistan dismissed the reports that India’s military had targeted “terrorist launch pads” inside the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir. Already, protesters chanted “Attack Pakistan” and fiery debates on television channels demanded retaliation. “Indian forces are quite capable, but it’s not obvious what kinds of strikes would accomplish the core goal. To improve India’s military capabilities, the U.S. has offered to sell it unarmed Guardian surveillance drones, aircraft carrier technologies and F-18 and F-16 fighter aircraft. Indian forces largely crushed the rebellion in the mid-2000s.
February 16, 2019 07:40 UTC
But she said as soon as he was fired, he pulled his handgun and began shooting. Martin fired on the officers when they arrived, striking one outside and another near the building’s entrance. The other three wounded officers were shot inside the building. Police used an armoured rescue vehicle called a Bearcat to enter the building, Aurora police Lt. Rick Robertson said. Martin had been arrested six times in Aurora over the years, including for domestic battery, Ziman said.
February 16, 2019 06:11 UTC