Biphoo https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:30:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 ‘Studio 54’: Film Review | Sundance 2018 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/movies/studio-54-film-review-sundance-2018.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/movies/studio-54-film-review-sundance-2018.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:30:14 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57298 ‘Studio 54’: Film Review | Sundance 2018 Matt Tyrnauer’s doc charts the rise and fall of the disco that became synonymous with velvet-rope debauchery. Striking the right balance of elation and regret — that is, just enough of the latter to not let anybody off the hook — Matt Tyrnauer’s Studio 54 captures the comet-like […]

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‘Studio 54’: Film Review | Sundance 2018

Matt Tyrnauer’s doc charts the rise and fall of the disco that became synonymous with velvet-rope debauchery.

Striking the right balance of elation and regret — that is, just enough of the latter to not let anybody off the hook — Matt Tyrnauer’s Studio 54 captures the comet-like excitement of the disco run by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager for under three years in the late 1970s. Relying on interviews with Schrager and other insiders instead of cramming in every celeb who graced the dancefloor, Tyrnauer delivers a meaty and transporting portrait that will play well both with older auds and those (like some twenty-somethings manning the tent outside Monday’s screening) who, surprisingly, have never heard of the nightclub.

Sitting down for Tyrnauer’s camera in a black t-shirt and cropped gray hair, Schrager says that he is finally letting himself discuss the short-lived club because “it doesn’t sting as much” and he believes that, with partner Rubell long dead, he’s the only one who can tell the story fully. He’ll also be interviewed alongside the club’s silent partner Jack Dushey; separately, Tyrnauer will talk to everyone from lighting designers and crew to the club’s first doorman.

Together they show how Rubell and Schrager, Brooklyn boys who met in college and immediately became friends, decided to seek their fortune by creating the perfect nightclub. They made a test run with Enchanted Garden, a venue in Queens aimed at locals, and studied the emerging disco scene in Manhattan as they pondered how to stand out. Viewers unfamiliar with the era get a quick rundown of the way disco — music created by black artists and embraced early by gay men — fostered an inclusive vibe in clubs, soon drawing fashion models as well, along with the straight men who wanted to sleep with them.

Schrager and Rubell discovered a former CBS television studio in what was then a very seedy part of town, then raced to turn it into a dance venue. They hired Tony Award-winning lighting designers, and Schrager claims theirs was the first club that actually hired people to work lights, something DJs were responsible for in other clubs. One thing they neglected during the build-out was a liquor license, and you have to laugh at the pair’s brazen solution when they wanted to open the doors: They formed a catering company, and used a series of one-night catering permits to sell drinks at the bar.

Employees and a choice few patrons recall the excitement of opening night — being drawn through the lobby toward what soon became Manhattan’s hub of anything-goes hedonism. Tyrnauer has more than enough photos and film clips of blissful dancers and soused people on couches to make you feel you’re there, and makes great use of period newscasts.

As Studio 54’s fame quickly spread (thanks to publicists who got paid for every famous face they brought to the club, and for every news story written about them), management became famous for their choosiness at the door. Rubell and his capricious staff wanted the right mix of the beautiful, the famous and the strange — we’re told that Rubell invented the term “bridge and tunnel,” describing the polyester-clad non-Manhattanites who were never to be admitted — and, if the hordes who never got past the velvet rope fostered a growing resentment against them, Schrager says “we didn’t care.”

Once inside (we’re told, though we may not believe it), everyone was equal. An old TV news clip shows Rubell being interviewed in his office when Michael Jackson comes by shyly, eventually kneeling by Rubell’s chair to tell the journalist that the club’s escapist vibe was unlike anywhere else. Soon we see him dancing in the club, just one of the happy crowd.

The chemical aspect of that happiness gets discussed here, and we see how Rubell, who thrived on cozying up to his celebrity customers, indulged as much in the drugs he supplied as they did. Which, though the two things may not be strictly related, points the film toward the club’s downfall.

Rubell and Schrager were skimming vast amounts of cash from the till, and keeping meticulous records of those sums. In 1978, an IRS army raided the club and found enough evidence to pursue them for tax evasion. (At the time, people thought the raid was prompted by Rubell’s bragging about his success in the press, but a lawman here says it was actually a tip from a disgruntled employee.)

Despite a moment or two at which he doesn’t seem to be 100% open, Schrager (like others here) is pretty frank about how all this played out. Tyrnauer dutifully follows the partners’ struggles with prosecutors, and marvels at how little fear they had of repercussions. (When you’re represented by the reptilian power-lawyer Roy Cohn, an enabler of both Joseph McCarthy and Donald Trump, it’s easy to believe you can get away with anything.) Astoundingly, at the height of their legal woes, they closed the club briefly for a massive $1.5 million renovation.

Things get considerably less fun from this point out, but the film captures the end-of-an-era mood succinctly. Reagan, AIDS and rising anti-disco sentiment seemed to come around just as Rubell and Schrager went to jail, and they made things worse for themselves by snitching on other nightclub owners in order to reduce their sentences. Yet they came back from infamy after prison, launching another “it” club together in the ’80s and starting what would become the boom in boutique hotels. Rubell died of AIDS before that hotel project became an empire. Schrager, knowing what his friend would have wanted, spent days on the phone to ensure that Manhattan’s most famous people came to the funeral.

Production companies: Altimeter Films, Passion Pictures
Distributor: A&E Indie Films
Director: Matt Tyrnauer
Producers: Matt Tyrnauer, John Battsek, Corey Reeser
Executive producers: Molly Thompson, Robert Sharenow, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Andrew Ruhemann
Director of photography: Tom Hurwitz
Editor: Andrea Lewis
Composer: Lorne Balfe
Venue: Sundance Film Festival (Doc Premieres)
Sales: John Sloss, Cinetic

Source:- https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/studio-54-1077207

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iPhone 8 sold better than the iPhone X in 2017, new data reveals https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/iphone-8-sold-better-than-the-iphone-x-in-2017-new-data-reveals.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/iphone-8-sold-better-than-the-iphone-x-in-2017-new-data-reveals.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:28:02 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57294 iPhone 8 sold better than the iPhone X in 2017, new data reveals I think it’s fair to say that the November launch of Apple’s iPhone X marked the most exciting new iPhone release in years. Of course, the star of the show was the device’s edge-to-edge OLED display, a design that completely did away […]

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iPhone 8 sold better than the iPhone X in 2017, new data reveals

I think it’s fair to say that the November launch of Apple’s iPhone X marked the most exciting new iPhone release in years. Of course, the star of the show was the device’s edge-to-edge OLED display, a design that completely did away with the tried and true home button and replaced it with Face ID. The iPhone X, in short, finally introduced a fresh new take on an iPhone design that had more less remained stagnant for quite a few years.

The iPhone X’s new design notwithstanding, a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) relays that Apple’s flagship iPhone was not the most popular iPhone model during the recent holiday quarter. According to data tabulated by CIRP, the iPhone X accounted for approximately 20% of all iPhone sales last quarter. Apple’s two iPhone 8 models, meanwhile, cumulatively accounted for 41% of iPhone sales during the quarter.

“At 61%, the three newest iPhone models together represented a somewhat smaller share of total US iPhone sales in the quarter, compared to 72% for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus a year ago,” CIRP co-founder Josh Lowitz said in a press release.

Still, it’s probably wise not to draw any sweeping conclusions from the data above. First and foremost, the iPhone X launched much later than Apple’s iPhone 8 models. Remember, the iPhone 8 launched on September 22, 2017 while the iPhone X didn’t launch until November 3. Put simply, the window during which the iPhone X was available during the 2017 holiday quarter was much smaller relative to the iPhone 8. Further, iPhone X supply was initially constrained at launch, though Apple did manage to ramp up supply much faster than analysts were anticipating.

All in all, we’ll have a clearer picture on how iPhone X popularity stacks up once Apple posts its earnings for the March quarter in a few months. While we may be able to glean some data from Apple’s upcoming earnings report on February 1, the iPhone X’s limited availability during the December quarter will likely make any subsequent analysis incomplete.

Source:- http://bgr.com/2018/01/22/iphone-8-vs-iphone-x-sales-holiday-quarter-2017/

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Sundance: Danish Thriller ‘The Guilty’ Lands at Magnolia https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/movies/sundance-danish-thriller-guilty-lands-magnolia.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/movies/sundance-danish-thriller-guilty-lands-magnolia.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:25:46 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57293 Sundance: Danish Thriller ‘The Guilty’ Lands at Magnolia Directed by Gustav Moller, the film centers on an alarm dispatcher who answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman, but the call is suddenly disconnected, setting in motion the search for her. Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Gustav Moller’s Danish film The Guilty, […]

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Sundance: Danish Thriller ‘The Guilty’ Lands at Magnolia

Directed by Gustav Moller, the film centers on an alarm dispatcher who answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman, but the call is suddenly disconnected, setting in motion the search for her.

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Gustav Moller’s Danish film The Guilty, which screened in the World Dramatic Competition at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival.

Written by Moller and Emil Nygaard Albertsen, the film centers on Asger Holm, an alarm dispatcher and former police officer who answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to save the endangered woman. But he soon realizes that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought.

Jacob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Johan Olsen, Omar Shargawi and Katinka Evers-Jahnsen star.

“Gustav Moller has devised an ingeniously executed thriller,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said Monday in a statement. “This is an incredibly accomplished feature debut, and Magnolia is excited to introduce him to American audiences.”

Added Susan Wendt, director of international sales and marketing at TrustNordisk: “We are very excited to have our friends at Magnolia on board for this one. This feels like the perfect match. I am sure Magnolia will do great promoting The Guilty and making sure it gets the attention it really deserves.”

Lina Flint produced The Guilty, which is a Nordisk Film Spring & New Danish Screen presentation.

The deal was negotiated by John Von Thaden, senior vp acquisitions at Magnolia, and Wendt, on behalf of the filmmakers.

Source:- https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sundance-danish-thriller-guilty-lands-at-magnolia-1077224

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‘What They Had’: Film Review | Sundance 2018 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/movies/what-they-had-film-review-sundance-2018.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/movies/what-they-had-film-review-sundance-2018.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:23:22 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57287 ‘What They Had’: Film Review | Sundance 2018 Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon star as the concerned adult children of a mother sliding into dementia, played by Blythe Danner, in this domestic drama about family, home and memory. A deluxe ensemble cast and a judicious trickle of minor-key humor elevate debuting writer-director Elizabeth Chomko’s intergenerational […]

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‘What They Had’: Film Review | Sundance 2018

Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon star as the concerned adult children of a mother sliding into dementia, played by Blythe Danner, in this domestic drama about family, home and memory.

A deluxe ensemble cast and a judicious trickle of minor-key humor elevate debuting writer-director Elizabeth Chomko’s intergenerational family drama, What They Had. However, while the crisis that brings the key characters together is the urgent need to make decisions about the care of their mother as her mind rapidly succumbs to Alzheimer’s, the predominant focus is the emotional adjustment of her daughter, whose homecoming prompts her to face truths about the hollowness of her marriage. That’s unfortunate as it makes dementia a secondary issue to more regularly trafficked domestic concerns.

Still, the classy production works well within its own scope, and it should resonate in particular with audiences who have experienced the painful loss of a parent, either to diminishing lucidity or to death. Paradoxically, however, the standout element in this movie where women so often occupy center-screen is the spiky father-son relationship. That dynamic is played with marvelous bite by Robert Forster as an obstinate former military man in deep denial about his wife’s condition, and Michael Shannon as the son who’s too much like the old man to get along, and too much of a blunt realist to sugarcoat the situation.

Set mainly in the Chicago area, the film opens with flashes of old home movies and photographs as elderly Ruth (Blythe Danner) slips out of bed, dresses and shuffles off into the snowy Illinois night, seemingly not for the first time. A panicked call from her husband Burt (Forster) summons their unmarried son Nicky (Shannon), while his sister Bridget (Hilary Swank) hops on a plane from California with her sullen daughter Emma (Taissa Farmiga) in tow.

Ruth has been safely located and is under hospital observation by the time everyone assembles, but her disoriented state is evident as she greets each new arrival with tentative warmth. The grave warnings of a doctor suggest that full-time “memory care” would be the smartest option at this point, and Nicky, his patience frayed by similar incidents, has secured a spot in a top local facility, with nearby assisted-living housing to alleviate the separation difficulties of his dad. But headstrong Burt insists that remaining with him in their own home is the best answer for Ruth’s needs, maintaining that their customary winter spell in Florida will be a tonic.

Chomko’s instinct to leaven tense moments with humor, often of the uncomfortable kind, is apparent in a scene in which Bridget bursts into hysterical laughter as an aghast Nicky describes his mother hitting on him on the way home from the hospital.

The familiar resentment between the offspring who stayed local, on call for his aging parents’ emergencies, and the one who moved away to build her own family simmers in exchanges between Nicky and Bridget. While Nicky’s long-time girlfriend has gotten fed up with waiting for a marriage proposal, Bridget has begun to realize that she married her pleasant but passionless husband Eddie (Josh Lucas in a thankless role) at least partly to win her father’s approval. Nicky has a knack for hitting hard truths with his sister that expose her unhappiness; the sibling friction, as well as the bond, is deftly etched in the performances of Swank and Shannon.

Adding to Bridget’s worries is the growing distance of her own daughters. The eldest has moved away, while Emma can barely contain her incivility toward her mother, reserving some tenderness only for Grandma. When Bridget discovers that Emma is stalling on paperwork for her return to college after a miserable freshman year, she realizes she’s been oblivious to the causes of her daughter’s remoteness.

Swank’s best roles — Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby, The Homesman — usually have been built around stoicism and an internalized toughness to match her sinewy, tight-jawed physical presence. As Bridget, her vulnerability is closer to the surface, often reading as needy. That’s notable in flirtatious encounters with a junior-high acquaintance (William Smillie) who makes no secret of his longtime crush on her; his eager manner around her dissolves abruptly in a strong scene in which he realizes her attention toward him has selfish motivations. Swank’s performance is effective but Bridget’s pained earnest quality gets a little tiresome. Farmiga is more interesting, punctuating Emma’s isolation with raw moments of anger and hurt.

But the most compelling drama comes from Burt and Nicky, who has sunk all his savings into a stylish downtown bar that’s barely making enough to cover payroll. Despite him being a business owner, to his hypercritical father, he’s just a bartender, fueling his jealousy over Bridget always being the favored child.

Shannon brings a volatile edge to his scenes that really enlivens the movie, while Forster is terrific at showing the carefully guarded fear that drives his character’s stubborn belligerence. An understated quasi-truce between the two men is very nicely played.

Unlike, say, Julianne Moore in Still Alice, Judi Dench in Iris or Julie Christie in Away From Her, Danner is given a relatively limited range of colors to play as a woman grappling with memory loss. Mostly, she registers as a borderline ghost hovering around the drama’s fringes, in the bewildered grip of girlhood reveries. The veteran actor is at her most poignant in Ruth’s moments of clarity, touchingly so in an intimate conversation with Bridget toward the end that reveals the ailing woman’s former candor and intelligence.

The most acute sorrow, as is often the case with families preparing for the worst, ultimately comes not in the expected way, a slight twist that strengthens the conclusion’s emotional charge. What They Had, which will be released by Bleecker Street, may be a tad vanilla to make much of a dent theatrically, but it’s been made with genuine feeling and smooth professional craftsmanship. That should help it find an audience as a cable or streaming offering, while providing a decent calling card for Chomko.

Cast: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga, Josh Lucas, Marilyn Dodds Frank, William Smillie
Distribution: Bleecker Street
Production companies: United Pictures, Bona Fide production, in association with Look to the Sky Films, The Fyzz Facility
Director-screenwriter: Elizabeth Chomko
Producers: Keith Kjarval, Bill Holderman, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Alex Saks, Tyler Jackson
Executive producers: Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Shafin Diamond Tejani, Sefton Fincham, Dean Buchanan, Levi Sheck, Mike Rowe, David Grace, Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Byron Wetzel
Director of photography: Roberto Schaefer
Production designer: Chris Stull
Costume designer: Anne Dawson
Music: Danny Mulhern
Editor: Tom McArdle
Casting: Mary Vernieu, Michelle Wade Byrd
Sales: Bloom
Venue: Sundance Film Festival (Premieres)

Source:- https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/what-they-had-sundance-2018-1077235

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‘King in the Wilderness’: Film Review | Sundance 2018 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/movies/king-in-the-wilderness-film-review-sundance-2018.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/movies/king-in-the-wilderness-film-review-sundance-2018.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:19:51 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57278 ‘King in the Wilderness’: Film Review | Sundance 2018 Multiple Emmy winner Peter Kunhardt examines the conflicted period between the Voting Rights Act and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in this probing study for HBO. The massive strides of the civil rights movement under Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership — the bus boycotts, […]

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‘King in the Wilderness’: Film Review | Sundance 2018

Multiple Emmy winner Peter Kunhardt examines the conflicted period between the Voting Rights Act and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in this probing study for HBO.

The massive strides of the civil rights movement under Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership — the bus boycotts, sit-ins and marches — have been widely covered in both narrative and nonfiction films, as has the 1968 assassination of the revered desegregation activist. But less attention has been paid to the troubled interim period, during which King faced criticism from the Black Power movement, who found his resolutely nonviolent stance ineffectual, as well as the anger of President Lyndon B. Johnson, over his vocal opposition to the Vietnam War. Documaker Peter Kunhardt undertakes a thoughtful examination of those final years in his engrossing tribute to a complex legacy, King in the Wilderness.

Premiering at Sundance ahead of its HBO bow, the documentary taps into a regrettably still relevant debate as America backslides in the wake of last year’s Charlottesville protest, with white supremacist fringe groups newly emboldened in the Trump era. As such, the film’s message remains timely, shaped by the voices and vivid recollections of King’s intimate associates in the struggle for equality. As one interviewee puts it, quoting an African proverb: “If the surviving lions don’t tell their stories, the hunters will get all the credit.”

Superb archival footage is interwoven with the talking heads. None of it is more chilling than the image of a preteen white boy playing “Dixie” on his clarinet on the sidelines of a 1965 march in Mississippi, flanked by his Confederate flag-waving sister and pausing only to shout “Go home” invective at the peaceful African-American protestors.

Kunhardt and writer Chris Chuang focus on the increasing fragmentation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the wake of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That breakthrough legislation was followed directly by the Watts Riots in Los Angeles, prompting King to expand the civil rights organization’s influence to segregated Northern cities at a time when many felt the work in the divided South was far from complete.

King shifted the mission beyond undisguised racism to target complicated issues of poverty, housing, unemployment, education and police brutality. He moved the central SCLC think tank to the Chicago slums, causing friction with long-serving mayor Richard J. Daley, as a different kind of hatred and segregation were exposed in Illinois. But resistance to giving African-American Southerners the vote inflamed racial unrest in states like Mississippi and Alabama. After the shooting of James Meredith, who led the March Against Fear, King returned to the South, his immutable core principle of nonviolence proving at odds with the growing Black Power movement spearheaded by Stokely Carmichael.

That schism in the summer of 1966 was the first real breach in the nonviolence movement; associates stress that while King understood the anger and frustration of Carmichael and his supporters, he remained convinced that patience and reasoning were the way to go. However, when he was pulled against advice into taking a stand on the Vietnam War, he rankled the White House, intensifying the hostile scrutiny and sleaze tactics of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Editorials condemning King for crossing the line into government matters caused a backlash, but despite his growing isolation and fatigue after 12 years of nonstop struggle, he continued to put his weight behind the Poor People’s Campaign, which culminated in the 1968 March on Washington.

The filmmakers assemble a dense portrait of a man disheartened by his failure to move the needle on economic justice, even as he succeeded in tracing ties among the common problems facing blacks, Latinos, Native Americans and even low-income whites. This midsection gets slightly bogged down in detail and could benefit from tightening, but the buildup to King’s assassination is expertly handled, as is the shattered aftermath.

Moving personal observations come from, among others, Jesse Jackson, Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez and SCLC officials including Andrew Young, C.T. Vivian and Bernard Lafayette. Perhaps the most affecting memory is that of civil rights leader Xernona Clayton, who recalls taking out her powder compact to disguise the clumsy work of the mortician on King’s face, when his body lay in state at Spelman College. Wrenching footage of his father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr., collapsing distraught by the side of the coffin deepens the emotional wallop.

Complemented by composer Saul Simon MacWilliams’ subtle scoring, Kunhardt’s film eloquently reiterates the case that King’s assassination is one of the historical tragedies that define America, and that his push for social change speaks with as much clarity and urgency today as it did a half-century ago.

Distributor: HBO Documentary Films
Production company: Kunhardt Films
Director: Peter Kunhardt
Screenwriter: Chris Chuang
Producers: George Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt
Executive producers: Peter Kunhardt, Taylor Branch, Terry Ellis, Jackie Glover
Archival producer: Jill Cowan
Director of photography: Clair Popkin
Music: Saul Simon MacWilliams
Editors: Maya Mumma, Steven J. Golliday
Venue: Sundance Film Festival (Doc Premieres)

Source:- https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/king-wilderness-review-sundance-2018-1075321

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‘The Last Race’: Film Review | Sundance 2018 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/movies/last-race-film-review-sundance-2018.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/movies/last-race-film-review-sundance-2018.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:15:27 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57283 ‘The Last Race’: Film Review | Sundance 2018 Renowned photographer Michael Dweck’s meditative feature documentary revolves around the devoted community associated with a Long Island racetrack. The all-American sport of stock car racing conjures images of super-charged vehicles tearing around a banked track at teeth-rattling speed, surrounded by grandstands packed with cheering fans. Those kinds […]

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‘The Last Race’: Film Review | Sundance 2018

Renowned photographer Michael Dweck’s meditative feature documentary revolves around the devoted community associated with a Long Island racetrack.

The all-American sport of stock car racing conjures images of super-charged vehicles tearing around a banked track at teeth-rattling speed, surrounded by grandstands packed with cheering fans. Those kinds of images, largely inspired by the NASCAR competition circuit, are a far cry from the world of grassroots racing, a passionate hobby for legions of amateur enthusiasts.

Despite the sport’s association with the southern US, stock car racing originated on New York’s Long Island, where filmmaker Michael Dweck grew up not far from a local track that he frequented to watch weekend races with his family. Those childhood experiences profitably inform his debut documentary, a finely observed, heartfelt tribute to the sport and its blue-collar origins.

Unconventional in style and contemplative in tone, The Last Race represents more of a living document of a dwindling American subculture than a typical sports documentary. Although it may initially struggle to find its audience, the film will likely endure as a testament to the resilience of a community dedicated to long-established racing traditions.

The Riverhead Raceway is the last track remaining from a circuit of more than 40 that formerly dotted Long Island. Owned and operated by octogenarians Barbara and Jim Cromarty, Riverhead sponsors weekend races on a quarter-mile track throughout the summer season for amateur drivers competing for modest winnings and trophies.

The cars are modified coupes and sedans, reinforced with crash protection and stripped of extraneous equipment to take advantage of souped-up engines that improve speed and handling. Race heats take place during a three-hour timeframe, consisting of approximately 20 cars making 20 laps at high speed.

The Cromartys have run Riverhead since 1977 and in the years since, all of the other racetracks have closed, sold and paved over for shopping malls, big box stores and housing tracts to accommodate Long Island’s burgeoning population. As development has driven up real estate prices, the Riverhead property has climbed to over $10 million in value, offering the Cromartys a lucrative retirement alternative.

Shot over the summer racing season, the film grew out of Dweck’s project photographing at Riverhead starting nearly a decade earlier. His familiarity with Long Island racing culture and frequent presence at the track helped the filmmakers develop an easy rapport with the raceway community. Between races, the drivers work regular jobs as contractors, fishermen and restaurateurs, spending their weekends laboring over their cars or scavenging replacement parts.

The resulting rebuilds vary significantly in style and quality, with some appearing nearly NASCAR-ready and others tending more toward Mad Max-type innovation. Regardless of their cars’ appearance, these drivers are unfailingly proud of their hand-built, assiduously maintained vehicles. Like protagonists in a Bruce Springsteen ballad, they head out to the racetrack chasing glory, dreaming of becoming heroes for a day.

Raceway owners Jim and Barbara Cromarty offer a more philosophical counterpoint to the hectic atmosphere surrounding the weekend races. After decades of running Riverhead, they’re well aware of the property’s estimated worth, but continue holding out for the love of the sport and the tight-knit community that’s developed along with the racetrack. “It’s touched lives in a very strong way, in a way that you just don’t get anywhere else,” observes Barbara. “This is really what it’s all about, this intimate emotional interplay between human beings.”

Even though they’re dependent on walkers and their signature golf cart to get around the property, the Cromartys are still in their office running the show every weekend throughout the season. Although health concerns are forcing them to reconsider their options, they still don’t want to see Riverhead “bulldozed over for another shopping center,” says Barbara.

With The Last Race, Dweck expands on his body of narrative photography topics by documenting the disappearing subculture of grassroots racing, as the Cromarty’s track confronts closure in the face of inexorable property development. Dweck and cinematographer-producer Gregory Kershaw shoot Riverhead and the racers from almost every conceivable angle, placing cameras at a variety of positions and elevations along the racecourse. Compact equipment mounted on the cars captures the action on the track as cars jostle and swerve for position, as well as the drivers’ reactions, with arresting immediacy.

These racing sequences in particular create an impressionistic, hypnotic effect that seems to be searching for some kind of emotional truth, rather than attempting a literal representation of the race competition. This film essay approach provides an evocative format for Dweck to explore themes of masculine identity and class representation that underlie stock car racing, as well as a method to contextualize the specific threats to Riverhead’s continued existence.

Whether Riverhead Raceway survives despite the challenges it faces, The Last Race will continue to celebrate the devoted race teams and fans that have made it an irreplaceable Long Island tradition.

Production company: Blunderbust Productions

Director:Michael Dweck

Producers:Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw

Executive producer: Michael Dweck

Director of photography: Gregory Kershaw

Editor: Charlotte Munch Bengtsen

Music: Roger Goula

Sales: Submarine

Venue: Sundance Film Festival (US Documentary Competition)

Source:- https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/last-race-review-1077121

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Why flesh-eating bacteria can look like the flu https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/health/why-flesh-eating-bacteria-can-look-like-the-flu.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/health/why-flesh-eating-bacteria-can-look-like-the-flu.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:11:33 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57275 Why flesh-eating bacteria can look like the flu An Arizona woman who was initially diagnosed with the flu turned out to have a life-threating infection with “flesh-eating” bacteria, according to news reports. The woman, Christin Lipinski, visited her doctor with flu-like symptoms and pain under her arm, according to ABC15 Arizona. She was diagnosed with […]

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Why flesh-eating bacteria can look like the flu

An Arizona woman who was initially diagnosed with the flu turned out to have a life-threating infection with “flesh-eating” bacteria, according to news reports.

The woman, Christin Lipinski, visited her doctor with flu-like symptoms and pain under her arm, according to ABC15 Arizona. She was diagnosed with the flu on Jan. 11 and initially treated for the viral infection. But her pain continued to get worse until it was “pretty much unbearable,” her husband, Nate Lipinski, told ABC15.

Two days after her flu diagnosis, she was rushed to the hospital, where she had surgery to treat necrotizing fasciitis. The condition is a serious bacterial infection that destroys skin and muscle tissue, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Surgeons had to remove over 30 percent of Lipinski’s soft tissue that had been infected, according to her GoFundMe page. It’s not clear how Lipinski got the infection.

Several types of bacteria can cause necrotizing fasciitis, including group A Streptococcus (group A strep), Klebsiella, Clostridium, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, according to the CDC. Most commonly, people get necrotizing fasciitis when the bacteria enter the body through a break in the skin, the CDC said. The bacteria can spread quickly once they enter the body, and symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis can start within hours of an injury.

Some symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis appear similar to symptoms of the flu, including fever, chills, fatigue and vomiting, according to the CDC. But in addition to these symptoms, patients often experience pain that they describe as hurting much more than they would expect based on how their wound looks, the CDC said. Patients’ skin may become red or purplish from the infection, and these swollen areas may spread rapidly.

The condition is treated with antibiotics, but many people also need immediate surgery to remove dead tissue and help stop the infection, the CDC said. The disease has a fatality rate of about 27 percent, according to a 2008 study.

Lipinski underwent seven surgeries to try to stop her infection, according to her GoFundMe page. She was transferred to a hospital that specializes in treating necrotizing fasciitis, and she will need skin grafts and “extensive reconstructive surgeries” in order to recover, the page said.

Source:- http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/01/22/why-flesh-eating-bacteria-can-look-like-flu.html

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Boy dies after surgery to remove 10-pound facial tumor https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/health/boy-dies-after-surgery-to-remove-10-pound-facial-tumor.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/health/boy-dies-after-surgery-to-remove-10-pound-facial-tumor.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:08:13 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57263 Boy dies after surgery to remove 10-pound facial tumor A 14-year-old boy died after undergoing surgery to remove a 10-pound tumor from his face. Emanuel Zayas and his family traveled to the U.S. from Cuba to have the surgery in Miami. Doctors and relatives confirmed Zayas died Friday, according to statements reported by the Miami […]

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Boy dies after surgery to remove 10-pound facial tumor

A 14-year-old boy died after undergoing surgery to remove a 10-pound tumor from his face.

Emanuel Zayas and his family traveled to the U.S. from Cuba to have the surgery in Miami. Doctors and relatives confirmed Zayas died Friday, according to statements reported by the Miami Herald and NBC 6 in Miami.

“I am saddened by the fact that we are losing him and that the physiological stress of the surgery was apparently too much for his compromised anatomy,” said Dr. Robert Marx, chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery for the University of Miami Health System, in a statement to the Herald. “Our hopes of saving his life, and with that allowing him a better quality of life, were not realized.”

When the growth first appeared, Zayas and his parents thought it was just a pimple, but the tumor eventually grew bigger than a basketball.

Although the tumor was benign, doctors were concerned it was big enough to suffocate Zayas or break his neck. Last month, doctors revealed a surgery had been scheduled to have the tumor removed.

“Our condolences and prayers for Emanuel’s family and the loss of a very brave young man,” said Marx, as reported by NBC 6. “Another angel has arrived in heaven.”

Zayas’ condition is known as polyostotic fibrous dysplasia, which caused the boy’s body to develop scar-like tissue instead of bone. Marx first learned of Zayas’ condition after viewing photos and X-rays presented by missionaries during a medical conference.

Marx said Zayas’ family will donate his body to science to help them learn more about polyostotic fibrous dysplasia.

Source:- https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/01/22/boy-dies-after-surgery-remove-10-pound-facial-tumor/1053128001/

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T-Mobile has finally pulled ahead of Verizon in the fastest network competition https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/t-mobile-finally-pulled-ahead-verizon-fastest-network-competition.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/t-mobile-finally-pulled-ahead-verizon-fastest-network-competition.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:04:57 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57272 T-Mobile has finally pulled ahead of Verizon in the fastest network competition T-Mobile has been on an upward trajectory for years now, but based on a new report from OpenSignal, it appears that the carrier might not have much further to climb. After sweeping OpenSignal’s State of Mobile Networks honors for the first half of […]

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T-Mobile has finally pulled ahead of Verizon in the fastest network competition

T-Mobile has been on an upward trajectory for years now, but based on a new report from OpenSignal, it appears that the carrier might not have much further to climb. After sweeping OpenSignal’s State of Mobile Networks honors for the first half of 2017, T-Mobile followed up its impressive performance with another near sweep, as it came away on top in every category but one — AT&T managed to top T-Mobile with the most responsive 4G connections.

Save for AT&T’s win in the 4G latency rankings, T-Mobile brought home the gold in 4G download speed, 3G download speed, overall download speed, 3G latency and 4G availability. OpenSignal compiled this report using nearly 6 billion data points from 237,213 users between October 1st and December 31st of 2017.

It’s worth noting that this time last year, T-Mobile and Verizon were evenly split, with each taking two awards a piece and tying in two other categories. Then Verizon reintroduced its unlimited data plan (along with AT&T), and 4G speeds began to tank. T-Mobile had already nearly caught up with Verizon in terms of 4G download speeds (16.65 Mbps and 16.89 Mbps, respectively) by last winter, but then took a commanding lead by August and maintained it through 2017.

According to OpenSignal, T-Mobile ended the year with an average 4G download speed of 19.42 Mbps, while Verizon played catch-up at 17.77 Mbps. While the unlimited plans took a toll on average speeds for both AT&T and Verizon in 2017, the two carriers have begun to recover, with Verizon reaching “pre-unlimited speed levels.”

Verizon and AT&T are neck and neck when it comes to availability, but the only area where T-Mobile falls short of the competition is 4G latency, where OpenSignal has given AT&T a slight edge. With an LTE network ping time of 58.3 milliseconds, AT&T has (at least for the moment) established itself as the most responsive US network.

Perhaps most surprising of all is Sprint’s recovery across all categories. In the past year, the bottom-dwelling carrier has seen its availability score jump 9% and average 4G speeds rise a whopping 33%. Sprint is still firmly the fourth place carrier, but if it keeps up at this pace, it could soon surpass AT&T in several important categories.

Although OpenSignal’s awards were a nearly-clean sweep for T-Mobile, it’s worth mentioning that other methods of testing network speed and coverage aren’t nearly as flattering for T-Mobile. Rootmetrics, which relies on independent drive-testing to measure networks, instead of crowdsourced data, has long had Verizon in first place, with T-Mobile languishing at the back of the pack. We’ve covered the differences in the different types of testing before, but just keep in mind that the trend, not the end result, is the most important thing here. Whether you think T-Mobile has the “best” network or not, it’s hard to argue that its network has improved significantly over the last year, while AT&T and Verizon have been treading water.

Source: http://bgr.com/2018/01/22/t-mobile-best-network-opensignal-study-2017/

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Galaxy S9’s biggest hardware change shown in new leaked photos https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/galaxy-s9s-biggest-hardware-change-shown-new-leaked-photos.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/galaxy-s9s-biggest-hardware-change-shown-new-leaked-photos.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:02:01 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57268 Galaxy S9’s biggest hardware change shown in new leaked photos If news from about half a dozen independent reports in addition to what we’ve heard from our own reliable sources is accurate, Samsung is about one month away from unveiling its next-generation flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are undoubtedly the two most […]

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Galaxy S9’s biggest hardware change shown in new leaked photos

If news from about half a dozen independent reports in addition to what we’ve heard from our own reliable sources is accurate, Samsung is about one month away from unveiling its next-generation flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are undoubtedly the two most hotly anticipated handsets of the first half of 2018, and they will be unveiled during a press conference ahead of this year’s Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

Early reports suggested the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ would be powerful new smartphones that featured an exciting updated design. While subsequent reports have reaffirmed various performance upgrades, Samsung seemingly had to ditch its plans to released redesigned housings. As a result, this year’s new Galaxy S9 and S9+ will look almost identical to last year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+.

There are a few key differences to be found, however, and a pair of freshly leaked photos serves as a reminder of one of the biggest changes we can expect.

At a distance, the upcoming new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship phones will look exactly like Samsung’s flagship phones from early 2017, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The same sleek Infinity display design will be used on the front of the new phones, which consists of a large Super AMOLED screen that occupies more than 80% of each phone’s face. The handsets will also feature glass on the front and back that curves at the sides, allowing the phones to sit more comfortably in the hand.

The only notable external hardware differences will be found around back. The off-center fingerprint scanner from last year is now centrally located until the camera. This will be a welcome change for many Samsung fans who complained last year that the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 was difficult to reach.

On top of that, Samsung’s larger Galaxy S9+ handset will feature a dual-lens camera on the back for the first time. This will be the biggest hardware change on this year’s Galaxy S phones, and freshly leaked photos show off the new Galaxy S9+ camera in the best detail we’ve seen so far.

The leaked images were posted to Slashleaks on Monday. They’re originally from Chinese microblogging site Weibo, however the person who uploaded them to Slashleaks did credit the original source.

It’s unclear if the devices shown in the leaked photos are actual Galaxy S9+ handsets or mockups based on leaked schematics from the factories that are producing Samsung’s new flagship phones. In either case, the design pictured in the images is believed to be exactly what we can expect from Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.

The new Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be unveiled in late February, and they’re expected to be released two weeks later on Friday, March 16th.

Source:- http://bgr.com/2018/01/22/galaxy-s9-release-date-near-leaked-photos-galaxy-s9-plus/

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S. Korean advance team goes to North for pre-Olympic events https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/s-korean-advance-team-goes-north-pre-olympic-events.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/s-korean-advance-team-goes-north-pre-olympic-events.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:59:39 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57265 S. Korean advance team goes to North for pre-Olympic events A team of South Korean officials travelled to North Korea on Tuesday to check logistics for joint events ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics in the South, as the rivals exchanged rare visits to each other amid signs of warming ties. The head of the […]

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S. Korean advance team goes to North for pre-Olympic events

A team of South Korean officials travelled to North Korea on Tuesday to check logistics for joint events ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics in the South, as the rivals exchanged rare visits to each other amid signs of warming ties.

The head of the North’s popular girl band triggered a media frenzy during her two-day visit to South Korea this week to check potential venues for North Korean artistic performances during the Olympics, and another delegation from the North is coming this week to see accommodation facilities and the Olympic main stadium.

The Koreas are pressing ahead with a flurry of reconciliation efforts after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un abruptly expressed his willingness to send an Olympic delegation. While some see Kim’s outreach as a ploy to weaken U.S.-led international pressure and sanctions, Seoul wants better inter-Korean ties and sees improved ties as a path toward talks to help ease the North Korean nuclear standoff.

South Korea’s presidential office called for national unity for the success of the first Winter Olympics on South Korean soil and criticized conservatives who have said the government is making too many concessions to North Korea to help it steal the show at the Games.

“We don’t understand why they label the Games as the ‘Pyongyang Olympics,'” spokesman Park Su-hyun said in a televised statement. “The Pyeongchang Olympics is the Pyeonghwa (peace) Olympics.”

Under a deal approved by the International Olympic Committee, the Koreas will field its first unified Olympic team, in women’s hockey, and have their athletes parade together under a single flag during the Feb. 9 opening ceremony. The two Koreas also reached their own agreements to hold joint cultural events at the North’s Diamond Mountain and have their non-Olympic skiers practice together at the North’s Masik ski resort before the Pyeongchang Games.

The South Korean team is to visit those places in North Korea from Tuesday to Thursday.

But in a reminder of their bitter relations, North Korea had a harsh rhetorical response to a protest in Seoul in which South Korean conservatives burned Kim’s photo and a North Korean flag when the Moranbong Band leader, Hyon Song Wol, passed by them during her visit Monday.

“They committed unpardonable atrocities … and defamed the dignity of the supreme leadership,” Ri Myong, councilor of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of Korea, said in the statement carried by state media.

“If these traitors and psychopaths defaming the dignified Korean nation are allowed to go scot-free, the national reconciliation, unity and the building of a reunified powerful country will be delayed so much,” Ri said.

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Associated Press writer Kim Tong-hyung contributed to this report.

Source:- http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/korean-advance-team-north-pre-olympic-events-52536774

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Avalanche and volcano hit Japan’s Kusatsu ski resort https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/avalanche-and-volcano-hit-japans-kusatsu-ski-resort.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/avalanche-and-volcano-hit-japans-kusatsu-ski-resort.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:57:14 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57255 Avalanche and volcano hit Japan’s Kusatsu ski resort At least 14 people have been injured by an avalanche and volcanic eruption near a Japanese ski resort. The eruption sent rocks raining down over a kilometre-wide area near Kusatsu in central Gunma prefecture, say local media. Four people who were riding a gondola at the resort […]

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Avalanche and volcano hit Japan’s Kusatsu ski resort

At least 14 people have been injured by an avalanche and volcanic eruption near a Japanese ski resort.

The eruption sent rocks raining down over a kilometre-wide area near Kusatsu in central Gunma prefecture, say local media.

Four people who were riding a gondola at the resort at the time were among those injured.

Six members of the military, who were conducting an exercise in the area, had to be rescued from the avalanche.

Authorities say Mount Kusatsu-Shirane, 150km (93 miles) from Tokyo, erupted Tuesday morning but it is not clear if that is what triggered the avalanche.

“Based on various measurements, we can say that the mountain appears to have erupted, but we are still trying to confirm facts on the ground,” Japans Meteorological Agency said, according to Reuters.

The agency has warned people not climb the mountain.

One person was initially reported missing, but officials later said that was not the case.

Rocks raining down

According to state broadcaster NHK, some of the volcanic debris fell more than 1km (0.6 miles) from the mountain.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency warned that rocks could be raining down as far as 2km from the peak, Reuters said.

Japan is one of the world’s most seismically active nations.

In September 2014, 63 people were killed in a sudden eruption of Mount Ontake.

Source:- http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42784702

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As Turkey Attacks Kurds in Syria, U.S. Is on the Sideline https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/turkey-attacks-kurds-syria-u-s-sideline.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/turkey-attacks-kurds-syria-u-s-sideline.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:54:19 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57259 As Turkey Attacks Kurds in Syria, U.S. Is on the Sideline When President Trump met with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the United Nations last September, he embraced him as a friend and declared, “We’re as close as we’ve ever been.” Five months later, Turkey is waging an all-out assault against Syrian Kurds, America’s […]

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As Turkey Attacks Kurds in Syria, U.S. Is on the Sideline

When President Trump met with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the United Nations last September, he embraced him as a friend and declared, “We’re as close as we’ve ever been.” Five months later, Turkey is waging an all-out assault against Syrian Kurds, America’s closest allies in the war against the Islamic State.

The Turkish offensive, carried out over the protests of the United States but with the apparent assent of Russia, marks a perilous new phase in relations between two NATO allies — bringing their interests into direct conflict on the battlefield. It lays bare how much leverage the United States has lost in Syria, where its single-minded focus has been on vanquishing Islamist militants.

As Turkish troops advanced Monday on the Kurdish town of Afrin, in northwest Syria, the White House warned Turkey not to take its eye off the campaign against the Islamic State. But it stopped short of rebuking Turkey, and acknowledged its security concerns about the Kurds, whom Turkey considers terrorists and a threat to its territorial sovereignty.

The inherent conflict of the United States using the Kurds as its on-the-ground partner in fighting the Islamic State could be overlooked as long as that group remained a threat. But with the militants now in retreat, the White House is groping for a way to maintain relations with the Kurdish fighters without further alienating the Turks.

The Trump administration’s response has been to help the Kurds build a border security force in northeast Syria, ostensibly to guard against the resurgence of the Islamic State. But that has only antagonized the Turks, who view it as a staging ground for a future insurgency against their homeland.

“The U.S. has tried to walk a very fine line in Syria,” said Ali Soufan, a former F.B.I. counterterrorism agent who is now chairman of the Soufan Group. But, he said, “as the battlefield shrinks in Syria, the line has become near impossible to maintain.”

Mr. Soufan said the United States “would likely have to either dramatically scale back its support of the Kurdish rebels — which would be seen as yet another U.S. betrayal of the few groups that have consistently supported and helped the U.S. in Syria and Iraq — or risk indirect and even direct conflict with Turkey, a fellow NATO member.”

The administration tried to stave off either of those scenarios with carefully worded statements by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Mr. Tillerson acknowledged that Turkey has “legitimate concerns about terrorists crossing the border,” while Mr. Mattis praised Turkey for allowing the United States to use its air base at Incirlik to fly missions against the Islamic State. Ms. Sanders urged Turkey on Monday to use “restraint in its military actions and rhetoric,” and limit the scope and duration of the operation.

As it has so often in Syria, however, the United States seemed mostly a bystander. And as it has receded, Russia has filled the vacuum, gaining influence and rehabilitating its relationship with Turkey.

It is widely assumed in Ankara that the Turkish government received a green light from Russia to launch the attack, even as Russian officials denied it. Mr. Erdogan said Monday that Turkey had an agreement with Russia on the operation.

“Russia is managing the tempo of this operation,” said Metin Gurcan, a security analyst and columnist for Al-Monitor. Turkey’s senior security officials had visited Moscow the day before it began.

Though Turkish forces, together with fighters of the Free Syrian Army, captured high ground and three villages near Afrin on Monday, military analysts said the campaign was dependent on Russia’s agreement to open up the airspace to Turkish jets.

Russia controls Syrian airspace in the region west of the Euphrates River, which includes Afrin, while the United States controls the skies east of the Euphrates.

For Mr. Erdogan, who is seeking the support of nationalists before presidential elections this year or next, the Afrin operation is politically vital. He has criticized the United States over its support of the Syrian Kurd militias, which he says are allied with the outlawed P.K.K., a Kurdish militant group that has been waging a separatist struggle in Turkey for the last three decades.

On Monday, he took another swipe at the United States, saying, “Our country does not envy the soil of others.”

“When the operation achieves its aims, it would be over,” Mr. Erdogan told a group of businessmen in the presidential palace. “Some, or America, are asking us about the duration. And I am asking America, ‘Was your timing determined in Afghanistan?’ When the job is done. We are not eager to stay. We know when to pull out. And we do not care to have permission from anyone to do this.”

Russia has joined Turkey in accusing the United States of encouraging the Kurds and aggravating the situation in Syria. “This is either a lack of understanding of the situation or an absolutely conscious provocation,” said the foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov.

The Turkish assault underscores the deepening ties between Russia and Turkey — a relationship that has rebounded from the nadir of November 2015, when the Turks shot down a Russian fighter plane over Syria.

Analysts say Russia has good reasons to bless the Turkish attack. It stands to gain by sowing discord between the United States and its allies and, more broadly, by extending diplomatic influence in the region. They also speculate that Turkey, in return for Moscow’s forbearance, has agreed to turn a blind eye to Russian and Syrian attacks on rebels in Idlib Province, who are nominally allied with Turkey against the Syrian government.

The United States has taken some steps to reassure Mr. Erdogan. It stopped supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, now that the operation to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa is finished. But administration officials said they were determined to continue their relationship with the Kurds because of their effectiveness in fighting militants.

In recent weeks, senior American officials have talked about the need to re-establish security in northern Syria by installing local security forces that reflect the demographics of those areas before the civil war. That would require the return of tens of thousands of Arabs who fled Syria during the fighting.

Mr. Tillerson outlined the strategy in a speech last week in which he said the United States would keep troops in Syria for the foreseeable future.

“We cannot allow history to repeat itself in Syria,” he said. “ISIS presently has one foot in the grave, and by maintaining an American military presence in Syria until the full and complete defeat of ISIS is achieved, it will soon have two.”

Critics, however, questioned whether the administration had the diplomatic muscle, political commitment or military staying power to put that strategy into effect. Even now, some noted, many of its statements are still narrowly focused on the fight against the Islamic State and do not take account of the common interest Turkey and the United States have in resisting Russia, Iran and the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.

The United States, some analysts said, needs to make a better case to the Turkish government for why the American alliance with the Syrian Kurds will most likely outlast the war against the Islamic State.

“We told the Turks that the Kurds were temporary, tactical, and transactional to defeat ISIS,” said James F. Jeffrey, a former American ambassador to Turkey and Iraq. “Now we need them to contain Iran.”

He said the administration was sending mixed messages to the Turks, which antagonized Mr. Erdogan and made it impossible for him to turn a blind eye to the links between the Syrian Kurds and the P.K.K.

“The whole purpose of this is to split the Russians from the Syrians by saying we’re going to stay on to force a political solution in Syria,” Mr. Jeffrey said. “We have a seeming inability, in our various public announcements, to send this message to the Turks.”

So far, the Turkish operations have been limited to targets around Afrin, which lies about 25 miles north of Aleppo and about 75 miles from the main Kurdish areas east of the Euphrates River. These areas are of less concern to the United States.

The question, said Andrew J. Tabler, a Syria expert at the Washington Institute for Near Eastern Studies, is, “Once Turkey gets control of that area, will they push into the other areas?” That could bring Turkey into conflict with the main force of Kurds, and even potentially, with American troops.

Source:- https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/22/world/middleeast/turkey-syria-kurds-us.html

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More asylum-seekers to leave remote Australian camps for U.S. resettlement https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/more-asylum-seekers-to-leave-remote-australian-camps-for-u-s-resettlement.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/more-asylum-seekers-to-leave-remote-australian-camps-for-u-s-resettlement.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:50:47 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57252 More asylum-seekers to leave remote Australian camps for U.S. resettlement Another 58 asylum-seekers held in an Australian-run detention center on Papua New Guinea (PNG) will leave on Tuesday for resettlement in the United States under a controversial refugee swap deal, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters. The asylum-seekers are the third and largest […]

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More asylum-seekers to leave remote Australian camps for U.S. resettlement

Another 58 asylum-seekers held in an Australian-run detention center on Papua New Guinea (PNG) will leave on Tuesday for resettlement in the United States under a controversial refugee swap deal, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters.

The asylum-seekers are the third and largest group to be given U.S. resettlement, ending a three-month hiatus in a transfer program that had been described by U.S. President Donald Trump as a “dumb” deal.

Holding asylum-seekers in offshore camps, which have been strongly criticized by the United Nations and human rights groups, is part of a hardline immigration policy that has bipartisan political support in Australia.

Australia agreed on the deal with Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama late in 2016, under which up to 1,250 refugees held in the Australian camps will be offered residency. It remains unclear exactly how many will resettled.

In return, Australia agreed to resettle several dozen Central American refugees.

“U.S. resettlements have begun again,” said a source involved in the transfers, who declined to be identified because he is not authorized to talk to the media.

“While the (plane) wheels are not up yet, the men will depart today,” he said.

The men departing from PNG’s remote Manus Island are largely from countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, along with Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.

Trump has said he will honor the deal despite his early misgivings.

The deal is designed, in part, to help Australia empty its controversial offshore detention centers, where nearly 2,000 men, women and children are held. The second of the offshore detention camps is on the tiny South Pacific island of Nauru.

A second source said the transfers of about 130 men and women from Nauru would begin within weeks.

Representatives for Peter Dutton, Australia’s minister for home affairs that is responsible for immigration policy, did not respond immediately to questions.

Most of those held in the camps traveled on boats from transit countries in Southeast Asia, many after paying people smugglers. Asylum-seekers intercepted at sea trying to reach Australia are sent to the offshore camps and told they will never be settled in Australia.

Source:- https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-australia-refugees/more-asylum-seekers-to-leave-remote-australian-camps-for-u-s-resettlement-source-idUSKBN1FC0A9

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South Korea government rejects ‘Pyongyang Olympics’ criticism https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/south-korea-government-rejects-pyongyang-olympics-criticism.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/south-korea-government-rejects-pyongyang-olympics-criticism.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:48:11 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57246 South Korea government rejects ‘Pyongyang Olympics’ criticism Seoul’s presidential Blue House rejected criticism on Tuesday that next month’s Winter Games had been hijacked by North Korea, saying the event will help defuse tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. Some opposition politicians and conservative civic in South Korea have criticized North Korea’s participation in the […]

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South Korea government rejects ‘Pyongyang Olympics’ criticism

Seoul’s presidential Blue House rejected criticism on Tuesday that next month’s Winter Games had been hijacked by North Korea, saying the event will help defuse tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.

Some opposition politicians and conservative civic in South Korea have criticized North Korea’s participation in the Games, to be held in the South Korean alpine resort town of Pyeongchang, dubbing them the “Pyongyang Olympics”.

“Just one month ago, acute tensions gripped the Korean peninsula, but the administration’s efforts to tackle the crisis through dialogue has led to North Korea’s participation in the Olympics,” Blue House spokesman Park Soo-hyun told a news conference.

”We can’t understand putting an outdated tag of ‘Pyongyang Olympics’ to the Pyeongchang Olympics, which will be a ‘Peace Olympics’.

After a months-long standoff over the North’s nuclear and missile tests, the two Koreas agreed during their first formal talks in nearly two years that the South will help arrange the North to join in the Games.

But some specific plans, including fielding a joint women’s ice hockey team and marching under a united flag, have proven controversial, with conservatives and younger South Koreans upset that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is stealing the spotlight.

Small but vocal groups of South Korean demonstrators staged a protest at Seoul’s central train station on Monday where a North Korean delegation had arrived. One sign at the protest read: “We’re opposed to Kim Jong Un’s Pyongyang Olympics!”.

“When North Korean athletes, cheerleaders and high-level officials came to attend the Asian Games in 2014, no one called it ‘Pyongyang Asian Games,’” Blue House spokesman Park said.

“We’re confident that the Olympics will be a stepping stone to bring peace to the Korean peninsula, to Northeast Asia and the world.”

The administration of South Korea’s liberal president, Moon Jae-in, is also under pressure over its offer to send athletes to a North Korean ski resort for joint training. Experts say the move risks giving Kim’s regime legitimacy and some much needed cash.

Seoul officials are on a three-day trip to the North starting Tuesday to inspect the resort’s facilities and the newly built Kalma Airport nearby that may be used to fly in the South Korean skiers, who are not expected to attend the Games.

Moon’s approval rating has fallen to a four-month low at 66 percent, a poll showed on Monday, due to a backlash over the decision regarding the combined hockey team.

Source:- https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-politics/facebook-says-it-cant-guarantee-social-media-is-good-for-democracy-idUSKBN1FB14G

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Turkey expects swift campaign against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/turkey-expects-swift-campaign-against-u-s-backed-kurds-in-syria.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/turkey-expects-swift-campaign-against-u-s-backed-kurds-in-syria.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:45:11 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57250 Turkey expects swift campaign against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on Monday and said it would swiftly crush U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG fighters in an air and ground offensive on the Afrin region beyond its border. The three-day-old campaign has opened a new front in Syria’s multi-sided civil war, realigning a […]

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Turkey expects swift campaign against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria

Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on Monday and said it would swiftly crush U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG fighters in an air and ground offensive on the Afrin region beyond its border.

The three-day-old campaign has opened a new front in Syria’s multi-sided civil war, realigning a battlefield where outside powers are supporting local combatants.

While Washington and other Western capitals expressed concern, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he had secured a go-ahead for the campaign from Russia, principal backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, long Turkey’s foe.

Turkey sees the YPG presence on its southern border as a domestic security threat.

Turkish forces and their Syrian anti-Assad rebel allies began their push on Saturday to clear the northwestern border enclave of Kurdish YPG fighters. Ankara considers the YPG to be allies of insurgents that have fought against the Turkish state for decades. The United States, meanwhile, has armed and aided the YPG as its main ground allies against Islamic State.

Senior U.N. officials briefed the United Nations Security Council behind closed doors on Monday, at the request of France, on the humanitarian and political situation in Syria.

“With respect to the situation in Afrin, it was of course part of the conversation,” said French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre after the meeting, adding that it was mentioned by most of the 15 council members. “France calls on Turkey for restraint in the volatile environment that we all know in Syria.”

But Erdogan said Turkey was determined to press ahead. “There’s no stepping back from Afrin,” he said in a speech in Ankara. “We discussed this with our Russian friends, we have an agreement with them, and we also discussed it with other coalition forces and the United States.”

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington had proposed working with Turkey and forces on the ground in Afrin to “see how we can stabilize this situation and meet Turkey’s legitimate concerns for their security.”

But Turkey said Washington must end its support for the Kurdish YPG militia before any proposal for cooperation: “If they want a cooperation, we are ready for this cooperation. As the first step to take, they can stop arming terror groups and take back weapons already given,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

Syria has objected to the Turkish incursion, and Moscow, which controls parts of Syrian air space on behalf of its allies in Damascus, has not confirmed giving a green light to it. But Russia does not appear to be acting to prevent it, and has pulled its own troops out of the Afrin area.

Iran, Assad’s other main military supporter, called for a halt to the operation. Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said the Afrin campaign could lead to “the return of regional terrorism and extremism”, according to state television.

The YPG’s Afrin spokesman, Birusk Hasaka, said there were clashes between Kurdish and Turkish-backed forces on the third day of the operation, and that Turkish shelling had hit civilian areas in Afrin’s northeast.

Afrin would be a “quagmire from which the Turkish army will only exit after suffering great losses”, said a statement from the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces umbrella group.

The YPG said Afrin had already been reinforced in anticipation of the Turkish offensive, and there were discussions over whether to send more reinforcements from other YPG-held territory, which is separated from Afrin by areas held by Syrian government forces.

The United Nations has said it is deeply concerned for the more than 300,000 people in Afrin. Spokeswoman Linda Tom said there were reports of people displaced within Afrin by the fighting, and of smaller numbers heading to nearby Aleppo.

U.S.-TURKEY TENSION

Ankara has been infuriated by U.S. support for the YPG, one of several issues that have brought relations between the United States and its Muslim NATO ally close to breaking point.

Erdogan has also pledged to drive the SDF from the town of Manbij to the east, part of a much larger area of northern Syria controlled by the YPG-led SDF. That raises the prospect of protracted conflict between Turkey and its allied Free Syrian Army factions against the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek played down the long-term risks: “Our investors should be at ease, the impact will be limited, the operation will be brief and it will reduce the terror risk to Turkey in the period ahead,” he said.

A senior Turkish official declined to give a timeframe but said the operation would “move fast”, adding that Turkey believed there was some local support for its action in both Afrin and Manbij.

YPG official Nouri Mahmoud said Turkish-backed forces had not taken any territory in Afrin. “Our forces have to this point repelled them and forced them to retreat,” he told Reuters.

A Turkish official said Turkish troops and allied Free Syrian Army fighters had begun to advance on Afrin’s eastern flank, taking control of a hill northwest of the town of Azaz. An FSA commander later told Reuters YPG forces had recaptured the summit of Barshah hill.

A Reuters cameraman near Hassa, across the border from Afrin, saw Turkish shelling on Monday morning. Dogan news agency said Turkish howitzers opened fire at 1 a.m. (2200 GMT), and that YPG targets were also being hit by Turkish warplanes and multiple rocket launchers.

Defeating the YPG in Afrin would reduce Kurdish-controlled territory on Turkey’s frontier and link up two regions controlled by insurgents opposed to Assad – Idlib province and an area where Turkey fought for seven months in 2016-17 to drive back Islamic State and the YPG.

The Turkish-backed FSA factions, which have come together under the banner of a newly branded “National Army”, also want to see an end to YPG rule in Afrin. They accuse the YPG of displacing 150,000 Arab residents of towns including Tel Rifaat and Menigh to the east of Afrin, captured in 2016.

“This is a historic moment in our revolution,” Mohammad al-Hamadeen, a senior officer in the FSA forces, told fighters in Azaz on Sunday as they prepared to join the ground offensive.

“God willing, very soon we will return to our region that we were driven from two years ago.”

Source:- https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-expects-swift-campaign-against-u-s-backed-kurds-in-syria-idUSKBN1FB0WJ

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Tokyo prepares for war with mass evacuation drill amid missile warning https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/tokyo-prepares-for-war-with-mass-evacuation-drill-amid-missile-warning.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/tokyo-prepares-for-war-with-mass-evacuation-drill-amid-missile-warning.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:19:42 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57239 Tokyo prepares for war with mass evacuation drill amid missile warning TOKYO prepared for a North Korean missile attack with a practice missile drill as Japan vows to up defences against North Korea threat. Hundreds of residents fled an amusement park today as they took part in the city’s first missile evacuation practise Loudspeakers across […]

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Tokyo prepares for war with mass evacuation drill amid missile warning

TOKYO prepared for a North Korean missile attack with a practice missile drill as Japan vows to up defences against North Korea threat.

Hundreds of residents fled an amusement park today as they took part in the city’s first missile evacuation practise

Loudspeakers across the city warned off a simulated missile attack and urged people to shelter indoors or go underground.

A voice on the speaker told the Tokyo Dome Amusement Park: “An advisory about a missile launch was just issued. Everyone, please stay calm and seek shelter in the basement. Those who are already indoors, please stay there.”

“An advisory about a missile launch was just issued. Everyone, please stay calm and seek shelter in the basement. Those who are already indoors, please stay there,”

A security guard ran across the complex, shouting “A missile was launched!”

Despite an appearance of thawing tensions on the Korean peninsula, with the North’s participation in next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned the Japanese people to remain vigilant, and said threat from North Korea was “unprecedented” and “imminent.”

Japan is escalating efforts to prepare its citizens for a possible war as Tokyo believes the threat posed by Pyongyang’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons development is deepening.

Prime Minister Abe added: ”It is no exaggeration that the security situation surrounding Japan is the toughest since World War Two. We must have North Korea give up its nuclear and missile development completely in a verifiable and irreversible way.”

Hiroyuku Suenaga, a Japanese government official, told volunteers after the Tokyo exercise: “”A missile from North Korea would arrive in less than 10 minutes and the first alert would come about three minutes after launch, which gives us only around five minutes to find shelter.”

More than 20 evacuation drills have been conducted around Japan since last year amid threats from North Korea, but Monday’s activity was the first missile evacuation drill in Tokyo.

North Korea has sent ballistic missiles flying over northern Japan at least twice. The North also test-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles in lofted trajectories that fell inside Japanese exclusive economic waters.

Small Japanese towns and villages have conducted similar drills as North Korea has pushed ahead with its missile and nuclear weapons programmes.

Japan’s defences against a ballistic missile strike include Aegis destroyers in the Sea of Japan armed with interceptor missiles designed to destroy warheads in space. PAC-3 Patriot missile batteries represent a last line of defence against warheads that can plunge to their targets at several kilometres per second.

Japan has also decided to buy two land-based Aegis batteries and cruise missiles that could strike North Korean missile sites.

Source:- https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/908422/north-korea-tokyo-japan-missile-evacuation-drill-kim-jong-un-world-war-3

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North Korea WARNING: Kim Jong-un could spark World War 3 by selling arms to THIS country https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/north-korea-warning-kim-jong-un-spark-world-war-3-selling-arms-country.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/north-korea-warning-kim-jong-un-spark-world-war-3-selling-arms-country.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:15:22 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57234 North Korea WARNING: Kim Jong-un could spark World War 3 by selling arms to THIS country NORTH KOREAN ships should be inspected by the United States to stop the rogue state selling missiles to Iran, an expert has claimed. North Korea sell missiles to Iran and should be stopped by the United States an East […]

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North Korea WARNING: Kim Jong-un could spark World War 3 by selling arms to THIS country

NORTH KOREAN ships should be inspected by the United States to stop the rogue state selling missiles to Iran, an expert has claimed.

North Korea sell missiles to Iran and should be stopped by the United States an East Asia expert has said.

The accusation comes as North Korea has refused to shut down its nuclear programme, sparking World War 3 fears.

North Korea has entered talks with South Korea and during discussions, the country’s decided that they will march together at the Winter Olympics.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Gordon Chang, the author of ‘Nuclear Showdown’ warned about Kim Jong-un’s relationship with Iran.

He said: “One thing that the US should do is interject North Korean shipping on the high seas to make sure that they do not sell weapons.

“They sell missiles to Iran, we have allowed this trade to continue. That is an American fault so I think that the United States should exercise all the authority that it has.

“Indeed, although the UN does not allow the US to stop ships on the high seas, we do not really care about that because the North Koreans, on a number of occasions have renounced the Korean war armistice.

“So there is no longer an agreement to use force. Because there is no agreement not to use force, we can sink North Korean ships.

“I’m not saying that we should do that, but I am saying that we should inspect them to make sure that North Korea is not selling weapons and the sale of weapons is in violations of UN sanctions.

“The UN security council won’t enforce its own rules, the United States must do so.”

Mr Chang has previously warned earlier this month that if the United States strikes North Korea, four states, including Iran could combine to spark World War 3.

He said: “If we strike North Korea first, you can see China cause trouble in the South China Sea. You can see Russia go after the Baltics. The Iranians will do something.

“We could see Asia being embroiled on both sides. It’s close to a world war. This thing could spread very fast and that’s the real danger here.

“This can spread to the US homeland because the Chinese and the Russians could actually get into a nuclear exchange with the United States. I’m not saying it’s going to happen but I’m saying that’s a possibility.”

The comments come over fears that Pyongyang is using the talks with South Korea to drive a wedge between the country and the United States.

Pyongyang and Seoul agreed to march under a ‘unity flag’ at the Games, to be held in Pyeongchang County.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said that more effort should be done to bring the United States to the negotiating table with North Korea.

Earlier this month President Donald Trump said that he was open to holding talks with North Korea at the “appropriate time” and under the right “circumstances”.

Despite the recent diplomatic talks between the countries pm the peninsula, Secretary Tillerson said the threat of a war with North Korea is now growing.

He said: “With respect to whether Americans should be concerned about a war with North Korea, I think we all need to be very sober and clear-eyed about the current situation. We have to recognise that the threat is growing.”

Towards the end of last year, tensions between President Trump and Kim Jong-un reached boiling point as both leaders gloated about the “size” of the “nuclear buttons” on their desks.

Source:- https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/908275/North-Korea-news-World-War-3-Donald-Trump-US-Kim-Jong-un

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North Korea ARMY promise to ‘significantly mark historic’ February 8 amid missile fears https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/north-korea-army-promise-to-significantly-mark-historic-february-8-amid-missile-fears.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/north-korea-army-promise-to-significantly-mark-historic-february-8-amid-missile-fears.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:11:14 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57232 North Korea ARMY promise to ‘significantly mark historic’ February 8 amid missile fears NORTH Korea has declared it will “significantly mark” the army’s founding anniversary a day before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on February 8, amid fears of another missile test, it has been reported. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim […]

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North Korea ARMY promise to ‘significantly mark historic’ February 8 amid missile fears

NORTH Korea has declared it will “significantly mark” the army’s founding anniversary a day before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on February 8, amid fears of another missile test, it has been reported.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim Jong-un’s mouthpiece, said in a report that it has changed the anniversary date of the establishment of the Korean People’s Army, which previously fell on April 25.

KCNA said: “February 8 will be marked as the Army-Building Day.

“The Cabinet and other relevant organs will take practical steps to significantly mark the founding anniversary of the Korean People’s Army.”

The news agency did not detail what steps will be taken, but it has been reported the North might be preparing a large-scale military parade that will require the mobilisation of troops and other weaponry.

A South Korea officials said around 13,000 troops and 200 pieces of equipment have been mobilised and detected near an airport in Pyongyang for an apparent rehearsal for a military parade.

It comes after a summit was held in Canada to discuss escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.

In response, KCNA published a bellicose article which referenced the Korean War and claimed the North “won” it – despite the conflict never officially ending.

KCNA said: “Recently the US and its vassal forces held the Vancouver foreign ministers meeting in Canada over the security and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

“The issue of stepping up sanctions and pressure against the DPRK for its ‘denuclearisation’ was reportedly put on the table at the meeting attended by foreign ministers of 20 countries including Japan, Britain and France that participated in the past Korean War, with US Secretary of State Tillerson in the chair.

“Now the international community is pouring scorn on the farce of those countries which were defeated in the Korean War.

“The US dispatched its huge aggression forces boasting of their ‘invincibleness’ and ‘elite’ as well as its vassal forces to the Korean Peninsula in the past century but they all met the fate of forlorn wandering spirits.

“The US, which failed to bring the Korean people with rifles to their knees in the Korean War, is now trying to inveigle its vassal forces into the dangerous scenario against the DPRK which has emerged as a new strategic state. It is nothing but hysteria.”

The report also warns of a “second Korean War” and threatens “death” to the US.

It added: “Those countries that joined the United States in the Korean War have still joined it in international terrorism at its beck and call. This adds to the crimes against the Korean people.

“The aggressors and provokers who are trying to ignite a second Korean war challenging the strongest nuclear power and military power of the world will only face corpse and death.

“No matter how desperate the US gets to increase pressure upon the DPRK by mobilizing all sorts of riffraff, oblivious of the DPRK’s strategic position and trend of the times, the empire of America is doomed to destruction.”

After a year of growing tensions in the region, diplomacy focused on sport enabled the International Olympic Committee to announce that North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the Olympics provided a “precious chance to open the door” for a peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue and the establishment of peace on the Korean peninsula.

But he warned: “But no one can be optimistic about how long the current mood for dialogue will last.

“We need wisdom and efforts to sustain the dialogue opportunities beyond the Olympics so that the inter-Korean talks will lead to talks between the United States and North Korea and other forms of dialogue”.

Source:- https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/908455/North-Korea-army-world-war-3-nuclear-icbm-missile-winter-olympics-kim-jong-un-news-latest

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World War 3: India and Pakistan NUCLEAR CONFLICT ‘could be devastating for whole world’ https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/world-war-3-india-and-pakistan-nuclear-conflict-could-be-devastating-for-whole-world.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/world-war-3-india-and-pakistan-nuclear-conflict-could-be-devastating-for-whole-world.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:07:51 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57218 World War 3: India and Pakistan NUCLEAR CONFLICT ‘could be devastating for whole world’ A NUCLEAR conflict between India and Pakistan “could be devastating for the whole world” as the two powers continue to engage in conflict with each other, a top separatist leader in Kashmiri, Syed Ali Geelani, has declared. As soldiers on both […]

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World War 3: India and Pakistan NUCLEAR CONFLICT ‘could be devastating for whole world’

A NUCLEAR conflict between India and Pakistan “could be devastating for the whole world” as the two powers continue to engage in conflict with each other, a top separatist leader in Kashmiri, Syed Ali Geelani, has declared.

As soldiers on both sides launch attacks along the contested border known as the Line of Control (LoC), Mr Geelani called for the two to “play a constructive role for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue”.

He added: “The risk of collision between the two nuclear powers will be devastating not only for the region, but for the whole world.”

The region of Kashmir has been contested for decades – the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 and 1965 both revolved around competing claims for the area.

Officials declared yesterday that at least one civilian was killed and three were wounded as the conflict continues between the two nations.

Shelling and gunfire was exchanged throughout Sunday that continued into the early hours of Monday.

Fighting continued later on Monday following a brief hiatus – the increased tensions have forced thousands of residents to flee their homes in search of safety.

Two army officials from Pakistan confirmed that fighting continued in parts of Kashmir – however, they declared that they were only responding to attacks from India.

The tense situation on the border has led to both sides claiming they were responding to attacks from the other as tensions soar – both say provocations are a violation of a 2003 cease-fire agreement.

Arun Manhas, an Indian civilian official, stated that shelling from Pakistan destroyed an entire village along the contested border and claimed over 4,000 cows and buffaloes were moved to safer spots.

He claimed: “Damage to the huts and cattle is huge in the village. It was a daunting task to shift over 4,000 cows and buffaloes from the village along with about 1,200 residents who are mainly milk suppliers for the vast area.”

Most of the conflict between the two nations has taken place in the boundary separating the Indian-controlled region of Kashmir and the Pakistan province of Punjab.

However, the conflict is escalating to the more contentious zone of the LoC – the region of Kashmir is split into two nations by the border.

In total, India has evacuated “over 36,000” people from its border to escape heavy shelling from Pakistan.

The heavy fire has demolished buildings and killed cattle that is essential to the livelihood of many in the area.

Sub Divisional Police Officer, Surinder Choduhary, explained that the town of Arnia had been evacuated as part of a desperate effort to save residents from the escalating area of conflict.

He said: “Arnia town has been vacated. We have evacuated a large number of people from Arnia and border hamlets. Most of the hamlets are now vacated.

“Over 150 kullas (grass houses) have been gutted in the fire and several animals have perished in the fire triggered by Pakistan shelling.”

Arnia is a town in the region of Jammu and Kashmir that borders Pakistan – the area has been a source of rising tensions between the two South Asian nations.

Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, the deputy commissioner in the region of Jammu, declared that 58 villages in Arnia and Suchetgarh areas have all scrambled deeper into India for safety.

He explained: “Over 36,000 border dwellers have migrated from their homes.”

Source:- https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/908445/World-War-3-India-Pakistan-conflict-nuclear-Kashmiri-Line-of-Control-shelling-evacuation

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Trump signs bill ending government shutdown after 3 days

The federal government will be open for business Tuesday after President Trump signed a bill funding the government until Feb. 8.

Trump signed the measure Monday evening, hours after the House and Senate approved the package by wide margins as Senate Democrats backed off their opposition.

Democrats agreed to re-open the government after Republicans assured them the Senate would soon consider legislation that would protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. It was a stark contrast from the Senate Democratic position just a few days ago.

“In a few hours, the government will reopen,” Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said on the Senate floor on Monday.

The Senate then voted 81-18 to break a Democratic filibuster on the stalled government spending bill. Several hours later, the Senate approved the bill by the same margin and the House followed suit, 266-150.

“I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses and are now willing to fund our great military, border patrol, first responders and insurance for vulnerable children,” Trump said in a written statement.

During Monday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the administration expects the bill to make it to the president’s desk late Monday and the government to open at full capacity on Tuesday morning.

Sanders pushed back against the notion from Democrats that Trump wasn’t doing enough behind the scenes during the shutdown. She said Trump was busy working the phones with lawmakers and Cabinet officials.

“The president was putting pressure and standing firm on exactly what he was willing to do and what he wasn’t,” Sanders said. “And it very clearly worked.”

The funding and reopening of the government would allow U.S. military personnel to be paid, end the furlough of nearly 1 million federal workers and resume all federal services and operations.

But congressional lawmakers made it clear Monday that they’re still faced with challenges, like how to fund hurricane disaster relief and craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill on which both parties can agree.

“We still have a lot more work to do,” said Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

After days and weeks of blaming and finger-pointing, a bipartisan group of senators met Sunday and brokered the deal in which rank-and-file members would provide the 60 votes in exchange for Senate leaders’ promise to immediately proceed to immigration reform.

Democrats largely had opposed the stopgap spending bill because it did not include provisions to protect the illegal immigrants from deportation under former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order. Trump last year set a deadline of early March to end the protections, but has indicated he wants to provide permanent protections for the young illegal immigrants — along with border security, particularly funding for his U.S.-Mexico border walll.

Under the apparent deal to end the filibuster, Schumer said Monday they would negotiate on immigration, and immediately consider such legislation if there’s no agreement by Feb. 8.

Schumer lauded the bipartisan group’s weekend efforts and suggested the group could lead efforts to replace DACA with permanent, legislative protections.

However, he also needled Trump, whom he said on Friday rejected his compromise plan that included money for the border wall.

“Today we enter the third day of the Trump shutdown,” Schumer said before saying they would provide the votes to get to the spending bill. Republicans call it the “Schumer Shutdown.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., then thanked Schumer and said: “I think if we’ve learned anything during this process, it’s that a strategy to shut down the government over the issue of illegal immigration is something the American people didn’t understand and would not have understood in the future. So I’m glad we’ve gotten past that.”

With Republicans having just 50 senators available to vote Monday, they needed the support of roughly a dozen Democratic senators to break the filibuster. They got 33.

The 18 senators who didn’t vote to end debate included Republican Sens. Mike Lee, of Utah, and Rand Paul, of Kentucky.

The 15 Democrats in opposition were Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both of Connecticut; Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, both of New Jersey; Catherine Cortez Masto, of Nevada; Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York; Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii; Patrick Leahy, of Vermont; Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, both of Massachusetts; Jon Tester, of Montana; Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both of Oregon; and Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, both of California. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, also voted in opposition.

Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain did not vote because he’s home fighting cancer.

Early Monday, before the votes, the Trump White House and Capitol Hill Republicans cranked up the pressure on Democrats to abandon their immediate demands for immigration measures and vote in support of the temporary spending bill.

“They shut down the government,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning. “The pressure is on them.”

Trump tweeted that Democrats shut down the government to appease the “far left base” and are now “powerless” to change course.

“The Democrats are turning down services and security for citizens in favor of services and security for non-citizens. Not good!” he tweeted.

Source: -http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/22/dems-under-pressure-to-end-shutdown-as-showdown-vote-set-for-noon.html

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5 missing after drilling rig explosion in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/5-missing-drilling-rig-explosion-pittsburg-county-oklahoma.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/5-missing-drilling-rig-explosion-pittsburg-county-oklahoma.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 04:58:39 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57224 5 missing after drilling rig explosion in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma Five people are missing after a fiery explosion ripped through an eastern Oklahoma drilling rig Monday morning, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and leaving a derrick crumpled on the ground, emergency officials said. Pittsburg County Emergency Manager Kevin Enloe said at least […]

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5 missing after drilling rig explosion in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma

Five people are missing after a fiery explosion ripped through an eastern Oklahoma drilling rig Monday morning, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and leaving a derrick crumpled on the ground, emergency officials said.

Pittsburg County Emergency Manager Kevin Enloe said at least three medical helicopters landed at the site following the explosion. He said about 17 workers were taken off the site following the blast, but that five remained missing Monday afternoon.

CBS News correspondent DeMarco Morgan reports authorities are not letting anyone get close to the site of the explosion Monday night. With fires still burning, searcher have not been able to get closer than 100 feet to the rig to search for the five missing workers

Aerial footage from CBS affiliate KOTV in Tulsa showed the fire still burning at the site. The heat from the fire caused the derrick to collapse, which spread the flames across the site. The explosion occurred west of the town of Quinton, about 100 miles southeast of Tulsa.

A person who owns land near the drilling site told KOTV the explosion killed cattle in the area.

More than 20 employees were at the well site when the explosion occurred, Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris told The Associated Press.

“Most everybody was taken off the site and taken to a secure site here in Quinton,” he said.

Morris confirmed that five people were unaccounted for, but he said could not confirm any fatalities or injuries.

Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma medical examiner’s office, said she wouldn’t be able to confirm any fatalities until the fire is extinguished and investigators can get to the scene of the explosion.

“I pray there’s not, but we just don’t know yet,” Elliott said.

Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said state environmental and regulatory officials have been notified and were heading to the scene. A local emergency dispatcher said the sheriff, undersheriff and county emergency management director are all on the scene.

The drilling site was being operated by Oklahoma City-based Red Mountain Energy, said Matt Skinner, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates oil and gas operators in the state. Telephone and email messages left with Red Mountain were not immediately returned.

Skinner said a company that specializes in rig fires and other well control problems also responded to the blaze.

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Melania Trump will no longer join the President in Davos https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/melania-trump-will-no-longer-join-the-president-in-davos.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/melania-trump-will-no-longer-join-the-president-in-davos.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 04:55:49 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57220 Melania Trump will no longer join the President in Davos First lady Melania Trump, in a change of plans, will not be joining President Donald Trump on his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this week. East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham confirmed to CNN that the first lady’s decision to […]

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Melania Trump will no longer join the President in Davos

First lady Melania Trump, in a change of plans, will not be joining President Donald Trump on his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this week.

East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham confirmed to CNN that the first lady’s decision to forgo the trip was based on “scheduling and logistical issues.”

The year in Melania

A week ago, Grisham told CNN the first lady would be attending the annual meeting of influential financial leaders and business titans in a show of support for her husband, who intends to give remarks during his visit.

The President’s own trip to Davos was also in flux until several hours ago, due to the government shutdown, which has been now been resolved.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders had said Monday that if the government reopened, Trump would keep his promise to attend.

“The President’s delegation will leave tomorrow, and the President will continue on his trip later in the week,” she said, in the event of the shutdown ending.

Melania Trump has not made a public statement since January 12, when news of a possible payoff from her husband’s lawyer to porn star Stormy Daniels to cover up an alleged affair was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The first lady did, however, depart with the President later that day to Mar-a-Lago for the long holiday weekend, although she was not spotted with him during two evening dinners hosted by Trump, one with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and another with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

She tweeted on January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, something her husband was criticized for not doing.

On Saturday, Melania Trump marked the one-year anniversary of her husband’s inauguration by tweeting an image to mark the occasion that did not include the President, but rather was of herself, her arm linked with a military escort, at Trump’s inaugural swearing-in ceremony.

She posted that the past year had been filled with “many wonderful moments,” but she did not mention the President by name.

Source:- https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/22/politics/melania-trump-davos/index.html

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Student: Boy arrested in Texas high school shooting has violent past https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/student-boy-arrested-in-texas-high-school-shooting-has-violent-past.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/student-boy-arrested-in-texas-high-school-shooting-has-violent-past.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 04:51:54 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57204 Student: Boy arrested in Texas high school shooting has violent past A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting a classmate at a Texas high school on Monday had a history of aggressive actions at school, a fellow student said. The injured student, a 15-year-old girl, was airlifted to a hospital in Dallas following the shooting inside […]

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Student: Boy arrested in Texas high school shooting has violent past

A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting a classmate at a Texas high school on Monday had a history of aggressive actions at school, a fellow student said.

The injured student, a 15-year-old girl, was airlifted to a hospital in Dallas following the shooting inside the cafeteria at Italy High School, which is in the small town of Italy about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Dallas. The boy fled after being confronted by a school district official but was later arrested.

Cassie Shook, a 17-year-old junior at the school, told The Associated Press that she was driving up to the building when she saw “the doors fly open and everyone screaming and running out of the building.” She said she was angry when she learned who the suspect was because she’d complained about the boy at least twice to school officials, including to a vice principal.

“This could have been avoidable,” she said. “There were so many signs.”

Shook said she first went to school officials after the boy allegedly made a “hit list” in eighth grade and her name was on it. Then last year, the boy got angry during a class and threw a pair of scissors at her friend and later threw a computer against a wall, she said.

“I ran out of the classroom screaming, telling everyone to hide because I was scared,” Shook said.

Shook said police came to talk to the class after the incident. She said the boy was removed from the school but eventually was allowed back.

Italy Independent School District Superintendent Lee Joffre said the district couldn’t comment on disciplinary actions involving students. Police have not released the boy’s name and didn’t return a message seeking comment about his past.

Shook said the girl who was shot Monday had moved to the school district a few months earlier. Police said the girl was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where a spokeswoman said she couldn’t release any information about the girl’s condition.

The school district of about 600 students is located near the center of Italy, a town of about 2,000 people that dubs itself “The Biggest Little Town In Texas.” Joffre said that about 45 to 55 students are typically in the high school’s cafeteria in the morning for breakfast. He noted that school would be in session Tuesday and that counselors would be available.

“In a small town, the school district is the center of what goes on for our kids, and this morning’s tragedy hits the heart of this community,” Joffre said.

Ellis County Sheriff Chuck Edge said during a news conference that the suspect “engaged the victim” and fired several shots from a semi-automatic .380 handgun just before 8 a.m. Edge did not say how many times the victim was shot.

Investigators have said they don’t know the relationship between the victim and shooter, or what may have been the shooter’s motive.

Edge said the suspect fled when confronted by a school district official but was later arrested by law enforcement on school grounds. Edge said the handgun was recovered at the scene and is in evidence.

Edge said it’s unclear where the boy may have gotten the weapon. He also didn’t know what charges the boy might face.

On Monday night, about 300 people packed an Italy church to pray for the wounded girl and their shocked community.

Source:- http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-texas-high-school-shooting-20180122-story.html

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Sessions acknowledges missing FBI texts https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/politics/sessions-acknowledges-missing-fbi-texts.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/politics/sessions-acknowledges-missing-fbi-texts.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 04:49:05 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57212 Sessions acknowledges missing FBI texts Attorney General Jeff Sessions acknowledged Monday that the FBI’s information system failed to preserve five months of text messages between two bureau officials who had disparaged then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election. The discovery of the communications earlier this year prompted the removal of Peter Strzok, a senior counter-intelligence […]

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Sessions acknowledges missing FBI texts

Attorney General Jeff Sessions acknowledged Monday that the FBI’s information system failed to preserve five months of text messages between two bureau officials who had disparaged then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

The discovery of the communications earlier this year prompted the removal of Peter Strzok, a senior counter-intelligence agent, from the staff of Russia special counsel Robert Mueller.

Strzok had been communicating by text message for months with colleague Lisa Page, who also had been assigned to Mueller’s team, but had returned her duties at the FBI before the text messages were found.

The Justice Department turned over a tranche of communications between the two officials to Congress last month covering a period between August 2015 to December 2016. In those contacts, Strzok, who also helped run the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, referred to Trump as an “idiot” and the two expressed a clear preference for the Democratic candidate.

In all, Justice identified about 50,000 messages between the two.

In a statement Monday, Sessions said the FBI had not retained messages between the two, from Dec.14, 2016 to May 17, 2017, the day Mueller was appointed to lead Justice’s inquiry into Russia interference in the 2016 election.

Mueller’s appointment followed Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from overseeing that matter because he failed to disclose pre-election meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

A number of congressional panels have requested the text communications between Strzok and Page to examine whether Mueller’s investigation was biased against Trump. The texts were first discovered this summer by the Justice Department’s inspector general who is in the midst of a wide-ranging review of the department’s handling of the Clinton investigation.

“The department apprised the congressional committees of the missing text messages on Friday,” Sessions said. “I have spoken to the inspector general and a review is already underway to ascertain what occurred and to determine if these records can be recovered in any other way. If any wrongdoing were to be found to have caused this gap, appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken.

“We will leave no stone un-turned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source,” Sessions said.

Republican lawmakers have seized on the text communications to question the credibility of Mueller’s continuing inquiry and to call for a second special counsel to examine the FBI’s handling of the matter.

In a statement Monday, the Republican chairmen of three influential House panels–the Intelligence, Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees–called the missing communications “concerning.”

The missing messages, the chairmen said, represent a “critical gap encompassing the FBI’s Russia investigation.”

Source:- https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/22/sessions-acknowledges-missing-fbi-texts/1056113001/

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Father and 2 children killed in Bridgeton, New Jersey house fire https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/father-and-2-children-killed-in-bridgeton-new-jersey-house-fire.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/father-and-2-children-killed-in-bridgeton-new-jersey-house-fire.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 04:44:43 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57203 Father and 2 children killed in Bridgeton, New Jersey house fire Authorities said an overnight house fire in Bridgeton has claimed the lives of a boy, a girl and their father, and left a woman, a man and a baby hospitalized. The fire broke out at 1:49 a.m. Monday at a home in the unit […]

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Father and 2 children killed in Bridgeton, New Jersey house fire

Authorities said an overnight house fire in Bridgeton has claimed the lives of a boy, a girl and their father, and left a woman, a man and a baby hospitalized.

The fire broke out at 1:49 a.m. Monday at a home in the unit block of Park Avenue.

A man who wished to remain anonymous said the fatal fire started above his two-year-old daughter’s bedroom.

“The first officer I saw I was like ‘Where is my family?'” he said. “I really thought I was going to collapse because I was thinking the worst.

His 27-year-old fiancé and their child were able to make it out of the burning home unscathed after a neighbor alerted them to the growing blaze.

Firefighters said they arrived on scene to find heavy flames coming from the second floor.

Two children – a five-year-old boy and a six-year-old female – along with their 28-year-old father died at the scene, according to Chief of Police Michael Gaimari and Fire Chief Todd Bowen.

Three other family members who lived in the second-floor apartment, where the fire is suspected to have started, made it out of the structure and are being treated at area hospitals.

They include the 26-year-old mother of the children, her 10-month-old son and a 33-year-old male relative.

A 27-year-old woman and her 2-year-old daughter, who both lived in the first-floor apartment, also got safely. They were not hurt.

Officials say all the occupants of the home were related to each other.

Fire investigators said had fire detectors been installed in the home there might have been a different outcome.

“They could have been alerted quicker to the presence of a fire, got out and escape safely,” said Bridgeton Fire Chief Todd Bowern. “Or alert us faster, so that when we arrive it wasn’t as advanced as it was.”

Police and fire investigators are still working to determine what sparked the blaze.

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Russian spy ship spotted 100 miles off North Carolina coast https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/russian-spy-ship-spotted-100-miles-off-north-carolina-coast.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/russian-spy-ship-spotted-100-miles-off-north-carolina-coast.html#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 04:43:25 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57202 Russian spy ship spotted 100 miles off North Carolina coast The Russian spy ship, the Viktor Leonov, was spotted 100 miles south east of Wilmington, North Carolina, in international waters, according to a US military official, just days after the vessel was seen leaving the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain. Two US […]

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Russian spy ship spotted 100 miles off North Carolina coast

The Russian spy ship, the Viktor Leonov, was spotted 100 miles south east of Wilmington, North Carolina, in international waters, according to a US military official, just days after the vessel was seen leaving the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain.

Two US military officials said the Russian ship is being tracked by the destroyer USS Cole and other naval assets.

Outfitted with a variety of high-tech spy equipment and designed to intercept communications signals, the Viktor Leonov was observed operating in the Caribbean last week, a US defense official told CNN.

It was unclear at the time where the vessel was heading, but the official said the spy ship has typically traveled up the eastern seaboard near Cape Canaveral, King’s Bay, Norfolk and New London in the past.

All these locations are home to US naval installations.

A second official told CNN last week that based on historical patterns the ship is likely on a four-to-six month deployment off the East Coast where it will be conducting intelligence operations.

The Russian ship routinely performs this mission.

The ship sailed along the east coast of the United States in February and March of last year, lingering in international waters just off the coast of US naval installations.

Last March, the Viktor Leonov was spotted some 20 miles south of the US Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay near the Florida border, a US defense official told CNN.

In February, the US Navy spotted the same ship sailing 30 miles off the coast of Connecticut, the farthest north it had ever ventured, according to a US defense official. The Vishnya-class spy ship also conducted similar patrols in 2014 and 2015.

Source:- https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/22/politics/russia-spy-ship-us-coast/index.html

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Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/sports/nfl/foles-eagles-fly-into-super-bowl-rout-vikings-38-7.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/sports/nfl/foles-eagles-fly-into-super-bowl-rout-vikings-38-7.html#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:40:48 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57194 Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7 With one quarter remaining, Eagles players on the field and sideline already were dancing. A bit later, after their stunning and resounding 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings earned them the NFC championship, they listened as nearly 70,000 made the Linc shake with “Fly Eagles Fly.” […]

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Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7

With one quarter remaining, Eagles players on the field and sideline already were dancing.

A bit later, after their stunning and resounding 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings earned them the NFC championship, they listened as nearly 70,000 made the Linc shake with “Fly Eagles Fly.”

Hey Philly, you’re in the Super Bowl.

“It was electric. The fans are awesome,” All-Pro tackle Lane Johnson said.

“We’re going there to prove we belong,” added Brandon Graham of the meeting with the AFC champion Patriots in two weeks.

And maybe it’s time for everyone to put aside Carson Wentz’s injury. Nick Foles might be good enough to win the Eagles their first NFL title since 1960.

Foles was on fire Sunday night against the stingiest scoring defense in the NFL. Next up after their most-lopsided playoff victory: the Eagles’ first Super Bowl appearance since 2005, against the team that beat them then.

Foles replaced the injured Wentz in Game 13 and finished off a rise from last place last season to first in the NFC East. There were plenty of doubters entering the playoffs, but the former starter in Philadelphia (15-3) under another regime has been brilliant.

“I just think you’ve got to keep going at it,” Foles said. “And we all believe in each other. I’m blessed to have amazing teammates, amazing coaches. Everyone here that’s a part of the Philadelphia Eagles organization is first class.”

Foles’ best work might have come against Minnesota (14-4) and its vaunted defense that was torn apart in every manner. Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns, showing poise, escapability and moxie in going 26 for 33.

“I’m so happy for Nick and the offense,” said coach Doug Pederson, “and for Nick, everything he’s been through and battled, he stayed the course and we all believed in him.”

Foles was helped greatly by the Eagles’ domination on defense and a spectacular weaving 50-yard interception return TD by Patrick Robinson. Philadelphia ruined the Vikings’ hopes of being the first team to play in a Super Bowl in its own stadium.

Instead, the Eagles will seek their first Super Bowl crown in Minnesota on Feb. 4; their last championship came in 1960.

“I’m so proud of our players,” team owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “The resilience this group of men has is unequaled.”

OVER AT HALFTIME: Minnesota made it look easy at the outset, driving 75 yards on nine plays, each of which gained yardage. The payoff was a 25-yard throw from Case Keenum to Kyle Rudolph well behind linebacker Najee Goode as Philadelphia’s defense looked confused on the play.

That didn’t happen again for Philly.

Defensive end Chris Long had a huge hand in Robinson’s 50-yard interception return. Long burst in from the left side and got his arm on Keenum to disrupt the throw for Adam Thielen. The ball went directly to Robinson, who sped down the left side, then made a sharp cut to the right and got a superb block from Ronald Darby to reach the end zone.

Inspired, Philly’s D forced a three-and-out, the Foles led the Eagles on a 12-play, 75-yard masterpiece of a drive. LeGarrette Blount showed all his power and escapability on an 11-yard surge up the middle for a 14-7 lead.

Turnovers, something Minnesota rarely committed with an NFC-low 14 during the season, hurt again and not only ended a solid drive, but set up more Philly points. On third down from the Eagles 15, Keenum was blindsided by rookie Derek Barnett, and the ball bounced directly to Long.

It was only the second strip-sack the Vikings have been victimized by all season.

A blown coverage — another rarity for Minnesota — on third-and-10 allowed Alshon Jeffery to get wide open for a 53-yard TD, and Philadelphia tacked on Jake Elliott’s 38-yard field goal to make it 24-3 at halftime.

“Credit to Philadelphia, they got after us pretty good tonight and we didn’t do enough good things,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.

“I’m still proud of my football team with the way they worked all year. The way they went about their business. The way they competed all year and tonight we didn’t get it done.”

BACK TO THE BIG GAME: Long won the Super Bowl last year with the Patriots, as did Blount. Now they return on the other side.

QUICK DRIVE: Philadelphia got the ball with 29 seconds remaining in the first half at its 20. Foles hit passes of 11 yards to Jay Ajayi, 36 to Zach Ertz and 13 to Ajayi before Elliott’s field goal to end the half.

THIRD DOWNS: Minnesota was the league’s best team defending third downs and was third in converting them. Yet Philadelphia went 10 for 14.

STATS

Jeffery caught TD passes of 53 and 5 yards and had five receptions for 85 yards. Ertz was free seemingly all night and finished with eight catches for 93 yards. Torrey Smith had a 41-yard TD catch against double coverage in the third period.

Keenum finished 28 of 48 for 271 yards, with two picks, a lost fumble and the TD throw to Rudolph. The Vikings’ previously staunch defense yielded 456 yards.

NEXT UP

Philadelphia can look forward to facing New England in Super Bowl 52 on Feb. 4. The Patriots are a 5- to 6-point favorite.

Minnesota returns home to watch two other teams play at its stadium for the Lombardi Trophy.

“We would’ve loved to play in the Super Bowl if it was in China,” Zimmer said.

Source:- https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2018/01/21/foles-eagles-fly-into-super-bowl-rout-vikings-38-7/109694366/

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Kerber pulls through a surprising challenge, faces Keys next https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/sports/tennis/kerber-pulls-surprising-challenge-faces-keys-next.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/sports/tennis/kerber-pulls-surprising-challenge-faces-keys-next.html#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:37:05 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57193 Kerber pulls through a surprising challenge, faces Keys next Angelique Kerber remains the only Grand Slam singles winner in the Australian Open women’s draw after surviving a frustrating fourth-round match. For a while, though, it appeared Kerber’s progression may have unraveled against No. 88 Hsieh Su-wei, a former top-ranked doubles player with a double-handed grip […]

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Kerber pulls through a surprising challenge, faces Keys next

Angelique Kerber remains the only Grand Slam singles winner in the Australian Open women’s draw after surviving a frustrating fourth-round match.

For a while, though, it appeared Kerber’s progression may have unraveled against No. 88 Hsieh Su-wei, a former top-ranked doubles player with a double-handed grip on both sides.

With a mix of slice and chips, lobs and bunts, whippy half-volleys and wristy crosscourt ground strokes off both wings, Hsieh pushed Kerber to the extremes and unsettled her rhythm.

Former No. 1-ranked Kerber finally got a succession of breaks to take the second set and dominate the third in a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory on Monday afternoon.

“Credit to her. She played an unbelievable match,” said Kerber, who won the Australian and U.S. Open titles and reached No. 1 in 2016. “I was feeling I was running everywhere. She was playing a lot of corners and drop shots. I was bringing a lot of balls back.”

After holding it together to improve her 2018 winning streak to 13, Kerber faces U.S. Open quarterfinalist Madison Keys in the quarterfinals.

Keys returned to the quarterfinals here for the first time in three years with a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 8-seeded Caroline Garcia. She has yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park and is averaging a brisk 62.5 minutes on court through her first four rounds.

Going into the fourth round, Keys had only dropped 14 games — the second fewest among the women through three rounds, just behind Kerber’s 13 games.

Keys, the only American woman to reach the fourth round, said she feels like she’s playing without pressure since returning from her wrist injury that forced her out of last year’s Australian Open.

“I definitely realize how much l love it and how much pressure I put on myself,” in the past, she said. “Just being really happy to be back out here and not at home in a cast.”

Hsieh certainly made the most of her time back in the spotlight, returning to the fourth round at a major for the first round in a decade.

She took out one major winner — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza — in the second round, and took a set off an almost dumbfounded Kerber to open the fourth.

Kerber, returning from a form slump that saw her ranking drop into the 20s in 2017, had to produce some of her best tennis.

She finished a 14-shot rally early in the second set by racing to the net and reaching at full stretch to track down a drop shot and send a forehand winner over the net post.

The 30-year-old German player had to serve to stay in the match in the ninth game of the second set. Then, after winning four straight points and converting a break-point chance with a sliding forehand winner down the line, Kerber crouched and screamed to celebrate the point.

She served out the set at love and then got critical service breaks in the first and fifth games of the final set as Hseih began to tire and started to miss the lines.

Hsieh has won two Grand Slam doubles titles, and was ranked No. 1 in doubles in 2014 but had a career-high singles ranking of 23. At age 32, she was oldest woman still in the singles draw. Recent work with former doubles champion — and Australian Open tournament director — Paul McNamee paid off with her singles ranking expected to rise again. She’ll likely also attract more attention from sponsors after going through the singles in an unadorned white tank top and black skirt.

On the men’s side, Tomas Berdych returned to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the seventh time after a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini.

Berdych has been this far at Melbourne Park for seven of the last eight years. The only time he’s failed to reach at least the quarters was last year when he lost in the third round to Roger Federer.

He could meet Federer again in the next round, if second-ranked Federer wins his fourth-round match against Marton Fucsovics later Monday.

Source:- https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2018/01/21/keys-returns-to-aussie-open-quarters-with-win-over-garcia/109693642/

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Hellebuyck stops 29 shots, Jets beat Canucks 1-0 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/sports/nhl/hellebuyck-stops-29-shots-jets-beat-canucks-1-0.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/sports/nhl/hellebuyck-stops-29-shots-jets-beat-canucks-1-0.html#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:33:13 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=57184 Hellebuyck stops 29 shots, Jets beat Canucks 1-0 Connor Hellebuyck was calm in the crease again for the Winnipeg Jets. Hellebuyck made 29 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and the Jets extended their home winning streak to six games with a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night. Patrik Laine […]

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Hellebuyck stops 29 shots, Jets beat Canucks 1-0

Connor Hellebuyck was calm in the crease again for the Winnipeg Jets.

Hellebuyck made 29 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and the Jets extended their home winning streak to six games with a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

Patrik Laine scored his team-leading 21st goal in the first period.

Hellebuyck picked up his 25th win for the Jets, who moved into first place in the Central Division, one point ahead of idle Nashville.

“I like to think that I’m a calm goalie,” Hellebuyck said. “I like to have things around me at ease. I think that helps the team and I like to stick to it.”

Anders Nilsson stopped 35 shots for the Canucks, who had lost 5-2 to Edmonton the night before. It was Nilsson’s sixth straight loss, but coach Travis Green said it was a good outing since the netminder hadn’t started for two weeks.

“Great game. Really good,” Green said. “I’m happy for him that he gave us a really good game on the road against a real good team.”

Jets captain Blake Wheeler sent a backhand pass from behind the net to Laine in front, and he gave his team the lead at 11:45 of the first period.

The Jets had their second power play of the game midway through the third. Dustin Byfuglien rang a shot off the post and Kyle Connor had a quick shot stopped by Nilsson.

Hellebuyck got a cut around his right eye after being hit by an errant stick when teammate Josh Morrissey and Canucks forward Thomas Vanek got tangled up in the crease with under four minutes left in the game. A trainer came out to tend to the wound, and then play continued.

“As far as I know, there was a shot coming in and I slid into it,” Hellebuyck said. “Pretty routine save and all of the sudden I have a stick poking me in the eye. I don’t really know everything in between that. Everything’s fine.”

NOTES: Canucks center Bo Horvat was back on the ice after missing 18 games with a broken bone in his foot suffered on Dec. 5.

UP NEXT

Canucks: Host Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Jets: Play at San Jose on Tuesday night.

Source:- https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2018/01/21/hellebuyck-stops-29-shots-jets-beat-canucks-1-0/109696888/

 

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