White House Steps Up Pressure on Netanyahu Over Speech to Congress  

ABC News By : JUSTIN FISHEL

In the lead-up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech before a joint session of Congress Tuesday, White House officials continued to point to what they see as politically divisive and diplomatically damaging theater. President Obama called it a “mistake” for the prime minister to speak before Congress so close to the March 17 elections in Israel.

“It makes it look like we are taking sides...it is a distraction from what should be our focus,” Obama said in an interview with Reuters Monday. - Referenced Article


US-Israel quarrel intensifies over Netanyahu speech  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Trading barbs, the U.S. and Israel escalated their increasingly public spat Wednesday over Benjamin Netanyahu’s GOP-engineered congressional speech next week, with the Israeli prime minister accusing world powers of rolling over to allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons. Secretary of State John Kerry openly questioned Netanyahu’s judgment on the issue.

The comments injected new tension into an already strained relationship between the close allies ahead of Netanyahu’s address to Congress next Tuesday. - Referenced Article


ISIS kidnap at least 90 people from Christian villages in Syria  

Daily Mail By : JULIAN ROBINSON

Islamic State militants have kidnapped at least 90 people after sweeping through Christian villages in Syria, it has been revealed.

The abductions are said to have taken place after ISIS seized two Assyrian communities from Kurdish forces in the northeast province of Hassakeh.

Dawn raids on Monday are said to have spread 'panic' in the villages, inhabited by the ancient Christian minority along the banks of the Khabur River near the town of Tel Hmar. - Referenced Article


New Violence Belies Talk of Peace in Ukraine  

NY Times By : ANDREW E. KRAMER

The main Russian-backed rebel organization in eastern Ukraine said it would begin moving heavy weaponry away from the front lines on Sunday, but the government said the group mounted a tank assault on a village near the Sea of Azov.

Violence also spread beyond the separatist regions to other Ukrainian cities on Sunday. - Referenced Article


Fire breaks out at luxury Dubai skyscraper  

CNN By : Melissa Gray

A fire broke out early Saturday at a luxury apartment skyscraper in Dubai, engulfing several floors on at least three sides of the iconic Torch building and spewing flaming debris to the ground.

There were no deaths or injuries, and the fire was out three hours after it began, the Dubai Civil Defense said. The cause was not known, the Dubai Civil Defense said. - Referenced Article


Bill O'Reilly rips Mother Jones again: Bottom rung of journalism  

CNN Money By : Staff Reporting

The Fox News host devoted the top of his talk show on Friday to blast the liberal magazine once again for a report alleging that he had exaggerated his accounts from the Falklands War in 1982.

"Mother Jones, which has low circulation, considered by many the bottom rung of journalism in America," O'Reilly said in his opening monologue, according to a rough transcript published online by Fox News. - Referenced Article


Boehner Willing to Let Homeland Security Funds Run Out, McConnell Blames Democrat Obstruction  

HNGN By : Taylor Tyler

House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that he's willing to let funding run out for the Department of Homeland Security in order to advance the GOP's efforts to reverse President Obama's executive immigration actions. "Senate Democrats are the ones standing in the way.

They're the ones jeopardizing funding," Boehner told Fox's Chris Wallace, reported Reuters. Boehner added that Democrats will be at fault if a deal isn't reached. - Referenced Article


Yarrow Mamout, the slave who became a Georgetown financier  

Washington Post By : Colbert I. King

Yarrow Mamout, a former slave, entrepreneur and Georgetown property owner, is the “man who never was” in a city in full-throated celebration of Black History Month.

Today, nearly 200 years after his death, Mamout looms large as one of the best, mostly unknown stories in our nation’s capital. Mamout’s biographer, James H. Johnston, laid it out in his book and in testimony last month before the Old Georgetown Board... - Referenced Article


Poroshenko and Putin shake hands  

Business Insider By : Staff Reporting

Ukrainian President Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart reluctantly shook hands before sitting together with Germany’s Merkel and France’s Hollande to broker a deal on Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus, on Wednesday.

Since the fight began 10 months ago in east Ukraine, more than 5,400 people have died according to the United Nations. Ukraine blames Russia for the conflict after annexing the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea last March. - Referenced Article


U.S. to start training Ukraine troops, commander says  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

The U.S. military plans in March to start training Ukrainian soldiers who are battling Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, a top U.S. military commander in Europe said Wednesday.

U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said a battalion of U.S. soldiers would train three battalions of Ukrainians from the Interior Ministry at the Yavariv training center in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. - Referenced Article


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