Report: Tillerson Snubbing Ivanka Trump's India Trip Amid Tensions
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson isn?t sending a top delegation to accompany Ivanka Trump to a business summit in India because he doesn?t want to promote her on the world stage, a State Department source has told CNN.
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Argentine sub disaster stirs bitter memories in Russia
President Vladimir Putin has offered his Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri help in trying to find a submarine that disappeared in the South Atlantic a week ago, and dispatched a Russian military vessel to the scene. In 2000, just a few months after the former KGB officer assumed his presidential duties for the first time, Russia lost a nuclear submarine with all 118 sailors on board following a bungled rescue effort. The loss of the Kursk became the worst disaster in the history of the Russian navy and a huge embarrassment for Putin.
Cows rain down on drivers after crash in Utah
Drivers in Riverdale, Utah experienced some unexpected bumps on their morning commute when cows began raining down on them from the road above. The freeway ramp was temporarily closed in the aftermath, as crews attempted to clear the scene of cattle. The driver was speeding in the 45-mph (72-kph) area, Riverdale Police Lieutenant Mike Loveland told The Independent.
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North Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash
North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector's rescue.
Japanese politician barred from bringing baby to council session
A local Japanese politician has stirred debate after she was forbidden from bringing her baby into a council session. In a case that contrasts starkly with the Australian lawmaker who breastfed her baby in parliament, Yuka Ogata was told she could not take part in the assembly on Wednesday if she had her seven-month-old son with her. Officials of the Kumamoto municipal assembly said visitors and observers were forbidden from the floor, and that included the young children of politicians. The session eventually started 40 minutes late after Ms Ogata agreed to leave the infant with a friend. It was the first time Ms Ogata had attended a plenary session since she gave birth to her son, the BBC reported. She said she wanted to show how difficult it was for women to continue careers and bring up children. Ms. Yuka Ogata (Ogata is her family), one of a few female members of Kumamoto's City Council, has received... https://t.co/Q4KirSrif1? Kumamoto-i (@Kumamotoi) November 23, 2017 "I wanted the assembly to be a place where women who are raising children can also do a great job," she told the Mainichi newspaper. The council said it would discuss ways to support lawmakers who had young children. "We would like to work on a system where assembly members can participate in meetings with their children," Speaker Yoshitomo Sawada, according to the Mainichi. Her move has sparked debate online with supporters saying she was brave and opponents questioning if it was a good idea to bring a baby to a workplace. "I think her act was wonderful. People wouldn't take problems seriously" if she hadn't shown up with the child, one Twitter user said. "Balancing work and child rearing isn't about being with a child all the time at a workplace," said another user, who identified herself as a fellow working mother. "I really cannot understand her action," wrote this user. Japan has consistently fared poorly in gender equality rankings in the developed world. Women are still often expected to give up work after having children, face chronic shortages of public childcare spots and regularly describe the existence of a ?concrete? rather than glass ceiling preventing female workers from advancing to senior positions. So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli #auspolpic.twitter.com/w34nxWxG0y? Larissa Waters (@larissawaters) May 9, 2017 In contrast, Senator Larissa Waters returned to parliament in Australia in May after giving birth to her second daughter and brought her baby Alia Joy with her while she voted. Furthermore, she made political history in the country by breastfeeding her daughter in the chamber. In Britain, an independent review in July last year concluded that allowing women to breastfeed would be "symbolic" and showcase the Commons as a "role-model parent friendly institution".
Syria opposition meeting in Riyadh sees no role for Assad in transition
By Stephen Kalin and Suleiman Al-Khalidi RIYADH/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria's main opposition stuck by its demand on Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad play no role in an interim period under any U.N.-sponsored peace deal, despite speculation it could soften its stance because of Assad's battlefield strength. A gathering in Saudi Arabia of more than 140 participants from a broad spectrum of Syria's mainstream opposition also blasted Iran's military presence in Syria and called on Shi'ite militias backed by Tehran to leave the country. "The participants stressed that this (the transition) cannot happen without the departure of Bashar al Assad and his clique at the start of the interim period," opposition groups said in a communique at the end of the meeting.