Seven Republican presidential candidates will participate in Fox Business Network's prime-time debate on Thursday, but Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and former business executive Carly Fiorina did not qualify for the main event, the network said on Monday. The seven candidates chosen for the main debate by Fox Business, based on the network's polling criteria, were billionaire businessman Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Ohio Governor John Kasich. Debate host Fox Business Network announced the debate lineup Monday evening, dealing a blow to both candidates three weeks before Iowa's leadoff presidential caucuses. Just seven candidates — the smallest Republican group so far — will be featured in Thursday's 9 p.m. ET main event, based on criteria established by the network that relied on recent polls. Fiorina, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania ...

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Photo credit:Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images Obama will first present a long-awaited plan to Congress about how to close the facility, and seek its approval, McDonough said in an interview. If Congress fails to act, the White House will determine what steps to take, he said. McDonough's reply, according to TIME, came after he was pressed about how Obama was going to accomplish that goal, especially given some Congressional lawmakers’ aversion to letting the detainees go. "He feels an obligation to the next president. He will fix this so that they don't have to be confronted with the same set of challenges," McDonough said. Obama pledged during the 2008 presidential election campaign that he would close the military prison, which housed foreign terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. That pledge, still unfilled, has been a feature of his annual State of the Union addresses to the nation ever since. Obama ...

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Photo credit: Reuters U.S. President Barack Obama will not publicly endorse a candidate before the 2016 Democratic primary election, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said on Sunday. His statement comes from NBC's "Meet the Press" interview, where he states that the President and his team would "do exactly what has been done in the past," He said Obama will be "out there" campaigning after the primary election to help support the Democratic candidate. During the course of the show, McDonough also responded to questions about whether Obama's op-ed in the New York Times about gun control was an attempt to call out Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has waffled on the gun issue over the years. The New York Times article that President Obama had written had stated that he will only campaign for candidates who support gun reform. "This isn't only about the primary," McDonough said. "We've got a ...

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Photo credit: Philadelphia Police Departm Philadelphia Police announced on Sunday that they were reviewing the prospect of "radical beliefs" in the suspect who shot and wounded a Police officer earlier this thursday. According to Reuters reports, the Police are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to verify the credibility of the tip, which led to charges of attempted murder, assault and aggravated assault against Edward Archer, the man accused of seriously wounding Police officer Jesse Hartnett. According to a Daily Mail report, Edward Archer, 30, said he was acting in the name of Islam and pledged allegiance to ISIS after pumping 13 bullets through the window of officer Jesse Hartnett's cruiser just before midnight on Thursday, investigators said. "The citizen alleged the defendant had an affiliation to a group with radical beliefs," police said. "The Philadelphia Police Department has alerted all department personnel of this matter and will continue to have officers work with a partner ...

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Credit: AP Faced with legal and political obstacles that have consistently slowed his plans, US President Barack Obama nevertheless vowed to stop the gun violence that has been turning small areas into pits of doom. Acknowledging the pain and heartache that many families and friends of victims, Obama is pushing for concrete steps to prevent further violence. The statement, which also called for new gun-buying, restrictions heralded the highest monthly gun sales in about twenty years. Narrower definitions of gun dealers and more stringent background checks for buyers would be required before a gun can be purchased. However the move faces much opposition both practically and theoretically. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch told reporters that she was unable to say with confidence that had the proposed stricter restrictions been in place, the recent series of mass shootings, including last month’s attack in San Bernardino, would not have taken place. Practically, most of the executive ...

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Photo credit: BBC and Getty Images Donald Trump suggested in an interview that Ted Cruz’s ability to run for the GOP nomination is in jeopardy because he has a crippling weakness. Trump maintains that, not being born in the United States, Cruz could be “tied up” in the court for at least two years and that this is a “big problem”. Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father. Legal consensus has it that Cruz is an American citizen through and through. Yet Trump is determined to make Cruz’s citizenship an issue. Cruz says he is determined to “laugh it off and move on to the issues that matter.” The remarks came as the race for the Iowa primary heats up. Cruz is leading the polls, threatening Trump’s number 1 position. The first delegate selection contest will be held on 1 Feb. This is not the first time Trump ...

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Neighbouring countries reacted with firm reiterations that a North Korea with nuclear capabilities is unacceptable. Before it was even independently confirmed that a nuclear test had in fact been conducted, China’s Xinhua News reported that the Chinese Foreign Ministry “firmly opposes” this most recent nuclear test, while South Korea’s President said that North Korea will pay “the corresponding price” for its nuclear test. Korean Central Television, the only available network in North Korea, claimed that the nuclear test had been personally ordered by its leader, Kim Jong-un, in December. Worries over tensions around the Korean peninsula grow as the North relentlessly pursues its nuclear dream. Just last month, Kim claimed that the nation had achieved hydrogen bomb capabilities and had conducted tests as an act of “self-defense”. While expert sources remain doubtful about the veracity of this claim, countries remain watchful and mindful of tensions. Japan’s Prime Minister reiterated that the North presents a ...

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Following US President Donald Trump’s controversial comments about banning Muslims from entering the United States, terrorist organisations have seized his clip as part of their propaganda videos. According to a report by SITE monitoring group, al-Kataib Media Foundation, an Islamist militant organisation under al-Shabaab, released a recruitment film in the form of a documentary about racial injustice in the United States featuring Trump’s recent call to ban all Muslims from the country. Trump, the billionaire developer and former reality TV star, was shown in the 51-minute film making his case for America to ban all Muslims from the country as his supporters cheered. The footage of Trump appeared between two clips of militant leader Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011, saying Muslims in the United States would face a choice between leaving for Islamic countries or staying at home to fight the West. Trump’s call to ban Muslims from ...

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In an updated document signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, The document, "About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation", was signed by President Vladimir Putin on New Year's Eve. It replaces a 2009 version, endorsed by then- President Dmitry Medvedev, the current prime minister, which mentioned neither the United States not NATO. The National Security Strategy until 2020, which was approved by the president back in 2009, was a rather short list of priorities and apparently needed an update due to the changing environment Russia has found itself in. It says Russia has managed to heighten its role in solving global problems and international conflicts. That heightened role has caused a reaction by the West, it says. “The process of forming a new polycentric world order is accompanied by a rise in global and regional instability. Conflicts are escalating due to the uneven global development and the growing differences between various ...

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Photo Credit: AFP As part of the anti-Islamic State (anti-IS) alliance of Syrian Kurds and Arab rebel groups backed by US coalition planes, advances were made against IS, with the seizure of at least one village in Aleppo province, a spokesman and a monitoring group said. According to Reuters, an interview with spokesman COL Talal Selo revealed that “fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria seized the village of Tanab near the town of Azaz after heavy clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and the powerful Ahrar al Sham.” Britain-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Democratic Forces of Syria had also captured the village of Tat Mrash, although this could not be confirmed by the colonel. The advance was buoyed by the success made by the capture dam from Islamic State further east, cutting one of its main supply routes across the Euphrates. Since the U.S.-backed alliance was ...

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