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Massive crowds mark 40th anniversary of Iran revolution

Massive crowds mark 40th anniversary of Iran revolutionIran’s president on Monday insisted “enemy” plots against the country would fail as vast crowds marked 40 years since the Islamic revolution at a time of heightened tensions with the United States. “The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran… means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives,” a defiant President Hassan Rouhani told those thronging Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square, decrying a “conspiracy” involving Washington. Chador-clad women, militia members in camouflage fatigues and ordinary citizens marched through the capital in freezing rain to commemorate the day in February 1979 that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ended millennia of royal rule.



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Donald Trump says he has 'lost massive amounts of money' serving as president

Donald Trump says he has 'lost massive amounts of money' serving as presidentDonald Trump has declared being president one of the "great losers of all time" financially as he lambasted suggestions he was making money out of the office. The US president also indicated he is preparing to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall on the Mexico border, calling ongoing negotiations with Democrats in Congress a "waste of time". Mr Trump also said he has been informed he is not personally a "target" in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia in 2016. His comments came on a day when it emerged the US economy added 304,000 jobs in January, almost twice what economists had forecast. Mr Trump tweeted: "JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!" The president has been accused by critics of violating the "emoluments clause" in the US Constitution, which bars gifts from foreign states, due to diplomats and other officials staying at his hotel in Washington, a few blocks from the White House. But in an interview with the New York Times, Mr Trump said he had actually lost out on business opportunities because he was president. He said: "I lost massive amounts of money doing this job. This is not the money. You know, fortunately, I don’t need money. This is one of the great [financial] losers of all time. "But they’ll say that somebody from some country stayed at a hotel. And I’ll say, 'Yeah. But I lose'. I mean, the numbers are incredible." Mr Trump criticised Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat speaker of the House of Representatives, who has refused to agree to any of the $ 5.7 billion funding he has requested for the border wall. Nancy Pelosi says there will be no money for the wall Credit: AP If agreement is not reached by Feb 15 the US government may shut down. A previous 35-day shutdown, caused by the same funding impasse over the wall, ended last month. Mr Trump indicated there would probably be no second shutdown because he will declare a national emergency, allowing him to use military funding for the wall. "I think Nancy Pelosi is hurting our country very badly," Mr Trump told the New York Times. "I’ve set the table. I’ve set the stage for doing what I’m going to do." The president also said his personal lawyers had been assured he was not being targeted by Mr Mueller. He said that assurance came from Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, who is overseeing the special counsel. Mr Trump said: "He [Rosenstein] told the attorneys that I'm not a subject, I'm not a target." The president said he had never spoken with Roger Stone, his longtime political ally, about Wikileaks and Russian-hacked Democratic Party emails made public in 2016. He said: "No, I didn't. I never did." Mr Stone pleaded not guilty this week to charges including lying to Congress, and obstruction, stemming from the investigation Mr Trump also denied that he had ever directed anyone to make contact with Wikileaks. "Never did," he told the New York Times. The president said he did not believe he would face a Republican challenger for his party's nomination ahead of the 2020 election. And he praised Kamala Harris as having had the best campaign launch of his potential Democrat rivals. He said: "I would say the best opening so far would be Kamala Harris. Some of the others were very flat."



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Massive US teachers' strike affects half million pupils

Massive US teachers' strike affects half million pupilsMore than 30,000 public school teachers in Los Angeles walked off the job on Monday to press their demands for better pay, smaller class sizes and more educators. The strike — the first in 30 years — is affecting some 500,000 students in the nation’s second largest school district, with intense negotiations in past weeks failing to lead to a breakthrough. “Here we are on a rainy day in the richest country in the world, in the richest state in the country, in a state that’s blue (Democrat) as it can be — and in a city rife with millionaires — where teachers have to go on strike to get the basics for our students,” Alex Caputo-Pearl, the head of the United Teachers Los Angeles union, told a news conference.



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Indonesia takes majority stake in massive Grasberg mine

Indonesia takes majority stake in massive Grasberg mineIndonesia on Friday finalised a $ 3.8 billion deal with US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan to take a 51 percent stake in the giant Grasberg mine, the president said. The announcement finally brings an end to a fierce standoff between Freeport and the government over rights to one of the world’s biggest gold and copper mines. Indonesian state-owned mining firm Inalum will get the majority interest in the Grasberg mine, from just under 10 percent now, the company said in a statement.



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Putin calls for better UK-Russia relations at massive annual press conference

Putin calls for better UK-Russia relations at massive annual press conferenceVladimir Putin called for an end to the deadlock in UK-Russia relations during his massive annual press conference.  "“In my mind, UK-Russian relations are at a dead end and it's in the interests of both sides to get out of this dead end," the Russian President said at a gathering known for pageantry and colourful quotes. He added that the UK was Russia's top direct investor last year, putting £22bn into the country. Although he had not discussed partnerships with Theresa May, Mr Putin said that business communities in both countries were holding productive talks. The President also advised the UK should go through with Brexit, saying that "otherwise it wasn't really a referendum." However, Mr Putin, whose approval ratings have fallen after a turbulent year, skirted the single question asked about Russia's role in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. He termed the story propaganda, and was not pressed to explain why he had called the suspects in the Salisbury poisoning civilians, after documents and interviews with neighbours showed the pair to belong to military intelligence.  Asked about America's withdrawal from Syria, Mr Putin welcomed the announcement. "Let's not forget, the presence of your troops there is illegitimate," he said.  More than 1,700 journalists were accredited to attend what state television called the “main media event of the year”. This number was a new record, as it is most years.    12:57PM Press conference ends with no mention of Skripal suspects In nearly four hours of questions, Putin failed to address the Skripal suspects' identities, who he previously claimed were civilians but have since been shown to be military intelligence. He only took one question about Salisbury and that was a softball from RT 11:50AM Russian leader denies links to 'Putin's chef' and mercenaries When asked about the Wagner mercenaries and their patron Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is known as “Putin's chef” for serving the president during state dinners, the Russian leader insisted he had nothing to do with them. Mr Prigozhin has been sanctioned for interfering in the US election with his troll factory and was recently filmed taking part in a meeting between Russian military chiefs and Libyan military leader Khalifa Haftar.  “All my chefs are in the federal guard service, they are from the military. I don't have any other chefs,” he said.  As for Wagner, if “they're not violating Russian law, they have the right to sell their services anywhere on the planet,” he said.  Three journalists were killed while investigating the Russian mercenaries' presence in the Central African Republic in July. Mr Putin distanced himself from their killing, saying they had entered the country under the guise of tourists and were assassinated by local groups. 11:29AM UK-Russia relations at 'dead end,' but trade increasing despite Brexit Mr Putin said he spoke with Theresa May on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina, and argued that Russia's trade with Britain was increasing in spite of Brexit.  “We greeted each other and spoke a few words to each other,” Mr Putin said. “In my mind, UK-Russian relations are at a dead end and it's in the interests of both sides to get out of this dead end. As for the effects of Brexit, I think it's minimal, but it will influence the world economy and us indirectly.” Mr Putin, whose troll factory was found to have put out pro-Brexit tweets on the day of the vote, said the UK should go through with Brexit, “otherwise it wasn't really a referendum”.  The UK invested $ 22 billion in Russia this year, making it the top direct investor, he added.  “It's their affair, but in any case they're interested in markets, in partnerships,” he said. “I didn't talk about this with the prime minister, but we are talking about this with our friends and colleagues from Great Britain, especially in the business sphere.” 11:04AM When will the Russian president remarry? And finally the question that's been on everyone's mind: When will Putin get remarried and to whom? The Russian leader, who is so protective of his private life that his daughters' identities were unknown until recently,  divorced his wife in 2013. "He's married and he wants me to be too," Putin joked about the journalist who asked the question. Alas, he gave no straight answer: "As an orderly person I should do this at some point." 10:50AM Putin praises Trump's decision to withdraw 'illegitimate' from Syria “In this Donald is right, I agree with him,” Mr Putin said when asked about Mr Trump's statement that Isil had been defeated.  “As for US troops in Syria, I don't think they're needed, let's not forget that presence of your troops there is illegitimate,” he added. “They're there without a United Nations decision or an invitation from the Syrian government. We are there at the invitation of the Syrian government, so if the United States has decided to withdraw its contingent, that's good.” 10:39AM 'No reason' for the US to imprison Butina Mr Putin said there was “no reason” for the United States to imprison Maria Butina, who admitted this week to acting as a Russian agent when she helped make connections with conservative activists and politicians, including Donald Trump Jr.  “I can say for sure that she didn't execute any state tasks, whatever she may have said under the threat of 12 to 15 years in prison,” he said. “I don't understand why they imprisoned her, there was no reason. We'll see how it ends. We are not indifferent to this.” 10:28AM Putin fails to address real identities of Salisbury suspects  How to dodge a question. Russia Today asked Putin about the Skripal case, but didn't mention the suspects accused of the Salisbury poisoning. The president previously claimed they were civilians, but documents and former neighbours have indicated they were in military intelligence.   “This is a politicised Russophobic approach, it's just an excuse to organise another attack on Russia, if weren't the Skripals I'm sure they would have thought up something else to contain Russia's' development,” Mr Putin responded and moved on without addressing his dubious previous claim.  10:08AM No plans for exchanging captured Ukrainian sailors Mr Putin said there were currently no plans for a prisoner exchange for the Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch strait last month. Kiev's intermediary Viktor Medvedchuk came to Moscow recently and asked about the possibility of freeing them. "I said this question can't be decided until the criminal case against them is brought to an end,” he said. Mr Putin blasted Washington for its intention to withdraw from the intermediate nuclear forces treaty and warned that another key arms agreement with the United States would come to an end in 2021. Russia has been forced to develop new nuclear weapons “that don't exist elsewhere in the world” to preserve strategic parity, he said.  “We will survive, we will guarantee our security, but for humanity this is very bad. It brings us closer to the edge,” he said.  He also slammed the development of tactical warheads in the West as a “tendency for nuclear threshold to be lowered.” 9:42AM Putin calls on Russia to boost growth Focusing on Russia's economy, which until recently was in recession due to low oil prices and sanctions, Mr Putin has said GDP growth this year will be 1.72 per cent. He called on Russia to “enter a new league” and become the fifth-largest economy in the world, an “achievable goal”. It is currently outside the top 10. 9:18AM Press conference begins Journalists are competing to get Mr Putin's attention by holding up eye-catching home-made signs. It's the Putin press conference, where Russia's top journalists test their mettle to see who can make the most eye-catching placard pic.twitter.com/swyeH4xbSl— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) December 20, 2018 The editor of The Insider, a publication that participated in the initial investigations to uncover Chepiga and Mishkin's real names, was not allowed into the press conference despite having been accredited.



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Google Is Spending $1 Billion on a Massive New York City Expansion

Google Is Spending $  1 Billion on a Massive New York City ExpansionJust weeks after Amazon announced plans to build office space in Queens



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Scott Walker Signs Wisconsin GOP's Massive Power Grab Into Law

Scott Walker Signs Wisconsin GOP's Massive Power Grab Into LawWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed legislation Friday that strips power



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Massive earthquake rocks Alaska

Massive earthquake rocks AlaskaRecovery underway after 7.0 quake causes major damage.



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Massive earthquake hits

Massive earthquake hitsLarge earthquake rocks Anchorage, Alaska, causing 'major infrastructure damage'



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500 Million Marriott Customers Affected in Massive Data Breach

500 Million Marriott Customers Affected in Massive Data BreachThe attack included some passport numbers and credit card information



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