Trump sends support to anti-abortion activists at March for Life



U.S. President Donald Trump spoke in a pre-recorded video to thousands of anti-abortion activists in Washington on Friday for the 46th March for Life, vowing to veto any legislation that +ACI-weakens the protection of human life.+ACIAPA-div class+AD0AIg-feedflare+ACIAPg
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Top North Korea envoy meets Trump at White House for nuclear talks



A top North Korean nuclear envoy met President Donald Trump at the White House after holding talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday in a diplomatic flurry aimed at laying the groundwork for a second U.S.-North Korea summit.+ADw-div class+AD0AIg-feedflare+ACIAPg
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U.N. chief says +ACYAIw-039+ADs-high time+ACYAIw-039+ADs for U.S.- North Korea talks



United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Friday pressed for denuclearization negotiations between the United States and North Korea to start again seriously, as President Donald Trump met with a North Korean envoy at the White House.+ADw-div class+AD0AIg-feedflare+ACIAPg
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Speaker Pelosi accuses Trump of endangering U.S. troops, lawmakers



U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday accused President Donald Trump of putting American troops and civilians working in Afghanistan in danger by publicizing a planned congressional trip to the war-torn country.+ADw-div class+AD0AIg-feedflare+ACIAPg
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Canada and Norway lock horns over who’s got the world’s biggest moose


(CNN) — A Canadian mayor says he is considering putting a hat on his town’s statue of a moose, after affronted residents discovered that it is no longer the world’s tallest.

The unofficial title of “world’s tallest moose statue” was snatched from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, in 2015, when a sculpture 30 centimeters (12 inches) taller was erected in Norway.

But locals only realized their town’s inadequacy this week, when resident Justin Reves set up a crowdfunding campaign urging donors to help reclaim the crown for their figure, called Mac.

“The Norwegians deliberately and intentionally stole the title from us with the creation of ‘Storelgen’ — an ostentatious chrome moose made to be exactly 30 cm taller than Mac,” Reves wrote in the appeal.

“We believe it is our duty as Canadians to not stand idly by while our national treasures are insulted with this creation,” he added.

Storelgen - or "big elk" - in Norway, which took the crown from Moose Jaw in 2015.

Storelgen – or “big elk” – in Norway, which took the crown from Moose Jaw in 2015.

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Moose on hockey skates?

The ensuing crisis has led to Moose Jaw’s mayor, Fraser Tolmie, promising he will “restore honor” to Canada, and asking residents how best to make their 32-foot-high statue taller.

“My message is very clear — we’re going to take the crown back,” Tolmie told CNN. “It’s a challenge that we’re going to face head on.”

Tolmie says he has received support from across the province since posting a video on Facebook, in which he asks locals for advice.

“There have been suggestions about putting a hat on him,” Tolmie said, while others have floated the idea of placing Mac on hockey skates.

But his efforts were met with defiance by the deputy mayor of Stor-Elvdal, the municipality in which Norway’s bigger, shinier moose is located.

“Sorry to disappoint you guys. We are going to continue our work to make sure that our moose is the biggest moose in the world, for many years to come,” Linda Otnes Henriksen said in a video made by Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.

‘Bigger than Brexit’

The transatlantic moose war is likely to escalate on Monday, when, Tolmie says, a decision will be made on how to make Mac taller.

Tolmie told CNN that the issue is “bigger than Brexit” to Moose Jaw residents, and insists his city is a more fitting location for the world’s tallest statue.

“Our city is named Moose Jaw, so we’re very, very closely linked with moose,” he said, adding: “I just don’t see the connection between Norway and moose. I really don’t.”

Moose Jaw’s statue was built in 1984, and the city claims he is “one of the most photographed roadside attractions in Canada.”

Norway’s more modern, metallic sculpture — named Storelgen, or “the big elk” — was built between Oslo and Trondheim in 2015. “It is my understanding that they purposely went out to build a bigger moose than ours,” Tolmie said.

CNN has approached Henriksen for comment.



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Lawmakers say they will investigate whether Trump told lawyer to lie



Investigators in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives said on Friday they plan to examine whether U.S. President Donald Trump broke the law by directing his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about building a skyscraper in Moscow while he was running for president.+ADw-div class+AD0AIg-feedflare+ACIAPg
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Wall Street rally builds on trade optimism



Technology and industrial stocks powered Wall Street’s rise on Friday, setting the three main indexes on track for their fourth week of gains, amid growing optimism that the United States and China would resolve their bitter trade dispute.+ADw-div class+AD0AIg-feedflare+ACIAPg
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Top North Korea envoy meets Pompeo, headed for talks with Trump



A North Korean nuclear envoy held talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday and was then due to meet President Donald Trump at the White House, a diplomatic flurry aimed at laying the groundwork for a second U.S.-North Korea summit.+ADw-div class+AD0AIg-feedflare+ACIAPg
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MS Dhoni kept his cool and took the game forward in Melbourne: Azharuddin

MS Dhoni kept his cool and took the game forward in Melbourne: Azharuddin


MS Dhoni was named the player of the series in Australia (AP Photo)

Brief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full Scorecard

Former India skipper Mohammad Azaharuddin lauded MS Dhoni for guiding India to their first ever bilateral one day international series in Australia on Friday. India rode on MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadav half-centuries to win the series-deciding third and final ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and clinch the series 2-1.

India had tweaked their batting line-up a bit and promoted an in-form Dhoni to bat at No.4 after Ambati Rayudu was replaced in the playing XI by Kedar Jadhav. Dhoni did not disappoint even batting at No.4.

He hit an unbeaten 87 while Kedar Jadhav was 61 not out as India chased down 231 against Australia with four balls to spare. India were under a bit of pressure in the tricky chase when they lost Virat Kohli in the 30th over. But Dhoni built an unbroken 121-run stand with Kedar Jadhav to take India home.

“I have always said our main batsmen should play in the first five. Dhoni played really well on Friday. After Kohli’s wicket, Dhoni kept his cool and took the game forward. Kedar Jadhav also batted well. As far as India’s batting order is concerned, I think Rishabh Pant will be slotted in at No.6 [for the World Cup]. The more India play with this batting order in the coming days the better. Dhoni, before coming to Australia, did not have that match practice and he will also get those chances in the future games,” Azhar told Sports Tak.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar too had praised Dhoni for his heroics in the series.

“I am delighted with the way India have performed.. just becoming the second team to win a Test and ODI series in Australia. It’s never easy,” Gavaskar told India Today. “It is a fantastic achievement. Absolutely terrific to see Dhoni get the man-of-the-series award. Don’t forget he keeps wickets and to do that for 50 overs and come out and bat… Full credit to the man for his fitness and commitment to Indian cricket.”

Gavaskar pointed out that it was important to not forget how craftily Dhoni ensured India not suffer any hiccups in their chase in Adelaide and Melbourne.

“You need the partnerships and that’s what he got from Dinesh Karthik the other day and Kedar Jadhav in Melbourne but don’t take anything away from the way he made sure there was no collapse. Had Dhoni got out, India would have struggled,” Gavaskar said.

MS Dhoni is known for his cricketing acumen – after the match, he conceded he was targeting certain bowlers towards the end. Dhoni even went up to the umpires to find out how many overs certain bowlers were left with.

Gavaskar said that is the kind of intelligence that sets Dhoni sets apart.

“You need that kind of experience and cricketing intelligence to take the team home. The Australian captain might have got it wrong with his bowling changes. MSD knew which bowler to target and he did that brilliantly,” he said.

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U.S. consumer morale at two-year low+ADs factory output surges



U.S. consumer sentiment tumbled in early January to its lowest level since President Donald Trump was elected more than two years ago amid fears an ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government and financial market volatility would slow the economy.+ADw-div class+AD0AIg-feedflare+ACIAPg
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