Crews around Platte Valley were rescuing residents from

  Fifteen volunteers were stranded on the lake, eventually rescued themselves with the help of the Nebraska National Guard, which brought in a Black Hawk helicopter, according to CNN affiliate KETV.

  The National Weather Service predicts “much calmer” weather in most areas this we

ekend,. However, flooding will persist throughout the Mississippi and Missouri river.

  ”Anyone with interests along impacted rivers should monitor closely/take action,” the weather service said.

  Ice jams possible north of Hwy 30 this weekend. Generally minor/moderate river flooding i

nto next week on many central Iowa rivers. #iawx pic.twitter.com/m0ydybyPuJ

  Many central Iowa rivers may see moderate flooding into next week from the rain and snowmelt runoff, the weather serv

ice said. A flood warning for northern and parts of central Iowa has been extended through Saturday evening as “l

ocal creeks and streams, as well as the main river branches are running high,” according to the weather service.

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Showing off sometimes diabolical but compelling politic

  skills, Trump was audacious, provocative and spiteful. He made outrageous boasts about his own success and hin

ted at his acute sense of human nature and feral appreciation of weakness and discomfort in a political opponent.

  Trump also showed his indifference, or rude disregard for the political plights of allied le

aders, indulged his willingness to trade in falsehoods, and betrayed his obsessions with his predecessor President Barack Obama.

  At Thursday’s White House meeting, Trump was also asked by a reporter about the fre

shest entrant in the Democratic White House race — former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. He was ready.

  ”Well, I think he’s got a lot of hand movement. I’ve never seen so much hand movement. I said is he crazy or is that just the way he acts.”

  ”Study it, I’m sure you’ll agree,” Trump told reporters.

  The jab at O’Rourke was not just a throwaway. It was a return to the forensic

targeting of political opponents that helped Trump dismantle the Republican primary field in 2016.

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Icebreaker returns home early after hitting iceberg

The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, carrying the 349 members of China’s 35th research mission to Antarctica, returne

d to Shanghai safely on Tuesday, about a month earlier than originally scheduled due to a collision with an iceberg.

Despite the Jan 19 collision in the Amundsen Sea, the crew managed to carry out com

prehensive research at five stations, including Changcheng, Zhongshan and Taishan, aerial geop

hysical remote sensing observation in the southeast polar ice cap, and marine surveys in the Amundsen Sea.

“Our team obtained valuable data and samples on the expedition, and filled the scientific ga

ps in the investigation of the Amundsen Sea area,” said Li Yuhong, an assistant researcher from No 3 Marine In

stitute of the Department of Natural Resources, who joined the 35th expedition

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He also attacked Sessions as useless, lamenting tha

  using his powers to hire and fire cabinet members under Article 2 would have been seen as obstruction — a standard that he alleged was “only for Trump.”

  ”The Attorney General recuses himself, and I don’t fire him, no obstruction,” Trump said. “That’s the other thing — if y

ou use your rights, if you use your power, if you use Article 2, it’s called obstruction, but only for Trump, f

or nobody else. So the attorney general is weak and ineffective and he doesn’t do what he should have done.”

  Trump fired Sessions in November following an increasingly str

ained relationship and months of personal attacks by the President.

  He also recounted Comey’s firing as being due to the former FBI direc

tor being “a bad, bad guy,” saying that he had discussed it at the time with first lady Mela

nia Trump, and that he had anticipated bipartisan support after Democrats voiced criticism of Comey.

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Annual session of CPPCC to be held on March 3

Beijing will invest 235.4 billion yuan ($35.2 billion) in 300 key projects focusing on infrastructure construction, improve

ment of people’s livelihoods and high-tech industries this year, director of the city’s Development and Reform Com

mission Tan Xuxiang said at a working conference yesterday, Beijing Business Today reported.

Among these projects, construction and installation investment is estimated to reach 124.3 billion yuan, the director added.

177 key infrastructure construction projects, including

those related to the city’s sub-center in East Beijing’s Tongzhou district and the improvement of

the southern city, will take 82 percent of total construction investment, around 101.4 billion yuan.

The total number of projects for the improvement of residents’ liv

elihoods, such as hospitals and affordable housing, doubled from 57 in 2018 to 100 this year.

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A US State Department spokesperson has told CNN that

  US sanctions have exempted medical goods. “The United States maintains broad authorizations that allow for the sale of agricultu

ral commodities, food, medicine, and medical devices by US persons or from the United States to Iran,” the spokesperson said.

  Budget over emotions

  A middle-aged man suffering from lung cancer writhes and squirms on his hospital b

ed as Dr. Behrouz Emami checks on him. His eyes bulge as he gasps for air through an oxygen mask.

  The cancer has metastasized to the man’s brain, Emami explains. The doctor has recommended

to the patient’s family that he be sent to a private ward where he can spend his final days with his family.

  But the family simply cannot afford it, says Emami. They must settle for daily visits of just one-hour a day at the government-funded ward.

  ”The decisions of families are not made by their emotions. They decide based on their budget,” explains Emami.

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On the last night of the trip, the sisters launched into action

  Reem pre-booked the taxi. It was Rawan’s job to retrieve their passports from a bag stored in their parents’ bedroom. Around 2 a.m

., she tip-toed past them as they slept, took the bag with their passports, then snuck back in again to return the bag so as not to raise suspicion.

  ”It’s a really great memory, exciting,” Rawan tells CNN, smiling. Of the two sisters, she‘s the more talkative, taking the lead and occasi

onally looking to her sister for advice on the right word in English. Reem is more reserved. She’s careful about what she says and who to tr

ust. They both have dark, short, curly hair and being small in stature seem much younger than their years.

  When the cab driver arrived at 5 a.m., the sisters say they did something they’d never do

ne before. They pulled on jeans they’d bought in secret and walked out of the house without their abayas.

  It was only after they arrived at Colombo Airport that the sisters booked the flight they’d

meticulously researched online: SriLankan Airlines flight UL892 departing Colombo at 9 a.m., arriving Hong Kong a

t 5:10 p.m. local time. From there, they’d take Cathay Pacific flight CX135 departing at 7:10 p.m. for Melbourne, Australia.

  They had no trouble boarding the plane for the roughly six-hour flight to Hong Kong.

  It was after they arrived in at Hong Kong International Airport that things started to go wrong.

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Will second Trump-Kim summit affect Japant between

The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong

-un in Hanoi on February 27 and 28 will trigger complicated changes in East Asia’s poli

tics. Though the effect on US-Japan relations will be limited, North Korea-Japan ties will move in a positive direction.

Currently, Pyongyang demands withdrawal of sanctions, signing a peace treaty, an end-of-war declaration, and a security guarantee f

or North Korea. Washington had asked Pyongyang to undertake complete, verifiable and irrev

ersible denuclearization, which might be now relaxed. The US may agree that North Korea fulfill it in stages. Befo

re any progress in denuclearization, the US will not ease sanctions substantially. Therefore, the Hanoi talks co

uld produce substantive results, much more significant than the Singapore summit.

However, it won’t shake the relationship between US and its East Asian al

lies. Even if the US and North Korea forge new relations, it would obviously not be a

s firm as the US-Japan alliance. Once the talks make headway, Washington may gradually lift the sanctions on Pyo

ngyang, helping get North Korea’s economy out of the doldrums. Other areas will be left as they are.

In this context, possible improvement in US-North Korea ties would not have noticeabl

e impact on US-Japan relations. However, it may make Tokyo and Pyongyang move closer.

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