Afghanistan Says Sunday as the National Day of Mourning

Afghanistan held a national day of mourning Sunday, a day after rebels used an explosive-filled ambulance to conduct a powerful blast outside a government building in Kabul.

Officials said Sunday the number of fatalities has risen to 103 people, while 235 others were injured in attacks in the capital. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Home Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak, while issuing the latest casualty figures at a press conference in Kabul, said many police were among the dead. But he gave no figures and said 30 policemen were also among the wounded.

Massom Stanekzai, head of Afghanistan's intelligence agency, told reporters authorities had arrested five people in connection with Saturday's bombing and an ongoing investigation. 19659002] He denies criticism of his National Security Directorate or NDS and other security agencies for their failure to prevent militant attacks repeatedly in Kabul and elsewhere in the country

"We have prevented many such incidents but some such incidents may pass , "Stanekzai said. He blamed again the neighboring country of Pakistan where he accused the big cities of being rebel bases. [gp]

Partly Closure The US Government Entered the Third Day

The US Senate will vote Monday midday on legislation to reopen the government until February 8, although there is no certainty that legislation will pass.

Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer are still negotiating an agreement to reopen the activities government and initiate legislative discussions on the protection of a number of young immigrants. But Schumer says neither side has reached an agreement.

The closure of some US government activity began on Saturday morning but was only felt on Monday when federal offices across the country, usually open , remains closed.

Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate Republican majority faction, said, "It makes us shake our heads. Who brought up this idea? "

Meanwhile Senator Jon Tester of the Democratic faction said," This institution can not even agree to pay for our soldiers. "

The fundamental impasse is still concerned with the timing and substance of immigration reform, including the fate of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants brought to America when they were children.

Senator Mitch McConnell puts it," In the recent survey, the majority of Americans claimed to keep government open higher priority than closing the government with regard to the issue of illegal immigration. "

Meanwhile, Democrat minority faction leader Senator Chuck Schumer said," The Republican leader wants to make you believe that we, Democrats, are forcing the closure. He forgot that some of his own party members are opposed to budget legislation. Do they make the government hostage over illegal immigration issues? No, it does not seem that way. "

President Donald Trump increases the pressure through Twitter on Twitter. He wrote that "Democrats only want illegal immigrants to flow into America without control."

Meanwhile, a new ad approved by Trump was launched with the aim of uniting the core supporters of the president and attacking the Democrats with a very harsh statement. "The President of Trump is right: Build a border wall Deportation of criminals Stop illegal immigration now Democrats who stand in our way will be involved in every murder committed by illegal immigrants."

Democratic faction says it will not be provoked by attacks of false statements, adding that Democratic leaders in the Senate agreed to fund the construction of a border wall in direct negotiations with Trump last week, but the White House rejected the deal.

Democratic Sen Dur Dickbin, on ABC This Week television show, "The leader of the minority faction Chuck Schumer went there in good faith and made what I consider a significant concession to the president for his strange efforts to build a wall on our border with Mexico, and despite that effort, a few hours later the president's staff called back and said it was over. "

Only the basic services of the government ah that is still being done during this closure, and many federal employees are not working. The 16-day closure of government activities in 2013 has cost about $ 24 billion to the American economy. [uh/lt]

Partly Closed The US Government Entered the Second Day

The US government remains partially closed Sunday for the second day, and there is no sign of a possible end to the deadlock between the Democratic and Republican factions on the federal budget and immigration issues.

American President Donald Trump presses Congress to resolve the dispute, and suggest via Twitter that if this continues, the Republican faction should revoke the long-standing rule that requires a large majority vote to pass the main bill in the Senate assembly. He said the Republican fraction should impose a simple or narrow majority could pass a long-term budget draft so that a temporary funding bill would not be needed.

Senate members condemned throughout Saturday over who was guilty of the first government shutdown since 2013 , even while some moderate Senators from both parties counseled to see if they could broker an agreement that would reopen the government in time to start the workday this week on Monday.

The majority leader or Republican fraction in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has scheduled a vote voice at 1am Monday, possibly earlier, of a new temporary budget draft that will open the government until February 8th. But the Democratic faction still insisted strongly on approval to include protection against deportation for nearly 800,000 young immigrants who years ago were taken to the United States illegally by their parents.

Trump whistles on Sunday, "delighted to see how hard the Republican faction fight for our Military and Salvation in the Borders "with Mexico, where Trump wants funds to build walls that would hamper illegal immigration. "Democratic factions only want illegal immigrants to flood into our country unhindered," said President Trump through his cuitan. [gp]

US Citizens Commemorate Civil Rights Leader Day, Martin Luther King

Americans commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in honor of a hero who championed civil rights and believed that his success in the struggle depended on nonviolent principles.

Every year, on the third Monday of January, Americans pay homage to the civil rights leader, who in the 1950s and 1960s organized non-violent protests against racial separation politics in the South, and championed equality for blacks and the right to vote.

President Donald Trump has not done anything official and is in a private golf resort in Florida. He dedicated his weekly speech, which was broadcast on Monday (15/1), to Dr. King.

"Dr. King is our goal. It is an American ideal, "Trump said.

Two of Dr.'s children. King condemned Trump's speech on Monday, following alleged allegations that he described immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa as immigrants from dirty and impoverished countries, using inappropriate words to describe the two countries. Trump reportedly also likes immigrants from countries such as Norway.

In Washington, Dr. King, Martin Luther King III, said, "If the president insists that our country needs residents of a white country like Norway, I think we do not have to waste time explaining what it means."

He added, "We need to find a way to reaching the heart of this man. "

King's daughter, Rev. Bernice King, in a service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, said," we can not allow the countries of the world to embrace words that come from our presidents and treat them as though – it is the true spirit of the United States. "

Since the alleged incident, Trump has been widely criticized as a racist. Trump rejected the allegations. [ps/jm]