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NATIONAL SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2018 6 Ruling party whip of Jatiya Sangsad Mohammmad Uddin, MP inagurating newly constructed building of MHS Government Primary School of Barlekha municiplality under Moulvibazar district yesterday. Photo: Abdur Rob. Vote for AL again to continue development: Amu JHALOKATI: Awami League Advisory Council Member and Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu today said Bangladesh is progressing fast and it is believed that the country would turn into a developed one before 2041, reports BSS. "Bangladesh is developing fast...If you want to continue this development, you have to vote the AL to power again under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," he said, speaking at a view exchange meeting at Nabagram High School ground here. Amu was exchanging views with local Awami League leaders and workers with AL Nabagram Union President Kanchan Ali Mia in the chair. AL district unit General Secretary Khan Saifullha Panir, Joint Secretary Sultan Hossain Khan and Organizing Secretary Mojibul Haque Akandh, among others, addressed the meeting. Amu said BNP and Jamaat are conducting destructive activities to take the country backward. But, Awami League is working relentlessly for the betterment of the country, he added. "Awami League is working in every sector including health, education, women empowerment and power for the welfare of the common people," Amu said. Later, Amu joined the annual sports competition programme and distributed prizes among the winners at Haji Joyan Uddin Dwini Dakhil Madrasha. Programme on Dr Wazed’s birthday RANGPUR: Dr Wazed Smriti Sangsad (DWSS) has finalised a programme to celebrate the 76th birthday of renowned nuclear scientist Dr MA Wazed Miah, also the husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, here on February 15 and 16 next, reports BSS. The two-day programme was finalised at a meeting of the executive committee of DWSS held at its temporary office on the second floor of Press Club Complex on Friday night, a press release said today. President of DWSS and noted educationist professor Dr Hamidul Haque Khondker presided over the meeting moderated by its general secretary and senior journalist Saiful Islam Jahangir. Joint secretaries of DWSS Advocate Rothish Chandra Bhowmick Babu Sona and Elahi Farooque, Assistant Organising Secretary Tanvir Ahmed Ashrafi, Law Affairs Secretary Advocate Sajjadur Rahman Shanju, Women Affairs Secretary Tahmina Shirin Nipa, assistant office secretary of DWSS Ali Jahur Mantu, Literary Affairs Secretary Basher Ibne Jahur, Publicity Secretary Chandan Sarker, among others, addressed the meeting. The programme included drawing and descent hand writing competition, poem recitation competition and patriotic song competition for the children will be held at 3 pm on the Town Hall premises on February 15 next. Potato cultivation gets momentum in Chandpur CHANDPUR: Plantation of potato seeds getting momentum and farmers are giving their full efforts to make potato farming programme successful in the district, reports BSS. Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) is constantly monitoring the overall progress of potato farming and smooth supply of fertilizers, pesticides and other necessary agri-inputs to farmers to achieve the target. The department has fixed target to cultivate potato on 12,890 hectares of land during this season in the district and production target has been fixed at 2,72,624 metric tonnes. Deputy Director of DAE M Ali told BSS that special initiatives have been taken for cultivating hybrid variety of potato aiming to produce a record quantity of potato this season in the district. The DAE has also distributed adequate quality of seeds, other agro-inputs and provided necessary technical assistance to the farmers. Youth killed in Gopalganj road accident GOPALGANJ: A youth was killed and his uncle injured as their vehicle plunged into a roadside ditch in Majhbari area under Kotalipara upazila of the district yesterday morning, reports BSS. The deceased was identified as Moinuddin, 18, a resident of Kaliganj village under Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj district. Police said the accident occurred when the locally made vehicle plunged into the roadside ditch in the area as its driver lost control over it, leaving its passenger Moinuddin dead on the spot and driver injured. Injured Khaleq was sent to the upazila health complex. The children and students of different educational institutions and socio- cultural organisations can take part in the competition. On February 16, leaders of the DWSS will place wreaths at the grave of Dr Wazed Miah, arrange Ziarat and offer Fateha in his birthplace village of Laldighee Fatehpur under Pirganj upazila in the district at 8 am. Milad and doa mahfils will be arranged and special munajats be offered a Keramotia Jam-e-Mosque after Asr prayers seeking eternal peace for the departed soul of Dr Wazed and well-being of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sajeeb Wazed Joy, Saima Wazed Putul and their other family members. A discussion on the life and deeds of Dr Wazed will be arranged at TownHall auditorium at 6 pm on February 16 and prizes, crests and certificates will be distributed among winners of different competitions. High officials, politicians, public representatives, renowned academicians, educationists, researchers, professionals, intellectuals, civil society members and elite will take part in the discussion. Talking to BSS today, General Secretary of DWSS Saiful Islam Jahangir said the programme will remain open for the people from all walks in life and requested all to be present in the two-day programme to celebrate the birthday of Dr Wazed. Massive programme to cultivate Boro in Natore NATORE: The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has taken massive programme to cultivate Boro paddy in seven upazilas of the district in the current Boro season, reports BSS. The DAE sources said, under the programme, a total of 55,401 hectares of land have been brought under the cultivation with the production target fixed at 2.18 lakh tonnes of rice. But finally, the farmers of the district have cultivated Boro on 621,906 hectares of land. Of the total, 52,823 hectors of land were brought under high yielding variety (HYV), 10,057 hectors under hybrid variety and 25 hectors under local variety of paddy. Deputy Director of DAE M Rafikul Islam said the farmers of the district are making up their mind to put in their best efforts to achieve the targeted production of the paddy. Activists of BNP and its wings held a protest procession and rally demanding scrap the verdict of party chief yesterday in Kurigram. Photo: Badshah Saykot. Experts for integrated effort to detect leprosy cases RAJSHAHI: Experts have stressed the need for taking a comprehensive effort to detect all the leprosy cases early as the disease is curable, aiming to build a leprosy-free society, reports BSS. They said importance should be given on creating mass awareness about the sign and symptoms of leprosy and ensuring treatment for all leprosy patients free of cost. "Leprosy mainly affects the skin and superficial segments of peripheral nerves, but can affect any tissue except brain and spinal cord. However, it is not a hereditary disease," Dr Afsar Siddiqui, Assistant Professor of Sex, Skin and Venereal Diseases of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, told BSS. Describing the major sign and symptoms of leprosy, he said the late casediagnosis, little knowledge among community people, social stigma and Steps taken to observe Int’l Mother Language Day in Gaibandha GAIBANDHA: Local administration has taken elaborate programmes to observe the Shaheed Dibash and International Mother Language Day on February 21 in a befitting manner and with due respect, reports BSS. A preparatory meeting was recently held at the conference room of the deputy commissioner's (DC) of Gaibandha with DC Gautam Chandra Pal in the chair, said Nezarat Deputy Collector MM Ashik Reza. Government officials, freedom fighters, heads of the educational institutions, professionals, socio-cultural activists, political leaders and eminent citizens and journalists, among others, attended the meeting. Floral wreaths will be placed at the local Shaheed Minar of the poura park and other Shaheed Minars here at zero hour on February 21 while the national flag will be hoisted at half-mast in all the government, semi government, private and academic institutions in the morning of the day. The programmes of the day also include offering of special prayers at the places of worship and holding discussion, cultural functions, art and essay writing competitions and prize distribution ceremony. Various sub-committees have already been formed to arrange all the programmes in the district, Ashik Reza said. No paucity of fund in constructing embankments: Manju SUNAMGANJ: Water Resources Minister Anowar Hossain Monju today said there will be no paucity of fund for constructing embankments as the present government is committed to solving all problems in haor areas in the next financial year, reports BSS. It would require no permission for any person to go to the water resources minister for discussing floodrelated problems with him as Sheikh Hasina's government is very sincere for balanced development of the country, he told while speaking at a discussion meeting with the local leaders here at Jamalganj upazila complex of the district. Local MP Engineer Moazzem Hossain Ratan, senior secretary Dr Jafar Ahmed Khan and Shunamganj Bacaho Anodoloner President Advocate Bazlul Mazid Khashru, among others, attended the meeting with deputy commissioner of the district M Sabirul Islam in the chair. Earlier, the minister attended a farmers' rally organized by Fenarkbak and Vimkhali unions to see for himself the Kanaikhali river excavation and waterlogging problems. limited mental health services are the major challenges towards eradication of the disease. As leprosy service providers are limited in the country, the physician said, authorities concerned should extend cooperation towards the existing organisations giving services to leprosy patients and encourage new doctors to work for the leprosy patients. Social awareness must be created so that no leprosy patient remains out of treatment since the untreated cases are the only source of more infection, Dr Afsar said. He said the major sign and symptoms of leprosy are hypopigmented anesthetic skin patch, nodules under skin and thickening of earlobe,depressed nose, painless ulcer, numbness of fingers or claw fingers, foot drop due to damage of lateral 31 held, drugs seized in Dinajpur DINAJPUR: Police, in special drives arrested 28 persons including three activists of BNP and five drug traders from different areas of the district in last 12-hour ending at 8am yesterday morning, reports BSS. Law enforcers also recovered 220 bottles of Phensidyl, 122 pieces of Yaba tablets, 350-gram of Ganja, 3,500 pieces of cow fattening tablets and 261 pieces of Pethidine Injection during the drives. Police said they were picked up from different areas of the district. During the drives, Dinajpur Sadar police arrested seven persons including three activists of BNP from Chawlar Potti of the town around 11pm, Chirirbandar Thana police arrested four persons, Birampur Thana police arrested two drug traders with 220 bottles of Phensidyl from Nawabganj Rail Gundi around 11:30pm, Nawabganj Thana police arrested two persons, Khansama Thana police arrested three One held with firearms in C’nawabganj CHAPAINAWABGANJ: Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested an alleged firearms peddler with six pistols, four magazines and 13 bullets from Hudmapara Mollatola village under Shibganj upazila in the district early yesterday morning, reports BSS. BGB sources said the arrested person is Md. Anwarul Islam, 45, son of Late Abul Hossain of the aforesaid area. Acting on a tip off, a team of the BGB from Ajmatpur border outpost raided the house of Anwarul around 3-30 am and arrested him with the arms and ammunition. Later, the arrested person was handed over to the police. palatial nerve and lagophthalmos due to facialnerve damage. Apart from the government agencies, Damien Foundation Bangladesh is implementing 'Rajshahi Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Project' in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to address leprosy disease in thecountry. The project is being implemented at 25 upazilas in three districts -- Rajshahi, Naogaon and Nawabganj - covering around 70 lakh people. Dr Abdus Sobhan, former divisional director of Health Directorate, said Bangladesh has made a marked progress in the control of leprosy by achieving its elimination goal. But, he said, strong political will and adequate resources from the higher authorities concerned, including the donor agencies, are needed to achieve the total elimination of the disease. persons, Biral Thana police arrested two persons, Birganj Thana police arrested three persons including one drug trader with 122 pieces of Yaba tablets from Kabiraj Haat around 11pm, Kaharole Thana police arrested three persons and Parbatipur Thana police arrested two drug traders with 350-gram of Ganja from Bangali Para of the upazila around 7am. Several cases, including charges of subversive activities, are pending with different police stations against the arrested persons, the sources added. Meanwhile, members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in a drive detained three alleged drug traders with 261 pieces of Pethidine Injection and 3,500 pieces of cow fattening tablets around 6am from Hili railway station in Hakimpur upazila of the district. Later, the detained persons were handed over to the Hakimpur Thana police, BGB said. The arrested people were sent to jail. Rinki, a child of Nabiganj of Habiganj distirct is diagonised with a rare disease. She needs a better treatment and a hefty amount of money to conduct his treatment. His paretns urge to well off people to extend their helping hand. Photo: Matiur Rahman Munna. Skill development trainings can make youths worthy citizens: speakers RAJSHAHI: Speakers at a function here today said skill development trainings can make the young generation worthy citizens by creating a huge employment opportunities in the society, reports BSS. They said skilled youths are capable to turn their communities into a development one as they can use their acquired knowledge through the trainings in various development activities. The view came at the closing session of a two-day refreshers training, organised by The Hunger Project, Bangladesh, at Mohanpur Upazila ParishadHall room in the district. Importance should be given on generating community leadership among the youths to bring a qualitative change everywhere in the society. There is no alternative to training for enhancing professional skills among the youths, the speakers said. British Council funded project "Promoting Democratic Inclusion and Governance through Youths (PRODIGY)" supported the training. A total of 31youths including 15 female joined it. Joining the function, Upazila Chairman Professor Abdus Samad put emphasis on adorning the youths with modern knowledge for making them worthy citizens.Time has come to generate more young leadership in the society. Increasing young leadership along with building their capacity is the precondition to generate job opportunities, social development and free the society from gender discrimination and vicious cycle of poverty, he added. "Knowledge acquired from the training should be applied for proper functioning of the LGIs," he added. College teachers Asad Ali and Mofizur Rahman and school teacher Alim Sheikh also spoke. Field Coordinator (Monitoring and Operations) of PRODIGY Subrata Kumar Paul and Programme Officers Masum Russel, Joynal Abedeen and Jewel Rana narrated the training aspects.

INTERNATIONAL SUNDAy, FEBrUAry 11, 2018 7 People inspect the damage inside the mosque in Benghazi. At least two people have been killed and scores wounded in a bombing at a mosque in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, according to medical sources, reports Al Jazeera. The casualties were caused by two suspected improvised explosive devices which went off at the Saad Ben Obadah mosque during Friday prayers. Mutaz al-Mu'tri, Benghazi's security directorate spokesperson, said two bomb bags had been used in the attack, according to Libya's 218 tv news channel. Medics told Reuters news agency that at least two people were killed and 55 were wounded. Local media news reports put the number of those injured at 129. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) was quick to condemn the attack, calling reports of civilian casualties "deeply Photo: Internet Deadly mosque blast hits Libya's Benghazi Farthest photos ever taken, from nearly 4 billion miles away The NASA spacecraft that gave us close-ups of Pluto has set a record for the farthest photos ever taken, reports BBC. In December - while 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers) from Earth - the New Horizons spacecraft snapped a picture of a star cluster. The photo surpassed the "Pale Blue Dot" images of Earth taken in 1990 by NASA's Voyager 1. The images for "Pale Blue Dot" - part of a composite - were taken 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion kilometers) away. New Horizons took more photos as it sped deeper into the cosmos in December. These pictures show two objects in the Kuiper Belt, the socalled twilight zone on the fringes of our solar system. NASA released the images this week. New Horizons flew past Pluto in 2015. It's headed toward an even closer encounter with another icy world, 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, on Jan. 1, 2019. The targeted object is known as 2014 MU69; the spacecraft will pass within 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers). "New Horizons just couldn't be better ... we're bearing down on our flyby target," said lead scientist Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. New Horizons is currently in electronic hibernation. Flight controllers at a Johns Hopkins University lab in Laurel, Maryland, will awaken the spacecraft in June and start getting it ready for the flyby. The spacecraft was launched in 2006. disturbing". "Direct or indiscriminate attacks agnst civilians are prohibited under international humanitarian law and constitute war crimes," UNSMIL said in a post on Twitter. "This heinous act should not provide a justification for revenge attacks. Prompt, impartial investigations should bring perpetrators to justice." The incident comes weeks after a double car bombing in Benghazi killed at least 35 people. That attack, which took place outside the Bait Radwan mosque on January 23, left more than 50 others wounded, including a number of senior security officials. Ahmed al- Fituri, chief of a special investigation unit attached to the general command of east Libyan security forces, was among the casualties. Forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a renegade general based in the east of the country, took control of Benghazi in 2017, after a three-year campaign against rival armed groups. The battles have left large swaths of the port city in ruins. Several bombings during the latter stages of the conflict targeted figures linked to Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA). The LNA claimed victory in Benghazi in July of last year, but sporadic clashes dragged on until December when it took control of its rivals' final holdout. It has since imposed strict military control on the city and other parts of eastern Libya under its control. The fighting in Benghazi was part of a broader conflict that developed in Libya after former ruler Muammar Gaddafi was removed from power and killed in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011. The North African nation has had competing governments aligned with rival military factions based in Tripoli and the east since 2014. Trump defends former aide after abuse claims bring criticism President Donald Trump has defended former aide Rob Porter, wishing him well in his future endeavors without any mention of the two exwives who have accused Porter of physical and emotional abuse, reports Dawn. Trump's comments Friday set off a firestorm at a time of national conversation about the mistreatment of women. And they came amid rampant White House fingerpointing about who knew what, and when, about the severity of the spousal abuse allegations. Trump said Porter, who resigned when the abuse allegations became public this week, had "worked hard" at the White House and wished him well. "It's a, obviously, tough time for him. He did a very good job when he was in the White House. And we hope he has a wonderful career," Trump said in his first comments on the allegations against the onetime rising West Wing star. "He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent," Trump added. He gave no nod to the treatment of the women whose reports of abuse led to Porter's resignation, but which he vehemently denies. Trump's comments drew immediate condemnation from women's groups and Democrats. They came amid swirling questions about how White House chief of staff John Kelly had handled the matter and whether he could maintain his job despite Trump's growing frustration. They also raised questions about how seriously the president takes allegations of domestic abuse. Also Friday, a second White House staffer, speechwriter David Sorensen, resigned as a result of abuse allegations. Spokesman Raj Shah said the White House learned Thursday night about the allegations before being contacted by the media. "We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today," said Shah. Sorensen worked for the Council on Environmental Quality, which is part of the Executive Office of the President. The Washington Post first reported the allegations against Sorensen and his resignation. Kelly, meanwhile, tried to push his own timeline concerning Porter in brief comments to The Associated Press and several other news outlets, repeating a narrative he had presented Friday at a senior staff meeting that contradicts accounts provided by multiple White House officials. Kelly said he found out only Tuesday night that the accusations against Porter "were true." "Forty minutes later he was gone," Kelly said. The chief of staff added that the decision was made before photos of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye were published. Other White House officials have said it was the release of the photos Wednesday morning that sealed Porter's fate. The staff secretary resigned later Wednesday. Kelly told reporters the only other indication he had that something could be wrong came in November, when he got an update on pending background investigations and learned "there was some things that needed to be looked into. And literally that was it." The chief of staff's handling of the matter has drawn the ire of Trump, according to two people who speak to the president regularly but are not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations. Trump has complained that Kelly did not bring the Porter allegations to him sooner, adding to his frustrations about the chief of staff's attempts to control him and Kelly's recent inflammatory comments about immigrants. Trump has begun floating possible names for a future chief of staff in conversations with outside advisers, according to three people with knowledge of the conversations. Among the names being considered: Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Mark Meadows and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. But there was no sign that a move was imminent, according to the people with knowledge of the conversations. Trump is known to frequently poll his advisers about the performance of senior staff and is often reluctant to actually fire aides. A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss personnel matters publicly, said Friday that Kelly had not offered to resign. The official said White House counsel Don McGahn was apprised of at least some of the accusations about Porter at least four times, including as early as January 2017. Police in Indian Kashmir say gunmen attack army camp A group of militants in Indian Kashmir opened fire Saturday inside an army camp in the disputed region, police said, reports BBC. The attack began early in the morning and it was unclear how many gunmen were involved, said a police official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk to the media. The camp is located on the outskirts of the city of Jammu. The area was cordoned off as intermittent firing continued. Few other details were immediately available. The Himalayan region of Kashmir is divided between India and archrival and neighbor Pakistan. Both claim the region in its entirety. Several militant groups have been fighting for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with Pakistan since 1989. Around 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown. Anti- India sentiment runs deep among Kashmir's mostly Muslim population, with most people supporting the rebel cause. A budget the likes of which the Pentagon has never seen It's the biggest budget the Pentagon has ever seen: $700 billion. That's far more in defense spending than America's two nearest competitors, China and Russia, and will mean the military can foot the bill for thousands more troops, more training, more ships and a lot else, reports BBC. And next year it would rise to $716 billion. Together, the two-year deal provides what Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says is needed to pull the military out of a slump in combat readiness at a time of renewed focus on the stalemated conflict in Afghanistan and the threat of war on the Korean peninsula. The budget bill that President Donald Trump signed Friday includes huge spending increases for the military: Israel downs Iranian drone and strikes Syria, F-16 crashes The Israeli military says it has shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country and has struck Iranian targets in Syria that launched it, reports Dawn. The military says that as part of the unusual event early Saturday one of its F-16 jets crashed in northern Israel. The military says the pilots abandoned the aircraft and were safe. It says sirens sounded in northern Israel as a result of the antiaircraft fire from Syria. Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said Iran was "responsible for this severe violation of Israeli sovereignty." David Sorensen becomes second Trump aide to quit amid abuse claims A speechwriter has become the second White House aide this week to resign amid allegations of domestic abuse, reports BBC. David Sorensen denies his former wife's allegations he was violent and emotionally abusive. His departure comes just days after another Trump official, Rob Porter, quit over allegations of abuse from two ex-wives, something he denies. Questions have been raised over how long it took the White House to act on the accusations facing Mr Porter. Mr Sorensen's exwife Jessica Corbett told the Washington Post that he was physically abusive to her while they were married. She said that on separate occasions her former husband ran a car over her foot, threw her against a wall and extinguished a cigarette on her hand. In response, Mr Sorensen released a statement in which he said he had "never committed violence of any kind against any woman in my entire life" and that instead it was he who had been physically abused. He said he was considering legal action, but said he quit because he "didn't want the White House to have to deal with this distraction". White House officials said they learned of the accusations by Mr Sorensen's wife late on Thursday. "We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today," deputy press secretary Raj Shah said. Allegations of domestic abuse against Mr Porter involving two ex-wives surfaced on Tuesday. It is alleged that the former White House staff secretary gave one ex-wife a black eye while another filed a restraining North and South Korea hold landmark meeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in has received North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's influential sister, Kim Yo-jong, for a landmark meeting at the presidential palace in Seoul, reports BBC. Mr Moon exchanged pleasantries with Ms Kim and North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam on Saturday. It is the most senior delegation from the north to visit the south since the Korean War in the 1950s. The meeting comes after the US warned against engagement with Pyongyang. The Trump administration is cautious of Seoul falling for North Korea's charm offensive during the Winter Olympics, which are taking place amid tension over Pyongyang's nuclear programme. Mr Moon reportedly ate kimchi and drank soju liquor with Kim Yongnam, a high-level Northern official, amid speculation that Pyongyang could invite the South Korean president to visit for a summit later this year. Earlier, US Vice-President Mike Pence briefly encountered Kim Yongnam at the Games but the two tried to avoid directly facing each other, Yonhap news agency reports. At the opening ceremony for the Games, Mr Pence, Kim order. He denies both. On Friday, Mr Trump paid tribute to Mr Porter, who quit his White House position on Wednesday. Speaking in the Oval Office Mr Trump said: "We found out about it recently and I was surprised by it, but we certainly wish him well and it's a tough time for him." But Mr Trump did not refer to Mr Porter's accusers. His comments sparked criticism from Democrats, with former Vice- President Joe Biden saying Mr Trump had downplayed the allegations against Mr Porter. "That's like saying: 'That axe murderer out there, he's a great painter'", Mr Biden said. The case has put pressure on Mr Trump's David Sorensen was a speechwriter who worked at the Council on Environmental Quality. Photo: Internet Chief-of-Staff John Kelly, who has denied reports he offered to resign over his handling of the accusations. After initially praising Mr Porter as a man of "integrity", Mr Kelly later released a statement saying he was shocked by the claims and stressed domestic violence was unacceptable. US media report that Mr Kelly and other White House officials were aware for several months of the domestic abuse accusations because they were holding up Mr Porter's security clearance application. Mr Shah said that Mr Trump was not aware of any security issues before Tuesday and was "disheartened" and "saddened" by the accusations. White House communications director Hope Hicks' handling of the controversy has also reportedly displeased Mr Trump. The 29-year-old aide has recently been in a relationship with Mr Porter, a Harvard graduate and former Oxford Rhodes Scholar. Yo-jong and Kim Yongnam were seated in close proximity to each other. The highest profile member of the North Korean delegation to the Games, she is the first immediate member of the North's ruling family to visit the South since the 1950-1953 Korean war. Ms Kim, who is said to be very close to her brother, was promoted to the North's powerful politburo last year. She is on a US sanctions list over alleged links to human rights abuses in North Korea. Ms Kim is thought to be about 30 years old, around four years younger than her brother. In this Monday, Nov 25, 2013, file photo, technicians inspect an Israeli air force F-16 jet at the Ovda airbase near Eilat, southern Israel. The Israeli military says it has shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country and has struck Iranian targets in Syria that launched it. The military says that as part of the unusual event one of its F-16 jets crashed in northern Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

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