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Taliban say they're meeting US officials again on Monday Taliban say they're meeting US officials again on Monday
- December 18, 2018

Zabihullah Mujahid said that representatives from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the UAE would also take part in the meeting, which follows at least two meetings between Taliban officials and USA special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar . (more...)
Russian Federation used every major social media platform to sway voters to Trump Russian Federation used every major social media platform to sway voters to Trump
- December 18, 2018

One of the reports, compiled by researchers at the cybersecurity firm New Knowledge, says the IRA's most prolific efforts on Facebook and Instagram targeted African-Americans. The Russian activity went far beyond the three tech companies that provided information, reaching many smaller sites as well. Mueller, who heads the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow, has been a frequent target of the ... (more...)
2 police officers hit and killed by train in Chicago 2 police officers hit and killed by train in Chicago
- December 18, 2018

The officers killed were relatively new members of the department. Officers Eduardo Marmolejo, 37, and Conrad Gary, 31, were killed in the line of duty while responding to a call for service on the railroad tracks. Two other Chicago officers besides Mr Marmolejo and Mr Gary were killed in the line of duty this year. As Chicago police officers expanded the area of the crime scene on the tracks Monday evening, a bi-level rail vehicle with the silhouettes of numerous passengers inside ... (more...)
Al-Shabab in Somalia: Air strikes kill 62 militants, U.S. says Al-Shabab in Somalia: Air strikes kill 62 militants, U.S. says
- December 18, 2018

Together with other AMISOM forces, the USA said it conducted the airstrikes to prevent terrorists from using remote areas as a safe haven to plot, direct, inspire, and recruit for future attacks in Somalia and the region. The statement says no civilians were involved. Two more strikes in the same area on Sunday killed 28 fighters, the command said. US airstrikes have also targeted a small presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). (more...)
Donald Trump says he could intervene in Huawei case Donald Trump says he could intervene in Huawei case
- December 18, 2018

There is precedent for Trump intervening on behalf of a Chinese company accused of violating USA sanctions. "Now, a lot of the assumptions that have guided our foreign policy are in question, including whether the United States has our back", said Paris, a University of Ottawa international-affairs professor. (more...)
United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon confirm Hezbollah tunnels crossed border with Israel United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon confirm Hezbollah tunnels crossed border with Israel
- December 18, 2018

Israel has said it is up to UNIFIL to deal with the tunnels on the Lebanese side of the border, and its military said it held the Beirut government responsible for breaching Security Council resolution 1701. Earlier today, a confrontation between Lebanese Armed Forces and the IDF was documented , during Operation Northern Shield to discover and destroy Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnels. (more...)
James Comey to testify again before House Judiciary Committee James Comey to testify again before House Judiciary Committee
- December 18, 2018

In between the two interviews with House panels, Comey said at an event in NY that if Trump were not president, he would be "in serious jeopardy of being charged" by NY prosecutors in a case concerning payments made to silence women who alleged affairs with him years ago. (more...)
Israel irked at Australia's 'mistaken' W. Jerusalem recognition Israel irked at Australia's 'mistaken' W. Jerusalem recognition
- December 17, 2018

The status of Jerusalem , home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths, is one of the biggest obstacles to a peace agreement between Israel and Palestinians who want East Jerusalem recognised as the capital of a Palestinian state. (more...)
Take a peek inside a newly discovered 4,400-year-old Egyptian tomb Take a peek inside a newly discovered 4,400-year-old Egyptian tomb
- December 17, 2018

Some of the scenes show the owner, a royal priest named Wahtye, with his mother, wife and other relatives. Unlike many grander burial places, the tomb had escaped the attention of thieves and looters. Its drawings were nearly completely preserved, and the tomb itself had not been looted, he said, according to Reuters. This village could have been inhabited 2,500 years before the pyramids of Giza were built. (more...)
Associates Of Michael Flynn Charged In Alleged Scheme To Smear Turkish Cleric Associates Of Michael Flynn Charged In Alleged Scheme To Smear Turkish Cleric
- December 17, 2018

Mr Rafiekian was arrested and appeared in court on Monday to face charges related to allegedly lobbying illegally to have a Turkish exile returned from the United States. When he pleaded guilty last December to lying to FBI gents working on the Russian Federation investigation, Flynn also admitted to repeated violations of laws requiring firms to register their work on behalf of foreign clients. (more...)
Trump says he will review the case of soldier charged with murder Trump says he will review the case of soldier charged with murder
- December 17, 2018

The service launched an investigation into Golsteyn after the Central Intelligence Agency alerted them to his job interview, but closed it without charging him. During a special edition of Baier's show entitled "How We Fight", Golsteyn gave his description of the circumstances surrounding the killing, telling Baier that "There's limits on how long you can hold guys". (more...)
U.S. federal judge strikes down Obamacare as unconstitutional U.S. federal judge strikes down Obamacare as unconstitutional
- December 17, 2018

Even if you don't have an Obamacare health plan, experts say there are far-reaching implications for all consumers if the decision is allowed to stand. Even with control of both chambers of Congress and the White House in 2017, Republicans could not push through a repeal. He later concluded: "All of that is guaranteed by the ACA as long as it's the law". (more...)
White House closer to partial United States government shutdown with border wall demand White House closer to partial United States government shutdown with border wall demand
- December 17, 2018

When pressed on if they would be willing to go into a government shutdown over funding, Miller said , "absolutely". But speaking on NBC's " Meet the Press , " Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Trump needs to understand there are not enough votes in either the House or Senate for the $5 billion he's seeking for the wall, a key campaign promise. (more...)
Saudi Arabia slams US Senate vote as 'interference' Saudi Arabia slams US Senate vote as 'interference'
- December 17, 2018

After giving contradictory statements about the whereabouts of Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia admitted that the writer was killed inside its consulate and his body was dismembered. The resolutions can not be debated in the House of Representatives before January, and would likely be vetoed in any case by Trump. Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top lawmaker in the Senate, said the motion sent a "clear and unambiguous message" of the senators' beliefs about who is responsible for ... (more...)
Rejecting other Brexit options, Britain's May sticks by her deal Rejecting other Brexit options, Britain's May sticks by her deal
- December 17, 2018

In response, the leaders of the remaining EU countries issued a bare-bones statement reiterating that the backstop was intended never to come into effect, that if it were activated it would "apply temporarily", and that "the Union would use its best endeavours to negotiate and conclude expeditiously a subsequent agreement that would replace the backstop". (more...)
Ryan Zinke to Resign as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to Resign as Interior Secretary
- December 17, 2018

Zinke vaguely denied the accusations against him in a tweet announcing his resignation Saturday. "Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation", he continued. Zinke, 57, played a leading part in Trump's efforts to roll back federal environmental regulations and promote domestic energy development. "The Trump Administration will be announcing the new Secretary of the Interior next week". (more...)
Israeli forces partially demolish home of Palestinian family Israeli forces partially demolish home of Palestinian family
- December 17, 2018

At the same time, added the Prime Minister, it continues to incite against President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian people as a whole. Hardline Israeli politicians opposed the Gaza agreement and have also criticised Netanyahu over the recent West Bank violence. (more...)
What is the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against Sajjan Kumar What is the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against Sajjan Kumar
- December 17, 2018

The judgment was delivered by a Division Bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel . The riots, in which thousands of Sikhs were killed, broke out after the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. (more...)
Ryan Zinke is resigning, and the internet's reaction is priceless Ryan Zinke is resigning, and the internet's reaction is priceless
- December 17, 2018

The Natural Resources Defence Council quipped in a press release that Zinke shouldn't "let the US$139,000 door hit [him] on the way out". A week ago, Trump announced that Chief of Staff John Kelly would be departing at year's end. The Union of Concerned Scientists, where Clement is now a fellow, compiled a report outlining what the group has seen as anti-science moves, many of which will continue under Zinke's successor. (more...)
British Minister Says Government Not Planning Second Brexit Vote British Minister Says Government Not Planning Second Brexit Vote
- December 17, 2018

British education minister Damian Hinds said today the government was not planning for a second referendum, denying reports that ministers were looking at such a vote to break the deadlock over Brexit. "Anther vote. would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics", she will say, adding that a second vote "would likely leave us no further forward". (more...)
A Texas Federal Judge Ruled That The Affordable Care Act is Unconstitutional A Texas Federal Judge Ruled That The Affordable Care Act is Unconstitutional
- December 17, 2018

The lawsuit , initiated by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, argued that the health care law was invalid because the repeal of the mandate that all Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty has stripped the Affordable Care Act , also known as Obamacare , of its enforcement mechanism, according to the Washington Post. (more...)
New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity
- December 17, 2018

Epifaniy was chosen by a council at the St Sophia Cathedral in Kiev , built by the son of Prince Volodymyr whose baptism in 988 led to the spread of Christianity in the region. The breakthrough was welcomed as a "miracle" by President Petro Poroshenko, who praised the "courage and wisdom" of Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch, for authorising the church's creation and exercising his "unconditional canonical right to heal the wounds inflicted on Ukrainian Orthodoxy by Moscow's domination". (more...)
North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death
- December 17, 2018

The statement, attributed to the policy research director of the North Korean foreign ministry's Institute for American Studies, added that US officials, including those at the state department, were "bent on bringing DPRK-US relations back to the status of previous year which was marked by exchanges of fire" - a reference to North Korean ballistic missile launches and a nuclear test, as well as angry verbal exchanges between the countries' leaders. (more...)
Japan explosion: dozens injured as blast destroys Sapporo restaurant Japan explosion: dozens injured as blast destroys Sapporo restaurant
- December 17, 2018

According to Japanese news agency NHK , the restaurant, a two-storey building, was destroyed in the explosion. More than 40 people are believed to have been injured in a huge explosion in Japan . This Dec. 16, 2018, image shows the explosion site in Sapporo , Hokkaido , in northern Japan. Witnesses also reported smelling gas in the area following the explosion. (more...)
Michelle Obama adds Cleveland stop to book tour Michelle Obama adds Cleveland stop to book tour
- December 16, 2018

Her evening is titled " Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama ". The former first lady tweeted Tuesday the conversations she's had have been "meaningful" for her. Some tickets will be donated to charities, schools, community groups and other organizations by Obama and Live Nation. "Those fans will receive free admission to the tour stop in their city". (more...)
Brexit debate needs a change of tone, Anglican bishops say Brexit debate needs a change of tone, Anglican bishops say
- December 16, 2018

I will continue to fight for a good deal for Britain. A senior member of Prime Minister Theresa May's government called on Saturday for British MPs from all parties to "forge a consensus" on Brexit to avoid a potentially damaging " no deal " withdrawal from the European Union in March. (more...)
Woman smacking subway passenger with umbrella, keys Woman smacking subway passenger with umbrella, keys
- December 16, 2018

She's charged with felony assault. He later added that he'd completed a citizen's arrest on Luschinskaya, successfully detaining her until the police arrived. Passengers then comment on the woman's "severe mental issues" and the probability of her having voted for US President Donald Trump . A woman who is allegedly Lushchinskaya during an altercation in a Park Slope subway station on Monday . (more...)
Cohen Says Trump Is Lying About Russia Investigation Cohen Says Trump Is Lying About Russia Investigation
- December 16, 2018

He said Mr Trump - who was then a presidential candidate - "was very concerned" about how the alleged affairs would affect his chances. "I am done with the lying", Cohen said. "Instead of him taking responsibility for his actions, what does he do?" "Here is the truth: The people of the United States of America, the people of the world don't believe what he's saying". (more...)
Russian Bombers Landing in Venezuela: A Reaction to US Threats Russian Bombers Landing in Venezuela: A Reaction to US Threats
- December 16, 2018

The Organization of American States branded the mission "harmful to Venezuelan sovereignty", adding it violated the crisis-hit South American country's constitution because it had not been authorized by its National Assembly. But the Kremlin rejected Pompeo's criticism, saying it was "highly undiplomatic" and "completely inappropriate". Russian Federation has bristled at USA and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies deploying their troops and weapons near its borders. (more...)
Melania Called Out ‘opportunists’ For Using Trump For Personal Gain. Yuge Mistake Melania Called Out ‘opportunists’ For Using Trump For Personal Gain. Yuge Mistake
- December 16, 2018

Trump. First lady Melania Trump said the most hard part of being in the White House is dealing with the "opportunists", like journalists, comedians and book writers, who use "my name or my family's name" to "advance themselves". "So I travel the country, meet with people, meet with parents". "I follow what's going on". "I'm sure privately, you're allowed to grouse, but you know, if Michelle Obama had done half of the complaining that she has done in her limited interviews... (more...)

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