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Despite majority support, Haley fails in United Nations bid to condemn Hamas Despite majority support, Haley fails in United Nations bid to condemn Hamas
- December 07, 2018

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon lamented after the vote that a decision to condemn Hamas had been "hijacked" by a procedural motion that required adoption by a two-thirds majority, instead of a simple majority. Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly are non-binding, but they carry political weight and are seen as a barometer of world opinion. "This resolution was really just an attempt to weaponise the United Nations against the Palestinian people, against their legitimate rights", he ... (more...)
Yemen peace talks to start December 6 in Sweden Yemen peace talks to start December 6 in Sweden
- December 07, 2018

While it backs Houthis fighting the internationally-recognised government, it is not clear what material support Tehran provides the rebels. A United Nations source told Reuters news agency the two sides were unlikely to hold direct talks at a castle outside Stockholm and that United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths and his team would shuttle between them for the consultations. (more...)
Merkel’s party chooses successor to longtime German leader Merkel’s party chooses successor to longtime German leader
- December 07, 2018

She now inherits the task of improving the CDU's political fortunes and trying to win back voters from rivals to the right and left, while working with Merkel as chancellor until Germany's next election. She was greeted by a several-minute standing ovation, with some delegates holding up 'Thank you, boss!' placards. Kramp-Karrenbauer, 56, has differentiated herself from Merkel on social and foreign policy by voting in favour of quotas for women on corporate boards and by taking a tougher ... (more...)
He was United States attorney general 25 years ago. Trump wants him back He was United States attorney general 25 years ago. Trump wants him back
- December 07, 2018

He now Of Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mr. Whitaker, who served as chief of staff to Mr. Sessions, was believed to be in the running for the nomination for the permanent top job at the Justice Department. Trump said he "did not know" Barr until recently, but found him to be respected by lawmakers from both partIes. Trump heavily derided Mueller's team earlier this year for being comprised of many registered Democrats and Democratic donors. (more...)
Trump says he'll nominate Barr for attorney general Trump says he'll nominate Barr for attorney general
- December 07, 2018

Barr later worked as a corporate general counsel and is now of counsel at a prominent global law firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP. In an administration rife with internal conflict and deeply distrustful of the UN, Nauert's nomination would place a less senior person at the global agency than Haley, who reportedly sparred with other administration officials. (more...)
Donald Trump Rages On Twitter Ahead Of Developments In Mueller Probe Donald Trump Rages On Twitter Ahead Of Developments In Mueller Probe
- December 07, 2018

Robert Mueller is set to reveal more details about his Russian Federation investigation as he faces court deadlines in the cases of two men who worked closely with President Donald Trump . And in a separate case from Mueller's, federal prosecutors in NY are expected to file a sentencing memo explaining Cohen's help with their probe. "It has been incorrectly reported that Rudy Giuliani and others will not be doing a counter to the Mueller Report". (more...)
Wisconsin governor urged to veto bills weakening Democrats Wisconsin governor urged to veto bills weakening Democrats
- December 07, 2018

But Democrats and proponents of the redistricting law say the incoming Democratic secretary of state is perfectly capable of implementing it without intrusion from the GOP-controlled Legislature. "We have allowed far too much authority to flow to the executive", Vos said. "To you, this is all about politics". Vos last month cited the desire to protect key Republican achievements from being undone by Evers. (more...)
Police give all clear after bomb threat at NY offices Police give all clear after bomb threat at NY offices
- December 07, 2018

Initial reports conflicted about the precise time of the bomb threat itself, raising questions about whether Trump's tweet might have instigated the attack. But police later said there was no evidence of any explosives inside the building, the station reported . They evacuated the studios out of caution. (more...)
Imran Khan: Pakistan will no longer be America's hired gun Imran Khan: Pakistan will no longer be America's hired gun
- December 07, 2018

He said during a summit last July, NATO chose to strengthen its support to Afghanistan with more troops to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces so they can create the conditions for peace and reconciliation. The renewed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commitment came in a week when the Marine officer nominated to command USA forces in the Middle East warned that the fight there is at a stalemate and the number of Afghan troop deaths in the war is not sustainable. (more...)
In humiliation for Trump, satellite images show North Korea expanding missile base In humiliation for Trump, satellite images show North Korea expanding missile base
- December 07, 2018

At a meeting on inter-Korea cooperation, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told South Korean lawmakers there have been "no specific discussions" with the North on a summit date, refuting reports the two sides have been in discussion. However, Xi did not attend celebrations of the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding in September in what was seen as an indication that Beijing expected further actions from Kim, including concrete progress toward denuclearisation. (more...)
Body found in Costa Rica where missing FL woman was staying Body found in Costa Rica where missing FL woman was staying
- December 07, 2018

Now that Stefaniak has been identified by her family, they say they will continue to press Costa Rican officials for more information on who killed her. "All the data we've compiled points to this being her; however, we want a determination that is more precise, more technical and more scientific", said Espinoza. (more...)
United Nations force confirms discovery of Hezbollah tunnel; Israel demands worldwide response United Nations force confirms discovery of Hezbollah tunnel; Israel demands worldwide response
- December 07, 2018

The footage shows two people walking towards the camera; they are scared off by what appears to be a small explosion. Israel's army on Thursday demanded a United Nations peacekeeping force operating across the border with Lebanon to destroy a tunnel the military said was built by Hizbullah across the frontier. (more...)
Government publishes Brexit legal advice in full Government publishes Brexit legal advice in full
- December 07, 2018

The government had refused previous requests to publish the advice , which comes just a week before MPs vote on the deal itself, saying it would set a risky precedent if the Attorney General could not provide the Prime Minister with honest, confidential legal advice without fear of it being made public. (more...)
Trump reportedly picks Heather Nauert to be United Nations ambassador Trump reportedly picks Heather Nauert to be United Nations ambassador
- December 07, 2018

Nauert has been on the short list for ambassador to the United Nations since Haley announced that she was stepping down from her post in October. She became the spokeswoman to the State Department in 2017. Barred from traveling with Tillerson, she embarked on her own overseas trips, visiting Bangladesh and Myanmar a year ago to see the plight of Rohingya Muslims, and then Israel after a planned stop in Syria was scrapped. (more...)
Trump allegedly hired illegal immigrants to work at his golf course Trump allegedly hired illegal immigrants to work at his golf course
- December 07, 2018

Their lawyer provided CBS News with Morales' 2017 W-2 form, which lists her employer as Lamington Farm Club, the corporate name of Mr. Trump's golf course. The number on the back of the green card that Morales has on file at the golf course does not correspond to the format of numbers used on most legitimate resident cards. (more...)
OH father's punishment of bully daughter prompts outrage, accolades OH father's punishment of bully daughter prompts outrage, accolades
- December 07, 2018

He also posted a video of her carrying out her punishment to social media, which attracted over 15 million views and thousands of comments. After his daughter Kirsten got suspended from riding the bus for a second time as a result of her bullying another child, Matt decided he wasn't going to give in to her request that he give her a ride. (more...)
The first country in the world to make all public transport free The first country in the world to make all public transport free
- December 07, 2018

Though only 100,000 people live there, an additional 400,000 commute into the city for work. Luxembourg City suffers from some of the worst traffic congestion in the world. Now, from the start of 2020 all tickets will be abolished, saving on the collection of fares and the policing of ticket purchases. There is already free transport for under 20s while secondary school students can use free shuttles between schools and their homes. (more...)
'It's really tough': Brother of missing United Kingdom tourist 'It's really tough': Brother of missing United Kingdom tourist
- December 07, 2018

The distressed family released a plea on social media after Ms Millane had been missing for five days. A missing persons report was filed on Wednesday and "initial investigations are underway", New Zealand Police told Yahoo7. Grace Millane, who is from Essex, has been reported missing by her family, who say they have not heard from her in almost a week. Grace Millane hasn't been in contact with her family for six days. (more...)
Lawmakers considering stopgap spending measure ahead of government funding deadline Lawmakers considering stopgap spending measure ahead of government funding deadline
- December 06, 2018

Congressman Hice, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told Breitbart News that Republicans must deliver on President Trump's demand to partially fund his long-promised border wall along America's southern border. Chuck Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, to the White House for a meeting Tuesday, but Democrats asked to postpone it because of Bush's funeral. (more...)
‘Smoking saw’: After CIA briefing, Senators confident MBS behind Khashoggi killing ‘Smoking saw’: After CIA briefing, Senators confident MBS behind Khashoggi killing
- December 06, 2018

Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said a court approved arrest warrants for former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri, who are believed to have overseen the team that killed and dismembered Khashoggi at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate in October. (more...)
India nabs 4 after deadly violence over cow slaughter rumors India nabs 4 after deadly violence over cow slaughter rumors
- December 06, 2018

Adityanath also held a meeting in Lucknow with the chief secretary, DGP, principal secretary (home) and additional director general of police (intelligence). They were demanding the police take immediate action to find out who was responsible for the alleged slaughter of cows. They took the carcasses in tractors to reach the police station located in Chingravathi of Syana. (more...)
'very strong signals' that China is ready for a trade deal 'very strong signals' that China is ready for a trade deal
- December 06, 2018

Mr. Trump's 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods was set to increase to 25 percent on January 1. China could be preparing to spring a global compact to drive tariffs to zero, and approach Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) members including Australia for access to the grouping, positioning Beijing as a champion for free trade. (more...)
Suspected mafia members arrested in coordinated global raids Suspected mafia members arrested in coordinated global raids
- December 06, 2018

Authorities in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg worked together on the operation with the code name "Pollino", coordinated by the Eurojust from 2016, assisted by Europol. 'Ndrangheta is thought to control as much as 80 percent of the cocaine trade in Europe, according to the BBC, and boasts around 6,000 members. In Germany, the raids constituted the country's greatest strike against the mafia, arresting 14 suspects. (more...)
India strongly condemns Chabahar terror attack: MEA India strongly condemns Chabahar terror attack: MEA
- December 06, 2018

Mohammad Hadi Marashi, the deputy governor in charge of security, said the assailants tried to enter the city's police headquarters but "they were prevented by the guards and they detonated the vehicle bomb". In September, gunmen disguised as soldiers opened fire on a military parade in Ahvaz, killing and wounding dozens. Ansar al-Furqan, a Sunni jihadi group, clamed credit for the attack. (more...)
INTERNATIONAL - Duterte jokes about smoking marijuana INTERNATIONAL - Duterte jokes about smoking marijuana
- December 06, 2018

A few of his audience during the awarding ceremonies for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( Asean ) Organizing Council chuckled at the admission of the President, whose brutal crackdown on drugs has claimed thousands of lives and stirred global furor. (more...)
West provides no evidence that Iran violated United Nations resolution - Russian diplomat West provides no evidence that Iran violated United Nations resolution - Russian diplomat
- December 06, 2018

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi also said Iranian missiles were purely defensive and added, "There is no Security Council resolution prohibiting missile program and missile tests by Iran". "The worldwide community can not keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions". Resolution 2231 was the Security Council's consecration of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action which the Trump administration ... (more...)
South Korean President says visit from North Korea’s Kim ‘a possibility’ South Korean President says visit from North Korea’s Kim ‘a possibility’
- December 06, 2018

Moon's programme in Auckland includes a ceremony of welcome and a state lunch hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House, a wreath laying ceremony and tour of Auckland War Memorial Museum, and an engagement with the Korean community in Auckland . (more...)
PETA wants you to remove 'speciesism' from your vocabulary PETA wants you to remove 'speciesism' from your vocabulary
- December 06, 2018

Instead of saying "bring home the bacon", PETA suggested the phrase "bring home the bagels". With the tweet , PETA, a high-profile animal rights organisation, have managed to drive their agenda while sounding tongue-in-cheek at the same time. (more...)
Two US Marine Aircraft Collide While Refueling Off Japan Two US Marine Aircraft Collide While Refueling Off Japan
- December 06, 2018

The planes involved were an F-18 fighter and a C-130 tanker, the official said. Further details about the incident were not immediately released. In a statement, the Marine Corps said the planes had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan. (more...)
Rigger who died at Joburg's Global Citizen Festival identified as Siyabonga Ngodze Rigger who died at Joburg's Global Citizen Festival identified as Siyabonga Ngodze
- December 06, 2018

The Global Citizen Festival is hosted by the Global Poverty Project, which works to combat extreme poverty all over the world through education, advocacy and media. The Global Citizen Festival announced that it had made commitments to the value of $7-billion that will go towards helping millions of people throughout the world. (more...)

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