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North Korea: We Won’t Denuclearize Until America Removes Threat to Us First North Korea: We Won’t Denuclearize Until America Removes Threat to Us First
- December 22, 2018

One of America's greatest threats since the armistice in 1953 following The Korean War , North Korea agreed to meet with the president but only after tensions, cancellations and other issues almost derailed the summit. He also reiterated the USA stance that "sanctions relief will follow denuclearization". On Monday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning North Korea's "systematic, widespread and gross violation of human rights."In response, North ... (more...)
U.S. Sanctions Russian Spies Tied to Election Hack, Poisoning U.S. Sanctions Russian Spies Tied to Election Hack, Poisoning
- December 22, 2018

Previously, the deadline for both had been January 21. If Deripaska ends up in any way controlling the companies, "then we would insist that the company be re-listed at the end of the day", said Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat and one of the leading voices on sanctions in the chamber. (more...)
Colorado police arrest fiance of woman who disappeared Colorado police arrest fiance of woman who disappeared
- December 22, 2018

A relative of Kelsey Berreth - who was last seen on Thanksgiving Day but is presumed dead - tells PEOPLE she was "hoping ... we'd have more concrete details as to why" following a news conference Friday where authorities announced the arrest of Patrick Frazee , Berreth's fiancé and the father of their 1-year-old daughter. (more...)
Former Lehigh University student allegedly poisoned black roommate after racist incident Former Lehigh University student allegedly poisoned black roommate after racist incident
- December 22, 2018

Juwan Royal , Yukai Yang's roommate of several years at Lehigh University . "Initially, Mr Royal was dumbfounded by this as everyone else, because he believed they had a fairly cordial relationship as roommates", Assistant District Attorney Abe Kassis said, according to reports. (more...)
Trump's Last Chance for a Wall Trump's Last Chance for a Wall
- December 22, 2018

Trump reversed course Thursday and rejected a measure that had unanimously passed the Senate and was under House consideration. GOP leaders - who didn't think they could get a majority of votes for the border wall - sweetened the bill by adding nearly $8 billion in disaster relief money, to help areas in the South hit by hurricanes, and places out West which have suffered from wildfires. (more...)
Portions of Federal Bureau of Investigation interview with Flynn released Portions of Federal Bureau of Investigation interview with Flynn released
- December 22, 2018

Flynn's sentencing has been shaded over the past three weeks by criticism of the FBI's actions when it first approached him in the White House on January 24, 2017. Dershowitz argued that because the agents already know the information that Flynn ended up lying to them about - they had full transcripts of his conversations with the ambassador - his lies were not "material". (more...)
Trump could pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan next Trump could pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan next
- December 22, 2018

The Pentagon declined to comment on Afghanistan. With the insurgents in control of large stretches of the country and chronically understrength Afghan forces suffering thousands of casualties a month, even a partial United States withdrawal could reduce the incentive of the Taliban to strike a deal and erode the willingness of Afghan troops to fight. (more...)
Japan to leave whaling commission to continue hunting Japan to leave whaling commission to continue hunting
- December 22, 2018

Anti-whaling nations - led by Australia, the European Union and the United States - defeated Japan's "Way Forward" proposal in a 41-to-27 vote. But Masayuki Komatsu, a former fisheries official who represented Japan at IWC, questioned if Japan gains anything from withdrawing. (more...)
China: Xi Jinping no paternalism accepted by other States China: Xi Jinping no paternalism accepted by other States
- December 22, 2018

But that did not detract from his central message, which was about adapting the lessons of 40 years of success under Communist Party leadership to face future challenges - and [even] "unimaginable" perils, which he did not elaborate on. These institutions will "benefit Bangladesh and other developing countries to meet their growing development and infrastructure requirements", said Sobhan. (more...)
Bill O’Reilly Slammed for Tweet on Ginsburg After Surgery Bill O’Reilly Slammed for Tweet on Ginsburg After Surgery
- December 22, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg reportedly underwent surgery to remove cancerous growths from her lung, according to The Associated Press . Attending physicians found no evidence of any remaining growths in the lung or elsewhere in her body post surgery. (more...)
Police arrest fiancé of missing Colorado mother Police arrest fiancé of missing Colorado mother
- December 21, 2018

De Young said the police department applied for the arrest warrant Thursday evening. Kelsey Berreth , a 29-year-old pilot instructor from Woodland Park, was last seen in public November 22 on store surveillance footage that showed her walking into a Safeway market with the 1-year-old daughter fathered by Frazee, to whom she was engaged. (more...)
Chemistry major accused of poisoning roommate Chemistry major accused of poisoning roommate
- December 21, 2018

A motive is unclear, authorities said, and Yang and Royal, both seniors at the time, had lived together seemingly without incident for several years. 'Initially, Mr. Yang then provided police a written statement insisting he had left the room and locked the door, but a comparison between the graffiti and the statement found similarities in the letters. (more...)
U.S. Senate OKs government funding through Feb. 8 to avert shutdown U.S. Senate OKs government funding through Feb. 8 to avert shutdown
- December 21, 2018

If the president and Congress can not agree on a new government spending package by the December 21 midnight deadline, nine of out of 15 federal departments and dozens of agencies would shutter just three days before Christmas. Conservatives want to keep fighting. About three-quarters of the federal workforce would be unaffected by a partial shutdown, as their agencies were funded through September 2019 in earlier spending bills. (more...)
USA approves $3.5 billion Patriot missile sale to Turkey USA approves $3.5 billion Patriot missile sale to Turkey
- December 21, 2018

As of Tuesday evening, the U.S. State Department said the $3.5 billion sale of about 150 Patriot missiles and associated launch and radar equipment to Turkey was approved . "I think if Turkey reverses its decision to buy S-400, Congress would approve the sale", he said. The announcement comes hours after President Donald Trump said that the United States had defeated the Islamic State group in neighboring Syria - leading to the withdrawal of USA troops, who had effectively protected ... (more...)
Former Prosecutor: Flynn Judge Can Add Prison Time For 'Aggravating' Factors Former Prosecutor: Flynn Judge Can Add Prison Time For 'Aggravating' Factors
- December 21, 2018

Two weeks ago, Mueller recommended no prison time for Flynn because of "substantial assistance" in the Russian Federation investigation, including possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump's 2016 campaign. Flynn's help in the probes, including 19 meetings with investigators, has been especially notable. Trump tweeted "good luck" to Flynn hours before the sentencing and said that, "despite tremendous pressure being put on him", there was "no Collusion!" Two FBI agents arrived at ... (more...)
Warm pattern doesn't bode well for White Christmas Warm pattern doesn't bode well for White Christmas
- December 21, 2018

Bob Gilowski at VSA Highway Maintenance, which looks after the heavy sledding on the Coquihalla, says they've had half as much snow and clearing work as they had at this time a year ago. By Christmas Day, four days later, one minute of daylight will be added as the amount of daylight begins to slowly increase as the calendar heads toward spring. (more...)
Speaker Ryan Says Trump Won’t Sign Bill That Would Avoid Government Shutdown Speaker Ryan Says Trump Won’t Sign Bill That Would Avoid Government Shutdown
- December 21, 2018

The spending measure now goes to the House of Representatives, and it has to be signed by Mr. Trump . President Donald Trump reportedly said on Thursday he will not sign a continuing resolution to avert a partial government shutdown in his fight for border wall funding. (more...)
WWE Pressing Ahead With Saudi Arabia Shows In 2019 WWE Pressing Ahead With Saudi Arabia Shows In 2019
- December 21, 2018

He had been harassing the newspaper for six years on Twitter about a 2011 article that named him. The new departments were created by a committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's defence minister. Massive social and political trends can not be extrapolated from such a tiny dataset. "The most vocal head of state in Khashoggi's case has been Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government has effectively shut down the independent media and is jailing ... (more...)
William Barr, Trump's Attorney General Pick, Criticized Mueller Probe In Memo William Barr, Trump's Attorney General Pick, Criticized Mueller Probe In Memo
- December 21, 2018

Barr in the memo acknowledged that he was basing his assessment on what had been publicly reported about Mueller's investigation and he recognized that he was "in the dark about many facts". "To me, that is both inappropriate and disqualifying", Warner said. It's not the first time that Barr, who would oversee Mueller's investigation as attorney general, has been critical of the probe. (more...)
Abu Dhabi process does more than bringing US, Taliban on the table Abu Dhabi process does more than bringing US, Taliban on the table
- December 21, 2018

USA envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who tweeted that talks held this week in the United Arab Emirates were "productive", was in Pakistan on Wednesday to meet with the chief of the country's army before heading to the Afghan capital Kabul later in the day. (more...)
U.S. to send migrants back to Mexico while cases pending: DHS U.S. to send migrants back to Mexico while cases pending: DHS
- December 21, 2018

Previously, immigrants were released into the United States, under what was known as "catch and release". A mother migrating from Honduras holds her 1-year-old child after surrendering to U.S. "If Mexico could protect them, they would be protecting their own citizens, and they can't". Many of them participated in migrant caravans that made headlines this fall. (more...)
Trump Tweets: Defense Secretary Mattis to Retire in February Trump Tweets: Defense Secretary Mattis to Retire in February
- December 21, 2018

North Korea will not give up its nuclear arms unless the "U.S. nuclear threat to Korea" is eliminated, North Korean state media said Thursday. Trump announced Mattis' resignation on Twitter , saying that Mattis would retire "with distinction" in February after leading the Department of Defense for two years. (more...)
Senate Finally Passes Bipartisan Criminal-Justice Bill Senate Finally Passes Bipartisan Criminal-Justice Bill
- December 21, 2018

It is a multifaceted law that will, among other things, retroactively limit the disparity in drug sentences between crack and cocaine offenses, reduce the "three strikes" penalty for drug felonies from a life sentence to 25 years and aims to make it possible for inmates to reduce their sentences as well as provide incentives for lowering recidivism rates. (more...)
Trump 'at this moment' doesn't want funding deal without border wall money Trump 'at this moment' doesn't want funding deal without border wall money
- December 21, 2018

Ann Coulter, the high-profile media commentator who had been a vocal supporter, said if Mr Trump didn't get funding for the wall his presidency would be a "joke". "Or, rather I should say, that is the $5 billion question", he added. When Trump met with Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office last week, he vowed that he would shut down the government if Congress didn't agree to fund a border wall. (more...)
Der Spiegel sacks star journalist for falsifying articles 'on a grand scale' Der Spiegel sacks star journalist for falsifying articles 'on a grand scale'
- December 21, 2018

Claas Relotius, a reporter and editor, admitted to fabricating parts of at least 14 stories following the magazine's investigation. Anderson and Krone also dismantle a narrative spun about Maria Rodriguez, who, in total fairness to Relotius, at least exists: "Relotius weaves together the story of Maria, restaurateur turned Trump supporter whose treatment for kidney disease becomes increasingly expensive under Obamacare, and that of her 15-year old son Israel, who faces prejudice at the ... (more...)
ISIS ‘BEHEADS’ Scandinavian woman as two killed by ‘extremists’ in Morocco ISIS ‘BEHEADS’ Scandinavian woman as two killed by ‘extremists’ in Morocco
- December 20, 2018

The bodies of Maren Ueland, from Norway and Louyisa Vesterager Jespersen, from Denmark, were discovered by two other hikers on Monday in the High Atlas Mountains. Moroccan news outlet 2M said the three arrested on Thursday were all shepherds, and had been arrested in the city of Marrakesh. The killings have shocked Morocco, a popular tourist destination where attacks on foreigners are extremely rare. (more...)
Newly Discovered Blind, Burrowing Amphibian Named After Donald Trump Newly Discovered Blind, Burrowing Amphibian Named After Donald Trump
- December 20, 2018

EnviroBuild , a sustainable materials company, paid $US25,000 ($NZ36,400) at an auction for the right to officially name the creature. "The dermophis genus grows an extra layer of skin which their young use their teeth to peel off and eat, a behavior known as dermatrophy". (more...)
Global Geopolitical Series: Astana partners reach deal on Syrian Constitutional Committee Global Geopolitical Series: Astana partners reach deal on Syrian Constitutional Committee
- December 20, 2018

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, asked on arrival whether he expected to reach an agreement with counterparts Sergei Lavrov of Russian Federation and Mehmet Cavusoglu of Turkey , told reporters: "I hope so". The United States said on Monday it was no longer seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad , as Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he hoped to reach an agreement on Tuesday with Russian Federation and Turkey on the composition of a new Constitutional Committee in ... (more...)
US charges 2 with China intelligence ties in hacking case US charges 2 with China intelligence ties in hacking case
- December 20, 2018

Britain has accused China of mounting a "widespread and significant" campaign of "cyber intrusions" against the United Kingdom and its allies. It targeted a range of global companies and sought to steal intellectual property and commercial secrets from Europe, Asia and the US. (more...)
Flynn sentencing abruptly postponed; judge expresses disgust Flynn sentencing abruptly postponed; judge expresses disgust
- December 20, 2018

District Judge Emmet Sullivan gave Flynn a blistering rebuke. Judge Sullivan told Flynn he would take into account his extensive co-operation with the government, which includes 19 meetings with investigators as well as a 33-year military career that included service in Iraq and Afghanistan . (more...)

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