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U.S. government in partial shutdown U.S. government in partial shutdown
- December 24, 2018

According to the Hill , Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Minority Leader Schumer have exchanged offers, with the White House reducing its "ask" for the border from $5 billion to $2.1 billion, provided there is no restriction on how the money can be spent. (more...)
French Police Defend Actions after Clashes with Protesters French Police Defend Actions after Clashes with Protesters
- December 24, 2018

The famous chateau was home to a succession of French kings until the French Revolution in 1789. David Delbruyere was one of about 20 protesters near the Arc de Triomphe, the fifth time he has come to the French capital to join a demonstration. (more...)
Al-Shabaab auto bomb kills at least 16 in Mogadishu Al-Shabaab auto bomb kills at least 16 in Mogadishu
- December 24, 2018

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which often targets Mogadishu, claimed responsibility for the attack. "The first suicide auto bomb at the checkpoint killed five people mostly security soldiers". Death toll may rise. "Seven of my security escort and a driver were among those killed in the blast, but such attacks will encourage our efforts to redouble the war against terrorists", he said in a statement. (more...)
Pakistan court to give verdict on ex-PM Nawaz Sharif Pakistan court to give verdict on ex-PM Nawaz Sharif
- December 24, 2018

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday said that the properties worth billions of rupees case against former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and his children is very straight. (more...)
Acting U.S. attorney general won't recuse himself from Russian Federation probe Acting U.S. attorney general won't recuse himself from Russian Federation probe
- December 24, 2018

Ethics experts in the Justice Department recommended that Whitaker, who made comments critical of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation before taking office, should not supervise the probe, said the source, who has knowledge of the situation. (more...)
Pompeo, Netanyahu to Meet on US Troops Withdrawal in Syria Pompeo, Netanyahu to Meet on US Troops Withdrawal in Syria
- December 24, 2018

Not on borderline between us and the Turks", one security force member told Kurdistan 24 on condition of anonymity. More than 2,400 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan since the 2001 USA -led invasion, and Trump announced in a video last week that troop deaths were on his mind in announcing the pullouts. (more...)
The Government Shutdown Could Last Until January as Leaders Leave Washington The Government Shutdown Could Last Until January as Leaders Leave Washington
- December 24, 2018

With Mr Trump's insistence on five billion dollars (£3.95 billion) for the wall and negotiations with Democrats in Congress far from a breakthrough, even a temporary measure to keep the government running while talks continued seems out of reach until the Senate returns for a full session on Thursday. (more...)
Turkey promised to eradicate whatever is left of ISIS in Syria Turkey promised to eradicate whatever is left of ISIS in Syria
- December 24, 2018

In an abrupt policy shift, Trump announced on Wednesday that Washington would withdraw the roughly 2,000 USA troops in Syria , upending a pillar of American policy in the Middle East and alarming US allies. "I call on everyone. not to forget what we owe them", he said. Trump's declaration of triumph has alarmed key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies such as France and Germany, who said the change of course on Syria risks damaging the fight against Islamic State, which has now ... (more...)
Turkey bolsters military on Syrian border as United States readies pull out Turkey bolsters military on Syrian border as United States readies pull out
- December 24, 2018

The news that Mattis will leave immediately comes just two days after the top us diplomat to the coalition fighting ISIS, Brett McGurk , also said he's leaving the administration early in protest of the troop drawdown from Syria. The Observatory said 50 vehicles crossed into Syria - carrying troops and equipment. We recognize the fact that it's unpopular within the Defense Department. (more...)
How Does The Government Shutdown Impact Massachusetts? How Does The Government Shutdown Impact Massachusetts?
- December 24, 2018

President Donald Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act into law in 2018, which included a budget of $717 billion for the department. Mountain Standard Time. There are 160 phones to handle the calls and new volunteers get a help book which lets them know what kind of questions children may ask. (more...)
White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall
- December 24, 2018

A budget deal to end the shutdown - which forced several key us agencies to cease operations at 12.01 a.m. (0501 GMT) Saturday - appeared a distant prospect as Congress adjourned for the weekend ahead of Christmas. He predicted it could extend into January, when Democrats will assume control of the House based on their midterm election gains. Vice President Mike Pence returned to the U.S. (more...)
Quiet Weather Returns This Week, But Only Through Christmas! Quiet Weather Returns This Week, But Only Through Christmas!
- December 24, 2018

Highs will generally be in the mid 30s, with breezy winds by afternoon. By Monday, a new system will approach the California coast from the west - accompanied by more rain and snow. A storm system will inch our way late Christmas night and could bring some light snow before the day ends. Historically, 7's meteorologist Jackie Layer said, the western part of the state is 50 to 60 percent likely to have snow on Christmas, closer to Boston, the numbers fall to 40 to 50 percent. (more...)
Trump pulls the plug on Afghanistan Trump pulls the plug on Afghanistan
- December 24, 2018

Taliban Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid would not comment about the troops' withdrawal when contacted. The Taliban are already stronger today than they have been since their ouster in 2001, controlling or holding sway over almost half the country. (more...)
'Slow, Highly Coordinated': Trump Says Had Call With Erdogan on Syria Withdrawal 'Slow, Highly Coordinated': Trump Says Had Call With Erdogan on Syria Withdrawal
- December 24, 2018

Turkey has welcomed Trump's decision. McGurk made a decision to speed up his original plan to leave his post in mid-February. Netanyahu, the spokesman said, "should end the lawless occupation of Palestinian lands and the brutal oppression of Palestinian people" instead of "begging President Erdogan not to speak out the truth". (more...)
Snow to spread through Great Lakes, northeastern USA prior to Christmas Snow to spread through Great Lakes, northeastern USA prior to Christmas
- December 24, 2018

Parts of the Somerset Levels, which cover 160,000 acres, also flooded for the first time this year after the area was hit by a week's worth of rainfall in one day on Thursday. According to the Met Office , white Christmases were more frequent in the 18th and 19th centuries, and this has since decreased due to the higher temperatures. (more...)
Arrest Made For Murder of Former Warden Woman in Colorado Arrest Made For Murder of Former Warden Woman in Colorado
- December 23, 2018

However, De Young said that officials have not spoken directly to Frazee and were communicating through Loew. Investigators who went to Berreth's house found cinnamon rolls in the kitchen and both of her cars outside. De Young said that only one person was arrested, but noted that additional arrests were a possibility, KOAA News reported. Berreth's mother, Cheryl, who lives in Idaho, reported her missing on December 2. (more...)
We won't testify: Captured Ukrainian navy captains tell Russian Federation We won't testify: Captured Ukrainian navy captains tell Russian Federation
- December 23, 2018

The Ukrainian church has been part of the Russian Orthodox Church for centuries, but some Ukrainian orthodox clerics, with government support, have moved to set up a separate independent Orthodox church in Ukraine. In November, Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian ships after it says they entered Russian waters. The United States and the European Union have called for the release of the sailors, who are in pretrial detention in Moscow. (more...)
Canada Demands China Release Citizens Amid Huawei Row Canada Demands China Release Citizens Amid Huawei Row
- December 23, 2018

Meng, we do think it's important to explain to the Chinese authorities, to the Chinese public, that Canada has been behaving scrupulously as a rule-of-law state", Ms. The US, the United Kingdom and the European Union also issued statements in support of Canada , which has abandoned previous diplomatic caution to demand the men are freed. (more...)
Taliban push for withdrawal of foreign troops in two-day talks Taliban push for withdrawal of foreign troops in two-day talks
- December 23, 2018

Noting that the USA strategy calls for a regional approach to enhance stability in South Asia , the report said this includes building a broad consensus for a stable Afghanistan, emphasising regional economic integration and cooperation, stressing cooperation for an Afghan-led peace process, and holding countries accountable for their use of proxies or other means to undermine stability and regional confidence. (more...)
Russian Federation dispatches examination concerning BBC as debate with Britain raises Russian Federation dispatches examination concerning BBC as debate with Britain raises
- December 23, 2018

The Roskomnadzor watchdog said it is "starting control measures" into the compliance with Russian law of BBC World News, an worldwide channel available in Russia , and the BBC's websites. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed to reporters on Friday that Russian investigation was a response to the United Kingdom regulator's move against RT. (more...)
Roberts, liberal justices snub Trump bid to enforce asylum policy Roberts, liberal justices snub Trump bid to enforce asylum policy
- December 23, 2018

For the first time on a contested issue, new Justice Brett Kavanaugh , nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed in October after a brutal partisan battle, noted his agreement with the court's other conservatives. The Chief Justice stood with liberals justices in today's ruling denying Trump his ban. Lee Gelernt of the American Civil Liberties Union, representing those challenging the regulation, praised the court's decision to keep the stay in place. (more...)
Key Senate Democrat says Trump 'should withdraw' attorney general nomination Key Senate Democrat says Trump 'should withdraw' attorney general nomination
- December 23, 2018

The Justice Department told the Journal that Barr had written the memo "on his own initiative". It could factor into Barr's Senate confirmation hearings and prompt questions about whether he can be unbiased in overseeing the investigation. But Whitaker was given a heads up that Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen would plead guilty to lying to Congress about the proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow before it was publicly announced. (more...)
Dems blame Trump’s ‘temper tantrum’ for shutdown Dems blame Trump’s ‘temper tantrum’ for shutdown
- December 23, 2018

Before Pence and Schumer met today, Schumer's office sent out a pre-emptive statement beforehand saying he would "remind" Pence that Democrats would not sign off on any wall funding. "At midnight last night, roughly 25 per cent of the government shut down because of one person and one person alone: President Trump", Schumer said. (more...)
Thirteen Killed, Multiple Hurt in Blast at Mine Facility in Czech Republic Thirteen Killed, Multiple Hurt in Blast at Mine Facility in Czech Republic
- December 23, 2018

OKD said earlier that a methane blast more than 800 metres underground devastated areas of the CSM coal mine near the eastern town of Karvina on Thursday. "There are more possibilities, but at this point, it is pure speculation", he added. OKD, which runs the mine, is controlled by the Czech state and expects to extract five million tonnes of coal this year. (more...)
Award-Winning German Reporter Fired For Fabricating Stories 'On A Grand Scale' Award-Winning German Reporter Fired For Fabricating Stories 'On A Grand Scale'
- December 23, 2018

An internal investigation reportedly revealed that Claas Relotius , a 33-year old staff who won numerous accolades, including CNN Journalist of the Year award in 2014, and who was named German Reporter of the Year earlier this month, has been inventing stories and faking interviews for several years. (more...)
Indonesia tsunami kills at least 20: disaster agency Indonesia tsunami kills at least 20: disaster agency
- December 23, 2018

Alif, a resident in Pandeglang district who goes by one name, said the tsunami reached about 3 metres (9.84 feet) high. Emergency officials are now investigating whether the tsunami was caused by Krakatoa, a volcanic island in the Sunda Strait. (more...)
Veteran Behind Viral GoFundMe for Wall Says ‘Many Democrats’ Thanked Him Veteran Behind Viral GoFundMe for Wall Says ‘Many Democrats’ Thanked Him
- December 23, 2018

He went back to the air force after receiving treatment for his injuries and was assigned to the Davis Monthan AFB 355 SFS as a base security manager. Kolfage hasn't responded to multiple requests for comment. Besides wanting a border wall to provide a secure future for his family, Kolfage also has posterity in mind. (more...)
Stowaways threaten cargo ship crew off United Kingdom coast Stowaways threaten cargo ship crew off United Kingdom coast
- December 22, 2018

A spokesperson for the cargo ship's operator has told LBC the extraordinary story of how it was briefly controlled by stowaways and retaken by Special Forces. "It's a small group but obviously you can understand it would be scary". "This follows a call relating to the safety of crew on board at around 9.15am today, Friday, December 21". (more...)
DOJ charges two Chinese nationals with 'extensive' hacking campaign DOJ charges two Chinese nationals with 'extensive' hacking campaign
- December 22, 2018

The two were accused of running a massive operation to steal "intellectual property and confidential business and technological information", targeting over 45 companies across the United States as well as government agencies, prominently including the U.S. (more...)
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...)

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