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Troops Bringing Trump Hats To Sign May Violate Military Rule Troops Bringing Trump Hats To Sign May Violate Military Rule
- December 27, 2018

Trump's trip was shrouded in secrecy. Bill Clinton visited troops in Bosnia in 1996 and spent Thanksgiving with troops in Kosovo in 1999, while George H.W. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis abruptly resigned following the announcement, and Trump's decision rattled allies around the world, including in Iraq. (more...)
Russian Federation 'successfully' tests hypersonic missile Russian Federation 'successfully' tests hypersonic missile
- December 27, 2018

The missile was launched from a testing ground in the southern Ural Mountains and successfully hit a target on Kamchatka in the Far East, some 6,000 kilometers away. "We will take additional measures to unconditionally provide results in all similar issues the General Staff and the Defense Ministry consider promising for the equipment of the army and fleet with the latest weapons systems, including hypersonic weapons", Putin said. (more...)
Indonesia Reroutes Flights as Anak Krakatau Volcano Spews Ash Into Air Indonesia Reroutes Flights as Anak Krakatau Volcano Spews Ash Into Air
- December 27, 2018

Pastor Markus Taekz said that only around 100 people turned up for his Christmas Eve service, half the usual number, with a normally joyful celebration now "full of grief". "Every time I see them (on TV), I feel really, really sad. I can only hope they´ve been given a place in God´s hands". On Sebesi Island in the middle of the Sunda Strait, helicopters had been dispatched to evacuate residents. (more...)
Authorities searching for man who killed California officer Authorities searching for man who killed California officer
- December 27, 2018

Tom Letras of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, Newman Police officer Ronil Singh was heard calling "shots fired" over his police radio. Multiple agencies responded to the scene and found Singh with gunshot wounds. A report in KCRA3 news said that Mr Singh was a native of Fiji and had immigrated to America. California Governor Edmund Brown extended his condolences to Mr Singh's wife, their young son and colleagues. (more...)
Trump makes surprise visit to USA troops in Iraq Trump makes surprise visit to USA troops in Iraq
- December 27, 2018

In an unannounced trip to Iraq on Wednesday, President Donald Trump staunchly defended his decision to withdraw USA forces from neighbouring Syria despite a drumbeat of criticism from military officials and allies who don't think the job fighting Islamic State militants there is over. (more...)
Rain, Snow, Sleet, Then Big Change In Weather Pattern Rain, Snow, Sleet, Then Big Change In Weather Pattern
- December 27, 2018

Ten to 18 inches of snow is possible at higher elevations the National Weather Service said, and winds could reach 40 miles per hour. It also could get several inches of snow Wednesday night, as well as up to 7 inches on Thursday, the weather service said. (more...)
Post-Christmas holiday, partial USA government shutdown to gain impact Post-Christmas holiday, partial USA government shutdown to gain impact
- December 27, 2018

On Christmas Eve, President Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, fielded phone calls from children who had called the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to check on Santa Claus's progress. "Meanwhile, different people from the same White House are saying different things about what the president would accept or not accept to end his Trump Shutdown, making it impossible to know where they stand at any given moment", they said. (more...)
Christian community celebrating Christmas today Christian community celebrating Christmas today
- December 27, 2018

Christmas is a unique event of birth of God-Man that Christian world is celebrating since ancient times, and the word Christmas is a diminutive word of God and the original name of the child Jesus, who was later applied to the feast of the Day of his birth. (more...)
Militants attack Libya's foreign ministry in Tripoli Militants attack Libya's foreign ministry in Tripoli
- December 27, 2018

One of the two gunmen is believed to have been killed after an explosion was heard in the top floor of the building, politician Guma El-Gamaty who was in the area said. The US, which had supported armed extremists against Gaddafi's government but has since appeared uninterested in the fractured state's fate, condemned the attack, somewhat ironically, stressing that it supports Libya's struggle against terrorism as the country continues to " work towards a prosperous, stable, and secure " ... (more...)
President Donald Trump and Democrats appear nowhere close to ending shutdown President Donald Trump and Democrats appear nowhere close to ending shutdown
- December 26, 2018

Democrats have dug in and are refusing to give in to Trump's demand for $5 billion. "Democrats have always been for smart and effective ways to secure our border", Schumer said . Workers are not paid in full while on leave, though are customarily compensated with backdated pay once the shutdown is over. Some 800,000 government workers are affected. (more...)
President Trump and first lady Melania make surprise visit to Iraq President Trump and first lady Melania make surprise visit to Iraq
- December 26, 2018

Mr Trump landed at the Al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, accompanied by his wife Melania Trump , where he spoke to troops and met with military leaders. Trump has always been critical of the war in Afghanistan, which was born of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and has stretched on for more than 17 years, becoming America's longest war. (more...)
Merry Christmas 2018: Images, Wishes, SMS And WhatsApp Messages Merry Christmas 2018: Images, Wishes, SMS And WhatsApp Messages
- December 26, 2018

I plan on spending the day with family and friends - eating, drinking, and being merry. I wish this Christmas fill your heart and mind with lots of fun and happiness. Here's to many more years of being your one stop shop for all things Hoosiers! We approach the final part of this year and the start of 2019 with some trepidation over what might come next, but there have also been plenty of upbeat and positive stories in 2018 which we've enjoyed reporting on and looking back on. (more...)
Panic as earthquake at Mount Etna jolts Sicily Panic as earthquake at Mount Etna jolts Sicily
- December 26, 2018

The quake hit 03.19 CET near the municipality of Viagrande, some 20 kilometres south of Europe's highest volcano , according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). The quake was also felt in the upscale Sicilian resort town of Taormina and in other towns in eastern Sicily. Etna has been particularly active since July. (more...)
Sicily: mount Etna again erupted Sicily: mount Etna again erupted
- December 26, 2018

A chain of around 130 tremors have rocked the volcano since around 9am on Monday, Italy's National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology said. A surge in earthquakes have been plaguing Sicily after Europe's highest and most active volcano began spewing lava from a new fracture. (more...)
Moroccan suspects in killing of Scandinavian women 'lone wolves' Moroccan suspects in killing of Scandinavian women 'lone wolves'
- December 26, 2018

The candlelight vigil was held to honour Norwegian Maren Ueland, 28, and Dane Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, whose bodies were found on Monday after an attack by four apparent ISIS sympathisers. According to Boubker Sabik, a spokesman for the Moroccan security and domestic intelligence services, investigators found electronic devices, knives, bomb-making materials and unauthorized rifles. (more...)
Family of Emirati princess release pictures to rebut 'false' abduction allegations Family of Emirati princess release pictures to rebut 'false' abduction allegations
- December 26, 2018

The United Arab Emirates has released photos of a daughter of Dubai's ruler after friends and supporters say she was forcibly returned after fleeing months earlier. Amid official silence over her fate, former French spy and dual USA citizen Jean-Pierre Hervé Jaubert told the British newspaper that he had helped Sheikha Latifa in her attempt to flee to the United States. (more...)
Thousands evacuated after 'loud crack' in Sydney tower Thousands evacuated after 'loud crack' in Sydney tower
- December 26, 2018

NSW Police advised on Monday afternoon that the residents of the Opal Tower at Olympic Park, in Sydney's west, had been evacuated. Thousands of people living near Sydney's Olympic Park are facing an uncertain Christmas Eve after residents of a newly opened apartment building reported unsettling noises, generating fears of a possible collapse and prompting evacuations Monday. (more...)
'Furious' Trump forces Mattis' early departure, United States News & Top Stories 'Furious' Trump forces Mattis' early departure, United States News & Top Stories
- December 26, 2018

The announcement that Mattis would leave the administration came just after Trump stunned Washington and allies overseas in declaring that USA troops would leave Syria and significantly withdraw from Afghanistan . Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said it was "a sign of American weakness". Mick Mulvaney told ABC's "This Week" that the president and his defense chief "just could never get on the same page" on Syria, adding that Trump had said since his presidential campaign that "he wanted ... (more...)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's lung surgery is her 3rd cancer treatment since 1999 Ruth Bader Ginsburg's lung surgery is her 3rd cancer treatment since 1999
- December 26, 2018

She is 85-years old. There was no evidence of any remaining disease following the surgery, nor was there evidence of disease elsewhere in her body. "Today, you join more than 20 million current citizens born in other lands who chose, as you have, to make the United States of America their home", Ginsburg said. (more...)
It's a disgrace what's happening to the US It's a disgrace what's happening to the US
- December 26, 2018

The wall funding is the only major dispute standing between a deal to reopen the government and fund operations until September 30, which is the end of the fiscal year. The closure affects hundreds of thousands of federal workers across the country and was expected to last at least through Thursday, when the House and Senate meet again. (more...)
Syrian army downs missiles from Israeli air strike, state media says Syrian army downs missiles from Israeli air strike, state media says
- December 26, 2018

Israeli war planes have attacked multiple targets near Damascus, firing missiles that injured three Syrian soldiers, Syrian state media reports. The TV, quoting an unnamed military official, identified the warplanes as Israeli. The suspected Israeli attacks come two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the United States withdrawal of some 2,000 troops from northeast Syria would not change Israel's policy of targeting Iranian forces in Syria. (more...)
Germany backs Canada over 2 nationals detained in China Germany backs Canada over 2 nationals detained in China
- December 26, 2018

Ottawa is mounting a global campaign to get more allied countries to publicly denounce China's detention of two Canadians in response to the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou , building on recent statements of support from the United States, Britain and the European Union. (more...)
Christmas stalemate in Washington over border wall, shutdown
- December 26, 2018

But it's all the same thing. "It's a barrier from people pouring into our country". High technology is not going to stop it. "So, if we can do that, without the wall, I think that's a solution". The shutdown affects about 15 percent of the federal workforce. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said a counteroffer was presented over the weekend to Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY, according to the Associated Press. (more...)
Google Doodle wishes you a Merry Christmas Google Doodle wishes you a Merry Christmas
- December 26, 2018

Thanks to this year's Santa Tracker apps from Google and NORAD, you can see when he will be near your home. At what age do children wise up to the truth about Santa? President Trump and first lady Melania participated from the White House on Monday night after canceling a planned trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida because of the shutdown . (more...)
Migrant child dies in Border Patrol custody; second in a month Migrant child dies in Border Patrol custody; second in a month
- December 26, 2018

More than a day before she died, Jakelin, her father and 161 other Central American migrants crossed the United States border outside Antelope Wells, New Mexico, seeking to turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents. The official cause of death is unknown. Ruben Garcia, director of El Paso's Annunciation House, said Tuesday that he had no reason to believe his shelter had served the family, but was waiting for further details about what happened. (more...)
Turkey leader promised he'll 'eradicate' ISIS in Syria Turkey leader promised he'll 'eradicate' ISIS in Syria
- December 25, 2018

The heightened military activity comes as Ankara and Washington have agreed to coordinate on the US withdrawal. The Pentagon has said the order for the withdrawal of US troops from Syria has been signed following President Donald Trump's December 19 announcement setting out plans for a full pullout, USA media are reporting. (more...)
White Christmas? Not so much this year, says meteorologist White Christmas? Not so much this year, says meteorologist
- December 25, 2018

It looks like Boise is going to get a warm Christmas , not a white one. The moderate snow band will move in near mid-morning Christmas Day . Scott added that travel conditions should be fine as winds are low and temperatures will be around -11 C. (more...)
Manbij roadmap to be completed by end of USA withdrawal from Syria Manbij roadmap to be completed by end of USA withdrawal from Syria
- December 25, 2018

The presidential spokesperson also said that a United States military delegation will visit Turkey this week to hold talks about the issue. The conflict in Syria following Trump's announcement of a USA pullout, the fallout from the murder of a US-based Saudi journalist in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and Turkey's demand for the extradition of a Muslim cleric from the United States are among the main issues occupying the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. (more...)
Government Shutdown Doesn't Deter Military Volunteers From Beloved Tradition of Tracking Santa Government Shutdown Doesn't Deter Military Volunteers From Beloved Tradition of Tracking Santa
- December 25, 2018

The operations center director was quick to realise a mistake had been made, and assured the boy that NORAD would guarantee Santa a safe journey from the North Pole. It began tracking Santa when a child called the command's headquarters in Colorado asking to speak to Santa Claus. However, on Christmas Eve it takes on the added responsibility of tracking Santa. (more...)
Quiet start to Christmas Eve; wintry mix arrives Christmas morning Quiet start to Christmas Eve; wintry mix arrives Christmas morning
- December 25, 2018

Bad news for those dreaming of a white Christmas: We're not likely to have one in the Boston area, according to Eleanor Vallier-Talbot of the National Weather Service in Norton. Highs will even rise near 60 degrees on Friday before a strong cold front sweeps over the state. As for Christmas Day in the Boston area? Scott said northern Ontario will be colder at about -6 C on Monday and -7 C on Tuesday. (more...)

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