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Toddler among three Britons killed in Iceland bridge crash Toddler among three Britons killed in Iceland bridge crash
- December 29, 2018

He said he was transporting 19 tourists around south Iceland in his own vehicle, at the time . Tour guide Adolf Erlingsson who was among the first on the scene, said "It was awful". When he reached the scene, he tried to assist the police in getting the trapped people out of the wreckage. "We were trying to get the people out of the auto and helping them". (more...)
Local congressmen push back at Trump’s border closure threat Local congressmen push back at Trump’s border closure threat
- December 29, 2018

Some Trump allies said he has clearly articulated his case on border security and that it was Democrats who will have to defend their position once they take over the House. Pelosi and her lieutenants plan to pass a funding bill that could reopen the government as soon as new members are sworn in because they believe they have the upper hand in the shutdown fight, the website said. (more...)
Bahrain to reopen embassy in Damascus Bahrain to reopen embassy in Damascus
- December 29, 2018

In 2011, the Kingdom of Bahrain closed its embassy in Damascus following the Syrian uprising and subsequent crackdown on protesters by the Bashar al-Assad regime. At a ceremony attended by diplomats from several Arab states, Iraqi Ambassador Saad Muhammad Rida hailed the reopening as "the invitation for the Arab world to return to Damascus". (more...)
Ex-Chinese spymaster jailed for life over graft Ex-Chinese spymaster jailed for life over graft
- December 29, 2018

Between 1999 to 2014, Ma used his position to help Guo Wengui , who now lives in NY, further his business interests, the court said. Ma Jian and Guo Wengui could not be reached for comment. During 2008 to 2014, Ma plotted with Guo and warned and forced others to shift shares, give up pre-emption rights or quit from certain business activities, making Beijing Zenith Holdings the official holding company of China Minzu Securities. (more...)
Dozens of immigrants dumped in El Paso Dozens of immigrants dumped in El Paso
- December 29, 2018

U.S. Border Patrol agents detain undocumented immigrants after they crossed the border from Mexico into the United States on August 7, 2015 in McAllen, Tex. ICE said in a statement earlier this week the mass releases were created to ensure families weren't held longer than it's allowed to detain them, and blamed "decades of inaction by Congress" that resulted in the government being "severely constrained in its ability to detain and promptly remove families with no legal basis to remain in the ... (more...)
America's oldest man Richard Overton dies at 112 America's oldest man Richard Overton dies at 112
- December 29, 2018

During the war , he was a member of the 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion, a segregated unit within the Army. He was at Pearl Harbor just after the Japanese attacked in 1941, bringing the US into World War II . The distinction of being the nation's oldest veteran brought quite a few visitors to his front porch. As for being the nation's oldest veteran, Richard Overton was grateful. (more...)
Canadian faces appeal hearing in China drugs case: state media Canadian faces appeal hearing in China drugs case: state media
- December 29, 2018

Canadian officials have been following Schellenberg's case for "quite a while" and have been providing consular services, the source added. The article also referenced the detention of two Canadians in China - Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor - on December 10, just days after China promised retaliation for Canada's arrest of Ms. (more...)
Tsunami warning as 6.9 quake hits Philippines Tsunami warning as 6.9 quake hits Philippines
- December 29, 2018

USGS had earlier reported the quake measured 7.2 in magnitude before downgrading it. The islands of Geme and Tabukan Tengah (Indonesia) as well as Davao (Philippines) may experience tsunami waves within the hour. Sand is placed over dead bodies of the victims of the natural disaster and tsunami during a mass burial at the Poboya Cemetery in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2, 2018. (more...)
Pelosi hits Hawaii resort while Trump visits Iraq Pelosi hits Hawaii resort while Trump visits Iraq
- December 29, 2018

Asked about his claim, Pelosi's office responded that the White House hasn't reached out to Pelosi since Tuesday Dec. 11th, following the tense Oval Office meeting. Mulvaney brought up that lawmakers have skipped town. President Trump continued to blame Democrats for the current government shutdown , which has lasted for a week and affects roughly 25 percent of the federal government. (more...)
Indonesia tsunami: Before and after images reveal dramatic volcano collapse Indonesia tsunami: Before and after images reveal dramatic volcano collapse
- December 29, 2018

Many witnesses said Saturday's tsunami struck with no warning, and President Joko Widodo, who was scheduled to visit the disaster zone Monday, has ordered the country's Meteorology, Climatology and Geological Agency to purchase detectors to provide early warnings to Indonesians. (more...)
World Health Organization chief warns DRC unrest treatening gains in Ebola fight World Health Organization chief warns DRC unrest treatening gains in Ebola fight
- December 29, 2018

Hundreds of protesters have marched in the streets of Beni in eastern Congo demanding the right to vote in Sunday's presidential election along with the rest of the country. Health officials have said precautions were in place to allow voting. Seventeen protesters were detained in connection with the attack on the centre, he said. (more...)
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Testifies In Court Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Testifies In Court
- December 29, 2018

The hearing took place amid heavy security in a police facility in a southern Cairo suburb . In June 2013, anti-Morsi protests swept the country and the military gave the political parties in the country three days to meet the demands of the protesters calling for Morsi to leave power. (more...)
Suspect in California Cop's Slaying Apprehended Following Manhunt Suspect in California Cop's Slaying Apprehended Following Manhunt
- December 29, 2018

Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson said at a Friday news conference that this has never happened in the history of the 12-member department. The sheriff said he didn't know if Perez Arriaga had ever been deported. "Why are we providing sanctuary for criminals?" he asked. Trump tweeted about Singh's killing Thursday, saying it was "time to get tough on Border Security". (more...)
Mattis Wishes US Troops Merry Christmas, Tells Them to ‘Hold the Line’ Mattis Wishes US Troops Merry Christmas, Tells Them to ‘Hold the Line’
- December 29, 2018

In his resignation letter , Mattis cited posture hearings on Capitol Hill where he would have faced questions on Trump's decision to pull out of Syria and Afghanistan and a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ministerial conference as reasons for his staying on until the end of February. (more...)
Aftermath footage of bomb strike near Giza pyramids in Egypt Aftermath footage of bomb strike near Giza pyramids in Egypt
- December 29, 2018

The white tourist bus could be seen with its windows shattered and surrounded by soot-covered debris. The injured were taken to the nearby Al Haram hospital, where Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly told local TV that the guide had died from his injuries. (more...)
White House Targets Pelosi Even After Trump's 'Proud' Shutdown Vow White House Targets Pelosi Even After Trump's 'Proud' Shutdown Vow
- December 28, 2018

And he and his aides made clear she will be a focal point of his expected 2020 re-election campaign. "Democrats have offered Republicans three options to re-open government that all include funding for strong, sensible, and effective border security - but not the President's immoral, ineffective and expensive wall", said Drew Hammill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff. (more...)
Odisha Fire Services to assist rescue operation for trapped miners in Meghalaya Odisha Fire Services to assist rescue operation for trapped miners in Meghalaya
- December 28, 2018

Rescue divers could enter the mine once the water level recedes to about 40 feet, Nongtynger said. From the National Disaster Response Force ( NDRF ) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to Coal India , IAF and the Indian Navy , all have been pressed into action. (more...)
Koreas break ground on railways but sanctions block project Koreas break ground on railways but sanctions block project
- December 28, 2018

At the ceremony of the station took part according to Reports, South Korea is approximately 200 government representatives and guests from South and North Korea. Both then proceeded to co-sign the sleeper, which included messages marking the event and highlighting the cooperation between the two Koreas on the railway and road project. (more...)
McCaffrey: Trump Turned Visit Into 'Unheard of' Political Rally McCaffrey: Trump Turned Visit Into 'Unheard of' Political Rally
- December 28, 2018

Trump also greeted troops at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany during a refueling stop. He didn't meet any of the Iraqi leadership but invited Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to the White House in the New Year. troops from the country. Trump has come under withering criticism from fellow Republicans, Democrats and worldwide allies over his decision to pull out of Syria because he believed Islamic State militants have been defeated. (more...)
New Yorkers report unusual light over the city, power outages New Yorkers report unusual light over the city, power outages
- December 28, 2018

A blue light caused by a transformer explosion at a power plant in Queens. No injuries were reported. "The fire is under control, will update as more info becomes available", it said. The blue flash could be seen from as far as Manhattan, across the East River from the airport, and some residents said it appeared to be daytime for a moment, according to multiple social media posts. (more...)
White House mulls order that could bar Huawei, ZTE purchases White House mulls order that could bar Huawei, ZTE purchases
- December 28, 2018

Earlier in the year, US President Donald Trump also issued an order blocking the takeover of US-based Qualcomm by Broadcom, a chip maker based in Singapore, citing national security concerns. may also add fuel to the fire of the simmering trade war between the world's two biggest economies, as Beijing and Washington discuss ways to resolve it. (more...)
Gallup: Michelle Obama Beats Hillary Clinton as Most Admired Woman Gallup: Michelle Obama Beats Hillary Clinton as Most Admired Woman
- December 28, 2018

George W. Bush came in third place and Pope Francis took the fourth spot. Gallup has conducted the annual poll every year since 1946 with the exception of 1976. Ambassador Nikki Haley, activist Malala Yousafzai, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Oprah Winfrey appeared on the list for the 31st time and Hillary Clinton for the 27th time. (more...)
First Arab Muslim astronaut to lead Saudi space agency amid leadership reshuffle First Arab Muslim astronaut to lead Saudi space agency amid leadership reshuffle
- December 28, 2018

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has been relieved from his position and moved to a post of a minister of state for foreign affairs, the Saudi Press Agency said on Thursday, citing a royal decree. Prince Mohammed oversees both entities. The reshuffle comes as Saudi Arabia seeks to fix its tarnished image after Khashoggi's murder, widely seen as its worst diplomatic crisis since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, in which most of the hijackers were identified as ... (more...)
Blue Light Flashes Over New York After Transformer Explosion
- December 28, 2018

The fire department later added that there were "no injuries reported". A power plant explosion caused social media to go into a frenzy after a blue light illuminated the NY sky Thursday night. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted the subway system has power, but there were delays on the local Queens 7 line. The blue light illuminated the sky long enough for New Yorkers who are skilled with a camera to take photos of the explosion that show the scope of the blue light over a city ... (more...)
Trump declares end to US 'policeman' role in surprise Iraq visit Trump declares end to US 'policeman' role in surprise Iraq visit
- December 27, 2018

Trump made his remarks to reporters after arriving with first lady Melania Trump about 7.16 pm local time at Al Asad airbase in western Iraq on his first trip as president to visit troops stationed overseas. "The Americans are in Iraq (unlike in Syria ) on somewhat legal grounds as they support the local government's struggle against the militants", Kosachev said. (more...)
Still believe in Santa at your age? Trump ignites Twitter storm Still believe in Santa at your age? Trump ignites Twitter storm
- December 27, 2018

A seven-year-old asked by Trump if she still believed in Santa has said that the conversation did not shake her belief in the bearded deliverer of Christmas gifts. "It made her Christmas", she added. Overall, the 6-minute call was a very pleasant surprise for the whole family. Mr Trump cancelled his holiday at his Florida estate because of the partial U.S. (more...)
Trump slams Democrats for dragging out government shutdown Trump slams Democrats for dragging out government shutdown
- December 27, 2018

Democrats have supported including an additional US$1.3 billion in border security funding, at one point agreeing to an additional US$1.6 billion during negotiations with congressional Republicans. Some 800,000 government workers are affected. Some national parks are closed , but others remain open with limited services provided by the federal government or states. (more...)
Erdogan says he will meet with Putin over USA withdrawal from Syria Erdogan says he will meet with Putin over USA withdrawal from Syria
- December 27, 2018

So now Turkey is faced with the double task of fighting both ISIL and PYD/YPG which for Ankara is the Syrian extension of the terrorist organization PKK. "There will thus be a need for tighter coordination between Turkey, Russia , and Iran, including on Ankara's concerns and intended steps in Syria". Cavusoglu warned it would not benefit France if it was staying in Syria to protect the YPG, the main Kurdish militia in Syria. (more...)
Next storm system arrives Friday with chance of snow, colder temperatures Next storm system arrives Friday with chance of snow, colder temperatures
- December 27, 2018

Numerous warnings were in effect through Friday morning in the Midwest. "Travel will be very hard to impossible". Snow totals are likely to be highest over much of western, central and northern Minnesota, with the National Weather Service forecasting between 8 and 13 inches between Wednesday and into early Friday. (more...)
Sudan ruling party demands investigation into killings of anti-government protesters Sudan ruling party demands investigation into killings of anti-government protesters
- December 27, 2018

The two major opposition parties, Umma and the Democratic Unionist, joined by independent and professional unions, say they'll once again march on the presidential palace on the banks of the Blue Nile in Khartoum on Wednesday. Bashir, in his mid-70s, overthrew an elected but ineffective government when he seized power in 1989 in collaboration with Islamists. He has been accused by the International Criminal Court of bearing individual criminal responsibility for genocide, crimes against ... (more...)

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