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US House Democrats introduce legislation to reopen government US House Democrats introduce legislation to reopen government
- January 01, 2019

But the bill's future appeared uncertain. The two parties will have to figure out an agreement, and the senators must be present for a vote on the Senate floor to send a bill to the president to sign and end the government shutdown . The idea of a "solid concrete wall", he said was left behind early in the administration. On Monday, he called the border "an 'Open Wound, ' where drugs, criminals (including human traffickers) and illegals would pour into our Country". (more...)
Brazil will move embassy to Jerusalem: Netanyahu Brazil will move embassy to Jerusalem: Netanyahu
- January 01, 2019

Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister to visit Brazil. But then he backtracked, saying 'it hasn't been decided yet'. Almost 20 percent of Brazil's $5 billion beef exports go to 17 Arab countries whilst Brazil-Israel trade now amounts to $1.2 billion. (more...)
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White steps down after Mattis resignation Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White steps down after Mattis resignation
- January 01, 2019

In his farewell note, Mattis quoted a one-sentence telegram that President Abraham Lincoln sent to the commander of Union forces, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, on February 1, 1865, in the final weeks of the Civil War. Аfter angering Trump with his criticism of the decision to start pulling U.S. troops out of Syria - a decision which enraged conservatives and liberals alike- Mattis was effectively fired two months early. (more...)
Pelosi hopes to end shutdown as Democrats take control of the House Pelosi hopes to end shutdown as Democrats take control of the House
- January 01, 2019

While Democrats went on vacation, he stayed at the White House and tweeted up a storm , only taking a break for a surprise trip to Iraq and Germany to visit United States troops overseas. 1). Democrats expect their two-pronged funding approach could put Trump and his Republican allies in a tough position. But Trump doubled down on his campaign-promised concrete wall on Monday, saying the idea of an "all-concrete wall" has "never been abandoned ". (more...)
Vladimir Putin sends new year greetings to Donald Trump
- January 01, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a New Year letter to his USA counterpart, Mr Donald Trump, said yesterday that Moscow was ready for dialogue on a "wide-ranging agenda", the Kremlin said. Putin "has confirmed that Russian Federation is open to dialogue with the United States on the maximum number of subjects", the statement added. In his message to Assad, whose regime Russia's military has been propping up since late 2015, Putin vowed to "continue to provide all-around assistance ... (more...)
Van slams into pedestrians on Tokyo road, injuring 8 people Van slams into pedestrians on Tokyo road, injuring 8 people
- January 01, 2019

Police said they were busy and did not immediately confirm the Kyodo report . Seven people were killed. A Reuters witness in Manchester said there were police officers around the train station, which remained closed several hours after the incident. (more...)
Police fire tear gas as 'yellow vest' protesters return to Paris streets Police fire tear gas as 'yellow vest' protesters return to Paris streets
- January 01, 2019

The French government is to take a harder line on tax among business chiefs of companies listed in France , according to budget minister Gerald Darmanin. Police in riot gear intervened on Sunday and made several arrests, but till then the damage has been done. There was little disturbance compared to previous Saturdays, when protesters clashed with police, burned cars and smashed shop windows. (more...)
North Korean leader calls for more talks with South in new year North Korean leader calls for more talks with South in new year
- January 01, 2019

The official said Kim expressed regret that his visit to Seoul did not take place by the end of this year as the two leaders had promised. "Chairman Kim also expressed his intentions to meet President Moon frequently again in 2019 to advance discussions on the Korean Peninsula's peace and prosperity and discuss issues on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", the spokesman said. (more...)
Kim says Pyongyang could change its approach Kim says Pyongyang could change its approach
- January 01, 2019

In this year's speech, broadcast on state television early on Tuesday, Mr Kim said "if the USA does not keep its promise made in front of the whole world. Seoul and Washington are in a security alliance and the USA stations 28,500 troops in the South to protect it against its neighbour, which invaded in 1950. (more...)
Netanyahu Meets Bolsonaro in Rio de Janeiro Netanyahu Meets Bolsonaro in Rio de Janeiro
- January 01, 2019

Netanyahu, who also serves as foreign minister, a year ago made the first trip by a sitting Israeli prime minister to Latin America, visiting Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. "Next year in our rebuilt and united Jerusalem". He plans to meet with Bolsonaro, who was elected in October with an agenda and style so similar to President Trump's that he has been dubbed the Trump of the Tropics. (more...)
Times Square ball drop in NY pays tribute to press freedom Times Square ball drop in NY pays tribute to press freedom
- January 01, 2019

If that's not your style, spend the evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, who will co-host CNN's live New Year's Show at 8 p.m. EST. Last year's event was one of the coldest on record at 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The current ball, in use since 2008, is a glittering, LED-studded sphere made by Waterford Crystal and Philips Lighting. Time: "New Year's Rockin' Eve" will kick off at 8 p.m. (more...)
Gunman in Walmart parking lot kills 7-year-old girl Gunman in Walmart parking lot kills 7-year-old girl
- January 01, 2019

He intentionally killed my child for no reason. A 7-year-old girl was killed instantly. The woman drove off rapidly and ended up pulling over to call 911 moments later when she realized her daughter wasn't breathing. The gunman was described as a bearded man in his 40s wearing a red hoodie. Harris County Sheriff's deputies identified the victim as Jazmine Barnes . (more...)
Elizabeth Warren takes major step toward running for president Elizabeth Warren takes major step toward running for president
- December 31, 2018

By forming an exploratory committee, Warren can start raising money for the 2020 presidential race. "Every person in America should be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules and take care of themselves and the people they love", she wrote on Twitter. (more...)
"Nothing But Compassion" For Migrants, Says Outgoing White House Chief
- December 31, 2018

Senator Lindsey Graham , R-S.C., said he hoped to end the shutdown by offering Democrats incentives to get them to vote for wall funding. Mr. Trump is entering 2019 and the halfway mark of his term in office with a partial government shutdown over his border wall, a shutdown that Republican Sen. (more...)
Russian Federation detains American in Moscow suspected of espionage Russian Federation detains American in Moscow suspected of espionage
- December 31, 2018

Even before the allegations of election meddling, suspected spy incidents have been a frequent feature of U.S. -Russia relations. A criminal case under the article " espionage " has been initiated against an American citizen, the press service of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement . (more...)
3 dead, 79 missing in Russian Federation apartment block explosion 3 dead, 79 missing in Russian Federation apartment block explosion
- December 31, 2018

In 2015, at least five people were killed when a gas blast damaged an apartment building in the city of Volgograd. Reports said that the blast ripped through the building at around 0100 GMT (9am Malaysian time) when numerous residents were asleep. (more...)
Moscow rejects Europe's demand to release Ukrainian sailors Moscow rejects Europe's demand to release Ukrainian sailors
- December 31, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which questions were raised Ukraine and Syria. The Sailors are now in a remand prison in Moscow. "Forced again to call upon our partners to abandon blatant "double standards" and to pay attention to the real problems and threats posed by them "Kiev wards" of European security and stability", - said the Russian foreign Ministry. (more...)
Two-year-old boy at centre of travel ban row dies Two-year-old boy at centre of travel ban row dies
- December 31, 2018

Last week, Shaima Swileh touched her son for the first time since winning a legal battle to enter the U.S.to say goodbye to her child. Hassan and Abdullah, who are both United States citizens, had flown to the U.S. "The Muslim ban stopped my wife from coming to the USA for over a year". When the boy's health worsened, the father went ahead to California in October to get their son help, and Swileh remained in Egypt hoping for a visa. (more...)
Twin Cities, greater Minnesota bracing for wintry weather Twin Cities, greater Minnesota bracing for wintry weather
- December 31, 2018

He said he's heard reports of some water rescues, but luckily the area is sparsely populated. Bus service for Fargo, N.D., and neighboring Moorhead, Minn., was suspended Thursday afternoon because of worsening road conditions. The Weather Service expects another 8-12 inches of snow through noon Friday, with the highest totals expected in the Grand Marais area and along the North Shore to the Ontario border. (more...)
Indonesian volcano Anak Krakatau loses two-thirds of height Indonesian volcano Anak Krakatau loses two-thirds of height
- December 31, 2018

The original volcano (known as Krakatau) was destroyed in a powerful eruption in 1883, which had the power of explosion around 200 megatons, which is 10,000 times bigger than the one that hit Hiroshima in the Second World War. Anak Krakatau is the island that emerged from the area in 1927 and has been growing ever since. "I would expect the shape of the island to change a lot in the next few days, weeks and perhaps even months", Thomas Giachetti, a volcanologist at the University of OR, ... (more...)
Police arrest illegal immigrant suspected in California officer's killing Police arrest illegal immigrant suspected in California officer's killing
- December 30, 2018

Seven other people, including Arriaga's girlfriend and brother, face charges of accessory after the fact, or aiding and abetting. As IJR News reported , authorities said 33-year-old Corporal Ronil Singh , a Fiji native who had immigrated to the U.S.to become a police officer, was shot and killed early Wednesday when he was pulling someone over for suspicion of driving under the influence. (more...)
Channel migrants: Six Iranians detained on Kent beach Channel migrants: Six Iranians detained on Kent beach
- December 30, 2018

Scores of people have been intercepted, with 40 migrants detected on Christmas Day. About six hours earlier, border officials detained a Syrian and three Iranians encountered on a dinghy in a nearby area. The Member of Parliament for Dover on England's southeast coast, Charlie Elphicke, has called for more government funding to deal with the arrivals and the Home Office said Javid has asked border officials to look at options for bringing in extra patrol ships. (more...)
‘No Wall, No Deal’: Lindsey Graham Gives Ultimatum to House Minority Leader ‘No Wall, No Deal’: Lindsey Graham Gives Ultimatum to House Minority Leader
- December 30, 2018

Some netizens were not happy about Graham's ultimatum, as in their view, it will only prolong the government shutdown. Democrats have called the wall project ineffective and wasteful, despite previously backing construction of 700 miles of border fencing as part of a 2013 bill that also included a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. (more...)
Hackers steal personal information of 997 North Korean defectors Hackers steal personal information of 997 North Korean defectors
- December 30, 2018

The names and addresses of nearly 1,000 North Korean defectors who fled to South Korea have been hacked in an attack that threatens to undermine relations between the two nations. The affected defectors have been notified of the leak, the ministry said, adding that there have been no reports of damage. The defector community expressed concern about the information breach. (more...)
Sarah McIver's aunt says school officials in China made error Sarah McIver's aunt says school officials in China made error
- December 30, 2018

In Ottawa, the foreign ministry said in a statement that it has been aware of the case for several years and would continue providing consular assistance to Schellenberg and his family. The Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland did not mention the woman in calling for the release of the other two Canadians last week. Ltd. Beijing said Ms. (more...)
Hanover airport shut after auto driven near runway Hanover airport shut after auto driven near runway
- December 29, 2018

After officers stopped the auto and overwhelmed the man on Saturday afternoon (local time), bomb disposal experts were sent in to examine the vehicle, which Hannover police described as a routine measure. Arriving flights are now diverting to nearby airports (such as Hamburg or Bremen), while departures have been suspended until further notice. The Hannover airport isn't one of Germany's major hubs, although millions fly through the airport every year. (more...)
Bangladesh Election: Police have arrested more than 10500 opposition activists Bangladesh Election: Police have arrested more than 10500 opposition activists
- December 29, 2018

Some 1,861 candidates including 1,733 persons nominated by political parties and 128 independent candidates are contesting the polls. Meanwhile, criticism and statements of concern over whether the polls would unfold in an open and non-hostile atmosphere poured in from overseas, with just hours to go before the South Asian nation of 160 million people holds its first contested election in a decade. (more...)
Martial law ends in Ukraine, restrictions for Russians may remain Martial law ends in Ukraine, restrictions for Russians may remain
- December 29, 2018

Sanctions against Russian Federation are in talks in Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council, stated Poroshenko . Ukraine has received modern communication equipment from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states, including due to the country's temporary period of martial law, which came to an end earlier this week, Yury Grymchak, Ukraine's deputy minister for temporarily occupied territories, said on Thursday. (more...)
Bahrain Reopens Embassy in Damascus Bahrain Reopens Embassy in Damascus
- December 29, 2018

Gulf states have expressed concern about a growing role for Iran and Turkey in the future of Syria as the US reduces its clout. 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...)
Boko Haram attacks naval base in Doro-Baga Boko Haram attacks naval base in Doro-Baga
- December 29, 2018

He said the ATF also provided support for Nigerian Army (NA), and Nigerian Navy (NN), troops at the Naval Base at Doron Baga, "which equally came under attack by ISWAP fighters on the morning of December 27 ". The military denied Baga had fallen, saying the attack had been repelled. " In order to enhance the quality of coordination between the air and ground operations, the Theatre Commander and Maritime Component Commander were carried onboard the ISR platform during one of the flights ", ... (more...)

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