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US issues China travel advisory warning of 'exit bans' US issues China travel advisory warning of 'exit bans'
- January 04, 2019

The development comes in the wake of detention of two Canadians by Chinese authorities last month on charges of activities that "endanger China's security". Additionally, the State Department warned extra security measures, such as security checks and increased levels of police presence, are common in the Xinjiang Uighur and Tibet autonomous regions and authorities may impose curfews and travel restrictions on short notice. (more...)
United Kingdom to Establish New Overseas Military Bases After Brexit United Kingdom to Establish New Overseas Military Bases After Brexit
- January 04, 2019

Theresa May has urged MPs to back her Brexit deal, saying that passing it into law will allow the United Kingdom to "turn a corner" and put a disruptive period of political turmoil behind it. 'For me the worst possible outcome of this process would be no Brexit. But the prime minister, who survived a confidence vote among Conservative MPs as 2018 drew to a close, insisted Brexit "is not the only issue that counts". (more...)
Jamal Khashoggi murder trial: Death penalty called as trial begins Jamal Khashoggi murder trial: Death penalty called as trial begins
- January 04, 2019

A statement from Saudi prosecutors said that they sent a request to Turkey for relevant evidence that Ankara had collected in the case. To date, the Saudi public prosecutor has not received any response, and the public prosecution is still waiting their response. (more...)
Russia charges former U.S. marine with espionage Russia charges former U.S. marine with espionage
- January 04, 2019

Russian police detained Paul Whelan , who now faces espionage charges, almost a week ago. "I was surprised to see him being so confident", Zherebenkov told the newspaper. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier said the US had asked Russian Federation to explain Mr Whelan's arrest and would demand his immediate return if it determined his detention was inappropriate. (more...)
Taliban Delegation Engages in Talks with Government in Tehran Taliban Delegation Engages in Talks with Government in Tehran
- January 04, 2019

The Taliban discussed Afghanistan's "post-occupation situation" with Iran in their latest meeting, the group said on Tuesday, as Tehran makes a more concerted and open push for peace ahead of a possible USA drawdown. But the United States has insisted that any final settlement must be led by the Afghans. At the Resolute Support mission headquarters in Kabul , the USA commander of Afghanistan's NATO-led force General Scott Mille said 2019 would be an interesting year. (more...)
Brexit: US ambassador to UK Johnson warns on trade deal Brexit: US ambassador to UK Johnson warns on trade deal
- January 04, 2019

He said he expected a dramatic shift in political focus after Brexit - with the United Kingdom building deeper relationships with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Caribbean states and nations across Africa. He said a deadlock in Britain's parliament, which means that it is unclear what shape Brexit will take, meant a solution was necessary. 'The people spoke in 2016, and Parliament must deliver'. (more...)
Search of collapsed building ends with 39 deaths Search of collapsed building ends with 39 deaths
- January 04, 2019

The emergency situations ministry said in a statement that as of 12:15 Moscow time (0915 GMT) the bodies of 18 people, including two children, had been recovered from the partly collapsed building. The Emergency Situations Ministry said that 26 apartments with 46 residents were destroyed in the collapse. Witnesses described a "wave of fire" and said the blast was strong enough to shatter windows in nearby buildings. (more...)
Sen. Warren Announces 2020 Presidential Exploratory Committee Sen. Warren Announces 2020 Presidential Exploratory Committee
- January 04, 2019

Former governor Mitt Romney kicked off his tenure as the new Republican Senator from Utah with a biting op-ed against the President's moral character. Warren has burnished her credentials in United States politics since 2008 by being vociferous in her criticism of the lack of oversight and regulation which, she maintains, led to the recession. (more...)
New acting secretary of defense tells Pentagon 'to remember China, China, China' New acting secretary of defense tells Pentagon 'to remember China, China, China'
- January 04, 2019

Trump also said that Shanahan, Mattis's deputy and a former Boeing executive, would serve as the acting defence secretary for "a long time ". The meeting was the first of its kind for Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan , who started his new job January 1 following the resignation of his predecessor Jim Mattis. (more...)
Vatican spokesman, deputy resign suddenly amid overhaul by Pope Francis Vatican spokesman, deputy resign suddenly amid overhaul by Pope Francis
- January 03, 2019

Saying they thought Pope Francis should be "completely free to assemble a new team" for Vatican communications "at this time of transition", the director of the Vatican press office announced he and the vice director had resigned. "Thank you for these two and a half years", Garcia tweeted. Their resignations came as a surprise to many in the Vatican press corps, but follow two significant recent appointments in Vatican communications. (more...)
Burke stands down as Vatican spokesman Burke stands down as Vatican spokesman
- January 03, 2019

Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of Vatican spokesman Greg Burke and his deputy Paloma Garcia Ovejero, according to an announcement by the Holy See on 31 December. Following Burke's resignation, all Vatican communication heads have now changed over the last six months. "The year ahead is full of important appointments that will require maximum communications efforts", Mr Ruffini said. (more...)
North Korean envoy to Italy 'missing' North Korean envoy to Italy 'missing'
- January 03, 2019

Jo Song Gil, Pyongyang's charges d'affaires in Rome, disappeared along with his wife in early November, a spokesperson for Kim Min-ki told CNN, following a briefing the lawmaker received from South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) Thursday. (more...)
Trump Blames Democrats for Deaths of Children at the Border Trump Blames Democrats for Deaths of Children at the Border
- January 03, 2019

As Nielsen made the trip to Texas, New Mexico's Democratic senators, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, sent her a letter Friday seeking answers about the boy's death. Her office said she was briefed in El Paso, Texas, on Friday on "recently instituted secondary medical screenings and the more thorough initial health screenings of migrants". (more...)
India Responds After Trump's India Responds After Trump's "Library In Afghanistan" Dig At PM Modi
- January 03, 2019

He took a swipe, talking about how Modi had expected him to say, "Oh, thank you for the library", even though the cost was just a "negligible fraction of American aid". "That's like five hours of what we spend (in Afghanistan)". "We're subsidizing their militaries by billions and billions and billions of dollars, many, many times what those soldiers cost". (more...)
Democrats refuse to talk border security until shutdown ends Democrats refuse to talk border security until shutdown ends
- January 03, 2019

Pelosi said in October that demanding them "is one of the first things we'd do". But the White House has rejected the Democratic package, and Republicans who control the Senate are hesitant to take it up without Trump on board. The other would provide temporary funding for Homeland Security, through February 8, allowing talks to continue over border security. And Warren quickly laid out her pitch for the Democratic nomination: "Washington is working great, fabulously for the wealthy and ... (more...)
Why don't you die?': Australian's fight with a spider sparks police Why don't you die?': Australian's fight with a spider sparks police
- January 03, 2019

Justifiably, the passerby called the police. The Wanneroo Police did not immediately respond to a CNET request for comment. The man is said to have a "serious fear" of spiders and was trying to kill one inside his home. The man, who is understood to have a "serious fear of spiders" apparently apologised to police for the inconvenience, the Wanneroo Police tweet said. (more...)
U.S. fires tear gas into Mexico as migrants try to cross border
- January 03, 2019

The new year ushered in a cross-border clash during which tear gas was used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to block approximately 150 migrants attempting to climb over - or crawl under - the U.S. Most of the migrants returned to Mexico through a hole under the fence and by climbing back over the fence. "Under CBP use of force policy, this incident will be reviewed by CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility", the statement concluded. (more...)
Muslim doctor fired over threat to give wrong medications to Jews Muslim doctor fired over threat to give wrong medications to Jews
- January 03, 2019

An anti-semitic doctor sparked fury after she made social media posts about deliberately giving Jewish patients the wrong medicine. "In no way do these beliefs reflect those of our organisation", the Cleveland Clinic added in its statement . (more...)
Bottrop: Four injured in Germany in New Year's Eve 'racist attack' Bottrop: Four injured in Germany in New Year's Eve 'racist attack'
- January 03, 2019

Earlier, police and prosecutors said they suspected the attack, which took place at a crowded plaza, was deliberate and "linked to the xenophobic views of the driver". The man also tried to drive into a group of people waiting at a bus stop in the neighboring Ruhr city of Essen, before he was stopped and arrested by police. (more...)
President Donald Trump gives military 4 months to leave Syria President Donald Trump gives military 4 months to leave Syria
- January 03, 2019

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday offered a rather stark take on the situation in war-wracked Syria, summing it up in two words - "sand and death" - while appearing to be indifferent to what Iran intends to do in Syria. "I campaigned on getting out of Syria and other places", Trump said Monday on Twitter, adding that his efforts to stop "never ending wars" shouldn't come as a surprise to critics. (more...)
Donald Trump meeting congressional leaders as US Government shutdown continues Donald Trump meeting congressional leaders as US Government shutdown continues
- January 03, 2019

He renewed his challenge on the 12th day of the shutdown, hours before meeting with Democratic leaders at the White House. The Cabinet meeting was the President's first public appearance of the new year as the shutdown dragged into its second week, leaving hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay. (more...)
Child falls into exhibit during 'Rhino Encounter' at Brevard Zoo in Florida Child falls into exhibit during 'Rhino Encounter' at Brevard Zoo in Florida
- January 02, 2019

Her mother was also transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries. Zoo officials have released new information about the incident, which they said started when the girl managed to get into the animal's enclosure. "We are actively participating in a standard investigation conducted by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission". "At this time, we ask for privacy as we focus on our daughter's recovery". (more...)
Donald Trump: Mitt Romney Fights Me More than He Did Barack Obama Donald Trump: Mitt Romney Fights Me More than He Did Barack Obama
- January 02, 2019

Trump replied by tweeting he hoped Romney wouldn't follow in the footsteps of Sen. Mr Trump wrote on Twitter, appearing to reference outgoing USA senator Jeff Flake , one of the few Republican politicians who publicly spoke out against him. (more...)
Several killed in rail incident in Denmark Several killed in rail incident in Denmark
- January 02, 2019

Citing police, Danish media say the train was hit by something that fell off of a passing freight train. Denmark's TV2 showed images of a freight train with the tarpaulin that covered the train torn in pieces. The bridge is part of infrastructure that links Denmark and Sweden to Germany. More details are expected at a news conference later today. Flemming Jensen, the CEO of state-owned Danish Railways, said police and the Danish Accident Investigation Board are investigating the damages. (more...)
Border Agents Fire Tear Gas Across Mexico Border Border Agents Fire Tear Gas Across Mexico Border
- January 02, 2019

Customs and Border Protection said the non-lethal measures were not aimed at those who were actively climbing the fence, but at people who were throwing rocks south of the borderline. Agents "used the minimum force necessary ", Katie Waldman , a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security , said in a statement . Thousands of Central American migrants have been camping at shelters in Tijuana since arriving in November after traveling in caravans across Mexico to reach the USA ... (more...)
United States military sparks outrage by tweeting about dropping bombs United States military sparks outrage by tweeting about dropping bombs
- January 02, 2019

Strategic Command later deleted the tweet, saying it was "in poor taste", and replaced it with an apology. America's military body in charge of its nuclear weapons has apologised for a New Year's tweet joking it was always ready to "drop" a bomb when needed. (more...)
Xi warns Taiwan independence is 'a dead end' Xi warns Taiwan independence is 'a dead end'
- January 02, 2019

Beijing "reserves the option of taking all necessary measures" against outside forces that interfere with peaceful reunification and Taiwanese separatist activities. In 2018, the U.S. sent multiple ships through the Taiwan Strait - which China considers its territory but the United States and others see as worldwide waters open to all - infuriating Beijing. (more...)
Two women below 50 years enter Sabarimala temple Two women below 50 years enter Sabarimala temple
- January 02, 2019

Some 5 million women in the Indian southern state of Kerala formed a 620-kilometer (385-mile) human chain on Tuesday to demand equal gender rights, the India Today reported. The workers hurled stones at the women and policemen, injuring three personnel, police said, adding that they had to fire in the air and burst teargas shells to disperse the attackers. (more...)
NK leader warns of seeking 'new way' if United States pressure continues NK leader warns of seeking 'new way' if United States pressure continues
- January 02, 2019

Kim and Trump vowed to work toward denuclearization and build "lasting and stable" peace at their landmark summit in Singapore in June, but little progress has been made since. "We have announced that we will not produce, test nor proliferate any more nuclear weapons, and have taken practical measures accordingly", he said. (more...)
Christmas storm becomes second deadliest to hit Philippines in 2018 Christmas storm becomes second deadliest to hit Philippines in 2018
- January 02, 2019

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday said it was validating reports that 75 people died in landslides and floods caused by torrential rains in the Bicol region and Eastern Visayas. But he said it had been raining in Bicol even before Usman made landfall and brought torrential rains and landslides. Thousands of travelers were left stranded at airports, seaports and bus terminals after several domestic flights and ferry services were canceled, ... (more...)

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