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All Major Networks To Air Trump's Address On The Border Wall All Major Networks To Air Trump's Address On The Border Wall
- January 08, 2019

UPDATE (1:50 p.m. Eastern): President Trump tweeted that he will address the nation live on TV at 9 p.m. The White House is asking for $5.7 billion for the president's border wall, but Democrats have already indicated they won't give him funding for his border wall. (more...)
North Korea confirms Kim's departure to China for summit North Korea confirms Kim's departure to China for summit
- January 08, 2019

The North Korean leader was on his way to the Chinese capital Tuesday - which is believed to be his 35th birthday - for his fourth summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping as talks on a second meeting with U.S. "It will be announced probably in the not too distant future", he said of a summit with Kim. "As Kim Jong Un said in the New Year speech, North Korea will focus on the domestic economy", she said. (more...)
Donald Trump Surprises Reporters with Border Officials to Demand a Wall Donald Trump Surprises Reporters with Border Officials to Demand a Wall
- January 07, 2019

The briefing happened in less than 10 minutes, after which Trump and White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders left without taking reporters' questions. "The Democrats are going to pass a lot of things through the House that they know aren't going to make it through the Senate", said the University of New Hampshire's Smith. (more...)
Congo delays results of presidential election Congo delays results of presidential election
- January 07, 2019

The Catholic Church in Congo said Thursday that it had election results showing one candidate clearly winning, but did not say who it was. The electoral commission had undertaken to announce preliminary results on Sunday, followed by a definitive count on January 15. (more...)
Army seizes control of national broadcaster — Gabon military coup Army seizes control of national broadcaster — Gabon military coup
- January 07, 2019

The movement "calls on all young people from forces for the defence and security and Gabonese young people to join us", the officer said. An attempted military coup in the African nation of Gabon was foiled early Monday, a government official said. (more...)
Pope urges European Union leaders to help migrants stranded in Mediterranean Pope urges European Union leaders to help migrants stranded in Mediterranean
- January 07, 2019

The case of the two NGO ships with 49 migrants on board has to be dealt with on a European level, Chris Fearne said on Monday. "In Italy, no more people are arriving", far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini told the Sunday paper Il Messaggero. (more...)
Police file charges in death of 7-year-old girl Police file charges in death of 7-year-old girl
- January 07, 2019

The Sheldon Independent School District said in a statement that Jazmine was a second-grader at Monahan Elementary in Houston . Gonzalez said Sunday that the sheriff's office received up to a thousand tips in the case. A lawyer for the Barnes family now says the white man that police described as a suspect was "simply a bystander trying to escape the shooting". Jazmine was traveling with her mother and other siblings at the time of the shooting. (more...)
India declares tycoon Mallya a 'fugitive economic offender' India declares tycoon Mallya a 'fugitive economic offender'
- January 07, 2019

Both the Houses of Parliament had passed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018, in July a year ago. Agencies have been trying to bring other financial offenders like Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi under the ambit of fugitive economic offenders' law. (more...)
Michigan Family Killed in Wreck Michigan Family Killed in Wreck
- January 07, 2019

The Abbas family were killed after being involved in a head on collision with the white Chevy pickup of Joey Lee Bailey on the I-75 highway in Kentucky , on Sunday. He says: "I thought it was a rumour or something and then saw it again and called his sister". Rima Abbas was a family doctor working for Beaumont Medical Center with her own practice in Garden City. (more...)
No Deal 'What People Actually Voted For' & It Doesn't Terrify Brits - Johnson No Deal 'What People Actually Voted For' & It Doesn't Terrify Brits - Johnson
- January 07, 2019

However, according to May's former Foreign Minister and clean exit proponent, Boris Johnson, the PM's crusade to pass her "lamentable" Brexit deal and the government's "grim" warnings against opposition won't work. British Prime Minister Theresa May has reiterated that a delayed parliamentary vote on her widely maligned Brexit deal will go ahead later this month and warned the United Kingdom would enter "uncharted territory" should it be rejected by MPs. (more...)
Egypt Attempts To Quash Controversial CBS Interview With President Sissi Egypt Attempts To Quash Controversial CBS Interview With President Sissi
- January 07, 2019

Al-Sissi cracks a small smile and tells the interviewer, Scott Pelley , that he has no idea where Human Rights Watch got that figure. Mr Sisi, who was serving defence minister at the time, was asked by CBS if he had given the order to fire on the protesters in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square. (more...)
National parks struggle to stay open, safe during shutdown National parks struggle to stay open, safe during shutdown
- January 07, 2019

Yosemite National Park had to close two campgrounds and the popular Mariposa Grove of redwoods because of a buildup of human waste along the side of road, The Los Angeles Times reported Monday . In 2013, the National Park Service closed most sites to the public when the government shutdown . He was not in a restricted area. Fire danger remains high as well, so smoking is prohibited on trails. (more...)
PM Imran Khan receives Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed at airport PM Imran Khan receives Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed at airport
- January 07, 2019

A joint statement issued after the royal's visit said Prime Minister Khan thanked the crown prince for the "generous" balance-of-payments support of $3 billion, which appears to have materialised first out of the total financial package. Later, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan had a one-on-one meeting with the prime minister, followed by delegation level talks. The statement said that the two "held wide-ranging talks focusing on all areas of bilateral relations", adding that both the ... (more...)
Defense Department announces departure of Chief of Staff Defense Department announces departure of Chief of Staff
- January 07, 2019

Sweeney retired as a rear admiral in 2014. Mr Trump has faced criticism for his decision to withdraw from Syria over fears that ISIS or Iran will fill the vacuum left by U.S. "In normal times , the resignation of a chief of staff following the departure of a secretary of defense would not only be seen as unsurprising, but as expected", former Pentagon official Brent Colburn told the outlet. (more...)
Taiwan’s president, defying Xi Jinping, calls unification offer ‘impossible’ Taiwan’s president, defying Xi Jinping, calls unification offer ‘impossible’
- January 07, 2019

In 2016, Ms Tsai and the DPP secured a landslide election victory, sweeping away a government that had built much closer ties with China over the previous decade. Tsai, reaffirmed on Saturday in front of foreign journalists, that Taiwan will accept this principle never. One of those running for the chairmanship is You Ying-lung, a polling expert deeply critical of Tsai. (more...)
Trump Tweets Confirmation Al-Qaida Leader Killed Trump Tweets Confirmation Al-Qaida Leader Killed
- January 07, 2019

Cole bombing that killed 17 USA sailors in 2000; Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon. Navy spokesman Capt. William Urban said last Friday that an airstrike targeting Badawi was carried out last Tuesday in Yemen . It is the latest blow to Yemen's al Qaeda branch, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has lost key leaders in U.S strikes in recent years. (more...)
Democrats plan more pressure on Trump to reopen government Democrats plan more pressure on Trump to reopen government
- January 07, 2019

Pelosi has stood by Democrats' refusal to pass a spending bill that would give Trump $5.6 billion in funding to build his border wall , which the new House Speaker has condemned as an "immorality". "I informed my folks to say that we'll build a steel barrier, steel, that it will be made out of steel, that it will be less obtrusive and stronger", he said. (more...)
The Vice President is Poised to Get a Raise This Year The Vice President is Poised to Get a Raise This Year
- January 07, 2019

The pay raises for cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators and even Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to go into effect beginning January 5 without legislation to stop them, according to documents issued by the Office of Personnel Management and experts in federal pay. (more...)
Malaysia's king abdicates in unexpected and rare move Malaysia's king abdicates in unexpected and rare move
- January 07, 2019

Muhammad V took the throne in December 2016, and may serve as acting King before a new monarch is selected by the Council of Rulers, the Straits Times reported. Foreign media reports said he had married a Russian beauty queen while he was away from the national office - though neither he nor the palace ever confirmed this. (more...)
Netflix blocks comedy show in Saudi Arabia Netflix blocks comedy show in Saudi Arabia
- January 07, 2019

Saudi Arabia's investigation and handling of the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul past year still lacks full credibility and accountability, a senior United States official said Friday. (more...)
Saudi teen says she will be killed if repatriated Saudi teen says she will be killed if repatriated
- January 07, 2019

As per a New York Times article, Alqunun boarded a plane to Thailand while her family was on a holiday in Kuwait. In a video shared 15 hours ago, she showed how authorities were keeping her under close watch. Alqunun's plight mirrors that of other Saudi women who have tried to flee abusive or restrictive family conditions. In 2017, Dina Lasloom triggered a firestorm online when she was stopped en-route to Australia where she planned to seek asylum. (more...)
AU urges 'respect' for results of DR Congo vote AU urges 'respect' for results of DR Congo vote
- January 07, 2019

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is urging Congo's election commission to ensure that presidential election results "reflect the will of the Congolese people" as concerns grow about possible unrest. "He wants to remain in power and that's why he wants a Shadary win", he said. The U.S. has urged the government to restore internet service, and a United Nations human rights spokeswoman has warned that "these efforts to silence dissent could backfire considerably when the results are announced". (more...)
British soldiers wounded in IS attack in Syria British soldiers wounded in IS attack in Syria
- January 07, 2019

Most of the US military bases in Syria are located in the north, in the areas controlled by Kurdish militia who actively cooperated with the United States in the fight against the Islamists. He defended the legal basis for the deployment, saying it's justified by the president's constitutional authority. "And once that's done, then you talk about a timetable", said Bolton, who met with Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu . (more...)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Honors Mom With Moving Instagram Post After Swearing In Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Honors Mom With Moving Instagram Post After Swearing In
- January 07, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez was part of a wave of Democratic women congressional candidates elected in November aiming to put more support behind the liberal progressive wing of the party. To pay for the plan, Ocasio-Cortez floated the idea of tax rates as high as 70 percent. "What can I possibly say except thank you?" One twitterian also reminded Ocasio-Cortez that not all GOP members were silent after the publication of Trump's "locker room talk". (more...)
Saudi women to be informed of divorce by text, new law states Saudi women to be informed of divorce by text, new law states
- January 07, 2019

A new law in Saudi Arabia is set to prevent Saudi women from being divorced without their knowledge. From Sunday, a new regulation issued by the country's Ministry of Justice will see a court notify women via text message when a divorce decree (or official order) is issued, a Saudi lawyer told Bloomberg . (more...)
Two British special forces soldiers injured in IS missile attack in Syria Two British special forces soldiers injured in IS missile attack in Syria
- January 07, 2019

United States National Security Advisor John Bolton has warned the Syrian government it should not see the impending USA military withdrawal from the country as an invitation to use chemical weapons. The American, a Texan named Warren Christopher Clark, 34, was one of two alleged USA citizens captured in a counterterrorism raid near the Iraqi border, where US -backed forces are continuing to battle a pocket of the terrorists, the Syrian Democratic Forces said in a release on Sunday. (more...)
U.S. presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren asked about her ancestry at Iowa event U.S. presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren asked about her ancestry at Iowa event
- January 06, 2019

She then complained about her treatment by Republicans, who she said had " honed in on that part " of her history in the hope of making " a lot of hay out of it " since 2012. More than 400 people crammed into the lobby of an ornately restored downtown theater for her appearance. When her microphone cut out at the opening event in Council Bluffs, Warren didn't yell because, even in a room of 300 (with 200 more outside) she didn't have to. (more...)
Bolsonaro open to United States military base in Brazil Bolsonaro open to United States military base in Brazil
- January 06, 2019

Brazil's military would be against a USA base in the country, the officer said , speaking on condition of anonymity because he has not been authorized to discuss the matter publicly. He said he is anxious about Russia's closeness with Venezuelan leftist President Nicolas Maduro, whom he has repeatedly called a dictator. Russia's Defense Ministry sent two nuclear-capable strategic bombers to Venezuela on December 10 in an unusual display of Russian military force in South America. (more...)
TSA workers calling in sick amid shutdown, union says; DHS denies TSA workers calling in sick amid shutdown, union says; DHS denies
- January 06, 2019

But on Friday, Houlton attacked CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins for reporting on the sickout . So far, he said, his colleagues are only calling out sick "here and there". In a story published earlier Friday, CNN reported that TSA officers , who are now required to work without paychecks through the shutdown, have been calling out from work this week from at least four major airports. (more...)
Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb being floated for defense secretary Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb being floated for defense secretary
- January 06, 2019

In televised remarks on January 2, Trump said he "essentially fired" Mattis. But Trump hinted that he had irreconcilable differences with Mattis on what Trump views as an unfair defense relationship with allies such as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. (more...)

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