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Victorian man arrested for allegedly sending suspicious packages to embassies
- January 10, 2019

Police have recovered 29 of the packages and have said there is no ongoing threat to the public. The Australian Federal Police have confirmed the man was arrested at his home in northern Victoria on Wednesday night and charged with sending risky articles to be carried by a postal service. (more...)
Congresswoman Accused of 'Anti-Semitic Slur' after Calling Trump 'Motherf***er' Congresswoman Accused of 'Anti-Semitic Slur' after Calling Trump 'Motherf***er'
- January 10, 2019

Further indicating that he is sticking with his wall demand, Trump announced in a tweet that he will deliver an address Tuesday night on what he called "the humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border". The shutdown's resolution has been hampered in part by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), who are resistant to compromise on a spending bill that allocates any new funding for the wall. (more...)
Tata Motors' JLR to cut jobs in thousands amid China sales crunch Tata Motors' JLR to cut jobs in thousands amid China sales crunch
- January 10, 2019

JLR employs 44,000 workers in the United Kingdom at sites in Halewood on Merseyside and Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is expected to announce plans to cut thousands of jobs as part of a £2.5bn plan to reverse losses. "This is in addition to the 1,500 who left the company during 2018", Tata Motors said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange. (more...)
2nd suspect charged in Houston girl's death 2nd suspect charged in Houston girl's death
- January 10, 2019

They were fired upon and Barnes was fatally hit; her mother, 30-year-old LaPorsha Washington , was injured. Black was charged with murder on Monday. While Black was charged on Sunday with capital murder, Woodruffe was held in the county jail on a drug charge while the sheriff's office prepared a capital murder charge against him. (more...)
[LISTEN] Parent horrified at alleged racism at NW school [LISTEN] Parent horrified at alleged racism at NW school
- January 10, 2019

A photo showing a small group of black children sitting at a separate table away from white children at the school went viral on social media and raised the ire of political parties. Du Plessis added that the photograph was a "reflection of a single moment in a classroom". A teacher at the school has been suspended , pending the outcome of that probe. (more...)
US Secretary of State Pompeo meets Iraqi Speaker in Baghdad US Secretary of State Pompeo meets Iraqi Speaker in Baghdad
- January 10, 2019

He said that Secretary Pompeo "reassured Iraqi leaders that was not the case", prompting a cancellation of Thursday's parliament debate. Indeed, the YPG, or the People's Protection Unit, are fighting in an area of Syria they call Rojava, or Western Kurdistan. (more...)
Man arrested after stealing roommate's winning lottery ticket worth $10 million Man arrested after stealing roommate's winning lottery ticket worth $10 million
- January 10, 2019

According to the Vacaville Police Department , after purchasing a $30 California Lottery Scratcher ticket on December 20 from Lucky Grocery Store on Peabody Road, a Vacaville man was excited to learn that he had won $10,000. But when he took the ticket to the lottery's district office in Sacramento to cash it in, he was told it had been altered and so could not be honored. (more...)
Criminals Demand $10 Million in Monero (XMR) in Norwegian Kidnapping Case Criminals Demand $10 Million in Monero (XMR) in Norwegian Kidnapping Case
- January 10, 2019

The police are now asking the public for any information regarding the search for Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen. Officers have released two surveillance videos taken outside businessman Tom Hagen's office on the day his wife, Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, disappeared and want three people seen in the October 31 footage to get in touch. (more...)
DR Congo’s Felix Tshisekedi: From opposition scion to provisional president-elect DR Congo’s Felix Tshisekedi: From opposition scion to provisional president-elect
- January 10, 2019

Tshisekedi, the leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, won 38.57% of the more than 18-million votes, reported Reuters . Shadary was competing against two main opposition candidates, businessman Martin Fayulu and Felix Tshisekedi , the president of Congo's largest opposition party. (more...)
Kim Jong Un leaves China after talks with Xi on Trump sanctions Kim Jong Un leaves China after talks with Xi on Trump sanctions
- January 10, 2019

Kim reportedly met Chinese President Xi Jinping during his trip, which may have been a precursor to a second summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump . "If he wants to shift his focus to the development of the economy, he needs China's cooperation", said Lu Chao, a North Korea expert at China's Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences. (more...)
Malaysia probes claim China offered to bail out 1MDB Malaysia probes claim China offered to bail out 1MDB
- January 09, 2019

The Wall Street Journal ( WSJ ) reported on January 7 that in 2016 senior officials from China offered to bail out 1MDB by using China's influence to endeavor to stop an investigation from the United States and other countries on the multibillion-dollar money laundering and corruption scandal that rocked Malaysia. (more...)
Trump halts federal funding to fight California wildfires Trump halts federal funding to fight California wildfires
- January 09, 2019

Eventually, #ForrestTrump even started trending. Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning. "The people of CA - folks in Paradise", a community that was among the hardest hit by the Camp Fire a year ago, "should not be victims to partisan bickering". (more...)
Rod Rosenstein, who has overseen Russia investigation, expected to leave Rod Rosenstein, who has overseen Russia investigation, expected to leave
- January 09, 2019

Rosenstein, a former United States attorney in Maryland, will have served as deputy for roughly two years by the time he leaves. "My guess is that he is making room for the new attorney general to build a team that he wants around him", she added. (more...)
Major Networks Will Cover Schumer And Pelosi’s Rebuttal To Trump’s National Address Major Networks Will Cover Schumer And Pelosi’s Rebuttal To Trump’s National Address
- January 09, 2019

Minutes after the president's address to the nation wrapped up, reactions started pouring in on social media from prominent figures like politicians, authors, journalists and humanitarian organizations. The president often highlights such incidents, though studies over several years have found immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States. (more...)
World's most powerful passport revealed as United Kingdom slips down the rankings World's most powerful passport revealed as United Kingdom slips down the rankings
- January 09, 2019

In 2017, the country was ranked 85th, with citizens able to access just 51 destinations. Singapore and South Korea were tied at joint second place, with access to 189 destinations, and France and Germany were joint third. Commenting on the UAE's recent partnerships with African nations, Ryan Cummings, Director of Signal Risk, said, "The United Arab Emirates has demonstrated a penchant for reciprocating visa deregulation as the country aims to attract diverse skill-sets and increase the power ... (more...)
Manafort accused of sharing Trump polling data with Russian operative Manafort accused of sharing Trump polling data with Russian operative
- January 09, 2019

The filing sheds light on Manafort's ties to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian businessman who was charged previous year with tampering with potential witnesses. And in a text message, he authorized another person to speak with a White House official on May 26, they alleged. However, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson could hold such a hearing if she found it necessary. (more...)
Suspicious packages sent to embassies in Australia Suspicious packages sent to embassies in Australia
- January 09, 2019

Authorities did not confirm the specific locations or intended targets of any of the packages, but the Australian federal police confirmed it was investigating and would examine the packages. "We are assisting at a number of embassies across Melbourne", she said. Officials at the United States and British consulates in Melbourne separately confirmed suspicious packages had been received. (more...)
Saudi teen Rahaf Alqunun's claim for asylum referred to Australia for consideration Saudi teen Rahaf Alqunun's claim for asylum referred to Australia for consideration
- January 09, 2019

In the early hours of Sunday, Jan. 6, Rahaf began tweeting for help: "I'm in real danger because the Saudi embassy trying to forcing (sic) me to go back to Saudi Arabia , while I'm at the airport waiting for my second flight", she tweeted to the world. (more...)
Woman dies after getting trapped in Toronto clothing donation bin Woman dies after getting trapped in Toronto clothing donation bin
- January 09, 2019

Despite attempts to revive the woman, who was aged in her 30s, she was pronounced dead at the scene. B'nai Brith, operator of the bin involved in Tuesday's deadly incident, did not indicate whether it plans to revamp donation boxes but described the woman's death as "terrible and tragic". (more...)
Russian lawyer involved in Trump Tower meeting charged in separate case Russian lawyer involved in Trump Tower meeting charged in separate case
- January 09, 2019

A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. (President Trump's son), the Trump Organization's Jared Kushner (the president's son in law and Ivanka Trump's husband) and Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. (more...)
Asom Gana Parishad snaps ties with BJP over Citizenship Bill Asom Gana Parishad snaps ties with BJP over Citizenship Bill
- January 09, 2019

The legislation, which still needs the approval of the upper house, seeks to grant rights to Hindus, Jains, Parsis and several other non-Muslim religious groups who migrated illegally from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. "We have identified the stone pelters by seeing video footage and they will be booked soon", Assam police official Surjeet Singh Panesar said. Political parties in the North-East, especially regional outfits, allege that the Bill is an attempt to make illegal migrants ... (more...)
20 kids injured after hammer attack at Beijing primary school 20 kids injured after hammer attack at Beijing primary school
- January 08, 2019

Posts circulating on social media earlier said that some children suffered knife wounds to the head. According to the post, three of the children had serious but non-life-threatening injuries. It comes just months after a 39-year-old woman was reportedly held on suspicion of stabbing 14 school children in October last year in Chongqing. (more...)
Moscow denies British citizen being held as bargaining chip for jailed Russian Moscow denies British citizen being held as bargaining chip for jailed Russian
- January 08, 2019

The Russian government says the USA inappropriately delayed notifying Russian officials about Makarenko's arrest. Saipan, where Makarenko was apprehended, is also a major birth-tourism hot spot, which attracts many Chinese parents looking to establish USA citizenship for their children. (more...)
German Politicians' Data Hacked, Posted on Twitter German Politicians' Data Hacked, Posted on Twitter
- January 08, 2019

But no sensitive material on Chancellor Merkel was actually released, a government spokeswoman told Reuters . ARD reported earlier that the data, which was published on a now-blocked Twitter account, included addresses, personal letter and copies of identity cards. (more...)
Senior al-Qaida leader killed by United States drone strike in central Yemen Senior al-Qaida leader killed by United States drone strike in central Yemen
- January 08, 2019

William Urban identified the man as al-Qaida militant Jamal al-Badawi in a statement to NBC News . Badawi had always been on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists and had been a high-profile figure in Al-Qaeda, the terrorist organization behind the 9/11 attacks. (more...)
World Bank chief's sudden exit to test Trump World Bank chief's sudden exit to test Trump
- January 08, 2019

Mr Kim had pushed financing for green energy projects and largely dropped support for coal power investments, but had avoided public clashes with the Trump administration. These goals now guide and inform the institution in its daily work around the globe. The Trump administration has put pressure on the World Bank to justify its lending practices, including loans to China. (more...)
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...)

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