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Canada issues China travel alert as tensions escalate Canada issues China travel alert as tensions escalate
- January 17, 2019

Trudeau said it should be of "extreme concern" to Canada's friends and allies, as it was to Canada's government, that China had chosen to "arbitrarily apply" the death penalty. "The procedures in Mr Schellenberg's case would be unusual even if he was a Chinese national", said Margaret Lewis, a law professor at Seton Hall University. (more...)
'El Chapo' paid ex-Mexican president $100 million bribe: trial witness 'El Chapo' paid ex-Mexican president $100 million bribe: trial witness
- January 16, 2019

Lichtman, one of Guzman's lawyers, accused Mexican officials, including Pena Nieto, in November of agreeing to bribes in order to protect Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, another notorious drug gang trafficker. A spokesman for Nieto called the bribery claim "false and defamatory" when it first came up earlier in the trial, according to The Associated Press. (more...)
Kremlin calls idea that Trump worked for Moscow 'absurd' Kremlin calls idea that Trump worked for Moscow 'absurd'
- January 16, 2019

Trump himself said on Monday that he "never worked for Russia " and told reporters: "It's a disgrace that you even ask that question". In a wide-ranging press conference, Mr Lavrov also ridiculed allegations that US President Donald Trump could have worked for Moscow's interests. (more...)
U.S. Troops Killed By Blast In Syria; Islamic State Claims Responsibility U.S. Troops Killed By Blast In Syria; Islamic State Claims Responsibility
- January 16, 2019

The attack comes less than a month after Trump announced that United States troops would withdraw from Syria . A local town council and a Syrian war monitoring group said the blast occurred outside a restaurant near the town's main market, near a patrol of the US -led coalition, killing and wounding more than a dozen people. (more...)
Massive spinning ice disk forms in United States river Massive spinning ice disk forms in United States river
- January 16, 2019

In November 2017, a much smaller spinning ice circle formed in a partially frozen river in Hulunbuir , a city in north-eastern Mongolia. Bertlesman estimated that the ice disk was about 100 yards in diameter, which would make it one of the largest on record - if not the biggest ever. (more...)
What happens if Theresa May loses the no-confidence vote? What happens if Theresa May loses the no-confidence vote?
- January 16, 2019

Here is how the process, which could ultimately trigger a general election , will work. In response, Mrs May agreed to debate the motion on Wednesday, January 16 - but the Conservatives are confident that they will be able to defeat any such motion. (more...)
Brexit: What happens next? Brexit: What happens next?
- January 16, 2019

If, as many analysts predict, Mrs May survives the vote then she says she will present parliament with a different Brexit plan on Monday. European Union leaders were pleading Wednesday with the U.K.to finally get its act together on Brexit, end internal strife and come up with a realistic plan to leave the bloc - well over two years after Britain chose to leave the EU and departure just 10 weeks away. (more...)
China warns citizens about 'risks' of visiting Canada amid escalating tensions China warns citizens about 'risks' of visiting Canada amid escalating tensions
- January 16, 2019

The Dalian Intermediate People's Court in China's northeast province of Liaoning re-tried Robert Lloyd Schellenberg , who had appealed his original 15-year prison sentence, and decided on execution, the court said in a statement. where she is wanted on suspicion of violating Iran sanctions. Relations between the two countries - which only months before had been in pursuit of a large free trade agreement - turned icy in early December when Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, a ... (more...)
Australia Day: Morrison to force local councils to hold citizenship ceremonies Australia Day: Morrison to force local councils to hold citizenship ceremonies
- January 16, 2019

When asked if we really needed a Prime Ministerial decree on this, Morrison said he reckons we do, "because I don't want to see Australia Day undermined into the future and just see it sort of fade away". Councils will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed code changes. Mr Morrison said he did not agree with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's assessment that he was "playing politics". (more...)
May warns Brexit deal opponents risk 'letting British people down' May warns Brexit deal opponents risk 'letting British people down'
- January 16, 2019

She added that the backstop did "violence" to the union, and criticised comments that Northern Ireland was the price of Brexit . Mary-Lou McDonald said: "Ireland's people, Ireland's economy and Ireland's peace process all need to be protected as we go forward now", she said. (more...)
White House welcomes college football champions with fast-food buffet White House welcomes college football champions with fast-food buffet
- January 16, 2019

President Donald Trump will serve McDonald's , Wendy's, Burger King and pizza to the national champion Clemson Tigers during the football team's scheduled visit on Monday evening. As a result of the shutdown, White House chefs are staying home without pay as Trump fights with Congress over federal government funding. Another virulent anti-Trumper, Dr. (more...)
Dashcam video captures moment toddler tumbles from moving vehicle Dashcam video captures moment toddler tumbles from moving vehicle
- January 16, 2019

After falling out, the driver can be seen braking momentarily to close the door, before driving off unaware of what had unfolded. Though the toddler was properly strapped into the seat, it wasn't fastened to the vehicle, police said , according to the station. (more...)
Erdogan: Turkey gives USA evidence of YPG 'torture' in Syria Erdogan: Turkey gives USA evidence of YPG 'torture' in Syria
- January 16, 2019

On Monday, a war of words erupted between President Donald Trump and Turkish officials after Trump threatened economic sanctions against Turkey if they attack the Kurds. But in his subsequent tweet, Trump put a more positive spin, noting that he and Erdogan "also spoke about economic development between the U.S. & Turkey - great potential to substantially expand!" Turkey, which considers the YPG a terrorist group, has no desire for them to keep their weapons out of concern they will end ... (more...)
Saudi woman who fled family pledges to fight for women escaping persecution Saudi woman who fled family pledges to fight for women escaping persecution
- January 16, 2019

She was offered asylum by Canada after her pleas for global help sparked a media frenzy and prompted diplomats in Bangkok to intervene with support for her cause. She was personally greeted by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Her resettlement was also hailed as "a victory for everyone who cares about women's rights, values youth boldly seeking change, and demands that governments operate in light and not darkness", Human Rights Watch senior researcher Sunai Phasuk said . (more...)
Iran president: Two Payam satellites to be sent to space soon Iran president: Two Payam satellites to be sent to space soon
- January 16, 2019

He said homegrown "Payam" satellite will be put into orbit at an altitude of 600 kilometers above Earth on a satellite-carrier rocket in the coming days. President Hassan Rohani said earlier this week that the two satellites were both meant to gather information on environmental change in Iran. Iran's satellite-delivery rockets use technology "virtually identical" to nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, Pompeo said on January 3. (more...)
Dead In Terrorist Attack On Nairobi Hotel Dead In Terrorist Attack On Nairobi Hotel
- January 16, 2019

This frame taken from video shows a scene of an explosion in Kenya's capital, Nairobi , Tuesday Jan. 15, 2019. Al Shabaab has said its attacks are revenge for Kenyan troops stationed inside Somalia, which has been riven by civil war since 1991. (more...)
Barr Vows To Let Mueller Finish His Russia Work - And Promises 'Transparency' Barr Vows To Let Mueller Finish His Russia Work - And Promises 'Transparency'
- January 15, 2019

Mueller is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election, including "any links and/or co-ordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump ". He also said former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was right to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation because of his role in the 2016 campaign, something that infuriated the president and led to Sessions' removal. (more...)
Trump's 'Wounded Knee' tweet over Warren sparks anger Trump's 'Wounded Knee' tweet over Warren sparks anger
- January 15, 2019

Elizabeth Warren's purported Native American heritage on Sunday by invoking both Wounded Knee and the Battle of Little Bighorn in yet another Pocahontas tweet. "Hundreds of Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho people lost their lives at the hands of the invading US Army during these events", NCAI president Jefferson Keel said in a statement. (more...)
Trump denies ever working for Russian Federation, blasts investigators Trump denies ever working for Russian Federation, blasts investigators
- January 15, 2019

He called it "just a hoax" and said it was a "disgrace" that the question was even asked. Trump raised eyebrows over the weekend when he didn't directly answer the Russian Federation question in an interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro , a personal friend. (more...)
2 female victims unharmed after UPS hostage situation 2 female victims unharmed after UPS hostage situation
- January 14, 2019

One of the hostages had a prior relationship with the suspect, the prosecutor said. There was no immediate word on injuries. A Gloucester County fire official added that he was told the incident involved a fight between two people inside. (more...)
Saudi teen headed for Canada Saudi teen headed for Canada
- January 14, 2019

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun began tweeting about her ordeal from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport in the early hours of Sunday, Jan. 6. The 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker who fled her family and harnessed the power of Twitter to stave off deportation from Thailand was due to fly to Canada late Friday, in a surprise twist after officials gave heavy hints she was bound for Australia. (more...)
Pompeo: Saudis committed to bringing Khashoggi killers to justice Pompeo: Saudis committed to bringing Khashoggi killers to justice
- January 14, 2019

The US Embassy in Riyadh tweeted that Pompeo and the crown prince had agreed on the need for a continued de-escalation in Yemen and adherence to agreements made last month at talks in Sweden to end a almost four-year civil war between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and the Iranian-aligned Houthis. (more...)
Zimbabwe economic crisis: Fuel price hike, national strike and a new currency Zimbabwe economic crisis: Fuel price hike, national strike and a new currency
- January 14, 2019

The government announced an increase from 1.34 dollars for a litre of petrol to 3.31 dollars with diesel surging to 3.11 dollars per litre, igniting widespread discontent. The announcement came after fuel shortages which began in October a year ago worsened in recent weeks with motorists sometimes spending nights in queues to fuel pumps stretching for kilometres. (more...)
White House ordered shocking request for potential attack on Iran White House ordered shocking request for potential attack on Iran
- January 14, 2019

It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran ". What was known until now was that Mr Bolton's National Security Council also asked the military to present the White House with options for striking Iran as a way of countering Tehran's influence in the region. (more...)
China changes Canadian's prison sentence to death amid Huawei tensions China changes Canadian's prison sentence to death amid Huawei tensions
- January 14, 2019

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was detained in 2014. "In accordance with China's criminal law, the court found him guilty and sentenced him to death for drug trafficking and will confiscate all of his property". "He's become a pawn", his aunt Lauri Nelson-Jones told the New York Times . The apparent weak evidence against the Canadian, the speed in scheduling a retrial, and China's invitation of the global press to cover the sentencing all indicate that the move could be retaliatory and aimed at ... (more...)
Indonesia recovers Lion Air jet’s cockpit voice recorder Indonesia recovers Lion Air jet’s cockpit voice recorder
- January 14, 2019

The Boeing 737 MAX vanished from radar about 13 minutes after departing Jakarta , slamming into the Java Sea moments after pilots had asked to return to the capital and killing all 189 people onboard. Black box data help explain almost 90% of all crashes, according to aviation experts. Mr Nugroho said that a weak signal from the recorder had been detected "for several days". (more...)
Gdansk mayor dies after stabbed on stage at charity event Gdansk mayor dies after stabbed on stage at charity event
- January 14, 2019

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Krzysztof Sierak said there are "doubts" as to the mental state of the attacker, who used a 14.5-centimeter (5.5-inch) knife on Adamowicz, and that two psychiatrists will examine him. Adamowicz has always been considered a hate figure in far-right circles for his vigorous defence of migrants and LGBT rights, but no evidence has emerged that the attack was politically motivated. (more...)
Kammenos leaves ruling coalition in Greece ahead of Macedonia name vote Kammenos leaves ruling coalition in Greece ahead of Macedonia name vote
- January 14, 2019

Parliamentary elections are due in Greece by October. Kammenos added that his party "is pulling out of the government". Greek polls suggest opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis's New Democracy party would win the most votes if elections were held now, though it's unclear whether he'd be able to form a government without needing allies in parliament. (more...)
Jayme Closs’ aunt shares how teen spent her first day home Jayme Closs’ aunt shares how teen spent her first day home
- January 14, 2019

Closs instead waited for Patterson to leave the secluded cabin where he had been keeping her, then escaped and ran to a nearby road where she was found by Jeanne Nutter, who had been walking her dog. Photos show the space beneath alleged abductor Patterson's tumbledown forest cabin in rural Gordon, Wisconsin, strewn with soft toys, filthy bedding and women's clothes. (more...)
Duchess Meghan's female bodyguard latest to leave her side Duchess Meghan's female bodyguard latest to leave her side
- January 14, 2019

When Prince Harry and Meghan visited Fiji in October, the bodyguard played an instrumental role in whisking the pregnant duchess away from a crowded market amid security concerns . Meghan Markle female bodyguard: Who is former bodyguard? There was reportedly no conflict between the security officer and Markle, but it is said to be hard to accommodate the Duchess' requests to be seen as "one of the people". (more...)

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