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Cohen says Trump directed hush-money payments, knew they were wrong Cohen says Trump directed hush-money payments, knew they were wrong
- December 18, 2018

In an interview Thursday with Fox News , he said: "I never directed him to do anything wrong". Sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday, Cohen gave an interview with ABC News which aired yesterday, doubling down on his claim that it was Mr Trump who ordered the payments and dismissing the president's denials. (more...)
Theresa May, Blair Clash Over Brexit Theresa May, Blair Clash Over Brexit
- December 18, 2018

May will update on Brexit negotiations after reports that senior figures in her Conservative Party are laying the groundwork for another referendum , believing it is the only way to break the impasse. The PM can't get her deal through parliament. Theresa May's team pushed back against reports they are warming to a second referendum on Brexit as the United Kingdom prime minister prepares to face Parliament on Monday. (more...)
After judge’s ruling against ‘Obamacare,’ what happens now? After judge’s ruling against ‘Obamacare,’ what happens now?
- December 18, 2018

District Court for the Northern District of Texas in 2007 by former President George W. Bush, ruled that the individual mandate is illegal and therefore the entire law is unconstitutional . No one will be getting kicked off their insurance in the short run, or likely at all . "If this Texas decision on the ACA is upheld, it would throw the individual insurance market and the whole health care system into complete chaos", Larry Levitt, a senior vice president of the Kaiser Family ... (more...)
Trump now says he doesn't want a government shutdown Trump now says he doesn't want a government shutdown
- December 18, 2018

In the video , Trump says Democrats are opposing his requests for funding of the border wall out of personal hostility toward him. But now his tone has softened. They also are expected to investigate Trump, his presidential campaign and his administration. "The President doesn't want a shutdown any more than the rest of in Congress do, that's not the point". (more...)
Meadows out of running for chief of staff Meadows out of running for chief of staff
- December 18, 2018

The source added that Kelly was happy with the choice of Mulvaney and plans to stay on through the end of the year to assist with the transition. Trump, in his tweet Friday, thanked Kelly for his service, calling him "a great patriot". The chaotic process is hardly a novelty for the Trump administration, which has struggled with high staff turnover and attracting top talent, but it underscored the tumult of Trump's Washington. (more...)
USA prosecutors probe suspected Gulf donations to Trump USA prosecutors probe suspected Gulf donations to Trump
- December 15, 2018

Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of U.S. President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreigners contributed to its events using straw donors. The Journal said prosecutors are also seeking documents from Franklin Haney, a Tennessee developer who gave $1m to the inaugural committee and later hired Cohen to help him obtain a $5bn USDepartment of Energy loan. (more...)
Luxembourg PM tells United Kingdom journalist ‘Brexit is your choice, not mine’ Luxembourg PM tells United Kingdom journalist ‘Brexit is your choice, not mine’
- December 15, 2018

Lawmakers said she told them she recognised that the party did not want her to lead them into the next election, a gesture that could help her win over some wavering MPs on Wednesday night. But he said that it might be possible to "provide a little better explanation or definition or go into detail" on the provisions of the agreement. "Theresa May scrapes home", said The Times. (more...)
Edmonton among multiple Canadian cities investigating bomb threats Edmonton among multiple Canadian cities investigating bomb threats
- December 15, 2018

The recipient is then instructed to make a large Bitcoin payment - sometimes to the tune of $20,000 - in order to prevent the detonation of the explosive device. "As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant & to report suspicious activities that could represent a threat to public safety". At this time it unclear if the threats - which have also been received at locations throughout San Francisco , at the University of Washington in Seattle, and at Penn State University in ... (more...)
Israel forces kill Palestinian murder suspects as baby laid to rest Israel forces kill Palestinian murder suspects as baby laid to rest
- December 14, 2018

As well, two Palestinians wanted in that and another attack on Israelis in the West Bank were killed. In addition to the suspect in the Ofra attack, two other individuals in the vehicle were also apprehended. It said an unspecified number of other suspects were arrested. In the pre-dawn hours on Thursday, Israeli forces also shot dead a Palestinian accused of killing two settlers in the West Bank last October, following a two-month manhunt. (more...)
U.S. accuses China for massive Marriott hotel chain data theft U.S. accuses China for massive Marriott hotel chain data theft
- December 14, 2018

The information of about 500 million customers worldwide was exposed. Besides the information they swiped from Marriott over the last four years, the hackers also reportedly obtained data from health insurers including Anthem and "the security clearance files of millions more Americans" as part of the effort, the report notes. (more...)
Football player, 16, accused of fatally stabbing classmate pregn Football player, 16, accused of fatally stabbing classmate pregn
- December 14, 2018

Family members said Rouhselang, 17, was six-months pregnant when she was killed. Police did not say how she was killed. Police located her body in a restaurant dumpster about a block from her house, and her classmate was arrested the same day, AP reported. (more...)
In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agent In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agent
- December 14, 2018

Mueller has brought criminal charges against a series of Russian individuals and entities but those cases are still pending. The 30-year-old previously denied trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and relaying intelligence on U.S. (more...)
May stares down rebels to win leadership ballot May stares down rebels to win leadership ballot
- December 14, 2018

This would be the "nuclear option" and could see scores of Tory MPs losing their seats in a subsequent election, possibly leading to a future schism that would see the Conservative party split into many factions. And, according to MPs present at the meeting, she also promised to find a "legally binding solution" to ensuring that the United Kingdom does not get permanently trapped in a backstop arrangement to keep the Irish border open after Brexit. (more...)
Congress names Kamal Nath as chief minister-designate of Madhya Pradesh Congress names Kamal Nath as chief minister-designate of Madhya Pradesh
- December 13, 2018

Crediting his party's workers - whom he called "babbar sher (lions)" - for the wins, Mr Gandhi said that the BJP talks of a "Congress Mukt Bharat ", but the Congress does not want a BJP Mukt Bharat . In two other states also releasing results on Tuesday, Telangana in the south and remote Mizoram in the northeast, regional parties looked to be leading. (more...)
EU Said Open to Assurances But Not Renegotiation of Brexit Deal EU Said Open to Assurances But Not Renegotiation of Brexit Deal
- December 13, 2018

But she said the only other options were a disorderly no-deal divorce, or a reversal of Brexit that would defy the will of those who voted for it. Ministers lined up to express loyalty to Mrs May, who said she would fight a vote of no confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party with "everything I have got". (more...)
France’s Finance Minister Calls Protests a ‘Catastrophe’ France’s Finance Minister Calls Protests a ‘Catastrophe’
- December 13, 2018

According to the latest data of the French Interior Ministry, 1,723 people were hauled off during the protests. The movement has no clear leaders, and past protests have attracted extremists who hurled projectiles at police. Official estimates put the number taking part in Saturday's protests at 136,000 people, including 10,000 in Paris . His turnaround damaged his credibility with climate defenders and foreign investors and earned derision from U.S. (more...)
Neo-nazi guilty of murder over Charlottesville riots Neo-nazi guilty of murder over Charlottesville riots
- December 10, 2018

A state jury rejected defense arguments that James Alex Fields Jr . acted in self-defense during a " Unite the Right " rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017. A taped phone call from jail between Fields and his mother was also played for the court. "She's the enemy", Fields apparently said of Heyer's mother. (more...)
Ayers not taking job as White House chief of staff
- December 10, 2018

President Trump says White House chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job at end of the year; Eric Beach, co-chair of Great America PAC, and former OH state Senator Capri Cafaro join the debate. It was Saturday afternoon that Trump confirmed the news before making his way to the Army-Navy game. Ayer's refusal adds to uncertainty at the White House, as the 36-year-old prepares to leave the administration leaving it unclear who will take over John Kelly . (more...)
It’s Clear Trump is Target of Prosecutors And Will Be Indicted It’s Clear Trump is Target of Prosecutors And Will Be Indicted
- December 10, 2018

Friday's sentencing memo by the Southern District of NY for the first time publicly leveled the accusation that that Cohen acted "in coordination with and at the direction of" Trump. McCarthy speculated that the Justice Department would wait until Trump leaves office to indict him. The claims, which have not yet escalated into official charges, are also separate from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign illegally coordinated with Russian officials ... (more...)
Police find body in search for Grace Millane Police find body in search for Grace Millane
- December 10, 2018

Police said they detained a 26-year-old man seen with her on the night of her disappearance, and will charge her with Millane's murder Monday. Officers on Sunday were combing an area of bush near a road in the western outskirts of Auckland - about 25km from where the 22-year-old tourist was last spotted entering a central city hotel with a man on December 1. (more...)
Wisconsin Lawmakers Vote To Limit Powers Of New Democratic Governor Wisconsin Lawmakers Vote To Limit Powers Of New Democratic Governor
- December 09, 2018

Democrats expressed outrage that Republican leaders would seek to push through changes weakening Evers and Kaul right after voters picked the Democrats to lead state government. "The Republican strategy has been secrecy and speed", said Ben Wikler, the Washington director of MoveOn.org, at the Monday night rally. Taylor and other Democrats argued the bills are an abuse of power by the legislature's Republican majority. (more...)
Russian Federation offered Trump campaign political co-op in 2015, USA prosecutors say Russian Federation offered Trump campaign political co-op in 2015, USA prosecutors say
- December 09, 2018

In a separate filing, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is accused of breaching his plea agreement, by lying to special prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation about five major issues when he was supposed to be helping prosecutors. (more...)
Comey grilled for six hours in closed-door House hearing Comey grilled for six hours in closed-door House hearing
- December 09, 2018

As special counsel Robert Mueller prepares to reveal more details about his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election in the face of filing deadlines, President Trump is unleashing a barrage of tweets aimed at everyone from Mueller to former FBI director James Comey to former Justice Department officials. (more...)
Trump seen picking Milley as next Chairman of Joint Chiefs Trump seen picking Milley as next Chairman of Joint Chiefs
- December 09, 2018

Princeton-educated Milley, 60, has served four decades in the Army, including command positions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Joseph Dunford, who took on the role in 2015, is expected to serve out his term, which expires later next year. And he is the architect of the Army's other newest units - it's Security Force Assistance Brigades, which are created to carry the weight of the service's mission to train, assist and advise partner nation militaries to combat insurgents or other adversaries. (more...)
North Carolina Officials Had Prior Warnings Of Voting Issues, Report Says North Carolina Officials Had Prior Warnings Of Voting Issues, Report Says
- December 09, 2018

The GOP's executive director made the statement Thursday, softening the organization's stance as allegations of absentee ballot fraud mount. "I didn't serve overseas in the Marine Corps just to come back and watch politicians and career criminals attack our democracy", McCready said . (more...)
CNN's New York Offices Evacuated Over Telephone Bomb Threat CNN's New York Offices Evacuated Over Telephone Bomb Threat
- December 08, 2018

The anonymous phone call was received by a member of staff at the Time Warner building at 25 Columbus Circle, in Manhattan, Thursday night. "Several fire alarm bells rang inside CNN's NY newsroom, signaling an evacuation shortly after 10:30 p.m.", CNN itself reported . (more...)
Trump's Next Pick for UN Ambassador Is a Former 'Fox & Friends' Host Trump's Next Pick for UN Ambassador Is a Former 'Fox & Friends' Host
- December 08, 2018

Trump describes Nauert to reporters as "very talented" and "very smart". Haley surprised White House officials in October when she said she would resign by the end of year, citing the need for a break after two terms as governor and two years at the UN. (more...)
Huawei executive faces United States fraud charges linked to Iran sanctions Huawei executive faces United States fraud charges linked to Iran sanctions
- December 08, 2018

Meng faces charges of fraud in the USA for allegedly misrepresenting Huawei's relationship with Hong Kong-based Skycom, according to evidence read in court on Friday. Federal regulators are also in the process of implementing rules that would bar Huawei for rolling out fifth-generation, or 5G, networks in the United States. (more...)
At least 90 Ndrangheta mafia members arrested in Europe-wide raids At least 90 Ndrangheta mafia members arrested in Europe-wide raids
- December 08, 2018

Early-morning raids took place in Italy, the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria, as well as in Belgium and the Netherlands. Officials speak at a press conference detailing 'Operation Pollino, ' a coordinated effort to fight organized crime in Europe, in The Hague, Netherlands, on December 5, 2018. (more...)
Senators wrestle with rebuke of Saudis for Khashoggi killing Senators wrestle with rebuke of Saudis for Khashoggi killing
- December 07, 2018

Riyadh could "address those concerns" by extraditing the suspects to Turkey , the official said . "The global community seems to doubt Saudi Arabia's commitment to prosecute this heinous crime", the official said, adding that by extraditing all suspects to Turkey, "Saudi authorities could address those concerns". (more...)
Rudy Giuliani blames Twitter when his typo becomes an anti-Trump message Rudy Giuliani blames Twitter when his typo becomes an anti-Trump message
- December 06, 2018

Giuliani responded on Tuesday - four days later - by tweeting a confused attack on Twitter management claiming the platform was responsible for allowing hackers to " invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message" (emphasis added). (more...)
Kiev says Russian Federation has 'partially unlocked' Ukrainian Azov Sea ports - worldwide Kiev says Russian Federation has 'partially unlocked' Ukrainian Azov Sea ports - worldwide
- December 06, 2018

Foreign ministers from the 29 allies will meet Ukraine's foreign minister on Tuesday to discuss last week's incident in the Sea of Azov, in which the Russian navy seized three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors. "Today and tomorrow NATO's foreign ministers will meet and address wide range of issues of importance for our shared security". Of similar concern to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is Russia's new SSC8 missile system. (more...)
Marine rescued after 2 military aircraft crash off coast of Japan Marine rescued after 2 military aircraft crash off coast of Japan
- December 06, 2018

The aircraft were identified as a KC-130-a plane involved in aerial refueling-and an F/A-18 Hornet-a twin engine fighter jet. Search and rescue operations are underway. The aircraft had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regular training when there was a " mishap ", the Marine Corps said. (more...)
Eric Trump slams Kellyanne Conway's husband for showing 'utter disrespect' Eric Trump slams Kellyanne Conway's husband for showing 'utter disrespect'
- December 06, 2018

George Conway responded to Eric Trump's tweet by retweeting a user who wrote , "Of all the ugliness in politics, the utter disrespect the Trumps show toward the rule of law, the presidency and its place of work, and everything this nation has fought SO hard to achieve might top them all". (more...)
Theresa May hours away from extraordinary vote over Brexit legal advice Theresa May hours away from extraordinary vote over Brexit legal advice
- December 05, 2018

Speaker John Bercow gave the green light to a debate and vote on the motion of contempt after a demand from the six opposition parties. He argued that it would not be "in the national interest" to publish his advice in full as it would break a longstanding convention that law officers' advice to ministers is confidential. (more...)
UN Security Council to meet on Iran missile test UN Security Council to meet on Iran missile test
- December 05, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized China , Iran , and Russian Federation for violating numerous treaties and multistate agreements. "We would like to see the European Union move sanctions that target Iran's missile programme", Hook told reporters aboard Pompeo's plane as he travelled to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting. (more...)
Bush’s service dog honors the late president Bush’s service dog honors the late president
- December 03, 2018

He was portrayed by Tom Hanks in a movie about the incident. The former president got Sully through America's VetDogs over the summer, about two months after the death of former first lady Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years. There, he will help wounded veterans and service members during their recovery. Former President George H.W. Bush is returning to Washington as a revered political statesman, hailed by leaders across the political spectrum and around the world as a man not only of ... (more...)
Former president's service dog honours his master — George HW Bush Former president's service dog honours his master — George HW Bush
- December 03, 2018

A similar outpouring is anticipated in Washington this week during the state funeral for Bush, who died late Friday at his home in Houston. President Donald Trump announced he'll send Air Force One to Texas to carry Bush's body to Washington from Houston on December 3. (more...)
Saudi prince starts Sunday a two-day visit to Algeria Saudi prince starts Sunday a two-day visit to Algeria
- December 03, 2018

Days before the summit, Human Rights Watch called on Argentina to use a war crimes clause in its constitution to investigate any involvement by the crown prince in possible crimes against humanity in Yemen , where a Saudi-led military campaign is under way, and Khashoggi's murder. (more...)
CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill After Urging Countries to Boycott Israel CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill After Urging Countries to Boycott Israel
- December 02, 2018

Hill, a Philadelphia native and a graduate of both Temple and the University of Pennsylvania, was speaking at the U.N. International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Wednesday. Those comments were interpreted by some Jewish supporters as a call for the eradication of Israel. "It is intolerable that Hill, who describes himself as 'one of the leading intellectual voices in the country, ' has enjoyed important platforms to spread his ignorant and bigoted views", said ... (more...)
Former US president George HW Bush dies aged 94 Former US president George HW Bush dies aged 94
- December 02, 2018

George H.W. served as vice president to Ronald Reagan from 1981-1989, before becoming president and holding office from 1990-1993. The 41st American president was a foreign policy realist who navigated the turbulent but largely peaceful fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 and assembled an unprecedented coalition to defeat Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein two years later. (more...)
May not ruling out second MPs' vote BBC Online May not ruling out second MPs' vote BBC Online
- December 02, 2018

She said: "I am asking every MP to think about delivering on the Brexit vote, doing it in a way that's in the national interest, doing it in a way that's in the interests of their constituents because it protects the jobs and livelihoods of their constituents". (more...)
Macron tells Saudi prince worldwide experts needed in Khashoggi probes Macron tells Saudi prince worldwide experts needed in Khashoggi probes
- December 02, 2018

The G20 summit kicked off in Buenos Aires on Friday, with a plea from the host, Argentine President Mauricio Macri, for world leaders to have a "sense of urgency" and take actions "based on shared interests". "Don't worry", Prince Mohammed is heard saying in English to the French leader, who responds, "I do worry". Earlier on Saturday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Prince Mohammed sent 11 messages to his closest adviser, who reportedly oversaw the operatives who killed ... (more...)
Argentina judge acts on complaint against Saudi prince Argentina judge acts on complaint against Saudi prince
- December 02, 2018

The 63-to-37 vote came after a contentious administration briefing on the war , a discussion that also addressed Saudi involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, NBC News reported. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he would insist on a briefing from Haspel, even threatening to withhold his vote on key measures if that didn't happen. (more...)
Ukraine bans Russian men from entering the country Ukraine bans Russian men from entering the country
- December 01, 2018

With the return of Crimea, Russia now occupied both sides of Kerch Strait. "But I would like to assure you that I am part of the holy church and I do not recognize any other church", Father Pavlo said , speaking by the ornate gilded altar at one of the monastery's cathedrals. (more...)
Putin and Saudi crown prince are best of buds at G20 summit Putin and Saudi crown prince are best of buds at G20 summit
- December 01, 2018

US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are scheduled to have dinner together on Saturday. In contrast, Mr Putin and the crown prince shared a smiley, enthusiastic greeting at the gathering. In the audio of the conversation, it's possible to make out the prince saying "Don't worry", to which Macron responds: "I am worried". (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello) Soldiers patrol outside the Costa Salguero Center (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) China President Xi Jinping and first ... (more...)
Border Patrol agent hospitalized after being assaulted by illegal immigrant Border Patrol agent hospitalized after being assaulted by illegal immigrant
- December 01, 2018

The decision not to prosecute came despite President Donald Trump's vow that the USA will not tolerate lawlessness and after extensive preparations were made for the caravan, including deployment of thousands of active-duty troops to the border. (more...)
US, China Tensions Cast Shadow As World Leaders Meet In Argentina US, China Tensions Cast Shadow As World Leaders Meet In Argentina
- December 01, 2018

Trump called the pact known the USMCA a "model agreement that changes the trade landscape forever". Deep divisions between the USA and China over global trade issues stymied cooperation at the APEC, leaving the 21 member-nations failing to agree on a customary joint statement on shared goals for the first time in the group's 25-year history. (more...)
Ivanka Trump Defends Using Private Email Account For Government Work Ivanka Trump Defends Using Private Email Account For Government Work
- November 30, 2018

But, like her father, Trump said it's time for the investigation to wrap up. She then said that she's looking to Canada to "bring us back to our senses". That's what Vank insisted in an interview with GMA in an effort to dismiss the critics re-purposing Donald Trump's "lock her up!" mantra after she was caught sending hundreds of private emails to White House officials. (more...)
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith wins Mississippi US Senate runoff amid racial controversies Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith wins Mississippi US Senate runoff amid racial controversies
- November 30, 2018

Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy . Earlier this month, Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy (D) were the top-two finishers in the special election to replace Thad Cochran (R), who resigned in April due to health issues. "And then they remind me, that there's a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don't want to vote", she said at a campaign stop. (more...)