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Indonesia tsunami kills hundreds after Krakatau eruption Indonesia tsunami kills hundreds after Krakatau eruption
- December 24, 2018

More than 800 people were reported injured after the tsunami hit around the Sunda Strait at 9:27 p.m. on December 22, the Disaster Management Agency. Although there was a "300 to 1500 metre" ash cloud reported above the crater's peak, the center said, it was unclear whether the tsunami was directly caused by the eruption. (more...)
Colorado police arrest fiance of woman who disappeared Colorado police arrest fiance of woman who disappeared
- December 24, 2018

Frazee will make his first court appearance by video on Friday afternoon, Colorado judicial spokesman Rob McCallum said. The reward for information leading to finding Berreth is $25,000, Woodland Park police said. Friday's arrest came after police urged Frazee to speak directly with investigators and after a search of his high country ranch property as well as Berreth's own townhome in Woodland Park. (more...)
President Trump's pick for attorney general said Mueller probe was 'fatally misconceived' President Trump's pick for attorney general said Mueller probe was 'fatally misconceived'
- December 23, 2018

Whitaker decided not to take the advice. He once referred to the probe as a "witch hunt". The memo, sent in June while Barr was in private practice and months before he was selected by Trump for the Justice Department job, could factor into his future confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee and may prompt questions about his ability to oversee the special counsel's investigation in an open-minded and impartial manner. (more...)
U.S. govt close to partial shutdown U.S. govt close to partial shutdown
- December 22, 2018

Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., criticized the president on Twitter for ignoring an "unanimous U.S. Senate bill to fund the government". Mr Trump will postpone his Christmas trip to Florida in the event of a shutdown, aides say. In a series of tweets on Friday morning, President Donald Trump urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to "fight for the wall and border security as hard as he fought for anything" against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) by invoking the ... (more...)
Colorado woman likely killed at home, fiance charged Colorado woman likely killed at home, fiance charged
- December 22, 2018

She was last seen on Thanksgiving in the area of her home in Woodland Park . Woodland Park police began their search on December 2, when Berreth's mother, Cheryl, alerted them to her daughter's disappearance . Berreth's phone was tracked to a location near Gooding, Idaho. Greg Couch confirmed Patrick Frazee was arrested Friday morning in Woodland Park, Colorado. (more...)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US Supreme Court judge has cancer surgery Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US Supreme Court judge has cancer surgery
- December 22, 2018

Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY found "no evidence of any remaining disease" and scans taken before the surgery showed no cancerous growths elsewhere in her body, the court said in a statement . She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. "Updates will be provided as they become available", the statement said. (more...)
Gatwick Airport closed after drones flown near runway Gatwick Airport closed after drones flown near runway
- December 21, 2018

Europe's air traffic control agency Eurocontrol said the airport would remain closed until 6 a.m. local time Friday. Police said more than 20 units were hunting the operators near Gatwick airport, 50km south of London . (The Federal Aviation Administration writes on its website that "There have been about 194,000 wildlife strikes with civil aircraft in United States of America between 1990 and 2017", resulting in hundreds of deaths and fatalities.) A helicopter crash landing in ... (more...)
Landmark criminal justice reform bill clears Senate Landmark criminal justice reform bill clears Senate
- December 21, 2018

The bill received a major boost last month when Trump endorsed it as "reasonable sentencing reforms while keeping risky and violent criminals off our streets". Prisoners are also ineligible to apply time credits if subject to a final order of removal under the Immigration and Nationality Act. "Our bill will reduce recidivism, reduce crime and reduce the tax burden". (more...)
United States indicts Chinese govt hackers for attacks in 12 countries United States indicts Chinese govt hackers for attacks in 12 countries
- December 21, 2018

The move comes as Canada is weighing whether to allow China's flagship tech company, Huawei Technologies, to supply gear for next-generation 5G mobile networks. The lawsuit also alleges that members of APT10, including Zhu and Zhang, "engaged in an intrusion campaign to obtain unauthoritzed access to the computers and computers networks of managed service providers for business and governments around the world". (more...)
President Donald Trump agrees to shut down his personal charity President Donald Trump agrees to shut down his personal charity
- December 21, 2018

Underwood accused the Foundation of a "shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation - including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more". Underwood inherited an investigation into the Trump Foundation that Schneiderman had started in 2016, responding to reporting on the charity by The Washington Post . (more...)
JUST IN: South Africa issues arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe JUST IN: South Africa issues arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe
- December 21, 2018

South African police also said they were seeking Interpol help in enforcing the warrant. However that immunity was overturned by a South African court this year after the alleged victim, Gabriella Engels , challenged the decision. There has been no immediate response yet from Mugabe or Zimbabwean authorities. The attack allegedly took place at Sandton's plush, The Capital 20 West hotel. (more...)
Border-Funds Punt at House as Trump Demands 'Perfect Border Security' Border-Funds Punt at House as Trump Demands 'Perfect Border Security'
- December 21, 2018

He also lashed out at Democrats: "I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has flawless Border Security". While the White House indicated Trump was open to reviewing whatever Congress could pass, the president did not immediately weigh in on the short-term plan. (more...)
Korea: We Denuclearize When US Removes Its Threat Korea: We Denuclearize When US Removes Its Threat
- December 21, 2018

Pompeo's optimism comes despite an apparent standstill in negotiations to prepare for the summit, with a senior North Korean official abruptly cancelling a meeting with the secretary of state scheduled last month in NY. The United States has said that it will not lift sanctions on North Korea until more progress has been made toward the verifiable denuclearization of North Korea. (more...)
Trump bans bump stocks after Las Vegas massacre Trump bans bump stocks after Las Vegas massacre
- December 20, 2018

CNN noted bump stocks became nationally known after the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas a year ago. The officials said they stood ready to defend against any challenges to the rule, and pointed to the fact that the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department signed off on it. (more...)
USA weighing complete withdrawal of troops from Syria USA weighing complete withdrawal of troops from Syria
- December 20, 2018

Washington will still have units in Iraq capable of launching strikes on Syria. A US official said all US State Department personnel would leave Syria within 24 hours, with the time frame for the complete military pullout set between 60 and 100 days. (more...)
U.S. preparing for ‘full’ and ‘rapid’ withdrawal from Syria U.S. preparing for ‘full’ and ‘rapid’ withdrawal from Syria
- December 20, 2018

Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said earlier this month that the USA still had a lot of work to do training Syrian forces to keep the Islamic State at bay, as the Wall Street Journal noted. In comments to NBC News , Rubio ticked off three reasons why the withdrawal would be a "colossal mistake". "The bottom line is that the American withdrawal from eastern Syria will create a power vacuum that will lead to a new phase of worldwide conflict in Syria", she said in ... (more...)
CNN's Chris Cuomo Spots 'Uncanny' Similarity Of Trump And Russian Bot Messages CNN's Chris Cuomo Spots 'Uncanny' Similarity Of Trump And Russian Bot Messages
- December 19, 2018

The data in the reports "demonstrates how aggressively Russian Federation sought to divide Americans by race, religion and ideology, and how the IRA actively worked to erode trust in our democratic institutions", said the committee's Republican chairman, Richard Burr. (more...)
Ryan Zinke: President Trump announces secretary of interior is to step down Ryan Zinke: President Trump announces secretary of interior is to step down
- December 19, 2018

President Trump tweeted about Zinke's departure Saturday morning. Bernhardt was confirmed by the Senate in July 2017. Representative Don Beyer - a Democrat from Virginia and an outspoken member of the House Natural Resources and Science committees - called Zinke's time in office a "never-ending stream of bad management decisions". (more...)
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...)