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United States troops to leave Syria but YPG support to continue United States troops to leave Syria but YPG support to continue
- January 03, 2019

The move resulted in the resignation of US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis. Asked in a Fox News interview Monday about how he had assuaged Graham, the president said , "I said, 'You know, I never said that I'm going to rush out'". Graham is specifically calling for helping young "Dreamer" immigrants remain in the U.S.as well as another 400,000 people from countries struggling with natural disasters or armed conflicts. (more...)
‘Could be a while’: Trump refuses to budge in shutdown standoff ‘Could be a while’: Trump refuses to budge in shutdown standoff
- January 03, 2019

Roughly a quarter of the federal government and 800,000 federal employees are affected by a shutdown, which was caused by a lapse in funding for the agencies. " It's too important a subject to walk away from it ", he said. "We have given the Republicans the chance to take yes for an answer", Pelosi said. (more...)
Trump and Romney: It's off again Trump and Romney: It's off again
- January 03, 2019

Senate, Mitt Romney is lashing out against President Trump . A complicated one. During the 2016 campaign, Mr Romney said Mr Trump had neither "the temperament nor the judgement to be president" while Mr Trump called Mr Romney a "choke artist" and called his bid for the presidency in 2012 "the worst ever". (more...)
Vehicle plows into New Year's revelers in Tokyo Vehicle plows into New Year's revelers in Tokyo
- January 02, 2019

NHK World said the street, which had been closed to traffic, was packed with people paying a New Year's visit to the Meiji Shrine, which is supposed to bring good luck. A 21-year-old suspect, named as Kazuhiro Kusakabe, was arrested and being questioned, Tokyo Metropolitan Police said. Among them was a student in his teens who was unconscious and in critical condition. (more...)
Right-Wing Populist Jair Bolsonaro Sworn In As President Of Brazil Right-Wing Populist Jair Bolsonaro Sworn In As President Of Brazil
- January 02, 2019

According to several voicing complains on Twitter , guards are seizing items they took to feed themselves as they wait, such as apples and forks because allegedly they are a risk. Right-wing foreign leaders attending the event included Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The leaders of those countries, and their ally Nicaragua, were excluded from the guest list to Boslonaro's inauguration, although Bolivia's leftwing President Evo Morales ... (more...)
The Democrats Plan to Vote on Thursday to End the Shutdown The Democrats Plan to Vote on Thursday to End the Shutdown
- January 02, 2019

After digging in on border wall funding and forcing a partial government shutdown , President Donald Trump is now asking: " Let's make a deal? ". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., has said he will only put a bill on the floor if President Trump will support and sign it. (more...)
Kim Jong Un issues threats, calls for new summit with President Trump Kim Jong Un issues threats, calls for new summit with President Trump
- January 02, 2019

In the address, Kim Jong-un highlighted last year's developments in inter-Korean and US-North Korea relations, while calling on his country to seek economic development and modernize its defense industry. Noting that neither would be possible under current sanctions, the New York Post speculated Kim is still interested in driving a wedge between the us and South Korea by making offers that will push Seoul to demand sanctions relief for the North or unilaterally defy the sanctions. (more...)
Philippine storm death toll surges to 68 Philippine storm death toll surges to 68
- January 02, 2019

More than 22 000 people were also displaced by the landslides and floods in six provinces that bore the brunt of the rains, the regional civil defence office said. In Masbate province, six people drowned in floods while one person was killed after being struck by a falling tree, the office added. Thousands of others were stranded at seaports, airports and bus terminals following the cancelation of dozens of inter-island trips. (more...)
Central Valley Community Grieves for Slain Officer at Friday-Night Vigil Central Valley Community Grieves for Slain Officer at Friday-Night Vigil
- January 01, 2019

Seven people, including Arriaga's two brothers and his girlfriend, were also arrested on suspicion of either misleading authorities about Arriaga's whereabouts or aiding him in evading authorities, police officials said. The arrest of an accused cop killer signifies a return to public order, declares that such an egregious offense is not to be tolerated in a free and civil society, and allows citizens to breathe a sigh of relief. (more...)
Identity of 7-Year-Old Girl Shot Outside of Houston Walmart Revealed Identity of 7-Year-Old Girl Shot Outside of Houston Walmart Revealed
- January 01, 2019

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez declined to speculate on what prompted the driver of the pickup to pull alongside and fire into the auto carrying Jazmine Barnes , three of her sisters and her mother. The suspect was described as a white man in his 40s with a beard. "A total of 5 occupants in the vehicle witnessed this innocent child, their loved one, shot and killed before their eyes". (more...)
Republican congressman tells Trump to use Republican congressman tells Trump to use "his own funds" for a wall
- January 01, 2019

Trump still said "wall' for most of the last two years". Meanwhile, then there are discrepancies over that word 'wall.' The president recently tweeted a picture of steel slats. "If he had said to me, 'Do it, or you're fired, '" Kelly insisted he would have resigned, later adding that he told Trump that "the last thing in my view that you need in the chief of staff is someone that looks at every issue through a political lens". (more...)
'Dozens missing' after fatal blast at apartment block 'Dozens missing' after fatal blast at apartment block
- January 01, 2019

It said 196 rescue workers were at the site. The blast reportedly happened at around 6am local time, when many people were sleeping on what is a Russian public holiday. Oleg Klimov said 79 people were still missing, according to Tass. The nation's top investigative agency, the Investigative Committee, said an explosion triggered by a gas leak apparently caused the pre-dawn collapse in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk. (more...)
Canadian detained in China freed Canadian detained in China freed
- December 31, 2018

According to news reports , Canadian government spokesperson did not give further details over detained citizen release and return to Canada . McIver's arrest followed those of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadians living and working in China, on allegations they were harming China's national security. (more...)
Bangladesh polls: Sheikh Hasina wins new term as prime minister Bangladesh polls: Sheikh Hasina wins new term as prime minister
- December 31, 2018

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gestures after casting her vote during the general election in Dhaka , Bangladesh, Dec. 30, 2018. He said they would hold a meeting Monday to decide their next course. Hossain, an 82-year-old Oxford-educated lawyer, is a former member of Hasina's Awami League party. Overall, the election was also marred by reports of voter intimidation, rigging and "ballot stuffing" - a term used in Bangladesh to denote that ballot boxes have been stuffed with votes even ... (more...)
Personal details of North Korean defectors stolen after hackers target resettling agency Personal details of North Korean defectors stolen after hackers target resettling agency
- December 31, 2018

North Korean hackers have in the past been accused of cyberattacks on South Korean state agencies and businesses. The hacked support center is the one catering for North Korean defectors who have relocated in the North Gyeongsang province (Gyeongbuk, formerly Gyeongsangbuk-do). (more...)
Graham: Border compromise 'might save the day in the Senate' Graham: Border compromise 'might save the day in the Senate'
- December 31, 2018

Graham is proposing to help two groups of immigrants to continue living in the U.S. with permission from the federal government: about 700,000 young "Dreamer" immigrants brought illegally as children and about 400,000 people receiving temporary protected status because they are from countries struggling with natural disasters or armed conflicts. (more...)
Germany: Drugged vehicle driver tries to follow plane at airport Germany: Drugged vehicle driver tries to follow plane at airport
- December 30, 2018

Local media report that the airport's terminals remain open to travellers. Takeoffs and landings were halted while police experts examined the auto. No one was hurt in the incident, but flights were suspended for more than four hours. Airport staff announced flights had resumed at 8.05pm local time (7.05pm GMT). (more...)
No end in sight for USA government shutdown No end in sight for USA government shutdown
- December 30, 2018

On day eight of the government shutdown, with no end in sight, Republicans have shifted from blaming Democrats in general to accusing incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of prolonging the closure, even though Trump said just a few weeks ago that he would "own" the shutdown. (more...)
White House considering executive order to bar Huawei and ZTE purchases White House considering executive order to bar Huawei and ZTE purchases
- December 29, 2018

This is despite news that Japan has effectively restricted government procurement of Huawei or ZTE gear, and that major telecom companies in the United Kingdom and France said they will not use Huawei products for certain core components of existing or 5G networks. (more...)
Trump threatens to 'entirely' close US-Mexico border unless wall demands met Trump threatens to 'entirely' close US-Mexico border unless wall demands met
- December 29, 2018

During an interview Friday, Sanders criticized Democrats for refusing to budge on the issue of immigration and said they have completely left the negotiation table. Trump and the top two Democratic leaders engaged in a televised war of words on December 11 in an Oval Office confrontation during which the president took ownership of the coming partial shutdown. (more...)
Russian Federation coordinates with Turkey its actions in Syria Russian Federation coordinates with Turkey its actions in Syria
- December 28, 2018

In his interaction with reporters, Trump described how he gave "the generals" multiple six-month "extensions" to get out of Syria. A number of the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states have criticized Turkey for its planned purchase of S-400 missile defense systems from Russian Federation, stating that the move could jeopardize Ankara's acquisition of F-35 fighter jets. (more...)
Putin oversees test of new hypersonic super rocket Putin oversees test of new hypersonic super rocket
- December 28, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country is ready to launch its first hypersonic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. On Wednesday, Putin said that the system will be put into service next year, for which a special regiment will be formed within the Russian Strategic Missile Forces. (more...)
Tsunami toll now 429 dead, thousands homeless Tsunami toll now 429 dead, thousands homeless
- December 28, 2018

It earlier appeared to be calming down following Saturday's eruption, which caused a 3-meter (10 foot) high tsunami to sweep through the Sunda Strait , killing more than 430 people and displacing tens of thousands. Christmas celebrations traditionally filled with laughter and uplifting music were replaced by somber prayers for tsunami victims in an area hit without warning, leaving more than 420 people dead and thousands more homeless in disaster-prone Indonesia. (more...)
Iraqi politicians criticize Trump visit as blow to nation's sovereignty Iraqi politicians criticize Trump visit as blow to nation's sovereignty
- December 28, 2018

Surprisingly enough, attention of the USA media was largely focused on the trivia, including an "awkward" kiss between the Trumps, as well as Melania's fashion choice. According to Trump, the flight into Iraq was unlike anything he had previously experienced. "Iraq is important because of its strategic location". (more...)
Trump accidentally reveals location and identities of US Navy Seals in Iraq Trump accidentally reveals location and identities of US Navy Seals in Iraq
- December 28, 2018

For the visit, which was unscheduled, Melania broke first lady precedent by travelling to an active combat zone. Trump's defense secretary resigned last week after the Syria troop decision, writing in a departure letter the President deserved a military chief more aligned with his worldview. (more...)
Syria air defences 'confront Israeli missiles' near Damascus Syria air defences 'confront Israeli missiles' near Damascus
- December 27, 2018

The Israeli official said the air force had attacked several Iranian targets in three main locations late on Tuesday and early on Wednesday. "A number of missiles hit arms depots for Hezbollah or Iranian forces", the observatory said. An Israeli official has confirmed the country carried out airstrikes in Syria. Syrian media said Wednesday morning that Israel hit a base used by Hezbollah in Al-Dimas, a weapons depot at a base belonging to the Syrian army's 4th division in Sabura and the ... (more...)
Christmas 2018: Celebrations held across India with fervour and love Christmas 2018: Celebrations held across India with fervour and love
- December 27, 2018

Archbishop Charles Scicluna has asked Catholics to reflect on the stillness of Christmas night and the birth of Jesus Christ as a way of treasuring the gift of life. Special Christmas trees have been prepared to celebrate the occasion. It marks the birth of Jesus Christ, the prince of peace, who message of faith, tolerance and compassion echoes through the ages. (more...)
Ahead of his 69th birthday, Sharif sent to 7 years in jail Ahead of his 69th birthday, Sharif sent to 7 years in jail
- December 27, 2018

On July 6, after four extensions in the original six-month deadline to conclude all three cases, the accountability court announced its verdict in the Avenfield reference. Judge Malik, however, said that there was no case against Sharif in the Flagship case. They later bailed on appeal when the Islamabad High Court suspended their sentence in September. (more...)
Qatar strongly condemns attack on Libyan foreign ministry Qatar strongly condemns attack on Libyan foreign ministry
- December 27, 2018

Two assailants detonated their suicide vests inside the ministry and the third was killed by ministry guards, Reuters reported. The Health Ministry confirmed the death toll and said 10 other people were wounded. The foreign minister called on the United Nations to lift an arms embargo on Libya that has been put in place since the 2011 uprising. "We will work with the Libyan people to prevent terrorist groups from turning Libya into a haven or an arena for their crimes". (more...)
Trump makes first visit to United States troops in harm’s way Trump makes first visit to United States troops in harm’s way
- December 27, 2018

The visit to the Al-Asad Airbase west of the capital, Baghdad, comes just a week after Trump unsettled his military advisers and worldwide allies, including in Iraq, by announcing that he would withdraw USA troops from neighboring Syria , where they have also been helping in the fight against extremist militants. (more...)
RBG Works From Hospital After Lung Cancer Surgery RBG Works From Hospital After Lung Cancer Surgery
- December 27, 2018

She just recently resumed a public schedule after being hospitalized for observation and treatment after fracturing three ribs following a fall in her office on November 7. Among other health problems, she also broke two ribs in a fall in 2012 and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. She underwent surgery for colorectal cancer in 1999 and was treated for early stages of pancreatic cancer in 2009. (more...)
Cloudy & gloomy but mostly dry for Christmas Cloudy & gloomy but mostly dry for Christmas
- December 26, 2018

We'll start Christmas Day off with mostly dry conditions, then a small chance of light snow will arrive in the early afternoon, mainly across central WI. Tonight , a powerful storm system will begin to plow toward Kansas from the southern Rockies with rain showers expected across parts of our state by daybreak Wednesday . (more...)
Turkey ‘determined’ to drive out Kurdish forces from Syria Turkey ‘determined’ to drive out Kurdish forces from Syria
- December 26, 2018

According to a translation of the Turkish president's words on Thursday during a previously planned summit with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara, journalist Abdullah Bozkurt reports , "Turkish president Erdogan says Turkey won't support USA sanctions on Iran which he claims puts regional security and stability at risk, vows to take all measures to minimize impact of sanctions on trade between the two countries, pledges support to Iran in hard times". (more...)
Trump tells boy that believing in Santa at 7 is 'marginal' Trump tells boy that believing in Santa at 7 is 'marginal'
- December 26, 2018

Northern Command. Now in its 15th year, the Santa Tracker will go live on Christmas Eve., Dec. 24, when keen trackers can track Santa and "watch" Kris Kringle travel the world. The man who answered those initially confusing calls, Col. Harry Shoup, displayed some admirable Christmas spirit, and a tradition was born . More kids began calling in to CONAD, and instead of hanging up, operators began giving out Santa's location. (more...)
Trump, Dems Maintain Stalemate Over Border Wall, Shutdown
- December 26, 2018

The stock market malaise comes with Trump refusing to sign a budget bill to keep the government funded as he demands $5 billion for a US-Mexico border wall - a pillar of his election platform. In retaliation, Trump refused to sign a broader spending bill, triggering the stand-off that has left swathes of the United States government temporarily without funding. (more...)
Despite Government shutdown, NORAD tracks Santa! Live view and hotline number Despite Government shutdown, NORAD tracks Santa! Live view and hotline number
- December 26, 2018

But Coleman got an early surprise when he was put through, not to Santa, but the US President himself, Donald Trump . NORAD has been tracking Santa's Christmas Eve journey for the past 63 years. As of 3:19 pm he is over Lome, Togo working his way around the world delivering Christmas gifts to all . The president and first lady traditionally take NORAD calls on Christmas Eve. (more...)
An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy dies in US custody on Christmas An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy dies in US custody on Christmas
- December 26, 2018

Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, return to Mexico after being hit by tear gas sprayed by U.S. The agency said the cause of the boy's death has not been determined and that it has notified the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general and the Guatemalan government. (more...)
Pentagon signs order on withdrawing US from Syria Pentagon signs order on withdrawing US from Syria
- December 26, 2018

Meanwhile, a Syrian Kurdish official said her group is reaching out for help to protect the Kurdish-administered areas against a possible Turkish offensive following the US withdrawal. "Relying on Turkey to destroy ISIS for the United States is a big mistake", Graham tweeted. Hammoud said there is "no alternative" to Turkish forces and their allies replacing U.S troops. (more...)
State Dept Has No Data on US Nationals Affected by Indonesian Tsunami State Dept Has No Data on US Nationals Affected by Indonesian Tsunami
- December 25, 2018

In a message to the president of Indonesia and the Indonesian people, the Queen said: "Prince Philip and I were deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life following the devastating tsunami in Indonesia". Most of the island sank into a volcanic crater under the sea, and the area remained calm until the 1920s, when Anak Krakatau began to rise from the site. (more...)
USA ‘to pull 7,000 troops’ from Afghanistan USA ‘to pull 7,000 troops’ from Afghanistan
- December 25, 2018

His decision was made public a mere few hours after he abruptly announced the US was withdrawing troops from Syria . The Pentagon also has 25,239 private security contractors deployed in Afghanistan. Last week Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to launch a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria "within a matter of days". (more...)
U.S. calls on China to release detained Canadians U.S. calls on China to release detained Canadians
- December 25, 2018

That followed the arrest of Meng Wanzhou , chief financial officer of Huawei , on December 1st in Vancouver at the request of the United States . EU High Representative Mogherini's spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said China's declared motive for the arrest and detention of the Canadians "raises concerns about legitimate research and business practices in China". (more...)
Veteran draws millions in donations for Trump's border wall Veteran draws millions in donations for Trump's border wall
- December 25, 2018

The triple amputee and military veteran launched the campaign on December 16, setting an initial goal of $200 million. He said he's mirroring this effort off of the $7.5 million donation that was forked over to fix the Washington Monument. (more...)
MIGRANTS IN THE THAMES: Hijacking Ended as Special Forces Storm Ship MIGRANTS IN THE THAMES: Hijacking Ended as Special Forces Storm Ship
- December 25, 2018

Last night, Essex police said: 'We have now secured a vessel in the Thames Estuary. Four stowaways found on the Italian 71,000-tonne ship Grande Tema in the Thames Estuary threatened its crew and demanded to be taken to the coast, The Sun newspaper reported Saturday. (more...)
Congress, White House talking, but no quick end to shutdown Congress, White House talking, but no quick end to shutdown
- December 25, 2018

Trump had reversed course on Thursday and rejected a measure that had unanimously passed the Senate and was under House consideration. Meanwhile, from coast to coast, the first day of the shutdown played out. Democrats will take control of the House on January 3, giving them greater leverage in the shutdown talks. Trump savored the prospect of a shutdown over the wall for months. (more...)
White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall
- December 25, 2018

Republican and Democratic senators alike expressed grave concern about Mattis's departure, which was spurred by Trump's decision to pull us troops from Syria, despite the objections of military leaders and his own defense secretary. President Donald Trump is not going to be in Mar-a-Lago this Christmas and he really wants everyone to know it. The October 2013 shutdown, which lasted 16 days, happened after the House and Senate deadlocked over the Affordable Care Act. (more...)
Netanyahu attempts to calm fears over US-Syria exit Netanyahu attempts to calm fears over US-Syria exit
- December 24, 2018

Netanyahu spoke twice to Trump last week about the surprise pullout, but next week's sitdown will be the first high-level meeting between US officials and Israeli since Trump announced the move, Ravid reported . At Sunday's cabinet meeting, Netanyahu reiterated that Israel will continue to act against Iran's efforts in Syria and that cooperation with the US will continue in many areas. (more...)
Santa Goes Dapper This Christmas Santa Goes Dapper This Christmas
- December 24, 2018

NORAD is funded through the Department of Defense, which has a full year of funding and will not stop operating during the government shutdown . Children call in to NORAD on Christmas Eve to ask about Santa's whereabouts and a year ago Melania Trump helped answer the calls and share updates on where Old Saint Nick is around the globe. (more...)
Turkey Boosts Military Presence In Syria As Erdogan, Trump Discuss US Pullout Turkey Boosts Military Presence In Syria As Erdogan, Trump Discuss US Pullout
- December 24, 2018

He said they discussed their countries' involvement in Syria , the Islamic State militant group, and the pullout of USA troops from the area. A day earlier, Erdogan had announced that he would postpone a military operation against the Kurdish YPG forces. (more...)
Mulvaney: ‘Very possible’ shutdown goes into 2019 Mulvaney: ‘Very possible’ shutdown goes into 2019
- December 24, 2018

Last week, the Senate passed a temporary spending bill to fund the government through February 8 with no funding for the wall. Does it have to be $5 billion? Schumer said the " Trump shutdown " could end immediately if the president abandons the wall. (more...)
Turkey Says Nearly 300,000 Syrians Return Home After Military Operations Turkey Says Nearly 300,000 Syrians Return Home After Military Operations
- December 24, 2018

The Observatory said 50 vehicles crossed into Syria - carrying troops and equipment. Last week, however, Erdogan announced plans to start a new military operation in Syria and then chose to delay it after Trump's announcement to withdraw troops. (more...)