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United Nations appeals for violence-free elections in DR Congo United Nations appeals for violence-free elections in DR Congo
- January 01, 2019

The latest delay has caused fresh frustration in Beni, where rebel attacks have killed more than 1,500 people in the past four years. The sanctions consist of a ban to enter the EU and an asset freeze of 14 people, including Shadary, who is also a former interior minister, according to EU Observer . (more...)
'Ask Her Psychiatrist': Trump Mocks Elizabeth Warren Over Potential Presidential Run 'Ask Her Psychiatrist': Trump Mocks Elizabeth Warren Over Potential Presidential Run
- January 01, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren , D-Mass., spent more than 30 years as a professor. That, she said, is why she is launching her exploratory committee. "She was doing populist economics before everybody thought it was cool". Many of Warren's policy positions have focused on economic inequality. She extended her influence beyond the academy by writing about economics and consumer finance for a popular audience. (more...)
China want retrial for jailed Canadian China want retrial for jailed Canadian
- January 01, 2019

The Chinese newspaper explained that the trafficking of drugs is a felony in China , especially when the amount is enormous. "We will provide necessary assistance for the Canadian side to fulfill its consular duties", Hua added. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that McIver's case does not appear to be linked to that of the other two detainees. China arrested two men - former diplomat Michael Kovrig , employed by thinktank International Crisis Group, and Michael Spavor, a ... (more...)
Deadly clashes and allegations of vote-rigging during Bangladesh elections Deadly clashes and allegations of vote-rigging during Bangladesh elections
- December 31, 2018

Plastic bins full of paper ballots were dumped onto a sheet on the floor, where 10 people sat in a circle to organize and count the votes. At least 13 people have been killed in various regions of Bangladesh in clashes during the parliamentary elections that took place in the country on Sunday, the Bangladeshi outlet The Daily Star informed. (more...)
Seoul says personal info of 1,000 NKorean defectors stolen Seoul says personal info of 1,000 NKorean defectors stolen
- December 31, 2018

The names, birth dates and addresses of 997 North Korean defectors were leaked last month through a personal computer infected with a malicious code, and the government learned of the leak on December 17, according to the ministry. Even without knowing with certainty the identity of the hackers, experts told the BBC that the breach may make defectors more fearful, and future defectors less willing to come forward. (more...)
White House chief: Trump not building a 'wall' White House chief: Trump not building a 'wall'
- December 31, 2018

Outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly told the Los Angeles Times that President Donald Trump's long-promised addition to the southern U.S. "While one White House official says they're willing to compromise, another says the president is holding firm at no less than $5 billion for the wall". (more...)
Flights resume at Germany's Hannover Airport after man drove into secure area Flights resume at Germany's Hannover Airport after man drove into secure area
- December 30, 2018

Bomb disposal experts were examining the vehicle. The man had tried to follow a plane operated by Greek airline Aegean, which was landing after a flight from Athens. - about 4½ hours after the man drove onto the airfield. They couldn't give further information about where he came from because he was not carrying an identity card. (more...)
Bahrain says embassy work in Syria continues after UAE move Bahrain says embassy work in Syria continues after UAE move
- December 30, 2018

In a statement released on Friday, Bahrain's foreign ministry said that Syria's embassy in Manama is operational and flights between the two countries will resume soon. But almost eight years later, over half a million people are estimated to have died, and the war is nearing its end, Assad is being welcomed back. The country's foreign affairs minister, Anwar Gargash, went a step further, saying the decision was "necessary to combat the rising influence of Iran and Turkey ". (more...)
President Trump threatens to close border if Democrats don't fund wall President Trump threatens to close border if Democrats don't fund wall
- December 30, 2018

Rubio joins the ranks of other Republicans who have voiced mild displeasure with President Trump's last-minute decision to pull his support for a bipartisan continuing resolution that could've kept the government open until February and instead opted to make funding for his border wall a no-compromise priority, appeasing his base. (more...)
Trump mulling January order to block Chinese companies Huawei, ZTE from US Trump mulling January order to block Chinese companies Huawei, ZTE from US
- December 29, 2018

The move is likely to heavily impact Huawei and ZTE which Washington accuses of working for the Chinese state, alleging their equipment can be used to spy on Americans. Earlier in August, President Trump had signed an order banning Huawei and ZTE tech from use by the U.S. government and government contractors. Some countries abuse and use the issue of national security without any evidence, politicise normal scientific and technological exchanges with unwarranted charges, and set up ... (more...)
Mattis wishes troops 'Merry Christmas' ahead of departure Mattis wishes troops 'Merry Christmas' ahead of departure
- December 29, 2018

Mattis hand-delivered a scathing resignation letter to the president on Thursday in protest over Trump's decision to withdraw USA troops from Syria. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says Trump needs to reconsider pulling American troops out of Syria. The news that Mattis will be leaving sooner than expected comes just days after Brett McGurk, the USA envoy for the global coalition to defeat Islamic State (ISIS), on Saturday accelerated his planned departure and announced ... (more...)
White House says Trump and Dems are ‘far apart’ on shutdown White House says Trump and Dems are ‘far apart’ on shutdown
- December 29, 2018

The president also signaled he was in no rush to seek a resolution, welcoming the fight as he heads toward his own bid for re-election in 2020. Democratic leaders have vowed to solve the shutdown and usher in a new era of responsible government despite fraught relations with the Trump White House. (more...)
Erdogan says he will meet with Putin over United States withdrawal from Syria Erdogan says he will meet with Putin over United States withdrawal from Syria
- December 28, 2018

The two Syrian cities are held by Kurdish YPG militants. Turkey's Anadolu Agency (AA) had reported Tuesday that forces loyal to Syria's Bashar Assad on Tuesday entered the country's northwestern Manbij region in coordination with the YPG. (more...)
Russian Federation conducts successful test of Avangard hypersonic missile system Russian Federation conducts successful test of Avangard hypersonic missile system
- December 28, 2018

As Russian state-run news agency Sptunik reported , Russia's President Vladimir Putin declared the test a success and, now that testing has completed, the system will be "put into service" in "due time". Gen. John Hyten, the four-star head of US Strategic Command, warned in March the current generation of US missile-detecting satellites and radars won't be capable of spotting weapons such as the Avangard. (more...)
‘Extreme weather’ warning for tsunami-hit Indonesia ‘Extreme weather’ warning for tsunami-hit Indonesia
- December 28, 2018

With volcanic activity still high, experts have warned that more killer waves could slam the stricken region - and thousands of evacuees are still too afraid to return home. "I didn't have much time , after the loud sounds were heard". "Rest in peace bro, Peace be with you, God wiling, we will continue to pray until we meet again one day", Fajarsyah said. (more...)
Trump tweets video of secretive SEAL team in Iraq Trump tweets video of secretive SEAL team in Iraq
- December 28, 2018

The President and his wife posed for photographs with U.S. military personnel during the flying visit to the military base. But as a number of United States commentators noted, armed forces personnel have in fact received a pay rise in each of the past 10 years. (more...)
Trump May Have Outed Whereabouts, Identities Of Covert Navy Seal Team Trump May Have Outed Whereabouts, Identities Of Covert Navy Seal Team
- December 28, 2018

Last week, President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of United States from Syria, posting on Twitter that the U.S. had defeated the Daesh terrorist group in the Arab country. "The American leadership was defeated in Iraq and wants to return again under any pretext, and this is what we will never allow", he said. He left without meeting any Iraqi officials. (more...)
Christmas celebrated in Kashmir amid biting cold Christmas celebrated in Kashmir amid biting cold
- December 27, 2018

During his stay among us we learnt of the healing power of Jesus of Nazareth; the child whose birth in the grotto in Bethlehem we are celebrating". "The world has nothing to offer us but if we believe in Jesus Christ we will have eternal life". (more...)
Nawaz Sharif sentenced to seven years in prison in controversial corruption case Nawaz Sharif sentenced to seven years in prison in controversial corruption case
- December 27, 2018

Former cricketer Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf ( PTI ) won most seats, after running on an anti-corruption platform. The Supreme Court had set the deadline for Monday to wrap up the remaining two corruption cases against the three-time former prime minister. (more...)
Gunmen storm foreign ministry in Tripoli Gunmen storm foreign ministry in Tripoli
- December 27, 2018

The British ambassador to Libya called the attack "appalling", while Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said his government stands in "solidarity with the Libyan people and their just aspiration to real security". The Islamic State issued a statement through its Amaq news agency taking responsibility for the attack and claiming the killers were "soldiers of the caliphate". (more...)
Trump, wife make secret visit to Iraq Trump, wife make secret visit to Iraq
- December 27, 2018

They travelled there unannounced "late on Christmas night" to thank troops for "their service, their success and their sacrifice", it said . Trump hasn't said anything in the past week about the USA presence in Iraq, where some 5000 American troops remain, assisting Iraqi government forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in the north in the effort to secure the nation from the threat of the Islamic State. (more...)
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from hospital after cancer surgery Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from hospital after cancer surgery
- December 27, 2018

There was no evidence of any remaining disease following the surgery, nor was there evidence of disease elsewhere in her body. "Justice Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital yesterday and is recuperating at home", Kathy Arberg , public information officer for the Supreme Court , said on Wednesday. (more...)
Syria Air Defenses reportedly intercept 'hostile targets' over western Damascus Syria Air Defenses reportedly intercept 'hostile targets' over western Damascus
- December 27, 2018

US President Donald Trump's surprise announcement last week of the withdrawal of American troops from Syria "will not change anything", the Israeli leader emphasized. Israel is concerned Iran and Hezbollah could entrench themselves in Syria and threaten the country. "They agreed that Lebanon will file an urgent complaint with the U.N. (more...)
Second Guatemalan migrant child dies in US custody Second Guatemalan migrant child dies in US custody
- December 26, 2018

Officials said the boy, who was in CBP custody, started showing signs of "a potential illness" on December 24. Monday night, officials said the boy began vomiting and was taken back to the medical center, where officials say he died shortly after midnight Tuesday. (more...)
Government won't re-open 'until we have a wall or fence'
- December 26, 2018

The government shutdown adds to uncertainties spooking global stock markets after a tumultuous week in which respected Defence Secretary James Mattis resigned and the president stepped up attacks on the supposedly independent chairman of the Federal Reserve. (more...)
Patchy freezing fog for Christmas Eve, with cold temps more clouds tomorrow Patchy freezing fog for Christmas Eve, with cold temps more clouds tomorrow
- December 26, 2018

If you're dreaming of a White Christmas, most of us will wake up from that dream on Tuesday without any snow in sight. It will stay mild and misty overnight with temperatures not lower than 9 or 10 degrees in light breezes. Temperatures get a bit of a bump into the the low 70s as the breeze kicks up from the south helping to bring in more moisture and those warmer temperatures. (more...)
Israel Uneasy Amid Reports That Trump 'Surrendered' Syria to Turkey Israel Uneasy Amid Reports That Trump 'Surrendered' Syria to Turkey
- December 26, 2018

They are preparing to take Manbij first, he said. In this file photo taken on July 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump (L) speaks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) as they arrive for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels. (more...)
Trump orders big troop reduction in Afghanistan Trump orders big troop reduction in Afghanistan
- December 25, 2018

The Trump administration is withdrawing from Afghanistan roughly 7,000 troops - around half of American military personnel now stationed there - in the coming months, The New York Times reported Friday quoting two unnamed defence officials. (more...)
Student's family wins $500M judgment in case against North Korea Student's family wins $500M judgment in case against North Korea
- December 25, 2018

Foreign countries generally have immunity from lawsuits in US courts, but Howell noted that an exception for terrorism applied, given the "barbaric mistreatment" of Warmbier. When he finally returned home after 17 months, Warmbier - a high school prom king who was studying business and economics - was attached to a feeding tube and was howling incomprehensible noises, the ruling said. (more...)
Freeland demands China release detained Canadians Freeland demands China release detained Canadians
- December 25, 2018

The European Union also said it was backing Canada in the detentions dispute, in which Ottawa has been caught up in the rivalry between Beijing and Washington . "One point we have been raising with our allies ... is the concern about the worrying precedent that the arbitrary detention of these two Canadians sets". (more...)
Govt Rules Could Kill GoFundMe Effort for Border Wall Govt Rules Could Kill GoFundMe Effort for Border Wall
- December 25, 2018

Kolfage, 37, set the goal for his " We the People Will Fund the Wall " campaign at $1 billion because GoFundMe caps donations at that amount. After retired USAF vet Brian Kolfage Jr. So far, supporters have managed to raise over $12 million in four days. "Should we not reach our goal-or should they (ahem) not reach theirs", she said, the funds will be handed to the nonprofit group RAICES that helps immigrants. (more...)
Four Nigerians detained in UK after sneaking aboard ship from Lagos Four Nigerians detained in UK after sneaking aboard ship from Lagos
- December 25, 2018

They have been detained under the Immigration Act, the Essex Police said in its statement. The ship was sailing in circles off the coast near the town of Margate and its crew locked themselves in the vessel's bridge for safety. SPECIAL force commandos abseiled their way onto a cargo ship near Tilbury after stowaways turned pirates allegedly took over armed with iron bars. The four stowaways had been found by crew members four days ago after leaving Lagos , Nigeria and the crew gave ... (more...)
Trump, Democrats trade jibes as partial government shutdown rumbles on Trump, Democrats trade jibes as partial government shutdown rumbles on
- December 25, 2018

The first day of the shutdown played out unevenly. The current Congress reassembles on Thursday after the Christmas holiday. However, Republican lawmakers claim that Trump backing down from the fight is highly unlikely due to the need for higher border security and his desire to deliver on campaign promises. (more...)
Partial government shutdown: What to expect as it continues over Christmas holiday Partial government shutdown: What to expect as it continues over Christmas holiday
- December 25, 2018

The key sticking point in the spending standoff is president Donald Trump's demand for $5 billion for a border wall . A senior Trump administration official told reporters on a conference call that Democrats must accept physical barriers on the border as part of any deal. (more...)
Donald Trump to weigh more aggressive USA strategy on Iran Donald Trump to weigh more aggressive USA strategy on Iran
- December 24, 2018

That has prompted the envoy, Brett McGurk , to resign weeks sooner than expected. He said on Twitter that he had discussed the situation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by telephone on Sunday. Kurdish affairs analyst Mutlu Civiroglu said the USA withdrawal, announced abruptly by Trump last week , would open the way "for Turkey to start its operations against the Kurds, and a bloody war will begin". (more...)
Shutdown won't keep NORAD from tracking Santa's flight Shutdown won't keep NORAD from tracking Santa's flight
- December 24, 2018

It's a tradition that traces back to 1955, when an ad misprinted the telephone number for kids to call Santa Claus , redirecting them instead to the Continental Air Defense Command. "This was such a success that in 1927, all of the public officials and civic leaders joined in welcoming Santa to Sumter". "Where are you going to find those kids who really need it?" A lady in one nursing home even took his hand and when he turned to look at her, she asked, 'Can I walk with you, Santa?' He ... (more...)
Trump talks to Turkey leader about 'slow' Syria troop withdrawal Trump talks to Turkey leader about 'slow' Syria troop withdrawal
- December 24, 2018

Trump later named Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan as the acting Pentagon chief, saying he will replace Mattis starting January 1, earlier than previously scheduled. Turkey began reinforcing its positions on both sides of its border with Syria on Sunday, a Reuters witness said, as Ankara and Washington agreed to coordinate a USA withdrawal from Syria . (more...)
U.S. braces for lengthy government shutdown U.S. braces for lengthy government shutdown
- December 24, 2018

The Republican-controlled House then attached $5 billion in wall money to the stopgap spending bill passed by the Senate. Before Pence and Schumer met today, Schumer's office sent out a pre-emptive statement beforehand saying he would "remind" Pence that Democrats would not sign off on any wall funding. (more...)
Trump discussed 'slow & highly coordinated' exit from Syria with Trump discussed 'slow & highly coordinated' exit from Syria with
- December 24, 2018

Commenting on the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other Pentagon officials over disagreements with the troop pullout, Mulvaney said that it is not Trump's problem that some officials did not support this decision. McGurk described Trump's decision as a "shock". "We are taking necessary measures to defend ourselves if we are attacked", he said. The SDF is mostly composed of forces from the People's Protection Units (YPG), the gendarmerie of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic ... (more...)
Indonesian volcano Anak Krakatau erupts again amid fears of another tsunami Indonesian volcano Anak Krakatau erupts again amid fears of another tsunami
- December 24, 2018

Indonesia sits on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes. On Monday, five more bodies were recovered around the hotel, including a little boy. The strait is the shadow of the rumbling Anak Krakatau volcano, which has been erupting since June. TV images showed the seconds when the tsunami hit the beach and residential areas in Pandeglang on Java island, dragging with it victims, debris, and large chunks of wood and metal. (more...)