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White House digs in on border wall demand, risking shutdown

White House digs in on border wall demand, risking shutdown Several Republican and Democratic congressional aides on Friday said there was no apparent progress being made toward resolving the stand-off, after Trump and leading congressional Democrats battled each other on Tuesday in the White House Oval Office in front of television cameras. [Full Article...]

Comey blasts Trump over tweet about Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of Michael Cohen's office

Comey blasts Trump over tweet about Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of Michael Cohen's office He was sentenced to 36 months in prison. Asked on Fox whether anyone had suggested to Cohen that he might receive a presidential pardon if he refused to testify against Trump, Giuliani said , "The liar can say whatever he wants". Trump, who first denied knowledge of the payments, then blamed them on bad advice from Cohen, posted an angry tweet Sunday blasting the FBI's handling of his former la... [Full Article...]

Theresa May expected to make strongest case against another Brexit referendum

Theresa May expected to make strongest case against another Brexit referendum Leader of the main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn , accused May of "achieving nothing" at the EU Council meeting and leading the United Kingdom into a "national crisis". Former minister Sam Gyimah, who quit the Government over the Brexit deal, accused Mrs May of delaying the vote on her plan in order to run down the clock and prevent alternatives being considered. [Full Article...]

Bomb kills 8 in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed forces

Bomb kills 8 in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed forces People walk amid scattered vegetables after a auto bomb reportedly exploded near a position of pro-Turkey fighters in a market in the northern city of Afrin on December 16, 2018. Erdogan said he received "positive answers" from U.S. President Donald Trump on the situation in northern Syria, where Turkey has threatened to launch a new operation against American-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters. [Full Article...]

Anti-Sikh riot case: verdict on appeals likely today

Anti-Sikh riot case: verdict on appeals likely today The conviction of five others - former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar, retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal, former MLAs Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar- were also upheld by the high court . "The criminals responsible for the mass crimes have enjoyed political patronage and managed to evade prosecution and punishment". The lack of corroborative evidence to support the c... [Full Article...]

Netanyahu warns Hamas after deadly West Bank attacks

Netanyahu warns Hamas after deadly West Bank attacks Haniyeh also voiced readiness to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at any time to advance the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah and to hold elections within three months. Meanwhile, a poll conducted over the weekend found that a strong majority of 58 percent of Israelis is either "unsatisfied" or "very unhappy" with the prime minister's performance as defense minister, a position... [Full Article...]

Shutdown looms as Trump weighs next move on border wall

Shutdown looms as Trump weighs next move on border wall President, if you say Mexico is going to pay for the wall through NAFTA, which it certainly won't, I guess we don't have to". We can do an nearly ideal job if we have the wall and proper border security, and that's what we're going to do for the American people. [Full Article...]

US Interior Secretary to step down, Trump says, amid federal investigations

US Interior Secretary to step down, Trump says, amid federal investigations Zinke's acting successor, David Bernhardt, until now the deputy secretary, is a former energy lobbyist who is expected to pursue fossil fuel development and downplay conservation. The Union of Concerned Scientists, where Clement is now a fellow, compiled a report outlining what the group has seen as anti-science moves, many of which will continue under Zinke's successor. [Full Article...]

Nations agree on guidelines to govern 2015 climate accord

Nations agree on guidelines to govern 2015 climate accord A 156-page rule book fleshes out details on how to implement the 2015 Paris agreement . Expressing reservation over some issues in the agreement, India's lead negotiator Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the plenary that "India wishes to express its strong reservation regarding the treatment of equity in the global stock-take decision". [Full Article...]

42 people injured in Japan restaurant explosion

42 people injured in Japan restaurant explosion Chaos sparked in the Toyohira district as one of its popular restaurants was hit by a huge blast and devoured by flames. Meanwhile, Laurel expressed the Embassy's sympathies to those who were affected by the explosion through a letter to Hokkaido Gov. [Full Article...]

Ukrainian Bishops Bow to Govt, Create Church Independent of Russian Federation

Ukrainian Bishops Bow to Govt, Create Church Independent of Russian Federation Spokesman Metropolitan Hilarion said the plan "to persuade the canonical Ukrainian church to participate in the creation of the new structure failed ...with the exception of two traitors". The synod came shortly after a maritime crisis that saw Russian Federation seize three Ukrainian navy ships and arrest 24 sailors in the waters around Crimea. [Full Article...]

Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration

Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration Though Trump has a great personal affinity for Zinke, the Interior Secretary has found himself in the middle of countless probes into his Scott Pruitt-esque ethical misdeeds and has always been pegged as a Cabinet official with numbered days. [Full Article...]

Brexit BREAKTHROUGH? Cabinet ministers PILE PRESSURE on May to hold second referendum

Brexit BREAKTHROUGH? Cabinet ministers PILE PRESSURE on May to hold second referendum Former PMs John Major and Tony Blair are among those urging a new referendum if MPs can not agree on a way forward. Their appeal comes as more and more people see the defeat of the PM's Brexit deal in Parliament as inevitable. We've faced much bigger challenges in our history. "Anther vote. would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics", she will say, adding that a second vo... [Full Article...]

Israel irked at Australia's 'mistaken' W. Jerusalem recognition

Israel irked at Australia's 'mistaken' W. Jerusalem recognition Mahathir who was in Bangkok to receive an honorary doctorate from Rangsit University critcised Australia's formal recognition of occupied city's West Jerusalem portion as Israel's capital. Bahrain's foreign minister has issued a number of statements supportive of Israel recently. Tzachi Hanegbi, Israel's minister for regional cooperation and a Netanyahu confidant in the right-wing Likud pa... [Full Article...]

Pakistan, China and Afghanistan ink MoU on anti-terrorism cooperation

Pakistan, China and Afghanistan ink MoU on anti-terrorism cooperation Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently formed a 12-strong team to negotiate with the Taliban, but has said any deal could take at least five years to implement. "Better border management between Pakistan and Afghanistan and intelligence sharing will be greatly beneficial for both the countries". A spokesperson of USA embassy in Afghanistan on Sunday said that Pakistan played a key role in Afgh... [Full Article...]

Macron govt hopes 'yellow vest' protests running out of steam

Macron govt hopes 'yellow vest' protests running out of steam Philippe Berger, a 34-year-old " yellow vest " from Brittany who was protesting in the French capital, said: 'The establishment has let us down and needs a complete change. About 8,000 police were deployed in Paris and thousands more across the country. Anti-riot officers will protect landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe and prevent people getting close to the presidential palace. [Full Article...]

Strike shuts Kashmir as anger grows over killings

Strike shuts Kashmir as anger grows over killings Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Sunday called upon the worldwide community and global human rights organizations to immediately intervene and protect the innocent Kashmiris from the ongoing killing spree by the occupation forces in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK). [Full Article...]

Federal Court's Affordable Care Act Ruling Bolsters Case for Medicare for All

Federal Court's Affordable Care Act Ruling Bolsters Case for Medicare for All Washington Postcolumnist Dave Weigel quickly responded, however, that the comparatively straightforward Medicare for All plan, in which the broadly popular Medicare program would be expanded, would involve far fewer provisions for Republicans to quibble over. [Full Article...]

Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position on Khashoggi: statement

Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position on Khashoggi: statement President Trump and a number of top White House officials have refused to acknowledge Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite the Central Intelligence Agency concluding with "high confidence" that he was directly responsible for ordering the killing. [Full Article...]

Turkish president says people close to Saudi crown prince behind Khashoggi's murder

Turkish president says people close to Saudi crown prince behind Khashoggi's murder This week, citing its own sources, CNN reported that the audio recording of the journalist's last moments captured him saying " I can't breathe ", which was followed by the sounds of his body being dismembered. His remains have yet to be found. In a historic move, Senators voted 56-41 to end USA military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's civil war and immediately after the votes, ... [Full Article...]


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