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USA braces for lengthy government shutdown

USA braces for lengthy government shutdown Trump said that they are negotiating with the Democrats "on desperately needed Border Security (Gangs, Drugs, Human Trafficking & more) but it could be a long stay ". He said the counteroffer is more than $1.6 billion - the amount Senate Democrats agreed to earlier in the year for border security - but wouldn't disclose the precise amount or the White House's bottom line. [Full Article...]

Colorado woman likely killed at home; fiance charged

Colorado woman likely killed at home; fiance charged Frazee was scheduled to make his first court appearance via video conference on Friday at 3:30 p.m. District Attorney Dan May told KOAA News that it would be 10 days before charges were formally filed. "Mr. Frazee hopes and prays for Ms. Berreth's return", Loew said that day. Yet family members noted that he was not the one who reported Kelsey missing, which invited questions as to why he hadn't... [Full Article...]

Erdogan: Jews in Israel beat Palestinian women and children

Erdogan: Jews in Israel beat Palestinian women and children USA officials have justified the decision by saying Islamic State had been defeated. Trump then asked US National Security Adviser John Bolton, who had listened in on his phone call with Erdogan, whether this was true-to which Bolton answered that it was, but added that US troops must remain in Syria. [Full Article...]

Supreme Court won't let Trump administration begin enforcing asylum ban

Supreme Court won't let Trump administration begin enforcing asylum ban Mr Trump's two high court appointees, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch , joined the two other conservative justices, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito , in dissent. "That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for". Government statistics show the number of undocumented immigrants arrested near the Mexican border is less than half what it was a decade ago, the groups said... [Full Article...]

Whitaker won't recuse himself from Mueller probe, despite DOJ's ethics advice

Whitaker won't recuse himself from Mueller probe, despite DOJ's ethics advice When Barr wrote it, Trump was already known to have soured on Sessions over the investigation , repeatedly attacking his attorney general for having recused himself from overseeing it. "I would think that might make his supervision of the Mueller investigation, uh, problematic", Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Washington legal analyst, wrote on Twitter. [Full Article...]

Al-Shabaab auto bomb kills at least 16 in Mogadishu

Al-Shabaab auto bomb kills at least 16 in Mogadishu The suicide attacker detonated his explosives as security forces conducted a search of the vehicle, officer Ali Hassan Kulmiye said. Well-known reporter Awil Dahir Salad was killed in the attacks, according to the London-based Somali broadcaster he worked for, Universal Television. [Full Article...]

420,000 Employees Will Go Without Pay During Government Shutdown

420,000 Employees Will Go Without Pay During Government Shutdown Airport screeners will stay on the job, postal workers will deliver packages and veterans will receive medical care. Spending on mandatory programs including such as Social Security will continue, while the USA will keep making government debt payments. [Full Article...]

U.S. Representative Brings Inducements for N.Korea

U.S. Representative Brings Inducements for N.Korea The apparent push by the State Department for working-level talks between Washington and Pyongyang followed North Korea's abrupt cancellation of the planned talks with U.S. The historical context matters here as well. Absent meaningful progress by North Korea towards denuclearization America will face a choice: either to return to military, political and economic pressure on Pyongyang-a "fire an... [Full Article...]

Santa Tracker To Continue In Event Of Government Shutdown

Santa Tracker To Continue In Event Of Government Shutdown The phone banks hearken back to how NORAD began its Santa Tracking mission in 1955 with an accidental phone call to the hotline in the command's operations center. Last year, Melania and President Trump took calls nine and six calls respectively from the grandeur of their Mar-a-Lago estate on Christmas Eve. NORAD's Santa Tracker allows people to see Santa's location across a map of the world... [Full Article...]

Vet raises millions for border wall GoFundMe

Vet raises millions for border wall GoFundMe At the same time , the competing campaign , "We The People Will Fund The Wall ", had raised more than $11 million of its $1 billion goal. He told the news outlet that he didn't mention the page because he "didn't want it to be a distraction". [Full Article...]

Charlie Hebdo attack suspect arrested

Charlie Hebdo attack suspect arrested Peter Cherif, 36, also known as Abou Hamza, was close to the brothers and was arrested in Djibouti on Sunday. Speaking to RTL radio, the minister for the armed forces, Florence Parly, welcomed "very good news because this terrorist played an important role in organizing the Charlie Hebdo attack". [Full Article...]

Canadian government demands immediate release of citizens detained in China

Canadian government demands immediate release of citizens detained in China Meng has been released on bail pending the outcome of an extradition hearing. Canada has made its first formal demand for China to immediately release two citizens who have been detained in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive . [Full Article...]

US Now On the "Most Dangerous" List for Journalists

US Now On the At least 63 reporters across the world were killed while carrying out their professional duties in 2018 - a 15% increase over previous year, according to the journalism advocacy group Reporters Without Borders. It was the deadliest attack on a media outlet in the USA in modern history. They were killed by a man whose defamation case against the company had failed. [Full Article...]

Christmas travel: Snow tomorrow and Sunday in some areas

Christmas travel: Snow tomorrow and Sunday in some areas With the temperature falling Friday, Environment Canada meteorologist Marie-eve Giguere said that the first of two snowfalls before Christmas Day is expected. We have issued a Severe Weather Alert day due to a Winter Storm Warning being issued for Harlan County. Wolters said the forecast shows partly sunny skies with a high of 47 on Tuesday. [Full Article...]

Tsunami hits Indonesia after Krakatoa volcano erupts

Tsunami hits Indonesia after Krakatoa volcano erupts Volcano photographer Oystein Andersen posted on Twitter that he was on the beach taking pictures of the Krakatoa volcano after explosions earlier in the evening when he suddenly saw a big wave come toward him. The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa was one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions in the world, killing 40,000 people. Hundreds of homes were damaged in the incident and at least two people were m... [Full Article...]

Malaysia wants $7.5 bn from Goldman over 1MDB

Malaysia wants $7.5 bn from Goldman over 1MDB Goldman is facing growing scrutiny over its links to 1MDB as the bank helped arranged three bond issues worth $6.5 billion for the investment vehicle. Bloomberg, citing unidentified sources, reported that Singapore has expanded a criminal investigation into fund flows linked to 1MDB to include Goldman Sachs. [Full Article...]

China denies 'slanderous' economic espionage charges from U.S., allies

China denies 'slanderous' economic espionage charges from U.S., allies The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has joined its American and British counterparts in announcing established links between the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) and a global campaign of cyber-enabled commercial intellectual property theft. [Full Article...]

Man in ‘emotional distress' climbs National Christmas Tree, police say

Man in ‘emotional distress' climbs National Christmas Tree, police say NBC4 TV in Washington says U.S. Park Police believed the man, who has not been identified, was in emotional distress and negotiated with him to climb down. There was no immediate word on whether he would be charged with a crime. Police have also noted that the tree would remain closed for the remainder of the night and until the National Park Service assesses the damage. [Full Article...]

North Korea: We Won’t Denuclearize Until America Removes Threat to Us First

North Korea: We Won’t Denuclearize Until America Removes Threat to Us First US President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June in Singapore . "When referring to the Korean Peninsula , it includes not only our country's territory, but also encompasses the southern part of the Korean Peninsula, which includes the U.S.'s nuclear weapons and other invading forces in the territory of the Republic of Korea", it continues. [Full Article...]

Magnitude 7.3 quake strikes off Russia's far east - USGS

Magnitude 7.3 quake strikes off Russia's far east - USGS The quake was located off Russia's far east coast peninsula of Kamchatka. The nearest inhabited settlement is the village of Nikolskoye , on the Bering Island, part of the Commander Islands chain. Indonesia natural disaster, Tsunami Death Toll Reaches 1,763, Search Mission Extended. No damage was reported, they said. Russia's Emergencies Ministry said rescue workers were carrying out an... [Full Article...]


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