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Jean-Claude Juncker tells United Kingdom to 'get your act together' over Brexit

Jean-Claude Juncker tells United Kingdom to 'get your act together' over Brexit MPs are due to debate the Withdrawal Agreement hammered out with Brussels on 9 January before a "meaningful vote" the following week. He accused the Conservative Party government of having "plunged the country into crisis over the complete mess they've made of Brexit, trying to drive through a bad deal and letting people down all across the country whether they voted Leave or Remain". [Full Article...]

US, Israel quit UNESCO citing bias

US, Israel quit UNESCO citing bias Land sales in the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem , are fraught for Palestinians, who see Israeli efforts to buy up land as part of a plot to cement control of occupied areas they seek for a state of their own. are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith". Following Akel's detention, Israeli police twice arrested the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Gheith, in co... [Full Article...]

Canadians held in China since arrest of Huawei executive

Canadians held in China since arrest of Huawei executive In a briefing with reporters, he says he is certain diplomat on leave Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor have violated the country's laws. Canadian consular officials were allowed to visit them once each in the middle of December. Many are out on bail or probation. "For comparison, there are nearly 900 Canadians in a similar situation in the USA". [Full Article...]

British Army recruitment ads target 'snowflakes,' 'me me me millennials'

British Army recruitment ads target 'snowflakes,' 'me me me millennials' Part of a £1.5million recruitment campaign for 2019, they show six soldiers with labels of modern stereotypes, such as "phone zombies" and "class clowns" above the slogan "Your Army needs you". Defence Minister Gavin Williamson has insisted that the appeal showed "that time spent in the Army equips people with skills for life and provides comradeship, adventure and opportunity like no other job do... [Full Article...]

Lawyer for American arrested in Russian Federation says he's 'holding himself with dignity'

Lawyer for American arrested in Russian Federation says he's 'holding himself with dignity' Since 2017 Whelan has worked for an auto parts company called BorgWarner, most recently as director of global security. Whelan works for a Michigan-based vehicle parts supplier and, according to the Rosbalt news agency, was arrested shortly after receiving a USB drive containing a classified list of names. [Full Article...]

Trump Stuns With Foreign Policy Comments at Cabinet Meeting: Historians are ‘Weeping’

Trump Stuns With Foreign Policy Comments at Cabinet Meeting: Historians are ‘Weeping’ However, contrary to Mr. Trump's claims, Russian Federation was in Afghanistan to spread communism, not fight terrorists. Afghan journalist Parviz Kawa later suggested that Trump may have confused a "library" with the Afghan parliament, which was constructed by India and inaugurated by Modi in 2015. [Full Article...]

North Korean envoy to Italy 'missing'

North Korean envoy to Italy 'missing' Ministry officials spoke to The Associated Press under their customary rules of anonymity on delicate matters. Mr Jo's stint began in May 2015 and was due at the end of November, Mr Kim said . Jo, 48, was named acting ambassador in Rome in October 2017 after Italy expelled the then ambassador Mun Jong Nam in protest at a nuclear test by North Korea, which violated United Nation resolution... [Full Article...]

Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty against five suspects over Jamal Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty against five suspects over Jamal Khashoggi killing The first court session has been held for suspects in the murder case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi . The Khashoggi affair has given rare leverage to the kingdom's rivals, not only Turkey and its ally Qatar, with which Saudi Arabia broke off all relations 18 months ago, but also arch rival Iran. [Full Article...]

Trump considering former Democratic Senator Webb for defense secretary

Trump considering former Democratic Senator Webb for defense secretary In fact, Mattis tendered his resignation in response to Trump's announcement that he would withdraw all 2,000 US troops deployed to Syria within the next several months. The former Marine Corps general was one of several national security aides who had persuaded Trump that an ongoing military presence there was critical to defeating the Islamic State and other USA security interests. [Full Article...]

Democrats Take Back House with Historic Firsts

Democrats Take Back House with Historic Firsts Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., and a top lieutenant. Despite a wave of youthful members entering the House, Democrats opted for an experienced political tactician to guide them through a turbulent two years. There was no clear path to its end. "As the investigations move forward, additional evidence supporting additional Articles of Impeachment may emerge", Sherman said at the time . [Full Article...]

Debris washes ashore as containers lost off Netherlands News Lens

Debris washes ashore as containers lost off Netherlands News Lens The group, including German and Dutch tourists, were trying to pick up Styrofoam before it washed back out to sea. Germany's Central Command for Maritime Emergencies said authorities have established that three missing containers at most contained a unsafe substance, but none of them has been found yet. [Full Article...]

Trump claims he 'essentially fired' Mattis

Trump claims he 'essentially fired' Mattis The 2018 National Defense Strategy has branded China as a strategic competitor. Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan began his first full day at the helm of the Pentagon on Wednesday with an urgent list of geopolitical to-dos, including the US withdrawal from Syria. [Full Article...]

Fireworks to send 'message of support' to European Union citizens

Fireworks to send 'message of support' to European Union citizens Parisians and tourists gathered on the Champs-Elysees to celebrate New Year's Eve under heavy security. An estimated one million people were watching the Sydney NYE fireworks 2019 live on the edge of Sydney Harbour, and a further one billion looked on worldwide exclusive on their television. [Full Article...]

Border patrol agents repel migrant caravan 'violent mob' with tear gas

Border patrol agents repel migrant caravan 'violent mob' with tear gas Several of the migrants told the Los Angeles Times they tried to cross the border illegally after growing frustrated with the deadlocked process. The group included mothers and children, and a photo of Maria Lila Meza Castro and her kids captured national attention. [Full Article...]

Anti-semitic doctor bragged about deliberately giving Jews wrong medication

Anti-semitic doctor bragged about deliberately giving Jews wrong medication Her social media accounts have been deactivated since the clinic administration was made aware of Kollab's anti-Semitic remarks, which were first documented by the Canary Mission and provoked predominantly negative reaction from Twitter users. [Full Article...]

Burke stands down as Vatican spokesman

Burke stands down as Vatican spokesman Pope Francis celebrated the new year at St. Peter's Basilica, where he celebrated Mass and likened God's love to a mother's love during his homily. "The year ahead is full of important appointments that will require maximum communications efforts", Ruffini said, according to The Associated Press . [Full Article...]

China's Xi Jinping says Taiwan must be unified with mainland

China's Xi Jinping says Taiwan must be unified with mainland Up until 1979, China had conducted routine artillery bombardment of Taiwan-controlled offshore islands like Kinmen close to the mainland. Beijing "reserves the option of taking all necessary measures" against outside forces that interfere with peaceful reunification and Taiwanese separatist activities. [Full Article...]

Six Killed In Train Accident In Denmark, Says Official

Six Killed In Train Accident In Denmark, Says Official Vehicle and rail traffic on the bridge were closed for several hours due to the accident, but auto traffic towards Zealand later resumed while rail traffic remained shut in both directions. Rail network officials said debris from a freight train - possibly a tarpaulin - hit a commuter train during a heavy storm, forcing it to brake suddenly. [Full Article...]

Saudis' force Netflix to pull comedy show

Saudis' force Netflix to pull comedy show Investigative journalist Ben Swann joins Steve Malzberg to discuss the details. Not surprisingly, the move by Netflix is leading to tons of criticism directed at both Netflix and Saudi Arabia (but mostly at Netflix for caving). The crime, TMZ states, could be 'punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of 3 million riyals (about £627k). The episode remains available to... [Full Article...]

Trump again calls for complete wall at border

Trump again calls for complete wall at border But with Trump dug in over the $ 5 billion he wants to build the wall, the shutdown could drag on. "They started off with $5.5 billion or else". He claimed his only companions were the "machine gunners", referring to security personnel, and "they don't wave, they don't smile". [Full Article...]


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