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World Bank's Kim to resign February 1

World Bank's Kim to resign February 1 Mr Kim said the work of the World Bank Group is more important now than ever as the aspirations of the poor rise all over the world. Naming Kim's replacement could mark a sharp break with the past as the Trump administration has repeatedly broken with multilateral institutions and conventions of which Trump himself has been highly critical. [Full Article...]

Theresa May's Brexit deal to face 15 January vote

Theresa May's Brexit deal to face 15 January vote Mr Johnson used his Daily Telegraph column to dismiss "downright apocalyptic" messages about a Brexit on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms, arguing that people could "sort fact for nonsense". Brexit will take effect March 29. He added: "It will give them a fair idea how the traffic will behave if they do use the space as a holding bay". [Full Article...]

Kim Jong Un makes 4th trip to China, Chinese state media reports

Kim Jong Un makes 4th trip to China, Chinese state media reports CNN reported last week that the USA has been scouting sites for the second summit, according to two sources familiar with the planning process. A special North Korean train has entered China, raising speculation that Kim Jong-un could be on his way to Beijing. [Full Article...]

Saudi men can no longer divorce wives without informing them, court rules

Saudi men can no longer divorce wives without informing them, court rules Women will also be able to inquire into their marital status via the ministry's Najiz portal. The measure would ensure that women could demand their right to maintenance, if you are divorced, said the Saudi-Arabian lawyer Nisreen al-Ghamdi as, the BBC reported. [Full Article...]

Bolton warns Turkey against attacking Kurdish fighters after USA pullout from Syria

Bolton warns Turkey against attacking Kurdish fighters after USA pullout from Syria Bolton said during a press conference in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the withdrawal of US forces from Syria would be a "cause-and-effect mission", contingent upon ISIS's defeat without hope of rising again, and assurances of the defense of regional allies like Israel , protection for the Kurds , and safeguards against further empowerment of Iran. [Full Article...]

Did Rashida Tlaib Accuse Anti-BDS Bill Backers Of Dual Loyalty?

The Florida senator tweeted, "My bill doesn't punish any political activity". One of the measures protects states that pass anti-BDS bills, including those that ban work with contractors who boycott Israel , from lawsuits . And if boycotting #Israel is constitutionally protected, then boycotting companies that boycott #Israel is also constitutionally protected". Tlaib stepped in it again o... [Full Article...]

President Trump plans prime-time address, border visit as shutdown fight continues

President Trump plans prime-time address, border visit as shutdown fight continues The president has suggested his definition of the wall is flexible, referring to slats and other "border things". "It's about safety, it's about security for our country". Moreover, Chamberlain argued, in order to overrule an emergency declaration, both the House and the Senate would have to adopt a joint resolution with veto-proof majorities. [Full Article...]

Saudi embassy says woman 'still has her passport'

Saudi embassy says woman 'still has her passport' Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Alqunun, 18, claims she was abducted on Sunday and had her passport confiscated by Saudi Arabian diplomatic staff on arrival at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport. She said she had asserted her independence, but had been forced to pray and wear a hijab. "I tried but there's a security (official) watching me". Human Rights Watch Asia division deputy director Phil Robertson sai... [Full Article...]

Pope tells European Union to stop bickering over migrant ships in Epiphany message

Pope tells European Union to stop bickering over migrant ships in Epiphany message Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 549 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. They are seeking a port in Europe to disembark their 49 passengers. In fact, the Prime Minister noted, the Armed Forces of Malta had rescued 249 migrants without "complaining or dragging their feet" as these migrants were "literally sinking" and were in waters that Malta was responsible for. [Full Article...]

2019’s first yellow vest event brings tear gas, fires to Paris

2019’s first yellow vest event brings tear gas, fires to Paris Some confrontations took place in other cities around France, with tear gas fired in Bordeaux and in Rouen in Normandy. "All the media ever reports is the violence, and we are forgetting the root of the problem" which is the fight against austerity, said one protester, Karen, a 42-year-old nurse from Marseille. [Full Article...]

Trump confirms death of terrorist responsible for USS Cole attack

Trump confirms death of terrorist responsible for USS Cole attack The man targeted, Jamal al-Badawi, was wanted for his role in the attack on October 12, 2000. He was unable to confirm reports of Al-Badawi's death at that point. Urban could not confirm the Al Qaeda operative's death, saying US forces were still assessing the results. An official said on Friday that intelligence indicated that al Badawi was killed in a strike in Yemen as a result of a joint U... [Full Article...]

Sultan Muhammad V steps down as Malaysia's king

Sultan Muhammad V steps down as Malaysia's king Reports in British and Russian media then surfaced saying that he had married the former Miss Moscow in the Russian capital in a lavish ceremony. The palace did not give any reason for the 49-year-old royal's move. But he ascended the throne as the first King not to have an official Queen, as he had divorced his first wife Kangsadal Pipitpakdee, a southern Thai royal, in 2008. [Full Article...]

Trump offers Congressional leaders meeting as shutdown grinds on

Trump offers Congressional leaders meeting as shutdown grinds on Democrats , who gain control of the House on January 3, plan to pass a bill that would fund everything except for the DHS and another bill that would fund the DHS through February 8 without wall construction funds. The new Democratic House majority gavels into session this week with legislation to end the government shutdown. "We're asking the president to open up government", Pelosi told report... [Full Article...]

U.K. leader warns Brexit critics risk damaging British democracy

U.K. leader warns Brexit critics risk damaging British democracy But so far, Theresa May's inability to get her deal through parliament has alarmed business leaders and investors who fear the country is heading for a damaging no-deal Brexit. "The backstop remains the poison which makes any vote for the Withdrawal Agreement so toxic", DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds said in a statement on Sunday. [Full Article...]

US House passes bills that would end government shutdown, without wall funds

US House passes bills that would end government shutdown, without wall funds The six-bill package passed the House 241-190 today, and the short-term Homeland Security spending bill passed 239-192. Cohen was the third Democrat (besides Sherman and Green) to introduce articles of impeachment in 2017, when he piled on five separate charges and attracted 17 co-sponsors, but like his comrades, was unable to bring the matter to a vote. [Full Article...]

United States says Saudis still lack credible account of Khashoggi murder

United States says Saudis still lack credible account of Khashoggi murder In his first Middle East visit since President Donald Trump's announcement that he intends to withdraw United States forces from Syria, Pompeo leaves on Tuesday for an eight-day trip to Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE, Qatar , Saudi Arabia , Oman and Kuwait. [Full Article...]

It's time to boost Pakistan-Turkey trade volume: Khan

It's time to boost Pakistan-Turkey trade volume: Khan Khan was referring to two-day talks in Abu Dhabi last month between US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, and senior Taliban representatives that Pakistan said it had arranged. To a question on the US' decision to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, he said the U.S. troops should be part of a peace process with a view to ensure that there is no power vacuum in Afghan... [Full Article...]

Amid Renewed Threat From China, Taiwan Calls For International Support

Amid Renewed Threat From China, Taiwan Calls For International Support Xi Jinping , who also serves as the chairman of the Central Military Commission , asked the meeting to devise strategies for the army in order to prepare and wage a war, if needed. Besides the festering land border problem with India , Xi's command comes against the background of continuing maritime territorial disputes with multiple countries in the South China Sea and growing tension with th... [Full Article...]

'My brother is not a spy' | Ireland

Russians should take every precaution when traveling overseas and ensure there's nothing in their records that might interest the U.S., the Foreign Ministry warned after the 39-year-old citizen was arrested. He said he did not know what to make of allegations published in the Russian media outlet, Rosbalt, that his brother had cultivated contacts from the Russian defence and security services for ... [Full Article...]

Scalise claims Ocasio-Cortez's supporters are 'radicals' after Twitter feud

Scalise claims Ocasio-Cortez's supporters are 'radicals' after Twitter feud She did not reference which Republicans she was talking about. Ocasio-Cortez has in the past called out a journalist who referred to her as "a girl" in a November tweet critical of her clothing. Previews of that taped CBS interview included references to the Democrat's 70 percent tax-rate plan, to which Scalise and others reacted during the week. [Full Article...]


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