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Unemployed man, 21, charged in Wisconsin girl's kidnapping

Unemployed man, 21, charged in Wisconsin girl's kidnapping The woman began knocking on a neighbour's door shouting: "This is Jayme Closs , call 911!" Patterson went to Jayme's house with the intention of abducting her, authorities said . "I was devastated, but now, for this to be true, and Jayme, I can not wait to give her a hug". The Star Tribune said Closs's aunt Sue Allard sobbed upon hearing news that the teen had been found. [Full Article...]

Congo-Kinshasa: Catholic Church Says Official Results Don't Match Its Tally

Congo-Kinshasa: Catholic Church Says Official Results Don't Match Its Tally After the Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission declared Tshisekedi the victor, the runner-up Martin Fayulu dismissed the outcome as an " electoral coup ". The victor received 7,053,000 out of the 18,280,830 ballots considered valid, Nangaa said in presenting the preliminary results. Earlier Thursday the country's electoral commission presented a delayed provisional count , ... [Full Article...]

Snowy Weekend On The Way, 2-4 Inches Expected

Snowy Weekend On The Way, 2-4 Inches Expected There was not even a trace of December snow here for the first time since 2001. The National Weather Service says snow was to begin about 3 p.m.in southwestern IL and spread northeast throughout the evening, reaching the Chicago area by early Saturday . [Full Article...]

Trump says changes coming on high-tech visas

Trump, who has also sought to limit legal immigration, in April 2017 ordered a reform of the USA visa program to benefit educated and highly skilled workers. Silicon Valley tech giants overwhelmingly support Democrats, which may mean that Trump is using the potential H-1B reforms as a bargaining chip to make a deal that would scupper the stalemate and end the shutdown. [Full Article...]

Trump administration eyes raiding hurricane relief funds to build border wall

Trump administration eyes raiding hurricane relief funds to build border wall Almost three-quarters of USA citizens surveyed said the prolonged impasse over whether to fund President Trump's wall on the border with Mexico is "embarrassing for the country", according to an NPR/Ispos Poll released Friday. President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to pay for his long-promised U.S. -Mexico border wall as pressure mounts to end the three-wee... [Full Article...]

‘Bird Box Challenge’ leads to crash, possible charges for Utah teenager

‘Bird Box Challenge’ leads to crash, possible charges for Utah teenager The police department tweeted photos of two cars involved in the crash - one was a pickup truck with the front bumper bent, the other was a smaller vehicle with the entire driver's side crushed. "Honestly I'm nearly embarrassed to have to say "Don't drive with your eyes covered" but you know apparently we do have to say that", Lyman said. This viral challenge mirrors the premise of the Sandra Bu... [Full Article...]

Two Huawei employees arrested in Poland over spying allegations

Two Huawei employees arrested in Poland over spying allegations In addition to this, Huawei have come under fire from authorities in Norway, Germany, the U.S., the UK, Australia and New Zealand, with several countries outright banning the use of their devices or equipment used in 5G mobile networks. He also said no further details would be released now about the case because it is classified and the investigation is ongoing. They reportedly proclaimed their ... [Full Article...]

Theresa May suffers fresh Brexit defeat

Theresa May suffers fresh Brexit defeat McDonald's statement is consistent with the message given by France's Europe minister, Nathalie Loiseau, who said on Tuesday that "there's nothing more [the EU] can do" than restate its position that the backstop would only be used as a last resort and until a new trade deal came into force. [Full Article...]

Canberra to decide Saudi's fate after United Nations refugee ruling

Canberra to decide Saudi's fate after United Nations refugee ruling BANGKOK (AP) - Australia's foreign minister praised Thailand on Thursday for its handling of a young Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum in Australia, but also reminded it of continuing concern about a Bahraini soccer player granted asylum in Australia who remains in Thai detention. [Full Article...]

Driver of truck that hit Humboldt Broncos' bus pleads guilty

Driver of truck that hit Humboldt Broncos' bus pleads guilty Sidhu has pleaded guilty to 16 counts of risky driving causing death and 13 counts of unsafe driving causing bodily harm. After the hearing, Sidhu's lawyer Mark Brayford spoke on behalf of his client. The truck had a stop sign. The owner of the Calgary trucking company that hired Singh was also charged after the crash. The Saskatchewan government further introduced in December mandatory trai... [Full Article...]

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo attacks Iran, Obama in Cairo speech

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo attacks Iran, Obama in Cairo speech Pompeo said the USA withdrawal from Syria will occur at a measured pace, with operations against Islamic State continuing as "we complete the mission of taking down the last elements of the caliphate before we depart". "This is a story made up by the media", said Pompeo, underscoring Washington's continuing commitment to preventing any resurgence by IS. When ISIS exploded onto the scene in 201... [Full Article...]

Michael Cohen to Testify Publicly Before House

Michael Cohen to Testify Publicly Before House Representative Elijah Cumming read. "We don't want to do anything to interfere with the Mueller investigation - absolutely nothing", Cummings said . Cohen has a track record of erratic and unethical behavior, caught on tape at one point threatening a Daily Beast reporter with complete financial and social ruin if he published a story with the words "Trump" and "rape" regarding an accusation m... [Full Article...]

Jazmine Barnes remembered with calls for unity, change

Jazmine Barnes remembered with calls for unity, change Jazmine was in the family's vehicle with her mother and three siblings when she was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on December 30. Black was charged with murder on Monday. Jazmine and her mom and sisters are African-American. Court records show Woodruffe has a long criminal record, including arrests for assault on a family member, drug possession and being a felon in possession of a firear... [Full Article...]

Shepparton man Savas Avan charged over suspicious packages sent to embassies

Shepparton man Savas Avan charged over suspicious packages sent to embassies The man, named as Savas Avan, was charged with sending risky articles through a postal service, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said in a statement on Thursday. Police allege he sent 38 parcels with a substance from his home in Shepparton, Victoria, but said the exact composition of the substance is still being determined. [Full Article...]

Manafort accused of sharing 2016 election data with Russians

Manafort accused of sharing 2016 election data with Russians The specifics of the Mueller allegations were not previously known publicly, having been blacked out in a heavily redacted December 7 filing by the Russian Federation collusion prosecutor's team. Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said the Madrid trip mentioned in the filing occurred in January or February 2017 - months after Manafort was ousted from the campaign and as Mr Trump was taking office. [Full Article...]

Trump halts federal funding to fight California wildfires

Trump halts federal funding to fight California wildfires If Trump chose not to issue such declarations, it would prevent FEMA from providing financial assistance to state and local authorities, as well as victims of those fires. Trump's latest funding threat comes as he continues to face criticism over the ongoing partial government shutdown, which affects some of FEMA's operations. [Full Article...]

Tycoon’s wife ‘kidnapped for US$10 million cryptocurrency ransom’

Tycoon’s wife ‘kidnapped for US$10 million cryptocurrency ransom’ Chief investigator Tommy Broeske said the threats in the note were "of a very serious character". 'As the case now stands, police have advised the family not to settle the claim. Mr Broeske said those behind the kidnap have chosen to communicate digitally and officers have had no other form of contact. He declined to say whether such a process could eventually lead to a ransom being paid. [Full Article...]

Suspicious packages sent to various diplomatic missions in Australia

Suspicious packages sent to various diplomatic missions in Australia Photos put up by a journalist on Twitter showed Indian consulate staff sitting on a sidewalk outside their office while emergency service vehicles stood nearby. Emergency Victoria issued eight "Hazardous Material" alerts listed within 30 minutes, with workers reportedly evacuated across the city shortly after substances were discovered. [Full Article...]

Rosenstein Has A Timeline For Leaving The Trump Administration

Rosenstein Has A Timeline For Leaving The Trump Administration William Barr was scheduled to meet with at least three key Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans ahead of his confirmation hearing scheduled for next week . Despite the rumors, Rosenstein held onto his job. Graham listed a number of questions that he had put to Barr: 'I asked Mr. Barr directly, 'Do you think Mr. [Full Article...]

Here's how powerful your Irish passport is

Here's how powerful your Irish passport is The runner-up is South Korea, which for three months added India to the list of visa-free countries and climbed one position in the Index. Columbia and Tuvalu equally made an impressive move by five spots to their new ranking of 42nd place, allowing visa-free access to 127 destinations. [Full Article...]


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