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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...]

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...]

Father of Saudi teen asylum seeker in Thailand, seeks meeting

Father of Saudi teen asylum seeker in Thailand, seeks meeting Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, plotted an escape from what she describes as persistent abuse and oppression by family members in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's human rights record has been under heavy scrutiny since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi late a year ago. [Full Article...]

India MPs pass citizenship bill that excludes Muslims

India MPs pass citizenship bill that excludes Muslims Hundreds took to the streets in different places of Assam to enforce the shutdown leading to stray incidents. Meanwhile, protestors ransacked BJP offices in Golaghat in Assam and burnt tyres across the state. Reacting to the Asom Gana Parishad's departure from the alliance, BJP spokeperson Rupam Goswami said while its "doors are always open", it can not force anyone to stay in an alliance with... [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...]

United States envoy working on Qatar dispute Anthony Zinni resigns

United States envoy working on Qatar dispute Anthony Zinni resigns Zinni joins a long list of high-ranking and long-serving United States officials who have been sacked or who willingly resigned from controversial President Donald Trump's team, often on account of his incoherent policy decisions but also following personal rows with the former real estate tycoon and reality TV celebrity. [Full Article...]

Giant ‘fatberg’ blocks sewer in popular English resort town

Giant ‘fatberg’ blocks sewer in popular English resort town In September 2017, a 250-metre-long, 130-tonne fatberg was found in the sewers of the London suburb of Whitechapel . "Don't pour cooking oil, fat and grease down the sink [and] only flush the (hash) 3Ps - pee, paper and poo", it tweeted. [Full Article...]

Indian scientists condemn 'irrational' claims that Hindu epics contain stem-cell research

Indian scientists condemn 'irrational' claims that Hindu epics contain stem-cell research The annual Indian Science Congress , which this year ran over five days at a university in northern Punjab state, ended on Monday. The head of a southern Indian university cited an old Hindu text as proof that stem cell research was discovered in India thousands of years ago. [Full Article...]

Freshman US Rep. Rashida Tlaib Reveals Apparent Anti-Semitism, Hatred of Israel

Freshman US Rep. Rashida Tlaib Reveals Apparent Anti-Semitism, Hatred of Israel Fatema, Tlaib's mother said that: "Wearing the traditional Palestinian dress during the swear-in is equivalent to the whole world for her". "I do apologize for the use of my words distracting us". In a video that has now gone viral, Tlaib can be seen telling the crowd at an event for MoveOn.org on Thursday night that "we're gonna go in there and we're gonna impeach the motherfucker ". [Full Article...]


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