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Mostly sunny to partly cloudy Christmas Eve

Mostly sunny to partly cloudy Christmas Eve While there has been occasional mist or drizzle, no rain of outcome has fallen. That storm was then expected to reorganize after passing over the Rockies and form a new system that could bring hazardous weather after the Christmas holiday. [Full Article...]

Border official announces changes after 2 children die in US custody

Border official announces changes after 2 children die in US custody The father and son were then taken to a medical centre in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where the child was initially diagnosed with a common cold, according to the statement . Texan congressman Joaquin Castro called for a congressional investigation into the boy's death. She became sick on the bus ride to a border patrol station and arrived with a 41-degree Celsius fever. [Full Article...]

Mattis signs troop withdrawal order after Trump ‘fires’ him on Twitter

Mattis signs troop withdrawal order after Trump ‘fires’ him on Twitter When it was first announced last spring, President Trump's proposal for a new Space Force was resisted by the Pentagon and ridiculed by late-night comics who envisioned Luke Skywalker in the military. He immediately left for Japan to try to fix that problem. It is unusual for the Pentagon to have an acting secretary of defense. A senior official said a specific plan was being worked out. [Full Article...]

'Thanks to Saudi A!' Trump claims Saudis will pay to rebuild Syria

'Thanks to Saudi A!' Trump claims Saudis will pay to rebuild Syria According to multiple reports, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Trump during a phone call on December 14 that if he pulled the 2,000 USA troops out of Syria , Erdogan would finish off ISIS. The SDF, who are backed by the United States, said on Saturday (Sunday NZT) it was facing "a fierce and intense attack" by Isis fighters, who launched a wave of at least 17 suicide bombers at thei... [Full Article...]

On Christmas Eve, Trump questions child about belief in Santa

On Christmas Eve, Trump questions child about belief in Santa The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) tweeted Friday that it "will continue with its 63-year tradition of NORAD Tracks Santa on December 24" even in the event of a shutdown, which is great for the world's population of internet-savvy children but also the rest of us, given the necessity of NORAD's function. [Full Article...]

Militants attack government building in Kabul, killing at least 29

Militants attack government building in Kabul, killing at least 29 Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said that more than 350 people were eventually freed from the public works office. Eyewitnesses reported that a portion of the government building was in flames and several smaller explosions were heard amid the ongoing gunbattle. [Full Article...]

UAE says missing Princess Latifa is at home with family in Dubai

UAE says missing Princess Latifa is at home with family in Dubai The 33-year-old had not previously been seen in public for more than nine months while her Instagram account had been closed down. "During her visit to Dubai , Mary Robinson was reassured that Sheikha Latifa is receiving the necessary care and support she requires". [Full Article...]

Trump agrees to visit Turkey in 2019, no date set

Trump agrees to visit Turkey in 2019, no date set It has been reported that the USA still has about 2,000 troops in Syria. Since 2016, Turkey has carried out two similar military operations in northern Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen in Istanbul on Sunday. US -backed forces have also raised concerns about what to do with hundreds of captured IS foreign fighters. [Full Article...]

Sydney high-rise cleared of collapse risk, but 51 units deemed unsafe

Sydney high-rise cleared of collapse risk, but 51 units deemed unsafe About 300 people from more than 150 units in the 392-apartment Opal Tower and neighbouring buildings were evacuated amidst fears the newly-built high-rise could collapse. This resident described feeling the Opal Tower building shake. Aerial footage by Seven Network showed fire crews setting up tents while police redirect traffic and pedestrians. [Full Article...]

Rain or Snow? Post-Holiday Storm Still On Track

Rain or Snow? Post-Holiday Storm Still On Track We are tracking some festive flakes just in time for Christmas Eve . The precipitation will change back to snow in the evening as temperatures drop below freezing. Conditions for Christmas Day should be mainly dry through the day except for lingering mountain snow showers. Have a Merry Christmas and safe travels. [Full Article...]

USA and North Korea are deadlocked

USA and North Korea are deadlocked Kim and Donald Trump met on June 12 in Singapore, where they agreed on a goal for "the complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula with no detail of when and how it will happen. "If we unilaterally give up our nuclear weapons without any security assurance despite being first on the USA list of targets for pre-emptive nuclear strikes, that wouldn't be denuclearization - it would rather be a... [Full Article...]

Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 7 years in prison by Pakistani court

Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 7 years in prison by Pakistani court Sharif had served as Pakistan's prime minister on three separate occasions, the latest from 2013 to 2017 when the current investigation into his finances drove him from power. Announcing his verdict Judge Arshad Malik convicted Nawaz in the Al-Azizia reference, while acquitting him in the Flagship reference. On the other hand, Sharif's sons Hassan and Hussain have been declared absconders and pe... [Full Article...]

USA considering substantial reduction of troops in Afghanistan

USA considering substantial reduction of troops in Afghanistan An Afghan official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told RFE/RL that Trump's reported decision suggests "some serious progress with talks" in the U.A.E, without elaborating. The planned drawdown, according to a Pentagon adviser who spoke on the condition of anonymity, blindsided top United States military and allied commanders. [Full Article...]

Federal Court Orders North Korea To Pay Otto Warmbier's Parents $501 Million

Federal Court Orders North Korea To Pay Otto Warmbier's Parents $501 Million Any damages eventually won by the Warmbiers would likely come from North Korea's frozen USA assets, which amounted to about $63 million in 2017, according to the Treasury Department's Terrorist Assets Report, and those potential payments would be limited to the compensatory damages in Howell's opinion - a narrow portion of their larger award. [Full Article...]

Canada Calls on China to Release Detained Canadians, Allies Voice Support

Canada Calls on China to Release Detained Canadians, Allies Voice Support She is now staying at one of her luxury homes in Vancouver while awaiting the outcome of her extradition proceedings, which could take many months. Nine days later, China jailed the two Canadians. "You'd expect that with the parade of ministers that have been going to China from Canada for the last two years, that there'd be connectivity at the ministerial level", he said. [Full Article...]

4 stowaways arrested as ship incident resolved in England

4 stowaways arrested as ship incident resolved in England All four of the defendants spoke only to confirm their particulars, with McGee giving his nationality as Liberian and the others saying they are Nigerian . 'What they want to do is reach Europe so this is their aim, so I don't know if they knew they were in the United Kingdom, but they knew they were in Europe'. [Full Article...]

Respite in Paris as yellow vest movement abates

Respite in Paris as yellow vest movement abates There were 220 people detained nationwide, 81 of whom were taken into police custody, it added. The interior ministry estimated the numbers taking part in various protests on Thursday at under 4,000, the lowest since demonstrations began. [Full Article...]

Here's why the Indonesian tsunami rendered early warning systems 'useless'

Here's why the Indonesian tsunami rendered early warning systems 'useless' The volcanic island was created by a caldera forming in 1883 when Krakatoa went through one of its most violent volcanic eruptions in history. The national meteorological agency separately confirmed Monday that Saturday night's tsunami was caused by seismic activity at Mt. [Full Article...]

Will government shutdown affect Mueller's investigation?

Will government shutdown affect Mueller's investigation? Forest Service, said Friday morning. House members were told they'd get 24 hours' notice before a vote. However, Trump, who has to sign off any bill, is insisting that at least US$5 billion be included for his long-promised wall. The latter include most employees of the Department of Homeland Security (including the Border Patrol and TSA passenger and baggage screeners at airports), the De... [Full Article...]

Trump’s Conversations With Whitaker Lead to Increased Concerns of Obstruction

Trump’s Conversations With Whitaker Lead to Increased Concerns of Obstruction The full repercussions of the President's behavior toward Comey are yet to be resolved, as the matter is still under investigation by Mueller. The sentencing by US District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan will cap the stunning about-face of a lawyer who once said he would "take a bullet" for Trump but has now directly implicated the president in criminal conduct. [Full Article...]


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