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US Congress to reconvene with no end in sight for federal shutdown

US Congress to reconvene with no end in sight for federal shutdown Lawmakers managed to pass funding bills for about three-quarters of the government, but when it came to the last one, which included the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) along with border security, Democrats blocked the wall funding in the Senate, where Republicans lacked a sufficient majority. [Full Article...]

Russia Says It's Too Early To Consider Swap After Mutual Arrests

Jon Huntsman met with 48-year-old Paul Whelan from Novi, several days after he was taken into custody on suspicion of espionage. In a further escalation of tensions between the two countries, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on January 5 that the USA had detained a Russian national on December 29 - just one day after Whelan was arrested. [Full Article...]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Honors Mom With Moving Instagram Post After Swearing In

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Honors Mom With Moving Instagram Post After Swearing In This is the latest in a number of attempted smear campaigns on Ocasio-Cortez, many of which centre around personal attacks on her appearance or personal background. I don't know about you, but watching it put a much-needed smile on my face, only made wider by watching her formally take office the next day. "GOP lost entitlement to policing women's behavior a long time ago", Ocasio-Cortez tweet... [Full Article...]

Pompeo to head to Middle East for talks on Yemen, Syria, Iran

Pompeo to head to Middle East for talks on Yemen, Syria, Iran US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to eight Middle East capitals next week for talks on security expected to focus on Yemen, Syria and Iran, the State Department announced Friday. "Despite reports to the contrary, false narratives surrounding the Syria decision, we are not going anywhere", the official said. Khashoggi was killed on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in I... [Full Article...]

Federal agencies told to hold off pay raises

Federal agencies told to hold off pay raises The raises were the result of a pay freeze for top federal officials, including the vice president and Cabinet secretaries, that was on the verge of expiring because of the shutdown. While as many as 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay for two weeks - and counting - Vice President Mike Pence and other officials can expect to see a boost to their income in their next paycheck. [Full Article...]

Death At National Park Unreported For Week Amid Government Shutdown

Death At National Park Unreported For Week Amid Government Shutdown Unlike some previous shutdowns, the Trump administration has left most parks open to visitors despite staff furloughs. Visitors are misbehaving now that park rangers are not on the job, trash is not being picked up, roads are not being cleared of snow, sites in campgrounds are not being assigned and restrooms are locked. [Full Article...]

Netanyahu tells Putin: Israel will continue fight against Iran in Syria

Netanyahu tells Putin: Israel will continue fight against Iran in Syria Central Command, but the American Civil Liberties Union, which took on the man's case, called it a "death warrant". A missile attack by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria killed at least one Kurdish fighter and wounded two British soldiers embedded with them, according to reports Sunday, amid fierce fighting in the strategic area near the Iraqi border. [Full Article...]

USS Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi targeted in Yemen air strike

USS Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi targeted in Yemen air strike Jamal al-Badawi was killed in a precision strike in Yemen's Marib governate on January 1, US Central Command said on Twitter overnight. "Our great military has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole", Trump tweeted. [Full Article...]

Warren may run for prez

Warren may run for prez The Daily Caller was the first to report that Warren's fancy new "presidential committee" website features a "fact squad" page created to help clear up the controversies surrounding the progressive MA senator. Earlier in the week, days after Warren announced her exploratory committee, Mr. Trump tweeted a meme hitting her over the heritage question. I'd love to run against her'. [Full Article...]

New acting secretary of defense tells Pentagon 'to remember China, China, China'

New acting secretary of defense tells Pentagon 'to remember China, China, China' Trump said during the cabinet meeting that Islamic State militants should be combated by nations in the region, including USA adversary Iran. Shanahan stepped into the job after Mattis resigned following Trump's decision to pull United States troops from Syria , a move that went against the advice of his most senior military and diplomatic advisers. [Full Article...]

China and USA to hold trade talks in Beijing

China and USA to hold trade talks in Beijing In the meantime we are doing well in various Trade Negotiations now going on. The reports also said that the US team would be headed by Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish and would include Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass. [Full Article...]

Five teens die in 'escape room' fire during birthday celebration

Five teens die in 'escape room' fire during birthday celebration Police and fire officials said they did not yet know what started the blaze in the escape room , which was reported in the early evening. The 25-year-old man who was taken to hospital with burns could not be immediately questioned by investigators. [Full Article...]

Pakistan PM Khan says he wants to strengthen ties with Turkey

Pakistan PM Khan says he wants to strengthen ties with Turkey Khan told reporters he hoped the meeting would bring "badly needed peace" to Afghanistan. It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Imran Khan had twice visited the UAE past year, where he had held meetings with Emirati leadership. [Full Article...]

Pelosi invites Trump to deliver State of Union address

Pelosi invites Trump to deliver State of Union address The six-bill package passed the House 241-190 Thursday night, and the short-term Homeland Security spending bill passed 239-192. About a quarter of the federal government shut down last month as a result of an impasse between the White House and the Congress over whether to provide billions of USA dollars for President Donald Trump's long-promised border wall. [Full Article...]

Multiple sources say black man in custody in Jazmine Barnes case

Multiple sources say black man in custody in Jazmine Barnes case Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington , has said she believes the shooting was racially motivated. Prosecutors said he was driving the vehicle that pulled alongside the Barnes family auto and that someone else shot into the auto. Officials said investigators are also looking into the possibility that others could be charged in the case. Authorities in Texas say "persons of interest" are b... [Full Article...]

No Deal To End Government Shutdown As Negotiations Continue In Washington

No Deal To End Government Shutdown As Negotiations Continue In Washington He has also said he is considering declaring a national emergency so he could bypass US Congress and get the funding. Ongoing negotiations between Democrats and Republicans to reopen the government have stalled over the president's demands for border wall funding. [Full Article...]

Ukrainian Orthodox Church gets 'autocephaly' status

Ukrainian Orthodox Church gets 'autocephaly' status The decree, granting "autocephaly", was signed by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at a service with the head of the Ukrainian church Metropolitan Epifaniy and President Petro Poroshenko in St George's Cathedral in Istanbul. If they decide at a general meeting that they want to voluntarily join the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine, they will be accepted into the structure of the si... [Full Article...]

German politicians targeted in 'mass hack attack'

German politicians targeted in 'mass hack attack' Said German Justice Minister Katarina Barley to BBC News, "The people behind this want to damage confidence in our democracy and institutions". Deputies from all parties represented in the Bundestag were affected, as well as President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. [Full Article...]

Six dead, eight injured in U.S. highway crash

Six dead, eight injured in U.S. highway crash Holland's semi struck a Chevy van carrying those children, causing the church van to flip over multiple times and ejecting an unknown number of occupants, according to FHP. At least eight other people, including a pregnant woman, were injured in the crash . The crash was reported Thursday afternoon on Interstate 75 southbound near Gainesville. [Full Article...]

Majority of UK Voters Back Final Say Vote on Brexit Deal

Majority of UK Voters Back Final Say Vote on Brexit Deal However, she refused four times to rule out bringing her deal back to be voted on repeatedly if it is rejected by MPs. That is broadly in line with other polls in recent months which show a deeply divided electorate, in which opinion has swung towards remaining in the EU. [Full Article...]


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