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China: Canadian Diplomat Arrested on Charges of Endangering Security

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It said his case had been raised directly with Chinese officials. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said Wednesday that she takes her "extradition responsibilities and obligations very seriously", and if Canada's courts approve Meng's extradition, "then as the minister of justice, I will ultimately have to decide on the issue of surrender of the person sought for extradition". Read More »

Sri Lankan president reinstates the prime minister he sacked

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President Sirisena abruptly sacked Mr Wickremesinghe in October and appointed former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place. Earlier, Wickremesinghe's party said it was ready to work with Sirisena, saying the president was "misled by some groups" against the unity government. Read More »

James Comey calls House Republicans ‘shameful’ after interview

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Comey testified for almost six hours, in addition to the six-hour closed-door discussion he had with panel members earlier this month. Comey answered emphatically that he was not to blame for any damage to people's perceptions of the federal law enforcement agency and that "the FBI's reputation is taking a big hit because the president of the United States has lied about it constantly". Read More »

Fifth victim of Strasbourg attack is dead

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The 29-year-old native of the city attacked Strasbourg's Christmas market on Tuesday armed with a gun and a knife, killing four and wounding 11 others. He said he'd tried in the past to dissuade his son from believing IS propaganda. Castaner, the interior minister, took a detour to Herrlisheim while on a visit to Strasbourg. Read More »

Deal reached at United Nations climate conference in Poland

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However, environmental advocates and some national negotiators were alarmed that the United Nations meeting did not reflect the need for urgent action that was signaled in October's report from an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which concluded the world must limit the increase in global temperatures to 1.5 C and needs to take immediate and drastic action in order to do so. Read More »

Snow and ice warning as blizzards set to hit county

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Six yellow and amber weather warnings cover nearly the entire United Kingdom, apart from London and the South East, which are still expected to see heavy rain. Similar to black ice, it can become very slippery and is often hard to see. Meanwhile retail experts said they expected the storm to have had a major impact on pre-Christmas sales on what is traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the year. Read More »

Yemen's warring sides agree ceasefire for Red Sea port

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In a sign that the talks appeared to make more progress than previous rounds, Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani and Houthi delegation head Mohamed Abdelsalam shook hands at the closing event. The latest peace talks tackled a wide range of substantive issues, with an aim to put Yemen back on the path of peace and alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people. Read More »

Lebanon wary as Israel hunts 'Hezbollah tunnels'

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Within these statements, the UNIFIL has confirmed that the Hezbollah tunnels constructed along ISrael's northern border with Lebanon crossed into Israeli sovereignty. Since then, the IDF has exposed and destroyed four cross-border Hezbollah tunnels. UNIFIL said two tunnels cross the so-called Blue Line that demarcates the border between Israel and Lebanon. Read More »

Flynn associate arrested on illegal lobbying charges

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Further, prosecutors say Alptekin "directed and funded" Flynn and Kian's activities and later lied to investigators concerning his efforts. According to the indictment, Kian was vice chairman of Flynn's business group, the Flynn Intel Group. Read More »

Visitors evacuated after huge fire breaks out at Chester zoo

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The zoo describes the Monsoon Forest exhibit as the largest indoor zoo exhibit ever built in Britain, offering a chance to explore a sub-tropical world filled with creatures ranging from small insects to crocodiles. It was spreading across the roof in strong winds for a while. " We are working hard to account for all other species, such as birds, and move animals to alternative habitats ". Read More »

Tony Blair describes Theresa May as 'irresponsible' as public Brexit feud escalates

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Our dedicated coverage of Labour's policies and personalities, internal debates, selections and elections relies on donations from our readers . Only around ten Tory MPs have publicly stated their support for a second vote, but I'm told that a sizeable group of Europhile ministers and MPs are waiting in the wings to see if it emerges as the most likely option and would, with various degrees of reluctance, eventually give it their backing. Read More »

Washington is now five days away from a partial government shutdown

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The president has staked out an uncompromising position over the wall: "If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall" he tweeted. Without a new spending bill, about 25 percent of the $1.2 trillion federal budget - including funds for the Department of Homeland Security - will expire after December 21. Read More »

Donald Trump: Why Didn't FBI Break into 'Crooked' Hillary Clinton's Office?

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Giuliani also disparaged the claims of the president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen , who said that, as a candidate, Trump directed hush-money payments to women alleging sexual trysts with him to avoid hurting the campaign. When Cohen pleaded guilty to a charge from Mueller's office last month, he said he lied about Trump's knowledge of the proposed Moscow project. The late night comedy show just aired a parody of " It's a Wonderful Life ", which imagines how life would be better for ... Read More »

Indian troops enforce lockdown to foil Kashmir protest march

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Taking to Twitter, the PTI chief said, "Strongly condemn the killing of innocent Kashmiri civilians in Pulwama by Indian security forces". Condemning the killing, Prime Minster of Pakistan had said that "only dialogue, and not violence and killings, will resolve this conflict". Read More »

Hamas chief says ready to meet Palestinian president

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Hamas runs the Gaza Strip but also has a presence in the West Bank . The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas claimed Naalwa as one of its fighters. Meanwhile, a poll conducted over the weekend found that a strong majority of 58 percent of Israelis is either "unsatisfied" or "very unhappy" with the prime minister's performance as defense minister, a position he assumed last month following Avigdor Liberman's resignation in protest of inaction against Hamas. Read More »

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to Leave Administration This Month

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Trump followed up with a second tweet , announcing that the administration would name a new Interior Secretary sometime in the next two weeks, before the new year. A series of other top officials have left the Trump White House, including a secretary of state, two national security advisors and an attorney general, as well as Pruitt. Read More »

Ukraine Orthodox priests to establish independent church

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He stressed that the new church's doors would be open to all, and encouraged Ukrainians to rally behind it. "The people have been waiting for this". There was also the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Moscow and the Moscow-backed Ukrainian Orthodox Church oppose the unification. Vladimir Legoida, a spokesman for the Moscow church, told Russian state television that the Kiev synod had "no church, religious or evangelical meaning" and that it will have "no canonical consequences". Read More »

Turkey's Erdogan reveals part of Khashoggi killing audio

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The man clearly says "I know how to cut". "This man is a soldier. These are all in the audio recordings", he said . U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to condemn Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and has instead insisted that the kingdom is a valuable ally to the United States, despite a Central Intelligence Agency assessment that the prince likely ordered Khashoggi's killing. Read More »

Brexit pressure rises, but United Kingdom politicians say no to second vote

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Blair opposes Brexit and, as May's deal faces opposition on all sides of the House of Commons, he has stepped up calls for the public to vote again. Also on Sunday, May's supporters dampened suggestions that the government was planning a second referendum, arguing another Brexit vote would exacerbate divisions in the United Kingdom, not heal them. Read More »

Outraged Democrats vow to challenge court ruling that undercuts Obamacare

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Angry Democrats vowed to fight back as they blamed Republicans for what they see as a debacle that will leave millions of Americans without health care. Trump offered no details on the potential for healthcare talks with the Democrats, who are poised to take majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives in early January. Read More »

Israel signals displeasure at Australia's "mistaken" W.Jerusalem move

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Tzachi Hanegbi , Israel's minister for regional co-operation and a Netanyahu confidant in the right-wing Likud party, said splitting the city was a "mistake". Labor believes Jerusalem should remain recognised as the capital of both Israel and Palestine until the final stages of negotiations on a two-state solution. Read More »

North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

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In Singapore the two men signed a vaguely-worded statement on denuclearisation, but have since disagreed on what it means. North Koreans are marking the seventh anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son and successor, Kim Jong Un . Read More »

Explosion near pub in Sapporo, Japan injures dozens

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Sapporo police and fire officials said it was too early to say anything certain about the cause of the explosion. Police officers were keeping people from approaching the damaged building out of fear of additional blasts, the Japan Times reported . Read More »

May Said to Warn Merkel, Macron Their Brexit Deal Is Almost Dead

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The backstop proposals, aimed at preventing a return to a hard border in Ireland, would see the United Kingdom obey European Union customs rules if a wider trade deal had not been agreed with Brussels by the end of a transition period. Theresa May gave Jean Claude Juncker her own version of a "handbagging" after he accused her of being unclear and "nebulous" in her demands over the Brexit deal. Read More »

Cohen says Trump knew of hush payments, 'doesn't tell the truth'

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He is the first of Mr Trump's inner circle to be jailed over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "Instead of him taking responsibility for his actions, what does he do? He attacks my family". U.S. Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley dismissed Cohen's interview, when asked by reporters Friday at the White House. Read More »

Young: No concern over Russian aircraft in Venezuela

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The influential Russian daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported on Wednesday that the mission of the Tu-160 strategic bombers might have something to do with a Russian plan to establish long-term military presence in the Caribbean. "This we are going to do with our friends, because we have friends in the world who defend respectful, balanced relations", he said . The aircraft is part of the Long Range Aviation branch of the Russian Air Force which is involved with long-range nuclear weapons. Read More »