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First Pak-aided US-Taliban talks held in UAE

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Moreover, preliminary talks were held with the said countries along with the State Department's Special Representative Zalmai Khalilzad at the end of the day. Washington confirmed meetings were ongoing in Abu Dhabi "to promote an intra-Afghan dialogue toward ending the conflict", and that its envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the region. Read More »

EU implements Brexit 'no deal' contingency plans

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Mrs May was accused by Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable of "psychological warfare" in a bid to persuade MPs to support her Brexit deal when it returns to Parliament in January. The delay prompted accusations that the prime minister is stalling to increase pressure on MPs to back her plan - and fresh calls for Labour to initiate a binding no-confidence vote against the whole government. Read More »

U.S., Turkey Take Key Step Toward Patriot Missile Deal

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The State Department said earlier this year it was working with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey on the possible sale of a Raytheon Co Patriot missile defense system to keep it from buying a Russian-made S-400 system. The proposed purchase has been a major impediment to closer US-Turkish relations amid fears the Russian system could allow Moscow to collect intelligence on American and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation systems. Read More »

Washington DC sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica data scandal

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Washington DC's top prosecutor is suing Facebook in the first significant United States move to punish the firm for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal . The federal investigation involving the Security and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department has been underway for months, focusing in part on whether Facebook's representations to investors regarding the Cambridge Analytica scandal have been full and accurate. Read More »

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel Resigns

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However, as it became clear that he faced a vote of no confidence tabled by Socialists and Greens, he said: "My appeal was not not convincing". The Belgian Royal palace has confirmed that Charles Michel has been to see the king at the Chateau Laeken to offer his resignation . Read More »

Trump to announce USA will withdraw troops from Syria

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In a statement , White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is defending the move. However, the USA leader has been adamant in recent days that the fight against Isis is over, and troops need to return home. Andrew Tabler, a Syria specialist at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy think-tank, said a pull-out would allow other countries such as Iran to increase their influence in Syria. Read More »

PMQs: Three key points made by Corbyn (not the "stupid woman" row)

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She asked Mr Bercow: "Please, would you deal with it, as you often do Mr Speaker, in a fair way but also from the point of view of women in this House who are fed up over decades of being abused by men?" London and Brussels this week stepped up planning for a "no deal" scenario, and Corbyn warned during prime minister's questions on Wednesday that this would be "a disaster for our country". Read More »

Putin: Russia has enough missiles without violating treaty

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Russian military experts asked their US counterparts several days ago to hold consultations on the missile dispute, but had not yet received any response, Ryabkov said. "It makes no difference whatsoever if we have a Kalibr-armed submarine or aircraft carrying missiles or similar weapons ashore", he said. "No one has hypersonic weapons yet, but we have it", he said. Read More »

USA envoy - idea of extra Russian Federation sanctions gaining traction

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The ministry said that the occupation of Crimea, the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine by Russian Federation is in contravention to its commitments made under the Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine's Accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Budapest Memorandum). Read More »

European Commission Triggers No-Deal Brexit Contingency Plans

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Ms Laird said: "We had indicated that we wanted to ensure that parliament had a meaningful vote". She said: "Postponing the vote in the House of Commons on her bad Brexit deal just means delaying defeat and wasting precious time". The wording of the motion, targeted at Mrs May rather than the Government as a whole, would not trigger the process set out under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act which could eventually lead to a general election . Read More »

Mitch McConnell Files Continuing Resolution, Jet Fumes Flow Through the Senate

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The president and his top aides had been saying they are requiring that the funding include $5 billion for his border wall . "We need the government to remain open for the American people", McConnell said on the Senate floor. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway seemed to indicate to Fox News Wednesday morning that Trump would consider a clean funding measure, despite no funding for the wall. Read More »

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but embassy not moving yet

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He clarified that " Australia's position does not hamper the legitimate demands of the Palestinians and first and foremost East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital ". " Jerusalem has always been under Palestine, so why are they taking the initiative to divide Jerusalem ". The administration castigated the UN's Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees ( UNRWA ) for failed practices, and indicated that it rejected the criteria by which UNRWA defines Palestinian refugees, whereby ... Read More »

Trump to announce United States will withdraw troops from Syria

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Rob Manning told Breitbart News. Such a decision, if confirmed, would upend assumptions about a longer-term U.S. military presence in Syria, which U.S. US -backed Kurdish forces also are on the verge of capturing some of the final key areas held by the Islamic State east of the Euphrates River. A USA withdrawal could open Trump up to criticism if Islamic State reemerged. Read More »

Sudanese president's visit prelude for restoring Syria, Arab relations

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Many Arab countries have closed their embassies or downgraded their ties with Damascus. "The visit started the process of restoring relations between Syria and the Arab countries, as some of them have said that complete isolation is not very desirable, such as Jordan", he said, adding that it might be just a matter of time for other Arab leaders to visit Syria. Read More »

NPA issues arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe

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Grace Mugabe allegedly attacked model Gabriella Engels in an upscale hotel on August 13, 2017, whipping her with an extension cord that cut her forehead. Mugabe, accompanied by about 10 bodyguards and hotel security guards, was looking for her sons, Robert Jnr, 25, and Chatunga Bellarmine, 21 at The Capital 20 West hotel in Johannesburg's wealthy Sandton district. Read More »

Yair Netanyahu, Son of Israeli PM, Gets Brief Ban on Facebook

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In a message which was taken down by Facebook, Yair called for all Muslims to leave Israel , in the wake of a series of deadly attacks. He also criticised the social media platform and called the "thought police". In it, he warned that "there will never be peace with those monsters in the form of men that have called themselves "Palestinians" since 1964" [the founding date of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)]. Read More »

Tucker Carlson Defiant After Losing Three More Advertisers to Left-Wing Blacklisting Campaign

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Carlson ". "We've talked a lot on this show about the threat to free speech". "We plan to try and say what's true until the last day". Land Rover, IHOP , Ancestry.com, Just For Men , Minted , Smile Direct, Pacific Life , ScotteVest , Nerd Wallet, TD Ameritrade , Bowflex , CareerBuilder, Zenni and the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card had as of Tuesday afternoon all released statements saying that they would no longer advertise on " Tucker Carlson Tonight". Read More »

It's looking less and less like a White Christmas

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Snow has already been widespread across parts of the US this season, including several feet that fell in parts of North Carolina last week, but with warmer temperatures melting snow between now and Christmas, and with a generally quiet storm forecast ahead for the next week, some of those spots may not experience a white Christmas. Read More »

Trump bans bump stocks

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Officials at the Department of Justice say owners of the device have 90 days to turn in or destroy equipment from the date the final regulation is pushed through. "These regulations implicate Second Amendment rights, and courts should be highly suspect when an agency changes its "interpretation" of a statute in order to impair the exercise of enumerated constitutional rights", the organization's executive director, Erich Pratt, said. Read More »

Cohen Only Became a 'Rat' After FBI Broke Into His Offices

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Cohen pleaded guilty in August to crimes including campaign finance violations, which he said he carried out at the direction of Trump to silence two women about alleged sexual affairs. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that Cohen only offered information noting any wrongdoing after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his Manhattan office in April. Read More »

Trump to Sign Order Creating Space Command by Year's End

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Vice President Mike Pence outlined the plan during his visit to the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday. The US President put his signature under a one-page memorandum to set up the command on Tuesday. That legislation said the unified force would be used for to carry out "joint space warfighting operations", and that "all active and reserve space warfighting operational forces" would be under its command. Read More »

White House backs down on U.S. government shutdown threat

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At the White House, there were signs that the administration was backing down on its previous tough demands for the $5 billion funding. "I am proud to shut down the government for border security", Trump said. Congress could move to order that furloughed employees be paid retroactively after the shutdown is over, but that is not guaranteed. "Our members are asking how they are supposed to pay for rent, food, and gas if they are required to work without a paycheck", said a statement ... Read More »

Mother unable to see dying son due to Trump’s travel ban

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The US State Department granted a Yemeni mother, whose 2-year-old son is on life support in an Oakland hospital, a waiver Tuesday to travel to the United States , according to officials with the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "So for the previous year, she's been waiting on a waiver and never received one". Doctors told Hassan that patients such as his son are usually on life support for two or three weeks at the most. Read More »

Truce in Yemen to start tomorrow after fresh clashes

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The UN Special Envoy for Yemen , Martin Griffiths, has urged both sides to respect the obligations and spirit of the agreement, which followed UN-brokered talks in Sweden . Also agreed during the talks was a prisoner swap of some 15,000 detainees, while there was "mutual understanding" regarding aid deliveries to Yemen's third city Taiz - under control of loyalists but besieged by rebels. Read More »

Trump Foundation to shut down amid legal battle

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Attorney-General Barbara Underwood and the foundation filed a joint stipulation with the court Tuesday laying out a process for shutting down the charity and distributing its remaining assets to other non-profit groups. The lawsuit is also seeking restitution, as well as prohibiting Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. from serving on the boards of charities for the next 10 years. Read More »

'No foul play' in death of baby girl found on beach

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The station's phone number, 091-538000 is again operational, having been down last night, though calls are now being re-directed to Ennis Garda Station. "We will speak to her in absolute confidence", she said. "Even if she just wants to talk to us". "She will know that the gardai in Balbriggan will have named her lovely baby Belle, and we want her to seek medical attention and receive the care, support and attention she needs and deserves". Read More »

'Devastating Tragedy' for Chicago Police

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When officers arrived, a suspect had made his way onto the tracks and the officers went after him. CHICAGO , Illinois- Two Chicago police officers have been killed after being hit by a train Monday evening. 'It just highlights again how unsafe this job can be. About 6:20 p.m., Metra officials were informed that the officers had been struck by eastbound South Shore Line train 119, which left Millennium Station at 5:58 p.m., according to Metra spokeswoman Sylvia Cooper. Read More »

Goldman fires back after Malaysia charges bank in 1MDB probe

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The attorney general also said that charges would be filed shortly against a former partner of the bank and ex-chairman of its Southeast Asia business, Tim Leissner, and another former Goldman Sachs banker, Roger Ng. 'Having held themselves out as the pre-eminent global adviser/arranger for bonds, the highest standards are expected of Goldman Sachs, ' the attorney general's statement said. Read More »

Erdogan: Turkey may start new Syria op. any moment

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USA troops are based in the area, in part to reduce tensions. At least 2,000 U.S. troops are working alongside the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the country's north. U.S. backing for Kurdish forces in Syria has been a key point of contention between Washington and Ankara. Turkey views the main Kurdish militia as an extension of an insurgency within its borders. Read More »

U.S. Says Air Strikes Killed 62 Militants in Somalia

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Alongside our Somali and global partners, we are committed to preventing al-Shabaab from taking advantage of safe havens from which they can build capacity and attack the people of Somalia. No civilians were killed or injured during the airstrikes, among the deadliest this year, the statement added. The U.S. airstrikes have picked up dramatically since President Donald Trump took office and approved expanded military operations in the Horn of Africa nation. Read More »