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US Envoy Doubts Afghan Taliban's Desire for Peace

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Pakistan's army on Thursday threw its support behind the latest US efforts for a political settlement with the Afghan Taliban to end a 17-year-old war, urging Washington to leave Kabul as a friend of the region rather than a "failure". and Russian Federation. "And meetings in this negotiations process shall continue today", it said. Taliban officials said reports to the contrary were "propaganda". Read More »

Roberts, liberal justices snub Trump bid to enforce asylum policy

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Trump denounced U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar and the 9th Circuit when Tigar on November 19 blocked the policy and later refused to immediately reinstate it. Tigar was nominated for the federal bench by President Barack Obama. The administration has sought ways to block thousands of Central American men, women and children traveling in caravans to escape violence and poverty in their home countries from entering the United States, with Trump calling them a national security threat. Read More »

Pope urges sexual predator priests to turn themselves in

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While it is "undeniable" that in the past many allegations of abuse were not handled with the necessary "seriousness and promptness", the pope said , "that must never happen again". In his yearly address to members of the Roman Curia, the pope publicly thanked "those media professionals who were honest and objective and sought to unmask these predators and to make their victims' voices heard". Read More »

Shutdown expected to drag into Christmas as talks continue

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About an hour later, Trump fired off this tweet, raising hopes that talks were progressing: "Will be having lunch in White House residence with large group concerning Border Security". "So President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall , plain and simple", Schumer said on the Senate floor. Most critical U.S. Read More »

Partial government shutdown set as House, Senate adjourn

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While Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have already branded this outcome a Trump shutdown, the president tweeted Friday that "it will be a Democrat Shutdown!" if they don't support the measure before them in the Senate. He adds, "Hopefully the shutdown will not last long". Men from Mexico climb the US-Mexico border wall in Playas de Tijuana, northwestern Mexico, November 18, 2018. Read More »

Respite in Paris; Fewer protesters take to the streets

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There were 220 people detained nationwide, 81 of whom were taken into police custody, it added. Since the peak on November 17 with 282,000 demonstrators, the turnout has fallen to 166,000 on November 24, 136,000 on the first and eighth of December and 66,000 on December 15. Read More »

Several dead in Czech coal mine blast

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A further 10 miners were injured in the explosion Thursday afternoon at the CSM mine near the town of Karvina. One of the miners injured in the explosion was in critical condition with burns over 50 percent of his body, a hospital spokesperson told the Associated Press. Read More »

Defense secretary Mattis' resignation jolts Capitol Hill

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Chuck Schumer of NY also expressed anxiety over Mattis' departure. Mattis, who was quietly back at work Friday while stunned Pentagon staff soldiered on around him, implicitly warned in his letter to the president of the threat to the US from allowing alliances to fray and of the risk that disrespecting allies will undermine USA credibility. Read More »

Top Senate Democrat says Trump’s attorney general pick should not be nominated

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The obstruction question being pursued by Mueller's team is viewed as one of the largest legal threats to Trump's presidency. The memo reveals that Barr is "fatally conflicted", Schumer said in a statement . It is unclear how long Whitaker, a former USA attorney and conservative commentator, will head the department. Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker disregarded the advice of a Justice Department ethics official to step aside from overseeing Robert Mueller's Russian Federation ... Read More »

French jihadist linked to Charlie Hebdo attackers arrested in Djibouti

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The decision comes almost four years after brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly killed 12 people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015. Two were killed, one as a suicide bomber, another in a bomb explosion. It is noted that the detainee was a member of the group al-Qaeda in Iraq in 2006, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but he escaped from prison in 2007. Read More »

At Least 20 Killed As Tsunami Hits Indonesia: Government Agency

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The tsunami occurred at 9.27pm yesterday (10.27pm Malaysian time). It is believed the tsunami was caused by an undersea landslide following the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano. A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told SBS News, "the Australian Embassy in Jakarta is making urgent enquiries to determine whether any Australians have been affected by the tidal wave that hit beaches in the Sunda Strait area". Read More »

People are freaking out about Michelle Obama's $3,900 boots

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Michelle Obama stepped out in shimmery gold thigh-high stiletto boots that cost almost $4,000 in Brooklyn, New York, Wednesday night. She also accessorized with $550 Jennifer Fisher gold "Baby Jamma" hoops . "It's sort of my obligation to share and be truthful, because a lot of people look up to folks like us". Obama said she was conscious of that power, and used it to highlight underrepresented designers who might benefit from the attention. Read More »

Canada, US call for immediate release of two Canadians held by China

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Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing who has been China analyst for the International Crisis Group think-thank for the last two years, and Michael Spavor, who lives in Dandong and promotes exchanges with North Korea, were both detained December 10 on suspicion of endangering China's national security. Read More »

EU, US, Canada demand China release arrested Canadians

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Ottawa and Washington on Friday stepped up pressure on Beijing, calling for the immediate release of two Canadians detained in apparent retaliation for the arrest in Vancouver of Chinese tech executive Sabrina Meng Wanzhou on a United States warrant. Read More »

UK regulator says Russia’s RT broke broadcasting rules | Lexington Herald Leader

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Britain has accused Russia's GRU intelligence agency of trying to poison Skripal and his daughter with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury in March. Military personnel wearing protective suits remove a police auto and other vehicles from a public auto park in Salisbury in March, 2018. When defending the broadcasts, RT effectively argued it should not be seen as impartial because its viewers know it is "avowedly Russian". Read More »

Democratic Republic of Congo postpones long-awaited election

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The Independent National Election Commission announced the formal decision. Ethnic violence has also erupted in the country amid elections. The election has already been delayed for two years by President Joseph Kabila , in power for 17 years, and the two main candidates for the divided opposition slammed the new postponement. Read More »

North Korea Issues Blunt Statement On Denuclearization

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China is 's most important economic and political partner, but has agreed to United Nations economic sanctions aimed at pressuring leader Kim Jong-un to abandon his drive to develop nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles to deliver them. Read More »

U.S. announces new set of Russian Federation sanctions

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Stock indexes tracked oil prices lower, with the dollar-denominated RTS index falling 0.8 percent to 1,091.2 points and its rouble-based peer MOEX shedding 1.2 percent to 2,331.2 points. The Aughinish Alumina plant will be free from the threat of sanctions following a 30-day Congressional review period, the Irish foreign ministry said in a statement. Read More »

Coastguard and police attending stowaway 'threats' incident in Thames estuary

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The crew locked themselves in a cabin when the vessel was around ten miles north of Margate, Kent. A spokesman for the shipping line told Sky News that crew members were able to lock themselves inside the bridge, refusing the migrants' demands to bring the Grande Tema closer to shore so they could make a swim for it - a manoeuvre which would have been extremely unsafe, given the container ship's enormous size. Read More »

Parliamentary free vote on Brexit could be way out for UK

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It comes as Leadsom revealed in Parliament on Thursday that the debate on the PM's Brexit deal will begin on Wednesday 9 January, with the vote scheduled for Tuesday 15 January. The Work and Pensions Secretary and Remainer told Sky News that "nothing should be off the table" and "we need to find out where the will of Parliament is". Read More »

Unclear how US would get money from border wall GoFundMe

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Though NBC is clearly encouraging contributors to be skeptical about the account, the page continues to thrive, surpassing $12 million in just four days. He wrote that he was motivated to help fund the wall because "too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens and too many illegals are taking advantage of the United States taxpayers with no means of ever contributing to our society". Read More »

Will My Social Security Be Affected by the Government Shutdown?

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The House has adjourned, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn says there will be no vote Friday night in the Senate. The National Zoo in Washington will close, but the animals will still be fed and cared for. And some of them would not be reimbursed by their companies, if past shutdowns are any guide. The Census schedule includes a report on new-home sales December 27, the advance-goods trade balance and inventories on December 28 and construction spending January 3. Read More »

Partial shutdown of USA government looms after spending deal fails

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Campaigning for office two years ago, he had declared the wall would go up "so fast it will make your head spin". She said it could also encourage USA allies to go it alone without co-ordinating a broader strategy , something that could prove risky if, say, Australia or Japan chose to confront Beijing over the South China Sea, or the Baltic states got into a fight with Mr. Read More »

China says third detained Canadian is woman being punished for working illegally

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The detentions of the Canadians followed the arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou , the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei . Bob Rae, Canada's special envoy to Myanmar and a former Liberal Party leader, tweeted on Wednesday that "there are no coincidences" and said the detentions looked "too much like hostage taking". Read More »

Patrick Frazee, Fiance of Missing Colorado Mom Kelsey Berreth, Arrested

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Frazee, 32, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and suspicion of solicitation of first-degree murder for the death of his fiancée, Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said on Friday. The two did not live together, but they share a 1-year-old daughter and had plans to get married. Reuters Patrick Frazee , 32, appears in a booking photo provided by the Woodland Park Police Department on December 21, 2018. Read More »

Japan to resume commercial whaling

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The government is planning the departure as there is no prospect of resumption as things stand now, due to the moratorium on commercial whaling adopted by the IWC . "I have attended IWC meetings several times in the past, and I was struck by their extremely biased views", he said. Following the ballot, Japan's IWC commissioner Joji Morishita said differences with anti-whaling nations were "very clear" and Japan would now plan its "next steps". Read More »

USA military ordered to withdraw about half the troops in Afghanistan

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The U.S. convinced the Kurds to withdraw from Manbij , which appeased the Turkish government and prevented the attack. Several US defense officials told CNN that Trump wants to draw down US troops in Afghanistan. In either of these scenarios, there's the strong possibility, if not likelihood, of a bloodbath of forces that relied on USA protection and, in some cases, risked their lives fighting alongside Americans . Read More »

Der Spiegel sacks star journalist for falsifying articles 'on a grand scale'

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But still, some, including media analyst and former Spiegel employee Stefan Niggemeier, described the magazine's first main feature on its own scandal as "tone-deaf". Relotius alleged he had interviewed the boy via WhatsApp. Another fraudulent tale involved a Yemeni prisoner at Guantanamo Bay . Earlier this month, he was named German Reporter of the Year for a story about a young Syrian boy. Read More »

Patrick Frazee arrested over Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth's disappearance

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The family of a missing Colorado mother who police believe to be dead say they are shattered in the wake of the arrest of the woman's fiancé. Police only said that because of multiple interviews, they were able to arrest Frazee. Frazee previously had told police he last saw Berreth on November 22, when he picked up their daughter, making him the last known person to report seeing Berreth alive. Read More »

Fiance of Colorado woman who disappeared charged with murder

The fiance of a missing Colorado woman missing since Thanksgiving Day was arrested and charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder , a sheriff's official said Friday. A text from her phone to her employer, sent on November 25, said that she would not be coming into work that week . A week after that, she was reported missing. Read More »

U.S. troop withdrawal to have little impact

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In 2002, some 130,000 global troops entered Afghanistan following the military intervention of U.S. forces to topple the Taliban government. "The concerns circulating in mass media on the future of Afghanistan, were spreading much more than this in 2014", President Ghani's spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri said in a social media message on Friday. Read More »

Russian Federation media regulator begins check on BBC operations

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that several governmental agencies have voiced concerns about the BBC's "biased coverage" of Russian Federation in the past. The programmes were mostly about the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury in March or the conflict in Syria. Ofcom said it was considering "statutory sanctions" against the company, which could range from a fine to a license suspension. Read More »

Lehigh student Yukai Yang accused of poisoning roommate

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Thallium is odourless and tasteless, and can be fatal in humans. "This was over a period of time with thallium being added to foods and drinks in the refrigerator", Morganelli said. Police said there was 'damage to the victim's television and damage was also done to the victim's bed where the phrase "N*****, get out of here" was written in black marker'. Read More »

David Gauke hints he would quit Cabinet under no-deal Brexit

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Rudd, a stalwart of the Remain campaign in the 2016 referendum, returned to the Cabinet last month, half a year after being forced to quit as home secretary over accusations that she misled lawmakers on immigration targets. 'The best way of stopping no deal is to back the Prime Minister's deal in my view. MPs will vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal in the week commencing January 14, and if it is defeated the possibility of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without an agreement ... Read More »