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Richard Overton, oldest U.S

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Overton worked under four Texas governors before retiring. During Richard Overton's 111th birthday celebration, Volma Overton Jr. said it felt like Christmas, watching everyone line up to take a photo and share a gift with his cousin. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he said, "I only got out of there by the grace of God"'. Richard Overton was 112. He has battled pneumonia twice in recent years. Read More »

Deadly blast hits tour bus near Giza pyramids in Egypt

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According to officials, the explosion occurred at 6:15PM local time when the bus passed a section of wall used to hide the device from motorists and pedestrians. Egypt's tourism industry has been struggling to recover from terror attacks and domestic instability that has hit the country in recent years. The Pyramids of Giza are the only surviving structure of the seven wonders of the ancient world and a major tourist draw attracting visitors from across the globe. Read More »

Egypt's ex-presidents Mubarak and Morsi face off in court

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The 90-year-old Mubarak, whose almost three-decade rule was ended by a popular uprising in 2011, could be seen walking into the courtroom with a cane. Mr Morsi and senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood were in a cage in the courtroom as they heard his evidence. The man who led Mursi's ouster, then-army commander Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, went on to launch one of the bloodiest crackdowns against the Brotherhood. Read More »

White House Targets Pelosi Even After Trump's 'Proud' Shutdown Vow

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Trump wants everyone to forget that before the government shutdown , Congress looked to pass a stopgap bill that would've kept the government up and running and given him a portion of the funding for his dumb-ass wall that no one wants. Mostly, the Democratic aides declined to take the blame-game bait being dangled by the White House. Both chambers of the US Congress convened for only a few minutes late on Thursday (Dec 27), but took no steps to end a partial federal government shutdown ... Read More »

ICE Releases Hundreds of Migrants in Texas over Christmas

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Police learned about the first group released around 8 p.m. Sunday when officials at the Greyhound terminal told them people were trying to board buses without tickets. "Our challenge is that, so far, ICE has been unable to give us enough of a heads up to have those beds ready so you don't have migrants sitting on the sidewalk or in a parking lot or in a bus station or on a Sun Metro bus", O'Rourke said. Read More »

Trump received 'bone spurs' diagnosis as a 'favor,' doctor's daughters allege

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The doctor, Dr. Larry Braunstein , who died in 2007, rented an office from Trump's father, Fred C. Trump. New findings from the New York Times show, yet again, how hypocritical Trump is. It was family lore. As the newspaper noted, in a 2016 interview Trump said that a doctor provided him with "a very strong letter" to present to draft officials, though he claimed that he couldn't recall the doctor's name. Read More »

DRC: Ebola patients flee quarantine amid poll chaos

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There is no immediate comment from Ambassador Bart Ouvry. Congo has resisted what it considers worldwide meddling in the election, vowing to fund the vote itself. School, church and other activities have continued in Beni and Butembo despite the Ebola outbreak . Aruna Abedi, deputy director of the Ebola response, said demonstrators also attacked the office of the government agency coordinating the response to the Ebola virus in Beni before United Nations peacekeepers pushed them back. Read More »

Canadian to appeal drug smuggling charges in China amid Beijing-Ottawa spat

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Since her arrest, multiple Canadian citizens have been detained in China even as both governments refused to link the cases. "We will continue to provide consular services to them and their family", he said . The Global Times has been instrumental in cranking up tensions over Meng's arrest. Canada has pressed for the release of the two Canadians who China detained this month. Read More »

Mattis Wishes US Troops Merry Christmas, Tells Them to ‘Hold the Line’

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Tom Mattis , who lives in their hometown of Richland in Washington state, said James Mattis was not angry about the fiasco, which was prompted by Trump's decision to completely withdraw all US forces from Syria. "And the manner of his departure is yet another service to the nation". Mattis, 48, has served as secretary of defense since January 2017. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says Trump needs to reconsider pulling American troops out of Syria. Read More »

Deaths of 2 kids raise doubts about USA border agency

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When asked why the child was in custody for so long and if that violated the Flores Settlement Agreement - which limits the time children may be held in immigration detention and requires officials to turn them over to Health and Human Services within 72 hours - a CBP official said , "This subject was accompanied by a family member and was considered a family unit by Border Patrol standards". Read More »

British Indians killed in road accident in Iceland

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The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are supporting the family of several British nationals who were involved in a road traffic accident in Iceland and are in close contact with the Icelandic authorities". When I got there four people were out of the vehicle, one of them deceased. "The vehicle seemed to have hit the ground many metres from where it stopped". Read More »

Indonesia Raises Alert for Possible New Collapse of Krakatau Volcano

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Local people have been instructed to stay at least one kilometre away from the coastal region because of the risk of another tsunami being triggered by the Krakatua's continued eruptions, according to reports . Numerous tsunami survivors said they are too frightened to return home after waves about 10-feet tall swept many people out to sea. Anak Krakatau, meaning Child of Krakatau, emerged in 1927 from the remnants of the 1883 eruption of Mount Krakatau. Read More »

Miners trapped Meghalaya: CIL mobilises experts and equipment’s to launch rescue operation

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The team is carrying at least 20 high-power pumps, apart from other high-tech equipment and gadgets. Even after the machines pumped out water, there was only a marginal reduction in the water level. "We have stopped the two pumps that were put inside the coal pit to pump out water as they were ineffective". The NDRF who are engaged in the rescue efforts since day-1 reported a "foul odour" near the mine. Read More »

Trump finally hews to ritual of meeting troops in harm's way

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During his first visit to a combat zone since assuming office almost two years ago, President Trump couldn't help but take personal credit for a very generous but fictional pay increase for US troops. "You protect us. We are always going to protect you". "I said , 'No. Make it 10%". As The Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Paul Sonne reported , the pay raise Trump authorized this year amounted to 2.6 percent, not 10 percent. Read More »

New Yorkers report blue light over the city after transformer explosion

PIX11 said NYPD was investigating a transformer explosion at Astoria East and North Queens Con Ed power plant. Americans have been baffled by a mysterious blue light that illuminated the night sky in New York City. "*Not a href="https://twitter.com/EricFPhillips/status/1078482431693475840" *Eric Phillips wrote". Both the city police and fire departments tweeted that they were looking into a blast, with the latter adding that it had received several " reports of explosions in the Long ... Read More »

Obamas named America's most admired people, ahead of Donald Trump

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Clinton came in third place with just 4% of respondents naming her as their most-admired woman for 2018. Former president Barack Obama was named the man Americans admire most for the 11th year in a row , Gallup said. Republicans chose Trump (9 percent), followed by Obama and Winfrey at 5 percent, and Hillary Clinton at less than 0.5 percent. Obama's rising national profile is likely due in no small part to the deeply personal best-selling memoir, " Becoming ", released by the ... Read More »

GoFundMe refunds $400,000 to donors in alleged homeless scam

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GoFundMe said it has made refunds to everyone who contributed to a campaign involving Johnny Bobbitt, left, Katelyn McClure and Mark D'Amico. 35, the supposed motorist Kate McClure, 28, and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, 39, were charged with second-degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception in November of this year. Read More »

Trump ready to sign executive order that would bar Huawei, ZTE purchases

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The White House may issue an executive order early next year that limits purchases in the United States from two of China's largest telecommunications equipment makers. use parts from Huawei and ZTE, due to their lower prices. Huawei and ZTE declined to comment. The move has always been on the anvil and would worsen the trade and economic stand-off between two of the world's largest economies. Read More »

Saudi king orders major government reshuffle

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Abdul Aziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal has replaced Turki Al-Sheikh as president of the Sports Authority, while Turki Al-Sheikh has been appointed as Chairman of the Entertainment Authority. The crown prince oversees both entities. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh on October 23, 2018. Read More »

'Last adult' James Mattis leaves the room: what next for Asia?

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Please refresh the page for the fullest version. Brett McGurk, the USA envoy to the global coalition fighting Islamic State and an Obama administration holdover, followed Mattis in resigning. The early consequences of the new era were already apparent at year's end, with Trump not stopping a partial government shutdown despite the advice of GOP leaders and ordering the withdrawal of US troops from Syria over Mattis' objections. Read More »

UAE Embassy in Damascus to Reopen on Thursday After 6-Year Closure

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All along the conflict in Syria , the Syrian government and military have received advisory military help from allies Iran and Russian Federation. Sudan's President Omar Bashir visited Damascus earlier this month, becoming the first Arab head of state to visit Syria since the start of the war. Read More »

Child says still believes in Santa after Trump's 'marginal' quip

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Several minutes later, she reported that Santa was far away in Morocco but would be at the caller's home on Christmas morning. "It wasn't really [nerve-wracking], I just had to think of what the truth was". "I was very impressed with the phone call". The Trumps later travelled to Washington National Cathedral to attend the Solemn Holy Eucharist of Christmas Eve. Read More »

Thai farmers giddy over new medical marijuana law

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In the Unites States, medical marijuana is legal in 30 states, though the laws governing what's permitted vary from state to state. This could block Thai patients from accessing the medicine while also limiting Thai researchers keen on studying the drug. Read More »

On visit to Iraq, President Trump defends withdrawal from Syria

The visit, which was not announced in advance, came against the backdrop of mounting controversies over Trump's plans to withdraw forces from the Middle East, the ongoing government shutdown, and an apparently coincidental New York Times article that explored the president's past avoidance of military service. Read More »

White House, Congressional Democrats see no deal on shutdown

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People walk up the steps even though the National Archives is closed with the partial government shutdown in Washington. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY suggested that the president's insistence on a wall IS little more than an attempt to mollify his political base. Read More »

Russian Federation extends financial authorizes on Ukraine

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Ukraine said last week it planned to send warships to its Azov Sea ports via the Kerch Strait despite Russia's seizure of three navy vessels and their crews in the area in November. Volker also said that he has decided that it would be inexpedient for him to visit Moscow after U.S. President Donald Trump canceled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin , Interfax reported. Read More »

Latest Colorado Weather Forecast: Turning Colder With Snow Tomorrow

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Andrew Kalin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, says the storm was set to start overnight Tuesday in the western Dakotas and continue today (Wednesday) into Minnesota. Areas farther north, including Gogama, Kirkland Lake and Earlton will likely remain all snow Thursday night with significant accumulations of 10 to 20 cm possible. Read More »

MSNBC Panelist Attacks Trump For Visiting Troops In Iraq

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Mr Trump told troops at the Iraq base: "We're no longer the suckers, folks". We're respected again as a nation. We are always going to protect you. Retired Rear Adm. He said: "Our presence in Syria was not open ended and it was never meant to be permanent". General Mattis wrote: "Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position". Read More »

Amnesty says 37 protesters killed in Sudan crackdown

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Bashir responded by vowing to "take real reforms to guarantee a decent life for citizens", in quotes carried by the official SUNA news agency. The protesters are angry at the government's decision to increase the price of bread. The unions and opposition parties who organised the protest in the capital, Khartoum, said that at least eight people had been seriously injured as police tried to disperse crowds chanting pro-democracy slogans popularised during the Arab Spring. Read More »

Death toll from attack in Afghan capital soars to 43

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Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro says 40 other people were killed and 29 were wounded. An Afghan official says a suicide bomber exploded his vehicle outside a government department for martyrs and disabled persons before gunmen entered the building where they were battling local police. Read More »

Iraqi lawmakers slam Trump visit as a 'violation of Iraq's sovereignty'

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Mr Trump has said Deputy Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who he named as General Mattis's replacement, "could be there for a long time". Iraqi legislators told Reuters news agency that the two leaders had disagreed over where their planned meeting should take place: Trump had asked to meet at the Ain al-Asad military base, an offer which Abdul Mahdi declined. Read More »

Turkey 'determined' to drive out Syrian Kurdish forces

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While the foreign minister did not give a time frame, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said last week that Turkey would stall its offensive as part of coordination with the United States over the planned withdrawal of USA forces from the area. Read More »