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Russia Announces Successful Test of Hypersonic Missile

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The Avangard hypersonic vehicle zigzags on its path, changing course and altitude and making it impossible to predict, according to Russian military officials. He noted that Russian Federation has a stockpile of several dozen such missiles, which are in a factory-mint condition and not filled with fuel, allowing them to serve for a long time to come. Read More »

Russian Federation rejects call for release of Ukrainian sailors

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the sailors, who are in pre-trial detention on charges of illegally entering Russian territory, are being treated in accordance with the law. On December 18, the Ukrainian government extended embargo on food imports from Russian Federation until 2020. Ukraine insists on the introduction of new worldwide sanctions against Russian Federation in connection with its aggression in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. Read More »

Encounter underway in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama

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As news of the fighting spread, local protesters gathered near the site of the gunfight and threw stones at the security forces , which lobbed tear gas to disperse the mobs. Most of the militants were killed during encounters in south Kashmir's four districts - Pulwama , Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam. With the killing of four militants, the death toll this year has gone to 266, highest in the last decade. Read More »

OR hotel fires 2 men who 'mistreated' black man

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A black man claims he was racially profiled and was kicked out of a hotel he was staying in OR while he was talking to his mother on the phone. Almost a week later, the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Portland apologized Friday to Jermaine Massey on Twitter. Read More »

Israel approves 1451 new settlement units in West Bank

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Some 1,159 housing units have already been given final approval , while 1,032 buildings are at the first stage of the approval process. "We'll see an attempt by the left-wing to overthrow our rule with the help of the media and others ..." The settlements are an important issue among the right-wing constituency amid the ruling coalition's decision to dissolve the parliament and hold early elections . Read More »

US, China talk 'progress' after phone call on trade

Trump said in a tweet that negotiations were "moving along very well" toward a comprehensive deal, while Chinese state media said Xi believed both sides wanted "stable progress". Xi said Saturday that officials from both countries have been working actively and hopes the teams can meet each other halfway, Xinhua reported. Beijing so far has pledged to resume buying US soybeans and to at least temporarily lower retaliatory tariffs on USA autos. Read More »

Donald Trump blames Democrats after migrant children die in U.S. custody

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Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced on Fox News on Friday that President Trump has chose to cancel his plans to travel to his Mar-a-Lago resort for New Year's in order to stay in our nation's capital during the shutdown. Mueller III and Democrats - leave him both emboldened and hamstrung heading into the new year, according to top Republicans and Democrats. "If we had a wall, they wouldn't even try". Read More »

Hackers steal North Korea defectors' data

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The defectors' names, birthdates and addresses were stolen from a personal computer found with malicious code at the Hana Center in North Gyeongsang province, the ministry said . The Unification Ministry, which is in charge of all the Hana centers, conducted an emergency probe of the handling of personal information at every center in South Korea. Read More »

Migrants crossing the English Channel has become ‘major incident,’ United Kingdom says

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He said that over the last three weeks French colleagues have recovered at least 95 migrants including nine children, and arrested seven people caught attempting to facilitate these crossings. The move follows the interception of two more vessels carrying 12 migrants off the southeast English coast - the latest in a sharp increase in such cases over the Christmas week. Read More »

Winter storm blamed for three deadly upper Midwest crashes

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Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday there were 270 crashes with 20 causing injury, 270 vehicle spinouts and eight jackknifed semis statewide. Officials expected travel along Interstate 29 and I-94 to be treacherous. Eboni is expected to move across the US this week, possibly ending up in the northeast on Friday. However, the weather service is forecasting little if any ice accumulation. Read More »

GOP and Democrats trade blame for shutdown; no deal in sight

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With Washington paralyzed due to a partial government shutdown sparked by budget squabbles, the House Democratic leader is leading the #Resistance against Donald Trump and his border wall ... on Friday night. Both children traveled with parents from Guatemala. The Environmental Protection Agency will keep disaster-response teams and other essential workers on the job as it becomes the latest agency to start furloughing employees in the government shutdown . Read More »

Quake of 6.9 strikes off Philippines, small tsunami possible

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No casualties or damage have been reported as of this writing. No casualties or damage have been reported, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted its warning for a potential tsunami that could hit coastal areas of the southern Philippines and Indonesia. Read More »

Was Michael Cohen in Prague in 2016, after all?

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The McClatchy report cites four anonymous sources saying Cohen's phone had connected to cell towers in the Prague area during the late summer of 2016. As part of a plea deal struck with prosecutors in New York, Cohen said that Trump instructed him to make a hush payment in October 2016 to Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006. Read More »

Indian-origin police officer shot dead in California

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The Department added that multiple agencies responded to assist and Singh was found at the scene with a gunshot wound. Christianson said Thursday there was a "gunfight" between Singh and the suspect . He doesn't belong here. Christianson, who was at a meeting with Trump and slams California's law in a video posted by the White House in May, said the measure prohibited his department from sharing Perez Arriaga's gang ties, "other active warrants" and past DUI arrests with federal ... Read More »

Japan to seek understanding for its IWC withdrawal

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Suga chastised the IWC, saying it is committed to maintaining bans on whaling rather than looking at research that shows certain whale populations are abundant. Greenpeace Japan's executive director Sam Annesley said the decision was "out of step with the global community". Nevertheless Japan, Iceland and Norway never stopped hunting Whales. Read More »

Brazil's president-elect plans to change gun laws

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He was also expected to meet with the heads of Brazil's sizeable and influential Evangelical community, whose unwavering support for the State of Israel has likely contributed to Bolsonaro's stated intention to move the country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Read More »

Canadian teacher detained in China is freed, Americas News & Top Stories

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Albertan Sarah McIver has been released from custody in China, Global Affairs Canada says. Schellenberg has been detained in Liaoning province since 2014, predating the detention of two Canadians - former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor - who were picked up by Chinese authorities over so-called national security concerns shortly after Canada arrested a Chinese tech executive at the request of the United States. Read More »

Indonesian tsunami volcano lost two-thirds of its height

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A man removes debris from his damaged home in the tsunami-hit village of Carita, Indonesia , Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano island - which erupted and collapsed a week ago, triggering a deadly tsunami - is now only about one-quarter of its pre-eruption size, scientists say. Read More »

Flights suspended at Hanover airport after auto on runway

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The man, whose vehicle was registered in Poland, was quickly arrested and is being questioned. A Hannover police spokesperson told DW that the man drove out onto the runway and followed an airplane after it had landed. Take-offs and landings of planes are suspended while police investigated. Police sources said a terrorist motive could be " basically ruled out ". Incoming flights were being diverted to other airports. Read More »

600,000 security personnel deployed for Bangladesh elections

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With intelligence inputs alerting Bangladesh government that ISI agents are pro-active in Bangladesh and are spending money to topple Hasina government, for which the election commission led by KM Nurul Huda is extra cautious. "Police are there and the ruling activists are carrying homemade arms". Opposition parties said the arrests since the election was called on November 8 were meant to create a "climate of fear". Read More »

Zardari, Bilawal, Faryal and Sindh CM names put on ECL

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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government on Thursday made a decision to put former President and PPP co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari on the Exit Control List ( ECL ) over the ongoing money laundering probe against him. Zardari called his opponents "deaf and dumb", adding that they toppled late Benazir Bhutto's government twice, martyred her but still couldn't stop her. Read More »

Work to resume at Bahrain Embassy in Syria after UAE move

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Hamzeh al-Dawalibi, director of Protocol Department of the Syrian Foreign Ministry, also represented the Syrian government in the opening ceremony of the embassy. Pro-government Syrian outlet Al Masdar News has suggested that Riyadh could be next. - On December 22, Syrian intelligence chief Ali Mamluk, a key regime figure, visits Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials. Read More »

Pelosi Reportedly Goes to Hawaii Resort During Shutdown, Trump Stays in DC

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A funding bill with the $5 billion Trump wants for the border wall has already passed through the House. Like a spoiled toddler throwing a tantrum over a toy, President Donald Trump is threatening to shut down the southern border , terminate trade deals, and cease aid to three Latin American nations unless he gets what he wants: funding for his precious border wall. Read More »

UK says rising migrant Channel crossings are a 'major incident'

The statement said: "He has insisted the Home Office treat the situation as a major incident and has appointed a Gold Commander and asked for daily updates". "If people are in danger of their lives then they need to be saved", he told the BBC. "It's winter, but the weather has been quite good". Numerous migrants are Iranian or Syrian. Read More »

Democrats Won't Seat A North Carolina Republican Amid Election Fraud

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North Carolina's governor plans to appoint a temporary elections board to complete investigations of potential ballot fraud in a still-undecided U.S. North Carolina's elections board dissolved Friday under court order without certifying a victor in the state's tumultuous 9th Congressional District race, creating more complications and uncertainty just days before the new Congress is set to begin. Read More »

China Ex-Deputy Intelligence Chief Given Life Sentence For Corruption

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As part of his conviction, Ma's political rights have been revoked for life, while all his personal assets have been confiscated. Ma Jian, appointed deputy head of the Ministry of State Security in 2006, was convicted on charges spanning a 15-year period that began years before his appointment to the post that oversees Beijing's counterintelligence operations, according to sources quoted by The South China Morning Post . Read More »

9-magnitude quake strikes southern Philippines: USGS

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The UGSC initially said the magnitude of the quake was 7.2 but later downgraded it to 6.9. The islands of Geme and Tabukan Tengah (Indonesia) as well as Davao (Philippines) may experience tsunami waves within the hour. There have been several tsunamis in the region over the years. In September, about 2,200 people in Palu were killed by a quake and tsunami that hit Indonesia's Sulawesi island. Read More »

Trump threatens to 'entirely' close US-Mexico border unless wall demands met

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) had previously said he was only willing to provide the $1.6 billion for border security. But those funds can not go to the construction of a border wall . The issue at hand is how the administration goes about weeding out legitimate asylum claims from those that aren't. "In that regard, I do get concerned with some of the tweets and what they mean, what they don't mean, or not even understanding what he's trying to say when he's saying ... Read More »

British cruise ship entertainer missing after going overboard

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The US Coast Guard has launched a search for Arron Hough, who was part of the entertainment team aboard the Harmony of the Seas - after he did not show up for work Tuesday, the UK's Guardian reported . "We are all praying for @Arronhoughxox and his family", the post read. "Please keep the hope and Faith that he is healthy and as quickly as possible". Read More »

Suspect arrested in killing of California police officer

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Authorities also arrested Perez Arriaga's brother, Adrian Virgen, 25, and a co-worker, Erik Razo Quiroz, 32, who lied to police to try to protect him, Christianson said. Toor told KTVU that once he posted that, a flood of tips about the suspect came in, including pictures and the fact that the suspect was in Bakersfield, heading for the border. Read More »