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Israel says it conducted 865 air raids in Gaza in 2018

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The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has called for forming an global commission to investigate Israeli excavations in the occupied city of East Jerusalem and beneath the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. "When a USA citizen is incarcerated overseas, the US government works to provide all appropriate consular assistance". The Palestinians severed ties with the White House in response. Read More »

Polish FM to attend inauguration of Brazil's new president

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If Bolsonaro were to move the embassy to Jerusalem, it would come after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: "No choice" on continuing government shutdown Syrian troop withdraw will take four months: report Kim Jong Un: North Korea may "seek a new path" if United States doesn't negotiate MORE did the same for the U.S. Read More »

Shanahan to replace Mattis as new Pentagon chief

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Mattis resigned from the position of defense secretary in apparent protest of Trump's decision the day prior to withdraw USA forces from Syria - a move announced on December 19. This turned out not to match the Mattis style, which emphasized respectful collaboration with allies and partners. "So keep the faith in our country and hold fast, alongside our allies, aligned against our foes ", Mattis said. Read More »

'Without The Wall There Can Be No Border Security'

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The House will quickly elect Nancy Pelosi as its new speaker, and approve a package of Democratic-designed rules for the chamber that will govern its operations over the next two years. In morning tweets, Trump sought to blame the media for the discrepancy and said he still envisions an "all concrete" wall in some areas but that a "see through" barrier at the U.S. Read More »

US Strategic Command Apolgizes After Tweeting About Bomb Drop

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The tweet featured a video of a B-2 bomber dropping bombs as the words "stealth", "ready" and "lethal" flashed on the screen. Following the tweet's removal, STRATCOM's Twitter account apologized for the seemingly ominous message, stating, "it was in poor taste & does not reflect our values". Read More »

Kim vows more summits with Moon next year

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South Korea's presidential spokesperson said a letter from the North Korean leader was delivered to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday afternoon. Kim also apparently sent an "amicable" letter to U.S. President Donald Trump . Another speaker, in a reflection of the shift in perception towards Kim in South Korea, said: "Until now, we did not know Kim's true self". Read More »

Sydney puts on dazzling 2019 fireworks, but gets the year wrong

A woman walks in front of an illuminated "2019" sign on a square in central Moscow on December 30, 2018, ahead of the new year. The celebrations only got more boisterous from there as the time zones unfurled with party after party. feel changes for the better in the coming year". French President Emmanuel Macron, in a televised address, acknowledged the French government "can do better" by citizens complaining of shrinking spending power. Read More »

Man Accused Of Murdering Fiancee Kelsey Berreth Appears In Court

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Her body has not been found. Prosecutors filed two murder charges because they have different theories. Frazee was charged on five counts of murder relating to her death, including two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. Read More »

Vehicle deliberately driven into New Year's Eve crowds injuring eight in Tokyo

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Another man was slightly injured after Kusakabe allegedly struck him after getting out of the vehicle, the police said. Police inspect a auto whose driver rammed his vehicle into crowds on Takeshita street in Tokyo early January 1, 2019. They say he is suspected of intentionally trying to kill people by driving the small vehicle through the street, which local media said had been closed to auto traffic for holiday revelers. Read More »

Manchester attack: Three hurt at Victoria railway station by knifeman 'shouting Allah'

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BTP said they were called at 8.52pm to reports of man with a knife who has been detained. Due to the police incident there are now no services at Victoria, (10:58pm New Year's Eve, Monday, 31 December). The investigation, however, would be led by the counter-terrorism division, since the motive of the suspect is still not clear. He added the attacker seemed to be in his thirties and was very "aggressive", "skittish", and seemed 'intent on causing harm, more harm than he actually did'. Read More »

Palestinian court sentences man to life over Jerusalem land sale

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Living in east Jerusalem , Akel has Israeli residency rights and is permitted under Israeli law to sell his property to whomever he wants. Akel "was sentenced on Monday, but he can appeal the ruling", an official in the PA judiciary's media office, who asked to remain unnamed, said in a phone call . Read More »

After the murder of Scandinavians: the Swiss in Morocco arrested

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They were captured by police investigating the deaths of Louisa Jespersen , 24, from Denmark , and Maren Ueland , 28, from Norway . The Swiss-Spaniard is "suspected of teaching some of those arrested (...) about communication tools involving new technology and training them in marksmanship ", Morocco's central investigative body said Saturday. Read More »

Woman slain with 2 children, mother was recently widowed

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He then stabbed a woman with non-life-threarening wounds while trying to steal her auto, police said. Lohmar said a potential motive is unclear and the investigation is still ongoing. Zoe and Jonathan Kasten, just 8 and 10 years old, and their grandmother, Jane Moeckel were shot to death. "During that phone call, the 911 operator could hear gunshots in the background", St. Read More »

Fox News Commentator Bre Payton Dies Suddenly at 26

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Among her first on-camera appearances that year was on Newsmax TV, which gave me the opportunity to observe her first-hand as she developed a pleasant and winning style. According to her biography at The Federalist , Payton wrote stories on "subjects ranging from Kanye West to Supreme Court rulings, to 2016 and breaking news". Read More »

Manhunt underway after suspect fired into vehicle, killing 7-year-old girl

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Sheriff's Maj. Jesse Razo said the other girls who were inside the auto when the shooting happened were "shaken" and "devastated". Her mother is 30-year-old LaPorsha Washington . He was described as being in his 40s and having a beard, Razo said. It's not clear if the other three girls, all under the age of 15, also are related to the woman, who was shot in the arm. Read More »

Big progress on trade deal with China

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday promised to take tough measures to avert major economic risks in 2019 as the country grappled with a continued slowdown largely due to the effects of the trade war with the US. Sunday's statement from Lu Kang, the spokesperson for the country's foreign ministry, appeared to confirm President Trump's optimism. "I hope that the two teams will meet each other half way, work hard, and strive to reach an agreement that is mutually beneficial and ... Read More »

US Senator Elizabeth Warren Announces Move For 2020 Presidential Run

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So far, Julian Castro, the secretary of health and human services under President Barack Obama, has announced the formation of an exploratory committee , and Rep. Her decision to more formally begin the process comes less than a month after the editorial board for her hometown newspaper, the Boston Globe, ruffled progressive feathers by suggesting she consider abandoning a potential run. Read More »

Brexit: US ambassador to UK Johnson warns on trade deal

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Failure to support the Brexit deal "would induce a sense that we had betrayed the people that had voted in the referendum", Fox said. The International Trade Secretary and Brexiteer minister believes that if the House of Commons votes down the Prime Minister's deal in January, Brexit may not happen at all. Read More »

Trump administration abandoned notion of concrete wall long ago - White House chief

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The measure will not include money for Trump's wall. "Makes sense to me!" Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington , after his meeting with President Trump, Sunday, Dec. While those officials and others jousted on the Sunday television news programs, there was no effort at direct talks between the warring parties. Representative Hakeem Jeffries of NY, the incoming Democratic caucus chairman, said on ABC that Democrats will ... Read More »

Russian Federation detains American in Moscow suspected of espionage

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No details were offered about Whelan or the crimes he allegedly committed. The FSB domestic security service said the American was arrested on Friday "while carrying out an act of espionage ". There was no immediate comment from the White House or U.S. State Department. Tensions between Moscow and Washington have intensified since Russian Federation annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Read More »

Indo-Russia talks developing in a dynamic manner: Putin

The two leaders were expected to get together at a G-20 meeting in Argentina, but Trump abruptly canceled after Russian Federation in late November grabbed three Ukrainian Navy warships and their crews in the Black Sea. "Both our president and his representatives have said that we are ready for the talks when Washington is ready for it", TASS news agency quoted Lavrov as saying in televised remarks. Read More »

UAE helicopter crash kills four crew on rescue mission near zipline

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Footage of the crash showed the helicopter in a tailspin and then exploding. The National Search and Rescue Centre confirmed that four crew members were on board when the helicopter crashed. "All the world's longest zipline's flights are cancelled until further notice and we will be in direct contact with all our customers by phone immediately". Read More »

DR Congo chooses new president

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The Catholic bishops conference (CENCO) said voting had not started on time at 830 polling stations, equivalent to about one-fifth of the stations across the country where it had deployed observers. The election's credibility has been strained by delays and accusations that electronic voting machines would help to rig the result. "I think the really big concern that we have now is that there is really going to be widespread chaos on Sunday". Read More »

Yemen's Houthis start redeployment in Hodeidah as part of UN deal

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Rebels and government officials agreed to a ceasefire and the withdrawal of forces from the province in a bid to end the country's almost four-year war. Both sides made each other for the violations responsible. The estimated 300 members of Hodeida's coast guard had not reported for work in months and have been replaced by personnel loyal to the Houthis, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. Read More »

Donald Trump Blames Democrat Immigration Policies for Child Deaths in Custody

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On Saturday, Trump claimed that Felipe and Jakelin were "very sick" before they reached the border , though both young migrants passed initial health screenings by Border Patrol . She showed signs of sepsis, a potentially fatal condition brought on by infection, according to officials. She died after being detained along with her father by US border agents in a remote part of New Mexico. Read More »

Three dead and dozens missing in Russian apartment block explosion

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It is a race against time to find survivors, as the temperature in the industrial city is -15C. The blast took place in the city of Magnitogorsk, near to Russia's border with Kazakhstan, around 3am on Sunday. In a sign of the seriousness of the situation, President Vladimir Putin ordered emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev and health minister Veronika Skvortsova to travel to Magnitogorsk to personally oversee the rescue operation. Read More »

4 dead as storm sweeps through central Philippines

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The tropical depression weakened into a low pressure area, but was continuing to bring heavy rains over the eastern provinces, enhanced by a cold front and the north-east monsoon, the weather bureau said. More than 22,000 people fled their homes ahead of the storm , which destroyed rice and corn crops and left some roads and bridges inaccessible, according to regional disaster officials. Read More »

Trump threatens to cut aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador

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El Salvador on Saturday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's allegation that it was "doing nothing" to discourage undocumented migrants from heading to the United States. The US-backed Alliance for Prosperity is aimed at reducing violence and increasing job opportunities in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, to help people be able to stay in their home countries economically. Read More »

Macron Plans to Crack Down on Tax Avoidance as Protests Ease

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The "yellow vest" protesters - named after the high visibility gear French drivers have to carry in their cars in case of emergency - staged more demonstrations on Saturday and clashed with police in several cities, though turnout was down from previous weeks. Read More »

Lion kills worker after escaping locked area at North Carolina conservatory

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The center said it wasn't immediately clear how the lion left the area. 22-year-old Alexandra Black, a native of New Palestine, was attacked and killed following a routine enclosure cleaning. It has more than a dozen employees and now houses more than 80 animals and more than 21 species. There are now 15 lions at the center, many of whom arrived as part of a United States Department of Agriculture placement after the Ohio State Fish and Wildlife Service seized animals from poor living ... Read More »

Donald Trump blames Democrats for deaths of migrant children at border

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was in Yuma, Arizona, on a trip to witness border operations first hand after saying last week that the U.S. While Trump and Democrats traded barbs over immigration policy, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was visiting medical officials and Border Patrol agents at the southern border in Arizona and Texas, promising additional wellness screenings for migrant children. Read More »