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Russian official brushes off talk of swapping American for spy

Several told The Associated Press that the American never seemed sinister, merely someone who was interested in Russian Federation and wanted to be pen pals. The four governments will coordinate how to handle the case over the next few days, David Whelan said. Whelan was visited in detention in Moscow Wednesday by U.S. Read More »

A Visitor Died at Yosemite National Park During the Partial Government Shutdown


A man has died after falling into a river at Yosemite National Park on Christmas Day. "Medical attention was provided to the visitor, but he died from his injuries", Munoz said. "We aren't releasing more detail because the incident remains under investigation, which is taking longer than usual because of the shutdown". "Rangers were on scene in less than an hour and the visitor was removed from the water", Muñoz said. Read More »

Terrorist behind USS Cole attack in 2000 killed, says Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump hailed Badawi's reported killing. Jamal al-Badawi was killed in a precision strike in Yemen's Marib governate on January 1, US Central Command said on Twitter overnight. The USS Cole was refuelling in the Yemen port of Aden at the time. Navy spokesman Capt. William Urban said last Friday that an airstrike targeting Badawi was carried out last Tuesday in Yemen. Read More »

ISIS attack in Syria leaves 2 British soldiers seriously injured, report says


The move shocked USA allies and American defence officials alike, with U.S. defence secretary Jim Mattis and a top USA official in the fight against so-called Islamic State , Brett McGurk, resigning soon after . Later on Sunday Bolton met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reassured Israel and other allies of the United States' commitment to their security. Read More »

USS Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi targeted in Yemen air strike


U.S. Central Command spokesman Navy Capt. William Urban identified the man as al-Qaida militant Jamal al-Badawi in a statement to NBC News . A US airstrike in Yemen has targeted one of the alleged masterminds of the USS Cole bombing, which killed 17 sailors in 2000. Read More »

Syria withdrawal waiting on 'conditions': Trump aide

Bolton's comments, reported by AP, are the clearest statement yet from the Administration about how officials plan to execute Trump's abrupt December announcement that he would pull troops from Syria . He also said that the withdrawal would take place but "in a way to make sure Isis is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again". Read More »

Spain rescues 549 migrants from Mediterranean Sea


Thirty-two migrants were picked up from unseaworthy boats on December 22. The vessel has three small children and four teenagers onboard. Estimates by the United Nations refugee agency say 2,262 migrants died while crossing the Mediterranean in 2018 and the EU's border agency said 57,000 migrants reached Spain a year ago - double the figure for 2017. Read More »

Al-Qaeda's Jamal al-Badawi killed in US air strike


On October 12, 2000 two Yemeni suicide bombers rammed the ship in a small boat packed with up to 225kg (500lb) of high explosives, leaving a gaping hole in the side of the warship. forces confirmed the results of the strike following a deliberate assessment process". U.S. Central Command spokesman Capt. Bill Urban said in a statement Friday that the New Year's Day airstrike in the Ma'rib Governorate of Yemen was targeting Al-Badawi. Read More »

Saudi women to get divorce notice by text


The lawyer said the regulation will ensure women are, firstly, aware of their marital status, and able to protect their rights to alimony, or financial support. Women in Saudi Arabia still continue to be subjected to male guardianship laws. The kingdom has also allowed women to enter sports stadiums, previously a male-only arena, and is pushing for greater participation of women in the workforce as it seeks to diversify its oil-dependent economy. Read More »

Kevin Sweeney, Pentagon Chief of Staff, resigns


His departure comes after former Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis stepped down in December. Department spokeswoman Dana White also left her post after the president's surprise announcement on Syria . "We have defeated ISIS in Syria", Mr Trump tweeted. A senior Pentagon official confirmed Webb's name had been circulating at the White House, the Times reported. Read More »

Pence, other Cabinet members' pay raises frozen amid shutdown


That means the pay raise will go into effect tomorrow unless Congress moves to extend the pay freeze for the officials in question. Cabinet secretaries would be entitled to a jump in annual salary from $199,700 to $210,700. The government's Office of Personnel Management did not respond to a request for comment. "[It] would be prudent for agencies to continue to pay these senior political officials at the frozen rate", Weichert wrote in a memo to the heads of executive departments and ... Read More »

Police investigate after woman in vegetative state gives birth


Prior to the birth, staff were unaware the patient was even pregnant and their surprise quickly turned to concern as to how the woman conceived. "And they didn't know what was wrong with her". He declined to confirm whether the investigation involved a possible sex crime or elaborate on the circumstances that prompted the investigation. On its website , Hacienda HealthCare says it provides care for "medically fragile and chronically ill infants, children, teens, and young adults as well ... Read More »

Bolsonaro confirms eventual embassy move to Jerusalem


Brazilian media have shown security footage of service stations being torched by gang members in Fortaleza . Netanyahu quoted Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on his decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem. The state's governor belongs to the Workers' Party, which is now the left-wing opposition following Mr Bolsonaro's ascent to power. Jails are overcrowded, with gangs often violently turning on each other. Read More »

Egypt Attempts To Quash Controversial CBS Interview With President Sissi


Excerpts from the interview released by CBS over the weekend also quoted President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi denying there are political prisoners in Egypt, where he has overseen one of the largest crackdowns on dissent in the country's modern history since the ouster by the military, then led by him, of a divisive president. Read More »

Sultan Muhammad V abdicates as the 15th Agong

In a statement earlier today the Comptroller of the Royal Household Wan Ahmad Dahlan Ab Aziz said: "The Palace would like to inform that the Seri Paduka Baginda Tuanku has resigned as the 15th Yang DiPertuan Agong effective January 6 in accordance to Article 32 (3) of the Federal Constitution". Read More »

Paul Whelan: Is American held in Moscow really a U.S. spy?


Added to that, The Washington Post reported Whelan was found guilty of attempting to steal $10,000 (over 8,000 euros) worth of currency from the USA government while deployed to Iraq in 2006. Paul Whelan, a 48-year-old who has United Kingdom citizenship, was arrested in the Russian capital last week, apparently on espionage charges. But Moscow hit back at that suggestion. Read More »

Pelosi invites Trump to deliver State of Union address


For the first time in USA history, a government shutdown - the fourth-longest on record already - has stretched from one Congress into the next. Trump is demanding billions of dollars to build his wall along the USA border with Mexico, which the Democrats have refused. Read More »

Police ID Texas City Kids Found Dead


Three children, including an infant, were found dead Thursday evening inside a Texas City apartment. The woman was treated at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, police said. Her relationship to the children was not immediately clear. Police have not identified Mehmood as a suspect in the killings but said more charges would come Friday. Read More »

Brexit: PM Theresa May 'very unlikely' to win vote


Writing in the Mail, Mrs May said: "The only way to both honour the result of the referendum and protect jobs and security is by backing the deal that is on the table". In a Mail on Sunday article, Mrs May said Labour's approach under Jeremy Corbyn had been based on a "cynical tissue of incoherence, created to avoid hard decisions". Read More »

Indian court declares tycoon living in Britain an economic offender


An anti-corruption court in Mumbai on Saturday declared Vijay Mallya a "fugitive economic offender". Special judge MS Azmi invoked the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, which was passed in August previous year, on an application by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to have Mallya declared a fugitive from justice. Read More »

Man charged with capital murder in 7-year-old girl's death


No money can make up for the loss of a child, but National Football League star DeAndre Hopkins says he hopes the donation of his playoff game check to the family of Jazmine Barnes will show how much the community supports them. A manhunt is underway in Houston for a white man who killed a 7-year-old black girl in a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning. Police have said they are looking into various leads after a composite sketch of the alleged gunman was released on Thursday. Read More »

Border Patrol Council president 'all for' government shutdown, despite pay loss


Judd, a 21-year border patrol veteran, lost his pay as a result of the shutdown, but stressed the importance of funding a wall and border security. RT's Caleb Maupin took a closer look at the government-crippling political showdown. They accused the President of holding federal workers "hostage" to his demand for a wall that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called "immoral". Pelosi said during a Friday town hall at Trinity University in Washington , D.C., that "impeachment is a very divisive ... Read More »

TSA Screeners Are Calling in Sick


Kennedy International Airport in New York, CNN reported Friday. The lack of workers led to officers from earlier shifts having to cover the evenings. His angry response was followed by an official statement from the TSA which admitted more workers than usual were quoting illness when taking days off, but appeared to put it down the holiday season. Read More »

Taiwan’s president, defying Xi Jinping, calls unification offer ‘impossible’


Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), made the instruction at a CMC meeting held in Beijing. Since Ms Tsai, who is from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, became Taiwan's President in 2016, Beijing has been increasing pressure on the self-ruled island. Read More »

Warren's trip to Iowa tests themes for a likely 2020 run


All three locales are in counties Trump won handily in the 2016 election. Trump has taunted Warren over her lineage, derisively calling her "Pocahontas" during campaign stops and public rallies. This week, he tweeted out a fake bumper sticker mocking the senator. Warren is staying around the Des Moines metro Sunday holding a conversation with women leaders in Ankeny for a more intimate discussion with Iowans. Read More »

Indian Student Falls From Cliff in Ireland While Taking Selfie, Dies


The incident happened at about 3.15pm on Friday afternoon. According to Sky News, the Doolin-based coast guard recovered the body after an alarm was sounded. Eyewitnesses interviewed by Gardaí at the scene confirmed the death was a tragic accident. A student has died at the Cliffs of Moher while taking a photograph. Read More »

Rashida Tlaib's comment about Trump controversial among Detroiters


Relaying a conversation she had with her son, she said to cheers: 'When your son looks at you and says, "Momma, look you won, bullies don't win", and I said, "Baby they don't", because we're gonna go in and impeach the motherf--'. "You can not accomplish very much of anything unless you have civility and show respect for your colleagues". "I think it is absolutely essential that we protect the Mueller investigation", she said. Read More »

Lebanese salesman arrested over $2 billion fraud


Andrew Pearse, Surjan Singh and Detelina Subeva were charged in an indictment filed in a NY court with conspiring to violate American anti-bribery laws and to commit money laundering and securities fraud , according to John Marzulli, a spokesman for federal prosecutors in Brooklyn. Read More »

Senior US official: Saudi version of Khashoggi murder 'not credible'


Washington is seeking to build a consensus on how to deal with Syria and its supporter Iran in the wake of President Donald Trump's announcement in December of a United States troop withdrawal from the war-torn country. It is also seeking a solution to the war in Yemen between the legitimate government supported by a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi militias backed by Iran. Read More »

Pence, top aides set to get raises amid shutdown


The government payroll system has yet to implement the pay raise for executives including the vice president, a Congressional aide said. Unless extended by new legislation, the pay freeze will end on the last day of the last pay period that begins in calendar year 2018 (i.e., January 5, 2019, for those on the standard biweekly payroll cycle). Read More »