• US to start 'significant' US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan
US to start 'significant' US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Mustefa Bali, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, said the fighters would keep up the battle against Islamic State - but that all bets were off if Turkey attacks. "Afghanistan will go back to the Taliban era", she said. The Pentagon over the last weekend fended off a push by Mr. Trump to start bringing troops home from Afghanistan s...

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  • USA government shuts down at midnight as House adjourns with no deal
USA government shuts down at midnight as House adjourns with no deal

In a series of early-morning tweets on Friday, Trump called on Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to use a "nuclear option" to allow a Senate vote on legislation with a simple majority, rather than the standard "supermajority" of 60 votes.

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  • At Least Four Democrats Promised Support for Border Wall Funding This Year
At Least Four Democrats Promised Support for Border Wall Funding This Year

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., warned senators they may need to return to Washington for a noontime vote Friday. US President Donald Trump arrives for the signing of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 farm bill in Washington , DC.

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  • Japan restaurant explosion: Dozens injured in Sapporo's Toyohira district today
Japan restaurant explosion: Dozens injured in Sapporo's Toyohira district today

The fire burned for almost six hours , Kyodo said, and photographs and TV footage showed smoke rising above charred, collapsed debris as dozens of firefighters poured water onto the building. "We managed to escape after everyone kicked through the wall", a person who was in the restaurant at the time told Kyodo. Image: Firefighters at the scene ...

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  • China arrests third Canadian
China arrests third Canadian

No details have been given on the latest, but Trudeau said it was "a very separate case" from last week when former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were detained amid the diplomatic quarrel triggered by Meng's arrest .

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  • Russian new military barracks in disputed Kuril islands anger Japan
Russian new military barracks in disputed Kuril islands anger Japan

Abe argues that efforts are needed in light of the growing security challenges in the region, including tensions with North Korea and, above all, the "strong concerns" over the expansion of Beijing's military footprint. "China's rapid modernization of the People's Liberation Army, enhancement of operational capabilities, and unilateral escalation...

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  • North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death
North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

The warning came after the US sanctioned three North Korean officials last week, . including Choe Ryong-hae, a top aide to Kim Jong-un. Now Pyongyang is demanding sanctions relief and condemning U.S. Singapore: In this file photo taken on June 12, 2018, US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands followi...

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  • Theresa May announces when MPs will vote on Brexit deal
Theresa May announces when MPs will vote on Brexit deal

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a news conference after an extraordinary European Union leaders summit to finalise and formalise the Brexit agreement in Brussels, Belgium on November 25, 2018. He said that all Cabinet ministers who have spoken publicly on Brexit in recent days had made clear their commitment to getting the prime mini...

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  • Lawyer says Mueller can interview Trump only 'over my dead body'
Lawyer says Mueller can interview Trump only 'over my dead body'

It's something he says was done at Trump's behest. Prosecutors with the Southern District of NY say Cohen implicated Trump in campaign financial violations, though they pointed out the defendant never signed a cooperation agreement. Federal prosecutors in NY say the payments amounted to illegal campaign contributions because they were made at the h...

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  • Trump says five people on short list for chief of staff
Trump says five people on short list for chief of staff

The White House clarified Friday night that Mulvaney will not resign from OMB . The first senior official disputed reports that Mulvaney wasn't interested in the chief of staff job and said the president didn't need to change Mulvaney's mind, though the budget director had previously signaled disinterest.

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  • James Comey Slams the Republican Party After Second Interview on Capitol Hill
James Comey Slams the Republican Party After Second Interview on Capitol Hill

Comey spoke after his second closed-door testimony in a week during which he was quizzed on his oversight of an investigation into the mishandling of sensitive emails by Trump's 2016 rival Hillary Clinton during the election. When a Fox News reporter asked Comey about the FBI's reputation "taking a big hit", Comey snapped: "The FBI's repu...

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  • Palestinians slam Australia's move on Jerusalem
Palestinians slam Australia's move on Jerusalem

Top Palestinian official Saeb Erekat responded Saturday to Australia's recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling the move "irresponsible". The status of Jerusalem is one of the most contested issues between Israel and the Palestinians. However, the US President Donald Trump decision to shift the US embassy to Jerusalem from T...

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  • Sri Lanka court verdict expected on Parliament's dissolution
Sri Lanka court verdict expected on Parliament's dissolution

While political norms dictate Sirisena respect the high court's verdict, Sri Lanka's strong executive powers mean that the court has no recourse if he doesn't follow it. The pair - Wickremesinghe an urbane, business-friendly lawyer, Sirisena the socialist son of a farming family - have struggled to reconcile differing policy views and their coali...

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  • 7-year-old migrant girl dies of thirst in Border Patrol custody
7-year-old migrant girl dies of thirst in Border Patrol custody

A seven-year-old migrant who died in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection last week didn't receive medical care for more than an hour and a half after her father reported that she was sick, a CBP official said . But the girl then died less than a day after she was airlifted there. The station is about 90 minutes away. They were ...

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  • Trump's son-in-law Kushner possible next chief of staff: US media
Trump's son-in-law Kushner possible next chief of staff: US media

Newt Gingrich has reportedly moved to the top of the dwindling list to replace White House chief of staff John Kelly . "The president will make the right choice for chief of staff when he is ready", Kushner said . "At the same time I'm open to ideas", Trump said. Last year, Trump and First Lady Melanie Trump made a brief appearance at the p...

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  • Mike Pompeo confirms China was behind massive Marriott hack
Mike Pompeo confirms China was behind massive Marriott hack

China has reportedly been trying to build a database containing United States government officials' personal information. These actions are said to include indictments against Chinese hackers and declassification of intelligence reports detailing Chinese cyberespionage efforts.

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  • French police release photo of suspected Strasbourg gunman Cherif Chekatt
French police release photo of suspected Strasbourg gunman Cherif Chekatt

A terrorism investigation was opened, but the motive of the attack is unclear. Prosecutor Remy Heitz said: "Considering the target, his way of operating, his profile and the testimonies of those who heard him yell " Allahu Akbar ", the anti-terrorist police has been called into action".

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  • 'Yellow vests': French minister tells Trump to stop meddling in country's politics
'Yellow vests': French minister tells Trump to stop meddling in country's politics

Meanwhile, an Al Arabiya reporter said that 10 people are injured amid clashes with police. Used tear gas canister lids lay scattered on the cobblestones of the Champs-Elysees. The iconic shopping center Galeries Lafayette also closed its doors. Here is a timeline of the "yellow vest" movement in France, from the first online rumblings agains...

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  • Rep. Mark Meadows on Trump's Short List for Chief of Staff
Rep. Mark Meadows on Trump's Short List for Chief of Staff

Here's a list of where several of the candidates stand right now. Trump announced Saturday that Kelly, 68, would leave the administration - the latest key personnel move at a time of mounting pressure from the Russian Federation election-meddling probe that comes amid increased focus on preparing for the 2020 elections.

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  • US Presidential election heading towards referendum on 'lock him up'
US Presidential election heading towards referendum on 'lock him up'

Something that would be perfectly legal to do as a businessman could take on a different standard as a candidate and campaign finance laws are "very open-ended", he said. Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has also said that a president can not be indicted. Cohen pleaded guilty in August to eight federal crimes, including tax fraud, making...

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  • UNGA Adopts Resolution Calling for End to Israel’s Occupation of Palestine
UNGA Adopts Resolution Calling for End to Israel’s Occupation of Palestine

But the vote on the resolution to condemn Hamas was 87-57 with 33 abstentions, a plurality below the two-thirds requirement. "This is a very important achievement for the U.S. Ahead of the vote, the USA ambassador sent a letter to all UN missions to make clear that "the United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously".

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  • Grace Millane: Body found in backpacker murder probe
Grace Millane: Body found in backpacker murder probe

At 9.41pm Millane and the 26-year-old man taken in by police today were seen on CCTV entering CityLife Hotel, which has entrances on both Queen and Durham Sts. "The focus now is to piece together exactly what happened to a young girl who came to New Zealand on her OE", he said. Det Insp Beard added officers were "determined to do everything we ca...

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  • Body found in Costa Rica is missing Florida woman
Body found in Costa Rica is missing Florida woman

We have spoken to Airbnb officials, who say they have reached out to both Carla's family as well as the FBI, OIJ and the local embassy. Stefaniak and April Burton, Stefaniak's sister-in-law, traveled to Costa Rica Thanksgiving weekend. Stefaniak reportedly FaceTimed a friend around 7:30 p.m. Burton returned to Tampa last Tuesday, but Stefaniak ...

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  • George HW Bush's Service Dog Broke Everyone's Hearts At His Memorial
George HW Bush's Service Dog Broke Everyone's Hearts At His Memorial

The funeral at the Washington National Cathedral, set to be attended by a wide array of former presidents and politicians, including Donald Trump, will last 90 minutes. Bush served as Central Intelligence Agency director when Carter first ran for president 1976. The casket will then be transported to the cathedral for the funeral service - th...

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  • Trump to name former Fox anchor Heather Nauert as next United Nations ambassador
Trump to name former Fox anchor Heather Nauert as next United Nations ambassador

Early in her career, Nauert worked as a health insurance consultant, according to the State Department, which says she studied at Mount Vernon Seminary and College, a private women's college in Washington DC, and Columbia University's journalism school.

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