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5 detained as France hunts Christmas market terror suspect 5 detained as France hunts Christmas market terror suspect
- December 15, 2018

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said by age 10 the suspect "already had behaviour that fell under penal law". French President Emmanuel Macron thanked security forces in a tweet and vowed: "Our commitment against terrorism is total". (more...)
Kosovo Government Approves Army Formation as Serbia Talks About Possible Armed Intervention Kosovo Government Approves Army Formation as Serbia Talks About Possible Armed Intervention
- December 15, 2018

Serbia has blocked Kosovo from various worldwide organisations, including the United Nations, and also lobbied foreign governments to revoke their recognition of its statehood. Government's commitment to the KSF's evolution as a defensive force serving all of Kosovo's communities and reflective of the country's multi-ethnic character". (more...)
Pope removes two cardinals facing sex scandals from his inner circle Pope removes two cardinals facing sex scandals from his inner circle
- December 15, 2018

Three members of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals have officially ended their service as papal advisers on the reform of the Roman Curia. The other cardinal to be excluded is Francisco Javier Errazuriz of Chile. The Australian and Chilean cardinals, who were among nine princes of the Catholic Church-appointed special counselors to the pope, were implicated in the sexual abuse scandals in the Church. (more...)
How the no-confidence vote gives Theresa May effective Brexit parliamentary minority How the no-confidence vote gives Theresa May effective Brexit parliamentary minority
- December 15, 2018

Mrs May has said she is not expecting a breakthrough on the backstop during this week's two-day summit in Brussels. Mr Varadkar also said he thought a no-deal scenario was "unlikely". What is the latest on the backstop? . May sought help to overcome opposition at home to the treaty's "Irish backstop" - an insurance clause obliging Britain to follow European Union trade regulations until a better way is found to avoid a damaging "hard border" across the island of Ireland. (more...)
Australia to recognise Jerusalem as Israel capital Australia to recognise Jerusalem as Israel capital
- December 15, 2018

Australia will establish a defence and trade office in Jerusalem, although moving the nation's embassy to the city from Tel Aviv will be delayed until the status of the city is determined under a peace settlement, the newspaper reported. The Palestinian government will press for Arab and Muslim states to "withdraw their ambassadors" and take some "meat and wheat" style "economic boycott measures" over Canberra's decision, Palestinian ambassador to Australia Izzat Abdulhadi told AFP Friday. (more...)
Lanka SC Upholds Court Order Restraining Rajapaksa From Acting as PM Lanka SC Upholds Court Order Restraining Rajapaksa From Acting as PM
- December 15, 2018

The latest decision of Rajapaksa to back down came as the Supreme Court ruled that he and his purported cabinet should not exercise the powers of the office they claim until he could prove his legitimacy. Sirisena, after sacking Wickremesinghe, dissolved Parliament and called for a snap election on January 5. He was defeated twice in no-confidence motions on November 14 and 16, but the former Sri Lankan president refused to step down. (more...)
May's plea for Brexit help cast as failure May's plea for Brexit help cast as failure
- December 15, 2018

She told the other 27 leaders the agreement could still pass the House of Commons next month if they helped her reassure lawmakers over a controversial "backstop" clause on Ireland, a British official said . Arriving in Brussels for an European Union summit, May acknowledged she needed fresh assurances from European Union leaders regarding the operation of the Northern Ireland backstop if the agreement was to get through the House of Commons. (more...)
Caught on camera: Orca trio swims alongside N.Z. woman Caught on camera: Orca trio swims alongside N.Z. woman
- December 15, 2018

A drone footage shows a pod of orca whales surrounding the woman. "It was so different to anything that's happened to me before", Johnson told the New Zealand-based 1 News Now. "Oh my god, these aren't dolphins, these are orca". The killer whales are apex predators, meaning no animal preys on them. Some extremely rare attacks could have likely taken place because an orca mistook a human for a seal. (more...)
From 'nebulous' to 'kissing': 'Robust' May-Juncker dispute dominates European Union summit
- December 15, 2018

Commenting on whether he will vote for Mrs May's withdrawal agreement in January, the Brexiteer MP said: "No, and I think there will be a large number of the Conservative Party's own backbenchers that will not be voting for it either". Later Juncker said at a press conference: "Theresa May is a good friend of ours". Giving a lunchtime press conference in Brussels, amid an atmosphere of recrimination, May said that her discussions with colleagues "have shown further clarification and ... (more...)
Tony Blair: Britain and European Union should prepare for second Brexit referendum Tony Blair: Britain and European Union should prepare for second Brexit referendum
- December 14, 2018

She confirmed she had a "robust" discussion with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and insisted she had been "crystal clear" about the UK's need for firmer assurances that the backstop can not become permanent. "We have to change the perception that the backstop could be a trap from which the United Kingdom could not escape". He said the only way of maintaining a frictionless border between Northern Ireland and the Republic was by ensuring the two are in the same trading ... (more...)
Dutch suspect to be arraigned in slaying of United States student Dutch suspect to be arraigned in slaying of United States student
- December 14, 2018

She went to the Netherlands to study psychology, he said. The suspected stabber, whom authorities describe as her roommate, took off after the slaying, but cops captured him getting off a train in Eindhoven, about 60 miles southeast of Rotterdam. (more...)
Turkish soldier killed in clashes with Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin Turkish soldier killed in clashes with Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin
- December 14, 2018

Erdogan urged the USA not to let "deep" disagreements on Syria policy prevent the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies from cooperating on other fronts. Erdogan, however, said Turkey had waited long enough to act against the YPG militia, which it says is indistinguishable from PKK militants who have waged an insurgency against the state in southeastern Turkey for 34 years. (more...)
7-year-old girl dies of dehydration in Border Patrol custody 7-year-old girl dies of dehydration in Border Patrol custody
- December 14, 2018

The agency did not release the name of the girl or her father, but the father remains in El Paso awaiting a meeting with Guatemalan consular officials, according to CBP. U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond Newsweek's request for comment. "We will be demanding immediate answers to this tragedy ", Nadler said. (more...)
Nancy Pelosi only serving 4 more years as speaker Nancy Pelosi only serving 4 more years as speaker
- December 14, 2018

Under the accord, Pelosi, 78, will support a three-term limit for the top three House Democratic leaders, with a possible fourth term if Democratic members vote by a two-thirds majority to retain them. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts; Tim Ryan of Ohio; Bill Foster of Illinois; Sanchez and Rep. -elect Gil Cisernos, both of California; and Filemon Vela of Texas. (more...)
Korean border troops verify removal of each other's posts Korean border troops verify removal of each other's posts
- December 14, 2018

So, let's look at the facts and assess whether continued negotiations will result in the complete denuclearization of North Korea. Soldiers from North and South Korea crossed into each other's territory peacefully for the first time today, Seoul said, as they began checking the dismantlement of guard posts in the Demilitarised Zone. (more...)
Toronto one of dozens of cities dealing with bomb threat hoaxes Toronto one of dozens of cities dealing with bomb threat hoaxes
- December 14, 2018

It goes on to further state that if the recipient does not pay a $20,000 Dollars bitcoin payment, the device will be detonated by the end of the day. after a business received a suspicious email. In an update, the school said the threat appeared to be part of a "national hoax". The department, which said there was no evidence the threats were credible, posted the text of one of the emails, which carried the subject line "Do not waste your time". (more...)
Russian Spy Maria Butina Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy Against The United States Russian Spy Maria Butina Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy Against The United States
- December 14, 2018

Maria Butina , who had earlier denied the charge, entered the new plea in a USA federal court in Washington on December 13, and also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. Specifically, she pleaded guilty to working with a deputy governor of the Russian Central Bank, believed to be Alexander Torshin . "Butina was aware", the filing said, that Torshin was at times acting at those Russian officials' direction. (more...)
Blizzard of bills from armored truck causes crashes on New Jersey highway Blizzard of bills from armored truck causes crashes on New Jersey highway
- December 14, 2018

According to northjersey.com, the rear door of an armored truck owned by Brink's Home Security malfunctioned and opened Thursday morning, sending money flying across the highway. "We can confirm that there was an incident with one of our trucks this morning, which we are investigating", Brinks said in a statement. Police tweeted that anyone with information or video should contact them. (more...)
Grace Millane: Shovel recovered in backpacker murder probe Grace Millane: Shovel recovered in backpacker murder probe
- December 14, 2018

Google has been by slammed by a New Zealand lawmaker after the tech giant reportedly published the name of the suspect in the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane . Grace's family are now in the process of organising to take her body home. In New Zealand's court system, the accused and victims can ask to have their name suppressed, which means it becomes illegal to publish it in newspapers, online or anywhere else. (more...)
Sleeping subway rider wakes up to find man sexually assaulting her Sleeping subway rider wakes up to find man sexually assaulting her
- December 14, 2018

Lushchinskaya eventually pauses and appears to call someone before spitting at the woman then using a racial slur against her. Throughout the video , the attacker used her umbrella as a weapon, spat at passengers and screamed a racial slur against Chinese people. (more...)
Feds Open Criminal Investigation Into Trump Inauguration Committee Feds Open Criminal Investigation Into Trump Inauguration Committee
- December 14, 2018

The Wall Street Journal reported that the USA attorney's office in Manhattan was in the early stages of the probe exploring whether big-money donors gave money to the committee in the hope of access to - or influence within - the administration or policy concessions. (more...)
China Detains Former Canadian Diplomat After Arresting 100 Christians and Their Pastor
- December 14, 2018

Earlier this week, Chinese officials detained Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor on suspicion of "endangering national security", said China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang on Thursday. Michael Spavor, arrested on 12 December, is a businessman based in Dandong, near the Chinese border with North Korea. It says he speaks Korean and French fluently and is learning Chinese. (more...)
Sri Lanka’s sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe wins confidence vote Sri Lanka’s sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe wins confidence vote
- December 14, 2018

In a landmark judgement, a seven-judge Bench of the Supreme Court yesterday unanimously ruled that the Gazette dissolving Parliament, issued by President Maithripala Sirisena on 9 November, was unconstitutional, and Parliament can not be dissolved until four and a half out of its five year term is completed. (more...)
Santa on the naughty list after 'swearing at children' Santa on the naughty list after 'swearing at children'
- December 14, 2018

Organizers at a Christmas event had to apologise to furious parents after a Santa ran out of his grotto, ripped off his beard and screamed at the kids to "get the f**k out" after a fire alarm sounded. The woman said one of her friend's children became extremely distressed when "Santa told them to get the fuck out". But one parent, Sharon Bavister, came to Santa's defense. (more...)
Brexit deal to return to Commons ‘before January 21’ Brexit deal to return to Commons ‘before January 21’
- December 14, 2018

But she was dealt a blow as European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker declared there was "no room whatsoever for renegotiation" of the Withdrawal Agreement reached last month. The Prime Minister confirmed the delay in the House of Commons this afternoon, saying she believed she could still win a vote after winning further reassurance on the Irish backstop . (more...)

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