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McConnell introduces short-term spending bill to avert government shutdown McConnell introduces short-term spending bill to avert government shutdown
- December 19, 2018

The bill was bipartisan-backed and passed 87-12. "America is the greatest country in the world and my job is to fight for ALL citizens, even those who have made mistakes", Trump wrote . "I call it fairness to the victims", Kennedy said. The Senate bill overcame late obstacles by Sens. Establishes eligibility criteria for and incentivizes participation in evidence-based recidivism reduction programs by allowing prisoners to earn time credits for prerelease custody (defined as ... (more...)
Goldman Sachs faces charges in corruption probe | Money Talks Goldman Sachs faces charges in corruption probe | Money Talks
- December 19, 2018

Malaysia on Wednesday charged a second former banker at Goldman Sachs in connection with a suspected money-laundering scheme at state fund 1MDB and said it had issued a summons to the bank. A Goldman Sachs spokesman said none of the Goldman Sachs entities named in the Malaysia charges had received any summons. Meanwhile, Goldman has pledged to fight the charges, insisting it was misled by the former Malaysian government and 1MDB. (more...)
Israel Chides Australia's Recognition of West Jerusalem as Capital Israel Chides Australia's Recognition of West Jerusalem as Capital
- December 19, 2018

He clarified that " Australia's position does not hamper the legitimate demands of the Palestinians and first and foremost East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital ". embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in May, which infuriated Palestinians and the wider Islamic world and upset Western allies. Australia's Muslim-majority neighbor Malaysia said Sunday that it "strongly opposes" the decision to recognize West Jerusalem . (more...)
White House tells Pentagon to plan to withdraw troops from Syria White House tells Pentagon to plan to withdraw troops from Syria
- December 19, 2018

While the Pentagon and the White House did not issue any official statements on the issue, Trump said in a Twitter post that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), which he called "the only reason for [the USA troops] being there [in Syria]", has been defeted, apparently signaling that there was no reason for the U.S. (more...)
Mueller continues to be interested in interviewing Trump Mueller continues to be interested in interviewing Trump
- December 19, 2018

With less than three weeks to go before they take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats are jockeying to lead overlapping investigations into the president. And at least one legal expert tells CBN News that proving the president would have made that payment regardless, is key to the case. Still, Cohen maintains the point of the payment was to influence the election. (more...)
Japan to spend more on defense, refit first aircraft carrier since WWII Japan to spend more on defense, refit first aircraft carrier since WWII
- December 19, 2018

Japan will bolster air and sea defences amid "strong concern" about growing Chinese air and naval activity in the region, according to newly released defence guidelines. The Defense Ministry said on Monday it wanted troops and their families to move into the two new housing complexes on one of the four islands, Iturup (Etorofu in Japan), and into two others on the island of Kunashir (Kunashiri in Japan), on December 25. (more...)
Grace Mugabe faces South Africa arrest warrant Grace Mugabe faces South Africa arrest warrant
- December 19, 2018

This year, a South African court ruled that the decision to grant diplomatic immunity to Grace Mugabe was illegal. South African model Gabriella Engels accused Grace Mugabe of attacking her in August 2017. Mrs Mugabe said at the time that she had acted in self-defence after the "intoxicated and unhinged" model attacked her in the room where her two sons lived. (more...)
Facebook bans Israeli PM's son for 24 hours over hate speech Facebook bans Israeli PM's son for 24 hours over hate speech
- December 19, 2018

The eldest of the prime minister's sons, Yair Netanyahu still lives with his parents at the official prime ministerial residence in Jerusalem and is provided with a state-funded auto and security detail. has chosen the rights of Palestinians over the security of Israelis". Yair had previously made anti-Muslims remarks on Facebook. Facebook responded by banning Yair for 24 hours. (more...)
Third Canadian citizen has been detained in China, Global Affairs Canada confirms Third Canadian citizen has been detained in China, Global Affairs Canada confirms
- December 19, 2018

Meng Wanzhou's detention has caused diplomatic tensions between Canada and China. The office did not suggest the arrest was linked to the arrest of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on December 1, who was held by Canadian authorities at the request of us officials. (more...)
An explosion hits Skai television in Athens An explosion hits Skai television in Athens
- December 19, 2018

Police said the blast occurred at around 2:30am outside the broadcaster's headquarters in Athens after telephoned warning prompted authorities to evacuate the building. "Democracy will not be terrorized", the mayor said. Greece has a long history of political violence, and has witnessed a resurgence in domestic terror attacks in recent years that have targeted political parties, banks, government institutions and the media. (more...)
Tucker Carlson Loses Bowflex, SmileDirectClub and NerdWallet as Advertisers Following Immigration Comments Tucker Carlson Loses Bowflex, SmileDirectClub and NerdWallet as Advertisers Following Immigration Comments
- December 19, 2018

In April, more than a dozen companies said they would no longer advertise on Laura Ingraham's show after Ingraham mocked David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland school shooting who has become a vocal advocate for gun control. He addressed the organizations that chose to pull their ads during his show on Monday night. Fox added that all advertisers have switched their ads to other shows, so no revenue was lost. (more...)
What are the chances Virginia sees a White Christmas? What are the chances Virginia sees a White Christmas?
- December 19, 2018

Christmas Day will begin with some sunshine and might finish with a few snowflakes as well. You're about to be disappointed if you were hoping for snow at Christmas because the forecast is decidedly normal, the same as any other day really. (more...)
Justice Department Moves Forward With Trump's Bump Stock Ban Justice Department Moves Forward With Trump's Bump Stock Ban
- December 19, 2018

And under his strong leadership, the Department of Justice has prosecuted more gun criminals than ever before as we target violent criminals. The rule concludes that bump-fire stocks , "slide-fire" devices, and devices with certain similar characteristics all fall within the prohibition on machine guns by allowing a "shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger", and therefore, they are illegal under federal law. (more...)
Trump calls ex-lawyer Cohen a 'rat' Trump calls ex-lawyer Cohen a 'rat'
- December 19, 2018

There are reports that the special counsel still wants a sit-down interview with the president. If this warrant was improperly obtained, it could've been a tool to fight prosecution, but Cohen pleaded guilty in August and November to financial crimes and lying to Congress about discussions with the Russian government about a Trump Tower deal in Moscow. (more...)
Little if any progress as partial U.S. government shutdown looms Little if any progress as partial U.S. government shutdown looms
- December 19, 2018

If US government fails to decide what exactly should be built on the Mexico border, a shutdown may come next. Republicans presently control Congress, including 51 seats in the 100-member Senate. During the most recent shutdown in January 2018, the three-day shutdown over the weekend wasn't quite long enough to delay paychecks. "Leader Schumer and I have said that we can not accept the offer they made of a billion-dollar slush fund for the president to implement his very wrong ... (more...)
Trump launches Space Command amid fears over Chinese and Russian programs Trump launches Space Command amid fears over Chinese and Russian programs
- December 18, 2018

Tuesday's move will launch a long and complicated process, requiring the Defense Department to pull together various space units and agencies from across the military services into a more coordinated, independent organisation, the Associated Press reported earlier on Tuesday, citing two unnamed USA officials. (more...)
Embattled Trump Foundation forced to dissolve itself under court supervision Embattled Trump Foundation forced to dissolve itself under court supervision
- December 18, 2018

Underwood's lawsuit against Trump and his three oldest children for violating state charity law will move forward. She continued: "This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a chequebook to serve Mr Trump's business and political interests". (more...)
U.S. travel ban stops Yemeni mother from seeing her dying child U.S. travel ban stops Yemeni mother from seeing her dying child
- December 18, 2018

He said the boy would probably die if he is taken to Egypt, where his mother is now living. Hassan is asking the USA government to give his wife a chance to see their son, Abdullah, again. He met his wife in the Arab nation, and the couple had several children there. Abdullah Hassan was born with hypomyelination, a rare brain disorder that has slowly robbed him of his ability to walk and talk. (more...)
'No foul play' after baby found dead on beach 'No foul play' after baby found dead on beach
- December 18, 2018

The child was of Caucasian appearance. It is hoped the Station will re-open at around lunchtime today, but in the meantime, anyone wishing to contact the Gardaí in person is asked to use Salthill Garda Station. "There's probably a fear amongst the mother of Belle to come forward and what we're trying to do is to create a safe environment that she will know that it's okay for her to come to us". (more...)
Prince Harry to snub traditional Boxing Day hunt to make Meghan happy Prince Harry to snub traditional Boxing Day hunt to make Meghan happy
- December 18, 2018

With just ten days until Christmas, Prince Charles' extended family has released the images each will use for their Christmas cards this year. The Royal insider said the decision would not go down well with Harry's brother. The Duchess, who is now pregnant with the couple's first child, eats vegan during the week and has been keen to change Harry's view on hunting. "I felt that we had drifted apart", Samantha told The Daily Mail previous year. (more...)
Two Chicago police officers hit and killed by a train Two Chicago police officers hit and killed by a train
- December 18, 2018

He said the investigation was still in the early stages and that more details would be released at a later time. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Marmolejo had 2.5 years on the force. As of 10:34 p.m., passengers from eastbound South Shore Line trains 19, 101, 121 and 123 were being bused from Millennium Station to their final destinations, according to an alert. (more...)
U.S. Airstrikes Kill 62 Al Shabaab Militants In Somalia U.S. Airstrikes Kill 62 Al Shabaab Militants In Somalia
- December 18, 2018

So far this year, American forces have conducted at least 45 airstrikes against the terrorist group - a almost 50 percent increase from last year's 31 bombings, according to figures compiled by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. The group's attacks are focused nearly exclusively inside Somalia, where it has battled for more than a decade in hopes of seizing control of the fragile country. (more...)
Russian Federation waged web campaign to swing United States election result Russian Federation waged web campaign to swing United States election result
- December 18, 2018

One concluded that trolls made over 40 phony Twitter accounts and websites purporting to represent news outlets or political groups, and the other found that the Internet Research Agency, a Russian government-linked troll group, was active on many social media platforms working to help Trump win. (more...)
Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister Wickremesinghe Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister Wickremesinghe
- December 18, 2018

President Maithripala Sirisena triggered the political turmoil by sacking Mr Wickremesinghe. After his appointment as prime minister , he sought to secure a majority in the 225-member Parliament but failed. "This is a reflection of the maturity demonstrated by all political forces, and also of the resilience of Sri Lankan democracy and its institutions", India's foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday. (more...)
Russian Federation retains heightened military border presence: Ukraine leader Russian Federation retains heightened military border presence: Ukraine leader
- December 18, 2018

A further confirmation of the relocation of the aircraft, there is not now. Washington D.C. [USA], Dec 18 (ANI): The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has approved, with a 2/3 majority, a resolution introduced by Ukraine asking Russian Federation to cease restriction of worldwide vessels in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. (more...)

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