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Respite in Paris as yellow vest movement abates Respite in Paris as yellow vest movement abates
- December 23, 2018

There had been no incidences of violence or arrests, police said . The yellow vest protests, which have brought particular chaos to Paris over the past few weeks, abated Saturday, though one small gathering around the presidential palace did lead to police firing tear gas and using batons. (more...)
Killed in Czech Republic Coal Mine Explosion Killed in Czech Republic Coal Mine Explosion
- December 23, 2018

The state-run firm had said earlier that a methane blast more than 800 meters underground devastated areas of the CSM coal mine near the town of Karvina on Thursday, Reuters reports. Czech media said the accident occurred at a depth of 880 metres and that the fire had not been put out yet. Morawiecki and his Czech counterpart Andrej Babis have offered their condolences to the families of the victims. (more...)
Jim Mattis resignation letter lays out challenges for successor Jim Mattis resignation letter lays out challenges for successor
- December 23, 2018

Behind the scenes, the retired Marine Corps general spent months trying to convince Trump to keep a contingent of USA troops and special forces in Syria to train and advise Kurdish units to fight the Islamic State. The announcement of his departure came amid two major military decisions Gen Mattis had opposed: withdrawing troops from Syria and reducing USA presence in Afghanistan. (more...)
William Barr, Trump's Attorney General Pick, Criticized Mueller Probe In Memo William Barr, Trump's Attorney General Pick, Criticized Mueller Probe In Memo
- December 23, 2018

It showed that although Whitaker was not required to step aside from the investigation , the issue wasn't so clear cut. The memo, sent in June while Barr was in private practice and months before he was selected by Trump for the Justice Department job, could factor into his future confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee and may prompt questions about his ability to oversee the special counsel's investigation in an open-minded and impartial manner. (more...)
At least 40 killed, 600 hurt after tsunami hits Indonesia At least 40 killed, 600 hurt after tsunami hits Indonesia
- December 23, 2018

Scientists say the tsunami could have been caused by the eruption of Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island formed over years from the nearby Krakatau volcano. Lava streams down from Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa) on July 19, 2018. Today's disaster comes less than three months after Indonesia was jolted by a magnitude-7.5 quake and large tsunami that resulted in more than 1400 deaths. (more...)
Michelle stuns in $5485 boots Michelle stuns in $5485 boots
- December 23, 2018

During her husband, President Barack Obama 's tenure in the White House, FLOTUS made it a point to jumpstart the careers of designers of color and those on the rise. Michelle Obama described how hard it was to meet expectations during her husband's time in the White House, while taking a sly shot at the "new bar" that the current administration had to meet. (more...)
Freeland demands China release detained Canadians Freeland demands China release detained Canadians
- December 22, 2018

Friday's action was Canada's first formal demand for the release of its two citizens. Nine days later, the Chinese detained Kovrig and Spavor on vague allegations of "engaging in activities that endanger the national security" of China . (more...)
WA companies caught in China hacking blitz WA companies caught in China hacking blitz
- December 22, 2018

But the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said there was no suggestion the campaign was targeting New Zealand's general public or small to medium enterprises. "This activity is counter to the commitment all APEC economies, including China, made in November 2016", said New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). (more...)
U.S., Canada call on China to release detained Canadians U.S., Canada call on China to release detained Canadians
- December 22, 2018

Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei , was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 at the request of the USA, which wants her extradited. Karim Lebhour, a Washington-based spokesman for the International Crisis Group, says Kovrig's arrest - for allegedly endangering Chinese security - is unjustified and he should be released immediately. (more...)
British Media Watchdog Says RT Broke Impartiality Rules in Skripal Coverage British Media Watchdog Says RT Broke Impartiality Rules in Skripal Coverage
- December 22, 2018

In its ruling, Ofcom said the seven breaches "represent a serious failure of compliance with our broadcasting rules". Britain blames the Russian government for the poisoning of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia , in the city of Salisbury. (more...)
Congo polls delayed a week after fire Congo polls delayed a week after fire
- December 22, 2018

Electoral commission head Corneille Nangaa says voting machines to replace the 8 000 destroyed in the fire will arrive at the weekend. Idikayi denied media reports on Wednesday that CENI was considering postponing the election by a few days due to delays deploying voting materials to polling stations. (more...)
North Korea says it will not denuclearise unless USA removes threat North Korea says it will not denuclearise unless USA removes threat
- December 22, 2018

During the day-long tour, Biegun reportedly had no plan to meet with DPRK officials. "No more missiles being tested, no more nuclear testing". USA and North Korean bureaucracies are yet to begin the hard task of hammering out a joint plan consisting of concrete and mutual step-by-step actions toward peace and denuclearisation . (more...)
Special forces storm cargo ship 'hijacked by migrants' off Kent coast Special forces storm cargo ship 'hijacked by migrants' off Kent coast
- December 22, 2018

Police say officers are dealing with the incident and it is not being treated as a "hostage, piracy or terror-related incident". It was due to dock in Tilbury in Essex on Friday but is now circling in the estuary. "We understand that request was because they want to jump and they want to reach British coast". Stowaways on a cargo ship in the Thames Estuary have threatened the crew, who have locked themselves on the bridge of the vessel. (more...)
Switzerland and United Kingdom forge post-Brexit citizens' rights agreement Switzerland and United Kingdom forge post-Brexit citizens' rights agreement
- December 22, 2018

Leadsom, a staunch Brexiteer, who briefly challenged Theresa May for the Tory leadership in 2016, was asked whether she thought there would be a plausible argument for a "people's vote" on the final Brexit deal, if it was voted down by Parliament. (more...)
GoFundMe campaign for border wall reaches $11 million GoFundMe campaign for border wall reaches $11 million
- December 22, 2018

But as the question of money for his campaign proposal once again roils Congress, one man thinks he may have found a solution: crowd-funding. The Senate passed a bipartisan stopgap spending bill to keep the government running until February 8, but it did not include funds for a wall. (more...)
Trump repeats warning of a government shutdown to Congress Trump repeats warning of a government shutdown to Congress
- December 22, 2018

The administration official said, "Additionally, activities that are supported by multi-year funding, such as FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund, will continue operations", referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That might take a few days. It remains unclear if some sites, such as those along the National Mall, will be made somewhat accessible as they were during the last shutdown. (more...)
House passes spending bill with $5 billion for Trump’s border wall House passes spending bill with $5 billion for Trump’s border wall
- December 22, 2018

If a spending bill is not passed by midnight, a partial government shutdown will go into effect. "The shutdown will hopefully not last long". "So it's really the Democrat shutdown", the president said Friday during an unrelated bill signing ceremony at the White House . (more...)
Third Canadian held for working in China illegally Third Canadian held for working in China illegally
- December 22, 2018

The Canadian, a woman named Sarah McIver, faces "administrative penalties", said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying at a press briefing in Beijing , without specifying what the penalties entail. Meng has been accused of violating United States sanctions against Iran between 2009 and 2014 through the use of Huawei's subsidiary, Skycom, a telecom equipment company which was conducting business with Iran. (more...)
Kelsey Berreth’s 1-year-old daughter taken into protective custody Kelsey Berreth’s 1-year-old daughter taken into protective custody
- December 22, 2018

Patrick Frazee , 32, is being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder and solicitation to commit murder in the slaying of Kelsey Berreth , Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said at a news conference . Officials said previously Berreth's 1-year-old daughter was being taken care of by Frazee, who is the girl's father. Police have said Frazee was the last person to see Berreth alive. (more...)
Turkey Delays Syria Military Operation to Avoid US Friendly Fire - Minister Turkey Delays Syria Military Operation to Avoid US Friendly Fire - Minister
- December 22, 2018

A considerable faction within the Kurdish forces in Syria have always been calling for a reorientation towards an alliance with the Syrian government - as has happened on multiple occasions during the war, such as in the battle for Aleppo. The surprise withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria was announced on Wednesday after Trump said that the objective to defeat the Daesh* terror group had been achieved. (more...)
Award-winning journo exposed as serial fraud Award-winning journo exposed as serial fraud
- December 22, 2018

One of his colleagues who was working with Relotius on a story about the situation on the US-Mexican border grew suspicious of some of the details in the journalist's report. Another fraudulent tale involved a Yemeni prisoner at Guantanamo Bay . Earlier this month, he won Germany's Reporter of the Year award for a largely fabricated story about a young Syrian boy. (more...)
Colorado woman likely killed at home; fiance charged Colorado woman likely killed at home; fiance charged
- December 22, 2018

One of the last places she was seen was at a Safeway in Woodland Park, shopping with her daughter. Police confirmed that the missing Colorado mom's fiancé was taken into custody around 7 a.m. Kelsey's daughter is in protective custody, police said. Frazee previously had told police he last saw Berreth on November 22, when he picked up their daughter, making him the last known person to report seeing Berreth alive. (more...)
Fiancé of missing Colorado mom arrested
- December 22, 2018

The fiancé of missing Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth was arrested and booked on murder charges in connection with her death, authorities said Friday. Her mother, who lives in Idaho, told NBC prior to Frazee's arrest Friday that her daughter's disappearance was uncharacteristic. A week after that, she was reported missing. (more...)
Trump to slash troop numbers in Afghanistan Trump to slash troop numbers in Afghanistan
- December 22, 2018

It is not necessarily the announcement itself that caught many by surprise, but the timing. Earlier this weeks, peace talks took place in Abu Dhabi between United States and Taliban representatives in a bid to end the conflict. The incidents have plunged war-weary Afghan citizens into a state of despair and highlighted the limitations faced by the government in Kabul in ensuring public security. (more...)
Russian Federation investigates BBC and could BLOCK channel for being ‘politically motivated’ Russian Federation investigates BBC and could BLOCK channel for being ‘politically motivated’
- December 22, 2018

This morning, the Kremlin's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova said Britain's actions against the Russian broadcaster leave Moscow with no option but to respond in kind. If any violations of Russian law are found, the BBC could be restricted in Russia, Interfax said citing a source familiar with the investigation. On Thursday, Ofcom accused RT of failing to impartially cover the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal , as well as conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. (more...)

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