• NORAD Santa Tracker still running despite shutdown
NORAD Santa Tracker still running despite shutdown

The tracker, which is run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD ), has been tracking Santa Claus and his trip since 1955. To his surprise, a young child had phoned the top secret line after finding a newspaper advert about "Santa's Toyland" from department store Sears , with the number of CONAD, NORAD's predecessor, printed b...

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  • Turkey leader promised he'll 'eradicate' ISIS in Syria
Turkey leader promised he'll 'eradicate' ISIS in Syria

The US Department of Defense has enacted the execute order for the pullout of the US troops from Syria , AFP reported Sunday, citing a US military spokesperson. In 2015, when the Syrian Democratic Forces were created under US auspices to fight Islamic State , YPG members formed its backbone. Emmanuel Macron Criticises Donald Trump's Decision of ...

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  • Israel to hold early elections in April
Israel to hold early elections in April

Mr Netanyahu said his coalition "unanimously" agreed to disband the government and hold a new election. Israeli law required a national election to be held in November 2019. With the opposition parties now splintered, the only thing that seems to stand in his way is potential criminal charges over his bevy of corruption allegations.

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  • ISIS may be behind grisly murders of backpackers in Morocco
ISIS may be behind grisly murders of backpackers in Morocco

Moroccan authorities have said the four suspects initially arrested had pledged allegiance to ISIS in a video posted on social media before the killings. Maren's mother paid tribute to her daughter by sharing a picture of her on Facebook with her pet dog, a huge leonberger named Alf Herman. The first was arrested in the popular tourist des...

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  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized for Lung Cancer
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized for Lung Cancer

Giuseppe Giaccone, an oncologist at Georgetown University's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Ginsburg, born in New York City, is the court's oldest member; she had said previously that she would not be retiring until she's 90 years old.

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  • Supreme Court denies WH request to immediately enforce asylum ban
Supreme Court denies WH request to immediately enforce asylum ban

Roberts Jr. voted with the court's four liberals to deny the emergency appeal filed by Solicitor General Noel Francisco. "We will continue to defend the Executive Branch's lawful authority over the discretionary benefit of asylum". "It would be great if the 9th Circuit was indeed an 'independent judiciary, ' but if it is why". "Very risky and unwis...

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  • Schumer And Pelosi Chide Trump For Triggering Shutdown With 'Temper Tantrum'
Schumer And Pelosi Chide Trump For Triggering Shutdown With 'Temper Tantrum'

Trump's Republican Party now dominates that chamber, but the Democrats are set to take control of it on January 3. "Everybody wants to see our border protected", he went on to say, before blaming Democrats who now control the Senate for the recent shutdown of the federal government.

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  • Patrick Frazee arrested over Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth's disappearance
Patrick Frazee arrested over Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth's disappearance

She reportedly has family in Idaho. Berreth's phone was tracked to a location near Gooding, Idaho. De Young declined to comment on whether others were involved, but charges of solicitation to commit murder are defined as "actual soliciting, or seeking to engage another to commit a crime", which could imply that someone else participated in th...

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  • North Korea says it won't denuclearize until United States eliminates 'nuclear threat'
North Korea says it won't denuclearize until United States eliminates 'nuclear threat'

North Korea rejects American calls for it to unilaterally denuclearise, and Washington should "give up its ambition" to force Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons by "high-handed practices and pressure", the news agency said. Relations between the Koreas have improved this year, with the North entering disarmament talks with a vague promis...

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  • Pakistani foreign minister hails talks between US, Taliban
Pakistani foreign minister hails talks between US, Taliban

Trump's decision apparently came Tuesday as Khalilzad met with the Taliban in Abu Dhabi, part of efforts to bring the militants to the negotiating table with the Afghan government. Pakistan adopted a cautious approach as it is aware of the wide divergence in the views and goals of Taliban and the U.S. and the Afghan government allied to it.

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  • James Mattis retiring as defense secretary
James Mattis retiring as defense secretary

Mattis' resignation letter to Trump, which reportedly came about as a result of Trump announcing on Twitter that he'd withdraw USA troops from Syria, emphasized the general's "core belief" that America's "strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships".

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  • Chinese Hackers Charged for Stealing Huge Troves of US Data
Chinese Hackers Charged for Stealing Huge Troves of US Data

China's foreign ministry said on Friday that it resolutely opposes the "slanderous" accusations from the U.S. and urges Washington to withdraw its allegations. "MSPs are firms that other companies trust to store, process, and protect commercial data, including intellectual property and other confidential business information", said Deputy Atto...

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  • Border Wall Funding: Trump Threatens
Border Wall Funding: Trump Threatens "Very Long" US Government Shutdown

Wall funding has little chance of passing the Senate, but Trump's insistence on the funds has led to a gridlocked Capitol Hill careening toward a partial government shutdown on Friday night. But funding for other agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the Agriculture Department, is set to expire at m...

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  • Kelsey Berreth’s 1-year-old daughter taken into protective custody
Kelsey Berreth’s 1-year-old daughter taken into protective custody

The daughter of Kelsey Berreth and Patrick Frazee was taken into protective custody on Friday morning, officials said. "While we have not found Kelsey at this time, information has been developed that is helping to narrow down our search", Chief Miles shared with reporters.

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  • President Trump Will Win The Shutdown Showdown
President Trump Will Win The Shutdown Showdown

Leaders of both parties have indicated that they would be open to passing infrastructure legislation - with caveats . But even as members of the Freedom Caucus are poised to urge Trump not to abandon his quest for border wall funding, White House officials say it's likely the President will do just that - and sign a short-term spending bill to...

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  • Der Spiegel reporter Claas Relotius sacked over 'invented' stories
Der Spiegel reporter Claas Relotius sacked over 'invented' stories

On Wednesday, his rising star came crashing down as a lengthy article in his own magazine outlined repeated falsification in his reporting. In addition, Relotius lied about seeing a sign declaring " Mexicans keep out ". "Claas Relotius faked, he cheated on us all". In reality, Maria is a waitress who has never had a kidney disease and never sp...

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  • European Commission Triggers No-Deal Brexit Contingency Plans
European Commission Triggers No-Deal Brexit Contingency Plans

It will also distribute 100-page information packs on Friday. "Citizens should also prepare", he added, saying that after no-deal guidance issued earlier this year, further detailed advice would be published soon. The smaller opposition parties have tabled an amendment to Mr Corbyn's no-confidence vote in Mrs May that they say would beef it up in...

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  • Washington, DC sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica’s data use
Washington, DC sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica’s data use

Flashback: I reported back in July how Facebook's stock suffered the worst single-day market loss in history back in July amid the Cambridge Analytica scandal . "Today's lawsuit is about making Facebook live up to its promise to protect its users' privacy". The lawsuit comes as Facebook is grappling with concerns about whether it's done enoug...

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  • Trump To Pull Troops From Syria Despite Pushback From Pentagon
Trump To Pull Troops From Syria Despite Pushback From Pentagon

In a tweet Wednesday morning , President Trump did not mention the troop withdrawal, but seemed to refer to it obliquely. "We remain committed to the global coalition and the campaign to deny Daesh territory and ensure its enduring defeat, working alongside our critical regional partners in Syria and beyond".

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  • USA begins withdrawal of troops from Syria as Trump declares IS defeated
USA begins withdrawal of troops from Syria as Trump declares IS defeated

President Donald Trump tweeted that the Islamic State (IS) group - also known as ISIS - had been defeated in Syria, his "only reason for being there". The stunning move will have extraordinary geopolitical ramifications and throws into question the fate of US-backed Kurdish fighters who have been tackling Islamic State.

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  • Third Canadian detained in China amid rising tensions
Third Canadian detained in China amid rising tensions

At a press conference Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Chinese government said she was unaware a third Canadian had been detained. A spokesperson with Global Affairs said it was "aware of a Canadian citizen" who has been detained, but did not provide further details, citing the Privacy Act.

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  • Russia to move troops into new barracks on islands near Japan
Russia to move troops into new barracks on islands near Japan

Japan will accelerate spending on advanced stealth fighters, long-range missiles and other equipment over the next five years to support United States forces facing China's military in the Western Pacific, two new government defence papers said.

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  • Trump Foundation shutting down amid allegations money used for personal benefit
Trump Foundation shutting down amid allegations money used for personal benefit

The agreement comes less than a month after Judge Saliann Scarpulla blocked efforts by Trump Foundation lawyers to dismiss New York State's case against the organization. Several pages of the document focus on a charity fundraiser for veterans in Iowa in January 2016, which Mr Trump chose to hold instead of taking part in a TV debate with o...

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  • U.S. federal judge strikes down Obamacare as unconstitutional
U.S. federal judge strikes down Obamacare as unconstitutional

Klobuchar says the ruling Friday by the Texas judge contradicts the 2012 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Trump urged Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the House of Representatives speaker-designate, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, to "pass a STRONG law that provides GR...

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  • Flynn Associates Indicted for Acting as Unregistered Foreign Agents
Flynn Associates Indicted for Acting as Unregistered Foreign Agents

Both face a maximum of 15 years if convicted on those charges, but Alptekin was also charged for lying. Kian appeared in federal court, while Alptekin remains overseas. Flynn is referred to in the indictment only as "Person A". According to some reports, the question about whether to extradite Gulen may remain a live issue within the Trump ad...

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  • White House digs in on border wall demand, risking shutdown
White House digs in on border wall demand, risking shutdown

Before Mr. Trump took office, no shutdown had occurred when one party controlled the House, Senate and White House since the 1970s, when the federal government shut down under Jimmy Carter. If the president wants to debate the wall next year he can. A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll says America Blames Trump and GOP for the Shutdown .

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  • Brexit: Theresa May's ministers downplay chance of a second vote
Brexit: Theresa May's ministers downplay chance of a second vote

May will update on Brexit negotiations after reports that senior figures in her Conservative Party are laying the groundwork for another referendum, believing it is the only way to break the impasse. "Where does that end up?" In response, Mr Lidington tweeted a link to a record of parliamentary proceedings in which he explained how a second v...

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  • US Interior Secretary to step down, Trump says, amid federal investigations
US Interior Secretary to step down, Trump says, amid federal investigations

The president made the announcement in a series of tweets , commending the former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL for serving almost two years atop the Department of Interior. In June, Politico reported that Zinke and his wife were involved in a real estate deal in Zinke's hometown of Whitefish, Mont., which was backed by David Lesar, th...

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  • Trump's New 'Acting' Chief Of Staff Called Him A 'Terrible Human Being'
Trump's New 'Acting' Chief Of Staff Called Him A 'Terrible Human Being'

Person said that in Mr. Trump , "we have literally never had someone less fit to be president of the United States". Mulvaney will serve in an "acting" capacity as John Kelly , the current chief of staff will stay through 2018. Initially, Trump wanted Vice President Mike Pence's longtime Chief of Staff, Nick Ayers, to succeed Kelly. "He h...

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  • Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS
Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS

The Islamic State has been driven from almost all the territory it once held in Syria previous year in separate campaigns waged by the US-backed SDF on the one hand, and the Russian-backed Syrian government on the other. The U.S. has been aiding PKK-affiliated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for years by supplying military equipment and training t...

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  • Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister
Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister

The country was taken by surprise when Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe on October 26, nearly two years before his five-year term was up and called a snap election for January 5. Incredible scenes followed as violent attacks by Mr Rajapaksa's loyal backers broke out in parliament. He said Wickremesinghe's ministers were responsible for alienating...

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  • America moves to wrestle back Kenya from China in new Africa policy
America moves to wrestle back Kenya from China in new Africa policy

John Bolton is accusing both China and Russian Federation of posing a risky threat to US investments in Africa as they increase their presence in the region. Petersburg State University. He warned that the USA will "reevaluate its support for United Nations peacekeeping missions" as well as aid to countries whose governance it finds troublesom...

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  • Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleads guilty in United States to conspiracy
Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleads guilty in United States to conspiracy

But when asked by US District Judge Tanya Chutkan if her mind was clear as she prepared to enter her guilty plea , she replied: "Absolutely". The judge overseeing the case has yet to set a sentencing date. helped to pay Butina's bills while she was in the United States and hosted "friendship dinners" that prosecutors say enabled her to "meet i...

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  • First Lady Melania Trump visits Hampton Roads
First Lady Melania Trump visits Hampton Roads

The criticism came after Hannity prompted her to identify the "hardest thing" she's faced during her time in the White House. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. "It's tough because the media wants to bash and focus on negativity". "So I travel the country, meet with peop...

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  • Ryan Zinke: US interior secretary to leave administration
Ryan Zinke: US interior secretary to leave administration

The 57-year old Zinke has yet to speak on this matter. He became a favourite of the U.S. energy and mining industries and a prime target for conservationists and environmental groups. The Senate's top Democratic Chuck Schumer celebrated Zinke's announced departure in a tweet , accusing Zinke of doing damage to the country's natural resources at In...

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