• New US Congress in Divided Government
New US Congress in Divided Government

Democrats rejected the demand and parts of the federal government have been shut since December 22 because of lack of funding as a result. Ahead of a briefing for congressional leaders at the White House in the afternoon, Trump said the government "is in a shutdown because Democrats refuse to fund border security".

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  • China's Xi Jinping says Taiwan must be unified with mainland
China's Xi Jinping says Taiwan must be unified with mainland

China said that year it had given the former British local autonomy. Xi's Wednesday address was notable for what it did not say: Gone was the bluster of his March 2018 speech , in which he said "not a single inch of our land" would be ceded from China and attempts to "split" China would be "punished by history".

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  • North Korea could consider change of tack, Kim warns
North Korea could consider change of tack, Kim warns

Kim renewed his calls for a complete end to joint military drills between South Korea and the US and demanded that no foreign military strategic assets be brought onto the Korean Peninsula, saying that they are a "source" of tensions in the region.

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  • US fires tear gas across Mexico border to stop migrants
US fires tear gas across Mexico border to stop migrants

Border Protection said adults were attempting to move "toddler-sized children" across the border through the barbed wire but that hurled rocks prevented the agents from helping the children in distress. In November, after a group of migrants tried to rush the border, McAleenan defended the use of tear gas: "As the events unfolded, quick, decisive...

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  • Iran denounces Brazil's plan to move embassy to Jerusalem
Iran denounces Brazil's plan to move embassy to Jerusalem

Authorities launched the largest security operation ever for a Brazilian presidential inauguration, mobilising over 3000 police officers, firefighters, and soldiers. Still, he has come under intense pressure from Brazil's powerful agriculture sector not to do so, as it could hurt Brazilian exports to Arab nations.

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  • US House Democrats have plan to fund government, but not a wall
US House Democrats have plan to fund government, but not a wall

Talks have been at a stalemate for more than a week, after Democrats said the White House offered to accept $2.5 billion for border security. "If you don't have the wall, you are going to have people coming in". But now he is blaming Democrats, tweeting , "Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for border securi...

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  • 7-year-old killed in drive-by near Houston-area Walmart identified
7-year-old killed in drive-by near Houston-area Walmart identified

KSAT reported that Washington was shot in the arm and is expected to survive her injuries. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 713-221-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477. "A total of 5 occupants in the auto witnessed this innocent child, their loved one, shot and killed before their eyes", Sherif...

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  • Russia Detains American Suspected of Espionage
Russia Detains American Suspected of Espionage

The article, according to which a criminal case was initiated, provides for punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 10 to 20 years. The statement , issued in Russian, identified the American using a name that appeared to translate as Paul Whelan.

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  • John Kelly breaks with Trump: 'To be honest, it's not a wall'
John Kelly breaks with Trump: 'To be honest, it's not a wall'

Slightly less implausible: Shelby floated a compromise in which Trump's $5 billion would be split into $2.5 billion for each of two years. He's signaled he's in no rush to give up on a signature campaign issue as he launches his own re-election bid in 2020.

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  • Icy roads, sleet, snow bring NWS winter weather advisory
Icy roads, sleet, snow bring NWS winter weather advisory

The South Dakota Department of Transportation said there were many no-travel advisories that remained in effect Friday. Heavy snow, blowing snow, freezing fog, and low visibility across a large area of the state will create hard to impossible travel with potential road closures.

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  • Undocumented Immigrant Suspected of Killing California Cop Has Been Arrested: Authorities
Undocumented Immigrant Suspected of Killing California Cop Has Been Arrested: Authorities

When Singh pulled Arriaga over early Wednesday morning, it was because he suspected Arriaga of drunken driving. Corporal Singh called in a traffic stop shortly before 1 a.m. "That's what we need to get back to, is community, that small town feeling, and let it grow". President Donald Trump , whose demand that Congress approve $5 billion for a ...

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  • UK and France ‘action plan’ to deal with migrants crossing Channel
UK and France ‘action plan’ to deal with migrants crossing Channel

The latter wrote on Twitter: "In touch with my British counterpart Sajid Javid". Their attempts are not unique - the number of migrants attempting to reach the United Kingdom by boat has grown over the past several months. Chris Hogben, the head of the National Crime Agency-led Project Invigor, warned more crossings were "likely" in the coming we...

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  • Bangladesh deploys 600,000 security forces ahead of elections
Bangladesh deploys 600,000 security forces ahead of elections

About 600,000 security officials, including army and paramilitary forces, have been deployed across the country in a bid to contain violence in Bangladesh's 11th general election . " Vote tomorrow. Don't let them intimidate you". This time, more than 104 million people are eligible to vote . Final results are expected to be clear early on Mond...

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  • Trump tweets he’s waiting for Dems to make deal
Trump tweets he’s waiting for Dems to make deal

A partial government shutdown-which has affected approximately a quarter of USA government departments-began at midnight on Friday after the president declined to sign a stop-gap measure to keep the government running through New Years Day on the basis that it did not provide funding for his proposed wall along the border of Mexico and the U.S.

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  • Flights suspended at Hannover airport in Germany after car incident today
Flights suspended at Hannover airport in Germany after car incident today

A man has driven a auto through the security perimeter at Hannover Airport in northern Germany, prompting authorities to suspend flights for more than four hours. Flights resumed at 8:06pm, the airport announced on its website. Check-in for some flights remained suspended as of 1830 GMT while police investigated.

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  • English Channel migrant crossings declared a 'major incident'
English Channel migrant crossings declared a 'major incident'

But there were calls for the Royal Navy to be sent in, with one MP warning that the crisis could otherwise escalate into a "catastrophe". Javid also appointed a Border Force Gold Commander to take charge of the incident and asked for an urgent phone call with his French counterpart.

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  • Pelosi, During Government Shutdown, Is Vacationing at Hawaii Resort
Pelosi, During Government Shutdown, Is Vacationing at Hawaii Resort

Mulvaney said Democrats are no longer negotiating with the administration over an earlier offer to accept less than the $5 billion Trump wants for the wall. "We sat down with (Chuck) Schumer and gave him a number below five". Schumer told Pence last weekend that Democrats won't consider any offer without a public endorsement by Trump because the pr...

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  • Mulvaney: $5B Border Wall Demand 'Came Down,' But Dems Walked Out
Mulvaney: $5B Border Wall Demand 'Came Down,' But Dems Walked Out

EST on the sixth day of the shutdown and resume debating ways to end it. For that bill to move forward in the 100-seat Senate, it would need 60 votes. Pelosi, who has put blame squarely on President Donald Trump for the current government shutdown , was spotted Thursday vacationing in Hawaii at the Fairmont Orchid resort, where room accommodatio...

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  • Young Girl Responds to Trump Question About Her Belief in Santa Claus
Young Girl Responds to Trump Question About Her Belief in Santa Claus

In a video her family posted on the Internet, she replied "Yes sir", later telling the newspaper she had no idea what "marginal" meant. The president casting doubt on a girl's belief in Santa Claus caused quite the stir on social media Christmas Day, but everything was apparently relatively normal in the Lloyd household.

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  • Trump Angers Iraqi Leaders & Citizens as He Visits Troops on the Ground
Trump Angers Iraqi Leaders & Citizens as He Visits Troops on the Ground

The President and military leaders had "come up with a powerful plan", she told reporters , "that will allow us to continue on a path to total victory". "Frankly, it's ridiculous", Trump added. So was his national security adviser, John Bolton. I said, "Nope". You can't have any more time. "First time in 10 years", he said.

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  • Trump, Visiting Troops in Iraq, Makes False Claims About Raising Military Pay
Trump, Visiting Troops in Iraq, Makes False Claims About Raising Military Pay

Trump stopped in Germany on his way back to greet troops at a US air base. He said last week that US troops would be coming out of Syria because victory had been achieved over the Islamic State. Sabah al-Saadi, the leader of the Islah parliamentary bloc, called for an emergency session of parliament "to discuss this blatant violation of Iraq's so...

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  • Saudi king orders Cabinet shakeup after Khashoggi's killing
Saudi king orders Cabinet shakeup after Khashoggi's killing

Turki al-Sheikh, a close aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman , was removed as the head of the kingdom's sports commission and named entertainment authority chief. "There is an effort to balance the fast pace of reform with bolstering government procedures and institutions", he said. Last week the kingdom announced the creation of three gove...

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  • Turkey: Pointless for France to Remain in Syria to Protect YPG
Turkey: Pointless for France to Remain in Syria to Protect YPG

The deployment was coordinated with the US-backed militia in Manbij, the spokesman for the Manbij Military Council said. Defense Secretary James Mattis and the special presidential envoy to the ISIS coalition resigned over the decision. Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters at a briefing for domestic media that Turkey aimed to cross to the east of the ...

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  • RBG Works From Hospital After Lung Cancer Surgery
RBG Works From Hospital After Lung Cancer Surgery

In November, she fell and cracked three ribs . She was the second woman ever to serve on the court, after Sandra Day O'Connor and has been a lifelong advocate for women's rights. Scans showed no cancerous growth elsewhere, and no additional treatment is now planned. The two malignant nodules were "discovered incidentally" during tests to treat...

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  • Pakistan celebrates Christmas amid tight security
Pakistan celebrates Christmas amid tight security

Pew also found a clear divide along partisan lines, with almost two-thirds of Republicans saying they would attend church on Christmas (65 percent), while among Democrats, less than half (45 percent) said they planned on attending religious services.

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  • Why the U.S. is seeking $501m from North Korea
Why the U.S. is seeking $501m from North Korea

This story is still developing. A United States judge has ordered North Korea to pay damages to the family of a student who died in the USA after being released from North Korean custody, yet, behind the scenes, both sides seem to have bigger questions in mind.

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  • Pres. Trump, First Lady Make Surprise Visit to Troops in Iraq
Pres. Trump, First Lady Make Surprise Visit to Troops in Iraq

Morale boosting presidential visits to U.S. troops in war zones have been a longstanding tradition in the years following the Sep 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and Trump has taken considerable criticism for declining to visit in the first two years of his presidency.

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  • Guatemalan boy, 8, becomes second child to die in USA border custody
Guatemalan boy, 8, becomes second child to die in USA border custody

After the boy was taken into CBD custody, a U.S. Border Patrol agent noticed that he showed "signs of potential illness", the release said. Later, he was found to have a fever and was held for an additional 90 minutes before he was released with prescriptions for an antibiotic and Ibuprofen.

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  • Christmas stalemate in Washington over border wall, shutdown
Christmas stalemate in Washington over border wall, shutdown

Trump was presumably referring to his adult children; his wife, Melania Trump, returned to the White House on Monday to spend the holiday with her husband. Mulvaney said Trump was "willing to discuss a larger immigration solution", but he seemed cool to the possibility of offering citizenship to the "Dreamers", saying it was not a popular idea am...

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  • Cloudy with chance of showers for Christmas Eve
Cloudy with chance of showers for Christmas Eve

The storm could drop as much as 9 inches of snow, but those areas are primarily south of the Bemidji area, the forecast said. Expect partly sunny skies on Christmas with highs in the upper 40s. Lake effect snow today gives parts of Northeast Ohio a slight chance at a White Christmas. Still, the Bemidji region could see up to 6 inches of snow in...

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  • Turkey says Kurdish forces in Syria must be driven out
Turkey says Kurdish forces in Syria must be driven out

According to a translation of the Turkish president's words on Thursday during a previously planned summit with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara , journalist Abdullah Bozkurt reports, "Turkish president Erdogan says Turkey won't support us sanctions on Iran which he claims puts regional security and stability at risk, vows to take al...

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  • Weather forecast: Met Office issues Christmas Day weather warning
Weather forecast: Met Office issues Christmas Day weather warning

Expect clouds to increase throughout the day and into the evening hours. A big storm system will impact the Upper Midwest, however many questions as to where exactly it will go, and therefore where the heaviest rain and snow will fall, remain.

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  • Thousands evacuated after 'loud crack' in Sydney tower
Thousands evacuated after 'loud crack' in Sydney tower

Fire & Rescue NSW Urban Search and Rescue officers and specialist engineers, as well as the building's designers and managers, worked late into the night to assess the building. We'll keep you updated as more information emerges. New South Wales Fire Department Acting Superintendent Greg Wright said they would "determine if the building is safe t...

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  • Four men detained as police secure cargo ship after 'stowaways threaten crew'
Four men detained as police secure cargo ship after 'stowaways threaten crew'

The incident resulted in Special Forces Commandos rappelling in by helicopter to handle the situation. They are all due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday. Under cover of darkness, the troops swung on to the deck of the 770ft Grande Tema to tackle the stowaways who allegedly were weilding iron- bars.

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  • Trump Says Democrats Started Opposing Border Wall Only After He Campaigned It
Trump Says Democrats Started Opposing Border Wall Only After He Campaigned It

Asked why Trump doesn't accept the $1.6 billion for border security that Democrats have offered, Graham said it's because Democrats offered the money previous year, signifying their unwillingness to work with the president to find compromise.

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