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Syrian government forces 'enter' Kurdish-controlled Manbij region

Syrian government forces 'enter' Kurdish-controlled Manbij region Since Dec. 23, Turkey , along with Ankara-backed Syrian opposition forces, has amassed troops and sent reinforcements, including a commando unit, to the Manbij frontline in an attempt to encircle the area and avert Syrian regime troops from altering the status quo on the ground. [Full Article...]

White Christmas? Not so much this year, says meteorologist

White Christmas? Not so much this year, says meteorologist A band of cloud and outbreaks of rain will persist across Ireland, Devon and Cornwall for much of the day, mildest here too. Most of the region will get at least a coating of snow to less than an inch. But while this part of Canada won't see a white Christmas , Scott said the network is tracking a storm that could bring 15 to 20 centimetres of snow over the weekend. [Full Article...]

More than 50 apartments 'unsafe' after cracking in high-rise building

More than 50 apartments 'unsafe' after cracking in high-rise building NSW Police said residents of these units had been "escorted back to gather their belongings and have made their own arrangements for accommodation". Another resident told ABC News there were cracks on the building's 12th and 13th floors. [Full Article...]

UK Police Arrest stowaways Who Threatened Cargo Ship Crew

UK Police Arrest stowaways Who Threatened Cargo Ship Crew After almost 12 hours the standoff between the 27 crew members and the men ended when the stationary Grande Tema was boarded by police at about 11pm and brought to the port of Tilbury to dock. As their Royal Navy Merlin helicopter hovered overhead, the SBS team - armed with assault rifles - rounded up the men and locked them in a cabin before freeing the ship's 27 Italian and Filipino sailor... [Full Article...]

U.S. gov't shutdown enters 2nd day

U.S. gov't shutdown enters 2nd day A top White House official warned today that it's "very possible" the partial government shutdown stretches into the new year and that how quickly numerous shuttered Cabinet departments and agencies resume doing the people's business is up to Congress. [Full Article...]

Government Shutdown: NORAD Santa Tracker will continue its 63-year tradition

Government Shutdown: NORAD Santa Tracker will continue its 63-year tradition In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa. [Full Article...]

Turks 'push troops' to town held by Kurds in north Syria

Turks 'push troops' to town held by Kurds in north Syria Turkey was a rare ally that lauded Trump's momentous decision to pull the 2,000 USA troops out of Syria, where they have been assisting in a multinational fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. With Trump's move to withdraw troops and trust that Turkey will handle the remnants of IS, the Turkish and American leaders appear to have improved relations substantially since a crisis... [Full Article...]

Israel Holding Early Elections As Bribery Allegations Engulf Netanyahu

Israel Holding Early Elections As Bribery Allegations Engulf Netanyahu The country's attorney general is now deciding whether to press charges. But on Monday, after failing to garner enough votes to pass court-ordered legislation to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into the military, Mr Netanyahu's Likud party said "national and budgetary responsibilities" compelled the calling of early elections. [Full Article...]

Pakistan welcomes U.S. drawdown in Syria

Pakistan welcomes U.S. drawdown in Syria Speaking on condition of anonymity, the U.S. official said "roughly half" of the 14,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan would leave "within the next several months". Mr. Zahiri also dismissed the Taliban's denial over meeting Afghan officials, reminding this reporter of similar issues that were present while negotiating peace with Hizb-e-Islami previous year. [Full Article...]

Murder video of female Scandinavian tourist in Morocco 'likely authentic'

Murder video of female Scandinavian tourist in Morocco 'likely authentic' Moroccan authorities said on Thursday that four suspects in the murder of two female Scandiniavian tourists in the Atlas Mountains had pledged allegiance to Islamic State before the killings. In the video, which was shared on social media, the suspects threatened to carry out attacks, the general prosecutor said in a statement . Disturbing images of the severed and partially severed heads of on... [Full Article...]

U.S. Supreme Court denies Trump’s ban on asylum for illegal migrants

U.S. Supreme Court denies Trump’s ban on asylum for illegal migrants Roberts Jr. voted with the court's four liberals to deny the emergency appeal filed by Solicitor General Noel Francisco. The Administration had the support of Justices Samuel A. Many of them request asylum due to pervasive violence and poverty in their home countries. He has called a caravan of the migrants, waiting to apply for asylum, an invasion by thugs and criminals. [Full Article...]

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has cancerous growths removed from lung

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has cancerous growths removed from lung She survived pancreatic cancer thanks to an early diagnosis in 2009, and in 1999 underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation for colon cancer . During her 25 years on the court, though, she has never missed a day of oral argument. She also broke two ribs in 2012, in a fall that she did not disclose to the public until months later. Ginsburg is known for her slight physical stature, rigorous w... [Full Article...]

Violence Against Journalists Reached 'Unprecedented Levels' In 2018, Report Finds

Violence Against Journalists Reached 'Unprecedented Levels' In 2018, Report Finds It said citizen journalists now played a key role in helping get news from countries at war or with oppressive regimes, "where it is hard for professional journalists to operate". While the group notes that it distinguishes "between journalists who were deliberately targeted and those who were killed while reporting in the field", it nevertheless lumps the United States among some odd bedfel... [Full Article...]

President Trump says a shutdown would "last for a very long time"

President Trump says a shutdown would The U.S. House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene Saturday at noon and had pledged to talk through the weekend in search of a deal to end the partial shutdown ahead of the Christmas holiday. "President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer , D-NY, said Saturday. Even among those not budgeted, some of the essential agenci... [Full Article...]

Mattis Out as Defense Secretary

Mattis Out as Defense Secretary Florida Senator Marco Rubio , who ran against Mr Trump for the Republican nomination in 2016, said the letter "makes it abundantly clear that we are headed towards a series of grave policy errors which will endanger our nation, damage our alliances & empower our adversaries". [Full Article...]

US, UK allege China-backed global hacking scheme

US, UK allege China-backed global hacking scheme United Kingdom officials say they have raised the matter privately a number of times with Beijing over the last two years, including during the prime minister's visit earlier this year, and officials are keen to stress that they think the relationship with China is strong enough to allow them to address these issues without causing wider problems. [Full Article...]

President Trump warns of 'very long' government shutdown

President Trump warns of 'very long' government shutdown McConnell says the bill is neither "radical" nor hard to explain. In an attempt to bolster the slim chances of the measure's passage in the Senate, Trump summoned Senate Republicans to the White House Friday morning to discuss the bill and border security. [Full Article...]

Colorado woman likely killed at home; fiance charged

Colorado woman likely killed at home; fiance charged Couch said he could not provide any information about charges. She was spotted on surveillance video with their 1-year-old daughter at a Safeway in Woodland Park that day and her cell phone pinged about 800 miles away in Idaho on November 25. [Full Article...]

China says Canadian woman being punished for working illegally

China says Canadian woman being punished for working illegally Meanwhile, at a daily press briefing on Wednesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that she was not aware of this new case. Along with the third still-unidentified Canadian, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and business consultant Michael Spavor are also being detained. [Full Article...]

Senate approves stopgap spending bill

Senate approves stopgap spending bill Trump tweeted . Trump has promised Mexico will pay for the wall, a claim Mexico rejects. McConnell told colleagues mid-Thursday afternoon that they should expect votes around noon on Friday if the House cobbles together votes for a spending bill. [Full Article...]


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