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Trump pleads on TV for wall money; Dems say he ‘stokes fear'

Trump pleads on TV for wall money; Dems say he ‘stokes fear' On Tuesday night, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) crowded around one podium to offer the Democratic Party's rebuttal to President Donald Trump's prime-time address concerning the government shutdown and his proposed border wall . [Full Article...]

Japan tops list of most powerful passports, India ranks 79th

Japan tops list of most powerful passports, India ranks 79th The Singaporean and South Korean passports are in joint second place on 189 countries. Henley & Partners' Group Chairman Christian Kalin, who created the Passport Index, said the ranking was a bright spot in an increasingly isolationist world. [Full Article...]

Paul Manafort Allegedly Shared 2016 Polling With Russia-Linked Associate

Paul Manafort Allegedly Shared 2016 Polling With Russia-Linked Associate The Russian citizen, who began working for Manafort's consulting firm starting in 2005, has been charged with helping his former boss to obstruct Mueller's investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 election. In his rebuttal to the special counsel's claims of dishonesty, Manafort exposed details of the dispute, much of which centers on his relationship with Kilimnik. [Full Article...]

Suspicious Packages Delivered To Multiple Foreign Consulates In Melbourne And ACT

Suspicious Packages Delivered To Multiple Foreign Consulates In Melbourne And ACT The Australian Federal Police ( AFP ) said in a tweet that emergency services responded to "suspicious packages" at embassies and consulates in Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Victoria . Hazmat and fire crews are seen outside the Indian and French Consulates on St Kilda Road in Melbourne, Australia , January 9, 2019. In a statement, Victoria Police said they were aware that "a number"... [Full Article...]

Australia to ‘carefully consider’ Saudi woman’s asylum plea

Australia to ‘carefully consider’ Saudi woman’s asylum plea The statement, which described al-Qunun's case as a "family affair", said the kingdom did not demand her deportation to Saudi Arabia . A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said "the claims made by Ms al-Qunun that she may be harmed if returned to Saudi Arabia are deeply concerning". [Full Article...]

Woman dies after being found inside Toronto clothing donation bin

Woman dies after being found inside Toronto clothing donation bin He said mailbox-style bins were involved in two deaths that took place in as many weeks. The municipality of West Vancouver has already sealed a number of bins as they look for safer alternatives to the containers. Last week, the District of West Vancouver said donation bins in the area would be temporarily closed following the December 30 death of a 34-year-old man who became trapped partiall... [Full Article...]

Russian lawyer, one-time French HIll contact, charged in money laundering case

Russian lawyer, one-time French HIll contact, charged in money laundering case Natalya Veselnitskaya was accused in an indictment of submitting deceptive declarations to a judge in a civil proceeding involving a Russian tax refund fraud scheme. Veselnitskaya represented Prevezon Holdings Ltd, a Russian-controlled real estate company, which in 2017 agreed to pay almost $6 million USA to settle a U.S. [Full Article...]

Union cabinet approves Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 in Parliament

Union cabinet approves Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 in Parliament The announcement followed AGP leader and former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta's statement that the party would withdraw support to the government in the state if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill , 2016 in passed by Lok Sabha . Protests erupted across Assam and in Delhi on Monday, with some agitators stripping in public over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and tabling of ... [Full Article...]

School maintenance man held after hammer attack on Beijing pupils

School maintenance man held after hammer attack on Beijing pupils The attack which took place at the Beijing No.1 Affliated Elementary School of Xuanwu Normal School, was carried out with a hammer, according to state-media outlet the Global Times. "It would be fine if he attacked us old people, but kids are young and innocent, and they don't know how to defend themselves". Two children were also stabbed to death outside a Shanghai kindergarten in June, whi... [Full Article...]

Brother questions why American man being held by Russia

Brother questions why American man being held by Russia His family back home says his presence in Moscow was nothing more than a visit to attend a wedding. A Russian lawmaker, meanwhile, hinted Friday that the detainee could possibly be swapped for a Russian woman who has pleaded guilty to trying to influence us politics. [Full Article...]

USA targets suspected USS Cole bombing planner in Yemen - statement

USA targets suspected USS Cole bombing planner in Yemen - statement There is a five-million dollar reward for information leading to his arrest. The expanded operations included intensified overnight airstrikes and ground military raids against the al-Qaida hideouts in the mountainous areas of al-Bayda and southeastern province of Shabwa. [Full Article...]

World Bank president to step down February 1

World Bank president to step down February 1 Kim, 59, announced that he will immediately join a firm and focus on increasing infrastructure in developing countries, but the bank did not provide further details. The selection process is managed by the bank's board of executive directors, which represents the lender's 189 member countries. "I have therefore decided that it's time for me to take on new challenges and fully focus my efforts ... [Full Article...]

Pelosi, Schumer demand Dems get equal air time after Trump address

Pelosi, Schumer demand Dems get equal air time after Trump address A threatened shutdown of the U.S. government would see hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed and many more working without pay. Then, on January 3, at the beginning of this year, the Democrats took over the House of Representatives with the majority they won in November's midterm elections. [Full Article...]

North Korea's top diplomat to Italy appears to be latest defector

North Korea's top diplomat to Italy appears to be latest defector Kim, who was accompanied by his wife Ri Sol Ju and top North Korean officials, will stay in China until January 10. The reports said a train like the one often used by Kim was seen crossing through the Chinese border city of Dandong late Monday amid heavy security. [Full Article...]

Trump, Congress leaders set to huddle on border wall, government shutdown

Trump, Congress leaders set to huddle on border wall, government shutdown The Democratic package to end the shutdown would include one bill to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels - with $1.3 billion for border security, far less than Trump has said he wants for the wall - through February 8 as talks would continue. [Full Article...]

USA troops on standby as Congo election results delayed

USA troops on standby as Congo election results delayed The church, a powerful voice in the heavily Catholic nation, earlier said its data show a clear victor. Government has in the meantime cut off all internet and radio access in the country. The Democratic Republic of the Congo's sheer size, its political history and its myriad problems are all reasons why observers have followed its election so closely. [Full Article...]

Coup In Gabon As Military 'Seizes Power'

Coup In Gabon As Military 'Seizes Power' AU chief Moussa Faki Mahamat, in a tweet, said his organisation "strongly condemns the coup attempt" in Gabon . A curfew has been imposed over the capital, Libreville , and the internet has been cut. "The stability of Gabon can only be assured by strict adherence to the provisions of the constitution", foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in Paris. [Full Article...]

Pope appeals for safe port for migrants on rescue ships

Pope appeals for safe port for migrants on rescue ships Peter's Square in Rome. The office said it believes that the fundamental right to health and safety of those aboard the sea vessel, especially that of the children and unaccompanied minors, trumps any diplomatic negotiations that are holding up the disembarkation of these migrants in a safe port. [Full Article...]

Police file charges in death of 7-year-old girl

Police file charges in death of 7-year-old girl Investigators are still trying to verify information related to the second person, Gonzalez said, but he declined to say whether anyone was in police custody, citing the pending investigation. 'Jazmine's mother was driving Jazmine and her three sisters southbound on the East Sam Houston Parkway feeder road near Wallisville Road at approximately 6:50 a.m. [Full Article...]

Court declares Mallya fugitive economic offender

Court declares Mallya fugitive economic offender The fugitive economic offenders' law came into force in August a year ago in light of the several business tycoons committing financial crimes worth thousands of crores of rupees and fleeing the country to avoid prosecution. The court also refused Mallya's application to stay the order to give him some time to appeal. Under the FEOA, any person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued in... [Full Article...]


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