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Versailles closes ahead of 'yellow vest' protest as numbers fall

Versailles closes ahead of 'yellow vest' protest as numbers fall The number of protesters demonstrating on the Champs Elysees on Saturday is down sharply on recent weeks as an appeal for a sixth straight weekend of protests across France appeared to fall on deaf ears. Numerous protesters gathered at the foot of the Sacre-Coeur basilica in the picturesque neighborhood of Montmartre near the center of the capital. The "gilets jaunes" (yellow vest) protesters - ... [Full Article...]

Indonesian tsunami death toll tops 400 with thousands displaced

Indonesian tsunami death toll tops 400 with thousands displaced As of 24 December 2018, at 07:00 local time, the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) has confirmed that 281 people have been killed , 1,016 people are injured, and 57 people remain missing. Chunks of broken concrete and splintered wood littered the coast where hundreds of homes and hotels had stood. Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugrhoho gave a harsh assessment of Indonesia's ... [Full Article...]

Israel Holding Early Elections As Bribery Allegations Engulf Netanyahu

Israel Holding Early Elections As Bribery Allegations Engulf Netanyahu Nor is there expected to be much change in policy, including U.S. President Donald Trump's long-gestating Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. "Erdogan, the occupier of northern Cyprus, whose army massacres women and children in Kurdish villages, inside Turkey and outside it - will not lecture Israel on morality", said Netanyahu, according to the Jerusalem Post. [Full Article...]

Trump to ‘pull’ 7,000 troops out of Afghanistan

Trump to ‘pull’ 7,000 troops out of Afghanistan Reports, citing unnamed officials, say about 7,000 troops - roughly half the remaining U.S. military presence in the country - could go home within months. "The conditions in Afghanistan - at the present moment - make American troop withdrawals a high-risk strategy", he said. Trump believes withdrawing troops from Afghanistan would appeal to his base and fulfill a campaign promise. [Full Article...]

2018 deadliest year for journalists, 53 killed on the job

2018 deadliest year for journalists, 53 killed on the job Afghanistan is 2018's deadliest country for journalists . Media freedom group Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday that the US made it into the top five deadliest countries for journalists this year for the first time , with six dying, including four who were among five people killed by a gunman who opened fire in the offices of Maryland newspaper Capital Gazette on June 28. [Full Article...]

United Kingdom accuses China of 'widespread cyber intrusion' campaign

United Kingdom accuses China of 'widespread cyber intrusion' campaign The US justice department charged two Chinese nationals - Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong - with conducting the attacks on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, the country's main intelligence service. New Zealand's statement was followed by fellow countries part of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance -Australia, Canada , and the United Kingdom (together with the US' initial char... [Full Article...]

Former Trump adviser Flynn to be sentenced for lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Former Trump adviser Flynn to be sentenced for lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation The Constitution limits the role of federal judges to actual "cases and controversies", and there was no controversy regarding the appropriate sentence of probation for Flynn . U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Tuesday set a status conference for March. In private meetings he pressured then-FBI director James Comey to pull back the investigation into Flynn's Russian Federation contacts, Com... [Full Article...]

Taliban ecstatic that US is pulling troops from Afghanistan

Taliban ecstatic that US is pulling troops from Afghanistan USA forces have been leading a Kurdish-formed coalition to fight Islamic State militants in the war-torn nation. US Army soldiers fire a howitzer artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in Panjwai, Kandahar, Afghanistan, June 12, 2011. [Full Article...]

Trump hopes partial shutdown of government will not last long

Trump hopes partial shutdown of government will not last long Just 10 days earlier, though, in that same Oval Office, Trump had bragged to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that he would be happy to take the responsibility for a shutdown . [Full Article...]

Donald Trump 'Prepared for a Very Long Shutdown'

Donald Trump 'Prepared for a Very Long Shutdown' Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Trump was "plunging the country into chaos". "No matter what happens today in the Senate, Republican House Members should be very proud of themselves", said Trump on Twitter early Friday, emphasizing that no Democrats voted in favour. [Full Article...]

More than 40 injured in explosion in Japans Sapporo: Kyodo

More than 40 injured in explosion in Japans Sapporo: Kyodo Images on social media initially showed flames rising from the area with debris scattered across the ground. This video shows the aftermath of the explosion and firefighters tackling the fire. Initial reports have suggested a gas blast. More than 40 people are believed to have been injured in a huge explosion in Japan. Local fire authorities said nine propane gas tanks had been placed behi... [Full Article...]

Third Canadian detained in China

Third Canadian detained in China A report in the Global Affairs Canada said the Canadian Foreign Ministry was "aware of a Canadian citizen" who had been detained in China. The detentions of the Canadians - including one revealed yesterrday - followed the December 1 arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou , chief financial officer of the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. [Full Article...]

Japan to buy more stealth jets to resist China, Russia

Japan to buy more stealth jets to resist China, Russia Critics say possession of an aircraft carrier would give Japan a strike capability in violation of its pacifist constitution that limits use of force to self-defence only. Japan will also increase its order for F-35A jets, which take off and land on conventional runways, to 105, the government said. They are now the largest ships in Japan's fleet. [Full Article...]

North Korea warns US sanctions could derail denuclearisation plans

North Korea warns US sanctions could derail denuclearisation plans North Korea has condemned the United States for stepping up sanctions and pressure on the regime. Denuclearizing North Korea didn't make much progress since Kim Jong Un and U.S. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Kim Jong-un placed floral tributes in front of the statues of his father and his grandfather Kim Il-sung, the founder of the country, and later paid tribute to his fa... [Full Article...]

Labour calls May no confidence vote over Brexit vote timing

Labour calls May no confidence vote over Brexit vote timing MPs in her party have also slammed the decision to table such a motion, focusing on the fact it does not have to be debated immedietly in the Commons . But, if successful, the amendment co-signed by Lib Dem leader Vince Cable, the SNP's Ian Blackford, Plaid Cymru's Liz Roberts and the Green's Caroline Lucas would make the motion a fuller expression of confidence in the government. [Full Article...]

Lawyer: Mueller can interview Trump 'over my dead body'

Lawyer: Mueller can interview Trump 'over my dead body' The judge found Trump's attorney guilty of campaign-finance violations amongst other charges while referring to the payments made during the 2016 election campaign to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal , who claimed to have past affairs with the US President. [Full Article...]

Trump picks budget chief Mick Mulvaney as chief of staff, for now

Trump picks budget chief Mick Mulvaney as chief of staff, for now Whoever ultimately replaces Kelly will become the third person to fill the position within the first two years of the Trump administration, marking an unprecedented level of turnover for the top job within the first two years. Kelly, the incumbent, fared better but only by a few months. British journalist Piers Morgan suggested he would be a good fit in an op-ed for The Daily Mail, while former ... [Full Article...]

Portions of Federal Bureau of Investigation interview with Flynn released

Portions of Federal Bureau of Investigation interview with Flynn released Comey told reporters afterward that the session was "another day of Hillary Clinton's emails and the Steele dossier - this while the president of the United States is lying about the Federal Bureau of Investigation, attacking the Federal Bureau of Investigation and attacking the rule of law in this country". [Full Article...]

Trump’s Inaugural Committee Under Federal Criminal Investigation

Trump’s Inaugural Committee Under Federal Criminal Investigation It said that the chair of Trump's inaugural committee, Thomas Barrack Jr, who was interviewed by Mueller's office previous year, had met wealthy individuals close to the governments of both Qatar and the UAE. On Wednesday, he was sentenced to three years in prison . In April raids of Cohen's home, office and hotel room, federal agents obtained a recorded conversation between Cohen and Stephani... [Full Article...]

Newspaper: Lanka's sacked PM wins confidence vote

Newspaper: Lanka's sacked PM wins confidence vote His party and its allies have a simple majority in parliament - and have argued from the beginning that President Sirisena's actions, including calling a snap election almost two years ahead of schedule, were unconstitutional . If Rajapaksa manages to make a comeback, it could result in old fears of heightened military surveillance and post-war intimidation that his regime has been accused of. [Full Article...]


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