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WashPost: Robert Mueller Targeted by Russian Trolls

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The Washington Post says that a damning report making the rounds in Washington, D.C., right now concludes that Russians working at the Internet Research Agency used data sets about users provided by Facebook, Twitter, and Google to identify key interests groups in America not only to target them with messaging to sway them into voting for Trump before the 2016 election, but to sway them to continue supporting Trump after he made it into the White House. Read More »

Chicago cops struck and killed by train while investigating 'shots fired' call

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Metra officials were informed that the victims had been struck by eastbound South Shore Line train 119, which left Millennium Station at 5:58 p.m., the Chicago Sun-Times reported, citing Metra spokeswoman Sylvia Cooper. Metra said the train was Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District train that runs on Metra tracks. The officers' deaths were similar to an incident on the West Side in 2002 in which Officer Benjamin Perez was fatally struck by a Metra train on an embankment while ... Read More »

North Korea condemns US sanctions, warns denuclearization at risk

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The commentary by KCNA was at least partially a response to the latest round of sanctions levied against North Korea by the U.S. North Korea is warning that recent U.S. North Koreans are marking the seventh anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son, Kim Jong Un. Read More »

Japan explosion: Dozens injured in Sapporo restaurant blast

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Many people who felt the blast said they thought it was an natural disaster. First responders work at the scene of an explosion in Sapporo, Japan , Sunday, Dec. "I heard a 'bang, ' which sounded like thunder, and my condo was shaken", said a man in his 50s who lived nearby told Japan Times . News pictures from public broadcaster NHK at 9pm showed violent flames that firefighters were struggling to contain as emergency responders ferried restaurant employees and diners from the rubble. Read More »

Dozens of Somali extremists killed in U.S. airstrikes

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According to the BBC , four airstrikes on Saturday killed 34 fighters while two airstrikes on Sunday killed an additional 28. But those strikes, analysts say, can only contain al-Shabab and perhaps keep it from gaining significant new territory. Read More »

Former Canadian diplomat working for non-profit reported missing in China

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In many ways it looks like a classic Chinese response to perceived slights: Deny any wrongdoing, seize the moral high ground and exert maximum pressure to extract concessions. Mobs attacked Japanese cars and department stores after Tokyo nationalized East China Sea islands claimed by China. "In China there is no coincidence", Guy Saint-Jacques, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said of Mr Kovrig's detention. Read More »

Exceptionally preserved 4400-year-old tomb uncovered in Egypt

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The Old Kingdom is the period in the third millennium between 2686-2181 B.C., which is also known as the "Age of the Pyramids". It contains two levels filled with dozens of statues and colorful drawings of the priest and his family. According to reports , the site contains five unopened shafts and archaeologists could begin systematically excavating the site Sunday. Other scenes depict wine making, religious offerings, musical performances, boats sailing, the manufacturing of the ... Read More »

United Nations force says Israel-Lebanon border tunnels violate 2006 truce

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The UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon has confirmed the presence of the tunnels and says it's working with both Israel and Lebanon to address the situation in like with UN regulations. Israel and Lebanon last clashed in the summer 2006 war, with Israeli forces invading the country after Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid. Read More »

Divisive activity in Ukraine's orthodox church community linked to politics

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Relations between Ukraine and Russian Federation have been damaged by Russia's 2014 annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea and its support for armed separatists fighting the government in eastern Ukraine. While strained relations have accelerated the process, the move marks the culmination of nearly three decades of government and diplomatic efforts. The Russian Orthodox Church, furious at Bartholomew's recognition of the new church, has already cut ties with the Ecumenical ... Read More »

Fox News Analyst Hits Trump's Latest Tweet With A Blistering Fact-Check

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Giuliani added that the conversations could have been in June or July of 2016. On Sunday, Giuliani asserted that "collusion is not a crime" while speaking on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos . The parent company of the National Enquirer , American Media Inc., admitted to helping facilitate the payment. " Michael Cohen is now taking ownership in his statement to the court of his personal responsibility for his behavior when he worked for Donald Trump ", Davis said. Read More »

Former FBI chief lashes out at Trump, Republicans

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Former FBI Director James Comey had harsh words for House Republicans today, saying their silence in response to President Donald Trump's attacks on the Justice Department is "shameful". Democrats emerging from the session, and Comey himself, disputed this assessment. A transcript released after Comey's first interview showed a heavy focus on the Clinton email probe. Read More »

Flynn associate arrested on illegal lobbying charges

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The case unsealed today against Flynn's former business partner, Bijan Kian , and Turkish businessman, Ekim Alptekin , accuses the two men of conspiring to "covertly and unlawfully" influence USA politicians on behalf of Turkey . Alptekin is also charged with making false statements. Flynn, Alptekin and Kian were allegedly involved in a scheme to boost support among American politicians to extradite Gülen, who the Turkish government blamed for instigating a failed coup in 2016, back to ... Read More »

Zinke Says Cost Of Fending Off ‘False Allegations’ Prompted Resignation

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He has pursued Mr Trump's agenda to promote oil drilling and coal mining. He became a darling of the US energy and mining industries and a prime target for conservationists and environmental groups. It is also probing Zinke's decision to block casinos proposed by two Connecticut Native American tribes. Mr Trump thanked the controversial congressman on Twitter. Read More »

Pakistan arranges US-Taliban peace talks today

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Since Khalilzad's appointment in September attempts to jumpstart peace talks have accelerated. Talks are being held in UAE. Addressing the press conference, Acting Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said the meeting was focused on security and counter-terrorism and that they emphasized on security, ending violence, and implementation of Afghanistan-Pakistan action plan. Read More »

Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate's 'interference' in kingdom over Khashoggi

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In a public statement published by the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday, the kingdom praised the Trump administration for its reluctance to implicate crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi . Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top lawmaker in the Senate, said the motion sent a "clear and unambiguous message" of the senators' beliefs about who is responsible for the killing of the Saudi insider turned critic. Read More »

China kowtows to Donald Trump over trade

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The arrest put a recent trade truce between the two countries in jeopardy. "It could happen, and rather soon!" he tweeted on Friday (local time). China announced a 90-day suspension on Friday of tariff hikes on US cars, trucks and auto parts following its cease-fire in a trade battle with Washington that threatens global economic growth. Read More »

Texas judge rules health care overhaul unconstitutional

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The challenge to the ACA brought by Republican attorneys general is aimed at eliminating protections for pre-existing conditions, Kodjak says . "We'll have to sit down with the Democrats to do it, but I'm sure they want to do it also". AHIP's opposition to the ruling , however, has little to do with this potential suffering and everything to do with the threat to the insurers' bottom line. Read More »

What is the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case against Sajjan Kumar

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He was later appointed the counsel for Central Government in January 2001. The others convicted by the court were Kishan Khokkar, Girdhari Lal and Captain Bhagmal who were all sentenced to three years.in the case Sajjan Kumar , though, was given the benefit of doubt and let off. Read More »

New Poll Shows Whom Americans Blame for Potential US Government Shutdown

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A quarter of USA government operations could shut down Friday at midnight unless the White House and lawmakers agree on a new spending plan, including whether to fund President Donald Trump's proposed wall along the U.S. Anytime you hear a Democrat saying that you can have good Boarder Security without a Wall, write them off as just another politician following the party line. Read More »

Theresa May reveals Brexit vote date after Corbyn no confidence threat

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Prime minister Theresa May was forced to pull a vote on her draft Brexit deal earlier this month in the face of widespread opposition from politicians across the political spectrum. "Another vote which would likely leave us no further forward than the last". "There is no deal that can meet all the promises made for it - or one that is as good as the deal we already have in the European Union ". Read More »

Meet The Man Likely To Replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

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Don Beyer tweeted. "The musical chairs that have become the hallmark of this administration mean that at least in the interim Trump is replacing one scandal-plagued secretary with the ultimate swamp creature and ex-lobbyist David Bernhardt", Western Values Project executive director Chris Saeger said in a statement. Read More »

European Union leaders rebuff May's Brexit plea

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Meanwhile, ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage has told the BBC that he thinks there might be another referendum. The Prime Minister says the talks have been "robust" but to what end? "We need to try something different". May told journalists Juncker explained he used the phrase "nebulous" referring to "the general level of debate", not to May personally. "I had a robust discussion with Jean-Claude Juncker", she told reporters. Read More »

British PM Theresa May slams Tony Blair over anti-Brexit moves

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The Prime Minister criticised Blair for "seek [ing] to undermine... negotiations", adding that his actions were "an insult to the office he once held and the people he once served". She however still faces an uphill task of getting her Bexit deal approved by the House of Commons. Prime Minister Theresa May throws a ball for a dog as she leaves church in her constituency. Read More »

U.S. House Democrats to seek Trump tax returns - Pelosi

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Yet Democrats have already erected roadblocks. Video: Washington Post congressional reporter Mike DeBonis analyzes how Nancy Pelosi's term-limit deal with a group of party rebels will impact the House Democratic Caucus. The House votes on its new speaker on January 3. Cisneros appears to have flip-flopped, as he promised throughout most of his campaign to vote against Pelosi for Speaker. Read More »

'End Days' Nearing for Islamic State in Syria

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Kurdish-led and US-backed forces seized the town of Hajin from Islamic State group on Friday, a milestone in a massive and costly operation to drive the jihadists out of eastern Syria . "The statements of a possible Turkish military operation in northeast Syria are a source of concern", Federica Mogherini said in a statement. Erdogan urged the USA not to let "deep" disagreements on Syria policy prevent the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies from cooperating on other fronts. Read More »

Visitors evacuated after huge fire breaks out at Chester zoo

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The added the zoo was now closed and further updates would provided as soon as they have them. Images and video of the zoo on Twitter showed thick black smoke and flames shooting out from a structure with a rounded roof. "The fire was reported at 11.28am and there are now 15 fire appliances in attendance at the scene". Thankfully, it's since been announced that all animals are safe and there are no injuries reported. Read More »

Woman Racially Abuses, Assaults New York Subway Riders, Arrested

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Anna Lushchinskaya, 40, was charged with felony assault on Tuesday morning after she was filmed racially attacking a 24-year-old fellow passenger on the 7:50am northbound D train in the Sunset Park neighborhood, NYPD said. Wednesday, cops said. In another video, Lushchinskaya appears to be spitting on the door. "Don't f-- with me, you piece of s--". World Star Hip Hop is the name of a website known for posting videos of viral beatdowns. Read More »

Trump names new acting chief of staff

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It was unclear why Trump named Mulvaney as only acting chief of staff. "He got picked because the president liked him they get along", the official said. Mulvaney said he was honored to have been selected. In November 2016, just days before the election that resulted in Trump becoming president, Mulvaney seemed to express a reluctance to vote for the Republican candidate. Read More »

Trump knew hush-money payments were wrong: ex-lawyer Cohen

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More recently, however, Cohen had turned against Trump and said at his sentencing that working for Trump was a "personal and mental incarceration". Mr Trump has dismissed Cohen as a weak man and a liar who is making up stories to get a shorter sentence. He pleaded guilty to several charges, including campaign finance violations and lying to Congress. Read More »

Tu-160 bombers return to Russian Federation after visit to Venezuela

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Pompeo too", he said . Interestingly, the two Russian strategic bombers also carried out a 10-hour exercise in the Caribbean , accompanied partly by Venezuelan jets. During Maduro's recent Moscow visit, agreements were signed involving $5 billion in new Russian investments in Venezuelan oil industry and $1 billion in mining, particularly related gold. Read More »

Melania Trump: 'Opportunists' are the hardest to deal with

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She said, "The problem is they're writing history and it's not correct". "He's fighting for America and the American people every day", she added. Body language expert Judi James analysed Melania's interview, revealing her expert thoughts and suggesting the First Lady showed signs of "anxiety" during the chat , despite wanting to come across as confident. Read More »

Ryan Zinke to resign as interior secretary, Trump says

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Around 9 a.m. Saturday, Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs reported that Zinke had notified the president that he intends to step down at year's end. "With an average of almost one federal investigation opened into his conduct in office per month, Zinke's highly questionable ethics have finally caught up with him". Read More »