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Canada to embark on campaign to win release of citizens

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Freeland said Chinese authorities had not drawn a direct connection between the detention of the two men and Canada's move to arrest Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou , on December 1. He said he was "deeply concerned by suggestions of a political motivation" for the detention of Kovrig and Spavor. Hugh Pope, a spokesman for Kovrig's employer, the International Crisis Group, a think tank that analyzes conflicts and geopolitical flashpoints, said Kovrig ... Read More »

Trump’s Attorney General Pick Really Isn’t Fan of the Mueller Probe

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Earlier today, CNN reported that Barr wrote in a June 2018 memo to senior Justice Department officials that Mueller "should not be able to demand that the President submit to an interrogation about alleged obstruction". Trump never forgave him and ultimately forced him from the job a year and a half later. Rosenstein, who for much of the Russian Federation investigation was the one overseeing Mueller, was not impressed. Read More »

Indonesian band Seventeen hit by tsunami during concert — Sunda Strait tsunami

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The wave hit beaches around the Sunda Strait late on Saturday night. In Lampung province, on the other side of the strait, Lutfi Al Rasyid said he fled the beach in Kalianda city in fear for his life. Caught in the path of nature's fury was a concert by local pop band Seventeen . "This is like suddenly dropping a bag of sand in a tub filled with water", he said. Read More »

Sacked Der Spiegel reporter Claas Relotius returns awards

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The magazine said it has published nearly 60 articles by Relotius, who wrote his first article for the publication as a freelancer in 2011. The 33-year-old reporter has since resigned from the German news magazine Der Spiegel and admitted to making up more than a dozen stories, including the one he wrote on Fergus Falls after President Donald Trump's inauguration, according to Der Spiegel . Read More »

Ryan assails politics of 'outrage' in farewell

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Trump's declaration to Ryan is the latest in a head-spinning saga of shutdown politics with a central fight for funding his proposed wall along the US southern border. However, that legislation does not include any money for a wall. "Boy, we can't have government shutdown". Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) made the announcement to the media after meeting with Trump for almost 90 minutes. Read More »

Not clear how US would get money from border wall fundraiser

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He didn't mention Right Wing News, whose Facebook page was removed by the platform in October. The president is in the midst of a political battle with Congress to get the first $5 billion to build a wall along the southern border, something he has said he'd be "proud" to shut the government down for. Read More »

Stowaways threaten cargo ship crew off United Kingdom coast

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A 12-hour standoff between crew and the suspected migrants ended after a Special Boat Service squadron abseiled onto the ship. Four stowaways found on the Italian 71,000-tonne ship Grande Tema in the Thames Estuary threatened its crew and demanded to be taken to the coast, The Sun newspaper reported Saturday. Read More »

Will hacking charges derail efforts to resolve US-China trade war?

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Rosenstein said that Zhu and Zhang "were part of a group that hacked computers in at least a dozen countries and gave China's intelligence service access to sensitive business information". Internationally, the hackers accessed the computers of a major bank, three telecommunications or consumer electronics companies, mining and health care companies, and business consultancies. Read More »

Korea visits inter-Korean border

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What did North Korea say? While such aid is exempted from global sanctions to punish Pyongyang for its development of nuclear weapons, humanitarian groups have reported difficulties delivering medical assistance or food due to sanctions. Read More »

USA imposes fresh sanctions on Russian intelligence

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Previously, the deadline for both had been January 21. The U.S. Treasury Department twinned that development with an announcement that it would lift sanctions on major aluminum company Rusal and two other firms tied to Oleg Deripaska after a deal was struck to sever the Russian oligarch's control over them. Read More »

Colorado woman likely killed at home; fiance charged

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The couple shared a baby daughter but didn't live together. Frazee was the only person arrested in the case as of Friday morning, De Young said, and officials wouldn't provide any more detail about how they came to the solicitation charge. Read More »

Chinese student accused of trying to poison U.S. college roommate

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According to the District Attorney, Yang "admitted to purchasing various chemicals on the internet, including thallium , and stated they were purchased with the intent to harm himself if he did poorly on future exams". Royal, who has since graduated, "is still experiencing physical symptoms from this poisoning that occurred", he added. When police investigated the handwriting of the message left on Royal's bed, it was determined that Yang wrote the racist threat and he was questioned. Read More »

Government shuts down after Congress fails to pass spending bill

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A partial shutdown of the federal government appears inevitable, as lawmakers left the Capitol Friday without a deal to fund the government by midnight's deadline. The political finger-pointing over who was to blame started well ahead of final negotiations. "The House is at five (billion dollars for border security), the Democrats are at zero", he said. Read More »

Michael Flynn: Judge suggests ex-Trump aide 'sold out' US

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He later softened his tone, apologizing for suggesting that Flynn had worked as a foreign agent, "undermining everything this flag over here stands for" while in the White House when that other work had actually already ended. Almost a half-dozen former aides and advisers - including Flynn - have pleaded guilty or agreed to co-operate with prosecutors. He also backpedaled on an earlier question on whether Flynn's transgressions amounted to treason, saying he didn't mean to suggest they did. Read More »

China detains 3rd Canadian as Huawei spat simmers

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Ottawa is still trying to "figure out why" the two other Canadians, Kovrig and Spavor, are being investigated and is "trying to work with China to demonstrate that this not acceptable", Trudeau told Toronto's Citytv last week. Kovrig and Spavor were picked up in China days after the RCMP arrested Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the request of US authorities. China's foreign ministry has said that a Canadian woman is undergoing "administrative punishment" for working illegally, after ... Read More »

NATO stresses Afghan commitment despite US withdrawal

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Some 14,000 troops are fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan as part of the longest-ever USA war, launched in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. An estimated 2,798 civilians have been killed and 5,252 others wounded in attacks across the country from January to September this year, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Read More »

Japan considers leaving IWC to resume commercial whale hunts

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The announcement comes after Japan's latest attempt to pursue commercial whaling was rejected at an IWC meeting in Brazil in September. It is extremely rare for Japan to withdraw from an worldwide organisation and the withdrawal could spark criticism from anti-whaling countries. Read More »

Kelsey Berreth’s 1-year-old daughter taken into protective custody

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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. De Young said the girl is in protective custody and will be turned over to Berreth's family. Berreth's aunt, Renee Stanfill-Marasco, apparently posted on Facebook that her niece had broken off her engagement with Frazee the day she was last seen alive . Read More »

Chinese President marks Chinese economy 40th anniversary

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One Chinese official told Bloomberg News that concerns about the economy had deflated public interest in celebrating the anniversary. His speech actually leaned toward the defiant side, raising questions as to whether current U.S. But the economic transformation has not brought changes to the Communist Party-controlled political system, with authorities harshly cracking down on the Tiananmen protests in 1989 and activists complaining of a deterioration of human rights in recent years. Read More »

Justice Ginsburg has surgery to remove cancerous growths

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The discovery was made after Ginsburg, 85, was admitted to hospital last month following a fall that resulted in three fractured three ribs. There is no evidence of any further disease and Ginsburg, one of the court's nine justices, is "resting comfortably", spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement . Read More »

Former chemistry student accused of poisoning university roommate with thallium

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Royal was dumbfounded by this as everyone else, because he believed they had a fairly cordial relationship as roommates", Assistant District Attorney Abe Kassis said, according to LehighValleyLive.com . Royal, who has since graduated, continues to suffer symptoms, authorities said. Royal called police after he drank a bottle of water in his room and his tongue began to burn, the Daily Mail reported. Read More »

Wall or slats? Trump's morphing threat to shutdown USA government

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The White House said Trump will not travel to Florida on Friday for the Christmas holiday if the government is shutting down. A week ago, President Donald Trump said he'd be "proud" to shut down the government if Congress, led by fellow Republicans , didn't give him the money he wanted for his long-promised border wall with Mexico . Read More »

Journalists Killed in 2018 Doubled Since Last Year

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From that number 34 were singled out for murder. Khashoggi lived in self-imposed exile in the United States, and had gone to the Saudi consulate to formalize his divorce, but was instead strangled and dismembered - allegedly by Saudi agents. Read More »

Whitaker not recusing himself from Russian Federation probe

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Senator Lindsey Graham, who is also a Republican and hopes to lead the Senate panel overseeing the Justice Department next year, met with Whitaker on Thursday and expressed confidence the Russian Federation probe would continue. media reported Thursday. It is unclear how long Whitaker, a former USA attorney and conservative commentator, will head the department. Given Whitaker's prejudicial comments about Mueller, the public can have no confidence in him. Read More »

Michelle Obama on 2017 inauguration: 'Bye, Felicia'

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But the line was still just as amusing (and delivered more emphatically) when she delivered it Tuesday on " The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon ". "Can you just walk me through..." he started to ask. The blankets, the bears.' They're all crying, and it was like, 'Get out. Michelle Obama says she had two words on her mind as she left the White House for the last time in 2017: "Bye, Felicia!" For Obama, this wasn't the first time she publicly used the phrase to describe her feelings ... Read More »

Run-up to Flynn sentencing tinged with unexpected drama

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What happened next is still reverberating almost two years later. Flynn pleaded guilty a year ago to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his Russian Federation contacts, just days after Mr Trump was inaugurated. The memo only outlines what Flynn said in a straightforward manner. "And sometime people are a little taken aback by that, but that's the way it's supposed to work". Read More »

Dreaming Of A White Christmas?

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Forecasters say the ground on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will likely look very much like it does today. The US National Weather Service has released a map showing the "normal" chances of snow on December 25 in areas around the U.S. Read More »

The resignation of General Mattis should alarm us all

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Mattis's departure came just one day after Trump abruptly declared the complete and timely withdrawal of USA troops battling the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Syria. In response to the news, former Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns tweeted: "The Mattis resignation letter is one of protest and principle". 'Jim Mattis did a superb job as Secretary of Defense. Read More »

Trump Administration Will Send Asylum-Seekers To Mexico While Claims Are Processed

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Forcing thousands of asylum seekers to remain in Mexico , possibly for years, will put many of them in life-threatening danger, said Jennifer Harbury, a South Texas attorney and human rights advocate. "They have announced that affected migrants will receive humanitarian visas to stay on Mexican soil, the ability to apply for work, and other protections while they await a USA legal determination", she continued. Read More »

Trump expected to sign bill to overhaul criminal justice system

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A wonderful thing for the United States of America!" The First Step Act would give federal judges more leeway when sentencing some drug offenders and boost prisoner rehabilitation efforts. The bill was opposed only by Republican senators, led by Sen. In a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, Grassley says the bill will give an untold number of Americans renewed hope this Christmas season that "their father, mother, son or daughter" will soon have a chance to redeem themselves. Read More »

Trump Won't Sign Spending Plan Without More For Border

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It didn't happen! We foolishly fight for Border Security for other countries - but not for our beloved United States of America. The U.S. Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, would not be affected by any government shutdown because it's an independent agency. Read More »

US Justice Department charges two Chinese hackers

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They hacked computer service providers to gain access to the networks of businesses and governments in order to steal intellectual property and business data, according to court papers. The indictment says Zhu and Zhang are members of a group operating in China known as Advanced Persistent Threat 10. USA authorities said the two worked in association with China's Ministry of State Security . Read More »