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High-powered Mexican couple killed in helicopter crash

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President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also confirmed the deaths on Twitter Monday evening. The president of the centre-right National Action Party (PAN), of which the pair were members of, paid his respects on Twitter. She was the first female governor of her state. The accident comes after a number of high-profile deaths in helicopter crashes over the years in Mexico, including Interior Minister Francisco Blake Mora in 2011 , the BBC's Will Grant reports. Read More »

‘Home alone’: Bored Trump tweets up storm during Christmas shutdown

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Trump, who cancelled plans to go to his Florida resort on Friday for Christmas because of the shutdown, was scheduled to discuss border security with U.S. "We need border security". Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer blamed the president for provoking the latest furlough. "Nothing new", Trump said. He did not elaborate, but a Democratic aide granted anonymity to discuss the private talks said the White House offered USD 2.5 billion - an initial USD 2.1 billion plus USD 400 million Democrats ... Read More »

Germany concerned 'political motives' behind China's detention of Canadians

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In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Meng's case is part of an independent legal process with no outside political influence. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Monday. Meng is now out of custody on $10 million bail, staying at a house in Vancouver and not allowed to leave the country. "We are deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities of two Canadians earlier this month and call for their immediate release", Freeland said. Read More »

Trump vows no end to shutdown until wall funded

Powell after a sharp downturn in US stock markets. US President Donald Trump speaks on a telephone in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington , US, December 24, 2018 . Due to the government shutdown, some 25 per cent of U.S. government activities have been paralysed since Friday because Congress has not been able to approve a budget and funding for those departments has expired. Read More »

Migrant boy, 8, dies after being detained in government custody

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Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, return to Mexico after being hit by tear gas sprayed by U.S. The official cause of death is unknown. The border agency has not yet said when the father and son entered the United States or how long they were detained, saying only in its statement that the boy had been "previously apprehended". Read More »

Trump buries the hatchet with Erdogan over Syria

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So what do we know about this tweet this morning where President Trump basically announced that Secretary of Defense James Mattis will be leaving two months early? A withdrawal could have extraordinary geopolitical implications, and it runs counter to long-established USA policy for the region. Read More »

Christmas Eve Snow Forecast; I-80 Traffic Held Near Summit

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A statement of the Met Office website reveals why the likelihood of snow is now rare at Christmas time. We're seeing the calm before the storm across interior NorCal early this morning with varying amounts of cloud cover across the region and only a few areas of light precipitation. Read More »

Trump ‘open’ to meeting Erdogan in Turkey next year

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Meanwhile, Hurriyet, another Turkey-based news outlet, reported that the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday the country's military is determined to enter northern Syria as soon as possible. Youssef Hammoud, spokesperson for the Syrian opposition fighters, accused the US -backed Kurdish militia of reaching out to the Syrian government to replace USA troops if they withdraw. Read More »

At least 43 killed in Kabul govt compound attack

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Another 20 people have been wounded after a siege that lasted eight hours. Afghan forces evacuated over 350 civilians from the building before calling off the operation on Monday night. "It was a barbaric attack against humanity", interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told reporters. President Ashraf Ghani, whose government has been skewered over its security failures, said "terrorists attack civilian targets to hide their defeat on the battleground". Read More »

Where in the World Is Santa? Find Out With the Santa Tracker

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Fielding a phone call from a seven-year-old on Monday, US President Donald Trump put himself on Santa Claus's naughty list by raising doubts about his existence. Captain Cameron Hillier told Gizmodo by phone that the organisation got around 126,000 phone calls last year at a rate of about 1.8 per second, and that number is expected to hike this year. Read More »

Forecast: Some Christmas Eve Snow

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Though light snow began falling around noon on Monday from Bedford down to Providence and over into central MA and northeast CT, and is moving into the Boston area, it will not accumulate, Vallier-Talbot said. No major travel impacts are expected. "It is important to keep up on the latest forecast if you plan to travel during this time". "Basically we've lost most of the snow we've had", said Scott. Read More »

33-story Sydney building evacuated after cracking noises

Engineers and the building's managers remained at the 38-storey building overnight but emergency services have since left after declaring there are no longer concerns of the tower collapsing. The doors of the building were jammed and the police had to break through to help residents out. One woman sitting stranded at the park said: "It's Christmas, I just want to go home". Read More »

Student's family wins $500M judgment in case against North Korea

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The Trump administration placed North Korea on the list of state sponsors of terrorism in November 2017, after Warmbier's death, making the extraordinary lawsuit possible. "When Otto's family saw him, Otto's condition was 'horrible and unrecognizable, '" the opinion states, noting that he was "jerking violently" and "howling" with his arms "curled and mangled". Read More »

The Yellow Vest toll: Number of injured in French protests nearly 3,000

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Prime Minister Edouard Philippe visited a motorcycle police unit involved in an incident Saturday near the glittering Champs-Elysees avenue in central Paris . The French capital's other big tourist hotspots such as the Louvre museum and the Eiffel Tower, which had closed for an earlier protest this month, both remained open. Read More »

How The Partial Government Shutdown Could Affect You

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The House of Representatives and the Senate are due back in session at noon on Saturday. "Virtually every Democrat we are dealing with today strongly supported a Border Wall or Fence", Trump wrote. The Transportation Security Administration will be on the job to screen passengers, and Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers will be directing planes. Read More »

Whitaker rejected advice to recuse from Russian Federation probe

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The President's frequent criticism of the probe has raised concerns that he may attempt to shut it down, putting a spotlight on the top Justice Department officials overseeing it. "The Acting Attorney General's refusal to recuse himself over supervision of the Mueller probe is a huge scandal". The first of these two incidents occurred after Michael Cohen , the president's former attorney, plead guilty to lying to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower project. Read More »

'Very possible' United States shutdown could extend into new year, says budget director

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The president's $5 billion demand is just a down payment on Mr. Trump's borderwide vision. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., argued for increased use of technology along the border instead of "some medieval wall". Vice president Mike Pence and White House officials were on Capitol Hill late on Friday night trying to broker a compromise over funding for the wall, which is staunchly opposed by Democrats. Read More »

Trump says Erdogan will 'eradicate' ISIL in Syria

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Hours earlier, Trump had tweeted that he and Erdogan "discussed (IS), our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of USA troops from the area". military spokesperson told AFP when asked about the pullout order, without elaborating. Kurdish officials met with a French presidential adviser Friday, and one asked France to play a larger role in Syria following the American withdrawal. Read More »

President Macron blasts President Trump for pulling American troops out of Syria

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Speaking during a new conference in Chad, Mr Macron said: "I very deeply regret the decision made on Syria ". The US said the Islamic State (IS) group had been defeated, a claim disputed by allies and US politicians. France offered to mediate between Turkey and the SDF this year but Turkey rejected dialogue, citing SDF's affiliation with PKK, designated a terrorist group by both Turkey and the U.S. Read More »

No, the Federal Shutdown Will Not Cancel the Government Tracking Santa Claus

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The Santa Tracker program is run out of Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. For anyone wanting to keep tabs on where Santa Claus travels on Christmas Eve, well, there's an app for that. A girl told Ms Hill she wanted to warn Santa not to bump into a bell hanging on her door. 'The North Pole is very hard to find, and I worry my friends will get lost on their way here!' The most wonderful time of year is almost here, with just two days remaining until Christmas Day . Read More »

Turkey sends military reinforcements to northern Syria

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Netanyahu spoke twice to Trump last week about the surprise pullout, but next week's sitdown will be the first high-level meeting between USA officials and Israeli since Trump announced the move, Ravid reported . Since Trump became president, Macron has attempted to develop a "special relationship" with the billionaire tycoon despite widely differing political beliefs and styles. Read More »

No chance of a white Christmas with forecasters predicting a 'mild week'

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There will be some patchy light rain in parts of the south and west but there will be some good dry periods, too, with short sunny spells mostly in Ulster. "Also, in all the Christmas movies, it's a white Christmas", resident Morgan Hughes added. So, it'll break down to about an inch or two each day especially Wednesday and Thursday. Read More »

Trump says government shutdown 'could be a long stay'

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President Trump has offered to come down from his $5 billion border wall demand, the White House said Sunday, signaling he would sign a bill that includes less money and puts limits on the type of fencing that can be constructed. Shortly thereafter, Republican Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker said on the Senate floor that an "understanding has been reached" that the Senate will not take any further votes related to the funding issue "until a global agreement has been reached ... Read More »

At least 43 killed when tsunami hits beaches in Indonesia

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At least seven audience members were killed, and more than 80 are missing, according to a company spokesman. The death toll is likely to increase. The volcano erupted 24 minutes before the the tsunami , scientists from Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics agency said, adding that high tides from the full moon may have contributed to the strength of the waves. Read More »

Taliban welcomes partial United States withdrawal from Afghanistan

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The US has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, most of which are present as part of a larger NATO-led mission to train, advise and assist Afghan forces. Ro Khanna that would effectively end USA military intervention on behalf of Saudi Arabia in the Yemeni civil war. U.S. commanders now will have to scramble to re-balance the worldwide forces remaining in Afghanistan between training and advising Afghan security forces and fighting al Qaeda and Islamic State's South Asian branch, according to ... Read More »

Mattis, McGurk exits leave Syria in "state of uncertainty"

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The two leaders also discussed expanded trade between the two countries in their phone call. "The withdrawal of the United States from Syria significantly raises the chance of an all-out conflict in the north - both in Lebanon and Syria", he told Israel Radio. Read More »

US Supreme Court refuses Trump bid to restore asylum ban

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He and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito Jr. and Neil Gorsuch - Trump's other nominee to the court - would have granted the administration's request to let the order go into effect. The administration may eventually, as Trump predicted, win in the Supreme Court, but this round went to the challengers, and the eventual fate of the case nearly certainly lies in Roberts' hands. Read More »

Light snow is looking more likely for Christmas morning

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It will likely be too warm for any snow with both of these systems. Christmas Eve will be quite a change from Sunday . Times of snow or snow showers on Friday with some accumulation possible. High temperatures come in close to average as we top out in the upper 30s. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles or flurries possible, then clearing skies late. Read More »