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Attacker wounds 20 children at Beijing school

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Police in the Xicheng district of the city said in a statement on Weibo that they had detained a 49-year-old male suspect surnamed Jia, who was a former fix worker at the school. Another video shows anxious parents forming a large crowd outside the school's entrance, demanding details. About six police cars were parked outside a hospital near the school, according to a Reuters witness. Read More »

Paris protesters try to revive yellow vest movement

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Some then made their way south of the river to the wealthy area around Boulevard St Germain, where they set light to a auto and several motorbikes and set up burning barricades, prompting police to fire tear gas to try and disperse them. Protesters clashed with police in central Paris . Marches were underway in several other cities across France. Video on French TV showed a man repeatedly stomping on an officer in riot gear on the ground and hitting the shield of another officer. Read More »

Key plotter in USS Cole attack may have been killed in Yemen

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He escaped from prison in Yemen twice, once in 2003 and again in 2006. A terrorist thought to be a mastermind in the planning of the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 was reportedly killed by an airstrike in Yemen earlier this week. The FBI has been offering a reward of up to $5 million for information that would lead to his arrest. He was sentenced to death but his sentence was later reduced to 15 years in prison, the Associated Press reported. Read More »

Trump plans televised address, visit to Mexico border

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Trump will take to the airwaves at 9:00 p.m. The congressman also said that if Democrats give into Trump's demand, it would incentivize the President to attempt further shutdowns in order to extract concessions. The administration letter includes a request for $800 million for "urgent humanitarian needs", a reflection of the growing anxiety over migrants traveling to the border - which the White House said Democrats raised in the meetings. Read More »

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim Resigns Before End of Term

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The Trump administration, with its largely sceptical stance on climate change, will have great influence in deciding Dr Kim's successor, as the U.S. holds a controlling stake in the World Bank's voting rights. 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 on leveraging private finance for the benefit of ... Read More »

North Korea's Kim Jong Un On Way To China For Fourth Summit

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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. A special North Korean train entered China late Monday, Yonhap news agency reported, raising speculation that leader Kim Jong Un could be on his way to Beijing. Read More »

DRC delays results of December election

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A SADC official said they would wait for those responsible for the elections to make the announcement and urge those who feel otherwise to follow the laid down procedure of airing their grievances. It did not publicly name the winning candidate, but it is widely reported that the Catholic observers have identified Mr. Fayulu, the leading opposition candidate, as the victor. Read More »

Pope Francis urges Europe to help 49 migrants stranded on rescue vessels

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Another ship run by the German group Sea-Eye is carrying 17 people rescued on 29 December. And he rammed the message home on Twitter, saying "Italy's ports are and will stay closed". "It is easy to play the Christmas Saint with everyone, but then come January, February and the summer period we would be told to do the same". Thirty-two of the migrants were rescued on December 22; the others, days later. Read More »

Houston wins praise for handling of girl's drive-by shooting

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Merritt told The Washington Post on Sunday that he believes Woodruffe is also black. Prosecutors say he was driving the vehicle that pulled alongside the Barnes family auto and that someone else shot into the auto. "However, all the information up until yesterday has been that the shooter was an older white male in a red truck". And they continued knocking on nearby doors, hoping to find more security footage of the truck. Read More »

‘Fugitive status for Vijay Mallya result of BJP’s anti-graft efforts’

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Special judge MS Azmi invoked the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, which was passed in August previous year, on an application by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to have Mallya declared a fugitive from justice. He fled India for United Kingdom in 2016, where he faces charges of money laundering . Mallya left India with owing more than $1 billion after defaulting on loan payments to state-owned banks and allegedly misusing the funds which were availed to bail out his Kingfisher ... Read More »

Michigan family devastated by fatal crash

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The SUV burst into flames. The family members killed in the crash were 42-year-old Issam Abbas , 38-year-old Rima Abbas, 14-year-old Ali Abbas , 13-year-old Isabella Abbas and 7-year-old Giselle Abbas . Pictured, Dr. Rima Abbas and Issam Abbas and their three children. "See this tragedy is not only us now, for the family, is for the whole community and for the humanity too because anybody can hear about this tragedy is going to feel it", Hassan said. Read More »

Egypt tried blocking Sisi CBS interview on cooperation with Israel: Network

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On its website, " 60 Minutes " reported that shortly after el-Sisi answered questions on camera for journalist Scott Pelley , the team received a phone call from the Egyptian ambassador telling them not to broadcast the footage. "We tried every peaceful means to disperse them". "We have a wide range of co-operation with the Israelis". Human Rights Watch, a global watchdog on rights abuses, said Egypt now has about 60,000 people behind bars on charges that range from spreading fake news to ... Read More »

Pakistan, UAE Agree To Work On Afghan Peace

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According to a joint statement issued after the UAE royal's visit, bilateral relations and regional and global issues were discussed during PM Khan and Sheikh Mohammed's meeting. The fund has financed eight development projects in Pakistan with a total value of AED 1.5 billion, including AED 931 million in grants. The report quoted a cabinet member as saying that the UAE package is exactly the same size and has the same terms and conditions as those given by Saudi Arabia. Read More »

Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney resigns

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He is the third senior Pentagon official to step down since President Donald Trump announced that United States forces would be withdrawn from Syria. Rear Adm. "We must do everything possible to advance an global order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances". Read More »

Coup in Gabon as military 'hijacks power'

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A group of soldiers sought to take power in Gabon on Monday while the country's ailing president was overseas, but the government declared the bid had failed and the rebels had been arrested. Gabon is one of Africa's top oil producers, France's closest ally in the region and has been ruled for more than 50 years by the Bongo family. Bongo assumed office in October of 2009 and has served as Gabon's third president. Read More »

Xi’s comment on ‘force’ in Taiwan is not just rhetoric

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The history between the two governments connects them regardless of whether Taiwan agrees to unify and create "one China" or remain separate. Official talks between Taiwan and mainland China are unlikely to be held in the foreseeable future now that an understanding meant to allow the two sides to ditch their differences has been redefined, leaving the self-ruled island with no room to manoeuvre, observers said. Read More »

House defies Trump veto threat, passes funding plan without wall

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The shutdown dispute is over President Donald Trump's demand for money to build a wall along the U.S-Mexico border. Pelosi's immediate task? Finding a way to help end a standoff over Trump's border wall demand that has led to a partial government shutdown that is almost two weeks old. Read More »

Malaysia's king abdicates throne months after marrying Russian beauty queen

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Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and while the king assumes a largely ceremonial role, his assent is needed for the appointment of a prime minister and various other senior officials. "Tunku Abdullah could take his father's place and at the same time, prepare him to become the Sultan", he explained. Foreign media reports said he had married a Russian beauty queen while he was away from the national office - though neither he nor the palace ever confirmed this. Read More »

Two British special forces soldiers are seriously injured after ISIS missile attack

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Earlier on Sunday, Bolton said the USA will not withdraw troops from northeastern Syria until Turkish government guarantees fight against Daesh and that it won't attack "Kurdish fighters", referring to YPG/PKK terrorist group. "It's not the establishment of an arbitrary point for the withdrawal to take place as President Obama did in the Afghan situation...the timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement". Read More »

Al-Qaeda operative linked to USS Cole attack killed

About two hours before Central Command confirmed the death, U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that Badawi had been killed. On Sunday, via Twitter, the president confirmed it. The stunning assault foreshadowed the more deadly attacks of September 11, 2001 that launched the American war against terrorism, still underway in various parts of the Middle East including in Yemen. Read More »

Pompeo To Visit Saudi Arabia, UAE

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Briefing reporters on the trip, an official said: "The secretary has been very consistent in engagements with Saudis.to really push the two points of accountability and credibility, which is that the Saudis should have a credible narrative for what happened". Read More »

Saudi men can no Longer Divorce Their Wives Without Telling Them

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The country also faces criticism over its male guardianship system, which allows men to exercise arbitrary authority to make decisions on behalf of their female relatives. For example, permission to marry must be granted by a guardian otherwise it won't be recognised by a Saudi court. However, the crown prince's reforms, which include granting women driver's licenses, have been overshadowed by a wave of arrests of women activists in recent months as the kingdom steps up a crackdown on ... Read More »

Carter urges Congo vote to reflect people’s will

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Twenty one candidates participated in presidential election but the real contest is about three candidates who include Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary , the candidate of the ruling Common Front for Congo, or FCC, and two main opposition candidates Martin Fayulu and Felix Tshisekedi. Read More »

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Keeps Firing Back at Her Haters

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She referred to the progressive taxation system that was in place in the 1960s before Ronald Reagan took office as president when the top earners paid 70 percent in taxes. When a Twitter user posted video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing during her time at Boston University in an attempt to smear her , the internet responded with joy instead. Read More »

Federal agencies told to hold off pay raises

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Cabinet secretaries would be entitled to a jump in annual salary from $199,700 to $210,700. Absent intervention by Congress to cancel or postpone them, senior staff members in President Donald Trump's administration can expect raises of up to $10,000 starting on January 5, reports the Washington Post . Read More »

Brazil's far-right president sends army into city to fight crime

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It was the strongest expression of concern so far by his government over the tie-up. The head of one major foreign bank's treasury desk saying that "it was not expected by the market and its unambitious, to say the least". Blaming Iran as the major vocal opposition against the embassy move, Bolsonaro further added that "the only weighty voice speaking out against me is Iran". Read More »

Why scores of TSA workers are calling in sick during government shutdown

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TSA spokesman Michael Bilello tweeted that 5.5 percent of the TSA workforce at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport called out Friday, compared with 3.5 percent on a normal day. To date, however, screening wait times remain well within TSA standards . "I travel a lot for work, and I haven't noticed any difference in security around the airports", said another man. Read More »

New Acting Defense Chief Takes Over At Pentagon

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Mr. Trump claimed he had "essentially" fired the former four-star Marine Corps general and criticized in particular Mr. Mattis' handling of the war in Afghanistan. Patrick Shanahan, the acting U.S. defence secretary, started his first full day at the Pentagon's helm on Wednesday by telling colleagues he sees China as a key priority . Read More »

Elizabeth Warren Asked About Why She Took DNA Test at Iowa Event

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Warren planned a trip to Iowa after announcing her intent to run for president in 2020 earlier this week. "Sanders", Warren told supporters in Des Moines, "I'm not relitigating 2016", before pivoting to call all Democrats running for president to disavow super PACs, saying, "I think that all of the Democratic candidates, whoever they turn out to be, should link arms and say our primary is not for sale to billionaires". Read More »

Brexit: 'Uncharted territory' if United Kingdom parliament votes no, says May

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Both the Labour and Conservative parties" 2017 General Election manifestos ran on pledges to respect the referendum vote and leave the European Union; while Mrs May has been pushing MPs to accept her Withdrawal Agreement, a " no deal' Brexit - the default legal position if the lower house votes down May's agreement - is fulfilling the referendum result as Tory MP Peter Bone told Sky News's Sophy Ridge on Sunday. Read More »

German politicians targeted in 'mass hack attack'

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The large-scale attack affected nearly every German political party. German politicians and prominent newsmakers have fallen victim of what appears a brazen hack attack on their private data. The stolen data, which comprised personal addresses, mobile phone numbers, letters, invoices and copies of identity documents, was published online via Twitter in December but inexplicably only came to light this week. Read More »