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Local councils forced to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be in Fiji this Thursday and Friday. A strict dress code for ceremonies will also be introduced, with Immigration Minister David Coleman set to announce the changes on Sunday. "I've not heard anything to suggest that the whole of the community would not support that action as well", he said. "But we're not just going to cop people undermining Australia's national day.This is a pretty commonsense idea". Read More »

Was a Canadian's death sentence in China an act of diplomatic retribution?

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China was strongly dissatisfied with Trudeau's remarks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua said Tuesday. Beijing and Ottawa have been squabbling since last month, when Canada arrested Huawei Technologies Co (華為) chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou (孟晚舟) on a United States extradition request related to possible breaches of Iran sanctions. Read More »

Russian Federation says it caught accused US Marine spying red-handed

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U.S. Undersecretary of State Andrea Thompson said in Tuesday's statement following the talks in Geneva that "the meeting was disappointing as it is clear Russian Federation continues to be in material breach of the treaty". Lavrov accused American media of "lowering their journalistic standards" in coverage of the issue and denounced US lawmakers for challenging Trump's right to conduct foreign policy. Read More »

Westbrook ice disk: Mysterious formation sparks jokes 'aliens have landed'

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A massive rotating ice disc has formed in a river in the USA state of Maine. The disc in the Presumpscot River has been compared to an alien spacecraft, and has also served as a giant raft for ducks and other birds. In recent years, ice disks have popped up in North Dakota's Sheyenne River, as the Associated Press reported, and Michigan's Pine River , according to MLive.com. Read More »

Deadly Blast Strikes Near Patrol Of U.S.-Led Coalition In Syria

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In initial remarks from the US administration, Vice President Mike Pence said the United States would fight to ensure the defeat of the Daesh but reiterated plans to pull troops out of Syria . Trump's initial announcement about a rapid withdrawal took some of his closest aides by surprise, upset allies in the region, and led to the resignation of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. Read More »

White House asked for Iran strike plans

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It's not true that the state Department and the Pentagon had been caught off guard by the request, he said of the dpa. Former U.S. officials said it was unnerving that the National Security Council asked for far-reaching military options to strike Iran in response to attacks that caused little damage and no injuries. Read More »

Donald Trump Gets Burned On Twitter Over Strange 'Hamberders' Typo

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I can't look at the word "hamberders" without thinking about South Park and 'they took our jobs '. "Great being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night at the White House ", the president tweeted just before 8 a.m. That's patently untrue. He didn't buy 1,000 burgers. Dystopic, some might have even said. That day, the White House served a barbecue lunch that star wide receiver Hunter Renfrow called at the time "the best meal I've had in a year". Read More »

Theresa May's Brexit plans go down to historic defeat in Commons

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Out of May's 317 MPs, only 196 backed her. "I believe that we have a duty to deliver on that referendum vote". May has three days to outline her response to the rejected withdrawal agreement. May faces a no-confidence vote later Wednesday that could trigger a general election but she is expected to survive it. A second referendum , however, has been opposed by both May and main opposition leader Corbyn. Read More »

We have never had a hard Irish border, insists Foster

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Media captionWould you notice if you crossed the Irish border? Simon Coveney forgot his microphone was still on as he spoke to Transport Minister Shane Ross while Theresa May suffered her humbling Commons defeat last night. Alliance Party leader Naomi Long couldn't believe Foster's comments either. The DUP has demanded an explanation from the Prime Minister after she warned that a no-deal Brexit could spark "changes to everyday life in Northern Ireland" that jeopardised the union. Read More »

President declares end of Kenya hotel siege after Islamists kill 14

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Kenya suffered a spate of attacks after it sent its army into Somalia in October 2011 to fight the jihadist group. An AFP photographer saw the bodies of five dead, slumped over tables on a restaurant terrace in the complex, while a police source who asked not to be named said he had seen as many as 14 dead. Read More »

Trump's Promise to Turkey: Economic Destruction

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The presidential aide said the United States delegation last week gave Turkey a five-item and legally non-binding paper about its forces' pullout from Syria. "Also spoke about economic development between the US & Turkey - great potential to substantially expand!" he added. "Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds", Trump tweeted, and added that he wished to see the creation of a 20-mile "safe zone". Read More »

United States says satellite attempt shows Iran threat

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The United States is concerned that the long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit can also be used to launch warheads. It was meant to be used for imaging and communications purposes and orbit at an altitude of 500 km (310 miles), according to a report on the ministry's website. Read More »

Saudi Refugee in Canada Expects More Women to Flee Homeland

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After grabbing the world's attention with a series of frantic social media postings, Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun secured asylum after Canada agreed to take her in as a refugee. "I felt that I could not achieve my dreams that I wanted as long as I was still living in Saudi Arabia", she said, CBC reported. The 18-year-old also quickly shed a part of her Saudi past, dropping use of the name of the Alqunun family that disowned her. Read More »

Fuel price rise triggers Zimbabwe riots

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The shock price hike was a response to a "persistent shortfall in the fuel market attributable to the increased fuel usage in the economy and compounded by rampant illegal currency and fuel trading activities", Mnangagwa said. Riot police have been deployed in the capital and in the southern city of Bulawayo. Mnangagwa said some were bent on taking advantage of the current fuel shortages to cause and sponsor unrest and instability in the country. Read More »

Here's what you need to know about Tsipras' confidence vote on Wednesday

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Defense Minister Panos Kammenos , who heads the Independent Greeks, bolted the government on Sunday after breaking with Tsipras over a name dispute with neighboring Macedonia . VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski joined the protests and said January 11 was "black Friday" for Macedonia. He said he would also pull six other ministers from his party out of the government. Read More »

Donald Trump Says He 'Never Worked For Russia' Following FBI Probe Report

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Standing outside the snow-covered White House on Monday, Donald Trump made an astonishing declaration for a United States president: no, he has never been an agent of Russian Federation. However, top advisor Kellyanne Conway reiterated Monday the administration's frequent assertion that Trump has in fact been tough on Russian Federation, one of Washington's key rivals and sometimes outright adversaries. Read More »

Trump invokes horrific native American Massacre to mock Warren

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He added, "Best line in the Elizabeth Warren beer catastrophe is, to her husband, "Thank you for being here". Trump responded to the video on Sunday, commenting on how she thanked her husband when she said: "I'm glad you're here". Chairman of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Rodney Bordeaux went on to "condemn President Trump's racist and disrespectful tweet about this brutal incident". Read More »

Cockpit voice recorder found from crashed Lion Air plane

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The pilots appeared to struggle with an automated system created to keep the plane from stalling - a new feature of the Boeing 737 Max. "It's broken into two pieces so hopefully it's still useful" to investigators, Haryo Satmiko, deputy head of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), told AFP. Read More »

Reports of active shooter at New Jersey UPS facility

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An officer answering the phone at Logan Township police confirmed that a SWAT team had been dispatched to the scene. Hostage negotiators began talking to the gunman by phone as he held the women in a barricaded room. Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office Chief of Staff Tom Gilbert told NJ.com that by 10:30 a.m. EST, the situation was "contained" and described it as an "active incident". Read More »

Canada grants asylum to Saudi teen fleeing alleged abuse

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A Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family is leaving Bangkok on Friday and will fly to Canada, Thailand's immigration police chief said. Trudeau's surprise announcement came after officials had heavily hinted that she was bound for Australia. "Canada will always stand up for human rights, very much including women's rights". Read More »

Saudi Crown Prince, Pompeo agree on need for de-escalation in Yemen

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After evidence emerged that the killing was done by a team of Saudis sent from Riyadh and closely linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the global community demanded a transparent investigation. "So, we'll continue to talk about that and make sure we have all the facts so that they are held accountable, certainly by the Saudis but by the United States as well". Read More »

Poland mayor in very serious condition after being stabbed on stage

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Politicians across the political spectrum in Poland condemned the stabbing, including members of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice Party (PiS), such as Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski. 'That's why Adamowicz dies, ' the attacker said. Adamowicz had been on the streets of his city Sunday collecting money for the charity, along with volunteers around the country. Read More »

House GOP leader vows action against King over race remarks

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King has drawn widespread condemnation after last week telling The News York Times in an interview , "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?" "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?" For example, Scott mentioned that over the past two years, "Republicans have focused on spreading opportunity, and it has paid dividends: From the creation of opportunity zones in some ... Read More »

White House asked for options to strike Iran

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The Wall Street Journal also reported that it was not clear whether the options were provided to the White House, whether President Donald Trump knew of the request or whether serious plans for a USA strike against Iran took shape at that time. Read More »

China sentences Canadian man to death for drug smuggling

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However, the following month, the High People's Court of Liaoning Province ordered a retrial after prosecutors called for Schellenberg to receive a harsher punishment because of the emergence of new evidence which showed his involvement in an worldwide drug smuggling syndicate. Read More »

Some House Dems upset with Ocasio-Cortez

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She continued her Twitter feud with Kraushaar well into Sunday, suggesting a scenario in which CBS hired an entire team of non-white journalists. Yet, according to Walsh, the one that looks bad in the article is the Dems taking swipes at Ocasio-Cortez. Read More »

Israel Confirms Syria Strike, Ends Mission on Lebanon Border

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Israel says Iran is seeking to establish a military presence in Syria that could threaten Israeli security by trying to transfer advanced weaponry to the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon. The Army reiterated that it held Lebanon responsible for all activities that took place in its territory and thanked the residents of Israel's north for helping it achieve the operation's goals. Read More »

Former kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart offers advice to Jayme Closs

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Details of Jayme's three-month captivity have not been released, and Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald has not said whether Jayme was sexually assaulted. Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves. It appeared Patterson hid her from his friends and other people , the sheriff said without elaborating. Read More »

Iran air force cargo plane crashes, killing at least 15

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But a source told Fars agency that the plane belonged to the Iranian military's air force. It then skidded off the runway and smashed into houses before exploding into flames. Iranians often use the word "martyrdom" for those who die in war or national service. "A Boeing cargo 707 place carrying meat from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan had an emergency landing at Fath airport today. Read More »

FM Çavuşoğlu holds phone call with U.S. counterpart Pompeo over Syria

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President Donald Trump is warning Turkey it would face economic devastation if it strikes at the Kurds when US forces pull out of Syria. The withdrawal began with shipments of military equipment, USA defense officials said. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. Erdogan rebuffed a proposed meeting with Bolton in Ankara on January 8, then took to live television instead to insult him for a lack of perspective. Read More »

Mass Fentanyl Overdose in California Kills One, Sends 12 to Hospital

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Jesse Alexander Chico Fire Department's Division Chief says, "We had a mass casualty event also known as an mci". Pacific time on Saturday at a home in Chico, said Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien. Officers have obtained a search warrant of the house, which is now being treated as a "hazmat site". Cops were reportedly called to the Chico address at around 9am and treated the overdosing victims, who were all known to each other, with opioid treatment naloxone. Read More »