• Brexit: May suffers second defeat on Brexit amendment
Brexit: May suffers second defeat on Brexit amendment

And Downing Street said it was "very surprised" by the Speaker's decision, as it had been advised the motion setting out the timeline for events was unamendable. Number 10 confirmed ministers would "consider very seriously" moves by Labour MPs to safeguard workers' rights after Brexit in an attempt to win support for her deal, if the backbench amen...

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  • Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya charged with obstruction of justice in United States court
Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya charged with obstruction of justice in United States court

In the lawsuits, members of a criminal organization posed as both plaintiffs and defendants in the cases, admitting wrongdoing so they could win large money judgments which could then be declared as losses in order to collect large Russian tax refunds, USA authorities concluded.

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  • North Korean leader heads home after Beijing visit
North Korean leader heads home after Beijing visit

Trump said last week that he will be setting up a meeting with Kim "in the not-too-distant future" to restart talks about the North's nuclear programs after their summit in Singapore last summer. China, which wouldn't want to be left out in the cold in any settlement, has worked to improve relations with its neighbour, which deteriorated after B...

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  • Mueller Believes Manafort Shared 2016 Polling Data With Alleged Russian Intel Agent
Mueller Believes Manafort Shared 2016 Polling Data With Alleged Russian Intel Agent

In another action that may be related to the ongoing Russian Federation probe, the Supreme Court Tuesday denied an application for a stay in a case involving a bank owned by a foreign government. Manafort's lawyers did not respond to a request for comment on the matter. Prosecutors have also accused Manafort of lying about his contacts with Trump...

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  • Pompeo starts Middle East visit to ramp up pressure on Iran
Pompeo starts Middle East visit to ramp up pressure on Iran

An official at Tuesday's meeting between Bolton and senior Turkish officials said presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin stated that Erdogan committed that Turkey would not take offensive action while USA forces were there. US lawmakers on both sides of the partisan divide accused the president of quitting the fight to vanquish ISIS before it...

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  • Suspicious packages sent to consulates in Melbourne
Suspicious packages sent to consulates in Melbourne

Suspicious packages have sparked a major emergency response and evacuation of some foreign consulates across Melbourne , with embassies in Canberra also hit. It is understood at least seven Melbourne buildings have been evacuated. A spokesman for the USA consulate in Melbourne told CNN that after receiving a suspicious package staff "foll...

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  • #SaveRahaf: Activists' lightning campaign made Saudi teen's flight a global cause
#SaveRahaf: Activists' lightning campaign made Saudi teen's flight a global cause

Surachet will act as a mediator in their talks with the UN High Commission for Refugees ( UNHCR ) representatives, Surachet said . Qunun, however, was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti immigration officials during transit at Bangkok International Airport.

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  • Lok Sabha okays plan to tweak citizenship law
Lok Sabha okays plan to tweak citizenship law

The decision to snap the ties followed an AGP delegation's meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi during which he asserted that the government will ensure the passage of the Citizenship Bill in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

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  • DRC elections: Don't deprive Congolese of their fundamental human right
DRC elections: Don't deprive Congolese of their fundamental human right

Is the December 30 election in the Democratic Republic of Congo going down the 2011 way? "Now more than ever the Congolese people need assurance that the authorities are genuinely committed to the respect for human rights and allowing people to access information from diverse sources and communicate freely is a key part of that".

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  • Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by text message
Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by text message

The new regulations could help mitigate the problem of so-called "secret divorces", a phrase used to describe the phenomenon of men ending their marriage without informing their wives. However there are many things Saudi women continue to be banned from doing without permission from a male guardian , usually a husband, father, brother or son, in...

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  • China Says Detained Canadians Violated the Law; Kovrig’s Employer Says He’s Innocent
China Says Detained Canadians Violated the Law; Kovrig’s Employer Says He’s Innocent

In response, the Chinese government on Friday said that the United States travel warning did not hold up, citing the large number of Americans that visited the country past year. Those comments don't offer any new information for Kovrig's distressed family and friends, who still don't know why or for how long he's being detained, said Robert Malley...

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  • USA team to visit China for trade talks
USA team to visit China for trade talks

That agreement saw China commit to renewed purchases of USA agricultural goods like soybeans, in return for the delay of a fresh swathe of tariffs Washington was set to impose on Chinese goods. The talks begin on Monday. Other administration officials at the talks will include Mr Gregg Doud, the US Trade Representative's chief agricultural negoti...

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  • Wanda Sykes: Trump Isn't Just a 'Motherf*cker,' He's a 'Lying Motherf*cker'
Wanda Sykes: Trump Isn't Just a 'Motherf*cker,' He's a 'Lying Motherf*cker'

Speaking later Friday to reporters in the Rose Garden, Trump said he thought Tlaib's comments were "disgraceful" and she "dishonoured herself". She said that was in part a "generational" difference, but also called out Trump for language he has used.

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  • Sen. Warren Announces 2020 Presidential Exploratory Committee
Sen. Warren Announces 2020 Presidential Exploratory Committee

This time around, Warren will take center stage. "There's going to be so many candidates this year", said Scott Punteney, chair of the Pottawattamie County Democratic Party. "What I want to see is what the field's going to look like, and how these individuals do in putting together outreach around the state", said Matt McCoy, a former Democrati...

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  • Bennett Rips Romney Over Op-Ed: 'A Gratuitous, Unnecessary, and Ill-Timed Shame'
Bennett Rips Romney Over Op-Ed: 'A Gratuitous, Unnecessary, and Ill-Timed Shame'

The Flake reference was to retiring senator Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been a Trump critic . "For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack [Trump] as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive", McDaniel tweeted.

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  • Near-capacity toilets force Joshua Tree campgrounds to close amid government shutdown
Near-capacity toilets force Joshua Tree campgrounds to close amid government shutdown

Yosemite National Park , too, has closed some of its campgrounds and public areas after being inundated with garbage and human poop. And these are some of the busiest days of the year for national parks , as there was an estimated 284,398 visitors at Joshua Tree during the second half of December in 2017.

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  • USA moving slowly on Syria troop withdrawal
USA moving slowly on Syria troop withdrawal

Shanahan, who spoke before Trump's comments on the military, limited his remarks to the Pentagon's cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security on border issues. However, Mr Trump said he did want to "protect" US-backed Kurdish fighters in the country as Washington draws down its 2,000 troops, which would happen "over a period of time".

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  • 2 women enter Hindu temple in India, breaking years-long ban
2 women enter Hindu temple in India, breaking years-long ban

In September, the Supreme Court lifted the ban - which became law in 1972 - on women worshipping at Sabarimala temple in Kerala state. September's verdict was the latest progressive ruling from the court, with judges also overturning bans on gay sex and adultery past year - posing a challenge to Modi's traditionalist BJP.

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  • 7-year-old killed in drive-by near Houston-area Walmart identified
7-year-old killed in drive-by near Houston-area Walmart identified

The mother was shot in the arm and taken to Ben Taub Hospital. "He sped off in front of us and stopped, and still continued to fire at us". It was not fair. The Harris County Sheriff's Office said that a man in a red pickup truck pulled up next to their vehicle and opened fire at a auto, killing Jazmine and injuring Washington.

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  • Election official says Bangladesh's ruling alliance won vote
Election official says Bangladesh's ruling alliance won vote

In a wide-ranging discussion with foreign journalists and election observers at her official residence in Dhaka on Monday, Hasina refused a suggestion that she offer her political foes an olive branch. "We will probe if any come", he said. Human Rights Watch and other worldwide groups had decried repressive measures which they said had created ...

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  • Kim Jong-un vows to meet South Korea's leader frequently in 2019
Kim Jong-un vows to meet South Korea's leader frequently in 2019

The report did exclude insights concerning the message but rather said it identified with U.S. - North Korea talks, and was propitiatory in tone. South Korean officials didn't fully disclose Kim's letter. On Feb. 10, Kim's sister Yo-jong, the first vice-director of the North's Workers' Party Central Committee, delivered a letter to Moon at Cheong W...

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  • Eight injured in Tokyo car attack
Eight injured in Tokyo car attack

Britain is now on its second-highest threat level of severe, meaning an attack is considered highly likely and security officials say they are facing record levels of work in countering militants as well as far-right extremists after four major attacks past year.

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  • Xi, Putin exchange New Year greetings
Xi, Putin exchange New Year greetings

Asked if Japan can address Putin's concern about the possibility of USA forces building a base on any of the islands if they are handed over to Japan, Abe said his government has "not yet" gained the consent of the United States to keep them free of a US military presence.

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  • Kim Jong-un's new year message
Kim Jong-un's new year message

Since the Trump-Kim summit though, less progress has been made than at least optimists had been hoping for. Washington and Pyongyang appear to have interpreted what exactly this means differently. The North has also bristled at USA demands to provide a detailed account of nuclear and missile facilities that would be inspected and dismantled under a...

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  • Communications Breakdown Between Trump, Democrats as Shutdown Enters a Second Week
Communications Breakdown Between Trump, Democrats as Shutdown Enters a Second Week

A former Marine general who led the military command responsible for Latin America, Kelly was Trump's Homeland Security secretary before becoming White House chief of staff in July previous year. They have largely left the negotiations to Trump and Democrats, and it's unclear if McConnell would consider any of the bills the House, under Pelosi, c...

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  • American detained on spy charges in Moscow
American detained on spy charges in Moscow

By Russian law, foreigners found guilty of spying on Russia face between 10 and 20 years in prison. "Russia's obligations under the Vienna Convention require them to provide consular access", the State Department said. Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow on Friday. Earlier this month, Ru...

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  • At least 3 dead, 79 missing after gas explosion rocks Russian Federation high-rise
At least 3 dead, 79 missing after gas explosion rocks Russian Federation high-rise

At least three people were killed and another 79 people were unaccounted for after a gas explosion rocked a residential building in Russia's Urals city of Magnitogorsk today, a senior official said . The explosion shattered windows of nearby buildings, according to a local resident speaking on Echo of Moscow radio. According to the regional ...

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  • Elizabeth Warren is one step closer to a presidential run
Elizabeth Warren is one step closer to a presidential run

On December 31, that prospect became much more real when the senator announced an exploratory presidential committee. "I need you with me". Afterward, prominent members of the Cherokee Nation - a tribe to which she's claimed ancestry - criticized the move.

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  • Flights resume at Germany's Hannover Airport after man drove into secure area
Flights resume at Germany's Hannover Airport after man drove into secure area

Police sources said a terrorist motive could be " basically ruled out ". A Hanover police spokesperson told DW that the man in his mid-20s drove out onto the runway and followed a plane from Greece's Aegean Airlines after it had landed. They found no traces of explosives, and flight operations resumed shortly after 8 p.m. - about 4 1/2 hours afte...

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  • Shooting Suspect Reportedly Captured In Kern County
Shooting Suspect Reportedly Captured In Kern County

Investigators said on Friday that Arriaga was arrested at a home in Bakersfield during the execution of a search warrant. He faces a homicide charge. Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson highlighted the department was just 12-members and that he relieved Singh on Christmas Day so he could spend some time with his family.

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  • Education superintendent to propose plan for South Korean students to visit NK
Education superintendent to propose plan for South Korean students to visit NK

Security Council to proceed with Wednesday's ceremony as it involved South Korean transport vehicles and goods. South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, bottom left, and officials arrive to board a train to leave for North Korea at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec.

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  • Guatemalan boy dies after being detained by U.S. border agents
Guatemalan boy dies after being detained by U.S. border agents

After showing "signs of potential illness ", the child and his father were taken to the hospital. He was initially diagnosed with a common cold following a medical evaluation. Coast Guard, Department of Defense and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help. Eight-year-old Felipe Gómez Alonzo's first week in the United States ende...

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  • Deadly blast hits tour bus near Giza pyramids in Egypt
Deadly blast hits tour bus near Giza pyramids in Egypt

Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and at least 10 others injured when a roadside bomb blast hit their tour bus on Friday less than 4 km (2.5 miles) from Egypt's world-famous Giza pyramids. Tourism is a huge sector of the Egyptian economy but has suffered since the Arab Spring in 2010. According to the statement by the...

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  • Russia Tests New
Russia Tests New "Hypersonic" Nuclear-Capable Missile

A computer simulation show the Avangard hypersonic vehicle being released from booster rockets. The Avangard is a hypersonic warhead re-entry vehicle that is created to outpace and outmaneuver US missile defense systems. "Starting from next year, in 2019, a new intercontinental strategic system Avangard will enter service in the Russian army and th...

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  • U.S. Justice Ginsburg released from hospital after cancer surgery
U.S. Justice Ginsburg released from hospital after cancer surgery

The 85 year-old liberal justice underwent surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY on Friday to remove two cancerous nodules in her left lung. Since taking office, President Donald Trump has had the opportunity to replace two retiring justices, tipping the balance in favor of conservatives.

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