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He said the Prime Minister's Withdrawal Agreement was the only option on the table that "truly enacts the promises that I made to my constituents and avoids the horror of a no-deal Brexit ". "It's clear that her European Union deal is now finished". The German Chancellor said her country may need to make compromises on strict export controls.
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    Pentagon Officials Fear Bolton's Actions Increase Risk of Clash With Iran

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    The security adviser of the US President, Donald Trump asked a newspaper report that the Ministry of defence options for an attack on Iran . In early September, an Iraqi militia with ties to Iran launched mortars towards the U.S. An unnamed "former senior USA administration official" said the request "definitely rattled people". The Defense Department did draw up the plans, but it is unclear if they were presented to the White House, or if the president knew of Bolton's request , ...
  • United States military says service members killed in Syria

    United States military says service members killed in Syria

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    Last month, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would begin pulling out all its 2,000 troops from Syria because IS had been " defeated ". "We are bringing our troops home", Pence said in an address to 180 USA ambassadors and chiefs of missions overseas gathered for a conference in Washington.
  • Zimbabwe fuel protests: MDC opposition office torched

    Zimbabwe fuel protests: MDC opposition office torched

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    The demonstrations were sparked by growing public anger over Zimbabwe's worsening economic crisis erupted. Zimbabweans have hit out at President Mnangagwa, who they claim has failed to live-up to any of his pre-election pledges and still rules with the iron fist of his predecessor, Mugabe, who was forced out in 2017 after 37 years in office.
  • Chinese Court Sentences Canadian Man To Death, Escalating Tensions

    Chinese Court Sentences Canadian Man To Death, Escalating Tensions

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    Donald Clarke, a China law expert at the George Washington University Law School, described the Canadian detainees - including Schellenberg - as "hostages". extradition request related to Iran sanctions violations. Earlier on Monday, China's government dismissed Trudeau's statement that Kovrig enjoyed some form of diplomatic immunity.
  • Trump Slams Reporter For Asking Him If He Worked For Russia

    Trump Slams Reporter For Asking Him If He Worked For Russia

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    Democratic Party emails were hacked shortly thereafter by an operation linked to the Kremlin . Among Boot's arguments that endorse the view Trump is a Russian agent are the assertions of Donald Trump Jr .in 2014 that the Trump Organization doesn't rely on American banks.
  • GOP Rep. King loses committee posts over racial remarks

    GOP Rep. King loses committee posts over racial remarks

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    King told The New York Times in an interview that he didn't understand how "white supremacist" or "white nationalist" were offensive terms. In a statement after the article was published, King insisted that he rejected what he called the "evil ideology" of white nationalism and supremacy, and reiterated that he considers himself a "nationalist" who supports the values of "Western civilization".
  • President Trump Allegedly Hid Details From Putin Meetings

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    Also this weekend, the Washington Post reported that Trump "has gone to extraordinary lengths to hide details of his conversations" with Putin from members of his own administration-"including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials".
  • Closs' escape from captor provides hope for other families

    Closs' escape from captor provides hope for other families

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    Jayme will soon be reunited with her family, officials said during a news conference on Friday. He said Jayme told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents she didn't know him at all. "While I don't know how she escaped at this time, we believe that the suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him", Fitzgerald said.
  • Prolonged shutdown may cost more than wall Trump asked for

    Prolonged shutdown may cost more than wall Trump asked for

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    Instead, the president urged lawmakers to provide him the US$5.7 billion (S$7.6 billion) he is seeking for border security. They don't see much value in her leadership to begin with, and now they are being called to unflinchingly back her holy war against Trump's Wall.
  • Snowstorm Belts US Midwest; 5 Die in Crashes

    Snowstorm Belts US Midwest; 5 Die in Crashes

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    Missouri seemed to get the worst of it with a foot of snow falling near Saint Louis and even more in Columbia. A massive winter storm hit the US Rockies and Plains on Friday then punched east, with snow set to assault a 1,800-mile (1,609 km) corridor through the weekend, creating transportation "havoc" in the middle of the country.
  • Huawei Employee Arrested in Poland Over Spying Allegations

    Huawei Employee Arrested in Poland Over Spying Allegations

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    In December, a Czech cyber-security agency warned against using the software and hardware of Huawei and fellow Chinese company ZTE, saying they posed a threat to state security. Huawei has been iced out of bidding on massive contracts for American, British, and Australian communications infrastructure like upcoming 5G networks .
  • US Exit from Syria Starts with Equipment, Not Troops

    US Exit from Syria Starts with Equipment, Not Troops

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    President Donald Trump announced last month the decision to withdraw 2,000 United States troops who have deployed to Syria in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia, which have spearheaded the fight against the IS group .
  • Driver who crashed auto while blindfolded was doing the

    Driver who crashed auto while blindfolded was doing the "Bird Box challenge"

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    In addition to hitting another vehicle whose driver had not voluntarily entered into the challenge , the teenager's truck also spun into a sound wall and a light post . Police say they are screening a reckless driving charge with the city attorney's office. It's also - and I can't believe we're at the point where this actually has to be said - an incredibly risky stunt to pull off the in real world.
  • Missing Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs found alive, suspect in custody

    Missing Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs found alive, suspect in custody

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    Shortly after this, a suspect was taken into custody in regards to the case. One man, who has not been identified by police, was in custody, the authorities said, in connection with the case of Mr James Closs, 56, and his wife Denise, 46, whose bodies were found on Oct 15 while their daughter, Jayme, was missing.
  • Manafort Reportedly Passed Trump Campaign Data To Russian Oligarch

    Manafort Reportedly Passed Trump Campaign Data To Russian Oligarch

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    The accusation was revealed by mistake in a defense filing Tuesday after the information wasn't properly redacted as intended. Manafort was among the first Americans charged in Mueller's investigation and has been among the central characters in the case, having led the campaign during the Republican convention and as, U.S.
  • British PM suffers fresh Brexit defeat

    British PM suffers fresh Brexit defeat

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    A month after postponing a vote on the deal to avert near-certain defeat, May urged Parliament to support it to prevent Britain leaving the European Union on March 29 with no agreement on exit terms and future relations, an outcome that could cause economic and social upheaval.
  • 'Bold steps' needed on N Korea denuclearisation - Moon

    'Bold steps' needed on N Korea denuclearisation - Moon

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left Beijing after talking and dining with Chinese President Xi Jinping , according to South Korean media, in a show of unity as they engage in delicate negotiations with President Donald Trump's administration.
  • Rod Rosenstein, Overseeing US Russia Probe, Set To Depart Post

    Rod Rosenstein, Overseeing US Russia Probe, Set To Depart Post

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    When exactly Rosenstein leaves could shift depending on the timing of Barr's confirmation and the naming of a new deputy attorney general . Also, Rosenstein told senators during his 2017 confirmation hearing that he would not remain in his post if he believed that he was being pressured to influence any investigations.
  • Gabon arrests four military officers after coup attempt

    Gabon arrests four military officers after coup attempt

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    In the statement, Ondo Obiang Kelly, lieutenant of the Republican Guard, announced that they were disappointed by the message delivered on December 31 by President Ali Bongo , which "rather heightened doubts about his ability to assume the office of President of the Republic".
  • "Suspicious packages" found at consulates in Australia

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    Emergency services in Melbourne are responding to reports that suspicious packages have been found at worldwide embassies and consulates in Melbourne and Canberra . Images on social media reportedly showed emergency services in protective clothing entering various consulates in Melbourne. There were no immediate reports of any of the consulate staff being harmed in the incidents.
  • North Korea's Kim Jong-un takes train to China

    North Korea's Kim Jong-un takes train to China

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and wife Ri Sol Ju inspect an honor guard before leaving Pyongyang for a visit to China on January 7, 2019. Lu said Kim's visit is a "coincidence" and nothing to do with the China-US trade talks. Tuesday also happens to be the reclusive North Korean leader's birthday. China will "definitely" use North Korea as a bargaining chip to gain concessions from the United States over trade issues, the source said, adding the Trump administration may be forced to ...
  • Erdogan vows 'no concessions' on Kurdish insurgents

    Erdogan vows 'no concessions' on Kurdish insurgents

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    But it has also raised concerns that Kurdish fighters would be exposed to the threat of a cross-border operation by their archfoe Turkey. Bolton met with Turkish officials for two hours in tough talks over arrangements for the pending USA troop withdrawal from Syria and future U.S.
  • Malaysia's royal council meets after king's surprise resignation

    Malaysia's royal council meets after king's surprise resignation

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    The January 6 announcement did not provide a reason for the King's decision to step down from the largely ceremonial position, in which he had served only two of his five-year term. Malaysia's nine ruling monarchs concluded a meeting at the Istana Negara on Monday (Jan 7) after the King, Sultan Muhammad V, stepped down on Sunday in an unprecedented move.
  • American officials due in Beijing for talks on trade battle

    American officials due in Beijing for talks on trade battle

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    USA president Donald Trump has threatened a sharp hike in U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods if China didn't yield to his requests. A new strain in the US-China relationship emerged in December when Canada announced it had carried out a US request to arrest the chief financial officer of Huawei, one of China's top tech companies.
  • Warren Visits Iowa, Says 'I Am Not a Person of Color'

    Warren Visits Iowa, Says 'I Am Not a Person of Color'

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    Here is what you need to know about Warren's trip. And on that front, there were mixed views on Warren's approach so far. Even when Sioux City Democrat Tricia Currans-Sheehan asked her why she submitted to a DNA test after Trump questioned Warren's claim of Native American ancestry, Warren shifted back to economic fairness.
  • Trump says wall can be a steel fence

    Trump says wall can be a steel fence

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    Trump said on Sunday that he should not have to lower his demand for US$5.6 billion in border security funding. Democrats say the administration on Sunday did not present full budget information they had requested on how the White House would use the $5.6 billion Trump wants for the wall.
  • Teens who died in tragic escape room fire remembered as close friends

    Teens who died in tragic escape room fire remembered as close friends

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    The cause of the fire is not yet known, but officials are carrying out safety checks on every escape room in Poland. Images from the scene show several emergency vehicles outside a building with a large " escape room " sign in front. According to initial findings, the fire brigade, the fire broke out in an adjoining room. Koszalin Mayor Piotr Jedlinski announced that Sunday would a day of mourning in the city.
  • Elizabeth Warren Responds To President Trump's Epic Twitter Troll

    Elizabeth Warren Responds To President Trump's Epic Twitter Troll

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    Warren's visit this weekend, four days after announcing she is exploring a run for president, will be a crucial test of her appeal beyond her base in MA, but Iowa could be a tricky battleground. Already, she has competition from ex-San Antonio mayor Julián Castro, who is teasing a "special announcement" next weekend in his hometown. "Across this country wages are flat, across this country the cost of health care, the cost of sending your kids to college, the cost of housing, the cost of ...
  • Hospital Distances From Resident And Anti-Semitic Posts

    Hospital Distances From Resident And Anti-Semitic Posts

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    Since being fired, Kollab has deleted her social media accounts, although copies of her tweets have been preserved by various organisations. Kollab has gone radio silent, deactivating her social media accounts. Cleveland Clinic was recently made aware of comments posted to social media by a former employee. According to her LinkedIn page that Canary Mission documented before it was deleted, Kollab went to medical school at the Jewish-founded Touro College in New York City.
  • China's Xi Jinping says Taiwan must be unified with mainland

    China's Xi Jinping says Taiwan must be unified with mainland

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    In a speech marking 40 years since the start of improving ties, he reiterated Beijing's call for peaceful unification on a one-country-two-systems basis. Taiwan's leader rejected his call just hours later. When Jiang Zemin took power in Beijing , he largely continued Deng's policies - wooing the island by opening the doors to Taiwan entrepreneurs wanting to set up factories and businesses on the mainland and take advantage of its cheap labour and vast market.
  • Pres. Trump defends Syria withdrawal, hails success against ISIS

    Pres. Trump defends Syria withdrawal, hails success against ISIS

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    So we have a lot to talk about today. "We have a tumultuous regime or region (in Syria) that now has a Russian presence which had been out for about 30 years", he said . Mediation by Russian Federation and the U.S. prevented a direct conflict between the Turkish-backed militias and Kurds in Manbij at the time, but Ankara has continued to insist on a Kurdish withdrawal beyond the Euphrates ever since.
  • Israel 'influencing' United States policy on Syria, senior official says

    Israel 'influencing' United States policy on Syria, senior official says

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    The president says the South African government is ready to expand on the already fruitful bilateral relations aimed at advancing cooperation in all areas. Bolsonaro, who has previously said his education minister will stop "Marxist trash" from being taught in schools and universities, vowed his government would "prepare children for the job market, not political militancy".
  • Indian women enter Hindu temple, defying centuries-old ban

    Indian women enter Hindu temple, defying centuries-old ban

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    They said they were accompanied by a group of police personnel in civil uniform. Despite the Supreme Court's historic ruling on September 28 a year ago, permitting women in the 10-50 age group, no children or young women in the "barred" group were able to offer prayers at the shrine following frenzied protests by devotees and right-wing outfits.
  • North Korea’s Kim sent message to Trump on nuclear talks

    North Korea’s Kim sent message to Trump on nuclear talks

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    Trump on December 25 tweeted a photo of what he called a Christmas Eve briefing with his team to work on North Korea , saying: "Progress being made". Moon thanked him for the letter, tweeting that the North Korean leader "again made clear" that he would act on his agreement with the US and South Korea.
  • Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Hails Ties with Israel

    Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Hails Ties with Israel

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    The Israeli prime minister will remain in Brazil for the inauguration, despite the recent dissolution of the Knesset and announcement regarding April 9 elections. Such a move by Bolsonaro would be a sharp shift in Brazilian foreign policy as it was for the United States when President Donald Trump relocated the U.S.
  • 7-Year-Old Girl Dies In Houston Walmart Shooting

    7-Year-Old Girl Dies In Houston Walmart Shooting

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    She said one of the other girls told her something was wrong. The woman driver, possibly in a panic, was able to flee the scene in her auto, racing onto the nearby Belt Parkway before coming to rest on the median. "So senseless. It's never easy, and extra hard during the holiday season". "We're going to use all resources available to bring this killer to justice", police spokesman Jesse Razo said, Local12 reported .
  • Canadian teacher detained in China has been released

    Canadian teacher detained in China has been released

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    Global Affairs Canada , the government department that manages Ottawa's diplomatic and consular relations, confirmed that the Canadian teacher is back home without naming the person. The last foreigner to be tried for drug smuggling was British national Akmal Shaikh, who was caught in 2007 while smuggling over 4 kilograms of heroin into China.