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Global White House considers ban on Chinese 5G technology
Author: 0 White House considers ban on Chinese 5G technology

Another US ally, Japan, is also reportedly considering similar restrictions on government purchases of Huawei and ZTE equipment. While a Huawei executive faces possible USA charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giant's ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries overseas.

Global King Salman reshuffles Cabinet, Assaf new foreign minister
Author: 0 King Salman reshuffles Cabinet, Assaf new foreign minister

The crown prince has faced intense global outrage over the October 2 murder of journalist Khashoggi , which tipped the kingdom into one of its worst crises. Badr Bin Sultan has been replaced by Faisal Bin Nawaf as Emir of Jouf region. This means al-Sheikh no longer oversees a cybersecurity and programming body that was led by Saud al-Qahtani, a close aide to the crown prince who was sacked from his post and sanctioned by the U.S.

Author: 0 Transformer explodes at NY power plant, fills sky with blue light

The unusual sight was caused by an explosion at the Astoria power plant in Queens. The smoke coming from what looked like a destroyed generator lit up the sky neon blue, prompting fears that NY was under an alien invasion. "We're now investigating the cause of the incident", Con Edison tweeted. The Metropolitan Transit Authority said power outages were affecting 7 trains.

Global Trump to visit Mexico border for groundbreaking
Author: 0 Trump to visit Mexico border for groundbreaking

Trump didn't offer any evidence to back his claim. The shutdown , which began Friday at midnight , has hit about 25 per cent of the federal government . "It isn't a crisis but maybe the lingering effect of this for the next two years will be the president didn't do his job". In retaliation, Trump has refused to sign a wider spending package, forcing large parts of the government to hibernate as 800,000 federal employees temporarily go unpaid.

Global Israel Is 'Good' After Troops Leave Syria
Author: 0 Israel Is 'Good' After Troops Leave Syria

And we give, frankly, a lot more than that, if you look at the books . Washington for years supported the YPG-led SDF in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ( ISIL , also known as ISIS) group in Syria. He added: "Turkey will show the same determination against Daesh". It has previously been sold only to China and India. Tom Shillue asked why Trump didn't announce his plan to withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria after visiting Iraq, instead of a week before: ...

Global Russia’s ‘invulnerable’ n-missile ready to deploy, says Putin
Author: 0 Russia’s ‘invulnerable’ n-missile ready to deploy, says Putin

There was no immediate Pentagon comment on Putin's announcement, but a United States official expressed doubt to CNN about the weapon systems which the Russian leader talked about in March, saying they were not close to operational. The development of the drone was announced by Putin in his state-of-the-nation speech in March, in which he boasted of an array of new nuclear weapons "invulnerable to enemy interception".

Global President Trump Returns to White House After Surprise Iraq Trip
Author: 0 President Trump Returns to White House After Surprise Iraq Trip

While the plane refueled, Trump visited with the troops there. President Donald Trump spoke at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday. I hope you're having a nice holiday. He also said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to battle "any remnants of ISIS" in Syria, which shares a border with Turkey.

Global Indonesia hikes danger level for deadly tsunami volcano
Author: 0 Indonesia hikes danger level for deadly tsunami volcano

The disaster also left almost 1,500 people along the coastal community injured, with over 100 locals still missing. With Anak Krakatoa still rumbling amid high-tide warnings, many survivors who have been evacuated to higher ground are too afraid to return home, saying they are anxious that another tsunami will strike.

Global Japan to Restart Commercial Whale Hunts in 2019
Author: 0 Japan to Restart Commercial Whale Hunts in 2019

An IWC-Japan divorce is the culmination of a wide ideological divide at the commission between ardent anti-whaling nations and countries seeking recognition of limited commercial whaling activities as legitimate. Kazutaka Sangen, mayor of Taiji, a central Japanese town known for dolphin hunts , welcomed the decision and vowed to stick with scientific way of stock management so that Japan's position on whaling can gain understanding from the global community.

Global Winter Storm to Arrive Late Tonight
Author: 0 Winter Storm to Arrive Late Tonight

Wednesday evening. That was how the National Weather Service forecaster in Chanhassen began Tuesday afternoon's detailed discussion of the weather outlook. But for those in the Twin Cities, the snow that'll fall Wednesday will likely be washed away by rain Thursday, which could lead to slippery roads for the Friday morning commute.

Global Shutdown cuts Christmas vacation short for Federal employees
Author: 0 Shutdown cuts Christmas vacation short for Federal employees

The partial shutdown , which began Saturday, was triggered by a lapse in funding for a quarter of the government's departments and agencies. The House isn't expected to meet formally Thursday. Trump declined to say whether he would accept $2 billion for the wall. "I'll call it whatever they want, but it's all the same thing", he told reporters after participating in a holiday video conference with representatives from the five branches of the U.S.

Global Girl who talked to Trump still believes in Santa
Author: 0 Girl who talked to Trump still believes in Santa

The NORAD Tracks Santa programme became a Christmas Eve tradition after a child mistakenly called the forerunner to the North American Aerospace Defense Command in 1955 and asked to speak to Santa. President Donald Trump is attending worship services on Christmas Eve. Trump usually spends Christmas at his Florida estate. As the shutdown continues, President Donald Trump is sending a clear message to Democrats .

Global Christmas Is Now A National Holiday In Iraq
Author: 0 Christmas Is Now A National Holiday In Iraq

General Bajwa wished Merry Christmas to the entire Christian community in Pakistan. May this day help us reflect on Jesus' love who chose to come and live with us, endured sufferance. In a statement here today, Chandrababu said Jesus Christ preached peace and wished the welfare of human mankind. Speaking through their Bishops, Rt Rev.

Global Gunmen storm foreign ministry in Tripoli
Author: 0 Gunmen storm foreign ministry in Tripoli

Heavy smoke rose from the building which was surrounded by security forces as wounded people were rushed to hospital. In a reflection of the state of affairs in the country, Bashagha, who is one of the leaders of Misrata, a city home to one of the most powerful militias, said that some foreign government reach out directly to various militias on security matters instead of contacting the ministry.

Global US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Released From Hospital After Surgery
Author: 0 US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Released From Hospital After Surgery

There is no evidence of any remaining disease, doctors said. "Justice Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital yesterday and is recuperating at home", said Kathy Arberg , a public information officer who sent out a memo to CNN . Ginsburg, 85, is still at a New York City hospital and no date has been set for her return to Washington . Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday after undergoing lung surgery.

Global President Trump makes surprise Christmas visit to troops in Iraq
Author: 0 President Trump makes surprise Christmas visit to troops in Iraq

President Donald Trump , accompanied by first lady Melania Trump , right, and senior military leadership, speaks to members of the media at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. Many Republican and Democratic lawmakers have heaped scorn on Trump for his sudden order last week to withdraw from Syria. Trump, who begins his third year in office next month, had faced criticism for not visiting USA troops stationed in harm's way.

Global China blasts Ottawa and allies for hypocrisy over Meng, Canadian detainees
Author: 0 China blasts Ottawa and allies for hypocrisy over Meng, Canadian detainees

She declines to comment on suggestions from analysts and former diplomats that China will likely retaliate by jailing Canadians. Beijing and Ottawa found themselves entangled in a diplomatic crisis following the arrest of Meng Wanzhou over alleged violations of anti-Iranian sanctions in Vancouver on 1 December at the request of USA law enforcement officials.

Global YPG battle looms after U.S. pullout announcement
Author: 0 YPG battle looms after U.S. pullout announcement

Parts of the convoy have reportedly entered Northern Syria. "If France is staying in Syria to protect the YPG, that will neither benefit France nor the YPG", he said, referring to the main Kurdish militia in Syria, adding that Turkey would take its cues on the matter from Washington, rather than Paris.

Global USA government tracks Santa Claus, prompting Trump to challenge caller
Author: 0 USA government tracks Santa Claus, prompting Trump to challenge caller

Tracks Santa program wasn't affected by the government shutdown . On December 24, 1,500 volunteers respond to emails and receive more than 140,000 calls regarding Santa's exact whereabouts. Santa fans can go to the NORAD Tracks Santa website as well as follow updates on its Facebook , Twitter , and YouTube accounts. Donald Trump , answering phone call from 7-year-old on Christmas Eve: "Are you still a believer in Santa?" More kids began calling in to CONAD, and instead of hanging up, ...

Author: 0 Government Stays Closed as Long as Democrats Reject Wall

The president's complaint came after he was asked about the government shutdown caused by an ongoing standoff over border wall funding. "I'll call it whatever they want, but it's all the same thing", he told reporters after participating in a holiday video conference with representatives from all five branches of the military stationed in Alaska, Bahrain, Guam and Qatar.

Global Yellow Vest protests lose bite as the French prepare for Christmas
Author: 0 Yellow Vest protests lose bite as the French prepare for Christmas

Tempers frayed and police with batons fired tear gas to repel a few demonstrators trying to break through a police line. A protestor stands next to a fire during a blockade demonstration by "Yellow Vest" (Gilets jaunes) anti-government protesters at the entrance of a cold storage wharehouse in Le Mans, western France.

Global 8-Year-Old Boy Dies on Christmas Morning in Border Control Custody
Author: 0 8-Year-Old Boy Dies on Christmas Morning in Border Control Custody

Once there, CBP said the boy was diagnosed with a cold, but when evaluated for release doctors discovered he had a fever. In a press release Tuesday afternoon, the agency said the Guatemalan child showed "signs of potential illness" on Christmas Eve and was transferred, along with his father, to Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Global Donald Trump says discussed ‘highly coordinated’ Syria pullout with Turkey President Erdogan
Author: 0 Donald Trump says discussed ‘highly coordinated’ Syria pullout with Turkey President Erdogan

We discussed ISIS, our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of USA troops from the area. "Nothing formal, just tweets", he said Saturday. "When I became President, ISIS was going wild", the president tweeted. "Americans have uttered numbers such as 30-60 days, 60-100 days". Gen. Austin Miller, the head of the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces in Afghanistan, also said he did not receive official orders from the White House or the ...

Global Where Is Santa Right Now? Watch NORAD Santa Tracker Live 2018
Author: 0 Where Is Santa Right Now? Watch NORAD Santa Tracker Live 2018

Chris Murphy, D-Conn., tweeted , twisting the words for a different narrative: "It's just too freaking fantastic that Trump spent his Christmas Eve calling seven year olds and telling them believing in Santa at their age is 'marginal'". And NORAD provides one of the best ways to keep track of Santa's location. Their website receives more than nine million hits each year and Santa's little helpers answer more than 140,000 calls from about 200 countries.

Global No White Christmas For Most Canadians, Weather Network Predicts For 2018
Author: 0 No White Christmas For Most Canadians, Weather Network Predicts For 2018

For Christmas on Tuesday expect a mix of sun and clouds. Dry air settles in by Christmas Eve and sticks around long enough to get us through Christmas, but not much longer! Then we'll have a few on-and-off areas of rain possible through Wednesday before our next storm system moves in on Thursday .

Global Pakistan's former PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 7 years for corruption
Author: 0 Pakistan's former PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 7 years for corruption

Sharif was ousted and disqualified from holding office by the Supreme Court in July 2017, and convicted in absentia a year later. NAB's appeal against the suspension of the sentence remains pending before the top court. In July this year, he was convicted in one case revolving around family properties in London, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. "But he will be stronger every day, and he shall return soon", she further said.

Global Meghan Markle sister SLAMS Duchess in Christmas message
Author: 0 Meghan Markle sister SLAMS Duchess in Christmas message

Kate was spotted with Charlotte and George at the Norfolk department store. The shopper said: "She was so nice, explaining she was just doing a bit of Christmas shopping". The unnamed woman who saw Kate on Saturday told the Sun: "Their protection officers were keeping a discreet distance so they looked like any other family out grabbing last-minute Christmas bargains".

Global 30-Storey Tower Evacuated As Residents Report 'Cracking Noises'
Author: 0 30-Storey Tower Evacuated As Residents Report 'Cracking Noises'

Occupants told police they heard cracking noises throughout the morning. Fire crews have assisted in the evacuation of more than 100 people. Train stations and roads near the building were closed while New South Wales state fire and rescue personnel assessed the structural integrity of the building.

Global Indonesian rock band swept away by tsunami, several members killed
Author: 0 Indonesian rock band swept away by tsunami, several members killed

Earlier, in the year 2004, a much bigger Tsunami wave in the Indian Ocean, triggered by an natural disaster, killed more than 2 lakh people in 13 countries, out of which more than a lakh were in Indonesia. Indonesia's disaster agency initially said there was "no tsunami threat" even as the wave crashed ashore. "Recommendations from [the] Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency are that people should not carry out activities on the beach and stay away from the coast for a while", he ...

Global Trump hits Graham over his criticism of Syria troop withdrawal
Author: 0 Trump hits Graham over his criticism of Syria troop withdrawal

And the decision on Afghanistan and perhaps Syria was a nail in the coffin. "The Taliban has steadily captured territory in recent years and it's reasonable to expect that trend to continue", says Graeme Smith, an Afghanistan analyst and a consultant for the International Crisis Group, although he adds that in practical terms the withdrawal "may not make a significant difference on the battlefield", and Washington could replace departed troops with security contractors.

Global Huawei CFO bail hearing to resume in Canada as Beijing piles pressure
Author: 0 Huawei CFO bail hearing to resume in Canada as Beijing piles pressure

EU High Representative Mogherini's spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said China's declared motive for the arrest and detention of the Canadians "raises concerns about legitimate research and business practices in China". The show of support from allies is significant for Canada , which has felt relatively isolated in recent months. "We share Canada's commitment to the rule of law as fundamental to all free societies, and we will defend and uphold this principle", said Palladino.

Global Stowaways With Iron Bars Threaten Thames Estuary Cargo Ship’s Crew
Author: 0 Stowaways With Iron Bars Threaten Thames Estuary Cargo Ship’s Crew

The men appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court today charged with one count each of affray, by threatening violence. According to Reuters, the suspects were believed to have boarded the vessel in Nigeria and had demanded to be taken to the English coast, threatening the Grande Tema's crew with iron bars.

Global Trump Justice nominee sent memo criticizing Russia probe
Author: 0 Trump Justice nominee sent memo criticizing Russia probe

Watch above, via MSNBC. The top Democrat in the US Senate, Chuck Schumer, today called on President Donald Trump to find a new nominee for attorney general, saying Trump's current pick can not be put in charge of the special investigation into alleged election meddling by Russian Federation.

Global U.S. shutdown could stretch into January, Trump aide warns
Author: 0 U.S. shutdown could stretch into January, Trump aide warns

The president also acknow-ledged in a tweet that it could be " a long stay ". But the Democrats , along with some Republicans , said they couldn't support the $5 billion sought by Trump because they said a wall was an ineffective and inefficient method of securing the border.

Global Weather warning for Sussex issued by Met Office
Author: 0 Weather warning for Sussex issued by Met Office

Large swathes of the United Kingdom will remain under cloud or fog for much of Boxing Day. Bare ground is across much of New England, but a Christmas miracle may be in store for those of you that want just a little bit of snow. Hongkongers will face chilly weather at the end of the month, with temperatures likely to fall to as low as 11 degrees Celsius on New Year's Eve, according to the Observatory.

Global Pentagon Withdrawal Order For U.S. Troops From Syria 'Signed'
Author: 0 Pentagon Withdrawal Order For U.S. Troops From Syria 'Signed'

Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday that he had a "long and productive" call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding military deployment in Syria. ISTANBUL - Turkish-backed Syrian forces have reinforced the area around the town of Manbij, a rebel spokesman said on Monday, as they prepare for a withdrawal of United States troops following Washington's surprise decision to pull out of Syria.

Global Santa begins Christmas journey from Lapland home
Author: 0 Santa begins Christmas journey from Lapland home

Jingle bells at the North American Aerospace Defense Command will be ringing as usual on Christmas Eve - in spite of the partial government shutdown - as the USA military tracks Santa's journey around the globe. "What are you going to do with a cell phone?" Colonel Shoup, dubbed " Santa Colonel", later received multiple calls that night from other children, all looking for the whereabouts of Father Christmas .

Global Mulvaney says it's 'very possible' the shutdown continues to the next Congress
Author: 0 Mulvaney says it's 'very possible' the shutdown continues to the next Congress

Trump also had a lunch meeting with lawmakers, including some House conservatives who have adamantly backed billions of dollars for the wall. In 2013, the government shut down for 16 days after conservative Republicans demanded to strip funding for, or delay implementation of, President Barack Obama's signature health care legislation.

Global Turkey, Israel in new war of words
Author: 0 Turkey, Israel in new war of words

On December 20, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned over Trump's decision. Soldiers in a convoy of around 200 vehicles, including howitzers, armoured military personnel carriers and artillery, advanced to reinforce the military's presence in areas close to Manbij, TRT said.

Global Fiance of missing Colorado woman arrested
Author: 0 Fiance of missing Colorado woman arrested

Couch said Frazee was in the Teller County jail. Berreth's fiancé, Patrick Frazee , was arrested for first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder Friday morning, almost one month after Berreth vanished, police said.

Global Tsunami triggered by volcanic eruption hits Indonesia, bodies recovered
Author: 0 Tsunami triggered by volcanic eruption hits Indonesia, bodies recovered

TV images showed the seconds when the tsunami hit the beach and residential areas in Pandeglang on Java island, dragging with it victims, debris, and large chunks of wood and metal. Indonesia news websites described people running in fear from 5 metre waves after the tsunami hit on Saturday night. A dramatic video posted on social media showed the Jakarta pop band Seventeen performing at a tent at a beach in Tanjung Lesung when a wave collapses the stage from behind.

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