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UAE reopens Syria embassy after seven-year absence

UAE reopens Syria embassy after seven-year absence The United Arab Emirates' Foreign Ministry said in a statement that "the step confirms that the UAE government is keen to restore relations between the two brotherly countries back to normal". Along with Russian Federation, which also supports Assad, and Turkey , which does not, Iran has played a central role in peace negotiations on Syria. [Full Article...]

Three Brits including child dead after vehicle plunges off bridge in Iceland

Three Brits including child dead after vehicle plunges off bridge in Iceland The vehicle - a 4x4 - was carrying seven British people when the accident happened at around 9:30 GMT on Thursday, Icelandic Police said. Those involved in the crash are from two British families, and a number are thought to be of Indian heritage. [Full Article...]

Trump Threatens To Close Border If Democrats Won’t Give Him Wall

Trump Threatens To Close Border If Democrats Won’t Give Him Wall Democrats said the White House offered to accept $2.5 billion for border security, but that Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told Vice President Mike Pence that it wasn't acceptable. "We don't think they will [negotiate] until after the new Congress is sworn in", he said. As a result, he said, "we will be cutting off all aid" to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, impoverished, often unsa... [Full Article...]

Bahrain resumes work at embassy in Damascus

Bahrain resumes work at embassy in Damascus It was not clear whether that meant the embassy had continued operating throughout the war, when most Gulf Arab states - including Saudi Arabia, with which Bahrain is closely aligned - broke off diplomatic ties. Other voices are also calling for reintegrating Syria in the Arab League and inviting President Assad to the Arab summit scheduled to take place in Tunisia . [Full Article...]

China ex-deputy intelligence chief given life sentence

China ex-deputy intelligence chief given life sentence From 1999 to 2014, Ma used his position at the ministry to help Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui further his business interests, receiving over 109 million yuan ($15.9 million) in bribes, detailing several instances where the two had colluded. [Full Article...]

Nation's oldest World War II vet dies in Texas at age 112

Nation's oldest World War II vet dies in Texas at age 112 Olverton, who was also thought to have been the oldest USA veteran of second world war, had been admitted to hospital with pneumonia but was released on Christmas Eve. At the ceremony, Obama led a standing ovation for the proud veteran. Near the end of 2016, when Overton needed medical care around the clock, his family created a GoFundMe page to raise money for him to stay in his house; it... [Full Article...]

Hundreds more migrants may be released in El Paso on Christmas

Hundreds more migrants may be released in El Paso on Christmas Presidential hopeful and outgoing Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke, who represents El Paso, says more migrants are coming. While El Paso attempts to accommodate hundreds more migrants, the thousands of migrants that have amassed at the border near Tijuana are now reportedly turning on the activist group, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, that encouraged them to make the hard and unsafe trek. [Full Article...]

Canadian to Face Drug Charges in China Court

Canadian to Face Drug Charges in China Court Canadian officials have been following Schellenberg's case for "quite a while" and have been providing consular services, the source added. The case now has a heightened importance in light of worldwide tension over the arrest in Canada of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. [Full Article...]

Tsunami threat after 6.9-magnitude quake strikes southern Philippines

Tsunami threat after 6.9-magnitude quake strikes southern Philippines The USGS initially said the magnitude of the quake was 7.2 but later downgraded it to 6.9. An natural disaster of 6.9 magnitude has struck the southern Philippines, and small tsunami waves could hit parts of Indonesia, the Philippines and Palau, scientists say. [Full Article...]

Democrats care more about keeping borders open than government

Democrats care more about keeping borders open than government The Republican president also reiterated threats to cut off all US aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, which he said were doing nothing to stop the flow of migrants toward the United States. Mulvaney blamed Pelosi for the stand-off in part because of a Politico report headlined: "Dems' New Year's resolution: Stiff Trump on the wall and reopen the government". [Full Article...]

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood slams Mubarak's testimony in jailbreak trial

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood slams Mubarak's testimony in jailbreak trial Wednesday's trial concerns a jailbreak staged by Morsi and other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood group during the 2011 uprising. He claimed that they infiltrated the Egyptian border from the Gaza Strip in order to support the Muslim Brotherhood. [Full Article...]

Authorities capture illegal immigrant fugitive wanted in murder of California police officer

Authorities capture illegal immigrant fugitive wanted in murder of California police officer Ronil Singh was gunned down early Wednesday. The sheriff whose agency was leading the investigation blamed California's sanctuary law for preventing local authorities from reporting Gustavo Perez Arriaga to federal immigration officials for previous arrests . [Full Article...]

Tourist Bus Blast Near Pyramids in Cairo Leaves Casualties - Egyptian Ministry

Tourist Bus Blast Near Pyramids in Cairo Leaves Casualties - Egyptian Ministry Photos surfaced on social media allegedly showing the attack site with the crumpled wreckage of the bus. Two people were critically wounded, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said. The government says fighting Islamist militants is a priority as it works to restore stability after the years of turmoil that followed the "Arab spring" protests of 2011. [Full Article...]

Foreign Intel Agencies Placed Michael Cohen's Cell Phone Near Prague

Cohen, who has been cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference since this summer, tweeted that he had never been to the Czech capital, adding, " Mueller knows everything". The Steele dossier , which Trump has dismissed as " crooked Hillary pile of garbage " put Cohen and one or more Kremlin officials near Prague , plotting ways to thwart the dis... [Full Article...]

Democrats refuse to fund Trump’s ‘immoral’ wall

Democrats refuse to fund Trump’s ‘immoral’ wall The president also signaled he was in no rush to seek a resolution, welcoming the fight as he heads toward his own bid for re-election in 2020. Mulvaney added of the shutdown: "We do expect this to go on for a while". The president's observation that federal workers are more Democratic than Republican serves no argumentative objective; it is, ostensibly, a mere expression of exasperation at his ... [Full Article...]

SADC to meet candidates in DRC ahead of Sunday Elections

SADC to meet candidates in DRC ahead of Sunday Elections But a chaotic election day could ignite new violence, as was the case after the 2006 and 2011 elections. According to the ministry, the patients had to flee when the treatment center came under attack by people protesting the cancellation of Sunday's presidential election in the eastern city. [Full Article...]

Overwhelmed border agency conducts medical checks on children after two deaths

Overwhelmed border agency conducts medical checks on children after two deaths CBP said that the child vomited and lost consciousness on the way. Doctors pronounced the boy dead shortly before midnight. "Such a devastating story to hear on Christmas Day". With no medical professional on duty at that time, agents made a decision to transfer both the boy and his father back to the hospital. CBP said it had not established the cause of death but would "ensure an indepen... [Full Article...]

Mattis wishes troops 'Merry Christmas' ahead of departure

Mattis wishes troops 'Merry Christmas' ahead of departure A states he is stepping down so that Trump can hire a defense secretary who has views more in line with the president's own. Trump added that acting secretary Patrick Shanahan may remain in the post for the foreseeable future, Army Times reported . [Full Article...]

Meghalaya mine tragedy: Odisha extends helping hand for rescue ops

Meghalaya mine tragedy: Odisha extends helping hand for rescue ops Sources in Coal India said on December 27 officers and surveyers are on their way to the site. On Wednesday chief minister Conard Sangma stated, "Situation right now is very difficult.nearly entire River came into the mine, 12 lakh litres of water have been pumped out, but still water level is rising". [Full Article...]

Analysts Look Ahead at Uncertain North Korean Talks

Analysts Look Ahead at Uncertain North Korean Talks The agreement on the connection was reached during the first Moon-Kim summit in April. "Analysts and pundits knew that by denuclearization, North Korea meant the removal of US forces from the Korean Peninsula, as well as USA nuclear threat". [Full Article...]


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