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China Lodges ‘Stern' Warning Over US Warship in S China Sea

China Lodges ‘Stern' Warning Over US Warship in S China Sea The talks are going ahead despite tensions over the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese technology giant Huawei, in Canada on USA charges related to possible violations of trade sanctions against Iran. But analysts say the 90-day postponement of additional tariff increases is too little time to settle all the disputes that bedevil the two sides' relations, arguing that they ... [Full Article...]

Egypt Attempts To Quash Controversial CBS Interview With President Sissi

Egypt Attempts To Quash Controversial CBS Interview With President Sissi Asked if this cooperation with Israel was the closest ever between two enemies that once were at war, he responds, "That is correct..." However, CBS said the segment, which they dubbed " The interview Egypt's government doesn't want on TV " will be aired on Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time (1200GMT). [Full Article...]

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed visits Islamabad as Pakistan seeks a helping hand

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed visits Islamabad as Pakistan seeks a helping hand The two sides discussed bilateral relations and matters of mutual, regional and global interests. The daily said that with support from Qatar, Pakistan was expecting about $9 billion cushion in total oil and gas import bill. The statement said that the two "held wide-ranging talks focusing on all areas of bilateral relations", adding that both the leaders expressed their determination to further... [Full Article...]

Pentagon Chief of Staff Kevin Sweeney Steps Down

Pentagon Chief of Staff Kevin Sweeney Steps Down He is now the third senior Pentagon official to announce his resignation after President Donald Trump said U.S. forces would leave Syria . "It has been an honor to serve again alongside the men and women of the Department of Defense", Sweeney was quoted in a DoD statement . [Full Article...]

Michigan Family Of 5 Killed In Kentucky I75 Crash

Michigan Family Of 5 Killed In Kentucky I75 Crash He added that Issam Abbas was a lawyer and that Rima Abbas was a doctor and devoted mother to their children. The wreck happened around 3:30 A.M. Sunday on I-75 in Lexington, KY . They were traveling home to MI from a Florida vacation. The driver of the pickup truck, a 41-year-old Joey Bailey of Georgetown, Kentucky, was also killed in the crash. [Full Article...]

Gabon soldiers seize radio station in coup attempt

Gabon soldiers seize radio station in coup attempt President Ali Bongo , the son of former leader Omar Bongo , has been in power of the oil-rich nation since October 2009. He has been out of the country in Morocco for more than two months where he went to seek medical treatment. It is unclear if the earlier United States troop deployment is related to the coup, but President Donald Trump said Friday that USA military personnel had deployed t... [Full Article...]

PH won't meddle in China-Taiwan tiff - Palace

PH won't meddle in China-Taiwan tiff - Palace Taiwan became a self-governed island in 1949 following a bloody civil war, though it is still officially considered the Republic of China. "What Xi said fully exposed Beijing's intention to destroy the Republic of China and its ambition to take over Taiwan", Chen Ming-tung, head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, said at a news conference on Thursday in Taipei . [Full Article...]

Democratic-led Home approves spending invoice to finish shutdown; no Senate vote

Democratic-led Home approves spending invoice to finish shutdown; no Senate vote This was President Trump's first time in the White House Press briefing room, but he did not take questions from reporters. As the Congress gavels in for the 116th session the early votes will be the usual ones - establishing the House rules and electing the House speaker, presumably California Democrat Nancy Pelosi . [Full Article...]

Rights group urges Thailand not to deport Saudi woman fleeing her family

Rights group urges Thailand not to deport Saudi woman fleeing her family From Kuwait they [my family] will take me to Saudi Arabia . Her fears are backed by Human Rights Watch . A Saudi woman used social media to draw attention to her plight trying to flee her family, claiming that authorities in Thailand confiscated her passport and were holding her Sunday at an airport hotel room in Bangkok. [Full Article...]

Malaysia's head of state Sultan Muhammad V resigns

Malaysia's head of state Sultan Muhammad V resigns Despite this, the role is accorded considerable prestige, particularly among the country's Malay Muslim majority, for whom the king is seen as upholding Malay and Islamic tradition. The Straits Times reports the other eight rulers were uneasy with the marriage and the possibility of the Russian bride becoming Queen. His wedding to Oksana Voevodina, which was reported by foreign media outlets, i... [Full Article...]

Syria conflict: Bolton says US withdrawal is conditional

Syria conflict: Bolton says US withdrawal is conditional Trump had faced widespread criticism from allies about his decision, announced in mid-December, that he was pulling all 2,000 USA troops from Syria. British special forces are the only military personnel understood to be operating in Syria alongside the US. In addition, Turkey must "meet the president's requirement that the Syrian opposition forces that have fought with us are not endangered". [Full Article...]

Pope appeals for migrants stranded aboard rescue ships

Pope appeals for migrants stranded aboard rescue ships The Pope said: "Forty-nine migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by two NGO ships have been onboard for several days now, waiting to be able to disembark". He accused Malta's critics of playing "the Christmas saint" while themselves rejecting the ships. The dispute over where to let the migrants' dock is running between Italy and Malta. [Full Article...]

USA sends troops in response to possible "violent" demonstrations in Congo

USA sends troops in response to possible The Catholic church, which holds a great deal of power in the country, has said its data show a clear victor - a comment that has angered Congo's ruling party. Western observers were not invited to watch the balloting, and the US has threatened sanctions against those who undermine the democratic process. Ahead of the vote, the US ordered non-emergency government employees and family members to ... [Full Article...]

Nancy Pelosi says she won't rule out indictment, impeachment for Trump

Nancy Pelosi says she won't rule out indictment, impeachment for Trump But the Democrat attendees didn't want to listen and never actually got through the full briefing by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, said Rep. US Democrats, who regain control of the House of Representatives on Thursday (Jan 3), have pledged to challenge Donald Trump on multiple fronts: from Congressional inquiries on Russian election meddling to battles over immigration and he... [Full Article...]

Paul Whelan spent years collecting Russian contacts

Jon Huntsman met with 48-year-old Paul Whelan from Novi, several days after he was taken into custody on suspicion of espionage. The Russian Embassy to the United States is seeking consular access to Russian national Dmitry Makarenko detained at the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which the USA authorities should have granted before January 2, the Russian Foreign Ministry said i... [Full Article...]

Phoenix Congratulate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez After Dance Video "Leak" Backfires

Phoenix Congratulate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez After Dance Video The clip of Ocasio-Cortez went viral after an anonymous Twitter account with the handle "@AnonymousQ1776" tweeted a mash-up of her dancing, along with the comment, "Here is "America's favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is... [Full Article...]

United Nations rights office says Saudi trial in Khashoggi case "not sufficient"

United Nations rights office says Saudi trial in Khashoggi case Announced on Friday, the hastily-organized tour follows deep uncertainty among USA allies in the region after a sudden Trump avowal for a swift military troop withdrawal from Syria was followed by another conflicting declaration by the president that the process would be "slow" and "careful". [Full Article...]

3 dead in national parks as shutdown wears on

3 dead in national parks as shutdown wears on Diane Regas, chief executive of the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit park advocacy organization, wrote a letter Thursday to President Donald Trump , calling for the immediate closing of every national park in the country for the duration of the shutdown to protect visitors and park resources. [Full Article...]

Terrorist behind USS Cole attack in 2000 killed, says Donald Trump

Terrorist behind USS Cole attack in 2000 killed, says Donald Trump A Pentagon spokesman said Friday that us forces were working to confirm whether al-Badawi was killed in airstrikes east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa earlier last week. The attack's alleged planner, Saudi-born Abd al-Nashiri, is being held in USA custody at Guantanamo Bay and could face the death penalty. In addition to his role in the bombing, he has been charged with attempting to attack a U.S... [Full Article...]

United States says no timeline for Syria withdrawal as fighting continues

United States says no timeline for Syria withdrawal as fighting continues Turkey's presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin's comments came after White House national security adviser John Bolton said United States will not withdraw troops from northeastern Syria until Ankara guarantees it won't attack US-backed Kurdish forces. [Full Article...]


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