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People 'Pentagon signs order for USA pullout from Syria'
Author: 0 'Pentagon signs order for USA pullout from Syria'

As the USA has failed to answer, Trump chose to pull out, which led to the resignations of high-level officials in response to the new policy. Doubling down on his surprise declaration by Twitter of victory over the Islamic State group a day earlier, the USA leader both boasted of commanding the world's most powerful military and said that others should lead the fighting.

People USA shutdown could extend into new year, says official
Author: 0 USA shutdown could extend into new year, says official

Trump sees this round of negotiations as his best, and possibly last, to exact wall funding from Congress, as Democrats are set to take over the House in January after big wins in the Midterm elections. But just because a federal department is subject to a lapse in funding, that doesn't mean that all of its activities immediately stop. The essential employees who work during a shutdown are paid retroactively when the government reopens and payroll operations resume.

People France's Macron deeply regrets Trump decision on troops in Syria
Author: 0 France's Macron deeply regrets Trump decision on troops in Syria

The state broadcaster was airing live footage from the outskirts of Manbij, located on the western flank of the Euphrates River that splits northern Syria roughly into two halves. Turkey has also faced a higher number of Afghans coming into the country illegally this year. "Mr. Trump asked us, 'Would you clean IS from there?' " Erdogan said, referring to his conversation with Trump on the IS threat in Syria.

People What happens in a partial government shutdown?
Author: 0 What happens in a partial government shutdown?

Social Security checks will still go out. "Army troops don't abandon their posts, and naval ships don't all return to port". Doctors and hospitals will get their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. Active-duty military members are exempt from shutdown furloughs, though their pay could be delayed by an extended shutdown. Almost 90 percent of the Department of Homeland Security's 240,000 employees will be at work because they're considered essential.

People Turkey says nearly 300,000 Syrian refugees have gone home
Author: 0 Turkey says nearly 300,000 Syrian refugees have gone home

Part of the military equipment and personnel are to be positioned in posts along the border while some had crossed into Syria via the district of Elbeyli, DHA said. Kurdish forces held the line and said they killed "dozens" of jihadist fighters with support by USA air strikes. A report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) estimated IS might still have 20,000 to 30,000 militants in Iraq and Syria, mostly operating underground.

People Some clouds, some wind for Sunday
Author: 0 Some clouds, some wind for Sunday

This was never going to be a big system. We are tracking some festive flakes just in time for Christmas Eve. A weather system will dive south out of Canada and cross through southern New England on Monday. Christmas is traditionally associated with snow. The unseasonal warmth will be short-lived and associated with a stronger storm system. There will be some patchy light rain in parts of the south and west but there will be some good dry periods, too, with short sunny spells mostly in ...

People No End in Sight for Partial U.S. Government Shutdown
Author: 0 No End in Sight for Partial U.S. Government Shutdown

Mulvaney withheld specifics but placed the offer between Trump's $5.7 billion request and $1.3 billion offered by Democrats . Monday and Tuesday, Christmas Eve and Christmas, respectively, are federal holidays, meaning much of the federal government would already be closed.

People Taliban welcome withdrawal of half of US troops from Afghanistan
Author: 0 Taliban welcome withdrawal of half of US troops from Afghanistan

He said a national government formed with consensus of the Afghan government and Taliban would help resume peace in the country. The Trump administration is withdrawing from Afghanistan roughly 7,000 troops - around half of American military personnel now stationed there - in the coming months, The New York Times reported Friday quoting two unnamed defence officials.

People Acting Attorney General Whitaker Won't Recuse Himself From Mueller Inquiry
Author: 0 Acting Attorney General Whitaker Won't Recuse Himself From Mueller Inquiry

Boyd said in the three-page letter department ethics officials determined that Whitaker lacked any personal, political or business conflicts that would disqualify him from supervision of Mueller's investigation. The other reason was that Whitaker was quite open about his criticism of the Mueller probe, whether in print or in television interviews, and even suggested that Mueller had "gone too far" - that is, outside the scope of his mandate.

People Turkish President says he will
Author: 0 Turkish President says he will "confront" Israel, teach Jews a lesson

We discussed ISIS [Daesh], our mutual involvement in Syria , & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of USA troops from the area. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later hit back at Erdogan , issuing blistering criticism of Turkey's occupation of northern Cyprus and the Turkish military's treatment of the country's Kurdish minority as well as Kurds in neighboring Syria.

People Paddy Ashdown: 'I've fought a lot of battles in my life'
Author: 0 Paddy Ashdown: 'I've fought a lot of battles in my life'

The former party leader, who was credited with making the Lib Dems a significant third force in politics during his tenure between 1988 and 1999, had announced he was suffering from bladder cancer in November. He said Lady Ashdown and the rest of his family could be proud of his achievements, adding: "In government, Paddy Ashdown was my opponent". Britain's Liberal Democrats said he had enjoyed a "remarkable career" and would be "hugely missed".

People Santa tracker will still run despite government shutdown
Author: 0 Santa tracker will still run despite government shutdown

The US government's shutdown may have ruined Christmas for almost a million adults but children will still be able to call Father Christmas to tell him how good they have been. It takes 160 phones to handle the calls that pour in. "I think she wanted Santa to be quiet and not wake her up", she said. More than 1,500 volunteers are expected to lend a hand for the very important mission this time of year.

People Tsunami kills at least 43 in Indonesia day after volcano eruption
Author: 0 Tsunami kills at least 43 in Indonesia day after volcano eruption

The waves hit beaches in South Sumatra and the western tip of Java about 9.30 pm local time (1430 GMT) on Saturday leaving dozens of buildings in tatters. Francis told tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that his thoughts were with Indonesia's people, "struck by violent natural calamities", and said he was spiritually close to those left homeless or otherwise suffering.

People Man climbs National Christmas Tree near White House lawn
Author: 0 Man climbs National Christmas Tree near White House lawn

He was reportedly first discovered in the National Christmas Tree at around 5:45 p.m. The area was cordoned off, while a police negotiator was trying to talk the man down. The unidentified man scaled the illuminated tree Friday evening at 5.45 and refused to come down for more than an hour. There was no immediate word on whether he would be charged with a crime.

People Barcelona Clashes Are Flashpoint in Detente With Separatists
Author: 0 Barcelona Clashes Are Flashpoint in Detente With Separatists

A dozen protesters were arrested, and scores were injured during the clashes, the regional Mossos d'Esquadra police said after the meeting in Barcelona finished. "It is a provocation", said Oriol Benet, a 24-year-old pharmacist who joined others marching near the headquarters of the National Police in Barcelona .

People Two people shot in Vienna, manhunt underway: Police - International
Author: 0 Two people shot in Vienna, manhunt underway: Police - International

The circumstances were still unclear, it added. Located only a few hundred meters away from Vienna's iconic St. Stephen's Cathedral, the incident took place at Austrian Figlmueller restaurant. The male gunman fired several shots about 1.30pm (local time), killing one person and seriously injuring another, Vienna Police have confirmed on Twitter.

People Fiance accused of killing Colorado woman missing for month
Author: 0 Fiance accused of killing Colorado woman missing for month

Authorities searched Frazee's cattle ranch and Berreth's townhome but declined to say what they found. De Young did say evidence suggests "the crime" occurred at Berreth's home and that her cellphone was found in Idaho. E! Asked by a reporter if additional arrests will be made, De Young said it's an "absolute possibility". "She's not the kind that runs off", mother Cheryl Berreth said at a press conference on December 10.

People USA to boost financing for Ukraine navy after Russian attack
Author: 0 USA to boost financing for Ukraine navy after Russian attack

Crimea used to be part of an independent Ukraine, but it was annexed by Russian Federation in 2014. It will be followed by other warships as part of a more constant British presence, he said. "Russia's aggression will not stop our plans to create a naval group in the Sea of Azov", Oleksandr Turchynov, secretary of the Ukrainian government's national security and defense council, said in an interview with the local BBC branch.

People How will the government shutdown affect you?
Author: 0 How will the government shutdown affect you?

The Polar Express railway near the Grand Canyon will continue to run, because it is operated by a third-party company rather than the National Park Service. Food stamps and subsidized lunches will continue to be provided, though an extended shutdown could change that; the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the past has had only limited funding without new appropriations.

People Torrential rain to STRIKE risking CHAOS during Christmas getaway
Author: 0 Torrential rain to STRIKE risking CHAOS during Christmas getaway

Winds will also be slowing down out of the south into Sunday morning. Winter weather alerts are in effect for six states in the Pacific Northwest on Sunday. It should be mostly rain, but I can't rule out a few flakes late. The air behind this cold front will help to bring a return to average temperatures for Christmas Eve, but a strong system will make that short-lived.

People US Warns Pakistan Against Support For Terrorist Proxies In Afghan Report
Author: 0 US Warns Pakistan Against Support For Terrorist Proxies In Afghan Report

The head of the Afghan negotiating team, Abdul Salam Rahimi, met with the U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and will meet the UAE and Saudi Arabia teams this week, Presidential Palace said in a statement. Meanwhile, the reports about Taliban representatives being part of the future "caretaker government" in Kabul, as proposed by the USA delegation, has raised many eyebrows in Afghanistan.

People Russia's Media Regulator Checks Legality OF BBC Operations
Author: 0 Russia's Media Regulator Checks Legality OF BBC Operations

The BBC said that BBC News in Russian Federation was fully compliant with the country's laws and regulations. It said it launched the probe "following the situation with the British regulator Ofcom ruling that Russia Today , or RT, violated broadcasting regulations".

People Supreme Court rejects Trump plea to enforce asylum ban
Author: 0 Supreme Court rejects Trump plea to enforce asylum ban

But the legal battle over the regulation had provoked a dispute between Roberts and Trump , after the president complained that an "Obama judge" had initially stopped the regulation. "We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges", Roberts said. "Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have 'Obama judges, ' and they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country".

People Pope urges predator priests to turn themselves in
Author: 0 Pope urges predator priests to turn themselves in

In his strongest statement on the scandal yet, the Pope urged all priests who have molested or raped children to turn themselves - and prepare themselves for "divine justice". And just last week, the Pontiff sacked two prominent cardinals - George Pell from Australia and Francisco Javier Errazuriz from Chile - after similar allegations emerged against them ahead of an unprecedented Vatican summit on the "protection of minors" in February 2019.

People Partial government shutdown begins amid border wall fight
Author: 0 Partial government shutdown begins amid border wall fight

A number of departments and agencies are funded through September 2019, thanks to previously passed appropriations bills. White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney is instructing agencies "to execute plans for an orderly shutdown", The Associated Press reports.

People Shutdown due at midnight after lawmakers fail to reach deal
Author: 0 Shutdown due at midnight after lawmakers fail to reach deal

But Vice President Mike Pence , incoming White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and senior adviser Jared Kushner departed after hours spent dashing back and forth, with no outward signs of an agreement. In the absence of an agreement, funding for about a quarter of all U.S. federal agencies lapsed at midnight . "Call it a Democrat shutdown; call it whatever you want".

People Driver dies after hitting road block erected by French ‘yellow vest’ protesters
Author: 0 Driver dies after hitting road block erected by French ‘yellow vest’ protesters

A few hundred protesters cordoned by police marched toward the Madeleine Church near the presidential Elysee Palace but were stopped in a small adjacent street. Outside Paris , around 200 traffic roundabouts remained occupied by protesters across the country. Junior economy minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher said French stores reported an average drop-off of 25 percent in sales compared with the same period a year earlier.

People Explosion at Coal Mine in Czech Republic Kills 13 People
Author: 0 Explosion at Coal Mine in Czech Republic Kills 13 People

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Czech counterpart Andrej Babis have offered their condolences to the families of the victims. "One was brought in by helicopter, he is still in a critical condition". Morawiecki called the incident "a huge tragedy for all Poles and Czechs". OKD said that attempts to rescue eight miners originally reported as unaccounted for had had to be abandoned due to conditions in the shaft.

People Top Senate Democrat says Trump's attorney general pick should not be nominated
Author: 0 Top Senate Democrat says Trump's attorney general pick should not be nominated

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement that the Barr memo was "very troubling" and contended it meant Barr had argued "the President is above the law". He described Mr. Mueller's approach as "grossly irresponsible" with "potentially disastrous implications" for the executive branch. Now that Whitaker has been cleared, he'll begin receiving regular briefs on the investigation.

People Charlie Hebdo attack suspect arrested, French officials say
Author: 0 Charlie Hebdo attack suspect arrested, French officials say

He was among a group of Paris youths who left for Iraq in late 2003 and early 2004. He has not yet been indicted in connection with the Charlie Hebdo attack. A French jihadist suspected of helping the brothers who carried out the 2015 Charlie Hebdo killings has been arrested in Djibouti and is awaiting transfer to France, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Friday.

People At least 20 killed, 165 wounded after tsunami hits Indonesia
Author: 0 At least 20 killed, 165 wounded after tsunami hits Indonesia

The tsunami struck about 9.30pm (local time) on Saturday. Indonesian authorities said a tsunami that hit beaches around the Sunda Strait on Saturday may have been caused by the eruption of Krakatoa volcano. More than 1000 people were killed earlier this year in Indonesia when an natural disaster triggered a tsunami on the Island of Sulawesi. "There was no natural disaster, and the Anak Krakatau eruption also wasn't that big", Nugroho told Metro TV, noting there were no "significant" ...

People Michelle Obama Stuns With $4,000 Balenciaga Boots on Her Book Tour
Author: 0 Michelle Obama Stuns With $4,000 Balenciaga Boots on Her Book Tour

Former first lady Michelle Obama in her knockout boots. The former first lady noted that the designer had not expected to be handed such an honour, while some other big names who felt they should have been given the job. It is matched in popularity with her " Becoming " book, which has sold more than three million copies since its release last month. In her day-to-day life, however, Obama keeps things more casual.

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