Outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sent a holiday message to United States service members in which he commended them and noted their sacrifice, yet also said , "storm clouds loom". Mick Mulvaney told ABC's "This Week" that the president and his defense chief "just could never get on the same page" on Syria, adding that Trump had said since his presidential campaign that "he wanted to get out of Syria".
Clouds of ash spewed from Anak Krakatau, nearly obscuring the volcanic island where a crater collapse at high tide on Saturday sent waves up to 5 meters (16 feet) high smashing into the coast on the Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra islands.
They were not allowed back into their homes but were sent to an evacuation centre in central Sydney-the Royal Hall of Industries. "I wouldn't feel safe sleeping there", 20th floor resident Chris Abram told commercial broadcaster Channel Nine.
American workers hoping for tidings of comfort and joy yesterday instead heard an ultimatum from President Trump , who pledged to keep much of the USA government shut down until Democrats agreed to fund a wall on the Mexican border. Trump expressed displeasure with the Fed after Mnuchin tweeted that Powell's job was safe. The Dow Jones plummeted 653 points in a shortened trading day on Monday, capping its worst week in a decade and reportedly marking its " worst day of Christmas Eve ...
Supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up and working as she recuperates from cancer surgery . Ginsburg, the leader of the court's liberal wing and known to her fans as the Notorious RBG , has achieved an iconic status rare for Supreme Court justices.
The development came only two days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American troops from Syria will not affect the Tel Aviv regime's policy toward the war-torn country.
But the organization says it never knows when Santa will stop at each house and can only guarantee he'll pay his visit once children are asleep. NORAD's "Santa Cams" will stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way over various locations.
A suicide bomber then blew themselves up. The Interior Ministry ordered the Audit Bureau and National Oil Company headquarters be cleared, local media reported. After eight months of fighting, forces loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord regained control of the city. "We will work with the Libyan people to prevent terrorist groups from turning Libya into a haven or an arena for their crimes", said Ghassan Salame, the United Nations special envoy to Libya.
Police will now turn their attentions to the damaged drone found within the airport perimeter. Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley said he hopes the money will persuade someone to come forward with the vital clue. A Gatwick spokesman said: "Safety is Gatwick's top priority and we are grateful for passengers' continued patience as we work to get them to their final destination in time for Christmas ".
He had been in CBP custody on Christmas Eve when a USA border patrol agent noticed he appeared unwell, and was transferred to a medical centre where he was diagnosed with a cold and fever, according border officials. A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died earlier this month after being apprehended by border agents, also in New Mexico. The cause of the child's death is not known.
This is the third case announced by China's Foreign Ministry in which Canadian citizens have been investigated or detained by Chinese authorities since December 13. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor. The two, Michael Kovrig - a former diplomat and an adviser with the International Crisis Group think-tank - and businessman Michael Spavor , are suspected of endangering state security so they are "of course" being detained, Hua said.
On Monday, the president tweeted out an image of himself working in the Oval Office on Christmas Eve, along with the caption: "Christmas Eve briefing with my team working on North Korea - Progress being made". "I've encouraged him to find people who have some overlap with him but don't see the world in lockstep with him", Mulvaney said. Trump is also facing additional opposition from within his own party over the decision to reduce troops in Syria and Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan wants peace and stability in the region and it will reach to regional countries for this objective. Asked how China viewed the US' decision to reduce its troops strength, Hua said "the action to pull-out should be decided by the United States itself".
Late Saturday afternoon, legislators in the U.S. Capitol adjourned for the holidays without reaching a deal to re-open the partially-shuttered federal government. An administration official told CNN prior to the shutdown began that "a majority of DHS activities would continue" if there were a lapse in appropriations.
The company's chief meteorologist, Chris Scott, says while temperatures across the country will be normal for this time of year, Canadians won't be seeing much, if any, snow. Scott said northern Ontario will be colder at about -6 C on Monday and -7 C on Tuesday. Some snow showers and a period of steady light snow especially this evening.
The Mount Etna observatory says lava and ash are spewing from a new fracture on the active Sicilian volcano amid an unusually high level of seismic activity. Europe's highest and most active volcano - erupted on Monday, causing a magnitude 3.3 quake and the closure of Sicily's Catania Airport. Hikers at higher elevations were brought down to 6,230 feet for safety concerns.
In a phone call with President Donald Trump on December 14, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed both to hold off on a threatened attack on the YPG and to finish the fight against the Islamic State , also known as by its Arabic acronym DAESH, in Syria.
While Santa Claus himself may be sovereign, the people who work behind the scenes to track his movements in real time are not. Throughout the year, the United States and Canadian organisation NORAD , monitors aerospace in event of nuclear attack, but on Christmas Eve they turn their attention to monitoring the skies for Santa's sleigh.
An Afghan police officer at the scene of the attack in Kabul , Afghanistan, on December 24, 2018. Afghan authorities on Tuesday collected 43 bodies from a government compound in the capital Kabul that was targeted by a suicide bomber and extremists armed with assault rifles on Monday, officials said.
US troops based around Manbij patrolled the town and surrounding area on Sunday and were photographed speaking with the residents. A Turkish military convoy arrived overnight on Monday at the border with local media reporting that some vehicles had entered Syria .
A chance of rain and snow between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., then a chance of rain after 2 a.m. Accumulations aren't expected to be more than generally a few tenths of an inch but it will cover the exposed grass in a few places! The best chance of snow will be in the evening.
The Agusta 109 helicopter fell about 10 minutes after taking off from a heliport within the city of Puebla on a flight to Mexico City. It was not immediately clear if the pilot died or what had caused the crash. It followed a controversial election that was marred by allegations of fraud, but an electoral tribunal ruled in her favor. "I said hello to Moreno in the Senate just a few days ago", he tweeted.
Having stood down in 1999, he went on to become the United Nations high representative and European Union special representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. An original supporter of Labour , he switched allegiance to the Liberal Party in 1975. "As a movement, we owe him our very existence". Calling Ashdown a "true patriot", former Conservative Prime Minister John Major said: "In Government, Paddy Ashdown was my opponent".
North Korea has grander ideas about concessions, naturally. In announcing his interest in holding another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un , U.S. Both militaries also finished removing firearms and troops from the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom, where South and North Korean armed troops used to stand face-to-face.
What is clear, though, is that Trump is all alone (for now) in the White House today and isn't exactly suffering in silence. For example, when Chuck Hagel was told to resign in November 2014, he stayed in office until Ash Carter was confirmed the following February.
The ruling said the family was continually advised by the State Department to stay quiet, believing North Korea would make a demand in return for Warmbier's safe release. When his parents boarded a plane to see him upon arrival in the U.S., they were "stunned to see his condition", according to court documents. Then 22 years old, Warmbier was blind and deaf and had sustained severe brain damage from his time in detention.
As for another video in which the four initial suspects appear to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State group, the NCIS said that "neither Norway nor Denmark was mentioned in the video, nor was there anything specific about what action they should perform".
James Mattis he'd be resigning as Defense Secretary. The SDF, which is made up of Kurds and Arabs, have been doing the fighting for us. "They are focused on one thing and one thing only: that's impeachment or a devastating loss for him in re-election", he said.
Pictures of a missing Emirati princess who witnesses say was abducted by commandos have been released by her family, evidence that they say rebuts "false allegations" she was taken home against her will. That statement came as footage showed her training for her escape by swimming in a plush pool in scuba gear on February 12. The appearances could have been an attempt to muddy the picture as local media then made no mention of the Latifa who allegedly tried to leave.
The courts have rejected similar laws, Life News reported . "As the losing party, the state of OH will be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to cover the legal fees for the pro-choice activists' lawyers", he added. "This is what's left". The Republican governor's decision to sign off on this legislation sparked immediate backlash from abortion rights advocates.
Debris from thatch-bamboo shacks was strewn along beaches. Many of those affected were domestic tourists enjoying the long holiday weekend, but foreigners were visiting the area ahead of Christmas as well. Scientists said Sunday that the tsunami could have been caused by undersea landslides or those occurring above sea level on the volcano's steep outside slope following the eruption.
A major tsunami crashed into their stage as the band were performing, striking the Tanjung Lesung Beach Resort in west Java without warning after the eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano. No Australians have yet been listed as being affected by the tsunami that hit beaches in Indonesia . "I want to express my deep sorrow for the victims in Serang, Pandeglang and Banten Provice".
Emergency responders were called to the Opal Tower on the city's west side across the street from the site of the 2000 Sydney Olympics after residents reported hearing "cracking noises" during the morning, New South Wales Police said in a statement.
At least 13 people were killed and 17 wounded in a auto bomb attack claimed by Al-Qaeda-linked group Al-Shabaab close to the president's residence in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said on Saturday. A police officer walks through the debris of a destroyed building following a large blast in Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. The group used to control most parts of the country, but since 2010, the fighters have been removed from most major towns and cities.
He was acquitted in another trial involving Flagship Investment. Nawaz held a long meeting with the PML-N president and younger brother Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday at his Ministers' Enclave residence to discuss the party matters and post-verdict scenario.