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People Trump, annoyed by resignation letter, pushes out Mattis early
Author: 0 Trump, annoyed by resignation letter, pushes out Mattis early

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".

People Donald Trump insists shutdown will not end unless Congress funds border wall
Author: 0 Donald Trump insists shutdown will not end unless Congress funds border wall

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 ...

People Justice Ginsburg up and working after surgery
Author: 0 Justice Ginsburg up and working after surgery

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.

People Gunmen attack Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tripoli
Author: 0 Gunmen attack Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tripoli

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.

People Birmingham Airport grounds flights in latest instance of travel disruption in UK
Author: 0 Birmingham Airport grounds flights in latest instance of travel disruption in UK

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 ".

People Migrant boy, 8, dies after being detained in government custody
Author: 0 Migrant boy, 8, dies after being detained in government custody

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.

People China accuses West of hypocrisy over Canada detentions concerns
Author: 0 China accuses West of hypocrisy over Canada detentions concerns

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.

People Trump takes parting shot at Mattis and his view of US allies
Author: 0 Trump takes parting shot at Mattis and his view of US allies

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.

People Partial government shutdown has minimal impact locally
Author: 0 Partial government shutdown has minimal impact locally

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.

People Christmas Eve is here! What has the weather in store for us?
Author: 0 Christmas Eve is here! What has the weather in store for us?

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.

People Mount Etna eruption causes airspace closure, Europe News & Top Stories
Author: 0 Mount Etna eruption causes airspace closure, Europe News & Top Stories

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.

People Trump tells boy that believing in Santa at 7 is 'marginal'
Author: 0 Trump tells boy that believing in Santa at 7 is 'marginal'

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.

People Afghan government compound attack kills 28
Author: 0 Afghan government compound attack kills 28

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.

People Christmas Eve and Christmas Day forecast
Author: 0 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day forecast

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.

People Mexican governor and husband killed in helicopter crash
Author: 0 Mexican governor and husband killed in helicopter crash

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.

People Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown has died at 77
Author: 0 Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown has died at 77

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".

People Pence canceled human rights speech to avoid angering N. Korea
Author: 0 Pence canceled human rights speech to avoid angering N. Korea

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.

Author: 0 Mattis sends last Christmas message to troops before resigning

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.

People Otto Warmbier: Family given £390m payout after North Korea death
Author: 0 Otto Warmbier: Family given £390m payout after North Korea death

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.

People PHOTOS of Runaway Dubai Princess Released for First Time Since Her Disappearance
Author: 0 PHOTOS of Runaway Dubai Princess Released for First Time Since Her Disappearance

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.

People Kasich abortion bill veto could set up showdown
Author: 0 Kasich abortion bill veto could set up showdown

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.

People Tsunami Kills 3 Members of Indonesian Rock Band
Author: 0 Tsunami Kills 3 Members of Indonesian Rock Band

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.

Author: 0 Dead In Indonesia Tsunami: Disaster Agency

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".

Author: 0 Sydney apartment high-rise evacuated after 'cracking' heard

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.

People At least 8 killed in twin blasts in Mogadishu
Author: 0 At least 8 killed in twin blasts in Mogadishu

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.

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