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People Chinese Authorities Release Canadian National McIver From Detention
Author: 0 Chinese Authorities Release Canadian National McIver From Detention

Further testing tense relations, another Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, is due to appear before a court in north-eastern China on Saturday on drugs charges. A Dalian government news portal said Schellenberg was a Canadian and that this was an appeal hearing after he was found by an earlier ruling to have smuggled "an enormous amount of drugs" into China.

People Boy dies after Yemeni mom fought US travel ban to reach him
Author: 0 Boy dies after Yemeni mom fought US travel ban to reach him

Shaima Swileh, Abdullah's mother and a Yemeni national, was unable to be with her sick child and her husband because of the Muslim ban enforced by the Trump adminstration. His mother Shaima Swileh remained behind in their Egypt home. But Swileh was unable to travel with them due to Trump's executive order barring citizens of several Muslim-majority countries, including Yemen , from entering the country.

People Anak Krakatau volcano now a quarter of its pre-eruption size
Author: 0 Anak Krakatau volcano now a quarter of its pre-eruption size

Indonesia's disaster management agency (BNPB) has imposed a three-mile exclusion zone and raised the alert level from two to three because of the heightened volcanic activity - which amounts to nearly one eruption per minute. Radar data from satellites, converted into images, shows Anak Krakatoa shrunk dramatically following Saturday's eruption. The volcano has been rumbling on and off since June but has been particularly active since last Sunday, spewing lava and rocks, and sent huge clouds ...

People Hanover airport on lockdown after 'car drove through barrier on the runway'
Author: 0 Hanover airport on lockdown after 'car drove through barrier on the runway'

Hannover police said on Twitter that officers had stopped the vehicle and overwhelmed the man. "A man broke through a barrier in a auto which went onto the runway", police said. Local media report that the airport's terminals remain open to travellers. But police told the BBC there was no indication so far that the incident was terrorism related.

People Fresh violence mars Bdesh elections as campaign ends
Author: 0 Fresh violence mars Bdesh elections as campaign ends

Zahiruddin Swapan, a lawmaker from the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, said Friday that security officials cordoned off his house, preventing him from campaigning. "I'm going to lose my life.' Voters are afraid - that's a major challenge for us", Mahmood said Saturday from Zia's former office at BNP headquarters.

People Pakistani government bans Zardari from leaving country
Author: 0 Pakistani government bans Zardari from leaving country

The former president said that there will be a day when Sindh will have its own gas company like the province made its own coal company and made people of Pakistan as their partners. 'They have started to sound like a broken record ... apart from uttering gibberish on television, they don't know what to do, he remarked. Criticizing the incumbent government, Zardari said: "They did nothing in their (first) 100 days".

People UAE reopens Syria embassy after seven-year absence
Author: 0 UAE reopens Syria embassy after seven-year absence

UAE and Bahrain recently announced opening up their respective diplomatic missions in Damascus, the war-ravaged country's capital. Bahrain's Foreign Ministry said the reopening of the embassy affirms the importance of continued relations with Syria.

People Linked militants 'seize Nigeria's Baga town'
Author: 0 Linked militants 'seize Nigeria's Baga town'

This was corroborated by Chief of Army Training and Operations, Maj-Gen. " The ISR platforms were in contact with the ground troops and assisted in directing their fire against the terrorists, while the helicopter gunships engaged the terrorists at isolated locations destroying some of their vehicles and neutralising some fighters ", he said .

People President Trump threatens to close border if Democrats don't fund wall
Author: 0 President Trump threatens to close border if Democrats don't fund 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. So what happens when Democrats take over the House on Jan 3 and when Rep. Nancy Pelosi takes the speaker's gavel as expected? But even that may be hard without a compromise because the Senate will remain in Republican hands and Trump's signature will be needed to turn any bill into law.

People Christmas ‘miracle’ as boy survives French Alps avalanche
Author: 0 Christmas ‘miracle’ as boy survives French Alps avalanche

It is noted that the child with his parents riding skiing beyond the specified slopes near the mountain resort of La Plagne (French Alps). The avalanche site was at 2,400 meters (7,875 feet) altitude. In this grab taken from validated UGC provided on Thursday, Dec. 27, a boy is airlifted after an avalanche, on the French Alps on Wednesday. "A day after Christmas, there was another gift in store", Capt.

Author: 0 Warning over Channel 'taxi service' for migrants

Britain should return migrants rescued in the Channel to France immediately or risk facing a humanitarian crisis, a former senior Home Office official has said. Mr Javid has been appointed " gold commander ", meaning he has ultimate responsibility for the handling and outcome of the incident and sets out a strategy of how to deal with it.

People N.C. elections board disbands, congressional race results still unknown
Author: 0 N.C. elections board disbands, congressional race results still unknown

The smoke rising from the political fight over the state Elections Board and its investigation of fraud allegations related to a congressional race have left a local lawyer and the local Board of Elections in a cloud of uncertainty. The state elections board had been expected to call for a new election in early 2019 if it was able to corroborate the evidence of irregularities in the 9th district race.

People Ex-China spymaster Ma Jian jailed for life over graft
Author: 0 Ex-China spymaster Ma Jian jailed for life over graft

He pleaded guilty and has decided not to appeal, the court said, adding that his political rights have been revoked for life and all his personal assets confiscated. One of the principle bankrollers of Ma's bribe money is believed to be exiled billionaire Guo Wengui, who used Ma to help further his business interests.

People Netanyahu hails 'new era' with Brazil
Author: 0 Netanyahu hails 'new era' with Brazil

Netanyahu, before boarding his flight to Brazil, expressed similar optimism about meeting Bolsonaro. "We look forward to welcoming many more of our friends and allies in Jerusalem", the official said. Brazilian paper O Globo reports Wednesday that Netanyahu made a decision to shorten his weeklong visit to just two days after his coalition announced the dissolution of the Knesset and hastened elections to April 9.

People Magnitude 6.9 quake hits off south Philippines
Author: 0 Magnitude 6.9 quake hits off south Philippines

The National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning System initially released a hazardous wave alert for all coasts within 300 kilometers of the quake, a radius that includes much of Indonesia and the Philippines. The epicentre of the quake was on land near the city of Manokwari at a depth of 55km. There was no tsunami threat to the US state of Hawaii, according to PTWC.

People Mexico’s President Responds With Amity to Trump’s Hostile Tweets
Author: 0 Mexico’s President Responds With Amity to Trump’s Hostile Tweets

The Senate bill contains $1.3 billion for border security excluding any concrete wall. In a burst of early morning tweets the president said the alternative to funding his hugely controversial wall project would be total separation from Mexico - including making United States vehicle companies pull out their factories based on the other side of the frontier.

People Sheriff: Suspect who fatally shot California officer was in country illegally
Author: 0 Sheriff: Suspect who fatally shot California officer was in country illegally

The sheriff also said that no motive had been established in this week's killing. According to authorities, the suspect is in the country illegally. Toor told KTVU that once he posted that, a flood of tips about the suspect came in, including pictures and the fact that the suspect was in Bakersfield, heading for the border.

People Nation's oldest World War II vet dies in Texas at age 112
Author: 0 Nation's oldest World War II vet dies in Texas at age 112

Mr. Overton , 107, is the oldest living World War II veteran and was attending the Veteran's Day Breakfast at the White House. That year, the city of Austin also declared his birthday "Richard A. A GoFundMe campaign raised close to $200,000 to help pay for in-home care for the proud veteran. At 106, he met President Barack Obama, politicians, athletes, and celebrities.

People Two Vietnamese tourists, guide killed by Egypt roadside bomb
Author: 0 Two Vietnamese tourists, guide killed by Egypt roadside bomb

The tourist bus could be seen with its windows shattered and surrounded by soot-covered debris. A terrorist attack took the lives of two people and injured a dozen more in Egypt Friday; targeting a tourist bus as it made its way towards the country's world-famous ancient pyramids.

People Mubarak, Morsi face each other in Egypt jailbreak trial
Author: 0 Mubarak, Morsi face each other in Egypt jailbreak trial

He was later sentenced to death in May 2015 along with 105 others in connection with the 2011 jail break, but a higher court later overturned the sentence and ordered a retrial, which is ongoing. Earlier in the month, Mubarak failed to make a court appearance in the case. Mr Morsi and senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood were in a cage in the courtroom as they heard his evidence.

People White House Targets Pelosi Even After Trump's 'Proud' Shutdown Vow
Author: 0 White House Targets Pelosi Even After Trump's 'Proud' Shutdown Vow

So we fully expect that until she's elected Speaker and has locked that vote up, we don't expect to hear from the Democrats again. "Democrats have offered Republicans three options to re-open government that all include funding for strong, sensible, and effective border security - but not the President's immoral, ineffective and expensive wall", said Drew Hammill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff.

People ICE Dumps Off Ilegal Immigrants On The Streets Of Texas
Author: 0 ICE Dumps Off Ilegal Immigrants On The Streets Of Texas

He said a drop-off Wednesday of more than 500 migrants was the largest he's witnessed, and ICE released approximately 320 more Thursday. "We wouldn't do that", Gomez said. The ICE statement said that its own detention facilities in the region were full and that it had no alternative but to release family groups that would otherwise be held longer than the 20 days provided under a court-supervised consent decree.

Author: 0 Michael Cohen's Phone Puts Him In Prague With Russians

Apart from the cell phone, which reportedly left a record with Prague area cell phone towers, "an Eastern European intelligence agency" purportedly overheard a conversation among unidentified Russians stating that Cohen was in Prague .

People Bone spurs diagnosis for Trump a 'favor'
Author: 0 Bone spurs diagnosis for Trump a 'favor'

The two said that their father's account implied that Trump did not have the foot ailment that kept him out of the war. 'But did he examine him? Much has been made of the bone spurs that allowed Donald Trump to secure a medical exemption from serving in the Vietnam War.

People Canadian could face death penalty in China over drug smuggling charges
Author: 0 Canadian could face death penalty in China over drug smuggling charges

It mockingly admired the Canadian's gall for "actually daring to smuggle drugs into China", which still has the death penalty for drug trafficking. The article from the Global Times , a stridently nationalist media outlet owned by China's Communist Party, said Robert Lloyd Schellenberg will be "put on trial" by the Liaoning Provincial High People's Court in northeastern China Saturday afternoon.

People US Officials Announce New Measures after Second Migrant Child Death
Author: 0 US Officials Announce New Measures after Second Migrant Child Death

It was the second such death this month. On December 8, Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7, died in a hospital two days after she was taken to a Border Patrol station. Per The Washington Post , the hospital where Alonzo-Gomez died has since said in a statement , "privacy regulations prevent us from sharing information about any individual patient".

People Protests in eastern Congo over election postponment
Author: 0 Protests in eastern Congo over election postponment

Voters in the politically restless and Ebola-stricken province of North Kivu have now been told they have to wait until at least March to cast their ballots, even though the victor of the election will be announced on January 15 and inaugurated three days later.

People Three Brits including child dead after auto plunges off bridge in Iceland
Author: 0 Three Brits including child dead after auto plunges off bridge in Iceland

It then fell around eight metres onto a river bank. The crash took place on Road No. 1, which runs for 1,337 kilometres as it connects coastal towns and villages on the volcanic island of 350,000 people. "Four people were out of the vehicle, one of them deceased". The accident occurred hours before the North Atlantic island saw sunrise, which reached the capital, Reykjavik , at 11.23am.

People Koreas break ground on railways but sanctions block project
Author: 0 Koreas break ground on railways but sanctions block project

Despite the global concerns over the North's weapons program, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have moved towards cooperation over hostility lately, with the railway representing a literal and figurative link between the nations. They had traveled together with unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon and the other participants from the South in a special train to North Korea . 'We plan to hold detailed negotiations with the North to coordinate on the specific levels we want to ...

People Anak Krakatau's changing eruption pattern won't trigger tsunami: Agency
Author: 0 Anak Krakatau's changing eruption pattern won't trigger tsunami: Agency

Indonesia's disaster management agency (BNPB) on Thursday upgraded its alert level for the volcano to its second-highest level, warning in a statement that volcanic activity on the island volcano "continues to increase". Though recovery was slow, some victims of the latest tsunami said they remember the resilience of the Acehnese people, which gives them hope that they too can rebuild their homes and their lives.

People Meghalaya mine tragedy: Odisha extends helping hand for rescue ops
Author: 0 Meghalaya mine tragedy: Odisha extends helping hand for rescue ops

The mine is an old, illegal so-called rat-hole mine that are common in Meghalaya as they are dug by villagers but are very unsafe as the coal is pulled out from narrow, horizontal seams. According to the news agency IANS, the NDRF has used a sonar system and an underwater camera to detect the trapped miners. And with its divers unable to conduct operations at depths greater than 40 feet, there is no option but to wait for the water to recede.

People Trump finally hews to ritual of meeting troops in harm's way
Author: 0 Trump finally hews to ritual of meeting troops in harm's way

Obviously when the president comes to visit it's going to be a big photo op for both the White House and the troops taking selfies and such. But the remark contradicted Trump's other recent statements about defense spending, and he seemed to make it offhandedly-sowing confusion about his real intentions.

Author: 0 NY authorities investigating ‘transformer incident’ amid reports of an explosion

A fire at Con Ed power plant in the New York City borough Queens led to a odd blue light lighting up the night sky, the New York Police Department confirmed. He said there are scattered power outages , including at LaGuardia Airport. Videos and photos of the light blue sky spread online as locals attempted to figure out the source of the conflagration.