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UK says new housing units in West Bank ‘unacceptable’ UK says new housing units in West Bank ‘unacceptable’
- December 30, 2018

The Israeli Defense Ministry has approved the construction of over two thousand new housing units in the West Bank, raising the protest of local politicians and worldwide activists. Better known as "price tag" attacks, extremist Israeli settlers use violent acts of retribution on Palestinians and their property to demonstrate their opposition to Israeli restrictions on settlements and their outposts in the occupied West Bank . (more...)
Trump Says ‘Progress Being Made’ With China After Xi Call
- December 30, 2018

Trump is seeking a massive reduction in the U.S. trade deficit with China and deeper reforms to open the economy to foreign companies. USA officials touted the meeting between the two delegations as 'highly successful'. Washington and Beijing imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on more than US$300 billion worth of goods in total two-way trade earlier this year, locking them in a conflict that has begun to eat into profits and contributed to stock market plunges. (more...)
Trump threatens to shutdown USA border with Mexico Trump threatens to shutdown USA border with Mexico
- December 30, 2018

And in an earlier tweet, he said Democrats should take the initiative on ending the shutdown, saying, "I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal" on border security. Meanwhile, Trump is also defending himself from criticism that he was inappropriately political during his visit to USA troops in Iraq, where he signed Make America Great Again campaign hats and a Trump 2020 patch presented to him by service members. (more...)
United Kingdom alarm as migrant boats cross Channel United Kingdom alarm as migrant boats cross Channel
- December 30, 2018

It's time to stop the rot by sending in the Royal Navy . Fellow Home Affairs Committee member and Conservative MP Tim Loughton added: "There is a serious security implication, as this is a likely route undesirables who have been fighting in Syria use if they want to return to the UK". (more...)
California sheriff hammers 'sanctuary' policies after illegal immigrant charged in officer slaying California sheriff hammers 'sanctuary' policies after illegal immigrant charged in officer slaying
- December 30, 2018

The 33-year-old Mexico native had gang affiliations and multiple Facebook pages with different names, Christianson said. "We need closure, his family needs closure". Officials later revealed that the suspect was an illegal immigrant. Arriaga was arrested Friday in Bakersfield, California, 200 miles south of where the alleged crime took place. (more...)
Hackers steal personal data on 1,000 North Korean defectors in South Hackers steal personal data on 1,000 North Korean defectors in South
- December 30, 2018

Around 32,000 North Korean defectors are now living in South Korea. "The personal information that had been leaked (which includes name and birth date) will be explained individually over phone or mail". "So far, no cases regarding the abuse of leaked information have been officially reported to the center", Ji Min-gyum, director of North Gyeongsang Province Hana Center, told ABC News . (more...)
Deadly storm system moves toward eastern US Deadly storm system moves toward eastern US
- December 30, 2018

Sherburne County sheriff's officials said 47-year-old Marilyn Balogi of Zimmerman was killed, while seven other passengers, the bus driver and the SUV driver were taken to hospitals. The storm was expected to weaken last night into this morning (Friday). It was forecast to bring heavy rain farther east Friday and cause messy travel conditions. (more...)
Trump blames Democrats for migrant children's death, amid govt budget impasse Trump blames Democrats for migrant children's death, amid govt budget impasse
- December 30, 2018

Trump has continued to push for $5 billion as a down payment on border wall funding that has led to a partial government shutdown going into its second week. President Donald Trump is cooped up in the White House after canceling a vacation to his private Florida club during the tense government shutdown. (more...)
Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Southern Philippines Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Southern Philippines
- December 30, 2018

An natural disaster of 6.9-magnitude struck off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday (Dec 29), but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, the US Geological Survey ( USGS ) said. The death toll from the multiple quakes and ensuing tsunami in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province has risen to 1,424, an official said at a joint press conference in Jakarta on Thursday. (more...)
Indian Origin Police Officer Ronil Singh Fatally Shot in California Indian Origin Police Officer Ronil Singh Fatally Shot in California
- December 30, 2018

California authorities on Thursday revealed that the suspect in the fatal police officer shooting that occurred during a traffic stop earlier this week is in the US illegally. He appeared to be a heavy man with short, dark hair, a silver chain, jeans, dark T-shirt and a dark jacket with white Ecko brand patches on the shoulders. (more...)
Richard Overton, America's oldest man and WWII vet, dies at 112 Richard Overton, America's oldest man and WWII vet, dies at 112
- December 30, 2018

Overton enlisted in the US military in September of 1940, a little over a year before America's involvement in the Second World War began. "On behalf of Texas, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends", Abbott said. (more...)
Cohen dismisses report of Prague meeting with Russians Cohen dismisses report of Prague meeting with Russians
- December 30, 2018

Of course the Trump people have vigorously denied the legitimacy of the dossier, and Cohen's legal team and spokespeople have denied he ever visited Prague . Davis said in a statement after Cohen's sentencing, "At the appropriate time, after Mr. Mueller completes his investigation and issues his final report, I look forward to assisting Michael to state publicly all he knows about Mr. (more...)
Aus disappointed by Japan's decision to resume whaling Aus disappointed by Japan's decision to resume whaling
- December 30, 2018

The move was expected as Japan has repeatedly threatened to pull out of the agreement and made an attempt earlier this year to convince IWC to allow it to resume commercial whaling , reported The Hindu . "They're not resuming commercial whaling ". In addition to Japan, both Norway and Iceland have maintained some level of whaling since the moratorium took effect in 1986, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare . (more...)
Boy whose Yemeni mother overcame travel ban has died Boy whose Yemeni mother overcame travel ban has died
- December 30, 2018

Abdullah's father, Ali Hassan, brought him to the US months ago to get medical care for a degenerative brain condition that kept worsening. The boy and his father are US citizens but Swileh is not. Doctors had previously told Hassan that patients like his son are usually on life support for two or three weeks, or a month at most. "If this Muslim ban wasn't in place to begin with, Abdullah and his mother would probably have been here over a year ago", said Sweilem, who also works with the ... (more...)
Young Crewman of Royal Caribbean Goes Overboard on Cruise Ship Young Crewman of Royal Caribbean Goes Overboard on Cruise Ship
- December 30, 2018

Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Labadee, Haiti. Royal Caribbean International says a member of the entertainment team onboard the Harmony of the Seas ship did not report to work as scheduled on 25 December. "Missing is Arron Hough, 20, of the United Kingdom ", a statement from the Coast Guard read. "Always look beneath the surface before you decide on things". (more...)
China releases Canadian teacher but others still held in Huawei row China releases Canadian teacher but others still held in Huawei row
- December 30, 2018

China detained Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor separately after Canada arrested Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, CFO for the Chinese technology company Huawei, in Vancouver on December 1, for possible extradition to the US. Last week, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said McIver had received an "administrative penalty (for) illegal employment". A Dalian government news portal said this week Schellenberg had smuggled "an enormous amount of drugs" into China. (more...)
Hanover airport shut after auto driven near runway Hanover airport shut after auto driven near runway
- December 30, 2018

In a tweet, Hanover police said officials were able to stop the vehicle, "overpower" a man and take him into custody. Police alleged the man was under the influence of drugs when he drove the Poland-registered auto through a gate and onto the apron, German news agency dpa reported. (more...)
Two migrant boats intercepted while making Channel crossing
- December 30, 2018

The department said in a statement that Mr Javid held a conference call with the relevant arms of government. Two inflatable boats carrying 12 men from Syria and Iran have been intercepted in the English Channel. On Christmas Day, 40 people in five separate groups reached British shores after a journey by boat across the English Channel. "We've put a big fence up to prevent people from accessing trains and lorries and people are resorting to other methods to get here", she told the BBC. (more...)
Deadly violence mars Bangladesh election as campaigning ends Deadly violence mars Bangladesh election as campaigning ends
- December 29, 2018

At least six people have been killed in campaign-related clashes that local media report were mostly perpetrated by ruling-party activists backed by police. A ruling Awami League party supporter was killed by opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) followers, police said, while the BNP claimed 19 more of its activists had been detained ahead of Sunday's election. (more...)
Bahrain says work in Syria embassy 'continuing' after UAE move Bahrain says work in Syria embassy 'continuing' after UAE move
- December 29, 2018

The Emirati Foreign Ministry Anwar Gargash later said the reopening was meant to normalise relations between Syria and the UAE and curb the risk of regional interference in "Arab, Syrian affairs". Recent developments have indicated that the Gulf states are now reaching out to reconcile with the Assad regime. Backed by Russian air support and Iran-linked Shia militias, Syria's Bashar al Assad has survived a brutal civil war, which has killed more than 360,000 people. (more...)

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