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World Mark Milley to be new Joint Chiefs chairman
Author: 0 Mark Milley to be new Joint Chiefs chairman

Trump will attend the Army-Navy football game on Saturday afternoon. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, also noted that the Joint Chiefs chairman serves Congress as well as the president and defense secretary. The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee praised Milley for his "direct, insightful military assessments based upon his intellect and years of experience".

World United Kingdom court due to rule on Vijay Mallya's extradition to India
Author: 0 United Kingdom court due to rule on Vijay Mallya's extradition to India

His financial dealings are being investigated by the federal Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate, a financial crimes agency. But does this mean Mallya will now be extradited? On the judgement, he said before entering the court, "Whatever the judgement is, we will see and we will follow it.", adding that the assets have been attached by the authorities and they are not "bogus".

World Top US Democrat says Trump may face jail over hush money
Author: 0 Top US Democrat says Trump may face jail over hush money

Schiff believes this because of allegations made against Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen , who allegedly paid off two of the president's alleged former mistresses. Trump that contradicts the president's repeated statements on the campaign trail that he had no business ventures in Russian Federation. But he said something that would be perfectly legal to do as a businessman could take on a different standard as a candidate, and that campaign finance laws are "very open-ended".

World China Summons US Envoy to Protest Tech Executive's Arrest in Canada
Author: 0 China Summons US Envoy to Protest Tech Executive's Arrest in Canada

Meng, if convicted in the USA, faces up to 30 years' imprisonment, with a Canadian prosecutor alleging at a court hearing Friday in Vancouver that she committed fraud in 2013 by telling financial institutions that China's Huawei was not tied to a Hong Kong-based company, Skycom, which was allegedly selling US goods to Iran in violation of US sanctions against Tehran.

World European Court to rule on Brexit Article 50 revocation
Author: 0 European Court to rule on Brexit Article 50 revocation

Focus is then expected to move to what other options might be possible, with everything from renegotiation with the European Union to a possible second Brexit referendum under discussion. The ECJ's decision comes a day before the British parliament is due to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal. The case was originally heard by the Court of Session in Edinburgh and two attempts by the UK Government to appeal against the referral to the European court were rejected.

World President’s and Vice President’s Chiefs of Staff to Depart by Year’s End
Author: 0 President’s and Vice President’s Chiefs of Staff to Depart by Year’s End

He was willing to accept the position on an interim basis but Trump declined. Their differing styles of leadership - Trump's more carefree and Kelly's more strict - was said to be a major source of contention during the latter's tenure. A source told AP the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, was under consideration. Ayers and Trump had discussed the job for months.

Author: 0 Trump allegations 'impeachable' if proven - US Democrat

The 40-page sentencing memo filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY for former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen is the basis for an indictment against the president, according to Andrew McCarthy . Trump has called for the end to the Mueller probe, but a Republican lawmaker, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, told ABC News, "I've always supported the Mueller investigation and continue to do so because I think it's in the best interest of everyone involved, ...

World Trump Nominates Barr as Next Attorney General
Author: 0 Trump Nominates Barr as Next Attorney General

Mr Barr, 68, was attorney general under George H.W. Bush. Trump's fury at Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation - which helped set in motion the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller - created deep tensions between Trump and his Justice Department.

Author: 0 Ayers Will Not Become Trump's Chief of Staff; Mnuchin, Meadows Considered

According to White House officials, Kelly's influence waned over the last few months with the president undermining the authority that he had established in getting the White House in order. The president's next chief of staff will be his third in under two years. Mr Trump had wanted a two-year commitment, a White House official said, and Mr Ayers was forced to decline the role, the New York Times reported .

World Saudi foreign minister rules out extraditing suspects in Khashoggi case
Author: 0 Saudi foreign minister rules out extraditing suspects in Khashoggi case

Kushner has offered the crown prince advice about how to weather the storm, urging him to resolve his conflicts around the region and avoid further embarrassments", the paper said . Trump has repeatedly cast doubts over the U.S. intelligence agency's assessment, while Saudi officials have repeatedly denied that the crown prince had any knowledge of Khashoggi's murder or its subsequent cover-up.

World Comey praises Trump attorney general nominee William Barr
Author: 0 Comey praises Trump attorney general nominee William Barr

He was promoted to deputy attorney general next, and then to the top role. Barr has spent most of his career in the private sector, with two stints at the Justice Department. The ongoing special counsel's investigation, headed by Robert Mueller, will likely be a major topic in Barr's confirmation hearing. If Barr is confirmed as attorney general, he would oversee the antitrust department and have to work with the officials he contradicted in his affidavit.

World It’s Clear Trump is Target of Prosecutors And Will Be Indicted
Author: 0 It’s Clear Trump is Target of Prosecutors And Will Be Indicted

The Justice Department has concluded that the U.S. Constitution doesn't permit a sitting president to be criminally indicted, though that opinion has yet to be tested in court, according to the Washington Post . Mueller keeps finding new instances of Trump associates lying about their contacts with Russian Federation during an election the Kremlin worked to sway in the Republican's favor.

Author: 0 Eisenkot: UNIFIL has important role in neutralizing Hezbollah tunnels

The Israeli troops deployed "very close" to Lebanese soldiers on the opposite side of the border, the Lebanese National News Agency said. On Saturday, the IDF exposed a third cross-border attack tunnel built by Hezbollah that extended into Israeli territory from southern Lebanon.

World House Republicans release Comey interview transcript
Author: 0 House Republicans release Comey interview transcript

He said the department lawyer repeatedly instructed Comey not to answer "a great many questions that are clearly items at the core of our investigation". But the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief also used the occasion to take aim at Trump's frequent barbs at the criminal justice system, saying "we have become numb to lying and attacks on the rule of law by the president", as well as Trump's contention that it should be a crime for subjects to "flip" and cooperate with ...

World Tennessee electrocutes second inmate in as many months
Author: 0 Tennessee electrocutes second inmate in as many months

Corrections officials said 61-year-old David Earl Miller was pronounced dead at 7.25pm on Thursday at a Nashville maximum-security prison. No one from Standifer's family was present for the execution. The last inmate to choose the chair, Edmund Zagorksi, was executed November 1. In recent decades, states have moved away from the electric chair, and no state now uses electrocution as its main execution method, said Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Centre, ...

World Cabinet splits over second referendum on Brexit deal
Author: 0 Cabinet splits over second referendum on Brexit deal

He said her Brexit deal could get through the Commons if it was stripped of the backstop measure - an insurance policy to prevent a hard border with Ireland - insisting that would be "relatively simple" to achieve. And the second would be a leave, remain contest with a second question asking them if they prefer the existing deal or a no-deal departure on World Trade Organisation terms.

World Winter watch for Swain County
Author: 0 Winter watch for Swain County

Katie will be tracking the remaining winter weather all morning Sunday , so tune in to WDRB In the Morning from 6 to 9 for updates . Total snow and sleet accumulations of 1-8 inches are predicted along with possible ice accumulations of up to 2/10 an inch for the area covering Swain, Madison, Haywood, Jackson and Macon counties.

World Pentagon sends flight over Ukraine following Russian naval incident
Author: 0 Pentagon sends flight over Ukraine following Russian naval incident

A US Air Force OC-135 observation aircraft conducted an "extraordinary" flight over Ukraine Thursday under the Open Skies Treaty. Ukraine's Supreme Rada endorsed President Petro Poroshenko's decision to end the friendship, cooperation and partnership agreement with Russian Federation after tensions erupted between the two conflicting countries at the end of last month.

World New Zealand police find body believed to be British backpacker Grace Millane
Author: 0 New Zealand police find body believed to be British backpacker Grace Millane

She was last seen on the evening of Saturday 1 December. "It is an unbearable time for the Millane family and our hearts go out to them", he told reporters near the scene. On Saturday the police said that she was murdered and that they were questioning a man about the case. The force added that they are unable to confirm whether the 22-year-old's body has been located at the site.

World Ballot fraud investigation muddies North Carolina election
Author: 0 Ballot fraud investigation muddies North Carolina election

Republican Mark Harris still hopes that the 116th Congress will seat him as the fairly elected representative for North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District. "This has shaken us to the core", he said. McCready trailed Harris by 905 votes in the race to replace the outgoing Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC). Andy Yates, a general consultant on Harris' campaign, told The Washington Post that Harris "was aware" of his firm's "relationship with Mr.

World French yellow vest protests met with huge security in Paris
Author: 0 French yellow vest protests met with huge security in Paris

Police used pepper spray and scuffled with a small group of protesters who tried to break through their barricade blocking access to the European Parliament and the European Union's other main institutions. One of them, Eric Drouet, a truck driver, called on protesters to storm into the Elysee presidential palace. "Protests and riots all over France", Trump said.

World Ecuador's president says Julian Assange should leave embassy soon
Author: 0 Ecuador's president says Julian Assange should leave embassy soon

A Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site posted thousands of files stolen by the former US Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning . He faces charges of espionage, conspiracy, theft of government property, and computer fraud in the United States, and Donald Trump's administration has stated that the Wikileaks founder's arrest is a top priority.

World Charlottesville killer guilty of 1st degree murder
Author: 0 Charlottesville killer guilty of 1st degree murder

She banged her head as Fields drove into her auto, and blacked out. But Fields' lawyers told the jury that he drove into the crowd on the day of the rally because he feared for his life and was "scared to death" by earlier violence he had witnessed.

World Lebanon files complaint with United Nations over telephone hacking by Israel
Author: 0 Lebanon files complaint with United Nations over telephone hacking by Israel

Hezbollah's tunnels were part of a larger plan to invade the Galilee region in northern Israel. Israel has said it won't allow its chief regional foe Iran to establish a presence in Syria. The Lebanese army has also asked for more details about the Hezbollah tunnels in the border area. The operation exposed Hezbollah's terror tunnel digging efforts, which mirror the tactics of the Hamas terror group in Gaza.

World USA military flexes muscles in message to Russian Federation
Author: 0 USA military flexes muscles in message to Russian Federation

This was the first time the US has conducted a freedom of navigation operation in that area since 1987, when the Soviet Union was the government making those claims . It also comes as the United States and Russia clash over a number of issues, including accusations by Washington that Moscow has violated terms of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), and US complaints over recent Russian military operations near Ukraine .

World Erdogan voices Turkey's support to Maduro in Caracas
Author: 0 Erdogan voices Turkey's support to Maduro in Caracas

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro , right, embraces Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a joint press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela , Monday, Dec. The Turkish president added that his "friend" Maduro was facing " manipulative attacks from certain countries and acts of sabotage from economic assassins ", in an apparent reference to the United States .

World John Kelly out as Trump's chief of staff
Author: 0 John Kelly out as Trump's chief of staff

Former White House Counsel Don McGahn was likewise forced out of his job after it was reported that he had cooperated extensively in Mueller's probe. Trump said the date of transition is "to be determined". Trump began circumventing many of the policies and protocols he enacted, and he was on the verge of being fired or resigning numerous times.