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World What happens in a partial government shutdown
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Social Security and annuity payments to federal retirees will still go out as scheduled. Doctors and hospitals will receive their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. The Washington Monument is closed for repairs. People can still obtain passports and visas although the State Department could curtail issuing them if those services are offered in buildings run by another agency that has been shut down.

World Thames pirates: Armed migrants from Nigeria hold crew hostage
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British police said yesterday they were dealing with a "complex incident" on board a ship in the Thames Estuary in southeast England. Authorities stormed a cargo ship last night after its crew were threatened by four stowaway migrants. "The crew are safely locked in the bridge at the moment - but how long is that completely sustainable?" The force said the ship was secure and there were no reports of injuries.

World Fiance accused of killing Colorado woman missing for month
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Woodland Park police chief Miles de Young said at a press conference Friday investigators no longer believe Berreth is alive. Three days after Berreth was last seen, a text was sent from her phone telling an employee at Doss Aviation, a flight school in Colorado Springs where she worked as an instructor, that she would be taking the rest of the week off.

World United Kingdom and allies condemn China as U.S. charges hackers over 'economic espionage'
Author: 0 United Kingdom and allies condemn China as U.S. charges hackers over 'economic espionage'

The British government said the hacking campaign, which stretched across Europe, Asia and the U.S., was in breach of Chinese global commitments. The Department of Justice has charged two Chinese nationals with an extensive hacking campaign the US government says went on for approximately 12 years and affected 45 tech companies and government agencies all across the country.

World Fed raises interest rates by 25 bps, signals more hikes
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Those concerns were reflected in a broad-based stock market sell-off, a lower 10-year Treasury yield, and a flatter yield curve. It was not the widely-expected rate hike itself that gave investors a headache so much as forecasts released by the Fed about what it expected to do next year.

World No signs of Trump backing down as shutdown looms
Author: 0 No signs of Trump backing down as shutdown looms

Absent action, much of the government will run out of funding hours later at midnight. "Now it's up to the Democrats as to whether or not we have a shutdown tonight", Trump said . On Thursday night the House of Representatives passed a new Republican bill which included the $5 billion. Others were not so sure. U.S. President Donald Trump is marking a tumultuous end to a turbulent year.

World Run-up to Flynn sentencing tinged with unexpected drama
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Still, the mere insinuation of underhanded tactics has been startling given the seemingly productive relationship between the two sides, and it was especially striking since prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller 's office have praised Flynn's cooperation and recommended against prison time.

World What Ruth Bader Ginsburg's lung surgery means
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The growths were found incidentally during tests Ginsburg had after she fractured ribs in a fall in her Supreme Court office on November 7, the court said. Both were successfully removed and afterwards "there was no evidence of any remaining disease", it added. Currently, no further treatment is planned.

World US House approves funding bill with $5.7bn for Trump's border wall
Author: 0 US House approves funding bill with $5.7bn for Trump's border wall

The victory in the House on Friday only came about after the President made clear he would block a seven week spending plan for about one quarter of the government - because it did nothing about border security spending. White House aides told USA media that Trump is inclined to sign the measure. "Senator Mitch McConnell should fight for the Wall and Border Security as hard as he fought for anything", he said in another.

World Reported Dates For WWE’s Saudi Arabia Return In 2019
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CPJ also included the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in the list of murders, which it blamed on the lack of global leadership when it comes to the safety of journalists . Journalists faced growing dangers of being targeted for killing for their work in 2018 even as the risks from war and conflict declined, a media watchdog said Wednesday.

World Trump attorney general pick Barr criticized Mueller inquiry in memo
Author: 0 Trump attorney general pick Barr criticized Mueller inquiry in memo

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment on the memo, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal . The incoming Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he is "not personally" concerned with a memo written by attorney general nominee William Barr that criticized the special counsel's investigation into President Donald Trump .

World US To Send Migrants Back To Mexico To Wait Out Asylum Requests
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For example, asylum officers from Citizenship and Immigration Services do the initial screening, something called a credible fear claim. "The current system puts them at the hands of those who prey on them and abuse them". "It will no longer be the case that aliens who come here remain inside the United States during the pending time of their asylum claim". "Those without valid claims will be deported to their home countries".

World Michael Flynn's Sentencing Postponed, Judge Backs Off 'Treason' Questions
Author: 0 Michael Flynn's Sentencing Postponed, Judge Backs Off 'Treason' Questions

He is, so far, the only member of Trump's administration to plead guilty to a crime as part of Mueller's wide-ranging probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He didn't have an attorney with him at that time and said there was no warning he could be prosecuted for making false statements, the defense memo said.

World A white Christmas? Met Éireann meteorologist shares weather prediction for December 25
Author: 0 A white Christmas? Met Éireann meteorologist shares weather prediction for December 25

The last official white Christmas was in 2010, say the Met Office , when there was widespread snow across North East and South West England, the Midlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland and parts of Wales. Working against the possibility of a white Christmas, even if a surprise snowfall should occur, is a continuation of relatively mild temperatures. Temperatures will look similarly seasonable for the holidays.

World US Defense Secretary Mattis to retire, Trump says
Author: 0 US Defense Secretary Mattis to retire, Trump says

He went on to describe the generals as "central casting". No word yet on Mattis' replacement. Flynn was first among the generals to leave the administration. "He managed to secure large budget increases for the Pentagon while simultaneously dissuading the president from withdrawing troops from the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, as he advocated during his campaign, and in fact convinced him to step up efforts in these areas", said Rob Levinson, a defense analyst with Bloomberg ...

World Trump Rounds Up Allies To Aggressively Push China On Stealing US Technology
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Rosenstein slammed Beijing for repeatedly violating a pledge made by Chinese President Xi Jinping to then-president Barack Obama in 2015 to halt cyber attacks on USA companies and commercial infrastructure. "Australia calls on all countries - including China - to uphold commitments to refrain from cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, trade secrets and confidential business information with the intent of obtaining a competitive advantage".

World US Senate approves funds but not for border wall
Author: 0 US Senate approves funds but not for border wall

Meadows distributed a statement on behalf of the House Freedom Caucus recalling that the president "many months ago said he wouldn't sign another funding bill unless we gave him wall funding". The White House is clearly struggling with the issue. "I'm sorry that my Democratic colleagues couldn't put the partisanship aside and show the same good-faith flexibility that the president has shown in order to provide the resources our nation needs to secure the integrity of our borders as well ...

World Iran Hopes to Agree with Russia, Turkey on Syrian Constitution Forum
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Assad's government and the opposition fighting to topple him have each submitted a roster of 50 names. Astana Process partners, Russia , Turkey , and Iran successfully concluded yesterday's meeting, and a deal was in agreement, which could pave the way for political reconciliation in the war-ravaged Syria .

World USA 'bans Yemen mum from visiting dying toddler in California'
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Abdullah's father was born in California, but has maintained close ties with his family's native Yemen . The Trump administration's travel ban , which applies to travelers from mostly Muslim majority nations, has been keeping Swileh from entering the USA - "literally separating family from each other", according to Hassan.

World After Judge Brings Up Treason, Will Michael Flynn Be Getting Jail Time?
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Dobbs suggested the judge overseeing Flynn's sentencing is a member of special counsel Robert Mueller's "witch hunt". Russian Federation collusion investigation head Robert Mueller had proposed Michael Flynn receive no jail time for lying to investigators about his Moscow ties - and in his own pitch to the court last week, Flynn had requested the same.

World Thousands of troops on stand-by to help with Brexit no
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Authorities predict massive economic damage from leaving the European Union without an agreement, including a 25% slump in the pound and house prices down 30%. "I did not use the words "stupid woman" about the prime minister or anyone else, and am completely opposed to the use of sexist or misogynist language in absolutely any form at all", Corbyn said.

World European Union implements Brexit 'no deal' contingency plans
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Home Secretary Savid Javid set out the new policy on Wednesday which has snubbed a long-running construction lobbying campaign. "You have got starting salaries for nurses at £23,000 - also for paramedics, midwives". Britain's decision to accelerate contingency planning was made during an ill-tempered three-hour Cabinet meeting Tuesday, in which ministers clashed over what to do if May fails next month, as still seems likely, to secure House of Commons approval for her exit deal.

World Two Scandinavian women murdered in Morocco
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The women were sharing the tent near the foot of North Africa's highest peak, Mount Toubkal, reports said. In an interview with Danish news sources, Jespersen's mother said that they pleaded with her to avoid Morocco "because of the chaotic situation".

World Twitter fixes vulnerability that exposed country code details of targeted users
Author: 0 Twitter fixes vulnerability that exposed country code details of targeted users

Twitter Inc ( TWTR .N) said on Monday it has settled an issue with one of its dissension shapes that could have uncovered nation code of telephone numbers connected to account holders. After investigating the origins and background of the hack, Twitter revealed an unusually large number of inquiries to the forum coming from China and Saudi Arabia .

World Michelle Obama explains why she and Barack are not your #relationshipgoals
Author: 0 Michelle Obama explains why she and Barack are not your #relationshipgoals

Obama answered. "That was a day ". I was like, 'Are you guys kidding me? The blankets, the bears.' They're all crying, I'm like 'Get out. "We've got to go'". According to KnowYourMeme, a website that tracks viral internet content, the dismissive expression started being widely used in 2014, gaining traction among Twitter users who included the hashtag #ByeFelicia.