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World Turkey masses troops on border with Syria
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They now face a triple threat from the Syrian government, IS and Turkey, which views them as terrorists due to their links to a Kurdish insurgent group inside Turkey. Americal officials claim that withdrawal of more than 2,000 troops will take from 60 to 100 days. Ilham Ahmed, a Syrian Kurdish official, said the Kurdish-led forces are now reaching out for potential new allies, underscoring the dire situation the group now finds itself in.

World Christmas morning wake up weather
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On average, 40% of the country is covered in snow Christmas Day . Meteorologist Sarah Fletcher says a winter storm is on the way just after Christmas. "The bottom line is, if you've got travel plans later this week, please keep an eye on this storm", said Scott. "It's basically gone now". Partly cloudy as we drop down to 17 degrees for Christmas Eve .

World Manbij roadmap to be completed by end of United States withdrawal from Syria
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Shortly after, the White House clarified that the decision does not mean the end of the US-led worldwide coalition's fight against Daesh terrorists . We discussed ISIS, our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of USA troops from the area. The future of the global coalition against IS, which includes Turkey, the USA and France , remains unclear.

World Family wins $500 million for son's torture in North Korea
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North Korea's position on the question has changed little from a Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) statement released February, which accuses " the Trump clan " of "intentionally stoking up the anti-DPRK smear campaign" over Warmbier's death, " tarnishing " North Korea's "international image and finding an excuse for intensifying the global pressure campaign"; in other words, the USA is just as ready to use the Warmbier's family tragedy for political ends.

World Santa Claus: NORAD Christmas tracker 'not affected by government shutdown'
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The 3-D, interactive website at www.noradsanta.org showed Santa on his delivery route, allowing users to click and learn more about the various cities along the way. New volunteers get a playbook that briefs them on the questions kids might ask. We do, however, know from history that it appears he arrives only when children are asleep! The military says the NORAD Tracks Santa won't be affected by the government shutdown because it is run by volunteers Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado ...

World Sunday kicks off a few snow chances leading up to Christmas
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The warning reads: "Fog or freezing fog patches will quickly become more widespread later on Christmas Eve , and will also be dense in places". We'll likely fall short of seeing an official White Christmas, which is an inch of snow on the ground.

World Pakistan court sentences ex-PM Nawaz Sharif to 7 years in jail
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Since September 2017, Sharif has appeared before the accountability courts some 165 times. On July 6, accountability judge Mohammad Bashir handed down convictions to Nawaz, his daughter Maryam, and son-in-law Capt (r) Mohammad Safdar in the Avenfield Properties reference and jailed them for 10 years, seven years and one year respectively.

World Acting Attorney General Whitaker Won't Recuse Himself From Mueller Inquiry
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A little more than a week later, prosecutors in NY said that Trump had directed Cohen to make hush money payments to women during the 2016 presidential campaign. Barr previously wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post entitled, "Trump made the right call on Comey", criticizing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director for flouting longstanding Justice Department protocols when he announced in July 2016 that he wouldn't recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for mishandling ...

World French Police Defend Actions after Clashes with Protesters
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The protests, which have morphed from an outcry against a fuel tax hike to incorporate a wide array of economic concerns, are still having a knock-on effect across France. Last week, Macron sought to defuse the crisis by announcing a €10 billion (RM47.6 billion) package of measures to help pensioners and low-paid workers.

World Doctors, rescuers work in tsunami-struck Indonesian areas
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It said most victims are domestic tourists who were visiting beaches during the long weekend ahead of Christmas. In the city of Bandar Lampung on Sumatra, hundreds of residents took refuge at the governor's office, while at the popular resort area of Anyer beach on Java, some survivors wandered in the debris.

World Trump's budget director predicts government shutdown could last into 2019
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Hundreds of thousands of federal workers faced a partial government shutdown early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump's demands for $5 billion to start erecting a border wall with Mexico. The president, who campaigned on building a wall that Mexico would pay for on the southern border, has been locked in a battle with congressional Democrats over funding for the barrier.

World Pompeo, Netanyahu to Meet on US Troops Withdrawal in Syria
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The US president also hit back at critics following the resignation of Brett McGurk, the special envoy to the anti-IS coalition. US President Donald Trump told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the US was "done" with Syria as the pair discussed the possible withdrawal of US forces from the country.

World Trump discussed 'slow & highly coordinated' exit from Syria with
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Turkey on Saturday sent military reinforcements to northern Syria near an area controlled by Kurdish forces as Ankara threatens to carry out a fresh offensive to wipe them out, a war monitor said. Turkey had since made multiple attempts to capture the region, but USA troops in the area provided an obstacle. British Defense minister Tobias Ellwood said: "I strongly disagree [with Trump]".

World Britain's CHRISTMAS WASHOUT - RAIN and FOG to BLIGHT UK
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Boxing Day is also looking largely settled but cloudy for many with downpours of rain likely for the far north. Scott says the weather on Christmas Eve will be pretty tame, which he calls "unusual" since nearly every year sees some provinces get hit with a winter storm.

World Children still able to track Santa despite USA shutdown
Author: 0 Children still able to track Santa despite USA shutdown

Monday is the 63rd year for the Santa tracker, which became a Christmas Eve tradition that began in 1955 with a mistaken phone call to a military command center. Big screens around the room show a Santa icon making progress around the globe and USA and Canadian officers do live TV interviews from the phone rooms.

World Russia Slams UK over Warship in Ukraine
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Williamson stressed the importance of access to the sea for Ukraine maintaining "this isn't Russia's sea, this is an worldwide sea". Russian Federation has sent over one dozen fighter jets to Belbek military base in the Ukrainian region of Crimea, which it has occupied since its annexation in 2014.

World Turkey To Delay Offensive on US- Backed Forces in Syria
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Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria also prompted the early resignation of the US's top envoy in the fight against ISIL , Brett McGurk , who said he would leave at the end of the year, instead of in mid-February as previously planned.

World Scores killed after volcanic eruption sparks tsunami in Indonesia
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At least 168 people have died and 30 are still missing after Indonesia was hit by a tsunami believed to have been caused by a volcanic eruption . At the time of writing, the death toll is at 62, with the numbers expected to rise, as The Guardian reports . This information was provided to the press by Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of public relations for the Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

World United States in a 'destructive Trump Shutdown' over $5B border wall
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Vice President Mike Pence and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney huddled with the Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, on Saturday afternoon, but they appeared to make little headway toward a deal to re-open the government. McConnell left open the possibility of a Senate vote should a deal to re-open the government be reached in the coming days, but the logistics of staging votes in the Senate and then the House of Representatives over the holiday would make a quick resolution hard.

World Israeli leader: Trump withdrawal from Syria won’t affect us
Author: 0 Israeli leader: Trump withdrawal from Syria won’t affect us

Analysts said the momentous reversal of years of United States foreign policy will leave the war-torn regions at risk of continued and potentially heightened bloodshed. According to the Anadolu news agency, both leaders agreed to maintain military and diplomatic co-ordination to avoid the U.S. withdrawal from Syria from being exploited and an authority gap in the country.

World Half of United States troops from Kabul might leave
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He asserted that Pakistan will continue to play whatever role it can play to support the Afghan peace process. Foreign Minister said it is a good thing that the United States and Taliban have agreed to sit together to hold talks with each other.

World US Supreme Court rejects Trump request to enforce asylum ban
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Judge Jon Tigar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, whose Wednesday ruling has kept the proposed ban in a state of limbo, ruled that Trump's ban was in conflict with immigration law. "What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them". The San Francisco-based 9th U.S.

World Fiancé of missing woman arrested for her murder
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De Young said the company where Berreth worked as a flight instructor, Doss Aviation, had accounted for all their planes and that police had no reason to believe she used someone else's plane for a flight. on Thanksgiving, in Florissant, Colo. on December 21, 2018. Berreth and Frazee's baby is in protective custody and will be reunited with Berreth's family, police said.

World Fundraiser Seeks to Give Migrants ‘Ladders’ to Scale Trump’s Wall
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Brian Kolfage started a GoFundMe page that has raised over $12 million since Sunday with a final goal of $1 billion. The border wall was a promise of his 2016 presidential campaign . Republican Mississippi Rep. Steve Palazzo, for example, introduced legislation that would allow for private funding of the border wall. Kolfage highlighted that he was working with a law firm on a legal document that will bind the government to use the funds for the border wall itself, nothing else.

World Canada, US call for 'immediate release' of two Canadians held
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The United States is seeking her extradition. EU High Representative Mogherini's spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said China's declared motive for the arrest and detention of the Canadians "raises concerns about legitimate research and business practices in China".

World Over 160 Dead, Hundreds Injured as Tsunami Hits Indonesia
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This natural disaster has killed at least 168 people and injured at least 745 till now. The worst-affected area was the Pandeglang region of Java's Banten province, which encompasses Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches, the disaster agency said.

World Key Senate Democrat says Trump 'should withdraw' attorney general nomination
Author: 0 Key Senate Democrat says Trump 'should withdraw' attorney general nomination

According to the letter, a senior career ethics official told Whitaker that based on public comments regarding the special counsel probe, they would advise he "should recuse himself from supervision of the Special Counsel investigation because it was their view that a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts likely would question the impartiality of the Acting Attorney General".

World Trump Torpedoes Funding Bill Over Border Wall
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Members exiting a meeting of House Republicans gave conflicting messages on whether they've gotten assurances that Mr. Trump would sign the short-term bill. We protect nations all over the world, but Democrats are unwilling to protect our nation. Many agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, are covered for the year and would continue to operate as usual if funding lapses.

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.