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Turkey offensive in Syria 'a bad idea' warns USA rep Jeffrey

Turkey offensive in Syria 'a bad idea' warns USA rep Jeffrey The Britain-based watchdog group said the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are amassing forces near the borderline to beware of any surprise attack by the Turkish side. "Along the 500 kilometer-border (310 miles), we may begin military operations at any moment without bringing harm to United States troops". United States troops could be warned ahead of attacks in specific sectors, allo... [Full Article...]

White House announces troop withdrawal in Syria

White House announces troop withdrawal in Syria White Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that the withdrawal has begun. The news come as the SDF are reportedly on the verge of retaking one of the terrorist group's last major strongholds - the town of Hajin, located east of the Euphrates. [Full Article...]

Japan's new defence guidelines for local military threats

Japan's new defence guidelines for local military threats The ships will not be built from scratch, and will instead be converted from a pair of flat-top Izumo-class helicopter carriers that are now operated by the Japanese Navy. China's Global Times newspaper, however, slammed the plan, accusing Japan of resorting to the "China threat theory as an excuse to do what it wants". [Full Article...]

NPA issues arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe

NPA issues arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe The move comes after a court annulled her diplomatic immunity in July. Mugabe was awarded diplomatic immunity by the justice department a year ago and was able to leave the country without facing charges. The model suffered cuts to her forehead and the back of her head. It is unclear why the reporting of the warrant was delayed and there has been no response yet from Mrs Mugabe or Zimbabwean a... [Full Article...]

Mom who couldn't see dying son due to travel ban granted waiver

Mom who couldn't see dying son due to travel ban granted waiver The boy was born with a degenerative brain disorder called hypomyelination. The boy's Yemeni mother, blocked by the Trump administration's travel ban , has won her fight for a waiver that would allow her to travel to California to see her son. [Full Article...]

Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman Sachs over 1MBD scandal

Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman Sachs over 1MBD scandal The Wall Street Journal reports that Malaysian authorities earlier today released a statement confirming the prosecution for omitting material information and publishing untrue statements, which are offenses under Malaysia's securities laws. [Full Article...]

USA bans 'bump stocks' on semi-automatic weapons following mass shootings

USA bans 'bump stocks' on semi-automatic weapons following mass shootings Bump stocks gained national attention past year after a gunman in Las Vegas rigged his weapons with the devices to fire on concertgoers, killing 58 people . The acting director of the ATF has also warned that a federal regulation could prompt legal challenges, as the agency had previously determined that it did not have the authority to regulate bump stocks because they technically did not ... [Full Article...]

Trump orders creation of Space Command to advance U.S. military space ops

Trump orders creation of Space Command to advance U.S. military space ops Space Command will allow us to accelerate our space capabilities to defend our national interests and deter our adversaries", said Shanahan, considered the Pentagon's leading architect of the Space Force proposal. Two defense officials told CNN that the Pentagon is nearing completion of a draft proposal for a Space Force that would sit under the Air Force, but have numerous trappings of a ... [Full Article...]

White House Signals It May Cave On Border-Wall Shutdown

White House Signals It May Cave On Border-Wall Shutdown It was the first sign of a potential White House counter offer as the clock ticks down toward Friday's deadline to fund the government. USA lawmakers were scrambling Monday to avert a partial government shutdown , with Republican and Democratic leaders locked in a stalemate over President Donald Trump's demands for border wall funding. [Full Article...]

Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve amid lawsuit

Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve amid lawsuit Trump's use of his personal foundation during the campaign raised legal questions about the foundation's activities. Attorney General Barbara Underwood alleged in a lawsuit last spring that Trump had illegally operated the foundation as an extension of his businesses and his White House campaign. [Full Article...]

Russian Federation targeted Mueller in disinformation campaign

Russian Federation targeted Mueller in disinformation campaign The reports are based on data turned over by Facebook, Twitter and Google and significantly expand the extent of the meddling that Americans have alleged was carried out by the Internet Research Agency, a St Petersburg company, under the directions of the Russian government to help Trump win. [Full Article...]

Chicago Police Officers Killed By Train While In Pursuit

Chicago Police Officers Killed By Train While In Pursuit The officers were searching an area near train tracks at 103rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue when they were struck, Johnson said. Both Marmolejo, who had served on the department for 2-1/2 years, and Gary, who joined 18 months ago, were the fathers of young children, he said. [Full Article...]

Thomas Markle says he is being ghosted by 'controlling' daughter Meghan

Thomas Markle says he is being ghosted by 'controlling' daughter Meghan Markle revealed he had not spoken to his daughter since they fell out in the buildup to her wedding to Prince Harry last May. Back in December past year, shortly after the couple announced their engagement, Harry already skipped the Boxing Day hunt once, a decision which at the time "stunned" the royal family , The Sun reports . [Full Article...]

China's Xi Jinping calls for reform implementation, offers no new measures

China's Xi Jinping calls for reform implementation, offers no new measures President Xi Jinping will make a major speech on Tuesday to mark the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up, state news agency Xinhua reported. 'China is increasingly approaching the centre of the world stage and becoming a recognised builder of world peace, a contributor to global development, and a defender of the worldwide order'. [Full Article...]

Labour risks falling behind the Lib Dems if it pushes through Brexit

Labour risks falling behind the Lib Dems if it pushes through Brexit British prime minister, Theresa May , on Wednesday, December 12, survived the vote of confidence of the United Kingdom lawmakers in a fierce parliament debate that nearly put a sudden stop to her leadership of the Conservative Party. "After this weeks events in Westminster and Brussels, the only way the prime minister gets any kind of deal through is with cross-party support and proper discussion... [Full Article...]

USA army says 62 al-Shabab fighters killed in Somalia air raids

USA army says 62 al-Shabab fighters killed in Somalia air raids As of August 2018, the Pentagon believes there were 3,000 to 7,000 al Shabaab fighters and 70 to 250 Islamic State militants in Somalia , Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning said during a press briefing. No civilians were injured or killed in the attacks, it said. Al-Shabab, which is allied with al-Qaida and is working to implement Shariah law in Somalia, has long used the Gandarshe reg... [Full Article...]

Former Canadian diplomat detained in China amid rising tensions

Former Canadian diplomat detained in China amid rising tensions Two Canadian citizens were detained in China recently after Canada seized a Chinese business executive wanted by the USA over allegations of deceptive banking practices and breaking sanctions on Iran. Wanzhou was released in Canada on strict bail conditions on Tuesday. Yet, hours later, in an interview with Reuters , Trump said he was willing to involve himself in that very same process if ... [Full Article...]

Peacekeepers say Lebanese cross-border attack tunnels violate United Nations resolution

Peacekeepers say Lebanese cross-border attack tunnels violate United Nations resolution The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said it had so far confirmed the existence of four tunnels which the Israeli army discovered in the vicinity of the border demarcation, known as the "Blue Line", adding the finds were of "serious concern". [Full Article...]

Ex-FBI chief Comey says Trump undermines rule of law with ‘lies’

Ex-FBI chief Comey says Trump undermines rule of law with ‘lies’ Former FBI Director James Comey blasted Fox News to the face of one of the network's own reporters Monday while answering questions after testifying before Congress. Asked about the effect of the president's tweet over the weekend that labeled his former lawyer Michael Cohen a "rat" for cooperating with federal investigators, Comey was adamant. [Full Article...]

United States praises Pakistan for promoting Afghan talks - Newspaper

United States praises Pakistan for promoting Afghan talks - Newspaper Islamabad has denied the allegations. Pakistani officials privy to Khalilzad's interaction with the Taliban have told VOA that until now no progress has been achieved because the insurgents adamantly demand "a date or timeframe" for all USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops to withdraw from Afghanistan before the Taliban decides to participate in an intra-Afghan peace process. [Full Article...]


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