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Canada Demands China Release Detainees Amid Huawei Tensions

Canada Demands China Release Detainees Amid Huawei Tensions Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters in a Saturday morning conference call that Canada's ambassadors around the world are now talking with their host countries about the "worrying precedent" China has set with its "arbitrary detention" of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor . [Full Article...]

USA accuses China of corporate cyber espionage, indicts Chinese nationals

USA accuses China of corporate cyber espionage, indicts Chinese nationals On Friday Australia's national cyber security adviser and the head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, Alastair MacGibbon, described the hacking as "an audacious, global campaign" which had affected "several" Australian companies. [Full Article...]

Journalist arrested and 'violently beaten' in DR Congo

Journalist arrested and 'violently beaten' in DR Congo The delay in the elections, already more than two years late, has displeased numerous 21 presidential candidates. " No postponement is justifiable ", Fayulu's coalition said in a statement late Thursday, saying it would not accept the delay and accusing Kabila of trying to stay in power and "continue to loot the country". [Full Article...]

United States official says Washington reviewing North Korea travel ban

United States official says Washington reviewing North Korea travel ban Part of the catalyst for the review was the expulsion of an American citizen who had illegally entered North Korea in October, he said. The State Department cancelled a much-anticipated meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean official Kim Yong Chol in November with little explanation, saying the meeting "will now take place at a later date". [Full Article...]

USA sanctions Russians for election meddling, nerve agent use

USA sanctions Russians for election meddling, nerve agent use Nine were part of a group indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller , the head of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, in July. The Treasury Department also announced Wednesday it is placing sanctions on 15 members of the GRU, a Russian military intelligence organization that attempted to interfere in the 2016 USA election and assassinate a former Russian spy in the Unit... [Full Article...]

A ceasefire in Hodeidah provides a glimmer of hope for Yemen

A ceasefire in Hodeidah provides a glimmer of hope for Yemen In New York, UN diplomats said the Security Council was considering a British-circulated draft resolution that asks Guterres to outline plans for ceasefire monitoring and a strengthening UN presence in Hodeida city. Residents said that daily fighting would usually be fierce in the evening and at night, before coming to a standstill at dawn. The cease-fire is the first step in a process the U... [Full Article...]

Chinese student studying in the United States accused of poisoning roommate

Chinese student studying in the United States accused of poisoning roommate Morganelli said Yang admitted to purchasing thallium and other chemicals online, but said he did so with the intent to harm himself if he performed poorly on school exams. 'Initially, Mr. Royal was dumbfounded by this as everyone else, because he believed they had a fairly cordial relationship as roommates, ' Assistant District Attorney Abe Kassis said. [Full Article...]

U.S. government to shut down in fight over Trump's wall

U.S. government to shut down in fight over Trump's wall At noon on Thursday, as the Senate's continuing resolution was being debated on the House floor, Trump met with House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Majority Leader Rep. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has always been reluctant to deploy such an option for legislative options. They were relieved earlier this week when Trump seemed to signal he'd sign a bill temporarily keeping govern... [Full Article...]

Kelsey Berreth’s 1-year-old daughter taken into protective custody

Kelsey Berreth’s 1-year-old daughter taken into protective custody According to court documents, he's being held at the Teller County Jail. Investigators with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Woodland Park Police Department and the FBI were spotted Thursday evening carrying large brown bags out of Berreth's home, and a firefighter was seen carrying a ladder into the house, CNN affiliate KMGH reported . [Full Article...]

China detains third Canadian as Huawei spat simmers

China detains third Canadian as Huawei spat simmers Since the row between Beijing and Ottawa over the case of Meng Wanzhou broke out in early December, China has detained three Canadian citizens so far. Canada arrested Huawei Technologies' Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the firm and daughter of the company's founder, for extradition at the request of the U.S. [Full Article...]

European Union to rule out 'managed no-deal' Brexit

European Union to rule out 'managed no-deal' Brexit We literally couldn't function without the support of our fantastic readers. On Tuesday, the cabinet said it had made a decision to "ramp up" preparations for a no-deal Brexit. "There are lots of people, including in her own party, advising her that the best Plan B is a second referendum". Cabinet ministers are expected to agree plans to significantly ramp up no-deal planning, allocating money... [Full Article...]

U.S. plans for more than 5,000 troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan

U.S. plans for more than 5,000 troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan Trump wants to force Afghan troops to be more self-reliant and less dependent on US and European support, one official told NYT. Officials in Washington are reported as saying President Donald Trump is considering withdrawing roughly half of the more than 14,000 us troops stationed in Afghanistan. [Full Article...]

Japan poised to bring back commercial whale hunts

Japan poised to bring back commercial whale hunts Japanese government sources revealed earlier in the day that Tokyo plans to announce its withdrawal from the intergovernmental body by the end of the year, after years of deadlock in negotiations between pro- and anti-whaling member countries. [Full Article...]

Reporter admits fabricating coverage at Germany's leading news magazine

Reporter admits fabricating coverage at Germany's leading news magazine Moreno told editors he had been suspicious of the sourcing on the story all along and on a subsequent trip to the United States, he contacted two of the subjects quoted extensively in the article by Relotius. In his case, it does not appear to have been a reader complaint that ultimately exposed him - but instead one of his colleagues, Juan Moreno. The reporter previously worked for other German... [Full Article...]

Did Kelsey Berreth Break Off Engagement Before Disappearing?

Did Kelsey Berreth Break Off Engagement Before Disappearing? Investigators served an arrest warrant Friday morning for Patrick Frazee , the fiancé of missing Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth , who hasn't been seen in almost one month, sources told ABC News . 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. [Full Article...]

Supreme Court Justice Has Cancerous Lung Growths Removed

Supreme Court Justice Has Cancerous Lung Growths Removed She became a Supreme Court Justice in 1993. Attending physicians found no evidence of any remaining growths in the lung or elsewhere in her body post surgery. She rejected suggestions from some Democrats that she should step down in the first two years of President Barack Obama's second term, when Democrats also held a majority in the Senate and would likely have had little trouble nominating ... [Full Article...]

Police arrest fiancé of missing Colorado mother

Police arrest fiancé of missing Colorado mother Her body has not been found but information is helping narrow down the search, Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said at a news conference Friday. Frazee told police he received a text from Berreth's phone that same day as well. Kelsey's daughter is in protective custody, police said. In a statement to PEOPLE at the time that Frazee's property was searched, his attorney, Jeremy Loe... [Full Article...]

Lehigh student accused of poisoning roommate

Lehigh student accused of poisoning roommate Royal's symptoms matched those of thallium poisoning and included extreme pain in his lower extremities, as well as severe burning and numbness, Morganelli said. During questioning about the racist note left in the room, campus police separately confronted Yang about Royal's mysterious sickness. His lawyer did not immediately return a phone message Thursday. [Full Article...]

U.S. House passes funds for Trump wall; government shutdown looms

U.S. House passes funds for Trump wall; government shutdown looms The House had been expected to vote on it Thursday. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it has nearly no chance of passing. Senators already passed their bill to avert a shutdown by extending funds to February 8. The bill would keep funding at current levels for border security, including pedestrian fencing and replacement fences, but not the wall. "I looked him in the eyes today, and he wa... [Full Article...]

Israel says Hezbollah closed precision-guided missile plants

Israel says Hezbollah closed precision-guided missile plants At a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon said , "Let me be abundantly clear - Hezbollah's activities are a flagrant and unacceptable violation of Security Council Resolution 1701 and the 'Blue Line.' They also violate the UN Charter and global law". [Full Article...]


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