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Order signed for US military’s controversial Syria exit

Order signed for US military’s controversial Syria exit These countries could be on a collision course now in how to partition eastern Syria as the U.S. leaves, but more unites them than divides them. Turkey-backed Syrian fighters walk down a road in the town of Krata, near the rebel-held border town of Jarabulus, on December 24, 2018 . [Full Article...]

Christmas morning wake up weather

Christmas morning wake up weather By the afternoon, we will be seeing above average temperatures in the upper 40s and lower 50s which will begin a warming trend into the end of the week. Good news if you want to do any traveling though, cause the majority of the day it will be dry in both the Sierra and the valley. The best chance for snow flurries is around noon Tuesday, but Anderson said there's likely to be a rain-snow mix. [Full Article...]

Kabul Attack Death Toll Rises To 43

Kabul Attack Death Toll Rises To 43 At least four people wounded in the clashes were taken to hospital, according to a spokesman for the health ministry. On Monday afternoon, a number of attackers stormed a government building in downtown Kabul - few kilometers in the east of the green zone where diplomatic offices are located - at around 3pm Kabul time on Monday. [Full Article...]

Retired U.S. Army General: 'Did Erdogan Blackmail the President?'

Retired U.S. Army General: 'Did Erdogan Blackmail the President?' Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey will intervene in the coming months against IS and the YPG. Under the Manbij roadmap, Turkey and the United States agreed to a complete withdrawal of the Kurdish YPG militia from the town. [Full Article...]

Donald Trump questions seven-year-old boy's belief in Santa

Donald Trump questions seven-year-old boy's belief in Santa Melania Trump said on Twitter that helping children track Santa "is becoming one of my favorite traditions!" Parents and guardians will also want to ensure their children are in bed before Santa arrives so he stops and makes his much-anticipated delivery. [Full Article...]

Forecast: Some Christmas Eve Snow

Forecast: Some Christmas Eve Snow The rain and cloud will mark the dividing line between the milder and colder air, and that feature will continue into Christmas day . Dry air settles in by Christmas Eve and sticks around long enough to get us through Christmas, but not much longer! Several inches of new snow will fall by the end of the day there. [Full Article...]

Otto Warmbier: Family given £390m payout after North Korea death

Otto Warmbier: Family given £390m payout after North Korea death Otto Warmbier was arrested in North Korea in January 2016 while on a guided tour there. North Korea said Warmbier contracted botulism while in detention, but USA doctors found no trace of the illness. Then 22 years old, Warmbier was blind and deaf and had sustained severe brain damage from his time in detention. Howell began by quoting Cindy Warmbier - "What the heck did you do to my kid?" ... [Full Article...]

3,000 evacuated from new Sydney apartment tower after cracking sound

3,000 evacuated from new Sydney apartment tower after cracking sound An email to residents of a nearby apartment block said the evacuation had been ordered because "there is a potential for the tower to collapse", according to the Sydney Morning Herald. About 2.45pm on Monday concerns were raised over the structural integrity of the 30-storey residential building on Brushbox Street. "A few days ago the doors looked different". [Full Article...]

Tsunami in Indonesia caused by partial collapse of Krakatau volcano

Tsunami in Indonesia caused by partial collapse of Krakatau volcano According to reports , the tsunami destroyed 430 houses, nine hotels and 10 ships, while so far there have been more than 200 people confirmed dead, and over 740 injured. "I want to express my deep sorrow for the victims in Serang, Pandeglang and Banten Provice". A Lion Air plane crash also killed over 189 people this autumn, leading experts to suggest the country was experiencing "disaster fat... [Full Article...]

What happens when the government shuts down?

What happens when the government shuts down? Support staff, such as IT workers, necessary to support those whose work is essential will also be called in. The shutdown went into effect overnight after the House and Senate left Capitol Hill with no agreement on how to keep many departments and agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security , funded and open. [Full Article...]

Macron Calls for Order, Calm in Country Amid ‘Yellow Vests’ Protests

Macron Calls for Order, Calm in Country Amid ‘Yellow Vests’ Protests Macron has promised "the most severe" punishment for the offenders, while Prime Minister Edouard Philippe denounced the "incredible violence towards the police". One " yellow vest " protester helped the two journalists escape in a "hail of insults", she said . Roadblocks were also reported in northern France near the border with Belgium, while about 100 people blocked Strasbourg's Europe Brid... [Full Article...]

Nawaz sentenced to prison in Al-Azizia, acquitted in Flagship reference

Nawaz sentenced to prison in Al-Azizia, acquitted in Flagship reference The former premier will be present at the accountability court to hear the verdict on Monday. Announcing the verdict later, the accountability court ordered shifting Nawaz to Kot Lakhpat jail. Maryam Nawaz, the political heiress-apparent to Mr Sharif, is also inactive on the political scene since her mother's death. Not long after, the top court also barred him from holding the leadership of his... [Full Article...]

Somalia: Deadly blasts rock Mogadishu near presidential palace

Somalia: Deadly blasts rock Mogadishu near presidential palace The United States and 20,000 African Union forces are working with the Somali military in countering al-Shabaab using both drone attacks and boots on the ground. The first explosion happened at a checkpoint outside the national theatre, some 500 metres (yards) from the palace on Saturday morning. The group was largely driven out of the capital in 2011 and has lost many of its strongholds. [Full Article...]

Trump lashed out at Whitaker after explosive Cohen revelations

Trump lashed out at Whitaker after explosive Cohen revelations Whitaker ultimately ignored that advice and decided not to step aside. Trumps willingness to use the Department of Justice to protect himself and attack his enemies has been a concern throughout his Presidency: Trump had attacked the former Attorney General many times over his inaction when it came to halting the Mueller investigation. [Full Article...]

Netanyahu Reportedly Refused To Mediate Between Russia And U.S. On Iran

Netanyahu Reportedly Refused To Mediate Between Russia And U.S. On Iran Just days earlier, McGurk had stood at the State Department podium to guarantee an ongoing USA commitment to the fight. USA troops based around Manbij patrolled the town and surrounding area on Sunday and were photographed speaking with the residents. [Full Article...]

Dems would OK money for border security, no wall

Dems would OK money for border security, no wall After remaining publicly silent on the shutdown through much of the morning, Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to say that he was "in the White House, working hard". Some national parks have shuttered completely, but New York's governor provided funding to the Statue of Liberty monument and Ellis Island so those attractions could remain open. [Full Article...]

Turkey masses troops near Kurdish-held town in northern Syria

Turkey masses troops near Kurdish-held town in northern Syria The U.S. has since 2014 partnered with the Syrian Kurdish militia to drive out ISIS, a partnership that soured relations between Ankara and Washington . Pregent, who's been highly critical of both Mattis and McGurk, arguing they have overseen a flawed strategy in Iraq and Syria, added: "We'll see an ISIS resurgence & a further entrenched & aggressive Iran in Syria - all before Nov 2020". [Full Article...]

How Does The Government Shutdown Impact Massachusetts?

How Does The Government Shutdown Impact Massachusetts? NORAD said military personnel who run the Santa tracking service are supported by 1,500 volunteers each year. NORAD has been tracking Santa's annual gift deliveries for over 60 years on its own website and is an all-volunteer run program that, much like Santa, carries on no matter the political climate or inclement winter weather. [Full Article...]

Turkey deploys more troops around Kurdish stronghold in Syria

Turkey deploys more troops around Kurdish stronghold in Syria Trump's Defense Secretary Jim Mattis quit following the decision and Brett McGurk , U.S. special envoy for the global coalition to defeat Daesh, followed in the footsteps of Mattis a day later. Plans for the troop withdrawal will now be overseen by Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who Trump on Sunday said would replace Mattis starting January 1. [Full Article...]

Most Canadians won’t get a white Christmas, Weather Network forecasts

Most Canadians won’t get a white Christmas, Weather Network forecasts It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as rain is expected to turn into snow overnight on Sunday into Monday morning. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the network predicts it's going to be chilly with around average temperatures for this part of Canada, but Scott said no major snow systems are expected. [Full Article...]


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