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In a first, Trump makes surprise visit to United States troops in Iraq

In a first, Trump makes surprise visit to United States troops in Iraq Trump, who speaks often about his support for the US military, had faced criticism for not yet visiting USA troops stationed in harm's way as he comes up on his two-year mark in office. "Baghdad is much more safe than it has been for a very long time and the Iraqis are very confident that they can deal with ISIL within their own borders - but what really concerns them is Syria and that's where the... [Full Article...]

Christmas Is Now A National Holiday In Iraq

Christmas Is Now A National Holiday In Iraq Residential colonies were also decorated with twinkling lights and stars, and baubles such as bells, pine cones, apples, candies, tinsel, and balloons bedecked trees, streets, houses, and churches. December 25 will now be a holiday for residents of the predominantly Muslim country, not just the Christians as it had been for decades. In his message during the Christmas church service he said th... [Full Article...]

Winter storm to move through Minnesota beginning Wednesday

Winter storm to move through Minnesota beginning Wednesday This year, a record number of people are traveling across the country, majority by auto, as winter storm Eboni looms. Rain will end by around 9 p.m. Residents in Humboldt Park dig out after an early winter snowstorm dumped several inches snow on the neighborhood on November 26, in Chicago. Between today and Thursday, the storm could also dump up to 18 inches of snow in South Dakota and west-... [Full Article...]

Donald Trump Demands Wall for Christmas During Shutdown

Donald Trump Demands Wall for Christmas During Shutdown In response to her post, a stranger with an affinity for the national parks, offered to help pay the mortgage: "You don't know me, but my grandfather was a game warden in Montana and we spent our vacations going to our [two] national parks", Ryan D Leaf said . [Full Article...]

Trump visits troops in Iraq amid political turmoil over Syria withdrawal

Trump visits troops in Iraq amid political turmoil over Syria withdrawal His whereabouts sparked speculation about what Trump was up to because he hadn't tweeted in more than 17 hours, no press aides were in the media office and lights were turned off on the second floor where White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has her office. [Full Article...]

News Shopper wishes you all a very merry Christmas

News Shopper wishes you all a very merry Christmas Why do we wish saying Merry Christmas and not Happy Christmas? I wish this Christmas fill your heart and mind with lots of fun and happiness. We look forward to an even better 2019! I hope all Argus readers have a happy Christmas. To the first responders, and their families, who are the only people I know that run to trouble and not from it, thank you. Man, these are coming around faster and... [Full Article...]

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts, closing Sicily’s Catania Airport

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts, closing Sicily’s Catania Airport Mount Etna - Europe's highest and most active volcano - erupted on Monday, causing a magnitude 3.3 quake and the closure of Sicily's Catania Airport. Catani airport tweeted , "Due to the eruption of #Etna from today 2pm (December 24th) #Catania airspace is closed". Hikers were brought down from higher elevations to 1,900 meters (6,230 feet) for their safety. [Full Article...]

Morocco arrests five more in hikers’ murder probe

Morocco arrests five more in hikers’ murder probe Authorities say the hikers were killed by four men affiliated with the Islamic State group. The arrests were made in several cities in the kingdom, bringing to 18 the number of people detained over the double-murder, said Abdelhak Khiam, head of Morocco's central office for judicial investigation. [Full Article...]

UAE releases photos of ruler's daughter after disappearance

UAE releases photos of ruler's daughter after disappearance Image: Latifa, left, pictures at a meal. She fled the UAE and made allegations of abuse at the hands of her father in a video which was circulated online. Before Monday's press statement, Latifa was last seen on 5 March after being arrested by Indian and Emirati forces from a yacht 50km off the coast of Goa, on her escape route to India, according to the BBC . [Full Article...]

Thousands evacuated after tower 'crack'

Thousands evacuated after tower 'crack' Fire and Rescue New South Wales reported that an emergency services operation was underway "following concerns about structural integrity of a 30-storey residential building". This resident described feeling the Opal Tower building shake. Engineers and building managers remain on scene. One resident told Nine News he heard a "big bang" like something "snapped" inside the building. [Full Article...]

Mattis sends last Christmas message to troops before resigning

Mattis sends last Christmas message to troops before resigning Citing strong rifts with President Trump's foreign policy agenda and his treatment of historic US allies, Mattis announced on Thursday that he would be leaving his post in February. But it found a champion in Patrick M. Shanahan, the deputy secretary of defense who will soon become the Pentagon's acting chief. The secretary's brother, Tom Mattis, told The Seattle Times his sibling was not ups... [Full Article...]

Mount Etna: 4.8-magnitude natural disaster jolts Sicily

Mount Etna: 4.8-magnitude natural disaster jolts Sicily Some buildings were reportedly damaged in what was the latest in dozens of tremors since Etna erupted on Christmas Eve. Italy's Mount Etna spews the ash and smoke in Sicily, Italy, Dec 24, 2018, in this still image from a video obtained by Reuters TV. [Full Article...]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg 'Up and Working' from Hospital After Surgery

Ruth Bader Ginsburg 'Up and Working' from Hospital After Surgery The 85-year-old associate justice recalled how her father moved to the United States at age 13 from Russian Federation, and that her mother was born just four months after her grandparents arrived on Ellis Island in NY. As of last Friday, no further treatment for the justice was planned. The Supreme Court is scheduled to be back in session on January 7th. Ginsburg spoke in the room that holds ... [Full Article...]

5 dead in attack on foreign ministry building in Tripoli

5 dead in attack on foreign ministry building in Tripoli A suicide bomber then blew themselves up. Three armed gunmen stormed the foreign ministry of Libya's internationally recognized government in Tripoli on Tuesday morning, killing three employees and injuring at least ten others. A auto bomb exploded near the ministry, prompting security forces to rush to the scene, said special forces spokesman Tarak al-Dawass, accusing the militant Islamic S... [Full Article...]

Government stays closed as long as Dems reject wall

Government stays closed as long as Dems reject wall In his remarks at the White House, Trump took a similar approach. On Sunday, a top Trump aide said the shutdown could continue to January 3, when the new Congress convenes, with Democrats taking majority control in the House. "No private business or company would be permitted to impose on or disrupt the lives of their employees in such a manner", the Federation said in letters to the Senat... [Full Article...]

Syrian air defenses confront Israeli missiles above Damascus

Syrian air defenses confront Israeli missiles above Damascus SANA said the strikes at about 10 p.m. were carried out from Lebanon and that a number of targets were intercepted. Smoke rises past a mountain as seen from the Damascus countryside on December 25. The TV, quoting an unnamed military official, identified the warplanes as Israeli. The attacks are usually viewed as attempts to prop up foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorist groups that have been su... [Full Article...]

Germany concerned 'political motives' behind China's detention of Canadians

Germany concerned 'political motives' behind China's detention of Canadians Freeland spoke a day after the United States joined Canada in calling on Beijing to release the pair , who were held after Canadian authorities arrested a senior Chinese executive on a US extradition warrant. Chinese police detained Spavor-a Canadian writer and businessman-shortly after. "The Chinese side expressed strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the statements made by Canada ... [Full Article...]

President Trump: The shutdown will continue until the wall is funded

Nothing new, except we need border security, ' he told reporters at the White House on Monday while participating in the annual tradition of answering telephone calls from children calling for Santa. A stalemate over the wall led parts of the government to shut down Saturday after funding for numerous departments and agencies expired. House and Senate members could not broker a deal before Congr... [Full Article...]

Did Trump mock a boy for believing in Santa?

Did Trump mock a boy for believing in Santa? Donald Trump may not be the most popular person among government employees now impacted by a partial government shutdown in a fight over proposed border wall funding. Merry Christmas. How are you? "Because at 7, it's marginal, right?" "Nothing new", Trump said. President Donald Trump answered Christmas Eve telephone calls from children anxious to locate Santa. [Full Article...]

Second Guatemalan child dies after being detained by U.S. border agents

Second Guatemalan child dies after being detained by U.S. border agents The child was treated with amoxicillin and ibuprofen and then released Monday afternoon back to the Border Patrol. CBP said an official cause of death has not yet been determined. CBP typically detains immigrants when they cross the border for short periods of time before releasing them or turning them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. [Full Article...]


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