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Chinese court orders new trial for Canadian in drug case

Chinese court orders new trial for Canadian in drug case A court in China has ordered a retrial for a Canadian man who was sentenced last month after being found guilty on drug-smuggling charge - potentially adding more pressure to the fraught Canada-China relationship. Both China and Canada have said that McIver's case is different from Kovrig's and Spavor's. A Chinese court ordered a retrial of a Canadian citizen on drug smuggling charges on Saturda... [Full Article...]

Flights resume at Germany's Hannover Airport after man drove into secure area

Flights resume at Germany's Hannover Airport after man drove into secure area Hanover airport resumed operations at about 20:05 (1905 GMT)", Hanover police said. German publication Bild reported on its website that the man's vehicle had Polish registration plates. Part of terminal A was closed, but the two other terminals remained open, police told German news agency DPA. No one was hurt in the incident, but flights were suspended for more than four hours. [Full Article...]

Immigration Minister To Discuss Migrant Crisis With Channel Border Officers

The ministry said two more boats were discovered at around 8:30am (0830 GMT), both near the port of Dover, carrying 14 Iranian males. Elphicke called on the French authorities to "match the Home Secretary's determination" by stepping up action on their side of the English Channel to stop trafficking networks and prevent people attempting unsafe crossings. [Full Article...]

600,000 deployed for Bangladesh vote marred by violence

600,000 deployed for Bangladesh vote marred by violence The main opposition party - the Bangladesh Nationalist Party ( BNP ) led by three-time former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia who is now in prison serving 17 years on corruption charges - said the elections could be rigged in favour of the ruling Awami League . [Full Article...]

Bahrain: work in Syrian embassy 'continuing'

Bahrain: work in Syrian embassy 'continuing' The announcement came a day after the United Arab Emirates re-opened its embassy in Damascus after a seven-year closure due to the civil war there. The statement said it was important that Arab states work to prevent any regional interference in Syria's internal affairs, to help consolidate security and stability in the country. [Full Article...]

Trump threatens to shut down border as government funding stalemate drags on

Trump threatens to shut down border as government funding stalemate drags on In a burst of early morning tweets on Friday, Trump said the alternative to funding his controversial wall project would be a total separation from Mexico - including making United States auto companies pull out their factories based on the other side of the frontier. [Full Article...]

UAE to reopen Damascus embassy after 7 years

UAE to reopen Damascus embassy after 7 years Robert Ford, who was serving as the U.S. ambassador to Syria when the uprising against Assad erupted in 2011, said the UAE embassy re-opening indicated that the Sunni Muslim Gulf monarchy seeks to re-exert influence in Syria to blunt that of its Shiite-led foe, Iran. [Full Article...]

China’s former spy chief jailed for life

China’s former spy chief jailed for life The court said in a statement "Ma Jian's behaviour constituted the crime of accepting bribes, forcing others to trade and insider trading". As part of his conviction, Ma's political rights have been revoked for life, while all his personal assets have been confiscated. [Full Article...]

Hundreds More Migrants Released by ICE at El Paso Bus Station

Hundreds More Migrants Released by ICE at El Paso Bus Station Then, the next day, on Christmas Eve, approximately 60 more were dropped off. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, (D-Texas), told CNN that ICE was expected to drop off another 200 on Wednesday bringing the total number over four days up to 800. The group is now taking blame for encouraging migrant families to embark on the journey with insufficient knowledge of the dangers involved. "We weren't going to put... [Full Article...]

Quake of 7.2 magnitude strikes off south Philippines

Quake of 7.2 magnitude strikes off south Philippines It said cities in the south of the country felt "moderately strong" shaking but civil defence offices in the affected areas said they had no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quake. "Minor sea level fluctuations may occur in some coastal areas near the quake over the next few hours". There have been several tsunamis in the region over the years. [Full Article...]

Canadian set for drug-smuggling trial in China

Canadian set for drug-smuggling trial in China Though no link has been officially made, the arrests seem to be in retaliation to Canada's December 1 arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei . Global Times , a tabloid operated by the Communist Party of China, identified the suspect as Robert Lloyd Schellenberg. China has demanded Canada free Meng, who is fighting extradition to the United States. [Full Article...]

Trump Threatens To Close Border If Democrats Won’t Give Him Wall

Trump Threatens To Close Border If Democrats Won’t Give Him Wall Outgoing Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) blasted President Donald Trump's threat Friday to shut down the southern border as an "angry eighth-grader's tweet ". "Go back to pre-NAFTA, before so many of our companies and jobs were so foolishly sent to Mexico ", he said. "For the White House to try and blame anyone but the president for this shutdown doesn't pass the laugh test", said Justin Goodma... [Full Article...]

Indonesia Tsunami: Flights rerouted to avoid danger

Indonesia Tsunami: Flights rerouted to avoid danger At least 373 people were killed and many buildings were heavily damaged when the tsunami struck. Saturday's wave "swept over popular beaches on southern Sumatra and the western edge of Java, inundating tourist hotels and coastal towns, including Sumber Jaya, leaving a trail of death and destruction in its wake", according to Channel News Asia . [Full Article...]

Protests erupt in Congo over presidential election delays

Protests erupt in Congo over presidential election delays A statement by Beni's civil society urges residents to turn out en masse on Sunday to vote despite the delay. "These latest maneuvers shows that the regime wants to stay in power forever so they can continue looting", he said . However, the vote will continue to take place in the rest of the country as scheduled, and the next president will be sworn in on 18 January, it said. [Full Article...]

Suspect arrested in killing of California police officer

Suspect arrested in killing of California police officer A reporter asked if there was any significance to the suspect's birthday happening today. The Stanislaus County Sheriff Department has set up a memorial fund for the Singh family where readers can donate here . The shooting on Wednesday came amid a political fight over immigration , with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats at odds over funding for a border wall that has force... [Full Article...]

Mubarak: Hamas members from Gaza broke into Egypt prisons

Mubarak: Hamas members from Gaza broke into Egypt prisons The 90-year-old Mubarak, whose almost three-decade rule was ended by a popular uprising in 2011, entered the courtroom with his two sons Alaa and Gamal. "If I talk, I will open many subjects that I am barred from discussing without permission", he said. Mubarak was himself jailed for six years following the revolution, appearing bed-bound in a courtroom cage and receiving a life prison term for ... [Full Article...]

Mattis wishes troops 'Merry Christmas' ahead of departure

Mattis wishes troops 'Merry Christmas' ahead of departure Since US forces returned to Iraq in 2014, the base has played an important role in the fight against Islamic State because of its location. "It is just untenable to have someone stretch out over a long period of time when everyone knows they are a lame duck", the official said , adding that in order to ensure the smoothest transition with Congress, administration and allies, "there shouldn't ... [Full Article...]

2 tourists die, 10 injured in bus explosion in Marioteya district

2 tourists die, 10 injured in bus explosion in Marioteya district No immediate claim of responsibility was reported. In July 2017, two German tourists were stabbed to death by a suspected jihadist assailant at the Egyptian Red Sea beach resort of Hurgada. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told visiting Vietnamese leaders in May that he was keen to revive Vietnamese tourism in his country, according to Egypt Today. [Full Article...]

How partial shutdown of US government could play out

How partial shutdown of US government could play out Workers are seen next a construction site of the border fence between United States and Mexico , seen from Tijuana, Mexico, Dec. 19, 2018. Trump also claimed that closing the border would bring the auto industry back to the U.S. Nancy Pelosi , the Democratic leader in the House, has vowed to pass legislation to end the shutdown as soon as she takes control of the chamber, which is expected ... [Full Article...]

India races against the clock to rescue 'rat-hole' miners

India races against the clock to rescue 'rat-hole' miners Heavy pumps manufacturer Kirloskar Brothers Ltd has announced help in the search for the 15 miners who were trapped in the 370-foot-deep illegal coal mine. Shastri said. Meanwhile, sources said Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma discussed the incident with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi. [Full Article...]


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