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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he sexually assaulted housemaid as a teenager

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he sexually assaulted housemaid as a teenager Duterte has made headlines around the world for remarks that run the gamut from innocuously bawdy to dangerously sexist, including jokes about rape. Duterte has always been criticised for his attitudes toward women. And he has used sexual jokes to attack Leila de Lima, a senator and former justice secretary who has been a leading critic of his contentious war on drugs that has left thousands d... [Full Article...]

In a first, two woman devotees below 50 enter Sabarimala temple

In a first, two woman devotees below 50 enter Sabarimala temple The women were protected by small group of policemen, both in uniform and plainclothes. The two have been identified as Bindu and Kanakdurga who had earlier tried to reach the Lord Ayyappa shrine last week but were blocked by protestors. They have used a side entrance, used by VIPs and the media, which gets them directly in front of the sopanam and into the sanctum of the temple. Vijayan had e... [Full Article...]

Toddler hurt falling into rhino exhibit at Florida zoo

Toddler hurt falling into rhino exhibit at Florida zoo The child fell into the Rino Exhibit on Tuesday afternoon and was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital by helicopter. The zoo's "Rhino Encounter" is a chance for kids to meet the zookeepers, touch and brush the animals and have a hands on experience while safely behind the steel poles, which apparently weren't close enough together to keep the child from falling through. [Full Article...]

NK leader talks of denuclearization, economic development in New Year address

NK leader talks of denuclearization, economic development in New Year address Duyeon Kim, from the Center for a New American Security, told CNN that the New Year's message was "confident" and "normal", but added that the message to the US was clear: "He still sent a very firm word of caution, bordering a nuanced threat, that if Washington doesn't keep its Singapore promise and continues with sanctions, then he has Plan B in mind and will go his separate way". [Full Article...]

Affordable Care Act Can Stay In Effect While Under Appeal, Judge Says

Affordable Care Act Can Stay In Effect While Under Appeal, Judge Says O'Connor ruled several weeks ago that Obamacare's individual mandate is unconstitutional, and since the mandate can not be separated from the rest of the law, the entire Affordable Care Act is also invalid, according to The Hill . O'Connor said in his prior ruling the ACA can not continue without the individual mandate that Congress eliminated a year ago, at the insistence of President Donal... [Full Article...]

CBP fires tear gas after 150 migrants attempt to climb border fence

CBP fires tear gas after 150 migrants attempt to climb border fence An Associated Press photographer witnessed at least three volleys of gas launched onto the Mexican side of the border near Tijuana's beach early Tuesday. U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Katie Waldman called the group "a violent mob" and said they had thrown projectiles at agents who responded with "the minimum force necessary to defend themselves". [Full Article...]

Staffers at detention facility caught on video abusing migrant children

Staffers at detention facility caught on video abusing migrant children The sheriff's office said in a statement to the Arizona Republic that the office has reconsidered the videos after a "thorough investigation" and will ask the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to review the cases to determine whether criminal charges are warranted. [Full Article...]

Four injured after man rams vehicle into crowd in Germany

Four injured after man rams vehicle into crowd in Germany Police said those hit included Syrian and Afghan citizens, and some were seriously injured. At least five people celebrating the new year in a west German city were injured by a driver who tried to ram pedestrians with his vehicle in a series of apparently racist attacks. [Full Article...]

Republican congressman tells Trump to use "his own funds" for a wall

Republican congressman tells Trump to use House speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement Monday calling for Republican support for the legislation. House Democrats are preparing to unveil a plan later Monday to reopen the USA government, which has been partially shut down since December 22, without adding funds for President Donald Trump's border wall. [Full Article...]

Photos and Videos Show How People Celebrated Around the World

Nearly eight years into Syria's civil war, people in Damascus celebrated their first New Year's Eve since regime forces expelled the last rebels and jihadists from the capital's suburbs earlier this year. In Paris, "yellow vest" protesterswere calling for more demonstrations on the famed Champs-Elysees, where fireworks, lights and sound show was planned. [Full Article...]

Read Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' Farewell Message

Read Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' Farewell Message Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan assumed command of USA armed forces on Tuesday by expressing loyalty to his boss, President Donald Trump , and praise for his former boss and predecessor, Jim Mattis. " Let nothing which is transpiring change, hinder, or delay your military movements, or plans ", the former Marine Corps general quoted Lincoln as saying. [Full Article...]

Vatican spokesman, deputy resign suddenly amid overhaul by Pope Francis

Vatican spokesman, deputy resign suddenly amid overhaul by Pope Francis The timing of the resignations sparked concerns that there may be problems with Francis' efforts to overhaul Vatican bureaucracy, throwing the church into further tumult as Francis prepares for an important February summit on sex abuse with the presidents of bishops conferences from around the world. [Full Article...]

Brazil's Bolsonaro to take power amid high hopes and fears

Brazil's Bolsonaro to take power amid high hopes and fears Netanyahu arrived in Brazil on Friday where he met with Bolsonaro, hailing what he said was the forging of a "great alliance" with a "huge superpower". Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has traveled to Brazil to attend the inauguration of that country's new conservative president, the foreign ministry in Warsaw has said. [Full Article...]

United States military apologises for tweet about dropping bombs

United States military apologises for tweet about dropping bombs A tweet sent by the USA agency that controls the launch of nuclear weapons got deleted not long after it was sacked off on New Year's Eve . A spokesman for Strategic Command said the video showed test footage of non-nuclear bombs. "Take notice, enemies real and imagined", says Gizmodo, sarcastically mocking the tweets, "We want peace, and we're willing to kill anyone for it". [Full Article...]

Donald Trump Blames Democrat Immigration Policies for Child Deaths in Custody

Donald Trump Blames Democrat Immigration Policies for Child Deaths in Custody Having canceled a planned vacation at his Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida to remain in Washington during the shutdown, Trump has spent the past three days mostly sequestered inside the White House, taunting his rivals on social media. "We have to put a stop on this". The boy - who Rep. Joaquin Castro, chairman-elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, identified as Felipe Gomez Alonzo -... [Full Article...]

House Dems unveil plan to re-open government

House Dems unveil plan to re-open government Speaker-designate Pelosi has previously stated that the House would take up a bill to reopen government as a first order of business. "The Democrats will probably submit a Bill, being cute as always, which gives everything away but gives NOTHING to Border Security, namely the Wall". [Full Article...]

US, China trade relations progress after phone call

US, China trade relations progress after phone call In the past year, many friends, both old and new, visited China, Xi said, noting that China hosted diplomatic events including the annual Boao Forum for Asia, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Qingdao summit, and the Beijing summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. [Full Article...]

New Year celebrations: United Kingdom gets ready to welcome 2019

The Mayor of London's New Year's Eve fireworks will celebrate the capital's relationship with Europe in a "message of support" to European Union citizens. United States President Donald Trump dominated headlines past year as he ramped up his trade war with China, quit the Iran nuclear deal, moved the American embassy to Jerusalem and met his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un in Singapore for ... [Full Article...]

[Breaking] N. Korean leader sends letter to Moon

[Breaking] N. Korean leader sends letter to Moon The report did exclude insights concerning the message but rather said it identified with U.S. - North Korea talks, and was propitiatory in tone. This came amid Kim's pledge to hold more summits with South Korea's Moon Jae-in next year to achieve the goal of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. [Full Article...]

In holiday message, Putin says Russian Federation 'open to dialogue' with US

Trump canceled a formal meeting with Putin scheduled for December 1 at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, tweeting "it would be best for all parties" given Russia's seizure days earlier of three Ukrainian naval vessels . Putin wished "well-being and prosperity to the British people", the Kremlin said. In a separate letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad , Putin pledged the continuation of ... [Full Article...]


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