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Tourists trapped as Storm Pabuk heads for Thailand's Koh Samui

Tourists trapped as Storm Pabuk heads for Thailand's Koh Samui It expected the storm to downgrade to a depression before it leaves the southern region and moves twards the Andaman Sea. Beaches were closed, but even with the bad weather approaching, tourists on the popular island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand continued to patronise bars and restaurants catering to them. [Full Article...]

Rashida Tlaib Will be Sworn in Using Thomas Jefferson's Quran

Rashida Tlaib Will be Sworn in Using Thomas Jefferson's Quran Jon Levine, media editor for The Wrap , posted the video on Twitter . Earlier on Thursday, Tlaib had published an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press calling for Trump's impeachment. What should we be as a nation? Omar also made history as the first member of Congress who is a Somali American, while Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American woman to do the same. [Full Article...]

Hackers publish personal data of hundreds of German politicians via Twitter

The Rheinische Post newspaper said in its online edition that Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier were also victims of the leaks. "This data breach of hundreds of German politicians is alarming, but at the same time it's not surprising", said Mike Hart at commercial cyber security firm FireEye, citing previous hacks. [Full Article...]

Violent street protests after women defy ban to enter temple

Violent street protests after women defy ban to enter temple They formed a human chain, extending an estimated 620 kilometers (385 miles) across Kerala. According to India's News Minute , "In what is being seen as a defining moment for feminist politics in Kerala, leaders and members from political parties, socio-political organizations, and progressive Hindu organizations, too, joined the event". [Full Article...]

United Kingdom mulls new defence bases overseas after Brexit

United Kingdom mulls new defence bases overseas after Brexit But the bill's passage is far from certain, with May having to pull an initial vote with a crushing defeat looking, rescheduling it for the week beginning January 14. "Labour is ready to deliver a radical alternative to rebuild and transform our country". But the Scottish National Party's leader in Westminster, Ian Blackford, retorted: "The SNP, Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and Green Party are all work... [Full Article...]

U.S. and Israel exit United Nations cultural agency, claiming bias

U.S. and Israel exit United Nations cultural agency, claiming bias Since then officials estimate that the U.S. - which accounted for around 22% of the total budget - has accrued 600 million dollars in unpaid dues, which was one of the reasons for President Trump's decision to withdraw. Akel was reportedly living in Bethlehem and working for the P.A. Ministry for Local Government at the time of his arrest.The U.S. State Department is in touch with the P.A. [Full Article...]

Canada says 13 citizens detained in China since Huawei CFO's arrest

China has said that Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are being held on grounds of threatening national security. Backed by the U.S. and several European countries, Canada's foreign minister Chrystia Freeland has repeated called for the immediate release of Kovrig and Spavor, whose arrests Ottawa has termed arbitrary. [Full Article...]

DeAndre Hopkins To Help Jazmine Barnes' Family With Funeral Costs

DeAndre Hopkins To Help Jazmine Barnes' Family With Funeral Costs As an enhanced image of the gunman's truck and first sketch of his face has been released, Gonzalez said all kinds of resources are being used to find the man who killed Barnes, with assistance at the local, state and federal levels. The shooter pulled alongside the mother's vehicle (pictured) and fired into it, killing the girl. On Thursday, Harris County Sheriff's Office released a sketch of t... [Full Article...]

State Dept. issues travel warning for Americans going to China

State Dept. issues travel warning for Americans going to China Separately, three United States citizens were accused of committing "economic crimes" and barred from leaving China in November. "Chinese citizens and US citizens of Chinese heritage may be subject to additional scrutiny and harassment, and China may prevent the USA embassy from providing consular services". [Full Article...]

Teen arrested for allegedly stabbing two at Church of Scientology in Australia

Teen arrested for allegedly stabbing two at Church of Scientology in Australia As the 16-year-old was escorted out of the center, he produced a knife and stabbed a 24-year-old man believed to be a Taiwanese church employee in the neck, the report quoted local police as saying. His relative was at the church during the incident, but police are not sure if the teenager was able to make contact with that person. The alleged attacker was asked to leave the centre "only and exc... [Full Article...]

Boy, 11, dies from smell of cooking fish

At the time of the incident, the family was cooking fish for a New Year's Day meal. Camron was rushed to the hospital, but he couldn't be saved. Camron Jean-Pierre died at a residence on East 82nd Street, Canarsie, in Brooklyn , New York City, on New Year's Day, police told Newsweek . [Full Article...]

Paul Whelan, US man accused of spying in Russian Federation, charged with espionage

Paul Whelan, US man accused of spying in Russian Federation, charged with espionage A source close to the investigation told Interfax that the American has denied the charges. Zherebenkov said Thursday that it could be six months before a court date is set but added that he has asked for Whelan to be released on bail. [Full Article...]

Prank leads to murder charge for Texas teen

Prank leads to murder charge for Texas teen Meanwhile, Zavala's family is mourning the death of the mother of two and grandmother of four. He was charged with murder and booked into the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center, Gonzalez said. "I feel bad for him". It's reported that the 14-year-old driver suffered a broken ankle during the crash and was taken to hospital before being arrested. [Full Article...]

Chinese serial killer who preyed on women in red is executed

Chinese serial killer who preyed on women in red is executed Gao Chengyong robbed, raped and murdered 11 women and girls between 1988 and 2002 in Gansu province and neighbouring Inner Mongolia. He would stalk his victims during the day, especially women who lived alone, and targeted women who wore red. [Full Article...]

New Pentagon chief Shanahan sees China as top priority

New Pentagon chief Shanahan sees China as top priority The defence official said Shanahan would later Wednesday attend a cabinet meeting with Trump , the president's first of 2019. 'What's he done for me? Saying that United States generals have done a bad job in Afghanistan over nearly two decades, Trump volunteered that "I think I would've been a good general, but who knows". [Full Article...]

Saudi prosecutor seeks death sentences as Khashoggi murder trial opens

Saudi prosecutor seeks death sentences as Khashoggi murder trial opens Prosecutors in Saudi Arabia have said they will seek the death penalty for five defendants accused the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi . The state-run Saudi Press Agency and state television gave few details about the hearing and did not name the suspects. [Full Article...]

Russia Charges Former US Marine With Espionage

According to his family, he was in Moscow to attend a wedding when he was arrested on Friday. Zherebenkov declined to speak about details of the charges. "I think Putin is in a raw panic because of Maria Butina , the Russian woman who was caught trying to basically take money from Russia and contribute it to the Trump campaign via the NRA", Browder said. [Full Article...]

Trump Trolls Elizabeth Warren With Mock 2020 Campaign Poster

Trump Trolls Elizabeth Warren With Mock 2020 Campaign Poster She said campaigning is about being able to "listen to people, to hear from people, to talk to people about the things that matter most in their lives". Warren's statement of support won praise on social media, including from progressives who argued that any Democrat who refuses to back the Green New Deal has no place in the 2020 presidential race. [Full Article...]

Fatally shot Marine in Washington identified; shooting being investigated as an accident

Fatally shot Marine in Washington identified; shooting being investigated as an accident Marine", Walz tweeted . "We appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayer during this hard time!" wrote Markelle Kuznia in a Facebook post . The mother said her son joined the Marines because "he felt it was his duty, and he said I need to give them some time of my life". [Full Article...]

Soldiers Killed As Taliban Terrorists Blow Up Afghanistan Army Outpost

Soldiers Killed As Taliban Terrorists Blow Up Afghanistan Army Outpost Smith said: "All sides recognize that a precipitous pullout could spark a new civil war that destabilizes the region". "All contacts and talks with the Taliban group have been with the knowledge of Afghanistan's government and this process will continue", the top Iranian security official was quoted as saying by Tehran Times. [Full Article...]


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