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Malaysia: Sultan Muhammad V steps down as king

Malaysia: Sultan Muhammad V steps down as king The rotating monarchy system has been in place since independence from Britain in 1957, and Sultan Muhammad V is the first monarch to have renounced the throne. Muhammad V took the leave of absence on medical grounds. At a Friday press conference, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he no clue about the status of the king, though he too had heard the rumours. [Full Article...]

Trump adviser outlines conditions for US pullout from Syria

Trump adviser outlines conditions for US pullout from Syria For his part, Bolton said the U.S. backed Israel's right to self-defence and said the Trump administration will continue to work with Israel to counter "the continuing threat of Iran's quest for deliverable nuclear weapons". A Kurdish-led force announced , meanwhile, that its fighters had captured five foreign jihadists while combating IS in eastern Syria. Ankara regards the YPG an extension of... [Full Article...]

Pope Francis urges Europe to help 49 migrants stranded on rescue vessels

Pope Francis urges Europe to help 49 migrants stranded on rescue vessels With his comments in an address to 60,000 people in St Peter's Square for the feast of the Epiphany, Pope Francis jumped into a diplomatic fracas between Italy and Malta and into an internal dispute among leaders of Italy's populist government. [Full Article...]

European Union calls for DRC vote results to reflect people's will

European Union calls for DRC vote results to reflect people's will Western powers and DRC's neighbors hope sub-Saharan Africa's biggest country will see its first peaceful transition of power since independence in 1960. Mr. Trump wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday that around 80 personnel had been deployed to the capital of Gabon, which borders Congo, "to be in position to support the security of United States citizens, personnel, and diplomat... [Full Article...]

Trump pushes for border wall money as top lawmakers receive briefing

Trump pushes for border wall money as top lawmakers receive briefing During an exclusive interview with Today's Savannah Guthrie, the House Democratic leader said it's possible that special counsel Robert Mueller could seek an indictment against the sitting president, despite Justice Department guidelines against such action. [Full Article...]

Russian official brushes off talk of swapping American for spy

He is also reportedly a citizen of the U.S., Canada and Ireland. Whelan has been visiting Russian Federation since at least 2007, when he took advantage of a military program for Marines deployed in Iraq that gave them 15 days of leave and paid for the travel. [Full Article...]

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Proposes 70-Percent Tax Plan On Top Earners

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Proposes 70-Percent Tax Plan On Top Earners There's a solid foundation that led to this millennial's phenomenal upset over the long-standing Democratic incumbent, Robert Crowley. Ocasio-Cortez is not the only one who believes that climate-change politics is the key to a socialist reformation of world society. [Full Article...]

United States says Saudi version of Khashoggi murder 'not credible'

United States says Saudi version of Khashoggi murder 'not credible' Pompeo's visit also comes at a time when United States troops are being pulled out of Syria on the directions of President Donald Trump. "We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr Jamal Khashoggi ". The crown prince has famously cozied up to tech industry elites as oil-fueled Saudi wealth became the biggest funding source for US companies, including Uber, Twitter, Tesla, D... [Full Article...]

Shutdown stinks for beloved national parks

Shutdown stinks for beloved national parks One-and-a-half-weeks in, the government shutdown is already taking a toll on some of country's most iconic national parks. During previous extended shutdowns that occurred under former Presidents Obama and Clinton, the administrations made a decision to close the parks to visitors, not wanting to jeopardize the public's safety. [Full Article...]

Al-Qaeda operative linked to USS Cole attack killed

Al-Qaeda operative linked to USS Cole attack killed Speaking to the BBC last week, Captain Bill Urban of US Central Command said the air strike targeting Mr Badawi took place in the Marib governorate. Al-Badawi was arrested by Yemeni authorities in December 2000 and held in connection with the attack but escaped from prison in Yemen in April 2003. [Full Article...]

Trump admin retreating on Syria withdrawal?

Trump admin retreating on Syria withdrawal? According to Bolton , US President Donald Trump told him that he would " not allow Turkey to kill the Kurds ". U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, the incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told ABC's "This Week" that the conditions raised by Bolton were "obvious", and Smith criticized the conflicting messages from the Trump administration. [Full Article...]

Pentagon: Airstrike may have killed USS Cole bombing suspect

Pentagon: Airstrike may have killed USS Cole bombing suspect The spokesman, Navy Capt. William Urban at U.S. Central Command headquarters, said Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 that the Jan. 1 airstrike targeted Jamal al-Badawi. A federal grand jury indicted Badawi on 50 counts in 2003 for the bombing . Al-Badawi has been picked up by Yemeni authorities multiple times since the bombing; however, he has repeatedly managed to escape justice. [Full Article...]

Syria withdrawal waiting on 'conditions': Trump aide

US President Donald Trump said in December that US troops had succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State militants and were no longer needed in the country. He was to be in Turkey on Monday, accompanied by the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, for talks with government officials. [Full Article...]

Saudi women to be informed of divorce via text message

Saudi women to be informed of divorce via text message Women in Saudi Arabia will be notified by text message if they are divorced under a new law created to protect them from having their marriage ended without their knowledge, the government said on Sunday. Other recent reforms in the kingdom include women being allowed to attend football matches and work in jobs traditionally reserved for men. For example, permission to marry must be granted by a... [Full Article...]

U.S. Airstrike Kills Al Qaeda Terrorist Involved in USS Cole Bombing

U.S. Airstrike Kills Al Qaeda Terrorist Involved in USS Cole Bombing A terrorist behind the attack on the USS Cole has been killed in an airstrike, Donald Trump has confirmed. Seventeen US sailors were killed and at least 40 people were wounded in the attack which happened as the destroyer was refuelling in the port of Aden. [Full Article...]

Trump threatens to declare a national emergency to get his border wall

Trump threatens to declare a national emergency to get his border wall US President Donald Trump told Congressional leaders on Friday that he is ready to shut down the federal government for "months or even years" if Democrats do not allot money to build a border wall with Mexico , while warning that he may even invoke emergency provisions that will allow him to draft the US military and its budget for the task. [Full Article...]

Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney resigns

Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney resigns He steps down from the position just two years after accepting the role. His departure comes after General Mattis announces his resignation on December 20 , days after Donald Trump declared victory over Islamic State and introduced plans to pull the U.S. [Full Article...]

Amid backlash, Trump administration seeks to halt raises for top officials

Amid backlash, Trump administration seeks to halt raises for top officials Cabinet secretaries will be given raises of about $11,000, bringing their pay to $210,000, while their deputies and other top agency administrators will be given significant raises as well. The raises, which were first reported by The Washington Post , appear to be an unintended outcome of a shutdown that is affecting hundreds of thousands of federal employees, forcing many to work without pay. [Full Article...]

Bolsonaro confirms eventual embassy move to Jerusalem

Bolsonaro confirms eventual embassy move to Jerusalem During the interview, the President also said that he intends to send to Congress a proposal to change the system of reforms to establish a minimum retirement age of 62 years for men and 57 years for women, compared to 60 and 55 years, respectively, current legislation. [Full Article...]

Unions say TSA workers can't afford to man checkpoints without a paycheck

Unions say TSA workers can't afford to man checkpoints without a paycheck But on Friday, Houlton attacked CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins for reporting on the sickout . "I travel a lot for work, and I haven't noticed any difference in security around the airports", said another man. However, others are simply parents struggling to feed their families who have found temporary alternative ways to earn, or who have been forced to stay home because th... [Full Article...]


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