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1MDB scandal: China denies it offered to bail out Malaysian fund

1MDB scandal: China denies it offered to bail out Malaysian fund Najib's government". The scandal was a key reason for the ousting of Najib in the 2018 election, which saw the return of Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister. What China wanted in exchange were stakes in pipeline and railway projects for China's One Belt, One Road program of building infrastructure overseas. [Full Article...]

Trump threatens to halt emergency fire aid for California

Trump threatens to halt emergency fire aid for California He misspelled the word "Forrest", later tweeting the same message with the correct spelling of "forest". "The people of CA ― folks in Paradise ― should not be victims to partisan bickering". "He's never played politics with disaster declarations and we're grateful for that", Newsom said . Donald Trump's messaging on the fires in California has been, for the most part, woefully misguided. [Full Article...]

Ransom demand for Norwegian millionaire's missing wife

Ransom demand for Norwegian millionaire's missing wife Tommy Broske at the Eastern Police District said the way Mrs Falkevik Hagen was abducted suggested "that these are professional offenders". Her husband Tom Hagen , a real estate investor and owner of power facilities, is among the wealthiest people in Norway , boasting a total wealth of about $2 billion. [Full Article...]

Rod Rosenstein To Leave DOJ Once New Attorney General Confirmed

Rod Rosenstein To Leave DOJ Once New Attorney General Confirmed Rosenstein has had oversight of the U.S. Special Counsel's probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible connections to Trump's campaign. If confirmed, Barr would be in charge of Mueller, unless he too recused himself. Trump nominated former Attorney General William Barr , who served during the Bush administration, to oversee the Department of Justice a... [Full Article...]

Trump wall: President addresses nation on border 'crisis'

Trump wall: President addresses nation on border 'crisis' Responding in their own televised remarks, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused Trump of misrepresenting the situation on the border as they urged him to reopen closed government departments and turn loose paychecks for hundreds of thousands of workers. [Full Article...]

Ukraine climbs another three spots in Passport Index

Ukraine climbs another three spots in Passport Index Malaysian travelers can enter 179 countries, while citizens of Hong Kong can visit 169 without a visa, and Brunei, 165. United States and United Kingdom passports both dropped in the rankings dropping from fifth in 2018 to a joint sixth place - which Henley described as a "significant fall" from the first place position these countries held in 2015. [Full Article...]

Democrats block Senate bill on Israel boycotts, citing United States government shutdown

In the middle of a government shutdown, the Senate leadership's first order of business in the 116th Congress is not legislation to reopen the government. "Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away". The vote - the first roll call of the new session - came on a package of bipartisan bills related to U.S. [Full Article...]

Suspicious packages sent to up to 14 diplomatic missions in Australia

Suspicious packages sent to up to 14 diplomatic missions in Australia It was not immediately known which countries' diplomatic missions in the national capital, Canberra , were affected. Police in Australia are investigating suspicious packages sent to at least ten embassies and consulates in Canberra and Melbourne , including those of Britain, the United States and New Zealand. [Full Article...]

"It's pretty creepy stuff": Man recorded licking family's doorbell

The Dungans were out of town at the time, but their children were home. In another incident captured by a home surveillance camera , Jeffrey Zeigler shot at a 14-year-old black boy who had missed his school bus and knocked at the man's home to ask for directions after becoming lost. [Full Article...]

Botched Manafort court filing makes public bombshell allegations in ongoing Mueller investigation

Botched Manafort court filing makes public bombshell allegations in ongoing Mueller investigation You can go read the redacted portions yourself, if you like: Go to the filing , highlight a blacked-out passage and then copy-paste it into a new document. Emails previously reported by news outlets show that in July 2016, Manafort told Mr Kilimnik he was willing to provide "private briefings" about the Trump campaign to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimi... [Full Article...]

Australia to ‘carefully consider’ Saudi woman’s asylum plea

Australia to ‘carefully consider’ Saudi woman’s asylum plea Rahaf al-Qunun has said she fears her family will kill her if she was forced to return home. Alqunun's father - a senior Saudi official - and her brother, who she says often physically abused her, are now in Thailand. "I want asylum", she added in a video uploaded to twitter. She later tweeted she feels safe under United Nations protection and has gotten back her passport, which had been... [Full Article...]

Russian Lawyer in Trump Tower Meeting, Natalya Veselnitskaya, Faces Charges

Russian Lawyer in Trump Tower Meeting, Natalya Veselnitskaya, Faces Charges Attorney's office in Manhattan said on Tuesday. The filing of the charge will curtail Veselnitskaya's global travel and expose her to arrest if she comes to the US. According to the indictment in United States of America v. Natalia Veselnitskaya , "the United States government sought to recover several million dollars' worth of property, mainly NY real estate, on the ground that this property... [Full Article...]

Uber driver Jason Dalton admits killing six in shooting spree

Uber driver Jason Dalton admits killing six in shooting spree Jason Dalton pleaded guilty to all counts of murder and attempted murder. He answered "yes" to a series of questions, admitting that he shot eight people at three locations. Instead of heading to trial, Dalton pleaded guilty to killing Richard Smith, 53, and his son Tyler , 17, at a vehicle dealership. "He either shook his head or said no, and I said, 'Are you sure?' " Derek continued. [Full Article...]

India's Move to Legitimise Migrants From Neighbouring Countries Sparks Protests

India's Move to Legitimise Migrants From Neighbouring Countries Sparks Protests The move came within hours of the presentation in Lok Sabha of a report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee examining the bill that was first introduced in Parliament in 2016. In what could be called an outburst of annoyance against the Union Government for going ahead with the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 , a number of associations including the All Assam Students Union (AASU) staged a pro... [Full Article...]

Woman dies after being pinned in clothing donation box

Woman dies after being pinned in clothing donation box Authorities had to cut part of the bin in order to get the woman out, Global News reported . The woman's identity and age were not immediately available, and it wasn't clear why she tried to enter the bin. The death was ruled not suspicious and is not being investigated as a crime, the spokesperson said, declining to release details on how the woman ended up inside the bin. [Full Article...]

Brexit: 'Uncharted territory' if United Kingdom parliament votes no, says May

Brexit: 'Uncharted territory' if United Kingdom parliament votes no, says May Ireland is now preparing for a no-deal Brexit scenario and treats it with a similar level of seriousness to preparations for the mainstream scenario that foresees the approval of UK Prime Minister Theresa May's deal, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday. [Full Article...]

Private data of hundreds of German politicians released online

Private data of hundreds of German politicians released online The security breach, uncovered by journalists on Thursday, targeted all of Germany's political parties now represented in the federal parliament, except for the far-right Alternative for Germany ( AfD ). "I searched through it 5 hours last night, read maybe 3% of it, and already found cases of [nepotism] and bad political scandals", Julian Röpcke, a journalist for the Bild newspaper , said. [Full Article...]

Suspect in Beijing School Attack Identified

Suspect in Beijing School Attack Identified The government said the suspect had been apprehended at the scene and an investigation has been launched. Though the school was discussing another job posting for Jia, he used a hammer and attacked students to "vent his resentment", they said. [Full Article...]

Dozens of gold miners killed in collapse in Afghanistan

Dozens of gold miners killed in collapse in Afghanistan The landslide also injured at least 15 people, according to the country's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah. Landslides are frequent in the northern mountainous provinces of Afghanistan. In addition, the conflict increased illegal mining as villagers and Taliban fighters who use them as their main source of income. "Rescue teams have been dispatched to the area to help in recovering the bodies"... [Full Article...]

Brazil's Bolsonaro targets minority groups on first day in office

Brazil's Bolsonaro targets minority groups on first day in office Indigenous leader Sonia Guajajara said the presidential order aims to dismantle protections for Brazil's indigenous communities. Like Trump, Bolsonaro is an avid user of social media with a strong aversion to "political correctness" who rose to power on an anti-corruption and pro-gun agenda. [Full Article...]


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