• Outgoing Defense Secretary Urges Employees to Stay Focused
Outgoing Defense Secretary Urges Employees to Stay Focused

Mattis who was seen as a steady hand and a leader who valued traditional relationships with foreign powers originally enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 18. Mattis also disagreed with Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. But the fallout of his decision to leave - including the shock and dismay expressed on Capitol Hill - annoyed T...

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  • Ex-US marine accused of spying in Russian Federation is British citizen
Ex-US marine accused of spying in Russian Federation is British citizen

Whelan dismisses it, ' Interfax quoted a person familiar with the situation as saying". America's Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, met with Mr Whelan at Moscow's Lefortovo Prison on Wednesday. He was an administrative clerk and administrative chief. David clarified in an MSNBC interview that his brother was part of the wedding party and ...

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  • Iran in talks with Taliban to end Afghan war
Iran in talks with Taliban to end Afghan war

A White House spokesman said last week that U.S. President Donald Trump had not issued orders to withdraw the troops. At the Resolute Support mission headquarters in Kabul , the USA commander of Afghanistan's NATO-led force General Scott Mille said 2019 would be an interesting year.

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  • EU warns Britain to 'get its act together' as Brexit vote looms
EU warns Britain to 'get its act together' as Brexit vote looms

A wasted year ended with the United Kingdom no clearer about its future relations with the European Union but with the clock rapidly ticking down to the 29 March date when she will formally leave the bloc. But Tory MP Crispin Blunt insisted pulling out of the bloc without a deal would give Britain a "strong hand" to negotiate better worldwide trad...

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  • Russian apartment block collapse: Body count rises to 37
Russian apartment block collapse: Body count rises to 37

Officials think an explosion triggered by a gas leak caused the pre-dawn collapse Monday in the city of Magnitogorsk. Rescuers hunted for survivors in the rubble, but found only one as the number of confirmed dead rose to 39. The vehicle explosion took place about 2.5 kilometres from the apartment block. Russian official Alexandre Tchouprian said...

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  • Sen. Warren Announces 2020 Presidential Exploratory Committee
Sen. Warren Announces 2020 Presidential Exploratory Committee

Warren, 69, is the first of the better-known national Democratic presidential prospects to announce an exploratory committee and set course for Iowa, marking the unofficial start in the campaign for the caucuses, scheduled for February 2020.

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  • New Pentagon chief says focus is on 'China, China, China'
New Pentagon chief says focus is on 'China, China, China'

Trump also recently lashed out at Gen. Stanley McCrystal, who said he would not work for the president because he is "immoral". Trump asked. "How has he done in Afghanistan?" During a rambling monologue to White House journalists at the start of a cabinet meeting, Trump lashed out at his former defense secretary even as his replacement, Patrick...

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  • Vatican spokesman, his deputy resign suddenly, replacement named
Vatican spokesman, his deputy resign suddenly, replacement named

On Dec. 18, Pope Francis chose Italian Vaticanist Andrea Tornielli to be editorial director of the Dicastery for Communication. The experience has been fascinating, to say the least. He has been a consistent defender of the pope, even once publishing a conservative "hit list" of Francis' alleged "enemies", i.e., journalists and leaders who have...

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  • North Korean leader warns of possible change in direction if sanctions continue
North Korean leader warns of possible change in direction if sanctions continue

North Korea's acting ambassador to Italy defected with his wife in November, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers Thursday, striking an embarrassing blow to leader Kim Jong Un and his communist regime. The South Korean newspaper JoongAng reported that he is "known to be a son or son-in-law of one of the highest-level officials in the Nort...

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  • Feinstein requests hearing after 2 migrant children die in custody
Feinstein requests hearing after 2 migrant children die in custody

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, December 26, 2018. "The two children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol ", he added . At 7:45 a.m., a helicopter flew her to the nearest trauma center, in El Paso, Texas, where she went into cardiac arrest late that morning an...

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  • India rejects Donald Trump's jibe at PM Modi on Afghanistan
India rejects Donald Trump's jibe at PM Modi on Afghanistan

The Pentagon is planning to cut its force size in Afghanistan by half, but special operations strike units will remain in country to carry out raids on Taliban and Islamic State fighters, a Defense Department official with knowledge of the withdrawal plans said Wednesday.

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  • ‘Could be a while’: Trump refuses to budge in shutdown standoff
‘Could be a while’: Trump refuses to budge in shutdown standoff

Funding for the wall has been the sticking point in passing essential spending bills for several government departments. Schumer urged the Republican leadership to reconsider their approach and approve the bills that are bipartisan and will open up the government.

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  • ‘Why don’t you die?’: Australian’s fight with a spider sparks police call
‘Why don’t you die?’: Australian’s fight with a spider sparks police call

They, however, arrived to find a red-faced man with a "serious fear" of spiders who apologised for causing the ruckus while he was "trying to kill the spider ". Police in a suburb of Perth, Australia, received a call on Wednesday about a toddler screaming and a man shouting "Why don't you just die?" An officer at Wanneroo police station co...

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  • Migrants met with tear gas on US-Mexico border
Migrants met with tear gas on US-Mexico border

Customs and Border Protection . U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that they used tear gas after some migrants began throwing rocks, according to the Associated Press . "The U.S. must welcome people safely into the country while their asylum claims are reviewed". Still, the Border Patrol appears to have taken Democrat...

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  • Government Shutdown Forcing Closures at Joshua Tree National Park
Government Shutdown Forcing Closures at Joshua Tree National Park

During the government shutdown, national parks are working to remain as open and accessible to the American people as possible, say park officials. A person illegally shot dead a pregnant elk at Zion National Park in Utah, which authorities say was a poacher taking advantage of the limited park security.

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  • Ohio Doctor Vows to Give Wrong Medicines to Jews
Ohio Doctor Vows to Give Wrong Medicines to Jews

Dr. Lara Kollab was a social media frequent flier espousing her vile views on Jews. A Cleveland hospital spoke out against one of their former medical residents after a number of anti-Semitic social media posts surfaced, including one that appeared to include a threat to intentionally harm Jewish patients.

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  • German man drives into crowds, injures 5
German man drives into crowds, injures 5

The incident took place shortly after midnight in the city of Bottrop, western Germany , during New Year's Eve celebrations. A 50-year-old German man accused of driving a vehicle into groups of foreigners on New Year's Eve has been formally remanded in custody for attempted murder, police said Wednesday.

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  • Trump gives no timetable for Syria exit, wants to protect Kurds
Trump gives no timetable for Syria exit, wants to protect Kurds

However, Trump modified that decision, following a December 26 visit to Iraq, where he was briefed by U.S. commanders, as Sen. Mattis, who will be succeeded in an acting capacity Tuesday by his deputy, Patrick M. "I think we're slowing things down in a smart way", Graham said, adding that Trump was very aware of the plight of the Kurds. The cab...

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  • Romney: Trump Hasn't 'Risen to the Mantle of Office'
Romney: Trump Hasn't 'Risen to the Mantle of Office'

The victor of the 2016 presidential election hit back by tweeting , "I won big and he didn't". Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) who has also been critical of the president - and, who may mount a primary challenge against Trump in 2020. I fear Trump's presidency could end disastrously for conservatism. But Romney adds: "With the nation so divided, resentfu...

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  • Trump says 'walls work' at first Cabinet meeting of new year
Trump says 'walls work' at first Cabinet meeting of new year

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, speaks during a press conference at Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC on November 6, 2018. Still, the president said he is hopeful of working with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi , whose party holds the new majority, and other Democrats in the new year.

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