Tuesday January 15-th, 2019

James Mattis will step down as Trump defense secretary on 1 January James Mattis will step down as Trump defense secretary on 1 January

Mr Shanahan, a former executive at the aerospace giant Boeing , joined the Pentagon in July 2017 after Mr Trump nominated him. His standard response, when people asked how he was able to serve a man whose public qualities were so unlike his own, was...

UAE to reopen Damascus embassy on Thursday in boost for Assad UAE to reopen Damascus embassy on Thursday in boost for Assad

The development comes two months after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview that his country has reached a major understanding with Arab states, after years of hostility. The border crossing between Syria and Jordan, another USA ally...

Girl finds Santa gifts, despite Trump’s ‘marginal’ comment Girl finds Santa gifts, despite Trump’s ‘marginal’ comment

The scientist who answered the phone asked Lloyd if she would like to speak to President Trump. However, Trump asked her, "Because at 7, it's marginal, right?" She explained she intended on putting out cookies and hanging out with her friends befor...

King Salman reshuffles Cabinet, Assaf new foreign minister King Salman reshuffles Cabinet, Assaf new foreign minister

Al Jubeir played a key role in putting a face on the Saudi response to Khashoggi's killing at its Istanbul consulate. Mr Jubeir will become minister of state for foreign affairs, with Ibrahim al-Assaf taking over as foreign minister. Al-Sheikh's ...

Thai parliament approves medical marijuana as ‘New Year’s gift’ Thai parliament approves medical marijuana as ‘New Year’s gift’

Marijuana was used in Thailand as a traditional medicine, until it was banned in the 1930s. Meanwhile, Malaysian lawmakers have also been pushing to legalise the medical use of this drug, as Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar previously state...

Reason Behind US Syria Withdrawal 'Gambit' is Yet to Be Found - Moscow

President Trump made a surprise visit to US troops in Iraq on Wednesday, the first time Trump met with American troops in a combat zone. They travelled there unannounced "late on Christmas night" to thank troops for "their service, their success ...

White House, Congressional Democrats see no deal on shutdown White House, Congressional Democrats see no deal on shutdown

Both sides seem entrenched in their opposing stances and it's possible parts of the government could remain closed until the new Congress is seated in the first week of January, when Democrats will take control of the House. Many are on the job but...

Winter storm warnings begin Wednesday across much of state Winter storm warnings begin Wednesday across much of state

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel hard over some locations. "If you had plans to be on the road Thursday, consider changing your plans to be safe", the weather service stated. This will begin with several inches overnight, and the majorit...

Meghalaya | Coal India to start rescue ops in East Jaintia Hills mine Meghalaya | Coal India to start rescue ops in East Jaintia Hills mine

The miners were trapped after water from the nearby Lytein river suddenly gushed into the pit. The 15 labourers went to work at the mine in Meghalaya on December 13 and have been underground ever since, and the chances of their survival look slim.

Trump visits troops in Iraq Trump visits troops in Iraq

The cabinet noted that Washington had notified Baghdad about Trump's visit to Iraq late on Wednesday. The White House pool report said the president had one more "scheduled stop" before he heads back to D.C., though where that was not specified.

Sudan clashes between security forces and anti-Bashir protesters prompt concern Sudan clashes between security forces and anti-Bashir protesters prompt concern

The rights group said in a statement late Monday it "has credible reports that 37 protesters have been shot dead by the security forces in five days of anti-government demonstrations". Large numbers of security forces were deployed across much of Kha...

Search for British crew member missing from cruise ship off Puerto Rico Search for British crew member missing from cruise ship off Puerto Rico

The United States Coast Guard said it was searching for Arron Hough, 20 who had been on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship which was was 267 miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, at the time. Can anything be done to stop it? CCTV footage shows Ar...

Trump is third American president to visit Iraq Trump is third American president to visit Iraq

Trump's visit was colored by his unexpected and controversial decision last week to pull all 2,200 troops from neighboring Syria within 30 days. US First Lady Melania Trump greets members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asa...

WATCH Turkey Amass Troops, Hardware on Syrian Border WATCH Turkey Amass Troops, Hardware on Syrian Border

Turkey is massing troops at its border with Syria in preparation for an attack on Manbij, a town in northern Aleppo province that is held by a US-backed coalition of mainly Kurdish militias. Syrian Kurds , who have assisted the U.S.in pushing ISIS ...

Syrian Government Forces 'Enter' Kurdish-Controlled Manbij Region

Turkey and the USA agreed on Tuesday to complete an agreement for the withdrawal of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia from the northeast Syrian town of Manbij before the full U.S. Manbij has been one area of friction between ...

Newman Police Officer Gunned Down; Intense Search For Suspect Newman Police Officer Gunned Down; Intense Search For Suspect

CHP issued a blue alert , initiated after acts of violence against law enforcement, for Stanislaus, Merced, San Joaquin, Tuolumne and Santa Clara counties. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The suspect - who ...

O'Rourke seeks help after ICE drops migrants at bus station O'Rourke seeks help after ICE drops migrants at bus station

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents began dropping off the migrants at a local bus station late Sunday without alerting local shelters. "That's what we do and that's what we're trying to do here", Sanchez said. "To mitigate the risk of holdin...

Cruise ship performer Arron Hough lost at sea in Caribbean Cruise ship performer Arron Hough lost at sea in Caribbean

Harmony of the Seas is now sailing a 7-night eastern Caribbean itinerary which departed Port Everglades, Florida on December 23. The U.S. Coast Guard station in San Juan, Puerto Rico , was notified that Hough went overboard in the Atlantic Ocean ...

Walmart Santa Elwyn Crocker charged after kids are found in his yard Walmart Santa Elwyn Crocker charged after kids are found in his yard

Elwyn Jr. disappeared two years ago, while Mary was seen for the last time in October. The office said they had received a tip the night before about a missing 14-year-old girl who was feared to be deceased. "This guy, the biological father, was a ...

Did A Jewish Podiatrist 'Diagnose' Trump's Bone Spurs? Did A Jewish Podiatrist 'Diagnose' Trump's Bone Spurs?

According to the family members of a former NY podiatrist, Dr. Larry Braunstein, Trump's exemption came from Dr. Braunstein, who was a tenant of Fred Trump . 'I didn't have power in those days, ' Trump told biographer Michael D'Antonio in 2014, acco...

Trump Said Federal Employees Support the Shutdown. Not True, Say Unions Trump Said Federal Employees Support the Shutdown. Not True, Say Unions

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of NY on Saturday said funding for Trump's wall will "never pass the Senate". "Trump, who tweeted Monday that he was "all alone (poor me)" at the White House, said Tuesday that he would "rather not be doing sh...

Russia's Putin oversees test of hypersonic weapon Russia's Putin oversees test of hypersonic weapon

In the test, the Avangard was launched from the Dombarovskiy missile base in the southern Ural Mountains. Russian media reported that China's People's Liberation Army Rocket Force tested the S-400 Triumf air defence system last month, successfull...

Russia expands economic sanctions on Ukraine Russia expands economic sanctions on Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday announced the end of martial law in the country's border regions, which was introduced last month after Russia's seizure of three of Kiev's navy vessels in the Sea of Azov. Relations between Kiev ...

Dozens Killed, Injured In Militant Raid On Kabul Government Compound Dozens Killed, Injured In Militant Raid On Kabul Government Compound

Health ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said so far 43 bodies and 10 injured had been transported by ambulances from the attack site. The attack occurred on Monday afternoon when a suicide bomber detonated a auto bomb outside the targeted office, ...

Gold coins worth $3,600 found in South Florida Salvation Army kettle Gold coins worth $3,600 found in South Florida Salvation Army kettle

The bell ring-off rematch between Fechtel Beverage President Bernie Fechtel and his longtime friend Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe on December 15 at Hy-Vee on West Truman Boulevard also brought in $26,121 - more than double the $12,407 that their first match ha...

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