Wednesday December 11-th, 2019

Increased tensions: Putin fast tracks Russian citizenship for Ukrainians Increased tensions: Putin fast tracks Russian citizenship for Ukrainians

The fast-track procedure is implemented to protect "rights and human and civil freedoms", said the decree which Putin signed on Monday. It is also planned to continue active work on increasing the sanctions pressure on the Russian Federation.

Sudan's military rulers to protesters: No more 'chaos' Sudan's military rulers to protesters: No more 'chaos'

Talks began on arrangements for a transitional period after President Omer Al-Bashir was ousted earlier this month. The joint council would be the sovereign body overseeing a technocrat government and legislative council. In an "urgent announcement...

Corbyn fights for Brexit referendum to be 'only an option' Corbyn fights for Brexit referendum to be 'only an option'

De-facto deputy prime minister David Lidington told Cabinet that talks on Monday were "serious and constructive". Mr Watson has called for a referendum on any Brexit deal to be part of the European Union manifesto. Watson had earlier staged a "p...

White House asks Congress for $4.5B for aid, security at border White House asks Congress for $4.5B for aid, security at border

The DNA testing will happen once officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which manages border enforcement, refer possible instances of fraud to ICE, which usually manages interior enforcement. CBP will make a referral for investigation and...

United Kingdom police ask rape victims for social media content on mobile phones United Kingdom police ask rape victims for social media content on mobile phones

Consent forms, which ask permission to access messages, photographs, emails and social media accounts, have been rolled out across the 43 forces in England and Wales . The Director of Public Prosecutions said phones would only be examined if they ...

8 surprising facts about May Day 8 surprising facts about May Day

Every year, the labour or working class has to face injustice, but they always stood against exploitation and do their work fairly. The Labour Day - also known as May Day - is being observed today (Wednesday) around the world to express solidarit...

Venezuela's Maduro: Coup plotters not to go unpunished Venezuela's Maduro: Coup plotters not to go unpunished

A spokeswoman for Russia's foreign ministry denied that. Thousands of anti-Maduro protesters gathered at different points in Caracas by midday on Wednesday, but the planned march had not yet begun. "He was headed for Havana", Pompeo said. "Mi...

Democratic presidential candidates slam AG Barr amid calls for his resignation Democratic presidential candidates slam AG Barr amid calls for his resignation

Asked whether Congress will be briefed, Barr said: "It's a little early for me to commit completely, but I envision some kind of reporting at the end of this". Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) pressed him on his portrayal of Mueller's letter . Barr ...

Comey: 'Trump Eats Your Soul in Small Bites' Comey: 'Trump Eats Your Soul in Small Bites'

President Trump's 2020 campaign used Attorney General William P. Barr's testimony on the Mueller report as a messaging opportunity Wednesday, firing off an ad that says President Barack Obama, more than anyone, is responsible for Russian meddling...

3 people shot on University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus 3 people shot on University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus

Howell, who leaves behind longtime girlfriend Lauren Westmoreland, who he was planning to Wednesday, was killed along with Ellis Parlier , 19, of Midland, North Carolina , when police allege that former student Trystan Andrew Terrell , 22, entered...

Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicates his throne Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicates his throne

Akihito will technically remain emperor until the stroke of midnight when Naruhito takes over and the new era of " Reiwa " - meaning "beautiful harmony" - begins, lasting for as long as he reigns. Mr Ripley continued: "Even though this abdication ...

15 jawans, 1 driver killed in Gadchiroli Naxal attack 15 jawans, 1 driver killed in Gadchiroli Naxal attack

A home ministry official, who did not wish to be named, said anti-Maoist forces in the stat have been asked to intensify operations. A combing operation in Maoist-affected areas was launched after the attack. "We are providing all assistance needed b...

SNP is seen as the most anti-Brexit party in the UK SNP is seen as the most anti-Brexit party in the UK

The manifesto will be decided formally at a meeting of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee later. Confirming his walkout from the shadow cabinet meeting, Mr Watson also posted on Twitter: "I politely asked if the shadow cabinet were going ...

Paris police clash with protesters at May Day march

It's feared that hooligans bent on violence in the French capital will join the " gilets jaunes ", as trade unionists, students and others turn out to mark International Workers' Day. By late morning, police said some 88 people had been detained fo...

Theresa May sacks defence minister Williamson over Huawei leak Theresa May sacks defence minister Williamson over Huawei leak

It said: "The prime minister has this evening asked Gavin Williamson to leave the government, having lost confidence in his ability to serve in the role of defence secretary and as a member of her cabinet". They have made government in Britain a tr...

Fed keeps interest rates steady, citing muted inflation Fed keeps interest rates steady, citing muted inflation

After a two-day meeting the Fed made a decision to hold rates steady at a range between 2.25% and 2.5%. "Our Federal Reserve has incessantly lifted interest rates, even though inflation is very low, and instituted a very big dose of quantitative ti...

Thailand's king appoints his consort as queen Thailand's king appoints his consort as queen

HM the King has already married General Suthida in accordance with laws and traditions, the Royal Gazette said. Ms Suthida, 40, has always been rumoured to be romantically linked with King Vajiralongkorn since he was the crown prince, but their r...

United Nations declares Jaish chief Masood Azhar as 'global terrorist' United Nations declares Jaish chief Masood Azhar as 'global terrorist'

JeM claimed responsibility for a February suicide bombing that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir , an attack that brought the two nuclear-armed neighbors to the brink of war. It is interesting to know that P...

Valedictorian at Mormon college came out as gay in inspiring speech Valedictorian at Mormon college came out as gay in inspiring speech

The 24-year-old political science major says only a few people knew about his sexuality before Friday, when he spoke the words "I am proud to be a gay son of God". "Not many people are given a platform where they can speak in front of all their peers...

Australian cricketer Alex Hepburn jailed for five years in the UK Australian cricketer Alex Hepburn jailed for five years in the UK

UK Judge Jim Tindal slammed 23-year-old Alex Hepburn for "trivializing" the attack and believing he's "God's gift to women" at the sentencing hearing, according to the Guardian . In the course of the four-day trial at Worcester Crown Court, the ...

Pompeo: Russia will try to influence elections in 2050 Pompeo: Russia will try to influence elections in 2050

The top U.S. diplomat said to expect a similar Russian campaign next year but criticized the spotlight inside Washington on the Russian role, which has infuriated President Donald Trump . "It's pretty much a 365-days-a-year threat and that has absol...

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks' jail over bail breach WikiLeaks' Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks' jail over bail breach

A judge at an earlier hearing said the 47-year-old hacker's offense "merits the maximum sentence". The white-haired Assange stood impassively with his hands clasped while the sentence was read. "I apologise unreservedly to those who consider I have...

Airstrikes, roadblocks trap civilians in Libya's Tripoli Airstrikes, roadblocks trap civilians in Libya's Tripoli

But fighting intensified again on Monday, with both sides using artillery. "NOC is the lifeline of the Libyan economy and must be protected from all forms of conflict", he said in a statement. El Sharara, which produces around 300,000 barrels day, ...

Many Brits shun holidays in European Union amid Brexit uncertainty: travel firm Many Brits shun holidays in European Union amid Brexit uncertainty: travel firm

Repeated delays to Brexit discouraged travellers from booking early and prompted them to look further afield, the travel firm said in a report . Thomas Cook - through which 19 million people book holidays each year - said after Spain, Turkey ha...

Mexico president urges US to ratify new NAFTA after labor bill passes Mexico president urges US to ratify new NAFTA after labor bill passes

Womack on the impact that trade with Canada and Mexico has on their companies and the trucking, transportation and logistics sectors. Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday urged US lawmakers to ratify a revamped North American t...

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