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USA confirms death of militant involved in USS Cole bombing

USA confirms death of militant involved in USS Cole bombing The man targeted, Jamal al-Badawi, is wanted in the United States for his role in the Cole attack on October 12, 2000. The military said Friday that Al-Qaeda operative Jamal al-Badawi was believed to have been killed in a precision strike in Yemen . [Full Article...]

President Trump: ‘May declare a national emergency’ to build wall

President Trump: ‘May declare a national emergency’ to build wall President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House as he walks to Marine One, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Washington. Trump told reporters on Saturday that he wants to reopen government but is prepared to maintain the shutdown for weeks or even years. [Full Article...]

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

Amid backlash, Trump administration seeks to halt raises for top officials When Congress failed to fund the government on December 21, however, kicking off the partial government shutdown , they also failed to renew the pay freeze holding back the raises, the Post said Friday. Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that "if there's no wall, there's no deal" to end the partial government shutdown that's wrapping up its second week, just hours after newly elected Sp... [Full Article...]

Malaysia's King Muhammad V resigns

Malaysia's King Muhammad V resigns Muhammad V is the first monarch to abdicate the throne since the Muslim-majority country gained independence from Britain in 1957. "His majesty tells the people of Malaysia to continue to be united to maintain unity, tolerance, and work together", a statement from the palace said. [Full Article...]

Khashoggi murder: U.S. says Saudi probe lacks credibility

Khashoggi murder: U.S. says Saudi probe lacks credibility In response to a question about seeking of death sentences for five suspects by a Saudi prosecutor, she said the United Nations rights office always opposed the death penalty. "The Secretary has been very consistent in engagements with Saudis.to really push the two points of accountability and credibility, which is that the Saudis should have a credible narrative for what happened", said the off... [Full Article...]

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport pleads for asylum

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport pleads for asylum She also faces possible criminal charges in Saudi Arabia, in violation of her basic rights, for "parental disobedience", which can result in punishments ranging from being returned to a guardian's home to imprisonment, and for "harming the reputation of the kingdom" for her public appeals for help. [Full Article...]

United States urges Congo to release accurate vote results

United States urges Congo to release accurate vote results Earlier this week, the Catholic Church in the country said it knew there was a clear victor from the vote. Electoral officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have postponed the release of the presidential election results despite vast calls for the outcome to be published. [Full Article...]

John Bolton: Syria withdrawal will take place on 'conditional' basis

John Bolton: Syria withdrawal will take place on 'conditional' basis The United States of America leaves some of the forces in southern Syria for an unknown period of time after withdrawal of the main troops, reports NBC with the reference to its sources in the Pentagon. In comments carried by the official Anadolu news agency, Ibrahim Kalin said the Kurdish fighters oppressed Syrian Kurds and pursued a separatist agenda under the guise of fighting ISIL . [Full Article...]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Honors Mom With Moving Instagram Post After Swearing In

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Honors Mom With Moving Instagram Post After Swearing In The edited clip that began circulating widely Thursday shows an upbeat Ocasio-Cortez twirling and hamming it up for the camera. Ally Sheedy, the actor who played Allison Reynolds in The Breakfast Club , and whose dance moves Ocasio-Cortez was imitating, said she was: "pretty happy 'bout it", later writing "I love this #teamAOC". [Full Article...]

Saudi courts to notify women of divorce by phone message

Saudi courts to notify women of divorce by phone message Starting from Sunday, courts will be required to notify women by text on rulings confirming their divorces. But this change, part of a series of social reforms being brought in by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sultan which includes a new right for women to drive cars, should end what are known as secret divorces where men end a marriage without telling their wives. [Full Article...]

US Security Advisor: US Withdrawal From Syria Conditional

US Security Advisor: US Withdrawal From Syria Conditional When asked whether Bolton's comments would affect that timeline, a senior administration official said that "there is no specific timeline for the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, and reports to the contrary are false". The U.S. -backed force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces are believed to be holding hundreds of IS foreign fighters in detention centers in northern Syria, as well as thei... [Full Article...]

Elizabeth Warren in Iowa: 'I am not a person of color'

Elizabeth Warren in Iowa: 'I am not a person of color' In fact, when Warren announced that she had formed an "exploratory committee" to consider a run for president, Twitter reacted with Pocahontas taunts and skepticism. While Iowa is often criticized for being a poor representation of the entire USA, and for receiving outsized attention as just one in dozens of contests across the country, Price disagreed. [Full Article...]

Airports seeing rise in TSA screeners calling off work

Airports seeing rise in TSA screeners calling off work The TSA said in a statement Friday that call outs that began over the holiday period have increased. A Department of Homeland Security spokesman lashed out at CNN on Friday, labeling as "fake news" the network's report that hundreds of Transportation Security Administration screeners at the nation's airports have been staging a "sick out" this week amid the partial government shutdown . [Full Article...]

In Brazil, Bolsonaro-ally calls for its own Guantanamo camp

In Brazil, Bolsonaro-ally calls for its own Guantanamo camp 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...]

USS Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi targeted in Yemen air strike

The New York Times reported that he helped Yemeni authorities track down five other wanted al-Qaeda operatives. Dozens more sailors were wounded. In 2003, a grand jury indicted Al-Badawi with 50 counts of various terrorism charges, including the murder of USA nationals and military personnel. [Full Article...]

For Shanahan, a Very Public Debut in Trump's Cabinet

For Shanahan, a Very Public Debut in Trump's Cabinet I hope he does well. 'As you know, President Obama fired him, and essentially so did I, ' Trump said before the start of a Cabinet meeting with acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan at his side. Shanahan officially took office on Tuesday, replacing James Mattis. It said Republican senators Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham and former Republican Senator Jim Talent had also been mentioned as pos... [Full Article...]

China's Lunar Landing May Mean Potatoes And Flowers Grow On The Moon

China's Lunar Landing May Mean Potatoes And Flowers Grow On The Moon There are also four worldwide payloads jointly developed by scientists from Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and China. NEW images of the far side of the Moon captured by the landing camera on China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe have been released on Thursday, as the probe made a successful touchdown on the lunar surface. [Full Article...]

May warns of 'uncharted territory' if MPs reject Brexit deal

May warns of 'uncharted territory' if MPs reject Brexit deal Officially slated for the week of January 14, the Commons vote is widely expected to be held on January 15. He said: 'If Parliament rejects the Prime Minister's bad deal the only sensible course of action is to withdraw Article 50 immediately. [Full Article...]

Largest data leak in German history targets politicians, celebrities

Largest data leak in German history targets politicians, celebrities The data was leaked in an "Advent-calendar style" which started as "doors" focused on TV personalities, followed by entertainers and lastly politicians. "Germany's government network is not affected but we are still investigating", he said. While some communications belonging to German President Angela Merkel were found among the documents, a government spokesperson told The Guardian that no... [Full Article...]

US House passes bills that would end government shutdown, without wall funds

US House passes bills that would end government shutdown, without wall funds Pelosi told reporters at a news conference Thursday night. Trump tweeted Thursday morning that the shutdown could be explained by the 2020 presidential election and Democratic efforts to stall his administration, citing the showdown as an example of "presidential harassment". [Full Article...]


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