• California authorities arrest, identify suspect and 7 others in officer’s shooting death
California authorities arrest, identify suspect and 7 others in officer’s shooting death

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said that Arriaga was trying to flee to Mexico and seven people had been arrested for lying to investigators, trying to throw them off while he fled the country. Both men also were in the country illegally, he said. They were identified as Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda, 59, Ermasmo Villegas, 36, and Mari...

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  • China 'releases' Canadian teacher Sarah McIver
China 'releases' Canadian teacher Sarah McIver

McIver for about a decade. Since then, China has arrested Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on charges of endangering national security in apparent retaliation. A Briton caught smuggling heroin was executed in 2009, prompting a British outcry over what it said was the lack of any mental health assessment. "One morning she was going ...

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  • Flights suspended at Hanover airport after auto breaches runway
Flights suspended at Hanover airport after auto breaches runway

Hanover police said in a statement: "Flight operations are now suspended". Federal police said the man's motive was unclear but there was no indication so far the incident was terror-related. He apparently has no official residence in Germany. A terminal at the airport was closed to passengers but the other two remained open. "The security ar...

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  • USA troop withdrawal from Syria could take several months
USA troop withdrawal from Syria could take several months

MPs from both ruling and opposition blocs in parliament are united in calls for an extraordinary session to debate the matter , saying that the question of USA violations of Iraqi sovereignty must be answered. The network dedicated a segment of "The Situation Room" on the supposed controversy and published a follow-up on its website that suggeste...

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  • Deadly blast hits tour bus near Giza pyramids in Egypt
Deadly blast hits tour bus near Giza pyramids in Egypt

A terrorist attack took the lives of two people and injured a dozen more in Egypt Friday; targeting a tourist bus as it made its way towards the country's world-famous ancient pyramids. Egypt's neighbours in the region condemned the attack and the British Ambassador to Cairo, Geoffrey Adams, said the United Kingdom stood "with Egypt in the fight ag...

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  • Trump visits troops in Iraq
Trump visits troops in Iraq

It's reported Trump also wants to reduce the number of USA troops in Afghanistan from 14,000 to 7,000. Many have also raised concerns that the US withdrawal will embolden the group. Trump posted the video to his Twitter account from Air Force One after the plane left Iraqi air space. Officials have said that US and coalition aircraft w...

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  • Phone records place Trump lawyer at scene of 2016 Russian Federation meeting
Phone records place Trump lawyer at scene of 2016 Russian Federation meeting

Cohen was responding to a Thursday report from McClatchy claiming that special counsel Robert Mueller has been provided with electronic evidence showing that Cohen's cellphone communicated with a tower in Prague during in late summer 2016.

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  • Indonesia tsunami: The search for survivors continues
Indonesia tsunami: The search for survivors continues

In September, more than 2,000 people were killed after a tsunami and natural disaster struck western Sulawesi, with many complaining they were caught unawares. "There was no sign of a tsunami when we were at the beach". This comes as Indonesian officials declare an extreme weather warning in the aftermath of a deadly tsunami.

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  • Donald Trump asks boy, 7, if he still believes in Santa
Donald Trump asks boy, 7, if he still believes in Santa

And nor is it clear why Mr Trump asked this particular question, as the evidence of Santa's existence is beyond dispute. When she responded: "Yes, sir", he had added: "Because at seven, that's marginal, right?" Mrs Trump told a caller that Santa was in the Sahara.

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  • Home alone and isolated, Donald Trump stands ground on border wall
Home alone and isolated, Donald Trump stands ground on border wall

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told " Fox News Sunday" that the White House has given a "counter-offer" that was "between those two numbers". "I think they understand what's happening", CBS News quoted Trump as saying. Asked when the government would reopen fully, Trump said he couldn't say.

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  • 4.8 quake hits area near Sicily's Mount Etna
4.8 quake hits area near Sicily's Mount Etna

Mount Etna, one of the world's most active volcanos , has been erupting since Monday and sending volcanic ash and heavy smoke in the air. Italy's national institute for geophysics and vulcanology (INGV) counted more than 130 seismic shocks in the zone, with the strongest reaching a magnitude of 4.0.

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  • Israel resumes airstrikes in Syria with attack outside Damascus
Israel resumes airstrikes in Syria with attack outside Damascus

Israel has not acknowledged any strikes took place. Russian Federation accused Israel of directly endangering two civilian planes landing at Damascus global airport on Tuesday night, calling air strikes over the Syrian capital attributed to Israel a "provocation".

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  • In surprise Iraq trip, Trump defends decision to withdraw from Syria
In surprise Iraq trip, Trump defends decision to withdraw from Syria

The president spoke to about 100 special operations troops who were engaged in combat with the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria . Trump's order prompted the resignation last week of Defense Secretary James Mattis, who cited his foreign policy differences in a letter to the president.

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  • France's 'yellow vest' protesters block major route to Spain
France's 'yellow vest' protesters block major route to Spain

While the French government has scrapped its planned hike in diesel taxes , which is what initially sparked the protests, the "yellow vest" rallies have evolved into a broader movement against government policies and rising living costs. This was down from a week ago at the same time when there were 33,500 protesters out on the streets, 2,200 of w...

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  • Trump says US government shutdown to last until agreement on border wall
Trump says US government shutdown to last until agreement on border wall

Monday and Tuesday, Christmas Eve and Christmas, respectively, are federal holidays, meaning the government would have been closed anyway. That spurred Mnuchin to release a statement on Trump's behalf that the president did not believe he had the "right" to fire Powell.

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  • Analysts Explain How Trump's Pull-Out From Syria Affects Turkey, Israel & Russia
Analysts Explain How Trump's Pull-Out From Syria Affects Turkey, Israel & Russia

Turkey views the Kurdish fighters as terrorists due to their links to a Kurdish insurgent group inside Turkey. A USA delegation is expected to head to Turkey this week to discuss cooperation on Syria . Trump's latest tweet on Syria comes as some lawmakers from his own Republican Party were critical of his decision to pull the 2,000 USA troops...

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  • Guatemalan boy dies after being detained by US Border Patrol agents
Guatemalan boy dies after being detained by US Border Patrol agents

Parents and children together are nearly always released quickly due to limited space in ICE's family detention facilities. Caal's death is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General, which looks into accusations of misconduct by the agency's employees.

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  • Track Santa On His Christmas Eve Journey To New England Using NORAD
Track Santa On His Christmas Eve Journey To New England Using NORAD

Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are also available in the Apple and Google Play stores, so parents and children can countdown the days until Santa's launch on their smartphones and tablets! To protect North America and track Santa, NORAD uses 47 radar installations strung across Canada's North and Alaska, a network of satellites with infrared se...

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  • Mostly sunny to partly cloudy Christmas Eve
Mostly sunny to partly cloudy Christmas Eve

Dry conditions will remain in place overnight with lows cooling to the 30s. The meteorologist predicted the United Kingdom will also see poor weather on Christmas Day - although not snow. "Basically we've lost most of the snow we've had", said Scott. As people hit the road and take to the sky in the days following Christmas, a snowstorm is ...

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  • Turkey deploys troops near Kurdish stronghold in Syria
Turkey deploys troops near Kurdish stronghold in Syria

A decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw his troops from Syria has emboldened Turkey to press-ahead with plans to clear Manbij of Kurdish forces and now preparations are being put in place to launch a battle once US troops withdraw.

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  • Israel to hold early election in April
Israel to hold early election in April

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government has agreed to hold early elections on April 9. Mr Netanyahu has been governing with a single-seat majority in the 120-member parliament since mid November, when Avigdor Lieberman resigned as defence minister and withdrew his Yisrael Beitenu party from the ruling coalition because of what...

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  • Democrats hold firm on shutdown as Trump refuses to take blame
Democrats hold firm on shutdown as Trump refuses to take blame

Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump "threw a temper tantrum and convinced House Republicans to push our nation into a destructive Trump shutdown in the middle of the holiday season". The director's comment about the president's softening stance came less than 24 hours after a senior administration official insisted to ...

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  • Nawaz to be provided ‘better facilities’ at Lahore’s Kot Lahpat jail
Nawaz to be provided ‘better facilities’ at Lahore’s Kot Lahpat jail

Decision over corruption references against Nawaz Sharif announced today by the Accountability Court. The court found the three-time prime minister was unable to prove the source of income for the steel mill he owned in Saudi Arabia . Sharif was ousted and disqualified from holding office by the Supreme Court in July 2017 and jailed earlier...

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  • Good travel day Monday, flurries may fall in time for Christmas
Good travel day Monday, flurries may fall in time for Christmas

Dry air settles in by Christmas Eve and sticks around long enough to get us through Christmas, but not much longer! A 20-percent chance of snow before 7 a.m. On Christmas Day , the temperature is expected to fall slightly short of that, Vallier-Talbot said, hitting 35 or 36 degrees. Download the free AccuWeather app to see if and how much sn...

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  • Supreme Court refuses to revive Trump asylum ban
Supreme Court refuses to revive Trump asylum ban

The Justice Department expressed disappointment with the decision, saying the 25 nationwide injunctions against Mr Trump administration policies were "unprecedented". Trump's comments led to an extraordinary rebuke by Roberts, who defended the independence of the federal judiciary and wrote in a public response to Trump on November 21: "We do not h...

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  • Sunday kicks off a few snow chances leading up to Christmas
Sunday kicks off a few snow chances leading up to Christmas

We could see a few more snow showers by the late evening, otherwise, snowfall totals are low for this Christmas Eve Clipper. "Wet weather can even make it as far south as Los Angeles, potentially leading to a gray and drizzly Christmas morning", Eherts said.

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  • Triple-amputee vet crowdfunds for border wall
Triple-amputee vet crowdfunds for border wall

Trump and congressional Democrats appear ready to enter a government shutdown over funding for the wall's construction. Over two years of funding disappointments for Trump's signature campaign promise has left voters desperately trying to pick up the tab Mexico wouldn't, while Trump turns to making ultimatums.

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  • Ryan reflects on 'great and lasting difference' in farewell address to Congress
Ryan reflects on 'great and lasting difference' in farewell address to Congress

President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funds hurled the federal government closer to a shutdown as the Republican-led House approved a package Thursday with his $5.7 billion request that is nearly certain to be rejected by the Senate.

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  • Morocco links suspect in Scandinavian women's killing to militant group
Morocco links suspect in Scandinavian women's killing to militant group

A total of 13 men are now being held over the deaths of 28-year-old Norwegian Maren Ueland and 24-year-old Louisa Vesterager Jespersen . The latest statement came as Moroccan authorities arrested three more suspects over the killings in the Atlas mountains, which have sent shockwaves through a popular tourist destination that has been ...

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  • Trump throws Kabul, New Delhi under the bus with Afghan withdrawal move
Trump throws Kabul, New Delhi under the bus with Afghan withdrawal move

The US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said thousands of the 14,000 troops could be sent home as a result of the deliberations, the disclosure of which could undermine peace efforts with the Taliban . In his resignation statement he said the President deserved "a Secretary of Defence whose views are better aligned with yours". "I...

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