• Georgia mulls moving its embassy to Jerusalem
Georgia mulls moving its embassy to Jerusalem

Both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Saturday that Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and hopes to see a two-state solution with east Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.

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  • Why Is U.S. Planning to Withdraw From Syria?
Why Is U.S. Planning to Withdraw From Syria?

The White House on Wednesday confirmed U.S. troops were being withdrawn from Syria as President Donald Trump claimed the Islamic State (IS) group had been "defeated" there. We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency. Trump has long promised to conclude the campaign against the Islamic State, also ...

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  • Lebanese soldiers aim weapons at IDF forces working along border
Lebanese soldiers aim weapons at IDF forces working along border

UNIFIL said two tunnels cross the so-called Blue Line that demarcates the border between Israel and Lebanon. The outlet also reported that Danon "will present Israeli material and findings related to the violation of its sovereignty by the tunnels, and argue that this is a blatant violation of U.N.

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  • Turkey Warns the US It Will Launch Cross-Border Strikes into Syria
Turkey Warns the US It Will Launch Cross-Border Strikes into Syria

Any Turkish military move against YPG would be complicated by the likelihood of Ankara's armies coming face to face with United States troops deployed with the Kurdish militia. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not clear who was behind the blast in the city, which was seized from Kurdish forces earlier this year.

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  • Trump revives US Space Command for military operations
Trump revives US Space Command for military operations

Trump in June said he wanted to create a " Space Force ", which would be a sixth and entirely new branch of the military alongside the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard. In a series of tweets, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the creation of Space Command is a "critical step" in America's ability to manage space a...

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  • Trump administration moves to officially ban bump stocks
Trump administration moves to officially ban bump stocks

The change has undergone a legal review and the Justice Department and ATF are ready to fight any legal challenge that may be brought, the official added. The Trump administration rolled out a new federal regulation Tuesday officially banning bump-fire stocks . That means bump stocks will be illegal by the spring of 2019.

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  • Little if any progress as partial government shutdown looms
Little if any progress as partial government shutdown looms

The government needs to fund seven remaining appropriations bills, and six are close to completion, officials in both parties said. The closure could potentially spill into early January, when the new Congress - including a Democratically controlled House of Representatives - is sworn in.

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  • Chicago police officers killed by train while responding to shooting
Chicago police officers killed by train while responding to shooting

After reports of gunfire prompted the officers to survey the area, they were hit by an outbound South Shore rail at the 103rd Street Rosemoor stop near 103rd Street and Dauphin Avenue around 6:20 p.m. Both young police officers had been on the force for less than three years. "This is a very special breed of individuals to summon the courage, f...

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  • Trump Foundation To Shut Down Amid Lawsuit Against The Charity
Trump Foundation To Shut Down Amid Lawsuit Against The Charity

Citing alleged campaign contributions and legal settlements, Underwood has accused the Trumps of illegally using money accumulated from charitable donations to the foundation to promote Trump's political and financial goals. The foundation was established by Donald Trump well before he ran for president. According to New York Attorney General ...

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  • Russian Federation used all major social media platforms to aid Trump
Russian Federation used all major social media platforms to aid Trump

And one of them said meddling continues. In some cases, Facebook ads were targeted at users who had shown interest in particular topics, including black history, the Black Panther Party and Malcolm X. "Facebook, Twitter and Google are so biased toward the Dems it is ridiculous!" The study says that there were 187 million engagements with user...

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  • Saudi Arabia slams U.S. resolution blaming crown prince for Khashoggi murder
Saudi Arabia slams U.S. resolution blaming crown prince for Khashoggi murder

The "Saudia" Ad Diriyah E-Prix and accompanying events, such as concerts with worldwide artists like Black Eyed Peas, marked several firsts for Saudi Arabia . Opponents of the Senate resolutions want to maintain the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, which they consider an essential counterweight in the Middle East to Iran.

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  • Pakistan, China, Afghanistan sign MoU on anti-terrorism cooperation
Pakistan, China, Afghanistan sign MoU on anti-terrorism cooperation

The special representative for Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad , is leading the US team at the talks, a senior Pakistani official privy to the development confirmed to VOA on Sunday. The meeting follows at least two meetings between Taliban officials and Mr Khalilzad in Qatar. During his one-day visit, FM Qureshi will also meet top Afgha...

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  • North Korea condemns United States sanctions, warns denuclearisation at risk
North Korea condemns United States sanctions, warns denuclearisation at risk

On Dec. 10 , the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it would be placing sanctions on three high-ranking North Korean officials "in response to the North Korean regime's ongoing and serious human rights abuses and censorship". Pak is director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department. While crediting Trump for his "willingness" to improv...

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  • Sapporo Japan restaurant explosion: At least 40 injured in massive blast
Sapporo Japan restaurant explosion: At least 40 injured in massive blast

Some reports said fumes were leaking from spray cans that had been collected for disposal at a real estate company in the building. Neighboring structures that housed a real estate agency and a clinic were seriously damaged, a Sapporo fire department official told AFP.

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  • Interior Secretary Zinke to step down at end of year
Interior Secretary Zinke to step down at end of year

US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke arrives at the US Capitol prior to the service for former President George H.W. Bush on December 03, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mr Zinke, an ex-Navy Seal and a former Montana congressman, has been embroiled in allegations of ethics violations. Then there were travels with his wife, Lola Zinke, that have also...

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  • Michael Flynn's Business Partner Indicted Ahead of Trump Aide's Sentencing
Michael Flynn's Business Partner Indicted Ahead of Trump Aide's Sentencing

The indictment alleges that after Alptekin made the payments to Company A, it was to kick back 20 percent of the payments to Alptekin's company in the Netherlands, and two such kickbacks were made. Alptekin falsely told the lawyers that he was not consulted about the op-ed and that his goal in hiring Flynn Intel was to obtain an energy deal wit...

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  • Ex-FBI chief Comey says Trump undermines rule of law with ‘lies’
Ex-FBI chief Comey says Trump undermines rule of law with ‘lies’

An important point to remember in regards to the 302 forms is the fact that it was produced by disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was sacked over text messages that revealed his extreme anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias during the course of investigations into both then-presidential candidates.

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  • Ukraine Orthodox OKs break with Russian church
Ukraine Orthodox OKs break with Russian church

The Moscow branch of the Ukrainian Church has denied being a tool of the Kremlin, and says it has tried to bring about peace in eastern Ukraine . The church will be called the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and will be headed by a figure whose title will be metropolitan, not patriarch.

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  • Trump Calls Michael Cohen a 'rat'
Trump Calls Michael Cohen a 'rat'

Trump reacted this past week to the accusations against his former personal lawyer , tweeting "I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law". "He directed me, as I said in my allocution and I said as well in the plea, he directed me to make the payments, he directed me to become involved in these matters".

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  • China suspends tariff hikes on $126B of US cars, auto parts
China suspends tariff hikes on $126B of US cars, auto parts

In July, China had a 15 percent tariff on USA auto imports, a reduction from an earlier tariff of 25 percent. The tariff cut lowers the charge for US -made cars and trucks to 15 percent, the same level as imports from other countries. Wang said auto makers in China that imported cars from the United States had seen a 30 percent decline in volume ...

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