• Kim Jong Un Says He's Ready for More Talks With Trump
Kim Jong Un Says He's Ready for More Talks With Trump

In last year's speech Kim warned "the nuclear button is on my office desk all the time", but also offered to send a team to the forthcoming Winter Olympics in the South. Meanwhile, Trump used his New Year's message to brag about the "accomplishments" of his adminstatrion so far. His New Year speech was closely watched for any clues as to how the ...

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  • At least 60 dead after storm Usman hits Philippines
At least 60 dead after storm Usman hits Philippines

A regional office of the disaster agency said it was working to confirm the deaths of 38 people in the Bicol region, located south of the main island of Luzon. Some residents in mountainside villages did not evacuate after the tropical depression weakened into a low pressure area after making landfall, said Ricardo Jalad, executive director of th...

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  • House Democrats to pass plan to reopen government Thursday
House Democrats to pass plan to reopen government Thursday

Trump wants $5 billion as a down payment on the barrier that could cost more than $20 billion to build, while Democrats have offered to approve $1.3 billion for other border security efforts. The first bill, sources say, will include year-long funding plans for every government agency now closed, with the exception of the Department of Homeland Sec...

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  • Netanyahu says Brazil will move embassy to Jerusalem
Netanyahu says Brazil will move embassy to Jerusalem

Bolsonaro has served seven terms in Brazil's lower house of Congress, the Chamber of Deputies, before being elected President. Trump broke with that consensus a year ago, and in May this year the United States embassy was established in Jerusalem.

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  • Putin Tells Trump in New Year's Letter He's Open to Meeting
Putin Tells Trump in New Year's Letter He's Open to Meeting

During the year, China and Russian Federation witnessed more frequent high-level exchanges, deepened mutual political trust and a series of achievements from bilateral pragmatic cooperation in various fields, Xi said. After the surprise announcement of the withdrawal of United States forces from Syria, Russia and Turkey agreed on Saturday to "coord...

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  • Pelosi hopes to end shutdown as Democrats take control of the House
Pelosi hopes to end shutdown as Democrats take control of the House

The so-called " Continuing Resolution " funding bill would keep the lights on at DHS only until February 8, 2019, and continue current funding of $1.3 billion for border security. Still, spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threw cold water on Democrats' new proposal. There was an ominous feel to the holidays given the dark c...

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  • Vehicle plows into New Year's crowd in Tokyo, injures eight people
Vehicle plows into New Year's crowd in Tokyo, injures eight people

NHK footage showed a small box vehicle with a smashed front and paramedics carrying people on stretchers into ambulances. Local TV footage showed the small van with a smashed-up front end, as ambulance workers and police officers rushed to the scene.

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  • S.Korea: Kim Jong Un hopes to visit Seoul
S.Korea: Kim Jong Un hopes to visit Seoul

But the much-anticipated trip has not yet materialised, which has left Kim feeling "much regret", according to his letter, sent to mark the end of the year, Moon's spokesman said. The two neighbours technically remain at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a ceasefire instead of a peace treaty. Moon thanked him for the letter, tweeting ...

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  • Kim warns North Korea could consider change of tack
Kim warns North Korea could consider change of tack

North Korea, however, would have "no choice but to defend our country's sovereignty and supreme interest, and find a new way to settle peace on our peninsula", if the United States "misinterprets our people's patience, and makes one-sided demands and continues down the path of sanctions and pressure on our republic".

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  • Netanyahu Meets Bolsonaro in Rio de Janeiro
Netanyahu Meets Bolsonaro in Rio de Janeiro

Netanyahu is then expected to go to a local synagogue for a meeting with Brazilian Jewish leaders. Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro rolled out the red carpet for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, when the two leaders spoke of a brotherhood between their countries , but neither mentioned the possibility of Brazil moving its e...

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  • Victim: Gunman fired beside and in front of auto
Victim: Gunman fired beside and in front of auto

Christopher Cevilla, father of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes , speaks during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Houston . "I could never imagine the day of losing one of my own children let alone the youngest of my 8 in such a selfish and sensless way (sic)", says the page .

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  • Throngs packing into Times Square for rainy New Year's Eve
Throngs packing into Times Square for rainy New Year's Eve

Revelers in New York's Times Square are contending with rain drops and a bit of price gouging ahead of the New Year's Eve ball drop. Janette Masson, 29, said she preferred this year's rain to last year's bone-chilling cold. It's the first time a drone has been used this way during the festivities. The organizers chose to honor press fre...

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  • House Democrats unveil plan to re-open government
House Democrats unveil plan to re-open government

The president has complained he is the only one in Washington working while lawmakers are gone for the holiday season. Those six bills are Financial Services, Agriculture, Interior-Environment, Transportation-Housing-Urban Development, Commerce-Justice-Science and State-Foreign Operations.

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  • Democrat Elizabeth Warren close to formally announcing 2020 presidential campaign plan
Democrat Elizabeth Warren close to formally announcing 2020 presidential campaign plan

But she is also a polarizing figure who may struggle to craft her own narrative; in part because she's become a foe for conservatives, who portray her as a liberal elitist by pointing to her background as a Harvard law professor. She has an advantage in the $12.5 million left over from her 2018 re-election campaign that she could use for a presiden...

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  • Merkel, Macron demanding Russian Federation release captured Ukrainian seamen
Merkel, Macron demanding Russian Federation release captured Ukrainian seamen

Kyiv has said Russia violated the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Ukraine-Russia Treaty on Cooperation in Using the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. The European Union described the move as "a gross violation of worldwide law and of the territorial integrity of Ukraine". German and French leaders on Friday urged Russian F...

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  • American suspected of spying held by Russian intelligence in Moscow
American suspected of spying held by Russian intelligence in Moscow

It said in a short statement that he was caught during a spying operation, without adding further details. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow was alerted about the detention in line with the bilateral consular convention, RIA Novosti reported, citing the Russian Foreign Ministry's press office.

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  • Police seen at Hannover Airport after vehicle drives through gate
Police seen at Hannover Airport after vehicle drives through gate

The man, whose vehicle was registered in Poland, was quickly arrested and is being questioned. He drove through the perimeter fence and tried to pursue an Aegean Airlines plane that had just landed from Athens. 'Arriving flights are diverting, departures have been suspended after a auto driver reportedly tried to enter the apron. During the incid...

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  • At least two die in Russia’s high rise apartment collapse, say reports
At least two die in Russia’s high rise apartment collapse, say reports

At least four people are dead and dozens missing after a suspected gas explosion ripped through an apartment building in southern Russian Federation on Monday, state media reported. Four people have also been taken to hospital. The residents have been evacuated. Monday is a public holiday in Russian Federation. Located in the mineral-rich souther...

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  • Winter storm expected to bring snow, poor travel conditions
Winter storm expected to bring snow, poor travel conditions

Reduced visibility due to blowing snow is likely Thursday into early Friday morning. It was forecast to bring heavy rain farther east Friday and cause messy travel conditions. The crash involved a commercial vehicle and a passenger auto, Trooper Tod Hileman said. The advisory is in effect from 3 a.m.to 9 a.m. The latest happened in central Minn...

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  • France and Britain agree action plan on migrant Channel crossings
France and Britain agree action plan on migrant Channel crossings

The Sunday Telegraph says Mr Javid is under pressure to "get a grip" of the problem after appearing to concede the Government's response had been ineffective. Home Secretary Sajid Javid abandoned a luxury safari holiday to return to the United Kingdom to tackle the "major incident" involving a rise in the number of people attempting the perilou...

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