• Trump agitating for major military withdrawal from Afghanistan, advisers say
Trump agitating for major military withdrawal from Afghanistan, advisers say

He further said that Trump's decision is being praised by Russian President Vladimir Putin". The New York Times reported Thursday the president made the decision to cut the USA presence in Afghanistan at the same time he chose to withdraw all forces from Syria , which he announced Wednesday .

Read more

  • With procedural vote, Senate advances bill to stop partial shutdown
With procedural vote, Senate advances bill to stop partial shutdown

Other observers think that he has always preferred to attack Democrats over the lack of a wall than to actually build one, so that a Pelosi speakership will wind up being useful to him politically. Negotiations between the White House and Democrats went on into Friday night. That additional money remains a non-starter in the Senate, where 60 vote...

Read more

  • DHS Secretary: From Now on Illegal Aliens Will Be Deported to Mexico
DHS Secretary: From Now on Illegal Aliens Will Be Deported to Mexico

Nielsen also told lawmaker that Mexico has told the United States "affected migrants will receive humanitarian visas to stay on Mexican soil, they will be given the ability to apply for work, and be given other protections while they await a U.S.

Read more

  • Republicans and Democrats alarmed over Mattis resignation
Republicans and Democrats alarmed over Mattis resignation

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis looks at U.S. President Donald Trump as he speaks during a meeting with Medal of Honor recipients in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2017. Will Trump feel less constrained in pursuing reckless foreign policy decisions? "It is seen in Europe as an alarming symbol of Trump's de...

Read more

  • Donald Trump threatens 'very long' US government shutdown
Donald Trump threatens 'very long' US government shutdown

While Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have already branded this outcome a Trump shutdown, the president tweeted Friday that "it will be a Democrat Shutdown!" if they don't support the measure before them in the Senate . "Wheels down IAD ready to vote no on this stupid wall ", he said on Twitter Friday morning, referring to Dulles...

Read more

  • China detained an Alberta teacher because she was working illegally, spokeswoman says
China detained an Alberta teacher because she was working illegally, spokeswoman says

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau however emphasised that the arrest did not seem to be linked to a former diplomat and an entrepreneur held for allegedly endangering China's national security. China has warned Canada of "grave consequences" if it does not free Meng. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because no further informa...

Read more

  • Japan protests Russian military build-up on island disputed since Second World War
Japan protests Russian military build-up on island disputed since Second World War

Shinzo Abe's latest boost to the Japanese military comes as his ministers argue there are "strong concerns" over Chinese manoeuvres and North Korea remains a threat. The protest was made on Tuesday after the Russian media announced the construction of four barracks on the islands of Etorofu and Kunashiri - the largest islands in southern Kuril,...

Read more

  • Corbyn in misogyny row over 'stupid woman' remark aimed at Theresa May
Corbyn in misogyny row over 'stupid woman' remark aimed at Theresa May

I am though pragmatic and recognise that we were never going to get the easy deal we were promised by some. MP Anna Soubry said perhaps Bercow would have been more inclined to take immediate action against Corbyn had it been a Tory frontbencher discussing a female Labour MP.

Read more

  • North Korea condemns USA sanctions, warns denuclearization at risk
North Korea condemns USA sanctions, warns denuclearization at risk

Recalling the rows between North Korea and the USA past year "which was marked by exchanges of fire ", the statement further warned the U.S. It added such moves "will block the path to denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula forever, .

Read more

  • Explosion at Japan restaurant injures 42
Explosion at Japan restaurant injures 42

Police officers were keeping people from approaching the damaged building out of fear of additional blasts, the Japan Times reported . The area where the explosion occurred is located about 50 meters from a metro station. Dozens of people have been injured in the explosion in Sapporo . A local fire department said the three tenants in the bui...

Read more

  • Government shutdown threat remains as US Democrats reject Trump bid
Government shutdown threat remains as US Democrats reject Trump bid

The money Trump wants is a fraction of the roughly $450 billion Congress was poised to approve-before the latest battle over the wall-to fund several agencies which will otherwise run out of money on December 21. He appeared to ease that stance early Tuesday when the White House said it did not want a shutdown and was looking for "other ways" to ob...

Read more

  • Trump, Without Evidence, Blasts Social Media Giants For Opposition
Trump, Without Evidence, Blasts Social Media Giants For Opposition "Bias"

The report, prepared by the social media research firm New Knowledge for the Senate Intelligence Committee , details efforts by the Internet Research Agency to "confuse, distract and ultimately discourage members [of Trump's main opposition groups] from voting".

Read more

  • Trump names Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff
Trump names Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff

Trump insisted that "many" people wanted the job, amid reporting and speculation that it isn't a desirable role given how Mr. Trump has treated his current and former chiefs of staff. If they can not resolve an impasse with Congress, there will a partial government shutdown. A senior administration official said "there's no time limit" to Mulva...

Read more

  • White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand
White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer stressed there are not enough votes in Congress to pass wall funding, and that it would be up to Trump to repeal his demand. He signed it anyway the following morning and said he did so because of all the money it contained for the military. Though Republicans control Congress, Trump does not have the votes for a...

Read more

  • Boxed In by Trump, GOP Hurtles Toward a Shutdown
Boxed In by Trump, GOP Hurtles Toward a Shutdown

Trump said last week he would be "proud" to have a shutdown to get Congress to approve a $5 billion down payment to fulfill his campaign promise. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) reiterated on Thursday that the wall funding Trump wants has little chance to get through his chamber.

Read more

  • James Comey Slams the Republican Party After Second Interview on Capitol Hill
James Comey Slams the Republican Party After Second Interview on Capitol Hill

Comey , who led both investigations, mocked the congressional probe, saying the questions were about " Hillary Clinton's emails and the Steele dossier" - two favorite subjects of Republicans who insist there was bias in the department. The mere insinuation of underhanded tactics was striking, since prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller'...

Read more

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

But according to a statement released by China's Finance Ministry on Friday, the punitive 25 percent additional tariff China imposed on USA -made cars will be suspended for three months beginning January 1. Trump tweeted on Friday, applauding the decision on auto tariffs. "Carmakers might be ordering a large number of imported cars now". "We app...

Read more

  • Sri Lanka Parliament demands sacked PM be reinstated
Sri Lanka Parliament demands sacked PM be reinstated

Sri Lanka plunged into political turmoil when Sirisena surprisingly sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in late October and replaced him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa . Courts have also prevented Rajapakse and his disputed cabinet exercising power until they can prove their legitimacy. Soon after being appointed prime min...

Read more

  • An Immigrant Girl's Death in CBP Custody Draws Criticism - Hit & Run
An Immigrant Girl's Death in CBP Custody Draws Criticism - Hit & Run

Once in Lordsburg, according to the DHS, agents separated Caal from her father on the pretext that he did not have documents proving they were related. Homeland Security's watchdog will review what happened in the girl's case, federal officials said. The youngster, who crossed the border after travelling with her father from Guatemala , was amon...

Read more

  • Publisher of National Enquirer admits paying hush money to help Trump
Publisher of National Enquirer admits paying hush money to help Trump

Pecker met with Cohen "and at least one other member of the campaign" in August of 2015, according to the non-prosecution agreement, which was struck with prosecutors from the office of the US Attorney for the Southern District of NY. "If it were, it's only civil, and even if it's only civil, there was no violation based on what we did. OK?" Dav...

Read more