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WORLD | 7th December 18
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – The father of a 22-year-old British tourist who has been missing in New Zealand for six days made a tearful plea for help in the case on Friday, but police say they now hold "grave fears" for her safety.Grace Millane was last seen on Saturday evening in central Auckland. She had been staying at a backpacker hostel and left some of her belongings there. Her birthday was on ...
WORLD | 7th December 18
The former director of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's media division last year asked agency members to stop using phrases like "catch of the day" regarding immigrants illegally crossing the border.The Oct. 26, 2017 email, obtained by watchdog group American Oversight in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, asked the agency to treat anyone they interact with with respect.“Whet ...
WORLD | 7th December 18
Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian naval vessels is a manifestation of its disregard for global rules and intent to test the West, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday. Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Trump administration was not discussing a military response to the Nov. 25 incident in the Kerch Strait, in which Russia’s coast guard seized three Ukrai ...
WORLD | 7th December 18
This is the third month in a row that family apprehensions have set a record, according to available data going back to 2013.Overall apprehensions, however, remained relatively stagnant from October, ticking slightly up from 51,001 to 51,856, and came nowhere close to setting a record. In the early to mid-2000s, there were months when well over 100,000 migrants were apprehended illegally crossing t ...
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WORLD | 7th December 18
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The woman crawled under first, squeezing face down through a gap dug under the border fence. The space is only a few inches high, and her feet kicked dust into the air as she wiggled. Next was her 3-year-old daughter, dressed in a pink sweat suit, pushed through to the California side on her back and feet first by a man who stayed in Mexico.The mother anxiously urged them on ...
WORLD | 7th December 18
Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian naval vessels is a manifestation of its disregard for global rules and intent to test the West, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday. Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Trump administration was not discussing a military response to the Nov. 25 incident in the Kerch Strait, in which Russia’s coast guard seized three Ukrai ...
WORLD | 7th December 18
In the second US military operation in as many days, a US Air Force OC-135 observation aircraft conducted an "extraordinary flight" Thursday under the Open Skies Treaty "to reaffirm US commitment to Ukraine," the Pentagon said.The flight came the day after the US Navy had sailed the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell near the Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan, a move that irked Russia, w ...
WORLD | 7th December 18
CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian Parliament passed a contentious encryption bill on Thursday to require technology companies to provide law enforcement and security agencies with access to encrypted communications.Privacy advocates, technology companies and other businesses had strongly opposed the bill, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government said it was needed to thwart criminals and t ...
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WORLD | 7th December 18
It was welcome news for the American president after Tuesday's nearly 800-point slip on Wall Street -- Trump's favorite economic indicator.Late Tuesday evening, he stepped in to reassure investors a deal with Beijing would happen "either now or into the future" after his top economic advisers spent the day attempting to do damage control in a series of appearances at a Wall Street Journal conferenc ...
WORLD | 7th December 18
LONDON — For two years, ever since Britain voted to leave the European Union and set off on an uncharted course, the captains steering Brexit have been trumpeting the future glories of “Global Britain,” a swashbuckling, entrepreneurial ad­ven­ture leading to lucrative free-trade deals around the world. The Brexit boosters envisioned a 21st-century Empire 2.0, with “a proud island nation” trading ...
WORLD | 7th December 18
Image copyright Inpho Image caption The violence of the "gilets jaunes" protests has shocked France The Eiffel Tower in Paris is to close on Saturday amid fears of further street violence from "yellow vest" anti-government protests.Across France, 89,000 police officers will be on duty and armoured vehicles will be deployed in the capital, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced.Police have urged ...
WORLD | 7th December 18
Fresh doubts about a wobbly truce in the U.S.-China trade war Thursday triggered stock market turmoil in the United States and Europe following the unusual arrest at U.S. request of a top executive in one of China’s most prominent corporations. The Chinese government demanded the immediate release of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer and the daughter of the company’s found ...
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WORLD | 6th December 18
CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian Parliament passed a contentious encryption bill on Thursday to require technology companies to provide law enforcement and security agencies with access to encrypted communications.Privacy advocates, technology companies and other businesses had strongly opposed the bill, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government said it was needed to thwart criminals and t ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
SAN DIEGO -- A Honduran woman affiliated with a caravan of Central American migrants gave birth on U.S. soil shortly after entering the country illegally amid growing frustration about a bottleneck to claim asylum at official border crossings. Border Patrol agents arrested the woman Nov. 26 after she entered the country illegally near Imperial Beach, California, across the border from Tijuana, Mex ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
Date created : 06/12/2018 - 14:16 Paris (AFP) Hailed as a hero in the fight against populism after defeating the far right in elections last year, French President Emmanuel Macron has seen his international reputation take a battering over his failure to quell the "yellow vests" protests."In 2017, his election was greeted as a sign of hope by his European neighbours after the Brexit referendum an ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
Gohmert promoted the conspiracy theory on Fox Business Network Thursday morning, during an interview about Google's reported involvement in creating a search engine for China. "Google is born in a free country and then they go over and oppress others, help oppress in another country," Gohmert said."You mention [George] Orwell," he added, pivoting away from the topic. "That reminds me of another Geo ...
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WORLD | 6th December 18
FILE - In this May 24, 2018 file photo, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno delivers his first, annual state-of-the-nation address inside the National Assembly in Quito, Ecuador. Moreno said in a radio interview Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, that Britain has provided sufficient guarantees for Assange to leave his government’s embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder has been living under asylum sinc ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
Victorina Morales, the undocumented Guatemalan immigrant who works at Donald Trump’s New Jersey golf club, provides a host of details that suggest managers there knew she was not authorized to live in the country and employed her anyway. The housekeeper, who entered the country illegally almost 20 years ago, was hired at the club in 2013, she told the New York Times in an interview. She said an em ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
(CNN) — Archaeologists have clashed with road developers in the UK over claims that engineers accidentally punctured a large hole through a 6,000-year-old structure near Stonehenge, potentially destroying prehistoric artifacts and evidence of now-extinct "monster cows." The drilling is alleged to have taken place through a man-made Mesolithic chalk platform at Blick Mead -- a tepid spring at the ed ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is calling on the General Assembly to condemn Hamas. (AP)UNITED NATIONS – U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley was set for a showdown Thursday over a historic U.S.-led bid to have the world body formally condemn Hamas for its terrorist activities against Israel -- a fight that, if successful, would go down as a signature achievement for the departing ambassador.The U ...
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WORLD | 6th December 18
MILAN (Reuters) - Ukraine urged a gathering of dozens of foreign ministers on Thursday to increase sanctions against Russia, accusing Moscow of ramping up aggression against Kiev and sowing “instability and insecurity” across the West. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin arrives to attend the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Summit in Milan, Italy December 6, 2018. R ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
"It was a death that was absolutely violent," said Carlos Caicedo, the father of Carla Stefaniak, a US citizen who went missing late last month while staying at an apartment outside the Costa Rican capital of San Jose. "And we ask ourselves why," Caicedo said in an interview with CNN en Español. "We have no explanation." A Nicaraguan national, Bismarck Espinoza Martinez, 32, has been taken into cus ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, second left, addresses Ukrainian soldiers as Canadian Army Lieutenant General Jean-Marc Lanthier stands at center, and commander of U.S. Army in Europe Christopher Cavoli stands right, during military drills in base Honcharivske, Chernihiv region, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Ukraine’s president announced a partial call-up of reservists for training amid te ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
Talks between Yemen's government and rebels, locked in a devastating war for nearly four years, opened Thursday as tension remained high despite what the UN envoy called a "critical opportunity".Yemen's government and rebels doubled down on their rival demands Thursday, just moments before hard-won consultations opened in Sweden under the auspices of the United Nations.Yemeni Foreign Minister Khale ...
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WORLD | 6th December 18
Sean Penn working on documentary on Saudi writer's death Updated 7:15 am CST, Thursday, December 6, 2018 In this Wednesday Dec. 5, 2018 photo made available Thursday by Yasin Aktay, and showing Yasin Aktay an adviser to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, with US actor Sean Penn, in Ankara, Turkey. Aktay told The Associated Press Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, Penn is in Turkey working on ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday that front-loading by exporters had not been the main driver behind the country’s strong trade performance, adding that it was closely monitoring changes in trade conditions. The United States had slapped tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods in three rounds of punitive trade action from July through September as tensions betw ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
DUBAI (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in a bomb attack in southeastern Iran on Thursday, state TV reported, adding that many others were injured. “This morning a bomb inside a car exploded near a police station in Chabahar and four people were injured,” a local official told state TV. “The suicide attacker set off the explosion after stopping at police headquarters in Chabahar.” Addit ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
CHEMNITZ, Germany — Two weeks after announcing that she would not seek another term, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany was standing in an old locomotive factory in the eastern city of Chemnitz, the scene of far-right protests this year.Outside, 2,500 protesters shouted: “Merkel must go!” Inside, 120 people — more polite but scarcely less hostile — had come to challenge the chancellor on her legac ...
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WORLD | 6th December 18
On Wednesday, the police thanked the news media and the public for playing a role in the arrest, saying that while the attention was not “crucial,” the interest had helped them uncover new evidence. They will continue to search for Mrs. Dawson’s body.The Dawsons lived in the Northern Beaches district, a suburb of Sydney known for its oceanfront real estate and wealthy residents — and as the origina ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter.Greenhouse gas emissions worldwide are growing at an accelerating pace this year, researchers said Wednesday, putting the world on track to face some of the most severe consequences of global warming sooner than expected.Scientists described the quickening rate of carbon dioxide emissions in stark terms, comparing ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin warned on Wednesday that Russia will respond in kind if the United States decides to develop new intermediate-range nuclear missiles.The chief of staff of Russia’s military, Gen. Valery V. Gerasimov, echoed those remarks, saying that any European countries where the United States stationed intermediate-range missiles, such as Poland or Romania, would be the firs ...
WORLD | 6th December 18
Two U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets and a KC-130J Hercules fly during a demonstration over Detroit in September 2017. A mishap between a Hornet and Hercules near Japan early Dec. 6 has prompted a search for missing Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gregory Boyd) U.S. Marines and Japanese authorities were searching off the coast of Japan for six Marines after a mishap involving a fighter j ...
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WORLD | 5th December 18
The satellite imagery offers evidence that the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby, previously unreported site remain active and have been continuously upgraded, underscoring the reality of just how far apart Washington and Pyongyang are on the issue of denuclearization despite five months of sporadic talks.While the base at Yeongjeo-dong has long been known to US intelligence agencies and anal ...
WORLD | 5th December 18
Russian state media published video earlier today of its latest laser weapons system, the Peresvet. The move comes just a day after the U.S. said it would likely pull out of a key arms treaty between the two countries, and the timing of the video’s release doesn’t appear to be a coincidence.“Peresvet laser systems, based on new physical principles, entered combat service in [a] testing regime with ...
WORLD | 5th December 18
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEDec. 5, 2018 / 2:30 PM GMTBy Minyvonne Burke and Didi MartinezThe family of Carla Stefaniak, the Florida woman who disappeared last week during a birthday trip to Costa Rica, confirmed that a body found near her rented Airbnb is hers.Costa Rican authorities said ...
WORLD | 5th December 18
The USS "McCampbell sailed in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay to challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims and uphold the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea enjoyed by the United States and other Nations," US Navy Lt. Rachel McMarr, a spokesperson for the US Pacific Fleet, told CNN in a statement.The US warship conducted what the Navy refers to as a "Freedom of Navigation Operation ...
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WORLD | 5th December 18
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The "wolf pack" case has sparked protests across Spain and led to an expert panel to review the law on rape A Spanish court's controversial decision to clear five men of gang rape has been upheld by five appeal judges, and the group are now set to go to jail for a lesser offence of sexual abuse.There were protests across Spain when the men, who became kno ...
WORLD | 5th December 18
Global emissions of carbon dioxide have reached the highest levels on record, scientists projected Wednesday, in the latest evidence of the chasm between international goals for combating climate change and what countries are actually doing. Between 2014 and 2016, emissions remained largely flat, leading to hopes that the world was beginning to turn a corner. Those hopes have been dashed. In 2017, ...
WORLD | 5th December 18
In fact, so far at least, France’s movement remains relatively unstructured. It has yet to be hijacked by either the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, or the far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, try as they might to claim ownership.And that is what makes France’s movement unique, compared with, say, the Five Star Movement in Italy, which grew up out of a similar disgust with political parties and ...
WORLD | 5th December 18
It's only been three days since Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office, but some of his campaign promises are already in motion. During his leftist bid for presidency, Lopez Obrador vowed to sell the presidential plane -- a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner TP-01 -- and use the proceeds to help his country's poorer communities. "I will not get on the presidential plane. I would be embarras ...
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WORLD | 5th December 18
A medieval skeleton was unearthed near part of the Thames Tideway Tunnel construction site. The 500-year-old skeleton was found wearingAn estimated 500-year-old skeleton still wearing the boots he died in was recently unearthed by archaeologists excavating a site in London.The skeleton, believed to be that of a medieval man, was found near part of the Thames Tideway Tunnel construction site, which ...
WORLD | 5th December 18
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israel provided no evidence of cross-border attack tunnels in a meeting with U.N. peacekeepers on Wednesday, Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said. FILE PHOTO: Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri gestures at the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut, Lebanon November 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File PhotoThe Israeli military launched an operation on Tuesday to “expose ...
WORLD | 5th December 18
The U.K. Parliament released about 250 pages of internal Facebook Inc. emails that lawmakers said show how executives at the social-media company, including Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, gave some developers special access to user data and contemplated charging developers for data access. The documents were released Wednesday as part of parliamentary procedures in the U.K. as lawmakers there ex ...
WORLD | 5th December 18
Hyderabad: Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being the "protector, benefactor and promoter" of AgustaWestland and its parent company Finmeccanica, the Congress on Wednesday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the prime minister's role in "exonerating" the Italian defence and aerospace major which was blacklisted by the United progressive Alliance (UPA). A day after B ...
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WORLD | 5th December 18
Image copyright EPA Image caption In Pulheim, Germany, police struck with a dawn raid on a local Italian restaurant Members of the notorious 'Ndrangheta Italian mafia have been targeted in a simultaneous police sting in Europe.Hundreds of police are understood to have been involved in the operation in Belgium, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.At least 90 people were arrested, and more than three ...
WORLD | 5th December 18
Photo: iStockPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants you to know that if you say things like “Don’t beat a dead horse,” it’s the exact same thing as calling a black person the n-word.In the whitest, dumbest, most clueless and socially irresponsible tweet ever, PETA likened what they call “speciesism” or “anti-animal” language to using racist epithets like “nigger” or homophobic language l ...
WORLD | 5th December 18
The 2018 Global Terrorism Index found that deaths resulting from terrorism decreased 27% worldwide last year. Ninety-six of the 163 countries tracked by the index saw an improvement; 46 had declines. Sixty-seven countries had at least one death from terrorism in 2017 -- a drop from 2016's record high rate of 79 countries, according to the report. The report was produced by the Institute for Economi ...
WORLD | 5th December 18
BERDYANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - When the Island Bay cargo ship arrived from Beirut at the Kerch Strait, gateway to the Azov Sea, it sailed into a perfect storm of geopolitics and bad weather. Cranes and ships are seen in the Azov Sea port of Berdyansk, Ukraine November 30, 2018. Picture taken November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb GaranichThe following day, Russia opened fire on three Ukrainian naval ships ...
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WORLD | 5th December 18
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May suffered embarrassing defeats on Tuesday at the start of five days of debate over her plans to leave the European Union that could determine the future of Brexit and the fate of her government. May wants to secure parliament’s approval for her deal to keep close ties with the EU after leaving in March, but opposition is fierce, with Brexit supporters an ...
WORLD | 5th December 18
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan unsealed an indictment on Tuesday that contained the first charges brought in the United States in connection with the so-called Panama Papers leak.The indictment, which a grand jury returned in late September, names four men connected to Mossack Fonseca, the shuttered offshore law firm whose activities were laid bare in the leak. The men were charged with tax fraud ...