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Woman elected to replace Merkel as new CDU party leader

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This afternoon 1,001 CDU delegates will assemble in Hamburg to choose a new leader after 18 years under Mrs Merkel. While AKK, 56, is viewed as a keeper of the flame and similar to Merkel with an even temper and middle-of-the-road policies, Merz, 63, has become the torchbearer for those seeking a more decisive break with the chancellor. Read More »

Russian Military Tracks US Destroyer in Sea of Japan - MoD

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Rachel McMarr, a Pacific Fleet spokesperson, said in a statement. Pacific Fleet stressed to CNN that Wednesday's freedom-of-navigation operation ( FONOP ) was "not about any one country, nor are they about current events", adding, "These operations demonstrate the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows". Read More »

Trump announces nominations for attorney general, United Nations ambassador

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United States media report he has been critical of some aspects of that inquiry. Barr, 68, a Republican lawyer, served as attorney general under George H.W. He also worked at the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1970s and in the Reagan White House in the early 1980s. Mr Barr holds degrees in government and Chinese studies from Columbia University. Read More »

Trump Announces Bill Barr As His Attorney General Pick

On another Clinton-related investigative topic, Barr told The New York Times in November of previous year he believed that there was more justification for the Department of Justice to investigate Clinton's role in approving a 2010 sale of USA uranium stockpiles to a Russian energy company in what is commonly known as the "Uranium One" deal , than for investigating any potential collusion between President Trump and Russians. Read More »

Trump Opens Fire On Mueller, Comey As New Revelations Expected Today

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Former FBI Director James Comey has arrived on Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview with two House committees. "Presidential Harassment" has become a common phrase in pro-Trump and conservative media outlets lately, which skeptics may see as a very odd euphemism for "checks and balances" or even appropriate investigation into corruption and malfeasance. Read More »

All clear after bomb threat forces evacuation of CNN offices

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Police said the threat was received at the Time Warner building at 25 Columbus Circle around 10:30 p.m. CNN said several fire alarm bells signaling an evacuation rang inside its newsroom shortly after that. It is unclear whether the threat was directed at CNN or another location close by. They evacuated the studios out of caution. Brian Stelter also tweeted about the interruption. Read More »

Christmas tree shortage continues to have people digging deeper in their wallets

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In 2008, at the height of the recession, many growers planted fewer trees. Shawn Wilk has been selling Christmas trees for more than 40 years in Culver City, California. According to the National Christmas Tree Association , part of the problem stems from a shortage of trees. "They're asking so much more money for them". Read More »

Withdrawing US, NATO Troops From Afghanistan Risks '9/11' Recurrence - Pentagon

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Imran Khan said it is the vindication of his view point about seeking a political settlement in Afghanistan through dialogue with all the stakeholders including Taliban . Defending ties with Beijing, the PM said our relationship with China is not one-dimensional. Last month, Trump said in an interview Pakistan doesn't "do a damn thing" for the United States despite billions of dollars in US aid, adding that Pakistani officials knew of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's location ... Read More »

Michigan Republicans following Wisconsin's lead in curbing Democrats' power

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Republicans defended the legislation , saying the six-member panel of three Democrats and three Republicans would initially be appointed by Democratic Gov. A spokesperson for Walker says the governor is reviewing the bills. The legislation would also require legislative approval to withdraw from lawsuits, taking that away from the attorney general. Read More »

Julian Assange: Ecuador president reveals 'PATH' for Wikileaks founder to leave embassy

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In November a filing error revealed that Mr Assange faced charges in the U.S. - although it was not clear what those charges were. Assange, 47, the founder of WikiLeaks , has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 while wanted for questioning over sexual assault allegations in Sweden.He has maintained his innocence and said the charges were nothing more than an attempt to extradite him to the United States. Read More »

Theresa May rejects cabinet pleas to postpone Brexit vote

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MPs argued that they needed this to make an informed choice on whether to approve the deal in a vote next week. He said: "Over the next seven days can I urge the Brexit Secretary and the Prime Minister in the strongest possible terms to redouble their efforts to find a way to give real reassurance that we the United Kingdom in future could leave the Northern Irish backstop in the event that we have had to join it". Read More »

US Brings Charges Against Mossack Fonseca Partner, Client, Advisors

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U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said the defendants "shuffled millions of dollars through off-shore accounts" and had "a playbook to repatriate un-taxed money into the U.S. He said his "client will be vindicated at trial". The identities of the lawyers representing the four indicted men were not immediately clear Tuesday evening. Read More »

Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for United Nations ambassador

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Nauert, who earlier this year had been considered a possible successor to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, gained experience on diplomacy by working at the State Department, but she lacks the political and policy credentials of Haley, a former SC governor. Read More »

United Nations force confirms presence of tunnel on Lebanon-Israel border

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Netanyahu launched the open-ended Israeli military operation, known as Operation Northern Shield , to destroy what he called "cross-border terror tunnels" that stretch from Lebanon into Israeli territory. The IDF has announced only that it has located a single tunnel that began in the southern Lebanese city of Kfar Kila and extended some 130 feet into Israeli territory. Read More »

Trump golf club employs undocumented workers

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Morales and Sandra Diaz, a former Bedminster employee who is now a legal USA resident, reached out to the Times through their lawyer, who is representing them in "immigration matters". But Morales isn't the only one. "We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation". Both women were described by the Times as finding Trump demanding, but kind. Read More »

Father Makes Bully Daughter Walk Eight Kilometres To School

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Matt Cox's daughter was suspended last week, and made the decision to let her walk five miles to school rather than driving her. A clip that Cox shared of his daughter walking to school instantly went viral, generating millions of views. Read More »

Manafort tried to broker deal over Assange's handover to US

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Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno and his aides discussed the ways they could get rid of Julian Assange with Donald Trump's campaign chief Paul Manafort in 2017, The New York Times reports, citing three people familiar with the talks. The outlet cites Manafort's spokesman, Jason Maloni as saying that Moreno brought up the Assange issue and expressed "his desire to remove Julian Assange from Ecuador's embassy", while Manafort "listened but made no promises as this was ancillary to the ... Read More »

Trump Weighs 2nd North Korea Summit as Possible Missile Site Appears

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According to CNN, the imagery offers evidence the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby, previously unreported site remain active and have been continuously upgraded. "It is one of North Korea's major facilities that the military has tracked and monitored in coordination with the United States forces", said Joint Chiefs of Staff's spokesperson Col. Read More »

Trump dubs himself 'Tariff Man,' threatens tougher stance with Chinese

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Trump had threatened to tax imported cars, trucks and auto parts, potentially targeting imports that previous year totaled $335 billion, and the European Union had warned that it would retaliate with tariffs on products worth $20 billion if Trump put duties on cars and auto parts from Europe. Read More »

Terror attack kills 3 in southeastern port city

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Mohammad Hadi Marashi, the deputy governor in charge of security, said the assailants tried to enter the city's police headquarters but "they were prevented by the guards and they detonated the auto bomb". No militant group immediately took responsibility for the attack. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed "foreign-backed terrorists" for the attack. Read More »

Luxembourg aims to make all public transportation free by 2020

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Luxembourg City, the capital of the tiny, landlocked European country bears the infamy of being one of the worst traffic congestion-hit cities in the world. While the country as a whole has 600,000 inhabitants, almost 200,000 people living in France, Belgium and Germany cross the border every day to work in Luxembourg. Read More »

Snowball fights now legal in Colorado town after boy’s quest

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Dane Best, 9, thought the law was "silly". "Because his grandpa couldn't". Kyle Rietkerk, assistant to the Severance town administrator, said the rule was part of a larger ordinance that made it illegal to throw or shoot stones or missiles at people, animals, buildings, trees, any other public or private property or vehicles. Read More »

Expectations low as Yemen's warring parties meet for talks

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Yemen's Houthi rebels and Saudi-backed government delegates are in Sweden for UN-sponsored talks to end the conflict. Members of a Yemeni rebel delegation prepare to fly accompanied by a United Nations peace envoy, heading for high-stakes talks in Sweden with the government aimed at ending the country's devastating war, on 4 December 2018 in Sanaa. Read More »

'It's really tough': Brother of missing United Kingdom tourist

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A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We are providing consular support to the family in the United Kingdom, and working with the New Zealand Police in relation to reports of a missing British national in New Zealand". Thousands of people have shared the post. Base Backpackers is located on Queen St in Auckland's CBD. She has brown hair and brown eyes and is approximately 5ft 6in (168cm) in height, and 58 kg. Read More »

US Urges Europe To Implement Sanctions Against Iran

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Pompeo says the Trump administration is no longer willing to accept such transgressions and is acting to reform institutions that have formed the basis of the post-World War II worldwide order. "Words should mean something". A USA decision to pull out of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in response to Russian violations has prompted accusations that Washington is weakening a bulwark of European security. Read More »

South Korean President says visit from North Korea's Kim "a possibility"

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Kim's father and late leader, Kim Jong-il, saw his birthday designated as a national holiday in 1982 when he was 40, two years after he was anointed as successor to his father and national founder Kim Il-sung. President Moon Jae-in met with New Zealand's main opposition leader on Monday during his state visit to the country and discussed ways to advance bilateral cooperation. Read More »

Marine Planes Crash Off Japan Coast, Search and Rescue Underway

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A USA official told Fox News that seven Marines were on board the two aircraft. The planes involved were an F-18 fighter and a C-130 tanker, the official said. The incident, which involved an F/A-18 and a KC-130 that took off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, happened about 2 a.m. during "regularly scheduled training", a Marine Corps statement said. Read More »

CCTV Footage Shows Chaos And Crime After Global Citizen Festival

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa attended the festival and hosted his fellow heads of state from Ghana, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. "We have been working to support people getting home safely", it said. Stadium Management chief executive, Jacques Grobbelaar, also expressed regret at the reported incidents of violence and crime affecting festival-goers but said that his company had no authority over the safety and security of music revellers who had come to see their favourite local and ... Read More »

Crackdown on Italian mob prompts dozens of arrests in Europe

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In Germany, federal police said there had been multiple arrests in the early morning raids on premises mainly in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which borders the Netherlands and Belgium, and Bavaria to the south. "There are thousands of people who should be arrested and billions of euros that should be seized". They are accused of committing "serious crimes" including activities linked to global drug trafficking, Italian police said in a statement . Read More »