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Chinese Court Sentences Canadian Man To Death, Escalating Tensions

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In response to questions from reporters on Tuesday, Freeland said that she has met twice with China's ambassador to Canada about the decision on Monday to up the sentence imposed on Robert Schellenberg , who was sentenced to 15 years in a Chinese prison for drug smuggling but received the death sentence following his appeal of that ruling. Read More »

Al-Qaeda Group Claims Kenya Attack; Three People Reported Dead

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A U.S. businessman who reportedly survived the 11 September World Trade Centre terror attack in 2001 is among at least 14 people to have been killed in by suspected militants in Nairobi . "I knew one of them because he had a big scar on one of his hands", he said. Several explosions have been heard. "My colleagues were running everywhere", said another man, breathing heavily, who did not give an Associated Press video journalist his name. Read More »

Hours after U.S. troops killed in Syria, Pence says Islamic State defeated

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President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from the war-torn country. "We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time", the tweet from Operation Inherent Resolve said. The Pentagon Friday confirmed it had begun pulling out some equipment from Syria as part of the pull-out, but that some 2,000 USA forces would remain in place until conditions on the ground allowed for them to leave. Read More »

White House Requested Plans from Pentagon to Attack Iran

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The request, which alarmed then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other Pentagon officials, came after Iranian-backed militants fired three mortars or rockets into an empty lot on the grounds of the United States Embassy in Baghdad in September... Read More »

US GOP House Leader Promises Quick Action Against ‘Racist’ Republican Rep

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House Republicans are clear: We are all in this together, as fellow citizens equal before God and the law. That is not the America that I know. "In the future, I hope Steve King takes the opportunity to join us". and the 1998 killing of James Byrd, Jr . There was an immediate push-back on and off Capitol Hill, and on Friday King took to the House floor to say he regretted talking to the Times and denied he was a racist. Read More »

Canadian man sentenced to death in China following drug smuggling case

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While he appealed the sentence, the effort backfired in December 2018, with the court ruling that his initial sentence was too lenient in light of the charges he'd been convicted of. Meng was arrested at the Vancouver International Airport last month, wanted by American officials on allegations of violating sanctions on Iran . In earlier interviews, Schellenberg's aunt Lauri Nelson-Jones said she was concerned that increasing tensions between Beijing and Ottawa could mean a tougher sentence ... Read More »

Jayme Closs kidnap: Suspect Jake Patterson 'saw her on school bus'

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We don't take that lightly. Speaking from her own experience as a child kidnapping victim, Smart offered advice to Jayme on Monday - just days after the teen was found safe near Gordon, Wisconsin . "The defendant stated it was at that point that he knew he was caught", the complaint says. Jayme, 13, had vanished after her parents were found dead more than two months ago, the neighbor told Kasinkas. Read More »

'I never worked for Russia'

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Following president Trump's firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey , a group of senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials considered the possibility that the dismissal was executed "at the behest of" the Russian government, according to Congressional testimony obtained by CNN . Read More »

Trump threatens to 'devastate' Turkish economy over Syrian Kurds

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Pompeo's remarks follow tensions between the USA and Turkey over the fate of Washington's allies in the fight against ISIS. President Trump's unexpected announcement last month that troops would leave the country has fueled fears that a power vacuum could strengthen ISIS and cede influence in the region to Iran and Russian Federation. Read More »

Mueller Is Investigating Trump as a Russian Asset

The chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), told the Post "it's been several months since" Trump's closed-door meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, "and we still don't know what went on in that meeting". "And if you read the article, you'd see that they found absolutely nothing ". "My firing of James Comey was a great day for America", Trump said, describing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as "a Crooked Cop who is being totally ... Read More »

National Emergency Over Wall Could Be Challenged in Court

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Of the 54 per cent of Americans who oppose the wall, 27 per cent say Democrats should continue to resist Trump's demands for US$5.7 billion (NZ$8.4b) for a barrier, and 23 per cent say Democrats should compromise with the president. Some Trump allies have been encouraging him to declare a national emergency and redirect other funds to begin building the wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a leading Democratic negotiator, insists that Trump reopen the government first. Read More »

Winter Storm Watch, Warning issued for Piedmont Triad counties

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The watch that's in effect from Friday night through Sunday morning covers 25 in counties and includes the cities of Indianapolis, Bloomington, Columbus, Terre Haute and Vincennes, as well as numerous other communities. Due to the potential for a wintry mix and some rain, the snow totals will vary over a small distance. Major cities in the zone, including St. Louis, could get more than 6 inches of snow. Read More »

Oppose Senate bill S.1

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But there was no indication that the Republican-controlled Senate would vote on the bill. BDS is a non-violent grassroots and global movement inspired by the boycotts and sanctions against apartheid South Africa. This section allows the punishment of any individual, state or local government that boycotts Israel or supports the BDS movement. "Congress needs to take further action on border security, but that work should be done when the government is fully open". Read More »

USA troops begin to withdraw from Syria, report says

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The official provided no numbers, but said the equipment withdrawal is underway and an unspecified number of additional USA troops have been brought into Syria to assist with the withdrawal process. On Thursday, Pompeo declared that the U.S.is a "force for good" in the Middle East. "The Americans have a right to make decisions that are in their country's security and national interests", said Ilham Ahmed, who co-chairs the US -backed Syrian Democratic Council in northeast Syria. Read More »

Wisconsin Teen Safe after Escaping Three-month Kidnapping Ordeal

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Closs, abducted on the night her parents were killed, was held captive for three months. "My legs started to shake". At the press conference, Baron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald alleged the suspect planned the crime and that "Jayme was the only target", and that Patterson allegedly went to the home for the objective of kidnapping Jayme and had no prior contact with the parents. Read More »