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Trump makes it official. John Kelly on the way out

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He was not on speaking terms with Trump during his last days, two officials told CNN , and their relationship was no longer seen as tenable. CNN also reported that the president had asked Mr Kelly to consider committing to his second term. Read More »

Russian Federation responds to United States withdrawal of Cold War arms treaty

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Pompeo said that despite Moscow's INF violations, "the United States has remained in scrupulous compliance with the treaty". "A simple one - we will also do it". "Apparently, our American partners believe that the situation has changed so drastically that the United States should also have such weapons", Putin said in remarks carried by the Interfax news service. Read More »

400 arrested in Brussels 'yellow vest' protest

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Three Associated Press journalists had gas masks and protective goggles confiscated by police despite carrying government-issued press cards. This weekend, six matches in the top tier of France's football league were postponed. Police put up barricades there and both vehicles and pedestrians were denied access. Department stores were also closed due to the risk of looting on what would normally be a busy shopping weekend in the run-up to Christmas. Read More »

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin weaken new governor, AD's powers

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Wisconsin's GOP Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald, seemed ill-prepared for the wave of condemnation directed at his caucus, saying that he was "a little surprised" by the reaction and calling the demonstrations "over the top". The efforts are reminiscent of lame-duck maneuvers that North Carolina Republicans took in 2016 to strip the incoming Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, of the power to appoint a majority of members to a state election-oversight board. Read More »

FBI Lawyer Prevents 'Evasive' Comey From Answering GOP's Questions

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President Trump has often fumed that Strzok, Page, Comey and Clinton are not the focus of an investigation. Comey said he will be back at the Capitol for another closed-door interview the week of December 17. It a series of tweets early Friday, the president blasted Comey and the Mueller probe into Russia's hacking of the 2016 USA national election. But while Comey insisted in the interview that "we never investigated the Trump campaign for political purposes", the transcript shows he ... Read More »

Satellite images show activity at North Korean missile base

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New satellite pictures obtained by 2 Investigates show continuous construction of a large underground facility that has been kept under wraps and located roughly seven miles away from the known Yeongjeo-dong site. But despite the meetings and ongoing talks, many in Washington remain skeptical of the North Korea's seriousness. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the global sanctions campaign against North Korea is an example of U.S. Read More »

Trump’s pick for United Nations ambassador went to Pine Manor College

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Nauert, who Trump praised as being "very talented" and "very smart", would replace Ambassador Nikki Haley who has been a vocal advocate for United States foreign policy and Israel at the UN. Nauert won't be going to NY to shape America's foreign policy. Trump's announcement comes just a day after the USA lost a high-profile vote in the U.N. Read More »

Pakistan will no longer fight someone else’s war, says Imran Khan

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Now I'm happy that everyone realises there is only a political solution. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made the comments following the two-day talks ending on December 5, the day after a top USA general said the death toll among Afghanistan's security forces will no longer be sustainable unless urgent measures are taken. Read More »

United States accuses Huawei CFO of Iran sanctions cover-up

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Wanzhou Meng, arrested December 1 in Vancouver and facing possible extradition to the USA, had a bail hearing today in which it was made clear that she is looking at some serious jail time for allegedly misrepresenting to authorities the relationship between Huawei and SkyCom, which did business in Iran . Read More »

Trump to pick State Department spokeswoman for United Nations ambassador

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Nauert was a breaking news anchor on Trump's favorite television show, "Fox & Friends", when she was tapped to be the face and voice of the administration's foreign policy. Ahead of the vote, the U.S. ambassador sent a letter to all UN missions to make clear that "the United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously". Read More »

The life of George Bush Senior

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Bush's family announced his passing through a statement on Twitter, calling him "a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for". Praise is coming in for former President George H.W. Bush from another former president. "And he did tremendous good along the journey". "Expanding America's promise to new immigrants and people with disabilities". Read More »

Former President George H.W. Bush laid to rest in Texas

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Vice President Mike Pence and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell also spoke. "He left a simple, yet profound legacy to his children, to his grandchildren and to his country: service", George P. In place of most federal dignitaries were top Houston athletes including the NFL Texans' defensive end J.J. Watt - displaying Bush's love for sports - and Chuck Norris, who played TV's Walker, Texas Ranger . Read More »

Kremlin Denies Accusation it Has Designs on Ukrainian Sea Ports

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko responded by introducing martial law for 30 days in much of Ukraine . Omelyan noted that Russian shipping is unaffected. "There are plans to build at least two or more ships". All three Ukrainian ships were detained in the Black Sea. "How this discussion will proceed depends on our future talks", the minister said. Read More »

Mattis Condemns Russia's ‘Brazen’ Aggression Against Ukraine

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He is not recognizing that what he is doing is actually creating an animosity against his people, "said Mattis". Mattis also touched on the US intention to quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which the USA says Russian Federation is violating, according to a transcript provided in advance. Read More »

Kennedy: Saudi Crown Prince Was 'Original El Chapo'

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Pompeo said after the briefing that there was " no direct reporting " that connected the prince to the killing. " There's not a smoking gun, there's a smoking saw ", South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said, referencing Trump administration comments that there is no "smoking gun" showing bi Salman ordered the killing. Read More »

Pound drops to 2017 lows after government contempt vote

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At times, the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox looked overwhelmed with emotion as he listened to colleagues giving character references that might spring him from the contempt charge. But he was also there not just to defend the prime minister , but to try and sell her deal to recalcitrant Conservative MPs by attempting to reassure them that her Brexit compromise - despite having "unattractive, unsatisfying elements" - was not going to trap the United Kingdom into a customs union with the EU ... Read More »