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Turkey pursues freedom of Arabs, Kurds in Syria: Erdogan

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Some of Trump's closest allies had attempted to publicly persuade the president to reverse his decision on the pullout. "We see the problems of the Kurds as our own", he said on Monday, Anadolu Agency reported. On Wednesday, Trump said he was withdrawing United States troops from Syria, citing its cost in terms of United States military lives and taxpayer money. Read More »

USA shutdown could stretch into January, Trump aide warns

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Mulvaney's hint at Trump's responsibility for the government shutdown was explicitly stated by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. It affects about one-fourth of the federal government. Schumer and McConnell spoke on the floor, with both blaming the other party for the shutdown and neither showing any sign of giving in. During a conference call Saturday with reporters, a senior administration official was asked why Democrats were not present at the White House meeting when Trump has ... Read More »

Dreaming of a white Christmas? It’s snow go this year, sadly

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The moderate snow band will move in near mid-morning Christmas Day . Most Canadians won't be getting a white Christmas this year, The Weather Network forecasts. Damp & Stormy Weather Ends The Week: A southeasterly flow returns by Wednesday , ushering in milder air and more moisture. Tomorrow features increasing clouds through the day, leading to a chance for rain and snow on Tuesday. Read More »

What is in the Bi-Partisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill?

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It's also worth noting, in all coverage of the reform efforts, that this bill only applies to a relatively small number of prisoners nationwide--as of today , there are 180,843 federal inmates. Additionally, the bill is set to strengthen programs that help the reintegration of prisoners back into society, while implementing a ban of shackling pregnant women. Read More »

Putin warns on growing risks of nuclear war

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Trump said on Wednesday that the United States had defeated the radical Islamist militant group in Syria, and that this fulfilled the only goal for keeping U.S. Putin has backed Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad militarily, helping the war to swing in his favor. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump supporter, called the withdrawal decision a "huge Obama-like mistake", the BBC reported. Read More »

Trump will not sign spending bill without wall funding, after conservatives fought

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I say to Congress: "I will NEVER sign another bill like this again", the President declared in March. "Yet while we are in debt to the tune now $21 trillion we are spending money left and right on things that are in direct contravention to what the objective of spending on the wall would be!" Trump has refused to state publicly whether he will accept a funding bill without wall money, renewing the prospect of a partial government shutdown. Read More »

North Korea says it won't give up nukes until USA does

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The exact definition of denuclearization is likely to be raised again as Trump has said he is working to meet again with Kim sometime early next year. The latest from North Korea comes as the United States and North Korea struggle over the sequencing of the denuclearization that Washington wants and the removal of worldwide sanctions desired by Pyongyang. Read More »

Major powers report progress on new Syria constitution body

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Without taking questions, Lavrov read out a brief statement saying the three countries believed the committee could start to meet in Geneva early next year and would lead to "a viable and lasting Syrian-owned, Syrian-led, UN-facilitated political process". Read More »

Japan restaurant explosion injures dozens

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Around 42 people have been injured, although there could be fatalities. By the force of the Detonation and of the following Brands window panes of the surrounding residential homes and Restaurants, and shattered by the news Agency Kyodo reported. Read More »

White House Intends To Pull U.S. Troops From Syria

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The US has at least 2,000 troops stationed in the region where it has also waged an air campaign in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battling the Islamic State (IS) group. The SDF have been the main USA partners on the ground in Syria in the fight against IS, but the alliance has infuriated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey which sees the SDF - which is heavily dominated by the pro-Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) - as an extension of the ... Read More »

Quad Cities gun owners, range owner react to bump stock ban

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Bump stocks were made notorious by the October 1, 2017, mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in U.S. history to date. On an earlier call with reporters, senior Justice Department officials said they were ready for any possible lawsuit and confident in the review of case law they conducted while writing and revising the regulation. Read More »

Official says US to withdraw all American troops in Syria

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A US withdrawal - including the end of joint USA and Turkish patrols along the border - could open the door for more Turkish operations against the Syrian rebels. News of the planned withdrawal was earlier reported by The Wall Street Journal . "Syria just is not that important to the US", Landis told RT. "The bottom line is that the American withdrawal from eastern Syria will create a power vacuum that will lead to a new phase of worldwide conflict in Syria", she said in a telephone ... Read More »

McConnell Confident That A Government Shutdown Will Be Averted

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It was approved by the committee in summer on a bipartisan vote. The $5 billion is only a small fraction of the $450 billion Congress was poised to approve to fund several agencies which will otherwise run out of money on December 21. US President Donald Trump listens to remarks at a roundtable discussion at the White House in Washington , US Tuesday. In the event of a shutdown, some federal employees would be deemed essential and would continue to work, but their pay would be withheld ... Read More »

Russian information ops targeted minorities in 2016 election cycle

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Black Americans, who overwhelmingly support the Democrats, were the prime targets for messages created to deter them from voting, two detailed reports for the Senate intelligence committee concluded. The report's authors also criticized the technology companies, condemning what it called their "belated and uncoordinated response" to the Russian campaign, and their level of cooperation afterwards. Read More »

New Poll Shows Whom Americans Blame for Potential US Government Shutdown

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Trump was meeting with his team and getting regular updates, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The Trump administration is attempting to obtain necessary support from Democrats in Congress for substantial federal funding to build the wall and must pass the measure as part of a wider budget by the end of Friday, or trigger a temporary shutdown of vital government business. Read More »

Tens of thousands rally in Gaza to mark Hamas anniversary

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Separate shootings last week killed two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Ramallah, while an Israeli baby, born prematurely after its mother was critically wounded in the settlement of Ofra, later died at the hospital. Safadi urged the worldwide community to "shoulder its legal and moral responsibilities" by pressuring Israel to stop building settlements on confiscated Palestinian land. Read More »