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Federal prosecutors probe Trump inaugural committee

Federal prosecutors probe Trump inaugural committee Sources tell the paper that the Manhattan US attorney's office is in the early stages of an investigation into whether the committee misspent a portion of the $107 million it raised. It's also worth noting that Inaugural Committees have always been problematic when it comes to the money that they collect to pay for the various events, entertainment and otherwise, that take place during and around ... [Full Article...]

President's dissolution of parliament illegal, top court rules

President's dissolution of parliament illegal, top court rules While political norms dictate Sirisena respect the high court's verdict, Sri Lanka's strong executive powers mean that the court has no recourse if he doesn't follow it. Rajapaksa has so far failed to prove his majority in Parliament. Sirisena ran the national unity government with Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) since 2015. [Full Article...]

Trump’s son-in-law Kushner possible next chief of staff: U.S. media

Trump’s son-in-law Kushner possible next chief of staff: U.S. media Another potential chief of staff pick, former campaign adviser David Bossie, was at the White House for meetings on Thursday, but was not believed to have met with the president. "Our state's vast reserves of energy and minerals can power the nation's economy, creating new jobs, prosperity for Alaskan families and, new revenue at the state and federal level", Dunleavy said in a statement . [Full Article...]

Edmonton businesses receive bomb threats as part of North America-wide hoax

Edmonton businesses receive bomb threats as part of North America-wide hoax Winnipeg officers are going to each business that has been threatened and are taking necessary precautions. "Several area businesses are receiving what appears to be a robo-email saying there is a bomb threat to their business unless they pay money in Bitcoins". [Full Article...]

Chinese Hackers Are Likely Responsible For Marriott Data Breach, Reports Say

Chinese Hackers Are Likely Responsible For Marriott Data Breach, Reports Say The Starwood hack was publicly revealed last month, not long before the United States began a 90-day trade truce negotiated by both China and the Trump administration at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires. However, according to the report, speculation about the group being responsible for the hack has been denied by Chinese officials. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that China was behin... [Full Article...]

Maria Butina Admits Conspiring as Kremlin Agent Targeting GOP, NRA

Maria Butina Admits Conspiring as Kremlin Agent Targeting GOP, NRA Butina and Torshin moved in gun rights circles in the United States and, according to court documents, she and other Russians also arranged to host NRA members in Moscow in late 2015. "She risks 15 years in jail". One of the two Americans cited in the prosecution's criminal complaint was Paul Erickson , a conservative US political activist who was dating Butina. [Full Article...]

Leo Varadkar: Halting or delaying Brexit will remove no-deal threat

Leo Varadkar: Halting or delaying Brexit will remove no-deal threat Mrs May is making a whistle-stop tour of Europe after facing humiliation in the House of Commons yesterday as she pulled out of the " meaningful vote " on her Brexit deal . The UK would also not be able to leave the backstop without European Union agreement. The Irish government reportedly began extensive preparations for all Brexit scenarios, including in the food sector, shortly after the r... [Full Article...]

French Police Search For Suspect in Deadly Strasbourg Shooting

French Police Search For Suspect in Deadly Strasbourg Shooting The suspected gunman who attacked a market in the French city of Strasbourg is dead, police sources have told Reuters . He was said to have entered central Strasbourg via the Corbeau bridge to the south of the city centre, before heading to Rue des Orfevres, a popular shopping street close to the cathedral, where he opened fire at around 8pm local time (7pm GMT). [Full Article...]

Israelis killed, 2 injured near Ofra settlement

Israelis killed, 2 injured near Ofra settlement The Israeli military has also confirmed that another Palestinian was killed during an arrest attempt in the city of Nablus. The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that the gunman exited his vehicle and opened fire on soldiers and civilians standing at a bus stop at the Asaf Junction. [Full Article...]

Republicans load up spending bill before Democrats take House control

Republicans load up spending bill before Democrats take House control The package of legislation Wisconsin lawmakers plowed through in an overnight session this week would make it easier for the legislature to block rule changes proposed by the governor. Because these types of anti-democratic hijinks could be coming soon to a state near you. Walker has not signified his action but he has worked in concerts for many years with Republican legislative heads there. [Full Article...]

Rudd says Norway-style Brexit a ‘plausible’ alternative if May’s deal rejected

Rudd says Norway-style Brexit a ‘plausible’ alternative if May’s deal rejected Saying it is a "myth" there is no alternative to the backstop, the former foreign secretary told Marr: "The real problem with the backstop is that it gives the power to Brussels and all the other European Union member states effectively to blackmail us and get what they want out of the future trade negotiation". [Full Article...]

National Weather Service issues Winter Storm Warning for several northern Arkansas counties

National Weather Service issues Winter Storm Warning for several northern Arkansas counties Gusty winds of 25-35 miles per hour combined with snow and especially ice accumulation will result in scattered to numerous downed trees and power lines producing power outages. "But this time, the real thing is headed our way and North Carolina is getting prepared", Cooper, the North Carolina governor, said, according to WSOC in Charlotte. [Full Article...]

United Nations rejects US-drafted resolution to condemn Hamas

United Nations rejects US-drafted resolution to condemn Hamas Israeli leaders still praised the outcome as a show of wide support for their position against the terror group, which for years has targeted Israel with rockets, bombs and other attacks. Meanwhile in Jerusalem, the USA ambassador to Israel -David Friedman - and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated the fifth-day of Hannukah as well as the one-year anniversary of the historic decision. [Full Article...]

Grace Millane murder: New Zealand police search 'location of interest'

Grace Millane murder: New Zealand police search 'location of interest' The body had not yet been formally identified, but it was believed to be that of Millane, Beard said. "The formal identification process will now take place, however based on the evidence we have gathered over the past few days we expect that this is Grace", he said. [Full Article...]

Corker Blasts Trump Support of Saudi Prince

Corker Blasts Trump Support of Saudi Prince Trump has brushed aside the murder, affirming that the kingdom is a "great ally" to the U.S. He also argued that supporting the kingdom would be putting "America first". The measure also cites the initial insistence from Saudi officials that Khashoggi had left the consulate unharmed - statements that proved to be false. [Full Article...]

France Abandons Fuel Tax Increase After Weeks of Protest

France Abandons Fuel Tax Increase After Weeks of Protest Fuel taxes had been set to rise on January 1. More protests are expected to come on Saturday, reports Fox News . One French presidential source told news agency AFP that they fear "major violence " could hit the capital this weekend. [Full Article...]

Analyst tells of how meeting Michelle Obama changed her life

Analyst tells of how meeting Michelle Obama changed her life Mrs Obama added that her husband had always had a great affection for the Queen, saying: "Barack is so incredibly fond of Her Majesty and I won't go into his fangirling but I think it's because she does remind him of his grandmother Toot, she's smart and amusing and honest". [Full Article...]

France Suspends Fuel Tax Hike

France Suspends Fuel Tax Hike The six-month moratorium aims to allow time for dialogue to help end Macron's biggest crisis since taking office previous year. After three weeks of rising frustration, there was scant indication Philippe's measures would placate the "yellow vests", who themselves are struggling to find a unified position. [Full Article...]

George HW Bush's final journey to the Capitol

George HW Bush's final journey to the Capitol George H.W. Bush's journey to his final resting place will be aboard a train whose engine was specifically built to honor his life. Mayor Sylvester Turner is hosting Monday evening's event featuring music and community leaders in front of City Hall. [Full Article...]

Police 'Tie Pieces Of The Puzzle Together' In Lyn Dawson Murder

Police 'Tie Pieces Of The Puzzle Together' In Lyn Dawson Murder The case has been brought back to light following hugely successful crime podcast The Teacher's Pet , produced by The Australian . Dawson is a former first grade rugby league player turned high school teacher. She was 33 at the time. He has said that she abandoned the family for a religious group. "It is my understanding that there were two additional statements were the byproduct of the med... [Full Article...]


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