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Steve Scalise on negotiations to end partial government shutdown, Republican agenda for the new Congress

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 09:30

Can a divided government bring an end to the partial shutdown? Insight from House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.


Putin scores some wins but tensions with the West mount

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 09:15

MOSCOW (AP) — It's been a mixed year for Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Ask the Captain: What airplanes did you fly in your career?

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 09:00

Prior to becoming an aviation safety consultant, and USA TODAY columnist, John Cox flew a wide variety of commercial airplanes.


N. Korean leader calls for more talks with South in new year

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 08:34

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday calling for more peace talks between the leaders in the new year following their active engagement in 2018, South Korea's presidential office said.


Donald Trump: Paul Manafort 'worked with ex-Russian spy while running campaign for White House'

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 07:31

Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman was working with a former Russian spy during the US presidential race over debts he owed to a Kremlin-linked oligarch, it has been claimed. Paul Manafort led Mr Trump’s campaign for president for three months in 2016 before he was forced to resign after his links to Russian interests in Ukraine were made public. Now a former member of the GRU, Russia’s most feared and secretive spy service, has said he was in contact with Manafort during that time over millions of dollars the political adviser allegedly owed to billionaire businessman Oleg Deripaska.


The Latest: Dad says he's angry travel ban kept family apart

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 07:15

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a boy whose Yemeni mother fought the Trump administration travel ban (all times local):


Why now is the perfect time to look over your IRAs, 401(k)s and other retirement accounts

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 06:00

It's a good time to make sure you start the new year off on the right foot – especially when it comes to your retirement accounts.


Juncker to Britain on Brexit: 'Get your act together'

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 05:24

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Sunday urged Britain to "get your act together" on Brexit, as he rejected accusations that the EU had a hidden agenda of keeping Britain in the bloc. "I find it unreasonable that part of the British public seems to think that it's entirely up to the EU to present a solution for all future British problems," Juncker told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. It also means the parliamentary decision would come just weeks before Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29.


Brexit '50-50' if May's deal voted down: British minister

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 05:10

Britain's chances of leaving the European Union are only "50-50" if MPs reject Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, a senior minister warned Sunday. Liam Fox, the international trade secretary and a vocal Brexit campaigner during the 2016 referendum, warned colleagues planning on voting against May that her plan was the only way to be "100 percent certain" that Britain would leave. "If we were not to vote for that, I'm not sure I would give it much more than 50-50," he told The Sunday Times.


Cyber-attack hits US newspaper deliveries: report

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 04:14

A malware attack that appears to have originated outside the US delayed the hardcopy distribution of several major newspapers, according to a report. The LA Times said Saturday that the attack, which was first assumed to have been a server outage, hit a computer network at Tribune Publishing which is connected to the production and printing process of multiple newspapers around the country. As a result, the delivery of the Saturday editions of the LA Times and San Diego Union Tribune were delayed.


Bali's Agung volcano spews ash in fresh eruption

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 03:47

A volcano on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali erupted Sunday, belching ash high into the air and over nearby villages as officials warned tourists to keep clear of the area. Mount Agung has been erupting periodically since it rumbled back to life in 2017, when it grounded hundreds of flights and left 120,000 visitors stranded. "Residents near Mount Agung as well as climbers and tourists should not carry out any activity in the danger zone or within four-kilometre radius from the crater," the centre said in a statement.


The Economists, Military, Moralists & Politicians Running Brazil

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 02:00

(Bloomberg) -- Traditionally, Brazilian presidents offered ministerial positions to politicians in return for their parties’ support in Congress. But with politics-as-usual deeply discredited in the wake of successive corruption scandals, Jair Bolsonaro is trying a different tack. The new government consists of roughly four separate groups, only one of which is explicitly political.


Taliban dismiss Afghanistan's peace talks offer

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 01:04

Representatives from the Taliban, the United States and regional countries met this month in the United Arab Emirates for talks to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan. "We will meet the U.S. officials in Saudi Arabia in January next year and we will start our talks that remained incomplete in Abu Dhabi," a member of the Taliban’s decision-making Leadership Council told Reuters. "However, we have made it clear to all the stakeholders that we will not talk to the Afghan government." Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also said the leaders of the group would not talk to the Afghan government.


Bangladesh opposition calls for fresh election as Sheikh Hasina wins amid violence and vote-rigging claims

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 00:09

Bangladesh's main opposition called for a fresh vote on Sunday as the country's prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and her ruling Awami League were declared the winners of an election tainted by violence and vote-rigging allegations. At least 17 people were said to have been killed in election day clashes, while reports flowed in of alleged vote manipulation and people being blocked from entering polling stations by ruling party supporters. As Mrs Hasina's alliance sailed past the 151 seats needed to form a government and headed for a landslide third consecutive term, the country's main opposition leader called for the "farcical" election to be declared void.  Kamal Hossain, head of the Jatiya Oikya Front (JOF), the largest opposition alliance, told a press conference in Dhaka that votes had been "rigged on a massive scale across the country".  He urged Bangladesh's election commission to dismiss the result and call "fresh elections under a non-partisan caretaker government as soon as possible".  Salahuddin Ahmed, a candidate for the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, the largest single party in the opposition alliance, was stabbed in Dhaka as the election unfolded Credit: Reuters With 293 of 300 parliamentary seats declared, the Awami League and its allies had won 259, while the JOF had taken six.    The poll followed a campaign that had been marred by violence and a crackdown on freedom of speech. Human Rights Watch and other international groups had decried repressive measures which they said had created a climate of fear. Some 600,000 security personnel had been deployed for the election, while authorities ordered the shutdown of high speed internet to prevent the spread of "rumours" that might spark unrest. Vehicles in Dhaka burn after an opposition rally which ended with police using tear gas and batons after the election was announced Credit: AFP On Sunday, polling agents alleged that they had stayed away out of fear. Others claimed they had been beaten up and forced out of voting centres. Rumana Mahmood, a JOF candidate in Sirajganj, 68 miles northwest of Dhaka, claimed that 90 percent of her supporters had been prevented from voting for her. "In most cases they were not allowed to enter the voting centres. Police and the ruling Awami League party cadres blocked them,” she alleged to the Telegraph, claiming that supporters of the ruling party had stuffed ballot boxes in favour of the government. Supporters of Bangladesh Awami League march along a street as they take part in a rally ahead of December 30 general election vote Credit:  MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP One 65-year-old woman in Ms Mahmood’s constituency claimed that the police had not allowed her to vote freely. "We were around 20 or 25 women from the same locality. The policemen at the gate of the centre said that he would allow us inside if we voted for the boat (symbol of the Awami League),” she said."In my locality there are hundreds of people who have not been allowed in any voting centre today."  Bangladesh has become increasingly authoritarian under Mrs Hasina’s rule, moving closer towards a de-facto one-party state while Begum Khaleda Zia, her arch-rival, and leader of the largest opposition party, the Bangladesh National Party, serves a lengthy prison sentence on corruption charges.        


Turtles washed ashore by tsunami are released

Top Stories - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 23:55

More than 30 stranded turtles have been rescued from the beaches around Indonesia's Banten Province following a deadly tsunami that occurred on December 22. No reporter narration.


U.S. judge dismisses suit vs Google over facial recognition software

Top Stories - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 23:32

The suit, filed in March 2016, alleged Alphabet Inc's Google violated Illinois state law by collecting and storing biometric data from people's photographs using facial recognition software without their permission through its Google Photos service.


California officer's killing reignites sanctuary law fight

Top Stories - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 18:12

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The shooting death of a California police officer has reignited the debate over sanctuary laws, with a sheriff all but blaming the statewide immigration policy for the killing as he announced the arrest of a man living in the U.S. illegally.


U.S. medic quarantined in Nebraska for possible Ebola exposure

Top Stories - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 18:03

A U.S. healthcare worker who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus while treating patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in the United States on Saturday and was put in quarantine in Nebraska. The medic, who is not exhibiting symptoms of Ebola, will remain under observation for up to two weeks at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska Medicine said in a statement.


Beyond Times Square: 5 weird things American cities are dropping this New Year's Eve

Top Stories - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 17:42

The iconic ball in Times Square, isn't the only thing dropping on New Year's Eve. Among the things American cities are dropping: a huge guitar, a piñata and 'The Bologna Ranger.'


Germany: Drugged driver forces car onto airport tarmac

Top Stories - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 17:24

BERLIN (AP) — A man forced open a locked gate on the security perimeter of Hannover Airport in northern Germany and drove a car onto the airfield Saturday before coming to a halt underneath an airliner and being detained, police said.


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