by | December 22, 2018 | 02:17

In a last-ditch attempt to resolve the impasse this year, McConnell on Tuesday proposed giving Trump a $1 billion fund that he could use at his discretion for border security. All of this is hinging on Trump's border wall and his insistence that lawmakers pass a $5 billion spending bill funding that wall. "I will take the mantle".

by | December 21, 2018 | 06:32

Though China is the second largest economy in the world, its per capita GDP only accounts for about 80 percent of the world average, according to the premier. "We must accelerate the innovation of key core technology for our autonomy", he said, echoing comments earlier this year calling for technology self-reliance.

by | December 21, 2018 | 06:52

APT10 also stole personal data including Social Security numbers from more than 100,000 U.S. Navy personnel, they said . While the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong can be arrested if they travel outside China , Rosenstein made clear in his remarks that America doesn't expect the two to appear before a USA judge any time soon.

by | December 21, 2018 | 05:42

Whitaker never asked for a formal ethics recommendation, deciding instead, along with a small group of personal advisers, that there was no precedent for him to recuse under these circumstances, the official said. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein oversaw the probe after Session's recusal. In August 2017, for example, the former federal prosecutor from Iowa published an op-ed on the CNN website titled: "Mueller's investigation of Trump is going too far".

by | December 21, 2018 | 05:03

Obama thanked the staff for their hard work during the holidays describing it as a time that is "tough for folks". For the children he couldn't meet in person, Obama recorded a video for them wishing them a happy holiday. And thanks for humoring me as your stand-in Santa'. Twelve-year-old Katriel Levin and her mom were in the middle of a UNO game when Obama dropped into their room for a surprise that made the child cry tears of joy.

by | December 21, 2018 | 05:29

Held in the presence of officials from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, these talks are the second time that the USA has been facilitated by Pakistan in establishing direct contact with the Afghan Taliban. Addressing an event in Kabul, Daudzai said, "Soon you will witness a team that will start work on the peace deal and peace is near; not in the coming days but in the coming months".

by | December 21, 2018 | 04:47

Just days after Donald Trump's inauguration, the deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation called Michael Flynn, the new national security advisor , on a secure line. We will update this post when the sentence comes in. But most judges abide by the spirit of the constitutional restriction by rarely, if ever, imposing their own view when the parties have agreed.

by | December 21, 2018 | 04:56

Barr said Mueller's obstruction theory claims that he can investigate for a corrupt motive Presidential actions that on their face are within a President's discretion. "To me, that is both inappropriate and disqualifying", Warner said. Barr argued Mueller should not be allowed to demand Trump submit to questioning about the alleged obstruction.

by | December 21, 2018 | 03:22

President Donald Trump has rejected a stopgap funding bill passed by the Senate , Speaker Paul D. Ryan said following a meeting at the White House. On Thursday, Trump said "open borders", which he accused Democrats of support, hurt poor Americans the most because undocumented immigrants drain resources.

by | December 21, 2018 | 03:17

North Korea has for years pursued nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions but the bellicose rhetoric from both Pyongyang and Trump that raised fears of war has eased this year. Washington's announcement that it would review the sanctions and the travel ban is seen as part of its efforts to lead Pyongyang into negotiations amid the North's continued silence about engaging in working-level, senior-level talks with the US.

by | December 21, 2018 | 03:19

China has called Ms. Meng's arrest political in nature, and critics have called the seizure of Canadians a retaliatory act that will ripple far beyond Canada's borders. McIver, said to be from the Canadian province of Alberta, is described by those who know her as "bubbly" and "approachable", according to National Post , which has also released a picture thought to be of McIver.

by | December 21, 2018 | 02:39

Her flight to Kiev had been canceled. "An airport would be a preferred or obvious target for somebody who wants to either just create mischief or criminal damage", he said. Chris Woodroofe, Gatwick's chief operating officer, said that roughly 10,000 people had been affected by the shutdown by Thursday morning - 2,000 whose planes were unable to take off from Gatwick, 2,000 stuck at their points of origin and 6,000 diverted to other airports in Britain, as well as Paris and Amsterdam.

by | December 21, 2018 | 02:32

It is not illegal to cross the border without a visa to apply for asylum. The ministry said the actions taken by the Mexican and United States governments do not constitute a "safe third country" scheme, where migrants would have to request U.S.

by | December 21, 2018 | 03:12

If the measure isn't enacted, nine government departments would run out of funding Friday night. OMB guidance states that two business days before a potential lapse, agencies need to notify employees of their work and pay status under a lapse - that is, if they are furloughed or excepted.

by | December 21, 2018 | 02:46

More details to follow ... While the president said that Mattis is retiring, his resignation letter , a glaring critique of the presidency, clearly states that he is stepping down due to a difference of views between himself and the president, particularly when it comes to the security of the worldwide order, the treatment of allies, and the handling of American adversaries.

by | December 20, 2018 | 05:05

The withdrawal of his nomination now opens the door for a challenger who hasn't been accused of a bracingly awkward and partially taxpayer-funded act of infidelity. Mr McCormack said he didn't ask Mr Broad to resign immediately or felt the need to tell the Prime Minister because he believed it was "a personal matter between him and his family".

by | December 20, 2018 | 03:55

The Kremlin says there is no link between Turkey's possible purchase of US Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems and that of the advanced Russian-built S-400 air defense missile system, saying Moscow is in the process of fulfilling the terms of the deal with Ankara.

by | December 20, 2018 | 04:09

At the time, Mrs Mugabe painted herself as the victim of the incident and accused Ms Engels of being " intoxicated and unhinged " and attacking her with a knife. He was forced to resign in November 2017. "We are following the Interpol processes", said South African police Brig. On social media, Engels posted pictures of a gash on her forehead, allegedly sustained when Mugabe hit her with an electric extension cord.

by | December 20, 2018 | 04:25

The white paper itself refers indirectly to May's long-held target. Home secretary Sajid Javid told the Commons the system would "serve our national interest" as he brushed off criticism from Labour and the SNP. Labour attacked the government over reports elsewhere the immigration proposals will include a £30,000 minimum salary for migrants to enter the United Kingdom as "highly skilled" workers.

by | December 20, 2018 | 02:53

But there's pretty much nothing in this agreement about the urgency and needing to ramp up the ambition and get to the peak emissions and starting to reduce them over the next decade so no, it's a bit disappointing in that regard. Anxious about efforts to include that idea in the final report of the meeting, the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait stopped efforts to endorse the IPCC report during the meeting.

by | December 20, 2018 | 03:22

DC Attorney General Karl Racine's suit alleges that Facebook misled users about the security of their data and failed to properly monitor third-party apps. "In our lawsuit, we're seeking to hold Facebook accountable for jeopardizing and exposing the information" of its customers. Here's what we have all learned about Facebook in one no good, very bad day.

by | December 20, 2018 | 02:25

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Trump had "responded positively" to Turkey's demand for the YPG to leave Manbij. Numerous remaining 2,000 or so United States troops in Syria are special ops forces working closely with an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF.

by | December 20, 2018 | 03:19

And on Tuesday, the NAACP wanted all of them to log off from the social networking platform for the day. "We can not allow the deceit and misinformation that characterized the 2016 elections to be repeated in the future". Facebook has since agreed to update a civil rights audit it began in spring, vowing to study its impact on people of color and then make changes once it identifies problems.

by | December 20, 2018 | 02:41

He said: "There's no such thing as a managed no deal, I've repeatedly said a no deal is not credible, it's not viable, it is a political hoax intended only to put pressure on members of this House to back the Prime Minister's deal". "This deal honours the result of the referendum - taking back control of our money, laws and borders, protecting jobs and livelihoods, and freeing the United Kingdom to strike new trade deals with countries around the world".

by | December 20, 2018 | 03:08

No such luck for Kovrig and Spavor . He said officials are working to get more details. A third Canadian citizen has been detained in China , a Canadian newspaper reported on Wednesday, amid a diplomatic spat between Beijing and Ottawa over the arrest of a Chinese telecom executive.

by | December 20, 2018 | 02:09

President Xi reiterated China's commitment to a multilateral trading system, . and pledged to further open up its economy. The high-profile conference was attended by Xi and the six other members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee as well as Vice-President Wang Qishan.

by | December 20, 2018 | 02:47

The mercury will edge into double figures in some locations. You're about to be disappointed if you were hoping for snow at Christmas because the forecast is decidedly normal, the same as any other day really. The last official white Christmas was in 2010, say the Met Office, when there was widespread snow across North East and South West England, the Midlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland and parts of Wales.

by | December 20, 2018 | 02:14

It brought condemnation from Tory MPs, with party chairman Brandon Lewis urging him to either "apologise or clarify". The nearly immediate circulation of footage of Corbyn prompted uproar in the Commons, with shouting and heckling as a succession of MPs demanded action from Speaker John Bercow.

by | December 20, 2018 | 01:07

During the hearing, Cohen, who once said that he would "take a bullet" for Trump, claimed that he was living in a "personal and mental" prison since he started working for him and acknowledged that he was doing his duty to cover up the US President's "dirty deeds".

by | December 20, 2018 | 01:40

Former first lady Michelle Obama described her true feelings about the 2017 inauguration with President Donald Trump during a Tuesday night interview with Jimmy Fallon . Obama went on to say that Sasha and Malia's friends slept over in the White House the night before, so she spent the morning trying to get everyone out.

by | December 20, 2018 | 01:37

The version of the First Step Act that passed in the House earlier this year included sentencing reforms that were included in the Senate bill on the insistence of Sen. In the end, 12 GOP senators voted against the bill: John Barrasso (Wyo.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), John Kennedy (La.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Jim Risch (Idaho), Ben Sasse (Neb.), Dan Sullivan (Alaska), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Mike Rounds (S.D.) and Richard Shelby (Ala.).

by | December 20, 2018 | 01:14

That declaration of victory is far from unanimous. Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan was asked by reporters outside the Pentagon to comment on the possibility of US troops withdrawing from Syria . However, the office of the inspector general (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) reported last month that the group remains a threat to Iraq and Syria, echoing other assessments .

by | December 19, 2018 | 05:49

Mr Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced last week to three years in prison in connection with the payments to an adult film star and a former Playboy model. Cohen gave an interview with Stephanopoulos on Friday's Good Morning America , where he asserted that Trump knew about the hush money payments. Trump also initially denied the payments, and has since offered differing accounts of how they were paid out.

by | December 19, 2018 | 04:53

The criticism came a day after a report for the Senate revealed Russian agents had used social media in an attempt to sway the 2016 election in Trump's favour. It says the IRA's activities targeting the USA began on Twitter in 2013 but quickly expanded to a broader effort that included activities on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, among others.

by | December 19, 2018 | 03:43

Pentagon and White House officials have not said how many personnel would be assigned to a Space Force nor have they provided detailed cost estimates. dominance in orbit. "Frankly, these new challenges demand new and innovative responses", Pence said. The need for a U.S. Space Command, given there is already an Air Force Space Command , which is sometimes referred to as the U.S.