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Canadian companies targeted in extensive hack by China: U.S

Canadian companies targeted in extensive hack by China: U.S The DoJ did not list specific companies or agencies, but targets included the theft of intellectual property from firms engaged in aviation, satellite and maritime technology, industrial factory automation, automotive supplies, laboratory instruments, banking and finance, telecommunications and consumer electronics, computer processor technology, information technology services, packaging, consult... [Full Article...]

Russia's Putin agrees with Trump that Islamic State defeated in Syria

Russia's Putin agrees with Trump that Islamic State defeated in Syria Meanwhile, North Korea announced on Thursday that it will not give up its nuclear weapons until the USA eliminates its own "nuclear threat", according to a statement published by state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). "Withdrawal of this small American force in Syria would be a huge Obama-like mistake", tweeted Senate Armed Services Committee member Lindsey Graham of SC. [Full Article...]

Trump's charity to shut down over allegations of misuse of funds

Trump's charity to shut down over allegations of misuse of funds The foundation is the subject on an ongoing lawsuit from New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood that alleges Trump used his namesake nonprofit organization to advance his own political and personal interests. The judge in the case, New York State Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla, had asked the two sides to reach an accord on how that would be handled. [Full Article...]

Twitter Predicts Imminent Shutdown After Trump Nixes Funding Deal: ‘Strap In, Folks’

Twitter Predicts Imminent Shutdown After Trump Nixes Funding Deal: ‘Strap In, Folks’ The president said he was giving a face-saving option to Democrats who fiercely oppose building a wall on the southern border, saying he was calling the barrier "steel slats" rather than a wall. But instead of resolving the budget impasse with a funding bill to keep several federal agencies operating through next September, the end of this fiscal year, the Senate approved only a seven-week extensi... [Full Article...]

Trump administration is reviewing North Korea travel ban, US officials says

Trump administration is reviewing North Korea travel ban, US officials says During his four-day visit, Biegun plans to discuss with South Korean officials the allies' policies on North Korea , including the enforcement of sanctions. The statement could jeopardize a second Trump-Kim summit as the United States may have difficulty negotiating further if the North ties the future of its nukes to the USA military presence in the South, analysts said. [Full Article...]

Russia, Turkey, Iran renew push for new Syrian constitution

Russia, Turkey, Iran renew push for new Syrian constitution Minutes after the Foreign Minsters' readout, the United Nations envoy also briefed the press, saying that his consultations with the foreign ministers of the "three important countries" were a key part to fundamentally advance the possibility of establishing a Syrian-owned, Syrian-led, UN-facilitated constitutional committee. [Full Article...]

Powerful blast in Japan injures 42

Powerful blast in Japan injures 42 The explosion at the building is believed to have been caused by a buildup of gas in a real estate office in the building, police sources said Monday. Sopporo is the capital city of Japan's northern main island, Hokkaido. Several people were rushed to hospital by ambulance following the blast. [Full Article...]

USA announces withdrawal from Syria as Trump declares Islamic State defeated

USA announces withdrawal from Syria as Trump declares Islamic State defeated A USA official told Reuters the U.S. plans to pull military forces out of the country once the final stages of the last operation against Daesh is complete, and that the time-frame for the troop pullout is expected to be between 60 to 100 days. [Full Article...]

The bump stock ban will soon be official

The bump stock ban will soon be official This means that bump stock owners have about three months to hand over the devices to the closest office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) or destroy them so they can not be restored. The device allows a weapon to fire at almost the rate of an automatic firearm. Bump stock owner Damien Guedes and three pro-gun groups - Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), Firearms ... [Full Article...]

Citing 'victory' Trump orders full troop withdrawal from Syria

Citing 'victory' Trump orders full troop withdrawal from Syria Washington has provided almost $8.1 billion in assistance for people displaced since the crisis started, including 12.1 million people suffering in Syria and 5.6 million Syrian refugees in the region. Tom Tugendhat MP, the chair of the foreign affairs select committee, said Trump's move was a surprise. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning told CNN that, "at this time, we continue to work by, w... [Full Article...]

Mexico Border Wall Funding: US Heading Towards Government Shutdown

Mexico Border Wall Funding: US Heading Towards Government Shutdown The Trump administration has continued to insist that Congress include US$5 billion (S$7 billion) for a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Trump wants $5 billion in wall funding, but that number is a non-starter for Democrats. CNN has asked the White House for clarification. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders signaled the Trump administration may back down ... [Full Article...]

Robert Mueller Targeted by Russian Trolls — WashPost

Robert Mueller Targeted by Russian Trolls — WashPost They add to the portrait investigators have been building since 2017 on Russia's influence - though Trump has equivocated on whether the interference actually happened. Russian Federation worked even harder after Trump's election to keep him in office, the researchers concluded, launching a targeted information offensive against Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his inquiry, according to detail... [Full Article...]

James Comey says House Republicans are 'shameful' after interview

James Comey says House Republicans are 'shameful' after interview President Trump has repeatedly criticized the FBI and called special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation a "hoax" and a "witch hunt". Meadows raised questions about when Comey learned that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC had paid for the dossier written by Christopher Steele. [Full Article...]

President Trump Appoints Bitcoin Proponent as White House Chief of Staff

President Trump Appoints Bitcoin Proponent as White House Chief of Staff No leading contender to be the next White House chief of staff has emerged since President Donald Trump's first pick to replace current top aide John Kelly bowed out. Trump's first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, served for six months before leaving in July 2017. Christie withdrew from consideration Friday afternoon. [Full Article...]

White House, Democrats dig in as shutdown fears intensify

White House, Democrats dig in as shutdown fears intensify Collins, Republican of ME, said she thinks it's still possible to find a compromise agreement before funding for some federal agencies runs out after December 21, including a deal proposed earlier this year to approve $25 billion for border security over a decade. [Full Article...]

Susan Collins says there’s ‘absolutely no excuse to shut down government’

Susan Collins says there’s ‘absolutely no excuse to shut down government’ But Democrats and some Republicans argue there are less costly, more effective border controls. But the decision sets a standard that could ding the government again, making a shutdown even more costly to taxpayers should it happen again. [Full Article...]

Israel to demolish home of alleged Palestinian stabber

Israel to demolish home of alleged Palestinian stabber The Abu Humaid family home has been destroyed before and rebuilt. "I can live with either one", the USA president said during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on February 15. Egypt expressed concern over the current Israeli escalation in the occupied Palestinian territories including raids by Israeli troops in separate areas in the West Bank. [Full Article...]

Michael Cohen Says Trump Knew Hush Money Payments Were Wrong

Michael Cohen Says Trump Knew Hush Money Payments Were Wrong Trump reacted this past week to the accusations against his former personal lawyer , tweeting "I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law". Fox News contributor and former chief assistant USA attorney Andrew McCarthy told Trump via Twitter that he might want to pick a different word. [Full Article...]

New Brexit referendum 'harms case against second independence vote'

New Brexit referendum 'harms case against second independence vote' May will update on Brexit negotiations after reports that senior figures in her Conservative Party are laying the groundwork for another referendum , believing it is the only way to break the impasse. "We asked the people to decide, they decided. that means we can't come up with something else in Parliament", she said. European Union leaders have ruled out any renegotiation of the deal agreed... [Full Article...]

Collins: Obamacare ruling will be overturned

Collins: Obamacare ruling will be overturned Medicaid, the federal-state program for low-income people, was expanded under the ACA. That would be a political victory for Republicans, but it would also likely strip millions of Americans of their health coverage, a policy problem for which Republicans have offered no clear solution. [Full Article...]


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