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Berlin – US Envoy Urges Independent Probe Of German Reporter’s Fraud For Fabricating Stories About United States

December 22, 2018 at 11:59 PM
Berlin - The U.S. ambassador in Germany is calling for an independent investigation into the actions of a German journalist who for years fabricated elements of his articles, including about the United States. Ambassador Richard Grenell said late Friday that the revelations "are troubling to the U.S. Embassy, particularly because several of these fake stories focused on U.S. policies and...

Jakarta – At Least 62 Killed, Hundreds Wounded After Tsunami Hits Indonesia

December 22, 2018 at 11:30 PM
Jakarta - A tsunami killed at least 62 people and injured hundreds on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra following an underwater landslide caused by the eruption of Anak Krakatau, officials said on Sunday. Hundreds of homes and other buildings were "heavily damaged" in the tsunami which struck along the rim of the Sunda Strait late on Saturday. It was the latest in a series of...

Miramar, FL – Not Clear How US Would Get Money From Border Wall Fundraiser

December 22, 2018 at 11:08 PM
Miramar, FL - An Air Force veteran racked up millions more dollars on his fundraising page for President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, but it remained unclear Friday how the U.S. government would get the money. Brian Kolfage's GoFundMe page has raised more than $15 million as of Saturday evening to build the wall, whose funding was threatening a partial government shutdown. The...

Washington – A Border Wall By Any Other Name … Is Steel Slats?

December 22, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Washington - The "big beautiful wall" has now become "steel slats." President Donald Trump is tweaking the words he uses to describe the barrier he's hoping to build along the U.S.-Mexico border, in part because Democrats appear more amenable to approving money for "fencing" rather than a "wall." As the budget standoff has played out, Trump has adjusted the way he refers to his...

Washington – Treasury Secretary: Trump Denied Suggesting Firing Fed Chair

December 22, 2018 at 10:28 PM
Washington - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) says President Donald Trump has denied ever suggesting firing Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Trump has been attacking the Fed — and Powell personally — for the central bank's interest rate increases. Trump blames the independent agency's hikes for recent stock market turmoil and signs of economic...

New York – Partial Government Shutdown Compounds Risks For US Economy

December 22, 2018 at 10:00 PM
New York - Now in its 10th year, America's economic expansion still looks sturdy. Yet the partial shutdown of the government that began Saturday has added another threat to a growing list of risks. The stock market's persistent fall, growing chaos in the Trump administration, higher interest rates, a U.S.-China trade war and a global slowdown have combined to elevate the perils for the...

Washington – Conservative Senator Blocking Orthodox Jewish Lesbian Nominee To EEOC

December 22, 2018 at 09:37 PM
Washington - The Anti-Defamation League decried a conservative senator who is blocking the confirmation of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner because of her views on marriage equality. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, says Chai Feldblum, a lesbian who was first nominated by President Barack Obama, has views outside the mainstream and would assail traditional marriages. “Don’t think...

Jerusalem – Israeli PM Slams Turkish President After Erdogan Tells Youths Jews Beat Palestinian Women, Kids

December 22, 2018 at 09:13 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attack against Jews, stating that he was hardly in any position to be preaching morality. “Erdogan – the occupier of northern Cyprus, whose army massacres women and children in Kurdish villages, inside and outside Turkey should not preach to Israel,” Netanyahu said. Netanyahu spoke out...

New York – A Decade-long Rally On Wall Street Looks Like It’s Ending

December 22, 2018 at 09:02 PM
New York - After almost 10 years, Wall Street's rally looks like it's ending. Another day of big losses Friday left the U.S. market with its worst week in more than seven years. All of the major indexes have lost 16 to 26 percent from their highs this summer and fall. Barring huge gains during the upcoming holiday period, this will be the worst December for stocks since 1931. There hasn't...

Washington – Open And Closed: Shutdown’s Varied Impact On Parks, Tourists

December 22, 2018 at 08:34 PM
Washington - The huddled masses are still able to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Grand Canyon is open for business. The government says other national parks "will remain as accessible as possible," although some roads at Rocky Mountain National Park are closed as snow goes unplowed. But, while the star-spangled banner yet waves at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the gates at the War of 1812...

Washington – US Envoy To Anti-IS Coalition Quits Over Trump’s Syria Move

December 22, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Washington - Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, a U.S. official said, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security figures. Only 11 days ago, McGurk had said it would be "reckless" to...

Ramlallah, West Bank – Palestinian President To Dissolve Parliament, Hamas Irate

December 22, 2018 at 07:41 PM
Ramlallah, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged on Saturday to implement a court ruling and dissolve the parliament controlled by his rival Hamas movement, triggering warnings of chaos from the Islamic militant group. Abbas' announcement is the latest in a series of bitter splits and rivalries between his Fatah party and Hamas, which began in 2007 when Hamas routed his...

Jerusalem – Last Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Fighter Dies In Israel

December 22, 2018 at 07:20 PM
Jerusalem - Simcha Rotem, an Israeli Holocaust survivor who was among the last known Jewish fighters from the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising against the Nazis, has died. He was 94. Rotem, who went by the underground nickname "Kazik," took part in the single greatest act of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. Though guaranteed to fail, the Warsaw ghetto uprising symbolized a refusal to succumb...

London – Gatwick Flights Resume; UK Police Question 2 Drone Suspects

December 22, 2018 at 07:00 PM
United Kingdom - London's Gatwick Airport was plagued by long lines and flight delays Saturday but no new drone sightings, allowing British officials to hope the worse was over after two people were arrested in connection with the drone invasion that had shut down the country's second-busiest airport. Check-in lines at Gatwick stretched the length of the departures hall as harried travelers...

New York – Another Day Of Big Losses In Stock Market Friday

December 22, 2018 at 06:16 PM
New York - After almost 10 years, Wall Street's rally looks like it's ending. Another day of big losses Friday left the U.S. market with its worst week in more than seven years. All of the major indexes have lost 16 to 26 percent from their highs this summer and fall. Barring huge gains during the upcoming holiday period, this will be the worst December for stocks since 1931. On...

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