• United States Senate Approves Massive New Criminal Justice Reform Bill
United States Senate Approves Massive New Criminal Justice Reform Bill

The bill would overhaul the United States justice system by giving more discretion to judges during sentencing, and by strengthening prisoner rehabilitation efforts. Criminal justice reform had started during the Obama administration and gained bipartisan support with evangelical and libertarian conservatives supporting it.

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  • Jeremy Corbyn accused of calling Theresa May a 'stupid woman' in Parliament
Jeremy Corbyn accused of calling Theresa May a 'stupid woman' in Parliament

London and Brussels this week stepped up planning for a "no deal" scenario, and Corbyn warned during prime minister's questions on Wednesday that this would be "a disaster for our country". Ms Sturgeon said if the motion passed it would bring about Labour's desire for a general election, while defeat would "force Jeremy Corbyn to take a decision" ...

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  • Third Canadian Citizen Detained in China
Third Canadian Citizen Detained in China

Sarah McIver, described by those who know her as "bubbly" and "approachable", had been teaching at a school in China when she was detained, sources told the Post . They were seized just after China threatened "grave consequences" for Canada if it didn't release Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer for Chinese telecom giant, Huawei.

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  • Trump will not sign spending bill without wall funding, after conservatives fought
Trump will not sign spending bill without wall funding, after conservatives fought

McConnell said a stopgap measure could be approved, though he suggested that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to become House speaker when the Democrats take control January 3, would not want to saddle the new year with a budget brawl.

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  • U.S. begins to pull forces from Syria, officials see full withdrawal
U.S. begins to pull forces from Syria, officials see full withdrawal

Defence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a decision that has not yet been announced, said the withdrawal was expected to occur as quickly as possible and would affect the entire force of more than 2,000 United States service members.

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  • S.Africa issues arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe
S.Africa issues arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe

Mrs Mugabe, 53, reportedly attacked Gabriella Engels using an electrical extension cord at a luxury hotel in August previous year. Mr Naidoo said the police was seeking Interpol's help to enforce the warrant, Reuters reports. "She came in and started hitting us", Engels told local media previous year. Elections in Zimbabwe in August were won ...

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  • Canada says third citizen detained in China amid diplomatic row
Canada says third citizen detained in China amid diplomatic row

A third Canadian has been arrested in China, according to the Canadian foreign ministry, escalating a bitter row over the arrest of a Chinese business leader earlier this month. He said governments don't have to disclose information publicly, but at least should show proof to phone companies that would be blocked from using Huawei technology.

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  • United States to pull troops out of Syria within 100 days
United States to pull troops out of Syria within 100 days

Defense Secretary James Mattis said on December 6, "There's more work to be done". A total pullout of USA troops from Syria would still leave the US military with a sizable presence in the region, including more than 5,000 troops in neighboring Iraq.

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  • Prosecutors accuse 2 Michael Flynn associates of acting as foreign agents
Prosecutors accuse 2 Michael Flynn associates of acting as foreign agents

Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment Monday charging two business associates of Michael T. Flynn with acting as agents of the Turkish government and described in remarkable detail how the three attempted to shape USA policy and public opinion to advance that country's interests.

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  • Embattled Trump Foundation forced to dissolve itself under court supervision
Embattled Trump Foundation forced to dissolve itself under court supervision

President Donald Trump's charitable foundation reached a deal today to go out of business, even as Trump continues to fight allegations he misused its assets to resolve business disputes and boost his run for the White House. Several pages of the document focus on a charity fundraiser for veterans in Iowa in January 2016, which Mr Trump chose t...

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  • Americans Blame Trump for Shutdown
Americans Blame Trump for Shutdown

But speaking on NBC's " Meet the Press , " Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Trump needs to understand there are not enough votes in either the House or Senate for the $5 billion he's seeking for the wall, a key campaign promise.

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  • Juncker denies describing May as 'nebulous', after PM confronts him
Juncker denies describing May as 'nebulous', after PM confronts him

At a press conference later on Friday, May confirmed that she had a "robust" conversation with Juncker, who reassured her that the "nebulous" remark was about the "general level of debate", not the UK PM personally. "Our UK friends need to say what they want, instead of asking us to say what we want", he said. He had told a press conference the B...

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  • Effect of Judge Ruling Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional Delayed for Appeal
Effect of Judge Ruling Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional Delayed for Appeal

O'Connor's ruling "exposes the monstrous endgame of Republicans' all-out assault on people with pre-existing conditions and Americans' access to affordable health care", Pelosi said in a statement . "And that's because it was probably the most unpopular and unfair provision of the Affordable Care Act", Collins said. But this won't be a straightf...

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  • Interior Secretary Zinke to step down at end of year
Interior Secretary Zinke to step down at end of year

Trump . "That probe, which continues, is examining whether a land deal Zinke struck with the chairman of oil services giant Halliburton in his hometown of Whitefish, Mont., constituted a conflict of interest", WaPo says, adding that Zinke is the latest in a string of high-profile Trump administration appointments to resign amid concerns they used...

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  • UK PM to warn against 'damage' of second Brexit vote
UK PM to warn against 'damage' of second Brexit vote

After a tumultuous week in which she survived a confidence vote and sought last-minute changes to a Brexit agreement reached with Brussels last month, May faces deadlock over her deal in the British parliament. They should be thinking about the national interest, not party interest, she added. "What the prime minister is focused on is securin...

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  • Melania Slams 'Opportunists' Who 'Focus On Gossip' To 'Advance Themselves'
Melania Slams 'Opportunists' Who 'Focus On Gossip' To 'Advance Themselves'

Bush, where she spent time with military families and service members. "I think my husband, he's doing an incredible job", FLOTUS said. Once the interview aired, people on social media could not help but remind Melania that the only person writing false history is her husband.

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  • Ryan Zinke out as Interior Secretary
Ryan Zinke out as Interior Secretary

Mr Zinke has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. Here's what you need to know about the latest accusations against Zinke- as well as the other times he's come under fire during his troubled 21-month tenure. The short version is that Zinke met with Halliburton executives at DOI headquarters in August, and they discussed the Interior Secretary's Great...

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  • USA installed new outposts in Syria, according to Pentagon
USA installed new outposts in Syria, according to Pentagon

Turkey has long criticized USA cooperation with the YPG/PKK against Daesh, pointing out that the YPG is the Syrian branch of the PKK. A USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions between the countries aren't public, said that unilateral military action in that part of Syria by any party would be unacceptable, and that ...

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  • Ex-Trump aide Flynn does not deserve jail, lawyers say
Ex-Trump aide Flynn does not deserve jail, lawyers say

Last year, however, Flynn departed the White House in a move Trump explained in a tweet at the time. Flynn is set to be sentenced next Tuesday - but Sullivan's move might delay that date, or lead to other dramatic and unexpected changes in the case.

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  • Nancy Pelosi Has Struck a Deal With Rebel Democrats
Nancy Pelosi Has Struck a Deal With Rebel Democrats

Tuesday's meeting between President Trump and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY showed that while the president is determined to protect the security of our border and the safety of the American people, Democrats have no interest in working with him.

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  • Maria Butina Guilty In Foreign Agent Case, Admits Clandestine Influence Scheme
Maria Butina Guilty In Foreign Agent Case, Admits Clandestine Influence Scheme

Butina could be deported after doing time, but may also be eligible for supervised release if she stays in the US, the judge suggested . No sentencing date was set. He was hit with sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department in April. In Spain, federal law enforcement has investigated Torshin for alleged money laundering and working with Alexa...

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  • Journalists, paper are TIME's Person of the Year
Journalists, paper are TIME's Person of the Year

US President Donald Trump , the 2016 " Person of the Year ", was the bookmakers' favorite this year but in the end was runner-up. "And that's why it's so important that time magazine use its status of the person of the year award to highlight this grave threat to democracy".

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  • Theresa May promises MPs she won't stand in next general election
Theresa May promises MPs she won't stand in next general election

In her defiant statement on the steps of Downing Street soon after the no-confidence vote was announced on Wednesday morning, May said changing the Conservative Party leader would "put our country's future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it".

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  • French armed police conduct operation in Strasbourg's Neudorf district
French armed police conduct operation in Strasbourg's Neudorf district

On Thursday, a police operation was underway in the La Meinau district of the eastern France city, with reports of gunfire. Other witnesses described shots and screaming after the gunman opened fire at the Christmas market Tuesday evening in a city that's home to the European Parliament and considers itself a capital of Europe - and promotes it...

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  • Teenager charged with killing schoolmate who was pregnant with his child
Teenager charged with killing schoolmate who was pregnant with his child

Trejo was charged Monday with murder and feticide in St. Johnson County Superior Court, after Rouhselang's body was found Sunday morning in a trash container behind a restaurant near her home in Mishawaka, a city located about 154 miles north of Indianapolis.

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  • India PM Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP loses key elections in 3 states
India PM Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP loses key elections in 3 states

Television footage showed Congress workers bursting firecrackers and dancing at regional party offices in both states. In a tweet , Modi congratulated the Congress party for its victory and said he accepted the outcome with humility. But with the Congress improving its strength, pressure would be on parties like the BSP and the SP to join a Co...

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  • Commons Brexit deal vote will definitely go ahead, says Gove
Commons Brexit deal vote will definitely go ahead, says Gove

A vote could take place next week or even be delayed until early January, although this would allow less time for the ensuing Brexit legislation to be passed through parliament before 29 March. Brexiteers say this does not deliver Brexit , and rather locks the United Kingdom into an even more unfavourable arrangement with the European Union, wit...

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  • No Confidence Vote In Theresa May Triggered By Tory MPs
No Confidence Vote In Theresa May Triggered By Tory MPs

May's move on the eve of the scheduled parliamentary vote opens up an array of possible outcomes ranging from a disorderly Brexit without a deal, a last-minute deal clinched just weeks before Britain's March 29 exit, or another European Union referendum.

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  • Only Trump can hear Paris mobs chanting his name
Only Trump can hear Paris mobs chanting his name

Police are searching people throughout zones of central Paris and confiscating goggles and gas masks from journalists who use them to protect against tear gas while covering demonstrations. Most of those arrested - more than 500 according to the French government - were charged with carrying items that could be used as projectiles, with police...

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  • Gay MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle thrown out of Parliament for taking mace
Gay MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle thrown out of Parliament for taking mace

Unlike Labour the SNP, as a minor Westminster opposition party, is unable to table a no-confidence motion. "It cannot be right that the Government can unilaterally alter the arrangements, once this House has agreed on a timetable, without the House being given the opportunity to express its will".

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