by | December 29, 2018 | 01:30

A senior administration official briefed a handful of reporters on the decision, which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Mattis about Sunday morning. It is hard work, but this is nothing new; since Washington crossed the DE on Christmas Day in 1776, American troops have missed holidays to defend our citizens' experiment in democracy.

by | December 29, 2018 | 01:27

The threat yet again upped the ante in a political row that has led to a partial shutdown of the United States government and seems set to dominate the start to the third year of Trump's presidency. The House and Senate adjourned Thursday after brief pro forma sessions and made plans to reconvene Monday, essentially punting any action to end the partial government shutdown until next week as negotiators remain far from an agreement.

by | December 29, 2018 | 01:02

Iraqi lawmakers told Reuters that the pair had disagreed over where their planned meeting should take place: Trump had asked to meet at the Ain al-Asad military base, an offer which Abdul-Mahdi declined. A bipartisan vote by the Iraqi Parliament is expected Thursday to expel U.S.troops from the country. Islah is headed by populist Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

by | December 28, 2018 | 00:42

President Donald Trump set off a social media storm when he asked whether a seven-year-old was too old to believe in Santa Claus , capping a week of plunging stocks, a government shutdown and the US Defence Chief's departure. In addition to the NORAD Tracks Santa program and church services Christmas Eve, Trump participated in another holiday tradition, wishing USA troops stationed around the country and the globe a merry Christmas.

by | December 28, 2018 | 00:39

The U.S. State Department said that a phone conversation would replace the meeting. According to NPR , George W. Bush's National Security Council member, Kori Schake, said that it was significant that Trump didn't meet with leadership within the country while visiting USA troops.

by | December 28, 2018 | 00:35

On his stop in Iraq, he defended his decision to pull out the 2,000 troops from Syria, which he has said was made possible by the defeat of Islamic State militants. But those decisions have been unpopular among even his own national security team, including Defense Secretary James Mattis , who resigned last week.

by | December 28, 2018 | 00:25

Ibrahim al-Assaf will replace Adel al-Jubeir, the foreign ministry said on Thursday citing the decree. TRT World spoke to TRT Arabic's Director of News Resul Serdar Atas for his analysis. A former finance minister, Assaf was among dozens of royal family members, government officials, and top businessmen detained during an "anti-corruption purge" in November 2017.

by | December 28, 2018 | 00:24

Syrian Kurds, who have assisted the pushing ISIS out of Syria, have accused the Trump administration of abandoning them, noting that a USA withdrawal will leave them vulnerable to Turkish attacks and would lead to a resurgence of the jihadi group.

by | December 27, 2018 | 01:24

If she were to step down, President Donald Trump would select her successor, which would continue to shift the court in a conservative direction. The procedure represents the 85-year-old's third experience with cancer since she was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993.

by | December 27, 2018 | 01:20

In an imploration to Christians to cherish the sanctity of human life, Scicluna said that the answer to deep philosophical questions such as "where are coming from" could be found in the "in the small and helpless child who is inviting us to listen to his voice".

by | December 27, 2018 | 01:14

He died days after his return in June 2017. This story is still developing. "While nothing will bring back Otto Warmbier , who was such a promising young man, I'm glad that North Korea has been rightly held accountable for his death", he tweeted.

by | December 27, 2018 | 01:12

They left Washington late Christmas night, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon. Trump, accompanied by wife Melania, traveled to meet troops deployed in a war zone for the first time since the beginning of his presidency.

by | December 27, 2018 | 00:57

Officials also blamed the faulty warning system in October, when a tsunami killed more than 2,000 people on the western coast of Sulawesi. Speaking to the BBC's Indonesian service, government spokesperson, Iyan Turyana said a new warning service would account for other tsunami triggers that aren't pinned to quake activity, with the installation of new buoys to begin next year.

by | December 26, 2018 | 07:41

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday marked Christmas with a renewed attack on the central bank over plunging stocks, as he aired a catalog of grievances in a downbeat gathering at the Oval Office. But his claim conflicts with the accounts of federal workers' union leaders. "This shutdown is a travesty". The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

by | December 26, 2018 | 07:38

Lows will reach near 43°, as high pressure continues to keep skies clear into Christmas Eve . People living in or traveling through the south-central Rockies, northern Plains and Upper Midwest should prepare for potential delays during post-Christmas travel.

by | December 26, 2018 | 07:38

The withdrawal comes on the eve of a possible Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria against the YPG, a USA -supported group that Ankara considers as the Syrian branch of the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey , the us and the EU.

by | December 26, 2018 | 07:39

Mrs. Trump asked another child. The tradition dates back to the 50s when children were able to phone the centre to check on Santa's progress. Colonel Harry Shoup picked up the phone that day expecting to talk to a military general but got a child who wanted to speak to Santa Claus after a local paper ran an ad inviting kids to call Santa, but mistakenly gave CONAD's number.

by | December 25, 2018 | 01:24

Anak Krakatoa, located in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, is close to densely populated areas. Numerous affected areas are popular weekend getaways for residents of Jakarta , but foreigners were also visiting the area over the long holiday weekend as well.

by | December 25, 2018 | 01:19

Authorities fear that a drone could damage a plane in flight or be sucked into a plane's engine, causing a deadly crash. But he later clarified: "We are actively investigating sightings of drone activity at Gatwick Airport following 67 reports from the evening of December 19 to December 21 from the public, passengers, police officers and staff at the airport", he said.

by | December 25, 2018 | 01:14

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlan, a key ally, said today that a prime minister "cannot serve" if he is indicted following a required hearing. The White House still has not released a long-awaited peace plan, and today's announcement could further delay its release.

by | December 25, 2018 | 01:03

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers faced a partial government shutdown early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump's demands for $5 billion to start erecting a border wall with Mexico. Merkley tells ABC's "This Week" that "30-foot concrete wall, 30-foot steel spikes, that's not the smart way". Another Democrat, Senator Chris Coons, said on CBS that now "there is frankly no path towards his getting $5 billion in American taxpayer money to meet his ...

by | December 25, 2018 | 00:44

He didn't hang up on them, but he instead instructed his operators to find the location of Santa and reported it to every child who called. A NORAD official, Col. Hundreds of volunteers will help answer the phones again when the program resumes on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, for the 63rd year. A girl told Ms Hill she wanted to warn Santa not to bump into a bell hanging on her door.

by | December 24, 2018 | 02:01

Authorities say they have arrested the fiance of a Colorado woman who was last seen on Thanksgiving. Frazee was scheduled to make his first court appearance via video conference on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Woodland Park police began their search on December 2, when Berreth's mother, Cheryl, alerted them to her daughter's disappearance. Police said the only signs of Berreth after Thanksgiving were some text messages and that location data suggested the phone by November 25 was near Gooding, ...

by | December 24, 2018 | 01:57

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a pro-Palestinian rally in Istanbul on May 18, 2018. President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned a group of Turkish youth on Saturday that "Jews in Israel" beat Palestinian women and children, and that Turkey will confront them.

by | December 24, 2018 | 00:58

On Friday , the Supreme Court upheld the lower court decisions by a 5-4 vote. Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, who last month rebuked Trump over his criticism of the judiciary, joined the court's four liberals in denying the administration's request .