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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.
  • Korea ordered to pay $500M in death

    Korea ordered to pay $500M in death

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    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.
  • Indonesia asks residents to avoid coast near erupting volcano

    Indonesia asks residents to avoid coast near erupting volcano

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    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.
  • White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall

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    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.
  • Winter storm to move through Minnesota beginning Wednesday

    Winter storm to move through Minnesota beginning Wednesday

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    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.
  • Trump open to meeting with Erdogan: White House

    Trump open to meeting with Erdogan: White House

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    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.
  • Donald Trump questions seven-year-old boy's belief in Santa

    Donald Trump questions seven-year-old boy's belief in Santa

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    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.
  • Tsunami crashes stage during band’s performance in Indonesia

    Tsunami crashes stage during band’s performance in Indonesia

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    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.
  • There might never have been drone activity over London airport

    There might never have been drone activity over London airport

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    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.
  • Israeli government calls for elections in early April

    Israeli government calls for elections in early April

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    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.
  • White House says 'very possible' shutdown stretches into 2019

    White House says 'very possible' shutdown stretches into 2019

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    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 ...
  • NORAD Will Track Santa Despite Government Shutdown

    NORAD Will Track Santa Despite Government Shutdown

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    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.
  • Arrest Made For Murder of Former Warden Woman in Colorado

    Arrest Made For Murder of Former Warden Woman in Colorado

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    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, ...
  • Supreme Court rejects Trump plea to enforce asylum ban

    Supreme Court rejects Trump plea to enforce asylum ban

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    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 .