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Trump considering former Democratic Senator Webb for defence secretary

Mattis stepped down as defense secretary last month over differences with Trump on a host of national security issues, particularly Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. Mattis said he would stay until the end of February, but on December 23 Trump announced that Shanahan would take over January 1, speeding up Mattis' departure.

Pelosi invites Trump to deliver State of the Union on January 29

It's the first new Congress to convene amid a partial government shutdown, now in its 13th day over Trump's demands for money for a wall along the U.S-Mexico border. They also said years of Republican advertising painting Pelosi as an out-of-touch radical had hurt Democrats' chances to win in moderate districts. "Every day, Donald Trump shows that leaving the White House would be good for our country".

U.S. fired tear gas into Mexico early on New Year's Day

US Customs and Border Protection ( CBP) said in a statement on Tuesday that tear gas was used to target rock throwers apart from the migrants who were attempting to cross the border south of San Diego, California. As night fell and people on both sides of the frontier prepared to celebrate New Year´s Eve, the migrants tried to cross over but at least two smoke bombs were fired and they were ultimately held back.

Minivan Slams Into New Year's Revelers In Tokyo, Injuring 8 People

Police said they were busy and did not immediately confirm the Kyodo report . At least nine people were injured, one seriously, when a vehicle deliberately plowed into crowds celebrating New Year's Eve in a central part of Tokyo , according to police.

North Korea warns of 'new path' if United States 'continues to break promises'

But in the 30-minute speech on New Year's Day, Kim also warned that North Korea may choose a "new path" if the United States continues to "break its promises and misjudges our patience by unilaterally demanding certain things and pushes ahead with sanctions and pressure".

Trump claims he has not 'abandoned' a concrete border wall

Trump says a wall is needed along the whole border to keep out migrants trying to enter the country illegally, casting them as an "invasion" force of risky criminals. Trump disputes Kelly's comments on the wall. Mr. Trump is counting on public support as he holds out for $5 billion to build the wall. The Senate on December 21 failed to muster the votes needed to pass Republican-backed House legislation that included Trump's wall funding.

Trump backed away from wall months ago, says chief of staff Kelly

President Donald Trump said he will close the southern border if Congress doesn't approve funding for border wall and deliver immigration reform. Whether Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Pelosi and Trump can find a way forward to fully reopen the government will say a lot about the next two years of divided government.

2 dead after bomb strikes tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza pyramids

No one immediately claimed responsibility. The bus hit the device after it went off its planned route without alerting security forces, Mr Madbouly added . It peaked in 2010, when the country saw more than 14 million visitors, but fell sharply after the turmoil of the Arab Spring the following year. Egypt has battled armed groups in the Sinai Peninsula for years and that conflict has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, with armed groups targeting minority Christians or tourists.

Partial government shutdown enters fifth day with no end in sight

During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump told supporters that the wall would be built and that Mexico would pay for it. They have said they'll swiftly pass legislation to re-open the government, but the party largely opposes construction of a wall.

Etna eruption shakes Sicily and blows ash plume into sky

Mount Etna, 3,300 meters high, is the biggest active volcano in Europe, with frequent eruptions recorded in the past 2,700 years. Ashes coated streets and sidewalks in the mountain towns of Zafferana Etnea and Santa Venerina. In another house, a ceiling collapsed. One elderly woman suffered multiple fractures, while 18 other people made their way to hospital on their own to be treated for minor cuts and shock.

Indonesia tsunami Rain hinders search for survivors

Dozens of filled body bags were hauled away from buildings flattened by Indonesia's volcano-triggered tsunami Monday, as the death toll climbed to 373 and search teams pushed on with the grim hunt for corpses. The tsunami "appears to have been caused by an underwater collapse" of part of the volcano, said David Rothery, a professor of planetary geosciences at Britain's Open University .

Syria military says Israel strikes hit Damascus weapons depot

It said it activated its air defence systems to bring down a Syrian missile. Lebanese state-run National News Agency said Israeli war planes performed mock raids above southern Lebanon. Citing a military official, SANA said the suspected Israeli missiles were launched "from over Lebanese territories". No injuries or damage were reported, the IDF told CNN.

Second child dies in custody - USA immigration authorities

There, he was diagnosed with a cold and a fever, was given prescriptions for amoxicillin and Ibuprofen and released that afternoon. The boy was taken back to the hospital after he started vomiting in the evening and died shortly after midnight.

Mulvaney: 'Very possible' shutdown goes into 2019

How long is the shutdown expected to last? It was an ignominious end to a year that began much the same way, with a three-day government shutdown in January. Trump had savored the prospect of a shutdown over the wall. This past week he said he would be "proud" to close down the government. At that time, he also announced that he was not going to wait for his pledge to make Mexico fund the wall.

'We can't depend on you' Macron unloads on Trump over Syria withdrawal

Trump tweeted that he and Erdogan "discussed [IS], our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of US troops from the area". "To be an ally is to fight shoulder to shoulder", Macron said, adding that France was doing just that in Chad in the fight against jihadist groups.

Supreme Court denies WH request to immediately enforce asylum ban

Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued in court papers. The Justice Department expressed disappointment with the decision, saying the 25 nationwide injunctions against Mr Trump administration policies were "unprecedented". "What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them". "Several minutes later, he continued, ".are so many opposing view (on Border and Safety) cases filed there, and why are a vast number of ...

Countries Join US in Blaming China for APT10 Hacking Spree

China called the US arrogant and selfish on Friday after two Chinese citizens were charged with stealing American trade secrets and other sensitive information on behalf of Beijing's main intelligence agency. However this comes as increasing pressure is applied against China from the Five Eyes intelligence nations, which includes New Zealand. In a joint statement , US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen expressed the government's ...

US Troop Withdrawal Will Help Further Afghan Peace: Qureshi

US special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has met Taliban representatives during at least three separate rounds of direct talks in recent months as part of the effort to encourage negotiations between the Taliban and Kabul. In an interview with Afghanistan's TOLO TV on Thursday hours before the withdrawal plans were announced he noted Trump had campaigned for president on a promise to end the Afghan war, which has already cost Americans almost $1 trillion.

Fiancé of missing Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth arrested

Kelsey Berreth , 29, of Woodland Park , Colorado, was last seen shopping for groceries on Thanksgiving Day. Surveillance footage showed the young mom entering the store while carrying her daughter in a vehicle seat. Investigators who went to Berreth's home found cinnamon rolls in the kitchen and both of her cars outside. Authorities also said its an "absolute possibility" that there could be an additional arrest in connection with the solicitation charge, but they declined to comment ...

Shutdown chances jump as Trump demands money for his border wall

White House aides told U.S. media President Trump is inclined to sign the measure. After an emergency White House meeting Thursday afternoon with House Republican leadership, Trump looked to retreat on potential stop-gap deal, according to The Hill .