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James Alex Fields Jr. Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of Heather Heyer

James Alex Fields Jr. Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of Heather HeyerNeo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:40:58 -0500
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Paul Ryan Called 'Genius' While I'm 'Fraud'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Paul Ryan Called 'Genius' While I'm 'Fraud'Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Monday attacked what she

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:38:53 -0500
Michael Flynn's lawyers request no prison time, defend cooperation with Mueller team

Michael Flynn's lawyers request no prison time, defend cooperation with Mueller teamFlynn's lawyers defend cooperation with Robert Mueller; ask for no prison time

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 22:17:42 -0500
US military identifies 5 dead in warplanes crash off Japan

US military identifies 5 dead in warplanes crash off JapanTOKYO (AP) The U.S. military has identified five Marines who were declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast.

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 08:59:21 -0500
Trump administration asks top court to restore asylum order

Trump administration asks top court to restore asylum orderThe U.S. Justice Department asked the court to lift a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules issued by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar. Trump has taken a hard line toward legal and illegal immigration since taking office last year. Citing what he called an overwhelmed immigration system, Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9 that authorities process asylum claims only for migrants crossing the southern U.S. border at an official port of entry.

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:44:27 -0500
Canadian former diplomat detained in China amid tensions

Canadian former diplomat detained in China amid tensionsA Canadian former diplomat has been detained in China, the think tank where he now works said Tuesday, amid Beijing's outrage over the arrest of a senior technology executive. The International Crisis Group said it was aware of reports of the detention of Michael Kovrig, a Chinese-speaking expert who served as a Canadian diplomat in Beijing, Hong Kong and at the United Nations. Kovrig went to work last year for the International Crisis Group, which is known for its research on peaceful solutions to global conflicts.

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:42:52 -0500
Trump 'may intervene' in Huawei case, as concerns rise over detention of former Canadian diplomat

Trump 'may intervene' in Huawei case, as concerns rise over detention of former Canadian diplomatDonald Trump, the US president, has said he would intervene in the case of arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing. If I think its good for the country, if I think its good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made which is a very important thing whats good for national security I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary, he said in an interview on Tuesday with Reuters. Ms Meng, 46, the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecoms giant and daughter of its founder, was granted a 6m bail deal, also on Tuesday, by a Canadian court while she awaits an extradition hearing to the US following her arrest on December 1 at Vancouver airport. She has been accused of conspiracy to defraud banks after the company allegedly violated sanctions against Iran. The charges have been denied. China on Sunday summoned the US ambassador to Beijing to lodge its strong protests, calling the case extremely egregious. Her contentious arrest comes amid an increasingly bitter trade dispute between Washington and Beijing, and the growing row over the case destabilised stock markets further last week. Protestors gather outside the Supreme Court in Vancouver Credit: James McDonald/Bloomberg Ms Mengs detention has also soured Beijings relations with Canada, with China warning Ottawa of grave consequences if she was not immediately released. Chinas arrest on Monday of Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, immediately prompted speculation of a retaliatory move by Beijing. The detention of Mr Kovrig, a China expert currently working for the International Crisis Group as its North East Asia adviser, was being taken very seriously said Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister. Chinas foreign ministry on Wednesday said it had no information about his case, but then claimed that the ICG, where Mr Kovrig is a Hong-Kong-based analyst, was not registered in China and that its activities in the country were illegal. I do not have information to provide you here, spokesman Lu Kang said when asked about Mr Kovrig. If there is such a thing, please do not worry, it is assured that Chinas relevant departments will definitely handle it according to law. US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are having a trade spat Credit: Jim Watson/AFP Because Mr Kovrigs organisation is not registered as a nongovernmental organisation in China, once its staff become engaged in activities in China, it has already violated the law, Mr Lu said, in comments reported by the Associated Press. He also repeated Chinas demand for the immediate release of Ms Meng, whose company has strong connections to the countrys government and military. Our request is very clear, that is, the Canadian side should immediately release the detained Ms. Meng Wanzhou and to protect her legitimate rights and interests, he said. Mr Kovrig was previously a diplomat in China and elsewhere. His current employer said he was taken into custody by the Beijing Bureau of Chinese State Security, which handles intelligence and counterintelligence matters, during one of his regular visits to Chinas capital. Rob Malley, president of the Brussels-based group, said Canadian consular officers had not been given access to Mr Kovrig, who he believed had travelled to Beijing on personal matters. His sudden detention sent chills through the foreign charity, research and journalist communities, many of whom rose to his defence on social media. Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, has been arrested in China Credit: AP Those who track human-rights cases in China worry that people around the world are becoming numb to their concerns, wrote journalist Joanna Chiu, who declared herself to be a friend of Mr Kovrig, in the Vancouver Star. Please, pay attention to what is happening with Michaels case. In her opinion piece, Guy Saint-Jacques, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said he believed the case was part of Chinas efforts to put pressure on Canada on the Huawei case. Others pointed to similarities with the arrest of Canadians Julia and Kevin Garrett in 2014, in a move widely seen as a reprisal for Canadas apprehension of Chinese citizen Su Bin, who was later sentenced by the US to nearly four years in prison for his role in the hacking of technical data for military aircraft. Meanwhile, what appeared to be a screenshot of a bailed Ms Meng, who may now reside in one of her luxury Vancouver properties, thanking Huawei and her country, generated praise on Chinese social media. In a statement on Sina Weibo, Chinas answer to Twitter, Huawei stressed it had complied with all international laws and sanctions. We look forward to a timely and fair closure of this incident from the American and Canadian governments... We believe the Canadian and American legal systems will draw a fair conclusion. Additional reporting: Paula Jin

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 08:59:59 -0500
The Last Days of a Central Banker Under Fire in Modi's India

The Last Days of a Central Banker Under Fire in Modi's IndiaReserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel announced his resignation on Dec. 10, citing personal reasons. The surprise departure by Patel, who still had 9 months left in his three-year term, startled colleagues inside the central banks 25-floor headquarters on Mint Street in south Mumbai. Patels unceremonious exit marked the culmination of a power struggle that had been raging behind the scenes for more than a year.

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:00:00 -0500
Love Triangle, Not Alligators, Caused Florida Man's Death, Confessed Killer Testifies

Love Triangle, Not Alligators, Caused Florida Man's Death, Confessed Killer TestifiesA Florida man testified this week about fatally shooting his best friend who

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:52:46 -0500
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