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Elphicke called on the French authorities to "match the Home Secretary's determination" by stepping up action on their side of the English Channel to stop trafficking networks and prevent people attempting risky crossings. Writing in the Mail on Sunday , Tory MP for Dover and Deal Charlie Elphicke called for all five of the Border Force's Cutters to be deployed in the Channel as a "powerful deterrent".
  • Channel migrants: Home secretary declares major incident

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    Immigration minister Caroline Nokes is to visit Dover amid growing criticism of the government's handling of the surge in migrants crossing the Channel. Despite pressure from Tory colleagues, French politicians and the military Mr Javid is reluctant to order additional boats to the Channel for fear it could encourage more migrants to attempt the crossing.
  • 600,000 people arrested in Bangladesh ahead of elections

    600,000 people arrested in Bangladesh ahead of elections

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    As Bangladeshis get set for Sunday's parliamentary elections, there are fears that violence and intimidation could keep many voters away. Almost five years later, the same opposition political parties including the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalists Party (BNP) are in the race amid accusations that election authorities are not ensuring a level playing field.
  • Canadian to appeal drug smuggling charges in China

    Canadian to appeal drug smuggling charges in China

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    Canadian officials have been following Schellenberg's case for "quite a while" and have been providing consular services, the source added. The Global Times article said Chinese criminal law calls for a minimum prison sentence of at least 15 years for drug trafficking, with possibility of life imprisonment or the death penalty.
  • UAE reopens Damascus embassy after seven years

    UAE reopens Damascus embassy after seven years

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    Local reports said that some maintenance work was carried out inside the embassy ahead of its opening. "Abu Dhabi has announced the resumption of operations at the UAE's embassy in Damascus", the country's official WAM news agency reported, citing an official Foreign Ministry statement .
  • Trump threatens to shut Mexico border ‘entirely’ unless he gets wall cash

    Trump threatens to shut Mexico border ‘entirely’ unless he gets wall cash

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    Vice President Mike Pence and Mulvaney met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday, and "came down off of our $5 billion offer", the OMB director said. Negotiations on lifting that partial government shutdown, perhaps by providing some border security funding, have sputtered out and no new debate is scheduled before next Wednesday.
  • UAE to reopen Damascus embassy after 7 years

    UAE to reopen Damascus embassy after 7 years

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    The UAE is the first member of the Gulf Cooperation Council to return to Damascus but a visit by Sudan's Omar Bashir earlier this month sparked talk of a regional effort to rehabilitate the Assad regime after years of isolation. It added that Bahrain "affirms [its] keenness on the continuity of its relations with the Syrian Arab Republic and stresses the significance of enhancing and activating the Arab role in order to maintain Syria's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity ...
  • ICE releases hundreds of migrants in Texas, New Mexico, reports say

    ICE releases hundreds of migrants in Texas, New Mexico, reports say

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    Garcia said he has been working with ICE in recent months to coordinate drop-offs and shelter placement for incoming migrants. The message came Thursday from Ruben Garcia, the director of El Paso's Annunciation House , a prominent local shelter which has for years taken in migrants seeking refuge in the United States after they are released from federal custody.
  • 9-magnitude quake strikes off southern Philippines: USGS

    9-magnitude quake strikes off southern Philippines: USGS

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    However, authorities warned of possible tsunami threat to the coastlines of the Philippines and Indonesia . A tsunami warning has been issued for the Philippines after a 6.9-magnitude quake struck the southern island of Mindanao. At least 220 people were reported dead. Indonesia has been struck by two serious tsunami this year. February 1996: A tsunami caused by an quake near Biak causes some waves to rise to an estimated 21 feet high.
  • Mexico’s President Responds With Amity to Trump’s Hostile Tweets

    Mexico’s President Responds With Amity to Trump’s Hostile Tweets

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    In an appearance on Fox News, Mulvaney said that the president had "canceled his plans for Christmas, and now he's canceled his plan for New Year's". While Washington remains deadlocked, 380,000 workers have been told to stay home without pay, and 420,000 others, including Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners, members of the Coast Guard and Border Patrol officers, must work without pay.
  • Egypt 's 2 ex-presidents appear in the same courtroom

    Egypt 's 2 ex-presidents appear in the same courtroom

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    The 90-year-old Mubarak, whose almost three-decade rule was ended by a popular uprising in 2011, entered the courtroom with his two sons Alaa and Gamal. Mr Mubarak was himself jailed for six years following the revolution, appearing bed-bound in a courtroom cage and receiving a life prison term for conspiring to kill demonstrators.
  • US Troop Withdrawal A Step In The Right Direction: Russia

    US Troop Withdrawal A Step In The Right Direction: Russia

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    Still, in a sign China wants its military relationship with the United States to progress, Wu said Chinese naval chief Shen Jinlong had spoken last week with Chief of U.S. China's Defence Ministry criticized outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday for his "false accusations" against China, but also offered praise for his efforts to promote Sino-U.S.
  • Bomb strikes tourist bus near Egypt's Giza pyramids, kills 2

    Bomb strikes tourist bus near Egypt's Giza pyramids, kills 2

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    The improvised explosive device was placed near a wall along the Mariyutiya Street in Al-Haram district near the Giza Pyramids, according to the statement . But that figure was still far short of the record influx in 2010 when over 14 million visitors flocked see the country's sites. Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians and tourists.
  • Cohen Denies Prague Visit: "Mueller Knows Everything!"

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    The dossier claimed that Cohen travelled to Prague in late summer 2016 in part to try to contain negative news stories linking Trump to Russian Federation, and to make sure that European hackers had gotten paid. Cohen has cooperated with the Mueller investigation since he pleaded guilty on August 21 to charges of tax fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance law violations.
  • Government shutdown looks set to drag on to 2019

    Government shutdown looks set to drag on to 2019

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    The Senate and House briefly reconvened Thursday as the shutdown entered its sixth day, but nothing came of renewed negotiations over funding for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. When House Democrats assume the majority next Thursday for the new session of Congress, they plan to "swiftly" bring up a bill to reopen the government, Hammill added.
  • Congo election preparations shaky, says observers

    Congo election preparations shaky, says observers

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    On Thursday, opposition supporters ransacked an Ebola assessment centre in the eastern city of Beni to protest against the election commission's decision to postpone the poll there and in two other areas until March. The government agency coordinating the response to the virus in Beni also was targeted Thursday by protesters who tried to "force the door of the center" before being held back by United Nations peacekeepers, according to Reuters .
  • 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died had influenza

    8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died had influenza

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    As they make their way there, Felipe vomits again and loses consciousness. McAleenan said his agency reported all deaths in custody to both its office of professional responsibility and the DHS inspector general. The Department of Homeland Security, which says that Felipe Gomez Alonzo and 7-year-old Jakelin Caal , who died on December 8, were the first children to die in CBP custody in a decade, this week said it would step up medical checks of migrant children to try to prevent ...
  • With high-power pumps, team heads to rescue trapped Meghalaya miners

    With high-power pumps, team heads to rescue trapped Meghalaya miners

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    Heavy rain on December 20 caused the river to overflow again and reflood the mine, creating a bleak outlook for the rescue effort given the miners have had no food or water for two weeks. "The same has been misinterpreted and newspapers quoted it saying the odour could indicate the miners are dead and bodies are beginning to decompose", the statement issued by Commandant of Guwahati-based NDRF Battalion S K Shastri said.
  • Indonesia raises volcano alert, reroutes all flights around erupting Anak Krakatau

    Indonesia raises volcano alert, reroutes all flights around erupting Anak Krakatau

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    Dozens of people are still missing. But torrential rains hampered the effort and heaped more misery on the region, as officials warned another killer wave could hit the stricken area. A similar frenzy over a false alarm also broke out in the tsunami-stricken area of Tanjung Lesung a couple of hours away. "I didn't have much time , after the loud sounds were heard".
  • N. Korea blasts United Nations resolution on rights abuse

    N. Korea blasts United Nations resolution on rights abuse

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    The project is the latest in a series of moves created to improve bilateral relations agreed between the North's leader Kim Jong-un and the South Korean president Moon Jae-in, a liberal who supports engagement with Pyongyang. "Railways will now also play a role of reducing the gap between the hearts of South and North Korea", South Korean Transport Minister Kim Hyun-mee said.
  • A transformer explosion turned the New York City skyline blue

    A transformer explosion turned the New York City skyline blue

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    The scattered power outage has also interrupted traffic at LaGuardia Airport, with only certain flights allowed to depart. At 10:15pm they reported the incident was under control and there were no reported injuries and no fire. However, this did not stop spectators from sharing videos and pictures of the flashing light and speculating on social media. "Astoria got one of the craziest gender reveals", another joked alongside a video of the blue sky.
  • Michelle Obama tops Hillary Clinton as America's most admired woman

    Michelle Obama tops Hillary Clinton as America's most admired woman

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    Winfrey has appeared among the top 10 most admired women 31 times. Hillary Clinton and Melania Trump tied, as 4 per cent of people mentioned them. Gallup attributes the switch at the top of the women's list to the fact that Clinton "more fully retreated to private life after a long career as first lady, US senator, secretary of state and two-time presidential candidate".
  • MAGA hat, campaign rhetoric cast cloud over Trump Iraq visit

    MAGA hat, campaign rhetoric cast cloud over Trump Iraq visit

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    President Donald Trump made an unannounced trip to Iraq on Wednesday to meet USA troops. THE FACTS: He's wrong about there being no pay increase for service members in more than 10 years and about their raise being especially large. "So we're going to be having the best equipment ever known". First time in over 10 years. When Trump left Iraqi airspace, he posted a video in which he and the First Lady pause for photos with members of Seal Team Five, decked in full battle gear and night ...
  • New Yorkers report blue light over the city after transformer explosion

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    A large fire has broken out at Consolidated Edison energy company in NY after a generator at the power plant blew out, surreally lighting up the entire city's skyline and triggering fears of an ongoing alien invasion. But before you even start, it's not aliens. Comedian John Mulaney added to the concern and confusion, sharing his own video and writing "I also would like to know what is happening".
  • Saudi King Salman orders government reshuffle, FM Jubeir replaced

    Saudi King Salman orders government reshuffle, FM Jubeir replaced

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    Adel al-Jubeir, the soft-spoken foreign minister who took over the post in 2015 from the late Prince Saud al-Faisal , was replaced by Ibrahim al-Assaf, formerly a longtime finance minister. 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.