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The Philippines would not interfere in the tension between China and Taiwan, Malacañang said Monday, after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called its democratic allies to support its independence. Recently, the Taiwanese Navy also posted a video on its official Facebook page showing advances in testing its new supersonic missiles, with the ability to reach targets in China.
  • Federal agencies directed to hold off on shutdown raises

    Federal agencies directed to hold off on shutdown raises

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    Vice President Mike Pence and other top Trump administration officials won't receive pay increases that were set to automatically trigger due to the government shutdown . The raises would cost taxpayers US$300 million over 10 years, according to the Senior Executives Association, which represents the government's approximately 7,000 highest-paid career officials.
  • Ukrainian Orthodox Church gets 'autocephaly' status

    Ukrainian Orthodox Church gets 'autocephaly' status

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    The Russian Orthodox Church vehemently opposed the creation of Ukraine's new entity, calling it unlawful under canonic law and devastating for the centuries-old spiritual bond between Moscow and Kiev. Yepifaniy, whose secular name is Sergiy Dumenko, has been a critic of Moscow's religious influence in Ukraine and has supported Kiev's army against pro-Russian rebels.
  • Australia urged to help Saudi teenager barricaded inside Thai hotel room

    Australia urged to help Saudi teenager barricaded inside Thai hotel room

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    Ms Alqunun has also claimed that her family has prevented her from continuing her education - and said she feels "oppressed" because she has not been allowed to drive or travel. "I tried but there's a security [official] watching me". But Human Rights Watch said Thai authorities must allow the teenager to make a refugee claim with UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency.
  • Violence continues in Brazilian state despite security force presence

    Violence continues in Brazilian state despite security force presence

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    According to World Prison Brief, Brazil has more than 700,000 people behind bars - the third-highest prison population worldwide after the U.S. and China. It remains unclear if Bolsonaro's government will rescind that recognition or continue to allow the Palestinian Authority to hold a diplomatic outpost in Brazil's capital.
  • US sends troops for possible 'violent' DRC vote protests

    US sends troops for possible 'violent' DRC vote protests

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    Western election observers were not invited to watch the vote. According to a letter to the US Congress, Trump stated that the first members of this US contingent arrived in Libreville, Gabon, on January 2, to be "in position to support the security of US citizens, personnel and diplomatic facilities in Kinshasa".
  • Turkey blasts USA claims of attacking Kurds in Syria

    Turkey blasts USA claims of attacking Kurds in Syria

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    Trump's announcement on December 19 that the United States would immediately withdraw its troops from Syria led to concerns among allies, and he has since spoken of "slowly" sending troops home "over a period of time". The U.S. military has already received orders on the drawdown. Kurdish news outlet Rudaw reported that the British soldiers were hurt in an attack on a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) base in the town of Deir al-Zour, which also left a Kurdish fighter dead.
  • Why slowing economies could prod US and China to reach deal

    Why slowing economies could prod US and China to reach deal

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    The ministry said that it would host the U.S. team on January 7-8 for high-level talks, during which representatives of both parties will discuss " implementing the important consensus " mapped out by Trump and Xi. "There are a heck of a lot of USA companies that have sales in China that are going to be watching their earnings being downgraded next year until we get a deal with China".
  • President Trump Suggests a Slogan for Warren's 2020 Campaign

    President Trump Suggests a Slogan for Warren's 2020 Campaign

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    That is the reason why I'm in the fight", she told reporters. "It's time to dream big and fight hard", she said, closing out another. NPR political correspondent Asma Khalid is in Des Moines , where Warren is appearing today. "We need a trade policy that is not decided by tweet", she said to cheers. The announcement that Warren, a liberal from MA, will shut down the Elizabeth Warren Action Fund, came from her spokeswoman, Kristen Orthman.
  • Phoenix Congratulate Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez After Dancing Video Attempted Smear

    Phoenix Congratulate Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez After Dancing Video Attempted Smear

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    Ocasio-Cortez's tax plan might seem unreasonable to Scalise, but it received support from The New York Times' Paul Krugman, who wrote a column Saturday in which he pointed out that it's backed by "only ignorant people like ... On Wednesday, the night before Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was officially sworn in as the youngest woman to ever serve in Congress, a video of her dancing surfaced online.
  • Netanyahu asked Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

    Netanyahu asked Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

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    Earlier on Sunday, Bolton said the US will not withdraw troops from northeastern Syria until Turkish government guarantees fight against Daesh and that it won't attack "Kurdish fighters", referring to YPG/PKK terrorist group. The attack took place in the village of Al Shaafa in Deir Ezzor Province, located in eastern Syria and representing one of the last slithers of territory that the militant group controls in the Euphrates River valley.
  • Suspect In Custody For Shooting Death Of 7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes

    Suspect In Custody For Shooting Death Of 7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes

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    Following Black's arrest, the sheriff's office said he had admitted to taking part in the shooting . Based on a description from one of the occupants of the Barnes family vehicle, authorities had been searching for a white man, raising concerns the shooting was racially motivated.
  • Democrats plan to pass a bill funding Treasury

    Democrats plan to pass a bill funding Treasury

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    The debate was a "very important battle to win from the standpoint of safety, number one, (and) defining our country and who we are", Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for a short trip to the Camp David presidential retreat.
  • Jazmine Barnes: Texas police release sketch of drive-by gunman

    Jazmine Barnes: Texas police release sketch of drive-by gunman

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    Update 12/31/2018: The identity of the 7-year-old girl who was fatally shot outside of a Houston Walmart was revealed as Jazmine Barnes . The victim, Jazmine Barnes , was riding in the auto with her mother, LaPorsha Washington , and three sisters, leaving a Walmart, when authorities say a man in a red pick up truck pulled up alongside them and fired into the vehicle.
  • Judge extends grand jury used by Mueller's Russian Federation probe

    Judge extends grand jury used by Mueller's Russian Federation probe

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    Grand juries typically serve for 18 months, but the court may extend that term no more than six months if deemed to be public interest , according to the federal rules of criminal procedure. Since then the group has heard from dozens of witnesses in Mueller's investigation and approved indictments of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, their Russian business associate Konstantin Kilimnik, 12 Russian military intelligence officers, and 13 Russians and three ...