The historic and ornate U.S. Capitol Rotunda hosted mourners on Tuesday paying respects to the 41st U.S. president, George H.W. Bush, who died last week at the age of 94 and will be buried on Thursday in his home state of Texas.
President Donald Trump’s top diplomat promised on Tuesday a new democratic world order in which Washington will strengthen or jettison international agreements as it sees fit to stop “bad actors” such as Russia, China and Iran from gaining.
Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and Michigan are scrambling to pass last-minute legislation to limit the powers of incoming Democratic officials before their iron grip on state governments is loosened following last month’s elections.
Key U.S. senators are making a last-ditch effort to win approval of a bill to speed the use of self-driving cars without human controls, but face an uphill battle on Capitol Hill.
GMs Chief Executive Mary Barra, will meet with Ohio’s two U.S. senators about the Detroit automaker’s plans to idle five North American plants and cut up to 15,000 jobs.
Iran wants to increase its missiles’ range, a move that would irk the United States which views Tehran’s weapons program as a regional security threat.
The French government on Tuesday suspended planned increases in three taxes on fuel for a six-month period starting Jan.1 in response to nationwide protests against high pump prices and living costs, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced.
Fifteen migrants have died in a boat off the Libyan coast after spending 12 days at sea without food or water, an Egyptian survivor said on Tuesday.
Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday that he is in favor of the free market and that the market cannot be regulated by decree, amid questions about how he will manage Latin America’s second largest economy.
Thomson Reuters said on Tuesday that it will cut its workforce by 12 percent by 2020, axing 3,200 jobs, as part of a plan to streamline the business and reduce costs.
Europe’s Airbus is teaming up with a new U.S. partner, Lockheed Martin, to try to crack the U.S. military air tanker market nearly eight years after losing out to rival Boeing in a bitter battle to supply refueling planes to the U.S. Air Force.
OPEC and its allies are working toward a deal this week to reduce oil output by at least 1.3 million barrels per day, four sources said, adding that Russia’s resistance to a major cut was so far the main stumbling block.
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Canned tuna might be too stinky, processed and inconvenient for Millennials, a new report said. Millennials seem to be choosing yoga pants over jeans, and hot sauce over mayo. Now, it seems that they’re avoiding a former mainstay of American lunches- canned tuna.
Ukrainian authorities on Monday raided three Orthodox churches aligned to Russia as political and religious tensions between the two countries grow.
Men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, and it would be better for priests who are actively gay to leave rather than lead a double life, Pope Francis says in a new book.
Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday to take concrete steps toward complete denuclearization and gain the trust of the international community if he wants sanctions lifted.
A soldier based in Hawaii is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday for trying to help the Islamic State group.
Israel’s army said Tuesday it had detected Hezbollah tunnels infiltrating its territory from Lebanon and launched an operation to destroy them, a move likely to raise tensions with the Iran-backed group.
bout two dozen migrants climbed over the border wall separating Mexico from the US near Tijuana on Monday. While some ran to evade capture, most handed themselves in to border guards.
A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein in which he grapples with the concept of religion is being auctioned in New York on Tuesday. The so-called “God letter” was written in 1954 and is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million.
South Africa has picked a new chief prosecutor – a key figure in the country’s struggle against corruption. Shamila Batohi – the first woman in the role – said she was ready to fight the good fight.
Three astronauts have docked at the International Space Station, on the first crewed Soyuz rocket launch since a dramatic failure in October.
Islamic State (IS) militant Abu al-Umarayn, who murdered several Western aid workers, has been killed in an air strike in Syria, the US said.
Twitter users have responded with sarcasm to a proposed resolution by lawmakers in Michigan that would pressure fast-food chains such as McDonald’s to stop putting “gender-classified” toys in their kids’ meals.
Bible scholars believe the legendary Ark of the Covenant may have landed in Africa after it was taken out of Israel. The Ark is said to be a gold-covered wooden chest containing two stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments – which Moses brought down from Mount Sinai – are written. It is also said to contain other biblical items such as Aaron’s rod, which is thought to have magical powers.
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The EU is now pressing Switzerland to sign a comprehensive “framework agreement” that would require Bern to cede even more sovereignty to Brussels. The EU, for instance, wants Switzerland to subject itself to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). If Switzerland complies with the demand, the ECJ would outrank the Swiss Supreme Court as the final arbiter of legal disputes in the country.
The IDF destroyed a Hezbollah tunnel that penetrated into Israeli territory south of the Lebanese village of Kfar Kila, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced in a statement Tuesday, launching Operation Northern Shield to protect Israel from cross-border tunnels dug by Hezbollah. The Lebanese army was placed on high alert following the IDF’s announcement.
The US accused Iran of launching a new missile on Saturday while Tehran boasted it had developed a “radar evading stealth” warship. The two incidents are linked to increased Iranian activity, including a flight to Beirut that allegedly brought arms for Hezbollah, and Tehran’s claims it has pioneered a new cyber army. It shows that Iran is serious about challenging adversaries on sea, land, in the air and online, in a full court press designed to keep the region on alert for Tehran’s next move.
With his popularity rating at record lows (recent polls put it at around 26%, on par with Hollande), his capital city burning and the populists he defeated during his stunning electoral victory last year making serious electoral inroads, French President Emmanuel Macron finally caved, and on Tuesday ordered a six month suspension of planned ‘fuel taxes’ which spurred widespread and destructive protests across France over the past three weeks.
“In light of growing evidence of China’s interference in various sectors of American government and society, we propose three broad principles that should serve as the basis for protecting the integrity of American institutions [and] core American values, norms, and laws,” a report authored by dozens of scholars under the aegis of the Hoover Institution said.
The IDF destroyed a Hezbollah tunnel that penetrated into Israeli territory south of the Lebanese village of Kfar Kila, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced in a statement Tuesday. The tunnel, the first discovered in Operation Northern Shield, did not represent a threat to Israel’s security, the IDF said.
The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday is set to hold closed door consultations on Iran’s test over the weekend of a medium-range ballistic missile… UNSC members France and Great Britain requested the meeting, which will be held in New York. “France is concerned about Iran’s mid-range ballistic missile test…It condemns this provocative and destabilizing action,” France’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said…
The French government will suspend a fuel tax rise which has led to weeks of violent protests, the PM has said. Edouard Philippe told ruling party MPs he would present “gestures of appeasement” in a TV address to prevent the situation from deteriorating. The protests have hit major French cities, causing considerable damage for the past three weekends.
An ISIS-supporting media group threatened New York City attacks for New Year’s with suggested tactics including snipers and package bombs. The latest threat circulated online follows other message from jihadists that have specifically cited Jan. 1 in calling for attacks. One poster distributed online in mid-November superimposed a masked jihadist wielding a bloody knife over a collage of images from the 2016 Berlin Christmas market attack.
In a rare intervention, presidents of previous UN climate summits issued a joint statement as the talks got underway, calling on states to take “decisive action… to tackle these urgent threats”. “The impacts of climate change are increasingly hard to ignore,” said the statement, a copy of which was obtained by AFP. “We require deep transformations of our economies and societies.”
A NASA scientist admits that it’s entirely possible aliens have already visited Earth – and we simply never noticed. The space expert also noted that not all UFO sightings can be “explained or denied”, and said scientists should be more open-minded about the possibility of alien visitors. Nasa has long been investing in SETI, the “search for extraterrestrial intelligence” – better known as aliens.
MAGIC mushrooms could soon be legalised in one US state after officials took a step closer to a potential ballot on the issue. Oregon’s Secretary of State approved the language needed for the ballot which means those in favour of decriminalising the psychedelic drug now need to get 117,578 signatures. If they reach that target it could go to a vote in the 2020 general election, CNN reports.
Small aftershocks continued Monday from Friday’s 7.0 earthquake, with more than 1,800 measured by early evening. A total of 153 measured greater than 3.0, 18 were at 4.0 or greater and five were greater than 5.0, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.
Central American migrants stuck on the threshold of the United States in Mexico breached the border fence on Monday, risking almost certain detention by U.S. authorities but hoping the illegal entry will allow them to apply for asylum. Since mid-October, thousands of Central Americans, mostly from Honduras, have traveled north through Mexico toward the United States in a caravan, some walking much of the long trek.
A growing rivalry between two powerful Shi’ite Muslim factions has paralyzed efforts to form a government in Iraq six months after an election… The two largest parliamentary groupings…one led by populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the other by Iranian-backed militia leader Hadi al-Amiri – formed a tacit alliance in October when they picked a president and approved 14 out of 22 cabinet ministers.
Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is actively preparing for a third world war. In his preparations are plans to make the West and Ukraine make choices that will be difficult, as he shows just how expensive it will be to wage a war against Russia.
A group of feminist theologians have come together to produce a draft of A Woman’s Bible, meant to counter traditional male interpretations of women characters in the Bible.
FROM WASHINGTON BEACON: Refuting Iranian claims that its illicit missile tests are defensive in nature, Trump administration Iran envoy Brian Hook vowed tough reprisals for Iran’s most recent missile tests, which are among the most provocative in recent memory.
In this video by Katie Hopkins of TheRebel.media: “Land expropriation without compensation” means that black gangs, the ones currently carrying out brutal farm attacks, now have political permission to carry out murder and torture.”
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to President Donald Trump’s border wall Monday, which asserted that the administration violated the Constitution when it exempted border barrier projects from environmental regulations.
SAFE SPACE: University In Michigan Arms Its Students With Hockey Pucks As Protection Against Possible Active Shooter Attack
Don Rickles died too soon. Insult comic Don Rickles, when he really wanted to insult someone for being stupid, he called them a ‘hockey puck‘. Now, an institute of ‘higher learning’ in Michigan, is arming their students with hockey pucks to ward off an active shooter. Hmm. How exactly would that work?
For those of you who work at Walmart and constantly complain about how much you hate your job, we have good news. You may not have to do it much longer! Walmart is rolling out robots to clean the floors, robots to take inventory stock the shelves, and may soon be following Amazon’s lead with cashierless locations. So you no longer have to worry about Mexicans taking your jobs, the robots will be happy to do that.
Meanwhile, Israel continues to innovate and invent solutions that make the world a better place and alleviate misery and hunger.
California Assemblyman Marc Levine (D) has proposed a new gun control measure: taxing the sale of semi-automatic firearms and using the money to support gun violence prevention programs,
An advertisement being run on TVs in the emergency rooms of a health system in Canada, where those who are hurting, injured, depressed and suffering wait for help, is promoting … euthanasia.
…Google is using school devices to spy on grade-school students in a way that would have certainly made Hitler’s Gestapo and Stalin’s KGB smile with glee:
When drug companies are caught faking clinical trial data, no one is surprised anymore. When vaccine manufacturers spike their human trial samples with animal antibodies to make sure their vaccines appear to work, we all just figure that’s how they do business: lying, cheating, deceiving and violating the law.
Six members of the MS-13 gang are accused of butchering a Massachusetts teenager with a knife as if they were “chopping wood.”
Uganda doesn’t even have a law against blasphemy. But it seems as if everywhere in the world authorities are afraid to stand up to violent intimidation.
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