As the government shutdown entered its fourth day and expected to stretch at least well into the week, the president said the US must have "a wall, a fence, whatever they want to call it". Roughly 420,000 workers were deemed essential and were working unpaid, while another 380,000 were furloughed, meaning they'll stay home without pay.
Mr Trump and his wife made a visit to al-Asad airbase to meet military personnel in the base's restaurant. Mr. Trump made the long journey to Iraq a week after ordering the pullout of 2,000 USA troops from neighboring Syria - a highly controversial decision that led Defense Secretary James Mattis to resign.
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Italy's Catania airport resumed full operations a day after an ash cloud from Mount Etna's latest eruption forced it to shut down, while fiery red lava could be seen shooting from the volcano in eastern Sicily on Tuesday. Additionally, 18 other people went to local hospitals suffering from panic attacks or shock, news reports said. Smoke rises over the city of Catania during an eruption of the Mount Etna, Dec 24, 2018.
Following the eruption, a huge column of ash and black clouds of smoke covered the sky prompting the closure of Catania airport on Sicily's eastern coast. Hikers were brought down from higher elevations to 1,900 meters (6,230 feet) for their safety. Eruptions are fairly frequent occurrences at Mount Etna , with the last large eruption taking place in 2009, according to the INGV.
The man was arrested in Marrakech, Morocco's largest tourist hub, and police were hunting other individuals identified as suspects. The killings shocked Moroccans as much as those in Denmark and Norway. Referring to the nine other suspects arrested on Friday, he said their arrests "spared Morocco a terrorist plot". Although four suspects pledged their allegiance to ISIS, Moroccan investigators believe they were lone wolves not acting on behalf of ISIS.
The princess, daughter of UAE prime minister and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, detailed her oppressive upbringing in a 40-minute video that was released by campaigners following her capture. Amid official silence over her fate, former French spy and dual US citizen Jean-Pierre Hervé Jaubert told the British newspaper that he had helped Sheikha Latifa in her attempt to flee to the United States.
About 3,000 people were evacuated from the 34-storey building and surrounding areas after the alarm was raised about 2:45pm on Christmas Eve. But many people claimed they have been left in the dark, having received no information from emergency crews about when they might be able to return home.
Obama removed Mattis as head of US Central Command in 2013 because of what officials at the time said were perceived to be his hawkish views on Iran. Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Sunday and "agreed to ensure coordination between their countries' military, diplomatic and other officials to avoid a power vacuum which could result following any abuse of the withdrawal and transition phase in Syria", Erdogan said in a statement.
A spokeswoman for the court also told the AP that Ginsburg remained in NY at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on Sunday. Ginsburg has battled cancer before, but her diagnosis seems optimist since no further treatment has been planned, and there's now no evidence of any remaining disease.
Though Trump's Twitter tirades usually trigger the trolls, that last one brought up a multitude of call-backs to the president's cameo in 1992's Christmas comedy 'Home Alone 2: Lost in NY'. "I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence , whatever they want to call it". "Many of those workers have said to me - communicated - stay out until you get the funding for the wall", Trump said, speaking to reporters after a teleconference to offer holiday greetings to USA ...
Minutes earlier, Syrian state media said its own air defenses had opened fire on " enemy targets ", shooting them down, in what was reported to be an Israeli airstrike. Israel has previously carried out several bombings in Syria against what it says are Iranian military targets and advanced arms deliveries to Hezbollah , the Iranian-backed Lebanese group, both enemies of the Jewish state.
The day ends with U.S. President Donald Trump telling Reuters in an interview that he would "certainly intervene" in Meng's case "if I thought it was necessary" to help forge a trade deal with China. The Canadians were acting at the request of the USA, which wants her extradicted. Ms. Freeland said on Saturday that Chinese authorities have not explicitly told their Canadian counterparts that the arrests of the two were a tit-for-tat reprisal for the detention of Ms.
Asked what he would do if House Democrats send him a funding bill without wall funding in January, Trump said that his political opponents would be engaging in "presidential harassment" when they take over the House of Representatives, an apparent reference to Democrats' plans to conduct oversight of the Trump administration and investigate his family business and finances.
Terrence O' Shaughnessy , commander NORAD and U.S. Northern Command. 'Well, you just enjoy yourself, ' US President Donald Trump told a seven-year-old boy during one of his Santa Tracker phone calls. On most days NORAD observes airplanes, missiles and space launches. NORAD's Santa tracker followers the man in red on his Christmas Eve voyage. In the past, some of Santa's helpers included former first lady Michelle Obama, who answered calls for more than six years running.
CBP reports the child was diagnosed with a common cold and a fever and was released the afternoon of December 24 with prescriptions for amoxicillin and ibuprofen. The border agency has not yet said when the father and son entered the United States or how long they were detained, saying only in its statement that the boy had been "previously apprehended".
Trump on Saturday said that the jihadist group "is largely defeated". Reports suggest United States forces will leave within 60 to 100 days. Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the YPG must not benefit from USA withdrawal.
If you've been dreaming of a white Christmas, there's hope your dream will come true. Vallier-Talbot doesn't anticipate any snow on Tuesday. The trough will dig into the Great Basin early next week and will continue to bring isolated light showers to the higher elevations.
The problem is that Turkey also views Kurdish forces allied with both the USA and Israel as terrorists , and experts are convinced that the Turkish military will soon engage the Kurds. Youssef Hammoud, spokesperson for the Syrian opposition fighters, accused the US -backed Kurdish militia of reaching out to the Syrian government to replace USA troops if they withdraw.
The time has come again to follow Santa Claus on his journey as he delivers presents around the world. While Santa Claus himself may be sovereign, the people who work behind the scenes to track his movements in real time are not. The US government's shutdown may have ruined Christmas for almost a million adults but children will still be able to call Father Christmas to tell him how good they have been.
In a statement , the spokeswoman said: "While we investigated, airfield movements were suspended". However, it warned that passengers should expect delays and cancellations as it continues to recover from the biggest disruption since an Icelandic volcanic ash cloud in 2010.
Youngsters going to bed on Christmas Eve Monday may worry that clouds and flurries will hamper Santa's delivery of their Super Smash Bros. "Exactly how much snow we get remains in question, but it won't be as much as our neighbors to the west and north, where upwards of 6" or more look likely.
On July 6, accountability judge Mohammad Bashir handed down convictions to Nawaz, his daughter Maryam, and son-in-law Capt (r) Mohammad Safdar in the Avenfield Properties reference and jailed them for 10 years, seven years and one year respectively.
As you might imagine, this is little more than a symbolic victory for Warmbier's parents. It is somewhat inevitable that judge Howell's fiery words are likely to miss their target alongside the court's default judgment, considering the fact that North Korea has very few, if any, assets which the USA government could seize in order to enforce the payments, and that the Korean's themselves are rather unlikely to show up in court for an alternative punishment.
HUNDREDS of residents have been evacuated from a brand new 36-storey apartment block in Sydney, after "cracking noises" sparked fears the tower could collapse. One woman sitting stranded at the park said: "It's Christmas, I just want to go home". An email to residents of a nearby apartment block said the evacuation had been ordered because "there is a potential for the tower to collapse", according to the Sydney Morning Herald.