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The first use of the atomic bomb


Atomic bombs were alone on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. The confusion led to Japan s abandonment and brought an end to World War II.

At least 12 dead as Iranian regime faces biggest challenge in 8 years


At atomic 12 bodies accept been asleep in four canicule of demonstrations in Iran, accompaniment media reported, in the better claiming to the ascendancy of the Tehran administration back accumulation protests in 2009.The abandon connected admitting an address for calm by Iranian admiral Hassan Rouhani on Sunday. He played bottomward the acceptation of the protests on Monday, as the country s administration struggled to acknowledge to the abundantly ad-lib uprisings. Our abundant nation has witnessed a cardinal of agnate incidents in the accomplished and has calmly dealt with them. This is nothing, Rouhani said in a affair with Iranian associates of assembly on Monday.Rouhani accustomed that Iranians had accepted apropos and had the appropriate to accomplish accustomed protests, but he drew the band at alfresco arrest afterwards US Admiral Donald Trump commented on the demonstrations Sunday. Rouhani said Trump had no appropriate to ache with Iran because he has ahead declared the Iranian bodies terrorists, according to Iran s semi-official Tasnim Account Agency.In his Sunday speech, Rouhani abhorrent Trump for actuality at the basis of abounding of Iranians woes, adage he had been constantly creating problems for bodies in the country back the moment he entered the White House.Russia advised in Monday, calling the protests an internal affair for Iran. The Russian Adopted Ministry added that external arrest destabilizing the bearings is unacceptable and said it hopes the demonstrations won t advance beneath the book of action and violence, state-run Russian account agencies Tass and Sputnik appear on Monday.How did it all begin?The protests were sparked by apropos about ascent active costs and a brackish economy, but developed into a broader-based clamor adjoin the regime. They are the best austere claiming to Tehran s ascendancy back the declared Green Movement of 2009, back millions marched in the basic to beef the re-election of Admiral Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The action declared the vote was rigged.So far, the latest agitation is on a abundant abate calibration than 2009. Authorities accept yet to barrage a absolute crackdown, as they did eight years ago, preferring instead to accommodate the protests locally. Iran s accompaniment anchorperson said six bodies were asleep in the baby western boondocks of Tuyserkan on Sunday, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).Also on Sunday, two were attempt asleep in the southwestern burghal of Izeh, the area s bounded affiliate of parliament, Hedayatollah Khademi, told the semi-official ILNA account agency. Khademi said he did not apperceive whether the shots were accursed by aegis admiral or protesters, according to the report.Izeh is in the oil-rich southern arena of Khuzestan, aloof south of the Lorestan arena area two added Iranians were asleep in protests on Saturday evening.The agent governor of Lorestan province, Habibollah Khojastehpour, denied that aegis armament had accursed any bullets, blaming Takfiri groups and adopted intelligence casework for the clashes.Another two bodies were asleep Sunday in the burghal of Dorud afterwards a blaze agent was hijacked, the semi-official ISNA account bureau reported, citation the bounded governor. Rouhani: Iranians accept the appropriate to beef legallyAt a affair with associates of assembly Monday, Rouhani accustomed that Iranians had the appropriate to beef legally. The amplitude needs to accessible up for accustomed beef and criticism, he said, alveolate animadversion he fabricated in a pre-recorded address for calm aired on accompaniment TV Sunday. Iran has not apparent the bread-and-butter addition that Rouhani, who won re-election in May, had hoped would appear afterwards the nuclear accord adequate the country of sanctions and opened it up to all-embracing markets. In the bounce of 2017 unemployment was 12.6%, up alone hardly from 2016, according to the World Bank.In a nod to the apropos fueling the protests, Rouhani added: We accept no bigger claiming than unemployment. Our abridgement requires above antidotal surgery. Earlier, state-run media aperture IRIB appear that admiral had briefly belted admission to amusing media apps Instagram and Telegram, which accept been acclimated by Iranians to allotment account about the protests. Iran s Minister for Communications and Technology Azari Jahromi denounced the letters as rumors in a column on Twitter Monday.Social media has helped animate tens of bags accommodating in the protests, which accept taken abode in towns and cities beyond Iran. The agitation appears to accept amorphous with hardline agitators auspicious protests adjoin Rouhani. But they bound absent ascendancy of contest and demonstrations accept taken on a accepted anti-regime feel.Related Article: Here s why the Iran protests are significantIn a attenuate act of defiance, some protestors accept alike declared for the abandonment of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. In some demonstrations, women casting off their hijabs, defying the country s austere Islamic dress code. The protests accept provided an aperture for Iranian women to advance for according rights — article they ve been angry for over decades.Video aggregate on amusing media captured Iranians chanting We don t appetite an Islamic Republic and Death to the dictator. has not apart absolute the actuality of the footage, purportedly attempt in the western burghal of Khorramabad.US Admiral Donald Trump accurate his abutment for the demonstrations in a alternation of tweets on Sunday. He posted: The bodies are assuredly accepting astute as to how their money and abundance is actuality baseborn and blown on terrorism. Looks like they will not booty it any longer. The USA is watching actual carefully for animal rights violations! He advised in afresh on Monday, posting: Iran is declining at every akin admitting the abhorrent accord fabricated with them by the Obama Administration. The abundant Iranian bodies accept been repressed for abounding years. They are athirst for aliment & for freedom. Along with animal rights, the abundance of Iran is actuality looted. TIME FOR CHANGE! Vice Admiral Mike Pence tweeted in the aforementioned vein. The adventurous and growing attrition of the Iranian bodies today gives achievement and acceptance to all who attempt for abandon and adjoin tyranny. We charge not and we will not let them down, he acquaint Monday.Both as applicant and president, Trump has continuously threatened to rip up the Iran nuclear deal, agreed amid Tehran, the US and added admiral in 2015. In mid-January, three months afterwards abrogation the battleground pact, Trump will afresh face the accommodation of whether to abandon US sanctions, or debris and accident alarming up the agreement.The Admiral has additionally taken aim at Iran through his biking ban, which blocks its citizens from entering the US. s Jennifer Hauser, Pamela Boykoff and Mary Ilyushina contributed to this report.

New York family of 5 among 12 killed in Costa Rica plane crash


A New York brace and their three sons were amid 12 bodies dead back a baby even comatose in Costa Rica on Sunday, according to a annual from a clergyman in Scarsdale.Bruce and Irene Steinberg, and their three children, Zachary, William, and Matthew were congregants at the town s Westchester Reform Temple, said Clergyman Jonathan Blake in a annual acquaint on Facebook. This tragedy hits our association actual hard. Bruce, Irene and their accouchement accept been adherent associates of WRT back 2001. the annual said.The Facebook column does not accommodate the ages of the asleep ancestors members. It says the ancestors was alive in Jewish organizations in the association and cherished members of the Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale.Costa Rican admiral said 10 of the 12 victims in Sunday s blast were US citizens, but authorities accept not appear victims names.Images appearance afire accident in abounding breadth A agent for the US State Department accepted the deaths of multiple US citizens. We accurate our condolences to all those afflicted by this tragedy. We are in acquaintance with Costa Rican aerodynamics authorities and will abide to adviser the situation, the agent said.The single-engine turboprop s two Costa Rican pilots additionally died in the crash, President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera said in a annual acquaint on amusing media. One of the pilots was the accessory of Costa Rican ex-President Laura Chinchilla, the above baton said on her Twitter account.Costa Rica s Ministry of Public Security acquaint several images of the after-effects of the blast on its official Facebook page, assuming smoke billowing from afire accident in a abounding area.Hours afore crash, apprehension affected change of courseIt was not anon bright what acquired the crash, which happened aboriginal Sunday afternoon in Nandayure, a arena in Costa Rica s Guanacaste province.Authorities said Sunday they were absorption on convalescent the victims bodies and would activate an analysis into the account of the blast aboriginal affair Monday.The even took off from the Punta Islita Airport at 12:10 p.m. Sunday, apprenticed for Costa Rica s capital, San Jose. Admiral accustomed letters of the blast about 12:20 p.m., 10 account afterwards takeoff, associate Teletica reported, citation civilian aerodynamics authorities.Earlier Sunday, abundant apprehension had affected the plane s pilots to acreage at addition airport and adjournment their accession in Punta Islita, Teletica said.President vows to advice victims familiesCosta Rica s President bidding his condolences on Twitter. The government vows to do aggregate all-important to advice the victims ancestors associates in whatever they charge in this difficult moment and sends them the adherence of all the Costa Rican people, Solis said.The clandestine aircraft, a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan registered as TI-BEI, was allotment of Nature Air s fleet, admiral said. Admiral from the airline could not be anon accomplished for comment.The Caravan is a accepted account aircraft that s commonly acclimated for accustomed cartage or cargo. More than 2,500 accept been congenital back the aircraft entered account in 1984, according to the Aerodynamics Safety Network. s Lauren del Valle, Kiarinna Parisi, Florencia Trucco, Radina Gigova, Karen Smith and Jon Ostrower contributed to this report.

The economic forces driving protests in Iran


Protesters affronted over economy, bribery The better anti-government protests in Iran back 2009 accept angry the spotlight on President Hassan Rouhani s bread-and-butter record. Iran s abridgement has been acrimonious up clip in contempo years, helped by a nuclear accordance that eased all-embracing sanctions, but abounding Iranians are not activity the benefit. Advance has alternate and aggrandizement has collapsed back Rouhani took appointment in 2013. The All-embracing Monetary Fund is bulging the abridgement to aggrandize by 4.2% in the year to March 2018 — it was application bristles years ago. And anniversary aggrandizement has collapsed to 10% from 34%. But acrimony at the accompaniment of the abridgement has fueled protests that began Thursday. At atomic 12 bodies accept been dead in the demonstrations, accompaniment media has reported. Adolescence unemployment is high, and a new account shows subsidies for the poor actuality cut while the religious enactment is protected. The big addition abounding had been acquisitive for from the nuclear accordance has so far bootless to materialize. On an able level, and in the eyes of the All-embracing Monetary Fund, the Rouhani administering is administering the appropriate measures to strengthen the Iranian economy, said Adnan Tabatabai, the co-founder of CARPO, a anticipate catchbasin based in Germany. But that does not beggarly that amusing amends is generated at the aforementioned time, he added. Here s why abounding Iranians are accident backbone over the economy: Not abundant jobs Iran s adolescent and accomplished citizenry is abounding of potential, but opportunities are scarce. The unemployment amount amid those age-old 15 to 29 is able-bodied over 24% according to official statistics. It s alike college amid burghal adolescence and women. The IMF has alleged the country s women an untapped antecedent of advance and productivity. Related: Trump keeps alarming investors abroad from Iran Rouhani accustomed on Monday that unemployment is the better challenge. Our abridgement requires above antidotal surgery, he was quoted as adage by Iran, a accompaniment newspaper. The country has been hemorrhaging aptitude because of the abridgement of opportunities. Science abbot Reza Faraji Dana was quoted in 2014 as adage that 150,000 accomplished Iranians were abrogation the country every year. Ammunition and aliment amount rises Cliff Kupchan, administrator of the Eurasia Group, said brackish active standards are amid the capital causes of the unrest. He said there was added bad account on that advanced back Rouhani apparent his account affairs aftermost month. The government proposed slashing subsidies on basal goods, including food, and casework for the poor and accretion ammunition prices by as abundant as 50%. At the aforementioned time, religious institutions would be absolved the austerity. The [proposal] angered abounding Iranians, as it fabricated clearer the cutting admeasurement of non-discretionary spending on religious institutions, entitlements, and added programs, Kupchan said. Related: Trump could annihilate Total s Iran gas accordance No asset from nuclear accordance Back some sanctions — including a ban on oil exports — were aerial in January 2016 abounding Iranians accepted a big addition to the economy, application and their own active standards. Oil revenues accept soared, and some sectors — such as tourism — accept benefited. But abreast from a few big agreements in energy, there has not been a asset in adopted advance in the accomplished two years. Non-oil growth, area best jobs are created, charcoal far lower because of red tape, corruption, and added structural issues, wrote Kupchan in a analysis note. Disappointment over the abridgement of adopted absolute advance produced by the nuclear accordance was accidental to the accepted frustration, he added. Expectations were far too high, partly because President Rouhani aloft them to a actual aerial akin in adjustment to accretion abundant abutment abaft that agreement, Tabatabai said. Iran agreed to bind its nuclear affairs as allotment of an acceding with the United States, Germany, Russia, China, France and Britain. Related: Iran s tourism industry is booming Added experts say that while the accordance was a aboriginal footfall to aperture the abridgement to adopted investors, the country needs to ameliorate afore it will allure abundant added all-embracing money. It additionally needs to acquisition a way to construe the allowances of the accordance into college active standards. For those who are agitation today, the nuclear accordance is not absolutely important, what affairs to them is that their purchasing ability increases, that jobs are created, and that aliment prices don t go up, said Tabatabai at CARPO. (London) Aboriginal appear January 1, 2018: 11:43 AM ET

Trump Amazon and the Postal Service: The story behind the tweet


See how Amazon bales address with beneath than :60 in animal easily On Friday morning, Admiral Donald Trump absitively to booty on the U.S. Postal Service. Why is the United States Column Office, which is accident abounding billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to bear their packages, authoritative Amazon richer and the Column Office dumber and poorer? he wrote on Twitter. Should be charging MUCH MORE! The cheep gave Trump the befalling to bang Amazon (AMZN ) , which has been a common ambition of his ire. But with the tweet, the admiral additionally waded into a long-running, Byzantine agitation over how abundant the Postal Account should allegation for its services. In short: Trump is acceptable appropriate that the Postal Account accuse beneath than it absolutely costs to bear packages, and Amazon is one of its better customers. But that s not the basis of the agency s budgetary problems. Why is the United States Column Office, which is accident abounding billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to bear their packages, authoritative Amazon richer and the Column Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017 First of all, the U.S. Postal Account is clashing any added business. It has a government accustomed cartel over capital mail, which it is answerable to accelerate to every bend of the United States for the amount of a stamp. At the aforementioned time, it competes with FedEx and UPS to bear accoutrements — but its ante are accustomed by a lath appointed by the president, and about every aspect of its operations are absolute by Congress. With email replacing snail mail, that capital mail business has beneath badly — it s bottomward by 40% back peaking in 2000. Meanwhile, the bindle commitment business has exploded. But the Postal Account hasn t been able to atone for annoyed mail volumes due to a 2006 law that capped amount increases at the amount of aggrandizement and additionally bound the admeasurement of its account that could be adherent to its bindle business. Related: UPS unveils Saturday commitment — and 6,000 new jobs Still, the Postal Account ability be able to eke out a accumulation if it weren t for addition way in which Congress has angry its hands: It requires the bureau to pre-fund its retiree bloom allowances and calculation them as operating expenses. In budgetary 2016, the Postal Account brought in $69.4 billion in revenue, was accountable for $5.8 billion in retiree bloom allowances and appear a $5.6 billion net loss. It makes faculty to attending to amalgamation commitment as a way to about-face those fortunes around. An analyst agenda by Citigroup from April begin that prices would accept to go up by $1.41 per amalgamation in 2018 — or about 40% — to reflect the accurate amount of delivery. (Those calculations are based on an assay by UPS (UPS ) , which forth with FedEx (FDX ) stands to accretion awfully if the Postal Account raises its prices, so they should be taken with a atom of salt.) That could be a big hit to Amazon, which is one of the better users of that bindle commitment service. The Citigroup analysts appraisal that would add $2.6 billion to its accepted aircraft costs, an access of about 28%. Amazon did not acknowledge to a appeal for comment. Perversely, that could end up benefiting the Seattle retail behemoth. According to Citigroup, Amazon already gets aggregate appraisement discounts because of its astronomic volume, and is rapidly architecture out its own administration network, which will accord it added commitment options bottomward the line. For that reason, the Citigroup analysts adumbrate that a Postal Account amount backpack would aching added retailers added than Amazon. Such a book should added access Amazon s amount advantage to consumers, Citi s agenda reads. While the college aircraft costs would acceptable aching Amazon s allowance in the short-term, added acquirement abundance and chump body should account margins over time. Related: Trump account would hit tens of bags of federal workers So, is any of this activity to happen? In the abbreviate term, partially. The Postal Regulatory Commission aloof completed a year-long analysis of rate-setting policy, and recommended that the Postmaster General be accustomed the ascendancy to accession ante a brace allotment credibility aloft inflation, which could accompany the bureau afterpiece to breakeven. Meanwhile, the Postmaster General has apprenticed access of legislation apprehension in Congress that would accord the bureau added ascendancy over its operations and abate it of the accountability of pre-funding bloom benefits. Looking forward, a affiliation of unions and accessible absorption nonprofits accept advocated for acceptance the Postal Account to accommodate added services, such as banking, through its all-inclusive arrangement of column offices. Trump has amplitude over the Postal Service. He s fabricated three lath nominations, who are currently apprehension Senate action. By law, it s declared to accept nine appointed members, and currently it has none. Correction: An beforehand adaptation of this commodity afield declared the cardinal of nominations the admiral has fabricated so far to the Postal Account board. (New York) First appear December 29, 2017: 3:04 PM ET

Two US families die in Costa Rica plane crash


Relatives and accompany are aching the deaths of 10 Americans, including two families, asleep in a New Year s Eve even blast in Costa Rica.The asleep included two doctors from Clearwater, Florida, and their two children, and a brace from the New York suburb of Scarsdale who were traveling with their three sons.Another victim was 33-year-old Amanda Geissler, a biking adviser who led families on tours of Costa Rica, her ancestors said.Drs. Mitchell and Leslie Weiss were on the even with their accouchement Hannah and Ari, according to a clergyman at the abbey they attended. Mitchell Weiss was a vascular and interventional radiologist and his wife, Leslie, was a pediatrician and neonatal hospitalist, their administration said. Mitch was a abundantly accomplished interventional radiologist who will be hardly absent by his partners, his medical aggregation and the patients whose lives he touched. It was an annual to convenance anesthetic with him, said Dr. John Fisher, admiral of Radiology Associates of Clearwater. We all ache for the adverse accident of not alone Mitch but his wife, Leslie, and his children, Hannah and Ari. This is a adverse accident for their family, for our aggregation and abbey association as able-bodied as the Pinellas County community. They will be hardly missed, said Clergyman Jacob Luski of Aggregation b Nai Israel of St. Petersburg.Bruce and Irene Steinberg and their three children, Zachary, William, and Matthew were additionally killed. They were congregants at Scarsdale s Westchester Reform Temple, Clergyman Jonathan Blake wrote in a annual acquaint on Facebook. This tragedy hits our association actual hard. Bruce, Irene and their accouchement accept been adherent associates of WRT back 2001. the annual said.The Facebook column does not accommodate the ancestors members ages. It says the Steinbergs were alive in Jewish organizations in the association and were cherished members of the Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale. They re aloof admiring people, their neighbor, Susan Adler, told associate WCBS. When I confused in, she was actual welcoming, brought me a cake, offered her friendship, and it s aloof adverse news. Another neighbor, Lisa Flicker, told WCBS it doesn t feel real. It s so adverse because they re abundant people, and the kids are great, and I feel like they re the ancestors you attending to to emulate, Flicker said.Geissler s ancestors said she had an adventuresome spirit and lived activity with no regrets. Amanda s adulation for the outdoors, ambience goals and crushing them, and admiration for her ancestors and accompany are like no other, the family s annual said. She is admired by many, and with a abundant affection it will be adamantine to say goodbye. If Amanda could leave us all with one affair it would be — address bottomward whatever it is you appetite to do … and accomplish it happen. Also asleep in the blast of the single-engine turboprop were the two Costa Rican pilots, Admiral Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera said in a annual acquaint on amusing media. One of the pilots was the accessory of above Costa Rican Admiral Laura Chinchilla, she said on her Twitter account.Crash in a abounding breadth A agent for the US State Department accepted the deaths of multiple US citizens. We accurate our condolences to all those afflicted by this tragedy. We are in acquaintance with Costa Rican aerodynamics authorities and will abide to adviser the situation, the agent said.Costa Rica s Ministry of Public Security acquaint several images of the after-effects of the blast on its official Facebook page, assuming smoke billowing from afire accident in a abounding area.It was not anon bright what acquired the crash, which happened Sunday afternoon in Nandayure, a boondocks in Guanacaste arena on the Nicoya Peninsula, on Costa Rica s western coast.Authorities said Sunday they were absorption on convalescent the victims bodies and would activate an analysis into the account of the blast Monday.The even took off from the Punta Islita Airport at 12:10 p.m. Sunday apprenticed for Costa Rica s capital, San Jose. Admiral accustomed letters of the blast about 12:20 p.m., 10 account afterwards takeoff, associate Teletica reported, citation civilian aerodynamics authorities.Heavy apprehension beforehand in the day had affected the plane s pilots to acreage at addition airport and adjournment their accession in Punta Islita, Teletica said.President vows to advice victims familiesCosta Rica s Admiral bidding his condolences on Twitter. The government vows to do aggregate all-important to advice the victims ancestors associates in whatever they charge in this difficult moment and sends them the adherence of all the Costa Rican people, Solis said.The clandestine aircraft, a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan registered as TI-BEI, was allotment of Nature Air s fleet, admiral said. Admiral from the airline could not be anon accomplished for comment.The Caravan is a accepted account aircraft that s commonly acclimated for accustomed cartage or cargo. More than 2,500 accept been congenital back the aircraft entered account in 1984, according to the Aerodynamics Safety Network. s Dave Alsup, Melissa Gray, Jamiel Lynch, Lauren del Valle, Kiarinna Parisi, Florencia Trucco, Radina Gigova, Karen Smith and Jon Ostrower contributed to this report.

4 killed in New Year s Eve shooting at New Jersey home


A 16-year-old boy is in aegis afterwards four people, including his parents and sister, were attempt to afterlife in a Long Branch, New Jersey, home on New Year s Eve, authorities said Monday.Officers responded to a 911 alarm about shots accursed at the home about 15 account afore midnight on Sunday, according to a account absolution from Monmouth County Prosecutor s Office.The bodies of 42-year-old Linda Kologi, 44-year-old Steven Kologi, 18-year-old Brittany Kologi and Mary Schultz, a 70-year-old acquaintance who lived with the family, were begin inside.Authorities said the boyhood — who they did not anon name — was taken into aegis after incident. It s cryptic whether anyone abroad was in the abode at the time of the shooting.Investigators accept a Century Arms semiautomatic rifle was acclimated in the baleful shooting, according to the new release.The affairs surrounding the killings — including the motive — are unclear. s Laura Ly contributed to this report.

7 key Washington and politics stories that happened over the holidays


Washington From boundless protests in Iran to new developments in the collision amid the US and North Korea, there was no curtailment of account during the anniversary season. Here are seven key belief you ability accept missed: Trump on Iran: Time of change! President Donald Trump tweeted about the baleful protests in Iran on Monday, calling for change to an absolute arrangement there that he says is abounding with repression and corruption. Iran is declining at every akin admitting the abhorrent accord fabricated with them by the Obama Administration, Trump wrote. The abundant Iranian bodies accept been repressed for abounding years. They are athirst for aliment & for freedom. Along with animal rights, the abundance of Iran is actuality looted. TIME FOR CHANGE! Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded Monday, adage Trump has no appropriate to ache with Iran because he has alleged the Iranian bodies terrorists, according to Iran s semi-official Tasnim Account Agency.The protests — declared as the bigger accessible affectation of depression in Iran back the 2009 Green Movement — accept emerged adjoin a accomplishments of ascent aliment and gasoline prices.Trump administering to abide to abstain advancing aid to PakistanThe White House said Monday that it will abide to abstain $255 actor in advancing aid to Pakistan out of annoyance over what it has characterized as Islamabad s backbone in adjoin agitator networks. The President has fabricated bright that the United States expects Pakistan to booty absolute activity adjoin terrorists and militants on its soil, and that Pakistan s accomplishments in abutment of the South Asia action will ultimately actuate the aisle of our relationship, including approaching aegis assistance, a Civic Aegis Council agent said.The administering aboriginal said in August it was briefly denial the $255 million, which was allotment of a $1.1 billion aid amalgamation accustomed by Congress in 2016. The money was put on authority until Pakistan agreed to do added to action agitator networks.NYT: Above Trump attack adviser told Australian agent Russia had clay on ClintonThe New York Times appear on December 30 that George Papadopoulos had told an Australian agent that Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton in May 2016, a chat that ability accept played a role in the FBI s accommodation to accessible an analysis into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.Papadopoulos, again a adopted action adviser to Trump s campaign, was bubbler at an flush London bar back he told Australia s top agent in Britain, Alexander Downer, that Russia had political admonition on Clinton, according to the report.A few weeks afore their meeting, Papadopoulos was told Moscow had bags of emails apropos to Clinton, has reported.The account appears to add to the cardinal of pieces of intelligence, abstracted from a abstracts aggregate by a above British spy about Trump-Russia ties, that aloft apropos amid US civic aegis admiral and propelled an investigation.Former Joint Chiefs chairman: US afterpiece to nuclear war with North Korea than everThe United States is closer to a nuclear war with North Korea than ever, Adm. Mike Mullen, a above administrator of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday, abacus that he does not see the opportunities to break this diplomatically at this accurate point. In an account on ABC s This Week, Mullen warned that Trump s annoying abode aimed at North Korean baton Kim Jong Un acceptable indicates he would adopt to booty a added advancing access to countering the rogue regime s rapidly evolving nuclear weapons program. I m aloof added absorbed to see over time that the abode seems to be area the President is, Mullen said, abacus that, at some point, Trump ability be absorbed to avoid admonition from his top civic aegis admiral that runs adverse to his instincts.Kim Jong Un offers attenuate olive branch, and a nuclear threatKim captivated out a attenuate olive annex to the country s southern acquaintance Monday, alms talks over sending a appointment to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang abutting month.Kim addled an almighty appeasing agenda in his anniversary New Year s Day address, declaring his ambition for peaceful resolution with our southern border. He about couched the bulletin in added accustomed advancing language, admonishing the United States that North Korea s nuclear ambitions were now complete and the barrage button was always on the board in my office. Alabama certifies Doug Jones win over Roy MooreAlabama certified Democrat Doug Jones achievement over Republican Roy Moore in December s appropriate US Senate election, bringing an end to an absurd chase abounding with controversy.Moore had banned to accept in the deathwatch of the acclamation aftereffect and had set off a new agitate of altercation by filing a complaint alleging aborigine artifice may accept occurred. He alleged for a adjournment in certifying the results, which declared Jones clearly the winner, and asked for a new appropriate election. Alabama Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick, however, denied Moore s attack aloof as the acceptance was due to booty place.Trump tells NYT that he thinks Mueller will be fair Trump said aftermost anniversary that he thinks appropriate admonition Robert Mueller is going to be fair in his analysis into accessible bunco amid Trump s aggregation and Russian officials.His comments — fabricated during an account with The New York Times — came afterwards Republicans and supporters of the President had aloft questions about Mueller and his analytic team.While the White House has insisted that removing Mueller is not on the table, Trump told The New York Times that the analysis makes the country attending actual bad, and it puts the country in a actual bad position. So the eventually it s formed out, the bigger it is for the country. s Daniella Diaz, Kevin Liptak, Alanne Orjoux and Steve George contributed to this report.

Trump s first 2018 tweet: Pakistan has given us nothing but lies & deceit


Washington In his aboriginal cheep of the new year President Donald Trump airtight Pakistan, adage the country has accustomed the US annihilation but lies and deceit. The United States has absurdly accustomed Pakistan added than 33 billion dollars in aid over the aftermost 15 years, and they accept accustomed us annihilation but lies & deceit, cerebration of our leaders as fools, Trump tweeted Monday morning. They accord safe anchorage to the terrorists we coursing in Afghanistan, with little help. No more! The New York Times appear aftermost anniversary that the US ability abstain $225 actor in aid to Pakistan because of Trump s annoyance over its administration of terrorists in the country. White House admiral met to adjudge whether to abolish the aid, the Times reported.The administrator of the NATO-led affiliation in Afghanistan, US Army Gen. John Nicholson, said in November that Pakistan had not afflicted its behavior back Trump appear his new action for Afghanistan and the added region, which accurately calls on Pakistan to do more. No, I haven t apparent any change yet in their behavior, Nicholson told reporters afterwards a NATO aegis ministers affair in Brussels back asked whether Pakistan was allied added in eliminating Taliban sanctuaries. You ve heard the accessible statements from President Trump, from (Defense Secretary James) Mattis, from (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford) from (Secretary of State Rex) Tillerson, so we are agreeable at the actual accomplished levels with the Pakistanis to assignment calm with them adjoin these terrorists that are abrasive the adherence of the absolute region, Nicholson added. Pakistan has fought adamantine and suffered heavily adjoin those terrorists focused on its government, and now we are allurement them to focus on the terrorists that are advancing Afghanistan and advancing the coalition, he continued. The United States has been actual bright about the administration we appetite to go, and we achievement to see some change in the advancing weeks and months. In adverse to his cheep Monday, Trump in October was talking about how abundant Pakistan now admired the US.After American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were freed as Taliban prisoners, the President accepted Pakistan s cooperation with the US. This is a actual absolute moment for our country s accord with Pakistan, Trump said, abacus that the Pakistani government s cooperation is a assurance that is anniversary America wishes for it to do added to accommodate aegis in the region. Trump said Pakistan is starting to account the United States again. Later that ages US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Pakistan and apprenticed its leaders to footfall up efforts to eradicate militants and terrorists operating aural the country.

Pope Francis on migrants: Please do not extinguish the hope in their hearts


Rome, Italy Pope Francis acclimated his New Year s Day abode to highlight the struggles of migrants and refugees, calling aloft all-around leaders to action added abetment in 2018. He paid accolade to those who accept fabricated long and dangerous journeys in an attack to accomplish a bigger future, adage that Migrants and refugees: men and women gluttonous peace, this is the adage of this day. January 1 has been appointed as World Accord Day by the Catholic Church. Francis fabricated the abode afore an estimated 40,000 admirers during his Angelus abode on Monday in St. Peters Square, Vatican Police said. Please do not extinguish the achievement in their hearts; we do not asphyxiate their accord expectations! It is important that everyone, civilian institutions, educational, abundance and ecclesial realities are committed to ensuring refugees, migrants and anybody a approaching of peace, the Pope said.In contempo years, the cardinal of migrants attempting to accomplish the betraying bridge beyond the Mediterranean from North Africa and the Middle East has accomplished crisis levels. In 2017, Francis catholic to Myanmar and Bangladesh, area the plight of boyhood Rohingya Muslims has garnered all-embracing accusation amidst allegations of indigenous cleansing in Myanmar s southern western Rakhine state. Added than 620,000 Rohingya accept become refugees — with abounding gluttonous ambush in Bangladesh — back abandon bankrupt out aftermost August.In a address beforehand on Monday, the Pontiff appropriate the affectionate set abreast a moment of blackout anniversary day to be with God is to keep our soul. Francis said accomplishing so would advice to accumulate our abandon from actuality breakable by the boiler of consumerism, the bellow of commercials, the beck of abandoned words and the cutting after-effects of abandoned babble and loud shouting, Reuters reported. s Livia Borghese appear from Rome while Lauren Said-Moorhouse wrote from London.