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Kabul hotel attack toll at least 22: officials
Kabul hotel attack toll at least 22: officials

At least 22 people are now known to have died when Taliban militants slaughtered guests at a luxury Kabul hotel, Afghan officials said Monday, as fears grew that the attackers may have had inside help. Authorities warned they were still investigating how militants breached security, which was taken over by a private company three weeks ago, at the landmark Intercontinental Hotel late Saturday. Afghan health ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh said 22 bodies had now been taken to Kabul hospitals.

Heavy casualties after overnight battle at Kabul hotel
Heavy casualties after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher. Grace Lee reports.

See All The Looks From The 2018 SAG Awards Red Carpet
See All The Looks From The 2018 SAG Awards Red Carpet

The stars brought their fashion A-game to the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night.

German Social Democrats OK coalition talks with Merkel bloc
German Social Democrats OK coalition talks with Merkel bloc

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's Social Democrats voted Sunday to open talks on forming a new government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives after party leaders urged members to overcome their apprehensions for the good of the country and stability of Europe.

Fiona The Hippo Gets Her Own Cake at Birthday Bash Marking Her Remarkable First Year
Fiona The Hippo Gets Her Own Cake at Birthday Bash Marking Her Remarkable First Year

America's favorite hippo sure has grown.

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China's waste import ban upends global recycling industry

For years China was the world's top destination for recyclable trash, but a ban on certain imports has left nations scrambling to find new dumping grounds for growing piles of garbage. The decision was announced in July and came into force on January 1, giving companies from Europe to the United States barely six months to look for other options, and forcing some to store rubbish in parking lots. In China, some recycling companies have had to lay off staff or shut down due to the lost business.

The Government Shutdown Is Not Shutting Down Robert Mueller's Russia Probe
The Government Shutdown Is Not Shutting Down Robert Mueller's Russia Probe

WASHINGTON ― The federal government is currently shut down, but a couple of thorns in the side of President Donald Trump are still up and operating.

The Chinese Are on the Verge of Dominating a New Domain: Near Space
The Chinese Are on the Verge of Dominating a New Domain: Near Space

In November 2017, the Chinese conducted two flight tests of an operational prototype of a missile known as the DF-17. The successful tests marked the end of a concerted - and successful - Chinese effort to exploit and dominate a new operating domain: near space. The genesis of the Chinese effort can be traced back to the so-called Third Taiwan Strait Crisis.

Gunmen storm Kabul luxury hotel, multiple casualties
Gunmen storm Kabul luxury hotel, multiple casualties

Gunmen burst into Kabul's luxury Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, shooting at guests and staff and setting the building on fire, officials said, as security forces battled to end the more than eight hours-long assault. Special forces were lowered by helicopters onto the roof of the landmark hilltop hotel during the night-time siege, interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP, adding two attackers had been killed. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest assault in the war-torn Afghan capital that followed a series of security warnings in recent days to avoid hotels and other locations frequented by foreigners.

Trump Tweeted Support For The Women's Marches. It Backfired.
Trump Tweeted Support For The Women's Marches. It Backfired.

President Donald Trump addressed the Women's Marches last year by suggesting that the hundreds of thousands of people who turned out should have expressed their feelings toward him at the ballot box.

Airstrikes pound Syria's Afrin as Turkey launches 'Operation Olive Branch'

By Mert Ozkan and Ellen Francis HASSA, Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey opened a new front in Syria's nearly seven-year-old war on Saturday, launching airstrikes against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise the prospect of a further strain on relations between Ankara and Washington. The operation, dubbed "Operation Olive Branch" by Ankara, pits Turkey against Kurdish fighters allied to the United States at a time when ties between Turkey and Washington - NATO allies and members of the coalition against Islamic State - appear dangerously close to a breaking point.

US government in shutdown after Senate fails to pass new budget
US government in shutdown after Senate fails to pass new budget

The US government has started to shut down after Congress failed to overcome a bitter standoff over spending and immigration, marking a choatic end to Donald Trump's first year as president.  Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter of a century. Social Security and most other safety net programmes are unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority. Critical government functions will continue, with uniformed service members, health inspectors and law enforcement officers set to work without pay. But if no deal is brokered before Monday, two million...

N. Korean arts delegation to visit South on Sunday: Seoul
N. Korean arts delegation to visit South on Sunday: Seoul

North Korea has informed Seoul it will send a delegation on Sunday to prepare cultural performances during the Winter Olympics, the South's unification minister said, a day after Pyongyang abruptly cancelled the visit. The North had initially planned to send a seven-member advance team headed by the leader of a popular all-female Western-style band for a two-day visit from Saturday to inspect venues for proposed performances in Seoul and the eastern city of Gangneung. Hyon Song-Wol, reportedly an ex-girlfriend of leader Kim Jong-Un, would be the first North Korean official to visit the South in four years.

The Donald Trump Show Wraps Up First Season
The Donald Trump Show Wraps Up First Season

WASHINGTON - At least from a ratings standpoint, America's 45th presidency without a doubt has had a successful first season, tremendous even.

Don't Let Dishonest Don Erase Honest Abe
Don't Let Dishonest Don Erase Honest Abe

Michael Wolff's blistering account of the Trump administration's first year, Fire and Fury, prompted what has now become the president's routine response to anyone who criticizes him.

Shutdown is first since 2013, but not exceptional
Shutdown is first since 2013, but not exceptional

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump and Congress failed to reach an agreement on a spending plan by midnight Friday, triggering a partial shutdown of the federal government. Government shutdowns are unusual but not unheard of. The government has partially shut down three times in the past quarter-century - and far more often in decades past.

Rohingya militants say Myanmar refugee return plan
Rohingya militants say Myanmar refugee return plan 'deceitful'

Rohingya militants on Saturday hit out at a repatriation plan for refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar set to begin next week, saying it aims to trap the Muslim minority in long-term camps while their ancestral lands are seized. Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to send back around 750,000 refugees who arrived since October 2016 over the next two years, a process set to begin as early as Tuesday.

Records: Las Vegas gunman was germophobe, possibly bipolar
Records: Las Vegas gunman was germophobe, possibly bipolar

LAS VEGAS (AP) - After three months of investigation, police have learned more about Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock: He was a high-stakes gambler on a losing streak, obsessed with cleanliness, possibly bipolar and was having difficulties with his live-in girlfriend.

The Latest: Ranchers among 1st to get to helicopter crash
The Latest: Ranchers among 1st to get to helicopter crash

RATON, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on a helicopter crash in New Mexico that killed five people, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader (all times local):

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Trump's Decision To Keep Parks Open During Shutdown Puts Politics Before Safety

WASHINGTON - As a government shutdown grew increasingly likely this week, the Trump administration scrambled to find a way to keep America's national parks and monuments open - albeit without rangers, restrooms and other visitor services.

'Jersey Shore' Star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion
'Jersey Shore' Star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

On Friday, "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino pleaded guilty to tax fraud in federal court in Newark, New Jersey.

Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban
Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.

Here's the Latest on Apple's Alexa Competitor, the HomePod
Here's the Latest on Apple's Alexa Competitor, the HomePod

Missing in action since June 2017.

U.S. military puts
U.S. military puts 'great power competition' at heart of strategy: Mattis

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has put countering China and Russia at the center of a new national defense strategy unveiled on Friday, the latest sign of shifting American priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militants. In unveiling the new strategy, which will set priorities for the Pentagon for years to come, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called China and Russia "revisionist powers" that "seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models." The so-called "National Defense Strategy" represents the latest sign of hardening resolve by President Donald Trump's administration to address challenges...

Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel's Cocktail Table and Other Things We're Coveting Now

What Is a Government Shutdown? Here's What Happens Now
What Is a Government Shutdown? Here's What Happens Now

Lawmakers are scrambling and headlines are screaming Friday as the U.S. government heads towards a shutdown. But what does that mean?

Donald Trump cancels Florida trip as looming government shutdown triggers blame game
Donald Trump cancels Florida trip as looming government shutdown triggers blame game

Donald Trump has cancelled his trip to Florida in an attempt to help avoid a government shutdown as Republicans piled pressure on their political opponents.  The president was due to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort on Friday afternoon but will now stay in Washington as the hours tick down to a government funding deadline.  If Democrats do not vote through a month-long extension by the end of the day then much of federal government will grind to a halt.  A fierce blame game erupted in the American capital as political rivals pointed the finger at each other over who was at fault for the stand-off. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, used a speech to accuse Democrats of being...

GOP Lawmaker Claims ISIS Masterminded Las Vegas Shooting
GOP Lawmaker Claims ISIS Masterminded Las Vegas Shooting

told Fox News host Tucker Carlson he believes the Islamic State terror group masterminded the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people in October.

Aid for millions caught in US-Palestinian row: UN agency
Aid for millions caught in US-Palestinian row: UN agency

The head of the United Nations agency for Palestinians said Friday the US decision to freeze of tens of millions of dollars in aid resulted from diplomatic disputes rather than the agency's performance. The US State Department this week froze two planned payments worth more than $100 million to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA), with a spokeswoman saying it was linked to necessary "reform" of the agency. "I have to look at this as not related to our performance but a decision and a debate that was caught up in the aftermath of what of course was the General Assembly resolution on Jerusalem and other matters," Krahenbuhl told AFP in an interview in Jerusalem.

Anti-Abortion Activists Sing A Dangerous Song
Anti-Abortion Activists Sing A Dangerous Song

As the administrator of an abortion clinic, my days are filled with music.

US helicopter crash: British steam car record holder and Zimbabwean opposition leader among five killed
US helicopter crash: British steam car record holder and Zimbabwean opposition leader among five killed

Charles Burnett III, the British-born investor and steam car world record holder, was among five people killed in a helicopter crash in New Mexico. The group of friends, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader, were travelling to a ranch in the US state when their helicopter crashed in a remote area. Mr Burnett, 61, who was born in England but based in Houston, set a world record when he drove a steam-powered car at an average speed of 139.8mph in 2009. He was in a long-term relationship with Andra Cobb, the only survivor of the crash and daughter of Paul Cobb, who was the co-pilot of the helicopter, it was reported. New Mexico State Police said opposition leader Roy Bennett, Mr...

'House of Horrors' Parents David and Louise Turpin Plead Not Guilty to Torturing Their Children
'House of Horrors' Parents David and Louise Turpin Plead Not Guilty to Torturing Their Children

David and Louise Turpin have pleaded not guilty to torturing and imprisoning their children.

Phoenix Serial Killer Suspect Identified After DNA Allegedly Connects Him to 9 Killings
Phoenix Serial Killer Suspect Identified After DNA Allegedly Connects Him to 9 Killings

Seven men and two women were shot between Nov. 27 and Dec. 17

The CDC's Interactive Map Shows How Rapidly Devastating This Flu Season Has Been
The CDC's Interactive Map Shows How Rapidly Devastating This Flu Season Has Been

Yeah, you're seeing that right.

Here's Some Bad News for Hardcore Stephen King and 'Game of Thrones' Fans
Here's Some Bad News for Hardcore Stephen King and 'Game of Thrones' Fans

Completists will be devastated.

Last three years hottest on record: UN
Last three years hottest on record: UN

The last three years were the hottest on record, the United Nations weather agency said Thursday, citing fresh global data underscoring the dramatic warming of the planet. Consolidated data from five leading international weather agencies shows that "2015, 2016 and 2017 have been confirmed as the three warmest years on record", the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. It added that 2016 remains the hottest year ever measured, due to the warming effect of El Nino, while 2017 was the warmest non-El Nino year beating out 2015 by less than one hundredth of a degree.

David and Louise Turpin Fed Kids Once a Day and Allowed Them to Shower Twice a Year: Report
David and Louise Turpin Fed Kids Once a Day and Allowed Them to Shower Twice a Year: Report

The revelation comes as more relatives come forward to say the couple would always make excuses for why they couldn't Skype with the kids.

Australia lifesaving drone makes first rescue
Australia lifesaving drone makes first rescue

A pair of Australian swimmers on Thursday became the first people to be rescued in the ocean by a drone when the aerial lifesaver dropped a safety device to distressed teens caught in rough seas. Australia is leading the use of the technology in surf lifesaving, with dozens of drones being trialled on beaches around the country. In what is believed to be a world-first drone surf rescue, two boys on Thursday got caught in three-metre (10-foot) swells while swimming off Lennox Head in New South Wales, near the border with Queensland.

Amazon narrows list of
Amazon narrows list of 'HQ2' candidates to 20

Amazon said Thursday it had narrowed to 20 its options for a second headquarters for the sprawling technology and lifestyle company headed by Jeff Bezos, the world's richest individual. After 238 cities from North America submitted bids, Amazon announced its short list included three in the vicinity of the US capital Washington, and the Canadian city of Toronto. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough - all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity," said Holly Sullivan of Amazon Public Policy.

Fake News Awards: CNN 'wins' taking 4 out of 11 'accolades' announced by Donald Trump
Fake News Awards: CNN 'wins' taking 4 out of 11 'accolades' announced by Donald Trump

Donald Trump announces "fake news awards" Website crashes due to traffic CNN "awarded" four out of 11 "accolades" Fake news: What exactly is it - and how can you spot it? The awards are difficult to take seriously. That should worry us Fact-checked: The reality behind Donald Trump's fake news awards ​ Donald Trump gave the broadcaster CNN four of his "fake news" awards on Wednesday as he used the gimmick to escalate his attacks on media.  The US president singled out The New York Times twice while the broadcaster ABC and the magazines Time and Newsweek were each mentioned once.  Claims of "collusion" between the Trump campaign and...

YouTube deleting Tide Pod challenge videos in bid to stem dangerous detergent-eating craze 
YouTube deleting Tide Pod challenge videos in bid to stem dangerous detergent-eating craze 

YouTube has said it is deleting any videos showing the Tide Pod challenge in an effort to stem the dangerous detergent-eating craze among US teens. The potentially health-damaging fad has seen teenagers daring each other to film themselves biting into washing machine capsules and then upload the results online, with some videos garnering hundreds of thousands of views. The trend has provoked warnings from health bodies in America, who say ingesting the capsules could have "serious health implications", and has also prompted an awareness campaign featuring an NFL star. Today YouTube said it was working to quickly remove Tide Pod videos as they encouraged dangerous behaviour with an...

Airbus wins Emirates deal fro A380 jets
Airbus wins Emirates deal fro A380 jets

Airbus has announced an order with Emirates worth $16 billion for the European planemaker's flagship A380 superjumbo. As Sonia Legg reports, the deal looks set to protect the future of the A380 programme.

Archaeologists in Mexico Claim to Have Discovered the World's Longest Underwater Cave
Archaeologists in Mexico Claim to Have Discovered the World's Longest Underwater Cave

The discovery has revealed a combined cave about 216 miles long

Ethiopia frees prominent opposition leader
Ethiopia frees prominent opposition leader

Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was freed from jail on Wednesday after the government dropped charges against him as part of a wider prisoner amnesty, state media reported. In his first comments after his release, Merera vowed to stay active in politics and urged Ethiopia's all-powerful government to hold "honest negotiations" with the country's many opposition parties. The detention of Merera, chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), had become a cause celebre for members of the Oromo ethnic group.

Beautiful Australian Shepherd is high as a kite and doesn't care about anything
Beautiful Australian Shepherd is high as a kite and doesn't care about anything

Just imagine Air Bud meets Pineapple Express. That's the current life of this Australian Shepherd.  Hank the Aussie Tanks had an eventful Sunday. Though we don't exactly know why, Hank's owner said that the poor pup was home from the vet with morphine in his system. It made for a very amused owner and a very high dog.  The pain medication left the blue-eyed dog with no sense of his surroundings and not a care in the world.  SEE ALSO: Stubborn dogs attempt to stop human disposing of Christmas tree Vet gave me morphine and turned me into a White Walker for the day #GoT #LazySunday #MorphineDrip A post shared by Hank The Tank (@hanktheaussietank) on Jan 15, 2018 at...

Former CIA agent arrested with top secret info
Former CIA agent arrested with top secret info

US authorities said Tuesday they had arrested a former CIA agent, Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, after discovering he had an unauthorized notebook that had the identities of undercover US spies. Lee, a naturalized US citizen also known as Zhen Cheng Li, was arrested late Monday after he arrived at JFK International Airport in New York. The Department of Justice said Lee, 53, grew up in the United States and served in the US Army before joining the Central Intelligence Agency as a case officer in 1994.

US withholds $65 million from Palestinian aid programs
US withholds $65 million from Palestinian aid programs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration on Tuesday cut tens of millions of dollars in money for Palestinian refugees, demanding that the U.N. agency responsible for the programs undertake a "fundamental re-examination," the State Department said.

3 Years Later, Search Continues for Man Who Called Police And Admitted to Killing Wife
3 Years Later, Search Continues for Man Who Called Police And Admitted to Killing Wife

This week marks three years since Harold "Butch" Knight called police to tell them that he murdered his wife. The call kicked off a manhunt in Michigan that is still in the works and that even today has authorities puzzled.

Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cuts
Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cuts

SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) - Mahmoud al-Qouqa can't imagine life without the three sacks of flour, cooking oil and other staples he receives from the United Nations every three months.

AP Explains: Catholic Church in Chile weakened by scandal
AP Explains: Catholic Church in Chile weakened by scandal

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - When Pope Francis arrives in Chile's capital Monday, he will find a weakened Roman Catholic Church. As in many Latin American countries, the church in Chile has been losing followers to both evangelical faiths and increasing secularism. The shift has been exacerbated by a priest sex abuse scandal, and many Chileans are put off by the church's influence in keeping tight restrictions in social matters like marriage and abortion. Here are some of the contributing factors to the Chilean church's problems.

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