Somalia saw a third day of protests on Saturday over the arrest of the former No. 2 leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency. The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia in a statement released overnight called for "utmost restraint" after the gunfire-fueled uproar around Muhktar Robow's arrest on Thursday in Baidoa, and it denied playing any role.
WASHINGTON – Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, said Trump authorized hush money to two alleged mistresses because he was worried about how their stories would affect his chances for election in 2016. He knows the truth, I know the truth, others know the truth,” Cohen told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview broadcast Friday. "And here is the truth: People of the United States of America, people of the world, don't believe what he is saying."
Turkey's foreign minister said Saturday his country would "not give up" on finding out the truth about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. "We haven't received any new information or outcome of the investigation from the Saudi side," Mevlut Cavusoglu said on the sidelines of a conference in Turkish ally Qatar. Earlier this month, the minister said Turkey was in talks over a possible United Nations investigation into the October 2 murder, which has provoked global outrage.
The U.S. Education Department said it will forgive $150 million in federal student loans as part of a 2016 rule that Secretary Betsy DeVos previously tried to block. Department officials began notifying 15,000 students on Friday that their loans will automatically be erased because they attended colleges that closed while they were still in school or shortly after they finished. About half of them attended campuses under the for-profit Corinthian Colleges chain, which collapsed in 2015 amid widespread accusations of fraud.
European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he had no mandate to reopen Brexit negotiations with Britain, while the head of the bloc's executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, said he "admired" Prime Minister Theresa May. Tusk and Juncker were speaking at a news conference after two days of talks at an EU summit that were dominated by the issue of Brexit and saw the other 27 national leaders of the bloc offer May only vague assurances over their Brexit deal. quot;I have no mandate to organize any further negotiations.
The gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in Strasbourg was shot dead by French police on Thursday as the Islamic State jihadist group claimed him as one of its “soldiers”. More than 700 French security forces had been hunting for 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt since the bloodshed on Tuesday night — the latest in a string of jihadist attacks to rock France. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said three police tried to question Chekatt after spotting him on the street in the Neudorf area of the northeastern French city where he grew up, but he opened fire.
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Winter weather can be so, so dangerous for your pupper’s paws. When it gets very cold out, the snow or even the cold pavement can give your dog frostbite on its paws in a matter of minutes. Your dog’s paws absolutely need protection, but not all pups are willing to leave those little booties on their feet.
Australia has decided to formally recognise west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but won’t move its embassy until there’s a peace settlement between Israel and Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday. He said in a speech that Australia will recognise east Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital only after a settlement has been reached on a two-state solution. The Australian Embassy won’t be moved from Tel Aviv until such a time, he said.
UPDATE 12/14/18: The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric starts at $37,495, which just so happens to be the exact same starting price as its closest rival, the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The affordable-EV space has a new hero of driving range, and it’s the Hyundai Kona Electric. This battery-powered crossover has been officially EPA rated to go 258 miles on a single charge, the longest estimated range of any electric vehicle currently on sale that isn’t built by that company run by Elon Musk.
The Wisconsin GOP has held control of the governorship and both chambers of the Legislature — what’s known as a trifecta — for most of the last decade. The man driving the legislation in Wisconsin, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, has held the position since 2013, and Republicans have controlled two-thirds of that chamber since 2011. The Republicans “never once had to make any meaningful compromises with the Democrats,” said Charlie Sykes, a Wisconsin conservative who was a longtime talk radio host in the state.
With his wife crying in the courtroom, a Rochester Hills, Michigan, man was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday for sexually assaulting a sleeping woman on an airplane, sticking his hands down her pants and penetrating her genitalia while his wife sat next to him. As prosecutors put it, Prabhu Ramamoorthy "committed one of the most brazen airplane sexual assaults ever prosecuted in this district" when he knowingly took advantage of a sleeping, intoxicated woman who could not fight back. The 35-year-old defendant, who chose not to speak at his sentencing hearing or address the victim, will be deported to India when he gets out of prison.
A 4-month-old boy died Saturday after he was found unconscious and unresponsive in the lobby of a New York City hotel. Police apprehended two women who were with him, and they're expected to face charges. Police identified the boy as Dominic Greene, of Wilmington, Delaware.
Brazil on Friday launched the first of five attack submarines built with French technology in a 35 billion-real ($8.9 billion) program planned to end in 2029 with delivery of a nuclear-powered submarine. President Michel Temer and his right-wing successor, President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, both pressed the button that lowered into the sea the 1,700-ton submarine named Riachuelo at a Rio de Janeiro naval base. Temer's wife, Marcela, had christened the vessel, by smashing a champagne bottle against its hull.
Residents of Yemen's flashpoint port of Hodeida and other cities fear a UN-brokered ceasefire could collapse at any moment, saying that after four years of conflict any accord is deeply fragile. On Friday morning, a day after the breakthrough agreement was penned in Sweden by representatives of the Yemeni government and the Huthi Shiite rebels, many held their breath. The Red Sea port of Hodeida, a main frontline between rebels and loyalist forces backed by a Saudi-led military coalition and a key conduit of aid, had woken to calm after weeks of confrontation.
The FDA has linked the source of the recent romaine lettuce E.coli outbreak to farms in the Central Coast region of California. Linda So reports.
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Thankfully the device’s parental lock system prevented the clever boy from actually purchasing any items ― which included strawberries, ice cream and even a kettle. Owner Marion Wischnewski told The Times she took the parrot in after he was removed from a sanctuary operated by the UK’s National Animal Welfare Trust for swearing too much. Rocco, who was taught to curse by a previous owner, is evidently loving his new home, interacting with Alexa up to 40 times a day and mastering countless household sounds.
The ongoing process of revising President Trump’s explanations for hush-money payments to two women during the 2016 campaign picked up speed this week, prompted by the sentencing of his one-time lawyer Michael Cohen and the disclosure that the publisher of the National Enquirer was cooperating with prosecutors. Trump’s latest response to the accusation that he personally directed Cohen to arrange the payments — $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and another $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels — is that he never ordered Cohen “to break the law. This is a long way from Trump’s outright denials in April that he knew about the payment to Daniels.
The Latest on a police investigation into a Colorado woman's disappearance (all times local): 3:47 p.m. A Colorado police chief leading the search for a woman missing since Thanksgiving says her fiancé was the last person to see her "face to face." Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said Friday he wants Patrick Frazee to sit down with investigators to discuss the disappearance of 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says that the caravan migrants waiting in Tijuana will be going through a slow process, sending a message that they are unable to walk across the border.
Schoolchildren near Lordstown, Ohio, are sending "thousands" of letters and drawings to General Motors CEO Mary Barra stating their Christmas wish is for her to keep the GM factory there operating. The handwritten missives from 20 school districts in the Mahoning Valley area were expected to be mailed to GM on Friday. Many plead with Barra to give Lordstown a new vehicle to build so it can remain operating and save the 1,600 jobs there.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared an "overwhelming victory" in his fight against graft within the ruling Chinese Communist Party, while still vowing that the campaign to weed out deep-seated corruption will continue, state media reported. Xi has pledged to wage war on graft until corruption of all kinds has been expunged at all levels of the Communist Party, from high-level "tigers" to low-level "flies". He proclaimed during a twice-a-decade meeting of the top party leadership in October 2017 that his fight against graft had achieved "overwhelming momentum".
Indian forces who were exchanging fire with insurgents in disputed Kashmir on Saturday fatally shot at least seven civilians when large crowds descended on the site of the gunbattle in support of the militants, police and residents said. Residents accused troops of directly spraying gunfire into the crowds. Separatists who challenge India's sovereignty over Kashmir said the killings were part of India's state policy and called for three days of mourning and a general shutdown in Kashmir.