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“See” Reviews Breaking News in World on Saturday

Sat 21 Dec 2019 | 10:41 AM
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“See” reviews the most breaking news in the world on Saturday.

Trump signs $1.4T spending bill that includes Space Force, avoid a shutdown

The signing of the National Defense Authorization Act also avoided a government shutdown that would have started at midnight.

Last December, a record 35-day partial government shutdown ensued over a stalemate on border wall funding when Trump asked Congress for $6 billion. This year, Trump appeared focused on preparing for the potential of a new front in defense. ( Fox News)

More than 100 Virginia cities, counties declare themselves gun sanctuaries as Dems prepare to take the legislature

Dozens of Virginia counties and cities are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in an apparent revolt against the state legislature's proposals for new firearm restrictions.

The movement has gained so much steam that Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring issued an advisory opinion reminding residents that such "sanctuary" resolutions had no standing.( Fox News)

Brexit was a distraction. Now Europe is facing a hellish 2020

Brexit has been a massive headache ever since the UK voted to leave in 2016. It took two prime ministers, 1274 days, three deadline extensions and two general elections for an exit deal finally to be deemed acceptable by the British Parliament. (CNN)

Prince Philip admitted to hospital for 'pre-existing' condition, Buckingham Palace says

Prince Philip has been admitted to hospital over a "pre-existing" condition, Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Friday. A royal source told CNN he was not taken there in an ambulance, but walked in. (CNN)

Brexit: MPs pass the withdrawal agreement bill by 124 majority

Britain has taken a pivotal step towards leaving the European Union as Boris Johnson was rewarded for the Conservatives’ thumping general election victory with a majority of 124 for his Brexit deal in the House of Commons. ( The Guardian)

Croatians to vote on president after a campaign dominated by the hard right

Croatia’s president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, will seek re-election on Sunday as the country gears up to assume the rotating presidency of the EU for the first time. ( The Guardian)

Indian citizenship law: six killed in deadliest day of protests over a new bill

Six people died and dozens were injured when Indian police clashed with thousands of protesters who again took to the streets in several parts of the country to oppose a new law they say discriminates against Muslims. ( The Guardian)

Philippines' Duterte won't answer to ICC over drugs deaths

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte dared the International Criminal Court on Friday to jail him or hang him over alleged extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs but said he would refuse to cooperate with foreigners if put on trial. ( Yahoo News)

ICC to probe alleged war crimes in Palestinian areas, pending jurisdiction

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said on Friday she would launch a full investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian Territories as soon as the court's jurisdiction had been established.

The announcement opens the possibility of charges being filed against Israelis or Palestinians. ( Yahoo News)

Russia Recruits Syrian Kurds to Replace U.S.-Led Forces

Russia has opened recruitment centers for a new military force in northeastern Syria aimed at replacing U.S.-backed Kurdish groups that neighboring Turkey views as terrorists, the Voice of America broadcaster reported Thursday. ( The Moscow Times)

Does Putin Plan to Change the Constitution and Stay in Power?

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he was open to the possibility of altering Russia's Constitution to limit the number of presidential terms anyone can serve. ( The Moscow Times)

Iran's Hassan Rouhani urges Abe to strengthen bilateral economic ties during Tokyo visit

Visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday in Tokyo, urging Japan to pursue stronger relations and to assist the Middle Eastern country, which is suffering under the weight of severe U.S.-imposed economic sanctions. ( The Japan Times)

Pompeo: US ‘firmly opposes’ ICC announcement on alleged Israeli war crimes

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday decried a decision by the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor to proceed with an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed in the Palestinian territories. ( The Times of Israel)