President Trump’s New Year message: Together we achieve historic victories, God bless America
President Donald Trump has praised his administration’s 2020 achievements, including their handling of the CCP Virus (COVID-19) pandemic and rebuilding the U.S. economy. He said the best is yet to come “as long as we remain loyal to our nation, devoted to our citizens and faithful to Almighty God.” In his New ...
Upcoming local elections in Turkey a test of pro-Kurdish party
Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP party seeks to win back control of key cities after its mayors were jailed
Iran’s woes briefly go up in smoke during fire festival
Iran's many woes briefly went up in smoke as Iranians observed a nearly 4,000-year-old Persian tradition known as the Festival of Fire. The celebration is held on the last Tuesday night before Nowruz, or the Iranian New Year, which will be celebrated Thursday. The annual ritual dates back to at least ...
Philippines digs out from deadly, freakish tropical storm
It wasn’t a typhoon, but the storm lingered long enough to cause flooding and landslides, killing at least 85 people
Seven arrested in killing of 37 in central Mali
The New Year’s Day attack is believed to be by Dogon hunters on Fulani herders
Trump says he expects to meet again soon with North Korea’s Kim
US president's optimism contrasts with Kim's warning that relations could cool if US continues to impose sanctions
Markets Right Now: Stocks open New Year on a sour note
The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.The stock market had a sour start to the New Year as big technology companies took more losses.Apple and Amazon each fell about 2 percent in early trading Wednesday, as did Microsoft. Netflix tumbled 3.5 percent.Markets were closed Tuesday for ...
Respect or use of force? China-Taiwan divide seen getting deeper
Chinese President Xi Jinping asks Taiwan for unification, The self-ruled island’s leader calls on China to give it respect
Kim’s New Year address signals he’s willing to deal or walk away
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for economic growth in his annual address to the nation
Chinese president calls for peaceful reunification with self-ruled Taiwan
Xi Jinping's warning that warns it will not accept "separatist activities" on Taiwan comes a day after Taiwanese President
Japan emperor greets public in final New Year’s appearance
Japanese Emperor Akihito has waved to throngs of well-wishers eager to see the final New Year's appearance in his reign.He told the crowd Wednesday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo: "I am truly happy to celebrate the New Year with all of you under such cloudless skies."Akihito will abdicate on ...
Partial US government shutdown in 11th day, as border wall dispute lingers
After taking over the majority in the House of Representatives later this week, Democrats plan to pass legislation to re-open most shuttered government agencies
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists stage New Year’s Day demonstrations
Demonstrators repeat call for fully free elections, sound alarm over Beijing's tightening grip on semi-autonomous territory
4 ideas from N.Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s speech
Looking almost banker-like in a business suit and sitting in an upholstered leather armchair, Kim Jong Un gave his annual televised New Year's address on Tuesday. The North Korean leader's big curtain-raiser for 2019 comes after a couple of very tumultuous years. In 2017, his rapid-fire missile tests brought him to ...
8 hurt in Tokyo New Year’s day car attack
Vehicle’s driver arrested after he plowed it through a crowded street in the city's famous Harajuku fashion district
Chief justice details efforts to combat workplace misconduct
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is using his annual report on the federal judiciary to highlight the steps the branch has taken to combat inappropriate conduct in the workplace. In December 2017, Roberts asked that a working group be put together to examine the judiciary's workplace conduct policies. His request ...
Welcomes 2019! Sydney Harbour and Auckland are lit up by fireworks
Australia and New Zealand has welcomed 2019 with millions gathering to watch spectacular firework displays in Sydney and Auckland. The party atmosphere is now set to sweep across major cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas as the world celebrates a new year. HAPPY NEW YEAR: Sydney, Australia gets the 2019 ...
China’s Xi in new year’s address: Pace of reform won’t ‘stagnate’
Xi has repeatedly pledged his support for reform this year, as China marks 40 years since landmark economic reforms, amid mounting pressure to accelerate reforms
2 dead, nearly 30 wounded in bomb blast at Philippine mall
Suspected Muslim militants remotely detonated a bomb near the entrance of a mall in the southern Philippines on Monday as people did last-minute shopping ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations, killing at least two and wounding nearly 30, officials said.The bomb went off near the baggage counter at the entrance ...
The Ancient Origins of New Year’s Celebrations
On the 1 st January of every year, many countries around the world celebrate the beginning of a new year. But there is nothing new about New Year’s. In fact, festivals and celebrations marking the beginning of the calendar have been around for thousands of years. While some festivities were simply a ...
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