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The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Trump agrees to shut down charity accused of illegality

Dec 19, 2018 - 8:09 AM

'This is an important victory for the rule of law, making clear that there is one set of rules for everyone,' says New York attorney general Barbara Underwood

TRUMP FOUNDATION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump ex-security chief Flynn sold country out, says judge

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:18 AM

It's a sharp and unexpected rebuke to the highest-ranked Trump aide so far to face a judge in the Russian collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Hatred stirred by leaders blamed for rise in journalist murders – RSF

Dec 18, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Reporters Without Borders says 80 journalists have been killed worldwide so far this year – most notably the Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi – with 348 in jail and 60 more held hostage

Xi warns no one can 'dictate' China's path, 40 years on from reforms

Dec 18, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Xi Jinping vows to press ahead with economic reforms but makes clear that Beijing will not deviate from its one-party system or take orders from any other country

40 YEARS. A general view shows the celebration meeting marking the 40th anniversary of China's 'reform and opening up' policy at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 18, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Jesuits release list of 89 U.S. priests accused of sex abuse

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The disclosures by the Jesuit provinces of Maryland and USA Midwest are the latest chapter in the ongoing sexual abuse scandal roiling the Catholic Church

Former FBI chief lashes out at Trump, Republicans

Dec 18, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'The FBI's reputation has taken a big hit because the president of the United States, with his acolytes, has lied about it constantly,' says former FBI director James Comey

COMEY. Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Washington careens toward government shutdown with no deal in sight

Dec 18, 2018 - 8:22 AM

The White House appears dug in on Donald Trump's call for Congress to budget $5 billion in 2019 to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border that he insists will check illegal immigration

LATE NIGHT. Night view of Capitol Hill on January 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

2018: Trump's year of disruption – and danger ahead

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

From trampling near-sacred allies like Canada to trying to make good with rival Russia and enemy North Korea, Donald Trump's foreign policy shook up the world

Trump says interior secretary to leave in latest high-profile departure

Dec 15, 2018 - 10:42 PM

A replacement to Ryan Zinke will be announced next week, says President Donald Trump

LATEST DEPARTURE. In this file photo, US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee at Capitol Hill on May 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Zinke testified about his department's fiscal year 2019 funding request and budget. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Migration crisis hits Americas, reaches U.S. border in 2018

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:47 PM

Latin Americans have long migrated to the United States – half a million Central Americans cross Mexico each year to chase their American dreams – but they used to do it in secret

CARAVAN. Central American migrants – mostly Hondurans – moving towards the United States in hopes of a better life, walk in the Mexican border city of Mexicali, Baja California state on their way to Tijuana, Mexico, on November 20, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Palestinians slam Australia's move on Jerusalem

Dec 15, 2018 - 7:18 PM

A senior Palestinian official says the Australian decision to open a trade office in the city violated international law

PALESTINE REACTS. In this file photo, Palestine Liberation Organization's Secretary General Saeb Erekat speaks to journalists during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 11, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Joy as U.S.-seized bells ring again on Philippine soil

Dec 15, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Residents of Balangiga welcome the return of the bells that symbolized the Philippines' dark past and long struggle for independence

FIESTA ATMOSPHERE. People begin massing near the San Lorenzo de Martir Church in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, on December 15, 2018, in preparation for the official handover of the Balangiga Bells. Photo courtesy of Lady Camelot

U.S., Ukraine navy heads meet after Russia ship seizure

Dec 14, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Ukraine's foreign minister calls for a speedy international response to Russia's 'aggression' after it seized the 3 Ukrainian navy ships and 24 sailors

U.S. airliner turned back after human heart left onboard

Dec 14, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The airline doesn't provide the name of the company that shipped the organ, or confirm any further details.

Accused Russian agent pleads guilty in U.S.

Dec 14, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Maria Butina – the first Russian convicted in the sprawl of cases arising from Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election – faces up to 6 months in prison, followed by likely deportation

GUILTY PLEA. This August 17, 2018, photo courtesy of the Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff'€™s Office, shows Maria Butina's booking photograph when she was admitted into the Alexandria Detention Center in Alexandia. AFP PHOTO / Alexandria Sheriff'€™s Office

Trump's son-in-law Kushner possible next chief of staff – U.S. media

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:37 AM

According to reports, Jared Kushner met with the Republican leader to discuss the job

NEXT CHIEF OF STAFF? This file photo taken on February 16, 2017 shows Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner as he arrives to attend US President Donald Trump's press conference at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Climate talks must be rescued, warns U.N. chief

Dec 13, 2018 - 10:32 AM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says wasting the opportunity 'would not only be immoral, it would be suicidal'

ANTONIO GUTERRES. This file photo taken on January 3, 2017 shows United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking to staff members at UN headquarters in New York. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AFP

Ex-lawyer blames Trump 'dirty deeds' as he gets 3 years

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:15 AM

Pleading for leniency in a packed Manhattan courtroom before US District Court Judge William H. Pauley III, Michael Cohen says he has been led astray by misplaced admiration for Donald Trump

3 YEARS. US President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen leaves US Federal Court in New York on December 12, 2018 after his sentencing after pleading guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, illegal campaign contributions, and making false statements to Congress. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Judge orders Stormy Daniels to pay Trump nearly $300,000

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:44 PM

US District Judge S. James Otero says Daniels must pay Donald Trump $293,000 to cover the president's attorney fees and costs plus $1,000 in sanctions for filing the lawsuit

STORMY DANIELS. Adult film star Stormy Daniels poses and signs autographs at Chi Chi Larue's adult entertainment store May 23, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. File photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen faces hour of truth

Dec 12, 2018 - 2:37 PM

Judge William Pauley will have to decide if there is room to go easy on Michael Cohen, who has asked for the lightest sentence possible to 'start his life over'

HOUR OF TRUTH. In this file photo, Michael Cohen, former lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-U.S. senators warn of 'constitutional crisis' under Trump

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Forty-four former US senators urge current and future members of the US Senate to make sure that 'partisanship or self-interest not replace national interest'

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump casts a shadow as he addresses a press conference on the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on July 12, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

California nuns stole school funds for Vegas gambling, travel

Dec 11, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Sisters Mary Margaret Kreuper and Lana Chang, who are said to be best friends, took the money from tuition, fees, and donations at St. James Catholic School

Saudi, U.S. snub of climate report unsettles U.N. talks

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:03 AM

'Alarmism should not silence realism,' says Preston Wells Griffith, special advisor to US President Donald Trump

'COAL 24.' A protester holds a placard during a march for the climate on sidelines of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) summit on December 8, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

China summons U.S. ambassador over Huawei arrest

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:27 PM

(UPDATED) In a statement, China's foreign ministry says 'the US side has seriously violated the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens, and the nature of the violation is extremely bad'

Trump attacks Paris climate agreement, cites France protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:03 PM

US President Donald Trump's comments came admi the UN climate talks in Poland, where 200 nations gather to agree on a rulebook on the 2015 climate accord

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Iran's Rouhani: U.S. sanctions are 'economic terrorism'

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

'We are facing an all-out assault which is not only threatening our independence and identity but also is bent on breaking our longstanding ties,' says Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

IRAN'S PRESIDENT. A file handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 8, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech on Iranian TV in Tehran. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

U.S. fails in U.N. bid to condemn Palestinian Hamas movement

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The proposed measure wins 87 votes in the General Assembly, falling short of the required two-thirds majority. Fifty-eight countries oppose the measure and 32 abstain.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY. In this file photo, the UN General Assembly observes a minute of private prayer or silent meditation at the opening meeting of its session on September 12, 2017. UN file photo/Kim Haughton

Trump to pick State Dept spokeswoman Heather Nauert as U.N. envoy – reports

Dec 07, 2018 - 12:24 PM

If confirmed by the Senate, she will take over from Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in October without offering details on why

NEXT UN ENVOY? In this file screenshot, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert addresses the media in a news briefing. Screengrab from state.gov

George H.W. Bush, president and servant-statesman, is laid to rest

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:36 AM

'The 41st President of the United States of America, George Herbert Walker Bush, has reached his final resting place,' says family spokesman Jim McGrath

GOODBYE. The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard for burial at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas on December 6, 2018. Photo by David J. Phillip/Pool/AFP

5 missing after 2 U.S. military planes crash off Japan

Dec 06, 2018 - 2:22 PM

(UPDATED) One crew member has already been rescued and is thought to be in stable condition

CRASH. This file photo taken on July 15, 2014 shows a US Marine KC-130 air refueling tanker taking-off at the Futenma air base in Okinawa. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Washington sets aside divisions as U.S. bids farewell to Bush

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Former US president George HW Bush will lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church, where the Bushes worshipped for decades, until he is buried Thursday, December 6

PRESENT AND PAST PRESIDENTS. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and former presidents, vice presidents, first ladies and spouses attend the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral December 05, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

China vows quick trade moves as U.S. sends mixed signals

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The Chinese commerce ministry lauds Donald Trump's talks with Xi Jinping at the weekend as 'successful' and says it is 'confident' that their agreement will be implemented

TRUCE. The Chinese commerce ministry lauds Donald Trump's talks with Xi Jinping at the weekend as 'successful.' File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

U.S. Special Counsel Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn

Dec 05, 2018 - 10:03 AM

(UPDATED) The surprise recommendation comes ahead of Michael Flynn's upcoming sentencing, which has been postponed 4 times over the past year

MICHAEL FLYNN. Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (ret.), National Security Advisor Designate at a conference on the transition of the US Presidency from Barack Obama to Donald Trump at the US Institute Of Peace in Washington DC, January 10, 2017.  File photo by Chris Kleponis/AFP

U.S. senators blast Saudi prince over Khashoggi, after CIA chief briefing

Dec 05, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'I have zero question in my mind that the crown prince directed the murder and was kept appraised of the situation all the way through it,' says Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker

ON KHASHOGGI. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch on November 14, 2017. File photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP

U.S. wants 'concrete' trade action from China within 90 days

Dec 04, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says US and China held 'very specific discussions' in Buenos Aires on December 1 on steps to defuse their conflict

US-CHINA TRADE. In this file photo taken on April 21, 2018 US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin holds a press conference during the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, DC. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Trump calls for his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to be jailed

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:26 AM

US President Donald Trump also praises another former advisor, Roger Stone, for refusing to testify against him

COHEN. Donald Trump file photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP. Michael Cohen file photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Trump pays respects as president Bush lies in state in U.S. Capitol

Dec 04, 2018 - 8:02 AM

(UPDATED) The Republican stalwart is being honored with 4 days of commemorations and services in Washington and in Texas, where he will be buried on December 6

IN MEMORY. The flag draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is seen in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC, December 3, 2018. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP

America mourns former president George H.W. Bush

Dec 02, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The former president will lie in state in the US Capitol ahead of a state funeral at the towering National Cathedral, expected to draw dozens of dignitaries from around the world

Trump hopes to meet North Korea's Kim in January or February 2019

Dec 02, 2018 - 1:08 PM

(UPDATED) United States President Donald Trump says they are considering 3 sites for his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

HISTORIC. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. and China in trade tariffs truce after tense G20 summit

Dec 02, 2018 - 11:09 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Trump withdraws his threat to raise the US tariffs even more on January 1, in return for a promise from China to buy more US goods and enter into a 90-day period of talks to resolve their differences

TAX SUSPENSION. US President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shake hands during dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

G20 summit shows strains over climate change

Dec 02, 2018 - 10:18 AM

A final communique adopted at the summit says all G20 members, except the United States, agreed to implement the 'irreversible' Paris Agreement on climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE. The Paris Agreement on climate change aims to prevent the worst-case scenarios of global warming. Photo from Shutterstock

Trump, Xi trade war dinner went 'very well' – White House advisor

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Both US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping express optimism over finding a solution to their ongoing trade war

TRADE WAR TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) along with members of their delegations, hold a dinner meeting at the end of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires on December 1 2018.Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump to attend George H.W. Bush's funeral

Dec 01, 2018 - 11:44 PM

President Donald Trump is set to declare December 5 as National Day of Mourning for George H.W. Bush's death

BUSH. Former US president George HW Bush speaks before students at Tokyo's Waseda University on December 15, 2006. AFP file photo

2 Americans helped missionary killed by remote Indian tribe – police

Dec 01, 2018 - 8:25 PM

India police says suspected Americans who urged John Allen Chau to go to North Sentinel has left India

MISSIONARY. John Allen Chau was killed by the Sentinelese tribe. Photo from Chau's Instagram account

Tributes pour in for ex-U.S. president George H.W. Bush

Dec 01, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here are excerpts of messages from the worlds of politics, business and Hollywood for the 41st US President

BUSH 41. In this file photo taken on September 25, 2008, former President George H. W. Bush waves as he arrives at the White House to participate in US President George W. Bush's signing of S. 3406, the ADA (Americans With Disabilities) Amendments Act of 2008, at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

China, U.S. showdown looms on trade at fractious G20

Dec 01, 2018 - 4:29 PM

US President Donald Trump sounds upbeat about making progress with Chinese President Xi Jinping after weeks of dire warnings

G20 PLENARY. A handout picture released by G20 Summit's Press Office shows a general view of the plenary hall prior during a session of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on November 30, 2018. Photo by G20 Press Office/AFP

George H.W. Bush: Head of political dynasty, war hero

Dec 01, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The decorated war pilot, oilman, and diplomat who later became the 41st US President steered America through the end of the Cold War

BUSH 41. In a file photo taken on June 4, 1992, President George H.W. Bush answers reporters' questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House. Photo from Shutterstock

Former U.S. president George H.W. Bush dead at 94

Dec 01, 2018 - 1:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for,' his son, former president George W. Bush, says in a statement

HOSPITALIZED. In this file photo, Former US President George H. W. Bush points to his wife Barbara Bush (not in photo) during an event in the East Room of the White House July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Beijing lashes out at U.S. for South China Sea sail-by

Dec 01, 2018 - 8:18 AM

The Pentagon says the sail intends to 'challenge excessive maritime claims' by China and to 'preserve access to waterways as governed by international law'

SUBI REEF. This photo shows the artificial island on Subi Reef in the West Philippine Sea as of December 7, 2017. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe