Category Archives: Around The World

Vietnam Men Eat Monkey On Facebook Live

(Hanoi-AP) — Half a dozen men are under arrest in Vietnam after eating an endangered monkey on Facebook Live. Police say the six men in their 30s recorded themselves eating a rare langur monkey and streaming it on Facebook last month. Authorities finally identified and arrested the men on Thursday.

They’re accused of violating regulations on protecting endangered animals and have reportedly confessed. The consumption of endangered species is widespread in Vietnam as many still believe in the healing properties of the animals’ body parts.

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Historic NASA Mission Is A Go Following Brief Pause Due To Government Shutdown

(Washington, DC-AP) — A historic NASA mission to the farthest planetary body ever explored is a go following a brief pause from the partial government shutdown. Yesterday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed on Twitter that the unmanned New Horizons spacecraft will fly by the Ultima Thule on New Year’s Day, despite the shutdown.

Bridenstine said the activities were “forward funded,” which means there will be a broadcast of the fly-by. NASA TV and NASA’s social media accounts will document the first close look at the cosmic object.

Border Patrol In El Paso Orders Health Assessments Of Children In Their Care After Another 8-Year Old Dies

(El Paso, TX-AP) — The El Paso sector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is ordering an immediate medical assessment of all 700 children in its custody. The Washington Post reports the action came after a second child from Guatemala died while under its protection.

According to communications to health care specialists each child is to get an initial assessment and if any child is ill or injured they are to be taken to a hospital for further assessment. Eight-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez died soon after he was checked out at a hospital and discharged as having a cold. His death came after a seven-year-old girl died earlier this month.

Nicki Minaj Accused Of Ripping Off Lil Kim For Vogue Cover

(AP) – Nicki Minaj is accused of ripping off rapper Lil’ Kim for her new cover of Vogue Japan. After the Chun Li rapper shared a photo of the cover on Instagram, people wrote that they thought she had copied Kim, especially with the fake mole she was donning.

Screen-Shot-2018-12-20-at-10.45.59-774x1024Kim’s personal stylist even chimed in, saying she thought she stole her look. People also thought Minaj looked like Hennessy Carolina, the sister of Cardi B, who she was feuding with earlier this year. Minaj has yet to respond to the criticism.

Some Republicans Critical Of Plans To Withdraw Troops From Syria

(Washington, DC-AP) — Not all Republicans are on board with President Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Florida’s Marco Rubio called it a colossal mistake and a grave error. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham called it a “huge Obama-like mistake.”

President Trump tweeted yesterday that ISIS has been defeated in Syria, and that combating ISIS was the only reason for being there. Graham responded, “With all due respect, ISIS is not defeated.” Russia, Iran and the Syrian regime have long desired for the U.S. to pull out of Syria.

A Father’s Love: As Meghan Markle Continues To Strut Around As A Royal, Thomas Markle Fights To Get Her Back In His Life

(London, UK) – A few weeks ago, Meghan Markle’s father Thomas detailed what appeared to be the end of his relationship with his youngest daughter.

The 74-year old, who reportedly took care of  the actress turned Duchess from the time she was 11 until she left for college, spoke candidly about that day in which Prince Harry called him while he was still in the hospital recovering from a ‘widow maker’ heart attack.

According to Thomas, Prince Harry was lecturing him and saying had he did what he was told ‘this’ wouldn’t be happening.  Thomas, understandably so, wasn’t in the mood for the criticism and hung up on Harry.  He says he hasn’t heard from Meghan since.

With the circus that came with her sister and brother, most people were looking for something deeper to give the new member of the British Royal Family a legitimate reason for cutting her father, who she seemed to be extremely close to, off. But there doesn’t seem to be.

The idea that Meghan and Thomas weren’t ever really that close was dispelled when he released notes and cards that he received from Meghan over the past years where she thanks him for making her who she is, for taking such a good care of her and guiding her in her career.  She even notes that she just wants to make him proud. It’s a far cry from this family that Prince Harry believes she never had. Listening to Thomas, it appears that Harry and Meghan believed the tabloid stories about him faking a heart attack to get out of walking her down the isle for her wedding.  Markle has since released medical records proving it was no stunt.

Meghan nor Harry, whom he still hasn’t met, have talked to Thomas since they got married. And even worse…won’t respond to letters, text messages or cards.  He’s been ghosted as Markle put it to Good Morning Britain and he’s not sure why.  “I would appreciate a card or a phone call, or just some sign that she knows I’m here,” he said. “She knows I love her.”

It’s baffling to say the least, but a real person, a genuine person would take the time out to settle the problem with his or her parent. Thomas Markle has never spoken ill of Meghan and when others try he rushes to her defense.  Granted he can’t explain why Meghan is the way that she is now, (in reference to reports of her not getting along with other royals and staff) but he says she’s usually very polite. One thing is for sure, if Prince Harry can have a relationship with his father after he kept Camilla as a mistress throughout his entire marriage to Princess Diana, he can certainly urge Meghan to forgive her father for hanging up on him which seems to be the true point of contention.

And for those who say if he’d stop talking maybe she would reach out, since when is it detrimental to one’s livelihood for his or her father to publicly request some form of communication? It’s not.

Jamal Khashoggi Leads The Pack As TIME Honors Journalists For Person Of The Year

(TIME) – For taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts, for speaking up and for speaking out, the Guardians — Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo — are TIME’s Person of the Year.

Police Identify Gunman Responsible for Strasbourg Shooting

(Strasbourg-AP) — French authorities have identified the gunman responsible for the deadly Christmas market shooting as Islamic extremist named “Cherif C.” Three people were killed and dozens were injured after he opened fire in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Several reports say he yelled “God is Great” in Arabic while he was shooting. The manhunt is still underway for Cherif, a 29-year-old with a criminal record in several European countries. Authorities say Cherif became an Islamic extremist while serving time in prison and has been on the terrorist watch list since 2015.

British Prime Minister May Faces No Confidence Vote

(London-AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote from her Conservative Party members today. May’s problems stem from her attempts to negotiate a deal with the European Union for the UK to leave the EU. British voters narrowly approved Brexit in a 2016 referendum.

May negotiated a deal with EU leadership in Brussels, but the plan has next to no support among the leaders of her party. She said today that changing Conservative leadership would put the country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when Britons can least afford it.

Time Magazine To Reveal Person Of The Year Tuesday

(AP) – Time magazine is set to unveil its Person of the Year tomorrow morning. Today, the magazine released its shortlist of top ten contenders for the annual honor. Among them is President Trump, who was the Person of the Year in 2016. Several of the other top candidates are linked to Trump, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He’s investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any links between Russia and the Trump campaign. He was a top contender for Person of the Year last year. Time is also considering honoring the illegal immigrant families who were separated as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Christine Blasey Ford is also on the list for coming forward with sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation process. Also in the running is murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi the March for Our Lives gun control activists, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, Russian President Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Meghan Markle.