US President Donald Trump has threatened to issue a state of emergency to build a wall on the border with Mexico. He said that if the ongoing deadlock in the various government agencies and institutions in the third week of December is ready for the year, then he is ready for that. President Trump said this at a press conference on Friday in the White House. Responding to a question from journalists, Trump threatened to stop the Federal government's work year after year to require it. Trump said, 'I said so, I said exactly the same. I do not think it will be. But I'm ready for that. "The US president also said, 'I'm proud of what I'm doing. I do not call it a stop, I tell it, what is to be done for our country's interests and security. ' Asked whether Trump was thinking of exercising the emergency power to avoid congressional approval of allocation of money, he told journalists, "I can do it. We can announce emergency and build walls quickly. This is a different way to do the job. ' The BBC said the same day the Democratic Party's top leaders were also meeting with the trump in the White House. They said they are ready to discuss the financing separately for the wall and that the government has called it as unreasonable. On the issue of budget allocation for the construction of the walls on the US-Mexico border, the activities of a federal government were stopped from December 22. As a result, eight million federal employees are not getting any wages. Democrats have objected to $ 500 million for trump demand to build security walls on the border with Mexico. Trump said, he will not sign any budget proposal until he pays his claim. Democrats, on the other hand, will not agree to pay more than one paisa more than $ 130 million. After two weeks of closure, the government employee was denied by the government. When asked about Trump on Friday's press conference, he said that the issue of national security is much more important than getting regular pay. He claimed, most of the people of the country agreed with his claim. According to the latest opinion poll, 47 percent of the people blamed the trump to stop the federal government. The number of Americans who blamed the Democrats is 33 percent.
The security panel, formed by the US President Donald Trump, suggested on Tuesday that schools in the United States can consider the issue of keeping an armed staff. News AFP In February, after the murder of a educational institute in Florida, in Florida, a Federal Commission was constituted for the school security panel led by Education Minister Betsey Dves. In the school attack, 17 people were killed. A former student of the school carried out the attack. This led to massive protests across the country demanding control of arms. The commission has rejected the demand for increasing the minimum age required for purchase of guns. Their 180-page report argued that most of the people who attacked the school got their weapons from family members or friends. Instead, they advised to keep armed staff for the sake of quickly addressing school safety and violence. The commission's recommendation further said, in this case, the school authorities can appoint experienced military and police officers.
Russia has fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels off the Crimean Peninsula in a major escalation of tensions between the two countries. Two gunboats and a tug were captured by Russian forces. A number of Ukrainian crew members were injured. Each country blames the other for the incident. On Monday Ukrainian MPs are due to vote on declaring martial law. The crisis began when Russia accused the Ukrainian ships of illegally entering its waters. The Russians placed a tanker under a bridge in the Kerch Strait - the only access to the Sea of Azov, which is shared between the two countries. During a meeting of Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council, President Petro Poroshenko described the Russian actions as "unprovoked and crazy". Russia has requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, which US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says has been called for 11:00 New York time (16:00 GMT) on Monday. Tensions have recently risen in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov off the Crimean peninsula - annexed by Russia in 2014. In the morning, Ukraine's Berdyansk and Nikopol gunboats, and the Yana Kapa tug, tried to sail from the Black Sea port of Odessa to Mariupol in the Sea of Azov. Ukraine says the Russians tried to intercept the ships, ramming the tug. The vessels continued towards the Kerch Strait, but were prevented by the tanker. Russia scrambled two fighter jets and two helicopters to the area. It accused the ships of illegally entering its waters and said the traffic had been suspended for security reasons. The Ukrainian navy later said the boats had been hit and disabled as they tried to leave the area. It said six crew members had been injured. Russia's FSB later confirmed that one of its patrol boats had used force to seize the three Ukrainian vessels but said only three sailors had been wounded. Ukraine said it had informed the Russians of its plan to move its ships through the sea to Mariupol. [i]Source: BBC[/i]
At least 22 police officers have been killed in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan's western Farah province, an Afghan official said. Dadullah Qaneh, a member of the provincial council in Farah, said four policemen, including the deputy provincial police chief, were also wounded in the attack on a police convoy on Sunday afternoon near Lash wa Juwayn district. Qaneh said the newly appointed chief was also killed. Another council member, Abdul Samad Salehi, said the convoy was on its way to the district to introduce newly appointed district police chief when it came under attack. Afghan army boosts security efforts after election attacks. The Taliban, who in recent years have taken over nearly half of Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the attack. It was the latest in a series of brutal, near-daily Taliban assaults on Afghan military and security forces throughout the country. On Friday, an explosion hit a mosque inside an army base in eastern Khost province, killing at least 26 and injuring dozens of others. A recent report by the US watchdog, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), said that since 2015, nearly 30,000 Afghan soldiers and officers have been killed, contributing to the high rate of attrition and low morale among the security forces. In the third quarter of 2018, the number of soldiers and police deployed across Afghanistan fell to 312,328 - nearly 9,000 fewer than only a year ago, and the lowest level for any comparable period since 2012. Estimated figures for 2015 show 5,000 killed that year, with the remainder of the 28,529 casualties dying since then. Casualty figures for Afghan forces have been kept under wraps since 2017 at the request of Kabul, but NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan recently told SIGAR that this summer's toll was worse than ever. [i]Source: Agencies[/i]
A US federal judge has blocked an order issued by President Trump to deny asylum to migrants crossing the southern US border illegally. US District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued the temporary restraining order after hearing arguments by civil rights groups. Mr Trump signed the order earlier this month in response to the migrant caravan moving towards the border. He cited national interest concerns but was opposed by civil rights groups. They brought the San Francisco case, arguing his decision was illegal. Thousands of migrants from across Central America have been travelling north for weeks towards the US-Mexico border. They say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. In the run-up to the US mid-term elections, President Trump said many of the migrants were criminals, called the caravan an invasion, and ordered troops to the border. He also repeatedly suggested it was politically motivated. Judge Tigar, in his ruling, said current legislation made it clear that any foreigner arriving in the US "whether or not at a designated port of arrival" could apply for asylum. He said Mr Trump's proclamation on 9 November was an "extreme departure" from prior practice. "Whatever the scope of the president's authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden," Judge Tigar added. He was responding in a case brought by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Center for Constitutional Rights. The judge's restraining order comes into immediate effect and remains until a court hearing in December to decide on the case. President Trump's proclamation on 9 November said anyone wanted to claim asylum in the US had to come in through official points of entry - and their cases would not be heard if they entered illegally. The ban was to last 90 days or until the US reached an agreement with Mexico to turn back asylum-seekers. Under US law, there is a legal obligation to hear asylum claims from migrants if they say they fear violence in their home countries - regardless of how they have entered the country. The Trump administration said the president had the power to "suspend the entry of all aliens" and to impose "any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate on them" if they were judged to be "detrimental" to US interests under the Immigration and Nationality Act. "Today, we are using the authority granted to us by Congress to bar aliens who violate a presidential suspension of entry or other restriction from asylum eligibility," a statement said at the time. [i]Source: BBC[/i]
An estimated 85,000 children under the age of five may have died from acute malnutrition in three years of war in Yemen, a leading charity says. The number is equivalent to the entire under-five population in the UK's second largest city of Birmingham, Save the Children adds. The UN warned last month that up to 14m Yemenis are on the brink of famine. It is trying to revive talks to end a three-year war which has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Yemen has been devastated by the conflict. Fighting escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition launched an air campaign against the Houthi rebel movement which had forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee abroad. At least 6,800 civilians have been killed and 10,700 injured in the war, according to the UN. The fighting and a partial blockade by the coalition have also left 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid, created the world's largest food security emergency, and led to a cholera outbreak that has affected 1.2 million people. It is difficult to get an exact number of deaths. Aid workers in Yemen say many go unreported because only half of the country's health facilities are functioning and many people are too poor to access the ones that remain open. Save the Children says it based its figures on mortality rates for untreated cases of Severe Acute Malnutrition in children under five from data compiled by the UN. According to conservative estimates, it calculated that around 84,700 children may have died between April 2015 and October 2018. [i]Agencies[/i]
More than 1,000 people have been reported missing in a California wildfire which has destroyed thousands of homes and killed at least 71, local officials have said. The death toll rose from 63 on Friday, eight days after the Camp Fire broke out in northern California. However, the sharp increase in the missing list - from 631 to 1,011 in 24 hours - may not be accurate. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said it was possible it contained duplications. "I want you to understand that this is a dynamic list," he told reporters. "The information I am providing you is raw data and we find there is the likely possibility that the list contains duplicate names." Authorities have also warned that some of those on the list may be fine but unaware people are trying to find them, or unable to call. However, there could also be people among the dead who no-one has yet realised are missing. The fire - the deadliest in the state's history - has destroyed 142,000 acres (57,000 ha), including most of the town of Paradise, home to 27,000 people. Rescue workers, aided by cadaver dogs, were continuing to comb what little remained of the town on Friday. In total, some 47,000 people have been told to evacuate, with those who have fled the fire being houses in emergency shelters, as well as with friends and family, while others are camping. President Donald Trump is due to travel to California on Saturday to survey the damage and meet those affected. [i]Source: BBC[/i]
The US is yet to reach a final conclusion on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, officials say, despite reports the CIA believes it was ordered by the Saudi crown prince. "Numerous unanswered questions" remain, a State Department statement said. Sources told US media they did not believe the murder could take place without Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's approval. Saudi Arabia has called the claim false and denied he had any knowledge. US President Donald Trump said he was due to receive a report on Tuesday which will outline who American authorities believe was responsible for the journalist's death. Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi government, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October to obtain a marriage document. Saudi Arabia says Khashoggi was killed as the result of a rogue operation. The public prosecutor has charged 11 people over the murder and is seeking the death penalty for five of them. But after changing its account of the death, and amid suspicions of a high-level cover-up, the Saudi government remains under pressure over the killing. [i]Agencies[/i]
The World Diabetes Day is being observed today (Wednesday) in the country as elsewhere in the world in a befitting manner to make the people aware about diabetes. This year’s theme of the day is “Diabetes is a concern for each family”. On the eve of the World Diabetes Day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages urging all concerned to work together for creating awareness among the people about diabetes. In his message, President Abdul Hamid said the number of diabetic patients is increasing in Bangladesh like other countries of the world because of changes in lifestyle and food habit and lack of physical labour. According to the specialists, the number of diabetic patients is also increasing due to unplanned pregnancy, the President said, adding “As a result, diabetes has emerged as a concern for about each family in Bangladesh like other countries across the globe”. “So, I think this year’s theme of the Day “Diabetes is a concern for each family” is a time befitting one,” he added. The President stressed the need for creating awareness to prevent diabetes and called upon Bangladesh Diabetic Association, other private organizations, civil society and media to come forward in this regard. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the Awami League government is implementing a pro-people health policy to ensure the health care services for the countrymen. “We have set up new medical colleges, dental colleges, nursing colleges, nursing institutes, medical assistant training schools and health technology institutes across the country,” she said, adding that healthcare services and the number of beds in the general and specialized hospitals were also increased in a large scale. To reach healthcare services to the doorstep of the rural people, about 18,500 community clinics and union healthcare centers were set up across the country, the primer said, adding that 30 types of medicines are being given to the people free of cost. Sheikh Hasina said the Bangladesh Diabetic Association is implanting various programmes on preventing diabetes and creating awareness on this disease. The association has launched service centers across the country, including the capital to provide free medical checkups to pregnant mothers, she added. “We will be able to turn Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041 through building a healthy nation by preventing and controlling diabetes with combined efforts of all,” the primer said. Both the President and Prime Minister wished all the day’s programmes a success. [i]Source: BSS[/i]
At least 12 people have been killed, including a police officer, at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California of US. The shooting began at 23:20 local time on Wednesday about 40 miles (65km) north-west of Los Angeles, police say. At least 200 people were reportedly inside the Borderline Bar and Grill at the time of the attack. Officials say the suspect was found dead inside and have not identified him. They do not yet know his motive for the shooting. A college country music night was under way when the suspect, apparently dressed in black, entered the bar and opened fire. Reports say the suspect may have used smoke grenades and at least one weapon, described as a semi-automatic handgun by witnesses. An injured man told local television channel KTLA: "We just dropped to the ground, we heard a lot of screaming. My friend is the DJ so she cut off the music, we just heard a lot of mayhem."
Voters in Minnesota and Michigan on Tuesday elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the US Congress, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war and a Detroit-born Palestinian-American. The victories by the two Democrats -- Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib -- came on an election night when members of multiple minority groups had a chance to score electoral firsts. In Minnesota, Omar, about 36 and a naturalized American citizen and state representative, follows another trailblazer: She will succeed US Congressman Keith Ellison, who in 2006 became the first Muslim elected to Congress and is stepping down to run for state attorney general. The Minneapolis woman campaigned on policies embraced by the Democratic Party's most liberal wing: universal healthcare, free college tuition and robust public housing. "I did not expect to come to the United States and go to school with kids who were worried about food as much as I was worried about it in a refugee camp," Omar said in an interview last month. She spent four years of her childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya. Two years ago, she became the first Somali-American to win a seat in a state legislature, on the same night Republican Donald Trump won the presidency after a campaign in which he called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States. Omar wsill also be the first Congress member to wear a Muslim hijab, or head scarf. Tlaib, 42, also has a history of breaking barriers: In 2008 she became the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature. The oldest of 14 children, Tlaib was born to a family of Palestinian immigrants in Detroit, where her father worked at a Ford Motor Co plant. The former state representative also ran on a liberal platform, backing Medicare for All, immigration reform and a call to overturn Trump's executive order banning most people from five Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States. Both women ran in heavily Democratic districts. Minnesota state data showed Omar winning by a large margin, and Michigan media reported that Tlaib had won. Tlaib linked her campaign to the surge of female political activism in the United States following Trump's stunning 2016 victory, alluding to the millions of women that took to the streets of Washington and major cities across the country after his inauguration. "Today, women across the country are on the ballot. Yes, we marched outside the Capitol, but now we get to march into the Capitol," she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. "We are coming!"
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for the first time accused the Saudi government directly of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government," he wrote in an article in the Washington Post. But stressing Turkey's "friendly" ties with Saudi Arabia, he added that he did not believe King Salman was involved. Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Turkish investigators believe the journalist, who was living in exile, was strangled when he visited to collect documents for his forthcoming marriage to a Turkish citizen. His body has not been found and an aide to President Erdogan, Yasin Aktay, has said he believes it was dissolved in acid after being cut up. The murder, initially covered up by Saudi officials, caused a diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and its allies. The Saudis have since arrested 18 suspects who, they say, will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia. Turkey wants them extradited. A memorial service marking four weeks since the journalist's death has been held in Washington.