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Staff fraud may cost China's DJI drone maker $150 million

Staff fraud may cost China's DJI drone maker $  150 millionChinese drone maker DJI has placed 45 employees under investigation for alleged fraud that could cost the company more than one billion yuan ($ 150 million) in losses, the firm said Monday. The world’s top civilian drone maker said in an internal memo that most of the employees involved in the fraud worked in the supply chain, and 29 were fired while 16 were reported to the police. The case is expected to involve more than 100 people and many people will be facing a sentence in jail, according to Friday’s memo, whose authenticity was confirmed by a company spokeswoman on Monday.



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Hamas staff reclaim Egypt-Gaza border as PA withdraws

Hamas staff reclaim Egypt-Gaza border as PA withdrawsHamas employees retook control of the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt on Monday after the Palestinian Authority withdrew its own staff, an AFP journalist and Hamas officials said. The PA’s civil affairs authority had on Sunday accused Hamas of “summoning, arresting and abusing our employees”, leading it to conclude that their presence was futile, according to official Palestinian news agency WAFA.



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Pakistani International Airlines threatens to ground cabin staff if they don't lose weight

Pakistani International Airlines threatens to ground cabin staff if they don't lose weightPakistani International Airlines has told 1,800 overweight crew members that they will be grounded if they don't meet weight limits within six months.



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Trump's border wall 'not really a wall', says outgoing chief of staff John Kelly

Trump's border wall 'not really a wall', says outgoing chief of staff John KellyDonald Trump's outgoing chief of staff on Sunday admitted the president's planned wall along the US and Mexico border would be more like a fence, as he gave his final interview before leaving office. General John Kelly, who leaves the administration on Wednesday after a rocky 18-month tenure, broke with the president on key areas during an intriguing exit interview with The Los Angeles Times newspaper. The two men have had a strained relationship in recent months. In September Gen. Kelly denied claims made in Bob Woodward's bombshell book, Fear, that he called the US leader an "idiot". On Sunday, it emerged that he fundamentally disagreed with the president's characterisation of illegal immigrants as criminals who are invading America. “We do have an immigration problem," the former Marine said while describing his role spending 15 hour days alongside Mr Trump as "bone-crushing". But he added: “Illegal immigrants, overwhelmingly, are not bad people,” describing many migrants as victims of traffickers. “I have nothing but compassion for them, the young kids." Speaking of the wall, Gen. Kelly said that after consultation with border patrol agents it became clear that a continuous, opaque structure would not be suitable for stemming the flow of illegal immigrants. For a start, agents need to be able to see through any barrier to allow them to view those approaching from Mexico. “To be honest, it’s not a wall,” he said. “The president still says ‘wall’ – oftentimes frankly he’ll say ‘barrier’ or ‘fencing,’ now he’s tended toward steel slats. But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it.” “They said, ‘Well we need a physical barrier in certain places, we need technology across the board, and we need more people.’” The US president's vision of what he called "a big beautiful wall" that "Mexico is going to pay for" became a rallying cry to his supporters during the 2016 election campaign. But halfway through his four-year term, he is still trying to secure most of the estimated $ 18 billion (£14.2bn) needed to fund it. The stalemate between Republicans and Democrats is at the heart of the current government shutdown now entering its tenth day.



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John Kelly: judge me on what Trump didn't do while I was chief of staff

John Kelly: judge me on what Trump didn't do while I was chief of staffAs Donald Trump attracted criticism for blaming the deaths of children in US custody on Democrats opposed to his demands for a border wall, outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly said he had “nothing but compassion” for migrants attempting to enter the US without documentation. “Illegal immigrants, overwhelmingly, are not bad people,” Kelly said, describing many migrants as victims misled by traffickers. Kelly, a retired Marines general, spoke in an interview with the Los Angeles Times conducted by phone on Friday and published on Sunday morning.



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US government shutdown 'could stretch into new year' says Trump's acting chief of staff

US government shutdown 'could stretch into new year' says Trump's acting chief of staffThe US government shutdown could continue into the New Year with no clear resolution in sight, Mick Mulvaney, the new White House chief of staff, said on Sunday. As the impasse over President Donald Trump's demand for funding for a border wall entered its second day, Mr Mulvaney prepared the ground for a lengthy closure of federal departments. Congress is due to reconvene on Thursday after last minute negotiations failed on Saturday, triggering Mr Trump's decision to stay and celebrate Christmas at The White House rather than head to Mar-a-Lago as planned. “I don’t think things are going to move very quickly here for the next couple days. … I think it’s very possible the shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress," Mr Mulvaney told US TV. Insisting "the ball is in the Senate's court", he said that the White House had moved down from its original demand for $ 5 billion and hoped Democrats would move up from their offer for $ 1.3 billion in border security funding. But in an interview on ABC's "This Week," he added that Mr Trump remained steadfast in his demand for wall funding. "The President's not going to not accept money for a border wall," he said. Mr Mulvaney, who is also currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget, did not give specifics on the level of the "counteroffer" made by the White House. “They were at 1.3 yesterday, we were at $ 5 billion a couple days ago. And the counteroffer that we gave them yesterday was between those two numbers," he said.  Meanwhile Senate Democrats, who oppose funding for the wall, contend the government could reopen immediately if Mr Trump drops his demand to extend a physical barrier along America's southern border with Mexico – a barrier which they argue would be ineffective in halting illegal immigration. But any suggestion of Mr Trump weakening on what was a major plank of his election strategy would infuriate his supporters, some of whom are already growing impatient. Last week Ann Coulter, a prominent conservative figure, stopped following Mr Trump on Twitter and branded his presidency "a joke" because of the lack of progress on the much-touted border wall. On Sunday, the president showed no sign of compromise. "The only way to stop drugs, gangs, human trafficking, criminal elements and much else from coming into our Country is with a Wall or Barrier. Drones and all of the rest are wonderful and lots of fun, but it is only a good old fashioned Wall that works!" he tweeted. Around 800,000 federal employees are affected by the shutdown. Roughly 420,000 workers are deemed essential and were expected to work unpaid with  additional 380,000 were to be furloughed, meaning they will stay home without pay.      



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Trump will continue troop withdrawal from Syria, despite military opposition, acting chief of staff says

Trump will continue troop withdrawal from Syria, despite military opposition, acting chief of staff saysPresident Donald Trump campaigned to withdraw troops from Syria and will continue, despite military opposition, acting chief of staff Mulvaney said.



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Mick Mulvaney: The self-proclaimed ‘right-wing nutjob’ appointed as Trump’s new chief of staff

Mick Mulvaney: The self-proclaimed ‘right-wing nutjob’ appointed as Trump’s new chief of staffDonald Trump has appointed a new acting chief of staff after a protracted and chaotic search to replace John Kelly. The US president turned to his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, to temporarily fill a position once seen as one of the most sought-after in the White House. It will be Mr Mulvaney’s third job in Mr Trump’s government.



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Superintendent Praises Response of Students, Staff Day After Shooting at Indiana School

Superintendent Praises Response of Students, Staff Day After Shooting at Indiana SchoolThe superintendent of Richmond Schools said students and staff at Dennis Intermediate School did everything they`d been trained to do during a school shooting.



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Trump names Mick Mulvaney acting chief of staff after scrambling to find replacement for John Kelly

Trump names Mick Mulvaney acting chief of staff after scrambling to find replacement for John KellyDonald Trump has named Mick Mulvaney as his acting chief of staff, after scrambling and struggling to find a replacement for the outgoing John Kelly. The president had believed that after he announced last week the former Marine Corps general would leave the White House by the end of the year – there had been speculation about the 68-year-old for months – the job would be filled by Nick Ayers. Reports suggested former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who was once close to Mr Trump but later sidelined after the 2016 election, was also being considered.



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