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The Latest: Staff members resign after Fairfax allegations

The Latest: Staff members resign after Fairfax allegationsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on scandals involving Virginia's Democratic leaders (all times local):



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Northam Tells Staff He Won’t Resign over Racist Yearbook Photo

Northam Tells Staff He Won’t Resign over Racist Yearbook PhotoDuring a cabinet meeting Friday afternoon, Virginia governor Ralph Northam told his staff that he will not resign despite the overwhelming condemnation he’s received from fellow Democrats this week following the emergence of a racist photo on his 1984 medical-school-yearbook page, according to the Associated Press. The yearbook photo, which depicts one man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan uniform, was first published on Friday by the right-wing website Big League Politics. Immediately following its publication, Northam admitted to appearing in the photo and apologized for the harm it caused his constituents. Then, during a Saturday afternoon press conference, Northam backtracked, denying that he appeared in the photo but admitting to darkening his face on another occasion while he was in college.



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US orders non-emergency embassy staff to leave Venezuela

US orders non-emergency embassy staff to leave VenezuelaThe United States on Thursday ordered non-emergency embassy staff to leave Venezuela but refused to comply with a full expulsion demanded by Nicolas Maduro, who Washington says is no longer president. The State Department mandated the departure of non-emergency US personnel and their family members “based on our current assessment of the security situation in Venezuela,” a department spokesman said. The United States will maintain diplomatic relations with Venezuela through the government of interim President Guaido, who has invited our mission to remain in Venezuela,” he said.



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Trump administration orders non-emegency US diplomatic staff to leave Venezuela

Trump administration orders non-emegency US diplomatic staff to leave VenezuelaAmerican diplomats in Venezuela are in the middle of an escalating dispute between the Trump administration and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.



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Facebook to expand Ireland operations with 1,000 staff

Facebook to expand Ireland operations with 1,000 staffFacebook will expand its presence in Ireland with an additional 1,000 staff over 2019, the firm announced Monday, bolstering the tech giant’s largest base outside of its California headquarters. Facebook currently employs 4,000 across the Republic and the capital Dublin where the company has established its international base. “We’re going to be hiring an additional thousand people in Ireland in the next year alone,” said chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.



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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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