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House Democrats vows to vote for a border barrier because that's what her constituents want

House Democrats vows to vote for a border barrier because that's what her constituents wantAre there any signs other Democrats will break from the establishment line? Congresswoman Katie Hill explains her reasons for supporting Trump's physical border barrier



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Senior US official vows to counter Iran on Lebanon visit

Senior US official vows to counter Iran on Lebanon visitBEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. will step up efforts to counter Iran's "dangerous activities" around the region including the financing and activities of proxy organizations such as Lebanon's Hezbollah, a senior U.S. official said Monday.



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Labour Vows Confidence Vote as May Faces Defeat: Brexit Update

Labour Vows Confidence Vote as May Faces Defeat: Brexit UpdateLawmakers are set this week to reject the Brexit deal Theresa May agreed with the European Union, plunging Britain deeper into crisis with less than 11 weeks remaining before Britain is due to leave the bloc.



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Near Syrian border, Turkish defense minister vows operation when time is right

Near Syrian border, Turkish defense minister vows operation when time is rightTurkey’s defense minister on Friday pledged to wage a campaign against a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia, sharpening focus on a potential conflict the United States has sought to prevent. The comments from Hulusi Akar, on an unannounced visit to inspect troops stationed near the Syrian border directly opposite territory held by the U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG, appeared to be aimed at both Washington and its Kurdish allies. Turkey and the United States, although NATO allies, are deeply divided over the implementation of President Donald Trump’s plan to bring home about 2,000 troops stationed in Syria.



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Florida governor vows to hold officials 'accountable' amid reports of planned suspension of sheriff

Florida governor vows to hold officials 'accountable' amid reports of planned suspension of sheriffDeSantis planned to speak about “holding government officials accountable” on Friday in Fort Lauderdale, at the offices of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, DeSantis’ office said in a statement. The website Politico and the Miami Herald newspaper, citing unnamed sources, reported on Thursday that DeSantis planned to suspend Israel and replace him with a former police sergeant from the Broward County city of Coral Springs. DeSantis, a Republican, while campaigning last year, had expressed interest in suspending Israel over the massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, in which 14 students and three adults were shot to death by a lone gunman.



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Venezuela's congress names new leader, vows to battle Maduro

Venezuela's congress names new leader, vows to battle MaduroCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress opened its first session of the year Saturday, installing a fresh-faced leader who struck a defiant tone and vowed to take up the battle against socialist President Nicolas Maduro.



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'Impeach the motherf—–': Newly elected Democratic congresswoman  vows to come for Donald Trump

'Impeach the motherf-----': Newly elected Democratic congresswoman  vows to come for Donald TrumpA newly elected Democratic congresswoman has vowed to impeach Donald Trump, the US president, in an expletive-laced speech that has provoked outrage among Republicans. Rashida Tlaib, who was sworn in on Thursday, said "we're gonna impeach the motherf—–" during a celebration party with supporters. In a clip of the event circulated widely on social media on Friday, Ms Tlaib can be heard telling a crowd: "People love you. And you win. "And when your son looks at you and says, 'Momma, look you won, bullies don't win.' And I said, 'Baby, they don't,' because we're gonna go in there and we're gonna impeach the motherf—–." The US president responded in a tweet on Friday morning, saying: "How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong … and is the most popular Republican in party history?" Rashida Tlaib called Donald Trump 'a direct and serious threat to our country' Credit: Anthony Lanzilote/The New York Times Rashida Tlaib as she is arrested following a protest Credit: AP He added: "They only want to impeach me because they know they can't win in 2020, too much success!" Ms Tlaib, who represents a heavily Democratic district in Michigan, has defended the comments, saying "I will always speak truth to power". "This is not just about Donald Trump. This is about all of us. In the face of this constitutional crisis, we must rise," she tweeted.  The congresswoman is a member of the ethnically diverse, progressive wing of the Democratic party which was sworn into the new Congress on Thursday. The Justice Democrats group, which includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest ever congresswoman, and Ilhan Omar, the first member of Congress to wear a hijab, calls for members to reject corporate donations and describes itself as "working to change the Democratic Party from the inside". A long-time critic of the Republican leader, Ms Tlaib was once arrested for heckling the then-candidate during his presidential campaign. The morning of her entry into Congress, she labelled Mr Trump "a direct and serious threat to our country," in a co-authored op-ed for the Detroit Free Press. "We already have overwhelming evidence that the president has committed impeachable offences," she wrote. "The time for impeachment proceedings is now." Rashida Tlaib poses with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for a ceremonial swearing-in  Credit: Reuters Nancy Pelosi, who became the House Speaker on Thursday after Democrats retook control of the chamber, attempted to row back Ms Tlaib's on-camera expletive.  Ms Pelosi said "I wouldn't use that language" but added it was "nothing worse than the president has said". The incident highlights an ongoing tension within the Democratic Party, with the progressive wing pressuring the party's leadership to begin impeachment proceedings against Mr Trump immediately. Ms Pelosi and other moderate Democrats fear such a move may alienate voters and harm the party's chances of success in the 2020 presidential election. "I do think that we want to be unified and bring people together. Impeachment is a very divisive approach to take and we shouldn’t take it… without the facts," Ms Pelosi told MSNBC. Meanwhile, an attempt to embarrass Ms Ocasio-Cortez by publishing an old video of her dancing appeared to backfire with social media users praising the 29-year-old congresswoman's moves. Ms Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist, has become a lightning rod for conservatives since her shock election victory against a ten-term congressman. The 30-second video shared on Twitter showed Ms Ocasio-Cortez dancing on the roof of a building in a student production. Well, @AOC is officially done. She’ll never recover from the world seeing her… (watches video) …dancing adorably and having fun with her friends in high school? t.co/0zENCzBinA— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 3, 2019 In a tweet, a user named AnonymousQ, whose account has since been deleted, wrote: “Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is”. I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous. Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too! ���� Have a great weekend everyone :) pic.twitter.com/9y6ALOw4F6— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 4, 2019 Twitter users responded by sharing their delight and praise for Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who was elected to represent New York’s 14th congressional district in November's midterms. Actor Russell Crowe said the dance was “fantastic”, and told his followers that “the more politicians we have like AOC the sooner we’ll all be dancing”. The congresswoman later responded with a video of her dancing in her new office on Capitol Hill. "I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous," she tweeted. "Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too"



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Government Shutdown 2019: Democrats pass funding plan without wall, Trump vows to veto

Government Shutdown 2019: Democrats pass funding plan without wall, Trump vows to vetoOn their first day in the majority, House Democrats on Thursday night passed a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump's promised border wall.



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Top Republican says Trump vows to 'destroy' IS before leaving Syria

Top Republican says Trump vows to 'destroy' IS before leaving SyriaA senior Republican senator said Sunday that President Donald Trump had promised to stay in Syria to finish the job of destroying the Islamic State group — just days after announcing he would be withdrawing troops immediately. “The president understands the need to finish the job,” Lindsey Graham told reporters outside the White House after what he described as a two-hour lunch meeting. “He told me some things I didn’t know that made me feel a lot better about where we’re headed in Syria,” the South Carolina lawmaker said.



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South Korea's Kim Jong-un fan clubs prepare welcome as North Korean leader vows visit to Seoul

South Korea's Kim Jong-un fan clubs prepare welcome as North Korean leader vows visit to SeoulNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un has written a rare letter to Seoul vowing to “frequently” meet Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s president, to discuss nuclear disarmament.  In the missive, described by South Korean officials as warm in tone, Kim pledged to pursue peace between the two countries and expressed regret that he had been so far unable to visit South Korea after Mr Moon invited him to do so in September.  But he expressed a strong will to visit the South Korean capital in the future and Mr Moon welcomed his overtures via his social media account. “If we meet together with sincerity, there is nothing we cannot achieve,” Mr Moon said. The North Korean leader, long denounced as a dictator in the South, can expect a warm welcome from at least a section of the South Korean population if he arrives. In recent months fan clubs have sprung up to prepare a welcoming party for his visit.  Earlier this month, dozens of South Korean university students in black winter coats sat down on a frozen pathway in Seoul’s Maronie Park to discuss their unlikely new hero. Clutching bunches of pastel pink rosebays, symbolising the sea of flowers that greeted Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, on his trip to Pyongyang in September, they broke into song. “Let’s make reunification happen a minute sooner,” the students chanted, in a refrain referring to their political goal to see the Korean peninsula unified. The meeting, attended by The Telegraph, was a stark reflection of the perceptional shift taking place in the South. “Until now, we did not know Kim’s true self. We only saw the media portrayal of him as an evil man!” one speaker said.  Such scenes would have been unthinkable in the South Korean capital one year ago. Not only because Pyongyang was still threatening Seoul and Washington with the prospect of war but because the South’s National Security Act was prepped to jail anyone “praising, inciting or propagating the activities of an anti-government organisation.”  South Korean President Moon Jae-in was given a warm welcome in Pyongyang in September Credit: Pool/AP The enforcement of the 1948 law has been relaxed during President Moon’s 18-month-old administration as he pursues a diplomatic détente with Pyongyang to halt its nuclear weapons and missiles programme and bring peace to the peninsula.  The more tolerant political atmosphere has allowed at least a dozen civic groups – collectively known as the ‘Paektu Praise Committee’- to spring up as an unofficial welcoming squad for Kim’s planned visit to Seoul.  Although the confirmation and timing of his unprecedented trip has not yet been nailed down, the groups are already preparing. Some are learning the dance moves of a North Korean art troupe, while others are visiting schools to collect welcome messages.  At the Maronie Park event in mid-December, enthralled students watched a short drama about a local family excited about Kim coming to Seoul. “I like our Chairman Kim more than BTS!” yelled the family’s father, referring to a K-pop band that has stormed the global charts this year.  To one side, a pop-up photo gallery displayed highlights of 2018’s Korean diplomatic calendar – Kim and President Moon’s first meeting on the border in April, holding their hands in the air, smiling with their wives on a group trip to the North’s Mount Paektu.  A student welcome committee organised a pop-up gallery in Seoul of President Moon's meetings with Kim Credit: Junho Lee “I believe the events we hold influence people’s reactions to Kim’s visit. Many people who didn’t really know about Kim’s visit see our event and learn more,” said participant Ha In-cheol, 23. “We do receive many positive reviews. People write postcards saying ‘Welcome to the South’, ‘We hope you visit us soon’. We also sell stickers and badges welcoming Kim and many people buy them,” he said.  In a Telegraph interview, Kim Han-sung, 28, who heads up the ‘Korea Progressive University Student’s Union’, a branch of the praise committee, said the welcoming parties had been inspired in part by President Moon’s warm reception in Pyongyang.  “The people there welcomed him with the Unified Korea flag and flowers. We plan on doing the same thing when Kim comes here. We are also planning for a candlelight cultural festival, campaigns, and street performances to welcome him,” he said.  The groups are practicing songs popular with the North’s Samjiyon orchestra, a traditional music ensemble that performed at the South Korea Winter Olympics earlier this year. The orchestra’s greatest hits include “Let us run towards the future” and “We welcome you”.  Left wing groups in Seoul are taking a positive view of Kim Jong-un Credit: Junho Lee “All these songs are very meaningful in the relationship of the two Koreas,” said Mr Kim.  But he admitted that, despite a generally positive public reaction to their street activities, pro-Pyongyang activists were coming under fire online. “We receive lot of attacks on the internet,” he said.  The rise of left-wing groups promoting positive engagement with Kim Jong-un has also sparked a backlash from conservatives which analysts say could erode public support for Mr Moon. The president’s ratings are already on a downward spiral due to the country’s economic woes.  Meanwhile, defectors who have taken shelter in the South after fleeing hardships and persecution in the pariah regime have also been left aghast at Kim’s sudden surge in popularity after long being portrayed as a ruthless dictator.  At the Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) office in Seoul, some said they were baffled by the positive reactions to his planned visit, reported the Korea Times.  “I had a miserable life in North Korea, I was sentenced to one of the harsh prison camps. Later, after I was released, I escaped, but I got captured and sent back. Then my life in that living hell became even worse,” said Eunhwa, a woman who arrived in the South in 2015.  “I'm so surprised to hear South Koreans saying nice things about Kim Jung-un. It means they really don't understand the evil to the north.” Mikyung, a woman who escaped North Korea in 2016 said she was amazed at the South’s high expectations about Kim’s desire for peace. “It should be clear to anyone who understands the regime that it is seeking survival on its own terms, not to compromise,” she said.  “He will continue trying to exert complete control over everyone within North Korean territory and maybe even the entire Korean Peninsula.”        



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