Trump administration blames NKorea for big ransomware attack

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. Trump's administration is publicly blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration is publicly blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain’s National Health Service.

Train speeding 50 mph over limit before deadly derailment

Traffic moves along northbound Interstate 5, left, as southbound lanes are filled with emergency vehicles near the scene of an Amtrak train crash Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in DuPont, Wash. The Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster new route hurtled off the overpass Monday near Tacoma and spilled some of its cars onto the highway below, killing some people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — Federal officials confirmed an Amtrak train was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit when it careened off an overpass south of Seattle, spilling cars onto the highway below and killing at least three people.

Following Trump’s report, China urges U.S. to accept its rise

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump waves next to Chinese President Xi Jinping after attending a joint press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China's main official news agency is warning U.S.-Chinese relations will face "more pressure and challenges" following President Donald Trump's decision to label Beijing a rival. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government on Tuesday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to label Beijing a strategic rival and called on Washington to “abandon a Cold War mentality” and accept China’s rise.

GOP senators rally to defend Corker over tax bill provision

In this Dec. 5, 2017 file photo, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., listens during a meeting of the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate Finance Committee chairman on Monday rejected as "categorically false" a report that Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was responsible for a provision in the final tax bill that could help him financially. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rallied to GOP Sen. Bob Corker’s defense Monday, rejecting a report that the Tennessee lawmaker stealthily tucked a provision into the massive tax package to benefit himself financially and then reversed course to back the bill.

Airlines inch back to normalcy after airport blackout

Alexis Canete rests on his luggage as he waits in the Delta ticket line to get back home to Cuba from his visit to Tennessee on Monday Dec. 18, 2017 at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, the day after a massive power outage brought operations to halt. Power was restored at the world's busiest airport after a massive outage Sunday afternoon that left planes and passengers stranded for hours, forced airlines to cancel more than 1,100 flights and created a logistical nightmare during the already-busy holiday travel season. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — The nation’s air-travel system struggled to get back on schedule and re-book stranded passengers Monday after a fire and blackout at the world’s busiest airport forced the cancellation of over 1,500 flights days before the start of the Christmas rush.

UN says there are 258 million international migrants today

Migrants queue for food in an abandoned factory in the western Serbian town of Sid, near Serbia's border with European Union member Croatia, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Several hundred migrants are camping along Serbia's borders, exposed to harsh winter weather and sleeping rough in make-shift shelters as they push on with their desperate bid to reach Western Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An estimated 258 million people have left their birth countries and are now living in other nations — an increase of 49 percent since 2000, says a U.N. report on international migration released Monday.

U.S. vetoes UN resolution against Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Demonstrators hold a Palestinian flag as they stage a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in Paris, France, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. An estimated 400 protestors gathered Sunday in the rally called by Palestinian associations. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Monday vetoed a resolution supported by the 14 other U.N. Security Council members that would have required President Donald Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a vote that showed the depth of global opposition to the U.S. move.

New leader of South Africa’s ANC party has daunting task

The newly elected African National Congress (ANC) President, Cyril Ramaphosa, takes a selfie after it was announced that he had won the vote at the ANC's elective conference in Johannesburg, Monday Dec. 18, 2017. Outgoing President Jacob Zuma's second and final term as party leader has ended after a scandal-ridden tenure that has seen a plummet in the popularity of Nelson Mandela's liberation movement. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Cyril Ramaphosa, elected leader of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress in a tight race on Monday, now faces the daunting task of uniting a starkly divided party and reviving the tarnished reputation of Nelson Mandela’s liberation movement.

Shots fired in ‘disturbance’ at UK base used by U.S. Air Force

FILE - This is a Jan. 8, 2015 file photo of U.S.Air Force Base, RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk Eastern England. British police said Monday dec. 18, 2017 that they are responding to a "significant" incident at a Royal Air Force base used by the U.S. Air Force. Police say it happened at RAF Mildenhall and has urged the public to stay away from the area for the time being. Police say that further details will be released shortly. (Chris Radburn/PA File, via AP)

LONDON (AP) — A British military air base in England used by the U.S. Air Force was locked down Monday after a disturbance, but the emergency measure ended when a man was arrested on suspicion of “criminal trespass,” police and Air Force officials said.

Putin thanks Trump for CIA tip he says stopped bomb plot

In this undated video grab provided by the RU-RTR Russian television via APTN in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) operatives detain a suspected member of the Islamic State group's cell in St. Petersburg, Russia. The FSB said Friday the suspects were plotting a suicide bombing and a series of other explosions in the city's busiest areas this coming weekend. (Russian Federal Security ServiceAP video via AP)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin and the White House said.



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