U.S. spy chief creates a new head of election security for intelligence agenciesAction.News ABC Action News Santa Barbara Calgary WestNet-HD Weather Traffic

Home WestNet.ca WebMail

              

U.S. spy chief creates a new head of election security for intelligence agencies


Posted: Mon-Dec-2019



Dan Coats made the appointment amid growing concern about foreign threats to the 2020 election.

Headlines:
Student protests against India's citizenship law spread after clashes on campuses
India Citizenship Law Protest

Protests over a new citizenship law based on religion spread to student campuses across India on Monday as critics said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government was pushing a partisan agenda in conflict with India's founding as a secular republic.

... read more


Why Boris Johnson's win may be to Canada's trade advantage: Don Pittis
BRITAIN-ELECTION/

With a revised North American trade deal largely settled, Canada's experienced trade negotiators can turn their full attention to supporting the U.K. through its post-Brexit chaos.

... read more


Cineplex being acquired by U.K.-based Cineworld
CINEPLEX-RESULTS/

Britain's Cineworld announced a $2.8-billion Cdn takeover of Canada's Cineplex Inc on Monday which would make it the largest cinema operator in North America.

... read more


Canadians travelling to or through U.S. should pay close attention to their withering rights
Border Wall Lawsuits

Travellers on their way from Canada into the United States should be aware that changes to the Canada-United States Preclearance Agreement, ostensibly enacted to increase the efficiency of travel and trade across the boundary, give U.S. officials dangerously extended power on Canadian soil.

... read more


Protesters angry over India's new citizenship law torch vehicles
INDIA-CITIZENSHIP/PROTEST

Indian police fired tear gas and resorted to baton charges to disperse thousands of demonstrators who were torching vehicles in New Delhi on Sunday, as protests against a new citizenship law continued for a fifth straight day across the country.

... read more


Chinese TV pulls Arsenal game coverage after Mesut Ozil criticizes Beijing's ethnic Muslim crackdown
Mesut Ozil

Chinese television pulled coverage of Arsenal's Premier League match against Manchester City after Mesut Ozil, a forward for the London club, criticized Beijing's brutal mass crackdown on ethnic Muslims in the country.

... read more


Longest UN climate talks end with no deal on carbon markets
CLIMATE-CHANGE/ACCORD-PLENARY

Marathon international climate talks ended Sunday with negotiators postponing until next year a key decision on how to regulate global carbon markets.

... read more


Strong quake in southern Philippines kills child
1188798323

A strong earthquake struck near the Philippine city of Davao on Sunday, killing a child, damaging buildings and causing several injuries, officials said, the latest in a series of tremors to strike the southern part of the country in recent months.

... read more


Hallmark to reinstate same-sex marriage commercial it pulled
Hallmark Gay Ads Pulled

The Hallmark Channel will reinstate same-sex marriage commercials that it pulled from the network, according to a company statement sent Sunday. An ad for wedding planning site Zola featuring two brides kissing at the altar was pulled following a complaint from the conservative group One Million Moms.

... read more


Hong Kong police scuffle with protesters at shopping mall
HONGKONG-PROTESTS/

Protesters and bystanders were hit with pepper spray fired by police as they moved in to make arrests during a protest Sunday at a shopping mall in Hong Kong.

... read more


New Zealand observes moment of silence 1 week after lethal volcanic eruption
1194188038

New Zealanders observed a minute's silence on Monday at the moment that a volcano erupted a week earlier, killing at least 16 people and leaving others with severe burns.

... read more


Corbyn apologizes for U.K. election loss
1188076222

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn apologized Sunday for this party's crushing defeat in the British general election but defended his campaign, which failed to resonate with the party's working-class base, as "one of hope rather than fear."

... read more


Democratic lawmaker from New Jersey reportedly plans to become Republican
1073991172

Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a freshman member of the House from New Jersey who was planning to break with his party and vote against impeaching President Donald Trump, will become a Republican, a party official said Saturday.

... read more


Anger erupts at UN climate summit as major economies resist bold action
CLIMATE-CHANGE/ACCORD

Major economies resisted calls for bolder climate commitments as a UN summit in Madrid limped toward a delayed conclusion on Saturday, dimming hopes that nations will act in time to stop rising temperatures that will devastate people and the natural world.

... read more


Johnson keeps focus on election win and Brexit, not on regions opposed to leaving EU
1193754845

Boris Johnson's victory has dramatically redrawn the U.K.'s electoral map and earned the Conservatives the majority needed to leave the EU. But seat gains by Scottish and Irish nationalists leave the party open to drawn-out fights on a new front.

... read more


Former president of Sudan sentenced to 2 years for corruption, money-laundering
1130379495

A court in Sudan has convicted former president Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption, sentencing him to two years in a minimum security lockup.

... read more


Thousands join Bangkok's biggest political protest since 2014 coup
1188557999

Several thousand people took part in Thailand's biggest protest since a 2014 coup on Saturday after authorities moved to ban a party that has rallied opposition to the government of former military ruler Prayuth Chan-ocha.

... read more


UN accuses Chile security forces of 'serious human rights violations' against protesters
Chile Protests

A UN human rights report released Friday accused Chilean security forces of serious human rights violations against protesters over the past two months, including deaths, torture, sexual abuse and the use of excessive force.

... read more


Boris Johnson's big win may 'get Brexit done' but damaging fights loom
1188226524

Boris Johnson's victory has dramatically redrawn the U.K.'s electoral map and earned the Conservatives the majority needed to leave the EU. But seat gains by Scottish and Irish nationalists leave the party open to drawn-out fights on a new front.

... read more


U.S. Supreme Court to hear dispute over subpoenas for Trump's financial records
Trump

The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it will hear President Donald Trump's pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, a major tussle between the president and Congress that also could affect the 2020 presidential campaign.

... read more


Internet Swoons Over Miss Nigeria's Thrilled Response To Pal's Miss World Win
Nyekachi Douglas didn't win the crown, but she "won the world's heart," said one fan on Twitter. ... read more


Greta Thunberg Responds To German Rail Snark And 'Against The Wall' Criticism
The Swedish climate activist has responded to two controversies as she travels home to Sweden for the holidays. ... read more


Violence Erupts At Delhi Protests Over Discriminatory Indian Citizenship Law
Delhi police fired tear gas and beat demonstrators on the third day of what had been peaceful protests against the new law granting citizenship based on religion. ... read more


Chinese TV Pulls U.K. Soccer Match After Player Criticizes Brutal Muslim Crackdown
Arsenal player Mesut Ozil posted on social media denouncing China for burning Qurans, closing mosques and killing religious scholars. ... read more


Lebanese Burn Ruling Parties' Offices After Night Of Violent Clashes
Beirut was rocked by the most violent government crackdown on protesters since nationwide demonstrations began two months ago. ... read more


Battle Ahead: Scotland Party Leader Vows Independence Push
The independence-minded Scottish National Party and its leader Nicola Sturgeon have surged to a commanding position. ... read more


What Does Boris Johnson's Victory Mean For Brexit?
The Conservative Party has a new base — and possibly a new approach. ... read more


Boris Johnson Hails 'New Dawn' As Britain's Conservatives Celebrate Election Win
The prime minister said the victory gave the Tories a “powerful new mandate to get Brexit done.” ... read more


New Zealand Recovers 6 Bodies From Toxic Volcanic Island
Volcanic gases still being emitted on the island are so toxic that scientists said a single inhalation could be fatal and another eruption was possible. ... read more


Jeremy Corbyn Announces He Will Resign As UK Labour Party Leader
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on course for huge Commons majority in the U.K. general election. ... read more


British Election Exit Poll Predicts Win For Conservative Party
The next government will decide how the country handles Brexit. ... read more


New Zealand Begins Recovery Operation To Retrieve Volcano Victims
The mission to recover eight bodies got underway as experts warned White Island could erupt again. ... read more


Erm... UK Election Gets Off To Extremely NSFW Start
Voters have unwittingly made an NSFW term trend on Twitter. ... read more


UK Leaders Scramble For Final Votes On Last Day Of Campaign Before Election
The election between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn has been dubbed "The Brexit Election." ... read more


Israeli Parliament Votes To Dissolve, Readies For Third Election In A Year
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the rival Blue and White party both were unable develop a power-sharing agreement after neither secured a parliamentary majority. ... read more


New Zealand Volcano Death Toll Rises To 8 As Names Of Missing Released
Two teenage brothers originally from Chicago are identified as among the dead following the White Island eruption. ... read more


Why Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party Can't Seem To Shake Charges Of Anti-Semitism
Jeremy Corbyn is likely to be remembered in part for accusations that he, at best, turned a blind eye to anti-Semitism. ... read more


New Zealand Volcano Vents Steam, Stymies Recovery Of Bodies
Volcanic tremors on White Island rose in the morning, accompanied by releases of more steam and mud, the GeoNet seismic monitoring agency said. ... read more


Why Black Brits Are Considering Leaving UK After Election: 'If The Conservatives Win, I'm Gone'
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's comments have fuelled racism, say worried families. ... read more


6 People Dead In Czech Hospital Shooting
Hospital staff have warned the number of casualties could still rise. ... read more


'If President Putin can't help me, who can?'
How ordinary Russians have taken to appealing directly to Vladimir Putin to solve their problems. ... read more


COP25: Longest climate talks end with compromise deal
Exhausted delegates reach agreement on the key question of ambition with tricky issues postponed. ... read more


Grave of top Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich opened in Berlin
It is not clear who opened the SS officer's unmarked grave - police say no remains were taken. ... read more


Boris Johnson to welcome new UK MPs to parliament
A priority will be a vote on the EU withdrawal bill that the PM wants to bring back before Christmas. ... read more


Rayo Vallecano v Albacete abandoned as fans call Roman Zozulya a Nazi
A Spanish second division match is abandoned as Rayo Vallecano fans chant that Albacete forward Roman Zozulya is a Nazi. ... read more


PewDiePie to take break from YouTube as 'feeling very tired'
The Swedish star, 29, has been involved in accusations of racism and anti-Semitism in recent years. ... read more


Mesut Ozil: Arsenal-Manchester City game removed from schedules by China state TV
China's state broadcaster CCTV has removed Sunday's Arsenal-Manchester City game from its schedule after comments made by Gunners midfielder Mesut Ozil, state media has reported. ... read more


Vladimir Putin: 20 years in 20 photos
We look at 20 photographs of the former KGB agent, who became Russia's president in 1999. ... read more


What does business want from Boris Johnson?
Many firms will welcome an end to the Brexit stalemate but firms want action elsewhere too. ... read more


Anna Karina: French New Wave cinema legend dies aged 79
Karina, a Danish-French actress, was the muse of director Jean-Luc Godard. ... read more


Spain in drive to get women into special forces
More women are needed to help combat terrorism and insurgents, Spain's defence minister says. ... read more


Las Tesis feminist protest song of Chile goes global
The song "The rapist is you" was created by the Chilean feminist collective Las Tesis. ... read more


EU leader Michel wants close co-operation with UK
EU Council President Charles Michel says Brexit negotiations should aim for close co-operation with the UK. ... read more


Making art from rubbish
Andriy Pilat makes art from discarded plastic rubbish in the Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi. ... read more


A 'game changer' for cardboard box waste?
A factory in France is trialling a more efficient way of packaging orders, Emma Simpson reports. ... read more


Finland's Sanna Marin sworn in as prime minister
Finland's Sanna Marin was sworn in as prime minister as part of an all-women coalition. ... read more


Restoring the theme park abandoned for 20 years
When it is re-opened, Berlin's Spreepark will have a focus on art, culture and nature. ... read more


House Judiciary Committee publishes full impeachment report
In making its case that President Donald Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress, the committee concludes, "President Trump has realized the Framers' worst nightmare." ... read more


How a Senate presidential impeachment trial works
The likely impeachment trial of Donald Trump would be just the third of a president in the nation's history. ... read more


Giant winter storm barrels across Midwest
As many six people in two states were killed in accidents that may have been weather-related, authorities said. ... read more


A 'forever chemical' poisons drinking water near military bases
Communities nationwide have found levels of PFAS in their water hundreds, sometimes thousands, of times higher than the level recommended by the EPA. ... read more


Lori Loughlin accuses prosecutors of concealing evidence in college admissions scandal
The actor and her husband say the material would help them show that they believed their payments would be used for legitimate purposes. ... read more


A soccer star criticized China's Muslim detention camps. The backlash was swift.
Özil's social media posts were met by criticism online in China and an apparent decision from Chinese TV not to broadcast Sunday's marquee game involving Arsenal. ... read more


Pro-Trump conservatives decided the next front in their new culture war is porn
Yes, it would be ironic for Trump to lead a crackdown on the adult industry, but some conservatives believe that it could help him win in 2020. ... read more


California volunteer dies during search efforts for missing hiker
Timothy Staples became separated from his search and rescue partner Saturday and was later pronounced dead at the scene. ... read more


Parents guilty of murder and raised by radicals, Chesa Boudin is San Francisco's next DA
He's a prosecutor with a life story unlike any other — and a very different view of the criminal justice system. ... read more


Hallmark wants to reinstate same-sex marriage ad after pulling it
Hallmark Cards' president said its parent company had been "agonizing" over its decision to remove the ad and the"“hurt it has unintentionally caused." ... read more


PewDiePie says he's taking a break from YouTube in 2020
The gamer behind the most-watched channel on the platform says he's tired. ... read more


Remains of three people discovered at the Alamo during renovations
Excavation of the site in San Antonio, where the bodies were found, was halted. ... read more


E-cigarettes linked to lung problems, first long-term study on vaping finds
Vaping can harm your lungs relatively quickly, increasing the risk of conditions like asthma and bronchitis. ... read more


U.S. pleads with North Korea to restart nuclear talks
"It is time for us to do our jobs. Let's get this done," the U.S. envoy to North Korea said. ... read more


Why is this tiny Pacific Ocean nation getting VIP treatment in Beijing?
In recent years Micronesia has increasingly turned to Beijing for much needed investments and economic aid. ... read more


Protests turn violent for second day in Lebanon's capital
The tension reflects deepening divisions in the country that is grappling with a severe liquidity and foreign currency crunch. ... read more


Dozens injured in India as activists clash with police in citizenship law protests
Officers using tear gas and batons tried to contain thousands of demonstrators who gathered near a university in Delhi. ... read more


Man linked to Jersey City shooting suspect arrested on weapons charges
Ahmed A-Hady, 35, was arrested after police found his contact information in David Anderson's pocket following the deadly attack on a kosher market. ... read more


South Carolina man who inspired the movie 'Radio' dies at 73
"Radio was the heart and soul of T.L. Hanna for over 50 years, and the impact he made in our community can't be overstated." ... read more


Carbon dioxide pollution hits record high as planet warms
Natural gas use is surging across the world and fossil fuel emissions are hitting records that are unsustainable for the planet. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_51/3144751/191211-jerrold-nadler-ac-849p_da65267fd7c7ae311b6cc1bf8842eb95.jpg
House Judiciary Committee publishes full impeachment report
In making its case that President Donald Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress, the committee concludes, "President Trump has realized the Framers' worst nightmare." ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/2655961/181122-donald-trump-justice-john-roberts-ew-442p_7fb8f2048edd1deaae51a8fc9a83b37d.jpg
How a Senate presidential impeachment trial works
The likely impeachment trial of Donald Trump would be just the third of a president in the nation's history. ... read more


Giant winter storm barrels across Midwest
As many six people in two states were killed in accidents that may have been weather-related, authorities said. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3149406/191214-pfas-joanne-stanton-hope-grosse-ew-1002p_21b3019e935eb25932ffc695a58740d4.jpg
A 'forever chemical' poisons drinking water near military bases
Communities nationwide have found levels of PFAS in their water hundreds, sometimes thousands, of times higher than the level recommended by the EPA. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_43/3067066/191024-lori-loughlin-mc-1206_23761fdff0fd870e049f3560564cade7.JPG
Lori Loughlin accuses prosecutors of concealing evidence in college admissions scandal
The actor and her husband say the material would help them show that they believed their payments would be used for legitimate purposes. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3149451/afp_1mi7b1_1_ca21fd908b76c6d63501efcf4fcf9b24.JPG
A soccer star criticized China's Muslim detention camps. The backlash was swift.
Özil's social media posts were met by criticism online in China and an apparent decision from Chinese TV not to broadcast Sunday's marquee game involving Arsenal. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3148721/191213-porn-shop-2005-ac-1159p_5fb76e2bea47cb255bec28d126ace07a.jpg
Pro-Trump conservatives decided the next front in their new culture war is porn
Yes, it would be ironic for Trump to lead a crackdown on the adult industry, but some conservatives believe that it could help him win in 2020. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3149791/191215-timothy-staples-cs-416p_ffc5f5df439037ac429d5a80e67c74ce.jpg
California volunteer dies during search efforts for missing hiker
Timothy Staples became separated from his search and rescue partner Saturday and was later pronounced dead at the scene. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_46/3095351/191111-chesa-boudin-ew-828p_a27d52bc7bb19c7e4b17fe55e52e43bf.jpg
Parents guilty of murder and raised by radicals, Chesa Boudin is San Francisco's next DA
He's a prosecutor with a life story unlike any other — and a very different view of the criminal justice system. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3149621/191215-zola-queer-ad-cs-1006a_1d0f80fe878a36a0e7dbf87e4c694a4a.jpg
Hallmark wants to reinstate same-sex marriage ad after pulling it
Hallmark Cards' president said its parent company had been "agonizing" over its decision to remove the ad and the"“hurt it has unintentionally caused." ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_37/3008741/190912-felix-kjellberg-pew-die-pew-2015-ac-821p_4256f7442bb677dc9ea76c35530fc3ec.jpg
PewDiePie says he's taking a break from YouTube in 2020
The gamer behind the most-watched channel on the platform says he's tired. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/191731/140217-alamo-1623_c3fc791e544b1bd7300066a4f5077a46.jpg
Remains of three people discovered at the Alamo during renovations
Excavation of the site in San Antonio, where the bodies were found, was halted. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3147541/191213-man-vape-smoke-ew-1251p_6df3aa8bf138ae9f3a6c13fae0219f22.jpg
E-cigarettes linked to lung problems, first long-term study on vaping finds
Vaping can harm your lungs relatively quickly, increasing the risk of conditions like asthma and bronchitis. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_51/3149951/191216-stephen_biegun-mc-1044_b051a3923b32dc8549be7f17c2f5ba0c.JPG
U.S. pleads with North Korea to restart nuclear talks
"It is time for us to do our jobs. Let's get this done," the U.S. envoy to North Korea said. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_51/3149936/191216-david_panuelo-mc-954_363d2e784dfd0ec66280d52e86310a55.JPG
Why is this tiny Pacific Ocean nation getting VIP treatment in Beijing?
In recent years Micronesia has increasingly turned to Beijing for much needed investments and economic aid. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_51/3149921/191216_ps_beirut_protests_0235_ffbc001da4c98c615e69ad6a2c323af3.jpg
Protests turn violent for second day in Lebanon's capital
The tension reflects deepening divisions in the country that is grappling with a severe liquidity and foreign currency crunch. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3149886/191215-india-protest-fire-axc-1023p_8a865dbb1966de336ad1add8b9995e63.jpg
Dozens injured in India as activists clash with police in citizenship law protests
Officers using tear gas and batons tried to contain thousands of demonstrators who gathered near a university in Delhi. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3143476/191211-jersey-city-shooting-cs-822a_4dba20c4a1f8d8e7eb45ed3a2922be07.jpg
Man linked to Jersey City shooting suspect arrested on weapons charges
Ahmed A-Hady, 35, was arrested after police found his contact information in David Anderson's pocket following the deadly attack on a kosher market. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3149781/191215-james-radio-kennedy-cs-401p_817adade9a983d8f7b99b557fee3e6e3.jpg
South Carolina man who inspired the movie 'Radio' dies at 73
"Radio was the heart and soul of T.L. Hanna for over 50 years, and the impact he made in our community can't be overstated." ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_10/2773501/190304-carbon-emissions-coal-plant-cs-149p_ad83cadc48720d8d3fb74c743e390610.jpg
Carbon dioxide pollution hits record high as planet warms
Natural gas use is surging across the world and fossil fuel emissions are hitting records that are unsustainable for the planet. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_31/1993851/170509-james-comey-fbi-se-cover-617p_85ed491684855078f91304d024c4e209.jpghttps://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3148371/191213-top-lgbtq-books-book-template-3up-2x1_394571a645b5302c4932f9ce579add30.jpghttps://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3149731/191215-newtown-football-cs-1245p_635e56fddaa07e87f93a872da16d0ce7.jpghttps://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3149676/191215-school-bus-pinellas-florida-cs-1115a_fc1fe22dc6f55fa43d13443ce841b602.jpghttps://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3149656/191215-lebanon-protests-cs-1050a_f116ae62fb4712bc2897b88b32c66c47.jpg