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December 31, 2018

Russia detains US citizen on suspicion of spying

ronniechua/iStock(MOSCOW) -- Russian authorities have detained an American citizen over accusations of spying, according to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). In a short statement, the agency noted that the FSB detained a U.S. citizen named Paul Whelan in Moscow on Friday. "On December 28, 2018, agents of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation in Moscow arrested the U.S. citizen Paul Whelan in the course of committing spy activity," Interfax's message reads. The F..
December 31, 2018

China and North Korea ring in the new year with fireworks

ThomasVogel/iStock(BEIJING) -- It's 2019 already in China, and the country welcomed the new year with an elaborate fireworks display seen in the video below. In North Korea, citizens of Pyongyang also rang in the new year with a similar celebratory fireworks show. If you wish to track when cities around the world are entering 2019, according to your local time, you can use this tool from timeanddate.com. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
December 31, 2018

Kim Jong Un reaffirms commitment to denuclearization in letter to South Korean president

Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearization in a letter sent to South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the weekend. The move raises hopes for a positive message in his annual New Year’s Day policy speech to be delivered on North Korea’s state television. The two-page letter, stamped with Kim’s signature golden logo, arrived on Sunday addressed to “Revered President Moon Jae-in.” Only the first sent..
December 29, 2018

2-year-old boy whose Yemeni mother fought Trump’s travel ban to be with him has died

Council on American-Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Abdullah Hassan, the 2-year-old boy whose mother fought against Trump's travel ban to get a U.S. visa to be with him, has died. "We are heartbroken. We had to say goodbye to our baby, the light of our lives," Ali Hassan, Abdullah's father, said in a statement Friday. "We want to thank everyone for your love and support at this difficult time. We ask you to kindly keep Abdullah and our family in your thoughts and..