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US: Government Shutdown Leaves Federal Websites Vulnerable

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US: Government Shutdown Leaves Website Vulnerable

The US government partial shutdown is making many official websites harder to access and leaving users more vulnerable.

Affected websites include the US Department of Justice the Court of Appeals and NASA

President Trump made good on his threat to shut down the government if congress failed to approve his request for five and a half billion dollars to build a wall along U.S. Border with Mexico.  There has been an impasse between trump and the democratic house.  A border wall was one central promise during trump’s campaign in 2016, but he said at the time that Mexico would pay for the wall.

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One of the side effects of this situation is that government security certificates for websites are not being renewed because the departments that would handle them are shut down.

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Netcraft says more than 80 security certificates used by government websites have expired.

The partial shutdown has left many government agencies, like national parks, closed.  Eight hundred thousand government workers have not been paid their salaries, causing serious problems for families who are facing mortgage payments, food purchases, and medical treatments.

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Thailand To Hold First Elections After Military Rule

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Thailand To hold Elections In March After Military Rule

Thailand says it will finally hold elections in march after more than four years of military rule.

The poll will be the first since generals ousted a democratically elected government in 2014 after months of violent street protests.

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The election commission announced the decision on Wednesday after having postponed the vote’s date several times.

In December the commission said the elections would be held in Febuary, but the military government expressed concern that election-related events would clash with early preparations for the coronation of King Maha scheduled for May.

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The monarchy is revered in Thailand, and this year’s coronation will be the first in living memory for most of the population.

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U.S. Senate Plans To End Partial Shutdown

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U.S. Senate Plans To End Shutdown

The U.S. Senate is on the path to resolving a partial shutdown that has lasted for a month now, but there was no sign of relief anytime soon for 800,000 federal workers who are working without pay.

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Republican senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell laid the groundwork for a vote on Thursday on a proposal by Democrats to fund the government for three weeks, but without attaching the 5 billion dollars president Donald Trump is demanding for U.S.-Mexico border wall.

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The president has opposed similar legislation.

The senate leader said he would also bring up for a Thursday vote, a proposal by trump to end the shutdown that includes border wall funding and relief for “dreamers,” people brought illegally to the united states as children.

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France Extradites CAR Football Official Wanted By ICC

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France Extradites CAR Football Official Wanted By ICC

France has extradited to the Hague, a senior Central African Republic football official wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes committed in the C.A.R.

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A committee member of the Confederation of African Football  Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona, was arrested in Paris last month for coordinating attacks on Muslims in his country. He has denied the allegations.

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Patrice had declared himself political co-ordinator of the Christian anti-Balaka militia. The group has been blamed for hundreds of killings.  The ICC says Patrice was responsible for murder, torture and the recruitment of child soldiers.

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