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He told a press conference on Monday (5 December) that he had been considering his position all year and finally made the decision when he returned from a visit to NY. "He will be a great loss to New Zealand and a great loss to the world". "This has been the hardest decision I have ever made and I do not know what I will do next".
  • 5 killed in deadly tornadoes in southern U.S. states

    5 killed in deadly tornadoes in southern U.S. states

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    Another person in the home was injured, the AP reports , citing the local chief deputy. A husband and wife, reportedly a Bloomingdale, Ga. firefighter and his wife , were killed in Polk County in extreme southeastern Tennessee . He provided no further details. He estimated that up to 25 structures in the county were destroyed by the storms. Between Tuesday and Wednesday morning, a total of 12 tornados were confirmed in Tennessee , Alabama , Mississippi, and Louisiana.
  • China responds to Trump's tweets, Taiwan

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    He used the occasion to whack China, saying the country devalues its currency and built "a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea" without USA permission. "It was not a discussion about policy", Pence said on NBC's Meet the Press . I think everybody should just calm down. Trump tweeted Friday, "Interesting how the USA sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call".
  • Trump Would Do Well to Seek Advice Before Calls Says John Kerry

    Trump Would Do Well to Seek Advice Before Calls Says John Kerry

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    Walter Lohman, director of the Asian Studies Center at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said Trump appears to be signaling a willingness to increase ties with Taiwan, but not necessarily a full overhaul of USA policy. "Did China ask us if it was OK.to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?" "I don't think so!" China has vast claims in the South China Sea, which is also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.
  • Jill Stein's MI recount begins Monday as fight moves to Pennsylvania

    Jill Stein's MI recount begins Monday as fight moves to Pennsylvania

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    Lawyers for the GOP filed a brief notice Monday, hours after a federal judge in Detroit told state officials to get the recount moving to meet a December 13 deadline. The Stein filings have presented no evidence of tampering with the vote in Pennsylvania. Lawyers for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein want an immediate recount.
  • Jill Stein's running mate: 'I'm not in favor of the recount'

    Jill Stein's running mate: 'I'm not in favor of the recount'

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    So, what was she talking about ? She wasn't even on the ballot in five states . If it's any consolation for Clinton - and it's probably mighty little - she's winning the national popular vote. Clinton lost to Trump by about 22,000 votes in Wisconsin. The Stein campaign says it's not expecting to reverse the result of the election, but wants to test the ballot counting system.
  • Court Orders Michigan To Begin Recount Of US Presidential Election Votes

    Court Orders Michigan To Begin Recount Of US Presidential Election Votes

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    Green Party candidate Jill Stein is trying to force recounts in three states. Stein emphasized the demand for recounts in three US states was not about the outcome of the election, but about reaffirming voters' rights. The judge has ordered the state to assemble a sufficient staff to complete the recount by December 13. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, last week filed a lawsuit to stop the recount.
  • Putin Says 'Clever' Trump Will Make Responsible Decisions

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    Putin has spoken previously of his hope that Trump will help restore US-Russia relations, as relationship between the the world super power countries are at an all time low. On 1 December, Mr Putin told Russia's political elite: "We don't want confrontation with anyone". We are not seeking and have never sought enemies.
  • Little change in Wisconsin recount results

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    The judge held a 3-hour hearing on Sunday in federal court as a result of the emergency request put in by Stein to expedite the recount. "We're just trying to get the logistics hammered out". "And I'll body slam anyone who goes near ballot containers", Byrum said. "Stein tweeted Sunday about her plans to file the recount lawsuit, writing that she planned to "escalate #Recount2016" because "people deserve answers".
  • Fears for Students in Oakland Fire Tragedy

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    A fireman stands before a warehouse after it was destroyed by a fire in Oakland, California. In a tweet Sunday evening from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Twitter account, the agency said it would provide resources and support to Oakland fire and police departments and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.