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American Headline News for 31 Dec 2016

CBS News' Elizabeth Palmer says Putin's grand gesture is a gift to president-elect Trump of clearing a messy U.S.-Russian diplomatic scrap
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Newly-declassified documents show U.S. investigators suspect Russian intelligence services have access to compromised computer infrastructure in as many as 60 countries
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Russian Hacking Malware FoundThe computer was not connected to the grid system.
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WATCH: President-Elect DonaldPutin is delaying retaliation after the U.S. expelled 35 Russian operatives.
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Wife and Her Lover AreThe police said that the wife of Kyriakos Amiridis, the Greek ambassador to Brazil, had her lover kill him and set his body on fire.
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Newly obtained records reveal that the head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics personally ordered several oddly enthusiastic tweetsafter President-elect Donald Trump’s recent claim that he... planned to sever ties to his business operations to avoid conflicts of interest as president. “We told your counsel that we’d sing your praises if you divested and we meant it!”
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Even on New Year's Eve, large crowds of South Koreans were expected to join another rally demanding the ouster of impeached President Park Geun-hye, who's determined to restore her powers …
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'The Game Will Go On' as U.S. Expels Russian Diplomats

The New York Times - 31 Dec 2016 03:56
'The Game Will Go On' as U.S.President Obama's decision to expel 35 Russian diplomats was provocative, but gamesmanship on both sides involves familiar calculations, former intelligence officers say.
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WATCH: Pilot Who Appears to BeA passenger recorded a video out of concern, claiming the pilot was slurring his words during the announcements.
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Trump's Praise of Putin CouldMoscow is hoping Donald Trump will reconsider U.S. sanctions over its finding of election hacking by Russia
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Ban Ki-moon ends 10 years at the helm of the United Nations lamenting the "fires still burning" from Syria to South Sudan but buoyed by a global agreement to combat climate change and new U.N.
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How Moscow Pays to Play in Other Countries

The New York Times - 31 Dec 2016 05:29
A payment of a hefty state fine to the Czech Republic, and the Czech president's support for Russia, spur cries of influence-buying.
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The State Department was "surprised" Friday after UK Prime Minister Theresa May's office criticized Secretary of State John Kerry's speech on the two-state solution, a State Department spokesperson... said.
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A children's event at the National Opera has kicked off a year of festivities in Finland to celebrate 100 years of independence from its huge eastern neighbor, Russia. Celebrations will …
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Revelers Bid Adieu to a YearAs 2016 draws to a close, people around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities
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Senator McCain Says Russia Must Pay Price For Hacking

The Huffington Post - 31 Dec 2016 15:13
Republican U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday that Russia must be made to pay the price for cyber attacks on the United States and that it was possible to impose many sanctions, including on... financial institutions. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has scheduled a hearing for Thursday on foreign cyber threats. “When you attack a country, it’s an act of war,” McCain said in an interview with the Ukrainian TV channel “1+1” while on a visit to Kiev. “And so we have to make sure that there is a price to pay, so that we can perhaps persuade the Russians to stop these kind of attacks on our very fundamentals of democracy.” President-elect Donald Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday for refraining from retaliation after the United...
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Chinese President Xi Jinping said Saturday that his government would continue to focus on poverty alleviation at home and resolutely defending China's territorial rights on the foreign front. Xi made...
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Police say rescue workers have recovered the bodies of 16 miners buried after some 23 miners were trapped by a mound of fallen earth in eastern India.
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Egypt's Forensics Authority says it has released the remains of ten crew members of the fallen EgyptAir Paris flight to their families, seven months after the plane plummeted into the Mediterranean... Sea on its way to Cairo in May, killing all 66 passengers on board.
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Search for Missing Plane, 6The disappointing search for a small plane that disappeared over Lake Erie near Cleveland's shores carrying six people has turned into a recovery effort
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Romanian border guards have discovered 48 Iraqi citizens hidden away in a truck that officially was transporting boxes of chocolate. Border police at the Danube port of Giurgiu on the …
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Taiwan's president has urged China to engage in "calm and rational" dialogue to maintain peace, vowing not to give in to Beijing's recent moves to "threaten and intimidate" the self-ruled …
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If you look at all of the countries in which Russia has an influence you will notice that each nation has been compromised in a very similar fashion...from within to the top.
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One of the president's biggest worries is that the incoming GOP government will repeal Obamacare
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Brazilian police are questioning the widow of the Greek ambassador to that country, along with a military police officer described as her lover and another man in the death of the diplomat,... authorities said Friday.
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