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President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on the evening of January 12, and — as journalists who had been given advance press releases about the speech predicted — he avoided legislative proposals for the present Congress and focused on four “big questions” about the future.

A report from the Interior Ministry in the state of North Rhine-Wesphalia (NRW), Germany, where Cologne lies, lists a total of 516 criminal complaints being registered pertaining to New Year's Eve incidents, 237 of which were of a sexual nature.



Gerd Müller, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, warned in a January 9 statement to Bild, Germany’s largest circulation newspaper, that only 10 percent of the migrants heading to Europe have arrived and that eight to 10 million more are on their way.

A U.S. Hellfire air-to-surface missile that disappeared after being sent to Europe for a NATO training exercise has turned up in Cuba. While no one has been able to determine exactly how this happened, it may have been an inadvertent mistake on the part of freight handlers.


Roy S. Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, issued an order on January 6 that “Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act.”


The price of marijuana has dropped drastically in the last few years, and many analysts attribute the fall to the legalization or decriminalization of cannabis by several U.S. states. 


Chinese Uyghurs who have gone abroad to escape persecution at home are subject to being tracked down and harassed by Chinese intelligence agents while overseas. Furthermore, relatives of Uyghurs who are in exile in the United States and Canada have been jailed back in Xinjiang.


Two Pakistani nationals who have been linked to terrorism were apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents south of San Diego and just north of the Mexican border in September, but details of their capture and interrogation have just recently been made public.

German government officials have covered up crimes committed by the large number of Middle East refugees flooding the country, Bild, Germany's largest-circulation newspaper, reports.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office released a statement on December 29 that it had on that day “asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a federal appeals court ruling to halt the president’s unconstitutional executive action on immigration.”