The Sift

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May to stay at the helm in the U.K., for now

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/12/18, 05:20 pm

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday, ensuring she will continue to play an instrumental role in her country’s withdrawal from the European Union. May said after the vote she was grateful for the support from members of Parliament but acknowledged many voted against her, saying, “I have listened to what they said.” Lawmakers voted by secret ballot 200-117 to keep May in her role. She cannot undergo another no-confidence vote for a year, though some members of Parliament are still urging her to resign.

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Former Trump lawyer gets three-year sentence

by Harvest Prude
Posted 12/12/18, 12:33 pm

A U.S. district judge in New York on Wednesday sentenced Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, to three years in prison on criminal charges brought by federal prosecutors and special counsel Robert Mueller. Cohen pleaded guilty in August to charges of campaign finance violations and tax evasion. In November, he pleaded guilty to a charge brought by Mueller’s office that he lied to Congress about Trump’s past business dealings.

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Detained Chinese pastor writes of true freedom

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/12/18, 11:56 am

A letter from Wang Yi, pastor of the Chinese church that was the subject of a government crackdown Sunday, was released and translated Wednesday, explaining his faithful disobedience to the Communist regime and expressing hope for his jailers’ salvation. Wang’s letter included instructions for it to be published if he was detained for more than 48 hours.

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