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Thousands of troops to remain on US-Mexico border as original deployment ends

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Days before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump announced the deployment of active duty troops to the southern border to stop caravans of migrants making their way through Mexico.

On Saturday, that original border mission comes to a close, but thousands of U.S. troops will remain for an extended and reduced mission in support of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) slated to last through January 31.

At the height of the deployment, there were 5,900 active duty troops stationed in California, Arizona and Texas. On Thursday, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) said that figure had dropped to 4,200, but a U.S. official told ABC News that eventually only about 2,500 to 3,000 troops will remain.

The downsizing of the mission comes just days after Trump suggested that the military could be used to build a wall on the southern border. A Pentagon spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday that there was "no plan to build sections of the wall."

A troop rotation has been established for the extension, allowing those who were deployed over Thanksgiving to make it home for Christmas, the official said.

The Pentagon has estimated that the original deployment through Dec. 15 would cost taxpayers $72 million, but the extended mission is expected to cost less because of the reduced footprint and the fact that infrastructure is already in place and materials like concertina wire have already been purchased and used.

The focus of the extended mission will be on California, where thousands of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in Central America have arrived in Tijuana with many waiting to apply for asylum.

In late November, a group of migrants attempted to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border near the San Ysidro port of entry, prompting CBP agents to use tear gas and close cross-border traffic for several hours. But since that incident, the border has been relatively quiet.

During the six-week deployment, military engineers constructed approximately 70 miles of wire obstacles and placed movable barriers at 22 Ports of Entry across California, Arizona, and Texas, NORTHCOM said. Military Police units, trained to act as back-up for CBP agents in the event of another cross-border skirmish with migrants, conducted more than 10,000 man-hours of unit training.

"With the completion of border hardening missions, some engineering, logistics and headquarters elements will redeploy to their home bases to prepare for other missions," NORTHCOM said in a tweet on Thursday.

Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Ottawa last week that he would leave some engineers in Texas and Arizona "if we ever had to close the ports of entry," as was done in San Ysidro.

"But a number of these troops will be coming off," Mattis said, adding, "The missions that are done, they're coming home."

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Days before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump announced the deployment of active duty troops to the southern border to stop caravans of migrants making their way through Mexico.

On Saturday, that original border mission comes to a close, but thousands of U.S. troops will remain for an extended and reduced mission in support of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) slated to last through January 31.

At the height of the deployment, there were 5,900 active duty troops stationed in California, Arizona and Texas. On Thursday, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) said that figure had dropped to 4,200, but a U.S. official told ABC News that eventually only about 2,500 to 3,000 troops will remain.

The downsizing of the mission comes just days after Trump suggested that the military could be used to build a wall on the southern border. A Pentagon spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday that there was "no plan to build sections of the wall."

A troop rotation has been established for the extension, allowing those who were deployed over Thanksgiving to make it home for Christmas, the official said.

The Pentagon has estimated that the original deployment through Dec. 15 would cost taxpayers $72 million, but the extended mission is expected to cost less because of the reduced footprint and the fact that infrastructure is already in place and materials like concertina wire have already been purchased and used.

The focus of the extended mission will be on California, where thousands of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in Central America have arrived in Tijuana with many waiting to apply for asylum.

In late November, a group of migrants attempted to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border near the San Ysidro port of entry, prompting CBP agents to use tear gas and close cross-border traffic for several hours. But since that incident, the border has been relatively quiet.

During the six-week deployment, military engineers constructed approximately 70 miles of wire obstacles and placed movable barriers at 22 Ports of Entry across California, Arizona, and Texas, NORTHCOM said. Military Police units, trained to act as back-up for CBP agents in the event of another cross-border skirmish with migrants, conducted more than 10,000 man-hours of unit training.

"With the completion of border hardening missions, some engineering, logistics and headquarters elements will redeploy to their home bases to prepare for other missions," NORTHCOM said in a tweet on Thursday.

Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Ottawa last week that he would leave some engineers in Texas and Arizona "if we ever had to close the ports of entry," as was done in San Ysidro.

"But a number of these troops will be coming off," Mattis said, adding, "The missions that are done, they're coming home."

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Days before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump announced the deployment of active duty troops to the southern border to stop caravans of migrants making their way through Mexico.

On Saturday, that original border mission comes to a close, but thousands of U.S. troops will remain for an extended and reduced mission in support of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) slated to last through January 31.

At the height of the deployment, there were 5,900 active duty troops stationed in California, Arizona and Texas. On Thursday, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) said that figure had dropped to 4,200, but a U.S. official told ABC News that eventually only about 2,500 to 3,000 troops will remain.

The downsizing of the mission comes just days after Trump suggested that the military could be used to build a wall on the southern border. A Pentagon spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday that there was "no plan to build sections of the wall."

A troop rotation has been established for the extension, allowing those who were deployed over Thanksgiving to make it home for Christmas, the official said.

The Pentagon has estimated that the original deployment through Dec. 15 would cost taxpayers $72 million, but the extended mission is expected to cost less because of the reduced footprint and the fact that infrastructure is already in place and materials like concertina wire have already been purchased and used.

The focus of the extended mission will be on California, where thousands of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in Central America have arrived in Tijuana with many waiting to apply for asylum.

In late November, a group of migrants attempted to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border near the San Ysidro port of entry, prompting CBP agents to use tear gas and close cross-border traffic for several hours. But since that incident, the border has been relatively quiet.

During the six-week deployment, military engineers constructed approximately 70 miles of wire obstacles and placed movable barriers at 22 Ports of Entry across California, Arizona, and Texas, NORTHCOM said. Military Police units, trained to act as back-up for CBP agents in the event of another cross-border skirmish with migrants, conducted more than 10,000 man-hours of unit training.

"With the completion of border hardening missions, some engineering, logistics and headquarters elements will redeploy to their home bases to prepare for other missions," NORTHCOM said in a tweet on Thursday.

Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Ottawa last week that he would leave some engineers in Texas and Arizona "if we ever had to close the ports of entry," as was done in San Ysidro.

"But a number of these troops will be coming off," Mattis said, adding, "The missions that are done, they're coming home."

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Russia claims US ignoring outreach on nuclear disagreement

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Russia wants to sit down with Pentagon officials for "open and specific" talks on alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.

The U.S. claims Russia is violating the INF treaty, and on Dec. 4 issued an ultimatum that Moscow come into compliance with the accord in 60 days, or else Washington will withdraw. Russia denies it's in breach of the treaty.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu sent his counterpart, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, a proposal for launching a dialogue three days ago, according to a statement Saturday.

But Russia says it hasn't received any official reply from the Pentagon, which spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said proves that the U.S. is unwilling to maintain professional dialogue with Moscow on security issues.

On Friday, the Russian mission to the U.N. submitted a draft resolution calling for the international community to support the INF treaty against Washington's threat of withdrawal, warning that a collapse of the treaty could undermine nuclear arms control across the board.

Washington began sounding off on a potential Russian violation of the INF treaty under President Barack Obama.

Under President Donald Trump, those allegations have been specified and coupled with threats of unilateral withdrawal from the landmark 1987 arms agreement, which banned an entire class of ground-launched missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,000 kilometers (310-3,100 miles).

The U.S. claims that a new Russian missile, designated by NATO as the SSC-8, operates in ranges forbidden by the INF treaty. Russia has strongly and routinely denied the claim, at times throwing accusations of non-compliance back at Washington.

These claims have, at times, focused on U.S. deployment of anti-missile systems in Romania and Poland. Moscow takes specific issue with the U.S. Mk-41 vertical launching system used by these missile defense installations.

The Mk-41, derived from the U.S. Navy's Aegis missile system, can launch a variety of American missiles — including the sea-launched Tomahawk cruise missile, a weapon that would be banned by INF were it deployed on a ground-based launcher.

INF not only bans ground-based intermediate-range missiles, but their launchers too. And Moscow has seized on this point to claim the U.S. is responsible for destabilizing the INF treaty.

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Russia wants to sit down with Pentagon officials for "open and specific" talks on alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.

The U.S. claims Russia is violating the INF treaty, and on Dec. 4 issued an ultimatum that Moscow come into compliance with the accord in 60 days, or else Washington will withdraw. Russia denies it's in breach of the treaty.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu sent his counterpart, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, a proposal for launching a dialogue three days ago, according to a statement Saturday.

But Russia says it hasn't received any official reply from the Pentagon, which spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said proves that the U.S. is unwilling to maintain professional dialogue with Moscow on security issues.

On Friday, the Russian mission to the U.N. submitted a draft resolution calling for the international community to support the INF treaty against Washington's threat of withdrawal, warning that a collapse of the treaty could undermine nuclear arms control across the board.

Washington began sounding off on a potential Russian violation of the INF treaty under President Barack Obama.

Under President Donald Trump, those allegations have been specified and coupled with threats of unilateral withdrawal from the landmark 1987 arms agreement, which banned an entire class of ground-launched missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,000 kilometers (310-3,100 miles).

The U.S. claims that a new Russian missile, designated by NATO as the SSC-8, operates in ranges forbidden by the INF treaty. Russia has strongly and routinely denied the claim, at times throwing accusations of non-compliance back at Washington.

These claims have, at times, focused on U.S. deployment of anti-missile systems in Romania and Poland. Moscow takes specific issue with the U.S. Mk-41 vertical launching system used by these missile defense installations.

The Mk-41, derived from the U.S. Navy's Aegis missile system, can launch a variety of American missiles — including the sea-launched Tomahawk cruise missile, a weapon that would be banned by INF were it deployed on a ground-based launcher.

INF not only bans ground-based intermediate-range missiles, but their launchers too. And Moscow has seized on this point to claim the U.S. is responsible for destabilizing the INF treaty.

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Russia wants to sit down with Pentagon officials for "open and specific" talks on alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.

The U.S. claims Russia is violating the INF treaty, and on Dec. 4 issued an ultimatum that Moscow come into compliance with the accord in 60 days, or else Washington will withdraw. Russia denies it's in breach of the treaty.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu sent his counterpart, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, a proposal for launching a dialogue three days ago, according to a statement Saturday.

But Russia says it hasn't received any official reply from the Pentagon, which spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said proves that the U.S. is unwilling to maintain professional dialogue with Moscow on security issues.

On Friday, the Russian mission to the U.N. submitted a draft resolution calling for the international community to support the INF treaty against Washington's threat of withdrawal, warning that a collapse of the treaty could undermine nuclear arms control across the board.

Washington began sounding off on a potential Russian violation of the INF treaty under President Barack Obama.

Under President Donald Trump, those allegations have been specified and coupled with threats of unilateral withdrawal from the landmark 1987 arms agreement, which banned an entire class of ground-launched missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,000 kilometers (310-3,100 miles).

The U.S. claims that a new Russian missile, designated by NATO as the SSC-8, operates in ranges forbidden by the INF treaty. Russia has strongly and routinely denied the claim, at times throwing accusations of non-compliance back at Washington.

These claims have, at times, focused on U.S. deployment of anti-missile systems in Romania and Poland. Moscow takes specific issue with the U.S. Mk-41 vertical launching system used by these missile defense installations.

The Mk-41, derived from the U.S. Navy's Aegis missile system, can launch a variety of American missiles — including the sea-launched Tomahawk cruise missile, a weapon that would be banned by INF were it deployed on a ground-based launcher.

INF not only bans ground-based intermediate-range missiles, but their launchers too. And Moscow has seized on this point to claim the U.S. is responsible for destabilizing the INF treaty.

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Trump picks Office of Management and Budget head as new acting chief of staff

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President Donald Trump has tapped Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget as acting White House chief of staff.

"I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction. Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration," Trump tweeted. "I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for his service!"

Mulvaney, one of the original founders of the hard line conservative House Freedom Caucus and a backer of Trump during his candidacy for the presidency, was named as the director of the Office of Management and Budget in December of 2016.

In a tweet on Friday night, Mulvaney expressed his gratitude to the president.

"This is a tremendous honor," Mulvaney said. "I look forward to working with the President and the entire team. It’s going to be a great 2019!"

Some Democrats were not as enthused about Mulvaney, who, as a conservative House member in 2013 pushed House GOP leaders to shut down the government over Obamacare.

A spokesman for incoming House majority leader Nancy Pelosi said that the choice of Mulvaney "sends a clear message that at this critical time the President would choose to elevate the architect of the last Republican government shutdown.”

Through his tenure, Mulvaney fortified a close alliance with the president as he proposed steep cuts to the federal budget and gained notoriety for his sparring sessions with reporters in the White House briefing room making the case for his fiscal hawk approach to gutting the country’s entitlement programs.

In November of last year, President Trump appointed Mulvaney to the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a government oversight agency born out of the 2008 financial crisis that Mulvaney had once advocated for eliminating entirely.

As Mulvaney sought to reign in many of the CFPB’s previously announced enforcement activities against financial institutions which he described as government overreach, Democrats cast him as a symbol of the Trump administration’s efforts working to benefit big business over American consumers.

But those attacks if anything have further endeared the president to Mulvaney. Last year, Mulvaney was tasked with announcing the president’s 120-page plan to reform and reorganize the entire federal government.

Mulvaney’s six years serving as a congressman from South Carolina could provide him a skill set that will mark a significant departure from his predecessor. While John Kelly’s arrival was initially framed as a turning point in restoring order and discipline to a chaotic West Wing, Republican lawmakers will likely see an opportunity in Mulvaney’s ascension to achieve closer coordination and direct access to the president in a way that benefits their legislative agenda.

John Kelly will remain chief of staff until the end of the year. Until then, Mulvaney will work with Kelly.

Mulvaney will be replaced as OMB director by Russell Vought, who is currently the agency's deputy director.

Vought is a former vice president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, served as executive director of the Republican Study Committee -- the largest GOP caucus on Hill -- and served with Mike Pence at the House GOP Conference when Pence chaired the conference. His wife Mary is a former Pence communications director at the GOP conference as well.

It took almost a year for successful Senate confirmation of Vought’s nomination, and Pence was there in the Senate chamber to break a 50-50 tie on Feb. 28.

ABC News' Jonathan Karl, Devin Dwyer, Katherine Faulders, Meghan Hughes and John Parkinson contributed to this report.

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President Donald Trump has tapped Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget as acting White House chief of staff.

"I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction. Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration," Trump tweeted. "I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for his service!"

Mulvaney, one of the original founders of the hard line conservative House Freedom Caucus and a backer of Trump during his candidacy for the presidency, was named as the director of the Office of Management and Budget in December of 2016.

In a tweet on Friday night, Mulvaney expressed his gratitude to the president.

"This is a tremendous honor," Mulvaney said. "I look forward to working with the President and the entire team. It’s going to be a great 2019!"

Some Democrats were not as enthused about Mulvaney, who, as a conservative House member in 2013 pushed House GOP leaders to shut down the government over Obamacare.

A spokesman for incoming House majority leader Nancy Pelosi said that the choice of Mulvaney "sends a clear message that at this critical time the President would choose to elevate the architect of the last Republican government shutdown.”

Through his tenure, Mulvaney fortified a close alliance with the president as he proposed steep cuts to the federal budget and gained notoriety for his sparring sessions with reporters in the White House briefing room making the case for his fiscal hawk approach to gutting the country’s entitlement programs.

In November of last year, President Trump appointed Mulvaney to the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a government oversight agency born out of the 2008 financial crisis that Mulvaney had once advocated for eliminating entirely.

As Mulvaney sought to reign in many of the CFPB’s previously announced enforcement activities against financial institutions which he described as government overreach, Democrats cast him as a symbol of the Trump administration’s efforts working to benefit big business over American consumers.

But those attacks if anything have further endeared the president to Mulvaney. Last year, Mulvaney was tasked with announcing the president’s 120-page plan to reform and reorganize the entire federal government.

Mulvaney’s six years serving as a congressman from South Carolina could provide him a skill set that will mark a significant departure from his predecessor. While John Kelly’s arrival was initially framed as a turning point in restoring order and discipline to a chaotic West Wing, Republican lawmakers will likely see an opportunity in Mulvaney’s ascension to achieve closer coordination and direct access to the president in a way that benefits their legislative agenda.

John Kelly will remain chief of staff until the end of the year. Until then, Mulvaney will work with Kelly.

Mulvaney will be replaced as OMB director by Russell Vought, who is currently the agency's deputy director.

Vought is a former vice president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, served as executive director of the Republican Study Committee -- the largest GOP caucus on Hill -- and served with Mike Pence at the House GOP Conference when Pence chaired the conference. His wife Mary is a former Pence communications director at the GOP conference as well.

It took almost a year for successful Senate confirmation of Vought’s nomination, and Pence was there in the Senate chamber to break a 50-50 tie on Feb. 28.

ABC News' Jonathan Karl, Devin Dwyer, Katherine Faulders, Meghan Hughes and John Parkinson contributed to this report.

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President Donald Trump has tapped Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget as acting White House chief of staff.

"I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction. Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration," Trump tweeted. "I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for his service!"

Mulvaney, one of the original founders of the hard line conservative House Freedom Caucus and a backer of Trump during his candidacy for the presidency, was named as the director of the Office of Management and Budget in December of 2016.

In a tweet on Friday night, Mulvaney expressed his gratitude to the president.

"This is a tremendous honor," Mulvaney said. "I look forward to working with the President and the entire team. It’s going to be a great 2019!"

Some Democrats were not as enthused about Mulvaney, who, as a conservative House member in 2013 pushed House GOP leaders to shut down the government over Obamacare.

A spokesman for incoming House majority leader Nancy Pelosi said that the choice of Mulvaney "sends a clear message that at this critical time the President would choose to elevate the architect of the last Republican government shutdown.”

Through his tenure, Mulvaney fortified a close alliance with the president as he proposed steep cuts to the federal budget and gained notoriety for his sparring sessions with reporters in the White House briefing room making the case for his fiscal hawk approach to gutting the country’s entitlement programs.

In November of last year, President Trump appointed Mulvaney to the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a government oversight agency born out of the 2008 financial crisis that Mulvaney had once advocated for eliminating entirely.

As Mulvaney sought to reign in many of the CFPB’s previously announced enforcement activities against financial institutions which he described as government overreach, Democrats cast him as a symbol of the Trump administration’s efforts working to benefit big business over American consumers.

But those attacks if anything have further endeared the president to Mulvaney. Last year, Mulvaney was tasked with announcing the president’s 120-page plan to reform and reorganize the entire federal government.

Mulvaney’s six years serving as a congressman from South Carolina could provide him a skill set that will mark a significant departure from his predecessor. While John Kelly’s arrival was initially framed as a turning point in restoring order and discipline to a chaotic West Wing, Republican lawmakers will likely see an opportunity in Mulvaney’s ascension to achieve closer coordination and direct access to the president in a way that benefits their legislative agenda.

John Kelly will remain chief of staff until the end of the year. Until then, Mulvaney will work with Kelly.

Mulvaney will be replaced as OMB director by Russell Vought, who is currently the agency's deputy director.

Vought is a former vice president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, served as executive director of the Republican Study Committee -- the largest GOP caucus on Hill -- and served with Mike Pence at the House GOP Conference when Pence chaired the conference. His wife Mary is a former Pence communications director at the GOP conference as well.

It took almost a year for successful Senate confirmation of Vought’s nomination, and Pence was there in the Senate chamber to break a 50-50 tie on Feb. 28.

ABC News' Jonathan Karl, Devin Dwyer, Katherine Faulders, Meghan Hughes and John Parkinson contributed to this report.

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Delhi court extends CBI custody of Christian Michel, lawyer says she fears arrest

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A Delhi court on Saturday extended by four days the CBI custody of Christian Michel, alleged middleman charge-sheeted and arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case.The 57-year-old British national was produced before Special Judge Arvind Kumar. The probe agency told the judge that Michel needs to be confronted with various documents in the case and had sought further custody of for five days Michel was arrested in the UAE and extradited to India on December 4.

Meanwhile, his lawyer said: "I’m afraid they’ll arrest me because I know everything about Christian Michel. I hope nothing bad happens to me, I came here to help. I hope I can go back and be at my home on Christmas."

Rosemary Patrizi, lawyer of #ChristianMichel in #AgustaWestland case: I’m afraid they’ll arrest me because I know everything about Christian Michel. I hope nothing bad happens to me, I came here to help. I hope I can go back and be at my home on Christmas. pic.twitter.com/EB0oj875l4

— ANI (@ANI) December 15, 2018

The next day, he was produced in the court which allowed his five-day custodial interrogation by the CBI which was later extended by five more days.Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The others are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.Both the agencies notified an Interpol red corner notice (RCN) against him after the court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

The CBI has alleged there was an estimated loss of Euro 398.21 million (about Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010 for the supply of VVIP choppers worth Euro 556.262 million.The ED, in its charge sheet filed against Michel in June 2016, had alleged that he received EUR 30 million (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland. 

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A Delhi court on Saturday extended by four days the CBI custody of Christian Michel, alleged middleman charge-sheeted and arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case.The 57-year-old British national was produced before Special Judge Arvind Kumar. The probe agency told the judge that Michel needs to be confronted with various documents in the case and had sought further custody of for five days Michel was arrested in the UAE and extradited to India on December 4.

Meanwhile, his lawyer said: "I’m afraid they’ll arrest me because I know everything about Christian Michel. I hope nothing bad happens to me, I came here to help. I hope I can go back and be at my home on Christmas."

Rosemary Patrizi, lawyer of #ChristianMichel in #AgustaWestland case: I’m afraid they’ll arrest me because I know everything about Christian Michel. I hope nothing bad happens to me, I came here to help. I hope I can go back and be at my home on Christmas. pic.twitter.com/EB0oj875l4

— ANI (@ANI) December 15, 2018

The next day, he was produced in the court which allowed his five-day custodial interrogation by the CBI which was later extended by five more days.Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The others are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.Both the agencies notified an Interpol red corner notice (RCN) against him after the court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

The CBI has alleged there was an estimated loss of Euro 398.21 million (about Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010 for the supply of VVIP choppers worth Euro 556.262 million.The ED, in its charge sheet filed against Michel in June 2016, had alleged that he received EUR 30 million (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland. 

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A Delhi court on Saturday extended by four days the CBI custody of Christian Michel, alleged middleman charge-sheeted and arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case.The 57-year-old British national was produced before Special Judge Arvind Kumar. The probe agency told the judge that Michel needs to be confronted with various documents in the case and had sought further custody of for five days Michel was arrested in the UAE and extradited to India on December 4.

Meanwhile, his lawyer said: "I’m afraid they’ll arrest me because I know everything about Christian Michel. I hope nothing bad happens to me, I came here to help. I hope I can go back and be at my home on Christmas."

Rosemary Patrizi, lawyer of #ChristianMichel in #AgustaWestland case: I’m afraid they’ll arrest me because I know everything about Christian Michel. I hope nothing bad happens to me, I came here to help. I hope I can go back and be at my home on Christmas. pic.twitter.com/EB0oj875l4

— ANI (@ANI) December 15, 2018

The next day, he was produced in the court which allowed his five-day custodial interrogation by the CBI which was later extended by five more days.Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The others are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.Both the agencies notified an Interpol red corner notice (RCN) against him after the court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

The CBI has alleged there was an estimated loss of Euro 398.21 million (about Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010 for the supply of VVIP choppers worth Euro 556.262 million.The ED, in its charge sheet filed against Michel in June 2016, had alleged that he received EUR 30 million (about Rs 225 crore) from AgustaWestland. 

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A large fire has broken out at Chester Zoo, prompting an evacuation of visitors.

The zoo tweeted the blaze had broken out in its Monsoon Forest habitat. It said teams were working to bring the blaze under control and to move all animals away from the fire.

North West Ambulance said it was rung after 11:40 GMT as a precaution, but there were no patients needing help.

The site is one of the most popular tourism venues in the UK.

Some visitors at the zoo tweeted images from the scene including Sophie Flynn, who said zoo staff were "working hard to deal" with the fire, which "happened very quickly".

"It started as a little fire [...] which we saw but it's obviously much worse now!"

David Clough, who lives across the road from the zoo, said: "We first saw signs of the fire shortly after 11.30 GMT."

He added: "It was spreading across the roof in strong winds for a while.

"Lots of fire engines arrived quickly."

He said "the main flames had gone, but there's a smaller fire still burning at the southern end of the roof".

"We were very worried for the people and animals that would have been in the building."

The zoo tweeted it had closed the whole site, adding: "Visitors have been evacuated and our response team is working alongside emergency services to bring the situation under control."

The Monsoon Forest building is the UK's largest zoological building, according to the attraction, and opened as part of the zoo's islands section in August 2015.

The 14-acre section houses Sumatran orang-utans, rhinoceros hornbills, crocodiles and a variety of plant species.

It has its own tropical weather conditions, with temperatures reaching 26.6C to replicate conditions in South East Asia.

Chester Zoo is said to be the UK's most visited zoo outside London, drawing nearly two million visitors annually.

It has more than 21,000 animals of 500 different species and has been the subject of many TV programmes including the BBC's Our Zoo drama in 2014.

The venue says it plays a significant part in wildlife conservation, helping to save endangered species.

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A large fire has broken out at Chester Zoo, prompting an evacuation of visitors.

The zoo tweeted the blaze had broken out in its Monsoon Forest habitat. It said teams were working to bring the blaze under control and to move all animals away from the fire.

North West Ambulance said it was rung after 11:40 GMT as a precaution, but there were no patients needing help.

The site is one of the most popular tourism venues in the UK.

Some visitors at the zoo tweeted images from the scene including Sophie Flynn, who said zoo staff were "working hard to deal" with the fire, which "happened very quickly".

"It started as a little fire [...] which we saw but it's obviously much worse now!"

David Clough, who lives across the road from the zoo, said: "We first saw signs of the fire shortly after 11.30 GMT."

He added: "It was spreading across the roof in strong winds for a while.

"Lots of fire engines arrived quickly."

He said "the main flames had gone, but there's a smaller fire still burning at the southern end of the roof".

"We were very worried for the people and animals that would have been in the building."

The zoo tweeted it had closed the whole site, adding: "Visitors have been evacuated and our response team is working alongside emergency services to bring the situation under control."

The Monsoon Forest building is the UK's largest zoological building, according to the attraction, and opened as part of the zoo's islands section in August 2015.

The 14-acre section houses Sumatran orang-utans, rhinoceros hornbills, crocodiles and a variety of plant species.

It has its own tropical weather conditions, with temperatures reaching 26.6C to replicate conditions in South East Asia.

Chester Zoo is said to be the UK's most visited zoo outside London, drawing nearly two million visitors annually.

It has more than 21,000 animals of 500 different species and has been the subject of many TV programmes including the BBC's Our Zoo drama in 2014.

The venue says it plays a significant part in wildlife conservation, helping to save endangered species.

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A large fire has broken out at Chester Zoo, prompting an evacuation of visitors.

The zoo tweeted the blaze had broken out in its Monsoon Forest habitat. It said teams were working to bring the blaze under control and to move all animals away from the fire.

North West Ambulance said it was rung after 11:40 GMT as a precaution, but there were no patients needing help.

The site is one of the most popular tourism venues in the UK.

Some visitors at the zoo tweeted images from the scene including Sophie Flynn, who said zoo staff were "working hard to deal" with the fire, which "happened very quickly".

"It started as a little fire [...] which we saw but it's obviously much worse now!"

David Clough, who lives across the road from the zoo, said: "We first saw signs of the fire shortly after 11.30 GMT."

He added: "It was spreading across the roof in strong winds for a while.

"Lots of fire engines arrived quickly."

He said "the main flames had gone, but there's a smaller fire still burning at the southern end of the roof".

"We were very worried for the people and animals that would have been in the building."

The zoo tweeted it had closed the whole site, adding: "Visitors have been evacuated and our response team is working alongside emergency services to bring the situation under control."

The Monsoon Forest building is the UK's largest zoological building, according to the attraction, and opened as part of the zoo's islands section in August 2015.

The 14-acre section houses Sumatran orang-utans, rhinoceros hornbills, crocodiles and a variety of plant species.

It has its own tropical weather conditions, with temperatures reaching 26.6C to replicate conditions in South East Asia.

Chester Zoo is said to be the UK's most visited zoo outside London, drawing nearly two million visitors annually.

It has more than 21,000 animals of 500 different species and has been the subject of many TV programmes including the BBC's Our Zoo drama in 2014.

The venue says it plays a significant part in wildlife conservation, helping to save endangered species.

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MPs across the parties should try to "forge a consensus" over Brexit, the work and pensions secretary has said.

In the Daily Mail, Amber Rudd wrote: "Brexit is in danger of getting stuck."

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it would be possible to get "a version" of the prime minister's Brexit deal approved by MPs.

But BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar says that without an end date to the controversial "backstop" plan, it has no chance of passing.

Theresa May's bid to make her deal more acceptable to MPs suffered a blow when EU leaders said it was "not open for renegotiation".

Last week, Mrs May delayed a vote in the House of Commons on her Brexit deal, fearing a heavy defeat.

She then went on to win a confidence vote brought by her own MPs - but vowed to listen to the concerns of the 37% of Tory MPs who voted against her.

She travelled to Brussels to make a special plea to EU leaders, to try to make her deal more appealing.

However, the EU said there could be clarification but not renegotiation.

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Ms Rudd - who backed Remain in the referendum - said she supported Mrs May's deal and advocated assembling a "coalition" to avoid what she called "the rocks of no deal".

She said the country "will face serious trouble" if MPs "dig in against the prime minister's deal".

"We need to find a plan that a majority in Parliament can support," she said.

"We need to try something different. Something that people do in the real world all the time, but which seems so alien in our political culture - to engage with others and be willing to forge a consensus.

"It also requires everyone to abandon outrage and accusations."

Many of Mrs May's own MPs are concerned that the controversial "backstop" plan - which is aimed at preventing a hard border in Northern Ireland - would keep the UK tied to EU rules indefinitely and limit its ability to strike trade deals.

Mr Hunt said the EU needed to listen to appeals from the British government to provide "legally enforceable language" that the backstop would be temporary.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The thing that the House of Commons will not accept is any risk of us being permanently trapped through the Northern Irish backstop in the customs union."

He added: "The only way that we're going to get through the House of Commons and give the British people the Brexit that they voted for is to have a version of the deal that the government has negotiated."

However, the BBC's John Pienaar said the problem remained that only "an end date or a key to the exit door" would make it possible for the deal to be supported by MPs.

He added: "The EU has shown no indication, publicly or privately at any point, that it is willing to give that."

PM time-wasting 'unacceptable'

Former Tory minister Jo Johnson, a Remainer who resigned over Mrs May's handling of negotiations, said MPs should be able to vote on her Brexit deal next week.

He said it was "unacceptable" for the PM to "run down the clock" and leave Parliament with only a choice between her deal and no deal at all.

One idea, favoured by at least one cabinet minister, is a series of votes on other plans, such as a relationship similar to Norway's with the EU, or another referendum, before next month's "meaningful vote" in the Commons.

At a Leave Means Leave rally in London on Friday, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage told the BBC it was "outrageous" another referendum could happen, but added: "I can see where we're going."

Mr Farage added the treatment of Mrs May in Brussels this week had been a "shaming moment" for both the UK and the EU and that the prime minister's Brexit deal was now "dead".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the withdrawal deal was now "dead in the water".

He added: "Rather than ploughing ahead and dangerously running down the clock, the prime minister needs to put her deal to a vote next week so Parliament can take back control."

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MPs across the parties should try to "forge a consensus" over Brexit, the work and pensions secretary has said.

In the Daily Mail, Amber Rudd wrote: "Brexit is in danger of getting stuck."

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it would be possible to get "a version" of the prime minister's Brexit deal approved by MPs.

But BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar says that without an end date to the controversial "backstop" plan, it has no chance of passing.

Theresa May's bid to make her deal more acceptable to MPs suffered a blow when EU leaders said it was "not open for renegotiation".

Last week, Mrs May delayed a vote in the House of Commons on her Brexit deal, fearing a heavy defeat.

She then went on to win a confidence vote brought by her own MPs - but vowed to listen to the concerns of the 37% of Tory MPs who voted against her.

She travelled to Brussels to make a special plea to EU leaders, to try to make her deal more appealing.

However, the EU said there could be clarification but not renegotiation.

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Ms Rudd - who backed Remain in the referendum - said she supported Mrs May's deal and advocated assembling a "coalition" to avoid what she called "the rocks of no deal".

She said the country "will face serious trouble" if MPs "dig in against the prime minister's deal".

"We need to find a plan that a majority in Parliament can support," she said.

"We need to try something different. Something that people do in the real world all the time, but which seems so alien in our political culture - to engage with others and be willing to forge a consensus.

"It also requires everyone to abandon outrage and accusations."

Many of Mrs May's own MPs are concerned that the controversial "backstop" plan - which is aimed at preventing a hard border in Northern Ireland - would keep the UK tied to EU rules indefinitely and limit its ability to strike trade deals.

Mr Hunt said the EU needed to listen to appeals from the British government to provide "legally enforceable language" that the backstop would be temporary.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The thing that the House of Commons will not accept is any risk of us being permanently trapped through the Northern Irish backstop in the customs union."

He added: "The only way that we're going to get through the House of Commons and give the British people the Brexit that they voted for is to have a version of the deal that the government has negotiated."

However, the BBC's John Pienaar said the problem remained that only "an end date or a key to the exit door" would make it possible for the deal to be supported by MPs.

He added: "The EU has shown no indication, publicly or privately at any point, that it is willing to give that."

PM time-wasting 'unacceptable'

Former Tory minister Jo Johnson, a Remainer who resigned over Mrs May's handling of negotiations, said MPs should be able to vote on her Brexit deal next week.

He said it was "unacceptable" for the PM to "run down the clock" and leave Parliament with only a choice between her deal and no deal at all.

One idea, favoured by at least one cabinet minister, is a series of votes on other plans, such as a relationship similar to Norway's with the EU, or another referendum, before next month's "meaningful vote" in the Commons.

At a Leave Means Leave rally in London on Friday, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage told the BBC it was "outrageous" another referendum could happen, but added: "I can see where we're going."

Mr Farage added the treatment of Mrs May in Brussels this week had been a "shaming moment" for both the UK and the EU and that the prime minister's Brexit deal was now "dead".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the withdrawal deal was now "dead in the water".

He added: "Rather than ploughing ahead and dangerously running down the clock, the prime minister needs to put her deal to a vote next week so Parliament can take back control."

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MPs across the parties should try to "forge a consensus" over Brexit, the work and pensions secretary has said.

In the Daily Mail, Amber Rudd wrote: "Brexit is in danger of getting stuck."

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it would be possible to get "a version" of the prime minister's Brexit deal approved by MPs.

But BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar says that without an end date to the controversial "backstop" plan, it has no chance of passing.

Theresa May's bid to make her deal more acceptable to MPs suffered a blow when EU leaders said it was "not open for renegotiation".

Last week, Mrs May delayed a vote in the House of Commons on her Brexit deal, fearing a heavy defeat.

She then went on to win a confidence vote brought by her own MPs - but vowed to listen to the concerns of the 37% of Tory MPs who voted against her.

She travelled to Brussels to make a special plea to EU leaders, to try to make her deal more appealing.

However, the EU said there could be clarification but not renegotiation.

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Ms Rudd - who backed Remain in the referendum - said she supported Mrs May's deal and advocated assembling a "coalition" to avoid what she called "the rocks of no deal".

She said the country "will face serious trouble" if MPs "dig in against the prime minister's deal".

"We need to find a plan that a majority in Parliament can support," she said.

"We need to try something different. Something that people do in the real world all the time, but which seems so alien in our political culture - to engage with others and be willing to forge a consensus.

"It also requires everyone to abandon outrage and accusations."

Many of Mrs May's own MPs are concerned that the controversial "backstop" plan - which is aimed at preventing a hard border in Northern Ireland - would keep the UK tied to EU rules indefinitely and limit its ability to strike trade deals.

Mr Hunt said the EU needed to listen to appeals from the British government to provide "legally enforceable language" that the backstop would be temporary.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The thing that the House of Commons will not accept is any risk of us being permanently trapped through the Northern Irish backstop in the customs union."

He added: "The only way that we're going to get through the House of Commons and give the British people the Brexit that they voted for is to have a version of the deal that the government has negotiated."

However, the BBC's John Pienaar said the problem remained that only "an end date or a key to the exit door" would make it possible for the deal to be supported by MPs.

He added: "The EU has shown no indication, publicly or privately at any point, that it is willing to give that."

PM time-wasting 'unacceptable'

Former Tory minister Jo Johnson, a Remainer who resigned over Mrs May's handling of negotiations, said MPs should be able to vote on her Brexit deal next week.

He said it was "unacceptable" for the PM to "run down the clock" and leave Parliament with only a choice between her deal and no deal at all.

One idea, favoured by at least one cabinet minister, is a series of votes on other plans, such as a relationship similar to Norway's with the EU, or another referendum, before next month's "meaningful vote" in the Commons.

At a Leave Means Leave rally in London on Friday, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage told the BBC it was "outrageous" another referendum could happen, but added: "I can see where we're going."

Mr Farage added the treatment of Mrs May in Brussels this week had been a "shaming moment" for both the UK and the EU and that the prime minister's Brexit deal was now "dead".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the withdrawal deal was now "dead in the water".

He added: "Rather than ploughing ahead and dangerously running down the clock, the prime minister needs to put her deal to a vote next week so Parliament can take back control."

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