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In our news wrap Tuesday, the Senate gave final approval to a Pentagon spending blueprint worth nearly $740 billion. It includes a 3 percent pay raise for military personnel -- the largest in more than a decade. Also, former Trump deputy campaign manager Rick Gates was sentenced to 45 days in jail and 36 months of probation, 22 months after pleading guilty to conspiracy and lying to investigators.
In the day's other news: The Senate gave final approval to a Pentagon spending blueprint worth nearly $740 billion. It includes a 3 percent pay raise for military personnel, the most in more than a decade. Lawmakers also added 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers. President Trump has said that he will sign the bill.
The president's former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates now faces 45 days in jail and 36 months of probation. He was sentenced today in federal court in Washington, 22 months after pleading guilty to lying to investigators and conspiracy. Gates could have gotten five to six years in jail, but the judge cited his cooperation with the special counsel's Russia investigation.
Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was sentenced to death in absentia today. He had been charged with treason for declaring an emergency in 2007 and suspending all civil liberties. A special anti-terrorism court announced the verdict and the death sentence.
Hamid Ali Khan:
For the first time, a military dictator has been punished by the court under the constitution and the law. And it was overdue.
Musharraf seized power in 1999 and ruled until 2008. He is now living in Dubai. His lawyer said that he will appeal the court's decision.
In neighboring India, an outcry against a new citizenship law spread across more of the country. Some of the demonstrations in New Delhi turned violent, as angry protesters clashed with police for a third day. Officers fired tear gas to push back the crowds. Protests also broke out in West Bengal and other states. The focus is a new law that grants citizenship to non-Muslim migrants who are in India illegally.
Unions in France called new protests today against President Emanuel Macron's plans to restructure pensions. Scuffles with police erupted in some areas. But the protests were largely peaceful, with thousands lighting red flares and marching through French cities. Union members insisted that crippling transit strikes will continue right through the holidays.
Jerome (through translator):
If we accept a Christmas break, then we're stopping the strike. If we don't strike, then Macron is passing his reform, since he said he's passing it in January. So, we have to stop him. People didn't strike for about 15 days just to stop and say, no, let's go see Santa Claus.
Workers from the Paris Opera and the Eiffel Tower joined the protests. Activists also cut electricity to 100,000 homes and businesses in Paris.
At the Vatican, Pope Francis abolished the so-called pontifical secrecy rule in cases of sexual abuse by clergy. Victims had charged that the rule was used to protect pedophiles and to block police investigations. They welcomed today's announcement, but said they want to see it backed up with action.
China commissioned its second aircraft carrier today, further expanding its military power in Asia. President Xi Jinping attended a ceremony on Hainan Island in the disputed South China Sea. It was part of his wide-ranging military buildup. This is the first aircraft carrier built in China. Beijing had bought a Soviet-era carrier from Ukraine in 1998.
Back in this country, Ford announced that it is adding 3,000 jobs over the next three years at two factories near Detroit. The automaker said that it will invest nearly $1.5 billion to build new pickup trucks, SUVs, and electric vehicles. Hiring begins next year.
And on Wall Street, the major indexes edged higher into record territory. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 31 points to close at 28267. The Nasdaq rose nine points, and the S&P 500 added one point.
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