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SA's Zuma abused judicial process with watchdog report challenge, says court

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Earlier this year, Zuma filed an application with the High Court to have Madonsela's report reviewed and set aside. President Jacob Zuma was today not only saddled with personally paying legal costs amounting to millions of rands, but was given 30 days to appoint a commission of inquiry into state capture, headed by a judge selected by the chief justice. Read More »

11-Year-Old Girl Handcuffed At Gunpoint By Michigan Police

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All three were released once police identified them. Police went a family's Grand Rapids home on December 6 looking for the girl's aunt, who was suspected of stabbing another relative. Authorities handcuffed Hodges before patting her down and placing her in the back of a cop vehicle for around ten minutes, according to WZMM13. "This little girl, Honestie, she was clearly terrified", Grand Rapids Mayor Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said, mlive.com reports. Read More »

United States helicopter window drops on a school in Okinawa

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The US government wants to move Futenma, the largest Marine base in Okinawa, to a more remote location on the island. "This is not something that should happen as it stirs concerns among school officials and the people in the prefecture", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference in Tokyo , adding that there have been no reports of major damage so far. Read More »

Rahul Gandhi takes helm of India's Congress party

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Rahul listed issues - corruption charges against Amit Shah's son Jay Shah, plight of farmers, atrocities on Dalits, etc, - and wondered why the PM never spoke a word about them. "We will continue to receive the guidance of Sonia Gandhi", Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said. "Present Government's irrational economic policies have damaged Gujarat". Read More »

Udumalpet Honour Killing: Six out of eight convicts get double-death sentence

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The footage from a CCTV near the Udumalpet bus stand which captured that murder helped the police nab the culprits. Kausalya's father Chinnasamy and the five men who carried out the attack have been given death sentence. Hope Kausalya's efforts and Shankar's sacrifice do not go in vain. The death convicts include the father-in-law of the young victim. Chinnasamy, Annalakshmi and Pandithurai were among those detained under the Goondas Act. Read More »

United Nations official: NKoreans say it is important to prevent war

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The stifling sanctions are controlling the global bank transfers that "have caused a slowdown in United Nations ground operations, affecting the delivery of food rations, health kits, and other humanitarian aid", he said in a statement, adding that the council should conduct an assessment of the human rights impact of sanctions, urging it to take action. Read More »

Moscow urges restraint in Israeli-Palestinian conflict after Trump's Jerusalem move

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The US decision has sparked protests and clashes in Palestinian territories as well as in many Muslim-majority countries around the world, including Malaysia and Indonesia. A security guard was stabbed in central Jerusalem on Sunday in what police described as a terror attack. Trump's announcement raised fears that a new wave of violence would erupt in its wake. Read More »

Violence flares at protest close to US Embassy in Lebanon

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The status of Jerusalem is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. "I am calling on men, women, young and old, the southern suburbs, Beirut and all those who wish to join in from across Lebanon", Nasrallah said, also inviting residents of Lebanon's 12 Palestinian refugee camps. Read More »

Wreaths Across America Ceremony Held in Dover

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Spectators, including members of American Legion Post 185 in Sandy Point, watch the Wreaths Across American caravan December 10 from the Stockton Springs overpass spanning Route 1. Lincolnville - Until you see it in person, it is hard to comprehend the scope of the massive convoy of escort police vehicles, vans, buses and tractor-trailer trucks that make up Wreaths Across America. Read More »

Unitech case: Apex court stays NCLT order

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The Bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud , wished to know whether the NCLT proceedings would hamper implementation of its order. However, the Centre approached the NCLT which passed the interim order allowing the takeover by the Centre without issuing notice to the firm or its directors, claimed Rohtagi. Read More »

Russian Federation suspends diplomatic presence in Yemen over security situation

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Zakharova said all Russian embassy employees had departed the country. Commander of the Arab Coalition Forces on the west coast of Yemen Brigadier-General Abdul Salam al-Shehhi said in a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, that the Houthi militias have suffered a "major collapse" in their defenses, adding that hundreds of their dead, injured, and captured elements have been treated according to International Laws. Read More »

Climate commitments at the 'One Planet Summit' in Paris

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Speaking on the eve of the One Planet Summit , two years to the day since 195 nations adopted the climate plan, Macron rejected the idea that Trump could negotiate a fresh deal and termed his withdrawal an "aggressive" maneuver. Parmesan said she will move her research operations to an experimental ecology station in the Pyrenees mountains, where she will study the effects of climate change on wildlife populations. Read More »

Roy Moore Vs. Doug Jones: Polls Are Closing in Alabama Senate Race

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Alabama Democratic Senate Doug Jones prepares to greet voters outside of a polling station in Bessemer, Ala., on Tuesday. But with a month left in the campaign, the Washington Post reported on the stories of four women who accused Moore of preying on them as teenagers, including one woman who said she was 14 at the time, when Moore was a prosecutor in his 30s. Read More »

December 15th ACA deadline looming

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The news about tax reform is also creating confusion during the final days of open enrollment. Friday marks the end of the enrollment period for people seeking insurance through the Affordable Care Act . Many Nevadans can find low-priced to no-cost health plans, thanks to the assistance of subsidies . That means consumers on the East Coast will have until 3 a.m. Read More »

Five soldiers missing as snowfall hits Jammu and Kashmir

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An Army porter is missing since Monday after he came under an avalanche in Tulail in Gurez. The Army has begun rescue operations to try and locate the jawans. The open fields, parks and roads were also under white blanket. Met department said there has been moderate to heavy snowfall in many areas of the Valley with Gulmarg receiving the highest so far. Read More »

Ryanair's Dublin pilots to strike pre-Christmas

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Irish-based directly-employed pilots, mostly captains, will withdraw their labour in an action that IMPACT says will either disrupt flights or generate substantial costs to the airline. Most of those who voted for action are captains, without whom aircraft can not fly. Ashley Connolly, an official at Irish trade union IMPACT, said: "This dispute is exclusively about winning independent representation for pilots in the company". Read More »

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee passes away at the age of 65

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While no cause of death was given, former mayor Willie Brown told San Francisco media that the 65-year-old Democrat suffered a heart attack while shopping for groceries late Monday. The Seattle native moved to the Bay Area to attend law school at University of California, Berkeley, and worked as a civil rights attorney before joining the government. Read More »

About 500 families celebrate Hanukkah in Regina

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Chanukah , the Festival of Lights, begins this year on the evening of Tuesday , December 12 and concludes the evening of Wednesday, December 20. Jewish tradition states after the Maccabees' victory over the Greeks, a small amount of oil that was only supposed to last for one day in the temple burned for eight days. Read More »

Here's how Anushka Sharma's Sabyasachi engagement sari was created

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The wedding was solemnised as per Hindu rituals at 2pm local time, with the bride and groom looking resplendent in ensembles by celebrated couturier Sabyasachi Mukherjee . Like every other conjecture, there is perhaps one question everyone has been thinking - will Virat move to Mumbai or will Anushka move to Delhi. After the final reception in Mumbai , the newlyweds will leave for South Africa where Kohli will start his preparation for the Proteas series and will bring up New Year ... Read More »

Welp, We Might Be Losing Right Whales

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NOAA's Endangered Species Act consultant Mark Murray-Brown, speaking at last week's New England Fishery Management Council Meeting, called on United States and Canadian authorities to work with commercial fisheries to protect the endangered whales. Read More »

Part of Europe Left Without Gas Due to the Explosion in Austria

The state criminal investigation said a technical defect could be the cause of the tragedy. Photo Burned and melted cars near the Baumgarten facility. "The gas supply to Italian consumers will in any case be ensured by an increased gas supply from national subterranean reserves", the government said. Read More »

Amnesty: EU complicit in abuse of migrants

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European Union countries are complicit in the abuse of migrants held in Libya, Amnesty International said in a report released yesterday that accused the EU of turning a blind eye to allegedly brutal tactics of the Libyan coastguard and unsafe detention facilities. Read More »

NY subway suspect Akayed Ullah had baby son in June, police say

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Asked whether New Yorkers should feel safe, Waters said the NYPD was "well experienced in protecting New York City each and every day". Bangladesh counterterrorism officers are questioning the wife and other relatives of a man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City's subway system, officials said Tuesday. Read More »

Maradona statue ridiculed after unveiling in India

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In what may be a good sign for Maradona, Ronaldo's statue was eventually adjusted after being heavily ridiculed following its debut. Maradona handed out cheques worth Rs 10000 each to 11 cancer patients and flagged off an air-conditioned ambulance. Read More »

U.S. ambassador to United Kingdom predicts Trump visit in the new year

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Is he going to be ideal in appeasing everybody? Johnson, a close friend of the president, said Trump's relationship with the United Kingdom was "very, very good". May's overtures to woo the USA have left her in a hard position. "I'll be wearing shocking pink if Donald Trump comes to Britain to show my support for the women's march and recognising that, for goodness sake, this country wouldn't let Martha Stewart in because we said it wasn't conducive to the public good". Read More »

PM Abbasi to depart for Turkey to attend OIC summit on Jerusalem

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Indeed Erdogan has come in the fore as a champion of the Palestinian cause and spearheaded the Muslim reaction to the USA decision by convening the OIC meeting in Istanbul to formulate a joint plan of action. Previously, the Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned US President Donald Trump's decision that has been widely criticized by the worldwide community, saying that it violated the United Nations resolutions. Read More »

Winter storm watch issued for Jefferson, Lewis counties

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Snow will wind down this morning after a clipper system moved through Upstate New York overnight, but don't be fooled: There's more on the way. Warnings are also in effect for the Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, and Syracuse areas, and the remainder of NY counties are under winter weather advisories. Read More »

USA soldier who fled to North Korea for 'dog's life' DIES

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But his memory of North Korea continued to haunt him, afraid the regime may come look for him or his family and kill them. Soga had earlier returned to Japan with a group of other abductees. Jenkins and his family lived in Soga's hometown of Sado, where he was a popular worker at a local souvenir shop and could often be seen posing in photos with visiting tourists. Read More »