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Zimbabwe defence force chief retires, seen being elevated to VP


Sibanda told reporters on Monday that "normalcy has returned to our country". Operation Restore Legacy was launched by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces on November 13 with a stated objective of removing criminals around the president. The former 93 year old president was forced to step down after the military intervened in the ruling Zanu PF succession battle. Since then Mnangagwa has appointed several military officers to his cabinet, including the former airforce chief Perrance Shiri, who ... Read More »

Warning to drivers as fog hits West Sussex


The chief forecaster's assessment reads: "With light winds and clear skies fog is expected to form quite widely on Monday evening with visibility falling below 100 m in places". The nightmare conditions have already been felt by passengers at Manchester Airport where all flights were grounded yesterday, due to heavy fog on the runway. Read More »

'I am with you' - Duterte backs gay marriage for the Philippines

He said: 'Now find me the brightest dito sa Pilipinas ngayon. 'That's [same-sex marriage] for them. He gave LGBT advocates until the middle of January to nominate someone "who is honest and hardworking". "I want gay marriage". According to a Rappler report , Duterte's statement is not unfounded, since he once told a TV host that, "No gay person is disrespected". Read More »

No mismatch between EVM and VVPAT slip count: Gujarat CEO


The elections of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, however, marked a huge win for the BJP party. The PAAS leader has been saying that the results of Gujarat elections will be exceptional as crores of people in the state are looking forward to their future. Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull unveils new-look Cabinet for 2018

Senator Brandis will leave the upper house to become High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, taking over from Alexander Downer who's held the post since 2014. "The two agendas go hand in hand", the Prime Minister said, labelling the portfolios as "new and reinvigorated, created to encourage enterprise". "Mathias' expanded portfolio is testament to his outstanding performance as Cabinet Minister", Mr Turnbull said. Read More »

United States says North Korea directly responsible for huge WannaCry cyberattack


The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But the shaming is created to hold North Korea accountable for its actions and "erode and undercut their ability to launch attacks", the official said. Some experts later concluded the ransom threat may have been a distraction meant to disguise a more destructive intent. The worldwide shipper said in September it expected to sustain a $300 million profit hit as a result of the attack. Read More »

U.S. vetoes Security Council draft resolution on Jerusalem


Russian Federation is offering to play the role of an "honest moderator" in the Israel-Palestine conflict after the U.S. vetoed a UN Security Council resolution, which was supported by 14 nations of the 15-member body. Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it in an action not recognized internationally. The draft resolution had included a call on all countries to refrain from opening embassies in Jerusalem, reflecting concerns that other governments could follow the ... Read More »

National Guard Drops Fire Retardant on Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara Hills


To the north of Camino Cielo Road, crews will construct fire lines northward, buffering them with firing operations as needed, officials said. These fires that careen out of control are not only extremely expensive, despite mammoth firefighting efforts, they still cause enormous property and infrastructure losses, especially when the flames reach populated areas. Read More »

Sheriff releases grisly details after woman fatally attacked by her own dogs


Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew says her body was being guarded by two very large pit bulls . After talking with the family, Agnew said, "Let me cut right to the chase, the most important detail that we did not release because we were anxious about the well-being of the family is that in the course of trying to capture the dogs early Friday morning. Read More »

PM outlines wish to sign trade deals during Brexit transition


Mrs May struck her defiant note as the ten-strong Brexit "war cabinet" discussed the eventual trade deal which it hopes will emerge in the second phase of talks to be launched next month with Brussels. Last week May's fragility was exposed by the rebellion of 11 largely pro-European Conservative lawmakers in a parliamentary vote on Brexit legislation that led to an embarrassing defeat. Read More »

Wintery weather warning for Metro Vancouver this week


On Tuesday a deepening low pressure system will track across northern Washington State close to the B.C. border. The special weather statement is for Greater Victoria, eastern and inland areas of Vancouver Island as the national weather service is expecting more wintry weather over the south coast this week. Read More »

Syria's Assad Meets Russian Official, Calls US-Backed Militias 'Traitors'


The Sochi meeting will be held following the eighth round of Geneva talks on Syria, which has completely failed in reaching a solution to the conflict. Both Moscow and Tehran support the regime in Damascus, with both powers leveraging the instability to secure a foothold on the Mediterranean. In particular, Russian Federation was invited to upgrade the Baniyas refinery and construct a refinery with Iran and Venezuela. Read More »

BC Ends Grizzly Bear Hunt


The spring grizzly bear hunt was scheduled to open on April 1, 2018, but the ban will be effective immediately. In stark contrast to the province's decision to protect its estimated 15,000 grizzly bears, the Trump administration in June removed endangered species protections for the roughly 700 bears found in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Read More »

Pence postpones Mideast trip to mid-January, citing tax bill


Mr Pence was scheduled to leave tonight to Egypt then on to Israel where he was planning to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as address the Kenneset. That plan was disrupted by the uproar over the Jerusalem decision. One landed in an Israeli community close to the Gaza border and damaged property but no casualties were reported initially, a police spokesman said. Read More »

Sen. Casey To Congress: Focus On Passing CHIP, Not Tax Overhaul Bill


The program, which likely is better known by its CHIP acronym, provides health benefits to nearly 9 million children whose families earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid but can not afford private insurance. "This time, the freeze is to stop flow of incoming children". If they fail this bipartisan, relatively cheap program that does so much good for children across the country, each member of Congress should have to personally go to the homes of the families in their district and explain ... Read More »

Ice Cube on Why Kobe Bryant is Better Than LeBron James


Bryant thought he would "destroy" Jordan , but the outcome was exactly opposite of that. He never feared missing. But his footwork was where he was so similar to Michael. The two played the same position, both stood roughly 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, possessed the same obsessive work ethic and even had numerous same moves. All of the NBA's greatest players from here on out will inevitably be compared to the man who's widely considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time - Michael ... Read More »

The Weapon That Killed Tupac Has Disappeared


However, new reports indicate the gun's current location is a mystery. Producers from America's A&E network, which is airing the documentary , contacted LVPD officials who confirmed they never received the weapon - and its whereabouts are unknown. Read More »

Ex-wife of slain National Basketball Association player Lorenzen Wright is arrested


The seven-year investigation into Wright's death has been one of the Memphis Police Department's most high-profile unsolved cases . Sherra Wright has a court hearing Monday in California . Sherra Wright spoke with police after her ex-husband's body was found. Sources confirm to WREG that Wright had just left her sons basketball game when she was pulled over. Read More »

Kaspersky is suing Trump administration over its software ban


In September , the US Department of Homeland Security ordered state agencies and departments to stop using Kaspersky Lab products over their potential threat to the internal cybersecurity. Kaspersky did say that it was considering all options to fight the ban and the company has now sued the USA government over the federal ban imposed on its software. Read More »

ISIS claims responsibility for attack on Kabul spy training center


He said the militants were targeting the training center from the building, using light weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, Afghan officials in the western province of Badghis have confirmed that Taliban insurgents ambushed a security convoy early Monday morning and killed the police commander of the remote Aab Kamari district. Read More »

Austria shifts to the right as new coalition deal is struck


The news comes shortly after Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen held a meeting with Sebastian Kurz and Heinz-Christian Strache, who told the head of state about the plans of the coalition government and presented a list of ministers in the future cabinet. Read More »

SNL's Trump Celebrates Christmas With ScarJo's Ivanka and... Omarosa?


Baldwin responded by asking where her husband, Jared Kushner, was. Scarlett Johansson and her boyfriend, Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost , are known to be pretty low-key when it comes to their relationship. Moore had spent several weeks battling accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls and, at press time, has not yet conceded the race. Be sure to share some of your thoughts on the subject in the comments! Trump's two adult sons, Donald Jr. Read More »

Forecasts say a white Christmas is possible in Miss


Drought conditions have, thus far, extended from the summer into the late fall. Our second round of snow early this winter season appears possible sometime between Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas. Driving will still be slow and slick as road temperatures will for sure be cold enough to keep snow on the roads without melting. Ladbrokes said: "The chances of a white Christmas are thawing". Read More »

Nicki Minaj blasted as 'racist' for calling out whitewashing of hip-hop


But the post seems to have inspired some negative reaction, because Nicki later updated it, writing, "B$3 locking all u sensitive d*** riders.It IS a great time to be a white rapper in America". She then added, "I'm blessed and highly favoured, thanks to my wonderful fans". "Rockstar" also becomes the longest-running No. 1 song to have "rock" in its title, beating Joan Jett & the Blackheart's rock "n" roll classic, "I Love Rock & Roll". Read More »

Australian man accused of brokering North Korea missile sales


Choi has been charged with six offences, two under the Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention of Proliferation) Act 1995. "We believe this man participated in discussions about the sale of missile componentry from North Korea to other entities overseas as another attempt to try and raise revenue for the government in North Korea , again in breach of the sanctions", said Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan in a statement. Read More »

Four Senators Want Al Franken to Reconsider His Resignation


Sen. Joe Manchin called his fellow Democrats "hypocritical" for pushing out Sen. Manchin first aired his opinion to Politico in a podcast interview published Monday morning. "That's hypocrisy at the highest level I've ever seen in my life", he said". "Made me sick", Manchin said. I will live by whatever decision and I will walk away thinking about this opportunity I've had while I was here. Read More »

William and Kate release family Christmas card photo


Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have released their annual family Christmas photo. They also announced educational plans for Princess Charlotte for the upcoming year. A page on the school's website titled "Settling In" says it wants "the transition from home to nursery school to be a happy time for your child". He now attends a private day school in London. Read More »

Trump officials demand Mueller return thousands of emails

However, some of the president's allies believe this is delusional, wishful thinking - and they fear what Trump will do if that exoneration letter never comes. The latest complaint against Mueller comes amid a barrage of criticism from Trump allies that the special counsel investigation itself is tainted on multiple fronts. Read More »

South Africa ANC vote too close to call, markets on edge


Mr. Ramaphosa, a former trade union leader who helped negotiate the end of apartheid in the early 1990s, was a comrade of liberation hero Nelson Mandela and was Mr. He criticized business groups, civil society, the media and the judiciary. He said Zuma would be "most welcome" in the league after he steps down as president. Read More »

Amtrak train vehicle dangling over interstate after derailment in Washington


Southbound Interstate 5 near DuPont was closed shortly after the derailment after traffic backed up for miles. The derailed train is Amtrak 501, which is on its first day of early service and left Tacoma moments before the accident. "Massive damage. People are hurt". The train derailed and fell off a bridge and on the I-5 freeway in Washington State near Seattle . "Skip traffic", Amtrak says on its promotional material for the Cascades trains. Read More »

China's Air Force Holds Drills Near Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

A Chinese air force spokesman, in his turn, said that despite South Korea's move, the drills achieved the aims. In Seoul, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said that five Chinese military planes were spotted entering the South Korean air defense identification zone, and fighter jets scrambled in response. Read More »

Wedding Date! We Know When Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Are Getting Married


The date breaks with tradition as royal weddings usually take place on a weekday - the Queen Wednesday on a Thursday and the Duke of Cambridge on a Friday. But next year, William, who is tipped to be Harry's best man, looks likely to be otherwise engaged with wedding duties. May 19 has been in Prince William's diary for a long time. Read More »