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UN budget cuts 'big step in right direction', says US

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The ambassador went on to say that she hopes to help make even more reductions in the UN's budget in the years to come. "This historic reduction in spending - in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable United Nations - is a big step in the right direction", Haley said in a statement. Read More »

Eastern Bank Increases Stake in Amazon.Com INC

Shares of Amazon.com ( NASDAQ AMZN ) traded down $6.40 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $1,168.36. Evercore ISI assumed coverage on shares of Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN ) in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, December 5th. Shares for $1.96 million were sold by Jassy Andrew R on Tuesday, August 15. Goldman Sachs Group reissued a conviction-buy rating and set a $1,275.00 price objective on shares of Amazon.com in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Read More »

Obamacare Sign-Ups Strong Despite Trump Administration's Efforts

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In order to get her vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to enact some health care legislation that would stabilize individual insurance markets. About 6.5 million people paid an average $470 penalty for not having insurance, the Internal Revenue Service said. You pay not to have insurance. The goal Collins had was to get this passed by the end of the year, as a part of the stopgap bill that will keep the government running past Friday. Read More »

8 killed in Afghan capital bomb attack

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Also in October, at least 41 soldiers were killed in an attack on their base in eastern Afghanistan. Six civilians were killed in the blast, and one other person was injured in the attack, according to Ismail Kawosi, a spokesman for the ministry of public health. Read More »

NORAD takes calls from kids around the world awaiting Santa

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It's become a tradition for flight crews and technicians here at the NORAD Facility in CFB North Bay. - The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 62nd Anniversary of tracking Santa's yuletide journey! NORAD uses its satellite systems, high-powered radar, and jet fighters to track Santa each year. Read More »

Trump's Christmas message to the troops: 'We're winning'

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President Donald Trump wished a Merry Christmas to a group of American service members deployed overseas during a teleconference from Mar-a-Lago on Sunday, telling the troops from all five military branches that Americans were asking God to watch over them. Read More »

AIMPLB opposes Triple Talaq Bill, President to convey its stand to PM

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In Lucknow , AIMPLB's Sajjad Nomani as asking for the removal of the bill also blamed the Centre for not following the laid procedure in drafting the bill. The Union Cabinet earlier this month cleared a bill that criminalizes the instant triple talaq . Naik further pointed out several Muslim-dominated countries like Pakistan have already banned the practice of triple talaq . Read More »

WEATHER: Frigid Christmas Day

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It will be another cool night on Christmas before temperatures warm back up a little bit. Those wind chills by morning time will be in the lower single digits, so if you're out to see family Christmas morning, make sure you bundle up well because it will be frigid tomorrow morning. Read More »

Teen accused of killing girlfriend's parents, who anxious about his alleged extremism

The two teens had been dating since June. Reports say Scott Fricker and his wife disapproved of the relationship following the boy's neo-Nazi views. Keith Fricker and his wife had been concerned because of the hate filled posts their daughter's boyfriend had been posting on social media. While the motive was initially unknown, a Washington Post investigation found that the suspect was an ex-boyfriend of their daughter. Read More »

Environment Canada predicts white Christmas, issues special weather statement

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Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning across Toronto and the GTA for Sunday, with 15 to 20 centimetres expected by the time the snow tapers in the evening. "Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become hard to navigate due to accumulating snow", a winter storm warning for Fredericton reads. Read More »

Turkey sacks some 2700 more public sector workers

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The decrees fired a total of 2,756 people, including 105 academics, from state institutions. Police operations targeting alleged followers of Gulen have been conducted on a near daily basis since the coup attempt in July 2016, and authorities issued arrest warrants for 44 teachers on Friday, Anadolu said. Read More »

4 killed as twin-engine plane crashes in Florida

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After reviewing video of the crash, Judd said no one should have been taking off in that weather. When crews got to the scene the plane was fully engulfed and the fire was under control at 7:44 a.m., said PCFR. PCSO is conducting the death investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board is now en-route to investigate the cause of the crash. The NTSB and FAA were tasked with investigating what caused the crash. Read More »

Magenta Line shows how we are modernising urban transportation: PM Modi

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Narendra Modi will flag off the first train from Botanical Garden station. Reacting to the Delhi CM not being invited, the AAP said, "this is not the first time Delhi CM has been kept out of inaugural ceremonies of new metro lines."The to-be inaugurated stretch of 12.64 kms concludes in the national capital". Read More »

'RHONY' Star Luann De Lesseps Arrested; Judge Suggests She Has Drinking Problem

BuzzFeed News has reached out to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office's for a copy of de Lesseps' police report. RHONY star Luann de Lesseps started out 2017 with an over the top wedding and is ending it with an over the top arrest! The details surrounding why authorities were called in the first place is still unclear, but De Lesseps reportedly threatened to "kill them all" upon arrest. Read More »

As much as 20 cm now predicted for Christmas morning

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The national weather agency said snowfall will intensify across the region this evening as the system moves south of Lake Erie and Ontario tonight. "Today is going to be a reprieve between the storm of yesterday and the storm tomorrow". Environment Canada is forecasting a snowy Christmas for Greater Victoria. A weather system is working its way towards Vancouver Island and is expected to bring some flurries just in time for Christmas morning. Read More »

'Jhadav-family meeting may extend to an hour'

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The mother and wife of Jadhav were due to arrive in Pakistan Monday morning via a commercial flight and were scheduled to depart the same day, the Foreign Office had said. Faisal had also given an assurance that Jadhav was not under any threat of immediate execution and his meeting with his wife and mother had been arranged "purely on humanitarian grounds". Read More »

Police investigate suspicious package addressed to US Secretary of Treasury

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The scene was cleared by 9:30 p.m. and no evacuations were ordered, police said . The LAPD dispatched a bomb squad and even closed the street while checking the suspicious box. Secretary Minuchin was not home at the time. Representatives for the Treasury Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment Sunday morning. Read More »

Carlow/Kilkenny people urged to check numbers after Lotto win at airport

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The numbers drawn were 5, 14, 28, 29, 32, 38 and the bonus number was 31. The victor has 90 days to claim their prize, and they are being urged to sign the back of their ticket. It was the 12th Lotto jackpot won in 2017, with over €70 million shared between the fortunate dozen. Two winning guaranteed $1 million prize tickets were sold in Ontario - one in Chatham and one in the Bowmanville area. Read More »

London Zoo to reopen after fire that killed animals

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The zoo, located in Regent's Park in central London , said it would be remain closed until further notice. Flames ripped through the Animal Adventure section just after 6am, spreading to a cafe that included a petting zoo, and a gift shop near a penguin pool at the back of the site. Read More »

Environment Canada issues special weather statement for a very white Christmas

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Snow develops around or after midnight as an area of low pressure quickly takes shape. Through Saturday morning, a swath of freezing rain is expected to coat the southern and central ME counties with less than half an inch of ice while snow falls in more northern parts of the state, likely changing to sleet and freezing rain by the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service stations in Caribou and Gray. Read More »

Spicer: Tom Hanks should 'take the lead' and talk to Trump

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I think now is the time .' This is the moment where, in some ways, our personal choices are going to have to reflect our opinions. The film recounts Washington Post's early 70's race with NYT to break news on the Pentagon Papers, a study leaked by former Rand military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, revealing the country's losing battle in waging the Vietnam War. Read More »

Fire in Philippine shopping mall kills 37

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Philippine firefighters recovered one body from a burning shopping mall Sunday and there was "zero" chances of survival for 36 other trapped people inside the four-story building in southern Davao city, an official said. He was photographed wiping his tears with a handkerchief during the meeting. Saturday's mall blaze in Davao was the biggest fire incident this month as it is the second time a mall was hit by fire this year, the first was in January. Read More »

Jai Ram Thakur to be the next Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh

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The BJP took nearly a week to decide on the Chief Minister candidate after after its Chief Ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal lost his election. With Mr. Supporters of Dhumal and Thakur had raised slogans as central observers met state leaders on Thursday. He said the swearing-in ceremony will take place on December 27 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be among those in attendance. Read More »

Razak slams United States at rally on Jerusalem row

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An opposition leader has criticised the rhetoric by Prime Minister Najib Razak against the move by United States President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. "Assalamualaikum and a very good morning, I have arrived at Putra Mosque since early in the morning for "Himpunan Putih Solidariti Selamatkan Baitul Maqdis". Read More »

Many feared dead in Philippines mall fire

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PNA also reported that most of the missing people were employees of SSI Philippines, an outsourcing company located on the fourth floor of the mall. The cause was not known but an investigation was being launched, she said. Based on initial records from the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office's (DCDRRMO), the fire started at around 9:40 a.m. It's been a hard year for the tough-talking, 72-year-old leader, who faced his most serious crisis when hundreds of pro-Islamic State ... Read More »

"Mueller is doing a great job", Democrats say

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Echoing a complaint by lawyers for his transition team that Mueller had "unlawfully" obtained tens of thousands of its emails from the General Services Administration, the president on Sunday said: "It's not looking good". Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, the first lawmaker to openly demand Mueller's firing , discussed the special counsel's investigation with Trump aboard Air Force One earlier this month ahead of a rally in Florida. Read More »

Dinakaran takes early lead in RKNagar by

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Nagar for their votes and support. The RK Nagar result could actually prove to be the tipping point for the EPS government he promised. The pressure is on the ruling party to defend Jayalalithaa's home turf. "It is he who would be the challenger to the DMK and not the pretenders like EPS and OPS", said Sampath. Psephologist Arun Krishnamurthy pointed out that Dhinakaran managed to turn this byelection into a battle between him and the rest. Read More »

USA may recognize Israel as Jewish state: Ismail Haniyeh

Speaking at a press conference in Bethlehem as Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas at the site where Jesus Christ is traditionally believed to have been born, Christian leaders said that without peace in Jerusalem, there will not be peace anywhere in the world. Read More »

Philippines communist rebels declare Christmas truce after similar govt move

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Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Ma. Its anniversary is on December 26. The Party previously declared a unilateral ceasefire in August 2017, which lasted until February 10, 2017. " Malamang lalabas (It will likely come out) this morning ang ceasefire declaration ng CPP at NPA", Sison told Rappler in a message Friday morning, December 22. Read More »

Dozens feared dead in Philippines mall fire

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Fire officials said the chance of survival for the 37 people trapped in the building was "zero", Paolo Duterte , Davao's vice mayor and son of the country's president, wrote on Facebook . local time. This is the second time a mall was hit by fire this year, the first being the open mall of Gaisano Capitol in Barangay Mintal in January. Read More »

South Sudan warring factions sign ceasefire

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South Sudan is entering the fifth year of a civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people. A peace deal was signed in 2015 , but it collapsed in July 2016 when fresh fighting in the capital Juba forced then first vice-president Machar into exile . Read More »

Soggy Saturday, some light snow chances for Christmas

While this will likely not be a significant storm system for us, it would still be a welcome sight for those snow fans hoping for a white Christmas . We have dropped coverage to about 20% for the first half of the early morning, and if everything plays out like models are suggesting that number may need to be dropped more. Read More »

Philippines storm kills over 100

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But Mindanao, home to 20 million people, is rarely hit. Mayor Bong Edding of Zamboanga del Norte province's Sibuco town told The Associated Press a search-and-rescue operation was ongoing after more than 30 people were swept away by flash floods in the fishing village of Anungan. Read More »