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Throngs to pack Times Square for mild, rainy New Year’s Eve

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A rainy New Year's Eve in NY has some Times Square revelers ponying up to keep dry, while police are scrapping plans to deploy a drone to keep watch over the crowd for the first time . "It's the freedom to do this critical work that we celebrate", Simon said. New Year's Eve in New York City's Times Square on January 1. This year's event will once again be hosted by television personality Steve Harvey; actress and journalist Maria Menounos will co-host. Read More »

Manhunt Underway After Suspect Fired Into Vehicle, Killing 7-Year-Old Girl

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A distraught Washington told KTRK-TV from her hospital bed that the gunman sped up after firing into her vehicle, only to pull in front and slow down before firing again. "Please keep this family in your prayers". "A total of 5 occupants in the auto witnessed this innocent child, their loved one, shot and killed before their eyes". Read More »

Philippines deadly storm and landslides kill more than 60

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Search and rescue operations were ongoing for the missing, while emergency teams were also clearing some roads and bridges made impassable by landslides and floods . We are sending troops and rubber boats to rescue families. More than 60 people have died after a powerful storm struck the Philippines , with locals reportedly taken by surprise by its strength. Read More »

UAE Rescue Crew Killed in Helicopter Crash

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According to Arab News , the dead included three Emiratis and a fourth foreigner. The helicopter, belonging to the UAE's National Search and Rescue Center, crashed near the country's highest mountain, Jebel Jais, on Saturday. Tourism authorities told local media they could not comment on the matter while an investigation. ordered by Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al-Qasimi, the ruler of Ras al-Khaimah, was ongoing. Read More »

John Kelly contradicts Trump on border demands

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They need technological enhancements, physical barriers, the steel slats the president has tweeted about and talked about, ' she said. Three confidants of President Donald Trump are indicating that the president's signature campaign pledge to build a wall along the U.S. Read More »

Donald Trump hails 'big progress' in trade talks with China

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Trump and Xi agreed to a ceasefire in the trade war, agreeing to hold off on imposing more tariffs for 90 days on December 1 while they negotiate a deal to end the dispute following months of escalating tensions. If made, it will be very comprehensive, covering all subjects, areas and points of dispute. Week of January 7: European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom and U.S. Read More »

Democrat Elizabeth Warren close to formally announcing 2020 presidential campaign plan

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Since her re-election to the Senate in November, Warren has made hundreds of calls to political grassroots leaders in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, the source said. The DNA report, which was conducted by geneticist Carlos Bustamante of Stanford, concluded that "the vast majority" of Ms Warren's ancestry is European, but "the results strongly support" a Native American ancestor. Read More »

Russian Federation detains American in Moscow over alleged spying

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No details of the detention or Whelan's alleged espionage activities have yet been disclosed. The FSB said the American had been detained "while carrying out an act of espionage" on 28 December and that a criminal case had been opened. Since then, the United States and other countries have imposed various sanctions against Russian officials, companies and banks. Earlier in December, Norwegian citizen Frode Berg was detained in Russian Federation for similar charges of espionage. Read More »

3 dead, 79 missing after gas explosion rocks Russian Federation high-rise

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Magnitogorsk Mayor Sergei Berdnikov told the Tass news agency that 38 people are still missing, adding that it wasn't clear if they were in the building when it collapsed. There have been similar incidents in Russian Federation in recent years due to ageing infrastructure and poor safety over gas usage. In a sign of the seriousness of the situation, President Vladimir Putin ordered emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev and health minister Veronika Skvortsova to travel to Magnitogorsk to ... Read More »

Russian Federation seals off Crimea-Ukraine border wall

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Earlier this month, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko banned the import of Russian products after Moscow propped up elections conducted in the self-proclaimed people's republics - Donetsk and Lugansk - in eastern Ukraine which are not recognized by the global community. Read More »

Indonesian Volcano Shrinks After Collapse Triggers Tsunami

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The volcano , whose name means Child of Krakatoa, was a new island that emerged around 1928 in the crater left by Krakatoa, whose massive 1883 eruption killed at least 36,000 people. Rudi Suhendar, the head of Indonesia's Geological Agency at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, told DW that the tsunami caught everyone off guard because of the absence of an natural disaster. Read More »

Mourners gather for boy whose mother got to US

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US President Donald Trump previous year had imposed an immigration ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations - Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen . Finally, following an intervention and a lawsuit from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the boy's mother Shaima received a visa waiver from the State Department and rejoined her family in California on December 19. Read More »

Winter storm to hit New Mexico starting Thursday night

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Heavy snow is expected on the eastern plains Friday. Snow has fallen in many parts of the United States this week and caused trouble for holiday travelers. A colossal blizzard smothered the eastern United States in January 2016, shutting down NY and Washington, leaving 15 people dead and affecting some 85 million residents. Read More »

European Union slams DR Congo decision to expel ambassador ahead of elections

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The government announced that in some areas, voting due to take place this month will be postponed until March 2019. "The police are up against demonstrators who have barricades the road". Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu also claims that he was prevented from visiting three cities, Kindu, Kolwezi and Kinshasa, during the campaign. They are Kabila's hand-picked successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary , a hardline former interior minister; Fayulu, until recently a little-known legislator ... Read More »

Suspect arrested over shooting death of Fiji-born California police officer

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As a SWAT team prepared to raid the house, Perez Arriaga came out with his hands up and surrendered. He said he asked the county to declare Kern a non-sanctuary county. State law "fully permits the sharing of information on unsafe gang members", Brown's spokesman Evan Westrup said in an email on Friday. A federal judge upheld the law earlier this year after a challenge by the Trump administration. Read More »

Channel migrants: US Minister defends handling of 'crisis'

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British border officials found 23 Iranians in three locations in Kent on England's southeast coast early Thursday, hours after French maritime authorities intercepted 11 migrants in a small boat near Sangatte. Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said in a statement that attempting to cross the channel in these small boats is "extremely unsafe", adding that some of the activity is facilitated by organized crime groups. Read More »

Trump threatens to shut 'entire' border as shutdown stalemate drags on

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She called on Congress to act urgently and has also been briefed on secondary medical screenings and more thorough initial health screenings of migrants. Trump's reaction came four days after an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy with the flu died in government custody after surrendering to immigration authorities at the border with his father. Read More »

Indian troops martyr four more youth in IOK

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At least four militants were killed in an encounter with security forces that broke out early on Saturday in South Kashmir's Pulwama district . One of the civilians sustained a bullet injury on his right hand and was shifted to Srinagar, officials said. On Friday, a Hizb militant from Koil village was killed in a gunfight in Awantipora. Read More »

Personal info of about 1,000 North Korean defectors leaked

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The government is pushing to separate computers for data storage from those for Internet use at Hana centers in order to prevent such cyber attacks. These are the institutes which the South Korean government run to help the thousands of defectors who have come from North Korea adjust to life in the South. Read More »

Canadian teacher detained in China has been released

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In its decision, the appeals court ruled the "light punishment" of the 15-year sentence was "obviously inappropriate" and sent the case back to the Dalian Intermediate People's Court for retrial. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has formally demanded the "immediate release" of the two Canadians. McIver had been detained over a work-permit issue related to her teaching job. Read More »

Richard Overton, America’s oldest man dies at 112

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The WWII veteran served in the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion from 1942 to 1945, a period that included stops in Angaur, Palau; Peleliu, Micronesia; and Iwo Jima , Japan. In 1945, Overton built the house on Hamilton Avenue in East Austin that he would call home for the rest of his life. That street was named in his honor for his 111th birthday a year ago. Read More »

Germany's Hanover airport resumes flights after man's tarmac invasion

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They later tweeted that the security areas have been cleared, and all flight operations have been suspended at the airport while the incident is being investigated. Hannover police said the driver tested positive for cocaine and amphetamines. According to Eurocontrol, the airport remains closed until approximately 22:00 UTC. Read More »

Manama Confirms Embassy Work in Damascus Continues

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Bahrain plans to reopen its embassy in Damascus after a seven-year hiatus, Bahrain's Foreign Ministry announced Friday. The embassy has been shut since the early months of Syria's conflict, which erupted in 2011. The two leaders discussed bilateral ties and the "situations and crises faced by many Arab countries", the Syrian presidency said in a statement . Read More »

GOP and Democrats trade blame for shutdown, no deal in sight

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As a partial government shutdown stretches into another day with no end in sight, President Donald Trump threatened Friday to close the southern US border with Mexico over wall funding. "So we fully expect that until she is elected speaker and has locked that vote up, we don't expect to hear from the Democrats again", Mulvaney continued. Read More »

China to try Canadian on drugs charges: State media

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According to a Dalian government news portal, Schellenberg was a Canadian and that this was an appeal hearing after he was found by an earlier ruling to have smuggled " an enormous amount of drugs " into China. The country has executed foreign drug smugglers before: United Kingdom citizen Akmal Shaikh was put to death in 2009, despite protests from British authorities, for smuggling over 4kg of heroin. Read More »

M6.9 quake strikes off Philippines

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October 2010: A 10-foot (three-meter) wave strikes the Mentawai Islands, off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, just minutes after a massive offshore natural disaster. Sand is placed over dead bodies of the victims of the quake and tsunami during a mass burial at the Poboya Cemetery in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2, 2018. Read More »

Egypt's Mubarak asks Sisi for 'permission' to testify in Morsi trial

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Mursi was dressed in prison overalls and seated in a thick glass and metal cage running down one side of the courtroom, like other senior figures of the Brotherhood who are defendants in the case. He was freed after the final charges against him were dropped in March previous year. Mubarak said during his testimony that before 25 January the Egyptian general intelligence service was following the meetings of the members of the global Muslim Brotherhood organization and coordination between ... Read More »

UAE to reopen Damascus embassy on Thursday in boost for Assad

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But it's not clear that how much the Gulf's renewed Arab presence can change Damascus's relationship with Iran, which has always been allied with Syria since the early 1980s on various fronts. Abdul-Hakim Naimi, the UAE's charge d'affaires, visited the site in Damascus and told journalists: "The opening of our embassy is the first step for the return of other Arab embassies". Read More »

Indonesia Tsunami: Flights rerouted to avoid danger

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Yesterday's giant wave, triggered by an underwater landslide, slammed the coast with little warning . "There's still a chance of a landslide, even under the sea level or on the sea level", said Rudy Sunendar, head of the energy ministry's geology department. Read More »

Bomb kills two tourists, guide near Egyptian pyramids

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Two Vietnamese visitors died when the homemade device ripped through the bus after it was concealed behind a wall near the Giza Pyramids, officials said. "The bus deviated from the route secured by the security forces", Madbouly told Extra News channel, an assertion also made by the owner of the company that organised the bus tour. Read More »

Authorities Identify Undocumented Immigrant Accused of Killing Police Officer Ronil Singh

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Deputy Blake Edwards with the Kern County Sheriff's Office confirmed the arrest . Singh was found shot by other officers and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said . Trump tweeted about the shooting on Thursday, several days after a shutdown of the federal government, which was triggered by his $5 billion demand, largely opposed by Democrats and some lawmakers in Trump's own Republican party, for the wall he wants to build. Read More »

Mattis' Brother: Resignation Over Syria 'Definition Of Patriotism And Integrity'

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Mattis' resignation letter was delivered shortly after Trump's decision to announce a unilateral US withdrawal from Syria and a decision to also leave the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Although Mattis' letter initially annoyed the president, the coverage of it was even more hard to stomach, according to a senior administration official. Read More »

Democrats care more about keeping borders open than government

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Trump is sticking with his demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico , and Democrats, who take control of the House on January 3, are refusing to give him what he wants. According to a report earlier this month by CBS News , about $558 million in goods flowed across the border in both directions previous year. Democrats brushed off the White House's attempt to cast blame. Read More »