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The Vatican spokeman, Greg Burke, and his deputy resign suddenly

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He and Garcia both thanked the pope. The Vatican has since changed its name to the Dicastery for Communication. "Therefore, the primary and fundamental mission of the Church is to be a 'field hospital, ' a place of healing, mercy and forgiveness, and to be the source of hope for all suffering, the desperate, the poor, the sinners, and the discarded", he said . Read More »

Trump wants to meet Pakistan's leadership even though it 'houses the enemy'

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But India makes billions of dollars in trade from the United States and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development", he had said. Trump also drew a comparison between the expenses incurred by the USA and other countries in the peace efforts. Pakistan has played a key role in starting peace talks with the Afghan Taliban held recently in UAE. Read More »

U.S. border patrol fires tear gas into Mexico to stop migrants

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Some of the migrants threw rocks at police officers on the USA side of the border, American authorities said. During a second attempt, migrants began to pass youngsters over razor wire used along the border to the United States side. Her visit came after two Guatemalan children died in USA custody in December. Members of the group who spoke with AP said they arrived last month with a caravan which set out from Honduras. Read More »

Man Screaming ‘Why Don’t You Just Die’ At Spider Sparks Emergency Response

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Wanneroo Police posted the original incident report on Twitter with the caption: "Never a boring moment for police!" "Caller walked past the AA and heard a male screaming out " Why don't you die " - repeatedly", the log read. Australia is known to have some of the most unsafe spiders in the world, although most of the 2,900 species are harmless. Australia has the dubious distinction of having one of the world's highest spider-to-human ratios. Read More »

Ohio Doctor Vows to Give Wrong Medicines to Jews

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Dr. Lara Kollab's Rx was hatred. The Cleveland Clinic announced on Monday that a resident doctor, Lara Kollab , is no longer employed after allegations she made anti-Semitic social media posts. An interview she published with her father , Mahmoud Kollab, in 2013 identifies him as a former resident of Nablus in the West Bank. Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City where Kollab graduated previous year was mortified by Kollab's twisted views. Read More »

Trump Holds Firm on Wall Before Meeting Congressional Leaders

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She celebrated her mother's upcoming second run as Speaker of the House and all the women joining Congress this year. The government has been partially shut down for almost two weeks, and President Donald Trump's competing desires to hold his ground for more border security funding and shift blame for the impasse onto Democrats have made it even harder to reach a deal to reopen it. Read More »

Mitt Romney slams President Trump in op-ed piece

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I wish Romney had defeated Obama in 2012, but does anyone think this MA technocrat, who gave us the state-level version of Obamacare in the Bay State, signed up for a regional climate change cap-and-trade scheme, who appointed the egregious Gina McCarthy (Obama's second EPA administrator) to be his environmental adviser, and appointed state judges who struck the first judicial blows for same-sex marriage, would have governed as a serious conservative had he won? Romney's critique is ... Read More »

Rhino injures toddler who fell into exhibit at Florida zoo

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Officials at a Florida zoo where a toddler stumbled into a rhinoceros exhibit say the welfare of the animals was never compromised and the rhinos won't be punished in any way. Her father said in a statement that the girl was "doing well". The zoo's director Keith Winsten told Florida Today that he did not believe the the girl had been touched by the rhino's horn. Read More »

Voting underway in DR Congo

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The run-up has been marred by violence and controversy over the decision to exclude more than 1 million people from voting. The country faces what could be its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power as President Joseph Kabila steps aside. Read More »

6 reportedly killed in Danish bridge train accident

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Six people have been killed in a train accident on the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark, police said. Danish media reported a tarpaulin on the freight train hit the passenger train going in the opposite direction, causing it to brake suddenly, according to the Independent . Read More »

German police: Man intentionally drove into crowd, injures 5

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The region's interior minister, Herbert Reul, said the accused "had the clear intention to kill foreigners ". In April, a German man drove a van into a crowd in Muenster, killing four people and injuring dozens. The attack occurred after midnight on New Year's Eve at a crowded plaza in Bottrop. They also said they thought the 50-year-old suspect has mental health issues. Read More »

America's nuclear forces apologise for tweeting joke about dropping something 'much bigger'

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The Strategic Command later deleted the tweet and issued an apology in its place. "Watch to the end!" The video in the tweet included scenes from a post earlier this year that included B-2 bombers dropping bunker-busting bombs. It was deleted soon after being posted. The weird tweet prompted a backlash from some users on social media. Former Director of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, wrote , "What kind of maniacs are running this country?" Many were unnerved by the flippant-natured ... Read More »

China's leader urges action on unification with Taiwan

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By contrast, the latest speech - marking 40 years since a key policy document opened the door for rapprochement between Beijing and Taipei - was largely procedural, even outlining how a future system would respect Taiwanese people's "private assets, religions, beliefs and legitimate rights", as Xi attempted to portray the future unification of China and Taiwan as an inevitability. Read More »

North Korea warns of 'new path' if USA 'continues to break promises'

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In this year's speech, broadcast on state television early on Tuesday, Mr Kim said "if the U.S. does not keep its promise made in front of the whole world. He said he was willing to resume joint projects with the South, including reopening the Kaesong industrial park and Mount Kumgang resort, without conditions. Read More »

Israel Up in Arms Over Jordan Minister Filmed Stepping on Its Flag

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Israel has formally complained to Jordan after one of its government ministers was pictured stepping on the Israeli flag as she paid a visit to a trade union in Amman. The response came after Israel called in the Jordanian charge d'affaires in Tel Aviv to "discuss" the incident. He said Al-Razzaz entered the building through a side door to avoid trampling on the flag. Read More »

2 women say they entered Sabarimala Temple, police deny claim

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The entry of women comes a day after over 35 lakh women stood shoulder-to-shoulder across the national highways in Kerala , creating a 620 km-long human "wall" from the northern end of Kasaragod to the southern tip on Tuesday as part of a state-sponsored initiative to uphold gender equality. Read More »

Duterte under fire for adultery comments

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During his speech, the president went on to criticise multiple aspects of Catholic dogma, including the Holy Trinity, and mocked Jesus Christ as "unimpressive" for his crucifixion. "I was touching. She woke up". Panelo, who is also Duterte's chief legal counsel, also called out Gabriela partylist for criticizing Duterte's recent remark. Read More »

US fires tear gas across Mexico border to stop migrants

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More than a dozen migrants were apprehended after 150 migrants tried to climb the border fence in San Diego, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Border Patrol also used smoke devices and pepper spray on the migrants. "Congress needs to fully fund the border wall, amend the TVPRA, and end the Flores Settlement Agreement that encourages and rewards this type of lawlessness by migrants at the border", Waldman said. Read More »

Morocco: Swiss arrested after murder of student

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Twenty people have been arrested so far in the investigation into the killing of the two women, Louisa, 24, from Denmark , and Maren, 28, from Norway , in the Atlas Mountains. Danish and Norwegian leaders have both condemned the killings and Moroccan prime minister Saad Eddine El Othmani has described them as a "stab in the back of Morocco and Moroccans". Read More »

After child deaths, more health exams instituted

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The President of the United States Donald trump accused the Democrats that the border with Mexico perish children. "The two... children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol", he added . Jakelin Caal died December 8 after having little to eat or drink before arriving at the border, a claim the father denies. "Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end", Trump tweeted. Read More »

Trump invites congressional leaders to White House

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I'm ready to go. "We are not giving up". They would vote separately on the funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which has been the sticking point that produced the shutdown. Mr Kelly's statement marked the starkest admission yet by the President's inner circle that Mr Trump's signature campaign pledge, which sparked fervent chants of "build that wall" during rallies, would not be fulfilled as advertised. Read More »

Netanyahu: Brazil will move embassy to Jerusalem

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The first public opinion poll after the announcement of snap elections predicted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was heading toward an easy re-election. The Israeli leader, in Brazil for Bolsonaro's inauguration on Tuesday, spoke in Rio de Janiero. Netanyahu had told reporters as he flew in to Rio that he was going to raise the embassy topic as a priority when he met Bolsonaro. Read More »

James Mattis addresses DOD in farewell messag

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Mattis quoted from a letter Lincoln wrote in 1865 to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Defense Secretary James Mattis delivered an unexpected moral blow to President Donald Trump when he quit earlier this month and wrote a brutal - if facially polite - resignation letter drawing a firm distinction between his and the president's foreign policy views. Read More »

House Dems end year with Interior-EPA spending plan — APPROPRIATIONS

Those spending bills contain scores of priorities and pet projects for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. The package does not include the $5 billion Trump wants for the wall on the southern border. The partial government shutdown is in its second week over Trump's demand for US$5 billion for the wall. Currently, an estimated 54,000 Customs and Border Protection agents and customs officers with DHS are working without pay as the shutdown continues into the New Year. Read More »

Vladimir Putin sends new year greetings to Donald Trump

On his way to the summit, Trump said he wouldn't be meeting with Putin, citing tensions over Russian forces opening fire on, then seizing Ukrainian Navy ships and their crews. Moscow hosted talks with Turkey on Saturday in which the two countries agreed to coordinate actions in northern Syria after Trump's announcement that he was withdrawing us forces from the country . Read More »

U.S. stocks end dismal, volatile year on a bright note

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Over the next few months, March's National People's Congress and April's Belt and Road Summit, both to be held in Beijing , could see the announcement of new regulations and investments meant to counter skepticism over Xi's leadership. It was unclear who initiated the call between Mr Trump and Mr Xi. What's the background to the trade war? While China has recently taken steps that might help address USA complaints about trade barriers and intellectual property theft, there was little to ... Read More »

France plans tax crackdown as protests dwindle

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Sporadic clashes broke out Saturday during Yellow Vest protests in Paris and elsewhere in France, but the momentum for their movement appears to be waning. Paris officials have made a decision to move ahead with the traditional New Year's Eve fireworks display on the Champs-Elysees avenue - which usually attracts tens of thousands of people - despite the planned protest. Read More »

Blue House: North Korea’s Kim wants more summits with Moon next year

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in hailed Sunday the ratified commitment of DPRK leader Kim Jong-un to the denuclearization of the peninsula in thanking him for his New Year " s letter. Moon added that he witnessed a sense of frustration over Kim not having been able to visit Seoul, which the two leaders agreed to during the third inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang this September. Read More »

Van driver who ploughed into Tokyo pedestrians had 'intent to murder'

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A 21-year-old suspect, named as Kazuhiro Kusakabe, was arrested and being questioned, Tokyo Metropolitan Police said. They say he is suspected of intentionally trying to kill people by driving the auto through the street. The street was closed to vehicles at the time of the incident to accommodate the large number of pedestrians making their way to the shrine for New Year's prayers. Read More »