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Brexit: May rebuffed by European Union leaders in Brussels

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One word sent sparks flying between two of the biggest protagonists, British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. Council president Donald Tusk said the leaders had expressed a "firm determination" to work "speedily" to ensure there is an agreement on the future relationship in place by the time the transition period ends in December 2020, so the backstop is not needed. Read More »

Ukraine creates church independent from Russian Federation

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The meeting could be a crucial step in years of efforts to create a church in Ukraine that is independent of Moscow. He stressed that the new church's doors would be open to all, and encouraged Ukrainians to rally behind it. The meeting was dominated by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate , the country's largest branch by number of believers. In a statement issued on December 14, the Russian Orthodox Church said Patriarch Kirill has sent a letter to the UN ... Read More »

Backed forces expel IS from east Syria hub

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We continue our normal operations, including observation posts in the border region to address the security concerns of our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey. Underscoring Mr Erdogan's warnings, Turkish jets bombed Kurdish rebel targets in the contested Sinjar area of northern Iraq on Thursday, said Mr Erdogan's office. Read More »

Melania Trump Causes Uproar With New Blonde Hairdo

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Melania Trump's controversial comments on her husband have gone viral, in her second-ever interview since Donald Trump took over as President of the United States. Well, maybe someone should tell her that the gossip everyone's talking about is whether or not her husband will share a cell with his former lawyer Michael Cohen in prison. Read More »

LIMBAUGH: Pelosi And Schumer Show Their Colors

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As they prepare to take over majority control of the House, Democratic leaders have tried to walk a fine line in articulating their goals. We will support and vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House in the 116th Congress. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the incoming minority leader, said on the House floor as lawmakers left for the long weekend that he thinks "going into a shutdown is stupid", but he offered no immediate plan to resolve the standoff. Read More »

Tusk: Brexit withdrawal agreement is not negotiable

Even though they are from rival political tribes, some opposition MPs may feel that backing the PM's deal is a pragmatic way forward to reduce the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit , a second referendum or no Brexit at all. In an attempt to fix relations, Mr Juncker described Mrs May as a "good friend" and a "woman of great courage". 'Our UK friends need to say what they want, instead of asking us to say what we want, ' he said. Read More »

Animals, visitors evacuated as fire ignites at Chester Zoo in UK

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Visitors and animals were being moved to safety while firefighters worked hard to put out the fire. David Clough, who lives across the road from the zoo, said: "We first saw signs of the fire shortly after 11.30 GMT". The Monsoon Forest building in the zoo's new Islands development was on fire. One eyewitness, David Clough, said high winds fanned the flames in the inflatable roof of the building, adding: "We were very anxious for the people and animals that would have been in the building". Read More »

Trump considers Chris Christie or Mark Meadows for Chief of Staff

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I have previously called White House chief-of-staff under Trump the worst job in official Washington , D.C. But now I'm not sure which is worse, chief or acting chief. "I am not aware that he is under consideration", Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said carefully. Next, speculation was rife that former New Jersey governor Chris Christie was the frontrunner. Read More »

Ryan Zinke, Trump’s embattled Interior secretary, to step down

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The 57-year old Zinke has yet to speak on this matter. It is still unknown who Trump will announce as Zinke's replacement. The Justice Department is investigating Zinke's involvement in a Montana land deal back by Halliburton chairman David Lesar and a foundation owned by the outgoing secretary and his wife, Lolita Zinke. Read More »

SC verdict on Parliament Dissolution delivered today

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The Congress has accused the BJP of benefitting businessman Anil Ambani by overpaying the deal and raised questioned the BJP's choice of choosing Ambani's Reliance as its offset partner, asserting the fact that the company has no experience in the airspace sector. Read More »

Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed: police sources

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Chekatt was added to a watchlist of possible extremists while in prison in France in 2015 after he "called for practising a radical form of religion", French deputy interior minister Laurent Nunez said on Wednesday. French military and police launched a large-scale manhunt after the incident and officers exchanged fire with the attacker a short time later. Swiss police said they were "on alert" and in close contact with their French counterparts, while Germany's federal police said they ... Read More »

No further Brexit talks planned, despite May's pleas

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If a deal is done and is "not an utter catastrophe" then Mrs May will be regarded as accomplishing "one of the most hard things in recent British political history" Mr Pabst said. "There is work still to do, and we will be holding talks in coming days about how to obtain the further assurances that the U.K. Parliament needs in order to be able to approve the deal", May said. Read More »

Murder? Remains of dad who vanished in 1961 found in family's basement

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Carroll and his two adult sons were digging below their basement in Lake Grove, New York, on October 31 when they discovered "what appeared to be human remains", according to the police statement. George Carroll bought the home on Olive Street in Lake Grove, about 60 miles east of Manhattan, in 1955 and lived there with his wife Dorothy and their four children - two boys and two girls - until he disappeared. Read More »

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital

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At the time, he denied it was aimed at winning over Jewish voters in the seat which the Government ultimately lost to independent Kerryn Phelps. The Government has previously dismissed concerns its approach to Israel could affect free-trade negotiations with Indonesia , the biggest supporters of the Palestinian Authority outside of the Middle East , or other trade relations in the region. Read More »

Pope removes two scandal-hit cardinals from inner circle

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Despite being removed from the C9, Pell, 77, remains in charge of Vatican finances, the third most powerful position in the Roman Catholic Church. Their continued presence on the C-9 had been a source of scandal for Francis, given the explosion of the abuse and cover-up crisis this year. Read More »

At least $9bn in insurance claims from California fires

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Insurance claims and cleanup costs associated with California wildfires last month are expected to exceed the record-breaking amounts paid out previous year after blazes ripped through Northern California wine country. In a regulatory filing with state regulators on Tuesday, the utility giant revealed that a large power line was damaged and stopped working shortly before the fire began. Read More »

How the no-confidence vote gives Theresa May effective Brexit parliamentary minority

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While the leaders may give more (non-binding) political assurances, they have insisted they cannot re-open the terms of the agreement. Mrs May is attempting to get political and legal reassurances about the Irish border backstop . Mr Varadkar said some of Mrs May's proposals made sense and others would be "difficult". Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar , who met Mrs May before she addressed leaders, said: 'Some of the suggestions made sense, others I thought were hard, but what I said ... Read More »

Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa steps down

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The UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will take oath as Prime Minister on Sunday at 10 am, Senior UNP MP Rajitha Senaratne has told BBC Sinhala Service. The order was issued in a case filed by 122 lawmakers against Rajapaksa and his new government. The United National Front (UNF) said the order means Rajapaksa can not be Prime Minister and so the former Cabinet must be reinstated. Read More »

Pope removes 2 scandal struck cardinals from advisory council

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In response to that request, the pope wrote to three cardinal-members at the end of October thanking them for their service, Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office, told reporters December 12. Allegations in August from a conservative archbishop that the pope had ignored abuse suspicions concerning a prominent United States cardinal have triggered an internal investigation into Vatican archives ordered by Pope Francis . Read More »

Woman on subway attacks rider with an umbrella

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Meanwhile, authorities say that on June 28, Lushchinskaya was involved in another subway incident on the same train . "F*** off!" Lushchinskaya yelled at a 24-year-old woman of presumably Asian descent, swatting and kicking her. " She tried me so I had to detain her until the cops showed up ", Ayala wrote on Twitter last December 12. Then, without warning , she winds up and kicks at the young woman who kicks back in self-defense. Read More »

British PM Theresa May confronts Jean-Claude Juncker over 'nebulous' comments

She left for London without the legal assurances the backstop will not last indefinitely, which Brexiteer Tory MPs are pressuring her for. He added the European Union, in answering May's plea for more assurances on the Brexit deal so that she could get it past her parliament, promised to start negotiations with the United Kingdom on their new trade deal "the second after" their divorce deal is approved, so that the contentious Irish backstop hopefully never has to kick in. Read More »

BAD SANTA: Foul-Mouthed St. Nick Horrifies Parents With Profane Outburst

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It would later be revealed the the detector was set off by a smoke machine being used at a "family rave event" downstairs. "The fire alarm going off was probably the final straw for him", he said. "My friend's little boy was upset as his dad was carrying him when Santa told them 'To get the f*** out , '" claimed the woman. Santa Claus saw red during a festive event in Cambridgeshire when he emerged from his grotto, ripped off his hat and beard and began shouting at stunned parents and ... Read More »

Brexit: EU humiliates May with refusal to budge on deal

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The rejection means that the prime minister will return from Brussels empty handed despite a personal appeal to her fellow leaders to help to get the deal over the line. Irish premier Leo Varadkar, who held a lengthy one-to-one meeting with Mrs May ahead of the main summit, said that while the European Union was keen to be "helpful", some of the suggestions she had put forward were "difficult". Read More »

Migrant girl dies in US Border Patrol custody

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According to CBP, the girl appeared to have gone without food and water for several days. The girl went into cardiac arrest and "was revived", the U.S. Ben Rhodes, a former top adviser to former president Barack Obama, said the girl's death was caused by "dehumanizing rhetoric", presumably from President Trump and Republicans. Read More »

Money Rains Down On NJ Highway After Armored Truck Has Door Problem

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A man in what appears to be a Brinks uniform is seen scrambling to pick up bills, looking sheepishly at traffic passing in the opposite lanes. He went on to explain that the money legally belonged to Brinks, and that at the time of the incident, the truck was "parked on the shoulder and two armed guards, Brinks employees, were trying to gather the money". Read More »

Democrat Pelosi agrees to term limits, smoothing road to be House speaker

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Rep. Seth Moulton will back House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California for the speaker of the House of Representatives when the 116th Congress convenes on January 3. The pact followed weeks of harsh public battles among Democrats and an all-out lobbying campaign by Pelosi and her allies. "I think the change has started", Perlmutter told reporters. Read More »

Korean border troops verify removal of each other’s posts

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According to related reports, the presidential office came to the conclusion based on the time required to prepare for the visit and North Korea's calendar of political events. To achieve this, both countries sent on Wednesday for the first time since the division of the Korean Peninsula in 1945, each of a plurality of inspection teams with soldiers on the other side of the heavily fortified border. Read More »

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court overturns sacking of parliament

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The judgement said the Executive can not dissolve Parliament before four-and-a-half years have passed since its election and his decision to call snap elections was illegal. The result is expected to increase pressure on President Maithripala Sirisena to reappoint Wickremesinghe as prime minister. The vote was moved by UNP deputy leader, Sajith Premadasa and was seconded by MP Mangala Samaraweera. Read More »

USA lashes out at 'corrupt' China, Russia in Africa

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In an address at the Heritage Foundation on Africa policy, Bolton said the Defense Department backs the move, although his assertion appears to contradict what current AFRICOM commander, Marine Gen. On the military front, China opened its first overseas military base a year ago in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, the site of the only permanent USA military base on the continent. Read More »

Police respond to threat at Columbine high school

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In 1999, two students shot dead 13 people at Columbine High School in what was the deadliest school shooting in USA history. Parents were told not to come to the schools as their children will not be let out. Officials with the Jeffco Sheriff's Twitter page say parents should not come to pick up students as they will not be released until 2:45 p.m. MST. The schools that are on the lockout status are in the "Columbine, Chatfield, & Dakota Ridge areas" according to a tweet from Jeffco ... Read More »

Accused Russian spy Maria Butina pleads guilty to conspiracy

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Butina , 30, was accused of working to infiltrate Republican political circles through groups such as the National Rifle Association to bolster Russian interests. Erickson issued a statement on Tuesday through his lawyer Bill Hurd to deny that he has ever done anything to hurt America. One of the two Americans cited in the prosecution's criminal complaint was Paul Erickson , a conservative US political activist who was dating Butina. Read More »