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Congress Backs Down From Terrible Surveillance Bill; Running Out Of Time

Congress has just days to extend, reform, or repeal Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a highly controversial surveillance law that allows the USA government to track and collect the communications of foreigners overseas without a warrant, even if Americans' communications are incidentally picked up along the way. Read More »

U.S. condemns missile attack on Riyadh allegedly by Iran-backed Houthis


Riyadh is especially sensitive to the civil war in its backyard Yemen, a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced over two million. Saudi Arabia and Iran are locked in struggle for influence in the Middle East. The United Nations has expressed concerns over intensified airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition. Read More »

Congress must admit Gujarat rout, stop claiming victory in defeat: BJP


Several names, including Mr. Vala's, are doing the rounds for the Chief Minister's post in Gujarat, wherein the BJP has romped home for a record sixth time with 99 seats. "They have certainly lost a lot of ground, but Congress should have actually won this election, given the anger in the state against the BJP", political commentator Manisha Priyam said. Read More »

Anger in Rome over city's lacklustre Christmas tree


On Monday, Rome council officials confirmed that the tree was technically dead on arrival, having been severed from its roots in the Dolomite mountain range in north-east Italy and transported to the capital, but that no-one predicted its rapid decline. Read More »

United Nations resolution on Jerusalem: India keeps cards close to chest


Let them vote against us. The US Ambassador Nikki Haley , in a letter to dozens of United Nations states on Tuesday seen by Reuters, warned that Trump had asked her to "report back on those countries who voted against us". Associate professor Talha Köse from İbni Haldun University stressed the U.S's role in the Palestinian issue and said the U.S has to pressure Israel for a resolution, not Palestinians. Read More »

Nationwide Secret Santa draws thousands in New Zealand


In actual fact, Ms. Ardern is going to get two gifts in time for Christmas , since the first one got delayed along the way and Arden's Secret Santa hastily chose to send another one. The gifts included a Christmas card with a "lovely" handwritten note inside, body cream and a children's book for her two young girls. Participants would drop hints of their interests and hobbies via tweets or more directly, write lists of gifts they would like to receive. Read More »

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share official engagement photos


The ring was designed by Prince Harry , and features a diamond from Botswana - where the couple holidayed in the summer - and two stones from his mother Princess Diana's personal collection . "Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments following the release of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle's engagement photographs", read a statement posted on Kensington Palace's Instagram. Read More »

India silent ahead of crucial vote on Jerusalem in UN General Assembly


Embassy in Israel to the city of Jerusalem and officially recognizing the city as the country's capital. "The meeting between Ambassadors of the Arab states and Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. 'The General Assembly will say, without the fear of the veto, that the worldwide community is refusing to accept the unilateral position of the United States, ' Mansour told reporters. Read More »

Briton detained in Iran could be released soon


But in an apparent breakthrough, her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, revealed a computer database at the Iranian judiciary marked her status as "eligible for release". Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq said the news had given the family a "glimmer of light". However, hardline clerics could still delay the release of Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Read More »

Dry Today, But More Rain Tomorrow and Saturday

Increasing and thickening clouds. As a sharp zone of temperature contrast sets up over eastern North America on the leading edge of this cold air, we'll have to keep a close eye on the potential for a new disturbance to develop and track along this boundary. Read More »

Team owner Richard Childress fires gunshots at intruders


Neither Childress nor Richard Childress Racing have issued any public statement on the incident. The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the Reedy Creek community in Davidson County. Sheriff Grice said it does not appear that any of the suspects were injured before getting away. Grice said items of evidence have been collected for investigation. Read More »

Jewish Board of Deputies Condemns ANC Resolution to Downgrade SA's Israel Embassy

In July, the ANC's national policy conference had chose to adopt a resolution made by the ANC in the Western Cape to downgrade South Africa's embassy in Israel, because of the expansion of Israeli settlements into Palestinian territories. "We question the motives behind this discriminatory decision that would effectively prevent South Africa from playing any mediatory role in bringing about peace or dialogue between Israel and Palestine", the organizations said in a statement . Read More »

In Landmark Ruling, EU's Top Court Says Uber Is A Transport Service


Chan Man-keung, chairman of the Association of Taxi Industry Development in Hong Kong, said the European Union ruling confirmed their stance that if Uber wanted to operate locally, it had to abide by taxi regulations. "This is the approach we'll take to ensure everyone can get a reliable ride at the tap of a button", he added. The court said that Uber provided "more than an intermediation service". Read More »

North Korea "Building a Cache of Bitcoin", Warns Cybersecurity CEO


Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Monday that North Korea will be held accountable for May's WannaCry ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. North Korean government representatives could not be immediately reached for comment. It was made possible by a vulnerability in out-of-date versions of Microsoft Windows. Read More »

IAF Orders 83 Tejas MK 1A Fighters From HAL


HAL confirmed the same and said that the RFP had been made. The move comes at a time when the air force is operating just 31 squadrons against a sanctioned strength of 42. "There is no doubt about that the Tejas is a four-and-half generation world class fighter jet". With the Navy already holding that the naval variant of the Tejas does not meet its requirements for aircraft carrier-borne fighters, the IAF too has expressed its reluctance to go in for Tejas Mark-II jets. Read More »

European Union ruling unlikely to affect Uber's operations in Singapore


While the ruling is valid EU-wide, it remains limited to Uber's services and won't directly affect other disputes Uber is facing over how its drivers are treated. The company has 21 days to decide whether to appeal against the decision and can continue to operate in York until its licence expires or the appeal is heard. Read More »

Didi Chuxing Completes $4 Bln Equity Funding Round


The fresh funds will be used for artificial intelligence, global expansion and building charging networks for electric cars, Didi said in a statement . "This is the path that most Chinese companies follow", added Wang. Didi is seeking to grab global market share from Uber by working with local firms through investment or partnership, including Southeast Asia's Grab, India's Ola, US-based Lyft, and Europe's Taxify. Read More »

PDP Loses Another Reps Member To APC


Obasanjo, a PDP President, started the fight against corruption. We are not in a military era. "The PDP can not afford to allow this threat of division to fester", Mr. Secondus further argued that PDP and not APC is the party truly committed to fighting corruption in the country, nothing that former President Olusegun Obasanjo established the very institutions "currently waging a war against graft in the country". Read More »

Magnitude 5.2 natural disaster felt in Iran capital


While Iranian state TV put its magnitude at 5.2, the U.S. Geological Survey later said it was a 5.0 quake. There have been no reports of notable property damage due to the quake. Some set up tents to spend the night outside, and lit fires. The quake was felt in several cities in Iran's north, including Tehran. People in Tehran and suburban towns are on the streets in panic. Read More »

Bihar: Five labourers killed, several injured in boiler blast in sugar factory


The reason behind the boiler blast is yet to be ascertained, even though police have arrested the owner of the sugar mill. Among those injured in the blast were rushed to a nearby hospital with over 90 percent burns. Among the deceased are Arjun Kushwaha, Kripa Yadav and Md. Harool, Parasnath, Bikram Yadav, Ravindra Yadav, Md. "We have referred three of them to Patna ", said Shashi Kant Mishra. Read More »

Philippine Ferry Sinks in Rough Seas, Killing at Least 4


He said the passengers were instructed to don life jackets. Over 200 passengers and crew were plucked to safety after the Mercraft 3 keeled over in heavy seas en route to a remote island, officials said. In 2008, at least 800 people were killed when the Princess of the Stars capsized during a storm. More than 160 were rescued by coastguard ships and fishermen. Read More »

Trump commutes Iowa man's 27-year sentence for bank fraud


Rubashkin's case and compensation settlement were depended on assertion of corroboration from members of Congress and a wide representation of the legal populace. The commutation granted to Sholom Rubashkin, 57, marked only the second time that Trump has invoked his clemency authority as president, following the blanket pardon he granted earlier this year to Joe Arpaio , the former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. Read More »

Korea fires warning shots at N. Korea after soldier defection


The North Korean soldier who was shot several times during a daring dash across the border on November 13 has since been identified as 24-year-old Oh Chong Songbeen. The pair "expressed their willingness to defect", a ministry official said. "Our military secured his safety, and a questioning will be conducted by related agencies to find out the background of his defection and motive, etc", he said. Read More »

RB Leipzig defender Marvin Compper agrees to join Celtic


He has plenty of experience, having also played for Hoffenheim and a short spell with Fiorentina in Serie A, and will join up with his new team-mates in Glasgow in January. After this criticism of the player, Rae offered up some thought on the good aspects of his game. But the experienced stopper- who WON'T be eligible to play against Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League - is after more Euro action next season. Read More »

Rosie O'Donnell Offers Senators Cash To Reject Tax Bill


She urged them to DM her to finalize the deal. " I disagree. It is obvious there is a price ", she replied . "Corker had one, Collins too". She continued, "2 million to any GOP senator who votes no on KILLING AMERICANS". Continuing, she wrote, "if they vote NO NO I WILL NOT KILL AMERICANS FOR THE SUOER (sic) RICH DM me susan DM me jeff no shit 2 million cash each". So did every other Republican, with the exception of Sen. Read More »

Damian Green has resigned as first secretary of state amid pornography allegations


A review by the cabinet secretary found that Green's statements which suggested he was not aware that indecent material was found in 2008 on parliamentary computers in his office, were "inaccurate and misleading". The government, so the joke in Westminster goes, has become "weak and stable", with number 10 taking back some control of the agenda in recent weeks. Read More »

China warns of 'pressure and challenges' after Trump report


Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important. Today, a day after the release, Russian Federation and China responded to the USA government's approach to national security. Read More »

Michael Ray Arrested for DUI


Police said they were called to a crash at the McDonald's on Bay Street just after 3:30 a.m. According to the arrest report, the officer said Roach, who performs under the name Michael Ray , had bloodshot eyes, slurred his speech, stumbled while walking and smelled of alcohol. Read More »

GOP's Karin Housley Announces Bid for Franken's Seat


Moore, who denied the allegations, eventually lost the race to Democratic senator-elect Doug Jones. A Franken spokesman confirmed that the Minnesota Democrat will depart in the new year, with Lt. Even without a firm resignation date from Franken, Gov. Mark Dayton a week ago appointed Smith to fill Franken's seat. Moore was defeated last week in a special election. Read More »

Canadian dead, 3 injured in Mexico bus crash that killed 12 people

Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises says it will not be providing additional information about its passengers involved in Tuesday's bus crash in Mexico . Adding to the statement, the officials said that the 12 dead passengers are going to be transferred to the state's forensic department for identification. Read More »

38 percent of voters will 'definitely' not back Trump in 2020


Gallup found that Trump now has a 35 percent approval rating while former President Barack Obama polled at 50 percent during his first December as commander-in-chief. On Oct. 20, a Granite State Poll surveyed likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire - an early primary state that is considered crucial for helping secure a nomination - and found that Independent Sen. Read More »