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Rajoy refuses talks with Puigdemont

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Rajoy, who has not commented so far, may speak in the afternoon after a meeting of his party, which saw its number of seats in the Catalan parliament slashed from 11 to just three. He is an unwavering opponent of the separatist movement and it was his decision to impose direct rule from Madrid after October's illegal referendum. Read More »

Timeline of the Fodder Scam

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In New Delhi , RJD leader Manoj Jha said that the "caged parrot" (referring to the CBI ) has been "unleashed on political rivals" who do not bow before the BJP . Patna High Court asks CBI to investigate fodder scam. Of the 34 people initially accused in the case, 11 died during the course of trial, while one turned approver and admitted to the crime. Read More »

London Zoo fire: 70 firefighters tackle huge blaze at Adventure Cafe

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The fire brigade had earlier said that about three-quarters of the Adventure Cafe and a gift shop were alight. The zoo, which is located in the north east corner of London's Regent's Park, is spread across a 36-acre area. It said it did not yet know whether any animals had been harmed. "Firefighters worked hard to bring the fire under control as quickly as possible and to stop it from spreading to neighbouring animal enclosures". Read More »

China, Pakistan, Afghanistan Foreign Ministers to meet

He then flew by helicopter to Kabul, where he met President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah at the presidential palace. Reporters traveling with the vice president were asked not to reveal his whereabouts until after the delegation arrived back at the air base from Kabul and Pence had addressed USA troops. Read More »

Fantasy Cricket: Dream11 tips for New Zealand v West Indies 2nd ODI

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Windies struggled throughout their reply as they were bundled out for just 121 with Lockie Ferguson also chipping in with three wickets. Meanwhile, fast bowler Seth Rance has been named as replacement for Adam Milne, who injured his foot and is ruled out of the ODI series and the upcoming T20Is against West Indies . Read More »

Tony Perkins: Trump Keeping 'Merry Christmas' Vow

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If someone wishes you a happy holiday, without mentioning Christmas, they're still hoping that you have a pleasant, joyful season. Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University told CNN that Mr Trump "is no one's idea as an evangelical Christian, but he is very much using the same rhetoric as the war on Christmas.And it fits very much into his worldview that the people he's representing have been left behind by this liberal society". Read More »

After the Catalan elections

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Global stocks were flat on Friday as a drop in shares of U.S. footwear company Nike helped offset any gains, while Spanish bond yields rose and European stocks stumbled after separatists prevailed in a Catalan election. And he pointed out that a pro-union party, Ciudadanos (Citizens), known in Catalonia as Ciutadans, had outpolled every other party. The trouble for Rajoy is that his own Popular Party was hammered - losing eight of its 11 seats in the Parliament. Read More »

Sevilla sack coach after cancer surgery

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The Argentine coach, who took the reins in June on a two-year deal following the departure of his compatriot, Jorge Sampaoli, had only just returned to the team last week after recovering from surgery. Berizzo was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November. The former Argentine worldwide then missed four matches as he underwent surgery on a tumour with his assistant coach Ernesto Marcucci taking charge. Read More »

Apple Confirmed Slow Performance of iPhone Due To Battery Age

Apple's disclosure came after iPhone users on Reddit reported that replacing batteries on older phones appeared to improve their phones' speed. Plenty of technical experts have however suggested that Apple could have dealt with the battery problems differently, not by sneakily slowing down old phones. Read More »

27 killed, 3 missing as bus plunges into river in Sawai Madhopur

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Police are investigating what caused the driver to lose control of the bus. "The death toll may go up as some other passengers are still feared missing after they drowned in the river", the official added. The police have begun rescue operations. Two dozen persons are injured in the accident. The identities of the deceased have not been ascertained as of yet and the injured have been rushed to a nearby hospital. Read More »

Malaysian PM holds demonstrations in solidarity with Palestine

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Yes, President Donald Trump is my good friend. "Yes, I have visited the White House and yes, Trump is a good acquaintance but I will not pawn the sanctity of Islam", Najib said to loud cheers at the protest outside a mosque in the government capital of Putrajaya after Friday prayers. Read More »

Fodder Scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav's fate to be decided today

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Special CBI judge Shivapal Singh had scheduled December 23 for to make the verdict and asked all indicts to be present in the court on that day. Addressing to reporters, he asserted that he is not guilty and that he has "full faith in the judiciary". Read More »

Adorable Unicorns Sam Smith and Brandon Flynn Make Their Love Instagram Official

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The men seemingly confirmed their romance when they shared a public smooch on the streets of New York City in October, with the pair later seen grabbing dinner together at Catch NYC and walking around Greenwich Village. The 24-year-old actor also shared a festive picture of the 25-year-old singer sporting a pair of snowflake paper glasses, accompanied with the sparkling pink heart emoji on his Instagram story. Read More »

Memphis sells parks out from under two Confederate statues

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So the city did what the Legislature has forbidden. A crew at Health Sciences Park wrapped a strap attached to a crane around the statue of Forrest on Wednesday night, and a large truck was in place to haul it away. "Let the people decide", he said. With the removal of Forrest's statue, Memphis joins a number of other cities, including New Orleans, Baltimore, Austin, and Lexington, that have removed statues of Confederate leaders this year. Read More »

Durban Christmas church services

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Christmas Day Mass is scheduled at 8 and 10 a.m.at Immaculate Conception Church. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH A morning workshop service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Living Faith Lutheran Church, 1206 Montgomery Ave., Boyertown: The choir will sing at 9. - Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 S.W. 25th, 9 a.m. Read More »

People Are Suing Apple After It Admitted To Slowing Down Older iPhones

As a side-effect of the thread, and consequent reporting of it, the conspiracy theory suggesting that Apple intentionally slows down older iPhones to force purchasing a new device has risen again. The company has now aceepted that a few models do slow down but only due to diminishing battery performance over the periode of time. The company says as iPhone batteries age, or in certain conditions such as cold weather, the devices can struggle with demands for more power. Read More »

Rahul takes jibe at BJP on 2G

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In his visit, Gandhi is likely to meet elected MLAs, party candidates who mislaid and and all district- and state-level party office-bearers. The Leader of Opposition in the state Legislative Council was responding to a question about the NCP playing "spoiler" in the Gujarat elections. Read More »

United States to supply Ukraine with 'defensive capabilities'

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That move was basically seen as a way to not show overt support against Russian Federation by providing lethal weapons to Ukraine. The announcement comes after the State Department on December 21 said it had approved an export license for Ukraine to buy certain types of light weapons and small arms from USA manufacturers. Read More »

California wildfire now largest in state history

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One firefighter died last Thursday near the town of Fillmore in Ventura County. The local fire crews sent out west returned home safely on Thursday. Warnings of high fire risk were canceled for Santa Barbara County, although they remained in effect elsewhere in Southern California due to Santa Ana winds, low humidity levels and extremely dry vegetation. Read More »

OH to ban abortions for fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome

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Ohio Rep. Sarah LaTourette, a Republican who introduced the House bill last month, said it's not an abortion issue, but rather an issue of discrimination. "When a woman receives a diagnosis of Down Syndrome during her pregnancy, the last thing she needs is Gov. Kasich barging in to tell her what's best for her family", she stated. Read More »

Second court rejects Trump bid to stop transgender military recruits

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A separate challenge to the travel ban, brought by several immigrant rights groups and individuals, is pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Travel ban 3.0 places varying levels of restrictions on foreign nationals from eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea , Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and Yemen. Read More »

Cardinal Law's legacy: a stain of scandal on the church

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Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. The funeral Mass for the late Cardinal Bernard Law went ahead this afternoon at St Peter's Basilica in Rome and included a final blessing from Pope Francis , in spite of criticisms of Law's role in covering up for paedophile priests in the Boston archdiocese. Read More »

Vijai has no issue with giving drinking water to Karnataka

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He said that there was no issue of sharing water with Karnataka and the dispute was only limited to illegal constructions erected by Karnataka government over the river which is obstructing the natural flow of the river water. Contradicting Karnataka's claim that water was needed for drinking purposes, Lourenco said, "The only reason for Manohar Parrikar to take an anti-Goan decision on Mhadei's water is to win the 2019 elections by all deceptive means". Read More »

Trump 'May' Visit Border Wall Prototypes Outside San Diego

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Houston's wedding was the sixth such event at the border since 2013. Back in February, Houston was arrested for attempting to smuggle dozens of pounds of heroin, cocaine and meth, charges for which he pled guilty. "We were shocked to learn this past week of Brian Houston's very serious criminal situation". The event was is put together by Border Angels, a nonprofit group who was able to get authorities to assist in opening the gates. Read More »

Palestinian President spurns U.S. peace plans

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The threat was met with condemnation from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said Trump "cannot buy Turkey's democratic will". On December 6, the US President Donald Trump declared that the time had come to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Read More »

Thomas Fire still 60 percent contained after 'significant wind event'

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The fire area hasn't received more than a tenth-of-an-inch of rainfall since February, CAL Fire said, with no rain forecast for the "foreseeable future". "The wind test is coming tonight and it will be the true test to see that we have done our job correctly". The giant fire, which was sparked December 4 near Santa Paula, is now the second largest fire in recorded history in the state, and it likely will eclipse No. Read More »

Messy storm brings snow, ice over busy travel days

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And, after temperatures warm slightly Saturday and Sunday , when the sun is expected to re-appear briefly, more snow is expected throughout the state on Christmas Day. Over a foot of snow in northern Idaho's Boundary and Bonner counties triggered numerous power outages, extending into northwest Montana and northeast Washington state, according to the National Weather Service. Read More »

Skipton "grieving" after woman is killed in supermarket stabbing

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Police said on Thursday evening they had arrested a 44-year-old local man on suspicion of murder. Another customer said she had seen the Aldi employee earlier that day wearing a Christmas jumper on shift. The 30-year-old mother suffered multiple serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Airedale General Hospital for emergency treatment but medics were unable to save her. Read More »