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Trump spends Christmas Eve calling troops, golfing and tweeting

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Really appreciate it, have a great Christmas and we're going to do some very personal questions between these great peple and myself'. "You've done such an incredible job in Texas and Florida and Puerto Rico", Trump said. The calls came by way of a Santa tracking program run for more than 60 years by the North American Aerospace Defense Command. His efforts also became a punch line on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" recently, as Alec Baldwin portrayed a festive Trump wishing people a ... Read More »

Will Central Pa. have a white Christmas?

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That means if you get into an accident and everyone is okay, information should be exchanged and the crash should be reported 48 hours after the alert is lifted. "High 20's would be more common". Finally, we can expect daytime and overnight temps to fall considerably Christmas day through mid-week. "When there is snow, he seems to get a little insane", said pet owner Jason, who didn't want to give his last name, as his dog, Beaux, a rambunctious springer spaniel, tasted some of the snow. Read More »

USA to send anti-tank missiles to Ukraine

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The U.S. and Ukraine want peacekeepers deployed throughout the separatist-controlled regions stretching to the Ukraine-Russia border. "Our strategic partners - the United States - have definitively made up their mind: as a sovereign state, Ukraine has a legitimate right to buy and receive defensive weapons including lethal weapons", he said . Read More »

United Nations slaps new sanctions on N Korea

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The UN adopted the tough new restrictions, which would force all North Koreans working overseas to return within 24 months, after North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch. In November, North Korea demanded a halt to what it called "brutal sanctions", saying a previous round imposed after its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 constituted genocide. Read More »

Pay double for AC local travel

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Watch | First ever AC local train comes to MumbaiBuilt by Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, the 12 rake blue and silver coloured train is worth Rs. The maximum cost of a monthly AC train pass will be Rs 2,205 from Virar to Churchgate. People have been given option of buying daily tickets - for instance a journey between Churchgate to Borivali will cost Rs 165 which is Rs 15 more than the daily ticket price of regular first class.It will cost more to travel shorter distances. Read More »

Five killed as bus plunges into Moscow pedestrian underpass

The state-run RIA Novosti news agency cites emergency sources as saying that five people have died in the incident and 15 people have been injured. The circumstances of the crash are now being investigated, while police are on the scene. Either the vehicle's brakes failed or a auto cut ahead of the bus, causing it to veer off its intended path. Sobyanin has vowed to conduct a "thorough" probe into the deadly accident. Read More »

UN budget cuts a 'step in right direction', says US

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However, it may be that the United States' intimidating approach seemed to backfire on them- many friendly countries, which abstained during the 2015 vote to place the Palestinian flag, voted against the USA on this issue, in order to not seen as caving to threat; including the United Kingdom, and Germany, which broke tradition of always abstaining on Israel matters. Read More »

Zuma appeals scathing state capture judgment

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President Jacob Zuma's appeal against the North Gauteng High Court judgment ordering him to establish an independent judicial commission to investigate state capture should be viewed as a serious cause for concern‚ says the SACP. Zuma filed an application for leave to appeal after the high court ordered him to set up the commission as per the Public Protector's report. Zuma believed that Madonsela could not dictate to him who should appoint the judge but that it was his constitutional ... Read More »

Firefighter's home damaged in Christmas Eve fire

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He said neighbors were bringing blankets for the residents to wrap themselves in and offering their houses as shelter on the cold, snowy morning. A natural Christmas tree that hadn't been watered in a couple of days caught fire, causing extensive damage to a Columbus man's home, firefighters said. Read More »

North Korea calls new round of United Nations sanctions "an act of war"

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Instead, the USA should "learn to co-exist" with a nuclear-armed North Korea and "wake up from its pipe dream of our country giving up nuclear weapons". The resolution adopted by the Security Council includes sharply lower limits on North Korea's refined oil imports, the return home of all North Koreans working overseas within 24 months , and a crackdown on ships smuggling banned items including coal and oil to and from the country. Read More »

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly blast near Afghan intelligence agency

Afghanistan officials have confirmed that a suicide bomber has killed five people and injured two others in Kabul . The attacker struck at a time when workers were arriving at their offices. Islamic State's local affiliate, which first appeared in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan in early 2015, has become increasingly active and has claimed several recent suicide attacks in Kabul . Read More »

CNN Is Unsurprisingly Pulling the Plug on Its Snapchat Show

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CNN is ending its daily Snapchat news show, " The Update ", launched just four months ago - after concluding it couldn't make money on the initiative from advertising. CNN was hoping to leverage that audience to build out its viewership. CNN has pulled the plug on its Snapchat daily news story according to sources familiar with CNN decision. Read More »

Trump busy on Christmas Eve, calling troops, talking of Santa

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The group is called America First Policies and it includes Trump's digital and data director Brad Parscale, newly-indicted former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates and Vice President Mike Pence's former campaign advisers. "Very very merry Christmas", Trump said. President Trump's Christmas Eve message. . "Well, guess what? We're saying "Merry Christmas" again", he announced in October at a Values Voter Summit of conservatives. Read More »

150 skiers rescued by helicopter in Swiss Alps

Another set of social media videos shows a rescue worker as they approached the stranded skiers, taken by Harriet Morgan, 17, who was stuck inside a gondola. They then released the skiers inside and lowered them down to safety. No injuries were reported and those trapped were confined to the gondolas for around two hours. Read More »

Emirates stops flying to Tunisia from today

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Earlier on Friday, the Tunisian ministry of transport condemned the move as "illegal" and "contradictory to the regulations in force in global civil aviation". A Tunisian foreign ministry spokesman told The New Arab on Friday that sudden ban would be dealt with "to maintain the dignity of Tunisians". The envoy reportedly said the decision was only in effect for a short amount of time and that the restrictions had already been lifted. Read More »

Palestinians killed in clashes over Jerusalem status

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Guatemala, Honduras, Palau, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Togo, the U.S. and Israel voted in favor of the USA decision. Morales said in his official Facebook account that he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the return of the Guatemala embassy to Jerusalem and that he instructed the chancellor to initiate the process to do so. Read More »

Rain moves out, cold moves in for holiday week

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Into next weekend, a lot of data has been pointing to some even colder air behind all of the cold air we see this week. Christmas Eve Day will be mostly cloudy with a bit of rain possible, mainly south and southeast of the Triangle. By Tuesday morning, we are seeing subzero wind chills! As for our Christmas day , it should be nice and cool! The rest of the work week remains fairly active and very cold. Read More »

Visiting Afghanistan, Pence says USA will 'see this through'

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In an apparent warning to Pakistan during his surprise visit to Afghanistan, Pence said; "Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our efforts in Afghanistan". In the speech to USA troops, Mr. Pence plugged a recent pay increase for service members and noted that "yesterday we cut your taxes". The vice president said Trump's new strategy was "already bearing fruit" across the country, citing dramatic increases in American air strikes and a partnership with the Afghan military that has ... Read More »

Three FC troops martyred in landmine blast near Pak-Afghan border

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Pakistan ambassador to the US Aizaz Chaudhry has stated that stability in Afghanistan was not Pakistan's responsibility, though it benefits the country. He said there have been plenty of discussions regarding measures which needed to be taken on Pak-Afghan border management. He said the USA and Pakistan should work together to achieve the objective. Read More »

'No doubt' gunman was targeting police officers

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Ed Marsico, Dauphin County district attorney, said police were deliberately targeted, and that El-Mofty was slain as he fired at officers while carrying two rifles and a shotgun, PennLive.com reported. The officers fired back, striking and killing the suspect. Later, he used two handguns to open fire at several officers who then returned fire and killed him, according to a statement from the Dauphin County district attorney's office. Read More »

Up to 20 cm of snow expected across GTA on Christmas Eve

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Blowing snow will cause poor visibility within those snow bands. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel hard over some locations. Roads and sidewalks will be slippery and there could be enough snow for sledding. A Pacific frontal system will bring heavy snow to the region, with 10 to 15 cm of snow expected through Sunday. Although temperatures on parts of the Prairies are expected to moderate somewhat during the day on Sunday, bouts of extreme cold will continue through next week, ... Read More »

China's first domestic large amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight — China Focus

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The 121-feet long AG600 aircraft plane, codenamed "Kunlong", took off from the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai and flew for nearly an hour on its maiden voyage. With a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes and a top cruising speed of 500 kilometers per hour, the AG600 has a range of 12 hours. Its name "Kunlong" stands for a high expectation in Chinese culture with the "kun" meaning an enormous legendary fish and "long", a dragon. Read More »

North Korea says United Nations missile test sanctions are an 'act of war'

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The official news agency KCNA said the sanctions equal to a complete economic barricade, according to a Korean foreign ministry statement. In a statement carried by KCNA, North Korea's foreign ministry accused the USA of being terrified by its nuclear force, insisting that Washington was becoming "more and more frenzied in the moves to impose the harshest-ever sanctions and pressure on our country". Read More »

Lorde Is No Longer Performing Her Concert in Israel

It was the first time right-wing protesters in Jerusalem, some supporters of Netanyahu's Likud Party, joined anti-corruption rallies that have so far been attended mostly by leftist and centrist critics of the right-wing prime minister. Netanyahu said last week. The poll added that 59 percent of people viewed the investigation as legitimate, while 27 percent called it a "witch hunt" against the prime minister. Read More »

Clemson ranked among Best College Values in 2018

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Kiplinger also ranks the 100 best values in each category. "The no-loan program is our way of telling talented students of all financial backgrounds that we want them here", Quillen said, "and will do what we can to make it possible for them to attend". Read More »

Small plane crash in Bartow, fatalities reported

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The sheriff's office said a twin-engine plane crashed at the end of the runway near Ben Durrance Road, located just off of USA 17 near Spirit Lake Road. Polk County fire dispatch confirms four people were killed, but Judd would not validate that figure. The plane took off around 7:15 a.m. heading east, into heavy fog, and crashed shortly after takeoff. Read More »

Police investigate suspicious package addressed to US Secretary of Treasury

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No evacuations were ordered, but the street was closed while authorities examined the large box. It was determined the package contained a " pretty good quantity " of horse manure, police officials told various media outlets . In November, Mnuchin and his wife, Scottish actress Louise Linton, drew criticism after posing with the first banknote bearing the treasury secretary's signature. Read More »

Parents killed by daughter's boyfriend

Police said after shooting the two, the boy shot himself. In a detailed report on the crime, the Washington Post reported the Fricker's convinced their daughter to end the months-long relationship with the boy after they discovered racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, and neo-Nazi messages they believed he wrote on social media. Read More »

More Snow Is Expected Across Metro Vancouver This Weekend

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Drivers should "expect poor winter travel conditions" due to the weather, Environment Canada says. Environment Canada says Islanders should prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning drivers that Christmas travel may be hard due to another snowfall coming to Halton. Read More »