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Trump's busy Christmas Eve: calls to troops, talk of Santa

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Trump briefly addressed members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard stationed in Qatar, Kuwait and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and patrolling the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East. Later Sunday, the president and first lady Melania Trump fielded calls from children eager to know how soon Santa Claus would get to their homes. Military families, Trump said, are "always underappreciated" and "the greatest people on earth". Lire la suite »

Blast in Afghan Capital Kabul Close To Intelligence Agency

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The blast comes a week after Islamic State claimed an attack on a training facility of the same agency, the National Directorate for Security, in Kabul that ended when the attackers were killed before causing significant casualties. Sirens could be heard after the blast in the area where several foreign embassies, the NATO-led coalition forces' headquarters, and scores of apartment buildings are located. Lire la suite »

Muslim countries on high security alert ahead of Christmas

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Muslim volunteers in Indonesia are also on standby to provide additional security if requested. They are also trained to identify worshippers entering the churches. A Christian Kaleem Masih lost his aunt in the Easter attack past year, and his wife got wounded too in Quetta chuch terror attack. "Christmas is our holy day", Kaleem said. Lire la suite »

Le Guatemala va lui aussi déplacer son ambassade à Jérusalem

Premier chef d'Etat à emboîter le pas à Washington, le président Morales a rendu compte sur les réseaux sociaux d'un entretien téléphonique qu'il a eu auparavant avec le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu. Jeudi, 128 pays représentés aux Nations unies ont dénoncé la décision de Donald Trump et lui ont demandé de l'annuler. Le Guatemala en faisait partie, aux côtés d'Israël et des Etats-Unis, mais aussi du Togo, de la République des Îles Marshall, la Micronésie, Nauru et les Palaos. Lire la suite »

Alberto Fujimori hospitalisé — Pérou

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Samedi, il avait été transféré de la prison vers une clinique de Lima en raison d'une baisse de tension artérielle et une arythmie, selon son médecin. Lors de son transfert, Alberto Fujimori était accompagné de son fils cadet, le député Kenki Fujimori, qui s'était abstenu lors du vote de jeudi au Parlement. Lire la suite »

China Conducts Successful Flight of World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft

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China's first home-grown large amphibious aircraft AG600 takes off at the Jinwan Civil Aviation Airport in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, Dec. The reports also say that the AG600 can be used for marine environment surveys. The flight lasted about an hour. China in recent years made major strides in aviation technology. Lire la suite »

Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem, president says

Trump didn't set any timetable for moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and neither did Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales. At a news conference jointly held with Maltese Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela following a meeting in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, he said , "The recent voting of the UN General Assembly.was a victory (for) Palestine and big failure (for) the USA and its clear biased policy (toward) Israel". Lire la suite »

A snow blanket for Christmas

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Factoring in the breeze, it could feel as much as 10° to 15° colder than the actual air temperatures. Winds will die down somewhat Monday night as the low pressure system moves further away to the northeast. Sunday: Sunny, blowing snow and bitter cold wind chills in the morning, and an afternoon high of 18. Cold weather will be the biggest concern as a portion of northeast Kansas will get below zero for a wind chill nearly every night with Wednesday morning possibly getting down to as cold ... Lire la suite »

Judge: American accused of ties to IS must have lawyer

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A USA citizen being held without charges in Iraq must be allowed to meet with a lawyer to see if he wants to challenge his detention, a federal judge has ordered. The man hasn't been charged with a crime, but the US government has continued to detain him while officials try to decide how to handle his case. In a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, ACLU director Anthony Romero had warned the man - apparently being held in Iraq - should not be deemed an ... Lire la suite »

PM hails state BJP for rising vote share in Bengal bypoll

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While in the four-pronged contest for the 28th Likabali assembly seat BJP's Kardo Nyigyor voted 3461 against his nearest rival of PPA, Gumke Riba, who got 3156 votes. On the bypoll results of Sabang, West Bengal, Modi said the BJP will leave no stone unturned in serving West Bengal. But the respective winners in Pakke-Kessang and Sikandra constituencies are BJP's B R Waghe and Ajit Pal Singh. Lire la suite »

Former champion Victoria Azarenka pulls out of ASB Classic

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Azarenka, who has been given a wild card into the year's opening Grand Slam , is involved in a legal battle with her former partner over the custody of their son Leo and will now have her start to the new season delayed. "So that's a tough one for her, she's been training hard and is a professional tennis player, that wants to be playing tennis and it's hard on us, because we were excited about having someone of her calibre playing". Lire la suite »

Governor Jerry Brown announces series of pardons a day before Christmas

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Gov. Jerry Brown granted 132 pardons and commuted 19 sentences on Saturday, continuing his tradition of Christmastime clemency. The two men, named Mony Neth and Rottanak Kong, are of Cambodian descent and came to the United States as children after their parents fled the murderous communist Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Lire la suite »

Tunisia suspends UAE flights after security measures: ministry

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Many Tunisian social media users slammed the move, accusing the UAE of discrimination against women. An Emirates Airlines spokesperson confirmed to AFP: "Emirates will stop services between Tunis and Dubai, as instructed by the Tunisian authorities, with effect from December 25, 2017". Lire la suite »

Le Guatemala déménagera son ambassade à Jérusalem

Liviu Dragnea, qui est le chef de la chambre basse du parlement roumain, est déjà venu en Israël au moins deux fois cette année. "Nous devrions y réfléchir très sérieusement", a-t-il déclaré aux journalistes, selon The Romania Journal . Les Roumains se retrouvent donc assez seul vu que leur abstention jeudi ne leur a pas valu beaucoup d'amis au sein de l'UE. Le Président de la République du Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, a annoncé dimanche son intention de suivre l'exemple de Washington et de ... Lire la suite »

Passenger claims United gave away first-class seat to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

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Simon claims to have purchased the tickets December 3 using frequent flyer miles for her flight on December 20, according to The Houston Chronicle. While boarding, Simon snapped a picture of the congresswoman sitting in the seat she initially purchased. She recalled overseeing Simon speak with an African-American flight attendant about the seat snafu - and suggested her ire was because a black woman had taken her seat. Lire la suite »

Pence says 'real progress' in war in Afghanistan

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Within the first two months as President, former President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Baghdad, and visited Afghanistan a total of four times during his two-term presidency. Pence said he was hopeful that eventually the Taliban "will tire of losing" and will be willing to negotiate a peace deal. US troops are involved in training Afghan security forces and carrying out counter-terrorism operations, hoping to reverse gains by the Taliban and prod it to negotiate for peace. Lire la suite »

Germany's Merkel, France's Macron urge immediate end to clashes in eastern Ukraine

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The statement comes a day after US officials said they would begin sending lethal weapons, including anti-tank missiles, to equip Ukrainian troops. The French and German leaders also called for "immediate and verifiable steps to stabilize the ceasefire", and said it was necessary to implement an agreement to withdraw heavy weapons behind the agreed lines and transfer tanks, artillery and grenade launchers to the agreed deposits. Lire la suite »

Nintendo Switch To Surpass Initial Sales of PS2 In Japan

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Coming from sales numbers via Famitsu, the Switch (as of December 17) has sold about 2,988,399 units in Japan since the launch of the console earlier this year in March. Of course, this does not guarantee that Switch will surpass the worldwide sales of PlayStation 2. Globally, the console sold almost 160 Million Units across its lifespan, certainly not a record to scoff at. Lire la suite »

Skiers in French Alps lift ordeal at Chamrousse

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Rescuers reached the top of each gondola and released the skiers, who were lowered to the ground. The cars are almost 100 feet off the ground. Two civil security helicopters dropped rescue personnel over every gondola vehicle to open the roof hatches, release the skiers inside and lower them down to safety. Lire la suite »

The pope has denounced the expulsion of migrants

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Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in Rome. "So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary", said the Argentine pontiff, himself the grandson of Italian migrants. The 266th pope, Francis has made concern for economic migrants, war refugees and others on society's margins a central plank of his papacy. Italy's anti-immigrant Northern League, whose leader Matteo Salvini often gives fiery speeches against migrants, is expected to make gains in national elections next ... Lire la suite »

Jérusalem : les Etats-Unis désavoués par l'ONU

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Le vote résulte d'une proposition commune du Yémen et de la Turquie, que les deux pays ont faite au titre de la présidence du Groupe des pays arabes à l'ONU pour le premier, et du sommet de l'Organisation de la Coopération islamique (OCI) pour le second. Lire la suite »

10K killed in China's 1989 Tiananmen crackdown: Archive

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During their advance, armoured personnel carriers "opened fire on the crowd (both civilians and soldiers) before running over them in their APCs", wrote the ambassador. Sir Alan wrote: "27 Army officer shot dead by own troops, apparently because he faltered". "Minimum estimate of civilian dead 10,000", the secret telegram to London, seen by AFP news agency at the National Archives in Kew in Richmond, Surrey, says. Lire la suite »

Shin Bet foiled 400 major terrorist attacks in 2017, director says

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About 1,100 lone wolf attacks were also prevented in 2017. Since October 2015 Palestinian youth have stabbed, run over and shot Israeli soldiers and civilians, including some tourists, in a wave of violence in the West Bank and Israel. The number of attacks anti-Israeli attacks fell in 2017, but US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has provoked greater instability, a security chief said Sunday. Lire la suite »

London van driver's antisemitic rant at Jewish motorist

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In the brief clip, the Jewish man can be heard saying: 'One more time, say it again'. The van driver continues by saying "he knew what he was doing", in reference to Hitler, to the Jewish motorist. "The words used in this anti-Semitic rant is absolutely abhorrent and disgusting", he said. The incident was allegedly sparked by a row over parking on Friday in Stamford Hill. Lire la suite »

Russian presidential election: Rallies held for Alexei Navalny

He is widely regarded as the only candidate with a chance of challenging the president, who is seeking a fourth term that would see him become the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin. "Just try to not let us run in the elections", Navalny told his supporters. Mr Putin, who refuses to mention Mr Navalny by name, still retains a massive approval rating and is nearly certain to ease to victory in the election. Lire la suite »