• Winston Peters critical as Japan announces whaling will resume
Winston Peters critical as Japan announces whaling will resume

The resumption of commercial whaling is an unusual decision for Japan, which stresses multilateralism in its diplomacy, and it sparked swift criticism from environmental groups and others who believe all whales should be protected. In 2014, Japan cut back on whale hunting after the International Court of Justice ruled against its Antarctic whale ...

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  • Aviation crash claims Puebla governor, ex-governor
Aviation crash claims Puebla governor, ex-governor

National Action Party president Marko Cortes tweets that he deeply regrets Monday's accident in which they died. Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas became Senator in September and was governor from 2011 to 2017. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also expressed his condolences and pledged to investigate the causes of the crash in a Twitter me...

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  • US Supreme Court says Ginsburg up and working after surgery
US Supreme Court says Ginsburg up and working after surgery

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Binsburg spoke Friday at a welcoming ceremony for almost three dozen new US citizens at the National Archives in Washington , D.C. The growths were discovered during tests in November to diagnose and treat rib fractures Ginsburg sustained after a fall in her office, an incident that medics have said may have indir...

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  • Christmas celebrated across the nation with fervour and gaiety
Christmas celebrated across the nation with fervour and gaiety

In some areas where Croats live, Christmas preparation start already on the day of St. Catherine (25 of November) and it lasts for a month. "We extend our warmest wishes to Christians in Iraq and around the world for a very happy and peaceful Christmas ", it added.

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  • Judge orders North Korea to pay $709M over 'tortured' student's death
Judge orders North Korea to pay $709M over 'tortured' student's death

This story is still developing. "Christmas Eve briefing with my team working on North Korea - Progress being made". North Korea has denied that Warmbier was tortured and has said he contracted botulism in custody, though medical experts said there was no evidence of that.

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  • Photos of President Trump’s surprise Iraq visit
Photos of President Trump’s surprise Iraq visit

The president and first lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to troops in Iraq on Wednesday, leaving the White House late Christmas evening. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet troops at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, on December 26, 2018 .

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  • WATCH Turkey Amass Troops, Hardware on Syrian Border
WATCH Turkey Amass Troops, Hardware on Syrian Border

Washington's decision to pull out 2,000 of his ground forces from Syria has stunned most allies including France but was greeted with approval by Turkey, which will now have a freer rein to target Kurdish fighters from the USA -backed People's Protection Units (YPG).

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  • Girl who talked to Trump still believes in Santa
Girl who talked to Trump still believes in Santa

Negotiations between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration over the President's demands for a border wall have so far not yielded an agreement, and the shutdown will continue until at least Thursday, when the Senate returns to Washington .

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  • Syrian air defenses confront Israeli missiles above Damascus
Syrian air defenses confront Israeli missiles above Damascus

Loud explosions have been heard close to Syria's capital Damascus overnight, in what the Syrian military says were Israeli air strikes on a weapons depot. Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, said an aerial defense system intercepted an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria, according to a statement posted on the IDF official Twitter account...

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  • 8-year-old boy from Guatemala dies in government custody
8-year-old boy from Guatemala dies in government custody

The child was later transferred back to the hospital after showing signs of nausea and vomiting, dying just after midnight. The agency said that the cause of death had not been determined, and that the Department of Homeland Security's inspector-general and the Guatemalan government had been notified.

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  • The National Weather Service on whether it will be a white Christmas
The National Weather Service on whether it will be a white Christmas

A system is approaching from the Pacific that will bring below normal temperatures, valley rain, and mountain snow for Christmas Day . 'We are looking at day time highs of 2-5 degrees for many areas. Between 1928 and 2017, Utah's capital city has had an inch or more of snow on the ground on December 25 a total of 49 times (54 percent). Scott add...

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  • Sydney Olympic Park Opal Tower: Residents evacuated on Christmas Eve
Sydney Olympic Park Opal Tower: Residents evacuated on Christmas Eve

Exclusion zones are in place have been set up around the tower, with roads closed and trains diverted from the nearby railway station. Some residents said the doors to the building were jammed and police had to break them down with heavy equipment to help residents escape.

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  • British Special Forces Regain Control of Hijacked Ship Off UK Coast
British Special Forces Regain Control of Hijacked Ship Off UK Coast

Its operator, Grimaldi Lines, had earlier reported that four stowaways armed with iron bars demanded for the crew to navigate closer to the coast. The Nigerian Ports Authority in Lagos could not be reached immediately for comments on this report .

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  • Democrats, Trump Blame Each Other for Government Shutdown Chaos
Democrats, Trump Blame Each Other for Government Shutdown Chaos

Senate Democrats , who oppose funding for President Donald Trump's promised border wall, contend government could reopen immediately if Trump drops his demand to extend a physical barrier along the U.S. Meanwhile, more than 380,000 employees will be furloughed - including almost all of Nasa and Housing and Urban Development and 41,000 Commerce D...

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  • NORAD Santa Tracker Still Running Despite Government Shutdown
NORAD Santa Tracker Still Running Despite Government Shutdown

Whether through NORAD's Santa Tracker website, Facebook or Twitter , there are plenty of ways to keep an eye on Santa's whereabouts. This was my personal favorite holiday distraction, because it allowed you to send fun, Mad Libs-style phone calls from Santa to friends in the US and Canada.

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  • James Mattis signs order withdrawing United States troops from Syria
James Mattis signs order withdrawing United States troops from Syria

Ankara accuses the fighters of having links to Kurdish insurgents operating in Turkey . Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Sunday and "agreed to ensure coordination between their countries" military, diplomatic and other officials to avoid a power vacuum which could result following any abuse of the withdrawal and ...

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  • Early elections in Israel as Benjamin Netanyahu disbands government
Early elections in Israel as Benjamin Netanyahu disbands government

Under law, a fresh election has to be held by November 2019. He wants to turn around to the attorney general and say 'before you decide to prosecute me pay attention. "We have neutralized it and the operation is mostly over", he said. The Prime Minister has denied any wrongdoing in the cases and has given no indication he will step down if charge...

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  • Supreme Court denies WH request to immediately enforce asylum ban
Supreme Court denies WH request to immediately enforce asylum ban

Lower courts blocked the initiative, ruling that a federal law plainly allowed asylum applications from people who had entered the country unlawfully. On Friday, the Supreme Court refused the request. The administration argued that those who cross into the country illegally could still apply for asylum but that their illegal passage would be a ...

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  • More journalists killed in 2018
More journalists killed in 2018

Ahead of the United States and India on the list are Afghanistan with 15 journalists killed , Syria with 11, Mexico with nine and Yemen with eight. In its annual report, the free-press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders lists the United States among countries like Mexico, India, Syria, India, and Afghanistan for being one of the most risky...

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  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has surgery to remove cancerous growths
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has surgery to remove cancerous growths

It was her third cancer treatment. She is known for her slight physical stature, rigorous workout routines and pointed opinions. She had a small, early-stage pancreatic tumor removed in 2009. Ginsburg has been out and about in Washington in recent weeks and has spoken at several gatherings. She revealed that she had returned to her physical train...

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  • Parts of U.S. gov't shut down after politicians fail to reach deal
Parts of U.S. gov't shut down after politicians fail to reach deal

The Senate has adjourned without a deal on spending, an hour after the House ended its session, guaranteeing a partial government shutdown will begin at midnight in the usa on Friday. After failing to strike a budget deal on Friday, congressional leaders and the White House pledged to keep talking through the weekend in search of a deal to end ...

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  • Mourners hold vigil at Colorado mom's childhood church hours after fiancé's arrest
Mourners hold vigil at Colorado mom's childhood church hours after fiancé's arrest

Patrick Frazee , allegedly the last person to see 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth , was arrested at his home and cattle ranch in the central Colorado community of Florissant, Teller County sheriff's Cmdr. Berreth went missing nearly a month ago after last being seen shopping with her 1-year-old daughter on Thanksgiving Day. "It is a crime to solici...

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  • US seeks to expedite aid for North Korea amid stalled nuclear talks
US seeks to expedite aid for North Korea amid stalled nuclear talks

The US and North Korea are deadlocked in negotiations over how Pyongyang will denuclearize in return for the easing of sanctions. "The United States must now recognise the accurate meaning of the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula , and especially, must study geography", the statement said.

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  • Fallout from Defense Secretary Mattis announcing resignation
Fallout from Defense Secretary Mattis announcing resignation

Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat, said Mattis's letter was "jaw-dropping", "extraordinary", and that Trump is "plunging USA national security policy into crisis". " Time to focus on our Country & bring our youth back home where they belong!" The shrinking circle around Trump is now increasingly dominated by a small cadre of longtime Trump lo...

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  • United States and allies: New hacks mean China broke 2015 economic espionage pact
United States and allies: New hacks mean China broke 2015 economic espionage pact

More than 90 per cent of U.S. Justice Department economic espionage cases over the past seven years involve China , U.S. Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein said, and more than two-thirds of trade secrets cases are connected to the country.

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  • Government shutdown is imminent - Rabobank
Government shutdown is imminent - Rabobank

President Donald Trump listens during a signing ceremony for the "First Step Act" and "Juvenile Justice Reform Act", in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Dec. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) met with media Thursday night and declared there's no way the $5 billion in wall f...

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  • Colorado woman likely killed at home, fiance charged
Colorado woman likely killed at home, fiance charged

Frazee was transported to the Teller County Jail following his arrest , the law enforcement source said. Formal charges will be filed against Frazee in about 10 days, District Attorney Dan May of the 4th Judicial District said at a Friday news conference .

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  • Trump ex-security chief Flynn sold country out, says judge
Trump ex-security chief Flynn sold country out, says judge

The new status hearing was set for March 13. "It is so damn galling to hear the WH press secretary attacking the Federal Bureau of Investigation for doing its job and catching a criminal in the act rather than being mad at the criminal who lied not just to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but supposedly also to people in the WH", says Matthew...

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  • North Korea media says denuclearization includes ending 'U.S. nuclear threat'
North Korea media says denuclearization includes ending 'U.S. nuclear threat'

In a statement by the Korean Central News Agency, the regime said that the USA must remove "all sources of nuclear threat " from the region, despite the fact that the country does not have any nuclear weapons stationed in South Korea. But Kim has never made such comments in public. Yang Moo-jin, a professor at Seoul's University of North Korea...

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  • Policy Forces Migrants To Wait In Mexico After Claiming Asylum
Policy Forces Migrants To Wait In Mexico After Claiming Asylum

The immigrants will still "be interviewed by a USA asylum officer, but they will no longer be released into the interior with a notice to appear in immigration court ", NPR's John Burnett reports. The U.S. State Department has warned American citizens not to travel to the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which borders the Texas cities of McAllen and B...

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