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Five-time MLA Jairam Thakur to be new Himachal CM

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The BJP wrested power in Himachal from the Congress, winning close to two thirds majority with 44 seats in the 68-member assembly. His appointment came after a long round of deliberations between party-appointed observers and central ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Tomar, and the newly-elected MLAs. Read More »

27 killed as bus plunges into river in India

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Local media reports said the bus was being driven by a juvenile working as conductor with the bus. Police did not release any information on what caused the accident. The police and rescue team have reached the spot. Most of the passengers were from other states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh , Rajasthan and Assam . Read More »

Yemen cholera cases reach one million - ICRC

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While cholera can kill a person within hours, under most circumstances, it is a preventable and treatable disease, given enough medical attention. "It is almost impossible to accurately determine whether the suspected cases are cholera or simple diarrhoea", read a statement by the spokesperson for the coalition, refering to the numbers put forth by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Read More »

Tense moments witnessed during RK Nagar vote counting

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As many as 59 candidates are in the fray, but the fight is mainly a triangular one, with key contenders being ruling AIADMK's E Madhusudhanan, main opposition DMK candidate N Maruthu Ganesh and Dhinakaran, contesting as an independent. Dinakaran made shocking statement that E Palaniswamy government would collapse in three months. Exit polls had given Dhinakaran a solid edge with prospects of a comfortable win, but the AIADMK was hopeful of romping home in view of getting back the party's Two ... Read More »

Alaska unemployment rate remains at 7.2 percent

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The state Employment Development Department reported Friday that it is the lowest number in data dating back to the beginning of 1976. Unemployment rates have hit a record low in Alabama. The Labor Department's report on state unemployment released Friday showed rates fell in 19 other states, a positive sign for us economic growth. Read More »

More Snow for Christmas Eve!

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Ice from Saturday's storm continues to melt on Christmas Eve, as New England enjoys quiet weather with a mixture of sun and clouds. Boston last saw more than an inch of snow on December 25 in 2003, according to meteorologist Joe DelliCarpini of the weather service, though the Hub received a dusting on Christmas 2012. Read More »

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

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Trump threatened to rain "fire and fury" on North Korea and also called Kim Jong-un as "Little Rocket Man", while North Korea denounced Trump as a "mentally deranged US dotard". North Korea said those who voted for the sanctions would face its wrath. "It now needs to be followed up with diplomacy where we get China and the United States working with the same strategy with North Korea to find a way that we can ease the tensions and get North Korea to change directions", Cardin said. Read More »

DC Allowing Property Owners to Prepay 2018 Property Taxes in 2017

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For questions regarding deductibility of the pre-payment of property taxes on Federal income taxes, Berman encourages taxpayers to contact the Internal Revenue Service and/or their tax or accounting professional. Doherty's prepaying his taxes. Manaois said she expects a line trailing out of the office on Friday evening. During its December 12 meeting, the Jefferson County Board of Legislators passed resolutions setting 2018 tax rates and authorizing tax collection, allowing local tax ... Read More »

Siddaramaiah slams Parrikar, BJP over Mahadeyi issue

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Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra are now battling a dispute over the controversial Kalsa-Bhandura dam project across the waters of the Mhadei river at a central tribunal. It has been arguing with Tamil Nadu for decades over sharing of Cauvery waters. In Haveri, hitting back at Siddaramaiah, Yeddyurappa asked those protesting in front of BJP office to immediately vacate and agitate in front of the Chief Minister's residence. Read More »

Prince County could see 15 centimetres of snow Christmas Day

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Snowfall warnings are in effect for north and west Vancouver Island for Sunday with snowfall accumulations possibly exceeding 10 centimetres. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement covering York Region, Peel Region and Toronto along with much of Southern Ontario. Read More »

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin receives an unpleasant Christmas gift

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A neighbor, Prince Frederick von Anhalt, said he and others who live above the home were trapped for about two hours, until police found out it was filled with manure and cleared the scene. The box was reportedly attached to a note that read that the gift was sent to Mnuchin by "the American people". The package also came with a Christmas card with derogatory remarks about Mnuchin, President Donald Trump and the $1.5 trillion GOP tax bill that was signed into law this week. Read More »

Bike rally In Mumbai In Support Of Kulbhushan Jadhav

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Pakistan's confirmation for the meeting comes as reports emerged in the country's media on Saturday suggesting that India was yet to provide details about the arrival of Jadhav's relatives in Pakistan. Jadhav and that they shall not be questioned, harassed or interrogated during their visit and stay in Pakistan. Jadhav's family had applied for visas last week. Read More »

SpaceX rocket fires up UFO debate

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A mysterious white light that appeared over Southern California skies during the Friday evening rush hour, prompting curiosity and questions from the many onlookers who observed it, was from a SpaceX rocket launch, authorities confirmed. "Outstanding! 40 in orbit in 2017!" said Insprucker. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office tweeted that it was a launch of a SpaceX rocket from Vandenberg. Read More »

Officers Shoot and Kill Gunman in Harrisburg

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Marsico says both officers were in marked vehicles. The FBI is now investigating the attacks as terrorism-related. Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, 51, allegedly shot at police officers in Harrisburg, Pa., three times before being killed on December 22, 2017. Read More »

White House denies Trump said Haitian immigrants 'all have AIDS'

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President Donald Trump reportedly said 15,000 Haitians who received USA visas "all have AIDS" and 40,000 Nigerians would never "go back to their huts" after seeing the US. McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security is Kirstjen Nielsen. Tillerson responded by throwing up his arms in frustration and arguing that if he was so bad at his job, maybe he should stop issuing visas altogether, according to The Times . Read More »

London Zoo fire kills one animal, several still missing

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The fire brigade said it had sent 10 fire engines and 72 firefighters to the scene and added that the cause of the blaze was under investigation. The zoo has confirmed it will reopen on Christmas Eve after earlier saying the attraction would be closed "until further notice". Read More »

Pakistan denounced as 'terrorist state' after four Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir

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Five soldiers including a Major suffered injuries and evacuated to military hospital. Ceasefire violations on the LoC, under operational control of Army, this year were threefold higher compared to 228 in 2016. Sepoy Pargat Singh aged 30 years, belonged to District Karnal, Haryana and is survived by his wife Smt Ramanpreet Kaur and a son. Defence sources told media that that forces from across the Line of Control resorted to unprovoked firing targetting the army personnel on patrol in ... Read More »

Trump's wall gets go-ahead... at his golf resort in Co Clare

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The New York Times reported that Trump International Golf Links, which owns the golf resort in Doonbeg , County Clare, initially had applied to build a much longer sea wall structure previous year. Objectors may appeal the decision within a month. "Building a barrier in the middle of the beach is going to change the whole way the dune system works". Read More »

Facing a Property-Tax Double Whammy

Westchester County is about to see tax changes implemented by both the county and the federal government affecting property values in North Salem as a result. "It's normally dead in our lobby" at this time of year, said Emily Harrison, the Santa Clara County Finance Agency director. "Payments you make this year are deductible this year", Cuomo said on a conference call with reporters. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation thwarts ISIS-inspired Christmas terror attack on San Francisco

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Court documents say the arrest was based on pro-ISIS and pro-terrorism social media postings and comments Jameson made to an undercover agent. Jameson allegedly believed he was working with ISIS , according to authorities. They also interviewed Jameson, who allegedly acknowledged parts of the planned attack and his support for terrorism and ISIS. He told an undercover agent that America "needed another attack like NY or San Bernardino". Read More »

Mom gives teachers wine bottles with son's face on them

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According to click2houston.com instead of a traditional candle or mug, the teachers received the unorthodox gift which was plastered with an image of a boy, thanks to the work of his crafty parents. Mary also said that she went to the same high school as both of her sons and said she knows where her boys get their antics from, adding that she was "that kid" in school too. Read More »

Kremlin aware of 'Russian' spy's detention in Ukraine, but has no details

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Stanislav Yezhov, 39, was detained by Ukraine's SBU security service in Kiev on Wednesday (20 December), according to the Guardian and the BBC. In another he is seen leaving Downing Street. Photos on what appears to be his social networking profile on Russian website VK show him on trips with Groysman, including sat behind the prime minister during talks with former USA vice president Joe Biden. Read More »

Police Fatally Shoot 7-Year-Old While Searching for a Wanted Felon

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The suspect was found crossing a river and officers pursued her in "water that was up to their chin". When confronted, authorities said she claimed to have a gun and threatened to shoot them. The sheriff told reporters the woman had no apparent connection to either the child or the family in the trailer home. A GoFundMe has been established for Kameron Prescott, six, who was killed when Bexar County deputies tried to stop a woman who was trying to break into a home at a San Antonio ... Read More »

Air Tests Positive for Alcohol at Frat House

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There was so much booze drinking at a home where a college fraternity party was held that the air inside the home tested positive for alcohol. Inside, police found a house littered with trash bags, beer cans and liquor bottles, according to court records. Read More »

US Backs Re-Election of Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández

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Tweet: Congratulations to the president of #Honduras on his reelection to the presidency as declared by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal . However, his statements contradict reports from the European Union's Election Observation Mission, which explains that the opposition party failed to substantiate their claims with any evidence during the election investigation, nor did they provide evidence to warrant an annulment of the election results . Read More »

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 'eligible for early release'

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The Tasnim agency also said that Mr Esmaili had dismissed reports that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe would be released in a prisoner swap deal. The Hampshire mum is serving a five-year sentence over allegations, which she strongly denies, of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government. Read More »

Princess Charlotte to start nursery school in January

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Said one: 'I always rest my arm up the middle of my husband's back.I imagine that's where Kate's is'. "For them, it's about coming together and enjoying the holiday", the source added. George is reportedly "obsessed with anything on wheels, BMX bikes, skateboards and toy cars", whereas Charlotte is rumored to be getting some sort of dollhouse. Read More »

Liverpool survive Arsenal fightback in six-goal thriller

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But within six insane minutes, Arsenal were ahead. Liverpool are the first team in top-flight history to have won four consecutive away games by a margin of at least three goals. Mohamed Salah: The former Chelsea winger has ran Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland Niles ragged in the first half who is not getting much help from his more experienced teammates. Read More »