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J&K encounter: Top JeM militant Noor Mohammad killed


The deceased commander was called Chhota Noora, as he was just four feet two inches tall and was responsible for reviving the JeM in Kashmir. A police officer told The Indian Express in October that Noor's physical appearance proved to be his biggest disadvantage, he said, "He is just three feet tall", and "So he can be easily identified, making his movement hard". Read More »

Lightning Boult destroys Windies as New Zealand clinch series


Henry Nicholls (83 not out) had earlier helped New Zealand , who were put in to bat, recover from a somewhat worrying position to post 325-6. Chris Gayle returned to the West Indies lineup in a new opening partnership with Chadwick Walton after missing the second ODI at the same venue with an unspecified illness. Read More »

Churches hold special Christmas Eve services


In a Monday message, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi congratulated Christians around the world on the advent of the Christian New Year and the birthday anniversary of Jesus Christ. "Christ was born for us, to save us from our sins, the least we can do is come on His day of birth and celebrate with Him and celebrate with our church family", says Pastor Flynn. Read More »

Trump signs sweeping tax bill into law


Trump also pointed to a number of companies that have said they are using part of their savings to give bonuses to their employees. The president and White House have emphasized repeatedly that the tax legislation is targeted as a tax break for the middle class. Read More »

London Zoo reopens after fire that killed meerkats, aardvark


Staff and firefighters tried to remove animals from the area as quickly as possible but were unable to rescue Misha, a nine-year-old aardvark, and the four meerkats. More than 70 firefighters attended the incident, which was brought under control by 9.16am. All other animals in the vicinity are being monitored closely by our vets, but early signs suggest they have not been affected. Read More »

Putin foe barred from Russian election

Russian law prohibits people with a criminal conviction from running for president but the commission could have given him a special dispensation that would allow him to run. Election authorities observed the endorsement process. Navalny started out as an anti-corruption blogger, and uses the Internet to campaign for support - his Youtube channel is a crucial communication medium . Read More »

Russia Says US-Supplied Weapons to Ukraine Could Escalate Conflict


Washington is ready to offer Ukraine "enhanced defensive capabilities", the US State Department has confirmed, after several US officials said the Trump administration has approved plans to supply Kiev with lethal weapons. Earlier this week the State Department approved an export license for Ukraine to buy certain light weapons and small arms from USA manufacturers. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had discussed the recent escalation in clashes in a phone call Friday with Ukrainian President ... Read More »

Politicians dismiss return of blue passports as 'insular nonsense'


An old-style blue United Kingdom passport from 1924 and a European Union-style biometric United Kingdom passport from 2011. "That is why I am delighted to announce that the British passport will be returning to the iconic blue and gold design after we have left the European Union in 2019". Read More »

Korea condemns new United Nations sanctions resolution as act of war


As North Korea has already withdrawn from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, he said the country's weapons program, created to "put an end" to what it perceives as Washington's "hostile policy", is legitimate. "We will further consolidate our self-defensive nuclear deterrence aimed at eradicating the United States nuclear threats and establishing the balance of force with it", the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Read More »

Snow and blowing snow will slow Christmas Day travel


A LAKE SNOW WARNING is active for Ashtabula County until Wednesday at 4pm.Several inches of snow is likely across much of the viewing area. A low of around 11 degrees is expected Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. A cold front moving through the area this morning is bringing more accumulating snow to Mid-Michigan. In addition to slick spots lingering from yesterday's snow, we have the chance for more snow today, but this will be in the form of lake-effect snow. Read More »

Missing Missouri boy found safe in Texas


UPDATED at 2:15 p.m. with boy found safe. Viktor was arrested on a warrant issued for parental kidnapping. One-year-old Eli Bandurovskiy is believed to have been taken from his mother by his biological father Viktor Anatolievich Bandurovskiy during a visitation. Read More »

Pit bull attack leaves Kentucky woman dead, husband injured


The dogs grabbed him, trying to pull him to the ground by his arm. He then ran outside and that's when the dogs started attacking him. He found his wife lying on the ground In front of the house. "It's overwhelming the circumstances and what he found", Steele said. According to a press release published on Facebook, the husband managed to shoot both dogs, but only one died. Read More »

Trumps Attend Christmas Eve Church Service-Here's the Reaction


The president made a similar statement last month during a ceremony to light the national Christmas tree. United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have participated in phone calls with kids who want to know where Santa was on his Christmas Eve travels. Read More »

Ohio Governor signs Down syndrome abortion ban


In the case of Roe v. Wade in 1973, the Supreme Court created a right to abortion even though none existed in the Constitution. A statement from the American Civil Liberties Union of OH on Friday said that Kasich had signed a "blatantly unconstitutional bill". Read More »

With messages of peace Christmas celebrated across Kashmir


But how would a true Christian celebrate Christmas? Christmas was also celebrated in Kashmir with traditional enthusiasm and religious fervour with members of the small population of Christians in the valley thronging churches for Mass as special prayers were held for world peace. Read More »

Mumbai commuters get AC local trains


Though a public holiday, there were hundreds of curious and wide-eyed commuters who crowded the Borivali station and other stations en route, which will start full-fledged operations from January 1, 2018, with 12 daily services. The last trail run conducted on Sunday had these officials and authorities. Unlike the usual "local" trains in Mumbai that feature commuters precariously hanging out of open doors, their air-conditioned counterparts will have automatic doors that shut completely ... Read More »

UN Security Council Unanimously Votes to Impose New Sanctions on North Korea


Specifically, the new resolution cuts deliveries of products including diesel and kerosene by nearly 90 percent, to the equivalent of 500,000 barrels per year starting January 1. "If such sanctions were enforced, they would thus impede and endanger North Korea's economic development". Others, however, were less confident that the latest United Nations sanctions would be any more effective than earlier ones in curbing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, or reducing the likelihood of military ... Read More »

Assange disappears … from Twitter


Julian Assange's Twitter account was the subject of speculation and conspiracy theories Christmas day. It noted, however, the main Twitter account for WikiLeaks was still active. The WikiLeaks founder has tweeted two times since his account came back online, though neither one addresses the reason for the disappearance. Sweden has since dropped those charges , but the United Kingdom government has threatened to arrest Assange should he leave the embassy due to a separate warrant. Read More »

Guatemala Follows US Lead, Will Move Its Israel Embassy To Jerusalem

U.S. President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec 6, reversing decades of U.S. policy and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies. The Trump administration says recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is a "reflection of reality" and that the physical location of the embassy has no bearing on the US commitment to a two-state solution in the Middle East. Read More »

Calif. officer killed, another injured in Christmas Eve crash


Officers responded shortly before midnight to reports of a collision in the southbound lanes of Interstate-880 just north of Highway 92 involving a red auto and a CHP vehicle, Bay Area television station KPIX reported. Camilleri is survived by his wife Rosanna, three children; 12, 6 and 2 years old; his parents, a brother and sister. "Anne and I are profoundly disheartened to learn of the very bad loss of Officer Camilleri, who kicked the bucket yesterday while attempting to guard our ... Read More »

Prayers Up: Erica Garner On Life Support After Suffering A Heart Attack


Her mother, Esaw Snipes, told The New York Times that Garner is now in a medically induced coma. In the years since her father's death, Garner has been a prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter movement. Gather is in a medicinally initiated extreme lethargies, Snipes-Garner told the New York Times on Monday. "I'll tweet updates as I have them". Video of the incident shows New York Police officer Daniel Pantaleo tackling Garner from behind and taking him to the ground using a ... Read More »

Three escape Christmas Eve house fire in Northwest Knox


Firefighters say she was hanging from the window and crews used a ladder to bring her down and one firefighter made a heroic grab to get her down. The fire started about 3 p.m. "We ran into three frozen hydrants due to the weather", said Chicago Fire District Chief of Special Operations Tim Walsh. "It's not worth your life", said John Dennis with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services. Read More »

India beat Sri Lanka to clinch T20 series


That really helped mature as a player. Find us on Facebook too! "That's (the tour of South Africa) the challenge". Tamil Nadu all-rounder Washington Sundar will be making his T20I debut for the Indian side, replacing man in form Yuzvendra Chahal. Read More »

Multiple people killed in twin-engine plane crash in Florida


A fire engulfed the plane after it crashed; everyone on board died. The pilot was identified as John Shannon, 70, of Lakeland, Florida. According to reports, the Cessna 340 plane pulled out of the hanger around 6:30 a.m. Investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA have been notified and will investigate the cause of the crash, deputies said. Read More »

Suspected neo-Nazi charged with killing his girlfriend's parents

The family, including Janet Kuhn, Kuhn-Fricker's mother, was concerned that the boyfriend was attempting to indoctrinate the daughter with his ideas about white supremacy. A teenage boy shot and killed the parents of his girlfriend after they convinced her not to see him anymore because he was an "outspoken neo Nazi ". Read More »

Gazan dies of wounds from Israel border clash

On a different subject, al-Quds and al-Ayyam said Israeli Minister of Construction Yoav Galant launched a campaign to advocate for the construction of 300,000 housing units in illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, as part of the so called Israeli "Greater Jerusalem" bill. Read More »

Wilshere: Arsenal were scared of playing against Liverpool


The Reds have a superb attacking unit in Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah , Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Wenger, though, rejected the notion that he should have parked the bus at 3-2. "A lot of players in this squad are young enough to learn and that is what they will do". JACK WILSHERE'S contract expires at the end of the season - but Arsene Wenger has suggested contract talks are progressing well. Read More »

David Davis backtracks on threat to quit if Damian Green is sacked


The Prime Minister, who asked him to stand down, said she was "extremely sad" at his exit. May was heading for Cyprus, where she was visiting British troops on a final political engagement before Christmas. "I think that was absolutely right", she said. Mr Green also said he deeply regretted causing distress to Ms Maltby. "I do not recognise the events she described in her article, but I clearly made her feel uncomfortable and for this I apologise". Read More »

Fodder scam case; Lalu Prasad convicted, 7 acquitted


The CBI court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on Jan.3. Special CBI Judge Shivpal Singh delivered the judgment at around 3.40 p.m. February 2002: Special CBI court began trial in the fodder scam case. The trial in three cases gained momentum in May this year after the Supreme Court directed that the trial be completed in nine months. March 1996: CBI was roped in by the Patna High Court after increasing pressure to investigate the case. Read More »

Spike in opioid overdoses causes drop in life expectancy


In contrast, an American born in 2015 was expected to live about a month longer and one born in 2014 about two months longer than that, the report said. It was the most deaths in a single year since the government has been counting. "Demographically, we should be in the middle of a mini baby boomlet, just given the age of the population and the size of the millennials, but we're not". Read More »