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Bana Alabed's journey from Aleppo through tweets

Bana Alabed, a seven-year-old Syrian girl who has been tweeting from war-torn Aleppo, met Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at his palace Wednesday in Ankara. We are free. I am sad because I leave my country. Mr Erdogan, who along with Gulf allies and the U.S. now gives financial and logistic support to Syria's rebels, has signalled that Turkish policy towards the Syrian government has softened somewhat, and Mr Assad's removal from office is longer top of the Turkish agenda. Read More »

Car Bomb Rams Into Christian Office In Australian Capital City

A man is thought to have been behind the wheel when the van ploughed into the Eternity House building at around 10.45pm local time. 'A vehicle has rammed our office in Canberra exploded. Australian Capital Territory Police did not immediately respond when asked to comment. Mr Shelton told the Australian Daily Telegraph : "We have had the normal trolls on social media and even had death threats sent to our Canberra office over the year but I am very concerned someone would do this". Read More »

Italian parliament approves Monte dei Paschi di Siena public bailout

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Stock in Monte dei Paschi di Siena tumbled today as investors feared that the troubled Italian bank's efforts to find billions of euros quickly are all but doomed. Moody's cut its outlook on Italian banks to negative on Monday, as reported in ValueWalk, citing creditworthiness and potential not to restructure Monte dei Paschi's financials on a private basis. Read More »

Weather: Snow unlikely for holiday weekend

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The weather service says daytime temperatures this upcoming Christmas Eve will be in the mid 40s. The strongest of the winds should ease later on Thursday . The Met Office has warned that winds will reach high speeds from noon on Friday to 6am on Saturday morning in northern Scotland. Storm Barbara is expected to bring extremely windy and wet conditions, while there will be a risk of stormy conditions in coastal counties of Connacht and Ulster. Read More »

Massillon church damaged in fire set to reopen Christmas Eve

Christmas Day services will begin with a song service at 9:50 and the regular service at 10 a.m., but will be informal, according to the Rev. Bobbi Neason. followed by refreshments. Some people will visit other churches or by watching a streamed service. Impact Church in East Point usually has a combined five services-or experiences, as they call them-at two locations on a typical Sunday. Read More »

Chinese Navy returns seized underwater drone to U.S.

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Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet , the Navy's oceanographer and commander of Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, said the UUV was built by Teledyne Technologies [TDY] Teledyne Webb Research and is part of a fleet of about 130 Littoral Battlespace Sensing-Gliders (LBS-G) that the Navy began operating in 2012. Read More »

Video appears to show couple kidnapped in Afghanistan 4 years ago

The Colemans received a letter last November in which their daughter said she had given birth to a second child in captivity. "We have waited since 2012 for somebody to understand our problems", she said, appearing to read from a script, while her husband sat next to her with their children rested on his lap. Read More »

PLO warns peace prospects 'dead' if USA embassy moves to Jerusalem

The decision to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem will usher in the Trump era, setting President Trump apart from his predecessors, underscoring the independence of US unilateral - rather than multinational - action, distinguishing him from the domestic and worldwide foreign policy establishment and setting him apart from the United Nations worldview, while simultaneously reflecting the state-of-mind of most Americans. Read More »

What we know about Berlin Christmas market attack

De Welt , a German newspaper, is reporting that police said they have the wrong man and that the man who drove through the market is still at large. Holger Muench, the head of Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office, said he cannot rule out that suspects involved in the truck attack could still be at large. Read More »

Trump family is selling access to the president

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Painter and Eisen - the former White House counselors, who have been critical of Trump's business entanglements and failure to publicly address them so far - said part of the problem with these charity fundraisers is that the president-elect has yet to explain which of his family members will be involved in the government and which will stay at the helm of his worldwide business empire. Read More »

Palace: Drug war not vs poor, hapless

At least 78 per cent of respondents feared they would fall prey to extrajudicial killing amid the government's anti-drug campaign. Despite being anxious about EJK, majority of the Filipinos said they were "very satisfied" with the performance of the administration in its campaign against illegal drugs (53%); 32% were "somewhat satisfied;" seven% were undecided; 5% were somewhat dissatisfied; and, 3% were very dissatisfied. Read More »

Arrest Made for Shots Fired at US Embassy in Turkey

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Volk said Turkey's embassy in Moscow and consulates in Russian cities were now under "round-the-clock" protection. 'We regard this as a terrorist act. Andrey Karlov was assassinated after being shot multiple times at an art exhibition in Ankara while delivering a speech. Russian Federation and Iran are on the opposite side of the Syrian conflict from Turkey, with Moscow and Tehran backing President Bashar al-Assad and Ankara supporting those seeking to topple him. Read More »

Weather Authority: Frigid night, unsafe wind chill

Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory that will be in effect until 10:00 a.m. on Monday . Clear, with a low around 5. Southerly winds will kick back in on Tuesday to continue our warm up. Tuesday , it will be sunny with a high near 38, and a southwest wind of 7 to 10 miles per hour, the weather service said. Read More »

O Panneerselvam to meet PM Modi in Delhi

On 10th December 2016, the Tamil Nadu Cabinet had chose to recommend the name of former CM of Tamil Nadu Jayalalithaa for teh highest civilian honour of India. Elangovan said Cyclone Vardah had affected only three districts of Tamil Nadu, whereas farmers of the state are suffering from scarcity of water. More than 1000 trees were uprooted and the city lost power supply after the collapse of electricity poles. Read More »

Electoral College to cast votes for president today

Edwards was running mate to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry that year. Since then, Texas elector Art Sisneros said he'll resign. Democratic activists have been attempting to convince at least 37 Republican electors to abandon their candidate. Read More »

Fed's Yellen: 'Education key to higher-paying jobs'

Indeed, a closely-watched report from outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray and Christmas showed downsizing fell to the lowest level of the year last month, 12% below job cuts announced during the prior month, and 13% below the level reported during the same time in 2015. Read More »

'Lt. Gen Rawat's selection as CoAS is based purely on merit'

The political furore caused by the NDA government's naming Lt Gen. Bipin Rawat-currently vice-chief of army staff-the 27th army chief is not unexpected. "Why the principle of seniority, which has held now for nearly two decades, was not respected", he said. BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said the new army chief was picked up from a pool of five seniormost officers and Lt Gen Rawat's appointment should not be seen as a negative against others. Read More »

Dangerously cold wind chills Sunday into Monday

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Southerly winds kick in tonight and by Monday , temperatures will reach the upper 20s in the afternoon. That will allow temps to fall even more, down into the upper teens to lower 20s across the region. Monday night will be mostly clear with a low around 14. Tuesday: Sunny. Wind: SW 5-10. Monday , it will be sunny with a high near 30, according to the weather service. Read More »

Syria: Assad suspends Aleppo evacuation

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Pro-government sources and media accused the rebels of opening fire on a convoy of evacuees. "Our goal through this resolution is to avoid another Srebrenica in this phase immediately following the military operations", Delattre told AFP. Read More »

Hamas mourns killing of group's drone expert

Eight Tunisian nationals also have been arrested in connection with the killing. The Gaza-based Palestinian militant group Hamas has lashed out at Israel over the killing of a Tunisian named Mohammed Zawari, who the group said was one of its drone experts. Read More »

Putin Pays Trump a Visit To Talk Hacking on SNL

It was both festive and alarming. The cue cards read, "I know you're an elector", "And on December 19th.", "You're supposed to vote for Donald Trump ", "But Bish.", "He cray", "1. During the cold open, the fictitious Trumps are jolted by a sound coming from the chimney. "Sure, buddy", Goodman's Tillerson mutters. Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, has a close relationship with Russian Federation and was given the country's Order of Friendship award in 2013, one of the highest honours ... Read More »

Buses assigned to Syria evacuations attacked, deal stalls

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Activists said militants have burned at least five buses assigned to evacuate wounded and sick people from two villages in northern Syria. France circulated a draft text late Friday stating that the council is "alarmed" by the worsening humanitarian crisis in Aleppo and by the fact that "tens of thousands of besieged Aleppo inhabitants" are in need of aid and evacuation. Read More »

Coalition airstrikes destroy air defense weapon in Syria

US commanders continue to track the weapon's location, but have refrained from launching strikes against the missile site since it has yet to pose an imminent threat to coalition aircraft. "If they don't, we will do what we need to do to defend ourselves". In all, 16 U.S-led coalition aircraft fired 22 munitions destroying 22 targets, according to a statement from the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. Read More »

Traces of explosives found on victims of EgyptAir Flight 804

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Although there was possibility that there had been an act of terrorism that brought the plane down, but no group said it targeted the aircraft. They have passed on their findings to the prosecutors investigating foul play. In a telephone call between the countries' foreign ministers on August 3, France's Jean-Marc Ayrault spoke of the "difficult situation for families waiting to recover bodies and personal effects of the victims and to know the causes of the crash". Read More »

President Maithripala Sirisena meets Malaysian PM

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Malaysia and Sri Lanka enjoy warm and wide-ranging substantive relations in trade and investment, education, tourism and culture, human resources, capacity building, youth, and sports which have brought about mutual benefit to both countries. Read More »

Obama warns Russian Federation on cyber attacks

Amid calls on both sides of the political aisle on Capitol Hill for a full-bore congressional investigation, including assertions President Vladimir Putin was personally involved, Obama said in an interview that anytime a foreign government tries to interfere in USA elections, the nation must take action "and we will at a time and place of our own choosing". Read More »

Sindhu's revenge for Olympic defeat

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More importantly, Sindhu came into the semifinal after having won a major psychological battle on Friday with a win against Olympic champion Carolina Marin. Sindhu's shifted her game to the backcourt after apparently receiving instructions from coach Gopichand and stifled the Korean's netplay with her lobs. Read More »

Turkish army: 13 soldiers killed, 55 wounded in bombing

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The governor of Kayseri province, Suleyman Kamci, has described the incident in Kayseri as a "terrorist attack" and says the blast appears to have been caused by a vehicle bomb. It is also likely to increase tension in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, where militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have waged a three-decade violent insurgency that has seen some of its worst fighting in the past year. Read More »