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At least 8 die in twin vehicle blasts in Somalia

Suicide bombers have attacked the main peacekeeping base in the capital of Somalia. Two minivans filled with explosives went off minutes apart at a security checkpoint and a popular hotel in the airport vicinity, killing at least 20 people, including four soldiers, according to Capt Abdi Warsame, a Somali police officer. Read More »

First SpaceX Rocket Launch After Explosion Likely On January 8th

SpaceX reported today that it has concluded its investigation into the explosion of one of its rockets on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral late a year ago. For now, the company will augment its prelaunch fueling and engine test routine to prevent a similar accident. Falcon 9 Launches ORBCOMM OG2 Satellites to Orbit. Read More »

Queen Elizabeth II continues to recover from severe cold

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Queen Elizabeth II missed a New Year's Day church service because of a lingering "heavy cold" that also forced her to stay at home on Christmas Day, Buckingham Palace said. "The Queen does not yet feel ready to attend church as she is still recuperating from a heavy cold". "Her Majesty will participate in the Royal Family Christmas celebrations during the day". Read More »

Brazil prison riot more than 50 in Amazonas state

The authorities are still counting the prisoners to determine how many have escaped. Developing story - more to come. He said the massacre appeared to be aimed at sending a message from the Family of the North (FDN) - a powerful local gang - to rivals from the First Capital Command (PCC), one of Brazil's largest gangs, whose base is in Sao Paulo, about 2,700 kilometres to the south-east. Read More »

Bag found along Lake Erie coast possibly connected to missing plane

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Boats were launched this morning from each of the following departments: the Cleveland Division of Fire, the United States Coast Guard and Underwater Marine Contractors. The mayor's office says four boats are equipped with sonar that can track underwater images and are searching a grid near the plane's last known location. Read More »

28 dead, 54 injured in bomb attacks in Baghdad

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Moments later, a suicide bomber detonated his device in the crowd that gathered around the scene. Since the offensive began on 17 October, elite forces have retaken a quarter of Mosul in the biggest ground operation there since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. Read More »

Narendra Modi promises more reforms, says note ban short-term pain

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Welcoming the gifts of sorts, Laxman said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created an atmosphere in the country that he and his government was committed for welfare and development of the people, particularly the poor. Shah said lower rates will make housing and vehicle loans more affordable. This will be transferred straight to their account. Credit guarantee for small traders to be raised to Rs 2 crore from the current 1 crore. Read More »

China blocks India's request for United Nations to blacklist Masood Azhar

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China has stonewalled India's request to blacklist Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar, New Delhi said, in a move that could ratchet up tensions between the two countries. India had submitted an application seeking sanctions against Azhar, which was before the UN's Sanctions Committee which has 15 members, who are also in the Security Council. Read More »

Israeli PM to face criminal probe over bribery, fraud

Police have been looking into the allegations for nearly nine months and now believe they have cause to open a full investigation, according to reports . Investigators had reportedly recommended Ms Netanyahu be charged with three incidents of fraud after allegedly using public money for personal use. Read More »

Donald Trump Looks to Press Intelligence Agencies on Russia Cyberattack Claims

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Obama also ordered Russian Federation to vacate two USA facilities as part of the tough sanctions on Russian Federation. "I mean you look at 35 people being expelled, two sites being closed down, the question is, is that response in proportion of the actions taken?" On his " 60 Minutes " appearance in November, Trump said he would use the platform less after taking office. Read More »

N. Korea: Developing long-range missiles 'in final stages'

Pyongyang has far conducted five nuclear tests, shrugging off global sanctions which aggravated economic situation in a tragically impoverished country. Pyongyang is known to be developing a road-mobile ICBM, known as the KN-08, which is believed to have a range of more than 13,000 kilometers and could be capable of flying as far as the US mainland. Read More »

Mariah Carey brushes off botched NYE performance

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The Heartbreaker singer had been booked to perform live from Times Square , but her moment ended in disaster when she stormed off stage and revealed to everyone that she was lip syncing. It was the year of unexpected surprises, with many of them being tragedies just as losing a number of beloved people . "Can't I just have one?" "I've always wanted to come to NY, and this is one of the must-dos before you die", she said. Read More »

5 dead, 20 missing in tourist boat fire

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An official told BBC Indonesia that 194 people were rescued. Seventeen people were still missing after a fire devastated the boat on Sunday shortly after departing Jakarta's port of Muara Angke . A search involving around 10 ships was underway to find those who were missing, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said. Television footage showed people in the water, with the ferry in flames in the background. Read More »

Park denies corruption allegations

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In December, parliament impeached Park amid mounting public pressure, making her the first South Korean president to face the process. However, Park insisted Sunday that she had been "totally framed". Investigators reportedly plan to question Lee next month to determine whether he told Samsung Electronics executives to funnel millions of dollars into dubious foundations and companies controlled by Choi in return for NPS' backing. Read More »

Trump Accuses Obama Administration Of Treating Israel With 'Total Disdain'

President Barack Obama seems to be getting under his successor's skin. Analysts say a Trump administration would be more likely to approve telecom mergers, including a deal between Sprint and T-Mobile. "Our staffs have been getting along very well and I'm getting along very well with him other than a couple of statements that I responded to", Trump said. Read More »

Taiwan President to Travel Through US Despite China's Protests

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Taipei deployed fighter jets to monitor the fleet. Series of anti-China rhetoric from US President-elect Donald Trump and political moves that have been against the China's communist agenda, including Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's transit through the US, have reportedly resulted in Beijing considering strong measures to challenge and contain the self-governing island nation. Read More »

Modi says demonetisation will boost economy

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reportedly planning to deliver a major address before New Year's Day. -Loans of up to 9 lakh rupees taken in 2017 will receive interest subvention of 4 per cent. In an attempt to curb maternal and child mortality in India, the government will transfer Rs6,000 into the accounts of pregnant women across 650 districts in India. Read More »

Farah and Murray knighted in New Year's Honours List

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Murray also dethroned Novak Djokovic from the top of ATP rankings and held onto the spot by the defeating the Serb in the ATP World Tour Finals title match, thereby winning the crown for the first time . The 33-year-old Somalia-born Farah, though, was more than happy to revel in his award. Farah and Ennis-Hill starred in track and field at this summer's Rio Olympics, while Murray captured the gold medal in men's singles. Read More »

Mostly cloudy skies for your Friday; rain likely this weekend

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A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy , with a low around 55. Low temperatures around 40°F. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 65. That could pose some problems for New Year's Eve revelers heading home after celebrating the arrival of 2017. Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy , with a low around 63. Read More »

Freezing fog cancels Heathrow and Gatwick flights

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Aer Lingus, British Airways, CityJet and Flybe flights due to land in London City Airport and Heathrow as well as Southampton were all cancelled on Friday afternoon. Manager Fred Legace says not only is the fog leading to visibility problems, it's also laden with moisture. A spokesman said: "Foggy weather is affecting flights in the United Kingdom and Europe today". Read More »

Queen Elizabeth II is not dead

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Many celebrities have fallen victim to death hoaxes online, including Bon Jovi, Celine Dion and Jerry Springer, however, it is still rare for the monarch to be a victim as people generally do not believe the reports. "To be inspirational, you don't have to save lives or win medals", the queen said. The Queen hasn't been seen in public for over two weeks now after she and Prince Philip caught a heavy cold. Read More »

Woman dies, 2 children injured in Colorado chairlift fall

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Two children and an adult were taken to Middle Park Medical Center in Granby, where the woman was pronounced dead. The 9-year-old was later flown by helicopter to Children's Hospital in the Denver area, while the 12-year-old remained at the Granby hospital in stable condition. Read More »

Billboard calls for Paladino to be removed

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In a statement , he called the action retaliatory to keep him quiet about the board's "rigging" of a teachers contract and "fleecing the citizens and children of Buffalo" in a lawsuit settlement. He didn't attend the meeting. Paladino, the real estate developer who served as co-chair of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign in NY, has come under fire for the racist comments he directed towards President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama when asked by a local paper what his wishes were ... Read More »

Greek Ambassador to Brazil Reported Missing

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Police suspect he was murdered. But "the (police) division chief wanted to see her again", and she was brought in for further questioning Friday morning. Rio suffers from a high crime rate, and violent crime is not uncommon. Amiridis had previously served as Greece's consul general in Rio from 2001 to 2004. Read More »

Tunisian man released in Berlin Christmas attack case

He was detained yesterday on suspicion of being an accomplice of suspected attacker Anis Amri, who was killed in a shoot out with police in Italy last week. Police also found a Dutch Sim card inside the backpack of Amri after his death, which may have been handed over to him by an unidentified person in a train station in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Read More »

China move makes Tevez best paid player in the world

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The Argentinian signing for Shanghai Shenhua. If the price-tag is accurate, it would make the former Manchester United, City and Juventus striker the sixth most expensive player ever, behind Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Neymar. Read More »

Duterte to cite Hague ruling if China siphons off minerals

Duterte said his administration will continue his war on drugs. "This is my message to the United States and to everybody, to those out there on the streets, and for those who are demanding my resignation: you know, I feel that I have to honor the contract with the people", he said . Read More »

Colombia Unanimously Ratifies Key Amnesty Law

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A law of this nature is controversial and welcomes the debate, but the text makes clear that amnesties, pardons, and special treatment will not be accepted for agents of the state who are found responsible for crimes classified as against humanity, genocide, grave war crimes, the parliamentarian said. Read More »

Woman who called Michelle Obama an 'ape in heels' fired

The Facebook post has since been deleted, but screenshots of Taylor's comments continue to float around social media. Whaling said later that she was referencing the change in the White House and wasn't racist. Roswall and Cynthia Beane, acting commissioner for the state's Bureau of Medical Services, wrote a letter to the nonprofit's board after Taylor was reinstated asking for reassurances about the organization's anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and procedures, The ... Read More »

Former Argentine president Kirchner charged with graft

Press media report federal judge Julian Ercolini fined the former president, because of the supposed illicit association that she led, for giving money to Austral for public works. Former Public Works Secretary Jose Lopez , center, is escorted outside a police station near Buenos Aires , Argentina, June 14, 2016. Báez, whose name was mentioned in multiple scandals tied to Kirchner, opened his construction business just days before she took office in 2007. Read More »