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Powerful quake shakes Chile, no deaths reported
- December 28, 2016

According to Onemi, around 21,000 homes had been completely detached from electricity, along with one bridge that had was deemed to be impossible to pass through. The main quake, which was followed by dozens of weaker aftershocks, concentrated the brunt of the destruction on highways and bridges, but most structures were left intact. (more...)
Turkish president claims he has 'evidence' United States is supporting Isis Turkish president claims he has 'evidence' United States is supporting Isis
- December 28, 2016

We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos". Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said that he is possession of evidence showing that the US-led coalition is giving support to terrorist groups in Syria. At the end of their trilateral meeting, the foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey issued a joint statement on agreed steps to revitalize the political process to end the Syria crisis. (more...)
Struggling Nic Maddinson survives cut for Boxing Day Test Struggling Nic Maddinson survives cut for Boxing Day Test
- December 27, 2016

He said the current crop of bowlers, including Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and spinner Nathan Lyon, were doing a "good job". The star of Brisbane, Asad Shafiq , while speaking to ESPNcricinfo on Saturday stated that his team is aware of the importance of Boxing Day Test . (more...)
Japan monitoring Chinese aircraft carrier in the Pacific Japan monitoring Chinese aircraft carrier in the Pacific
- December 27, 2016

The Defense Ministry said that several carrier-based fighter jets and helicopters took off and returned after completing an air tactical confrontation and air refueling exercise. The Chinese military earlier this month made available pictures and videos of drills in the Bohai Sea that involved the use of live ammunition for the first time. (more...)
International Olympic Committee initiates disciplinary proceedings against 28 Russian athletes International Olympic Committee initiates disciplinary proceedings against 28 Russian athletes
- December 26, 2016

On yet another doping-tainted day for Russian sport, 28 athletes now face International Olympic Committee cases linked to cheating at the Sochi Winter Olympics and a major cross-country skiing event was removed from the country. President of the Russian Cross-Country Ski Federation (CCSFR) Yelena Vaelbe on Friday expressed confidence that Russian athletes suspended by the International Ski Federation (FIS) are innocent. (more...)
Now showing in poll-bound UP: the Modi vs Rahul broadsides
- December 25, 2016

The PM called Rahul him a "packet" who would have caused an quake if he didn't speak. The Prime Minister reportedly said he had also brought his own food, since "I am a karyakarta (party worker) too". The documents quoted by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi which were seized by the income tax department during raids on the premises of Aditya Birla and Sahara groups purportedly contained names of various politicians from across parties. (more...)
Oil prices rise on weaker dollar, optimism on output cuts Oil prices rise on weaker dollar, optimism on output cuts
- December 25, 2016

Crude West Texas Intermediate lost 28 cents, to 52.22 dollars a barrel. Both contracts were lower in electronic trade earlier in the NY morning. Crude oil moved slightly higher on Friday, wrapping up a positive week in the market ahead of the holiday weekend. (more...)
Christmas miracle: Browns get 1st win of season
- December 25, 2016

San Diego had one more chance to earn the win, but Lambo's possibly game-tying field goal from 45 yards out missed right as time expired, handing Cleveland the win. It took everything the Browns had, and some help from the Chargers, for Cleveland to finally come away with a victory following weeks of injuries and losses. (more...)
Endangered Puget Sound Orca Found Dead off Canadian Coast
- December 24, 2016

Cottrell said. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed J34, an 18-year-old orca, was found dead near Sechelt on December 20. The department is investigating what caused the blunt force trauma. Mr. Cottrell said there are now 79 whales left in the population. Cottrell says it's possible the injuries could have been sustained in a fight but admits boat strike is also a possibility. (more...)
IKEA Will Pay $50 Million For 3 Toddler Deaths
- December 23, 2016

Camden Ellis was the victim of the tip-over of a three-drawer MALM dresser in the bedroom of his home in Snohomish, Washington. As part of the settlement , the families must return the documents to IKEA , and the company is prohibited from destroying them. (more...)
Trump, Putin both seek to boost their nuclear capability
- December 23, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump wants the United States to "greatly strengthen and expand" its nuclear capability. Trump mean that the USA needs to make more nukes until the world comes to its senses and ditches weapons of mass destruction? Washington correspondent Priscilla Huff told Morning Report "this raised eyebrows" across Washington and the political spectrum. (more...)
Government borrowing falls to £12.6bn in November
- December 22, 2016

The OBR expects growth to slow to 1.4% in 2017, when Prime Minister Theresa May wants to start formal European Union exit talks and rising inflation erodes consumer spending power. The government now owes the private sector nearly £1.66 trillion, an increase of £58.6bn since previous year and the highest level on record. While the deficit is 11.5% down on a year ago, broadly putting Hammond on course to hit the new target when he presents his spring Budget on March 8, Brexit uncertainty also ... (more...)
Wind warning as NI set for stormy Christmas weekend Wind warning as NI set for stormy Christmas weekend
- December 22, 2016

The chance of getting rain on Christmas is much, much higher than having a thunderstorm in your location. From Wednesday , winds are expected to increase to 55 miles per hour before strengthening. The second track runs through central Minnesota, which would bring snow to more of the Red River Valley, including areas east and south of Fargo all the way into lakes country. (more...)
China Returns Undersea Drone as US Slams 'Unlawful' Seizure
- December 21, 2016

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. (more...)
Nike Inc. (NKE) Shares Sold by WINTON GROUP Ltd
- December 21, 2016

Inc. now owns 20,710 shares of the footwear maker's stock worth $1,143,000 after buying an additional 13,495 shares in the last quarter. The company stock was upgraded to Buy from Hold, wrote analysts at HSBC Securities, in a research note issued to clients on Monday December 05, 2016. (more...)
Israeli troops kill Palestinian teen during clashes
- December 21, 2016

He has endorsed the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and doubted the need for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Friedman served as Trump's advisor on Israel affairs during the election campaign. Jacobs wrote in a statement that "only a two-state solution will allow Israel to remain both Jewish and democratic while also addressing the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinians ", adding: "To our great concern, it appears that Mr. (more...)
Pakistan man held over Berlin attack released
- December 21, 2016

Swiss police said they had found a body near the mosque shooting, hinting it may have been the shooter, but provided little additional information about a suspect. More uniformed police officers will be patrolling the area, the source said. Pazderski pointed out that organizers of Christmas markets should have taken measures aimed at ensuring security before the Berlin attack - for example, to separate them from roads. (more...)
Dozens Die In Siberia After Drinking Bath Oil To Get Drunk
- December 21, 2016

Governor Sergei Levchenko banned retail sales on December 20 of all liquids that contain alcohol but are not intended for consumption. Russian media reported that the victims were poor residents of Irkutsk , a hard scrabble city around 2,600 miles east of Moscow . (more...)
Donald Trump Holds Last 'Thank You' Tour Rally in Mobile, Ala Donald Trump Holds Last 'Thank You' Tour Rally in Mobile, Ala
- December 20, 2016

Saturday, Trump wrapped up his "thank you" tour . Trump defeated Hillary Clinton last November in the presidential race and will assume the office of President in January 2017. "Never stop believing, and never, ever stop dreaming", he said. The president-elect has scheduled the rally at 3 p.m. CST (venue opens at 11 am) at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. (more...)
'Surreal' is Merriam-Webster's 2016 word of the year
- December 20, 2016

It joins Oxford's "post-truth" and Dictionary.com's "xenophobia" as the top word of 2016. There were three distinct events this past year that led to the word's popularity in searches, according to Merriam-Webster: the Brussels terror attacks in March, the failed coup in Turkey in July, and the US presidential election in November. (more...)
US Technology giant, Ireland to appeal European Union tax ruling
- December 20, 2016

The European Commission's full ruling on Apple's tax affairs in Ireland that resulted in a €13.8bn tax demand in August argues that Ireland's actions were tantamount to State aid to Apple . Apple's appeal comes as the European Commission, the EU's executive body, published the text of its decision. EU officials declined to speculate on whether these tax rulings offered to other companies could be the subject of further state-aid investigations by the European Commission. (more...)
SNL Still Isn't Pulling Any Punches When it Comes to Donald Trump SNL Still Isn't Pulling Any Punches When it Comes to Donald Trump
- December 19, 2016

Even Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton was resurrected in a spoof of the very exhausted holiday movie Love Actually . After the president-elect asks him to leave because "it might look bad for us to be seen together", Putin praises Trump's "brilliant observation". (more...)
Ronaldo scores hat-trick as Real Madrid win Club World Cup
- December 19, 2016

That's when Ronaldo upped his game. "We had to suffer, but that's what finals are about". "Everyone always expects more from Cristiano , I always give my best and if I can't do it it's because I'm unable", he said. "The stats don't lie", said Ronaldo , who was also voted player of the tournament. "People often talk too much, but I'm used to that. I am really happy, I've had a great season personally and as part of a team". (more...)
National Weather Service issues hard-freeze warning for Fairfield-Suisun City National Weather Service issues hard-freeze warning for Fairfield-Suisun City
- December 19, 2016

The good news is that temperatures will not drop tonight but will rise. Periods of rain on roads and ground surfaces at below freezing temperatures have produced areas of ice and very slippery conditions, the Weather Service said. Roads are expected to be risky, and the weather service encourages people not to travel during the warning period. A strong cold front is then expected to bring storms Saturday afternoon and evening. (more...)
Oil Prices Rise as Goldman Sachs Raises Outlook Following OPEC Deal Oil Prices Rise as Goldman Sachs Raises Outlook Following OPEC Deal
- December 19, 2016

While it's temping for members to cheat on deals, Saudi Arabia and other big producers are showing signs they will stick to the agreement. Those involved hope the cuts will see the two-year long slump in crude prices finally come to an end, and with Brent crude reaching an 18-month high following the announcement, the agreement already appears to be working. (more...)
Syrian President Celebrates Aleppo Victory On Instagram Syrian President Celebrates Aleppo Victory On Instagram
- December 19, 2016

Turkey has said Aleppo evacuees could also be housed in a camp to be constructed near the Turkish border to the north. Separately, Hezbollah's media arm, Al-Manar TV, said Syrian government supporters closed the road used by evacuees form Aleppo, demanding the wounded from the two villages be allowed to leave. (more...)
No intel briefing for Electoral College electors, DNI says No intel briefing for Electoral College electors, DNI says
- December 18, 2016

Comey and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper are both convinced that Russian Federation was behind cyberattacks that targeted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, The Washington Post and reported Friday, citing a message sent by CIA Director John Brennan to his employees. (more...)
Obama threatens retaliation against Russian Federation for election hacking
- December 18, 2016

Putin is well aware of my feelings about this, because I spoke to him directly about it". A native Hawaiian, the president ended the conference with one final message: "Mele kalikimaka!" which is Hawaiian for "Merry Christmas!" Obama has ordered his intelligence network to run a full review before Republican Donald Trump is inaugurated on January 20. (more...)
Jammu & Kashmir Bank Ltd Q2 loss at Rs. 602.4 crores Jammu & Kashmir Bank Ltd Q2 loss at Rs. 602.4 crores
- December 18, 2016

Jammu & Kashmir Bank Ltd has announced the Unaudited Standalone financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. This was the third incident of bank robbery in the Valley after the demonetisation move and Bhat said the same LeT module has been behind all of them. (more...)
Lok Sabha adjourned for the day amid disruptions (Third Lead)
- December 17, 2016

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said Mr. Azad had given notice to raise the issue of farmers' distress, adding that as per convention, the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the House were permitted to speak when they wanted to. This despite a climbdown by Opposition from its demand of asking for a vote on demonetisation. Advani insisted that discussion should be held under whatever rule and no one should see it as a "victory or defeat" for his side, suggesting if Parliament is adjourned ... (more...)
Why Zika Is So Dangerous During Pregnancy
- December 17, 2016

Other researchers have reported that Zika-affected babies that seem normal at birth can still have brain damage that becomes apparent later. The majority of the women in the study were American residents who had traveled to places where Zika was spreading while they were pregnant. (more...)
Trump taps retired general, TV analyst for National Security Council posts
- December 16, 2016

Flynn said in a statement. Please read the rest of this story at the Washington Examiner . Kellogg was a member of Trump's foreign policy advisory team during the campaign and in August called Trump's plan to block people who do not "believe in our Constitution or who support bigotry and hatred" the "beginning of a new dialogue". (more...)
Bombs Target Turkish Police, Kill 38 in Istanbul; Day of Mourning Declared
- December 16, 2016

The death toll was previously said to be 38. The interior ministry said on Monday that 235 people in 11 cities have been arrested on terrorism-related charges and for spreading terrorist propaganda on social media. A auto bomb attack on a police van in central Istanbul killed at least 15 as authorities eye ISIS and the Kurdish PKK. He was referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, which has waged a decades-long insurgency. (more...)
'Walking Dead' Star Lands 'Star Trek: Discovery' Lead
- December 16, 2016

She is the first African-American woman to lead a Star Trek series, but she will not play the captain as in the rest of the series. The actor previously appeared on the Good Wife and starred as Tamara on ABC's Once Upon a Time . Star Trek: Discovery will also introduce the series' first openly gay character, Lt. Stamets-a science officer who specializes in something called "astromycology" and who is played by Anthony Rapp . (more...)
Alaska Air and Virgin America are now one
- December 15, 2016

One fan told The New York Times leaving Virgin for Alaska was like "giving up your sexy imported sports vehicle for a reliable but unsexy sedan". The Orlando route will operate daily, the San Francisco route will operate twice per day and the San Francisco-Orange County flights will launch four times each day. (more...)