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United Nations budget cuts highlight new USA approach

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Haley did signal that more cuts could be coming in the future, adding in her statement that " We'll continue to look at ways to increase the UN's efficiency while protecting our interests". In response, Trump threatened United Nations members that he would withhold billions of dollars in aid to countries that voted in support of the resolution denouncing the USA move. Read More »

South African court orders impeachment rules for Zuma

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Former graft ombudsman Thuli Madonsela found in 2014 that Zuma unduly benefited from a taxpayer-funded R215.9 million ($17 million) upgrade of his private home and ordered him to pay back part of the money. The Court ruled Friday that the failure by the National Assembly to make rules regulating the removal of a president in terms of Section 89 of the Constitution was invalid. Read More »

Erie smashes snowfall record with flakes still falling

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Thursday morning brought bitter cold temperatures to the Northeast. Chicago's high temperature on Tuesday of minus-15 degrees (5F) tied the record for the coldest maximum temperature on December 26. On the Virginia Shore, the highest temperature for the week will be 38 degrees Saturday and lowest 18 degrees Sunday night, per the weather service. The overnight low going into 2018 will be just two degrees. Read More »

South Korea seizes vessel, claims it transferred oil to North Korea

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China on Friday denied violating United Nations -imposed limits on oil supplies to North Korea after U.S. President Donald Trump criticized Beijing for allowing oil to reach the North. South Korea seized a Hong Kong-flagged vessel suspected of transferring oil to North Korea in defiance of worldwide sanctions on December 24, Reuters reported Friday. Read More »

Israeli army intercepts two rockets fired from Gaza

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Trump's announcement was followed by protests across the West Bank and on Gaza's border with Israel, with 12 Gazans killed in clashes with Israeli forces on the border or by Israeli strikes following rocket fire. United States President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital has prompted global criticism and sparked protests across the world. Read More »

Trump tells NYT he thinks Mueller will 'be fair'

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Several Republicans, including Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, have called for the removal of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe - a move Democrats have argued is an effort to undermine Mueller as his investigation ramps up and to give Trump cover should he try to remove Mueller, a step the White House insists is not on the table. Read More »

South Korea seizes ship suspected of transferring oil to North Korea

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U.S. satellites have spotted Chinese tankers transferring oil to North Korean ships 30 times in three months - despite strict United Nations trade embargoes, it has been claimed. He suggested on Tuesday he was prepared to postpone military drills with the United States. The presence of USA forces here in South Korea are a long-standing commitment to the Asia Pacific. Read More »

'Historic' Bronx apartment fire leaves 12 dead, multiple injured

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The massive blaze was centered on the third floor of the apartment complex. "This is the worst fire tragedy we've seen in this city in at least a quarter century", Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said at a news conference near the scene. "I heard somebody, 'Oh! I tried calling. No answer", he said, still clutching his bag of uneaten food. Neighborhood resident Robert Gonzalez, who has a friend who lives in the building, said she got out on a fire escape as another resident fled with five children. Read More »

Suspect drove off Astoria pier, attempted to swim away from officers

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A police chase in OR this week ended with a fleeing suspect driving off a pier at full speed into the Columbia River. A diver enters the water for a pickup driven off a pier into a side channel of the Columbia River. Officers threw a life vest and flotation disk to Erofeeff until employees from a nearby shipyard could rescue him using a skiff, police reported. Police worked with the Coast Guard to retrieve the Ford F-150 pickup. Read More »

Trump could nix Iran nuclear deal in January

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This includes a joint team, the report said, which will deal with Iranian activity in Syria and Tehran's support for the Hezbollah terror organization. Since then, little progress has been made, according to reports. The draft urges consideration of tougher economic sanctions if Iran violates the 2015 agreement. Read More »

6 killed in terror attack on church in Egypt

Raouth Atta, 40, was attending prayers inside the church when the shooting took place. Initial reports said that two gunmen were involved; the government has since provided an update, saying that the lone attacker is in custody, and that the violence played out at two locations. Read More »

Congress Legislator slaps woman constable, get slapped back

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The constable, however, wasn't ready to go without a fight and slapped Kumari in return, following which the MLA landed another slap before the video of the incident cut away. The MLA from Dalhousie Asha Kumari was not available for comments. Well, while this became quite a news, all that leaped the situation is the lady constable slapping her back at the moment. Read More »

Moscow and Ankara sign S-400 loan deal

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Previously it was announced that the delivery of the S-400 Triumf systems was scheduled to start in late 2019 or early 2020. The head of the Russian state conglomerate Rostec, Sergei Chemezov , said earlier that Russia would supply Turkey with four batteries of S-400s for $2.5 billion under the deal. Read More »

Snow and ice warnings issued as wintry weather expected to return

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And mercury is also set to drop again today with temperatures hitting just 1C. Heavy snow also caused disruption on the roads. Up to 3cm of snow is anticipated in some areas. Temperatures of between three and seven degrees are expected during the day before plummeting to below zero by nightfall. Road users in the north of England and northern areas of the Midlands are advised to check road conditions before travelling. Read More »

Black Caps down Windies in first T20

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They were bowled out for 140, with no player scoring more than 30 runs. Wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips , in only his fourth one-day global for New Zealand , made 56, took three catches and had two stumpings in a man-of-the-match performance which was hugely influential in New Zealand's victory. Read More »

Home and Away actress critical after crash

The crash, which happened on the Princes Highway south of Sussex Inlet in NSW , claimed the lives of both of the sisters' parents, as well as the driver of the four wheel drive that collided with their vehicle. The sisters' parents, Lars and Vivian, were incinerated in the crash, along with the driver of the four-wheel-drive - 50-year-old Craig Whitall. The issue of whether Mr Whitall was on methadone or other drugs at the time of the crash will be part of the coronial investigation. Read More »

North Korea soldier found to have anthrax antibodies

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This file photo shows the Kaesong Industrial Complex, the now-shuttered inter-Korean industrial park, just north of the inter-Korean border. Choi was embroiled in the corruption scandal that led to Geun-hye's impeachment in December 2016 and her ouster earlier this year. Read More »

Russia Notifies US of Rejection of Several Agreements Within Open Skies Treaty

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Moscow will limit the scope of US military observation flights over Russia from January 1 next year in retaliation for USA curbs on similar Russian flights over the United States, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday. Interfax quoted Zakharova was quoted as saying that putting the new restrictions on surveillance flights over Russian Federation in place required the cancellation of "some bilateral agreements with the USA side" and that the US mission at the Organization for Security ... Read More »

Ex-soccer star George Weah wins Liberia's Presidential Poll

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Former football star George Weah has been elected as Liberia's President. That's right Mark... with nearly all the ballots counted from Tuesday's run-off election, Weah is well ahead of his opponent and Vice President Joseph Boakai. "Grass-roots citizens identify with George Weah , considering that he is close to their day-to-day experience", explained Ibrahim Al-Bakri Nyei, a Liberian political analyst at London's School of Oriental and African Studies. Read More »

US, Israel sign secret pact to tackle Iran

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Specifically, they agreed to set up joint teams to handle various aspects of the Iranian threat. Another will deal with the ongoing Iranian effort to promote itself as a regional powerhouse in other countries such as Lebanon and Syria . The document - a memorandum of understanding - was formalized on December 12 at the White House, according to Israel's Channel 10 , and was the result of a series of meetings between senior Israeli and American security officials. Read More »

IRS: 2018 Property Taxes Have to Be Assessed to Qualify for Deduction

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He said that his last property tax bill was $11,000 and that he was disappointed to find out from the treasurer's office he wouldn't be able to claim the deductions under the old tax structure. Her office has been helping tax collectors comply with Cuomo's executive order . Lasher says his hand's are tied under state law and that his office can't take early payments. Read More »

Entry of 2 Ministers triggers a mini Cabinet reshuffle

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Governor N N Vohra administered the oath of office and secrecy to Tassaduq and Javed at Raj Bhawan in Jammu, the winter capital of the state. "We raise such issues before the Chief Minister in the Cabinet and Mehbooba Mufti herself knows such things", responded Naeem Akhtar. Read More »

Trump says China's stance on North Korea influences his trade policy

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper this week quoted South Korean government sources as saying that USA spy satellites had detected Chinese ships transferring oil to North Korean vessels around 30 times since October. "As North Korea continues to threaten worldwide peace and security, we are steadfast in our determination to maximize economic pressure to isolate it from outside sources of trade and revenue while exposing its evasive tactics", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said at the time. Read More »

Weather warning of icy roads tonight in Herefordshire

The alert was issued on Thursday morning and is valid from 12:05am on Friday through to 9:00am. "You will want to slow down your driving on any roads that are affected by snow and ice". Minimum temperature -5 C. The extended weather warning applies to nearly all counties in Ireland, and snow accumulations of less than 2cm are expected on Thursday night 28 December and remains in effect until Friday 29 December at 9am. Read More »

Four hurt when van jumps curb, crashes into building in downtown Seattle

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The vehicle jumped the sidewalk and struck a Gap store. Seattle police were investigating. Authorities were called just before noon to the report of a van into a building to 5th Ave. The driver was also taken to the hospital, according to KIRO. "(Video of the crash) shows the van did not accelerate; there is nothing obvious to make this an intentional or deliberate act", he said. Read More »

Rockets G Paul ruled out vs. Celtics

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The C's did not shoot a free throw in the stanza. The Rockets rank second in steals per game (9.2) while the Celtics rank 17th (7.5). That changed with under ten seconds left, as Harden was called for two offensive fouls as the Rockets tried to inbound the ball. Read More »

Jeff Teague (knee) could return in 2-to-4 weeks for Minnesota

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An MRI exam detected the seriousness of the injury but also displayed there was no structural damage. Teague limped off the court in the final minute of the fourth quarter of the team's overtime victory over Denver on Wednesday night. In 35 games, Jones is averaging 4.1 points, 2.6 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game. Jones figures to start at point guard for Minnesota while Teague is out. Read More »

Mason Rudolph Powers Oklahoma State Past Virginia Tech in Camping World Bowl

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Tech was unable to rally, and a last-ditch effort pass to the endzone was knocked down. That was the score at the end of the first quarter, a period that saw Tech keep the ball for 10:04 of 15 minutes. The Hokies held the ball for 10:04, which limited the opportunities for the potent Cowboys offense. It was the first time this season Oklahoma State failed to score a touchdown in the first quarter of a game. Read More »

Tracking light snow Thursday morning along with frigid wind chills

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First Night celebrations on Sunday night look very cold with air temps in the single digits and wind chill values likely below zero for several locations. Keep an eye out in areas that it does snow, as temperatures have been running cold, meaning it won't take much to stick to road surfaces. We expect to be dry through the morning and afternoon before eventually a few showers work in this evening. Read More »

Massive NYC fire claims 6 lives

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At least 10 people are dead and several others injured as a massive fire ripped through an apartment building in New York City on Thursday. Fire Commissioner on scene. on the third floor of a five-story building. Now 15 serious injuries to civilians reported . The fire broke out at 6:51 p.m. on the building's third-floor and quickly spread. Read More »

Major fire breaks out in Mumbai's Kamala Mills, 15 dead, 12 injured

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Six fire tenders have reached the spot to douse the flame. As many as 16 other people suffered injuries, the newspaper reported . By 2.45am, the fire brigade had managed to bring the fire under control. NDTVreported that "those injured have been rushed to King Edward Memorial Hospital and some are believed to be in critical condition". Initial reports suggest that the fire started at MOJO Pub & Bistro located within the compound. Read More »

As cold wave sweeps US, Trump derides climate change science

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He adds that: "Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against". "Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!" This past October was the second warmest October on record - and those records date back to the 1880s. Read More »

Eight States Sue EPA Over Upwind Air-Pollution Control

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The suit takes issue with a Trump administration's decision to allow nine upwind states to escape tighter smog requirements. Northeastern states have long argued , though, that coal-fired power plant (and other) emissions from the Midwest ultimately are brought by prevailing air currents to their region. Read More »

Apple prepares to enter Saudi Arabia

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Amazon and Apple are discussing licensing with Riyadh on investing in the Gulf Coast kingdom of Saudi Arabia , said a pair of sources. The two companies currently sell products in the region via third parties, and are now looking to establish a direct presence. Read More »

Staff can enter rooms at Disney world without consent

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Walt Disney World has rolled out an updated security policy requiring its staff to enter guests' hotel rooms daily, according to a report in Walt Disney World Today (WDWT). A popular theory is that the new measures are created to boost security after the October 1 shooting massacre in Las Vegas , where a lone suspect inside a highrise hotel room fired more than 1,100 rounds into a crowd attending an outdoors music festival below, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500. Read More »

In 4 days, NJ's minimum wage will creep up 16 cents

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Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, New York state, Washington state, and OR have all approved plans to increase their minimum wages to a rate above Massachusetts's $11 minimum wage over the next two years, and California and New York state have $15 minimum wages scheduled, according to NELP. Read More »

My Pep Talk to the 0-15 Cleveland Browns

Both the Steelers and Patriots have clinched first-round byes, but Pittsburgh can only get the No. 1 overall seed with a win and a New England defeat. That said, Gilbert will be more than happy to get back on the field after completing a four-game suspension. Harrison had spent 14 years of his 15-year career with the Steelers with the 2013 campaign being the lone season he did not suit up for the Black and Gold, as he was with the Cincinnati Bengals. Read More »

Woman arrested after Border Patrol finds suitcase stuffed with over $530K

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All eight subjects were arrested. The agent was part of the Riverine Unit patrolling the river by boat near Brownsville Tuesday when the shot was sacked from the Mexican riverbank. The agent was hospitalized for a medical evaluation and released a short time later. Agents searched the trunk and discovered a 23-year-old Mexican male illegally present in the country, hiding inside. Read More »

Tips on how to prevent frozen pipes at home

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Frozen pipes are much more common in weather like this and how you deal with them can make all the difference. The Red Cross has some simple things you can do to protect your pipes from freezing during these extreme temperatures. Are Your Water Meter & Pipes Protected from the Cold? "If you'll close those, it'll trap the heat under the house", Hamilton said. It just depends on where the water break is in your house. Read More »

First Responder Network Authority

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For instance, in remote areas, the push-to-talk radios used by police and other responders may not reach towers, causing them to rely on cell phones to communicate. The decision enables the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T to begin offering an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public safety communications. Read More »

Bitterly cold temperatures continue, snow chances decreasing

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Records in that location date back to 1921. At this point, it doesn't look like enough moisture will be available to cause any major problems for your New Year's Eve plans. While no major storms are now expected, there are a few opportunities for snowflakes over New Year's weekend and into next week. We will keep a simple 20% chance, but the bigger story will be highs in the lower 20s and lows in the single digits. Read More »

Police search for killer of security guard in Moscow

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They are buying everything, they are faking documents and use these fake documents in court. "This morning I came to work and I was stormed, they tried to take me with a gun, with other arms. After an inspection of the factory, it was established that the suspect had left the building before a police cordon was set up, the ministry said. Read More »

Surveen Chawla announces her marriage of two years

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The picture showed, Surveen clad in a attractive red outfit with her husband. Surveen released the news of her wedding by posting an adorable picture with her husband Akshay Thakker on her Twitter page with a lovely message. She has now broken her silence and while talking to a popular entertainment portal, Pinkvilla said that shhe had known Akshay for a long time and it was a personal choice to not to speak about it. Read More »

CAT Scan Reveals Major Brain Damage

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I just left the hospital and it's not looking good . I pray she makes it she has two little ones to live for ", wrote Erica's sister, Emerald Snipes, on Facebook . Snipes-Garner said her daughter suffered her first heart attack not long after giving birth to a baby boy in August. Erica Garner, who became a prominent civil rights activist after her father's death in a police chokehold, has been declared brain-dead with no chance of recovery. Read More »

Husband in custody in death of Brooklyn woman

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NYPD investigators believe that Mr Wells pushed his wife of just nine months down the stairs and then fled the scene, leaving their daughter with her mother's dead body for an unknown period of time. NBC reported that some neighbors who called 911 said they heard the woman's 2-year-old child crying in the home and discovered Wells' body inside. Read More »