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14 confirmed dead in Russia high-rise blast

14 confirmed dead in Russia high-rise blast A baby boy has been found alive after 35 hours spent in freezing cold in the rubble of a Russian apartment block that partially collapsed in an explosion, emergency officials reported, calling it a miracle. Rescue work continues but is being hindered by the risk of debris collapsing. The Soviet-era apartment block was home to about 1,100 people. Investigators have said there is no reason to ... [Full Article...]

North Korean diplomat seeking asylum in Italy

North Korean diplomat seeking asylum in Italy A spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae-in said his office had no information about the case. Relations between the nuclear-armed North and South Korea improved markedly a year ago after the tensions of 2017, with the two countries' leaders meeting three times. [Full Article...]

London Eye lit up in European Union colours during New Year show

London Eye lit up in European Union colours during New Year show Cafes and restaurants with a view of the Burj Khalifa charge a premium for their locale on New Year's Eve . Sydney Harbour lit up with 8.5 tonnes of fireworks as the clock ticked over to midnight, with thousands sticking out an evening downpour to secure prime vantage points for the spectacle. [Full Article...]

Russia, Pakistan Should Fight In Afghanistan

Russia, Pakistan Should Fight In Afghanistan Hours after US President Donald Trump mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in Afghanistan, wondering "who's using it", Indian officials said developmental help can be critical to transforming the war-ravaged country. [Full Article...]

US Border Patrol Unleashes Tear Gas Against Children in Mexico

The AP saw rocks thrown only after USA agents fired the tear gas. Agency spokesman Andrew Meehan says that after rocks were involved, it became "an issue of safety for the officers and frankly safety of the migrants". Border Protection told AP that its Office of Professional Responsibility will be assessing the incident to see if the amount of force used was justified. [Full Article...]

Thousands demonstrate in Sudan against Bashir’s rule

Thousands demonstrate in Sudan against Bashir’s rule FILE - A bonfire is lit along the street during protests against price increases in Atbara, Nile River state in northeastern Sudan , Dec. 20, 2018. The activists said hundreds also took to the streets Friday in the railway city of Atbara north of Khartoum, Obeid in the western North Kordofan province, and Senar and Wad Madani south of the capital. [Full Article...]

Government Shutdown Has Left National Parks Overrun With Garbage And Poop

Government Shutdown Has Left National Parks Overrun With Garbage And Poop Over the holiday season, countless tourists visited Horseshoe Bend , part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area which is maintained by National Park Service . Also the safety of visitors could be at risk. "It's really a nightmare scenario", added Garder. "There is more garbage, feces, and usually miss, as I've seen in the four years that I live here", says Dakota Snider, the valley work... [Full Article...]

U.S. troops to leave Syria but YPG support to continue

U.S. troops to leave Syria but YPG support to continue The move led to the resignations of Trump's defense secretary, James Mattis, and his top counter-Islamic State official, Brett McGurk. "Just doing what I said I was going to do!" the president said . Trump announced his Syria pullout by saying 'We've won against ISIS, ' even though thousands of the group's fighters are thought to remain in Syria after the collapse of their 'caliphate'. [Full Article...]

Anti-semitic doctor bragged about deliberately giving Jews wrong medication

Anti-semitic doctor bragged about deliberately giving Jews wrong medication In October 2012 she said the Holocaust was "exaggerated and the victimization of the jews (ignoring the others killed) is overdone", and that she was having "a REALLY hard time feeling bad about Holocaust seeing as the ppl who were in it now kill my ppl". [Full Article...]

Trump warns United States government shutdown could last a 'long time'

Trump warns United States government shutdown could last a 'long time' Last week, Trump wrote in a Twitter post that he had personally approved a contract to build 115 additional miles of wall along the Mexico border, but the White House has not provided any more details or explained what he is talking about. [Full Article...]

Russia makes dialogue offer to US

Russia makes dialogue offer to US The US president cancelled a planned meeting with his Russian counterpart at the G20 summit in Argentina in November, citing tensions about Moscow's forces opening fire on Ukrainian naval ships and then seizing the vessels. Mr Putin's message to Mr Assad "stressed that Russian Federation will continue to provide all-around assistance to the government and people of Syria in their fight against... [Full Article...]

US Ambassador: Major trade deal with United Kingdom may not be possible

US Ambassador: Major trade deal with United Kingdom may not be possible Mr Trump has said Mrs May's deal could leave Britain unable to negotiate a free-trade agreement with the US. May is set to put her deal, including the contentious Irish backstop, to MPs in the week beginning January 14, following a week of debate in the Commons. [Full Article...]

Man Screaming ‘Why Don’t You Just Die’ At Spider Sparks Emergency Response

Man Screaming ‘Why Don’t You Just Die’ At Spider Sparks Emergency Response Twenty minutes later, officers on the scene provided an update. Wanneroo Police this morning tweeted that a walker had heard a male shouting " Why don't you die " repeatedly. "It's great that it's only an incident involving a spider". The arachnophobia-nightmare has fired up social media, with the passerby who made the call being praised online for their quick thinking and taking action when... [Full Article...]

Donald Trump lacks character in leading 'divided nation', claims Mitt Romney

Donald Trump lacks character in leading 'divided nation', claims Mitt Romney Question will be, is he a Flake? "I suspect every morning when Romney gets up, he gets angry just because Trump is so different than he is". He added that "Trump's words and actions have caused dismay around the world" and cited Pew reports suggesting belief among people in Germany, Britain, France, Canada and Sweden that Trump would "do the right thing" had fallen from 84% in 2016 to 16% a year... [Full Article...]

Six people killed in train accident on Denmark bridge

Six people killed in train accident on Denmark bridge The tragedy occured during what has been described as a severe storm, and the bridge has been shut. Photos from the scene show the freight train was carrying crates of beer, and the tarpaulin that covered the train was torn in pieces. The people in the carriage in front of us were not so lucky". A severe storm in Denmark was making it hard for emergency services to reach the train, which has c... [Full Article...]

2 dead, 21 injured in blast in southern Philippines

2 dead, 21 injured in blast in southern Philippines Hospital officials said Meriam Usman, 35, a resident of Capucao village, died on arrival at the Cotabato Regional Medical Center. Durana said the safety and security of the people in Mindanao are better now due to the signed peace agreements with Moro National Liberation Front and recently the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that brought, despite some challenges, more stability and more positive e... [Full Article...]

Taiwan reunification with China 'inevitable', says Xi Jinping

Taiwan reunification with China 'inevitable', says Xi Jinping In a strong caution to advocates of Taiwanese independence, he said China was "firmly against" critics of Beijing's policy, claiming that "no one and no party can change the fact that Taiwan is part of China". "Deviating from the one China principle will result in tension and turbulence in cross-strait relations, harming the interests of the Taiwanese compatriots", Xi said. [Full Article...]

Israel protests after Jordan minister pictured stepping on flag

Israel protests after Jordan minister pictured stepping on flag Jordanian unions made a decision to paint the flag on the floor several years ago, claiming they intended for people to walk over it as a sign of disrespect, according to the news service. This article has been adapted from its original source . The behavior of the Jordanian prime minister sparked a wave of criticism in Jordan, whether in the media or in social networks, while Ghunaimat received... [Full Article...]

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he sexually assaulted housemaid as a teenager

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he sexually assaulted housemaid as a teenager Duterte has made headlines around the world for remarks that run the gamut from innocuously bawdy to dangerously sexist, including jokes about rape. Duterte has always been criticised for his attitudes toward women. And he has used sexual jokes to attack Leila de Lima, a senator and former justice secretary who has been a leading critic of his contentious war on drugs that has left thousands d... [Full Article...]

In a first, two woman devotees below 50 enter Sabarimala temple

In a first, two woman devotees below 50 enter Sabarimala temple The women were protected by small group of policemen, both in uniform and plainclothes. The two have been identified as Bindu and Kanakdurga who had earlier tried to reach the Lord Ayyappa shrine last week but were blocked by protestors. They have used a side entrance, used by VIPs and the media, which gets them directly in front of the sopanam and into the sanctum of the temple. Vijayan had e... [Full Article...]


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