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Emergency services in Melbourne are responding to reports that suspicious packages have been found at worldwide embassies and consulates in Melbourne and Canberra . Images on social media reportedly showed emergency services in protective clothing entering various consulates in Melbourne. There were no immediate reports of any of the consulate staff being harmed in the incidents.
  • Elizabeth Warren Responds To President Trump's Epic Twitter Troll

    Elizabeth Warren Responds To President Trump's Epic Twitter Troll

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    Warren's visit this weekend, four days after announcing she is exploring a run for president, will be a crucial test of her appeal beyond her base in MA, but Iowa could be a tricky battleground. Already, she has competition from ex-San Antonio mayor Julián Castro, who is teasing a "special announcement" next weekend in his hometown. "Across this country wages are flat, across this country the cost of health care, the cost of sending your kids to college, the cost of housing, the cost of ...
  • Hospital Distances From Resident And Anti-Semitic Posts

    Hospital Distances From Resident And Anti-Semitic Posts

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    Since being fired, Kollab has deleted her social media accounts, although copies of her tweets have been preserved by various organisations. Kollab has gone radio silent, deactivating her social media accounts. Cleveland Clinic was recently made aware of comments posted to social media by a former employee. According to her LinkedIn page that Canary Mission documented before it was deleted, Kollab went to medical school at the Jewish-founded Touro College in New York City.
  • China's Xi Jinping says Taiwan must be unified with mainland

    China's Xi Jinping says Taiwan must be unified with mainland

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    In a speech marking 40 years since the start of improving ties, he reiterated Beijing's call for peaceful unification on a one-country-two-systems basis. Taiwan's leader rejected his call just hours later. When Jiang Zemin took power in Beijing , he largely continued Deng's policies - wooing the island by opening the doors to Taiwan entrepreneurs wanting to set up factories and businesses on the mainland and take advantage of its cheap labour and vast market.
  • Pres. Trump defends Syria withdrawal, hails success against ISIS

    Pres. Trump defends Syria withdrawal, hails success against ISIS

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    So we have a lot to talk about today. "We have a tumultuous regime or region (in Syria) that now has a Russian presence which had been out for about 30 years", he said . Mediation by Russian Federation and the U.S. prevented a direct conflict between the Turkish-backed militias and Kurds in Manbij at the time, but Ankara has continued to insist on a Kurdish withdrawal beyond the Euphrates ever since.
  • Israel 'influencing' United States policy on Syria, senior official says

    Israel 'influencing' United States policy on Syria, senior official says

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    The president says the South African government is ready to expand on the already fruitful bilateral relations aimed at advancing cooperation in all areas. Bolsonaro, who has previously said his education minister will stop "Marxist trash" from being taught in schools and universities, vowed his government would "prepare children for the job market, not political militancy".
  • Indian women enter Hindu temple, defying centuries-old ban

    Indian women enter Hindu temple, defying centuries-old ban

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    They said they were accompanied by a group of police personnel in civil uniform. Despite the Supreme Court's historic ruling on September 28 a year ago, permitting women in the 10-50 age group, no children or young women in the "barred" group were able to offer prayers at the shrine following frenzied protests by devotees and right-wing outfits.
  • North Korea’s Kim sent message to Trump on nuclear talks

    North Korea’s Kim sent message to Trump on nuclear talks

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    Trump on December 25 tweeted a photo of what he called a Christmas Eve briefing with his team to work on North Korea , saying: "Progress being made". Moon thanked him for the letter, tweeting that the North Korean leader "again made clear" that he would act on his agreement with the US and South Korea.
  • Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Hails Ties with Israel

    Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Hails Ties with Israel

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    The Israeli prime minister will remain in Brazil for the inauguration, despite the recent dissolution of the Knesset and announcement regarding April 9 elections. Such a move by Bolsonaro would be a sharp shift in Brazilian foreign policy as it was for the United States when President Donald Trump relocated the U.S.
  • 7-Year-Old Girl Dies In Houston Walmart Shooting

    7-Year-Old Girl Dies In Houston Walmart Shooting

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    She said one of the other girls told her something was wrong. The woman driver, possibly in a panic, was able to flee the scene in her auto, racing onto the nearby Belt Parkway before coming to rest on the median. "So senseless. It's never easy, and extra hard during the holiday season". "We're going to use all resources available to bring this killer to justice", police spokesman Jesse Razo said, Local12 reported .
  • Canadian teacher detained in China has been released

    Canadian teacher detained in China has been released

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    Global Affairs Canada , the government department that manages Ottawa's diplomatic and consular relations, confirmed that the Canadian teacher is back home without naming the person. The last foreigner to be tried for drug smuggling was British national Akmal Shaikh, who was caught in 2007 while smuggling over 4 kilograms of heroin into China.
  • Migrant crisis: Boat carrying six Iranian men arrives in Kent

    Migrant crisis: Boat carrying six Iranian men arrives in Kent

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    A Home Office spokesman said: "The group consisted of nine men, two women and 10-year-old child". Sajid Javid is returning to the United Kingdom later today after cutting a family holiday short to tackle the crisis of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel .
  • Winter Weather Advisory in effect until noon

    Winter Weather Advisory in effect until noon

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    Over 11 inches of rain already has poured down some regional areas of Louisiana and MS where flash flood exigencies were provided overnight Thursday into Friday morning. Forty-seven-year-old Marilyn Balogi, of Zimmerman, was killed. National Weather Service (NWS) officials in Minnesota cautioned that road conditions in the upper Midwestern state were still deteriorating.
  • Bahrain resumes work at embassy in Damascus

    Bahrain resumes work at embassy in Damascus

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    Almost seven years since it was lowered, the UAE flag was raised again at its Damascus embassy during a ceremony attended by diplomats and journalists. On Thursday afternoon, the UAE flag was hoisted over the embassy in Damascus for the first time in seven years amid a diplomatic presence of Iraq, Sudan, Tunisia, and Algeria.
  • Two Vietnamese tourists, guide killed by Egypt roadside bomb

    Two Vietnamese tourists, guide killed by Egypt roadside bomb

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    Madbouly explained that, however, the bus carrying the Vietnamese tourists deviated from the pre-determined, secured route without apriori notifying security officials. Two German tourists were stabbed to death at a hotel in the popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada a year ago. "It was bad - people screaming", she said.
  • Man Suspected of Killing Newman Police Officer Arrested

    Man Suspected of Killing Newman Police Officer Arrested

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    Singh had stopped a suspected drunken driver in the town of Newman when he was fatally wounded and managed to fire back but didn't hit his attacker, authorities have said . To blame the law "is highly irresponsible". He also said that Arriaga was a Sureno gang member and has several aliases and social media accounts. He said Singh was also a K-9 handler whose drug-sniffing dog, Sam, was with him when he was killed.
  • Second child dies at Mexico-US border

    Second child dies at Mexico-US border

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    Amoxicillin is a commonly prescribed antibiotic. "The cause of death of the minor is still being investigated and the medical records have been requested in order to help clarify the cause of death", the statement said. It is the second instance this month of a migrant child dying after being detained by United States border agents. She said: 'Lots of them have gone with children and managed to cross, even if they're held for a month or two.
  • United States government shutdown extends into next week

    United States government shutdown extends into next week

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    They aren't expected in Washington again until the middle of next week. If he chose the latter, putting his personal stamp on the shutdown, Congress might then move to override his veto, but that would take a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House, a challenging hurdle for lawmakers.
  • Syrian government forces enter Manbij after appeal from Kurdish YPG

    Syrian government forces enter Manbij after appeal from Kurdish YPG

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    US President Donald Trump's abrupt decision last week to pull out about 2,000 US troops, whose presence has deterred Turkey, has alarmed the SDF, which controls much of northern and eastern Syria . The French, after all, knew their bases were vulnerable without the U.S., and similarly must've assumed Turkey knew that as well. The threats triggered the USA announcement of withdrawing troops from Syria.
  • Nawaz Sharif gets 7-year jail term for corruption

    Nawaz Sharif gets 7-year jail term for corruption

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    He appealed that sentence and was released on bail in September. The accountability court had indicted Sharif for holding assets beyond his known sources of income in August 2017. The court chose to hear their cases separately once they returned back. He returned to Pakistan in 2007 and took power once more in 2013 until his ousting past year.
  • Trump Signing MAGA Hats in Iraq May Have Violated Defense Department Rule

    Trump Signing MAGA Hats in Iraq May Have Violated Defense Department Rule

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    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the military as they arrive for a hangar rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq , Wednesday, Dec. Make it more than 10%'. "'Cause it's been a long time , it's been more than 10 years". It is a falsehood Trump has repeated before. So, with all that going on, the president wants to be seen as someone who's being a commander in chief, who's taking charge, who is supporting troops.
  • Wall prototypes sit on the US-Mexico border

    Wall prototypes sit on the US-Mexico border

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    As Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) indicated Sunday, Democrats are willing to compromise on general border security funding, but are adamantly against giving Trump the $5 billion he demands for the wall. Trump didn't say how he's hearing from federal workers, excluding those he appointed to their jobs or who work with him in the White House. Mark Warner of Virginia, who tweeted: "Federal employees don't go to work wearing red or blue jerseys.
  • New York City blue light: Residents baffled by mysterious glow

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    People took to social media to post pictures of the eerily coloured sky. Nearby LaGuardia Airport grounded all flights for about 30 minutes in order to do an airport inspection, according to the FAA. Con Ed is evaulating possible power outages. Fire officials said they were fielding numerous calls for reports of explosions in the Long Island City and Astoria areas.
  • Winter weather advisory for Cascades through Thursday

    Winter weather advisory for Cascades through Thursday

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    A storm promising to deliver more than a foot of snow to some areas of the Great Plains and the northern Midwest was bringing heavy snowfall and strong winds as of Thursday. Expect extensive blowing and drifting of snow. There is an elevated risk of becoming stranded for an extended period in this storm. Colder air will start to arrive Thursday evening and will gradually switch whatever precipitation is leftover to snow before quickly winding down early Friday morning.
  • Here’s how people are celebrating the holiday

    Here’s how people are celebrating the holiday

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    The governor added that: "Jesus Christ has been described as the prince of peace". President Arif Alvi in his message has extended warmest greetings to Christian brethren in Pakistan on the joyous occasion of Christmas and has commended honest efforts of the Christian community for the socio-economic development of the country.
  • Moscow accuses Israel of 'gross violation of sovereignty' in Syria strikes

    Moscow accuses Israel of 'gross violation of sovereignty' in Syria strikes

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    Israel's air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah movement in the Syrian conflict. The Israel Defense Forces said there was no damage or injuries from the surface-to-air missile fired from Syria at Israel. The Hezbollah leaders were on their way to a conference in Iran, according to Newsweek .
  • US President Donald Trump makes surprise visit to Iraq

    US President Donald Trump makes surprise visit to Iraq

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    One of those critics was Mattis, who said in a candid resignation letter last week that his views did not align with the president's, particularly in regard to the treatment of USA allies. Pentagon officials at the time refused to discuss specifics, including the timeline, citing operational security for the roughly 2,000 USA troops in Syria.
  • Trump to visit Turkey in 2019 upon Erdogan’s invitation

    Trump to visit Turkey in 2019 upon Erdogan’s invitation

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    The attacks also eliminated "several hundred" ISIS fighters. "As part of the global coalition to defeat ISIS, we would like to express again that we will not allow such a thing to happen on Syrian soil, Iraqi soil or Turkish soil", Kalin told a news conference.
  • Chasing peace in the middle of war in Afghanistan

    Chasing peace in the middle of war in Afghanistan

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    The US has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan working either with a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission to support Afghan forces or in separate counter-terrorism operations. Pakistan was one of the countries which not only facilitated the latest round of direct talks but also participated in it. USA special representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, led US team in talks that included envoys from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and a host country.
  • Congress, White House talking, but no quick end to shutdown

    Congress, White House talking, but no quick end to shutdown

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    Meanwhile, from coast to coast, the first day of the shutdown played out. No votes were scheduled, and House and Senate members were told they would receive 24 hours' notice before any vote. Trump is demanding US$5 billion, but congressional Democrats are refusing to accede in a stalemate that provides a chaotic coda for Republicans in the waning days of their two-year reign controlling the government.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urges Senate to approve wall funding

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urges Senate to approve wall funding

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    Asked how long any potential shutdown would last, she added: "Let's hope that that doesn't have to happen". Government shutdowns typically don't lead to smaller or more efficient government in the long run. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). "But we need their help to get this approved". "House Republicans were great yesterday!" he said. He said the political fallout has always damaged "Republicans who said, 'By God, we'll show them.' It doesn't work that way, it just doesn't".
  • China calls US arrogant and selfish after hacking indictment

    China calls US arrogant and selfish after hacking indictment

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    The US Justice Department today announced fresh indictments of Chinese government hackers who allegedly targeted scores of companies. USA officials allege that the campaign to steal American knowhow in a range of critical industries, from manufacturers of semiconductors to defense contractors, is part of an effort by Beijing to leapfrog the United States' technological advantage and build a homegrown high-tech industry.
  • With Senate passage, bill to prevent shutdown goes to House

    With Senate passage, bill to prevent shutdown goes to House

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    The House approved the bill 358-36, sending it to Trump's desk for his signature. President Trump cheered the bill's passage through the House in a tweet on Thursday. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin took a victory lap Thursday after leading the charge on the First Step Act , which was created to overhaul Federal "tough-on-crime" prison and sentencing laws.
  • Don't Return Asylum Seekers to Mexico

    Don't Return Asylum Seekers to Mexico

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    Trump administration officials say one of the major pull factors for migrants coming across the border is the idea that they can wait in the United States for months or even years as their asylum cases progress. Discussions on the arrangement have been going on between the two countries for months, well before the new leadership took over in Mexico on December 1.
  • Democrats raise outcry at Defense Secretary Mattis' shock resignation

    Democrats raise outcry at Defense Secretary Mattis' shock resignation

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    I pledge my full effort to a smooth transition that ensures the needs and interests of the 2.15 million Service Members and 732,079 civilians receive undistracted attention of the Department at all times so that they can fulfill their critical, round-the-clock mission to protect the American people.
  • No Christmas miracle expected as United States govt shutdown looms

    No Christmas miracle expected as United States govt shutdown looms

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    Instead he said it addresses a crisis at the border that includes illegal drug smuggling and increased apprehensions of people trying to cross illegally into the USA from Mexico . They warned it would be politically explosive in an upper chamber that prides itself on cross-party comity. McConnell has previously resisted the rules change.
  • Third Canadian detained in China, Canadian media says, citing ministry

    Third Canadian detained in China, Canadian media says, citing ministry

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    Beijing has arrested two other Canadians - Michael Kovrig , a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor , a businessman - on suspicion of endangering national security. The arrest was made at the request of the United States, which is engaged in a trade war with China. "In China there are no coincidences". In this case, official and quasi-official Chinese sources have been clear.
  • Ukraine priests to hold historic 'unification' synod

    Ukraine priests to hold historic 'unification' synod

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    However, within the country, the unification is not moving that smoothly. The rest is recent news, with the acceleration of the final process of establishing the new Church, supported by President Poroshenko with all his strength. Unfortunately, no one can exclude the possibility that Moscow may launch more serious military actions this weekend with the same objective. He also believes that the new assembly shall be purely episcopal.
  • Corbyn accused by UK Conservatives of calling May a 'stupid woman'

    Corbyn accused by UK Conservatives of calling May a 'stupid woman'

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    Corbyn told the Commons: "During Prime Minister's Question Time today, I referred to those who I believe were seeking to turn a debate about the national crisis facing our country into a pantomime as " stupid people ". The remark prompted Corbyn to shake his head and mutter under his breath what appeared to be "stupid woman". "As I understand it, he said " stupid people ".