• Mount Etna Spews Ash Over Sicilian Towns, Prompting Airport Closure
Mount Etna Spews Ash Over Sicilian Towns, Prompting Airport Closure

Italy's National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology said that around 130 earthquakes have been rocking the volcano since 08:00 GMT. A new fissure formed on Mount Etna on Monday, spewing lava and an impressive ash plume by Christmas Eve, according to Reuters .

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  • President Donald Trump pays unannounced visit to U.S. troops in Iraq
President Donald Trump pays unannounced visit to U.S. troops in Iraq

They travelled there unannounced "late on Christmas night" to thank troops for "their service, their success and their sacrifice", it said. In a surprise visit to United States troops, Trump on Wednesday landed at an airbase west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, where he thanked the soldiers for their service.

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  • Hundreds evacuated from Sydney apartment block over fears it might collapse
Hundreds evacuated from Sydney apartment block over fears it might collapse

The doors of the building were jammed and the police had to break through to help residents out. "A few days ago the doors looked different". Meriton, the operator of the neighboring building, said in an email to residents that there was "potential for the tower to collapse".

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  • Ex-NATO Official Suspects Erdogan Blackmailed Trump Over US Exit From Syria
Ex-NATO Official Suspects Erdogan Blackmailed Trump Over US Exit From Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signaled that a cross-border operation against the terrorist PYD/YPG in Syria will happen soon. The White House confirmed Çavuşoğlu's announcement that Trump has received an invitation to visit Turkey in 2019, although no date has been set for the trip.

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  • Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif gets seven years' jail for graft
Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif gets seven years' jail for graft

Before the accountability court announced its verdict on Monday, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that he was hopeful that justice would be served as he had not indulged in any corruption. "I was never involved in misuse of authority and corruption so my conscience is at peace", he said. Security personnel fired tear gas and baton charge...

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  • Canada again demands that China release two of its citizens
Canada again demands that China release two of its citizens

The two were detained after Canada arrested chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei in Vancouver. Michael Kovrig , one of two Canadians being detained in China , is being kept in a cell with the lights on 24 hours a day, according to a person familiar with his situation, in what is being seen as an act of Chinese retaliation agai...

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  • Indonesia tsunami: Death toll mounts to 373
Indonesia tsunami: Death toll mounts to 373

He said more than 16,000 people were displaced and that there was an urgent need for heavy equipment in the Sumur subdistrict, a remote area near Ujung Kulon National Park that experienced heavy damage. Anak Krakatoa is an island that emerged around 1928 in the crater left by Krakatoa, whose massive 1883 eruption killed at least 36,000 people. Th...

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  • Taliban term Trump’s decision to pull out troops a ‘positive step’
Taliban term Trump’s decision to pull out troops a ‘positive step’

The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times reported that more than 7,000 troops would be returning from Afghanistan. Trump said past year that a rapid exit of the USA troops from Afghanistan "unacceptable", and sent more than 3,000 U.S.

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  • China Accused by U.S., Allies of Massive State-Sponsored Hacking Campaign
China Accused by U.S., Allies of Massive State-Sponsored Hacking Campaign

Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said . Companies who were hacked were not named, but 45 victims in the United States included key government agencies - the NASA Goddard Space Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the US Navy, where the personal information of more than 100...

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  • Not just Khashoggi: 53 journalists killed worldwide in 2018, report says
Not just Khashoggi: 53 journalists killed worldwide in 2018, report says

Afghanistan was perhaps predictably the world's deadliest country for journalists in 2018, when 15 were killed . The number of journalists killed worldwide for their work almost doubled this year. Video footage also shows Abdulaziz Mohammed al-Hawsawi, 31, a member of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's security team, Anadolu ne...

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  • US Envoy for Anti-Daesh Coalition Reportedly Resigns Over Syria Pullout
US Envoy for Anti-Daesh Coalition Reportedly Resigns Over Syria Pullout

Trump said Islamic State had been defeated there so it was time to withdraw U.S. forces. "If the few thousand foreign troops that advise, train and assist leave, it will not affect our security", he said. Both sides described the dialogue as productive and promised to meet again in the Gulf country. Afghanistan's security forces rely heavily...

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  • Run-up to Flynn sentencing tinged with unexpected drama
Run-up to Flynn sentencing tinged with unexpected drama

President Donald Trump's former national security chief on Tuesday received a delay in sentencing for lying over Russian contacts, after a judge threatened him with stiff jail time and said: "You sold your country out". Flynn rejected an offer from Sullivan to withdraw his guilty plea in wake of questions that his lawyers have raised regarding ...

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  • Government set to shut down as senator says no vote
Government set to shut down as senator says no vote

The Senate meanwhile remained open late Friday, but there were no signs yet of a breakthrough, and the chamber was quiet. White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney is instructing agencies "to execute plans for an orderly shutdown" when government funding lapses at midnight.

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  • Guilty pleas, indictments abound in Trump-Russia probe
Guilty pleas, indictments abound in Trump-Russia probe

The CBS Late Show host roasted Trump, on Monday night for a tweet in which he referred to his former attorney, Michael Cohen , as a "rat". " Michael Cohen is now taking ownership in his statement to the court of his personal responsibility for his behavior when he worked for Donald Trump ", Davis said.

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  • Huawei to spend $2 billion over five years in cybersecurity push
Huawei to spend $2 billion over five years in cybersecurity push

The company has shipped more than 10,000 base stations for the fifth generation of mobile communications, he said, adding that Huawei expects revenue to exceed $100 billion this year - up 8.7 percent from last year. "We will open a security transparency centre in Brussels in the first quarter of 2019 to assure clients that our products are reliab...

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  • Vladimir Putin warns of global nuclear catastrophe
Vladimir Putin warns of global nuclear catastrophe

Speaking of the USA, he went on: "Now they're is making another step and they are withdrawing from the INF treaty so what's going to come out of that". Putin reaffirmed the long-held Russian argument that the US presence in Syria is illegitimate because it hasn't been vetted by the UN Security Council or approved by Assad's government.

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  • Japan to Buy More Stealth Jets, Radar to Counter China, Russia
Japan to Buy More Stealth Jets, Radar to Counter China, Russia

Japan is poised to put its first aircraft carriers to sea since World War II, refitting its Izumo-class warships to carry US-designed F-35B fighter jets, the government announced Tuesday. The guidelines said Japan will seek more cost-efficient purchase of advance-capability US equipment, while pushing for more joint research and development.

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  • North Korea: We Won't Denuclearize if 'Vicious' US Actions Continue
North Korea: We Won't Denuclearize if 'Vicious' US Actions Continue

Such restrictions may have little impact on officials in one of the world's most closed countries but will have a clear symbolic force as North Korea seeks greater acceptance by the United States . "A few open crenels were discovered inside an unidentified landmine area, but we confirmed they are unfunctional", said Seo Wook, head of the Joint C...

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  • No-confidence motions: how do they work?
No-confidence motions: how do they work?

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister Theresa May - a motion which could spell the end of Theresa May's premiership. But Labour said it was clearly a confidence motion and should be allocated time for debate by the Government. Labour's motion was not put forward under legislation that det...

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  • Donald Trump Wishes Michael Flynn 'Good Luck' with Sentencing
Donald Trump Wishes Michael Flynn 'Good Luck' with Sentencing

Rather, it preceded his guilty plea or any threatened indictment and began very shortly after he was first contacted for assistance by the Special Counsel's Office", Flynn's attorneys wrote, describing Flynn's meeting with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and noting he wasn't advised that lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation was a cri...

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  • Cohen Only Became a 'Rat' After FBI Broke Into His Offices
Cohen Only Became a 'Rat' After FBI Broke Into His Offices

Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation and whether the president obstructed the investigation. Trump several years ago. Giuliani said of the competing stories from Trump and Cohen. That's a claim Giuliani denies, saying "they don't have corroborating evidence".

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  • Rajapaksa to resign as Sri Lanka’s prime minister, says lawmaker
Rajapaksa to resign as Sri Lanka’s prime minister, says lawmaker

Wickremesinghe refused to accept the sacking and challenged it in court and in Parliament. When Sirisena's decision was contested, he dissolved Parliament and called for a snap parliamentary election in January. The country has been in political crisis since October, when Sirisena abruptly sacked then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and rep...

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  • White House, inaugural committee push back against report of criminal investigation
White House, inaugural committee push back against report of criminal investigation

The Wall Street Journal on Thursday reported that the US Attorney's office in Manhattan is also investigating whether the committee accepted donations from individuals looking to gain influence in or access to the new administration. On the recording, Winston Wolkoff reportedly criticized the president of the inaugural fund, Tom Barrack, over i...

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  • Top Sri Lanka Court Rules Against President’s Snap Election Plan
Top Sri Lanka Court Rules Against President’s Snap Election Plan

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court is set to deliver a much-anticipated verdict Thursday on whether President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve Parliament and calling for fresh elections was legal, moves that set off a political crisis in the Indian Ocean island nation.

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  • Accused Russian spy pleads guilty to conspiracy
Accused Russian spy pleads guilty to conspiracy

He tells Russian news agencies that the charges against 30-year-old Maria Butina were trumped up and that she's fallen victim to what he calls "political inquisition". "And she posed no threat to the United States, no threat to the secrets of the United States", Kovalik said. You can read Butina's plea agreement below.

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  • Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner possible next chief of staff: US media
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner possible next chief of staff: US media

One of the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Kushner is now not inclined to pursue the position. Press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump spoke Wednesday with the North Carolina Republican. Former New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie met with Trump on Thursday evening to discuss the chief of s...

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  • NEW Bomb Threat for Bitcoins Not Credible, says RCMP December 14, 2018
NEW Bomb Threat for Bitcoins Not Credible, says RCMP December 14, 2018

The person or persons making the threats, are demanding a sum of Bitcoin be sent to a wallet address , or are threatening to detonate a bomb, potentially harming many in the process. On social media, numerous law enforcement departments issued alerts notifying citizens that they're looking into bomb threats targeting businesses, schools, governmen...

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  • Irish border backstop cannot be renegotiated, Varadkar warns
Irish border backstop cannot be renegotiated, Varadkar warns

Yet, with a sizable section of government firmly against the PM's current deal, the market is unlikely to take an optimistic view that any reassurances from the European Union on the backstop would in any way increase the likelihood of her deal passing in a delayed vote.

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  • Chinese hackers behind massive Marriott breach
Chinese hackers behind massive Marriott breach

If investigators confirm that China was behind the attack, that could complicate already tense relations between Washington and Beijing, amid an ongoing tariff dispute and USA accusations of Chinese espionage and the theft of trade secrets.

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  • Shots heard, police say Strasbourg gunman dead
Shots heard, police say Strasbourg gunman dead

Chekatt was said to have entered central Strasbourg via the Corbeau bridge to the south of the city centre, before heading to Rue des Orfevres, a popular shopping street close to the cathedral, where he opened fire. It is not known whether the armed officers in Neudorf were searching directly for Chekatt, a convicted criminal who became a rad...

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