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Fifty-one units in Sydney high rise unsafe

Fifty-one units in Sydney high rise unsafe Residents told police they heard cracking noises throughout the morning and emergency services are now testing the structural integrity of the building. Fire trucks in front of Opal Tower during an inspection by firefighters and engineers early on Christmas Day. "A few days ago the doors looked different". [Full Article...]

DOJ panel: Whitaker not required to recuse from overseeing Mueller

DOJ panel: Whitaker not required to recuse from overseeing Mueller The decision by Mr Whitaker, known for making comments critical of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe before being appointed last month by President Donald Trump , was conveyed in a letter to congressional leaders on Thursday by Assistant Attorney-General Stephen Boyd . [Full Article...]

Respite in Paris; Fewer protesters take to the streets

Respite in Paris; Fewer protesters take to the streets Elsewhere, some "gilets jaunes" sought to keep pressure on the government to further boost spending power and give citizens more of a say in lawmaking by staging sporadic protests. Paris' other big tourist hotspots such as the Louvre museum and the Eiffel Tower, which had closed a couple of weeks back, remained open. And in Angouleme in southwest France, a puppet effigy of President Emmanuel M... [Full Article...]

Indonesia tsunami death toll rises to 222

Indonesia tsunami death toll rises to 222 Anak Krakatoa , located in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, is close to densely populated areas. Rescuers are using heavy machinery and their bare hands to search through debris in the hope of finding survivors. Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" , where tectonic plates collide and a large portion of the... [Full Article...]

Government Shutdown: What you need to know

Government Shutdown: What you need to know It seems far-fetched, but in the U.S. it's happening now - and not for the first time. Trump has dug in his heels over $5 billion in funding for his long-promised wall along the U.S. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonMattis departure leaves Trump Cabinet increasingly thin Shutdown looms as Trump, GOP dig in on wall Senate eyes possible Friday government funding vote MORE (R-Wis.) told repo... [Full Article...]

Democrats hold firm on shutdown as Trump refuses to take blame

Democrats hold firm on shutdown as Trump refuses to take blame But the routines of 800,000 federal employees were about to be disrupted. "It's a spectacle and, candidly, it's juvenile", said Corker, speaking in his final days before stepping down from Congress. When pressed on Trump's campaign pledge that " Mexico would pay for the wall", Mulvaney told ABC's Jon Karl that "technically, you and I both know that it can not work exactly like that". [Full Article...]

Turkey masses troops near Kurdish-held Syrian town

Turkey masses troops near Kurdish-held Syrian town U.S. President Donald Trump has said his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan "very strongly informed" him that Turkey "will eradicate whatever is left of" Daesh in Syria. Trump's declaration of a victory over IS has been roundly contradicted by his own experts' assessments, and his decision to pull troops out was widely denounced by members of Congress, who called his action rash. [Full Article...]

Israel reaffirms plans to keep Iran at bay in Syria

Israel reaffirms plans to keep Iran at bay in Syria He had asked for an immediate withdrawal, but experts convinced him that they needed time to work out a timetable. The convoys are crossing into an area controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a Turkish ally, and are heading to the frontlines of Manbij, TRT World said. [Full Article...]

Here's how you can track Santa!

Here's how you can track Santa! Chris Hache takes a call while volunteering at the NORAD Tracks Santa center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. For anyone wanting to keep tabs on where Santa Claus travels on Christmas Eve, well, there's an app for that. [Full Article...]

U.S. Defense Secretary criticizes Russian Federation over confrontation with Ukraine

U.S. Defense Secretary criticizes Russian Federation over confrontation with Ukraine Kiev and Moscow have been embroiled in a naval stand-off for the past two weeks with the tension between the countries deepening towards World War 3. Mr Williamson paid a pre-Christmas visit to HMS Echo soon after it docked in Odessa on Friday. [Full Article...]

Turkey bolsters troop levels near Kurdish areas of northern Syria

Turkey bolsters troop levels near Kurdish areas of northern Syria She noted that the troops' withdrawal did not mean the end of the US-led global coalition's fight against the Daesh* terrorist group. Turkey on Saturday sent military reinforcements to northern Syria near an area controlled by Kurdish forces as Ankara threatens to carry out a fresh offensive to wipe them out, a war monitor said. [Full Article...]

Tsunami Wave Crashes Onto Concert While Famous Band Still Performing

Tsunami Wave Crashes Onto Concert While Famous Band Still Performing Saturday's tsunami was the latest in a series of tragedies that have struck Indonesia , a vast archipelago, this year. He told MetroTV station that many people were still searching for missing relatives. Two people are missing, he said earlier. Rescue workers and ambulances were finding it hard to reach affected areas because some roads were blocked by debris from damaged houses, overturned c... [Full Article...]

Quiet Weather Returns This Week, But Only Through Christmas!

Quiet Weather Returns This Week, But Only Through Christmas! Locally higher amounts up to 4 inches are possible where snow showers persist downwind of lakes Erie and Ontario for much of Christmas Eve. To the east of it, a seasonal start with some frost at least giving the impression of a white Christmas. [Full Article...]

Mick Mulvaney Says ‘Very Possible’ Partial Government Shutdown Goes Into New Year

Mick Mulvaney Says ‘Very Possible’ Partial Government Shutdown Goes Into New Year Democrats continue to resist Trump's $5.7 billion "concrete wall". "The biggest problem is, we just don't know what the president will sign", said Sen. An additional 380,000 were to be furloughed, meaning they will stay home without pay. The Senate passed legislation ensuring that workers will receive back pay. [Full Article...]

Trump Leaves Israel to Fend for Itself

Trump Leaves Israel to Fend for Itself This is the two leaders' second phone conversation in 10 days. He told national security officials to draw up plans to have US troops out of the country within a week. On Sunday, U.S. troops based around Manbij patrolled the town and surrounding area and were photographed speaking with the residents. In a sign of the growing diplomatic rift between the two leaders, Macron said "I deeply regret t... [Full Article...]

Taliban welcomes partial US withdrawal from Afghanistan

Taliban welcomes partial US withdrawal from Afghanistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday told reporters in the central city of Multan that the decision is good for ongoing peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the U.S. His decision was made public a mere few hours after he abruptly announced the United States was withdrawing troops from Syria. The Pentagon declined to comment on Afghanistan. [Full Article...]

PENNSYLVANIA POISONING: University student accused of putting thalium in roommate's food

PENNSYLVANIA POISONING: University student accused of putting thalium in roommate's food Then on March 29, He called campus police again and told officers 'He had been throwing up for over 45 minutes and felt very shaky'. Mr Yang admitted to having purchased thallium and other chemicals on the internet but said he got them "with the intent for him to harm himself if he did poorly on future exams", District Attorney (DA) John Morganelli told reporters. [Full Article...]

US Supreme Court rejects Trump request to enforce asylum ban

US Supreme Court rejects Trump request to enforce asylum ban Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Chief Justice John Roberts all ruled against Trump, While Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh dissented. Current federal law says that anyone can request asylum "whether or not at a designated port of arrival" and "irrespective of such alien's status". [Full Article...]

Colorado police arrest fiance of woman who disappeared

Colorado police arrest fiance of woman who disappeared De Young said the company where Berreth worked as a flight instructor, Doss Aviation, had accounted for all their planes and that police had no reason to believe she used someone else's plane. Sources told ABC that the investigation "unfolded rapidly in the last 48 hours, and police no longer believe Kelsey is alive ". Kelsey Berreth , 29, was last seen in a grocery store near her home in Wood... [Full Article...]

Finland marks winter solstice, longer days on the horizon

Finland marks winter solstice, longer days on the horizon The winter solstice occurred at 5:23 p.m.in the Northern Hemisphere as the sun moved directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, or 23.5 degrees south latitude. The equinoxes, both spring and fall, mark when the sun's rays are directly over the equator, where we have equal length of day and night. It won't happen again until 2094. [Full Article...]


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