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  • Putin thanks Trump for help in foiling attack plot
    on December 17, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Putin spoke by phone with Trump to thank him for intelligence supplied by the CIA which allowed Russia's FSB security service to break up an Islamic State group cell that was planning a suicide attack on December 16, it said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies. […]

  • 9 killed, 44 injured in suicide attack on Quetta church
    on December 17, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Nine people were killed and more than 40 injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a church during Sunday mass in the southwestern city of Quetta just days before Christmas. […]

  • Cake for 'joyful' pope on his 81st birthday
    on December 17, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Pope Francis celebrated his 81st birthday Sunday with a hero cake and a message urging the world, and children in particular, to join in the holiday mood and be joyful. It sports a picture of the pope carrying the world on his shoulders, designed by Italian graffiti artist MauPal. […]

  • Taliban kill 11 Afghan police in attack on checkpoints
    on December 17, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Omar Zwak, the spokesperson for the provincial governor, said Afghan forces eventually repelled the attack in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. He said the insurgents also suffered casualties, without providing figures. […]

  • Defiant Theresa May: UK 'proving doubters wrong' on Brexit
    on December 17, 2017 at 11:27 am

    British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that her government is "proving the doubters wrong'' after European Union leaders agreed that Brexit negotiations can finally move on to their next phase in the new year. […]

  • 26 dead in landslides after Philippine storm: Officials
    on December 17, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak have killed 26 people and 23 more are missing in the eastern Philippines, authorities said on Sunday. The deaths were reported in the small island province of Biliran, a day after the storm pounded the east of the archipelago nation. […]

  • In western China, thought police instill fear
    on December 17, 2017 at 9:09 am


  • A bird, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport
    on December 17, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Most airports only worry about wildlife when dealing with bird strikes, but state officials at the airport in the city of Utqiagvik, formerly Barrow, have to prepare for marine mammals that wander in from the Chukchi Sea and around a fence. […]

  • Frenchman Francois Gabart smashes solo sailing record
    on December 17, 2017 at 4:09 am

    Frenchman Francois Gabart crossed a virtual finish line drawn between the island of Ushant off France's northwest tip and Lizard Point in southwest England at 01:45 GMT, comfortably beating the previous record set by compatriot Thomas Coville by six days and 10 hours. […]

  • Massive California fire triggers mandatory evacuations
    on December 17, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into "a ghost town" as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California's history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito. […]

  • Trump defends tax plan as 'great Christmas gifts'
    on December 17, 2017 at 3:11 am

    The proposed package would slash the US corporate tax rate to 21 percent and cut taxes for wealthy Americans. Democrats have slammed the plan as a giveaway to corporations and the rich that would drive up the federal deficit. […]

  • First gay marriages take place in Australia
    on December 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Australia's first gay weddings took place Saturday, ushering in a new era after the country's marriage equality law came into effect this month. The historic reforms were given royal assent on December 8, the final step in a process that began with a national postal vote in September. […]

  • Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia
    on December 16, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday. […]

  • Saudi women will also be allowed to drive motorcycles
    on December 16, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Saudi Arabian women will be able to drive trucks and motorcycles, officials have said after the kingdom announced a historic decision to end a ban on women driving. In September, King Salman issued a decree saying women will be able to drive from next June. […]

  • Strong earthquake rattles Indonesia’s Java island; 2 dead
    on December 16, 2017 at 4:53 am

    The magnitude 6.5 quake struck at 11:47pm on Friday and was felt across the island, including about 200 kilometers (124 miles) away in the capital Jakarta, where office towers and apartment buildings swayed. Powerful tremors lasted as much as 30 seconds in places. […]

  • Trump administration issues new rules on US visa waivers
    on December 16, 2017 at 2:42 am

    The Trump administration put new requirements in place on Friday for the 38 countries participating in the US Visa Waiver Program, including that they use US counterterrorism data to screen travelers, officials said. […]

  • Prince Harry to marry actress Meghan Markle on May 19
    on December 15, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Britain's Prince Harry will marry his fiancee Meghan Markle on May 19, Kensington Palace announced on Friday. The announcement came after three weeks when the couple made it public that they were engaged. […]

  • Pak SC rejects petition seeking disqualification of Imran Khan
    on December 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday rejected a petition seeking the disqualification of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan in a foreign funding case. The court disqualified Khan's close aide for life and PTI Secretary General Jahangir Khan Tareen in the same case. […]

  • NATO concerned Russian missile system breaks Cold War pact
    on December 15, 2017 at 11:13 am

    North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) said on Friday that it is concerned about a Russian missile system that could carry nuclear warheads, and which it says could violate a landmark Cold War arms treaty. […]

  • Bangladesh stops Rohingya preparing to board boat to Malaysia
    on December 15, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Bangladesh police acting on a tip-off raided a home near the coastal town of Teknaf , where five people had assembled ahead of a promised voyage across the Bay of Bengal. Police arrested an alleged human trafficker and intercepted two Rohingya refugees preparing to board a boat for Malaysia. […]

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