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Dec 11, 2017

New York Subway bomb: Bangladeshi suspect 'armed with pipe device and battery pack' in 'Isil-inspired' attack
Suspected bomber named as Akayed Ullah, 27-year-old Bangladeshi national Device exploded on a subway platform at at the Port Authority Bus terminal near Times Square Five people, including the suspect, have been injured but none of the injuries are life-threatening The transit hub, one of the busiest in the US, has now reopened A bomb has exploded on a Manhattan subway platform leaving five people injured in a suspected-Isil-inspired attack. The suspected bomber is Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi national who is thought to have lived in the US for seven years.  Ullah, who lived in Brooklyn, was armed with a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack as he walked through a midtown Manhattan transit hub, sources told the New York Post. An image thought to be of Akayed Ullah by CBS news Credit: CBS/Universal News And Sport  The device prematurely exploded which meant it only partially detonated in the right side of the suspect''s jacket.    Ullah, who is thought to have been seriously injured in the attack, told officials he made the explosive device at the electrical company where he works, according to the New York Post. New York City explosion: Reports of rush-hour blast in Midtown Manhattan The blast happened on Monday morning in an underpass at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square - the nation''s most crowded bus station. The New York Police Department (NYPD) said an "explosion of unknown origin" had been reported at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. CCTV Port Authority image reported to be of Akayed Ullah  Credit: NY Port Authority/Universal News And Sport It is thought the bomb was intended to explode on a subway carriage, where it could have affected hundreds of people, but went off prematurely. Ullah is in custody and four other people have been injured in the attack, NYPD said. None of the injuries are life-threatening, the department said. The explosion occurred inside the passageway to the A, C, and E trains at 8th Avenue and W 42nd Street at around 7:20 am. New York explosion at Port Authority Terminal The NYPD said three metro lines are being evacuated. The attack, at rush hour, also occurred at a busy shopping period for the city. The incident took place five blocks from Times Square near the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the main station for interstate buses into Manhattan and New York City. The incident occurred less than two months after an Uzbek immigrant killed eight people by speeding a rental truck down a New York City bike path, in an attack for which Islamic State claimed responsibility. 8:53PM Attacker was ''motivated  by Israel'' A pro-Islamic State media group, Maqdisi Media, portrayed the attempted terror attack as a response to US President Donald Trump''s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel''s capital last week, according to the SITE Intelligence Group which tracks and analyses online activity by extremist groups. However, US network CNN reported that Ullah told investigators he was motivated by recent Israeli actions in Gaza. Over the weekend, Israeli authorities said they had destroyed a tunnel between Gaza and Israel - a blow to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group which controls the Gaza strip.  5:12PM Intelligence agencies investigating suspect A thorough background investigation into Akayed Ullah is being conducted by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Commissioner O''Neill said. 4:05PM Footage shows moment of attack   3:11PM Live from the scene The explosion took place opposite a corner shop owned by

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Dec 11, 2017

Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by.

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Dec 11, 2017

Rohingya women methodically raped by Myanmar's armed forces
UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — The soldiers arrived, as they often did, long after sunset.

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Dec 11, 2017

Rohingya women methodically raped by Myanmar's armed forces
UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — The soldiers arrived, as they often did, long after sunset.

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Dec 11, 2017

Dying polar bear roams iceless land for food in 'soul-crushing' video
Heartbreaking footage of a starving polar bear desperately searching for food on iceless land highlights the “real face of climate change”, conservationists say. Photojournalist Paul Nicklen said his team were moved to tears as they captured the struggling animal’s battle to stay alive on Canada’s Baffin Island last summer. The “soul-crushing” scene, captured by marine conservationists SeaLegacy, shows the emaciated bear searching an abandoned Inuit camp for sustenance. “My entire SeaLegacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear,” explained Mr Nicklen. “It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. Polar bears are listed as vulnerable due to a “loss of sea ice habitat from climate change” Credit: AP “When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. “The simple truth is this - if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth-our home-first.” His colleague Cristina Mittermeier said it was “one of the hardest shoots we have ever had to do”. “Through tears, we were able to capture this footage with the hope of awakening people to the realities of a climate change future,” she said. Polar bears are the poster child for climate change  Credit: AP SeaLegacy said though it couldn’t say with 100 per cent certainty what had caused the bear to starve to death, the group added: “We do know that he didn’t have any visible wounds and that he was not an old bear. “Many of you have asked whether we could have saved this individual bear, but the hard truth is that he was on his last legs and his muscles had atrophied beyond repair. It would also have been illegal to feed him, to approach him, or to do anything to ease his pain.” The group warned an increasing number of polar bears are likely to die in this way “as a result of our warming climate”. “As global temperatures rise, the amount of multi-year sea ice in the Arctic shrinks. Polar bears depend on that ice to travel large distances and to hunt for their food. Without sea ice this will become a common scene across the Arctic,” they said.  The World Wildlife Fund says polar bears are vulnerable due to a “loss of sea ice habitat from climate change”. A study published last year by University of Washington researchers found that polar bears across the Arctic are facing a shorter sea ice season, a surface they depend on for hunting, travelling and breeding.

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Dec 11, 2017

Dying polar bear roams iceless land for food in 'soul-crushing' video
Heartbreaking footage of a starving polar bear desperately searching for food on iceless land highlights the 'real face of climate change', conservationists say. Photojournalist Paul Nicklen said his team were moved to tears as they captured the struggling animal''s battle to stay alive on Canada''s Baffin Island last summer. The 'soul-crushing' scene, captured by marine conservationists SeaLegacy, shows the emaciated bear searching an abandoned Inuit camp for sustenance. 'My entire SeaLegacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear,' explained Mr Nicklen. 'It''s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It''s a slow, painful death. Polar bears are listed as vulnerable due to a 'loss of sea ice habitat from climate change' Credit: AP 'When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. 'The simple truth is this - if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth-our home-first.' His colleague Cristina Mittermeier said it was 'one of the hardest shoots we have ever had to do'. 'Through tears, we were able to capture this footage with the hope of awakening people to the realities of a climate change future,' she said. Polar bears are the poster child for climate change  Credit: AP SeaLegacy said though it couldn''t say with 100 per cent certainty what had caused the bear to starve to death, the group added: 'We do know that he didn''t have any visible wounds and that he was not an old bear. 'Many of you have asked whether we could have saved this individual bear, but the hard truth is that he was on his last legs and his muscles had atrophied beyond repair. It would also have been illegal to feed him, to approach him, or to do anything to ease his pain.' The group warned an increasing number of polar bears are likely to die in this way 'as a result of our warming climate'. 'As global temperatures rise, the amount of multi-year sea ice in the Arctic shrinks. Polar bears depend on that ice to travel large distances and to hunt for their food. Without sea ice this will become a common scene across the Arctic,' they said.  The World Wildlife Fund says polar bears are vulnerable due to a 'loss of sea ice habitat from climate change'. A study published last year by University of Washington researchers found that polar bears across the Arctic are facing a shorter sea ice season, a surface they depend on for hunting, travelling and breeding.

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Dec 11, 2017

Mario Batali Takes Leave of Absence Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations
The celebrity chef will step away from his daytime talk show hosting duties as well as his businesses.

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Dec 11, 2017

How Long Can You Keep Meat In The Freezer?
Before the invention of the freezer, snow and cold weather were the only ways to keep food cold.

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Dec 11, 2017

17 Twists On Shepherd's Pie Your Winter Dinner Rotation Is Missing


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Dec 11, 2017

17 Twists On Shepherd's Pie Your Winter Dinner Rotation Is Missing


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Dec 11, 2017

Twitter Users Burn Trump For Denying He Watches 4-8 Hours Of TV A Day
President Donald Trump is denying a New York Times story that says he watches at least four, and as many as eight, hours of TV each day.

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Dec 11, 2017

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Dec 11, 2017

Trump slammed for throwing insults at the media in the wake of attempted terror attack in NYC
President Donald Trump is receiving backlash for attacking the 'failing' New York Times shortly after being briefed on an attempted terror attack in New York City Monday. '.@POTUS has been briefed on the explosion in New York City,' White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Twitter at 8:13 a.m.

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Dec 11, 2017

Moment of the New York 'bomb' explosion
An attempted terrorist attack which injured five people at one of New York's busiest commuter hubs has been caught on video.   The 27-year-old suspect, Akayed Ullah, can be seen lying motionless after his bomb prematurely exploded.   The Isil-inspired attacker was seriously injured along while four other people, including a police officer, suffered minor injuries.   The suspect in the incident at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, a block from Times Square, is being held in custody and has been named as Akayed Ullah by the New York Police Department (NYPD).    The weapon was based on a pipe bomb and was fixed to the suspect with zip ties and hook and loop fastens, police said.    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, described the device as "amateur level" at a press conference near the site.   New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told the same news conference that the incident, which happened at the start of the city's rush hour, was "an attempted terrorist attack."   "As New Yorkers our lives revolve around the subways. When we hear of an attack in the subways it is incredibly unsettling," de Blasio said.   The incident was captured on security video, the police said.    Video block text Video footage shows smoke and a man lying down in the tunnel that connects the Times Square subway station to the bus station.    A photograph showed a man lying face down, with tattered clothes and burns on his exposed torso.   “There was a stampede up the stairs to get out,” said Diego Fernandez, one of the commuters at Port Authority.    “Everybody was scared and running and shouting.”   Alicja Wlodkowski, a Pennsylvania resident in New York for the day, was sitting in a restaurant in the bus terminal building at the time.   “Suddenly, I saw a group of people, like six people, running like nuts," she said.    "A woman fell. No one even went to stop and help her because the panic was so scary."

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Dec 11, 2017

Watch a Barn-Find Tucker Lay Numbers on a Dyno
Tucker number 44, in the midst of a major restoration, hits the dyno to prove exactly how much power that helicopter-sourced flat six makes.

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Dec 11, 2017

US Treasury says Senate tax plan would boosts revenue $1.8 tn
The US Senate version of the tax overhaul plan would pay for itself over 10 years, boosting growth and generating $1.8 trillion in additional revenues, the Treasury Department said Monday. The Republican plan is expected to generate GDP growth of about 2.9 percent over the next decade, 0.7 percentage points higher than the current forecast, which will bring in more revenue to the government's coffers and offset the deficit increase caused by lower taxes, according to a Treasury analysis. Republicans in the House and Senate are working to come up with a final unified version of the reform that President Donald Trump can sign before the end of the year.

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Dec 11, 2017

Barack Obama Records Robocall For Doug Jones In Alabama Senate Race
WASHINGTON ? Former President Barack Obama has jumped into the highly anticipated Alabama Senate race, recording a robocall to rally support and voter turnout for Democratic candidate Doug Jones, on the eve of Tuesday’s special election.

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Dec 11, 2017

Trump Super PAC Gets 12-Year-Old Girl To Interview Roy Moore
A Trump-supporting super PAC arranged to have a 12-year-old girl interview Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore for a campaign video.

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Dec 11, 2017

Putin declares victory on visit to air base in Syria
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory against "terrorists" in Syria on Monday during a surprise visit to a Russian military base in the county, where he also announced a partial pullout of Russian troops.

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Dec 11, 2017

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Dec 11, 2017

New York terror attack: What happened? What type of bomb was used? Was Isis involved?
Authorities investigating an attempted terror attack in New York have said the would-be suicide bomber detonated a homemade bomb attached to his body. The suspect, identified as 27-year-old, Akayed Ullah, was taken to hospital with wounds from the blast and three people nearby were injured.

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Dec 11, 2017

Putin, in Syria, says mission accomplished, orders partial Russian pull-out
By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin flew into Syria and ordered 'a significant part' of Moscow's military contingent there to start withdrawing on Monday, declaring their work largely done. Putin, who polls show will be re-elected comfortably in March, made the announcement during a surprise visit to Russia's Hmeymim air base in Syria - his first since Russia intervened in the conflict.

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Dec 11, 2017

How Nazi Germany Could Have Won World War II: Not Declaring War on America?
Both Hitler and Roosevelt believed that war was inevitable, and they were both probably right.  Restraining the war machine in December of 1941 might have bought some additional time for Germany in the Med and (possibly) in the skies, but would have forced the Kriegsmarine to forego an offensive that it believed could win the war.

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Dec 11, 2017

Chef Mario Batali Takes Leave After 4 Women Accuse Him Of Sexual Misconduct
Four women have accused Mario Batali of sexual misconduct over the past two decades, according to a report Eater published Monday.

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Dec 11, 2017

Nazi Germany's 'Star Wars' Tank Was a Total Disaster
The unique Kugelpanzer, or “ball tank”, was built in Germany and at some point shipped over to Japanese-occupied China. The kinship with World War I-era prototypes ties the Kugelpanzer’s concept to an era in which the tank’s advantage in “mobility” related to its ability to negotiate the cratered and trench-strewn battlefields of World War I, rather than execute Blitzkrieg-style rapid advances. The Star Wars prequel movies featured various monowheel robots and vehicles amongst its various fantastical elements.

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Dec 11, 2017

Nazi Germany's 'Star Wars' Tank Was a Total Disaster
The unique Kugelpanzer, or 'ball tank', was built in Germany and at some point shipped over to Japanese-occupied China. The kinship with World War I-era prototypes ties the Kugelpanzer''s concept to an era in which the tank''s advantage in 'mobility' related to its ability to negotiate the cratered and trench-strewn battlefields of World War I, rather than execute Blitzkrieg-style rapid advances. The Star Wars prequel movies featured various monowheel robots and vehicles amongst its various fantastical elements.

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Dec 11, 2017

Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Nick and Drew Lachey's Bar Manager
Lavoris Hightower faces several charges, including attempted murder and felonious assault.

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Dec 11, 2017

Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Nick and Drew Lachey's Bar Manager
Lavoris Hightower faces several charges, including attempted murder and felonious assault.

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Dec 11, 2017

Women Who Accuse President Trump of Sexual Misconduct Are Speaking Out. Watch Here
The women are holding a press conference asking Congress to investigate their claims

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Dec 11, 2017

3 Trump Accusers Call On Congress To Investigate Sexual Misconduct Claims
Three women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment and assault are demanding that Congress investigate their claims.

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Dec 11, 2017

Christmas time means loads of sneaky cats getting stuck in trees
'Tis the season to be a total jerk if you're a cat. Oh wait, that's ALL YEAR ROUND. SEE ALSO: Upside down Christmas trees are trending, and the internet is outraged People on Twitter have been sharing images of their feline pals clambering into their Christmas trees. just caught my cat climbing up the Christmas tree hahahhaha pic.twitter.com/egcBS59jL1 — emma (@emseymourx) December 10, 2017 We told my cat we were decorating my Christmas tree, next thing you know, she is the decoration pic.twitter.com/n71lox074V — Leila (@leila_leducxx) December 9, 2017 Every time the cat gets stuck in the christmas tree, I'm gonna take a photo. This time he meowed to be taken out, so I turned on the lights and started snapping pics. #catshaming pic.twitter.com/6I81yw2oej — Punk&Spice Latte (@sch4) December 6, 2017 Inevitable cat in Christmas tree photo. pic.twitter.com/HfNGRhnvSf — Simon Spanton (@SimonGuy64) December 8, 2017 So we bought a christmas tree and my cat is climbing it pic.twitter.com/Ol3Oh5BLxr — Theo (@MoopacBC) December 8, 2017 If you can’t find the cat, check the Christmas tree?? pic.twitter.com/lLzT1w1DNY — Alice Mellors (@alicemellors) December 6, 2017 Cat cam in the Christmas tree! ?????? pic.twitter.com/VSKkiYFwuh — Lori Clark Weatherly (@LoriWeatherly) December 7, 2017 I woke up like this. My cat on my Christmas Tree ?????? pic.twitter.com/5jITmc7Z1r — Ali. ???? ?? (@adovreash_) December 10, 2017 No words!! Yes the cat is in the middle of my Christmas tree at the top eye level with me ! ?????????? pic.twitter.com/eln9FUegHs — Jayde (@Jayde_Musk) December 7, 2017 Christmas tree if you have a cat pic.twitter.com/QQy9EiDabx — kiki (@juliettebaba) December 8, 2017 Christmas cat knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake. He knows this because he's trying to work out when you're at your most vulnerable so he can put a dead mouse on, or in, your mouth. Thank you and good night. [H/T Twitter moments] WATCH: The internet is deathly afraid of this year's White House Christmas decorations

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Dec 11, 2017

Who is New York subway bomber suspect Akayed Ullah?
A bomb has exploded on a Manhattan subway platform leaving four people injured in a suspected-Isil-inspired attack. The suspected bomber is Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi national who is thought to have lived in the US for seven years.  Ullah, who lived in Brooklyn, was armed with a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack as he walked through a midtown Manhattan transit hub, sources told the New York Post. Local TV image reported to be Akayed Ullah Credit: CBS/Universal News And Sport The device prematurely exploded which meant it only partially detonated in the right side of the suspect''s jacket.    Ullah, who is thought to have been seriously injured in the attack, told officials he made the explosive device at the electrical company where he works, according to the New York Post. CCTV Port Authority image reported to be of Akayed Ullah Credit: NY Port Authority/Universal News And Sport The blast happened on Monday morning in an underpass at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square - the nation''s most crowded bus station. Ullah had burns and lacerations to his hands and abdomen, police said. New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has described the incident as a "suspected terror attack". Emergency services respond to New York terror attack  

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Dec 11, 2017

Putin visits Egypt in sign of closer ties
CAIRO (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Egypt on Monday, where he signed a deal to advance plans for a nuclear reactor but disappointed his hosts by delaying the resumption of direct flights that were suspended after the 2015 bombing of a Russian passenger plane.

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Dec 11, 2017

Possible pipe bomb explodes at Port Authority bus terminal in New York City, suspect in custody
A possible pipe bomb exploded underneath the Port Authority bus terminal in New York City during this morning's rush hour, police sources said.

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Dec 11, 2017

What Is Eggnog Made Out Of, Anyway?
What other time of year do we drink something that''s basically custard spiked with booze?

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Dec 11, 2017

Netherlands Tops The Good Country Index, But The News Isn't So Good For The U.S.
The United States has slipped down the rankings of an index designed to rate countries on the effect they have on humanity and on the planet.

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Dec 11, 2017

New York explosion: Failed bombing was 'attempted terror attack', says Mayor Bill de Blasio
The explosion at New York City's Port Authority subway terminal was an attempted terrorist attack, authorities have confirmed. Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed that the explosion was a planned attack, but said there were no other credible threats to the city at this time. Four people, including the suspect, were injured in the rush-hour blast in one of New York's major transit centres, authorities said.

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Dec 11, 2017

New York explosion: Failed bombing was 'attempted terror attack', says Mayor Bill de Blasio
The explosion at New York City's Port Authority subway terminal was an attempted terrorist attack, authorities have confirmed. Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed that the explosion was a planned attack, but said there were no other credible threats to the city at this time. Four people, including the suspect, were injured in the rush-hour blast in one of New York's major transit centres, authorities said.

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Dec 11, 2017

Tennessee boy's heart-wrenching video about bullying rallies massive support
A Tennesse boy's emotional video about the relentless bullying he experiences in school is stirring support across the country.

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Dec 11, 2017

Tennessee boy's heart-wrenching video about bullying rallies massive support
A Tennesse boy''s emotional video about the relentless bullying he experiences in school is stirring support across the country.

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Dec 11, 2017

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Will 'Step Away' From Company After Sexual Misconduct Allegations
The chef apologized to the "people I have mistreated and hurt"

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Dec 11, 2017

What to Know About the Attack in New York City Today
One suspect has been taken into custody after an explosion at a major transit hub

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Dec 11, 2017

New York explosion latest: Suspect had 'improvised bomb' strapped to him on Manhattan subway, say NYPD
New York City police say a man had an explosive device strapped on when it detonated while he was underground in the subway. It was a pipe bomb, attached by velcro and zip ties, but FBI bomb technicians and police officers are investigating further. The device went off in a corridor connecting the Times Square and Port Authority stations on the city's west side, one of the busiest commuter hubs, at 7:30am during the morning rush.

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Dec 11, 2017

New York explosion latest: Suspect had 'improvised bomb' strapped to him on Manhattan subway, say NYPD
New York City police say a man had an explosive device strapped on when it detonated while he was underground in the subway. It was a pipe bomb, attached by velcro and zip ties, but FBI bomb technicians and police officers are investigating further. The device went off in a corridor connecting the Times Square and Port Authority stations on the city's west side, one of the busiest commuter hubs, at 7:30am during the morning rush.

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Dec 11, 2017

China, Taiwan spar over Chinese diplomat's invasion threat
A threat by a senior Chinese diplomat to invade Taiwan the instant any U.S. warship visits the self-ruled island has sparked a war of words, with Taipei accusing Beijing of failing to understand what democracy means.

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Dec 11, 2017

China, Taiwan spar over Chinese diplomat's invasion threat
A threat by a senior Chinese diplomat to invade Taiwan the instant any U.S. warship visits the self-ruled island has sparked a war of words, with Taipei accusing Beijing of failing to understand what democracy means.

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Dec 11, 2017

Suspect in Custody After 'Terror-Related Incident' in New York City
One suspect is in custody following an explosion early Monday at New York City''s Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square, police said.

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Dec 11, 2017

'ISIS-Inspired' Explosion Injures 3 Near New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal: Authorities
Chaos broke out in the busy Manhattan travel hub early Monday.

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Dec 11, 2017

'ISIS-Inspired' Explosion Injures 3 Near New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal: Authorities
Chaos broke out in the busy Manhattan travel hub early Monday.

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Dec 11, 2017

SitRep: Putin Lands in Syria, Talks Defense Deals With Egypt
  By Paul McLeary with Adam Rawnsley Putin to Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria on Monday, where he met with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and again declared victory over the Islamic State. The Russian leader also (again) said it was time for Russian forces ...

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Dec 11, 2017

New York bus terminal 'explosion': NYPD police respond to reports of blast in Manhattan
A man has been arrested in New York after explosion near to a bus station in Manhattan injured four people. The explosion took place at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, New York Police Department (NYPD) said on its main Twitter account. New York Fire Department said four people had been hurt but none had life-threatening injuries.

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Dec 11, 2017

New York bus terminal 'explosion': NYPD police respond to reports of blast in Manhattan
A man has been arrested in New York after explosion near to a bus station in Manhattan injured four people. The explosion took place at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, New York Police Department (NYPD) said on its main Twitter account. New York Fire Department said four people had been hurt but none had life-threatening injuries.

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Dec 11, 2017

Suspect Captured In 'Terror-Related' Explosion Near New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal
New York City police said they were investigating a possible explosion in New York City’s transit system near Eight Avenue and 42nd Street in the Times Square area of Manhattan on Monday.

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Dec 11, 2017

Suspect Captured In 'Terror-Related' Explosion Near New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal
New York City police said they were investigating a possible explosion in New York City''s transit system near Eight Avenue and 42nd Street in the Times Square area of Manhattan on Monday.

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Dec 11, 2017

Russia's Putin makes stop at Russian military base in Syria
MOSCOW (AP) — Declaring a victory in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday visited a Russian military air base in the country and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the Mideast nation.

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Dec 11, 2017

Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighter Is Destined to Fail
All of the reasons the Su-57 is going nowhere fast. Westerns analysts have concluded that Russia''s fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter is unlikely to enter operational service before 2027. The Su-57 program was never really viable.

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Dec 11, 2017

Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Is Destined to Fail
All of the reasons the Su-57 is going nowhere fast. Westerns analysts have concluded that Russia’s fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter is unlikely to enter operational service before 2027. The Su-57 program was never really viable.

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Dec 11, 2017

Famous China rooftopper 'confirmed dead' after fall from skyscraper 
A famous Chinese ‘rooftopper’ fell to his death from a skyscraper in a daring £11,000 challenge as he sought to use his fame to help lift his family out of poverty, media reported. Wu Yongning, aged 26, fell from the summit of the 62-storey Huayuan Hua Centre in the central city of Changsha, apparently as he attempted to scoop 100,000 yuan (£11,200) for a clip promoting an unnamed sponsor, reports say. The former movie stuntman had one million followers on the Chinese Internet and was well known for fearlessly scaling towering skyscrapers without any safety equipment. More than 300 videos of him tip-toeing on scaffolding or doing pull-ups as he hung from the side of huge buildings were widely shared by his fans. However, his account on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, went silent around a month ago after he purportedly attempted the Changsha skyscraper. The former movie stuntman had one million followers on the Chinese Internet and was well known for fearlessly scaling towering skyscrapers without any safety equipment And last Friday his girlfriend wrote online: "Today is December 8th. It makes me think of November 8th, the day you left us and left this world.” The Changsha Evening News said Mr Wu was seeking to make money for his poverty-striken family and pay medical costs for his mother, who suffers from a mental condition. Local officials said authorities would support his family following the accident.  Police confirmed that Mr Wu died when he fell from the Huayuan Hua Centre on November 8, reports said. His family were quoted in a news portal run by Beijing News that he was due to receive a huge cash payout for a two minute clip on a Changsha skyscraper on the same date. Additional reporting by Christine Wei

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Dec 11, 2017

Famous China rooftopper 'confirmed dead' after fall from skyscraper 
A famous Chinese ‘rooftopper'' fell to his death from a skyscraper in a daring £11,000 challenge as he sought to use his fame to help lift his family out of poverty, media reported. Wu Yongning, aged 26, fell from the summit of the 62-storey Huayuan Hua Centre in the central city of Changsha, apparently as he attempted to scoop 100,000 yuan (£11,200) for a clip promoting an unnamed sponsor, reports say. The former movie stuntman had one million followers on the Chinese Internet and was well known for fearlessly scaling towering skyscrapers without any safety equipment. More than 300 videos of him tip-toeing on scaffolding or doing pull-ups as he hung from the side of huge buildings were widely shared by his fans. However, his account on Sina Weibo, China''s version of Twitter, went silent around a month ago after he purportedly attempted the Changsha skyscraper. The former movie stuntman had one million followers on the Chinese Internet and was well known for fearlessly scaling towering skyscrapers without any safety equipment And last Friday his girlfriend wrote online: "Today is December 8th. It makes me think of November 8th, the day you left us and left this world.' The Changsha Evening News said Mr Wu was seeking to make money for his poverty-striken family and pay medical costs for his mother, who suffers from a mental condition. Local officials said authorities would support his family following the accident.  Police confirmed that Mr Wu died when he fell from the Huayuan Hua Centre on November 8, reports said. His family were quoted in a news portal run by Beijing News that he was due to receive a huge cash payout for a two minute clip on a Changsha skyscraper on the same date. Additional reporting by Christine Wei

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Dec 11, 2017

U.S.-backed Syrian forces, Iraqi army coordinate at border: SDF
U.S.-backed militias in Syria said they have formed a joint military center with the Iraqi army to protect their common border region after ousting Islamic State militants. Daesh is an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

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Dec 11, 2017

Bitcoin Futures Are Wall Street's New Big Thing — And They're Up 26%
Here''s what all the fuss is about

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Dec 11, 2017

Ellen DeGeneres Evacuates Her Pets As California Fire Bears Down
Ellen DeGeneres tweeted Sunday that she and wife Portia de Rossi evacuated their pets as California''s raging Thomas Fire closed in on their home in Santa Barbara County, an area packed with celebrities.

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Dec 11, 2017

Inside The Voucher Schools That Teach L. Ron Hubbard, But Say They're Not Scientologist
CLEARWATER, Fla. ? It was a weekday afternoon here in early December, and a gaggle of kids outside of Clearwater Academy International were playing with a ball, their laughter and shouts filling the air.

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Dec 11, 2017

Inside The Voucher Schools That Teach L. Ron Hubbard, But Say They’re Not Scientologist
CLEARWATER, Fla. ? It was a weekday afternoon here in early December, and a gaggle of kids outside of Clearwater Academy International were playing with a ball, their laughter and shouts filling the air.

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Dec 11, 2017

Ted Cruz Challenger Picks Up Key Environmental Endorsement
The county judge gave Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke a dire warning earlier this year when the three-term El Paso congressman leaned down to sip from a water fountain outside the Lasalle County courthouse, a roughly two-and-a-half-hour drive from San Antonio.

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Dec 11, 2017

Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas in kingdom after 35-year ban
Saudi Arabia has lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom. The government said it would begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theatres are expected to open next March, in a decision that could boost the kingdom''s nascent film industry. Reviving cinemas would represent a paradigm shift in the kingdom, which is promoting entertainment as part of a sweeping reform plan for a post-oil era, despite opposition from conservatives who have long vilified movie theatres as vulgar and sinful. "Commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the Kingdom as of early 2018, for the first time in more than 35 years," the culture and information ministry said in a statement. A Saudi woman takes a selfie with a man dressed as the Beast from Disney film Beauty and the Beast at the country''s first ever Comic-Con Arabia event "This marks a watershed moment in the development of the cultural economy in the kingdom," the statement quoted Information Minister Awwad Alawwad as saying. Like most public spaces in the kingdom, cinema halls are expected to be segregated by gender or have a separate section for families. Hardliners, who see cinemas as a threat to cultural and religious identity, were instrumental in shutting them down in the 1980s. Saudi Arabia''s highest-ranking cleric warned in January of the "depravity" of cinemas, saying they would corrupt morals. Profile | Mohammad bin Salman But authorities appear to be shrugging off the threat, with some comparing Saudi Arabia''s reform drive to a fast-moving bus - either people get on board or risk being left behind.  Saudi Arabia in recent months has organised music concerts, a Comic-Con pop culture festival and a mixed-gender national day celebration that saw people dancing in the streets to thumping electronic music for the first time. Saudis themselves appear quietly astounded by the torrid pace of change - including the historic decision allowing women to drive from next June. The social transformation chimes with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman''s recent pledge to return Saudi Arabia to an "open, moderate Islam" and destroy extremist ideologies. Saudi filmmakers have long argued that a ban on cinemas does not make sense in the age of YouTube. Saudi films have been making waves abroad, using the internet to circumvent distribution channels and sometimes the stern gaze of state censors. "It is a beautiful day in #SaudiArabia! Saudi Arabia says cinemas to get licenses in early 2018," Saudi female director Haifaa al-Mansour wrote on Twitter. Her film "Wadjda" made history in 2013 after it became Saudi Arabia''s first Academy Award entry. The film depicts the dream of a 10-year-old girl to get a bicycle just like the boys in her conservative neighbourhood. This year, the country is again vying for an Oscar with the film "Barakah Meets Barakah", the kingdom''s first romantic comedy which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. "Now our young men and women will show the world possibilities and stories worth seeing," Saudi filmmaker Aymen Tarek Jamal said on Twitter. "Congratulations to the 2030 Generation."

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Dec 11, 2017

Russian military chief criticizes U.S., Japan and South Korea drills
Russia's military chief warned on Monday that military exercises by Japan, the United States and South Korea aimed at countering North Korea only raise hysteria and create more instability in the region. Russian Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces General Valery Gerasimov, issued his warning in Tokyo as the United States, Japan and South Korea began a two-day exercise to practice tracking missiles amid rising tension over North Korea's weapons programs.

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Dec 11, 2017

McLaren's new hypercar unveiled as the Senna
The unveiling of a new McLaren is always an exciting event, but it's even more evocative when it also brings back a legendary name from motor racing history at the same time. As it weighs in at just 1,198 kg (2,641 pounds), this is the lightest road-legal car McLaren has produced since the incredible McLaren P1. The engine and the light weight are just the start of the explanation of why this car will get you to 60 mph from a standing start in less than three seconds, and onwards to a top speed well in excess of 200 mph. The McLaren Senna is built on a carbon-fiber chassis that's as strong as it is lightweight, and everything is then wrapped up in a body shell also made from carbon-fiber that makes the car look every bit as fast as it really is.

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Dec 11, 2017

Migrants workers in Beijing are being evicted from their premises
Migrants workers in Beijing are being evicted from their premises since Nov. 11. The move came after a deadly fire in Beijing's outskirts that left 19 dead.

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Dec 11, 2017

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hails 'light at the end of the tunnel' after Boris Johnson's Iran visit
A British mother jailed in Iran hailed the 'light at the end of the tunnel' on Sunday when a fresh trial was postponed after Boris Johnson met with the country''s president. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a charity worker who is serving a five-year sentence for allegedly plotting to topple the Iranian government, said she could 'see some light today' after news of the postponement reached her. She had been scheduled to face additional charges of spreading anti-government propaganda in court on Sunday. But a senior court official told Iran''s Fars news agency that no hearing would be held. 'I ... declare that no court session has been held for Ms Nazanin Zaghari today,' Moussa Qazanfarabadi, the Head of Tehran''s Revolutionary Court said, the agency reported. Following the news, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe released a statement of her own, saying: 'The court, the imprisonment emerged all of a sudden out of the blue, so I hope it can disappear out of the blue also - if there is enough will." The mother-of-one described a feeling of cautious optimism after previous attempts to free her had failed. 'This time, again it feels close, but I am not planning it, not setting a date for myself,' she added. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe''s husband said the 38-year old from Hampstead learned of the postponement only when she was not summoned into court - something he described as 'the first ripple of freedom'. 'She was not summoned as expected, and then she knew when she wasn''t taken into court, ' Richard Ratcliffe told The Telegraph. 'She is immensely relieved this morning. Like a weight has been lifted off.' Mr Johnson left Iran on Sunday morning after what the Foreign Office called 'forthright' but 'worthwhile' talks with Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, over regional tensions, the Iranian nuclear deal, and bilateral issues including the fate of jailed British-Iranian dual nationals. He was expected to press for Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe''s release on humanitarian grounds. 'Both spoke forthrightly about the obstacles in the relationship and agreed on the need to make progress in all areas,' said a spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives for a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran, Iran Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi /AP The meeting with Mr Rouhani ended a two-day visit in which Mr Johnson also met Mohammad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, and Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran''s Atomic Energy Organisation. He also met with Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe''s family on Saturday evening. Mr Johnson''s visit to Tehran, only the third by a British foreign secretary since 2003, follows a small thaw in relations since sanctions against Iran were lifted following a deal to restrict the country''s nuclear programme in 2016. Iran has also expressed frustration that British banks have been reluctant to do business with Iran despite the lifting of sanctions when the nuclear agreement was signed in 2016. Many UK banks fear exposure to additional US sanctions that remain in place. The impasse left the Iranian embassy in London unable to open a bank account for some months. Other issues include repaying a 40-year old debt that Iran is seeking from the UK for an unfulfilled arms deal. The sum, around £400 million, dates back to before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when the Shah of Iran paid for but never received tanks from the UK. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe timeline However, the discussions have been overshadowed by British concerns about the fate

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Dec 11, 2017

US man on the run after escaping notorious Bali prison
A US man convicted on drugs charges escaped Bali's notorious Kerobokan jail in an early Monday morning jailbreak with another American prisoner who was caught almost immediately, an official said. The pair made a break from the Indonesian resort island's main prison by cutting a hole in the roof with a hacksaw, authorities said. Foreigners are regularly arrested for drugs offences on Bali.

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Dec 11, 2017

The fight for the Dream Act is reaching its peak - but time is running out
Osmar Abad Cruz likes to say his mom is the 'original Dreamer'. Nearly 25 years later, Abad Cruz, now 29, is living the life his mother wanted him to have. This was possible in large part thanks to an Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or Daca,, which shielded nearly 800,000 young immigrants brought to the US as children from the threat of deportation.

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Dec 11, 2017

The fight for the Dream Act is reaching its peak – but time is running out
Osmar Abad Cruz likes to say his mom is the “original Dreamer”. Nearly 25 years later, Abad Cruz, now 29, is living the life his mother wanted him to have. This was possible in large part thanks to an Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or Daca,, which shielded nearly 800,000 young immigrants brought to the US as children from the threat of deportation.

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Dec 11, 2017

Uranium Company Urged Trump To Carve Up Bears Ears, Then He Did
Earlier this month Donald Trump hailed his edict slashing Utah''s Bears Ears National Monument by some 85 percent as a great move for American citizens.

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Dec 10, 2017

Germany's Intelligence Agency Says China Used Fake LinkedIn Profiles to Spy on Officials
More than 10,000 German citizens may have been targeted

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Dec 10, 2017

Venezuela's Maduro Has Disqualified His Opposition From the Next Presidential Election
As the President of Venezuela consolidated his party''s hold on power this weekend, he dealt another blow to the country''s main opposition groups by disqualifying them from next year''s bid for the presidency.

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Dec 10, 2017

Venezuela's Maduro Has Disqualified His Opposition From the Next Presidential Election
As the President of Venezuela consolidated his party’s hold on power this weekend, he dealt another blow to the country’s main opposition groups by disqualifying them from next year’s bid for the presidency.

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Dec 10, 2017

The World's Largest Muslim Country Is Protesting President Trump's Recognition of Jerusalem
Thousands of protestors gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia''s capital, this weekend in the latest demonstrations against President Donald Trump''s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Dec 10, 2017

The World’s Largest Muslim Country Is Protesting President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem
Thousands of protestors gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, this weekend in the latest demonstrations against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Dec 10, 2017

Why is America Addicted to Foreign Interventions?
The United States engaged in forty-six military interventions from 1948-1991, from 1992-2017 that number increased fourfold to 188. At a time when the United States is preparing to increase Pentagon spending and escalate troop deployments overseas, an analysis of U.S. military interventions since the country''s founding highlights two important and related dynamics. Second, U.S. military interventions since WWII have only rarely achieved their intended political objectives.

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Dec 10, 2017

President Trump's Jerusalem Decision Sparks Attacks, Protests and Fresh Diplomatic Rifts
The French and Israeli leaders sparred verbally Sunday over the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel''s capital, while new violence rippled across the region following the move by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Dec 10, 2017

President Trump's Jerusalem Decision Sparks Attacks, Protests and Fresh Diplomatic Rifts
The French and Israeli leaders sparred verbally Sunday over the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while new violence rippled across the region following the move by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Dec 10, 2017

President Trump's Jerusalem Decision Sparks Attacks, Protests and Fresh Diplomatic Rifts
President Trump''s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel''s capital has drawn wide international criticism and sparked violence across the region

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Dec 10, 2017

Poll: Percentage of Americans Identifying As Republican Has Dropped Since Trump Won
The percentage of Americans who consider themselves Republican or lean that way has dropped since Donald Trump was elected president, a Gallup poll found.

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Dec 10, 2017

Fox News Anchor Fumbles With Facts During Segment On 'Fake News'
During a Sunday segment sounding the alarm about the rise of “fake news” in the mainstream media, Fox News anchor Leland Vittert twice claimed that The Washington Post had fired a reporter over a misleading tweet that sparked the ire of President Donald Trump.

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Dec 10, 2017

Fox News Anchor Fumbles With Facts During Segment On 'Fake News'
During a Sunday segment sounding the alarm about the rise of 'fake news' in the mainstream media, Fox News anchor Leland Vittert twice claimed that The Washington Post had fired a reporter over a misleading tweet that sparked the ire of President Donald Trump.

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Dec 10, 2017

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Warns That Nuclear War Is One 'Tantrum Away'
Total nuclear destruction is “only one impulsive tantrum away,” this year’s Noble Peace Prize winner warned while accepting the award for an international anti-nuclear weapons campaign.

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Dec 10, 2017

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Warns That Nuclear War Is One 'Tantrum Away'
Total nuclear destruction is 'only one impulsive tantrum away,' this year''s Noble Peace Prize winner warned while accepting the award for an international anti-nuclear weapons campaign.

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Dec 10, 2017

Alabama 'deserves better' than Roy Moore, says Republican senator
Alabama’s senior Republican senator is rooting against a fellow Republican who could become his colleague next week, saying his state “deserves better” than Roy Moore. Electing a Republican in Alabama would normally be a foregone conclusion. Despite Mr Moore’s firm repudiation of those allegations — he has said “I have never engaged in sexual misconduct” — many Senate Republicans have responded by calling the accusers credible and urging Mr Moore to step aside.

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Dec 10, 2017

Swedish PM condemns attempted arson attack at synagogue as three arrested
Three people were arrested early on Sunday after an attempted arson attack at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, prosecutors said. There were no reports of injuries and the fire did not reach the synagogue or an adjacent meeting house where Jewish youths had gathered when the attack took place late on Saturday, Swedish media reported. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a statement he was outraged by the attack.

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Dec 10, 2017

Florida Doctor Delivers Baby At Gas Station
A gas station in Florida became a makeshift delivery room this weekend after an obstetrician was flagged down while filling up his car

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Dec 10, 2017

Fire in southern California threatening another city
A fierce wildfire raged on north of Los Angeles Sunday, threatening other towns after already charring vast swaths of land, but other blazes were largely contained after burning for days. The so-called Thomas fire is only 15 percent contained, now threatening the city of Santa Barbara and the nearby coastal town of Carpinteria, making it one of the worst wildfires in California history. Packing to evacuate now,' the actor Rob Lowe, who lives in Santa Barbara, wrote on Twitter.

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Dec 10, 2017

Israel, Turkey leaders trade insults over US Jerusalem decision
Relations between Israel and Turkey took a bitter turn Sunday as their leaders traded accusations of involvement in terrorism, days after the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would fight against the controversial declaration, describing Israel as a 'terrorist state' that kills children, in a speech in Istanbul. Hours later Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back, calling his counterpart a leader who bombs Kurdish villagers and supports terrorists, during an official visit to Paris.

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Dec 10, 2017

Britain must designate its marine territories as 'bluebelt' to protect oceans and wildlife 
Britain must designate its overseas territories as ‘bluebelt’ to help protect wildlife and prevent plastic pollution entering the oceans, campaigners have said. Following the final episode of Blue Planet II which showed the devastating impact of humans on the world’s seas, the Great British Oceans coalition called on the government to safeguard its remote marine zones, which are home to some of the world’s most endangered species. Already 133 MPs have backed the campaign to create 1.5 million square miles of protected ‘bluebelt’ around seven British overseas territories which contain the breeding grounds for a quarter of the world’s penguins, and one third of the world’s albatrosses. The proposed zone would cover Ascension Island, South Georgia, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha and the South Sandwich Islands, in the south Atlantic, as well as the British Antarctic Territory, the British Indian Ocean Territory and Pitcairn Islands in the southern Pacific. It would be the world’s biggest network of ocean sanctuaries. Plastic pollution in the oceans, as shown on Blue Planet II Credit: BBC In last night’s Blue Planet II, viewers saw the regurgitated stomach contents of a South Georgian albatros which had probably been fed plastic bags by its mother. Another bird had died after a plastic toothpick had penetrated its stomach. Each year more than 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally, and 10 per cent will end up in the sea. It is estimated that there is now a 1:2 ratio of plastic to plankton and, left unchecked, plastic will outweigh fish by 2050. A separate campaign, which also launches today, led by the Marine Conservation Society, Surfers Against Sewage, the High Seas Alliance and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, is calling for at least 30 per cent of global ocean to be designated as marine sanctuaries. Love penguins & turtles & sharks & coral & wonderful marine life in general? Contact your MP easily via our website & ask them to #BackTheBlueBelt & protect 4million km2 of ocean https://t.co/0dt0giYeSnpic.twitter.com/mPDlKeRhfM— Great British Oceans (@GBOceans) November 24, 2017 Sandy Luk of the Marine Conservation Society said: “We have found a growing tide of plastic pollution on UK shores, and must act now to stem that tide. “The UK's influence on the waters of all of the world's ocean is immense, and we call on UK governments to show leadership at this crucial moment to protect some of the natural jewels of our fragile blue planet.” Huge amounts of plastic waste enter the oceans each year  Credit: BBC Designating areas ‘bluebelt’ or Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), would restrict human activity such as tourism, oil and gas mining, the use of sonar, ship transit and fishing. Willie Mackenzie, of Greenpeace said ”Blue Planet II has reminded us all of the wonder and awesomeness of the world’s marine life all over again, from diving the depths of the icy Antarctic to showing us an inventive octopus wearing a shell-suit. “We now have a fantastic opportunity to create a lasting legacy for our shared blue planet. That’s why we’re calling on our governments to step up, suit up, and be the champions our global ocean so desperately needs”. The campaign #BackTheBlueBelt has been launched by a coalition including the Blue Marine Foundation, Greenpeace, the Marine Conservation Society, The Pew Trusts, RSPB and Zoological Society of London, and is backed by naturalist Chris Packham, Stephen Fry, Cara Delevingne an

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Dec 10, 2017

Britain must designate its marine territories as 'bluebelt' to protect oceans and wildlife 
Britain must designate its overseas territories as ‘bluebelt'' to help protect wildlife and prevent plastic pollution entering the oceans, campaigners have said. Following the final episode of Blue Planet II which showed the devastating impact of humans on the world''s seas, the Great British Oceans coalition called on the government to safeguard its remote marine zones, which are home to some of the world''s most endangered species. Already 133 MPs have backed the campaign to create 1.5 million square miles of protected ‘bluebelt'' around seven British overseas territories which contain the breeding grounds for a quarter of the world''s penguins, and one third of the world''s albatrosses. The proposed zone would cover Ascension Island, South Georgia, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha and the South Sandwich Islands, in the south Atlantic, as well as the British Antarctic Territory, the British Indian Ocean Territory and Pitcairn Islands in the southern Pacific. It would be the world''s biggest network of ocean sanctuaries. Plastic pollution in the oceans, as shown on Blue Planet II Credit: BBC In last night''s Blue Planet II, viewers saw the regurgitated stomach contents of a South Georgian albatros which had probably been fed plastic bags by its mother. Another bird had died after a plastic toothpick had penetrated its stomach. Each year more than 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally, and 10 per cent will end up in the sea. It is estimated that there is now a 1:2 ratio of plastic to plankton and, left unchecked, plastic will outweigh fish by 2050. A separate campaign, which also launches today, led by the Marine Conservation Society, Surfers Against Sewage, the High Seas Alliance and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, is calling for at least 30 per cent of global ocean to be designated as marine sanctuaries. Love penguins & turtles & sharks & coral & wonderful marine life in general? Contact your MP easily via our website & ask them to #BackTheBlueBelt & protect 4million km2 of ocean https://t.co/0dt0giYeSnpic.twitter.com/mPDlKeRhfM— Great British Oceans (@GBOceans) November 24, 2017 Sandy Luk of the Marine Conservation Society said: 'We have found a growing tide of plastic pollution on UK shores, and must act now to stem that tide. 'The UK''s influence on the waters of all of the world''s ocean is immense, and we call on UK governments to show leadership at this crucial moment to protect some of the natural jewels of our fragile blue planet.' Huge amounts of plastic waste enter the oceans each year  Credit: BBC Designating areas ‘bluebelt'' or Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), would restrict human activity such as tourism, oil and gas mining, the use of sonar, ship transit and fishing. Willie Mackenzie, of Greenpeace said 'Blue Planet II has reminded us all of the wonder and awesomeness of the world''s marine life all over again, from diving the depths of the icy Antarctic to showing us an inventive octopus wearing a shell-suit. 'We now have a fantastic opportunity to create a lasting legacy for our shared blue planet. That''s why we''re calling on our governments to step up, suit up, and be the champions our global ocean so desperately needs'. The campaign #BackTheBlueBelt has been launched by a coalition including Greenpeace, the Marine Conservation Society, The Pew Trusts, RSPB and Zoological Society of London, and is backed by naturalist Chris Packham, Stephen Fry, Cara Delevingne and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.  

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Dec 10, 2017

Hannibal Buress Arrested For Disorderly Intoxication In Miami
Hannibal Buress was arrested in Miami on Saturday on charges of disorderly intoxication, People reported.

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Dec 10, 2017

California's Thomas Fire Now Ranks Among Largest In State History
The Thomas Fire, one of five destructive blazes currently burning in California, now ranks as the tenth largest wildfire on record in the state.

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Dec 10, 2017

California's Thomas Fire Now Ranks Among Largest In State History
The Thomas Fire, one of five destructive blazes currently burning in California, now ranks as the tenth largest wildfire on record in the state.

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Dec 10, 2017

Southern California: Elevated fire danger remains this week despite less wind
Locally windy conditions will keep the fire danger elevated across Southern California through Thursday as air quality concerns mount.

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Dec 10, 2017

Nikki Haley: President Trump's Sexual Misconduct Accusers Should be Heard
"Women should always feel comfortable coming forward," Haley said

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