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4 held for gang rape of United States woman

4 held for gang rape of United States woman The woman in her early thirties, who had been sightseeing in India with a tour group, told local police that her tour guide gave her a spiked water bottle, which sedated her, and raped her inside her hotel room along with four other men, the Associated Press reported Monday. [Full Article...]

Fights break out at malls across USA after Christmas

Fights break out at malls across USA after Christmas No injuries have been reported at this time , and no property was damaged. One person was transported by medical personnel from the scene but police said it was due to an illness, not related to the disturbance. "They all started running upstairs away from the cops and some of them were fighting the cops and then they evacuated everybody out here", Yareli Vargas said. [Full Article...]

Romania rejects nomination of first female Muslim premier

The government coalition is also considering an option to create a parliamentary commission to determine whether the president's decision violates the constitution or not, the PSD leader added. He said Iohannis "wants to start a political crisis". The 54-year-old worked in the Syrian Agriculture Ministry for 20 years before emigrating in 2011, according to media reports and Dragnea. [Full Article...]

A strong natural disaster hits Chile on Christmas morning

The quake had a depth of 15 kilometers (nine miles) according to the PTWC. Meanwhile, Chile's Ministry of the Interior and Public Security has asked people to leave the beach areas of the regions of Bio Bio, La Araucania, Los Rios and Aysen near the quake zone. [Full Article...]

Abe to send peace message at Pearl Harbour

Abe to send peace message at Pearl Harbour Announcing the visit to Pearl Harbour earlier this month, Mr Abe had said he wanted to "make this an opportunity to send a message about the value of the reconciliation between Japan and the US". Shinzo visited the Ehime Maru Memorial in Honolulu on Monday. More than 2,400 Americans died in the the attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor. "Prime Minister Abe would also be the first to mourn the victim... [Full Article...]

Russian Federation weighs military plane crash as possible terrorist act

Russian Federation weighs military plane crash as possible terrorist act The Ministry spokesman Maj-Gen Igor Konashenkov also said that "no survivors have been spotted". The cause of the crash is not yet known. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin was being kept updated on the search operation and was in constant contact with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. [Full Article...]

Optimism in OPEC Output Deal Leads to a Rise in Oil Prices

Optimism in OPEC Output Deal Leads to a Rise in Oil Prices A weaker dollar makes greenback-denominated commodities including oil cheaper for holders of other currencies. Nymex reformulated gasoline blendstock for January -the benchmark gasoline contract-fell 0.6% to $1.596 a gallon. Iraq, OPEC's second-biggest producer after Saudi Arabia , pledged to trim output by 210,000 barrels a day, or 4.5 percent of its total production. [Full Article...]

Libyan Plane Hijacked To Malta, Passengers Released

Libyan Plane Hijacked To Malta, Passengers Released According to sources at the scene in Malta , the aircraft has landed safely and emergency services have been dispatched. The hijacker has said he was willing to release the 111 passengers he was holding hostage if his demands were met, but that the aircraft's seven crewmembers would remain. [Full Article...]

The Syrian Government Has Regained Full Control Of Aleppo

The Syrian Government Has Regained Full Control Of Aleppo The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says government forces have taken control of Aleppo. If Aleppo is secured, which seems all but certain, the rebel-held region is one of the top targets for President Bashar Assad's forces and Russian air power. [Full Article...]

Fire engulfs 140 buildings in Japan

Fire engulfs 140 buildings in Japan Two women in their 40s were lightly injured. The fire raged for more than 10 hours before firefighters nearly extinguished it later in the day. Ryuichi Yoneyama requested the Self-Defense Forces to dispatch SDF personnel for disaster relief. [Full Article...]

Mormon Tabernacle Choir to sing at Trump's presidential inauguration

Mormon Tabernacle Choir to sing at Trump's presidential inauguration The choir, which is based in Salt Lake City, has performed at five previous inaugurations, including for Presidents Johnson, Nixon and George H.W. Bush . The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has performed at the inaugurals of five other USA presidents, including Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson , Richard Nixon , Ronald Reagan , George H.W. [Full Article...]

People lay flowers, light candles at Russian Embassy in Riga

Turkey has offered support to some rebels during the ongoing civil war. "This heinous attack on a member of the diplomatic corps is unacceptable, and we stand united with Russian Federation and Turkey in our determination to confront terrorism in all of its forms". [Full Article...]

Will North Devon have a white Christmas?

Will North Devon have a white Christmas? The weather service is looking at daily highs in the low 40s and lows in the upper 20s through Saturday , Christmas Eve. "The last time, previous to this one, that we did have a white Christmas was Christmas of 2013 when the airport was reporting 5cm of snow on the ground", said Coulson. [Full Article...]

Australia, France sign submarine deal

Australia, France sign submarine deal The leak of documents relating to India's Scorpene submarines was aimed at harming France, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said today ahead of the signing of a deal for 12 sophisticated submarines that French defence major DCNS is building for Australia. [Full Article...]

Nine Dead After Truck Crashes Into Berlin Christmas Market

In July, an attacker killed 86 people in Nice, France, when he drove a cargo truck into a crowded Bastille Day celebration. She said her and her group quickly made their way away from the market due to fears of another attack. Local German media cited police saying indications pointed to an attack, not a traffic accident. Reichelt also said the market is hard to access by accident. [Full Article...]

Trump chooses SC congressman as budget director

Trump chooses SC congressman as budget director The Washington Post notes Mulvaney, elected during the Tea Party wave in 2010, has been an "outspoken fiscal hawk " who's pushed for spending cuts even when they force him to oppose his own party, as he has on defense spending. Mulvaney joins Gov. Nikki Haley, who is Trump's nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, as a nominee for an influential position that is considered to be ju... [Full Article...]

In Alabama, Donald Trump finishes last lap on victory tour

In Alabama, Donald Trump finishes last lap on victory tour Trump told supporters at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., that almost 25,000 people attended the rally at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. In coming to Mobile, Trump is also returning to the site of one of his biggest rallies as a candidate. [Full Article...]

Oil prices settle near $US55 as investors await US production news

The rise extends moves seen in the previous session that came amid signals that major oil producers will stick to their agreement to cut production next year, and as the dollar's rally slowed. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sent President-elect Donald Trump a letter on Monday warning him not to consider getting the USA involved in any worldwide deals to cut oil production. [Full Article...]

Merriam-Webster has announced Word of the Year for 2016

Merriam-Webster defines the word as the characteristic of being "marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream". "Historically, 'surreal'has been one of the words most searched after tragedy, most notably in the days following 9/11". [Full Article...]

Constitution of India is supreme: J-K govt

Constitution of India is supreme: J-K govt Though the WB has shirked its responsibility on the matter but if any talks with India, we should not accept any medications or changes in the treaty and outrightly protect the country's interests. The Indus Waters Treaty 1960 is seen as one of the most successful global treaties and has withstood frequent tensions between India and Pakistan, including conflict. [Full Article...]


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