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Obama Did Right by Repealing Registration Regulations
- December 23, 2016

By ending NSEERS "for good", Lin added, "the U.S.is on the right path to protect Muslim and Arab immigrants from discrimination". Taking action against Donald Trump's plan to have people register as Muslims with the USA government, President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that he would dismantle an archetype for the program created 14 years ago. (more...)
German police in search for new suspect in deadly Christmas market attack German police in search for new suspect in deadly Christmas market attack
- December 23, 2016

The horrific attack that took lives of at least 12 people and left dozens injured was allegedly conducted by one of Daesh's operatives. Meanwhile, a brother of Anis Amri, chief suspect in the attack, says he last had contact two weeks ago with the 24 year-old and was not aware of any contacts to Islamist groups. (more...)
Trump calls for stronger nukes until world 'comes to its senses'
- December 23, 2016

Using Twitter, the President-elect said the USA must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until the world comes to its senses regarding nukes. Increasing nuclear arsenals could have a domino effect as other countries, including some USA allies in the Middle East, demand their own arsenals. (more...)
Russian Cyber-Espionage Group Tracked Ukrainian Military Using Android Malware
- December 23, 2016

But American intelligence officials have said in public statements and a series of leaks that they are in possession of hard evidence linking the cyber-interference to senior Russian officials, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. The director of national intelligence and the homeland security secretary in October publicly blamed the Russian government for interfering in the USA election, including through hacks of political organizations and targeting of state election systems. (more...)
Expect a warm, wet Christmas in Metro Detroit this weekend Expect a warm, wet Christmas in Metro Detroit this weekend
- December 22, 2016

Scots travelling to visit friends and family for festive celebrations are being warned to brace themselves as Storm Barbara blasts parts of the country with 90mph winds on Friday and Christmas Eve. The chance for rain is still there Christmas Day, with the highest chance for rain out east. Traveling for Christmas? The weather looks pretty decent for the Lehigh Valley region. (more...)
China returns seized USA drone China returns seized USA drone
- December 21, 2016

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook at a news briefing said only that "We're working out the logistical details with Chinese officials". China's rapid buildup of naval and coast guard forces in the region, and its construction of military facilities on artificially created islands, has alarmed Southeast Asian nations that also claim islands in the sea. (more...)
Outrage as Farage links Jo Cox widower to 'extremists'
- December 21, 2016

Forced to acknowledge that no-one has arguably been more on the receiving end of this sort of extremism than Cox, Farage said: "Yes and it's a bad thing that happened to his family with the murder of his wife but he continues to be active in the political arena and as I say, given some of the organisations that he supports I can't just stand here and say "I'm not going to respond". (more...)
Zuckerberg shows off his AI butler
- December 21, 2016

Almost a year ago, the Facebook CEO said he planned to build an AI system as one of the personal growth challenges he gives himself each year. But no, Jarvis waits a beat before telling Mark that their are no good Nickelback songs; a punchline that's about as edgy as a satsuma . (more...)
Southwest Airlines website down Southwest Airlines website down
- December 21, 2016

When reached for comment, the Dallas-based airline's statement said the unspecified issue was affecting only some of their website. Searching for ticket fares also brought up error messages. "We are now experiencing issues with some of Southwest.com's functionality", the statement said. We appreciate your patience as we work to restore full functionality. (more...)
At least 10 dead, dozens injured after explosion at Mexico fireworks market At least 10 dead, dozens injured after explosion at Mexico fireworks market
- December 21, 2016

The scene remained unsafe and he asked people not to come within 3 miles to avoid danger or hampering the emergency response. Numerous victims, which included children and a pregnant woman, reportedly sustained serious burns. The explosion has left people living nearby in a state of panic. In 2005, a fire engulfed the same market, sparking a chain of explosions that destroyed hundreds of stalls, just ahead of Mexico's Independence Day. (more...)
Trump taps conservative leader Mick Mulvaney as budget chief Trump taps conservative leader Mick Mulvaney as budget chief
- December 20, 2016

Trump will have to balance the spending cuts , alongwith delivering on his pre-poll promises of drastic tax cuts and a big infrastructure boost. If the debt ceiling, the maximum amount the government is allowed to borrow, is not raised, the United States would default , making it unable to pay its bills and potentially causing a financial crisis. (more...)
Crude Oil Prices Waiver; Worries Linger
- December 20, 2016

But unless it can enlist significant non-OPEC producers-Brazil, Russia, Venezuela and others-and keep them in line, the effort is likely doomed. Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) will announce soon the quantum of reduction for Malaysia's 2017 crude oil production as agreed to at a meeting of Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and non-Opec members in Vienna, Austria, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan. (more...)
Ala. city official apologizes after tree cut down for Trump rally Ala. city official apologizes after tree cut down for Trump rally
- December 20, 2016

At the end of the night, he joked that he offered to buy the Clinton campaign's fireworks "for five cents on the dollar". "She said those exit polls are just looking terrible and it's not looking good", Mr. The story of the initial Alabama rally, like most things with Mr. Trump, is full of drama, excitement and dispute. Speaking at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, where there was a steady drizzle that he said would ruin his suit, Trump relived his tense election night when he went from big underdog ... (more...)
'Surreal' Is the Word of the Year As Dali Trolls Trump
- December 20, 2016

But as for the top word, it certainly makes sense that as shocking events transpired this year, people looked to an unbiased source like the dictionary to define exactly how they were feeling about the world. [Our word of the year] is a look at 2016 in terms of what sent us to the dictionary. "Spikes of interest in a word are usually triggered by a single event, so what's truly remarkable this year about surreal is that so many different stories led people to look it up", said Peter ... (more...)
Apple appeals against European Union decision on its fiscal arrangement with Ireland
- December 20, 2016

Ireland accused the European Commission on Monday of exceeding its powers and interfering with the EU member's national sovereignty over tax affairs in ruling that Apple owes Dublin billions of euros in taxes, saying it had failed to give proper reasons for its decision. (more...)
Alec Baldwin's Trump gets to mingle with a shirtless Putin Alec Baldwin's Trump gets to mingle with a shirtless Putin
- December 19, 2016

Asks Baldwin's Trump, "Wasn't that a great choice?" Even Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton was resurrected in a spoof of the very exhausted holiday movie Love Actually . Bennett's Putin hilariously but depressingly appeals to Trump's narcissism to get what he wants. Trump: "All I know is I won". "You can stay as long as you want", Trump says. (more...)
Oil rises on Goldman forecast, signs producers complying with cuts
- December 19, 2016

Still, any dip in the global price increase was likely offset by the eagerness of non-OPEC oil behemoths to join in cutting output. Opec's deal to cut production and boost prices gives oil companies the opportunity to start investing again - if they still have the risk appetite, according to analysts and investors. (more...)
Freeze warning through Monday morning; how to protect people, pets, pipes & plants Freeze warning through Monday morning; how to protect people, pets, pipes & plants
- December 19, 2016

Sunday night will be mostly cloudy with a low dipping down to 22. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, has placed the western half of Limestone County in a "slight risk" category of severe storms. "We expect a solid 1-3" rainfall across North Alabama and Southern Tennessee Saturday through Sunday morning, and as that rain ends some sleet and/or snow may mix with it for a brief period. (more...)
Aleppo: Civilians plead for help as thousands remain stranded following evacuation halt Aleppo: Civilians plead for help as thousands remain stranded following evacuation halt
- December 19, 2016

The Syrian government has suspended the evacuation of civilians and fighters from eastern Aleppo, accusing rebels of breaking terms of the deal. Earlier this week, the government side demanded the evacuation of wounded people from al-Foua and Kefraya for the Aleppo deal to proceed. (more...)
Obama says told Putin to 'cut it out' over cyber attacks Obama says told Putin to 'cut it out' over cyber attacks
- December 18, 2016

Three US officials said on Thursday that Mr Putin had supervised his intelligence agencies' hacking of the US presidential election and turned it from a general attempt to discredit American democracy to an effort to help Donald Trump. "Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave", Obama said. "How did that happen?" In part, the president blamed the media for jumping on the news of the leaks, saying that soul-searching needed to be done all around. (more...)
Obama urges Trump to take foreign election impact seriously Obama urges Trump to take foreign election impact seriously
- December 17, 2016

Obama was to hold a news conference at the White House on Friday afternoon. His tweet invoked emails stolen from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman and later released publicly in hacking that has been linked to Russian Federation. "But it is time to insure that our systems - both our economic system and our political system - actually work". On Thursday night she likened the Russian hacks of Democrats during the United States presidential election to payback for those critical remarks and ... (more...)
CDC issues travel advisory for Brownsville, Texas, over Zika
- December 17, 2016

Just in time for Christmas, the CDC has issued a Zika warning to any pregnant women traveling to Brownsville, Texas. In comparison with microcephaly rates from a 2009-2013 USA registry, which reported 7 cases for every 10,000 live births; these findings showed a "prevalence that is substantially higher than the background prevalence of microcephaly", notes the JAMA press release. (more...)
John Legend: Kanye West's meeting with Donald Trump was a publicity stunt John Legend: Kanye West's meeting with Donald Trump was a publicity stunt
- December 16, 2016

It was the first major outing by West since he was released on November 30, after a week in a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital with an unexplained condition, and quickly became the top trending topic on Twitter. In addition to West and Wintour, Maura Brannigan at Fashionista pointed out that there seemed to be someone was wearing Vetements in the lobby of Trump Tower today, too. (more...)
'Walking Dead' Star Lands 'Star Trek: Discovery' Lead
- December 16, 2016

Star Trek: Discovery is set to be the first series to not have the main protagonist as a captain, with a Starfleet officer instead becoming the main focus. Star Trek has continued to break social boundaries throughout the years. Fuller exited the showrunner role in October, after CBS was forced to push back the series premiere from February to May, and was replaced by fellow executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts. (more...)
India and Indonesia commit to study each other's culture
- December 15, 2016

The first direct flight between India and Indonesia was flagged off on Monday morning when Garuda Indonesia launched its flight from Jakarta to Mumbai. The two countries are looking to promote direct shipping links and private sector investment in port and airport developments. The President said Indonesia is the largest economy in ASEAN and India's number one trade partner in the region. (more...)
Alaska Air Closes On Takeover Of Rival Virgin America
- December 15, 2016

By joining forces, the expanded route network boasts almost 1,200 daily flights to well over 100 destinations across the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. "We plan to make this the most customer-friendly merger ever", Tilden said. Also starting Monday, Alaska Mileage Plan members will be able to earn miles on Virgin America flights, while Virgin America Elevate members will be able to earn points on Alaska flights. (more...)
It's Band Baja Baraat For Sunny Leone's Brother Sundeep And Bride Karishma It's Band Baja Baraat For Sunny Leone's Brother Sundeep And Bride Karishma
- December 15, 2016

Sunny Leone shared some pictures of the wedding ceremony of her brother Sandeep Vohra. The wedding took place in Indian style with a grand reception too. Sunny Leone's in-laws also attended her brother's wedding to bless the couple. The actress wanted the same kind of wedding for her brother, as she had seen in her parents wedding album. (more...)
Aleppo: Safe passage for Syrian fighters proposed
- December 14, 2016

Russian Federation had also said on Thursday that Syrian forces had stopped attacks in the area to allow civilians to evacuate. Al-Haj had been on the move to find a place to keep him and his family away from the clashes and possible government capture. (more...)
International Monetary Fund head digs in as trial opens International Monetary Fund head digs in as trial opens
- December 14, 2016

She could face up to a year in jail and a fine of 15,000 euros. Her lawyer Patrick Maisonneuve told Europe 1 earlier Monday that he would not comment on what would happen in the case of Lagarde being found guilty, saying that he was confident she would be acquitted. (more...)
Italy Convicts Two Men For Shipwreck That Killed Some 700 Migrants Italy Convicts Two Men For Shipwreck That Killed Some 700 Migrants
- December 14, 2016

The ill-fated fishing boat. The court also sentenced 26-year-old Syrian Mahmud Bikhit to five years in prison after survivors said he had been Malek's cabin boy. She adds: "Malek denied he was the boat's captain, saying he had paid for passage like everyone else". Once the fishing boat hit worldwide waters, Malek called the Italian coastguard in Rome , which in turn sought the help of the King Jacob, a Portuguese container ship sailing nearby. (more...)