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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a message on Twitter that Con Edison was evaluating the extent of power outages in the area. NYPD is investigating a possible transformer explosion at the ConEd plant in Astoria. Minutes later, the New York Police Department Chief Terence Monahan said the incident was under control , and said no injuries were reported. "I wish the blue sky in NY was aliens and not a power plant on fire", one Twitter user wrote .
  • Samantha Markle urges Meghan to ‘end the rift’ with their father

    Samantha Markle urges Meghan to ‘end the rift’ with their father

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    They are expected to join the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for the annual church service at St Mary Magdalene on Christmas Day . Kate Middleton , along with her two oldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte , stunned customers and staff when they walked into The Range , a popular discount outlet for some last-minute Christmas shopping.
  • Israel Heading To Elections As Coalition Dissolves

    Israel Heading To Elections As Coalition Dissolves

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    Mr Netanyahu, who has been in office since 2009, said the decision was a "unanimous" one and the poll will be held in April. "The current coalition is, in my eyes, the core of the next coalition", Netanyahu said. "Obviously Netanyahu has realised this is a serious threat and the last thing he needs in the midst of an election campaign is the attorney-general deciding to prosecute him", said Reuven Hazan, a Hebrew University political scientist.
  • Trump decides to pull half of United States troops from Afghanistan

    Trump decides to pull half of United States troops from Afghanistan

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    The idea of pulling back from Afghanistan drew a sharp rebuke from Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. "The conditions in Afghanistan - at the present moment - make American troop withdrawals a high risk strategy". "There will be a significant withdrawal", the American official told AFP on condition of anonymity on Thursday. "The last thing it ( Pakistan ) wants is a radical Islamist state on its Western border, even if that eliminates or reduces Indian influence in Afghanistan", ...
  • United States among the deadliest countries for journalists for first time

    United States among the deadliest countries for journalists for first time

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    In addition, the committee said the imprisonment of journalists has been on the rise. While the president condemned the violence against journalists , the committee noted that he has called them "enemies of the people". Two other journalists , a local TV anchor and cameraman, were killed by a falling tree while covering Subtropical Storm Alberto's extreme weather in North Carolina in May.
  • USA and allies: New hacks mean China broke 2015 economic espionage pact

    USA and allies: New hacks mean China broke 2015 economic espionage pact

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    Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the defendants "gave China's intelligence service access to sensitive business information". Zhu Hua and Zhang Jianguo worked in China to hack into computers and steal intellectual property, United States prosecutors charged on Thursday .
  • Perils of US withdrawal from Syria

    Perils of US withdrawal from Syria

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    An American official told The Times an American withdrawal would help make local forces more self-reliant, but whether they are ready is another question. It is likely the Taliban, emboldened by recent battlefield successes, will only become more aggressive as USA deployments dwindle. Mattis tried to convince Trump to reverse his decision or at least let some troops remains, but Trump refused, according to reports .
  • House approves border wall funding as shutdown nears; bill goes to Senate

    House approves border wall funding as shutdown nears; bill goes to Senate

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    As several federal agencies ceased operations, President Trump on Friday night continued to push for a wall on the border - and blamed Democrats for the standstill . Both bills would extend government funding through February 8. The government has until midnight to vote on a new spending plan. The Senate eventually voted to begin debate, but agreed to wait for a bipartisan agreement before moving any further.
  • Trump now describes his border wall as

    Trump now describes his border wall as "steel slats"

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    Today the House Republicans voted and won, 217-185. The White House has slammed Democrats for not expressing support for the spending bill, noting that most Democrats say they support border security but few have actually made specific proposals.
  • Restaurant explosion leaves more than 40 injured in Japan

    Restaurant explosion leaves more than 40 injured in Japan

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    Police investigate the site where an explosion occurred the previous night in Sapporo's Toyohira Ward on December 17, 2018. Video posted on social media showed flames shooting up into the sky and debris-strewn streets. In the North of Japan in Sapporo , blew a two-storey restaurant, injuring more than 40 people. The cause of the explosion was not yet known. The section of the wooden building containing the estate agency was nearly completely razed to the ground, and was engulfed by ...
  • Japan sets sights on first aircraft carrier since WW II

    Japan sets sights on first aircraft carrier since WW II

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    The guidelines would replace the current defence plan halfway through its intended lifespan and underscore Abe's push to expand Japan's military role and capability to make it, as he puts it, "a normal country". The Japanese government is determined to hold persistent talks with Moscow on a peace treaty, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo commenting on Japan's protest over Moscow's construction of military facilities on the southern Kuril Islands, Trend reports ...
  • Trump Looks To Deal With Dems After Judge Strikes Down Obamacare

    Trump Looks To Deal With Dems After Judge Strikes Down Obamacare

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    Although conservative legal scholars likely might agree with the judge that the mandate to have coverage can not stand without the penalty - based on Chief Justice John Roberts' landmark ruling in the first challenge to the law - many did not expect that other broad aspects of the ACA would also be thrown out in this case.
  • May launches stinging attack on Blair over referendum call

    May launches stinging attack on Blair over referendum call

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    Despite fellow European Union leaders rejecting her appeal for changes to the Withdrawal Agreement, the Brexit legal text, Mrs May said talks would continue over ways to win over enough MPs to pass the deal. "We are here to act on the will of the people clearly expressed in the referendum", said Hinds. Prime Minister Theresa May is facing widespread opposition to the measure at Westminster amid claims it will undermine the integrity of the United Kingdom by creating an economic border ...
  • 'They're a joke': Rudy Giuliani steps up attack on Mueller

    'They're a joke': Rudy Giuliani steps up attack on Mueller

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    Davis also took issue with Trump's claim that federal agents had broken into Cohen's office and residences in NY in April. Cohen was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison for two campaign-finance violations and one charge of lying to Congress .
  • Trump's New 'Acting' Chief Of Staff Called Him A 'Terrible Human Being'

    Trump's New 'Acting' Chief Of Staff Called Him A 'Terrible Human Being'

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    Bloomberg news cited White House senior aide Kellyanne Conway as saying on Tuesday that Kelly, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, will stay until at least January 2. "Yes, I'm supporting Donald Trump ", the incumbent Republican, who later won reelection, says in the video. In recent weeks, he had spoken with several former and current White House officials, all of whom urged him not to accept the position, telling him he would ultimately regret taking it, said the source close to Christie.
  • Trump an 'unindicted co-conspirator — Fox's Napolitano

    Trump an 'unindicted co-conspirator — Fox's Napolitano

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    On Sunday, he called his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen , a "rat" because he has cooperated with prosecutors. Comey said Republicans "have to have the courage to stand up and speak the truth, not be cowed by mean tweets or fear of their base".
  • Australia recognises west Jerusalem as Israeli capital

    Australia recognises west Jerusalem as Israeli capital

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    Mr Morrison officially announced the move today after first proposing the policy shift in October, despite both Israelis and Palestinians claiming Jerusalem as their capital. Australia became one of just a few governments around the world to follow US President Donald Trump's lead and recognise the contested city as Israel's capital.
  • Sri Lanka parliament demands sacked PM is restored

    Sri Lanka parliament demands sacked PM is restored

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    Sirisena has said he will accept the Supreme Court's ruling on the petitions filed against his gazette notification dissolving Parliament. "This first thing this (restored) parliament should is to investigate the coup and bring both the president and his illegal prime minister to justice", JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said.
  • 7-year-old in good health, border agents said; then she died

    7-year-old in good health, border agents said; then she died

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    Local EMTs also provided care before she was transported at 7:45 a.m.by air ambulance to a Texas trauma center. The detained immigrants were packed into two buses and taken on a 90-minute drive north, ending at a CBP facility in Lordsburg, New Mexico .
  • Massive Marriott data breach traced to Chinese hackers

    Massive Marriott data breach traced to Chinese hackers

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    Compromised customer data included names, passport numbers, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates and e-mail addresses. In addition, Washington is expected this week to unveil new charges against Chinese military and intelligence hackers as it seeks to counter what is seen as a broad-based, sustained cyber threat against U.S.
  • France detains 1,220 after anti-govt protests

    France detains 1,220 after anti-govt protests

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    Many shops in Paris were boarded up before Saturday's protests to avoid being smashed or looted, and police cordoned off numerous city's broad boulevards. However, the protest movement shows no sign of abating. "At the national level, including Paris , we're at more than 700 detained with participation in the movement at 31,000 nationwide including 8,000 in Paris ", he told France 2 television.
  • Funeral arrangements set for Breana Rouhselang

    Funeral arrangements set for Breana Rouhselang

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    Joseph County Jail", said Aredt. Trejo originally told police the same story, but when police presented evidence against him after finding her body in a dumpster, he confessed to stabbing and killing Rouhselang . Joseph Conuty, Indiana, authorities said. They eventually discovered Rouhselang's body behind Pasquale Rulli's restaurant a block from her home. Deputy Prosecutor Chris Fronk said the incident has hit investigators hard.
  • White House revolving door: Trump begins search for next chief of staff

    White House revolving door: Trump begins search for next chief of staff

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    The 36-year-old caught the eye of many pundits who believed he would be the president's pick, however, the president called the rumors "fake news". He will be working on the fundraising efforts for Trump's reelection. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been said to be in the running. "Removal by impeachment would muddy that", he said, warning that die-hard Trump supporters - who still make up nearly a third of the electorate - might see themselves as victims of a "coup".
  • US President Trump: Payments to silence women were a 'simple private transaction'

    US President Trump: Payments to silence women were a 'simple private transaction'

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    While McCarthy pointed out that Justice Department guidance says a sitting president can't be indicted, Trump could face charges when he leaves office. But in reality, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY have outlined a convincing case that Trump directed Cohen to make illegal campaign payments to hide his alleged affairs.
  • United Nations rejects U.S. proposal to condemn Hamas

    United Nations rejects U.S. proposal to condemn Hamas

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    The resolution "Activities of Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza " got 87 votes in favour, 58 against with 32 abstentions. The representative of Kuwait called for respecting relevant United Nations resolutions in efforts to address the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and stressed the importance of a two State solution based on pre-1967 borders.
  • 22-Year-Old British Backpacker Murdered In New Zealand

    22-Year-Old British Backpacker Murdered In New Zealand

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    However, based on the evidence that we have gathered over the past few days, we expect that this is Grace. "I can now advise that a short time ago, we located a body, which we believe to be Grace". Earlier today Millane's brother Declan thanked New Zealanders for their thoughts and prayers. After visiting Peru, she arrived alone in New Zealand last month and had been in touch with family and friends almost daily until her disappearance.
  • Body found after U.S. woman goes missing in Costa Rica

    Body found after U.S. woman goes missing in Costa Rica

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    Officials said Monday that dogs discovered a body in the backyard of the villa Stefaniak rented from AirBnB during her trip with her sister-in-law to celebrate Stefaniak's 36th birthday. Though it's unclear whether it was Martinez who said this, BBC reports that security guards initially claimed to have seen Stefaniak take an Uber to go to the airport on the morning she was supposed to fly home.
  • Huizenga Reacts to George H.W. Bush's Death

    Huizenga Reacts to George H.W. Bush's Death

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    Its culmination will be a state funeral at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, which US President Donald Trump - who had often clashed with the more staid and centrist Bush family - has declared a national day of mourning. His remains are scheduled to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Monday afternoon and later will begin lying in state at the U.S. Capitol.
  • Smuggler dropped two children from top of border wall: DHS

    Smuggler dropped two children from top of border wall: DHS

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    Border Patrol , witnesses said . Members of the Central American migrant caravan sit next to the border wall in Tijuana, Mexico , 05 December 2018. "We'll figure out what to do in a couple of days". By Saturday afternoon, most of the thousands of migrants who had been camped out at the sports complex had agreed to move to the new, more distant shelter.
  • Facebook accused of giving access to users’ data

    Facebook accused of giving access to users’ data

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    Facebook responded quickly, saying the release was misleading without context and that the documents "are only part of the story". With regards to Onavo, Facebook argues "we've always been clear when people download Onavo about the information that is collected and how it is used, including by Facebook".
  • U.S. gives Russian Federation 60 days to comply with nuclear treaty

    U.S. gives Russian Federation 60 days to comply with nuclear treaty

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    It is alleged that Moscow has violated the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty - a historic pact that kept such deadly missiles out of Europe . In return, NATO foreign ministers agreed to formally declare Russian Federation in "material breach" of the INF treaty in a statement in support of the US.
  • 'Point of Light' President George H.W. Bush Dies at Age 94

    'Point of Light' President George H.W. Bush Dies at Age 94

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    Bush Senior served as the 41st president of the United States. He also saw his popularity swell with America's success in the 1990-1991 Gulf War, where U.S. Bush applauds during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Bush, then 47, was an advocate of the "two-China solution", of keeping both governments in the worldwide organization.
  • Trump sends message to Kim through South Korean President

    Trump sends message to Kim through South Korean President

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    Moon, who has facilitated a series of high-level talks between the United States and North Korea including the Trump-Kim summit, has met Kim three times this year. However, despite the slow pace of developments between Washington and Seoul , the governments of Moon Jae-In and Kim Jong Un are taking the initiative in rebuilding positive inter-Korean relations.
  • Flynn 'substantially' aided probe of possible links between Moscow, Trump campaign: Mueller

    Flynn 'substantially' aided probe of possible links between Moscow, Trump campaign: Mueller

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    The special counsel is also due to make three crucial court filings this week, including sentencing memos for Michal Flynn, Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. US President Donald Trump has called for a "full and complete" sentence for his former lawyer Michael Cohen , weighing in on a judicial proceeding with accusations Cohen lied about dealings with Russian Federation during his 2016 presidential campaign.