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Australia criticises Japan after whaling photos released

The slaughter of at least one protected minke whale - shown in Sea Shepherd pictures lying on board the whaling mother ship, Nisshin Maru - has allegedly taken place in Australian waters in the Southern Ocean. Sea Shepherd managing director Jeff Hansen said the government's response was not good enough. After the ruling, Japan announced new research program, under which it would kill up to 333 Antarctic minke whales each year. Read More

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ISIS, Iraqi forces battle for control of Mosul University

ISIS, Iraqi forces battle for control of Mosul University

There are more than a dozen districts on the southern part of the city, importantly al-Salam where in early December Iraqi forces had to withdraw from a hospital they retook briefly following heavy fire from ISIS militants. Improved coordination between different military branches, plus new tactics and better defences against the vehicle bombs has helped them gain new momentum against Islamic State in Mosul since the turn of the year, US and Iraqi military officials say. Read More

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Princess Margaret's Former Husband, Lord Snowden Dies Aged 86

Princess Margaret's Former Husband, Lord Snowden Dies Aged 86

Buckingham Palace confirmed that Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret's sister, had been told about his passing. Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, known as Lord Snowden, Wednesday the princess in 1960. He was born on 7 March 1930 into a family of minor gentry. Our thoughts are with Lord Snowdon's children and the entire British Royal Family during this hard time. Read More

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Inflatable backpack saves snowboarder during avalanche near Whistler

Inflatable backpack saves snowboarder during avalanche near Whistler

Snowboarder Tom Oye is shown being caught up in an avalanche this week in Whistler, Canada. His boss in Whistler said he would pass on Postmedia's request for comment to Oye, saying: "He will contact you if he's interested". Wednesday. He then ground to a halt as others rushed to offer assistance, but he reassured them: "I'm fine". "I love him and his whole family loves him and take it easy and can't wait to see you again", he said. Read More

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Sainsbury's sales boosted amid 'very competitive' market

Sainsbury's sales boosted amid 'very competitive' market

Combined sales across the group, including its supermarkets and Argos stores, were 1% higher, excluding fuel. Clothing sales were boosted 10 per cent while general merchandise also rose by three per cent. "This is part and parcel of an ongoing shift in customer preferences, away from big out of town supermarkets in favour of shopping from the comfort of their own home, or at a local convenience store". Read More

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Insurgent attacks kill dozens in Afghan cities

Insurgent attacks kill dozens in Afghan cities

The attack took place during rush hour, as staffers were leaving the parliament complex. Sediqqi said there were casualties but that exact numbers remain unclear. A auto bomb then exploded as security forces gathered at the site of the first blast, Mujahid said. Also hurt was UAE Ambassador Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kaabi and "a number of Emirati diplomats", the UAE Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Read More

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As of 1 pm TODAY, CONGRESS

As of 1 pm TODAY, CONGRESS "OWNS" DONALD TRUMP

In Biden's shoes that day was Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic nominee who went up against Bush. At one point, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., implored one of them to join her objection. Jayapal, a first-term lawmaker who was sworn in Tuesday, said she wasn't upset that Biden had shut down her objections. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said it was "embarrassing" for House Democrats that they couldn't get a senator to join the protest. Read More

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Australia beat Pakistan to sweep Test series

Australia beat Pakistan to sweep Test series

Asad Shafiq and Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain, added 40 for the sixth wicket, before Shafiq fell soon after lunch, bowled by Starc for 30. Smith has scored 443 runs, with two centuries, for the series at an average of more than 110. Pakistan nearly dragged the contest into Saturday's final session but was dismissed for 244, with Lyon and O'Keefe turning the screws ahead of a four-Test tour of India. Read More

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How Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' became a bestseller in 2016

Bavaria was handed the rights to the book in 1945 when the Allies gave it control of the main Nazi publishing house following Hitler's defeat. The book's title is translated as "My Struggle". Some, such as the Berlin-based Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Antisemitism, opposed the publication, but others, such as Board of Deputies of British Jews, said they could see understand the educational value of the project. Read More

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Young woman caught smuggling refugee in her suitcase

Young woman caught smuggling refugee in her suitcase

Its driver was a 30-year-old Moroccan man and police say the auto was stolen two years ago in Barcelona. They instructed her to open her suitcase, and found the young man curled up inside. News of their capture came as a stampede of 1,100 migrants on Sunday stormed the same border, which is lined with a 19-foot-high fence topped with barbed wire. Read More

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No consensus among Israeli Jews about settlements' impact on security

No consensus among Israeli Jews about settlements' impact on security

What the UN Security Council is attempting to do through the December 23 resolution condemning Israeli encroachment through settlements is to uphold global law and allow Palestinians a piece of what is rightfully theirs. "We want the conference to create an global mechanism for the peace process, which includes a time frame for implementing an agreement with Israel", Khalidi stated. Read More

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WEATHER: Showers today, much colder by Tuesday night

WEATHER: Showers today, much colder by Tuesday night

Thursday: Cloudy, with a high near 22. Wednesday ... Much colder . Mostly sunny. Temperatures are expected to reach close to 50 degrees with rain likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. North wind around 6 miles per hour. Tuesday ... Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain. It also will be breezy with a southwest wind 13 to 21 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour. Read More

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SP Seat Sharing Differences: Will Akhilesh Yadav Join Hands With Congress?

SP Seat Sharing Differences: Will Akhilesh Yadav Join Hands With Congress?

The battle within the Samajwadi Party has climaxed with the expulsion of Akhilesh with his supporter Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years. Both Akhilesh and Ramgopal want to finish the party. The appointment comes after the removal of Shivpal Yadav at the national convention earlier on Sunday. The UP Chief Minister defiantly released a list of candidates for seats already allotted by his father and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to others on Thursday night. Read More

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Families gather for grand menorah lighting on second night of Hanukkah

Traditionally, menorahs are lit for the eight days of Hanukkah, which begins on Saturday this year. The family-friendly event features a live performance by Choni Teitelbaum a Jewish musician and DJ. In his speech, he said he hoped Hanukkah's message would be an inspiration. They brought their neighbor Ilene Wechter, a self-described "snowflake" who comes to Palm Beach to escape the New Jersey winters. Read More

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Indian Men Arrested After US Tourist Accused Them of Rape

Indian Men Arrested After US Tourist Accused Them of Rape

The accused include a tour guide, a bus driver, a conductor and a hotel employee. The woman said in her police complaint that the four men raped her after she was drugged in a New Delhi hotel room in April. national managed to identify the tour guide, driver and cleaner, but she couldn't confirm the identity of the hotel staffer, he said. She also talked about how being with children, since she is a teacher, has been a therapeutic experience in overcoming the trauma she has had to endure. Read More

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Russian Investigators Eye Technical Problems, Pilot Error As Plane Crash Cause

The plane disappeared from radar two minutes after taking off from Sochi's Adler airport at 05:25 (02:25 GMT), heading for Latakia in Syria, the defence ministry said. The choir was set to perform for Russian troops deployed in Syria during the New Year's celebrations at the Hmeimim airbase, which has been used to launch airstrikes in support of Syria's Bashar Assad, a Moscow ally. Read More

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Police seeking answers in Gisborne crash

The patients admitted to Gisborne Hospital ranged in age from 16 to 65 and included a 55-year-old man in serious condition, according to St Johns. The rest of the patients had minor injuries, she said. Last year, there were 12 deaths on the roads during the holiday period. The bus was full of school children from the Tongan Island of Vava'u who were on a four-week tour to raise money. Read More

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