Japan sends troops to fight massive fire

Japan sends troops to fight massive fire Niigata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Honshu on the coast of the Sea of Japan. " At the moment, activities to put out the fire are still going on ", he told AFP on the phone. Around 273 households had to be evacuated after the blaze broke out in Itoigawa's shopping area. "I've never seen something like this before", he added. [Full Article...]

White House condemns slaying of Russian ambassador to Turkey

White House condemns slaying of Russian ambassador to Turkey Turkey and Russian Federation have been on opposite sides of the ongoing Syrian civil war. But the rhetoric has warmed considerably since a reconciliation deal was signed earlier this year and a Russian and Turkish-brokered deal has helped the evacuation of citizens from Aleppo in the last days. [Full Article...]

Met Eireann issue weather warning for four days of Christmas

Met Eireann issue weather warning for four days of Christmas Yellow warnings - meaning "be aware" - have been issued across northern England, Northern Ireland and all of Scotland. Following in Storm Barbara's wake will be another stormy system bringing windy conditions and rain on Christmas Day. Winds will then ease on Saturday morning". The arctic air has been modified as the high pressure system slides through the eastern states, so most of the countr... [Full Article...]

Australia, France ink $52b submarine deal

Australia, France ink $52b submarine deal Australia's new fleet of submarines is the centrepiece of its defence strategy unveiled in February, which called for an increase in military spending of almost A$30 billion over the next 10 years to protect strategic and trade interests in the Asia-Pacific region. [Full Article...]

9 killed, many injured at Berlin market

A passenger in the truck was killed at the scene, police said . The spokesman added that the co-driver of the truck died in the crash. FACEBOOK has activated its safety check feature so pals can tell each other on the social networking site that they are safe in the midst of the Berlin terror attack. [Full Article...]

Oil prices rise in anticipation of tighter 2017 market

Against, that backdrop West Texas Intermediate crude oil for February delivery, the most active contract, ended up 11 cents, or 0.2%, at $53.06 a barrel, while the January contract, set to expire on Tuesday, gained 22 cents, or 0.4%, at $52.12. [Full Article...]

We'll keep holding rallies when I'm president, Trump tells faithful

We'll keep holding rallies when I'm president, Trump tells faithful Aside from thanking supporters at his campaign-style rallies, since the election, Trump has been filling his administration and regularly holding meetings at Trump Tower. Within days of beating Clinton, Trump suggested to aides that he resume his campaign-style barnstorming. Though he agreed to hold off until he assembled part of his Cabinet, Trump has repeatedly spoken of his fondness for being o... [Full Article...]

And Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year Is …

Beginning with the Brussels terror attacks in March, major spikes included the days following the coup attempt in Turkey and the terrorist attack in Nice, with the largest spike in lookups for surreal following the USA election in November. [Full Article...]

Senators call for probe of cyber attacks by Russia

Podesta sat down with NBC's Chuck Todd on " Meet the Press " this morning in his first interview since Election Day, revealing startling details about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation addressed the breach and release of his emails, sharing post-election autopsy comments, commenting on the ongoing transition and discussing tomorrow's Electoral College vote. [Full Article...]

Putin Pays Trump a Visit To Talk Hacking on SNL

Putin Pays Trump a Visit To Talk Hacking on SNL Asks Baldwin's Trump, "Wasn't that a great choice?" "Marry them", replies Mr Trump . "It's fun", Putin adds "You just put it right here next to your internet router and you keep it there all year". The mystery got solved soon as Bennett's bare-bodied Putin popped out of the fireplace. Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, has a close relationship with Russian Federation and was given the country'... [Full Article...]

Government Forms High-Level Task Force On Indus Water Treaty

Government Forms High-Level Task Force On Indus Water Treaty In an interview in Washington, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi said Pakistan's position is based on the principles enshrined in the treaty. According to the provision of the treaty, India can use only 20 per cent of the total water carried by the Indus River. The treaty sets out a mechanism for cooperation and information exchange between the two countries reg... [Full Article...]

Papua New Guinea quake causes small tsunami, no damage

Papua New Guinea quake causes small tsunami, no damage The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a threat of a tsunami in Papua New Guinea and nearby areas. The USGS said on its website that "some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localized". Several aftershocks struck the area, the USGS said, the largest of which was a 6.3-magnitude quake. There were no immediate reports of damage from the tsunami or the q... [Full Article...]

Officials say Putin turned Russian Federation election hacks in Trump's favor

The White House has grown increasingly hostile to Mr. Trump and his team for rejecting the administration's argument that Russian Federation hacked into Democratic campaign emails and tried to help defeat Hillary Clinton. "I'm finding it curious that everybody is suddenly acting surprised that this looked like disadvantaging Hillary Clinton because you guys wrote about it everyday", Obama said. [Full Article...]

China seizes U.S. naval drone in South China Sea

The USNS Bowditch was sailing only 160 km from Subic Bay, an American naval base in the Philippines, in the South China region when the incident occurred, according to a defence department official. Donald Trump has taken a diplomatic shot at China via Taiwan policy and China's military may be pushing back. The seizure follows a USA think tank's recent satellite discovery of freshly installed ... [Full Article...]

Negative Effects Of Zika During Pregnancy More Common Than Realized

Scientists have linked Zika in pregnant women to children born with microcephaly, a condition where an infant is born with an unusually small head that doesn't grow and leads to stunted brain development. In Wednesday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine , Brazilian public health officials reported the results of one of the first studies to systematically test women for Zika throughou... [Full Article...]

Winter Session: Parliament closer to a washout

Winter Session: Parliament closer to a washout The government on Thursday attempted to downplay Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani's concerns with regard to repeated disruptions in Parliament and put the onus on the opposition parties for the same. Advani told Rajnath to convey to the Speaker that she should immediately call a meeting of all leaders to ensure that the House discusses note ban issue on Friday. [Full Article...]

Militants rob Rs 11 lakh from bank in Pulwama

Militants rob Rs 11 lakh from bank in Pulwama They looted Rs 11 lakh - Rs 16,000 in demonetised notes and rest in valid currency, police said. No arrests could be made. This is the third bank robbery by militants since the Centre's announcement of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes on 8 November. [Full Article...]

Garuda Indonesia launches first direct flight to India

In a veiled message to China amid its growing assertiveness in resource-rich South China Sea, India and Indonesia on Monday asserted that the dispute must be resolved through peaceful means and in accordance with principles of worldwide law without resorting to threat or use of force. [Full Article...]

PM Lee congratulates new New Zealand PM Bill English

Bennett said the fact she was given a second chance and is now the deputy prime minister is "a credit to New Zealand ". His challenge will be to win over a public shocked by Mr Key's departure and keep the party riding high in the polls as it attempts to win a fourth straight election late next year. [Full Article...]

Many S. Koreans welcome president's removal from power

The Dec. 9 bill was backed by almost 80 percent of the chamber, including more than 60 legislators from the ruling party. It is an extremely serious situation. What will be the impact to the Republic of Korea following this impeachment vote of President Park? Therefore, Park should resolve swiftly to step down as head of state. [Full Article...]

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