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After Weeks of Protests, Crowds Celebrate Park's Impeachment
- December 14, 2016

A stern and not particularly popular figure, Hwang is especially disliked by liberal activists for his zealous pursuit of people deemed "North Korean sympathisers" under the South's draconian national security law. After Park's impeachment was announced, demonstrators in front of the National Assembly celebrated. On an occasion that seemed more like a victory celebration or festival than a political protest, they shouted, sang and cheered, demanding Park's resignation after which she too ... (more...)
US is sending 200 more troops to Syria to battle IS
- December 14, 2016

Unnamed US officials say they're not too anxious about the troops getting attacked by ISIS in the course of invading their capital city, but rather that they see a bigger risk of suffering a military attack by a US ally, Turkey . Bahrain , Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have all carried out air strikes against IS in Syria, and Jordan has done so in both Iraq and Syria. (more...)
Canada Task Force Makes Recommendations for Legal Weed
- December 14, 2016

In addition to adult use proposals, Arkansas (53 percent of voters approved Issue 6), Florida (71 percent of voters approved Amendment 2), and North Dakota (64 percent of voters approved Measure 5) approved medical marijuana ballot initiatives, bringing the total number of states that have approved such laws to 28. (more...)
Michigan Supreme Court kills Jill Stein's recount Michigan Supreme Court kills Jill Stein's recount
- December 14, 2016

The federal lawsuit is part of a broader effort by Stein to recount votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states with a history of voting for Democrats for president and where Trump narrowly beat Democrat Hillary Clinton. In Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. District Judge James Peterson refused to halt Wisconsin's presidential recount, which began December 1. This decision basically kills off all chances that the recount in the state will be revived. (more...)
Italy judge convicts 2 in sinking that claimed 700 migrants Italy judge convicts 2 in sinking that claimed 700 migrants
- December 14, 2016

Prosecutors in the Sicilian port city of Catania have called for Tunisian Mohammed Ali Malek to serve 18 years for multiple manslaughter, human trafficking and causing the tragedy after the packed boat capsized after colliding with a freighter coming to its aid. (more...)
Romney confirms he's not Trump's pick for secretary of state Romney confirms he's not Trump's pick for secretary of state
- December 13, 2016

Trump revealed his plans Monday night on Twitter. "I have very high hopes that the new administration will lead the nation to greater strength, prosperity and peace", he stated. Still, the opposition to Romney was fierce inside Trump's team - something that spilled out publicly when Kellyanne Conway, Trump's former campaign manager and still close senior adviser made clear his criticism during the campaign should be considered a bridge too far. (more...)
Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN Secretary
- December 13, 2016

The President of the General Assembly, Peter Thomas, administered the oath to Guterres in the presence of the 15 members of the Security Council and other members of the General Assembly. "This became a threat for everybody around the world; it is high time to put an end to this nonsense". Diplomats said Guterres is expected to shortly name Nigeria's environment minister Amina Mohammed as his deputy secretary-general. (more...)
Hyderabad building collapse: Rescue over; toll rises to 11
- December 12, 2016

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Deputy Mayor Baba Fasiuddin said post-mortem has been completed on the 11 bodies. A mother and a child were pulled out from the debris on Saturday and were admitted to the Continental Hospital in Gachibowli. (more...)
GCHQ spied on former colonies & African leaders, including UK allies - Snowden leaks GCHQ spied on former colonies & African leaders, including UK allies - Snowden leaks
- December 10, 2016

The document also shows that some airlines were more susceptible to be spied on than others, based on the likelihood the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) believed they were being used by terrorists. The Le Monde report followed a previous publication based on documents stolen by Snowden dealing with spying by United States and British intelligence on Israeli military aircraft. (more...)
EU starts legal action against 4 states over VW emissions EU starts legal action against 4 states over VW emissions
- December 10, 2016

Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and the United Kingdom have been accused of not applying their national provisions on penalties against Volkswagen despite the company using illegal defeat devices to cheat on emissions. A Porsche spokesman said by phone the company's cars complied with fuel consumption and emissions laws that were in place at the time the vehicles were registered. (more...)
Michigan GOP elector launches website urging vote for Trump
- December 09, 2016

Moreover, the popular vote isn't how we decide who is president. In the past week, the argument has heated up, as Dr. Jill Stein and the Green Party have led for a recount in key states such as Wisconsin and MI. "Plaintiffs are entitled to exercise their judgment and free will to vote for whomever they believe to be the most qualified and fit for the offices of president and vice president", they say . (more...)
Joe Biden Hasn't Ruled Out Another Shot At The White House Joe Biden Hasn't Ruled Out Another Shot At The White House
- December 09, 2016

The former senator and current meme-in-chief was reflecting on how much he enjoyed working in the chamber over his long career, when he teased his presidential run. While we are hoping that Biden truly does run for president in 2020, social media has been going insane since his announcement. Here are some of the funniest reactions to Biden's announcement of running for president. (more...)
Bolivian aviation agent requests help in Brazil after crash Bolivian aviation agent requests help in Brazil after crash
- December 08, 2016

Gustavo Vargas, a retired air force general, has now been detained as part of an investigation into the crash. According to a statement from Brazilian prosecutors, Castedo worked at the Bolivian aviation agency that approved the ill-fated flight November 28 between Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and Medellin, Colombia. (more...)
Assange publishes statement given to prosecutor on rape allegation Assange publishes statement given to prosecutor on rape allegation
- December 08, 2016

Assange from traveling overseas for interrogation, however, and Ecuador's decision to grant him political asylum has allowed him to reside within its London embassy in the intervening years without risking arrest. He says he did not have intercourse with a woman while she was asleep. And will Sweden finally drop their case as it can now be shown that Julian Assange has always been innocent of the crime that he has been accused of, as his public statements now prove? In his statement, Mr ... (more...)
Russia Repeatedly Given Advanced Notice of Coalition Airstrikes Russia Repeatedly Given Advanced Notice of Coalition Airstrikes
- December 07, 2016

A string of miscommunications, intelligence shortcomings and human errors resulted in a US-led coalition air strike in Syria in September that reportedly killed around 90 regime forces, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Damascus accused the United States of deliberately targeting Syrian troops. According to Coe, the Russian's waited 27 minutes to talk to their usual point of contact in the US command center - an officer who was on the other side of the base - while the strikes continued, instead ... (more...)
Math a concern for US teens; science, reading flat on test
- December 07, 2016

Scores indicate a decline for the first time in several years in math, while reading and science remain flat. "While East Asian students score higher in science , they need to develop more positive attitudes toward science ", Schleicher said. (more...)
Farooq Abdullah Directs NC to "Resist"
- December 07, 2016

They said the present unrest in Valley was due to the anti-national attitude of National Conference and reminded that it was NC and its MLC who created trouble during APMCC Kounsar Nag Yatra making a religious Yatra into a communal issue in Kashmir. (more...)
French premier Valls expected to launch presidential bid
- December 06, 2016

Moments after announcing his candidacy, Valls said that his aim in running was to create an independent France, "inflexible on its values facing China of (President) Xi Jinping, Russia of (President Vladimir) Putin, (President-elect) Donald Trump's America, Turkey of (President Recep) Erdogan". (more...)
Row over Army presence at toll plazas in Bengal
- December 06, 2016

Mamata lashed out at him saying that he was speaking in the "voice of the Central government". Speaking to reporters late last night at "Nabanna", the state secretariat in Kolkata, she said, "I will stay at the secretariat to guard our democracy". (more...)
Texas Republican Electoral College Member Will Not Cast Vote for Trump Texas Republican Electoral College Member Will Not Cast Vote for Trump
- December 06, 2016

Suprun, on the other hand, said the Electoral College system 'is fine as it now exists.' His problem lies exclusively with Trump. Writing in the New York Times , Christopher Suprun has declared that he will break ranks with his fellow Republican electors in Texas and cast his vote for a GOP candidate whom he deems to be more fit for highest office. (more...)