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  • Massive California fire triggers mandatory evacuations
    on December 17, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into "a ghost town" as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California's history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito. […]

  • Trump defends tax plan as 'great Christmas gifts'
    on December 17, 2017 at 3:11 am

    The proposed package would slash the US corporate tax rate to 21 percent and cut taxes for wealthy Americans. Democrats have slammed the plan as a giveaway to corporations and the rich that would drive up the federal deficit. […]

  • First gay marriages take place in Australia
    on December 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Australia's first gay weddings took place Saturday, ushering in a new era after the country's marriage equality law came into effect this month. The historic reforms were given royal assent on December 8, the final step in a process that began with a national postal vote in September. […]

  • Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia
    on December 16, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday. […]

  • Saudi women will also be allowed to drive motorcycles
    on December 16, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Saudi Arabian women will be able to drive trucks and motorcycles, officials have said after the kingdom announced a historic decision to end a ban on women driving. In September, King Salman issued a decree saying women will be able to drive from next June. […]

  • Strong earthquake rattles Indonesia’s Java island; 2 dead
    on December 16, 2017 at 4:53 am

    The magnitude 6.5 quake struck at 11:47pm on Friday and was felt across the island, including about 200 kilometers (124 miles) away in the capital Jakarta, where office towers and apartment buildings swayed. Powerful tremors lasted as much as 30 seconds in places. […]

  • Trump administration issues new rules on US visa waivers
    on December 16, 2017 at 2:42 am

    The Trump administration put new requirements in place on Friday for the 38 countries participating in the US Visa Waiver Program, including that they use US counterterrorism data to screen travelers, officials said. […]

  • Prince Harry to marry actress Meghan Markle on May 19
    on December 15, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Britain's Prince Harry will marry his fiancee Meghan Markle on May 19, Kensington Palace announced on Friday. The announcement came after three weeks when the couple made it public that they were engaged. […]

  • Pak SC rejects petition seeking disqualification of Imran Khan
    on December 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday rejected a petition seeking the disqualification of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan in a foreign funding case. The court disqualified Khan's close aide for life and PTI Secretary General Jahangir Khan Tareen in the same case. […]

  • NATO concerned Russian missile system breaks Cold War pact
    on December 15, 2017 at 11:13 am

    North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) said on Friday that it is concerned about a Russian missile system that could carry nuclear warheads, and which it says could violate a landmark Cold War arms treaty. […]

  • Bangladesh stops Rohingya preparing to board boat to Malaysia
    on December 15, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Bangladesh police acting on a tip-off raided a home near the coastal town of Teknaf , where five people had assembled ahead of a promised voyage across the Bay of Bengal. Police arrested an alleged human trafficker and intercepted two Rohingya refugees preparing to board a boat for Malaysia. […]

  • Russia's presidential election to take place on March 18
    on December 15, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Russia's presidential election will take place on March 18 following a vote in the upper chamber of the country's parliament. Though the vote on Friday from the Federation Council is largely a formality, it formally kick-starts the campaign. […]

  • EU leaders set to launch new phase in Brexit talks
    on December 15, 2017 at 10:27 am

    European Union (EU) leaders on Friday are set to authorize a new phase in Brexit talks involving future relations and trade with Britain. The anticipated clearance will provide a welcome boost to British Prime Minister Theresa May, who earlier this week lost a key parliamentary ​vote. […]

  • Putin says US gripped by fabricated spymania
    on December 15, 2017 at 3:44 am

    Putin, who said he was on first name terms with Trump, also praised the US president for what he said were his achievements. "I‘m not the one to evaluate the president's work. That needs to be done by the voters, the American people," the Russian President said. […]

  • China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula
    on December 15, 2017 at 3:15 am

    China has been furious about the deployment of the US-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea, saying its powerful radar can see far into China. […]

  • US Federal Communications Commission set to reverse net neutrality rules
    on December 14, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    The US Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to rescind net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama that barred the blocking or slowing of internet traffic. […]

  • Hunger at the doors of Damascus, as govt blocks aid
    on December 14, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    At the doors of the Syrian capital, children with wrinkled faces and arms like sticks are going hungry because President Bashar Assad's forces, supported by Russia and Iran, are blocking trucks filled with humanitarian relief. […]

  • NKorea says naval blockade would be 'act of war', vows action
    on December 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    North Korea on Thursday warned it would take "merciless self-defensive" measures should the United States enforce a naval blockade, which Pyongyang sees as "an act of war", the isolated nation's state media said. […]

  • May 'disappointed' by UK vote but 'on course to deliver Brexit'
    on December 14, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    British Prime Minister Theresa May said on ​​Thursday that she was "disappointed" after she lost a key parliamentary vote on Brexit but insisted it had not derailed negotiations on the terms for leaving the European Union. […]

  • Iraq hangs 38 members of IS, Qaida for 'terrorism'
    on December 14, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Iraq hanged 38 jihadists belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group ​​or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offences on Thursday in the city of Nasiriyah, provincial authorities said. It was the largest number of executions in a single day since September 25 when 42 people were put to death in the same prison. […]

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