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Vajpayee's home secretary Anil Baijal to be next Delhi Lt Governor

Anil Baijal will be the next Lieutenant Governor of Delhi after President Pranab Mukherjee accepted Najeeb Jung's resignation. Baijal will be the 21st Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. Among other roles, he has also been the vice-chairman of Delhi Development Authority, CMD of Air India and the CEO of Prasar Bharti. 65-year-old Jung, a former 1973 batch IAS officer and former vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University, had assumed charge as ...

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Top general: At least two more years of fighting ISIS

Speaking today on the ongoing ISIS war, Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder Abadi complained that "the Americans were very pessimistic in creating their timetable to defeat ISIS", going out of his way to contradict a claim by the USA commander that the war would take at least two more years.

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USA commander signals new advance against 'IS' in Iraq's Mosul

They are being supported by U.S-coalition airpower. Gogjali was retaken after more than two years of IS occupation in early November. "They (Americans) used to talk about a really long period, but the remarkable successes achieved by our courageous and heroic fighters reduced that".

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A Vote Against Peace

Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro for a meeting. UN Security Council vote which was conducted last week, condemned Israeli expansion of settlements in the occupied territories. Kerry had earlier attempted, controversially, to achieve peace between the two sides by an arbitrary deadline in the spring 2014; war broke out in Gaza a few months after his failure.

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PD: 3 teen charged after evacuation at Arizona Mills Mall

During that incident, a 15-year-old boy refused to obey and instead pushed an officer, a police spokesperson said. Once officers arrived, the crowd dispersed. Tempe police officers had been called to the mall after disturbances were reported in the food court. "The three juveniles that were arrested are known juveniles to hang out at the mall", according to Montenegro.

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Reagan would be mortified by Trump's attitude toward nukes

How far we've come since the Cold Wars days, when fear of communist plotting raged, to now, when a president-elect not only brushes off expert opinion from the agencies that ought to know, but contemporaneously surrounds himself with men friendly and financially connected to Russian Federation.

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Carrie Fisher death: 'A sad day for millions of Star Wars fans'

The actress admitted in an interview that by the time she was filming for the second Star Wars installment The Empire Strikes Back , she was addicted to coke. And it wasn't just her own projects where she employed her skill and wit as a writer . "Gary" also posted a montage of photos showing himself with the star, alongside the caption: 'I was always by your side but best of all you were always by mine.

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Christmas Tree Recycling in Reston

The center is open for drop off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. Ornaments, lights and tinsel should be removed from the trees. on Saturday. Trees must be placed on the curb no later than 6 a.m. on your regular trash collection day. According to a news release, corps rangers and volunteers will place submerged trees around fishing piers to act as fish attractors and improve fishing habitat.

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Islamic State attack in Syria kills at least 30

Turkey is concerned the Kurds' territorial gains in Syria could lead to a new state there, in turn emboldening separatist Kurdish aspirations at home. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the main supporters of anti-Assad rebels. Turkey launched an incursion into Syria in August to fight Islamic State and the Kurdish forces.

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Erdogan: 'Confirmed Evidence' US-Led Coalition Supported Islamic State

Saying that the U.S. have accused Turkey of supporting IS, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday the Turkish leader blamed the US-led coalition for assisting terrorists themselves. The US State Department rejected as "ludicrous" accusations by Turkish President Erdogan that US-led coalition forces supported terrorist groups in Syria including ISIS and Kurdish militant groups YPG and PYD.

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A South Korean robotics company just built a real Gundam

The new "toy" was launched this past weekend. It stands 13-feet tall, weighs 1.3 tons and wields a pair of 286-pound, motion-tracking metal arms. Yang Jin-Ho, chairman of the company, declared that this is the world's first bipedal robot that is manned and is created to work in spaces that can not be reached by humans.

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Watership Down author Richard Adams dies aged 96

With Adams's classic novel the story apparently came to him during a long vehicle journey., when he needed to keep his children amused. The tale of fearless rabbits searching for safety when their warren is threatened was at first rejected by major publishers.

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Channel Nine cricket commentator Mark Nicholas hospitalised again

But Nicholas will take a day off to rest and recover and will not take part in the second day of the broadcast. According to reports, Nicholas had been sweating profusely and visibly struggling, and was taken from Channel Nine's broadcasting box on a stretcher.

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Green Party Calls on Israel to respect United Nations resolution

Trump was fiercely opposed to the resolution and vowed US policy toward Israel will change when he takes office. Tweeting at 3:28 a.m., Netanyahu said the United States "should veto the anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. They are also anxious it could encourage some countries to impose sanctions against Israeli settlers and goods produced in the settlements. The resolution is aimed at removing an important obstacle - Israeli settlements - in the way of the UN-endorsed two-state ...

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One killed in Kabul explosion

A relatively heavy explosion was heard in Kabul city earlier today, leaving several people dead or wounded. Deputy Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said on December 28 that a bomb was put under a bridge and appeared to target the vehicle of lawmaker Fakuri Behishti, who is from the central Bamiyan Province.

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US Gov't Denies Providing Portable Air-Defense Systems to Syrian Opposition

According to Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, the changes in the policy to loosen some restrictions on supplying defense weapons to Syrian rebels was outlined in the new "U.S defense spending bill" and that Russia considers the decision as " hostile ".

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Steve Twomey: Pearl Harbor Was A 'Great Tragedy' 'For Japan'

China criticized Mr. Abe's visit as an insincere attempt to absolve Japan of its wartime aggression. He was the first serving USA president to make the highly symbolic trip and the trip to Pearl Harbor was seen as an act of reciprocity.

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Russian Military Jet Carrying Choir Crashes, No Survivors

President Vladimir Putin declared a Day of Mourning in Russian Federation on Monday, December 26, to honor the memory of those perished in the Tu-154 aircraft crash over the Black Sea earlier on Sunday. Lists of people who were onboard TU-154 were uploaded to the Russian Defence Ministry site. "A search is organised", said a defence source quoted by the Tass news agency.

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Secretary of State John Kerry to outline Middle East peace plan

On Friday, in a historic move, the United States failed to veto a UN Security Council resolution condemning its ally Israel's building of settlements on occupied Palestinian land. "The Obama administration not only failed to protect Israel against the UN's obsession with Israel, it collaborated with the United Nations behind Israel's back", Netanyahu said in a statement following the vote.

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Man accused of killing Tinder date, dissolving body in acid

Ramirez, 26, had apparently been dating Emmanuel Delani Valdes Bocangegra through the Tinder dating application, and her friends had notified the authorities that she was in a relationship with Bocangegra. Anxious for her safety, a group of her friends then searched through her social media, where they discovered she had been seeing Bocanegra for several months, despite never introducing him to her friends or family.

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Erdogan Says He Has Evidence US Supported Terror

ISIL has been threatening civilians in al-Bab and trying to force them to stay in the city. "Whether they do or they don't, we will continue along this path in a determined way". "This issue could result in the United States and Saudi Arabia's isolation over Syria developments", he said. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said earlier there was no information confirming the video.

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The consequences of not vetoing the resolution against Israel

Netanyahu said Israel will reassess its ties with the UN. New Zealand's foreign minister, Murray McCully, said: "We have been very open about our view that the security council should be doing more to support the Middle East peace process".

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Director who called FLOTUS 'ape in heels' out; agency in 'leadership transition'

However, the state requested "specific assurances" the nonprofit is following anti-discrimination policies and has been assured Taylor is gone as director, Tomblin spokeswoman Jessica Tice said. The racist post in question also praised Melania Trump following her husband Donald Trump's election win in November. "It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House.

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Berlin truck attack suspect shot dead in Milan: Italian media

The truck crashed into the holiday market and continued for about 60 meters before coming to a stop. The report said preliminary proceedings had been opened against Amri in March based on information he was planning a robbery to get money to buy automatic weapons and "possibly carry out an attack".

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Woolworths to sell petrol stations to BP for $1.8B

Motorists will be able to earn Woolworths rewards points "on both fuel and in-store purchases at most BP sites in Australia" - with those Woolworths Points then being converted to Qantas Points at the standard rate of 2,000 Woolworths points for 870 Qantas Points.

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Govt to Pass Ordinance, Rs.50000 Penalty for Those Having Old Notes

Quoting reports, PTI said that there could be a cap on the number of notes an individual could hold after December 30, but there was no confirmation. In the previous two instances, when high denomination notes were banned in 1946 and 1978, the government had passed ordinances to give legality to the executive order.

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Turkey calls for air support in anti-IS operations

Meanwhile, a Turkish soldier who was injured in al-Bab during a clash with the IS, died on Monday. In its latest clampdown, Turkey is set to investigate 10,000 people suspected of using social media to support terrorism, its interior ministry announced.

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Pope Francis' Christmas message wishes peace for troubled world

During his traditional " Urbi et Orbi " (to the city and the world) message, the Pope made reference to a number of conflicts now taking place around to world. He has also demanded that Europe in particular do more to welcome refugees. Francis continued, chastising those for whom the essence of Christmas is in consumerism, rather than redoubling efforts to help the poor and society's forgotten people.

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George Michael's death, legacy to be explored in 20/20 special

In the wake of the sudden death of 1980s pop superstar George Michael, one man is recalling the singer's interest in Christianity. Michael's death has inspired worldwide mourning for the star, who dominated the charts in the '80s and early '90s as a member of Wham! and then, later, as a solo artist.

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14 coaches of Ajmer-Sealdah Express derail near Kanpur, several injured

I have directed senior officials to reach the site immediately. Initial reports suggest that 24 people have been injured as yet. The mishap took place around 6 AM near Rura railway station, 70 km from here, Northern Central Railways PRO Amit Malviya said.

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ISIS summarily executes Iraqi civilians for rising up against the Caliphate

Iraqi forces have been tightening the noose around Mosul since launching the offensive. "They need to assess how things are going because they are not going as fast as we thought", Townsend said. Security forces who capture ISIS fighters should properly investigate their participation in alleged war crimes like these. A statement published by Amaq, a news agency supporting Islamic State, said the bridge was now completely out of service, and an unconfirmed video circulated online showed a ...

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Former Argentine leader Kirchner charged in corruption case

Judge Julian Ercolini has ordered an embargo to 10 billion pesos, according to local media outlets. Prosecutors allege Kirchner and her husband, Néstor, who had also served as president and has since died , favored a friend's construction company when awarding public works contracts .

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Search resumes for 2 hikers and a snowboarder missing on Cypress Mountain

Palmer says they've reached out to the men's families but they don't know where the two are either. West Van Police say they were contacted by staff about an abandoned vehicle found in the parking lot on Sunday. "Both positive and negative sightings - if you saw them or if you didn't - are of interest", read a statement from the team on social media Monday night.

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Putin says Democrats 'need to learn to lose with dignity'

Putin said he saw "nothing unusual" with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's recent pledge on Twitter to "greatly strengthen and expand" the U.S.'s nuclear capability. In addition, there are several possible reasons why Putin wanted to hand the election to Trump. "During his election campaign, he said the USA needed to bolster nuclear capabilities and armed forces in general, and there is nothing new" - a reference to Trump's repeated claims during the campaign that he wouldn't take using ...

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Damaged Wild Oats XI forced to retire

Perpetual LOYAL skipper Anthony Bell said it's disappointing Wild Oats XI was forced to retire from this year's race. "Mission accomplished! Huge congrats to the Perpetual Loyal crew winning line honors", the team's official Twitter account posted, after the boat crossed the line at 2:41 a.m.


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