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What is the Syria ceasefire?

The ceasefire, due to start last night from midnight local time (10pm GMT), followed talks between Turkey and Russian Federation and could potentially lead to a lasting political agreement. "Small rebel groups and armed loyalists are seeking to destroy the truce because it puts an end to their presence", he said. A United Nations -brokered attempt to evacuate civilians from Aleppo earlier this month didn't go as planned after aid convoys were set ablaze.

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Stampede at Lorne Falls Festival Results in Dozens of Injuries

Sixty people were injured at an Australian music festival in the crush of a crowd trying to leave a performance, police said Saturday. In all, 13 women and six men in their late teens to late 20s were taken to hospital with a range of injuries including rib, leg, hip, pelvic fractures, possible spinal injuries, head and facial injuries and cuts.

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Clashes erupt near Damascus, threatening fragile Syria truce

While Russia and Turkey have at times boasted that their cease-fire and peace talks have proved more effective that previous deadlocked United Nations negotiations and UN-brokered cease-fires that quickly fell apart, Churkin insisted "there is no competition" between the talks in Astana and Geneva.

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Joe Maldonado, Transgender Boy, Kicked Out Of New Jersey Cub Scout Pack

He was kicked out of his Cub Scout pack in Secaucus. One month later, Kristie received a phone call from a cub scout official who went on to inform her that her child was no longer welcome to be a part of the Cubs and that only boys were allowed.

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Vladimir Putin Will Focus on U.S.-Russia Relations Instead of Expulsions

Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency agree that Russian Federation used cyber attacks to try to tip the election toward its preferred victor: Trump. "We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized". However, he hinted that Russian Federation may wait until Donald Trump, who has played down the hacking claims, becomes president.

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Turkey Arrests Investigative Journalist on Terror Charges

Prominent Turkish journalist Ahmet Sik on Thursday said he was being detained by authorities over a Twitter statement he made while an opposition lawmaker who spoke to him said the reporter was being accused of terrorist propaganda. The PKK, which has been fighting for three decades for autonomy for Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, is considered a terrorist group by the European Union and the United States as well as Turkey.

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Bird flu detected in duck in Co Wexford

In an emailed statement to Reuters, the government department said the situation in the world's second-largest poultry consumer was "stable". Bird flu was found among turkey in the Rostov region and among geese in the Krasnodar region, it said.

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FBI Analysis Fingers Russian Spy Agencies For U.S. Election Hacks

The US Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation released a summary of their inquiry into alleged hacking of Democratic Party servers during the 2016 elections by groups working at the behest of the Russian government.

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Russian Federation calls UNSC meeting as new Syria ceasefire comes into force

The Syrian ceasefire agreement will be presented to the United Nations Security Council for potential approval, Russian Foreign Minister Serghei Lavrov said on Thursday. He explained the talks in Astana had been conducted with seven major opposition groups with substantial military presence in Syria. "There is no competition, as you know Steffan de Mistura has been in touch with us, he indicated his eagerness to help organize the Astana meetings.

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Minnesota teacher, husband abused 8 underage boys

The victim said that Babbitt had been his former elementary school teacher, and that he had agreed to be his mentor when the younger man came out as gay to his family. Paul High School. Webb cited several changes the district had made during the school year, including providing grief and mental health counseling to staff and students and partnering with groups such as the Jacob Wetterling Foundation and local churches.

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Syrian military agrees to nationwide ceasefire

Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, said that Russia , Turkey and Iran were arranging for the talks and hoping for other key global players to get involved. "The biggest seems to be this group - Jabhat Fateh al-Sham". Syria's civil war, which began when a peaceful uprising descended into violence in 2011, has resulted in more than 300,000 deaths and displaced more than 11 million people, half the country's pre-war population.

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Reward offered by police to apprehend armed robber

At approximately 8:30pm, a man was arrested in relation to the armed robbery at Beaver convenience on Princess Street. Following the robbery, police conducted a search of the area, but the suspect wasn't found and is believed to have fled by vehicle.

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Obama Administration Sanctions Russia for Election Hacking, Ejecting 35 Operatives

Amid increasingly fraught cross-Atlantic relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a public New Year's greeting to President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump. The Russian diplomats have 72 hours to leave the United States. Moscow could certainly expel the US ambassador, but beyond that, only time will tell .

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Second £5 note 'worth £50000' is found in Scotland Christmas card

He told the BBC: 'When somebody opened their Christmas card from a loved one, it was contained in that Christmas card. The images on the notes were created by specialist micro-engraver Graham Short, who travelled to different locations in the United Kingdom to spend them.

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Relations between Obama, Netanyahu camps hit rock bottom

Meanwhile, a Pew poll earlier this year found that almost half of Israeli Jews said Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel and that 79 per cent of Israeli Jews agreed that Israel should give preferential treatment to Jews. "When the time comes we will update authoritatively the status of the investigation", the special investigations unit said in a statement. But, Netanyahu said, Donald Trump's incoming administration has promised to fight "an all-out war" on the resolution .

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McCain Vows No US 'Faustian Bargain' With Putin

The U.S. intelligence community largely concurs that Russian Federation was involved, while the Trump team continues to try to focus efforts on hiring for the administration. All of which leads to the third and most important question: just how far are Graham and his like-minded senators prepared to go in pursuing this issue? The officials also told the newspaper that the plan could be announced before the end of the week and that it attempts to revise a 2015 executive order on cyber-attacks ...

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Russia, Turkey Hail Syria Cease-Fire Deal, Peace Talks in Kazakhstan

A ceasefire attempt in February also fell apart. That could cause complications in areas like Idlib in northwestern Syria , where Fateh al-Sham is allied with rebel groups that have signed on to the deal. The deal was brokered by Russian Federation and Turkey, who back opposing sides in the brutal conflict, but notably does not involve Washington, which has negotiated previous ceasefires with Moscow .

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Netanyahu expresses 'deep disappointment' with Kerry speech

Kerry also called for assistance for Palestinian refugees. "[Kerry's] speech was filled with anti-Israel vitriol and falsehoods", Klein wrote in a statement . On the Democratic side, Sen. "Secretary Kerry's speech failed to dispel my strong concerns". Trump himself used Twitter to express displeasure with Kerry's words, hinting that his administration will take a different approach on Israel.

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Obama and Trump have 'very nice conversation' after outburst

The "head person" at Sprint S, +1.03%, Trump said , "said that because of me they're doing 5,000 jobs in this country". Trump said Israel is "up for 20 reprimands" at the United Nations, whereas nations that are "horrible places, that treat people horribly, haven't even been reprimanded".

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US Has Participated in Other UN Resolutions Chiding Israel

Israel's prime minister decried Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast policy speech as a "deep disappointment" on Wednesday and vowed to work with the incoming Trump administration to contain the fallout from last week's United Nations resolution calling Israeli settlements illegal.

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Donald Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Bond During Transition

Here, the White House has only made matters worse for Israel, which is why Israel and its US supporters have taken such offense to its Israel policy as a whole, and its last-minute push against settlements in particular. In a speech Wednesday, Kerry staunchly defended the US decision to abstain from the vote, paving the way for the global body to pass a resolution calling Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law.

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India Needs To Wait For NDP By Donald Trump To Enter NSG !

John Carlson from Australia-based Friends of the Earth also criticised India and stated that "at the time when Russian Federation and the USA have made substantial cuts in nuclear arsenals, and the worldwide community is calling the other nuclear-armed countries to join in arms reductions and advance the cause of nuclear disarmament, India is clearly intent on building up its arsenal and is expecting fissile material production for this goal".

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Obama, Democratic Leaders to Plan Last Ditch Effort to Save Obamacare

President Obama looks genuinely anxious about the fate of ObamaCare: He will meet Wednesday morning with House and Senate Democrats to plot strategy on how to prevent Republicans from killing it, reports Politico . Ryan. Bernie Sanders are hosting a "day of action" on January 15 to focus on support for Obamacare and also Medicare and Medicaid. Republicans could eliminate parts of Obamacare with a "reconciliation" vote, even though most laws require 60 votes to move forward in the Senate.

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Butler Team Plane Loses Pressure, Terrifying Team, Staff

Holtmann said that players were crying, coaches were texting their loved ones in the event of a crash, and that he personally was "shook". The Bulldogs were returning to IN after dropping their Big East opener to St. "But you are also thinking about all the young men on the plane". Holtmann said the team planned to take a charter flight Friday but instead opted to take a bus back to Indianapolis because another plane was not available until late Friday afternoon.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May rebukes USA over Israel criticism

He also defended Obama's move last week to allow the U.N. Security Council to declare Israeli settlements illegal, the spark that set off a almost weeklong diplomatic spat between Israel and its most important ally. Subsequent to the No 10's reaction over Kerry's speech, a spokesperson for the State Department released a statement saying that the secretary's remarks are in unison with the UK's own well-established policy in the Middle East.

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Democratic Senate leader slams Kerry's Israel speech

Kerry's remarks come amid growing tensions between the US and Israel after Washington abstained from the U.N. Security Council vote condemning the building of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. "We can not continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect", Mr Trump wrote on Twitter. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused US President Barack Obama and Kerry of orchestrating last week's resolution, which demanded Israel halt its ...

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Kerry's Rage Against Israel

Bennett added that Kerry's speech, warning about the fragility of a solution to the long-running conflict, was "totally out of touch with reality". Ahead of Britain's June referendum on leaving the European Union, President Barack Obama urged Britons to vote to remain in the bloc in what many observers deemed inappropriate interference in internal issues.

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Israeli Minister Slams Kerry's Upcoming Policy Speech

Netanyahu, whose government is dominated by West Bank settler supporters who oppose Palestinian independence, says worldwide dictates in favor of the Palestinians undermine the negotiating process. He said he looked forward to working with US President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to pursue more pro-Israeli policies. "While he may not have intended it", Schumer said, "I fear Secretary Kerry, in his speech and action at the [United Nations], has emboldened extremists on both sides".

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The Russian government has ordered closing an Anglo-American school in Moscow

Zakharova specifically criticized CNN for spreading "false information". However, the BBC cites Maria Zakharova as saying that this claim is a "lie" and that the Anglo-American School will not be closing . The restrictive measures announced on Thursday apply to some Russian companies, the Federal Security Service and the Russian General Staff's Main Department and its senior officials.

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Overnight Weather Forecast Thursday, December 29th, 2016

A lake effect snow warning has been issued for Onondaga and Madison counties from 1 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday , according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton. Significant snow is possible especially for areas east of Cleveland. Early temperatures on Friday were in the upper-20s and low-30s. By New Years Day, skies dry out and partly sunny skies should ensue with highs in the lower 40s.

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Israeli minister slams Secretary of State John Kerry over planned speech

He added the speech was "almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel U.N. resolution from last week", referencing the recent U.N. vote condemning Israeli settlements, for which the United States abstained. Despite the clear disagreement between the outgoing and incoming administrations, the current Secretary of State made it clear that the State department will only go so far on certain matters.

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Kerry Says Two-State Solution Is 'In Jeopardy'

He praised the tone of Kerry's speech ("Kerry says Israel puts peace plan in jeopardy", Page A1, December 29), but said Palestinian leadership can not accept the parameters of Kerry's solution. The United States-which could have vetoed the measure in the Security Council-abstained from the latest vote. The U.S. can not "allow a viable two-state solution to be destroyed before our eyes", said Kerry, in one of his final addresses as secretary.

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Taiwan's president to stop over in United States next month

She will leave Taiwan on January 7 and return on January 15. US lawmakers often meet with Taiwanese presidents when they transit through the U.S. Under the itinerary announced by the office, Tsai will leave Taiwan on January 7th to visit Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

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From Friday, holding more than 10 old notes crime

RBI will verify the genuiness of the SBN declaration before crediting the amount into the bank accounts. The ordinance approved yesterday - which the President has yet to approve - penalises those who provide incorrect information while making deposits, with a fine of Rs 5,000 or five times the amount deposited.

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6 killed as fire breaks out in bakery

Six employees working in the bakery died due to suffocation, a Hindustan Times report said. Fire brigade officials suspect that the conflagration broke out at around 4:30 a. "The owner was operating the bakery from a small premises". While a case has been registered at Kondhwa police station, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has ordered a separate probe into the incident to ascertain the exact cause of the fire.


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