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9 spectacular pictures of New Year's Eve celebrations around the world

As 2016 draws to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a tired adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities. The fireworks will also include a "Willy Wonka moment" in tribute to the late actor Gene Wilder's most famous role, fireworks co-producer Catherine Flanagan said.

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20 killed in Indonesia ferry fire

The flames engulfing the ship were reportedly later extinguished and the vessel brought to the Muara Angke port in Jakarta . An Indonesian official confirmed the deaths. "In a split second, the fire swelled because it came from the fuel tank". The remains of the boat were towed back to Jakarta , where images showed the devastation caused by the blaze.

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PM Narendra Modi's New Year address: Full Speech

For farmers, he announced that banks will not charge interest for 60 days on loans taken from district cooperative Central bank and primary societies for rabi crop. Modi said senior citizens will get 8 per cent interest on deposits of up to Rs7.5 lakh for 10 years and deposit of Rs6,000 into accounts of pregnant and lactating women in rural areas to meet medical expenses.

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Akhilesh Yadav Named Party Chief, Not Ok, Says Mulayam: 10 Facts

Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh , and Ram Gopal Yadav have been sacked by Mulayam Singh Yadav from all party posts for indiscipline. Even as rumours persist of Congres VP extending support to the now-ousted CM, Akhilesh has claimed support of 190 MLAs out of the 229 his party boasts of and is currently meeting his father.

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Jharkhand mine collapse: Nine miners killed

A police official told the newspaper " As of now, there are different versions of how many machines, vehicles and people are trapped ". A NDRF management team was the first to reach the spot from Patna . BN Shukla, director (operation) of the ECL's Rajmahal project, said, "Landslides in the hard rock area below ground zero led to the collapse of heaps of earth from the upper portion of the site".

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Bowie and Prince to be remembered with huge, streamable NYE fireworks

ET on Saturday. In Japan , shoppers filled markets to buy tuna and crabs - seen as expensive items for special feasts - for New Year's Day family gatherings. The celebrations at the Zocalo square will begin with street parties, band performances, and food and at the stroke of midnight the locals will hug each other and wish Feliz Aa O Nuevo (Happy New Year) before setting off the firecrackers.

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How to watch live stream online from Times Square

The celebration will feature over five hours of performances from New York, New Orleans , Las Vegas and Los Angeles. "I just want to find happiness this year and leave all the bad things behind", said Maria Raimilla, of Richfield Park, New Jersey, just after midnight.

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Dead After Shooting in Istanbul

White House official Ned Price said the attack on "innocent revellers" celebrating New Year's shows the attackers' savagery. According to the media reports there were more than 700 people in the club at the time and many party-goers threw themselves into the Bosphorus water-way in panic after the attack.

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United States expels Russian diplomats, closes compounds in cyber attack sanctions

President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the USA threat to increase sanctions against Russian Federation, saying "we ought to get on with our lives". Mr Putin's spokesman accused the outgoing USA administration of harming Russian-American ties and dealing a "blow on the foreign policy plans of the incoming administration of the President-elect".

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North Korea 'close to testing long-range missiles'

Pyongyang had "soared as a nuclear power", he said, adding it was now a "military power of the East that can not be touched by even the strongest enemy". Under Kim, who rose to power in 2011, North Korea has seen steady progress in its nuclear and missile programs. His father Kim Jong-il never delivered a New Year's address during his 17-year rule.

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Can DR Congo avert a transition crisis?

Meanwhile, in a year-end address, Kabila said "Now that all pretexts for various plots against the republic have been removed, I call everyone to ... to create conditions of true peace and stability throughout the country". Last week, the Catholic bishops and opposition leaders said they were close to a new deal that would see Kabila commit to leaving office in 2017. The government had previously said it was impossible for it to be held before April 2018.

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Clemson clobbers Ohio State to set up rematch for national championship

Here are three things we learned from their victory. The offensive line for Ohio State struggled as well. Urban Meyer has a 44-3 record with more than a week to prepare; and that record will be put to the test Saturday evening by the ACC Champion Clemson Tigers.

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What is Obama's end game on Israel?

The US took the unusual step of abstaining in a United Nations Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlement building in the occupied territories. The resolution is largely a symbolic message as it has no enforcement or sanctioning mechanism. And what university administrator is now going to crack down on student groups calling for a Judenrein Jerusalem when President Obama himself has done just that? The only conceivable ends toward which orchestration of this resolution would ...

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Pilot arrested after being found impaired before departure

The plane had 99 passengers aboard with six flight crew, including the pilot. Police said initial tests conducted indicated the pilot was severely impaired by alcohol. His name will be released once he has seen a Justice of the Peace. The pilot has been charged with having care and control of an aircraft while impaired, and having care and control of an aircraft over.08.

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Vancouver apartment fire forces 30 people out into the cold

The 2-alarm fire broke out at the apartment complex located at 3450 S. Poplar Street just before 1 a.m. It started at a light fixture on the second floor before moving up into the third floor according to Peter Bridge with the Vancouver Fire Department.

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U.S. Sanctions Russia, Expels Diplomats; Russia Threatens Retaliation

Trump even pinned the tweet to the top of his Twitter feed so nobody will miss how Trump "always knew he was very smart!" American intelligence officials widely agree that Russian hackers successfully interfered in the presidential election , and Obama has responded with new sanctions on Russian officials.

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The Obama Administration Sanctions Russia For Meddling in the 2016 Election

The US also plans to shut Russian compounds in NY and Maryland, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation publishing "wanted" posters of alleged Russian hackers. President Barack Obama had vowed action against Russian Federation amid U.S. accusations that it directed cyber-attacks against the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's campaign.

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PM Modi launches Bhim app for digital transactions, only requires thumbprint

The speech came weeks before the government is expected to announce its annual budget, probably in February, and ahead of the model code of conduct, which will kick in as soon as the dates for the Uttar Pradesh election are announced, and prohibits any announcements that could influence voters.

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Nadal revels in title, Murray finishes 2016 with a bang

After losing the opening set at the exhibition tournament, Murray recovered to go 3-2 up in the second set. "There are great players here and I feel happy to be back on the competition, always being away from competition is tough, the comebacks are not easy but I think I practised a lot at home in Majorca and practised well and made a decision to start a new season and see how things are going", Nadal said.

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Armed attack on a night club in Istanbul,'many wounded'

CNN says large numbers of police and paramedics were sent to the well-known bar in the Ortakoy district following reports of gunfire. One attacker is still inside the club, CNN Turk said and police special forces were preparing an operation to enter the building.

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Donald Trump: New communications jobs 'tip of the iceberg,'

Son's SoftBank invested $1 billion this month in OneWeb, which is building a network of satellites to provide broadband internet. Also, OneWeb company will generate 3,000 new jobs in the country. Sprint announced a "commitment to create or bring back to America 5,000 jobs", although it has no specific plans yet. Second, the Japanese owner of Sprint , Softbank, announced in October that it was creating a huge tech investment fund.

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Amanda Nunes Expected Dominant Triumph Over Ronda Rousey at UFC 207

Speaking after UFC 207, Dana White said that he had been in the locker room with Rousey afterwards, and that despite suffering another defeat, she was taking the defeat well. "Yeah that's it for her", Nunes said of Rousey . "She's gonna go make movies now and retire". "If she wants the rematch, I'm going to do the same thing because she can't take my punches".

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Sydney celebrates New Year with fireworks

A 26-year-old man was taken to St Vincent's Hospital after suffering serious head injuries after falling from a vehicle in Sydney's CBD. Berlin police spokesman, Thomas Neuendorf, said that they are taking every measure to prevent similar attacks.

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Long Island New Year's Eve Weather: Chance of Snow, Rain, Gusty Winds

The weekend will be cooler, with highs in the mid-40s both days under mostly sunny skies. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 52. Now there's word of possible snow, as well as subnormal temperatures, starting New Year's Eve. Local total snow accumulation 9 to 13 inches with snow level becoming 4,500 feet or lower overnight.

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Donald Trump Says U.S. Should "Move On" Amid Russia Allegations

The White House maintains that Russian intelligence agencies acted to undermine the electoral process as Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Mr. It is in Russia' interests to mend its relationship with the United States in order to increase its territorial influence and free itself from aggressive American-led economic sanctions which have hurt the Russian economy.

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Ronda Rousey vs Amanda Nunes live TV, streaming information

Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight after Nunes started to treat Rousey like a punching bag, connecting blow after blow as Rousey staggered against the cage. Rousey's return fight was similar, but even quicker. She might have been engaging bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 inside T-Mobile Arena, but the dominance that delivered Rousey to the mainstream faster than anyone else in the organization's history had vanished on a November day in Melbourne, Australia .

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Obama slaps Russian Federation with sanctions for meddling in the USA election

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. "This is all about Russian politics". Several US intelligence agencies have stated that there was a clear involvement of Russian Federation, particularly Putin, in the hacking of the Democratic Party's emails.

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Obama Administration Expels Russian Officials, Warns Trump Not to Reverse Course

Hours after Obama accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering a cyber hack , and hence, tampering USA elections 2016, Russia pledged adequate reprisals and accused Washington of destroying ties with unfounded allegations. The move follows up on a pledge made by President Obama to retaliate against Russian Federation for hacks of the Democratic National Committee and other political targets.

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Husband of Kellyanne Conway on 'Short List' for Solicitor General

Bloomberg News first reported that George Conway was being considered for the post, which requires Senate approval. The lawyers in the office represent the government before the U.S. Kellyanne Conway , meanwhile, was tapped earlier this month to become counselor to the president once Trump is inaugurated next month. That position is hugely important, and will place the trusted Ms Conway inside the White House.

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Maine's attorney general signs letter to Trump on climate change

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during the funeral of former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres at the Mount Herzl national cemetery in Jerusalem on September 30. However, when President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvement in hacking USA political groups in the presidential election, he set up a potential crisis ...

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Tenth successive weekend protest against South Korea's president

He is accused of having pressured the NPS, the biggest shareholder of builder Samsung C&T Corp.to support a controversial merger between it and Cheil Industries Inc. Chung Yoo-ra, Choi's 20-year-old daughter, allegedly gained illicit admission to the university and favors from professors. A decades-long friend and apparent advisor to Park, Choi Soon-sil, has been a figure of major public scrutiny since she was interrogated by state prosecutors at the end of October.

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Trump Says He Is 'Never Going To Be Going Against' President Obama

Trump had pressured Obama to veto the United Nations resolution, injecting himself directly into US foreign policy before he assumes power next month. Trump and his team have until now been largely complimentary of the way Obama and his people have handled the transition. While the president-elect is poised to take swift action on immigration, guns and business, the slow-moving federal system will make it hard for Trump to fulfill numerous lofty expectations he has set for the first 100 ...

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Syrian ceasefire holds despite clashes

Meanwhile, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency quoted the military as saying Russian Federation carried out three air strikes against ISIL targets near the northern town of Al Bab, where Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition forces have been battling the armed group also known as ISIS.

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Alexis Ohanian News, Pictures, and Videos

She said Mr Ohanian had taken her to Rome, where they first met, before making his proposal to which she said yes . It wasn't until previous year that the couple made headlines for the first time. According to CNN , a spokesperson for the groom-to-be dished that Ohanian proposed to Williams while they were on a romantic vacation in Rome .

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Rihanna doesn't want Drake but she doesn't want anyone else too, either

Drake was previously linked to Taylor Swift and Rihanna , who he declared his love for at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards back in August. Relates the Daily Mail UK that Rihanna is spending her holiday's vacations in Barbados with her family and friends but apparently she didn't receive well the couple news or just a gossip so far.


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