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Tunisian who dined with suspect night before Berlin market attack is arrested

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the terror attack. Amri was killed in a shootout with Italian police in Milan on 23 December, after officers stopped him for a routine identity check. He was believed to have arrived in Germany in 2014 or perhaps earlier. An acquaintance who dined with the Berlin market attacker the night before the Christmas season massacre was arrested by police in a separate case, German prosecutors said Wednesday.

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'It happens,' says Indian minister G Parameshwara on Bengaluru molestations

On 31 December, hundreds of people had gathered in the posh MG Road and Brigade Road localities of Bengaluru to ring in the New Year. The attacks in Bangalore have drawn comparison with last year's mass sexual assaults at New Year's celebrations in the German city of Cologne, where police were also accused of losing control.

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Will take a call on Budget announcement soon - Poll panel

In their joint letter sent earlier this week, the Opposition parties have questioned the NDA government's intent, saying the government could announce populist schemes in the middle of the election campaign in order to influence voters. Assembly elections will be held in Uttar Pradesh in seven phases starting with the first phase on February 11 and ending on March 8. The party is contesting polls in Goa and Punjab - both states will have their elections on February 4.

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U.K.'s Leadsom Pledges to Cut Agricultural Red Tape After Brexit

On one estimate, 95% of British berries are picked by EU-born workers. But in the meantime, worries remain about seasonal labour and how both domestic and export supply chains can be sustained, as there are too few answers so far to satisfy those looking to invest and get bank loans for future production, processing and expansion plans.

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Under 3 weeks left: Obama in closing stretch of presidency

Obama has repatriated or resettled 179 prisoners over his eight years in office. In his last security speech in the U.S. state of Florida early last month, the outgoing president expressed disappointment over failure to close the notorious prison during his tenure, saying it was a disgrace and a waste of money.

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Trump nominates BigLaw banking lawyer to head SEC

Clayton would take over the SEC at a time when congressional Republicans are pressuring the agency to loosen fundraising rules for smaller public companies, lighten its oversight of private equity firms, and repeal executive compensation rules opposed by corporations.

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George W. Bush and both Clintons will attend Trump inauguration

Also on the list of attendants is Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush , who confirmed their attendance in a statement . Bush lamented the role that anger played in politics. I'd love to hear more from the president-elect about the kind of help he believes federal officials could provide to reduce a local murder rate.

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SSS proposes 1.5-percentage-point contribution rate hike

The memorandum, he said, suggests that the pension hike must be based on a corresponding adjustment in the contributions of employers, employees, self-employed individuals and volunteer members to save the SSS fund from bankruptcy. "To me it's unfair to give the problem to him. It should not have reached the President's desk", he added. "The Board of Trustees should have exercised leadership and say: 'No, we can not do it unless we do the following things, ' okay", he pointed out.

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British man who joined Kurdish forces to fight ISIS killed in Syria

According to the People's Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish military force, Mr Lock, from West Sussex, died along with four other fighters on December 21. He suffered facial injuries in November when his unit suffered heavy casualties - including the deaths of an American and a German volunteer, in a bombing, allegedly by Turkish jets, in Arima, a village 13 miles north-east of the Isis-held city of Bab.

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High winds hamper search efforts for missing plane

Coast Guard and crews from Cleveland city agencies, the cities of Akron and Toledo, Ohio's Department of Natural Resources, New York State Police and Underwater Marine Contractors are involved in the search. The Cleveland Division of Police is leading the investigation, following up on all reports of debris and continuing to vet all debris found to determine if it is relative to this investigation.

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11 attacked at Chinese kindergarten after man with knife climbs over wall

The motives behind the attack are now unknown. The stabbed children were transported to a local hospital, though authorities say none of the injuries are life-threatening. In recent years China has had several incidents of attackers entering schools and stabbing children, mostly carried out by people with vendettas against society.

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Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike forced to wet herself on train

A Team GB paralympian has spoken of the shame she endured when she was forced to wet herself on a train because the disabled toilet was out of order. Her constituency MP Robert Halfon told the Press Association he had raised the issue with rail minister Paul Maynard, who was said to be looking at it "really seriously".

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Oilers at Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets haven't lost a game since November 26 - one day before Thanksgiving - when they fell to the Florida Panthers 3-2 in overtime. Cam Talbot had 32 saves for the Oilers. Edmonton rallied to tie it in the second thanks to a blast from defenseman Oscar Klefbom. Karlsson, skating for Dubinsky during the fighting penalty, put Columbus ahead 2-1 on another power play 10:43 into the second when he ripped a shot from the middle of the left circle past Talbot.

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UP elections: Not religion, vote for development, says PM Narendra Modi

While one camp is headed by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, the second led by son and state chief minister Akhilesh looks "stronger" to take over the reins of the SP. And people are saying that BJP's exile of 14 years will be over this year. "This should change", he said. "Till you all give me support like you did in 2014 again in the coming Assembly polls its fulfillment is hard".

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Over 13000 Iraqis Flee Mosul in Last 5 Days as Fighting Intensifies

UNAMI said in a statement that 12,388 other civilians were wounded in 2016. The figures further showed that only in December 2016, a total of 386 civilians were killed and 1,066 more wounded in Iraq, with the worst affected areas being Nineveh Province and the capital city of Baghdad in descending order.

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Has the world's oldest whale died at the age of 105?

Granny was first photographed by Ken Balcomb, a scientist at the CWR, in 1976. Granny is thought to have been roaming the ocean for around 105 years, which, as several news outlets have observed, would mean she was born before the Titanic sank in 1912.

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FDNY: Multiple injuries reported after train derailment near Brooklyn

According to the New York City Fire Department, none of the injuries is life threatening. The train supposedly derailed at Track 6, where it didn't stop at the end of the platform, writes Gothamist , which sites a bystander. Another person posted, "Atlantic Avenue Terminal is insane right now because of the passenger train derailment". 'Anticipate possible delays into and out of Atlantic Terminal this morning due to an incident at the terminal'.

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Jovenel Moise named president of Haiti

It was re-scheduled after Hurricane Matthew left utter destruction in its wake in October, killing more than 546 and directly affecting about 1.4 million Haitians. Moise, who ran for ex-president Michel Martelly's PHTK party, has promised to tackle corruption in Haiti and bring about national unity. But the BCEN said that after "deliberation in the Chamber of the Council, acting in accordance with the Decree of 2 March 2015 in force without appeal...declares that after analysis of the 12 per ...

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Benik Afobe needs DR Congo clearance to play for Bournemouth

Bournemouth play host to Arsenal on the back of a 3-0 victory over Swansea City in their last outing, whereas the Gunners are looking for their third league win in a row at the Vitality Stadium. "It's a massive tournament for everyone, but thinking about my development and being at this stage in my career where I'm trying to establish myself in my first full Premier League season, I just want to keep improving".

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North Korea's nuclear threat to US? "It won't happen", says Trump

In a New Year's speech on Sunday, Kim did not make a specific reference to the incoming Trump administration. He cited as examples China's calling of a six-nation convention to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear program and support for United Nations sanctions against the rogue state.

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Obama orders sanctions against Russian Federation over USA election hacking, expels 35 diplomats

US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia's goal was to help Donald Trump win - an assessment Trump has dismissed as ridiculous. Thursday afternoon, Reuters reported a senior usa official said the Russian diplomats have been given 72 hours to leave the United States.

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NI First Minister rejects 'misogynistic' calls to resign

But then, just before midnight that evening, Mr Kearney issued the original statement - with its call for a public inquiry - from his personal email address, sending it to the News Letter with the words "Please share this important information widely".

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'Are You Gonna Sneeze?' Paul Ryan Shuts Down Dabbing Teen At Ceremony

Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Video footage shows the teenager determinedly doing the dab despite Mr Ryan's attempts to dissuade him. As the son began laughing, Marshall said, "He's sneezing". Ryan , thankfully, laughed off the embarrassing moment too. After a long day of swearing in new members of Congress, Ryan was still perplexed by the dab.

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Two pedestrians confirmed dead after incident with BMW in Yaxley

Picture by Terry Harris. He has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by risky driving and ABH and has been taken to Chelmsford Police Station. A 38-year-old man from Essex was arrested in Chelmsford on Tuesday evening on suspicion of causing death by risky driving and ABH after a police search involving a helicopter and dog unit.

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North Korea's Kim pays tribute to late leaders

Views vary, sometimes wildly, on the exact state of the North's closely guarded nuclear and missile programs, but after five atomic test explosions and a rising number of ballistic missile test launches, some experts believe North Korea can arm short- and mid-range missiles with atomic warheads.

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Next chief warns of 'exceptional uncertainty' after unhappy Christmas

He said there was no immediate end in sight to the shift in spending away from clothing and footwear. Despite the pound impacting United Kingdom sales, Next expects overseas performance to be boosted by around 1%. The figures for the 54 days to Christmas Eve revealed sales in stores fell by 3.5 per cent, while Next Directory sales rose by 5.1 per cent. The group had been hoping for a fourth quarter rise in sales after a hard 2016, but today said the end-of-year blow meant profits were ...

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Syrian rebels pull out of talks on peace negotiations over truce 'violations'

Peace talks were set to take place in the Kazakh capital, Astana, later in January. "Due to the worsening situation and the continuation of the violations, the (rebel) factions declare freezing any talks related to the Astana negotiations.until the full implementation of the cease-fire deal", the rebel groups said.

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Israeli military not investigating attacks by troops

Zionist soldiers and police have been incited by some of the country's top politicians to ignore protocols when engaging with Palestinians who initiate attacks, Sari Bashi, Human Rights Watch's "Israel/Palestine" Advocacy Director, said . "Because sometimes the message is greater than the words". Worldwide human rights law limits lethal force to circumstances in which it is necessary to protect life, and in which no other less extreme option is available.

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Chelsea-Tottenham Hotspur Preview

Victory over fifth-placed Spurs on Wednesday would emulate Arsenal's record set over two seasons - winning the last 13 matches of the 2001/02 season and their first game of the following campaign. Erik Lamela is Mauricio Pochettino's only absentee. "Picking Conte [as Chelsea's new permanent head coach] was not as hard as it was actually to get him", Emenalo said in an interview with Sky Italia .

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Snow, rain breaks Kashmir valley's long dry spell

Tourism has come back in full swing in Kashmir as the upper reaches of Kashmir valley witnessed fresh snowfall, including the tourist resort of Gulmarg. Srinagar :The historic Mughal road was closed due to snowfall, while the national highways connecting Ladakh with Kashmir and Valley with rest of the country were through despite rain.

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Obama Administration Retaliates Against Russia for Alleged Meddling in Presidential Election

The Obama administration has retaliated against Russian Federation for its alleged meddling in this year's presidential election. Although the White House announced at the same time it was kicking out Russian officials and closing facilities, it said those were responses to other troubling Russian behavior: harassment of US diplomats by Russian personnel and police.

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Indonesia puts military ties with Australia on hold

Indonesian soldiers of Army's elite forces KOPASSUS. Indonesia has suspended its military ties with Australia, media reports said. Indonesian major general Wuryanto would not confirm the reason for the suspension, but said were "ups and downs in every cooperation between two national forces".

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Marlin angler endures harrowing ordeal after being yanked overboard

His boat, which was in gear to allow the marlin to swim straight alongside the boat, continued on without him, leaving him stranded without a life jacket and treading water for six hours. "You're talking about a microscopic pin dot in the middle of nowhere", he said. Mr Ellis says the incident serves as a warning to people about the dangers of fishing alone.

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GOP House, Off to a Shaky Start, Backtracks on Killing Ethics Panel

Some people have said the office's investigations have been too aggressive; others say lawmakers complained because they wanted to safeguard themselves. The OCE was created in 2008 after several bribery and corruption cases in the House. The secretive attempt to place the Office of Congressional Ethics under the jurisdiction of the House Ethics Committee - in effect, letting the fox guard the hen house - was overwhelmingly criticized, rightly so.

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Largest natural disaster to hit United Kingdom in decade felt off North Yorkshire coast

Yesterday the Survey's devices picked up a 0.9 tremor in Kirkbride, Cumbria, which was measured at a depth of 7km. An quake has struck off the coast of North Yorkshire, according to reports. On that occasion a quake of 6.1 magnitude struck 60 miles offshore but still caused some damage to buildings on the mainland. We experience a magnitude 5 roughly every 10-20 years.


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