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Tourists stranded, aftershocks hinder recovery in New Zealand

It also brought down rocks and mud that swept across highways and cracked apart roads. The pair were pictured piloting their creations through floodwaters in Plimmerton, near Wellington, on the country's North Island. Director Sarah Stuart-Black said all the tourists who wanted to leave the quake-ravaged town have now been evacuated. Prime Minister John Key, after flying over the destruction in Kaikoura by helicopter as aftershocks kicked up dust from the landslides below, toured the area ...

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Zika virus global health emergency over

But the virus has continued to spread. The WHO acknowledged Friday that "many aspects of this disease and its associated consequences still remain to be understood" but said "this can best be done through sustained research". In early stages, Zika is believed to only cause mild symptoms. It also causes neurological complications in adults, including the paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome.

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Giant Supermoon-Rise on Monday Morning, Closest To Earth Since 1948

It was the largest full moon since 1948, and the closest and brightest supermoon of 2016. "We have about three to four supermoons a year and some are more super than others, but this is the most super of them all because it is physically the closest moon ", says Mike Lynch, WCCO Radio meteorologist and amateur stargazer.

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Japan's PM Abe feels confident about working with Trump after meeting

Trump I'll be able to establish a relationship of trust", Abe said. Japan PM Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump had the 90-minute meeting in Trump Tower, New York. But details of Thursday's meeting are unclear, with a Japanese official saying exactly where it will happen has not been firmed up. After the meeting with Abe, Trump posted a message on Facebook that read, " It was a pleasure to have Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stop by my home and begin a great friendship ".

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Zika virus no longer global public health emergency

Apart from mosquito bites, the Zika virus can spread through unprotected sex too. The global body says there is still a public health threat. For them, it could mean unhurried research about the virus. Traditionally, Zika had only been thought to cause mild symptoms. Carried by mosquitoes, the Zika virus can cause the rare birth defect , Microcephaly, (where babies are born with abnormally small heads and restricted brain development) and other neurological disorders in infants and adults.

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Facebook's fake news problem in one chart

But a few days later in a post , he acknowledged Facebook has begun to look into ways for the online community to flag hoaxes and fake news . Obama said Thursday in Berlin "fake news threatens our democracy", adding: "There is so much active misinformation and it is packaged very well and it looks the same when you see it on a Facebook page or you turn on your television".

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Is Harry Potter in Fantastic Beasts?

While Fantastic Beasts definitely stands separate to the Harry Potter franchise, the movie still packed full of unbelievable Easter Eggs and references which tie to both that and the larger Wizarding World in what looks set to be a big new franchise.

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Peggey Whitson: The oldest woman to step into space

Whitson will once again take over control of the International Space Station in February 2017, but when she rescinds that command to her replacement and heads on home, she will beat out Jeff William's 534 day record, making her the most experienced US astronaut.

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Dying girl's letter asking for her remains to be frozen

According to a report from CNN , the young girl has expressed her deep desires to be able to live longer, as she has been suffering from cancer for quite some time. The judge said she had refused to have contact with her father, had not wanted him to have detail of her illness and had not wanted him to see her body after she died.

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NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson becomes the oldest woman to travel to space

But it's enough to beat Barbara Morgan's record as the world's oldest spacewoman. Earlier in 2007 she became the first female commanding officer of the ISS. No other woman has spent more time in space. She is also expected to break the USA record of 534 days in space during her current trip. The Russian Soyuz rocket carrying American astronaut Peggy Whitson , Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday.

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Peggy Whitson: Blast off to the ISS for oldest woman in space

The combined crew will be one of the last six-member teams to live on the station for a while. The current record holder is Jeff Williams, a Wisconsin-born astronaut and former Army officer who has spent 534 days in space. This will be a record-breaking mission for Whitson. This female astronaut spoke about the benefit of her experience and age in her astronomical career, which makes her feel strong as an astronaut; but the same reasons scare her too.

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Father of cryogenically-frozen girl 'did not get to view her body'

The girl's lawyer, Zoe Fleetwood, said her wishes were carried out; the teenager's frozen body is now in the United States at a cryopreservation facility. The father disagreed with the procedure by citing that there is no guarantee that she will live after she is thawed out. "They contain no ice, because ice will kill them".

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Demanding Jones confident room for rampant England to improve

Bath pair Semesa Rokoduguni and Jonathan Joseph were promoted along with full-back Alex Goode and flanker Teimana Harrison while centre Elliot Daly was shifted to an unfamiliar wing slot. Every Test match is an opportunity for us to keep improving and to increase the depth of the squad", Jones said. Jonny May was rested on Tuesday and Thursday, but it was thought that Daly was the preferred choice for the left wing with his fitness issue confusing matters.

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Samsung is still the number one mobile maker

Was the fiery decline of the Galaxy Note 7 enough to send you a new manufacturer? It was logical to expect Samsung's market share to drop following the Note 7 disaster . Google's Android has captured market shares from Apple's iOS, dominating almost 88 per cent of the total market in the smartphone operating system market.

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Continue interactions with U.S. to fight climate change

The Paris Agreement sets ambitious goals in capping global warming and helping poor countries who are facing enormous challenges because of climate change. To this end, they were able to calculate that by 2100, the average increase in the Earth's temperature will be between 4.78 degrees Celsius to 7.36 degrees Celsius - a range that is much higher than what has previously been forecasted.

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England v Fiji: Rokoduguni, Goode & Harrison start in new-look side

However, England boss Jones says his only concern is his team's performance. Semesa Rokoduguni scored his first worldwide tries in a man-of-the-match display against his country of birth as ruthless England hammered Fiji 58-15 at Twickenham on Saturday.

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Three Generations of Gilmore Girls Hit the Red Carpet in Coordinating Ensembles

I don't know how to further explain my feelings on that. "You can get the two most talented people in the world together on screen, and for some reason, it just doesn't work". "There's a reason for it to come back", Porter continues. Though she's getting by, she's struggling to discover who she is and what she really wants to do.

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UN agency lifts Zika emergency, prepares for long-term fight

The post WHO: Zika no longer a world public health emergency appeared first on The Independent Uganda:. That will allow for a more sustained focus, with more dedicated resources and expertise, he added. There's also concern that Zika will spread elsewhere in the world, catching the scientific community and health officials off guard. The experts also addressed the continuing mystery about the relatively few cases of microcephaly outside of Brazil.

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Trump defends decision to settle Trump University lawsuits

The deal averts a potentially embarrassing and highly unusual predicament: a president-elect on trial, and possibly even taking the stand in his own defense, while scrambling to build his incoming administration. Curiel said he hoped the settlement could be part of a healing process after the USA election "that this country very sorely needs". Jason Forge, one of the lead attorneys for the plaintiffs in the San Diego cases, hailed the settlement.

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The "supermoon" as seen from India is absolutely captivating

But the best time to catch the full moon stood at 9:52 p.m., when it was at its absolute fullest. At 11.23am United Kingdom time on Monday the gap between the Earth and the moon will close to its shortest point, known as " perigee " - a distance of 221,525 miles (356,510 km).

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Authorities Investigate Footage of Tram Driver 'Asleep'

The BBC has not been able to verify the footage, but Transport for London (TfL) said it was also carrying out urgent inquiries. A spokesman from FirstGroup, which operates the tram network, confirmed to ITV London that the driver has been "removed from duty" pending an investigation.

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President-elect Trump lies about getting Ford to keep auto plant in Kentucky

Trump's tweet was confusing, in part, because Ford makes both the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC at its Louisville Assembly Plant and the Lincoln only accounts for 9% of production. The Escape has proven far more popular than the MKC. Trump heavily criticized the vehicle giant on the campaign trail, accusing Ford of giving American jobs to Mexican workers.

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Weekend weather: Mostly cloudy and windy, chance of rain

Clouds will increase through the morning and into the early afternoon. Southeast wind 5 to 8 miles per hour. West wind around 16 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 32 miles per hour. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. Snow on Palomar Mountain. Cloudy Sunday evening with 60 per cent chance of flurries. Add a west wind blowing between 11 and 15 miles per hour and gusting to as high as 31 miles per hour, and we'll have a wind chill between 25 and 30 degrees.

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Xbox One Black Friday deals will tempt your wallet

This story features a list of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One console bundles (unfortunately, we couldn't find any for Nintendo's Wii U), and fighting games . People, especially gamers, must be ready with the biggest PS4 purchasing of the year when Black Friday 2016 arrives. The teaser announced that Black Friday Deals on Xbox Store will have added titles for the players' shopping fun.

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Obama Calls On Trump To Stand Up To Russia When Needed

During a press conference in Germany on Thursday, President Obama fielded questions from the media about fallout from the election back home. His eight years in office have helped erase much of the anti-American sentiment that had grown during the administration of George W.

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China: We did not invent climate change, despite what Donald Trump says

China's insistence on tackling global warming, combined with Trump's opposition to that work, raises the possibility the United States could be isolated in climate diplomacy on the world stage. Liu was in Marrakech, Morocco, where officials from nearly 200 countries are at a climate conference discussing the implementation of the Paris climate agreement.

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Trump University Agrees To Settle Civil Fraud Lawsuit

During his election campaign, Trump said that Curiel, who was born in IN to Mexican immigrant parents, could not be impartial because of Trump's campaign pledge to build a wall on the US-Mexico border to control illegal immigration. During his presidential run, Trump elicited criticism after he argued that Indiana-born Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is of Mexican heritage and presiding over both California cases, could not be fair to Trump because he has vowed to build a wall along the US border ...

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UN climate conference to Trump: 'We count on your pragmatism'

The declaration - one of the main outcomes of the summit - said the world has an "urgent duty to respond" to global warming . Amidst worries that President-Elect Trump would renegotiate or blatantly ignore the Paris Agreement , Secretary of State John Kerry affirmed the US's commitment to lowering carbon emissions.

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Vunipola, Daly passed fit to start for England vs Fiji

Jones will need a versatile player in his World Cup squad and wants to see how the 24-year-old Wasp fares against Fiji's powerful runners. "I saw a couple of quotes from Eddie Jones earlier in the week and it was interesting to hear him say how he expects his team to win and to win comfortably".

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Trump claims he stopped Ford relocation -- that was never on cards

Ford builds the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC compact crossovers at its Louisville Assembly Plant. Since 2011, Ford has added almost 28,000 jobs in the USA and invested $12 billion in US plants, according to Ford's statement Thursday. He also misstated the impact of trade agreements on US auto jobs and has threatened to impose a 35 percent tariff on goods imported from Mexico. Trump even threatened to impose a 35 per cent punitive import duty on cars produced in Mexico, and to ...

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System Shock remake delayed until 2018

Yep, but Kickstarter estimates and all that, and Late Spring/Early Summer 2018 is the latest, according to a new update on the Kickstarter page. Nightdive Studios said that they are not sure if it's going to be a simultaneous launch on all platforms but they will do the best that they can.

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Ford plant to stay in Kentucky

Now, with his inauguration marching closer, Trump declared himself the savior of American jobs by claiming that he convinced William Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford, to keep jobs from leaving Kentucky. Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is planning to keep production of its Lincoln MKC in Kentucky. Ford decided past year to move MKC production by 2019, on the assumption that production of the Ford Escape, a similar vehicle made in the same plant, would grow.

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Kane and Eriksen cleared for West Ham clash, says Spurs boss Pochettino

Spurs remain the only side unbeaten in the Premier League this season, but the North London club are trailing top spot by five points and are now 5th. "The most important thing is that the change did not affect the players, they changed very naturally". " On one hand the worst thing to do is lose confidence and doubt yourselves individually and as a group ".

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Big Business Demands Donald Trump Keep U.S

Bush. Trump has said he was " joking " about the Chinese conspiracy theory, but in multiple public statements has framed policies created to combat climate change as a threat to American industry. Mr Liu urged the U.S. to continue to take a major part in the agreement , and ensure that it does not suffer the same fate as the Kyoto Protocol, which the USA withdrew from in 2001.

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Trump invited to Pacific island to see effects of warming

In 2015, they invested more than the USA and European Union combined and despite basically building their economy on coal, they want to make the switch to renewables as soon as possible. "They also asked the Moroccan COP President to continue his consultations on how to shape the facilitative dialogue in late 2018, where countries will evaluate the adequacy of their global warming emission reduction commitments against the Paris temperature limitation goals, with input from a special ...


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