• 40 people injured in explosion in Japan
40 people injured in explosion in Japan

Police are investigating the cause of the blast, which hit in Sapporo's Toyohira district. Pictures shared across social media showed the wreckage from the blast, still engulfed in flames. The fire from the blast spread to neighboring buildings, and debris blasted out by the explosion shattered the windows of nearby apartments and restaurants, ...

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  • China accused of 'tit-for-tat' over detention of Canadian woman
China accused of 'tit-for-tat' over detention of Canadian woman

Days later, two Canadians were detained in Beijing for allegedly endangering China's national security: entrepreneur Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig , a former diplomat on a leave of absence from Global Affairs. "The others arrested. were accused of serious crimes, problems regarding national security, intelligence, so those cases are more ser...

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  • Japan lays down $242-B defense plan
Japan lays down $242-B defense plan

If retrofitted, the Izumo-class ships will become Japan's first aircraft carriers since the end of World War II . That surpasses the U.K - now the largest foreign customer of the American manufacturer - which has plans to buy 138 jets, according to the Journal.

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  • North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death
North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death

In actions required by the US Congress, his administration said last week it would seize any US assets of the three officials for suppressing freedom of speech. The death of Kim Jong Il on December 17, 2011, thrust his son into power when he was still in his late 20s and a virtual unknown figure outside of the North.

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  • Nigel Farage Reacts To Jeremy Corbyn's Motion Of No Confidence In PM
Nigel Farage Reacts To Jeremy Corbyn's Motion Of No Confidence In PM

May's office said she will tell lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday that staging another referendum "would say to millions who trusted in democracy that our democracy does not deliver". "She said the last time she spoke to him was to inform him, as a courtesy, of the deal with the European Union". But the prime minister has argued vehemen...

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  • Cohen Only Became a 'Rat' After FBI Broke Into His Offices
Cohen Only Became a 'Rat' After FBI Broke Into His Offices

Cohen was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison for two campaign-finance violations and one charge of lying to Congress . Cohen admitted to making illegal payments during the 2016 campaign to several women who claimed to have an affair with Trump.

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  • Trump names budget office head Mulvaney acting White House chief of staff
Trump names budget office head Mulvaney acting White House chief of staff

The President's first choice, Nick Ayers , Vice-President Mike Pence's chief of staff, declined after being unable to agree on how long he would serve in the position, while another candidate, Chris Christie , the former governor of New Jersey, also ruled himself out of contention.

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  • James Comey blames Donald Trump's 'mean tweets' for hurting FBI's reputation
James Comey blames Donald Trump's 'mean tweets' for hurting FBI's reputation

Comey spoke after a spurt of anti-FBI tweets from the president over the past week alleged that the investigative body abused its powers in probing his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn .

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  • Federal prosecutors probing Trump inauguration spending
Federal prosecutors probing Trump inauguration spending

The Wall Street Journal reports a federal investigation has been launched into whether the then USA president-elect misspent some of the money earmarked for his inauguration. A spokesperson for the Manhattan US attorney's office declined to comment. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has examined whether any foreign money came into the inaugural f...

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  • Sri Lanka Parliament passes vote of confidence on ousted PM
Sri Lanka Parliament passes vote of confidence on ousted PM

Sirisena dissolved parliament last month and called a general election for January 5, days after sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and naming opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa to the post. He had however said that he will not appoint United National Front leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. The bench is schedule...

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  • Immigrant girl, seven, dies after US-Mexico border arrest
Immigrant girl, seven, dies after US-Mexico border arrest

They were were part of a group of undocumented immigrants loaded onto a bus at 4:30 a.m. December 7 at a Customs and Border Protection operating base near the Antelope Wells port of entry in New Mexico , the CBP said . The station is about 90 minutes away. Border Patrol agents on the bus reportedly called ahead to the station to advise the girl...

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  • Police across Canada probing bomb threats as US authorities dismiss 'hoax'
Police across Canada probing bomb threats as US authorities dismiss 'hoax'

The recipient is then instructed to make a large Bitcoin payment - sometimes to the tune of $20,000 - in order to prevent the detonation of the explosive device. As noted by The Verge , a number of police departments are alerting the public to a particularly treacherous scam that has targeted users all across the US.

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  • Stayed at Marriott worldwide? China's Ministry of State Security has your profile
Stayed at Marriott worldwide? China's Ministry of State Security has your profile

Some U.S. intelligence officials believe that the breach was conducted to enrich the massive Chinese data sets on U.S. and other citizens that have been amassed for years, the people said. OH LOOK, CHINA IS BEING BLAMED for cyber attacks again. The recent arrest of Huawei chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou , in Canada is complicating the sto...

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  • Strasbourg attack: Armed cops cordon off area after market shooting
Strasbourg attack: Armed cops cordon off area after market shooting

According to Paris prosecutor Remi Heitz, witnesses reported hearing the gunman shout " Allahu Akbar ", Arabic for "Allah is the greatest", during the onslaught. Traffic on the French side was heavily backed up as officers inspected vehicles during the morning rush hour. Security has been stepped up in recent years after a series of attack...

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  • Protests 'a crisis' for France as 1700 arrests made
Protests 'a crisis' for France as 1700 arrests made

Nearly 1,000 people, almost 100 of them minors and most without police records, were being held in custody after the Saturday protests in the French capital, Paris chief prosecutor Remy Heitz said . Some 125,000 yellow vests took to the streets Saturday around France with a bevy of demands related to high living costs and a sense that Macron f...

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  • Governor Walker: What Will Your Message To Gov.-Elect Evers Be?
Governor Walker: What Will Your Message To Gov.-Elect Evers Be?

The intentions behind the bills were made clear by Republican leaders - ahead of voting, state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos reminded Republican colleagues: "We are going to have a very liberal governor", he said, "who is going to enact policies that are in direct contrast to what many of us believe in".

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  • Embattled Trump struggles to fill key White House post
Embattled Trump struggles to fill key White House post

Sources said he would be joining a political action committee. Trump said Saturday that he expected to announce a replacement for Kelly in a day or two. The Twitterati seized the opportunity to jeer at the president's apparent troubles with picking Kelly's successor, proposing their own - sometimes really weird - candidates for the job.

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  • Key Democrat says Trump allegations could be 'impeachable'
Key Democrat says Trump allegations could be 'impeachable'

Also on Friday, prosecutors accused Trump's onetime campaign manager Paul Manafort of multiple "lies" to investigators. In the document , Trump was identified as "Individual 1" and was alleged to have led a criminal conspiracy to pay off two women using campaign funds.

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  • Statewide Weather System Will Bring Wintry Mix to Parts of Arkansas
Statewide Weather System Will Bring Wintry Mix to Parts of Arkansas

A Winter Storm Warning means freezing rain, sleet and up to an inch of snow will be possible for Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Mississippi, Dunklin, Pemiscot, Lake, Obion, Weakley, Henry and Dyer counties. "We're preparing for days of impact , not hours", Cooper said, urging caution. Mountainous areas in North Carolina are forecast to receive...

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  • Haley Scolds UN on Anti-Semitism as Body Fails to Condemn Hamas
Haley Scolds UN on Anti-Semitism as Body Fails to Condemn Hamas

Usually, the resolution would only need a simple majority to pass, but Arab nations led a successful vote before the official vote on the resolution to require a two-thirds majority for approval. Although some questioned why India wouldn't condemn Hamas as a terrorist organisation, New Delhi's position was complex and well thought through. US Pre...

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  • Body found in search for missing backpacker 'killed by her Tinder date'
Body found in search for missing backpacker 'killed by her Tinder date'

A body has been found in the hunt for missing British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand as police confirmed they will charge a 26-year-old man with her murder. She arrived in New Zealand last month and was last seen entering a central Auckland hotel with a man on the evening of December 1. "The Millane family have requested privacy at t...

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  • French govt. could consider bringing back wealth tax
French govt. could consider bringing back wealth tax

Philippe told the Senate he was open to new measures to help the lowest-paid workers while Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he was prepared to accelerate tax cuts for households and that he wanted workers' bonuses to be tax-free. "No tax merits putting the unity of the nation in danger", he said. But they are trying to attract support fro...

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  • Body Found In Costa Rica Near Where Florida Woman Vanished
Body Found In Costa Rica Near Where Florida Woman Vanished

Ms Stefaniak, who was born in Venezuela but has lived in Miami since 2000, travelled to Costa Rica with her sister-in-law, April Burton, on 22 November. There, she Facetimed a friend from NY, telling him she was thirsty and was going to find a drink. On Tuesday Costa Rican officials arrested 32-year-old Bismark Espinosa Martinez, a guard at the V...

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  • In photo, Bush's service dog honors the late president
In photo, Bush's service dog honors the late president

From there, the president's casket will be taken to the U.S. Capitol in Washington . With hands on hearts, members of Bush's cabinet, lawmakers and Supreme Court justices honoured the 41st president as his flag-draped casket entered the Capitol Rotunda.

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  • Trump to Nominate State Department Spokeswoman as New US Envoy to UN
Trump to Nominate State Department Spokeswoman as New US Envoy to UN

Nauert did not respond to requests for comment. Officials at the White House at times viewed Haley with skepticism, in part over her willingness to publicly disagree with the president. Nauert speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dialogues with reporters in his plane while flying from Panama to Mexico, Oct. 18. When Trump named her as hi...

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