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Israel hit by rockets from Gaza after airstrike kills Islamic Jihad leader


Posted: Sat-Dec-2019



Scores of rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel in retaliation after a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza was killed.

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Thousands join Bangkok's biggest political protest since 2004 coup
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Several thousand people took part in Thailand's biggest protest since a 2014 coup on Saturday after authorities moved to ban a party that has rallied opposition to the government of former military ruler Prayuth Chan-ocha.

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Boris Johnson heads north to celebrate crushing election win
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Boris Johnson's victory has dramatically redrawn the U.K.'s electoral map and earned the Conservatives the majority needed to leave the EU. But seat gains by Scottish and Irish nationalists leave the party open to drawn-out fights on a new front.

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Police divers returned to the waters around New Zealand's volcanic White Island at dawn Saturday to search for the remaining two victims of an eruption that left at least 16 dead and dozens severely burned.

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UN accuses Chile security forces of 'serious human rights violations' against protesters
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A UN human rights report released Friday accused Chilean security forces of serious human rights violations against protesters over the past two months, including deaths, torture, sexual abuse and the use of excessive force.

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Boris Johnson's big win may 'get Brexit done' but damaging fights loom
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Boris Johnson's victory has dramatically redrawn the U.K.'s electoral map and earned the Conservatives the majority needed to leave the EU. But seat gains by Scottish and Irish nationalists leave the party open to drawn-out fights on a new front.

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear dispute over subpoenas for Trump's financial records
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The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it will hear President Donald Trump's pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, a major tussle between the president and Congress that also could affect the 2020 presidential campaign.

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U.S. will phase out tariffs on China as part of new trade deal
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese officials said Friday that they have agreed to the first phase of a trade deal that included cutting U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods.

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Canadian skin banks ready to help New Zealand treat volcanic eruption victims
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International tissue banks have mobilized to help New Zealand meet its need for an estimated 1.2 million square centimetres of skin to be grafted onto victims of Monday's eruption on White Island, which killed 16 people.

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U.S. House panel votes in favour of 2 impeachment articles against Trump
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The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Friday recommended that President Donald Trump be impeached for obstructing a congressional probe into his alleged attempts to force Ukraine to investigate a political rival, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden.

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Canadian lawyer William Schabas defends role advocating for Myanmar government
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Canadian lawyer William Schabas, an international scholar on genocide, has been criticized by friend and foe for first researching crimes against the Muslim Rohingya of Myanmar and now defending the state accused of perpetrating them.

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Labour Party's Red Wall across England falls as voters clamour for Brexit
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Across central and northern England, formerly Labour's wall of safe seats, Brexit has shattered old party loyalties.

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U.S. regulator votes to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911
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When it becomes operational, calling 988 will allow people in the U.S. to access a suicide prevention hotline.

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New Zealand police recover 6 bodies, 2 still unaccounted for on volcanic island
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As grieving families sang traditional Maori songs, New Zealand military specialists wearing protective gear landed on a small volcanic island on Friday and recovered the bodies of six of the 16 people who died as a result of an eruption on Monday.

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The United Kingdom election result is a boost to the economy and financial markets in the short term as it will ease some of the uncertainty over Brexit that has hobbled business confidence during the past three years.

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EU commits to being climate neutral by 2050, but without Poland
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The European Union left Poland out of a 2050 climate neutrality agreement on Friday after hours of summit haggling with three poorer eastern member states that demanded more funds for economic transition and support for nuclear power.

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Boris Johnson claims historic mandate for Brexit amid resounding election win
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory on Friday that will allow him to take Britain out of the European Union in a matter of weeks.

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Former PM Abdelmajid Tebboune elected Algerian president
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Former prime minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune was elected Algeria's new president after a vote the authorities hope will end months of turmoil, but demonstrators who toppled his predecessor, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, vowed their movement would not stop.

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Bystander who tackled London Bridge attacker says he was 'prepared to die'
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One of the bystanders who tackled a knife-wielding attacker on London Bridge in November said he was ''prepared to die'' to stop the man who killed two people and injured several others.

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Boeing 737 Max won't return to service before 2020
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Boeing on Thursday abandoned its goal of winning approval this month to unground the 737 Max after chief executive Dennis Muilenburg met with senior U.S. aviation officials.

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The FBI will now oversee the investigation of this week's attack on a New Jersey kosher grocery store, which officials are treating as an act of domestic terrorism, federal and state law enforcement officials said on Thursday.

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Battle Ahead: Scotland Party Leader Vows Independence Push
The independence-minded Scottish National Party and its leader Nicola Sturgeon have surged to a commanding position. ... read more


What Does Boris Johnson's Victory Mean For Brexit?
The Conservative Party has a new base — and possibly a new approach. ... read more


Boris Johnson Hails 'New Dawn' As Britain's Conservatives Celebrate Election Win
The prime minister said the victory gave the Tories a “powerful new mandate to get Brexit done.” ... read more


New Zealand Recovers 6 Bodies From Toxic Volcanic Island
Volcanic gases still being emitted on the island are so toxic that scientists said a single inhalation could be fatal and another eruption was possible. ... read more


Jeremy Corbyn Announces He Will Resign As UK Labour Party Leader
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on course for huge Commons majority in the U.K. general election. ... read more


British Election Exit Poll Predicts Win For Conservative Party
The next government will decide how the country handles Brexit. ... read more


New Zealand Begins Recovery Operation To Retrieve Volcano Victims
The mission to recover eight bodies got underway as experts warned White Island could erupt again. ... read more


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UK Leaders Scramble For Final Votes On Last Day Of Campaign Before Election
The election between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn has been dubbed "The Brexit Election." ... read more


Israeli Parliament Votes To Dissolve, Readies For Third Election In A Year
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the rival Blue and White party both were unable develop a power-sharing agreement after neither secured a parliamentary majority. ... read more


New Zealand Volcano Death Toll Rises To 8 As Names Of Missing Released
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Why Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party Can't Seem To Shake Charges Of Anti-Semitism
Jeremy Corbyn is likely to be remembered in part for accusations that he, at best, turned a blind eye to anti-Semitism. ... read more


New Zealand Volcano Vents Steam, Stymies Recovery Of Bodies
Volcanic tremors on White Island rose in the morning, accompanied by releases of more steam and mud, the GeoNet seismic monitoring agency said. ... read more


Why Black Brits Are Considering Leaving UK After Election: 'If The Conservatives Win, I'm Gone'
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's comments have fuelled racism, say worried families. ... read more


6 People Dead In Czech Hospital Shooting
Hospital staff have warned the number of casualties could still rise. ... read more


6 Dead, 8 Missing After New Zealand Volcano Eruption
An additional 30 people were seriously injured in the explosions, including 27 people who were severely burned. ... read more


India Protests Erupt Over Citizenship Bill That Discriminates Against Muslims
The bill would grant citizenship to non-Muslims who came to India from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan before 2015. ... read more


North Korea Calls Trump 'Erratic' Old Man Over Tweets
Former nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol said North Korea wouldn’t cave in to U.S. pressure because it has nothing to lose. ... read more


Russia Banned From Olympic Games Over Doping Scandal
The World Anti-Doping Agency voted to punish Moscow for tampering with laboratory data. ... read more


Volcano Erupts In New Zealand, Leaving At Least 5 Dead, Other Tourists Missing
Several tourists remained unaccounted for after a volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island on Monday afternoon. ... read more


UK PM to visit north after election gains
Boris Johnson visits Sedgefield in north-east England, which has returned its first Conservative MP for 84 years, following the party's general election victory. ... read more


Finnish minister sorry for Instagram poll on IS women
Finnish Finance Minister Katri Kulmuni deletes her poll on repatriating IS-linked women and children. ... read more


EU carbon neutrality: Leaders agree 2050 target without Poland
The bloc sets a target for carbon neutrality but Poland, which relies heavily on coal, is exempted. ... read more


Francesca Schiavone reveals she has overcome cancer
Francesca Schiavone, the former French Open champion, reveals she has fought a successful battle with cancer. ... read more


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Britain's third election since 2015 was billed as one of the most unpredictable in decades. ... read more


General election 2019: Europe's press both relieved and wary
European newspapers welcome clarity after the result, but many remain wary of Brexit promises. ... read more


Climate change: Stalemate at UN talks as splits re-appear
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Berlin murder: Russia expels German diplomats amid dispute
The tit-for-tat move follows Germany's expulsion of Russians over the death of a Chechen in Berlin. ... read more


Clara Ponsati: Spanish PM to be called as witness
The St Andrews University professor faces a charge of sedition over her role in Catalonia's independence referendum. ... read more


Greta Thunberg changes Twitter bio after Trump dig
He said the teenage activist - who won Time Person of the Year - had an "anger management problem". ... read more


Paul McCartney unwraps his 'secret' Christmas album
Former Beatle Sir Paul says he has no plans to release his demo of traditional carol instrumentals. ... read more


Vladimir Putin: 20 years in 20 photos
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Spain in drive to get women into special forces
More women are needed to help combat terrorism and insurgents, Spain's defence minister says. ... read more


How millennials are changing the perfume business
Perfumers describe how they're adapting to calls for sustainable contents and gender-neutral smells. ... read more


Portrait of a Lady: Stolen Klimt mystery 'solved' by gardener in Italy
For 22 years nothing was heard of Portrait of a Lady until ivy was cleared from a gallery wall. ... read more


Sanna Marin: The rising star who leads Finland's 5.5 million
Sanna Marin, who at 34 has taken power at the head of a coalition of female leaders in Finland. ... read more


Poland's model gingerbread village lights up for Christmas
More than 30 artists and bakers in Poland create model houses, castles, people and working trains. ... read more


General election 2019: The story of the night
Key moments as the Conservatives win a clear majority in Parliament. ... read more


Las Tesis feminist protest song of Chile goes global
The song "The rapist is you" was created by the Chilean feminist collective Las Tesis. ... read more


Trump faces fight or flight moment in Senate impeachment trial
Analysis: With his legacy, his re-election and his movement on the line, it would be quite a retreat for the president to sidestep a full Senate trial. ... read more


Supreme Court to rule on release of Trump tax records
By granting review of these cases now, the justices made it possible for them to be heard during the current court term. ... read more


They'd never voted Conservative. Why these left-leaning strongholds shook British politics.
"I've always voted Labour before but I’m pleased we have a Conservative member of Parliament because now we can get on with Brexit," one local said. ... read more


Runner accused of groping reporter during live TV broadcast charged with sexual battery
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Death toll rises in New Zealand volcano eruption after injured person dies
While the official death toll rose to 15, authorities have said that two more people are missing and presumed dead after the Dec. 9 eruption on White Island. ... read more


California governor rejects PG&E's bankruptcy plan
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Army-Navy game to honor three slain in Florida naval base shooting
Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed S. Haitham and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were killed in the Dec. 6 attack. ... read more


Saudi student at New Mexico university charged with illegally possessing gun
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The announcement suggests that the country is preparing to do something to provoke the United States if Washington doesn’t back down and make concessions by the end of the year. ... read more


FDA approves first fish-oil drug for cutting cardiac risks
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Texas men used Grindr to rob gay men
Daryl Henry, 24, and Pablo Ceniceros-Deleon, 19, pleaded guilty Thursday to using Grindr to target gay men, hold them against their will and force them to withdraw cash from their bank accounts. ... read more


Illinois man charged with making threat against Congressman Rodney Davis
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Army-Navy game to honor three slain in Florida naval base shooting
Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed S. Haitham and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were killed in the Dec. 6 attack. ... read more


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