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Tim Barrow's appointment as Britain's European Union ambassador should silence May's critics

This perceived "denigration" of a civil servant by politicians drew criticism from several former Whitehall officials, including the one-time permanent secretary to the Foreign Office, Lord Ricketts. "Enough talk, we need to get on with getting out". "While he had a longstanding relationship with Mrs May and was consulted by her on Brexit strategy, Sir Ivan's relations with some of the prime minister's team began to deteriorate in recent months".

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Indonesia suspends all military cooperation with Australia, reportedly over 'insulting' training material

A spokesman for Indonesian president Joko Widodo said no discussion had taken place and the issue had been exaggerated. Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne has been unable to say whether a major training exercise with both the Australian and Indonesian navys will go ahead amid a strategic row between the two countries over offensive material at a join special forces school.

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Kane Williamson steers New Zealand to six-wicket win

But skipper Williamson stuck around, going through to his third T20 global fifty, and put on an unbroken 81-run stand with De Grandhomme to see his side to victory. Wheeler produced an outstanding debut pefromance to remove Iqbal and Bangladesh captain Masrafe Mortaza (1) to finish with 2-22. In reply, New Zealand too lost early wickets, with Neil Broom (6), Colin Munro (0) and Tom Bruce (7) and when the latter fell at the start of the 11th over, the Black Caps were in a spot of bother ...

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Donald Trump sends New Year wishes to all, even his 'many enemies'

For their "malicious cyber activity", and phishing expeditions, Russians allegedly used several outlandish secret code names like "Seadaddy", "Hammertoss", "Energetic Bear", "Fancy Bear and "Carberp". Trump rarely uses email or computers despite his frequent tweeting. Obama's suggestion in a recent interview that he could have won the election if permitted to run for a third term also irritated Trump.

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Dead In Indonesia Ferry Blast

The cause of the blaze has not been confirmed, although one police source said it may have been a short circuit on the boat's power generator. Reports said many jumped into the sea. All passengers panicked and ran up to the deck to throw floats into the water. Seply Madreto, an official from the local Disaster Mitigation Agency, released the death toll of 23 later in the day.

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Taiwan president plans travel through United States in poke at China

The president-elect again drew ire from Beijing when he accepted a call from Tsai on December 2, the highest-level dialogue between Washington and Taipei since the USA cut ties with Taiwan and switched recognition to Beijing in 1979. She further called on China to engage in "calm and rational" talks in a bid to find a "reasonable" solution to the dispute. China considers Taiwan as a breakaway province and has objected to its diplomatic ties with another state.

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Andy Murray, Mo Farah knighted in New Year's honours list

The down-to-earth star is hugely honoured to accept the title at just 29, and will be the first tennis-playing knight to appear as a professional at Wimbledon when he defends his singles title next summer, but he does not want "Sir Andy" to appear on scoreboards and club literature there.

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Colorado lift shut down as fatal fall investigated

Two children and an adult were taken to Middle Park Medical Center in Granby, where the woman was pronounced dead. One of the children was hospitalized in stable condition and the other was flown to Children's Hospital in suburban Denver for treatment, according to police.

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Search for Greece's envoy missing in Brazil continues

Mrs Amiridis, 59, his wife, reported her husband as missing when she was unable to contact him for two days. The Greek ambassador to Brazil has been found dead in a burned-out rental vehicle. Brazil, especially Rio de Janeiro, has always been plagued by high rates of violent crime . He is married and has a daughter. The Brazilian Foreign Ministry has also declined to comment on the case, stating only that it is being investigated by police.

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Russia: US Providing Arms to Syrian Rebels a 'Hostile Act'

Russian Foreign Ministry officials today warned that USA efforts to ease restrictions on arms shipments to Syrian rebels were seen as a "hostile act", saying in particularly that the provision of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles could directly threaten Russian forces in Syria.

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President Fernandez de Kirschner charged with corruption

In addition to upholding the criminal charges, Ercolini also ordered $633 million of Kirchner's assets to be frozen pending the outcome of the prosecution. She has accused current President Mauricio Macri of plotting against her . The judge outlined the charges in a 794-page resolution Tuesday, which says Kirchner conspired "to commit crimes, in order to illegally and deliberately seize funds assigned to public road works".

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Taiwan deploys jet fighters to monitor China's aircraft carrier

Beijing claims the self-governing island as its own territory and says failing to endorse the one-China principle would destabilize relations. He said the fleet did not enter Taiwan's air defense identification zone. The Liaoning aircraft carrier has taken part in previous exercises, including in the South China Sea, but China is years away from perfecting carrier operations similar to those the United States has practiced for decades.

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte's Outfits Slayed Christmas Day

Pippa Middleton joined the Cambridges, with her fiance James Matthews . It is the first time the children have been taken to a Christmas service. Bells rang out as around 100 locals were seen entering for the 10.30am service, reported The Daily Mail . The church service is the only public appearance the Royal Family make on December 25th, spending the rest of the day at Sandringham House eating Christmas lunch and taking part in other festivities.

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Typhoon Nina slams into Philippines, thousands evacuated

Late on Saturday, typhoon Nock-Ten was about 280km east of the Catanduanes island. Tropical Storm Nina is expected to hit, among other areas, Matnog in Sorsogon, Allen in Samar , and the provinces of Albay, Catanduanes, Batangas and Mindoro.

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China's 1st aircraft carrier heads for Western Pacific

While the ministry has not disclosed any more information about the fleet's movements, the MSDF is closely monitoring the situation, given the possibility that the Chinese naval vessels may travel through waters near Japan and proceed to the western Pacific Ocean, the report said.

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Scoring summary: New England Patriots vs. New York Jets

Already up 20-0, the Patriots seemed content to run out the clock and go into the locker room. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on the Jets' confidence level against the Patriots . The Jets chose to take the 3 points from the field goal instead of going for a touchdown, with Nick Folk hitting a 29-yard field goal to close the score to 41-3.

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Browns Quarterback Robert Griffin III Leaves Game With Concussion

Cleveland picked up win No. 1of the season, beating the Chargers 20-17. In his third game back from injury, Robert Griffin III completed 17-of-25 throws for 164 yards and ran for another 42 before suffering a concussion in the fourth quarter.

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Russian ambassador killing: Putin to lead tributes at ceremony

Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Karlov's killing "benefits those who want to drive a wedge between Russian Federation and Turkey" and aimed at derailing "the normalisation of the talks that allow to spur and join (our) efforts for Syrian political settlement".

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Two brothers arrested 'for plotting terror attack on German shopping centre'

Oberhausen is not far from Dortmund where Anis Amri, 24, the Tunisian radical wanted for the truck massacre at a Berlin Christmas market on Monday that killed 12, attended hate speeches at a mosque where Isis was praised. They say authorities are probing how far along the suspected attack plan was and whether anyone else was involved. With 250 shops and parking places for 14,000 cars the Centro complex is one of the biggest in Germany.

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Anis Amri: from petty crime to jihad

Walid Amri, the brother of Anis Amri who was the prime suspect in Berlin's deadly truck attack shot dead in Milan, poses with a portrait of his brother in front of the family house in the town of Oueslatia, in Tunisia's region of Kairouan.

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China returns underwater drone to US

That information would have been known to Trump had he received the "Presidential Daily Brief" prior to posting his first tweet. But, as well as the overlap and tricky distinction between what the Pentagon calls "collecting unclassified scientific data" and "close-in surveillance" and military surveys, chances are both parties are keen to keep the incident low-profile, knowing there is a legal grey zone to the matter.

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Massive fireworks explosion in Mexico leaves at least 12 dead

A massive explosion set off fireworks at a crowded Mexico City market on December 20, injuring at least 60 people . Firefighters and civil-protection forces responded soon, and unofficial reports indicate that at least 40 and as many as 60 people were injured by the blasts.

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Bus hit by blast was transporting soldiers

Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said in televised comments that the attack in Kayseri was "unfortunately similar" to last weekend's strikes in Istanbul . The bus had been transporting off-duty soldiers on a visit to a local market. But he said it was too early to definitively assign blame. Turkish television broadcast harrowing footage of relatives bidding farewell to the coffins at a military airport.

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Duterte tells USA 'bye-bye America' after aid deferred

Duterte risks impeachment after admitting on Monday to "personally" killing criminals when he was the mayor of Davao City, two Philippine senators said on Friday. Despite skepticism from some Philippine drug officials, China has recently expressed willingness to proactively cooperate with the Philippines on its war against illegal drugs , including the provision of joint technical expertise among other enforcement measures.

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British workers launch season of strikes

In total, more than 1,500 check-in staff, cargo workers and baggage handlers are set to walk out on December 23 and 24, which are the key dates for people trying to get home or travel in time for Christmas Day. The changes include freezing overtime payments for the foreseeable future and restructuring pay. The airline went on to confirm that all long haul flights to and from London Heathrow will operate as normal, and all flights to London Gatwick will operate as normal.

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Arctic Chill Today, First Widespread Snow Friday Night

The temperature will drop to the lower 20s overnight and not get much warmer during the day tomorrow. The north will be milder than the south this weekend with overnight temperatures reaching a cold 3C. We are forecast to be in the "warm" sector of another weekend storm system which means the bulk of the precipitation will fall as liquid. The "high winds will make bad conditions worse with blowing and drifting snow, and areas with whiteout conditions", the National Weather Service office ...

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Facebook Now Broadcasts Real-Time Video Streaming From National Geographic

After that, the company had also added support to stream 360-degree videos to its app. That's not to say this won't eventually be available, but for now, that's the key differentiator between Facebook Live and Instagram Live . The Live video on Stories, which was initially announced in November, allowed the users to go live by just letting the users swipe right from the feed in order to open the camera and then tap on the button for " Start Live Video ".

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The Electoral College is a vital piece of our Constitution

Here are five things you should know about the Electoral College. Once finished, the vote tally is given to the Vice President, who certifies the victor. "We have been doing it this way since the founding of the republic", Kassar told the Brooklyn Eagle. Compounding the minority government problem is the United States Senate, where each state has two members.

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US, S. Korea, Japan vow cooperation over N. Korea sanctions

At a moment when North Korean coal exports exceed the cap, all United Nations member states are barred from importing coal from the North under the resolution starting next year. The South Korean government remains on alert for any attempt by the North to take advantage of the political turmoil enveloping Seoul . In addition, the SSD is also dispatching highly-trained agents disguised as North Koreans in China on travel permits to arrest defectors and send them back to the North.

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Carter says 3 key Islamic State militants killed in Syria

Information collected recently from territory retaken from the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria helped the USA -led coalition with targeting the December 4 drone strike inside Raqqa, the terrorist group's de facto capital in Syria, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.

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New Italian coalition government to be sworn in

Palace official Ugo Zampetti told reporters Gentiloni would be sworn in as premier with the rest of his new Cabinet later Monday night. Economist Pier Carlo Padoan remains as finance minister of the new government, which inherits the same deteriorating banking crisis, stubbornly flat economy and other urgent problems that marked Renzi's tenure.

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Garth Brooks in talks to play at Donald Trump's inauguration

At this point, who knows who Donald Trump might be considering to have perform at his inauguration, aside from maybe Kid Rock or Garth Brooks. He is due to perform in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 21 - the day after the inauguration in Washington.

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Falcons Entitlement Not Yet Available - NFF

Local experts said the present situation is likely to affect the country's football development in future, noting with the shortage of funds more challenges might crop up. "SERAP argues that the failure by the Nigerian authorities to pay the players of the Super Falcons as promised violates the players' right to equal pay, which is a fundamental tenet of gender equality".

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Chapecoense Plane Crash Victims to Be Honored at Stadium

Colombian authorities have said evidence is growing that the British-made BAE 146 Avro RJ85 aircraft ran out of fuel as it tried to land at Medellin airport. Children release balloons during a tribute to members of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team who died in a plane crash, at Atanasio Girardot stadium where they were to play a game in Medellin, Colombia, Wednesday, Nov.

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Mocked for his tweets, Trump fires back on Twitter

He's 16. He's in high school. "Just tried watching Satruday Night Live - unwatchable!" he tweeted just after midnight on Sunday. He used Twitter to say that the whole show was " totally biased , not amusing and the Baldwin impersonation can't get any worse".

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Geert Wilders guilty but walks free over hate speech charges

According to a court statement, Wilders asked his audience,"Do you want more or less Moroccans in this city and in the Netherlands?" In a videotaped response to the verdict, which he did not attend in person, Wilders said: "I will never be silenced" and the ruling was an attempt to "neutralise the leader of the largest and most popular opposition party in the Netherlands".

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Everything You Need to Know About Rogue Electors

I am here to elect a president, not a king". 29 states make it illegal to be an "unfaithful" elector, although the punishment is a small fine. They could all be accomplished via state laws. Is abolishing it a lost cause? Arnold said he has received more than 50,000 emails since the November 8 election. This measure goes by the name of the National Popular Vote interstate compact.

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Trumps taps retired Marine general John Kelly for DHS

CBS News reports that Gen Kelly, a retired Marine, was travelling to Europe when the Trump transition team made the offer, which he accepted while overseas. Michael Flynn as national security adviser, among others. John Kelly has been selected to head the Department of Homeland Security, and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a climate-change denier whose policies have helped fossil fuel companies, is to be announced as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Mass grief as India political star Jayalalithaa dies

The 68-year-old leader, who has been hospitalised since September 22 in Chennai's Apollo Hospital, deteriorated on Sunday evening after a cardiac arrest. " Jayalalithaa ji's connect with citizens, concern for welfare of the poor, the women and marginalised will always be a source of inspiration", India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted after learning the news.

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Dead in Oakland Warehouse Fire, Authorities "Absolutely Believe" Death Toll Will Rise

Video shot by Oakland resident Darin Marshall shows the scene of the deadly fire late Friday night. Further, Almena reportedly failed to request a special permit for the rave being hosted at the building on Friday night, according to KGO .