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Bitcoin futures soar in first hours of trading

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We also have reports saying that there have been some very strong volumes in this market since its open which should lead to some volatility in the prices. This person requested anonymity because the decision hasn't yet been disclosed publicly. How much actual investor interest there will be in these bitcoin futures is still up in the air. Read More »

Foreign ministers meet: India, Russia, China condemn terrorism

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India media are reporting that the three foreign ministers will issue a joint communique at the end of their daylong talks. The President said that as two major countries of the world, expansion of cooperation bilaterally as well as regionally was in their mutual interest. Read More »

Middle East protests erupt after Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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The dispute over Jerusalem's status has underscored broader tensions between the EU and Israel , which wants European states to ramp up pressure on Iran over its involvement in Syria and other regional conflicts. "While we are affirming the current and historic reality of Jerusalem's role as Israel's capital and seat of government, any ultimate determination of sovereignty over Jerusalem will flow from the results of negotiations between the parties", he told the Free Beacon. Read More »

Saudi Arabia Announces Opening Of Cinemas For First Time In 35 Years

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Cinemas are expected to return to Saudi Arabia for the first time in 35 years. Cinemas will operate from early 2018, having been denied licences since the early 1980s. In a statement, Saudi Culture & Information Minister Dr Awwad Alawwad said: "This marks a watershed moment in the development of the cultural economy in the Kingdom". Read More »

Vladimir Putin orders partial Russian Federation troop withdrawal from Syria

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Speaking in front of Russian military personnel, Putin lauded the Russian and Syrian militaries for having "defeated the most capable group of worldwide terrorists" in just over two years. "Our homeland thanks you, my friends", he said. He promised further strikes in the future "if terrorists raise their head again". Russian television stations showed Putin walking off the plane, embracing and shaking hands with Assad at the air base. Read More »

Storm Caroline to carry gales, snow and ice to Eire

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The snow forecast for the end of the week is now predicted to last until Sunday, with "isolated snow showers" and "snow accumulations" expected in the region on both days of the weekend, says a spokesperson for the Met Office. A North Sea platform shut down production due to safety fears over weather conditions caused by Storm Caroline. Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services between Tarbet and Lochranza, Oban and Tiree via Coll, and Ullapool and Stornoway have been cancelled for the rest of the ... Read More »

US, Japan and South Korea to host joint missile tracking drills

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It is aimed at "practising tracking an object and sharing information on it among the three countries", said a defence official, adding, "It will translate into a measure against ballistic missiles". combined defense, according to the presidential Blue House. The drill will be held in waters near Japan today and tomorrow, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said as he visited a garrison in northern Japan. Read More »

Monday's evening commute should have snowy roads

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A stronger wave will plow through later Monday evening and early on Tuesday , perhaps an inch or so of snow in the southern counties. Most areas won't have heavy snow, but will have roads covered with an inch or two of snow by Monday evening's commute. Read More »

Atiku, Fani-Kayode, Dokpesi eulogise new PDP chairman

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We, therefore, have a huge task of retrieving this nation from APC over its clear lack of direction and confusion starting with the presidency. But with the announcement of Uche Secondus as the victor of the national chairmanship position, Dokpesi said that the delegates had spoken. Read More »

UN Ambassador: US Move On Jerusalem Will 'Move The Ball Forward

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Waving Palestinian flags, a sea of demonstrators marched from Rabat's Bab el-Had square to Morocco's parliament building, down Mohammed VI Avenue, the city's main thoroughfare. The Trump administration has said it is still committed to reviving Palestinian-Israeli talks that collapsed in 2014. About 6,000 protesters gathered outside the American embassy in Jakarta, said police spokesman Argo Yuwono. Read More »

South Korea imposes new sanctions on North Korea

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The announcement of the joint exercise, a sixth such drill since 2016, comes less than two weeks after Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile, which dropped into the sea inside Japan's exclusive economic zone in late November. North Korea, formally called the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), last week tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), saying the device could reach all of the United States. Read More »

Two ancient Egyptian tombs discovered in Qurna, west of Luxor

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Egyptian officials hope the discovery will promote the country's tourism industry which was hit hard by extremist attacks and political turmoil following the 2011 uprising. It has a six meters deep burial shaft at its southern side that lead to four side chambers, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and Head of Egyptian excavation mission, told Xinhua. Read More »

Martial-law extension a must to curb terror sympathizers

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The request comes almost two months after Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi City. Duterte explained that he wants martial law extended "primarily to ensure total eradication of Daesh-inspired Da'awatul Islamiyah Waliyatul Masriq (DIWM), other like-minded Local/Foreign Terrorist Groups (L/FTGs) and Armed Lawless Groups (ALGs), and the communist terrorists (CTs) and their coddlers, supporters, and financiers". Read More »

Rouhani: Ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia

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I think this war is against the interests of Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. "We would encourage them to be a bit more measured and a bit more thoughtful in those action, to, I think, fully consider the consequences, " Tillerson said. Both the Shia-oriented Iran and Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia, two regional powerhouses with clashing ideologies, share a fractious relationship due to a power struggle over a series of religio-political issues such as the way Islam is interpreted, the Islamic ... Read More »

Donald Trump reportedly watches up to 8 hours of TV every day

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Trump, who previously said that he didn't watch much television , enjoys morning show Fox and Friends and also CNN - the news outlet he has consistently damned for its "fake news". Social media users took to Twitter to express their worry over Trump's TV revelation , with one person tweeting: "I think this could explain why the USA is falling apart at a record rate". Read More »

Israeli stabbed in apparent Jerusalem 'terror' attack

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Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb had rejected a request from the United States for Pence to meet him on 20 December at Al Azhar, the mosque said in a statement, adding that Trump must reverse his decision on Jerusalem. Rockets were fired from Gaza and Israeli warplanes carried out raids on the territory. Erdogan said in a speech in the central Turkish city of Sivas. Read More »

United Kingdom snow: Amber warning predicts snow across UK

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The chill will make temperatures feel sub-zero, and ice may appear on untreated surfaces. People are being warned to check the forecast and road conditions before they travel. However, the snowy Sunday for many means getting the sleighs out and building snowmen for a fun-filled snow day. Parts of the West and East Midlands, the East of England, Yorkshire and the Humber and London and the South East could be affected. Read More »

People are asking Ivanka Trump to #SavePalestine on her Hanukkah Instagram post

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President Donald Trump will have a physical exam early next year and will make the results public, the White House said Thursday, a day after the president appeared to slur his words in a public address. In Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, they found their most sympathetic audience. A Holocaust survivor, Louise Lawrence-Israels, spoke at the event about hiding as a young girl in an Amsterdam attic. Read More »

Jerusalem decision to move ball forward for peace process

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Haley, discussing a cultural shift of women coming forward on the CBS " Face the Nation " program, applauded women who have come forward: "I'm proud of their strength". Trump, a Republican, won the White House previous year despite the election season release of a 2005 " Access Hollywood " tape in which he described grabbing women's private parts, followed by accusations by several women of aggressive sexual misconduct. Read More »

Peaceful conduct of elections 'historic moment' for Nepal, says United Nations chief

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The house of representatives consists of 275 members, of which 165 would be elected directly under the first-past-thepost system while the remaining 110 will come through the proportional representation system. It has also hampered the recovery from a devastating quake that hit in 2015, killing 9,000 and destroying more than half a million homes. The Nepali Congress, the Left alliance's nearest rival which has close ties with India, won six seats. Read More »

Florentino Perez on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe Rumours

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Madrid is a club that gives big players what they need. Perez laughed without commenting when asked about Neymar Sr's recent comments about it being "too early yet" to talk to Madrid about a future move for his son, but did recall past efforts to sign the player before he ended up at Barcelona . Read More »

All Blacks Sevens advance to quarter-finals in Cape Town

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South Africa are targeting their second tournament win in as many weeks after taking glory in the opening round of the World Series in Dubai on Sunday (December 3). Earlier, New Zealand left it until the final minute as they beat England 17-12 in a thrilling quarterfinal. Conversions: Koroi (1), Andrew Knewstubb (1). Read More »

Israeli military says it demolishes Hamas tunnel that reaches Israel

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday described Israel as a "terrorist state" and vowed to use "all means to fight" against the USA recognition of Jerusalem as the country's capital. Embassy in Berlin. Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands more protesters had gathered to express solidarity. Erdogan said in Sivas that Turkey considers the United States decision void, and that a "roadmap" will be developed at the OIC meeting that "will show that the decision will not be ... Read More »

Protesters clash with police outside US Embassy in Lebanon

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The Lebanese security forces at the scene responded by spraying the protesters with water cannons and shooting tear gas to disperse the crowd, reports The New York Times. By early afternoon, the bulk of the protesters had departed, and security forces moved in to arrest a few remaining demonstrators. "I am calling on men, women, young and old, the southern suburbs, Beirut and all those who wish to join in from across Lebanon", Nasrallah said, also inviting residents of Lebanon's 12 ... Read More »