'Car bomb' rams into Australian Christian Lobby headquarters in Canberra and explodes

The managing director of the Australia Christian Lobby (ACL) is flying back to the national capital from a Queensland holiday to inspect the damage caused by a van, allegedly containing gas bottles, ramming the front door shortly after 11.30pm in the suburb of Deakin and bursting into flames. [Full Article...]

Italy lower house approves govt request to hike debt for bank rescue

Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) has just €11billion (£9.27bn) of liquidity left and this will run out in 16 weeks, it revealed today. If Monte dei Paschi can not drum up enough support from investors, Rome will have to step in and bail it out. [Full Article...]

Weather warning issued ahead of Christmas

Weather warning issued ahead of Christmas There was no snow on the ground anywhere in Upstate New York a year ago, when temperatures hit the high 60s on Christmas Eve. The stormy forecast has prompted bookies to stretch the odds on Christmas snow as punters splash the cash on wind and rain. [Full Article...]

France, Australia to sign 'contract of century' for 12 state-of-the-art submarines

The remarks follow on from previous comments by the French firm DCNS that the leak was an act of " economic warfare ", though company CEO Herve Guillou declined to repeat those accusations at a recent press conference in France with Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne. [Full Article...]

Underwater Drone Returned By China To US

It was seized just as the USNS Bowditch was about to retrieve it, USA officials said. However, Greg Poling, a South China Sea expert at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the United States military could feel compelled to take steps to further assert freedom of navigation in the region. [Full Article...]

Video appears to show couple kidnapped in Afghanistan 4 years ago

An American citizen and her Canadian husband seen clutching two young children both born in captivity, pleading with President Obama to secure their release before he leaves office, asking him not to become another Jimmy Carter . The video came to public attention through the Site Intelligence Group , which monitors extremist activity online. In the video, Coleman asks government officials to "be... [Full Article...]

ISIS claims credit for Christmas market attack in Berlin

But he denied responsibility for the deadly incident and was later released. He said police also thought it possible there might be more than one suspect. "People were bleeding. There was lots of blood and lots of crying", she said. In some cases, the assaults have been claimed by IS and carried out by asylum seekers. [Full Article...]

Trump's sons offer private receptions with father for $1M donations

Trump's sons offer private receptions with father for $1M donations A $250,000 donation gets you a photo op with Donald Jr. and Eric, as well as a signed guitar by an unnamed Opening Day 2017 performer. Donald Trump's sons have denied any involvement in a charity event using huntings trips with them and private receptions with their father to entice millionaire donors . [Full Article...]

SWS: 78% of Filipinos fear becoming victims of EJK

This consisted of 45% who were "very worried " that they will be a victim, 33% who were "somewhat anxious", 10% were "not too worried " and 12% who were "not anxious at all". PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa's Christmas wish was for the public to pray for forgiveness for him and the country's policemen for the killings in the war on drugs. [Full Article...]

England fined £35000 for poppy display at Wembley

The 20,000 Sfr (£15,694) fine relates to commemorations at the 1-1 draw on 12 November. However, the FA has wasted little time in indicating that it does not accept the punishment and that they plan to appeal the decision. A statement from FIFA on the United Kingdom poppy fines read: " England has been fined CHF 45,000 for several incidents in the framework of the England v Scotland match, in... [Full Article...]

Windy Chill Advisory until noon today

Windy Chill Advisory until noon today Partly sunny, with a high near 32. The Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect for some of the Chicago area until 10 a.m. Monday . In northern Iowa, snow fell intermittently from Friday afternoon into Saturday, with amounts of up to three inches expected in much of the eastern part of the state by late Saturday. [Full Article...]

O Panneerselvam seeks immediate assistance of Rs 1000cr

The CM also gave an assurance to the Prime Minister that his government was committed to implement policies and goals set by late Jayalalithaa. Following Jayalalithaa's demise on 5 December, the Tamil Nadu cabinet made a decision to recommend her name for the award on 10 December. [Full Article...]

Electoral college who's who: Names to know in the pool of 538

Electoral college who's who: Names to know in the pool of 538 But the conclusion by USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation hacked into the emails of the Democratic National Committee in an attempt to sway the election for Trump has prompted Democrats to urge some electors not to vote as directed by their state's popular ballot. [Full Article...]

Head of UN nuclear watchdog visits Iran

Iran and the six world powers reached an agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue on July 14 past year which puts Tehran on the path of sanctions relief but more strict limits on its nuclear programme. "We are ready to take any necessary action". Earlier on Dec 13, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ordered the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to plan work on nuclear propulsion devices to b... [Full Article...]

Ice storm warning issued for north central Ohio

Ice storm warning issued for north central Ohio Ice accumulations of one-tenth of an inch are possible. Many will wake to patchy freezing fog Friday morning for areas not still in the grip of the the Gorge winds. The rain could be heavy in some places, AccuWeather said. Forecasters said no significant impacts were expected but were monitoring temperatures closely Sunday morning. [Full Article...]

France, Russia reach compromise as Aleppo rescue uncertain

France, Russia reach compromise as Aleppo rescue uncertain He said some countries want to report to their capitals overnight. He said the resolution could also offer leverage to negotiate a broader cease-fire. France's United Nations ambassador says the goal of its United Nations resolution is to avoid "mass atrocities" by Syrian forces, and especially militias, in eastern Aleppo which is now defenseless following the defeat of rebel forces. [Full Article...]

Goldman Sees Oil Lower for Longer After Getting a Bump From Cuts

Goldman Sees Oil Lower for Longer After Getting a Bump From Cuts International Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were trading at $54.22 per barrel at 0114 GMT, up 20 cents, or 0.37 percent from their last settlement. Goldman Sachs (GS) raised its price outlook for oil in the second quarter on Friday after OPEC and non-OPEC members agreed to cut production by a 1.8 million barrels. [Full Article...]

Osweiler benched for Savage as Texans beat Jags 21-20

The move was met with a huge ovation from the home crowd that had been booing Osweiler for most of the day. Savage immediately provided a spark off the bench, engineering a drive that stalled at the Jaguars 1-yard line on an inexplicable fade pass to Hopkins on fourth down before leading the way to the first offensive score following a Texans safety. [Full Article...]

Over 8000 rebels evacuated from Syria's Aleppo

Over 8000 rebels evacuated from Syria's Aleppo The towns of Madaya and Zabadani are blockaded by pro-government forces. However, reporting a different version, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the Syrian rebels breached the ceasefire in protest of the delay in evacuating people from two Shia enclaves, Al-Foua and Kefreia. [Full Article...]

Due process followed in new Army chief's appointment, says PMO

Sinha to appoint General A.S. Vaidya as the Army Chief in 1983. They are the first high profile defence appointments by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. Supersesion in the army is not new though there has not been any such instances in the recent past. He is known for his balanced approach towards soldiering, compassion, and his connect with the civil society. [Full Article...]

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