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USA bill for weather disasters over 2017 hits record high

That topped the $215 billion in losses from events including hurricanes Katrina , Wilma and Rita in 2005. Harvey ranks second only to Hurricane Katrina, which at $160bn is the costliest storm in the 38 years that records have been kept. Events adding to the total include one drought, two floods, one freeze, eight severe storms, three tropical cyclones, and one wildfire, the NOAA said . [Full Article...]

Winter Olympics targeted by hackers says security firm

South Korean President Moon Jae In has repeatedly said he wants the Pyeongchang Olympics to be a means for re-engagement and conflict resolution with the North. It followed a series of missile launches by North Korea, which led to a threat to fire missiles towards the United States Pacific territory of Guam. [Full Article...]

Egypt denies it urged quiet acceptance of Trump's Jerusalem decision

Egypt denies it urged quiet acceptance of Trump's Jerusalem decision However, in the recordings released by Mekameleen, el-Kholi can be heard telling one of the hosts that he was calling to lay out "the stance of Egypt's national security apparatus and what it stands to benefit from in this matter of announcing Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel". [Full Article...]

'A very stable genius': Trump defends mental stability in early morning tweetstorm

'A very stable genius': Trump defends mental stability in early morning tweetstorm Trump gives rise to, among other claims , defamation by libel", the lawyers wrote. "Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames", Trump said on Twitter early on Saturday (Jan 6). [Full Article...]

Policeman in Washington state shot dead by suspected burglar

Policeman in Washington state shot dead by suspected burglar Police have determined that two suspects were involved in the incident. One of the burglary suspects, identified as a white male, also died during the confrontation with the officer. McCartney, 34, of Yelm was shot while responding to a burglary call in the Fredrickson area. The suspect in the shooting remained at large, KIRO-TV reported . [Full Article...]

Israel releases new BDS blacklist, denying entry to members of 20 groups

Israel a year ago enacted a law that would ban any activist who "knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel". Amnesty is not on the list of 20 groups published on Sunday. The American groups on the list include the American Friends Service Committee, Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace - the latter an overtly anti-Zionist group that operates outside the forma... [Full Article...]

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire resigns due to ill health

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire resigns due to ill health Mr Brokenshire added that following his surgery, his main focus will be on recovery and getting back to his role as MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup at the earliest opportunity. Before entering parliament, Mr Brokenshire was a partner in an global law firm. Meanwhile, Brandon Lewis was promoted to Chairman of the Conservative Party, replacing Sir Patrick McLoughlin, a veteran Tory minister who serve... [Full Article...]

Rublev to play Monfils in Doha Open final

Rublev to play Monfils in Doha Open final Gael Monfils delivered comeback joy to the desert. "I am in bed with fever and there is nearly no chance of a recovery until tonight", Thiem wrote on Facebook . Monfils' win on Saturday night was his seventh career title and it was his first title in Doha after losing three previous finals. It will also be the first time Rublev and Monfils have played against each other. [Full Article...]

Man Calls 911 To Report Himself For Drunk Driving

Man Calls 911 To Report Himself For Drunk Driving He said when asked again: 'No, I don't feel like giving that to you right now'. Lester later insisted he had already pulled over. The dispatcher continually tried to get Lester to pull over, kept him talking, and directed a deputy to his location. [Full Article...]

Billionaire Tom Steyer Will Not Run for Office in 2018

Billionaire Tom Steyer Will Not Run for Office in 2018 The $30 million will be used to mobilize young voters in 10 key states: Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, California, Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Hampshire and Arizona, Steyer said. He said Republicans won't cross a president who controls their base regardless of what he says or does. Supporters of the campaign will deliver copies of Fire and Fury , the new book that's roiled Washington... [Full Article...]

Trump's Lawyers Are Trying To Get Him Out of Mueller Interview

Trump's Lawyers Are Trying To Get Him Out of Mueller Interview Trump's legal team is seeking clarification on whether the president would be interviewed directly by Mueller, as well as the legal standard for when a president can be interviewed, the location of a possible interview, the topics and the duration. [Full Article...]

See the pictures from Princess Charlotte's first day of nursery

See the pictures from Princess Charlotte's first day of nursery Princess Charlotte has embarked on her first day of nursery , celebrating with two photographs taken by her proud mother. With a little backpack on her bag, she's wearing a wine jacket with matching shoes and bow in her hair. It charges just over 3,000 pounds a term ($4,000) for those who attend mornings Monday to Friday. The youngster started primary school at Thomas's in Battersea in Septemb... [Full Article...]

All Options on Table for Iran on Nuclear Deal: FM Spokesman

All Options on Table for Iran on Nuclear Deal: FM Spokesman It is not clear what will the US President Donald Trump's decision be January 12, when he must decide again whether to certify the Islamic Republic's compliance with the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka nuclear deal), as he is required to do every three months. [Full Article...]

Trump admin ending protections for Salvadorans

Trump admin ending protections for Salvadorans The decision follows months of lobbying from El Salvador's government, a bipartisan group of members of Congress, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, all of which believe Washington should come up with a way to allow Salvadorans to remain in the country. [Full Article...]

Trump seeks US$18B to extend Mexico border wall

Trump seeks US$18B to extend Mexico border wall As you know, we're negotiating NAFTA. "This move by the White House does not bode well". "With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction", said Senator Richard Durbin of IL, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee's immigration subcommittee. [Full Article...]

Bomb cyclone has America's east coast in deep freeze

Bomb cyclone has America's east coast in deep freeze Through Wednesday the low pressure will ride up the East Coast, bringing a wintry mix of snow and ice through Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Mark Schoenenberger, a 45-year-old NASA engineer who lives in Norfolk, Virginia, put on his cross country skis so he could make a half hour trip to the bagel shop for some breakfast for his family. [Full Article...]

Venkaiah Naidu forwards privilege notice against Rahul Gandhi 's Jaitlie' tweet

Venkaiah Naidu forwards privilege notice against Rahul Gandhi 's Jaitlie' tweet The prime minister made inappropriate remarks against people who held constitutional posts. "She will be back on January 13, after which, as part of the normal exercise, she may refer the matter to the Privilege Committee of the House, since Gandhi is a Lok Sabha member", sources said. [Full Article...]

Byton's CES concept vehicle looks destined for the high-tech road

Byton's CES concept vehicle looks destined for the high-tech road A Chinese startup unveiled its vision for the automobile of the future Sunday at CES 2018 , promising to deliver an "intuitive and intelligent" vehicle to global markets starting next year from around $45,000. Built-in hardware synchronizes with user's other devices, enabling BYTON to track the user's health status, including weight, heart rate, blood pressure; and synchronize user's data to give... [Full Article...]

BBC China editor resigns over gender pay gap

BBC China editor resigns over gender pay gap My pay is £135,000 and the BBC offered to raise that to £180,000. She said she had called for the corporation's worldwide editors to be paid equally, after pay levels were revealed past year. The BBC defended itself by saying its gender pay gap was below the national average and less bad than at many other organisations, adding that it was committed to wiping it out by 2020. [Full Article...]

Neighbours star Craig McLachlan denies sexual abuse claims

Neighbours star Craig McLachlan denies sexual abuse claims Model and actress Erika Heynatz , musical theatre star Christie Whelan Browne , and Angela Scundi made allegations ranging from unwanted sexual advances including sexual touching and kissing, to bullying and intimidation when they raised the issue with management. [Full Article...]


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