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President takes calls from kids looking for Santa

President takes calls from kids looking for Santa Norad's tracking site stems from a December 24, 1955 call made to the organization's predecessor from a child seeking information on Santa's whereabouts. Since then, the operation has expanded to include hundreds of volunteers who answer thousands of children's calls on Christmas Eve. In 2014 alone, the NORAD Santa Tracker saw almost 20 million visits, according to The Atlantic . [Full Article...]

Payton's Christmas Eve Morning Forecast

Payton's Christmas Eve Morning Forecast The best chance for heavy snow accumulations will be across the central and northern Plains to the Upper Midwest. Rain chance through Christmas remains on the lower side. "Basically we've lost most of the snow we've had", said Scott. "There's patches, but it's pretty much gone". There will be a chance of snow during the day today and will increase into the early evening hours. [Full Article...]

Mattis fill-in Shanahan more fix-it man than military expert

Trump made the decision last week to withdraw US forces from Syria and pull out about half of the 14,000 USA troops in Afghanistan , against the advice of his top aides and USA commanders. "The execute order for Syria has been signed", a Defence Department spokesman said in an email to Reuters that provided no operational details. Mulvaney said the president "is entitled to have a secretary of ... [Full Article...]

UAE releases photos of princess Sheikha Latifa after disappearance

UAE releases photos of princess Sheikha Latifa after disappearance Sheikha Latifa is receiving necessary care and support she requires", the government said. On Monday, the UAE's foreign ministry said it had sent a communiqué regarding Sheikha Latifa to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights' Office of Special Procedures. [Full Article...]

Mexico: Helicopter Crash Kills Local Governor, Ex-Governor

Mexico: Helicopter Crash Kills Local Governor, Ex-Governor Alonso took office as governor less than two weeks ago. She was the first female governor of her state. Her husband, Rafael Moreno Valle, governed Puebla, in central Mexico, from 2011 to 2017 and more recently was a federal senator, according to The Associated Press. [Full Article...]

Mount Etna in Italy has erupted spewing huge ash cloud

Mount Etna in Italy has erupted spewing huge ash cloud Etna, the largest of Italy's three active volcanoes , has been particularly active since July. By midday on December 24, about 130 tremors had been recorded, with a magnitude-4.0 even being detected, the National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology said. [Full Article...]

Dozens killed in sustained attack in capital of Afghanistan

Dozens killed in sustained attack in capital of Afghanistan At least 20 people were wounded in addition to those killed, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. The assault began with a suicide bomber who blew up his explosives-laden vehicle in front of the multi-storey building in an eastern neighbourhood of Kabul. [Full Article...]

Burglar uses Rudolph costume as disguise to break in to Colorado business

Burglar uses Rudolph costume as disguise to break in to Colorado business The costume covered her head and face until she took it off to get a better look at what she was doing. All of the other burglarsUsed to steal without disguiseThey weren't like this RudolphShe's different from the other guys. By Christmas Eve, police said they had received an overwhelming response to the post but were still looking for the culprit. Anybody with information is encouraged to cal... [Full Article...]

United States calls on Venezuela to respect Guyana’s sovereignty, global law

United States calls on Venezuela to respect Guyana’s sovereignty, global law The global arbitral award of October 1899 settled the Venezuelan claim, firmly defining the disputed territory as belonging to Guyana. It was approached Saturday morning by the Venezuelan navy, which did not board the ship and later left the area, according to Norway's Petroleum Geo-Services, which was performing the seismic survey on behalf of Irving, Texas-based ExxonMobil. [Full Article...]

Hundreds evacuated from Sydney apartment block over fears it might collapse

Hundreds evacuated from Sydney apartment block over fears it might collapse Concerns were raised for the Opal Tower on Brushbox Street about 2.45pm, with occupants telling police they heard the worrying noises throughout the morning. Some residents said the doors to the building were jammed and police had to break them down with heavy equipment to help residents escape. Exclusion zones remain in place, but nearby roads have reopened. [Full Article...]

GoFundMe page raises over $10m to help build Trump's border wall

GoFundMe page raises over $10m to help build Trump's border wall He said he's mirroring this effort off of the $7.5 million donation that was forked over to fix the Washington Monument. The alternate crowdfunder was set up in in response to the fund in favour of a border wall . A triple amputee injured in the Iraq War in 2004, Mr Kolfage said he has contacted the Trump administration about where to send the money once the fundraiser ends. [Full Article...]

United Kingdom police arrest 'stowaways' who threatened cargo ship crew

United Kingdom police arrest 'stowaways' who threatened cargo ship crew The men are due to appear at Chelmsford magistrates court on Monday. Navy special forces the Special Boat Service (SBS) stormed the ship. "The crew reacted and they locked themselves in the bridge of the vessel to make themselves safe and we haven't had any injuries". [Full Article...]

USA judge orders North Korea to pay $500M in Otto Warmbier's death

USA judge orders North Korea to pay $500M in Otto Warmbier's death The judgment may be mostly a symbolic victory for now since North Korea has yet to respond to any of the allegations in court and there's no practical mechanism for forcing it to do so. Monday's decision by the District Court for the District of Columbia came after the student's parents, Cindy and Fred Warmbier, filed a $1.1 billion lawsuit against the government of North Korean supreme leader K... [Full Article...]

Indonesians call for better response to tsunami disaster

Indonesians call for better response to tsunami disaster Hundreds of buildings were destroyed by the wave, which slammed into the coast of southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java about 9.30 pm on December 22 after a volcano known as the "child of Krakatoa" erupted. Members of the audience and band scream as the stage is brought down. The lead singer, Reifian Fajarsyah posted a tearful video on social media, clearly grieving while calling for the ... [Full Article...]

Gatwick drone arrest couple feel 'completely violated'

Gatwick drone arrest couple feel 'completely violated' It comes after the couple arrested and released without charge over the chaos at Gatwick said they felt "violated". Police are also carrying out a forensic investigation of a damaged drone found near the airport perimeter, close to the last reported sighting. [Full Article...]

Tourists beheaded: 13 arrested in Morocco slayings

Tourists beheaded: 13 arrested in Morocco slayings Moroccan investigators believe the four main suspects acted on their own initiative, despite their allegiance to the ISIS terror group. Denmark's PET intelligence service said it "shares" the assessment by the Moroccan authorities that the murders were an "act of terrorism". [Full Article...]

Pope Francis vows church will never again cover up clergy sex abuse

Pope Francis vows church will never again cover up clergy sex abuse On other days, the offices will be available as a first-aid station to the faithful attending papal audiences or other appearances. Pope Francis is urging predator priests who have raped or molested children to turn themselves in "to human justice, and prepare for divine justice", devoting part of his Christmas message to the abuse scandals that he said have undermined the Catholic Church... [Full Article...]

Nawaz sentenced to prison in Al-Azizia, acquitted in Flagship reference

Nawaz sentenced to prison in Al-Azizia, acquitted in Flagship reference The former premier will be present at the accountability court to hear the verdict on Monday. On December 19, the accountability court Judge Malik had reserved his verdict against the Sharif family . Those defending Sharif should be ashamed, he said, as the Pakistani people have been defrauded. I have done nothing that would force me to bow my head. [Full Article...]

Turkey bolsters troops in Kurdish areas of northern Syria: war monitor

Turkey bolsters troops in Kurdish areas of northern Syria: war monitor Instead, the biggest threat appears to be posed by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who must soon decide on whether to indict the prime minister. Netanyahu, who also served a term in the late 1990s, has been prime minister for the past decade. The White House still has not released a long-awaited peace plan, and today's announcement could further delay its release. [Full Article...]

Mulvaney says it's 'very possible' the shutdown continues to the next Congress

Mulvaney says it's 'very possible' the shutdown continues to the next Congress Schumer and Pence met Saturday at the request of the White House, according to Schumer's office. President Donald Trump wants money for a border wall with Mexico and Democrats oppose that. He had campaigned on the promise of building the wall, and he also promised Mexico would pay for it. Mexico has refused. "This is a dereliction of duty by Congress and the president", said David Co... [Full Article...]


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