• Christmas 2018: Celebrations held across India with fervour and love

    Christmas 2018: Celebrations held across India with fervour and love

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    Security has been ramped up at churches across the country. Buildings, houses and residential colonies were illuminated everywhere. Families and friends exchanged Christmas gifts among one another. "Happy Christmas to our Christian citizens, all Iraqis and to all who are celebrating around the world", the Iraqi government tweeted on Christmas Eve.
  • Federal Employee Union: This Is 'Not About a Wall'

    Federal Employee Union: This Is 'Not About a Wall'

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    Wednesday is the first non-holiday weekday since the shutdown began. "I'm not going to talk about it now", he said. That bill provided $1.3 billion for border security projects but not money for the wall. This was also the first time he had said that replacing old fencing would count, in his mind, toward his central campaign promise of building a "big attractive wall" on the U.S.
  • Syria military says Israel strikes hit Damascus weapons depot

    Syria military says Israel strikes hit Damascus weapons depot

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    Smoke rises past a mountain as seen from Damascus countryside, Syria December 25, 2018. Syrian media said Israeli warplanes launched the Christmas Day strikes from Lebanese airspace. The air strikes came after 20 rockets were fired at Israeli military positions in the occupied Golan Heights, a plateau in southwestern Syria that was occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed, overnight.
  • Death toll from Anak Krakatau volcano rises

    Death toll from Anak Krakatau volcano rises

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    Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the latest toll on Monday morning was 281 dead and 1,016 injured. A high-tide warning has been flagged till December 25 and tourists in the coastal area around the Sunda Strait have been advised to stay away from the beaches.
  • Afghan Leaders Downplay Impact Of U.S. Pullout, But Military Officials Fret

    Afghan Leaders Downplay Impact Of U.S. Pullout, But Military Officials Fret

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    The pullout comes as the United States spearheads global efforts to end the war with the Taliban, which was toppled from power in a US-led invasion in 2001. A withdrawal of so many United States troops would represent an abrupt shift in U.S. strategy announced a year ago, which saw thousands of troops sent to Afghanistan and air strikes intensified to put pressure on the Taliban to talk.
  • Troop Withdrawal Will Not Affect Security: Ghani's Spokesman

    Troop Withdrawal Will Not Affect Security: Ghani's Spokesman

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    The effects would also reverberate across the globe, he argued, with the Taliban using it as leverage to get the USA out of Afghanistan, North Korea taking it as a sign of weakness in nuclear negotiations and Russian Federation taking it as a greenlight for its own malicious activities.
  • Border wall row leaves U.S. on brink of 'long shutdown'

    Border wall row leaves U.S. on brink of 'long shutdown'

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    Supporters of US President Donald Trump have turned on him after he was denied a possible last chance to secure funding for his planned border wall . Trump tried to blame Democrats. "We're going to have a shutdown", Trump said via video message on Twitter less than three hours from the deadline.
  • Criminal Justice Bill Passes House, Sent to White House

    Criminal Justice Bill Passes House, Sent to White House

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    Congressional leaders from both parties signaled support Wednesday for a temporary funding bill that will keep the federal government open into 2019. And even if it passes, it won't affect anything but the federal prison system, which holds only about 10 percent of the USA prison and jail population of 2.1 million.