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Senior Russian officer dies from wounds in Syria's Aleppo
- December 07, 2016

Al-Assad has gained ground and took over several areas and neighbourhoods in Syria-a progress that has not happened since 2011. But US Secretary of State John Kerry said he would try to get Syrian peace talks going again with Russia's help.On the humanitarian front, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was a "disgrace" that the worldwide community had been unable to alleviate the suffering in east Aleppo. (more...)
BC students best readers in the world, according to standardized test BC students best readers in the world, according to standardized test
- December 07, 2016

The figures are based on testing of more than 5,000 15 year olds across England. Among the provinces, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec outperformed Canada's overall score, while students in Ontario performed at the national average. That exam, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, showed gains among eighth-graders in math and science, but stagnant scores for fourth-graders. (more...)
Obama will meet with special ops forces, talk strategy
- December 07, 2016

Obama comments on Mosul and Syria efforts, saying, "The bottom line is we are breaking the back of ISIL". White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Mr Obama had believed that large troop presences in Iraq and Afghanistan were unsustainable. Trump's pick to be national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, said in August that Islam was a "vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people". (more...)
Uzbekistan to ease visa conditions for 27 countries
- December 07, 2016

Tourists from the following countries will be entitled to a 30-day visa, regardless of their age: Australia, Austria, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain and Switzerland. (more...)
India for ensuring terror groups don't find sanctuaries
- December 07, 2016

India also blames Pakistan for supporting terror groups that conduct violent attacks in the country. Aziz also accused India of not treating the Pakistani media properly at the Heart of Asia meeting and said he was not allowed to have a press conference. (more...)
Families of Flight MH370 victims offer reward for debris
- December 07, 2016

Grace Nathan, whose mother was among 239 people on Flight MH370 when it vanished, said Monday that the investigator will collect possible plane pieces found on Madagascar's shores by American wreckage hunter Blaine Gibson and others. Anyone who finds an item should note the time and place of discovery, take photographs and wrap the item in plastic and hand it to the nearest airport or police station, according to the leaflets. (more...)
Cubs raising season ticket prices an average of 19.5 percent Cubs raising season ticket prices an average of 19.5 percent
- December 07, 2016

Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings begin today and expect a flurry of activity as ballclubs try to bolster their chances for a run at the 2017 World Series title. Only the Toronto Blue Jays , who lost to the Indians in the American League Championship Series, awarded as many full shares as the Cubs this year. (more...)
Russia's Lavrov warns Syrian rebels in Aleppo
- December 07, 2016

There was no immediate opposition comment on the loss, which widens government control over the enclave that has been in rebel hands since 2012. Earlier on Wednesday, a war monitor said the Syrian army had seized control of all parts of the Old City of Aleppo which had been held by rebels, part of an advance which has seen insurgents lose around two thirds of their main urban stronghold over the past two weeks. (more...)
Cazeneuve is France's new prime minister as Valls steps down
- December 07, 2016

Appealing to the left to unite behind him, Valls vowed to take the fight to election frontrunner, conservative Republicans candidate Francois Fillon, as well as far-right National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen. Le Pen hopes to capitalise on a mood that has seen voters reject political elites to back Britain's exit from the European Union and elect Donald Trump as USA president, although polls suggest she would lose a run-off against Fillon. (more...)
Pope asks for prayers for Colombia crash victims Pope asks for prayers for Colombia crash victims
- December 07, 2016

They'd reached the two-game final of the Copa Sudamericana, the continent's No. 2 club tournament; as near the top the world's soccer pyramid as most of the itinerate players — and its coach — were likely to reach. Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos says he recognized the names of numerous players for the soccer club Chapecoense who were aboard the plane. Chapecoense qualified for the biggest game in their history after overcoming Argentine club San Lorenzo in the semi-final on away ... (more...)
House Turns Aside Effort To Impeach IRS Chief House Turns Aside Effort To Impeach IRS Chief
- December 07, 2016

Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, said Congress must punish Mr. Koskinen for thwarting Capitol Hill's investigation into tea party targeting. The House turned aside an eleventh-hour drive December 5, by hard-right conservatives to impeach the IRS commissioner, with most Republicans concluding the effort could hurt Congress¿ hopes of getting a fast start on President-elect Donald Trump¿s agenda next year. (more...)
Bangladesh in a fix over violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar
- December 07, 2016

A law passed in Myanmar in 1982 denied Rohingya - many of whom have lived in Myanmar for generations - citizenship, making them stateless. "We have information the Myanmar army is killing those (Rohingya) people who are being pushed back from Bangladesh", the leader said, speaking on condition of anonymity. (more...)
Tensions between Clinton, Trump campaigns finally boil over Tensions between Clinton, Trump campaigns finally boil over
- December 07, 2016

Determined to make her point at a conference historians will use to analyze President-elect Donald Trump's stunning victory, Palmieri said the platform the Trump campaign gave to "white supremacists and white nationalists" was "a very, very important moment in our history of our country". (more...)
India considers Elon Musk's Hyperloop
- December 07, 2016

Basically, it will involve the use of pods (a magnetic levitation train) that will carry people at very high speeds, inside a partial vacuum, low pressure transit tube. "I think India is a ideal country to implement this project because the roads are not that good". Comparing it to bullet trains, Gresta said "You are going to spend $12 billion on a bullet train? Put $1 billion in hyperloop and you will never need a bullet train". (more...)
Ivanka Trump to Meet With Al Gore to Discuss Climate Change
- December 07, 2016

Limbaugh said the meeting with Gore , as well as those with many other of Trump's perceived rivals, is "a show". "I found it an extremely interesting conversation and [will] be continued", Gore said. "In that spirit, I hope that he will work with the overwhelming majority of us who believe that the climate crisis is the greatest threat we face as a nation", Gore wrote . (more...)
Christmas tree lighting 2016
- December 07, 2016

Free tickets for the ceremony have already been distributed based on a lottery system. This year's ceremony helps round out the National Park Service's centennial year. A 32-foot tree decked the halls of the historic landmark and was adorned with 20,000 lights. President Obama and the crowd in President's Park counted down from five before the first family-minus Malia-pressed the button that lights the tree, which is located on the Ellipse south of the White House. (more...)
Should Hoosiers Pay To Keep Carrier Jobs?
- December 07, 2016

One of the reasons Donald Trump was elected to be our country's next president is that voters believe he can save manufacturing jobs in the United States. And that should send a shock wave of fear through all workers across the country. Trump and company officials on Thursday celebrated the preservation of 1,100 Carrier jobs in IN thanks to the agreement. (more...)
Amazon's Tech-Driven Convenience Store
- December 07, 2016

The idea is that Amazon's machine-learning technology can automatically identify when a product is added to your cart, so you don't have to do it yourself. No lines, no checkout - just grab and go! To remove the item from your cart, you just put it back on the shelf. According to Amazon , it's right around the corner - at least in Seattle . (more...)
Top British commander urges patience in Mosul fight Top British commander urges patience in Mosul fight
- December 07, 2016

Iraqi security forces, aided by the Kurdish Peshmerga, Shiite militias and a US -led global coalition, began a ground offensive on October 17 to capture Mosul - Iraq's second-largest city - away from Islamic State control. Iraqi commanders say IS resistance in Mosul has been fiercer than anything they have seen previously in the fight against the militants. "Planes from the coalition force and the air force are restricted because of the civilians". (more...)
Petraeus meets with Trump
- December 07, 2016

Trump is to meet Tuesday with Tennessee Sen. Trump said during the campaign that the Federal Bureau of Investigation erred in not prosecuting Clinton, and at the second presidential debate he pledged to set up a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton if elected. (more...)