• US casualties in Afghan fighting
US casualties in Afghan fighting

A military helicopter has crashed during military operations in the restive Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, local officials confirmed. "Additionally, two United States service members were wounded", Brig. One official said a United States helicopter was sent to the area to evacuate casualties, but did not immediately take off because a mo...

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  • Missing ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake: Three bodies found in family home
Missing ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake: Three bodies found in family home

He was interviewed by police at the family home on 16 December but also disappeared. Last night it was reported relatives received text messages from Sian's phone saying she was okay and wanted to spend one last Christmas with the boys after she disappeared.

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  • Poland wants Nord Stream 2 to pass through its territory — RIA Novosti
Poland wants Nord Stream 2 to pass through its territory — RIA Novosti

Last week, Polish lawmakers approved legislation that ends the terms of the current heads of state-run radio and television and gives the government authority to make new appointments. Four European media freedom organizations have issued a complaint calling on Poland to abandon the draft law that would allow the government to directly appoint ...

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  • Oil prices fell 35%. What now?
Oil prices fell 35%. What now?

US crude's West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures CLc1 were up 77 cents, or 2.08 percent, at $37.81 a barrel. The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and oil producers Iran and Russian Federation might also encourage Riyadh to raise production in order to drive down prices and cut into their opponents' bottom line.

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  • Deportation raids conducted against migrant families in the US South
Deportation raids conducted against migrant families in the US South

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents detain an immigrant on October 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. "Deportation raids instill fear in immigrant communities, and deportation is not an acceptable substitute for well-functioning refugee and asylum processes for families with credible fear of persecution", he said.

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  • Mohammad Amir: After Shahid Afridi, now Brendon McCullum backs pacer's return
Mohammad Amir: After Shahid Afridi, now Brendon McCullum backs pacer's return

The 23-year-old Amir has impressed selectors after he took 14 wickets in nine Twenty20 matches in Bangladesh's domestic league, but his recall last month to the national training camp in Lahore upset at least two senior players.

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  • Taliban Attack Kandahar Airport, Scores Killed
Taliban Attack Kandahar Airport, Scores Killed

The attacks commenced on Tuesday after Taliban forces raided the airport's compound, which houses North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Afghan military departments. Some passengers were also trapped inside the civilian terminal, far from the fighting in the sprawling complex, when their commercial flight to India was suspended, Kandahar airp...

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  • ISIS leader warns: 'We are getting closer to Israel every day'
ISIS leader warns: 'We are getting closer to Israel every day'

Islamic State's reclusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi claimed the "Caliphate" is going strong despite the airstrikes. Al-Baghdadi said the USA and its allies would not dare to send ground forces to fight ISIS after being bogged down in lengthy conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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  • Donald Trump leads GOP, loses to Hillary Clinton in several polls
Donald Trump leads GOP, loses to Hillary Clinton in several polls

During an interview with NBC's TODAY Show , Tuesday, Trump said that his attacks on Bill Clinton were "fair game" and that there was "certainly a lot of abuse of women" by the ex-president. The School's Out singer admits he groans whenever he sees rivals Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton during TV debates, insisting their arguments are wea...

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  • Fire Erupts At Building In Downtown Dubai; Doesn't Interrupt Fireworks
Fire Erupts At Building In Downtown Dubai; Doesn't Interrupt Fireworks

A hotel in Dubai has caught on fire, and it has engulfed at least 20 stories. Media reports said burning debris from the building fell to the ground, even as fire tenders rushed to the spot. The Address hotel is the sixth-tallest building in the city, with 63 floors at 991 feet tall. The Dubai government's media office said the blaze had starte...

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  • Internet freaks out over dog with ham on its face
Internet freaks out over dog with ham on its face

Thousands responded with sympathy and compassion for the burned dog, according to Buzzfeed . However, when social media users looked a little closer, some noticed the dog was not scarred from a fire at all - but was actually "wearing" a piece of ham.

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  • Turkey's Erdogan slams Russia for backing Assad
Turkey's Erdogan slams Russia for backing Assad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan considers liberating Jarabulus, a Syrian northern city near the Turkish border, from Islamic State (IS or Daesh in Arabic) militants to be a priority task of the US-led global coalition. The 17 year old construction worker is the latest in a series of youngsters to have been hauled before the courts, as activi...

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  • Australia's minister for cities, Jamie Briggs, has resigned from Malcolm Turnbull's government
Australia's minister for cities, Jamie Briggs, has resigned from Malcolm Turnbull's government

Liberal MP Mal Brough will stand aside, pending a police investigation, while Jamie Briggs has tendered his resignation. "At no point was it my intention to act inappropriately and I'm obliged to note for the record that nothing illegal has been alleged or did in fact occur".

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  • Stag Arms gun manufacturer pleads guilty of U.S. firearms law violations
Stag Arms gun manufacturer pleads guilty of U.S. firearms law violations

As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Stag Arms' owner has also agreed to sell the business. Malkowski will also plead guilty of failure to keep proper firearms records in a New Haven federal court, where he will be issued a fine of $100,000.

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  • White officer guilty in serial rape of black women
White officer guilty in serial rape of black women

The jury now deliberating the 36 charges against Holtzclaw is all-white, composed of eight men and four women. His jury recommended a sentence of 263 years in prison. On Thursday, he was convicted of 18 of those crimes arising from the assaults of eight of the 13 women, according to The Associated Press . The jury appeared to all be white, thoug...

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  • After four decades, Bagdad crowns its Miss Iraq
After four decades, Bagdad crowns its Miss Iraq

The 20-year-old beauty braved entering the Baghdad competition, even after two other competitors pulled out after receiving death threats earlier this year, and was crowned queen in a gala on Saturday evening, according to Iraqi newspaper Al-Mada.

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  • Christmas Eve Store Hours Announced For Last Minute Shoppers; Details Released!
Christmas Eve Store Hours Announced For Last Minute Shoppers; Details Released!

Colony Square mall will be open 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed Christmas day. While picking the right gift for Christmas was stressful, nearly one third surveyed strongly agreed Boxing Day sales were "stressful and not worth the hassle", he said.

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  • China landslide: 91 missing in Shenzhen as mudslide buries 33 buildings
China landslide: 91 missing in Shenzhen as mudslide buries 33 buildings

More than 900 residents had been evacuated from the area as of Sunday evening, with some being accommodated at a makeshift shelter at a sports center.

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  • Sofia Vergara lends support to humiliated Miss Universe runner-up Ariadna Gutierrez
Sofia Vergara lends support to humiliated Miss Universe runner-up Ariadna Gutierrez

Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Harvey has made an apology for saying the wrong name when announcing the victor on the air. Miss Germany Sarah-Lorraine Riek, who came unplaced in the competition admitted afterwards that she wasn't happy with the result.

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  • Russia strike killed Syria government troops
Russia strike killed Syria government troops

It said three Syrian soldiers had been killed and 13 wounded in strikes by four coalition planes on an army camp in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. In two identical letters addressed to the UN secretary general and the chairman of the UN Security Council on Monday, Syria's government called the strike a "heinous aggression".

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