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Trump calls for expanded USA nuclear weapons capability

It is possible that Trump's call for greater strength and capability of the US nuclear arsenal aligns with President Barack Obama's proposed $ 348 billion plan to upgrade USA nuclear warheads and delivery systems over the next 10 years. Recent nuclear modernization efforts have included refurbishing and extending the life of old warheads, building new strategic delivery systems, and funding new production facilities. Read More

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Russian military hackers used Android malware to seek-and-destroy Ukrainian artillery

Fancy Bear, the allegedly Kremlin-linked hackers, used a similar virus that it deployed to hack the Democratic National Committee (DNC), said CrowdStrike - the U.S. The Russians reportedly developed the poisoned app between mid-2013 and 2014 but did not place it in the Android store. "This suggests that the Russians have pretty advanced cybersecurity capabilities, and that they are actively using these offensive capabilities in the field", said Engin Kirda, professor of computer science at ... Read More

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Christmas Weekend Storm Update

Christmas Weekend Storm Update

Intriguingly, the Met Office is refusing to rule out a White Christmas, as squally showers are expected on Sunday - which may well lead to blasts of hail and wet snow. Weather forecaster, Met Office, said that the storm will really keep people from traveling during Christmas. "This brings the potential for some structural damage, disruption to power supplies and travel, with restrictions on bridges and disruption to ferries likely". Read More

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Turkish school says warns German teachers over Christian content

Management at the elite high school has informed teachers that they can't even mention the topic of Christmas, according to a leaked email from school management seen by news agency DPA. The German teachers dealt with "Christmas and Christianity in a way which the curriculum does not provide for", the school administration argued. "We are of course taking this up with our Turkish partners". Read More

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China, Norway agree on normalization of ties

According to Norwegian media, China had demanded an official apology in order to restore ties, but Norway's government repeatedly refused, insisting that the Nobel Committee was an independent body free to make its own choices. "We will resume negotiation on a free trade agreement", Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende said in a statement read out by a staff member of the ministry's press office. Read More

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Queen to step down as patron of Wimbledon

Queen to step down as patron of Wimbledon

Buckingham Palace said Tuesday she will follow her husband Prince Philip's example and reduce her charitable work at the end of her 90th birthday year. The Royal Family has given us tremendous support throughout our history, and there has been a royal Patron since 1902 and Royal Presidents from 1923. Read More

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Nigel Farage's warped, staggeringly hypocritical and defamatory bullshit

The dispute began when Farage tweeted that the Berlin attack was "no surprise", adding: "Events like these will be the Merkel legacy". Mr Farage added: "'It's a bad thing what happened to his family, with the murder of his wife, but he continues to be active in the political arena and as I say, given some of the organisations that he supports, I can't just stand here and say I'm not going to respond". Read More

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Crude Production Drop and a Less Frothy Dollar Help Stabilize Oil Prices

Crude Production Drop and a Less Frothy Dollar Help Stabilize Oil Prices

Those deals, clinched over the past two weeks, have boosted expectations that a two-year supply overhang will clear soon and prices remain near highs last seen in July 2015. As far as adhering to OPEC's production limits, New York-based Morgan Stanley said the best-case scenario was if Saudi Arabia cut to 9.5 million barrels a day while, at the same time, Libya and Nigeria failed to push production above current levels. Read More

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Mobile Chief of Staff Apologizes for Tree at Trump Rally

Mobile Chief of Staff Apologizes for Tree at Trump Rally

While Bentley attended Saturday's rally , he was not among the speakers, which included Sessions, Conway, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham, former State Rep. Sessions exclaimed. "What a great honor it is to have you back in my hometown, Mobile, Alabama!" At one point, Trump noted that there were multiple points throughout his campaign when he "should've given up". Read More

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Ireland accuses Brussels of exceeding its powers in Apple tax dispute

Ireland accuses Brussels of exceeding its powers in Apple tax dispute

The Commission believes Apple funneled profits on all sales outside the USA through its two Irish subsidiaries and brokered sweetheart tax deals with the Irish government - constituting illegal state aid. For its part Apple has reiterated its intention to fight the ruling and accused the European Commission of having a pre-determined outcome in mind before its investigations even began. Read More

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Rebalancing Oil Market with OPEC/Non-OPEC Deal

WTI crude traded at $51 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange by 5:06 p.m. Singapore time. Thus, the total crude oil production cut will amount to 1.7-1.8 mln barrels per day. The OPEC member is exempt from the output cuts and reports said it reopened a pipeline from the Sharara and El Feel oil fields. In November, OPEC agreed to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day to 32.5 million barrels per day for the whole cartel from next year. Read More

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Zika Virus Continues To Replicate In Newborns' Brains, Study Finds

Zika Virus Continues To Replicate In Newborns' Brains, Study Finds

An unrelated study , from scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, may shed some light on why Zika is so harmful to developing brains. These defects can start anytime during pregnancy and show up months later, according to lead researcher Dr. Karin Nielsen. Later in the summer, state health officials reported Texas' first ever case of inter-state Zika transmission when an El Paso resident came down with the virus after a visit to Miami, where officials have battled local ... Read More

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Kanye West Enters Trump Tower

Kanye West Enters Trump Tower

West and Trump spoke about "issues including bullying, supporting teachers, modernising curriculums, and violence in Chicago", the rapper revealed in a tweet. And the fact that Trump granted it despite a load of more consequential stuff happening around it means that the President-elect also hoped to gain something from it. Read More

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Alaska Air closes acquisition of Virgin America

Alaska Air closes acquisition of Virgin America

Alaska Airlines closed its acquisition to buy Virgin America, the group announced on Wednesday. It'll also become possible to purchase Virgin America tickets on Alaska Air's website as well as the Virgin America website. The combined airline would control 5.5 percent of domestic passengers, compared to New York-based JetBlue's 4.2 percent. It handed out salted caramel candy on its flights on Wednesday, and bacon donuts to arriving passengers. Read More

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