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Iraqi forces take 3 more villages near Daesh-held Mosul

Kubis also said he has received credible reports of ISIS forcing tens of thousands of civilians to relocate inside Mosul , for use as human shields. The worldwide human rights organisation's most recent report, published yesterday, slammed the ISF, of which the PMF militias are formally a part of, for grave human rights abuses such as executions, torture and violations that carried sectarian motives. Read More »

USA to Consider Taking Australia's Asylum Seekers, Kerry Says

There are around 1,200 people kept in detention centers on Papua New Guinea's Manus island and the tiny South Pacific island nation of Nauru . The justice minister David Adeang said while the Nauru government had consistently sought to correct false reports about conditions and safety of the refugees, it had also always stated the need to find suitable third countries for permanent resettlement. Read More »

Message to Trump? Countries say climate fight 'irreversible'

COP22 should be used for immediate actions on the Paris Agreement. This week's summit meeting was intended as a low-key follow-up to agree on details for carrying out the deal, which was agreed to a year ago, with the U.S. "Our task now is to rapidly build on that momentum, together, moving forward purposefully to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to foster adaptation efforts, thereby benefiting and supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development ... Read More »

Trump shifts to right by tapping Sessions, Pompeo, Flynn


Pompeo, a congressman from Kansas, is a prominent critic of the nuclear deal president Barack Obama forged with Iran, and tweeted on November 17 that he looked forward to reversing it. The official wouldn't say whether Sessions had accepted the job, leaving open the possibility that the appointment wasn't final. According to transcripts of the hearings, Sessions was accused of calling the NAACP and the ACLU "un-American, Communist-inspired organizations", joking that he thought was the Ku ... Read More »

That's no snow: Sea of foam cascades from airport hangar

Mitch Matlow said . The chemical had discharged accidentally from a storage unit inside the hanger, and quickly spread. The San Jose fire department said a malfunction of the new hangar's fire prevention system caused the flooding foam. A mysterious giant foam blob is filling up a street in Santa Clara, California. Local media say the foam deluge has stopped, and clean-up crews are being sent to the scene. Read More »

In test of Trump's immigration stance, Australia to transfer refugees to US

However, the prime minister has declined to say how many refugees in detention on Manus Island and Nauru will be taken in by the U.S. under the deal announced on the weekend. A prominent United States anti-immigration think tank has warned Australia's refugee resettlement deal won't last Donald Trump's first day as president. Read More »

Trump victory has Ireland anxious about its illegal immigrants in the US


College students around the country are calling for their universities to become " sanctuary campuses " in an effort to protect their undocumented immigrant peers - and send a collective message to President-elect Donald Trump. "We get millions and millions from the federal government for law enforcement, transportation, homeless shelters", Wesson said. Who wants to argue that immigrants who came here illegally and have committed other crimes should not be deported and that " sanctuary ... Read More »

Southern Wildfires Have Threatened Communities on Edge


Suppression efforts over the next two days will be key, as firefighters try to get fire breaks in place before the wind picks up. They really don't have much time to worry about things like something to eat or toiletries. "We did a lot of back burning last night and those folks (on Bob's Knob Road) are back at home and we are monitoring the fire lines around their residence". Read More »

'Gilmore Girls' even better second time around


Much like Everwood and SeaChange , it offered a safe haven, a journey home as an antidote to the complexities of modern, big-city living. Season 2, Episode 22: "I Can't Get Started" Regardless of whether you subscribe to the belief that Gilmore Girls predicted the results of the 2016 election , this episode definitely warrants a rewatch for the undeniable comparisons between Paris's and Rory's run for student body president and the events of the past few weeks. Read More »

Iraqi Special Forces Pause in Mosul Push Due to Poor Weather


HRW said on November 16 that the mass grave had been discovered near the village of Hammam al-Alil, about 30 kilometers southeast of Mosul, on November 12. And the ferocity and magnitude of IS counterattacks and defenses in Mosul is unlike anything Iraqi forces have confronted in the fight against the militant group so far. Read More »

Japanese PM Abe seeking to build trust in his meeting with Trump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, speaks to members of the press after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, Nov. 17, 2016. The meeting may be held in the president-elect's Trump Tower residence on Thursday evening NY time , Kyodo News reported , citing unidentified government officials. Read More »

PH still the fastest among major emerging Asian economies


The third quarter performance also surpassed the seven percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the second quarter and the six percent GDP growth sustained in the same period a year ago. But the government cautions about the threat of La Niña phenomenon to agriculture and fisheries. Under Durable Equipment, the main contributors to growth were transport equipment, such as road vehicles, railway transport, air transport and water transport. Read More »

New Zealand completes evacuation from town cut off by quake

Until an agreement reached last month, US military ships had been prevented from visiting New Zealand because of the country's nuclear-free stance adopted in the 1980s. Three homes and other others buildings in the area - including St Paul's Cathedral and the Thai Embassy - have been evacuated, according to Radio New Zealand . Read More »

The Black Unemployment Rate Is Double What Whites Experience

Andy Condon, director of the state Labor Department's Office of Research, said the divergence in the unemployment numbers and employer data sent "mixed signals". Economist Don Klepper-Smith, in a note to clients, added that CT is severely lagging the country in terms of the percentage of jobs regained after the recession. Read More »

Powerful quake strikes near Christchurch, New Zealand

Two people were killed and warships from Australia, Canada and the United States have been brought in to help the New Zealand navy evacuate people form the town of Kaikoura, which was near the epicentre of the quake. Nally said the building was empty when the quake struck. Prime Minister John Key flew over Kaikoura by helicopter Monday as aftershocks kicked up dust from the landslides below. Read More »

Mich. jobless rate edged up in October to 4.7%


Springfield's unemployment rate was last this low in December of 2007, almost nine years ago and prior to the Great Recession. "Connecticut's two monthly measures of labor market health continue to send mixed signals". "This month's jobs report demonstrates the strength of Michigan's economy as more private-sector jobs are created and more Michiganders join the labor force". Read More »

Israeli President Rivlin visits Taj Mahal


Shraga Brosh, President, Manufacturers Association of Israel (MAI), in his remarks, said that MAI and FICCI had decided on a target of tripling the two-way trade turnover for which he suggested forging of joint venture for operations in India and in third countries. Read More »

On Israel's Rabin memorial day, Netanyahu denies he incited

Israeli Science Minister Ofir Akunis said Tel Aviv thinks it's time to move forward with more settlements now that Trump has won the U.S. presidency. While Trump's unpredictability is a concern for Israelis, Netanyahu may be relieved to have a Republican in the White House after facing mounting criticism from President Barack Obama over Israeli settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories. Read More »

Marsh steps down as Australia chairman of selectors


Hohns is a former national slector having assumed the role between 1993 and 2006. Marsh, who replaced the previous chairman of selectors John Inverarity in May 2014, played 96 tests from 1970-1984, taking a then-record of 355 dismissals as wicketkeeper. Read More »

Zoo bird in China a dead ringer for Donald Trump


That's "Little Red", a 5-year-old golden pheasant living inside of the Hangzhou Safari Park . According to the Daily Mail , the bird's caretaker Mr Gao said the bird's profile has been raised since the USA election. One Twitter user said: "The bird wore it better". The popularity of the bird is attracting more crowds to the park, as the bird-keeper said that the indigenous species from central China's mountains have thicker and brighter feathers in winter for insulation and that was ... Read More »

Trump tapped into a 'troubling' strain: Obama

He gave a speech Wednesday after touring the Acropolis, the complex of monuments known as the "cradle of democracy", in which he said democracy was "complicated" and "messy" but created to correct mistakes. On his last foreign trip as president, Obama has repeatedly tried to draw lessons from Donald Trump's victory in the USA presidential election, hoping it can serve as wake-up call in the US and overseas. Read More »