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Rahul Gandhi accuses Modi of taking bribes as Gujarat CM, BJP denies

While addressing a rally in Almora on Friday, Gandhi escalated his attack on Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and said that demonetization is economic robbery. At an address in Varanasi , Modi said there was no chance of an "earthquake" in the country now that such leaders had spoken. "Now speak the truth", Gandhi said to applause by the huge crowd. Read More »

Futures traders bet on $100 oil price

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The dollar index was slightly lower this morning but was still close to a 14-year peak of 103.65 earlier this week. Oil prices settled lower on Wednesday as traders noted that USA stockpiles were growing. NOC said that Sharara output reached 58,000 bpd on Wednesday. Libya recently doubled output to 600,000 bpd, and Jonathan Barratt, chief investment officer at Sydney's Ayers Alliance, said the country had the capacity to ramp up production further, to as much as 1.2 million bpd. Read More »

Libyan plane hijacked; lands in Malta with 118 passengers onboard

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Shortly before landing the pilots contacted the control tower to tell them their plane had been hijacked by two men armed with grenades. Tpro-Gaddafi group Al Fatah Al Gadida and said they would allow all passengers, save for seven crew members, to deplane if their demands - which are not known at this time - were met. Read More »

Obama Moves to Eliminate Bush-era Tracking Program

At one point in his campaign, Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country as a means of fighting terrorism. In its final weeks in office, the Obama administration is dismantling the regulatory framework for what president-elect Donald Trump called a "Muslim Registry" while on the campaign trail. Read More »

An assassination and a gunman's final words put Turkey on edge

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The Chinese side strongly condemns this violent terrorist attack against the diplomat. Mr Karlov has been the Russian ambassador to Turkey since July 2013, having started his diplomatic career for the former Soviet Union in 1976, according to the website for his embassy. Read More »

Will there be snow this Christmas?

Even though some may be dreaming of a white Christmas, 2016 will likely bring showers and a few thunderstorms for Christmas Day . Julia Carson, NIE Networks Communications Manager, said: "We have been liaising with the Met Office during the week, putting our emergency crews, engineers and local incident centre staff on standby throughout the Christmas period". Read More »

Berlin Christmas Market Reopens to Public

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Authorities across Europe scrambled Thursday to track down a Tunisian man suspected of driving a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin , as one of his brothers urged him to surrender. The attack recalled the Bastille Day attack on a boardwalk in Nice, France, in which 84 people were killed after a Tunisian-born French citizen drove a truck through crowds of people in July. Read More »

Trump calls to 'strengthen and expand' USA nuclear capabilities

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted about how he'd "met some really great Air Force GENERALS and Navy ADMIRALS", a conversation during which the subject of nuclear weapons may have come up. - Ali Gharib (@Ali_Gharib) December 22, 2016While Trump and Putin are nuclear-saber rattling, 6 fearless foreign ministers are leading the counter-movement to ban nuclear weapons. Read More »

Dreaming of a white Christmas?

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Barbara will clear on Saturday , but another storm will send winds and rain across the north of the United Kingdom on Christmas Day. Another low pressure system threatens wet and windy conditions on Christmas Day with miserable weather forecast in the run up to New Year. Read More »

Germany: Islamic State Claims Berlin Truck Attack

German police had arrested a man, understood to be a 23-year-old Pakistani asylum seeker who arrived in Germany at the end of last year, less than an hour after the brutal attack. "Although there is a host of unanswered questions, indications are it was a deliberate attack, carried out not just with the greatest brutality and disastrous consequences but also with a deliberate symbolism", member of Parliament Wolfgang Bosbach said, in a statement . Read More »

Monday forecast: Mostly sunny, high near 40 degrees

Friday .Partly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Southwest wind around 5 miles per hour becoming calm in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy with a low around 39. Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Christmas Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Read More »

Amazon plans fulfillment centers in IL and MI

The Seattle-based corporation plans to invest $90 million in developing a vacant former General Motors Corp. site that was assumed by a real estate and asset trust after the auto manufacturer went bankrupt in 2009, the Free Press reports. The company now has IL fulfillment centers operating in Edwardsville, Joliet and Romeoville with another fulfillment center under construction in Monee. Read More »

Salvation Army distributes gifts, food despite shortfall

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Kelly Bryant of The Salvation Army. "We had people just stopping by all day, Monday and Tuesday, to shop and then bringing them back within a couple of hours". For years The Salvation Army has supplied the community with programs to help families in need and the giving continues into the Christmas season. Although the gift giver and receiver don't meet, customers choose tags and gifts as carefully as they do for their own family and friends. Read More »

Norway, China Bury Nobel Hatchet, Plan to Resume Trade Talks

Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende visited Beijing this week to normalise diplomatic and political relations, which will include work on a possible free-trade deal. "Even if our trade with China has not decreased, we have not been part of the enormous upswing from China in the same way many other countries have", she said. Read More »

Britain's 90-Year-Old Queen Elizabeth II Reduces Royal Duties

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Aides and commentators say there is no prospect of her giving up her job, and Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday she would remain patron of more than 600 organisations. The Queen will be handing over the role of Barnardo's patron to the Duchess of Cornwall, who was appointed Barnardo's president in 2007. 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 »

Trump taps conservative South Carolina Rep. Mulvaney as budget chief

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Mr. Trump expressed his pride upon selecting Mr. Mulvaney as head of the budget system, saying that with his aid, they can take care of the over $20 trillion debt the United States is now in, and he will professionally and wisely manage future spending so as to salvage the nation from "drowning in red ink". Read More »

Donald Trump Closes Out His 'Thank You' Tour With Alabama Rally

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In August 2015, Trump drew a crowd of some 30,000 supporters to the Ladd-Peebles Stadium. A month from his inauguration, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump says the United States has "tremendous hope. "I should've given up, but I never gave up". When Trump's plane landed, he received a water cannon salute from a pair of fire trucks and was then greeted by several Azalea Trail Maids, local women dressed in antebellum Southern Belle outfits. Read More »

Merriam-Webster's word of the year sums up 2016

Dictionary Merriam-Webster has named " surreal " as its word of the year . This year, other spikes corresponded to a variety of events, from to Prince's death, to the Pulse shooting in Orlando; from the Brexit vote to commentary about the presidential debates. Read More »

Apple, Ireland to appeal EU's $14 billion tax ruling

Margrethe Vestager , the EU's commissioner for competition, argued shortly after presenting the decision in the summer that the ruling was "based on the facts", which showed that Apple was paying a corporate tax rate of just 0.05 percent in Ireland. Read More »

Boswell's 6 field goals lead Steelers over Bengals 24-20

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That's a good defense. Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers fans bundle up as they fearless the cold in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday in Cincinnati . After having three runs stuffed at the line of scrimmage, Dalton scored on a fourth-down sneak to give the Bengals a 10-3 lead. He returned to practice on a limited basis last week and hopes to play in one of the two final games. Read More »

Indus Waters Treaty: Changes in pact will not be accepted, says Pakistan

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The main contention between the two nuclear neighbors is over the "Indus Water Treaty" that allocated three eastern rivers to India - Beas, Ravi and Sutlej - and three western rivers - Indus, Chenab, Jhelum - to Pakistan in 1960. According to the provision of the treaty, India can use only 20 per cent of the total water carried by the Indus River. The Indus Waters Treaty has been one of the most successful global treaties and has withstood frequent tensions between India and Pakistan, ... Read More »

'SNL' mocks Trump, Putin and ties with Exxon CEO

Alec Baldwin-as-Trump was paid a visit by Putin (cast member Beck Bennett) on SNL's cold open this weekend , and he was embarrassed that he was unprepared. Far from the programmed operative in Richard Condon's classic novel , " SNL's " Trump is simply susceptible to Putin's flattery and almost clueless about the extent of Russian hacking and their desires to maximize their oil drilling profits. Read More »

OPEC Compliance Lifts Oil Prices This Week

Non-OPEC producers agreed to cut 558,000 barrels a day for the first six months of 2017. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were up 24 cents, or 0.47 percent, at $51.14 per barrel. 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. Read More »