• Sydney apartment high-rise evacuated after 'cracking' heard
Sydney apartment high-rise evacuated after 'cracking' heard

The evacuation alarm was raised about 2.45 p.m. on December 24 in the Sydney Opal Tower building in Sydney Olympic Park . Concerns were raised at around 2.45pm local time (3.45am GMT) on Monday when residents reported hearing loud cracking sounds coming from the 10th floor.

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  • James Mattis signs order withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria
James Mattis signs order withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria

But Trump made a decision to hasten the process, announcing Sunday on Twitter that Shanahan would replace Mattis imminently. Other officials said it wasn't clear whether Mattis had spoken directly to Trump about the accelerated departure.

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  • French police defend actions after clashes with protesters
French police defend actions after clashes with protesters

The number of people who have been killed during the "yellow vest" protests since they began in early November rose to nine on Thursday after a 60-year-old man was hit by a lorry at a demonstration next to a motorway near Agen in southwestern France .

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  • Royal family in 2018: Tantrums, tiaras and some squirrel repellent
Royal family in 2018: Tantrums, tiaras and some squirrel repellent

This arrangement is different from a year ago, when the then-engaged Markle and Harry were invited to stay with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Anmer Hall. The Queen arrived earlier to cheers from the crowds but her husband, Prince Philip, did not attend. As they do every year, the royals are spending Christmas at the Queen's residence...

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  • Death toll climbs past 370 in Indonesian tsunami disaster
Death toll climbs past 370 in Indonesian tsunami disaster

As hundreds of military personnel and volunteers scan the debris-strewn streets, scientists continue looking for answers as to what caused the country's second deadly tsunami this year. While it is clear that there wasn't a large quake triggering the tsunami, a definitive cause is not yet known but will likely be determined in the next day or so, A...

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  • Israeli Parliament to dissolve, early election to be held in April
Israeli Parliament to dissolve, early election to be held in April

However, a separate crisis appears to be the cause of the decision to call an early election - a new law extending the military draft to ultra-Orthodox men. "It's more than likely that he's going to ask each party, will they support him if the attorney-general decides to indict", Hazan said. Mr Netanyahu first led Israel from 1996 to 1999, and re...

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  • Donald Trump Orders 7,000 U.S. Troops Out Of Afghanistan
Donald Trump Orders 7,000 U.S. Troops Out Of Afghanistan

The idea of pulling back from Afghanistan drew a sharp rebuke from Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. "So hard to believe that Lindsey Graham would be against saving soldier lives & billions of $$$". The officials called America's withdrawal a defeat, comparing it to the USA evacuation from Vietnam and Russia's 1989 forced withdrawal from A...

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  • United States one of the deadliest countries for journalists
United States one of the deadliest countries for journalists

The number of journalists killed in retaliation for their work almost doubled this year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Six U.S. journalists were killed in 2018, according to RWB's report. Gunman Jarrod Ramos shot and killed four journalists and one Capital Gazette employee.

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  • Australia Blasts China for Allegedly Hacking Australian Companies
Australia Blasts China for Allegedly Hacking Australian Companies

On Thursday , the US charged two Chinese citizens for allegedly carrying out extensive cyber espionage on behalf of Beijing . The group is said to have taken "gigabytes of sensitive data" from firms involved in the fields of aviation, space and satellite, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas exploration, communications, computer processor...

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  • Flynn heads to sentencing, with 'Good luck' wish from Trump
Flynn heads to sentencing, with 'Good luck' wish from Trump

Sullivan also noted that Flynn had operated as an undeclared lobbyist for Turkey even as he worked on Trump's campaign team and prepared to be his White House national security adviser. Kislyak. Flynn attorney Robert Kelner asked Sullivan not to penalize Flynn for the sentencing memo arguments, saying they were mostly meant to differentiate Fly...

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  • Reports of United States withdrawal stir Afghan fears of worsening conflict
Reports of United States withdrawal stir Afghan fears of worsening conflict

Speaking at his annual end of the year press conference, Putin said, "I agree with the USA president, we have made significant progress in fighting terrorism on that territory and dealt serious blows to ( ISIS ) in Syria". The Obama-era drawdown was based on political considerations back home instead of the situation on the ground in Afghanistan, L...

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  • United States government to shut down in fight over Trump's wall
United States government to shut down in fight over Trump's wall

You're not getting the wall today, next week, or on January 3 when Democrats take control of the House". When McConnell was asked if he would be coming back to participate in the talks, he said , "as I've said repeatedly, we need Democratic votes and presidential signature".

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  • Trump threatens 'long' gov't shutdown over border wall dispute
Trump threatens 'long' gov't shutdown over border wall dispute

She is poised to become House speaker on January 3 and had warned Trump in a televised Oval Office meeting last week that he wouldn't have the votes for the wall. McConnell has previously resisted the rules change. With less than two weeks to go until House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) presumably becomes House speaker as a new Democrat...

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  • Japan restaurant explosion injures dozens
Japan restaurant explosion injures dozens

Among the 42 victims, a male employee of the real estate agency in his 30s was seriously injured. A number of people have also been reported as missing, while others have been rushed to a nearby hospital, BNO News said. The explosion took place at approximately 8:30 p.m. JST and the cause of the incident is unknown. The local fire department ...

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  • Trudeau says no 'stomping on table' over Canadians held in China
Trudeau says no 'stomping on table' over Canadians held in China

China said the two other Canadians were detained by the authorities for participating in activities "harming national security". A third Canadian has been arrested in China amid an escalating row after the detention of a Chinese businesswoman this month.

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  • New Russian barracks on disputed Kuril islands draws protest from Japan
New Russian barracks on disputed Kuril islands draws protest from Japan

As the fast-aging country faces a declining population and workforce, Japan will accept more women to join the self-defence force, postpone retirement age, and promote research and development of robotics and unmanned equipment, the guidelines said.

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  • Jeremy Corbyn appears to mouth 'stupid woman' at UK PM Theresa May
Jeremy Corbyn appears to mouth 'stupid woman' at UK PM Theresa May

After making the judgment on the video evidence of the incident, Bercow said he would expect Corbyn to return to the House of Commons , should an apology be necessary. "I've got some advice. look behind you ". Parliament then erupted with demands for Corbyn to apologise to the prime minister, but anger turned to Speaker John Bercow when he clai...

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  • United States in ‘no hurry’ for negotiations with N Korea, says Trump
United States in ‘no hurry’ for negotiations with N Korea, says Trump

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Kim Jong-un placed floral tributes in front of the statues of his father and his grandfather Kim Il-sung, the founder of the country, and later paid tribute to his father's embalmed body, reports Efe news.

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  • Theresa May to remain Conservative leader after surviving confidence vote
Theresa May to remain Conservative leader after surviving confidence vote

She pledged to seek "legal and political assurances" on the Brexit backstop to allay MPs' concerns about her Withdrawal Agreement when she attends a European Council summit in Brussels on Thursday. Every MP in her Cabinet swiftly issued statements of support and she was greeted by loud cheers from the Tory backbenches when she faced the House of Co...

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  • Why invalidating ACA would disrupt American health care
Why invalidating ACA would disrupt American health care

Obamacare expanded by millions the number of Americans with medical insurance. President Donald Trump, on Twitter, called the ruling "Great news for America". Although conservative legal scholars likely might agree with the judge that the mandate to have coverage can not stand without the penalty - based on Chief Justice John Roberts' landmark ru...

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