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A bakery on the Rue de Trévise, a street in central Paris , caught fire after the blast. Witnesses described on French television the overwhelmingly sound of the blast and people trapped inside nearby buildings. As per initial reports, the intensity of the blast has damaged several buildings and many casualties and injuries are being feared. Firefighters pulled injured victims out of windows and evacuated residents.
  • Former Trump lawyer Cohen agrees to testify to Congress about his work

    Former Trump lawyer Cohen agrees to testify to Congress about his work

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    Cohen also confessed in late November to lying to Congress about a real estate project in Russian Federation he had been involved with on behalf of Trump. At a hearing last August in federal court in New York, Cohen testified that Trump had directed him to commit a crime by arranging payments before the 2016 election to two women who said they had engaged in extramarital affairs with Trump.
  • McConnell accuses Democrats of throwing 'partisan tantrum' over shutdown

    McConnell accuses Democrats of throwing 'partisan tantrum' over shutdown

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    The bill called Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act seeks to target Syria and its allies - Russian Federation and Iran - with new sanctions as well as to boost U.S. With a handful of Republicans in both the House and Senate already having broken with the administration strategy of keeping the government partially shut while fighting over the wall, House Democrats' approach of bringing up individual spending bills could serve to further divide the GOP as the shutdown ...
  • Saudi asylum seeker to leave for Canada Friday night: Thai immigration chief

    Saudi asylum seeker to leave for Canada Friday night: Thai immigration chief

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    As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner. She then started a social media campaign, live-tweeting her case and attracting worldwide attention. Thai authorities eventually allowed her to enter the country on Monday evening and the United Nations refugee agency referred Rahaf to Australia for consideration for refugee resettlement.
  • Indian nurse 'pulls baby's head off during birth'

    Indian nurse 'pulls baby's head off during birth'

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    After the botched delivery, the accused male nurse and his colleague took the torso of the baby to the mortuary of the hospital and asked the family of the victim to take her to Jaisalmer for further treatment. A nurse at an Indian hospital has pulled the head off a baby during birth, according to reports. Jalam Singh, sub-inspector and investigating officer of the case, said no arrests had been made.
  • Poland arrests Chinese businessman and Pole on espionage allegations

    Poland arrests Chinese businessman and Pole on espionage allegations

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    The Chinese national is an employee of Huawei, Poland's public TV channel TVP said . Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland's special services, said that the Chinese suspect was a businessman working for a major electronics corporation and the Pole was "known in circles associated with cyberbusiness affairs".
  • Malta PM says deal reached for 49 migrants to disembark

    Malta PM says deal reached for 49 migrants to disembark

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    A mother and a child disembark from a patrol boat in Malta. Joseph Muscat, prime minister of Malta, announced the details that end the deadlock that began when 32 people were rescued by the Dutch-flagged humanitarian rescue ship "Sea-Watch 3" on 22 December.
  • Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Overnight Friday Snow

    Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Overnight Friday Snow

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    However, we'll likely make up for a good bit of that snow by the weekend. "Along the VA/NC border, we expect much lower amounts of 1-4" where mixing with sleet and even freezing rain will likely take place on Sunday. If the storm shifts slightly and it remains 100% snow over Richmond, some totals in excess of 8 inches will be possible. Slick conditions are expected and the visibility will drop within the heavier bands.
  • Trump Threatens National Emergency If He Doesn't Get His Border Wall

    Trump Threatens National Emergency If He Doesn't Get His Border Wall

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    While a national emergency would provide some legal framework for his administration to freely move funds toward construction of a barrier, it would nearly certainly face court challenges . Trump is to visit a border patrol station and receive a briefing on border security. President Trump insisted on Twitter. Schumer called Trump's move a "temper tantrum", contending while standing outside the West Wing that the president at one point "slammed the table" before calling the meeting "a ...
  • Missing 13-year-old found alive after she was kidnapped, parents murdered

    Missing 13-year-old found alive after she was kidnapped, parents murdered

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    The Douglas County Sheriff's Office confirms that Barron County missing person JAYME CLOSS was located alive in the Town of Gordon in Douglas County at 4:43pm and a suspect was taken into custody at 4:54pm, also in the Town of Gordon. Barron Mayor Ron Fladten said Thursday night he was overjoyed at learning she is alive. Robert Naiberg said that nothing seemed amiss at the gathering, and that Jayme was "quiet as always".
  • Jaguar Land Rover cutting 4,500 jobs

    Jaguar Land Rover cutting 4,500 jobs

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    That includes a slowdown in Chinese sales, a slump in diesel sales and concerns about United Kingdom competitiveness post-Brexit. JLR, Britain's biggest carmaker, said it will lose 4,500 jobs from its global workforce, the majority of them management roles in the United Kingdom at sites including Coventry and Gaydon.
  • South Africa primary teacher accused of classroom apartheid

    South Africa primary teacher accused of classroom apartheid

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    Police were called to Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke, a primary school in North West province, yesterday when a protest over the incident threatened to spill over into violence. The parent, who preferred to remain anonymous, painted a grim picture of what transpired after she dropped of her 6-year-old at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke.
  • Volunteers help keep Shenandoah Nat'l. Park clean during shutdown

    Volunteers help keep Shenandoah Nat'l. Park clean during shutdown

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    The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) stipulates that fees charged by federal parks are created to fund services for visitors - not the maintenance of parks. Still, the National Park Service did note that the investigation into the death of the Yosemite visitor was affected by the shutdown. "The longer we kick the can down the road, the more it will cost", Dabbs said.
  • Congo election: Felix Tshisekedi declared victor in contentious result

    Congo election: Felix Tshisekedi declared victor in contentious result

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    President Joseph Kabila is scheduled to leave office this month after 18 years in power - and two years after the official end of his mandate. Democratic Republic of Congo Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi . Kabila has promised a peaceful transition of power. Tshisekedi, 55, garnered 7.05 million votes, the electoral commission, known as CENI, said in provisional results broadcast on state television Thursday in the capital, Kinshasa.
  • Xi Jinping accepts offer to visit Pyongyang, North Korea says

    Xi Jinping accepts offer to visit Pyongyang, North Korea says

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    It comes after USA and North Korean officials are thought to have met in Vietnam to discuss the site of a second summit. Yonhap said Kim met with President Xi Jinping for about an hour on Tuesday and later attended a dinner at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing hosted by Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan.