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MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic

MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic MSC Seaside was named best new ship of the year Tuesday in the annual awards handed out by Cruise Critic, the cruise website.


Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'

Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism' NEW YORK (AP) — This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism."


Hopper From 'Stranger Things' Wore A Holiday Sweater And Became A Meme

Hopper From 'Stranger Things' Wore A Holiday Sweater And Became A Meme Actor David Harbour is spreading the festive cheer with a holiday sweater snap, which is now going viral.


Robert Mugabe flies to Singapore in his first trip since being ousted

Robert Mugabe flies to Singapore in his first trip since being ousted  Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, his first foreign travel since the army forced him from office last month, a state security official said on Tuesday. The 93-year-old, who ruled the southern African nation for 37 years, resigned after the army and his ruling ZANU-PF party turned against him when it became clear that his 52-year-old wife, Grace, was being groomed as his successor. Until recently the world's oldest head of state, Mugabe had a reputation for extensive and expensive international travel, including regular medical trips to Singapore - a source of public anger among his impoverished citizens. He left Harare with Grace and aides on Monday evening, the official said. He is expected to make a stop-over in Malaysia, where his daughter, Bona, is expecting a second child. "He has gone for a routine medical trip to Singapore," said the official, who has organised Mugabe's security protection but who is not authorised to speak to the media. "He was due for a check-up but events of the last few weeks made it impossible for him to travel." The trip means Mugabe will not be in Zimbabwe when ZANU-PF endorses President Emmerson Mnangagwa as its leader and presidential candidate for next year's elections during a one-day special congress on Friday. The security official would not say how Mugabe was travelling although the privately owned NewsDay newspaper said he was on a state-owned Air Zimbabwe plane. Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured of his safety under his resignation deal, a source of frustration to many Zimbabweans who accused him of looting state coffers and destroying the economy during his time in power. Another government official told Reuters last month Mugabe had been due to travel to Singapore on Nov. 16 but was unable to leave because the military had confined him to his private home the previous day. George Charamba, a senior information ministry official, declined to comment. Under Zimbabwe's Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits Act, a former head of state is entitled to perks including limited foreign travel and medical insurance. "These are very standard features of a retired president," another government official said, trying to head off any controversy. "You are making a storm out of nothing."


'Dear Alabama' Goes Viral As Folks Make Heartfelt Pleas To Reject Roy Moore

'Dear Alabama' Goes Viral As Folks Make Heartfelt Pleas To Reject Roy Moore People online are issuing heartfelt pleas for Alabamians to reject GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in Tuesday’s special election. The “Dear Alabama” term began trending on Twitter late Monday as celebrities and activists joined thousands of others in making the case for why the President Donald Trump-endorsed former state judge, who faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, should not be elected to office. Instead, they urged voters to side with Democratic candidate Doug Jones.


San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65 San Fransisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday, a hospital spokesman told HuffPost.


5 Things That Truly Don’t Matter When You Buy Your First House

5 Things That Truly Don’t Matter When You Buy Your First House All those concerns you have about money are quite legitimate, and the mortgage process can be confusing.


In photos: The best Christmas markets in Europe of 2018

Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army Deserter Who Fled to North Korea, Has Died in Japan

Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army Deserter Who Fled to North Korea, Has Died in Japan Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army deserter to North Korea who married a Japanese abductee and lived in Japan after their release, has died. He was 77.


The Rape and Murder of a 6-Year-Old Girl in India Has Reignited Outrage

The Rape and Murder of a 6-Year-Old Girl in India Has Reignited Outrage Protests erupted in the northern state of Haryana


Daredevil 'Rooftopper' Plunges 62 Stories To His Death

Daredevil 'Rooftopper' Plunges 62 Stories To His Death An incredibly agile Chinese social media star and fearless “rooftopper” plunged 62 floors to his death from a high-rise in the city of Changsha, police confirmed to Chinese media.


'Terror' bomber strikes New York subway, three hurt

'Terror' bomber strikes New York subway, three hurt A 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh detonated a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York subway passage during the morning rush hour Monday, wounding three people and putting the city on edge just six weeks after a deadly truck attack. Akayed Ullah told police investigators he wanted to avenge US airstrikes on the Islamic State group and was also inspired by Christmas terror plots in Europe -- choosing the location for his attack by Christmas posters on the subway walls, US media reported. President Donald Trump seized upon the failed attack to call for tougher US immigration rules, saying the current "lax" policy "allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country".


Tasmanian tiger doomed long before humans came along

Tasmanian tiger doomed long before humans came along The Tasmanian tiger was doomed long before humans began hunting the enigmatic marsupial, scientists said Tuesday, with DNA sequencing showing it was in poor genetic health for thousands of years before its extinction. Scientists genetically mapped the animal -- also known as a thylacine -- using the genome of a pup preserved more than century ago in a jar. The research revealed the creature began to undergo a decline in genetic diversity more than 70,000 years ago, leaving it less resilient to environmental change even before Aborigines are believed to have first inhabited the continent 65,000 years ago.


Hezbollah Vows U.S. Decision on Jerusalem Will Mark the 'Beginning of the End' for Israel

Hezbollah Vows U.S. Decision on Jerusalem Will Mark the 'Beginning of the End' for Israel Tens of thousands of Lebanese and Palestinians attended a Hezbollah rally in Beirut on Monday, where the militant group's leader vowed to return its focus to Israel after years of fighting in Syria's civil war.


The Saudi-UAE Alliance Could Be Weaker Than It Appears

The Saudi-UAE Alliance Could Be Weaker Than It Appears The potential for tension between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi is illustrated by an increasing number of foreign-policy disagreements. On December 5, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Ministry announced the creation of a joint cooperation and coordination committee with Saudi Arabia. This committee provides an official forum for Saudi Arabia–UAE security collaboration outside the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).


France Awards Climate Scientists With 'Make Our Planet Great Again' Grants

France Awards Climate Scientists With 'Make Our Planet Great Again' Grants Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term.


U.S. judge warns of mistrial in Nevada rancher Bundy's trial

U.S. judge warns of mistrial in Nevada rancher Bundy's trial A U.S. federal judge in the criminal conspiracy trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men on Monday warned that prosecutors' failure to produce documents that could support defense arguments may lead to a mistrial. The four men, including two of Bundy's sons Ammon and Ryan, are accused of conspiring to use the threat of force in a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents near Bundy's ranch. The revolt was sparked by the court-ordered roundup of Bundy's cattle by government agents over his refusal to pay fees required to graze the herd on federal land.


AP: Rohingya methodically raped by Myanmar's armed forces

AP: Rohingya methodically raped by Myanmar's armed forces UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — The soldiers arrived, as they often did, long after sunset.


Meghan Markle's former Toronto rental hits the market

Meghan Markle's former Toronto rental hits the market Perhaps Meghan Markle was always meant to be a royal.


Bullied Tennesee student Keaton Jones' mom faces backlash over Confederate flag photos

Bullied Tennesee student Keaton Jones' mom faces backlash over Confederate flag photos During the weekend, a Tennessee woman took to Facebook with her son Keaton Jones' emotional video about the relentless bullying he experiences in school that went viral almost instantly.


'Womb Raider' Pleads Guilty, Admits Stealing Pregnant Woman's Baby

'Womb Raider' Pleads Guilty, Admits Stealing Pregnant Woman's Baby She had allegedly plotted the crime.


Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils

Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils LOS ANGELES (AP) — As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by.


Clinton rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick explains why she supported Trump

Clinton rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick explains why she supported Trump A woman who accuses former President Bill Clinton of raping her during his 1978 campaign for Arkansas governor spoke out on Monday about her support for President Donald Trump.


Oxford Researchers Make Startling Discovery About Ancient St. Nicholas Relic

Oxford Researchers Make Startling Discovery About Ancient St. Nicholas Relic A post shared by Dr Georges Kazan (@drgeorgeskazan) on Dec 5, 2017 at 4:56pm PST Researchers at Oxford University have used modern scientific technology to test a religious relic believed to belong to St. Nicholas, the fourth-century Christian bishop whose generosity inspired the legend of Santa Claus.


Battle for Moscow: How Russia Stopped Nazi Germany's Military

Battle for Moscow: How Russia Stopped Nazi Germany's Military Would the capture of Moscow have altered the outcome of World War II? Moscow was more than the administrative capital of the Soviet Union: it was also a vital rail hub and production center. There was also the symbolic value: totalitarian dictators, like Hitler and Stalin, crafted images of themselves as all-knowing leaders of their nations.


How Long Can You Keep Meat In The Freezer?

How Long Can You Keep Meat In The Freezer? Before the invention of the freezer, snow and cold weather were the only ways to keep food cold.


17 Twists On Shepherd's Pie Your Winter Dinner Rotation Is Missing

Twitter Users Burn Trump For Denying He Watches 4-8 Hours Of TV A Day

Twitter Users Burn Trump For Denying He Watches 4-8 Hours Of TV A Day President Donald Trump is denying a New York Times story that says he watches at least four, and as many as eight, hours of TV each day.


Trump slammed for throwing insults at the media in the wake of attempted terror attack in NYC

Trump slammed for throwing insults at the media in the wake of attempted terror attack in NYC President Donald Trump is receiving backlash for attacking the "failing" New York Times shortly after being briefed on an attempted terror attack in New York City Monday. ".@POTUS has been briefed on the explosion in New York City," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Twitter at 8:13 a.m.


Warning to Congress: Bad Iran Legislation Is Worse Than No Iran Legislation

Warning to Congress: Bad Iran Legislation Is Worse Than No Iran Legislation President Trump can’t let the House and Senate play politics with Iranian nuclear deal.


The Second Coming, brought to you by — who else? Donald Trump

The Second Coming, brought to you by — who else? Donald Trump In recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Donald Trump excited evangelical Christians and many orthodox Jews, who see it as laying the groundwork to rebuild the Holy Temple and a precursor to the Second Coming of Christ.


Watch a Barn-Find Tucker Lay Numbers on a Dyno

Watch a Barn-Find Tucker Lay Numbers on a Dyno Tucker number 44, in the midst of a major restoration, hits the dyno to prove exactly how much power that helicopter-sourced flat six makes.


Seven of the Best Cheap Mid-Engine Sports Cars

Chef Mario Batali Takes Leave After 4 Women Accuse Him Of Sexual Misconduct

Chef Mario Batali Takes Leave After 4 Women Accuse Him Of Sexual Misconduct Four women have accused Mario Batali of sexual misconduct over the past two decades, according to a report Eater published Monday.


Supreme Court's Wedding Cake Case Isn't About Faith, Religious Leaders Warn

Supreme Court's Wedding Cake Case Isn't About Faith, Religious Leaders Warn The Supreme Court wrestled with a clash between religious freedom and LGBTQ rights last week when justices heard oral arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.


Nazi Germany's 'Star Wars' Tank Was a Total Disaster

Nazi Germany's 'Star Wars' Tank Was a Total Disaster The unique Kugelpanzer, or “ball tank”, was built in Germany and at some point shipped over to Japanese-occupied China. The kinship with World War I-era prototypes ties the Kugelpanzer’s concept to an era in which the tank’s advantage in “mobility” related to its ability to negotiate the cratered and trench-strewn battlefields of World War I, rather than execute Blitzkrieg-style rapid advances. The Star Wars prequel movies featured various monowheel robots and vehicles amongst its various fantastical elements.


Committeewoman Resigns Over RNC's Support For Roy Moore

Committeewoman Resigns Over RNC's Support For Roy Moore WASHINGTON ― A member of the Republican National Committee resigned Monday over the committee’s support for Roy Moore, the Alabama GOP Senate candidate who faces multiple accusations of preying on teenage girls decades ago.


Trump denies 4- to 8-hour TV habit: ‘I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC’

Trump denies 4- to 8-hour TV habit: ‘I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC’ Monday morning, shortly after CNN discussed a New York Times report describing Trump’s TV viewing habits, Trump took to Twitter to dismiss the article. Though he claimed he doesn’t watch much TV and seldom if ever watches CNN, many have seen signs that he does.


Sandy Hook Promise releases new PSA about the response to school shootings

Sandy Hook Promise releases new PSA about the response to school shootings A new video called “Tomorrow’s News” imagines a local news item that reports, a day ahead of time, a mass shooting at a school. “Tomorrow I’ll probably say that I wish I told someone,” says one interviewee. The video was released by Sandy Hook Promise, which was founded by parents of the victims of the Newtown shooting.


New York explosion latest: Suspect had 'improvised bomb' strapped to him on Manhattan subway, say NYPD

New York explosion latest: Suspect had 'improvised bomb' strapped to him on Manhattan subway, say NYPD New York City police say a man had an explosive device strapped on when it detonated while he was underground in the subway. It was a pipe bomb, attached by velcro and zip ties, but FBI bomb technicians and police officers are investigating further. The device went off in a corridor connecting the Times Square and Port Authority stations on the city's west side, one of the busiest commuter hubs, at 7:30am during the morning rush.


Vladimir Putin announces Russian withdrawal from Syria during visit to airbase 

Vladimir Putin announces Russian withdrawal from Syria during visit to airbase  Vladimir Putin has said Russia will withdraw the bulk of its forces from Syria following the "successful intervention" in the conflict there. The announcement comes after the defence ministry said last week that Russia had “completely liberated” Syria from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), despite reports that the terrorist group still controls some remote territory there.  Speaking to soldiers at Russia's Khmeimim airbase during his first trip to Syria, where he was welcomed by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Mr Putin said he was ordering the defence minister and head of the general staff to begin withdrawing Russian forces to their home bases.   “In two-and-a-half years, Russia's military along with the Syrian army have defeated the most battle-worthy gang of international terrorists,” Mr Putin said. “In connection with this, I've made the decision that a significant part of the Russian military contingent located in the Syrian Arab Republic will return home to Russia.” VIDEO: Putin visits Russian troops at Syria’s #Khmeimim Airbase https://t.co/yX35LANrqSpic.twitter.com/DVXZdl5kHS— RT (@RT_com) 11 December 2017 Moscow will continue to operate the Khmeimim airbase as well as its naval base in Tartus and will crush any further terrorist activities in Syria, he said.  “If the terrorists raise their head again, we will hit them with such strikes as they have never seen,” Mr Putin said. “We will never forget the casualties and losses that we suffered in the fight with terrorism here in Syria as well as at home in Russia.”  Vladimir Putin with Bashar al-Assad during his visit at Hmeymim base Credit: Kremlin Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images The president told his troops they were “returning with victory” to their homeland and loved ones. Mr Putin's triumphant visit to Syria comes days after he said he would run for re-election in March, a vote that is expected to keep him in power until 2024, nearly as long as Joseph Stalin. He is expected to make Russia's more aggressive foreign policy and defiance of the West a centerpiece of his campaign. Assad welcomes Putin  The leaders embrace on the tarmac Mr Putin also met with president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt on Monday and was traveling on to Turkey to speak with president Recep Tayyip Erdogan as part of a strengthening of ties and the two countries. During the sit-down, Mr al-Sisi called for the Syria de-escalation zones established by Iran, Russia and Turkey to be expanded. Mr Putin said Russia was ready to resume flights to Egypt, which were suspended after the bombing of a Russian airliner on Halloween 2015. Russia has also been drafting an agreement to deploy warplanes to Egypt, further increasing its presence in the Middle East.  Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian and Turkish leaders would discuss a political solution to the Syrian war. Mr Putin has met Mr Erdogan, who he once denounced as a backstabber after Turkey shot down a Russian plane in 2015, four times in the past two months. Vladimir Putin, left, and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, arrive for their talks in Cairo Credit: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Russia's casualties have been mounting in Syria as its ground presence grew from advisers and military contractors to include special forces this fall, although the exact number of deaths remains secret. In September, Russia's top military adviser was killed by a mortar strike, and two Russians who were reportedly working for a Russian private contractor were captured by Isil and executed in September. Read more | Escape from Isil Mr Putin announced an air campaign in September 2015 to support his ally, an intervention that has turned the tide of the war and positioned Russia as one of the most influential voices in talks to deterine Syria's future. Russia, Turkey and Iran have been holding rival negotiations to the Western-backed talks in Geneva.  Al-Assad visited Sochi last month, hugging his Russian counterpart and thanking him for “Russia's efforts to save our country”. Mr Putin returned the gesture and hugged al-Assad when he disembarked his presidential plane in Syria on Monday.


New York Bomber Sought An ISIS-Inspired Attack With Failed Device, Investigators Say

New York Bomber Sought An ISIS-Inspired Attack With Failed Device, Investigators Say New York City police said they were investigating a possible explosion in New York City’s transit system near Eight Avenue and 42nd Street in the Times Square area of Manhattan on Monday.


Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Is Destined to Fail

Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Is Destined to Fail All of the reasons the Su-57 is going nowhere fast. Westerns analysts have concluded that Russia’s fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter is unlikely to enter operational service before 2027. The Su-57 program was never really viable.


Quality of fake 'supernotes' found in Seoul fan suspicions that North Korea is forging $100 bills

Quality of fake 'supernotes' found in Seoul fan suspicions that North Korea is forging $100 bills Suspicions are growing that North Korea has resumed forging $100 dollar bills that are so realistic that they are virtually indistinguishable from genuine currency. It took a team of forgery specialists at South Korea's KEB Hana Bank to confirm that a single $100 bill found at a branch in Seoul in November was a fake. The discovery has triggered alarm because authorities have no idea how many similar "supernotes" - named because they are so similar to real banknotes - are now in circulation. While previous "supernotes" were dated either 2001 or 2003, the new forgeries are dated 2006 and are even more sophisticated in the ink, the printing processes and the material that they use. The forgeries also change colour when they are viewed from a different angle, just as genuine notes should, while the slightly rough texture of the note has also been accurately copied, a spokesman for Hana Bank told South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper. The quality of the forgeries has immediately led to suspicion falling on North Korea, which has a track record of forging foreign banknotes in order to earn hard currency for the regime. Pyongyang is also in increasingly dire need of funds as international sanctions imposed due to the regime's ongoing development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles begin to bite. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting Mount Paektu in Ryanggang Province Credit:  AFP "It seems that whoever printed these supernotes has the facilities and high level of technology matching that of a government", Lee Ho-jung, a bank spokesman said. "They are made with special ink that changes colour depending on the angle, patterned paper and Intaglio printing that gives texture to the surface of a note". Another bank source told The Hankyoreh newspaper, "To print supernote-level forgeries, you need a minting corporation-level production line in place, which costs hundreds of billions of won. "This makes if difficult for ordinary criminal organisations to produce them". Earlier versions of supernotes have been around for at least 15 years, with US government officials estimating in 2006 that as much as $250 million worth of fake $100 bills could be in circulation worldwide. Case study | Counterfeit cash in the UK In recent years, Pyongyang appears to have scaled back its forging operation, which is reportedly overseen by the shadowy Division 39, although that may have changed given the pressure that the regime is now under. In the past, North Korea was believed to distribute the bills overseas through criminal groups and by transporting them abroad through the diplomatic pouch to embassies from where they could be slipped into circulation. In December 2011, the Irish High Court dismissed an application from the US to extradite Sean Garland, the alleged chief of staff of the Official Irish Republican Army, in connection with passing fake supernotes. Mr Garland had been observed travelling to Moscow and visiting the North Korean embassy in the company of a number of former KGB officials. Fake notes were later allegedly smuggled into Ireland and the UK and exchanged for pounds or other currencies.


Serial Killer Taunts Police In New Letter, Claims There Are More Victims

Serial Killer Taunts Police In New Letter, Claims There Are More Victims A convicted serial killer sent a letter to a South Carolina newspaper claiming police hadn’t found all of his victims ― and he’s not planning to help them.


Seahawks Game Turns Ugly As Fans Throw Food At Ejected Player

Seahawks Game Turns Ugly As Fans Throw Food At Ejected Player Seattle Seahawks defensive end Quinton Jefferson had to be restrained from climbing into the stands and confronting Jacksonville Jaguars fans who threw food at him during Sunday’s game.


Two killed as plane crashes into house in San Diego

Two killed as plane crashes into house in San Diego Local media report the plane crashed into the home in the Clairemont neighbourhood at around 4.40pm local time on Saturday. The single-engine, six-seat Beech BE36 Bonanza had taken off from Montgomery Field airport around half a mile from the crash site. The pilot and a passenger were taken to hospital with burns and two passengers died at the scene, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.


Father Kills 2 Young Children in Murder-Suicide

Father Kills 2 Young Children in Murder-Suicide The mom found them all deceased in the home, police said.


California's Thomas Fire Now Ranks Among Largest In State History

California's Thomas Fire Now Ranks Among Largest In State History The Thomas Fire, one of five destructive blazes currently burning in California, now ranks as the tenth largest wildfire on record in the state.


Southern California: Elevated fire danger remains this week despite less wind

Southern California: Elevated fire danger remains this week despite less wind Locally windy conditions will keep the fire danger elevated across Southern California through Thursday as air quality concerns mount.