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US Army deserter who spent decades in N.Korea dies at 77
US Army deserter who spent decades in N.Korea dies at 77

Charles Jenkins, a US Army deserter who spent four decades in communist North Korea and married a Japanese woman abducted by Pyongyang, has died at the age of 77, officials said on Tuesday. Instead, he spent 39 years in Pyongyang, where he taught English to spy cadets in his North Carolina drawl and played a Yankee villain in propaganda films. In 1980, he married Hitomi Soga, who was kidnapped by North Korean agents in the Cold-War era.

France Awards Climate Scientists With
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.

EU
EU's big five criticise US tax plans, seek 'compromise'

The finance ministers of the European Union's five biggest economies wrote to their American counterpart Monday to voice concerns over a US tax overhaul, saying Washington should adhere to "international obligations to which it has signed up". The letter, signed by the British, French, German, Italian and Spanish finance ministers, warned that "certain less conventional international tax provisions could contravene" tax treaties and could have "a major distortive impact on international trade". US Republicans in the House and Senate are working to come up with a final unified version of the reform that President Donald Trump can sign before the end of the year.

White House Calls CNN 'Fake News' After Outlet Mixed Up 2 Indian-Americans
White House Calls CNN 'Fake News' After Outlet Mixed Up 2 Indian-Americans

The White House laid into CNN after the news outlet mixed up the photos of two men named Shah on Friday.

Mario Batali Was One of the Highest-Paid Chefs. Here
Mario Batali Was One of the Highest-Paid Chefs. Here's What We Know About His Money

Mario Batali has announced that he's stepping away from his food empire amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Manhattan subway explosion 'was attempted terrorist attack', says mayor
Manhattan subway explosion 'was attempted terrorist attack', says mayor

A 27-year-old man was in custody on Monday after detonating an explosive device in a New York City subway station during the morning commute. The suspect, Akayed Ullah, was one of four people injured in the explosion, which occurred at about 7.20am in a passageway near 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, in midtown Manhattan near Times Square, New York City police said. At a press conference, New York police commissioner James O'Neill said the suspect had "an improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body".

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.

"What Putin Really Wants": The Atlantic's January/February Issue Cover Story

Washington, D.C. (December 11, 2017)-Vladimir Putin is no chess master. He's a gambler who has taken larger risks in recent years. And while the subversion of the 2016 U.S. election was a spectacular geopolitical heist pulled off on a shoestring budget, Americans have a key misunderstanding of Russia and the man that pulls the strings. The Atlantic staff writer Julia Ioffe spent months reporting on her native Russia to determine "What Putin Really Wants,"appearing on the cover of The Atlantic's January/February 2018 issue and published today at TheAtlantic.com. In the wide-ranging cover story, Ioffe offers the definitive telling of how the Kremlin, despite its limitations, pulled off one...

The Latest: Celebrity enclave under threat from wildfire
The Latest: Celebrity enclave under threat from wildfire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

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.

'Terror' bomber strikes NY subway, three hurt

A man carrying a pipe bomb strapped to his body detonated it in a crowded New York subway passageway during the morning rush hour Monday, seriously injuring himself but only lightly injuring three others. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the bombing an "attempted terrorist attack," and identified the 27-year-old man identified as Akayed Ullah. The blast took place at the height of morning rush hour in the subway station at the new York Port Authority bus terminal, not far from the city's iconic Times Square, sparking commuter panic and travel disruptions.

Netflix just totally trolled 53 of its users and to be fair they probably deserved it
Netflix just totally trolled 53 of its users and to be fair they probably deserved it

In case you were wondering, the answer is yes - Netflix knows exactly how many times you've watched A Christmas Prince. SEE ALSO: What to stream on Netflix in December On Sunday night, the official Netflix Twitter account shared the following, mind-boggling statistic - and asked a very pertinent question. To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you? - Netflix US (@netflix) December 11, 2017 The reactions fell somewhere between amusement and mild, 1984-style paranoia. This is amazing. Except for the "watching us like big brother " part ;) - blake (@blaketopia) December 11, 2017 1. sick burn. 2. this is creepy AF....

Ellen DeGeneres Evacuates Her Pets As California Fire Bears Down
Ellen DeGeneres Evacuates Her Pets As California Fire Bears Down

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted Sunday that she and wife Portia de Rossi evacuated their pets as California's raging Thomas Fire closed in on their home in Santa Barbara County, an area packed with celebrities.

Celebrities Urge Alabamians To Stay On #RightSideOfHistory As Election Looms
Celebrities Urge Alabamians To Stay On #RightSideOfHistory As Election Looms

With Tuesday's nail-biter of a special Senate election approaching in Alabama, celebrities and others have been taking to social media to urge the state's voters to stay on the #RightSideOfHistory.

Trump
Trump's accusers 'should be heard': Haley

Women who accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct "should be heard," US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday, in an apparent divergence from the White House line. Trump -- who was infamously caught on tape boasting about groping women -- has faced more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct, which he and the White House have rejected.

American diplomat: US looks to counter Iran in post-war Iraq
American diplomat: US looks to counter Iran in post-war Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) - As Iraq emerges from three years of war with the Islamic State group, the U.S. is looking to roll back the influence of neighboring Iran and help the central government resolve its dispute with the Kurdish region, the American envoy to the country told The Associated Press.

The World
The World's Largest Muslim Country Is Protesting President Trump's Recognition of Jerusalem

Thousands of protestors gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, this weekend in the latest demonstrations against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Why is America Addicted to Foreign Interventions?
Why is America Addicted to Foreign Interventions?

The United States engaged in forty-six military interventions from 1948-1991, from 1992-2017 that number increased fourfold to 188. At a time when the United States is preparing to increase Pentagon spending and escalate troop deployments overseas, an analysis of U.S. military interventions since the country's founding highlights two important and related dynamics. Second, U.S. military interventions since WWII have only rarely achieved their intended political objectives.

Fire in southern California threatening another city
Fire in southern California threatening another city

A fierce wildfire raged on north of Los Angeles Sunday, threatening other towns after already charring vast swaths of land, but other blazes were largely contained after burning for days. The so-called Thomas fire is only 15 percent contained, now threatening the city of Santa Barbara and the nearby coastal town of Carpinteria, making it one of the worst wildfires in California history. Packing to evacuate now," the actor Rob Lowe, who lives in Santa Barbara, wrote on Twitter.

President Donald Trump records robocall for Roy Moore
President Donald Trump records robocall for Roy Moore

The president's recorded call aims to help Moore win Alabama Senate election on Dec. 12.

Israeli defense chief calls for Arab boycott after protests
Israeli defense chief calls for Arab boycott after protests

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's defense minister called Sunday for a boycott of Arab businesses in an area where residents took part in violent protests against President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, as a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard in the volatile city in the first attack since the dramatic announcement.

Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid N. Korea threat
Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid N. Korea threat

Japan will hold a drill with the United States and South Korea this week to practise jointly detecting airborne missiles, officials said Sunday amid rising security threats from North Korea. The announcement of the joint exercise, a sixth such drill since 2016, comes less than two weeks after Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile which dropped into the sea inside Japan's exclusive economic zone in late November. The drill will be held in waters near Japan on Monday and Tuesday, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said as he visited a garrison in northern Japan.

McDonald
McDonald's Malaysia refutes Israel ties after boycott calls

The Malaysian franchise of McDonald's Corp said it was "disappointed" with calls on social media to boycott the fast food restaurant chain in apparent retaliation to the United State's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Social media users in the Muslim-majority country called on boycotting various U.S. companies following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a city important to both Israelis and Muslims. One user of Twitter Inc's microblogging platform, TheUsopIbrahim, stated without citing sources that U.S.-headquartered McDonald's "channelled funds to Israel".

Fatah vows fresh protests and shuns Pence over Jerusalem move
Fatah vows fresh protests and shuns Pence over Jerusalem move

Fatah called on Palestinians to keep up their demonstrations over Washington's policy shift on Jerusalem as the movement confirmed its leader will refuse to meet with US Vice President later this month in protest at the controversial decision. After protests gripped the West Bank and Gaza for a third straight day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due in Paris on Sunday where demonstrators had rallied on the eve of his arrival.

China Is Now Making Some of the Most Powerful Guns on the Planet
China Is Now Making Some of the Most Powerful Guns on the Planet

Like the rest of China's military revolution over the past quarter century, its small-arms revolution is a remarkable achievement. China's People's Liberation Army has traditionally relied on foreign and Communist bloc weapons manufactured in China under license-or not. Now, however, as the PLA undergoes an unprecedented modernization, a new generation of locally designed and manufactured light weaponry is arming China's armed forces, from handguns to light machine guns.

California man freed after 15 years for shaken baby death
California man freed after 15 years for shaken baby death

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California man who spent 15 years in prison for shaking his baby to death was freed Saturday, one day after a judge set aside his conviction.

Fox News Corrects Story Claiming Roy Moore Accuser
Fox News Corrects Story Claiming Roy Moore Accuser 'Forged' Candidate's Signature

Fox News updated a story that erroneously claimed one of Roy Moore's accusers had "forged" evidence she'd presented to bolster her claim against him.

Trump salutes civil rights heroes at boycotted museum opening
Trump salutes civil rights heroes at boycotted museum opening

The president's attendance at a private gathering to open the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History next door, which came at the invitation of the state's Republican governor, had triggered a backlash from some who marched in the movement to win those rights, including veteran US congressman John Lewis. Democratic US congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi joined Lewis in the boycott.

Man Beat 3-Year-Old Girl to Death Because She Wouldn't Put On Her Pajamas, Police Say
Man Beat 3-Year-Old Girl to Death Because She Wouldn't Put On Her Pajamas, Police Say

The man threw the 3-year-old to the ground causing head trauma

Erdogan steps up attacks on
Erdogan steps up attacks on 'state of occupation' Israel

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday described Israel as a "state of occupation" which used "terror" against the Palestinians, as he stepped up his criticism of the US recognition of Jerusalem as its capital. Erdogan has been bitterly opposed to the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem and has called a summit of Islamic countries on December 13 in Istanbul. "Israel is a state of occupation," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul, referring to Israel's continued occupation of the West Bank and settlement building.

Health Insurers See Higher Prices And A Big Mess Ahead Without The Obamacare Mandate
Health Insurers See Higher Prices And A Big Mess Ahead Without The Obamacare Mandate

Health insurance companies know that an insurance market without the requirement that everyone get coverage will be worse for them and their customers.

The American Who Paid for Israel's Nuclear Bomb
The American Who Paid for Israel's Nuclear Bomb

Although Israel doesn't officially acknowledge it, it is well understood that the country possesses a nuclear weapon arsenal (although the exact number of warheads are in dispute). It is similarly well understood that the United States opposed Israel's nuclear weapons program during the John F. Kennedy and, to a lesser extent, Lyndon B. Johnson administrations. One part of the history that is less well known is that much of the funding for Israel's nuclear weapons program came from private Americans in an effort that was spearheaded by, Abraham Feinberg, a prominent American who served as an unofficial advisor to both President Kennedy and President Johnson.

Turkey
Turkey's Erdogan seeks to lead Muslim response on Jerusalem

Turkey's leader is seeking to spearhead Islamic reaction to the US declaration on Jerusalem, but it is uncertain if he can coordinate a meaningful response among often disunited Muslim nations. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, had fulminated against President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital even before it was officially announced this week. Erdogan described the status of the city, whose eastern sector Palestinians see as the capital of their future state, as a "red line" for Muslims.

The Latest: White House says president has called for calm
The Latest: White House says president has called for calm

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Latest on the fallout of the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (all times local):

Boris Johnson flies today to Iran to try to win the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
Boris Johnson flies today to Iran to try to win the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Boris Johnson flies to Iran today  to try to secure the release of jailed British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe stressing his "grave concerns" about her continued incarceration. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving a five-year sentence over allegations, which she denies, of plotting to overthrow the Tehran government, having been arrested in 2016 during a holiday visit to show her baby daughter Gabriella to her parents. Reports suggest she could appear in court again on Sunday, following threats to increase her sentence by five years following Mr Johnson's gaffe of telling a parliamentary committee that she had been in Iran to train journalists. He later acknowledged this was not the...

Ron Swanson Tells FCC Chair Ajit Pai He Has No Honor For Trying To Kill Net Neutrality
Ron Swanson Tells FCC Chair Ajit Pai He Has No Honor For Trying To Kill Net Neutrality

Ron Swanson has no time for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and his bid to repeal net neutrality.

See Astonishing Images of the California Wildfires From Space
See Astonishing Images of the California Wildfires From Space

Astronauts and satellites have been capturing terrifying images of the blazes

Rule the Dark Side with these Star Wars lamps that are on super sale
Rule the Dark Side with these Star Wars lamps that are on super sale

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Star Wars may take place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but the latest film comes out a short time from now in our galaxy - specifically December 15th. And unlike last year's Rogue One spinoff, The Last Jedi is part of the primary Star Wars series. That's right, BB-8, Kylo Ren, and all of your favorite sequel trilogy characters are back for another rollicking adventure, and you can jump in on the excitement with these  Star Wars 3D Mega Lamps.  SEE ALSO: Ridiculous Star Wars holiday decor will make your house the best on the block These intricate, one-of-a-kind, hand-cut...

US gently urges Saudi Arabia to be more
US gently urges Saudi Arabia to be more 'measured' overseas

PARIS (AP) - The top U.S. diplomat urged Saudi Arabia on Friday to temper its actions toward Yemen, Qatar and other neighbors, gently turning up the pressure as Saudi's powerful crown prince asserts power both at home and overseas, as the White House raised new alarms about the situation in Yemen.

Christmas tree eyebrows are so bad, they're incredible
Christmas tree eyebrows are so bad, they're incredible

The best holiday looks are so bad they're good. And Christmas tree eyebrows are no exception. The festive mini-trend has been popping up on Instagram in recent weeks, just in time for the holidays. Basically, they're a modified version of the feather brow look from earlier this year, but with extra baubles (read: rhinestones) and glitter. SEE ALSO: Brow crowns have surfaced to make you look and feel like a fashion queen Per BoredPanda, the first iteration of the trend came from Instagrammer @taytay_xx, who adorned her brows with colorful jewels and even a star tree-topper.  A post shared by Taylor R (@taytay_xx) on Dec 5, 2017 at 5:43am PST To be clear, she looks insane -...

Israeli air strike wounds 14 in Gaza: Palestinians
Israeli air strike wounds 14 in Gaza: Palestinians

Israel aircraft attacked Hamas military facilities in the Gaza Strip on Friday night in response to rocket attacks, the Israeli army said. It was the second night of rocket fire since US President Donald Trump's statement on Wednesday recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said that 14 people were wounded, suffering what it described as light to moderate injuries.

Abu Dhabi authorities
Abu Dhabi authorities 'acquired' $450 mn Da Vinci: museum

The Louvre Abu Dhabi said Friday that local Emirati authorities had "acquired" a $450-million painting by Renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci, as reports swirled about the original source of funding. "Louvre Abu Dhabi is looking forward to displaying the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci. The work was acquired by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi," the museum said in tweets in both English and Arabic.

Roy Moore accuser Beverly Nelson admits she wrote part of Moore's yearbook inscription
Roy Moore accuser Beverly Nelson admits she wrote part of Moore's yearbook inscription

One of the women who accused Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when she was a teenager has admitted to forging a portion of the high school yearbook inscription used as proof in her accusations.

The Unsolved Mystery of Michael Flynn
The Unsolved Mystery of Michael Flynn's Plea Deal

It might be a dramatic breakthrough in the investigation of Donald Trump - or a revelation of Robert Mueller's weak hand.

Bugatti Just Recalled the Chiron
Bugatti Just Recalled the Chiron

Forty seven examples of the Chiron have been recalled for faulty seat welds, and 12 are in the US.

Malaysians protest against Trump Jerusalem move
Malaysians protest against Trump Jerusalem move

Thousands of protesters in Muslim-majority Malaysia demonstrated Friday outside the US embassy over President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, denouncing it as a "slap in the face" for Muslims worldwide. Some 5,000 demonstrators marched on the Kuala Lumpur mission after the main weekly Muslim prayers in a nearby mosque, chanting and waving banners that read "Hands off Jerusalem" and "Down USA President Trump".

Tweeters Give Melania Trump Vacation Ideas After
Tweeters Give Melania Trump Vacation Ideas After 'Deserted Island' Holidays Joke

Twitter users have some travel advice for Melania Trump.

Mike Pence's Cat, Pickle, Has Died
Mike Pence's Cat, Pickle, Has Died

Vice President Mike Pence and his family are mourning the loss of their 16-year-old cat, Pickle.

Some Republicans Are Defending Al Franken. They Don't Think He Should Resign
Some Republicans Are Defending Al Franken. They Don't Think He Should Resign

Some GOPers have also defended Roy Moore and others accused of sexual misconduct

FBI Director Wray defends bureau in wake of Republican criticism
FBI Director Wray defends bureau in wake of Republican criticism

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation defended his employees on Thursday against a growing chorus of accusations by Republicans, including President Donald Trump, that its agents were allowing political bias to seep into their investigations. In testimony before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Christopher Wray said he believed the reputation of the FBI was not, as Trump recently wrote on Twitter, "in tatters." "The agents, analysts and staff of the FBI are big boys and girls.

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