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Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel Trump snub
Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel Trump snub

JERUSALEM (AP) - Pedestrians walk on a thick layer of soot from tires set ablaze in frequent clashes with Israeli troops. Cars navigate around potholes in streets littered with garbage. Motorists honk in a traffic jam near an Israeli checkpoint that is framed by the towering cement slabs of Israel's separation barrier.

Racial tension over Charlottesville allegedly sparked Omarosa's departure from Trump White House
Racial tension over Charlottesville allegedly sparked Omarosa's departure from Trump White House

Omarosa Manigault-Newman has been an ally of President Donald Trump since her appearance on "The Apprentice" in 2004, but her role in his White House will now come to an end after her departure was announced on Wednesday morning.

Intensifying winds threaten to fan massive Thomas Fire in California late this week
Intensifying winds threaten to fan massive Thomas Fire in California late this week

Strengthening winds will pose challenges to fire crews and put additional lives and property at risk in California late this week as the historic Thomas Fire continues to rage.

China Is Still Angry Over the Last Taiwan Crisis (And Its Military Is Ready)
China Is Still Angry Over the Last Taiwan Crisis (And Its Military Is Ready)

Thus, despite the growing threat it faces from an increasingly powerful China and the high uncertainty surrounding the future of the region, circumstances-particularly the potential for Beijing to alienate Seoul should the relationship continue to sour-could in fact turn more favorable for Taiwan, thus creating an opportunity to play a greater role in regional security. Twenty-one years, as Taiwanese were readying to hold their country's first direct presidential election later in March, China flexed its military muscles by holding a series of military exercises and firing missiles within thirty-five miles off the ports of Keelung and Kaohsiung, causing a panic in Taiwan and prompted...

Russia and China Are Doing Joint Air Defense Drills to Prepare for a Surprise Attack
Russia and China Are Doing Joint Air Defense Drills to Prepare for a Surprise Attack

Russia and China are kicking off a series of joint air defense exercises called Aerospace Security-2017, highlighting the growing strategic partnership between the two great powers. In recent years, Russia and China have more or less set aside their differences dating back to the Soviet-era to jointly push back against the American-led liberal institutional world order.

'Walking Dead' Showrunner Says It's Been Tough Since Shocking Death Reveal
'Walking Dead' Showrunner Says It's Been Tough Since Shocking Death Reveal

If you think your day has been tough, tell that to Scott Gimple.

How to Max Out Your 401(k) in 2018

A 401(k) plan provides tax breaks, employer contributions, an opportunity for automatic saving and the potential for investment growth. Here's how to maximize the value of your 401(k) account in 2018. You can defer paying income tax on up to $18,500 that you save in a 401(k) plan in 2018, $500 more than in 2017.

Two Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli army as US isolated at UN over Donald Trump's Jerusalem decision 
Two Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli army as US isolated at UN over Donald Trump's Jerusalem decision 

The US was on Friday scrambling to contain the diplomatic fallout of Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem as Arab leaders threatened to cancel meetings with the vice president and allies rounded on it at the UN.  Israel carried out airstrikes in Gaza in response to rockets fired from the territory and two Palestinian men were killed during clashes with Israeli forces.   As protests broke out across the Middle East, US diplomats were working to salvage the visit by Mike Pence, the vice president, to the region amid public pressure on leaders not to meet with him.  Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, threatened to cancel his planned meeting with Mr Pence, the first time in years that...

As Russia Subverts Missile Treaty, U.S. Looking at New Weapons
As Russia Subverts Missile Treaty, U.S. Looking at New Weapons

Since 1987, Europe has been off limits for medium-range missiles. Russia - and now the United States - seems ready to tear up that detente.

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (December 8) - Hanukkah, Roy Moore, Wells Fargo
Factbox: Trump on Twitter (December 8) - Hanukkah, Roy Moore, Wells Fargo

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : - Tonight, @FLOTUS Melania and I were thrilled to welcome so many wonderful friends to the @WhiteHouse - and wish them all a very #HappyHanukkah http://bit.ly/2B1EO7q [0036 EST] - I fulfilled my campaign promise - others didn't! [0041 EST] - Big crowd expected today in Pensacola, Florida, for a Make America Great Again speech. ...

3 Members Of Trump Panel Warn Of Voter Fraud To Influential Conservative Group
3 Members Of Trump Panel Warn Of Voter Fraud To Influential Conservative Group

NASHVILLE - Three members of President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission raised alarms about allegedly widespread voter fraud and poked at a popular voting reform on Thursday, while speaking before one of the country's most powerful conservative groups.

Clashes break out in the West Bank after Hamas calls Donald Trump's Jerusalem decision a 'declaration of war'
Clashes break out in the West Bank after Hamas calls Donald Trump's Jerusalem decision a 'declaration of war'

Israeli forces clashed with young Palestinians in street battles across the occupied West Bank yesterday as Hamas called for a "new intifada" in response to Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Israeli military called up reinforcements in anticipation of larger clashes on Friday as thousands of young men are expected to take to the streets in protest after traditional Friday prayers. The UN Security Council will also gather to discuss the inflamed situation in the Middle East after Britain and seven other states requested an emergency meeting in response to Mr Trump's announcement. Aftershocks of the US decision were also felt far beyond the region. In...

Winds whip up California fires, prompting evacuations
Winds whip up California fires, prompting evacuations

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - Raked by ferocious Santa Ana winds, explosive wildfires northwest of Los Angeles and in the city's foothills burned a psychiatric hospital and scores of homes Tuesday and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

H.R. McMaster talks North Korea threat, Michael Flynn deal
H.R. McMaster talks North Korea threat, Michael Flynn deal

National security adviser provides insight on U.S. response to North Korea's latest missile test in an exclusive interview with Chris Wallace on 'Fox News Sunday.'

Senate Passes Massive Tax Cuts For The Rich In Middle Of The Night
Senate Passes Massive Tax Cuts For The Rich In Middle Of The Night

WASHINGTON ― When Donald Trump was elected president last year, a sweeping rewrite of the tax code was one of his priorities.

Here's Why You Don't Need To Worry About The Christmas Tree Shortage
Here's Why You Don't Need To Worry About The Christmas Tree Shortage

For the past few years, news outlets have covered Christmas tree shortages and this year is no exception.

Michael Flynn 'prepared to testify against Donald Trump' over Russia links
Michael Flynn 'prepared to testify against Donald Trump' over Russia links

Donald Trump was dragged into the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election for the first time om Friday night.  Michael Flynn, who on Friday admitted lying to the FBI, has agreed to work with investigators looking into Russian election meddling as part of a plea bargain.  He is prepared to say that Mr Trump "directed him to make contact with the Russians", according to a bombshell report by ABC News. The claim sent the US stock market tumbling and brought the Russian election scandal a step closer to the Oval Office in a dramatic day in Washington. Jared Kushner, Mr Trump's son-in-law, was also named in US media reports as another figure who asked Flynn to...

The Latest: Judge unseals arrest warrant for Steinle shooter
The Latest: Judge unseals arrest warrant for Steinle shooter

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Latest on the trial of a Mexican man in a killing on a San Francisco pier (all times local):

Trump's Lawyer on Michael Flynn: 'Nothing About the Guilty Plea or the Charge Implicates Anyone' Else
Trump's Lawyer on Michael Flynn: 'Nothing About the Guilty Plea or the Charge Implicates Anyone' Else

Flynn said an unnamed senior member of Trump's transition team directed him reach out to Russian officials

People Really Appreciate The Irony Of Michael Flynn's 'Lock Her Up' Chant
People Really Appreciate The Irony Of Michael Flynn's 'Lock Her Up' Chant

Michael Flynn famously led a "lock her up" chant aimed at Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Republican National Convention ― words that are ringing particularly ironic now.

This Is America
This Is America's Secret Plan for Fighting the Next Korean War

For years, the expectation had been that a second Korean War would resemble with the first, a big-unit conventional war with U.S. and South Korean forces first stopping the enemy and then counterattacking into North Korea. Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported in 2015 that the plan resembled guerrilla warfare, with special forces assassinations and targeted attacks on key facilities.

We Now Know America's Plan to Beat Russia or China's Air Defenses
We Now Know America's Plan to Beat Russia or China's Air Defenses

As radars and radar-guided antiaircraft missiles continue to grow in range and sophistication, jamming and other forms of electronic warfare will remain vital means for air power to survive over the battle spaces of the future. The Next Generation Jammer is the Pentagon's attempt to counter new advances in air-defense radars-while adding to its bag of electronic tricks. While the U.S. military is unlikely to intentionally attack Russian forces in Syria, the situation highlights the importance of suppressing enemy air defenses-one major tactic U.S. flyers have long relied upon is radar jamming, or saturating enemy radars with "noise" and false signals so that they can't track and fire...

How to Make Slow Cooker Pork Chili Verde
How to Make Slow Cooker Pork Chili Verde

Make a recipe that gets better with age, such as chili or brisket, and cook it overnight while you sleep. In the morning, just let it cool slightly, get it in the fridge, and reheat later for dinner.

Egyptian village where mosque was attacked had been warned
Egyptian village where mosque was attacked had been warned

CAIRO (AP) - Elders of a village in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula where militants killed 305 people in a mosque had been warned by Islamic State operatives to stop collaborating with security forces and to suspend rituals associated with Islam's mystical Sufi movement, security officials and residents said Sunday.

Separatists and unionists tied for support ahead of Catalan elections: poll
Separatists and unionists tied for support ahead of Catalan elections: poll

Pro-independence parties may fail to retain an absolute majority of seats in the Catalan parliament in regional elections next month, a poll published on Sunday showed, with pro-unity parties poised to increase their vote share. Failure to win a majority in the regional parliament would be a blow for Catalan separatists who have billed the Dec. 21 election as a de-facto plebiscite on Madrid's decision to impose direct rule on the wealthy region last month. Following Spain's worst political crisis in decades, the sacking of the secessionist Catalan government in October has a eased tensions for the moment, although victory for the pro-independence camp in December would plunge the...

Venezuela government distributes medicine amid shortage
Venezuela government distributes medicine amid shortage

Venezuela launched a program Saturday to hand out medicine to 35,651 patients, blaming US sanctions for a shortage, even as doctors say 95 percent of all drugs are missing. A government electronic card is required to participate, leading critics to charge the government is favoring its supporters. Speaking on VTV state television, Health Minister Luis Lopez said the handouts were taking place in 10 of 24 states, and in the rest of the country this coming week.

Wendy's Deliciously Trolls McDonald's Over Botched Black Friday Tweet
Wendy's Deliciously Trolls McDonald's Over Botched Black Friday Tweet

Wendy's has dished it out to rival fast-food chain McDonald's over its busted Black Friday tweet.

Based On His Tweets, Here's What Donald Trump Was Thankful For This Year
Based On His Tweets, Here's What Donald Trump Was Thankful For This Year

It's that time of year where families across America gather to eat an irrationally large dinner at an irrationally early hour and discuss what they're most thankful for, like good health, new relationships, or― in the case of President Donald Trump― tax cuts and Sean Hannity's ratings.

South Africa
South Africa's Zuma congratulates Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa on swearing-in

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma congratulated Emmerson Mnangagwa as he was sworn in as Zimbabwean president on Friday and said he hoped Mnangagwa would steer his country successfully through the transition from Robert Mugabe's rule. Zuma's comments were the first he has made in public since Mnangagwa emerged as the new leader of Zimbabwe following a military intervention against Mugabe. He made them at talks with Angolan President Joao Lourenco in South Africa's capital Pretoria. Lourenco was paying a state visit to South Africa that had been previously scheduled. ...

South African appeals court more than doubles Pistorius sentence
South African appeals court more than doubles Pistorius sentence

By James Macharia JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Supreme Court increased Oscar Pistorius' murder sentence on Friday to 13 years and five months after the state argued his original sentence of six years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was "shockingly lenient". Rights groups in a country beset by high levels of violent crime against women say Pistorius, a gold medal-winning athlete known as the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fibre prosthetics, received preferential treatment compared to non-whites and those without his wealth or international celebrity status. Pistorius was jailed in July last year after being found guilty on appeal of murdering Steenkamp on...

1.2 Million Casualties: If North Korea Attacked Los Angeles with a Nuclear Weapon
1.2 Million Casualties: If North Korea Attacked Los Angeles with a Nuclear Weapon

How much of Pyongyang or Los Angeles would be pulverized in a nuclear ash cloud? Notwithstanding President Donald Trump's rhetoric about unleashing "fire and fury" on North Korea-rhetoric that has made lawmakers in Washington so nervous that some have been compelled to introduce bills prohibiting a preemptive nuclear strike-the administration understands that even a single nuke flying in either direction would be calamitous.

Netanyahu talks up
Netanyahu talks up 'fruitful cooperation' with Arab states

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday hailed his country's "fruitful cooperation" with Arab nations, as fears over Iranian influence appear to drive one-time adversaries closer together. "Our fruitful cooperation with Arab countries is in general secret, but I am confident that relations with them will continue to mature and that this will allow us to enlarge the circle of peace," he said in a speech to mark the 44th anniversary of the death of Israel's founder David Ben Gurion. Netanyahu insisted that peace between Israel and Arab countries would "happen in the end, because there are a lot of things going on all the time beneath the surface".

Bashar al-Assad says he is ready for Syria peace talks during rare meeting with Vladimir Putin
Bashar al-Assad says he is ready for Syria peace talks during rare meeting with Vladimir Putin

Russian president Vladimir Putin met with his embattled Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi ahead of talks with leaders from Turkey and Iran aimed at re-booting the peace process in the conflict-torn country. The Kremlin said Monday's meeting in the Black Sea resort came during a "working visit" by Mr Assad to Russia. Mr Putin praised Assad for "fighting terrorism," which he predicted would suffer an "inevitable" defeat in Syria, the Kremlin said. "It is in our interest to advance the political process... we don't want to look back and we are ready for dialogue with all those who want to come up with a political settlement," Mr...

A Provision Buried In The House Tax Bill Could Slow Affordable Housing Construction
A Provision Buried In The House Tax Bill Could Slow Affordable Housing Construction

WASHINGTON ― A little-noticed provision in the Republican tax reform bill that passed the House on Thursday could have a big impact on affordable housing construction.

12 Discontinued Cars That Need to Make a Comeback
12 Discontinued Cars That Need to Make a Comeback

10,744 more Kennedy assassination records released
10,744 more Kennedy assassination records released

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Archives on Friday released 10,744 FBI records - some that have never been previously disclosed - related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Woman Dubbed 'Hamburglar' Turns Herself In for Alleged McDonald's Theft
Woman Dubbed 'Hamburglar' Turns Herself In for Alleged McDonald's Theft

Video of the suspect crawling through a McDonald's drive-thru went viral earlier this week.

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