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Putin files nomination for 2018 re-election bid

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday filed documents with electoral officials to run for re-election next year, a day after hundreds of politicians, celebrities and sports figures backed his bid. Putin visited the Central Election Commission, handing over his passport and 300,000 signatures required by Russian legislation for those running as independent candidates. The 65-year-old strongman, who …

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Pope pleads for migrants at Christmas mass

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope Francis in his Christmas eve mass Sunday urged the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics not to ignore the plight of migrants who are “driven from their land” because of leaders willing to shed “innocent blood”. “So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary,” the Argentine pontiff, himself the grandson of Italian …

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One dead, 10 hurt in explosion at Ecuador restaurant

QUITO (AFP) – A child died and ten people were injured on Christmas Eve following an explosion at a restaurant in Ecuador s capital Quito, authorities said Monday. The blast, which occurred at 11:11 pm on Sunday (0411 GMT Monday), was thought to have been the result of a gas tank exploding at the restaurant located in the north of …

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Pope seeks peace in Jerusalem during Christmas address

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope Francis on Monday called for peace in Jerusalem in his traditional Christmas address and highlighted the plight of children scarred by conflict, after urging the world s 1.3 billion Catholics not to ignore migrants. Addressing tens of thousands of worshippers gathered at the Vatican to hear the pontiff s fifth “Urbi et Orbi” (To the …

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Three people die in avalanches in Swiss Alps

ZURICH: Three people have died in separate avalanche accidents in the Swiss Alps, police said on Monday. A man — who was skiing close to the 2,844-metre high Hofathorn, in the southern canton of Wallis — died Monday morning after being carried away by an avalanche. The 39-year-old from the Wallis region was quickly found and recovered by his friends …

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Texans show up at illuminated stars wars display

SAN ANTONIO, Texas: Texans have elaborated their Star Wars fandom once again with this retro light show illuminated with 15,000 lights amid the hype of Christmas. The light display, set to producer Celldweller’s remix of “The Imperial March,” took a full year to program and six weeks to assemble onto the house. Matt Johnson, the owner of Living Light Shows …

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Is Malala appearing on David Letterman’s new show?

David Letterman has been planning to return to TV but it looks like he’s working on something big. The ex TV host is working on a six episode Netflix talk show series that has been kept under wraps so far. While there may have been rumors of Barack Obama being guest number 1, TMZ found out about guest number 2. …

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America urges Pakistan to prove responsible stewardship of nukes

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration’s first foreign policy — announced on Monday — urges Pakistan to demonstrate that it’s a “responsible steward” of its nuclear assets and warns that the fear of a nuclear conflict with India remains a key concern in Washington. The new policy also insists that Pakistan take action against militants on its soil and intensify its counterterrorism …

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Brit researcher breaks world record to create tightest knot

MANCHESTER: Braiding polymer strands may lead to new generations of light, super-strong, and flexible materials for fabrication and construction, says record maker of tightest knot, Professor David Leigh. The Chemist, Mr. Leigh, brought home the title recognized by the Guinness World Records this week for his attempt of trying the tightest knot that was published in the journal Science earlier …

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Trump commutes sentence of kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the sentence of an Iowa kosher meatpacking executive who had been sentenced to 27 years in prison for money laundering, marking the first time he’s used the presidential power. The decision to intervene on behalf of Sholom Rubashkin, who ran the Iowa headquarters of a family business that was the country’s largest …

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