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2017-12-16


The Liberals keep a one-seat majority in the Australian House of Representatives after winning the Bennelong by-election against a Labor candidate.

Thousands of delegates of the African National Congress gather in Johannesburg to elect a president to succeed Jacob Zuma.


2017-12-15

Palestinians and the Israeli army scuffle in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and at the Qalandia border crossing over the status of Jerusalem. Clashes are also reported in Gaza, Ramallah, Hebron and Qalqilya. Last week, six Palestinians died in similar tensions and 2,000 were injured. Today, troops kill two Palestinians in Gaza and two on the West Bank, wounding 160 people with live fire.

Beate Uhse AG, suppliers of the "Pabo" erotica catalog, files for bankruptcy in Germany. Only the holding company restructures in order to secure refinancing with the creditors. Beate Uhse-Rotermund opened the first sex shop in 1962, in Flensburg, under the name "Institut fur Ehehygiene" ("Institute for marriage hygiene").

In an effort to avert strikes, the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair reverses its long-standing policy of refusing to recognize pilots' labour unions.

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes the island of Java causing massive damage along with two confirmed deaths.

A 17-volume report detailing children's experiences of sexual abuse in Australian institutions is published. It concludes that the issue is systemic and "not a case of a few rotten apples". It contains 189 new recommendations, for a total of 406. This report finalizes a five-year Royal Commission inquiry.

The most recent U.S. government statistics show a marked increase in the yearly number of deaths by drug overdose. The number for end May 2017 is 66,324, up 17% when compared to the previous 12-month period.

Former economy minister Alexey Ulyukaev is found guilty of soliciting a $2 million bribe from Rosneft's Igor Sechin. He is sentenced to 8 years in prison. Ulyukayev is the most senior serving official to be arrested in decades. He previously denied the charges, saying he'd been "set up".

Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev was found guilty of soliciting a $2 million bribe and sentenced to eight years in jail on Friday, in a case that has shone a rare light on infighting among the elite ahead of a presidential election.

A Federal District Judge for Eastern Pennsylvania temporarily enjoins the Trump administration from implementing new rules that change the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Washington have also sued the federal government over the rules.

France's Constitutional Court rejects a bill to make visiting terrorist websites a criminal offence, citing "inviolability of freedom of communication and expression" as a reason.

The issue of counter-terrorist measures is a highly debated topic in France, as in recent years the country has been hit by a number of terrorist attacks, with the deadliest one, in November 2015, claiming the lives of 130 people.

European Union leaders agree to allow the next phase of Brexit.


2017-12-14

Colombia's biggest narcotics gang, Clan del Golfo (AGC), declares a cease-fire in effect since December 13. They say the gesture is meant "to contribute to a full, total and lasting peace." The Colombian government says that it welcomes the move but also that it will continue their pressure on the organization.

Colombia's biggest narcotics gang, the paramilitary Clan del Golfo, has announced it has stopped armed actions to support peace efforts aimed at burying a half a century of conflict between the government and rebel forces. Current top breaking Philippine headlines regarding the nation, world...

The Walt Disney Company announces its intent to acquire a large portion of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion, pending regulatory approval.

Disney will pay $52.4 billion for a large portion of the entertainment giant, combining

Israeli company Teva Pharmaceutical, the world's largest generic drug manufacturer, is restructuring in order to pay off debt, and will be cutting its work force by about a quarter.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is to cut its workforce by more than a quarter, give up many of its manufacturing plants and suspend its dividend on ordinary shares in a much-anticipated overhaul to help pay off its debts.

The Federal Communications Commission votes 3-to-2 to dismantle its net neutrality regulations.

A train crashes into a school bus at a level crossing in the Arrondissement of Perpignan in France, killing four pupils on the bus.

A train and a school bus collide in southern France, leaving at least four children dead, officials say.

A firefighter is killed while battling the Thomas Fire, the second death linked to the fourth largest wildfire in California history.

The death occurred Thursday as officials responded to what is now the fourth-biggest California wildfire on record.

A plane crash in Fond-du-Lac, Saskatchewan, causes 25 injuries, some serious. No deaths are reported.

A West Wind Aviation plane carrying 22 passengers and three crew members crashed near the Fond-du-Lac, Sask., airport shortly after takeoff early Wednesday night, according to the RCMP. Several injuries were reported, but no fatalities.

The Supreme Court of Justice of Guatemala rules not to allow the implementation of a usage manual from the Procuratorate of Human Rights for talks and workshops about sexuality due to the document's views on abortion, which, except risk for mother's life, is illegal in the country.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, accuses Iran of violating the 2015 nuclear deal by allegedly supplying the missile fired last month on Saudi Arabia from Yemen. Iran refutes the claim as based on "fabricated" evidence.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley stood amid missile fragments at a military base in Washington Thursday to show what she called proof that Iran is supplying Houthi rebels in Yemen with weapons in “absolute and undeniable violations” of UN resolutions.

The U.S. government cuts aid to some Somali military units for allegedly misusing funds.

Attorneys general for California, New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts sue the Trump Administration's Department of Education for not granting loan relief to students defrauded by for-profit schools.

The main opposition party of Peru, Popular Force, which has the absolute majority in Congress, gives the president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski less than 24 hours to present his resignation. This comes after it revealed that he received large sums of money from the Odebrecht construction company, through a financial advisory firm of his property, in exchange of the concession of important infrastructures for the country.

Michael Dourson, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine professor, withdraws his nomination for an assistant administrator position with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Michael Dourson, Trump's pick to lead the federal toxic chemicals office, has withdrawn his nomination after a backlash over his close ties to industry.