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A study published in "Nature" and the "Astrophysical Journal Letters" describes the discovery of the most distant supermassive black hole ever, around 13.1 billion light years away.

We’re seeing how it looked when the Universe was a toddler

Government Accountability Office

The U.S. Government Accountability Office starts a study into the (currently unregulated) length of freight trains.

The investigative arm of the U.S. Congress is launching a probe into the safety of increasingly long freight trains being operated by CSX Corp (CSX.O), Union Pacific Corp (UNP.N) and other major U.S. railroads to boost profitability, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said.

Politics of Russia

President Vladimir Putin announces his participation in the 2018 presidential election.

"If I take such a decision..."

Ukrainian crisis

Police raid the wrong tent of an activist camp in Kiev and fail to arrest the stateless opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili. A police source says police are preparing a special operation and will be unleashed "in the near future".

On Tuesday, Ukraine’s prosecutor-general gave Saakashvili an ultimatum emphasizing that he had 24 hours to appear before law enforcement officers

Politics of Lebanon

The Lebanese cautiously welcome a political agreement that enables Prime Minister Saad Hariri to officially withdraw his unexpected November 4 resignation.

It is welcome news that Prime Minister Saad Hariri has withdrawn his resignation, which alone promises good tidings for the Lebanese, especially during the festive season.

Crime in France

A French court does not order the custody of Suleyman Kerimov but sets a EUR40 million bail and tighter controls. Kerimov was arrested on November 21 in a money laundering and tax fraud case.

The court has increased the bail for the Russian senator from 5 mln to 40 mln euros

Sanctions against North Korea

An Institute for Science and International Security study indicates that (between March 2014 and September 2017) a total of 49 countries violated United Nations sanctions against North Korea to varying degrees.

A new report names 49 countries that have violated international sanctions against North Korea in the last three years.

Suspected sonic attack on the United States Embassy in Havana

Investigators discover brain abnormalities in the victims. They are now carefully not using the term "sonic" to describe the attacks and there is growing skepticism it was caused by a sonic device, with the sound heard by victims being a by-product of the brain damage. The white matter of the brains showed changes which doctors believe could not be caused by sound.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors treating the U.S. embassy victims of suspected attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned.

Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

U.S. President Donald Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and says the U.S. starts the process of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The United States Department of State issues an internal travel warning to Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank until December 20. The U.S. embassy in Amman temporarily suspends routine public services and stops embassy travel around Jordan. Embassies in Berlin and London issue vigilance warnings to U.S. citizens.

The U.S. State Department issued a cable to all its diplomatic posts worldwide on Wednesday asking its officials to defer non-essential travel to Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank until Dec. 20 according to a copy of the cable seen by Reuters.


UNICEF reports that as many as 17 million babies worldwide face potential brain development issues due to their exposure to toxicity levels more than six times higher than considered safe in air.

Toxic air is putting the brain development of millions of infants under one at risk, Unicef says.

Weinstein effect

The "Silence Breakers", including those involved in the #MeToo movement, are named "Time" magazine's 2017 Time Person of the Year.

NEW YORK (AP) — The "Silence Breakers" — those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment — have been named Time magazine's Person of the Year.


Michelin unveils its first Michelin Guide for Bangkok, Thailand, which is the sixth city in Asia and second in Southeast Asia after Singapore.


Finland celebrates its 100 years of independence.

Finland's main official centenary celebrations are in Helsinki and Kuopio.

New York City

The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art is brought to reply to an online petition signed by thousands of people. The museum refuses to stop displaying a Balthus painting, "Therese revant".

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has refused to remove a 1938 painting by the artist known as Balthus that depicts a young girl in what some are saying is a sexually suggestive pose.

Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War

President Vladimir Putin declares victory over the Islamic State terror group across both banks of the river Euphrates.

Combat operations at this stage and on this territory are over, according to the Russian Defense Ministry