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by | December 25, 2018 | 05:34

The Catania International Airport airspace was temporarily closed due to the ash in the air , the airport announced. There are no reports of injuries, and so far the spewing ash has not caused any disruptions to residents of nearby towns and cities.

by | December 25, 2018 | 04:48

Afghan security forces went from floor to floor of the building in an operation to rescue over 350 people inside, but had to exercise restraint in their operations against the attackers given the number of employees there, a senior security official said.

by | December 25, 2018 | 03:18

Mr Gait and Ms Kirk said the way they were portrayed initially was "disgusting", adding that close family and friends never doubted their innocence. Around 1,000 flights affecting some 140,000 passengers were cancelled or diverted across three days after drones were spotted inside the perimeter of the UK's second biggest airport on Wednesday.

by | December 25, 2018 | 03:32

The residents living in or near the Opal Tower complex in the city's Olympic Park were moved out on Christmas Eve. Concerns were raised about 2.45pm, with many residents already leaving. A police spokesperson said the building was 38 storeys high. Exclusion zones and traffic diversions are in place. The building sits at the southern end of the Olympic Park Parkview Precinct - part of the "Master Plan 2030" to turn the park into a new town centre with new homes and amenities.

by | December 25, 2018 | 03:38

The spokesman said the four migrants were acting aggressively and had threatened the ship's staff using iron bars. The operator of the cargo ship Grande Tema said the men had been discovered stowed away on the vessel, which traveled from Nigeria to England.

by | December 25, 2018 | 04:09

In Washington on Monday (local time), US District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that North Korea should pay damages to Mr Warmbier's parents, Fred and Cindy. The complaint described in horrific detail the physical abuse Warmbier endured in North Korean custody. Their son was arrested in North Korea for allegedly stealing a political poster, forced to issue an apology on North Korean state TV during what's been called a "kangaroo court" session, and returned home 17 months later blind, deaf, ...

by | December 25, 2018 | 03:17

Morocco has been spared jihadist attacks since 2011, when a bomb attack on a cafe in Marrakesh's famed Jamaa El Fna Square killed 17 people, a lot of them European tourists. It said electronic devices, an unauthorised hunting rifles, knives and materials that could be used for bomb-making were found in the course of the raids.

by | December 25, 2018 | 01:44

Nine hotels along the coast were also damaged. Once popular beach resorts are now debris fields, littered with chunks of concrete and splintered wood. Because of a lack of funds, vandalism to the buoys that were a part of the warning system, and technical faults, there hasn't been an operational tsunami warning system in Indonesia since 2012, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesperson for Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency.

by | December 25, 2018 | 01:42

His remarks capped a hard year for the Catholic church, which began with the pontiff's botched handling of a sexual abuse scandal in Chile and ended with USA state prosecutors uncovering decades of cover-up. In this speech, Pope Francis said clerics sullying each other's reputations "is nothing new in the church's history". "Behind these sowers of discord you nearly always find 30 pieces of silver", he said.

by | December 25, 2018 | 01:09

Trump will remain in Washington for Christmas , his Florida vacation cancelled, first lady Melania Trump forced to fly back into town. Not so, this time. That bill lacks the votes to pass the Senate. Trump is said to agree with the response that the news media has not treated him fairly and that journalists are upset he won the election and are trying to prove he is wrong.

by | December 25, 2018 | 01:50

It acquitted him in a second case, Flagship Investment, in the United Kingdom for lack of evidence. Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the same courtin July, on charges related to the purchase of upscale apartments in London, after the Supreme Court removed him from power.

by | December 24, 2018 | 12:19

Israel has seen the US presence in neighboring Syria as a bulwark against its main enemy Iran and a counterweight to Russian Federation. The withdrawal abruptly ends American influence in the war-ravaged country and gives Turkey an opening to attack USA -backed Kurds in Syria.

by | December 24, 2018 | 11:28

Trump is appointing Mattis' deputy, Patrick M. Shanahan, as acting defense secretary until a permanent replacement is found, he announced on Twitter. "Some thought I shouldn't, I thought I should", Trump tweeted . Sunday, the president made a significant decision: Mattis would not remain in office through a transition period.

by | December 24, 2018 | 11:29

Compared to prior government shutdowns , this one affects fewer agencies. But those instructions have been different every time a shutdown has occurred in the past, she stated. Safety inspectors - such as the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management and the Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration officials, who monitor oil pipelines like the Trans-Alaska Pipeline - will continue their work.

by | December 24, 2018 | 10:00

Volker arrived in Kiev on Tuesday for a two-day visit. Mr Williamson also announced that HMS Echo would deploy to the Black Sea in 2019 to demonstrate the UK's support to ensuring freedom of navigation in the region. Russia said the Ukrainian ships had breached the Russian border, and conducted risky maneuvers in spite of Russia's orders. When it is being said that Russian Federation won't allow the passage of a British ship, I have one remark - has anyone tried it? "The term of martial ...

by | December 24, 2018 | 10:44

Flights to and from Gatwick were operating normally Sunday, airport authorities said, after days of disruptions began Wednesday night when drones were seen over the airfield. Police urged passengers and the public to remain vigilant around the airport, south of London , and report any further drone sightings . A man and a woman arrested over the disruption caused by drones at Gatwick Airport have been released without charge .

by | December 24, 2018 | 09:05

Also Friday, he vetoed the second bill: a six-week abortion ban, dubbed "the heartbeat bill ", which he also vetoed in 2016. On the same day he vetoed the bill, which would have made OH the safest state in the country for pre-born children, Kasich signed a ban on dismemberment abortions.

by | December 24, 2018 | 09:26

ISTANBUL-Nearly 300,000 Syrians have returned to their country after Turkey's two cross-border operations in northern Syria, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu was quoted as saying on Dec.22. The IS prisoners include two Britons accused of being members of the so-called "Beatles" murder cell, responsible for the torture and beheading of Western journalists and aid workers, including American reporters James Foley and Steve Sotloff.

by | December 24, 2018 | 08:57

The video is all the more incredible as the driver survived without any serious injury. Slovakian police have released video of a spectacular single-car crash which shows a BMW being launched into the air off a concrete barrier and hitting the top of a tunnel.

by | December 24, 2018 | 04:47

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the regional leader of Catalonia have agreed to find a solution to the political crisis that has been festering since a failed secession attempt by the region past year. Catalan pro-independence groups blocked roads and clashed with baton-wielding police on Friday in protests against a Spanish government cabinet meeting in Barcelona which separatists branded a provocation.

by | December 24, 2018 | 04:28

The system will linger, bringing rain and snow to the region throughout the day Sunday. Earlier this week heavy rain flooded parts of the country with Dunkeswell Aerodrome in Somerset experiencing 27mm (1.1in) of rain in 24 hours when the area was under a Met Office warning on Wednesday - almost a quarter of its expected monthly average of 121mm (4.8in).

by | December 24, 2018 | 05:35

There are now more than 14,000 USA service members in Afghanistan, primarily to advise and assist Afghan security forces in the fight against Al-Qaeda and other militant groups, according to the reports. Veteran Afghanistan-born U.S. diplomat, Zalmay Khalilzad, too appeared upbeat as he said he held "productive" meetings in the UAE with Afghan and global partners "to promote intra-Afghan dialogue towards ending the conflict".

by | December 24, 2018 | 05:54

An additional 380,000 were to be furloughed, meaning they will stay home without pay. The back and forth across the television airwaves did little to inspire hope that a Christmas season closure of some federal government operations would end later this week, when the House and Senate are scheduled to meet again.

by | December 24, 2018 | 02:28

Frazee was booked on first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder, prosecutors said, with formal charges to follow. "While we have not found Kelsey at this time, information has been developed that has helped to narrow down our search", De Young said.

by | December 24, 2018 | 03:20

At the time, Erdogan placed the blame for the Gaza deaths squarely on Israel, accusing it of being a "terrorist state" that commits "genocide". The spokesman emphasized that Turkey will continue to speak up against Israel's unjust actions against the oppressed Palestinians and its practices that violate global law.

by | December 24, 2018 | 02:34

The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal aimed at allowing President Donald Trump to bar asylum for illegal immigrants. Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals in denying the administration's request .

by | December 23, 2018 | 11:38

The US wants the US Security Council to condemn Iran in a draft resolution being negotiated to back a ceasefire deal in Yemen's Hodeidah region, but Russian Federation has rejected the move, diplomats said on Wednesday. The U.N. envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, had urged rapid deployment of U.N. monitors as "an essential part of the confidence" needed to help implement the December 13 cease-fire agreement between Yemen's government and Houthi Shiite rebels reached in Stockholm, Sweden .

by | December 23, 2018 | 10:40

In June 2018, Barr sent a memo to senior Department of Justice officials, reaching a decisive and controversial conclusion that Trump's interactions with ex-FBI Director James Comey would not constitute obstruction of justice . The former USA attorney general told lawmakers in a Senate questionnaire that if a potential conflict of interest were to arise, he would "consult with the appropriate Department of Justice ethics officials and act consistent with governing regulations".

by | December 23, 2018 | 09:22

Way back in the day, shutdowns usually weren't that big a deal. When Slotkin takes office on January 3 to represent Michigan's 8th congressional district (which includes most of Lansing), she says the new Congress "will need to swiftly re-open (the government) once sworn in".

by | December 23, 2018 | 10:02

The blast was followed by another vehicle bomb a short time later in the same area, which was already packed with police and medics. Mohamed Bulbul, a journalist based in Mogadishu, told Al Jazeera that Mohamed Tulah, the Deputy Governor for security in Somalia's Benadir region, was wounded in the first blast.

by | December 23, 2018 | 08:35

Children call in to NORAD on Christmas Eve to ask about Santa's whereabouts and this year Melania will help answer the calls and share updates on where Old Saint Nick is around the globe. NORAD's Santa Tracker allows people to see Santa's location across a map of the world, including his next stop and his expected arrival time at a selected location.

by | December 23, 2018 | 06:08

At the one-day talks, US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim signed a document in which both committed to work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Follow-up talks have stalled as North Korea insists that US-led global sanctions against the country should be lifted first before any progress in denuclearisation.

by | December 23, 2018 | 07:10

Canada is calling on China to immediately release two citizens it claims were arbitrarily detained there, just days after the arrest of a high-profile Chinese businesswoman. Sources have told Reuters that Kovrig was not allowed to see a lawyer . Kovrig is being held at a secret detention facility where he's questioned three times a day and unable to turn off the light, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing the case.

by | December 23, 2018 | 05:23

He was among a group of Paris youths who left for Iraq in late 2003 and early 2004. "Along with the brothers kuashi it is suspected that he ordered in January 2015 attack on the satirical weekly ( Charlie Hebdo - ed.)", - stated in the message.

by | December 23, 2018 | 06:01

Overall, some 53 journalists died on the job worldwide from January 1 through December 14 - including those killed inadvertently in combat or on other risky assignments - a 13 percent increase from 47 deaths in 2017, said CPJ, a US nonprofit that promotes press freedom.