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Secretary of defense says he does not believe Kim Jong Un's missiles are capable of reaching US mainland

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Friday he does not believe that North Korea's current intercontinental ballistic missiles are capable of hitting the continental US.

Tillerson confronts North Korean diplomat at UN

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the UN Security Council on Friday that North Korea must cease all threatening behavior before talks with the US can begin, omitting to mention his earlier offer of talks without preconditions.

Man second to Kim Jong Un gone missing

Reports that North Korea's second most high-ranking official to Kim Jong Un has vanished. CNN's Brian Todd reports on his whereabouts.

Trump lawyers set for key meeting with Russia probe counsel

President Donald Trump's private lawyers are slated to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller and members of his team as soon as next week for what the President's team considers an opportunity to gain a clearer understanding of the next steps in Mueller's probe, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Billionaire drugmaker and wife found dead in their home

Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead in their mansion Friday afternoon, CNN affiliate CTV reports.

Ex-wife of NBA player charged in his slaying

In Memphis, Lorenzen Wright was a favorite son. He grew up there and was a star basketball player in high school and at the University of Memphis.

Chef Mario Batali apologizes for past behavior and offers cinnamon rolls

How about some cinnamon rolls with that apology?

NYPD beefs up presence for the holidays

Days after a man set off a homemade explosive in the heart of the nation's largest subway system, Mark Murphy sat reading on a New York A train and -- like others around him -- displaying no obvious worry.

Uber accused of espionage and hacking

Lindsey Vonn strikes back

She endured a week marred by an injury scare and controversy, but Lindsey Vonn hit back in emphatic fashion to clinch her 78th World Cup win in Val d'Isere.

Predictions for every bowl game

Trump and Fox News feed anti-Mueller feedback loop

White House bans CDC from using 7 words

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the very agency tasked with saving and protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, are now under order by the Trump administration to stop using words including "vulnerable" in 2018 budget documents, according to The Washington Post.

What changes to the child tax credit mean for families

Opinion: Jimmy Kimmel nailed it -- children's health is more important than tax cuts

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides affordable health insurance for children whose families make too much to qualify for Medicare, is in jeopardy, writes Dean Obeidallah

These states could be the next Alabama

Could the next Roy Moore be awaiting Republicans in Arizona or Nevada?

TV host, GOP lawmaker clash

CNN's Chris Cuomo pushes back against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) while discussing the GOP tax bill.

Hear from senator who grilled nominee

Republican Sen. John Kennedy, who questioned President Trump's judicial nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen, said he feels bad for Petersen but it is his job to vet federal judge nominees.

Tired of politics? Check this out

A two-decade-old prophecy comes true. A little brother makes a big move. And Christmas music can sometimes turn you a shade of green. Here's the politics-free side of this week's news.

Kevin Hart spills about cheating on his wife

Man leaves $2,000 tip on $17 breakfast tab

Employees at a diner in Arizona received an early Christmas present in the form of a $2,000 tip a man left on a $17 breakfast tab.

Homeless man rescues 2 children from fire

A homeless man walking in an eastside Las Vegas neighborhood didn't hesitate to act when he saw plumes of smoke coming from an apartment building.

The NFL's biggest underachievers

Cop adopts her baby, but mom's struggle continues

A chance encounter with a homeless pregnant woman addicted to heroin put Albuquerque Police Officer Ryan Holets on one of the most emotional journeys of his life. Now, two weeks after their story touched millions, there's a second chapter.

Toddler snatches baby Jesus during pageant

A little girl takes baby Jesus from the manger during a church Christmas pageant.

Watch 16-year-old find out he got into Harvard

A 16-year-old high school student from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana celebrated with his classmates after opening his acceptance letter to Harvard University.

Refinance rates take a sharp decline

They wrote these letters hoping they would never be read

'Cherish the happy times,' he wrote. Then this

65 years apart: 'I have not forgotten you'

More questions than answers about the day teen died

See inside underwater restaurant

The 5.8 Undersea Restaurant is the world's largest of its type. A $200 prix-fixe menu accompanies a view teeming with coral life.

The week in 29 photos

Take a look at 29 photos of the week from December 8 through December 14.

'The Simpsons' remain our psychics

How in the world does the animated series "The Simpsons" keep accurately predicting the future?

Christian Bale and more to salute CNN Heroes

Emmy award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown regularly turns in three-tissue performances on NBC's "This Is Us." Now he'll help present the emotionally stirring stories of 10 regular people working to improve the world one community at a time.

Cruise control designs could solve traffic jams

GM app lets you order Starbucks while you drive

8 coolest futuristic car features

Why I confronted Jeff Flake on a plane

It's the end of 2017: Here's how not to lose it

The silent majority of America just roared

Democrats, please learn from Birmingham

Want to fix sexual harassment? Don't hire jerks

Reporters and radio and television hosts. Film producers. A US senator and other members of Congress. Candidates for office and leaders of startups. By now, you'd have to be living under a rock not to see the impact the accusations of workplace harassment and assault are having on industry, culture and politics. Time Magazine has named the "Silence Breakers" its person of the year. Politicians have resigned from office or are choosing not to run again. Americans everywhere are driving themselves crazy asking: What do we do next? How can we fix this problem? Do we need new hiring practices, better HR procedures?

Get ready for the year of women

Huge mortgage rate drop. May be last chance to refi.

Find a doctor for chronic liver disease

The fastest way to pay off $10,000 in credit card debt

Trump initiated Putin call in the wake of economic praise

President Donald Trump said Friday that he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to thank him for comments he made about the President's efforts to grow the American economy.

Omarosa: White House lacks diversity

Former Donald Trump aide and reality television star Omarosa Manigault Newman spoke out about a lack of diversity in the White House on ABC's "Nightline."

Surprise inspections find 'significant issues' in treatment of ICE detainees

Long waits for medical care, possible misuse of solitary confinement and inappropriate treatment of detainees were among problems inspectors found at several US immigrant detention facilities, a government watchdog says.


Chile: Landslide destroys village and kills at least five

A search continues for 15 people missing, after five died in a village in the south of the country.

Santa Barbara evacuated as Thomas flares up again

Strong winds drive the Thomas fire - now California's third-biggest on record - towards the coast.

Anita Hill to chair Hollywood harassment commission

The lawyer will head the group after a series of Hollywood sexual abuse and harassment allegations.

Pentagon ran secret multi-million dollar UFO programme

US media reports say documents from the operation describe strange aircraft and hovering objects.

ARA San Juan: Argentina navy chief sacked after loss of submarine

Adm Marcelo Srur is sent into retirement following criticism of the operation to rescue the submarine.

Deaths of Canada billionaire Barry Sherman and wife 'suspicious'

Barry and Honey Sherman were discovered in the basement of their Toronto home by an estate agent.

Woolly mammoth skeleton sold for 548,000 euros in France

The ancient skeleton is thought to be the largest of its kind in private hands.

King Michael: Romania bids farewell to former monarch

Thousands of people and European royals gather for the state funeral in Bucharest.

Hua Yong: Detained Chinese artist's emotional last video

On-the-run artist Hua Yong's message to his daughter as Chinese police close in on him goes viral.

Austria far right: Freedom Party wins key posts in new government

Freedom Party nominees take foreign, interior and defence ministries in new coalition government.

Australia's first same sex wedding takes place

Australia's first same sex wedding takes place, eight days after legislation is passed.

Hunter Harrison: CSX railway boss dies

The US transportation company's shares fell sharply on Friday after CEO's medical leave was announced.

ANC: Zuma pleads for unity as party picks new leader

South Africa's governing party is picking a new head after a bitter leadership battle.

Swati Maliwal: Call to speed up child rape executions in India

A leading women's rights advocate says the government should take tougher action on rapists.

Taking two million photos of Obama

During Obama's eight-year presidency, photographer Pete Souza took close to two million photos.

The caravan of mothers looking for their lost children

The children were migrating from Central America and disappeared while crossing Mexico.

Jacob Zuma and the ANC: Are South Africa's dreams of freedom dead?

One of the most important elections in South Africa’s modern history takes place this weekend, with the pick of the new ANC leader.

Your pictures: Strange but true

Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week it is "strange but true".

Death by smog: London's fatal four-day pea-souper

Thousands died as a thick polluted fog engulfed London for four days in 1952.

One Culture: two generations

A Ghanaian father and son rebuild their relationship after a stint in prison pulled them apart.

'Selfieccino' - Putting your face on a coffee

The selfie cappuccino cafe, where customers can sip on a portrait of their own face.

The house that Edek built - and its suitcase of secrets

The architect, his modernist post-War home, and the suitcase full of secrets he kept inside.

The French apprentices thriving on medieval roots

Hugh Schofield discovers some ancient strengths in a French apprenticeship system.

Belgium finally puts a stop to telegram service

Kevin Connolly looks at the surprising survival of a vintage messaging system in the age of Instagram and Twitter.

How a bullied child is like 'Milkshake Duck'

A video featuring 11-year-old Keaton Jones' anti-bullying plea went viral - but then the tone of the conversation changed.

Janet Jackson: 'The magic is still happening'

As Janet Jackson wraps up her State of the World tour, one fan reflects on the star's impact on her life.

Where reporters face beatings, threats and death

Recent attacks highlight reporting in a nation where the army and militants are often beyond the law.

Are seafood lovers really eating 11,000 bits of plastic per year?

A study has shown evidence of plastic appearing in seafood - but is this a danger to the public?

Wu Yongning: Who is to blame for a daredevil's death?

"Don't click 'like'": The death of "rooftopper" Wu Yongning sparks uneasy soul-searching in China.

Was Delhi gang rape India's #Metoo moment?

Five years after the Delhi gang rape Indian women are taking control of the conversation around gender.

Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Pep Guardiola says Kevin de Bruyne is helping Manchester City become "a better institution" after his display in the win over Spurs.

Bradley Lowery: Award for Sunderland mascot at BBC Sports Personality

Bradley Lowery, the six-year-old Sunderland mascot who died from cancer, will be recognised with the Helen Rollason Award at Sunday's BBC Sports Personality show.

Ashes: Is Steve Smith the best since Donald Bradman?

With stats better than Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Viv Richards, BBC Sport asks if Steve Smith is the best batsman since Donald Bradman.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017: Meet the contenders

Find out more about the 12 nominees for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 award, to be presented on Sunday.

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle United

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says his side "need something in January" after they dropped into the relegation zone with defeat at Arsenal.

Ashes: England 'must show guts' in third Test against Australia

England must "get stuck in" to save the third Test against Australia and keep the Ashes alive, says assistant coach Paul Farbrace.


U.N. council mulls call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

Canadian police probe mysterious deaths of billionaire pharma couple

More than half of Britons now want to stay in EU: poll

Myanmar journalists' group to don black T-shirts over arrest of Reuters' reporters

Hoping to extend maritime reach, China lavishes aid on Pakistan town

Honduran helicopter crash kills six, including president's sister

Mudslide in southern Chile kills five, at least 15 missing

Brazil's Workers Party formalizes support for ex-president Lula

Foreign minister warns UK cannot become 'vassal state' of EU

Odebrecht says dealings with Peru president were legitimate


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The Winners and Losers in the Tax Bill - New York Times

Trump transition lawyer accuses Mueller of unlawfully obtaining emails - Politico

Head of Pentagon's secret 'UFO' office sought to make evidence public - Washington Post

Hundreds of homes in Montecito threatened as winds push Thomas fire toward coast; new evacuations - Los Angeles Times

Words banned at multiple HHS agencies include 'diversity' and 'vulnerable' - Washington Post

Rep. Ruben Kihuen won't seek reelection amid sexual harassment allegations - Washington Post

Hawaii is preparing for a North Korean nuclear attack. Should the Bay Area follow suit? - The Mercury News

Veterans honored during holidays at wreath ceremony in Corona del Mar - OCRegister

Donations pour in after 7-year-old girl's letter to Santa asking for blanket, food - Austin American-Statesman

Bears vs. Lions: Score, results, highlights from Saturday game in Detroit - Sporting News


Rep. Adam Schiff Warns Of GOP Plans To Shutter House's Russia Probe

Rep. Adam Schiff Warns Of GOP Plans To Shutter House's Russia ProbeRepublicans on the House Intelligence Committee may be looking to prematurely shutter the committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a ranking Democrat warned Friday.

GOP Sen. Kennedy: Trump's nominee should have been able to answer my questions

GOP Sen. Kennedy: Trump's nominee should have been able to answer my questionsLouisiana Sen. John Kennedy said that he has supported nearly every one of President Trump’s picks, but that he doesn’t support them blindly: “I ask questions that I expect them to be able to answer. In doing so, I’m just doing my job.”

Ryan Zinke Fires 4 Department Of Interior Employees For Harassment

Ryan Zinke Fires 4 Department Of Interior Employees For HarassmentInterior Secretary Ryan Zinke fired four senior staffers at the Department of the Interior for inappropriate conduct in response to a bombshell employee survey revealing widespread harassment within the agency.

Roy Moore has a Jewish lawyer, so...

Roy Moore has a Jewish lawyer, so...Rachel Maddow shares video of an odd boast by Roy Moore's wife, Kayla Moore, that couple employs a Jewish lawyer, so accusations that they are anti-Semites could not be true.

Friday's Morning Email: What The Net Neutrality Repeal Means For You

Friday's Morning Email: What The Net Neutrality Repeal Means For YouTOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday?

One of Kim Jong Un?s top generals has Vanished

One of Kim Jong Un’s top generals has VanishedSouth Korean intelligence agencies are reporting that a top North Korean general may have been executed, despite being seen by Kim Jong Un’s side as recently as September.

A Man Accused of Driving into a Crowd of Protestors Faces a First-Degree Murder Charge

A Man Accused of Driving into a Crowd of Protestors Faces a First-Degree Murder ChargeThe Aug. 12 attack in Charlottesville left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead and dozens injured

The Latest: Penn State says it promotes safety in Greek life

The Latest: Penn State says it promotes safety in Greek lifeBELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury report on excessive drinking in Penn State's fraternity system (all times local):

The best days to get Your Last-Minute Gifts

The best days to get Your Last-Minute GiftsConsumer spending in November was more than double what was expected, but it was a tumultuous year in retail, so companies are tacking on last-minute deals to end the season on a high note.

Trump Speaks At FBI Graduation After Trashing Bureau's 'Worst In History' Reputation

Trump Speaks At FBI Graduation After Trashing Bureau's 'Worst In History' ReputationPresident Donald Trump on Friday told graduates of an FBI training program in Quantico, Virginia, he’s a “loyal champion” of police, days after he attacked the bureau and claimed its “reputation is in tatters.”

U.S. judge to lift house arrest for former Trump campaign manager Manafort

U.S. judge to lift house arrest for former Trump campaign manager ManafortBy Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge on Friday said she would release former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort from house arrest once he meets certain conditions, expressing satisfaction that the $10 million he agreed to forfeit would be available if he ever failed to appear for court proceedings. In her order, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said to be released from home confinement, Manafort must execute documents agreeing to forfeit four properties, including two in New York, one in Alexandria, Virginia, and his Florida home. Manafort is charged with conspiring to launder money and failing to register as a foreign agent working on behalf of the government of Ukraine's former pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych.

Australia's Child Sex Abuse Commission Exposes National Tragedy Of Systemic Violence

Australia's Child Sex Abuse Commission Exposes National Tragedy Of Systemic ViolenceSYDNEY ― Australia’s child sex abuse Royal Commission on Friday handed over its final report to the government in a move that increases pressure on lawmakers, religious groups and civic institutions to immediately adopt more than 400 recommendations.

Are the U.S. Marines Dying?

Are the U.S. Marines Dying?The U.S. Marine Corps is arguably the best amphibious-warfare force in the world. The issue is that relentless overseas commitments have strained marine resources so badly that it can’t conduct the other training that it needs to maintain its combat edge. A review of readiness data from 2014 to 2016 revealed that “Marine Corps units were unable to fully accomplish training for other amphibious operations priorities,” according to the GAO report.

Jamie Oliver Says He'd Do This Disgusting Thing If He Had To Cook For Donald Trump

Jamie Oliver Says He'd Do This Disgusting Thing If He Had To Cook For Donald TrumpJamie Oliver isn’t planning on cooking a meal for President Donald Trump anytime soon.

Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters?

Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters?An estimated 40,000 people traveled from around the world to take up arms for the Islamic State group as it occupied territory in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate in 2014. How many have gone elsewhere to fight?" said Seth Jones, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corporation. International counterterror groups are putting huge efforts into answering those questions, working hard to name, count and track IS foreign fighters.

Florida UPS Delivery Man Steals Package off Porch

Florida UPS Delivery Man Steals Package off PorchPolice delivered Jason Mohn to prison and charged him with grand theft.

2-Year-Old Steals Baby Jesus From Manger During Nativity Pageant

2-Year-Old Steals Baby Jesus From Manger During Nativity PageantOne eager Tennessee 2-year-old took matters into her own hands during her church’s recent Nativity pageant

What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy Hook

What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy HookOn the morning of Nov. 14, staff members at Rancho Tehama Elementary School in Corning, California, heard the sound of a single gunshot in the vicinity of the campus.

AP PHOTOS: Best of 2017 for the Middle East

AP PHOTOS: Best of 2017 for the Middle EastIn 2017 the Islamic State group was driven from its last strongholds in Iraq and Syria at an enormous cost, Pakistanis broke their silence to speak about sexual abuse in Islamic schools, and the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ignited widespread protests.

France cautious over U.S. 'evidence' on Iran weaponry in Yemen

France cautious over U.S. 'evidence' on Iran weaponry in YemenFrance reacted cautiously on Friday to U.S. evidence which allegedly proved Iran supplied weapons to Houthi militia in Yemen, saying it was still studying information at its disposal and the United Nations had yet to draw any conclusions. The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Houthis, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions. The arms included charred remnants of what the Pentagon said was an Iranian-made short-range ballistic missile fired from Yemen on Nov. 4 at King Khaled International Airport outside Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, as well as a drone and an anti-tank weapon recovered in Yemen by the Saudis.

Missing From Amazon's Search For A Second Home: The Climate Effects

Missing From Amazon's Search For A Second Home: The Climate EffectsWhen Amazon kicked off a bidding war for its second North American headquarters in September, the company laid out a vision of its perfect suitor.

Matt Lauer's First Accuser Lives 'In Constant Fear' Of Being Identified

Matt Lauer's First Accuser Lives 'In Constant Fear' Of Being IdentifiedMatt Lauer’s original accuser is “terrified” that her identity will become public.

So, The FCC Repealed Net Neutrality. What Does That Mean For You?

So, The FCC Repealed Net Neutrality. What Does That Mean For You?If you woke up with a chill in your bones and a faint sense of dread, it could be this: On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission decided to give internet service providers, like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, the power to meddle with your internet traffic.

Trump's much-touted tax cut on track for passage in US Congress

Trump's much-touted tax cut on track for passage in US CongressA major tax cut promised by US President Donald Trump was on track for final passage next week, after two previous holdouts in his Republican party said Friday they would vote yes on the legislation. Republicans in both houses of the US Congress, where they hold majorities, each adopted their own versions of the controversial tax code overhaul, and the final compromise text was released late Friday. Trump "looks forward to fulfilling the promise he made to the American people to give them a tax cut by the end of the year," she added in a statement.

Hong Kong 'milkshake murderer' challenges life sentence

Hong Kong 'milkshake murderer' challenges life sentenceAmerican Nancy Kissel, dubbed the "milkshake murderer" for one of Hong Kong's most notorious crimes, was back in court Friday to challenge her life sentence for murdering her banker husband. Kissel lost an appeal in 2014 against a conviction for drugging her husband -- a senior executive at US bank Merrill Lynch -- with a sedative-laced strawberry drink before clubbing him to death with a lead ornament in their luxury home in the southern Chinese city. With bobbed hair and wearing glasses, she took copious notes throughout the judicial review hearing into her case at Hong Kong's High Court on Friday.

Joanna Gaines on What Really Happened on Her Snowy Magnolia Cover Shoot: 'I Was Slowly Sinking'

Joanna Gaines on What Really Happened on Her Snowy Magnolia Cover Shoot: 'I Was Slowly Sinking'PLUS: See the larger-than-life birthday present Cardi B got fiancé Offset for his 26th birthday blowout

Barack Obama Dressed Up As Too-Cool-For-School Santa For His Latest Appearance

Barack Obama Dressed Up As Too-Cool-For-School Santa For His Latest AppearanceThe former president dropped by a Boys & Girls Club branch in D.C. in a statement outfit — with a festive touch.

Female candidate quits Kansas race over 2005 harassment suit

Female candidate quits Kansas race over 2005 harassment suitTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A female congressional candidate dropped out of the Kansas race Friday over a 12-year-old lawsuit accusing her of sexually harassing a male subordinate, an unusual case of a woman facing the sort of misconduct allegations that have forced numerous men out of their jobs in recent weeks.

South Africa's ANC aims to announce new leader on Sunday

South Africa's ANC aims to announce new leader on SundayBy Alexander Winning and Mfuneko Toyana JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) expects to announce Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Sunday, a spokesman said, concluding a bruising leadership battle that threatens to tear it apart before a 2019 election. The race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former cabinet minister and ex-wife of President Zuma, the two frontrunners to replace Zuma, is too close to call. The stakes are high because the ANC's electoral dominance means whoever wins the party's top job is likely to become the next president of South Africa after the next national election.

Mario Batali Apologizes For Sexual Harassment With Cinnamon Rolls

Mario Batali Apologizes For Sexual Harassment With Cinnamon RollsMario Batali, the former host of “The Chew” who stands accused of sexual misconduct, issued an apology to fans on Friday through his newsletter and inexplicably ended it with a recipe for cinnamon rolls.

Kelly Cutrone Says Russell Simmons Tried To Rape Her In 1991

Kelly Cutrone Says Russell Simmons Tried To Rape Her In 1991Kelly Cutrone is the most recent woman to accuse hip-hop producer Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct.

93-Year-Old Woman Spends 2 Nights In Jail After Eviction From Senior Housing

93-Year-Old Woman Spends 2 Nights In Jail After Eviction From Senior HousingFlorida authorities released an elderly woman from jail on Thursday after police arrested her for allegedly not paying rent at the senior housing community where she had lived since 2011.

Pentagon fears dangers of 'risky flying' by Russian pilots in Syria

Pentagon fears dangers of 'risky flying' by Russian pilots in Syria  The Pentagon is voicing growing alarm that the risky flying of Russian pilots in Syria could lead to a mishap – or even the nightmare scenario of a US jet shooting down a Russian warplane. Defense officials this week highlighted several recent close calls with Russian planes, including one Wednesday, when a pair of US F-22s intercepted two Russian jets over a part of Syria in which the Pentagon says they are not meant to be operating. The uptick in incidents comes as remaining operations by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria have shrunk down to an area of only about 15 square miles (39 square kilometers) around Albu Kamal in eastern Syria, by the Iraq border. Coalition forces are giving air support to local Kurd and Syrian Arab partner troops on the ground as they root out remaining IS fighters east of the Euphrates River. Under a verbal agreement, the Russians, who support President Bashar al-Assad, are supposed to stay to the west. FAQ | Russian strikes in Syria Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart, an Air Force spokesman in the Middle East, outlined a string of instances where Russian fighter jets flew east of the Euphrates without notifying the coalition. On November 15, two US A-10 Warthog ground-attack planes nearly collided head on with a Russian Su-24 Fencer that passed within only 300 feet (90 meters) of the American planes – a mere whisker in aviation terms. One A-10 pilot had to "aggressively execute a defensive maneuver to avoid a midair collision," Pickart said in an email to AFP. Then on November 17, two F-22s intercepted an armed Russian Su-24 that flew over coalition and partner forces three times and failed to respond to radio call. "The F-22s intercepted this pilot and were in a position to fire," Pickart said. "Luckily our pilots showed restraint, but given the actions of the Su-24 aircraft could have reasonably been interpreted as threatening to US forces, our pilots would have been well within our rights to engage." Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said it was not clear if the incidents were a mistake due to inexperience, or the product of boisterous young pilots "dangerously feeling their oats." Jim Mattis, US Defence Secretary Credit: Matthias Schrader /AP "I don’t expect perfection, but I don’t expect dangerous maneuvers either and so we’ll sort this out," Mattis told Pentagon reporters Friday. "Right now, I cannot tell you if it’s sloppy airmanship, rambunctious pilots or people who are trying to do something that is very unwise." Since Moscow entered the Syria war in late 2015, Russia and the United States have been using a special "deconfliction" hotline to communicate about operations occurring in similar locations. Officials use the line constantly. A shootdown of a Russian jet, or a midair collision, could suddenly and dramatically shift the stakes in the knotted Syria conflict and open the door to a retaliatory measures by the Russians. "The coalition’s greatest concern is that we could shoot down a Russian aircraft because its actions are seen as a threat to our air or ground forces," Pickart said. "We are not here to fight the Russians and Syrians – our focus remains on defeating ISIS. That said, if anyone threatens coalition or friendly partner forces in the air or on the ground, we will defend them." At one point during Wednesday’s incident, the US F-22 Raptor stealth fighters deployed chaff and flares to convince the Russian Su-25s to leave the area, and one US pilot had to aggressively maneuver to avoid a midair collision, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said. During and following the encounter, coalition leaders contacted Russian officers on a special hotline to try to calm the situation and avert a "strategic miscalculation," Pahon said. More than 340,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the Syrian war, and millions have been displaced.  

6.5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java island

6.5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java islandA strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's main island of Java late Friday, leaving at least one person dead and rattling nerves in the capital Jakarta. There was no immediate indication of a tsunami, but authorities said they had issued a warning following the tremor, which struck a coastal region some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the capital. National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a 62-year-old had died in the Ciamis region in West Java after becoming trapped in a collapsed house.

Trump on cusp of tax reform victory as wavering Republicans pledge support

Trump on cusp of tax reform victory as wavering Republicans pledge supportSenators Marco Rubio and Bob Corker had both expressed reservations about the landmark legislation, but they said they were now on board. Mr Corker, a Tennessee Republican who has feuded publicly with Donald Trump, said he would back the legislation despite concerns about the measure inflating the deficit. A Congressional Budget Office analysis of a version of the legislation found it would add some $1.4 trillion to the deficit, but supporters argue surging economic growth would offset that.

Prominent 9th Circuit judge faces sex misconduct inquiry

Prominent 9th Circuit judge faces sex misconduct inquirySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that he has opened a misconduct inquiry into a judge accused of inappropriate sexual conduct and comments by six women.

Report: Music Promoter Offered To Set Up Putin, Trump Meeting During Campaign

Report: Music Promoter Offered To Set Up Putin, Trump Meeting During CampaignA British music promoter offered to set up a meeting for then-candidate Donald Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the presidential campaign, according to The Washington Post.

Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia: sources

Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia: sourcesBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday. Masri's detention, which follows the biggest purge of the Saudi kingdom's affluent elite in its modern history, has sent shockwaves through business circles in Jordan and the Palestinian territories, where the billionaire has major investments. A Saudi citizen of Palestinian origin, Masri was detained last Tuesday hours before he was planning to leave after he chaired meetings of companies he owns, according to the sources.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500The boss is in the house.

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This WeekKids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.

U.S. Prosecutors Are Rushing to Cash In on a Drug-Ring's Seized Bitcoins

U.S. Prosecutors Are Rushing to Cash In on a Drug-Ring's Seized BitcoinsThe bitcoin cache was worth less than $500,000 a year ago, but has exploded in value to about $8.5 million

California Has Nearly Hit A Record On Wildfire Spending -- Halfway Through Its Budget Year

California Has Nearly Hit A Record On Wildfire Spending -- Halfway Through Its Budget YearCalifornia’s state firefighting agency is within days of spending more to fight fires in a single year than ever before, and the fiscal year still has six months to go.

Unilever selling margarines for 6.8 bn euros to US giant KKR

Unilever selling margarines for 6.8 bn euros to US giant KKRAnglo-Dutch food and consumer giant Unilever said Friday it had reached a 6.8-billion-euro ($8-billion) deal with US private equity giant KKR to sell its margarines business. Unilever "has received a binding offer from KKR to purchase its global spreads business for 6.825 billion euros on a cash-free, debt-free basis," the company said in a statement. After spurning a takeover by US rival Kraft Heinz earlier this year, Unilever announced in April it would spin-off its margarines, which include such brands as Flora, Blue Band and Rama, as part of a restructuring plan.

After going missing for six years, our son will be with us this Christmas

After going missing for six years, our son will be with us this ChristmasChristmas Charity Appeal banner 2017 Only once in the six years that Matthew was missing did I fear the worst. A friend texted saying she was thinking of me, ‘after what the police have found’. I turned on the news: a body had been discovered near where we live in Kent. My heart nearly stopped when they estimated he’d been dead four years, exactly as long as Matthew had been gone. I called a reporter who, thankfully, confirmed it wasn’t him. Somehow I knew he was alive, and that my husband Jim and I would find him.  Matt was a lovely child. He was into football, a popular lad. But at 24, out of the blue, he had a psychotic episode and ended up being sectioned.  After a stay in hospital, he seemed better. He went back to work as a roofer. Then one Friday in 2010 he went to see a friend in London. I remember saying, ‘Have a good weekend, don’t forget work on Monday. Love you.’ And that was that. When he didn’t come home on Sunday we were concerned but assumed he’d had one too many beers. We left him a message and on Monday I went to my job at the prison service and Jim to his as a firefighter. By Wednesday I said to Jim, ‘I know it sounds silly but I’m going to report him missing.’  The relief at finding him alive was indescribable. But it was the start of a new journey… The police searched his bedroom and found his phone – the one we’d been messaging. His driving licence, passport and birth certificate were missing, plus £1,700 in cash that we thought was to fix his car.     His friends hadn’t seen him, and one created a Facebook group seeking information; within hours it had 900 members. We’d look at it night and day and follow up every lead. We’d go anywhere he’d been spotted. The search dominated our lives.  I don’t know what we’d have done without the Missing People charity. They supported us and helped keep Matt in the public eye, putting photos of him on billboards and in The Big Issue.  Telegraph Christmas Appeal 2017 | What are the charities? Days turned into years. But we never lost hope. Each Christmas, I put presents for him under the tree. And we left his room exactly as it was when he left.  Then, in May of last year, the police told us Matt might have been found. He’d been picked up by police in Spain, after behaving oddly. After an agonising two-week wait while police confirmed it was him, we learnt he was in a secure unit in a Madrid hospital. The flight was one of the worst journeys of our lives: the anticipation was unbearable.  Our reunion wasn’t the joyful one we’d imagined: he didn’t want to see us. When he eventually agreed, we were shocked – he was emaciated with long hair and a beard. After 10 minutes, he wanted us to leave.  Matt in 2010, before he went missing The relief at finding him alive was indescribable. But it was the start of a new journey, which is in some ways harder. It took us three weeks to get him back to the UK. At another secure unit he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and stabilised with medication. A year ago he moved to respite care. We see him weekly and there’s such an improvement in his appearance and well-being. I know he’s progressed, as I get a cuddle from him now when I see him. The first time that happened, I was a blubbering wreck. He’ll never be 100 per cent and I have to accept the man he’s become, but we count our blessings. He’s alive and well and I know exactly where he is. Matthew won’t be with us on Christmas Day – he prefers Boxing Day, as there are fewer people, but we’ll be making the most of it. Given that the Christmas before last we didn’t know if he was alive or dead, this is 100 per cent better. As told to: Victoria Young To donate to Missing People or any of the Telegraph’s Christmas charities, call 0151 284 1927 or visit telegraph.co.uk/charity

Former on-air personality says ESPN was hostile workplace

Former on-air personality says ESPN was hostile workplaceBRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A former ESPN personality is accusing the network of trying to silence her and other women who assert they were subjected to a sexually hostile work environment.

Trump Delivers A Favor For The Fast-Food Industry

Trump Delivers A Favor For The Fast-Food IndustryPresident Donald Trump’s picks for the National Labor Relations Board overturned a major precedent from the Obama years Thursday, delivering a blow to labor unions and a big win to McDonald’s and other large corporations.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa says elections must be credible

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa says elections must be credibleZimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday the ruling ZANU-PF party should aim to always hold free and fair elections, a day after saying the polls could be held sooner than expected. The international community will be closely watching the next elections in 2018. Mnangagwa, who became leader of the southern African nation last month after the military and ruling ZANU-PF turned against Robert Mugabe who had ruled the country for 37 years, was addressing a special congress in downtown Harare.

Doctor accused of killing girlfriend's unborn baby by spiking her drink with abortion pill

Doctor accused of killing girlfriend's unborn baby by spiking her drink with abortion pillA doctor has been accused of spiking his girlfriend’s drink with an abortion pill to kill their unborn baby. Sikander Imran had moved from Rochester, New York, to Arlington, Virginia, for a new job when he discovered his on-off partner of three years, Brook Fiske, was pregnant. “He didn’t want to have a baby so he tried to talk me into having an abortion, which I didn’t want to do,” Ms Fiske told local Rochester TV station WROC.

What Does A Healthy Relationship Look Like? Experts Weigh In

What Does A Healthy Relationship Look Like? Experts Weigh InA healthy relationship doesn’t just happen by accident.

Virginia Woman Mauled To Death By Her Own Dogs

Virginia Woman Mauled To Death By Her Own DogsThe body of a 22-year-old woman was found after apparently being mauled to death by her dogs in what is being described as a quote “grisly” scene


Iran breaks ban on live Western music ? but don't expect any dancing

This week marked something of a watershed, with German electronic musician Schiller bringing his pulsating beats to awestruck audiences in the capital Tehran.

The U.S. bought this anti-tank weapon. Within 59 days, ISIS had it.

Weapons bought by the U.S. military ended up in the hands of ISIS fighters within two months, according to a report published by Conflict Armament Research.

Putin's rival or stooge? Daughter of president's mentor runs against him

It's hard to find a public figure in Russia more divisive than Sobchak. When the 36-year-old launched her bid for president, it came as a surprise to many.

Could Russia cut off internet to NATO countries?

Russia could try to cut global underwater communications cables potentially triggering catastrophic repercussions for the West, Britain's military chief warned.

Ancient mammoth skeleton sells for $645,000

An ancient and nearly intact mammoth skeleton has sold to the CEO of Soprema at a French auction house for nearly $645,000.

500 people aboard 2 Royal Caribbean cruises fell sick

Symptoms were reported by more than 500 people aboard two cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean in the last month.

Canadian police probe 'suspicious' deaths of billionaire couple

Barry Sherman, founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, and his wife, Honey, were found dead in their mansion on Friday.

Earthquake hits Indonesia, at least 2 dead

The earthquake that shook the densely-populated Java island struck just before midnight Friday and had a reported magnitude of 6.5.

Tillerson retreats on offer of unconditional North Korea talks

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stepped back from previous comments and said North Korea must earn the right to negotiate with the United States.

Defense strikes blow in U.S. sanctions trial of Turkish banker

Turkish banker Hakan Atilla has taken the stand in his own defense to contradict testimony by star prosecution witness Reza Zarrab.

U.S. considers ending rule allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work

The federal government is considering the end of a rule granting employment authorization to certain holders of H-4 visas, granted to spouses of H-1B recipients

Save the date! Royal wedding day revealed

Harry will marry Meghan Markle on Saturday May 19 at St. George's Chapel, a 15th-century building on the ground of Windsor Castle, near London.

Prosecutor: Not enough evidence yet to charge officer who shot bride

County attorneys do not yet have enough evidence to file charges against a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian bride-to-be in July, the prosecutor handling the case said on Wednesday.

Four children killed when train hits French school bus

A regional train hit a school bus on a crossing in southern France on Thursday, killing four children and critically injuring 11 other people on the bus, the French interior ministry said.

Will he testify? Time for Turkish banker in sanctions trial to decide

Turkish banker Hakan Atilla listened to gold trader Reza Zarrab testify against him for seven days in a U.S. sanctions case.

Bigger wine glasses equal more boozing

Those memes showing giant wine glasses may be reflecting reality: wine glasses are getting bigger.

Bermuda to ban same-sex marriage just months after it was legalized

The Bermuda Senate gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a measure that would permit only domestic partnerships in the British island territory.

Putin praises Trump, says collusion claims are 'invented'

With approval ratings topping 80 percent, an upbeat Putin also pledged to create a "modern" Russia if re-elected as president in March.

At least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar, says aid group

The estimate of the number of deaths announced by Doctors Without Borders compares to Myanmar's government figure of 400 in September.

What did we all search Google for this year? Hint: Not Trump

Not a single political topic made the list of the top 10 Google searches around the world in 2017 — not even the golden-haired elephant in the room.

Jailing of journalists worldwide hits record high

For the second straight year, Turkey accounted for more than a quarter of all journalists imprisoned in 2017, the Committee to Protect journalists said.

Abbas says UN should replace U.S. as Mideast mediator

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday called on the U.N. to replace the U.S. as Mideast mediator, after President Trump's controversial shift on Jerusalem.

From hospital bed, NYC bomb suspect hears charges

Akayed Ullah, 27, is charged with five federal counts in connection with Monday's failed subway bombing.

Putin's Syria victory lap is premature. Here's why.

"It's an over-simplification when people say the war is ending," said Haid Haid, a consulting research fellow at London's Chatham House think tank.

21 Rohingya women detail horrific rapes by Myanmar soldiers

The use of rape by Myanmar's armed forces has been sweeping and methodical, The Associated Press found in interviews with Rohingya Muslim women and girls.


The Composer Who Owns Christmas

Choirs around the world sing John Rutter’s works, but their tuneful accessibility has kept him from a place in the pantheon of serious composers.

European Far-Right Leaders, Meeting to Condemn the E.U., Are Greeted With Boos

Marine Le Pen was at a conference of the Europe of Nations and Freedom outside Prague that drew protesters who shouted “Shame” and denounced populism and xenophobia.

In Iran Sanctions Case, a Clash Over Turkish Banker’s Role

Mehmet Hakan Atilla is on trial in Manhattan over a multimillion-dollar scheme to evade American sanctions against Iran.

Rajoy Hopes to Return Catalonia to ‘Normality’ With an Abnormal Election

A long-distance campaign for re-election by the ousted Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, highlights the unorthodox circumstances of the Dec. 21 vote.

World’s Most Expensive Home? Another Bauble for a Saudi Prince

A $300 million chateau is one of a string of extravagant purchases for a prince who is cracking down on ill-gotten wealth and preaching fiscal austerity.

A Chateau Fit for a Crown Prince

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, heir to the Saudi throne, who is leading a crackdown on corruption by the Saudi elite, bought the lavish Château Louis XIV.

Exodus of Foreign Workers Leaves British Employers in the Lurch

Britain’s plan to leave the European Union has prompted thousands of Europeans to return to the Continent, forcing British employers to compete for a diminishing pool of workers.

In Italy, #MeToo Is More Like ‘Meh’

Accusations of sexual harassment and assault have not been received with the same uproar and solidarity as in the United States and beyond.


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