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Sunday, December 15, 2019

On New Zealand’s volcano, knee-deep ash and boiling water underfoot

December 15, 2019 8:12:19 am

The bodies were more than a quarter-mile from shore, some on higher ground, on a scorched, moonlike landscape shrouded in toxic gas. The troops had about three hours’ worth of oxygen, more than enough, they thought, to complete the mission. But soon after setting foot on White Island, they knew they would need every second they could get.

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COP25: Climate talks headed for breakdown as countries reject draft

December 15, 2019 7:09:41 am

Country after country rejected the draft agreement text that was put together on Saturday morning after a whole night of effort to find a compromise language on contentious issues.

North Korea conducts another test at long-range rocket site

North Korea conducts another test at long-range rocket site

December 14, 2019 5:04:10 pm

The announcement comes as North Korea continues to pressure the Trump administration for major concessions as it approaches an end-of-year deadline set by leader Kim Jong Un to salvage faltering nuclear negotiations.

Former Sudan president Bashir sentenced to two years in detention for corruption

December 14, 2019 4:34:09 pm

The presiding judge said Bashir, 75, who was ousted in April following months of street protests against his three-decade rule, was being sent to the reform facility, rather than a prison, on account of his age.

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Explosion in south Nepal town kills 3, injures another 3

December 14, 2019 2:29:36 pm

The explosion just after midnight at Mahendranagar town also injured another police officer and the son and daughter of the house owner, a local businessman who ran a medicine store.

New Zealand divers attempt to recover last 2 volcano victims

December 14, 2019 9:48:39 am

Police believe one of the missing bodies was sighted in the water close to the island by rescue teams on Tuesday, the day after the eruption.

Not fair that I am being impeached: Donald Trump

It’s not fair that I am being impeached: Donald Trump

December 14, 2019 9:35:55 am

The impeachment against Trump moves to the House of Representatives, where the Democratic Party enjoys a majority. Once passed, the trial for impeachment would be carried out in the US Senate, where Trump's Republican party has a majority.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam heads for Beijing as pressure mounts at home

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam heads for Beijing as pressure mounts at home

December 14, 2019 9:24:31 am

Carrie Lam is due to discuss the political and economic situation in the China-ruled city with Beijing officials during a four-day visit. She will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, local media have said.

Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera named chairman of key Congressional sub-committee

Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera named chairman of key Congressional sub-committee

December 14, 2019 9:15:30 am

As the Chair, he said he will work to ensure that the US is utilising all of its political, military, cultural and economic tools to support American interests, and maintain and enhance the US commitments in Asia and the Pacific.

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UN chief warns against ‘survival of the richest’ on climate

December 14, 2019 8:40:02 am

Antonio Guterres said unrestrained climate change would allow only the “survival of the richest,” while former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the “absence of leadership” from Washington was a big obstacle in the talks.

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COP25: No significant progress made on key issues, talks to continue next year

December 14, 2019 12:05:00 pm

The final decisions from the Madrid talks are likely to address one of the major concerns of developing countries like India by allowing for some mechanism to assess the performance of developed countries in meeting their pre-2020 commitments.

Will Trump debate a Democrat in 2020? He’s not so sure

House panel approves 2 Trump impeachment charges

December 13, 2019 11:00:40 pm

The vote in the House panel was split along party lines, with 23 Democrats voting in favor and 17 Republicans opposed.

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House panel presses toward historic Trump impeachment vote

December 13, 2019 9:37:11 pm

Trump is only the fourth US president to face impeachment proceedings and the first to be running for reelection at the same time.

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India’s 8-yr-old activist at COP25 reminder of world’s obligations to future generations: UN Chief

December 13, 2019 6:34:57 pm

Speaking at the COP25 climate conference here, the young activist who has already spoken in 21 countries on climate change, gave the world a glimpse of her resolve as she urged global leaders to "act now against climate change".

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Washington state seeks to ban sale of ‘assault weapons,’ high capacity magazines

December 13, 2019 2:59:34 pm

If successful, Washington would become the seventh U.S. state to ban assault weapons, which it defines as semi-automatic rifles with at least one military feature, and the ninth to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines.

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US and China near deal that would suspend planned tariffs

December 13, 2019 2:28:47 pm

Since July 2018, the Trump administration has imposed import taxes on $360 billion in Chinese products. Beijing has retaliated by taxing $120 billion in U.S. exports, including soybeans and other farm products that are vital to many of Trump's supporters in rural America.

Rampage in Jersey City was ‘domestic terrorism,’ say officials

December 13, 2019 2:30:17 pm

Investigators believe the two attackers were “fueled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs,” New Jersey’s attorney general, Gurbir S. Grewal, told reporters at a news conference.

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Indian-origin candidates register strong result in UK general election

December 13, 2019 2:20:35 pm

All the Indian-origin MPs from the previous Parliament were successful in clinching their seats, with Gagan Mohindra and Claire Coutinho for the Conservative Party and Navendru Mishra for Labour among the first-timers.

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EU leaves Poland out of 2050 climate deal after standoff

December 13, 2019 1:19:14 pm

The tussle came a day after Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, the new head of the bloc's executive European Commission, proposed a 100-billion-euro ($110 billion) investment plan for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, declaring it Europe's "man on the moon moment".

Senior China diplomat says US seriously damaged hard-won mutual trust

Senior China diplomat says US seriously damaged hard-won mutual trust

December 13, 2019 11:11:38 am

Wang, who is China's foreign minister, said there were deep-seated issues that need to be addressed and resolved between both sides, issues that are bringing increasingly severe challenges to the future of the countries' relationship.