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Philippine Storm

The weather disturbance locally named “Usman” hit the country on Saturday. While it did not have powerful winds it brought heavy rains that caused floods and loosened the soil, triggering landslides in some areas.

Many people failed to take necessary precautions because Usman was not strong enough to be rated as a typhoon under the government’s storm alert system, Mr. Yucot said.

Although Usman has since moved westward away from the country, many affected areas were still experiencing seasonal rains, hampering rescue and recovery efforts, he added.

At least 17 people are still missing and more than 40,000 were displaced nationwide due to the storm, the civil defence office said.

The death toll from a storm that struck the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 68 with the number of fatalities expected to climb even higher, civil defence officials said on Monday.

Fifty-seven people died in the mountainous Bicol region, southeast of Manila, while 11 were killed in the central island of Samar, mostly due to landslides and drownings, the officials said.

“I am afraid this [death toll] will still go up because there are a lot of areas we still have to clear,” said Claudio Yucot, Bicol civil defence director.

Cape Town Race Row Erupts

Beaches and other public areas were segregated during the apartheid era. Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato said that the security firm "had no authority to ask anyone to leave Clifton beach". "We will not allow any private organisations to limit access to our public spaces," he said in a statement.

Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi vowed to "go hard on the security company". "This is a property of the state, property of the people and therefore we don't need security companies here," he said.
However, protesters have taken to one of Cape Town's most picturesque beaches after private security guards were accused of ordering black visitors to leave.

The guards, hired by local residents, allegedly cleared the Clifton 4th beach of tourists on Sunday evening. Demonstrators say black beachgoers were unfairly targeted, but the firm denies closing the beach and says it only acts to protect residents from crime.

Earthquake of 6.9 Strikes off Philippines,

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, from the earthquake, which the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said struck 193 km (120 miles) east of the Philippine city of General Santos, at a depth of 60 km (37 miles).

“Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicentre along the coasts of Indonesia and the Philippines,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

An earthquake of 6.9 magnitudes struck off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday and hazardous tsunami waves were possible on parts of the coasts of the Philippines and Indonesia, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Colin O'Brady Becomes the First Person to Cross Antarctica Solo

Colin O'Brady began his trek at the Ronne Ice Shelf, traveled from there to the South Pole, and then crossed to the Ross Ice Shelf, he said. He documented much of the trip on his Instagram page, even as he fought fierce wind storms, subzero temperatures and whiteout conditions. To complete the trip, he needed to cross several mountainous areas and travel over miles of sastrugi, which are hard wavelike ridges in the snow and ice formed by wind.

American endurance athlete Colin O'Brady became the first person to cross Antarctica solo without help after 54 days traversing the barren, frigid continent, he said in an Instagram post.

O'Brady revealed Wednesday that he covered the final 80 miles in one continuous push to the finish line that lasted more than 32 hours.  
“finish line!!! I did it!" he wrote.

A wooden post in the background of the photo O'Brady shared on Instagram, he said, is the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, which marked the end of his trip.

"As I pulled my sled over this invisible line, I accomplished my goal: to become the first person in history to traverse the continent of Antarctica coast to coast solo, unsupported and unaided," he wrote.

"While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced. I was locked in a deep flow state the entire time, equally focused on the end goal, while allowing my mind to recount the profound lessons of this journey."

Three Attackers Began Their Assault With A Car Bomb

The three attackers began their assault with a car bomb, damaging vehicles and buildings, and then opened fire on the ministry. Two managed to get inside and blow themselves up. The other was killed by ministry guards, the source said.

Heavy smoke rose from the building which was surrounded by security forces as people were rushed to the hospital. The health ministry said at least eleven people were wounded. The ministry denounced the attack on its employees, saying: "the Libyan people are waging a war on terrorism on behalf of the world."

At least three people were killed when suicide bombers attacked Libya's foreign ministry in Tripoli on Tuesday, the health ministry said. The assailants were suspected to be Islamic State militants, a security source said.

Previous Pakistan Prime Minister Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

The previous pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 7 years in prison. Upon his arrival from Lahore, he had met party president and younger sibling Shehbaz Sharif at his Ministers’ Enclave residence to discuss the party matters and post-verdict scenario.

Both leaders have formulated the strategy for a power show and also directed the PML-N lawmakers and workers to reach Islamabad to join the power show. Supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and police clashed outside the premises of the court upon Nawaz’s arrival.

The former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was arrested from court premises on Monday after an accountability court sentenced him to seven years in prison and slapped a fine of $25 million Al Azizia corruption case.

However, the former premier was acquitted in Flagship Investment reference. Nawaz is expected to be shifted to Adiala Jail.

Both leaders have formulated the strategy for a power show and also directed the PML-N lawmakers and workers to reach Islamabad to join the power show.

Supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and police clashed outside the premises of the court upon Nawaz’s arrival.

Tsunami Hits Beaches In Indonesia

Indonesia has been hit by a series of natural disasters in recent weeks, including a powerful earthquake that hit the island of Sulawesi on September 28.

The tsunami was likely caused by a combination of underwater landslides due to a volcanic eruption, the country's meteorological, climatological and geological agency said.

A tsunami that hit Pandeglang, Serang and South Lampung, Indonesia, Saturday night, killed at least 43 people and injured at least 582, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of public relations at Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said on television.

Nugroho tweeted on his verfied account that 430 houses and nine hotels were heavily damaged, indicating the tsunami hit residential and tourist areas.

"The Geological Agency detected at 21.03 local time the Anak Krakatau erupted," Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency said, adding that the tsunami struck 24 minutes later.

Poland and Lithuania have Agreed to Build Undersea Power Cable

Poland’s PSE and Lithuania’s Litgrid said they signed an initial cooperation agreement regarding what they called a “Harmony Link”, with an investment decision expected in 2020.

EU Climate Commissioner Arias Canete was quoted in a statement as saying the cross-border project was a clear sign of how political and professional accords were helping the three Baltic states gain full control of their electricity networks.

EU Climate Commissioner Arias Canete was quoted in a statement as saying the cross-border project was a clear sign of how political and professional accords were helping the three Baltic states gain full control of their electricity networks.

The U.S and U.K have Accused China

The US and UK have accused China of violating an agreement relating to commercial espionage.

Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong worked for a company called Huaying Haitai and in association with the Chinese Ministry of State Security, the US court filing says.
The US justice department has indicted two Chinese men accused of hacking into the computer networks of companies and government agencies in Western countries.

The pair are allegedly part of a "hacking group" known as Advanced Persistent Threat 10, affiliated with China's main intelligence service.They have not been arrested.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said that from at least 2006 until 2018, the two extensively hacked into computer systems with the aim of stealing intellectual property and confidential business and technological information from:

at least 45 commercial and defence technology companies in at least 12 US states  managed service providers (MSPs) and their government and commercial clients in at least 12 countries, including the UK, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UAE, as well as the US  
US government agencies

Parts of Government will Close

Parts of the government will close if Congress cannot pass seven spending bills by midnight Friday. Lawmakers scrambled through the afternoon and into the early evening to break an impasse over whether to fund the barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

A temporary government shutdown was all but guaranteed Friday night as Congress struggled to break a stalemate over money for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

But the House adjourned at about 7 p.m. Friday without passing legislation that the Senate supports, and the chamber is not due back until noon Saturday. Then the Senate adjourned at about 8 p.m. without approving a spending bill that the House backs. Senators are expected back at noon Saturday, as well.

Charles Michel Submits Resignation

Charles Michel has told King Philippe of his decision. The king has yet to announce whether he will accept the resignation. Charles Michel, 42, took office in October 2014 after forming a right-wing coalition, becoming at 38 the country's youngest prime minister since 1841.

The Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has offered his resignation just days after one of his main coalition partners quit in a row over migration.

Charles Michel lost the backing of the nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) over his support for a UN migration deal signed in Marrakech last week.

His move follows angry demonstrations in Brussels against the UN pact. He announced his intention to resign on Tuesday following a debate in parliament in which opposition parties refused calls to support his minority government. While Belgium was due to go to the polls next May, his decision now raises the possibility of early elections.

15 Killed in India Caused By Deadly Pesticide Found in Temple Food

According to the World Health Organization, swallowing just 120 milligrams of monocrotophos - the weight of about five grains of rice - can be fatal. More than 100 others were hospitalised after devotees consumed portions of tomato rice blessed at the Hindu temple in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.

The toxic pesticide that a UN agency asked India to ban a decade ago contaminated food that killed at least 15 people at a temple last week, police said on Tuesday.

Laboratory tests showed the presence of monocrotophos - a pesticide that attacks the nervous system - in food and vomit samples.

"We are trying to find out how the food got contaminated and not ruling out foul play. We have detained a few people and are inquiring further," said Chamrajnagar district police superintendent Dharmender Kumar Meena, without specifying the number of arrests.

The same pesticide was responsible for the death of 23 schoolchildren in the eastern state of Bihar in 2013, one of India's worst mass poisonings. That was caused by cooking oil kept in a container previously used to store monocrotophos.

Imelda Cortez Accused of Trying to Abort Rapist's Baby Freed

Twenty-year-old Imelda Cortez became pregnant in 2016 after years of being raped by her 70-year-old stepfather. In April 2017, she gave birth to a baby girl in the toilet. At the time, she did not know she was pregnant, Cortez said. When she went to the hospital, a doctor accused her attempting to have an abortion and reported her to authorities.

While at the hospital, she confided in officials about the years of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather. Doctors and officials doubted her story, but a DNA test proved him to be the father of her child. He now awaits trial for aggravated sexual assault of a minor.

The Salvadoran rape survivor accused of attempting to abort her abuser's baby was released on Monday after a judge found her not guilty on reduced charges in a case that tested the country's strict enforcement of a total ban on abortion.

Cortez was originally charged with attempted aggravated homicide, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Her lawyers insisted that there was no evidence that proved that she induced an abortion or that she intended to harm her baby.

But judges have taken a rigid understanding of the country's abortion laws since the Central American nation fully criminalised abortion in all cases in 1998, sending dozens of women to prison for suspected abortions.

"Protection" for Hafiz Saeed in Leaked Video -Pakistan Minister

Hafiz Saeed was declared a global terrorist by the US and the UN after the 2008 Mumbai attack and was put under house arrest in November 2008 but freed by a court some months later. He carries a USD 10 million American bounties on his head for his role in terror activities.

However, a leaked video featuring Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's junior interior minister has vowed to "protect" Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his party.  
The leaked video showed Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi talking to Milli Muslim League (MML) leaders and when his attention was drawn towards non-registration of Hafiz Saeed's party by the Election Commission (ECP) as a political party due to the US pressure and the ECP's plan to declare it a terrorist organisation, the minister said: "We will not let this happen."

"As long as we (the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf) are in the government all those including Hafiz Saeed who are raising voice for Pakistan and righteousness, we are with them," Mr Afridi said, adding "this is our belief." "I request you to come to the National Assembly and see whether we are supporting those who on the right path or not," he told them.

Ranil Wickremesinghe has been Reinstated as Sri Lanka Prime Minister

Wickremesinghe's reinstatement on Sunday is an embarrassment for President Maithripala Sirisena, who replaced him with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa following differences over policy making and other issues.

The South Asian island country's parliament voted to cut the budget for Rajapaksa and his ministers after Sirisena refused to accept no-confidence votes against Rajapaksa, saying that due process was not followed.

Ranil Wickremesinghe has returned as Sri Lanka's prime minister, likely ending a political crisis that began in late October when he was surprisingly ousted.

However, Rajapaksa failed to win a parliamentary majority and resigned on Saturday as a government shutdown loomed.

Parliament has already passed a confidence vote in Wickremesinghe while it sought his reinstatement as prime minister to defuse a constitutional crisis. On Friday, Sri Lanka's Supreme Court rejected Rajapaksa's bid for an injunction against a lower court's order that barred him and his Cabinet from performing their roles. Many foreign countries refused to recognise Rajapaksa's government.

Google Hearing Sees 'Idiot' Trending

According to Google Trends, "idiot" is currently the number one most searched for term in the US. The word "idiot" has been searched for more than one million times, following testimony typing it into Google Images threw up pictures of President Trump.

The link between the two was mentioned during a congressional grilling of Google chief executive Sundar Pichai.

He was asked whether this was an example of political bias in algorithms, something he denied.

Democratic congresswoman Zoe Lofgren posed the question about why "idiot" highlighted results that included pictures of the president. "How would that happen? How does search work so that would occur?" she asked.

Mr Pichai replied that Google search results were based on billions of keyword ranked according to more than 200 factors, including relevance and popularity. "So it's not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we're going to show the user?" responded Ms Lofgren.

Republican members of congress continued to grill Mr Pichai, with Steve Chabot asking why, when he searched for news about his party's health care bill, only negative news appeared.Mr Pichai replied that equally negative news was highlighted when people used the search term "Google".

The British Prime Minister Withdraws Parliamentary Vote

Theresa May the British Prime Minister may likely withdraw parliamentary vote on her brexit deal. Ms May convened a conference call with senior ministers on Monday to discuss what do with her compromise deal that allowed the United Kingdom to exit while staying in the EU's orbit.

While there was no official word on the vote, two sources told that the vote was being pulled. A reporter said an official close to the cabinet had also confirmed the vote would be pulled.

Ms May is pulling a parliamentary vote set for Tuesday on her Brexit deal, after repeated warnings from lawmakers that the scale of the expected defeat could sink her government.

Ms May and her ministers had repeatedly insisted the vote would go ahead as planned. Her spokeswoman briefed reporters on Monday that there was no plan to pull the vote.


President Donald Trump of the United States of America says chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job at end of year.

John Kelly, who joined the White House as chief of staff in July 2017 after the departure of predecessor Reince Priebus, spent months fighting to establish and maintain control of a White House marked by competing factions and complicated by a president who thrives on keeping everyone guessing.

Kelly's departure comes at a pivotal time for Trump's administration, as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation continues to hand down legal developments concerning people close to the president, and as Democrats prepare to take control of the House -- and the investigative powers that come with it -- in January.

President Donald Trump, announced Saturday that John Kelly will be leaving his post as White House chief of staff at the end of the year, marking the end of a tenuous, sometimes tumultuous tenure that many believed would conclude months ago.

"John Kelly will be leaving, I don't know if I can say retiring but, he's a great guy," the president told reporters. "John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year. We'll be announcing who will be taking John's place, it might be on an interim basis. I'll be announcing that over the net day or two."

The president added, "I appreciate his service very much."

It is unclear who will replace Kelly, although Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, has been lifted as a possible successor.



The incident was met with an outpouring of grief from around the world and there were several moving tributes to the memory of a chairman who took Leicester to the unlikeliest of Premier League titles at odds of 5000/1 in 2016.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch have revealed the cause of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of five people, including Leicester City chairman and owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Moreso, the helicopter picked Srivaddhanaprabha up in the centre of the pitch at Leicester's King Power Stadium after their game against West Ham, as it often did, and took off before losing control shortly after and crashing down in a car park just outside the stadium before becoming engulfed in flames.

The other four victims were Srivaddhanaprabha's staff Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, as well as pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

The report explains that a pin had come loose due to a "build-up of black grease", causing the pilot's pedals to become unable to control the tail rotor, leading to a loss of control of the aircraft and subsequent crash.

"The tail rotor actuator control shaft became disconnected from the actuator lever mechanism,"

"The disconnection stopped the feedback mechanism for the tail rotor actuator from operating and the tail rotor actuator from responding to yaw control inputs.

"This resulted in an uncontrollable right yaw." the report stated all these.


"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died," his son, former President George W. Bush, said in a statement released by family spokesman Jim McGrath.

“George Herbert Walker Bush, was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens." Bush's death comes months after the passing of his wife of 73 years, Barbara.

The president who managed the end of the Cold War and forged a global coalition to oust Iraqi forces from Kuwait, has died at age 94. In a political career that spanned three decades, he lost his bid for re-election and lived to see his son win the Oval Office.

The death of Bush — nicknamed "41" to distinguish himself from son George W. Bush, "43" — was announced in a statement released late Friday.