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The tax plan's transformation into law crystallizes the contrast between Trump's populist rhetoric and the private fortune he made by marketing condos, hotels and golf resorts to a wealthy clientele. Here are a few takeaways from the new law. "This is real relief and people are going to see this in their paycheck before too long". It makes the tax code more complicated and increases the ability of rich people to game the system .
  • Nikki Haley Lays Down Law To UN On Anti-US Jerusalem Vote

    Nikki Haley Lays Down Law To UN On Anti-US Jerusalem Vote

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    Associate professor Talha Köse from İbni Haldun University stressed the U.S's role in the Palestinian issue and said the U.S has to pressure Israel for a resolution, not Palestinians. I am thankful for your gesture and am moved to know that the people of Israel are encouraged by my decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel".
  • Jewish groups welcome ANC's decision to downgrade embassy in Israel

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    Governments, including that of South Africa, should be downgrading diplomatic relations and their embassies in Israel, to send a clear message to Israel that its violations of global law are unacceptable. Hashem Dajani, Palestine's ambassador in Pretoria, described the move as "an important decision". That situation would only change should the South African government decide to adopt the recommendation as its official policy.
  • Team owner Richard Childress fires gunshots at intruders

    Team owner Richard Childress fires gunshots at intruders

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    ET, but fled after Childress fired shots at them , WCNC-TV reported. He grabbed his handgun and went downstairs to confront the intruders, shooting repeatedly at them before they escaped. According to the police statement, Childress, a first vice president of the NRA, told the sheriff that "the only reason he and his wife were here today was because of God and the Second Amendment".
  • Uber is not just a digital company, ECJ rules

    Uber is not just a digital company, ECJ rules

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    Uber argued it was merely a service provider, connecting consumers with drivers in more than 600 cities. Uber could now be subjected to the stricter licensing requirements that apply to traditional taxi operators. Still, the impact of the ruling could ripple beyond Uber - business analysts say that other companies in the gig economy could also find themselves in the crossfire.
  • Handcuffed by sanctions, North Korea seeks cash via cyber theft

    Handcuffed by sanctions, North Korea seeks cash via cyber theft

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    In North Korea's case, Kim Jong Un may very well be thinking of using cryptocurrencies, which are not regulated or controlled by any single entity. Bossert also warned of the threat of Russian hackers and appealed for legal action against suspected hackers, as well as Trump's decision to ban software from Kaspersky Lab from Russia to government computers.
  • IAF sends proposal for 83 Tejas

    IAF sends proposal for 83 Tejas

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    The Indian Air Force on Wednesday asked the Bengaluru-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to submit a detailed proposal on the manufacturing of 83 advanced version of the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft at a cost of almost Rs 60,000 crore.
  • European Union rules Uber is a transport firm

    European Union rules Uber is a transport firm

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    Uber uses a smartphone application the goal of which is to connect "non-professional drivers using their own vehicle with persons who wish to make urban journeys". "It was about time to put an end to the unfair competition of the gig-economy companies that are no more than killer whales in a fish tank", said Raul Lopez, a taxi owner who has been driving the streets in the Mediterranean port city for 17 years.
  • Didi valuation hits $56bn as Uber rival seeks expansion

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    These funds will be used for several initiatives including global expansion and strengthening research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) development. Its old rival, China's Didi Chuxing , has raised nearly as much money as all of the technology IPOs in the U.S.
  • PDP crisis worsens as new faction emerges

    PDP crisis worsens as new faction emerges

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    In a follow-up phone conversation with PREMIUM TIMES, the spokesperson castigated the breakaway politicians as being a tool of an unnamed political party which purportedly aimed to destabilise the party after efforts to scuttle its national convention failed.
  • Earthquake of magnitude 5.2 strikes near Tehran

    Earthquake of magnitude 5.2 strikes near Tehran

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    Last month, a 7.3 magnitude quake jolted the Iranian border, killing at least 620 people and injuring thousands others. They asked residents to remain calm but be prepared for possible aftershocks. "There have been no reports of casualties or damage", Behnam Saeedi, a spokesman for Iran's National Disaster Management Organization, was quoted as saying by the semi-official ILNA news agency.
  • Boiler blast in Bihar's sugar mill kills 3, injures others

    Boiler blast in Bihar's sugar mill kills 3, injures others

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    The impact of the explosion was reportedly so powerful that three persons who were working in the vicinity of the boiler were ripped apart. The deceased have been identified as Arjun Kushwaha, resident of Kuchayat Kot, Kripa Yadav, resident of Baani Khajuri and Md.
  • Government bans leaseholds on new-build houses

    Government bans leaseholds on new-build houses

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    The announcement follows a government consultation , in which thousands of home-owners complained about leasehold practices. "It's clear from the overwhelming response from the public that real action is needed to end these feudal practices".
  • Ship with 251 passengers sinks off Quezon

    Ship with 251 passengers sinks off Quezon

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    Two men and two women were killed, while the search for those still missing has been suspended for the night, Ron Crisostomo, a civil defence official in Infanta town near Real told AFP. The government has advised Filipinos planning to return to their home provinces for Christmas to do so earlier than usual to avoid severe weather conditions.
  • Iranian prisoner could be released in weeks, says husband

    Iranian prisoner could be released in weeks, says husband

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    The charity worker, who has British and Iranian nationality, is serving a five-year sentence for trying to topple the Iranian government. Her family denies charges that she was plotting against Tehran. At the time Mr Ratcliffe said it offered a "ripple of freedom". One of them, Ahmad Reza Jalali, has been in jail since April 2016 on allegations of aiding Israel in assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists.
  • Seoul: Another North Korean Soldier Defects to South

    Seoul: Another North Korean Soldier Defects to South

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    He abandoned his vehicle after it got stuck in a ditch and dashed across the narrow demarcation line into the South, as his compatriots opened fire from behind. Four North Korean soldiers have defected this year. "A joint probe into the details of their identities is under way". The incident comes just weeks after surveillance cameras captured the dramatic defection of another North Korean on November 13 through the Joint Security Area.
  • No terror link in Australia vehicle ramming

    No terror link in Australia vehicle ramming

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    He was arrested at the scene by an off-duty policy officer. Officers say the main suspect is a 32-year-old Australian national of Afghan descent who has a history of drug use & mental health issues. A photo of a crashed auto filmed after pedestrians were hit in Melbourne . "As it (the car) approached this intersection.it just mowed everybody down, people were flying everywhere", one witness who identified herself only as Sue told radio station 3AW.
  • Senator Mark Warner Speech on Mueller Investigation

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    GSA Deputy Counsel Lenny Loewentritt, whom Langhofer blames along with other GSA career staff for providing the transition documents to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, told BuzzFeed that Beckler didn't make a commitment that requests from law enforcement for materials would be routed through transition lawyers.
  • Rosie O'Donnell Offers Senators Cash To Reject Tax Bill

    Rosie O'Donnell Offers Senators Cash To Reject Tax Bill

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    The tax reform bill was ultimately approved by the Senate in the early hours of December 20 with the support of all present Republican senators, including Flake and Collins, according to The Washington Post. "How about you help fund their opponents if they vote the wrong way, pretty sure that's legal", the user added. However O'Donnell was not to be deterred.
  • UN Security Council slams U.S. recognition of Jerusalem

    UN Security Council slams U.S. recognition of Jerusalem

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    The vote Monday marked the first time the US exercised its veto power in the Security Council in more than six years, and illustrated global frustration with the Trump administration's announcement on Jerusalem last week. Trump has been working on a new Mideast peace plan and says he remains committed to brokering a deal, despite the Jerusalem move. Haley told the council "the United States has never been more committed to peace in the Middle East", and called accusations that the U.S.is ...
  • US Citizens, Child Among 12 Killed in Mexico Bus Crash

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    Martin said investigators were working to determine the cause of the crash, which occurred as the bus was on its way to the ruins at Chacchoben , about 110 miles (175 kilometers) south of Tulum . The tour bus was headed to the Mayan ruins at Chacchoben at the time of the accident. We are in contact with local authorities, and will continue to monitor the situation.
  • Egypt: Officer killed, 2 injured in shell attack in Sinai Peninsula

    Egypt: Officer killed, 2 injured in shell attack in Sinai Peninsula

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    Egypt has experienced a wave of militant attacks, mainly targeting security forces and Christians, since Egypt's military toppled democratically-elected, but divisive, Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Most of the attacks were claimed by a Sinai-based terrorist group loyal to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. Terror attacks in Egypt used to be centered in North Sinai before spreading nationwide and killing hundreds of policemen and soldiers over the past few years.
  • Trump's Approval Rating Dips Even Further to 35 Percent

    Trump's Approval Rating Dips Even Further to 35 Percent

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    The 35 percent approval rating is Trump's worst mark yet in CNN polling . Nearly 60 percent of voters disapprove of the way Trump is doing his job overall and most gave him low grades on a variety of personality traits, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.
  • Michael Ray Latest News, Photos, and Videos

    Michael Ray Latest News, Photos, and Videos

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    The singer got into a minor auto accident at a McDonald's drive-thru in Eustis, Fla ., leading to the charges and his arrest. Ray told the Eustis police officer that he was coming from a bar in Tavares, and the officer said it was apparent he'd been drinking because his eyes were bloodshot, he slurred his speech and he stumbled when he walked.
  • Justin Trudeau Is In Big Trouble After Violating Canada's Ethics Code

    Justin Trudeau Is In Big Trouble After Violating Canada's Ethics Code

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    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes questions from reporters in Ottawa on December 20, 2017 after a report from the federal ethics commissioner found that he broke the rules by taking a trip with his friend, the Aga Khan. "We have a system in place to protect the integrity of the (prime minister's) office", he said. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he takes full responsibility for going on a family vacation previous year that the ethics watchdog deems broke conflict of interest rules.
  • Weather offers some help in battle against California wildfire

    Weather offers some help in battle against California wildfire

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    Humboldt County firefighters Lonnie Risling, left, and Jimmy McHaffie, right, spray down smoldering fire underneath the rubble of a home that was destroyed by the Thomas Fire, in Montecito on December 17, 2017. "We are at moderate and good levels". Only two fires have burned more acreage in California so far, Cedar Fire in 2003 and Rush Fire in 2012, which burned 273,246 (1,105.8 square km) and 271,911 (1,100.4 square km), respectively.
  • DHS Director: Iowa Developing Plans in Case CHIP Funding Runs Out

    DHS Director: Iowa Developing Plans in Case CHIP Funding Runs Out

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    That program will run out of money by March unless Congress acts to fund it again. Congress failed to reauthorize the program in the fall, halting new funding. If the insurance coverage from CHIP isn't available to families anymore, it will "absolutely impact" the kind of treatment they will be able to get at Nemours and overall in Delaware, Miller said.
  • USA sanctions Chechen leader behind anti-gay purge

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    Kadyrov, handpicked and supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin , is the infamous head of Chechnya, the part of the Russian Federation where concentration camps for kidnapped gay men have been verified. Next month, USA officials are expected to provide Congress with a list of wealthy Russians seen as members of Putin's political and financial support network, potentially exposing swathes of the Moscow business class to sweeping new limits on global transactions.
  • Pigeon spikes on Bristol trees branded 'idiotic'

    Pigeon spikes on Bristol trees branded 'idiotic'

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    This, according to one resident, is to prevent the birds from pooping on expensive cars and ruining the paint, a move that has been called a "war on wildlife". She wrote : "Our war on wildlife: now birds are not allowed in trees.?!" Nature writer James Common described it as "quite possibly the most idiotic thing I've ever seen this year".
  • Kurdish parties withdraw from regional gov't amid protests

    Kurdish parties withdraw from regional gov't amid protests

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    Strains spilled onto the streets on Monday and Tuesday when Kurds joined protests against years of austerity and unpaid public sector salaries, with some burning down offices belonging to political parties. The disputed areas are a large swathe of historically Kurdish-majority territory outside the autonomous region that Kurdish leaders have long wanted to incorporate in it.
  • Gov. Rick Scott: Latvala should resign

    Gov. Rick Scott: Latvala should resign

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    Ronald Swanson, a retired state appeals court judge, wrote a report that under Senate rules is "advisory only", meaning it is not binding on senators. The complaint was filed by Rachel Perrin Rogers , a top aide to Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson . Latvala did not immediately return a text message seeking comment.
  • RI population grows for sixth year in a row

    RI population grows for sixth year in a row

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    Fewer births, more deaths and "out-migration", or people leaving the state, are main factors contributing. Eight states lost population, including IL, which saw a reduction of 33,703 people. California is by far the most populated with 39.5 million residents. The Census Bureau only released state and national figures; local estimates are expected to be released next year.
  • Erdogan Thrashes UAE Foreign Minister With 'Know Your Place' Tweet

    Erdogan Thrashes UAE Foreign Minister With 'Know Your Place' Tweet

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    The UAE's top diplomat shared the tweet by the user called "Ali al-Iraqi" and presenting himself as an Iraqi dentist living in Germany. The United Arab Emirates, a nearby USA partner, sees Erdogan's Islamist-established governing gathering as a companion of Islamist powers which the UAE contradicts over the Arab world.
  • Nikki Haley: The US is 'taking names' on Jerusalem resolution

    Nikki Haley: The US is 'taking names' on Jerusalem resolution

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    The 193-member UN General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday at the request of Arab and Muslim states, who condemned Mr Trump's decision to reverse decades of USA policy earlier this month. The other 14 members of the Security Council voted in favour of the draft, but Ms Haley described it as an "insult" and warned that "it won't be forgotten".
  • Will take up conversion of Sikhs with Pak: Sushma

    Will take up conversion of Sikhs with Pak: Sushma

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    However, this tweet came after the plea of Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and the reports of the Pakistani media who had earlier reported that Sikh Community in Pakistani Hangu district in the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was allegedly forced to convert their religion from Sikhs to Islam by a government official.
  • Azerbaijani FM holds one-on-one meetings with Zarif and Cavusoglu

    Azerbaijani FM holds one-on-one meetings with Zarif and Cavusoglu

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    President Donald Trump reverse course on his decision. Zarif arrived in Baku on Tuesday to take part in the meeting, which was the fifth between the foreign ministers of the three countries. Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran pledged to strengthen peace, stability, prosperity and cooperation in the region, said the Baku Statement of the three countries on Wednesday.
  • 'India's Most Wanted' anchor gets life imprisonment for wife's murder

    'India's Most Wanted' anchor gets life imprisonment for wife's murder

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    But in 2014, the Delhi HC ordered the East Delhi court to try Suhaib Ilyasi for murder, too. Ilyasi was released on bail after three months and had been publishing a magazine Bureacracy Today on civil servants and governance. He had alleged that the formation of the medical board was illegal as it was being done after filing of a chargesheet and framing of charges for the offence of dowry death.