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Day: December 18, 2015

The Queen takes train to Sandringham to kick start Christmas holidays
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

The Queen takes train to Sandringham to kick start Christmas holidays

    She's just like one of us – almost. The Queen shunned royal transport on Thursday morning to take an ordinary passenger train to Norfolk, where she will be spending the Christmas period at her country estate Sandringham. But unlike other commuters, Her Majesty was, naturally, given VIP treatment and a first class carriage was cordoned off for herself and her husband Prince Philip. As they do most years, the royals took the 10:44am train from King's Cross in north London to King's Lynn in Norfolk. The small train station is located just a few minutes' drive from Sandringham. Eager to kick start the Christmas holidays, the Queen was all smiles as she arrived at King's Cross in the morning. The 89-year-old monarch wrapped up from the winter chill in a blush pink coat and carr...
Putin praises Donald Trump as bright and talented
ENGLISH, Europe

Putin praises Donald Trump as bright and talented

    Vladimir Putin's view, Donald Trump is "bright and talented." MOSCOW — In Vladimir Putin's view, Donald Trump is "bright and talented." But as much as those words sound overtly like praise, there are some murky nuances. The most unequivocally favorable part of the comments the Russian leader made Thursday to a scrum of reporters after his annual year-end news conference was about the Republican presidential aspirant's claims that he wants to improve relations with Russia. "He says that he wants to move to another, closer level of relations. Can we really not welcome that? Of course we welcome that," Putin said. Trump hasn't given details about he would go about achieving that, relying instead on his fireproof self-regard. "I think that I would probably get along with him v...
Man Sucked Into Jet Engine After Mishap
Asia, ENGLISH

Man Sucked Into Jet Engine After Mishap

    A man working for Air India has died after being sucked into a jet engine after a "mishap". The freak accident happened as the plane pushed back for take-off at Mumbai airport, the airline said. It reportedly happened after the co-pilot of flight Al 619 to the southern city of Hyderabad mistook a signal from ground staff and started the engine. Maintenance man Ravi Subramanian, who was standing close by, was sucked into the engine and died instantly. India's national carrier said on Twitter that he had "died in a mishap during pushback of flight AI 619". Tha airline sent its "heartfelt condolences" to the man's family and its boss, Ashwani Lohani, said he was "deeply saddened". A source told the Hindustan Times: "At the moment, we are absolutely clueless on how this person...
Saudi Arabia is about to behead a teenage boy for attending a protest aged 15
Arab world, ENGLISH

Saudi Arabia is about to behead a teenage boy for attending a protest aged 15

    Saudi Arabia is believed to be on the brink of executing a teenage boy who was arrested at the age of 15 for attending a protest. Campaign group Reprieve told The Independent Abdullah al-Zaher, who is now 19, was the youngest in a group of juvenile offenders put on death row as part of a ruthless crackdown on political dissent in the conservative kingdom. Previously held alongside fellow juvenile offender Ali al-Nimr, whose case sparked outrage around the world, Abdullah has now been moved to solitary confinement at a new facility and could be beheaded at any moment. In a last-ditch attempt to save their son’s life – and in spite of the danger of repercussions from the Saudi authorities – Abdullah’s parents have gone public with his story. Speaking to the Guardian, his fat...
Government accused of cover up as data suggests million EU migrants unaccounted for in Britain
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Government accused of cover up as data suggests million EU migrants unaccounted for in Britain

    David Cameron has been accused of a "migration cover-up" after it emerged that more than a million migrants who have come to the UK in recent years are unaccounted for. Ministers have failed to release data which experts believe could show the true number of EU migrants coming to the UK, claiming that it would be "unhelpful" to Mr Cameron's current renegotiation with Brussels ahead of the in-out referendum. There were accusations that the figures are being suppressed amid fears that releasing the data could lead to Britain leaving the EU. Experts warned that it could mean the number of migrants coming to Britain from the EU is actually hundreds of thousands higher than previously thought. It came as Mr Cameron was left isolated as more than a dozen European leaders spoke o...