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Day: December 24, 2016

Theresa May uses Christmas message to urge Britain to be bold post Brexit
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Theresa May uses Christmas message to urge Britain to be bold post Brexit

    Theresa May has used her Christmas message to urge Britain to be bold as it looks to find a new place for itself in the world after Brexit. The Prime Minister called for people in the country to come together after what has been one of the most destabilising years in modern history. Ms May also spoke of her childhood memories of growing up in a vicarage and what it means to be working at Christmas. She said: Coming together is also important for us as a country. As we leave the European Union we must seize an historic opportunity to forge a bold new role for ourselves in the world and to unite our country as we move forward into the future. And, with our international partners, we must work together to promote trade, increase prosperity and face the challenges to peace and...
British astronaut Piers Sellers dies at 61, 14 months after cancer diagnosis
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

British astronaut Piers Sellers dies at 61, 14 months after cancer diagnosis

    Dr Sellers had dreamed of going into space ever since he saw images of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbiting the Earth in 1961 Piers Sellers, a British-born climate scientist for Nasa who remained optimistic about the fate of the Earth despite the grim climate change models he oversaw and who gained American citizenship to fulfil a childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, has died in Houston. He was 61. The death was confirmed in a statement by Nasa Administrator Charles Bolden. Dr Sellers, who had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in October 2015, went public with his diagnosis in a New York Times column in January 2016. He wrote that while he had hoped he would see solutions to the problem of climate change in his lifetime, he was devoted to continuing his...
Donald Trump’s campaign co-chair tells Michelle Obama to go to Africa and live with a gorilla
America, ENGLISH

Donald Trump’s campaign co-chair tells Michelle Obama to go to Africa and live with a gorilla

    He added that he would like to see Ms Obama return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla. A New York developer and leading supporter of Donald Trump, is at the centre of outcry after he said he hoped Barack Obama died of mad cow disease that the First Lady moved to Africa and lived in a cave with gorillas. Carl Paladino, the co-chairman of Mr Trump’s New York campaign, defended his comments that appeared in a free weekly newspaper published in Buffalo. Artvoice asked several leading figures from the city for their hopes for 2017. Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Hereford (cow). He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarre...
Israel ordered to end settlements in Palestinian territories as US refuses to veto UN Security Council resolution
Arab world, ENGLISH

Israel ordered to end settlements in Palestinian territories as US refuses to veto UN Security Council resolution

    In a rare condemnation of Israel, the UN Security Council has said its settlements in occupied Palestinian territories have no legal validity. The vote on Friday only passed because the US declined to use its veto - as its has dozens of times in the past - and instead abstained from voting. In doing so, the Obama administration not only permitted Israel to be rebuked, but also rejected a call from both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump, to block the move. The resolution was put forward at the 15-member council for a vote by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal a day after Egypt withdrew the measure under pressure from Israel and the US President-elect. It was adopted with 14 votes in favour, to a round of applause. It is the first resolutio...
Donald Trump declares Let it be a nuclear arms race with Russia
America, ENGLISH

Donald Trump declares Let it be a nuclear arms race with Russia

    Donald Trump explicitly declared that he was ready for a new nuclear arms race with Russia and claimed that the United States would win it. In comments that alarmed non-proliferation experts and undermined decades of US nuclear policy Mr Trump said: "Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all." It came as the US president-elect also released what he called a "very nice letter" he received from Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, congratulating him on his election victory. According to a translation by Mr Trump's team the letter was dated Dec 15 at the Kremlin, addressed to "His Excellency Donald Trump" and signed "V. Putin". "ensuring security and stability in the modern world" and "bringing "bilateral co-operation to a qualitativel...