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North Korea warns of 'abyss of doom' if 'old lunatic' Trump remains president




Exclusive: Undercover teams record grisly remote Faroe Islands whale slaughter

Wrestler had 15 drinks a day, slept with 10,000 women, documentary reveals

What critter has been found hidden in Van Gogh painting?

Germany must legally recognize 'third gender' from birth, top court rules

Lightning strike instantly kills two surfers

'Super mom' Sherri Papini filmed running to safety the morning she was found

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Trump Russia inquiry: Mueller improperly obtained emails, lawyer says
A Trump ally says investigators on the Russia inquiry unlawfully obtained thousands of emails.

Deadly attack on Methodist church in Pakistan
At least eight people are killed as suicide bombers target a Methodist church service in Quetta.

François Gabart: French sailor slashes around the world solo record
François Gabart cuts more than six days off the record for fastest solo sail around the globe.

Barry Sherman: Family disputes reports on mystery double death in Canada
Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead at their home in Toronto, Canada, in unclear circumstances.

Pentagon ran secret multi-million dollar UFO programme
US media reports say documents from the operation describe strange aircraft and hovering objects.

Barack Obama prepares for his Today programme interview with Prince Harry
Barack Obama prepares for his Today programme interview with Prince Harry.

Why this US woman is backing minority gun clubs
Meet Samantha Sorillo of Miami, the woman who is backing African-American gun clubs.

Sydney man charged with being 'economic agent' for North Korea
Chan Han Choi, 59, is arrested and charged with breaching sanctions and weapons laws.

South Africa's ANC party to vote for new leader
South Africa's governing party will vote to decide who will lead it after President Jacob Zuma.

Chile: Landslide destroys village and kills at least five
A search continues for 15 people missing, after five died in a village in the south of the country.

‘Thomas Fire’ becomes California’s third largest on record
A raging wildfire in Southern California became the state’s third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire's growth. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Tax plan will be 'one of the great Christmas gifts' to middle class: Trump
With just days to go before Congress votes, U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday defended a Republican tax-cut plan against Democratic charges that it favors the rich, saying it will be "one of the great Christmas gifts" for the middle class. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Tillerson calls for release of Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that the U.S. government has demanded the release of two Reuters reporters being held in Myanmar. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

California firefighter dies as blaze rages on
Firefighters in California will be tested by vicious winds on Friday as they battle a huge wildfire that has claimed the life of one of their colleagues and torched more than 700 homes. Lisa Bernhard reports.

Humanitarian groups fill U.S. healthcare gaps
Connecticut-resident Richard "Murph" Murphy is one of 60 people across the U.S. who was chosen to receive a free knee or hip replacement surgery this December, courtesy of Operation Walk USA. The humanitarian organization provides surgeries to selected uninsured and underinsured patients. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Portugal, Ireland woes dominate EU summit
BRUSSELS -- Just on the day EU leaders were hoping to present the final version of their plan to solve the region's debt crisis, their summit in Brussels was overwhelmed Thursday by debate over Portugal's political crisis and Ireland's banking woes.

Moody's downgrades ratings of Spanish banks
MADRID -- Moody's downgraded the debt of 30 Spanish banks Thursday but left untouched the ratings of the country's three largest banks, highlighting the weaknesses in Spain's financial system a day after the government in neighboring Portugal fell.

Markets brush off Portuguese bailout concerns
LONDON -- Markets on Thursday brushed aside mounting speculation that Portugal would soon be tapping a European bailout fund amid hopes that the continent's debt crisis may be about to claim its final scalp - for now.

Japan disaster reminds businesses about insurance
NEW YORK -- It might be inconceivable to small business owners that a disaster hundreds or thousands of miles away could shut them down. But the earthquake and tsunami in Japan have interrupted shipments of parts and finished goods to companies in the U.S., and sent many of them to call their...

Irish economy shrinks for 3rd straight year
DUBLIN -- Ireland's economy shrank in 2010 for the third straight year and the yields on Irish bonds rose to euro-era highs Thursday amid fears that the cost of rescuing the country's failed banks will overwhelm its finances even with the international bailout.

Quote of the Day

W. Somerset Maugham
Charm and nothing but charm at last grows a little tiresome...It's a relief then to deal with a man who isn't quite so delightful but a little more sincere. Discuss

Washington Irving
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

This Day in History

Romanos Is Crowned Co-Emperor of the Byzantine Empire (920 CE)
Romanos advanced through the ranks of the Byzantine military to become an influential figure in the royal court. In May 919, he arranged for the marriage of his daughter to the teenage Emperor Constantine VII and was declared "Father of the Emperor." The next year, he was crowned co-emperor, and he then made his own sons co-emperors. However, in 944, Romanos's sons arrested him and made him become a monk to prevent him from naming Constantine VII his successor. What happened to them? Discuss

The Great White Fleet Begins Its Circumnavigation of the Globe (1907)
Just seven years before the start of World War I, a fleet of 16 American battleships took part in a 14-month, round-the-world voyage ordered by US President Theodore Roosevelt as a peaceful display of American naval power. Later known as the "Great White Fleet," the ships were painted white except for the gilded scrollwork on their bows. In ports around the world, thousands of people turned out to see the ships when they arrived. Why did several of the ships make an unscheduled stop in Italy?

Jens Olsen's World Clock Is Started by Danish King Frederick IX (1955)
Originally a skilled locksmith, Jens Olsen learned the trade of clock-making and, in the 1920s, designed an exceedingly intricate astronomical clock made of more than 14,000 parts. Today displayed in Copenhagen City Hall, the clock shows not only the time and date but also lunar and solar eclipses and the positions of stars and planets. The complex clock took over a decade to assemble, and Olsen died before his masterpiece was finally set in motion by King Frederick IX. Who helped him start it?

Word of the Day

saltation
Definition: (noun) A light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards. Synonyms: leaping, bounce, bound, spring. Usage: The kangaroo's effortless saltation was balletic and graceful. Discuss

tangential
Definition: (adjective) Only superficially relevant; divergent. Synonyms: digressive. Usage: His tangential anecdotes added much-needed humor to the talk, though some found the digressions tiresome.

monition
Definition: (noun) A warning or an intimation of something imminent, especially of impending danger. Synonyms: admonition, warning, word of advice. Usage: Verily, all too well do I understand the dream's portent and monition.

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Researchers try to understand naked mole rats' resistance to cancer
With their pinkish, translucent and wrinkly skin, double-saber buck teeth and black-bead eyes, naked mole rats look like characters in a nightmare from hell. In fact, they do live underground in pitch-dark burrows where their air, from a human point of view, can contain chokingly little oxygen, t...

Doctors try new models to push health insurers aside
Just about everyone agrees that the way we pay for primary care needs fixing. Under the current insurance model, doctors get paid for procedures and tests rather than for time spent with patients, which displeases doctors and patients alike and increases costs. Now some medical practices are side...

Medigap supplemental coverage can be too pricey for younger Medicare beneficiaries
One night three years ago, Joe Hobson finished reading a book, went to sleep and woke up blind. The problem, caused by a rare hereditary disease, forced him to give up his 20-year communications job, along with its generous health insurance. Now 63, the Arlington man is covered by Medicare, the f...

Breathless, but not from asthma

Fish and seafood recipe recommendations
Jennifer LaRue Huget offers some suggestions

Royals turn out for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere
British royals Prince Harry and Prince William walk the red carpet at the European premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' Rough cut (no reporter narration).

'Star Wars' cast react to 'The Last Jedi'
The cast of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' react to seeing the new film in the sci-fi fantasy saga for the first time. Rough Cut - no reporter narration.

Adorable or deplorable? Porgs stir debate in Star Wars galaxy
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' introduces a new creature, the Porg, which, despite causing discussion among fans, is set to be the toy to get in the holiday season. Rollo Ross reports.

Santa Claus delivers his annual message from Lapland
Santa Claus delivers his annual message from his home in Lapland as he prepares for his journey around the world. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Daniel Day-Lewis attends the New York premiere of "Phantom Thread"
Cast of ''Phantom Thread'' say they hope the film is not Daniel Day-Lewis' last. Jane Witherspoon reports.

4 Reasons to Join a Genealogical Society
Given the immense quantity of material available through Ancestry and elsewhere online, you may not have considered the many benefits of joining a genealogical society. Societies range in size from a few dozen to thousands of members, and typically have a focus. That focus could be based in geography, surname, nationality, or ethnic group. Automatically, Read More

Bringing Clarity and Simplicity – Updates to Ancestry Terms and Privacy Statement
Maintaining our customers’ trust is a non-stop, 24/7 job for everyone at Ancestry. That approach is baked into how we build and market our products, how we make decisions as a business and, of course, how we think about, protect and respect the data you share with us. In that spirit, today I am happy Read More

5 Tips for Discovering Biological Family with AncestryDNA
Few journeys in the world of genealogy are as poignant and challenging as an individual searching for his or her biological family. While all people who pursue genealogy experience some sense of self-discovery and emotion, researchers solving “unknown parentage” questions produce even more passion. With the world of genetic genealogy exploding in popularity over the Read More

DNA Question: How can I tell matches from my mother’s and father’s side apart?
We took a poll of questions AncestryDNA members had about their test results, and this one topped the list: How can I tell my paternal from my maternal matches? This is one area where testing multiple family members can help—and there’s no better time than the holidays for getting family on board. Starring: Your Parents Read More

Locating World War I Photographs
I talk to a lot of European World War I and World War II researchers who have adopted the graves of our American service members who are buried in American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) Cemeteries. The number one thing each seeks is a photograph of their adopted soldier, sailor, or Marine. So, just where might Read More

Animals celebrate Christmas at London Zoo
Squirrel monkeys, penguins and asiatic lions were among the animal inhabitants to get a feast of seasonal treats at London Zoo. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Deer found in pool, ends up in freezer
Brandon Burke of Pike County, Kentucky said Tuesday he heard a loud noise coming from his pool and discovered an 8-point buck that has fallen through the tarp. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

New Year's Eve countdown begins with a glitch
New numbers fail to light properly in Times Square. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Biodegradable dress shows support for climate pact
An artist creates a blue dress comprised of hundreds of biodegradable figures of men as a representation of nations adhering to the 2015 Paris Agreement. Elly Park reports.

China's craze for e-sports paves way for gaming college degrees
Some Chinese universities are rolling out gaming degrees as China's booming video game market shows no signs of slowing.

Santa Claus delivers his annual message from Lapland
Santa Claus delivers his annual message from his home in Lapland as he prepares for his journey around the world. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Breast milk and soot beauty tattoos fade in Turkey
Traditional tattoos made of breast milk and soot are fading from the Turkish villages where they were once popular.