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China Using “Sharp Power” for Global Influence

In their introduction to the recent National Endowment for Democracy and International Forum for Democratic Studies report “Sharp Power: Rising Authoritarian Influence,”
2017-12-16 23:12 | China & the World, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article | ChinaDigitalTimes

What Trump's 'America First' national security strategy might look like

President Donald Trump will lay out a new US national security strategy on Monday based on his "America First" policy and will, among other items, make clear that China is a competitor, two senior US officials said.
2017-12-16 23:12 | News | TheAge

South African party, once a symbol of hope, turns to a new leader

Nelson Mandela's African National Congress once inspired hope across Africa. It helped liberate black South Africans from white-minority rule, promoting reconciliation with former oppressors and the ideal of a postracial "Rainbow Nation." It seemed even poised to lift up the rest of the continent with its vision of an "African Renaissance."
2017-12-16 23:12 | News | TheAge

Jumble, the UAE's First Interactive Maze

I love brainteasers of any kind. Give me a good crossword puzzle and I'll probably be hooked for hours. So, when escape rooms started opening across the UAE in 2014, to say I was excited is something of an understatement. Well, escape rooms are still high on my list of favourite UAE activities - but it looks like they now have competition.
2017-12-16 23:12 | ENTERTAINMENT, Latest News, Al Bawaba Buzz | AlBawaba

Democrat Ruben Kihuen Won't Seek Re-Election Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

His announcement comes a day after the House Ethics Committee said it opened an investigation into the harassment allegations leveled at the 37-year-old freshman congressman from Nevada.
2017-12-16 23:12 | News | NPR

Confusion reigns as Catalans return to polls

DECEMBER 17 — For the umpteenth time, Catalan people in the north east of Spain are preparing to go to the polls in an attempt to decide whether the region should gain independence. The regional elections to take place on Thursday were ordered...
2017-12-16 23:12 | News | TheMalaymailOnline

Do we need net neutrality?

DECEMBER 17 — So over in the United States a body called the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) voted earlier this week to repeal US regulations that have, since 2014, mandated net neutrality. Net neutrality is basically the principle that...
2017-12-16 22:12 | News | TheMalaymailOnline

CSX CEO Harrison dies months into railroad's turnaround effort

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CSX Corp Chief Executive Hunter Harrison has died, the freight railway operator said on Saturday, just a few days after announcing that the veteran rail executive hired earlier this year to boost its profits had taken a medical leave of absence.
2017-12-16 22:12 | businessNews | Reuters

From protests to bombings, a 50-year history of US embassies

As the US embassy in London moves to new premises, we survey a history of sieges, battles and raids at US missions When the US embassy moves out of Grosvenor Square, London , early next year it will be the end of a centuries-old connection with this corner of Mayfair. The first ambassador to Britain, future President John Adams, lived from 1785 to 1788 in a house that still stands on the square. The embassy itself was
2017-12-16 22:12 | US news, Politics past, Protest | Guardian

Tropical storm Kai-tak floods central Philippines

Moderate to heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in central Philippines as tropical storm Kai-tak made landfall on Saturday afternoon, and may hit more areas while moving westward, the weather bureau said on Saturday.
2017-12-16 22:12 | News | TheAge

Beyonce wasn't Eminem's First Choice for 'Walk on Water'

Beyonce wasn't Eminem's first choice for 'Walk on Water'. The 45-year-old rapper teamed up with the 'Halo' hitmaker for the newly-released dance track, which features on his new album 'Revival', but his long-time collaborator Denaun Porter has admitted he initially wanted Adele to feature on the song but she couldn't do it because there was something wrong with her voice.
2017-12-16 22:12 | ENTERTAINMENT, Latest News, Rumor has it | AlBawaba

Fetus, transgender, diversity: Trump officials give US health body a list of forbidden words

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year's budget.
2017-12-16 22:12 | News | TheAge

Canadian billionaire and wife found dead in home

Mystery has shrouded the unexplained deaths of an enormously wealthy Canadian couple, who gave away much of their fortune from a generic drug business.
2017-12-16 22:12 | News | TheAge

CSX CEO Harrison dies months into railway's turnaround effort

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CSX Corp Chief Executive Hunter Harrison has died, the freight railway operator said on Saturday, just a few days after announcing that the veteran rail executive hired earlier this year to boost its profits had taken a medical leave of absence.
2017-12-16 21:12 | businessNews | Reuters

Brexit Is One Step Closer As EU Agrees To Talk About U.K. Trade

European Union leaders have agreed to discuss the process by which the U.K. will leave the EU. The talks focus on the trade relationship Britain will have with the EU in the future. Guest host Ray Suarez speaks with NPR's Frank Langfitt about whether Brexit has entered a point of no return.
2017-12-16 21:12 | News | NPR

Weighing The Impact Of Repealing The Health Insurance Mandate

The tax bill being considered by Congress includes a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News talks to guest host Ray Suarez about how that could affect the health insurance market.
2017-12-16 21:12 | News | NPR

What It Took To Convince Final Holdouts To Support The GOP Tax Bill

Republicans seem to have secured enough votes to pass their tax bill next week. It marks the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades. Guest host Ray Suarez speaks with NPR's Kelsey Snell about the bill.
2017-12-16 21:12 | News | NPR

Donald J. Trump: The 'Least Popular First-Year President on Record'

Common Dreams staff With more than two-thirds of all Americans now disapproving of the job performance of President Donald Trump, a new poll out Saturday shows that he is now the most unpopular U.S. president during his first year in office since surveys of this kind have been taken. "Trump's job approval rating sits at just 32 percent, making him the least popular first-year president on record. A quarter of Republicans say they're among
2017-12-16 21:12 | News | CommonDreams

Dubai World Cup Among Four Events to Win Five-Star Rating

Four annual sports events — DP World Tour Championship, Dubai World Cup, Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon and Dubai Tour — have received 5 Star ratings as per results of the 2016-17 Sports Events Ranking System. Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council (DSC), has approved the results.
2017-12-16 21:12 | Sport, Main Headlines, Other Sports | AlBawaba

Kate Hudson Dumbed a Handsome Sportsman because he Wanted to Wait until Marriage to Get Intimate

Kate Hudson once dated a 6ft9 celibate soccer player. The 38-year-old actress thought she had struck gold when she went on a date with a "huge" and handsome sportsman - whose identity is not known - but she was forced to dump him after one romantic meeting because she found out that he was a born-again Christian and he wanted to wait until he was married to get intimate.
2017-12-16 21:12 | ENTERTAINMENT, Latest News, Love Bites | AlBawaba

Squash: Egypt Guaranteed Men's World Championship Title as ElShorbagy Reaches Final

World number three Mohamed ElShorbagy ensured an Egyptian will win this year's World Championship title in Manchester after he secured an impressive 3-0 win over world number one Gregory Gaultier of France in the semi final on Saturday.   ElShorbagy needed 52 minutes to go through, overcoming the 2015 world champion Gaultier 3-0 (12-10, 11-4, 11-9).
2017-12-16 21:12 | Sport, Main Headlines, Other Sports | AlBawaba

Argentine navy head sacked over submarine disappearance

Relatives of crew members from missing vessels are demanding the search operation continues until it is found.
2017-12-16 20:12 | News | Aljazeera

CSX CEO Harrison dies days after medical leave announced

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CSX Corp Chief Executive Hunter Harrison has died, the freight railway operator said on Saturday, just a few days after announcing that he was taking a medical leave of absence.
2017-12-16 20:12 | businessNews | Reuters

'Making America Stupid Again': Outrage Over Forbidden 7 Words You Can't Say at Trump's CDC

Jon Queally, staff writer Comedian George Carlin famously invented the seven words you cannot say on television, but it appears that it took Donald Trump becoming president to learn what words scientists and advisors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are no longer to say or write in their official capacities. For the curious, they reportedly include: "transgender," "science-based," "diversity," and "fetus."
2017-12-16 20:12 | News | CommonDreams

SPLM-N Agar urges EU to link cooperation with Sudan to peace and democracy

December 16, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudan People's Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N Agar) led by Malik Agar has urged the European Union (EU) to link its cooperation with the Sudanese government to peace and democratic reforms. SPLM-N Agar deputy chairman Yasir Arman has met with the EU's African affairs and members of the office of the EU special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan in Brussels. Arman told Sudan Tribune the meeting discussed the political situation in Sudan as
2017-12-16 20:12 | News | SudanTribune

More than1700 illicit weapons captured in South Darfur: sources

December 16, 2017 (NYALA) - The security forces have captured more than 1700 weapons at Al-Nadif area in Tulus County, some 86 kilometre south of Nyala, South Darfur state capital. Last August, the Sudanese authorities launched a six-month disarmament campaign to eliminate illegal weapons in the conflict-affected areas in Sudan, particularly in Darfur region. The higher committee for the collection of weapons and unregulated vehicles started the forcible phase of the campaign in all the (...) - News
2017-12-16 20:12 | News | SudanTribune

Alexandra Burke Thought About Dropping Out Of Strictly Come Dancing

Alexandra Burke didn't think she was "mentally ready" to do 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The former 'X Factor' winner was left heartbroken over the summer when her beloved mother Melissa Bell passed away at the age of just 53 - days before the ballroom and latin series kicked off - and, although she didn't think she had taken enough time to grieve, she believes throwing herself into the show forced her to see the "light at the end of the
2017-12-16 20:12 | ENTERTAINMENT, Latest News, Star Scoop | AlBawaba

Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
2017-12-16 20:12 | News | NewsDay

U.S. labor board adopts business-friendly 'micro union' test

(Reuters) - A U.S. labor agency on Friday made it tougher for workers to form so-called micro unions made up of small groups of a company's employees, reversing an Obama-era decision that had been sharply criticized by companies.
2017-12-16 20:12 | businessNews | Reuters

Real Madrid Edge Gremio 1-0 in FIFA Club World Cup Final

Cristiano Ronaldo led the way as Real Madrid beat Gremio 1-0 to successfully retain the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, securing them a fifth trophy of 2017. Gremio coach Renato Gaucho claimed in the build-up that he was a better player than Ronaldo, and the Portugal star provided the perfect response on the pitch, frequently troubling the Brazilian side and scoring the all-important goal.
2017-12-16 20:12 | Sport, Football, Main Headlines | AlBawaba

Massive California wildfire triggers new wave of evacuations

New evacuations were called on Saturday as surging winds drove an enormous wildfire toward a wealthy enclave in the coastal foothills northwest of Los Angeles.
2017-12-16 20:12 | News | NewsDay

S. Sudan's ruling party factions in government commit to ceasefire accord

December 16, 2017 (JUBA) - Three factions of South Sudan's ruling party (SPLM) in the coalition government have signed a new deal recommitting themselves to ceasefire, saying reunification of the party is key to the resolution of the current crisis. The country's foreign affairs minister, Deng Alor Kuol, defense minister, Kuol Manyang and petroleum minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth signed the deal. The group, documents Sudan Tribune obtained showed, recommitted themselves to cessation of (...) - News /
2017-12-16 20:12 | News | SudanTribune

Club World Cup: Pachuca Thrash Al Jazira 4-1 to Clinch Third Place

Mexican Club Pachuca, making their fourth appearance at the FIFA Club World Cup, will be finally returning home with a bronze. They comprehensively defeat weary hosts Al Jazira 4-1 in the third place encounter at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on Saturday.
2017-12-16 20:12 | Sport, Football, Main Headlines | AlBawaba

U.S. renewable fuel industry relieved as Republicans keep tax credits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. renewable energy industry expressed relief after a compromise Republican tax bill released late on Friday preserved key tax credits that had been at risk of being removed, but it raised concerns about a provision that may threaten investment in the sector.
2017-12-16 20:12 | businessNews | Reuters

Jean-Claude Van Damme's Could Not Do a Bad Movie Since 'JCVD'

Jean-Claude Van Damme has never made a "bad movie" since 'JCVD'. The 57-year-old actor has seen his career reach highs and lows in recent decades, but he learned a lot about his craft making the 2008 movie - in which he played a fictional version of himself - so even if he was cast in "low budget", straight-to-DVD release projects, he gave his performance his all and is proud of the work.
2017-12-16 19:12 | ENTERTAINMENT, Latest News, In the Limelight | AlBawaba

Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set 'to rock'

Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth.
2017-12-16 19:12 | News | NewsDay

Jacob Zuma Prepares to Depart a Diminished A.N.C.

South Africa’s African National Congress was once a symbol of hope. As it chooses a new leader, what has happened to Nelson Mandela’s legacy?
2017-12-16 19:12 | Politics and Government, Corruption (Institutional), Economic Conditions and Trends | NYTimes

Mel B's Ex Husband Calls their Divorce 'The Most Beautiful Present'

Mel B and Stephen Belafonte are officially divorced. The former couple have been locked in a bitter court battle for the best part of this year, but the 42-year-old film producer has received the "most beautiful present he could wish for" as their troubled 10-year marriage was finally dissolved by Judge Juhas at Los Angeles Superior Court in California on Friday (15.12.17). Speaking to the DailyMail.com outside the courtroom, Stephen said: "This is the most beautiful present I
2017-12-16 19:12 | ENTERTAINMENT, Latest News, Love Bites | AlBawaba

Grenfell, Six Months On: The Four Fathers’ New Song Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives and Calling for Those Responsible to be Held Accountable

Before June 14 this year, anyone reflecting on the skyline of London would think about the Shard, the Gherkin, One Canada Square, the ostentatious towers of the face of modern capitalism; on the morning of June 14, however, a new vision of a tower was seared into the nation’s memory — the charred, still-smoking remains […]
2017-12-16 19:12 | Andy Worthington - events, Battle for Britain: Fighting the Tory Government's Vile Ideology, Music reviews | AndyWorthington

Man With ALS Who Confronted Flake on Plane Has Just One Birthday Wish: 'A Massive Day of Action to Kill the #GOPTaxScam'

Common Dreams staff Ady Barkan—the 33-year-old political activist who last week seized a chance enounter on an airplane to confront Republican Senator Jeff Flake from his home state of Arizona over the pending tax overhaul legislation—is having a birthday on Monday, but this year he only has one wish: "I want us to make it into a massive day of action to kill the Republican tax scam."
2017-12-16 19:12 | News | CommonDreams

इंटर्पोल ने ज़ाकिर नायक के ख़िलाफ़ रेड कौरनर नोटिस की भारत की अर्ज़ी को किया ख़ारिज, धार्मिक पक्षपात का लगाया गम्भीर आरोप

इंटर्पोल ने भारत सरकार की उस अर्ज़ी को ख़ारिज कर दिया है जिस में इस्लामी प्रचारक ज़ाकिर नायक के ख़िलाफ़ रेड कौरनर नोटिस जारी करने की अपील की गयी थी । इंटर्पोल ने भारत की अपील को ख़ारिज करने के पीछे भारत सरकार द्वारा नायक के ख़िलाफ़ धर्म और राजनीति के आधार पर पक्षपात करने […] इंटर्पोल ने ज़ाकिर नायक के ख़िलाफ़ रेड कौरनर नोटिस की भारत की अर्ज़ी को किया ख़ारिज, धार्मिक पक्षपात का लगाया गम्भीर
2017-12-16 19:12 | India | JantaKaReporter

Who can replace Jacob Zuma as ANC's leader?

The ruling ANC party in South Africa chooses a new leader who is likely to be the country's next president.
2017-12-16 18:12 | News | Aljazeera

‘We only see politicians on TV’ – the district of Soweto in the ANC’s shadow

While the party’s delegates gather in Johannesburg to choose a new leader, residents of historic Kliptown are still waiting patiently for change In Kliptown, morning comes early. By six o’clock, the South African summer sun is sending long shadows across the railway tracks, smoke is rising from the piles of flaming garbage, tinny gospel is blaring from a sound system, men are already drinking and Magdalene Masifako is cleaning her front step. The 49-year-old part-time cleaner was born
2017-12-16 18:12 | South Africa, ANC (African National Congress), Africa | Guardian

Tunisia in new delay of first post-revolt local poll

A new date next May has been set for Tunisia's first post-revolt municipal elections, already long delayed, polling officials said Saturday.
2017-12-16 18:12 | Middle East | DailyStar

Palestinian double amputee killed by Israeli sniper

Gaza funeral for Ibrahim Abu Thurayyah, who was killed while protesting US move to name Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2017-12-16 18:12 | News | Aljazeera

Billionaire Sabih al-Masri detained in Saudi Arabia

Arab Bank chairman Sabih al-Masri detained for questioning during business trip to Saudi capital, family members say.
2017-12-16 18:12 | News | Aljazeera

Vatican issues new rules for relics in saint-making process

The Vatican's saint-making office has updated its rules governing the use of relics for would-be saints, issuing detailed new guidelines Saturday that govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained, transferred and protected for eventual veneration.
2017-12-16 18:12 | News | NewsDay

Who will replace Zuma? 'Battle for ANC's heart' starts

Delegates will choose future leader of the African National Congress, with the winner likely to replace President Zuma.
2017-12-16 18:12 | News | Aljazeera

Interpol rejects India’s request for Red Corner Notice against Zakir Naik, alleges religious bias

The Interpol has rejected India’s Red Corner Notice against Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik on the grounds that it lacked evidence and was a failure by Indian authorities to follow due process of law, political and religious bias that formed the basis of such a notice, and lack of international interest. “NIA’s request for Red […] Interpol rejects India’s request for Red Corner Notice against Zakir Naik, alleges religious bias
2017-12-16 18:12 | Education, India, Politics | JantaKaReporter

Sexual predator found guilty of luring Sydney schoolgirl to US for 'own sordid desires'

An American child predator has been convicted in a New York court of luring a 16-year-old Sydney girl to the US "to satisfy his own sordid desires".
2017-12-16 17:12 | News | TheAge

Justin Bieber's Shares his Five Daily Goals

Justin Bieber is working on finding new ways to "be generous". The 23-year-old musician took to his Instagram story on Friday (15.12.17) to share his five daily goals with his followers, which see him taking on different challenges to improve the quality of his life, each of which must be done five times. The goals were written on a whiteboard, which Justin took a photo of to upload to the site, where photos stay visible for 24 hours.
2017-12-16 17:12 | ENTERTAINMENT, Latest News, In the Limelight | AlBawaba

Peru's Pedro Pablo Kuczynski faces impeachment vote

Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is accused of accepting bribes from the Brazilian construction company.
2017-12-16 17:12 | News | Aljazeera

Facebook: Social media scrolling can make you feel bad

It's not quite like tobacco companies warning about the dangers of smoking, but Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Using social media can be bad for your health.
2017-12-16 17:12 | News | NewsDay

Facebook: Social media scrolling can make you feel bad

It's not quite like tobacco companies warning about the dangers of smoking, but Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Using social media can be bad for your health.
2017-12-16 17:12 | News | NewsDay