Dec 27, 2019

REUTERS

Islamic State released a video purporting to show its militants beheading 10 Christian men in Nigeria, saying it was part of a campaign to avenge the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and its spokesman.

The Philippines banned two U.S. lawmakers from visiting and will introduce tighter entry restrictions for U.S. citizens should Washington enforce sanctions over the detention of a top government critic.

A passenger plane carrying nearly 100 people crashed soon after take-off near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan, slamming into a house in an accident that killed 12 people and injured dozens.

A Turkish court handed down jail sentences to seven journalists and other staffers at opposition newspaper Sozcu over aiding a network that Ankara says orchestrated a failed coup in 2016.

India deployed thousands of police and shut down mobile internet services across many cities to control protests against a new citizenship law.

Indian mobile operators are losing around $350,000 in revenue every hour they are forced to suspend internet services on government orders to control protests against a new citizenship law.

Italy's Supreme Court has ruled that small-scale domestic cultivation of cannabis is legal, in a landmark decision triggering calls for further legalization from weed advocates and anger from the country's conservatives.

Profits at China's industrial firms grew at the fastest pace in eight months in November, but broad weakness in domestic demand remains a risk for company earnings next year.

As China struggles to deal with the slowdown of the world's second-largest economy, it has embarked on a new strategy of placing financial experts in provinces to manage risks and rebuild regional economies.

U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. will begin delivering Model 3 vehicles built at its Shanghai factory on Monday, a company representative told Reuters.

Volkswagen said on Friday that it would reach a key target in the production of electric autos earlier than previously anticipated.

Turkey unveiled its first fully domestically-produced car, saying it aimed to eventually produce up to 175,000 a year of the electric vehicle in a project expected to cost $3.7 billion over 13 years.

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A medical emergency on a flight headed from Los Angeles to Seattle on Thursday led to the death of a 10 year old girl onboard, who reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest.

China, Russia and Iran will hold joint naval drills starting Friday in the Gulf of Oman, Beijing and Tehran said, at a time of heightened tensions since the US withdrew from a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran.

A new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound became operational Friday, Russia's defense minister reported to President Vladimir Putin, bolstering the country's nuclear strike capability. It carries a nuclear weapon of up to 2 megatons.

A code red was issued in South Australia on Friday as temperatures hit 108F in the state's capital, while firefighters battling wildfires in New South Wales established containment lines in cooler conditions ahead of an expected heatwave this weekend.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck Iran on Friday less than 30 miles from the countries only nuclear power plant, monitors said. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.

Two men have been kicked out of the Army National Guard after liberal activists uncovered their membership in a religious group with white supremacist ties.

A study released last month found that over half of all asylum seekers on the southern border are now Mexicans, predominantly coming from the states of Guerrero, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Michoacán, Zacatecas, and Veracruz.

Ukraine will purchase a second consignment of U.S. Javelin anti-tank missiles and launch units, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

A cybersecurity firm reports that Chinese hackers have stolen technical data for the Iron Dome rocket-defense system from Israeli computers.

Russia, seeing prospects for multi-billion dollar deals, ruled out extending a United Nations-approved arms embargo on Iran that expires in October next year, despite U.S. warnings that lifting the restrictions will jeopardize global security.

BBC

Next week, a campaign to launch thousands of new satellites will begin in earnest, offering high-speed internet access from space. But the first fleets of these spacecraft, which have already been sent into orbit by US company SpaceX, are affecting images of the night sky. They are appearing as bright white streaks, so dazzling that they are competing with the stars.

Police are investigating a fire-bomb attack on the Rio de Janeiro office of a production company behind a controversial Christmas special aired on streaming service Netflix. The episode, by comedy group Porta dos Fundos, depicts a gay Jesus bringing a boyfriend home to meet his family. More than 2.3m people have signed an online petition to remove the film.

WND

The remains of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble, who was killed in Afghanistan on Monday, have been returned to the United States, arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Christmas Day.

Researchers have long contended that transgender and "non-binary" individuals are at a substantially higher risk of mental illness and suicidal thoughts or actions than the rest of the population. The attempted suicide rate ranges from 29.9 to 50.8 percent. Now, researchers are arguing that these individuals are further suffering because of American's unwillingness to date transgender, "non-binary" and questioning individuals.

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