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Watership Down Author Richard Adams Dies At Age 96

Adams, who was born in Newbury in May 1920, passed away on Christmas Eve, his daughter confirmed today (December 27). Watership Down is a classic children's novel about group of rabbits that are in search of a new home after theirs was destroyed.

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Netanyahu calls in U.S. envoy in fallout over United Nations vote

Israel continued to go on the offensive after the U.N. Security Council vote Friday that condemned settlements as a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law. Israel's ambassadors to New Zealand and Senegal - countries who along with Malaysia and Venezuela tabled the draft resolution - were immediately ordered to return to Tel Aviv for consultations.

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Zara and Mike Tindall lose their baby, spokesperson says

The spokesman added: 'At this hard time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy'. The couple, who married in 2011, are already parents to two-year-old Mia , who will celebrate her third birthday in January. She was born in the NHS hospital, the Gloucestershire Royal and it was understood Zara and Mike would have opted for an NHS birth the second time around.

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Merry Christmas from the Pickr team

We look forward to working with you again in 2017. The growing popularity of "happy holidays" has been derided as an attack on Christmas since Mid-2000s when John Gibson's book -"The War on Christmas : How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday is Worse Than You Thought" - played right into the fears of numerous country's conservatives who see a broader persecution of Christians in America and political correctness run amok.

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Inspired Jaguars knock out Mariota, rout Titans 38-17

Mariota was tackled from behind by a Jaguars defender and had his ankle rolled up on, and he stayed down on the field as trainers looked at him. In freezing weather, the Titans somehow managed to pull off a mind-blowing victory over Kansas City Chiefs, taking it by 19-17.

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Golden State Warriors start slow, romp Brooklyn Nets in second half

Not sure what can be considered easy when you're tied for the worst record in the conference, losing six of the last seven, and boasting the worst point differential in the National Basketball Association. Golden State shut down the nets and defeated the Nets by the final score of 117-101. LeBron James had a versatile game posting 29 points with nine rebounds and six assists , while three players had 10 points each, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and veteran Richard Jefferson.

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Deadly Explosion Rips Through Fireworks Market Near Mexico City

Luis Felipe Puente, head of national emergency services, has confirmed that at least 70 were injured. Two minors - a 13-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl - were transferred to hospitals in Galveston, Texas for treatment, according to Roberto Lopez, Director of Fundación Michou y Mau Para Ninos Quemados.

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Indonesia police kill suspects plotting holiday attacks

A sustained crackdown in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, weakened numerous most unsafe extremist networks responsible for a string of deadly homegrown attacks during the 2000s. The plot was disclosed by a member of the group who was arrested earlier on Wednesday and tipped off police about the three militants and their whereabouts, police said.

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Van explodes at Canberra's Australian Christian Lobby

The driver's identity and condition are not known. "Prayers appreciated", he tweeted, as reported by the Telegraph . Mr Shelton added: "Shocked this could happen in Australia". A phone continues to ring unanswered inside. No one inside the building is thought to be injured but the driver is reportedly receiving medical attention.

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China returns seized U.S. drone

If China, or any other nation, starts illegally interdicting U.S. commerce through those waters, only then should the U.S. Navy escort such vessels. President Barack Obama said Friday it was fine for Trump to review Washington's policy toward Taiwan, but he cautioned that a shift could lead to significant consequences in the USA relationship with Beijing.

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Massive Fireworks Market Explosion In Mexico Injures Scores

Scores of people were also believed to have been hurt in the blast - video footage of which showed dozens of fireworks exploding around a huge plume of smoke. The national civil defense coordinator of the interior ministry told another local news outlet that his priority was to make sure everybody was safe, the BBC reported .

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Aleppo: Buses attacked on way to evacuate besieged Syrian villages: state media

On Sunday morning, prior to the Idlib bus attack, "people gathered in the thousands", east Aleppo activist Muhammad al-Halabi told Syria Direct. "People have had their fill of death and fear". However, the idea that monitors "should be told to go to wander around the ruins of eastern Aleppo without proper preparation and without informing everybody about what is going to happen - it has disaster written all over it", he said.

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Woman raped in auto by driver at South Delhi's Moti Bagh

The woman had come to Delhi on Wednesday in search of a job. As the shared cabs are a common sight at these stretches, the unsuspecting girl got inside and it was after the vehicle started moving that she realised it was a mistake. The girl was immediately taken for medical examination and several teams were sent to locate the accused and the auto used in the crime. She, however, managed to flee around midnight and was found by a police patrol team which brought her to South Campus police ...

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Salvation Army receives unexpected coins inside red kettle

Residents of the Nature Trail neighborhood on West Nine Mile Road donated Christmas gifts to about 150 children through a Salvation Army angel tree program. The Salvation Army works all year long to help families meet their needs by helping with utilities, first aid and hygiene products. "The red kettle drive is going on for 10 more days", Romack said.

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State unemployment rate hits highest level since April 2014

TWC officials say the Amarillo, Austin-Round Rock and Lubbock areas all had the lowest unemployment rate in Texas last month at 3.0 percent. The nationwide jobless rate for November also stood at 4.6 percent. Twenty-three of the state's 44 counties have unemployment rates higher than the state rate. Bright spots include education and health services, the fastest-growing private industry sector with a 6,000-job increase since November 2015.

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Japan Dethrones China as Top U.S. Foreign Creditor

Japan's holdings of U.S. Treasury debt totaled $1.1319 trillion as of the end of October, down $4.5 billion from a month earlier. Investors are paying close attention to declines in China's holding of US Treasuries as any sharp sell-off could add further upward pressure to US interest rates, which in turn can undermine the Chinese currency.

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Congress, Opposition in dark about Rahul Gandhi's charge

The BJP fielded an array of its leaders to counter the allegations. "The more Rahul Gandhi speaks the more Congress will be exposed". NewsX's Athar Khan debates the issue with Bhartendra Singh (MP, BJP), Madhav Nalapat (Sunday Guardian), Adhir Ranjan Choudhary (Congress), Mohua Moitra (TMC), MB Rajesh (CPIM) and Jay Panda (BJD).

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Top GOP leaders back congressional probes of Russia hacking

Congressional Democrats prodded Republicans on Tuesday to be aggressive and even-handed as lawmakers prepared to run investigations into USA intelligence assertions that Russian Federation intruded into last month's elections to help Donald Trump win the White House.

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Oil jumps to highest since mid-2015, Fed hike on horizon

A prolonged decline in global crude prices began in late 2014 after key OPEC members made a decision to keep production levels high , despite a worldwide oversupply. Brent crude for the LCOc1 February delivery gained 12¢ to touch $54.01 a barrel rising 1.7%, while U.S. crude for the CLc1 January delivery was up by 32¢ at $51.16 per barrel, reported Reuters.

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US defense secretary in Israel as country gets F-35 jets

An unlucky start for the "Adir" that caused the ceremony, to be attended by U.S. Defense Secretary Ashotn Carter, to be delayed by about 5.5 hours. Netanyahu thanked Carter and the United States for allowing Israel to purchase the planes.

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Netanyahu says he hopes to work with Trump to undo Iran deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday condemned the twin bombings that killed 38 people in Istanbul, while at the same time calling on Turkey to speak out against attacks in Israel. Pressed on what those options might be, Netanyahu said he had "about five things in my mind", but did not elaborate. Netanyahu made a stir in the United States past year when he spoke negatively about the deal before Congress.

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Brexit dominates UK politics, from Supreme Court to Commons

Both the government and the opposition say the motion is does not affect a case at the Supreme Court over whether the government has the authority to start negotiations without legislation in Parliament. The high-profile case has raised the temperature of Britain's debate about how - and whether - to leave the EU. Complicating the picture are new participants including politicians in Northern Ireland, who also want a say, and the Scottish government , which argues the Edinburgh-based ...

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John Glenn, First American And Oldest Human To Venture Into Space, Dies

Governor Snyder is joining President Obama in calling to lower US and MI flags to half-staff to honor former astronaut and OH senator, John Glenn. Married 73 years, the pair founded the John Glenn Institute for Public Service at Ohio State University for the goal of encouraging young adults to pursue careers in government and improve the quality of public service.

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Indonesian police detonate bomb in neighborhood, arrest 4

They operated in several cities. These people can probably be linked to a terror cell based in Solo (Central Java), led by IS fighter Bahrun Naim. The police are also hunting for another suspect having links with the arrested persons. The city is known for its radical mosques and Islamic boarding schools. Head of Public Relations Division of the Indonesian National Police Comr. Sr.

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Wilders convicted in hate speech trial in nuanced ruling by judges

Dutch politician Geert Wilders has been found guilty of hate speech for leading a chant against Moroccans in a 2014 campaign rally. Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis reportedly said , "If a politician crosses the line, that doesn't mean free speech is being restricted".

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Paytm means 'Pay to Modi': Rahul hits out at govt over demonetisation

Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi for his remark on demonetisation, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said that the Congress vice-president's speeches cause tremors within his party and not outside. "This is the biggest scam in the history of India. I will speak inside (the LokSabha) and the PM will not being able to sit". He said, "I want to tell about the the biggest scam committed by Narendra Modi single handedly" and present the "voice of people, specially poor, who have suffered due to ...

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EU fines 3 banks $520 million over market rigging

They were part of a seven-bank cartel that colluded between September 2005 and May 2008 to distort the Euribor benchmark interest rate used to reflect the cost of interbank lending. Payment of the fine will not affect the 2016 financial statements given the provisions set aside previously. Despite the high sanctions, the three banks were only part-time players in collusion that spanned nearly three years and was led by Deutsche Bank, Barclays, and Société Générale.

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Food exec Puzder expected to be named Trump's labor secretary, reports say

At Romney's annual donor summit in June, Puzder was one of a few attendees who aggressively promoted Trump to the dozens who were more squeamish about their party's new star. "I've said at every interview that I'm grateful for President-elect Trump getting involved ... without his involvement these 800 jobs would not remain in Indianapolis".

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Trump's military cadre is cause for concern, not surprise

During the second stop of his victory tour, President-elect Donald Trump told supporters in Fayetteville, N.C., Tuesday that his administration will end illegal immigration, build "a great border wall", dismantle drug cartels, and rescue USA communities from the scourge of gang violence and drugs.

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Aid groups descend on Indonesia quake zone; deaths reach 102

Rescue workers, soldiers and police combed through the rubble of the devastated town early Thursday, resuming a search for natural disaster survivors that was halted at night by rain and blackouts. Some of the survivors told the ABC they still feared a Tsunami, although no Tsunami warning was issued after the magnitude-6.5 quake hit. There is also an urgent need for food and fresh clothes for the survivors who are taking shelter in nearby villages.