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China will continue to try and steal Taiwan's allies

While Navarro's appointment might seem like small potatoes in the wake of some of Trump's other provocations - which include taking a call from the President of Taiwan and suggesting that a nuclear arms race wouldn't be such a bad thing - there's good reason for China to see Trump's pick as a threat to the relationship between the two countries.



Woman on the Queen Mary 2 goes overboard

Queen Mary 2 is the world's fastest ocean liner, with maximum speeds just over 30 knots (56 km/h). Queen Mary 2 is sailing a 12-night cruise from NY and which started on December 22. 'The ship is now back on course to reach St Maarten on December 26 as scheduled'. David Micallef, a Petty Officer, told the BBC that the missing British woman was 74-years-old.



Oil prices expected to rise in 2017

The dollar index steadied today, but remains not far below a 14-year peak of 103.65 reached earlier this week. New orders for US -made capital goods rose more than expected in November due to strong demand for machinery and primary metals, suggesting some of the oil-related drag on manufacturing was starting to fade.


Russian Tu-154 plane carrying up 91 people disappears

Russian Tu-154 plane carrying up 91 people disappears

A Russian military plane has disappeared from radar shortly after taking off from an airfield at Russia's Black Sea resort town of Sochi. The reports said that the missing plane had 82 passengers onboard and ten crew members. The source reported that the jet belongs to the Russian Ministry of Defense. Russian officials have so far made no comment. Interfax news agency reported the plane disappeared from radar 20 minutes after take-off at 5:20am local time (3:20pm NZT).


U.S. Abstains From UN Vote Declaring Israeli Settlements Illegal

U.S. Abstains From UN Vote Declaring Israeli Settlements Illegal

Egypt circulated the draft on Wednesday evening and the 15-member council is due to vote at 3 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Thursday, diplomats said. The statement also suggested that Obama administration not only failed to protect Israel against the gang-up at the council but it colluded with it under the wraps.


Woman, teen tied to Islamist militant group blow themselves up

Woman, teen tied to Islamist militant group blow themselves up

The commissioner has said police wants to capture the militants alive without using force "as any miscalculation could appear deadly in this densely populated neighbourhood". The police did not try to storm the building as militants had a lot of explosives. They have covertly been operating the activities of JMB. Witnesses said police was repeatedly asking the inmates to surrender using megaphones but they were threatening to detonate grenades tied to their bodies.