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African Union readies 5,000 peacekeepers for Burundi crisis

The African Union said on Friday it was preparing to send 5,000 peacekeepers to Burundi to protect civilians caught up in a growing crisis, for the first time using powers to deploy troops to a member

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ screened at White House

US President Barack Obama had a special screening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the White House with families of fallen soldiers, ahead of the first family's annual holiday trip to Hawaii.

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For first time since 1977, rare full moon to light up Christmas Day

For all the 'good' little munchkins who will be waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas, there is good news. This year, the heavenly landing light will be on!

Facebook’s new ‘Year in Review’ lets you omit bad memories

With its new algorithm, Facebook has made this year's 'Year in Review' a little less depressing for you.

Beijing issues second smog ‘red alert’

Beijing has issued the second ever 'red alert' for pollution, as the government pledged to crack down on the hazardous levels of smog.

Ash Carter admits improper use of personal email account

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Thursday he sometimes used a personal, unsecured email account to conduct official business after he took office in February, a practice he called ''e

From Russia with love: Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump sing each other’s praises

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump praised each other on Thursday, saying they would welcome an improvement in the now-icy relations between their two nation

No specific, credible terror threats against US: Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama on Thursday reassured Americans that there are no specific and credible terror threats against the country during holidays...

IMF head Christine Lagarde ordered to face trial over Tapie affair

France's Court of Justice of the Republic ordered International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde to stand trial for her role in handling a scandal involving business magnate Ber

Lacking Christmas spirit? Blame your brain

With Christmas around the corner, if you still can't get into the spirit and feel Bah Humbug about it, don't worry as a new study has revealed that it may just be how your brain works.

Ludwig van Beethoven 245th birth anniversary: Google Doodle paid tribute to maestro

Hailed as one of the best composers of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven was paid a tribute with a doodle that lets Google users arrange his sheet music in the right order to proceed.

Vladimir Putin’s Pakistan visit undecided, says Russian envoy

The visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Pakisitan for the inauguration of the North-South pipeline is still undecided, said Russian envoy Alexey Y Dedov.

Pope Francis’ first exclusive selfie is a fake, says Vatican

Pope Francis' "first selfie" that made rounds of social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram early this week is actually a fake, a media report has said...

Analysis: Jeb Bush strong in Republican debate; may not matter as Donald Trump soars

Jeb Bush finally delivered a powerful debate performance. But it may not matter. The son and brother of former presidents repeatedly took the fight to front-runner Donald Trump night as the 2016 Repub

Lamar Odom’s downfall tops Google’s list of 2015 searches

Lamar Odom's bizarre downfall from a former Los Angeles Lakers star to a lost soul in a Nevada brothel had the world searching Google for answers more than any other topic this year.

Yemeni court jails US national for links with Al Qaeda

A Yemeni court in the rebel-held capital Sanaa on Wednesday sentenced a US national to 10 years in prison for having links with Al Qaeda and killing a Yemeni security officer, a judicial source said.

Google doodle celebrates Ludwig van Beethoven’s 245th

Google doodle: Google today is celebrating 245th birth anniversary of composer and pianist Ludwig Van Beethoven by dedicating its doodle to the legend.

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Islamic State has ‘revolutionized’ terrorism, FBI director says

Islamic State has "revolutionized" terrorism by seeking to inspire small-scale individual attacks around the world through social media, encrypted communications and slickly produced propaganda, FBI D

Barack Obama administration notifies $1.83 billion arms sale to Taiwan

US President Barack Obama's administration formally notified Congress on Wednesday of a $1.83 bn arms sale package for Taiwan including two frigates, anti-tank missiles, amphibious assault vehicles an

Visa vetting: US looking at ways to better screen would-be immigrants

The Obama administration is reviewing procedures for vetting would-be immigrants, with an eye toward examining applicants' online presence, to close security gaps in the U.S. visa system, the White Ho

Coding for kids gift guide: A look at robots and other coding toys

It's no longer tough to find coding toys for young kids. Here's a look at your current options. All of the toys are either sold through major retailers or online.

UK Supreme Court rules against Donald Trump over wind farm

Britain's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously against tycoon and U.S. presidential contender Donald Trump in his pitched battle to stop an offshore wind farm near his upscale Scottish golf re

Pope Francis says ‘no’ to bullet-proof vest despite ISIS threat

Flatly refusing to wear a bullet-proof vest during his mega Christmas address despite the horrific threats emanating from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Pope Francis has said that he

Pakistan pays tributes to Peshawar school attack victims

Pakistan on Wednesday paid tributes to the victims of Peshawar's Army Public School attack on the first anniversary of the massacre.

Domino’s acquires Joey’s Pizza, becomes a honcho in Germany

Britain's Domino's Pizza Group PLC (DPG) announced forming a joint venture with Domino's Pizza Enterprises (DPE) to buy Joey's Pizza for 45 million euros (USD 49.13 million), creating Germany's larges

Another US patrol in South China Sea unlikely this year-officials 

The US Navy is unlikely to carry out another patrol within 12 nautical miles of Chinese-built islands in the South China Sea this year as officials had initially suggested, three US defense officials

US Navy commander warns of possible South China Sea arms race

The US Pacific Fleet Commander has warned of a possible arms race in the disputed South China Sea which could engulf the region, as nations become increasingly tempted to use military force to settle

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