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Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile Babur-3

HIGHLIGHTS Pakistan fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile on Monday, the military said The Pakistani military said the Babur-3 missile was “capable of delivering various types of payloads ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday successfully test-fired its first Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 450km from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean, giving the country a “credible” second-strike capability, the military said. The missile, Babur-3, was fired from an underwater, mobile platform and hit its target with precise accuracy, the Inter Services Public Relations, the media…

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Putin says Russia won’t expel US diplomats in tit-for-tat measure

‘We will not drop to this level of irresponsible diplomacy,’ says Russian president in response to US move to kick out 35 Russian officials Vladimir Putin has said Russia will not expel any US diplomats in response to the US decision to kick out Russian officials over allegations of interference in the US presidential election. The foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said earlier on Friday that he was recommending that Putin expel 35 American diplomats in a tit-for-tat response to the US move. Putin said Russia’s response would depend on US…

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Sixers coach make a case for Embiid – the all-star

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Joel Embiid will be in New Orleans for All-Star Weekend, of this we can all be assured.   The 76ers rookie is a lock to be the headliner of the Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 17. But there’s a bigger question lingering: Should Embiid be playing in the All-Star Game of Feb. 19? He’s already among the most feared players in the game, and has the numbers heading into Monday night’s tilt with the Sacramento Kings – 18.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 41.4 three-point percentage…

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What is Boxing Day? Why is it Called That?

What is Boxing Day, or, why is it called Boxing Day? Arguments come thick and fast as to why, and I hope, like me, you find the answers below interesting. But firstly, I must say, it has nothing to do with the sport of boxing. The simplest answer would be that we are a little greedy here in the UK and Ireland in wanting a longer holiday.  It is not enough for us to have only Christmas Day celebrations, we have added on this other event called Boxing Day. But…

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Rail passengers face major Boxing Day disruption

Rail passengers face major disruption on Boxing Day with 200 sets of rail works planned over the festive period. London, Manchester and Cardiff are among the cities hit, with Heathrow Express also suspended for six days. Labour blamed ministers for a “lack of action” – but the government said it was working with the rail companies. The disruption coincides with a yellow “be aware” weather warning for western and northern Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England. Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald said: “Tory ministers’ handling of the Boxing…

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Chile earthquake triggers tsunami warning

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.7 off the coast of Chile has prompted a tsunami warning. The quake struck about 225km (140 miles) south-west of Puerto Montt in southern Chile at 14:22 GMT, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. Its depth was about 15km (10 miles). There are no details yet of damage. Chile’s national emergency office has issued an alert and ordered the evacuation of coastal areas of Los Lagos region. “As a measure of precaution, we order the evacuation of coastal areas of Biobio, Araucania,…

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Libya hijack: Live updates after Libyan Afriqiyah Airways flight seized by hijackers in Malta

Most of the passengers and staff have now been released from the plane, but the Maltese Prime Minister has said two hijackers and some crew members may still be on board A Libyan passenger plane has landed in Malta after being diverted by two hijackers believed to have hand grenades. The Afriqiyah Airways aircraft with 111 passengers on board was on an internal flight in Libya. Here are the latest updates:  :: Libyan plane lands in Malta in ‘potential hijack situation’ 34 minutes ago The hijackers of the Libyan plane have “surrendered,…

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Malta plane ‘hijacking’: Aircraft with 118 passengers on board lands on island from Libya

Prime Minister of Malta says emergency services are standing by after he was informed of a “potential hijack” situation A passenger plane with 118 people on board was reportedly hijacked over Libya and forced to land in Malta. The internal flight was diverted to the Mediterranean island this morning. Joseph Muscat, the Prime Minister of Malta, said he had been informed of a “potential hijack”. Social media reports suggest two people on board the Afriqiyah Airways plane threatened to blow it up. He wrote on Twitter: “Informed of potential hijack…

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Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot in Ankara

Andrey Karlov was speaking at an exhibition in the capital when he was shot by unidentified man, Turkish media say. Russia’s ambassador to Ankara has been shot and wounded in a gun attack in the Turkish capital, according to Turkish media. Andrey Karlov was several minutes into a speech at a photo exhibition when he was shot in the back multiple times on Monday evening, Turkish media said.  His condition is unkown. “Today during a public event in Ankara an unknown attacker started firing chaotically, as a result of which the…

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