CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY HELD IN JERUSALEM'S OLD CITY

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY HELD IN JERUSALEM'S OLD CITY. People attend a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Jerusalem's Old City, on Dec. 14, 2017. Christians worldwide will celebrate Christmas on Dec 25, 2017. Photo courtesy Xinhua ... Read More

STAR SYSTEM HAS RECORD EIGHT EXOPLANETS

STAR SYSTEM HAS RECORD EIGHT EXOPLANETS. Artwork: the Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our Solar System in number of planets.NASA has found a distant star circled by eight planets, equal to the complement in our own Solar System.It's the largest number of worlds ever discovered in a planetary system outside our own.The star known as Kepler-90, is just a bit hotter and larger than th... Read More

ROBOT SERVES DRINKS IN A COFFEE SHOP IN VIETNAM

ROBOT SERVES DRINKS IN A COFFEE SHOP IN VIETNAM. A robot serves drink to the tables in a coffee shop in Hanoi, Vietnam on Dec 1, 2017. The robot named Morta, 130 cm in height and 20 kilograms in weight and worth nearly 9000 US dollar, is considered as the first robot that serves in a coffee shop in Hanoi. Morta may speak to ask customer to take their drink from the tray and say 'thank you' in... Read More

17 KILLED IN SOMALI SUCIDE BOMB ATTACK

17 KILLED IN SOMALI SUCIDE BOMB ATTACK. Somali police cadets arrive to help carry away the dead and injured following a suicide bomb attack on a police academy in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Dec. 14, 2017. A suicide bomber belonging to the terrorist group al-Shabaab killed 17 people inside the police training academy, police said Thursday. 15 others were injured when the attacker, dressed i... Read More

BABY PENGUIN 'MARU' TAKES FIRST PUBLIC WADDLE IN SINGAPORE

BABY PENGUIN 'MARU' TAKES FIRST PUBLIC WADDLE IN SINGAPORE. Maru (right), a two-month-old King Penguin chick and the first successful hatching by the Jurong Bird Park in almost a decade, looks at an adult penguin from a Christmas theme enclosure in the Penguin Coast exhibit at the park in Singapore on Dec 13, 2017. Maru, which means "round" in Japanese, came from parents Zoro and Sora, part of... Read More

PHILIPPINES EXTENDS MARTIAL LAW IN SOUTH FOR ANOTHER YEAR

PHILIPPINES EXTENDS MARTIAL LAW IN SOUTH FOR ANOTHER YEAR. Soldiers use a bulldozer to destroy over 100 guns and weapons confiscated during a Daesh-link Maute group siege in Marawi City at the Philippine army headquarters in Manila, Philippines on Dec 13, 2017. The Philippine Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in the... Read More

CHRISTMAS PARADE IN SOUTH KOREA

CHRISTMAS PARADE IN SOUTH KOREA. Huge installations of Santa Claus are displayed during the Seoul Christmas Festival which is held from Dec. 9 to Jan. 2, at Cheonggye Stream in Seoul, South Korea on Dec 13, 2017. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

SOUTH AFRICA: GOLDEN JOHNNIE WALKER STATUES FILL MANDELA BRIDGE

SOUTH AFRICA: GOLDEN JOHNNIE WALKER STATUES FILL MANDELA BRIDGE. An unusual kind of traffic: 365 golden Johnnie Walker Striding Men statues stood in unity in support of an abuse-free society in Johannesburg's landmark Nelson Mandela Bridge in South Africa on Dec 13, 2017. Johnnie Walker, the makers of scotch whisky held the event in partnership with Million Men March, the Tswharanang Legal A... Read More

MALAYSIAN BLIND FOOTBALLERS GIVE IRANIANS HARD FIGHT

MALAYSIAN BLIND FOOTBALLERS GIVE IRANIANS HARD FIGHT. Malaysian blind football team, left against Iran during IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Dec 13, 2017. Malaysia’s team gave Asian defending champions Iran a serious run for their money before losing 2-0. The Malaysian blind football team will face South Korea Thurs (Dec 14, 2017). Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

ORGANISATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION (OIC) SUMMIT ON JERUSALEM IN TURKEY

ORGANISATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION (OIC) SUMMIT ON JERUSALEM IN TURKEY. Heads of states and governments pose for a group photo during an extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey on Dec 13, 2017. Representatives from 57 majority Islamic nations are in attendance on the summit, which will discuss mainly the response of OIC, the worldwide Islamic... Read More

MALAYSIA: GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMMUNITY SUMMIT

MALAYSIA: GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMMUNITY SUMMIT. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak (middle) visits a booth called Futurise Cyberview after launching the Global Entrepreneurship Community Summit 2017 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Dec 12, 2017. Over 7,000 delegates are participating in the summit from Dec 12 to 13 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC... Read More

PARIS ONE PLANET CLIMATE SUMMIT

PARIS ONE PLANET CLIMATE SUMMIT. Morocco's Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, left, and Morocco's King Mohammed VI, right, is welcomed by French President before a lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, during One Planet climate summit on Dec 12, 2017. More than 50 world leaders are in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming which is co-hosted ... Read More

OIC EXTRAORDINARY SUMMIT ON JERUSALEM STARTS WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS MEETING

OIC EXTRAORDINARY SUMMIT ON JERUSALEM STARTS WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS MEETING. Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Tun rAZAK, left welcomed by Malaysian Ambassadors to Turkey , Abd Razak Abdul Wahab , right in Istanbul , Turkey on Dec 12, 2017. Najib will attend the Extraordinary Islamic Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jerusalem, following the announcement by the United Stat... Read More

BBC NAMES MOHAMED SALAH AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR

BBC NAMES MOHAMED SALAH AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR. Egyptian Mohamed Salah with his award at his British club's Melwood training ground in United Kingdom on Dec 12, 2017. Mohamed Salah was voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017, following a record number of votes, where the Liverpool star was ahead of Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Sadio Mane of Senegal a... Read More

CHINA MARKS 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF NANJING MASSACRE

CHINA MARKS 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF NANJING MASSACRE. Students of Southeast University light candles in commemoration of victims of the Nanjing Massacre in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Dec. 12, 2017. Japanese troops during World War II captured Nanjing, then China's capital, on Dec 13, 1937 and started a 40-odd-day masaccare. About 300,000 civilians and unarmed Chinese soldie... Read More

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ASIA
MALAYSIAN PM NAJIB ARRIVES FOR OFFICIAL VISIT TO BAHRAIN

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MANAMA, Dec 15 (NNN-Bernama) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak arrived here Friday for a three-day official visit to the Gulf Arab state of Bahrain.

Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor were greeted on arrival at Bahrain International Airport by ...

MIDDLE EAST
ISRAEL SHUTS DOWN GAZA CROSSINGS, STRIKES POSTS IN GAZA FOLLOWING ROCKET ATTACK

GAZA, Dec.15 (NNN-WAFA) – Israel said on Thursday that it has decided to shut down Erez (Beit Hanoun) crossing for people and Kerem Shalom (Karem Abu Salem) crossing for goods, ...

AFRICA
DEATH TOLL IN ATTACK ON MOGADISHU POLICE ACADEMY REACHES 18

MOGADISHU, Dec 15 (NNN-XINHUA) -- At least 18 police officers were killed and 15 others were injured in a suicide bombing early Thursday at a police academy in Somalia's capital, ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
ECUADOR EX-PRESIDENT SAYS CONVICTED ALLY A VICTIM OF POLITICAL PERSECUTION

PANAMA CITY, Dec 15 (NNN-EFE)--Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa said on Thursday that a key ally’s conviction this week on corruption charges was a case of political persecution and part ...

EUROPE
4 CHILDREN KILLED, MANY INJURED IN FRANCE BUS COLLISION

PARIS, Dec 15 (NNN-Agencies) -- A train and a school bus have collided near Perpignan in southern France, leaving at least four children dead and many other people injured.