99 MILLION-YEAR-OLD DINOSAUR TAIL FOUND IN MYANMAR

99 MILLION-YEAR-OLD DINOSAUR TAIL FOUND IN MYANMAR. Dinosaurs had feathered, chestnut-brown tails with a pale underside, a newly found specimen (pictured) reveals in Myanamr on Dec 8, 2016. The tail was found preserved in an ancient blob of amber tree resin. The study's first author, Lida Xing from the China University of Geosciences in Beijing, discovered the remarkable fossil at an amber ma... Read More

EARTHQUAKE HITS XINJIANG, CHINA

EARTHQUAKE HITS XINJIANG, CHINA. Ma Zhonghai evaluates the damage caused by an earthquake to his house at Queergou Town in Hutubi County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Dec 8, 2016. A 6.2-magnitude earthquake jolted Hutubi County in Xinjiang at 1:15 p.m. (0315 GMT) Thursday, said the China Earthquake Networks Center. Two were reported injured so far. Photoc courtesy ... Read More

GHANA ELECTIONS: VOTE COUNT BEGINS

GHANA ELECTIONS: VOTE COUNT BEGINS. Voting officers count the vote in Ghana's capital Accra on Dec 8, 2016. Ghana's electoral commission said the agency would start releasing results Thursday from a presidential and parliamentary vote held the day before as the main opposition party claimed an unassailable lead and called on President John Mahama to concede defeat. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

SCUBA SANTA AT AQUARIUM IN MALAYSIA

SCUBA SANTA AT AQUARIUM IN MALAYSIA. A scuba diver dressed as Santa Claus, called Scuba Santa, swims in a fish tank as he feeds tropical fish during a performance show at the Aquaria KLCC aquarium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Dec 8, 2016. Photo courtesy Fazry ismail ... Read More

SYRIA'S ASSAD SAYS DECISION TO RECAPTURE ALEPPO TAKEN

SYRIA'S ASSAD SAYS DECISION TO RECAPTURE ALEPPO TAKEN. A picture of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is seen in Ramouseh, a government controlled area of Aleppo, Syria on Dec 8, 2016. Bashar al-Assad, said the decision to recapture all of Aleppo city in northern Syria from the armed rebels had been taken. The Syrian army unleashed its offensive two weeks ago, against the rebel-held areas in ... Read More

PAKISTAN PLANE CRASH KILLS 48, LEAVING NO SURVIVORS

PAKISTAN PLANE CRASH KILLS 48, LEAVING NO SURVIVORS. Pakistan Army troops and rescue workers search for bodies at the site of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash in the north of the country on Dec 7, 2016. The flight with 48 people aboard crashed in a mountainous area of the country, leaving no survivors, airline officials said. The PK-661 Flight from Chitral to Islamabad went ... Read More

ADFC: MALAYSIA BT MYANMAR 16-0 EN ROUTE TO SEMIS

ADFC: MALAYSIA BT MYANMAR 16-0 EN ROUTE TO SEMIS. A Malaysian player, right, strikes a goal during 2016 ASEAN Deaf People Football Championship (ADFC) in National Sports Complex in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Dec 7, 2016. Malaysia booked their berth in the semifinals of the 2016 ASEAN Deaf People Football Championship after giving Myanmar a 16-0 hiding in their last Group B match. Photo courtes... Read More

DEATH TOLL OF ACEH EARTHQUAKE RISES TO 97

DEATH TOLL OF ACEH EARTHQUAKE RISES TO 97. Search and rescue officers (SAR) trying to evacuate casualties from the building that collapsed in the quake of 6.5 magnitude, in the village of Lueng Putu, border-Pidie Pidie Jaya, Aceh, Indonesia on Dec 7, 2016. Some 97 people were killed and many injured in an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter Scale that hit Pidie Jaya District, Aceh Provinc... Read More

SYRIAN ARMY CONTINUES ADVANCE IN ALEPPO'S EASTERN NEIGHBORHOOD

SYRIAN ARMY CONTINUES ADVANCE IN ALEPPO'S EASTERN NEIGHBORHOOD. Syrian government troops patrol the newly-captured Al-Safa neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria on Dec 7, 2016. Rebels in Aleppo called for a five-day truce and the evacuation of civilians after losing more than three quarters of their territory including the Old City to a Syrian army offensive. Photo courtesy Sana.sy ... Read More

VOTING ENDS IN GHANA'S HISTORIC ELECTION

VOTING ENDS IN GHANA'S HISTORIC ELECTION. Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress president and presidential candidate John Dramani Mahama (2nd, left,) cast his vote in Accra, Ghana on Dec 8, 2016. Voting ends in Ghana's seventh consecutive Presidential and Parliamentary. Elections as the electorates vote to choose a President and 275 parliamentarians after a gruelling electioneering camp... Read More

20 KILLED SCORES INJURED AS EARTHQUAKE HITS INDONESIA'S ACHEH PROVINCE

20 KILLED SCORES INJURED AS EARTHQUAKE HITS INDONESIA'S ACHEH PROVINCE. Residents gather outside a damaged mosque, its minaret reduced to rubble following its collapse, after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the town of Pidie in Indonesia's Aceh province in northern Sumatra on Dec 6, 2016. At least 20 people was killed and dozens injured the quake hit the area near Banda Aceh damaging buil... Read More

XI'AN-MOSCOW FREIGHT TRAIN SERVICE LAUNCHED

XI'AN-MOSCOW FREIGHT TRAIN SERVICE LAUNCHED. The first freight train service linking Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, with Moscow, capital of Russia, all set at Xi'an on Dec 6, 2016. The train of 41 containers mainly carrying consumer durables will pass through Kazakhstan before reaching Moscow and the trip will take 11 days, compared to the traditional land and sea rout... Read More

LEBANON: WOMEN STAND AGAINST CONTROVERSIAL RAPE LAW

LEBANON: WOMEN STAND AGAINST CONTROVERSIAL RAPE LAW. Women stand in silence in Beirut's downtown to press for the abolition of penal code article 522, on Dec 6, 2016. Twelve women wearing torn white dresses and red-stained bandages held a silent protest Tuesday in Downtown Beirut over a controversial law that allows rapists to avoid conviction if they marry their victim. Photo courtesy Daily... Read More

FLAMINGOES IN KUWAIT CITY

FLAMINGOES IN KUWAIT CITY. Migratory birds of the flamingo species congregate at the shore of Kuwait City, Kuwait on Dec 6, 2016. Migratory birds are making regular appearances on the coast at the beginning of the winter in Kuwait. Photo courtesy Raed Qutena ... Read More

14 DEAD IN SOUTHERN THAI FLOODS, OVER 580,000 RESIDENTS AFFECTED

14 DEAD IN SOUTHERN THAI FLOODS, OVER 580,000 RESIDENTS AFFECTED. An ariel view of municipality of Nakhon Si Thammarat province among the widely flooded southern Thai provinces on Dec 6, 2016. Flooding in the provinces has affected over half a million people, claimed 14 lives so far, said the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department. The flood in southern Thailand which began on Dec 1 ha... Read More

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ASIA
IMPEACHED S.KOREAN PRESIDENT TO GRAVELY ACCEPT PARLIAMENTARY DECISION

SEOUL, S.Korea Dec 9 (NNN-Bernama) -- Impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye has said that she is gravely accepting the parliamentary decision to remove her from office after the vote on her impeachment motion was passed through the National Assembly with an overwhelming support, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

MIDDLE EAST
SYRIA: ALEPPO LOCALS SAY BOMBING GOES ON DESPITE 'SUSPENSION'

ALEPPO, Dec 9 (NNN-ALJAZEERA) -- Russia said the Syrian army was suspending fighting in Aleppo to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods, but residents and rebels ...

AFRICA
BOTH MAIN PARTIES CLAIM TO HAVE WON GHANA'S DEC 7 ELECTIONS

ACCRA, Dec 9 (NNN-GNA) -- Both of Ghana's main political parties -- the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of incumbent President John Dramani Mahama, and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) -- ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
URUGUAY HAS HANDLED 285 CASES OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IN 2016

MONTEVIDEO, Dec 9 (NNN-EFE)--The CONAPEES committee to eradicate sexual exploitation of minors in Uruguay so far this year has handled 285 such cases, officials with the organization announced. CONAPEES ...

EUROPE
EUROPEAN UNION WARNS AGAINST ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS BILL

BRUSSELS, Dec 9 (NNN-WAFA) -- The European Union (EU) has warned against the adoption of an Israeli bill that would “legalize” settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. ...

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