17 Dec 16
Quake hits east of Papua New Guinea, tsunami warnings scaled back
strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 struck 157 km (98 miles) east
of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey
(USGS) reported, prompting a warning about tsunami waves across parts of
the archipelago.

“Tsunami waves have been observed… warning that waves reaching one to
three meters above the tide level were possible along some of Papua New
Guinea’s coastlines.  

Venezuela’s 100-bolivar note withdrawal causes chaos
highest denomination banknote has ceased to be legal tender, in a move
that has caused cash chaos and long queues at banks.

Protests against the move led to looting in parts of the country, with
shops attacked and roads blocked.

Some cash machines on Thursday were still issuing the old 100-bolivar
notes, hours before they expired.  

Turkish bus attack: 13 off-duty soldiers killed by car bomb
suspected suicide car bomb in Turkey has killed 13 soldiers aboard a
bus and wounded 55 more, Turkish officials say.

The blast destroyed a bus carrying soldiers who had been allowed to
visit a local market. An army spokesman said civilians may also have
been injured.

Images from the scene showed the bus reduced to a smouldering wreck with
a massive hole punched in one side.  

Polish protesters block parliament over press freedom
have blockaded the Polish parliament in Warsaw in support of opposition
MPs unhappy about new rules restricting press reporting.

Police intervened to clear a path for government officials to leave by
car after a late-night stand-off.

Poland’s populist right-wing government wants to limit the number of
reporters allowed to cover parliament.  

China, US militaries ‘in talks’ over underwater drone seizure
officials from China and the US are in talks over the return of an
underwater drone seized by the Chinese in international waters, China

The Chinese navy seized the US research vessel in the South China Sea on

The incident – among the most serious between the two powers in years –
took place just as oceanographic ship the USNS Bowditch was about to
retrieve it.  

Burkina Faso militant attack: Twelve soldiers killed
soldiers have been killed and two are missing after an attack by
Islamist militants near Burkina Faso’s border with Mali, the army has

Insurgents who carried out the attack did so on pick-up trucks and
motorbikes, waving black flags.

The soldiers were in the area to guard Burkina Faso’s long and porous
border with Mali, where a number of Islamist groups are active.  

How did South Carolina pioneer BDS legislation?
became the 15th US state to pass legislation banning business with
companies that boycott, divest from or sanction Israel last week,
joining an effort that began in May and June 2015 with Illinois and
South Carolina.

Illinois might not have surprised anyone with its nearly 300,000-strong
Jewish constituency in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. But South
Carolina, which has only some 20,000 Jews, raised eyebrows.  

Here’s why we should worry that China is no longer the top holder of US bonds
moves to weaken its currency in an “orderly fashion” and boost slowing
economic growth is costing a lot of money, and the world’s
second-largest economy has been selling U.S. Treasurys to help finance
the efforts, analyst Peter Boockvar told CNBC on Friday.  
1000 Radical Muslims Protest in London, Call for the Return of the Islamic Caliphate
hose angry white Anglo-Saxon Protestant men are at it again in Britain.

Wait. Scratch that:

MORE than 1000 Muslims took to the streets of London last night chanting Allahu Akbar and demanding an Islamic caliphate.  

Michelle Obama says America is entering a time of hopelessness
fewer than 40 days remaining as first lady, Michelle Obama is
continuing to reflect on the legacy she and President Obama will leave
after having occupied the White House for the last eight years. In a new
interview with Oprah Winfrey, the first lady addressed the election
outcome and suggested that the U.S. is entering a time of hopelessness.  
BuzzFeed And The NYDN: Click-Bait Headlines, False Stories, And Virtually Nonexistent Retractions
Thursday, December 1st, Yasmin Seweid was allegedly assaulted by Trump
supporters in NYC. According to BuzzFeed and the NY Daily News, the
attack took place at the uptown 6 train stop at 23rd Street in midtown
Manhattan. The assaliants allegedly called Seweid a terrorist, broke
her bag strap, followed her when she tried to get away from them, and
tried but were unable to pull her hijab off of her head.

Both Tamerra Griffin and Ben Kochman, the authors for BuzzFeed and the
NYDN stories, did not include any additional sources for their story,
other than Seweid’s personal account and a statement from police that
the “investigation was ongoing” with no further comment.  

Maiduguri overwhelmed by victims of Boko Haram insurgency
Bukar didn’t know anyone when he arrived in Maiduguri with 43 people in
tow and not a coin in his pocket.

Bukar was fleeing the brutal killings of civilians by the Boko Haram
Islamists in northeast Nigeria — along with his wives, his sons, their
wives and grandchildren.  

Series of earthquakes hit west of Templeton
Six earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 4.0 to 1.6 were reported in the Templeton area beginning early Wednesday morning.  
Magnitude 5.0 Quake Hits Chile’s Northern Coquimbo Region
magnitude 5.0 earthquake has occurred on the coast of Chile, in the
northern region of Coquimbo, the US Geological Survey (USGS) informs.  

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