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It's Christmas Eve and part of the government is closed, but the news is still coming quickly and furiously from Washington. First, Supreme Judge John Roberts issued a temporary pause in an order condemning an unnamed foreign-owned company for legal action in connection with a lawsuit in connection with Robert Mueller's investigation in Russia. This gives the Supreme Court time to decide whether to intervene in this particular case. This would be the first known legal challenge to investigate Muller, who was in the Supreme Court. He would replace Outgoing Secretary of Defense James Mattis until January 1
, months before Mattis's planned departure. The President was reportedly angry at the report on Mattis's resignation and took steps to replace him earlier than planned. Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will take over the role of Mattis at the beginning of the new year.
Well, what about this closure? It will continue over Christmas (the Senate will not be back until Thursday), and there is a big chance that it will continue when the new Congress meets in early January. There was some negotiation over the weekend between Senate Democrats and the White House, but there seems to be a long way to go to end this.
2. Tsunami in Indonesia
After a tsunami in Indonesia over the weekend, at least 281 people were killed, and there are fears that more massive waves might be traveling. The volcano that triggered the tsunami is still erupting. Survivors reported escape from the wave, which – without warning – plummeted through seaside resorts, homes and businesses. It washed away a pop band that appeared near the beach. Hundreds were injured and more than two dozen people are missing. Indonesia's president ordered the country to buy tsunami early warning. Despite deadly tsunamis, Indonesia has not had an effective early warning system for years.
. 3 Al Qaeda and Airplanes
We do not hear as much about Al Qaeda as we used to, but it is still nearby. The United Kingdom Security Secretary warns the "resurgent" terrorist group that wants to attack passenger aircraft in Europe. Al Qaeda is working on new ways to shoot down aircraft, said British Security Secretary Ben Wallace, who also warns that President Trump's decision to pull US troops out of Syria will create a "new safe haven" for terrorists to attack to start the west.
. 4 Murders of tourists in Morocco
More people were arrested in the terrible death of two Scandinavian tourists in Morocco. In total, 13 people have been detained so far. Four of them are suspected of direct involvement in the killings, while the other nine were arrested for their alleged association with the four murder suspects. Morocco sees the killings as a terrorist act. In a video allegedly showing beheadings, some of the suspects commit to the IS. The bodies of the victims – 28-year-old Maren Ueland from Norway and 24-year-old Louisa Jespersen from Denmark – were found on a remote mountain range.
. 5 Lost and found
Since it's a day before Christmas, let's talk about something more that matches the holiday spirit. Like the subway driver in New York, who did something really nice last week. He found a purse of $ 10,000 on a platform. Instead of going for a Christmas present, he brought the bag with cash to the police. It turned out to belong to a woman from Manhattan who had gone to Russia for a vacation. The man said he did not think he had done anything special and that it was "something most people would have done."
"Even with the deepest differences, treating the other person with respect and as fellow human beings is always a good first step toward greater understanding."
Queen Elizabeth II in her annual Christmas message
A Christmas miracle
The two sailors had been in for weeks the Caribbean stranded. They had little food and water and no fuel. Then the cruise ship appeared.
Sweden's famous Ice Hotel is back in operation, this time with 15 new suites designed by artists and designers.
Here you will find a list of all Words that you could not pronounce correctly this year, along with a pronunciation help from handy-dandy.
Everything That Glitters Is Not Gold
It was a great story: porch pirates struck by the "glitter bombs" of an engineer stealing parcels. It turns out that there is something more to this story.
$ 10 million
The amount of fine South Korea hit BMW with the automaker's excessive dealings with a series of engine fires in the country
Have you ever tried to take a good Christmas photo of your cats? Yes, this cat owner could not do it either. (Click to watch)