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Explosion rocks New York commuter hub, one suspect in custody

Explosion rocks New York commuter hub, one suspect in custody NEW YORK (Reuters) – An explosion rocked New York’s Port Authority, one of the city’s busiest commuter hubs, on Monday morning and police said one suspect was injured and in custody but that no-one else was hurt in the rush-hour incident. Police confirmed one person was in custody but were not yet identifying the device used. Local news channel WABC cited police sources as saying a possible pipe bomb detonated in a passageway below ground at Port Authority and WPIX…

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One person in custody, several injured, in New York explosion

One person in custody, several injured, in New York explosion NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York emergency authorities were responding to reports of an explosion at New York’s Port Authority, one of the city’s busiest commuter hubs, during Monday morning’s rush hour. Local news channel WABC cited police sources as saying a possible pipe bomb detonated in a passageway below ground at Port Authority. Media reported several people were injured, and WPIX television reported, citing sources, that a man with a “possible second device” has been detained in the subway…

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EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but was met by a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process. Making his first ever visit to EU headquarters in Brussels, Netanyahu said President Donald Trump’s move made peace in the Middle East possible “because recognising reality is the substance of peace, the foundation of…

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'Explosion' at Manhattan bus terminal

'Explosion' at Manhattan bus terminal New York City Police say they are responding to reports of an explosion at a bus terminal in Manhattan. The incident reportedly happened on Monday morning at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square. “The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan,” tweeted the department. “The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time. Info is preliminary, more when available.” Let’s block ads! (Why?) Source: BBC News

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Putin orders 'significant part' of Russian forces in Syria to withdraw

Putin orders 'significant part' of Russian forces in Syria to withdraw MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin ordered “a significant part” of Russia’s military contingent in Syria to start withdrawing on Monday, saying Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State in just over two years. Putin, who polls show will be re-elected comfortably in March, made the announcement during a surprise visit to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria, where he held talks with President Bashar al-Assad and addressed Russian forces. The Kremlin first launched air…

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Hotly anticipated bitcoin futures ease off after 22 percent surge

Hotly anticipated bitcoin futures ease off after 22 percent surge NEW YORK/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Bitcoin futures jumped more than 20 percent in their eagerly anticipated U.S. debut, which backers hope will encourage wider use and legitimacy for the world’s largest cryptocurrency even as critics warn of the risk of a bubble and price collapse. Virtual currency Bitcoin tokens are seen in this illustration picture, December 8, 2017. Picture taken December 8. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration The launch on Sunday night may have caused an early outage of the Chicago-based CBOE Global Markets’…

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Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease The defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington’s has been corrected in patients for the first time, the BBC has learned. An experimental drug, injected into spinal fluid, safely lowered levels of toxic proteins in the brain. The research team, at University College London, say there is now hope the deadly disease can be stopped. Experts say it could be the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases for 50 years. Huntington’s is one of the most devastating diseases. Some patients described it as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and…

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Putin orders Russian forces to start pulling out of Syria

Putin orders Russian forces to start pulling out of Syria MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing, saying that after a two year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State. Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad visits a Russian air base at Hmeymim, in western Syria in this handout picture posted on SANA on June 27, 2017, Syria. SANA/Handout via REUTERS Putin made the announcement during a surprise visit to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria’s Latakia…

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Russia-Syria: Putin orders start of pullout from Syria

Russia-Syria: Putin orders start of pullout from Syria Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, during an unannounced visit there on Monday. Mr Putin was met by Syrian President Bashar Assad as he arrived at the Russian Hmeimim air base, Interfax news agency reports. In March 2016, Mr Putin declared that he planned to withdraw the majority of Russian troops from Syria. The Russian president is due in both Egypt and Turkey for talks. This breaking news story is being updated and more…

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Merkel, Social Democrats seek clarity on coalition talks

Merkel, Social Democrats seek clarity on coalition talks BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) say they hope to find clarity soon on prospects for a new ruling coalition as they gear up for exploratory talks this week. Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz walks onto a podium during an SPD party convention in Berlin, Germany, December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch The conservatives, meeting on Monday to map out their negotiating positions, believe compromises can be reached to renew the “grand coalition”…

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