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It's Already 2019 Across the World: Here's What the New Year Looks Like in Sydney, Tokyo and Other Cities

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 13:01

Celebrations have already begun in countries like Samoa, Sydney, North Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia.

We're proud to be in the Fiesta Bowl, but fostering social mobility matters more

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:43

The power of education isn’t about picking the student who’s already most likely to succeed. It’s about identifying talent with grit and spirit.

New for New Year's Eve Times Square: NYPD drone will watch over crowd

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:30

As revelers in New York City's Times Square sway to old acquaintances they don't want to forget, there will be a new one on hand: a tethered drone.

Vatican spokesman, deputy resign suddenly

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 11:41

The spokesman for the Vatican and his deputy resigned suddenly on Monday, an official statement said. Matthew Larotonda reports

Former Bernie Sanders Staffers Voice Concerns About 'Sexual Harassment and Violence' on 2016 Campaign

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 11:39

The letter states that the signers aim to meet in person with Sanders and other campaign staffers, including Jeff Weaver, the Senator's 2016 campaign manager.

4-year-old undergoes surgery after swallowing magnets from popular toy

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 11:27

Mother issues warning to parents after she says her son had to have part of his colon and intestines removed after swallowing 13 tiny magnets from a toy.

Read Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' Farewell Message

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 10:18

Jim Mattis, the outgoing Secretary of Defense, told staff to “keep the faith in our country” in a farewell message sent on Monday.

Young girl shot dead by man opening fire on vehicle in Walmart car park

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 10:08

Jazmine Barnes was shot as her family drove out of a Walmart car park in Texas. Jazmine and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, were hit by bullets. Ms Washington was taken to hospital to be treated for her injuries, but Jazmine was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sydney kicks off global 2019 parties with dazzling spectacle

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 09:34

Australia's largest city Sydney put on its biggest-ever fireworks display in a spectacular welcome to the New Year, kicking off a wave of celebrations for billions around the world. A record amount of pyrotechnics as well as new fireworks effects and colours lit up the city's skyline for 12 minutes and dazzled the more than 1.5 million spectators who packed the harbour front and parks. The party atmosphere will sweep across major cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas as the clock ticks past midnight.

Fatah says Hamas arrests members in Gaza ahead of rally

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 09:13

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party said Monday that its rival Hamas had carried out widespread arrests of its members in the Gaza Strip ahead of a rally marking the anniversary of the movement's founding. Hamas denied the accusation, with a spokesman for the enclave's interior ministry saying 38 people had been held for questioning over concerns that opposing Fatah factions in Gaza would clash at the rally set for later in the day.

Two killed in bombing in troubled south Philippines

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 08:57

Two people were killed and around 35 others wounded Monday after a bomb went off outside a shopping mall in the southern Philippine city of Cotabato, police said. The explosion prompted officers to search the mall, leading to the discovery of another suspected bomb which they destroyed, said local police spokesman Chief Inspector Rowell Zafra.

Police chief admits there isn't Zika in meth after Facebook post goes viral

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 08:28

The Harahan Police Department never had reason to believe Zika, a mosquito-born virus, was able to contaminate meth.

Iraqi warplanes strike Islamic State leaders in Syria: military

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 07:53

Iraqi warplanes hit a meeting of Islamic State leaders near Deir al-Zor in Syria on Monday, destroying the building they were gathered in, the military said in a statement, without giving further details about the militants targeted. The statement said F-16 fighter jets carried out the raid around al-Sousa village in eastern Syria, as "30 leaders from Daesh (Islamic State) gangs" met in the building. The strike came a day after Iraq's government hinted at greater involvement for its armed forces in Syria as the U.S. begins withdrawing troops from the country.

U.K. Says Work Still Needed on EU Brexit Backstop Reassurances

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 07:24

May “has been in contact with European counterparts over the break and you can expect more of that to continue this week,” her spokeswoman, Alison Donnelly, told reporters in London on Monday. The premier is seeking assurances from the EU on the so-called backstop arrangement for the post-Brexit Irish border. It’s a fallback arrangement to ensure the border stays open even if the EU and U.K. can’t devise a future trade deal.

Ceramicists Are Making Lamps and We're Fully On Board

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 07:00

Here are a few of our faves

Here Are All the Stores Open and Closed on New Year's 2019

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 06:01

Including hours for grocery stores and more

Guatemala village mourns 2nd child to die in US custody

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 05:32

YALAMBOJOCH, Guatemala (AP) — White flowers and flickering candles sat atop a low table inside the simple wooden home in remote, rural Guatemala. Nearby was a small pair of rubber boots, sized to fit an 8-year-old.

Merkel's Message to Europe: Stand Up Against Nationalism in 2019

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 05:17

Signaling she intends to use her clout even as a lame-duck leader, Merkel evoked the horror of Europe’s 20th-century wars in her New Year’s Eve address while calling for Europe to stand together in 2019 as the U.K. heads toward the exit consumed by domestic political battles and populists seek gains in an EU-wide election. Merkel’s comments reflect her determination to keep using the power of her office to shape the political agenda after a year of waning authority in which she agreed to step aside as chancellor by 2021 and gave up the leadership of her Christian Democratic Union. “We are committed to a more robust, more decisive European Union,” Merkel said.