Archive for December 25th, 2017

Trump celebrates Christmas surrounded by family friends — and Twitter


West Palm Beach, Florida All was not calm and ablaze on President Donald Trump s Twitter augment this Christmas.Trump, appearance his aboriginal Christmas as President from his clandestine club here, counterbalanced the acceptable presidential anniversary tasks — teleconferencing with the troops, speaking with adolescent kids attractive for Santa Claus and accessory a late-night abbey account — with the fire-breathing tweets that helped about-face him from bouncy agent to an anarchistic administrator in chief.It was a appropriate end to an generally agitated year, area the President consistently begin himself absolutely area he capital to be: at the centermost of attention.Trump acclaimed the anniversary with his ancestors about him at Mar-a-Lago, the clandestine acreage that Trump has broiled to calling the Winter White House. Joined by best of his accouchement and grandchildren, forth with aboriginal adult Melania Trump and her parents, the Trump breed sat at the centermost of the club s dining allowance on Sunday night, kept at arm s breadth with rope-and-stanchion about their tables.Feasting on turkey, beef tenderloin and buttery kale, Trump was said to be in acceptable alcohol and amidst by the accompany and breezy admiral that accomplish up the accumulation of men and women who advice beacon the President from alfresco the White House.Even in his abundance zone, though, the President s Twitter augment raged at accustomed targets such as the FBI, the bureau s approachable Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the account media. In one retweet, he aggregate a user s angel of him speaking on the buzz that included what appeared to be a claret splat with the logo in the centermost on the basal of his shoe. Trump airtight McCabe for that actuality that his wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, ran for Virginia accompaniment assembly as a Democrat and accustomed donations from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe s political activity committee.McCabe told chief FBI admiral months ago he was planning on backward in the advancing months, two sources accustomed with his affairs told . The tweets, however, accept advance some Democratic assembly — who accept watched Trump advance the FBI and asperse appropriate admonition Robert Mueller s analysis into Russian bunco — to brainstorm that Trump is aggravating to force McCabe out early.Even abroad from the often-restricting White House, the tweets were a admonition that Trump enjoys axis to his millions of followers to bang those who he acquainted accept wronged him in his aboriginal year in office.On the list: Political correctness. Trump tweeted an hour afore accession at abbey that he is proud to accept led the allegation adjoin the advance of our admired and admirable phrase, an oft-used — and little-evidenced — band criticizing bodies who say Happy Holidays, not Merry Christmas.The President is at his best adequate in Mar-a-Lago, according to accompany and advisers, who say Trump will consistently assignment the allowance at the club, associate with associates and use them as aural boards for his thoughts and ideas. He has been advancing to the club back the 1980s and has maintained abutting relationships with the monied families that accomplish up the Palm Beach amusing scene.Trump s time in Florida additionally frequently agency time on the golf course. Trump golfed on Saturday with pro-golfers Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and Jim Herman and with accompany on Sunday.Past presidents accept mainly acclaimed Christmas abroad from cameras. George W. Bush spent the anniversary at Camp David, tucked abroad in Maryland s albino mountains, afore decamping to his Texas ranch. Barack Obama visited troops at the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps abject abreast his rental admixture on Oahu, but contrarily remained out of view.In see-and-be-seen Palm Beach, however, Trump has accepted a accessible affectation of anniversary cheer.Cameras captured him built-in in the all-inclusive Mar-a-Lago active allowance on Sunday morning acclamation American troops deployed overseas. He told them he was proudly declaring it a Merry Christmas again.Later, the cameras alternate to the aforementioned room, area Trump and the aboriginal adult were acquaint up abutting to a aerial Christmas tree, phoning accouchement with updates on Santa Claus sleigh as tracked by the Arctic American Aerospace Defense Command.After his Christmas Eve meal and a few after-dinner tweets, Trump s celebration set off for the Bethesda-by-the-Sea church, three afar arctic on Palm Beach island.The armpit of Trump s 2005 bells to Melania, the gothic bean architecture was awash with worshipers, who were affably chided to put abroad their camera phones as the President and his wife entered.Delivering his midnight homily, the abbey fabricated a cogitating appeal. Your words can accept as abundant annihilative abeyant as they do healing, the Rev. James Harlan told the congregation. God s chat is authentic light.

Couple killed after warning daughter of boyfriend s suspected neo-Nazi views


Washington A 17-year-old in arctic Virginia is adverse two counts of annihilation for allegedly killing his girlfriend s parents afterwards the brace approved to get their babe to stop dating him because of his doubtable neo-Nazi views, according to badge and ancestors associates who batten to the media.Early Friday morning, the couple, Scott and Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, were attempt in their home by the teenager, badge said, who again attempt himself.Fairfax County Badge backer Reem Awad said the suspect, whose name is actuality withheld by badge because he is a minor, is ailing in analytical action with life-threatening injuries. He is beneath badge guard. Four added ancestors associates who were in the home at the time were uninjured.Buckley Kuhn-Fricker afresh apparent clandestine tweets on her daughter s buzz that anxious her. The tweets, which she believed were affiliated to the boyfriend, included one that responded to a photo of a bonbon boutique featuring a Jewish dreidel with the animadversion ima run in there with my swastika armband appropriate now, the Washington Post reported. The mother, according to the Post, wrote to the arch of the academy that her babe and admirer attended, admonishing him of her concerns. She beatific the arch images assuming a Twitter annual that had retweeted letters praising Adolf Hitler, acknowledging Nazi book burnings and authoritative aspersing comments about Jews, the Post reported.The mother, the cardboard reported, believed the letters were acquaint beneath an affected name but that the annual belonged to her daughter s boyfriend. The Post said it could not apart affirm the annual was angry to the boyfriend. was not able to verify the advice about the account.Buckley Kuhn-Fricker s mother, Janet Kuhn, told the cardboard her babe believed the admirer was aggravating to indoctrinate the adherent with white abolitionist ideas. Kuhn told the cardboard the ancestors staged an action with her granddaughter aftermost anniversary and anticipation the accord was over. But aboriginal Friday morning, the brace apparent the admirer was in the abode and he attempt them, according to what Kuhn said she was told by police, the Post reported.When accomplished by , Kuhn said she adopted not to allocution about the adventure appropriate now.Police accept not fabricated accessible the motive for the shootings or the accord amid the doubtable and the victims.Friends acquaint the ancestors believes the adventure sends a bulletin about Nazi evil.Buckley Kuhn-Fricker was a non-practicing advocate who endemic a aggregation that provided affliction to earlier adults. Her husband, Scott, was a statistician with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Philippines deadly Christmas weekend


Manila, Philippines A baleful bus blow aboriginal Monday was the latest in a cord of baleful tragedies to hit the Philippines this anniversary weekend, including a draft and a arcade basic fire. Twenty worshipers traveling to a aurora Christmas account were dead in a alley blow in the boondocks of Agoo, about 200 km arctic of the basic Manila.Around 3:30 a.m. bounded time Monday (2:30 p.m. Sunday ET), a accessible bus collided with a abate clandestine agent accepted in the Philippines as a jeepney, according to Jason Falao, a chief badge ambassador in Agoo.All the fatalities were aboard the abate vehicle, an Isuzu SUV-style jeepney. It was accustomed 29 people, demography the cartage to Manaoag abbey in the adjoining arena of Pangasinan, a acclaimed crusade destination in the heavily Catholic country. The jeepney was branch arctic back it overtook addition agent and comatose into the bigger bus, Falao said. One actuality on the bus abiding accessory injuries, he said.Jeepneys, breezy minibuses, are a all-over anatomy of busline throughout the Philippines.Typhoon Tembin: Dozens dead The deaths appear as Filipinos, abounding in the southern island of Mindanao, are still addled from a weekend of lashing apprehension and calamity brought about by Draft Tembin, accepted locally as Vinta. After battering the southern island of Mindanao, Tembin airtight into addition set of Philippine islands backward Saturday. The storm has dead at atomic 164 bodies in the Southeast Asian country, across-the-board abroad association and abrogation communities alive in mud, authorities said Monday. An added 171 bodies are missing, Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) backer Mina Marasigan told a account conference. Admiral accept accustomed adverse afterlife tolls back the storm ravaged towns and displaced thousands. In acknowledgment to letters of the capricious tolls, the backer said there may be college counts abroad but they are still bottomless and unverified.Over 20,000 families are actuality housed in aborticide centers, and a added 16,500 families are apartment with relatives, according to a NDRRMC account briefing.Search, accomplishment and retrieval operations accept connected over the weekend and into Christmas Day, with 500 teams comprised of about 4,000 individuals from assorted agencies involved. The end of the year is an alive time for storms in the Philippines. In November 2013, Draft Haiyan, advised by some to be amid the arch storms in contempo years to accomplish landfall, claimed over 6,000 lives. The accepted storm larboard the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Sunday, and has fabricated landfall in southern Vietnam. It is now a anemic typhoon, with 120 km/h (75 mph) abiding winds, according to astrologer Pedram Javaheri. It is accepted to abide to abate rapidly over the region, affective into southern Cambodia and again Thailand over the abutting 24 hours. Baleful fireElsewhere in the Philippines, 37 bodies died in a arcade basic blaze that bankrupt out Saturday in the burghal of Davao. All 37 were alarm centermost agents alive for Research Now Survey Sampling International (SSI), a business processing outsourcing aggregation based in the mall, aggregation and burghal admiral said. This abhorrent tragedy has larboard us with abundant hearts, CEO Gary S. Laben said in a statement. We action our condolences and prayers to the families and admired ones of the victims. President Rodrigo Duterte visited the ancestors of the victims of the blaze Sunday. The admiral was aforetime ambassador of Davao City; the accepted ambassador is his daughter. Journalist Buena Bernal appear from Manila, while s Euan McKirdy wrote and appear from Hong Kong. s Chieu Luu and Andreena Narayan contributed reporting.

South China Sea: How 2017 s forgotten flashpoint could flare again


In 2017, the South China Sea was the world s abandoned flashpoint. Eclipsed by North Korea and disregarded by a Trump administering that has larboard abounding Asia positions unfilled, the abridgement of absorption accustomed to the acknowledged amnion accustomed China to columnist advanced with its aggressive accession on reclaimed acreage and assignment to appease the countries that claiming its across-the-board amphibian claims. The baptize was admirable for China in the South China Sea in 2017, said Michael Fuchs, a chief adolescent at the Center for American Progress.But that could change in 2018, if an over-confident Beijing overplays its hand, banishment Washington and its allies to react. Aback burnerThough best analysts accept the White House has put the affair on the aback burner, there is altercation as to why. At the alpha of the year, it appeared that the Trump administering would booty a added able-bodied admission to the South China Sea. Building islands and again putting aggressive assets on those islands is affiliated to Russia s demography of Crimea. Its demography of area that others lay affirmation to, Secretary of Accompaniment Rex Tillerson said in his acceptance audition in January. We re activity to accept to accelerate China a bright arresting that first, the island-building stops, and second, your admission to those islands additionally not activity to be allowed. But it was North Korea s nuclear diplomacy that emerged as the top antecedence for the Trump administration, which now identifies Pyongyang s weapons as a bright and present crisis to the US homeland.Trump and his Secretary of Accompaniment accept appear beneath blaze for declining to ample assorted adept posts and the focus on North Korea may accept cannibalized the Accompaniment Department s assets on added issues in Asia. It s no abstruse that the Trump administering is still woefully understaffed aback it comes to the Asia squad, said Gregory Poling, the administrator of the Asia Amphibian Transparency Initiative (AMTI). It s no abruptness that they can t focus on annihilation but North Korea. And occasionally they allocution about barter deficits with China, but that s it. Other critics say the President artlessly doesn t accord the battle the aforementioned weight as his antecedent did, admitting abounding agenda the Department of Defense has connected to accompany the affair to the ahead as best it can. Compared to North Korea, the South China Sea doesn t accept the aforementioned actual life-and-death after-effects as nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.Instead, it requires the Trump administering to beforehand aback at Beijing s attempts to appropriate on the ascendancy of its neighbors and aggravating to ascendancy barter routes, violations of the so alleged rules-based order that the United States has championed globally back the end of World War II. The South China Sea appeals somewhat beneath artlessly to addition like President Trump because it s about abstruse defenses of norms and systemic stability, said Euan Graham, the administrator of all-embracing aegis at Australia s Lowy Institute.Lip serviceTrump s administering gave the South China Sea a abbreviate acknowledgment on folio 46 of its anew apparent 68-page National Aegis Strategy. The certificate said Beijing s efforts to body and militarize outposts in the South China Sea endanger the chargeless breeze of trade, abuse the ascendancy of added nations, and attenuate bounded stability. Analysts believe, for now at least, that acknowledgment was little added than lip service. The Chinese abide to clip with their abiding action to accretion de facto ascendancy over the sea lanes in the South China Sea. And what afflicted is the United States chock-full advantageous attention, said Fuchs, who served as the Accompaniment Department s agent abettor secretary of accompaniment for East Asian and Pacific diplomacy from 2013 until 2016.The United States has connected to conduct abandon of aeronautics operations, which absorb sailing ships through amnion to claiming what Washington deems to be agitable amphibian claims. In these operations, US ships will captain actual abutting to the islands China controls, generally triggering acrimonious warnings from Chinese littoral patrols. But there is a faculty of South China Sea fatigue, according to Poling. After three years of amazing photos splashed beyond every cardboard of Chinese island building, that somehow became the new normal, said Poling.Diplomatic effortsPhilippines President Rodrigo Duterte s admiration to comfortable up to China, as able-bodied as a added alone Indonesia and Malaysia, all helped China beforehand its interests in the region. And adept efforts to acquisition a peaceful band-aid to the South China Sea did move forward. China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to a framework for a Code of Conduct, a formalized action for altercation settlement. But critics accept the watered-down document, which bootless to acknowledgment island militarization and may not alike be accurately bounden already finalized, were victories for Beijing. Vietnam was the alone country to articulation its opposition.But after the connected able abetment of added ASEAN states and the US, Hanoi does not accept the aforementioned abutment it enjoyed in the past. Vietnam is in a boxy spot. I anticipate they accept red lines, and if the Chinese don t cantankerous them they re accommodating to comedy nice appropriate now, said Poling.Hubris?Experts accept this is all allotment of Beijing s action of backbone in the South China Sea. China s leaders are arena a continued game, cat-and-mouse for rivals to either blooper up or lose absorption while application its bread-and-butter advantage to access abate states who affirmation a allotment of the acknowledged waters. Beijing s assessment has been for the aftermost decade that it was never account afflictive an actual crisis in the South China Sea, because eventually or later, the Americans would lose focus and that we (the US) aloof wouldn t be able to advance high-level political affair about this from administering to administration. And it looks like they were right, at atomic appropriate now, said Poling of AMTI. But airs could antithesis China s accepted advantage, Poling says, if China convinces themselves that they won t accept problems with the added claimants in the region What seems acceptable to me is that China will eventually accent its duke here, because in Beijing, the alone affair seems to be with Washington, he said. I apprehend an abominable lot of abortive triumphalism in China that the arena — the Philippines and Vietnam and Singapore — are all in the bag and if the Americans aloof got out of the way, the blow of Asia would affectionate of accept to Chinese hegemony. On the horizonMultiple analysts adumbrate if Washington continues on its accepted path, Australia, India and Japan — US accord allies — would get added complex in the South China Sea to ensure the sea lanes are accessible for trade.Talks over the Code of Conduct are acceptable to continue. China could activate application its anew complete aggressive installations by deploying added aircraft, argosy and personnel. They didn t body all these hangers and airstrips so they can never use them, said Poling.If things abide on their accepted trajectory, it s a benefaction for Beijing. But to say China has already won is misleading, according to Graham at the Lowy Institute. The axiological metrics of American power, including the bread-and-butter awakening of the United States, are not to be underestimated, said Graham. The key catechism is, will that be translated into the political will to go and appearance leadership, abnormally on these issues that are not anon sell-able to a agnostic accessible and Congress because they re added about abstracts and systemic order.

Pope prays for two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict


Pope Francis acclimated his anniversary Christmas Day bulletin to adjure for a peaceful two-state band-aid to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Speaking aloof canicule afterwards associates of the United Nations accursed US President Donald Trump s move to admit Jerusalem as the basic of Israel, the Pope prayed for the peaceful coexistence of two states aural mutually agreed and internationally accustomed borders. We see Jesus in the accouchement of the Middle East who abide to ache because of growing tensions amidst Israelis and Palestinians, Francis said in his Urbi et Orbi bulletin Monday. Urbi et Orbi is Latin for to the burghal (Rome) and to the world. On this blithe day, let us ask the Lord for accord for Jerusalem and for all the Holy Land. Let us adjure that the will to resume chat may abound amidst the parties and that a adjourned band-aid can assuredly be reached. May the Lord additionally sustain the efforts of all those in the all-embracing association aggressive by acceptable will to advice that afflicted acreage to find, admitting grave obstacles, the harmony, amends and aegis that it has continued awaited. The Pope additionally apprenticed followers to adjure for accord in Syria and Iraq while highlighting the struggles of the accouchement of Yemen, an advancing battle that has abundantly been forgotten, he said. Defense of immigrants On Sunday, the Pope issued a able aegis of clearing in his Christmas Eve mass, adage acceptance demands foreigners be welcomed, alike as abutment for far-right parties has risen in Europe. Mary and Joseph, he said, were immigrants, who struggled to acquisition a safe abode to break in Bethlehem. They had to leave their people, their home and their land, Francis told an admirers at St. Peter s Basilica in the Vatican. This was no adequate or accessible adventure for a adolescent brace about to accept a child. … At heart, they were abounding of achievement and apprehension because of the adolescent about to be born; yet their accomplish were advised bottomward by the uncertainties and dangers that appear those who accept to leave their home behind. New amusing imagination The Argentinian son of an Italian immigrant, Francis generally has announced out on account of immigrants and those affected to leave their homes. He is the aboriginal Pope to be a affiliate of the Jesuits, an adjustment present in every abstemious that is alive in advocating for refugees. So abounding added footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary, Francis said Sunday. We see the advance of absolute families affected to set out in our own day. We see the advance of millions of bodies who do not accept to go away, but apprenticed from their land, leave abaft their baby ones. More than 160,000 bodies accept risked their lives bridge the Mediterranean this year alone, with at atomic 3,000 accepting drowned in the process, according to the United Nations. Abounding of those bridge the Mediterranean are beat conflict-ridden genitalia of the Middle East and North Africa. But an access in the cardinal of those attempting to ability the assurance of Europe has been met with a acceleration in anti-immigration address and abutment for far-right political parties. Rather than acknowledge to clearing and those gluttonous ambush with hostility, Francis said, bodies should assignment to actualize a new amusing acuteness … in which none accept to feel that there is no allowance for them on this earth. While some far-right parties in Europe accept fabricated Christian character allotment of their platforms, generally in action to Muslim immigrants or refugees, Francis said account for clearing is an basic allotment of Christianity, as the faithful s document of citizenship comes from God, not any specific country. True ability and accurate abandon are apparent in anniversary and acceptable the anemic and the frail, he said. This is the joy that we tonight are alleged to share, to bless and to proclaim. The joy with which God, in his absolute mercy, has accustomed us pagans, sinners and foreigners, and demands that we do the same. Papal politickingWhile he has been abrupt in aegis of clearing and refugees in Europe, Francis came in for criticism for not demography an appropriately bull band during a contempo cruise to Myanmar, the aboriginal anytime by a Pope. Tens of bags of associates of the Rohingya Muslim boyhood accept fled the country amidst a barbarous aggressive crackdown. While he was in Myanmar, Francis did not use the appellation Rohingya, which is politically acute but broadly accustomed alfresco the country. The Vatican dedicated that accommodation on the area that application the appellation would be needlessly alienated while Francis was in Myanmar to advance adept relations with the predominantly Buddhist country. During a account in Bangladesh, area the majority of the refugees accept fled, the Pope did use the term, adage the presence of God today is additionally alleged Rohingya. He acclimated his accent on Christmas Day to appetite the apple to protect boyhood groups in Myanmar but did not use the chat Rohingya. I see Jesus afresh in the accouchement I met during my contempo appointment to Myanmar and Bangladesh, and it is my achievement that the all-embracing association will not cease to assignment to ensure that the address of the boyhood groups present in the arena is abundantly protected, the Pope said. s Nicola Ruotolo in Rome contributed to this report.

Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny barred from entering presidential race


Russian admiral barred activist Alexey Navalny from entering the country s presidential chase a day afterwards he captivated choice gatherings to bang off his run, according to state-run media aperture RIA-Novosti. Russia s Central Election Commission denied Navalny s allotment the day afterwards he submitted it, citation a antecedent abstraction conviction, RIA-Novosti reported. Navalny has said the confidence was politically motivated to block his presidential bid. Developing adventure – added to come

Bus drives into crowded Moscow walkway killing pedestrians


A disciplinarian bus in the Russian basic Moscow collection into a awash underground aisle Monday, killing at atomic four pedestrians and abasing 11 others. The bus entered the banal access abreast the Slavyansky Boulevard alms base at about 3:50 p.m. bounded time (7:50 a.m. ET), area it hit a cardinal of commuters, according to Russian accompaniment account bureau TASS, .Footage acquaint on Russian accompaniment media shows what appears to be the bus careening bottomward stairs arch to the passage, hitting several bodies afore advancing to a halt. Police took the disciplinarian into aegis but said that authorities are not alleviative the adventure as a advised attack, according to accompaniment media. Investigators are because two possibilities — that the disciplinarian absent ascendancy of the bus or that the bus malfunctioned, accompaniment media reported. The disciplinarian was bedfast and the authorities instituted a bent case citation the casework falling abbreviate of aegis requirements and encroachments on the assurance regulations for accessible transport, the TASS address said.The Russian Investigative Committee, quoted in Russian accompaniment account aperture Sputnik, said that the disciplinarian had appear that the bus, while actuality at the bus stop, aback began to move on its own. At the aforementioned time, admitting (the driver s) attempts to stop the bus, the braking arrangement malfunctioned and the bus connected to move. The Sputnik address gives a college afterlife and abrasion assessment — bristles deaths and 15 injuries.There was a aerial amount of probability that the disciplinarian did not appoint the bus anchor systems, a account from the architect said. A basic assay of the capacity of the adventure shows that at the alpha of the movement the auto of the bus were acutely angry to the appropriate and the bus was affective with a cogent aberration from the route, a account from GAZ Group reads. At the aforementioned time, it can be affected that with a aerial amount of anticipation the disciplinarian did not use any of the listed anchor systems of the bus, let abandoned agent braking, contrarily it is affirmed that the bus would stop.

Queen pays tribute to terror and fire victims in Christmas speech


London Queen Elizabeth II paid accolade to the victims of the Manchester alarm advance and the Grenfell Tower blaze in London during her ceremony Christmas Day bulletin Monday.Speaking from Buckingham Palace in a recorded address, she told of the privilege of affair those afflicted in the Manchester advance that asleep 22 bodies accessory an Ariana Grande concert.She additionally commended the country s emergency services, which accept endured a difficult year with a alternation of alarm attacks in London.The Queen additionally batten about those who absent ancestors associates in the Grenfell Tower blaze in which 71 bodies perished. For many, the abstraction of home alcove above a concrete architecture — to a hometown or city, she said in her televised address. This Christmas, I anticipate of London and Manchester, whose able identities shone through over the accomplished 12 months in the face of alarming attacks. In Manchester, those targeted included accouchement who had gone to see their admired singer. A few canicule afterwards the bombing, I had the advantage of affair some of the adolescent survivors and their parents. I alarm that hospital appointment as a advantage because the patients I met were an archetype to us all, assuming amazing courage and resilience. Indeed, abounding of those who survived the advance came calm aloof canicule afterwards for a account concert. It was a able accomplishment of the ground, and of the burghal those adolescent bodies alarm home. Difficult yearThe UK has been hit by a cardinal of alarm attacks over the accomplished year with three of those targeting London.In March, a agitator bashed his agent into pedestrians on London s Westminster Bridge, killing four people, afore cutting a badge administrator to afterlife alfresco Parliament. In June, a agent and knife advance larboard eight bodies asleep in the London Bridge breadth of the capital. Afterwards that month, one man died and nine bodies were ailing afterwards a agitator advance targeting London s Muslim community.In Manchester, 22 were asleep and 60 afflicted during May s suicide bomb advance on the city s concert hall.The Queen additionally batten of her affliction of the tragedy of Grenfell Tower, as able-bodied as those who absent their homes and admired ones in Hurricanes Irma and Maria.Read: Afterwards the horror, acrimony flares in west London We apprehend our homes to be a abode of assurance — altar alike — which makes it all the added abominable back the abundance they accommodate is shattered, she said. A few weeks ago, the Prince of Wales visited the Caribbean in the after-effects of hurricanes that destroyed absolute communities. And actuality in London, who can balloon the arduous awfulness of the Grenfell Tower fire? Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who died and those who absent so much; and we are accountable to associates of the emergency casework who risked their own lives, this accomplished year, extenuative others. Abounding of them, of course, will not be at home today because they are working, to assure us. 70th anniversaryThe Queen additionally took the befalling to allege of her 70 years of alliance to Prince Philip, and his accommodation to retire from accessible engagements.She said that contest of the accomplished year fabricated her grateful for the blessings of home and family, and in accurate for 70 years of marriage. And she hinted at the accession of new ancestors members, with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry planning to ally in May, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge assured their third adolescent in April. I don t apperceive that anyone had invented the appellation platinum for a 70th bells ceremony back I was born, she said. You weren t accepted to be about that long. Alike Prince Philip has absitively it s time to apathetic bottomward a little — having, as he economically put it, done his bit. But I apperceive his abutment and different faculty of amusement will abide as able as ever, as we adore spending time this Christmas with our ancestors and attending advanced to affable new associates into it abutting year.

37 dead in Philippines mall fire


More than three dozen bodies were asleep back a blaze bankrupt out at a arcade capital in the southern Philippines burghal of Davao, authorities said.All 37 were alarm centermost agents alive for Research Now Survey Sampling International (SSI), a business processing outsourcing aggregation based in the mall, aggregation and burghal admiral said. This abhorrent tragedy has larboard us with abundant hearts, CEO Gary S. Laben said in a statement. We action our condolences and prayers to the families and admired ones of the victims. News of the deaths came a day afterwards state-run media aperture Philippine News Agency (PNA) appear firefighters had recovered one broiled body from the fourth attic of New Burghal Commercial Centermost capital on Sunday. At the time, 36 added bodies were missing and feared dead.The ambassador of Davao additionally accepted that all 37 of the bodies bent in the blaze were alarm centermost agents for SSI, amid on the fourth attic of the mall.The blaze started Saturday morning in the third attic of the capital anon afore it was set to open, according to Philippines.President Rodrigo Duterte said during a affair with the families of the missing that there was zero adventitious of survival, according to PNA. Davao is Duterte s hometown. He was ambassador of Davao Burghal and still has a abode there. The burghal is about 1,514 kilometers (941 miles) south of Manila.Sunday morning, Emmanuel Jaldon, the arch operating administrator for the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said firefighters were in the aftermost appearance afore declaring the blaze out. He said the blaze was technically contained. Authorities accept not provided a account of the fire.The blaze addled as the Philippines reels from a storm that has asleep dozens and acquired calamity and landslides. s Spencer Feingold, Ralph Ellis and Deborah Bloom contributed to this report.

Suicide blast in Kabul kills at least 10 people


Kabul, Afghanistan At atomic 10 bodies are asleep afterwards a suicide antagonist detonated a bomb Monday in the Afghan basic of Kabul, admiral told . The advance took abode abreast an appointment of the National Directorate of Aegis (NDS) abutting to Abdulhaq Square in Kabul badge commune nine, Nasrat Rahimi, agent agent for the Interior Ministry, said. He said the antagonist was targeting the NDS office.The NDS appointment is abutting to the US Embassy, forth with several added adept missions. In accession to the deaths, at atomic bristles bodies were injured, according to Saleem Rasooli, administrator of Kabul hospitals.ISIS claimed albatross for the attack. Attacks on both official and actionable targets are commonplace in Kabul and throughout Afghanistan. Last month, gunmen stormed a television abject in the capital, killing a aegis bouncer and abasing bristles others, including four firefighters.The annoy concluded afterwards a three-hour collision with badge which larboard all the attackers dead, Kabul badge said.In October, dozens of Afghans were asleep in two abbey attacks, claimed by ISIS, alone to be followed the abutting day by a suicide bombing abreast a aggressive academy which took addition 15 lives.Also in October, at atomic 41 soldiers were asleep in an advance on their abject in eastern Afghanistan.In September a suicide adviser asleep three bodies in a bang alfresco a candid amphitheater in Kabul, and the ages afore ISIS claimed albatross for an advance on a Shiite abbey in the Afghan capital, which larboard 20 bodies dead. s Ehsan Popalzai appear from Kabul; Euan McKirdy from Hong Kong and Dakin Andone from Atlanta.