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  • Dies at age 46, Irish singer Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of rock band The Cranberries

    Pi zero: some disagreement between sources on this point


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    On Monday, 46-year-old {{w|Dolores O'Riordan}}, lead singer of [[Ireland|Irish]] rock band {{w|The Cranberries}}, was found dead, her publicist Lindsey Holmes confirmed; reports suggested she was found in her room at the {{w|London Hilton on Park Lane}} hotel. O'Riordan's agent said she was in {{w|London}}, [[England]], for a recording session. According to the police, her death was considered "unexplained" and no cause of death disclosed, though it was to be investigated.
    [[File:The Cranberries (7003086657).jpg|thumb|left|File photo of Dolores O'Riordan {{image|Eva Rinaldi|file=The Cranberries (7003086657).jpg}}]]
    Later one of the richest women of Ireland, O'Riordan joined the rock band, then known as "the Cranberry Saw Us", as a teenager around 1989, after <!-- click "more" on Apple Music/iTunes source for the details; not sure if JS should be on or not -->Niall Quinn had left the band. Also featuring {{wikt|drummer}} Fergal Lawler, {{wikt|bassist}} Mike Hogan and his brother {{w|Noel Hogan}}, the lead {{wikt|guitarist}}, the band released their first album ''{{w|Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?}}'' in 1993. The debut album featuring single ''{{w|Linger (song)|Linger}}'' was an international success. The band went on to release six more albums <!-- see their website source -- note "Stars" is a compilation album (iTunes speaks about it); iTunes lists the "special" versions which features some "exclusive" songs --> featuring O'Riordan's voice, including ''{{w|Something Else}}'', which was released last year.

    A year later, in 1994, the band released their second studio album, ''{{w|No Need to Argue}}'', which featured the song ''{{w|Zombie (song)|Zombie}}'', a song about a bombing incident related to {{w|Northern Ireland}}. ''Zombie'' topped the singles charts in various countries. In the same year, O'Riordan married Don Burton, tour manager of the band. Their third album, ''{{w|To the Faithful Departed}}'', was released in 1996. The album did not receive the acclamation of the first two.

    In 2003, the band split, and it was reunited in 2009. During the course of those six years, O'Riordan released two solo albums &mdash; ''{{w|Are You Listening? (Dolores O'Riordan album)|Are You Listening?}}'' in 2007 and ''{{w|No Baggage}}'' in 2009. 2012's ''Roses'' was the first album The Cranberries had released after reunification.

    Last year, O'Riordan revealed through London's ''Metro'' newspaper she had been diagnosed with {{w|bipolar disorder}}. She also spoke of suffering from depression to ''{{w|The Irish News}}''. In 2014, the singer was involved in assaulting a flight attendant and three police officials in a flight from {{w|New York}}, [[US]] to Ireland. She was fined [[€]]6000 ([[US$]]6600) after she pleaded guilty, however, her medical reports said she suffered from mental illness during that incident. Last year, the band's tour to {{w|North America}} and {{w|Europe}} for ''{{w|Something Else}}'' was cancelled as O'Riordan suffered from a back problem.

    After announcement of O'Riordan's death, Irish prime minister {{w|Leo Varadkar}} [[Twitter|tweeted]], "For anyone who grew up in Ireland in the 1990s, Dolores O'Riordan was the voice of a generation. As the female lead singer of a hugely successful rock band, she blazed a trail and might just have been {{w|Limerick}}'s greatest ever rock star. RIP."

    The official twitter handle of The Cranberries posted a tweet saying, "We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today."

    Born on September 6, 1971 in {{w|Ballybricken}}, a town in southeastern Ireland, O'Riordan had six older siblings. She used to write songs since the age of twelve. James Walton, a priest from her hometown, said, "The plan is for her to be buried here at home. When that will be will depend on when her body is released."

    Dolores O'Riordan is survived by three children and ex-husband Don Burton.

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    |date = January 17, 2018 (date of access)
    |title = The Cranberries :: Official site - Music
    |pub = The Cranberries
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    |date = January 17, 2018 (date of access)
    |title = The Cranberries on Apple Music
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    *{{source
    |url = http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42703888
    |date = January 16, 2018
    |title = Dolores O'Riordan: Police say death is not suspicious
    |pub = BBC News Online
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    |date = January 16, 2018
    |title = Dolores O'Riordan, voice of The Cranberries, dies at 46
    |pub = Associated Press
    |author = Jill Lawless
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.yahoo.com/news/dolores-o-apos-riordan-dead-170400920.html
    |date = January 15, 2018
    |title = Dolores O'Riordan dead: The Cranberries​ lead singer dies aged 46
    |author = Caroline Mortimer, Jack Shepherd, Ilana Kaplan for {{w|The Independent}}
    |pub = Yahoo! News
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://twitter.com/campaignforleo/status/953004969103327233
    |date = January 15, 2018
    |pub = Twitter
    |title = Leo Varadkar on Twitter
    |author = {{w|Leo Varadkar}}
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  • United States: One person dead after boat to offshore casino burns off Florida coast

    Pi zero: hm; we've generally honored such preferences by the author within the sisterhood, keeping in mind the link to image on commons is readily available; it's a courtesy identifying the author, after all


    {{date|January 17, 2018}}
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    On Sunday, a boat ferrying people to a floating casino in the {{w|Gulf of Mexico}} caught fire and burned near {{w|New Port Richey, Florida|New Port Richey}}, [[Florida]], [[US]]. All 50 passengers aboard abandoned ship and jumped into the sea, but one died in hospital that evening.

    Beth Fifer, assistant chief executive of the Tropical Breeze Casino Cruise, said that the fire started at about 3:30 PM, local time, as the boat was outbound to the casino. According to Gerard DeCanio, the police chief of {{w|Port Richey, Florida|Port Richey}}, the captain saw smoke coming from the engine and turned back, then grounded the boat in shallow water. <!-- BBC video has DeCanio saying engine trouble was his first clue; NBC says DeCanio said that came after his seeing signs of fire. -->
    [[File:Pasco County Florida Incorporated and Unincorporated areas New Port Richey Highlighted.svg|thumb|left|Location of New Port Richey, Florida{{image|[[w:User:Shereth|Shereth]]|file=Pasco County Florida Incorporated and Unincorporated areas New Port Richey Highlighted.svg}}]]
    The boat was rapidly engulfed in flames. Those aboard had to jump about ten feet into waist-high water and swim or wade ashore to safety. The police said that about fifteen were treated at local hospitals, including for possible {{w|hypothermia}} from exposure to the cold sea water. The one fatality, a 42-year-old woman, went to the emergency room at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point hours later and died at 10:42 p.m., according to Kurt Conover, a spokesman for the medical center and Kevin Doll, a spokesman for the {{w|Pasco County Sheriff's Office}}.

    Passenger Qaadia Culbreath told {{w|WFLA-TV}} that he couldn't swim and didn't see any life jackets, so he found himself "dangling off the metal hanger in the front of the boat because I didn't want to let go". Andrew Fossa, deputy fire chief of {{w|Pasco County, Florida|Pasco County}}, described locals who assisted the passengers as they scrambled <!-- what? -->to shore as "phenomenal".

    According to police chief DeCanio, the boat captain had reported engine trouble on earlier trips. Fifer said, "It would've never left the dock if we knew something was wrong with it." The {{w|United States Coast Guard|Coast Guard}} has announced that they will review maintenance records. The casino operates offshore, requiring a boat to ferry gamblers to and fro, because casino gambling is not legal in the state of Florida.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/50-passengers-jump-water-after-florida-casino-shuttle-boat-bursts-n837701
    |title=Florida casino shuttle boat bursts into flames, leaving 1 dead
    |author=Alex Johnson and Kalhan Rosenblatt
    |pub=NBC News
    |date=January 15, 2018
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/01/15/fire-chaos-and-death-florida-casino-boat/1033762001/
    |title=Fire, chaos and death on a Florida casino boat
    |author=John Bacon, {{w|WTSP-TV}}, [[Associated Press]]
    |pub=USA Today
    |date=January 15, 2018
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-42687537/deadly-florida-casino-boat-fire
    |title=Deadly Florida casino boat fire
    |author=
    |pub=BBC News online
    |date=January 15, 2018
    }} {{video}}

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  • Euphoria JA Student Company

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    '''Euphoria J.A'''. (Junior Achievement) '''Student Company''' was established in the year 2017, with its headquarters being at Learning Paths School. Euphoria is being operated by students of grade 11 commerce in [[:Category:India|India]], as the aspiring team of 12 wanted to expand their horizons by establishing a company at the age of 16. Euphoria is being operated under the guidance of '''[[wikipedia:Junior_Achievement|Junior Achievement]]''' ; a Non-Profit organization with its headquarters in [[wikipedia:Colorado|Colorado, United States]]. Euphoria was launched on 11th December, 2017. Euphoria manufactures and retails products under '''Home Decor''' Category.

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  • United States: State of Hawaii criticized by head of Federal Communications Commission over incoming missile alert mistake

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    {{date|January 16, 2018}}
    {{United States}}
    [[File:Ajit V. Pai headshot.jpg|thumb|left|Ajit Pai, Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.{{image|{{w|Federal Communications Commission}}}}]]
    On Sunday, the head of the U.S. {{w|Federal Communications Commission}} (FCC), {{w|Ajit Pai}}, described the erroneous alert, sent on Saturday, warning of an imminent nuclear missile strike, as an "absolutely unacceptable" mistake by the Emergency Management Agency of the state of [[Hawaii]]. He emphasized that the FCC would "focus on what steps need to be taken to prevent a similar incident from happening again."

    At 8:07 am local time on Saturday, the {{w|Hawaii Emergency Management Agency}} (HI-EMA) sent out the following alert: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL." It appeared on people's mobile phones throughout the state and caused widespread panic. It took 38 minutes for the state to retract the warning, which Pai said made the error worse. {{w|Vern Miyagi}}, the HI-EMA's administrator, stated that an employee had mistakenly sent out the alert during a test performed at shift change. On Sunday, Cindy McMillan, communications director for state governor {{w|David Ige}}, clarified that after accidentally pressing the button to send the alert, the employee had gone on to accidentally confirm the command. Richard Rapoza, spokesperson for HI-EMA, said the employee had since been reassigned.
    [[File:2018 Hawaii missile alert.jpg|thumb|left|The message people received on their phones.]]
    Pai said that FCC analysis of the incident showed that the state had failed to put "reasonable safeguards or process controls" in place to prevent a false alert from being sent. According to ''[[The New York Times]]'', the state will now require two people to authorize the issuance of an alert. Also, a "cancellation template" will be created to solve the problem of quickly sending corrections over the mobile phone networks.

    Both HI-EMA administrator Miyagi and Hawaii governor Ige apologized for the mistake, with Ige saying "I, too, am extremely upset about this." {{w|Tulsi Gabbard}}, a {{w|US House of Representatives|House Representative}} from Hawaii, referred to an "epic failure of leadership" in an interview with [[ABC News (United States)|ABC News]].

    Tests by [[North Korea]] of missiles that, according to a report in the ''{{w|Honolulu Star-Advertiser}}'', could strike Hawaii 20 minutes after launch have heightened tensions in the state. Air raid sirens used in the {{w|Cold War}} have been reactivated there.

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    *{{source|url=https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hawaii-false-ballistic-missile-alert-fcc-chairman-ajit-pai-investigation/
    |title=FCC chairman Ajit Pai slams 'absolutely unacceptable' Hawaii missile false alarm
    |author=David Begnaud and [[Associated Press]]
    |pub=CBS News
    |date=January 14, 2018
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42682533
    |title=Hawaii told to fix its alert system after false missile alarm
    |author=
    |pub=BBC News
    |date=January 14, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url=http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/rep-tulsi-gabbard-responds-false-alarm-incoming-missile-52339440
    |title=Hawaiian congresswoman calls false missile alarm 'an epic failure of leadership'
    |author=
    |pub=ABC News (United States)
    |date=January 14, 2018
    }} {{video}}
    *{{source
    |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/13/us/hawaii-missile.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
    |title=Hawaii Panics After Alert About Incoming Missile Is Sent in Error
    |author=Adam Nagourney, David E. Sanger, Johanna Barr
    |pub=The New York Times
    |date=January 13, 2018
    }}
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  • Major traffic jam impedes travel near the MFA

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    '''Monday, January 15, 2018'''

    There is a major traffic jam on Huntington Avenue, near the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. The traffic jam is said to have started some time before 1:30 p.m. and drivers have spent the past ten minutes alone driving down five minutes walking distance.

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  • Turkey: Aircraft skids off runaway toward Black Sea

    Pi zero: no substantive changes more than 24 hours after publication (iirc some members of the community considered an even shorter horizon, but 24 hours had consensus)


    {{date|January 15, 2018}}
    [[File:TC-CPA Pegasus Boeing 737-82R(WL), 12Aug2014, landing at Schiphol (AMS - EHAM), The Netherlands, pic1.JPG|thumb|left|File photo of a Pegasus 737-800. {{Image|[[c:user:Alfvanbeem|Alf van Beem]]}}]]{{Disasters and accidents}}
    Saturday afternoon, a commercial aircraft skidded off the runway at {{w|Trabzon Airport}} in [[Turkey]]. The airplane, which carried over 160 <!-- CBS(162) BBC(168) --> passengers and crew, had just landed when it left the runway and went down a cliff, where it stopped, perilously close to the {{w|Black Sea}}. The aircraft is a {{w|Boeing 737-800}} operated by {{w|Pegasus Airlines}}.
    [[File:Trabzon airport.jpg|thumb|left|Trabzon Airport with the Black Sea in background. {{Image|[[c:user:Aleksasfi|Aleksasfi]]}}]]
    Provincial governor Yucel Yavuz told the press, everyone was evacuated and no injuries were reported. He announced the airport would be closed until Sunday morning as investigators take a look at the incident. It is unclear why the plane veered off the runway. Photos show the nose of the craft mere meters from the sea on the steep cliff.

    Passenger Yuksel Gordu told {{w|Anadolu Agency}}: "It's a miracle we escaped. We could have burned, exploded, flown into the sea." Fellow passenger Fatma Gordu said: "We tilted to the side. The front was down while the plane's rear was up. There was panic, people shouting, screaming."

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42680238
    |title = Turkey plane: Panic as jet skids off runway at Trabzon
    |author =
    |pub = BBC Online
    |date = January 14, 2018
    }}
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    |url = https://www.cbsnews.com/news/turkey-plane-skids-off-runway-comes-latest-updates-2018-01-14/
    |title = Plane skids off runway in Turkey, comes to a rest on cliff
    |author =
    |pub = CBS News
    |date = January 14, 2018
    }}

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  • AEK Athens crushes PAS Giannina to win 3-1 home

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    AEK Athens beat PAS Giannina in front of 20,000 home crowd in OAKA today at 19:30 local time. On the first attempt of the home team, Croatian striker Marko Livaja scored, just 12 minutes after kickoff. At the 47th minute, a magnificent 30-meter shot from PAS Giannina balanced the score.
    After Skondras (PAS) was sent off, the blue-whites collapsed. One of the most popular AEK players, Argentinian Sergio Araújo scored after a well-calculated assist from Livaja, face to face with the visitors' keeper. On the 86th minute, Araújo scored again, this time from a header. A controversial referee decision was made at the 10th minute. The referee preferred not to whistle after a supposed penalty kick-worthy foul by AEK keeper Panagiotis Tsinontas. On a Greek TV show afterwards, it was found there was little contact between the two players.
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  • Trial Set For Hazing Suspect

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    Arizona Superior Court has set trial date for hazing suspect, Nathaniel Thomas (17). Thomas was one of six Hamilton football players in Chandler, a suburb of Phoenix, to be arrested on March 22, 2017, and the only one charged as an adult. He is defended by Cindy Castillo on felony charges of Sexual Assault (2 ct.), Aggravated Assault (2 ct.), Assault (2 ct.) and Kidnapping.

    The arrests and subsequent charges were a result of a long term investigation into hazing within the nationally recognized Hamilton football program between September 2015 and January 2017. Investigators have uncovered electronic video, images, audio, text, emails, and social media with 11 alleged victims (only six cooperating).

    Castillo will face-off against seasoned, yet controversial, prosecutor Frankie Grimsman. Grimsman was accused of Prosecutorial Misconduct in the 2013 Jeffery Martinson murder trial. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has designated all Hamilton hazing related cases will be prosecuted by Grimsman.

    Thomas's hazing case is further complicated by an alleged coverup by Hamilton football coach Steve Belles, athletic director Shawn Rustad, and principal Ken James. Investigators have since recommended Failure to Report Child Abuse and Child Abuse charges for the three. Evidence, released in December 2017, documents administrators had knowledge of the hazing and attempted to suppress the incidents which conflicted with their police statements and public comments. All three were reassigned to the district offices.

    Additional court documents show a concerted victim and witnesses intimidation effort. Chandler Police have since investigated several death threats and life-threatening vandalism. Court documents allege Thomas also partook in the intimidation in one known text message, "If I get expelled from Hamilton, ur gonna regret it". There has not been any intimidation charges against Thomas, but was warned by the court if he was involved in any form his bond would be rejected placing him in Maricopa County Sherif's Office custody for the remainder of the trial.

    If convicted of one of the Class 2 Felony Aggravated Assault charges, Thomas faces an adult federal prison sentence of 7 to 21 years. Thomas's mother, Felicia Gillespie, and extended family have supported him throughout the process with a large Hamilton student contingent. There has been no comments from Castillo about her defense strategy.

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    * {{source|url=http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/hamilton-high-school-hazing-suspect-pleads-not-guilty-in-court-appearance|title=Hamilton High School hazing suspect pleads not guilty in court appearance|author=Nicole Garcia|pub=KSAZ|date=April 4, 2017}}

    * {{source|url=http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/crimeandsafety/hamilton-defendant-s-attorney-blames-coaches-lack-of-supervision/article_7890efca-1be2-11e7-b4cd-971f40adb9be.html|title=Hamilton defendant’s attorney blames coaches’ lack of supervision|author=Jim Walsh|pub=East Valley Tribune|date=April 10, 2017}}

    * {{source|url=https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/chandler/2017/09/22/chandler-school-district-reassigns-hamilton-high-administrators-sex-assault-scandal/694977001/|title=Hamilton High School administrators reassigned in wake of sex-assault investigation|author=Ricardo Cano|pub=The Republic|date=September 29, 2017}}

    * {{source|url=http://www.azfamily.com/story/36397419/new-documents-reveal-possible-cover-up-of-hazing-at-hamilton-high|title=New documents reveal possible cover up of hazing at Hamilton High|author=Donna Rossi|pub=3TV/CBS 5/AP|date=September 29, 2017}}

    * {{source|url=http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/new-documents-released-in-hamilton-high-school-hazing-case|title=New documents released in Hamilton High School hazing case|author=Steve Krafft|pub=KSAZ|date=November 30, 2017}}

    * {{source|url=http://www.12news.com/article/news/investigative/hamilton/suspect-in-hamilton-high-school-hazing-scandal-released-on-bond/429037442|title=Suspect in Hamilton High School hazing scandal released on bond|author=Charly Edsitty|pub=12News/KPHX|date=September 22, 3017}}


  • Google class-action lawsuit: Diversity on trial

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    {{prepared}}{{xambox|type=notice|text=This story preparation is intended to form the basis for one or more articles about the "Damore and Gudeman v. Google" lawsuit which was filed on January 8, 2018. A number of sources will be gathered here which may not be needed in the final article(s).}}{{xambox|text=Case number 18CV321529 filed in {{w|Santa Clara County Superior Court}}}}
    {{date|January 12, 2018}}
    [[File:Google Campus Mountain View California - panoramio.jpg|thumb|left|280px|Googleplex campus in Mountain View, California. {{image|[https://www.panoramio.com/user/695272 Noah Loverbear]}}]][[File:Google Class Action Exhibit.png|thumb|480px|right|An example of the alleged workplace harassment{{image|[https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Damore-Google-COMPLAINT.pdf Plaintiffs' Complaint]}}]]
    On January 8, 2018, James Damore and David Gudeman entered a complaint against [[Google]] before the {{w|California Superior Court}} in {{w|Santa Clara County, California}}. The case is a {{w|class action}} complaint on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated. The plaintiffs' initial filing demands a {{w|jury trial}}.

    The complaint, which was prepared by attorney {{w|Harmeet Dhillon}} and her partners, challenges Google's {{w|diversity (business)|diversity}} policies and alleges that Google violated the {{w|California Labor Code}} and the {{w|California Fair Employment and Housing Act of 1959|California Fair Employment and Housing Act}} (FEHA), as well as {{w|public policy}}. Specifically, plaintiffs assert that they were discriminated against on the basis of race and/or gender, suffered workplace harassment and retaliation at the hands of managers and co-workers, and Google did nothing to stop the discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

    ===Basic facts (<small>these can be reviewed now to make it easier when reviewing the; please sign each bulleted fact individually</small>)===
    *James Damore and David Gudeman worked at Google's {{w|Googleplex}} in {{w|Mountain View, California}} as software engineers
    *Damore was fired in August 2017; Gudeman in December 2017
    *Damore wrote the infamous {{w|Google's Ideological Echo Chamber}} memo
    *Plaintiffs are represented by {{w|Harmeet Dhillon}} and her Dhillon Law Group partners

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    {{wikipedia|Google's Ideological Echo Chamber}}
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    |title = Plaintiffs' Complaint
    |author = {{w|Harmeet Dhillon|Dhillon Law Group}}
    |pub = Courthouse News Service
    |date = January 8, 2018
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    |title = Plaintiffs' Complaint
    |author = {{w|Harmeet Dhillon|Dhillon Law Group}}
    |pub = Scribd
    |date = January 8, 2018
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    |title = Google's Ideological Echo Chamber
    |author = James Damore
    |pub = DocumentCloud
    |date = July 2017 <!-- exact date unknown -->
    }}

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  • Israel issues travel ban on 20 non-government organizations over pro-Palestinian boycotts

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    On Sunday, [[Israel]]'s Ministry of Strategic Affairs published a list of 20 specific non-government organizations (NGOs) now forbidden to enter the country. These organizations were associated with the {{w|Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions|boycott, divestment and sanctions movement}} (BDS), which supports {{w|boycotts}} of Israel as a state and other actions as a means of protesting Israel's treatment of [[Palestine]].

    "Forming the list is another step in our struggle against the incitement and lies of the boycott organizations, and no state would allow visitors who come to harm the state to enter it, and certainly with the goal of destroying Israel as a [[Judaism|Jewish]] state," Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan told the press.<!--i24-->

    The proscribed organizations include the BDS organizations from [[France]], [[Italy]], [[Chile]], and [[South Africa]], BDS national committee, and BDS Kampagne; the {{w|France Association Palestine Solidarity}}, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine, Friends of Al-Aqsa, the Palestine Committee of Norway, {{w|War on Want}}, {{w|Palestine Solidarity Campaign}}, and the Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden from Europe; and {{w|American Muslims for Palestine}}, U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, National Students for Justice in Palestine, {{w|Code Pink}}, {{w|Jewish Voice for Peace}}, and the {{w|American Friends Service Committee}} from the [[United States]]. "Friends" is another name for the [[Quakers]]<!--common knowledge-->, a Christian sect with egalitarianism as a central tenet. Officials from these organizations and any activist known to be associated may be barred from entering Israel. Other public figures who advocate boycotts of Israel, such as the mayors of towns, may also be denied entry.<!--i24-->
    The American Friends Service Committee was awarded the [[Nobel Peace Prize]] in 1947 for its work helping refugees displaced by [[World War II]]; principally, noted Israeli newspaper ''{{w|Haaretz}}'', families of Jewish refugees married to non-Jews.

    "For me as a Palestinian, it means a lot that they are going to ban me from going to see my family and people. It is absolutely horrible," said Fatin al-Tamimi, head of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.<!--Times of I-->

    Israeli Minister of the Interior Arye Derry issued a statement: "These people are trying to exploit the law and our hospitality to act against Israel and to defame the country. I will act against this by every means."<!--Guardian-->

    Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of one of the listed groups, Jewish Voice for Peace, responded on [[Facebook]], "As someone with considerable family in Israel, this policy will be a personal hardship. But I am also heartened by this indicator of the BDS movement's growing strength, and hope that it will bring the day closer when just as I go to visit my friends and family in Israel, so will Palestinian friends and colleagues be able to return home."

    Human rights groups sharply criticized the prohibition as opposing [[free speech]].

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    == Sources ==
    *{{source
    |url=https://www.timesofisrael.com/nobel-winning-quakers-vow-to-keep-up-campaign-after-banned-from-israel/
    |author=
    |title=Nobel-winning Quakers vow to keep up campaign after banned from Israel
    |pub=The Times of Israel
    |date=January 8, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/07/israel-imposes-travel-ban-on-20-foreign-ngos-over-boycott-movement
    |title = Israel imposes travel ban on 20 foreign NGOs over boycott movement
    |author = Peter Beaumont
    |pub = The Guardian
    |date = January 7, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |author =
    |title = Israel publishes ‘BDS blacklist’ of 20 groups barred from entering country
    |url= https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/164594-180107-israel-publishes-bds-blacklist-of-20-groups-barred-from-entering-country
    |pub = i24NEWS
    |date = January 7, 2018
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  • Navy plane that crashed in the Philippine Sea has been found

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    A U.S. Navy plane that crashed in the Philippine Sea in November 2017, resulting in the deaths of three sailors, has been located in the Pacific Ocean.
    The C-2A Greyhound aircraft, which was carrying 11 sailors from Japan to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan before crashing on Nov. 22, 2017, now rests at a depth of about 18,500 feet, the Japan-based U.S. 7th Fleet said Saturday.
    A contracted salvage vessel located the aircraft using a pinger locator that homed in on the emergency signal of the crashed plane.

    The focus now shifts to salvaging the plane from what would be a record-setting depth for such an effort, the Navy said.
    "Despite very challenging conditions, every effort will be made to recover the aircraft and our fallen sailors," the Navy said, adding that poor weather had caused the initial mission to be postponed.

    In the coming weeks, a recovery team will return to the crash site with a side-scan sonar and remotely operated vehicle to map the debris field as well as rig the aircraft with strong lines to elevate it to the ocean's surface, the statement said.

    Eight sailors survived the crash. Those killed have been identified as Lt. Steven Combs, originally of Massachusetts, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Chialastri of Louisiana, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso of Florida.
    Elizabeth Combs has said that her brother was piloting the aircraft and managed to settle it in the sea, allowing for the survivors to be rescued. The Navy called Combs' actions "heroic."
    The cause of the plane crash remains under investigation.
    Earlier this month, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan joined two other aircraft carriers off the Korean Peninsula for the first time since the late 1960s in a show of force to North Korea. At the time of the plane crash, the carrier's crew was training with the Japanese military.
    The crash was the latest accident for the 7th Fleet, following two separate collisions at sea last summer involving the guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS {{w|John McCain|John S. McCain}}.

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    |title = Navy locates downed C-2A Greyhound that crashed into Philippine Sea, killing three
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  • Saudi Arabia: Princes arrested after protesting austerity

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    [[File:Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud - 2017.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, from file. {{image|[[US White House]]}}]]{{Saudi Arabia}}

    On Thursday, eleven princes were arrested in {{w|Riyadh}}, [[Saudi Arabia]]; authorities announced in a statement on Saturday. The princes were reportedly arrested for participating in a protest against austerity measures in the kingdom.

    Authorities ascribed these arrests to a wider {{w|2017 Saudi Arabian purge|crackdown}} on corruption but did not name any of those arrested. <!-- all --> Those arrested are being detained at {{w|al-Ha'ir Prison}}. "No one is above the law in Saudi Arabia. Everyone is equal and is treated the same as others," said Saturday's official statement. <!-- CNN -->

    News of the protest and arrests first broke on Friday on a website known as Sabq. The Saudi royal family may number in the thousands, and the government recently announced an end to paying for their water and energy bills. <!-- BBC and AlJa --> The protest, which is being described as a {{w|sit-in}} at the Qasr al-Hokm <!-- alt spelling = al Hakem --> royal palace, was in opposition to the cuts in royal benefits, but also related to the murder conviction and execution of a cousin of theirs in 2016, calling for compensation for his death. <!-- WaPo and AlJa-->

    Crown Prince {{w|Mohammad bin Salman}} has been overseeing anti-corruption, austerity and social reforms programs since late last year, which included giving women the right to drive automobiles. <!-- CNN, Wikinews --> Besides cutting the aforementioned benefits for members of the royal family, the austerity program has also included doubling domestic gasoline prices and levying new taxes on most goods and services. <!-- BBC --> Offsetting some of these measures, {{w|Salman of Saudi Arabia|King Salman}} stepped in, saying students, government employees and military personnel would receive cost-of-living allowances, according to the {{w|Saudi Press Agency}}. <!-- CNN and AlJa -->

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    * {{wikinews|title=Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive|date=September 28, 2017}}

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    *{{source
    |url = http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/06/middleeast/saudi-arabia-princes-arrested/index.html
    |title = Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes protesting cuts to perks
    |author = Steve Almasy and Hamdi Alkashali
    |pub = CNN
    |date = January 7, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/saudi-arrests-11-princes-economic-protest-report-180106092439694.html
    |title = Saudi arrests 11 princes over economic protest: SPA
    |author =
    |pub = Al Jazeera
    |date = January 7, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42592784
    |title = Saudi princes arrested for holding anti-austerity protest
    |author =
    |pub = BBC online
    |date = January 6, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/saudi-arabia-arrests-11-princes-who-protested-suspension-of-government-payments/2018/01/06/5ddca558-f327-11e7-b390-a36dc3fa2842_story.html?utm_term=.836eb3abb472
    |title = Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes who protested suspension of government payments
    |author = Kareem Fahim
    |pub = The Washington Post
    |date = January 6, 2018
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  • Tennis: Andy Murray withdraws from Aus Open

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    {{date|January 4, 2018}}{{Tennis}}
    Today, [[Scotland|Scottish]] [[tennis]] player [[Andy Murray]] withdrew from the {{w|2018 Australian Open|upcoming}} [[Australian Open (tennis)|Australian Open]] Grand Slam tournament, the organisers announced via [[Twitter]]. Two days ago, Murray announced withdrawal from the {{W|Brisbane International}} suffering from a hip injury.

    A five-time finalist at the Australian Open, Murray has not played a single competitive game since he was knocked-out of last year's [[Wimbledon Championship]] by [[US]] tennis player {{W|Sam Querrey}} in the quarter-finals. Murray did not participate in the {{W|US Open}}, withdrawing from the Grand Slam two days before it was to commence. Winner of three Grand Slams, the Scot is currently ranked sixteenth in the world. He was scheduled to play {{W|Ryan Harrison (tennis)|Ryan Harrison}} in [[Brisbane]].

    The 30-year-old exited in the fourth round in last year's Australian Open. Next month, Murray is to lose points earned for the fourth round. This year's tournament is scheduled to start on January 15. Murray said, "Sadly I won't be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete".

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://twitter.com/australianopen/status/948811801059237889
    |title = Australian Open on Twitter
    |author = Australian Open
    |pub = Twitter
    |date = January 4, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://usat.ly/2lSg2gr
    |title = Andy Murray withdraws from Australian Open with lingering hip problem
    |author = [[Associated Press|AP]]
    |pub = USA Today
    |date = January 4, 2018
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = http://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/42498543
    |title = Andy Murray: Three-time Grand Slam champion out of Australian Open with injury
    |author = Russell Fuller
    |pub = BBC Sport
    |date = January 4, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
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    |title = Andy Murray will miss the Australian Open with ongoing hip injury
    |author = Paul Malone
    |pub = The Daily Telegraph
    |date = January 4, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
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    |title = Australian Open 2018: Former world No.1 Andy Murray pulls out with hip injury
    |author =
    |pub = Sydney Morning Herald
    |date = January 4, 2018
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    *{{source
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    |title = Andy Murray on Instagram
    |author = Andy Murray
    |pub = Instagram
    |date = January 2, 2018
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  • England: Multi-storey carpark in Liverpool gutted by fire, 1,300 vehicles destroyed

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    {{date|January 4, 2018}}
    [[File:Merseyside Fire Engine.jpg|thumb|240px|left|Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service vehicle.{{image|[[Commons:User:Irate|John Bradley]]}}]]{{disasters and accidents}}
    A fire on Sunday night in the seven-storey carpark for the {{w|Echo Arena Liverpool|Echo Arena}} in {{w|Liverpool}}, [[England]] destroyed almost all the vehicles parked inside and led to cancellation of the final evening of the Liverpool International Horse Show and evacuation of nearby blocks of flats. The blaze reportedly started with a parked {{w|Land Rover Discovery|Range Rover Discovery}}.
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    Investigators with the fire brigade stated that they believe the fire began with an accidental engine fire in the Range Rover at about 4.30 pm. The first call was made at 4.42 and firefighters arrived eight minutes after that. Ultimately twelve engines and 85 firefighters were involved in combatting the blaze. Aerial appliances were used and also three high-volume pumps. Fed by the fuel in vehicles parked inside, the temperature of the fire in the carpark is believed to have reached as high as 1,000{{w|Celsius|°C}}. It was too hot to be extinguished with water from hydrants, so a high-volume pump was used to draw water from the {{w|River Mersey}}, and two more were brought from other fire brigades in the region.

    The carpark has seven storeys and a capacity of 1,600 vehicles, and approximately 1,300 <!-- Conflicting sources, choosing the more recent BBC source --> were parked in it when the fire broke out. According to Dan Stephens, chief fire officer for {{w|Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service}}, almost all of them were destroyed, with the exception of a few parked on the top level and at corners. "With these very high temperatures, you were never going to put the fire out without the whole building taking hold. The speed at which the fire spreads means you simply aren’t going to put it out," said Stephens.

    The carpark itself was severely damaged; according to {{w|Joe Anderson (politician)|Joe Anderson}}, the mayor of Liverpool. It is not in danger of collapsing but will have to be demolished, which will be difficult with the many burned-out cars still inside it, Anderson told the BBC.

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    According to Stephens, there were no serious injuries: one woman injured her hand, and two people were treated for smoke inhalation. A spokesman for the Echo Arena also stated that all animals were safe. All horses were successfully evacuated from the carpark and then removed from the stables after smoke spread to them. Six dogs were also rescued unharmed, two on a lower level in the early stages of the fire and four that had been left in a car on the top level, freed by firefighters on Monday after the fire was put out.

    The final evening of the four-day Liverpool International Horse Show had been scheduled to begin at 7.30, and had to be cancelled. Many attendees were stranded in the city on New Year's Eve night. Merseyside police directed people to the Pullman Hotel, where {{w|Red Cross}} assistance was available, and the {{w|Liverpool City Council}} set up an assistance centre at the Lifestyles Gym. A spokesman for the Association of British Insurers has said that insurance companies will "move very quickly" to reimburse owners whose vehicles were destroyed.

    Nearby blocks of flats were evacuated because of the smoke. Eyewitnesses reported hearing what they at first thought were firecrackers, then "multiple explosions", "bangs and popping", "the bangs of car windows exploding". People reported leaving everything in their cars, including their cellphones, and running for their lives.

    Mayor Anderson tweeted that cuts to fire services over the last two years made it significantly harder to fight the fire and might have caused it not to be controllable. He also suggested that fire safety in multi-storey carparks had not been sufficiently considered and that installing sprinklers in them might help stop future fires before they become unmanageable, in a letter to {{w|Nick Hurd}}, a member of {{w|Parliament of the United Kingdom|Parliament}}.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-42542556
    |title=Liverpool Echo Arena car park fire photos released
    |author=
    |pub=BBC News online
    |date=January 2, 2018
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-42533830
    |title='Ferocious' fire ripped through Liverpool Echo Arena car park
    |author=
    |pub=BBC News online
    |date=January 1, 2018
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    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/01/six-dogs-rescued-liverpool-multistorey-car-park-fire-horse-show
    |title=Six dogs rescued from Liverpool multistorey car park gutted by fire
    |author=Helen Pidd
    |pub=The Guardian
    |date=January 1, 2018
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/31/horse-show-cancelled-after-car-park-fire-at-liverpool-echo-arena
    |title='All vehicles destroyed': fire guts Liverpool multistorey car park
    |author={{w|Press Association}}
    |pub=The Guardian
    |date=January 1, 2018
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  • Scaffolding collapsed in Copenhagen

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    [[File:Randersgade Stillads kollaps.jpg|thumb|left|220px|Collapsed scaffolding at Randersgade/Koldinggade, Copenhagen. {{Image|[[User:Elgaard|Elgaard]]}}]]
    In {{w|Copenhagen}}, [[Denmark]] on Monday, the first day in the new year, scaffolding at the corner of {{w|Randersgade}} and Koldinggade collapsed at about 13:00 local time (1200 {{w|UTC}}). Strong winds were reported.

    Police cordoned off the area, noting it could collapse even more and cables for the street lightning were broken.

    No personal injuries were reported, but some cars were damaged, according to the {{w|Police of Denmark|Copenhagen Police}}.

    {{w|sister=w:da|Arbejdstilsynet}}, the Danish workplace safety authority, was investigating the cause of the collapse and the police planned to question the company who set up the scaffolding.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://ekstrabladet.dk/112/lige-nu-stillads-styrtet-sammen/6980024
    |title = LIGE NU: Stillads styrtet sammen
    |author = Linette K. Jespersen
    |pub = Ekstra Bladet
    |date = January 1, 2018
    |lang=da
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    *{{source
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    |title = Stort stillads vælter ud over københavnsk gade
    |author = {{w|Ritzau}}
    |pub = Politiken
    |date = January 1, 2018
    |lang=da
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  • NYC mayoral swear-in to pair potential 2020 presidential rivals

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    {{date|December 31, 2017}}{{United States}}
    [[File:Bill de Blasio 11-2-2013.jpg|thumb|left|Bill de Blasio {{image|Kevin Case}}]]
    On New Years Day 2018, on the steps of {{w|New York City Hall}}, [[U.S.]] Senator [[Bernie Sanders]] of [[Vermont]], runner-up for the [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic Party]]'s [[United States presidential election, 2016|2016 presidential nomination]] and potential {{w|United States presidential election, 2020|2020 presidential}} candidate, is to conduct the {{w|oath of office|swearing-in}} of [[New York City]] Mayor {{w|Bill de Blasio}}, himself a potential 2020 presidential contender. In a statement, de Blasio, who was re-elected as Mayor this past November, claims to have invited Sanders due to the progressive icon's {{w|Brooklyn, New York|Brooklyn}}, New York roots and advocacy on behalf of working people. Analysts say the invitation is a calculated political move on behalf of de Blasio to take advantage of Sanders' popularity.
    [[File:Bernie Sanders 2016.jpg|thumb|left|Bernie Sanders {{image|Gage Skidmore}}]]
    Sanders, 76, a self-identified {{w|Socialism|Socialist}}, was born in Brooklyn before relocating to his current home of [[Vermont]]. After running for various public offices in the 1970s as a member of the anti-war {{w|Liberty Union Party}}, Sanders won election as Mayor of {{w|Burlington, Vermont|Burlington}} in 1981, serving three successive terms. In 1990, he was elected to the [[United States House of Representatives]] as an Independent, serving for 16 years before winning election to the U.S. Senate, again as an Independent. During his {{w|Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, 2016|2016 presidential campaign}}, Sanders garnered grassroots support, finishing second at the {{w|2016 Democratic National Convention|Democratic National Convention}} to [[Hillary Clinton]], whose husband, former President [[Bill Clinton]], administered de Blasio's oath for Mayor in 2014.

    Sanders' 2016 performance and ensuing popularity within the Democratic Party has led to speculation about his plans in 2020. According to ''{{w|Politico}}'', Sanders is taking steps toward a 2020 run. Referencing Sanders' advanced age, incumbent President [[Donald Trump]], who has already announced plans to run for re-election in 2020, said he expects Sanders to run "even if he's in a wheelchair."

    News outlets have also speculated about de Blasio's 2020 prospects. Last week, de Blasio delivered a speech in the {{w|Iowa caucuses|first-in-the-nation caucus}} state of [[Iowa]], prompting publications such as ''{{w|The Week}}'' and ''{{w|Newsweek}}'' to discuss whether the speech, delivered before about 200 progressive activists in {{w|Des Moines}} concerning the direction of the Democratic Party, was a way for de Blasio to test the waters for a potential run. De Blasio himself has denied he is running for President, though speculation persists.

    Congressman {{w|John Delaney (Maryland politician)|John Delaney}} of [[Maryland]] is currently the only prominent Democrat officially running for President. Senators {{w|Elizabeth Warren}} of [[Massachusetts]] and {{w|Kirsten Gillibrand}} of [[New York]] are also expected to run.
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    ==Related news==
    *{{wikinews|title=On the campaign trail in the USA, July 2016|date=August 23, 2016}}
    *{{wikinews|title=U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders to announce presidential ambitions by March|date=December 27, 2014}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/27/politics/sanders-swears-in-de-blasio/index.html
    |title = Sanders to swear in de Blasio for 2nd term as New York mayor
    |author = Kwegyirba Croffie and Gabriela Milian
    |pub = CNN
    |date = December 29, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/27/nyregion/bernie-sanders-de-blasio-inauguration.html
    |title = Bernie Sanders to Preside at de Blasio’s 2nd Inauguration
    |author = William Neuman
    |pub = The New York Times
    |date = December 27, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.newsweek.com/2020-election-candidates-andrew-cuomo-bill-de-blasio-kirsten-gillibrand-bernie-752818
    |title = New York is Breeding Ground for Possible 2020 Presidential Candidates
    |author = Ryan Sit
    |pub = Newsweek
    |date = December 19, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2017/12/19/iowa-bill-de-blasio-touts-progressive-populism-but-says-hes-not-running-president/962272001/
    |title = In Iowa, Bill de Blasio touts 'progressive populism' but says he's not running for president
    |author = Jason Noble
    |pub = Des Moines Register
    |date = December 19, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.newsweek.com/trump-thinks-bernie-sanders-will-run-against-him-wheelchair-2020-743489
    |title = Trump Thinks Bernie Sanders Will Run Against Him 'In A Wheelchair' In 2020
    |author = Jessica Kwong
    |pub = Newsweek
    |date = December 19, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/27/bernie-sanders-2020-elections-258160
    |title = Bernie makes moves pointing to 2020 run
    |author = Gabriel Debenedetti
    |pub = Politico
    |date = November 27, 2017
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    |pub = The Week
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  • Liberia: Former football striker George Weah wins presidential election

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    {{date|December 29, 2017}}{{Politics and conflicts}}
    Yesterday<!--On Thursday-->, the [[Liberia]]n National Elections Commission (NEC) said former [[Football (soccer)|football]] player {{W|George Weah}} won Tuesday's second round of the 2017 [[Liberia|Liberian]] presidential election, winning 61.5% of the votes after 98.1% of the ballots were counted, defeating current vice-president {{W|Joseph Boakai}}.

    In the first round of the election, held in October, Weah led Boakai, but did not receive the threshold of 50% of the votes. In the second round, the turnout was about 56%, the NEC said. There were 27,873 invalid votes, constituting 2.3% of the total votes.

    51-year-old Weah is to become president in January. He competed in the presidential election in 2005, but lost to [[Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf|Ellen Sirleaf]]. Sirleaf is the first female president of Liberia, has served as the president for two terms, and received the [[Nobel Peace Prize]] in 2011.

    This election marks the first democratic transition in the country since 1944. It is also the first election run independently by Liberia &mdash; without help from the [[United Nations]] &mdash; since the end of civil war in the country in 2003.

    Since December 2014, Weah has served as a senator in the parliament. He competed for the vice-presidential post in 2011, but lost to Boakai.

    With him, {{W|Jewel Taylor|Jewel Howard Taylor}} stood for the post of vice-president. In an interview with ''{{W|Deutsche Welle}}'', Weah said Taylor "is a Liberian, capable, qualified, and Liberian people love her. I also believe in gender equality, so I think having a woman as my vice president is a good thing".

    Weah entered politics after retiring from football in 2003. Weah has played for various [[Europe|European]] football clubs including {{w|AS Monaco}}, [[Paris Saint Germain|Paris Saint-Germain]], [[A.C. Milan|AC Milan]], [[Chelsea F.C.|Chelsea]] and [[Manchester City]]. In 1995, he won the {{W|Ballon d'Or|France Football Ballon d'Or}} as well as {{W|FIFA Player of the Year}} award. He is the only [[Africa]]n to win the Balon d'Or.

    Yesterday<!--On Thursday-->, Weah [[Twitter|tweeted]], "My fellow Liberians, I deeply feel the emotion of all the nation. I measure the importance and the responsibility of the immense task which I embrace today. Change is on." [[France|French]] president {{W|Emmanuel Macron}} congratulated Weah, and tweeted, {{translated quote|fr|French language|Félicitations à George Weah pour sa brillante élection et à l'ensemble du peuple libérien pour le chemin parcouru vers la paix et la réconciliation. Congrats Mister George.|Congratulations to George Weah for his brilliant election and all of the people of Liberia on their path towards peace and reconciliation. Congrats Mister George.}}

    {| style="width:100%"
    |-
    | style="width:85%" |
    {| style="width:100%; text-align:center; font-weight:bold;"
    |- style="color:white;"
    | style="background:#0c2399; width:61.5%; color:#fff;" | 720,023 votes
    | style="background:#026536; width:38.5%;" | 451,088 votes
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    | {{color|#000|George Weah &mdash; ''Coalition for Democratic Change''}}
    | {{color|#000|Joseph Boakai &mdash; ''Unity Party''}}
    |}
    | style="width:15%; text-align:right;"| <small>Data from the National Elections Commission after counting 98.1% of the total votes.</small>
    |}

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = http://www.necliberia.org/pg_img/Presidential%20Run-off%20Preliminary%20Results%202017.pdf
    |title = Presidential Run-off Preliminary Results 2017
    |author =
    |pub = National Elections Commission
    |date = December 29, 2017 (date of access)
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://twitter.com/EmmanuelMacron/status/946537290742091776
    |title = Emmanuel Macron on Twitter
    |author = Emmanuel Macron
    |pub = Twitter
    |date = December 29, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://twitter.com/GeorgeWeahOff/status/946464511485202432
    |title = George Weah on Twitter
    |author = George Weah
    |pub = Twitter
    |date = December 29, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=2187/profile.html
    |title = Iconic Weah a true great
    |author =
    |pub = FIFA
    |date = December 29, 2017 (date of access)
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=2187/index.html
    |title = FIFA Tournaments - Players &amp; Coaches - George WEAH
    |author =
    |pub = FIFA
    |date = December 29, 2017 (date of access)
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.bbc.com/sport/amp/football/41607141
    |title = George Weah: Ex-AC Milan, Chelsea & Man City striker elected Liberia president
    |author =
    |pub = BBC News Online
    |date = December 28, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://apnews.com/05dada89ad6b40bfacb8f4bb85b42d05/Soccer-star-Weah-poised-to-win-Liberia's-presidency
    |title = Soccer star Weah poised to win Liberia’s presidency
    |author = Jonathan Paye-Layleh
    |pub = Associated Press
    |date = December 28, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/12/28/former-soccer-star-george-weah-wins-liberian-presidential-election/988605001/
    |title = Former soccer star George Weah wins Liberian presidential election
    |author = {{w|Deutsche Welle}}
    |pub = USA Today
    |date = December 28, 2017
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  • Belgium stops telegram services

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    {{date|December 30, 2017}}{{Belgium}}
    After 171 years of existence, telegram services were permanently stopped in [[Belgium]] as of yesterday<!--Friday-->. The service was launched in 1846, and about 9000 telegrams were sent across the country from January 2017 to November 2017.
    [[File:Telegram Belgium usage.png|left|thumb|300px|Telegrams sent in Belgium per year, approximate, data from {{w|Proximus Group|proximus.com}}. {{image|[[User:Acagastya|Acagastya]]}}]]
    On December 12, Belgian telecommunication company {{w|Proximus Group|Proximus}}, who provided telegram services in the country, announced they "will definitively end [our] telegram service" on December 29. Jack Hamande, board member of the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications, said, "It is mainly 10 customers using the telegram in Belgium today [...] in finance, judicial services and insurance".

    The first telegram line was laid from Belgium's capital [[Brussels]] to {{w|Antwerp}}. Usage of telegram has decreased enormously over the decades. According to Proximus's statistics, about 1.5 million telegrams were sent during the early 1980s, with many telegrams coming from [[Italy]], but the number dropped to fifty thousand in the early 2010s. Sending a twenty-word message via telegram in Belgium would cost around [[euro|€]]16 (about [[US$]]19). Hamande said, "Most of the current users of telegram will shift to registered mail [...] we see no reason to force the company to maintain this service."

    Telegram is still functional in Italy. It was invented in {{w|Great Britain}} in the 1830s, but was stopped there in 1982. The [[United States]] stopped telegram services in 2006, and the last telegram in [[India]] was sent on July 14, 2013 which began in 1850. In the mid-1980s, about 600 thousand telegrams were sent across India each day.

    "If you ask young people [...] they don't know what a telegram is", Hamande said.
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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/telegram-19th-century-service-ends-171-years-171228100337698.html
    |title = Telegram: 19th century service ends in Belgium
    |author = David Child
    |pub = Al Jazeera
    |date = December 29, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/25/belgiums-telegram-service-comes-stop/
    |title = Belgium's telegram service comes to a 'stop'
    |author = James Crisp
    |pub = The Daily Telegraph
    |date = December 25, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.proximus.com/en/news/proximus-ends-telegram-after-over-150-years-good-loyal-service
    |title = Proximus ends the telegram after over 150 years of good, loyal service
    |author =
    |pub = Al Jazeera
    |date = December 12, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10180463/India-sends-its-last-telegram.-Stop.html
    |title = India sends its last telegram. Stop
    |author = [[Associated Press|AP]]
    |pub = The Daily Telegraph
    |date = July 15, 2013
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  • Football: Liverpool reaches agreeement with Southampton FC to sign van Dijk

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    {{date|December 30, 2017}}{{football}}
    On Wednesday, <!-- the time stamp on Liverpool's Instagram post is 'Dec 27, 2017 at 5:59pm UTC'; see view-source:https://www.instagram.com/p/BdNwZijBB9b/ if you want to confirm; it is because there can be ambiguity "when" did they announce since their website currently says "15 hours ago" --> [[England|English]] [[football (soccer)|football]] club [[Liverpool FC]] announced reaching an agreement with {{w|Southampton FC}} to sign [[Netherlands|Dutch]] centre-back {{w|Virgil van Dijk}}. According to the reports, the Dutchman would cost Liverpool {{w|£}}75 million making him the most expensive defender of all time as well as the most expensive player in Liverpool's history.

    In an {{w|Instagram}} post, van Dijk wrote, "Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player!" The defender is to join Liverpool on January 1, when the transfer window opens. He is to wear number 4 jersey, the club announced on their website. ''The Reds'' tried to sign the Dutchman in summer after he formally requested a transfer.

    van Dijk joined ''The Saints'' in 2015 for a fee of £13 million from {{w|Celtic Glasgow|Celtic}} and he penned a six-year contract with the club last year. Since 2014, Liverpool has signed five players from Southampton for about £171.5 million.

    Liverpool is currently fourth in the {{w|Premier League}} table with 41 points in 21 games. They have conceded 24 goals in the league this season. Seventeen points behind league leaders {{w|Manchester City}}, Liverpool is scheduled to play {{w|Burnley FC|Burnley}} in an away game on January 1, but would not be able to field van Dijk.

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    == Sources ==


    *{{source
    |url = http://www.fifa.com/live-scores/nationalleagues/nationalleague=england-premier-league-2000000000/matches/match=liverpool-leicester-city-300400813/index.html
    |title = Live Scores - Barclays Premiership: Liverpool - Leicester City
    |author =
    |pub = FIFA
    |date = December 30, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.fifa.com/live-scores/nationalleagues/nationalleague=england-premier-league-2000000000/matches/match=burnley-liverpool-300400823/index.html
    |title = Live Scores - Barclays Premiership: Burnley - Liverpool
    |author =
    |pub = FIFA
    |date = December 28, 2017 (date of access)
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.espn.in/football/liverpool/story/3326742/liverpool-announce-deal-to-sign-virgil-van-dijk-from-southampton
    |title = Liverpool announce deal to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton
    |author = Glenn Price
    |pub = ESPN FC
    |date = December 28, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/42496637
    |title = Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool to sign Southampton defender for world record £75m
    |author =
    |pub = BBC Sport
    |date = December 27, 2017
    }}

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  • Afghanistan: More than 40 killed in explosions in kabul

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    {{date|December 28, 2017}}{{Afghanistan}}
    Today<!--On Thursday-->, multiple bomb blasts at a [[Kabul]] [[Shi'a]] cultural centre, religious school, and Afghan Voice news agency killed at least 41 people and injured 84, {{w|Afghanistan}}'s public health ministry spokesperson Waheed Majrooh said.

    According to reports it was a suicide attack. According to multiple reports and eye-witnesses, at least three explosions were heard. Militant group {{w|Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant}} (ISIL) claimed the responsibility of this attack via {{w|Amaq News Agency}}. Children were gathered at the {{w|Tebyan Cultural Institute|Tebyan}} cultural centre on the 38th anniversary of the {{w|Soviet Union|Soviet}} invasion in mostly {{w|Sunni}}<!-- not sure of NPOV --> Afghanistan.

    In 2017, at least 73 attacks on {{w|journalism|journalists}} took place in Afghanistan, according to the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee. There have been multiple attacks on Shi'a Muslims in Afghanistan by ISIL. 39 were killed in an attack on October 21 at a Shi'a mosque in Afghan's capital Kabul. More than 80 were killed in another attack in May when a truck bomb detonated in Kabul's {{w|Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul|Wazir Akbar Khan}} area.
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    == Related news ==

    *{{wikinews|Truck bomb kills at least 80 in Afghan capital city center|Wednesday, May 31, 2017}}

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    *{{source
    |url = http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42500769
    |title = Afghanistan suicide attack: Dozens killed in Kabul
    |author =
    |pub = BBC News Online
    |date = December 28, 2018
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://in.mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idINKBN1EM0F3
    |title = Islamic State claims blasts at Afghan Shi'ite centre, news agency that kill dozens
    |author = Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi and Akram Walizada
    |pub = Reuters
    |date = December 28, 2018
    }}
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  • Israel minister Katz plans to name a railway station after president Trump

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    {{date|December 30, 2017}}{{Israel}}
    On Wednesday, [[Israel]]i transportation minister {{w|Yisrael Katz (politician born 1955)|Yisrael Katz}} told Israeli newspaper ''{{w|Yedioth Ahronoth}}'' he had decided to name a railway station "Donald John Trump Station" after the {{w|US}} president [[Donald Trump]], which is to be built near the {{w|Wailing Wall}} in [[Jerusalem]], a [[Judaism|Jewish]] holy site.

    "The Western Wall is the holiest site of the Jewish people and I have decided to name the train station leading to it after the president of the United States, Donald Trump, following his courageous and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel", Katz told Yedioth Ahronoth.

    The idea of building an extra railway station near the Cardo region was recommended by a steering committee of {{w|Israel Railways}}, and Katz agreed for the proposal. Last year, Katz reportedly suggested the idea of extending the forthcoming high-speed rail line connecting [[Tel Aviv]] and [[Jerusalem]]'s western entrance so that this line runs further to the {{w|Western Wall}}, in order to reduce travel time.

    Currently, the project is in the initial stages of development. According to the actual scheme, the new railway tunnel is about three {{w|kilometre|kilometres}} (about two {{w|mile|miles}}) long and it is to run through downtown Jerusalem. It is to run beneath the city center via {{w|Modi'in}} and {{w|Ben-Gurion International Airport}}, have two underground stations, and pass close to many holy sites including {{w|Temple Mount}} and {{w|Church of the Holy Sepulchre}}. According to Avner Ovadia, a spokesman for the Israeli transport ministry, estimated cost for the extension is about 2.5 billion {{w|Israeli Shekel|shekels}} (about {{w|£}}522 million; [[US$]]700m) and the project is expected to take four years to complete after approval.

    Katz calls his idea of naming a railway station after Donald Trump for his "courageous and historic decision" to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Trump's decision to recoginze Jerusalem as Israel's capital was condemned internationally. Katz added visitors could see "the beating heart of the Jewish people: the Western Wall and the Temple Mount", and said the planned railway line extension was "most important national project in the transportation ministry".

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/27/israeli-minister-plans-name-western-wall-train-station-donald-trump
    |title = Israeli minister plans to name Western Wall train station after Trump
    |author = Peter Beaumont
    |pub = The Guardian
    |date = December 27, 2017
    }}<!--
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-minister-plans-trump-train-station-at-western-wall/2017/12/27/2f9b5c1e-eaeb-11e7-956e-baea358f9725_story.html?utm_term=.f72765a32879
    |title = Israel minister plans Trump train station at Western Wall
    |author =
    |pub = The Washington Post
    |date = December 27, 2017
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    *{{source
    |url = http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israel-minister-plans-trump-train-station-western-wall-52006399
    |title = Israel minister plans Trump train station at Western Wall
    |author = Ilan Ben Zion
    |pub = ABC News
    |date = December 27, 2017
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.thejc.com/news/israel/israel-plans-to-name-new-western-wall-railway-station-after-donald-trump-1.450922
    |title = Israel plans to name new Western Wall railway station after Donald Trump
    |author = Edward Rowe
    |pub = The Jewish Chronicle
    |date = December 27, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.timesofisrael.com/tel-aviv-jerusalem-train-will-reach-western-wall-report/
    |title = Tel Aviv-Jerusalem train will reach Western Wall — report
    |author =
    |pub = The Times of Israel
    |date = November 1, 2016
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  • Israeli chess players barred at Chess tournament in Saudi Arabia

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    {{date|December 27, 2017}}{{Saudi Arabia}}<!-- I have contradicting thoughts about having Politics and conflicts infobox -->
    On Sunday, vice-president of {{w|World Chess Federation}} (FIDE) Israel Gelfer told {{w|Reuters}} that {{w|travel visa|visas}} for seven {{w|Israel|Israeli}} chess players "will not be issued" for a {{w|chess}} tournament in the {{w|Kingdom of Saudi Arabia}} (KSA).<!-- it is important to say KSA; you would get to know why --> The 2017 King Salman Rapid and Blitz World Championships from December 26 to December 30 in {{w|Riyadh}} is to go ahead without any changes, the vice-president said.

    Spokesperson of the Saudi Arabian embassy in the {{w|US}} Fatimah Baeshen {{w|Twitter|tweeted}}, "Related to the purported politicization of the International Chess Tournament hosted by Riyadh: the Kingdom has allowed the participation of all citizens.<!-- no space in tweet -->The exception is whereby KSA has historically not had diplomatic ties with a specific country-thus has maintained its policy."

    Saudi Arabia does not recognise Israel. Despite their diplomatic tensions with {{w|Iran}}, Israel, and {{w|Qatar}}, FIDE tweeted they had "secured" visas for Qatari and Iranian chess players on Monday. In November, FIDE's deputy president Georgios Makropoulos told Reuters they were "making a huge effort to ensure that all players get their visas".

    Speaking to Reuters, Israeli Chess Federation's spokesperson Lior Aizenberg said, "The event is not a world championship if they prevent chess players from several countries from taking part [...] Every chess player should have the right to participate in an event on the basis of professional criteria, regardless of their passports, their place of issue or the stamps they bear."

    Moshe Shalev of the Israel Chess Federation said they were "thinking about suing the World Chess Federation".

    About 180 chess players were to participate in the event. The total prize money of the tournament is {{w|US$}}2 million, with largest individual prize money about US$750 thousand.

    In November, chess Grand Master {{w|Hikaru Nakamura}} tweeted, "To organize a chess tournament in a country where basic {{w|human rights}} aren't valued is horrible. Chess is a game where all different sorts of people can come together, not a game in which people are divided because of their religion or country of origin."

    This is not the first time Israeli players have faced problems while playing in the {{w|Middle East}} nations. In October, Israeli {{wikt|judoka|judokas}} were not permitted to wear the Israeli flag or symbols, or bear the country's name on their judo uniform for a judo grand slam in the {{w|United Arab Emirates}}. Israeli judokas had to compete without their national flag and the anthem of the {{w|International Judo Federation}} was played at the medal ceremony when Israeli athlete {{w|Tal Flicker}} won a gold medal.

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    == Related news ==

    *{{wikinews|Israeli athletes barred from representing country in Abu Dhabi's grand slam|Thursday, October 19, 2017}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Israeli-chess-players-denied-visas-for-major-tournament-in-Saudi-Arabia-520065
    |title = Israeli chess players denied visas for major tournament in Saudi Arabia
    |author =
    |pub = Jerusalem Post
    |date = December 26, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/12/26/its-checkmate-for-israelis-barred-from-international-chess-tournament-in-saudi-arabia
    |title = Its 'checkmate' for Israelis barred from international chess tournament in Saudi Arabia
    |author = Ruth Eglash
    |pub = The Washington Post
    |date = December 26, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-chess-players-seek-compensation-after-saudi-tourney-snub/
    |title = Israeli chess players seek compensation for Saudi tourney snub
    |author = [[Agence France-Presse|AFP]]
    |pub = The Times of Israel
    |date = December 26, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-chess-body-may-sue-after-players-barred-from-saudi-tourney/
    |title = Saudi Arabia bars Israelis from chess tournament
    |author = Judah Ari Gross
    |pub = The Times of Israel
    |date = December 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://twitter.com/FIDE_chess/status/945060076242563072
    |title = FIDE on Twitter
    |author = {{w|FIDE|FIDE}}
    |pub = Twitter
    |date = December 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-saudi-chess/chess-federation-vows-huge-effort-to-include-israelis-in-saudi-hosted-match-idUSKBN1DR284
    |title = Chess federation vows 'huge effort' to include Israelis in Saudi-hosted match
    |author =
    |pub = Reuters
    |date = November 27, 2017
    }}
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    |title = Hikaru Nakamura on Twitter
    |author = {{w|Hikaru Nakamura}}
    |pub = Twitter
    |date = November 9, 2017
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  • Runaway bus kills at least four in entrance to Moscow Metro station

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    {{date|December 26, 2017}}{{Disasters and accidents}}
    Yesterday, at least four were killed and eleven were injured near the {{w|Slavyansky Bulvar}} Metro station in [[Moscow]], [[Russia]], after a bus ran down the steps at the entrance, officials stated. According to an emergency services source reported through state news media, fifteen were injured, and five died in the incident.

    The incident happened in an icy situation. The bus drove onto the pavement and down the steps leading to the station. The police reportedly arrested the driver. News agencies reported the driver was not under the influence of alcohol. The driver told investigators the bus suddenly moved, and although he tried to stop it, the brakes did not work. A reported emergency services source said the accident might be due to brake failure.

    According to {{w|Interfax}} news agency, the bus was less than a year old. Moscow's mayor {{w|Sergei Sobyanin}} said he had ordered all Moscow buses to be inspected.<!--

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    |url = http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/moscow-bus-crash-russia-latest-updates-dead-injured-pedestrian-underpass-a8127971.html
    |title = Moscow bus crash: Five killed and 15 injured after vehicle drives into pedestrian underpass
    |author = Richard A. L. Williams
    |pub = The Independent
    |date = December 25, 2017
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    |title = Moscow subway bus crash kills four people
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    |pub = BBC News Online
    |date = December 25, 2017
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    |title = 5 Dead as Bus Plows Into Moscow Pedestrian Underpass
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    |pub = The Moscow Times
    |date = December 25, 2017
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  • Guatemala moves Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

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    {{Politics and conflicts}}{{date|December 25, 2017}}
    Yesterday, [[Guatemala|Guatemalan]] President {{w|Jimmy Morales}} announced via a [[Facebook]] post that his country is to move its embassy in [[Israel]] from [[Tel Aviv]] to [[Jerusalem]]. Guatemala became the first nation to follow the [[United States]] in making this decision. Earlier this month, United States president [[Donald Trump]] instructed the {{w|U.S. State Department}} to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    Morales affirmed Guatemala has long supported Israel: {{translated quote|es|Spanish language|Hablamos de las excelentes relaciones que hemos tenido como naciones desde que Guatemala apoyó la creación del Estado de Israel|We spoke of the excellent relations we have had since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel}}, he wrote in the Facebook post. {{translated quote|es|Spanish language|Uno de los temas de mayor relevancia fue el retorno de la Embajada de Guatemala a Jerusalén.|One of the most important issues was the return of the Guatemalan Embassy to Jerusalem.}}

    On December 19, the [[United Nations]] voted on a resolution urging the U.S. to reconsider its decision. 128 countries voted in favor of treating decisions to change the status of Jerusalem as "null and void." Nine countries voted against the resolution, 35 countries abstained and 21 did not have a voting representative present. Trump threatened to reduce the amount of foreign aid sent to any nation that supported UN's resolution. He said, "They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us [...] Well, we're watching those votes [...] Let them vote against us. We'll save a lot. We don't care." Guatemala, which receives funding from the U.S., was one of the nine nations to vote against the resolution.<!--BBC-->

    [[Palestine]] claims part of the city, {{w|East Jerusalem}}, as its own territory and Israel claims the entire city to be its capital. Israel came to control East Jerusalem as part of the {{w|Six-day War|1967 Arab-Israeli War}}<!--BBC--> but its legal sovereignty over it has not been recognized by any other nations.

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    |url = https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/12/24/guatemala-will-move-israel-embassy-to-jerusalem-following-us.html
    |title = Guatemala will move Israel embassy to Jerusalem, following U.S.
    |author = Elisabeth Malkin for [[The New York Times]]
    |pub = The Toronto Star
    |date = December 24, 2017
    }}
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    |url = http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-42475253
    |title = Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem
    |author =
    |pub = BBC News Online
    |date = December 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.facebook.com/JimmyOficial/photos/a.521885541216591.1073741847.158778054194010/1768695479868918/?type=3&theater
    |date = December 24, 2017
    |pub = Facebook
    |lang = es
    |author = Jimmy Morales
    |title = Jimmy Morales on Facebook
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42446027
    |title = Jerusalem: UN resolution rejects Trump's declaration
    |date = December 22, 2017
    |pub = BBC News Online
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    *{{source
    |url = http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/ES-10/L.22&Submit=Search&Lang=E
    |title = United Nations Official Document
    |date = December 19, 2017
    |pub = United Nations
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  • England: Fire at London Zoo kills aardvark, meerkats believed dead

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    {{date|December 24, 2017}}
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    Fire broke out at {{w|London Zoo}} on Saturday morning, severely damaging a cafe and shop and killing an {{w|aardvark}}. Zoo officials said four {{w|meerkat|meerkats}} were missing and were also presumed to be dead.

    The fire, mostly in the Animal Adventure cafe and shop, also spread to a nearby {{w|petting zoo|petting area}}. Reportedly, 72 firefighters with ten fire engines fought the blaze for about three hours starting shortly after 6:00 am to bring it under control. A spokesperson for the Fire Brigade stated that when they arrived, the fire was already "very well developed". According to the ambulance service, two people were treated for minor injuries, six for {{w|smoke inhalation}}, with one taken to hospital. A statement from the zoo said, regarding animal fatalities, "Sadly our vets have confirmed the death of our nine-year-old aardvark, Misha. There are also four meerkats unaccounted for at this stage, and we have limited access to site to confirm this." Other animals were said to be apparently unaffected.

    The zoo reported quick response by zoo security guards and by animal care staff who are housed at the zoo, which is in {{w|Regents Park}}; they moved animals to safety. A dog walker, Adnan Abdul Husein, told the {{w|BBC}} he had first noticed heavy smoke and alerted zoo security guards.

    Zoo officials initially said the zoo would be closed "until further notice" but later announced it would reopen today, {{w|Christmas}} Eve.

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    *{{source|url=https://news.sky.com/story/london-zoo-fire-70-firefighters-tackle-cafe-blaze-11181845
    |title=London Zoo to reopen after blaze kills five animals
    |author=Aubrey Allegretti
    |pub=Sky News
    |date=December 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/london-zoo-fire-aardvark-dead-four-meerkats-missing-blaze-n832321
    |title=London Zoo fire: Aardvark dead and four meerkats missing in blaze
    |author=Saphora Smith
    |pub=NBC News
    |date=December 23, 2017
    }}
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    |title=London Zoo fire kills aardvark 'and meerkats'
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    |pub=BBC News
    |date=December 23, 2017
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