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Chile government guarantees Pope's safety despite church attacks

Chile government guarantees Pope's safety despite church attacksPope Francis will not be at risk during his trip to Chile this week, despite a series of attacks at Catholic churches in the capital Santiago, Interior Minister Mario Fernandez said on Saturday. “We are not talking about significant groups that are truly dangerous.” Francis, who hails from Argentina and is the first Latin American pope, will arrive in Chile on Monday. A Mass he has planned to hold on Tuesday in a Santiago park is expected to attract more than 500,000 people.



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Trump Takes Credit For Airline Safety, Despite Slim Record

Trump Takes Credit For Airline Safety, Despite Slim RecordPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday sought to take credit for 2017 being the safest year on record for commercial aviation around the world, saying he had been “very strict” on the industry.



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Despite tragic blaze, New York's fire fatalities are sharply down

Despite tragic blaze, New York's fire fatalities are sharply downJust one year ago, New York City officials were celebrating the lowest number of fire fatalities the city had ever seen in over 100 years. It was the largest number of fatalities in a single fire in New York since 1990, when 87 people perished in an arson attack on a Bronx social club – less than a mile from the scene of last night’s deadly fire. “We’re here at the scene of an unspeakable tragedy in the middle of the holiday season, a time when families are ­together,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) at a press conference Thursday evening, with temperatures in the teens.



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Chinese ships spotted by satellites 'selling oil to North Korea' 30 times since October, despite sanctions

Chinese ships spotted by satellites 'selling oil to North Korea' 30 times since October, despite sanctionsAmerican reconnaissance satellites have reportedly spotted Chinese ships suspected of selling oil to North Korean vessels about 30 times since October. South Korean officials told the Chosun Ilbo that the ships were allegedly trading in the West Sea between China and South Korea in a bid to bypass strict United Nations sanctions on oil exports to the pariah regime over its ongoing nuclear and weapons programme. “We need to focus on the fact that the illicit trade started after a UN Security Council resolution in September drastically capped North Korea’s imports of refined petroleum products,” an unnamed source told the paper. The US Treasury published surveillance photographs reportedly taken on October 19 of the North Korean vessel Rye Song Gang 1 lashed to a large Chinese vessel in deep waters, apparently showing hoses transferring oil. Under the current tough sanctions regime Pyongyang is only allowed 500,000 barrels of oil imports a year. North Korea last week denounced ever tightening economic sanctions as “an act of war.” Ship-to-ship trade with North Korea on the high seas is also forbidden under UN rules but very hard to patrol without an aggressive Chinese crackdown on smuggling. Robert Kelly, professor of political science at South Korea’s Pusan National University, ventured that the reports were entirely plausible. “There is a lot of under-the-radar on the Chinese side. Beijing does not police the border strictly or enforce the sanctions toughly. This could be that,” he said. Meanwhile analysts were surprised by the latest Chinese customs data released on Tuesday, showing that, in a rare move, Beijing exported no oil products to North Korea in November. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she didn’t know any details about the oil products export situation, but added: “As a principle, China has consistently fully, correctly, conscientiously and strictly enforced relevant UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea.” It is unknown if China still sells crude oil to Pyongyang as Beijing has not disclosed its crude export data for several years.



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Winds scuttle Washington's crossing despite kids' efforts

Winds scuttle Washington's crossing despite kids' effortsWASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. (AP) — Despite the best efforts of some Philadelphia schoolchildren, Mother Nature blew in and scuttled the annual re-enactment of George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War.



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Adviser: Trump confident in FBI director despite attacks

Adviser: Trump confident in FBI director despite attacksWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has full confidence in his new FBI director despite a series of attacks on the impartiality of his soon-to-retire deputy, a White House adviser said Sunday.



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Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem condemned by UN general assembly despite US 'bullying' over vote of censure

Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem condemned by UN general assembly despite US 'bullying' over vote of censureThe United Nations general assembly has voted overwhelmingly to condemn Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in a rare emergency session of the global body. The 193-nation general assembly approved the resolution by a massive margin, with 128 nations in favour, and nine against. There were 35 abstentions. Mr Trump threatened on Wednesday to withhold aid to any country which defied the threats. Referencing tomorrow's UN vote criticizing the US embassy move. In the words of the President, "Let them vote against us, we'll save a lot." pic.twitter.com/eUGWD4cCBR— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 20, 2017 Mali withdrew their sponsorship of the resolution, in response to the US threats of retaliation. But the majority of countries shrugged off the US bullying tactics and, throwing salt into the wounds in Washington, US allies including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and South Africa added their names at the last minute to the document condemning the decision. UN vote to condemn Trump recognising Jerusalem as capital of Israel The resolution was vetoed by the United States in the 15-member UN security council on Monday, but the US cannot veto a general assembly resolution. Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, used her speech ahead of the vote to emphasis that the United States is the single largest contributor to the UN and its agencies, and said that in return it expected support for its decision.  "The arguments have already been made. The decision was in accordance to US law dating back to 1995. The decision does not prejudge any final status agreement. The decision does nothing to harm peace efforts," she said. "The United States will remember this day when it was singled out in the United Nations for the act of exercising our sovereignty. "America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. It is what the American people want us to do. "This vote will make a difference at how America looks at the UN, and how we look at countries who disrespect us at the UN." Inside the United Nations general assembly hall, where on Thursday a rare emergency meeting was held to discuss Jerusalem But Riyad al-Maliki, foreign minister of the Palestinian Authority, told the assembly: "We meet today not due to any animosity towards the United States, but because of a decision that counts as an aggression. "The decision will not affect the status of Jerusalem. Rather it affects the status of the United States as a mediator of peace." He said they had ignored warnings about inflaming tensions, and described the decision as "illegal" and "provocative". On the eve of the vote, Mrs Haley had sent a letter warning countries against voting to censure the US, and said that the US will be "taking names". “The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue,” she wrote. Mr al-Maliki picked up on her words on Thursday, telling the assembly: "History records names. It records names of those who voted for what was right." The vote is non-binding, but carries political weight. Only 10 such emergency sessions have been convened since 1950, and the last time was in 2009, to discuss occupied East Jerusalem and Palestinian territories.



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Almost 9 Million People Enroll In Obamacare, Despite Trump's Sabotage Attempts

Almost 9 Million People Enroll In Obamacare, Despite Trump's Sabotage AttemptsHealth insurance enrollment on the federal Obamacare exchange marketplaces is down from last year.



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Russia-Backed RT Launches French-Language Channel Despite Criticism

Russia-Backed RT Launches French-Language Channel Despite CriticismKremlin-funded television network RT has launched a French-language news channel following criticism and concerns from both France and the United States of it being a mouthpiece for Russian propaganda. RT, formerly known as Russia Today, announced the launch of RT France on Monday with a vow that it will “shed light” on issues the network thinks have been overlooked by French news networks. President Emmanuel Macron in May slammed RT and fellow Moscow-based media organization Sputnik as “organs of influence and propaganda.” That criticism followed allegations by Macron that RT had meddled in his country’s presidential election and had provided biased reporting in favor of his political opponent, who was supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin.



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Despite furor over Jerusalem move, Saudis seen on board with U.S. peace efforts

Despite furor over Jerusalem move, Saudis seen on board with U.S. peace effortsBy Samia Nakhoul, Stephen Kalin and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/RIYADH/AMMAN (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia pulled no punches when it condemned President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday with his announcement and instructions to begin the process of moving the embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite warnings that it would drive the wedge between Israel and the Palestinians deeper.



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