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Photos of the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition

Photos of the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition



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Bomb blasts rock Syria's Damascus and Afrin

Bomb blasts rock Syria's Damascus and AfrinA bomb blast hit Damascus on Sunday, in a rare attack in the Syrian capital that has been largely insulated from violence during nearly eight years of war. The explosion came as another bomb in the northern city of Afrin killed three people and wounded nine others, according to a war monitor, on the first anniversary of a Turkish offensive on the Kurdish-majority region. Also on Sunday Israel said it intercepted a rocket fired from Syria after Damascus accused the Jewish state of carrying out air raids on the south of the country.



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NASA probe nears distant space rock for landmark flyby  

NASA probe nears distant space rock for landmark flyby  At 12:33 a.m. Eastern time (0533 GMT), the New Horizons probe will arrive at the “third zone” in the uncharted heart of the Kuiper Belt, scientists said. In this peripheral layer of icy bodies and leftover fragments from the solar system’s creation, the interplanetary probe will position its seven on-board instruments for the first close-up glance of Ultima Thule, a cool mass roughly 20 miles (32 km) long and shaped like a giant peanut. Scientists had not discovered Ultima Thule when the probe was launched, according to NASA, making the mission unique in that respect.



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NASA probe believed to have passed distant space rock on landmark mission  

NASA probe believed to have passed distant space rock on landmark mission  The body is farther from Earth than any other that has had such a close encounter with a NASA probe, scientists believe. The New Horizons probe was slated to reach the “third zone” in the uncharted heart of the Kuiper Belt at 12:33 a.m. Eastern. Scientists will not have confirmation of its successful arrival until the probe communicates its whereabouts through NASA’s Deep Space Network at 10:28 a.m. Eastern, about 10 hours later.  Once it enters the peripheral layer of the belt, containing icy bodies and leftover fragments from the solar system’s creation, the probe will get its first close-up glance of Ultima Thule, a cool mass shaped like a giant peanut, using seven on-board instruments.



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Beyond Pluto: Spacecraft to fly by distant space rock 'Ultima Thule' on New Year's Day

Beyond Pluto: Spacecraft to fly by distant space rock 'Ultima Thule' on New Year's DayNASA's unmanned New Horizon spacecraft, now zooming into outer space beyond Pluto, will fly by a small space rock known as Ultima Thule on New Year's.



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Challenge to Hungary's strongman Viktor Orban as 'slave law' protests rock Budapest

Challenge to Hungary's strongman Viktor Orban as 'slave law' protests rock BudapestViktor Orban, the populist prime minister of Hungary, is facing a rare challenge to his grip on power as protesters demand an end to controversial labour reforms and and what they call his assault on democracy.    The Hungarian capital has been rocked by nearly daily protests and opposition MPs have called for Mr Orban's overthrow since the country's parliament adopted a bill liberalising overtime rules on Wednesday.   As part of the reform, which critics have dubbed "the slave law", employers would be allowed to delay payment for overtime worked for up to three years.  Several thousand people gathered outside the offices of Hungary’s state television broadcaster on the fifth night of protests on Monday evening, after two opposition MPs were physically thrown out of the building.  Arkos Hadhazy and Bernadetter Szer were filmed being manhandled out of the MTVA headquarters by security guards earlier in the day, after demanding that the station broadcast a list of protesters' demands.  The pair, among a group of opposition MPs who spent the night inside the building demanding studio access, called a protest for Monday evening in response under the slogan: "They threw us out the door, but we'll go back in through the windows."  “We knew this was no longer a democracy, but we did not know it was already a dictatorship,” Ms Szer said after filing a complaint with police outside the building on Monday morning. She said the security guards had violated the MPs' constitutional right to airtime and free access to the building.  Protesters are demanding the repeal of the labour law and a controversial judicial reform that opponents say grants Mr Orban near total control of the legal system Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters The demonstrations peaked on Sunday night, when up to 15,000 people chanting "we want democracy" and "we want free media" gathered outside parliament.  Half a dozen opposition MPs including Mr  Hadhazy and Ms Szer then led several thousand demonstrators on a march from parliament to the offices of MTVA, the state broadcaster, to demand they broadcast the list of demands.  Some members of the crowd threw smoke bombs and paint when the station refused to broadcast the list. Riot police responded with tear gas.  The demands including the repeal of both the labour law and a controversial judicial reform that was passed on the same day, which paves the way for new "administrative courts" to oversee cases concerning matters such as public procurement or electoral disputes. Opposition leaders say it would grant Mr Orban near total control of the judicial system because Laszlo Trocsanyi, the justice minister and a close ally of the prime minister, would oversee the courts. They are also demanding a cut in the overtime police officers are required to work, that Hungary sign up to the European Prosecutor's office, a move Mr Orban has rejected,  and guarantees of editorial impartiality at the country's state media outlets.  Mr Orban has been accused of destroying editorial independence at MTVA and other influential media outlets, effectively giving his Fidesz party a monopoly on positive media coverage.  Opponents say the Right-wing populist has mounted an assault on democracy in his eight years in power Credit: Peter Kohalmi/AFP The government says the labour reform, which increases the annual overtime that employers can demand from 250 to 400 hours and allows payment to be delayed by up to three years, is needed by employers short of manpower and will benefit those wanting to work extra hours.  Opposition MPs and labour unions have accused Mr Orban of bowing to pressure from German businesses which operate major factories in the country.      The wave of dissent has brought rare unity to Hungary's fractious opposition groups, with liberal and left wing groups siding with right wing parties, including the nationalist Jobbik, to oppose the bill.  Protests have also taken place in other major cities.  "[Government] Power has failed in Budapest. It is still alive because the truth doesn't get to the people in the provinces. I ask you to bring the truth to these people" Peter Marki-Zay, the mayor of Hodmezovasarhely, a town in southeastern Hungary, said in a message to the protesters in Budapest. 



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Rumors of a major shakeup rock a White House that's mum

Rumors of a major shakeup rock a White House that's mumNews that several senior officials in the Trump administration were set to be fired rocked the White House on Tuesday. President Trump is said to be considering replacing his chief of staff, John Kelly, according to a Wall Street Journal report published on Tuesday. The Journal reported the move would be part of a larger “shake-up” that would begin with the removal of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.



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Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat rock star makes history

Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat rock star makes historyRising left-wing rock star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history on Tuesday as the youngest woman elected to Congress, in a safe Democratic Party stronghold in New York, US media projected. On Tuesday, she trounced Republican opponent Anthony Pappas in her constituency, a Democratic stronghold in a diverse part of Queens and the Bronx, US media reported.



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Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic Church

Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic ChurchMore than half of the Netherlands’ senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal. Over the course of 65 years, 20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and their auxiliaries “covered up sexual abuse, allowing the perpetrators to cause many more victims”, the daily NRC reported. “Four abused children and 16 others allowed the transfer of paedophile priests who could have caused new victims in other parishes,” the Dutch newspaper added.



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Teen dead as gas explosions rock US towns

Teen dead as gas explosions rock US townsA teenager was killed and 25 residents injured after a series of gas explosions and fires rocked three US towns north of Boston, according to the state government. “The incidents have been traumatic,” said Governor Charlie Baker late Thursday, confirming along with several other officials that a teenager was killed in a car when a chimney crashed onto it. Some 8,600 homes were directly affected, according to local utility company Columbia Gas, which said “we are focused on providing as much support as possible to our customers, residents and communities,” in a statement issued Friday.



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