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altIt is reported that North West US and South East Canada is experiencing a severe snow fall. This had resulted in half a million people without electricity facing extreme difficulties.

altAs a result of the stormy weather thousands of people are facing difficulties with floods and power cuts in southern England. It is reported that severe flood warnings have been issued and thousands of people needed to be rescued overnight.

It is said that thousands of properties are facing Christmas morning without electricity.

altEdward Snowden, the whistleblower who prompted a worldwide debate when he leaked a cache of top secret documents about US and UK spying, has recorded a Christmas Day television message in which he calls for an end to the mass surveillance revealed by his disclosures.

The short film was recorded for Channel 4, which has 20-year history of providing unusual but relevant figures as an alternative to the Queen's Christmas message shown by other UK broadcasters. It will be Snowden's first television appearance since arriving in Moscow.

Iran's supreme leader voiced support Wednesday for the negotiations over his country's nuclear program, but insisted there are limits to the concessions Iran will make in exchange for an easing of the sanctions choking its economy.

Up to 10,000 are said to have died in Tacloban city, Philippine and hundreds elsewhere from a typhoon said to be the worst one in the history.  Hundreds of thousands are displaced. The typhoon flattened homes, schools and an airport in Tacloban.

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After gunmen opened fire on wedding party in Cairo in Egypt, including eight years girl, three people died.Officials said that nine others were wounded and no one has claimed the responsibility. 

Series of attacks targeted to the Christian community in Egypt have being initiated by Islamic extremist and they accuse that the Church  backed the army's overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in July.  The unidentified attackers fired indiscriminately as people left the church.

When head of the armed forces, Gen Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, went on television to announce that the Islamist president had been deposed in the wake of mass opposition protests demanding his resignation, The Head priest of Christian Church appeared alongside him.He is under death threats, and several Christians have been killed. Christian shops, homes and businesses have also been targeted. 

Three people, including a girl aged eight, died when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a wedding party outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo.

At least nine others were wounded in the attack in Giza, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Bangladesh Supreme Court yesterday sentenced a senior Islamist opposition leader to death for mass murder during the country's 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. In February Abdul Kader Mullah (65), of the Jamaat-e-Islami party was convicted by the special war crimes tribunal of five out of six charges, including murder. 

 

altRussian President Vladimir Putin has been playing host to an increasingly long queue of statesmen trying to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

The latest to arrive is Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, who held meetings on Friday and is due to meet the Russian president.

So far, Putin shows no sign of abandoning President Bashar al-Assad, a staunch Russian ally.

Al Jazeera's David Chater, reporting from Moscow, says Putin "will not sacrifice such a vital strategic partnership, no matter what weight of international pressure is applied".

Russia is opposed to any armed  by Text-Enhance">intervention by the West in Syria.

 

A day earlier on Thursday, US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to increase pressure on Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
Obama said in a news conference with Erdogan at the White House on Thursday that the only way to resolveSyria's two-year crisis was for Assad to hand over power to a transitional government.

He said Turkey would  by Text-Enhance">play a critical role in that process "We're going to keep increasing the pressure on the Assad regime and working with the Syrian opposition,'' Obama said. "We both agree that Assad needs to go.''

The leaders said that they had made Syria top of their agenda, as they agreed that the issue of chemical weapons was an important one and Obama said that the use of chemical arms should always be out of bounds.

 

altInternational Medi Organisation(IMO) revealed that Philippine authorities have massacred about 55 journalists who criticised the government.
 
Under these circumstances, Philippine has reached to the top of the list of countries where where media personnels are killed when they criticise the authorities.
 
The other countries on top of the list are Iraq, Somalia and Srilanka. 

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