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altIt is reported that 15 foreign pilgrims have been died due to a fire in a hotel in Saudi Arabia. This fire has been broke out in a hotel located to the north of city of Medina. About 700 pilgrims came from different countries had been staying in the hotel at that movement. Saudi authorities said that the victims have not yet been identified and investigation are being carried out to identify them and to release true informations regarding the matter.

altThe National Security Agency of US is involved in industrial espionage and will take intelligence regardless of its value to national security, the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has told a German television network. 

In a lengthy interview broadcast on the public broadcaster ARD TV on Sunday,  Snowden said the NSA did not limit its espionage to issues of national security and cited the German engineering firm Siemens as one target. 

altForeign media reported that five Afghan cricketers were shot dead while they in eastern Laghman province on late Thursday. Officials of Afghan government blamed on Taliban for the attack, but no one has so far claimed responsibility. Attacker came by motor bike and had fled the scene within minutes.

altOne student was killed, several injured and at least 60 arrested on Saturday as students at the Cairo campus of Al-Azhar University battled with security forces.  At least two buildings were set ablaze. The day was the first of end-of-term examinations at the university, the epicentre of recent anti-government demonstrations led by Islamist youth

    The state-owned al-Ahram  newspaper reported that security forces used teargas to disperse students who were stopping others taking their exams. The violence followed the deaths of at least five people during protests in several cities on Friday.

altResearch institute of United Kingdom forecast China is going to be the economic super power in 2028.  London  based  research institute of business studies predicted  after analysing data from  30 major world economies. According to the report China will surpass USA in 2028 with current economic growth rate and  production capacity. The report published recently said that India will be the world third economic power by 2028 surpassing Japan.

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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