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13:22 NKR
NKR President Bako Sahakyan signed a decree appointing Masis Mayilyan Ambassador at large conferring him

the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.
Source: Central information department of the office of the Artsakh Republic President

13:00 World
Leonardo DiCaprio talks environment and jobs with Donald Trump

Meeting at New York Trump Tower comes as US president-elect picks climate change sceptic to head Environmental Protection Agency.

12:38 World
Revealed: Rio Tinto's plan to use drones to monitor workers' private lives

Privacy campaigners express alarm after company contracts Sodexo to ‘capture individual insights’ from staff in Western Australian mining camps.

11:43 World
Cuban business owners urge Trump to continue thaw

In a letter, they said additional measures to boost travel, trade and investment would benefit both nations.

20:30 World
Women's rights activist Azza Soliman arrested in Egypt

Reason for detention not known but Egyptian human rights groups say they are subject to worst clampdown ever.
Source: The Guardian

20:07 World
Aleppo: Syrian regime forces seize most of old city

Overall, the rebels hold only about a quarter of war-ravaged eastern Aleppo, residents and activists inside the city told CNN on Wednesday.
Source: CNN

19:25 World
Donald Trump is Time magazine's Person of the Year

The property tycoon was awarded the title following his unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in November's presidential election.

19:24 World
Woman gives birth to grandson for her daughter

Jessica, 21, from Rhymney, had her eggs frozen at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales before her treatment for cervical cancer began three years ago.

19:00 World
Hague prosecutors demand life sentence for Bosnian Serb general Mladic

Mladic, 74, is charged with two counts of genocide - part of the attempt to carve an ethnically pure Serb state out of multiethnic Bosnia - alongside political leader Radovan Karadzic, who was sentenced in March to 40 years' prison.

18:38 NKR
Within the frameworks of discussions on the constitutional reform project NKR President B. Sahakyan met with Great Patriotic and labor veterans

and representatives of the Artsakh Republican Party. A wide range of issues related to the constitutional reforms were on the agenda of the meetings.
Source: Central information department of the office of the Artsakh Republic President

17:00 World
Pfizer fined record £84.2m for overcharging NHS 2600%

The CMA, issuing its biggest ever fine, said the 'extraordinary price rises have cost the NHS and the taxpayer tens of millions of pounds'.
Source: The Independent

16:19 World
EU fines top banks £410m for rate rigging, including HSBC and JP Morgan

Credit Agricole, HSBC and JP Morgan Chase were fined over their participation in a euro interest rate derivatives cartel.

16:01 World
Earth's days getting longer: study

Over the past 27 centuries, the average day has lengthened at a rate of about +1.8 milliseconds (ms) per century, a British research team concluded in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A.

15:43 World
University admits seniors based on lottery system

Hebei University for the Elderly in Shijiangzhuang city, North China's Hebei province, began admitting students on December 1.

15:22 World
Morocco says four migrants drown, 34 rescued

The Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain was a major route around 10 years ago for migrants from Africa trying to reach Europe, but numbers fell after the two kingdoms tightened control.

15:00 World
Apple says iPhones safe despite China fires

The US tech giant said it had conducted tests on the devices and had found "no cause for concern with these products".

14:01 World
Thailand opens investigation into BBC for alleged insult of new king

Police visit BBC’s Bangkok office, taking staff’s Yakult milk drink, after profile detailing King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s personal life is blocked online.

13:42 World
The Gambia's new rulers vow to prosecute outgoing president

Yahya Jammeh has ‘bunkers and treasure’ at his farm near Senegal border and could start rebel movement, claims coalition.

13:00 World
Ghana elections: polls to open after peace pact

An opposition supporter died after a campaign rally turned violent, police confirmed on Tuesday.

12:01 World
Head of Chapecoense crash airline detained

The team was on its way to play in the first leg of the Copa Sudamerica finals before the flight went down. More than 70 people were killed.

11:43 World
Earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province kills 26

The 6.5-magnitude quake damaged many homes and buildings in the district of Pidie Jaya, Rudianto, the head of the Aceh Red Cross.

11:00 World
BOJ Iwata keeps focus on money printing, exposes rift in board

BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has said the central bank may slow the pace of money printing if it can hit its interest rate targets, set under a policy revamp in September, with fewer asset purchases.

10:44 World
Iowa governor Branstad is Trump's pick as China ambassador: Bloomberg

Trump was scheduled to meet Branstad on Tuesday, his transition team said earlier, without elaborating.

10:23 World
Australian economy: RBA 'will cut rates to 1%' after decline in GDP – as it happened

The economy shrank by 0.5% in the September quarter and economists now see the Reserve Bank being forced to cut borrowing costs twice in 2017.

10:00 World
China asks US to block Taiwan president trip after talk of Donald Trump meeting

Beijing calls on US to stop Tsai Ing-wen from travelling via New York, as claims emerge lobbyist Bob Dole spent six months setting up controversial phone call

20:30 World
Game Of Thrones and Porridge star Peter Vaughan dies at 93

The star was best known for his role as Maester Aemon in the hit TV series and the 1970s British sitcom Porridge.
Source: Sky News

19:24 World
Bernard Cazeneuve named French PM as Manuel Valls resigns

Interior minister replaces Valls, who resigned on Tuesday after announcing his bid to become France’s next president.

19:00 World
Ex-child soldier Dominic Ongwen denies war crimes at ICC trial

Former LRA commander commences trial at The Hague saying he was a victim not a perpetrator of atrocities in Uganda.

18:38 World
Man guilty over Belgium attacks terror suspect cash

A jury convicted Zakaria Boufassil, from Birmingham, of engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism.

18:01 World
Japan's lower house passes long-awaited casino bill

Some opposition members walked out of the chamber before the vote to protest the bill, which comes after years of delays over worries about gambling addiction and organised crime getting involved in the casino market.
Source: Japan Today

17:43 NKR
Within the frameworks of discussions on the constitutional reform project NKR President B. Sahakyan met with representatives of non-governmental organizations.

A wide range of issues related to the constitutional reforms were on the meeting agenda.
Source: Central information department of the office of the Artsakh Republic President

17:22 World
France's Hollande names Cazeneuve PM as Valls prepares election bid

The appointment followed the resignation of Manuel Valls, who quit to run for president after Hollande himself decided against seeking a second term.

17:00 World
Orban allies tighten media grip ahead of Hungary election

People close to Prime Minister Viktor Orban are increasing their control over Hungarian media, raising concerns among government critics and international bodies over press freedom as an election approaches.

16:37 World
Turkish Bosphorus tunnel to be named after genocide perpetrators

The competing names according to CNN Turk are between Kemal Ataturk, the first President of the Turkish Republic, and Abdul Hamid, the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

16:19 World
South Korean President 'ready' to face Friday impeachment vote

Park would accept the result of the vote, Chung Jin-suk, floor leader of the ruling Saenuri Party, said in televised comments Tuesday after meeting with the president.
Source: Bloomberg

16:01 World
Facebook and other tech giants are setting up a database for terrorist content

The database will contain the digital "fingerprints" of the images and videos, allowing the tech firms to identify potential terrorist content more efficiently, the companies said in a statement Monday.

15:43 World
Skipping two hours of sleep may double your crash risk, study says

Drivers who are just one or two hours shy of that recommendation nearly double their risk for a crash the next day, according to a new study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (PDF) and released Tuesday.

15:22 World
Pisa tests: Singapore top in global education rankings

The influential Pisa rankings, run by the OECD, are based on tests taken by 540,000 15-year-olds in 72 countries.

15:00 World
North Korea 'hacks South's military cyber command'

A spokesman told the BBC that classified information was thought to have been stolen, although it is not clear exactly what data was accessed.

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