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Iran unveils 'budget of resistance' against US sanctions – (Al Jazeera English)
Draft budget announcement comes ahead of parliamentary vote and after fuel price hike that sparked deadly protests.

Thousands of protesters throng streets of Hong Kong as government urges calm – (Reuters)
Thousands of black-clad protesters from all walks of life thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in a sign of broad support for anti-government demonstrations that have roiled the Chinese-ruled city for six months.

French PM says he is determined to complete pension reform – (Reuters)
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said he is determined to see through his government's planned pensions reform, but the leader of hardline union CGT said he will fight until the plan is withdrawn, the two men said in interviews published on Sunday.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters out in force – (BBC News)
Tens of thousands rally in the Chinese territory in the sixth month of anti-government protests.

China copper imports hit 13-month high in November on improved factory activity – (Reuters)
China's copper imports rose 12.1% in November from the previous month to their highest in more than a year, as an unexpected improvement in the manufacturing sector drove up demand.

China November crude oil imports hit record high as refiners race to use up quotas – (Reuters)
China's crude oil imports hit a record high on a daily basis in November, as refiners operated at high run rates to use up annual import quotas.

The college giving young mothers a chance to build a career – (BBC News)
Debra Emmanuel is one of 23 who have graduated from a new college for teenage mothers in Tanzania.

Artist eats $120,000 banana artwork – (BBC News)
The artwork, titled Comedian, consisted of a banana duct-taped to a wall.

Democrats huddle to draft impeachment charges against Trump – (Reuters)
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives met on Saturday to prepare for what could be the final week of their months-old impeachment inquiry that has imperiled Donald Trump's presidency.

What people in Hong Kong are saying after six months of demonstrations – (Reuters)
Here are comments from some protesters at a pro-democracy rally on Sunday that is expected to gauge broad support for anti-government demonstrations that have roiled the Chinese-ruled city for six months.

Israel air raids in Gaza Strip after rocket attacks – (Al Jazeera English)
No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for rocket fire, but Israeli army said Hamas was responsible for any attack.

China November exports fall, but import growth hints of recovering demand – (Reuters)
China's exports in November shrank for the fourth consecutive month, underscoring persistent pressures on manufacturers from the Sino-U.S. war but growth in imports may be a sign that Beijing's stimulus steps are helping to stoke demand.

China November iron ore imports down for second month as top miners ship less – (Reuters)
China's iron ore imports fell for a second straight month in November, customs data showed on Sunday, as lower shipments from top miners in Australia and Brazil overshadowed firm demand for the steelmaking ingredient at mills.

Myanmar leader Suu Kyi departs for genocide hearings amid fanfare at home – (Reuters)
Myanmar leader and Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi departed on Sunday for the U.N’s top court in The Hague to defend the country against charges of genocide of its Rohingya Muslim minority.

More than 30 dead in Delhi factory fire – (BBC News)
More than 30 people killed in fire at factory in Indian capital Delhi

Devastating factory fire kills at least 43 in Indian capital – (Associated Press)
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities were investigating the cause of a devastating fire that killed at least 43 people in a factory in central New Delhi early Sunday, as relatives of the workers...

North Korea carries out 'very important test' – (BBC News)
State media did not give details of the test, which comes amid new tensions with the US.

North Korea carries out 'very important' test at once-dismantled launch site: KCNA – (Reuters)
North Korea has carried out a "very important" test at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media KCNA reported on Sunday, a rocket testing ground that U.S. officials once said North Korea had promised to close.

House report builds case for Trump impeachment – (BBC News)
Democrats lay out their constitutional grounds for impeachment as the process gathers pace.

My So-Karen Life – (The New York Times)
I know Karens are hard. As a member of Gen X, I grew up surrounded by them.


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From various sources

Corbyn allies warn leadership challengers to rein in ambition – (Financial Times)
Loyalists push potential heirs while moderates weigh how to handle leader’s legacy should Tories win big

Roy Hodgson praises Wilfried Zaha’s temperament after frustrating Watford outing – (FourFourTwo)

Not new laws, but change in mindset needed to curb atrocities on women, says Venkaiah – (The Hindu)
I always feel that more than Bills, what is needed is the political will coupled with the administrative skill to root out the social evil, says Vice-President

UPDATE | Names of Tau Lekoa mine disaster victims released after last body recovered – (News24)
The final casualty in the Tau Lekoa mine disaster near Orkney, North West, has been located and was being retrieved, Village Main Reef Limited has confirmed.

Straimium Immortaly - Announce Trailer - IGN – (IGN)
Bosses and beasties abound in this bizarre and vibrant roguelite/shump/dungeon crawler hybrid, available now on December 17 and December 18 (PS4 NA/EU), December 24 (Xbox), and December 25 (Switch).

Iran unveils 'budget of resistance' against US sanctions – (Al Jazeera English)
Draft budget announcement comes ahead of parliamentary vote and after fuel price hike that sparked deadly protests.

Cairo Desktop Environment – (Hacker News)
Enjoy a brand new Windows desktop experience with Cairo.

Recent Match Report - Adelaide Strikers Women vs Brisbane Heat Women, Women's Big Bash League, Final | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of Adelaide Strikers Women vs Brisbane Heat Women, Women's Big Bash League, Final only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Fresh appeal over disappearance of Trevor Deely – (RTE)
On the 19th anniversary of his disappearance, gardaí have issued a renewed appeal for information on Trevor Deely.

Tim Minchin hits out at Scott Morrison for abolishing arts department – (News.com.au)
‘A lot of time with Brian Houston and not enough time at the theatre’: Tim Minchin slams PM over arts funding

Passage of citizenship Bill will mark victory of Jinnah’s thinking over Gandhi’s: Tharoor – (The Hindu)
Shashi Tharoor said the Bill also goes against the historic legacy that Hindus were proud to lay claim to.

Bird With Genetic Abnormality Making It Appear Male On One Side And Female On Other Caught In Texas – (The Lad Bible)
It's a real life Angry Bird!

LSU QB Joe Burrow completes ‘selfie’ pass vs. Georgia in SEC title game – (Fox News)
How talented is Louisiana State quarterback Joe Burrow? During Saturday night’s SEC title game versus Georgia in Atlanta he managed to pick up a first down by throwing a pass – to himself.

Anthony Joshua hails ‘genius’ Andy Ruiz rematch victory as second best fight of his career behind Wladimir Kli – (TalkSport)

Thousands of protesters throng streets of Hong Kong as government urges calm – (Reuters)
Thousands of black-clad protesters from all walks of life thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in a sign of broad support for anti-government demonstrations that have roiled the Chinese-ruled city for six months.

Books, binders and bleed-control kits: How school shootings are changing classroom basics – (NBC News)
School districts around the country now require bleeding-control kits and training at their public schools in this era of mass shootings.

Navy base shootings in Pensacola and Pearl Harbor revive debate — and myths — about guns – (NBC News)
Navy base shootings in Pensacola and Pearl Harbor revive debate — and myths — about guns

French PM says he is determined to complete pension reform – (Reuters)
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said he is determined to see through his government's planned pensions reform, but the leader of hardline union CGT said he will fight until the plan is withdrawn, the two men said in interviews published on Sunday.

Will Ukraine's Zelenskiy and Russia's Putin give peace a chance? – (NBC News)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, are set to sit down in Paris on Monday for the first summit between leaders of the two countries since 2016.


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All about Trump

Democrats huddle to draft impeachment charges against Trump – (Reuters)
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives met on Saturday to prepare for what could be the final week of their months-old impeachment inquiry that has imperiled Donald Trump's presidency.

Ann Coulter counts Mitt Romney among ‘feckless old ladies’ in GOP who may vote to convict Trump – (Fox News)
Conservative writer Ann Coulter took a shot Saturday night at three Senate Republicans who reportedly were the only remaining members of the GOP who hadn’t signed a colleague’s resolution condemning the House impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

In SNL cold open, world leaders gossip about Trump like schoolchildren in the NATO cafeteria – (The Washington Post)
The celebrity-packed skit was a riff on the widely circulated video from last week's NATO summit that captured Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other leaders on a hot mic appearing to mock the president.

Trump: Some 'Great' American Jews 'Don't Love Israel Enough' | Breitbart – (Breitbart News)
Trump told a pro-Israel group Israel "has never had a better friend in the White House," but some American Jews "don't love Israel enough."

'SNL': Jimmy Fallon, Paul Rudd and James Cordon gossip about Trump in NATO cafeteria – (USA Today)
Jimmy Fallon, Paul Rudd and James Cordon poke fun on Trump's NATO trip in the latest "SNL" cold open as international leaders.

House impeachment report looks at abuse, bribery, corruption – (NBC News)
House Democrats on Saturday issued a lengthy report drawing on history to lay out the argument against President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine.

House impeachment report looks at abuse, bribery, corruption – (Google News)
House Democrats on Saturday issued a lengthy report drawing on history to lay out the argument against President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine.

Door opens to deal, will Trump and Xi walk through it? – (Australian Financial Review)
The "spectacular" November US jobs report offers an unexpected path to victory for the presidents of both the US and China.

Trump touts accomplishments in address meant to woo Jewish voters and bolster support in Florida – (The Washington Post)
The 45-minute speech to the Israeli American Council hewed to a script more than many of the president’s rally jeremiads.

Democrats Outline Constitutional Justification for Trump’s Impeachment – (The Wall Street Journal)
Judiciary Committee Democrats define treason, bribery, other ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’

Trump says he still gets along with Kim Jong Un, despite North Korea's criticism – (USA Today)
Trump's statement comes after North Korea signaled it would no longer consider denuclearization and after officials lobbed insults at the president.

Trump travels to Florida for speech to Israeli-American group – (Google News)
"If Jared Kushner can't do it, it can't be done," President Trump said of peace in the Middle East.

North Korea and Trump trade barbs as tensions increase - CNN Video – (CNN)
North Korea called President Donald Trump a "dotard" after the President once again called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "rocket man." CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Saturday night told the Israeli American Council not to vote for Sen. Elizabet...

House report builds case for Trump impeachment – (BBC News)
Democrats lay out their constitutional grounds for impeachment as the process gathers pace.

Trump travels to Florida as impeachment inquiry intensifies – (CBS News)
The White House said Friday it will not participate in House Judiciary Committee impeachment proceedings

266,000 reasons Donald Trump's impeachment will be futile – (Australian Financial Review)
Stellar US labour market data reinforce the view that the Democrats' impeachment push is a distraction and unjustified.

Trump keeps saying how sorry Saudi Arabia is about naval base shooting - Business Insider – (Business Insider)
A member of the Saudi military killed three and injured multiple others in a shooting at NAS Pensacola Friday. Trump says the Saudis are "devastated."

Trump keeps saying how sorry Saudi Arabia is about naval base shooting - Business Insider – (Business Insider (UK))
A member of the Saudi military killed three and injured multiple others in a shooting at NAS Pensacola Friday. Trump says the Saudis are "devastated."

Grisham: ‘We're Not Going to Legitimize’ Impeachment Hearing with Our Participation – (Breitbart News)
Press secretary Stephanie Grisham elaborated on the Trump administration's decision to not participate in next week's impeachment hearings.


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