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North Korea test-fires missile, apparently challenging Trump

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea appeared to fire a ballistic missile early Sunday in what would be its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to President Donald Trump, who stood with the Japanese leader as Shinzo Abe called the move "intolerable."

There was no immediate confirmation from the North, which had recently warned it was ready to test its first intercontinental ballistic missile. The U.S. Strategic Command said it detected and tracked what it assessed to be a medium- or intermediate-range ballistic missile.

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Russia Considers Returning Snowden to U.S. to 'Curry Favor' With Trump: Official - NBC News

U.S. intelligence has collected information that Russia is considering turning over Edward Snowden as a "gift" to President Donald Trump — who has called the NSA leaker a "spy" and a "traitor" who deserves to be executed.

That's according to a senior U.S. official who has analyzed a series of highly sensitive intelligence reports detailing Russian deliberations and who says a Snowden handover is one of various ploys to "curry favor" with Trump. A second source in the intelligence community confirms the intelligence about the Russian conversations and notes it has been gathered since the inauguration.

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Istanbul nightclub attack: ISIS claims responsibility - CNN.com

Istanbul (CNN) ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly New Year's attack at an upscale Istanbul nightclub which left 39 dead.

As authorities in Turkey continue their search for the attacker, the terror group offered no further clues about the identity of the assailant. The claim -- made in a statement posted to Twitter -- cannot independently be verified by CNN.
 
"In continuation of the blessed operations which ISIS carries out against Turkey, a soldier of the brave caliphate attacked one of the most popular nightclubs while Christians were celebrating their holiday," the statement posted to Twitter reads.

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Terrorist Attack at Nightclub in Istanbul Kills Dozens - The New York Times

BURSA, Turkey — At least 39 people were killed and dozens more were wounded when a single gunman attacked a crowded Istanbul nightclub about an hour after midnight on New Year’s Day, Turkish officials said.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu called it an act of terrorism and said the gunman was still being sought early Sunday.

Sixteen of the people killed were foreigners, the Foreign Ministry said; it was not clear if any were Americans. At least 69 people were being treated at hospitals, Mr. Soylu said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the mass shooting, which came as threats against Turkey by the Islamic State and its supporters have increased. It was the fourth terrorist attack in Turkey in less than a month.

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Critics Say Kerry’s Israel Speech Could Backfire on Obama Administration - WSJ

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: John Kerry is an ignorant, arrogant liberal ass, who has no real clue what damage he is doing to U.S., Israeli relations. The man is a complete boob, an idiot, an absurd fool.

WASHINGTON—John Kerry’s speech on the Mideast peace process has drawn an exceptionally sharp reaction in Washington, with lawmakers in both parties warning it could further inflame the fraught state of the relations between Israel and the Palestinians that the secretary of state described.

Some top Democrats including incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said the speech, which attempted to defend and preserve President Barack Obama’s approach to resolving the conflict, could yield the opposite effect, leading to an unraveling of the long-held push for a two-state solution.

“While he may not have intended it, I fear Secretary Kerry, in his speech and action at the United Nations, has emboldened extremists on both sides,” Mr. Schumer said in a statement late Wednesday.

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Berlin attack: Police uncertain detained suspect drove lorry - BBC News

German police say they are unsure if a man they have in custody was behind Monday's lorry attack in Berlin that killed 12 and wounded 48 others.

"It is in fact uncertain whether that really was the driver," Berlin police head Klaus Kandt said on Tuesday.

The man detained, who has denied involvement, arrived in Germany from Pakistan at the end of last year.

He was captured in a park 2km away after reportedly fleeing the popular Christmas market in west Berlin.

Mrs Merkel has vowed to punish those responsible for the Berlin attack "as harshly as the law requires".

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Trump Plan to Move Embassy From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem Poses Challenges - NBC News

Donald Trump's pledge to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem poses monumental challenges in one of the world's most tense environments, according to experts.

Relocating the diplomatic outpost to the holy city is "a very big priority" for the president-elect, aide Kellyanne Conway told radio host Hugh Hewitt earlier this week.

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US says China will return underwater drone; Trump slams Beijing over incident - CNNPolitics.com

Washington (CNN) China has agreed to return the US underwater drone that it seized in international waters earlier this week, the Pentagon said Saturday.

"We have registered our objection to China's unlawful seizure of a US unmanned underwater vehicle operating in international waters in the South China Sea. Through direct engagement with Chinese authorities, we have secured an understanding that the Chinese will return the UUV to the United States," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement.
 
Details were not immediately available on when or how the drone may be returned.
Earlier, China's defense ministry said authorities had decided to return it, but criticized the US for having "hyped up" the issue. President-elect Donald Trump weighed in on the incident, calling China's action "unprecedented."

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U.S., China in Talks Over Seizure of Drone in South China Sea, Officials Say - WSJ

BEIJING—China’s seizing of an American underwater drone in the South China Sea marks an escalation of its efforts to block U.S. naval surveillance and likely reflects rising Chinese concern about the U.S. tracking Beijing’s submarines.

The Pentagon said the drone was gathering oceanographic data near the Philippines when the Chinese navy captured it in international waters on Thursday. Though the Pentagon described it as an unclassified operation, defense experts said the U.S. increasingly uses data from such drones to help track foreign submarines and navigate U.S. subs.

“These drones appear to be most directly relevant to anti-submarine warfare,” said M. Taylor Fravel, a maritime security expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They could help the U.S. Navy “to fine-tune sonar readings and thus track Chinese subs,” he said, though it is difficult to interpret this incident without knowing what other vessels were in the area.

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China 'seriously concerned' after Donald Trump questions 'one China' policy - CNNPolitics.com

Beijing (CNN) China has warned that it's "seriously concerned" after President-elect Donald Trump questioned whether the United States should keep its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of "one China."

Trump has signaled a willingness to confront Beijing, and his latest comments in an interview with Fox News suggested that he won't hesitate to anger China until the country comes to the bargaining table on trade and North Korea.

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