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Israel 'summons US ambassador' amid UN vote row

NetanyahuIsrael's PM has summoned the US ambassador amid a growing row after the US eased the passage of a resolution against Israel at the UN, reports say.

Israeli media said Benjamin Netanyahu took the unusual step of calling Dan Shapiro to his office.  It comes after Israel summoned ambassadors from countries which voted for Friday's resolution.

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Super Typhoon Nock-ten makes landfall on the Philippines

Philippine typhoonSuper Typhoon Nock-ten, rapidly intensifying through Christmas Eve, made landfall on the eastern province of Philippines on Christmas Day.

This storm will bring destructive winds, massive storm surge flooding and torrential rainfall to the islands through Monday night, including Manila, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

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7.7-magnitude earthquake in Chile, tsunami warning lifted

earthquake in ChileA 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit Chile Sunday. There were tsunami warnings, but they have been lifted.

The quake hit 150 miles southwest of Puerto Montt, at a depth of 9 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Chile's national emergency office issued an alert and ordered an evacuation.

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Pipeline uncertainty illustrates broader concerns for tribes

Pipeline uncertaintyFor hundreds of protesters, it was cause to cheer when the Obama administration this month declined to issue an easement for the Dakota Access pipeline's final segment. But that elation was dampened by the uncertainty of what comes next: a Donald Trump-led White House that might be far less attuned to issues affecting Native Americans.

"With Trump coming into office, you just can't celebrate," said Laundi Germaine Keepseagle, who is 28 and from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, where the demonstrators have been camped out near the North Dakota-South Dakota border.

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Russian military jet crashes with 92 onboard

Russian military plane crashesA Russian military plane with 92 people on board, including members of a famed army choir, has crashed into the Black Sea shortly after taking off, the Russian defence ministry has said.

There was no sign of survivors, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as President Vladimir Putin announced a national day of mourning.

The Tu-154 plane had departed from the southern Russian city of Adler on Sunday morning and was heading towards Latakia in Syria.

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Pope says Christmas 'hostage' to materialism, God in shadows

Pope says Christmans hostage to materialismPope Francis said on Saturday that Christmas had been "taken hostage" by dazzling materialism that puts God in the shadows and blinds many to the needs of the hungry, the migrants and the war weary.

Francis, leading the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas for the fourth time since his election in 2013, said in his Christmas Eve homily that a world often obsessed with gifts, feasting and self-centeredness needed more humility.

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Under scrutiny, Trump decides to dissolve his foundation

Trump to dissove foundationU.S President-elect Donald Trump said on Saturday he intends to dissolve his charitable foundation, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which has been under investigation by the New York attorney general.

Trump gave no timeline for winding down the foundation, but said in a statement that he wanted "to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President." He directed his counsel to take the necessary steps for the dissolution.

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Trump May Have a $300 Million Conflict of Interest With Deutsche Bank

Deutche BankFor years, Donald Trump has used a powerful tool when dealing with bankers: his personal guarantee.

Now that guarantee -- employed to extract better terms on hundreds of millions of dollars of loans to the Trump Organization -- is at the center of a delicate loan-restructuring discussion at Deutsche Bank AG, which is under investigation on several fronts by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Jason Miller backs out of Trump White House job

jason Miller backs out of WH jobJason Miller, who was tapped only two days ago to be White House communications director, announced Saturday that he will not join Donald Trump’s administration.

In a statement to POLITICO, Miller said the decision to back out of the job stemmed from a need to spend more time with his family. He noted that he and his wife are expecting their second child next month.

“After spending this past week with my family, the most amount of time I have been able to spend with them since March 2015, it is clear they need to be my top priority right now and this is not the right time to start a new job as demanding as White House communications director,” Miller said. "My wife and I are also excited about the arrival of our second daughter in January, and I need to put them in front of my career."

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