One of Putin, Trump “very smart” apparently

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Moscow weighs retaliation after US imposes sanctions over hacking

The Russian Embassy in London had an appropriately dismissive response..

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Meanwhile in Northern Ireland…

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And finally, sadly…

 

 

Kerry, Netanyahu clash over Palestine

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted angrily to a speech in which US Secretary of State John Kerry said the so-called “two-state solution” to the Palestinian situation was in jeopardy and that Netanyahu’s coalition government “is the most right-wing in Israeli history with an agenda driven by the most extreme elements.”

not so fast, though…

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An interesting alignment of tweets here. who knows where we’ll stand by 2020.

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well, well…

One with the Force

Abe and Obama set to meet at Pearl Harbor

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will on Tuesday join President Obama at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, three weeks after the 75th anniversary of the attack in which more than 2,000 Americans died, leading to the nation’s entry into World War Two. Abe will become the first Japanese leader to officially visit the site and is expected to express sympathy for those lost, but not issue any kind of apology. The two leaders will then hold a summit meeting.

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Russia investigates military plane crash in Black Sea

Monday will be a national day of mourning in Russia after a military plane carrying 92 people – including more than 60 members of the former Red Army Choir – crashed in the Black Sea after taking  off from a refueling stop in Sochi en route to a Russian air base in Syria. An investigation is under way, with conflicting indications regarding whether or not terrorism has been ruled out.

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Jesus…

and if that wasn’t enough today…

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Finally… just, finally. Dear God. Fifty-three years old, a pop genius. Remarkable voice.

‘We’ll have to muddle through somehow..’

Have a happy and peaceful Christmas, everyone…

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SO, WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE WORLD TONIGHT OF ALL NIGHTS?

and, er…

But hey, there’s important stuff to cover. Right?…

Ok, chill.

Yep..

In Britain, Storm Barbara has been battering the north, with Storm Conor on the way…

of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without Rhodri Marsden’s #duvetknowitschristmas

Finally, thank you to everyone working tonight and tomorrow…