Democrat Doug Jones Beats Roy Moore To Claim Alabama Senate Seat

Democrat Doug Jones, on Tuesday, defeated Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate special election.

President Trump had thrown his full support behind Moore, who was a controversial figure even before multiple allegations emerged that he had pursued inappropriate relationships with teenagers as an adult.

“Tonight is a night for rejoicing,” Jones told a jubilant crowd in Birmingham after defeating Moore 670,551 votes to 649,240, with 100 percent of the vote counted.

Jones, a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted Ku Klux Klan members for an infamous 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, will be the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the Senate in 20 years. He fills the seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

India Bans Day Time Advertisement Of Condoms

India on Tuesday banned telecast of condom advertisements on TV during day time, a move that has invited fierce criticism from campaigners of safe sex.

In an advisory, India’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked all TV channels in this country not to air condom advertisements between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. local time to avoid exposure of such material to children.

“It has been brought to the notice of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting that some channels carry advertisements of condoms repeatedly which are alleged to be indecent especially for children.

“In view of the above, all TV channels are hereby advised not to telecast the advertisements of condoms which are for a particular age group and could be indecent/ inappropriate for viewing by children,” the ministry added.

Court Remands Man In Prison Over Alleged Plot To Kill UK Prime Minister Theresa May

A Westminster magistrates’ court, has remanded a 20-year-old Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, in custody over alleged plot to  bomb Downing Street security gates and then kill Theresa May.

Joined in the suit is Mohammed Aqib Imran, from Birmingham, who was accused of the preparation of the terrorist acts.

Both men have been remanded and will appear at London’s old bailey on 20 December.

He is charged with the preparation of terrorist acts and is also charged with assisting another man to prepare separate acts of terrorism.

Imran, who also indicated he would plead not guilty to the charges, is accused of allegedly planning to travel overseas.

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

United States President, Donald Trump, has on Wednesday, formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Trump in remarks at the White House, said: “It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

Trump also announced plans to build a new American embassy in Jerusalem. The current U.S. embassy is located in Tel Aviv.

Trump acknowledged that his decision was driven by a political campaign pledge, saying that “while previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”

The president further added that his decision “is not intended in any way” to hamper a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. He also said the United States would “support a two state solution if agreed to by both sides.”

CNN To Boycott Trump’s White House Christmas Party

International media firm, the Cable News Network (CNN) says it will be staying away from the White House Christmas party for the media following its ongoing feud with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The news network famously dubbed “Fake News” by Trump said freedom of press is being threatened in the U.S. by the president’s action.

“CNN will not be attending this year’s White House Christmas party,” a CNN spokesperson told Politico.

“In light of the president’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests.

“We will send a White House reporting team to the event, and report on it if news warrants.”

White House To Ban Personal Cell Phones Over Security Concerns

The White House is considering a ban on employees using personal cell phones, according to a new report.

The proposal to ban personal devices comes amid cybersecurity concerns, reports Bloomberg, with one official saying that personal phones are not as secure as government-issued devices.

It has not yet been decided whether the proposed ban would apply to all staff in the executive office of President Donald Trump – and the potential effect on Trump’s own devices is unclear.

After assuming the presidency, Trump was forced by security officials to hand in his Android phone, and has been issued an iPhone loaded with the Twitter app and nothing else, according to Axios.

Trump and his top aides all have government-issued phones that are highly secure, of course, but those devices are severely curtailed in their capabilities.

They can’t send or receive text messages, for example, prompting concerns that White House staff would be cut off from contact with their families while at work if personal devices are banned.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is said to be leading the push for the ban.

Kelly himself was hit by hackers earlier this year, when his personal phone was compromised.

The White House already takes certain precautions with personal devices, requiring that they be left outside of the room when classified material is being discussed.

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Zimbabwe Declares Mugabe’s Birthday As Public Holiday

Zimbabwe has announced former President Robert Mugabe’s birthday a public holiday, a state daily reported this on Monday, nearly a week after the long-time ruler stepped down.

“It is hereby declared that February 21 of every year henceforth shall be a public holiday to be known as the Robert Mugabe National Youth Day,” The Herald newspaper reported, citing a government gazette.

The 93-year-old was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was vice president until Mugabe fired him just weeks ago.

The declaration of his birthday as a holiday is the latest of many accolades.

Zimbabwe’s school of intelligence was named after him while a $1-billion Robert Mugabe university is also in the works.

Several buildings and roads across the country are also named after him.

Court Increases Pistorius’ Jail Term To 13 Years

South Africa’s Supreme Court has increased Oscar Pistorius’ murder sentence to 13 years and five months after the state argued his original sentence of 6 years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was “shockingly lenient.”

Pistorius was jailed in July last year after being found guilty on appeal of murdering Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013 in a case that attracted worldwide interest.

Steenkamp’s family, who were not in court for the ruling, welcomed the sentence and said it showed justice could prevail in South Africa.

85 Killed In Attack On Egyptian Mosque

At least 85 people have been killed after a gun and bomb attack at a packed mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai province on Friday.

Another 75 people are reported to have been injured, state media confirmed.

The attack took place near the provincial capital of El-Arish during Friday prayers, police officials said, at the Al-Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed.

An improvised explosive device (IED) is believed to have been used to target the worshipers.

The bomb was followed-up by machine gunfire from multiple gunmen.

Police said militants in four off-road vehicles bombed the mosque and fired on worshipers during the sermon segment of Friday prayers.

President Abdel Fattah al Sisi convened an emergency security meeting soon after the attack, state television reported.

Egypt’s security forces are battling an Islamic State insurgency in north Sinai, where militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers since fighting there intensified over the last three years.

Militants have mostly targeted security forces in their attacks, but have also tried to expand beyond the peninsula by hitting Egyptian Christian churches and pilgrims.

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Emmerson Mnangagwa Sworn-In As Zimbabwe President

Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa, has been sworn in as President of Zimbabwe, following the exit of Robert Mugabe who ruled the country for four decades.

Taking his oath of office, the 75-year-old former security chief known as ‘The Crocodile’ vowed to uphold the constitution of the former British colony and protect the rights of all Zimbabwe’s 16 million citizens.

Mugabe, the world’s oldest serving head of state, resigned on Tuesday as parliament started to impeach him, a week to the day after the army stepped in to seize power.

Mnangagwa assured Mugabe he and his family would be safe in Zimbabwe when the two men spoke for the first time since Mnangagwa returned home this week, the state-owned The Herald newspaper reported on Friday.

Breaking: US Aircraft With 11 People On Board Crashes In Pacific Ocean

A United States (US) Navy aircraft with 11 people on board has crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Japan.

It crashed into the Philippine Sea off the southeast of Okinawa while flying to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

‘A United States Navy aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the ocean southeast of Okinawa,’ a statement from the Navy said.

‘Personnel recovery is under way and their condition will be evaluated by USS Ronald Reagan medical staff.’

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