Russian warships in UK waters keep Royal Navy busy over Christmas

(Worthy News) – The Royal Navy monitored a series of Russian warships around Britain over Christmas, as the Defence Secretary said Britain would not be intimidated. HMS St Albans escorted the frigate Admiral Gorshkov off the north coast of Scotland, while HMS Tyne shadowed a spy ship through the North Sea. The Ministry of Defence…

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Catalan separatists win election in rebuke to Spain and EU

(Worthy News) – Catalonia’s separatists look set to regain power in the wealthy Spanish region after local elections on Thursday, deepening the nation’s political crisis in a sharp rebuke to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and European Union leaders who backed him. With nearly all votes counted, separatist parties won a slim majority in Catalan parliament,…

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Putin, Merkel discuss situation in eastern Ukraine

(Worthy News) – The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to explain Russia’s decision to withdraw its military observers from a joint group monitoring the truce in eastern Ukraine. Putin said the Russian move announced earlier this week had been prompted by “restrictions and provocations” by Ukrainian authorities…

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EU says Brexit transition to end in December 2020

(Worthy News) – The Brexit transition period should end on 31 December 2020, with a clear view what sort of relationship the EU and UK will have afterwards, the EU Commission proposed on Wednesday (20 December). The end of the transition period would coincide with when the EU’s current seven-year budget runs out, to which…

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Poland cries foul as EU triggers ‘nuclear option’ over judicial independence

(Worthy News) – The Polish government has accused the European commission of a politically motivated attack after the EU’s executive body triggered a process that could see the country stripped of voting rights in Brussels, over legal changes that the bloc claims threaten the independence of the judiciary. In a highly symbolic moment, Poland’s fellow…

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Ancient tomb door with stunning menorah carving revealed in Israel

(Worthy News) – As the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah comes to a close, the discovery of an ancient tomb door with a stunning menorah carving is providing a fascinating glimpse into Israel’s rich history. The basalt tomb door, which is undergoing preservation work, was recently put on display by the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew…

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Turkey hopes to open embassy in East Jerusalem, says Erdogan

(Worthy News) – Turkey intends to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognize it as the capital of a Palestinian state. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit was a response to the US president, Donald…

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US admits to running secret UFO program

(Worthy News) – The Pentagon ran a secretive five year program to investigate UFO sightings, spending $22 million before it was shut down due to cost, it has been revealed. For the first time, the Department of Defense has acknowledged the existence of the mysterious Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program run from an office in…

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Chaos as power outage grounds flights at world's busiest airport

(Worthy News) – Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday as a power outage left passengers at the world’s busiest airport stranded in darkened terminals or in aircraft idling on tarmacs. The partial shutdown at the start of one of the busiest travel weeks of the year forced…

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