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Turkey to recognise Jerusalem as capital of PALESTINE in challenge to US and Israel

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement yesterday just days after slamming Donald Trump at a summit of Muslim leaders. Mr Trump sparked anger across the Muslim world and beyond with his controversial move to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, recognising it as Israel’s capital. And now Turkey has responded with a similar plan for east Jerusalem in what looked like a direct response to the US. Mr Erdogan told his AK Party: “God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy…

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Europe to keep ‘watchful eye on’ Austria after far-right coalition

Mr Kurz’s OVP and the FPO have already agreed on their stance on Europe.  Both parties oppose deeper political integration among EU members states and seek to have more powers returned to national governments. They have demanded changes to the way it has forced nations to integrate. They also oppose Turkey’s membership of the bloc. Both parties have agreed to move some departments that deal with European affairs, including the task force preparing Austria’s EU presidency in the second half of next year, to the chancellery headed by Mr Kurz. …

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Brussels faces Brexit infighting: Eurosceptics to LEAD EU agenda during crucial summit

Austria is set to take a key role in setting the EU agenda when the country takes over the bloc’s rotating presidency during the second half of next year. However, much to the shock of Brussels, the crucial EU summits that will discuss the last details of Brexit could be led by a eurosceptic government. Sebastian Kurz announced the formation of the Austrian government yesterday following successful talks with the anti-EU far-right Freedom Party. Although the coalition has confirmed they will not hold an EU referendum, there are already signs…

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Lifestyle 

How to cook turkey: Tricks for the BEST moist breast revealed

How to cook turkey is on the mind of those who will be tasked with creating the Christmas meal on the big day. Whether you have purchased a crown or a whole bird, everyone wants to get the best and the moistest meat. What recipe tips and tricks result in the best breast, and does the stuffing you choose make a difference? A Michelin Star chef revealed his special stuffing ingredient for the moistest breast. Michelin Star chef Asimakis Chaniotis revealed the best turkey stuffing recipe for good meat. He…

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Entertainment 

An almost perfect Christmas book: A good cultural observation and comical advice guide

Since the publication of Love, Nina in 2013, Nina Stibbe has forged a reputation as one of Britain’s funniest contemporary writers with a sharp eye for the comic detail in everyday life. Following the publication of two highly acclaimed, semi-autobiographical novels, Man At The Helm and Paradise Lodge, Stibbe is back with An Almost Perfect Christmas, a festive offering of autobiographical stories and advice celebrating both the joys and insanities of Christmas. One chapter explores the trials and tribulations of returning home for a family Christmas as an adult. Every…

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Jihadi bride facing death penalty after becoming Iraq enforcer sobs ‘I’ve ruined my life’

The teenager, who could face the death penalty in Iraq, added: “I don’t know where I got the dumb idea to join Islamic State.” Linda, 17, was speaking to the German TV programme Tagesschau for the first time since she was found in the rubble of IS stronghold Mosul back in the summer. German diplomats are hopeful she will be spared the death penalty for joining Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Charges were laid against her and three other German women captured in the Isis stronghold of Mosul in…

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Will he testify? Time for Turkish banker in sanctions trial to decide

For seven days, Turkish banker Hakan Atilla sat in a wood-paneled New York courtroom and listened as a playboy gold trader portrayed him as the architect of a scheme to evade U.S. sanctions. Now Atilla has to decide whether to take the stand in his own defense. His attorneys indicated Thursday that he wanted to testify under oath, but left often the possibility that he could change his mind overnight. U.S. prosecutors say Halkbank executives helped move Iranian money through American banks. Chris McGrath / Getty Images Defense lawyer Cathy…

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The U.S. bought this anti-tank weapon. 59 days later, ISIS had it.

LONDON — Some weapons bought by the U.S. military in 2015 ended up in the hands of Islamic State fighters within two months, according to a report released Thursday. The findings, by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), an independent arms-tracking organization, are based on three years of meticulous documentation of weapons recovered from ISIS on the battlefields of Iraq and Syria. CAR used serial numbers or key markings on the weapons to trace them back to their origin and try to piece together how they were obtained by the militants. Some…

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Upbeat Putin promises to modernize Russia if re-elected

An upbeat Vladimir Putin pledged Thursday to create a “forward-looking, modern country” if re-elected as Russia’s president next year. The 65-year-old told reporters at his annual televised news conference that he wanted to improving living standards if, as seems likely, he wins another six-year term on March 18. With his approval ratings topping 80 percent, he is on course to extend his lock on power to 24 years and become the country’s longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. The news conference comes days after Putin made a triumphant trip…

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Science 

GEMINIDS IN PICTURES: Dazzling meteor shower lights up the night sky

The spectacular light show is set to illuminate the sky this year on its annual arrival. And the Geminids meteor shower has already dazzled stargazers in eastern Europe.  Stunning images show the meteor shower light up the sky behind an Orthodox church near the village of Zagorie in Belarus. And in Van, eastern Turkey, stargazers have been spotted watching the meteor shower as it shoots across the sky.  In Britain the shower will be best seen between midnight and dawn on Thursday when the bright meteors are at their most…

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