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The owner surrendered 18 animals and could face neglect charges. Local pets got the blessing of a Cedartown-area clergyman ahead of the holiday season in an annual event promoting love for cats and dogs. Rebecca Rood of Rome took commemorative photographs, with all proceeds donated to the Human Society's spay and neuter program. Pets that are adopted between now through December 23 are eligible for a special delivery to your home on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
  • Is Rome's Spelacchio the saddest Christmas tree ever?

    Is Rome's Spelacchio the saddest Christmas tree ever?

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    Poor Baldy is a Norway spruce, while the European silver fir would have been a much safer bet for a tree, these self-professed Christmas tree experts said. Romans pointedly enviously to the fine Christmas tree put up in the heart of the northern city of Milan, seeing it as another sign of how the Italian financial capital has overtaken the nation's official capital in terms of wealth and prestige.
  • 8th round of Syria peace talks kicks off in Kazakh capital

    8th round of Syria peace talks kicks off in Kazakh capital

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    The Russian delegation is headed by Russian Special Presidential Representative for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev, and the Iranian delegation by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari, TASS reports from the venue. A Russian source close to the Astana 8 meeting said that the guarantor states decided not to expand the list of the participants in Astana process.
  • India silent ahead of crucial vote on Jerusalem in UN General Assembly

    India silent ahead of crucial vote on Jerusalem in UN General Assembly

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    US Ambassador Nikki Haley , in a letter to dozens of UN states on Tuesday seen by Reuters, warned that the United States would remember those who voted for the resolution criticising the US decision. The Palestinian ambassador, Riyad Mansour, said he expected "overwhelming support" for the measure stating that Jerusalem was an issue "to be resolved through negotiations" between Israel and the Palestinians.
  • House sends sweeping GOP tax bill to Trump's desk

    House sends sweeping GOP tax bill to Trump's desk

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    So for example, if you own a home you can pay next year's property tax bill now and deduct it on your 2017 tax return. In the House, 12 Republicans had joined all Democrats in opposition as the bill passed 227 to 203. Congressional Republicans have cast the bill as a blessing for the middle class, an argument they will stress in their drive to hold onto their congressional majorities in next year's midterm elections.
  • Shell to be tried over Nigeria oil 'bribery'

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    The trial will start on March 5 and will not only affect the two companies but 11 individuals including Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi, added Bloomberg . All the parties involved have previously denied any wrongdoing over the deal in which Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan and his oil minister were said to have received bribes.
  • Dry Today, But More Rain Tomorrow and Saturday

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    The first day of winter is Thursday , but it will be mild with a mix of sun and clouds through the day and highs in the low to mid 60s. I'm expecting snow to break out sometime in the morning or early afternoon, and the most likely places to see the most snow will be up toward the New Hampshire-Vermont border.
  • Jerusalem: US Threats Will Not Change Other States' Stance - Turkish Official

    Jerusalem: US Threats Will Not Change Other States' Stance - Turkish Official

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    In January, when she assumed her new United Nations role, she showed her hand, warning U.S. allies that if they do not support Washington, there would be repercussions. "Jerusalem is a dream that is present in every Jew's heart and Trump's decision gives this dream clear global recognition", Tzur stated. "At the United Nations we're always asked to do more & give more", Haley wrote on Twitter.
  • Jewish Groups Condemn African National Congress' Downgrading Ties with Israel

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    After the USA veto, the United Nations General Assembly is now set to vote for or against the withdrawal of Trump's recognition of Jerusalem in an "emergency meeting" on Thursday. Hashem Dajani, Palestine's ambassador in Pretoria, described the move as "an important decision". "As members of the Jewish community we believe that this is one of the most practical things that South Africa can do to contribute towards a just peace in Palestine-Israel", SAJFP said in a a statement.
  • 'God and 2nd Amendment' saved Richard Childress during home break

    'God and 2nd Amendment' saved Richard Childress during home break

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    According to TV station WXII Channel 12 in Winston-Salem, N.C., Childress and wife Judy were in their home in Reedy Creek, an unincorporated Davidson County area not far from Childress's race shop campus in Welcome, N.C. Police also said Childress offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Sheriff David Grice said items of evidence have been collected for DNA.
  • European Union blow to Uber status

    European Union blow to Uber status

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    The case began in 2014, when a group of drivers for Barcelona's Elite Taxi Service asked the city to impose penalties on Uber. The ECJ's decision taken in Luxembourg will now apply across the European Union, including the UK. As a result, Uber was therefore an integral part of the process, the court ruled, which means it must be classed as a transport company. Instead, the only people that may be able to drive for Uber in the European Union are professional drivers.
  • Top EU court: Uber should be considered a transport company

    Top EU court: Uber should be considered a transport company

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    While the ruling is valid EU-wide, it remains limited to Uber's actual services. Furthermore, without the mobile app, the "persons who wish to make an urban journey would not use the services provided by those drivers". The company is planning an initial public offering in 2019. Uber , the biggest name in the growing gig economy, claims it is a mere service provider, connecting consumers with drivers in more than 600 cities.
  • China ride-hail giant Didi Chuxing has raised $4 billion

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    Winning market share in new markets and upgrading technology to keep up with the trend toward autonomous driving and fleet ownership all require spending. However, Didi ended an experimental service in the United States in November and has since encouraged its customers to download the Lyft app instead.
  • North Korea denies role in WannaCry ransomware attack

    North Korea denies role in WannaCry ransomware attack

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    President Trump's homeland security adviser Thomas P. Bossert wrote in the Wall Street Journal this week that "after careful investigation" the U.S. Bossert said the administration's finding of responsibility is based on evidence and confirmed by other governments and private companies, including the United Kingdom and Microsoft .
  • "Fresh PDP" Emerges | Splinter Group Opens Secretariat In Abuja

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    Obi-Nwosu, who contested the National Youth Leader position and lost, claimed that ‎the process of selecting the current NWC was concluded days before the convention. Speaking on the fast approaching election, Adeyi said the people of the state can not wait to vote in the PDP who would not prioritise developmental projects over workers' salaries.