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December 10, 2019 | Via Sky News

New Zealand Volcano: Eight Missing and Presumed Dead

Eight people are missing and “presumed” dead after the volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s White Island, police have said. Deputy Commissioner John Tims said five people had died, 31 were in hospital, three had been discharged from hospital and eight people were missing and “presumed dead” after the volcano suddenly spewed plumes of smoke and debris 3,600m (12,000ft).

December 10, 2019 | Via The Guardian

FBI’s Trump-Russia Inquiry wasn’t Biased Against President

An FBI investigation into the Donald Trump election campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia was justified and not motivated by political bias against him, a government watchdog has concluded. A report by the justice department’s inspector general demolished three years of claims by the president that he was the victim of a “deep state” conspiracy and that the investigation was based on a dossier compiled by an ex-British intelligence operative, Christopher Steele.

December 10, 2019 | Via BBC

Chilean Plane En Route to Antarctica Disappears with 38 on Board

A military plane with 38 people on board has disappeared en route to Antarctica, Chile’s air force says. A search-and-rescue mission is underway. Those missing include 17 crew and 21 passengers. Air Force Gen Eduardo Mosqueira told local media that the plane did not activate any distress signal. He said the plane, whose pilot had extensive experience, might have been forced to touch down on water.

December 10, 2019 | Via Washington Post

Ivanka Trump was Friends with Former British Spy Christopher Steele

The former British spy who authored several reports alleging links between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 campaign had been a personal friend of Trump’s daughter Ivanka, a relationship that he said made him “favorably disposed” to the Trump family. Steele told investigators he had visited the Trump family member at Trump Tower in New York and had once gifted the person a family tartan from Scotland.

December 10, 2019 | Via NBC News

Nobel Winner Suu Kyi to Defend Myanmar at U.N. Genocide Hearing

The U.N.’s highest court on Tuesday begins a hearing into allegations of genocide in Myanmar over the military campaign against the Rohingya minority, with leader Aung San Suu Kyi set to defend those who once held her under house arrest. Myanmar’s military began a harsh counterinsurgency campaign against the Rohingya in August 2017 in response to an insurgent attack. More than 700,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh.

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