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12-23 Afghanistan Taliban 'push further' into Helmand town of Sangin Sangin, Helmand
C. 12-23 US prisoners released early by software bug Washington State
D. 12-23 Saudi Arabia 'spares' Sri Lankan maid in adultery case Saudi Arabia
E. 12-23 Russian ex-tycoon Khodorkovsky may seek UK asylum London
5. 12-23 Floods force evacuation of more than 70,000 as Paraguay River rises
6. 12-23 1 dead, 7 injured when fire erupts as they gather fuel near tapped pipeline Tabasco, Mexico
7. 12-23 China smog sparks red alerts in 10 cities China
I. 12-23 Black Lives Matter protests disrupt airports and shopping
9. 12-23 At least 25 killed, 107 injured in fire at Saudi Arabia hospital Jazan General Hospital, Jazan, Saudi Arabia

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Dec.23   Helmand     Afghanistan Taliban 'push further' into Helmand town of Sangin
Map of Sangin Afghanistan
  Afghan government forces have lost control of the centre of the town of Sangin in Helmand province after days of fierce fighting, reports suggest


  Washington State US prisoners released early by software bug  The bug miscalculated the sentence reductions prisoners in Washington state had received for good behaviour

  Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 'spares' Sri Lankan maid in adultery case  The life of a Sri Lankan maid due to be stoned to death in Saudi Arabia for adultery has been spared, Sri Lanka's foreign ministry says

Day News


  London Russian ex-tycoon Khodorkovsky may seek UK asylum  Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, says he feels safe in London

  Paraguay Floods force evacuation of more than 70,000 as Paraguay River rises  The Paraguay River rose to nearly 24 feet (7.2 meters) Wednesday after weeks of torrential rains. That's near its highest level of 1983

  Mexico 1 dead, 7 injured when fire erupts as they gather fuel near tapped pipeline  A fire broke out as people gathered fuel left near an illegal tap on an oil pipeline in southern Mexico

Evening News


  China   China smog sparks red alerts in 10 cities
  Hazardous smog blanketing China's north-east has sparked more red alerts, with authorities advising residents in 10 cities to stay indoors


  Minnesota   Black Lives Matter protests disrupt airports and shopping Map of Mall of America Minnesota Minnesota  Protests by the Black Lives Matter group have taken place in the US states of Minnesota and California on one of the busiest retail days of the year

  Saudi Arabia   At least 25 killed, 107 injured in fire at Saudi Arabia hospital Map of Jazan General Hospital Jazan Saudi Arabia  The fire at the Jazan General Hospital broke out on the first floor, which houses the intensive care unit and the maternity ward

  Mississippi At least six dead in trail of storms destruction  A storm described by forecasters as 'particularly dangerous' has hit the south and mid-west of the US, killing at least six people and injuring scores more

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