Dec 7: 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

HAWAII -- Next Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surprise attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet moored at Pearl Harbor, Hawai.

The attack caused profound shock in the United States. The following day, December 8, President Roosevelt declared war on Japan. Three days later Hitler declared war on the United States.

IQOS cigarette aims to reduce smoking toxins

LONDON -- A new type of cigarette has been launched which, it’s claimed, offers the same nicotine hit as regular cigarettes, while reducing inhalation of harmful toxins by 90%.

Year end package: New movies in 2017

LONDON -- Hollywood is promising 2017 will be a record-breaking year with movies from directors Ridley Scott, Luc Besson, George Clooney, Ben Affleck and Guy Ritchie.

Putin squares up to Japan in the Pacific

TOKYO -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on December 15 for talks over the disputed Kuril Islands in the western Pacific.

Japan eyes supercomputer crown

TOKYO -- Japan plans to build the world’s fastest supercomputer to aid research into driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics.

U.S. facing surge in illegal immigration

GUATEMALA CITY -- Central American nations are warning that large numbers of migrants are fleeing their poor, violent homes to the U.S. after Donald Trump’s surprise election win.

Threat of Zika virus looms in Asia

GENEVA -- Health officials are trying to determine if hundreds of new Zika infections in Asia could cause the same disorders linked to an outbreak in Latin America.

World Agenda for December available

LONDON -- Events in December include a NATO summit in Belgium, a referendum on constitutional changes in Italy, and a re-run of Austria’s presidential election.

Mayan nesting doll pyramid discovered

CHICHEN ITZA -- The discovery of a third structure within Mexico’s famous Kukulkan pyramid reveals that it was built during the peak of the Mayan civilization.

Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes

DUBAI -- Hyperloop One and the United Arab Emirates are on a very fast track to build the first commercial hyperloop transportation system from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

Champions League Last 16 qualifiers

SWITZERLAND -- Only four spots remain to play for in the Champions League Last 16, with five former winners already through to the knock-out stage, beginning in February.

Murray and Kerber top year-end rankings

LONDON -- Andy Murray and Germany’s Angelique Kerber both battled to the top of the tennis rankings at the end of a season that has seen six different Grand Slam champions.

Dec 3-5: English Premier League

MANCHESTER -- Manchester City host table-topping Chelsea with just a point separating the two teams, while second-placed Liverpool visit Bournemouth.

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