Donald Trump to be trusted with nuclear codes

WASHINGTON DC. -- Beginning on Inauguration Day, Donald Trump will be accompanied at all times by a military aide carrying the nuclear “football”, a briefcase enabling him to order a nuclear strike at a moment’s notice.

At that point, should he wish, Trump can launch as many as 925 nuclear warheads with destructive force greater than 17,000 Hiroshima bombs. There are no constitutional restraints on his power to do so.

Google goes green with renewable power plan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California -- Google claims it will hit a target of offsetting 100% of the energy it uses in data centres and offices against power from renewable sources, by 2017.

Trump wants to cancel Air Force One order

CHICAGO -- President-elect Trump tweeted: "Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”

2017 Suzuki Ignis price set for Europe

LONDON -- The all-new Suzuki Ignis is the marque’s answer to the crossover SUV boom. The entry-level SZ3 model will go on sale in January from €12,995 (£9,999).

Brussels’ elite eyes populist uprising

LONDON -- Voters in countries that contribute almost 72 percent of European Union GDP have voted or will soon vote in ballots amid anger against perceived elite politics.

Year end: Scientific achievements of 2016

LONDON -- 2016 saw the detection of gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein, creation of a self-replicating man-made species, a Superman-style crystal, and more.

Year end: 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.

Year end: Star of Bethlehem theories

LONDON -- Was the Star of Bethlehem a comet, an alignment between the Sun, the Earth, Jupiter and Saturn, a double eclipse of Jupiter by the moon, supernova or combination of all these events?

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%.

Japan eyes supercomputer crown

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

Jan 2-14: Dakar Rally in South America

ASUNCION -- The 12-stage, 9,000km race starts in Paraguay’s capital and will also feature stages in Bolivia’s high mountains before crossing into Argentina to finish in Buenos Aires.

Dec 7: Champions League last chance

MADRID -- Borussia Dortmund face Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu just one strike short of equalling the Champions League group stage goals record.

Dec 8-18: FIFA Club World Cup

TOKYO -- Champions League winners Real Madrid and five continental champions, plus a team from host nation Japan, will battle it out to be crowned Champion of Champions.

Dec 8: Final places left in Europa League

VILLAREAL -- Only 11 places in the Last 32 remain, with Villarreal hosting Steaua Bucharest, Fenerbahce travelling to Feyenoord, and Southampton taking on Hapoel Beer-Sheva.

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