Erdogan says Turkey will open embassy in East Jerusalem

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey will open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognize it as the capital of Palestine.

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Southern California's Thomas Fire forces new evacuations, threatens wealthy enclave

One of the biggest wildfires in California’s history sparked new evacuation orders Saturday in Santa Barbara County, as residents in the wealthy enclave of Montecito hoped less powerful winds would keep the flames away from their homes.

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Kevin Hart's over-the-top bathroom breakdown is peak 'SNL' hilarity

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We’ve all been there.

Lunch just ended and it’s right into a big meeting. And that’s when you realize: Tacos were a terrible idea.

Guest host Kevin Hart brought to life every office worker’s nightmare on Saturday Night Live this week. Toilet humor may be one of the lowest-hanging fruits in comedy, but Hart’s scenery-chewing take on a guy who’s too embarrassed to excuse himself and let nature take its course elevates the whole damn thing. Read more…

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Do More People Use Firefox Than Edge and IE Combined?

A funny thing happened when Net Applications’ statistics began excluding fake traffic from ad-defrauding bots. Computerworld reports:
Microsoft’s Edge browser is less popular with Windows 10 users than earlier thought, if revised data from a U.S. analytics vendor can be believed. According to Net Applications of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Edge has been designated the primary browser by fewer than one in six Windows 10 users for more than a year and a half. That’s a significant downgrading of Edge’s user share statistics from the browser’s portrayal before this month…
By comparing Edge’s old and new shares, it was evident that as much as half of the earlier Edge traffic had been faked by bots. The portion of Edge’s share credited to bots fluctuated month to month, but fell below 30% in only 4 of the 19 months for which Net Applications provided data… Microsoft’s legacy browser, Internet Explorer (IE) also was revealed as a Potemkin village. Under the old data regime, which included bots, IE’s user share was overblown, at times more than double the no-bots reality. Take May 2016 as an example. With bots, Net Applications pegged IE at 33.7%; without bots, IE’s user share dwindled to just 14.9%. Together, IE and Edge – in other words, Microsoft’s browsers – accounted for only 16.3% of the global user share last month using Net Applications’ new calculations… In fact, the combined IE and Edge now face a once unthinkable fate: falling beneath Mozilla’s Firefox.
StatCounter’s stats on browser usage already show more people have already been using Firefox than both of Microsoft’s browsers combined — in 12 of the last 13 months.


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3 ways to start your year with a digital clean slate

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for 2018: de-clutter your digital history. Your computer stores a huge amount of browsing data, and in places you might never think to look. This meticulous chronology makes you vulnerable to snoops and advertising trackers. The solution: eliminate it.

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Scarlett Johansson makes perfect return as Ivanka Trump on 'SNL'

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Last week’s Christmas cold open didn’t really count, and neither did last last week’s, so let’s ignore them for now to focus on Saturday’s special Christmas message from the Saturday Night Live White House, starring Alec Baldwin as everyone’s favorite Commander-in-Chief and a surprise appearance by Scarlett Johansson as the ever-complicit first daughter.

They’re here to deck the halls and wish us all a Merry Christmas.

“That’s right you can finally say that again because the war on Christmas is over,” Baldwin’s Trump said. “It will soon be replaced by the war with North Korea.” Read more…

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Twin suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta ahead of Christmas, killing eight

QUETTA/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Two suicide bombers attacked a packed Catholic church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding up to 45 before one of them blew himself up and police killed the other, officials said.

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Gunmen kill five in attack on church in Pakistan's Quetta

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) – Two suicide attackers opened fire inside a church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least five people and wounding up to 16 before being stopped by police guards, officials said.

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Australia arrests man accused of trying to sell missile parts for North Korea

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian police said on Sunday they had arrested a man accused of working on the black market to sell missile components and coal on behalf of North Korea, the first charges ever brought in Australia over the sale of weapons of mass destruction.

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