via Pope, in year-end message, says 2017 was marred by war and lies – AOL News

Pope Francis in his year-end message said that 2017 had been marred by war, lies and injustice, and he urged people to take responsibility for their actions.

At his last public event of the year, an evening vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pontiff said that humanity had “wasted and wounded” the year “in many ways with works of death, with lies and injustices”.

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via Prince Harry is never seen without his characteristic beaded bracelets — and there’s a good reason why – AOL Lifestyle

Prince Harry is rarely seen without his beaded bracelets.

He even wore one during his first public appearance with Meghan Markle after the announcement of their engagement. A gold-colored bracelet was clearly visible on his right wrist, worn in lieu of a watch.

Prince Harry has been photographed with bracelets of different shapes and sizes in public appearances, and he sometimes wears multiple bracelets at a time.

via Prince Harry is never seen without his characteristic beaded bracelets — and there’s a good reason why – AOL Lifestyle

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via South Korea seizes ship suspected of transferring oil to North – NY Daily News

South Korea has seized a ship suspected of illegally supplying oil to North Korea, the center of a brewing international controversy on the peninsula that has widened to China and President Trump.

Authorities in Seoul revealed Friday that they had briefly taken the Lighthouse Winmore, a tanker registered in Hong Kong that allegedly transferred fuel to a vessel from the isolated hermit kingdom.

The Lighthouse Winmore, which the U.S. recently called to be on a United Nations blacklist of ships involved with North Korea, was seized and inspected at the Yeosu port in late November, according to news agency Yonhap.

via South Korea seizes ship suspected of transferring oil to North – NY Daily News

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via U.S., North Korea closer than ever to nuclear war: Mike Mullen – AOL News

The United States is closer to nuclear war with North Korea than ever before, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday.

“We’re actually closer, in my view, to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we have ever been,” retired Admiral Mike Mullen said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I don’t see the opportunities to solve this diplomatically at this particular point.”

via U.S., North Korea closer than ever to nuclear war: Mike Mullen – AOL News

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via China spotted illegally selling oil to North Korea, report says | Fox News

U.S. spy satellites reportedly captured photos of Chinese ships illegally selling oil to North Korean boats some 30 times since October.

Satellite images released by the U.S. Department of Treasury appeared to show vessels from both countries illegally trading oil in the West Sea, The Chosun Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing South Korean government sources.

via China spotted illegally selling oil to North Korea, report says | Fox News

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via South Korea holding crew of ship that allegedly gave oil to North Koreans | Fox News

The crew of a Hong Kong-flagged ship that allegedly violated U.N. sanctions by transferring oil to a North Korean vessel in October is being held in South Korea until a full inspection is sent to the Security Council, officials announced Friday.

The Lighthouse Winmore is believed to have transferred about 600 tons of refined petroleum products to the North Korean ship, the Sam Jong 2, in international waters in the East China Sea on Oct. 19, after leaving the South Korean port of Yeosu, a South Korean Foreign Ministry official told the Associated Press.

The announcement came on the same day Defense Secretary James Mattis told Fox News that he believes the world will exert “increased pressure” on North Korea in the coming months following the recent maritime incidents.

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via Piercing cold blast to feel subzero in central, northeastern US in time for 2018

Cold air rivaling that of the past 100 years for late December and early January will make it painful to be outdoors and may lead to damage in the central and northeastern Unites States.

AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures are projected to be below zero over much of the Northeast and well below zero in much of the Midwest.

In the coming days, RealFeel temperatures 5 to 20 degrees below zero will be common. In the northern tier, RealFeel temperatures may dip as low as 30 to 40 degrees below zero.

via Piercing cold blast to feel subzero in central, northeastern US in time for 2018

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via New Mag Mile Apple store struggles with Chicago’s winter climate – Curbed Chicago

For all of its fancy engineering and architectural accolades earned since opening in October, Michigan Avenue’s glassy new Apple store is struggling with an apparently unexpected adversary: Chicago’s wintery climate.

According to a report by The Verge, frozen chunks of snow and icicles sliding off the riverfront building’s gutter-less, laptop-esque roof pose a serious threat to pedestrians. The dangerous condition forced Apple employees to close-off portions of Pioneer Court with caution tape and deploy signs reading “Watch for falling snow and ice.”

via New Mag Mile Apple store struggles with Chicago’s winter climate – Curbed Chicago

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via States with the Most UFO Sightings… California #1, Followed by Florida

UFO sightings are nothing new. The Puritans reported strange sightings and lights in the sky as early as the 1600s. With the advent of movies about outer space and unidentified flying objects came even more sightings. The National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) has an entire website dedicated to the “collection and dissemination of objective UFO data.” The organization curates reports of UFO sightings in the U.S. and Canada via a web form and a phone hotline, which has operated almost continuously since 1974. NUFORC logged a total of 4,655 sightings in 2017, down from the 2016 total of 5,619.

via States with the Most UFO Sightings… California #1, Followed by Florida

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via States with the Most UFO Sightings… California #1, Followed by Florida

UFO sightings are nothing new. The Puritans reported strange sightings and lights in the sky as early as the 1600s. With the advent of movies about outer space and unidentified flying objects came even more sightings. The National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) has an entire website dedicated to the “collection and dissemination of objective UFO data.” The organization curates reports of UFO sightings in the U.S. and Canada via a web form and a phone hotline, which has operated almost continuously since 1974. NUFORC logged a total of 4,655 sightings in 2017, down from the 2016 total of 5,619.

via States with the Most UFO Sightings… California #1, Followed by Florida

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