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On This Day: Nanking Massacre begins

On Dec. 13, 1937, the Nanking Massacre began, during which Japanese troops killed between 40,000 and 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers.

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

On Dec. 13, 1937, the Nanking Massacre began, during which Japanese troops killed between 40,000 and 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers.

Kim Jong Un's top henchmen in nuke development revealed

Kim Jong Un appears to have reshuffled his circle of top henchmen in nuclear and missile development.

Lyft enters international market with service in Toronto

Ride-hailing service Lyft made its first step in the international market Tuesday by starting operations in Toronto.

Japanese startup raises $90M to reach moon by 2019

Japan-based ispace, a startup aiming to make lunar expeditions in 2019 and 2020, raised more than $90 million from investors this week.

Judge: Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert not allowed to be around minors

A federal judge on Tuesday tightened parole restrictions for convicted felon and former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

U.S. campaign destroys $80m of Taliban drug money in Afghanistan

A U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan destroyed $80 million in narcotics money as part of a campaign to target Taliban revenue streams.

Police, protesters clash over seizure of artwork in Catalonia

Police clashed with protesters in Catalonia as 44 pieces of artwork were removed from a Catalan museum.

Appeals court upholds ban on new mining claims in Grand Canyon

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ban on new uranium mining in the Grand Canyon on Tuesday.

North Korea aims to become 'the world's greatest nuclear power'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged his regime would become "the world's greatest nuclear and military power" at an arms industry conference on Tuesday.

Survey: Religious observance of Christmas in America on decline

Religious aspects of the Christmas holiday are less emphasized than they have been on the past, a Pew Research Center survey found.

Trumps offer warm wishes for a happy Hanukkah

U.S. President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump bid all who observe Hanukkah a happy holiday.

Kirsten Gillibrand calls Donald Trump tweet 'sexist smear'

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand described a tweet by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, which said she would "do anything" for campaign donations, as a "sexist smear."

Charles Jenkins, U.S. soldier who defected to North Korea, dead at 77

Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army soldier who defected to North Korea and remained captive there for 40 years, died at the age of 77 on Tuesday.

Russia withdraws diplomats from Yemen

All of Russia's diplomatic staff has left Yemen due to deadly clashes in the capital of Sanaa, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

France to ban students from using cellphones next year

French students in primary and secondary schools will be forbidden from using phones during the school day starting next year.

Utah family: Venezuela denying medical treatment to imprisoned man

The family of a Utah man jailed in Venezuela for more than a year said officials there are preventing him from getting medical treatment.

Twitter introduces 'threading' feature to link tweets

Twitter announced Tuesday it's introducing a feature allowing users to tie multiple tweets together in a single thread.

Ryanair pilots plan strike before busy holiday travel period

Irish passengers could have a problem with their holiday travel plans as pilots said Tuesday they'll strike just days before Christmas, due to a labor dispute.

Alabama voters deciding next senator in nail-biter election race

The people of Alabama headed to the polls Tuesday to vote in a special election to determine who will fill the state's open and coveted Senate seat.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies in office at 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed M. Lee died suddenly Tuesday morning after six years in office, his office said. He was 65.

Trump signs $700B defense budget into law

President Donald Trump signed the 2018 NDAA into law, a $700 billion defense budget that seeks to increase military spending and operational capabilities.

Merriam-Webster names 'feminism' 2017 Word of the Year

"Feminism," a top lookup for 2017, was named Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year Tuesday.

Watch live: Sarah Sanders gives White House briefing

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was scheduled to give an on-camera press briefing Tuesday afternoon.

Draken International to buy surplus South African fighters

South Africa's state-owned defense company, Denel, is selling 12 Cheetah fighter jets to Draken International, a U.S.-based tactical fighter training company.

More AW139 helicopters ordered for Italy

Italy has ordered eight more twin-engine AW139 helicopters for public service and security operations, Leonardo reports.

Report: U.S. Navy deployed spy plane near North Korea

The United States deployed a reconnaissance plane that swept across waters near the eastern coast of North Korea.

Operator of U.S. malls acquired by European company for $15B

European property company Unibail-Rodamco will acquire mall operator Westfield in a $15 billion deal --joining the world's two largest shopping center owners.

Fugitive Chinese billionaire says he talks to Steve Bannon

A fugitive Chinese billionaire who has vowed to expose corrupt Chinese officials said he has a good relationship with Steve Bannon.

Lockheed Martin tapped to provide cyber security support

Lockheed Martin has been awarded an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract from the U.S. Navy for cyber security support services.

Snow, ice chill Italy; 1,000 evacuated as river bursts

Rain, snow, freezing cold and mass flooding wrought havoc in northern Italy Tuesday -- leading to the evacuations of about 1,000 people.

Hundreds of thousands remember Ultra-Orthodox Jewish spiritual leader

Jewish ultra-Orthodox spiritual leader Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman died Tuesday and prompted hundreds of thousands to pay tribute in Israel. He was 104.

Bath Iron Works to support Arleigh Burke-class destroyers

Bath Iron Works has been awarded a modified contract from the Navy for engineering and technical services for Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer.

Kremlin: Putin views Trump's tweets as official statements

Russian leader Vladimir Putin gets regular updates about tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump and views them as official statements, the Kremlin said.

Oil prices settle down, but still higher on North Sea outage

The perfect storm of a healthy appetite from China, a decline in global inventories and a major North Sea pipeline outage sent oil prices higher on Tuesday.

China warms to South Korea as plans for refugees surface online

China is turning its attention to improved ties with South Korea as reports suggested Beijing is building a web of refugee camps near the North Korea border.

Immigrant charged in NYC 'terrorist' bombing that injured 5

The suspect in Monday's explosion in New York City had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and carried out the bombing in behalf of the group, police said.

Texas man charged with plotting terror schemes with Islamic State

Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old Texas man and charged him with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State terror group.

Cost of fighting six California wildfires reaches nearly $40M

Six major wildfires continue to destroy thousands of acres across Southern California -- and the cost of fighting them is running into the tens of millions.

Moore or Jones? Election day in Alabama to fill critical Senate seat

The people of Alabama are heading to the polls to vote in a special election to determine who will fill the Senate seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions.

Big Australian oil prospect draws interest from majors

Australian energy company Santos and French supermajor Total may be on board with funding for one of Australia's biggest oil and gas prospects, a partner said.

North Korean diplomat: Talks with U.S. are 'possible'

A top North Korean diplomat has reportedly said a dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington "is possible," given the right conditions.

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

On Dec. 12, 1913, two years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" was recovered in a Florence, Italy, hotel room.

On This Day: Stolen 'Mona Lisa' discovered in Florence

On Dec. 12, 1913, two years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" was recovered in a Florence, Italy, hotel room.

American Express will no longer require signatures for credit card purchases

American Express announced Monday it will no longer have a signature requirement for purchases made with its card beginning in April 2018.

North Korea camp survivor says guilt haunts her in South

North Korean defectors experience alienation in South Korea because of the sharp contrast between the two societies, a prison camp survivor says.

IG Report: Trump, DeVos stopped forgiving student loans for college scam victims

The Trump administration has not approved any debt cancellation requests for students who received federal loans to pay for failed, for-profit colleges.

N. Korea says it is now a 'matchless nuclear weapons state'

North Korea says it has become "a matchless nuclear weapons state" headed for a victory over the United States, at a military arms conference on Monday.

Report: Countries might soon tax meat to fight climate change

Additional taxes could soon be imposed on meat products in an effort to combat climate change and obesity, according to research published Monday.

Canadian man sentenced for threatening PM Justin Trudeau

A Canadian man was given a two-year suspended sentence for threatening to "blow out" Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's brains in an online post.