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La Carlota City Christmas Festival of Lights & Music 2016 Opens

La Carlota City, internationally known as the “Drumbeating City of Beauty and Dance” and “The Las Vegas of the Philippines” opened on December 15 its Christmas Festival of Lights and Music 2016.

The festival showcases thousands of Christmas lights sparkling around the trees and surrounding the city plaza, streets, buildings, commercial establishments and residences in the barangays of La Carlota.

Hi Friends and Relatives in Negros, Here is your week's Aussie News

AFRICA

West Africa's Ebola outbreak no longer constitutes a threat to international public health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says,


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declaring an end to a nearly 20 months' emergency that has killed about 11,300 people. The WHO director general, on Tuesday accepted the recommendations of a committee of independent experts who also called for a lifting any travel and trade restrictions affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, Dr Chan told a news briefing at WHO headquarters in Geneva. "However, a high level of vigilance and response capacity must be maintained to ensure the ability of the countries to prevent Ebola infections and to rapidly detect and respond to flare-ups in the future", she said.

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CHINESE ROLLERCOASTER

Riders at one of Beijing's major amusement parks were left hanging upside


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down for almost 20 minutes after a bird stood on one of the ride's safety sensors. The Happy Valley Amusement Park in the Chinese capital said it took 18 minutes to bring the 26 riders to safety during the incident. However, the rollercoaster was soon back in operation.

The park's spokesperson said a bird had landed on the sensor and in doing so activated an emergency procedure, immediately stopping the rollercoaster as it travelled upwards. Ironically, the park describes the ride on its website as "the feeling of flying like a bird".

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ABC PAIR ON WAY HOME

An ABC reporter who was detained in Malaysia over an alleged run-in with the Prime Minister says local police thought the saga was a joke but were following orders.


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Four Corners reporter Linton Besser and cameraman Louie Eroglu were detained on Saturday after they attempted to question Prime Minister Najib Razak over a billion-dollar corruption scandal. They were later released but told not to leave the country because they were likely to face charges of obstructing a public servant. But on Tuesday they were told they would not be charged. Besser announced on Twitter the two were about to depart from Kuching, Sarawak, in the afternoon.

ANDERS BREIVIK

The mass murderer gave a Hitler salute as he returned to court to claim solitary confinement "violates" his human rights. The Norwegian, 37, who killed 77 people in 2011, did not speak as he entered the makeshift courtroom at his prison, but stretched out his right arm in a Nazi salute for several seconds.

Breivik claims he is a "victim of cruel and inhuman treatment" in Skien prison despite having a cell block to himself and access to a computer and Playstation.

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CHINA

China sent several ships to a disputed atoll in the South China Sea, preventing fishermen from accessing traditional fishing grounds and raising


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tensions in the volatile region. China has sent as many as seven ships to Quirino Atoll, also known as Jackson Atoll, in recent weeks. In Beijing a Foreign Ministry spokesman said China’s Ministry of Transport had sent vessels to tow a grounded foreign ship and they had since left the surrounding waters. Chinese coast guard vessels had also been seen at the atoll two weeks ago but were no longer in the area.

DIAMOND MINES SEIZED

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe says his government will take possession of all diamond operations because existing miners had robbed the country of its wealth. Mr Mugabe’s comments came a week after the Ministry of Mines ordered all mining companies to leave the Marange fields, saying they had not renewed their licences. “The state will now own all the diamonds in the country,” Mr Mugabe said.