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Every year, millions of people go skiing, ill prepared for the harm that might arise from a fall. Former Formula One driver Michael Schumacher wasn't one of them. He was wearing a helmet when he had a simple fall and hit his head on a rock in 2013. His medical condition has been the cause of much speculation in the media and generally but his family have been parsimonious with information. Now someone is reportedly trying to sell photos showing Schumacher's present condition.

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Donald Trump is not yet in the White House but he's already flexing his muscles. Already at odds with the State Department, which issued an official apology to China because Trump directly spoke to Taiwan's President, Madam TSAI Ing-wen, he's not only unrepentant but, for a man who has a history of casino ownership, he's doubling down on what might be the biggest gamble of his own Presidency, even though he's not President yet.

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In an unprecedented display of authority over its president, the South Korean parliament has voted to impeach President PARK Guen-hye, in part because of allegations that she was under the influence of a non-elected person. What now?

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Burger bar McDonalds has started its seasonal TV advertising campaign in Malaysia. It's for Chinese New Year which happens at the end of January. Wot? No Christmas?

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The Australian Federal Court yesterday found that German construction group holding company Hochtief Aktiengesellschaft (Hochtief AG) engaged in insider trading.

The Judge had express warnings for businesses operating in Australia and expressed his criticisms in terms more usually reserved for financial services companies. He reserved special warnings for foreign corporations with operating units and subsidiaries in Australia.

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It was called Avalanche and it was "specifically designed to thwart detection by law enforcement." But co-operation between enforcement agencies in more than 40 countries and private sector participants created a profile of it and that enabled it to be located and taken down. It had facilitated huge harms.

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The televised hearing before the UK's Supreme Court is fascinating, but difficult to follow.

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It is unfortunate that, in the USA, the word terrorism is so easily bandied about that it has all but lost its meaning. A year ago, a mass killing occurred, but there remains no definitive evidence that the attack was, in fact, motivated by ideology which is a requirement for it to be classified as terrorism. Prosecutors and media must be more careful in their choice of words.

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Da'esh has, for much of its reign of terror, been funded from a range of sources. Although it is difficult to say exactly, the general feeling is that the largest, or close to the largest, has been from the sale, albeit on the black market, of oil. After a period in the doldrums, oil prices are rising again and, therefore, so will Da'esh's funding. But, of course, it's more complicated than that.

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Headline: Lewis Hamilton has won 10 races this year, Nico Rosberg has won 9. Hamilton won in Abu Dhabi, Rosberg won the championship. Hamilton has had a disproportionate number of mechanical and electronic failures but he's also had a propensity to ruin his own starts. But, even so, Hamilton does seem to have been hard done by and even his team has, from time to time, been a little less than even in their support for their two drivers.

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21 races across five continents and barely time for the teams to breath: for the mechanics and technicians, strategists and skills we never see, who commit their lives to F1, this morning the morning most of them, on a personal level, have been waiting for. They are going home and, after the trucks get back to base and everything is put into its locker, they can go home and see families that have been largely neglected for the past eight months or so. But for one person it's a eulogy, for three people it's the end of an era.

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On 23 November, the Council of the EU published a set of "conclusions" of the council and Representatives of the governments of Member States on "the prevention of radicalisation leading to violent extremism." If there was ever a subject that was more fraught with danger in relation to definitions and concepts, it's hard to think of one. But the conclusions are based on a premise that is very familiar:that criminals aren't to blame for their actions - it's society's fault.

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While looking around the web, all kinds of things come to light. This, from Irish national broadcaster RTE's news website might not be what they hoped would be visible. And, to you, when you visit the page, it isn't.
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Today, The Guardian carries the following headline: "Historian finds German decree banishing Trump's grandfather " Doing a websearch for it produces hundreds of copies of cutting and pasting of the headline and the article, or significant chunks of it. It's time that search engines were made responsible for the consequences of their promotion of breaches of copyright, says Nigel Morris-Cotterill

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Donald Trump, as President-Elect of the USA, has been criticised for his lack of clarity and purpose in setting out policies. So he's announced that, on his first day in office, he will withdraw the USA from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal between 12 countries that, together, control an estimated 40% of the world's economy. It does not include China. However, what Trump may not realise is that what he sees as a populist move in the USA echoes what many ordinary people around Asia think of the deal.

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