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World News Update, what you need to know

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US expels 35 Russian diplomats

The United States has expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to a campaign of harassment against American diplomats in Moscow, a senior US official says.

US sanctions Russia for poll interference

President Barack Obama has authorised a series of sanctions against Russia for intervening in the 2016 US presidential election and warned of more action to come.

Russia announces ceasefire in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a ceasefire between Syrian opposition groups and the Syrian government starting at midnight on Thursday.

Reynolds, Fisher die before film on them

The deaths of actress and writer Carrie Fisher and her Hollywood legend mother, Debbie Reynolds, on successive days this week lend a special poignancy to an upcoming HBO film about their relationship.

Garbage trucks to defend Times Square

New York City's iconic New Year's Eve celebration will be surrounded by garbage trucks to stop truck-driving attackers like those in Germany and France.

Mel Gibson wins award at Capri Festival

Mel Gibson has been awarded the Director of the Year honour for World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge at the 21st edition of the Capri Hollywood International Film Festival.

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