British tourist 'in death penalty row' appears in Egyptian court 

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Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested at an airport with nearly 300 strong painkillers in her suitcase, which she claims were for her Egyptian partner... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 15:18:00 Categories: Mirror

Six inspiring local schools that turned themselves around in 2017 

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How top heads and teachers are changing kids' lives... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 15:14:44 Categories: Liverpool Echo

Thousands of NSW homes without power 

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About 7200 homes in NSW's north coast have lost power on Christmas Day, with more expected to be affected in the coming hours.... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 15:13:00 Categories: Sydney Morning Herald

White Christmas on its way for Northeast, Midwest 

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If you live in the Northeast or Midwest, you're not dreaming: It's probably going to be a white Christmas.... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 15:10:00 Categories: Associated Press

Unsolved crimes of 2017: Do you know who firebombed home of Syrian refugee family? 

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As the end of the year approaches, the ECHO is revisiting some of 2017's most shocking crimes in a bid to help bring those responsible to justice... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 15:05:12 Categories: Liverpool Echo

Julian Assange's Twitter account goes mysteriously offline on Christmas 

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Although it appears to have been just a couple of hours since the account went down, speculation about the account's mysterious disappearance are already doing the rounds on Twitter. ... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 15:01:00 Categories: International Business Times

How to Get Cash for All the Gift Cards You Didn't Really Want 

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Gift cards are the most desired present this holiday season, according to a poll by WalletHub. But if you get a gift card under the tree from a store you've never heard of-or would never willingly shop at-you may find yourself looking for ways to trade your gift card or exchange it for cash. While you can't actually return gift cards, there are several different ways you can sell gift cards for cash or trade gift cards online for credit at another store. So you won't actually be stuck with gift card duds, leaving the money unspent or wandering the shop in a desperate search for the least atrocious item. Here are the best ways to sell or trade your unwanted gift cards. Trade Gift Cards Online To get cash for gift cards, you can use one of a number of gift card exchange websites that will offer you cash or another retailer's gift card for your unwanted gift card. You'll never get 100% back on online gift card exchanges. That's because the exchange itself typically takes a small fee, and shoppers using the exchange won't want to pay full price to buy a gift card secondhand. But if you exchange your gift card online, you should be able to recoup at least half of the full value. Depending on the type of gift card, the amount, and the supply of similar cards, you could earn anywhere between 54% and 92% of the card's value via an online gift card exchange, says Mark Romanelli, executive vice president of product for GiftCardGranny.com, the largest aggregator of online gift card exchanges. Sell Gift Cards for Cash If you want to sell your gift card for cash, your return will be lower than if you exchange it, says Romanelli: "Swapping your gift card for another store's is the best way to maximize your return." GiftCardGranny.com found that the cards with the highest resale value are for groceries (Safeway takes the top spot), gas stations (Shell and ARCO take No. 2 and 3), or large retailers that offer a wide range of products, such as Amazon and Walmart, which round out the top five. (For a longer list of favorites, see These Are the Best Gift Cards to Give This Year.) If you don't want to have the value of your gift card dictated by a reseller, use Raise.com to sell your gift card for cash. You set your own price-think eBay, but without the bidding. WalletHub ranked Raise.com as the second best gift card exchange for sellers, with the average resale value on the site topping $81 for an $100 gift card. You can list any online gift card for free on the site; for physical gift cards, you'll pay $1 or 1% of the total balance, whichever is greater. But you may have to wait to get a buyer who'll pay the price you're asking. And when you sell the card, the company will take a 12% cut-so even if you get someone to pay full value for your gift card, you'll recoup no greater than 88%. When to Sell Your Gift Card Gift card exchanges tend to offer lower resale values immediately after the holidays, warns Romanelli. "There is so much supply coming into the market that many cards don't sell for as high as they might in the summer," he says. He notes that some people hold on to their gift cards for an extra month or so, in order to earn a few percentage points more in returns. Just make sure you don't wait so long that you forget to exchange your gift card at all, warns Shelley Hunter, GiftCards.com's content manager. The longer people hold on to a gift card, she says, the more likely they are to forget about it and never exchange or sell it. "People shouldn't have heartache over not getting 100% of the card's value back, because they're not getting any value out of it by keeping it," she says. Get the Most Money for Your Gift Card To make sure you get the most for any trade, visit a couple of different gift card exchange sites and compare offers. Start at GiftCardGranny.com. This online gift card aggregator lets you select the merchant of your card and then easily compare offers from other reseller sites, including Cardpool.com and ABCGiftCards.com, to see the best deal among their partners. CardCash.com was best for sellers, according to a WalletHub analysis of the major gift card exchanges. It offers immediate sales and an average gift card resale value of $76.50 for an $100 gift card. Note that each gift card exchange uses different fees and payment methods. Be sure to read the fine print so you know exactly what you'll get in return for your card. Sell Your Gift Card in Person If you want to sell your gift card in person, rather than dealing with online gift card exchanges, you have a few options. Cardpool.com (formerly Coinstar) gift card kiosks: If you don't want to make your swap online, you can visit certain in-store kiosks, operated by Cardpool.com. These machines, once owned and operated by Coinstar, accept gift cards from more than 150 retailers and restaurants, as long as they have a balance of at least $15. The kiosk will make you an offer for the card-and if you accept the offer, you'll get a voucher that you can redeem for cash at the register of the shop the kiosk is located in. Target trade-in: If you love shopping at Target, you'll be pleased to know the big-box retailer will trade store credit for gift cards from more than 100 different retailers and restaurants through its own in-store exchange. Not all Target stores participate in the program, so you should check the website to see if your local store is part of the Target trade-in program. Typically, in-store trade-ins offers lower resale returns than the online exchange marketplaces, says Hunter, but the payout is more immediate: "You've got to ask yourself if you value the dollar amount or convenience more." Donate Your Gift Card If you'd rather keep another service from profiting off your gift card or don't find the exchange worthwhile-or if you'd feel less Scroogelike by giving your unwanted card away-contact your favorite charitable nonprofit and ask if they accept donated gift cards. Giving the card away could even lower your tax bill, if you itemize, and extend that holiday generosity even more.... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 15:00:42 Categories: Money

Elizabeth Hurley wows fans with 'breathtaking' photo 

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25. joulukuuta 2017 15:00:00 Categories: International Business Times

Swedish roofs can handle Santa's sleigh 

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Sweden's houses should be able to cope when Santa and his sleigh land on their snowy roofs this Christmas - as long as he doesn't try to deliver too many presents in one go.... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 15:00:00 Categories: Reuters

Philippines landslides: A disaster waiting to happen 

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There was an inevitability about the devastating flooding and landslides that hit the southern Philippines on Friday and Saturday.  ... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 15:00:00 Categories: Al Jazeera

Inside the Queen's private home at Sandringham Castle 

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Meghan Markle will apparently break royal protocal and join the Royal Family here for Christmas... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 15:00:00 Categories: Country Living (UK)

Our favorite Golf Digest portraits of 2017 

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We culled through a year's worth of amazing photos taken for Golf Digest stories in 2017 and picked some of our favorites to remember... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 15:00:00 Categories: Golf Digest

Revealed: Birmingham's favourite Christmas film - As voted for by YOU! 

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You voted for it, this is Birmingham's favourite Christmas movie... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 14:57:54 Categories: Birmingham Mail

China calls for constructive efforts to ease Korean tensions 

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China called on Monday for all countries to make constructive efforts to ease tension after North Korea said the latest U.N. sanctions against it are an act of war and tantamount to a complete economic blockade.... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 14:55:00 Categories: Reuters

London Euston rail station holds Christmas lunch for 200 homeless people 

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London Euston station is hosting a full Christmas lunch for 200 homeless people today. Volunteers worked overnight after the last train left the busy transport hub on Christmas Eve. The station's concourse was lined with tables and chairs before guests arrive for food, clothes and toiletries at 11am. About 45 Network Rail volunteers along with charities St Mungo's and Street Kitchen are helping out at Euston on Monday. Was it Santa or was it @networkrail@colasrailuk and @NetworkRailEUS that have been volunteering overnight? #EustonChristmaspic.twitter.com/1zGXSJ4tqL - Steve N London (@stevenaybour) December 25, 2017... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 14:54:03 Categories: Evening Standard

Lorde cancels Israel concert after pro-Palestinian campaign 

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<p>The New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde has cancelled a planned concert in Israel following an online campaign by activists opposed to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.</p>... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 14:50:00 Categories: The Guardian

How illegal amber mining is wreaking havoc in Ukraine 

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As prices for amber have quadrupled in recent years, fuelled by demand from China, Ukraine has suffered from an illegal mining crisis.... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 14:50:00 Categories: AFP

'I've made it ok to say merry Christmas again' 

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Donald Trump claims he has made it acceptable for Americans to use the phrase 'merry Christmas' again.... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 14:48:00 Categories: Sky News

Mohamed Salah is 'sure' Liverpool will win trophy this season - and reveals his favourite goal so far 

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The Egyptian said that he wants to with something for the fans... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 14:46:16 Categories: Liverpool Echo

Queen's Christmas speech hails 'powerful identities' of cities hit by terror 

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The Queen will use her Christmas message to praise the "powerful identities" of London and Manchester that have "shone through" in the face of terrorist attacks this year.... read more
 
25. joulukuuta 2017 14:40:00 Categories: Huffington Post UK
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