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Trump passes on State Department's help in first dealings with world leaders

Abe and other Asian leaders were alarmed at Trump's pledge during his campaign to make allies pay more for help from U.S. forces, his suggestion that Japan should acquire its own nuclear weapons and his staunch opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

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South Korea Park's office says martial law claim 'irresponsible demagoguery'

Park's administration has been rocked by allegations that a friend, Choi Soon-sil, used her ties to the president to meddle in state affairs and wield improper influence, triggering calls for the president to be impeached or step down. A Korea expert from University of South Carolina, David Kang, calls Park and Choi's connection like "Rasputin and Park Geunhye is just the puppet". Prosecutors gave the president until Friday to cooperate with an in-person questioning session, as they're eager ...

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Denver voters approve marijuana in bars

Initiative 300 would "permit a business or a person with evidence of support of an eligible neighborhood association or business improvement district to allow the consumption of marijuana ("cannabis") in a designated consumption area", such as a bar or cafe.

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Turkey detains Van mayor in crackdown on pro-Kurdish politicians

Ten MPs from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which the DBP is the local branch of, had previously been arrested including party leader Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag. Earlier this month, 13 HDP lawmakers were arrested. Hundreds of Turkish security forces have been killed in clashes and attacks while thousands of militants have been killed, according to Anadolu figures.

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Disbanding the Electoral College proposed

If he won the popular vote but lost the election, he would nearly certainly claim it was "rigged" against him ― a claim he repeatedly made during his presidential campaign. In a series of tweets Tuesday morning, Trump said he would have won the populous states of Florida, New York and California if he had spent more time campaigning there.

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Pak Turk school employees challenge expulsion in court

The teachers were accused of having a connection with US-based Turkish religious leader Fethullah Gulen. Pakistan has expelled 130 Turkish teachers at schools allegedly linked to an opponent of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who arrived in the country for a visit Wednesday.

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No Europe gives Liverpool great chance of title - Rodgers

The duo of Hazard and Costa has done magic for Antonio Conte Blues. At 20-years-old, Dahoud is one of the finest young talents within the Bundesliga and, as a Syrian refugee, his rise to prominence off the field is also one of the most captivating stories around.

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Japan's Abe, Trump conclude hastily arranged meet in NY

Nevertheless, the last-minute arrangements were unsettling for the Japanese. The Japanese leader may also try to sway Mr Trump on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-country trade agreement that the president-elect opposes. He has also sought to increase the global role played by Japan's military, which is constrained by a pacifist constitution. The meeting is expected later Thursday after Abe arrives in the United States.

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U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper to step down

Last month, Clapper told a think thank seminar that denuclearizing North Korea "is probably a lost cause" and the best possible solution to the North Korean nuclear issue may be "some sort of a cap" on the regime's nuclear capabilities. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced via Twitter that the resignation will be effective at noon on January 20, 2017. Clapper has held the job since August 2010.

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Japan's Abe on US mission to 'build trust' with Trump

Tokyo pays around 200,000 million yens ($1.9 billion USD) a year, around 75 percent of the costs for 50,000 U.S. soldiers stationed in Japan, according to local reports. Trump made harsh remarks about Japan and other Asian nations during the campaign, demanding they pay a bigger share of the defense bill in the Asia-Pacific area, including the cost of maintaining US military bases in Japan.

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Leonard Cohen died 'peacefully' in sleep after fall

Leonard Cohen had released his fourteenth studio album You Want It Darker in October. "He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humor". Although he influenced many musicians and won many honors, including induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Order of Canada, Cohen rarely made the pop music charts with his sometimes moody folk-rock.

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Two Indian fishermen injured in Lankan?Navy?firing ???

The duo said they could inform the boat owner Chelladurai only around 10 pm on Wednesday as there was no signal on their mobile phones. Recalling the horror, Aravindhan continued, "We hid ourselves in the cabin and increased the boat speed to 14 knots to get out of SL navy's reach but the weather and sea current were against us and it was when the Navy opened fire".

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Bernie Sanders says Stephen Bannon should not have a position of authority

We've known each other for 35 years. Nevertheless, Blumenthal expressed hope the incoming Trump administration could indeed find common ground with congressional Democrats. Bannon's appointment "deepens division and encourages unsafe extremists". Senator Sherrod Brown called on Trump to immediately remove Bannon. Instead of hiding behind your Twitter account, and show America that racism, bullying, bigotry have no place in the White House or in America.

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Denver set to allow pot use at designated businesses

Following a week of vote counting and a lead of more than 17,000 votes, Emmett Reistroffer, campaign director for Yes on 300, Denver's social-use initiative , believe they've "exceeded the margin necessary to declare a victor". Opponents of Question 1 have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to submit the required number of signatures for a recount. Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the national Marijuana Policy Project and a Denver proponent of the consumption law, said the measure would reduce ...

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Pakistan expels Turkish teachers as Erdogan arrives Islamabad

FILE - Turkish Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pa., Sept. 26, 2013. Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, preaches Sunni Islam together with a message of interfaith dialogue.

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Eurozone chief rules out 'impossible' UK Brexit plans

The attack on Johnson came after he said the United Kingdom would leave the European Union's customs union in tandem with a free trade deal and controls on immigration. We're looking to ensure this continues as we depart the European Union". That is according to a number of European leaders, who have criticised for British foreign secretary for dubious claims he has made over the last few days about what a post-Brexit relationship with the EU could look like.

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Obama embraces Merkel in Germany visit, prods Trump on Russia

Obama also says that the foundations of a health democracy mean people have to be engaged, not just in an election or when an issue pops up for a few weeks. While both leaders met privately, Obama said they discussed efforts to keep the U.S. and Germany economically competitive, negotiations resulting from Brexit - Britain's decision to leave the European Union (EU), the threat of climate change and implementing the Paris agreement, ensuring Iran continues to abide by its nuclear deal, ...

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Sting Performs At Bataclan One Year After Paris Attacks

Hollande, along with the Mayor of Paris Anne Hildalgo, did, however, unveil a memorial plaque at the stadium. People line up to enter the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, prior to the re-opening concert by Sting .

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Tell Congress: Fight the Appointment of Stephen Bannon

Reid also noted that Trump's win was celebrated by the Ku Klux Klan, which plans to hold a victory parade in North Carolina. "But so far, Mr. President, rather than healing these wounds, Trump's actions have deepened them", he added. Pocan said in a statement posted to his official Facebook page Tuesday morning. Social justice group Bend the Arc called Bannon an "an avowed bigot" whose appointment is "as horrifying as it is unsurprising".

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Cech: Manchester United must win to keep title chances alive

Wenger intends to make a late check on the fitness of Alexis Sanchez, who is not due to report back from worldwide duty with Chile until Friday. That is the only reason I am anxious about this fixture. City have won only one of their last five league games and conceded top spot prior to the worldwide break after a 1-1 draw at home to Middlesbrough.

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Thousands march in United States cities for fourth day against Donald Trump's presidency

Yasso, who said she was an immigration lawyer, said immigrants are terrified. "So I'm fighting for what America has stood". On Friday protests were held in several cities including Los Angeles , New Haven, Connecticut; Orlando, Florida; Chicago; Boston; Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Columbus, Ohio; and at high schools in Denver and Omaha.

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Patty Murray voted Senate Assistant Democratic Leader

On the Republican side, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was reelected majority leader on Wednesday "by acclimation by his colleagues with a standing ovation", the senator's spokesman, Don Stewart, told The Hill . Schumer has said he'll seek opportunities to work with Trump but will face pressure from disappointed Democratic activists to adopt a hard line. Senate Democrats picked up two seats last week, but it was just shy of enough to win the majority.

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Mitch McConnell re-elected Senate majority leader

During a November 10 interview with USA TODAY , Sanders called for Democrats to get out of D.C. and engage working people following Democrat Hillary Clinton's loss of the presidential race to Republican Donald Trump. He said his party must learn from its stunning defeat in last week's elections and unite behind a stronger economic message that acknowledges that the system is unfair to many Americans and must be improved.

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Panthers beat Saints 23-20 in game marred by injuries

I will take the Panthers in a close game here. Coach Ron Rivera said he wouldn't speculate on Kuechly's status. The score when Carolina knocked off New Orleans last December: 41-38. He would perform well, rushing 12 times for 69 yards and catching eight passes for 57 yards. I'm going to suggest that the Saints will score at least 27 and that Carolina will look to be dominant at home.

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Swedish prosecutor arrives at Ecuador's embassy to question Julian Assange

He has not been indicted. But another lawyer says Assange was compelled to take the opportunity to give his side of the story. Ecuador's United Kingdom ambassador Carlos Ortiz was in the embassy during the interview, as well as lawyers for Mr Assange.

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Trump, Obama praise each other after meeting

Trump said he had "respect for the president" and said they talked about some wonderful and hard things. Trump said the meeting was initially meant to be a 10- to 15-minute first encounter, because the two had " never met each other", but lasted longer, "and as far as I'm concerned, it could've gone on for a lot longer".

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California voters embrace recreational use of marijuana in ballot

Oklahoma and Nebraska voters passed ballot measures to reinstate the death penalty in those states. Despite the increasing acceptance of legalized marijuana , the marijuana industry continues to face a significant hurdle in obtaining traditional banking services.

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Bernie Sanders: 'Maybe I Would Have Been Elected President'

Even as Sanders offers to work with Trump on the populist components of his economic program, critical differences remain. Hamilton voted for Sanders in the Democratic primary but for Clinton last week. The appointment by President-elect Trump of a racist individual like Mr. Bannon to a position of authority is totally unacceptable. Democrats in Congress, including Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders , who while technically an Independent is considered to be a champion of the party's ...

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Israel gives green light to settlements in occupied territories

Israel's diplomats are also stumped by what Trump's election means. Herzog was damning in his criticism of the proposed law, which must still pass through parliament, saying it was "a serious stain on Israeli law", because it "authorises theft and robbery".

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At least 73 dead in Mozambique after fuel truck explodes

To get breaking news alerts, download the free News 2 App for iPhone or Android . Government officials say the vehicle was carrying petrol from the coast near the country's Malawi border. The government in Mozambique increased fuel prices at the beginning of October, causing a rise in the inflation rate. Mozambique is one of the world's poorest nations, according to the International Monetary Fund, and since its civil war ended in 1992 its population has suffered the consequences of a ...

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National intelligence director has submitted his resignation

Retired Lieutenant General Ronald Burgess, who headed the Defence Intelligence Agency during Obama's first term, and former Republican Representative Pete Hoekstra, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee, also may be in contention, sources said.

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Packed Japan-US agenda for first Trump foreign talks

Trump repeatedly expressed opposition to the trade pact during the presidential election campaign and congressional leaders have vowed not to advance it after his victory. In addition, Team Abe already has an excellent track-record of promoting direct foreign investment by industrial Japan. He focused on the Times, a frequent Twitter target for Trump, because it said USA allies were "scrambling to figure out how and when to contact Mr.

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HRW: Mass grave holding 300 former Iraqi police found

A donkey-drawn cart carried the body of a 18-year-old boy, wrapped in a white plastic bag. The slain teen's uncle, Mohammed Ismael, said his nephew was in the street when a mortar shell landed nearby, wounding him fatally in the head. "We are working as quickly as we can and in close coordination with Iraqi authorities to help some of the most at-risk people in the world", United Nations humanitarian coordinator Lise Grande said.

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S.Korea to develop long-range rocket to counter N.Korea threats

But for now, North Korea will pursue its policy of "simultaneous development" of both its nuclear program and the economy, So Se Pyong, North Korea's Ambassador to the U.N.in Geneva said. During the 2017-2020 period, Seoul will develop and deploy an unguided projectile that can be mounted on a new 230 mm multiple rocket launch system built locally to deal with the North's artillery threats, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said in a statement.

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Hashd al-Shaabi forces retake ISIS-held Tal Afar airport

ISIS terrorists on Thursday executed at least 32 civilians, mostly young men, in the city of Mosul, after accusing them of spying for the Iraqi forces. Iraq has mobilized some 100,000 troops from the military, as well as tribal and militia fighters, to take on the estimated 5,000 IS fighters inside Mosul.


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