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Eddie Redmayne promotes "Fantastic Beasts" in Beijing

A $75 million debut is great by most standards, but for a franchise like "Harry Potter", the bar sits high - especially considering the $180 million budget. But how did the rest of the Top 10 perform at the weekend box office? Sony's Iraq War drama Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk took just US$930,000 and placed 14th after expanding to 1,176 theatres.

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Parade of meetings scheduled at Trump Tower

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called Romney a "reasonable" and "even-keel" choice, whereas he dissed two other potential Trump picks for Secretary of State - former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former ambassador John Bolton as "unrepentant" for backing the Iraq War and prone to "throwing bombs".

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London serial killer of gay men jailed for life

Relatives of the victims cheered and clapped as the sentence was announced in the Old Bailey courthouse. It has also emerged today that police are reviewing a further 58 deaths related to the use of the drug GHB over a four year period, in order to determine if there had been any other wrongdoing.

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Drogba Leaves Montreal Impact

While Montreal will take a lead into the second leg of the two-game, total goals series, Toronto picked up two all-important away goals that can serve as the tiebreaker. "And, in some ways, it gave both cities even more time to get excited". "Nothing went how we would have liked tonight". But the 38-year-old will not be prolonging his stay after the MLS Cup play-offs conclude next month, with Montreal midway through an Eastern Conference final against Toronto.

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Man Found Guilty Of 'Terrorist' Murder Of Jo Cox MP

Defence lawyer Simon Russell Flint told jurors at London's Old Bailey court: "We call no evidence for Mr Mair". Judge Alan Wilkie said Mair would spend the rest of his life in prison due to the "exceptional seriousness" of his crimes, the Guardian newspaper reported on its website.

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Turkish president calls Russian counterpart over Syria

A Turkish soldier was killed and five wounded in clashes with Daesh in northern Syria, the military said on Friday, as Turkish-backed rebels pressed an offensive to take the city of al-Bab from the radical jihadist group. Another soldier was later killed in clashes with Islamic State, the military said earlier on Friday. If the attack is confirmed to be a Syrian government airstrike, it would escalate tensions with Turkey, which is a leading supporter of the rebels fighting to topple ...

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Oil market static in thin trade ahead of OPEC meeting next week

Algeria is the ninth-largest producer in Opec and has limited worldwide clout, but in September played a central role in clinching the preliminary agreement on output cuts that had eluded its more formidable counterparts throughout the two-year oil slump.

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Israel accepts Palestinian help to combat wildfires

Later, blazes struck the northern Israeli area of Zichron Yaakov and elsewhere near Jerusalem before the largest ones spread across Haifa. Though no serious injuries were caused, several dozen people were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

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Erdogan hits back at European Union, threatening to open borders to migrants

Neither I nor my people will be affected by these dry threats. Erdogan declared Wednesday that an upcoming vote in the European Parliament on whether to freeze membership talks with Turkey is of "no value" to his country. But the latest rift underscored the elevated risks amid new political pressures on both sides more than 10 months after an European Union. " Threats on either side are not helping ".

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'The Brady Bunch' matriarch Florence Henderson dies at 82

In her last public appearance, Henderson appeared as happy and healthy as ever, which has made the news of her sudden passing all the more hard for so many who knew her, including her fans, to comprehend. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were so impressed they made her the female lead in a 1952 road tour of " Oklahoma! ". In 1962, Henderson also earned the distinction as being the first woman guest host on The Tonight Show in between Jack Paar and Johnny Carson's reigns.

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Experts Expect Busiest Thanksgiving Travel Holiday Since 2007

About 1.4 million people in North Carolina and 670,000 people in SC will hit the road during the Thanksgiving travel period, according to a release from AAA. The 43.5 million Americans planning a road trip represents an increase of 1.9% over previous year, according to AAA . The highways will be busy this week, but not that much more than past year.

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North Carolina governor officially files for recount in tight reelection race

The McCrory campaign says it preemptively filed for a recount to ensure it would not miss a state deadline. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory announced on Tuesday he has officially requested a recount of votes from the November 8 election with official results showing him trailing his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper, by one-tenth of a point.

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Otto weakens to tropical storm as it moves across Nicaragua

The center said Otto's winds later weakened to 100 miles per hour (155 kph) as it moved inland near the border with Costa Rica. The government of Nicaragua on Thursday decreed a nationwide state of emergency after Hurricane Otto and a magnitude 7.2 natural disaster hit the Central American nation, triggering a tsunami alert.

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Otto weakens to tropical storm after passing over Nicaragua

The National Hurricane Center forecast total rainfall of 6 to 12 inches and 15 to 20 inches in some areas across northern Costa Rica and southern Nicaragua through Thursday night. By Thursday afternoon, Costa Rica's Emergencies Commission said that 231 communities in the country's center-north had been affected, of which 23 were isolated because of damages to roads and highways.

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Japan objects to Russian missile deployment

The Kurils are volcanic islands situated between Russia's Kamchatka peninsula and Japan's Hokkaido Island. The move came despite Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting more than a dozen times over the last three years in a bid to resolve the dispute diplomatically.

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China officials detain 13 over deadly construction accident

Chinese authorities said 13 people were arrested over a scaffolding collapse at a power plant that killed 74 people. The accident turned a construction site the size of a football field into a mangled heap of steel bars, concrete and wooden planks.

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Turkey coup probe: Around 15000 civil servants, military and police officials dismissed

He also addressed criticism about the Turkish government's clash with the Kurds, a conflict that has spread for battles with Kurdish separatists inside Turkey to include Kurdish forces that have been indispensable allies of the US and Europe against the Islamic State.

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Modi threatens to stop "every drop" water for Pakistan

This water is passing through Pakistan into the sea. Earlier, outgoing Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif warned India that if Pakistan ever launched surgical strikes, India would not be able to forget it for generations. Speaking at an inauguration ceremony, Modi who is dubbed a hard liner in India expressed that water belonging to India could not be allowed to enter Pakistan.

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Modi govt dares Rahul Gandhi to speak on 'demonetisation' in Parliament

Attacking political rivals and those opposed to the demonetisation scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said they would have lavished praise on him if he had given them time before announcing the move. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said the PM will speak on the issue in parliament. Opposition leaders have been demanding a statement from the PM over demonetisation.

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Trump wants Farage to represent United Kingdom in U.S. but May says no

Farage has slammed May's attacks by telling BBC News "the problem is that No. 10 keep on putting out press statements saying that I'm irrelevant". Mr Johnson had also ridiculed the tycoon in the past, joking that "the only reason I wouldn't go to some parts of NY is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump ".

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Israel fires: Tens of thousands flee as fires hit Haifa

Although the government promises financial aid as needed, and offers pour in to put up the homeless in kibbutzim and the formerly missile-stricken towns in the south, the refugees don't know when they can go back or, in many cases, rebuild their homes.

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South Korea prosecutors raid Samsung Group offices: Yonhap

According to a survey conducted by local pollster Gallup Korea from Tuesday to Thursday on 1,004 Koreans, only 4 percent of the respondents said Park has been doing her job well while a whopping 93 percent disapproved of the way she is handling her job as president and 4 percent undecided.

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Turkey strikes ISIL targets near Syria's Al-Bab

If the attack is confirmed to be a Syrian government airstrike, it is likely to ratchet up tensions between Ankara and Damascus. In an interview with Kommersant , other Moscow-based analysts pointed to one circumstantial point: The message about the strikes by Syrian aircraft on Turkish forces was transmitted on November 24, which is the anniversary of the death of the pilot Oleg Peshkov and when the Russian aircraft Su-24 was blown up in Syrian airspace.

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Shoppers Flock to Mall of America for Black Friday

Mall spokesperson Amanda Sirica said many stores have "50% off all merchandise" and the hot item so far is the XBOX 1S which is at the lowest price ever plus a free $25 gift card. "It's about being with your family and getting outdoors and taking that time to just really enjoy that precious moment with your family instead of being materialistic and buying more things you don't really need", she said.

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Children Charity Calls for Truce in Aleppo Amid Attacks on Residential Areas

At least 141 civilians have been killed in the airstrikes, including 18 children. The Syrian army on Tuesday renewed calls on the rebels to allow the civilians to leave rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo, according to state news agency SANA.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg lays out plan to combat fake news

Facebook historically has relied on users to report links as false and share links to myth-busting sites, including Snopes , to determine if it can confidently classify stories as misinformation, Zuckerberg said. Zuckerberg said that the Facebook team is looking into "disrupting the economics" of fake news websites. " The problems here are complex, both technically and philosophically ", he cautioned, repeating Facebook's long-standing aversion to becoming the "arbiters of truth".

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Hamilton faster than Rosberg in first Abu Dhabi practice

There were two alarming moments for Hamilton . "Those are the types of companies that make sense for us to partner". The F1 track action for the day is done and dusted. Nico Rosberg is feeling the love from local fans this weekend. So I am really proud of what I have achieved. "But at this moment in time that isn't the case".

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Britain told it can not 'cherry pick ' Brexit deal

However, in the wake of the meeting, Mr Barnier, who previously suggested that negotiations should be conducted in French, said it had been a "courtesy visit" which was "at his request". No negotiation without notification. "We must be two partners with a common cause: two signatories to the same contract, securing the best possible result for the British people", he said.

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Manhunt underway after killing at monks' residence in France

More than 100 police officers were dispatched to the facility, which is home to around 70 men and women who have served as missionaries in Africa. Fifty-nine of the residents were brought to safety, sources said, but others remained inside the home as police continued to search for the man.

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Chattanooga School Bus Crash: Sixth Child Dies

Drug and alcohol testing is one of the required protocols, he said, noting that he did not have the results. Five children died at the scene. LaFrederick Thirkill remembered his 9-year-old cousin, Cordayja Jones, as a girly-girl who liked dressing up and giving hugs.

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Obama and Putin trade stone cold stares in tense standoff

In a speech prior to his depature for the meet, Duterte said, "We will do everything to make sure that businesses - particularly our MSMEs (micro-small and medium enterprises) - will thrive and flourish". Obama's conversation with Putin occurred outside the earshot of reporters, but a White House official confirmed the substance of the conversation on condition of anonymity to discuss diplomatic negotiations.

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Trump won't try to prosecute Clinton

But he said, "I have an open mind to it" and that clean air and "crystal clear water" were vitally important. On immigration, Trump said he will ask the Department of Labor to "investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker".

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Pakistan won't tolerate 'deliberate' targeting of civilians, says Nawaz Sharif

Aziz said last week that he would go to India. Relations between nuclear-armed neighbours Pakistan and India have been strained for several months, while cross-frontier shelling has intensified leading to the deaths of civilians and soldiers stationed along the disputed frontier.

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Trump won't try to prosecute Clinton

But he said, "I have an open mind to it" and that clean air and "crystal clear water" were vitally important. On immigration, Trump said he will ask the Department of Labor to "investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker".

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British serial killer gets life sentence for murdering 4 men

News report that when he announced the port would never be released, cheers, clapping and shouting erupted from the public gallery, where numerous victims families had been for the duration of the trial. The family are planning to sue the police for failing to properly investigate the earlier deaths of Walgate, Kovari and Whitworth. Chief Constable Jane Sawyers, police lead for LGBT issues at the NPCC, said that while apps have a role in referring victims on to police , "they could do ...


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