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Oil tumbles almost 4 pct on doubts over OPEC production cut

Alluding to its Mideast rival, Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh said that OPEC members that had increased production "dramatically ... should naturally accept more responsibility for decreasing production". Some analysts including Morgan Stanley and Macquarie have said oil prices will correct sharply if OPEC fails to reach a deal, potentially going as low as $35 per barrel.

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Officials say about 100 homes damaged by Gatlinburg fire

About a dozen people have been injured. "I would say it's way too early to say 'Yes, this drought is over, '" Svoboda said. TEMA said on its website that State Hwy. Since the city is under mandatory evacuation, little is known about the extent of fire damage. About 14,000 people were evacuated from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge overnight.

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Youth group twits state fascism on anti-Marcos protest

Jalandoni also criticized President Duterte for being "insensitive" to martial law victims when he allowed the burial of Marcos at the heroes' cemetery. "President Duterte helped propagate historical lies and whitewash all the dictator's crimes against the Filipino people-plunder and corruption, grandiose lifestyle built upon the poverty and hunger of our people, gross human rights violations and brutalities, and massacre of freedom and democracy", JP Rosos, LFS national chairperson, said in a ...

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Pakistan kill 11 Indian soldiers on LoC: Gen. Raheel

The Pakistani government lodged a complaint with India's High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale who was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on Monday afternoon. The Advisor said Pakistan will continue responding effectively to India's provocation at LoC. General Sharif revealed that around 45 Indian soldiers have been killed since the recent war hysteria erupted between the two countries.

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Cuba mourns Fidel Castro

Castro's ashes will then go on a four-day procession through the country, before being buried in the southeastern city of Santiago on December 4. Rodong Sinmun , North Korea's most widely read newspaper and an organ of the ruling party, reported on Monday that a joint decision concerning Castro's death was issued on Sunday by the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party and the rubber-stamp Presidium of Supreme People's Assembly (SPA).

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Indian belligerence disastrous for region, Sartaj tells P5

Pakistan protesters burn an Indian flag to condemn recent firing at the Line of Control, in Multan. Tensions in Kashmir reached unsafe levels in September, after India blamed Pakistani militants for a raid on an army base that killed 19 soldiers.

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Opposition to impeach SKorean president

Investigators say Park was complicit in these crimes. She has denied wrongdoing but acknowledged carelessness in her ties with Choi. "I pushed for the projects, sincerely believing that they were for public good and for the nation". If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. After Park became South Korea's first woman president, it emerged that Choi had been acting as a sort of " shadow president ", giving Park advice on everything from budget cuts to her ...

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Bank of England sees global financial risks after Trump victory

Yields on USA 10-year government bonds - which influence borrowing costs globally - are on track for their biggest monthly rise since December 2009 following Trump's unexpected victory on November 8. "If these UK-based firms have to adjust their activities in a short time frame, there could be a greater risk of disruption to services provided to the European real economy, some of which could spill back to the United Kingdom economy through trade and financial linkages", the Bank said.

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Wildfires scorch Great Smoky Mountains area in Tennessee; thousands flee

Luciano and other residents were taken by surprise when wildfires suddenly began to advance on Monday afternoon. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies made the announcement in a statement Tuesday, hours after workers had to flee the building when wildfires fueled by high winds spread across parts of eastern Tennessee.

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Arun Jaitley to lead Indian delegation at Heart of Asia conference

Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will go to India to participate in the Heart of Asia Conference amidst escalating tensions between the two nuclear armed countries. He said India could completely upset the Pakistani apple cart by suddenly and unexpectedly being nice to Aziz. The Turkish President thanked Pakistan for siding with Ankara's elected government during a failed coup bid earlier this year.

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Israel Hits Hezbollah Arms Convoy in Syria

Meanwhile, the Times of Israel noted that this is not the first such attack by the Israeli Air Force on a Hezbollah Convoy. The arms are believed to be destined for the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah militant group, a close ally of the Syrian government and a fierce enemy of Israel .

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa assumes command as the new Army Chief

Raheel in January had declared he would not seek extension. Mercifully for him, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been given the opportunity to nominate the new chief officially. Gen. Bajwa is expected to continue to target Indian Army across the LoC through raids by Kashmiri militants, covert operations by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and the occasional artillery and mortar bombardment.

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Mitt Romney Confirms His "Far Reaching Conversation" with Donald Trump

Romney as the prototypical choice to be the nation's top diplomat, and a group of advisers inside the transition are pushing him to select the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. A true Generals General!”. But even as Trump and his team discussed pressing issues facing the country and how to staff the incoming administration, the president-elects Twitter feed suggested other issues too were on his mind.

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Britain ramps up borrowing forecasts, sees slower growth due to Brexit

The UK's deficit will no longer be cleared by 2020 according to this year's Budget statement, with the economy set to be £122bn worse off by that point than previously thought. The OBR now expects borrowing to be £68.2 billion this year, way above the original £55.5 billion forecast. Hammond's predecessor as finance minister, George Osborne, had been aiming for a surplus of 10.4 billion pounds in 2019/20.

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Two miners dead, six missing after earthquake hits Polish mine

Rescuers said they could see two of the missing miners, but were unable to confirm whether they were alive. After midnight on Wednesday, the company's spokeswoman Jolanta Piątek announced that one of the miners had died, adding that eight people had been evacuated.

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Child pulled from rubble in Aleppo

He said 10 students were killed in the attack, while the state-run news agency SANA put the number at eight. "If they take control of Masaken Hanano, the regime will have line of fire control over several rebel-held neighbourhoods and will be able to cut off the northern parts of rebel-held Aleppo from the rest of the opposition-held districts".

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Plaza de la Revolucion fills for Fidel Castro for one final farewell

But, questions remain as to how President-elect Donald Trump will work with Cuba. According to Altieri, nine days of mourning have been organized for the country as a whole - including supporters and nonsupporters - to pay respects to Castro.

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Nico Rosberg Clinches His First Ever Formula 1 World Championship Title

Hamilton did this by driving to within the full parameters of his Mercedes vehicle, but also ensuring Rosberg was unable to pass. Mercedes took a dim view of his tactics however, as they feared it would cost the team a victory. "The feelings out there in that battle with Max. unreal, really unreal". But his alternative tyre strategy meant he could go long in his first stint, and while others pitted, he found himself in second, ahead of Rosberg.

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Questions raised after Bannon appointment — Trump Transition

Others asked, "Would you rather your child had feminism or cancer?" and "Birth control makes women unattractive and insane". Cooper joined a crowd of democrats who have asked Trump to rethink the decision. "Mr. Trump's selection of Mr. Bannon makes a mockery of his first commitment to the American people as president-elect: 'to bind the wounds of division, '" said SPLC President Richard Cohen.

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Syrian troops make major breakthrough in Aleppo offensive

France called for an urgent security council meeting to discuss the situation in Aleppo , where ferocious fighting continued as government forces closed in and sought to break down rebel defences in the east of the deeply divided city. Although the revolutionaries manage to hold onto their positions, ground penetrations by government forces that included Shia fighters and Hezbollah militias have intensified their assaults to push the rebels back.

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Presidential Election Vote Recount: How Much Does it Cost?

The Clinton campaign also found no "actionable evidence " of hacking or machine manipulation, but joined the ongoing effort to make sure the recount process is fair to all parties, a campaign lawyer wrote online Saturday . In just the past week, Stein's recount effort has drawn in some $6.3 million in donations, a figure nearly double the amount she was able to raise in a year-long campaign for the Oval Office.

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Next week is 'Giving Tuesday' - a chance to do good

It's not just about giving but service and volunteering as well. Keep in mind to share on social media or the Giving Tuesday website (www. givingTuesday .org) that you gave and encourage your family and friends to join you in giving back using the hashtag #GivingTuesday.

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Syria Seizes Parts of Aleppo From Rebels

It comes as an estimated 16,000 people were forced to flee following the Syrian government's ground advances into rebel-held areas. A weekend of losses for the Nusra Front-led rebels in Syria's Aleppo continued to mount on Monday, with the rebels announcing that they have abandoned almost a third of their holdings in the city, materially the whole northeastern portion, in an attempt to try to get into a more defensible position.

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Jury hears of another officer-involved shooting

The defense rested its case late Tuesday, and closing arguments are planned for Wednesday. An emotional former North Charleston police officer told a mesmerized SC courtroom Tuesday he feared for his life when he fatally shot an unarmed black man at a traffic stop past year, a tragedy that reignited Black Lives Matter protests across the nation.

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Slager to testify in own defense at motorist shooting trial

The defense rested its case earlier Tuesday after Slager took the stand in his own defense. Members of the North Charleston Police Department on Monday talked about training for defusing situations , how to deal with hard suspects and proper responses to threats to their safety in the fifth week of former officer Michael Slager's trial for shooting Walter Scott a year ago.

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ISIS Claims Ohio State Attacker as 'Soldier'

Artan injured 11 people on Monday before being shot and killed by an Ohio State police officer. The posts were recounted by a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation but wasn't authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Syrian government presses on in Aleppo, thousands displaced

Hundreds of families have been displaced. "Given the Syrian government's long and dark history of arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances on a mass scale it is even more crucial that civilians are protected in newly captured areas of Aleppo city", said Samah Hadid, a director at Amnesty International's Beirut office.

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Bajwa takes over as Raheel warns India

Gen. Bajwa is expected to continue to target Indian Army across the LoC through raids by Kashmiri militants, covert operations by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and the occasional artillery and mortar bombardment. Contrary to the doomsday scenario that was being presented by some analysts and commentators, General Raheel Sharif demonstrated extreme sense of respect for the system and devoted himself to professional pursuits expected of a true soldier.

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Salvation Army Hoping To Get Fewer Junk Donations

He called the experience, "Fun and rewarding". On any given day, there are about 250 women and children living in Salvation Army shelters in Austin and more than 500 on the waiting list. While one person's trash is another person's treasure throwing away unusable items rather than donating them benefits charities and those in need even more.

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Aleppo battle: United Nations alarm as 16000 civilians flee government advance

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Ibrahim Abu Laith said regime warplanes had targeted civilians as they attempted to flee from the Al-Myassar district to the Bab al-Nairab neighborhood in opposition-held areas of eastern Aleppo . Forces loyal to Bashar al Assad are said to have taken the Sakhour, Haydariya and Sheikh Khodr neighbourhoods on Monday, and Kurdish forces captured the Sheikh Fares district.

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Scorsese Scores Papal Audience After Screening of 'Silence'

Scorsese is in Rome for a screening of his new film, Silence , based on the novel by Shusaku Endo. This much-awaited religious film will premiere in the Vatican, " Silence " premiere night will be low key. "That film ( The Last Temptation of Christ ) was not about Jesus renouncing the faith but about being tempted, and that is part of his humanity", Father Martin said .

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Ohio State officer praised by officials for ending attack

Investigators used surveillance camera footage to track Artan's vehicle before he arrived on campus, University Police Chief Craig Stone said. One tweet says: "Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus". In September, a 20-year-old Somali-American stabbed 10 people at a St. Cloud, Minnesota, shopping mall before being shot to death by an off-duty officer.

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Suspect Killed After Driving Into Crowd, Stabbing People At Ohio State University

While there has been no word as to what has taken place, one student told NBC News that a she saw a vehicle plow into a crowd of people who'd evacuated a building. A student from China witnessed the violent rampage on the Ohio State University campus on Monday in which 11 people were injured before the suspect was shot dead.

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Flood alerts issued as Storm Angus hits North East

In Exeter, cars were "abandoned" in some places as water gushed down streets, rising up to three metres deep. A weather warning is now in place (until midnight tonight), for gusts of up to 50mph and heavy rain. "The warning area has been extended further west and north, but there remains some uncertainty about the exact track of the weather system and therefore the northward extent of any impacts".

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Brazilian police clash with protesters outside Congress

The Brazilian government's plan to freeze public spending in real terms for up to 20 years is on the verge of becoming law, after senators approved the controversial constitutional amendment late Tuesday evening. To make the bill more palatable, Temer proposed delaying cuts in education and health for a year. Some demonstrators hurled objects at police and turned over a auto.


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