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Malaysia protesters demand PM Najib Razak step down

As chairman of a new party led by ousted officials including a former deputy prime minister and his own son, Mukhriz Mahathir, he would gain if Najib falls. Tensions have spiralled in recent weeks following threats by the rightist "Red Shirts" group to confront their "Yellow Shirts" opponents. Many were angry that she was being held under the country's anti-terror law that allows preemptive detention for up to 28 days.

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Trump denounces flag burning, Twitter points out it is constitutional

The White House took Trump's remarks at face value, warning that there should be no infringements on free speech, even though most Americans oppose flag burning. I couldn't have said it better myself. The cases were Texas v. Johnson in 1989, and United States v. Eichman in 1990. The flag tweet was sent about the same time as Fox News aired a story about students at Massachusetts' Hampshire College burning the American flag in response to Trump's presidential win.

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Treasury nominee Mnuchin was Trump's top fundraiser

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name former Goldman Sachs partner and Hollywood financier Steven Mnuchin as his nominee for Treasury secretary, a source said on Tuesday, putting a Wall Street veteran in the top United States economic Cabinet post.

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Rebels' hold on eastern Aleppo collapses as troops move in

According to both Russia's Defense Ministry and the United Kingdom -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian government troops have taken some 10 neighborhoods in east Aleppo in the past few days, the AP reports. Ammar Sakkar, a spokesman for the Fastaqim brigade, said the rebels would continue to fight. "We are strengthening our positions to defend the city and residents, but the aircraft are destroying everything methodically, area by area", he said of a regime campaign of air ...

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OPEC closer to deal to cut oil output, sparking price rally

OPEC will reduce production by 1.2 million barrels a day to 32.5 million a day, two delegates said Wednesday during a ministerial meeting in Vienna , asking not to be identified as the decision isn't yet public. She said oil price could reach down to $20 (P 994.49) per barrel if the OPEC agreement fails. That agreement aims to pare over 1 million barrels a day off total OPEC production, which is now over 33 million barrels a day.

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Conway Dismisses Report Trump Furious About Romney Comments

Sources within the transition team told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" they are "baffled" by Conway's comments Sunday regarding the former MA governor, and her interviews with news outlets escalate concerns that she's "pushing her own agenda" instead of spreading Trump's message.

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Germany's Merkel thanked by Afghan boy at party meeting

At left the father of the boy. The stance marks an astonishing U-turn from the once pro-refugee Chancellor, who has been widely pilloried by critics at home and overseas for her decision to throw open Germany's borders to millions of migrants.

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Here Are The Problems With The Trump Team's Voter Fraud Evidence

If the outcome of the election falls within the error rate, the number of votes will change each time the ballots are recounted. This means that instead of inspecting and counting each vote by hand, the optical readouts will simply be re-fed through the machines for a recount to be tallied mechanically.

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Daesh propaganda chief believed dead in Mosul, Iraq

According to officials with the Shi'ite Muslim paramilitary force Hashed al-Shaabi, the group linked up with Kurdish forces along the road that links Tal Afar to Sinjar west of Mosul, cutting off access to the road that leads to Syria. Authorities have not released casualty figures since the start of the offensive but fighters have admitted being surprised by how fierce the IS group's resistance has been.

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Obama won't send presidential delegation to Fidel Castro's funeral

Chants of "Viva Fidel!" resounded as tens of thousands massed in Havana's Revolution Square last evening to pay homage to Castro. South African President Jacob Zuma, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto were among the other foreign leaders scheduled to attend.

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Trump says voter fraud lost him popular vote

It comes after recount efforts are underway in Wisconsin , formally requested by the Green Party's Jill Stein. The Clinton campaign announced that it will participate in the Wisconsin recount to ensure fairness. If the results in all three states were to be overturned, the 46 electoral votes Trump would lose would be given to Clinton, and would make her president-elect.

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UN further tightens North Korea sanctions

The new U.N. Security Council resolution also imposed additional punitive measures, including a ban on exports of copper, nickel, silver and zinc that provide an additional $100 million per year. Cheong Seong-jang, a researcher at South Korea's Sejong Institute, said any North Korean directive "to prepare for the possibility of war can be seen as a way to emphasize internal solidarity" in a time when U.S.

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Crews continue to work to stop Gatlinburg wildfires

When KFD members left, most of the fires had been extinguished, though some officials were still working on a few lingering spots, Dye said. "I have been watching the bad fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken", Dolly Parton wrote in a statement on her Web site.

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Tennessee man drives through raging wildfire in dramatic video

Officials are not yet releasing the victims' identities, and emergency responders continue going door-to-door, checking for people who need help. The storms appeared to be taking aim at the almost 28,000-acre Rough Ridge Fire in north Georgia and the almost 25,000-acre Rock Mountain Fire that began in Georgia and then spread deep into North Carolina.

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Sanderson: Bannon should have no place in Trump administration

Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook are still scheduled to attend the CNN "State of the Union" event at Harvard, where they are expected to share ware stories from the 2016 presidential campaign.

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At least 10000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh

Myanmar's Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, left, steps into a photo position for the media along with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana or presidential palace on Wednesday, Nov. Suu Kyi has frequently underlined that she sees economic development as key to stability in the region. Officials have been tightening regulations on street hawkers in Myanmar's largest city and former capital Yangon , and Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein and Myanmar officials visited ...

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Wildlife cameras capture photos of jokers dressed as lions

Surveillance cameras installed at a Kansas park to help keep mountain lions at bay definitely caught some images of wild animals. They were surprised by some of the images the cameras took. The photos show at least two other costumed creatures that have yet to be identified by authorities. They wrote on Facebook: "We would like to sincerely thank the persons responsible as it made our day".

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India crash raises concerns of underinvestment in railway as toll hits 142

The bodies were retrieved from the mangled coaches that fell on their side after the train derailed at around 3:10 a.m., jolting awake passengers. Rescuers completed searching the incident Monday of a Kanpur train crash that killed a minimum of 146 individuals in among the most risky such incidents in India in 6 years.

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Gas explosion in Sydney's Chinatown injures at least 16

Dozens of emergency service vehicles rushed to the scene, establishing a makeshift triage center to tend to the injured, as the crowd fled the building. He said fire crews would remain at the scene until given the all clear. Superintendent Johnstone said there was no damage to the surrounding buildings, but 200 people had to be evacuated from a neighbouring five-storey building.

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Jovenel Moise apparently wins presidential vote

Three people on the nine-member electoral council did not sign the report declaring Moise the victor, although the council's president did not say who had abstained.Those elements fuelled a universal condemnation of the results from the losing candidates, who have 72 hours to contest before the final results are released on December 29."We reject the results because they are invalid votes that have been counted", said Michel Andre, a lawyer for second-place finisher Celestin.

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Eight now dead from thunderstorm asthma

Last week health minister Jill Hennessy announced a state-wide review of the emergency response to the thunderstorm asthma event. Thunderstorm asthma occurs when a storm hits during a period of unusually high pollen and high humidity, causing the grains to break up and disperse, entering people's lungs and making it hard for them to breathe.

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'Hamilton' breaks box office record after Mike Pence controversy

We now know that one week after the Mike Pence controversy, Hamilton actually made more money than ever. " Hamilton " sold $3. 3 million in tickets for the holiday week, a record for Broadway and only the second time a show has cracked the $3 million mark.

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Mass exodus underway from Aleppo as Syrian forces make big gains

Russia's defence ministry says Syrian government troops have captured 12 districts, or 40% of the territory, from the rebels. "It is the first exodus of this kind from east Aleppo since 2012", Abdel Rahman said, calling it the "biggest defeat" for the rebels in Aleppo since then.

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'Impossible to predict' how long militants will resist in Aleppo - UN envoy

The Syrian army and its allies made a sweeping advance across the northern part of besieged eastern Aleppo on Sunday night and Monday as rebels pulled back to a more defensible front line after losing control of a key district. They said they hoped to schedule the meeting for later on Tuesday or Wednesday and want U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, U.N. aid chief Stephen O'Brien and U.N.

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German Counter-Extremism Officer Arrested For Planning Jihadi Attack On Intelligence HQs

A spokesman for the Bundesverfassungsschutz (BfV) did not provide details of the 51-year-old man's position at the agency or on speculation in the German media that he had planned to detonate a bomb at the agency's office in Cologne. The BfV is Germany's domestic intelligence agency while its counterpart, the Federal Intelligence Service (BND), deals with foreign intelligence. The BfV spokesman said: "The man behaved inconspicuously during his employment process, training and in his area ...

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COAS General Bajwa says LoC situation will improve soon

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday appointed Bajwa as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) by elevating him to the rank of a four-star general. "I want to make it clear to India that taking our policy of constraint and patience as any sign of weakness will prove unsafe for itself", he said.

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Pakistan ready for dialogue with India: Abdul Basit

When questioned about the current situation along the Line of Control, Abdul Basit said India should prioritize the resolution of core Jammu and Kashmir dispute in order to move forward. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur took two wickets and scored an unbeaten 26 as India defeated Pakistan by five wickets in the Women's T20 Asia Cup in Bangkok.

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Dakotas pounded by heavy snow, wind for a second day

Forecasters say that in central North Dakota, snowfall amounts of 10-18 inches will be common by the time the storm moves out Wednesday . North Dakota's Transportation Department issued a travel alert for the central and northwestern parts of the state, urging motorists to beware of risky driving conditions.

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911 calls reveal Ohio State terror

The FBI is continuing to piece together information about Ohio State attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan . "If you want us Muslims to stop carrying (out) lone wolf attacks, then make peace", the post reads. Payne said the suspect appeared "very angry" but it wasn't until he "caught the knife, out of the corner of my eye" that he "realized that this wasn't an accident".

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Recount looms as Trump declared victor in MI

Buonamano told the Associated Press he has no evidence to back up Trump's claims. Assistant Attorney General Brian Buonamano, who handles the state's election law complaints, said he's looking into fewer than five complaints concerning voter fraud.

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Dakota Access pipeline protesters won't be removed by force, authorities say

Dalrymple spokesman Jeff Zent says the evacuation order has been "misconstrued" by some as giving authorities the ability to block food and supplies from coming in or out of the encampment. The Army Corps did not answer questions Monday from Forum News Service seeking clarification on how the closure would be enforced. "Those who remain will be considered unauthorised and may be subject to citation under federal, state or local laws".

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Turkish forces entered Syria to end Assad: Erdogan

That is to say we are there for the establishment of justice, ” he said, taking a page out of the USA playbook, which however in recent weeks has been muted following substantial advances by Syrian and Russian forces which as reported last night, have made material gains in the fight against Syrian rebels in east Aleppo.

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Russian top diplomat to discuss with Erdogan his remarks about Assad

Previous reports by Middle East Eye have indicated that the Turkish incursion into northern Syria, which aims at sweeping IS from a roughly 90km strip of the border and undermining Kurdish militia groups, had been tacitly coordinated with the the Syrian government through Iranian interlocutors.

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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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