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South Korea announces symbolic, new sanctions on N. Korea

Soon afterward, South Korea and Japan announced their own sanctions . These individual list of sanctions are said to be in addition to the already imposed US-drafted United Nations resolution, which was aimed at slashing the North's coal exports .

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West Bengal's Fiery Chief Minister Upset Over Army Deployment

The Central Government says army deployment in north-eastern states including West Bengal is a routine affair. "I ask him to call back the Naval ships from Bay of Bengal as soon as possible as people are panicking right now amid the uncertainty", she added.

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Italian Banks May Face Collapse if Renzi Loses Referendum

If rejected, the referendum could weaken the euro further and send bank shares tumbling. As we all know, markets hate uncertainty, meaning that turbulence in Italian equities, bonds, and other asset classes is nearly certain to follow. That corresponds to more than one in every 10 Italian loans and nearly a third of all soured credit at the 124 large euro zone banks supervised by the ECB and included in the report, which has data as of the end of June.

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Trump speaks to Taiwan president, risks rift with China

China today played down US President- elect Donald Trumps telephone talk with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, dismissing it as a "small trick by Taiwan " that can not change the One-China framework or damage Sino-US ties. Tsai and her ruling Democratic Progressive Party chafe at the dated restrictions imposed by the worldwide community on relations with their country.

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Posthumous exoneration leads to investigation into misconduct — China Focus

Nie Shubin was detained for raping and murdering a woman on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, in 1995 and executed 6 months later at the age of 21. China ordered sped-up trials and executions during anti-crime campaigns in the 1990s. In 1995, a 21-year old man was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a woman in north China's Hebei Province.

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House passes $611 billion defense policy bill by wide margin

The House voted overwhelmingly on Friday to pass a $618.7 billion defense policy bill after negotiators dropped numerous most controversial proposed policy changes, such as requiring women to register for the draft and allowing federal contractors to make religion-based hiring decisions.

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South Korean president offers to resign

The poll conducted by the Real Meter survey organization showed that 75.3 percent of the respondents supported the motion, with 17.3 percent opposing it, according to the Yonhap news agency . The opposition parties need dissent from more than 28 members of Park's party in order to pass the bill in parliament, and are highly likely to put off the adoption of the bill on December 9, according to sources.

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CBI chief retires, additional director to head the agency

The prolonged secrecy maintained by the government on the appointment of the new Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation today ended, with outgoing chief Anil Sinha today handing over the baton to his second-in-command Rakesh Asthana.

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North Korea rejects UN sanctions, briefs envoys in Pyongyang

The sanctions will reduce the North's annual export revenue by 25% and the decision to impose tougher sanctions were taken after Kim Jong-un's regime conducted its fifth and largest nuclear test in September. Under Resolution 2321, North Korea will be restricted from exporting more than 7.5 million tonnes of coal in 2017, a reduction of 62 per cent from 2015.

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Philippines' Duterte, Trump talk over phone

Mr. Duterte had become increasingly critical of the United States and its outgoing president, Barack Obama, who expressed human rights concerns in the Philippine government's war on illegal drugs. "Who does he think he is?" "I am no American puppet". "And he wishes me well too, in my campaign and he said that... well we are doing it as a sovereign nation, the right way".

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Johnson & Johnson hit with over $1 billion verdict on hip implants

The federal jury sided with the plaintiffs that the Pinnacle hip implants were designed defectively and that the company failed to warn patient's about the looming risks. Meanwhile, the company denied any wrongdoings and said in a statement that it would immediately appeal the verdict and was committed to defending itself and DePuy from future litigations over the Pinnacle devices.

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Mosul residents without water after pipeline is hit

Iraq has since reported advances in the Mosul mission. "Within the last two days, at least 15 children have been killed this way", he said. The peshmerga were mostly involved in the early phase of the offensive and now hold positions a few miles from Mosul city limits.

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Football world mourns as plane crash kills Brazilian players

The incident is even more heartbreaking as the players, officials and supporters of the Club as well as the journalists were on their way to the first leg, final of the Copa Sudamericana (South America's second most prestigeous Club competition) against Atletico Nacional of Colombia .

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White House announces support for women in military draft

This marks a largely symbolic shift in public position; Congress nixed its plan to add women to Selective Service registration two days before Obama's declaration of support. Earlier this year the top Army and Marine Corps generals told senators it would take up to three years to fully integrate women into all combat jobs.

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'Clown Of Aleppo' Who Made Injured Children Smile Dies In Airstrike

An estimated 100,000 of them are believed to be children. In a country besieged by death and violence, Syrian social worker Anas al-Basha worked hard to bring laughter to children by donning a bright-orange wig and acting silly. "All of us in this field (of childcare) are exhausted, and we have to find strength to provide psychological support and continue with our work", said Hijazi.

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Brexit vote linked to resentment over North-South education gap - Ofsted chief

But Andrew Cook, education performance director for Ofsted in the North West, said today: "It is something parents should be very anxious about as 42 per cent is grim and Blackpool is in the bottom three local authorities in the country". There is a link between deprivation and poorer school results, but the most deprived areas of London have experienced dramatic improvements in schools in the past 20 years.

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French conservatives vote in first presidential primary

Only the top two candidates will progress to next Sunday's run-off. Mr Sarkozy and Mr Le Maire, after both conceding defeat, threw their weight behind Mr Fillon. With France's socialists unpopular a face-off against far-right leader Marine Le Pen is on the cards. But the contest turned into a tight race between him and two men to the right of him on the political spectrum.

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Thailand's crown prince becomes country's new king

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended to the throne today, after accepting formal invitation from the country's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to become Thailand's new king. United States congratulates King Rama X The American ambassador to Thailand today sent congratulatory message on the ascension to the throne of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn last night.

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American tourist alleges gangrape by 5 men in Delhi hotel

A USA woman has alleged that she was gang-raped in India by her tourist guide and his four accomplices, Indian media reported. Police said that they have received a complaint at Connaught Place police station and a preliminary inquiry has been started.

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Lawsuits seek to block or halt Wisconsin, Michigan recounts

An updated count Friday by state election officials shows Trump's lead shrinking to 49,000 from 71,000 over Democrat Hillary Clinton. A federal judge has denied a request to stop Wisconsin's recount of its presidential ballots. The filing Friday delayed the start of a state election board meeting to consider Trump's request to block the hand recount of all 4.8 million ballots cast in MI.

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Andrew Luck taking it slowly in concussion recovery

Confidence exudes at a level it doesn't reach when Andrew Luck is not playing because he's proven over and over again that he will attempt to overcome any obstacle no matter the deficit. "We'll see how the week goes", Bowles said. That's because we have that much faith in No. 12. "In order to have a realistic chance, we have to run the table".

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Hillary Clinton's Popular-Vote Lead Keeps Growing

The facts don't get in the way of the people that are making Electoral College death threats. The Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson has got 3.3 percent of the vote so far, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein received 1.1 percent.

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House approves 21st Century Cures Act: 5 things to know

One of the few dissenters in the House, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), anxious that the money promised will never materialize in a Republican-controlled Congress. That provision concerns some critics. Projections indicate that it will pass, though probably not before some extra modifications are made. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who on Monday announced that she will not vote for the bill, despite supporting much of its content, because it has been one of the most heavily lobbied health care ...

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Prince William denies disapproving Harry's statement

An insider told The Telegraph: "They don't issue statements like that without talking to each other, and they talked about the Meghan Markle statement extensively in advance of it being put out". This type of engagement with the press is somewhat unprecedented for the royal family. In the initial statement, the Palace said the 32-year-old Prince rarely undertook formal action over "fictional stories" but the past week had seen "a line crossed".

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Trump dines with ex-rival Mitt Romney at Manhattan restaurant

Following a high-profile dinner with Trump last night, Romney told reporters he has "increasing hope" the president-elect can lead the U.S. to a "better future". Nikki Haley and Alabama Sen. "A statesman like Mitt in the position would really quell a lot of the fears that Trump has ignited in some of these countries as they figure out how to deal with this new administration", said Jowers.

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Syrian Adviser: Erdogan Trying to Uplift Terrorists in Aleppo

The U.N.'s aid convoy plan for December is pending the approval of the Syrian government, said Egeland to the media today. De Mistura told the European Parliament that Islamic State was "like Ebola", the deadly disease, and referred to comments in the USA presidential election campaign made by Trump, who said he would bomb the militant group heavily.

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Six people in Australia die from thunderstorm related asthma

CEO of Asthma Foundation Australia Robin Ould explained the phenomenon in a statement : "Wet and windy conditions can break down pollen grains into very fine allergenic particles that are inhaled into the lungs causing the inflamation that leades to asthma symptoms".

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Armed robber holding seven people at a travel agency in Paris

Armed police are on the scene, the source said, adding that the incident did not appear to be terrorism linked. Police said on Twitter that their forces were at the site. Police initially believed the man had taken about half a dozen people hostage, but when they entered the property they found no trace of him, Jerome Coumet told reporters.

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Court orders release of Nigeria's detained Shiite leader

A judicial inquiry in August said 347 IMN members were killed and buried in mass graves after the violence. The judge ordered the Nigerian federal government to provide secure accommodation for Zakzaky and his family in Kaduna state or another suitable part of northern Nigeria.

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Fidel, Emblematic Leader, Protagonist of 20th Century: FARC-EP

According to the Ecuadorian leader, today the peoples of Latin America are united as never before. "I was born with him, I lived with him, and I wanted to die before him", said Ivan Castillo, 44, a public health worker. Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser, and Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the top USA diplomat to Cuba, will attend the service, ABC News reported .

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Michael Reagan: Hillary Will Lose Election for Second Time Via Recount

Stein previously asked for recounts of the votes in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. MI is also the recount state in which Donald Trump has the smallest margin of victory over Hillary Clinton; he won by 10,704 votes in the state. Trump is also the first Republican to win the state of MI in a presidential contest since 1988, confirming his historic dominance in the Midwest, where he also won in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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Michigan Moving Forward With Presidential Election Recount

There's no scenario in which a recount would be a disservice to the incoming president. Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein requested the recount which began on Thursday and has to be completed by December 13. They also argue that it threatens due process rights because it may not get done by the federal deadline to certify the vote, putting Wisconsin's electoral votes in jeopardy.

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Parents disarm their son who brought guns to Utah school

No word on why he brought the weapons to school. High is in custody and no one has been injured. The boy has been booked on suspicion of theft of a firearm and taking a weapon into a school. 1, 2016. Attendance at the school was also "quite high" Friday, he said. "What can I do to show them we haven't forgotten about them?' It just speaks volume to the community", he said.

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Israel fires: Minister vows 'more and bigger' settler homes after 'pyro-terrorism'

The cabinet held its weekly session in Haifa where hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed in a weeklong conflagration that has been Israel's worst bout of fires ever. Greece, Cyprus, Russia, Croatia, Turkey and Italy have also sent crews and planes to assist Israel in its efforts to fight the fires. On Saturday afternoon, a Boeing-747 Supertanker, the world's largest firefighting plane, was put to work in an area near the main highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

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Far-right hopeful Hofer within reach of Austrian presidency on Sunday

Austria electing a far-right president would be "the confirmation of a trend", Guntram Wolff, director of the think tank Bruegel told CNBC. Hofer, who previously spoke in favor of Austria , too, having a referendum on secession from the EU (Oexit), later walked away from the idea, and blasted his critics during the debates with his presidential race rival Alexander Van der Bellen on Thursday night.


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