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Scholar says China concerned about Trump policy

But, Sen. The news comes after the president-elect stunned political observers by initiating the first US-Taiwanese presidential contact since 1979, when the USA adopted a "One China" policy. Bush administration, said that to his knowledge the call was unprecedented. It's "typical Trump. Unexpected, direct, and fast", he added. "America's policy toward Taiwan is governed by the Taiwan Relations Act, under which we maintain close ties with Taiwan and support its democratic system".

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Ralph Branca, pitcher who gave up 'Shot Heard 'Round World,' dies

Branca spent 12 seasons in the big leagues, including a pair of stints with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants hits a home run off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca in a playoff baseball game at the Polo Grounds in New York on October 3, 1951.

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Jacob Wetterling's killer sentenced to 20 years

The sentence was the maximum the law allowed, and Heinrich technically could complete it in 17 years with good behavior, but the plea deal allows state authorities to seek his civil commitment as a sexual predator at the end of his federal prison term, which could prevent him from ever going free.

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Jacob Wetterling's killer sentenced for 'one of the most truly frightful crimes'

They found Heinrich's DNA on that boy's sweatshirt, and used that evidence to get a search warrant for Heinrich's home in Annandale, where they found his child pornography collection past year. It wasn't just Jacob's physical body missing these last 27 years. Jerry said Jacob's abduction caused a strain on his relationship to Patty because they "were both hurting so deeply that we couldn't be there for each other like we normally would be".

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Thunderstorm asthma death toll rises from six people to eight

Last week hospitals were overwhelmed when after a cool change and storm caused respiratory problems for thousands of people, with more than 8500 attending emergency departments. "When it breaks up it goes straight to the lungs", he said. A freak illness known as thunderstorm asthma has now killed at least eight people in Australia.

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Putin Stresses Moscow's Need for Friends

Russian President Vladimir Putin - whose global aims are under scrutiny as Donald Trump prepares to assume the US presidency - reined in the anti-Western rhetoric in a major speech Thursday. The Russian president talked about foreign challenges faced by Russia and the country's relations with major powers. "We need the lessons of history first of all for the reconciliation, the strengthening of the social, political and civil harmony we have reached today", he said.

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Thunderstorm asthma toll rises to eight

Every available ambulance in Melbourne was sent out on calls during the storm, and more than 8500 people were admitted to hospital. Of more than 2,500 people surveyed by the university, 74% said they experienced asthma during the storm.

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UK's Liberal Democrats unseat Zac Goldsmith in by-election

Under UK election law, any candidate running in a constituency election must pay a £500 deposit , which they receive back if they gather over 5% of the vote share . The victory was in an area of London that voted strongly to remain in the European Union in June's referendum. But they differ on Brexit, with Mr Goldsmith an arch-Leaver and his Lib Dem rival against the United Kingdom quitting the European Union.

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Settlement in ruins as wildfire from Israel sweeps West Bank

Yael Hame, a Haifa resident who fled her house, said "the fire was up over the skyscrapers". Speaking at the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank, where dozens of homes were damaged at the weekend, he said Israel should respond to any arson by building more settlement homes.

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Sarkozy concedes loss in France presidential primary

The victor is expected to have a strong chance of victory in the April-May presidential election, because traditional rivals on the left have been weakened by Socialist Francois Hollande's troubled presidency. Former president Sarkozy, 61, promised to blow the competition out of the water as he bids to win back the keys to the Elysee Palace but has so far failed to land a knockout blow on arch-rival Juppe.

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Trudeau marks World AIDS Day, says fight against HIV is 'winnable'

Riehl said the province had three HIV-positive babies be born within the province. "We're still trying to beat this through vaccine , which would be the ideal situation, and through the medications to keep people healthy", says Pete Rodriguez is director of HIV Services with Harris Health Systems.

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Russian Federation hopes Syria's Aleppo situation can be resolved by end of 2016

Yasser al-Youssef, a spokesman for rebel group Nour el-Din el-Zinki, said the pro-government fighters were repelled and the opposition had captured at least one of their soldiers. "I can only imagine how hard the situation must be for people who fled into the places where aid workers and supplies are not or scarcely available".

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Koreans to march for 6th weekend calling for Park ouster

After all, they say, if Park really cared about what most South Koreans say they want, she would have simply resigned. (Chung Sung-Jun/Pool Photo via AP). A similar rally the previous week drew what organisers claimed was a record 1.5 million people. For the bill to pass, at least 28 members of the ruling Saenuri Party need to break ranks and vote for impeachment.

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France's Fillon Seen Beating Le Pen in Presidential Election

More than 2.5 million people voted in the first round of the race and with most of the ballots counted, Fillon led with 44.1 per cent, followed by Juppe with 28.3 per cent and Sarkozy in third place with 20.9 per cent. Fillon's opposition to multi-culturalism and his social conservatism could make him a more hard opponent for the National Front. In response, Mr Fillon has proposed spending cuts, increasing sales tax, scrapping a tax on the wealthy, fewer restrictions on the working week and ...

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South Korea's Opposition Parties Move Towards President Park Impeachment

Under the South Korean constitution, prosecutors can not indict the president on criminal charges - except insurrection or treason - while they are still in office. They would be replaced by new ones appointed by the president. Without their support, the motion could be quashed by the Constitutional Court if six out of nine judges would be required to confirm and pass the motion.

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Judge allows manslaughter in fired officer's murder trial

Savage repeated Slager's commands to Scott: "Stop, Taser, Taser, Taser", before discharging it. "You hear the media on Twitter say 'unarmed man, '" defense attorney Andy Savage argued. That's when a chase ensued and Slager ultimately shot Scott several times in his back. During cross-examination, prosecutor Bruce DuRant again showed the video and asked Slager if the Taser wasn't on the ground just before the shots were fired.

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Jurors in Slager trial ask for transcripts, definitions

They then continued deliberations starting at 9:30 am on Thursday. Voluntary manslaughter carries a penalty of two to 30 years in prison. If it can not unanimously agree on either, the jury would be hung, and a mistrial would be declared. "It can also be. a very good reason for self-defense". The defense's proposed option that Newman ultimately chose: tell the jury that he couldn't help.

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No verdict in motorist death after 16 hours deliberation

They will return to the jury room Monday. An emotional Slager testified this week that he pulled over Scot for a broken tail light on April 4, 2015. Newman did not say whether the jurors were leaning toward a conviction on murder or on voluntary manslaughter. Slager was sacked from the department and charged with murder after the video surfaced.

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Rep. Ron Kind won't say if he backed Nancy Pelosi

Following Wednesday's vote, Ryan told TMN that he believes rising stars in the Democratic Party may benefit from his decision have challenged Pelosi. "We have in the past, and we will again", Pelosi said , adding: "never again will we have an election where there is any doubt in anyone's mind where the Democrats are when it comes to American working families".

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Christie makes surprise visit to Trump Tower amid job talks

The governor was an early supporter of Trump after dropping out of the presidential race in February, but has had a rocky relationship with his transition team as of late. Priebus has his own preferred pick for the position of RNC Chair and according to Politico , Priebus prefers Michigan GOP chairwoman Ronna Romney. Other sources , however, have suggested Trump's team is behind a Christie run at RNC chair.

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Napolitano: Trump Would Have to Pardon Petraeus to Nominate Him

Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The president-elect is scheduled to meet Romney, the former GOP presidential nominee, for a second time on Tuesday night. The Republican billionaire won the Electoral College 306 to 232 for Clinton, although the Democrat won the popular vote by more than two million ballots.

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Mamata Banerjee attacks RBI for lack of cash in Bengal

The army had rebutted her allegations that its personnel were deployed at toll plazas without informing the state government and were collecting money, saying the exercise was being carried out in coordination with Kolkata Police. Of 287 tea gardens, 119 have not received wages since Oct 29 affecting 2.5 lakh tea workers", she said. However, TMC leaders in both Houses alleged that neither the state government nor local administration including police was taken into confidence on the ...

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Playoffs all come down to big weekend

NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman joins us now. However you feel about it, there is no doubting the facts. "But because of that, we talked a lot, and then we would see each other in Pennsylvania recruiting, clinics or whatever, and he's just a great guy, a hell of a football coach ".

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Don't defame the army, says Bengal Governor; Mamata hits back

And the letter contradicted her claims of deploying the army without informing the state government. "If the government doesn't withdraw the army deployed in the state, we will fight legally", she said after emerging from the secretariat.

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Penn State's Barkley to test Wisconsin's defense

Penn State has been one of the best teams in college football since that moment. The Big Ten title hasn't been around a long time , but its something that Wisconsin Football is very famillar with. Franklin declined several times to explain why his own team deserved to play for the national championship, though he did imply the Nittany Lions may have won the nation's toughest division - the Big Ten East.

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Recovering plane crash survivor may be able to resume his football career

A haunting recording aired by Colombian media appeared to hold answers - though officials have not confirmed its authenticity. LaMia director Gustavo Vargas told local media it was the pilot, Miguel Quiroga - the airlines' owner - who had chose to fly onto Medellin, without trying to refuel.

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Clinton Campaign Begs For Volunteers To Help With Michigan Recount

The US state of MI, where the vote count after the November 8 election took almost three weeks officially proclaimed Republican Donald Trump the victor over Democrat Hillary Clinton by slightly more than 10,000 votes. The board certified the November 8 election results Monday, showing that Republican Donald Trump won the state with a 10,704 margin of victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton , the smallest of the margins in states Stein has targeted.

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Italy Rolls The Referendum Dice

Markets were spooked Monday after influential British daily the Financial Times reported that eight Italian banks could go under in the event of a No vote triggering a financial crisis. Italian banks hold some 360 billion euros ($381 billion) of bad loans, roughly 40 percent of all bad loans across the euro zone. One of those would be the Banca Monte Paschi di Siena, the country's third-largest bank by assets, whose shareholders last week approved a €5 billion rescue plan to keep it ...

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Kerry: US, Russia studying new ideas to stop Syria fighting

Mr Kerry was speaking after meeting Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said Moscow would not allow Syria to descend into chaos like Libya after Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown. More than 300 civilians, including dozens of children, have been killed in east Aleppo since the government offensive began, according to the Observatory.

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Mosul Children At Serious Risk After Water Supply Cut Off

Iraqi commanders said around 40 per cent of eastern Mosul had been retaken from the extremists since an offensive to recapture the city began on October 17. "Basic services such as water, electricity, health, food are non-existent ", he said standing in an eastern suburb while mortars fired inside the city.

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Iraqi PM: Trump promised more support for ISIS fight

HAJ ALI, Iraq Iraqi forces assaulted Islamic State-held villages across dusty fields south of Mosul on Tuesday, where suicide vehicle bombers and snipers caused some two dozen casualties in a blatant reminder that militants still hold ground far from the main battlefield.

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Wisconsin's Hornibrook is questionable for Big Ten title game

Committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said after the next-to-last rankings were announced Tuesday night, "Our mission and sole goal is to rank the four very best teams in college football for inclusion in the playoff". Junior halfback Curtis Samuel wrote an impressive chapter in the 113-year history of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry at Ohio Stadium Saturday afternoon.

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Wisconsin, Penn St. try to focus on title game _ not playoff

Franklin would not, however, venture into any sort of lobbying for a berth in the CFP. "Our focus is going to be on Wisconsin". Wisconsin is a physical, nearly old-fashioned, style team that wants to win with great offensive line play and a solid running game and this should look like a Big Ten game of old.

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China complains to USA about Tsai-Trump call

He is believed to be the first president or president-elect to speak to a Taiwanese leader since 1979 when the United States broke off relations in respect for the Chinese government. China and Taiwan both agree there is only one nation of China. Trump's transition team confirmed in a statement Friday afternoon that Trump spoke with Tsai.

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MI board deadlocks, removes recount hurdle

If the votes are recounted, experts say, they are very unlikely to change the outcome of the election. An updated count Friday by state election officials shows Trump's lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton has shrunk to 49,000, from 71,000.


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