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Net long-term United Kingdom immigration hovers at record levels

But Brexit-backing Tory Peter Bone said "people would be absolutely outraged" if the United Kingdom continued to pay the EU. Sterling bounced to an nearly three-month high in trade-weighted terms after Davis's comments. "What we have said is that we will look at how we get the best possible deal". Lib Dem leader Tim Farron accused the Government of sending "mixed signals" about its position on key issues like payments and freedom of movement.

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In Syria Nearly one million citizens living under siege - United Nations aid chief

The discovery proved that foreign-backed militants had used chemical weapons against civilians and Syrian army soldiers, he noted. Islamic State has not commented. Milad Shahabi, a member of the local council, told AFP that residents were fleeing to southern parts of the opposition-controlled east. A man carries a woman from the rubble of a building following reported airstrikes on Aleppo's rebel-held district of al-Hamra on November 20, 2016.

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Netanyahu Visits Site of Fire Started By Arab Arsonists

A newly arrived US Supertanker, considered the largest firefighting aircraft in the world, joined the emergency operation on Saturday. Benjamin Netanyahu convened his Cabinet Sunday in Haifa, the hardest-hit city, where major blazes forced tens of thousands of people from their homes.

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Iraqi troops take 2 neighborhoods in Mosul

For the past seven weeks, the Iraqi army - backed by US -led coalition warplanes and local allies on the ground - has been fighting to retake Mosul , which was once considered Iraq's second most populous city. "Previous requests by the Mission to the relevant Government Ministries for verification of military casualty figures have not received a response".

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US Employers Add 178000 Jobs as Unemployment Drops to 4.6 Percent

CNS News reported that the economy added 178,000 jobs, but the number of people outside the labor force, or who gave up looking for work in November, hovered near a record high at 95,055,000 . Even with the tight labor market, the news on wages was disappointing. The general reaction to this jobs report seems to be that it shows "decent, steady growth".

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Cabinet nominees map out plans for tax revamp, trade

Ross told The Post on Wednesday if Trump believes there is a conflict of interest from any of his investments he would divest them. He also produced several films, including Batman v Superman and The Lego Movie , before becoming finance chairman of Trump's presidential campaign.

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President Buhari plays host to Moroccan king at Aso Rock

On what Nigeria stands to gain from the King's visit, he said: "Hopefully in the short and medium terms it could run into billions". Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco have agreed to promote a regional gas pipeline project that would connect Nigeria's gas resources, those of several West African countries and Morocco.

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China hopes Trump call with Taiwan leader won't damage ties

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 file photo, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a "USA Thank You" tour event in Cincinnati. Trump tweeted later: "The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency".

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Obama lights national Christmas tree for the final time

While that tree was planted on the Ellipse, another set of trees, albeit much smaller than the national tree, was being decorated in the White House Dining Room with a host of adornments, including a LEGO gingerbread house, CBS News reported .

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France's Reagan? Conservative Triumphs In French Primary Election

Fillon, who went into Sunday's second-round run-off as firm favorite, had won over 67% of the vote in a head-to-head battle with another ex-prime minister, Alain Juppe. He will be up against National Front leader Marine Le Pen in the final presidential race, scheduled to be held in 2017. Mr Fillon has promised to change the culture and build a fairer society for all French people.

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Thailand's new king leads Buddhist in ritual for late king

He becomes King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, the 10th monarch of the Chakri dynasty, but will also be known as Rama X. His father King Bhumibol Adulyadej died in Bangkok's hospital aged 88 on October 13. On behalf of the people of Singapore, I extend my best wishes to Your Majesty on the most auspicious occasion of Your Majesty's ascension to the throne.

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As Gatlinburg Fire Death Toll Rises, Evacuation Procedures Are Now Being Questioned

The confirmed death toll in and around the tourist town of Gatlinburg in Sevier County has climbed steadily since the fire raced into town overnight on Monday. The mayor, however, told reporters that "we're not going to get into Monday-morning quarterbacking". The fires spread quickly on Monday night, when winds topping 87 miles per hour whipped up the flames, catching residents and tourists in the Gatlinburg, Tenn ., area by surprise.

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US House of Democrats re-elect Nancy Pelosi as leader

Nancy Pelosi, House of Representatives Democratic leader, speaks to reporters after she was reelected to her post Wednesday. With new caucus changes and a party that's realized its need for change, it'll be interesting to see what's next for Democrats under Pelosi's continued leadership.

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Coalition destroys Mosul bridge to isolate ISIS fighters

IS militants still control the section of the road between Tal Afar and Mosul. The agreement between the Kurds and the Shi'ite groups was reached at meeting on Wednesday between commanders of Kurdish Peshmerga forces deployed in Sinjar, west of Mosul, and Hadi al-Amiri, the leader of the Iranian-backed Badr Organisation.

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Gambia: Buhari praises Jammeh for conceding, Barrow gets congrats

He gained power in 1994 as a result of a coup and has been accused by rights groups of human rights violations including torture and forced disappearances of political opponents and journalists. Amnesty International called the blackout " unjustified " and a " crude attack on the right to freedom of expression in Gambia ". The tourist flights that bring Gambia's main source of foreign exchange continued uninterrupted.

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Syrian rebels lose more ground in Aleppo: monitor

An official with an Aleppo rebel group accused Russian Federation of backtracking on ideas agreed at talks in Turkey that would have led to a ceasefire, and said rebel commanders had vowed to fight on even as they face intense bombardment and ground assaults.

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Republicans say MI recount may cost $12 million

She asked for a recount last week, saying the state needs to be sure. " Hillary Clinton and her allies have always been willing to say or do anything to hold onto power, her actions regarding this recount are no different". Stein has said she has no evidence of fraud going into a recount of ballots in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and MI but wants to ensure the integrity of the election.

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Mass anti-Park protest in Seoul ahead of impeachment vote

Protesters march into the nearby streets of the South Korean presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on December 3, 2016, to call for President Park Geun-hye's resignation . "Impeachment is the only option left for stripping her of the office", said Goh Du-Hwan, a 45-year-old accountant. She has repeatedly apologized for the scandal but denies any criminal wrongdoing.

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Iran: any attempts to undermine nuke deal doomed to fail

Addressing a think tank here on Saturday Javad Zarif, foreign minister of Iran said, "we have options, but I don't believe the agreement is in danger". But lawmakers in both parties said the legislation was needed to warn Tehran about consequences if it violates the terms of the nuclear deal. His cabinet choices, including his pick to lead the CIA, Mike Pompeo, and defense secretary nominee, retired Gen.

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Senate Overrides Rauner Veto of CPS Pension Bill, House Adjourns Until January

The legislation, which has been called one of the most comprehensive state energy bills ever crafted, heads to the governor's office where it will likely be signed into law. Despite meeting throughout the veto session, Rauner and the state's top leaders are still miles apart on a budget compromise. Big energy users aren't the only ones anxious about what the package will mean for energy prices and whether customers should bear the cost of keeping open Exelon's nuclear plants .

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Senate trumps school aid veto; House to vote

The Future Energy Jobs Bill was passed by both The Illinois House of Representatives and The State Senate. This legislation will save thousands of jobs. "Illinois was not only sending money to help grow the economies of other states, but it was also missing out on countless clean energy jobs and economic growth in-state".

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West Bengal governor cautions Mamata on charges against Army

The army also claimed that its men had conducted a recce of the proposed locations for the exercise jointly with police officers on 29 November. The issue was raised in both Houses of Parliament with main opposition Congress too seeking clarification on the army deployment at 19 toll plazas in West Bengal.

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Yemen calm as ceasefire takes hold

The coalition underlined that the ceasefire came at the request of Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi, who sent a message in this regard to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman "in response to United Nations and worldwide efforts to bring peace to Yemen " and allow aid deliveries, it said in statement.

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Gambian official: Opposition candidate Barrow wins election

The incumbent received 36.7% of the votes cast, according to Alieu Momarr Njai, the head of Gambia's electoral commission. Ruth Maclean, a reporter with the UK's Guardian newspaper in the Gambia, was tweeting details about development that President Jammeh was about to concede defeat to Adama Barrow.

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Petition for Bank of England to remove £5 note gathers pace

Tallow is a substance commonly used to manufacture candles and soap, and is produced using animal fats. "As you may be aware livestock is one of the main culprits in climate change and I'm concerned that this industry is further supported by using tallow in banknotes".

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Senate set to vote on 10-year extension of Iran sanction law

Donald Trump's transition team is examining proposals for new non-nuclear sanctions on Iran, the Financial Times reported on Friday, after Tehran slammed the U.S. The Iranian Foreign Ministry, he said, is closely monitoring the United States administration's conduct, and will present a report to the committee tasked with monitoring the JCPOA's implementation.

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United Nations humanitarian chief says Aleppo risks becoming 'giant graveyard'

The regime and its allies, Russian Federation and Iran, said they had taken the Sheikh Saeed district in the south of the city on Wednesday, but rebels denied this. Syrian government artillery fire killed 21 civilians, including two children, in an eastern district of Aleppo early Wednesday, a monitoring group said.

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Mass protest demands ouster, arrest of S Korea president

Seoul police said they deployed around 20,000 officers to control the demonstration. The motion, which had the support of 171 opposition and independent lawmakers, accuses Park of violating the constitution and undermining democracy by allowing her longtime friend, Choi Soon-sil, to interfere in state affairs, and letting senior presidential aides help Choi extort from companies.

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The Brazilian Soccer Team's Home Town Has Begun 30 Days of Mourning

Meanwhile, journalist Rafael Valmorbida has chest injuries and two crew members are described as stable and recovering. Federation Internationale de Football Association 17 is encouraging all players to wear the Chapecoense kit and crest in-game as a show of sympathy and support.

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Chicago schools leader blasts school aid veto

House Democrats want to be assured the governor will spend appropriations based on his agreements when a full budget is passed. Exelon predictably praised the bill. The Future Energy Jobs Bill passed Thursday was a work in progress for several months. "This is a remarkable moment for the people of IL and for thousands of nuclear energy industry employees", she said.

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OPEC focuses on shrinking stockpiles to pave the way for $60 oil

For the first time since 2008 the cartel members managed to put their political conflicts aside and strike a deal that benefits their economic agenda by reducing output 1.2 million barrels a day starting January 2017 for six months. "In other words, the meeting is highly unlikely to substantially affect the oil-market balance". On Nov. 30 OPEC agreed to curtail its oil supply, the first cut in almost eight years.

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Brent oil rises to highest in more than a year

It explained that the agreement follows an earlier meeting held in September in Algeria where each member country reached a consensus on the need to cut production. "(OPEC members) have an interest in maintaining and getting to a higher oil price. "We're moving higher on optimism that the cut, together with expected growth in global demand, will bring the market into balance", said Gene McGillian, manager of market research for Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut.

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China lodges diplomatic protest over Trump-Taiwan call

The United States has not had diplomatic relations with Taiwan since 1979, when it recognized The People's Republic of China as sole legal government. -China relations. China regards Taiwan as part of its territory to be retaken by force, if necessary, if it seeks independence. The Taiwanese presidential office issued a statement early Saturday saying Trump and Tsai discussed issues affecting Asia and the future of US relations with Taiwan.

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USA unemployment rate falls to lowest level since August 2007

Economists had forecast payrolls rising by 175,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate unchanged at 4.9 percent . With a solid jobs report paving the way for the first USA interest rate hike in a year, investors are looking ahead to 2017 and expecting to see faster tightening amid rising inflation under the new government.

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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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