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Kremlin Puzzled By Erdogan Claims on Ousting 'Cruel Assad'

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday his country and Russian Federation want a cease-fire in Syria , where the two nations support opposing camps in the conflict. Moscow has been carrying out air strikes at the behest of Assad for over a year, however, it has recently also attempted to patch up differences related to the conflict with Assad's regional rival, Turkey .

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Statewide recounts rarely lead to change in winners

It had wanted to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated. Commonwealth Court has scheduled a Monday hearing on the recount petition . Her recount request in Pennsylvania was complicated by opposition from Trump. Update, 7:52 p.m. Friday: Jill Stein has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the delay of her recount until next week, The Detroit News reports .

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South Korean opposition seeking to impeach president Park Geun-hye next Friday

It was unclear how Park will react to the demands. Seoul police said they deployed around 20,000 officers to control the demonstration. Protestors march towards the presidential office on Saturday. "We plead with the Saenuri's non-President Park faction". In a nationally televised speech last month, Park said she deeply regretted her actions.

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Protesters continue demanding Park to step down

The move followed their agreement reached Friday to put a motion to impeach Park to a vote in the National Assembly on December 9. "It's a national disgrace that she's still in that position. Saturday's demonstration will come hours after lawmakers formally launched an attempt to impeach Park. Protestors tear apart the flag of Saenuri Party in front of its head office on Saturday.

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Nine People Killed in Fire in Oakland Electronic Music Show

A second-story mezzanine had been built without permits and could only be accessed through a makeshift stairwell of wooden pallets, Hoffman said. He said as many as 40 may have perished and that the coroner was preparing for a "mass casualty event" that could include victims from other countries.

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Duterte 'making official visit to Singapore this month'

The presidential palace earlier announced that Duterte will make a "congratulatory call" to Trump from his hometown in southern Davao city. "And he was wishing me success in my campaign against the drug problem", Duterte said of the call, which lasted over seven minutes.

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Chao named U.S. transport secretary

In announcing Chao's nomination, Trump said in a statement, " Secretary Chao's extensive record of strong leadership and her expertise are invaluable assets in our mission to rebuild our infrastructure in a fiscally responsible manner ". Bush from 2001 - 2009. She served as deputy administrator of the Maritime Administration and chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission. In the private sector, Chao has worked as Vice President at Bank of America Capital Markets Group and as a ...

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Gambian Businessman Upsets 22-Year Sitting President in Historic Presidential Election

The head of The Gambia's electoral commission has declared opposition candidate Adama Barrow as the victor of the 2016 presidential election. Omar Amadou Jallow, an opposition leader for the People's Progressive Party, which joined the coalition of seven parties that backed Barrow, said: "We are happy to be free".

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Trump supports completion of Dakota Access Pipeline

Native Americans and activists from all over the US have been gathering at Oceti Sakowin Camp camp for several months trying to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline . Michael Gerhart of the Highway Patrol said they could not answer a hypothetical question. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that the pipeline cost $3.8 million to construct; that figure is actually $3.78 billion.

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S. Korea leader buys time, but maybe not much

SEOUL-South Korean lawmakers could vote this Friday on a bill to impeach President Park Geun-hye. Park on Tuesday asked parliament to decide how and when she should step down in a dramatic turn of events in the influence-peddling scandal, an offer that the main opposition Democratic Party rejected as a ploy to buy time and avoid impeachment.

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After Brexit, Italy to vote on European Union membership referendum on Sunday

As well as Monte Dei Paschi, these include lenders Popolare di Vicenza, Veneto Banca and Carige, and four small banks rescued a year ago: Banca Etruria, CariChieti, Banca delle Marche, and CariFerrara. Italian banks' share prices indicate investors are concerned about their ability to raise the cash they need to work off their huge piles of unpaid loans, a legacy of the financial crisis that is hampering confidence in the sector and curbing economic growth.

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Jacob Zuma survives no-confidence vote at ANC meeting

Two more cabinet members - health minister Aaron Motsoaledi and public works minister Thulas Nxesi - have since joined Mr Hanekom in asking Mr Zuma to step down, News24 reported. "That means that Zuma will remain president of the ANC until at least the electoral congress in December 2017, and even possibly until 2019 as president of South Africa".

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Mall of America welcomes 1st black Santa

Located in Bloomington, the Mall of America, the largest mall in the US, has called on Larry Jefferson to be its Santa this year. Jefferson is a retired U.S. "What they see most of the time is this red suit and candy", Jefferson said to the Tribune . "I'm just a messenger to bring hope, love and peace to girls and boys".

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Petraeus, Romney front runners for Secretary of State in Trump cabinet

When asked by reporters at Trump Tower if Romney would be nominated for the job, Trump replied: "Well, we're gonna see what happens". Bob Corker and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Petraeus said after meeting Trump the NY businessman "basically walked us around the world" in their discussion. "Get ready. Buckle up". The charges come amid a recount of presidential votes in up to three battleground states, an effort joined by Hillary Clinton despite decidedly tamped-down ...

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Rare Late-November Hurricane Forms in Caribbean

Heavy rains from the storm were blamed for three deaths in Panama, and officials in Costa Rica ordered the evacuation of 4,000 people from its Caribbean coast. "Seven were rescued and unfortunately two deceased people were recovered", he said. In the capital, a child was killed when a tree fell on a vehicle outside a school.

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Health crisis looms in Mosul after water supply cut

The day before, the Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations for Human Rights condemned new crimes committed by ISIS in Mosul, in response to governmental attempts to recuperate the city. In addition, a seven-year-old child was shot in Adan neighbourhood when running towards the ISF, the agency reported. Some 100,000 Iraqi government troops, Kurdish security forces, and mainly Shi'ite militiamen are participating in the assault on Mosul that began on October 17, with air and ...

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Rift deepens among S.Korean politicians over ways to let president resign

The meeting was held at the chairwoman's suggestion, but the political big shots failed to reach any agreement on detailed schedules and legal procedures for the president's departure. The main opposition Minjoo Party offered to put forward the impeachment bill on Thursday and vote on it on Friday, but the casting vote-wielding People's Party opposed it on expectations that the anti-Park faction would not vote for the impeachment.

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Trump settles Trump University cases, agrees to pay $25 million

Gen Flynn, who was ousted as director of the Defence Intelligence Agency in 2014, agrees with Mr Trump on renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal, strengthening ties with Russian Federation and intensifying the fight against Islamic extremists.

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South Korea postpones impeachment Vote

A large rally is expected on Saturday, the sixth weekend protest in succession, calling on her to resign immediately. Police put the turnout at 270,000. A vote on the impeachment motion must take place within 48 hours. "I am full of anger, but also anxious", said Ray Kim. There was also widespread anger with the Saenuri party over what were seen as its efforts to block the impeachment process.

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Turkish military says contact lost with two soldiers in northern Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo with his Russian counterpart in the third phone call between the two leaders in under a week. He said Turkey had "no interest in Syrian territory" and added: "We are there to bring justice ". Turkey is waging the operation inside Syria against Islamic State (IS) militants and also Kurdish militia to back pro-Ankara rebels, in an unprecedented military incursion.

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Watch President-Elect Trump's Full Speech From Cincinnati

He reminisced, "We did have a lot of fun fighting Hillary, didn't we?" to chants of "lock her up" while criticising conservative critics. He boasted about size of his victory and repeatedly bashed the media. Future stops on Trump's victory include North Carolina, .Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida. His supporters were thrilled that he had hit the road again.

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England cap unbeaten year by beating Wallabies 37-21

Joseph capped England's win off with his second try after intercepting a David Pocock pass. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has called on his team to put the mind games of him and Eddie Jones out of their own heads and focus on ending England's hopes of remaining unbeaten in 2016.

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World AIDS Day reminds all to know their status

Messaging and advocacy regarding safe sexual practices she said must also be aggressively sustained - to save lives and prevent new infections. According to the CDC about 37 million people are living with the disease worldwide, and a year ago about 40,000 people were diagnosed with the disease in the United States.

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Trump backs PH drug war-Duterte

But, with Trump, Duterte said he could sense "good rapport", according to a transcript released by the Presidential Communications Office (PCO). Trump has yet to comment on Duterte's version of the conversation. He said he sensed a good rapport with the USA president. "I am very sure", he added. Duterte's war on drugs has been criticized by several world leaders, including Obama and worldwide organizations like the United Nations.

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Daesh snipers kill 15 children in Mosul

Retaking the city would be a major victory for Iraq's fragile government and a major blow to roll back Islamic State's territorial gains. Nearly half of all the children in Mosul and their families have reportedly been cut off from access to clean water after a major water pipeline was destroyed amid the ongoing conflict.

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Militants attack army convoy in Arunachal Pradesh, two killed, nine injured

At least two army personnel were killed and nine others injured in the militants attack. The attack took place around 2 pm. One 16 Assam Rifles (AR) officer was killed and eight others were injured today when an Army convoy was ambushed by suspected insurgents in Wakka, near Myanmar border in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh.

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French PM Defends President's Record As Left Seeks New Candidate

Mr Hollande repeatedly had said he would seek re-election only if he were able to curb the unemployment rate in France, which for years has hovered around 10 per cent and higher than the European average. He is the first French president since the war not to attempt to run for re-election. The party began accepting candidates on Thursday for its primaries, due on January 22 and 29.

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11 hostages held at gunpoint in Jacksonville bank robbery

SWAT and negotiators rushed to the scene. Police say following that first call there was a second call that stated there were shots fired. Helicopter footage from CBS affiliate WJAX showed people walking away from the bank surrounded by SWAT teams.

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Hillary Clinton Now Leads Donald Trump by Over 2.5 Million Votes

Presidential electors are not required to vote for a particular candidate under the Constitution. More than four million people have signed an online petition calling to abolish the process, which uses 538 nominated electors from across the country to determine the winning Presidential candidate.

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On Gambian presidential elections

Earlier this week, Jammeh told newsmen that, his "presidency and power are in the hands of Allah and only Allah can take it from me", and on one occasion even said he would remain in office for "a billion years". "Now we are free to say everything we want", said Yacouba Cisse, 34, a fisherman who was still wearing a pink whistle from overnight celebrations. Jammeh's supporters deny abuses and he has often criticized Western powers for meddling in African affairs.

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Iranian Commander: Erdogan' Remarks Aim to Help Besieged Terrorists in Aleppo

The Kremlin on Wednesday demanded an explanation after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara intervened in the Syria conflict exclusively to topple President Bashar al-Assad. "We can not allow terrorist organisations like Daesh (IS), PYD/YPG to be within distance of throwing javelins so close to us", Erdogan said. "We know that Assad is responsible for the deaths of 600,000 people".

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9 killed by Hurricane Otto in Costa Rica

A powerful hurricane churned toward Nicaragua and Costa Rica with freight-train winds and heavy rains expected to trigger unsafe floods and mudslides. Costa Rican officials have ordered the evacuation of more than 4,000 people along the sparsely inhabited northern half of its Caribbean coast. Authorities said it caused around $8 million in damage to roads.

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French Voters Dump Sarkozy, Clear Decks for Marine le Pen?

That is similar to the probability a Reuters/Ipsos poll put on a Trump victory on the eve of the USA presidential election. His divisive and extreme approach will leave its mark on the rest of the presidential campaign in the run-up next May's vote.

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Oil price jumps to 16 month high after deal to cut production

But front-month Brent crude futures LCOc1 were down 16 cents, or 0.3 percent, from their last settlement at $53.78 per barrel at 0836 GMT on Friday, as doubts emerged over the viability of the announced cut. In short, analysts say, consumers and businesses are not likely to see the return of $100-a-barrel oil - and the high energy costs that came with it - anytime soon.

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France to host Syria meeting against 'total war'

He expected the death toll from the shelling to rise. On Wednesday, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting in NY to discuss the humanitarian crisis. "Nearly 10 000 civilians have fled east Aleppo since the night of Saturday to Sunday", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. In two of the Mideast's most devastating urban conflicts - Aleppo in Syria and Mosul in Iraq - civilians who were already facing deprivation and danger are confronting harsh new threats brought ...


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