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Franois Hollande won't seek another term as France's president

French President Francois Hollande on Friday said he would not seek re-election next year as he bowed to historically low approval ratings after a troubled five years in power. The former prime minister François Fillon to lead the center-right Republican Party in next year's presidential election. Valls, unfailingly loyal until recently, upped pressure on Hollande at the weekend to step aside when he hinted he might run against his boss in the primaries.

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Trump narrowly wins Mich. amid plans for recount

Local officials in Wisconsin will decide for themselves how to carry out a presidential election recount after a state judge on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit by former Green Party candidate Jill Stein to have the ballots counted by hand. Clinton's campaign spokesman, Marc Elias, said Clinton is not disputing the results but is taking part in the recount to make sure "that it is fair to all sides".

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Utah: Parents talk teen out of classroom gun rampage

But moments after firing a round, he was disarmed by his own father and mother who had gone to the school that morning because they were concerned about their son's behavior that day. "It was scary", 15-year-old Calvin Smith, who was in the classroom where the shooting occurred, told The Salt Lake Tribune . Police said the boy walked to Mueller Park Junior High with the shotgun and two boxes of ammunition under a long trenchcoat-type jacket, concealing the weapons.

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Indonesians rally for tolerance after blasphemy protests

People in white Islamic robes and skullcaps packed out a massive park in the capital, with over 20,000 security personnel deployed to prevent a repeat of violence that erupted at the last protest against Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. An earlier protest on Nov 4 turned violent after unnamed "political actors" took advantage of the situation, authorities said. "It is basically a threat to the secular state here in the long run, with conservative Muslims getting more and more power on the ground", ...

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Magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes off Japan's Fukushima prefecture

The natural disaster hit just before 6 a.m. Japan time , shaking buildings as far as Tokyo. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of waves of up to 3 meters (10 feet) soon after the magnitude 7.4 quake and urged residents on sections of the Pacific coast to evacuate to higher ground.

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J&K: Kulgam encounter ends; terrorists flee the spot

He alleged that Kumar was killed in a fake encounter which can not be "covered up on the pretext of cross-firing". Security forces including the army launched a counter-insurgency operation in the Chancer area of Kulgam following information about the presence of ultras in the area, police officials said.

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SKoreans protest against president in record numbers

A two-thirds majority of 200 votes is required to pass the impeachment motion , so members of Park's party will be needed to help pass it. Choi Soon-sil is facing trial for fraud. The leaders of the country's three main opposition parties - the Democratic Party, the People's Party and the Justice Party - said they will not negotiate the proposal put forward by Park.

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Renzi's Office Denies He'll Quit Even on Italian Referendum Win

After initially selling off on Monday, Italian shares rebounded Tuesday, with banks leading the charge, in response to the European Central Bank's intent to buy more Italian bonds if a referendum on constitutional reform on Sunday rocks markets, Reuters reports.

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9 bodies recovered from burned Oakland warehouse

The Oakland Raiders also joined in the pledge to match fan donations. Still, the almost 10,000-square-foot building on 31st Avenue, known to many as the Ghost Ship , had been a subject of complaints well before Friday's fire. Darin Ranelletti, of the City of Oakland Planning Department, said the property was only permitted to be used as a warehouse and that investigators had visited it as recently as November 17 to check on complaints of unpermitted construction but they were not able ...

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Trying times for Italy's Matteo Renzi

Polls also showed that 15 percent of Italians were still undecided. Italians are voting in a referendum on constitutional reforms that is being closely watched overseas to see if Italy is the next country to reject the political status quo.

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South Korea government says it made large Viagra purchase for other reasons

The latest revelation adds fodder to the massive graft and influence-peddling scandal that has rattled Park's presidency. Nearly one million protesters marched on Saturday night nationwide, demanding Park immediately step down. The presidential office said over the weekend that the independent investigation will clear Park's name, having rejected the findings of state prosecutors - who will bring their case against the president's confidante and aides to court for a first hearing on December ...

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World's oldest person Emma Morano celebrates 117th birthday

Special Offer You have used all your free page views for the month however if you wish to create a FREE limited access account you will be able to view an additional 3 pages per month. She was given a cake with the number 117. "What might be more important is that she has always had a very strong strong character". She also told Reuters TV recently that her life wasn't so nice.

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Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan call

Mr Trump's decision to become the first president or president-elect who has spoken to a Taiwanese leader since at least 1979 comes at a tense time in cross-strait relations. In an earlier article, Mr Navarro also suggested the USA should increase the number of visits to Taipei by Cabinet members, send more private, retired military contractors to the island for training and help Taiwan integrate into "as many global organisations as possible".

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South Korea delays impeachment vote against President Park

This means navigating a splintered ruling party and the sometimes-conflicting views of various opposition parties. The newly-appointed counsel will form his team, composed of four deputy special prosecutors, 20 dispatched prosecutors and 40 other investigators, in 20 days.

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Why This Museum in London Is Hanging Their Christmas Tree Upside Down

When it comes to picking out Christmas trees with our families there is a lot to take into consideration. Place trees away from major sources of heat. One other advantage of artificial greenery is that you don't have to worry about it drying out or collapsing before the holidays are over. Many of his trees have orange needles due to the lack of water.

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Thai crown prince formally proclaimed king

Vijralongkorn initially delayed announcement of his accession saying he wanted to "mourn with the Thai people" before taking up his new role. Vajiralongkorn studied in the United Kingdom and Australia. The late king's remains are to be cremated in an elaborate ceremony that may take place in a year or more. Many school representatives from the provinces also headed to Bangkok yesterday to buy portraits of the Crown Prince as well as flags with the Crown Prince's emblem.

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Police ID student arrested in professor's death

A fellow professor told our media partner, NBC4, "It's very scary, and it's just sad". Los Angeles police say 28-year-old David Jonathan Brown of Los Angeles was booked on a charge of murder in the death of Professor Bosco Tjan , a psychology professor and neuroscientist.

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Fourth bridge over River Tigris in Mosul 'disabled' by coalition air strike

John Dorrian, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the US -led coalition, referring to Islamic State . Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units, also known as Hashd al-Sha'abi, have captured a road that links the two strategically important towns of Tal Afar and Sanjar to the west of Mosul .

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European Union parliament vote on Turkey carries no importance: PM Yıldırım

Turkey has reacted angrily after the European Parliament in Strasbourg voted yesterday (24 November) - in a symbolic, yet powerful move - by 471 to 37 to halt Turkey's EU accession talks, passing a resolution that condemned the Turkish government's " disproportionate repressive measures" after a failed military coup in July.

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South Korean Opposition Files Impeachment Motion

Leaders of the three major opposition parties met and agreed to put an impeachment motion to a floor vote next Friday, according to a statement from the largest opposition group, the Democratic Party. Saturday's mass rally was set to culminate in a candlelit march to the presidential Blue House, with police allowing protesters within 100 meters of the complex housing Park's residence and offices.

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Syria regime seizes half of rebel parts of Aleppo

Some civilians have died trying to escape these areas amid the massive assault. A young man wept next to two bodies, their top halves obscured by blankets. A source close to Syria's rebel factions said opposition forces held talks as recently as Monday with Russian representatives in Ankara on a potential truce for Aleppo.

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Duterte invites Trump to the Philippines

Police said several hundred more have been killed by vigilantes. Duterte said he was encouraged with Trump's assurance that the USA would be the last to interfere in the Philippines' internal affairs. If Obama finds Duterte "colorful" (his polite way of saying he is " bastos "), Trump may find him at least interesting as he displays some streaks similar to his own political iconoclasm.

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European Union chief says don't use expats as Brexit bargaining chips

The row came as Bank of England governor Mark Carney called for United Kingdom businesses to be told "as much as possible, as early as possible" about the Government's Brexit plans. "There are European values which can not be separated". The pro-single market group British Influence said it believed the government could be breaking the law if it did not get a clear legal opinion as to whether Britain's membership of the EEA automatically ended along with its membership of the EU.

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South Korea reverberates with 'lock her up' in Park scandal

Choi ( inset, top, far right ) was subsequently questioned for several days about her friendship with Park and the nature of her approaches to Lotte, SK and other companies in connection with the donation of monies to the Mir and K-Sports Foundations.

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S Korea's opposition parties move to impeach President

Revelations that the president's office had bought hundreds of doses of Viagra and equivalent drugs have touched off a frenzy of wisecracks, speculation and lurid rumors in South Korea, reports The New York Times . While the opposition parties have not openly called for Park's impeachment due to their concerns about securing enough votes to pass the bill and about the political aftermath, they no longer have any reason to hesitate.

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Washington Huskies Take the Pac-12 Crown

Afterward Coach Clay Helton gushed, "To get that first down, understand where the game was and to get down to end it I thought was tremendous". Despite the disappointing end, Colorado has much to be proud of at season's end. He threw as many interceptions in the third quarter (3) as he had all season and was just 2 for 12 for 12 yards after coming back into the game. The Pac-12 championship game on December 2 displayed brilliant playing from Washington that helped it to win the match ...

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Lufthansa pilots in two-day strike action

A spokesman for Dusseldorf airport said that 50 of 88 scheduled flights had been cancelled, and that some of the remaining flights would be subject to rescheduling or delays. The strike has had no effect on Lufthansa group's other airlines - Germanwings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Brussels Airlines. Spohr has offered 2.5 percent, or 0.38 percent annually, through 2018.

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Trump, Clinton aides feud at Harvard event: Why the bitterness continues

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said one tactic that helped Trump was a decision to stop looking at national polls and instead focus on state polls, particularly in swing states. Perhaps everyone except Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway , that is. She also credited Vermont U.S. Sen. "How many times did we hear this: 'There is no path to 270, '" Trump said, ripping into the doubters and the "dishonest media" that he said had tried to bring him down.

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Mamata cries army coup, spends night at secretariat

After a high drama over "deployment of army" at certain toll plazas in West Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee made a decision to stay put at the state secretariat "Nabanna" on Thursday night, even after the force was removed from a toll plaza near it as per her demand.

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Officer killed in Washington state is identified

Gutierrez was shot to death Wednesday after a woman approached animal control officers and said her husband had locked her out of their home. The bulletin describes how Johnson was confronted by mall security and asked to leave, saying his "hostile behavior was unacceptable".

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Syrian rebels in secret talks with Russian Federation to end Aleppo crisis

The rules of war have been "systematically disregarded" in Syria , United Nations humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said on Wednesday. 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.

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Fighting around Mosul leaves majority in Isis-held city without water

In eastern Mosul, the commandos of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) fought heavy clashes with the IS militants and managed to completely clear the districts of al-Qahira, Masarif and Amin, a statement by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) said .

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United Kingdom government denies handwritten note on Brexit is policy

Theresa May hopes to resolve the residency rights row between the United Kingdom and European Union at an "early stage" of the Brexit negotiations, the Conservative premier told MPs on Wednesday (30 November). "But if you look at where you can provide certainty to people, this is an area where we would like to see early agreement". Mrs Merkel is likely to come under pressure from German voters to take a tough line with the United Kingdom in the Brexit negotiations, according to a new survey.

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Fury builds over Joe McKnight's fatal shooting after police release suspect

Why is the guy who shot and killed former National Football League player Joe McKnight a free man?! Witnesses reported the two had been arguing heatedly. We will continue to research this matter in order to determine the reason for the dismissal. At some point, police say, Gasser fired three shots from a.40 caliber semiautomatic handgun.

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Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo

Opposition and activists had also accused the government of shelling displaced Syrians who were fleeing the government advances. "I asked the factions, they said "we will not surrender", said Zakaria Malahifji, the political officer of the Turkey-backed Fastaqim group in Aleppo on Saturday.


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