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First Polling Stations Open in Austrian Presidential Rerun

Austria's presidency is a mostly ceremonial post. In the first round of the election in April this year, Norbert Hofer received the most votes while Alexander Van der Bellen placed second. German Chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic party, CDU, Angela Merkel, addresses the media in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.

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Pakistan air force chief says not anxious about India at all

Pakistan Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz briefed the heads of missions of the P5, the US, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and France on the "continued alleged unprovoked ceasefire violations" by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary (WB), the Foreign Office here said .

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Mamadou Sakho: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to sell defender

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Daniel Sturridge remains part of his plans and will not be sold in the transfer window. Klopp has received a welcome boost with Firmino and Origi's availability at a time attacking options are limited, but the final selection will hinge on the readiness of vital component, Lallana, who will be afforded maximum opportunity to prove his fitness.

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Dozens feared dead after fire at California warehouse party

He said he saw another person jump from a second floor window. Firefighters withdrew from the building to shore it up when part of the fragile structure and some of the walls began to move. "There wasn't a real entry or exit path", she said. Kelly says firefighters are still extinguishing hotspots from the blaze that sparked around 11:30 p.m.

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Clinton's popular vote lead over Trump passes 2 million mark

Much of that lead was generated by California , where Clinton had 3.7 million more votes than Trump in the last totals reported Tuesday evening. For those who do not understand how the Electoral College works and why this can happen, presidents are elected not by the national popular vote, but by electoral votes allocated to the states - equal to their number of senators and representatives - and the District of Columbia.

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Putin Calls for Cooperation With U.S.

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. As a part of his speech, Mr. Putin expressed his hope that "a chance will appear to smooth relations" with the new American administration. Putin addressed Russia's Federal Assembly at the Kremlin's St George Hall in Moscow in a traditional speech to discuss wide-ranging issues that impact Russian ...

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo by Anadolu)

Russian Federation and Turkey disagree over which elements of the Syrian opposition constitute terrorists, with Moscow — like its Syrian ally — using the term loosely to encompass most armed opposition fighters. Moscow has sided with Syrian President Bashar Assad, providing military support that the Western observers say is killing civilians, not just extremists and the rebels.

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Pentagon identifies northern Va. sailor killed in Syria

The explosion took place in the vicinity of Ayn Issa in northern Syria , officials said. According to The Los Angeles Times there are about 300 USA special forces personnel in the area, which is home to militia members fighting ISIL , while also close to territory controlled by the terror group.

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Trump on the Line: China Blasts 'Petty' Taiwan Call

China lodged a diplomatic protest on Saturday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, but blamed the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own for the "petty" move. Taiwan's presidential office said the two leaders touched on strengthening bilateral interactions and establishing closer co-operation. Evan Medeiros, the former Asia director at the White House national security council, said: 'The Chinese leadership will see this as a ...

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24 killed in Iraq's Mosul in IS attack

The number of civilians killed in last month was 926, while 930 others were injured. On Nov. 30, the United Nations warned that as many as half a million people in Mosul - including nearly half of all the children in the city - had reportedly been cut off from access to clean water after a major water pipeline was damaged in the fighting.

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Kanye West 'living apart' from wife Kim

The rapper spent a week in hospital after suffering from what is believed to have been a psychotic breakdown. The Grammy victor, had abruptly cancelled the rest of his Saint Pablo tour, and was accompanied by his personal trainer; Harley Pasternak to the LA area hospital .

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Bad weather halts Aleppo air strikes but fighting continues

Syrian state news agency SANA on Wednesday said that eight civilians including two children had been killed in rebel rocket fire on the west of the city. They say dozens more were also wounded. A sweeping advance by the Russian-backed Syrian army and allied militias has displaced thousands of people, the United Nations said on Tuesday, leaving residents unsure where to turn to for safety as the frontline fighting rapidly moves and rebels struggle to maintain control of key neighbourhoods.

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Fatal Thunderstrom Asthma Outbreak In Melbourne Claims Sixth Victim

One person is still in a critical condition in hospital and getting specialist care after the storm on Monday last week. The deaths of six people in Australia may be linked to a rare meteorological event that led to a surge in asthma attacks, Australian officials said Monday.

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15 children killed by Daesh snipers in Mosul

The news comes a day after ISIS militants launched an attack using two auto bombs on Kanaos village in the south of Qayyarah, in which two soldiers were killed while 29 others were injured. He said his men also captured Qadissiyah-2, bringing to 23 the number of neighbourhoods retaken by special forces in the eastern sector since the campaign to recapture the city began on October 17.

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Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn Becomes King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun

The new king's coronation will take place at a later date the place said. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was on Friday proclaimed the new Thai King, heralding a new chapter in the country's monarchy after the passing away of his revered father who was the world's longest reigning monarch.

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French President Francois Hollande Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

Hollande's image was also negatively affected by his private life. French President Francois Hollande (left) speaks with Prime Minister Manuel Valls as he leaves a weekly cabinet meeting. 85 percent wanted a Socialist primary, and just 15 percent would vote for him in that case. Hollande, 62, defeated Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012 to become the first Socialist president to win a French election since François Mitterrand's re-election in 1988.

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Moscow seeks clarification on Erdogan's Syria remarks

Rebel factions in Aleppo said they would join forces in an effort to be better militarily organized and to defend territory from pro-government forces' ongoing offensive, which includes a ground operation into the opposition-held area launched nearly a week ago.

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Heart of Asia conference begins with focus on tackling terror in region

The growing arc of terrorist violence endangers our entire region. He has urged world leaders to demonstrate strong collective will to defeat terror network that cause bloodshed and spread fear. "Pakistan has pledged $500 million for Afghanistan's development, this amount can be spent to contain extremism". The sea-land route of Chabahar Port is created to bypass Pakistan and the project is seen as India's effort to counter China's plan to develop Gwadar port in Pakistan.

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Donald Trump taps Betsy DeVos for education secretary

He called her "a brilliant and passionate education advocate" while making the announcement. "The status quo in education is not acceptable", she said in a statement. -She's the daughter of west MI businessman Edgar Prince, whose auto supplies company made lighted visors and many other products before being sold to Johnson Controls in 1996.

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India's support to Afghan is transparent, says Ashraf Ghani

Modi and Ghani will on Sunday jointly inaugurate the ministerial deliberations at the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process conference, which will see participation of over eight foreign ministers and other dignitaries of 14 participating countries, a Ministry of External Affairs official told IANS.

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Russian Federation seeks full withdrawal of Aleppo rebels

After the start of the assault, thousands fled to government controlled areas either within Aleppo or on the outskirts of the city, as well as areas held by the Kurdish YPG, a group that has not been in a great deal of conflict with the Assad regime.

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November U.S. auto sales seen rising about 4 percent by analysts

USA automakers had two additional selling days during the month and have continued to benefit from lower gas prices, falling unemployment and easy credit. Currently, the stock has a 1 Year Price Target of $12.53. Its President and CEO Yoichiro Ueno said, "Consumer sentiment was low and footfalls and enquiries at the dealerships also slowed down during the month".

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Thousands Join Blasphemy Protest in Indonesian Capital

The 50-year-old is a close ally of President Joko Widodo and his re-election bid is backed by the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Golkar, NasDem and Hanura parties. The contest has generated high political tension for weeks, with rumors of plots to undermine Widodo and scupper his chances of winning a second term in 2019.

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Russia says it hopes Aleppo situation can be resolved by year-end - RIA

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said Wednesday more than 50,000 out of an estimated quarter-million inhabitants have been displaced by attacks on rebel-held eastern Aleppo over the past 4 days. Syria's Red Crescent is offering assistance in government-held areas, but does not yet have access to eastern Aleppo. Trump has indicated that he may abandon support for rebels who have received military aid from the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and could ...

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In France, François Fillon wins conservative presidential primary

With the current socialist President Francois Hollande and left wing party's ratings at the lowest, it is well expected that the final showoffs, which are scheduled for April and May will be between Mr. And as promised, I give my support to Francois Fillon. During the campaign , ex-Prime Minister Fillon proposed economic reforms that include slashing 500,000 public jobs, ending the 35-hour week, raising the retirement age and scrapping the wealth tax.

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Turkey respects Russia's will in Karabakh conflict settlement

His words flew in the face of Turkey's earlier claims that it had sent its troops into northern Syria to battle the Islamic State and the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People's Protection Units: It's against all worldwide agreements that Turkey is party to "if Erdogan plans to wage war", on Assad, Bogdanov said.

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Burn the flag? Lose citizenship, go to jail

Also, a 1958 Supreme Court decision declared that stripping USA citizenship as a form of criminal punishment was unlawful. But the Supreme Court has held that flag-burning is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment, and the Constitution forbids the government removal of citizenship for a natural-born American.

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Wide-ranging US Health Bill Expected to Sail Through House Vote

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, this week said his caucus is still working through its concerns. "Additionally, this legislation serves as the vehicle to get bipartisan mental health reform legislation, which was passed by the House earlier this year on a 422-2 vote , to the president's desk".

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South Korea sees largest protests against President

A Blue House official said Choi has been monitoring the protests on TV while holding meetings with her aides. Police said 260,000 people took part in the fifth straight weekend of massive protests against the extremely unpopular president, who prosecutors accuse of assisting criminal activities of a secretive confidante who allegedly manipulated power from the shadows and extorted companies to build an illicit fortune.

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Ohio's John Kasich not attending Trump rally in Cincinnati

I would have liked to see Bernie Sanders winning the election, but when he was out of the race, it was no question who was the better candidate out of Trump and Clinton. "The incentives offered by the state were an important consideration". It became a refrain of his victorious campaign, during which he repeatedly leaned on Carrier not to ship a planned 2,000 jobs to Mexico.

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New UN Ambassador Hailed as Pro

Ms Haley, long considered a rising star of the new, more diverse, more modern branch of the Republican Party, supported Florida Senator Marco Rubio during the primaries. In 2015, Haley asked the State Department not to resettle Syrian refugees in SC, citing "discredited claims about the security of the vetting process", Singh noted.

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Trump's national security pick is a cybersecurity hawk

He insisted that Flynn Intel Group was not lobbying for his company, but the firm is registered as a lobbyist for Inovo BV, as The Intercept reported . "I am deeply humbled and honored to accept the position as national security adviser to serve both our country and our nation's next president, Donald J.

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Trump celebrates election win with first stops on "Thank You Tour"

But the President-elect showed that the heavy burdens of office that are about to settle on his shoulders and the behavioral constraints that normally apply to a head of state are not going to cramp his quintessential political style. "Hey, in the great state of OH we didn't have the upper echelon of politician, did we?" I think it's very presidential. He joked that Clinton's supporters didn't realize she lost the election, and to ask the crowd if they supported his tweet earlier this week ...

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Over 75% of South Korean Citizens Support President's Impeachment

Under the country's constitution, impeachment and constitutional amendment are the only options to cut short Park's single, five-year term as the scandal-plagued leader refused a voluntary resignation citing the breach of the constitution that guarantees a full tenure except treason and insurrection.

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Indian belligerence is a threat to regional peace: Sartaj Aziz

At least nine people were killed and seven others wounded in cross-border fire that hit a Pakistani bus in disputed Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said , the latest deadly skirmish between India and Pakistan. Sardar Masood Khan, the president of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, denounced "India's aggression" and appealed to the global community to take notice of New Delhi's ceasefire violations in Kashmir.


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