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IS attack breaches militiamen's defenses in northern Iraq

The number of members of the Iraqi forces killed released by the United Nations for October was 672. Some fronts are holding their position while other fronts catch up, to allow the almost 100,000 troops to converge more or less simultaneously on the city, military officials told CNN.

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California Union Reaches Deal With State Government

The announcement on Friday afternoon by SEIU Local 1000 averted what was shaping up to be a test of wills between state officials - who warned that its members are subject to a no-strike clause - and the politically powerful union. "After weeks of preparing for a strike, we have been in conversations with the state and we both feel we have found a pathway forward". As a centerpiece of his negotiations with state workers, Brown has sought to require that workers contribute a portion of their ...

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Russia bets on Trump as gateway to eased sanctions

Petersburg and Moscow for talks with Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday and Saturday in a last-ditch effort to win the Kremlin's support for making progress on the issue. The Kremlin said last month that the two men agreed, in their first phone call after Trump's election win in November, on the need to "normalise" Russia-US relations.

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Minorities say Trump's staff picks will bring 'injustice to America'

In tapping Sessions and Flynn, Trump is also rewarding loyalty from two of his most ardent supporters during the presidential campaign. Trump started filling key administration positions on Friday, picking Alabama Sen. "Because it can hide itself and protect itself behind what we call freedom of religion". But his warmth toward Russia has anxious national security experts, particularly after he traveled to Moscow to join Russian President Vladimir Putin at a celebration for RT, a ...

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Heartfelt message from homeowner after Tacoma police officer's shooting death

Albuquerque Public Schools confirms there was a 1989 graduate of Albuquerque High School named Reginald Jake Gutierrez. Law enforcement officers stand by command vehicles on East 52nd Street in Tacoma, Wash ., in the early hours of Thursday, Dec.

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India, Afghanistan plan air cargo link over Pakistan

Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz along with foreign ministers of four countries on Sunday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India has repeatedly objected to the strikes of terrorists based in Pakistan on Indian soil, referring to them as Pak-proxies, while Pakistan denies these claims.

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Canadians dead in Tennessee wildfire

Joined by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Sens. Senator Bob Corker and Senator Lamar Alexander are expected to arrive in Gatlinburg and will be present for Thursday's press conference update . Carnes said he and several others sheltered in their vehicles along Campbell Lead Road until about 7:30 a.m. ET Tuesday when emergency crews cleared the downed trees.

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Jill Stein's party to continue to seek recount in Pennsylvania, Michigan

The campaign of Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein announced late Saturday night that it will escalate the fight for a statewide vote recount in Pennsylvania. Rocky De La Fuente, a businessman who appeared on the Nevada presidential ballot last month and finished last behind even None of These Candidates, filed paperwork with the secretary of state's office last Tuesday to force a recount of some precincts in five counties - Carson City, Mineral, Nye, Douglas and Clark.

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Ron DeSantis applauds James "Mad Dog" Mattis Secretary of Defense pick

A Pentagon history says Marshall's appointment was quickly approved, but questions were raised by some senators about a military leader holding a job intended for a civilian. "We will need the secretary of defense to continue to uphold the laws, alliances and norms that protect our nation and enshrine our values as Americans".

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North Korea rejects United Nations sanctions, briefs envoys in Pyongyang

It calls on United Nations states to reduce the number of staff at North Korea's foreign missions and requires countries to limit the number of bank accounts to one per North Korean diplomatic mission amid concerns that Pyongyang had used its diplomats and foreign missions to engage in illicit activities.

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Putin wants to get on with U.S. president-elect

Donald Trump has admitted the presidency is "a bigger job than I thought", a leading Republican has revealed. "It is important to normalize (ties) and begin to develop a bilateral relationship", Mr. Mr Putin added that Moscow hopes to pool efforts with Washington in confronting worldwide terrorism. During the election campaign , Mr. Trump offered words of praise for the Russian leader.

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The Mall of America has its first-ever black Santa

Santa Experience co-owner Landon Luther said they "want Santa to be for everyone, period". The Santa school graduate was found at a Santa convention in Branson, Missouri during a nationwide search. "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white", she said. However, he did say being involved is great for young black children, because it: 'gives the kids an opportunity to see a Santa who looks like them, it gives them something to identify with'.

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Trump to hold more meetings with state secretary contenders

President-elect Donald Trump reportedly planned to dine with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney amid an apparent split in his inner circle over who should be secretary of state. General Petraeus has also been mentioned as a possible new secretary of defence. The former governor and 2012 Republican nominee criticized Trump during the campaign as a "fraud" and "con man", and refused to publicly endorse him.

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Here's How Much Indiana Is Paying to Keep 1000 Carrier Jobs

For the first time since being elected USA president, Donald Trump has threatened to impose big tariffs on American firms shifting jobs offshore. Carrier is receiving $ 7 million in tax incentives from the state of in - where Vice President-elect Mike Pence is governor - to keep the 1,100 jobs in America and to keep the factory open.

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EU Parliament recommends halt to Turkey membership talks over Erdogan crackdown

The European Parliament on Thursday voted to freeze membership talks with Turkey over its " disproportionate " post-coup crackdown, further escalating tensions with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan vowed to root out perceived enemies of the state and led an intense crackdown on government critics and the PKK, as well as those with alleged ties to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey blames for the coup attempt.

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Outrage over Holocaust-themed ice skating routine

Tatiana Navka , whose husband is Putin's spokesman, and actor Andrey Burkovskiy wore gold Stars of David and striped uniforms resembling the clothing Jewish prisoners wore in concentration camps. Her post drew hundreds of comments; one user, "inviatotravel, ' branded the performance as "vile, tasteless and ignorant". According to RT, the performance was welcomed by many members of the Russian Jewish community.

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Trump team takes issue with Pakistani version of phone talk

Islamabad/Washington: Donald Trump lavished praise on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and offered to play "any role" in helping Pakistan address its problems, a Pakistani statement said, even as the US President-elect's transition team just described their discussion as "productive".

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The well-reviewed " Moana ", set in ancient Polynesia, earned $55.5 million from Friday to Sunday. Slipping to No. 2 in its second week in theaters was the " Harry Potter " spinoff " Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ", which earned $65.8 million over the five-day weekend.

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Schumer: UN bashes Israel, Haley had better not

Her nomination as the next USA ambassador to the United Nations comes at a time of uncertainty over America's worldwide role under a Trump presidency. Trump called her "very, very weak" on immigration. With many suspecting Trump would fill his administration with loyalists, Haley is a surprising choice for the high-profile position.

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Donald Trump speaks with Taiwan's President

Breaking decades of USA diplomatic practice, he caught the Chinese government off guard by lunging into the most sensitive of its core interests, the " One China " policy agreed to by President Richard M. The volatile leader has also threatened to scale back the presence of U.S. troops in Philippine military camps, established by Mr Duterte's predecessor as a counterbalance to China's military assertiveness.

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Turkey, Russia To Trade With Each Other In Their Own Currencies

We saw such things in 2007 and 2008. The Turkish currency was also reacting to Erdogan´s repeated insistence on lowering interest rates because, he claims, there is "no other remedy". He referred to the United States, Japan and Europe as examples of where rates are low and questioned why Turkey still had such high rates. The lira fell to a record low of 3.55 against the dollar after he spoke.

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Politician, two journalists die in town shooting

The chair of the city council and two journalists have been killed in a shooting in the Finnish town of Imatra, police said, adding that the assailant was immediately arrested. Local health authorities said three people died and that a crisis centre has been opened. "We are working closely with law enforcement and the rescue services", said Saara Raudasoja from the South Karelia Social and Health Care District.

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Still grieving, French man seeks clues to Flight 370 mystery

Investigators have identified six pieces of wreckage which have either definitely or nearly certainly come from the jet, which vanished with 239 people including six Australians, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014. The Voice 370, an MH370 support group, mentioned earlier of a trip to Madagascar during which they planned on searching the country's beaches for wreckage from the missing plane.

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Reality will force Trump to adjust approach, Obama says

U.S. President, Barack Obama has come to the defense of President-Elect, Donald Trump and has urged the World to give Trump time rather than assuming the worst. President-elect Donald Trump made opposition to the pact a centerpiece of his campaign. President Barack Obama says that when he took office, he chose to liquidate assets that might have raised questions about his policy and turn them into Treasury bills - financial instruments that he joked have not had great yields during his eight ...

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Hats off to EA for this incredible Chapecoense tribute on Federation Internationale de Football Association 17

The disaster was the deadliest plane accident in Colombia since December 1995, when an American Airlines Boeing 727 flying from Miami crashed into a mountain in the western town of Buga near Cali, killing 151 passengers and eight crew members.

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Member of Reed family found dead, others still missing

Rev. Philip Morris, the family's pastor, confirmed that Reed and her daughters died. Until today, the family had been praying that they would still be reunited. They will be checking with the animal shelter set up at the Sevier County Fairgrounds where stray animals are being kept in an attempt to find the family's missing dogs and cat.

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Stephen Port sentenced to whole life term for murder of four men

Port was convicted of murdering Anthony Walgate, 23 , from Golders Green, Gabriel Kovari, 22 , From Barking, Daniel Whitworth, 21 , from Gravesend, and Jack Taylor, 25 , from Dagenham, after drugging them "to enable sexual activity". The force said it was re-examining 58 unexplained deaths in London involving the psychoactive drug GHB - which Port gave his victims - over a four-year period to see if any were suspicious.

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Phuket to observe late King's Birthday Anniversary

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is set to be proclaimed Thailand's new king, 50 days after the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Thailand has been in deep mourning for King Bhumipol since he passed away at the age of 88 on October 13.

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Erdogan and Putin discuss situation in Aleppo

Lavrov is scheduled to meet his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on December 1. It's against all worldwide agreements that Turkey is party to "if Erdogan plans to wage war" on Assad, he said. "[It's] very similar to the political rhetoric", Pushkov tweeted on Tuesday. This is while UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura puts the number of people killed in the five-year foreign-sponsored militancy at more than 400,000 people.

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Mosul food, water reserves dwindle as fighting cuts off supplies

The figures for those killed include 926 civilians and 1,959 security forces, including the Iraqi army, Peshmerga, and associated armed groups fighting alongside the army. " On 11 November, ISIL reportedly shot and killed 12 civilians in Bakir neighbourhood in eastern Mosul city for allegedly refusing to allow ISIL to install and launch rockets from the rooftops of their houses ", the spokesperson said.

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Malaysian opposition demands PM Najib Razak's resignation

Police said the protests by both groups were illegal. Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor reiterated on Wednesday that Kuala Lumpur City Hall would not allow Dataran Merdeka to be used as the venue for the Bersih rally on Saturday.

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Utah teen fires a shotgun inside school

Police said the teen entered a classroom with 26 students and fired a shot to the ceiling. Someone had also tried to talk him out of carrying out the act, police said. Police are crediting a teacher and student for talking to the 15-year-old boy buying time for his parents to arrive and disarm him. Ross says the student fired at least one round, but no one was hurt.

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Mosul's Poor Struggling to Get food, ISIS Killing Civilians who Don't Cooperate

An alleged Islamic State group collaborator who was captured by the Iraqi forces sits inside a military humvee, in the Samah front line neighborhood, in Mosul, Iraq , Sunday, Nov. The troops inside Mosul have met stubborn resistance from the extremist militants, who are fighting in small groups and moving quickly throughout the districts in the eastern side of the city.

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Fillon in stunning victory as Right's candidate

Latest opinion surveys showed Fillon would be more likely to face, and win over Le Pen finally in the bid for Elysee by a wide margin, who echoed a mounting populism in the euro zone's second largest economy. Mr Fillon, whose wife Penelope Clarke is British, was the prime minister from 2007 to 2012 under President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was eliminated in the primary's first round a week ago and now is supporting him.

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Abductors Branded California Mom, Kept Faces Covered

Papini's hair might have been cut off to change her appearance and humiliate her, he said. The crucial items were found by Mr Papini on the Mountain Gate trail about 1.5km from the Papini residence in the days after his wife vanished. Redding residents may have spotted them around town - television crews from the Bay Area, Southern California and NY - doing live feeds from in front of the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.


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