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Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after a decade

The US State Department confirmed that they shut down a fake embassy operating in Accra, Ghana as a front for fake travel documents and other illegal goods. USA visas are highly sought after in Africa, and officials aren't sure how many people have illegally traveled to the us using documents from the fake embassy.

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Thai crown prince accepts invitation to become new king

THE newly named king of Thailand on Friday performed his first official duty, attending a solemn religious ceremony to honour his father and predecessor who died seven weeks ago. In recent years he has tried to improve his profile - important because the king is traditionally seen as a guiding force in Thai politics, which is highly polarised.

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Fidel Castro laid to rest in private funeral

Sipping espresso at the Versailles restaurant, 76-year-old Armando Garcia says Castro's death represents "a light at end of the tunnel". The older generations of Cuban exiles have generally backed a hard line toward US relations with the island, including an embargo and strict limits on engagement, but that view has softened among the younger generation.

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USA crude futures extend gains on production cut deal

U.S. West Texas Intermediate ( WTI ) crude futures were at USD51.10 per barrel by 0037 GMT, up 5 cents from their last settlement. The other force that could limit oil's rise is the wall of American shale oil just waiting to be pumped now that prices are higher.

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Sartaj Aziz arrives in Amritsar for Heart of Asia conference

Amritsar: Finalising a counter-terror framework, ways to bring lasting peace to Afghanistan and boosting regional connectivity for the war-ravaged country's economic growth were some of the major focus areas during first day's deliberations at the Heart of Asia conference on Saturday, being attended by major regional and global powers.

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Afghan President names Pakistan as terror 'sanctuary'

Amritsar : Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets the President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, at Heart of Asia , in Amritsar , Punjab on December 04, 2016. Mr. Aziz arrived here last night amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan over a series of cross-border terror attacks on India by Pakistan-based terror outfits and India's surgical strike across the LoC two months back.

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PM Najib leads Malaysian protest against 'genocide' of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

She reportedly appealed for the world to understand Myanmar's ethnic complexities, adding that the military operation was only launched after attacks on the country's security forces last October, which the Myanmar government has blamed on Muslims.

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Kellyanne Conway Schools Clinton Campaign at Harvard

Another key to Trump's win, Conway said , was Clinton herself. "You did, Kellyanne. You did", Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri shot back. "You're bitter.". She placed the blame on major news stations for stories she alleged portrayed Trump in an "extremely negative light". "I think it definitely could have alienated some voters and that's why she got out there right away", Mook added.

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Duterte: Trump understands PH's anti-drug war

Ms. Banaag noted, "she does not have yet any information on what the talking points would be". Known as Asia's Donald Trump, Duterte reportedly invited Trump to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit next year, which will take place in the Philippines.

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Act against supporters of terror: PM Modi

Representatives from almost 40 countries and leading groupings like the European Union are in the Indian holy city of Amritsar in Punjab to attend the Heart of Asia - Istanbul process, aimed at exploring ways to effectively deal with the threat of terrorism in the region.

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Italians cast ballots in historic constitutional referendum vote

It is not yet clear what might happen if Renzi does step down, but the next steps would be determined by Italy's relatively new president, Sergio Mattarella, who could cobble together a new government and install a new prime minister, such as Pier Carlo Padoan, who now serves as finance minister.

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Temple cruises past Navy 34-10 to capture AAC championship

Temple also set a record for points in a season with 427, breaking last season's record of 417. After Saturday's win against Navy in the American Athletic Conference championship game, the Owls moved to No. The Owls lost to Houston 24-13 in last year's title game. If Navy defeats Temple today in the AAC Conference Championship game, that means they are still in the running for the Group of 5 representative slot in the New Years Six bowls.

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The Man & Mastermind Behind McDonald's Big Mac Dies At Age 98

Ann Dugan, a former assistant dean of the University of Pittsburgh's Katz School of Business and an expert on business franchises, said Jim Delligatti's genius was simple: He listened to customers who wanted a bigger burger. "All I did was screw it in the socket.' Even so, his initiative helped launch McDonald's on a long-running diversification of a menu once limited to little more than basic hamburgers, fries, shakes and soft drinks".

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Justin Trudeau hoists World AIDS Day flag on Parliament Hill

Today, the whole world remembers all those presently living with #HIV/AIDS and even those that have lost their lives to this virus. He had been fighting for over 30 years, but then Wotten's world came crashing down. HIV treatment has slowed disease progression to the point that, for many, HIV infection can now be regarded as a chronic, manageable condition. The AIDS Institute cautioned the incoming Administration against undermining healthcare for millions of Americans as they ...

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USA TODAY Sports college football staff picks for Week 14

A two-time national champion at Florida, he won another title with Ohio State after the 2014 season and the Buckeyes have won at least 11 games every season, including a flawless 12-0 record in 2012. Two years ago Ohio State crashed the top four with a record-breaking rout of Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship, bumping TCU out of the playoff position it had held going into the final rankings.

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Remaining 27 European Union states will be united in Brexit negotiations, says Merkel

Elsewhere, the UK Government continued to brush aside suggestions that Britain would be unable to remain in the European single market post Brexit following a memorandum carried by a senior Conservative Party aide suggested it was "unlikely".

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Hollande announces he would not run for president

In May 2012, Hollande was elected the first Socialist president in 17 years with almost 52 percent of votes over the conservative Nicolas Sarkozy. The Socialist party has been deeply divided over Hollande's policies, with rebels within the party openly criticizing his pro-business strategy and calling for more left-leaning policies.

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Donald Trump slams SNL for sketch about his tweets

No, the Trump character said: "I do it because my brain is better!" But Baldwin wasn't going to let Trump get the last word and he wrote back a series of tweets directed at the president-elect. In typical Donald fashion, the President-elect has now somewhat predictably and wholly ironically responded to SNL's sketch about his obsessive tweeting habit by - you guessed it - tweeting.

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Kofi Annan begins visit to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, DPM Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang wave to the crowd at the "Solidarity for Rohingya" at the Titiwangsa Stadium, December 4, 2016. Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked Annan to help find ways to resolve the ethnic and religious tensions between the Rohingya and the country's Buddhist majority.

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Philippines President Claims Trump Wished Him 'Success' in Drug Crackdown

Duterte threw insults and profanities at outgoing US President Barack Obama, the US State Department, the European Union, the United Nations and human rights groups for criticizing his war on drugs linked to the summary killings of more than 4,000 drug suspects.

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24 dead in Oakland fire, more expected

The fire raced through the structure quickly and got out of control at one point, forcing firefighters to pull back. Fire officials say between 50 and 100 people were having a party inside the building when it caught fire late Friday night.

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Don't defame Army, says Bengal Governor; Mamata hits back

Though the Opposition cried foul over the move, the government, which termed it as a "routine exercise", slammed it for trying to politicise the Army, saying it reflected "political frustration". "We have informed him in detail about how the army was deployed at 18 places in West Bengal without the permission of the state government", said State Education and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee after meeting the governor.

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Russian Federation rejects Western criticism of Baltic missile build-up

Moscow has strongly responded to NATO's recent military build-up and expansion into Baltic states by deciding to take "countermeasures", which involves deploying some of the most advanced weaponry, the S-400 missile system and nuclear-capable Iskander systems in Kaliningrad, Russian enclave that lies between Lituania and Poland.

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Malaysia: End crackdown on Bersih activists

She was being held under the country's strict Security Offences Act. "These arrests are the latest in a series of crude and heavy-handed attempts to intimidate Malaysian civil society activists and other human rights defenders". Bersih official Wong Chin Huat says the security sweep and Chin's detention without trial was aimed at silencing dissent and was a "sign of panic" by the government.

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San Bernardino attack victims remembered one year later

One year ago Friday, the people of San Bernardino endured the horror of a terrorist attack whose reverberations touched all of America. Five of the 14 people killed by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, on December 2, 2015, were graduates of the university: Robert Adams (public health education, 2011); Juan Espinoza (biology, 2002); Shannon Johnson (environmental health science, 2004); Yvette Velasco (environmental health science, 2013); and Michael Wetzel (biology, 2001).

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Fidel Castro's ashes interred in eastern Cuba

Cuban exile Armando Garcia was at the Versailles restaurant in Miami's Little Havana on Sunday when Fidel Castro was being interred in the island's eastern city of Santiago. Santa Ifigenia also houses the remains of historic figures whose families fled after the revolution and are seldom mentioned by officials, like Emilio Bacardi Moreau, who managed his family's rum dynasty and died in 1922.

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Philippines' Ferdinand Marcos given a hero's burial

Police Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde said authorities earlier finalized the burial plans with the Marcos family Thursday, adding the former president's remains were flown by helicopter from his northern Ilocos Norte hometown for burial in the military-run cemetery in Manila .

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Canadian couple in their 70s among the dead in Tennessee wildfire

The death toll has climbed to 11 people in the fire that tore through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and this resort town earlier in the week, with the search still on for others, authorities said Thursday. Jared Summers was released from the hospital, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center plastic surgeon Dr. Blair Summitt said he anticipates the other two young men should be able to leave in about a week.

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Japan's FM meets Putin in St. Petersburg before Tokyo visit

The more hostile Obama administration had urged Abe to think twice about inviting Putin to Japan, citing the need to preserve unity among the Group of Seven countries in imposing sanctions on Russian Federation in retaliation for its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014.

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Bitterness Overwhelms As Trump And Clinton Campaign Staffers Face Off At Harvard

Conway hit back, saying: "I think the biggest piece of fake news in the election was that Donald Trump couldn't win". WaPo notes that Conway then began to criticize Clinton for failing to connect with working-class white voters, which is a fair point.

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Obama makes case for democracy, urges patience with Trump

USA president Barack Obama has sought to tie up his foreign policy agenda at an global summit in Peru - but found world leaders more focused on his successor at the White House. The president's answers weaved between principles that can apply to any nation and examples of the United States experience. Mr Obama's message to young leaders at a town hall-style meeting in Lima was sanguine: "Don't assume the worst".

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Buzz Aldrin evacuated from South Pole

He was evacuated on the first available flight to McMurdo Station, a US research base, under the care of a US Antarctic Program doctor. Aldrin was reported to be in stable condition and described as being in "good spirits ". The former astronaut's manager, Christina Korp, posted a photo of him on Twitter and wrote, "After a grueling 24 hours we're safe in New Zealand ".

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Kellyanne Conway took fight with Clinton aides personally

She doesn't connect with people. "I am more proud of Hillary Clinton's alt-right speech than any other moment on the campaign, because she had the courage to stand up", said Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri . "No, you wouldn't. Respectfully", she responded indignantly. This year, in the wake of a brutal campaign with a surprise outcome, it was clear that the wounds have not yet begun to heal.

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Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei warns US on sanctions

The Republicans also informed the Obama administration that legislation to extend the Iran Sanctions Act for another 10 years would soon be sent to him. Republicans in Congress are considering options in dealing with Iran . In order to ease financial boundaries, Iranian officials are now in Brussels, negotiating with representatives of the European Union.

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Duterte: Donald Trump praised Philippines drug crackdown

Mr Duterte has lashed out at President Barack Obama, the State Department, EU and United Nations officials and human rights groups for raising concerns over the crackdown, which has left more than 4,000 suspected drug dealers and user dead, including many who are feared to have been gunned down in gangland-style killings.


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