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Focus of recount effort shifts to Michigan, Pennsylvania

The late-night action was the result of an emergency request made by Lawyers for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Counsel for Stein released a statement , defending the recount efforts - particularly in Pennsylvania. She has suggested, with no evidence, that votes cast were susceptible to computer hacking. The Pennsylvania Department of State declined comment on Stein's lawsuit, as did an attorney for the Pennsylvania Republican Party.

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Outgoing PM John Key denies wife gave him ultimatum to resign

Mr Key said steering the country of 4.7 million through the economic crisis of 2008 and on to relative economic success was a proud accomplishment. Mr Key said it had been a privilege to serve his local constituency, and said he would stay in parliament long enough to avoid a by-election.

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Michigan Electoral College voter: 'I'm still voting for Donald Trump'

Holmes, like many electors across the country, says he's received countless letters, emails and phone calls pleading to him to take the popular vote into account. Brezenoff's petition comes in addition to a three-state recount effort launched by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and MI.

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Italy rocked by referendum; Stocks volatile; Oil gushes up

The euro dropped to its lowest point since March 2015 following the announcement that Italy's Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, would be resigning. It is the latest sign of the increasing influence of populism in global politics, following the success of the Brexit campaign in the UK, Donald Trump's victory in the United States and the rise of Marine Le Pen's National Front in France.

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Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State And Washington Will Play In College Football's Playoffs

And when you're playing what could be Nick Saban's best Alabama team ever, you really don't need things to get harder. And that alone proves the need to expand the tournament to six or even eight teams. They played one of the nation's toughest schedules. 8 Colorado in the Pac-12 championship game. What would the ire of the eyes of Texas bring upon the playoff committee? Florida State is the Gators' other opponent - besides Alabama, LSU, and Tennessee - to end the season in the rankings.

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Clinton's leads Trump in popular vote by 2.5 million

Saturday's court filing to withdraw the case said the Green Party-backed voters who filed it "are regular citizens of ordinary means" and can not afford the $1 million bond ordered by the court by 5 p.m. Abolishing the Electoral College is the same wrong-headed thinking that says the Constitution should be abolished because it too is outdated? How they are selected and their responsibilities vary in each state .

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Russian field hospital hit in Syria's Aleppo, nurse killed

An unnamed source within the Syrian military said that they expected to take the city very soon. Following lengthy negotiations with a highly resistant Russian Federation, the UN Security Council will Monday vote on a text - drawn up by Egypt, New Zealand and Spain - calling for a truce of at least seven days in Aleppo and humanitarian access to residents trapped in the fighting.

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Smith hits record-breaking 164, puts it down to 'luck'

Captain Steve Smith absolutely smashed it with a smooth 164, setting a new record for the highest one day worldwide score at the Sydney Cricket Ground. "We probably didn't bowl as well as we could have in the middle stages and towards the end, and we know that". "We will look to get better throughout the series and hopefully that gives us the best chance to get the result", he added.

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Trump Defense pick has close ties to major Pentagon contractor General Dynamics

Congress nearly immediately waived the rule, allowing President Truman to name the revered Army General George Marshall to serve as defense secretary in 1950. "Civilian control of the military is not something to be casually cast aside", Adam Smith of Washington , the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said Friday in a statement.

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MI elections chief testifies on recount

But De La Fuente requested and paid about $14,000 last week for the recount , which he called a counterbalance to the review sought by Stein in Wisconsin. The Stein camp on Saturday suddenly withdrew its statewide challenge to Pennsylvania's presidential vote , citing a $1 million bond required by the court to proceed.

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Chip Kelly coached 49ers following death of his father

Kelly was obviously back in time for the game Sunday. That statement: We are the worst team in the NFC. Kelly tried it early with Gabbert and tried for longer in the middle with a healthy Kaepernick. "It was snowing pretty bad so it had nothing to do with (Kaepernick)", Kelly said. What happens to Kelly's (perhaps undeserved) reputation as one of the most innovative coaches in football history if he keeps trying to turn around a franchise that is weighed down from the top? The Niners ...

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Notley ready to defend pipelines to BC NDP critics

The pipeline runs across Sumas Prairie, over Sumas Mountain, below Ledgeview Golf Course and the Sandy Hill neighbourhood and across Matsqui Prairie. Meanwhile, NDP leader John Horgan confirmed his party is firmly opposed to Kinder Morgan , after in September briefly leaving the door open to being persuaded of its merits.

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Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield to return for senior year

However, the field goal represented a missed opportunity, as the Cowboys were stopped on the goal line, turning what should have been 7 points into 3. "I don't know what it is, but we get fired up after stuff like that and that just brought the demons out of us". Alabama showed off all its weapons in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

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In Syria Regime shelling kills 21 civilians in east Aleppo - monitor

Jawad al-Rifai, who took the pictures for the Aleppo Media Centre, said they were civilians, mostly women and children, fleeing shelling and air strikes on other parts of the city. Hisham al-Skeif, a member of a council of rebels and civilians in eastern Aleppo, said by telephone that warplanes had hovered closely over the area, steadily dropping barrel bombs, as a delegation of civic activists explored the idea of using so-called safe routes to leave the city, though many were not confident ...

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Autumn Statement 2016: OBR downgrades United Kingdom growth forecasts

Prior to that, Hammond had ditched George Osborne's commitment to return government finances to a surplus by 2020, indicating the government will publish a draft charter for budget responsibility with three fiscal rules. During Hammond's opening remarks, he once again delivered the assertion that Britain is the "fastest growing major economy", in the world, but warned that the decision to leave the European Union makes it more important than ever to address the weaknesses present in the ...

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Fillon the Conservative Pick for French Presidential Election

Current opinion polls suggest that far-right leader Marine Le Pen would win the first-round of voting in the presidential election in April but would lose a run-off to her opponent in May. Schaeuble added "to be clear, I hope that Ms. Le Pen never becomes president of France". Now the spotlight falls on the Socialist party, and whether the deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande will stand again in his party's primaries in January.

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$22.2B in funds needed in 2017

In Afghanistan, where government forces are struggling to contain a Taliban insurgency, 1.8 million people, mostly children, will require treatment for acute malnutrition next year, according to the appeal. The OCHA said it needed the funds to launch worldwide humanitarian relief operations for more than 128 million people affected by conflict, displacement, and natural disasters.

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Jayalalitha's Niece Deepa Jayakumar Denied Entry at Apollo

Another assessment will be made made after the chief minister has been on the ECMO for 48 hours and if there is improvement, a nuerological assessment will follow. Security was stepped up across the sprawling state where Jayalalithaa enjoys widespread support. " Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's health continues to improve and is responding adequately to the comprehensive treatment being given to her ".

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How can I watch the Supreme Court Article 50 Brexit appeal?

If you remember, last month, and against expectations, the High Court ruled that only parliament has the authority to trigger Article 50. The Brexit-backing newspaper says that the PM is "already plotting ways of ensuring that Parliament supports triggering Article 50" - even if the Supreme Court case goes against her.

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South Korean President Geun-hye bought 360 Viagra pills on Kenyan visit

Jung Ho-sung, the other former aide who was indicted, was accused of passing on classified presidential documents to Choi, including information on ministerial candidates. "The special investigation team made a claim as if the president has committed a grave crime when it announced the result of its investigation", Jung said.

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Van Der Bellen leads Austrian presidential vote count

On Sunday, after casting his ballot, Van der Bellen said the Austrian election was "of significance for all of Europe ". Austria's election outcome is a blow to populists who had hoped a wave of anti-establishment anger sweeping Western democracies would carry Mr Hofer to power after Britain's Brexit referendum and America's election of Donald Trump as president.

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Crew member explains how he survived Chapecoense plane crash without serious injury

Tuesday that search efforts continued despite heavy rain. The site of the crash was hard to reach because of poor weather conditions. Colombian authorities have confirmed finding the black boxes of the charter flight but are unsure how long it will take to analyse its contents.

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Gunman enters Washington restaurant hit by fake news reports

Edgar Maddison Welch entered Comet Ping Pong Sunday afternoon intending to investigate the "Pizzagate" child sex ring conspiracy , pointed his gun at an employee and apparently fired it into the ground before police arrested him. Matt Carr, owner of the Little Red Fox market and coffee shop, told The Post , "One person said he wanted to line us up in front of a firing squad".

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Malaysian PM Razak criticises Myanmar over Rohingya issue

And I want to say again that the Malaysian government should respect the ASEAN charter". He also told the paper that Najib's actions could stoke religious extremism, and that he was using the issue to score political points among Malaysian citizens.

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Libyans say they have driven IS out of nearly all of Sirte

Although news came out that the neighbourhood of Jizah was fully captured by the Libyan forces, however, the spokesman of the media center of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous, Muhammed Al-Ghasri said earlier this afternoon that victory is at hand and liberation will be shortly announced as the forces are now combing though the last buildings of the terrorists.

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UK Government's Brexit Plans in Hands of Supreme Court

If May wins, she can proceed with her plans to invoke Article 50 by the end of March. The court's initial decision enraged Brexit supporters and some newspapers, who accused judges of not respecting the will of the 52 percent who voted "Leave" in the June referendum.

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Jayalalithaa's condition extremely grave: London doctor

The death has left a huge vacuum in Tamil Nadu politics. We have sent a team of specialists from AIIMS Dr Khilani, Dr Trikha, Dr Narang and Dr Talwar. Rama Mohana Rao enquiring about her health and will also fly down to Chennai to assess the situation. They did not talk to the waiting media persons.

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Partial results in French right-wing primary show Fillon with strong lead

Fillon, a 62-year-old Paris MP, is the the epitome of the traditional provincial right. But aides for Sarkozy, who was president of France in 2007-2012, appeared to be accepting defeat. Polls and analysts also suggest Ms Le Pen's prospects could be higher than if she faces Mr Juppe, who is seen as having a wider voter appeal than Mr Fillon.

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Michigan to move ahead with presidential recount

Judge Mark Goldsmith issued his ruling late Sunday night, rejecting an effort by state officials to wait two business days to get started hand-counting about 4.8 million ballots. Stein, who garnered only about 1 percent of the vote, has said the recount campaign is not targeted at Trump or Clinton. Stein drew less than 1 percent of the votes cast.

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Green Party drops election recount bid in Pennsylvania

The grassroots effort could not afford the $1 million bond that was required by the court, said Larry Otter, the Bucks County attorney who filed the case on behalf of Jill Stein, who ran as the Green Party candidate for President of the United States.

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Thailand welcomes new king

He was named Bhumibol's successor in 1972 and is his only son. "I would like to accept the invitation for the benefit of the Thai people", the new king said in a televised statement. It is a tradition in Thai households, private offices and government agencies to display portraits of the monarch. Information about the succession has been tightly controlled, and global news broadcasts about Thailand have been blocked in recent days.

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Russian military lashes out at United Nations over aid to Aleppo

O'Brien said some 25,000 people, majority women and children, have been displaced from their homes since Saturday and that it is likely thousands more will flee in the coming days. At least 21 civilians were reportedly killed when artillery fire crashed down on the Jub al-Quba neighborhood, which is even more densely populated than usual because of displaced.

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Right-wing populists loses in Austrias presidential election

According to the country's Interior Ministry, Van der Bellen is leading the elections with 60.4 percent of the ballots against the 39.6 percent received by Hofer. "I would have liked to take care of our Austria", Hofer wrote. Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said Van der Bellen "will represent Austria domestically and overseas in an excellent manner" - alluding to fears by establishment politicians in Austria that a victory by Hofer, whose anti-immigrant Freedom Party is critical of the ...

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'Teach British values in schools'

In her foreword to the report , Dame Louise said: "I know that for some, the content of this review will be hard to read, and I have wrestled with what to put in and what to leave out, particularly because I know that putting some communities under the spotlight - particularly communities in which there are high concentrations of Muslims of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage - will add to the pressure that they already feel".

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Barcelona need return to home comforts - Luis Enrique

Sergio Ramos netted an equaliser for Real in the 90th minute. The draw in the bad tempered El-Clasico was good enough for the Spanish league leaders as they stay six points clear at the top with an unbeaten run that now stretches 33 games.


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