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Australia considers charging power generators for pollution

The Paris agreement is the underlying architecture that locks Australia into pursuing emissions reductions, but Bernardi declared "we don't need to be part of an worldwide agreement that actually impedes us from making determinations in our own best interest - particularly an agreement that won't include the world's largest economy".

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Netanyahu accepts Egypt's offer to assist in extinguishing Israel's wildfires: Israeli official

Wildfires are common in Israel but the latest are the worst the country has experienced since 2010, when 42 people were killed. As of this writing, over 200 fires have been reported, thousands have been evacuated from their homes and many people have been hospitalized and treated for injuries.

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Bob Seger performs for Glenn Frey, Eagles at Kennedy Center Honors

Sean Penn, Garth Brooks, Aretha Franklin, Kevin Spacey and Ringo Starr were some of the A-listers who serenaded and hailed the legacy of the award recipients during the star-studded performance hosted for the third consecutive year by late night talk show host Stephen Colbert.

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Kerry hopes to revive Syria talks

A fighter with the Nour al-Din al-Zinki group in Aleppo said government forces had made advances on several fronts, putting al-Shaar under pressure, but it had not yet been besieged. Russia, Assad's most powerful foreign supporter, has conducted a campaign of air strikes against the rebels since September 2015, including in Aleppo .

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Oakland warehouse fire victims texted loved ones goodbye

Fire crews resumed search and recovery operations Tuesday morning. Crews had searched 90 percent of the building known as the "Ghost Ship" for bodies as of Tuesday afternoon and were expecting to complete the rest of the search by midnight.

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Death toll stands at 36 in Oakland warehouse fire

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP ) - As crews searched the Oakland warehouse for more bodies, the founder of the arts collective stood near the gutted building Tuesday morning and said he was "incredibly sorry" and that everything he did was to bring people together.

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Iranian President: Iran Will 'Resist' Any Changes to Nuclear Deal Under Trump

The deal has "effectively cut off all of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and, because of their compliance, they've had some relief from their sanctions". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will work with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on solutions to the Iran nuclear deal which the Israeli leader insists paves Iran's path to nuclear weapons.

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Jill Stein, outside Trump Tower, vows to 'escalate' recount fight

Judge Mark Goldsmith rejected an effort by state officials to delay the hand-counting of about 4.8 million ballots. Calhoun County's recount starts Wednesday morning at the United Methodist Church in Marshall.Stein filed suit against election officials on Friday to hasten the process.

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Why is Trump's Secretary of Defense Pick James Mattis Nicknamed 'Mad Dog'?

Even then, the legislation authorizing Marshall's appointment as secretary of defense stipulates: "It is hereby expressed as the sense of the Congress that after General Marshall leaves the office of Secretary of Defense, no additional appointments of military men to that office shall be approved".

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Malaysian PM assails Suu Kyi over plight of Rohingyas

Organised by Islamic non-governmental organisations and led by the Islamic Da'wah Foundation Malaysia, the rally came a day after Mr Najib slammed Myanmar's treatment of the Rohingya when closing Umno's annual congress. Those interviewed by AFP inside Bangladesh told horrifying stories of gang-rape, torture and murder at the hands of Myanmar's security forces. Journalists have been barred from northern Rakhine State, making human rights groups' allegations of abuses against the Rohingya and ...

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Jayne: A faithless electors' revolt would be tough to stomach

Lawyers from the state Republican Party and Trump's campaign are exploring their legal options, Sweeney said . If states don't enact new laws to ensure that only USA citizens vote, Farah wrote , the electoral votes from those states "should not count because they are unconstitutional".

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Gallup: Support for Electoral College Booms, Despite Democrats' Efforts

But at least six Democratic electors are trying to deny Trump from winning an Electoral College majority in an attempt to block Trump and undermine the Electoral College's legitimacy. WASHINGTON , D.C. - Americans' support for keeping the Electoral College system for electing presidents has increased sharply. In every democracy of the world that would ensure that she became president.

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Jayalalithaa Buried With Full State Honours, President Mukherjee, PM Modi Pay Homage

Tamil Nadu has declared a week-long mourning, during which schools and colleges will be shut for three days. Jayalalithaa , who had suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, was admitted to the hospital on September 22 following complaints of fever and dehydration.

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Rouhani says Iran won't let Trump rip up nuclear deal

Do you suppose we will allow this? "There is no doubt that the United States is our enemy", Rouhani was quoted as saying by Reuters . The united Congressional front against the current Iranian policy was illustrated, Breitbart said , by the remarks of Senator Richard Blumenthal, a loyal Democrat.

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Jayalalithaa buried as Marina turns into sea of mourners

Tamil Nadu is a state that is known for socially deviant politics between the political leaders, the warm and steady emotion around Jayalalithaa's health shows the popularity and affection towards her turn her from film actress to political leader of Tamil Nadu state.

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Texas deputy killed when car falls into sinkhole

Rushing water from a burst sewer main rushed into the hole, filling the auto and submerging the vehicle. The sheriff's office said 69-year-old Deputy Dora Linda Nishihara was a courthouse bailiff and had been with the department since 2009.

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Judge: Prosecutors can use Bill Cosby's deposition at trial

When asked about the incident, Cosby said: "I don't hear her say anything ". And I don't feel her say anything. And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection. Cosby instead settled Constand's lawsuit, for an undisclosed amount, after finishing four days of testimony about his extramarital affairs, his friendship with Constand and other topics.

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Top lawyers clash over whether ministers can start Brexit with royal prerogative

In the High Court case, claimants led by Gina Miller , the co-founder of an investment fund, successfully argued that revoking the existing rights that British citizens enjoy under the 1972 European Communities Act requires a further act of parliament.

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Cars line up to see wildfire-ravaged Gatlinburg; 13 dead

Gatlinburg Fire Department Chief Greg Miller said at a press conference Thursday the fire had moved very quickly, overwhelming the resources of his department and national park fire authorities, who did not know that winds would gust as violently as they did.

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Korea's nuclear, missile programs of funds

The new restrictions, which were applied after months of negotiations with China, target North Korea's coal exports - its top external revenue source. In addition, clothing manufactured in North Korea and eleven more North Korean minerals - including coal, steel and gold - will be banned from coming into South Korea via a third country.

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Trump's tariff plan could face resistance in GOP-led Congress

Trump, who summed his series of tweets on the issue, with "THE UNITED STATES IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS" said it can not be business as usual and warned the companies before taking "a very expensive step". They persist to this day as part of US trade policy, on products as diverse as running shoes and horseshoes. At another time, talk of a steep, punitive tariff would have provoked outrage from USA corporations.

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Colombia, FARC to sign peace in sober ceremony amid opposition

He received a boost in his efforts by being awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize . He held back a cough he said was product of the Andean capital's cold, damp weather - a far cry from the sweltering jungles where he's spent most of his adult life.

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DAP: Rohingya protest worthless if no refugees status here

More than 10,000 people had fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, United Nations officials said last week. A 22-year-old Rohingya woman who took the boat from Myanmar along with five of her relatives said that after the boat capsized close to the Myanmar side of the border, she was desperate to cross over to Bangladesh and so she swam toward the Bangladeshi side of the border and landed on a deserted island.

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Indian State Names Successor as Thousands Mourn Charismatic Leader

AIADMK supporters and party men pay their last respects to late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha in Rajaji Hall before her funeral, Chennai . Jayalalithaa had been the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for four times. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: "Popular, strong, bold, efficient, people- friendly, charismatic leader, Amma . She will be always remembered as peoples amma whom except death nothing could dissuade from serving the weaker and poor (Sic)".

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Japan PM to meet US Trump around Jan. 27

As someone who is skeptical of the Trump presidency, knowing that a woman like Ivanka is in my corner somehow makes me feel a whole lot better. "It was a honest search for areas of common ground", Gore told reporters at Trump Tower. The fact that Trump met Gore was welcomed by his critics, such as Tony Schwartz, who co-authored Trump's "The art of the deal" and has been an unrelenting critic since.

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Syrian government forces, rebels fight in southeast Aleppo

Losing eastern Aleppo would cost the opposition its most significant urban presence. The president of the Aleppo district councils has issued a "cry of suffering" on behalf of civilians after a Paris meeting with France's foreign minister, who assessed the suffering in Syria as "probably one of the most violent tragedies since World War II".

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To move into White House, Trump may have to dump DC hotel

In a piece published Monday, two federal procurement experts called the issue presented by the lease a "casebook example of both the appearance of a significant conflict of interest and an intolerable intermingling of an elected official's governmental duties and his family's personal financial interests".

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Trump to nominate Gen Mattis for defence secretary

He retired in 2013 from the Marines. He wrote in a note Friday that the service's priorities include everything from amphibious ships and the CH-53K heavy-lift helicopters manufactured by Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky unit to the V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft from Bell Boeing (a 50-50 joint venture of Textron and Boeing) and Lockheed's F-35B/C strike-fighters.

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Suu Kyi must stop Rohingya 'genocide': Mayalsia PM

Mr Annan and his team had also met with the top Myanmar leaders such as State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and military chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. Human rights groups accuse the army of abuses including rape, the killing of hundreds of civilians and the burning of villages. The Myanmar government on December 2 announced that it was launching a commission to investigate the situation, following a report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that said there was increasing ...

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French prime minister Manuel Valls resigns and declares presidential candidacy

Valls' entry into the race had been expected after Hollande announced last week he would not seek a second term, bowing to pressure to step aside, including from his prime minister. Mr Valls has promised to "defend the legacy" of the unpopular Mr Hollande, who, critics say, he pushed into throwing in the towel, Brutus-style, only days ago.

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Trump adds to lead in Wisconsin amid recount

Ballots are unloaded during a statewide presidential election recount in Waterford Township, Mich., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. More from Sue Stephon Merritt who is an ordinary citizen involved in the MI recount. Trump won the state by about 10,700 votes, or two-tenths of a percentage point, over Clinton. But they argue in a federal lawsuit, filed Monday in Philadelphia, that the state can't prove that every vote was counted.

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UN Security Council to Vote on Aleppo Cease-fire Plan

The inability of the U.N. Security Council to resolve the fighting in Syria and bring desperately-needed aid to children and families who are trapped in the fighting is a reflection of the Washington-Moscow divide and has undermined the credibility of the United Nations to resolve one of the world's most enduring conflicts, CBS News' Pamela Falk reports.

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Al Gore meets with Donald Trump, Ivanka

The news came from an unnamed source who said the businesswoman hopes to champion an entire roster of liberal issues, though little was said about how, exactly, Ivanka plans to make global warming a less icy issue for the Trump Administration.

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FM Yun urges China's key role in implementing new United Nations sanctions

Kim's remarks came during a military border exercise this week as the United Nations Security Council adopted sanctions targeting Pyongyang's coal exports. Samantha Power, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said the resolution would strip the regime of more than $700m in hard currency, dramatically reducing the money it can spend on nuclear and ballistic weapons.

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Stein requests presidential recount in MI

Stein has said she has no evidence of fraud going into a recount of ballots in Wisconsin , Pennsylvania and MI but wants to ensure the integrity of the election. The first candidate-driven statewide recount of a presidential election in 16 years is set to begin in Wisconsin. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested the recount.


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