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Vladimir Putin says Donald Trump is clever, will understand new responsibilities

Russian leader Vladimir Putin believes President-elect Donald Trump has the brains to quickly wrangle his Commander-in-Chief duties, citing his business dealings under the Trump Organization as evidence. Putin "was seriously impacted by the sanctions because it targeted his closest friends and now they think Trump is going to change that". Officials in the Obama administration accused Russian Federation of hacking Democratic party servers as a ploy to interfere with the election, which ...

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Gambia: Yahya Jammeh concedes loss to Adama Barrow

The head of the electoral commission in Banjul , Alieu Momarr Njai, said that a few people imagined a defeat like that. It was " very unique " that Jammeh would accept defeat after controlling the Gambia for so long, Njai said. Human Rights Watch in a November 2 report detailed President Jammeh's crackdown on the political opposition , domination of state media, and the use of state resources for campaigning.

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Samsung triumphs over Apple in US Supreme Court patent row

Samsung's $400m damages pay-out to Apple for copying the iPhone design has been overturned, with the US Supreme Court sending the ruling back for reassessment. Samsung trial in 2012 captivated Silicon Valley and the tech industry because it exposed the inner workings of two notoriously secretive companies. Apple just got its profits sliced by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

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Oil Pipeline-Protest-Quotes story

The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota told Reuters on Monday that he would like people who are not Sioux to leave the protest area near the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline. When a lengthy, needed and almost complete oil pipeline project suddenly got controversial due to late-coming national publicity and media-savvy activists, the U.S.

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No. 1 Kentucky hosts UCLA in unbeaten battle

UCLA, meanwhile, at 9-0, beat United Kingdom for a second straight year when the Wildcats were ranked No. 1. For the second consecutive season, the Wildcats (7-1) suffered their first defeat of the year at the hands of UCLA, this time by a 97-92 score.

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Trump's Taiwan call 'could undermine relations'

Since 1979 , the government in Taiwan shifted diplomatic recognition of China to the communist government on the mainland. Stephen Yates , a national security official under President George W. Speaking to Sky News, former USA assistant secretary of state for public affairs James Rubin said Mr Trump "may have overplayed his hand". In a packed press briefing Monday, China's foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang suggested that Beijing had made its unhappiness directly known to ...

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United Nations Security Council imposes stronger sanctions on North Korea

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations , said the resolution would strip North Korea of more than $700 million in hard currency, dramatically reducing the money it can spend on nuclear and ballistic weapons. The U.S. and South Korea joined with China, Russia, Japan and North Korea in six-party talks aimed at curbing the North Korean nuclear weapons program in exchange for aid, but those negotiations broke down in 2009.

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Snowstorm forces Dakota Access pipeline protesters to leave camps

That alternate route would have bypassed the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty area - a large tract of land where the US government ensured hunting and fishing rights for Sioux Indian tribes in exchange for moving them to reservations in the late 19th century, when white settlers were moving into the Dakotas.

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Cancel $4-billion Air Force One order, says US President-elect Donald Trump

The move could remove some, but not all, potential conflicts of interest as the billionaire businessman takes office as president. A March 2016 report from the Government Accountability Office estimated the overall cost of the replacement program at $3.21 billion, including the purchase of two planes.

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South Korea imposes unilateral sanctions on North Korea

Government ministries, including foreign, unification and finance ministries, announced the country's unilateral sanctions after UN Security Council adopted tougher-than-ever resolution against the DPRK on Wednesday. That brings us to the final, sad irony in these years spent trying to "tighten the noose" around Kim Jong Un's neck and build a wall around the North Korean economy.

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Angela Merkel Proposes Burqa Ban Wherever 'Legally Possible'

She told the annual congress of her Christian Democratic Union that it was legitimate to expect integration from newcomers whilst underlining her party's bid to ban the full face veil. "That was and is our, and my, declared political aim", she added. Angela said this while laying out her case for a fourth term as German chancellor on Tuesday.

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Afghan President: Taliban Won't Last Without Pakistan Suppor

PM Modi promised India's support for peace while also indirectly criticising Pakistan's role in the region. In an interview on Monday, he said that implementation of the National Action Plan is being fully implemented to eradicate the menace of terrorism from the country.

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China urges U.S. to block transit by Taiwan president

Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council , said Trump's conversation does not signal any change to long-standing USA policy - although some in Taiwan expressed hopes for strong US support from the incoming administration.

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Strong natural disaster rocks Indonesia's Aceh province

A strong natural disaster struck the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra Island Wednesday, leaving at least 18 dead, including seven children, and dozens trapped in the rubble. The district health office chief Said Abdullah said almost 200 injured had arrived since the quake , but many would not enter the hospital for fear of aftershocks.

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Syria army takes all of Aleppo Old City: monitor

Rebels withdrew from al-Shaar under heavy bombardment by pro-government forces to the Marjeh and Maadi neighborhoods, local media activist Mahmoud Raslan told The Associated Press . " Aleppo falls, but the war goes on", said one US official. As government forces looked poised to make one of the most significant gains of the almost 6-year war, tens of thousands of east Aleppo residents attempted to escape to other parts of the city.

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Clemency hearing to be held for inmate set for execution

Sallie was originally convicted and sentenced to death in 1991, but the Georgia Supreme Court later ordered a new trial after it was disclosed that one of the defense attorneys had a conflict of interest. There's a one-year limit after the direct appeal is complete to file a post-conviction petition in federal court, but that clock pauses once a state petition is filed and stays paused until appeals on the state petition are completed.

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Flood of tributes from the political spectrum

Jayalalithaa first entered the public eye as a 13-year-old actress in the Tamil film industry . Her body was taken to the burial site in a glass casket as thousands followed the route of the procession, showering the hearse with flowers.

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UN agency says Iran no longer in violation of nuclear deal

The Iranian President, who himself is expected to seek a second term next May, added that his country was not a threat to global peace and that the world was being misguided by Washington and Tel Aviv, according to Iranian state media IRNA.

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French premier Valls expected to launch presidential bid

In a recent interview , Valls had raised prospects of his taking part in the election after President Francois Hollande's declining popularity forced the ruling Socialist camp to seek a candidate able to get the wind back in their sails.

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Merkel calls for burqa ban, toughens asylum stance

Merkel has angered many voters with her decision to open Germany's borders to migrants, mostly from war zones in the Middle East. In 2014, she had won the support of 96.7 per cent of party delegates, one of her best results. But popularity has been severely dented by growing anti-migrant sentiment in Germany following the arrival of around 1 million asylum seekers in the continuing refugee crisis.

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We must never forget impact of Pearl Harbor

Among the visitors was Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin G. Smith, of Frederick, Maryland, who planned the trip to the 75th Pearl Harbor Commemoration events five years ago. "I was 6 years old on that Sunday when our family heard via radio that Pearl Harbor had been attacked", said the Shelbyville man. To the rest of us, may we never forget the lessons of that time and that war - lessons about what it means to come together in times of adversity and to join in a common goal for the common ...

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European Union fines 3 banks $520 million over market rigging

The EU said it had fined JPMorgan Chase €337m (£287m), the French bank €114m (£97m) and London-based HSBC €33m (£28.1m). JPMorgan shares closed at $83.69 in New York Tuesday, up 0.52% on the session. "The Euribor rate on a specific date can make a huge difference to the cash flow in a bank". "They exchanged sensitive and confidential information about their trades and their strategy for trading", Vestager said, adding that the bankers often spoke in vulgar language.

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Jury back to work in murder trial of ex-cop

She said the outcome in SC and other recent cases across the country doesn't portend well for chances of getting a conviction in two fatal police shooting cases where officers were indicted for murder this year in Georgia. Mistrial in Slager murder trial... Scott ran from a very minor traffic stop, and Slager had no knowledge why. "They have not received the credit they deserve in their calm leadership for the community", she said in a statement.

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With Amma no more, tough times ahead for AIADMK, CM Panneerselvam: DMK

At the Rajaji Hall, the serpentine queues were largely orderly. Many in Tamil Nadu believe that Jayalalithaa was introduced to politics by MGR, who, apart from being a renowned actor, director and producer, had served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for three terms.

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Russia, China block United Nations resolution for Aleppo ceasefire

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group also reported the gains. Their rapid advance has left rebels reeling in their shrinking enclave in southeast Aleppo. Syria's foreign ministry said that it would not agree to any ceasefire without a guarantee of a rebel withdrawal. Syrian state news agency SANA confirmed that Syrian troops overran Shaar and several other districts on Tuesday.

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Russia, China Veto UN Measure Calling For Truce In Syria's Aleppo

Civilians opting to remain in rebel-controlled east Aleppo fear regime forces will "squeeze them into a small area and inflict mass atrocities, as every rocket or airstrike can kill dozens of people", the citizen journalist told Syria Direct on Monday.

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Children who lived through Pearl Harbor attack remember

Abe's visit to Pearl Harbor also comes as Japan prepares to build a new relationship with Donald Trump, who will take over from President Barack Obama next month. In Hiroshima, Obama reiterated his commitment to pursuing a world without nuclear weapons, while avoiding any direct expression of remorse or apology for the United States nuclear bombings.

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Thousands flock to burial spot of Jayalalithaa

Her connect with the people, concern for wellbeing of the poor, the women and marginalised will always be a source of inspiration and be cherished for years, it said . In another incident, Palaniammal (62) of Thudiyalur, died of shock after watching the TV news in her house, they said. She was 68 at the time of her death and the demise has left her party, which virtually is a one-man outfit, in disarray.

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Putin: 'We Are Ready for Cooperation' With US

On Turkey, Russia also sounded an apparent placatory note. "Putin is a smart and pragmatic statesman with whom we can work to some extent", one of them told Cyceon . The United States and the European Union have been critical of Russia's defense of the Assad government in Syria, instead of directing its firepower at the Islamic State.

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Tom Cotton Praises Trump's Very Controversial Phone Call With Taiwan

The call with Taipei was the first by a USA president-elect or president with a Taiwan leader since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition to China from Taiwan in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of "one China". "President-elect Trump is just shooting from the hip, trying to take phone calls of congratulatory messages from leaders around the world without consideration for the implications", said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and ...

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U.S. defence secretary says Mosul battle could end before Trump

Apaches have intervened shortly before to handle some hard targets". Iraqi women, who fled the fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, wash dishes at a public water tap, at a camp for internally displaced people, in Khazir, near Mosul , Iraq, Monday, Dec.

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Putin: Trump as president realizes quickly level of responsibility

Mr Putin said when building relationships with other countries, Russian Federation would respect their interests. In September, Trump celebrated Putin for his "strong control" in Russian Federation. "It's important to normalize and develop our bilateral ties on an equal and mutually beneficial basis". He warned, for instance, that the U.S. and Russian Federation had a "shared responsibility" to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, a nod to Trump's suggestion that Japan and South Korea ...

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No trial delay for Dylann Roof after officer's mistrial

There was no word on whether US District Judge Richard Gergel has ruled on the Roof motion. After a two-sentence formal motion filed by his advisory lawyers , Roof hand-penned a note to the federal judge overseeing his case. Dylann Roof's first real test acting as his own attorney is coming as he faces off with prosecutors over pretrial motions in his federal death penalty trial over the killing of nine black parishioners at a SC church.

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Gambia's Adama Barrow Says Win Heralds 'New Hope'

When Barrow takes office, he will be only the third president of the nation. "It's time for work". Report says Gambia, one of Africa's poorest nations, now heavily relies on peanut exports. We call for unity and calm during this transition period, and urge the Gambian government to respect the rights of citizens to freely assemble and express their views on the election results.

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NK declares 3-day mourning over ex-Cuban leader Castro's death

Having won the presidency, it is hard to know what Trump's approach to Cuba will be. A look back at the life and legacy of Cuba's Fidel Castro . Earlier on, in the primary contests to pick the Republican presidential nominee, Trump said he thought restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba was fine, but that Obama ought to have cut a better deal.


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