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Michelle Obama stuns at Kennedy Center Honors

The Honors Gala will air for the 39th consecutive year as a two-hour special on CBS at 9 p.m. ET/PT on December 27. Other stars recognised at the gala included music veteran James Taylor, with former US president Bill Clinton making a surprise appearance to recall the effect Taylor's music had on him and the American people at the most hard times.

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France's 'ministerial Swiss army knife' replaces Valls as PM

He acknowledged that his desire to run for president next year made it "impossible for me to be a candidate and prime minister at the same time" before hinting at the hard challenges ahead. The polls suggest a vote boiling down to a duel between conservative candidate Francois Fillon and Le Pen, with Fillon emerging as the victor. But the twice-married football fan has alienated many in the Socialist party during his time in office and he will also need to escape the shadow of Hollande with ...

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Brexit case sees starkly different views of UK constitution

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and two other judges decided at the High Court in November that Prime Minister Theresa May lacked power to use the royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and start the two-year process of negotiating Brexit without the prior authority of Parliament.

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Search nearly concluded at Oakland warehouse in fire that killed 36

Nelson said, adding that that is typical for a major fire. The Alameda County District Attorney's office is looking into possible criminal charges. Fire crews will continue to search for the missing including Cheslea Faith, a friend of my friend Marcel Videla, after structural issues are addressed.

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SoftBank shares soar after Trump claims

Chief Executive Masayoshi Son and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has raised hopes that the company might revive a megadeal in the U.S. mobile-phone market. "I'm expecting artificial intelligence will exceed the wisdom of human beings", Son said at an investor's meeting in June, according to Quartz . Trump's announcement that the deal will create 50,000 U.S.jobs is also suspect, and neither he nor Son divulged any details.

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Clinton's popular lead over Trump surpasses 2.5 million votes

Since his election victory, Trump has defended the Electoral College, despite calling the system a "disaster for a democracy" in 2012. Weeks after the 2016 election, 47% of Americans say they want to keep the Electoral College , while 49% say they want to amend the Constitution to allow for a popular vote for president.

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Thousands take refuge in mosques after deadly Aceh quake

The U.S. Geological Survey said the shallow 6.4-magnitude quake that struck at 5:03 a.m. local time was centered about 6 miles north of Reuleut, a town in northern Aceh, at a depth of 11 miles. The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake damaged homes, shops and mosques in the district of Pidie Jaya, completely destroying hundreds of structures. The Red Cross Indonesia has sent emergency response teams and advertised bank accounts for donations, while the International Organization for Migration ...

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Canada's Trudeau Rejects One Pipeline, Quietly Approves Another

The conditions were first unveiled in 2012. Kinder Morgan Canada called the approval a "landmark decision that affirms both the strength of the project and the rigour of the review process it has undergone". "I echo the words of Premier Christy Clark in that we're making progress on all conditions, including condition five". "It's going to be in the courts; it's going to be in the streets; it's also going to be at the ballot box".

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Even the Pizzagate Suspect No Longer Believes the Conspiracy Theory

The articles making those allegations were widespread across the web, appearing on sites including Facebook and Twitter. Police seized an AR-15 military-style rifle, a.38-caliber handgun and a shotgun. Michael Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., arriving at Trump Tower in November. Police secure the scene near Comet Ping Pong in Washington , Sunday, Dec.

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USA jobless rates hits 9-year low of 4.6% in November

The prospect of an interest rate hike in the world's biggest economy has taken a step closer after official figures showed the number of USA jobs grew by 178,000 last month. That's considered near "full employment", meaning the rate can't go down a lot further. Last year, the monthly average was 229,000 new jobs; this year, it has been 180,000.

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Arizona police search for gunman who shot 2 inside Wal-Mart

The victims were shot leaving the store. The two suspects were last seen leaving the area in a black sedan traveling on Camelback Road, according to police. He said police believe the shooting was not random and that that the shooters and the victims knew each other. They are advising people to stay out of the area.

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Jill Stein Demands Recount At Trump Tower

Stein drew less than one per cent of the votes cast. City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez is also holding a news conference at Trump Tower Monday. In addition to the Keystone State, the Stein campaign sought recounts in MI and Wisconsin , states where Republican President-elect Donald Trump narrowly defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton .

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Austria's far-right concedes defeat in presidential race

Center-left candidate Alexander Van der Bellen saw off a challenge from his right-wing opponent Norbert Hofer , winning 53.3 percent of the vote. The election was a do-over following irregularities in a May election when Hofer garnered 49.7 percent of the vote, narrowly losing to Van der Bellen.

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CNN's Zakaria gives unexpected defense of Trump's Taiwan call

US President-elect Donald Trump complained about Chinese economic and military policy on Twitter on Sunday, showing no signs of a conciliatory approach after a phone conversation with Taiwan's president raised hackles in Beijing. Dana Rohrabacher, who says he is under consideration to become the next secretary of state, told Fox News on Monday. Separately, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director William A.

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Michigan Court Of Appeals Rejects Presidential Recount

September 8, 2016. Michigan's Court of Appeals ordered the state government on Tuesday evening to undo its previous approval of an election recount requested by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein . Two appellate courts, one federal, the other state, Tuesday issued contradictory opinions on the presidential recount in MI as state officials re-examined ballots in eight counties and were scheduled to start the process in others.

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Death toll rises after quake in Indonesia's Aceh

One female resident of Pidie Jaya told AP how she fled with her husband and children to a nearby hill after Wednesday's quake jolted them from their sleep. Muhammad Reza Faisal says many people are being treated in tents pitched on the grounds of the hospital, which was damaged in Wednesday's shallow magnitude 6.5 quake .

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Israel rejects Paris summit, open to talk with Palestinians

Abu Rudeineh said the Palestinian leadership welcomes any French effort to salvage the stalled political process. Hollande reportedly plans to hold a meeting of foreign ministers in Paris on December 21 as part of the peace initiative. Accordingly, the French opted to hold the event without Israeli and Palestinian representatives and to invite leaders from both sides to a tripartite meeting with Hollande soon after.

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Kofi Annan downplays claims of Myanmar genocide

Bangladesh does not recognise them as Bengali. The figure is based on the data collected by United Nations agencies and worldwide NGOs. "And I want to say again that the Malaysian government should respect the ASEAN charter". "An worldwide response that consists primarily of assigning blame for this humanitarian tragedy is no longer tenable". The Myanmar Times reported that Myanmar president U Htin Kyaw and commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing had met with Malaysia's military ...

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Fillon wins French Republicans' 2017 Presidential nomination

Mr Fillon is now likely to face the howdown with far-right National Front leader Le Pen, also relying on anti-immigrant feelings in France. Juppe, the more moderate candidate, congratulated Fillon on his "large victory " and pledged to support him in his bid to become President.

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Shallow 6.5-magnitude quake in Indonesia Kills Dozens

Rescue agencies are still filtering through the rubble for survivors. Nugroho said Aceh's Pidie Jaya regency, with a population of about 140,000, was worst hit. In a statement, the International Organization for Migration said it had deployed two staff members to help coordinate assistance. Pidie Jaya district chief Aiyub Abbas confirmed the rising death toll and said hundreds of people in the district have been injured and dozens of buildings collapsed.

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Warehouse fire recovery effort complete; death toll at 36

A local state of emergency has been declared by the city of Oakland to aid in the fire recovery efforts. "A refrigerator was a potential source of the fire, but it was too soon to say for sure, said Jill Snyder, special agent in charge of the San Francisco office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives" 'We have no indication that this was intentionally set , ' she said."City and state officials fielded years of complaints about risky conditions, drugs, neglected ...

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Sunderland's Lynden Gooch expected to be out for minimum two months

Jermain Defoe and Victor Anichebe have done their bit but it is no coincidence that Sunderland's run of three wins in four games has coincided with Lamine Koné's return to central-defensive form. "I have said many times that I am expecting that from him". "I just don't think his performances were up to the same standard everybody told me they had been last season".

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Drew Brees, other Saints teammates on hand at Will Smith trial

She tearfully talked of having to explain her husband's death to their three children. The testimony at times drew objections from defense lawyers for the shooter, Cardell Hayes, cautioning jurors about letting Smith's popularity sway them.

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Just married: Inside Yuvi and Hazel's star-studded Goa wedding

The couple look really adorable and created many picture flawless moments at all events. Cricketer Yuivraj Singh and Hazel Keech during their wedding ceremony in Siolim, Goa on Dec 2, 2016. Much-in-love couple Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech look so handsome as they spend some us-time after the ceremonies in three different states are done.

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Morgan, Hales back in England squads for India tour

England have also resisted the urge to rest any senior players despite 2017 being the busiest year ever for the team. "I have not had the chance to speak to Duckett yet but my message to him will be 'Mate, well done, you have had a fantastic start and see this as the beginnings of a career".

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Vietnam confident of reaching the AFF Suzuki Cup finals

Le Cong Vinh missed two chances to earn Vietnam a draw in the first leg in Bogor. Nguyen Van Quyet step up to confidently dispatch the ensuing spot kick to level proceedings at 1-1. So the Lions went about simply absorbing the War Elephants' attacks for most of the match (post-match stats had possession at 62% for Thailand and 38% for Singapore), and for awhile it seemed like Singapore would be able to frustrate Thailand to a goalless draw, like what they did against the Philippines.

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Commercial Flight in Pakistan Crashes, Kills All Onboard

But the deadliest accident involving PIA came when an Airbus A300 crashed into a cloud-covered hillside on approach to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu in 1992 after the plane descended too early, killing 167 people. His last tweet, posted Sunday, showed pictures of "Heaven on Earth" in Chitral, the northern Pakistan city where the plane took off. Taj Muhammad Khan, a government official based in the Havelian region, told Reuters: " All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition ".

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Royal Family's Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are for a Good Cause

It's not just Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry who have been dressed in amusing Christmas knitwear. The Queen was outfitted in a sweater featuring her favorite pup - the Corgi with a gold crown while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took their holiday spirit up a notch with a double-sweater.

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ORF projection shows Greens-backed candidate beat right-wing one

While nativist politicians, including France's National Front leader, Marine Le Pen, have welcomed Renzi's exit, the vote in Italy is not comparable to Brexit. He said he would work to unite a country deeply split between the moderate liberals who voted for him and supporters of Hofer's anti-immigrant Freedom Party.

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OPEC target gets harder as African members boost November output

Two years after the world's biggest exporter backed the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' switch to a pump-at-will strategy to defend market share, Saudi Arabia's oil minister promised to bear the biggest burden in curbing global supply.

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Angela Merkel Calls for the Full Burqa Ban in Germany

Merkel announced her decision to stand in next year's elections for a fourth term in Berlin on December 20, saying that her motivation was based on serving Germany. Face-covering veils are rarely seen in Germany, and Ms Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has concluded that an all-out ban isn't constitutionally feasible.

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Syria rebels reject Aleppo exit as army advances

Russian Federation is a major backer of Syria's embattled ruling regime, a longtime ally. Rebel fire on the government-held west of the city has killed 73 people, including 29 children, in the same period, the monitor says. Signs mount that the opposition in the city "faces potential collapse" from the Syrian regime's latest offensive, the paper said late Monday. He said Moscow considers productive the voting of the draft resolution on Aleppo in the UN Security Council.

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Senate OK's Italy's budget, needed so Renzi can step down

Mr Renzi sorely miscalculated support for the constitutional reforms Italian voters turned down in a December 4 referendum. They smashed through the 60pc threshold that Mr Renzi thought would secure him victory in the constitutional referendum, but only to register their silent anger - with him, with his government, with Brussels, and with an Italo-European establishment that has run the Italian economy into the ground.

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Jubilation after Austria election

Hofer, who had been campaigning on an anti-immigrant platform, successfully challenged the May presidential election result that was narrowly won by Van der Bellen. Hofer's campaign has been run under the slogan "Tough in action, engaging in tone". However, the joyous mood was cut short when Italy's left-wing Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced that he would resign on Monday after losing a referendum on political reforms by high margin (41-59).

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Iran Reports Breach of JCPOA to United Nations after ISA Extension

Although Trump and some of his Republican allies may believe that isolating the Islamic Republic serves USA interests, Washington would undoubtedly find itself isolated given how many major countries want to further unfreeze their economic ties with Iran.


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