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Castro's funeral procession drives through streets of Sancti Spiritus

Though Castro is demonized in the United States media - the view in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa is far different. Raul Castro opened Cuba to limited free enterprise, allowing some Cubans to start businesses; easing restrictions on travel, cellphones, computers and the like; and permitting more buying and selling of private property.

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Korea enters crucial week with impeachment vote on Park

The business tycoons denied allegations that they were seeking favors in exchange for their contributions, claiming they could not turn down donation requests from the presidential office. A fresh weekly poll of from Gallup Korea showed Ms. Park's approval rating at 5%, following two weeks at 4%. If at least two thirds of the National Assembly or 200 lawmakers votes in support, Park's presidential powers will be suspended immediately and the Constitutional Court will begin deliberating on the ...

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Michigan starts recount; Pennsylvania awaits federal ruling

The PACs also contended that they wouldn't have enough time to dispute any problems that arise before the December 13 certification deadline and that any appeal of recount results could create confusion about whether Wisconsin's electoral votes are final.

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Trump announces December 15 as date for handover of business empire

All 16 Democratic members of House Judiciary Committee wrote to Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to request hearings to examine conflicts-of-interest and ethics provisions that may apply to Trump. The President-elect will give up his interests to focus on leading the USA, he said. But Trump told reporters and editors from The New York Times last week that selling his business would be "a really hard thing to do", complicated by his real estate investments.

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German Chancellor Merkel Proposes Ban on Full-Face Islamic Veils

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due Tuesday to outline her battle strategy to counter a wave of populism that has consumed key allies overseas, as she launches into campaign mode for next year's elections. Merkel, as a result, has shifted right, tightening asylum restrictions and spearheading a deal with Turkey this year to deport some refugees arriving from that country.

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OH governor tells electors not to vote for him over Trump

But while numerous things Suprun brings up against Trump - his lack of foreign policy experience , his demagoguery and denunciation of protest against him , and the high potential for corruption in Trump's administration considering the many reported concerns about potential business conflicts of interest - could certainly be worthy reasons to prevent Trump from becoming president, it's worth thinking about what it would mean for the Electoral College to choose the new president by ...

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Hollande says he will not seek 2nd term as French president

His support may be diluted, however, if another more seasoned centrist, Francois Bayrou, decides to run. "I will not let the image of France be spoiled.in the coming months or the coming years", Hollande said at the time. The latest opinion polls suggested that only 7.5 per cent of the electorate would vote for him in next April's first round of elections, compared with 29 per cent for Francois Fillon , the newly elected right-wing nominee, and 23 per cent for Marine Le Pen , leader of ...

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Rebels Lose Aleppo: An End In Sight For Syria War?

But in mid-November the regime stepped up its offensive into eastern Aleppo , gaining control of more than half of the district. The rebels now control only a pocket of Syria's second city, whose fate is seen as pivotal to the outcome of a almost six-year-old war that has killed more than 300,000 people.

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Syrian army 'suspends Aleppo fighting'

Hundreds of men appear to have gone missing after crossing from rebel-held areas of Aleppo into government territory, United Nations officials say. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that Russian and US experts were in contact about Syria, but said he was not aware of any talks being planned at a higher level.

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Final death toll in dance party blaze could soar to 50

As Almena expressed sadness and remorse over the tragedy, members of the Oakland community and the general public joined forces to raise funds to aid the survivors and victims' families. They chose to spend their Friday night at a party listening to some good music and having a good time. "I'm sorry but we do not have any comment, we are also trying to figure out what's going on like everybody else", the statement said.

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Cramer: Trump's remarks on China mark latest case of breaking protocol

The paper described the call as the product of months of quiet preparations and deliberations among Trump's advisers about a new strategy for engagement with Taiwan that began even before he became the presidential nominee. The question now is how will China react to any diplomatic changes between the US and Taiwan. The trip would take place before Mr Trump's inauguration on January 20, and Ms Tsai's delegation would seek to meet Mr Trump's team, including his White House chief of staff ...

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India does not follow latest World Health Organization guidelines on HIV testing: Doctors

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS and UN Under-Secretary-General, disclosed this in his message to the 2016 World AIDS Day observed on Thursday. Those diagnosed late with HIV are ten times more likely to die within a year of diagnosis, and those diagnosed very late lose an average of ten years of life expectancy.

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Syrian forces retake half of rebel areas in east Aleppo

The meeting came hours after 45 people died attempting to flee rebel-held areas in the city's east under shelling. "The Russian Federation announced that. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights , which relies on a network of activists on the ground, said more than 40 buses evacuated almost 2,000 people to the rebel-controlled Idlib province in the north.

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Trump speaks with Scotland's Sturgeon

The pair spoke for about ten minutes at around 4pm yesterday after the call was swiftly set up. His membership of the GlobalScot business network was also pulled after he called for a ban on Muslim entering the US. Trump's golf courses in Scotland and his attacks on wind farms in the country - including a legal challenge to one near his course in Aberdeenshire - has created a tense relationship between the President-Elect and the Scottish Government, as well as locals who live near his ...

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Trump shoots back at China over protests on his Taiwan phone call

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said US-China relations were always conducted on a "win-win" approach. According to a a report Monday in The Washington Post, the call reflected "months of quiet preparations" among advisers about "a new strategy for engagement with Taiwan", with which the U.S.

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Making calls on the plane? Spies may have your number

The Le Monde report followed a previous publication based on documents stolen by Snowden dealing with spying by U.S. and British intelligence on Israeli military aircraft. " They all used their everyday GSM phone during a flight ". The only issue encountered with in-air surveillance is that experienced of users of in-flight communication services, they're not always the most reliable.

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Suspects named Tupac, Robin Williams arrested on drug charges in Arizona

Arizona state troopers found five large packages containing almost 115 pounds of marijuana in a truck stopped near Payson on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. The initial stop of their Chevrolet truck was over alleged traffic violations, according to an Arizona Department of Public Safety statement .

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in 'good spirits' after medical evacuation from South Pole

Those conditions, however, appeared to have gotten the better of Aldrin and his evacuation from the southernmost point on Earth came on the first available flight to McMurdo Station, the U.S. But experts say it is common for visitors to experience sickness especially for new arrivals on the Antarctic. In recent years, he has authored books for adults and children and advocated establishing a permanent human colony on Mars.

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UN Security Council Holding Emergency Meeting on Violence in Aleppo

People flee rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo into the Sheikh Maqsud area, controlled by Kurdish fighters, in Syria on Sunday. Hundreds of civilians fleeing war-torn Aleppo are being detained and questioned by the Syrian government, observers say.

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7 held with Rs 85 lakh in new currency

Officers later nabbed eight people in the vehicle and seized the currency. However, all agencies like the CBI, Enforcement Directorate, local police and the Income Tax department have been trying to crackdown on such transactions. After completion of investigation into the dacoity case, police would focus on the money acquired by the victims uncle in Rs 2,000 notes in high quantity.

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Cuban-Americans Celebrate Fidel Castro's Death In Miami's Little Havana

Xi added that the China-Cuba relationship has enjoyed great development since the two countries forged diplomatic ties 56 years ago thanks to Fidel Castro's solicitude and painstaking efforts. The move was made permanent two years later, leaving long periods where the former leader was out of the public eye, prompting rumors of ill health or his death.

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Shooting in New Orleans leaves one dead, nine injured

Police arrested two men at the scene Sunday on charges of illegal carrying of a firearm, neither of those men are suspects in the shooting , the NOPD said. "It is news and people do read about it and it does make them nervous", Fortner said. The victim was hit by at least one bullet, Montreal police said.

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Donald Trump Lashes Out at Carrier Union Boss

In a December 7 CNN interview with Erin Burnett, United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones said he was appreciative that 800 jobs were saved in Indianapolis , a lesser amount than reported by Mr. "We're going to. automate to drive the cost down so that we can continue to be competitive", said Greg Hayes, CEO of Carrier's corporate parent United Technologies , in on an interview with CNBC on Tuesday .

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Judge Declares Mistrial In Michael Slager Trial

Circuit Judge Clifton Newman declared the mistrial shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Monday after the jury said it was unable to unanimously agree on a verdict. Only about one-third of at least 78 police officers across the United States charged with murder or manslaughter from an on-duty shooting since 2005 have been convicted, according to data collected by Philip Stinson, an associate professor of criminal justice at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

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China warns U.S. on Taiwan leader's planned transit

The Nov. 25 incident came a week before Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen called President-elect Donald Trump in a conversation that broke decades of diplomatic protocol with Beijing. relationship is creating troubles for the U.S. itself". China considers Taiwan a part of mainland China . Trump intended, in part, for the call to prove to China he'll be breaking from the codes of past Presidents.

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New Zealand Dollar Clobbered as PM Key Steps Down

The National Party caucus will hold a meeting on December 12 to decide the new party leader and Prime Minister. The New Zealand economy will not be derailed by Prime Minister John Key's shock decision to quit, says ASB. Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and John Key at the ASEAN Summit gala dinner in Vientiane, Laos in September. Critics say he lacks the charisma needed for the top job.

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Burn American flag, go to jail - Trump warns

The ruling came after an appeal from Gregory Johnson, who had been convicted by a Texas court of violating a state law that prohibited the "desecration of a venerated object" such as the USA flag. "The idea that the government could not only censor someone for engaging in political speech, but actually revoke a protester's US citizenship as a punishment for political speech is unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American", said Lee Rowland, senior staff attorney for the American Civil ...

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Donald Trump says he's leaving businesses to focus on presidency

Constitution. Trump said in an interview with the New York Times last week that "the president can't have a conflict of interest". "This is in order to fully focus on running the country in order to 'Make America Great Again!" Donald Trump says his first priority will be running the government and not his sprawling business empire when he becomes president, but a new poll suggests voters are anxious about potential conflicts.

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Syria army takes new Aleppo district, monitor says

Security Council will meet later Monday to discuss a resolution calling for a seven day cease-fire that will allow humanitarian aid to enter Aleppo's eastern districts for the first time since July. The developments were a blow to Russian Federation, which has been one of the staunchest supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad in his country's bitter civil war, now in its sixth year.

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US Defence Secy calls on Modi

Carter said that this is the seventh meeting that he was having meeting with Parrikar. The India-US defence relationship, built over multiple administrations in both Washington and Delhi, has started to blossom in the past three years, it said.

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Poll shows France's Fillon would beat Le Pen in presidential election

Next year's presidentials in the euro zone's second-largest economy are shaping up to be another test of the strength of anti-establishment parties in Western countries, with French voters angry with stubbornly high unemployment and fearful after a wave of Islamist militant Attacks.

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California Secretary of State: Trump's Claim of Voter Fraud Is "Absurd"

Mr Trump left his Mar-a-Lago resort on Monday sporting a new baseball cap with the number 45 stitched on the side - the 45th president of the United States. Thomas said election officials have heard a lot this year about "so-called fraud. without any foundation in fact", and a recount settling that question could provide one "silver lining".

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Trump supporters aggressively challenge Stein recount efforts in three states

In Pennyslvania, the Green Party is still pushing for an emergency federal court order for a statewide recount . Though Jill Stein's Green Party made a decision to drop the case to get an election recount in Pennsylvania's state courts, it has vowed to continue the fight in federal courts, with an emergency filing on Monday.

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UK Supreme Court to decide legality of Brexit

The Supreme Court hearing will last until Thursday, with a verdict expected in January. Inside court, Attorney General Jeremy Wright began the hearing by arguing that allowing Mrs May to trigger Brexit was "the universal expectation" when the public voted in the European Union referendum.

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Brexit to enable free trade deals with Gulf

He said he understood Saudi Arabia's security was of "paramount importance". Then there was the "Prosecco" affair, where Johnson told Italy's economic development minister that the country should support Britain's access to the European single market if it wants to keep selling its bubbly.


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