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Iraq's parliament speaker says airstrike killed civilians

IS often uses hospitals as bases to fire on Iraqi troops. "It was very violent warfare - they used all sorts of weapons, it's not traditional war". The Iraqi forces also liberated eight villages in northern Mosul from the grip of IS militants on Wednesday.

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UK PM May's Conservatives retain seat in Sleaford by-election

Her Ukip rival, Victoria Ayling, came second with 4,426. She said she wanted to support the prime minister so she could "get on with the job" of leaving the European Union and "delivering a country and economy what works for everyone". Tory lawmaker Stephen Phillips quit as member of the Commons for Sleaford on November 4, citing " irreconcilable policy differences " with May over her wish to exit the bloc without going through Parliament.

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Samsung Just Scored A Major Win In Its Patent Battle With Apple

Supreme Court ruled in favor of Samsung in the company's fight over $ 399 million awarded to Apple as damages related to the company infringing on the iPhone's design. The trials on the subject began in 2011 when Apple accused Samsung of stealing its technology and appearance. On appeal, Samsung had argued that the damages should be limited to the infringing " article of manufacture ", as in the screen or case of the smartphone, not the entire phone itself.

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Green Party-Backed Group Wants Recount In Pennsylvania

The three states that we chose including MI that only just now declared its victor. Stein doesn't really have a stake in this - she didn't get almost enough votes to be a contender - but, frankly, it does give her money and attention. Fueled by the social media hashtag #recount2016 and millions of dispirited Hillary Clinton voters, Stein's recount effort in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania had already netted $6.3 million by Monday, according to her campaign website.

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El Clasico to Hold Minute's Silence for Air Crash Victims

The authority said the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder are in "perfect condition". Three of the survivors were footballers, but goalkeeper Jackson Follmann had his right leg amputated, said the San Vicente Foundation Hospital outside Medellin .

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Nine Days Of Mourning After Death Of Revolutionary Cuban Leader Fidel Castro

Castro's funeral is expected to last up to nine days. The Ladies in White dissident group made a decision to avoid creating tensions this week. The future of the US-Cuban thaw is uncertain under Trump, who has threatened to reverse course if Havana does not allow greater human rights.

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Russia, China veto UNSC resolution on Aleppo ceasefire

Violence has continued elsewhere in the country alongside the Aleppo fighting, with at least 72 people killed in air strikes and barrel bomb attacks across the northwestern province of Idlib on Sunday, the Observatory said. New Zealand has condemned Russian Federation and China's veto of a United Nations resolution for a truce in Syria. There was no immediate comment from Washington, which has backed some of the rebels.

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Obama Orders Review of Election-Season Hacking

He said: "This report will dig into this pattern of malicious cyberactivity timed to our elections, take stock of our defensive capabilities and capture lessons learned to make sure that we brief members of Congress and stakeholders as appropriate".

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President concedes to opposition leader

They called for the incumbent, President John Mahama, who's been in power since 2012, to concede. Joy FM , a private radio station, put Akufo-Addo at 51.42 percent and Mahama at 46.72 percent with 176 of 275 constituencies counted. Mahama has achieved". But after a long court battle to settle the outcome of the 2012 vote, tensions have resurged ahead of this week's election, with analysts giving opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo a good chance of defeating Mahama's bid for a second and ...

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Syrian civilians leave crumbling rebel enclave in Aleppo

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura briefed the Security Council on Thursday ahead of talks in Geneva on Saturday between the United States and Russian Federation on a possible deal that would allow civilians and rebel fighters to leave Aleppo. On the strength of his army's latest gains in territory of east Aleppo held by the rebels, Assad said in a newspaper interview Thursday that victory for his troops would be a turning point in Syria's five-year war.

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China says it welcomes Trump appointee while criticizing Japan

The timing of the ambassadorial appointment and confirmation process could keep Branstad in office for at least the beginning of the upcoming Iowa legislative session, which begins January 9. The question of what Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is going to do in light of the 2018 Iowa gubernatorial race has been answered. The Trump administration, which takes office on January 20, would focus on two rules: "Buy American and hire American", he said , adding he would keep pressuring companies ...

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Donald Trump Opens Door to Compromise on Dreamers in Time Interview

White House press secretary Josh Earnest has acknowledged that Mr Obama and Mr Trump have had "at least a handful" of telephone conversations since their 90-minute Oval Office meeting on November 10. The president went on to warn service members that "a deadly threat persists" and "some form of violent extremism will be with us for years to come".

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President Obama Orders Review Of Alleged Russian Hacking During 2016 Campaign

On Oct. 7, the intelligence community officially accused Moscow of seeking to interfere in the election through the hacking of "political organizations". "We are also very interested in understanding what they accused Russian Federation of", said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. President Elect Donald Trump is booed as he walks through the lobby of The New York Times Building after a 75-minute meeting with Times journalists.

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350.org on Pruitt at EPA: "Puppet of the Fossil Fuel Industry"

CCTV America's Jim Spellman reports. Trump has called global warming a "hoax" and said he plans to abandon the USA commitment to reduce carbon emissions as part of the worldwide agreement signed past year in Paris. Nevertheless, Pruitt, 48, said he is eager to take up his new post. "We do not doubt the sincerity of the beliefs of our fellow attorneys general about climate change and the role human activity plays in it", they wrote at the conservative publication National Review .

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Raiders' Derek Carr once again struggles against the Chiefs

Charcandrick West had a nice touchdown, but the numbers weren't quite there to call this a sterling performance. In fact, three of his worst games in terms of completion percentage have come against the Chiefs, who are now tied with Oakland at 10-3 and atop the AFC West.

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After weeks of protests, crowds celebrate Park's impeachment

The Constitutional Court has up to six months to decide whether to approve the results of the vote. The country's Prime Minister now takes over for Park on an interim basis while the Court makes its determination. "This is the first step towards putting the country back on a normal track but there is a long road ahead", said Park Kie-Duck, a political science researcher at the Sejong Institute think-tank in Seoul .

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MI recount shut down, Wisconsin 82 percent complete with few changes

Lawyers for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will face opposition to her request for a recount of the presidential election in Pennsylvania from the state, President-elect Donald Trump and others who say she lacks evidence of tampering to support the request.

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UK Parliament to vote on Brexit trigger

Lord Pannick QC was speaking on the third day of the Government's attempt to persuade the justices to overturn the High Court's decision that ministers have no power to use the royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and start the two-year process of withdrawing from the European Union without the prior authority of Parliament.

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Large crowds to celebrate S. Korean president's impeachment

Hwang Kyo-ahn, South Korea's new acting president, a low-key career bureaucrat and former justice minister, was sacked by Ms. Park last month as the scandal around her deepened. The resounding vote to impeach President Park is likely to ramp up uncertainty in the region. Park has also come under fire for allowing Choi inappropriate access to government decisions, something which she has repeatedly apologised for.

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Ghana Elections: Opposition Urges President Mahama To Concede Defeat

PeaceFM says that Akufo-Addo is in the lead with 53.96% of the vote calculated from just over half of the 275 constituencies. Electoral commission spokesman Eric Dzakpasu said that it would need to verify some results in precincts where the number of votes cast appeared to exceed the number of registered voters, but it would start releasing returns later on Thursday.

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Ohio Democratic Party Chair Reacts to John Glenn's Passing

John Glenn , who died Thursday at age 95. In a series of tweets , NASA said Glenn was an "American hero and an inspiration to people around the globe", adding that his contributions "will forever be remembered". Senator Nelson said thanks to Glenn's legacy , NASA is now planning and developing the rockets to go to Mars. "But I always felt like I was in the presence of greatness, and I was".

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Trump Team dismisses report on Russian hacking

United States intelligence agencies have concluded with "high confidence" that Russian Federation acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton's chances and promote Donald Trump, according to senior administration officials.

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Critics Say Alabama Execution Drug Is Flawed

At one point while Smith was struggling for breath, one reportedly said to the other that a contingency plan was needed in those circumstances. Smith was convicted in Alabama in the 1994 death of Casey Wilson, a convenience store clerk.

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Syrian army advances as Assad eyes Aleppo victory

CNN is not able independently to confirm this claim, but on Wednesday residents and activists inside the city told CNN that the rebels still held about a quarter of eastern Aleppo . At least 384 civilians have been killed in east Aleppo during the offensive, while rebel fire into the west has killed at least 105 people, the Observatory says.

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Trump Said to Pick DOL Head: Andrew Puzder

Puzder said in a statement he was "honored" by the selection. In 2010, he co-authored a book titled , " Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn't Understand It ". Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro was critical of Trump for choosing Puzder. Trump, in a statement released by his transition team, praised Puzder for a "record fighting for workers" and said he would ensure occupational safety standards.

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Syrian government forces press attack in east Aleppo

Mr Lavrov said on the sidelines of a European foreign ministers meeting in Germany: "I can tell you that today, combat operations by the Syrian army have been halted in eastern Aleppo because there is a large operation under way to evacuate civilians".

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Trump spent almost $40 million less than Clinton in campaign's final weeks

Who won the electoral vote? Hillary Clinton and her supporters spent a record $1.2 billion for her losing presidential campaign - twice as much as the victor, Donald Trump, according to the latest records. Yes, these electors can vote however they wish. John: Is this a symbolic move or are you trying to convince other electors to do the same thing? Advocates of the Electoral College upset plan have published op-eds via a number of national media platforms urging electors to ...

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Olympics: Doping report details 'institutional conspiracy' in Russia

No names were given. The Russian Olympic team corrupted the London 2012 Games on an "unprecedented scale", an independent investigation has found. WADA says it will continue working to reinstate the Russian anti-doping agency, which was suspended from carrying out tests a year ago after earlier accusations its staff covered up failed drug tests and colluded with athletes to arrange times for supposedly no-notice tests.

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Head of troubled Russian athletics body re-elected

The IOC said it would go beyond McLaren's mandate by re-analysing all 254 urine samples collected from Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Games. "We are now able to confirm a cover-up that dates back until at least 2011 and continued after the Sochi Olympics", McLaren told a news conference on Friday.

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USA marks 75th anniversary of Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Roosevelt, who said that "the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory". An annual ceremony was held in Creve Coeur, this one marking the 75th year since the attack on Pearl Harbor. "As a testament that even the most bitter of adversaries can become the closest of allies, I look forward to visiting the USS Arizona Memorial later this month along with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe", he said .

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EU Brexit negotiator puts time pressure on Britain

Barnier has pointedly refused to start talks with the British government, although David Davis was permitted a half-hour "courtesy coffee" when the Brexit secretary made a cloak-and-dagger trip to Brussels last month. The premier was facing a rebellion by up to 40 lawmakers from her Conservative party over an opposition motion which demanded she publish the details of her Brexit plan before triggering Article 50.

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French president offers support to Cyprus peace talks

He said that he held meaningful and sincere discussions with Netanyahu about strengthening ties, and global developments, saying: "We were honest in expressing our disagreement". The leaders agreed to hold their next meeting in Thessaloniki next year. "The European Union must also be present at the conference", Hollande said addressing journalists jointly with Anastasiades.

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Must Improve 'Important' Relationship with China

With almost 22 years at the helm of Iowa government, Branstad is the country's longest serving governor . Trump's selection of Branstad for the post isn't all that surprising. "I don't think we've had someone more ready to be governor from day one than Kim Reynolds". President-elect Donald Trump has made some provocative decisions in foreign policy, from speaking by phone with Taiwan's president to blasting China on Twitter .

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Trump sold all his shares in June, says spokesman

In the meanwhile Boeing responded by testifying that the current deals from Air Force One to the company only amounts to around $180 million. Mr. Trump explained his position to some reporters while talking in front of the Trump Tower in Manhattan: "The plane is totally beyond control.

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South Korean Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Impeach President

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, South Korea's acting leader, says he feels "deep responsibility" over the political scandal that brought down his boss, President Park Geun-hye, because he assisted her as the country's No. According to Reuters news agency, there have been mass rallies every Saturday for the past six weeks calling for Park to quit, and opinion polls show overwhelming public support for her impeachment.


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