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South Korean officials order Park confidante to attend corruption hearing

The leaders of the two main opposition parties said their 159 members would all resign if the impeachment motion failed, taking responsibility for their inability to follow through on the demands of the public. Park has publicly apologized over the scandal three times. He said national security was the priority and reiterated that the military should be on high alert for any provocation by old rival North Korea, including the possibility of cyber attacks aimed at sowing confusion in the ...

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4 killed in Bulgarian explosion following train derailment

Twenty of the containers had polipropylene and three were loaded with liquefied petroleum gas. The engine driver survived and has been questioned, police said. Video footage from the scene showed many houses in the village of 800 on fire and ambulances taking the injured to hospitals. The incident happened at the train station located in the Bulgarian village of Hitrino , about 280km northeast of the capital, Sofia .

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Malaysian PM's demands meet with Yangon protests

YANGON, Myanmar Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan on Tuesday urged Myanmar security forces to act within the rule of law in the country's northwest, where an army crackdown has killed at least 86 people and sent 10,000 fleeing over the border to Bangladesh.

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Cuba bids farewell to Fidel Castro

Sandra Aguilar, a 48-year-old doctor, said her visit to the memorial had two goals: "We came to say goodbye to our commander, to reaffirm our support of the revolution", she said. Among the dignitaries are Evo Morales of Bolivia and Rafael Correa of Ecuador , all leftist allies of Cuba, as well as other Latin American leaders and Spain's former king Juan Carlos .

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Shelling continues in Aleppo amid talks of reduced military campaign

Immediately after the announcement, AFP correspondents in Aleppo said air strikes ceased and artillery fire was far less intense, but later reported that the army was continuing to shell two rebels districts, Kalasseh and al-Maadi. Cornered in a shrinking enclave in Aleppo's southeast, the rebels have asked for a five-day ceasefire. Lavrov, however, did not reveal the specifics of the evacuation process in eastern Aleppo.

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Biden teases possible 2020 presidential run

As president of the Senate, Biden presided over the vote on the 21st Century Cures Act, a massive bill that will increase funding for health research. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sought approval for renaming a portion of the bill after Beau Biden . The Hill reports that Biden plans on working on his cancer moonshot initiative , "a possible policy project with a major university and writing a book".

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QB Rodgers keeps Green Bay playoff hopes alive

The Pack cashed in when Rodgers hit slanting Adams for a 12-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 9:51 left in the first quarter. Adams beat Eagles cornerback Leodis McKelvin on a slant route for the early score. Even though Rodgers kept throwing short, quick passes, the Eagles secondary couldn't make tackles. Aaron Rodgers escaped the pocket multiple times as Philadelphia's defensive ends struggled to contain.

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What happens if British government loses Brexit trigger case?

Attorney General Jeremy Wright told 11 judges - a record number to hear an appeal - that the High Court had reached the "wrong" decision and that it was for the government to exercise the prerogative powers in its conduct of worldwide affairs.

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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah: J Jayalalithaa will be remembered forever

Modi placed a wreath on the mortal remains of the leader and consoled Jaya's close aide Sashikala who was in tears. A national mourning has been declared in India while both of House of Parliament were adjourned for the day after paying a tribute to the late leader.

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Shocks from Italian vote limited, say European Union finance ministers

One consultancy, the London-based Centre for Economics and Business Research, thinks the chances of Italy still using the euro in five years' time have fallen below 30 percent following the rejection of Renzi's constitutional reform plan in a referendum Sunday.

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United States concerned about Trump's call with Taiwan

But as she battles falling approval ratings at home over domestic issues, observers agreed the move was unlikely to significantly improve her popularity - and could damage it further. China has protested to Washington at Trump's breach. "I believe that this could help Taiwan in its worldwide status and its global situation", Chen said.

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Glencore, Qatari fund buy 19.5 percent in Russia's Rosneft

Glencore notes the announcement released by the Russian government regarding the privatization of shares in Rosneft. The move also comes as oil prices have soared to more than US$50 (RM221.67) a barrel after Opec members last week hammered out a deal to cut oil output for the first time in eight years.

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Ohio State University shooting: At least 8 injured

Classes for the 60,000 students at Ohio State were canceled after the attack but resumed Tuesday. Less than 2 minutes elapsed between the first call for help at 9:52 a.m. Awlaki was killed by a US drone strike in 2011. The Islamic State group has urged sympathizers online to carry out lone-wolf attacks in their home countries with whatever weapons are available to them.

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Max Baucus being replaced as ambassador to China

And Branstad was over there just last month participating in a trade mission . An aide to President-elect Donald Trump confirmed Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, that Trump has offered to nominate Branstad as US ambassador to China. "I am hopeful that the next president of the United States will lead to additional cooperation, additional trade and not confrontation", he told Xinhua.

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South Korean parliament votes to impeach President

Huh Chang-soo said that it's a hard reality in South Korea that if government asks for a request, it is difficult for firms to reject. The two women formed a friendship when Park became acting first lady for her father, Park Chung-hee, after her mother died during a botched assassination attempt on the dictator in 1974.

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Syrian forces close to capturing Aleppo's old city, force rebels to withdraw

In the last week, government forces steadily gained ground until on Wednesday - after a highly symbolic retreat from the Old City - the rebels called for the ceasefire to allow thousands of civilians to evacuate. Diplomatic efforts to end the fighting have stalled despite widespread worldwide concern, with Moscow and Washington trading accusations of blame. Earlier on Friday, the United Nations said it remained "gravely concerned" about hundreds of men who remain missing more than a week ...

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Massive natural disaster strikes Indonesia killing dozens of people

A hysterical rescue endeavor with the cooperation of the villagers, soldiers and police were on track in Meureudu , a relentlessly distressed town in Pidie Jaya locality. Sulaiman, the local disaster officer confirmed that Dozens of people were reported dead and several mosques in Pidie Jaya fall down as well as stores, houses, and other infrastructures.

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Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi tenders resignation after losing referendum

Rome - Italy's president began talks with political leaders on Thursday to seek a way out of the political crisis caused by the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi . Names suggested as a possible leader of a new administration include PD Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan and Senate leader Pietro Grasso , who is apolitical.

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Trump calls for cancelling Boeing contract for Air Force One

When asked to explain his tweet , Trump told reporters that $4 billion for a plane was beyond reasonable, saying, "The plane is totally out of control". John McCain, R-Ariz., needled the new president over the high price tag. Air Force One is due for a major security upgrade. The aircraft are projected to be operational by the mid-2020s, officials said.

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Obama orders 'full review' of Russian interference with election

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Friday that Russia's cyber-attacks are no surprise to the House Intelligence Committee. However, President-elect Donald Trump voiced doubts about the Russian government's involvement. The New York Times and Washington Post reported late Friday that Russian Federation hacked the Democratic National Committee to help Donald Trump win this year's presidential election, according to unnamed sources.

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Colombian president receives Nobel Prize for peace accord

Under the peace deal, the FARC promised to help farmers switch to grow legal crops in remote areas where Santos said the authorities were met by "snipers and landmines" when they tried to eradicate coca plantations. But he said they first had to release hostages. "We have not asked for Simon Trinidad's liberation", Santos said. Many believed that ruled out Santos from winning this year's prize, but the Norwegian Nobel Committee "saw things differently", deputy chairwoman Berit ...

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Assad: Aleppo's fall will be huge step to ending Syrian war

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said any pause in fighting would be welcomed. "It defies belief that after almost six years of suffering through this war, the worldwide community is still willing to stand by as civilians are bombed with seeming impunity", the group's Syria director Sonia Khush said.

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Jayalalithaa laid to rest with full state honours

The crowds swelled in great numbers as the day passed, with politicians cutting across party lines reaching the venue to pay their respects. For many weeks, she was on support systems in the intensive care section. In 2011, Hillary Clinton, who was then the Secretary of State, met Jayalalithaa at her office in Fort St. George in Chennai . Almost 15 million people gathered when a former chief minister of Tamil Nadu , C N Annadurai, was laid to rest in 1969 making it one of the largest ...

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TAKE A STAND: Michael Slager Mistrial

The video garnered national attention, propelling Slager into the spotlight. "It's not over. You all hear me, it's not over 'till God say it's over". After the trial in Walter Scott's shooting death ended with a hung jury, members of the public posed further questions about how a jury with only one black member, Montgomery, was chosen for a case with racial undertones.

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Syria stops attacks in Aleppo, says Russian Federation

Ryabkov said the Kerry-Lavrov talks were extensive but said a final deal has not been worked out yet. The discussions in the Security Council set the stage for a week of worldwide discussions on the Syria conflict. The offer made no mention of a rebel pullout from Aleppo, though the proposal said the fate of the city is to be negotiated after the humanitarian crisis eases.

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UN Chief congratulates Akufo-Addo on election as Ghanaian President

Though the official announcement is still being expected, two influential private radio stations had said on Friday that Ghana's main opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, has won the West African country's presidential election with an absolute majority over President John Mahama .

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Renzi quits; search on for new leader to guide Italy to vote

The referendum held on Dec 4 soundly rejected Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plan. I am Italian and I love my country. The president, who serves as the ultimate political arbiter in times of crisis, told Renzi to see through the passage of the budget, so as to prevent emergency funding rules from kicking in at the start of the year.

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English endorsed as next NZ prime minister after Key's sudden resignation

He won a third term for the National Party at elections in September 2014. Mr Key announced yesterday he was stepping down as prime minister for family reasons, giving his successor time to prepare for next year's election. Key had been in power since 2008, and leader of the ruling National Party since 2006. "He is somebody that all of us, right around the world, leaders in countries large and small, draw inspiration from".

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MI recount now in doubt; Pennsylvania sets hearing

The state elections board said the recount would stop after Goldsmith's decision. Stein got about 1 percent of the vote in three states where she's pushed for recounts - Michigan , Pennsylvania and Wisconsin . The recount is being driven by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who also requested recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin . Workers recount Berrien County presidential ballots Wednesday, Dec.

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India's demonetisation quagmire and its victims

With our step on currency notes, we have been successful in weakening the hands of terrorists, those in fake currency rackets. In his remarks made at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, he said Parliament in the past decades has debated a number of government decisions, which had caused tensions and social conflict, but it was now deadlocked by rival parties over a "constructive decision" like demonetisation.

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Wisconsin Judge Rejects Request For Recount By Hand

In response, Trump posted several tweets. "We are confident in our popular vote count", Thomsen told the Associated Press . Still, Stein is the one who has raised millions of dollars for the recount. Marathon County Clerk Nan Kottke said the recount is all part of the election process. The process is slated to begin Thursday and must be completed by December 13 or Congress could gain control of the state's electoral votes.

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Cold with a high near 41 today, low around 21 tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. "By noon on Sunday , most of the area will have picked up 3-6" of snow and another 4" of snow will be expected after that. Saturday's forecast calls for a high near 36 and wind gusts up to 21 miles per hour. Saturday: Mainly cloudy. High 29F. "We are monitoring this weekend's weather conditions and are prepared to handle snow removal should there be any snow accumulation", said Kevin Dillon, the executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority.

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Kasich to Electors: Don't vote for me

Suprun hopes his other electors will unite behind an honorable Republican alternative, like John Kasich. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams criticized Electoral College voters who are trying to overturn a law stipulating that they must back the victor of the state's popular vote.

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Oil Prices Continue OPEC Rally

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 18.11 points, or 0.09 per cent, at 19,233.67, the S&P 500 was down 2.47 points, or 0.11 per cent, at 2,209.76 and the Nasdaq composite was down 13.23 points, or 0.25 per cent, at 5,319.77. But doubts have emerged over whether the planned cuts will be enough to rebalance the market. Oil traded at a 16-month high as OPEC prepared to meet non-members in an effort to secure additional output cuts following last week's surprise deal to curtail supply.

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Alabama May Have Tortured an Inmate to Death

Wilson was pistol-whipped and then shot in the head by Smith during a robbery, court documents show. Thirteen minutes into his execution by injection, an Alabama inmate heaved and coughed and appeared to move during tests meant to determine consciousness.


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