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Prosecutors to play confession in church shooting trial

Three people survived the shooting, including Polly Sheppard. The trial for the white supremacist who prosecutors say gunned down nine black parishioners at a historic black church in Charleston , South Carolina, kicked off Wednesday with a survivor describing in graphic detail watching her son die.

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Blitzboks tighten up to reach Cape Town quarters

Meanwhile, Stuff.co.nz reported at the Cape Town 7s a year ago, in the quarter-final, Fiji and England produced the best match of day two when they battled out an extratime thriller that was decided by a try to Lewis Pratt 3.28s after regulation time to break a 21-21 deadlock.

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French President Hollande says he is not running the 2017 elections

Hollande was making reference to the deadly attacks in Nice in July and Paris in November 2015 and the shooting at Charlie Hebdo magazine. Mr Hollande had kept France in suspense for months over whether he would seek another term, turning his choice into a kind of national guessing game.

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Ancient Kerala temple relaxes dress code for women

The story is confusing. Close on the heels of Padmanabhaswamy temple Executive Officer announcing relaxation in dress code for women entering the temple, several Hindu outfits on Wednesday staged a protest against the move. Asked if any status quo has been directed on the matter, he said he had not received any such order as of now. Executive officer Satheesh's order stated that women overwhelmingly supported allowing women in churidars into the temple.

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Chiefs edge Broncos in OT thriller

And special teams didn't help. Houston led the way for that Chiefs defense. It's big momentum in a game like this. Big plays, no matter how or when they came, needed to be made. "This loss right here was on everybody offensively, defensively, special teams, coaching", Sanders said. "When I get into a game, I'll dominate.' He saves it for game day".

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Serial killer receives life sentence in murder of four young gay men

The IPCC confirmed it is investigating how police handled the response to the four deaths. Three bodies were found in a graveyard, while the fourth was discovered outside, propped up against the communal entrance to the block of flats where chef Port lived.

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Camber Pharmaceuticals and Hetero Drugs support World AIDS Day

Deb says after her diagnosis it took five years before she ever said the term HIV out loud. In 2015, 39,513 people in the USA were diagnosed with HIV , but the annual number of new diagnoses declined by 9 percent over the course of four years, from 2010-2014, WorldAIDSDay.org reports.

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Cuban Embassy opens condolence book for Castro

The shock victory of President-elect Donald Trump has cast uncertainty over Obama's two years of moves to restore ties with Cuba. Announced Saturday by the party's central committee, the broadcast said the 90-year-old former leader was to be cremated.

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Alain Juppe concedes defeat in French conservative presidential primary

With votes from four-fifths of 10,228 polling stations counted, Fillon, who went into Sunday's second-round run-off as firm favorite, had won over 67 percent of the vote in a head-to-head battle with another ex-prime minister, Alain Juppe .

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State of Emergency to Be Extended Until July 15 in France

Parliament, which is debating the proposal on December 13, needs to approve this extension for it to come into effect. The state of emergency must "encompass all electoral operations" Cazeneuve said at a meeting of the French cabinet, warning of the danger of those "who want to strike at the heart of our democratic values and republican principles".

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South Korean President Intends to Resign Amid Scandals

The opposition has been pressing for her impeachment and a discussion in the parliament is scheduled on Friday to discuss the process. "I hope that the nation will move out of this turmoil and go back to its original trajectory". The latest Gallup Korea poll put Park's approval rating at 4 percent - the lowest it had ever recorded for any president since democratization in 1987.

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MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh Attend Ishant Sharma's Wedding

The wedding took place on Friday night, with many other celebrities reportedly joining the celebrations. The couple got engaged in a low-key function on June 19. Ishant also invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his wedding. Ishant posted pictures about his meeting with the PM on his social media accounts.

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Chiefs lose emotional leader Derrick Johnson to another season-ending Achilles injury

Despite his veteran status, Johnson tallied 116 combined tackles, four sacks and two interceptions a season ago. Once he exited the game, the Chiefs mostly put an extra defensive back - safety Daniel Sorenson - on the field in his place, rather than inserting another linebacker.

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Wisconsin Presidential Recount Begins December 1

Stein is seeking recounts in MI, where Trump won by a smaller 10,704 vote margin and in Pennsylvania, where Trump won by 70,638 votes. That means that 4.8 million ballots will have to be recounted by hand by the December 13 deadline. Tollefson said a hand count of the number of ballots will be done by the group. Stein had grumbled about the $3.5 million price tag, calling it exorbitant, but she had agreed to pay it.

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PM: We just need to get on with Brexit deal

Replying to a group of Conservative MPs who said the lack of clarity over the rights of United Kingdom nationals elsewhere in the European Union, and EU citizens based in Britain, had caused "anxiety and uncertainty", Tusk wrote that this was entirely caused by the Brexit vote, and that the MPs' argument "had nothing to do with reality".

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Valley man remembers Tennessee roots as fire death toll increased to 13

He added that power outages and limited cellphone reception prevented that alert from reaching some people, while wildfires were ravaging the area. "It certainly is distressing and saddening to all of us, and we are extending our sympathy to all the families that are involved", Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said.

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As Trump claims to have saved Carrier jobs, details are hazy

His speaking style, while calmer than on the campaign trail, was similar to the seemingly stream-of-conscious efforts of the past year. Trump also said today that companies won't be able to outsource jobs without consequences, although Carrier is still moving jobs to Mexico in this deal without any consequences.

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'The Vampire Diaries' Mid-Season Finale Recap: Christmas and Murder in Mystic Falls

Therefore, tonight started with Stefan writing a new letter to Elena, explaining how he would spend the last 24 hours with loved ones, while at the same time trying to figure out a way to avoid this arrangement. Caroline calls Bonnie and Enzo to tell them not to come over. She said that Nina could always reprise her role as Elena if she wants to. Stefan's dreamworld - Well , did you really think that he was dead? Before fulfilling his part of the deal, Stefan has one wish.

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House Democrats to Vote on Leadership as Nancy Pelosi Faces Challenger

Lynch calls the recent election "an epic failure and another lost opportunity". The leadership election was supposed to be held two weeks ago but it was postponed amid grumbling and questions by some House Democrats about Pelosi's stewardship after the party came away with only a net gain of six seats from the November 8 elections.

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Trudeau defends Castro remarks after backlash, adds Cuban leader was a dictator

Yankemell Barrera, a 20-year-old student, said Castro wasn't a strong presence in his life and that he wasn't much affected by his death or planning to go to any of the memorial events. Castro died on Friday night at the age of 90. "Fidel is the people". Klobuchar said she hopes Trump takes a new look at the issue after he's sworn in on January 20.

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Stein files federal lawsuit in Pa. recount push

President-elect Donald J. Trump has called the Green Party's efforts here and in Wisconsin and MI, where recounts are already underway, a scam. The recount requested by began in Ingham County and Oakland County Monday after U.S. "Not many people replied to my text message at 12:30 this morning", said Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum. Early Monday a MI judge dismissed petitions from Trump's lawyers, who called Stein a "bottom-dwelling candidate", and the state's Republican attorney ...

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Reports abducted jogger Sherri Papini has skipped town with family

In an effort to counter online comments suggesting her disappearance was a hoax, Papini's husband, Keith , even sent a statement to "Good Morning America" that detailed her injuries, saying she was tortured, beaten and starved before her captors let her go.

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Peter Tatchell disrupts Jeremy Corbyn speech with Syria protest

The Labour leader's speech was cut short as Tatchell and a number of other protesters took to the stage. Mr Tatchell then said: "What is happening in Aleppo is a modern day Guernica", a reference to bombing of the Basque town in 1937 at the behest of Spain's nationalist government.

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Quake will come if I speak in Parliament: Rahul Gandhi

The Congress vice President said that when he gets a chance to speak about demonetization in the House, "the Prime Minister will not be able to even sit there". We are persuading Congress, TMC and CPM from November 16 to participate in the discussion on demonetisation. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday (09 December) accused the government of not allowing him to speak in Parliament on demonetization, which he dubbed as the "biggest scam", and said he would reveal in the House ...

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Trump appoints pro-life Governor Terry Branstad as ambassador to China

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next United States ambassador to China, choosing a longstanding friend of Beijing after rattling the world's second largest economy with tough talk on trade and a telephone call with the leader of Taiwan.

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Obama to Give Final National Security Speech as President

And he called the Guantanamo Bay prison a "blot on our national honor". Many lawmakers and human rights groups have denounced waterboarding , an interrogation technique that simulates drowning, as torture. But he also conceded that the war against terrorism wouldn't have a satisfying ending, at least in the model of more traditional combat missions. Meanwhile, the U.S.

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Austria elects independent Alexander Van der Bellen president, rejects the far-right

France is facing another major test of Europe's populist forces in its presidential election in five months, as far-right leader Marine Le Pen hopes to ride swelling anti-immigrant, anti-EU sentiment to the presidency. Oskar Deutsch, head of the community, recently endorsed Mr Van der Bellen, despite the fact that some Austrian Jews reject the Green Party's stand on the Middle East conflict.

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South Korea Parliament impeaches scandal hit president Park Geun-hye

Though Park said she would step down step down if the Assembly asked her to and she is now refusing, lawmakers in South Korea expect to have the votes needed to remove her from office and replace her with the country's prime minister.

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A Hollywood epic: Kirk Douglas writes script for 100th birthday

In a departure from his cynical big-screen roles, Douglas brought real sympathy to his portrayal of tortured artist Vincent Van Gogh in Vincente Minnelli's biopic - and the actor earned his third Oscar nomination for Best Actor. "I loved that picture", said Douglas. The iconic film actor revealed in the article that he believes his love for his wife Anne is the secret to his longevity.

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Dreamworld re-opens six weeks on from deaths

The theme park has been closed since the fatal October 25 incident, which killed Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low. The ride has been shut off for demolition. The funds will then be distributed to the ride victims' families through the GIVIT Appeal. Davidson declined to comment on whether financial settlements with relatives of the victims were in negotiation or finalised.

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Bodies of Brazil Soccer Team Killed in Crash Arrive Home

The bodies of those victims will be carried during a funeral procession through Chapeco on Saturday, ending with a ceremony at the team's stadium."The #Chapecoense will remain in our memory for their perseverance and tenacity". Quiroga requested urgent permission to land before the audio went silent. As the jetliner circled, the pilot grew more desperate. "Complete electrical failure, without fuel", he said.

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Life Expectancy in the US Falls for the First Time in Decades

Life expectancy for Americans was 78.8 years in 2015, a drop of 0.1 year in 2014. The people dying more from those diseases were white men, white women, and black men, which all saw increased death rates between 2014 and 2015. "There are lots of things about this that are unexpected". The increase in the age-adjusted death rate in 2015 was highest among white women (1.6 percent), followed by white men (1.0 percent) and black men (0.9 percent).

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Fans React to 2017 Grammy Nominations

The Grammy Awards are sipping all of Beyonce's lemonade . The 59th Grammy Awards will be presented at a gala in Los Angeles after voting by 13,000 music professionals. Adele's album 25 was a blockbuster, selling more than 10 million copies in less than a year. She has already won 20 awards, and if she wins eight this year, she would surpass Alison Krauss as the most-honoured woman in Grammy history.

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Brexit: Legal Battle Over UK's Single Market Membership

But in a reference to Theresa May's bid to win both in her Brexit deal plan, the notes say: "What's the model? have cake and eat it ". EU leaders and the executive European Commission, whose lead negotiator will be Michel Barnier, have stuck to a mantra of "no negotiation before notification" of Brexit under Article 50 .

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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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