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Jim Mallinder offers no consolation to Dylan Hartley after red card

Andy Farrell is part of Ireland's set-up and a year which started with the Pro12 failing to provide a Champions Cup quarter-finalist and Ireland's defence of their Six Nations title crumbling in the opening three rounds when they failed to win a match, ended with victories over New Zealand and Australia to follow a first away triumph in South Africa and five wins out of seven in the opening two European rounds.

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Putin: Russia, Japan could solve 70-year territorial dispute

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second right, speaks to a group of former residents of the Russian-held islands off Japan's major northern island of Hokkaido during a meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Monday, Dec.

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Corruption stories against me planted, says Kiren Rijiju

It's my duty to help people and it can not be called as corruption. The minister took to Twitter posting the letters and asking if helping the poor is corruption. Earlier this morning, Mr Rijiju, who is the junior Home Minister vociferously denied the charges, snapping "This is shameful, who has planted this news?" According to The Indian Express , in a 129-page report, CVO Satish Verma alleged an "elaborate conspiracy" involving contractors, NEEPCO officials and the West Kameng district ...

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Chemical tanker burns in Kenya highway crash, killing dozens

It rammed into a number of vehicle before exploding into flames. It happened in Naivasha, about an hour's drive north-west of the capital, Nairobi. At least 40 people were burnt to death in a chemical tanker explosion following a grisly road accident along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

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Qatar loosens rules for migrant workers

The problems is far more widespread in Qatar, where the foreign workers account for more than half of the total population (of the 2.5 million people living in the country, 1.5 million are expats). The new law replaces Qatar's notorious 2009 sponsorship law, widely identified as a key driver of the abuse of migrant workers. Measuring the effectiveness of the new laws would also take some time, she noted.

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Demonetisation fallout: 7 middlemen held; Rs93 lakh new notes seized in Karnataka

CBI also managed to secure Veerendra's remand for six days after he was produced in a court. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a senior official of the Reserve Bank of India in Bengaluru for alleged exchange of banned currency notes.

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Slager takes stand in motorist shooting trial

And today Slager took the stand and testified about his version of events. He described the Saturday of the shooting as a normal day until the moment he pulled over Mr. "Their greatest protection is the support of their community", he said, adding that to charge a police officer under these circumstances with the most serious criminal offense undermines the work of all those who wear a badge.

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Turkish military strikes Islamic State targets in northern Syria - army

Among the targets were six shelters, two ammunition stores, three checkpoints, two bomb vehicle production plants, three garages for armed vehicles and several gun emplacements. The city is of strategic importance to Turkey, partly because Kurdish-dominated militias have also been trying to take it from the jihadists. Turkey's counterterrorism operation is part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield launched in late August to ensure a terror-free corridor over Turkey's southern border ...

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Inflation rises above expectations in November

Petrol prices increased from 1.6p per litre to 115.4p per litre between October, after falling by 1.5p per litre a year earlier. Richard Lim, chief executive at independent research consultancy Retail Economics said: "The cost of living is rising at the fastest pace in over two years as the impact of weaker sterling begins to feed through to families".

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Texts to dad save 'kidnapped' British backpacker

The Mirror reported that authorities confirmed they had reached Heys and the man over 50 miles away from the hostel where the drive originally began. At one point, she convinced the man to stop at a gas station where she tried to tell an employee to help her. "I told the woman at the counter don't look out the window and draw attention but can you please call the police and take down that numberplate because the man I am with won't let me leave", she said.

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Kendall native serving with U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor

This visit comes after President Obam trod fresh ground by visiting Hiroshima, the target of the first Atomic bomb attack. Knowing that the jets critical to US air superiority would lead the 75th anniversary commemoration was "a real honor", said Pearl Harbor survivor Ira "Ike" Schab, a former North Las Vegas resident.

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Demonetisation biggest scam, needs to be investigated: P. Chidambaram

Addressing the media in the capital today, Chidambaram said: "This is the biggest scam of the year and must be investigated". Calling it the " biggest scam of the year " and demanding for an investigation, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has hit out at the government's demonetization move says a report in The Indian Express .

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US and Russia propose evacuation of rebels from Aleppo

Smoke rises following a Syrian government air strike on rebel positions, in eastern Aleppo , Syria, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The government seized large swathes of the Aleppo enclave under rebel control since 2012 in the offens. The resolution, sponsored by New Zealand, Egypt and Spain, sought to allow for the removal of the sick and wounded and to provide humanitarian aid workers enough time to get food aid and medicine into the besieged city.

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Nigeria Maiduguri: Two 'young girls' used as human bombs

The two young girls, approximately seven or eight years old, blew themselves up in the market on Sunday. The shopping area was full of people when the incident took place, police in Maiduguri , Borno state, said. But the Nigerian military's campaign against the jihadists is increasingly bogged down as it confronts suicide attacks, looting and indiscriminate slaughter.

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Syrian Observatory reports suspected gas attack in Islamic State area near Palmyra

The activist-run Palmyra Coordination Collective reports that the militants seized the city's military warehouse and its northern and western neighborhoods after taking several government positions, oil fields, and strategic hilltops in the surrounding countryside in a lightning three-day campaign.

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Syria rebels retreat in Aleppo in 'terrifying' collapse

The Syrian military says it has retaken 98 percent of eastern Aleppo , which the rebels seized in 2012. It's hard to know how many civilians remain trapped in eastern Aleppo , but 100,000 are estimated to still be living in the enclave.

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US Supreme Court lets Alabama execution go ahead

Lawyers for Smith argue that although the jury rendered a verdict of life without parole, the trial court overrode the jury's verdict and sentenced Smith to death. The Florida court interpreted the US court's earlier ruling in Hurst "to require jury findings of all aggravating circumstances; mitigating circumstances; and weighing rather than only requiring jury findings of one aggravating circumstance", Senior Assistant Attorney General Charmaine Millsaps and Assistant Attorney General John ...

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Michigan Supreme Court denies Jill Stein's appeal in recount case

That's in just four days. Stein wants federal judge Paul S. Diamond to order a recount of the Pennsylvania's paper ballots and conduct a forensic examination of the electronic voting machines. Stein lost two votes. State officials are now working to determine what that cost will be, he said. The only one that does is the right "to participate in a fair election, free from tampering or mistake".

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Trump picks ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

Trump says he will name his pick as secretary of state on Tuesday morning, and Fox News, citing unnamed sources, said it would be Tillerson. Mitt Romney posted on his Facebook page last night that he wasn't getting the job, writing "it was an honor to have been considered for Secretary of State of our great country".

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Ghana: Akufo-Addo wins presidential election

The nation's electoral commission has yet to release results from Wednesday's vote. Ghana's opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has won the tightly-contested presidential election after defeating President John Mahama, the country's Electoral Commission announced late on Friday (9 December).

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Syria activists say Islamic State has recaptured Palmyra, clashes in Aleppo continue

Meanwhile, the thousands of refugees from the region have already become a factor in the politics of Europe, boosting the rhetorical appeal of the far-right and providing a fillip to their nativist platforms. Konashenkov said the Russian military was providing civilians who have left eastern Aleppo with temporary accommodation, hot meals and medical assistance.

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Major rebel withdrawal from more Aleppo districts

He said he has been seeking shelter for himself and his family, fearing clashes or capture by the government. Meanwhile every attempt to negotiate peace ends in failure with Moscow and Washington pointing fingers at each other. Opposition fighters were "doing their best to defend what is left", he said. The government controls western Aleppo and its troops have made significant territorial gains in the east since its forces entered the enclave by ground on November 27, backed by continual ...

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Rs 2000 is a 'Stopgap Arrangement'

But before that we will withdraw that Rs 2,000 notes. "If you introduce new currency, it takes five to seven years to fake it", he said. When asked about the real motive behind demonetisation, Gurumurthy said it would be the first big step to weed out black money, helping record the unrecorded roaming cash in the economy.

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Fiorina talks hacking, China with Trump

But bygones appear to be bygones as she referred to Trump as a "champion" when she spoke to reporters after the meeting where she called China a "rising adversary". Later, after exiting the race as her support faded, Fiorina suddenly rejoined the fray by agreeing to be Sen. Ted Cruz 's running mate. "We must have President Trump - we can't have President Clinton." The New Jersey real estate scion helped guide Trump to victory and is poised to remain an influential adviser during his ...

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Romney on Secretary of State: 'It was an honor to be considered'

Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former MA governor, had met with Trump multiple times in recent weeks, fueling speculation that he was among the top contenders for top diplomatic post. The move was not surprising, though the announcement coming from the former MA governor's personal Facebook page is atypical. After Bloomberg and some other sources revealed this information on Monday night, the former MA governor also confirmed that he was not being considered for the ...

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Peter Lizdas: Is democracy worth preserving? Then electors must reject Trump

Neither leave the voters with a feeling of achievement in carrying out their civic duty. Under the measure, a state awards its electoral votes to the victor of the national popular vote . This, apparently, they can do, though some states might impose penalties. The victor takes all system practiced by the majority of the states including D.C.

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PDP's Ideozu wins Rivers West Senatorial seat

The Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State says it vehemently rejects the results as announced by the presiding officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission declaring the candidates of the All Progressives Congress - Magnus Abe, Barry Mpigi, Friday Nke-Ee, Innocent Barikor and others - winners of their respective offices in Rivers South East Senatorial District.

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Kerry says would be valuable for Trump to seek advice before calls

Asked whether any shift in policy should be read into the call, Pence said: "I don't think so". Pence, on NBC Sunday, said most world leaders will see the Taiwan call for what it is and predicted that "you're going to see in a President Donald Trump a willingness to engage the world but engage the world on America's terms".

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Large crowds to celebrate South Korean president Park Geun-hye's impeachment

It is alleged that after Ms Park became president in 2013, Ms Choi, 60, used their friendship to pressure powerful corporations into donating to foundations she controlled and then siphoned off funds for her personal use. "Can you hear the roar of the people in front of the National Assembly?" Parliament speaker said seven votes were disqualified, two members abstained and one member did not participate.

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Moving US Embassy To Jerusalem 'Big Priority' For Trump

The mayor of Jerusalem says that under the incoming Trump administration, he hopes the USA embassy in Israel will soon be on the move - but Palestinians are already crying foul. "He made it very clear during the campaign. and as President-elect I've heard him repeat it several times privately, if not publicly", EFE news quoted him as saying.

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Major New Study: Statins May Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

A new, large study suggests that if they do have that power, it may depend on the specific statin, and the gender and race or ethnicity of the person taking it. Pravastatin (Pravachol) and rosuvastatin (Crestor) were both associated with a reduced risk for only white women. Among atorvastin users, neither white nor black men saw any benefit while white women, black women and Hispanics saw 16-39 percent lower risk.

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Aleppo: Syrian government forces make significant gains

Mohammed Hassan al-Homsi, a native of the city who runs Palmyra News Network, said on Monday that many people were detained while fleeing the fighting, and that 15 pro-government fighters were also captured. The American proposal came during weekend talks in Geneva between US and Russian experts that were billed by United Nations and Russian officials as an important moment in trying to stop the bloodshed in the northern city.

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The US Is Sending 200 More Troops To Fight ISIS

The Pentagon said on Saturday the United States would deploy about 200 additional USA troops to Syria in the military campaign against the Islamic State (IS). Plans call for the SDF to envelope Raqqa with Kurdish fighters remaining outside of the city so Arab fighters can retake it from ISIS. The SDF has been a mostly Kurdish force with a smaller component of Arab fighters.

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Syrian military says troops control 98 percent of eastern Aleppo

An AFP correspondent in the government-held west of Aleppo said the bombardment of rebel areas could be heard and was among the heaviest in recent days. A USA official said Russian Federation, a key ally of Assad, has refused an American proposal for a temporary halt to the fighting to allow the safe departure of those remaining in rebel-held areas.

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Syrians flee Aleppo as government troops press on

A rebel commander from the Jaish al-Mujahideen group based in the Aleppo countryside said the IS attack was forcing the Syrian government to divert troops from Aleppo , where the army and its allies are on the verge of a major victory against rebels.


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