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President leaves for Malaysia today

Speaking at the forum, the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the Malaysian and Sri Lankan business communities should strengthen cooperation and invest in each other's country to enhance the bilateral trade and investment.

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Unemployment falls AGAIN and weekly earnings up despite Brexit, new figures show

Queensland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose 0.2 percentage points to 6.0% in November, tying with Victoria as the second lowest in the country behind New South Wales. Mr Barnett said he didn't share her view. Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA chief executive Deidre Willmott said the business community was calling on all political parties to commit to meaningful payroll tax reform to encourage employers to grow their businesses and create jobs.

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How are some getting crores in new notes? Supreme Court asks Centre

SC refuses to extend the use of demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in govt utility centres like hospitals, railway tickets etc. "We will see whether we can pass some orders today", a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice D Y Chandrachud said.

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Winter Storm Warning issued for most of Wisconsin

There were multiple wrecks and slide-offs Wednesday evening on Interstate 15 between Pocatello and Blackfoot and on Interstate 84 between Burley and Mountain Home as the snow intensified. Next week also appears to be a bit unsettled, with chances for snow remaining in the forecast through at least Wednesday. But on Friday snow is likely to pose a more widespread problem then flooding.

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For Trump's Top Diplomat, Questions Loom About Conflicts Of Interest

What will Donald Trump's presidency mean for the golf world (and for his many golf properties)? Backing from former Secretaries of State James Baker and Condoleezza Rice, and former Secretary of Defence Robert Gates carry "considerable weight", Flake said .

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Wikileaks reveals hacker of Clinton's mailbox

And beginning in October, the website began publishing almost 60,000 emails taken from the Gmail account of John Podesta, Clinton's campaign chairman. E-mails of the US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign were received from an insider, as Craig Murray, a Wikileaks envoy and former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan asserted.

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Graham: Russians hacked my campaign email account

He said he was told by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that his campaign had been hacked in June. "I think it's ridiculous to believe they didn't", Graham said on CNN . "Not just here", he said about the Russians. Earlier this month, the USA intelligence community did conclude with "high confidence" that Russian Federation was behind the hacking activity that targeted several Democrats in Washington D.C.

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Russian opposition leader Alexi Navalny announces presidential bid for 2018

If he wins, he could rule until 2024, when he would turn 72. On a website headed with the slogan, "it's time to chose", he listed corruption, the concentration of the country's wealth in the hands of a tiny elite, the failure of the court system to deliver justice to ordinary people, and lies in the Russian media as campaign issues.

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UN's new chied Antonio Guterres selects women for three top positions

Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as my Deputy Secretary-General, and Ms. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil as my Chef De Cabinet ". These include our Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Climate Agreement, the successful launch of the first Sovereign Green Bonds in 2017, the ongoing Ogoni clean-up and development of the Great Great Wall.

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Trump's new USA envoy to Israel seeks Jerusalem base

He is considered a key force behind the incoming president's relatively hard-line pro-Israel positions, including supporting moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."The bond between Israel and the United States runs deep, and I will ensure there is no daylight between us when I'm President", Trump said in a statement Thursday evening.

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Black smoke swirls over Manhattan after hospital catches fire

A fire broke out at a construction site located at NYU Langone Medical Center on Wednesday. Officials told the news station around 12:30 p.m. that the hospital was not being evacuated and the flames did not appear to be a threat to patients.

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£900m for social care 'is not enough'

Council tax on an average Band D property in England was £1,530 in 2016/17, and a 3% rise would increase it by £45.90 next year and the same amount again in 2018/19. Wiganers could be hit with a council tax hike of up to four per cent if town hall chiefs accept a government bid to rescue ailing social care services.

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Oil prices edge up as Kuwait cuts supplies by more than expected

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 31 cents, or 0.61 percent, at $51.21 per barrel. "We expect oil prices to range between US$50 and US$60 a barrel when the agreed cuts start" in January, Marzouk told reporters. The U.S. did not participate in the negotiations to cut production but stands to benefit from a rise in oil prices. Recent hedging activity has allowed drillers to lock in prices for future deliveries of oil at $55 a barrel, a price that makes more of their ...

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Democrats warn Trump hotel could turn into big headache

Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and André Carson (D-Ind.) claim the Trump transition team was notified about the imminent breach of contract, but has not yet responded . She pointed to his recent tweets about canceling an Air Force One contract that led to a subsequent drop in Boeing stock, which Trump once reportedly owned , as an example of how the incoming president could violate the STOCK Act.

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Trump gets timing wrong on Russian Federation hacking

A Trump aide told reporters on a conference call about two hours after his boss's tweet that those looking to "delegitimize an election from last month" need to realize its results are going to stand. US officials have not contended, however, that Trump would have been defeated by Hillary Clinton on November 8 if not for Russia's assistance. Earnest said the reference to "senior-most officials" wasn't supposed to be subtle.

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Militants ambush police personnel in Manipur: Two cops killed, eight injured

The second ambush took place at Bongyang on a police team proceeding from Thoubal, killing Jiban on the spot. The attack took place at around 8.30 pm. all disputes must be resolved through dialogue". The two dead Manipur Police personnel have been identified as Md Ayub Khan and Hc Ngarei Marring, the police officer said.

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Judge says Colorado electors can't switch votes

The Colorado suit brought by Democratic electors Polly Baca and Robert Nemanich terrifies Trump, because it could state a federal court precedent that would free electors across the US from being bound by state laws to vote for their state's popular vote victor.

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Austrian house where Hitler was born to house charity agency

Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said the Government supported an architectural remodeling of the house where Hitler was born, near the border with Germany, in 1889, something that might include total demolition of the building. Never Again Fascism, Millions of Dead Warn". The property has been empty since 2011, when Austria became embroiled in a dispute with the owner, Gerlinde Pommer, whose family has owned the 800-square-meter building for almost a century and has been renting it to the ...

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Unemployment drops slightly in Rhode Island to 5.3 percent

That compares to a rate of 5.2 percent in October and 5.5 percent in November a year ago. Andy Condon, director of the state Department of Labor's Office of Research, is calling the "rapidly" declining unemployment rate "welcome news". The private sector grew by 3.1 percent or 81,500 jobs, and the public sector increased by 2.4 percent, adding 13,600 jobs. The labor force participation rate for White workers, which is the share of workers either employed or looking for jobs, continued a ...

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North Carolina Gov.-elect Roy Cooper to state lawmakers: Go home

The House and Senate passed separate bills created to limit the power of Governor-elect Roy Cooper. The bill would expand the state board to eight members: four appointed by the governor (two Democrat and two Republican) and two each (one Democrat and one Republican) appointed by the Senate president pro tem and House speaker.

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Lindsey Graham Says Campaign Account Hacked by Russia

Michelle Howard to run VA: report A bridge to the world will keep America afloat Senators praise decision to halt some Saudi arms sales, urge more action MORE's pick for secretary of State if the Exxon Mobil executive doesn't acknowledge Russian interference in the U.S.

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U.S. citizen surrenders to face cyberattack charges in NYC

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a statement said Aaron "worked to hack into the networks of dozens of American companies, ultimately leading to the largest theft of personal information from U.S. and using that information to manipulate stocks and undertake other schemes that netted hundreds of millions of dollars. In the breach, more than 83 million of JPMorgan's customers had their information stolen.

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Trump taps retired general, TV analyst for National Security Council posts

President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced his selection of Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, USA (Ret.) as Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary of the National Security Council and Dr. "It will be a great privilege to serve with them". She also worked as a foreign policy assistant and communications director for former President Richard Nixon from 1990 until his death in 1994.

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JonBenet Ramsey case: New DNA testing planned

The move comes after an investigation by the Boulder Daily Camera (https://goo.gl/5a8tLv ) and KUSA-TV in Denver that the news organizations say uncovered flaws in the interpretation of previous DNA testing. The bludgeoned, strangled body of 6-year-old JonBenet was found by her father in the basement of the family's home in Boulder, Colorado, on December 26, 1996, after her parents reported the child missing and a ransom note left in the house.

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DMK chief Karunanidhi readmitted to Kauvery hospital in Chennai

On December 1, the former state chief minister had been admitted in Kauvery hospital for what was described as "optimisation of nutrition and hydration" in statement issued by the hospital. Earlier in the day there had been much speculation on social media that the DMK chief was critical. The veteran leader's hospitalization comes days ahead of his party's General council, which is slated to be held on December 20 in Chennai .

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The Dollar Just Hit a 14-Year High

That's the first time it's fallen below $1.04 since early 2003 when the USA was readying for an invasion of Iraq. Drag on markets: Indian markets are likely to see some outflows and fall on Thursday, especially because more rate hikes could be in the offing.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: 'Stop whining' about Trump

He told Matt Lauer that Donald Trump won't really be involved in the show with that EP credit. Like Trump, Schwarzenegger is another celebrity-turned-politician who ran on the platform of being an outsider. "Like Obama said, it's not blue states, its not red states, it's the United States of America", he added. "For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for President", he tweeted in October.As proud as I am to label myself a ...

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Trump sign flashed at minority ball players prompts apology

Antonia Nunn , the woman who recorded the video, tells KSHB (Kansas City) that there's no doubt what the Warrensburg fans did that night was an act of racism . "I think in this case, [the Trump sign] was really the difference in what took this from something that was unsportsmanlike to something that was insensitive, not necessary, and inappropriate", Scott told the newspaper.

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Eurozone business activity ends year on upbeat note

A reading above 50.0 on the index indicates industry expansion, below indicates contraction. The reading was the highest since April 2011 and came in above economists' forecast of 53.7. "December's flash PMI signalled a strong end to the year for German private sector firms", said Philip Leake, economist at IHS Markit. The rise in export order books slowed slightly but was nonetheless strong enough to end the best quarter so far this year in terms of overseas sales, which companies have ...

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Rajya Sabha passes bill on rights of differently-abled

The house witnessed unusual cordiality with both the opposition and the ruling party setting aside their differences over the recent issues like Demonetisation, alleged misuse of office by Minister Kiran Rijiju on backdrop of a power project in Arunachal Pradesh started pitching for immediate passage of the bill.

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Bestival set to relocate to Dorset next year

Anyone who has purchased a ticket for Bestival already can claim a full refund. Rob Da Bank's festival will relocate to Lulworth Estate, the home of the family-orientated Camp Bestival , from September 7 to 10. Festival promoters say they are confident that their decade strong relationship with Lulworth and the significant amount of time and creativity they have invested into the site will make Bestival's move a positive one for both the event and festivalgoers.

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"Skirt-gate" at the Israeli Parliament

On Wednesday (Dec 14), dozens of skirt-wearing aides gathered at the entrance to parliament in support of those who were denied entry. Speaker Yuli Edelstein formed the panel Wednesday to make recommendations on uniform observance hours after parliamentary aides wore short skirts and dresses to the building to protest enforcement of the code, which had barred some from entering in recent days.

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CNN's Fake News Gets Trump-Hating Politico Reporter Fired

Of course, this raises the question: How can Ioffe objectively cover politics as a "journalist" when she clearly opposes Trump? Soon after, Ioffe, who was slated to start a new job at the Atlantic , issued a series of apology tweets in which she called her statement "tasteless" and "offensive".

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Trump hotel in Washington a conflict of interest

Trump and the GSA took more than a year to hammer out a 60-year lease for its use. Trump opened the luxury hotel to great fanfare just days before the election. The terms of the lease, however, appear to preclude any elected federal or D.C. official from holding the lease, which includes a provision that, "no member or delegate to Congress, or elected official of the Government of the United States or the Government of the District of Columbia, shall be admitted to any share or part of this ...

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Officer opens fire after vehicle struck downtown; suspect sought

But Dotson said the wound apparently came from the fence the man had scaled trying to escape officer, not from the gunfire. Around 5:45 Wednesday evening police received a call for a robbery in progress at the restaurant on South Grand. At a news conference, St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson said the suspect had just been released from federal prison. He was eventually taken into custody.


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