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Unrest as Mosul civilians overwhelm aid trucks

The Iraqi government has been sending aid trucks in to help residents in the embattled city, but chaos has meant that they haven't gotten far into the city.

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US, China, EU couldn't agree on what "environmental goods" should get lower tax

The WTO was supposed to a broker a deal to lower tariffs on things like LED lights, but late requests by China derailed any hope of an agreement during this weekend's summit.

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Syrian government orders rebels to leave Aleppo or be killed

Forces loyal to Assad have made major gains in retaking the rebel stronghold, and rebel forces may soon be completely driven from the city.

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Fidel Castro laid to rest in private ceremony

The interment ended nine days of public morning, though Castro decreed before he died that no public streets or monuments were to be named after him.

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Moderate liberal wins Austrian presidency, beating Euroskeptic rival

Alexander Van der Bellen's election stands in contrast to recent wins by nationalist movements in Europe and elsewhere.

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'Low-level Yemeni militant' held for 14 years at Gitmo to be released

Shawqi Awad Balzuhair had ben held without charges at Guantanamo Bay for more than 14 years.

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How MH370 relatives are taking the investigation into their own hands

Relatives of passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing more than two years ago traveled to Madagascar this weekend to investigate. 

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Why Trump’s phone call with Taiwan is so controversial

President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen is drawing ire from China as concerns arise about stability of future Sino-US relations.

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The preservation warriors: saving the past for the future

As more of the world’s cultural monuments face destruction from ISIS and other groups, activists rush to preserve history with shovels and software. 

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With Mosul under siege, an unlikely chance to save ISIS-enslaved Yazidis?

When Iraqi forces moved on Mosul, IS moved enslaved Yazidis back to Syria, frustrating activists trying to free them. But their relocation might make it easier to find and rescue them.

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Rather than discriminating against ex-cons, this food business seeks them out

Lancaster Food Co. searches for job applicants who need help getting back on their feet, providing them with a livable wage. So far, not one has quit.

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How an Aleppo clown's mourners see the loss of a potent symbol

Anas Al-Basha, a clown and mental health professional, was killed earlier this week in an airstrike in eastern Aleppo.

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What Stephen Hawking learned from Brexit and Donald Trump

The world-renowned physicist has criticized both the election of Donald Trump and the British vote to leave the European Union as 'outpourings of crude populism.' But he says the rest of the world should pay close attention to both factions.

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Upset in Gambia election: The unlikely rise of 'no drama Adama'

Adama Barrow never planned on running for president. In fact, he only learned of his candidacy when he showed up to vote in September. On Friday, he was declared president-elect of Gambia.

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Opinion: Like it or not, government hackers gonna hack

Congress just implicitly blessed FBI hacking on a massive scale without any consideration of the privacy rights of innocent people. And even worse, they did it through an obscure process that minimized public debate.

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Where next for Brazil's embattled president?

Having assumed the presidency in May following the impeachment of his predecessor, Michel Temer has made some inroads into his reform agenda, but the political storm assailing his government poses a growing threat.

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Obscure legal change expands government hacking powers

A revision to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure allows law enforcement to hack suspects' computers regardless of jurisdiction. Civil liberties groups worry the change will harm individuals' privacy rights.

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Should companies be held liable for software flaws?

At an Atlantic Council event, cybersecurity experts said software liability laws could help safeguard the emerging Internet of Things.

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After helping put Renzi in office, Italian youth now look set to sink him

The Italian prime minister has staked his reputation on Sunday's referendum to reform Italy's inflexible political system. But younger voters are lining up strongly against his vision, despite their desire for change.

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China posthumously exonerates young man two decades after execution

The case highlighted the progress that has been made in the Chinese legal system, yet indicated issues that remain to be addressed.

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