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Published: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:09:42 -0400

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Most Republicans believe Russia is meddling in U.S. election: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:09:42 -0400

(image) By Alana Wise WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Republicans believe Russia is attempting to influence the U.S. presidential election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, despite comments by the party’s nominee, Donald Trump, downplaying the possibility. Some 55 percent of U.S. adults, including 51 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats, said they thought Russia was trying to tip the scales in the Nov. 8 presidential election, according to the survey.

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Clinton holds lead, but pollsters say their job is harder

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:04:29 -0400

(image) By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Many opinion polls show Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Republican Donald Trump in a tight race for the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election, but any one of four factors may make the outcome harder to predict. Some high-profile stumbles worldwide - including opinion polls that missed Colombia's Oct. 2 rejection of a peace deal - underscore how technological, social and cultural shifts have made polling more difficult than ever. Highlighting the difficulties, the range varies from plus-13 for Clinton to a straight tie.

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Biden tops Clinton list for U.S. secretary of state: reports

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:45:45 -0400

(image) Vice President Joe Biden tops a short list for secretary of state that is being compiled by the transition team of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, two media outlets reported. Politico on Thursday night cited an unidentified source as saying Clinton and her aides were discussing how to approach Biden about the post, should she win the Nov. 8 presidential election. Most national opinion polls show Clinton, who served as President Barack Obama's first secretary of state, leading Republican Donald Trump in the race for the White House.

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Trump attacks Clinton on trade, says he should be handed victory

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:03:24 -0400

(image) U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump criticized Democrat Hillary Clinton on Thursday over her trade policies, saying she would handle trade deals so badly that the country should "just cancel the election" and name him the victor. Speaking to supporters in Toledo, Ohio, Trump said the North American Free Trade Agreement signed by Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, had led to the outsourcing of thousands of Ohio jobs to Mexico, a practice he vowed to stop if elected president on Nov. 8. Trump's remarks came as the New York businessman tries to steady rocky poll numbers amid a series of controversies and self-inflicted wounds.

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The Last 100 Days: Obama’s Biggest Mistake edition

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:00:30 -0400

(image) Ever since the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, presidents have been judged on the successes they notch during their first 100 days. Now, as Barack Obama prepares to end his historic turn on the political stage, Yahoo News is running The Last 100 Days, a look at what Obama achieved during his consequential presidency, how he navigates the struggles of his last months in office and what lies ahead for him after eight years filled with firsts. As Obama himself is fond of noting, he also spent his two terms as father to daughters Malia and Sasha and husband to first lady Michelle Obama.

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Michelle Obama at Clinton rally: ‘They are trying to get you to stay home’

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:05:45 -0400

(image) WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — First lady Michelle Obama campaigned with Hillary Clinton for the first time Thursday, urging an arena full of swing-state voters not to let Donald Trump’s “dirty and ugly” talk of a “rigged” election keep them from voting. “If you hear folks talk about … ‘this election is rigged,’ understand that they are trying to get you to stay home,” Obama told the crowd of 11,000 supporters at an arena at Wake Forest University. The rally drew one of the largest crowds for Clinton this cycle, and was the first time she’s had an event in an arena — a mark of the first lady’s star power.

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The real scandal behind the supposed ‘quid pro quo’ over a Clinton email

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:51:15 -0400

(image) Behind the latest controversy dragging U.S. national security officials into the middle of a hyperpartisan presidential campaign in ways that could have troubling repercussions long after the election.

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Washington Post traces the complex web of Clinton finances

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:44:03 -0400

(image) Washington Post investigative reporter Rosalind S. Helderman spoke to Yahoo News Thursday about another round of hacked emails revealing the connections among the Clinton family’s charitable endeavors, their roles as public servants and their personal finances.

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Tune in: Live coverage of Election Day 2016

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:15:42 -0400

(image) Join the Yahoo News team for coverage all day and night on November 8 for Election Day 2016. We’ll keep you updated on everything you need to know about races across the country, including a live results show Tuesday evening as the ballots are counted and winners declared.

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141 Arrested at Dakota Access Pipeline Protest as Police Move In

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 01:45:06 -0400

(image) Police arrested 141 people at a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota today as officers attempted to disperse the crowd, authorities said. Officers also used pepper spray against protesters who police said were throwing things at them and refusing to comply with law enforcement's orders. Three protesters had used devices to attach themselves to objects, presumably so they could not be moved from the site by officers, a press release from the Morton County public information officer said.

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Federal Agents Arrest 20 in International IRS Scam with Ties to India

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:40:00 -0400

(image) Federal authorities have arrested nearly two dozen people across the United States -- and charged more overseas -- in connection with a far-reaching IRS scam that used fear and intimidation to deceive victims. Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department agents took down a nationwide network of confederates who have allegedly been working with scammers to collect money from victims and send it overseas. In India, 32 people from five different call centers have been charged in the telephone fraud schemes.

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Sulfur Dioxide Plume Moving Across Iraq, Satellite Images Show

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:30:04 -0400

(image) New images released by NASA show a dangerous sulfur plume moving across northern Iraq in the wake of the battle to retake Mosul. As the Iraq military announced its operation to capture Mosul, which has been under ISIS control for over two years, ISIS set fire to the Al-Mishraq sulfur plant and Qayyarah oil field south of the city in an effort to provide cover from coalition airstrikes. NASA said its ozone monitoring instruments detected a large sulfur dioxide plume dispersing across northern and central Iraq as early as last week.

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US Senate candidate Kirk mocks rival's family military past

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:07:50 -0400

(image) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has raised his Democratic rival's immigrant background and mocked her family's history of military service, saying he had forgotten the congresswoman's "parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington."

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Army says 2-star general committed suicide

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:10:20 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army says the death of a two-star general on a military base in Alabama has been ruled a suicide.

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Ex-UK leader says voters should be able to reconsider Brexit

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:20:27 -0400

LONDON (AP) — Britain's former leader, Tony Blair, says the nation's voters should be given another chance to weigh in on whether the U.K. should leave the European Union.

Trump campaign downplays Clinton cash advantage

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:19:12 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump campaign on Friday downplayed federal filings showing Hillary Clinton with an $85 million cash advantage in the final stretch of the campaign.

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Democratic megadonor bankrolls ‘Republicans for Clinton’ super PAC

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:00:00 -0400

Billionaire Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz accounts for 70 percent of group’s funds.

The surprising way that governor candidates namedrop Trump, Clinton and Obama in TV ads

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400

Candidates for governor play the president card in unexpected ways

Will mushroom clouds turn Ohio voters away from Donald Trump?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:35:00 -0400

A Bill Bradley-backed super PAC is spending more than $820,000 on atomic bomb-themed ads.

Russian, US jets had near miss over Syria: US officials

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:04:24 -0400

(image) Aboard a US military aircraft (AFP) - A Russian fighter flew dangerously close to a US warplane over eastern Syria, US defence officials said Friday, highlighting the risks of a serious mishap in the increasingly crowded airspace.

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US economic growth accelerates to 2.9% in 3rd quarter

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:32:26 -0400

(image) US economic growth accelerated to a 2.9 percent annual rate in the third quarter, boosted by a big jump in exports and solid consumer spending, the Commerce Department reported Friday. In this initial estimate of gross domestic product, the Commerce Department also credited personal consumption for the positive result. "These data likely overstate growth significantly," Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics said.

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Sudden spike in violence kills four in east Ukraine

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:30:46 -0400

(image) Four people died in clashes between government forces and pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's separatist east, officials said Friday, the highest death toll since international peace talks held 10 days ago. The flare-up in the two-year conflict followed German Chancelor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande's efforts to breathe fresh air in a stalled peace process during talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko in Berlin. "Over the past 24 hours, as a result of fighting, one Ukrainian serviceman was killed," Kiev's military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters, accusing the rebels of "a sharp intensification" of attacks.

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German inflation hits two-year high in October

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:08:10 -0400

(image) German inflation picked up again in October to reach a two-year high, data showed Friday, suggesting the European Central Bank's unprecedented stimulus measures to boost prices may be delivering. Inflation rose by 0.8 percent this month compared to the year before, according to preliminary figures from Germany's federal statistics office Destatis, the first time it has hit that level since October 2014. The jump comes after inflation in Europe's economic powerhouse already soared to a 16-month high in September, buoyed by rising energy prices.

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Britain could hold second EU vote, says ex-PM Blair

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:01:17 -0400

(image) Britain's former prime minister Tony Blair said Friday there was nothing preventing a second Brexit referendum and warned that the break-up would be "very, very tough" as European leaders were in an unforgiving mood.

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Sweden refuses to suspend Assange's arrest warrant for funeral

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:58:36 -0400

(image) The Swedish prosecutor's office on Friday said it has rejected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request to temporarily suspend an arrest warrant so he could leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London and attend a funeral. "Julian Assange has requested that the Swedish prosecutor should grant him leave from the detention order and the European arrest warrant in order to go to a funeral," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

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Yemen rebel missile shot down near Mecca: coalition

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:22:45 -0400

(image) Yemeni rebels have launched one of their longest-range strikes against Saudi Arabia, firing a ballistic missile that was shot down near the holy city of Mecca, the Saudi-led coalition fighting them said Friday. Saudi Arabia has deployed Patriot missiles to intercept the rebel fire. Huthi rebels launched the missile "toward the Mecca area" on Thursday evening from their Saada province stronghold just across the border, a coalition statement said.

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Syria rebels launch assault to break Aleppo siege

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:17:38 -0400

(image) Syrian opposition fighters on Friday launched a major assault on government forces to break a months-long siege of rebel-held neighbourhoods of the battered city of Aleppo. Rebel groups including the powerful Ahrar al-Sham faction and former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front fired waves of rockets into government-held western Aleppo, killing at least 15 civilians, a monitor said. The rebels also targeted government positions east of Aleppo city and in the coastal province of Latakia, including the Hmeimim military base that is used by Russian forces allied with the regime.

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Headstone unveiled at Peres grave

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:10:43 -0400

(image) Israel unveiled Friday a headstone at the grave of ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres who died last month, at a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The unveiling, which took place at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemetery and was also attended by President Reuven Rivlin, is a ceremony held in line with Jewish tradition 30 days after a person's death. Peres was buried on September 30, two days after he died aged 93 following a major stroke, and a long list of world leaders including US President Barack Obama attended his funeral.

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The Shia Power Brokers of the New Iraq

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400

KARBALA, Iraq—The inner sanctum of the Imam Hussein Shrine shines day and night, illuminated by jeweled chandeliers. Their light is reflected in the mirrored domes of the roof, and gleams across the gold-framed marble walls. At the center of the shrine, a stream of pilgrims presses against the gilded grating that surrounds the sarcophagus of Hussein, grandson of the prophet Muhammad. In 680 AD, Imam Hussein was killed in the Battle of Karbala fighting the forces of the Umayyad caliph, his death cementing Sunni political dominance across the Islamic world. The battle was the point of no return in the schism between Sunni and Shia Islam, becoming the basis for the Shiites’ distinct rituals and identity, at the center of which is Hussein’s sacrifice.

Azerbaijan kills two suspected 'terrorists'

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:17:17 -0400

(image) Azerbaijani security services have killed two men suspected of plotting "terrorist attacks" in the secular ex-Soviet country with a mainly Muslim population, authorities said Friday. The two Azerbaijani nationals were shot dead during a special operation on Wednesday night, the oil-rich Caucasus nation's State Security Service said in a statement, adding that another suspected "terrorist" had been arrested. The three suspects had been mandated by "foreign radical religious terrorist groups" to create an armed group known as the Caucasus Jamaat to carry out attacks in the country of 9.5 million, authorities said.

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Dutch anti-Islam MP Wilders to snub hate speech trial

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:15:21 -0400

(image) Defiant Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders said Friday he will refuse to attend his hate speech trial next week, dubbing it a travesty aimed at silencing him as the country prepares for 2017 elections. The trial opens on Monday before a three-judge bench with the far-right politician facing charges of insulting a racial group and inciting racial hatred for comments he made about Moroccans living in the Netherlands. "It is my right and my duty as a politician to speak about the problems in our country," Wilders said in a statement Friday, dubbing the case "a political trial, in which I refuse to cooperate".

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Kurdish PM wants to discuss independence with Baghdad after Mosul

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:03:41 -0400

(image) Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region plans to renew its push for independence once the city of Mosul is retaken from Islamic State group jihadists, its prime minister said Friday. "The time has long been ripe for it, but we are currently concentrating on the fight against IS," Kurdish prime minister Nechirvan Barzani told Germany's Bild daily. "As soon as Mosul is liberated, we will meet with our partners in Baghdad and talk about our independence," he said according to the German translation.

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Economic woes abroad hit Moldova's migrant workers

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:23:54 -0400

(image) With an economic crisis in neighbouring Russia and growing uncertainty in Europe, the hordes of migrant workers from ex-Soviet Moldova face a huge dilemma: whether to return home to grim prospects or ride out tough times abroad. Wedged between Romania and Ukraine, the country of 3.5 million and one of Europe's poorest, has relied heavily on remittances from abroad to boost its agriculture-based economy. "I'm done with Russia.

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Spain's growth slowed but remained firm in the third quarter

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:20:11 -0400

(image) Spain's growth slowed but remained firm in the third quarter, official data showed Friday, just as the country emerges from 10 months of political crisis with the conservatives set to head up a minority government.

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Sisi promises to reexamine protest law

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:02:55 -0400

(image) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said the government will look into revising an anti-protest law and take recommendations on releasing jailed youths. Sisi's comments came at the end of a two-day "youth conference" on Thursday, an effort to reach out to young Egyptians as the country braces for austerity reforms to salvage its battered economy. Reading a series of conclusions at the end of the conference, Sisi said the government would look into revising the law passed in 2013, months after the former army chief overthrew his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi.

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Five key facts to know about Iceland

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 04:48:25 -0400

(image) Here are five key facts about Iceland, which goes to the polls Saturday in an election set to shake up the political landscape. Situated near the Arctic Circle, the Republic of Iceland consists of one large island -- the 17th largest in the world -- and several smaller ones. Surprisingly, given its location in the North Atlantic, Iceland enjoys a relatively mild climate thanks to the Gulf Stream.

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Maduro opponents tighten screws with Venezuela strike

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 03:00:03 -0400

(image) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro faces renewed pressure Friday as the opposition calls for a nationwide strike, which he has threatened to break with army takeovers of paralyzed firms. Up in arms over the authorities' decision to block a referendum on removing Maduro from power, the opposition has declared a 12-hour general strike, threatening to exacerbate the shortages of food and basic goods gripping the country. "This is a call to a citizens' strike for the people: to leave streets and workplaces empty... to pressure the government to obey the constitution and respect our right to choose," the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) said in a statement.

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Rancher yearns for Trump wall on US-Mexico border

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 01:45:12 -0400

(image) To many, Donald Trump's pledge to build a wall along the US-Mexico border is unrealistic. The 77-year-old, a fifth-generation rancher on the Arizona border with Mexico, says he has grown weary of seeing drug smugglers -- rather than just cattle -- on his ranch and a wall is the answer to his troubles. "I really admire Trump for having the insight and the knowledge to know what's wrong with the current border system," he said, as he surveyed the sprawling desert plains of his 75-square-mile ranch that stretches to the Mexican border.

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