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'All we could do was stand there': She watched Oakland's inferno consume the one she loved the most

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:59:05 GMT

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When her girlfriend, Cash Askew, didn't respond to her texts that night, Taylor assumed she was having fun, dancing to the music.



US father who left 22-month-old son to die in hot car jailed for life

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:38:10 GMT

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Justin Ross Harris was supposed to drop Cooper off at his day care. Instead, he drove straight to work, parked his vehicle and went inside — leaving Cooper in the SUV.



John Key's heir apparent has a problem: He's not John Key

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:14:11 GMT

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New Zealand's next prime minister will have big shoes to fill after the shock departure of John Key.



Mass suicide fears after worshipped Indian female politician Jayaram Jayalalithaa dies

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:34:28 GMT

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Police in Tamil Nadu in south India are on high alert for fears that millions of grief-crazed supporters will swarm out onto the streets.



'No way they were going to survive': Texas sinkhole swallows two cars, killing a sheriff's deputy

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:16:32 GMT

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A deadly sinkhole in an industrial part of San Antonio swallowed two cars Sunday evening, killing one person and nearly trapping another who had to be rescued by passersby.



Mistrial declared in case of South Carolina officer who shot Walter Scott after traffic stop

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:13:12 GMT

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The jury has deadlocked in the case of a South Carolina police officer charged with murder after he was recorded on video last year firing a barrage of bullets at a fleeing motorist's back.



Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe to visit Pearl Harbour

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:25:04 GMT

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The visit comes after Barack Obama went to Hiroshima with Shinzo Abe in August.



Gunman motivated by 'pizzagate' conspiracy theory arrested in Washington pizzeria

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:47:05 GMT

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A man fired a rifle inside a Washington pizza restaurant that has been subjected to harassment based on conspiracy theories tying it to child abuse, the police said.



Donald Trump chooses Ben Carson to lead US housing, urban policy

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:20:27 GMT

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Dr Carson has never held public office and as recently cast doubt on his suitability for a Cabinet role, saying he would be "like a fish out of water" as a federal bureaucrat.



Boris Johnson gives up his Boris Bike but London pedals on

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:59:02 GMT

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He is London's most prominent advocate of cycling but Boris has been forced to give up his bike.



Dakota Access Pipeline: Protesters celebrate victory in fight over project

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:37:35 GMT

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"I don't know quite how to put into words how proud I am of our people," one member of the tribe said. "It's a beautiful day. It's a powerful day."



Taiwan call part of long-term strategy under Donald Trump, say insiders

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:57:58 GMT

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Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwan's leader was the product of a strategy devised even before he became a presidential nominee, say those involved in its planning.



New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's speech in full

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:47:21 GMT

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced he is retiring after eight years as the country's leader.



New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to resign

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:08:05 GMT

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced his retirement as the country's leader, saying he had "nothing left in the tank" and it was time to move on.



Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after issuing visas for decade

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:22:28 GMT

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Authorities in Ghana have closed a fake US embassy run by a criminal network that for a decade issued illegally obtained visas, the US State Department says.



'I will resign': Italian PM Matteo Renzi admits heavy referendum defeat

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:47:33 GMT

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is heading for a heavy defeat on Sunday in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution, according to exit polls.



Philippines veep quits cabinet after Duterte orders her to stay away

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:58:04 GMT

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After the president ordered her to stop attending meetings, his vice-president has quit her job as housing secretary.



Fidel Castro interred in rock: 'A man so large in a box so small'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:58:15 GMT

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Fidel Castro's ashes were placed in the niche of a boulder on Sunday, capping nine days of official mourning when hundreds of thousands of Cubans said farewell.



Death toll in California warehouse fire rises, more victims feared

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:58:19 GMT

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Recovery teams have so far found 30 bodies in the charred ruins of an Oakland, California warehouse a fire broke out during a weekend dance party



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

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:58:28 GMT

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Voters in Austria have rejected a shift to the far-right, with voters on Sunday endorsing Alexander Van der Bellen, the independent candidate for president.



Donald Trump says US companies that moved overseas would be making a 'very expensive mistake'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:58:31 GMT

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President-elect Donald Trump warned U.S. companies that moving manufacturing to other countries would be a "very expensive mistake" as they will face heavy new taxes.



Politician, two journalists dead in Finnish town shooting

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:49:21 GMT

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Three women including a local politician and two journalists were shot dead with a rifle in front of a restaurant in the small Finnish town of Imatra around midnight.



Cuba prohibits monuments in Fidel Castro's name

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:49:35 GMT

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Cuban President Raul Castro says his government will prohibit the naming of streets or public monuments after his brother Fidel.



Australian man charged after crashing multimillion-dollar McLaren F1 supercar

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:48:36 GMT

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An Australian man has been charged with careless driving after crashing a multi-million-dollar McLaren F1 supercar in New Zealand.



Magnitude 5.5 quake shakes New Zealand's South Island

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:49:44 GMT

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A magnitude 5.5 quake has been recorded in the upper South Island of New Zealand.



Austria and Italy go to polls in what could be one-two punch to European Union

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:24:03 GMT

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Austria could deliver the first freely-elected far-right head of state in Europe since World War II.



Russia seeks full withdrawal of Aleppo rebels as government troops advance

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:27:27 GMT

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Russia says it is ready for talks about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from the city, but rebels insist they won't leave.



Islamic State 'met to choose leader's successor' as caliphate shrinks

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:27:16 GMT

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The militant group summoned commanders to choose a successor to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims.



Accused soldier Bowe Bergdahl seeks pardon before Trump takes office

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:38:46 GMT

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US Army sergeant charged with desertion after being freed in a prisoner swap with the Taliban has asked Barack Obama for a pardon.



Leftist leaders join thousands to send off Fidel Castro in Cuba

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 03:44:36 GMT

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Tens of thousands of Cubans packed a public square to bid a final farewell to revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.



US racists, extremists hail Vladimir Putin, Russia as inspiration

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:08:05 GMT

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'I see President Putin as the leader of the free world,' says leader of fringe group aiming to preserve privileged place of whiteness in West.



Be very afraid: Trump claims his unpredictability is a strength in global affairs

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:14:34 GMT

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Barack Obama told Americans that the weight of the presidency would restrain Donald Trump. Now we know that everything is up for grabs.



Grieving Brazilian town receives bodies of soccer plane crash victims

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:36:52 GMT

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Brazil's president on Saturday bestowed honours on the victims of an air crash as Air Force troops unloaded 50 coffins flown in overnight from Colombia, site of the disaster this week that killed 71 people and wiped out a soccer team.



Fears up to 40 dead in California warehouse dance party fire

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:27:10 GMT

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Authorities fear up to 40 people may have died after a massive fire broke out during a late-night party in a warehouse that housed artist studios in Oakland, California.



Greek PM, France's Hollande to reach deal on Greece bailout

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:58:27 GMT

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and French President Francois Hollande agreed that a deal on Greece's bailout review must be reached by Monday, when euro zone finance ministers are meeting in Brussels, Tsipras' office said on Saturday.



Indonesian police plane with 15 on board missing

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:21:11 GMT

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A twin-engine Indonesian police plane went missing on Saturday with 15 people on board en route to the island of Batam, south of Singapore, police said.



'Koala bears and kangaroos ... [and] torture islands': Australia is an icon of the far-right in Europe's refugee crisis

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:15:00 GMT

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Andreas Tölke, a German fashionista, threw open his Armani couch, the city of Hamburg opened up its schools, and Berlin turned department stores into shelters for thousands of families.



'Utterly unnecessary': Donald Trump slammed for provoking tensions with China

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:09:47 GMT

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A diplomatically explosive phone call between president-elect Donald Trump and the president of Taiwan risks provoking a cold war between the United States and China with potentially catastrophic economic and security implications for the region and the world, according to Bob Carr



China lodges diplomatic protest after Donald Trump's call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:39:02 GMT

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China has lodged a diplomatic protest after US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of diplomatic protocol by holding direct talks with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.



China's Xi says military must be smaller, but more capable

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:27:40 GMT

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China's military needs to put more focus on technology rather than force of numbers, President Xi Jinping said.



India, Afghanistan plan air cargo link over Pakistan

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:19:48 GMT

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Service aims to increase trade that is stymied because of tense political relations with Pakistan.



US veterans to meet with tribe elders in pipeline protest

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:39:08 GMT

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US military veterans to meet with elders to determine how they can aide activists protesting a pipeline project near a Native American tribe's reservation.



Police say treason arrests to prevent Jakarta rally being used to topple government

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:15:27 GMT

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Police have revealed predawn arrests on Friday were aimed at preventing opponents of the president using protests to topple the government.



Hong Kong officials widen legal attack on fledgling independence movement

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:28:03 GMT

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China-backed Hong Kong leaders have widened their legal fight against the city's fledgling independence movement, targeting four more lawmakers over oaths taken at a Legislative Council swearing-in ceremony in October.



Australian crashes multi-million dollar supercar in New Zealand

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:49:08 GMT

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One of the world's fastest vehicles, a McLaren F1 sports car, has come off the road during a tour in New Zealand.



Donald Trump blunders into conflict over Taiwan, knowing little and caring less

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:48:16 GMT

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By stumbling into one of the world's most fraught diplomatic disputes Donald Trump has again demonstrated he either knows or cares little about his new job.



Saudi central bank systems, government agencies struck by Iran malware Shamoon

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 04:37:15 GMT

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State-sponsored hackers who unleashed a digital bomb in key parts of Saudi Arabia's computer networks over the last two weeks damaged systems at the country's central bank.



Australian student Kaia Delaney slammed in US for gun stance

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:28:05 GMT

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An Australian university student has been slammed by Americans after she wrote an article on a popular US political website titled: What Australia Can Teach America About Guns.



New sentence for teen who murdered Melbourne baseballer Chris Lane

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:36:23 GMT

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An Oklahoma appeals court has thrown out the life sentence given to a teenager who was convicted of fatally shooting an Australian baseball player three years ago.



Donald Trump has ushered in a world without facts. That’s scarier than you think

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:07:48 GMT

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The president-elect’s inner circle is now utterly dismissing the existence of facts.



The $US1 million daily cost of protecting Donald Trump in New York City

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:54:12 GMT

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Two members of New York City's council are calling on President-elect Donald Trump to provide federal funds to reimburse the city for the $1 million-a-day cost of protecting him and his family in their home in Trump Tower on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.



Russia's obsession with whether PM Dmitry Medvedev is asleep or not

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:28:05 GMT

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Let's face it: Most political speeches tend to be a little boring. And Russian President Vladimir Putin is a man known for his ability to speak for a very long time — his marathon question-and-answer sessions have been known to last four hours or more.



Fear, then skepticism, over antibiotic-resistant genes in Beijing smog

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:59:06 GMT

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Reports that Beijing's already notorious smog contained bacteria with antibiotic-resistant genes spread through the city last week like pathogens in a pandemic disaster movie.



Nuclear deal at risk as Iran threatens retaliation over new US sanctions

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:51:22 GMT

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* Iran MPs to discuss bill aimed at suspending nuclear deal



Amid poverty and protests, Zimbabwe waits for Robert Mugabe to fall

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:48:06 GMT

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Edgar Garwe sits repairing mobile phones behind the counter of his tumble-down stall, worrying about a scarcity of customers and how he'll pay his two children's school fees.



Gambia president who vowed to rule for 'a billion years' handed shock election loss

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:57:48 GMT

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After 22 years in power, defeat and a concession from Yahyah Jammeh would be momentous. Human rights groups say he has routinely crushed dissent by imprisoning and torturing opponents.



Dozens of hearses needed as Brazil's Chapecoense plane crash victims begin their final journey

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:57:47 GMT

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Dozens of hearses carrying the coffins of those killed when a plane flying Brazil's Chapecoense football team crashed in Colombia left Medellin for the airport on Friday.



'This barbaric group of people want to destroy everything': call for governments to protect cultural treasures

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:15:00 GMT

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Khaled al-Assad was beheaded by Islamic State for protecting some of the world's most important artefacts - and now others are taking up his fight.



'We're poor, but we have a lot': The Cubans who want Fidel Castro's 'social peace' to continue

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:39:05 GMT

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Fidel Castro's death on November 25 at the age of 90 has forced Cubans to think about what kind of future they want for their island.



Why Ivanka Trump's Chinese-made clothing is a problem for her father

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:46:42 GMT

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If President-elect Donald Trump needs a lesson on the difficulty of reviving US manufacturing, he need look only as far as his daughter's closet.



High-profile Indonesians arrested ahead of major blasphemy rally in Jakarta

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:26:40 GMT

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Thousands gather in Jakarta for the latest rally demanding the city's Chinese Christian governor be jailed for his alleged insult to the Koran.



How Vladimir Putin, Iran's Supreme Leader and Saudi prince got OPEC deal done

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:56:31 GMT

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Saudi Arabia was finally persuaded to turn off its oil tap and buoy the markets in a three-cornered deal with Moscow and Tehran.



Shouting match erupts between Clinton and Trump aides

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:34:18 GMT

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The raw, lingering emotion of the 2016 presidential campaign erupted into a shouting match between Clinton and Trump aides on Thursday.



Brazilian Senate President Renan Calheiros charged

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:38:52 GMT

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Brazil's Supreme Court has indicted the president of the Senate, Renan Calheiros, for embezzlement.



In paralysed Brexit Britain, hunt for 'enemies of the people' on the horizon

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:56:39 GMT

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Britain is past the surprise of June's referendum and well into the stage of trying to make Brexit happen. Except it isn't.



Family 'sick' in wake of killings at a home in Pennsylvania community

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:07:58 GMT

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David Remaley said he had a "sick feeling" when he saw TV news video of police vehicles blocking the road to his son's home in rural Westmoreland County.



Russian space cargo ship breaks up on its way to International Space Station

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:28:02 GMT

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An unmanned Russian cargo ship loaded with more than 2.5 tonnes of food and supplies for the International Space Station has broken apart about six minutes after lift-off, Russia's space agency Roscosmos says.



'Aggressive' Unaoil raids born of 'ruse': company lawyer

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:58:43 GMT

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Lawyers for alleged corrupt company Unaoil argue that police should not be able to use material found in a raid on its Monaco office.



France's Francois Hollande says he will not seek second presidential term

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:17:37 GMT

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French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday he would not seek a second term in office in the presidential election in 2017.



Furious Russia sends warships after Ukraine missile drill

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:55:27 GMT

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Kremlin angered after the Ukrainian military fires missiles over the Black Sea in air defence exercise



Russia weaponised social media in US election, company says

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:17:27 GMT

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Russians, emboldened, now "more of a tank through the cornfield when they hack, not a whisper or a ghost."



Fake news: CNN anchor dumbstruck by Donald Trump voters convinced of mass voter fraud

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:07:48 GMT

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The clip from the US news network is both stunning and depressing.



Barack Obama says marijuana should be treated like 'cigarettes or alcohol'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:34:23 GMT

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US President Barack Obama said that marijuana use should be treated as a public health issue similar to tobacco or alcohol and called the current patchwork of state and federal laws in his country regarding the drug "untenable."



Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn accedes to the throne to become King Rama X

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:27:49 GMT

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Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn has acceded to Thailand's throne to become the 10th monarch of the Chakri dynasty that was formed in 1782.



World Chess Championship for the ages decided by high-speed tiebreakers

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:28:50 GMT

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After nearly three weeks, 'one of the most exciting championship matches in history' was decided at high speed.



'Ailing' Buzz Aldrin, second man on the moon, medically evacuated from the South Pole

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:07:52 GMT

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The adventurous Aldrin, 86, was visiting the South Pole as part of a tourist group when his condition deteriorated.



Bali murder suspect Sara Connor breaks media silence

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:26:49 GMT

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Bali murder suspect Sara Connor has insisted her British DJ boyfriend is not an aggressive person and said she can't believe what happened the night a Bali police officer died on Kuta beach.



'Under new administration': Brazilian students occupy hundreds of schools to protest reforms

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:46:41 GMT

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"Wanna occupy the school in protest against the reform?," asked a 16-year-old. A month later the uprising claimed 1000 high schools and 100 universities.



Fake news report on Muslim hardliner behind Jakarta rally linked to Australia, US-hosted website

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:56:37 GMT

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An incendiary fake news report distributed via Australia has added fuel to Indonesian jitters ahead of another huge demonstration on Friday.



Democracy under threat as young people warm to authoritarian rule, researchers say

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:19:59 GMT

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Young people around the world are increasingly rejecting democratic institutions and becoming drawn towards authoritarianism, according to a new research paper.



Colombia approves revised FARC peace deal, triggering disarmament

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 04:18:33 GMT

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Colombia's Congress has ratified a revised peace agreement with the country's largest rebel group, starting a six-month countdown to the disarmament of about 7000 combatants.



Ukraine prepares missile test near Crimea, angering Russia

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 02:59:41 GMT

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Ukraine was due to start two days of missile tests on Thursday - a move that has angered Russia, prompting it to put its air defence forces on high alert on the annexed Crimea peninsula.



New York thief grabs $2 million pot of gold from armoured truck

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 02:29:30 GMT

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New York police are searching for a green-clad man who swiped a 39 kg pail of gold flakes off an armoured truck two months ago and disappeared with the estimated $2.16 million in treasure.



Syrian crisis: Air strike kills the last clown of Aleppo, Anas al-Basha

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 02:40:05 GMT

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He was the clown who brought joy to the lives of children in a city that the United Nations has been warned is has begun a "slow-motion descent into hell."



Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense was low on fuel when it crashed in Colombia

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:27:08 GMT

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The pilot of the chartered plane told air traffic controllers he had run out of fuel and desperately pleaded for permission to land, according to a leaked recording.



Colombia plane crash survivor says brace position saved his life

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:51:24 GMT

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One of the survivors of a plane crash in Colombia that killed 71 people, and all but wiped out a Brazilian soccer team, says he believes he is still alive because he adopted the brace position as the plane went down.



Researchers may have 'found' many of China's 30 million missing girls

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 02:29:45 GMT

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Academics often talk about between 30 and 60 million "missing girls" in China as a result of preference for sons and the country's one-child policy.



Sara Connor's boyfriend David Taylor 'covered in blood'

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:28:19 GMT

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The evening after Australian woman Sara Connor and her British boyfriend David Taylor allegedly killed a Bali police officer, he told their hotel they were checking out because of a death in the family, a court has heard.



German militant Harry Sarfo, who denounced Islamic State, outed by them

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:04:59 GMT

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Sarfo's denunciations of the Islamic State caught the attention of the organisation.



Man drives through Tennessee wildfires to escape ravaged town

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:59:02 GMT

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A US man evacuating a wildfire ravaged passes a flaming mountain as he and his stepbrother make their escape in a truck.



Contagious H5 bird flu virus found in Ukraine, Egypt

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:47:52 GMT

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samples were taken from the dead birds and showed a positive result for highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza.



Donald Trump reaches out to Pakistan while CIA warns on Iran

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:45:50 GMT

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The director of the CIA has issued a stark warning to President-elect Donald Trump: Tearing up the Iran nuclear deal would be "the height of folly" and "disastrous."



Texas will require burial or cremation of aborted fetal remains

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:23 GMT

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Texas approved new rules this week requiring health care facilities that perform abortions to bury the fetal remains.



Tony Blair's political comeback dogged by Iraq War dispute

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:45:51 GMT

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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair's plan for a return to politics will have to overcome an old obstacle that won't go away: his decision to take the United Kingdom into the Iraq War.



US President-elect Donald Trump vows to 'leave' his business, but provides no detail

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:18:54 GMT

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US President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will be leaving his far-flung business "in total" to focus on running the country.



Haven in peril: Aceh activists lose class action over Indonesia's Leuser rainforest

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:27:47 GMT

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Activists warn the last place on Earth where elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses and orangutans coexist in the wild is in peril after a Jakarta court ruling.



Aussie schoolies teen shatters teeth in fall at Bali nightclub

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:57:05 GMT

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An Australian teenager has fallen down a flight of stairs at a Bali nightclub during schoolies celebrations, breaking his leg and shattering his teeth.



Tiny Belgium to get tinier as Netherlands grows after land swap

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:10:28 GMT

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Belgium and the Netherlands have agreed to swap parcels of land in a peaceful handover on a continent where borders have long been a source of bloodshed.



Husband of California woman Sherri Papini slams 'rumours' her disappearance was a hoax

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 02:27:00 GMT

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The husband of a California woman who disappeared while jogging three weeks ago, and then turned up on the side of a road badly beaten and chained to a "heavy object" has slammed those who suggested her kidnapping was a hoax.



Daily World Dispatch - Looking for clarity when uncertainty holds sway

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:05:56 GMT

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We are often told that people and markets don't like uncertainty. But sometimes uncertainty can serve the purposes of groups within society.