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Dec 13, 2018

Senate Votes Thursday on Yemen Measure Aimed at Punishing Saudis
54, proposed as a punishment for the killing of dissident columnist Jamal Khashoggi, would aim to end U.S. assistance for Saudi Arabia's war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. President Donald Trump has sought to play down Saudi Arabia's responsibility for the killing and dismembering of Khashoggi, instead choosing to emphasize the importance of the two countries' alliance.

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Dec 12, 2018

Japan plans tighter regulation of tech giants
Japan is planning to tighten regulation of tech giants like Google and Facebook after an expert panel called for better oversight on competition and privacy, an official said Thursday. Japan has followed in the footsteps of other countries in scrutinising the dominant role played by the world's largest information technology companies, including Big Four tech firms Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. Despite bringing benefits, tech giants "tend to monopolise the market through their features such as... low costs and economies of scale," the report said.

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Dec 12, 2018

Chinese state media urges Canada to defy U.S., free Huawei exec
SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Canada should distance itself from U.S. "hegemonism" and grant unconditional freedom to Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of China's Huawei detained in Vancouver on Washington's request, state-owned tabloid Global Times said in a Thursday editorial. Meng, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, has been accused by U.S. prosecutors of misleading banks about transactions linked to Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating sanctions. The United States needs to make a formal extradition request within 60 days of her arrest, which a Canadian judge will weigh to determine whether the case against Meng is strong enough.

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Dec 12, 2018

Lawmaker arrested for child cruelty says he spanked daughter
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker arrested on suspicion of child cruelty said Wednesday the allegation stemmed from spanking his 7-year-old daughter.

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Dec 12, 2018

Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion
Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The claims, so far, fall short of the record $12 billion in wildfire-related insured losses sustained in California in 2017, most of that from more than a dozen blazes that swept a large swath of wine country north of San Francisco Bay, killing 46 people. This year, the Camp Fire that erupted on Nov. 8 has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $7 billion of the total.

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Dec 12, 2018

Jailed former Venezuela oil minister dies in state custody
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nelson Martinez, the jailed former head of Venezuela's state-run oil giant PDVSA who was arrested last year as part of anti-corruption purge, died in state custody Wednesday, authorities said.

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Dec 12, 2018

Cohen takeaways: As Trump's former lawyer heads to prison, political and legal implications grow for White House
Michael Cohen's 3-year prison sentence and the detailed description of his crimes will be difficult for the Trump White House to dismiss.

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Dec 12, 2018

Democrat Pelosi agrees to term limits, smoothing road to be House speaker
Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Wednesday she supports a proposal that would limit the terms of senior Democratic leaders, likely paving the way for her to reclaim the speaker's post in January when her party takes control of the chamber. "For some time, there have been a number of conversations to advance a proposal to institute term limits for senior leadership positions in our caucus," Pelosi said in a statement announcing her support for the plan. After Pelosi's announcement, a group of seven House Democrats who had not previously pledged their support said they would back her when the full House votes on Jan. 3.

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Dec 12, 2018

4th conviction in Los Angeles murder of Chinese student
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 21-year-old man was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the beating death of a University of Southern California graduate student from China.

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Dec 12, 2018

Love Triangle, Not Alligators, Caused Florida Man's Death, Confessed Killer Testifies
A Florida man testified this week about fatally shooting his best friend ? who

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Dec 12, 2018

Brazilian couple get light sentences in grandson's abduction
HOUSTON (AP) — A wealthy Brazilian couple were sentenced Wednesday to minimal U.S. prison terms for helping their daughter keep her son in Brazil for the past five years in violation of the terms of her divorce to the boy's American father.

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Dec 12, 2018

Attorneys for ex-Baylor student break silence over rape case
Attorneys for a former Baylor University student accused of rape have broken their silence after a judge allowed the former fraternity president to avoid serving jail time, attacking the ex-fraternity president's accuser and saying she gave "inconsistent" statements to the prosecution. Attorneys Mark Daniel and Tim Moore said that a statement in a Waco, Texas, court Monday by the woman who accused Jacob Walter Anderson was "riddled with distortions and misrepresentations." They said Anderson and the woman were seen by many people "kissing passionately" at a fraternity party where she says the assault occurred. Anderson's attorneys had declined comment when Judge Ralph Strother accepted a plea agreement Monday allowing Anderson to avoid jail or be listed as a sex offender.

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Dec 12, 2018

Correction: California Wildfires-Cleanup story
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Dec. 11 about California wildfires, The Associated Press reported erroneously that insurance carriers paid $11.8 billion to 2017 Northern California wine country wildfire victims. Insurance companies paid $10 billion.

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Dec 12, 2018

UK's Theresa May: Quiet, steely vicar's daughter
LONDON (AP) — She is a quiet, determined vicar's daughter who rose to the heights of British political power by outmaneuvering better known, more outspoken men.

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Dec 12, 2018

Chinese Arrest and Trump's Boast Drag Trudeau Into Huawei Feud
State security officers seized Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat on leave from the foreign service, in Beijing on Monday, in relation to a national security investigation. The arrest comes nine days after Canada's capture of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities. Meng was granted bail Tuesday, and while the timing of Kovrig's arrest has analysts suggesting a possible tit-for-tat motivation, neither China nor Canada has yet linked the two cases.

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Dec 12, 2018

U.S. Crackdown on Saudis Over Yemen War Being Debated in Senate
The resolution would seek to end U.S. assistance for Saudi Arabia's war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The United Nations has said as many as 14 million people could be at risk in Yemen coming months as famine spreads.

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Dec 12, 2018

Melania Trump makes first lady history with ride in Osprey
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Melania Trump made history Wednesday by flying in a V-22 Osprey aircraft and onto the deck of an aircraft carrier.

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Dec 12, 2018

Turkey vows to take on US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey will launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria "within a few days," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, a move likely to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States.

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Dec 12, 2018

How Nancy Pelosi Masterfully Dismantled Trump
Did you catch Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D) in action Tuesday? The California

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Dec 12, 2018

Defying Trump, U.S. Senate advances resolution to end support for Saudis in Yemen war
Eleven of Trump's fellow Republicans voted with Democrats to provide the 60 votes needed to advance the war powers resolution in the Republican-led chamber, paving the way for debate and a vote on U.S. involvement in a conflict that has created one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. The vote was largely symbolic because the House of Representatives is not expected to take the matter up this year. Trump has threatened a veto.

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Dec 12, 2018

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, and it'll be a special one
Get ready for what might be the best meteor shower of 2018.  The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks late at night on Thursday into the wee hours of the morning Friday, could bring more than 100 meteors per hour to light pollution-free skies in dark areas around the world, according to NASA. That's a whole bunch of meteors. "If you can see the familiar winter constellations Orion and Gemini in the sky, you'll see some Geminids," NASA explained in a skywatching video. "Expect to see up to 120 meteors per hour from a dark sky location, but only after the first quarter moon sets around midnight your local time. From the Southern Hemisphere, observers should see fewer but still plenty of medium-speed meteors once Gemini rises above the horizon after midnight local time." Perhaps the best thing about a meteor shower is you don't need any special gear to see it. All you need to do is bundle up and head out to a dark area with little cloud cover and an unobstructed view of the sky to see the shooting stars.  Even if you're in a light-polluted part of the world, you still might be able to see at least a handful of meteors per hour. If you can't leave a city, try to find a dark park or a somewhere with as little artificial light as possible and get comfortable. Patience is your best friend when watching a meteor shower.  Grab a warm jacket or blanket and plan to camp out for quite a few hours to see as many meteors as you can. And remember, it takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dar

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Dec 12, 2018

5 Democrats Bail Out Paul Ryan And Protect Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON ? Five Democrats saved House Republicans from an embarrassing floor

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Dec 12, 2018

Ex-lawyer blames Trump 'dirty deeds' as he gets 3 years
Donald Trump's former lawyer apologized Wednesday for covering up the "dirty deeds" of his ex-boss as he was sentenced to three years for multiple crimes including hush money payments implicating the US president. Pleading for leniency in a packed Manhattan courtroom before US District Court Judge William H. Pauley III, Michael Cohen said he had been led astray by misplaced admiration for Trump. Cohen's lawyers had argued for no jail time after he admitted charges brought by federal prosecutors in New York of tax evasion, providing false statements to a bank and illegal campaign contributions.

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Dec 12, 2018

What next for Brexit as May wins leadership battle?
What happens to the Brexit process now Prime Minister Theresa May has defeated Wednesday's challenge to her leadership? May's 200 to 117 win over her rebel Conservative MPs was closer than expected, but means she cannot face another no-confidence challenge from within her party for 12 months, giving her some breathing space as she attempts to tweak her deal and get it through parliament. The British leader has said she still plans to bring her Brexit deal to a parliamentary vote some time before January 21, but Wednesday's result shows the daunting task which lies ahead.

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Dec 12, 2018

Police hunt across eastern France for Strasbourg Christmas market attacker
Witnesses told investigators the assailant cried out "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greater) as he launched his attack on the market, the Paris prosecutor said. The prosecutor, Remy Heitz, also suggested the suspect may have chosen his target for its religious symbolism. "Considering the target, his way of operating, his profile and the testimonies of those who heard him yell 'Allahu Akbar', the anti-terrorist police has been called into action," Heitz told a news conference.

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Dec 12, 2018

It's All About Modi as India Prepares for Mammoth 2019 Election
Four-and-a-half years after crushing the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty's latest scion as he swept to victory, Modi still cultivates his image as a diligent, incorruptible son-of-a-tea-seller who strives to make India a prouder, more powerful country. BJP leaders expect to triumph by focusing the campaign on Modi versus opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and by zeroing in on religious issues—including a controversial temple—that will consolidate India's majority Hindu voters, said a senior BJP official who asked not to be named discussing strategy.

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Dec 12, 2018

Turkey to launch operation against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria 'in a few days'
Ankara and Washington have long been at odds over Syria, where the United States has backed the YPG Kurdish militia in the fight against Islamic State insurgents. Turkey says the YPG is a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against the state in southeastern Turkey for 34 years. Turkey has already intervened to sweep YPG fighters from territory west of the Euphrates in military campaigns over the past two years, but up until now, it had not gone east of the river - partly to avoid direct confrontation with U.S. forces.

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Dec 12, 2018

Michael Cohen pleads guilty to 9 counts including tax, bank fraud
President Trump's former longtime attorney and fixer was sentenced to 36 months in prison for tax evasion, tax fraud and campaign violations.

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Dec 12, 2018

The Latest: Russian envoy knocks UN policy on Iran
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. Security Council session on Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal (all times local):

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Dec 12, 2018

Fiance Of Missing Colorado Mom Is Cooperating With Police, Lawyer Says
The fiance of a Colorado mother missing since Thanksgiving is praying for her

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Dec 12, 2018

Sanctions Will Harm Only the Iranian Regime, Not the Iranian People
That is why Washington must maintain them.

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Dec 12, 2018

Has Anyone Else on Team Trump Lied to Congress?
"Mr. Cohen's crimes implicate a far more insidious crime to our democratic institutions especially in view of his subsequent plea to making false statements to Congress," Pauley noted before giving him a three-year sentence. Almost two weeks ago, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying about the Moscow venture.

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Dec 12, 2018

Trump says he's not worried about impeachment - but after what just happened to Cohen, he really should be
Sometimes Donald Trump opts for illusion, sometimes elision. In an interview with Reuters the day before former lawyer Michael Cohen was jailed for three years for making hush money payments on the eve of the election, Trump said he was not concerned about the threat of impeachment. The payments were a civil matter, he insisted, despite the fact his own Department of Justice considered them a criminal breach of campaign finance laws.

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Dec 12, 2018

French police hunt gunman after Christmas market attack
Hundreds of French anti-terror police are hunting for a fugitive gunman who attacked Christmas shoppers at a market in the eastern city of Strasbourg while shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest), officials said Wednesday. The attack in the heart of the medieval city as the annual Christmas market was closing on Tuesday night left two dead, 13 injured and crowds of traumatised witnesses. The suspect, a 29-year-old Strasbourg native identified as Cherif Chekatt, opened fire with a handgun and stabbed passers-by during his rampage, France's anti-terror prosecutor Remy Heitz said Wednesday.

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Dec 12, 2018

Twitter Users Taunt Michael Cohen For Newly Ironic Anti-Hillary Clinton Tweet
Michael Cohen was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison Wednesday, nearly

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Dec 12, 2018

The Latest: Insurance claims at $9 billion from fires
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires all times local):

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Dec 12, 2018

Israeli woman wounded in Palestinian attack loses baby
A baby who was delivered prematurely by emergency Caesarean section to an Israeli woman wounded in a Palestinian drive-by shooting died in hospital on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Shira Ish-Ran, seven months pregnant, her husband and five others were injured in Sunday's attack at a bus stop outside the Jewish settlement of Ofra in the occupied West Bank . The Palestinian gunman fled the scene, Israel said.

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Dec 12, 2018

The Sources of Iranian Conduct
Iranian policy remains the same despite the Trump administration's "maximum pressure."

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Dec 12, 2018

Factbox - Who might be Britain's next prime minister if May goes?
MPs in British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party on Wednesday triggered a confidence vote in her leadership over Britain's planned divorce from the European Union. May has vowed to fight on as leader, but if she loses the confidence vote later on Wednesday she will be out of a job, and a contest to replace her will begin. The former foreign minister is May's most outspoken critic over Brexit.

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Dec 12, 2018

Cohen sentenced to three years in prison
A U.S. judge has sentenced President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in prison for hush money payments to two women during the 2016 election campaign. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Dec 12, 2018

Police hunt through eastern France for Strasbourg Christmas market attacker
Witnesses told investigators the assailant cried out "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greater) as he launched his attack on the market, the Paris prosecutor said. The prosecutor, Remy Heitz, also suggested the suspect may have chosen his target for its religious symbolism. "Considering the target, his way of operating, his profile and the testimonies of those who heard him yell 'Allahu Akbar', the anti-terrorist police has been called into action," Heitz told a news conference.

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Dec 12, 2018

Michael Cohen jailed for three years as he says it was his duty to cover up Donald Trump's 'dirty deeds'
Michael Cohen issued a stinging rebuke of his former boss Donald Trump on Wednesday as he was sentenced to three years in prison, insisting it had been his job to cover up Mr Trump's "dirty deeds".  Cohen, who served as Mr Trump's lawyer and fixer for a decade, likened his sentencing to a moment of "freedom" as he would no longer be bound by his relationship to his former employer. The sentence hearing followed Cohen pleading guilty earlier this year to four crimes: tax evasion, lying to a financial institution, lying to Congress and breaking campaign finance laws.  The last of those involved paying two women who claimed affairs with Mr Trump - porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal - to stay quiet before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen has claimed in court that Mr Trump directed the payments - something the US president has denied. Mr Trump has also suggested such payments would not amount to crimes. Michael Cohen served as Donald Trump's personal lawyer for a decade Credit: AP Appearing in a New York federal court on Wednesday, Cohen appeared to fight back tears at times as he made his case for leniency while his parents, children, wife and in-laws watched on.  "This may seem hard to believe but today is one of the most meaningful days of my life," Cohen said. "The irony is today is the day I get my freedom back. I have been leading a personal and mental incarceration ever since the fatef

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Dec 12, 2018

Michael Cohen Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison For Crimes Committed As Trump's Lawyer
A federal judge in Manhattan sentenced President Donald Trump's former

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Dec 12, 2018

The Latest: Cohen: I covered up Trump's 'dirty deeds'
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for President Donald Trump (all times local):

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Dec 12, 2018

Detained Canadian in China being probed for harming state security
The state-run Beijing News said on Wednesday that Kovrig, who works for the International Crisis Group (ICG), had become the subject of an investigation by the Beijing State Security Bureau. "Canadian citizen Michael John Kovrig was on Dec. 10 investigated in accordance with the law by the Beijing State Security Bureau on suspicion of engaging in activities that harm China's state security," the newspaper said in a brief report.

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Dec 12, 2018

Pope removes two cardinals linked to sex abuse allegations from his inner circle
Two leading cardinals allegedly linked to sexual abuse have been dismissed from Pope Francis' inner circle. Australian Cardinal George Pell and Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz have been removed from the so-called C9 Council of Cardinals, an advisory body set up by Francis, the Vatican said on Wednesday. Cardinal Pell, appointed head of the Vatican's economic secretariat by the pope in 2014, has taken a leave of absence to fight allegations of historic sexual misconduct in Australia. He is still officially in charge of Vatican finances, a position considered one of the most powerful in the Catholic hierarchy. Francisco Errazuriz Ossa has been accused of covering up allegations against abusive priests in Chile. Congolese Laurent Monsengwo, 79, who retired as archbishop of Kinshasa in November, is also leaving the advisory council. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke announced the changes on Wednesday, saying Francis had written to the three prelates individually in October, "thanking them for the work they have done for the past five years." In a statement Mr Burke said the Pope had reflected on "the work, structure and composition" of the council after meeting council members in September. Chile's Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa has also been removed Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File At its latest meeting this week the advisory body discussed a variety of issues from Vatican spending constraints to the special conference on the protection of minors

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Dec 12, 2018

The art of the apology: Lessons from anti-LGBTQ tweeters Kevin Hart and Kyler Murray
Is there a statute of limitations on our old, nasty selves? And why is apologizing so hard? LGBT missteps by Murray and Hart are a teachable moment.

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Dec 12, 2018

Greedy Liar or Flawed Family Man? Cohen Fate Rests on Answer
Cohen confessed nine crimes this year after federal prosecutors said that he had concealed income and evaded taxes, orchestrated a scheme to violate campaign finance laws at the height of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and lied to banks and Congress. Hours before the sentencing began, media trucks lined the street outside the lower Manhattan courthouse, and Michael Avenatti, the Trump agitator and lawyer for one of two women who Cohen helped pay off in the run-up to the election, appeared in court to watch the proceeding.

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Dec 12, 2018

What next for Brexit as May faces a leadership battle?
What happens to the Brexit process now, as Prime Minister Theresa May fights a challenge to her leadership? The embattled leader toured European capitals on Tuesday in an attempt to seek concessions on her Brexit deal, less than four months before the March 29 date when Britain is set to leave the European Union.

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Dec 12, 2018

Pope removes two cardinals hit by sex scandals from group of close advisers
Pell has taken an indefinite leave of absence from his job as head of the Secretariat for the Economy, one of the most powerful posts in the Vatican, to defend himself from prosecution for historical child sexual offences in Australia. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said: "The Holy See has the utmost respect for Australian judiciary. The other member removed from the so called C-9 - a group of nine cardinals that meets periodically with the pope in Rome - is Francisco Javier Errázuriz of Chile.

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Dec 12, 2018

Theresa May Could Be Ousted As British Prime Minister Today. Here's What to Know
She faces a vote of no confidence after lawmakers revolted over Brexit

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Dec 12, 2018

Trump uses terror attack in France to push U.S. border wall
President Trump on Wednesday offered the deadly shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg as evidence the United States needs stronger border security.

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Dec 12, 2018

Trump 'may intervene' in Huawei case, as concerns rise over detention of former Canadian diplomat
Donald Trump, the US president, has said he would intervene in the case of arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing.  "If I think it's good for the country, if I think it's good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made - which is a very important thing - what's good for national security - I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary," he said in an interview on Tuesday with Reuters. Ms Meng, 46, the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecoms giant and daughter of its founder, was granted a £6m bail deal, also on Tuesday, by a Canadian court while she awaits an extradition hearing to the US following her arrest on December 1 at Vancouver airport.  She has been accused of conspiracy to defraud banks after the company allegedly violated sanctions against Iran. The charges have been denied.  China on Sunday summoned the US ambassador to Beijing to lodge its "strong protests", calling the case "extremely egregious." Her contentious arrest comes amid an increasingly bitter trade dispute between Washington and Beijing, and the growing row over the case destabilised stock markets further last week.  Protestors gather outside the Supreme Court in Vancouver Credit: James McDonald/Bloomberg Ms Meng's detention has also soured Beijing's relations with Canada, with China warning Ottawa of "grave consequences" if she was not immediately released.  China's arrest on M

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Dec 12, 2018

US military identifies 5 dead in warplanes crash off Japan
TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. military has identified five Marines who were declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast.

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Dec 12, 2018

France hunts gunman who cried 'Allahu akbar' in Christmas market attack
A fugitive gunman who opened fire on Christmas shoppers at a market in Strasbourg,eastern France, shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) during his killing spree, French officials said Wednesday as anti-terror police joined a giant manhunt. Witnesses said the suspect, a 29-year-old Strasbourg native identified as Cherif C., cried "Allahu Akbar" as he opened fire with a handgun and stabbed passers-by, France's anti-terror prosecutor Remy Heitz said Wednesday.

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Dec 12, 2018

Palestinians offer new details of Israel's botched Gaza raid
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The small town of Abassan in the Gaza Strip is a tough place to infiltrate — everyone knows everyone else and outsiders passing through quickly attract attention. So when strangers drove through town, suspicious Hamas security men stopped the van and questioned those inside.

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Dec 12, 2018

Pompeo says new Mexican government 'great' on immigration: Fox
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday praised the new government of Mexico on immigration issues and said the two sides have discussed the importance of stemming the flow of undocumented migrants before they get to the U.S. border. "The incoming administration's been great," Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News, citing conversations about how to control traffic from Guatemala and Honduras along Mexico's southern border. "We have to control that border that is ours and they have to control that border that is theirs." Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office on Dec. 1.

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Dec 12, 2018

Trump Uses France Terror Attack To Push For His Border Wall
President Donald Trump on Wednesday cited the terror attack in Strasbourg,

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Dec 12, 2018

OPEC offsets Iran oil loss, sees lower 2019 demand
In a monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said 2019 demand for its crude would fall to 31.44 million barrels per day, 100,000 bpd less than predicted last month and 1.53 million less than it currently produces. Worried by a drop in oil prices and rising supplies, OPEC and its allies including Russia last week agreed to return to supply cuts next year. OPEC expects global oil demand to slow next year and sees little support from the economic backdrop.

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Dec 12, 2018

2 dead in Christmas market attack in Strasbourg, France; gunman still at large
Senior French official Laurent Nunez said the attacker - a former prison inmate who has been identified as a suspected extremist \- could have fled to nearby Germany.

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Dec 12, 2018

Trump 'storms out and throws briefing papers across floor' after extraordinary televised row with Pelosi and Schumer
A frustrated Donald Trump reportedly threw briefing papers across the White House floor following his chaotic televised meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer were widely considered to have bested Mr Trump after the 72-year-old was goaded into admitting he would be "proud" to partially shut down the government if congress refuses to approve $5bn in border wall funding. Following the dispute, Mr Trump "stormed out" of the Oval Office, and, holding a folder of briefing papers, "scattered them out of frustration - threw them across the room", according to the LA Times' White House reporter Eli Stokols.

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Dec 12, 2018

When Impeachment Is Mandatory
Does the House of Representatives have discretion to decide whether to impeach him? Or does the Constitution require it to do so? The simplest answer, and the best, is that the Constitution requires the House to do so.

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Dec 12, 2018

Strasbourg shooting: Suspect who was on terror watchlist 'may have crossed into Germany'
The manhunt for a suspected terrorist who killed two and left a third victim with irreversible brain damage in Strasbourg, eastern France, spread to Germany on Wednesday as authorities confirmed he shouted "Allahu Akbar" before opening fire. Another 12 people were injured, with at least two in a critical condition from head injuries. The Strasbourg-born suspect has been named as 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt, who is believed to have gone on the" killing spree with a gun and long knife near the city's famed Christmas market, visited by two million people every year. Speaking after the attack Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said: "The terrorist threat is still at the heart of the life of our nation."  As police launched a call for witnesses and 720 officers hunted for the suspect, questions were raised last night as to why he was considered a potentially dangerous radical in France but nothing more than a common criminal in Germany. Rémy Heitz, the Paris prosecutor, said the suspect had 27 previous convictions in France, Germany and Switzerland for theft and armed robbery. Cherif Chekatt, the Strasbourg terror suspect Credit: Twitter He was first flagged to authorities at the age of 10. He was added to a watchlist of potential Islamist while in prison in France in 2015 for "practising a radical form of religion". Since then, France's domestic intelligence agency, the DGSI, has kept tabs on him. However, a spokeswoman of Germany's Federal Crim

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Dec 12, 2018

Trump administration asks top court to restore asylum order
The U.S. Justice Department asked the court to lift a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules issued by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar. Trump has taken a hard line toward legal and illegal immigration since taking office last year. Citing what he called an overwhelmed immigration system, Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9 that authorities process asylum claims only for migrants crossing the southern U.S. border at an official port of entry.

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Dec 12, 2018

Texas executes man convicted of 1993 murder
Alvin Braziel, 43, was pronounced dead at 7:19 p.m. local time, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Asked by the warden if he had any last words before he was put to death, Braziel expressed thanks to "all those overseas, Italy and France, for their support for death row prisoners. Braziel was convicted and sentenced to death in 2001 for attacking Douglas and Lora White at gunpoint while they were on a walk along a jogging trail at Eastfield College, a Dallas-area community college, on Sept. 21, 1993, according to court documents.

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Dec 12, 2018

Britain's leader Theresa May to face no-confidence vote amid Brexit turmoil
Prime Minister Theresa May could be ousted from power. Lawmakers are unhappy with her deal to leave the European Union.

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Dec 12, 2018

Indian girl seeks father's arrest over broken promise to build lavatory
Millions of Indians do not have access to sanitation and open defecation is a problem, even in developed, industrial states. The girl, E. Hanifa Zaara, didn't want to go out in the open and won a promise from her father to build a lavatory indoors, said police officer A. Valarmathi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has been pushing a campaign to build 100 million toilets over five years but the drive has not covered large parts of the country.

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Dec 12, 2018

Turkey plans new military operation in Syria in a 'few days': Erdogan
Ankara and Washington have long been at odds over Syria, where the United States has backed the YPG Kurdish militia in the fight against Islamic State insurgents. Turkey says the YPG is a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against the state in southeastern Turkey for 34 years. Turkey has already intervened to sweep YPG fighters from territory west of the Euphrates in military campaigns over the past two years, but up until now, it had not gone east of the river - partly to avoid direct confrontation with U.S. forces.

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Dec 12, 2018

UK leader May fights leadership revolt, warns Brexit in peril
Less than four months until the United Kingdom is due to leave on March 29, Brexit is plunged into chaos with options ranging from a potentially disorderly no-deal departure to another referendum that could reverse it. "A change of leadership in the Conservative Party now would put our country's future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it," she said. According to the rules, May could be toppled if a simple majority of Conservative lawmakers vote against her, though a significant rebellion could also undermine her position.

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Dec 12, 2018

Michael Flynn Asks To Avoid Prison Because He Cooperated With Russia Investigation
President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn has

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Dec 12, 2018

Turkey says to launch new operation against Syria Kurd militia within days
Turkey will launch a new operation in Syria within days against a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a terrorist group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. "We will start an operation to free the east of the Euphrates from the separatist terrorist organisation in the next few days," Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara, referring to territory held by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

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Dec 12, 2018

This Potential Presidential Candidate Is On A Mission To Restore Tip Jars To Airport Lounges
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) was hanging out in a United Airlines airport

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Dec 12, 2018

Fueled by Jamal Khashoggi murder, Senate poised to open historic debate on U.S. role in Yemen war
The Senate will vote Wednesday on a measure to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, where a civil war has killed thousands

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Dec 12, 2018

Holiday tipping: Here's who you should include and how much you should give them
How much should you tip your doorman, hairstylist and babysitter this holiday season? Here's a tipping guide.

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Dec 12, 2018

France hunts gunman after three killed at Strasbourg Christmas market
Hundreds of police and anti-terror forces hunted Wednesday for a gunman who shot dead three people and wounded 13 at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, with the suspect known to police and thought to be an religious extremist. The attack took place Tuesday around 8 pm (1900 GMT) in the heart of the medieval city in eastern France as the market was closing, sending crowds fleeing for safety. The suspected shooter, a 29-year-old from the south of the city, was on a watchlist of suspected extremists and "is actively being hunted by security forces," local officials said in a statement.

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Dec 12, 2018

France: Suspected gunman named, had long police record
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Hundreds of police and soldiers hunted Wednesday for a suspected extremist who sprayed gunfire near one of Europe's most famous Christmas markets, killing three and wounding at least 13 in the eastern city of Strasbourg and putting the whole country on edge anew.

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Dec 12, 2018

Eyes in the sky capture carbon, other climate culprits
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — A growing fleet of satellites is monitoring man-made greenhouse gas emissions from space, spurred by the need to track down major sources of climate changing gases such as methane and carbon dioxide.

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Dec 12, 2018

Trump claims he's ‘not concerned' about impeachment because there would be a ‘revolt'
Donald Trump has insisted he is "not concerned" about the threat of impeachment because "the people would revolt if that happened". The president, who has been implicated in campaign finance violations admitted by his former personal lawyer, claimed it would be "hard to impeach somebody who hasn't done anything wrong". Federal prosecutors said last week that Mr Trump had directed Michael Cohen to make six-figure payments to two women to stop them speaking about alleged affairs with the Republican candidate ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

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Dec 12, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Takes Steve King Gaffe, Fires It Right Back At GOP Critics
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) hit back Tuesday via Twitter at

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Dec 12, 2018

Pelosi's Team Under Rising Pressure to Pursue Trump Impeachment
Likely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants, under rising pressure to take a more aggressive stance, point to the risks of derailing important policy goals if they are seen as focusing on scoring political points through impeachment. "Our position has been, is now and I think will be: until the Mueller investigation is over, it's premature to discuss what action ought to be taken as a result of it," Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the incoming majority leader, said Tuesday.

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Dec 12, 2018

CFO of China's Huawei freed on bail, leaves courthouse
The CFO of China's Huawei Meng Wanzhou has been freed on bail and is shown leaving a courthouse in Vancouver, as she awaits a hearing for extradition to the United States. No reporter narration.

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Dec 12, 2018

China Says It Has No Information on a Former Canadian Diplomat Allegedly Detained in Beijing
China's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it had no information about a former Canadian diplomat detained in Beijing in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a leading Chinese executive.

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Dec 12, 2018

China says detained Canadian may have violated NGO law
Beijing said Wednesday a detained former Canadian diplomat may have violated Chinese laws if he carried out work in the country because his employer is not legally registered in China. Michael Kovrig, a senior adviser at the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank, was detained by Chinese state security in Beijing on Monday night, according to ICG.

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Dec 12, 2018

Palestinian child dies of wounds after border clash: Gaza ministry
A four-year-old Palestinian boy has died after being injured during clashes between the Israeli army and protesters along the Gaza border, the health ministry in Gaza said. "Ahmed Abu Abed, aged four years and eight months, died as a result of the wounds he received last Friday east of Khan Yunis," health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said in a statement late Tuesday. The Israeli army said it was reviewing the incident, while accusing Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas of using residents as cover for attacks.

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Dec 12, 2018

Former minister Paterson submits letter of no confidence in UK's May
Former British minister Owen Paterson said he had submitted a letter of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May in the hope of triggering a leadership challenge. "I write to inform you that I no longer have confidence in the Prime Minister," he said in a letter to the senior lawmaker who would oversee any leadership challenge.

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Dec 12, 2018

Huawei executive gets bail in case rattling China ties
A Canadian court granted bail on Tuesday to a top Chinese telecom company executive wanted in the United States in a case that has rattled relations between China and the North American allies. The conditional release of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, came hours after the detention of a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing further stoked tensions. Meng, who faces a US extradition bid on charges related to alleged violations of Iran sanctions, was granted Can$10 million (US$7.5 million) bail, ordered to surrender her passport and will be subjected to electronic monitoring.

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Dec 12, 2018

UN reports more suspected Iranian missiles found in Yemen
More suspected Iranian-made weapons have been found in Yemen, the UN says in a report that will be discussed Wednesday by the Security Council. The Gulf monarchies and United States accuse Iran of supporting Huthi rebels in Yemen -- and see this as justification for the military campaign they have been waging in Yemen since 2015. Iran supports the rebels politically but denies supplying them with arms.

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Dec 12, 2018

Pakistan rejects US rebuke on religious freedoms
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Wednesday condemned a U.S. decision to add it to a list of nations that infringe on religious freedom, calling the move "unilateral and politically motivated."

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Dec 12, 2018

Stacey Abrams Says She'll Run Again After Losing Fierce Battle For Georgia Governor
Stacey Abrams is not done yet.

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Dec 12, 2018

Analysis: A rancorous first glimpse of new Trump-Dem dynamic
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first encounter with newly empowered congressional Democrats produced a striking Oval Office display that revealed how ill-prepared he is for the biggest political challenge of his presidency.

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Italy's far-right minister visits Israel, drawing criticism
JERUSALEM (AP) — One of Europe's most divisive political figures, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, opened his visit to Israel Tuesday with warm words of support for his hosts, condemning Hezbollah as a "terrorist" organization and denouncing rising waves of anti-Semitism in Europe.

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Attack at Christmas market in French city kills 3, wounds 12
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — A man who had been flagged as a possible extremist sprayed gunfire near the famous Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg Tuesday, killing three people, wounding up to a dozen and sparking a massive manhunt when he got away. France immediately raised its terror alert level.

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Dec 12, 2018

Crisis Group says no word from China on detained Canadian employee
ICG, a policy forum focused on conflict resolution, said in a statement sent to Reuters Kovrig was detained by state security officials in Beijing on Monday night. Neither China's Foreign Ministry nor Ministry of Public Security has responded to requests for comment. China's Ministry of State Security has no publicly available contact details.

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Dec 11, 2018

Ex-Trump aide Flynn does not deserve jail, lawyers say
US President Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn does not deserve jail for lying about his contacts with Russians after Trump's 2016 election win, his lawyers argued in a memorandum on Tuesday. In a court filing before his December 18 sentencing in Washington, the lawyers asked that he be sentenced to a maximum of one year on probation, with minimal supervision conditions along with 200 hours of community service. The request is in line with a recommendation last week from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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Dec 11, 2018

Strasbourg shooting: Terror suspect on the run after killing three and injuring 11 at Christmas market - latest news
Three killed and 11 injured in shooting at Christmas market Injured terror suspect identified as Cherif C remains on the run  Police raided suspect's home on morning of the attack Attacker armed with an automatic pistol and knife A suspected terrorist is on the run after killing at least three people and injuring 11 more in the eastern French city of Strasbourg near its Christmas market.  Around 350 people, including police, troops and helicopters were on the heels of the attacker who had "sowed terror" in the city, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said. French authorities are treating the shooting as a terrorist act after identifying the gunman, named Cherif C, as a radicalised 29-year old from the city on a "S" security and terror watch list. Anti-terrorist prosecutors have opened an investigation. Questions were being raised over how the assailant had managed to evade capture on Tuesday morning. Police were due to arrest him over a botched armed robbery but he had escaped and grenades were found at his home. He was being investigated over an attempted murder, a source told AFP. Hours later, shortly before 8pm, the assailant went on the rampage in Strasbourg's city centre in the bustling rue des Ofrèvres armed with an automatic pistol and knife. Police reported the attacker was shot and wounded by patrolling soliders before he fled the scene. According to France Info, the wounded suspect to

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Dec 11, 2018

Strasbourg shooting: Terror suspect on the run after killing three and injuring dozen at Christmas market - latest news
Three killed and 11 injured in shooting at Christmas market Injured terror suspect identified as Cherif C remains on the run  Police raided suspect's home on morning of the attack Attacker armed with an automatic pistol and knife A suspected terrorist is on the run after killing at least three people and injuring 11 more in the eastern French city of Strasbourg near its Christmas market.  Shots were reportedly exchanged later in a street of the southern district of Neudorf after a manhunt involving police and soldiers but there was no confirmation he had been located.  French authorities are treating the shooting as a terrorist act after identifying the gunman, named Cherif C, as a radicalised 29-year old from the city on a "S" security and terror watch list. Anti-terrorist prosecutors have opened an investigation. Questions were being raised over how the assailant had managed to evade capture on Tuesday morning. Police were due to arrest him over a botched armed robbery but he had escaped and grenades were found at his home. He was being investigated over an attempted murder, a source told AFP. Hours later, shortly before 8pm, the assailant went on the rampage in Strasbourg's city centre in the bustling rue des Ofrèvres armed with an automatic pistol and knife. Police reported the attacker was shot and wounded by patrolling soliders before he fled the scene. According to France Info, the wo

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Dec 11, 2018

$525-million wrongful-death lawsuit to be filed in shooting of man at Hollywood Walgreens, attorneys say
Attorneys for the family of a homeless man who was fatally shot by a Walgreens security guard in Hollywood earlier this month announced a wrongful death lawsuit against the company.

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Dec 11, 2018

At least three dead, 11 wounded in terror attack near famed Christmas market in France
Three people have been killed and 11 wounded in a suspected terrorist attack near a world-famous Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg.

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Dec 11, 2018

Modi's Terrible 24 Hours Boosts India Opponents Before 2019 Vote
First came the abrupt resignation on Monday night of Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel, which sent stock, bond and currency markets tumbling when they reopened on Tuesday. Then Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party faced defeat in three key states that he carried in his 2014 national victory, in what amounts to his biggest political setback since taking office. "The results reveal the declining political stock of Narendra Modi going into the national elections," said Katharine Adeney, director of University of Nottingham's Asia Research Institute.

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