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New Zealand prime minister resigns suddenly

On Monday December 12, National MPs will hold a special caucus meeting to select a new leader and later that day I will tender my resignation to the Governor-General. Collins, 57, is a lawyer who first entered parliament in 2002, and was appointed to the first Key cabinet six years later. Key said he would remain in parliament long enough to avoid a by-election but would step down as an MP before the next election. Read More

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Ohio GOP Votes to Add 20-Week Abortion Ban to Heartbeat Bill

Separately, members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee chose to merge Hite's legislation to establish a statewide diabetes action plan into House Bill 216, a larger bill encompassing various health care-related reforms. In the bill, legislators declare that the fetal heartbeat "has become a key medical predictor that an unborn human individual will reach live birth". Read More

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Why is Trump's Secretary of Defense Pick James Mattis Nicknamed 'Mad Dog'?

Why is Trump's Secretary of Defense Pick James Mattis Nicknamed 'Mad Dog'?

Meantime, Macquarie analyst Andrew DeGasperi wrote in a note Thursday that the selection of Mattis could lift demand for intelligence due to the former general's "views on re-engaging the U.S. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he's "confident the waiver allowing him to serve as secretary of Defense will be approved by Congress". President-elect Donald Trump says he will nominate retired Gen. Read More

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Conservatives are anxious Trump's Carrier deal could set a bad precedent

Trump said companies are not going to leave the US anymore "without consequences". "Just one after the other", Trump said to workers at the Indianapolis plant. James Mattis. Trump toured the plant in Indianapolis and shook hands with workers on an assembly line. The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says he'll wait until Donald Trump becomes president before looking at potential conflicts of interest involving Trump's business empire. Read More

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Delhi Police files FIR against 5 men for raping United States woman

Delhi Police files FIR against 5 men for raping United States woman

Last year a Japanese woman was drugged and raped by a tourist guide in the western city of Jaipur, less than a month after six men gang-raped a 22-year-old Japanese tourist in the eastern city of Calcutta. Minister of external affairs, Sushma Swaraj tweeted that she has requested the USA ambassador for India to contact the victim and "assure her that we will not spare the guilty". Read More

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Donald Trump sues to stop Michigan recount

Trump followed by filing his own lawsuit Friday arguing Stein doesn't have legal standing. US security officials have said they believe Russian hackers orchestrated the email hacks, something Russia has denied. Judge Peterson scheduled a hearing for December 9 on the underlying lawsuit. President-elect Donald Trump's margin of victory in Pennsylvania is shrinking as more counties finish tallying their votes. Read More

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Iraqi troops take 2 neighborhoods in Mosul

Mosul , the second biggest Iraqi city, as well as a number of other northern and western Iraqi cities and towns were seized in 2014 during a Daesh offensive. Amid an imminent final military push to boot ISIS out of Mosul and the elation its residence for the deposition of the notorious militants, some are alarmed and expressed their skepticism and fear of likely violations and abuse by Iraqi military following its integration with the Shiite-led Popular Mobilization Units. Read More

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Russia, Japan vow to resolve island dispute despite hurdles

Russia, Japan vow to resolve island dispute despite hurdles

The challenge is to reach agreement on a post-World War II peace treaty with Japan, but reconciling the two countries' fundamental positions is hard for both sides, Lavrov said . Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Chính also had a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida yesterday. He said he wanted "energetic talks" to "finally resolve the sovereignty of the four islands in a mutually acceptable form and conclude a peace treaty". Read More

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Putin hopes to strengthen ties with US

Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles as he gives his annual state of the nation address in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Putin also made a reference to the refugee crisis in Europe and the chaotic election campaign in the United States. "We want to be and we will be masters of our own destiny, will forge the present and the past without any prompts and unasked advises from overseas", Putin stated. Read More

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Net long-term UK immigration hovers at record levels

Many who voted "Leave" backed Brexit because they want Britain to have more control over immigration, which is hard under the EU's freedom-of-movement principle. An estimated 289,000 non-EU citizens migrated to Britain in the same period, a similar level to the year ended June 2015, the office said. The jump includes a rise in the number of citizens arriving to seek employment from the EU15 group of nations consisting of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, ... Read More

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Colombian congress ratifies peace deal; critics boycott vote

The first deal garnered Santos a Nobel Peace Prize for ending the longest-running armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere. The House of Representatives voted 130-0 to approve the accord adopted a day earlier by the Senate. "The official end to a bloody armed conflict that has lasted for more than 50 years and has left some eight million victims in its wake is an achievement that can not and should not be underestimated", said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International. Read More

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Samba infiltrators may have come by tunnel: BSF

Samba infiltrators may have come by tunnel: BSF

Then on Wednesday morning, we detected a small 2x2 metre tunnel. BSF director-general K.K. Sharma said the paramilitary force had "strong inputs" about possible infiltration bids by terrorists from across the International Border (IB) following the September surgical strikes, which made it easier to detect and neutralise such attempts. Read More

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Back in NYC, a parade of meetings at Trump Tower

Romney, who called Trump "a phony, a fraud" during the 2016 campaign, now appears to be a top contender to become secretary of state. The Washington Post reported that Trump is considering retired Marine Corps general John F. The night before, actor Alec Baldwin portrayed Mr Trump Googling, "What is ISIS?" "What I can tell you is that going forward, as he outlined in that famous speech in OH, is that a President Donald Trump is going to focus on confronting and defeating radical Islamic ... Read More

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Counting 1 Million Crowds at Anti-President Rallies in Seoul

Park is accused of letting her confidante Choi Soon-sil, who does not hold an official government post, view confidential documents and presidential speeches. A recent Gallup Korea poll found that Park's approval rating plummeted to an all-time low of four percent. Public anger is escalating as President Park has dismissed growing calls for her voluntary resignation. Read More

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Even after demonetisation, BJP leading towards victory march in council polls

As per the final result declared by the Gujarat State Election Commission, BJP has registered victory in Vapi municipality of Valsad district by capturing 41 out of total 44 seats. I thank the people. "This move is also likely to have helped BJP in the semi-urban areas", an observer said. "This is a tsunami", Fadnavis said. The Gujarat BJP turned the electoral tables on Congress in two municipalities and one taluka panchayat, and all but wiped out its rival in Vapi and Kanakpur-Kansad ... Read More

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