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Russia starts blocking LinkedIn website after court ruling

Russia starts blocking LinkedIn website after court ruling

Russia's communications regulator on Thursday ordered Internet service providers to block public access to the website of social networking company LinkedIn to comply with a court ruling that found the firm guilty of violating data laws. Roskomnadzor, the watchdog, said it was acting to...

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Trump lauds Electoral College as Clinton wins popular vote

Trump lauds Electoral College as Clinton wins popular vote

After losing the popular vote, President-elect Donald Trump has decided that the Electoral College is a pretty smart way to elect a president after all. Despite losing the election, Democrat Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote by more than 1 million votes as she runs up big leads in...

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Dollar pulls back ahead of Yellen testimony

Dollar pulls back ahead of Yellen testimony

The dollar fell back against other major currencies on Thursday, hit by speculation U.S. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen will express concern over the pace of its surge to a 13 1/2-year high in the past week and an accompanying rise in bond yields. The dollar has ground its way higher...

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South Korea parliament approves bill for special prosecutor in political scandal

South Korea parliament approves bill for special prosecutor in political scandal

South Korea's parliament on Thursday approved a bill to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate a corruption scandal engulfing President Park Geun-hye, sharply raising political pressure on her to step down. The motion proposed by the main opposition Democratic Party passed by a vote of...

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Navy ships out New Zealand quake survivors

Navy ships out New Zealand quake survivors

Hundreds of survivors stranded by a huge earthquake that struck central New Zealand three days ago reached Christchurch by a naval ship early on Thursday, as engineers in the capital Wellington assessed the state of dozens of damaged buildings. Around 450 tourists and residents from the...

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'Very real risk' of South Sudan atrocities, UN secretary general warns

'Very real risk' of South Sudan atrocities, UN secretary general warns

(The Guardian)- UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has warned of a “very real risk of mass atrocities” in South Sudan and that peacekeepers deployed in the war-torn country will not be able to stop such a bloodbath. Ban told the security council in a report released on Wednesday that the...

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Barack Obama and Angela Merkel call for continued transatlantic cooperation

Barack Obama and Angela Merkel call for continued transatlantic cooperation

(The Guardian)- Outgoing US president Barack Obama and German chancellor Angela Merkel have made an appeal for continued cooperation between the US and the European Union on climate change, anti-terror measures as well as a transatlantic trade deal during Donald Trump’s presidency. In a...

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US House approves bills on Iran, Assad supporters

US House approves bills on Iran, Assad supporters

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to renew a bill that sanctions Iran and a separate piece of legislation that imposes new ones against supporters of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Both bills backed were overwhelmingly approved by the by the Foreign Affairs...

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New York mayor tells Trump will 'protect' immigrants

New York mayor tells Trump will 'protect' immigrants

The Democratic mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, said he met Wednesday with President-elect Donald Trump and warned him that he would work to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation. "I reiterated to him that this city and so many cities around the country will do all we can to...

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Putin withdraws Russia from International Criminal Court

Putin withdraws Russia from International Criminal Court

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court, which rules on such grave charges as genocide and crimes against humanity. Russia in 2000 signed the Rome treaty that established the Hague-based court but never ratified...

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US Muslims told to ‘stay strong' after Trump win

US Muslims told to ‘stay strong' after Trump win

The head of a leading civil rights organization has urged Muslim Americans to "stay strong" following the election of Donald Trump. Trump made a number of Islamophobic remarks during his presidential campaign, including his infamous demand that the U.S. close its borders to all Muslims...

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US: Renewed Russian strikes in Syria break international law

US: Renewed Russian strikes in Syria break international law

 The United States on Tuesday strongly condemned Russia's renewed bombing campaign in Syria and warned that strikes on civilian targets break international law. State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Washington had received reports that the latest Russian and Syrian regime...

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Trump protesters gather outside US Supreme Court

Trump protesters gather outside US Supreme Court

Hundreds of demonstrators are gathering outside the Supreme Court to protest Donald Trump's election. They are mostly young people who appear to have walked out of school to protest. They are carrying signs that read "Black Lives Matter" and "Not My President." Another signs says "DCPS...

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Kenya sets fire to 5,000 illegal weapons in crime fight

Kenya sets fire to 5,000 illegal weapons in crime fight

Kenya destroyed some 5,250 illegal firearms by fire on Tuesday as part of efforts to fight crimes like cattle rustling, carjackings and to eliminate threats from terrorism. The burning destroyed weapons confiscated by law enforcement officials or voluntarily surrendered to agents collecting...

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Russia Announces Major Offensive in Syria as Airstrikes Hit Aleppo

Russia Announces Major Offensive in Syria as Airstrikes Hit Aleppo

(Time)- Russia announced a major new air offensive in Syria on Tuesday as opposition activists on the ground reported that the first airstrikes in nearly a month struck the besieged, rebel-held parts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. According to activists, between four and 10 people...

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NATO's Stoltenberg says message to Russia is

NATO's Stoltenberg says message to Russia is "we want dialogue"

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday the military alliance wanted dialogue with Russia, after U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Monday to work towards "constructive cooperation". "The message from NATO has been that we want dialogue...

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Lindsay Lohan asks Donald Trump to go to Syria with her

Lindsay Lohan asks Donald Trump to go to Syria with her

(Independent)- Lindsay Lohan is asking Donald Trump to join her at refugee camps in Syria and Istanbul because she has had an “eye opening experience” in Turkey, her spokesperson has said.  Lohan has been spending time in Turkey and sharing pictures with the hashtag “the world is...

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Berlin's wild charms make it first choice for Syrian artists

Berlin's wild charms make it first choice for Syrian artists

From sculptors to actors and filmmakers, Berlin has become a magnet for Syrian artists fleeing their country's brutal violence to a place where they can express themselves without fear. While Beirut and Paris have long been the destinations of choice for Arab artists, the German capital has...

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