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  • Russia seeks full withdrawal of Aleppo rebels
    Reuters

    Russia seeks full withdrawal of Aleppo rebels

    By Tom Perry, Isla Binnie and Vladimir Soldatkin BEIRUT/ROME/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with the United States about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from eastern Aleppo, where advances by the Russian-backed Syrian army and its allies threaten to deal a crushing

  • France's Left starts fightback after Hollande bows out of presidential race
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    France's Left starts fightback after Hollande bows out of presidential race

    By Elizabeth Pineau and Richard Balmforth PARIS (Reuters) - France's Left on Saturday launched a bid to re-energize supporters disenchanted by Francois Hollande's five years in power and find a candidate to unite the ranks ahead of a presidential election next year where it could face humiliation

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    Castro's last goal? A soccer field for neighborhood kids

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Fidel Castro is remembered around the world as a charismatic revolutionary or a ruthless tyrant, but in his neighborhood he was also a friendly old man who used his influence to build a soccer field for kids two weeks before his death. Castro, who led Cuba's

  • Christian Science Monitor

    What Louisiana's Senate seat means for Democrats

    Foster Campbell is gearing up for a race to the finish in Louisiana’s Senate runoff – bolstered by more than 50,000 donations from hopeful Democrats across the country. The Democrat, a member of the Public Service Commission, is going head-to-head against Republican John Kennedy for the seat left vacant

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Merriam-Webster's plea: It’s not too late to change 'fascism' as word of the year

    By the end of December, the word fascism could end up being the “Word of the Year” crowned by Merriam-Webster based on the number of searches it received over the year. Its Twitter followers took the plea seriously, resulting in flummadiddle and puppy becoming trending searches since Thursday, although

  • Christian Science Monitor

    The cavalry arrives: Veterans bring 'symbolic value' and support to Standing Rock

    With local authorities saying they will arrest protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline who refuse to leave federal lands by the end of Monday, hundreds of veterans are traveling to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation this weekend to join the self-described "water protectors."

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    Suspension of flag-stomping teacher upheld: Is teacher speech protected?

    A North Carolina superintendent’s recommendation to suspend a teacher for 10 days for stomping on a flag in a lecture about the First Amendment in September was upheld by the board of education on Wednesday. The suspension of Lee Francis – a first-year history teacher at Massey Hill Classical High School

  • Associated Press

    Correction: Israel-Palestinians story

    SAO PAULO (AP) — In a story June 11 about the FIFA Congress, The Associated Press reported erroneously that performer Mohammed Assaf wore a Muslim headscarf. Assaf's black and white headscarf is a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

  • Gassiev beats Lebedev for IBF cruiserweight belt
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    Gassiev beats Lebedev for IBF cruiserweight belt

    MOSCOW (AP) — Murat Gassiev dominated Denis Lebedev to win the IBF cruiserweight title on Saturday on a split decision.

  • Rain and sorrow accentuate memorial for dead at Brazil club
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    Rain and sorrow accentuate memorial for dead at Brazil club

    CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) — On a rainy Saturday that only accentuated the grief, 20,000 people filled a tiny stadium under umbrellas and plastic ponchos to say goodbye to members of the Chapecoense soccer club who died in a plane crash.

  • Surprise winner of Gambia poll eyes new cabinet, reforms
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    Surprise winner of Gambia poll eyes new cabinet, reforms

    By Emma Farge BANJUL (Reuters) - The winner of Gambia's presidential election told Reuters on Saturday he was keen to form a new cabinet to get cracking with reforms, a day after veteran leader Yahya Jammeh stunned the tiny west African nation by conceding defeat. Jammeh's statement on state

  • Reuters

    Singapore minister urges U.S. focus on strategic interest in Asia

    The United States should focus on larger strategic interests in the Asia-Pacific region, including expanding trade ties, the defense minister of Singapore said on Saturday, when asked about the controversy sparked by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with the president of Taiwan. Ng

  • Reuters

    China says Trump call with Taiwan president won't change island's status

    BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was a "petty" move by Taiwan that does not change its status as part of China, China's Taiwan Affairs Office said on Saturday. China will "unswervingly" stick to its position of

  • Associated Press

    Apparent accidental shooting kills teen in Puerto Rico

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico are investigating the apparent accidental shooting death of a 14-year-old boy by a younger girl.

  • Diggins of US, Halfvarsson of Sweden win at cross country
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    Diggins of US, Halfvarsson of Sweden win at cross country

    LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) — American Jessie Diggins won an individual World Cup race for the second time Saturday, beating overall leader Heidi Weng on the 5-kilometer cross-country course.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 9:59 p.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is unapologetic about roiling diplomatic waters with his decision to speak on the phone with Taiwan's leader, a breach of long-standing tradition that risks enmity from China. The U.S. severed diplomatic ties with the self-governing island in 1979 but has

  • Relatives of Flight 370's missing seek help in Madagascar
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    Relatives of Flight 370's missing seek help in Madagascar

    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Relatives of some of the 239 people who were on a Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished in 2014 arrived in Madagascar on Saturday to ask for help in the search for debris from the missing aircraft that may have drifted across the Indian Ocean.

  • Reuters

    Brazil's Temer keeps low profile at wake for soccer team

    President Michel Temer came to mourn Brazil's tragic heroes, a rural soccer team that beat the odds and was then wiped out in a plane crash. Temer, who assumed the presidency after the controversial impeachment of his predecessor earlier this year, has made only limited public appearances since

  • Spain rescues 92 migrants off the southern coast
    AFP

    Spain rescues 92 migrants off the southern coast

    Málaga (Spain) (AFP) - Spanish authorities said 92 migrants travelling in five makeshift boats were rescued off Spain's coast on Saturday, as an increasing number of migrants seek to reach Europe via the country. Among those rescued were 63 people from sub-Saharan Africa, officials said without

  • Gambia's new leaders push for political prisoners' release
    AFP

    Gambia's new leaders push for political prisoners' release

    The Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow held talks with his team Saturday to plot his transition to power, with the release of political prisoners emerging as a top priority for the new administration. Barrow's shock election victory ended the iron-fisted 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh on Friday

  • France upholds 25-year jail term for Rwanda genocide convict
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    France upholds 25-year jail term for Rwanda genocide convict

    A French court on Saturday upheld a 25 year prison sentence handed to a former Rwandan intelligence agent jailed in France's first trial over the African country's 1994 genocide. Pascal Simbikangwa was found guilty of genocide and complicity in crimes against humanity in a landmark 2014 trial

  • Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial
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    Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office.

  • Sanchez rapid hat trick as Arsenal thrashes West Ham 5-1
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    Sanchez rapid hat trick as Arsenal thrashes West Ham 5-1

    LONDON (AP) — Alexis Sanchez produced a stunning second-half hat trick in 15 minutes as Arsenal cruised to a 5-1 victory over struggling West Ham on Saturday in the Premier League.

  • Some US conservatives praise Trump over Taiwan phone call
    AFP

    Some US conservatives praise Trump over Taiwan phone call

    Amid an outpouring of condemnation over President-elect Donald Trump's telephone conversation with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, some prominent US conservatives are commending his decision to take her call. Trump's conversation with Tsai on Friday broke decades of US diplomatic policy, risking

  • Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo
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    Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo

    ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Syrian warplanes, artillery and mortar rounds pounded areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday drawing rebel rockets, as government troops gain new ground in the shrinking opposition-held enclave.