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Obama advises Trump in his last network interview

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Obama in the days leading up to his inauguration. According to a Gallup poll released Friday, more than half of people (51 percent of those surveyed) said they "disapprove" of Mr. Trump's transition approval is at 87 percent with Republicans, 13 percent with Democrats and 33 percent with Independents. The Quinnipiac poll showed 37 percent of voters approve of Vice president-elect Mike Pence as compared to 34 percent who disapprove; 29 percent approve of First Lady-in-Waiting ... Read More »

Obama ends U.S. visa-free residency for Cubans

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President Bill Clinton created the wet foot-dry foot policy in 1995 as a way to appease both the Cuban government and Cuban exile leaders. Many see the policy as just not being fair, especially since a lot of - in recent years, the Cuban migrants coming here are coming to the US for economic reasons rather than political ones. Read More »

Mediators fail to reach deal on Gambia crisis

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The Mediators are hoping to strike a deal with President Jammeh to accept the results and pave way for the January 19 inauguration of the new President. Barrow's office responded to the injunction request with a statement that Jammeh could not exceed his five-year mandate. Earlier on Thursday, Nigerian legislators passed a vote that allows Jammeh to be granted political asylum should he opt to step down and peacefully transfer executive power when his tenure ends. Read More »

Birmingham Civil Rights District Named National Monument

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All three sites will be protected under the Antiquities Act of 1906 . Aside from the Grand Canyon, other national monuments include the Petrified Forest in Arizona; Muir Woods in California; and New York's Stonewall Inn, where the modern movement for gay rights began in 1969. Read More »

President Barack Obama's Farewell Speech: Watch Highlights

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Breaking conventions has been a characteristic trait of one of the most popular USA presidents in History. Forceful at times and tearful at others, Obama's valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public meditation on the many trials the US faces as Obama takes his exit. Read More »

U.S. tanks, troops move into Poland as Kremlin cries foul

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But there are anxieties that the enhanced security could eventually be undermined by the pro-Kremlin views of President-elect Donald Trump. Under a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation banner, some 3,000 USA troops are arriving in Poland and six other Eastern European countries in what a Kremlin spokesman calls a threat to Russia's interest and security. Read More »

Volkswagen close to $4.3bn USA settlement over diesel emissions

Lynch said at a press conference in Washington DC. Prosecutors also charged six Volkswagen executives and employees, for their roles in the almost 10-year conspiracy, including Oliver Schmidt , who was a manager in charge of VW's environmental and engineering office in MI. Read More »

20 trapped, rescued from Australian roller coaster

The Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor, Paul Young, said some had been rescued by the fire crew's "extension cherry picker", while the rest "walked down the stairs beside the ride". EARLIER @ 12.29pm: There are reports a roller coaster has malfunctioned at Movie World on the Gold Coast. Movie World is owned by Village Roadshow, Dream World by Ardent Leisure. Read More »

Derrick Rose spotted at Knicks practice facility on Tuesday

After the game, Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said he had no information to pass along. "We don't know what's going on, obviously", Kristaps Porzingis said. "He's OK ... I think it's a relief for all of us". Hornacek had also refused to be drawn on reports that team staff members had been unable to contact Rose. Read More »

China Foreign-Exchange Reserves Continue Drop

Moreover, if the foreign exchange reserves of China continue to melt rapidly, the central government will have no other choice and will proceed to another single sharp devaluation as the summer of 2015. China's forex reserves continued to shrink in December, falling for the sixth straight month, official data showed Saturday. The People's Bank of China is hoping to prop up the yuan in the face of a rising United States dollar. Read More »

Eight dead in attack on Egyptian police checkpoint in Sinai

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Police and security forces have since been the target of deadly attacks by Islamists in the area. Some reports quoted security and tribal sources as saying that a auto bomb was carried out at the checkpoint, causing the casualties. At least two bodies were recovered from the rubble with the 10 wounded taken to hospital. Egyptian security forces continue to wage a fierce campaign - involving elements from both the police and army - against what they describe as Sinai-based "terrorist groups". Read More »

FA Cup 2016/17: Preston North End 1-2 Arsenal - 5 Talking Points

The injured Per Mertesacker is the club captain while fellow defender Laurent Koscielny, who did not feature against Preston , typically wears the armband in his absence. "We've done it with the early goal and we pushed and pushed to the end so one more time we've shown strong team character but we want to start better in games". Read More »

Former CIA boss James Woolsey quits Donald Trump's transition team

Clapper Jr. and CIA Director John Brennan". Woolsey, who served as Central Intelligence Agency director under President Bill Clinton , joined President-elect Donald Trump's campaign as. It wasn't immediately clear whether those criticisms played a role in Woolsey's decision to leave the transition team . Woolsey was taken aback by this week's reports that Trump is considering revamping the country's intelligence framework, said these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk ... Read More »

Rooney equals record by scoring his 249th Man United goal

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He is an awesome guy in the group and we all want him to do that. United, who left top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and France midfielder Paul Pogba on the bench, dominated throughout with some crisp passing at Old Trafford . How has Rooney done it? All around the ground the old cry of "Rooney, Rooney" went up to hail a run that began with a Champions League hat-trick against Fenerbahce here on Sept 28, 2004. Read More »

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Heading To Washington?

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Human trafficking is a form of slavery that encompasses both commercial sex trafficking and labor trafficking. I get to work with these great people (law enforcement) behind me every day. Trump officials said the incident was an "honest mistake" and later paid a 10 percent fine for the violation. Documents obtained by the Associated Press in September showed New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's scrutiny of The Donald J. Read More »

Fuel truck blast kills 'dozens' in Syrian city of Azaz

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The explosion took place in the central market of the rebel-held Syrian town along the Turkish border, damaging a government building and local court house. Azaz, only a couple of miles away from the Turkish border, is a hub for anti-government activists and opposition fighters, as well as many people displaced by recent fighting in Aleppo. Read More »

SeaWorld killer whale Tilikum from Blackfish documentary dies

Tilikum and the three passing he was included in enlivened the 2013 narrative "Blackfish", which investigated contentions about keeping executioner whales in bondage. Keltie Byrne, who was working with the killer whales, slipped into a pool with the orcas Tilikum, Haida II and Nootka IV. A brief timeframe later, Tilikum was moved to SeaWorld in Florida a brief timeframe later, where in 1999, an exposed man who had evaded security and sneaked into SeaWorld around evening time was discovered ... Read More »

Trump asks Congress to pay for the border wall

Donald Trump is set to ask Congress, rather than Mexico , to pay for his promised wall along the southern border of the USA, according to reports on Thursday (5 January). As with any broken political promise, the initial fans of the wall previously known as the one Mexico would pay for aren't too concerned with the change. Read More »

Second Brazil Prison Riot Leaves More Than 30 Inmates Dead

At least 33 prisoners have been killed in a Brazilian prison with several found decapitated, according to Brazilian authorities. In October, 10 inmates were killed at the same prison during clashes between rival drug gangs. Just as details about the latest disturbance were emerging, Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes announced measures to curb the violence. Moraes offered no deadlines for the initiatives but said they would "be realistic" given the recession in Latin America's largest ... Read More »

Japan recalling envoy to S.Korea over new 'comfort woman' statue

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Both Ambassador Yasumasa Nagamine in Seoul and the consul-general in Busan will be temporarily recalled , Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said after a Cabinet meeting. South Korea's Finance Ministry on Friday expressed regret that talks on the currency swap agreement had been suspended due to political reasons. Also on Friday, a South Korean court ordered the Seoul government to disclose part of its files related to its negotiations with Japan on the 2015 deal, according to ... Read More »

Brazil proposes prisons overhaul after massacre, families hold vigil

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In a separate incident Monday evening, four inmates were killed at another Amazonas prison. In 2016, 372 inmates were killed in Brazil, an average of one each day, a statistic that casts heavy shadow as the South American country continues to deal with the consequences days after the largest prison riot massacre in decades. Read More »

Turkey, Russia making progress on Syria peace: Erdogan

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Turkey has declined the U.S. military's offer to provide air support for its troops in Syria , asking Russian Federation to take on the role instead, American officials say. Speaking before the mayors of Turkish villages in Ankara, Erdogan said "there are arrangements being underway that would end the AL-Bab operation in Syria during a short period". Read More »

Best-selling auto manufacturers of 2016 are announced

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SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said that despite a number of economic and political challenges to the industry, consumer confidence has remained remarkably strong. December marked a -1.1% slump in registrations, with 178,022 registrations before the year's end. Growth at the rate we have seen can't continue forever. Read More »

Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting wounded Palestinian in the head

Footage of the incident appeared to show the Palestinian motionless. But the judges didn't find his testimony "credible." She said the fact that the man on the ground was a terrorist did not justify such a disproportionate response. In a statement cited by the Ma'an News Agency, the P.A. said the trial was nothing more than an attempt by the Israeli government "to attract worldwide reactions to this ugly crime through the farce of detaining and trying the killer soldier". Read More »

Ted Cruz pushing to move US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

The bill was introduced on the first day of the new US Congress by Nevada Sen. Ted Cruz and Dean Heller in proposing the bill, wrote in a statement, notes The Hill . Under global law, East Jerusalem has been illegally occupied by Israel since the 1967 war. The United States has had an embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, for over a half century. Read More »

Charlotte baggage handler survives harrowing flight locked in cargo hold

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The airline said United Express flight 6060 was operated by Mesa Airlines out of the Charlotte Douglas Airport. They accidently locked him in the cargo area. We don't know much about how he got in there - but radio traffic from d-c reveals the scramble to figure out if he was who he alleged and not a risky stowaway. Read More »

Woman tried to smuggle migrant across border in a suitcase

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A statement from the government representative office in Ceuta described the attempt by the migrants from sub-Saharan Africa to cross the border between Morocco and the Spanish city of Ceuta as "organized and violent". A young woman who tried to smuggle an African migrant to Spain inside her suitcase faces up to seven years in prison for human trafficking offences. Read More »

Trump resort sells New Year's Eve access to president-elect

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Well, too bad, tickets for Donald Trump's swank event at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida are sold out, according to incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer . This compulsion, or reflex, to go on the attack against any perceived slight has always been Trump's MO. The Republican, who has been questioned over his prolific Twitter use and online spats, sent out a new year tweet that demonstrated he has no plans to tone down his use of social media. Read More »

Panama sees no change in Taiwan, China ties despite Trump

The announcement, made weeks after Taiwanese media reported that she planned to visit Central America, was seen as the president's effort to make her trip less contentious to Washington and Beijing. However, Trump's following comment left many to speculate on the possibility of a meeting, adding "But we'll see. we'll see". Tsai, who took power this year, says she wants to maintain peace with China , but China is unconvinced. Read More »