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Former Iranian President Ayatollah Rafsanjani dies of heart attack at 82

Iranian state-run media is reporting the death of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who died Sunday January 8, 2017 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 82. Rafsanjani, who served two terms as Iran’s president from 1989 to 1997, continued to be an influential figure in Iranian politics. At the time of his death he was the chairman of the Expediency Council, which aims to settle disputes between the country’s parliament and the Guardian Council. Rafsanjani was seen as a key figure in Iran’s moderate movement and was a vocal supporter of current Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
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Electoral College Vote Seals Trump Victory As US Next President

President-elect Donald Trump has received a majority in the US Electoral College as votes from Texas electors put him over the 270 threshold. Monday’s result confirmed as expected Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States. The Electoral College appeared unswayed by a last-ditch bid by die-hard opponents to bar the Republican’s path to the White House. Six weeks after his upset victory over the Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump sailed past the 270 votes needed to make his victory official, clearing the way for him to succeed Barack Obama on January 20.
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#Aleppo Evacuation Delayed, Opposition Blames Pro-Assad Militia

The evacuation of rebel-held eastern Aleppo was delayed on Wednesday and, while a war monitor said the reason was unclear, an opposition official blamed Shi'ite militias allied to President Bashar al-Assad for the hold up. A ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia, Assad's most powerful ally, and Turkey ended years of fighting in the city and has given Assad his biggest victory yet after more than five years of war. Officials in the military alliance fighting in support of Assad could not be reached immediately for comment on why the evacuation was delayed. Sources on Tuesday had given different...
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Six Drug Traffickers die in Gunfight With Thai Army

Six drug traffickers from the notorious Wa tribe died in a late night shoot-out with a Thai army patrol near the rugged Golden Triangle border region, officers said Thursday. The fighting broke out after the men, who were travelling through the remote and mountainous region by foot, refused to stop for a search. “Six drugs traffickers were killed,” said Jiradech Kamolpetch, the commander of the border task force, revising down an initial toll of seven dead that was released by authorities in error. “There were 20 people in this group,” he told AFP, adding that soldiers and police were in...
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John Key, New Zealand PM Resigns

New Zealand prime minister John Key has announced a shock resignation because of family pressure. Key made the announcement at his weekly press conference this afternoon. According to New Zealand, The Herald, the prime minister bowed out because his wife Bronagh asked him to do so. Key, his voice shaking with emotion, said he told his Cabinet of his decision this morning. “This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made and I don’t know what I’ll do next.” Key cited family reasons for leaving, saying the job had required great sacrifices “from those who are dearest to me”. His wife Bronagh had...
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I Was Blinded By Love, Young ISIS Recruit Confesses

His friends know him as "Mo." And he is the most unlikely ISIS recruit you will ever meet. In fact, in virtually every way Mo, whose real name is Muhammad Dakhlalla, was an ordinary and typical American college student. But he was arrested with a fellow Mississippi State University student just over a year ago, trying to board a plane to go join the notorious terrorist organization. "Where do you want me to start exactly?" he said, laughing somewhat nervously, as he sat recently for the first extensive, tell-all interview with CNN in a federal prison. Today, Mo, just 24, is at the start of an...
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Ashes Of Fidel Castro Begin Final Journey Across Cuba

The ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro began a four-day journey across Cuba on Wednesday to his final resting place, retracing the late communist leader’s revolution victory tour of 1959. The “caravan of freedom” left at 7:16 am (1216 GMT) from Havana, and will make symbolic stops along a 950-kilometer (590-mile) route that will end in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba over the weekend. The urn containing the remains of Castro, who died Friday at age 90, was covered by a Cuban flag and protected by a crystal covering as it was transported. Senior officials of the government and Communist Party,...
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I’ll Build a Fence, Rather Than a Wall – Trump

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has softened his initial immigration threat to build a wall along the United States border line with Mexico. Speaking with New York Times on Tuesday, Trump said he might have to build a fence, rather than a wall, in some areas of the U.S.- Mexican border to stop illegal immigration. This is contrary to one of his signature campaign promises on immigration where he promised to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. Trump also for the first time did not sound so optimistic about investigating and prosecuting his rival at the polls, Hillary Clinton. “I...
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Why Melania Trump, Son Won’t Be Moving Into The White House

Wife of US President-elect, and future First Lady, Ms. Melania Trump will not be moving to the White House after Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. The 46-year-old wife and their 10-year-old son, Barron are staying put at the family’s Trump Tower penthouse so that Barron can continue attending his Upper West Side private school, according to The New York Times. “Melania is extremely close to Barron, and they have become closer during the campaign,” said a source close to Trump’s transition team. “The campaign has been difficult for Barron, and she is really hoping to keep disruption to...
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Ukraine begs Trump for Help against Russian Aggression

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko asked Donald Trump for support against “Russian aggression” during a congratulatory telephone conversation with the US president-elect on Tuesday. Trump’s shock election victory has been met with trepidation in Kiev because of the outspoken reality TV star’s praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and his apparent indifference to the Western coalition against Moscow. The billionaire businessman suggested earlier this year the US could accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea if it led to improved relations between the two nations, which are bitterly at odds...
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Greece Out of Economic Recession

The Greek economy emerged from recession for the first time since 2014, managing two straight quarters of GDP growth, figures released Monday showed. Greece’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 0.5 percent in the three months to September from the previous quarter, and by 1.5 percent from the third quarter of 2015, statistics bureau Elstat said. It had already nudged 0.2 percent higher in the second quarter from the first. Two consecutive quarters of growth officially mark the end of a recession. The Greek government expects the Greek economy to contract by 0.3 percent in the full-year...
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Trump Removes ‘Muslim Ban’ from His Website

One of President-elect Donald Trump‘s most divisive promises — to ban Muslims from entering America — disappeared from his campaign website before reappearing on Thursday. Trump‘s campaign staff told US media that text of the pledge, posted in December following terror attacks in San Bernardino, California, vanished because of a technical glitch. It reappeared after journalists questioned the disappearance. “The website was temporarily redirecting all specific press release pages to the homepage. It is currently being addressed and will be fixed shortly,” the campaign said in a...
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Japan’s Abe To Meet Trump Next Week

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to meet US president-elect Donald Trump next week in New York, officials said Thursday, after phone talks between the two following the billionaire’s shock election win. Abe and Trump spoke for about 20 minutes and tentatively set a date of November 17 for the meeting, just before Abe goes to Peru for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, a Japanese foreign ministry official told AFP. During his election campaign, Trump raised eyebrows in Japan by calling on the country to pay more to support the cost of stationing US forces. He even suggested that...
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Netanyahu Congratulates Trump, A ‘True Friend’ Of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Donald Trump on his election as US president on Wednesday and called him “a true friend of the state of Israel.” “President-elect Trump is a true friend of the state of Israel, and I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region,” the right-wing premier said in a statement. “The ironclad bond between the United States and Israel is rooted in shared values, buttressed by shared interests and driven by a shared destiny. “I am confident that president-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique...
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Iraqi Forces Discover Mass Grave With 100 Beheaded Bodies In Mosul

A mass grave containing the remains of about 100 beheaded civilians has been discovered inside a school in a town south of Mosul, Iraq's military said in a statement Monday. The mass grave was found by Iraqi forces in the School of Agriculture on the outskirts of Hammam al-Alil, a town that was recaptured from ISIS on Monday, Iraq's Joint Military Command said. "Gangs of ISIS militants continue to commit crimes against our people," the statement said. Special teams are being sent to the site to investigate the killings, the statement said. Beheadings and mass graves have become a hallmark of the...
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Eight Dead In Blast In Southeastern Turkey

Eight people have been killed and dozens wounded in a huge explosion in central Diyarbakir, a city in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, the country's prime minister said. Binali Yildirim said two police officers and six civilians were killed in Friday morning's blast. Yildirim said seven of the wounded are still being treated, adding that the others were discharged from hospitals. The Diyarbakir governor's office said that a car bomb went off at about 8am local time (5:00 GMT), adding that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) had claimed responsibility. Al Jazeera's Kadir Konuksever, reporting...
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Trump Edges Ahead Of Clinton, Poll Reveals

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has edged ahead of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by a point for the first time since May, an ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll out Tuesday has found. The poll also registered a seven point decline for Clinton in the share of likely voters who are strongly enthusiastic about her, a possible reflection of the renewed controversy over her use of a private server while secretary of state, pollster Gary Langer said. Trump’s 46-45 percent lead in the four-way race for the White House, while well within the margin of error, is the first time he has polled...
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Philippine Mayor Killed In Police Shootout

Philippine anti-narcotics officers gunned down a town mayor and nine of his men in a clash in one of the bloodiest operations since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a crackdown on illegal drugs. Samsudin Dimaukom, mayor of the southern town of Saudi Ampatuan, was one of more than 150 local government officials, judges and police identified by Duterte earlier this year as being involved in the illegal drug trade. He ordered them to surrender immediately or be hunted down. The mayor had turned himself in to police but denied he was involved in the illegal drug trade. He had told the media that he was...
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