• McCain replacement Sen. Jon Kyl resigning at end of year
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    McCain replacement Sen. Jon Kyl resigning at end of year

    Sen. Jon Kyl, announced his resignation Friday from the seat he was appointed to less than four months ago following the death of John McCain, giving Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey a second opportunity to fill the slot. Democrats picked up Arizona's other Senate seat in November and are already

  • Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS
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    Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS

    U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters captured the last town held by the Islamic State group on Friday, after three months of ferocious battles in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria, activists and Kurdish officials said. The fall of Hajin marks an end to the extremist group'

  • Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank clashes: medics
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    Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank clashes: medics

    Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian during stone throwing clashes on Friday in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials said. The clashes followed a surge of violence on Thursday when a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli soldiers, and Israeli forces killed two Hamas fugitives

  • 'Who are you calling 'nebulous'?' May presses testy EU for Brexit help
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    'Who are you calling 'nebulous'?' May presses testy EU for Brexit help

    With the British parliament deadlocked, the ultimate destination of the Brexit project remains unclear, with possible outcomes ranging from a disorderly departure with no deal to another referendum on European Union membership. May, who on Wednesday survived a plot in her party to oust her, rejected

  • Historian lays out vision for new Holocaust museum in Warsaw
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    Historian lays out vision for new Holocaust museum in Warsaw

    The Warsaw Ghetto Museum should be an ambitious state-of-the art facility —"the major Holocaust museum in Poland" — when it opens in 2023, its newly appointed chief historian said Friday. The Polish government announced plans in March to create a museum dedicated to the Jews who were imprisoned

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    Texas mom sentenced in deaths of toddlers inside hot car

    A 20-year-old Texas mother whose two toddlers died after she left them inside a hot vehicle overnight has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. The Kerrville Daily Times reports that Amanda Hawkins was sentenced Wednesday for the June 2017 deaths of her two daughters in Kerrville, which is about 65

  • Global growth worry hits stocks, but dollar gains on U.S. data
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    Global growth worry hits stocks, but dollar gains on U.S. data

    Germany's private-sector expansion slowed to a four-year low, meanwhile, suggesting growth in Europe's largest economy may be weak in the final quarter. The European data came on the heels of weak readings from China, where November retail sales grew at the weakest pace since 2003 and industrial

  • The Latest: Greenpeace: US blocking text on climate change
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    The Latest: Greenpeace: US blocking text on climate change

    The executive director of Greenpeace International says the U.S. delegation to the U.N. climate talks is putting itself in the way as the rest of the world is taking efforts to forge an agreement on fighting global warming. U.S. President Donald Trump has questioned the scientific views on the causes

  • Serbia talks up armed intervention as Kosovo OKs new army
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    Serbia talks up armed intervention as Kosovo OKs new army

    All 107 lawmakers present in the 120-seat Kosovo parliament voted in favour of passing three draft laws to expand an existing 4,000 Kosovo Security Force and turn it into a regular, lightly armed army. Ethnic Serb lawmakers boycotted the vote.

  • Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong
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    Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

    Shaken and facing a prison term, President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer said Friday that Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign because he was concerned their stories of alleged affairs with him "would affect the election." He says Trump knew

  • Prosecutor: 4th person dies of wounds from Strasbourg attack
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    Prosecutor: 4th person dies of wounds from Strasbourg attack

    A fourth person died Friday from wounds suffered in an attack on the Christmas market in Strasbourg, as investigators worked to establish whether the main suspect had help while on the run. Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz, who handles terror cases throughout France, told a news conference that seven people

  • 'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak
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    'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak

    They call her the "young miracle." A baby who was admitted to an Ebola treatment centre just six days after birth has now recovered from the virus. Congo's health ministry calls the baby the youngest survivor in what is now the world's second-deadliest Ebola outbreak. The infant was

  • France needs calm, order and return to normal after protests: Macron
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    France needs calm, order and return to normal after protests: Macron

    President Emmanuel Macron called for a return to calm in France after nearly a month of protests by the 'yellow vest' movement against his government's policies which have hit growth and caused widespread disruption. "France needs calm, order and a return to normal," Macron said

  • Nigeria accuses UNICEF staff of spying, halts activities
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    Nigeria accuses UNICEF staff of spying, halts activities

    The northeast has been torn apart by a decade-long insurgency by Boko Haram and its splinter group Islamic State West Africa, in which more than 30,000 people have been killed and many more driven from their homes. UNICEF staff "train and deploy spies who support the insurgents and their sympathizers

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    U.S.-backed Syrian forces close to seizing town from Islamic State: spokeswoman

    The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces will soon seize the town of Hajin from Islamic State (IS) in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border, a spokeswoman said on Friday. Hajin is the last big town Islamic State holds in its remaining enclave east of the Euphrates River. The SDF, spearheaded by the Kurdish

  • Dutch suspect kept in custody in slaying of US student
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    Dutch suspect kept in custody in slaying of US student

    A suspect in the slaying of a 21-year-old American psychology student living in the Dutch port of Rotterdam appeared before a judge Friday and was ordered detained for two more weeks while the investigation continues. The Rotterdam Public Prosecutor's Office tweeted that the 23-year-old suspect,

  • Sri Lanka PM Rajapaksa to resign as fears of government shutdown grow
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    Sri Lanka PM Rajapaksa to resign as fears of government shutdown grow

    Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign from his post, his son said on Friday, in a move that will force President Maithripala Sirisena to appoint a replacement to avert a possible government shutdown on Jan 1. "To ensure stability of the nation, former president ... Rajapaksa

  • The Latest: Macron calls for calm and order before protests
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    The Latest: Macron calls for calm and order before protests

    French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for "calm" and "order" ahead of promised new protests by the broad yellow-vest movement after rioting in recent weeks. Macron said Friday that "I don't think our democracy can accept" the "occupation of the public domain

  • Euro zone takes step to deeper integration, key issues unresolved
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    Euro zone takes step to deeper integration, key issues unresolved

    Leaders of all EU countries except Britain, which is to leave the bloc in March, endorsed an agreement reached earlier by their finance ministers to give some new powers to the euro zone bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). This is a far cry from the initial idea by French President

  • Yemenis in Hodeidah hope truce holds as warring parties talk peace
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    Yemenis in Hodeidah hope truce holds as warring parties talk peace

    Yemenis dared to hope on Friday that a ceasefire agreed in the contested port city of Hodeidah might bring a permanent end to fighting that has driven many from their homes and into an existential struggle for food and medical care. Hodeidah became the focus of Yemen's nearly four-year-old war this

  • Strasbourg reopens Christmas market after attacker shot dead
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    Strasbourg reopens Christmas market after attacker shot dead

    Cherif Chekatt, 29, was killed in the Neudorf neighborhood of Strasbourg after firing on police, ending a two-day manhunt that involved more than 700 members of the security forces. The attack on Strasbourg's cherished Christmas market, a target full of religious symbolism, evoked France's difficulties

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    School defends expulsion of Wade family friend

    A South Florida prep school at the centre of a dispute over the expulsion of a student who is friends with NBA star Dwayne Wade and actress Gabrielle Union says its handbook explicitly states that any student who uses profanity toward a staff member will be expelled. Wade and Union released a statement

  • Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira
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    Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

    Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. The charges published Friday allege Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was

  • Ethiopia to move troops from Eritrean border as relations thaw
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    Ethiopia to move troops from Eritrean border as relations thaw

    "Relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea are very good - there is no longer the threat of conflict," Ethiopia's Major General Asrat Denero, Commander of the Western Command, said. "There is no need to maintain our troops there (on the border). "As part of a restructuring of the

  • Turkey will enter Syria's Manbij if U.S. doesn't remove YPG fighters, Erdogan says
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    Turkey will enter Syria's Manbij if U.S. doesn't remove YPG fighters, Erdogan says

    Turkish forces will enter the Syrian town of Manbij if the United States does not remove YPG Kurdish fighters, and it will also target Kurdish-controlled areas further east, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Erdogan said this week that Turkey would launch a new operation within days against the