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George Weah set to win Liberia presidential runoff

George Weah set to win Liberia presidential runoff

The run-off vote was delayed for over a month after Boakai and third-placed Charles Brumskine of the Liberty Party alleged widespread fraud in October's first-round vote, a challenge that the Supreme Court rejected this month. The failure of any candidate to secure an outright majority forced the run-off. Weah starred in top-flight European football teams Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan in the 1990s before playing briefly for Chelsea and Manchester City in England later in his career. Read More

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Jet Reportedly Owned by Lord Ashcroft Crashes Into Building at Malta Airport

Jet Reportedly Owned by Lord Ashcroft Crashes Into Building at Malta Airport

A private jet allegedly owned by Lord Ashcroft has hit a building after it was blown off the runway of Malta International Airport during strong winds. In November, documents handed to the BBC as part of the Paradise Papers leak revealed that the 71-year-old remained domiciled for tax purposes in Belize at a time when it was widely believed he had given up the status. Read More

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Apple Inc. (AAPL) Eyes Retail Presence In Saudi Arabia

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Eyes Retail Presence In Saudi Arabia

Saudi regulatory requirements have in the past limited foreign ownership of businesses operating in the country, but a need for non-oil income in the face of falling crude prices has caused a rethink, reports Reuters . The two organizations declined to remark, while SAGIA was not quickly accessible to answer inquiries regarding the discourses. Both Apple and Amazon did not comment when contacted, while SAGIA was unavailable to make a comment. Read More

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Roy Moore files complaint seeking to stop election certification

Roy Moore files complaint seeking to stop election certification

It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama. Mr Moore has been accused of multiple sexual abuses involving children. "Also provided in the complaint is an affidavit from Judge Roy Moore stating that he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming the representations of misconduct made against him during the campaign are completely false", Moore's campaign said in a press release. Read More

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Soccer star George Weah wins Liberian presidential election

Soccer star George Weah wins Liberian presidential election

Final results are expected Friday. The first-round October 10 election brought high numbers of voters, and officials hoped Tuesday's vote would be no different. "Since years of civil war this is the first time we see the transition of power from one person to another", voter Oscar Sorbah told AFP. "Weah is not experienced and doesn't know the workings of government". Read More

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Daesh Forces Dwindling By the Day in Syria, Iraq

Daesh Forces Dwindling By the Day in Syria, Iraq

The civil war in Syria has raged since 2011 between the government led by President Bashar al-Assad and a number of insurgent forces. Russian Federation has partially withdrawn from Syria, but Gerasimov said the fact that Moscow was keeping an air base and naval facility there meant it was well placed to deal with pockets of instability if and when they arose. Read More

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Cold weather to stick around Wednesday

Cold weather to stick around Wednesday

Wind chills could fall into the single digits on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday mornings in north Alabama, the weather service said . Cold temperatures are expected to stick around Wednesday and through the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service . Read More

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Ukraine and separatist leaders begin a large exchange of prisoners

Ukraine and separatist leaders begin a large exchange of prisoners

Separatists from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic bused 16 prisoners to a government-controlled area near the no-man's land on the front, while Ukrainian government representatives delivered 99 people. A prisoner waves during the exchange. According to Poroshenko , among the prisoners handed to Ukraine were a historian and a "cyborg" - the nickname Ukrainians gave to soldiers who defended Donetsk airport in one of the conflict's most intense battles in 2014. Read More

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Bomb rips through St Petersburg supermarket with shrapnel injuring 10 Christmas shoppers

Bomb rips through St Petersburg supermarket with shrapnel injuring 10 Christmas shoppers

The Russian Investigative Committee's spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko told Sputnik that investigators would verify all possible causes of the explosion. Petersburg in order to examine the circumstances of the blast. In July, the FSB said it had detained seven people who were preparing "acts of terror" in Saint Petersburg, particularly its railway system and major public gathering places. Read More

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Israel's minister wants to name new train station in Jerusalem after Trump

Israel's minister wants to name new train station in Jerusalem after Trump

The Western Wall, visited by 11 million people a year, is part of the remaining rampart built around the Second Temple, destroyed in A.D. Israeli daily Yedioth Aharonot reported Wednesday that there will be an additional station along the way, in the Western part of Jerusalem, and that the train will feature a VIP auto to transport visiting dignitaries directly from the airport to the Western Wall. Read More

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JeM commander Noor Muhammed killed in encounter

JeM commander Noor Muhammed killed in encounter

Tantray has been a key commander in leading one of the wings of the locally powerful extremist organisation, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). A police officer told The Indian Express in October that Noor's physical appearance proved to be his biggest disadvantage, he said, "He is just three feet tall", and "So he can be easily identified, making his movement hard". Read More

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Plane from Georgia skids off icy taxiway in Boston

Plane from Georgia skids off icy taxiway in Boston

Investigators blame the wintry weather in Boston for that plan skidding into the grass. Passengers said the plane hit the ice and, suddenly, it felt like they were doing donuts on the tarmac. Massport officials say runways were cleared by 11:30 a.m. Across the Boston area, the snow had caused disruption, with thousands of people left without power for a period on Christmas Day, according to the Boston Globe . Read More

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North Korea says United Nations sanctions are an 'act of war'

North Korea says United Nations sanctions are an 'act of war'

North Korea's foreign ministry said the United States was terrified by its nuclear force and was getting "more and more frenzied in the moves to impose the harshest-ever sanctions and pressure on our country". The ministry said that Pyongyang could also seek to improve its ties with South Korea. "The Pentagon is trying to find options that would allow them to punch the North Koreans in the nose, get their attention and show that we're serious", one of the Telegraph's sources, a former ... Read More

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I-880 in Hayward closed by accident that injured CHP officers

I-880 in Hayward closed by accident that injured CHP officers

Charges have not been filed against the driver, who is in serious condition at a hospital. Based on the initial investigation, authorities believe an allegedly intoxicated 22-year-old - suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana - was headed home from a party when he drifted onto the shoulder and hit the parked vehicle from behind, according to CHP officials. Read More

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Erica Garner, daughter of man who died after police chokehold, hospitalized

Erica Garner, daughter of man who died after police chokehold, hospitalized

The 27-year-old mother of two is now listed in critical condition at a hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. She gave birth to a boy four months ago and had her first heart attack a short time after that, Snipes said. The NYPD prohibits use of chokeholds, but in December 2014, the grand jury decided not to indict Pantaleo, which sparked an outcry of protests against police brutality. Read More

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John Kasich Blasted by Liberals for Signing Down Syndrome Abortion Ban

Abortion would be prohibited even if Down syndrome wasn't the reason the parents wanted an abortion. Kasich signed Ohio House Bill 214 Friday, roughly a week after the legislation was passed by the state assembly. "Instead it exploits them as part of a larger anti-choice strategy to systematically make all abortion care illegal". As of Friday afternoon, however, it was not clear whether either organization planned to challenge the law in court. Read More

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Russia's Navalny calls for election boycott as officials ban him from running

Russia's Navalny calls for election boycott as officials ban him from running

Under Russian legislation, if someone is found guilty of a crime, he or she will not be eligible to bid for the presidency, CEC head Ella Pamfilova said in a video of the commission's meeting published on Navalny's personal website. Furthermore, Russia's Supreme Court overturned Navalny's sentencing on November 16, sparking discussion of his potential to run against Putin . He could have run if he was given a special dispensation or if his conviction was cancelled. Read More

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Julian Assange's twitter account mysteriously deleted

Julian Assange's twitter account mysteriously deleted

First the WikiLeaks founder's Twitter account mysteriously vanished without warning or explanation (it has since reappeared), and then the U.S. Navy sent a cryptic tweet containing only his name. The string of events sparked conspiracy theories, with many Twitter users suggesting it was an attempt to silence Assange ahead of a big information dump - though there is no evidence to suggest that is true. Read More

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Christmas Eve fire claims west Lincoln home

Christmas Eve fire claims west Lincoln home

Further, the blaze left the home "uninhabitable", gutting the second floor and causing extensive damage to the first floor. He said, "We smelled smoke so we got up and checked the house out". The fire was under investigation Monday, although investigators believe it may have been accidental, Franklin said. The Red Cross will find the family temporary house while officials investigate. Read More

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Guatemala says it is moving embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Israel's Foreign Ministry has praised a decision by the president of Guatemala for the Central American country to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem , saying the announcement represented "true friendship" between the two countries. Meanwhile, Palestinian authorities denounced the decision. Palestinians considered the U.S. move to be as siding with Israel . Adding that, "the state of Palestine considers this as a flagrant act of hostility against the inalienable rights of the ... Read More

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Counting for RK Nagar bypoll witnesses violence, Dhinakaran leading

Counting for RK Nagar bypoll witnesses violence, Dhinakaran leading

Speaking to reporters, Dinakaran declared his victory in RK Nagar as a prelude to the forthcoming political change in the state. He said, "It is not a party name and symbol that decide victory in elections". The 2015 RK Nagar bypoll, Jayalalithaa was elected by a huge margin of 1.5 lakh votes. He said the Edappadi K Palaniswami government in Tamil would fall in three months. Read More

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