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Philippine vice-president says plot to oust her

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 19:10

Philippine Vice-President Leni Robredo announced Sunday she would quit President Rodrigo Duterte's cabinet after being told to stay away from its meetings, and said there was a plot to oust her as his deputy. Robredo did not say who was behind the alleged plot to remove her as vice-president. In the Philippines the president and vice-president are elected separately.

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Five Ukraine police killed in friendly fire mix-up

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 19:04

Five Ukrainian police were killed by friendly fire in a tragic accident in which officers mistook colleagues for burglars, officials said Sunday. Three burglars initially escaped the crime scene amid a gunfight between different security forces, although they were later detained. "Last night a devastating tragedy took place that killed five police officers," Anton Gerashchenko, a lawmaker and advisor to the interior ministry, wrote on Facebook.

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Fierce fighting in Syria's Aleppo as army advances

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 18:53

Fierce fighting shook east Aleppo on Sunday as Syrian government forces pressed an assault that has seen them retake control of more than half of the former rebel stronghold. President Bashar al-Assad's army is nearly three weeks into an operation to recapture all of Syria's second city, divided between regime and rebel forces since 2012. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled the offensive, which has made steady gains and threatens to deal Syria's opposition its worst defeat of the country's five-year civil war.

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Matteo Renzi's future on the line as Italy votes on his fate

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 18:30

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi voted Sunday in a constitutional referendum that has put his future on the line, divided Italy and raised fears of political and economic turmoil across Europe. Renzi, who has vowed to quit if he loses, was counting on a last-minute turnaround in voter sentiment to win backing for his proposals to streamline parliament and centralise some powers currently held at regional level in the name of more effective and stable government. "Have you decided how you are going to vote, prime minister?" a female voter cheekily asked Renzi as he turned up at a voting station in his home town of Pontassieve near Florence.

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Uzbekistan votes to elect second ever president

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 18:30

Uzbekistan went to the polls Sunday to elect a successor to late strongman Islam Karimov, with long-serving premier Shavkat Mirziyoyev expected to score a comfortable victory. The Central Electoral Commission in the authoritarian ex-Soviet country said around 72 percent of the 20 million-plus electorate had voted five hours before polling stations were due to close at 1500 GMT. Mirziyoyev, who was appointed prime minister in 2003, became interim president following Karimov's death aged 78 in September from a stroke.

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Green Party taking bid for election recount to federal court

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 18:08

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is taking her bid for a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election to federal court.

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Iran vows 'firm response' unless Obama stops sanctions renewal

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 18:01

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demanded on Sunday that Barack Obama block an extension of sanctions passed by the U.S. Congress, saying Tehran would otherwise "firmly respond". In a speech to parliament, Rouhani denounced legislation passed by the U.S. Congress to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years as a violation of Tehran's nuclear deal with six major powers.

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Exclusive: Snowden says Petraeus disclosed ‘far more highly classified’ secrets ‘than I ever did’

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 17:22
Come back to Yahoo News Monday to watch the full clip of Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric’s exclusive interview with Edward Snowden.
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Putin says Trump clever, will understand new responsibilities

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 17:01

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is a clever man and will quickly understand his new responsibilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NTV TV. Putin has spoken previously of his hope that Trump will help restore U.S.-Russia relations, and analysts said he was unlikely to want to dial up anti-Western rhetoric before Trump's inauguration in January. "Trump was an entrepreneur and a businessman.

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Uganda rebel Ongwen: victim turned killer

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 16:46

Abducted by gunmen as a 10-year-old boy on his way to school, Dominic Ongwen rose to become one of the most feared commanders in Uganda's brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The former child soldier, now in his early 40s, goes on trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday for crimes committed in Uganda, including keeping sex slaves and recruiting child soldiers. Ongwen, known as the "White Ant", is the first leader of the brutal Ugandan rebel army led by the fugitive Joseph Kony to appear before the ICC, created to try the world's worst crimes.

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Why TV Needs ‘Weak’ Female Characters

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 16:30
In the first episode of the HBO series Enlightened, the show’s heroine, Amy Jellicoe, learns that she’s been fired. She does not take the news well. Within minutes, she goes from pitiable victim, sobbing abjectly in a bathroom stall, to mascara-streaked fury. “Go back to your sad, fucking, little desk,” she sneers at her assistant before tracking her ex-lover and presumed betrayer to the office lobby. “I will destroy you—I will bury you—I will kill you, motherfucker!” she screams at him through the elevator doors that she somehow, in a feat of desperation, manages to pry open.
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Trump's call inspires hope in Taiwan, concern in Beijing

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 16:13

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — With a 10-minute phone call and two tweets, Donald Trump inspired banner headlines and renewed hopes across Taiwan for a stronger partnership with the United States, while also inflaming the complex relationships between the U.S., mainland China, and the self-governing island China regards as a renegade province.

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Putin says 'clever' Trump will soon grasp weighty role

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 15:27

President Vladimir Putin in an interview aired Sunday called US President-elect Donald Trump intelligent and predicted he would quickly grasp his new level of responsibility and act accordingly. The Kremlin said last month that the two men agreed, in their first phone call after Trump's election win in November, on the need to "normalise" Russia-US relations. Putin on Thursday reiterated Moscow's readiness to work with Trump's administration once the president-elect takes office in January.

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Kurdish curbs harm recovery of Iraq Yazidis: rights group

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 15:00

Kurdish restrictions on the movement of goods are harming the recovery of Iraq's Yazidi minority, which was targeted for genocide by the Islamic State group, Human Rights Watch said Sunday. It said the restrictions affected the Sinjar area, the main hub of the Yazidis, a Kurdish-speaking religious minority whose unique faith is despised by jihadists. The area is theoretically under the authority of the central government in Baghdad but it is largely controlled by the forces of the autonomous Kurdish region.

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Mocked for his tweets, Trump fires back -- on Twitter

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 13:23

President-elect Donald Trump has reacted to a comedy sketch that mocked his penchant for sending tweets -- by sending a tweet. Trump again lambasted the show "Saturday Night Live," on which he is played by actor Alec Baldwin. "Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse.

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Stein switches tactics in Pennsylvania recount drive

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 12:31

Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein switched tactics in her campaign to force a recount in Pennsylvania, one of three battleground states won by Donald Trump where she has challenged the results. The party dropped a bid to pursue the recount in a state court, citing difficulties raising a million dollar bond demanded by the tribunal. It said it would instead press on in federal court and file suit Monday.

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Trump attends 'Villains and Heroes' costume party dressed as...himself

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 11:37

By Melissa Fares NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump attended a "Villains and Heroes" costume party at a major donor's Long Island home on Saturday night, but declined to don any garb that was in keeping with the theme. Trump entered the party hosted by the Mercer family, one of his biggest donors, at their home in the village of Head of the Harbor in St. James, N.Y., wearing a suit and a blue and white checked tie. Trump walked into the home and gave reporters, who were not allowed inside, the thumbs up and posed briefly for photos, but did not respond to questions except to mouth "me," pointing to himself when asked who he was dressed as.

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