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South Africa's ANC aims to announce new leader on Sunday

By Alexander Winning and Mfuneko Toyana JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) expects to announce Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Sunday, a spokesman said, concluding a bruising leadership battle that threatens to tear it apart before a 2019 election. The race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former cabinet minister and ex-wife of President Zuma, the two frontrunners to replace Zuma, is too close to call. The stakes are high because the ANC's electoral dominance means whoever wins the party's top job is likely to become the next president of South Africa after the next national election.

Trump's Statement On Redundancy Is Hilariously Redundant
Trump's Statement On Redundancy Is Hilariously Redundant

President Donald Trump's statement on deregulation on Thursday is getting plenty of attention, but not just for his claim of killing off 22 regulations for every new one implemented.

California Is One Step Closer to Recreational Pot Sales
California Is One Step Closer to Recreational Pot Sales

The state will allow people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of cannabis and grow six marijuana plants at home

China Is Still Building on Disputed Islands in the South China Sea
China Is Still Building on Disputed Islands in the South China Sea

Tensions over China's island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy.

Net neutrality repeal gives Democrats fresh way to reach millennials
Net neutrality repeal gives Democrats fresh way to reach millennials

By David Shepardson and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission vote on Thursday to roll back net neutrality rules could galvanize young voters, a move Democrats hope will send millennials to the polls in greater numbers and bolster their chances in next year's elections. Democrats are hoping to paint the repeal of the rules by the FCC, which is now chaired by President Donald Trump appointee Ajit Pai, as evidence Republicans are uninterested in young people and consumer concerns at large. "The American public is angry," said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat.

Interior secretary addresses sexual harassment at agency
Interior secretary addresses sexual harassment at agency

Ryan Zinke called for "culture change" at the Interior Department after it released the results of a survey of its employees.

El Salvador Upholds Three-Decade Prison Term For Woman Who Suffered Stillbirth
El Salvador Upholds Three-Decade Prison Term For Woman Who Suffered Stillbirth

A Salvadoran court upheld a 30-year jail sentence this week for a woman who was convicted of aggravated homicide after suffering what she said was a stillbirth.

Anthony Bourdain Expresses 'Real Remorse' In Wake Of Mario Batali Allegations
Anthony Bourdain Expresses 'Real Remorse' In Wake Of Mario Batali Allegations

In the wake of sexual assault and harassment allegations coming out against celebrated celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, Anthony Bourdain is again reflecting on his own time in the food industry.

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Serious About Having Religious Wedding, Church Leader Says
Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Serious About Having Religious Wedding, Church Leader Says

St. George's Chapel is a stunning, historic place.

Cards Against Humanity Tackles Wealth Inequality, Sends Money To Poor
Cards Against Humanity Tackles Wealth Inequality, Sends Money To Poor

The brains behind the game Cards Against Humanity have decided to "tackle the biggest issue in the world: wealth inequality" by sending checks to 100 of their poorest customers.

Nikki Haley Slams Iran
Nikki Haley Slams Iran's Role In Yemen War, Neglects To Mention U.S. Part In Humanitarian Crisis

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, stood before missile remnants that she claimed were covered in Iranian "fingerprints" on Thursday while laying out what she called "irrefutable evidence" that Tehran has violated its international obligations by militarily supporting rebels in Yemen.

Twitter users tell FCC chair Ajit Pai to 'kill himself' after net neutrality vote
Twitter users tell FCC chair Ajit Pai to 'kill himself' after net neutrality vote

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is facing backlash online after the government agency voted  Thursday to repeal landmark Obama-era rules that were designed to ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape The plan had not been popular leading up to the vote, with at least one poll from the University of Maryland finding more than 80 percent of respondents opposed the proposed repeal of net neutrality rules ahead of the vote.

North Korea
North Korea's envoy, Tillerson to attend UN meeting

North Korea's UN ambassador will attend a Security Council meeting on Friday where US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will address how to confront the North Korea crisis, diplomats said. The White House and State Department however stressed that the US stance had not changed and insisted North Korea must first show a willingness to halt its nuclear and missile tests.

Man acquitted in pier shooting seeks new trial on gun charge
Man acquitted in pier shooting seeks new trial on gun charge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Mexican man acquitted of murder in the shooting death of a San Francisco woman that sparked a national immigration debate on Thursday sought a new trial for his conviction on illegal gun possession.

House Speaker Ryan mulls retirement after 2018 elections: Politico

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has told confidants he would like to retire after the 2018 congressional elections, Politico reported on Thursday, but the Wisconsin lawmaker and an aide played down the report, saying he wasn't quitting any time soon. "Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker," Politico said. Politico said it interviewed three dozen people who knew Ryan - including lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and Republican lobbyists - and that "not a single person believed Ryan will stay in Congress past 2018." White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said President Donald...

How To Know When Your Relationship Is Over
How To Know When Your Relationship Is Over

Who you choose to spend your life with is an incredibly important decision ― and sometimes, you realize the person you thought was "the one" isn't the right choice anymore.

Indian minister warns Bollywood heavyweights over sexual exploitation
Indian minister warns Bollywood heavyweights over sexual exploitation

In a rare rebuke, an Indian minister on Thursday warned the country's Bollywood film industry to comply with strict measures to combat sexual harassment, following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Maneka Gandhi, India's federal Minister for Women and Child Development, took the unusual step of writing to 24 powerful Bollywood film producers, demanding they comply with Indian sexual harassment legislation to ensure a "safe, secure and inclusive work environment" for all employees. The letter was sent to major industry players, such as actors Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, as well as director Karan Johar.  "The aim of this law is to ensure that no woman is sexually harassed at her...

8 Ways Divorce Attorneys Approach Relationships Differently
8 Ways Divorce Attorneys Approach Relationships Differently

Married divorce lawyers have an interesting perspective on relationships.

Republican Senator Lee undecided on tax bill, seeks child credit changes: aide

U.S. Republican Senator Mike Lee has not decided whether to support a Republican tax bill and wants changes to the child tax credit, an aide to the lawmaker said on Thursday. Both Lee and Republican Senator Marco Rubio want more of the proposed child tax credit to be refundable, Conn Carroll, Lee's communications director said, adding Lee is "undecided on the tax bill as currently written." The sweeping tax bill needs a simple majority to pass in the Senate, in which Republicans hold 52 of the 100 seats and no Democrats are expected to support it.

'Bad news for our enemies': EU launches defense pact

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union nations, now unfettered by Britain's decision to quit, achieved a 70-year-old ambition on Thursday to integrate their defenses, launching a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together. European Council President Donald Tusk deemed the move "bad news for our enemies". First blocked by the French parliament in the 1950s and later by Britain, which feared creation of an EU army, the pact aims to end the squandering of billions of euros by splintered defense policies.

'I have seen things': Senior aide to Donald Trump goes public with criticism after resignation
'I have seen things': Senior aide to Donald Trump goes public with criticism after resignation

One of Donald Trump's most senior African American aides has gone public with criticism of the White House after resigning amid reports of a blazing row at a Christmas party.  Omarosa Manigault, who appeared on The Apprentice, said she saw things while working for the president that made her "very uncomfortable" and "unhappy".  She did not deny claims she was concerned by Mr Trump's stance on Charlottesville, where a woman died in clashes with white supremacists, and Roy Moore, the controversial Alabama senate candidate.  Ms Manigault even hinted at producing a tell-all account of her time in the White House, declaring she had "a profound story that I know the world will want to hear"....

6 Parents Of Sandy Hook Shooting Victims On Moving Forward After Unspeakable Loss
6 Parents Of Sandy Hook Shooting Victims On Moving Forward After Unspeakable Loss

Dec. 14, 2012, is a day that represents every parent's worst nightmare.

Iran says weaponry displayed by Haley is 'fabricated'

Iran rejected as unfounded a U.S. accusation on Thursday that it supplied a missile fired at Saudi Arabia from Yemen on Nov. 4, describing weaponry displayed by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley as "fabricated." Iran's mission to the United Nations said in a statement that the accusation by the United States was "irresponsible, provocative and destructive." "These accusations seek also to cover up for the Saudi war crimes in Yemen, with the U.S. complicity, and divert international and regional attention from the stalemate war of aggression against the Yemenis," the statement said.

How to Watch NASA's Major Kepler Announcement Today
How to Watch NASA's Major Kepler Announcement Today

This has us at the edge of our seats.

China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula
China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The crisis over North Korea's weapons programs must be resolved through talks, not war, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict. Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tillerson's offer of direct contacts with North Korea was "a very good signal" while warning that any U.S. strike on the country would have catastrophic consequences.

Jesse Watters' Mother Is 'Distraught' About Her Son's Views
Jesse Watters' Mother Is 'Distraught' About Her Son's Views

If you've ever been distraught by something that Fox News host Jesse Watters said, you're not alone.

More than 20 IS killed in southern Syria: coalition
More than 20 IS killed in southern Syria: coalition

Syrian opposition forces backed by a US-led coalition killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters and took several others prisoner Thursday, military officials said. According to the coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq, a vetted Syrian opposition group known as the Maghawir al-Thawra detected the fighters early Thursday in an area controlled by pro-Syrian regime forces in southern Syria, in the Al-Tanf border region. Supported by coalition forces, the Maghawir al-Thawra "quickly and professionally conducted an operation," the coalition said in a statement.

Keaton Jones Reveals He Hasn
Keaton Jones Reveals He Hasn't Returned to School Since His Anti-Bullying Video Went Viral

Tennessee middle-schooler Keaton Jones is opening up about life after his anti-bullying video, revealing that he hasn't returned to school since the footage spread across the Internet

2 Police Officers Shot in the Chest Were Saved by Bulletproof Vests
2 Police Officers Shot in the Chest Were Saved by Bulletproof Vests

The police were engaged in a standoff

How the Disney-Fox deal will affect Marvel movies
How the Disney-Fox deal will affect Marvel movies

Marvel Comics editors Jordan White and Heather Antos weigh in on the possibility that the X-Men will join the Marvel cinematic universe.

GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold Will Not Seek Re-Election After Sexual Harassment Allegations
GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold Will Not Seek Re-Election After Sexual Harassment Allegations

WASHINGTON ― Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) will not seek re-election to Congress following reports that he used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment complaint from a former staffer, whom he fired after she confronted him about his behavior.

Israel closes Gaza borders after days of Palestinian rocket attacks
Israel closes Gaza borders after days of Palestinian rocket attacks

Israel sealed the entrances and exits to Gaza on Thursday after a week of rocket fire from Palestinian militants in the wake of Donald Trump's announcement on Jerusalem.  Palestinian factions have fired rockets from Gaza on five of the seven days since the US president's Jerusalem speech, prompting Israeli forces to use the Iron Dome missile defence system and carry out air strikes in retaliation.  Two Palestinian fighters have been killed so far, and the shooting exchanges have been the most serious in since the 2014 Gaza war and raised fears that the two sides may stumble into a full-blown conflict.    Israel closed the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings on Thursday in response the...

Joe Biden Says He Wishes He Had 'Been Able To Do More For Anita Hill'
Joe Biden Says He Wishes He Had 'Been Able To Do More For Anita Hill'

Joe Biden is offering another apology to Anita Hill.

Time Is Running Out For Syria's Besieged Communities
Time Is Running Out For Syria's Besieged Communities

Nearly 745,000 men, women and children in Syria are trapped inside the war-torn country's 33 besieged communities, living in desolate conditions at the mercy of President Bashar Assad's authoritarian regime and its armed opponents.

The Actual Rohingya Death Toll Is 22 Times Higher Than Official Estimate, Survey Shows
The Actual Rohingya Death Toll Is 22 Times Higher Than Official Estimate, Survey Shows

The outbreak of violence against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority has reportedly killed thousands more people than the government admits.

Patton Oswalt's First Christmastime With New Wife Is Pretty Adorable
Patton Oswalt's First Christmastime With New Wife Is Pretty Adorable

Patton Oswalt appears to have this blended family thing on lock.

Anti-Net Neutrality Video by Ajit Pai is Insulting to Anyone Paying Attention
Anti-Net Neutrality Video by Ajit Pai is Insulting to Anyone Paying Attention

It's a garish diversion from the real reason everyone's upset about net neutrality.

Thursday's Morning Email: Why Millennials Are Facing The Scariest Financial Future Since The Great Depression
Thursday's Morning Email: Why Millennials Are Facing The Scariest Financial Future Since The Great Depression

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Three-man crew returns from space station: NASA TV
Three-man crew returns from space station: NASA TV

(Reuters) - A capsule carrying U.S., Russian and Italian astronauts from the International Space Station landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday after a five-month mission, a NASA TV live broadcast showed. The spacecraft brought back Randy Bresnik from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Sergey Ryazanskiy from Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Italy's Paolo Nespoli with the European Space Agency. The capsule landed in the windswept and snow-covered steppe in Kazakhstan's central Karaganda region at 2.37 p.m. (0837 GMT). ...

Epic Gingerbread House Fails Are Your New Favorite Holiday Tradition
Epic Gingerbread House Fails Are Your New Favorite Holiday Tradition

People around the world are getting into the festive spirit by attempting to create their own gingerbread houses.

An airplane drew a Christmas tree on a flight tracker because why not
An airplane drew a Christmas tree on a flight tracker because why not

How far would you go for a Christmas gif? SEE ALSO: Budweiser is one step closer to developing beer on Mars Airbus A380 - the world's largest passenger plane - carried out a very festive test flight over Germany on Wednesday, as can be viewed on flight tracker websites. An early Christmas gif from the @Airbus A380.See how Airbus drew their tree at https://t.co/YQPtQ179tG pic.twitter.com/ah1eBzFGGY - Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) December 13, 2017 A spokesperson for Airbus told The Telegraph that this was a regulation test flight, of which there are hundreds every year. "Thanks to the co-operation of the air traffic controllers (Eurocontrol and DFS), it was possible to fly that...

How Elon Musk
How Elon Musk's Mars-Focused Moon Base Will Look: 'Future Needs to Inspire'

The SpaceX founder has big plans for the future.

Fears of Israeli job cuts at Teva sparks call for general strike
Fears of Israeli job cuts at Teva sparks call for general strike

(This version of the story was refiled to modify the headline) By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Reports that Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is planning a restructuring involving mass layoffs in Israel sparked calls on Wednesday for a half-day general strike to be held in protest. The plan includes closing Teva's research and development center in the coastal city of Netanya, selling its logistics center in Shoham and cutting 3,300 jobs out of 6,430 nation-wide, the Israeli financial news website Calcalist reported. Teva , the world's largest generic drug maker which employs more than 56,000 people, did not comment on the details of the report.

Turkey summons FBI attache over testimony in US trial

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkish police have summoned an FBI official stationed in Turkey in connection with testimony in a U.S. federal corruption case against a Turkish banker, Turkey's official news agency reported.

Americans Don't Really Understand Gun Violence
Americans Don't Really Understand Gun Violence

The massacre in Las Vegas this October earned a macabre superlative: the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, with 58 innocents killed and more than 500 injured. The outpouring of attention and support was swift and far-reaching. CNN published portraits of all 58 victims. A man from Chicago made 58 crosses to honor the fallen. Zappos offered to help pay for the 58 funerals. An anonymous man even paid for 58 strangers' dinners in memory of those who died.

Legionnaires' Disease Is Rising At An Alarming Rate In The U.S.
Legionnaires' Disease Is Rising At An Alarming Rate In The U.S.

Health officials are increasingly concerned about the continuous uptick of Legionnaires' disease cases, which have risen steadily since 2000.

Indian court sentences man to death for brutal rape, murder
Indian court sentences man to death for brutal rape, murder

An Indian court Thursday handed down the death penalty to a man found guilty of raping and murdering a law student in a brutal knife attack in southern Kerala state. Muhammed Ameerul Islam was convicted by a district court in Kerala over the gruesome attack which sparked nationwide outrage and drew comparisons with the high-profile gang-rape and murder of a Delhi student in 2012. Prosecutors successfully sought the death penalty for the crime, describing it as "rarest of the rare" in its violent nature.

Zimbabwe ex-leader Mugabe visits Singapore hospital - sources
Zimbabwe ex-leader Mugabe visits Singapore hospital - sources

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe visited a hospital in Singapore this week apparently for medical checks, his first trip outside his country since he was ousted from office last month, sources in Singapore said on Thursday. Mugabe left Harare with his wife and aides on Monday evening, a Zimbabwe state security official said this week. Mugabe visited a private hospital in central Singapore on Wednesday with an entourage that included his security guards, the sources who were familiar with the visit told Reuters.

Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory About Alabama Election Gets A Brutal Reality Check
Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory About Alabama Election Gets A Brutal Reality Check

Hours after Doug Jones upset Roy Moore in Alabama's special election, the far right began cooking up conspiracy theories about busloads of voters being brought in from out-of-state:   I am hearing rumors that black voters from MS were encouraged to cross over into AL and vote.

China angered as U.S. considers navy visits to Taiwan
China angered as U.S. considers navy visits to Taiwan

By Michael Martina and Jess Macy Yu BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China accused the United States on Thursday of interfering in its internal affairs and said it had lodged a complaint after U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law an act laying the groundwork for possible U.S. navy visits to self-ruled Taiwan. Tensions have risen in recent days after a senior Chinese diplomat threatened China would invade Taiwan if any U.S. warships made port visits to the island which China claims as its own territory.

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