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Cancer-battling US Senator John McCain hospitalized
Cancer-battling US Senator John McCain hospitalized

US Senator John McCain, who is fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer, was in a military hospital Wednesday to treat "normal side effects" of his therapy, his office said. The 81-year-old former prisoner of war and 2008 Republican presidential nominee was diagnosed in July with a brain tumor known as a glioblastoma, after doctors found a blood clot over his left eye during a routine checkup. McCain underwent surgery at the time in his home state of Arizona, and has been treated with radiation and chemotherapy.

Sirens, doves as China marks 80 years since Nanjing massacre
Sirens, doves as China marks 80 years since Nanjing massacre

Sirens blared and thousands of doves were released as Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a sombre ceremony in Nanjing marking 80 years since the wartime massacre in the city by Japanese troops. "China and Japan are close neighbours, neighbours who can't move away," said Yu Zhengsheng, a former member of China's top Communist leadership who now chairs a parliamentary body. China and Japan should build on their "long, rich history" of links to deepen "friendship", Yu said, avoiding reference to bitter disputes over the massacre.

Couple Collectively Sheds More than 400 Pounds After Making New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight
Couple Collectively Sheds More than 400 Pounds After Making New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight

Lexi and Danny Reed said they wanted to change their lifestyles so they could become parents in the future.

The Sweet Ways Billie Lourd Honored Carrie Fisher At The 'Star Wars' Premiere
The Sweet Ways Billie Lourd Honored Carrie Fisher At The 'Star Wars' Premiere

Billie Lourd found two beautiful ways to pay tribute to her late mother, Carrie Fisher, at the premiere of her mom's last "Star Wars" film.

The Air Force Is Training F-35s To Fight Russia and China in a War
The Air Force Is Training F-35s To Fight Russia and China in a War

The Air Force F-35 is using "open air" ranges and computer simulation to practice combat missions against the best Chinese and Russian-made air-defense technologies. While the Air Force aims to prepare for the unlikely contingency of a potential engagement with near-peer rivals such as Russia or China, Air Force planners recognize that there is much more concern about having to confront an adversary which has purchased air-defense technology from the Russians or Chinese. The Air Force F-35 is using "open air" ranges and computer simulation to practice combat missions against the best Chinese and Russian-made air-defense technologies - as a way to prepare to enemy threats anticipated in...

The real reason why a flat white costs more than other coffee
The real reason why a flat white costs more than other coffee

The epitome of coffee cool, the flat white came under fire this week as Conal Lavery of Thomson's Coffee Roasters told Channel 4's Supershoppers that customers were being ripped off by excessive pricing. In Starbucks, you can expect to pay £2.40 for a tall latte (12 fl oz) with two shots of coffee, but £2.60 for a significantly smaller flat white (8 fl oz). In Caffè Nero, a medium latte is £2.50 - but a flat white will set you back £2.60.  Based on their ingredients, he explained, a flat white (a double espresso shot with a single portion of textured milk) should be cheaper. "There is no reason for a flat white to cost any more," he said.  "The chains and the speciality...

White House Says Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against President Trump
White House Says Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against President Trump 'Took Place Long Before' 2016 Election

The White House again denied allegations of sexual misconduct against President Trump, as three of his accusers called for Congress to investigate his past behavior.

President Trump's Jerusalem Decision Sparks Attacks, Protests and Fresh Diplomatic Rifts
President Trump's Jerusalem Decision Sparks Attacks, Protests and Fresh Diplomatic Rifts

President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has drawn wide international criticism and sparked violence across the region

Britain must designate its marine territories as 'bluebelt' to protect oceans and wildlife 
Britain must designate its marine territories as 'bluebelt' to protect oceans and wildlife 

Britain must designate its overseas territories as 'bluebelt' to help protect wildlife and prevent plastic pollution entering the oceans, campaigners have said. Following the final episode of Blue Planet II which showed the devastating impact of humans on the world's seas, the Great British Oceans coalition called on the government to safeguard its remote marine zones, which are home to some of the world's most endangered species. Already 133 MPs have backed the campaign to create 1.5 million square miles of protected 'bluebelt' around seven British overseas territories which contain the breeding grounds for a quarter of the world's penguins, and one third of the world's albatrosses. The...

3 people arrested in firebomb attack on Swedish synagogue
3 people arrested in firebomb attack on Swedish synagogue

HELSINKI (AP) - Three people have been arrested for allegedly throwing firebombs at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Goteborg, the second anti-Jewish attack in the Nordic nation in two days. Jewish groups condemned the attacks as "unconscionable" and demanded that authorities take action.

Republicans Can't Kill Obamacare, So They're Turning It Into Trumpcare
Republicans Can't Kill Obamacare, So They're Turning It Into Trumpcare

Republicans haven't figured out how to kill the Affordable Care Act.

Lebanon PM slams Iraq militia head visit to Israel ceasefire line
Lebanon PM slams Iraq militia head visit to Israel ceasefire line

Lebanon's prime minister on Saturday criticised a visit by an Iraqi Shiite militia leader to Lebanon's ceasefire line with Israel, saying it violated local law. The trip by Qais al-Khazali, the founder and leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, was organised by Lebanon's Hezbollah, a powerful armed movement and arch-foe of Israel. A video of the visit began circulating on social media on Friday, showing Khazali wearing military uniform during a tour of parts of southern Lebanon.

Egypt archaeologists discover mummy in Luxor
Egypt archaeologists discover mummy in Luxor

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a mummy in one of two previously unexplored tombs across the Nile from the southern city of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said Saturday. The tombs were found in the 1990s by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp, though she had only reached the entrance gate "but never entered", the ministry said. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany was in Luxor to announce the discovery in Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near the famed Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs, including Tutankhamun, were buried.

As winds relent, scorched California hopes for fire relief
As winds relent, scorched California hopes for fire relief

Brutal winds that fueled southern California's firestorm finally began to ease Saturday, giving residents and firefighters hope for respite as the destructive toll of multiple blazes came into focus. Despite the intensity of the fires that raged on six different fronts -- stretching from areas north of Los Angeles down to the San Diego region -- authorities have reported only one fatality. In the mountain town of Ojai the air-quality index was hovering over 500 -- at the top of the "hazardous" scale -- as fumes from the "Thomas" fire hung trapped by the mountains.

Donald Trump Attacks Roy Moore's Accuser At Florida Rally
Donald Trump Attacks Roy Moore's Accuser At Florida Rally

President Donald Trump attacked one of the women who has accused Senate hopeful Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager and he was in his 30s, mocking her over the scrutiny a note she made under Moore's alleged signature in her high school yearbook has received.

The Latest: Woman, 70, is California fire death victim
The Latest: Woman, 70, is California fire death victim

FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on Southern California wildfires (all times local):

Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be buried 76 years later
Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be buried 76 years later

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The funeral for a recently identified Kentucky sailor who was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago is bringing his family together for the first time in decades.

Isolated US defends Trump on Jerusalem at the UN
Isolated US defends Trump on Jerusalem at the UN

The United States stood alone Friday as one after another fellow UN Security Council member criticized its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The debate unfolded at a largely symbolic emergency meeting of the council -- no vote on a resolution was planned, as the US has veto power -- two days after President Donald Trump reversed two decades of US policy on the holy city. This seemd a vivid show of the discord triggered by Trump's announcement, which included plans to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Dylan Farrow Calls Out Blake Lively, Kate Winslet For Working With Woody Allen
Dylan Farrow Calls Out Blake Lively, Kate Winslet For Working With Woody Allen

Dylan Farrow, whose brother Ronan helped expose predatory men in Hollywood, is asking why the man she accuses of sexual assault, Woody Allen, has largely been left out of the conversation.

John Lewis Won't Attend Civil Rights Museum Opening Because Trump Is Going
John Lewis Won't Attend Civil Rights Museum Opening Because Trump Is Going

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he will not attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday because President Donald Trump's "attendance and hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed" in the museum.

Thousands In Utah Protest Trump Plans To Shrink National Monuments
Thousands In Utah Protest Trump Plans To Shrink National Monuments

More than 5,000 angry protesters gathered outside the state capitol in Salt Lake City Saturday to rally against Donald Trump's expected plans to carve up federal public lands in Utah and open up what's left to drilling and mining.

ABC News Suspends Reporter Brian Ross For 'Serious Error' In Flynn Story
ABC News Suspends Reporter Brian Ross For 'Serious Error' In Flynn Story

Following an onslaught of criticism, ABC News has suspended chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross for four weeks without pay after his erroneous on-air report about Michael Flynn.

Trump notes Flynn lied to FBI, says his actions during transition were lawful

By Jeff Mason and Jan Wolfe WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that actions by former national security adviser Michael Flynn during the presidential transition were lawful, and that he had had to fire him because Flynn had lied to the FBI and the vice president. The president's comment suggested he may have known Flynn lied to the FBI before he urged the FBI director not to investigate his former adviser, legal experts said. Flynn is the first member of Trump's administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered by special counsel Robert Mueller's wide-ranging investigation into Russian attempts to influence last year's U.S. presidential...

Report: Officer safety put ahead of public safety at rally
Report: Officer safety put ahead of public safety at rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Law enforcement failed to adequately plan for or respond to a violent white nationalist rally this summer in Virginia, leading to "deep distrust of government" in the Charlottesville community, an independent review released Friday found.

You'll never believe how happy Holland the rescue dog gets after a haircut
You'll never believe how happy Holland the rescue dog gets after a haircut

A small pup now smiles from ear to ear in the comfort of her new and loving home, thanks to a team of dedicated animal rescuers.  Little Holland fell into the hands of the Trio Animal Foundation in Chicago for urgent medical care after she endured uninhabitable conditions at a "open access" shelter that only accepted abandoned animals.  According to TAF's Facebook post, once the canine arrived, her fur was completely matted and covered her entire body.  "The width of the matted fur on her legs was over two-three inches thick," TAF wrote in the post. "A shell like casing of matted fur covered most of her back and it looked like an exoskeleton from...

Vote postponed as Trump tax plan hits snag in US Senate
Vote postponed as Trump tax plan hits snag in US Senate

Republicans in the US Senate scrambled to salvage their tax plan Thursday after it hit unexpected roadblocks, leaving President Donald Trump still waiting for a major political victory he hopes to secure before year's end. Trump had hoped his party would pass the controversial bill as early as Thursday night, handing the White House and Republicans their most significant legislative achievement of his young presidency.

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Zimbabwe's president names top military officers in new cabinet

Zimbabwe's new president named his first cabinet Thursday, appointing two senior military officers to key portfolios and dropping close allies of Robert Mugabe who resigned after the armed forces took control of the country. President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed as foreign affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo, the army major general who went on state television announcng the military's take-over, a dramatic powergrab which culminated in Mugabe stepping down a week later. The long-serving airforce commander Perence Shiri also became the Lands and Agriculture minister, according to a statement released late Thursday night.

All Prince George Wants For Christmas Is A Police Car, Dad Says
All Prince George Wants For Christmas Is A Police Car, Dad Says

If Prince George ever becomes king, he'll have a nation to represent, crown jewels to choose from and a hefty trust fund.

Defiant North Korea Launches What Appears To Be ICBM
Defiant North Korea Launches What Appears To Be ICBM

North Korea has launched another ballistic missile, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday.

It's Not Too Late to Buy Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) Stock

As time goes on, Munster says Nvidia will be less dependent on gaming revenue and will transition its business to other high-growth markets. Today, gaming accounts for 57 percent of Nvidia's revenue, but Munster estimates that percentage will shrink to only 41 percent by 2023. At the same time, Loup expects Nvidia's impressive overall revenue growth to continue.

China's Military Is Getting Stronger and Could 'Leapfrog' over America
China's Military Is Getting Stronger and Could 'Leapfrog' over America

China's military modernization remains a key concern for the US and its allies. Crucial in that regard has been China's development of forces geared towards preventing uncontested access to its air and maritime approaches by potential adversaries. Such 'anti-access and area denial' (A2AD) capabilities are designed either to prevent an adversary's access to a particular region (anti-access) or to contest its freedom of movement within that theater (area denial).

Argentine sub reported short-circuit in last message: report
Argentine sub reported short-circuit in last message: report

In their last message, the crew of a missing Argentine submarine reported an electrical short-circuit caused by seawater which had started a fire, a TV channel reported Monday. The final contact with the ARA San Juan, which has 44 crew members on board, was on November 15. The search for the ARA San Juan extends for a 22-mile (35-kilometer) radius from an area about 250 miles off the coast of Argentina -- around the location of an explosion that may have sent the vessel to the bottom of the ocean.

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Trump's tax bill faces potential Senate Republican opposition

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate Republican tax bill strongly backed by President Donald Trump faced potential opposition on Monday from two Republican lawmakers who could prevent the sweeping legislation from reaching the Senate floor. Senators Ron Johnson and Bob Corker, both members of the Senate Budget Committee, said they could vote against the tax package at a Tuesday hearing that Republican leaders hoped would send the legislation to a full Senate vote as early as Thursday. Each senator is seeking different changes to the legislation.

No US sanctions trial for Turkish-Iran mogul Zarrab
No US sanctions trial for Turkish-Iran mogul Zarrab

Turkish-Iranian gold mogul Reza Zarrab will not stand trial in New York for allegedly defying sanctions on Iran, leaving a Turkish banker alone in the dock when opening statements are due to begin Tuesday. In a case that has inflamed tensions between Turkey and the United States, all signs now suggest that 34-year-old businessman Zarrab has cut a deal with prosecutors and agreed to plead guilty, which could potentially still see him testify. US District Judge Richard Berman on Monday told jury selection in a federal court in Manhattan that Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla would be the only defendant in what is expected to be a three to four week trial.

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's Mugabe "glowed" with relief after he quit: priest

By Emelia Sithole-Matarise CHISHAWASHA, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Robert Mugabe's face "glowed" with relief when he agreed to step down as Zimbabwe's president last week under pressure from the military and his party after 37 years in power, the priest who mediated his resignation said on Sunday. Father Fidelis Mukonori, a Jesuit priest who is a close Mugabe friend, laughed off a report by the privately owned Standard newspaper that Mugabe cried and lamented the betrayal by close lieutenants when he agreed to resign. "For me it was a sign that he was accepting that 'ah this is done', he is relieved, not that he is aggrieved but relieved." He said Mugabe realised it was the end of the road...

Russia Is Roaring Back to the Middle East While America Is Asleep
Russia Is Roaring Back to the Middle East While America Is Asleep

The Kremlin is methodically creating a geopolitical challenge to the interests of the United States and its allies. Russia is back in the Middle East. The Kremlin is methodically creating a systematic geopolitical challenge to the interests of the United States and its allies.

Iraq launches operation to clear last IS holdouts from desert
Iraq launches operation to clear last IS holdouts from desert

Iraqi forces announced the launch of a major operation on Thursday to flush remaining Islamic State group fighters out of the western desert near the border with Syria. The arid, sparsely populated wastelands between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are the last refuge of the jihadists in Iraq after troops and paramilitaries ousted them from both valleys and all urban areas. "The Iraqi army, the federal police and the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation paramilitary units) this morning began clearing the Al-Jazeera region straddling Salaheddin, Nineveh and Anbar provinces," the head of Joint Operations Command, General Abdelamir Yarallah, said in a statement.

Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 To Keep A Massive Data Breach Quiet
Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 To Keep A Massive Data Breach Quiet

Uber confirmed Tuesday that it had paid hackers $100,000 to keep quiet after an October 2016 attack led to the disclosure of 57 million customers' personal data, Bloomberg first reported.

Japan woman claims to have dumped babies in concrete buckets
Japan woman claims to have dumped babies in concrete buckets

A mother who dumped four of her babies in buckets filled with concrete that she then kept in her apartment for two decades was arrested in Japan on Tuesday. Mayumi Saito, 53, told investigators she had given birth to the infants between 1992 and 1997, a police spokesman told AFP. Saito handed herself in at an Osaka police station on Monday and confessed, saying she did not think her desperate financial predicament made it possible for her to look after the children, local media reported.

UN envoy says conflict likely if Palestinians fail to agree
UN envoy says conflict likely if Palestinians fail to agree

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N.'s Mideast envoy warned Monday that if reconciliation talks between Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas fail there will most likely be "another devastating conflict."

Libya slave auctions may be crime against humanity: UN chief
Libya slave auctions may be crime against humanity: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday he was horrified by video footage showing migrants being sold as slaves in Libya and that these auctions should be investigated as possible crimes against humanity. US television network CNN aired the footage last week of an apparent live auction in Libya where black men were presented to North African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400. "Slavery has no place in our world and these actions are among the most egregious abuses of human rights and may amount to crimes against humanity," Guterres told reporters.

Alabama Media Group Rejects Cease-And-Desist Order From Roy Moore - With A Warning
Alabama Media Group Rejects Cease-And-Desist Order From Roy Moore - With A Warning

The Alabama Media Group has flatly rejected a demand from Roy Moore's attorneys to "cease and desist" reporting about accusations of sexual misconduct against the Republican Senate candidate.

Sharon Tate's Sister 'Shed a Tear' After Charles Manson Confirmed Dead at 83
Sharon Tate's Sister 'Shed a Tear' After Charles Manson Confirmed Dead at 83

The 60s murderous cult leader died Sunday of natural causes at 83.

In 1956, Russia Came Close to Starting a Nuclear War against Israel, Britain and France
In 1956, Russia Came Close to Starting a Nuclear War against Israel, Britain and France

Eden resigned as prime minister, while the British resigned themselves to no longer acting as an imperial power. The West Germans noted that the Soviets had threatened to attack Western Europe, and the United States had not protested. Israel grudgingly withdrew, and began preparing for the next war (which would come in 1967).

The Latest: Merkel regrets failure of talks on coalition
The Latest: Merkel regrets failure of talks on coalition

BERLIN (AP) - The latest on efforts by German political parties to form a coalition government (all times local):

Does Trump Support Roy Moore? White House Official Ducks The Question 15 Times.
Does Trump Support Roy Moore? White House Official Ducks The Question 15 Times.

WASHINGTON ― A top White House official on Sunday avoided answering the question ― 15 times ― as to whether President Donald Trump supports Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by seven women.

'I Actually Felt Human.' Psychiatric Patient Said He Escaped to Prove He Could Be Free and Not Hurt Anybody
'I Actually Felt Human.' Psychiatric Patient Said He Escaped to Prove He Could Be Free and Not Hurt Anybody

Randall Saito spoke from a jail in California, before briefly appearing in court and telling a judge he doesn't want to go back to Hawaii

So, About That Tax Break For Private Jets
So, About That Tax Break For Private Jets

Tucked away inside the Senate Republican's tax bill, already jam-packed with goodies for U.S. businesses, is a provision that seems specially tailored to spark massive populist outrage: a tax break aimed at private plane travel.

France, Lebanon and the Hariri family have close ties
France, Lebanon and the Hariri family have close ties

France under President Emmanuel Macron has played a leading role in trying to avert a fresh crisis in Lebanon following the surprise resignation of its prime minister Saad Hariri. Hariri arrived in Paris on Saturday on Macron's invitation, after the premier once again dismissed rumours that he had been held against his will in Saudi Arabia since announcing his resignation there on November 4. As Macron holds talks with Hariri, AFP explains France's role in working to defuse the situation.

Zimbabwe: Developments since the military takeover
Zimbabwe: Developments since the military takeover

Here is a timeline of the developing political crisis in Zimbabwe, where the military has taken control of the country but President Robert Mugabe is clinging to power. - November 14: Tanks are seen moving on the outskirts of the capital a day after army chief Constantino Chiwenga denounces Mugabe's sacking of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa is seen as a rival of Mugabe's wife Grace, 52, to succeed the veteran 93-year-old leader.

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