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Playoff showdowns: LSU vs. Oklahoma; Ohio State vs. Clemson
Playoff showdowns: LSU vs. Oklahoma; Ohio State vs. Clemson

LSU will play Oklahoma and Ohio State will face defending national champion Clemson in the College Football Playoff. The selection committee revealed the pairings Sunday for the national semifinals and the final four was no surprise. The 13-member committee went with Southeastern Conference champion

The Latest: LSU to face old foe Jalen Hurts, now with OU
The Latest: LSU to face old foe Jalen Hurts, now with OU

Top-ranked LSU (13-0) will return to Atlanta on Dec. 28 to face Jalen Hurts and No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1) at the Peach Bowl semifinal in the College Football Playoff. The CFP selection committee announced the pairings Sunday, with the only drama surrounding which team would be the top seed: LSU or Ohio

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America's influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump
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  • 2019-12-08 18:16:50Z

It's whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China's halls of power. It's lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump's presidency, America's global influence is waning.

Channing Tatum Takes Daughter Everly to See Frozen Musical After Being Declared Legally Single
Channing Tatum Takes Daughter Everly to See Frozen Musical After Being Declared Legally Single

Channing Tatum Takes Daughter Everly to See Frozen Musical

Violence Drives a Swell in Mexican Migration
Violence Drives a Swell in Mexican Migration
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  • 2019-12-08 17:07:05Z

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico -- A crackdown on illegal immigration has sharply curbed the number of Central Americans and others trying to enter the United States. But Mexicans, who have not been bound by some of the same restrictions, have been showing up at the border in greater numbers, in many cases fleeing the escalating violence in their country.Thousands have been stuck for weeks here in Ciudad Juarez and other border cities, waiting for permission to cross into the United States to apply for asylum. Human rights advocates say the bottleneck violates American and international law by forcing migrants to remain in a country where they feel their lives are at risk."We're fearful here...

'I Got Tired of Hunting Black and Hispanic People'
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  • 2019-12-08 16:55:30Z

NEW YORK -- At a police station tucked into an end-of-the-line subway terminal in South Brooklyn, the new commander instructed officers to think of white and Asian people as "soft targets" and urged them to instead go after blacks and Latinos for minor offenses like jumping the turnstile, a half-dozen officers said in sworn statements."You are stopping too many Russian and Chinese," one of the officers, Daniel Perez, recalled the commander telling him earlier this decade.Another officer, Aaron Diaz, recalled the same commander saying in 2012, "You should write more black and Hispanic people."The sworn statements, gathered in the last few months as part of a...

Top 25: LSU finishes season No. 1, Ohio St, Tigers, OU next
Top 25: LSU finishes season No. 1, Ohio St, Tigers, OU next

LSU finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma. The Tigers will head into postseason having been atop the AP poll for the last seven weeks. The Tigers received 47 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank.

Rapper Juice Wrld Dead at 21
Rapper Juice Wrld Dead at 21

Juice Wrld, the fast-rising young rapper best known for his 2018 hit "Lucid Dreams," died on Sunday shortly after suffering a seizure at Chicago's Midway Airport, Variety has confirmed. He was 21 years old. A statement from the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said that Jarad A. Higgins, 21, of Homewood, Ill., had died. The […]

Iran unveils
Iran unveils 'budget of resistance' backed by $5bn Russian loan
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  • 2019-12-08 16:10:51Z

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani announced Sunday a "budget of resistance" against US sanctions targeting the country's vital oil sector, backed by a $5 billion Russian investment. Rouhani said the aim was to reduce "hardships" in Iran where a shock fuel price hike last month triggered nationwide demonstrations that turned deadly. After unilaterally withdrawing from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in May last year, the US began imposing sanctions on Tehran, including on oil exports, which it aims to squeeze to zero in a campaign of "maximum pressure". Iran has suffered a sharp economic downturn, with a plummeting currency sending inflation...

American soldiers banned from Italian main street after vicious brawl
American soldiers banned from Italian main street after vicious brawl

Around 2,000 US Army soldiers have been banned from one of the main streets in the Italian city of Vicenza after a  brawl between soldiers and locals.  The temporary ban, which affects members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade stationed in the city, involves the quaint via  Contra' Pescherie Vecchie, where two young Vicenza men say they were surrounded and beaten by several soldiers after a verbal exchange just outside a popular watering hole for off duty combat paratroopers.  "This is not my face. I was not like this before," Riccardo Passaro, 21, told La Repubblica from the hospital where he is recovering from reconstructive facial surgery after his jaw was shattered.  City authorities are...

Desperate Syrian Kurds who fled Turkish incursion head home to uncertainty
Desperate Syrian Kurds who fled Turkish incursion head home to uncertainty

Hundreds of Syrian Kurds have returned home from Iraq over recent weeks despite fears for their safety, amid complaints that thousands have been 'imprisoned' in refugee camps with little access to food, healthcare and work. Over the past month, around 100 people have been voluntarily returning each week from camps in Iraq after fleeing northern Syria at the start of a Turkish offensive in October designed to force out Kurdish forces. With winter setting in and resources dwindling, the numbers are likely to grow.  Despite an official ceasefire, violence has continued in northeast Syria. The forced withdrawal of Kurdish forces has allowed the return of the Assad regime to some areas, with...

Chuck Todd Laces Into Ted Cruz for Saying Ukraine Meddled in 2016 Election
Chuck Todd Laces Into Ted Cruz for Saying Ukraine Meddled in 2016 Election
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  • 2019-12-08 15:45:29Z

A week after Meet the Press host Chuck Todd accused Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) of pushing Russian propaganda on Ukraine, the NBC News anchor forcefully confronted GOP Sen. Ted Cruz over the Texas lawmaker's belief that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election.With the House of Representatives heading towards

A Uighur Dutch woman admitted to leaking secret Chinese cables on Muslim oppression. She
A Uighur Dutch woman admitted to leaking secret Chinese cables on Muslim oppression. She's going public to stop China's death threats.

Asiye Abdulaheb told the Dutch De Volkskrant newspaper that she had a role in disseminating the explosive internal documents on Xinjiang.

Lebanese-born donor of Hitler items welcomed in Israel
Lebanese-born donor of Hitler items welcomed in Israel
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  • 2019-12-08 15:27:13Z

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday hosted a Lebanese-born Swiss real estate mogul who purchased Nazi memorabilia at a German auction and is donating the items to Israel. Chatila, a Lebanese Christian who has lived in Switzerland for decades, paid some 600,000 euros ($660,000) for the items at the Munich auction last month, intending to destroy them after reading of Jewish groups' objections to the sale. Among the items he bought were Adolf Hitler's top hat, a silver-plated edition of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and a typewriter used by the dictator's secretary.

Piero Terracina, Rome Jew who survived Nazi death camp dies
Piero Terracina, Rome Jew who survived Nazi death camp dies
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  • 2019-12-08 15:08:56Z

Piero Terracina, one of the last survivors of Italy's tiny Jewish community who were deported to Nazi death camps during World War II, has died. Terracina died on Sunday, Rome's Jewish Community said. As a 15-year-old, he escaped the roundup by German occupying troops of Rome's Jews in 1943 and went into hiding with his family.

UPDATE 2-Trump impeachment gains momentum as vote on charges possible this week
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  • 2019-12-08 15:03:16Z

Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said on Sunday that articles of impeachment were being drafted and it was possible his panel could vote this week on charges against President Donald Trump. Nadler told CNN's "State of the Union" that the panel had "a lot to consider" in determining which charges to file against the Republican president. The committee will hold a public hearing on Monday to consider evidence gathered in the inquiry that focuses on Trump's request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face the president in the 2020 U.S. election.

Germany: 2 teenagers arrested after off-duty fireman killed
Germany: 2 teenagers arrested after off-duty fireman killed
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  • 2019-12-08 14:55:37Z

Two teenagers have been arrested after an off-duty firefighter was killed in an altercation between two couples and a group of youths in the southern German city of Augsburg, authorities said Sunday. The couples had just left a Christmas market late Friday evening when they ran into the seven-strong group of young men and an argument started, according to police. Dozens of Augsburg firefighters held a vigil Sunday morning for their colleague, and German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer voiced his dismay at the killing.

Ukraine crowds protest over Russia summit
Ukraine crowds protest over Russia summit
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  • 2019-12-08 14:49:49Z

Some 5,000 Ukrainians rallied in Kiev on Sunday warning President Volodymyr Zelensky to resist pressure from Russia's Vladimir Putin when the two men meet on Monday for talks on the conflict in Ukraine's east. Protesters held placards with slogans such as "No to capitulation", "Stay away from Moscow" and "Russian gas is a noose around our necks" during the rally, led by Zelensky's political opponents. The two leaders are due to meet for the first time since Zelensky's election in April at the talks in Paris, mediated by French and German leaders Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel.

Trump impeachment gains momentum as vote on charges possible this week
Trump impeachment gains momentum as vote on charges possible this week
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  • 2019-12-08 14:47:43Z

Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said on Sunday that articles of impeachment were being drafted and it was possible his panel could vote this week on charges against President Donald Trump. Nadler told CNN's "State of the Union" that the panel had "a lot to consider" in determining which charges to file against the Republican president. The committee will hold a public hearing on Monday to consider evidence gathered in the inquiry that focuses on Trump's request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face the president in the 2020 U.S. election.

Screams and goodbyes as scores killed in devastating India factory fire
Screams and goodbyes as scores killed in devastating India factory fire

At least 43 people were killed Sunday in a devastating fire that ripped through a bag factory in the congested old quarter of the Indian capital New Delhi, with survivors describing the screams of scores of trapped workers who were sleeping inside. The blaze was the worst in Delhi since 59 movie-goers died in a cinema in 1997, with the city's poor planning and enforcement of building and safety regulations often responsible for such deadly incidents. Tearful relatives spoke of receiving desperate calls from factory workers begging to be freed from the inferno in the dark, poorly lit premises in the commercial hub of Sadar Bazar from around 5:00am (23:30 GMT).

'Saturday Night Live': Jimmy Fallon, Paul Rudd, James Corden Play 'Bad Boys' in NATO Cafeteria (Watch)

Jimmy Fallon, Paul Rudd and James Corden popped by "Saturday Night Live's" Studio 8H Dec. 7 to portray Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; President of France Emmauel Macron; and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, respectively. They appeared in the cold open sketch that went behind-the-scenes of a NATO conference to see what went down […]

Whistleblower goes public after leaked documents reveal China
Whistleblower goes public after leaked documents reveal China's crackdown on Uighur Muslims

A Uighur woman living in the Netherlands has gone public about helping to leak secret Chinese government documents regarding human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang province because of fears for her safety. Asiye Abdulaheb told Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant that she was involved in last month's leak of papers to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which highlighted the Chinese government's crackdown on Muslims in Xinjiang. The reveal, which followed an earlier document leak to the New York Times, showed how the Chinese government has indoctrinated and punished over a million Muslims, mainly members of the Uighur ethnic minority, in internment camps. Ms...

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One of the world's largest basic-income trials, a 2-year program in Finland, was a major flop. But experts say the test was flawed.

Two years after Finland launched a basic-income trial for unemployed residents, many of the recipients remained jobless.

Plot Emerged to Fix Venezuela Without Maduro or Guaido

(Bloomberg) -- The standoff in Venezuela briefly took a new twist, according to a report from the Spanish newspaper ABC.People close to both President Nicolas Maduro and his rival Juan Guaido plotted to push both men aside and end the nation's crisis with the rule of a temporary junta, the newspaper reported without citing where it got the information.The article didn't cite sources by name, nor was it completely clear how deeply embedded the plan was before it was discovered and fell apart. But the story suggests a strong desire within the camps of both men to end the standoff between Maduro and Guaido almost a year old. Guaido, the National Assembly president, has been recognized by...

Watchdog expected to find Russia probe valid, despite flaws
Watchdog expected to find Russia probe valid, despite flaws
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  • 2019-12-08 12:44:48Z

The Justice Department's internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to reject President Donald Trump's claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI leaders. The report, as described by people familiar with its findings, is expected to conclude there was an adequate basis for opening one of the most politically sensitive investigations in FBI history and one that Trump has denounced as a witch hunt. It began in secret during Trump's 2016 presidential run and was ultimately taken over by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Pardoned soldiers are Trump
Pardoned soldiers are Trump's special guests at closed-door fundraiser in Aventura

President Donald Trump, speaking during a closed-door speech to Republican Party of Florida donors at the state party's annual Statesman's Dinner, was in "rare form" Saturday night.

Medicare chief asked taxpayers to cover stolen jewelry
Medicare chief asked taxpayers to cover stolen jewelry

Top Trump administration official Seema Verma asked taxpayers to reimburse her for jewelry and other items that were stolen during a work-related trip in 2018, documents show.

In wake of Shutterstock's Chinese censorship, American companies need to relearn American values
In wake of Shutterstock's Chinese censorship, American companies need to relearn American values

In just one shot, the photographer, Jeff Widener, managed to convey a society struggling between the freedoms of individual citizens and the heavy hand of the Chinese militarized state. It's also an image that few within China's "great firewall" have access to, let alone see. Regardless of the individual morality of their decisions, it's at least understandable that Chinese companies with mostly Chinese revenues would carefully hew to the law as set forth by the Chinese Communist Party.

Russia not an enemy? Macron
Russia not an enemy? Macron's Moscow strategy faces first test
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  • 2019-12-08 10:16:26Z

French President Emmanuel Macron this week faces the first major test of his policy of directly engaging with Russia that has disturbed some European allies, as he hosts a summit seeking progress in ending the Ukraine conflict. Joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Macron will bring together Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky for their first face-to-face meeting at an afternoon summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday. The stakes are high: this will be the first such summit in three years and while diplomats caution against expecting a major breakthrough, a failure to agree concrete confidence-building steps would be seen as a...

Mayor Pete Turns to God to Win Over Black Supporters
Mayor Pete Turns to God to Win Over Black Supporters

As Mayor Pete Buttigieg kickstarts his campaign to win over African-American voters who are skeptical of his spotty track record on issues of concern to black communities-or who are entirely unfamiliar with him at all-the millennial mayor is returning to one of the touchstones of his early campaign:

Obergefell: Supreme Court, lawmakers have more to do to prevent anti-LGBTQ discrimination
Obergefell: Supreme Court, lawmakers have more to do to prevent anti-LGBTQ discrimination

Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect - and that means ensuring no one faces unfair treatment because of their LGBTQ+ identity.

Mysterious automated calls, vanished relatives, and sinister Facebook comments: How China intimidates Uighurs who don
Mysterious automated calls, vanished relatives, and sinister Facebook comments: How China intimidates Uighurs who don't even live in the country

Though China's brutal campaign is most active in Xinjiang, many Uighurs living abroad say they've been targeted by Chinese agents.

Katie Hill contemplated suicide after resigning from Congress
Katie Hill contemplated suicide after resigning from Congress

Hill discusses suicidal thoughts, "revenge porn," a toxic marriage and moving forward.

Iran says new budget bucks US oil embargo, uses Russian loan
Iran says new budget bucks US oil embargo, uses Russian loan
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  • 2019-12-08 06:33:42Z

Iran's president says his country will depend less on oil revenue next year, in a new budget that is designed to resist crippling U.S. sanctions. Hassan Rouhani spoke during Sunday's opening session of Parliament. "The budget is based on maximum pressure and sanctions," by the U.S., Rouhani said.

Tito Ortiz rolls over Alberto
Tito Ortiz rolls over Alberto 'El Patron' Rodriguez in Combate Americas first pay-per-view

It didn't take long for Tito Ortiz to take out famed wrestler Alberto "El Patron" Rodriguez at Combate Americas: Tito vs. Alberto on Saturday in Hidalgo, Texas. Ortiz finished Rodriguez in little more than three minutes of the first round of the main event, as he continues to prove that age is just a

Preacher Bonnke, popular across Africa, dies at 79
Preacher Bonnke, popular across Africa, dies at 79

German evangelical preacher Reinhard Bonnke, who claimed to perform miracles on stage and had a huge following in Africa, died on Saturday aged 79, his church said. Bonnke, the founder of the Christ for All Nations church, first visited Africa in the 1960s and preached across the continent for decades, often at open-air events. The obituary on his website claimed Bonnke had drawn 1.6 million people to one gathering in Lagos, Nigeria in 2000, and that he had converted 79 million people during his career.

Houston police sergeant fatally shot responding to domestic violence call; suspect in custody
Houston police sergeant fatally shot responding to domestic violence call; suspect in custody
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  • 2019-12-08 03:28:00Z

A Houston police officer was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence situation on Saturday afternoon. The officer, identified at Sgt. Christopher Brewster, 32, was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Georgia QB Jake Fromm has day to forget in blowout loss
Georgia QB Jake Fromm has day to forget in blowout loss

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm had almost everything go against him in the Southeastern Conference championship game. Making his third consecutive start in the SEC title game, Fromm threw two poorly placed interceptions, completed less than 50% of his passes for the fifth straight game and had a few

Heisman coronation? Burrow leads LSU past Georgia 37-10
Heisman coronation? Burrow leads LSU past Georgia 37-10

ATLANTA (AP) -- Joe Burrow collected a shiny award as the game's MVP.

Family of twin killed by brother accuses father of pinning blame on son
Family of twin killed by brother accuses father of pinning blame on son
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  • 2019-12-08 02:35:00Z

A Philadelphia father was teaching his twin sons how to load and aim a firearm when one of the teens fatally shot his brother in the chest, according to their family. Fayaadh Gillard, 18, was charged with murder in connection with the death of his twin, Suhail Gillard, but other family members said the charges are based on a false narrative concocted by their father, who allegedly told them to lie about the circumstances in an effort to protect himself from potential prosecution. "My mother allowed them to visit their father after keeping them away because of the type of person he is," Nafis Woods, the twins' older brother, who was not present at the shooting, told ABC News.

Putin vs Zelensky: two very different presidents face off
Putin vs Zelensky: two very different presidents face off
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  • 2019-12-08 02:22:03Z

When Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky meet on Monday it will be an encounter between two very different presidents -- one an establishment strongman with years of experience, the other a neophyte rebel learning the ropes. The Russian and Ukrainian presidents will be holding their first face-to-face talks in Paris at a summit with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. For Putin, it will be a chance to take further steps to reduce Russia's isolation over its 2014 annexation of Crimea and backing for eastern Ukrainian separatists.

A top Trump health appointee reportedly tried to get taxpayers to reimburse her for $47,000 in jewelry that got stolen from a rented SUV
A top Trump health appointee reportedly tried to get taxpayers to reimburse her for $47,000 in jewelry that got stolen from a rented SUV

Seema Verma wrote in her claim that none of the jewelry was insured, and that the items were appraised by a jeweler several weeks after the theft.

North Korea says it carried out
North Korea says it carried out 'very important test'
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  • 2019-12-08 01:48:08Z

North Korea said Sunday it carried out a "very important test" at its long-range rocket launch site that U.S. and South Korean officials said the North had partially dismantled as part of denuclearization steps. The announcement comes amid dimming prospects for a resumption of nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the United States, with the North pressing to wrest major U.S. concessions by year's end. The Korean Central News Agency said the test was conducted at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on Saturday afternoon.

North Korea conducts
North Korea conducts 'very important test': KCNA
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  • 2019-12-08 01:43:47Z

North Korea has conducted a "very important test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reported Sunday, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain deadlocked. "A very important test was carried out at the Sohae Satellite Launch Site on December 7th, 2019," a spokesman for the North's National Academy of Science said. The result of the latest test will have an "important effect" on changing the "strategic status" of North Korea, the spokesman said in a statement carried by the KCNA news agency.

AOC, Sanders Say I Told You So, as Amazon, Facebook Come to NYC
AOC, Sanders Say I Told You So, as Amazon, Facebook Come to NYC

(Bloomberg) -- Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are taking a victory lap after Amazon.com Inc. and other technology giants leased millions of square feet of office space in New York City -- without the billions of dollars in government support

Historical documents show Japan
Historical documents show Japan's role in WWII sex slaves
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  • 2019-12-08 01:11:35Z

Japan's army during World War II asked the government to provide one sex slave for every 70 soldiers, according to historical documents reviewed by Kyodo News service that highlight the state role in the so-called "comfort women" system. The 23 documents were gathered by Japan's Cabinet Secretariat between April 2017 and March 2019, including 13 classified dispatches from the Japanese consulates in China to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo dating back to 1938, according to Kyodo. The sex slaves issue has been a source of a painful dispute between South Korea and Japan.

'Simplicity is genius': Joshua boxes smart to reclaim titles

Anthony Joshua jumped up and down in the ring with his massive entourage, celebrating being around $70 million richer and having three world heavyweight belts back in his possession. For the British boxing superstar, it was well worth this controversial trip to Saudi Arabia. In the first heavyweight title fight to be held in the Middle East, Joshua toyed with an out-of-shape Andy Ruiz Jr. over 12 unspectacular rounds to win a unanimous points decision, reclaim the WBA, WBO and IBF belts, and avenge a stunning upset by his Mexican-American opponent six months ago.

Trump says Rudy Giuliani will give information about Ukraine to Justice Department, Congress
Trump says Rudy Giuliani will give information about Ukraine to Justice Department, Congress

"He has not told me what he found," President Donald Trump says of an investigation by his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in Ukraine.

Trump: Giuliani wants to take information to Barr, Congress
Trump: Giuliani wants to take information to Barr, Congress

President Donald Trump indicated Saturday that his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani wants to take the information he has gathered from his investigations in Ukraine to the U.S. attorney general and to Congress. Trump said Giuliani had not yet told him what information he has gathered, though the president

UPDATE 2-Four dead in shooting near Mexico's presidential residence
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  • 2019-12-07 23:19:51Z

Four people were killed and two injured in a shooting on Saturday near Mexico's National Palace, the presidential residence in the capital's historic downtown, officials said. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was traveling outside of Mexico City on Saturday. Preliminary reports indicated an armed man entered a building on a small street near the palace looking to relieve himself, Mexico City police said.

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