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

    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

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  • Stein switches tactics in Pennsylvania recount drive

    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

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  • Austria far-right on cusp of power in election showdown

    Austrians returned to the polls on Sunday in a bitterly fought marathon election, which could propel the European Union's first far-right president to power and boost the anti-establishment tide sweeping many countries. Norbert Hofer of the hardline Freedom Party (FPOe) hopes to emerge victorious

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  • Europe holds its breath as Italy votes for change

    Italians went to the polls Sunday in a constitutional referendum on which reformist Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has staked his future. If the centre-left Renzi's proposals to streamline a 68-year-old parliamentary system are voted down, he has vowed to resign. The most apocalyptic scenarios involve

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  • Up to 40 feared dead in California warehouse fire

    Fire crews in California worked into the night Saturday sifting through the remains of a warehouse gutted by a blaze during a rave party, with officials saying they fear the death toll could reach 40. Relatives of dozens of people missing in the Friday night blaze in Oakland near San Francisco continued

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  • Suu Kyi must stop Rohingya 'genocide': Mayalsia PM

    Aung San Suu Kyi must step in to prevent the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Malaysia's prime minister said Sunday as he mocked the Nobel laureate for her inaction. Addressing a 5,000-strong rally in Kuala Lumpur, Najib Razak said the Myanmar government must stop the bloody

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  • Suu Kyi must stop Rohingya 'genocide': Malaysia PM

    Aung San Suu Kyi must step in to prevent the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Malaysia's prime minister said Sunday as he mocked the Nobel laureate for her inaction. Addressing a 5,000-strong rally in Kuala Lumpur, Najib Razak said the Myanmar government must stop the bloody

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  • In Madrid, the homeless dine out... for free

    It is early evening at a restaurant in central Madrid and Jose Silva sits down for a meal of rice, meatballs and vegetables as waiters flit from one table to another. The project is the brainchild of the "Messengers of Peace" association, led by Angel Garcia, a 79-year-old rebel priest with

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  • Vietnam split over Castro national mourning

    Flags flew at half mast in government buildings in communist Vietnam Sunday, as the country marked a day of national mourning for Fidel Castro -- an honour of the highest accord that has divided public opinion. Cuba's revolutionary leader Castro died last week at age 90, prompting an outpouring

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  • Raul Castro vows to defend Fidel's revolution

    Cuban President Raul Castro pledged to uphold his brother Fidel's socialist revolution at a massive rally in honor of the communist icon before his burial. Tens of thousands of flag-waving supporters recited the oath with Raul Castro at the Revolution Plaza of Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of Fidel

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  • EU, IMF 'going in circles' on Greek debt relief

    Eurozone finance ministers meet Monday as far apart as ever on the debt relief measures demanded by the International Monetary Fund for it to back their bailout programme for Greece. The IMF played a key role in two massive rescues for Greece but baulked at a third in 2015, worth 86 billion euros ($92

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  • French choreographer Millepied starts anew in LA

    French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, who spectacularly left the Paris Opera Ballet earlier this year, will mark his return to Los Angeles this week with a new show. The dance star -- husband of Hollywood actress Natalie Portman -- also revealed he is working on a feature film as he held rehearsals

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  • Austria's Norbert Hofer: Who's behind the smile?

    Austria's Norbert Hofer likes to come across as Mr. Nice Guy but if he wins Sunday's election, he will become the EU's first far-right president. The mild-mannered 45-year-old, a gun enthusiast who has walked with a cane since a 2003 paraglider accident, is a key figure in the anti-immigration

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  • Austria's Van der Bellen: green foe of the far-right

    Instead of healing Austria's political rift, Alexander Van der Bellen has proved as divisive a figure in the country's marathon presidential race as his far-right rival Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe). Hofer has seized upon the sentiment and repeatedly denounced his adversary as a

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  • The snake-catching tribe saving lives in India

    Since it began in the 1970s, the Irula snake-catchers' cooperative on the outskirts of the southern city of Chennai has revolutionised the treatment of snake-bites in India, enabling it to produce enough anti-venom to supply hospitals across the country.

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  • In Canada, Syrian refugees cope with day-to-day life

    Welcomed with open arms -- some even received coats from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself -- the Syrian refugees who arrived in Canada a year ago are now facing their share of difficulties. Among them, 50-year-old Fahed Fattouh came with his wife and their two children after they fled the war-battered

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  • Big data helped Trump even after he scorned it

    Donald Trump derided the use of data and technology tools for his presidential campaign -- but those techniques might well have propelled him to victory. During the primaries, Trump dismissed as "overrated" the kinds of data analytics and "micro-targeting" successfully used by President

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  • Trump threats may not stop US offshoring of jobs

    President-elect Donald Trump's threats to retaliate against US companies planning to shift operations overseas constitute a new risk for multinationals, but may not sway those already planning to offshore jobs. Trump laid down the gauntlet on Thursday at a campaign-style rally after striking a deal

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  • The snake-catching tribe saving lives in India

    A small scythe, a crowbar and a bundle of canvas bags are all that Kali and Vedan carry when they venture into the fields of southern India to catch some of the world's deadliest snakes. Since it began in the 1970s, the Irula snake-catchers' cooperative on the outskirts of the southern city

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  • S. Korea crisis proves perils of cheating at school

    When South Korea's Park Geun-Hye looks back on the scandal-fuelled implosion of her presidency, she may reflect ruefully on what lit the first fuse -- a parent pulling strings over a child's education. Park's downfall was the result of her friendship with Choi Soon-Sil -- a secretive, long-time

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  • Killing Castro: Poisoned cigars, explosive seashells

    Mobsters, poisoned cigars, exploding seashells, a contaminated diving suit: The CIA's imagination ran wild in its plots to assassinate Fidel Castro. As the late Cuban leader's ashes are laid to rest in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday, his cause of death remains a closely-guarded

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  • Uzbekistan votes to elect second ever president

    Isolated Uzbekistan headed to the polls on Sunday to elect a president to replace late strongman Islam Karimov, with all signs pointing towards a comfortable victory for his long-serving prime minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Mirziyoyev, who was appointed prime minister in 2003, became interim president

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  • Russian security service says killed North Caucasus Islamic State 'emir'

    Russia's FSB security service said Sunday it had killed an "emir" of the Islamic State group in a raid in the volatile North Caucasus. The FSB said in a statement that "among the neutralised bandits was the head of the Caucasus region's branch of the Islamic State Rustam Aselderov

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  • In Cuba, French minister defends Castro's rights record

    French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, representing her government at a tribute for Fidel Castro in Cuba, defended the late communist leader's human rights record, questioning whether the regime imprisons dissidents. The former socialist presidential candidate called Castro a "monument

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  • China coal mine blasts kill 59: report

    An explosion Saturday at a colliery in the northern Inner Mongolia region killed 32, Xinhua news agency said. A total of 181 people were working underground when the gas explosion struck the mine in the city of Chifeng, with 149 managing to escape. In a separate incident, a blast occurred late Tuesday

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