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Russia has sex videos of Trump?

WASHINGTON -- US spy chiefs have informed Donald Trump that Russian operatives claim to possess deeply compromising personal and financial information about him, US media reported Tuesday on the eve of the president-elect’s first press conference. Trump denounced a “political…

Farewell address

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama closes the book on his presidency Tuesday, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters felled by Donald Trump’s shock victory. Obama’s last trip on Air Force One will be a pilgrimage…

Son-in-law named as Trump’s senior presidential advisor

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump on Monday named son-in-law Jared Kushner as senior White House advisor, rewarding the man widely credited as the brains behind his election but courting serious legal and ethical concerns. The baby-faced real estate developer and…

China graft drive has punished 1.2 M

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BEIJING -- Nearly 1.2 million people have been punished in China’s ongoing anti-graft campaign, a senior official has said, promising that the government will double-down on the drive that some say is a political purge. As part of the campaign,…

Australia’s ‘Dingo’s got my baby’ father dies

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SYDNEY -- Michael Chamberlain, whose nine-week-old baby was snatched by a dingo from an Australian campground in a story made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Meryl Streep, has died, his family said Tuesday. The 72-year-old, who fought for decades to…

Screen legend Streep takes on Trump

LOS ANGELES -- Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep berated President-elect Donald Trump for his divisive rhetoric as she received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes on Sunday. The 67-year-old fought to control her emotions as she received a…

Changing of guard

WASHINGTON -- After vowing a smooth transition, President Barack Obama and Donald Trump are presiding over one of the most tumultuous transfers of power in US history. Assassinations notwithstanding, American presidential transitions have generally been peaceful affairs. But that doesn’t…

S. Korean monk sets himself on fire at anti-Park rally

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SEOUL -- A South Korean Buddhist monk is in critical condition after setting himself on fire during a mass protest against the impeached President Park Geun-Hye, officials said Sunday. The monk, in his 60s and whose name was not released,…

Florida shooting suspect faces possible death penalty

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MIAMI -- US authorities on Saturday charged the Iraq war veteran accused in a deadly shooting rampage at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport with offenses that could carry the death penalty, while continuing to probe whether terrorism was a potential…

WikiLeaks founder: Bold publisher or Russian dupe?

WASHINGTON -- Accusations that Russia interfered with the US presidential election by leaking hacked documents via WikiLeaks have put a fresh spotlight on the crusading website’s founder Julian Assange. A report from the US Office of the Director of National…

Killing spree

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Five dead in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting MIAMI -- An Iraq war veteran opened fire Friday at Fort Lauderdale’s main airport, a major tourist hub in Florida, killing five people and injuring eight, as panicked travelers fled for safety. The…

Strong evidence

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WASHINGTON -- US spy chiefs insisted Thursday they have strong evidence that Russia mounted an unprecedented bid to disrupt the American election, standing firm in the face of Donald Trump’s refusal to accept their conclusions. One day before the heads…

Al-Qaeda chief hits Islamic State ‘liars’

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WASHINGTON -- Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has denounced what he said was a dishonest propaganda campaign by rival jihadist group the Islamic State against his organization, in an audio message released Thursday. In the message found and translated by US-based…

‘Brains’ of Bangladesh cafe siege killed

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DHAKA -- An Islamist extremist accused of being one of the masterminds of last year’s deadly siege at a Bangladeshi cafe was shot dead during a pre-dawn raid Friday in Dhaka, police said. The bodies of Nurul Islam Marzan and…

Trump vs Spooks

WASHINGTON -- Top US spy chiefs will testify in Congress Thursday on alleged Russian interference in the US election as President-elect Donald Trump continued to question intelligence that Moscow was behind the hacking of Democratic party computers. The American public…
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