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Posted: Sat-Nov-2019



Another round of fire prevention power shutoffs began Wednesday in Northern California — and yet another massive blackout could be needed next week.

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Myanmar rejects international court probe into alleged atrocities against Rohingyas
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Myanmar's government has rejected the International Criminal Court's decision to allow prosecutors to open an investigation into alleged crimes against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

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Prince Andrew says he has no recollection of meeting Epstein accuser
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Prince Andrew has told a BBC interviewer that staying at the home of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was the "wrong thing to do," but he has "no recollection" of meeting an American woman who alleges she was forced to have sex with him when she was underage.

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UN warns Bolivia crisis could 'spin out of control' as death toll mounts
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The United Nations warned on Saturday violence in Bolivia could "spin out of control" following a night of skirmishes between security forces and coca farmers loyal to ousted president Evo Morales that left at least eight dead.

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St. Mark's Square reopens in Venice, but water remains high
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Tourists and residents were allowed back into St. Mark's Square in Venice on Saturday, a day after it was closed due to exceptionally high tidal waters that swept through most of the lagoon city's already devastated centre, although the water situation is expected to get worse Sunday.

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Chilean parties agree to replace dictatorship-era constitution amid turbulent protests
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Chile's most important political parties agreed Friday to call for a new constitution to replace one imposed by a military dictatorship almost 40 years ago, a move that follows a month of turbulent social protests in the streets.

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One killed in Iran protests against fuel price hike
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Iranian protesters angered by an increase in gasoline prices blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one person.

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Gunman among 6 charged after New Jersey school football game shooting blamed on 'petty vengeance'
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Six men have been charged after a shooting at a New Jersey high school football game. They include the alleged gunman and one of the three people wounded in what authorities said Saturday was the result of "petty vengeance."

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Vatican youth seminary scandal grows with new abuse claims
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A scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys alleging inappropriate behaviour by priests inside the Vatican walls.

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Chinese troops join Hong Kong cleanup as protesters retreat
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Most anti-government protesters abandoned their occupation of Hong Kong's universities Saturday, while the small contingents that remained harassed some of those cleaning up and kept a major cross-harbour tunnel closed.

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Like, subscribe, save the world: YouTubers embrace climate activism, but experts question reach and motive
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As established YouTubers and content creators pivot to address more about serious issues like politics and climate change, some experts worry whether increased visibility really does lead to increased benefit.

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U.S. diplomat says he overheard Trump call about investigations
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U.S. State Department official David Holmes told impeachment investigators Friday that he overheard a conversation with President Donald Trump asking a diplomat about "investigations" in Ukraine, according those familiar with Holmes's closed-door deposition.

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Students killed in California high school shooting ID'd, alleged shooter dies
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The Los Angeles County coroner's office identified the victims on Friday as 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell and 15-year-old Gracie Muehlberger.

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Highlights from Marie Yovanovitch's public testimony on Trump and Ukraine
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Marie Yovanovitch testified on Capitol Hill on Friday, where the ex-ambassador to Ukraine described what it was like to be disparaged by the U.S. president, as well as the stakes for American support in Ukraine. Republicans questioned her relevance as a witness to the probe the Democrats are leading.

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Bolivian hospital says 5 killed, dozens injured in clashes
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Bolivian security forces clashed with supporters of former president Evo Morales in a central town Friday, leaving at least five people dead, dozens more injured and escalating the challenge to the country's interim government to restore stability.

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Tensions in Hong Kong high as university urges non-students to leave
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The president of Hong Kong's Chinese University, which anti-government protesters have turned into a fortress stockpiled with petrol bombs and bows and arrows, threatened on Friday to call in "assistance" unless all non-students leave.

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Trump associate Roger Stone found guilty of lying to Congress
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Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, has been found guilty of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's 2016 election bid.

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5 other former Trump associates who ran afoul of the law
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Roger Stone is just the latest former associate of Donald Trump to face legal consequences. But other former advisers of the U.S. president have also been found guilty of various charges, with some receiving prison sentences. Here's a roundup.

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Sri Lanka holds 1st presidential election since devastating attacks by ISIS affiliates
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Sri Lankans will elect a new president on Saturday in a "finely balanced" race between the early favourite, former defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and government minister Sajith Premadasa, who has gained momentum in recent weeks.

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U.S. Fed's Jerome Powell urges Congress to tackle growing budget deficit
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday urged Congress to tackle the growing budget deficit but also underscored the current health of the nation's economy.

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U.S. teen gets double lung transplant after 'enormous' vaping damage
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A Michigan teenager was the recipient of what could be the first double lung transplant on a person whose lungs were severely damaged from vaping, health officials said Tuesday.

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Leaked Documents Reveal 'No Mercy' Shown In China's Muslim Internment Program: Report
Documents obtained by The New York Times show how China has directed officials to handle the mass detention of Uighur Muslims. ... read more


Prince Andrew: I ‘Let The Side Down’ By Staying With Jeffrey Epstein
The Duke of York told the BBC he had no recollection of meeting a woman who alleges she was forced to have sex with him when she was underage. ... read more


War Crimes Court OKs Investigation Into Deportation Of Myanmar's Rohingya
International Criminal Court prosecutors will examine alleged crimes against Rohingya Muslims, but weren't authorized to investigate the accusation of genocide. ... read more


Venice Council Chambers Flood After Members Reject Climate Change Amendments
A regional council member in the Italian city pointed out the sad irony in a Facebook post. ... read more


Tenuous Truce In Gaza After 34 Palestinians Killed, Dozens Of Israelis Wounded
Israel and a Palestinian militant group, Islamic Jihad, reached a ceasefire. ... read more


The Climate Crisis Is A Public Health Emergency, New Report Warns
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UK Department Store Limits Access To Christmas Grotto To The Wealthy
People can visit Santa Claus at Harrods -- but for a hefty price. ... read more


Venice Mayor Blames Climate Change As Italian City Inundated By Highest Tide In 50 Years
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said he would declare a state of disaster after the city was hit by the devastating high tide, which peaked at over 6 feet on Tuesday. ... read more


Bolivia Senate Leader Jeanine Añez Declares Herself President
Former President Evo Morales stepped down on Sunday at the “suggestion” of his country’s military chief following several tumultuous weeks of protests. ... read more


Hong Kong Readies For More Chaos As Violence Spreads Citywide
Police fired tear gas at protesters overnight, while some activists torched a vehicle, hurled petrol bombs at a police station and metro train. ... read more


Turkish President Recep Erdogan Says He'll Keep Releasing ISIS Fighters Over Sanctions
Erdogan warned European leaders they should "revise their stances" toward Turkey, where scores of the militants are imprisoned. ... read more


3 Taliban Figures Released In Exchange For American, Australian Professors
The two professors had been abducted three years ago while working at the American University in Kabul. ... read more


Israeli Airstrike Kills Islamic Jihad Commander In Gaza
The incident threatened to unleash a fierce round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants. ... read more


Former Bolivian President Evo Morales Says He’s Leaving Bolivia For Mexico
Morales stepped down Sunday following weeks of massive protests over a disputed presidential election. ... read more


Australia Battles Outbreak Of Wildfires As Officials Brace For ‘Catastrophic’ Conditions
“We plan for these sorts of days, but we always hope they will never come," a New South Wales fire commissioner said. ... read more


What To Know About The Political Crisis In Bolivia
Socialist President Evo Morales resigned after a disputed election and calls from the military that he leave, raising more concerns about democracy in the region. ... read more


British Man Who Helped Form Syria's White Helmets Found Dead In Turkey
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Bolivia In Power Void As President Resigns
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Russian Professor Found With Woman's Arms In Backpack After Being Pulled From River
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States Of Emergency Declared Across Australia's East Coast As Deadly Fires Loom
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Czech anti-government protesters mark anniversary of revolution
Czech police estimate that about 200,000 people were at the anti-government demonstration. ... read more


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Russia takes part in a carefully co-ordinated exchange with Norway and Lithuania. ... read more


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Flooded Venice battles new tidal surge
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EU starts proceedings against the UK for not nominating Commissioner
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Australia and others ask for Brexit trade compensation
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Rembrandt theft foiled at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Police and security at Dulwich Picture Gallery secured two paintings but the intruder got away. ... read more


MH17 disaster: Phone-taps 'show Russia directed Ukraine rebels'
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How relations with an eastern European country became central to the Trump presidency. ... read more


Climate change: Warming signal links global floods and fires
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'Venice is really shaken by these floods'
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Trump tweeted as Marie Yovanovitch testified: Was it witness tampering?
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Prince Andrew says he let the Royal Family down in his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein
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5 arrests in New Jersey high school football game shooting that injured 3>
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Murder suspect Patrick Frazee asked for help in bid to kill witness, inmate testifies
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Video shows woman rescued from burning car in Virginia
The woman was brought to the hospital and was in critical but stable condition. ... read more


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After bank customer made large withdrawal, a teller went to their home to rob them
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New York man allegedly tried to kidnap sex workers for trafficking
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Mother hopes for justice in 'suspicious death' of teen daughter found near Sandusky River in 2003
Cassandra ‘Cassie’ Cole was last seen on November 25, 2002, at her Tiffin, Ohio home. Her body was found on March 20, 2003, along the banks of the Sandusky River in Seneca County. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. ... read more


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Israel says it is probing 'harm to civilians' from deadly Gaza airstrike
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