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Theresa May to begin frantic meetings with EU leaders on Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May will begin frantic meetings with European Union leaders Tuesday as she attempts to find a way to renegotiate her Brexit deal in the face of overwhelming opposition among UK lawmakers.

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The Week US
France's Macron vows minimum wage hike, other measures in a bid to end 'yellow vest' ...

In a 13-minute address to France on Monday evening, an unusually contrite President Emmanuel Macron laid out some new "strong measures" to address the "economic and social emergency" gripping the country, exposed by four weekends of "yellow vest" protests. Macron said his government would pay for a 100 euro ...

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New York Times
Maria Butina, Russian Accused of Trying to Influence Conservatives, Will Plead ...

Maria Butina, a Russian woman accused of trying to influence powerful conservatives, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

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The Week US
Trevor Noah jokes Trump may have to hire an immigrant as chief of staff. Stephen Colbert volunteers instead.

Stephen Colbert began Monday's Late Show by congratulating outgoing White House Chief of Staff on his imminent departure and for "a job, well, done." President Trump, who had a tense relationship with Kelly from the start and promptly broke his promise to let Kelly break the news of his departure, "already had Kelly's replacement picked out," Colbert noted. But his pick Nick Ayers, turned him down, "and it's ...

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CNN
Jailed Huawei CFO's bail decision pushed to Tuesday as tensions persist

The chief financial officer of Chinese tech company Huawei will have to wait another day to learn if she'll be let go on bail.

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CNN
Senator feels 'vindication' after Kavanaugh votes in favor of Planned Parenthood

Republican Sen. Susan Collins -- who cast one of the decisive votes in favor of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation -- told reporters on Monday that she feels "vindication" after Kavanaugh voted in a case related to Planned Parenthood.

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Sputnik News
Trump Will Never Have Chance to 'Run for Public Office Again' – Ex-CIA Chief

The remarks came after federal prosecutors claimed in court filings that US President Donald Trump directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to make hush-money payments during the 2016 election campaign to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. The president has denied all the accusations.

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New York Times
‘Fearless Girl’ Moves to a ‘Bigger Stage’

The “Fearless Girl” sculpture has been relocated to stand opposite the New York Stock Exchange. The statue was installed in Lower Manhattan by a Boston-based financial firm to draw attention to “the power of women in leadership.”

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Voice of America
Nadia Murad — From Jihadists' Captive to Nobel Winner

Nadia Murad survived the worst of the cruelties and brutality inflicted on her people, the Yazidis of Iraq, by the Islamic State group before becoming a global champion of their cause and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Murad, who was taken hostage by IS in 2014 but escaped, on Monday became the first Iraqi to receive the prestigious award. The 25-year-old was jointly awarded the Nobel with Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege for their "efforts to end the use ...

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Voice of America
China, US Discuss Next Stage of Trade Talks

China and the United States discussed the road map for the next stage of their trade talks on Tuesday, during a telephone call between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Earlier this month in Argentina, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese ...

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The Guardian
'Love knows no borders': Agents arrest 32 as religious leaders gather at US border

More than 400 demonstrators, many religious leaders and activists, came together calling for an end to detention and deportation of migrantsKneeling in front of riot police, 32 religious leaders and activists were arrested at the US border fence in San Diego on Monday during a protest in support of the Central American migrant ...

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USA Today
Colorado authorities search for missing mom

Colorado authorities are searching for a flight instructor who was last seen dropping off her 1-year-old daughter with the girl's father on Thanksgiving. Police say Kelsey Berreth's employer got a text Nov. 25, saying she needed the week off. (Dec. 10)         

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The Week US
750 million people worldwide want to emigrate, but few want to welcome them

A pair of reports published Monday by Gallup and Pew Research show global interest in migration is rising while support for it is falling. The Gallup survey found about 750 million people, 15 percent of the world's adults, said in the 2015 to 2017 polling period they would like to permanently move to another country. That's up from 13 percent in 2010 to 2012, though slightly lower than the 16 percent interest ...

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Reuters
Thailand to hold much-delayed election on Feb. 24: military government

Thailand will hold a much-delayed general election on Feb. 24, 2019, the Election Commission said on Tuesday, after the junta lifted a ban on political activity it imposed after taking power in a coup in 2014.

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Zero Hedge
Russia Deploys Nuclear-Capable Tu-160 Bombers To Venezuela

Previously US defense officials warned that Russia was preparing to deploy nuclear-capable Tu-160 Blackjack bombers to Venezuela this week in continuation of scheduled training, but which Pentagon leaders see as a provocation, given both countries are under sanction and seen as "rogue" states. This comes as President Nicolas Maduro, who is overseeing one of Venezuela's worst political and ...

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Voice of America
Bolsonaro Government Has Military, Conservative Streak

Brazil's next government, under incoming far-right president Jair Bolsonaro who takes power in three weeks, will be neoliberal economically, morally conservative and heavy reliant on a contingent of ex-military figures. That's the final composition that has emerged after weeks of announcements and casting about to fill the top posts of 22 ministries, down from 29 in the outgoing administration. Seven of the ministers will be military men. Eight have ...

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Voice of America
Trump, Lawmakers Scramble to Avoid Shutdown

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Democratic leaders Tuesday in a final effort to secure border wall funding as part of a larger government spending package that must be passed by Dec. 21. The funding marks the final legislative action of the Republican-controlled Congress and a must-pass bill to avert a partial government shutdown ahead of the holidays. Both parties face a ...

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NBC News
Top USOC official fired after independent report details Nassar cover-up

"The report firmly establishes that the top leadership of the U.S. Olympic Committee was aware of Nassar’s criminal conduct year before they have publicly acknowledged it."

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United Press International
Ohio woman who idolized Dylann Roof arrested for plotting 'upscale mass ...

An Ohio woman who idolized and corresponded with Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was arrested on domestic terrorism charges, the Justice Department said.

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Sputnik News
Pentagon to Withdraw Hundreds of Troops From US-Mexico Border

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Department of Defence will soon withdraw several hundred US active duty troops from the southern border with Mexico, Pentagon spokesperson Col. Rob Manning told reporters.

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Breitbart
IDF Warns Lebanese to Evacuate Homes Atop Hezbollah 'Explosive' Tunnels

TEL AVIV - The IDF on Sunday warned residents of two border towns in Lebanon to "temporarily evacuate" homes located on top of Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnels as the military continued its current operation to destroy them.

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Reuters
U.S. returns bells looted after Philippine wartime massacre

Church bells taken as war trophies by U.S. forces more than a century ago arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday, ending Manila's decades-long quest for the return of some of the most famous symbols of resistance to U.S. colonialism.

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CNBC
Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya faces extradition from the UK

A London court ordered the extradition of Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya, who is being pursued by India's authorities over unpaid loans tied to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines.

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United Press International
44 ex-senators: "Democracy and our national security interests are at stake'

Forty-four former senators warned the United States is "entering a dangerous period" and urged Congress to not be aligned politically.

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Voice of America
Goodyear Halts Tire Production in Venezuela as Economy Slips

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is halting production in Venezuela, making it the latest international corporation to abandon a South American nation in economic crisis, officials said Monday. Spokesman Eduardo Arguelles told The Associated Press that Goodyear-Venezuela had made the "difficult decision" to no longer produce tires in the country, which has seen an economic contraction worse than the U.S. Great ...

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ABC News
WATCH: Search for possible serial arsonist in Washington state

There have been five attacks in nine months at Jehovah's Witness houses of worship in the same county, police said.

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Voice of America
Record Count Reported for Mysterious Paralyzing Illness

This year has seen a record number of cases of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children, U.S. health officials said Monday. It's still not clear what's causing the kids to lose the ability to move their face, neck, back, arms or legs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after the children had a fever and respiratory illness. No one has died from the rare disease this year, but it was ...

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Breitbart
138 Demonstrators Arrested in Climate Change Protest Outside Nancy ...

An estimated 800 student demonstrators packed into the offices of lawmakers and lined the hallways of Capitol Hill on Monday, which led to the arrests of 138 people, according to U.S. Capitol Police.

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CNN
Ocasio-Cortez gets promise of 'Green New Deal'

Right-wing media outlets seem to be waging a coordinated campaign to portray US Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a dimwit radical. Their efforts will backfire. She is in fact championing the smartest, most practical idea in US politics to address two urgent problems: climate change and poverty.

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CNBC
Fear of interest rate hikes is fading as next Fed meeting approaches

As of Monday, the odds were pretty low in the futures market that the Fed would raise interest rates more than one more time, though traders still expect the Fed to hike the fed funds rate by a quarter point next week.

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The Guardian
Jaguars' Leonard Fournette says he confronted fan after racial slur

Player was involved in heated exchange at Titans gameJacksonville coach says he has not considered disciplineThe Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette says he became involved in a confrontation with a fan after he was the target of a racial slur.The incident happened during the Jaguars’ game ...

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CNN
Body found in NZ search for missing British backpacker

New Zealand police searching for missing British backpacker Grace Millane say they have found a body, state broadcaster Radio New Zealand reported Sunday.

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