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2016 Dec 7
In Somalia soldiers loyal to the government retook control of Qandala port town from insurgents who had declared allegiance to Islamic State.
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2016 Dec 7
In Syria rebels in Aleppo called for a five-day truce and the evacuation of civilians after losing more territory including the Old City to a Syrian army offensive. The leaders of six major Western nations called for an immediate ceasefire in Aleppo and condemned Russia and Iran for supporting the Syrian government.
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2016 Dec 7
Thailandís military said Muslim separatist militants have shot dead six civilians over the last 24 hours in the southern provinces of Narathiwat and Pattani.
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2016 Dec 7
In northern Thailand six drug smugglers were fatally shot late today in a gunbattle when they were confronted by soldiers. 554,000 methamphetamine tablets, 30 kg (66 pounds) of heroin, 1 kg (2.2 pounds) of opium, an AK-47 assault rifle and a short-barreled rifle were seized.
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2016 Dec 7
The UN Committee against Torture called on Sri Lanka to investigate "routine torture" of detainees by security forces and rebuked its government for failing to prosecute war crimes committed during the country's 26-year conflict.
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2016 Dec 7
Amazon completed its first delivery by drone, in what the global online giant hopes will become a trend in automated shipments by air. The delivery was made to a customer near Cambridge, England.
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2016 Dec 7
Iran struck a preliminary memorandum of understanding with Royal Dutch Shell to develop prospective oil fields.
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2017 Dec 7
US Rep. Trent Franks, R.- Arizona, said he will resign next month after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staff members. Trent resigned on Dec. 8 bowing to an ultimatum from Speaker Paul Ryan.
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2017 Dec 7
In southern California hundreds of Los Angeles area schools shut their doors as raging wildfires wreaked havoc, forcing about 200,000 people to flee and destroying hundreds of houses. Officials closed US 101 for more than a dozen miles along the coast, cutting off a major route between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for several hours as fire charred heavy brush along lanes.
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2017 Dec 7
California joined 13 other states to sue the Trump administrationís Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for ignoring an October 1 deadline to update the nationís map of areas with unhealthy smog levels.
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2017 Dec 7
San Francisco-based Dignity Health and Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives announced plans to merge in a deal that create one of the nationís largest nonprofit health systems.
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2017 Dec 7
In Hawaii the body of Telma Boinville (51), who moved to Hawaii from Brazil in the 1990s, was found downstairs in a house on Oahu's North Shore, where she reportedly was a house cleaner for the vacation property. Her 8-year-old daughter was found upstairs uninjured and tied up. Stephen Brown (23) and Hailey Kai Dandurand (20) were soon arrested on suspicion of murder.
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2017 Dec 7
The NYC Ballet confirmed that its leader Peter Martins (71) had requested and was granted a temporary leave following accusations of past sexual harassment.
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2017 Dec 7
Gilead Sciences of Foster City, Ca., announced plans to acquire startup Cell Design Labs for up to $587 million.
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2017 Dec 7
US Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced that he would resign in the coming weeks following charges of sexual harassment and indiscretions. On Dec. 13 Lt. Gov. Tina Smith was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to fill Frankenís seat.
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2017 Dec 7
The NYC-based Morgan Stanley financial services firm said Harold Ford Jr., a former 5-term member of Congress representing Tennessee, has been fired for conduct inconsistent with company values and in violation of company policies.
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2017 Dec 7
Bitcoin surged past $17,000 as the frenzy surrounding the virtual currency escalated just days before it starts trading on major US exchanges. Bitcoin has gained more than $5,000 in just the past two days. NiceHash, a company that mines bitcoins on behalf of customers, said it is investigating a breach that may have resulted in the theft of about $70 million worth of bitcoin.
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2017 Dec 7
Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East condemned the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator. The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at President Donald Trump's decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
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2017 Dec 7
Australia's Parliament voted to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change.
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2017 Dec 7
British illustrator Quentin Blake presented the 33 first editions of classic books, with jackets specially created by leading artists, which will be auctioned to benefit London's House of Illustration museum, which he founded.
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2017 Dec 7
Queen Elizabeth II formally commissioned into the British navy the UK's newest and biggest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, at a ceremony in Portsmouth.
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2017 Dec 7
The European Union announced that it is taking the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to court for failing to accommodate their fair share of refugees under a plan agreed to by the 28-country bloc two years ago.
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2017 Dec 7
EU negotiators agreed new rules that give Brussels the power to check up on national car approval authorities and set targets for emission checks in the aftermath of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
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2017 Dec 7
In southwestern Iran eight climbers died in an avalanche and a ninth was missing on Oshtorankouh mountain in the Zagros range.
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2017 Dec 7
It was reported that Iraqi historian, scholar and blogger Omar Mohammed (31) has unveiled himself as Mosul Eye. Since 2014 Mosul Eye told the world what was happening in occupied Mosul. If caught, he too would be killed.
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2017 Dec 7
Israeli army gunfire and rubber bullets wounded at least 31 people in Palestinian protests in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip after the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
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2017 Dec 7
In Japan Nagako Tomioka (58), the head priests of the Tomioka Hachimangu shrine in Tokyo, was ambushed and killed with a samurai sword as she got out of her car, apparently by her brother, who then took his own life.
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2017 Dec 7
In southern Nepal millions of people voted in the final phase of mostly peaceful elections for members of national and provincial assemblies.
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2017 Dec 7
Pakistani officials said a boat carrying dozens of pilgrims has capsized near an island in the Arabian Sea, killing 14 people. Over 30 people were missing after the boat sank near Thatta, 100 km (60 miles) east of Karachi.
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2017 Dec 7
Qatar's ruling emir and French Pres. Emmanuel Macron signed 12 billion euros ($14 billion) in deals during Macron's visit to Doha, including the purchase of 12 French-made Dassault Rafale fighter jets with the option of buying 36 more.
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2017 Dec 7
A Thai court issued arrest warrants against five people over the discovery of a cache of weapons, including figures with links to the "Red Shirt" followers of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Police believed the weapons were hidden during the instability that led up to a coup in 2014.
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2017 Dec 7
In Turkey Selahattin Demirtas, the jailed co-leader of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), was remanded in prison for at least two more months at the opening of his trial on terrorism-related charges.
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2017 Dec 7
Jan Egeland, a top UN humanitarian adviser for Syria, said 12 people have died awaiting evacuation from government-besieged suburbs of Damascus. Egeland said the government has refused to approve evacuations on the UN list, which has now reached 494 names.
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2017 Dec 7
In northern Yemen Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed at least 23 civilians, including women and children in Saada.
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2017 Dec 7
In Congo DRC an attack in North Kivu province targeted a base of the UN's MONUSCO force, killing at least 14 UN peacekeepers from Tanzania. Five Congolese soldiers and a further 53 personnel were also injured in the worst single attack against a UN mission in recent history.
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