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North Korea suspected in hack of South Korea's cyber command

It is not clear whether low-grade documents or more important details like war plans were accessed. "It seems the server of the cyber command has been hacked", an official at the South Korean military said on condition of anonymity. North Korea has in the past denied being involved in cyber attacks on Seoul but reports have suggested all along that Pyongyang has deployed thousands of experts to break into South Korean security systems.

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UN humanitarian aid agency: Record $22.2B needed in 2017

As humanitarian needs continue to rise, aid workers are increasingly at risk of targeted attacks and their efforts are hampered by reduced access, growing disrespect for human rights and flagrant violations of global humanitarian law, O'Brien said.

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Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in vote

If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote Wednesday, then the two leading candidates will go forward to a runoff election on December 28. The elections are seen as a litmus test of stability for one of Africa's most secure democracies.

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Julian Assange releases 19-page statement on rape allegation

In his statement Assange attacks Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny who he says revived the rape allegation against him after he was cleared of the claims by Stockholm's chief prosecutor in 2010. On August 20, SW, while at the police station, wrote that she " did not want to put any charges on Julian Assange ", but that the police were " keen on getting their hands on him ".

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Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, shake hands after a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became on Monday the fourth longest-serving Japanese leader in the postwar era with 1,807 days in office, surpassing the tenure of former prime minister Yasuhiro Nakasone.

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Two Minors Charged with Arson in Tennessee Wildfires that Killed 14

The Chimney Tops 2 fire started on November 23 and swept through 17,000 acres inside of and around Great Smokey Mountains National Park, the nation's most-visited national park. The suspects weren't identified because they're minors. When pressed for more details, Dunn continued to say that everything was "part of the investigation".

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Parents disarmed their son who brought guns to Utah school

Bountiful police say no one was injured and a parent disarmed the student. Police say a parent disarmed a student at a Utah middle school who fired a shot into the school's ceiling Thursday morning. A 15-year-old student suspected of firing a gun in Bountiful, Utah , is in custody, and police cited the quick-thinking actions of a student, teacher and the boy's own parents as the reason no one was seriously hurt or killed.

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Trump adviser's family donated to Israeli settlement groups

The exact role Kushner, 35, will play remains to be seen, as his familial relationship with the president-elect should bar him from any official position. The Oscar victor even gave Trump's oldest daughter a copy of his climate change documentary, Before the Flood , which was released last month.

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California weighs bills to protect immigrants under Trump

Rendon said the Legislature's job now is to pass laws that would "firewall California" from what he called a "cynical, short-sighted and reactionary agenda" by the Trump administration. The uncertainty surrounding Trump's presidency and immigration policy was also on the minds of Gov. Brown said he will continue to press his signature issue of addressing climate change, contending it will be hard for the U.S.to "go rogue" on the topic regardless of who is president, particularly with China ...

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No bail for MA teen charged with decapitating classmate

Mathew Borges is accused of killing fellow Lawrence High School student Lee Paulino , who was 16. Mathew then told him that he stabbed a kid and cut his head off killing him. Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett told reporters during a news conference on Saturday that Viloria-Paulino's body was so badly mutilated that an autopsy took 11 hours .

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Focus of recount effort shifts to Michigan, Pennsylvania

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith early Monday morning issued an order for MI election officials to begin counting ballots starting at noon. Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein had argued that it is unconstitutional law that requires a break of at least two business days after the Board of Canvassers' final action on a recount request.

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Few want health law repeal

Now, many Democrats in Congress have already shown that they will refuse to help us find that way. "Folks don't really understand all the parts of it - they have a negative response when asked about Obamacare versus being asked about the Affordable Care Act ".

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OPEC countries make deal

Continental Resources Inc., Devon Energy Corp., Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc., Helmerich & Payne Inc., Unit Corp. and WPX Inc. all hit 52-week highs early Thursday, although some of those stocks closed down for the day. That's still down 20 percent from a year ago, however. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas recently surveyed producers and found that most believe crude must be $55 or more before drilling picks up significantly, said Michael Plante, an economist for the bank.

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Trump the campaign trail showman returns on 'Thank you' tour

President-elect Donald Trump kicked off his "Thank You" in OH last night, emphasizing his victory over Hillary Clinton. Tweets and political rallies were a staple of the Trump campaign, allowing the candidate to communicate directly with voters.

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Wife of Putin Spokesman Debuts Holocaust-Themed Skating Routine

In the routine, former Olympic ice skater Tatiana Navka , who is also the the wife of a spokesman to Russian President Vladimir Putin , and actor Andrei Burkovsky wore striped costumes with yellow Star of David patches resembling the uniforms of inmates imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps.

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Iran demands that Obama allow US sanctions to expire

State Department spokesman John Kirby said that Secretary of State John Kerry will continue to sign sanctions waivers, as stipulated in the nuclear deal reached previous year, as long as Iran keeps meeting its obligations. The deal eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for greater restrictions on its nuclear energy capabilities in an attempt to prevent Tehran from gaining atomic weapons.

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Jury questioning for Roof trial to begin Wednesday

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel allowed Roof to represent himself in the trial, but cautioned him against it. He is representing himself in his federal trial and has previously offered to plead guilty if prosecutors drop their pursuit of the death penalty .

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Jayalalithaa suffers cardiac arrest: Pranab Mukherjee, Mamata Banerjee wish for speedy recovery

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital suffered a cardiac arrest. Mr Ponnaiyan said the Chief Minister was doing "physical exercises" and undergoing "physiotherapy", was eating food on her own and advising officers on issues related to government and party activities.

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Police & IT Officials questions Ahmedabadi Businessman who declared 13000 Crore Black Money!

Though, the I-T Department is tight-lipped about the searches, Shah's CA Tehmul Sethna, who is a partner in Apaji Amin & Co, informed the media about the searches carried out at various places, including on the premises of those connected with his client ( Mahesh Shah's friends).

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'A clear shot' - police kill suspect, rescue children

The standoff continued overnight until about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, when the suspect, a 38-year-old man, was reportedly fatally shot by a Pierce County deputy. "We fired one round, which struck him". Croskey, who was letting the gunman and his wife live in the home until she sold it, was in the basement to collect items, she told KIRO 7 News.

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South Korea announces symbolic, new sanctions on N. Korea

Ms Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the United Nations , said the resolution would strip the regime of more than US$700 million (S$999.8 million) in hard currency, dramatically reducing the money it can spend on weapons. "Certain parties increase their military presence and scale up military exercises, thus intensifying the confrontation", he said at the Council. "This situation must be changed as soon as possible", he said.

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Wildfire deaths include parents of 3 young men

The wildfires, which have burned across the eastern Tennessee since Monday, have killed at least 11 people and damaged or destroyed more than 700 buildings. The Summers then left their auto and tried to flee on foot, but became separated. Branson and Wesley Summers are still being treated for burns on their hands, arms and faces.

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MI attorney general files suit to stop recount

Critics say Stein is simply trying to raise money and her political profile while building a donor database. Even so, the campaigns for Trump, Clinton and Stein all had observers spread throughout the state to watch the process. Speaking to ABC, Kellyanne Conway said the Justice Department, Congress and the Federal Bureau of Investigation could still review Clinton-related inquiries.

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Abbas is Israel's top 'ideological' foe: Netanyahu ally

Abbas expressed hope that President-elect Donald Trump would support the Palestinian quest for independence, saying little is known about the incoming American leader's policies. But Abbas has seen his popularity plummet due to years of failed peace efforts with Israel, a stagnant West Bank economy and his inability to reconcile with the rival Hamas movement, which seized control of the Gaza Strip from his forces almost a decade ago.