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At least eight dead after Somali hotel assault

Two prominent Somali elders, who participated in the selection of 135 lawmakers in 2012, were among those killed in the attack . However, as NPR's Eyder Peralta reports from Nairobi, "Radio Andalus, which is associated with al-Shabab, says the attack started inside a hotel and then "martyrs" moved outside with a second explosion".

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Sen. Scott congratulates McMaster on taking governor's office

Former ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson, Trump's pick for secretary of state who many observers say is the most important member of the president's cabinet, has yet to be confirmed . In a departure with the president, Haley said Russia's seizure of Crimea, ongoing military operations in Ukraine and its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were all problematic, but echoed Trump in stating that "we need their help in fighting ISIS".

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Japan launches first military communications satellite

The Defense Ministry's first communications satellite was launched Tuesday afternoon in a program aimed at upgrading the Self-Defense Forces' ability to better cope with security challenges. Japan's Defense Ministry has launched its first communications satellite. The countries are disputing the exploitation of gas fields that straddle exclusive economic zones claimed by both.

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Canada, U.S. Auto Industry Co-Ordinating on Trump Response

Trump officials have yet to raise any specific concerns about Canadian trade, MacNaughton added. Uncertainty over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will be a drag on Canadian business investment in 2017, according to research by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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Red panda named Sunny goes missing from zoo in Virginia

The Washington Post likened Sunny to Rusty the red panda, who escaped from the National Zoo a few years ago and was later found roaming the streets. Originally, they were believed to be relatives of raccoons but were later found to have similar DNA to bears.

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Kellyanne Conway's 'alternative facts' spur sales of George Orwell's '1984'

Orwell's tale of a society in which information is edited, replaced , and dictated by the government is now sitting pretty at No. 2 on the retailer's global list of English books , presumably spurred on by Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, and her on-air invention of the concept of "alternative facts".

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Trump Resurrects Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline

Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest is hailing any progress on TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline as good for both market access and Canada's global reputation; but he worries any deal with U.S. Demonstrators in December gathered on Capitol Hill in Washington to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Trump's executive actions adhere to his oft-stated desire to ease, or eliminate altogether, regulations, including ones pertaining to the environment, to help spur economic growth.

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Ex-EU Parliament Chief Schulz To Challenge Merkel In German Elections

Merkel will be running for a fourth term, although it is far from certain who would join her in a coalition government if AfD takes a significant share of votes away from other parties. Gabriel is the longest serving leader of the SPD since former Chancellor Willy Brandt. A survey published in Bild am Sonntag earlier this month showed that Merkel would get 46 percent of the vote if the chancellor were directly elected rather than chosen by the majority party.

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Michigan Unemployment Rate declines for seventh straight year despite December rise

Spokane County's unemployment rate rose sharply in December to 6.3 percent, up from 5.6 percent in November, the Washington Employment Security Department said Tuesday. The national unemployment rate declined from 5.0 percent in December 2015 to 4.7 percent in December 2016. The jobs gains during the month were led by education and health services, which added 3,000 jobs, and an additional 2,300 jobs in leisure and hospital services.

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China notes progress in ties under US President Obama

Both concepts are similar and striving to foster intelligent production", Kastner said . Prices of most US agricultural commodities remain low relative to the highs of three or four years ago. "Believe it or not, wage rates have risen in China to the point where it is no longer competitive to spin a lot of cotton in China relative to other places in southeast Asia".

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Officials end lockdown at Arizona Air Force base

The Air Force Base is located near Tucson, Arizona. Officials sent an email to personnel shortly after 10 a.m. MST with the word "LOCKDOWN" written three times in all-caps, followed by an alert of an "active shooter". More information will be released as it becomes available. TUSD spokeswoman Stefanie Boe said the school is on "soft lockdown", meaning classes are being conducted as usual, but the school's doors and windows are locked and no one is being allowed in or out.

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Gladys Berejiklian is the new premier of NSW

Ms Berejiklian , however, said in her first press conference as Premier that increasing housing supply was the best way to address housing affordability, though also said the government needed to do more. The meeting happened this morning, four days after Mike Baird's shock announcement he's retiring from politics. When Berejiklian entered the transport portfolio in 2011, after four years as the opposition spokeswoman, she chose to hang onto the top ranks of the public service.

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Russian Federation announces joint airstrikes with U.S. in Syria, DoD denies claim

The spokesperson noted that the Defense Department only maintains a de-confliction channel of communication with the Russian military to ensure safety of flights over Syria. Shortly after this, Russian Federation was given enemy coordinates from United States intelligence, which were used to launch another attack with the US-led coalition planes.

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U.S. counterintelligence agents probed Trump adviser Flynn's Russian Federation ties

But the officials said some of the content of the conversation raised enough potential concerns that investigators are still looking into the discussions, amid a broader concern about Russian intelligence-gathering activities in the United States.

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US Under Trump Won't Send a Delegation to Syria Talks

The regime meanwhile has pushed for a "comprehensive" political solution to the conflict, with Assad insisting that rebels lay down their arms in exchange for an amnesty deal. If agreement on reinforcing the December 30th ceasefire is reached, UN-mediated political talks could be resumed in Geneva. "I don't think there's a context for that now".

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Michelle O'Neill announced as SF's new leader in North

Her father Brendan, known as "Basil" was once an IRA prisoner who represented Sinn Fein in the local council. At a special press conference today, Ms O'Neill, who has held a string of senior positions in Sinn Fein, said: "I feel an enormous responsibility on my shoulders".

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At least 16 dead, 40 injured in Hungarian bus crash in Italy

Thirty-nine people reportedly survived, though some were seriously injured. The foreign minister said he feared that the death toll could rise as the number of people on the bus at the time of the accident was uncertain. One of the two drivers on board was among those killed, Italian media reported. But the driver didn't react quickly enough, RAI said. The owner of the bus company told the MTI news agency on Sunday that the Setra 317 GT-HD bus was in good condition before the trip.

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The Gambia awaits new era after ex-ruler Jammeh flies into exile

With Jammeh gone, all eyes will be on the Barrow administration as they make their first steps as a government of reform and development. The exact terms of Jammeh's departure remained under wraps Saturday apart from his destination: Guinea.

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England hold their nerve in Kolkata

Ajinkya Rahane (1) replaced Shikhar Dhawan in the playing XI and at the opener's slot but failed. ENGLAND SQUAD: Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings , Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Jake Ball , Chris Woakes, David Willey , Liam Plunkett.

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President Donald Trump signs executive order on Obamacare

Additionally, 89,000 young adults were able to remain on their parents' health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act . More than 20 million previously uninsured Americans gained coverage through Obamacare. The order directs every agency that has jurisdiction over the law to find ways to delay or waive provisions that would "impose a fiscal burden". Trump's plan for the replacement of Obamacare remains unknown.

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Donald Trump attacks 'shameful' media reports of small inauguration crowds

Aerial shots of thin crowds aside, there isn't an official estimate to definitively refute the claim that Trump's inauguration topped Obama's record-breaking crowd of 1.8 million people. The city did not release an estimate for the inauguration and the National Park Service does not provide crowd counts. And then some games we are told will eventually come out one day just vanish without a trace .

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India overturns bull-wrestling ban in response to massive protests

The ordinance shall be valid for six months. "In the wake of the banning of a lovely and ancient culture of Jallikattu by the Supreme Court of India, the Tamil people the world over have gathered together to protest against his injustice", a poster circulated by the organizers reads.

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Mississippi Storm: At Least 4 Dead; Damage Reported In Hattiesburg Area

The agency is reporting Interstate 59 north of Hattiesburg is closed due to debris and downed power lines. "They couldn't get him out of the house". Students were being escorted from the Hattiesburg campus and arrangements were being made for students who couldn't go home. "Arrangements will be made for students who can not go home".

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Severe Storm Threat Saturday Night and Sunday

If you are not prepared by this time, get prepared, and relocate to a shelter. Pierce Legeion is a meteorologist and digital journalist for WNCT 9 First Alert Weather. After some patchy dense fog this morning, skies are partly cloudy, allowing some peeks of sunshine to return which will quickly boost up our temperatures back to unseasonably warm highs in the upper 70s through the afternoon.

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41st President Bush shows improvement in ICU, doctors may release wife Sunday

ORIGINAL REPORT: George H.W. and Barbara Bush hospitalized in HoustonBarbara Bush, 91, was admitted Wednesday and diagnosed with bronchitis after feeling worn out and coughing for weeks. An update on the health of Bushes is expected later on Thursday, McGrath said in an email to Reuters. His wife was admitted to the same hospital on Wednesday for treatment of bronchitis.