Trump taps former campaign rival Carson as housing secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump, moving to complete formation of his Cabinet and decide other key posts, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trump’s decision, announced … Continue reading

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Trump picks ex-rival Carson to head housing department

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UK Supreme Court hears landmark challenge to Brexit plans

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Supreme Court began hearing a landmark case Monday that will decide who has the power to trigger the U.K.’s exit from the European Union — the government or Parliament. The legal battle has major constitutional implications … Continue reading

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Michigan to begin recount; legal fight moves to Pennsylvania

FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2016 file photo, Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein meets her supporters during a campaign stop at Humanist Hall in Oakland, Calif. Green Party-backed voters dropped a court case Saturday night, Dec. 3, 2016, … Continue reading

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British Santa Safari tour worker killed in Lapland

A British woman working for a Santa Safari tour company has been stabbed to death in Lapland. The 26-year-old, understood to be from Scotland, was found dead in the village of Kuttanen in Finland on Saturday. Lapland Police said her … Continue reading

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'American Honey' and 'I, Daniel Blake' triumph in UK film awards

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Abe to make first Pearl Harbor visit by Japan leader

Tokyo (AFP) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor, announcing Monday a trip to Hawaii this month for talks with US President Barack Obama. Abe, who will be in Hawaii on … Continue reading

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Israel resumes parcel post into Gaza

Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel has begun allowing parcels to be sent to Gaza again, officials said Monday, months after a ban over allegations the Palestinian enclave’s Hamas rulers were using them to smuggle weapons. “It was decided yesterday to renew … Continue reading

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Italy's Matteo Renzi falls as swiftly as he rose

Rome (AFP) – In the end, Matteo Renzi’s fall was even quicker than his remarkably rapid rise to the summit of Italian politics. Hours after suffering a crushing defeat in a referendum on constitutional reform, the centre-left prime minister announced … Continue reading

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Trump names former rival Ben Carson as housing secretary

Washington (AFP) – US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday chose Ben Carson, the mild-mannered retired neurosurgeon who challenged him for the Republican nomination, to turn around troubled US inner cities as secretary of housing and urban development. Carson, an African … Continue reading

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Eurosceptics delight as Italy's Renzi quits

Rome (AFP) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi prepared to hand in his resignation Monday after suffering a ruinous referendum defeat cheered by populist leaders but sparking fresh jitters in Europe. “My experience of government finishes here,” said a downcast … Continue reading

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UN appeals for record $22.2 bn in global aid

Geneva (AFP) – The United Nations appealed Monday for a record $22.2 billion (20.9 billion euros) to provide aid in 2017 to surging numbers of people hit by conflicts and disasters around the world. It’s “the highest amount we have … Continue reading

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