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  • Chinese New Year 2017: Year of the Rooster do's and don'ts

    Chinese New Year 2017: Year of the Rooster do's and don'ts

    In China, celebrations of the new year are massive, and make traditional U.S. New Year's festivities (you know, glitter, champagne, watching the ball drop, and tears) look paltry in comparison. One dish he pointed out as a staple is the fish. According to Reader's Digest , the focus on red stems from folklore about a half-bull, half-lion beast called "Nian" that would storm into villages and eat livestock and children.

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  • 6 dead in Chile´s worst wildfires in history

    6 dead in Chile´s worst wildfires in history

    But things went from bad to worse when smaller brush fires converged into a massive wildfire that destroyed the town of Santa Olga Thursday evening, killing 10 people and reducing over 1,000 buildings to smoldering rubble . The few helicopters working in the area have been dropping water on the flames, and firefighters have dug ditches to stop their spread. Interior Minister Mahmud Aleuy said experts have predicted more fires because of strong winds and rise in temperatures.

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  • Russian draft of Syrian constitution sent to United Nations envoy - diplomat

    Russian draft of Syrian constitution sent to United Nations envoy - diplomat

    They lauded the launch of an inclusive negotiation process on February 8 which had decided in Astana meeting - a Russian initiative that brought together representatives of the Syrian government and opposition groups. He also reiterated Turkey's position that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has no place in Syria's future. The Russian foreign minister's announcement came as he met representatives from some opposition groups in Moscow.

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  • Knights of Malta call special session Saturday

    Festing's resignation follows a dispute which arose when he sacked one of one of the order's top knights, Grand Chancellor Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, in December 2016, apparently because he allowed the distribution of tens of thousands of condoms through aid projects for poor people in the developing world.

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  • RIP Mary Tyler Moore, Dead at 80

    RIP Mary Tyler Moore, Dead at 80

    And I don't know any of my friends who do that. "She will be missed greatly". Mary Tyler Moore, the pioneering television actress who emerged as a face of the women's liberation movement, passed away Wednesday. As she proved in 1980, there's more to her talent than just being able to get a laugh out of a sitcom audience. The introduction of the show where she tossed her beret into the air showed that the girl next door was smart and could be career-minded.

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  • Trump Muslim ban: What countries is Trump banning?

    Trump Muslim ban: What countries is Trump banning?

    The order would also suspend the United States' refugee program for 120 days. The new President will restrict access to the United States for refugees and some visa holders from countries including Iraq, Iran , Libya, Somalia, Sudan , Syria and Yemen, it has been claimed.

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  • Reporter's Notebook: Astana talks Day 2

    Reporter's Notebook: Astana talks Day 2

    Like earlier abortive cessations of hostilities negotiated between the U.S. and Washington, the agreement does not cover either the Islamic State (ISIS) or the Fateh al-Sham Front, which was formerly known as the Al Nusra Front, Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate.

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  • Protestoes burn Donald Trump statue and mock president with fake 'Great Wall'

    Protestoes burn Donald Trump statue and mock president with fake 'Great Wall'

    He has also said he wants to deport millions of immigrants in the US illegally, many of whom are Mexican, and renegotiate - or, failing that, scrap - the North American Free Trade Agreement bringing together the US, Mexico and Canada. Meanwhile, Mexican presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced plans to tour major USA cities in February, raising pressure on the government to assert itself with the Trump administration.

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  • Walden praises Trump executive order to 'ease' Obamacare costs

    Walden praises Trump executive order to 'ease' Obamacare costs

    Haislmaier cautioned, however, that the executive order is "the beginning of the process". But repeal smacks of a vendetta on the part of Republicans, who called for repeal before we even knew what the problems were with the law. "Potentially the biggest effect of this order could be widespread waivers from the individual mandate ", Larry Levitt , a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told The Washington Post .

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  • France's socialists hold primary election

    Whoever wins the January 29 primary run-off will face the April-May presidential election battling more popular candidates from the far right to the far left riding frustration with immigration and economic stagnation. First results based on 3,090 polling stations out of a total 7,534, Hamon was seen collecting 35.21 percent of the vote, making a lead to former French prime minister Manuel Valls's 31.56 percent.

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  • Gambians demand justice as Jammeh gives up his post

    Gambians demand justice as Jammeh gives up his post

    His announcement was delayed by negotiations with the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania over where he would live and whether he could be offered amnesty for alleged crimes committed during his years in power, said sources close to talks. Flights to the United Kingdom from the crisis-stricken Gambia have been suspended by British tour operators, the Foreign Office said. In an interview with the BBC on Saturday, he said said he wanted to create a truth and reconciliation committee to ...

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  • Malia Obama Lands Internship with Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein

    She was a production assistant for Halle Berry's CBS show Extant in 2014. In 2015, Obama interned on the set of HBO's Girls . Is Malia Obama heading for a career in Hollywood? An alum of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, Barack and Michelle Obama's elder daughter announced last year via the White House that she'd attend Harvard after taking a gap year.

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  • Daesh Ruins Palmyra to 'Deprive Syrians of Their Past and Future'

    Daesh Ruins Palmyra to 'Deprive Syrians of Their Past and Future'

    But IS recaptured Palmyra in December as Russian Federation forces switched their focus to the battle for Aleppo . IS previously held the site for ten months up to March 2016. "ISIS does this just to provoke the global community". The group originally seized Palmyra in May 2015 from the Syrian Army. We review they key developments in Syria including Turkey's acceptance of Assad in a future settlement, unidentified airstrikes killing 40 jihadists in the north and ISIS executing 12 people ...

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  • Dozens of Firefighters Killed as Iconic Building in Tehran Collapses

    Dozens of Firefighters Killed as Iconic Building in Tehran Collapses

    But Tehran Fire Department spokesman Jalal Maleki told the broadcaster: "I can not confirm the death of around 20 firefighters". Unconfirmed reports suggested around five firemen might be alive, trapped in the debris. "The building collapsed in front of me". Search dogs were looking for survivors, and the rescue operation could last for more than two days, Reuters says, citing Iranian state TV.

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  • Protests flare in southern India over Jallikattu ban

    Protests flare in southern India over Jallikattu ban

    Protesters converged on Thursday in Marina Beach , a busy area of Chennai city, calling for the practice to continue, privately-run broadcaster NDTV reported. Prizes are awarded to those who succeed in taming the bulls. Rahman would observe a day's fast on Friday as a mark of solidarity with the youth who are on a peaceful protest while Anand expressed his support to the sport through Twitter .

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  • After filing PE against Manish Sisodia, CBI visits Delhi secretariat

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is on campaign trail in Punjab, reacted saying the Prime Minister has "turned both CBI and RBI into laughing stocks (sic)". "The government did not appoint any consultant for "Talk To AK". "So CBI's claim of Rs 1.5 crore is baseless as it is off the mark". Jain had been in the news when CBI registered a case against his Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in December previous year.

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  • China calls on USA to bar Taiwan from Trump inauguration

    China calls on USA to bar Taiwan from Trump inauguration

    The delegation is reported to include Taiwan's national security adviser and some lawmakers, led by former premier and ex-ruling party leader Yu Shyi-kun. "If Trump reneges on the one-China policy after taking office, the Chinese people will demand the government to take revenge". As security barricades go up in the USA capital ahead of massive protests against the incoming president, a different sense of trepidation is growing overseas of a looming clash over trade between China and the ...

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  • Crude Oil Slides On Signs Of U.S. Glut

    In the first week of January, U.S. crude production rose to 8.95 million barrels a day, the highest level since April. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate futures were down 96 cents, or 1.8%, at $51.50 a barrel. It reopened two of its biggest fields last month, as well as a pair of oil terminals that had been closed for two years. A weaker greenback makes dollar-denominated crude less expensive for users of other currencies.

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