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Canada wafts toward legalizing recreational pot

Stores that sell marijuana should also be located an "appropriate" distance from schools, and community centres - though that distance is not specified. But the home grow provisions could pose challenges for officers responding to a call at a person's home, Brooks said, as they may need to determine whether the amount of pot being cultivated is within proper limits. Read More

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Italian judge convicts pair in sinking that claimed 700 migrants

Italian judge convicts pair in sinking that claimed 700 migrants

But according to AFP, survivors told investigators that Malek, who had lived in Italy in the past, was the captain and caused the deadly collision through his lack of sailing skills. The wreck prompted the European Union to beef up its Mediterranean rescue flotilla. According to the International Organisation for Migration, in the past three years, roughly half a million migrants have arrived on Italian shores and nearly 12,000 have died in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe. Read More

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Crew Members Rescued After Osprey Lands in Shallow Water Off Okinawa

No crew members were injured in the incident. All five crewmembers aboard the aircraft with Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing were rescued. Wednesday. Okinawa, host to the bulk of US military facilities in Japan, seeks to relocate the base outside the prefecture. The United States says it has two Osprey squadrons in Japan, although it doesn't disclose the exact number of aircraft. Read More

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Turkish jets hit 39 Islamic State targets, kill four militants: Army

The army statement said Free Syrian Army rebels had to a large extent achieved control over the highway between al-Bab and Manbij, a town which was wrested from Islamic State in August by Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war through a network of sources in the country, confirmed there was an increased number of Turkish troops with the Euphrates Shield forces and that they were shelling heavily as they attempted to ... Read More

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MI high court denies vote recount appeal

MI high court denies vote recount appeal

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested the recount as part of a broader effort to recount votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states where Trump narrowly beat Clinton. Secretary of State spokesperson Fred Woodhams has said the Stein campaign would pay for the precincts already counted since the recount began and would be reimbursed for those that were not counted or were deemed unrecountable under state law. Read More

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Antonio Guterres sworn as United Nations secretary

He spoke about how the threats to these values are most often based on fear, and how it is the UN's duty to the peoples they serve is to work together to move from fear of each other, to trust in each other. According to NAN, the General Assembly earlier paid glowing tributes to Ban Ki-moon, the outgoing secretary-general, for his exceptional contributions to the United Nations and the global community. Read More

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins his 4th Ballon dOr

Cristiano Ronaldo wins his 4th Ballon dOr

Messi, who boasts a record five Ballons d'Or, helped Barcelona win a domestic double last season but his dream of leading Argentina to a major global title was dashed by a penalty-shootout loss to Chile in the final of the Copa America. I feel very happy to win this. Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Ord on three other occasions. The former Manchester United forward has scored 19 goals in 20 games for club and country this term, to add to the 54 he got last season. Read More

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Cyclone Vardah moves closer to Andhra

Cyclone Vardah moves closer to Andhra

According to Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department , the depression lays centered around 1260 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam, 1310 km south-southeast of Gopalpur and 260 km west-southwest of Car Nicobar. In the wake of this system, Chennai which has been mostly dry for the past few days is expected to receive good rains. Rainfall will occur at most places over coastal Andhra Pradesh on December 12. Read More

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Syrian government presses on in Aleppo, thousands displaced

Many of them are reported to have fled to safer ground in areas under government or Kurdish control. Meanwhile, Jens Laerke, the spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said in Geneva on Tuesday that 10,000 of those fleeing the intense battles in eastern Aleppo had gone to districts held by the government in the west of the city. Read More

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Joe Biden May Run for President in 2020 Because 'What the Hell'

Joe Biden May Run for President in 2020 Because 'What the Hell'

I am going to run in 2020". When he was pressed on the comment, he said: "I'm not committing not to run ". I'm not committed to anything. But what I learned a long, long time ago Stephen is to never say never. This would be Mr Biden's third shot at the presidency and those on the left are already trumpeting his appeal to working-class voters who were won over by Mr Trump's populist policies. Read More

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Judge denies motion for mistrial in Charleston church shooting case

Jurors gathered in the courtroom to begin the proceedings that will eventually determine if Roof is to receive the death penalty. She testified that her son, already injured, stood up and pleaded with Roof to stop shooting. Roof faces 33 federal charges: nine counts of violating the Hate Crime Act resulting in death; three counts of violating the Hate Crime Act involving an attempt to kill; nine counts of obstruction of exercise of religion resulting in death; three counts of obstruction of ... Read More

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Senate vote to extend sanctions shows United States unreliability: Iran

Senate vote to extend sanctions shows United States unreliability: Iran

Marathon negotiations a year ago concluded with the USA and five other world powers agreeing to lift sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's banking and energy sector in exchange for Iran curtailing its nuclear program. He said Iran will not tolerate the infringement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal, by any party involved in the contract, and will respond decisively. Read More

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Fighting around Mosul leaves majority in Isis-held city without water

The arrest of the shop owners is meant as a warning to retailers to refrain from price hikes that would cause unrest in the city. In past operations, USA -led coalition airstrikes were often called in to take out the bombs, but in the cramped fighting conditions in Mosul's residential neighborhoods, the explosive-laden vehicles often appear with little warning and the presence of civilians thwarts the use of airstrikes. Read More

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IS Launches Overnight Attack Against Iraqi Troops in Mosul

The setback came after Iraq's army on Tuesday rolled into the southeastern neighborhood of al-Salam, taking a hospital before meeting stiff resistance from IS militants. IS snipers perched in the minarets of nearby mosques fired on the advancing troops and a suicide auto bomb struck one of the convoys. While sooner or later Islamic State fighters would "realise they are going to lose their physical caliphate", he predicted they would adapt their tactics and remain a threat, even after all ... Read More

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Donald Trump picks Twitter fight with China

Whether by accident or design, President-elect Donald Trump is signaling a tougher American policy toward China, sparking warnings from both the outgoing Obama administration and Beijing. No other USA president or president-elect has spoken directly with Taiwanese leadership since 1979. Walter Lohman, director of the Asian Studies Center at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said Trump appears to be signaling a willingness to increase ties with Taiwan, but not necessarily a full overhaul ... Read More

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JPMorgan Fined $362MM in Euribor Rigging Case

JPMorgan Fined $362MM in Euribor Rigging Case

Wider investigation The fines mark the final stage in what began as a far wider investigation into a cartel of banks that manipulated interest rate derivatives linked to the Euribor and Eonia benchmark rates. The traders involved "tried to submit quotes to move the Euribor rate up or down". JPMorgan was fined €337.2m, HSBC got a €33.6m penalty and Credit Agricole must pay €114.7m. Read More

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