• Brilliant chips and putts give Lipsky Dunhill lead
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    Brilliant chips and putts give Lipsky Dunhill lead

    Superb chipping and putting made American David Lipsky the second-round leader in the EPGA Alfred Dunhill Championship Friday as title favourite Charl Schwartzel of South Africa missed the cut. Lipsky carded a flawless 66 that included an eagle and four birdies over the par-72 Leopard Creek Country

  • Arrest ordered of Brazil 'healer' accused of sex abuse
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    Arrest ordered of Brazil 'healer' accused of sex abuse

    Brazilian prosecutors have ordered the arrest of a famous "spiritual healer," Joao Teixeira de Faria, who stands accused by hundreds of women of sexual abuse under the pretext of treating them, officials told AFP on Friday. "Yes, (the warrant) has been decreed," said a spokesman

  • Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations
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    Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations

    One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions — and offer huge sums of public money — in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The outcome was largely the same: Amazon and Apple are running

  • UN envoy calls for 'robust monitoring regime' in Yemen
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    UN envoy calls for 'robust monitoring regime' in Yemen

    UN special envoy Martin Griffiths on Friday called for the urgent creation of a strong monitoring mechanism in war-ravaged Yemen, one day after fighting parties agreed to a ceasefire at a vital port. It is also urgently needed," Griffiths told the UN Security Council, adding that "allowing

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    Landowners lose appeal over Dakota Access pipeline easements

    North Dakota landowners who unsuccessfully sued the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline over land easements have lost their appeal. The 21 landowners sued for more than $4 million in 2017, saying a company formed by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners and a hired land acquisition consultant

  • 'No evidence' of Huawei spying, says German IT watchdog
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    'No evidence' of Huawei spying, says German IT watchdog

    Germany's IT watchdog has expressed scepticism about calls for a boycott of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, saying it has seen no evidence the firm could use its equipment to spy for Beijing, news weekly Spiegel reported Friday. "For such serious decisions like a ban, you need proof," the

  • Macron urges calm; Paris police brace for more violence
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    Macron urges calm; Paris police brace for more violence

    Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, France's president on Friday called for calm and the Paris police chief warned that armored vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital. Police chief Michel Delpuech told RTL radio that security services

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    AP Top Extended Financial Headlines at 12:54 p.m. EST

    US stocks are sharply falling Friday after Chinese authorities said industrial output and retail sales both slowed in November, the latest warning sign from the second-largest economy in the world. Johnson ...

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    Scandal-plagued CBS grants $20M to 18 women's rights groups

    CBS is pledging $20 million in support of 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from the scandal that led to the ouster of its top executive, Les Moonves. The money is coming out of Moonves' $120 million severance package. Whether

  • Facebook says bug may have exposed photos on 7M users
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    Facebook says bug may have exposed photos on 7M users

    Facebook says a software bug affecting nearly 7 million users may have exposed a broader set of photos to app developers than what these users intended. Although this doesn't mean the photos were actually seen by anyone, the fact that the bug even existed offers a reminder of just how much data

  • The Latest: Canada gets access to ex-diplomat in China
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    The Latest: Canada gets access to ex-diplomat in China

    Canada's ambassador to China has received consular access to detained ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig four days after he was arrested in China. Canada's Global Affairs Department says Ambassador John McCallum met with Kovrig in Beijing on Friday. The department says they are continuing to press

  • The debt threat: Business debt, and worries about it, are up
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    The debt threat: Business debt, and worries about it, are up

    There is some concern that Corporate America didn't get the message. For much of the past decade, companies have borrowed at super-low interest rates and used the money to buy back stock, acquire other businesses and refinance old debt. U.S. corporate debt has grown by nearly two-thirds since 2008

  • Erdogan and Trump urge cooperation after Turkey's Syria threat
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    Erdogan and Trump urge cooperation after Turkey's Syria threat

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump agreed Friday to "more effective coordination" between their countries' operations in Syria, after Ankara threatened to launch a new offensive in the war-torn nation. The two leaders spoke after Erdogan warned of

  • EU leaders agree small steps to buttress euro
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    EU leaders agree small steps to buttress euro

    European leaders agreed Friday to press ahead with a limited, common eurozone budget and other steps to strengthen the currency union's resistance to downturns and crises. The budget proposal leaves its size undefined and it appeared to fall short of more sweeping ideas pushed by French President

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    Court: Testimony from OxyContin maker must be unsealed

    A Kentucky appeals court says the secret testimony from a former president of one of the world's largest manufacturers of dangerously addictive opioid painkillers must be released to the public. A three-judge panel ruled Friday the deposition of Richard Sackler must be unsealed, along with about

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    Conservative magazine The Weekly Standard shutters

    Conservative magazine The Weekly Standard is closing down after 23 years. The publisher, Clarity Media Group, is citing fewer subscribers as the reason. The Weekly Standard was often critical of President ...

  • Blunt puts spoonful of British class into Mary Poppins
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    Blunt puts spoonful of British class into Mary Poppins

    Emily Blunt was more than a little nervous about stepping into Julie Andrews' laced-up boots when all the world knows her Mary Poppins was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. For Blunt, Poppins is not only "superhuman" and super-capable but also full of contradictions -- kind yet aloof

  • US, Canada hold high-stakes talks amid turmoil with China
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    US, Canada hold high-stakes talks amid turmoil with China

    The U.S. and Canada began high-stakes talks on Friday amid an escalating dispute with China that threatens to further complicate ties between the North American neighbors. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis were meeting their Canadian counterparts for discussions expected

  • Miss Spain breaking barriers as first transgender Miss Universe hopeful
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    Miss Spain breaking barriers as first transgender Miss Universe hopeful

    Carrying a bold message of inclusion, transgender rights and a sharp rebuke to US President Donald Trump, Miss Spain's Angela Ponce is blazing a trail as the first transgender contestant in Miss Universe's 66-year history. Who hasn't had to deal with bullying?" Outside the walls of

  • Canada granted consular access to ex-diplomat held by China: official
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    Canada granted consular access to ex-diplomat held by China: official

    Canada's ambassador to China has been granted consular access to a former Canadian diplomat held by Beijing, the foreign ministry said Friday. "Ambassador (John) McCallum met with him in Beijing," said a statement, adding that Ottawa was pressing for access to Michael Spavor, a second

  • Nigeria's military bans UNICEF over 'spies' training claim
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    Nigeria's military bans UNICEF over 'spies' training claim

    Nigeria's military on Friday suspended UNICEF from operating in the country's ravaged northeast over claims it was training "spies" who are supporting Boko Haram jihadists. The military said that the United Nations children's agency had on December 12 and 13 held workshops in the

  • Growth worries, Brexit fog send stocks lower
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    Growth worries, Brexit fog send stocks lower

    Signs of easing tensions had helped propel equities higher earlier this week, with both China and the United States seeming to give key concessions, fuelling hopes they can eventually resolve their differences. Rosier US retail and industrial data could not assuage fears that growth and the trade spat

  • Top dissident warns Bangladesh at 'critical juncture'
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    Top dissident warns Bangladesh at 'critical juncture'

    Fresh from jail for dissent, and celebrated by Time magazine for fearless journalism, Shahidul Alam is not hiding as his native Bangladesh approaches an election he fears could be rigged. "I hope for a free and fair election," he told AFP in an interview in Dhaka. "But I am pretty certain

  • Salah in line to retain African Player of the Year award
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    Salah in line to retain African Player of the Year award

    Title-holder Mohamed Salah of Egypt was among 10 African stars named Friday in a Premier League-dominated short-list for the 2018 CAF Player of the Year award. The 26-year-old scored 44 goals for Liverpool in all competitions last season, his first at Anfield afer moving from Roma, and is set to be

  • Gia Gunn Opens Up About the Pressure of Representing the Trans Community on ‘Drag Race’ (Exclusive)
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    Gia Gunn Opens Up About the Pressure of Representing the Trans Community on ‘Drag Race’ (Exclusive)

    The ‘Drag Race’ alum returns for ‘All Stars 4,’ becoming the first transgender queen to compete after RuPaul's controversial remarks.