• Stocks push higher as Trump says trade deal 'close'
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    Stocks push higher as Trump says trade deal 'close'

    Global stock markets rallied on Thursday, with Wall Street in record territory, after President Donald Trump said that a trade deal with China was close, emboldening investors to take fresh positions. Anxiety had been building up ahead of the deadline and so relief was palpable across trading floors

  • Protests, unrest mar Algeria's disputed presidential vote
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    Protests, unrest mar Algeria's disputed presidential vote

    Algeria held a tense presidential election Thursday meant to bring stability after a year of turmoil, but voting was marred as protesters stormed polling stations and thousands rallied in the capital. The unpopular vote comes almost 10 months after a people power movement ousted president Abdelaziz

  • US lawmakers clash over impeachment charges against Trump
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    US lawmakers clash over impeachment charges against Trump

    US lawmakers clashed Thursday ahead of a committee vote to approve charges of presidential abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, a fateful step toward the impeachment of Donald Trump. The House Judiciary Committee began a second day of historic debate with the parties holding diametrically opposed

  • Sahel's anti-jihadist plan shaken by huge attack in Niger
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    Sahel's anti-jihadist plan shaken by huge attack in Niger

    Strategies to roll back jihadism in the Sahel have been dealt a body blow by a massive attack on an army base in Niger that left scores of dead and missing. The brazen assault Tuesday at Inates, in the remote region of Tillaberi, was carried out by "many hundreds" of heavily armed jihadists

  • French govt says ready to talk as pension strike bites
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    French govt says ready to talk as pension strike bites

    French officials said Thursday that they were open to negotiating a pension overhaul that has sparked crippling transport strikes, as unions warned of walkouts through the holidays unless the government drops the plan. President Emmanuel Macron, who so far has spoken rarely about a centrepiece of his

  • Chile confirms finding human remains, debris, from missing plane
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    Chile confirms finding human remains, debris, from missing plane

    Chile confirmed Thursday that human remains and debris found by search ships are from a military plane reported missing with 38 people aboard, and the chances of finding survivors is "practically impossible." "The condition of the plane wreckage that was found makes it practically impossible

  • Britain votes in divisive 'Brexit election'
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    Britain votes in divisive 'Brexit election'

    Britain voted on Thursday in a deeply divisive election that posed a historic choice between an imminent split from the European Union or another referendum that could scrap the entire Brexit process. A decisive victory for Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the third poll in less than five years would

  • 'Wise owl' Lagarde launches major ECB review
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    'Wise owl' Lagarde launches major ECB review

    Christine Lagarde on Thursday announced a major review of the ECB's tools and goals and said the eurozone slowdown was beginning to ease, as she made her debut as president vowing to bring her "own style" to the job. Speaking at a Frankfurt press conference after chairing her first governing

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    Rodgers rules out January departures from Leicester

    Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has ruled out any departures during the January transfer window as he attempts to keep pace with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League. The Foxes host struggling Norwich on Saturday aiming to stay within striking distance of leaders Liverpool, who are heading off

  • Rodgers rules out January departures from Leicester
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    Rodgers rules out January departures from Leicester

    Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has ruled out any departures during the January transfer window as he attempts to keep pace with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League. The Foxes host struggling Norwich on Saturday aiming to stay within striking distance of leaders Liverpool, who are heading off

  • Trump says on verge of China trade deal
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    Trump says on verge of China trade deal

    President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that the United States is on the verge of easing the China trade war, days before new tariffs are due to kick in between the world's two largest economies. Trump's flagging of an imminent breakthrough comes ahead of new tariffs planned to take effect Sunday

  • Russia's sole aircraft carrier burning in port
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    Russia's sole aircraft carrier burning in port

    Russia's only aircraft carrier caught fire Thursday while undergoing a refit in an Arctic shipyard, the latest accident to raise concern over the future of the navy flagship. Russian news agencies quoted the Zvezdochka shipyard as saying the fire started during wielding operations in an engine room

  • Smaller stocks gain on bigger players as 2019 closes
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    Smaller stocks gain on bigger players as 2019 closes

    Small and mid-cap stocks haven't made quite as big gains this year as the larger indexes, but they could be poised for a breakout next year if the economy continues growing. Investors have focused mainly on larger stocks, especially through futures, while small-cap stocks remain below their long-term

  • FCC votes to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911
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    FCC votes to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911

    Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Once it's implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to calling 911 for emergencies

  • War-scarred Libya airport reopens after three-month closure
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    War-scarred Libya airport reopens after three-month closure

    Flights resumed on Thursday at the Libyan capital Tripoli's sole functioning airport, after a more than three-month suspension due to repeated rocket attacks, an official said. "We have reestablished flights at the Mitiga International Airport," airport director Khaled al-Tabib told AFP

  • EU leaders clash on climate funding, nuclear power
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    EU leaders clash on climate funding, nuclear power

    European Union leaders clashed at the start of a summit on Thursday over the bloc's plans to tackle climate change, arguing over how to pay for the green transition and what role nuclear power should have. Brussels' new leadership, under European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, wants

  • Murray's pre-season training interrupted by groin injury
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    Murray's pre-season training interrupted by groin injury

    Britain's Andy Murray has cancelled his training block in Miami because of a groin injury that has left him unable to practise on the court, according to a report on Thursday. The former world number one suffered a bruise to his pelvic bone during Britain's Davis Cup campaign in Madrid last

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    Masters new permanent Premier League chief executive

    Richard Masters has been promoted to the post of full-time chief executive of the English Premier League in a move officials will hope end a saga involving two failed appointments. Thursday's announcement by the EPL ends the search as Masters, the interim chief executive of English football'

  • Trump tweets 'very close' to China trade deal
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    Trump tweets 'very close' to China trade deal

    President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that the United States is "very close" to a trade deal with China, days before new tariffs are due to take effect. The two largest economies in the world are locked in a wide-ranging trade war but negotiators have been working to reach at least a

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    Hamilton talks informal, says Ferrari chief

    Ferrari chief executive officer Louis Camilleri said Thursday that it was premature to talk about a possible move of six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton to the Italian team. Camilleri confirmed that Mercedes driver Hamilton has had "conversations" with Ferrari chairman John Elkann, but

  • Hamilton talks informal, says Ferrari chief
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    Hamilton talks informal, says Ferrari chief

    Ferrari chief executive officer Louis Camilleri said Thursday that it was premature to talk about a possible move of six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton to the Italian team. Camilleri confirmed that Mercedes driver Hamilton has had "conversations" with Ferrari chairman John Elkann, but

  • Adam Causey named Texas-based news editor
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    Adam Causey named Texas-based news editor

    Adam Kealoha Causey, The Associated Press’ administrative correspondent in Oklahoma, has been named news editor overseeing Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The appointment was announced Thursday by Tom Berman, the AP’s news director for the Central region. “Adam is a leader who inspires confidence in

  • Election-weary Israel to face third vote in a year
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    Election-weary Israel to face third vote in a year

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz prepared Thursday for their third election campaigns in a year, with the country trapped in its worst political crisis in decades. Israel's parliament dissolved itself and called March 2 elections in the early hours of Thursday morning