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Fleeing Aleppo fighting, Syrians describe terrifying choices
Fleeing Aleppo fighting, Syrians describe terrifying choices
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  • 2016-12-04 09:58:09Z

BEIRUT (Reuters) - As Syrian government forces advanced into Aleppo's rebel-held al-Sakhour district, Hasan al-Ali said he faced the choice of staying put and being caught by the army, or fleeing into a shrinking rebel enclave under relentless bombardment. A father of three children, he opted for the latter, though food, fuel, water and medicine are running critically low in rebel-held areas, such is his fear of the Syrian government that insurgents have been trying to unseat for more than five years. "I didn't take anything with me. I took the kids, ran to my car, and left... ...

Syrian army tells rebels in eastern Aleppo: leave or die
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  • 2016-12-04 09:53:32Z

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) - Syria's army says it is offering rebel fighters in besieged eastern Aleppo an opportunity to leave the city with their lives.

The Latest: Austria voter comments reflect tight race
The Latest: Austria voter comments reflect tight race
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  • 2016-12-04 09:52:45Z

VIENNA (AP) - The Latest on Austria's presidential election (all times local):

Exclusive: Syrian rebels tell U.S. they won
Exclusive: Syrian rebels tell U.S. they won't leave Aleppo
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  • 2016-12-04 09:44:59Z

Syrian rebel groups have told the United States they will not leave Aleppo after Moscow called for talks with Washington over a full withdrawal of rebel fighters from the city's besieged eastern districts, a rebel official said on Sunday. Speaking to Reuters from Turkey, senior rebel official Zakaria Malahifji said the message was delivered to U.S. officials in contacts on Saturday following the statement from Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally. "Our response to the Americans was as follows: we cannot leave our city, our homes, to the mercenary militias that the regime has mobilized in Aleppo," said Malahifji, the head of the political office...

Putin says Trump a clever man, will understand new responsibility quickly
Putin says Trump a clever man, will understand new responsibility quickly
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  • 2016-12-04 09:43:26Z

MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is a clever man and will understand the level of his new responsibility quickly, Russian President Vladimir Putin was quoted by news agencies as saying in an interview with NTV TV. In the interview, first broadcast in Russia's Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, Putin also said that attempts to create a unipolar world have failed and that the world's balance was being gradually restored. (Reporting by Polina Devitt; editing by Jason Neely)

3 women dead in Finland shooting in southeastern town
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  • 2016-12-04 09:43:00Z

HELSINKI (AP) - A gunman killed three women in an apparent random shooting in a nightlife district in a small town in southeastern Finland, police said Sunday. A 23-year-old local man has been detained.

Kurdish curbs harm recovery of Iraq Yazidis: rights group
Kurdish curbs harm recovery of Iraq Yazidis: rights group
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  • 2016-12-04 09:30:18Z

Kurdish restrictions on the movement of goods are harming the recovery of Iraq's Yazidi minority, which was targeted for genocide by the Islamic State group, Human Rights Watch said Sunday. It said the restrictions affected the Sinjar area, the main hub of the Yazidis, a Kurdish-speaking religious minority whose unique faith is despised by jihadists. The area is theoretically under the authority of the central government in Baghdad but it is largely controlled by the forces of the autonomous Kurdish region.

Qatar news outlet scales back output after website blocked
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  • 2016-12-04 09:23:08Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A popular news website in Qatar is scaling back operations days after authorities blocked access in what the company describes as an act of censorship.

Iran's president submits proposed budget to parliament
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  • 2016-12-04 09:10:57Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that President Hassan Rouhani submitted a $83 billion budget bill to parliament for the next fiscal year, beginning in March.

Syrian rebel commander in Aleppo seriously wounded, rebels say
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  • 2016-12-04 09:06:12Z

A Syrian rebel commander recently appointed head of a new military alliance in Aleppo has been seriously wounded in an ongoing government assault on the city's opposition-held eastern districts, a rebel official said on Sunday. Abu Abdelrahman Nour will be replaced as head of the "Aleppo army" he was appointed to lead last week, said Zakaria Malahifji, head of the political office of one of the Aleppo factions, Fastaqim. A rebel official from Nour's faction, Jabha Shamiya, confirmed he had been wounded on Saturday.

American Varner
American Varner's breakthrough win in Australian PGA
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 08:55:06Z

American Harold Varner III claimed his first professional victory at the Australian PGA Championship Sunday on the Gold Coast by two strokes. Varner, 26, who lost in a three-way play-off in last year's event, fired rounds of 65, 72, 67 and 65 for 19-under 269. Varner came closest to winning his first top-level pro event when runner-up after a three-way playoff with Dylan Frittelli and eventual 2015 champion Nathan Holman a year ago.

Australia
Australia's Smith slams 164 in ODI against NZ
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  • 2016-12-04 08:54:57Z

Skipper Steve Smith smashed 164 Sunday, the highest one-day international score at the Sydney Cricket Ground, to lead Australia to 324 for eight against New Zealand. Smith struck 14 fours and four sixes in his seventh ODI century after winning the toss in the first match of three in the Chappell-Hadlee Series to put his side in a strong position. Smith's top-ranked team suffered a 5-0 ODI series drubbing in South Africa in October and looked shaky again when reduced to 92 for four in the 21st over.

Hamas radio: 3 bodies recovered from flooded Gaza tunnel
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  • 2016-12-04 08:50:01Z

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Emergency workers have recovered the bodies of three Palestinians who went missing in a smuggling tunnel between Gaza and Egypt.

Curry leads Warriors over Suns
Curry leads Warriors over Suns
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  • 2016-12-04 08:49:12Z

OAKLAND, California (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 31 points in the third quarter and the Golden State Warriors ran their NBA-record streak of regular season games without consecutive losses to 106 by beating the Phoenix Suns 138-109 on Saturday night.

Columbus beat Coyotes ... eventually
Columbus beat Coyotes ... eventually
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 08:28:04Z

PHOENIX (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets led 13 seconds in and then poured on a flurry of shots - and still needed a late rally and shootout to beat Mike Smith and the Arizona Coyotes.

Trump
Trump's call inspires hope in Taiwan, concern in Beijing
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 08:23:28Z

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - With a 10-minute phone call and two tweets, Donald Trump inspired banner headlines and renewed hopes across Taiwan for a stronger partnership with the United States, while also inflaming the complex relationships between the U.S., mainland China, and the self-governing island China regards as a renegade province.

Palestinian Fatah party ends conference with boost for Abbas
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 08:11:05Z

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - President Mahmoud Abbas' long-dominant Fatah movement has concluded a special conference by cementing the rule of the longtime leader and shutting out his key rival.

No more room for the dead as Syria
No more room for the dead as Syria's Aleppo is crushed
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 08:10:29Z

BEIRUT (AP) - The old Aleppo cemetery filled up a year ago. The new one filled up last week. Now the dead are left in the besieged enclave's streets, buried in backyards and overwhelming the morgues.

City draws with Brisbane to stay 2nd in A-League
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  • 2016-12-04 08:07:01Z

SYDNEY (AP) - Nicholas Colazo scored a contentious equalizer as Melbourne City overcame fatigue to snatch a 1-1 draw with top-four rival Brisbane in the ninth round of Australian football's A-League.

Russian patriarch blesses new Paris church, a Putin project
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 08:03:43Z

PARIS (AP) - The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church is consecrating a new church near the Eiffel Tower seen as a controversial symbol of President Vladimir Putin's influence in Europe.

Warriors bounce back to rout Suns 138-109
Warriors bounce back to rout Suns 138-109

Stephen Curry finished with 31 points as the Golden State Warriors extended their league record streak of games without consecutive defeats with a dominating 138-109 win over the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors have now gone 106 games without back-to-back losses as they rebounded Saturday from a 132-127 double overtime defeat two night earlier to the Houston Rockets. The Warriors shot a season-high 62.8 percent from the field against the Suns, just shy of their franchise record of 63.6 percent.

Smith
Smith's 164 lifts Australia to 324 after shaky start vs NZ
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 08:00:10Z

SYDNEY (AP) - Steve Smith went to the crease in the first over and belted 164 from 157 balls to guide Australia to 324-8 on Sunday in the series-opening limited-overs international against New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Mocked for his tweets, Trump fires back -- on Twitter
Mocked for his tweets, Trump fires back -- on Twitter

President-elect Donald Trump has reacted to a comedy sketch that mocked his penchant for sending tweets -- by sending a tweet. Trump again lambasted the show "Saturday Night Live," on which he is played by actor Alec Baldwin. "Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse.

Site of deadly Oakland warehouse fire an artist space, maze
Site of deadly Oakland warehouse fire an artist space, maze
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  • 2016-12-04 07:27:44Z

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The converted warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" where a deadly fire ripped through a late-night dance party was an artist workspace and illegal home for a rotating cast of a dozen or more residents, those who lived there or visited often said.

Floods kill at least 13 people in central Vietnam
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 07:18:00Z

Floods brought by torrential rain since late November have killed at least 13 people in central Vietnam while more heavy rain is expected in coming days, the government and state media said on Sunday. Six people have died in floods in Binh Dinh province since Thursday and another four were killed in Quang Ngai province, while more than 10,000 homes in the two provinces were submerged, the government said. Three children aged between four and 13 were swept away in flood waters in Quang Nam province on Saturday, the Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper cited a provincial report as saying.

NBA Capsules
NBA Capsules
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  • 2016-12-04 07:06:57Z

OAKLAND, California (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 31 points in the third quarter and the Golden State Warriors ran their NBA-record streak of regular season games without consecutive losses to 106 by beating the Phoenix Suns 138-109 on Saturday night.

Italians vote in referendum; Renzi vows to quit if he loses
Italians vote in referendum; Renzi vows to quit if he loses
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  • 2016-12-04 07:06:04Z

MILAN (AP) - Italians are voting in a referendum on constitutional reforms that is being closely watched abroad to see if Italy is the next country to reject the political status quo.

Castro to be laid to rest next to Cuban independence hero Marti
Castro to be laid to rest next to Cuban independence hero Marti
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  • 2016-12-04 07:03:01Z

By Sarah Marsh SANTIAGO, Cuba (Reuters) - Fidel Castro will be laid to rest on Sunday alongside the mausoleum of Cuban independence hero Jose Marti, ensuring that the polarizing nature of Castro's life will continue in death. Castro and his leftist revolutionaries claimed Marti's mantle upon overthrowing a U.S.-backed regime in 1959 and later married Marti's ideals to their brand of Soviet communism, enraging other nationalists, anti-communists and Cuban exiles who also claim Marti as their own. Castro, who survived five decades of U.S. attempts to kill or overthrow him, died on Nov. 25 age 90, a decade after resigning from office due to an intestinal illness and ceding...

Philippines urges Bangladesh to share results of heist investigation
Philippines urges Bangladesh to share results of heist investigation
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 06:59:08Z

The Philippine government wants Bangladesh to share the findings of its investigation into how unknown hackers pulled off one of the world's largest cyber bank heists, to help speed up recovery of the stolen funds. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, who last week met with a Bangladesh delegation, said Manila "strongly recommended" Dhaka share the results of its investigation. Cyber criminals tried to steal nearly $1 billion from Bangladesh Bank in February and made off with $81 million via an account at the New York Federal Reserve.

NHL Capsules
NHL Capsules
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 06:58:59Z

PHOENIX (AP) - Columbus pummeled Mike Smith with a franchise-record 60 shots, Alexander Wennberg scored with 2:16 left in the third period and the Blue Jackets beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout Saturday night.

Austria far-right on cusp of power in election showdown
Austria far-right on cusp of power in election showdown
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 06:56:51Z

Austrians will return to the polls on Sunday in a bitterly fought marathon election, which could propel the European Union's first far-right president to power and boost the anti-establishment tide sweeping many countries. Norbert Hofer of the hardline Freedom Party (FPOe) hopes to emerge victorious after he narrowly lost to his Greens-backed rival in a first run-off in May, which was annulled over ballot count breaches. Boosted by Brexit and Donald Trump's shock US election win, smooth-tongued gun enthusiast Hofer has vowed to "get rid of the dusty establishment", seek closer ties with Russia and fight against "Brussels centralising power".

Iran demands that Obama allow US sanctions to expire

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is demanding that U.S. President Barack Obama not sign an extension of U.S. sanctions, saying the bill is a violation of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Europe holds its breath as Italy votes for change
Europe holds its breath as Italy votes for change
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 06:52:58Z

Italians went to the polls Sunday in a constitutional referendum on which reformist Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has staked his future. If the centre-left Renzi's proposals to streamline a 68-year-old parliamentary system are voted down, he has vowed to resign. The most apocalyptic scenarios involve a crisis of investor confidence causing the failure of a rescue scheme for Italy's most indebted banks, triggering a broader crisis across the eurozone.

Thomas takes charge as Celtics topple 76ers
Thomas takes charge as Celtics topple 76ers

Isaiah Thomas scored the go-ahead layup with 30 seconds left as the Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 107-106. Thomas finished with 37 points to match his season high and fell one point short of his career high as Boston won for the third time in four games and the sixth time in eight. "I just love the fourth quarter," Thomas said.

American Varner shoots 65 to clinch Australian PGA
American Varner shoots 65 to clinch Australian PGA

Big-hitting American Harold Varner III bagged nine birdies in a sizzling final round 65 to win the Australian PGA Championship by two strokes from overnight leader Andrew Dodt on the Gold Coast on Sunday. Varner, who missed out on the title after a playoff last year, rode some brilliant iron work in blustery conditions at Royal Pines to become the first non-Australian to win the title since New Zealander Greg Turner in 1999. The 26-year-old, who last year became the first African-American to earn his U.S. PGA Tour card through the feeder Web.com circuit, is also the first winner from the United States since Hale Irwin in 1978.

Warriors
Warriors' Green slams NBA for flagrant foul call

(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green slammed the NBA on Saturday for its officiating, two days after he was penalized for a flagrant foul that led to his team losing to the Houston Rockets. Green was given a flagrant foul late in the game against the Rockets when his flailing leg connected with the head of James Harden during a shot attempt.Houston earned two points and possession of the ball in their 132-127 double overtime win over the Warriors, who had their 12-game winning streak snapped.The play was the latest for Green who has been repeatedly penalized for his frequent high kicks."I just laugh at it," Green told the Mercury News.

Malaysian PM urges intervention to stop
Malaysian PM urges intervention to stop 'genocide' of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 06:45:28Z

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called for foreign intervention to stop the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar on Sunday, as he joined thousands of Rohingya protesters in Kuala Lumpur. Muslim-Majority Malaysia has been increasingly critical of Myanmar's handling of violence and allegations of state abuses in northern Rakhine state, which has driven hundreds of ethnic Rohingya to flee across the borders to Bangladesh. Najib called on the United Nations, the International Criminal Court and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to intervene.

Austrians vote for president in election watched Europe-wide
Austrians vote for president in election watched Europe-wide
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 06:32:06Z

VIENNA (AP) - In an election sure to reverberate across Europe, Austrian voters are choosing between a right-wing populist and a left-leaning former politician for their next president.

Epic comeback buoys Penn State
Epic comeback buoys Penn State's final 4 hopes
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 06:26:37Z

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - As Penn State's band played and Lucas Oil Stadium rocked, thousands of fans clad in their traditional white shirts chanted "We Are Penn State."

Top Asian News 6:16 a.m. GMT
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  • 2016-12-04 06:16:39Z

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak led a protest rally Sunday against what he called a "genocide" of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority, as he urged Asian neighbors and the world to step up the pressure to stop the violence. Najib said the rally at a stadium in suburban Kuala Lumpur will send a strong message to Aung San Suu Kyi's government that "enough is enough." "U.N. please do something. The world cannot sit by and watch genocide taking place," Najib said to loud cheers from thousands of Muslims, including Rohingya refugees. "The world cannot say it is not our problem.

Trump attends
Trump attends 'Villains and Heroes' costume party dressed as...himself

By Melissa Fares NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump attended a "Villains and Heroes" costume party at a major donor's Long Island home on Saturday night, but declined to don any garb that was in keeping with the theme. Trump entered the party hosted by the Mercer family, one of his biggest donors, at their home in the village of Head of the Harbor in St. James, N.Y., wearing a suit and a blue and white checked tie. Trump walked into the home and gave reporters, who were not allowed inside, the thumbs up and posed briefly for photos, but did not respond to questions except to mouth "me," pointing to himself when asked who he was dressed as.

Varner wins Australian PGA Championship; Scott finishes 3rd
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 06:07:27Z

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) - Harold Varner III held on to win the Australian PGA Championship by two shots on Sunday after a roller-coaster last round of 65 that included seven birdies and two bogeys in an entertaining nine-hole stretch at Royal Pines.

Voting starts in decisive Italian referendum
Voting starts in decisive Italian referendum
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 06:03:30Z

ROME (Reuters) - Italians started voting on Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reform, with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promising to resign if he loses the ballot. Polls opened at 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) and are set to close at 11 p.m. (2200 GMT). Some 51 million Italians are eligible to vote and full results are expected in the early hours of Monday. The reform reduces the role of the upper house Senate and claws back powers from regional authorities -- measures that the government says will bring political stability to Italy. ...

In Madrid, the homeless dine out... for free
In Madrid, the homeless dine out... for free
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 06:02:44Z

It is early evening at a restaurant in central Madrid and Jose Silva sits down for a meal of rice, meatballs and vegetables as waiters flit from one table to another. The project is the brainchild of the "Messengers of Peace" association, led by Angel Garcia, a 79-year-old rebel priest with a thick head of white hair and kindly smile known for his charity work and alternative church. Garcia has plans for three more such eateries in Madrid and other parts of Spain, where one in five people live close to the poverty line after a devastating economic crisis.

College football: Top 25 Capsules
College football: Top 25 Capsules
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 06:02:29Z

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Trace McSorley threw four touchdown passes and No. 8 Penn State stunned No. 6 Wisconsin 38-31 in US college football Saturday night, overcoming a 21-point first-half deficit in the greatest comeback in Big Ten title game history.

Pentagon says Raytheon making progress on satellite control station
  • Tech
  • 2016-12-04 06:00:35Z

Raytheon Co is making progress on a long-delayed program for new ground control stations for next-generation GPS satellites, although it is lagging a remedial schedule agreed with military officials, the Pentagon's chief arms buyer said. "It's actually making progress," Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told Reuters during the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in southern California. Kendall decided in October to continue work on Raytheon's Operational Control System (OCX) program after a mandatory live-or-die review triggered when the program breached critical cost thresholds earlier this year.

No. 8 Penn St. rallies to beat No. 6 Wisconsin 38-31
No. 8 Penn St. rallies to beat No. 6 Wisconsin 38-31
  • US
  • 2016-12-04 05:49:38Z

Trace McSorley threw four touchdown passes Saturday night and No. 8 Penn State stunned No. 6 Wisconsin 38-31, rallying from a 21-point first-half deficit to claim its first conference title in eight years with the greatest comeback in Big Ten title game history.

Crime Fighters: $20,000 reward offered in shooting death of William Fabian
Crime Fighters: $20,000 reward offered in shooting death of William Fabian
  • US
  • 2016-12-04 05:47:03Z

Could a pair of sneakers have led to the murder of a father?

Buzz Aldrin recovering after polar evacuation, can
Buzz Aldrin recovering after polar evacuation, can't go home
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 05:43:09Z

Retired US astronaut and the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, was recovering after his medical evacuation from Antarctica but is not yet able to return home, his manager Christina Korp said Sunday. "He still has some congestion in his lungs so has been advised not to take the long flight home to the States and to rest in New Zealand while it clears up," Korp said in a statement. Aldrin, 86, was evacuated to a hospital in Christchurch on Friday after experiencing health problems while on a trip to the South Pole.

Top 25 Capsules
Top 25 Capsules
  • World
  • 2016-12-04 05:41:28Z

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Trace McSorley threw four touchdown passes and No. 8 Penn State stunned No. 6 Wisconsin 38-31 in US college football Saturday night, overcoming a 21-point first-half deficit in the greatest comeback in Big Ten title game history.

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