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Barack Obama delivers ‘peppery and partisan’ final state of the union address

  U.S. President Barack Obama’s campaign-like state of the union address seemed almost geared toward making a case for a third term in office, as he listed off his past accomplishments, priorities for the future, all the while taking repeated and not-so-subtle swipes at his Republican detractors. “Maybe this was the opening speech of the Obama legacy campaign. It was … more …

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World Anglican leaders suspend U.S. body, put Canadians on notice over same-sex marriage

  Less than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages, a firm push-back within Anglican Church’s international leadership has formally put North America in its bad books for breaking with marriage tradition. Church officials insist the decision to temporarily suspend the U.S. Episcopal Church, and effectively put …

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Fewer than 100 Guantanamo prisoners left as 10 leave to Oman

MIAMI — Ten prisoners from Yemen who were held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been released and sent to the Middle Eastern nation of Oman for resettlement, officials said Thursday, portraying it as a significant milestone in the long-stalled effort to shutter the detention centre. The release, among the largest …

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Fugitive drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman recaptured: Mexican president

  MEXICO CITY — The world’s most-wanted drug lord was captured for a third time Friday, as Mexican marines staged heavily-armed raids that caught drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman six months after he escaped from a maximum security prison. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced the capture Friday, writing …

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Chile eyes construction of permanent Antarctica pier

Santiago (AFP) – Chile is carrying out a feasibility study for the construction of a permanent pier at one of its bases in Antarctica, an official was quoted as saying Friday. The move, being explored by the Ministry of Public Works, would facilitate access to the far-flung area for both …

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Libya militia chases away US troops

  US forces flown to Libya to support government troops had to leave after landing because of demands from a local militia group, US officials say. It follows reports that 20 US special forces troops, equipped with advanced weaponry, landed on Monday at an airbase in western Libya. The troops …

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Global refugees and displaced to hit record, UN says

  The number of forcibly displaced people worldwide will “far surpass” a record 60 million this year, the UN says. The report by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said “one in every 122 humans is today someone who has been forced to flee their homes”. The figure includes 20.2 …

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Donald Trump ‘honoured’ by Vladimir Putin’s compliments

  US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said it is a “great honour” to receive a compliment from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The property tycoon hailed Mr Putin as a man “highly respected within his own country and beyond”. It comes after Mr Putin said Mr Trump was a “very …

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Bodies of couple behind San Bernardino shootings released by authorities

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The bodies of a husband and wife behind the California shootings that killed 14 people have been released by authorities and buried. Attorneys for family members told NBC News Wednesday that the Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were buried on Tuesday afternoon in Southern California. The …

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300 million child-friendly antimalarial treatments supplied without profit by Novartis

BASEL, Switzerland, December 9, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — Coartem® Dispersible*, the first WHO prequalified(1) pediatric antimalarial treatment, has become the standard of care in over 30 malaria-endemic countries Since 2009, Novartis has supplied 300 million Coartem® Dispersible treatments without profit, mostly to the public sector, to treat children suffering from …

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Islamic State conflict: US to deploy special force to Iraq

The US is to deploy a specialised force to Iraq to build pressure on Islamic State militants, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has said. “In full co-ordination with the government of Iraq, we’re deploying a specialised expeditionary targeting force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces,” Mr Carter said. The …

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