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ISIS-inspired immigrant ‘drawn by Christmas posters’ in New York attack

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WASHINGTON -- The Bangladeshi immigrant who set off a bomb in New York’s subway Monday, Dec. 11, told investigators that he was avenging attacks on the Islamic State (ISIS) group and chose the location by its Christmas posters, US media reported.

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Rosenstein defends Mueller team

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WASHINGTON -- Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation into whether President Trump’s team assisted Russian meddling in last year’s campaign, pushed back strongly Wednesday, dec. 13, against Republican accusations that the inquiry is infected with partisan bias and steadfastly defended special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

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#MeToo spotlight increasingly pointed at past Trump conduct

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump sailed past a raft of allegations of sexual misconduct in last year’s presidential election.

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Pope renews call for ‘wisdom and prudence’ over Jerusalem

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Pope Francis has renewed a call for “wisdom and prudence” over United States President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which has since sparked protests and clashes.

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NoKor tells UN envoy it wants to prevent war but offers no commitment

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A senior United Nations (UN) official returning from Pyongyang said on Tuesday, Dec. 12, that North Korean officials had told  him it was important to prevent war but offered no concrete proposal for talks.

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Shrine for ‘Lupang Hinirang’ unveiled in Pangasinan

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BAUTISTA, Pangasinan -- A historical shrine honoring the town where the lyrics of the national anthem “Lupang Hinirang” was written, was unveiled with a historical marker on Monday, Dec. 11, by Mayor Amadeo Espino and Ludovico Badoy, executive director of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

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Putin: US hurts itself with ‘invented’ Trump collusion case

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, Dec. 14, scoffed at allegations of collusion between U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, saying they have been “invented” by Trump’s foes and have hurt the U.S. political system.

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Fil-Am Daly City councilor in hot water over photo with Bato

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DALY CITY -- The erstwhile mayor of this Bay Area City with a large Filipino population denied endorsing alleged human rights violations in the Philippines after a photo posted in many social media outlets showed him appearing to give a plaque of appreciation to with the visiting Philippine National Police (PNP) chief as the San Francisco Philippine Consul-General stood by.

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US urges talks with North Korea ‘without preconditions’

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The United States is ready to talk to North Korea “without preconditions” but remains determined to force it to abandon its nuclear arsenal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday, Dec. 12.

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee suddenly dies

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Mayor Ed Lee, who oversaw a technology-driven economic boom in San Francisco that brought with it sky-high housing prices despite his lifelong commitment to economic equality, died suddenly early Tuesday, Dec. 12, at age 65.

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