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Could George Weah be Liberia’s next president?

George Weah emerged from Liberia’s slums to become a superstar footballer in the 1990s, and has leveraged his status as a revered figure among the country’s young and poor in his second run for the presidency. Weah will face Vice President Joseph Boakai on December 26 in a presidential run-off, the culmination of 12 years spent building political credibility to ...

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Venezuela frees first of 80 opponents in rare good will move

Venezuelan authorities late Saturday began releasing some of those detained during demonstrations against president Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government, a rare goodwill gesture to the opposition at the end of a politically torrid year. Delcy Rodriguez, the president of the assembly and head of its Truth Commission investigating the protests, said that Christmas was “a moment of reconciliation” as she announced ...

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Rescuers search for Philippine storm victims as toll rises to 200

Rescuers in the Philippines searched on Sunday for survivors of a storm that triggered floods and landslides and killed about 200 people, left scores missing and thousands homeless, most of whom apparently ignored warnings to move to safety. Misery in the largely Christian Philippines was compounded by the death of at least 37 people in a shopping mall fire, officials ...

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North Korea says new UN sanctions an act of war

By Ben Blanchard and Hyonhee Shin BEIJING/SEOUL, Dec 24 (Reuters) – The latest U.N. sanctions against North Korea are an act of war and tantamount to a complete economic blockade against it, North Korea’s foreign ministry said on Sunday, threatening to punish those who supported the measure. The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday ...

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Judge partially lifts Trump administration ban on refugees

SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle on Saturday partially lifted a Trump administration ban on certain refugees after two groups argued that the policy prevented people from some mostly Muslim countries from reuniting with family living legally in the United States. U.S. District Judge James Robart heard arguments Thursday in lawsuits from the American Civil Liberties Union and Jewish ...

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London Zoo fire: 1 aardvark dead, 4 meerkats presumed dead

LONDON (AP) — Firefighters and zookeepers rushed to help as a blaze broke out at the London Zoo on Saturday morning, but they were unable to save an aardvark named Misha and four meerkats. Officials said Misha died in the fire and the four missing meerkats were presumed to have perished as well. Staff members were treated for smoke…

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