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Liberia presidential runoff set for Dec 26

The runoff in Liberia’s presidential elections will be held on December 26, the country’s electoral overseer announced on Tuesday, clearing a last hurdle in a protracted saga. It means the final round of voting between the two leading candidates — ex-footballer George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai — can …

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Russia shuts its embassy in Yemen, evacuates diplomats

Russia says it has temporarily shut its embassy in Yemen and evacuated all of its diplomats. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in Tuesday’s statement that the ambassador and other diplomats will fulfill their duties from the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Zakharova said the decision to close the embassy, in …

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US absence at Paris summit a ‘disgrace’: Kerry

Former US secretary of state John Kerry blasted the absence of the American government at a major climate change summit in Paris Tuesday as a “disgrace”. About 60 world leaders and hundreds of ministers, company bosses, and environmentalists gathered for the One Planet Summit called by French President Emmanuel Macron …

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is dead

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, city officials have reported. He was 65. His cause of death was not immediately released. “It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, December …

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Trump signs 2-week spending bill to avoid shutdown

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and keep the federal government running through Dec. 22. The president signed the two-week spending measure in private at the White House after the House and Senate acted to prevent a government shutdown this weekend. The …

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