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last updated: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 04:24:12 -0500

Madonna raises $7.5M for Malawi, slams Trump in Miami show

Madonna performs during Art Basel Miami Beach, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Kelli Kennedy)MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Madonna kissed Ariana Grande, repeatedly criticized President elect Donald Trump and said she was ashamed to be an American in a magnetic performance in Miami on Friday night where she raised more than $7.5 million for the African nation of Malawi.


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15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World

Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!


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last updated: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:01:00 GMT

Canal jumper released on bail
AN 18-year-old man who jumped into a canal at Surfers Paradise to avoid being arrested by police on Wednesday night has been granted bail.

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last updated: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:22:43 -0500

Why Trump's election lifts Russia's hopes

President-elect Donald Trump on Dec. 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Ty Wright/AFP)"It turns out that United Russia won the elections in America," one official declares in a radio interview.


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Duterte: Trump wished me 'success' in drug war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. (Aaron Favila/AP)Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he discussed his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs with Donald Trump.


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Arrest in fatal stabbing of USC professor

University of Southern California professor Bosco Tjan. (KABC — Los Angeles)A University of Southern California student stabbed professor Bosco Tjan over a personal dispute, police say.


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'Trump-like fearmongering': S.F. police commissioner pans union ad

San Francisco police union ad (Yahoo News)A new advertisement from San Francisco's police union urges viewers to contact the city's police commissioner to oppose a proposed city policy.


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Howard Dean drops out of DNC leadership race

Howard Dean drops out of race for DNC chair. (AP)The former Vermont governor says the party needs to "turn itself over to the next generation" and takes himself out of the running.


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Jury deadlocked in Walter Scott case

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager gestures as he testifies in his murder trial at the Charleston County court in CharlestonJurors in the trial of former police officer Michael Slager adjourn for the weekend after struggling to reach a unanimous verdict.


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China reacts to Trump's unprecedented Taiwan call

Trump speaks directly with Taiwan's leader, irking ChinaThis is the first time a U.S. president has spoken directly with Taiwan’s leadership in more than 30 years.


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Chairman: GOP will change Medicare to save it

Chairman: GOP will change Medicare to save it. (AP)Kevin Brady, head of the Ways and Means Committee, says Republicans will move cautiously, starting with "small" steps.


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Trump likely infuriated Beijing with first U.S. call to Taiwan since 1979

Donald Trump (Reuters)This is the first time a U.S. president has spoken directly with Taiwan’s leadership in more than 30 years.


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Facebook admits rules for fake news needed

Mark Zuckerberg (Yahoo Finance)"We resisted having standards about whether something’s newsworthy ... And that was wrong!" said a company VP.


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Environmentalists not discouraged by Trump

Trump hasn’t crushed environmentalists' hopesNonprofits are looking to multinational firms that advance sustainability agendas rooted in bottom-line concerns.


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Roof's former lawyers want back on case

Shooting suspect Dylann Roof (AP)Attorneys dismissed by the Charleston church shooting suspect are worried he may not present evidence that could spare his life.


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Gatlinburg residents survey wildfire toll

Gatlinburg residents survey wildfire toll. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)The death count is at 13, and the number of buildings damaged is now approaching 1,000.


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Iran: Senate vote violates nuclear deal

Iran's nuclear energy chief, Ali Akbar Salehi. (AP)Senior Iranian officials describe the vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act for 10 years as a "clear violation" if implemented.


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Philippines' Duterte invited to meet Trump

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while delivering a speech. (Reuters)The invitation came amid uncertainty about the relationship with one of the U.S.'s most important Asian allies.


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Jury deadlocked in Walter Scott case

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, left, is escorted from the courthouse. (AP)A judge tells jurors they must try again to reach a verdict in the trial of former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager.


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Mall of America's Santa Claus makes history

Santa Larry Jefferson smiles with Jack Kivel, 3, at the Santa Experience at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune/Zuma Press)The Minnesota mall, the largest in the nation, welcomed its first black Santa this holiday season.


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Syrian rebels defend key Aleppo district

A Syrian child, who fled with his family from rebel-held areas of Aleppo, pictured at a shelter in Jibrin. (Youssef Karwashan/AFP Photo))Opposition forces control at least 70 percent of the neighborhood, but rebels put up ferocious resistance.


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Would-be school shooter disarmed by parents

A police officer outside following a lockdown at Mueller Park Junior High. (Rick Bowmer/AP)Parents noticed their son acting strangely before school and realized he had taken the family's guns.


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Efforts underway to stop state recounts

File photo of Michigan Attorney General William "Bill" Schuette speaks as federal officials announce the indictment of the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in BostonSupporters of Trump have filed lawsuits in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania to halt the Green Party's recount request.


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Efforts underway to stop 2 state recounts

Efforts underway to stop recounts in two states. (AP)Supporters of Trump have filed a lawsuit trying to stop Wisconsin's recount, spearheaded by Jill Stein.


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last updated: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:35:04 -0500

Why Trump's election lifts Russia's hopes

President-elect Donald Trump on Dec. 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Ty Wright/AFP)"It turns out that United Russia won the elections in America," one official declares in a radio interview.


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last updated: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:52:21 -0500

Why Trump's election lifts Russia's hopes

President-elect Donald Trump on Dec. 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Ty Wright/AFP)"It turns out that United Russia won the elections in America," one official declares in a radio interview.


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last updated: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:41:00 GMT

Response from Eddie, AFL not nearly enough
THERE'S so much wrong about the Eddie McGuire-James-Brayshaw-Danny Frawley pack mentality attack of Caroline Wilson. As was the AFL's insipid response on Monday.

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Secret tape not the only talking point
THE reasons behind a decision to release a secret expletive-laden recording of former Chief Justice Tim Carmody are almost as juicy as the tape is expected to be.

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last updated: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:16:15 +0000

Who Is The Man In The Hospital Bed?
Two countries, thousands of families, and a 16-year quest to identify a silent man in a bed.

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Exclusive: U.S. standards council to investigate New Oriental after Reuters report
MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. standards-setting body said it would investigate New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc in the wake of a Reuters report that detailed allegations of academic fraud at the company.

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last updated: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:01:03 -0500
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Donald Trump Angers China With Historic Phone Call to Taiwan’s President
Trump went where no U.S. commander-in-chief had gone since diplomatic relations were restored with China in 1979

Donald Trump was elected U.S. President partly because he’s a political outsider. His stump pledge to shake up the American political machine and “drain the swamp” struck a cord with disillusioned voters. Foreign relations, however, are squelchy for a reason.

Twice in the last week Trump has had phone conversations that have prompted consternation with nuclear powers. On Wednesday, he called Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif a “terrific guy” in comments sure to irk India. On Friday, it was China’s turn.

Trump went where no U.S. commander-in-chief had gone since diplomatic relations were restored with China in 1979 — by speaking directly to the President of Taiwan, the island-state of 23 million that is essentially an independent country but which Beijing still claims as a renegade province to be reclaimed by force if necessary.

First reported by Taiwanese media, the conversation between Trump and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was later confirmed by the President-elect in a tweet. “The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!”

Beijing’s immediate response was brief and muted. “China firmly opposes any official interaction or military contact between [the] U.S. and Taiwan,” said China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement reported by Chinese state media. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday that the call was “just a small trick by Taiwan,” according to Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV.

That’s because both the governments of Beijing and Taipei still officially claim dominion over their combined territory, a remnant of China’s civil war and the Nationalists’ flight across the strait in 1949 as Mao Zedong’s Communist Party seized power on the mainland.

Ties had warmed in recent years due to the “One China” policy — essentially that both sides agree they belong to the same nation but disagree on who is the legitimate power. However, Tsai comes from a political party that does not recognize “One China,” and has historically favored formal independence, even if Tsai has pragmatically stopped short of vocalizing this since her presidential campaign.

In Taipei, political analysts were taken by surprise by the phone call. “Nobody saw this coming,” said Professor Francis Hu, head of politics at Taichung university. “This will make cross-strait relations even more unpredictable in the next few months,” he said. “We already have a lot of problems for the time being and this action will complicate the scenario.”

Trump’s motivations for the call are unclear. Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama advocated a “rebalancing” to Asia in what analysts saw as an attempt to contain China’s rise. Trump, however, campaigned on a drawdown of international military commitments as well as protectionist trade policies such as import levies. Taiwan media have reported that the Trump Organization is involved in developing hotels in the northwestern city of Taoyuan.

According to a statement from Taiwan’s presidential office, “President Tsai and President Trump exchanged views and ideas on the future governance, in particular, promoting domestic economic development and strengthening national defense so as to enable people to enjoy a better life and safety.”

Trump’s call indicates that the President-elect is willing to shake up the status quo while also that he values America’s existing friendships. A Trump spokesman was quoted saying the President-elect was “well aware of what U.S. policy has been” on the Taiwan issue. And Trump seemed to indicate as such with a later tweet, which said: “Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.”

That is true. Yet international relations are full of quirks, and angering the leaders of 2.6 billion people — over a third of the world’s population — in three days renders more dangerous an already tense world.

With reporting by Nicola Smith/Taipei

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