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Democrat defeats Moore in Alabama race

Democrat defeats Moore in Alabama race

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceDoug Jones has become the first Democrat in 25 years to win a US Senate seat for Alabama after a bitter campaign against Republican Roy Moore.His unexpected victory deals a blow to President Donald Trump, who backed Mr Moore, and narrows the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49.Mr Moore has so far refused to concede, saying "it's not over".He fought a controversial campaign, in which allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct with teenage girls.Mr Moore, a firebrand conservative who has said he believes that homosexual activity should be illegal, has repeatedly denied the claims against him.The contest was for the seat vacated by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year. A flawed candidate - or an anti-Trump wave?Anthony Zurcher, ...
Pistorius injured in prison fight over phone

Pistorius injured in prison fight over phone

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Oscar Pistorius has been injured after getting involved in a prison fight.The former Paralympic champion had an altercation with another inmate over a public telephone earlier this month.In a statement, South Africa's Department of Correctional Services said Pistorius sustained a bruise during the incident inside the special care unit of Atteridgeville Correctional Centre.Reports suggest fellow prisoners had grown angry with how long the 31-year-old was taking to use the phone, and the fight is now under investigation.Video:Pistorius sentence increased to 13 yearsPistorius is serving a 13-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.Last month, his original sentence was more than doubled by the Supreme Court of Appealafter a court ruled it was too len...
North Korean diplomat: Talks with U.S. are “possible”

North Korean diplomat: Talks with U.S. are “possible”

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SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A top North Korean diplomat has reportedly said a dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington "is possible," given the right conditions.Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the North's ambassador to the United Nations Ja Song Nam arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, where he told reporters that talks with the United States could be on the cards.When asked what kind of conditions would check the boxes, Ja said they would have to be "conditions the North requires."Experts say the reclusive regime is seeking Washington's acceptance of North Korea as a nuclear state which could be a precondition for talks."The North wishes to hold a one-on-one negotiation with Washington. President Trump is all about doing business so the regime appears to be aiming to maximize i...
Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

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Russia has begun withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday.President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal during an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday.Russian support has been crucial in turning the tide of Syria's civil war in favour of government forces, led by president Bashar al-Assad.Mr Putin made a similar withdrawal announcement last year, but Russian military operations continued.When asked how long it would take for Russia to withdraw its military contingent, Mr Shoigu said that this would "depend on the situation" in Syria. The Russian president was met by Mr al-Assad at the Russian Hmeimim airbase near Latakia.Mr Putin said: "I order the defence minister and the chief of the general staff to start withdrawing the Russian...
Jerusalem: Netanyahu expects EU to follow US recognition

Jerusalem: Netanyahu expects EU to follow US recognition

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says he expects European countries to follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as his country's capital.He is in Brussels for talks - the first time an Israeli prime minister has visited the city in more than 20 years.But the EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini says the bloc's stance on the matter is unchanged.Donald Trump's move has left the US isolated on a highly sensitive issue between Israel and the Palestinians.Arriving in Brussels, Mr Netanyahu again welcomed the announcement, saying Jerusalem had been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years and Mr Trump had put "facts squarely on the table"."I believe that all, or most, European countries will move their embassies to Jerusalem, recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and engage robustl...