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China joins Russia in condemning a newly-announced US policy to develop smaller atomic bombs.
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The moon put on a rare cosmic show Wednesday: a red blue moon, super big and super bright.
It's the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon because of its red hue.

Hawaii and Alaska had the best seats, along with the Canadian Yukon, Australia and Asia. The western U.S. also had good viewing, along with Russia.

At the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, hundreds gathered on the lawn in the wee hours under clear skies. Traffic was backed up more than a mile around the observatory. Sky-gazers also lined the b
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each near the Santa Monica Pier, some snapping photos and others reclining in the sand, their faces turned upward.
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A train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia hits a truck. NBC's Kate Snow, Tom Costello and Garrett Haake report.
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The government denounces "abominable" tests of diesel fumes on humans and monkeys.
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Since the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, and her pant suits, have symbolized feminism in politics for millions of women. But her credentials haven’t always been rock solid, and they'll receive a further blow from a damning new report that she sheltered an advisor from sexual harassment claims. The New York Times reported today that, during...
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Authorities in Paris are bracing themselves for major flooding risks over fears the River Seine could swell to nearly 20 feet overnight.
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A U.S.-led coalition airstrike in support of an Iraqi military raid mistakenly killed several members of the country’s security forces, Iraqi officials said, in an incident seized upon by Iraqi factions.
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The exiled Catalonian independence leader cannot be president while abroad, a Spanish court rules.
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Back in 1980, Donald Trump strode alone down the hallway of the federal Organized Crime Strike Force office in Brooklyn.

He was there to be interviewed by the famously tough U.S. Attorney Michael Guadagno concerning possible dealings with labor racketeer John Cody.

The sight of anyone of means coming in for questioning without legal representation was rare enough to prompt an exclamation from another strike force prosecutor.

Now, 38 years after that solitary stroll into the Brooklyn Strike Force office, Trump again faces questioning by the feds. This time it will be by special counsel
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Robert Mueller and his investigators.

Trump presently has a host of lawyers, but he very likely still harbors an impulse to go solo as he did in 1980.
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President Donald Trump will give an address and meet U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and Rwandan President Paul Kagame while in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum later this week, the White House said.
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The volatile Ring of Fire seismic fault system contributed to a deluge of calamities Tuesday, encompassing the large earthquake off the coast of Alaska that triggered tsunami alerts across the U.S. West Coast and volcanic eruptions thousands of miles away in Japan and the Philippines.
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Turkey has acknowledged its first combat death in a military offensive against the Kurdish-dominated enclave of Afrin in neighbouring Syria that was launched over the weekend.

The military said in a statement the soldier had been killed in clashes with Kurdish militiamen just south of the Turkish border .

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor with wide contacts inside Syria, said 24 civilians had died after three days of intense shelling and airstrikes, as well as 25 Syrian rebels fighting alongside Turkey and 26 Kurdish fighters.
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DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's Air Defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthis from Yemen’s Saada toward the city of Najran on Saturday, according to the spokesman for the coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki.  Al-Maliki said that the hostile action taken by the Houthi forces proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting Houthi armed groups in clear defiance of UN Resolution 2216 and Resolution 2231. 
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The German Social Democratic Party (SPD) is to decide at a congress whether to enter coalition talks with Angela Merkel's conservatives. In a speech, leader Martin Schulz called for party unity, whatever the outcome.
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Security forces battled a group of three or four gunmen who stormed the popular western-style Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul Saturday, Reuters reported.
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At least one German was killed in Saturday's Taliban attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, according to the German foreign ministry. The militants gunned down over twenty people, mostly foreigners, in a siege lasting hours.
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Officials tell NBC News that Jerry Chun Shing Lee may have gotten 20 U.S. spies in China killed, and that the Chinese may have tipped off the Russians.
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An ongoing search for victims of deadly mudslides in Southern California earlier this month has led to the recovery of a 28-year-old mother’s body, bringing the number of confirmed deaths to 21.
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Many federal services will not open on Monday as politicians struggle to agree on a new budget.
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California prosecutors detail allegations of horrific abuse by parents of 13 siblings held in shackles.
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U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled sympathy toward a Louisiana death row inmate convicted of a 2008 triple murder who is seeking a new trial because his lawyer told jurors over the defendant's objections that the man had carried out the shootings.
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Riverside County officials shared disturbing details of the 13 Turpin siblings, who were held captive and starving in their Perrin home.

If they misbehaved, the 13 siblings living in a Southern California home would be tied to their beds as punishment — first with ropes, until a child whose limbs were strung together was able to wriggle free. Then, the parents began using chains and padlocks, officials said.
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Half of the 14,000 people who crossed into Canada without authorization in the first nine months of 2017 were from Haiti. The end of protected status in the U.S. for Haitians is driving a new surge.
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Rail and air traffic in Germany have slowly resumed after a winter storm with hurricane-force winds slammed into western Europe. Several people were killed by falling trees and dangerous road conditions due to the storm.
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An investigation is underway in California after 13 siblings -- ages 2 to 29 -- were allegedly held captive in a home, some "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks," the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Parents David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested in the alleged torture and child endangerment case in Perris, California, about 27 miles south of San Bernardino.

The investigation began early-Sunday morning when a 17-year-old girl apparently escaped from the home and called 911, saying her 12 brothers and sisters were still b
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eing held captive there, the sheriff's office said.

Responding officers said the teen "appeared to be only 10 years old and slightly emaciated."
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Prominent Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic has been shot and killed in the ex-Serbian province of Kosovo, as delegations from Belgrade and Pristina were set to meet in Brussels. The police are looking for the attackers.
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At least 10 construction workers died and several were injured after a partially-constructed bridge in central Colombia collapsed on Monday.

The laborers were working on the bridge's drainage system when the incident occurred. The victims fell 280 meters (920 feet) into a ravine in Chirajara about 95 kilometers (60 miles) from the Colombian capital of Bogota.

Nine of the workers were killed immediately and a tenth worker died of his injuries in a nearby hospital. Several laborers were injured and eleven are reportedly missing.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has sharply criticized the US for trying to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal. Washington is still using ultimatums and failing to recognize the emerging "multipolar world," he said.
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The five-word proclamation appeared as a projection above the entryway at Washington, D.C.'s Trump International Hotel on Saturday night. The projection also included an arrow pointing directly at the hotel's entrance and a crowd of poop emoji.
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The Palestinian president calls Donald Trump's Middle East peace efforts the "slap of the century".

At a meeting of Palestinian leaders, he stressed he would not accept any peace plan from the US after it recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

He also accused Israel itself of putting an end to the Oslo Accords, which began the peace process in 1995.