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The president approved a coalition involving the Freedom Party for the first time since 2005.
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Theresa May welcomes "important step" and calls for "rapid progress" on transition discussions.
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LOS ANGELES: A California wildfire was close on Saturday to becoming the state’s third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire’s growth. The so-called Thomas Fire has destroyed more than 1,000 structures, including about 750 homes, in coastal communities in Southern California since erupting on December 4, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement.
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The newly elected Catalan parliament has met after a failed attempt at secession from Spain last year. The question remains whether sacked leader Carles Puigdemont will be allowed to present himself for re-election.
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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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DETROIT -- Spencer Dinwiddie's jumper with 0.9 seconds left lifted the Brooklyn Nets over Detroit 101-100 Sunday, the Pistons' fifth straight loss.
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Donald Trump has taken his battle with the media on to the global stage by using a speech in Davos declaring the US open for business to accuse his press and TV critics of being mean, vicious and purveyors of fake news.

Some members of the audience of business leaders, politicians, academics and media representatives at the World Economic Forum responded to the president’s renewed onslaught by hissing.
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Terrorism by foreign-born individuals is rarer than the administration is leading Americans to believe.

n January 16, President Donald Trump tweeted a summary of a government report showing that “nearly 3 in 4 individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges are foreign born.” The report, issued by the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, noted that between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2016, of the 549 people convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts, 402 were foreign born.

Yet using the “nearly 3 in 4” statistic to imply that the U.S.
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immigration system increases terrorist threats is a deeply misleading tactic. It exploits a psychological challenge that most of us face in reasoning about risk—with potentially disastrous consequences, especially as immigration policies are being debated and lives hang in the balance.

Criticism of the report so far has focused on the specific numbers cited. For example, the report does not include domestic terrorists, who are less likely to be foreign born.
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According to one valuation model that has a stellar long-term record, stocks are now more overvalued than they have been since 1969 — almost half a century ago.

The model to which I refer is based on a single number published each week in the famed Value Line Investment Survey, published by Value Line, Inc. The number represents the median of the projections made by Value Line’s analysts of where the 1,700 widely-followed stocks they closely monitor will be trading in three- to five years’ time. Followers refer to this number as the VLMAP, which stands for Value Line’s Median Appreciation P
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otential.
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China joins Russia in condemning a newly-announced US policy to develop smaller atomic bombs.
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Chinese ships are racing to clean up a giant oil spill after an Iranian tanker sank in the East China Sea.

Fuel from the Sanchi has spread over more than 100 sq km and could badly damage marine life.

It was carrying 136,000 tonnes of ultra-light crude oil from Iran which generates a toxic underwater slick that would be invisible from the surface.

Both the fuel and the ultra-light oil could cause devastating damage to marine life.
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Martin Luther King III, Bernice King, the son and daughter of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., react to Trump's 'shithole' remark while speaking at events on the national holiday honoring their father.
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Researchers are investigating whether social media addiction constitutes a mental disorder. Is this a moral panic or food for thought?

Describing yourself as ‘a social media addict’ doesn’t usually inspire concern from other people. In fact, it’s frequently included in bio descriptions on Twitter and Instagram. Decorate your LinkedIn profile with such a claim and you may even find yourself receiving interest from media and publishing companies searching for a savvy digital native. But imagine if, one day, it’s not an accolade or joke at all – but a psychiatrist’s diagnosis?

Social media
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addiction has been a much-flouted term lately; maybe it’s because it’s January and users are looking to be more active and spend less time online, or maybe that’s because social media can have a negative impact on our mental well-being. But a growing body of research is seriously considering whether problematic and excessive social media usage could be pathological and, in turn, designated as a mental health disorder.
 
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Macaulay Culkin recently refused to share details about his relationship with his goddaughter, Paris Jackson.

The “Home Alone” star was interviewed by Marc Maron in his WTF podcast (via E! News) and was asked about his close bond with Michael Jackson’s daughter. “I am close with Paris,” he said.

But before Maron could ask any more questions about the 19-year-old model, Culkin asked the host to not pry. “I’m going to warn you now I am very protective of her so just look out. I am a very open book when it comes to things but like with her, she is beloved by me,” he said.
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To tackle America's crumbling bridges, roads and airports, the US president prioritizes infrastructure spending. Critics say Trump's plan is just one-tenth of what is needed to address the problem.
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Want a toned ab, but it’s proving too difficult to achieve? You’re wondering how much you have to workout to get the desired result… here’s the answer you need.

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Italy's president set the country on a path back to fresh elections on Monday, appointing a former International Monetary Fund official as interim prime minister with the task of planning for snap polls and passing the next budget.
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In a new study, scientists found that the brains of highly creative people have more connections among three specific regions compared to the brains of less creative thinkers. Plus, the more-creative brains were better able to fire up these regions in coordinated way compared with other brains.
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The expansion of the Universe only significantly affects space and time on scales bigger even than entire clusters of galaxies.
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How does it feel to spend a night in a hotel in your own city? DW's Gero Schliess takes a look at Berlin through the eyes of a tourist.
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Since his last SNL cameo, Baldwin vocally supported Woody Allen and criticized actors denouncing the writer-director.
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Neymar is in, but does Cristiano Ronaldo make our Real Madrid vs PSG combined XI?
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The third time proved to be the charm. Amazon briefly topped 1,500 the previous two days before settling below the magic mark.
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The Portuguese continued his remarkable run of form with two goals, including a stunning second, as Los Blancos took a huge step to the semi-finals
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‘Aloha’ is a legal concept that grew out of the necessity for Hawaiians to live in peace and work together, in harmony with the land and their spiritual beliefs.
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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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Facial-recognition technology is no longer a gimmick seen in dystopian science fiction movies. This is how it works.
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US President Donald Trump's protectionist trade policies could destabilise the world economyIn recent years, Asian trading partners, such as China, have seen a massive increase in their trade surplus with the US, which has been grappling with widespread deindustrialisation and manufacturing layoffs.

US President Donald Trump has taken up the issue and has promised to "bring jobs back to the US". In the first year of his presidency, he effectively commenced a trade war by imposing hefty tariffs on imports of foreign-made solar panels and washing machines, where China and South Korea have be
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en world leaders.