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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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China joins Russia in condemning a newly-announced US policy to develop smaller atomic bombs.
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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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Since his last SNL cameo, Baldwin vocally supported Woody Allen and criticized actors denouncing the writer-director.
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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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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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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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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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While the government shutdown is affecting potentially hundreds of thousands of government workers and countless citizens who rely on government services, there’s one person who seems to be enjoying the current situation: Mick Mulvaney, director of The Office of Management and Budget. “I found out for the first time last night that the person who technically shuts down the government down is me, which is kind of cool,” Mulvaney said in a Friday radio interview with conservative commentator Sean Hannity. Media Matters for America was first to flag Mulvaney’s remarks.

The federal government s
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hut down at 12:01 am on Saturday morning as Republicans and Democrats remain stuck in a standoff after failing to reach a deal to fund the government. The Office of Management and Budget, which Mulvaney helms, is in charge of implementing and running the shutdown. Apparently the former House Freedom Caucus leader is enjoying his newly-discovered power.
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A dental clinic in Sydney has been found to have been using instruments that were not properly cleaned and sterilised.
Hundreds of patients who underwent invasive dental procedures at Dr Nicholas Southall’s Cronulla clinic in Sydney are now advised to take blood tests for hepatitis B and C and HIV.

The New South Wales Health and the Dental Council has contacted around 930 patients of Southall since 2003, advising them to see a doctor for testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. The missive came after NSW Health’s two-month probe concluded that the dental clinic did not properly cleane
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d, sterilised or stored instruments properly. These could lead to spreading of viruses among patients.
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Serena Williams will face defending French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Saturday, marking Williams' first match since giving birth to her daughter.
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Splurging a million dollars on a ski trip may seem implausible, but it can be done with ease -- if you've got the cash to splash of course.
Because while the Alps and extravagance have always gone hand in hand, a batch of chalets and restaurants catering to the billionaire set have taken previously understated Alpine decadence to a whole new level of bling.

Where there were once wooden fondue rooms and raucous nightclubs, there are now crystal-encrusted showers, Krug and truffle picnics in the snow, burnished gold swimming pools and multi-Michelin star meals -- next to which the actual ski
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ing often pales by comparison.
So if you want to winter vacation oligarch-style, here's where to go and what to do.
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Amid Blackstone Group Vice Chairman Byron Wien's 2018 prediction of a 10% pullback in the S&P 500, TheStreet's founder and Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer questions whether investors are ready for such a correction.
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The animal kingdom is a dangerous place, but it’s not always the obvious predators you should watch out for - sometimes you have to look over your shoulder at your own species.

It’s a dog-eat-dog out there, but for some animals this is more than just a metaphor. Animal cannibalism is rife in nature, with few species spared from a ghastly end, but some of the reasons why animals eat their own species are even more frightful than the act itself.
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Saudi Arabia’s legal environment is currently built for an economy that no longer exists, and a social world that most of the rest of planet has left behind. The dream of Neom should be for a bridge to the legal world that can sustain a better life for all Saudis, and a case study of how a reinvented legal infrastructure - propelled by new technology - can be the lynchpin for a more prosperous and just society.
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John Young, NASA’s longest-serving astronaut, who flew in space six times, walked on the moon and commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died aged 87.

NASA said Young passed away at his home in Houston, Texas on Friday night (Jan. 5) following complications from pneumonia.

In a career spanning three generations and as many NASA space programs, Young flew twice to the Moon, walked on its surface and flew the first Space Shuttle mission.
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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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Everyone should temporarily stay away from eating romaine lettuce until health officials can figure out the source of a number of E.coli infections that are thought to be caused by eating the lettuce, Consumer Reports warns.

Health officials in the United States and Canada are looking into the source of the infections which have made at least 58 people sick and caused one death.
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Apple announced some software patches to help defend against the issues and said it was working on more.