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Ohio police probe shooting of boy with replica gun

CLEVELAND (AP) — A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by police in Cleveland after brandishing what turned out to be a BB gun, triggering an investigation into his death and a legislator’s call for such weapons to be brightly colored or bear special markings.
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Fire damages 750-year-old oak tree in Poland

In this photo taken on Tuesday Nov. 18, 2014 provided by the office of the chief forestry in Szprotawa (Nadlesnictwo Szprotawa), firefighters battle the blaze on a 750-year-old oak tree near Szprotawa, Poland. A suspected arson fire damaged the tree believed to be the country's oldest. The deputy chief forest ranger in Szprotawa, Jerzy Wilanowski, said Monday Nov. 24, 2014 that firefighters battled the blaze for more than 30 hours last week using water and foam. (AP Photo/Nadlesnictwo Szprotawa)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A suspected arson fire in southwestern Poland has damaged a 750-year-old oak tree believed to be the country's oldest.



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Congo: Amnesty says Belgian firm evicted hundreds

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A Belgian company destroyed hundreds of homes near a mine in southeastern Congo and lied about it for years with the help of a government cover-up, Amnesty International said in a report released Monday.
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Hagel resigns as defense secretary

U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel participates in the Washington Ideas Forum, in WashingtonBy Phil Stewart and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, the first major change to President Barack Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago. Hagel was appointed less than two years ago as Obama pushed his signature program of winding up wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a process that is being upended this year with U.S. re-engagement in Iraq and greater military cooperation with Kabul. "The Secretary was brought in to manage a period of transition for the Pentagon," a U.S. …



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US stocks inch further into record territory

Specialist Ronnie Howard, right, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. U.S. stocks rose in early trading in line with gains from Asian markets and thanks to improvement in German business confidence. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market moved slightly higher in late-morning trading Monday, keeping major indexes at record levels. Renewed confidence that stimulus measures from global central banks will help spur economic growth is supporting demand for stocks.



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Buffalo area preps for melt, possible evacuations

A dump truck unloads snow at the Central Terminal that was removed from south Buffalo after heavy lake-effect snowstorms, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — People in storm-socked areas around Buffalo began returning to work on Monday as fast-melting mounds of snow fed into creeks that were starting to swell.



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Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz on Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK (AP) — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball’s 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.
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Floods kill at least 32 in southern Morocco

This image taken with a mobile phone shows residents of Guelmim, south western Morocco, standing on top of vehicles while stranded by rising waters, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Morocco’s government reports that heavy flooding in the south has killed at least 17 people with another 18 missing after heavy rains over the weekend. In the southern city of Guelmim alone, 13 people were killed by a flash flood that roared through a dry river bed, reported the Interior Ministry in a statement carried by the national news agency late Sunday. (AP Photo)RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco's south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday.



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Ukraine’s Naftogaz plans to buy 1 bcm of Russian gas by end of year

By Michael Kahn BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – Ukraine will buy 1 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas from Russia by the end of the year and up to that same amount monthly through the winter, Naftogaz Chief Executive Andriy Kobolyev said on Monday. Kobolyev also said Ukraine would have no problems meeting pre-payment obligations to purchase Russian supplies if needed during the winter, with weather and fighting in the eastern part of the country wild cards for demand. …
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Israel leader vows to pass nationality law

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens during in his Cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. At the start of the meeting, Netanyahu called for a bill that would revoke residency rights for Palestinians involved in attacks against Israelis. (AP Photo/Jim Hollander, Pool)JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister vowed Monday to pass a contentious nationality law that has threatened the stability of his fragile coalition government, but he left the door open for negotiations to soften it.



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Tanzania: Maasai group looks likely to keep land

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Maasai community near Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park may be able to keep its traditional homeland after the country’s president said on Twitter that the government would not take their land.
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Iraqi troops retake 2 towns in eastern province

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militiamen and Kurdish security forces have recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State militants after fierce clashes, officials said Monday.
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Rio Olympic mascot is a yellow cat-like figure

The mascots of the Rio 2016 Olympics, left, and Paralympic Games make their first official appearance at a public school in the Santa Teresa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. The smiley-faced mascot represents the animal life of Brazil while the mascot for the Paralympics is a mopped-headed doll with leafy hair, meant to represent the vast diversity of the flora in Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A bright yellow cat-like figure, which also combines elements of monkeys and birds, is the mascot of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.



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Iran nuclear talks extended seven months after failing to meet deadline

Officials sit around the negotiations table during their meeting in ViennaBy Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year on Monday to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from clinching an historic deal. Western officials said they were aiming to secure an agreement on the substance of a final accord by March but that more time would be needed to reach a consensus on the all-important technical details. …



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Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers

Chris Valasek, poses for a picture at the during the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. Valasek, who helped catapult car hacking into the public eye when he and a partner revealed last year they had been able to control a 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Ford Escape by plugging into a port used by mechanics. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance.



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UK faces biggest terrorism threat in its history: minister

Britain's Home Secretary May delivers a speech in central LondonLONDON (Reuters) – Britain is facing the biggest terrorism threat in its history and has foiled around 40 major plots since suicide bombers attacked London in 2005, Home Secretary Theresa May said on Monday. The government would on Wednesday set out new laws to take on the militants, May added, including legislation making it easier for security services to track attackers online, and check if radicalized fighters were flying into Britain. …



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Auction house: ‘Bunny’ Mellon’s objects fetch $218M

In this image provided by Sotheby’s shows a Fancy Vivid Blue pear-shaped diamond from the estate of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon which sold Thursday Nov. 20, 2014 for $32.6 million. It's an auction record for any blue diamond. It was sold to an anonymous Hong Kong collector. (AP Photo/Sotheby)NEW YORK (AP) — Sotheby's auction house says its multi-day sales of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon's furnishings, art, jewelry and other objects totaled $218 million.



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Japan’s young fret as unexpected recession hits

In this Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 photo, Mai Yamaguchi, a 29-year-old trading company employee heading into the gaudy Shibuya shopping area for an outing with her 4-month-old son and two other young moms and babies, poses for a portrait at a scramble crossing in Shibuya in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s choice last week to postpone a sales tax hike to help fend off recession comes less as a relief than as cause for greater concern over how the country will cope with its ballooning national debt. Yamaguchi was unimpressed by Abe’s decision. “I’m grateful to Mr. Abe for his policies to improve childcare, but putting off the tax increase, well, they say the pension system is on the verge of bankruptcy. I think it would have been better to go ahead and raise the tax as planned,” said Yamaguchi. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan's surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country's economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions now could make the future even worse.



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Iran cuts uranium gas stockpile under interim nuclear deal: IAEA

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has reduced its stockpile of low-enriched uranium gas and taken other action to comply with the terms of last year’s interim nuclear agreement with world powers, a U.N. nuclear agency report showed on Monday. The International Atomic Energy Agency issued a monthly update on the preliminary accord’s implementation on the same day as Iran and the six global powers agreed to extend it until end-June after they failed to meet Monday’s deadline for a final settlement of a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s atomic ambitions. …
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Tunisia presidential vote heads into close run-off

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki gestures at a polling station during Tunisia's presidential election in SousseBy Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) – An official under former hardline ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali appears set for a close run-off in presidential polls with a rival who says he represents the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprising that toppled him. Preliminary results in the country's first presidential ballot since the uprising are expected later on Monday. But the parties of two frontrunners said initial tallies showed they would face off in next month's second round. …



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Afghan bombings kill 2 NATO troops, 6 civilians

Afghan children are treated at Paktika hospital after suicide attack in the Yahyakhail district of Paktika province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. A suicide bomber attacked a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing dozens of people, officials said. Dozens more were wounded when the bomber, who was on foot and mingling with the crowd, detonated his explosives, said Mokhlis Afghan, the spokesman for the governor of Paktika province. (AP Photo)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Bombings across Afghanistan killed two NATO troops and six civilians Monday, authorities said, as the death toll in the country's deadliest insurgent attack this year rose to at least 50.



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Death toll in southern Morocco floods rises to 32

RABAT (Reuters) – Floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 32 people, swept away buildings, vehicles and roads and forced the evacuation of more than 200 people in southern Morocco, authorities said on Monday. Flooding, which is quite common in the mostly arid desert region at this time of year, has in the past triggered violent protests by local people angered by what they see as a tardy or ineffective official response. State television channel 2M showed local residents expressing anger after their homes were submerged near the town of Errachidia. …
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United Technologies CEO retires, succeeded by CFO

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2010 file photo, United Technologies Chairman & CEO Louis Chenevert listens as President Barack Obama holds a roundtable discussion with CEO's and business leaders in Mumbai, India. Aerospace and building systems giant United Technologies announced Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, the abrupt retirement of Chenevert, and named Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes to succeed him. Chenevert, 56, is also stepping down as chairman. He had been appointed to both jobs in 2008.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Aerospace and building systems giant United Technologies announced Monday the abrupt retirement of CEO Louis Chenevert, and named Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes to succeed him.



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Stocks rise, boosted by Asia, German news

U.S. stocks rose in early trading in line with gains from Asian markets and thanks to improvement in German business confidence.
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Pope to take on hot EU topics in Strasbourg visit

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Pope Francis is set to deliver his first major speech on Europe, focusing on complex continental issues such as joblessness and immigration.
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Swiss museum accepts priceless Gurlitt art trove

FILE - This May 7, 2014 file picture shows an exterior view of the Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland. The Swiss museum says Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, that it will accept trove of priceless art bequeathed to it by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt. (AP Photo/Keystone, Gian Ehrenzeller, File)BERLIN (AP) — A Swiss museum agreed Monday to accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art from the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, saying it will work closely with Germany to make sure that any pieces looted by the Nazis are returned to their Jewish owners.



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War-weary Darfuris see grim future with or without UN peacekeepers

Boy looks on as a military convoy of government forces accompanying Special Prosecutor for Crimes in Darfur Mohamed and his team arrives in Tabit village in North DarfurBy Khalid Abdelaziz TABIT, Sudan (Reuters) – Caught in a forgotten war between rebels and government forces and beset by bandits who roam the lawless roads, villagers in Darfur say their lives can scarcely get any worse if Sudan insists on international peacekeepers leaving their region. UNAMID, the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur, was deployed seven years ago to stem violence against civilians during a civil war in which the Sudanese government was accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. …



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ECB official calls for gov’t action to help growth

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A member of the European Central Bank’s rate-setting council has said monetary policy cannot boost long-term growth and called for reforms by governments to make the weak economy more investment-friendly.
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