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Trump kicks biographer off golf course

Trump kicks biographer off golf coursePresident-elect Donald Trump on Friday ejected from his West Palm Beach golf course one of his most critical biographers, Harry Hurt III, who had been preparing to play in a foursome with billionaire mega-donor David Koch.

Hurt is the author of “Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump,” a 1993 book that revealed among other things that Trump was accused of “rape” by his ex-wife Ivana Trump in a sworn deposition during their divorce proceedings.

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Istanbul nightclub 'Santa attack' kills at least 35

Istanbull attackAt least 35 people were killed in a "terror" attack in Istanbul Sunday when at least one gunman reportedly dressed as Santa stormed an elite nightclub where party-goers were celebrating New Year, the latest carnage to rock Turkey after a bloody 2016.

At least one gunman shot dead a policeman and a civilian at the entrance to the Reina nightclub, one of the city's most exclusive party spots, and then went on a shooting rampage inside, Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin said.

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WSJ Reporter Released From Turkish Detention After 3-Day Ordeal

WSJ reporter releasedA Wall Street Journal reporter held in Turkish detention for nearly three days without any contact with his family or lawyers has been released. National security reporter Dion Nissenbaum was taken from his Istanbul apartment on Tuesday night before being released Saturday morning.

His detention is believed to be connected to a government ban on publishing images from an Islamic State video. “While we are relieved that Dion was released unharmed after nearly three days, we remain outraged at his peremptory detention, without any contact with his family, legal counsel or colleagues,”

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Jeff Sessions Omits Decades Of Records For His AG Confirmation Hearing

Jeff SessionsPresident-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is withholding decades’ worth of records from his career ahead of his Senate confirmation hearings early next month, according to an exhaustive report issued Friday by progressive advocacy groups.

The groups, which include Alliance for Justice and People for the American Way, reviewed the questionnaire that Sessions filled out for the Senate Judiciary Committee ― it requires complete documentation of employment history, published writings, interviews and speeches, among other things ― and found “astonishingly deficient” responses.

He left out major details from his years as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, from 1981 to 1993; as attorney general of Alabama, from 1995 to 1997; and as a first-term U.S. senator, from 1997 to 2002.

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28 killed in Baghdad double suicide bombing

28 killed in Baghdad double bombings- A double suicide bombing on a busy market area in central Baghdad killed at least 28 people on Saturday morning.

The two consecutive blasts took place in the busy neighborhood of al-Sinak and injured more than 50 people, the BBC reported.

The first explosion took place near a car parts shop and after a crowd gathered to help the victims a second attack targeted the same area, police told Kurdistan24.

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Brazilian police officer, wife detained as suspects in Greek ambassador's death

Greek ambassdor to Brazil detainedThe wife of a slain Greek ambassador was detained along with two other men as part of an investigation into her husband's murder.

Brazilian authorities have detained the wife of 59-year-old Greek ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis along with a police officer and a man believed to be the officer's cousin under the belief they are suspects in his presumed murder, the Guardian reported.

Police found a body they determined to be Amiridis inside a burnt-out car underneath an overpass in the city of Nova Iguacu, near Rio de Janeiro, on Thursday after his wife reported he had been missing since Dec. 26.

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US issuing new rules to curb illegal fishing, seafood fraud

Obama rules to curb illegal fishingThe Obama administration is issuing new rules it says will crack down on illegal fishing and seafood fraud by preventing unverifiable fish products from entering the U.S. market.

The new protections are called the Seafood Import Monitoring Program, and they are designed to stop illegally fished and intentionally misidentified seafood from getting into stores and restaurants by way of imported fish.

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Seven felons, including Weather Underground member, and 101 others convicted as minors get clemency from Cuomo

Andrew CuomoGov. Cuomo wound down the year on Friday by commuting the jail sentences of seven felons, including the getaway driver in an infamous armored car robbery that left two cops and a security guard dead.

Cuomo also pardoned five others and granted conditional pardons to 101 additional offenders who were convicted of non-violent crimes as minors and have maintained clean records for at least 10 years.

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Global Press Freedom Has Taken An ‘Unbelievable’ Hit This Year

Global journalismMedia freedom has undergone a “deep and disturbing” decline in several parts of the world and at the global level this year, according to a new release from Reporters Without Borders.

Thus far in 2016, 57 journalists have been killed in connection with their work, 187 remain imprisoned and 44 are currently being held hostage, according to the organization’s latest December tallies. These figures represent professional journalists only. When including media netizens and citizen reporters, the numbers of those slain, detained and held for ransom climb to at least 74, 348 and 52, respectively.

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