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Trump Plans To Dissolve His Foundation; N.Y. Attorney General Pushes Back

TRUMPPresident-elect Donald Trump plans to dissolve his foundation, his transition team announced on in statement on Saturday.

Soon after, though, the New York attorney general's spokesperson tweeted that he legally can't, until the state's investigation of the Trump Foundation is complete.

Press Secretary Amy Spitalnick was responding to Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, who asked if the investigation would continue.

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Progressive causes see 'unprecedented' upswing in donations after US election

Progressive causes get donations after electionsOne man wrote a check for $10,000 to an organization that helps women get elected to office, saying he was “embarrassed” that Donald Trump won the presidential election.

Someone else walked into the office of an organization advocating for immigrant rights and handed over a bag of cash he had just collected from members of his local community civics group.

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Israel 'summons US ambassador' amid UN vote row

NetanyahuIsrael's PM has summoned the US ambassador amid a growing row after the US eased the passage of a resolution against Israel at the UN, reports say.

Israeli media said Benjamin Netanyahu took the unusual step of calling Dan Shapiro to his office.  It comes after Israel summoned ambassadors from countries which voted for Friday's resolution.

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Super Typhoon Nock-ten makes landfall on the Philippines

Philippine typhoonSuper Typhoon Nock-ten, rapidly intensifying through Christmas Eve, made landfall on the eastern province of Philippines on Christmas Day.

This storm will bring destructive winds, massive storm surge flooding and torrential rainfall to the islands through Monday night, including Manila, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

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7.7-magnitude earthquake in Chile, tsunami warning lifted

earthquake in ChileA 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit Chile Sunday. There were tsunami warnings, but they have been lifted.

The quake hit 150 miles southwest of Puerto Montt, at a depth of 9 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Chile's national emergency office issued an alert and ordered an evacuation.

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Pipeline uncertainty illustrates broader concerns for tribes

Pipeline uncertaintyFor hundreds of protesters, it was cause to cheer when the Obama administration this month declined to issue an easement for the Dakota Access pipeline's final segment. But that elation was dampened by the uncertainty of what comes next: a Donald Trump-led White House that might be far less attuned to issues affecting Native Americans.

"With Trump coming into office, you just can't celebrate," said Laundi Germaine Keepseagle, who is 28 and from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, where the demonstrators have been camped out near the North Dakota-South Dakota border.

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Russian military jet crashes with 92 onboard

Russian military plane crashesA Russian military plane with 92 people on board, including members of a famed army choir, has crashed into the Black Sea shortly after taking off, the Russian defence ministry has said.

There was no sign of survivors, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as President Vladimir Putin announced a national day of mourning.

The Tu-154 plane had departed from the southern Russian city of Adler on Sunday morning and was heading towards Latakia in Syria.

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Pope says Christmas 'hostage' to materialism, God in shadows

Pope says Christmans hostage to materialismPope Francis said on Saturday that Christmas had been "taken hostage" by dazzling materialism that puts God in the shadows and blinds many to the needs of the hungry, the migrants and the war weary.

Francis, leading the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas for the fourth time since his election in 2013, said in his Christmas Eve homily that a world often obsessed with gifts, feasting and self-centeredness needed more humility.

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Under scrutiny, Trump decides to dissolve his foundation

Trump to dissove foundationU.S President-elect Donald Trump said on Saturday he intends to dissolve his charitable foundation, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which has been under investigation by the New York attorney general.

Trump gave no timeline for winding down the foundation, but said in a statement that he wanted "to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President." He directed his counsel to take the necessary steps for the dissolution.

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