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Bilal Kayed released after 15 years in Israeli jail

Vilal KayedPalestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed has been released after spending 15 years in Israeli jails, his family has confirmed.

His case caused outrage within the Palestinian community when he was placed under administrative detention on June 15 - the day he was due to be released after serving his full sentence.

Administrative detention is a military court order that allows Israel to detain Palestinians on "secret evidence" without trial or charge for renewable six-month intervals.

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Trump picks Exxon chief Rex Tillerson for secretary of state

Rex TillersonPresident-elect Donald Trump has confirmed the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson, as his choice for US secretary of state.

In a statement, Mr Trump praised Mr Tillerson, 64, as among the "most accomplished business leaders and international dealmakers" in the world.

Mr Tillerson is said to have a good relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, alarming both Democrats and some Republicans.

The nomination needs Senate approval.

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Trump Won't Outline Business Plans Till January

Trump President-elect Donald Trump is postponing until next month a previously announced news conference to outline how he’ll handle his far-flung business operations while in the White House, according to senior Trump transition officials.

Trump had planned to make the announcement Dec. 15 but wants more time because he’s been occupied with filling out his cabinet and top administration posts, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. He said on Twitter Monday night that he’ll reveal his choice for secretary of state on Tuesday.

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Donald Trump tweets F-35 'out of control', Lockheed stock stumbles

F-35President-elect Donald Trump targeted Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II production on Twitter, condemning the program for being too costly.

The F-35 is a fifth-generation multirole fighter intended to replace a variety of legacy aircraft used by the U.S. Armed Forces including the F-16, F/A-18, and A-10. Many international customers have also expressed interest in procuring the new aircraft. However, the program has experienced several cost overruns and delays since the first plane took flight in 2006.

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US judge rejects Green Party's Pennsylvania recount case

Jill SteinA federal judge on Monday issued a stinging rejection of a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania's presidential election, won narrowly by Republican Donald Trump, and scan some counties' election systems for signs of hacking.

In his 31-page decision, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond said there were at least six grounds that required him to reject the Green Party's lawsuit, which had been opposed by Trump, the Pennsylvania Republican Party and the Pennsylvania attorney general's office. The Green Party has been successful in at least getting statewide recounts started in Wisconsin and Michigan, but it has failed to get a statewide recount begun or ordered in Pennsylvania.

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Trump Says He Doesn’t Need Daily Intelligence Briefing Because He’s ‘Smart’

Trump so smart he doesn't need Intel briefingsPresident-elect Donald Trump said in an interview airing Sunday that he doesn’t need to receive a daily intelligence briefing, stating he only gets the briefing when he needs it.

“I don’t have to be told ― you know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day,” Trump said in an interview airing on “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t need to be told ... the same thing every day, every morning ― same words. ‘Sir, nothing has changed. Let’s go over it again.’ I don’t need that.”

TVNL Comment:  We're speechless.

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Police expect Trump to lift limits on surplus military gear

grenade launcherIf president-elect Donald Trump keeps his promise, surplus military grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles and high-powered firearms and ammunition will once again be available to state and local U.S. police departments.

National police organizations say they'll hold Trump to that promise.

President Barack Obama issued an executive order restricting that access in 2015 amid an outcry over police use of armored vehicles and other war-fighting gear to confront protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Since then, federal officials have recalled more than 1,800 items, which have been destroyed through target practice or otherwise disposed of, officials say.

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