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However, some people on social media think the festive track would sound even better if Ed was singing it himself. During Saturday night's semi-final show, Terry sang Jess Glynne's Take Me Home and teamed up with Scherzinger for a rendition of the Prince hit Purple Rain.
  • Magnitude-6.5 'roller' offshore quake rocks Northern California

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    PT and is believed to have caused weak or light shaking in parts of northern California, including as far south as San Francisco, the USGS said. A 6.7-magnitude natural disaster in 1994 in Northridge, northwest of Los Angeles, left at least 60 people dead and caused an estimated $10 billion damage , while a 6.9 quake in San Francisco in 1989 claimed the lives of 67 people.
  • French far-right chief nixes free class for kids of illegals

    French far-right chief nixes free class for kids of illegals

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    The National Front's candidate for the 2017 presidential race was addressing an audience at a conference organised by a polling group in Paris. Le Pen is hoping for new momentum following the victory of Donald Trump in the United States and the rejection of Italy's prime minister, Matteo Renzi, in a referendum.
  • Russia says Aleppo combat suspended, residents say no let-up

    Russia says Aleppo combat suspended, residents say no let-up

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    Backed by Russian Federation and other allies, Syrian president Bashar Assad's forces have driven the rebels from almost all of eastern Aleppo, which was captured by the opposition in 2012. Many of them have arrived at the Jibreen cotton factory on the southeastern outskirts of the city, one site that is being used to house the displaced.
  • Terrorism threat to United Kingdom 'unprecedented' - MI6

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    Britain faces an "unprecedented" terror threat that will not subside until the Syrian civil war ends, the head of foreign intelligence service MI6 said on Thursday. "My answer is that I will aim for, and expect, continuity", Younger said. "And I am determined that MI6 remains a ready and highly effective partner".
  • Bomb explosions kill at least 10 in northeast Nigeria

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    President Muhammadu Buhari says the attack on Madagali in Adamawa state by Boko Haram is a desperate act, expressing confidence that the military's is about to "slam" the final nail in the coffin of the insurgents. Madagali was liberated previous year after seven months in the hands of Boko Haram. The latest blast is the third in Madagali, following attacks by two female suicide bombers on December 28, 2015, at a busy motor park.
  • South Korea parliament introduces bill to impeach Park; vote due Friday

    South Korea parliament introduces bill to impeach Park; vote due Friday

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    Despite the impeachment, she keeps the title of president and numerous benefits, such as a reputed £11,900 monthly salary, 24-hour security and use of her official auto and plane. The final tally on the historic bill was 234 votes cast in favour of impeachment, with 56 against and two abstentions. "If the order becomes ineffective, then we need to reschedule this hearing and ask the absentees to again attend, and if they do not attend the hearing at that time, then the order must be ...
  • Blasts hit near Istanbul soccer stadium, wound 20 police

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    Besiktas and the Turkish Football Association have condemned the terrorists who apparently targeted police with a auto bomb outside the Istanbul club's Vodafone Arena. Around 45 people were killed when three suspected Islamic State militants carried out an attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport in June. "We condemn violence and hatred".
  • MI recount shut down, Wisconsin 82 percent complete with few changes

    MI recount shut down, Wisconsin 82 percent complete with few changes

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    Then came an order from U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith , who issued a restraining order against the state to block it from trying to stop the recount. Stein's lawyers are appealing the state appeals court ruling to the Michigan Supreme court. But Ms Stein, who got only about 1 per cent of the vote, has said that they are necessary to ensure the integrity of voting systems.
  • A Top Clinton Aide Called Russia's Interference In Election 'Soul Crushing'

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    On Friday, President Obama ordered the nation's intelligence agencies to conduct a full review of attempts by foreign hackers to influence USA elections, which he hopes can be completed before he leaves office January 20. It was at this meeting that McConnell reportedly expressed serious reservations about the intelligence and threatened to politicize the agency's findings if they were made public.
  • Trump renews criticism of China as state media warns on Taiwan

    Trump renews criticism of China as state media warns on Taiwan

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    Another myth is that the United States has tried to contain China's rise - China is much stronger than the U.S. economy and China's anti-US propaganda does not matter, Pomfret said. The U.S. broke diplomatic ties with Taiwan and officially recognized the Communist government in Beijing in 1979. What Trump accomplished with that one act was to remind the Chinese that he is the dealer in a new poker game...
  • Karnataka Government Declares A Day Of Mourning Over Jayalalithaa's Death

    Karnataka Government Declares A Day Of Mourning Over Jayalalithaa's Death

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    Her condition deteriorated after she suffered a cardiac arrest, day after hospital deemed her fit to go back to the party. The body will be kept at the Rajaji Hall for people to pay their respects, said the AIADMK, which the actor-turned-politician headed for almost three decades after the death of her mentor and Chief Minister M.G.
  • Israel rejects Paris summit, open to talk with Palestinians

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    A controversial bill that would help legalize West Bank outposts built on Palestinian land was approved in its first reading in the Knesset plenum. Israel had already formally rejected Paris's invitation to take part in a Middle East peace conference before Christmas, saying it was a distraction from the goal of direct negotiations with the Palestinians.
  • Moment of reckoning for S. Korean business elite

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    While she retains the presidency, Ms Park can not be charged with a criminal offence except insurrection or treason, but she would lose that immunity once she leaves office. "I will advise my aides to ensure something like this will never happen in the future", Lee said. Samsung - the South's largest business group - made the biggest contributions of 20 billion won ($17 million) to Choi's foundations, followed by Hyundai, SK, LG and Lotte.
  • Norway likely victor from OPEC-Russia oil production cuts

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    Meanwhile, West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices closed at $50.84 per barrel on December 8, 2016-compared to the closing price of $51.06 per barrel on December 1, 2016. OPEC's November production jumped by 370,000 bpd from October to stand at 34.19 million bpd, a Reuters survey based on shipping data and information from industry sources found on Monday.
  • Green Party taking bid for election recount to federal court

    Green Party taking bid for election recount to federal court

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    Jill Stein , the presidential Green Party candidate, arrives for a news conference in front of Trump Tower, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in NY. "The Green Party just dropped its recount suit in Pennsylvania and is losing votes in Wisconsin recount ", Trump tweeted in the afternoon.
  • Watch a 'retrospective' of top 10 viral videos of 2016 — YouTube Rewind

    Watch a 'retrospective' of top 10 viral videos of 2016 — YouTube Rewind

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    The top ten videos together have seventy million views, and the channels who uploaded them have forty five million subscribers. Perhaps the coolest part of the whole video was the soundtrack! The video features the Internet's most popular trends throughout 2016, including 'Damn Daniel, ' 'The Running Man Challenge , ' and 'The Mannequin Challenge'.
  • Germany hosts foreign ministers from 57-nation OSCE

    Germany hosts foreign ministers from 57-nation OSCE

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    Belarus emphasizes the importance of restoring the viability of the conventional arms control regime in Europe, Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said at the 23rd OSCE Ministerial Meeting in Hamburg on 9 December, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Paris bans half of cars to tackle new peak of pollution

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    Drivers caught defying the authorities could face a $37 fine or even have their vehicles impounded. Driving restrictions will be imposed in Paris for the fourth successive day in an attempt to curb the worst winter pollution in recent memory.
  • Cubans hold mass rally for late leader Fidel Castro

    Cubans hold mass rally for late leader Fidel Castro

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    Castro, who led the Cuban revolution in 1959 and was in charge of the country until 2008, died at the age of 90 on Friday. Others, including many in the large Cuban exile community in Miami, have condemned him as a tyrant who jailed opponents and ruined the economy through socialism.
  • Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in vote

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    Elections in Ghana are famously close fought, with Mahama narrowly winning in 2012 with 50.7 percent. Twice since 2000, the government of the day has been overturned. Whether it ends as peacefully and hopefully as it began will depend on how and when the electoral commission announces the results - and whether the leading candidates honor their pledges to respect the process.
  • Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn is hospitalized in Ohio

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    John Glenn , 95, was hospitalized "more than a week ago", according to Ohio State University spokesman Hank Wilson . Less than a week after fellow former astronaut Buzz Aldrin was evacuated from the South Pole after falling ill, Mercury pilot and retired OH senator John Glenn has been hospitalized.
  • Obama will meet with special ops forces, talk strategy

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    But the part where Obama's speech really came alive - where I sat up in my seat and started really paying attention - was the very end. Beyond Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama has expanded and institutionalized a counter-terrorism architecture worldwide that launches drone strikes and special-operations raids in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya, while sponsoring local forces for persistent ground operations.
  • China declines to be drawn into twitter fight with Trump

    China declines to be drawn into twitter fight with Trump

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    Trump's critics are puzzled why he would open his relationship with China by initiating a clash over Taiwan and then doubling down. 'These are significant issues, ' he said , 'and worthy of careful consideration'. "I do not foresee major policy shifts in the near future because we all see the value of stability in the region", Ms. Tsai told the USA reporters in Taipei on a trip sponsored by the USA -backed East-West Center.
  • SC activists send message to Trump following Slager mistrial

    SC activists send message to Trump following Slager mistrial

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    Panelists told South Carolina Circuit Judge Clifton Newman they were hopelessly deadlocked after deliberating more than 22 hours in the highly publicized case. The jury included 11 white jurors and only one black person. "I think that will be a decision that the attorney general will review and make after January 20", he said on the network's " Morning Joe " broadcast, adding that he presumed there would be another state trial.
  • Russian Corporal Killed in Aleppo Shelling, Says Ministry of Defence

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    Rebel leaders disputed the claims, but anti-government activists in the area sent increasingly desperate messages saying they believed they would soon be killed or arrested, while civilians said they were squeezing into a smaller and smaller area, with some calling for safe passage out.
  • Americus officer shot and killed identified; suspect still at-large

    Americus officer shot and killed identified; suspect still at-large

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    Multiple law enforcement agencies are on a man hunt for 32-year-old Minguell Lembrick, who is said to be armed and risky. Scott said the suspect, 32-year-old Minguell Kennedy Lembrick, was still at large and local, state and federal law enforcement officers were searching for him.
  • Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof's Trial Begins

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    The death penalty trial of self-described white supremacist Dylann Roof got underway Wednesday (Dec 7), with USA federal prosecutors saying he had gunned down nine African American churchoers previous year in a coldly calculated attack, local media reported.
  • Mamata stays put at secretariat, asks if it was army coup

    Mamata stays put at secretariat, asks if it was army coup

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    In the Lok Sabha, Parrikar said the army was conducting a routine exercise and the state government and the police knew about it in advance. "Every person should be careful in making allegations against a responsible organisation like Army".