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December, 9, 2016

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Powerful winds gusting to hurricane force left around 19,000 homes in the western French region of Brittany without power early Sunday, the national electricity grid Enedis said.
 
Turkey's interior ministry says that 123 migrants being held at a repatriation center in Istanbul have fled in the chaos that ensued after a fire broke out.
 
Thousands rally against Turkey child sex conviction bill
Thousands of people, including women and children, marched Saturday in Istanbul against a controversial bill that would overturn men's convictions for child sex assault if they married their victim.
 
Pope Francis creates new cardinals from his 'progressive wing'
Pope Francis will create seventeen new cardinals from across the globe Saturday in a time-honoured ceremony, elevating them to an elite body that advises and elects popes.
 
Buckingham Palace needs infrastructure work to keep it going
Buckingham Palace needs a taxpayer-funded face-lift if it's to remain fit for the queen.
 
The British parliament this week gave the green light to new bulk surveillance powers for police and intelligence services that critics have denounced as the most far-reaching of any western democracy.
 
A 32-year-old Frenchman was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for the brutal rape and murder of an 80-year-old British woman in southwestern France.
 
Obama meets with Europe leaders in Germany
President Barack Obama joined the leaders of key European countries in Germany on Friday to discuss an array of security and economic challenges facing the trans-Atlantic partners as the U.S. prepares for President-elect Donald Trump to take office in January.
 
Clashes in Athens over uprising legacy
Clashes between anarchists and Greek police broke out Thursday on the sidelines of a peaceful march to the U.S. Embassy in Athens, in an annual commemoration of a 1973 student uprising that was crushed by the military dictatorship which ruled the country from 1967-74.
 
Obama seeks to reassure European allies
U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday will sketch out his vision of democracy at a time of mounting global populism, seeking to soothe European allies anxious over a Donald Trump presidency.
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