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Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's sentence
Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence.
 
Nigerian air force bombs refugee camp, killing more than 100
A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers and wounding 200, a government official and doctors said.
 
After election win, Trump's 1st home  back on the market
The first property connected to Republican President-elect Donald Trump has become a hot spot for real estate deal-making.
 
Trump's education pick grilled
In an at times contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary-pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school choice.
 
A federal judge deciding whether Texas can block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid dollars scolded attorneys Tuesday for rehashing the debate over secretly recorded videos that Republicans across the U.S. -- Texas included -- have used to try defunding the nation's largest abortion provider.
 
'My mother didn't love me enough' says French writer Houellebecq
Controversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq admitted Tuesday that the bleakness at the heart of his work was because his mother didn't love him enough.
 
Berlusconi ally elected head of EU parliament
Italy's Antonio Tajani, an ally of scandal-hit former premier Silvio Berlusconi, was elected as the new European Parliament president Tuesday after a bitterly fought vote.
 
Gambia transition in doubt as state of emergency called
Gambia's Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency just days before he was due to step down, with British and Dutch travel agencies scrambling to evacuate thousands of tourists Wednesday.
 
Kennedy ends term as Japan envoy
Caroline Kennedy stepped down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa.
 
Obama administration attempting to undermine Trump: Putin
President Vladimir Putin took a parting shot at the Obama administration Tuesday, accusing it of trying to undermine Donald Trump's legitimacy with fake allegations and "binding the president-elect hand and foot to prevent him from fulfilling his election promises."
 
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