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Trump moves to quickly fill his top Cabinet ranks

NEW YORK U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said he expected to have most members of his Cabinet announced next week, interviewing more candidates at Trump Tower for top jobs in his administration as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20.

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Russia not serious in talks with Syrian rebels: opposition official

BEIRUT A senior Syrian opposition official accused Russia on Friday of procrastinating in talks with rebels over Aleppo, signaling no progress in diplomacy which rebels hoped would ease dire conditions in the city where they are in danger of defeat.

Exclusive: Iraqi commanders examined strategy shift to avert Mosul war of attrition

BAGHDAD Facing brutal urban warfare in Mosul and with their push slowed by the presence of one million residents, Iraqi commanders examined changing strategy last week to help civilians leave to give the army a free hand to strike Islamic State fighters.

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Traders keep bets on Fed rate hike later this month

Traders of U.S. short-term interest-rate futures kept bets on Friday that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this month, after a government report showed the unemployment rate in November fell to a nine-year low.

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One year later, San Bernardino marks shooting that killed 14

LOS ANGELES Police in Southern California who dealt with the carnage of a mass shooting by Islamic militants that left 14 people dead marked its one-year anniversary on Friday by riding on bicycles toward the scene of the attack, with placards honoring the victims.

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Castro's death reminds aging Cuba of generation gap

SANTA CLARA/HAVANA Fidel Castro's death has highlighted a yawning generational gap between older Cubans who remember grim poverty before his 1959 revolution, and youngsters who appreciate free health care and education but fear the 21st century is leaving them behind.

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