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Trump's stance on election results deepens Republican Party rifts

WASHINGTON/DELAWARE, Ohio Several prominent Republicans on Thursday denounced Donald Trump's refusal to commit to accepting the result of the presidential election, and some worried his stance might make it more difficult for his party to hold onto control of Congress. | Video

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NSA contractor to face espionage charges for alleged data theft

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Wall Street dips as telecoms slump; AmEx surges

NEW YORK U.S. stocks ended a choppy session on Thursday with a slight decline as investors digested the latest round of earnings, with a sharp drop in telecoms offset by gains in healthcare. | Video

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Syria says east Aleppo ceasefire has begun, promises 'safe exit'

AMMAN The Syrian military said on Thursday a unilateral ceasefire backed by Russia had come into force to allow people to leave besieged eastern Aleppo, a move rejected by rebels who say they are preparing a counter-offensive to break the blockade. | Video

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WASHINGTON Sergeant Jessica Hawkins was a male cop for 20 years but it was not until her transition to a woman in 2014 that she understood the trepidation that transgender women feel across the United States. | Video

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What a sting on a regional governor says about how the Kremlin wins elections

MOSCOW On a Friday evening in June, German businessman Yuri Zyudheimer and Russian regional governor Nikita Belykh sat down in a private booth in Megu, an upscale Japanese restaurant in central Moscow.

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