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Army denies Dakota pipeline permit, in victory for Native tribes

CANNON BALL, N.D./WASHINGTON The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Sunday it turned down a permit for a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, in a victory for Native Americans and climate activists who have protested against the project for several months.

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California fire death toll rises to 33 in grim search through warehouse

OAKLAND, Calif. A fire that devastated an Oakland, California, loft building during a weekend dance party has taken at least 33 lives and the toll will likely rise, authorities said on Sunday, as criminal investigators joined recovery teams at the charred ruin. | Video

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Rebels defiant as Syrian army nears Aleppo's Old City

BEIRUT Syria's army and allied militia advanced towards rebel-held areas of Aleppo's Old City on Sunday in an attack which a military source predicted would be over in a matter of weeks.

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New Zealand PM Key announces shock resignation, backs Finance Minister

WELLINGTON New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who won praise for his economic stewardship after the global financial crisis, unexpectedly announced his resignation on Monday after eight years in power, backing his finance minister to take the helm. | Video

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Oil prices fall as production creeps up ahead of announced 2017 output cut

SINGAPORE Oil prices fell by one percent on Monday as a higher U.S. rig count unsettled markets amid nagging concern that output cuts, planned as part of concerted action between producer club OPEC and Russia, might not be as big as initially anticipated.

Dec 04 2016

Fidel Castro interred in rock, closing last chapter of historic life

SANTIAGO, Cuba Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro's ashes were encased in a large granite boulder on Sunday in a ceremony that capped nine days of public mourning and aimed to literally set in stone the legacy of one of the 20th century's most influential characters. | Video

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U.S. reshaping budget to account for Russian military threat

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. Russia's increasing military activities around the world have unsettled top U.S. military officials, who say they are reshaping their budget plans to better address what they now consider to be the most pressing threat to U.S. security.

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Islamic State strikes back to slow Iraqi forces in Mosul

BAGHDAD/BARTELLA, Iraq Islamic State fighters retreating in the face of a seven-week Iraqi military assault on their Mosul stronghold have hit back in the last two days, exploiting cloudy skies which hampered U.S.-led air support and highlighting the fragile army gains. | Video