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Putin says Trump clever, will understand new responsibilities

MOSCOW U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is a clever man and will quickly understand his new responsibilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NTV TV.

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

SANTIAGO, Cuba Fidel Castro's ashes were placed in the niche of a boulder on Sunday, capping nine days of official mourning when hundreds of thousands of Cubans said farewell with a combination of tears, Castro-like defiance and choruses of "I am Fidel!" | Video

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Austrian far-right presidential hopeful soundly defeated

VIENNA The candidate vying to become Europe's first freely elected far-right head of state since World War Two conceded defeat in Austria's presidential election soon after polls closed on Sunday evening.

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Italy votes in referendum with PM Renzi's future at stake

ROME Italians were voting on Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reform that will decide the political future of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who has promised to resign if he loses. | Video

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Iran vows 'firm response' unless Obama stops sanctions renewal

DUBAI Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demanded on Sunday that Barack Obama block an extension of sanctions passed by the U.S. Congress, saying Tehran would otherwise "firmly respond".

Rebels tell U.S. they won't leave Aleppo; army sees operation over in weeks

BEIRUT Rebels in Aleppo have told the United States they will not leave their besieged enclave in the city after Moscow called for talks with Washington over their withdrawal, signaling they will fight on even as their top commander was wounded.

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Morton County sheriff defends tactics against pipeline protesters

CANNON BALL, N.D. The sheriff of the North Dakota county where thousands of people are protesting a controversial pipeline project defended police tactics after they used water hoses and rubber bullets in a late November confrontation.

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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.