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Michigan man found wandering near DMZ is deported, South Korean officials confirm

Wednesday 23:44 GMT

South Korean authorities have deported an American man caught wandering last week near the highly fortified border with North Korea, officials here confirmed Wednesday.

Details about Lowrance’s travels, his detention and subsequent deportation proceedings have largely remained secret, with South Korean officials declining public comment, citing their strict privacy rules. Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, also citing privacy considerations for American citizens overseas, have said only that they were aware of the case and that they offered “appropriate consular services.”

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Angela Merkel's German coalition crisis greatly exaggerated

Wednesday 23:45 GMT

It's interesting to recall what he told the German parliament on Tuesday in the wake of the breakdown in talks to form a new government coalition.

Johannes Kahrs of the left-wing Social Democrats, who together with Merkel's conservatives formed the grand coalition that still runs Germany, seconds that sentiment.

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Widening search finds no sign of missing Argentine submarine

Wednesday 22:46 GMT

 Ships and planes combed a wider area of the frigid South Atlantic on Tuesday in a fruitless hunt for signs of a missing Argentine submarine, adding to growing concerns about the vessel not heard from in six days.

"We have to continue to support those that are on the missing submarine as well as the families that are here, and make sure that they know that we believe that (the missing crew) will be found," local resident Carolina Corbalan said. "They're going to be here soon."

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Source: Washington Post

Trump boosts Moore in Ala. Senate race despite sexual misconduct allegations

Wednesday 23:45 GMT

President Trump gave a boost Tuesday to embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race, warning against a Democratic victory and emphasizing that the former judge “totally denies” allegations of inappropriate relationships with teenage girls. “We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat,” Trump said about Moore’s opponent, former federal prosecutor Doug Jones, who has led in some recent polls in the state.

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Source: BBC

Jubilation greets end of Mugabe era

Wednesday 23:45 GMT

It had been seen by many as an attempt to clear the way for Grace Mugabe to succeed her husband as leader and riled the military leadership, who stepped in and put Mr Mugabe under house arrest.

Who had so far resisted pressure from the public, the army and his own party to step aside - said he was resigning to allow a smooth and peaceful transfer of power, and that his decision was voluntary.

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Source: NBC News

Why Germany's political crisis is 'bad news for Europe'

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

Angela Merkel has hinted that another election might have to be held after the collapse of coalition talks put her fourth term as German chancellor in term in doubt — a political crisis that has caused consternation across Europe.

"It's bad news for Europe that the government in Germany will take a little longer," Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra said Monday. "Germany is a very influential country within the E.U. so if they don't have a government and therefore don't have a mandate it'll be very hard for them to take positions."

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Source: Common Domain

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million Uber passengers and drivers

Wednesday 10:54 GMT

Uber Technologies Inc. admitted Tuesday that hackers stole personal data belonging to 57 million customers and drivers — a fact it concealed for more than a year.

Instead, Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to erase the stolen data and keep word of the breach hidden, according to Bloomberg. Uber was required to alert regulators and drivers whose driver’s license numbers were compromised by the hack.

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Source: NBC News

The backlash is building over the plan to gut net neutrality.

Wednesday 23:45 GMT

The Republican-helmed Federal Communications Commission is expected to pull the plug on net neutrality rules in three weeks - but tech companies, entrepreneurs, and other concerned users are vowing to not go down without a fight.

Some Twitter users even said net neutrality was likely to come up as fodder in an unusual place: at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

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Source: Common Domain

Stop using Bill Clinton to hammer on liberals. Sexual harassment is a man problem, not a partisan one.

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

One of the great successes of the current American conservative movement has been rewriting the narrative of the past two decades, starting with the pernicious claim that liberals did not criticize Bill Clinton when he was accused of sexual misconduct.

In 1994, I wrote a column for this very newspaper that was critical: “I have just read the text of Paula Corbin Jones’ complaint of sexual harassment against President Clinton and can honestly say that if it's true, the man is a beast.

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Source: Washington Post

Ratko Mladic, the ‘Butcher of Bosnia,’ guilty of genocide in last Balkan war crimes trial

Wednesday 19:11 GMT

Ratko Mladic, the former Serb warlord who commanded forces that carried out some of the worst atrocities of the Balkan wars, was found guilty of genocide and other crimes against humanity by an international tribunal Wednesday.

Mladic, whose attorneys had sought to block Wednesday’s judgment on the grounds that he was too ill to attend trial, had been removed from the courtroom before the verdict was read after he shouted insults at judge Alphons Orie.

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Source: DW

Syria: Putin, Erdogan, Rouhani hold talks as opposition gathers in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday 13:38 GMT

Infighting within the Syrian opposition and steady defeats on the battlefield has resulted in Arab Gulf states, Turkey and the United States urging them to drop some of their maximalist demands.

The flurry of diplomatic activity comes as the notoriously divided the armed and political opposition comes together in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday in a bid to bridge differences ahead of UN talks in Geneva on November 28.

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Source: Washington Post

Disney animation guru John Lasseter takes leave after sexual misconduct allegations

Wednesday 23:46 GMT

In a new sexual misconduct scandal that could shake the economics of Hollywood in unprecedented ways, Disney said Tuesday that animation chief John Lasseter would be taking a six-month leave of absence starting immediately.

Lasseter wrote in the memo that the leave “will give me the opportunity to start taking better care of myself, to recharge and be inspired, and ultimately return with the insight and perspective I need to be the leader you deserve.”

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Source: NBC News

Robert Mugabe, world's oldest leader, resigns one week after coup

Wednesday 08:06 GMT

Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest ruler, resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday, signaling the final end of his decades in power after last week’s military coup.

The former colonial power — is "Zimbabwe's oldest friend" and will "help the country achieve the brighter future it so deserves."

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Source: BBC

Ashes: England or Australia - who win win Pundits make their predictions

Wednesday 23:46 GMT

Australia, who whitewashed the tourists 5-0 when England last toured down under in 2013-14, are clear favourites to win, but England have triumphed in four of the past five series.

I can't see many draws and, though I'm saying Australia will win by two matches, I wouldn't be surprised if England come through better than that. The day-night format and the pink ball could make James Anderson and Stuart Broad more effective than they would be if it was a normal game.

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Source: Reuters

FCC chief plans to ditch U.S. 'net neutrality' rules

Wednesday 23:46 GMT

The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission unveiled plans on Tuesday to repeal landmark 2015 rules that prohibited internet service providers from impeding consumer access to web content in a move that promises to recast the digital landscape.

FCC chief Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump in January, said the commission will vote at a Dec. 14 meeting on his plan to rescind the so-called net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama that treated internet service providers like public utilities.


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