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Source: New York Times

Charles Jenkins, U.S. Soldier Who Regretted Fleeing to North Korea, Dies

Today 01:31 GMT

Charles Robert Jenkins, an Army sergeant who became a Cold War enigma after he defected to North Korea in 1965 and was held for nearly 40 years before being released in 2004, died Monday in Japan.

Mr. Jenkins, from Rich Square, N.C., was patrolling the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea when, drunk after 10 beers, he walked into the North in 1965 to avoid facing combat duty in Vietnam.

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Source: Common Domain

Factbox: Cboe launches bitcoin futures contracts, CME to follow

Tuesday 19:10 GMT

(Reuters) - Cboe Global Markets Inc (CBOE.O) launched bitcoin futures contracts on Dec. 10 and CME Group Inc (CME.O) will launch its own bitcoin futures contract on Dec. 17.

-Both Cboe’s and CME’s bitcoin futures contracts will be settled in U.S. dollars, allowing exposure to the bitcoin without actually having to hold any of the cryptocurrency. -Cboe’s contract is priced off of a single auction at 4 p.m. Eastern time (2100 GMT) on the final settlement date on the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange.

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Source: NBC News

Allegations, Democratic surge doomed Roy Moore, exit poll shows

Today 10:53 GMT

In the end, a combination of two different storylines doomed Republican Roy Moore in Alabama's Senate race, according to the exit poll of the contest.

The first revolved around the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore, with one woman charging him with initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 years old and he was 32. Fifty-two percent of voters in Alabama said those allegations were either "definitely" or "probably" true, and they broke for Democrat Doug Jones, 89 percent to 8 percent.

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Source: Fox News

US ready to talk any time North Korea wants, Tillerson says

Today 10:53 GMT

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the U.S. would be willing to hold talks with North Korea even if the Communist nation does not do away with its nuclear weapons program.

Although Tillerson said the goal of U.S. policy remained denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, he added it was "not realistic to say we're only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your program.

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Source: BBC

Tillerson's 2018 hopes for North Korea

Today 10:53 GMT

No imminent visits to North Korea for Tillerson, but he will be travelling to South America and Africa in the new year, which suggests he plans to stay on for a bit longer as the country's top diplomat, despite reports that Trump doesn't get along with him and wants to replace him (reports that both men have denied).

The North Korea line came up in a question-and-answer session after two scripted speeches on the same topic, and the White House was quick to say it wasn't a policy shift.

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Source: Washington Post

Former Facebook VP says social media is destroying society with ‘dopamine-driven feedback loops’

Today 10:52 GMT

A former Facebook executive is making waves after he spoke out about his “tremendous guilt” over growing the social network, which he feels has eroded “the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other.”

“The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works: no civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth.

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Source: Global News

North Korea defector says prisoners fed to dogs, women forced to have abortions

Today 10:52 GMT

A North Korean defector has spoken about the horrific human right violations she says she witnessed in the state’s prison camps — including starved prisoners fed to dogs.

She said North Korean women who got pregnant in China were forced to have abortions when they were returned to North Korea. Years later, after she eventually escaped to South Korea, Hyeon A spoke about her horrifying experiences at the camps.

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Source: BBC

Ashes: England 'a couple of bad sessions from losing the Ashes' says Steve Smith

Today 12:44 GMT

Australia captain Steve Smith says England are "a couple of bad sessions away from losing the Ashes" in the third Test in Perth.

England not only have a poor record at the Waca, but Australia also sealed their last three home Ashes wins in Western Australia - in 2002-03, 2006-07 and 2013-14. "We're playing at a ground we've traditionally played pretty good cricket at," said Smith, whose side won the first two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide.

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Source: CBS News

NYC subway bombing suspect Akayed Ullah taunted Trump on Facebook before attack: feds

Today 10:52 GMT

According to the complaint, Ullah posted on his Facebook account on his way to carry out the attack: "Trump you failed to protect your nation."

An immigrant from Bangladesh arrested on charges of using a weapon of mass destruction in the New York City subway system in an attempted suicide attack has been charged in federal court. Akayed Ullah was expected to appear before a magistrate judge after a criminal complaint was made public Tuesday.

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Source: Common Domain

Mario Batali apologizes for sexual misconduct, steps away from his restaurant empire

Today 01:33 GMT

Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from the day-to-day operations of his culinary empire and from the ABC show “The Chew” on Monday, as allegations emerged that he committed sexual misconduct spanning at least two decades.

CAA agent accused of offering sex in exchange for access to directors and a Hollywood star. Refusing to be 'shamed,' Terry Crews steps out at GQ Men of the Year party after filing sexual assault suit. In an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Al Franken says he'll resign amid allegations of sexual misdeeds. 4:25 p.m.: This article was updated throughout with comment from Mary Sue Milliken, more information about Mario Batali’s career and additional details.

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Source: Fox News

CNN quietly backtracks another report tying Trump campaign to Russia

Tuesday 16:23 GMT

In addition to embarrassing Sessions, the storyline also fed the narrative that the Trump administration colluded with Russia during the election.

The series of mishaps will surely provide additional ammunition for Trump’s war on what he considers “fake news.”

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Source: Fox News

Pentagon says transgender people can enlist starting in January, after court order

Tuesday 16:23 GMT

The Defense Department plans to allow transgender people to enlist in the military starting Jan. 1, Pentagon officials confirmed to Fox News on Monday, after a federal court ordered the military to do so despite opposition from President Trump.

The Pentagon move Monday signals the growing sense within the government that authorities are likely to lose the legal fight.

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Source: ABC News

Explosive detonates near Times Square in 'attempted terrorist attack'

Tuesday 16:23 GMT

A suspect is in custody today after allegedly detonating a small explosive device in an "attempted terrorist attack" in the New York City subway system, sending commuters scrambling to evacuate a major transit hub just blocks from Times Square, city officials said.

Authorities called the explosive an "improvised low-tech explosive device" that was based on a pipe bomb and was attached to the suspect with Velcro and zip ties.

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Source: Common Domain

In surprise visit to Syria, Putin orders reduction of Russian troops

Tuesday 16:23 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday made a surprise visit to a Syrian air base, where he met with Syrian President Bashar Assad and announced that Moscow will start the drawdown of its troops following what the Kremlin said was the defeat of Islamic State.

Last month, during a surprise visit by Assad to Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin announced that the Russian military campaign in Syria was over and that its troops would be leaving Syria.

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Source: NBC News

Go Inside the Data: What the Virginia election results mean for 2018

Today 10:53 GMT

The data behind the race suggest both sides may have a point, but the numbers, in this case, indicate there are some real warning signs for the GOP in the Virginia results.

A close assessment of Tuesday’s results out of Virginia suggests there a few very real reasons for concern among Republicans.

Source: Global News

Here’s what the new mortgage rules will do to home prices in 2018: Royal LePage

Today 12:44 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Here’s Why YouTube’s Streaming Music Could Be a Huge Deal

Tuesday 16:23 GMT
Source: NBC News

China remembers 142K killed in massacre, offers 'friendship' to Japan

Today 12:44 GMT
Source: Global News

Trump directs NASA to send Americans to the Moon, lay foundations for Mars mission

Tuesday 16:24 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Hong Kong Home Prices Expected to Soar in 2018

Tuesday 19:10 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Apple Acquires Shazam and Its Song-Recognition App

Tuesday 16:23 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Why Apple bought Shazam, the music-recognition app that’s been declining in popularity

Tuesday 22:49 GMT
Source: Common Domain

2-year Treasury yield rises ahead of key Fed meeting

Tuesday 19:10 GMT
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Source: Common Domain

Whatever President Trump has done, it can't be obstruction of justice, his lawyer argues

Wednesday 21:55 GMT
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Source: Global News

John Oliver confronts Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment allegations

Wednesday 19:09 GMT
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Source: Common Domain

In an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Al Franken says he'll resign amid allegations of sexual misdeeds

Sunday 22:44 GMT
7 Articles
Source: BBC

Iraq declares war with IS is over

Sunday 00:34 GMT
7 Articles
Source: The Guradian

Flynn texted during inauguration to suggest Russia sanctions would end, Democrat says

Thursday 20:02 GMT
6 Articles
Source: Fox News

More Clinton ties on Mueller team: One deputy attended Clinton party, another rep'd top aide

Saturday 22:47 GMT
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Source: The Guradian

US believed it would 'undoubtedly win' war with North Korea in 1994 – but with huge casualties

Saturday 17:17 GMT

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