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Russia dismisses new US sanctions as useless

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Moscow, Dec 20 (AP) - Russia on Saturday dismissed new U.S. sanctions as useless and said it was poised to wait as long as it takes for the U.S. to recognize its historic right to the Crimean peninsula. Following several rounds of sanctions earlier this year, President Barack Obama on Friday approved new restrictions on Crimea which Russia annexed in March after a hastily called referendum. The Russian foreign ministry on Saturday expressed regret that "the United States and Canada still cannot...

Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

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Sydney, Dec 20 (AP) - An Australian woman was arrested for murder in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home. The 37-year-old woman, who is recovering in a hospital from stab wounds, was...

UN urging Taliban to reduce Afghan civilian casualties

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United Nations, Dec 20 (AP) - The U.N. said Friday it's been talking to the Taliban about reducing civilian casualties in Afghanistan but hasn't seen any change on the ground, where it attributes 75 percent of deaths and injuries this year to the insurgent group that used to rule the country...

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

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Jerusalem, Dec 20 (AP)- Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.
The Israeli military said the airstrike on what it called a "Hamas terror infrastructure site" in the southern Gaza Strip was...

Senate approves Obama pick for surgeon general

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Washington, Dec 16 (AP) - The U.S. Senate on Monday approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general, despite opposition from Republicans and some Democrats over his support for gun control and past statements that gun violence is a public health...

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