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Trump base is angry over Romney talks

Kellyanne Conway publicly sounded alarm bells Thursday in a series of tweets highlighting the anger among President-elect Donald Trump’s base of supporters with Mitt Romney, reportedly to be a leading contender for secretary of state. “Receiving deluge of social media & private comms re: Romney Some Trump loyalists warn against Romney as sec of state,” the top Trump aide and ...

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Brazil president Michel Temer accused of corruption

Brazil’s President Michel Temer has been accused of pressuring a cabinet minister to engage in corrupt practices. Former Culture Minister Marcelo Calero said Mr Temer asked him to help another minister in a personal business deal. He said he was asked to allow construction of luxury apartments in a historic district of Salvador. Mr Calero, who resigned last week, had ...

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Ben Carson hints he has accepted a post in Trump administration

Former presidential candidate Ben Carson hinted on Wednesday that he has accepted a Trump administration post, saying “an announcement is forthcoming about my role in helping to make America great again.” It has been reported that Carson is in line to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In a Wednesday morning Facebook post, Carson said that “after serious ...

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Deadly collapse at Chinese power station

At least 40 people have been killed when a platform collapsed at a construction site in China’s Jiangxi province. The accident took place at a power plant in Fengcheng where a cooling tower was under construction. There were a number of people still trapped at the scene, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. Jiangxi province’s fire services said 32 fire trucks ...

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Trump makes Thanksgiving unity call

US President-elect Donald Trump has called for national unity in an address to mark the Thanksgiving holiday. In the wake of what he called a “long and bruising” election campaign he said emotions in the country were raw. The time had come, he said, “to begin to heal our divisions” but added that “tensions just don’t heal overnight”. Earlier he ...

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Warren Buffett sees $11 billion boom on Donald Trump win

For someone who backed Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, Warren Buffett has done just fine so far with a Donald Trump victory. The multibillionaire head of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) has seen his investment portfolio explode in the days since Trump’s stunning upset Nov. 8. Buffett has benefited particularly well from the myriad financial holdings he holds in the company’s ...

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Clinton urged to challenge US election results

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is being urged by a number of top computer scientists to call for a recount of vote totals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to a source with knowledge of the request. The computer scientists believe they have found evidence that vote totals in the three states could have been manipulated or hacked and presented their findings ...

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Russia: New missiles in Kaliningrad answer US ‘shield’

Russia plans to install S-400 surface-to-air missiles and nuclear-capable Iskander systems in the exclave of Kaliningrad, in retaliation for the NATO deployment of its so-called “defence shield” in Eastern Europe. Viktor Ozerov, chairman of the defence committee in the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, said in remarks reported by RIA news agency on Monday that Moscow was forced ...

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6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan

A tsunami advisory is in effect for Japan’s Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Honshu just before 6.00 a.m. Tuesday (4.00 p.m. Monday ET). Japanese authorities urged residents in those northeast coastal areas to leave immediately for higher ground and not return until warnings had been lifted. The earthquake struck in the same area as the ...

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Obama may weigh in on Trump after office

US president Barack Obama has said he may speak out after leaving office if he feels his successor Donald Trump is threatening core American values. By convention, former presidents tend to leave the political fray and avoid commenting on their successors. Speaking at a news conference at the Apec summit in Lima, Peru, Mr Obama said he intended to assist ...

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