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  • TStephen Hillenburg, who used his dual loves of drawing and marine biology to spawn the absurd undersea world of SpongeBob SquarePants, has died, Nickelodeon announced Tuesday. Hillenburg died Monday of Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS, the cable network said in a statement. He ...

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  • TIn our solar system family, Mars is Earth’s next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia. The attraction is sure to grow with Monday’s arrival of a NASA lander named InSight. InSight should provide our best look yet at Mars’ deep interior, using a ...

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  • TThe Taliban have denied involvement in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital that killed at least 55 people. Tuesday's attack, which targeted a gathering of hundreds of clerics at a wedding hall in Kabul, bore the hallmarks of a local Islamic State (IS) affiliate, which has carried out ...

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  • TOnline shoppers spent more than $14 billion within the first two hours of China’s annual buying frenzy on Sunday, once again breaking records as the consumer tradition enters its 10th year. The spending binge breaks from gloomy forecasts about the world’s second-largest economy, which ...

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  • TThousands of Iranians rallied in Tehran on Sunday to mark the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover, as Washington restored all sanctions lifted under the nuclear deal. The crowd chanted “Down with US” and “Death to Israel” during the rally in the capital, and state ...

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  • TIndia's top court on Wednesday ordered the government to provide pricing details of 36 Rafale fighter jets it is buying from France. The court said the government must bring details of the decision-making process of the deal into the public domain, except those that are confidential and have ...

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  • TYoungest Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been honoured by Harvard University for her work promoting girls' education. According to the Harvard's Kennedy School, Malala Yousafzai will be awarded the 2018 Gleitsman Award at a Dec. 6 ceremony. Malala became the youngest person to win the ...

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  • TUS colleges and universities have received more than $350 million from the Saudi government this decade, yet some are rethinking their arrangements in the wake of the killing of a journalist that has ignited a global uproar against the oil-rich nation. The Associated Press analyzed federal data ...

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  • TRecep Tayyip Erdogan has held plenty of grand opening ceremonies in his 15 years at Turkey’s helm. On Monday he will unveil one of his prized jewels — Istanbul New Airport — a megaproject that has been dogged by concerns about labor rights, environmental issues and Turkey’s ...

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  • TTurkey's president kept up pressure on Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as the kingdom's powerful crown prince was to address an international investment summit in Riyadh, his first such comments since the killing earlier this month of The Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at ...

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  • TTaylor Swift has donated $15,500 to a GoFundMe account of a fan whose family is struggling with medical bills. Sadie Bartell’s mother has been in a coma for three years, and the family is worried about losing their Orem, Utah, home because of mounting medical bills. The 19-year-old tweeted ...

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  • TThe government of India has placed the director of the federal investigative agency and his deputy on leave days after the agency filed a case against the deputy alleging that he took bribes to settle a money laundering case. Indian news reports say that the director of the Central Bureau of ...

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  • TThe UN humanitarian chief warned on Tuesday that “there is a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen.” Mark Lowcock told the Security Council that this famine would be “much bigger than anything any professional in this field has seen during ...

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  • TThe US Secret Service says agents have intercepted packages containing “possible explosive devices” addressed to former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The agency says neither Clinton nor Obama received the packages, and neither was at risk of receiving them because of ...

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  • TSecurity forces of the rival Palestinian governments routinely use torture and arbitrary arrests, among other tactics, to quash dissent by peaceful activists and political rivals, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. The charges come in a new report released by the New York-based watchdog, ...

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  • TA man appearing to wear Jamal Khashoggi’s clothes left the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul following his killing there, according to a surveillance video, while a member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage made four calls to the royal’s office around the same time, ...

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  • TTwenty men have been jailed for raping and abusing more than a dozen girls in a northern England town, in what a judge called a “vile and wicked” campaign of exploitation. The men in the town of Huddersfield were found guilty in three trials this year, but the verdicts could not be ...

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  • TA high-level meeting on security plans for Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections had just concluded when an elite Afghan guard turned his gun on the departing delegation Thursday, killing the powerful Kandahar police chief but missing the top US commander in the country, Gen. Scott ...

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  • TA Turkish official said Friday that investigators are looking into the possibility that the remains of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been taken to a forest in the outskirts of Istanbul or to another city if and after he was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier ...

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  • TAfghanistan is holding parliamentary elections on Saturday despite deep security concerns and ongoing fighting in as many as 20 out of the country’s 34 provinces. The vote comes amid a particularly vicious campaign by the Taliban and the Islamic State group, which have been staging ...

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  • TThe Afghan media on Thursday reported that the Kandahar police chief was killed when members of the provincial governor's elite guards turned their guns on their own colleagues and American troops who were present at a high-level security meeting in the province. Two American troops were also ...

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  • TSouth Korean progressives on Thursday accused the government of caving into xenophobic sentiment by rejecting a plea for refugee status by hundreds of asylum seekers from war-ravaged Yemen, whose arrival on a resort island earlier this year triggered outrage. Justice Party spokesman Choi Seok said ...

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  • TFirst lady Melania Trump’s plane was forced to return to a Washington area military base on Wednesday because of smoke in the cabin, temporarily delaying her trip to a Philadelphia hospital. Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said “everyone is fine and everyone is safe” after ...

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  • TAnna Burns won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday for Milkman, a vibrant, violent story about men, women, conflict and power set during Northern Ireland’s years of Catholic-Protestant violence. Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the 50,000-pound ...

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  • TSeven months after taking sanctuary in a church to avoid deportation, a family from Pakistan is planning to return to their Connecticut home and resume operations of their pizza shop as they await a ruling on their residency status. The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, which took in the ...

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  • TA court in northern India sentenced a Hindu guru and 14 followers to life imprisonment on Tuesday in the deaths of four women and a child at his sprawling ashram. The court ordered the penalty for Sant Rampal in Hisar city of Haryana state, where authorities deployed hundreds of riot police in ...

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  • TA Turkish forensics teams finished a search for evidence in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul early Tuesday morning over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, as reports circulated that the kingdom may concede the killing took place there. Technicians in coveralls, ...

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  • TA team of investigators entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Monday for what Turkish officials called a joint inspection of the building where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared nearly two weeks ago. The team arrived by unmarked police cars at the consulate and said nothing to ...

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  • TIndia's junior external affairs minister filed a criminal case for defamation in court on Monday against a woman who has accused him of sexual harassment, his attorney said. Minister M.J. Akbar filed a case against journalist Priya Ramani, the first of more than a dozen women to allege ...

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  • TPassport control looks a little different in Dubai International Airport the world's busiest for international travel. That's because the airport debuted a new “smart tunnel” that uses biometric technology, instead of human checks, to allow some air travellers to complete passport ...

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