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President to decide next moves in Italy crisis

Rome - Italian President Sergio Matterella said Saturday he would decide "in the coming hours" how to resolve the political crisis created by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's crushing referendum defeat and subsequent resignation.

Dylan notably absent as Nobel laureates accept prizes

Stockholm - Dressed in tails and white ties, this year's Nobel laureates in medicine, economics, physics and chemistry accepted their prizes at a gala ceremony in Stockholm on Saturday, marked by the notable absence of the literature prize winner, US music icon Bo...

After Aleppo falls, where next for Syria?

Paris - While seizing control of Aleppo will not end the Syrian war, Bashar al-Assad's regime and its Russian and Iranian allies have more control now than at any time since the conflict began, experts say.

Opponents of NEXUS pipeline vow to engage in delaying tactics

Medina - Northeastern Ohio residents have been trying to convince Spectra Energy and DTE Energy to build their natural gas pipeline somewhere else, and they plan to use delaying tactics to hold off construction.

IS suicide bomber kills 35 Yemen soldiers

Aden - A suicide bomber killed 35 soldiers and wounded around 50 on Saturday at a military camp in Yemen's southern city of Aden, military and medical sources said.The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Review: Zac Brown Tribute Band rocks Mulcahy's for December show Special

Wantagh - On December 9, Zac Brown Tribute Band performed at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall, as part of their annual holiday show.

Turkey submits bill to strengthen Erdogan's powers

Istanbul - Turkey's ruling party on Saturday submitted a parliamentary bill that would dramatically expand the powers and possibly the tenure of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a move his opponents fear will lead to one-man rule.

US-backed alliance announces 'phase two' of Raqa campaign

- A US-backed Arab-Kurdish alliance announced Saturday "phase two" of its campaign for the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion of Raqa as Washington said it was sending 200 more troops to back the offensive.

Russia faces ban calls after damning doping revelations

London - There were growing calls on Saturday for Russia to be banned from the Winter Olympics and other major international events after the latest startling revelations of state-sponsored doping across Russian sport.

Overdue library book returned after 120 years

Hereford - It’s a good thing the library that lent the book out in the late 19th century did not impose a fine upon its return. The fine would have been a little costly.

Italy in new government endgame as bank fears mount

Rome - Talks on creating a new Italian government entered a decisive phase Saturday as fears mounted that any new premier will have to handle a politically toxic banking crisis.

Greece to approve new cuts for 2017 in parliament vote

Atenas - Greek lawmakers were to approve Saturday a new round of pay cuts and tax hikes for 2017 demanded by international creditors, with Athens hoping for an ECB stimulus next year.

France aims to extend state of emergency until July 2017

Paris - The French government announced plans Saturday to extend a national state of emergency until after elections next year, citing a heightened risk of jihadist attacks coinciding with polls.

Santos: no guarantee of peace with ELN rebels by end of mandate

Oslo - Hours before accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he could offer no guarantees there would be a peace deal in place with ELN rebels before the end of his mandate in 2018.

Meet LiLou: San Francisco Airport's therapy pig

San Fransisco - The experience of passing through an airport feel a lot like being a herded animal. San Francisco airport has gone one better and has deployed a pig. And it's no ordinary pig, but a therapy pig.

S. Koreans celebrate Park impeachment, but anxiety also

Seoul - Tens of thousands celebrated the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye at a rally in Seoul on Saturday, but amid the euphoria there was lingering anger, and anxiety at the prospect of an extended period of political uncertainty.

New brain implant for ALS patients

Amsterdam - People who have Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS-Lou Gehrig’s) lose muscle function and eventually require continual care. A new implant has been developed by University Medical Center researchers that could help those with the condition.

Cesarean births are changing how we evolve

Amsterdam - Cesarean sections (or C-sections) save the lives of mothers and babies, and they are also a ‘lifestyle’ choice for some expectant mothers. This area has been examined by researchers to see what the impact is upon human evolution.

Ultraviolet light can control inflammation

With a potential medical breakthrough scientists have come up with d a chemical tool to control inflammation, one that is activated by ultraviolet light.

Strange slimming effect of sweet potato waste

Obviously eating sweet potatoes is not going to make you slim, especially when accompanied by other starchy food. However, a study on mice suggests the water left over from cooking sweet potatoes may have slimming effects.
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