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New Zealand spared widespread destruction after quake kills two

Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 7:04 a.m.

New Zealand was rocked by a powerful earthquake early Monday that killed two people and caused extensive damage to roads and businesses, but avoided the widespread destruction caused by a 2011 quake that killed 185 people. The local dollar fell.

Priebus says he and Bannon make effective Trump team

Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 6:50 a.m.

In this Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump stands with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus during an election night rally in New York. (John Locher / Associated Press)
President-elect Donald Trump is making an overture to warring Republican circles by appointing GOP chief Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff and Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor.

Report: Carbon emissions flat in last three years

Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 1 a.m.

Worldwide emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide have flattened out in the past three years, a new study showed Monday, raising hopes that the world is nearing a turning point in the fight against climate change.

Trump pits establishment against populism in his White House team

Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, 11:22 p.m.

In this Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, photo, President-elect Donald Trump, left, stands with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus during an election night rally in New York. Trump on Sunday named Priebus as his White House chief of staff. (Evan Vucci / AP)
President-elect Donald Trump named his top two advisers on Sunday, signaling an aggressive agenda and setting up what could be a battle within the White House between the populist, outsider forces that propelled his winning campaign and the party establishment that dominates Washington.

EU awaits Trump team to assess future of trans-Atlantic ties

Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, 10:54 p.m.

European Union foreign ministers conceded Sunday that they will have to wait to see what moves U.S. president-elect Donald Trump makes in the weeks ahead and work on strengthening Europe’s role in world affairs until the future of trans-Atlantic relations becomes clearer.

Gary Johnson’s next goal: Cycling 3,000 miles

Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, 10:53 p.m.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson says he has no regrets about running for president for the second time and finishing a distant runner-up as a Libertarian candidate.

Gasps, tears as Iraqis return to IS-destroyed parish

Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, 6:59 p.m.

There were gasps, followed by tears at a small church in northern Iraq as a group of Christians returned to their parish Sunday to find that everything had been destroyed, including the statue of the Virgin Mary which Islamic State militants had decapitated before they left.

Trump draws sharp rebuke, concerns over Bannon appointment

Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, 6:55 p.m.

In this Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Stephen Bannon, campaign CEO for President-elect Donald Trump, leaves Trump Tower in New York. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist in the White House has drawn a sharp rebuke from political strategists who see in Bannon a controversial figure too closely associated with the “alt-right” movement, which white nationalists have embraced.

Trump says U.S. will try to deport 3 million undocumented immigrants

Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, 4:01 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump says his administration will seek to promptly deport up to 3 million immigrants with “criminal records” who are in the U.S. illegally but will defer the far wider exclusions he called for during the campaign until ”after the border is secure.”

Lawyers file motion to delay Trump University trial

Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, 2:15 p.m.

Donald Trump’s attorneys filed a motion to delay until after the presidential inauguration a class-action fraud lawsuit involving the president-elect and his now-defunct Trump University.

Priebus tapped as White House chief of staff

Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, 2:02 p.m.

Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee, right, speaks as President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (John Locher / Associated Press)
Donald Trump named Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus his White House chief of staff, elevating one of his loyal GOP advisers with a deep expertise of the Washington establishment Trump has vowed to shake up.

Powerful earthquake strikes New Zealand, killing 2 people

Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, 1:58 p.m.

The truck loading ramp at the Interisland Ferry wharf lays dropped and broken, in Wellington Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, after a major earthquake struck New Zealand’s south Island early Monday. (Ross Setford / Associated Press)
A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Island early Monday, killing at least two people, causing damage to buildings and infrastructure, and prompting emergency services to warn people along the coast to move to higher ground to avoid tsunami waves.

Iraqi troops enter town of famed ancient ruins near Mosul

Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, 1:47 p.m.

Iraqi troops entered a town south of Mosul on Sunday where Islamic State militants destroyed artifacts at a nearby ancient Assyrian archaeological site, while special forces fended off suicide bombers during a cautious advance into the northern city.

Violence in northern Syria kills 23

Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, 1:34 p.m.

At least seven children were among 23 killed Sunday in northern Syria as pro-government forces kept up their campaign against opposition areas in the country’s north, while rebels shelled a government-held district in Aleppo city.

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