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EU leaders meet on Brexit as UK election indicates a way out

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

European Union leaders are gathering Friday to discuss Britain’s departure from the bloc amid some relief that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has secured a parliamentary majority that will allow him to push the Brexit divorce deal he negotiated through parliament.
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Rapper Scarface in runoff for Houston City Council seat

As a member of Houston’s pioneering rap group The Geto Boyz, Brad Jordan co-wrote the early 1990s hip-hop anthem “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Now, the 49-year-old rapper better known as Scarface is working to ensure Houston voters that no, their minds are not playing tricks on them: He is running for City Council, and he’s a serious candidate.
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New Zealand recovers 6 bodies from toxic volcanic island

As grieving families sang traditional Maori songs, New Zealand military specialists wearing protective gear landed on a small volcanic island Friday morning and recovered six bodies of the 16 people who died in an eruption four days earlier.
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Trump calls impeachment vote ‘embarrassment’ to nation

President Donald Trump declared Friday’s House committee vote to impeach him ”an embarrassment to our country“ and refused to back away from the charge that first ensnared him in the scandal. Almost simultaneous to the vote, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, turned up at the White House to discuss Ukraine.
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’Nuts!’ US troops thwarted Hitler’s last gamble 75 years ago

Out of the blue at dawn on Dec. 16, 1944, over 200,000 German troops counter-attacked across the front line in Belgium and Luxembourg, smashing into battle-weary US soldiers defending the Ardennes Forest and the strategic crossroads at Bastogne. This weekend, 75 years later, a handful of returning veterans will be feted by an ever grateful local population for their bravery in what was “arguably the greatest battle in American military history,” according to the U.S. Army Historical Center.
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U.S. cancels planned tariffs on China

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. has canceled plans to impose new tariffs on $160 billion worth of Chinese imports Sunday as part of a modest interim agreement that de-escalates a 17-month trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.
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Erik Prince held secret talks in Caracas with Maduro’s No. 2

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Erik Prince, a private security mogul with ties to the Trump administration, held secret talks in Caracas last month with Venezuela's vice president after briefing at least one senior U.S. official on his plans, according to people familiar with the situation.
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Lawmakers want former Ky. Gov. Bevin’s pardons investigated

Outrage over a spree of pardons by former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spread to the state capitol Friday as two lawmakers asked the incoming attorney general to investigate the orders, including one for a convicted killer whose family contributed to the governor.