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Mocked for his tweets, Trump fires back -- on Twitter

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted criticism of a "Saturday Night Live" sketch with Trump played by Alec Baldwin (R), which made fun of Trump's penchant for tweetingPresident-elect Donald Trump has reacted to a comedy sketch that mocked his penchant for sending tweets -- by sending a tweet. Trump again lambasted the show "Saturday Night Live," on which he is played by actor Alec Baldwin. "Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:53:19 -0500
Nigeria and Morocco sign gas pipeline deal to link Africa to Europe

A girl walks on a gas pipeline running through Okrika community near Nigeria's oil hub city of Port HarcourtNigeria and Morocco have signed a joint venture to construct a gas pipeline that will connect the two nations as well as some other African countries to Europe, Nigeria's minister of foreign affairs said on Saturday. The agreement was reached during a visit by the Morocco's King Mohammed to the Nigerian capital Abuja, Geoffrey Onyema, the minister, said, adding that the pipeline project would be designed with the participation of all stakeholders. "In this agreement both countries agreed to study and take concrete steps toward the promotion of a regional gas pipeline project that will connect Nigeria's gas resources, those of several West African countries and Morocco," Onyema told reporters in Abuja. Onyema said the project aimed to create a competitive regional electricity market with the potential to be connected to the European energy markets.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:39:34 -0500
Site of deadly Oakland warehouse fire an artist space, maze

A unidentified man falls to the ground after speaking to authorities outside of a warehouse destroyed by a fire Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. A deadly fire broke out during a rave at a converted warehouse in the San Francisco Bay Area. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The converted warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" where a deadly fire ripped through a late-night dance party was an artist workspace and illegal home for a rotating cast of a dozen or more residents, those who lived there or visited often said.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:27:44 -0500
Surprise winner of Gambia poll eyes new cabinet, reforms

The new president of Gambia Adama Barrow smiles as he makes a call at his home in Yarambamba, West Coast Region, GambiaBy Emma Farge BANJUL (Reuters) - The winner of Gambia's presidential election told Reuters on Saturday he was keen to form a new cabinet to get cracking with reforms, a day after veteran leader Yahya Jammeh stunned the tiny west African nation by conceding defeat. Jammeh's statement on state radio sparked wild celebrations in a country he has ruled with an iron hand since taking power in a coup 22 years ago, but doubts persisted over how he would step aside and whether the army would switch its allegiance. Gambia lacks a formal timetable for the handover of power and Jammeh has not been seen publicly since the announcement of the election results, which showed his challenger Adama Barrow comfortably ahead.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:27:43 -0500
3 dead in Finland shooting in southeastern town

HELSINKI (AP) Local officials in Finland say that three people have been fatally shot in a southeastern town overnight.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:22:02 -0500
Iran demands that Obama allow US sanctions to expire

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Iran's President Hassan Rouhani demanded Sunday that U.S. President Barack Obama not sign an extension of U.S. sanctions, saying the bill is a violation of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:14:52 -0500
Morocco arrests suspected militant involved in French plot

By Aziz El Yaakoubi RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan authorities have arrested a suspected militant accused of acting as an intermediary between Islamic State commanders and a cell dismantled by French authorities last month, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday. France said late last month it had foiled a possible attack after detaining seven people, including some who had been in the ranks of Islamic State in Syria. "For his mission (the suspect) met Islamic State messengers on the Turkish-Syrian border and he received instructions ... to pass on to the group that has been arrested on French soil," the Moroccan ministry said in a statement.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:12:23 -0500
Italians vote in referendum; Renzi vows to quit if he loses

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, top right, is cheese day supporters after addressing a rally on the upcoming Italian constitutional referendum in Florence, Italy, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)MILAN (AP) Italians are voting in a referendum on constitutional reforms that is being closely watched abroad to see if Italy is the next country to reject the political status quo.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:05:14 -0500
Castro to be laid to rest next to Cuban independence hero Marti

A woman holds an image of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro at a tribute to Castro in Santiago de CubaBy Sarah Marsh SANTIAGO, Cuba (Reuters) - Fidel Castro will be laid to rest on Sunday alongside the mausoleum of Cuban independence hero Jose Marti, ensuring that the polarizing nature of Castro's life will continue in death. Castro and his leftist revolutionaries claimed Marti's mantle upon overthrowing a U.S.-backed regime in 1959 and later married Marti's ideals to their brand of Soviet communism, enraging other nationalists, anti-communists and Cuban exiles who also claim Marti as their own. Castro, who survived five decades of U.S. attempts to kill or overthrow him, died on Nov. 25 age 90, a decade after resigning from office due to an intestinal illness and ceding power to his brother, current President Raul Castro, 85.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:03:01 -0500
Stein switches tactics in Pennsylvania recount drive

Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein dropped a request for a state court vote recount in Pennsylvania because petitioners could not afford the $1mn bond requiredFormer Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein switched tactics in her campaign to force a recount in Pennsylvania, one of three battleground states won by Donald Trump where she has challenged the results. The party dropped a bid to pursue the recount in a state court, citing difficulties raising a million dollar bond demanded by the tribunal. It said it would instead press on in federal court and file suit Monday.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:01:39 -0500
Europe holds its breath as Italy votes for change

If Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's proposals to streamline a 68-year-old parliamentary system are voted down in a referendum, he has vowed to resignItalians went to the polls Sunday in a constitutional referendum on which reformist Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has staked his future. If the centre-left Renzi's proposals to streamline a 68-year-old parliamentary system are voted down, he has vowed to resign. The most apocalyptic scenarios involve a crisis of investor confidence causing the failure of a rescue scheme for Italy's most indebted banks, triggering a broader crisis across the eurozone.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:52:58 -0500
Students: Slain USC prof was caring; arrested student quiet

USC professor killed in stabbing; student in custody, police sayLOS ANGELES (AP) A graduate student arrested on suspicion of killing the professor who oversaw his work at the University of California was described by some of his fellow classmates as a quiet but seemingly normal young man while others say he was troubled and pegged as most likely to quit the group's rigorous doctoral program.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:50:11 -0500
Thomas takes charge as Celtics topple 76ers

Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics shoots over Iman Shumpert and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 3, 2016 in Cleveland, OhioIsaiah Thomas scored the go-ahead layup with 30 seconds left as the Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 107-106. Thomas finished with 37 points to match his season high and fell one point short of his career high as Boston won for the third time in four games and the sixth time in eight. "I just love the fourth quarter," Thomas said.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:49:27 -0500
Warriors at 106 regular season games without losing 2 in row

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) gestures as fans cheer a score against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Nope, Stephen Curry didn't know the last time Golden State dropped two in a row during the regular season.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:48:46 -0500
Egypt refers two officials to court for migrant boat capsizing

Migrants who were rescued from a boat that capsized in the Mediterranean Sea are pictured in Al-BeheiraEgypt has referred two maritime inspection officials to trial for their role in the capsizing of a migrant ship that led to the death of over 200 earlier this year, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday. MENA said prosecutors ordered two inspection officials at the Egyptian Authority for Maritime Safety - a government agency - to trial after their investigation concluded that the inspectors colluded with the ship's captain to allow it to operate without a valid license. The officials were not named.

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:47:40 -0500
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