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Military Rule Is No Laughing Matter—Unless You’re Thailand’s Eccentric Leader

Thai Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha uses antics to help soften his image and position himself to lead an elected government four years after a coup he says saved the nation from chaos Source:: World News

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Turkey Launches Airstrikes on Kurdish Targets in Syria

Turkish jets began airstrikes on a Syrian Kurdish force allied with the U.S. in the fight against Islamic State, Turkey’s prime minister and Syrian Kurdish fighters said. Source:: World News

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Congress meets to try to end government shutdown as immigration remains a focus

By SL iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Lawmakers are back on Capitol Hill Saturday morning after a dramatic showdown led to a federal government shutdown shortly after midnight on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. It is the first time in recent history when government operations shut down while Republicans control both the White House and Congress. The House and Senate are to reconvene to attempt to broker an agreement to fund the government, with the House expected to hold votes following a round of speeches. Over the days, hours and even minutes leading up to the shutdown, immigration came into …

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As government shutdown begins, so does finger-pointing

By KT ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The federal government officially shut down Saturday on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president. Congress is to reconvene to try again to broker an agreement to fund the government. But as soon as it became clear Friday night that no deal would be reached before midnight, finger-pointing began. Vice President Mike Pence told reporters early Saturday that the blame lay with Democrats. “It’s disappointing to every American that Democrats would shut down the national government,” Pence said from aboard Air Force Two as he was about to take off for a trip …

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China Accuses U.S. of Encroachment in South China Sea

China criticized the U.S. Navy for sailing a guided-missile destroyer close to a disputed outcrop in the South China Sea, adding to tensions between the two governments already strained over trade and North Korea. Source:: World News

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North Korea to Send 22 Athletes to Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee approved North Korea to compete in five events at next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, adding momentum to efforts to build trust between the two Koreas after a year of high tension. Source:: World News

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Government shutdown begins

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Kodak Black arrested on multiple charges in Florida

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As shutdown looms, hundreds of key agency posts are still vacant under Trump

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Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, his family reveals

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Billy Joel adds stadium dates in Kansas City and Philadelphia; will receive honorary Phillies contract

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Megadeth’s David Ellefson on “The Rise of L.A. Thrash Metal” doc & why Lars Ulrich is the “Steve Jobs of thrash metal”

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Kehlani receives GLAAD Media Award nomination

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Coming soon: Maren Morris is in “The Middle” of new single with pop stars Zedd and Grey

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China to Be Focus of U.S. Trade Policy This Year

President Donald Trump’s “America First” trade policy will be more focused in the coming year on countering China, an administration official said. The strategy may emphasize enforcement over negotiations with its leaders. Source:: World News

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