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Trump Assails Russia Probe, Taps New Attorney General

U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering new attack Friday on Robert Mueller, as he tapped a veteran conservative lawyer to head the U.S. Justice Department -- and assume oversight of the special counsel's Russia investigation as it inches ever closer to the White House.

The latest of Trump's increasingly frequent outbursts against the probe came ahead of crucial court filings that could reinforce suspicions the president's campaign colluded with a Russian effort to get him elected in 2016, or that Trump himself sought to obstruct justice -- two of Mueller's lines of inquiry.

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Mourinho 'Very Happy' at Man United, Says His Agent

Jose Mourinho is "very happy" at Manchester United despite the club's Premier League struggles, his agent Jorge Mendes said on Friday.

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Turkey Asks U.S. to Lift Syria Observation Posts

Turkey on Friday asked the U.S. to scrap observation posts in northern Syria aimed at helping prevent clashes between Turkish forces and a Kurdish militia backed by Washington.

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#MeToo Takes Fight for Gender Equality to New Heights, Says U.N. Women Chief

The global #MeToo campaign has taken the battle for women's rights to "where we have never been before," the head of the U.N.'s agency for gender equality told AFP during her first official visit to Pakistan Friday.

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Yemen Rebels Refuse Sanaa Airport as Domestic Hub

Yemen's Huthi rebels on Friday turned down a government demand that Sanaa international airport, shut for years in a war between the two rivals, be reopened as a hub for domestic flights.

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Yemen Rebels Rebuff Govt. Demand for Hodeida Withdrawal

Yemen's Huthi rebels will not hand over the key port of Hodeida to the rival government, a rebel representative said Friday, as the two parties met for U.N.-brokered talks in Sweden.

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Rap Star Kendrick Lamar, Women Nominees Lead Grammy Race

The soundtrack of Marvel's "Black Panther" propelled rap superstar Kendrick Lamar to the front of this year's Grammy pack with eight nominations, closely followed by fellow rapper Drake who scored seven, organizers said Friday.

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Trump Nominates ex-Fox News Anchor Nauert as U.N. Envoy

U.S. President Donald Trump nominated State Department spokeswoman and former Fox TV news anchor Heather Nauert Friday as ambassador to the United Nations.

Trump told reporters that Nauert, who is in line to take over from Nikki Haley, had done well at the State Department.

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OPEC and Partners Agree on 1.2 Million Bpd Output Cut

OPEC and partner countries including Russia agreed on Friday to cut oil output by a combined 1.2 million barrels a day in the hope of boosting prices, Iraq's oil minister said.

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Canada Job Numbers Higher on Cannabis Boost

Canada's pot legalization helped to significantly boost job numbers in November and push the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 5.6 percent -- the lowest level since 1976, the government statistical agency said on Friday.

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