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China Mall Erects Giant Trump Dog Statue

A mall in northern China has installed a larger-than-life canine statue with more than a passing resemblance to U.S. President Donald Trump to welcome the coming Year of the Dog.

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In California, High Hopes for 'Green Rush' with Advent of Legal Pot

At the stroke of midnight on January 1, pot lovers in California may raise a joint, instead of a glass of champagne.

America's wealthiest state is legalizing the growth, sale and consumption of recreational marijuana, opening the door to the world's biggest market.

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A Year of Historic Change in Saudi Arabia, with More to Come

Saudi Arabia in 2017 laid the groundwork for momentous change next year, defying its conservative reputation for slow, cautious reforms by announcing plans to let women drive, allow movie theaters to return and to issue tourist visas. The kingdom could even get a new king.

King Salman and his ambitious 32-year-old son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have upended decades of royal family protocol, social norms and traditional ways of doing business. They bet instead on a young generation of Saudis hungry for change and a Saudi public fed up with corruption and government bureaucracy.

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Cable Channel Makes History with Transgender Musical Series

Cable channel FX said on Wednesday it had green-lit "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy's "Pose," a dance-musical series featuring the largest transgender regular cast in U.S. television history.

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Father Christmas Returns to War-Ravaged Raqa

Amid the gray ruins of Syria's devastated city of Raqa, three boys stopped and stared as two Father Christmases walked by with black sacks slung over their backs.

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Iran Police Taking Softer Line on Islamic Codes

Iranian police are taking a softer approach to breaches of Islamic rules, opting for education over punishment, Tehran's police chief said on Wednesday. 

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An Order from the Chinese Emperor: Find Immortality

New archeological research has shed fresh light on China's first emperor -- creator of the world-famous terracotta army -- and his quest for eternal life, state media reported.

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Where's Santa? U.S.-Canadian Military Command Tracking St Nick

It's the question every good little girl and boy asks on Christmas Eve: When is Santa coming? 

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Pakistan's Hazara Women Find a Safe Space in Social Venture

Working at "Hazara", a restaurant in the Pakistani city of Quetta, is a potentially deadly political act: all of the greasy spoon's employees are female members of a Shiite ethnic minority often targeted by extremists. 

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For Palestinian Christians, Trump is Christmas Killjoy

US Vice President Mike Pence may have postponed his visit, but Palestinian Christians still say Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is spoiling their Christmas.

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