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Currency losses hit GM's fourth-quarter profits

General Motors said it made $12.5 billion in operating profit for the year, while its annual net profit slipped to $9.43 billion due to the fourth-quarter results. GM narrowed its European pretax loss to $257 million in 2016 from $813 million in 2015. GM's US sales fell 1.3% past year to 3.04 million vehicles, while inventories of unsold vehicles at its USA dealers rose by one-third to 845,000 vehicles at the end of 2016. Read More

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Sports group pleads with legislators to get HB2 off books

An NCAA drought through 2022 could cost the state $250 million in "potential economic impact", Dupree writes. Scott Dupree of the N.C. Sports Association and Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance wrote, "Our contacts at the NCAA tell us that, due to their stance on HB2, all North Carolina bids will be pulled from the review process and removed from consideration". Read More

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Trump on taking refugees: 'I will study this dumb deal'

In a late night tweet, Trump slammed it as a " dumb deal ". The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia . But Spicer's comment was nearly immediately undermined when the ABC's Washington bureau was telephoned by a White House source insisting the agreement was still under consideration and the president had not made a final decision. Read More

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Our most read: lots of talk about border adjustments

Less than a week into office, US President Donald Trump has substantially soured relations with southern neighbour Mexico, threatening the beginnings of a trade war. One was that he would build a wall on the Mexican border, and the other was that he would force Mexico to pay for the wall. Just yesterday, the University of New Mexico issued a warning to the about 110 global students from the seven countries included in President Trump's Muslim ban advising them to refrain from travel overseas ... Read More

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Coal miners rescued as fighting increases in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian officials said at least eight soldiers had been killed and 26 servicemen and two civilians injured. It also said the rebels turned down the government's offer to cease fire to allow the removal of the dead and wounded. Both the separatists and the Ukrainian government could stand to benefit from an escalation in the east, Kiev-based independent political analyst Vadim Karasyov told the Associated Press. Read More

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Washington becomes first state to sue Trump over travel ban

The attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state and the District of Columbia issued a statement Sunday asserting "religious liberty has been, and always will be, a bedrock principle of our country, and no president can change that truth". Read More

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Estonia issues stamp of Chinese New Year of Rooster

Estonia issues stamp of Chinese New Year of Rooster

Transport officials predict that Chinese passengers will make nearly three billion trips during the 40-day Lunar New Year period, including more than 2.5 billion journeys by road, the official Xinhua news agency said. People watch fireworks explode on the eve of the Spring Festival, in Beijing, China , January 27, 2017. This year authorities are preparing for the largest chunyun ever: The Chinese Ministry of Transport predicts that 2.98 billion trips will be made between January 13 ... Read More

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Wade, Butler blast teammates' commitment after loss

Wade, Butler blast teammates' commitment after loss

In his Instagram post, Rondo said the veteran leaders he played with in Boston never took days off, which seemed a direct shot at Wade, who has rested on the back end of four sets of back-to-back games and rarely practices. Wade responded to Rondo's at the Bulls' shootaround Friday morning. The young guys work. "But we continue to be in these kinds of situations and lose games like this". Read More

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Jo Stevens quits shadow cabinet over article 50 vote

Jo Stevens quits shadow cabinet over article 50 vote

He added: "I fully understand the pressures and issues that members are under, those who represent leave constituencies and those who represent remain constituencies". Just four of those MPs campaigned to leave (including Kate Hoey in Vauxhall and Gisela Stuart in Birmingham Edgbaston) which means dozens of Labour MPs who wanted to keep Britain in the European Union represent seats that voted the same way. Read More

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Syria talks in Astana pledge to safeguard truce

Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov read out a statement at the end of Tuesday's session saying that the delegations of Iran, Russia and Turkey chose to "establish a trilateral mechanism to observe and ensure full compliance with the ceasefire , prevent any provocations and determine all modalities of the ceasefire". Read More

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Trump Signs a Global Anti-Abortion Executive Order

Trump Signs a Global Anti-Abortion Executive Order

President Bill Clinton did away with the policy, President George W. Bush implemented it again and President Barack Obama rejected it again when he was in power. The gag rule would deny United States funding to any worldwide organization that mentions abortion as an option for women seeking help with an unwanted pregnancy-even if that organization largely provides contraception or more general reproductive health care. Read More

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Turkey to Discuss Outcomes of Astana Talks on Syria With Trump Administration

Turkey to Discuss Outcomes of Astana Talks on Syria With Trump Administration

Iran intends to participate in the upcoming Geneva talks on the Syrian conflict, but has not decided on the level of participation yet, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari has said. He said all sides agreed there is no opportunity to solve the Syrian crisis through military means. The January 25 announcement comes after Russia, Iran, and Turkey said they would jointly enforce a fragile three-week cessation of hostilities in Syria. Read More

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The 'most awkward inauguration moment' between Donald Trump and Melania

The 'most awkward inauguration moment' between Donald Trump and Melania

But thrust into the spotlight at the Republican National Convention, she became the target of social media roasting, after her speech included several passages mirroring Michelle Obama's 2008 DNC address. The GIF followed many people's concerns that Melania "doesn't seem happy at all" when she's with her husband. The publication speculates that Mr. Trump may have admonished Barron, and such a tactic might have caused Melania to frown. Read More

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Trump Met with Cheers from CIA Officers When Criticizing the Media

Trump Met with Cheers from CIA Officers When Criticizing the Media

In his first official visit to a government agency as president, Trump, who in the past likened USA intelligence to those of Nazi Germany , sought to leave no doubt with officers that he supported their work. We have to get rid of ISIS". Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), Trump's nominee to run the Central Intelligence Agency. He rejected the notion that he had been in a "feud" with the intelligence community over its investigation of the Russian government's involvement in the presidential campaign. Read More

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Blumenthal Slams Trump Administration Proposal to Reinstate Global Gag Rule

Blumenthal Slams Trump Administration Proposal to Reinstate Global Gag Rule

While that defunding legislation concerns the domestic-based Planned Parenthood abortion corporation, President Trump has the ability to put in place an executive order that would revoke funding for its global affiliate. During his campaign, Trump repeatedly said he would appoint conservative justices who would overturn the decision. Last week, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen said she would seek to introduce legislation to ban the gag rule permanently, after successive presidents have ... Read More

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S. Korean minister arrested, accused of blacklisting cultural figures

Culture Minister Cho Yoon-sun and ex-presidential chief of staff Kim Ki-choon allegedly drew up the list of thousands of artists and cultural figures to be excluded from government funding programs. On December 9, Korean lawmakers voted to impeach Park on charges that she colluded with a friend to extort money from the country's biggest firms and allowed her friend to manipulate government affairs behind the scenes. Read More

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US Women's March set to go global

More than 56 women from Midland will participate in the Women's March on Washington to show their presence after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States on Friday. Buses will ferry marchers to the D.C. event from cities across North America, but in addition to the main gathering, rallies are being held all over the continent as a display of solidarity and to promote issues that similar groups face locally. Read More

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Nigerian leader to press Gambia's Jammeh to step down

Johnson-Sirleaf then said . "The person declared elected should take and assume office". The African Union said last week it would not recognise Jammeh as Gambia's president after January 19. He and his party filed a petition calling for a new vote and he appointed judges to the supreme court, which had not sat for more than a year. Mr Jammeh criticised the AU's decision in his Sunday address, saying it had not been approved by member states. Read More

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