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12/9/2016

The US Senate voted to pass the $618.7 billion National Defense Authorization Act, which will now go on to the president for final approval. The bill includes a $3.2 billion increase in military spending, but does not contain controversial provisions, such as allowing contractors to base hiring decisions based on religious affiliation.

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12/9/2016

Several conservative politicians are voicing support for Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., as a candidate for Donald Trump's Office of Management and Budget chief. Mulvaney has met with the president-elect and several members of the transition team to discuss regulations and bureaucracy.

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Breitbart.com
12/9/2016

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the US will remain committed to ensuring Afghanistan remains sovereign and secure. President-elect Donald Trump discussed the effects of terrorism on the nation with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani last week.

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Reuters
12/9/2016

President-elect Donald Trump's supporters are touting the size of his election victory by pointing to a map showing all the red counties he carried. Snopes, however, takes a closer look at the results and reports that the count isn't as clear as the map would indicate.

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Donald Trump
12/9/2016

America's first man in orbit, John Glenn died Thursday at age 95, and he will be remembered for his conquest of space, his four terms in the Senate and his 1984 presidential run. But fans of the TV show "Frazier" will also remember Glenn for his comedic turn on an episode discussing UFOs.

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Entertainment Weekly
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12/9/2016

Human rights have been under attack this year with disastrous results, said United Nations human rights chief Zeid bin Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein on the eve of International Human Rights Day on Saturday. "If the growing erosion of the carefully constructed system of human rights and rule of law continues to gather momentum, ultimately everyone will suffer," he said.

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12/9/2016

The United Nations General Assembly will vote today on a nonbinding resolution calling for the immediate end of attacks on civilians in Syria and the ending of all sieges. The resolution also calls for humanitarian aid deliveries.

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Yahoo
12/9/2016

Peace talks to end the Syrian civil war must continue, said United Nations special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. He briefed the Security Council on Thursday on peace options.

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Reuters, Yahoo
12/9/2016

About 1 in 4 children lives in a conflict-ridden country, and many lack access to "education, proper nutrition and protection," said UNICEF. About 393 million affected children live in sub-Saharan Africa.

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UNICEF
12/9/2016

Kenya is aiming to boost electricity capacity to 6,766 megawatts by 2020, up from the current 2,327 MW. The country is asking the World Bank to finance a $150 million solar and wind facility in the northeast as part of that push.

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Bloomberg
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