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India’s main opposition party Congress begins process of gov’t formation in 3 states

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New Delhi, Dec 12 (Xinhua) -- The final results in five states that went to polls in recent weeks have been an-nounced, and the country's main opposition party the Indian National Congress (INC) has fallen short by two lawmakers each in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, in order to achieve the simple-majority mark.
Senior INC leaders, including the party's newly-elected lawmakers, are holding meetings in the three states in a bid to form the new governments. In a day or two, the party is expected...

May says change of leader would delay Brexit

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London, Dec 12 (AP) - The Latest on political turmoil in Britain:
British Prime Minister Theresa May says a change of national leader would result in Britain's departure from the European Union being delayed or stopped, as she vowed to fight to stay in power.
May made the defiant statement...

Mom screamed for help amid fire that killed 5 kids

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Youngstown, Dec 11 (AP)- An anguished mother, naked and bleeding, banged on the door of the house across the street and screamed for help in a fruitless plea to save her five children as a late-night fire swallowed their Ohio home, a neighbor said Monday.
Fire officials in Youngstown said the...

Mexico's president, judiciary in standoff over pay

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Mexico City, Dec 11 (AP) - Mexico's new president said Monday that salaries for some in the country's judicial branch are "offensive" and that he will leave it to the Congress to implement his call for austerity.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador showed no sign of budging in his standoff with...

Researchers announce items that survived Brazil museum fire

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Rio De Janeiro, Dec 11 (AP) - Researchers from Brazil's National Museum said Monday that they had recov-ered more than 1,500 pieces from the debris following a massive fire.
The Sept. 2 blaze, which gutted one of the world's oldest museums, destroyed much of the 20 million piece collection, and...

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