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  • Somali president appoints new prime minister

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    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's president has appointed a new prime minister after the parliament voted to oust the former one following a political feud. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Wednesday appointed Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, who resigned as prime minister in 2010 after...

  • Poroshenko: Ukraine is a new, changing country

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    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ukraine's president on Wednesday urged Poland's politicians and business people to intensify ties with his country as it conducts reforms to follow European standards. At the start of a two-day visit to Poland, President Petro Poroshenko held talks with Polish...

  • Georgia editorial roundup

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    Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: Dec. 16 Morning News, Savannah, Georgia, on police standoff in Sydney, Australia: Experts seemed divided about whether the self-proclaimed Islamic "sheikh" who was killed Monday in a standoff with police in Sydney, Australia, was a nutcase...

  • Army's blimp-like airships get East Coast test

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    MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (AP) — The Army showed off a blimp-like airship Wednesday that is designed to help the military detect and destroy cruise missiles speeding toward the nation's capital or other major East Coast cities. The radar-toting vehicle will be launched next week as part of a...

  • 113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations. "Thank God it's over," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said as he...

  • Customs & Border Protection launch wait time app

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    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — People entering the United States from Canada or Mexico have a new tool to avoid long waits at the border. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske on Wednesday demonstrated a new border wait time app developed by the agency to help travelers...

  • Mom charged for giving sons pot for medical reasons

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    CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan mother faces child abuse and other charges after authorities say she gave her 10- and 12-year-old sons marijuana for medical reasons. The 31-year-old woman from the village of Mesick in the Lower Peninsula attended a pretrial conference Tuesday in...

  • Nigerian budget slashed by slumping oil prices

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    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's finance minister presented a 2015 budget of $23 billion to parliament on Wednesday, slashed by nearly $3 billion to accommodate slumping oil prices. Minister Ngozi Ikonjo-Iweala said she expects government revenue of $19.7 billion off growth of 5.5...

  • Gov.-elect names new leader of National Guard

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov-Elect Asa Hutchinson has named Brigadier Gen. Mark Berry of Ozark as the new Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard. Berry is currently chief of staff for the Arkansas Air National Guard. Hutchinson's office said in a news release that this is the...

  • Mississippi editorial roundup

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    Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: Dec. 13 Sun Herald, Biloxi, Mississippi, on politicians hurting state: Even as Gov. Phil Bryant implores the state's business community to accentuate the positive, the governor's own policies are hampering much of what's wrong with...

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