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In this Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 photo, Nisrin Malaji returns to her looted home in the Hanano district of eastern Aleppo, Syria. It's a painful homecoming shared by hundreds of Syrians who are returning to areas devastated by years of war and then retaken from the city's embattled rebels in a recent government offensive. More than 30,000 people have fled Aleppo since the latest government offensive began last month, joining the more than 10 million Syrians -- nearly half the population -- who have fled their homes since the conflict began. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
2 Russian nurses killed in rebel shelling of Syria's AleppoRebel shelling killed two Russian nurses and eight civilians in Aleppo, and a Russian fighter jet crashed as it was returning to an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean after a sortie over Syria, but the pilot ejected safely
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As fall of Sirte nears, female suicide bombers attackAs Libyan fighters make their final push to dislodge Islamic State militants from their last bastion in Libya, female suicide bombers were among the group's last desperate attempts to slow down the fall of the city, officials said on Monday
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Ilann Maazel, center, and Gregory Harvey, left, attorneys for the Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein campaign, walk from the federal courthouse in Philadelphia, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Calling Pennsylvania's election system "a national disgrace," Green Party-backed lawyers asked a federal judge on Monday to order a recount of the state's Nov. 8 presidential election result, won by Republican Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Focus of recount effort shifts to Michigan, PennsylvaniaPresidential candidate Jill Stein's fight to force ballot recounts in three states is now focused on Pennsylvania and Michigan
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Iran: US threatens nuclear deal, warns of 'strong reaction'A senior Iranian official has warned the U.S. of a "firm and strong reaction" if it persists in actions he says are endangering a nuclear deal aimed at curbing programs Tehran could use to make atomic arms
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ash Carter’s final swing across Asia as Pentagon chief shines a spotlight on tough issues to be inherited by his successor, from concern in Tokyo and Seoul about being forced to pay more for U.S. military protection to worry across the region that North Korea’s nuclear ambitions could spark war.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
Carter's Asia trip spotlights issues for next Pentagon headAsh Carter's final swing across Asia as Pentagon chief shines a spotlight on tough issues his successor will inherit
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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Earnest discussed President-elect Donald Trump's call with Taiwan's leader, and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The Latest: Al Gore calls meeting with Trump 'productive'Former Vice President Al Gore says he had a "productive" meeting with President-elect Donald Trump
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North Carolina Gov. McCrory concedes he lost re-election bidNorth Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the governor's race Monday, clearing the way for Democrat Roy Cooper to be declared the winner nearly four weeks after Election Day
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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls delivers his speech to announce his candidacy for the Socialist primary next month in Evry, outside Paris, Monday Dec. 5, 2016. Valls hopes to unite the Socialists under his banner and give the left a chance to stay at the Elysee, in the most ambitious challenge of his political life after president Francois Hollande decided not to run for re-election next year. Board reads: Winning for everything that unites us. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Valls makes French presidential bid, steps down as premierFrench Prime Minister Manuel Valls has announced his candidacy for next year's presidential election
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Western Kentucky listen to head coach Jeff Brohm in the locker room after defeating Louisiana Tech 58-44 in the Conference USA championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)
Brohm leaving Western Kentucky to take Boilermakers jobJeff Brohm is leaving Western Kentucky to take the head coaching job at Purdue
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  • Parents of US teen who committed suicide sue school counsellor

    Three weeks before 18-year-old Jay Gallagher took his own life, a worried friend who lived in Colorado sent an email to his school counsellor at Potomac Falls High in Potomac Falls, Virginia, telling the counsellor that Jay was saying things "with suicidal content," according to a lawsuit filed in Loudoun County Circuit Court on Friday. "He's usually crying alone in his room because he doesn't seem to have a good relationship with his parents," the girl wrote. Manawatu Evening Standard, Sun, Dec 4 2016 @ 02:53 AM
  • Parents of teen suicide victim sue Loudoun County Public Schools counselor for $5 million in damages

    Tim and Erin Gallagher, parents of a Potomac Falls High School student who took his own life last school year, today filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Loudoun County Circuit Court against a school counselor.The family says they are seeking $5 million in damages for the loss of their son. Loudoun Times, Fri, Dec 2 2016 @ 08:59 PM
  • Public transit in Northern Va. sees decrease in ridership

    Fewer commuters are opting for public transit in Northern Virginia. Overall, ridership levels are down 12 percent from this time last year, according to numbers from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. WTOP-FM Washington, Fri, Dec 2 2016 @ 07:28 PM
  • More plans emerge for Ashburna s a Smart Citya

    Additional plans for the region's first "ground-up smart city" have emerged with recent announcements by the developers of new partnerships and the release of the latest architectural renderings. Loudoun Times, Fri, Dec 2 2016 @ 11:57 AM
  • Waterford artist's work is on display at Washington National Cathedral

    Brian Whelan has arranged nine of his "holy city" paintings to form a 9-by-12-foot mural for an exhibition that is on display at the Washington National Cathedral through next month. Over the past two decades, Brian Whelan has created countless paintings of holy cities, which he describes as "thin places where heaven and Earth seem so close as to actually touch." The Washington Post, Fri, Dec 2 2016 @ 03:00 AM
  • Trump administration the topic of conversation at Loudoun Chamber of Commerce forum

    Richmond-Times Dispatch Columnist Jeff Schapiro and George Mason University Political Science Professor Toni-Michelle Travis talk about how a Trump presidency will affect business and politics in Virginia. Loudoun Times, Thu, Dec 1 2016 @ 11:16 PM
  • Chinese officials assess Loudoun for rural opportunities in closed, unannounced trip

    Vice Premier Wang Yang, one of the four Vice Premiers of the People's Republic of China , speaks to Chairwoman Phyllis Randall and US Congresswoman Barbara Comstock at the hops processing plant located at Black Hops Farm. Loudoun Times, Thu, Dec 1 2016 @ 01:04 PM
  • Loudoun supervisors expected to limit residential near Dulles runways

    Loudoun County supervisors will advance a plan to almost entirely limit residential development on land near the future Loudoun Gateway Metro station, citing its close proximity to Dulles International Airport's runways. Business Journal, Thu, Dec 1 2016 @ 12:49 PM
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