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'If I Win'

Donald Trump said he will accept the outcome of the presidential election — if he wins. And he said he might contest the results if they don't go his way, doubling down on his statement that raised the prospect of breaking with bedrock traditions of democracy

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President Obama Blasts Rubio for Trump Support

President Obama lambasted Marco Rubio on his home turf, slamming the senator who ran against Donald Trump in the primary, yet later endorsed his candidacy. He also mocked the Republican Party for continuing to support Trump despite multiple controversies

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand in an area near the town of Bashiqa, some 25 kilometers northeast of Mosul, Iraq, as smoke billows in the distance on Oct. 20, 2016.

U.S. Takes First Casualty in Mosul Offensive

The first U.S. casualty in the offensive against ISIS in Mosul came as a coalition of Iraqi forces engaged in fierce fighting with ISIS militants defending the caliphate's largest redoubt in Iraq

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Warm Winter Expected in Much of U.S.: Forecasters

Residents all across the southern U.S. should expect winter to be warmer and drier than usual, federal forecasters said, thanks to the potential start of the La Niña climate pattern. The Northeast will see an average winter


U.S. Officials: Russian Hackers 'Could Fake Electoral Fraud'

Officials warn that Russian hackers could undermine public confidence in the election by posting fake documents purporting electoral fraud. The warning comes after Donald Trump repeatedly suggests without evidence that the election could be "rigged"

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1600 Detained in Ethiopia Under State of Emergency

Authorities in Ethiopia have detained more than 1600 people under state of emergency measures, which were imposed on October 9 in the wake of massive anti-government protests. At least 500 people have died in clashes with security forces over the last 11 months

Thailand Mourns The Death Of King Bhumibol

Thais Disrupting Mourning 'Risk Attack': Junta Leader

The leader of Thailand's junta, Prayuth Chan-ocha, has warned that anyone upsetting those still mourning the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej risks violent attack. The strongman's stark warning reflects the paranoia that persists in the country a week after the monarch's passing

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NZ Cancels Meeting With Top Hong Kong Democracy Figures

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Bill English has scrapped a meeting with two senior Hong Kong democracy advocates on the advice of his foreign office, who said it would be “diplomatically sensitive.” "This is the first time it's happened to me like this," Martin Lee said

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Beijing's Adroit Diplomacy Is Isolating the U.S. in Asia

While Washington has been diverted by the Middle East and one of the most acrimonious presidential elections in U.S. history, Beijing has been playing a deft diplomatic game in Asia, consigning Obama's "Asian pivot" to history stock photos Condoms Sex

STD Rates Reach Record High in United States

There were more cases of sexually transmitted diseases in 2015 than in any previous year, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It marks the second year in a row the rates of these diseases have increased