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Zimbabwe's Mugabe Defies Calls to Resign

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe shocked the country by ending his address on national television without announcing his resignation, but he noted the political turmoil that led to his military house arrest and expulsion as ruling party leader

Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Oakland Raiders looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Trump Calls for NFL to Suspend Marshawn Lynch

Resurrecting his campaign against the NFL, President Donald Trump suggested the Oakland Raiders' Marshawn Lynch should be suspended by the league for the rest of the season if he "sits down to boos" during the national anthem again

The Paley Center For Media Presents: Transparent: An Evening With The Pfeffermans

Jeffrey Tambor Says He Will Quit Transparent

Jeffrey Tambor announced he would not be returning to Transparent following sexual harassment allegations made against him by two members of the Amazon series’ team. Last week, Amazon began looking into Tambor’s behavior

Tillerson And Mattis Testify At Senate Hearing On Authorization Of Use Of Force

Jeff Flake Calls the GOP 'Toast' on a Hot Mic

The Arizona senator was talking to friend and Mesa Mayor John Giles, and apparently did not realize his microphone was still on. "If [Republicans] become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast," he was caught Flake saying

Customs And Border Protection Patrols U.S. Border As Illegal Crossings Plummet

A Texas Border Patrol Agent Has Been Fatally Injured

Authorities are searching Texas' Big Bend area for potential suspects and witnesses after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was fatally injured responding to activity there. Border Patrol spokesmen could not provide details on what caused the injuries

Elf at Macy's Santaland

Want to See Santa? Better Make a Reservation

New York City's most well-known Santa Claus is accepting visitors by reservation only this year. It's the first time in the company's 155 years of hosting the event that it's disallowing impromptu stops from guests

Film Box Office

'Justice League' Disappoints With $96 Million Opening

Only in the modern era of superhero films could a $96 million opening weekend be considered anything less than impressive, but the big budget superhero mashup came in well under expectations of a $110 million launch

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukraine's President Petro Poroschenko (not pictured) attend a press conference in the Germany Chancellery on January 30, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Coalition Talks Collapse for Germany’s Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday her efforts to form a three-way coalition government had failed, thrusting Germany into a political crisis and pushing Europe’s largest economy closer to a possible new election

U.S.-WASHINGTON D.C.-U.S. CONGRESS PASSES TAX BILL

GOP Tax Bill's Winners and Losers

Under a major Republican tax bill moving in the Senate, the ultra-wealthy, especially those with dynastic businesses — like President Donald Trump and his family — do very well. People living in high-tax states could lose out

Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill

President Trump Slams UCLA Player's Dad

President Donald Trump tweeted that he should have left the UCLA basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China in jail after a player's father questioned how much the president actually had to do with his son's release

Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Model Keri Claussen Khalighi has come forward to accuse Def Jam Records mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct in 1991 when she was 17 years old. She says film producer Brett Ratner was also present