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President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017.
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Putin Thanks Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. President Donald Trump to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin added that Putin asked Trump to convey gratitude to the CIA

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Mueller Obtains Trump Transition Emails

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian contacts with President Donald Trump's campaign has gained access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration, according to sources

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8 Killed in Attack on Pakistan Church

Two suicide bombers attacked a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Sunday, killing eight people and wounding 42 others, officials said. The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for the attack. Pakistan's president condemned the attack

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The Last Jedi Soars at Box Office

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" rocketed to a debut of $220 million at the North American box office, landing the second-best opening ever and slotting in behind only its predecessor, "The Force Awakens," according to studio estimates

U.S. Soldier Ambushed in Niger Wasn't Captured

An American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger with three comrades but recovered days later wasn't captured alive by the enemy or executed at close range, The Associated Press has learned, based on the conclusion of a military investigation

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3 Astronauts Take Off For International Space Station

A capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States has blasted off for a two-day trip to the International Space Station. The capsule is to dock on Tuesday with the orbiting space laboratory

The world's first smartship, Quantum of the Seas, sails into New York Harbor.

Hundreds of People Fell Sick on a Royal Caribbean Cruise

Hundreds of passengers fell sick aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise due to a gastrointestinal illness — a common issue that plagues cruise lines due to close living quarters, among other factors. Passengers also became ill on another recent cruise

Saturday Night Live - Season 43

SNL Takes Aim at Omarosa's White House Exit

Saturday Night Live used its cold open to take aim at the list of employees who left the Trump administration in less than a year. The skit opens with a "Christmas message" from President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

France Solo Sailing Record

French Sailor Breaks Around-The-World Record

French sailor Francois Gabart broke the record Sunday for sailing around the world alone, circumnavigating the planet in just 42 days and 16 hours. That is more than six days faster than the last record

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Trump: Economy Will 'Start to Rock'

Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth

Massive Thomas Fire Threatens Santa Barbara County

California Wildfire Triggers New Wave of Evacuations

New evacuations were called as surging winds drove an enormous wildfire toward a wealthy enclave in the coastal foothills northwest of Los Angeles. The mandatory evacuations around Montecito and neighboring Summerland came as winds raged

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Egypt Reopens Ancient Library

Egypt reopened an ancient library which holds thousands of centuries-old religious and historical manuscripts at the famed St. Catherine Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in South Sinai