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Barbados says goodbye to queen, transforms into republic

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO -- Barbados stopped pledging allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday as it shed another vestige of its colonial past and became a republic for the first time in history.
Several leaders and dignitaries, including Prince Charles, attended the ceremony that began late Monday in a popular square where the statue of a well-known British lord was removed last year amid a worldwide push to erase symbols of oppression.
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Prosecutors to begin case against Jussie Smollett in Chicago

CHICAGO -- Testimony is set to begin Tuesday in the trial of ex-"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, who prosecutors say staged a homophobic and racist attack in Chicago but whose defence attorney says is "a real victim" of a "real crime.
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Hanukkah in pictures from around the world

 

Appeals court to weigh Trump arguments to withhold records

WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyers will try to persuade a federal appeals court to stop Congress from receiving call logs, drafts of speeches and other documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S.
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Amazon workers in Alabama get a do-over in union election

NEW YORK -- The U.S. National Labor Relations Board has ordered a new union election for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Ala., based on objections to the first vote that took place in April.
The move, announced Monday, is a major blow to Amazon, which had spent about a year aggressively campaigning for warehouse workers in Bessemer to reject the union, which they ultimately did by a wide margin.
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Jurors at trial in Daunte Wright slaying go under microscope

MINNEAPOLIS -- When attorneys begin sifting through potential jurors on Tuesday in the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer who says she meant to use her Taser instead of her gun when she killed Daunte Wright, they'll take a hard look at their attitudes toward policing, protests, and the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements.
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Prosecutors have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling that overturned comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction, arguing in a petition Monday that a decision not to prosecute announced in a media release does not give a defendant lifetime immunity.
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Myanmar court postpones verdict for ousted leader Suu Kyi

A court in Myanmar postponed its verdict on Tuesday in the trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to allow testimony from an additional witness.
The court agreed with a defence motion that it allow a doctor who had previously been unable to come to court to add his testimony, a legal official said.
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Lava blankets swathes of Spain's La Palma

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U.S. intelligence community 'struggled' to brief Trump, CIA study says

The U.S. intelligence community "struggled" to brief U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in 2016, achieving "only limited success" in educating and developing a relationship with the incoming president, according to a newly released unclassified history of the transition period published by the CIA's in-house academic centre.
 

Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama to get another vote on unionizing

A new union election for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Ala., will be held based on objections to the first vote that took place in April.
The move is a major blow to Amazon, which had spent about a year aggressively campaigning for warehouse workers in Bessemer to reject the union, which they ultimately did by a wide margin.
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Elizabeth Holmes accuses ex-lover, business partner of abuse

SAN JOSE, CALIF. -- Disgraced entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes described herself as the abused puppet of her former lover and business partner Sunny Balwani in tearful testimony Monday, part of her attempt to refute accusations that she lied about a flawed blood-testing technology she had hailed as a major breakthrough.
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U.S. presses Canada to make good on promised 200-soldier peacekeeping force

The United States is pressing Canada to commit medical units and drones to United Nations' missions at a peacekeeping summit in South Korea next week, and to come up with the 200-strong force first promised four years ago.
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