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Sudan declares state of emergency, disbands Cabinet

CAIRO -- Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Friday declared a state of emergency for a year and disbanded the government amid deadly protests.
Al-Bashir -- who seized power in a 1989 coup-- also said that he will postpone pushing for constitutional amendments to allow him to seek a third term in office.
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Ontario woman tried to smuggle man across U.S. border in trunk of car: docs

A Toronto-area settlement worker could face jail time in the United States after attempting to smuggle a failed refugee claimant across the border in the trunk of her car.
Court documents show Donna Pham pleaded guilty this week to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S.
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R. Kelly indicted for aggravated sexual abuse

R. Kelly was charged Friday with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, after decades of lurid rumours and allegations that the R&B star was sexually abusing women and underage girls.
Tandra Simonton, spokesperson for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, confirmed to The Associated Press the charges had been filed against the 52-year-old Grammy winner but declined to say the specific number.
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AP source: Mueller report not expected next week

WASHINGTON -- Special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation is not expected to be delivered to the Justice Department next week, a senior department official told The Associated Press on Friday.
The official could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
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R. Kelly indicted for aggravated sexual abuse involving teen girls

R. Kelly was charged Friday with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, after decades of lurid rumours and allegations that the R&B star was sexually abusing women and underage girls.
Tandra Simonton, spokesperson for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, confirmed to The Associated Press the charges had been filed against the 52-year-old Grammy winner but declined to say the specific number.
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Russian court extends detention for alleged American spy

MOSCOW -- A Russian court ruled Friday to keep a former U.S. Marine held for alleged spying jailed in Moscow for another three months.
Michigan resident Paul Whelan was arrested at a hotel in the Russian capital at the end of December.
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Medellin razes Pablo Escobar's home in symbol of rebirth

MEDELLIN, Colombia -- A six-floor apartment building in Medellin that Pablo Escobar once called home was demolished Friday in an emotional ceremony that officials hope will dampen some of the fervour for the notorious drug lord's criminal life and instead showcase the city's rebirth.
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75 per cent of revoked Illinois gun licenses ignored

CHICAGO -- More than 75 per cent of the people who received gun license revocations last year in Illinois ignored the notices, Illinois State Police said.
State police issued a report late Thursday in response to questions about the gunman who fatally shot five co-workers at a suburban Chicago warehouse last week.
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El Chapo to seek new trial, hearing to probe jury misconduct

NEW YORK -- The defence team for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said Friday it will seek a new trial for the notorious drug lord in light of "misconduct" on the part of several jurors who allegedly followed media accounts of the case against the instructions of a federal judge.
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Mueller to file sentencing memo in Manafort conspiracy case

WASHINGTON - Special counsel Robert Mueller is filing a sentencing memorandum in one of the two criminal cases against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Prosecutors are scheduled to file their document Friday in federal court in Washington, where Manafort pleaded guilty in September to two counts of conspiracy arising from his political lobbying work in Ukraine.
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El Chapo wants new trial, hearing to probe jury misconduct

NEW YORK -- The defence team for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said Friday it will seek a new trial for the notorious drug lord in light of "misconduct" on the part of several jurors who allegedly followed media accounts of the case against the instructions of a federal judge.
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with solicitation of prostitution

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after he was allegedly twice videotaped paying for and receiving sex at an illicit massage parlour, according to police in Jupiter, Fla.
The 77-year-old Kraft hasn't been arrested.
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