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Daily brief: Shell develops Iran oil and gas fields, FGB approves NBAD merger

Shell signs a provisional agreement to develop Iran’s oil and gas fields, an Iranian official said. Here are the business stories you need to know today.   Qatari fund to buy

Islamic State fighters ‘re-enter ancient Palmyra’ in Syria

IS fighters have re-entered Palmyra, nine months after losing the ancient Syrian city, activists say. BBC News – Home

80% of the country will see freezing temps in coming week

Over 20 million Americans are under some kind of winter weather warning, watch or advisory this weekend — thanks in part to a swath of cold air pushing into much

In chilling video, Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof laughs, confesses to murders

In a chilling confession to police, Dylann Roof laughed as he detailed walking into a historically black church on a mission to kill, accord…           USATODAY – News Top

At 66, the world’s oldest known seabird is expecting

The Laysan albatross called Wisdom has had a few dozen chicks.           USATODAY – News Top Stories

Syrians stream out of eastern Aleppo as fighting rages

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds more civilians fled what remained of the Syrian opposition's enclave in Aleppo on Saturday as rebels and government forces exchanged artillery and mortar fire across the

Murdoch’s new Sky bid should be probed, UK opposition politicians say

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s new takeover approach for British pay-TV firm Sky should be investigated by the UK’s competition authorities, according to opposition politicians, though analysts said a deal

Paris attacks: State of emergency ‘to protect elections’

France’s state of emergency must be extended to protect elections next year, PM Cazeneuve says. BBC News – Home

Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox bids $14 billion for UK’s Sky

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has struck a preliminary deal to buy the 61 percent of British pay-TV firm Sky Plc it does not already

WHAT’S IN HILLARY’S FUTURE? Latest moves indicate she won’t fade away quietly after election loss

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Qatari fund to buy 19.5 per cent stake in Rosneft, Kremlin says

* Kremlin says deal is worth 10.5bn euros * It shows lure of Russian oil assets, despite sanctions * Deal comes days after OPEC, Moscow agree on output cuts * After Trump win, investors

Tunisian union reaches wage deal with government, cancels strike

* The agreement reduces the prospect of widespread social unrest over austerity measures proposed in Tunisia’s 2017 draft budget * The UGTT had called a strike for Thursday over a proposed freeze

Iowa Exports Soybeans to China, So Why Not a Whole Farm?

A proposed “model farm” in China has highlighted its leader’s long relationship with Iowa and Gov. Terry Branstad, Donald J. Trump’s choice for ambassador. NYT > Asia Pacific

THE FIRST 100 DAYS Can Donald Trump really ‘drain the swamp’?

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Mass shooter Dylann Roof confesses with a laugh, ‘I did it’

Dylann Roof confessed almost immediately to the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, according to an FBI video shown Friday at his murder trial in Charleston, South Carolina. CNN.com

Netherlands trial: Geert Wilders guilty of incitement

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders is convicted in hate speech trial but no penalty is imposed. BBC News – Europe

U.N. Says Nearly One in Four Children Live in Conflict or Disaster Zones

About 535 million children worldwide now live in countries destabilized by conflicts and calamities, Unicef announced. NYT > Africa

21st Century Fox in bid approach for Sky

US media giant 21st Century Fox has made a takeover approach for Sky, the UK-based satellite broadcaster. BBC News – Business

Obama orders review into ‘Russian hacking’ before US election

President Barack Obama orders a review of cyber-attacks, blamed on Russia, that shook the US election. BBC News – Home

U.S. allies caution Trump on Syria strategy

By Warren Strobel, Yara Bayoumy and John Irish WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) – Key U.S. allies in Europe are quietly expressing concern over President-elect Donald Trump's approach to Syria, warning that his

Obama orders review into ‘Russian hacking’ before US election

President Barack Obama orders a review of cyber-attacks, blamed on Russia, that shook the US election. BBC News – Home

U.S. allies caution Trump on Syria strategy

By Warren Strobel, Yara Bayoumy and John Irish WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) – Key U.S. allies in Europe are quietly expressing concern over President-elect Donald Trump's approach to Syria, warning that his

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