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Adele Dusts Bieber, One Direction on Billboard Chart

Reuters NEW YORK—Adele beat all comers on the 200 album charts on Monday with a record-breaking debut for "25," leaving other top acts like Justin Bieber and British boy band One Direction looking like also-rans. The British songstress sold million copies in the first week of release for "25," making it the biggest-selling album of 2015 and the only album to surpass 3 million sales in one week since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991, Nielsen Music said. Adele's success pushed Bieber's "Purpose" into second place, with 290,090 sales in its second week, while One Direction had to settle for third…
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US-Cuba Talks Underway; Focus on Migrants, Illegal Drugs

Pamela Dockins STATE DEPARTMENT—A surge in the number of Cubans entering the United States and methods to prevent the flow of illegal drugs between the two countries are among issues being discussed by and Cuban working groups this week. and Cuban officials are meeting in Washington, as the two countries move forward with efforts to normalize ties. On Monday, officials held high-level bi-annual migration talks at the State Department to discuss the implementation of agreements between the and Cuba. A Cuban migrant holds a sign that reads in Spanish "Help us Obama", Nov. 16, 2015. Push to reach US The…
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Chicago Police Chief Fired in Aftermath of Police Shooting Video

Ken Bredemeier Chicago's police chief was fired Tuesday, a week after the release of a video showing a white city police officer killing a black teenager by firing 16 shots at him. Mayor Rahm Emanuel dismissed police Superintendent Garry McCarthy in the third biggest city, saying it was an "undeniable fact" that the public's trust in Chicago police had eroded and that it was time for "fresh eyes and leadership." The video shot from a police car in October 2014 shows Officer Jason Van Dyke getting out of another squad car in the middle of a four-lane Chicago street and…
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Study: On Alcohol Consumption, Women Catching Up With Men

VOA News November 24, 2015 1:25 PM Women are getting close to drinking the same amount of alcohol as men in the United States, according to a new study. Writing in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, say women appear to be closing the gap on men. “We found that over that period of time, differences in measures such as current drinking, number of drinking days per month, reaching criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and driving under the influence of alcohol in the…
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Health

Study: Moderate Coffee Drinking OK for Pregnant Women

VOA News November 23, 2015 11:01 AM Pregnant women can consume moderate amounts of coffee without harming their child, a new study suggests. Writing in the journal American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio said moderate caffeine intake won’t negatively impact a child’s intelligence or cause behavioral problems. “We did not find evidence of an adverse association of maternal pregnancy caffeine consumption with child cognition or behavior at 4 or 7 years of age,” said Mark A. Klebanoff, MD, principal investigator in the Center for Perinatal Research at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. For the…
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Homeland Security Defends US Refugee Security Vetting

Megan Duzor The Department of Homeland Security is defending its ability to screen refugee applicants following the deadly attacks in Paris, and officials there say that state governors who want to refuse Syrian refugees on security grounds have unfounded fears. The department's Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters on a conference call Monday that he is confident the governors' concerns will be adequately addressed. He said they will "be able to stand tall and accept refugees across the country." Mayorkas said the administration "strongly believes that the governors' fears are not well founded." More than two dozen governors are balking…
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Obama, Hollande Vow Intense Fight Against IS

Aru Pande Last updated on: November 24, 2015 2:23 AM WHITE HOUSE—The and French leaders vowed new cooperation to defeat Islamic State militants in the wake of the deadly jihadist attacks on Paris."We must do even more together," President Barack Obama told French President Francois Hollande after the two leaders met Tuesday at the White House. The American leader called the Islamic State group "a scourge that threatens all of us." But Obama said, "We will not succumb to fear. Make no mistake, we will win and groups like ISIL will lose." Hollande, who has launched airstrikes against Islamic State…
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Obama: Turkey Has Right to Defend Its Territory, Airspace

VOA News Last updated on: November 24, 2015 1:34 PM President Barack Obama said the downing of a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian-Turkish border Tuesday is evidence of an "ongoing problem" with Russia's military operations in Syria, and that Turkey had a "right to defend its territory and its airspace." Speaking during a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande, Obama said information about Turkey's downing of the Russian Su-24 was still being collected, but noted that Russian military aircraft are targeting moderate Syrian opposition groups very close to Turkey's borders. He urged the two sides to "take…
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Europe’s Most Wanted Man Eludes Massive Dragnet

BRUSSELS—Suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam evaded a massive manhunt Sunday night involving raids in Brussels and its suburbs, but security forces Monday were also focusing on towns in eastern Belgium, suggesting police fear Europe’s most wanted man might be trying to flee to neighboring Germany. On the third day of an unprecedented lockdown of the Belgian capital, officials here remain tight-lipped about the biggest security operation mounted in the country since World War II. Paris Assailants, Suspects Status: Still at large Name: Salah Abdeslam Background: French national born in Belgium Investigation: Considered eighth attacker; believed to be driver of car outside the Bataclan On…
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Kerry Says He Has ‘No Doubt’ IS Will Be Defeated

Pamela Dockins Last updated on: November 23, 2015 1 ABU-DHABI, UAE— Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday there is a united front against the Islamic State (IS) group and that he is absolutely convinced the militants will be defeated.“I have no doubt whatsoever that with the help of all the nations that are united against Daesh, they are going to be defeated,” he said, using an alternate acronym for the group. Speaking to NBC's "Today Show" during a visit to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Kerry said there is a strategy in place and that the United…
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