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Dale Earnhardt Jr. reflects on long concussion recovery

3 December[ —]

Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto racing awards Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The longer Dale Earnhardt Jr. couldnt drive because of the debilitating effects of a concussion, the more uptight he became.



Russia seeks full rebel pullout from Aleppo

3 December[ —]

A general view shows rising smoke after strikes on Aleppo cityBy Tom Perry, Isla Binnie and Vladimir Soldatkin BEIRUT/ROME/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with the United States about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from eastern Aleppo where advances by the Russian-backed Syrian army and its allies threaten to deal a crushing blow to the rebellion. An official with an Aleppo rebel group accused Russia of backtracking on ideas agreed at talks in Turkey that would have led to a ceasefire, and said rebel commanders had vowed to fight on even as they face intense bombardment and ground assaults. Russia has acknowledged contacts with the rebels but given no details of the talks in Turkey.



Costa keeps Chelsea flying as Man City lose their cool

3 December[ —]

Chelseas Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa celebrates scoring his teams first goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on December 3, 2016Diego Costa starred as Premier League leaders Chelsea roared back to win 3-1 on Saturday in an ill-tempered game at Manchester City, who had Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho dismissed. Gary Cahills own goal gave City the lead, but Costa equalised and teed up substitute Willian before Eden Hazard struck to send Antonio Contes men four points clear of City at the summit.



Mosul residents fear cold and hunger of winter siege

3 December[ —]

Iraqi people flee the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul in al-Samah neighborhood IraqBy Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - No food or fuel has reached Mosul in nearly a week and the onset of rain and cold weather threatens a tough winter for more than a million people still in Islamic State-held areas of the city, residents said on Saturday. Iraqi troops waging a six-week-old offensive against the militants controlling Mosul have advanced into eastern city districts, while other forces have sealed Mosuls southern and northern approaches and 10 days ago blocked the road west. A trader in Mosul, speaking by telephone, said no new food or fuel supplies had reached the city since Sunday.



Keys, lightbulbs tied to Thomas Edison go up for auction

3 December[ —]

This photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows Thomas A. Edison: Keys to His Menlo Park Laboratory on display. Six keys in all from the famous inventors Menlo Park home and work place will be auctioned Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 in Dallas, along with five lightbulbs, including two that he created. Heritage Auctions will open the bidding on the two lots. (Heritage Auctions via AP)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Keys to the New Jersey lab where Thomas Edison invented the phonograph are up for auction in Dallas, along with some of the lightbulbs that he perfected.



One dead in ENI Congo oil platform fire

3 December[ —]
One person was killed in a fire on an oil platform operated by ENI Congo off the coast of the Congo Republic city of Pointe-Noire, the government said. Companies operating in the country include France's Total, Italy's ENI, London-listed Tullow and the U.S. firm Chevron.

For Apple and others, tin supply chain has ties to rebel-held Myanmar mine

3 December[ —]

A tin mine is seen in Man Maw in ethnic Wa territory in northeast Myanmar(Corrects Nov. 29 story to clarify that Shenmao Technology did not say it bought tin from the Wa mine) By Yimou Lee and Joel Schectman YANGON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From a remote corner of northeastern Myanmar, an insurgent army sells tin ore to suppliers of some of the worlds largest consumer companies. More than 500 companies, including leading brands such as smartphone maker Apple, coffee giant Starbucks and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co, list among their suppliers Chinese-controlled firms that indirectly buy ore from the Man Maw mine near Myanmars border with China, a Reuters examination of the supply chain found. The mine is controlled by the United Wa State Army (UWSA), which the United States placed under sanctions for alleged narcotics trafficking in 2003.



Joy, disbelief greet President Jammeh's defeat in Gambia vote

3 December[ —]

Supporters of president-elect Adama Barrow dance on a poster of incumbent President Yahya Jammeh during celebrations of Barrows election victory in BanjulBy Emma Farge BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambians reacted with joy and stunned disbelief on Saturday to the defeat of President Yahya Jammeh, one day after he conceded that he lost an election set to end his 22 years in power. Jammehs government is accused of crushing dissent and torturing opponents and he had said he would rule for a "billion years". As a result, few believed he would allow himself to lose Thursdays vote against opposition candidate Adama Barrow.



May's Brexit plans face British Supreme Court test

3 December[ —]

Britains Prime Minister Theresa May and her Polish counterpart Beata Szydlo hold a joint news conference in 10 Downing Street in central LondonBy Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa Mays government launches a challenge on Monday against a court ruling that it requires parliamentary approval to start the process of leaving the European Union, a decision that could upset Britains Brexit plans. If the Supreme Court, the United Kingdoms highest judicial body, dismisses the government appeal it could derail Mays timetable for triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and leaving the EU. The governments legal fight comes against a backdrop of claims by some politicians and newspapers that establishment judges want to thwart the Brexit process.



Russia sees Trump as conduit for eased sanctions

3 December[ —]

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2016, photo, President-elect Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a WASHINGTON (AP) — Russias government denies that it tampered in the U.S. election or even took sides. But now that the results are in, members of President Vladimir Putins United Russia party arent holding back.



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