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Shallow earthquake rattles Indonesia's third-largest city.

A shallow earthquake rattled Indonesia's third-largest city Medan today evening, damaging houses and sending thousands of frightened people into the streets. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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Philippines' Duterte threatens martial law

Martial law could be imposed in the Philippines if the drugs problem worsens, President Rodrigo Duterte has said. The 71-year-old former state prosecutor said the aim would be "to preserve the Filipino people and the youth of this land".

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Trump slammed John Lewis for attack on rights icon

Politicians, entertainers and others have come to the defence of a US civil rights campaigner, Congressman John Lewis, who has become embroiled in a row with President-elect Donald Trump. Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Lewis was "all talk" and should focus on his constituents, after he said Mr Trump was not a legitimate president.

But Mr Lewis' supporters reacted with anger, saying he was a hero and icon. Mr Lewis was a leading figure in the 1960s civil rights movement. He is the last surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington, led by Martin Luther King. (BBC)

US House of Representatives passes bill in first step to repeal ‘Obama care’

The US House of Representatives has taken the first step toward demolishing Obamacare, approving a budget plan already passed by the Senate. The Republican measure allows the Senate to create new legislation and overcome any Democratic block.

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Joe Biden was awarded freedom medal by Obama.

President Barack Obama has awarded an emotional and surprised Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honour. Mr Obama praised his vice-president for his "faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and your lifetime of service". The award comes as both men prepare to leave office when Donald Trump is inaugurated on 20 January. Mr Biden has said he plans to stay active in Democratic Party politics.

Spy chief Clapper 'denounced' claims - Trump

Donald Trump says the top US spy called him to "denounce" allegations that Russian intelligence have compromising information about the president-elect. Mr Trump tweeted that the unverified claims were "false and fictitious". Director of National Intelligence James Clapper did not go so far in a public statement on Wednesday evening as to reject the claims outright. He said US intelligence "has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable".

Samsung boss questioned in South Korea corruption probe.

Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong has been questioned at the prosecutor's office in Seoul as a suspect in South Korea's biggest political corruption scandal. The firm is accused of giving donations to several non-profit foundations operated by Choi Soon-sil, a confidante of President Park Geun-hye. The donations were allegedly made in exchange for political support of a controversial merger. The scandal has led to President Park being impeached last December.

UN chief is in Geneva for Cyprus peace talks.

New UN chief Antonio Guterres will attend talks in Geneva today aimed at ending decades of stalemate in a divided Cyprus, in his first foreign trip since becoming secretary-general on January 1. Foreign ministers from Cyprus's so-called guarantor powers -- Britain, Greece and Turkey -- will also travel to Switzerland for a conference on security, which follows three days of peace talks with the goal of creating a two-zone federation.

Trump condemns spy agency 'leak' of 'fake news'


President-elect Donald Trump has accused US intelligence agencies of leaking allegations that Russia has compromising material on him. "That's something that Nazi Germany would have done," he said.

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Obama thanks Michelle and daughters in farewell speech

An emotional Barack Obama today used his farewell speech to thank his wife Michelle. Outgoing president thanked for the sacrifices she made for his political dreams, calling her his "best friend" and a role model for the new generation.

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