2 explosions heard near Istanbul soccer stadium; 20 wounded

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Solu says about 20 people have been wounded after two explosions were heard Saturday night near a major soccer stadium in Istanbul.
Defendant in murder trial insists drunken Will Smith had gun

Former New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who was with former teammate Will Smith the night he was killed and arrived at the scene shortly the shooting, leaves Orleans Parish Criminal District Court in New Orleans, Wednesday Dec. 7, 2016, after testifying in the trial of Cardell Hayes. Hayes shot Will Smith to death in a road rage incident, in which Smith's wife was also shot and wounded. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith insisted Saturday that he did so only after a drunken, irate Smith retrieved a gun from his damaged SUV following an April 9 car crash.



Sri Lanka fires warning shots to halt dock workers' protest

Sri Lankan naval troops fired warning shots on Saturday to break up a protest by striking dock workers who have held up a Japanese vessel for four days at the island's southern international port. Navy ...
Russia intervened to help Trump win election: intelligence officials

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a "Thank You USA" tour rally in Grand RapidsBy John Walcott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed that as the 2016 presidential campaign progressed, Russian government officials devoted increasing attention to assisting Trump's effort to win the election, the U.S. official familiar with the finding told Reuters on Friday night, speaking on condition of anonymity. The president-elect's transition office released a statement that exaggerated his margin of victory and attacked the U.S. intelligence community that Trump will soon command, but did not address the analysts' conclusion.



France opens new Lascaux prehistoric art cave replica

French President Francois Hollande visits Lascaux 4, a new replica of the prehistoric paintings of the Lascaux cave, in Montignac, on December 10, 2016A new replica of the stunning Lascaux cave paintings was unveiled Saturday in the Dordogne region of southwest France, more than seven decades after the prehistoric art was first discovered. "This is more than a copy, it's a work of art!" said French President Francois Hollande as he visited the centre in Montignac, the village at the foot of the hills where the original cave complex is located. The last of the boys still alive is Simon Coencas, now 89, who was a special guest at Saturday's event.





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