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Study: Rates of US execution sharply decline in 2016

Legal battles and the shortage of drugs needed for lethal injection meant just five of 31 US states executed inmates.

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US and Canada prevent oil drilling in Arctic waters

Obama made the move under an obscure provision of a 1953 law with no way for future presidents to roll it back.

The US and Canada

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Electoral College vote seals Donald Trump victory

Electors unswayed by last-ditch effort by diehard opponents to bar the Republican candidate's path to the White House.

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Bolivia Socialists back Evo Morales for a fourth term

Leftist party picks Morales as its candidate for 2019 presidential elections, defying results of a February referendum.

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Dylann Roof found guilty of Charleston church slaughter

Dylann Roof could now face death penalty after jury finds him guilty of killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston.

Dylann Roof

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Trump picks settlement supporter as Israel ambassador

President-elect says David Friedman, who has no diplomatic experience, would benefit the US-Israel special relationship.

David Friedman

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Facebook finally gets serious about fighting fake news

Facebook is making it easier for users to report fake news when they see it with fact-checkers at the ready to jump in.

Facebook

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Brazil: Current president is a traitor, says Rousseff

Impeached president Dilma Rousseff wants government to hold early elections because current president is "illegitimate".

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DRC: Social networks to be blocked from midnight Sunday

Move seemingly in order to prevent organisation of public protests as President Kabila's term ends on Sunday.

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Colombia pardons 110 FARC rebels as part of peace deal

Pardons apply to political crimes, but not killings and rape, minister says, as FARC expels uncooperative commanders.

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