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Iranian protesters set fire Saudi embassy in Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran—Protesters in Iran, angered by the execution by Saudi Arabia of a prominent Shiite cleric, broke into the Saudi embassy in Tehran early Sunday, setting fires and throwing papers from the roof, Iranian media reported. The semiofficial ISNA news agency said the country’s top police official, Gen. Hossein Sajedinia, rushed to the scene and police worked to disperse the crowd outraged by the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Shiite leaders in Iran and elsewhere across the Middle East swiftly condemned Riyadh and warned of a sectarian backlash. Saudi Arabia’s execution Saturday of 47 prisoners, which also included al-Qaida detainees, threatened to further enflame Sunni-Shiite tensions in a regional struggle playing out between the Sunni kingdom and its foe Iran, a predominantly Shiite nation. While Saudi Arabia insisted the executions were part of a justified war …

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Saudi-led coalition says Yemen truce ends Saturday

SANAA, Yemen — The truce in Yemen between Shiite rebels and a Saudi-led military coalition has formally ended, according to Saudi Arabia's state-run news agency. The truce technically came into effect on Dec. 15, 2015 as a mutual show of good faith during peace negotiations taking place in Switzerland. But the truce never truly took hold on the ground in Yemen, with both sides ignoring it. The United Nations said on Dec. 20 there were "numerous violations" of the cease-fire agreement from the very start. Yemen's conflict pits the internationally recognized government backed by a Saudi-led, U.S.-supported coalition against the rebels, known as Houthis, who are allied with a former president. Local affiliates of al-Qaida and the Islamic State group have also exploited Yemen's chaos to grab land and exercise influence. According to U.N. …

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‘Game of Thrones’ author blogs that he missed book deadline

NEW YORK — For fans of George R.R. Martin, winter is not coming — at least not right away. The "Game of Thrones" author says he missed a Dec. 31 deadline to finish "The Winds of Winter," the sixth book in his popular fantasy series. That means the next HBO season based on the novel will start airing in April, before the book is published. The words "you won't like it" appeared Saturday on Martin's blog, reporting that "the book's not done. ... I tried, I promise you. I failed." Martin says he is working with HBO to ensure the show reflects the next installment of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" books — in which characters warn of impending doom with the phrase "Winter is coming." With hundreds of pages and dozens …

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Vegas police investigating Chris Brown for alleged battery

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas police are investigating an allegation of battery against R&B singer Chris Brown. Lt. Jeff Goodwin says authorities received a call shortly before 10:30 a.m. Saturday about the alleged battery at the Palms Casino Resort. A police statement Saturday evening said an altercation took place in a room at the resort when the victim went to take a picture of Brown. Police say the victim said she was struck by Brown and that he had taken her cellphone. Detectives tried to speak with Brown at his hotel room, but the singer left before police had arrived. Police say a crime report has been taken for misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor battery listing Brown as a suspect. Brown's attorney and publicist did not immediately return messages seeking comment. The singer performed Friday at …

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Somali extremists use Donald Trump clip to recruit followers

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Al-Qaida's East African affiliate has released a recruitment video targeting American blacks and Muslims that includes a clip of presidential candidate Donald Trump calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States. The 51-minute video by the Somalia based al-Shabab militant group presents the U.S. as a country of institutionalized racism against blacks that also persecutes Muslims. The video presents radical Islam as the solution. The clip of Trump on the campaign trail consists of his infamous proposal for the "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" to protect the country. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had earlier claimed that the Islamic State group, another extremist organization, was using such quotes to recruit followers, prompting Trump to call her a "liar." The quotes from Trump are bracketed …

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End indifference – Pope

Vatican City — Wishing for a year better than 2015, Pope Francis on Friday called for an end to the “arrogance of the powerful” that relegates the weak to the outskirts of society, and to the “false neutrality” toward conflicts, hunger, and persecution that triggers exoduses of refugees. In his New Year’s homily, Francis emphasized the need to “let ourselves be reborn, to overcome the indifference which blocks solidarity, and to leave behind the false neutrality which prevents sharing.” After celebrating Mass, the Pope came to the window of a Vatican palazzo overlooking St. Peter’s Square to offer new year’s wishes to a crowd of tens of thousands of tourists and Romans cheering him from below. “At the start of the year, it’s lovely to exchange wishes. Let’s renew, to one another, the …

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Bulls rout Knicks

Chicago – Bobby Portis talks to himself in the third person when he gets on the court, saying stuff like “Come on, B.P.” to get fired up. The rookie forward can shoot it from deep or score inside. And he is making quite an impression on the rest of the Chicago Bulls. Portis had 16 points and 10 rebounds in his third consecutive game scoring in double figures, and the Bulls shut down the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter for a 108-81 victory Friday night. “Not trying to go out there and score or rebound,” Portis said. “Just trying to go out there and just play my role and bring positive energy.” The 6-foot-11 Portis was a first-round pick in last year's draft, but he barely played early this season. Then …

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Whiteside lifts Heat past Mavs

Miami – With 17 games to play in 31 days and two brutal road trips awaiting, the Miami Heat know January will be far from easy. At least it's off to a flying start. Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 19 rebounds, Gerald Green added 19 points off the bench and the Heat rolled past the Dallas Mavericks 106-82 on Friday night to snap a two-game slide.+ “You want to be tested,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You want to be measured in this league. You want to be pushed to adversity. ... But I don't want these guys thinking about 16 more games right now.” Chris Bosh scored 16 points and Goran Dragic had 15 points and seven assists for the Heat. Miami adjusted its starting lineup shortly before tip-off when Dwyane Wade …

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Wizards rip Magic anew

Washington – When the Washington Wizards wanted to put away Orlando again, they turned to John Wall and Kris Humphries. Wall had 24 points and 13 assists, Humphries scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter and the Wizards extended their dominance against the Magic with a 103-91 victory Friday night. It was Washington's 11th straight win - three this season - over the improving Magic, who entered with a 13-5 record since Nov. 25, best in the Eastern Conference. Wall scored 12 points in the final period and the Wizards went on a 15-3 run that gave them a 93-81 lead with 3:51 left. Humphries had a season-high 23 points on Nov. 14 in the previous meeting between the teams, and Wall has been on quite a roll lately. He's …

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Raptors turn back Hornets

Toronto – DeMar Rozan and the Toronto Raptors found their groove with just enough time left to make a move on the Charlotte Hornets. DeRozan had 23 point and Kyle Lowry added 18 points and a season-high 11 assists as the Raptors pulled out a 104-94 victory over the Hornets on Friday night. “We finally got into a rhythm, got a couple of stops and that's all we needed,” DeRozan said. “We had a couple of possessions where we were going back and forth and they were scoring. We just understood that if we got some stops and some big buckets we would be right back in the game and we would be able to take the lead.” Toronto entered the final quarter trailing by eight points and took the lead for the …

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