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  • Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas casts his vote at the Muqataa, the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the city of Ramallah, West Bank, Saturday Dec. 3, 2016. (Ahmad Gharabli/Pool photo via AP)RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tightened his hold on the governing Fatah party and shut out a key rival, according to results Sunday of leadership elections in the movement that has dominated West Bank politics for decades.


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  • Vice President-elect Mike Pence speaks at a "Get Out The Vote" rally to stump for Republican senate candidates in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local):


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  • People cheer at a tribute to former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Santiago de CubaBy Sarah Marsh and Diego Oré SANTIAGO, Cuba (Reuters) - Fidel Castro's ashes were laid to rest on Sunday, capping nine days of official mourning when hundreds of thousands of Cubans said farewell with a combination of tears, Castro-like defiance and choruses of "I am Fidel!" ringing out across the island. A private ceremony was held at Santiago's Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, state media reported. Castro's cremated remains were due to be placed a few steps from the mausoleum of independence hero Jose Marti, another towering figure of Cuban history who Castro long admired.


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  • SANTIAGO, Cub (Reuters) - Fidel Castro's ashes were interred on Sunday in a private ceremony at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in the eastern city of Santiago, the website of Cuba's state-run Radio Reloj reported. The ceremony was to be televised but Cuban officials announced it would be private just a few hours before it was set to begin at 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT), cutting off live television coverage of the event. (Reporting by Nelson Acosta; Editing by Daniel Trotta)
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  • US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of foreign policy to speak with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wenWashington (AFP) - President-elect Donald Trump's controversial telephone conversation with the leader of Taiwan was just a "courtesy call," US Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Sunday.


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  • NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One car rear-ends another on a Saturday night. People argue. It escalates.
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  • With Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors making their return to the FIFA Club World Cup after a ten-year absence, veteran forward Kim Shinwook is intent on seeing his side represent South Korean football with pride in Japan.
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  • FIFA.com takes a look back at the Live Your Goals activities of the past month, when young girls put their ball skills to the test at festivals in locations as diverse as Singapore, Uruguay, Palestine and India.

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  • In our regular look over the next week's footballing birthdays, among our seven FIFA World Cup stars feature a trio of Germany 2006 figures and a deadly German striker.

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