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Smoking chimp from Iraq finds refuge in Kenya

Four-year-old chimpanzee Manno, rescued by Animals Lebanon from a zoo in Duhok, Iraq after being trafficked from Syria, sits in a transport crate before his flight to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in KenyaSeparated from his mother shortly after birth, Manno the chimpanzee was smuggled to Iraq and spent his days smoking cigarettes handed to him by amused zoo visitors and posing for pictures. Then came help from several conservation groups, and Manno's days as a spectacle -- and smoker -- are now over after arriving at a chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya a week ago. After several days travelling in a small wooden box, Manno arrived on November 30 at the chimpanzee sanctuary within the Ol Pejeta conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya, which has been taking in endangered chimpanzees since 1993.



Judge to hold hearing on stopping Wisconsin recount

Michigan residents walk towards the Michigan State Supreme Court for a rally to speak out against the courts decision to shut down Michigan's recount on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 in Lansing. Michigan's recount of presidential votes is over after a judge lifted an order that forced a statewide review of millions of ballots. The recount lasted three days in more than 20 of the state's 83 counties. (Samantha Madar /Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP)MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? A federal judge is set to consider halting Wisconsin's presidential recount.



Indonesia president visits quake survivors, vows to rebuild

An earthquake survivor cooks breakfast at the ruin of her home in Pidie Jaya, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the local disaster agency called for urgent food supplies and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed a large number of people. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)TRINGGADING, Indonesia (AP) ? Indonesia's president traveled Friday to areas of Aceh province devastated by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake and vowed that torn-apart communities would be rebuilt.



Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West

Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC WestTyreek Hill didn't know what to do when he started hearing thousands of people in Arrowhead Stadium chanting his name, even as he stood all alone on the frozen turf waiting for the punt. "Just give ...



South Korean president faces possible last day in power

Lawmakers and members of opposition Justice Party with signs stand during a rally demanding the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Park aces the political fight of her life as lawmakers attempt to force her from office over prosecution claims that she helped a confidante extort money and favors from companies and manipulate state affairs. The signs read: "Impeach Park Geun-hye immediately." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? South Korean President Park Geun-hye entered what could be her last day in power Friday, as lawmakers geared up for what's widely expected to be a successful impeachment vote amid a corruption scandal that has left her isolated and loathed.



Japan swinging into 2017 with Trumped-up good luck charm

Megumi Kondo, an employee of the Japanese traditional doll making firm Kyugetsu, displays wooden battledores with the images of US President-elect Donald Trump (R) and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (L) in TokyoDonald Trump only wants to make America great again, but one Japanese firm hopes that painting his face on a traditional good luck charm will make the whole planet a better place in 2017. The billionaire property magnate is among a string of celebrity faces adorning the special collection of hagoita racquets, which are designed to -- metaphorically -- smash away bad luck and evil spirits before the new year. The rectangular wooden paddles, once used in a badminton-like game called hanetsuki, are usually painted with the faces of famous actors in Japan's Kabuki opera.



South Korea's President Park faces historic impeachment vote

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye speaks during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in SeoulBy Ju-min Park and Kim Daewoung SEOUL (Reuters) - President Park Geun-hye faces an impeachment vote in parliament on Friday over an influence peddling scandal that could lead to her becoming South Korea's first democratically elected leader to be removed from office in disgrace. There have been mass rallies every Saturday for the past six weeks calling for Park to quit, and opinion polls show overwhelming public support for her impeachment. Parliament is expected to vote in favor of impeachment, with support from some members of Park's conservative Saenuri Party, according to opposition parties but the Constitutional Court must decide whether to uphold the motion, a process that could take up to 180 days.



10 things to know about John Glenn, who has died at 95

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 1962 file photo, astronaut John Glenn and President John F. Kennedy inspect the Friendship 7, the Mercury capsule in which Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Kennedy presented Distinguished Service medal to Glenn at Cape Canaveral, Fla. At right is Vice President Lyndon Johnson. Glenn, who later spent 24 years representing Ohio in the Senate, has died at 95. (AP Photo/Vincent P. Connolly, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Ten notable aspects of the life of astronaut and senator John H. Glenn Jr. who died Thursday at 95:



Alabama executes man convicted of killing store clerk

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Ronald Bert Smith Jr.. Smith, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 for the 1994 slaying of Huntsville store clerk Casey Wilson, is asking the governor to stop his execution because a judge imposed a death sentence over the jury's 7-5 recommendation of life imprisonment. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)ATMORE, Ala. (AP) ? A man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk more than two decades ago in Alabama was put to death Thursday night, after two brief delays by the U.S. Supreme Court.



All-American John Glenn: Astronaut, fighter pilot, senator

In this Feb. 20, 1962 photo made available by NASA, astronaut John Glenn pilots the "Friendship 7" Mercury spacecraft during his historic flight as the first American to orbit the Earth. Glenn, who later spent 24 years representing Ohio in the Senate, has died at 95. (NASA via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) ? John Glenn was the ultimate all-American hero.