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Hamas calls for Palestinian uprising over Trump's Jerusalem plan

JERUSALEM/GAZA - Islamist group Hamas urges Palestinians to abandon peace efforts and launch new uprising against Israel in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as its capital. (USA-TRUMP/ISRAEL (WRAPUP 6, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Dan Williams and Nidal al-Mughrabi, 1,117 words)

EXCLUSIVE-White House doesn't foresee shutdown, Trump wants 20 percent corporate tax

WASHINGTON - White House is confident it can craft deal to avoid government shutdown and foresees compromise with lawmakers that will include increases in defense and non-defense spending, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short says. (USA-TRUMP/FISCAL (UPDATE 1, EXCLUSIVE), moved, by Jeff Mason, 641 words)

General Electric to cut 12,000 jobs in power business revamp

ZURICH/LAS VEGAS - General Electric says it is axing 12,000 jobs at its global power business, struggling industrial conglomerate's latest effort to shrink itself into more focused company. (GE-JOBS/ (UPDATE 3, PIX), moved, by John Revill and Alwyn Scott, 669 words)

Bitcoin flirts with $16,000, alarm bells ring louder

LONDON/NEW YORK - Bitcoin rockets to lifetime high just shy of $16,000 after climbing some 60 percent over one week, intensifying debate about whether the cryptocurrency is in bubble about to burst. (MARKETS-BITCOIN/ (UPDATE 3, PIX), moved, by Jemima Kelly and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss, 842 words)

North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable, China urges calm

SEOUL - Two U.S. B-1B heavy bombers join large-scale combat drills over South Korea amid warnings from North Korea that exercises and U.S. threats make outbreak of war "an established fact." (NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/ (WRAPUP 5, PIX, TV), moving shortly, by Soyoung Kim and Heekyong Yang, 900 words)

EXCLUSIVE-U.N. watchdogs call for probe of Taser assaults in U.S. jails

GENEVA - U.N. special rapporteur on torture urges U.S. authorities to investigate and weigh criminal charges against jail officials in Ohio, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas for "clearly gratuitous infliction of severe pain and suffering" from use of Tasers on inmates, citing Reuters report this week. (USA-TASER/UN (UPDATE 1, EXCLUSIVE, PIX, TV), moved, by Stephanie Nebehay and Jason Szep, 936 words)

UNITED STATES

Democratic U.S. Sen. Franken says he will resign over sexual misconduct allegations

WASHINGTON - Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken announces his resignation from office, bowing to pressure from party colleagues after series of sexual misconduct allegations against him. (USA-CONGRESS/FRANKEN (UPDATE 5, PIX, TV), moved, by Makini Brice, 856 words)

Strong November U.S. job gains anticipated; wages seen rising

WASHINGTON - U.S. job growth likely increased at strong clip in November and wages rebounded as distortions from recent hurricanes faded, creating portrait of healthy economy that analysts say does not require kind of fiscal stimulus that President Donald Trump is proposing. (USA-ECONOMY/ (WRAPUP 1), expect by 0501 GMT/12.01 AM ET, by Lucia Mutikani, 600 words)

Southern California fires force 200,000 people to flee

FARIA BEACH, Calif. - Wildfires roar through canyons, hillsides and residential areas in densely populated Southern California for fourth day as gusting winds hamper efforts to quell flames. (USA-WILDFIRES/ (UPDATE 5, PIX, TV), expect by 0000 GMT/7 PM ET, by Ben Gruber, 800 words)

U.S. House approves stop-gap government funding bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. House of Representatives, working against Friday midnight deadline, approves legislation to fund wide range of federal programs through Dec. 22 and avoid partial government shutdown when existing money expires. (USA-CONGRESS/SHUTDOWN (UPDATE 5, PIX), expect by 0000 GMT/7 PM ET, by Susan Cornwell and Jeff Mason, 600 words)

AMERICAS

Argentina's Fernandez charged with treason, arrest sought

BUENOS AIRES - Federal judge in Argentina indicts former President Cristina Fernandez for treason and asks for her arrest for allegedly covering up Iran's possible role in 1994 bombing of Jewish community center that killed 85 people, a court ruling says. (ARGENTINA-FERNANDEZ/ (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved, by Caroline Stauffer and Jorge Otaola, 687 words)

U.S. finds Canada lumber harms U.S. producers, duties to remain

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA - U.S. International Trade Commission makes final finding that exports of softwood lumber from Canada injure U.S. producers, virtually ensuring that hefty duties on imports of building material will remain in place for five years. (USA-CANADA/LUMBER (UPDATE 3, PIX), moved, by Eric Walsh and Leah Schnurr, 384 words)

EUROPE

German SPD backs talks with Merkel after impassioned Europe speech

BERLIN - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) votes to conduct talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming government after their leader makes impassioned plea for free hand to work for social "United States of Europe." (GERMANY-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved, by Thomas Escritt, 746 words)

Brexit Irish border deal possible within hours

BRUSSELS/DUBLIN - United Kingdom and Ireland could reach agreement in hours on how to run their post-Brexit Irish land border, paving way for deal that would remove last obstacle to opening free-trade talks with European Union. (BRITAIN-EU/IRELAND-CLOSE (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved, by Robin Emmott and Padraic Halpin, 670 words)

Greece and Turkey trade barbs as Erdogan visits Athens

ATHENS - Greece and Turkey square up over old disputes during state visit to Athens by President Tayyip Erdogan that quickly descends into verbal sparring over list of historical grievances. (GREECE-TURKEY/ERDOGAN (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved, by Michele Kambas and Renee Maltezou, 790 words)

MIDDLE EAST

Major powers to push Saudis, Iran to stop interfering in Lebanon

PARIS - Major powers will try to shore up Lebanon's stability on Friday by pushing Saudi Arabia and Iran to stop interfering in its politics, and urging Hezbollah to rein in its regional activities, diplomats say. (LEBANON-POLITICS/MEETING (TV, PIX), moving shortly, by John Irish, 400 words)

AFRICA

Zimbabwe judge frees ousted finance minister on bail

HARARE - Zimbabwean judge frees ousted finance minister Ignatius Chombo on bail in ruling that underlines judicial independence just three weeks after army helped depose Robert Mugabe. (ZIMBABWE-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, by Ed Cropley, 399 words)

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