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Statue of Liberty inspired by Arab woman, researchers say

The Statue of Liberty in New York was inspired by a project representing an Arab woman guarding the Suez Canal, researchers claimThe Statue of Liberty, a symbol of democracy and freedom that has greeted countless immigrants to US shores, was inspired by a project representing an Arab woman guarding the Suez Canal, researchers said. The recent findings are especially startling for some in the United States amid a heated debate over the arrival of refugees from war-scarred Syria and other Muslim majority countries. French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who traveled to Egypt in 1855-1856, developed there a "passion for large-scale public monuments and colossal sculptures," said the US National Park Service, which guards the Statue of Liberty in New York.

Trump reflects on Vietnam War, offers advice to young people

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for a photo during a campaign stop at the White Mountain Athletic Club Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Waterville Valley, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. (AP) — Donald Trump got personal with New Hampshire voters Tuesday night, telling them of the guilt he sometimes feels for not serving in the Vietnam War and advising young people to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2015 file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, right, speaks about first-degree murder charges against police officer Jason Van Dyke in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks on at left. Emanuel announced at a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, that McCarthy has been fired after a public outcry over the handling of the case. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel sought for months to keep the public from seeing a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.

Burkina's Kabore seeks mandate from legislative poll results

Artists perform in front of a banner of Burkina Faso's new president Roch Marc Kabore during a victory celebration in Ouagadougou on December 1, 2015Burkina Faso awaited the results of parliamentary elections on Wednesday, with president elect Roch Marc Kabore hoping for strong support for his pledge to bring a "better tomorrow" to the west African country. Kabore won 53.49 percent of ballots in Sunday's presidential poll, sealing victory in the first round of the vote to become the first newly elected leader of the impoverished nation in three decades. Spectators hope his win will restore stability after more than a year of upheaval that saw longtime leader Blaise Compaore toppled by a popular uprising and his supporters try to stage a coup.

Facebook's CEO and wife to give 99 percent of shares to their new foundation

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla are seen with their daughter named MaxBy Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mark Zuckerberg will put 99 percent of his Facebook Inc shares, currently worth about $45 billion, into a new philanthropy project focusing on human potential and equality, he and his wife said Tuesday in a letter to their newborn daughter. The plan, which was posted on the Facebook founder and chief executive officer's page, attracted more than 570,000 "likes," including from singer Shakira, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The Gates and other high-profile billionaires such as Warren Buffett have set up foundations of their own to dedicate their massive fortunes to philanthropic endeavors.

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