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 Sweden crosses 10-million population threshold

Swedish authorities say the Scandinavian country today has statistically crossed the 10-million population threshold.

 Donald Trump asks some 50 senior Obama appointees to stay on

President-elect Donald Trump has asked roughly 50 senior Obama administration appointees to remain in their posts after his inauguration to ensure continuity in government, his incoming White House press secretary said today.

 Pentagon chief says he opposed cutting Chelsea Manning's prison term

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said he had opposed commuting the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning, who was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other crimes for leaking classified information while deployed in Iraq.

 Russia, Turkey stage first joint air strikes against Islamic State in Syria

Russia and Turkey on Wednesday staged their first joint air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, the Russian defence ministry said.

 Israel cop killed during home demolition operation: Police

An Israeli policeman was killed on Wednesday while taking part in an operation to demolish homes in an Arab village, with authorities saying he was targeted in a car-ramming attack.

 Czech man in Thailand arrested for alleged sexual offense

Thai police say they have arrested a Czech man in Phuket who is believed to be infected with HIV and is wanted by Interpol for alleged sexual offenses against minors back home.

 King Day parade turns violent, eight shot in Miami

A national holiday celebrating nonviolence and Martin Luther King Jr erupted into mayhem when eight people were shot at a park named after the slain civil rights leader.

 Turkey wants concrete date for European Union visa liberalisation

Turkey's foreign minister says a final proposal has been prepared regarding visa-free travel in Europe for Turkish citizens, an issue that has led to major tensions between Ankara and Brussels.

 Russia hacking row: My team will have 'full report' in 90 days, says Donald Trump

 President-elect Donald Trump says his team will have a "full report on hacking within 90 days." He's again dismissing as fake a document alleging Russia has damaging information about him.

 Australian health minister Sussan Ley resigns over expense scandal

Australia's heath minister has resigned over a scandal surrounding her travel expenses. The move could lead to the first reshuffle of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Cabinet since his government was re-elected six months ago.