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President Barack Obama said evidence of political hacking stopped after he told Russian President Vladimir Putin that “there were going to be serious consequences if he didn’t” end the cyberintrusions in the United States. Obama said he met with Putin in September on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in China. Obama said he insisted Putin “cut it out.”

The comments came Friday in a wide-ranging year-end news conference.

Obama also said that:

  • Naming Russia as the culprit behind the hacking of Democratic emails “requires us not to re-litigate the election, it requires us not to point fingers, it requires us to just say, here’s what happened, let’s be honest about it, and let’s not use it as a political football but let’s figure out how to prevent it from happening in the future.”
  • “Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave” over the recent GOP praise of Russia. The President attacked Republicans for siding with an arch-enemy of the United States because of their dislike of Democrats.
  • His transitional conversations with President-elect Donald Trump “have been cordial as opposed to defensive in any way.” There is no “squabbling” between the incoming and outgoing administrations.
  • The Syrian regime, along with Moscow and Tehran, are responsible for the slaughter of civilians in Aleppo. “We have seen a deliberate strategy of surrounding, besieging and starving innocent civilians,” Obama said. “The blood for these atrocities is on their hands.”
  • Hillary Clinton was “treated unfairly” in the presidential contest. “I think the coverage of her and the issues was troubling.”

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President-elect Donald Trump’s administration will not pursue further investigations of Hillary Clinton’s private email server or the Clinton Foundation, according to his former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.

Trump’s decision represents a significant break from a major campaign promise — at the second presidential debate in early October, Trump threatened Clinton, saying that “if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.”

Conway said Clinton “still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy,” but added that “if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing to do.”

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ISIS fighters attack the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, sources say. The attack comes as Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle ISIS militants in Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul.

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The 2016 campaign has entered a new phase as both parties have wrapped up their nominating conventions.

At the Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton nodded to her status as the only woman ever to accept the nomination of a major U.S. political party: “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”

Clinton drew a contrast with Donald Trump’s acceptance address at the Republican convention last week: “I sweat the details of policy.”

On national security, Clinton questioned whether Trump “has the temperament to be commander-in-chief.”

“A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons,” Clinton said. Read Clinton’s speech in full.

Stephen Miller, Trump’s senior policy adviser, hit back with a statement blasting Clinton’s speech as an “insulting collection of cliches and recycled rhetoric.”

Earlier on the convention’s final night, the father of a Muslim-American soldier who was killed in the Iraq War accused Trump of “smearing the character” of religious minorities like his family.

“Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?” Khizr Khan said, addressing Trump. “I will gladly lend you my copy.”

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The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a death row inmate in a case concerning race discrimination in jury selection.

Timothy Tyrone Foster, an African-American, is on death row in Georgia for the 1987 murder of an elderly white woman, Queen Madge White. The jury that convicted him was all white. Twenty years after his sentence, his attorneys obtained notes the prosecution team took while it was engaged in picking a jury.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 7-1 decision. Justice Clarence Thomas was the dissenter.

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Some of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, including her longtime adviser Huma Abedin, have been interviewed by federal investigators as the FBI probe into the security of Clinton’s private email server nears completion, U.S. officials briefed on the investigation tell CNN.

The investigation is ongoing, but so far investigators haven’t found evidence to prove Clinton willfully violated the law, the standard needed to bring charges, the U.S. officials say.

The officials say the interviews of Clinton and her aides would be a routine part of an investigation like this.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan says he doesn’t support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign.

“I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now,” the Wisconsin Republican told CNN’s Jake Tapper..

Ryan’s position makes him the highest-level Republican official to reject Trump since the real estate mogul became the last candidate standing in the party’s nominating contest.

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A Belgian court ruled that Paris terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam can be extradited to France.

Belgian and French authorities will now consider how to proceed with the transfer.

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A university in the northwest of Pakistan has come under attack by armed militants, and at least seven people have reportedly been killed, with a further 20 injured. It’s not yet clear how many of the dead are attackers and how many are civilians.

Gunfire and explosions were heard Wednesday morning local time from within Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, northwestern Pakistan.

There are still dead inside, and the operation is ongoing, Bilal Faizi, a local emergency service spokesman told CNN.

There have so far been no claims of responsibility.

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