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Dylann Roof's Confession and Journal Detail Racist Beliefs

Dylann Roof is on trial for shooting nine black worshippers to death during a church bible study in Charleston, S.C. Yesterday, jurors heard Roof's videotaped confession. On what he would say to families of those he killed: "I couldn't even look at them". "Well, it makes me feel bad", said Mr Roof. A "Secret Santa" paid off 194 Wal-Mart accounts, giving a gift of joy worth $46,000 to shoppers with layaway accounts at the retailer.

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Defense Focuses on Penalty, Not Guilt in Church Shooting

Several people sitting among the survivors' family members and several jurors dabbed away tears. Britney Burke with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations detailed the scene pictures and told the jury what she had photographed. Roof told the agents that he couldn't even look at the families of the victims. Court officials also didn't release the races of the jurors. After being told the details, an agent asked how he felt.

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United States defence chief Ashton Carter in Iraq to for talks on Mosul

Carter made an unannounced visit today to the Qayara base, flying in from Baghdad after meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and sharing lunch with American troops. The change in attitude "was brought about by the intensive training of Iraqi forces by the USA and its partners, which increased Iraqi capacity, and by close embedding of United States advisers with Iraqi units", Michael Knights, an expert on Iraq military affairs at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told CNN.

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Several inches of snow expected, starting tonight

Some 1 to 3 inches of snow is forecast before the changeover to rain in the Boston to Providence corridor and along the northeast coast. This means accumulations will be lower along the coastline and higher inland. Depending on which model run you believe, another storm may be heading toward the eastern seaboard Wednesday . Thursday's will be in response to Arctic air infiltrating the region.

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The Obamas are breaking tradition with their final White House Christmas card

It was taken at a state dinner in March honoring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau . Malia and Sasha "dazzle" in elegant, embroidered gowns designed by Naeem Khan , that are worth almost $20,000. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obama, a Democrat, was inaugurated as the 44th U.S. President on January 20, 2009, the first Black man to be elected president in the history of U.S.

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Boeing And Iran Air Sign Jetliner Contract Worth $16.6 Billion

The deal was reached after the U.S. and other countries lifted sanctions on Iran, following its agreement to limit its nuclear ambitions in 2015. The Flight Safety Foundation said Iran's lack of new planes and spare parts had resulted in close to 1,700 people dying in civilian and military air disasters since 1979.