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    Opening arguments begin in first Freddie Gray trial
    A 12-person jury — eight of them black — was seated in a racially-charged trial for the first of the six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray's death. www.buzzfeed.com/joelanderson/cop-in-freddie-gray-trial-faces-a-diverse-jury
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    Live updates: Marathon debate and vote on Syria airstrikes
    MPs will decide whether to support airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria following an all-day debate. The prime minister is desperate to make sure he wins enough support in the House of Commons to send RAF jets to fight ISIS in Syria. www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedukpolitics/live-updates-marathon-debate-and-vote-on-syria-airstrikes
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    5 Great Books To Read This December
    Looking for some good reads to get you through December? We got you. www.buzzfeed.com/adamdavis/great-books-to-read-this-december
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    Russia claims Turkish president and family are involved in ISIS oil trade
    Russia's defense ministry accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family of profiting personally from the ISIS oil trade at a press conference on Wednesday broadcast live on state television. www.buzzfeed.com/franciswhittaker/live-updates-turkey-downs-russian-warplane
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    Severe flooding has overwhelmed the Indian city of Chennai
    Some 188 people have died in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu state in the last month. On Wednesday, the city's airport was closed indefinitely after the runway flooded. www.buzzfeed.com/franciswhittaker/severe-flooding-has-overwhelmed-the-indian-city-of-chennai