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FBI Director James Comey testifies before a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, US on July 14, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

FBI tells Congress it has not changed conclusion on Clinton e-mails

FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Sunday (Nov 6) a recent review of newly discovered emails did not change the agency's conclusion that no charges were warranted in the case of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

In a letter to Congress, Comey said the agency had completed its review of the new emails and "we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton."

"The FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation," Comey said in the letter.

"During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state."


Four arrested in Hong Kong after 8-hour stand-off between police and 4,000 protesters

After close to eight hours of stand-off between police and some 4,000 protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday (Nov 6) night, which saw pepper spray being used and police tactical team deployed, four protesters were arrested and at least one police officer was injured.

The violent clashes had broken out outside the Chinese liaison office during a protest against Beijing's move to intervene in an oath-taking controversy involving two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers.

Beijing's move, the fifth time it is handing down its interpretation of the Basic Law, or Hong Kong's mini-constitution, has sparked wide concerns that China is tightening its grip on the city. While Hong Kong is part of China, it was granted a high degree of autonomy under the "One Country Two Systems" framework after it was handed back to China in 1997.


Thrilling Hungarian pianist Zoltan Kocsis dies aged 64

Virtuoso Hungarian pianist and conductor Zoltan Kocsis, celebrated for his thrilling and versatile technique, died on Sunday (Nov 6) at the age of 64, his orchestra the National Philharmonic said.

"The National Philharmonic Orchestra informs with deep sadness that Zoltan Kocsis after a long illness borne with dignity died this afternoon," the orchestra said in a statement quoted by the MTI news agency.

Kocsis, musical director of the National Philharmonic since 1997, underwent heart surgery in 2012.


Football: Rampant Liverpool take top spot, Arsenal held by Spurs

Liverpool swept to the top of the Premier League as Sadio Mane's double inspired a 6-1 rout of Watford, while Tottenham rescued a 1-1 draw at north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday (Nov 6).

While Liverpool dazzled, their old rivals Manchester United ended a four-match winless run in the league as goals from Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured a much-needed 3-1 victory at Swansea.

Liverpool have emerged as genuine title contenders and Jurgen Klopp's side moved one point clear of second placed Chelsea thanks to a scintillating goal spree at Anfield. The Reds took the lead in the 27th minute when Senegal winger Mane met Philippe Coutinho's corner with a header that looped past Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.


Tennis: Murray caps rise to number one with Paris title

Andy Murray celebrated his new world number one ranking with a first Paris Masters title on Sunday (Nov 6) after defeating American John Isner 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 in the final.

Murray, 29, replaces Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings on Monday and claimed his eighth title of a remarkable season after extending his winning run to 19 matches.

"This has been an incredible journey for me to get to the top of the rankings," said Murray, who will move 405 points above long-time rival Djokovic.


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