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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — California authorities say a fire has broken out at an Oakland warehouse where people were having a party. Police say there are "casualties" but haven't offered any details. Authorities told KTVU-TV about 50 people were inside the building, which houses a group of artists and their studios.

BEIJING (AP) — China is protesting over President-elect Donald Trump's contact conversation with Taiwan's president. But China's foreign minister calls the phone call "a small trick by Taiwan" and tells Hong Kong's Phoenix TV that he doesn't think the contact will change U.S. policy toward China. The U.S. broke diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979. China considers the self-governed democratic island a renegade province. Trump tweeted that the Taiwanese leader called to congratulate him on his election victory.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government says President Ashraf Ghani and President-elect Donald Trump and have emphasized their joint commitment to fighting terrorism in a phone conversation. Ghani's office says Ghani congratulated Trump on his victory and expressed hopes for further cooperation between the countries under Trump's administration.

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Syria says he'd tell President-elect Donald Trump to remember "the lesson we learned in Iraq and Libya" when mapping a strategy to end the six-year-old war in Syria. Steffan de Mistura told reporters at a Rome news conference today that whether the Syrian war ends with a military victory or a non-military rresolution, the real solution must be a politically inclusive one involving the region. Both the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the Western-backed uprising in Libya were followed by factional violence and instability.

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The Navy is preparing to christen its newest attack submarine in a ceremony today at a Connecticut shipyard. The submarine becomes the USS Colorado once it is commissioned at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton. Sponsored by Annie Mabus (MAY'-buhs), the daughter of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the vessel is the 15th in the Virginia class of submarines. The 377-foot-long sub is equipped to carry out warfare against submarines and surface ships as well as conduct surveillance and deliver Special Operations troops.

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