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New York (AFP) – U.S. stocks closed at new records Monday after the Dow topped 16,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 breached the 1,800 mark.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 14.06 (0.09 percent) higher at 15,975.76 after reaching 16,030.28 earlier in the session.

The broad-based S&P 500 closed down 6.63 (0.37 percent) at 1,791.55.

The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index, itself within striking range of 4,000, lost 36.90 (0.93 percent) at 3,949.07.

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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned as Conservative Party leader and therefore will be replaced as Prime Minister.

Johnson appeared outside Number 10 Downing Street to announce his decision to resign after a party revolt and resignations of several of his top ministers.

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“They will pray with us, those that like us to pray with them,” Nienaber said, adding with a laugh, “Some of them don’t!” This claim was backed up by the founder of the ministry that ultimately got absorbed into Liberty Counsel, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as a "hate group."

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