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Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

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Syrian Kurdish news outlets and Syria's state-run news agency say six civilians have suffered breathing difficulties after what they say was a poison gas attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin. More>>

Trio of suicide bombers kill 20 at crowded market in Nigeria

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Trio of suicide bombers kill at least 18 at crowded market in northern Nigeria. More>>

Ethiopia vows no military takeover amid latest emergency

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No Ethiopia military takeover, defense minister says amid new 6-month state of emergency. More>>

Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism

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Pope Francis has revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission and named new members, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. More>>

Trump adviser: Russian meddling 'incontrovertible'

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One of the 13 Russians indicted by the United States for interfering in the American presidential election says the US justice system is unfair. More>>

Stars to wear black at UK film awards: Will Kate join them?

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The red carpet will be a sea of black as the movement against sexual misconduct takes center stage at the British Academy Film Awards. More>>

The Latest: US says unlikely Turkey used chemical weapons

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White House official says US thinks it is "extremely unlikely" Turkey used chemical weapons against Kurds. More>>

7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

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A powerful earthquake that rattled south and central Mexico caused little apparent destruction but rekindled fears in a population that still sees daily reminders of deadly earthquakes five months ago. More>>

Kosovo celebrates decade of independence, challenges ahead

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Kosovo is celebrating 10 years of independence from Serbia in two-day festivities around the country. More>>

Israel slams Polish PM for WWII 'Jewish perpetrators' remark

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Israeli politicians are accusing Poland's prime minister of anti-Semitism for saying there were Polish perpetrators in the Holocaust just like there were "Jewish perpetrators". More>>

Parents adopting children to see higher fees, new rules

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An increase in fees, plus other regulatory changes, has fueled resentment toward the State Department among many U.S. adoption agencies who fear further reductions in the already dwindling number of international adoptions. More>>

The Latest: Kosovo president laments EU disunity on status

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Britain's prime minister seeks 'deep' EU security partnership. More>>

South African president pledges to "turn tide" on corruption

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South Africa's new leader Ramaphosa set to address a nation eager to move on from corruption. More>>

UK party sacks leader in fallout from racist Markle texts

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The troubled U.K. Independence Party has ousted its leader after a scandal over racist messages sent by his girlfriend. More>>

The Latest: Ex-Russian diplomat calls US charges 'fantasies'

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U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser has told an international audience that the evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 American election is beyond dispute. More>>

UK prime minister seeks post-Brexit EU security alliance

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is calling on her country's European Union partners not to let "rigid institutional restrictions" get in the way of a wide-ranging post-Brexit security partnership. More>>

Israeli military: 4 soldiers wounded in Gaza border blast

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The Israeli military says one of its tanks has struck an observation post in the southern Gaza Strip in response to the detonation of an explosive device along its border. More>>

Borneo's orangutan population plunged by 100,000 since 1999

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The most comprehensive study of Borneo's orangutans estimates their numbers have plummeted by more than 100,000 since 1999, as the palm oil and paper industries shrink their habitat and fatal conflicts with people grow. More>>

Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

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An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering a fresh batch of supplies for the crew. More>>

Jordan's military says it foiled smuggling plot: report

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The state news agency Petra reports that Jordan's military says it has foiled a plot to smuggle in weapons, drugs and terrorists by using an old pipeline linking the kingdom with Syria and Iraq. More>>

Danes start to bid farewell to late Denmark prince

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Thousands of Danes have bid farewell to Denmark's late Prince Henrik, husband of Queen Margrethe, whose casket is on public display as of Saturday in a downtown Copenhagen chapel until a private funeral next week. More>>

UK blames Russian military for 'malicious' cyberattack

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Britain says the Russian government was behind a cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe last year. More>>

US Navy says it won't be deterred by Chinese-built islands

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A Navy officer on a U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F18 fighter jets says American forces will continue to patrol the South China Sea wherever "international law allows us" when asked if China's new islands could restrain them in the disputed waters. More>>

Chinese giant pandas unveiled to public in Finland

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Two giant pandas on loan from China have been unveiled at a zoo in central Finland and they have frolicked, galloped, climbed trees and played in the snow after a month-long quarantine. More>>

Top German diplomat: 'We no longer recognize our America'

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Germany's foreign minister says that as China's influence on the world stage rises, the U.S. and Europe need to return to historical bonds and work together or risk getting left behind. More>>

Merkel calls for progress on common EU asylum system

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants the European Union to make progress on a common asylum system, warning that member states who expect financial support from the bloc need to show solidarity when it comes to migrants too. More>>

German police rescue men tangled up with mannequin, toy car

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Police in western Germany have freed two men who became entangled with a mannequin and a large, remote controlled car. More>>

100 pizzas and counting: German police probe pizza stalker

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German police are investigating a case of severe pizza stalking in the western town of Dortmund. More>>

Turkey: 6 journalists sentenced to life in prison

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Turkey's state-run news agency says a court in Istanbul has sentenced six journalists accused of involvement in a 2016 coup attempt to life prison terms. More>>

Moon won't discuss possible summit with North Korea's Kim

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he hopes his efforts to engage rival North Korea at the Olympics will lead to better ties between Washington and Pyongyang and also help to set up talks on ridding the North of its nuclear bombs. More>>

Italian police clashes with anti-fascists leaves 7 injured

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Italian police have turned water cannons on anti-fascist protesters in Bologna who were trying to disrupt a planned campaign appearance by the head of the neo-fascist Forza Nuova. More>>

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

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A powerful earthquake has shaken south and central Mexico, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country's capital. More>>

Pakistani court sentences convicted serial killer to death

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Public prosecutor in Pakistan says court has sentenced a serial killer to death after finding him guilty of killing eight children, including 7-year-old girl whose rape and murder drew nationwide condemnation. More>>

South Korea joins US, Thailand in military landing drill

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Troops from South Korea have joined their Thai and U.S counterparts in an amphibious vehicle landing drill as part of Southeast Asia's largest multinational military exercise. More>>

Afghans submitted 1.17 million war crimes claims to court

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The International Criminal Court says it has received over 1 million statements from Afghans claiming to be victims of war crimes. More>>

Khodorkovsky plots out a long game: a post-Putin Russia

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Russian oligarch-turned-dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he's not interested in replacing Vladimir Putin as president. More>>

Romance, bold colors, a protest: London Fashion Week begins

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London Fashion Week is set to begin Friday with a number of catwalk shows including exhibits by Bora Aksu and Mulberry. More>>

Britain announces temporary halt to Oxfam funding

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The head of Oxfam International says reports that staff members sexually exploited people in crisis zones are "a stain" that shames the charity. More>>

Bangladesh gives names to begin Rohingya repatriation

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A Bangladesh Cabinet minister says he has given a list of 8,032 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar to begin repatriations of the Muslim minority under a November agreement between the two countries. More>>

Report details harm to Cuba diplomats but offers no cause

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Doctors are releasing the first detailed medical reports about concussion-like symptoms suffered in what the State Department has called health attacks on U.S. diplomats in Cuba. More>>

Anti-fascist demonstrators clash with police in Bologna

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Italian police have turned water cannons on anti-fascist protesters in Bologna who were trying to disrupt a planned campaign appearance by the head of the neo-fascist Forza Nuova. More>>

German reporter freed from Turkish jail, pending trial

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A journalist working for a German newspaper who was detained in Turkey for more than a year is being released from jail pending trial, German officials and his lawyer said Friday. More>>

Clarification: White House-Spanish story

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A year into the Trump administration, the White House website still has no Spanish-language content. More>>

Ethiopia declares state of emergency amid wide protests

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Ethiopian officials have declared a state of emergency amid widespread anti-government protests that have persisted for more than two years and in which hundreds have been killed and several thousand detained, the majority of whom have since been released. More>>

UN chief: Beware nuclear North Korea, back global unity

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Dozens of world leaders, top defense officials and diplomats are gathering in southern Germany for an influential security conference amid growing strains between the U.S. and other NATO nations and Russia over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. More>>

Iranian passenger plane skids off runway on landing

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Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that an Iranian passenger plane has skidded off the runway after its landing gear jammed during a domestic flight. More>>

France drops rape investigation against budget minister

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French investigators have dropped an investigation into rape accusations against President Emmanuel Macron's budget minister, citing lack of evidence. More>>

Hawaii man admits punching police outside Buckingham Palace

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A tourist from Hawaii has pleaded guilty to punching two London police officers outside Buckingham Palace. More>>

Hezbollah: US not honest broker in Lebanon's gas dispute

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The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah is urging fellow politicians not to let the U.S. administration divide their ranks while it mediates a dispute with Israel over offshore gas drilling rights. More>>

Inquest opens on death of baby in Kenya poll violence

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An inquest has started in Kenya's western town of Kisumu into the death of a six-month-old baby who was allegedly hit on the head by police during opposition protests last year against President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election. More>>

Polish, German leaders emphasize common ground in 1st visit

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The leaders of Germany and Poland sought Friday to calm their ruffled relations, underlining areas of agreement on improving the Europe Union's external borders and the need to bolster the bloc's joint defense efforts. More>>

US, Turkey return from brink, aim to 'normalize' ties

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Dozens of demonstrators have marched to a building where the top U.S. and Turkish diplomats are meeting in a bid to ease one of the worst tensions in years between the two NATO allies. More>>

Family grieves Philippine maid found dead in Kuwait freezer

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The body of a Filipino housemaid found stuffed in a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait has been returned to the Philippines to her grieving family. More>>

Booker Prize to mark 50th birthday by naming overall champ

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Organizers of the Man Booker Prize for fiction are marking the award's 50th anniversary by choosing an overall champion from past winners. More>>

Germany arrests suspected member of al-Shabab militia

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German authorities have arrested a 20-year-old Somali man on suspicion of being a member of the extremist militia al-Shabab. More>>

Hungary's Orban steps up crackdown on critics before vote

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Hungary's prime minister is stepping up efforts to silence civic group critical of his government ahead of April elections which will likely result in his third consecutive term. More>>

Students celebrate 1st child born in an independent Kosovo

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All the students in a tiny village in Kosovo have gathered to celebrate a very special day for Pavaresia Sopi _ a 10th birthday with deep significance for her whole Balkan nation. More>>

German nationalist censured by own party over Turkish slurs

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The nationalist Alternative for Germany party has rebuked one of its leading figures for describing Turks as 'camel drivers'. More>>

2 key UN agencies denounce anti-migration plan in Hungary

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Two United Nations agencies are denouncing proposals by Hungary's government to tax and penalize groups that assist migrants inside the country. More>>

Pakistan to send troops to Saudi Arabia on training mission

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Pakistan's military says it is sending troops to assist Saudi Arabia on a training mission but that they will not be deployed in conflict zones outside the kingdom. More>>

Seoul footing record tab for North Korea at 2018 Olympics

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Seoul allots record $2.5 million to pay for hundreds of North Koreans attending the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. More>>

Australian leaders open hostile rift over office affair

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Australia's prime minister has banned government ministers from having sex with staff as his deputy battles for his political survival over revelations that he is expecting a baby with a former press secretary. More>>

Russian mother grieves for son killed by US strike in Syria

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For Russian mother Farkhanur Gavrilova, the blow came a week ago when an acquaintance called her to say her son was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria that pitted Russian and U.S. combatants against each other for the first time in the Syrian war. More>>

South African limbo ends with new president, Cyril Ramaphosa

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Ramaphosa poised to become South Africa's new president in parliament vote Thursday. More>>

Russia: 5 citizens probably killed by US strike in Syria

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After a week of swirling controversy, Russia has acknowledged that five of its citizens may have been killed by a U.S. strike in Syria, the first time Russians have died at U.S. hands in Syria. More>>

Ramaphosa aims to lead South Africa out of corruption swamp

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South Africa's new leader Cyril Ramaphosa aims to lead country out of corruption swamp, but 2019 election poses challenge. More>>

Tense times in US-Turkey relations as officials huddle

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the United States and Turkey are having an open dialogue about their growing differences over the fight in Syria, and are "finding common ground.". More>>

Court received 1.17 million war crimes claims from Afghans

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The International Criminal Court says it has received over 1 million statements from Afghans claiming to be victims of war crimes. More>>

'3 Billboards' protest in London for high-rise fire victims

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Activists for victims of a deadly London high-rise fire have taken inspiration from an Academy Award-nominated film to press for more action by police. More>>

US says detainee studied in Louisiana, became IS fighter

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The U.S. says an American detained by U.S. forces was carrying thumb drives containing bomb-making files and documents describing work he did for the Islamic State group at the time he surrendered in Syria last year. More>>

Ethiopia's prime minister submits resignation after protests

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Ethiopia prime minister submits resignation letter amid protests: state-affiliated broadcaster. More>>

Tillerson in Beirut wades into Lebanon-Israel border dispute

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Tillerson arrives in Lebanon as part of Mideast trip, most senior Trump administration official to visit the country. More>>

Appeals court declares Trump travel ban unconstitutional

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A federal appeals court has ruled that President Donald Trump's latest ban on travelers from six largely Muslim countries is unconstitutional. More>>

US bars ex-Albanian prosecutor for alleged corruption ties

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United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson publicly designated former Albanian Prosecutor General Adriatik Llalla due to his involvement in significant corruption. More>>

English ex-soccer coach convicted of 43 sex-abuse charges

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A former English youth soccer coach has been found guilty of three more charges of sexual abuse on young players. More>>

The Latest: Tillerson: Kurds never got heavy weapons from US

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is urging Hezbollah to cease its activities abroad to help reduce tensions in the region. More>>

The Latest: UN says Syria envoy overstated fatalities

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Russian Foreign Ministry says 5 Russians killed in a U.S. strike in Syria, the first official recognition of Russian deaths in the incident that has threatened to further strain Russia-U.S. ties. More>>

German officials decry nationalist's anti-Turkish speech

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Top German officials and Turkish immigrant leaders have sharply condemned a speech by a German nationalist who insulted Turks as "camel drivers" and immigrants with dual passports as a "homeless mob.". More>>

Vatican seeks to defuse scandal, says pope meets victims

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Vatican seeks to defuse Chile scandal, says pope meets frequently with abuse victims to help them heal. More>>

Turkish PM tells Merkel: trial for German reporter shortly

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Berlin. More>>

Italy court sends right-to-die case to Constitutional Court

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A court in Milan has asked Italy's Constitutional Court to rule in the case of a right-to-die advocate who brought a well-known DJ to an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland to die after he was paralyzed in a car crash. More>>

The Latest: Ramaphosa takes oath as South Africa's president

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The Latest: Zuma's resignation now final, parliament says; new leader to be chosen Thursday. More>>

Hearse with Denmark prince leaves for Copenhagen chapel

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A casket carrying Denmark's Prince Henrik, who died Tuesday, has left a palace in the country's north for a downtown Copenhagen chapel where it will be on display until a private funeral next week. More>>

3 skiers die in avalanche in the French Pyrenees

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Authorities say three skiers have died after being swept away by an avalanche in the French Pyrenees. More>>

Specialist prosecutor for Kosovo court standing down

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The American prosecutor working to bring to justice former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army accused of crimes against ethnic Serbs in Kosovo's war for independence is stepping down at the end of next month. More>>

Greek ex-prime minister files complaint vs current leader

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A former Greek prime minister accused of involvement in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal has filed a criminal complaint against current Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and another six people, including the deputy justice minister and three prosecutors. More>>

UN: Afghan civilian casualties decreased 9 percent in 2017

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UN says number of civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan decreased by 9 percent in 2017. More>>

Scandals finally catch up with South Africa's Zuma

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As scandal after scandal unfolded, South African President Jacob Zuma maintained an affable demeanor in public, rallied his support base and, it is alleged, enabled his corrupt associates. Eventually, he ran out of options. More>>

How to get cleaner air? Germany considers free mass transit

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In an effort to get cleaner air, some officials in Germany want residents to leave their polluting cars at home and take free mass transit. More>>

Israel's Netanyahu is no stranger to scandals

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, fighting for his political life after being accused of taking bribes from billionaire supporters, is no stranger to scandal. More>>

6 African nations among the worst to be young in a war zone

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6 African nations among the world's worst to be a child in a war zone, new report says. More>>

$30 billion pledged in Kuwait at summit to rebuild Iraq

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Kuwait's ruling emir says nation will give $1 billion in loans, $1 billion in direct investments to help rebuild Iraq. More>>

South African President Zuma succumbs to pressure, resigns

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South African police raid residential compound of a business family suspected of using its ties to President Jacob Zuma to influence Cabinet appointments and land state contracts. More>>

Venezuelan girl to live with Utah mother of jailed American

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A 7-year-old Venezuelan girl has made it to the United States after a long fight to take her away from the turbulent South American nation where her jailed mother and the mother's American boyfriend work to win their freedom. More>>

Admiral says North Korea aiming to reunify Korean Peninsula

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The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's long-term goal is to reunify the divided Korean Peninsula under his totalitarian regime. More>>

Group of senators reaches immigration deal on Dreamers, wall

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President Donald Trump is sending a message to the Senate on immigration: Pass a bill based on his priorities. More>>

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies at 65

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Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies at age 65, party spokesman says. More>>

French court acquits 1 man, convicts 2 in terror-tied trial

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A French court on Wednesday acquitted a man charged with harboring Islamic extremists after they carried out the 2015 Paris attacks, in the first trial related to the country's deadliest extremist violence since World War II. More>>

The Latest: South Africa's ANC welcomes Zuma's departure

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The Latest: South Africa's ANC preparing for no-confidence motion against Zuma on Thursday. More>>

Russians launch cargo ship to space station after 2-day halt

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An unmanned Russian cargo ship has blasted off for the International Space Station, two days after the original launch was scrubbed. More>>

Democrats negotiating with FBI on classified info in memo

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The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that he is continuing to negotiate with the FBI over the release of a memo about secret surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser. More>>

The Latest: Centrist leader says Netanyahu should resign

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The Latest: Israeli opposition politicians call on PM Netanyahu to resign after police recommended corruption charges. More>>

Taliban letter addresses 'American people,' urges talks

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Taliban address letter to "American people" urging direct talks with the U.S administration, urging "masses" to press president and Congress to remove troops from Afghanistan. More>>

Dutch law to make everyone organ donors unless they opt out

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Dutch senators have approved a new law that makes everybody a potential organ donor unless they decide to opt out of the system. More>>

UK unveils new technology to fight extremist content online

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Britain's Home Secretary is unveiling new technology to try to remove extremist material from social media. More>>

Metallica, Afghan ensemble win 2018 Polar Music Prize

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American heavy metal band Metallica and Afghanistan's National Institute of Music have won the 2018 Polar Music Prizes. More>>

UK film industry promises action on harassment, bullying

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Stars including Emma Watson and Gemma Arterton are backing a British film industry plan to tackle bullying and sexual harassment. More>>

Longest-serving Dutch premier, Ruud Lubbers, dies at 78

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Ruud Lubbers, the Netherlands' longest-serving prime minister who guided his country through economic turmoil to prosperity, and helped shape the foundations of the European Union, has died at 78. More>>

Russia seeks to regulate private military contractors

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A senior lawmaker says the Russian parliament is working on a bill to regulate private military companies, a statement that comes amid reports about an unknown number of Russian military contractors killed in a U.S. strike in Syria. More>>

Frenchman admits killing girl who vanished from Alps wedding

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French authorities say a man in custody confessed to "unintentionally" killing a 9-year-old girl whose disappearance from a wedding party in the French Alps prompted nationwide concern. More>>

France: 'Perpetual' house arrest prompts vote, hunger strike

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A man who has spent a decade under house arrest in France is awaiting a vote by lawmakers that could end his "open-air prison" or more likely, uphold it indefinitely. More>>

Macedonia willing to add name 'qualifier' to satisfy Greece

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Macedonia's prime minister says his country and Greece have made significant progress toward resolving their long-standing name dispute. More>>

Talks to restore Northern Ireland government break down

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The leader of Northern Ireland's biggest political party says talks to restore the collapsed government in Belfast have failed. More>>

'Corporate capitulation': Mercedes chided for China apology

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Two Republican lawmakers are lashing out at Mercedes-Benz for apologizing in China for citing Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. More>>

US boosts aid to Jordan despite Trump threats of cuts

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Despite repeated threats to punish countries that don't agree with U.S. Mideast policy, the Trump administration is set to boost aid to Jordan by more than $1 billion over the next five years. More>>

Pakistan begins seizing charities linked to US-wanted cleric

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Pakistan begins seizing assets of charities linked to radical cleric wanted by U.S., sought in Mumbai terrorist attacks. More>>

The Latest: UN may have to reassess Iraq mine-clearing work

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Kuwait says a total of $30 billion in pledges have been made at a summit on rebuilding Iraq after the Islamic State war. More>>

Correction: Kenya-Reality Show-Farming story

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'Can you dig it?' New farming reality TV show aims to bring young Africans back to the land. More>>

Germany pushes for release of journalist in Turkish prison

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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called for the release of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel who was arrested exactly one year ago in Istanbul. More>>

UK's Boris Johnson seeks to reassure Brexit skeptics

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is aiming to reassure voters worried about leaving the European Union that "Brexit is not grounds for fear but hope.". More>>

Israeli leader vows to carry on despite corruption charges

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In embarrassing blow to Israel's embattled PM, police recommend Netanyahu be indicted on bribery, breach of trust. More>>

Prince Henrik, husband of Danish monarch, dies at age 83

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Denmark's palace says Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Danish monarch Queen Margrethe, has died. More>>

General strike in public services paralyzes Algeria

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Public service labor unions have gone on strike in Algeria, paralyzed education, health, vocational training and the telecommunications industries. More>>

NATO chief urges defense budget hike amid command expansion

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is urging European allies and Canada to keep ramping up defense spending, as the alliance expands its command headquarters in response to a more assertive Russia. More>>

Kosovo president slams international war crimes court

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Kosovo's president has called an international war crimes court with jurisdiction over potential Kosovar suspects a "historical injustice," adding his government only reluctantly accepted it as the "price for its liberty.". More>>

The Latest: Man acquitted of harboring Paris attackers

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A French court has acquitted a man charged with harboring Islamic extremists after they carried out the 2015 Paris attacks, in the first trial related to the country's deadliest extremist violence since World War II. More>>

Macron's office closes press room, moves reporters off-site

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French President Emmanuel Macron's office is closing the press room inside the presidential palace, amid broader efforts by the French leader to control his public image. More>>

Lions kill suspected poacher in South African wildlife area

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Managers of a wildlife area in South Africa say a pride of lions killed a suspected poacher; tracks indicate two accomplices escaped. More>>

Airport vehicles collide at London Heathrow; 1 dead, 1 hurt

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Two airport vehicles collided on the airfield at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday, killing a British Airways engineer and injuring another man. More>>

Slovenian schools closed as thousands of teachers strike

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Slovenian teachers are rallying for higher wages in the latest strike by public sector workers in the small EU country. More>>

'Deep down': Rivalry between Koreas, Japan transcends sports

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There are sports rivalries _ and then there's Korea versus Japan, a near-toxic mix of history, violence, abuse and politics, with a (un)healthy dose of cultural chauvinism and envy mixed in. More>>

UK judge upholds arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder

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A British judge is set to decide whether to quash or uphold an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent more than five years evading the law inside Ecuador's London embassy. More>>

UK rejects return of Islamic State fighters despite US calls

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Britain's defense secretary says the U.K. does not want to take back two British Islamic State members caught in Syria despite U.S. appeals for countries to deal with citizens who are foreign fighters. More>>

French customs agents find stash of weapons in sports shop

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French customs authorities seize giant stash of weapons discovered hidden at a sports store in the northern French region of Picardy. More>>

'So proud': Parents' views on joint Korea hockey team evolve

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Players of Koreas' joint hockey team are source of pride for their families for making history in inter-Korean relations. More>>

Minnie Driver quits Oxfam after sex in crisis zone scandal

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Minnie Driver has become the first celebrity ambassador of Oxfam to resign following the sex misconduct scandal. More>>

Polish opposition activist Frasyniuk detained and charged

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A popular Polish opposition figure had been briefly detained by the police and brought handcuffed before a prosecutor in connection to a protest he took part in last year. More>>

South Africa's film board bans Oscar short-listed movie

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South Africa's film board bans Oscar short-listed movie over depiction of homosexuality. More>>

Guatemalan ex-president, Oxfam chief held in corruption case

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Prosecutors say they have detained former Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom in a corruption case. More>>

Reports of Russian deaths underscore dangers of Syria's war

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It's a scenario many feared in the fog of Syria's multi-front war: U.S. forces, responding to a provocation, killing Russian soldiers or mercenaries on a crowded battlefield. More>>

Tongans face long wait for services to return after cyclone

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Thousands of Tonga residents face a long wait for power and other services to be restored after a cyclone tore through the Pacific nation this week. More>>

Turkey, Greece to use dialogue to calm Aegean tensions

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Turkey's prime minister says Turkey and Greece have agreed to settle tensions through dialogue, a day after a Greek coast guard vessel was damaged in a collision with a Turkish patrol boat in the Aegean Sea. More>>

Israel police recommend corruption charges against Netanyahu

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Israeli media reports say that police have recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a pair of corruption cases. More>>

Australian deputy prime minister under pressure to resign

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Australia's deputy prime minister is under pressure to resign as his party's leader over revelations of a relationship with a former staffer who is now pregnant. More>>

Use of blackface in Brazil Carnival parade sparks debate

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A top samba school's use of blackface in a Carnival parade is sparking debate about depictions of race in Brazil, which is still grappling with a fraught racial legacy. More>>

Summit host yanks Venezuela's invitation over early election

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The host nation for a summit of Western Hemisphere leaders has withdrawn its invitation to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro over plans to hold an early election. More>>

South Africa's ruling party finally turns against Zuma

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Leaders of South Africa's ruling ANC party are struggling to remove President Jacob Zuma from office amid media reports that he asked for concessions in exchange for his resignation. More>>

US says Myanmar makes life for Rohingya 'a death sentence'

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U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is denouncing Myanmar's government for continuing to make life for Rohingya Muslims "a death sentence," citing the reporting of mass graves by The Associated Press and other news organizations. More>>

Russia: Human error, faulty sensor behind deadly plane crash

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Russian investigators are studying information from the flight recorders of a Russian passenger plane that crashed near Moscow, killing all 71 people on board. More>>

'New generation of Nigerians' marks Olympic bobsled debut

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Despite being American-born, members of Nigeria's first-ever bobsled team say representing their African culture is second nature. More>>

Atlanta-bound Delta jet makes emergency landing in Nigeria

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Delta says engine issue forced an Atlanta-bound plane to turn back and make an emergency landing in Lagos, Nigeria. More>>

Reports: Russian contractors killed by US strike in Syria

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At least several private Russian military contractors have been reportedly killed by a U.S. strike in Syria, the deaths that could further fuel Russia-U.S. tensions if officially confirmed. More>>

The Latest: Luge win keeps Germany atop gold medal standings

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There's been a highly unusual moment in the Olympic mixed doubles bronze medal match, with a Russian curler falling hard on her backside. More>>

French trial on sex with 11-year-old fuels debate on consent

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A 29-year-old man is set to appear in a French court for having sex with an 11-year-old girl last year, in a trial that has rekindled debate on the age of sexual consent in France. More>>

The AP Asks: What would South Koreans ask a North Korean?

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With rare influx of North Koreans at the Pyeongchang Olympics, AP asks South Korean Olympic fans a question: If you had the chance, what would you ask a North Korean?. More>>

Egypt arrests ex-anti-graft chief in latest pre-vote turmoil

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Egypt arrests former anti-graft chief in latest chapter of pre-election upheaval. More>>

The Latest: Israel PM: Recommendations to indict 'nothing'

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Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says police recommendations to indict him on corruption charges "will end with nothing. More>>

Greece, Turkey try to calm tensions after Aegean Sea crash

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a warning to Greece, Cyprus and international companies exploring for gas in the Mediterranean not to "step out of line" and encroach on Turkey's rights. More>>

AP Explains: South Africa's leader is told to go. What now?

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AP Explains: South Africa's ruling party has told the president to resign. What now?. More>>

New US-Turkey tensions overshadow anti-IS unity meeting

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Trump administration increasingly concerned the 74-strong coalition it cobbled together to destroy the Islamic State group is losing sight of the prime objective. More>>

Mattis: Allies must take responsibility for Syria detainees

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged reluctant allied nations to address a growing crisis by taking responsibility for their citizens who have been detained as foreign fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria. More>>

The Latest: Judge upholds UK arrest warrant for Assange

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A British judge has upheld an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent more than five years evading the law inside Ecuador's London embassy. More>>

Uzbek Stockholm truck attacker had pledged allegiance to IS

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Prosecutors in Sweden say an Uzbek man who carried out a deadly attack on Stockholm last year swore allegiance to the Islamic State group in a video and wrote that he wanted "to scare the infidels and leave my life.". More>>

German Social Democrats shake up leadership, focus on govt

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Germany's Social Democrats have chosen deputy leader and Hamburg mayor Olaf Scholz as the new interim head of the party until a permanent chairman can be elected in April. More>>

Israel military court trial closed for Palestinian protester

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Palestinian protest icon to go on trial at Israel military court for slapping, punching Israeli soldiers. More>>

Haiti leader: UK aid workers violated 'basic human decency'

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Haiti's president has condemned a British charity for a sexual misconduct scandal in his country. More>>

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle visit Scotland ahead of wedding

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are continuing their pre-wedding tour of Britain with a quick trip to Scotland. More>>

Dutch foreign minister quits after lying about Putin meeting

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The Netherlands' foreign minister is facing a tough debate in Parliament following his admission that he lied about attending a meeting hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin at his country retreat more than a decade ago. More>>

Romania: Court nixes law that could politicize state firms

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Romania's constitutional court rules that a law that could lead to major state companies coming under political control is unconstitutional. More>>

Serbian leader won't apologize for wartime nationalism

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Serbia's president has refused to apologize in Croatia for his nationalist past during the 1990s' when he supported the idea of Greater Serbia that would include parts of Croatia. More>>

UK: White powder in package sent to Parliament not harmful

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The House of Commons says police are currently investigating an incident at the Parliamentary estate. Authorities referred all questions to the Metropolitan Police, who did not have immediate comment. More>>

Official: US says ex-Venezuela oil czar took bribes

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U.S. prosecutors believe Venezuela's former oil czar received bribes as part of a major graft scheme that allegedly took place in the OPEC nation's oil industry, says an American official familiar with the probe. More>>

Kuwait calms Philippines after dead worker found in freezer

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Kuwait's foreign minister is trying to calm the anger of the Philippines after a dead Filipina was found in a freezer in the small, oil-rich nation. More>>

Ukraine opposition leader vows to rally people from abroad

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Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili says he will continue to rally people against the nation's authorities from abroad, following his deportation from the country. More>>

Friend of ex-S. Korean president, Lotte chairman get prison

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A South Korean court is set to rule in the case of a woman at the center of an influence-peddling scandal that triggered a presidential impeachment and conviction of Samsung's heir. More>>

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