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The Latest: 'I can't stop crying,' Zimbabwe activist says

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Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe's president after 37 years

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Impeachment of Zimbabwe's Mugabe set to begin; ministers told to boycott Cabinet meeting. More>>

US slaps new sanctions on North Korean, Chinese firms

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The Trump administration is due to announce new sanctions on North Korea on Tuesday after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism. More>>

US attacks militants in Somalia and Libya

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The U.S. military says it killed more than 100 militants in an airstrike on an extremist group's camp in Somalia. More>>

Air traffic problem at Schiphol causes delays, cancellations

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Dozens of flights to and from Amsterdam's busy Schiphol Airport have been delayed or cancelled due to a technical problem with air traffic control systems. More>>

Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook

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Global talks on curbing climate change are wrapping up Friday, with progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. More>>

Russia confirms spike in radioactivity in the Urals

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Russian authorities have confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains. More>>

On surprise Russia trip, Assad and Putin talk post-war Syria

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Russian state TV reports that Vladimir Putin has met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Sochi. More>>

UN chief warns that traffickers may be guilty of war crimes

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says terrorist groups and criminals are capitalizing on conflict to exploit innocent civilians sexually and physically, which may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. More>>

Lebanon's Hariri in Egypt amid resignation crisis at home

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Lebanon premier to head from Paris to Egypt amid political tensions. More>>

Macron takes Europe's center stage while Merkel falters

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French President Emmanuel Macron looks like the last, best hope to salvage a unified Europe, as Britain drifts away and Germany bogs down. More>>

The Latest: Putin calls Israeli PM, Egypt's president

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The Kremlin says Syrian President Bashar Assad's visit to Russia is to ensure that he agrees to possible peace initiatives with Russia, Iran and Turkey. More>>

Sexual abuse is pervasive in Islamic schools in Pakistan

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An AP investigation has found that sexual abuse is a pervasive problem at madrassas in Pakistan. More>>

100 full moons: Blazing fireball lights up Arctic sky

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Finnish experts were scrambling to calculate the trajectory of a blazing fireball which lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds in an attempt to find the celestial body. More>>

Vatican beefs up oversight of diplomats after 2 sex probes

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Pope Francis has beefed up the Vatican's oversight of its diplomatic corps, after two recent cases of alleged sexual misconduct and other instances of its ambassadors being off-message from the pope. More>>

Vatican, China exchange art amid stall in hard diplomacy

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The Vatican and China have announced a first-ever exchange of artworks for exhibits in Beijing and the Vatican Museums, as the two states forge ahead with soft diplomacy amid a stalemate in negotiations to heal decades of diplomatic estrangement. More>>

German police retrieve 100 stolen John Lennon items

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A cigarette case, a handwritten musical score, three diaries and two pairs of John Lennon's signature metal-rimmed glasses were among stolen goods belonging to Beatles' star that have been retrieved in Germany. More>>

UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on 'killer robots'

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A U.N. panel is moving ahead with efforts to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, but not as quickly as some human rights groups and other opponents think is necessary to keep up with technological advances. More>>

Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

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Negotiators worked through the night on the technical details of the Paris climate accord before two weeks of global talks on climate change finally ended in Bonn. More>>

Romanian party boss has assets frozen over alleged EU fraud

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The chairman of Romania's ruling party arrives at the anti-corruption prosecutors' agency where he expects to be told his assets have been sequestered on suspicion of misusing European Union funds. More>>

Iraqi officials: Bombing in contested town kills 32 people

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Iraqi officials: Suicide bomber detonates pickup truck loaded with explosives in contested town, killing 32 people. More>>

Danish police find arm at sea, link it to submarine case

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Copenhagen police say they have found an arm in the sea south of the Danish capital, close to where investigators have been searching for the body parts of a Swedish journalist who went a trip on a private submarine in August. More>>

French police arrest 3 in probe into Charlie Hebdo attack

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French counterterrorism police have arrested three people in an investigation into the January 2015 attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher store in Paris. More>>

LaVar Ball questions Trump's role in son's release

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LaVar Ball questions Trump's involvement in son's release, again declines to thank president. More>>

Bombing at Nigeria mosque kills at least 50

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At least 20 killed as teenage suicide bomber detonates at northern Nigeria mosque, police say. More>>

The Latest: Nigeria president calls bombing 'very cruel'

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The Latest: At least 50 killed as teenage suicide bomber attacks northern Nigeria mosque: Police. More>>

Jailed Catalan ex-ministers file new appeals for release

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The eight jailed members of the ousted Catalan government have filed fresh appeals for their release before the National Court. More>>

US ending temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians

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The Trump administration says it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation. More>>

Germany bans children's smart watches with listening app

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German regulators have issued a ban on certain types of smartwatches marketed to children, which they say run afoul of the country's surveillance restrictions and have been used, among other things, to listen in on classrooms. More>>

European cities battle fiercely for top agencies leaving UK

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Brexit is still well over year away but two cities on Monday will already be celebrating Britain's departure from the European Union. More>>

German domestic political woes may have international effect

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The collapse of talks to form a new German government has weakened Chancellor Angela Merkel and left her country, an influential European economic powerhouse, facing months more political instability. More>>

European court opens hearing on recognizing same-sex unions

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The European Court of Justice has opened a hearing on the recognition of same-sex marriages in European Union countries where they aren't legal. More>>

Reports: UK preparing to increase 'Brexit bill' offer

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British media reports say the U.K. is planning to offer more money to settle its "Brexit bill" with the European Union _ but only if the EU agrees to start discussing a future free-trade deal. More>>

VW to spend $40B on electric cars, technology through 2022

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Volkswagen says it plans to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years on developing electric cars, autonomous driving and other new technologies. More>>

Portugal considers water rationing as drought intensifies

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Officials in Portugal say they may begin rationing the public water supply at night-time in response to the country's worst drought on record. More>>

EU slaps sanctions on top official in Ukraine's Sevastopol

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The EU has slapped an asset freeze and travel ban on the top official in the city of Sevastopol, which Russia annexed along with Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014. More>>

China sentences prominent rights lawyer to 2 years in prison

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A court in central China has sentenced a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on the vague charge of inciting subversion of state power, the latest verdict in a sweeping crackdown on activism. More>>

Giant swastika unearthed in Germany

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Construction workers in Germany have coincidentally unearthed a giant concrete swastika on a sports field in the northern city of Hamburg. More>>

Myanmar treatment of Rohingya called apartheid in new report

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Amnesty International says Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims amounts to "dehumanizing apartheid," raising questions about what those who've fled a violent military crackdown would face if they returned home. More>>

US declares NKorea a terror sponsor; new sanctions expected Video included

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President Donald Trump is announcing his intent to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror. More>>

A look at the 4 countries the US says sponsor terrorism

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A look at the very short list of countries the United States says sponsor terrorism, and why they are on it. More>>

Police: Woman confessed to putting babies in concrete in 90s

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Japanese police say a woman went to a police station and confessed to putting four newborns in concrete-filled buckets two decades ago and having been filled with guilt over not caring for her babies. More>>

Germany faces uncertainty after coalition talks break down

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to meet with the country's president after talks on forming a new government collapsed in the night, raising the possibility of new elections. More>>

China's deep ties to Zimbabwe could grow after Mugabe era Video included

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As political uncertainty grips Zimbabwe over the fate of longtime leader Robert Mugabe, the crisis has highlighted the strong ties between the African country and China. More>>

Zimbabwe's Mugabe ignores calls to quit, faces impeachment Video included

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Zimbabweans, baffled by Mugabe's lack of resignation under pressure, worry about nation's fate. More>>

Prosecutor seeks probe of US personnel in Afghanistan

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The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has asked judges to authorize an investigation in Afghanistan into allegations of war crimes by the U.S. military and CIA, crimes against humanity by the Taliban and war crimes by Afghan security forces. More>>

After Bonn: where next for the global climate caravan?

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After Bonn: where next for the global climate caravan?. More>>

Defense lawyer: Mladic may not be fit to hear verdicts

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Mladic lawyer says it is not certain the former Bosnian Serb military commander will show up in a United Nations courtroom when judges deliver their verdicts in his long-running trial for allegedly masterminding atrocities during Bosnia's 1992-95 war. More>>

Bounty offered for beheadings of Bollywood director, actress

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A member of India's ruling party has offered $1.5 million to anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of the yet-to-be released Bollywood film "Padmavati" over its alleged handling of the relationship between a Hindu queen and Muslim ruler. More>>

Suu Kyi blames world conflicts partly on illegal immigration

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The European Union's top diplomat says she is encouraging Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's willingness to implement the recommendations of an expert panel on ensuring stability in troubled Rakhine state. More>>

Kenya top court upholds Kenyatta's win in repeat election

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Kenya braced for court decision on election challenge amid fears of more deadly clashes. More>>

Seoul: 2 top North Korean military officers punished

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South Korea's spy agency says North Korea has punished two of its top military officers, including one widely seen as its second-most powerful official, during a highly unusual inspection of the military's powerful political bureau. More>>

Amsterdam, Paris picked to host EU agencies after Brexit

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European Union nations are involved in last-ditch bartering over who should get to host two key agencies which are due to leave Britain in 2019 because of Brexit. More>>

Charles Manson used charm to turn youths into mass killers

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Cult leader Charles Manson, whose followers killed actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, has died. More>>

The Latest: Zimbabwe army says Mugabe working on 'solution'

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The Latest: Zimbabwe war veterans group: Military should let people, politics oust Mugabe. More>>

Polish prosecutors open racism probe of far-right march

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Warsaw prosecutors say they have opened an investigation into expressions of xenophobia and racism voiced during a march by nationalists earlier this month. More>>

Charles Manson, whose brutality made him face of evil, dead

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Cult leader Charles Manson, whose followers killed actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, has died. More>>

Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili challenges Ukraine government

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In a new challenge to the Ukrainian leadership, opposition leader Mikhail Saakashvili says Ukraine needs a new Cabinet and he's ready to lead it. More>>

Camera operator dies in Ghana on set of Netflix drama

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A British camera operator has died on the set of the BBC/Netflix miniseries "The Forgiving Earth." Agent Sarah Prince says Mark Milsome died in Ghana over the weekend while filming a night-time stunt sequence for the thriller. More>>

Hezbollah denies providing missile fired at Saudi from Yemen

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The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah says the group is ready to withdraw its cadres from Iraq once the government declares victory against the Islamic State group there. More>>

Syrian opposition leader quits ahead of new round of talks

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A senior Syrian opposition leader has quit his post a week before a new round of U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Geneva. More>>

AP Interview: Scaramucci says don't rule out beltway return

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AP Interview: Washington may not have seen the last of 'The Mooch' as he plans role in Trump's re-election campaign. More>>

Greece: Island mayor vows to oppose new migrant facilities

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Hundreds of protesters gathered on Greek island of Lesbos, as local authorities promise to defy any government attempt to expand the shelter capacity for migrants and refugees. More>>

UN chief urges probe of migrants' sale in Libya as slaves

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for an immediate investigation into the reported sale of African migrants in Libya, saying transactions may amount to crimes against humanity. More>>

Council of Europe criticizes Turkish ban on LGBTI events

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Europe's top human rights body is calling on Turkey's capital city to reverse its decision to ban all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups. More>>

EU takes tough approach to Brexit as talks enter key weeks

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The European Union's top Brexit negotiator says that is up to the United Kingdom to offer solutions on how to settle its border with Ireland and insisted it was not up to the EU to offer compromises. More>>

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip celebrate 70th anniversary

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Britain is marking the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip with a peal of bells, a set of portraits and some commemorative stamps. More>>

The Latest: Kenya police say 2 dead after court upholds vote

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The Latest: Kenya court upholds Kenyatta win in repeat vote, rejects challenges. More>>

Belarus arrests Ukrainian journalist on spying charges

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Belarus' domestic security agency says it has arrested a Ukrainian journalist on spying charges. More>>

Romania says it will buy US Patriot missiles in 2019

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Romania's defense minister says the country will purchase Patriot missiles worth $3.9 billion from the United States in the first half of 2019. More>>

France wrestles with the line between seduction, harassment

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France, the country of both Brigitte Bardot and Simone de Beauvoir, is in a bind over the limits of seduction. More>>

Norwegian man sentenced to more than 7 years for joining IS

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Norwegian man sentenced to more than 7 years of prison for joining, fighting alongside IS. More>>

Argentina says it may have received signals from missing sub

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Argentina's Navy says it's ramping up the search for a submarine that hasn't been heard from in three days. More>>

Indonesia graft suspect detained after doctors clear health

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Indonesia's anti-graft commission has arrested a top politician who for weeks evaded questioning over his alleged role in the theft of $170 million of public money. More>>

Israel denies pardon for soldier who killed wounded attacker

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Israeli president rejects pardon request by soldier who fatally shot Palestinian attacker. More>>

Figure known as 'Crocodile' could replace Zimbabwe president

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New leader of Zimbabwe could be longtime Mugabe enforcer known as the Crocodile. More>>

Palestinians vow to suspend talks if US closes PLO mission

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Trump administration turns to obscure law to pressure Palestinians to enter into serious peace talks with Israel. More>>

The Latest: Suu Kyi blames conflicts on illegal immigration

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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi says the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism in a speech that comes as her country is accused of pushing out Rohingya Muslims. More>>

Ex-President Pinera leads Chile vote, but faces runoff

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Former President Sebastian Pinera is widely expected to win Sunday's election backed by Chileans who hope the billionaire businessman can lift the country from an economic slowdown, but he's unlikely to avoid a runoff. More>>

German government talks collapse; Merkel seeks to reassure

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and two smaller parties are seeking compromises on the thorny issues of migration and climate change policies so they can proceed with formal talks on forming a new coalition government. More>>

US troops in Japan banned from drinking after fatal crash

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U.S. military personnel in Okinawa have been restricted to base and banned from drinking alcohol after a Marine was arrested over a crash that killed a Japanese man. More>>

Zimbabwe president defies mounting pressure to leave office

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Mugabe departure talks enter 2nd round as Zimbabwe's impatient ruling party poised to oust him. More>>

New Delhi's polluted air doesn't deter distance runners

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The air in New Delhi has been so acrid lately that people have suffered from burning eyes, but the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon went ahead Sunday, despite the Indian Medical Association taking last-minute court action seeking to have it postponed. More>>

The Latest: Ruling party says Mugabe impeachment to go ahead Video included

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The Latest: Zimbabwe's parliament 'definitely' will seek Mugabe's impeachment, lawmaker says. More>>

102-year-old survivor reunites with newly discovered nephew

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102-year-old Holocaust survivor reunites with newly discovered nephew it was seems likely to be among last meeting of its kind. More>>

Pope devotes Mass to poor, calls indifference a 'great sin'

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Celebrating Mass with poor people, Pope Francis is denouncing 'indifference' as a great sin. More>>

Nick Cave plays Israel to 'take stand' against boycotters

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Nick Cave, the dark poet of rock, says he is playing in Israel to take a stand against those. More>>

The Latest: Merkel regrets failure of talks on coalition

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Talks over forming the framework for a new German government have broken down after the Free Democrat party pulled out of discussions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and the Greens. More>>

Norway's king hospitalized with infection

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Norway's royal palace says King Harald has been hospitalized with an infection and remains in satisfactory condition with improving health. More>>

15 dead, 10 hurt in a stampede for food aid in Morocco

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Moroccan state TV channel 2M reports at least 15 people have died and 5 others have been injured in a stampede for food aid in a southern village. More>>

AP PHOTOS: British royals to celebrate 70th anniversary

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are marking 70 years since they wed in London's Westminster Abbey. More>>

Greek socialist leader elected to head center-left alliance

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Greek socialist leader Fofi Gennimata was elected Sunday as the leader of a new center-left alliance, heading off eight opponents. More>>

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

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The foreign ministers of four Arab nations are meeting in Cairo to discuss a draft Saudi declaration on countering Iranian influence in Arab affairs. More>>

Greece floods death toll rises to 20 with discovery of body

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Authorities in Greece say that the body of an 83-year-old man has been found in a suburb of Athens struck by flash flooding, raising the overall death toll to 20. More>>

Police question Israeli leader over corruption accusations

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Police question Israeli prime minister as part of investigation into corruption allegations. More>>

Turkey bans all LGBTI events in Ankara, citing security

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Turkish officials have banned all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in the country's capital. More>>

Syria: IS militants defeated in last major stronghold

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Syrian state media says pro-government forces have defeated the Islamic State group in its last stronghold in the country, at a town on the border with Iraq called Boukamal. More>>

Lebanon's PM Hariri says he will be in Beirut within days

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Lebanon's PM says his stay in Saudi Arabia was to consult on his country's future. More>>

Israel fires 'warning shot' amid Syrian border activity

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The Israeli military says it has fired a tank shell into Syria as a "warning shot" after the Syrian military conducted construction along their frontier. More>>

EU official Tusk likens Poland polices to 'Kremlin plan'

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European Union president Donald Tusk has strongly criticized the political direction of the ruling right-wing party in his native Poland, prompting an angry retort from the prime minister there. More>>

EU official backs Spain in fight against Catalan secession

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker calls Catalonia's secessionist push a "disaster" and has reaffirmed Europe's support of a unified Spain. More>>

Kenya's Odinga calls for international help in deadly crisis

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Kenyan opposition leaders say police are using gunfire and tear gas to disperse residents of a city slum protesting the overnight murder of 4 people in a suspected ethnic attack. More>>

Pakistan arrests 'human smuggler' linked to deaths in Turbat

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A Pakistani investigator says federal agents have arrested human smuggler linked to recent deaths of 20 people in insurgency hit part of the country near Iran border. More>>

Sinn Fein's divisive leader to step down after over 30 years

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Gerry Adams has announced he plans to step down as leader of Sinn Fein after heading the party for over 30 years. More>>

British sailor dies in round-the-world yacht race

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Organizers of an international yacht race say a British sailor has died after he was swept overboard in rough seas. More>>

Car plunges into gorge killing 5 in Pakistan

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Pakistani police say a car carrying a family has fallen off a mountainous road into a deep gorge killing five and wounding one in the country's northwest. More>>

US general says illegal nuclear launch order can be refused

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The top officer at U.S. Strategic Command says an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal. More>>

The Latest: Palestinian threat to cut communications with US

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The Palestinian foreign minister says the Palestinians won't give in to what he calls "extortion" after a U.S. threat to close their diplomatic mission in Washington. More>>

The Latest: France sees 'negative' foreign sways in Lebanon

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Lebanese TV stations have shown Prime Minister Saad Hariri arriving in France from Saudi Arabia amid political turmoil. More>>

The Latest: Mugabe, army commander to meet again Sunday Video included

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The Latest: Demonstrators urged to move to symbolic Zimbabwe Grounds to 'see off' Mugabe. More>>

Zimbabweans say Mugabe must quit now, but more talks planned Video included

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Opponents of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe are preparing to demonstrate for the ouster of the 93-year-old leader who is virtually powerless and deserted by most of his allies. More>>

Surgeons remove worms, parasites from N. Korean soldier

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Hospital officials say the condition of a North Korean soldier severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to the South is gradually improving after two surgeries. More>>

Spain: Ex-Caracas mayor meets leader after fleeing Venezuela

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Ousted Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma has arrived in Madrid a day after he escaped from house arrest in Venezuela and slipped past security forces into Colombia. More>>

Italy Senate chief: Mafia planned to kill me next in 1992

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Italy's Senate president says the Sicilian Mafia targeted him to be killed next after twin bomb blasts killed Italy's two leading Sicilian magistrates. More>>

Turkey prosecutors open probe of former, acting US attorneys

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Turkey's state news agency says prosecutors have launched an investigation into the U.S. attorneys trying a Turkish-Iranian businessman for sanctions-busting. More>>

Egypt orders detention of prominent activist over protest

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Egypt's count has ordered a prominent activist from the country's 2011 uprising to remain in custody pending trial on charges of taking part in an illegal protest. More>>

Ukraine detains man wanted for 2004 murder of Forbes editor

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Ukraine's intelligence agency says it has detained a man wanted for the high-profile murder of an American journalist in Russia thirteen years ago. More>>

German parties seek compromise on migrants, climate change

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and two smaller parties are pushing hard to reach agreement on positions on climate change and migration, two key issues of contention where compromise is needed if they are to move ahead with coalition talks. More>>

Vatican: New probe begun into alleged sex at youth seminary

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The Vatican says a fresh investigation has been opened into allegations a future priest had sex with a fellow student at its youth seminary. More>>

Demonstrators in Germany protest US, North Korea tensions

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Hundreds of people formed a human chain between the United States and North Korean embassies in downtown Berlin to protest the rising tensions and harsh words between the two nations. More>>

Egypt warns Ethiopia Nile dam dispute 'life or death'

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, for the second time in as many days, has delivered a stern warning to Ethiopia over a dam it is building after the two countries along with Sudan failed to approve a study on its potential effects. More>>

Mladic trial to end, where will next war crimes court start?

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When a panel of U.N. judges hands down a verdict next week in the trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic, it will mark the end of a ground-breaking era in international law. More>>

Israel fires 'warning shot' after Syrian border construction

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The Israeli military says it has fired a tank shell into Syria as a "warning shot" after the Syrian military conducted prohibited construction along their border. More>>

Egypt opens Gaza border crossing for 3 days under PA control

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Gaza's border crossing into Egypt is running under the Palestinian Authority's control for the first time in a decade. More>>

Kaspersky Lab releases report into upload of NSA documents

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Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kasperksy Lab is releasing more details about how its software uploaded classified U.S. documents several years ago. More>>

Spanish police protest in Madrid to demand better pay

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Thousands of Spanish police officers packed a central square in Madrid Saturday to protest for higher salaries and better working conditions. More>>

3 more found dead in deadly Greek flood, raising total to 19

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Greek authorities say three more people were found dead from a flash flood that hit a district west of Athens, raising the total death toll to 19. More>>

Spain saves 500 migrants crossing Mediterranean in 46 boats

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Spanish authorities say around 500 migrants have been saved by rescue craft as they attempted the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from Africa. More>>

Senior Chinese envoy in North Korea amid chill in ties

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China is sending its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years amid a prolonged chill in relations. More>>

Russia again vetoes extension of chemical experts in Syria

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Russia has vetoed a U.N. resolution that would extend for 30 days the mandate of the expert body charged with determining responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. More>>

Macron's upstart party chooses new leader, amid tensions

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French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party has chosen a new leader, as the 19-month-old movement tries to overcome divisions and solidify its position after redrawing France's political landscape. More>>

Sicilian town had long, bloody past before "Godfather" fame

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Corleone is a Sicilian medieval hill town whose bloody past began generations before "The Godfather" novels and films borrowed its name for a fictional Mafia don. More>>

EU leaders warn broadening of Brexit talks could be in doubt

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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven is urging Britain to clarify how much it will pay the EU as part of its financial settlement on leaving the bloc. More>>

AP Interview: Russia must be more tolerant, candidate says

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AP Interview: A celebrity Russian TV host who intends to run for president in next March's election says she hopes to make the nations' tightly-controlled political system more inclusive and democratic. More>>

Mugabe emerges from house arrest amid pressure to exit Video included

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Zimbabwe's military says it is continuing in talks with President Robert Mugabe for his departure while it pursues those who were close to the leader and his wife. More>>

The Latest: Zimbabwe ruling party pursues urgent meeting Video included

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The Latest: Zimbabwe's Mugabe makes first public appearance since under military house arrest. More>>

The Latest: Again, Riyadh asks citizens to leave Lebanon

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French President Emmanuel Macron says that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will be received with all honors due his rank when he visits this weekend _ even though he announced his resignation _ and could stay in Paris for weeks should he choose. More>>

Lebanon's PM Hariri leaves Saudi Arabia for France

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Russia has spoken out against foreign interference in Lebanese affairs following the surprise resignation of the nation's prime minister. More>>

Nicknames, family: 5 Things To Know about the Sicilian Mafia

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The death of Salvatore "Toto" Riina, the long-time "Boss of Bosses" of the Sicilian Mafia, puts the spotlight back on the Cosa Nostra. More>>

Violence in Greece breaks out after annual US Embassy march

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Thousands of protesters have marched to the U.S. Embassy in Athens to mark the anniversary of the 1973 crackdown on a student uprising against the military dictatorship then ruling Greece. More>>

Argentine navy loses contact with submarine carrying 44

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Argentina's navy says it has lost contact with a submarine off the country's southern coast. More>>

Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Europe

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Former Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma has escaped house arrest and fled to Colombia. More>>

Notorious Mafia 'boss of bosses' Toto Riina dead at 87

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Italian media say Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina has died while serving multiple life sentences. More>>

Pope to feed hundreds of poor at special Sunday lunch, Mass

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Pope Francis will be offering several hundred poor people _ homeless, migrants, unemployed _ a lunch of gnocchi, veal and tiramisu when he celebrates his first World Day of the Poor in the spirit of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. More>>

NATO apologizes to Turkey over reports Erdogan shown as foe

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey has withdrawn 40 soldiers from a NATO military exercise in Norway, after the country's founding leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Erdogan himself were allegedly depicted as "enemies.". More>>

Polish leader says country was slandered in EU Parliament

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Poland's prime minister says it is not acceptable that Poles who took part in a "beautiful" march in Warsaw on Independence Day were denounced as "fascists" in the European Parliament. More>>

Turkish envoy: Cleric's network has infiltrated US justice

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Turkey's top diplomat says the "American system" has been infiltrated by a Muslim cleric blamed for last summer's failed coup. More>>

The Latest: 2 bystanders hurt in Greek clashes with police

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Hundreds of youths attacked with police in Greece's two largest cities, hurling rocks and petrol bombs, following large and peaceful marches to mark the anniversary of a 1973 student uprising. More>>

Italy buries 26 Nigerian women _ most without a name

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Catholic and Muslim preachers have celebrated a funeral for 26 young Nigerian women who drowned in a crossing from Libya, as prosecutors work to contact their relatives using phone numbers they had hidden in their clothes. More>>

Catalan rebels to campaign from Belgium amid extradition

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The prime ministers of Spain and Belgium have held talks over their testy bilateral relations as ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four secessionist allies prepare for an extradition court appearance in Brussels. More>>

The Latest: Spain: Catalonia violence claims 'intolerable'

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Catalan extradition case pushed to next month. More>>

Syria: Damascus suburbs violence kills at least 5 children

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Syrian activists say at least five children have been killed in a Damascus suburb during government shelling while state media reports that three civilians have been killed by rebel mortars. More>>

Letters and milk jug: Warsaw Ghetto archive goes on display

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Letters and other eyewitness accounts of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto _ records of a community destroyed in the Holocaust _ have gone on display for the first time. More>>

Spain 'no comment' on reports attacks imam was informer

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The Spanish government says it can't comment on news reports that the imam police say was the key figure behind the cell that killed 16 people in extremist attacks in Barcelona and a nearby town in August had once been a secret services informer. More>>

Greece: Search continues for 6 still missing in flash floods

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Rescue crews are searching for six people missing from deadly flash floods that killed at least 16 near Athens, as new storms hit the capital. More>>

Pope to lawmakers: Protect all people with health care laws

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Pope Francis says health care legislation must promote "common good" as he decries that in some places only the privileged can afford top treatments. More>>

Military dog wins British prize for valor under fire

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A British military dog that saved the lives of troops in Afghanistan is being decorated for bravery. More>>

UK agency investigates mid-air collision with casualties

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Air safety authorities in Britain say a helicopter and an aircraft have been involved in a mid-air collision northwest of London. More>>

Defying Russia, Serbia holds military drills with Americans

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American and Serbian paratroopers have held joint exercises in Serbia which is watched with unease in Russia that is trying to increase its influence in the Balkans. More>>

Saudi-led forces "extract" 2 French journalists from Yemen

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France's foreign ministry said the Saudi-led coalition "extracted" two female French journalists from war-torn Yemen on Thursday. More>>

Greek island calls strike against EU refugee policy

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Authorities on Greece's island of Lesbos have called a strike and are urging residents to take part in anti-government protests to press for a change a European Union policy of containment of refugees and migrants on Greek islands. More>>

Iraqi forces retake the country's last IS-held town

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Iraq's Defense Ministry says Iraqi forces have pushed into the last Islamic State group-held town in the country. More>>

Red Cross: 1 million Yemenis at risk of cholera outbreak

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An international aid group says 1 million people in three Yemeni cities are at risk of a renewed cholera outbreak because of a blockade. More>>

Britain names first woman to ceremonial role of Black Rod

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Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment of Sarah Clarke as Black Rod _ a ceremonial post in the British Parliament. More>>

Germany to press Kuwait after Israeli barred from flight

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Germany's foreign ministry says it will press Kuwait about a law that prevented its national airline from transporting an Israeli citizen on a flight originating in Frankfurt. More>>

The Latest: Interfaith ceremony for drowned Nigerian women

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Catholic and Muslim preachers in Italy have celebrated a funeral for 26 young Nigerian women who drowned in a crossing from Libya, as prosecutors work to contact their relatives using phone numbers they had hidden in their clothes. More>>

The Latest: Iraqi PM welcomes freeing of last IS-held town

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Iraq's Ministry of Defense says Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led coalition have liberated the last Iraqi town held by Islamic State group. More>>

Kosovo opposition supporters jailed for 2016 grenade attack

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A Kosovo court has sentenced with jail terms for terror charges an opposition lawmaker and three other supporters for their involvement in a rocket-propelled attack on parliament building. More>>

Lebanon Prime Minister Hariri's future on uncertain path

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri has found himself caught in the crossfire between the region's two feuding powers _ the Sunni kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran. More>>

Envoy says US to keep fighting greenhouse gas emissions

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A Norwegian investment fund that manages assets worth over $80 billion is pulling investments from ten companies over their involvement in the coal sector. More>>

Anti-corruption campaign in Saudi brings hope to businessmen

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Lebanon-based businessmen who lost business in Saudi Arabia watching anti-corruption campaign targeting officials and princes in the oil-rich kingdom. More>>

Germany's Merkel dodges coal deadline at climate talks

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World leaders are arriving at the global climate talks in Germany on Wednesday to give the negotiations a boost going into the final stretch. More>>

Rival US and Russian resolutions defeated on Syria weapons

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Russia has vetoed a U.S.-drafted resolution to extend the mandate of experts trying to determine who was responsible for chemical attacks in Syria. More>>

Rights group: Militants, troops violated law in Marawi siege

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Amnesty International says it has documented violations of humanitarian law, some amounting to war crimes, during the conflict between Philippine government troops and Islamic State-allied militants in Marawi. More>>

Cut ties with Cambodian gov't, says exiled opposition leader

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An exiled Cambodian opposition leader says the international community should cut ties with Prime Minister Hun Sen after the court-ordered dissolution of the only party challenging his three-decade grip on power. More>>

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