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Iranian president: Trump's UN comments 'ignorant, absurd'

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U.N. chief Antonio Guterres opens the signing ceremony for the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons and the Security Council holds a high-level meeting on its far-flung peacekeeping operations at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders. More>>

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Boy recalls escape from Mexico City school _ and those lost Video included

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Ordinary Mexicans are volunteering to wriggle into a collapsed school after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake pancaked a three-story structure. More>>

50 nations ink UN nuclear ban treaty opposed by big powers

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More than 40 countries so far have signed on to the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons, but the nuclear powers want no part of it. More>>

Rouhani says Iranians are waiting for an apology from Trump

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday the Iranian people are waiting for an apology from US President Donald Trump for his "extremely offensive" rhetoric and "unfounded" allegations about his country. More>>

US allies divided over Trump's threat against North Korea

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Japan has urged international unity in pressuring North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, even as another key U.S. ally pushed back against President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" the rogue nation if it attacked. More>>

Trump's trashing of Iran deal poses problems for NK strategy

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Trump's threat to obliterate North Korea showed his determination to stop the communist country's nuclear weapons buildup, but his disparagement of the Iran nuclear deal in the same speech offered Pyongyang little hope of a negotiated solution. More>>

Battle against IS in Raqqa is in 'final stages,' force says

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U.S.-backed forces in Syria say the battle for the Islamic State group's de-facto capital, Raqqa, has reached its "final stages" with the opening of a new front. More>>

Report: Iran group hacks aviation, petrochemical industries

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Cybersecurity firm warns that a suspected group of hackers in Iran are targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and South Korea. More>>

Seoul to resume humanitarian aid to NKorea; doesn't set date

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South Korea has decided to resume humanitarian aid to North Korea to help children and pregnant women, but didn't determine when to provide the assistance amid tension created by North's nuclear tests. More>>

Mexico quake rescuers race to free girl, other survivors Video included

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Rescuers and volunteers are frantically digging through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings looking for survivors of Mexico's deadliest earthquake since 1985 as the number of confirmed fatalities jumps to 226. More>>

Prospects for air traffic control privatization appear slim

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Prospects for congressional approval of a plan to remove air traffic control operations from the government and put industry in charge appear slim. More>>

The Latest: Myanmar pledges long-term solutions in Rakhine

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The first treaty to ban nuclear weapons is set for countries to sign at the United Nations. It's backed by over 100 countries, but nuclear-armed nations want no part of it. More>>

The Latest: Rain falls on rescuers at fallen Mexico school

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Rescuers and volunteers are frantically digging through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings looking for survivors of Mexico's deadliest earthquake since 1985 as the number of confirmed fatalities jumps to 248. More>>

Pence applauds UN resolution on peacekeeping reform

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The Security Council has approved a resolution supporting efforts to reform the world body's far-flung peacekeeping operations, a priority of the Trump administration at the UN General Assembly this week. More>>

German officials see no sign of election hacking _ yet

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German officials say there's no sign of concerted cyberattacks aimed at influencing the outcome of the country's election Sunday, but are warning against giving the all-clear yet. More>>

Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

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Hurricane Maria is sweeping over the small island of Dominica with catastrophic Category 5 winds, starting a charge into the eastern Caribbean that threatens islands already wrecked by Hurricane Irma and holds the chance of a direct hit on Puerto Rico. More>>

UN voices new approach to solve Libyan crisis, bring peace

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The United Nations has proposed a new approach to solve the Libyan crisis, by amending a current political agreement, holding a constitutional referendum and general elections. More>>

Milan Fashion Week: Gucci extends news cycle with Rocket Man

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Green has been declared the color of Milan Fashion Week, with the fashion chamber promoting sustainability in the trend-driven world of ready-to-wear. More>>

Kenya Supreme Court nixed poll because it couldn't see data

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Kenya Supreme Court delivers its full judgment on why it annulled the presidential elections. More>>

Ambitious Boris Johnson rattles May, shakes up Brexit debate

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Britain's undiplomatic chief diplomat, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, has thrown politics into turmoil by thrusting himself to the front of the Brexit debate at the worst possible time for the country's leader. More>>

Clash over Catalan vote heats up in Spain as police swoop in

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News reports says Spanish police have arrested 12 people in raids on offices of the regional government of Catalonia as a crackdown intensifies on the region's preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal. More>>

Boy killed at huge protests over Togo president's tenure

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Togo's security minister says a 10-year-old boy was killed and at least 10 other people were injured during protests over the passage of a bill that critics fear would allow the West African country's president to seek re-election indefinitely. More>>

The Latest: Spain's PM warns Catalan officials to drop vote

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The Catalan regional government says that a top official in the management of the region's economic affairs has been arrested as a crackdown intensifies on preparations for a secession vote that Spanish authorities have suspended. More>>

German WWI U-boat found off Belgium with 23 bodies inside

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Belgian regional authorities say an intact German World War I submarine has been found off the coast of Belgium and contains the bodies of 23 people. More>>

AP Interview: Lavrov hints US-Russia 'tit-for-tat' could end

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AP Interview: Lavrov says relations with the United States are at a low point, but he sees positive notes in President Trump's UN address. More>>

Pelting rain, relocation add to woes in Rohingya Muslim camp

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Monsoon rains, relocations and extortion attempts are worsening the living situation in the Bangladeshi camps for Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar. More>>

Greek oil spill effort stalled by cleanup vessel arrests

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Greek authorities say that the captain and chief mechanic of a ship commissioned for an oil-spill cleanup operation outside Athens have been arrested on fuel smuggling charges. More>>

Fire on Cousteau's ship in Turkey delays restoration work

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A fire on marine explorer Jacque Cousteau's iconic ship, Calypso, has delayed the vessel's restoration by 6-8 months, the Cousteau Society said Wednesday. More>>

Study shows lengthy waits for asylum applicants in Europe

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A new study shows about half of the migrants who entered Europe during the mass influx in 2015 and 2016 were still awaiting decisions on asylum by the end of the period, and only a small percent had been sent home with their applications rejected. More>>

Moscow unveils monument to Kalashnikov, designer of AK-47

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The new statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov cradling his signature AK-47 assault rifle unveiled Tuesday in Moscow commemorates one of Russia's most renowned and reviled inventions. More>>

Russia seeks extradition from Greece of suspect wanted by US

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Russia seeks extradition of Russian citizen arrested in Greece and wanted by US in major cybercrime fraud case. More>>

Trump's North Korea threat leaves Asia struggling to explain Video included

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South Korea seems to downplay Trump's latest hot rhetoric aimed at North Korea, calling his words a signal of Washington's strong resolve to deal with Pyongyang but essentially a repetition of U.S. policy. More>>

Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'

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Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'. More>>

Turkish officer hit by rotor blade dies at police school

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Turkey's state-run news agency says a police officer has died after being hit by a helicopter's rotor blade in an accident at a police training school. More>>

Torrential rains, flooding kill at least 12 in eastern Congo

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A Congo official says that flooding caused by torrential rains overnight have killed at least 12 people and left 92 others missing in the country's east. More>>

Protesting Venezuelan violinist may seek asylum in US

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A violinist who became the young face of anti-government protests in Venezuela may seek political asylum in US. More>>

Election may reflect Germany's management of migrant influx

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As Germany's Merkel goes up for fourth term, many voters satisfied she kept pledge to manage influx of refugees. More>>

Girl's mother thankful Trump spoke of abduction in UN speech

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The mother of a Japanese girl abducted by North Korea is thankful Trump mentioned her in his U.N. speech and hopes it could be a chance for a breakthrough. More>>

AP Interview: NATO chief welcomes Trump's new approach

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NATO's secretary-general welcomed President Donald Trump's new strategy for the 16-year Afghan war and said the U.S. leader's insistence that NATO members increase their defense spending is achieving positive results. More>>

The Latest: Kenya Supreme Court says why it nixed poll

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Kenya Supreme Court delivers its full judgment on why it annulled the presidential elections. More>>

The Latest: President Donald Trump warns North Korea Video included

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President Donald Trump is opening his maiden address in front of the United Nationals General Assembly by praising his accomplishments in office so far. More>>

Toys R Us joins bankruptcy list as Amazon exerts influence

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Toys R Us, pioneering big box toy retailer, says it has filed voluntarily for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. More>>

In stark UN speech, Trump threatens to "destroy" North Korea Video included

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Trump to use his UN General Assembly address to press for UN members acting in their own self-interest to unite to face global dangers. More>>

The Latest: Death toll rises to 226 from Mexico earthquake Video included

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The U.S. Geological Survey says it calculates the earthquake that struck central Mexico as magnitude 7.1 It says the epicenter was near the town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City. More>>

226 killed as 7.1 magnitude quake fells buildings in Mexico Video included

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A powerful earthquake has shaken Mexico City, causing buildings to sway sickeningly. More>>

As Syrian war winds down, Israel sets sights on Hezbollah

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With President Bashar Assad seemingly poised to survive the Syrian civil war, Israeli leaders are growing nervous about the intentions of his Iranian patrons and their emerging corridor of influence across the region. More>>

The Latest: Chinese expert says Trump speech sounded warlike

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French President Emmanuel Macron says he isn't about to quit trying to convince President Donald Trump to reverse himself on his decision to exit the climate accords _ and thinks he will succeed. More>>

Global differences abound as leaders address UN Video included

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President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron are expected to take the spotlight at the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. _ but discussions will be dominated by tough challenges like North Korea and Myanmar's Muslim minority. More>>

Hurricane Maria thrusts Dominica leader into spotlight

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A dramatic series of social media posts at the height of Hurricane Maria have put the spotlight on the prime minister of the small Caribbean island of Dominica. More>>

Rohingya Muslims are being wiped off Myanmar's map

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Rights group: Muslim Rohingya almost completely erased from Myanmar's Maungdaw township; other townships also damaged. More>>

Study: 4,500 deaths a year from high Europe diesel emissions

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Researchers say there have been more than 4,500 premature deaths annually in Europe because diesel cars emitted higher levels of pollution than claimed. More>>

Trump slams Venezuela at UN; Maduro calls him 'Hitler'

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President Donald Trump has singled out Venezuela in a speech to the U.N. as a threat to democratic principles alongside North Korea, Iran and Syria. More>>

Police: Third arrest made in London subway attack

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British police have arrested a third suspect in connection with the bomb that partially exploded on a London subway last week. More>>

Under fire over Rohingya, Suu Kyi defends Myanmar actions

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Rights groups are critical of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's defense of her country's conduct in violence that has driven out more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims. More>>

Congo leader opens peace conference in bloody Kasai region

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Congo leader opens peace conference in bloody Kasais, blames unrest on 'terrorist militia'. More>>

Norway's massive wealth fund hits $1 trillion in value

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Norway's sovereign petrodollar wealth fund hits "milestone" $1 trillion in value, beating all expectations since 1996 establishment. More>>

Huntsman says Moscow's meddling led to low level of trust

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, President Donald Trump's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Russia, says Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election led directly to the low level of trust between the two former Cold War foes. More>>

Prosecutors to argue Pistorius should get more jail time

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Oscar Pistorius faces another legal challenge when South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal convenes Nov. 3 to hear arguments by state prosecutors that the former track star and convicted murderer should get more jail time. More>>

Al-Qaida-led fighters on the offensive against Syrian troops

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Insurgents led by an al-Qaida-linked group have launched one of their widest offensives yet against Syrian pro-government forces, which responded with heavy airstrikes targeting hospitals and first responders. More>>

Ex-head of Vatican hospital justifies apartment renovations

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The ex-president of the Vatican's children's hospital has defended spending nearly a half million euros in hospital donations to renovate a cardinal's apartment, saying the investment would have brought new donations. More>>

Italy urges more patrols, punishment after spate of rapes

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Officials are calling for increased police patrols and new laws to punish perpetrators after a spate of rapes around Italy. More>>

Pope overhauls key institute to reflect his vision of family

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Pope Francis has overhauled the Vatican institute most closely associated with the conservative sexual morals promoted by St. John Paul II, saying it was necessary to adapt and expand its mission to address the reality of today's Catholics. More>>

Wallenberg relatives vow to appeal Russian court ruling

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Relatives of Raoul Wallenberg say they will appeal a Russian court's move to turn down their lawsuit asking the KGB's successor to provide full information about the Swedish diplomat who disappeared after helping 20,000 Hungarian Jews escape the Holocaust. More>>

Czech zoo burns rhino horns, condemns auction in SAfrica

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A zoo in the Czech Republic has burned its stockpiles to rhino horn with an estimated black market value of more than $2 million in a protest against a controversial auction of rhino horn in South Africa. More>>

Motorists trapped as suspicious object shuts main UK highway

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Hundreds of motorists have been stuck for hours on one of Britain's main highways after it was closed due to a "suspicious object.". More>>

UN report says 40 million in 'modern slavery' in 2016

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U.N. agencies and partners say some 40 million people were ensnared by modern slavery last year, decrying a scourge that disproportionately affects women and girls. More>>

The Latest: UN head says nuclear threat at high level

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning the world's leaders that the threat of a nuclear attack is at its highest level since the end of the Cold War and "fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings.". More>>

Russian navy launches barrage of cruise missiles in drills

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The Russian military says its warships have test-fired cruise missiles in an exercise that comes along with weeklong war games held by Russia and Belarus. More>>

Roads near Frankfurt Airport to close for WWII bomb removal

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German authorities say they will be shutting down some roads to traffic near the Frankfurt Airport after the discovery of a World War II-era bomb during construction work. More>>

Germany arrests 2 Islamic State suspects in Berlin

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Federal prosecutors say two Iraqi men have been arrested in the German capital on suspicion of membership in a terrorist organization and war crimes as part of the Islamic State group in their home country. More>>

At least 65 skulls found so far at a mass grave in Bosnia

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Bosnian forensic experts find mass grave hiding remains of at least 65 victims of country's 1992-95 war. More>>

Stanislav Petrov, who averted nuclear war, dies at 77

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Stanislav Petrov, a former Soviet military officer known in the West as "The man who saved the world" for his role in averting a nuclear war has died. More>>

Senate panel backs Trump's pick for US envoy to Afghanistan

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the nomination of a veteran diplomat to serve as President Donald Trump's ambassador to Afghanistan. More>>

America 2nd: Traditions mean Trump must wait his turn at UN Video included

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America 2nd: Tradition at the U.N. General Assembly means Brazil first, then the U.S. in speech lineup. More>>

Mattis: No need yet to shoot down NKorean missiles

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. has not attempted to shoot down any of North Korea's missiles -- including two that recently overflew Japan -- because they have not posed a direct threat. More>>

Forgotten people stranded for years by South Sudan's war

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Forgotten people stranded for years by South Sudan's war and their unwillingness to give up their belongings. More>>

Japan deploys missile interceptor near NKorea flight path

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Japan is deploying a mobile missile defense system on the northern island of Hokkaido following two recent North Korean missile flyovers. More>>

Saudi authorities pressure Snapchat to block Al-Jazeera

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Snapchat has blocked Al-Jazeera's Discover channel in Saudi Arabia amid an ongoing dispute between Gulf states and Qatar, where the media network is headquartered. More>>

Tanker being used in Greece oil spill cleanup to be replaced

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Greek authorities say a tanker being used to pump oil from a sunken ship that is polluting the coastline is to be replaced because its certificate of seaworthiness is expiring. More>>

Police arrest Pakistani jihadi suspect in Spain

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Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested a Pakistani man suspected of promoting terrorism and spreading Islamic jihadi propaganda on social media networks. More>>

Defending Myanmar, Suu Kyi says most Rohingya villages calm

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More than 10,000 Muslims in Bangladesh have marched toward Myanmar's embassy to protest the country's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. More>>

Kane mixes it up, Erdem sparkles at London Fashion Week

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The Canada-born designer Erdem Moralioglu turned the Old Selfridges Hotel into a glamorous vintage speakeasy for his London Fashion Week catwalk show. More>>

The Latest: Envoy says China understands Myanmar's efforts

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Suu Kyi says most Rohingya Muslim villages not affected by violence in Myanmar, invites diplomats to visit them. More>>

Trump calls for UN reform, but with more restrained tones Video included

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President Donald Trump is plunging into a foreign policy-focused week that will be anchored by his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. More>>

The Latest: North Korea's top diplomat heading to UN meeting

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The plight of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims that U.N. officials have described as ethnic cleansing is getting early attention at the annual gathering of government leaders at the world body. More>>

The Latest: Ivanka Trump pursues her own agenda at UN

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President Donald Trump presses the need for reform at the United Nations as he makes his debut address to a session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. More>>

Navy fires 2 commanders in connection with ship collisions

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Navy fires 2 commanders in connection with ship collisions as part of sweeping purge of leadership in the Japan-based fleet. More>>

New misconduct allegations hang over UN meeting on sex abuse

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says sexual abuse is problem that goes beyond peacekeeping missions and plagues the entire United Nations. More>>

Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar's map

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Rights group: Muslim Rohingya almost completely erased from Myanmar's Maungdaw township; other townships also damaged. More>>

Students in France acid attack show compassion for assailant

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The four American college students attacked with acid at a Marseille train station have forgiven their assailant, who reportedly suffers from a mental illness, a spokesman for their school said on Monday. More>>

UK police quiz 2 ex-foster children over London subway bomb

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British police are still holding two suspects in custody over the London subway blast as commuters head to work Monday in the first morning rush hour since the attack. More>>

Hurricane Maria batters Dominica as a Category 5 storm

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A strengthening Hurricane Maria is swirling toward the eastern Caribbean, with forecasters warning it probably will be a major storm by the time it passes through the already battered Leeward Islands late Monday. More>>

French envoy at UN: Discord at highest level since Cold War

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France's foreign minister says dissention and conflict are at their highest level since the Cold War, while cooperation among nations has become more difficult. More>>

US flies powerful warplanes amid tensions with North Korea Video included

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South Korea says the U.S. military has flown powerful bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula in joint drills with South Korean warplanes. More>>

German foreign minister urges direct talks with North Korea

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Germany's foreign minister is calling for direct talks with North Korea in the standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. More>>

Putin attends military drills that worry Russia's neighbors

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is attending military maneuvers that have worried his country's neighbors. More>>

Uproar in Turkey over removing evolution from biology class

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Students in Turkey are returning to school where they will be taught evolution for the last time in their biology classes. More>>

As world leaders meet at UN, opinion hardens against Myanmar

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International opinion is hardening against Myanmar as the U.S., Britain and other powers renew calls for an end to violence against Rohingya Muslims, whose plight is overshadowing the Southeast Asian nation's transition to democracy. More>>

Syrian troops battling IS cross river toward US-backed force

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Syrian troops battling the Islamic State group have crossed to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Deir el-Zour, securing their hold on the eastern city but threatening a potential standoff with U.S.-backed forces operating nearby. More>>

Opposition sees Brexit 'chaos' in UK govt shifts and feuds

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Britain's statistics regulator has accused Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of misleadingly claiming that leaving the European Union will give Britain an extra 350 million pounds ($475 million) a week to spend on health care. More>>

UN says 1 Tanzanian peacekeeper killed in Congo, 1 injured

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The United Nations mission in Congo says that a peacekeeper has been killed amid fighting in Beni territory in the country's North Kivu province. More>>

Iraq's top court suspends Kurdish region's independence vote

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Iraq's Supreme Court temporarily suspends northern Kurdish region's referendum on independence due next week. More>>

Lady Gaga postpones European leg of world tour

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Lady Gaga has postponed her world tour's European leg until next year because of ongoing health problems. More>>

Trump's childhood home becomes showcase for refugees

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President Donald Trump's childhood home had some new occupants over the weekend _ refugees. More>>

World Wildlife Fund sues over Greece oil spill from tanker

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The World Wildlife Fund has filed a lawsuit over extensive pollution to the coastline outside Athens following the sinking of a tanker near Greece's largest port. More>>

The Latest: US says Syrian allies in touch with Assad forces

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The spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition says their allies on the ground in Syria are keeping "open lines" of communication with President Bashar Assad's forces to avoid frictions between them as both wage offensives against the Islamic State group. More>>

Israel and US open first American military base in Israel

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Israel and the U.S. have inaugurated the first American military base on Israeli soil. More>>

Swiss state blocks cyberattack, but another hits contractor

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Switzerland's government says state cyber-experts detected and prevented an attempted cyberattack on the Swiss defense department, while another attack "disrupted" the systems of a contractor for the foreign affairs department. More>>

German nationalist party presents anti-Islam platform

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The nationalist Alternative for Germany party is insisting that Islam is incompatible with democracy as Germany's election campaign enters its final stretch. More>>

Pakistan: Attack at Afghan border kills 1, wounds 11

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A Pakistan government official says a suicide attack has killed one civilian and wounded 12 others attempting to target a paramilitary vehicle near the Chaman border crossing with Afghanistan. More>>

Uganda police detain 11 protesting 'life presidency'

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Ugandan police have detained a lawmaker and 10 others who were arrested while protesting against a plan that they charge would enable the country's long-term president to rule for life. More>>

Moscow court rejects lawsuit by Raoul Wallenberg's relatives

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A court in Moscow has turned down a lawsuit by the relatives of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who disappeared after helping at least 20,000 Hungarian Jews escape the Holocaust. More>>

Egypt acquits Irish-Egyptian after 4 years in detention

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An Egyptian criminal court has acquitted an Irish-Egyptian who has been detained for four years on a slew of charges, including murder, arson and illegal possession of weapons. More>>

Bolshoi opera singer Zurab Sotkilava dies at 80

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The Bolshoi Theater has announced that renowned Soviet and Russian opera singer Zurab Sotkilava has died. More>>

The Latest: UK shifts Brexit team; opposition sees "chaos"

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The top civil servant on Britain's Brexit negotiating team has left the Department for Exiting the European Union in what opponents said was a sign of chaos in Britain's Conservative government. More>>

Trump: Fate of Iran nuclear deal hangs on tough UN policing

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U.S. President Donald Trump is warning that Washington will walk away from a nuclear deal it agreed to with Iran if it deems that the U.N. agency monitoring the agreement is not tough enough in monitoring it. More>>

The Latest: London bomb suspects fostered by British couple

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A local official and media reports say the two suspects arrested over last week's London subway bombing are an 18-year-old refugee from Iraq and a 21-year old believed to be from Syria, both of whom were fostered by a British couple. More>>

Somalia regional state sides with Saudi Arabia over Qatar

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A Somali regional state has declared it would side with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar, in a new challenge to Somalia's efforts to stay neutral in the dispute. More>>

Boko Haram suicide attack kills at least 15 in north Nigeria

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A Nigerian rescue official says that at least 15 people have been killed and 43 others injured in a suicide attack on Mashimari village in Borno state. More>>

Egypt plans to plug budget gaps with more foreign debt

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Egypt's Finance Minister says the country will face a $10 to $12 billion budget shortfall for the current 2017-18 fiscal year, and plans expanded foreign debt issuance to overcome it. More>>

3 bank customers in Germany fined for ignoring collapsed man

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German court has fined three bank customers for failing to help an elderly man who collapsed in a bank branch and later died. More>>

The Latest: Turkey warns Kurds against 'artificial' state

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The Latest: Iraq's Supreme Court temporarily suspends northern Kurdish region's referendum on independence. More>>

Burst fuel pipe to disrupt New Zealand flights through week

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A rupture in the main pipeline carrying jet fuel to New Zealand's largest airport has disrupted the travel plans of thousands of people and is expected to cause further cancellations and delays through next week. More>>

UN says 2 Americans unjustly held in Iran part of a pattern

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UN panel urges immediate release for 2 Iranian-Americans serving 10-year prison sentences on spying charges. More>>

Motor accident in Uganda kills 13 people, police say

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Ugandan police say 13 people, including 12 Tanzanian nationals, have been killed in a motor accident on a highway in central Uganda. More>>

Turkey: Ex-newspaper managers, columnists go on trial

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Former managers and columnists of a newspaper in Turkey linked to a U.S.-based cleric have gone on trial, accused of supporting last year's failed coup. More>>

Yemen officials: Airstrike by Saudi-led coalition kills 12

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Yemeni officials, tribesmen: Strike by Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels killed 12 civilians in Marib province. More>>

Young democracy activist among Macau election winners

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Young pro-democracy activist among winners in elections for Chinese-controlled casino capital Macau's legislature. More>>

Dubai port operator DP World to pull out of Indonesia

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One of the world's largest port operators, DP World, says it will not be renewing its contract in Indonesia after failing to agree on renewal terms with the government. More>>

Top US diplomat says closing embassy in Cuba 'under review'

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the Trump administration is considering closing down the U.S. Embassy in Havana following unexplained incidents affecting the health of American diplomats. More>>

France: Acid attack on 4 US students not seen as terror act

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The Marseille prosecutor's office says four young female U.S. tourists have been attacked with acid in Marseille's main train station by a woman who has been arrested. More>>

UK lowers terror threat level as subway bomb probe advances

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London police say a second man has been arrested in connection with the London subway attack. More>>

Bangladesh restricts Rohingya refugees, starts immunization

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Bangladeshi authorities are trying to restrict the movement of Muslim Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar into crowded border camps and have started immunizing tens of thousands of children against diseases. More>>

Hard to spot: criminals find new ways to smuggle rhino horns

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Conservationists say some criminal groups are processing rhino horns into powder and trinkets in South Africa before smuggling it to Asia, a developing trend that could make it harder for law enforcement agencies to intercept trafficked horns. More>>

Fatah welcomes Hamas pledge to try to end Palestinian split

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A senior Fatah leader has welcomed a pledge by the rival group Hamas, after talks with Egypt, to accept key conditions for ending a decade-old Palestinian political and territorial split. More>>

Warm waters off West Coast has lingering effects for salmon

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The mass of warm water known as "the blob" that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the domino-effect it is having on Northwest salmon and steelhead. More>>

World leaders face crises in North Korea and Myanmar at UN

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Facing an escalating nuclear threat from North Korea and the mass flight of minority Muslims from Myanmar, world leaders gather at the United Nations starting Monday to tackle these and other tough challenges _ from terrorism to a warming planet. More>>

Pakistan ex-PM's wife wins his parliament seat: unofficial

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A Pakistani minister says the wife of ousted Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif has won his parliament seat which fell vacant after the country's Supreme Court disqualified him for concealing assets, according to unofficial results. More>>

Strengthening Hurricane Maria a threat to Irma-hit Caribbean

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Hurricane season roared on as Jose threatened heavy surf along the U.S. East Coast, Tropical Storm Norma was set to brush Mexico's resort-studded Baja California Peninsula, and Tropical Storm Maria formed and was expected to strengthen into a hurricane. More>>

Israeli police arrest 8 in ultra-Orthodox military protest

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Israeli police say they have arrested eight people during a protest by ultra-Orthodox Jews against the arrest of a community member for refusing to enlist in the military. More>>

London Fashion Week: Burberry brings back vintage check

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Unfazed by the London subway attack, celebrities, models and fashion editors have flocked to London Fashion Week to celebrate all things stylish. More>>

The Latest: 4 Boston college students hurt in France attack

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The spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor's office says the suspect who attacked four American women with acid in the Marseille train station did not yell any out any terror-linked threats. More>>

The Latest: UK lowers its national threat level to "severe"

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A senior British minister has renewed criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump for tweeting about the police inquiry into the bombing of a subway train in London. More>>

BA flight in Paris gets extra security checks after threat

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Police and firefighters are verifying a British Airways plane on the tarmac of Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport after reports of a problem. More>>

8 dead, dozens injured as fierce storm hits western Romania

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Authorities say five people have died and at least 30 were injured during a violent storm in western Romania that produced winds of up to 100 kilometers (60 miles) an hour. More>>

Prime minister attends gay pride march in a first for Serbia

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Serbian riot police have cordoned off central Belgrade to protect a gay pride march that for the first time will be attended by a prime minister in the conservative Balkan country. More>>

Ethiopia: 55,000 people displaced amid ethnic clashes.

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The government of Ethiopia's restive Oromia region says 55,000 ethnic Oromos have been displaced from the neighboring Somali region after a week of unrest in which dozens were killed. More>>

Russia denies claim of airstrike on US-backed Syrian force

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A Russian military spokesman is denying claims that a Russian airstrike wounded six fighters from a U.S.-backed opposition force in Syria. More>>

Beer flowing in Munich: Thousands head to Oktoberfest

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The beer is flowing again at Munich's fabled Oktoberfest. More>>

Boris Johnson fuels speculation about UK leadership bid

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has fueled speculation that he hopes to eventually succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, spelling out his Brexit goals days before her major policy speech on the subject. More>>

Kenya dump dwellers make a living recycling hair extensions

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Kenyan dump dwellers make a living recycling hair extensions, from trash to beauty salons. More>>

Iraq says may use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent

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Iraqi Prime Minister says he's prepared to intervene militarily if Kurdish region's planned independence referendum results in violence. More>>

Kenya's opposition urges reform of electoral commission

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Kenya opposition leader presses for reforms of the electoral commission before repeat of presidential election in Oct. More>>

The Latest: Animal rights protesters disrupt Burberry show

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Guests attending Burberry's catwalk show at London Fashion Week have found their usual red carpet welcome replaced by heckling protesters. More>>

The Latest: WFP sends relief to Syria's Deir el-Zour by land

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The U.N.'s World Food Program is halting its air drops to Deir El Zour after five of its trucks were able to reach the city with food relief. More>>

Spain: Police confiscate trove of posters for Catalan vote

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Spain's paramilitary national police force says its agents have confiscated more than 1.3 million posters, flyers and pamphlets promoting the planned independence referendum by Catalonia's regional government. More>>

Kuwait to expel North Korean ambassador, other diplomats

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Kuwait says it will expel North Korea's ambassador and four other diplomats from its embassy in Kuwait City. More>>

Iraq says may use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent

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Iraqi Prime Minister says he's prepared to intervene militarily if Kurdish region's planned referendum results in violence. More>>

Iraq PM: Half of IS families detained near Mosul are Turkish

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Turkish nationals make up half of the 1,333 women and children being held in a camp near Mosul for suspected links to the Islamic State group. More>>

French journalist back home after being detained in Turkey

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A French journalist who was detained for 51 days in Turkey on charges of aiding a terror group has returned to France, saying his sudden release came as a surprise. More>>

Tropical storm warning for Los Cabos, Mexico due to Norma

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Hurricane season is roaring on as Norma edges toward Mexico's resort-studded Baja California Peninsula, Jose threatens heavy surf along the U.S. East Coast and Tropical Storm Lee forms in the Atlantic far from land. More>>

NATO concerned about Russia's transparency on military games

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A senior NATO official says there's reason to be concerned about the large-scale Zapad 2017 military maneuvers being conducted now by Russia and Belarus, since they could be seen as "a serious preparation for big war.". More>>

UK makes 'significant' bomb arrest but attack seen imminent

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British authorities are searching for suspects in the London subway blast that injured more than two dozen people as hundreds of soldiers are being deployed across the country. More>>

Hamas says it accepts reconciliation demands

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The Hamas militant group says it has accepted all of the conditions demanded by its rival, President Mahmoud Abbas, to clear the way for a reconciliation deal after a 10-year rift. More>>

Dirty money? Wads of cut-up cash found in Geneva toilets

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A Geneva official has confirmed a local newspaper report saying wads of cut-up 500-euro (about $600) currency bills mysteriously turned up jammed into the toilets of three neighborhood restaurants and a bank in separate episodes in recent months. More>>

36 Burundi refugees killed in clashes with Congo forces: UN

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34 Burundian refugees killed by Congolese forces, UN peacekeeping official says. More>>

Don't remove the tie: France's Macron bound by unspoken rule

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French President Emmanuel Macron just won't take his tie off, even when picking his way in sweltering heat through the rubble left by Hurricane Irma on the French island of St. Martin. More>>

Airstrike hits US-backed fighters in east Syria wounding 6

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A U.S.-backed force in Syria says an airstrike has its fighters near an eastern city wounding six of them. More>>

The Latest: Iraq PM says Mosul abuses not systematic

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Iraqi Prime Minister says he's prepared to intervene militarily if Kurdish region's planned referendum results in violence. More>>

The Latest: UK police search home in bomb probe after arrest

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London transport authorities say they have re-opened the station where a bomb partially detonated on a subway car, injuring 29 people. More>>

Cuba mystery: Even Castro baffled by harm to US diplomats

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Cuban leader Raul Castro stepped in personally to deny his government was responsible after the United States demanded answers about a spate of diplomats harmed in Havana. More>>

700 Catalan mayors support holding independence vote

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More than 700 mayors from Catalonia are meeting in Barcelona in a show of strength amid pressure from Spain's central government not to hold an independence referendum for the northeastern region that has been deemed illegal by the courts. More>>

Champagne on ice: London Fashion Week off and running

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London has stepped into its role as style capital with the opening of Fashion Week. More>>

Malaysia police arrest 7 boys linked to deadly school fire

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Malaysia police chief says authorities arrest 7 boys suspected of starting a deadly blaze an Islamic dormitory because students there allegedly mocked them. More>>

The Latest: UN: 36 Burundi refugees killed in Congo clashes

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The Latest: UN says 36 Burundi refugees killed in clashes with Congolese security forces. More>>

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