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UK PM vows big funding increase for National Health Service

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a significant funding increase for the country's beleaguered National Health Service. More>>

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Epileptic boy's case sparks UK review of medical pot laws

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British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says Britain must quickly review its policies on medical marijuana use in light of the case of a 12-year-old boy whose mother says he needs cannabis oil to prevent dangerous seizures. More>>

Critics scoff at UK govt claim of Brexit spending dividend

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British Prime Minister Theresa May says a 3.4 percent a year boost to health care funding will be partly paid for by a "Brexit dividend" of money saved by leaving the European Union. More>>

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

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The World Health Organization says that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition, in a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing its young players. More>>

Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs

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Experts say Trump's threatened auto tariffs would raise prices, cut sales and would bring industry layoffs. More>>

Peek at the future: Electric plane cruises skies over Norway

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Norway's transportation minister and the head of the Scandinavian country's airport operator took off Monday for a short flight ... aboard a small, Slovenian-made two-seater electric airplane. More>>

Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

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Germany's environment minister says the country will likely miss its target of cutting carbon emissions by 2020, an embarrassment for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change. More>>

Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case

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German authorities have detained the chief executive of Volkswagen's Audi division, Rupert Stadler, as part of a probe into manipulation of emissions controls. More>>

US urges Russia to release political and religious prisoners

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The Trump administration says it's "deeply concerned" by a growing number of political and religious prisoners held by Russia. More>>

Russian lawmaker wants to ban 'mockery' of soccer team

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A Russian legislator says he wants to ban and "mockery" of the national soccer team _ and fine violators 10,000 rubles ($160). More>>

Russia, Egypt match at World Cup could test close ties

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World Cup clash between Egypt, Russia in World Cup could test relations between two old allies. More>>

Doubts loom over Colombia peace deal with hawk's election

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Uncertainty looms over Colombia's fragile peace deal with the victory of one of its most hawkish critics in a bruising presidential runoff that laid bare deep divisions in the South American nation as it tries to emerge from decades of bloody conflict. More>>

Merkel, allies avert collision for now in German migrant row

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Leaders of Germany's governing conservative parties are holding separate meetings to mull their next steps in a dispute over migration that has escalated into a threat to Chancellor Angela Merkel's government. More>>

Colombia's president-elect seeks unity after polarizing vote

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Colombia's President-elect Ivan Duque is appealing for unity after winning a runoff election over a leftist firebrand whose ascent shook the country's political establishment and laid bare deep divisions over the nation's peace process. More>>

Greek far-right lawmaker arrested on treason-linked charges

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Greek anti-terrorism police in Athens have arrested an extreme far-right lawmaker on treason-linked charges, more than two days after he evaded arrest by speeding past a series of police highway checkpoints. More>>

Shooting in Sweden leaves 5 men injured

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A Swedish newspaper is reporting that four people have injured in a shooting near a police station in the southern city of Malmo. More>>

The Latest: Hungary asked to delay vote on 'Stop Soros' bill

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The Vatican and Mexico are lamenting how children "are suffering the most" from migration, as the Trump administration comes under increasing criticism for its policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Turkey charges father of NBA's Kanter as terror group member

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Turkey's official news agency says a court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with "membership in a terror group.". More>>

Italy's interior minister turns gaze to 'Roma question'

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Italy's hard-line interior minister, who recently sparked a Europe-wide showdown by refusing entry to a migrant rescue boat and has vowed mass expulsions of migrants, is now taking aim at Italy's gypsy community. More>>

Geraldine McCaughrean wins Carnegie children's book prize

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British writer Geraldine McCaughrean has won the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children's literature for "Where the World Ends." McCaughrean was named winner Monday for her novel about two Scottish boys marooned at sea. More>>

Van crashes into fans at Dutch festival: 1 dead, 3 injured

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A van has run into a small group of pop fans attending a music festival in the Netherlands, killing one and injuring three, before fleeing the scene. More>>

Roll out the barrels: Christo artwork floats on London lake

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The ducks, geese and hardy cold-water swimmers in London's Hyde Park have a new neighbor: a monumental floating structure made from 7,506 stacked barrels colored bright red, mauve and blue. More>>

Thomas Markle says Prince Harry said to give Trump a chance

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The father of the former Meghan Markle says he wishes he could have walked her down the aisle during her wedding to Prince Harry. More>>

Israel PM, Jordan king meet after months of strained ties

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Jordan's King Abdullah II and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet after months of strained relations. More>>

US serial sperm donor banned from donating in Israel

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Serial sperm donor Ari Nagel, an American who has fathered 33 children, with 10 more on the way, has recently been banned from donating his sperm in Israel, where he first fathered a child using artificial insemination. More>>

Peace convoy arrives in Afghan capital after 40-day march

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Dozens of Afghans have arrived in Kabul after trekking across the country on foot calling for an end to the 17-year war. More>>

Japan team at World Cup troubled by earthquake, hotel alarm

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Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the Samurai Blue unsettling moments at the World Cup. More>>

Stephen Hawking's ashes buried in Westminster Abbey

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Stephen Hawking will take his place among Britain's greatest scientists when his ashes are buried in Westminster Abbey between the graves of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton. More>>

UN says over 25,000 people fled Yemen fighting at Hodeida

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The U.N. spokesman says tens of thousands of residents have fled the fighting along Yemen's western coastline where the Saudi-led coalition backing Yemeni fighters are engaged in fierce battles with Iranian-backed Houthis rebels. More>>

EU extends restrictions on business in Crimean Peninsula

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The European Union has extended sanctions against Russia for a year over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014. More>>

Airport authorities detain 2 rights advocates in Yemen

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Yemeni rights advocates are reporting that two of the country's most prominent activists have been detained and taken to an undisclosed location at an airport in western Yemen. More>>

Baby born on Paris suburban train gets free rides until 25

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Paris public transport company RATP said a baby boy born in a suburban train will get free rides in the French capital until he is 25. More>>

Czech president torches underpants, stunt stuns journalists

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A fiery stunt by Czech President Milos Zeman has really stunned journalists this time. More>>

Vows in the air: German couple married in tightrope wedding

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A couple in eastern Germany have got married in a swing dangling from a motorcycle atop a tightrope, 14 meters (46 feet) above the ground. More>>

Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 4, knocks over walls

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A strong earthquake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses. More>>

Israel arrests former government minister for Iran spying

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Israel's internal security agency is accusing a former government minister of spying for archenemy Iran.The Shin Bet says Gonen Segev was arrested upon arrival in Israel a month ago. More>>

Macedonian government submits deal on new name to parliament

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Macedonian authorities say seven policemen have been injured and 25 protesters detained during overnight clashes in Skopje, as demonstrators opposed to the name deal with Greece tried to push their way into parliament. More>>

Pope: Abortion is 'white glove' equivalent to Nazi crimes

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Pope Francis has denounced abortion as the "white glove" equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children God gives them. More>>

Top Russian and US diplomats discuss Syria, North Korea

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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has had a call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss Syria, North Korea and plans for future U.S.-Russian contacts. More>>

Bosnian police block 100 migrants from reaching Croatia

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Bosnian border police have stopped about 100 migrants from reaching the border with European Union member Croatia amid a rise in the influx of people heading through the Balkans toward Western Europe. More>>

Syria says US-led strike hits troops in east, US denies

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Syrian state TV is reporting that the U.S.-led coalition has struck a military position in the country's east, leaving several troops dead and wounded, allegations denied by a U.S. official. More>>

Kremlin is relieved that no one died in Moscow taxi crash

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A Kremlin spokesman says the Russian government is relieved that nobody died in a weekend taxi crash in Moscow that injured two Mexican World Cup soccer fans and six other pedestrians. More>>

2 Koreas agree to march together at Asian Games

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The rival Koreas have agreed that their athletes will march together under a single flag in the opening and closing ceremonies of the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia. More>>

Report: CAR foreign minister says Boris Becker not diplomat

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The foreign minister of Central African Republic reportedly says that retired German tennis star Boris Becker doesn't have diplomatic status in his unpaid role as a sports attache for the country. More>>

The Latest: Fourth death confirmed in Osaka-area earthquake

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Japanese disaster authorities say two people have been found without vital signs and 41 others injured by an earthquake in western Japan. More>>

UK backs ban on upskirting photos after lawmaker blocks it

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Britain's Conservative government says it will formally back a bill to ban "upskirting" photos, after an opposition attempt to outlaw the practice was derailed by a Conservative lawmaker. More>>

Germany wants EU-wide safety system for truck 'blind spots'

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Germany's transport minister wants trucks fitted with compulsory 'blind spot' safety systems to prevent pedestrians and cyclists from being killed by careless drivers. More>>

AP Explains: Who and what are behind Germany's govt crisis?

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth-term government took nearly six months to put together, and only took office after the center-left Social Democrats reluctantly agreed to team up with her conservatives. More>>

Abbas aide slams reported US plans to raise funds for Gaza

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Palestinian official condemns reported Trump administration plan to secure Gulf funding for major economic projects in blockaded, impoverished Gaza. More>>

British police: 3 men struck dead by train in south London

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British Transport Police say 3 people have died after being struck by a train in south London. More>>

Israeli bill seeks to ban photographing soldiers

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An Israeli ministerial committee has proposed legislation that seeks to outlaw photographing Israeli soldiers "for the sake of shaming them," drawing accusations from rights groups that the government is trying to censor legitimate criticism. More>>

Vatican, Mexico lament children suffer most from migration

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The Vatican and Mexico are lamenting how children "are suffering the most" from migration, as the Trump administration comes under increasing criticism for its policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

The Latest: Seehofer wants quick action on migrants

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German news agency dpa is reporting that Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has told his party he wants to proceed step-by-step in his plan to turn back some migrants at the country's borders _ hinting at a compromise with Chancellor Angela Merkel. More>>

Injured former Cambodian PM Ranariddh sent to Thai hospital

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A Cambodian prince who was a candidate in upcoming general elections was seriously injured Sunday in a road crash that killed his wife and injured at least seven other people. More>>

Bus crash in Poland kills 2 retirees, injures 27 others

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Officials say that two people have been killed and at least 27 others injured when a bus carrying pensioners on a seaside holiday veered of the road and into a grassy ditch. More>>

UAE's campaign for Yemen port city a test of 'Little Sparta'

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UAE's campaign for Yemen port city of Hodeida a major test of militarily muscular Gulf nation known as 'Little Sparta'. More>>

The Latest: UK's Boris Johnson defends UN human rights body

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has defended the U.N.'s main human rights body, alluding to signs the U.S. may withdraw from it over its alleged bias against Israel. More>>

Number of asylum-seekers in Europe plunges in 2017

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The European Union's asylum office says the number of people applying for international protection in Europe has plunged but remains higher than before 2015, when more than one million migrants entered, many fleeing the war in Syria. More>>

UN rights chief: US policy on migrant kids 'unconscionable'

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The U.N. human rights chief is urging the Trump administration to end new policies separating migrant children from their parents after entering the United States from Mexico, saying they've affected nearly 2,000 kids in the last six weeks. More>>

China hikes tariffs on US soybeans, electric cars, fish

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China says it will retaliate against any move by the U.S. to impose punishing tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese goods. More>>

How Fox's businesses would match up with Disney and Comcast

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The battle over Fox's assets between Comcast and Disney is heating up as the media landscape changes and content distributors aim to be more involved in content creation. More>>

Mother of sick boy seeks legalization of medical marijuana

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The mother of an epileptic boy at the center of a debate over medical marijuana in the UK is calling for an urgent meeting with ministers to discuss liberalizing British policy. More>>

Border lake backdrops sealing of Greece, Macedonia name deal

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Greece and Macedonia are about to sign a deal that, if ratified, will resolve a decades-old dispute concerning Macedonia's name. More>>

Police say 3 Polish men drown in southwest Germany

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Police say three Polish men have drowned after consuming alcohol before swimming in a lake Sunday evening in southwestern Germany. More>>

Spanish king's brother-in-law begins prison term for graft

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Spanish media report that the brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe VI is already in prison to begin serving a sentence of nearly six years for fraud and tax evasion. More>>

A trade war looms as Trump slaps tariffs on Chinese imports

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President Donald Trump has approved a plan to impose tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese goods. More>>

Turkey: Presidential candidate makes TV speech from prison

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Turkey's state broadcaster has aired a campaign speech by a jailed presidential candidate, who urged voters to prevent "one-man regime" of incumbent Erdogan. More>>

Witnesses: Coalition strikes airport in Yemen's Hodeida

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Witnesses say the Saudi-led coalition has carried out airstrikes on the airport in Yemen's rebel-held port city of Hodeida. More>>

Sea convoy reaches Spain as migration debate roils Europe

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The first Italian government ship accompanying the migrant aid boat Aquarius has docked at the Spanish port of Valencia. More>>

From Missoni to Dolce&Gabbana, Milan men bask in street wear

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Milan designers continue to cast their eyes toward Millennials with a focus on street wear -- but without giving up tailored luxury and technical innovation. More>>

Israel strikes launchers of burning kites from Gaza Strip

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The Israeli military says its aircraft have struck a vehicle belonging to someone who sends burning kites into Israel from Gaza. More>>

Migration fight shakes German govt as Merkel, ally face off

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Germany's interior minister is insisting his party has no intention of bringing down Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government, but there's no sign yet of a compromise in a bitter standoff over migration. More>>

Afghan bomber kills 19, Taliban rejects cease-fire extension

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A suicide bomber has struck in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad, killing at least 10 people in the second attack in as many days targeting Taliban fighters, security forces and civilians celebrating a holiday cease-fire. More>>

US-led coalition hits Syrian army post, causing casualties

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Syrian state TV says the U.S.-led coalition has struck a military position in the east, leaving several troops dead and wounded. More>>

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

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Moscow police are investigating a taxi crash that injured eight people, including two Mexican World Cup fans, when the driver plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square. More>>

Woman hurts 2 in south France with box cutter, is detained

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French media are reported that a woman crying "Allahu akbar" _ "God is great" in Arabic _ has injured 2 people with a box cutter at a supermarket in southern France. More>>

Conservative wins Colombia's presidency in divisive election

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Voters in Colombia head to the polls Sunday to choose a leftist former guerrilla or a young conservative lawmaker to lead the nation as it implements a still fragile peace accord. More>>

The Latest: Migrant ship passengers represent 31 countries

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The head of Doctors Without Borders in Spain says he's glad that Spain has allowed an aid convoy with 630 migrants to dock but he's worried about European nations closing their ports to those rescued at sea. More>>

The Latest: Afghan Taliban reject cease-fire extension

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An Afghan official says a suicide bombing in the eastern city of Jalalabad has killed at least 10 people. More>>

Russia's World Cup headache: Keeping it safe, keeping it fun

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A taxi crash near Red Square has raised concerns among some World Cup fans about security. More>>

Trump congratulates Hungarian leader who shares border views

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President Donald Trump is congratulating Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary on his recent re-election. More>>

Portugal remembers 66 victims from deadly year for wildfires

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Portugal's president and prime minister have attended a Mass in a rural town to mark the anniversary of a wildfire that killed 66 people. More>>

Illustrated love letter by Little Prince author is auctioned

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An illustration by Antoine de Saint-Exupery showing a likeness of his renowned Little Prince atop a globe, adorning an anguished love letter, has sold at auction for 240,500 euros ($249,497). More>>

Libya's NOC says oil storage damaged in attack on key ports

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Libya's National Oil Corporation says an armed group opposed to Libya's self-styled national army has attacked key oil port terminals "significantly" damaging at least one storage tank. More>>

Burdened Salah to lead Egypt against Russia at World Cup

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Amid price hikes and growing discontent with the government back home, fans of Egypt's national team are counting on Mohamed Salah to ease their pain both on the field and off. More>>

8 Kenyan police killed by roadside bomb in country's east

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A Kenyan legislator says eight police officers have died in his constituency after the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by a roadside bomb planted suspected extremists. More>>

Israel extends detention of female Palestinian lawmaker

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The family of a female Palestinian lawmaker who has been held without charge for nearly a year says that Israel has extended her detention by four months. More>>

Cyclists retrace Jewish child refugees' journey to Britain

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Almost 80 years after the first "Kindertransport" evacuations of Jewish children to safety in Britain, 42 people have set off on a memorial bike ride from Berlin to London. More>>

Young brands inject energy into Milan Fashion Week

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Youthful designers injected energy into the third day Sunday of Milan Fashion Week menswear previews for next spring and summer. More>>

Immigrants fleeing gangs prefer taking chance for US asylum

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Several asylum-seekers interviewed by The Associated Press in Mexico plan to press on with their efforts to enter the U.S. in spite of a new rule. More>>

US-backed Syrian fighters capture key village from IS

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A U.S-backed Syrian force says it has captured an important village near the Iraqi border from the Islamic State group. More>>

Fighting rages around airport in Yemen port city of Hodeida

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Yemeni official say Saudi-led forces have seized the airport in Yemen's rebel-held port city of Hodeida. More>>

Beloved Glasgow School of Art badly damaged by a 2nd fire

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A major fire at the historic Glasgow School of Art building has spread to neighboring properties and led to several evacuations. More>>

UK legislator who blocked 'upskirting' law says he favors it

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The British legislator who singlehandedly blocked a proposal to make taking "upskirting" photos illegal says he favors the proposed law but stopped it because of the way it was introduced in Parliament. More>>

Pakistan: Killing of Pakistan Taliban chief 'significant'

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Pakistani caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk describes the killing of Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan as a "significant development in the fight against terrorism.". More>>

Pope presses for talks on Yemen amid humanitarian crisis

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Pope Francis is pressing for negotiations in the Yemen conflict so a humanitarian crisis doesn't worsen. More>>

Chinese insurance regulator admits guilt in graft case

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China's former chief insurance regulator has pleaded guilty to taking bribes in exchange for helping people obtain loans, promotions and other favors. More>>

6 suicide bombers kill 20 in northeastern Nigeria

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Nigerian police and military officials say that six suicide bombers killed at least 20 people in northeastern Nigeria. More>>

17 killed in stampede after brawl at crowded Caracas club

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Venezuela's government says 17 people were killed Saturday after a nightclub brawl in the capital led to a stampede. More>>

Demonstrators protest arrest of Armenian parliament member

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Hundreds of supporters of an Armenian parliament member who was arrested on suspicion of illegally storing firearms and explosives are protesting outside the headquarters of the country's national security service. More>>

AP Explains: How Colombia's presidential vote affects peace

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In 2016, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed a peace deal that ended five decades of guerrilla war. More>>

Thousands hold gay pride march in Ukrainian capital of Kiev

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Several thousand gay pride supporters have held a march in Ukraine's capital that lasted about 20 minutes despite opponents' attempts to block them. More>>

UK changes course, allows epileptic boy to use cannabis oil

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A British boy whose mother says he needs cannabis oil to prevent severe epileptic seizures is being treated in a London hospital while British officials review the case. More>>

Taxi hits pedestrians near Moscow's Red Square, injuring 8

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Police in Moscow say eight people have been injured when a taxi into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square. More>>

The Latest: Houthis deny Saudi-led forces seized Yemen port

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Yemeni rights advocates and relief workers say areas adjacent to the airport in Hodeida are under siege and thousands of people are unable to leave as roads are shut down amid intense fighting. More>>

Violence kills 8 in Nicaragua, casting pall over peace talks

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Six people have been killed in Nicaragua by suspected paramilitary officers loyal to President Daniel Ortega amid ongoing talks aimed at ending weeks of unrest. More>>

Greek govt survives no-confidence vote over Macedonia deal

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Greek lawmakers enter the final day of debate on a no-confidence motion against the government over a deal to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Macedonia over the latter's name. More>>

Ex-rebel looks to defy odds in Colombia presidential race

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Gustavo Petro began his ascent to the cusp of Colombia's presidency in this self-built barrio named after South American independence hero Simon Bolivar. More>>

Birthday news: Salah fit for Egypt's next World Cup match

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Birthday cake for Salah at Egypt team hotel at World Cup. More>>

Afghan bomber kills 21, mostly Taliban celebrating truce

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Afghan official says a suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of a gathering of mostly Taliban who were celebrating a three-day cease fire outside the Nangarhar provincial capital of Jalalabad. More>>

France's presidential palace to host electronic music show

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The French presidency is going to host an unprecedented electronic music show in the elegant courtyard of the Elysee palace on the country's Music Day on Thursday. More>>

Austria seeks explanation from Germany about spying reports

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Austria is seeking clarification from neighboring Germany about reports that its spy agency snooped for several years on nearly 2,000 targets in the Alpine nation, including companies and ministries. More>>

The Latest: France sends asylum team to meet rescue boat

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Italy's new populist government is criticizing aid groups that rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, declaring two German rescue boats can't dock in Italian ports even though the groups operate at sea and don't bring migrants ashore. More>>

The Latest: Greek lawmakers reject no-confidence vote

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Greek lawmakers have rejected a no-confidence motion in the government brought by the main opposition party over a deal to change the name of Macedonia and end a decades-old dispute with Greece's northern neighbor. More>>

Zegna couture opens Milan Fashion Week against arched facade

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Not just trends, but also continuity, were in focus as Milan Fashion Week launched four days of menswear previews for next spring and summer on Friday. More>>

Egypt increases fuel prices, as part of austerity measures

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Egypt's Ministry of Oil has announced steep increases in fuel and cooking gas prices as part of the country's economic reforms and austerity measures. More>>

Cossacks to display 'military skills' in World Cup city

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A senior official in Russia's southern Rostov region says Cossack patrols in the World Cup city of Rostov will "display their military skills" and not replace the role of police. More>>

The Latest: China fires back at US, raises own tariffs

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China says it will retaliate against any move by the U.S. to impose punishing tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese goods. More>>

Trump raises hopes, says North Korea returning US remains

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President Donald Trump says North Korea has already started to return the remains of US soldiers missing from the Korean War. More>>

Spain saves 933 migrants, waits for another 630 on Aquarius

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Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 825 people and recovered four bodies from dozens of migrant boats attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea over the past two days. More>>

Croatia fans cycle all the way to Russia for World Cup

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Croatia fans cycle all the way to Russia for World Cup. More>>

Zegna couture opens Milan Fashion Week against arched facade

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Not just trends, but also continuity, were in focus as Milan Fashion Week launched four days of menswear previews for next spring and summer on Friday. More>>

Leaders of Italy, France to pursue migration changes at EU

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte have agreed to work together to pursue changes to the European Union's migration rules, finding common ground after the issue created a rift between their countries. More>>

The Latest: Head of Germany's migration office fired

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Spain's maritime rescue service says it has rescued around 270 migrants and recovered three bodies from more than 30 boats trying the cross from Africa by sea. More>>

Fierce fighting intensifies outside Yemen's Hodeida airport

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Battles have intensified outside the airport the Yemeni vital city of Hodeida between thousands of pro-government Yemeni fighters backed by a Saudi-led coalition of mostly Emirati forces, and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. More>>

When, not if: US poised to quit UN's human rights council

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Diplomats say the United States is about to quit the United Nation's main human rights body, primarily over Washington's claim that the Human Rights Council is biased against Israel. More>>

No live chickens at the World Cup for Nigeria fans

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A Russian official in the city of Kaliningrad says authorities forbade World Cup fans from bringing live chickens to matches. More>>

UK lifts immigration cap for medical workers amid shortages

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Britain says it will lift a cap on the number of visas granted to foreign doctors and nurses to help ease staff shortfalls in the National Health Service. More>>

Costa Rica fans get surprise call about free World Cup trip

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Costa Rica fan Martin Gomez hung up the phone twice, thinking it was a prank call or a scam. More>>

Gaza residents pray near Israel as Muslims mark major feast

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Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani touts three-day cease-fire with the Taliban in an address to the nation heralding the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr. More>>

Greek lawmakers mull no-confidence vote over Macedonia name

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Greek lawmakers are debating for a second day a no-confidence motion against the government over its tentative agreement to end a decades-old dispute with Macedonia over the latter country's name. More>>

In World Cup's shadow, layoffs and anger at Russian factory

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Worker protests over pay cuts, layoffs and working conditions at the Red October steelworks are threatening to cloud Volgograd's first World Cup match. More>>

Iran fans unfurl banner at World Cup in support of women

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Iranian fans at the national team's first match at the World Cup unfurled a banner protesting the Iran's ban on women attending soccer matches back home. More>>

The Latest: UAE says delivering aid to Yemen's Hodeida

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Top Emirati official says Saudi-led campaign to retake Yemen's port city of Hodeida "means that the Houthis will no longer be able to impose their will at the barrel of a gun.". More>>

Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in UK bankruptcy

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Retired tennis star Boris Becker is claiming his role as a sports attache for the Central African Republic gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings. More>>

McDonald's to switch to paper straws in U.K., Ireland

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McDonald's to switch to paper straws in U.K., Ireland, test an alternative to plastic in some U.S. restaurants later this year. More>>

Inside the summit: Talks with 'aliens,' familiar frustration

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Inside the summit: Talks with 'aliens,' familiar frustrations even as Trump got the history-making handshake he wanted with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. More>>

Spanish govt unveils welcoming measures to help migrants

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The Spanish government says it will extend public health care to foreigners without residence permits as part of new migration policies that will prioritize people's rights. More>>

Nigeria captain says his team has had warm welcome in Russia

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Nigeria's coach and captain have brushed aside fears of racism in World Cup stadiums and say that the country's young players have enjoyed a warm welcome in Russia. More>>

Portugal approves use of marijuana-based medicines

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Portugal's parliament has given final legislative approval for the use of marijuana-based medicines, which are already permitted in other European countries. More>>

Looming war games suspension raises concern in Seoul

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After being blindsided by President Donald Trump's decision to shelve major U.S. military exercises in South Korea, Seoul appears to be going along with it. More>>

Family-owned Missoni sells 41.2 percent stake for expansion

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The family-owned Missoni fashion house has announced that the Italian investment fund FSI will take a 41.2 percent stake to help expand the business. More>>

UK soldier gets 18 years for tampering with wife's parachute

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A former British Army sergeant who tried to kill his wife by sabotaging her parachute has been sentenced to at least 18 years in prison. More>>

Kremlin: Putin-Trump meeting possible

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The Kremlin says it's holding the door open for a possible summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump this summer. More>>

2nd suspect charged in Ukraine journalist murder plot

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Ukrainian authorities have charged a second suspect for allegedly organizing a murder plot against a Russian journalist whose killing was faked last month. More>>

Putin, Netanyahu discuss situation near Syria-Israel border

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The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have conferred about the situation alongside Syria's border with Israel. More>>

Asylum-seeker gets life after Finland's first terror trial

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A Finnish court has convicted an asylum-seeker of two terror-related murders and eight attempted murders for a stabbing attack last year. More>>

Danish court orders ministry to compensate Iraqi civilians

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A Copenhagen court has ordered Denmark's Defense Ministry to pay compensations to 18 Iraqi civilians who were detained by Iraqi security troops during a 2014 military operation in Iraq in which Danish soldiers were there with the Iraqi troops. More>>

The Latest: Activists say 2 killed by Syria shelling

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is addressing the nation during Eid al-Fitr prayers. More>>

Rome mayor hopes to build new sports stadium despite scandal

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Rome's mayor is hoping to go ahead with construction of a new sports stadium but says she will review the plans following a new corruption scandal. More>>

Germany's Merkel is 'realistic' about NATO spending target

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Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany is committed to the NATO target of spending 2 percent of gross domestic product, but is realistic about reaching it. More>>

The Latest: Hoax tweet adds to German government tensions

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Some media in Germany briefly fell for a hoax tweet announcing that Interior Minister Horst Seehofer had broken up his Bavarian party's decades-old alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in a dispute over migration. More>>

UN report: Debris from missiles that hit Saudis from Iran

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Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the UN has determined that debris from five ballistic missiles launched from Yemen into Saudi Arabia contained components manufactured in Iran and shared key design features with an Iranian missile. More>>

Group urges UN to warn parties in Yemen war over aid access

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An international rights group has urged the United Nations Security Council to warn parties to the Yemen war that they will face sanctions if they fail to provide civilians access to desperately needed aid. More>>

Bill passage seen as increasing China's hold over Hong Kong

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Hong Kong's legislature has passed a bill that will allow Chinese authorities to enforce their own laws within a portion of the semi-autonomous territory. More>>

Assailants kill journalist, his police bodyguards in Kashmir

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A senior journalist and his two police bodyguards were shot to death by assailants in Indian-controlled Kashmir. More>>

US: No sanctions relief before North Korea denuclearizes

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The United States and its Asian allies worked to paper over any semblance of disagreement over President Donald Trump's concession that the U.S. would halt military exercises with South Korea. More>>

Saudi women in Russia to support team, reinforce new image

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Saudi women in Russia to support their team in the World Cup, but also reinforce image of a new Saudi Arabia. More>>

Saudi-led troops fight rebel forces south of Yemen's Hodeida

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Fighting around the Yemen port city of Hodeida has resumed as a Saudi-led coalition tries to retake it from Shiite rebels known as Houthis. More>>

Oxfam slams treatment of migrants at French-Italian border

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Oxfam is criticizing the treatment of migrants at the French-Italian border as the leaders of those two countries meet amid disagreements over immigration. More>>

Trump approves plan to impose tough China tariffs

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President Donald Trump is closing in on a decision to impose tariffs on Chinese goods, a move that could put his trade policies on a collision course with his push to get rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. More>>

Russian hopes, fears tied up in Putin's showcase World Cup

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Russian President Vladimir Putin claims soccer and politics have nothing to do with each other, yet the World Cup he kicked off is about much more than sports. More>>

After summit, North Korea shows Trump in striking new light

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North Koreans are getting a new look at U.S. President Donald Trump after his summit with Kim Jong Un and it's a far cry from the dotard label their government slapped on him last year. But how long will it last?. More>>

Polish court rules against man who wouldn't serve LGBT group

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Polish top court sides with LGBT group against businessman who withheld service, refusing to print posters for the group. More>>

A year on, horrific Grenfell Tower fire haunts Britain

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Survivors, bereaved families and people around Britain are marking the first anniversary of the fire that destroyed Grenfell Tower in west London, killing 72 people. More>>

The queen and Duchess Meghan make 1st joint appearance

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The former Meghan Markle is making her first joint appearance with Queen Elizabeth II on an official royal visit to the northwest of England. More>>

The Latest: Saudis say 2 ships with food to dock at Hodeida

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The Yemeni government-controlled SABA news agency has reported that government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, have taken control of a town south of the port city of Hodeida. More>>

AP Investigation: Fish billed as local isn't always local

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An Associated Press investigation finds that a leading sustainable seafood distributor who promised wild-caught, domestic fish traceable back to a dock has been duping chefs across the U.S. More>>

Hungary sends smugglers to prison for 71 suffocation deaths

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A Hungarian court has sentenced four human traffickers to 25 years in prison for their role in the 2015 case in which 71 migrants suffocated to death in the back of a refrigerated truck found on a highway in Austria. More>>

Puerto Rico issues new data on Hurricane Maria deaths

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Puerto Rico requests more time, issues only a portion of data related to all deaths reported after Hurricane Maria amid outcry. More>>

US warns Zimbabwe over election after 2-year-old killed

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US warns Zimbabwe over next month's election after 2-year-old killed. More>>

Russia proposes raising retirement age, VAT

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Russia's government is calling for the country's retirement age to be raised gradually and for a hike in the value-added tax. More>>

Greek govt faces no-confidence vote on Macedonia name deal

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The prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia are facing political storms at home two days after reaching a historic deal to settle a decades-old dispute over Macedonia's name. More>>

'Fun, Fun, Fun:' Beach Boys team up with Royal Philharmonic Video included

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The Beach Boys are back _ this time with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a classic twist. More>>

Prosecutor: Man makes deadly toxin for an attack in Germany

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German prosecutors say they've thwarted an Islamic extremist plot to launch an attack with the deadly toxin ricin. More>>

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