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Pope: No effort spared to fight abuse, but offers no details

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Pope Francis has issued a letter to Catholics around the world condemning the "crime" of priestly sexual abuse and cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. More>>

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Annan leaves legacy of fighting for equality and rights

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Kofi Annan left the United Nations more committed to combating poverty, promoting equality and fighting for human rights _ and until his death was speaking out about the turbulent world he saw moving from nations working together to growing nationalism. More>>

Europe sees sharp rise in measles: 41,000 cases, 37 deaths

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The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died. More>>

Ill health forces Dutch Olympian to halt long-distance swim

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In a fundraising feat that has captured the imagination of his nation, a Dutch Olympian is approaching the end of a marathon swim along the route of an iconic speed skating race. More>>

Frustration rules as Venezuela unveils new currency

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Venezuelans are bracing for dramatic economic measures the government has announced, including a more-than 3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage. More>>

Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 percent

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Firefighters in the Italian city of Genoa have suspended an operation to allow evacuated residents to retrieve their belongings from homes under a bridge that partially collapsed, after workers heard creaking noises coming from the structure. More>>

Conoco says Venezuela will pay $2 billion arbitration award

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U.S. oil giant ConocoPhillips says it has reached an agreement with Venezuela*s state-owned oil company to recover nearly $2 billion it was awarded as part of a decade-old expropriation dispute. More>>

Uganda police battle protesters seeking release of pop star

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Ugandan police have fired bullets and tear gas to disperse a growing crowd of protesters demanding the release of a jailed lawmaker who is a government critic. More>>

Afghan forces free most hostages taken in new Taliban attack

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Afghan officials: Taliban take more than 100 people, including women and children, hostage in ambush in north. More>>

Flash flood hits hikers in gorge in southern Italy; 8 dead

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Italy's civil protection agency says at least five people have been killed when a rain-swollen river flooded a gorge in the southern region of Calabria. More>>

Brief Korean reunions bring tears for separated families Video included

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Elderly South Koreans have traveled to the border with North Korea ahead of family reunions with relatives in the North they've been separated from since the Korean War. More>>

Indians begin massive cleanup as rains diminish in Kerala

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Indian officials say a military airport has opened to commercial flights in the flood-savaged state of Kerala, to help speed in relief and fly out residents. More>>

Germany: No preparations made in case of alien landing

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Not Fake News: The German government says it has made no preparations for the possibility that aliens might land in the country. More>>

UK woman 'sang to stay awake' after falling off cruise ship

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The rescuers of a British woman who fell from a cruise ship and spent 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night say it's a miracle that she's alive. More>>

Cliff house: Unique Swiss restaurant looks for new tenants

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One of Switzerland's most picturesque restaurants will soon be looking for new operators. More>>

2 detained after shots are fired at US Embassy in Turkey

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Shots fired at a security booth outside the U.S. Embassy in Turkey's capital, police searching for white car. More>>

UN rights chief warns UN could 'collapse' without change

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The outgoing U.N. human rights chief says the U.N. Security Council's five permanent members wield too much power at the United Nations, warning that world body could "collapse" if that doesn't change. More>>

Poland bans Ukraine activist from Europe, raising questions

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Poland has used its powers as a European Union member to ban a Ukrainian human rights activist from all 26 countries in Europe's Schengen area, saying she poses a security threat. More>>

Greece wants new talks with Britain on Parthenon Sculptures

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The Greek government has launched a new bid to engage Britain in talks over the return to Athens of a celebrated group of ancient sculptures originally ornamenting the Parthenon Temple on the Acropolis. More>>

Spanish police shoot man dead in suspected terror attack

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Police in Barcelona say they have shot a man who attacked officers with a knife at a police station in the Spanish city. More>>

German foreign minister honors Nazi victims at Auschwitz

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is making a visit to the former German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a gesture that he said is meant to "keep alive the memory of the incredible atrocities.". More>>

Gatwick passengers need to check whiteboards after IT glitch

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Going somewhere? Gatwick Airport has resorted to using marking pens and whiteboards to post flight information after a technical failure caused electronic message boards to malfunction. More>>

Islamic militants launch attacks in Chechnya, 5 killed

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The regional leader of Chechnya says several police officers have been wounded in attacks by Islamist militants. More>>

EU seeks hosts for migrants amid new Italy, Malta standoff

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The EU is trying to find countries willing to take 177 people rescued at sea after Italy sought its help to deal with yet another migrant standoff with Malta. More>>

German minister declares nation's bridges safe and reliable

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Germany's transport minister says the country has reliable procedures for checking bridges "that I trust and citizens can trust too.". More>>

Russia: West is obstructing aid to Syria, return of refugees

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Russia has lashed out at Western countries, accusing them of blocking U.N. aid for Syria's reconstruction and trying to prevent the return of refugees. More>>

Firefighters battle forest blaze near southern Greek village

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Greek firefighters are battling a forest fire that briefly threatened a village in the southern Peloponnese but caused no injuries or damage to buildings. More>>

Mali constitutional court upholds election results

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Mali's constitutional court has confirmed the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita for a second five-year term. More>>

Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for hajj's pinnacle

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Muslim pilgrims have gathered in the valley of Mount Arafat for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the hajj. More>>

New database documents Irish clergy linked to sex abuse

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An international research group is launching a database of Irish clergy accused of sexually abusing children in hopes of pressing Pope Francis to disclose the names of all priests and brothers deemed guilty by the church. More>>

Austria spy agency denies that it's being frozen out

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The head of Austria's BVT spy agency is denying that there has been any significant reduction in cooperation with its foreign partners following a misconduct probe that sparked a political storm earlier this year. More>>

Russian military braces for massive war games in the east

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Russia's defense minister says the military forces in the country's east have been put on high alert in the run-up to massive war games that would involve China and Mongolia. More>>

Quake swarm jolts Indonesian islands, killing at least 12

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Multiple strong earthquakes cut power across the Indonesian island of Lombok, toppled buildings and killed at least 3 people as the tourist hotspot was trying to recover from an earlier temblor that killed hundreds. More>>

The Latest: Security increased at police stations in Spain

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Barcelona police say they are treating a man's knife attack on officers at a city police station as a terrorist incident. More>>

South Sudan claims civil war is over but skepticism abounds

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South Sudan claims a civil war is over but there is soaring scepticism as the peace deal is seen as 'a recipe for more conflict'. More>>

South Africa opens inquiry into corruption during Zuma rule

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A South African commission charged with probing allegations of widespread corruption under the government of former President Jacob Zuma started its first public hearings on Monday in Johannesburg. More>>

South African man denied appeal on ax murder convictions

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A South African man found guilty of murdering three of his immediate family members was denied the opportunity to appeal his conviction and life sentences on Monday. More>>

New premier Imran Khan pledges to restore Pakistan's economy

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Pakistan's newly elected prime minister Imran Khan Sunday has said that the country is in the worst economic condition it has seen and pledged to cut government expenditure, end corruption and repatriate public funds. More>>

Escort says oligarch now has tapes on Russia interference

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An escort service worker from Belarus who claimed to have information linking Russian interference to the election of Donald Trump says she no longer has the evidence and will not talk about it. More>>

Drought reveals remains of German 'Atlantis' in lake

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A sustained drought in Germany has revealed the ruins of a village abandoned when a large reservoir was created more than 100 years ago. More>>

Italy bridge designer warned in 1979 of risk of corrosion

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The Italian engineer who designed the Genoa bridge that collapsed and killed 43 people warned four decades ago that it would require constant maintenance to remove rust given the effects of corrosion from sea air and pollution. More>>

Turkey's president says country will defy economic threats

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Turkey's president has said his country will stand strong against an "attempted economic coup" amid heightened tensions with the United States. More>>

Sentence doubled for Israeli policeman who shot Palestinian

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Israel's Supreme Court has doubled the prison sentence of a former border policeman who was convicted of unjustly shooting a stone-throwing Palestinian teenager in 2014. More>>

Palestinians sort through 8 years of mail held by Israel

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Palestinian postal workers in the West Bank are sifting through eight years' worth of undelivered mail held by Israel. More>>

Bolton meets Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss Iran

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National Security Adviser John Bolton met with Israel's prime minister during a visit to Jerusalem. More>>

Quakes cut power, topple homes on Indonesia island; 3 dead

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A strong earthquake has jolted the Indonesian island of Lombok as it tries to recover from a quake earlier this month that killed 460 people. More>>

Afghan president calls for Eid cease-fire, Taliban to reply

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Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has announced a conditional cease-fire with Taliban insurgents for the duration of the Eid al-Adha holiday. More>>

800,000 displaced in flooding in southern Indian state

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Indian authorities are bringing drinking water by train to the flooded southern state of Kerala, where over 300 people have died and 300,000 are displaced in the worst flooding in a century. More>>

Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

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More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. More>>

The Latest: Latest earthquake on Indonesian island kills 2

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Another strong earthquake has struck near the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok. More>>

Irish archbishop urges pope to speak frankly about abuse

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The archbishop of Dublin says he hopes Pope Francis will speak frankly about the "darkness" of priestly sex abuse during his upcoming visit to Ireland, which has been clouded by new revelations of misconduct in the U.S. church. More>>

Romanian minister: Hundreds involved in riot police attack

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Romania's interior minister says hundreds of protesters attacked riot police during an anti-corruption demonstration that left 450 people injured. More>>

UK woman rescued after falling from cruise ship in Croatia

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Croatia's coast guard says a British woman has been saved after spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night after she fell from a cruise ship. More>>

Iraq's top court ratifies manual recount of May ballots

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Iraq's top court ratifies results of manual ballot recount, paving the way for new house to meet, government to be formed. More>>

2 monks referred to trial over abbot's killing in Egypt

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Egypt's state-run news agency says prosecutors have referred two monks to trial on charges of killing an abbot in a monastery north of Cairo last month. More>>

Superdry founder gives $1.28 million to anti-Brexit campaign

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The co-founder of fashion brand Superdry has donated 1 million pounds ($1.28 million) to campaigners seeking a new referendum on Britain's departure from the European Union. More>>

Italy's leader demands safe roads; bridge toll rises to 43

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Italian media say three more bodies have been found in rubble of the Genoa bridge collapse, raising death toll to 41. More>>

Iran appoints former F-14 Tomcat pilot as air force chief

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Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that the country's top leader has appointed a new chief for its air force. More>>

Italy threatens to return migrants to Libya in new standoff

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Italy's firebrand interior minister is threatening to return to Libya 177 migrants who have been aboard an Italian coast guard ship for days following another standoff with Malta. More>>

French audit warns 840 bridges may face risk of collapse

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An audit commissioned by the French government says about 840 French bridges are suffering from serious damages and at risk of eventual collapse. More>>

Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power

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When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, Tilos will become the first island in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power. More>>

Cyprus extradites Egyptian hijacker who dropped legal fight

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Cyprus police say an Egyptian man who in 2016 hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight and ordered it to land on the east Mediterranean island has been extradited to his homeland. More>>

Modi says India will send manned flight into space by 2022

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India will send a manned flight into space by 2022. More>>

Iran detains outspoken lawyer calling for free elections

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Report: Iran detains outspoken lawyer demanding free elections. More>>

1 killed in Ugandan riots over alleged torture of lawmakers

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Ugandan police say 1 person has been killed in riots over the arrests of opposition lawmakers, including two who are hospitalized for injuries sustained during detention. More>>

Belarusian leader Lukashenko fires Cabinet as economy sinks

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has fired his Cabinet, accusing it of the failure to fulfill his orders. More>>

Uganda arrests American man who attacked hotel staff

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Ugandan police are holding an American man who in video footage is seen attacking a hotel worker with punches and insults. More>>

UK investigating reports sunken WWII ships in Asia looted

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Britain says it will work with Indonesia and Malaysia to investigate reports that the wrecks of ships sunk during World War II have been plundered by pirates. More>>

Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

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Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 1.6 million Muslim faithful from abroad have arrived in the ultraconservative kingdom. More>>

Russian space executive, 2 others charged with fraud

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Russia's top investigative agency says it has detained a deputy head of the nation's top space corporation on fraud charges. More>>

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

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Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. More>>

Putin dances at Austrian wedding; talks with Merkel on Syria

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is flying to Austria to attend the wedding Saturday of the country's foreign minister, before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. More>>

German prosecutors probe Yazidi woman's claim about IS man

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German federal prosecutors say they're taking seriously a Yazidi woman's claim she encountered her former Islamic State captor in Germany, but need more information to identify him. More>>

UK's right-wing Farage vows to end Brexit 'sell-out'

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Former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage says he is joining up with a pro-Brexit pressure group to oppose Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for future ties with the European Union. More>>

The Latest: US's Pompeo sends condolences over Annan's death

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The Latest: The Elders 'shocked and deeply saddened' by Kofi Annan's death. More>>

Suspect in UK Parliament crash charged with attempted murder

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A driver whose car collided with several people before crashing outside Britain's Parliament has been charged with attempted murder. More>>

Thousands stranded as floods submerge southern Indian state

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Thousands of stranded people are waiting for rescue as relentless monsoon floods batter the south Indian state of Kerala, where more than 170 have died in a little over a week and much of the state is at least partially submerged. More>>

Ghana mourns Annan, grandson of tribal chiefs to UN chief

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Ghana mourns Kofi Annan, the grandson of tribal chiefs who became the world's top diplomat. More>>

German prosecutors probe Yazidi woman's claim about IS man

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German federal prosecutors say they're taking seriously a Yazidi woman's claim she encountered her former Islamic State captor in Germany, but need more information to identify him. More>>

The Latest: Romanian trucker is Genoa bridge's 43rd victim

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Italian state radio says the body of a 30-year-old man was found Saturday in the Genoa bridge collapse, bringing the toll to 42 dead. More>>

Pakistan's Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister

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Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan has been sworn in as prime minister after his party won the most votes in last month's election despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf. More>>

Global reactions to death of former UN chief Kofi Annan

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Global reactions to death of former UN chief and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan. More>>

Hundreds of neo-Nazis march in Berlin, protected by police

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Hundreds of neo-Nazis waving flags with the colors of the German Reich are marching through central Berlin, protected from counter-protesters by police in riot gear. More>>

The Latest: Moody's cuts Turkey's credit rating further

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Turkey's state-run news agency says a higher Turkish court has also rejected an appeal for the release from detention of an American pastor who is at the center of a Turkish-U.S. spat. More>>

British, Ukrainian paragliders are killed in Macedonia

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Macedonian authorities say two paragliders have died in central Macedonia when their parachutes collided in the air. More>>

Pakistan says Indian fire kills villager in Kashmir

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Pakistan's Foreign Ministry and officials say Indian troops have killed a Pakistani villager and wounded two others in "unprovoked firing" in the Himalayan region of Kashmir. More>>

Egypt president ratifies law imposing internet controls

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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified an anti-cybercrime law that rights groups say paves the way for censoring online media. More>>

Hand-in-hand, Koreas grab spotlight at Asian Games opener

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Thousands of spectators cheered wildly as athletes from the rival Koreas marched together in a spectacular opening ceremony for the Asian Games in Indonesia. More>>

Peak-lovers piqued as Welsh mountain downgraded to hill

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The Welsh mountain Fan y Big has had a comedown _ it has been downgraded to a hill. More>>

Anger engulfs families as Italy buries its bridge victims

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Excavators have begun clearing large sections of the collapsed highway bridge in the Italian city of Genoa in the search for people still missing three days after the deadly accident. More>>

Getting personal: US, Turkish leaders feud over arrest

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Turkey's currency remains steady against the dollar despite an apparent threat of possible new sanctions by U.S. President Donald Trump. More>>

UK military academy probes waterboarding claim

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Authorities at Britain's Sandhurst military academy say they are investigating allegations that two cadets waterboarded another at the officer-training school. More>>

Taliban say no peace with 'occupation,' want US talks

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The leader of the Taliban says there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign "occupation" continues, reiterating the group's position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States. More>>

Catalan seaside resort marks anniversary of attack

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A Catalan seaside resort has marked the anniversary of an attack that killed one and injured six following deadlier violence in Barcelona's Las Ramblas. More>>

US intensifies sanctions on Myanmar forces for rights abuses

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The U.S. Treasury is slapping sanctions on Myanmar security forces for their alleged involvement in violent campaigns against ethnic minorities across the Southeast Asia nation. More>>

Peru, Ecuador tighten requirements for Venezuela migrants

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Two South American nations are stiffening entry requirements for the flood of Venezuelans fleeing their nation's economic and humanitarian crisis, a move that could make their plight even more arduous. More>>

6.1 quake shakes Costa Rica near Panama; no major damage

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A strong earthquake has shaken southern Costa Rica near the border of Panama, knocking items off store shelves and knocking out power in places, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or major damage. More>>

People plucked from rooftops as Indian floods kill 324

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Rescuers are using helicopters and boats to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people in the past nine days. More>>

Mali opposition leader rejects presidential runoff result

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Mali's opposition leader Soumaila Cisse says he rejects results proclaiming incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita the winner of a runoff presidential election. More>>

'Most ancient' solid cheese found in dug up Egyptian jar

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Scientists have discovered that a solidified whitish substance in an ancient jar dug up in Egypt is "probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever found.". More>>

Pakistani lawmakers elect Imran Khan as prime minister

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Pakistani lawmakers gather in parliament to elect former cricket star turned politician Imran Khan as prime minister. More>>

The Latest: Italy buries its Genoa dead as emotions surge

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Davide Capello was driving across the bridge toward the Italian city of Genoa when suddenly, the road dropped out from under him. More>>

Culinary greats honor late French master chef Joel Robuchon

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Hundreds of chefs, among them some of the world's top cooks, have gathered to pay their respects to one of the masters of French cuisine Joel Robuchon. More>>

US officials: Ex-IS fighter accepted in US as refugee

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An Iraqi man arrested in California is accused of being a former Islamic State fighter and killing a police officer in Iraq after he qualified to be resettled in the U.S. as part of a refugee program. More>>

Al-Qaida in Yemen denies AP report on secret deals with UAE

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Yemen's al-Qaida branch has denied an Associated Press report saying that it struck secret deals over territories it controls with the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in the country. More>>

Armenia's new PM marks 100 days in office with giant rally

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Armenia's new prime minister has marked his first 100 days in office by calling a rally that has attracted about 100,000 enthusiastic supporters. More>>

Bob Mackie's designs for Cher, Carol Burnett up for auction

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Bob Mackie-designed outfits worn by Cher, Carol Burnett, Diana Ross and others are going up for auction. More>>

Al-Qaida bomb master killed in US strike, officials say

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Yemeni officials and a tribal leader say al-Qaida's chief bomb maker behind the 2009 Christmas Day plot to down an airliner over Detroit was killed months ago by a U.S. drone strike. More>>

Romanian PM tells EU: Force against protesters was justified

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Romania's prime minister has defended the use of force by riot police during a violent protest that left more than 450 people injured. More>>

Woman whose family perished in Greek fire files lawsuit

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A woman whose husband and children died in a deadly forest fire in Greece has filed a criminal lawsuit against seven officials, including the country's interior minister, asserting they share the blame for the blaze that killed dozens. More>>

Stormy Daniels drops out of UK reality show at last minute

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Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress and nemesis of U.S. President Donald Trump, has pulled out of a British reality-TV show at the last minute after a dispute with producers. More>>

Palestinians say 2 killed by Israel fire at Gaza border

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Gaza's Health Ministry says a Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire at a protest along the border amid ongoing Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire. More>>

Could Brazil's da Silva really run? It's not likely

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Now that former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has registered his candidacy for president, experts say there is a narrow but unlikely path by which authorities could allow him to run. More>>

Nigeria construction site collapses, trapping several people

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Nigerian rescue officials say they are working to pull out a number of people trapped under the rubble of a collapsed shopping complex that was under construction in the capital, Abuja. More>>

Yemeni official says rebels storm WFP warehouse in port city

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A Yemeni minister has accused rival Houthi rebels of storming a warehouse used by the World Food Program to store humanitarian aid, in the war-torn Red Sea port city of Hodeida. More>>

Long-distance bus overturns on German highway, 22 hurt

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Authorities say a bus headed from Stockholm to Berlin has come off a highway in northeastern Germany and overturned, injuring 16. More>>

Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania

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The Vatican has called the sex abuse described in a grand jury report in Pennsylvania "criminal and morally reprehensible.". More>>

Tipping the scales: White lion cubs bulking up in Germany

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They're still tiny, but the white lion cubs at the Magdeburg zoo in eastern Germany are putting on weight fast. More>>

Moroccan feminist activist arrested amid abortion campaign

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A prominent Moroccan feminist who campaigns for abortion access and LGBT rights has been arrested for alleged public drinking and disturbance of order. More>>

Benjamin Smith is new CEO of Air France-KLM, unions worried

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Air France-KLM's unions voiced their concerns and skepticism after the company appointed Benjamin Smith as new CEO with the support of the French state. More>>

German charged over alleged combat role in Afghan Taliban

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Prosecutors have charged a German citizen accused of fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan, accusing him of membership in a terrorist organization, attempted murder and weapons offenses. More>>

Bishops request Vatican investigation as abuse crisis grows

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is inviting the Vatican to play a key role investigating the scandal involving former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with minors and adult seminarians. More>>

Indians gather as former premier Vajpayee is cremated

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Indians are paying homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his body is taken to his Hindu nationalist party's headquarters before cremation on the banks of the Yamuna River. More>>

Knives and guns: Serb-Russian youth camp closed after outcry

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Police have closed a summer youth camp on a mountain in western Serbia organized by Russian and Serbian far-right groups after a public outcry. More>>

Plane skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel

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A plane from China landing on a rain-soaked Manila runway in poor visibility has veered off in a muddy field with one engine and a wheel ripped off but no serious injuries among the 165 people aboard who scrambled out through an emergency slide. More>>

The Latest: Germany seeks refugee who may have been with IS

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German authorities say they're looking into a Yazidi woman's claim that she ran into a man who bought her as a slave in an Islamic State-ruled area of Iraq after arriving in Germany. More>>

UN rights chief condemns Bosnian Serb decision on Srebrenica

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The United Nations' human rights chief is condemning the Bosnian Serb legislature's decision to revoke support for a report acknowledging the 1995 massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. More>>

Former comedian appointed Slovenia's premier designate

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A former comedian whose party finished second in Slovenia's parliamentary election has been appointed prime minister designate. More>>

Bridge collapse highlights Italy's aging infrastructure

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The Italian government lashed out Thursday at the holding company for Autostrade per l'Italia for defending its financial interests in the face of the deadly bridge crash in Genoa without sparing a word for victims. More>>

Spain remembers terror attacks that killed 16 in Catalonia

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Spain's King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez are among hundreds of people attending official ceremonies in Barcelona marking the first anniversary of terror attacks that killed 16 people. More>>

Judge finds conspiracy to kill Kim with VX, women to testify

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Two women on trial for the assassination of the North Korean leader's half brother have arrived at a Malaysian court for a key ruling. More>>

The Latest: Trump tweets support for pastor jailed in Turkey

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron, during which Macron said that Turkey's economic stability is important for France. More>>

Ugandan pop star, a government critic, faces military court

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Ugandan pop star, an outspoken government critic, to face military court after clashes. More>>

India's Vajpayee, who set off nuke race and peace, has died

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Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies after a prolonged illness. More>>

Merkel, Putin share a headache: Donald Trump

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday _ thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump. More>>

Afghan IS branch claims deadly attack on Shiites in Kabul

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Afghan authorities revise down death toll from previous day's suicide bombing in Shite area to 34 killed, not 48. More>>

Plane skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel

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A plane from China has skidded off a runway at Manila's airport while landing in a downpour and its 157 passengers and eight crew members have been evacuated safely by emergency slides. More>>

The Latest: Amnesty: Kabul attack on Shiites is 'war crime'

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The Latest: Police say gunmen besiege compound belonging to Afghan intelligence service in Kabul. More>>

The Latest: Indonesian to testify when murder trial resumes

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A Malaysian judge has ruled the two women charged with murdering the North Korean leader's half brother should begin entering their defense. More>>

Turkish finance chief tries to reassure investors on crisis

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The Turkish lira has rebound from record losses a day after Qatar pledged US$15 billion in investments to help Turkey's economy. More>>

The Latest: Bridge collapse death toll lowered by 1 to 38 Video included

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The holding company for Autostrade per l'Italia was facing a volatile trading day after the government announced it would take steps to revoke the concession following the deadly bridge collapse in Genoa. More>>

Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

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The Russian military says the number of drone attacks on its main base in Syria has increased. More>>

German passenger jet makes safe unscheduled landing on Crete

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Greek state TV says a passenger plane flying from Egypt to Germany with 250 passengers has made an unscheduled landing on the island of Crete after reporting a potential bomb threat. More>>

Moscow bristles at US sanctions on Russian company

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Russia warned that the latest U.S. sanctions against a Russian company accused by Washington of breaching international restrictions on North Korea could undermine denuclearization talks with Pyongyang. More>>

Russian court frees from jail 2 teenagers in extremism case

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Moscow court releases two teenagers facing extremism charges from jail and puts them under house arrest. More>>

Italy lowers confirmed death toll to 38 in Genoa collapse Video included

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The Atlantia holding company that controls Italy's main highway operator says that government pledges to revoke the concession were made without citing specific failures and before cause of deadly bridge collapse has been determined. More>>

Pakistan's ruling party suspends lawmaker for assault

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Pakistan's ruling party of Imran Khan suspends newly elected lawmaker over video of him beating up a citizen. More>>

Scottish neo-Nazi jailed for 12 years for bomb-making bid

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A Scottish man with far-right views has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempting to build a bomb that prosecutors say could have caused carnage. More>>

In US dispute, a few Turks destroy iPhones in online posts

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A small number of Turks are responding to their president's call to boycott American electronic goods by posting videos in which they smash iPhones with bats, hammers and other blunt instruments. More>>

US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

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A 45-year-old Iraqi refugee has been arrested in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while serving with the Islamic State terror organization. More>>

Turkey braces for hard times amid currency crisis, US spat

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Some Turks are reacting with defiance to their plunging currency and an escalating dispute with the United States, in an indication that they are ready to endure economic pain and risk further deterioration in a Cold War-era alliance. More>>

Physician to Queen Elizabeth II killed in cycling accident

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A physician to Queen Elizabeth II Has been killed by a truck as he cycled through central London. More>>

Mali's president wins runoff vote with more than 67 percent

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Mali's president wins runoff election with more than 67 percent of the vote. More>>

New Amnesty leader slams Trump for breaking up families

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New Amnesty leader slams Trump's family separations as 'one of the worst atrocities' in years. More>>

Mattis says US will work more closely with Argentina

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is pledging closer defense cooperation with Argentina. More>>

UN panel calls on Bahrain to release activist Nabeel Rajab

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UN panel says Bahrain should immediately release imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab. More>>

New Malaysian government repeals law banning 'fake news'

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Malaysia's new government has repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting "fake news," in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers. More>>

Vienna authorities ban eating on subway trains

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Authorities in Vienna have decided to ban passengers from eating in the Austrian capital's subway trains. More>>

Brussels highlights sun-splashed summer with flower carpet

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Brussels is highlighting its sun-splashed summer with a Mexican-themed carpet of over half a million flowers on its historic Grand-Place. More>>

Polish president vetoes law on EU Parliament elections

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The Polish president has vetoed a law on elections to the European Union Parliament that would have benefited large political parties and made it harder for small parties to reach a threshold to get seats. More>>

UK police given more time to quiz Parliament crash suspect

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British police have been given more time to question the suspect in a car crash outside Parliament that injured three people. More>>

Nuke talks uncertain, US hits shippers with NKorea sanctions

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The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on three companies it says are helping North Korea with illicit shipments of goods to fund its nuclear program. More>>

Doctor killed, assistant injured in stabbing in Germany

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Police say a doctor has been killed and an assistant seriously injured in a stabbing at a medical practice in southwestern Germany. More>>

Judge criticizes German officials over radical's deportation

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A judge is accusing German authorities of testing the limits of the law in the deportation to Tunisia of a suspected former aide to Osama bin Laden. More>>

Japanese emperor tries to make amends for his father's war

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Japan's Emperor Akihito has expressed deep remorse over his country's role in World War II as he made his last appearance at a ceremony marking the end of the hostilities. More>>

The Latest: Survivors describe Italy bridge collapse Video included

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The Latest: Italian authorities have raised death toll in the Genoa highway bridge collapse to at least 37. More>>

Turkey increases tariffs on some US goods, escalating feud

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Turkey is increasing tariffs on imports of series of U.S. products, escalating a feud with the United States that has helped trigger a currency crisis. More>>

Italy hunts for blame in bridge collapse that killed 39 Video included

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Rescue and recovery efforts continued through the night into the morning in Italy following the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa, while authorities raised the death toll to 35 with three missing. More>>

Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, killing 48

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Afghans are emerging from their homes and some shops are reopening in Ghazni nearly a week after a massive Taliban assault, as sporadic gunbattles continue in some parts of the eastern city. More>>

Cambodia's ruling party swept seats, official results show

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Final results show Cambodia's ruling party swept the elections last month for the National Assembly, ensuring long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen another term but reinforcing skepticism of the vote's legitimacy. More>>

The Latest: Malta says Italy taking some Aquarius migrants

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The Latest: The Aquarius rescue ship has reached Malta's main port carrying 141 migrants rescued off Libya last Friday but whose landfall was delayed as European states bartered over who would take them. More>>

The Latest: UNICEF: Kabul attack on children 'deplorable'

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Afghan officials say a Taliban assault on two adjacent checkpoints in the northern Baghlan province has killed 30 soldiers and police. More>>

Congo's latest Ebola outbreak taking place in a war zone

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7 killed in rebel attack amid Congo's latest deadly Ebola outbreak; population sent fleeing. More>>

Judge may acquit women or call defense in Kim Jong Nam trial

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Women on trial in Malaysia for the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader's half brother could be acquitted Thursday or called to enter their defense, which could last several more months. More>>

UK police seek motive of Sudan-born Parliament car crasher

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British media are reporting that the suspect in the Parliament crash being treated as terrorism is 29-year old British citizen of Sudanese origin named Salih Khater. More>>

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