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Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung

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Volcanologists say the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung that shot ash 5 kilometers (3 miles) high also "completely annihilated" the mountain's summit. More>>

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

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

Donald Trump Jr. arrives in India to help sell apartments

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The eldest son of President Donald Trump has arrived in India to help sell luxury apartments and lavish attention on Indians who have bought units in Trump-branded developments. More>>

Oxfam says staff intimidated witnesses in Haiti sex scandal

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Oxfam's report on sexual misconduct allegations in Haiti shows that three staff members intimidated and physically threatened witnesses as the charity investigated the original claims. More>>

Police name Netanyahu associates in Israeli corruption probe

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Israeli police name two Netanyahu associated arrested for their suspected role in a wide-ranging corruption probe. More>>

Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

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The Kremlin has dismissed a U.S. indictment that charged 13 Russians with interfering in the 2016 presidential election as lacking evidence. More>>

Latvia starts criminal probe of its central bank chief

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ECB orders Latvia's crisis-struck ABLV Bank to halt all payments, Bank of Latvia issues EUR97.5 million emergency loan. More>>

Former AP photographer Max Desfor dies at 104

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Max Desfor, former AP photographer who won Pulitzer for Korean War photos, dies at 104. More>>

17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique

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Mozambican media say at least 17 people died when heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique's capital. More>>

Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run

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The Korean women's hockey team has ended its historic Olympic run with a five straight loss, with thousands of fans shouting "We are one" and waving a "unification flag.". More>>

IS ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27 fighters

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Islamic State militants ambush Iraq's Shiite-led paramilitary force, killing at least 27 fighters. More>>

Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017

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An Israeli settler leader says the number of settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population last year. More>>

Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

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Syrian state TV says pro-government forces will start entering Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin 'within hours'. More>>

South Africa steps up action against Zuma-linked family

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South African authorities escalate anti-corruption drive against a business family linked to former president Jacob Zuma, saying they could seek Interpol's help to track suspects. More>>

London Fashion: Erdem shows fancy florals; Kane goes for sex

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Highlights from Monday's events at London Fashion Week include Erdem at the National Portrait Gallery. More>>

Spanish finance minister backed for leading ECB job

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Ireland is withdrawing its candidate for European Central Bank vice president, making it almost certain that Spain's finance minister will get the job. More>>

Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain

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Fast-food chain KFC has been forced to close most of its 900 outlets in Britain and Ireland because of a shortage of chicken The company is blaming "teething problems" with its new delivery partner, DHL. More>>

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

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Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes. More>>

'Three Billboards' wins, women make waves at UK film awards

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Ferocious female-led tragicomedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner at the British Academy Film Awards, at a ceremony dominated by women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality. More>>

The Latest: Latvian central bank chief is released on bail

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Latvian state TV say that the country's central bank chief has been released from detention on bail pending an investigation into suspected bribery. More>>

The Latest: Turkey denies reports that Syria will aid Kurds

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The Latest: Turkey threatens to battle Syrian government troops if they enter Syrian enclave to protect Kurdish fighters. More>>

West Africa's extremism spreading as thousands flee homes

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West Africa's extremism spreading as thousands in once-quiet part of Burkina Faso flee. More>>

Court video shows kidnapped model revisiting scenes of crime

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Video footage of a British model leading Italian police to locations connected to her alleged kidnapping has been played at the trial of her accused abductor. More>>

Report details harm to Cuba diplomats but offers no cause

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

Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabins

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A South Pacific cruise was interrupted by brawls apparently caused by a 23-member family who threw punches at other passengers, some of whom locked themselves in cabins to escape days of violence. More>>

German police rescue men tangled up with mannequin, toy car

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

The Latest: 'Three Billboards' named best picture in Britain

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Stars are starting to arrive for the British Academy Film Awards at London's Royal Albert Hall, where many women are walking the red carpet wearing black. More>>

Case against activists threatens Kuwait's political openness

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Case against dozens over 2011 parliament storming renews threat to Kuwait's unique political openness, a Gulf rarity. More>>

What will Meghan wear? Royal wedding dress a top UK secret

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With three months to go before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May 19 wedding, the fashion and bridal worlds are abuzz with talk of who the bride will pick to design her dress and what kind of look she would go for. More>>

Iranian rescuers find wreckage from plane crash

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Iran's Press TV: Search teams reach site of plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board. More>>

Turkey renames US Embassy street after Syria offensive

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Turkish authorities have renamed a street where the U.S. Embassy sits on after Turkey's military offensive in Syria that had led to tensions between the allies. More>>

British judge sentences prolific pedophile to 32 years

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A judge in Britain has sentenced a prolific pedophile to 38 years in prison in what is being described as a watershed moment for authorities coming to grips with technology's ability to spread depravity. More>>

Germany's Merkel brings possible successor to Berlin

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reported to favor the governor of Saarland state to run her center-right party's day-to-day operations. More>>

Pope backs down, OKs resignation of divisive Nigerian bishop

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Pope Francis has backed down and accepted the resignation of Nigerian bishop who had been rejected for years by the priests of his Ahiara diocese. More>>

5.9 quake hits southern Mexico, but no damage reported

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The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary 5.9 magnitude has struck in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, days after a more powerful temblor hit the same area. More>>

Latvian member of European Central Bank detained in probe

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Latvia's state broadcaster says national anti-corruption agency raided office and property of the head of the country's central bank. More>>

France argues World Court has no jurisdiction in graft case

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A legal battle between France and Equatorial Guinea over the corruption prosecution of the African nation's vice president is back before the International Court of Justice, months after a Paris court convicted the vice president. More>>

Philippine forces arrest alleged ex-Islamic State commander

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Philippine police say authorities have arrested an Arab man who they believe is a former commander of the Islamic State group. More>>

'Three Billboards' wins, women make waves at UK film awards

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Many of Britain's most prominent female entertainment stars have signed an open letter demanding an end to sexual harassment ahead of Britain's major film awards. More>>

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

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

IS claims responsibility for church shooting in Russia

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The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on churchgoers in Russia's predominantly Muslim Dagestan region. More>>

Catalan politicians in Spanish court in secession probe

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Two prominent Catalan politicians are testifying before a Supreme Court judge for their roles in holding a banned independence referendum and making an illegal declaration of independence based on its results. More>>

Gambia president announces moratorium on death penalty

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Gambia's president has declared a moratorium on the death penalty, calling it a "first step toward abolition.". More>>

Legendary African filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo dies at 64

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Colleagues say prolific filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo has died in his home country of Burkina Faso. More>>

Israeli PM Netanyahu to Iran: Don't test Israel's resolve

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says an international agreement with Iran has emboldened the regime in Tehran to become increasingly aggressive in the region. More>>

Trump adviser: Russian meddling 'incontrovertible'

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

Polish PM seeks dialogue with Israel on 'difficult history'

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A spokeswoman for Poland's prime minister has sought to downplay his words equating Polish collaborators in the Holocaust to alleged "Jewish perpetrators" by saying they were an invitation to a frank debate about the World War II crimes against Jews. More>>

German nationalist urges AfD followers to reject violence

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A leading figure in the nationalist Alternative for Germany has urged the party's followers to reject violence. More>>

Israeli police arrest telecom officials in graft case

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Israeli police say they have arrested senior officials at the country's national telephone company as part of an investigation into alleged corruption offenses. More>>

Dozens of Dutch budget carrier's flights canceled, delayed

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Dozens of flights by Dutch budget carrier Transavia have been canceled or delayed because of a strike by pilots angry at the lack of progress in months of negotiations toward a new collective labor agreement. More>>

All 65 aboard plane feared dead in crash in southern Iran

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Iran's semi-official Fars news agency: Iranian commercial airplane carrying 66 people has crashed in country's south. More>>

The Latest: Iran says 65 killed in airplane crash

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The Latest: Spokesman for Iran's Aseman Airlines says all 66 people aboard died in airplane crash in country's south. More>>

Turkey: Soldiers die after vehicle topples in flooded river

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Turkey's military says two soldiers are missing following a flood due to heavy rains in the country's southeast. More>>

Russia: 5 dead in church shooting; police kill suspect

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Russian news agency Tass is reporting that a gunman opened fire on people leaving a church service in Russia's Dagestan region, killing four and wounding four others. More>>

UK prime minister seeks post-Brexit EU security alliance

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

Hungarian leader calls Christianity 'Europe's last hope'

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Hungary's prime minister says "Christianity is Europe's last hope" and that politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris favoring migration have "opened the way to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam.". More>>

Job center for Syrians opens in Jordan refugee camp

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A job center has opened in Jordan's second largest camp for Syrian refugees, the latest sign of a EU-backed policy shift meant to improve life for Syrians in regional host countries. More>>

Nigeria releasing 475 Boko Haram suspects for rehabilitation

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Authorities in Nigeria are releasing hundreds of people accused of supporting an Islamic extremist group, citing a lack of evidence. More>>

Kosovo celebrates 10 years of independence, Serbs boycott

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Kosovo Assembly, or Parliament, has convened in a special session to celebrate the country's 10 years of independence. More>>

German police probe British woman over Holocaust remarks

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German police are investigating a British woman for suspected incitement after she questioned the Holocaust during a far-right protest in the eastern city of Dresden. More>>

Husband of slain MP Jo Cox steps down after misconduct claim

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The widower of a murdered British legislator has stepped down from two charities set up in her memory after allegations of sexual misconduct in the past were reported. More>>

Pistorius prosecutor sets sights on South Africa's Zuma

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Former South African state prosecutor who led case against convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius is prepared to take legal action against ex-president Jacob Zuma. More>>

Zimbabwe president sees deceased opposition leader's family

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Zimbabwe's president says his government will meet the hospital and funeral expenses of deceased opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who died of colon cancer last week in neighboring South Africa. More>>

The Latest: Iran vows to respond if US gives up on nuke deal

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that Israel "will never allow the rewriting of the historical truth" about the Holocaust _ a statement that comes as tensions between Israel and Poland over the issue flare anew. More>>

Head of Latvian Central Bank is detained for questioning

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The prime minister of Latvia says that the country's top central banker has been detained following questions from the national anti-corruption agency. More>>

Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism

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

The Latest: US says unlikely Turkey used chemical weapons

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

The Latest: Trump tweet undercuts McMaster Russia claims

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

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

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

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

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

US Navy says China's military buildup won't stop patrols

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

Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

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

Trio of suicide bombers kill 20 at crowded market in Nigeria

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

Ethiopia vows no military takeover amid latest emergency

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

7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

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

Kosovo celebrates decade of independence, challenges ahead

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

Israel slams Polish PM for WWII 'Jewish perpetrators' remark

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

Parents adopting children to see higher fees, new rules

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

The Latest: Kosovo president laments EU disunity on status

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

South African president pledges to "turn tide" on corruption

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

UK party sacks leader in fallout from racist Markle texts

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

Israeli military: 4 soldiers wounded in Gaza border blast

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

Jordan's military says it foiled smuggling plot: report

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

Danes start to bid farewell to late Denmark prince

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

UK blames Russian military for 'malicious' cyberattack

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

Chinese giant pandas unveiled to public in Finland

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

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

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

Merkel calls for progress on common EU asylum system

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

100 pizzas and counting: German police probe pizza stalker

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

Turkey: 6 journalists sentenced to life in prison

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

Italian police clashes with anti-fascists leaves 7 injured

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

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

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

Pakistani court sentences convicted serial killer to death

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

South Korea joins US, Thailand in military landing drill

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

Afghans submitted 1.17 million war crimes claims to court

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

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

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

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

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

Britain announces temporary halt to Oxfam funding

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

Bangladesh gives names to begin Rohingya repatriation

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

Anti-fascist demonstrators clash with police in Bologna

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

German reporter freed from Turkish jail, pending trial

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

Clarification: White House-Spanish story

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

Ethiopia declares state of emergency amid wide protests

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

UN chief: Beware nuclear North Korea, back global unity

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

Iranian passenger plane skids off runway on landing

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

France drops rape investigation against budget minister

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

Hawaii man admits punching police outside Buckingham Palace

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

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

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

Inquest opens on death of baby in Kenya poll violence

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

Polish, German leaders emphasize common ground in 1st visit

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

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

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

Family grieves Philippine maid found dead in Kuwait freezer

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

Booker Prize to mark 50th birthday by naming overall champ

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

Germany arrests suspected member of al-Shabab militia

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

Hungary's Orban steps up crackdown on critics before vote

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

Students celebrate 1st child born in an independent Kosovo

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

German nationalist censured by own party over Turkish slurs

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

2 key UN agencies denounce anti-migration plan in Hungary

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

Pakistan to send troops to Saudi Arabia on training mission

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

Seoul footing record tab for North Korea at 2018 Olympics

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

Australian leaders open hostile rift over office affair

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

Russian mother grieves for son killed by US strike in Syria

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

South African limbo ends with new president, Cyril Ramaphosa

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

Russia: 5 citizens probably killed by US strike in Syria

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

Ramaphosa aims to lead South Africa out of corruption swamp

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

Tense times in US-Turkey relations as officials huddle

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

Court received 1.17 million war crimes claims from Afghans

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

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

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

US says detainee studied in Louisiana, became IS fighter

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

Ethiopia's prime minister submits resignation after protests

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

Tillerson in Beirut wades into Lebanon-Israel border dispute

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

Appeals court declares Trump travel ban unconstitutional

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

US bars ex-Albanian prosecutor for alleged corruption ties

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

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

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

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

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

The Latest: UN says Syria envoy overstated fatalities

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

German officials decry nationalist's anti-Turkish speech

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

Vatican seeks to defuse scandal, says pope meets victims

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

Turkish PM tells Merkel: trial for German reporter shortly

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

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

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

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

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

Hearse with Denmark prince leaves for Copenhagen chapel

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

3 skiers die in avalanche in the French Pyrenees

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

Specialist prosecutor for Kosovo court standing down

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

Greek ex-prime minister files complaint vs current leader

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

UN: Afghan civilian casualties decreased 9 percent in 2017

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

Scandals finally catch up with South Africa's Zuma

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

How to get cleaner air? Germany considers free mass transit

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

Israel's Netanyahu is no stranger to scandals

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

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

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

$30 billion pledged in Kuwait at summit to rebuild Iraq

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

South African President Zuma succumbs to pressure, resigns

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

Venezuelan girl to live with Utah mother of jailed American

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

Admiral says North Korea aiming to reunify Korean Peninsula

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

Group of senators reaches immigration deal on Dreamers, wall

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

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies at 65

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democrats negotiating with FBI on classified info in memo

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

The Latest: Centrist leader says Netanyahu should resign

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

Taliban letter addresses 'American people,' urges talks

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

Dutch law to make everyone organ donors unless they opt out

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

UK unveils new technology to fight extremist content online

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

Metallica, Afghan ensemble win 2018 Polar Music Prize

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

UK film industry promises action on harassment, bullying

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

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

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

Russia seeks to regulate private military contractors

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

Frenchman admits killing girl who vanished from Alps wedding

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

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

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

Macedonia willing to add name 'qualifier' to satisfy Greece

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

Talks to restore Northern Ireland government break down

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

'Corporate capitulation': Mercedes chided for China apology

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

US boosts aid to Jordan despite Trump threats of cuts

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

Pakistan begins seizing charities linked to US-wanted cleric

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

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