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NASA official: Tense moments but calm crew in aborted launch

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A U.S. astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut have arrived in the Moscow region following a failed launch to the International Space Station that forced an emergency landing. More>>

The Latest: NASA exploring flying space station without crew

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Two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia are making an emergency landing after a Russian booster rocket carrying them into orbit to the International Space Station has failed after launch. More>>

In posthumous message, Hawking says science under threat

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Stephen Hawking has spoken from beyond the grave to warn that science and education are under threat around the world. More>>

Forensics team searches Saudi Consulate over missing writer

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Saudi Arabia says it will respond to threats with tough measures as the US presses for more info about missing Saudi writer. More>>

Sessions: MS-13 gang, drug cartels among top threats to US

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says taking down the brutal MS-13 street gang and international drug cartels will be a priority for federal law enforcement. More>>

Investigators search Opel premises in diesel emissions probe

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Prosecutors say law enforcement officials have conducted searches at German automaker Opel as part of an investigation into suspected manipulation of diesel emissions. More>>

Germany deports convicted 9/11 accomplice home to Morocco

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Germany is preparing to deport a Moroccan man convicted in Hamburg of helping three of the Sept. 11 attackers as they got ready to strike New York and Washington. More>>

And baby makes three: Prince Harry and Meghan's child on way

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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have arrived in Sydney a day before they officially start a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. More>>

Recovery of Nepal climbers delayed by mountain's remoteness

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Authorities say it took two days to recover the far-flung and battered bodies of nine climbers who died in Nepal's worst mountaineering disaster in recent years because of the remoteness of the expedition. More>>

The Latest: Saudi-Turkish team begins search of consulate

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The Latest: Turkey's Foreign Ministry official says 'inspection' of Saudi Consulate to take place late this afternoon. More>>

Report: Ecuador tells Assange to curb speech, look after cat

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A media report says that Ecuador has formally ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to steer clear of topics that could harm its diplomatic interests. More>>

Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Orthodoxy's leader

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The Russian Orthodox Church says it's severing ties with the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community after his decision to grant Ukrainian clerics independence from the Moscow Patriarchate. More>>

Syria reopens vital crossing with Jordan, UN post with Golan

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Syria's key border crossings with Jordan, Israel to reopen, years after traffic was halted by war, violence. More>>

Koreas agree to break ground on inter-Korean railroad

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The rival Koreas are holding high-level talks to discuss engagement amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea. More>>

UK-EU Brexit deal hamstrung by Irish border issue

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Britain's foreign secretary is cautiously optimistic that the U.K. and the European Union will secure an agreement on Britain leaving the bloc although perhaps not at an EU summit this week. More>>

'Dark days' over: Gambia launches truth, reconciliation body

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'Dark days' are over as Gambia launches truth, reconciliation commission to probe Jammeh era. More>>

France: 12 die in floods unseen in more than a century

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Authorities in southwest France say five people have been killed in violent storms and floods that saw the equivalent of several months of rainfall in the space of hours. More>>

Harry and Meghan's baby would be 7th in line for UK throne

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The child born to Prince Harry and Meghan, the duchess of Sussex, will be seventh in line for the British throne. More>>

Prince Harry, Meghan expecting child in spring

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Kensington Palace says Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex are expecting a child in the spring. More>>

The Latest: EU's Tusk says Brexit deal and no-deal possible

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a Brexit crisis, with her political allies insisting they will scuttle a divorce deal with the European Union over the issue of the Irish border. More>>

UK offers prescription for loneliness, no drugs involved

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Doctors in England will be able to write prescriptions for cooking classes and walking groups by 2023 as part of the government's effort to combat loneliness. More>>

The Latest: France's Macron offers flood victims solidarity

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The French Interior Ministry says the death toll from flash floods in southwest France has nearly doubled to 13. More>>

Getting better: Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' named top album in UK

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Beatles classic 'Sgt. Pepper' most popular British album. More>>

Egyptian president arrives in Russia

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has arrived in Russia on a visit expected to further boost ties between the two nations. More>>

South Korean President meets Macron on state visit to France

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in has met with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss inter-Korean talks and bilateral issues. More>>

2 journalists face jail over criticism of US pastor's trial

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Two Turkish journalists have been charged with insulting the Turkish nation and institutions for suggesting that a Turkish court may have taken government instructions when ruling in the case against an American pastor. More>>

Bishops asked to explain why women can't vote at youth synod

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Bishops attending a Vatican meeting on ministering to young Catholics are being confronted with daily questions about why no women participants can vote on the final proposals to Pope Francis. More>>

German police free hostage, injure suspect in train station

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Cologne police say they have closed parts of the western German city's main train station because of a likely hostage taking there. More>>

Romanian govt move against prosecutors draws criticism

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Romania's government passes an ordinance requiring prosecutors in key agencies to have a greater number of years of professional activity. More>>

Report: Bullying, harassment rife at UK Parliament

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An independent report says Britain's House of Commons is a sometimes dysfunctional workplace in which bullying and sexual harassment have long been "tolerated and concealed.". More>>

Merkel vows to restore Germans' confidence in government

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The leader of Angela Merkel's allies in Bavaria is vowing to support the German Chancellor's national government despite his party's poor result in regional elections Sunday. More>>

The Latest: Hostage-taker in Germany in critical condition

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German police say they've freed a woman who had been taken hostage in Cologne's main train station and have her captor in custody. More>>

UK fans flocked to TV to watch Princess Eugenie's wedding

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The royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank was a big hit in terms of TV viewership. More>>

Portugal's Socialists eye next election with govt reshuffle

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Four new ministers have taken office in the Portuguese government as the center-left Socialists look to freshen their administration a year before the next general election. More>>

The Latest: Tourists in London react to royal baby news

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Australia and the United States have congratulated Prince Harry and his wife, the former Meghan Markle, after it was announced that the royal couple is expecting their first child. More>>

The Latest: NKorea-born reporter banned from covering talks

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The rival Koreas have agreed to hold a groundbreaking ceremony between late November and early December on an ambitious future project to connect their railways and roads. More>>

Macedonian lawmakers debate putting new name in constitution

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Macedonia's parliament is debating constitutional amendments that are part of an agreement with neighboring Greece to rename the country "North Macedonia," changes that would go a long way to ensuring the country can join NATO. More>>

Amnesty rights worker is abducted, beaten in southern Russia

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Rights group Amnesty International says its researcher in Russia's North Caucasus has been abducted and beaten while reporting on protests in the region. More>>

The Latest: Israeli military welcomes reopening of crossing

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The Latest: Key border crossing linking Syria and Jordan; Syria and Israeli-occupied Golan reopen after several years. More>>

Saudis reject threats as stocks plunge after Trump comments

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The Saudi stock market has dropped more than 6.8 percent after President Donald Trump threatened "severe punishment" over the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

Congo reports 5 new Ebola deaths; UN worker is infected

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Congo reports 5 new Ebola deaths; UN peacekeeping mission staffer is infected. More>>

Australia says US alliance vital with Indo-Pacific tensions

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Australia's foreign minister says her country's alliance with the United States has never been more vital in an era of escalating challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. More>>

The Latest: 'Intense effort' didn't seal UK-EU Brexit deal

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Ambassadors from the 27 European Union nations that are negotiating a Brexit deal with the United Kingdom are meeting late Sunday to assess progress in the talks. More>>

Feeling 'vindicated,' Malaysia's Anwar takes lawmaker oath

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Malaysian Prime Minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim has taken his oath as a lawmaker, marking his return to active politics three years after he was imprisoned for sodomy in a charge critics said was politically motivated. More>>

Round of talks don't resolve Brexit problems ahead of summit

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Britain's former Brexit secretary is urging members of Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet to rebel against her proposed deal with the European Union over the terms of Britain's departure from the bloc. More>>

Bavarian voters punish Merkel allies in state election

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Bavarians are voting in a state election that is expected to deal the prosperous region's long-dominant conservative party a stinging setback, with unpredictable consequences for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's national government. More>>

Climbers who died in Nepal storm included famed South Korean

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Rescuers retrieved the bodies of five South Korean climbers and their four Nepalese guides who died in a storm that destroyed their base camp on Gurja Himal mountain. More>>

Yazidi man accused of Germany honor killing arrested in Iraq

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Kurdish Iraqi police forces say they have arrested a Yazidi man accused of killing his cousin in Germany after she refused to marry him. More>>

Pope makes El Salvador's Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI saints

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Pope to canonize 20th-century Catholic icons: Pope Paul VI, who reformed the church and Archbishop Oscar Romero, martyr who stood with El Salvador's poor. More>>

Pressured over missing writer, Saudi Arabia lashes out

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Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have spoken by telephone over the disappearance and alleged killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

Irish border riddle confounds EU, UK as Brexit end nears

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The land around the small town of Carrickcarnan, Ireland is the kind of place where Britain's plan to leave the European Union runs right into a wall _ an invisible one that's proving insanely difficult to overcome. More>>

Mattis pushes closer ties to Vietnam amid tension with China

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is making his second trip this year to Vietnam, demonstrating how intensively the Trump administration is trying to counter China's military assertiveness by cozying up to smaller nations in the region. More>>

The Latest: More executives pulling out of Saudi conference

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Saudi Arabia says it rejects any "threats" of economic sanctions or political pressure after President Donald Trump's comments on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

Israeli PM favors naming envoy to Christian world

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Israel's prime minister says he may appoint an envoy to the Christian world, a sign of Israel's efforts to foster close ties between the Jewish state and its Christian allies. More>>

Ukrainian nationalists honor WWII-era paramilitary group

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About 10,000 people march through the capital of Ukraine for annual nationalist commemoration of formation of World War II-era Ukrainian Insurgent Army. More>>

Aid groups decry 'routine' killing of Yemen's civilians

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A humanitarian group says that attacks on Yemeni civilians are "unacceptable" but have taken on a chillingly regular frequency, a day after an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen's Shiite rebels killed some 17 people. More>>

Hungary: Ban on living in public areas taking effect

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A constitutional amendment that prohibits people from living in public areas takes effect next week in Hungary. More>>

German bus crashes on Swiss highway, 1 dead and 14 injured

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Police say a German bus has crashed into a metal road sign on a highway in southern Switzerland and several passengers are injured. More>>

Iran arrests member of military over deadly Ahvaz attack

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Iran's official IRNA news agency is saying that authorities have detained a member of the military over the September attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz that killed 24 people. More>>

Israel's Supreme Court halts deportation of American student

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Israel's Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay on the deportation of an American graduate student who has been held in detention while fighting an expulsion order over her involvement in the boycott movement against Israel. More>>

Somalia marks 1 year since devastating Mogadishu bombing

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Somalia marks 1 year since Mogadishu bombing, among world's deadliest attacks since 9/11. More>>

Britain to introduce new, more secure 50-pound notes

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Britain plans to keep the 50-pound ($65) note part of its currency by introducing a new more secure version of its highest value bill. More>>

Syria and Jordan agree to reopen vital crossing

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Syria state TV says the government's terrestrial station has resumed broadcasting to the eastern city of Deir el-Zour and surrounding areas for the first time in seven years. More>>

Israel warns Hamas of 'painful' strikes if protests go on

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Israel's prime minister is threatening "very painful blows" against Gaza's Hamas rulers if they don't halt protests along the perimeter fence that have led to clashes with Israeli troops. More>>

Cyclone Leslie slams into Portugal, leaves 27 injured

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A weakened hurricane Leslie has hit Portugal, leaving 27 people injured as it uprooted trees and smashed store windows with gusting winds and heavy rain. More>>

Report: Iran sentences dual-national man to prison

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Iran's judiciary spokesman is saying a court has sentenced a dual-national man to eight and a half years in prison term after finding him guilty of infiltration of important governmental bodies. More>>

The Latest: Exit polls: Top party losing Bavaria majority

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Exit polls indicate German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies are losing their absolute majority in Bavaria's state parliament by a wide margin. More>>

The Latest: New saint gives Salvadorans 'happiest day'

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Pope Francis has declared Pope Paul VI and slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero saints, reciting in Latin the rite of canonization at the start of Mass in St. Peter's Square. More>>

Official: Hunter kills British cyclist in French Alps

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A prosecutor says a hunter shot and killed a 34-year-old bicyclist in the French Alps in what appears to be an accident. More>>

Red Cross urges Nigerian militants to spare 2 health workers

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The International Committee of the Red Cross is making an urgent appeal to an affiliate of the Islamic State organization in Nigeria to spare the lives of two abducted health workers. More>>

Turkey: 22 migrants die in truck crash, 13 others injured

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Turkey's official news agency says at least 15 migrants have been killed in a traffic accident, among them children. More>>

Russian opposition leader Navalny free after 50 days in jail

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Kremlin opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been released from jail after serving 50 days on two consecutive sentences of organizing unsanctioned protests. More>>

German high-speed rail line to be closed for days after fire

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Germany's national railway says the high-speed line between Frankfurt and Cologne, a major travel artery, is expected to remain closed until the end of the week after a train caught fire on Friday. More>>

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops accused of sex abuse

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Pope Francis has defrocked two more Chilean prelates accused of sexually abusing minors and, in a move aimed at showing greater transparency about how he is responding to the global abuse crisis, publicly explained how and why they were removed. More>>

Storm Callum fading after strong winds, rain kills 2 in UK

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Storm Callum is weakening after its wind and strong rains killed two people and caused damage in some parts of Britain. More>>

Afghan official: 14 killed in bombing at candidate rally

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Afghan official says at least 13 people including civilians and security forces have been killed in a bombing at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan. More>>

At least 16 dead in pair of bombings in Somalia's Baidoa

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At least 7 killed in suicide bombing at restaurant in Somali town of Baidoa, police say. More>>

US pastor released from house arrest, flown out of Turkey

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The trial against an American pastor at the heart of a diplomatic spat between Turkey and the United States is set to resume in Turkey. More>>

Newspaper says Turkey has audio of Saudi writer's slaying

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Trump vows to unearth truth about Khashoggi disappearance. More>>

Leslie weakens from hurricane as it nears Portugal, Spain

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Forecasters expect Hurricane Leslie to bring heavy rains and dangerous winds and surf to parts of Portugal and Spain. More>>

The Latest: Spain says 3 migrants dead, 17 missing at sea

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Spain's maritime rescue service says it recovered the bodies of three migrants and feared that another 17 were missing in the Mediterranean Sea. More>>

UN report: Banned Somali charcoal exports pass through Iran

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UN report: Banned Somali charcoal exports pass through Iran, bring in millions for al-Shabab. More>>

The Latest: Trump reluctant to cancel arms sales to Saudis

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A pro-government Turkish newspaper is reporting that Turkish officials have an audio recording of the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

Prospect of Trump-Xi talks raises hope for thaw in trade war

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China says it is in communication with the U.S. amid reports of a planned meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump next month. More>>

Polish police use tear gas to protect gay rights march

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Polish police have used tear gas and a water cannon against right-wing extremists who were trying to block the first-ever equality parade in the city of Lublin in eastern Poland. More>>

The Latest: French court overturns breast implant ruling

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France's highest court has overturned an appeals court ruling that required around 1,700 women around the world to pay back compensation they received over rupture-prone breast implants. More>>

Tens of thousands in Berlin protest racism, discrimination

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Thousands of people are demonstrating in Berlin against racism and discrimination, a protest that comes amid concern about an increasingly confident far right. More>>

Saudi-led airstrike kills 17 in contested Yemeni port city

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Yemeni officials say an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels has killed at least 17 people in the port-city of Hodeidah. More>>

Palestinians bury woman killed in West Bank, 7 slain in Gaza

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Israeli forces shoot dead six Palestinians in one of the deadliest days in months of mass protests along the security fence separating Gaza and Israel. More>>

Right-wing march in London turns violent, 1 arrested

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London police have made at least one arrest at as a march by the right-wing political group turned violent in the British capital. More>>

Global business leaders suspend ties with Saudi Arabia

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British billionaire Richard Branson has frozen business links with Saudi Arabia amid reports that journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. More>>

Thousands of right-wing nationalists protest in Croatia

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Thousands of nationalists have rallied in Croatia alleging that the government is not doing enough to punish Serb war criminals from the war in the 1990s. More>>

Malaysia PM-in-waiting Anwar wins parliamentary by-election

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Charismatic Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim has won a by-election for a parliamentary seat with a landslide victory in a grand political comeback to help him prepare for his eventual takeover from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. More>>

11 killed in crash of car carrying migrants in Greece

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Greek police say they have recovered the bodies of 11 people believed to be migrants who recently crossed from Turkey, after the car they were travelling in crashed in northern Greece. More>>

IS militants abduct scores of civilians in eastern Syria

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A U.S.-backed Syrian force and a war monitor say members of the Islamic State group have stormed a settlement for displaced people in the country's east and kidnapped scores of civilians. More>>

African youth opposition movement aims to drive change

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Popular young opposition leaders from east Africa they are uniting with likeminded people in West and Southern Africa to form a movement to drive change across the continent. More>>

The Latest: Mourners hold funerals for 7 killed in Gaza

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Palestinians in the northern West Bank say a woman has been killed after being struck in the head by a stone thrown by Israeli settlers. More>>

Conservative opposition party wins Czech Senate election

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A conservative opposition party in the Czech Republic has won an election for a third of the seats in Parliament's upper house as the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Andrej Babis suffered a setback. More>>

The Latest: Afghan official says 13 killed in rally bombing

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Afghan official says at least 13 people including civilians and security forces have been killed in a bombing at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan. More>>

Taliban say 'general' discussion held with US special envoy

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Taliban say "general" discussions were held with US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is in Kabul meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. More>>

IMF-World Bank ends meetings with call to brace for risks

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has downplayed widely voiced concerns over the risks that trade tensions with the U.S. could disrupt the world economy. More>>

Venezuela frees, uproots to Spain jailed opposition activist

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Venezuelan authorities have freed prominent opposition activist Lorent Saleh. More>>

Princess Eugenie weds her beau at Windsor Castle

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Britain will have its second royal wedding of the year when Princess Eugenie weds a tequila brand ambassador in a gala ceremony on the grounds of Windsor Castle. More>>

Pennsylvania AG: Cardinal faces no penalties by resigning Video included

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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock. More>>

The Latest: Pennsylvania prosecutor critical of Wuerl deal

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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock. More>>

The Latest: Missing writer's fiancee says he wasn't nervous

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The Washington Post says the Turkish government has told U.S. officials it has audio and video proof that missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed. More>>

Trump vows to unearth truth about Khashoggi disappearance Video included

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Turkey's state-run news agency says a delegation from Saudi Arabia has arrived in Turkey as part of an investigation into missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

Correction: Melania Trump story

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It took Melania Trump's first solo international trip for her to show a happier side of herself. More>>

The Latest: Trump says freed pastor to be checked in Germany

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The trial against an American pastor at the heart of a diplomatic spat between Turkey and the United States is set to resume in Turkey. More>>

Swiss court clears ex-banker who gave secrets to WikiLeaks

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Switzerland's high court has upheld the acquittal of a former private banker who handed over confidential client information to WikiLeaks, ruling he wasn't bound by the country's strict banking secrecy laws at the time. More>>

Appeal of US student barred from entering Israel rejected

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The lawyer for a U.S. student who has been barred from entering Israel because of alleged involvement in a Palestinian-led boycott movement says that her appeal to remain in the country has been rejected. More>>

'I love the Saudis': Trump business ties to kingdom run deep

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President Donald Trump's ties to Saudi Arabia run long and deep, and he's often boasted about his business ties with the kingdom. More>>

At least 34 die in Uganda mudslides triggered by heavy rains

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The Ugandan Red Cross says at least 34 people have died in mudslides triggered by torrential rains in a mountainous area of eastern Uganda that is prone to such disasters. More>>

Israeli fire kills 6 Palestinians at Gaza protest

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Israeli forces shot dead six Palestinians Friday in one of the deadliest days in months of mass protests along the security fence separating Gaza and Israel. More>>

Rights group criticizes US-led coalition for Raqqa deaths

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The international rights group Amnesty International says the U.S.-led coalition's failure to adequately investigate civilian deaths in the Syrian city of Raqqa is "a slap in the face for survivors". More>>

Portugal's defense chief quits amid arms theft case

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Portuguese Defense Minister Jose Azeredo Lopes has resigned amid continuing legal and political fallout from last year's theft of weapons from the national armory. More>>

Hezbollah responds to Israel's missile claims with ambiguity

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The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group has refused to comment on Israeli statements that said they have missile facilities near Beirut's international airport. More>>

France's Le Pen meets Bannon, changes mind on offer to help

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Far-right French leader Marine Le Pen has met with former White House strategist Steve Bannon and signaled her interest in his project to help European populist parties _ just days after rejecting assistance from an American. More>>

UN: Losses from natural disasters surge over last 20 years

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The U.N. office for disaster risk reduction says worldwide reported economic losses from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, hurricanes and other climate-related disasters reached nearly $2.9 trillion over the last 20 years. More>>

Funeral held for slain Bulgarian journalist Marinova

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Hundreds of relatives, friends and colleagues of slain Bulgaria journalist Viktoria Marinova attended her funeral in her native town of Ruse on Friday, just after German police announced that a suspect has acknowledged attacking her. More>>

Excerpts of Pope Francis' letter to Cardinal Wuerl

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Excerpts of Pope Francis' letter to Cardinal Wuerl accepting his resignation but asking him to stay on temporarily. More>>

WFP chief says agency preparing for wave of Idlib refugees

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The head of the U.N.'s World Food Program says the agency is preparing for a vast new wave of refugees likely to flee to Turkey if conflict breaks out in Syria's flashpoint Idlib region. More>>

Optimism rises for Brexit breakthrough next week

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European Union Commissioner Guenther Oettinger says he sees room for a major breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations next week when leaders from the 27 EU nations meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May. More>>

Pakistan frees woman rights activist after brief detention

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Amnesty International has urged Pakistan to release a Pashtun rights activist who was detained upon her arrival in the country. More>>

Israeli fire kills 5 Palestinians at Gaza protest

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Gaza's Health Ministry says five Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire at a protest near the fence diving the territory and Israel. More>>

Rwandan woman chosen to head body for French-speaking world

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Rwanda's top diplomat Louise Mushikiwabo has been chosen to lead the International Organization of Francophonie, representing French speakers around the world. More>>

The Latest: UN food agency prepared for Syria refugees

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Chief of U.N.'s World Food Program says agency is preparing for a vast new wave of refugees likely to flee to Turkey if conflict breaks out in Syria's flashpoint Idlib region. More>>

Missing Saudi writer had big plans for his troubled region

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The Saudi contributor to Washington Post who went missing and is feared dead more than a week ago had big dreams for his troubled region. More>>

The Latest: British designers made Eugenie's wedding dress

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Princess Eugenie has married tequila executive Jack Brooksbank in a solemn ceremony at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. More>>

Spain celebrates national day with royal and military pomp

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A royal parade and military fanfare are commemorating Spain's National Day, an annual public holiday that provides a cue for nationwide displays of pomp and patriotism. More>>

New Okinawa chief wants US to rethink Marine base relocation

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The new Okinawa governor says he wants Americans to know the U.S. and Japanese governments are forcing a relocation of a U.S. Marine base rejected by people on the island. More>>

Pik Botha, apartheid-era South African minister, dies at 86

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Pik Botha, South Africa's foreign minister in the last years of apartheid, dies at the age 86. More>>

World markets claw back losses on possible Trump-Xi meet

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Share prices in Asia have rebounded on a report that President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping may meet at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina in November. More>>

Trump defends Saudi arms sales amid fury over missing writer Video included

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Trump says US is looking into the fate of a Saudi writer missing and feared murdered, expresses reservations over calls to withhold further arms sales to Saudi Arabia. More>>

Indonesia expert warned of quake, gov't mapped risk areas

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An Indonesian scientist says he wasn't surprised by the Sept. 28 quake that killed nearly 2,000 people in his country, because he and others have been saying that Sulawesi island was due for an earthquake and tsunami that hits every 25 years. More>>

Amid violence, Brazil presidential candidates call for calm

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The two presidential candidates who will square off in Brazil's runoff later this month are calling for an end to politically motivated violence_ an issue emerging as a central theme of the elections. More>>

US pastor detained in Turkey may soon be released

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An American pastor may soon be released after two years of captivity in Turkey. More>>

Bosnian Croat nationalists protest election of moderate

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Several thousand Bosnian Croat nationalists have protested the election victory of a moderate politician last weekend in the race for the Croat seat in Bosnia's three-person presidency. More>>

US asks Central America to do more on illegal immigration

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Vice President Mike Pence is asking the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to do more to stem the flow of illegal immigrants. More>>

India's #MeToo comes amid calls for 2013 law's enforcement

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A complaint by a retired Bollywood actress living in the United States alleging sexual harassment on a 2008 movie set has galvanized women in India, but lawyers and activists say a labor law must be more aggressively implemented for #MeToo to succeed. More>>

Promoter of failed Fyre Festival gets 6 years in prison

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A federal judge has given the creator of the highly publicized, failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas a six-year prison term. More>>

US, Russian astronauts land safely after rocket failure

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A duo of astronauts from the U.S. and Russia has blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station. More>>

Indonesian city's recovery to take 2 years, search nears end

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Indonesia's search for bodies in Palu neighborhoods annihilated by an earthquake and tsunami is drawing to a close almost two weeks after the double disasters hit the remote city. More>>

US student asks court to allow her entry into Israel

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American graduate student appeals her detention at Israeli airport over allegations she promotes boycott of Jewish state. More>>

Saudi team after Post writer included soldiers, royal guards Video included

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Turkey's Erdogan steps up pressure on Saudi Arabia over disappearance of journalist Khashoggi from consulate in Istanbul. More>>

The Latest: US requests report from Saudi ambassador

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President Donald Trump says the U.S. is being "very tough" as it tries to find out what's happened to a Saudi writer who's been missing for a week after he went into a Saudi consulate in Turkey. More>>

Italy's PM visits Ethiopia and then Eritrea to support peace

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Italy's PM visits Ethiopia and then Eritrea to support peace deal, praise sweeping reforms. More>>

Sale on for Banksy painting that self-destructed at auction

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Sotheby's says the winning bidder for a Banksy painting that self-destructed during an auction last week has decided to through with the purchase. More>>

As markets swoon, finance chiefs urge US, China to cool it

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World Bank head says trade tensions could undo global progress toward ending extreme poverty. More>>

German couple found dead; Mallorca flood deaths now 12

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The emergency service in Spain's Balearic Islands says that a 5-year-old boy and a German couple are still missing after flash flooding killed at least 10 people. More>>

Michelle Obama launches Global Girls Alliance for education

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Michelle Obama has launched a program to help empower girls worldwide through education. More>>

NASA head: Space station hole cause will be determined

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The head of the U.S. space agency says he is sure that the cause will be determined of a mysterious hole that appeared on the International Space Station, which his Russian counterpart has said was deliberately drilled. More>>

Purported mother of suspect in Bulgaria slaying speaks out

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The mother of the suspect arrested for the rape and killing of a Bulgarian television journalist has reportedly said her son admitted the murder to her. More>>

Stock market drop spreads, Wall Street set to fall again

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A stock market rout that started on Wall Street is rolling through Asia, driving China's benchmark to a four-year low and sending indexes in Japan, Korea and Australia plunging. More>>

China says accusations against alleged spy 'out of thin air'

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China says accusations against an alleged spy of attempting to steal trade secrets from several American aviation and aerospace companies were "made out of thin air". More>>

S. Korea walks back on possibly lifting sanctions on North

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South Korea has walked back on a proposal to lift some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea following President Donald Trump's blunt response. More>>

Zimbabwe arrests protest organizers as economy plunges

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Zimbabwe arrests protest organizers as country faces worst economic crisis in a decade. More>>

Serbia abolishes visa-free travel with Iran over EU pressure

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Serbia has abolished vise-free travel with Iran apparently in response to European Union pressure after the system was abused by migrants trying to reach the bloc. More>>

Greece: Strike closes Acropolis, main museums

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The ancient Acropolis in Athens and most of Greece's archaeological sites and publicly-run museums are closed to the public due to a 24-hour strike called by a union of Culture Ministry employees. More>>

Malaysia says it will end death penalty for all crimes

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Malaysia's government says it will abolish the death penalty and halt all executions, in a rare move against capital punishment in Asia hailed by human rights groups. More>>

New Tokyo fish market starts traditionally with tuna auction

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Tokyo's famous fish market has reopened at a new location but with an old tradition: the tuna auction. More>>

Merkel allies brace for big setback in German state election

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This weekend's state election in Bavaria has been casting a long shadow over German politics for the past year, and the aftershocks could cause more turbulence for Chancellor Angela Merkel's struggling government in Berlin. More>>

Dutch appeals court upholds landmark climate case ruling

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A Dutch court has upheld a landmark ruling that ordered Dutch authorities to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 from benchmark 1990 levels. More>>

Britain mulls making firms disclose ethnicity pay gap

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The British government is considering making companies reveal the pay gap between white and non-white workers, in a bid to end disadvantages faced by employees from ethnic minorities. More>>

US increases pressure on Saudis over writer's disappearance Video included

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Turkish claims that a well-known Saudi writer and government critic journalist was slain inside his country's diplomatic mission in Turkey have put the Trump administration in a delicate spot. More>>

Egyptian police question, release son of jailed ex-president

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Family of Egypt's jailed former president says his youngest son has been taken into custody by security personnel for questioning. More>>

UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning

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UN report says limiting global warming to just under a single degree could mean the difference between life and death in the coming decades. More>>

More than 100 pot shops set to open as Canada legalizes weed

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Next week, Canada becomes the largest country with a legal national marijuana market, but rollout will vary from province to province. More>>

Russian suspect in UK poisoning is hero to his home village

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As a recipient of Russia's highest ward, Alexander Mishkin is the pride of his home village, his photo decorating a local school. More>>

Peru opposition leader Fujimori detained in corruption probe

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A lawyer for conservative Peruvian opposition leader Keiko Fujimori says she has been detained as part of an investigation into alleged money laundering in her 2011 presidential campaign. More>>

Turkish media: Video shows team of alleged Saudi assassins

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The fiancée of a missing Saudi writer is asking President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to "help shed light" on his disappearance in a Saudi consulate in Turkey. More>>

Woman who spent $21M at Harrods fights UK wealth order

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A woman from Azerbaijan who spent 16 million pounds ($21 million) at luxury London department store Harrods over the course of a decade is the first target of a British power to seize money from people who can't explain the origins of their wealth. More>>

New Indonesia quake kills 3 in Java village, shakes Bali

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An earthquake collapsed homes on Indonesia's eastern Java island, killing three people, and shook the tourist hotspot of Bali, two weeks after a major quake-tsunami disaster in a central region of the archipelago. More>>

10 dead in torrential flooding on Spain's Mallorca island

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Spanish authorities say that torrential rainstorms have caused flash flooding on the island of Mallorca, killing at least six people and leaving nine others missing. More>>

Pret a Manger says 2nd customer died from allergic reaction

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British restaurant chain Pret a Manger says a second customer died after eating a sandwich containing an allergen that was not noted on the label. More>>

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