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Greek police arrest 120 migrants after violence by islanders

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Police on the eastern Greek island of Lesbos have arrested 120 asylum-seekers for illegal camping, following overnight violence by local residents trying to end their five-day sit-in protest in the heart of the island capital. More>>

Dutch lawyer seeks Qatari compensation for terror victims

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Prominent human rights lawyer demands Qatar set up compensation fund for Dutch-based victims of an al-Qaida-linked Syrian terror group. More>>

The Latest: Kate leaves hospital hours after giving birth

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Kensington Palace says the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child, a boy weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces (3.8 kilograms). More>>

Royal baby: It's a boy for Kate on England's national day

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Kensington Palace says Prince William's wife, the Duchess of Cambridge has entered a London hospital to give birth to the couple's third child. More>>

UK man convicted of hate crime for Nazi-salute dog video

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A Scottish man who filmed a dog appearing to give Nazi salutes has been convicted of a hate crime and fined. More>>

Organizers: Basque event next month to bring lasting peace

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Basque civil society groups and international observers say an event next month in southern France will be key to ending the Basque conflict. More>>

The Latest: Armenia opposition to demand snap election

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Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinian says opposition activists want to meet with the acting prime minister to discuss a "peaceful transfer of power.". More>>

S.Korea halts propaganda broadcasts before summit with North

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South Korea says it has halted anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts on the border ahead of inter-Korean talks this week. More>>

Germany takes 10,000 refugees from UN resettlement program

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the country will take in some 10,000 migrants who were selected by the United Nations' refugee agency. More>>

Prosecutor: Danish submarine inventor could kill again

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The prosecution in the murder trial of a Danish inventor accused of torturing and killing a Swedish journalist during a private submarine trip says there is "a risk that he that can commit the same kind of crime again.". More>>

Political overtone at Catalan celebration of patron saint

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Hundreds of Catalans are leaving yellow roses at a central Barcelona square in support of jailed separatists they view as political prisoners in their campaign to break away from Spain. More>>

Johnson: G7 officials focus on Russia's 'malign' behavior

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says top officials from the G7 nations are focusing on what he describes as a broad range of "malign" behavior. More>>

EU trade chief says Merkel, Macron will push Trump on steel

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The EU trade chief says that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will press Trump this week to exempt the 28-member bloc permanently from planned U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs. More>>

US raises Nicaragua threat level, pulls diplomats' families

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The United States is shutting down routine operations at its embassy in Nicaragua and pulling out some if its employees amid a string of deadly protests. More>>

UN health agency: Hungarian scientist exposed to Ebola

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The World Health Organization says it has helped ship an experimental Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat a laboratory scientist in Hungary who caught the potentially deadly disease in an accident earlier this month. More>>

European rights court rejects case on terminally ill toddler

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The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a case from a British mother and father who want to take their terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment instead of allowing a hospital to remove him from life support. More>>

UK Supreme Court declines appeal from parents of ill toddler

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Britain's Supreme Court has declined to hear appeal by parents who want to take terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment. More>>

UN health agency: Dengue vaccine shouldn't be used widely

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The World Health Organization says that the first-ever vaccine for dengue needs to be dealt with in "a much safer way" and mostly given to people previously infected with the disease. More>>

The Latest: Yemen rebels say strike kills senior official

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Yemen's Houthi rebels say their acting head of state has been killed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition. More>>

Syrian troops look to isolate IS in Damascus battle

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Syrian state media says government forces, allies press offensive against Islamic State group in southern Damascus. More>>

Attacks on South Sudan health facilities, workers increasing

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Attacks on South Sudan health facilities, workers increasing, leaving many without care to die. More>>

Italy turns to 5-Stars to lead talks to end impasse

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Italy's president is launching another round of consultations to try to overcome the impasse from inconclusive March 4 elections, and he's expected to turn to the populist 5-Star Movement to head up talks. More>>

US builds drone base in Niger, crossroads of extremism fight

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US quietly builds drone base in Niger, crossroads of growing extremism fight in Africa's Sahel. More>>

Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 14 troops, policemen

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Afghan officials say Taliban attacks on soldiers and police in western Badghis province have killed 14 troops, policemen. More>>

Why French globalist Macron is befriending nationalist Trump

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French President Emmanuel Macron is bringing an environmentally friendly gift to the White House when he visits U.S. President Donald Trump this week: a tree sapling. More>>

Karadzic launches appeal against UN war crimes convictions

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Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic insists Serb forces acted in self-defense during Bosnia's bloody 1992-95 conflict as he calls on appeals judges to overturn his multiple convictions and 40-year sentence for masterminding Serb atrocities. More>>

UK calls on social media firms to better protect children

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Britain's health secretary has threatened to introduce new laws targeting online social media companies if they don't do more to protect children. More>>

Icelandic fugitive in bitcoin heist arrested in Amsterdam

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Police in Amsterdam have arrested an Icelandic fugitive suspected of masterminding the theft of hundreds of computers used to mine bitcoins and other virtual currencies. More>>

Russia adds Google IPs to registry of banned sites

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Russia's communications watchdog agency says it is adding some Google IP addresses to the state register of banned sites, as a dispute over a banned messaging app intensifies. More>>

Macron to push Trump on Iran deal, says there's no 'Plan B'

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French President Emmanuel Macron is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to stick with the Iranian nuclear accord, arguing that there's no "Plan B". More>>

Turin fixes legal loophole, registers babies of gay parents

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The Italian city of Turin has moved to fill a legal loophole by registering three babies born to gay parents who conceived abroad via artificial insemination. More>>

Armenian leader resigns, says to protesters: 'I was wrong'

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Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned unexpectedly Monday to quell massive anti-government protests over what critics feared was his effort to seize power for life. More>>

36 dead, mostly Chinese, in North Korea traffic accident

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China's foreign ministry says a large number of Chinese tourists have been killed and injured in a "major traffic accident" in North Korea. More>>

Malaysia releases images of suspects in Palestinian killing

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Malaysian police have released photo-fits of two foreign suspects who gunned down a Palestinian engineer and stepping up efforts to track them. More>>

Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam gets 20 years in related case

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A Brussels court on Monday found 2015 Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam and an accomplice guilty of attempted murder over shots fired at police they sought to avoid arrest in a Brussels suburb. More>>

Pope offers gelato to Rome's neediest to mark feast day

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Pope Francis is offering up 3,000 servings of gelato to Rome's neediest. More>>

Natalie Portman addresses snub of 'Jewish Nobel,' backlash

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Genesis Prize foundation says this year's winner, Natalie Portman, has pulled out of June ceremony in Israel. More>>

Report: Autopsies show nothing suspicious in Avicii's death

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Sweden's public broadcaster says police in Oman have conducted two autopsies on the body of Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ Avicii, who died Friday at age 28. More>>

Saudi-led airstrike at Yemen wedding killed at least 20

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Yemen health officials: Saudi-led coalition bombed a wedding in northern Yemen on Sunday, killing at least 15. More>>

Correction: Armenia-Protests story

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The leader of major political protests that have gripped the Armenian capital for more than a week has been arrested, and the streets of Yerevan are echoing with the blare of car horns in a new technique for expressing opposition. More>>

HRW: 'Men only' job ads show ongoing discrimination in China

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A human rights group says gender discrimination is widespread in the Chinese work force, with many hiring advertisements openly calling only for male applicants. More>>

Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

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A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and the authorities have set up a no-go zone around the mountain. More>>

Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

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Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London. More>>

UK teen gets 2 years for targeting CIA chief's phone, email

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A British teenager has been jailed for two years for compromising the email and phone accounts of senior U.S. government officials in what a judge called acts of "cyber-terrorism.". More>>

The Latest: Abdeslam, accomplice guilty of attempted murder

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A Brussels court says the sole surviving suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks and an accomplice were clearly implicated in shooting at police officers as they sought to flee arrest in Belgium in March 2016, but has not said whether they are guilty yet. More>>

Qatar denies UAE, Bahrain allegation over military jets

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The United Arab Emirates again has accused Qatari military fighter jets of coming dangerously close to an Emirati commercial airliner coming in to land in Bahrain. More>>

Mexico holds its first presidential debate for July election

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The first of Mexico's presidential debates has opened with fire, with front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defending the idea of an amnesty to fight drug violence and reviving his 2006 campaign slogan of "the poor come first.". More>>

Paraguay ruling party candidate wins presidential election

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The son of an aide to Paraguay's former dictator won the presidential election Sunday, helped by a booming economy under his party. More>>

2 Palestinians die of wounds sustained in Gaza protests

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Gaza's Health Ministry: 2 Palestinian youths die of wounds sustained in Israeli fire during border protests. More>>

The Latest: China says 36 died in North Korea traffic crash

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China's foreign ministry says 32 Chinese citizens and four North Koreans have been killed in a traffic accident in southern North Korea. More>>

Q&A: How strong is the Islamic State group in Afghanistan

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Q&A: How strong is the Islamic State group in Afghanistan and how popular is their ideology among the population. More>>

Nicaragua's president cancels social security overhaul

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Journalist Angel Gahona is among more than people killed in unrest in Nicaragua over social security reforms planned by President Daniel Ortega's government. More>>

Israeli minister vows to help Ethiopian Jews move to Israel

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Israel's Justice minister vows to help Ethiopia's Jews immigrate to Israel as soon as possible during a rare visit to Ethiopia. More>>

French performers, politicians decry 'new anti-Semitism'

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Actor Gerard Depardieu, singer Charles Aznavour and former President Nicolas Sarkozy are among some 300 well-known French people urging national action in France to counter a "new anti-Semitism" that they blame on rising Islamic radicalism. More>>

Islamic State suicide bomber kills 57 in Afghan capital

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Afghan officials say a suicide bomber has attacked a voter registration center in the capital, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens. More>>

Russian lawyer questions why Mueller hasn't contacted her

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A Russian lawyer who discussed sanctions with Donald Trump Jr. in New York during the 2016 U.S. election campaign says that she has not been contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller and suspected that he was not interested in getting to the truth. More>>

Study: Diamond from the sky may have come from 'lost planet'

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Scientists say fragments of a meteorite that fell to Earth more than a decade ago provide compelling evidence of a lost planet that once roamed our solar system. More>>

The Latest: UN chief condemns attack on Afghan vote center

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An Afghan official says that at least five people were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the northern Baghlan province. More>>

Local vote comes as Italy struggles to form government

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Voting in one of Italy's tiniest regions is being watched for any shift in voter sentiment as politicians struggle to form a national government. More>>

Mexico's Pena Nieto optimistic on NAFTA overhaul talks

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Mexico's president has said at a trade fair in Germany that he's optimistic about reaching a deal to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement. More>>

At war with Alibaba: Top brands fight China e-commerce giant

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Executives tell AP their companies were punished by Alibaba after they refused to enter exclusive partnerships with the Chinese e-commerce giant, which denies wrongdoing. More>>

Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

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Syrian state media says government forces are pounding districts of southern Damascus held by Islamic State militants in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal reached earlier in the week. More>>

Iraq says its strikes in Syria killed 36 IS militants

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A spokesman for Iraq's military says 36 Islamic State militants have been killed in Thursday's airstrikes by Iraq's air force in Syria. More>>

Road to N. Korea's denuclearization is littered with failure

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A look at previous nuclear negotiations with North Korea and how the currently planned talks between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington took shape. More>>

World's oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

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The world's oldest person has died in southern Japan at the age of 117. More>>

The Latest: Nicaragua cancels social security overhaul

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Pope Francis has expressed deep worry over deadly violence in Nicaragua fueled by protests and he's pressing for a peaceful solution. More>>

Merkel to Israel TV: Imperfect Iran deal better than no deal

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says an imperfect nuclear deal with Iran is still preferable to no deal, and that her country will "watch very closely" to ensure it is being fulfilled. More>>

4 Britons on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia killed in bus crash

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A British travel company says four Britons on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia have died in a bus crash. More>>

Libyan navy rescues 263 migrants, recovers 11 bodies

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Libya's navy says it has recovered the bodies of 11 migrants and rescued 263 others in two separate operations off Libya's western coast. More>>

Iran detains ex-prosecutor convicted in 2009 torture case

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Report: Iran detains former prosecutor who faces 2-year prison sentence over the death of prisoners in 2009. More>>

Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

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Authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France after a visitor apparently threatened to attack security services. More>>

Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

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Gaza health officials say 4 Palestinians, including 15-year-old boy, killed by Israeli army fire as thousands join fourth weekly protests on Gaza border. More>>

Pakistan: Gunmen kill 2 Shiites in Quetta

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Police in Pakistan say gunmen have killed two Shiites and wounded a third in Quetta, the latest in a recent series of attacks on the religious minority. More>>

Pakistan's Pashtun tribes stage protest calling for rights

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Thousands of Pashtuns from Pakistan's tribes have gathered in the eastern city of Lahore reiterating their call for the release of tribesmen being held by authorities on alleged links to militants. More>>

The Latest: Iconic French abbey reopens after security alert

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France's Mont-Saint-Michel abbey has reopened after several hours of searching by police failed to locate a visitor who allegedly threatened French security services. More>>

Turkish lawmakers switch parties in challenge to Erdogan

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Turkey's main opposition party says that 15 of its lawmakers have resigned their membership to join another opposition party in solidarity before snap elections. More>>

High-rise tower in Dubai catches fire; no injuries reported

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A fire breaks out atop a high-rise building in Dubai, though no injuries reported. More>>

Troubled German Social Democrats elect combative new leader

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Germany's center-left Social Democrats are electing a new leader to spearhead the party's recovery from a disastrous election result and guide it through a fractious coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. More>>

N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

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North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. More>>

Facebook adds privacy settings to comply with European rules

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Facebook is introducing more privacy safeguards to users in Europe to comply with new rules meant to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data. More>>

French nun known as allied troops 'White Angel' dies at 103

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French authorities say a 103-year-old nun known as the "White Angel" who helped allied soldiers during a failed 1942 raid in the Normandy region has died. More>>

Pope ordains 16 priests, tells them always 'be merciful'

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Pope Francis has ordained 16 men to the priesthood. More>>

Chemical weapons inspectors collect samples from Syria site

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Syrian state media says rebels have started to evacuate three towns in the eastern Qalamoun region in the Damascus countryside. More>>

17 killed as 2 dragon boats capsize in southern China

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The fire department says the death toll from two boats that capsized in southern China has risen to 17. More>>

India approves death penalty for rape of young children

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India's government has moved to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 to combat an increase in crimes against women. More>>

Nicaragua's Ortega agrees to talk as deadly protests rage on

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Nicaragua's government says it is willing to negotiate over controversial social security reforms that have prompted protests and deadly clashes this week. More>>

Smyths Toys to take over Toys R Us stores in Germany

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Ireland-based Smyths Toys has reached a deal to take over more than 90 Toys R Us stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. More>>

Hamas vows revenge for key member killed in Malaysia

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Hamas militant group says a man gunned down in Malaysia was one of its members who had made "important contributions" in science. More>>

Red Cross says shooting in Yemen kills staffer

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The International Committee of the Red Cross says a staff member has been killed in a shooting in Yemen. More>>

Cuba's Diaz-Canel receives Maduro in first act as president

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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has received his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in his first official act as the country's leader. More>>

Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries 'lawful lynching'

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Human rights organization Amnesty International has honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, lauding his peaceful protests against racial inequality. More>>

Armenia protests: 70 arrested, including 2 suspected bombers

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Armenian authorities say more than 70 people have been arrested, including two people suspected of building bombs, as large protests against the new government enter their second week in the capital Yerevan. More>>

European regulators tighten order for jet fan blade tests

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The European Aviation Safety Agency has tightened a nearly month-old directive ordering inspections of some fan blades in engines like those used on a Southwest Airlines jet involved in a fatal accident. More>>

Hungary: Anti-government rally focuses on media freedom

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Tens of thousands of protesters in Hungary are taking part in a rally focusing on the media policies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government. More>>

Turkish opposition leader says Erdogan will lose at polls

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The leader of Turkey's main opposition party says he is confident of winning June 24 snap elections and ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan despite a lagging performance in past races. More>>

UN officials in Sweden for talks on North Korea, Syria

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The U.N. secretary-general and Security Council officials are meeting in Sweden on Saturday to discuss a range of international topics with the developments on the Korean Peninsula and the Syrian crisis dominating the agenda. More>>

In court, Dems allege conspiracy between Trump camp, Russia

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The Democratic National Committee has sued President Donald Trump's campaign, his son, his son-in-law, the Russian Federation and WikiLeaks, saying they conspired to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election. More>>

The Latest: OPCW team visits Douma to probe chemical attack

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Russia's Foreign Ministry says a team of international chemical weapons inspectors has departed for the Syrian town of Douma, site of an alleged chemical weapons attack that prompted a retaliatory missile strike by the U.S., U.K. and France. More>>

Iran's president slams morality police's tactics with women

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Iran's state TV is reporting that the country's president has criticized the morality police's use of violence against woman failing to observe the national Islamic dress code. More>>

Russia takes heavy hand to internet to block messaging app

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The chief of the Russian communications watchdog has admitted to blocking access to millions of IP addresses in a so far futile attempt to block a popular messaging app. More>>

The Latest: Hamas mourns slain engineer 'commander'

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Israel's defense minister says Gaza's Hamas rulers are the "only culprits" in the death of a Palestinian boy killed by Israeli army fire in protests on the Gaza-Israel border. More>>

Irish premier launches bid to overturn abortion restrictions

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Ireland's premier has urged his country to show compassion as he launched a campaign to overturn some of the strictest abortion rules in Europe. More>>

First clues emerge about Cuba's future under new president

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First clues of Cuba's future power structure under new president emerge. More>>

Myanmar evicts kin of officer who told of reporters' setup

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Myanmar police have evicted the family of a police officer who had testified that he and others were ordered to entrap two Reuters reporters facing charges that could get them up to 14 years in prison. More>>

Pakistan: Traders call for reopening of Afghan border

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Pakistani traders have demanded the reopening of an Afghan border point closed last week after a deadly clash between the two sides. More>>

South Africa's leader cuts short UK visit after protests

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South Africa's leader cuts short UK visit after violent protests in provincial capital. More>>

Myanmar policeman testifies arrested reporters were set up

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A Myanmar police officer has testified that he and several colleagues were ordered to entrap two reporters for the Reuters news agency, dealing a major blow to the government's case against the journalists under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. More>>

Islamic State group to give up last pocket in Syrian capital

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Syrian state media says Islamic State militants have agreed to give up their last pocket in Damascus. More>>

The Latest: Palestinians will seek UN probe of Gaza violence

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The Latest: Gaza's Health Ministry says Palestinian youth protesting at Gaza-Israel border shot in the head. More>>

The Latest: Ally China welcomes N. Korea's nuke suspension

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President Donald Trump appears to be confirming news that North Korea has agreed to suspend nuclear and long-range missile testing. More>>

Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians

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Israeli military aircraft drop leaflets urging Palestinians to stay away from Gaza border protest. More>>

Raul Castro acts like he's retiring though future unclear

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Raul Castro, who stepped down from the presidency Thursday, remains the most powerful person in Cuba as head of the Communist Party. More>>

40,000 gather in Armenia to demand leader's resignation

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About 40,000 demonstrators gathered on the capital's central square as a week of large protests against the country's new leadership showed no sign of dissipating. More>>

Prague zookeepers use puppet to raise endangered magpie

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Zookeepers in Prague have turned into puppeteers in an effort to save the critically endangered Javan green magpie. More>>

No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head

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British media outlets say heir to the British throne Prince Charles has been approved as the next head of the Commonwealth of the U.K. and its former colonies. More>>

8 convicted in case alleging govt reps colluded with Mafia

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A court in Palermo convicted eight defendants, including a close associate of Silvio Berlusconi, of charges showing collusion between the Sicilian Mafia and the government during the early 1990s. More>>

The Latest: France demands access for chemical inspectors

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The U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State group says its local allies in Syria have captured a Syrian-born German IS operative previously tied to a 9/11-linked jihadist cell. More>>

Russia: US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes

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Russia's foreign minister says U.S. President Donald Trump indicated he could visit Russia if President Vladimir Putin were able to accept his invitation to the White House. More>>

Croatia's president honors victims of WWII camp

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Croatian president has visited the site of a World War II concentration camp and honored its victims amid continued boycott by Croatia's Jews of the official commemoration ceremonies. More>>

The Latest: Commonwealth chooses Prince Charles as next head

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The Commonwealth has confirmed that Prince Charles will be the next leader of the organization of Britain and its former colonies once he succeeds his mother Queen Elizabeth II on the throne. More>>

Remains of Czech cardinal return home from Vatican

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The remains of a Czech Cardinal who faced with courage and dignity the persecution from the Nazi and Communist regimes have returned to his homeland from the Vatican almost 50 years after his death. More>>

Police remove students from occupied Paris university site

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French police have removed students from a Paris university building that had been occupied for a month to protest admission changes that also are causing turmoil at other campuses. More>>

Afghan authorities: 3 protecting voter registration killed

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Authorities say three police protecting voter registration centers in two Afghan provinces have been killed by militants over a two-day period this week. More>>

Pakistan: Armed men rob, harass prominent right activist

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A prominent Pakistani rights group says armed men have raided the house of the editor of its State of Human Rights report, harassed her and stole her laptop, two hard drives and two cell phones, as well as some jewelry and cash. More>>

German town braces for neo-Nazi concert on Hitler's birthday

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A court has banned the consumption of alcohol at a planned neo-Nazi concert in eastern Germany to prevent an outbreak of violence. More>>

UK lawmakers form group to combat 'malign' Russian influence

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British lawmakers have set up a special group to focus on Russian meddling, saying more must be done to understand the extent of Moscow's "malign influence.". More>>

Turkish lawmakers approve early elections called by Erdogan

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Turkey's parliament has approved holding the country's presidential and parliamentary elections a year-and-half early, a change President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said is needed because of uncertainties over Syria. More>>

Germany: Truck tips over, floods field with fish

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A tractor-trailer tried to take a turn and toppled over, tipping its entire load of fish onto a German farmer's field. More>>

Rights group: Lebanon evicting Syrian refugees from towns

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Human rights group says Lebanese local officials throwing Syrian refugees out of their towns, sending eviction notices. More>>

Zimbabwe's Mugabe summoned over alleged diamond looting

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe faces parliament summons over alleged $15 billion in diamond looting. More>>

German official, lawyers probed in bribes-for-asylum case

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German authorities are investigating an official and three lawyers on suspicion of corruption in the granting of asylum to people who weren't eligible for it. More>>

Man with 3 faces: Frenchman gets 2nd face transplant

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In a medical first, a French surgeon says he has performed a second face transplant on the same patient _ who is now doing well and even spent a recent weekend in Brittany. More>>

Basque militant group ETA: 'We really are sorry'

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Basque militant group ETA says it is sorry for the pain that its armed campaign for Basque independence has caused, and vows not to return to violence. More>>

WWII bomb defused in Berlin after large central evacuation

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Berlin police are evacuating thousands from a central area of the German capital and shutting down the main train station in preparation for the removal of an unexploded World War II bomb found during recent construction work. More>>

Evacuation in Slovakia after unexploded WWII bombs found

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Authorities have started evacuation of people in a town in southern Slovakia after a discovery of four unexploded World War II bombs. More>>

Koreas set up 1st hotline between leaders ahead of summit

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North and South Korea have installed a telephone hotline between their leaders as they prepare for a rare summit next week aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. More>>

Indonesia's Aceh canes couples for public shows of affection

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Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province has publicly caned unmarried couples for showing affection in public and two women for prostitution. More>>

Judge blocks transfer of US citizen with ties to IS group

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A federal judge is weighing the fate of a US citizen who has been accused of working with Islamic State militants in Syria, but never charged. More>>

Mahathir's wife urges Malaysian women to be 'queenmakers'

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The wife of former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad is urging women to support the opposition coalition in next month's general election for a better future. More>>

After Syria missile strikes, US stuck in holding pattern

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The drama of U.S. and allied missiles strikes on Syria has obscured the fact that the U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled. More>>

The Latest: Pence tweets response to Cuba's Raul Castro

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Raul Castro has passed Cuba's presidency to Miguel Diaz-Canel, putting the island's government in the hands of a non-Castro for the first time in nearly six decades. More>>

Syrian rebels give up Damascus area town to government

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Syrian state media: Hundreds of rebels hand over weapons, start leaving another town northeast of Damascus. More>>

Seoul: N. Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korea hasn't asked for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula as a precondition for abandoning his nuclear weapons. More>>

Queen tips Prince Charles to follow her as Commonwealth head

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Queen Elizabeth II has opened a summit of the 53-nation Commonwealth, and backed her son Prince Charles to be the next leader of the association of Britain and its former colonies. More>>

Women take fall in Nobel scandal for man's alleged misdeeds

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Another woman wants to resign from the Swedish Academy awarding the Nobel Literature Prize, bringing the total number of board members who have quit to eight. More>>

Poland marks 75th anniversary of uprising in Warsaw Ghetto

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People in Warsaw are pinning paper daffodils to their clothes as the Polish capital begins a day of commemorations on the 75th anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. More>>

Pentagon: Sarin likely at Syria sites, but questions remain

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The Pentagon says there have been no reports of civilian casualties from last week's missile strikes by the United States, France and Britain. More>>

FBI offers $1M for info on US reporter missing in Syria

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Federal authorities are offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to an American journalist who has been missing in Syria for five years. More>>

Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

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A 57-year-old bureaucrat will take Raul Castro's place as the president of Cuba on Thursday as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world's last communist states. More>>

Gaza protest camps moved closer to Israel border fence

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Organizers of mass marches on Gaza's border with Israel have moved protest tent camps closer to the border fence, heightening the risk of more bloodshed. More>>

Armenian protesters to renew efforts to stop capital traffic

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The leader of large protests that have roiled the capital of Armenia for a week is calling on supporters to renew efforts to paralyze traffic. More>>

Russia says US visa delays could halt direct flights

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The Russian Foreign Ministry says increasing delays by the United States in issuing visas could result in flagship airline Aeroflot ending flights to the U.S. More>>

Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

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President Donald Trump is leaving himself plenty of wiggle room when it comes to a summit with North Korea's leader, saying he will bail out of the meeting if he decides it won't produce results. More>>

Iceland: Bitcoin heist suspect has likely fled to Sweden

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A man suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoins and other virtual currencies has likely fled to Sweden after breaking out of a prison in Iceland. More>>

Archaeologists find silver treasure on German Baltic island

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Archaeologists on the German Baltic island of Ruegen have uncovered hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets that they say are linked to the era of the Danish King Harald Gormsson. More>>

US easing rules on sales of armed drones, other weaponry

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The Trump administration is making it easier for U.S. defense contractors to sell armed drones and other conventional weapons to foreign governments. More>>

Ancient coins, bracelets looted from Romania return home

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Romanian authorities display a treasure trove of coins and bracelets from the 1st century which were stolen from western Romania and illegally secreted out of the country. More>>

Russia joins bid to win compensation over US metals tariffs

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Russia has joined the European Union, India and China in demanding compensation from the United States for its tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. More>>

Trade issues expose the limits of Trump-Abe 'bromance'

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Trump rejects Abe's efforts to win a pass on tariffs for Japan and persuade US to rejoin TPP trade deal, showing the limits of their 'bromance'. More>>

EU foreign policy hails Western Balkan efforts at membership

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The European Union foreign policy chief has hailed efforts nations in the Western Balkans to advance toward membership in the bloc, ending a tour of the volatile region where Russia is also vying for influence. More>>

India hopes to host 3 sports events, including 2032 Olympics

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The Indian Olympic Association says it will bid for three major sporting events _ the 2026 Youth Olympics, the 2030 Asian Games and the 2032 Summer Olympics. More>>

Russia, NATO military chiefs meet in Azerbaijan

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Russia's top military officer has met with the chief NATO commander in Europe, the first such encounter since relations between Moscow and the alliance have plummeted to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis four years ago. More>>

Germany's Merkel appears open to compromise on EU reforms

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has signaled her willingness to find compromises with France when it comes to reforming the European Union, as she hosted French President Emmanuel Macron for talks in Berlin. More>>

Police: 2 die in light airplane crash in Northern Ireland

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Police say two people have died in the crash of a light airplane in Northern Ireland. More>>

Turkey's weak opposition scrambles to challenge Erdogan

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Turkey's weak opposition is scrambling to mount a meaningful challenge against strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with just nine weeks to prepare for snap elections. More>>

UK mulls plan to ban plastic straws and cut waste

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The British government wants to take action to ban plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds _ and is urging other Commonwealth nations to follow suit. More>>

Far-right cancels bid to shut Berlin's Berghain techno club

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A local councilwoman in Berlin is being ridiculed online for proposing to close one of the city's most famous techno clubs because of partygoers' drug consumption, long opening hours and lascivious behavior on the dance floor. More>>

Kremlin says nationalizing sanction-hit Rusal is an option

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The Kremlin says a temporary nationalization of aluminum producer Rusal is being discussed after the company was hit by United States sanctions. More>>

Better than a beach photo: Christie spends $85K on portrait

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Former Gov. Chris Christie's official portrait will carry an $85,000 price tag, higher than his three predecessors combined. More>>

California reaches deal on National Guard border mission

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Gov. Jerry Brown says he has reached agreement with the Trump administration to deploy up to 400 California National Guard troops to the border and elsewhere. More>>

First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and 'Black Panther'

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Saudi Arabia heralds opening of cinemas, screens Hollywood's 'Black Panther' in country's first movie theater. More>>

Corruption watchdog: G-20 moving slowly against tax havens

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An international corruption watchdog group says the world's Group of 20 industrialized and developing nations have made only slow progress improving the legal tools to ensure transparency. More>>

Attacker in Berlin skullcap case turns himself in to police

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A 19-year-old Syrian asylum seeker has turned himself in to police after his violent attack on a man wearing a Jewish skullcap in Berlin caused outrage across Germany. More>>

Greek court backs release of Turkish officer seeking asylum

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Greece's highest court has imposed severe restrictions on the movements of 1 of 8 Turkish servicemen applying for asylum in Greece after fleeing Turkey following a failed 2016 coup there, while he waits for a definitive decision on his asylum application. More>>

Egypt exhibiting previously unseen Ptolemaic artifacts

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Egypt is exhibiting artifacts from the Ptolemaic period for the first time in The Egyptian Museum in Cairo. More>>

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