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Colombian singer at World Cup reports hotel theft in Moscow

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Russian police say that $800,000 worth of valuables have been stolen from Colombian singer Maluma's hotel room in Moscow while he's visiting Russia to support the Colombia team at the World Cup. More>>

Live animals, meat, ivory, wood seized in trafficking stings

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International police agency Interpol said a giant operation against illegal trade in wildlife and timber resulted in millions of dollars-worth of seizures and the identification of 1,400 suspects across the world. More>>

Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

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The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution. More>>

Yemeni officials say fighting rages around Hodeida airport

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Yemeni military officials say fighting has escalated outside the airport of the vital Yemeni city of Hodeida. More>>

Divers search Indonesian lake for 192 missing after sinking

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Indonesian officials say 166 people are missing from a ferry sinking Monday evening at a popular lake on Sumatra, a much higher number than previously known. More>>

Halting S.Korea-US drills risks weakening N.Korea deterrence

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Halting South Korea-US drills risks weakening allies' deterrence against North Korea. More>>

Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy Video included

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For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred. More>>

Saudi-led coalition displays Yemeni arms allegedly from Iran

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Officials in a Saudi-led coalition now battling Shiite rebels for control of a crucial port in Yemen on Tuesday displayed weapons captured on the battlefield that they say show Iran is arming the insurgents. More>>

Israel strikes Hamas after heavy rocket attacks from Gaza

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Israel's military says its warplanes have struck some 25 Hamas positions in Gaza after Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets and mortars at southern communities. More>>

Saudi entertainment chief sacked after conservative backlash

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Saudi King Salman has sacked the head of the country's entertainment authority after religiously-conservative citizens took to social media to denounce a Russian circus show that showed female performers in tightly-fitted attire. More>>

Kim leaves China as S. Korea urges 'concrete' plan on nukes

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North Korean state media say leader Kim Jong Un thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for his support in last week's groundbreaking summit with President Donald Trump. More>>

Syrian army drops leaflets over southern region amid tension

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Syrian army helicopters have dropped leaflets over rebel-held parts of the country's south calling on civilians to help the military clear the area of militants. More>>

'Say bye to him': Detainee recounts agents taking her son Video included

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'Don't leave me, Mom': Woman from El Salvador describes separation from 8-year-old son after crossing border. More>>

Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: 'Wah wah'

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A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah.". More>>

China hopes for implementation of NKorea-US summit outcome Video included

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Chinese state media say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will make a two-day state visit starting Tuesday. More>>

South Korean president in Russia to boost economic ties

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in is in Moscow on a state visit intended to boost bilateral economic ties. More>>

Rival Koreas agree to August reunions of war-split families

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North and South Korea have agreed to hold temporary reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War as they boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. More>>

South Sudan peace deal attempt fails as Kiir rejects Machar

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South Sudan peace deal attempt fails as Kiir rejects rival Machar; 'We have had enough of him'. More>>

UN expert slams US on poverty, quitting global rights body

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A human rights expert is criticizing the United States for failing to tackle poverty, days after Washington quit the United Nations body that appointed him. More>>

Rights body: Poland's laws on judges weaken corruption fight

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Europe's top human rights body has criticized the erosion of judicial independence in Poland and says this will also affect the country's ability to fight corruption. More>>

New East Timor government marred by corruption allegations

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East Timor's president is refusing to swear in 11 members of Cabinet because of corruption investigations, marring the formation of a new government following a protracted political stalemate in the young nation. More>>

Romania: Party rallies around leader convicted of graft

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Leaders of Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party are rallying around their powerful leader after he was handed a 3½-year jail sentence for abuse of office. More>>

OPEC discussing oil output increase to contain energy costs

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Saudi Arabia's oil minister says officials from major oil-producing nations will discuss a proposal to increase output by about 1 million barrels per day. More>>

Greece heads for bailout exit after deal with creditors

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Greece's borrowing costs have dropped and Greek shares posted significant gains as investors react to new debt relief terms agreed by the country's creditors two months ahead the end of its eight-year bailout program. More>>

The Latest: Germany: Much work still undone before Brexit

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Germany says it may be possible to stick to the current timetable for negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union for next March, but much work still needs to be done. More>>

People donate millions to help separated families

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In an outpouring of concern prompted by images and audio of children crying for their parents, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are donating to nonprofit organizations to help families separated at the Mexico border. More>>

Yemeni forces claim progress in battle for Hodeida's airport

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Yemeni government forces backed by the United Arab Emirates say they have seized the southern runway of the international airport near the Yemeni city of Hodeida. More>>

Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage

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A British trade group says there's a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern Europe _ sparking fears that drinks may lack fizz just as thirsty soccer fans fill pubs for the World Cup. More>>

Coronation plans threaten poll delay in junta-ruled Thailand

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Thailand's military government will hold elections only after a coronation ceremony for the new Thai king, casting fresh doubt on promises the polls will be held by next February. More>>

EU to tax Harleys, bourbon and other US goods from Friday

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The European Union will start imposing duties on a list of U.S. products as of Friday in response to President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe. More>>

Japan princess in Russia to support team at World Cup

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A Japanese princess is supporting her nation's team at the World Cup, becoming the first member of Japan's royal family to visit Russia in more than a century. More>>

UN chief: Highest number of conflicts globally in 30 years

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The U.N. secretary-general says the number of countries involved in "violent conflicts" is the highest in 30 years, while the number of people killed in conflicts has risen tenfold since 2005. More>>

The Latest: Coalition says Iran is arming Yemen rebels

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A senior Houthi-linked health official says the Saudi-led coalition has bombed a bus carrying civilians, killing six people on the outskirts of the Yemeni city of Hodeida. More>>

German chancellor says migration meeting a 'first exchange'

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited a public school in central Beirut, where many of the students are Syrian. More>>

Cyprus, Israel, Greece pledge deeper military ties

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The defense ministers of Cyprus, Israel and Greece have pledged to forge deeper military ties in order to better counter common threats and to help bolster security in a tumultuous region. More>>

Italy's interior minister says Malta should take rescue boat

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Italy's interior minister says Malta should allow a Dutch-flagged rescue ship with 224 migrants to make port there because the ship is now in Maltese waters. More>>

Rival Koreas agree to reunions of war-separated families

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North and South Korea have agreed to hold temporary reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War in August as they boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. More>>

EU retaliatory tariffs on raft of US goods go into force

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The European Union is enforcing tariffs on $3.4 billion in U.S. products as of Friday in retaliation to duties the Trump administration has put on European steel and aluminum. More>>

Catalan secessionists cut formal ties with Spanish monarchy

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Catalonia's pro-independence political leaders are snubbing the Spanish king in their latest public challenge to rule from Madrid. More>>

Russia says evidence of Syria chemical attacks was faked

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Russia says the U.S. and its allies have relied on fabricated evidence to accuse the Syrian government of launching chemical attacks against civilians. More>>

The Latest: US stock market falls over trade war fears

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The Latest: US financial markets plunge on worsening fears of trade fight. More>>

Tributes paid to 3 London graffiti artists killed by a train

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Members of London's street art scene are mourning three graffiti artists who died after being hit by a train. More>>

UK reviews medical marijuana ban after outcry over sick kids

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Former British Foreign Minister William Hague is calling for the government to take steps toward legalizing marijuana use. More>>

London police say short circuit caused minor subway blast

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London police are investigating a small explosion at a London Underground station. More>>

Merkel says climate change is 'a fact,' laments US stance

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Angela Merkel says Germany remains fully committed to the Paris climate accord, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the agreement. More>>

Iran rebuffs Trump's call for OPEC to increase oil output

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The oil ministers of the OPEC cartel are arriving in Vienna to discuss later this week whether to increase production of crude oil and help ease the price of global energy. More>>

Airbus threatens to leave Britain in case of no-deal Brexit

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Aviation giant airbus has threatened to leave Britain if the country fails to secure a withdrawal deal on leaving the European Union. More>>

'He cried and hugged me': Brazilian still separated from son

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A Brazilian man who was detained at the US-Mexico border was separated from his 9-year-old son and has not seen him in 26 days. More>>

Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families Video included

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About 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May, a senior Trump administration official says. More>>

Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall gives birth to 2nd child

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Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Tindall has given birth to a baby girl. More>>

EU court orders French far-right leader to repay $346,000

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A top European Union court has ruled that French far-right leader Marine le Pen must return 300,000 euros ($346,000) to the European Parliament for funds incorrectly paid to an assistant. More>>

Versailles Palace and Orsay museum closed due to a strike

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The Palace of Versailles, one of France's top tourist attractions, and the Orsay museum in Paris were closed to visitors on Tuesday due to a strike of employees. More>>

Algeria to block internet to stop high school exam leaks

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Algeria's education minister says the Algerian government is taking the "extreme measure" of temporarily suspending the entire country's internet connection during national school exams to stop cheating and the leaking of answers. More>>

Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight

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Trump got in the first jabs; now the world is punching back as trade brawl spreads. More>>

Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight

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Trump got in the first jabs; now the world is punching back as trade brawl spreads. More>>

ABC News apologizes for mistaken graphic on Manafort

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ABC News apologized for a graphic that aired on Wednesday, mistakenly saying that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had pled guilty to manslaughter charges. More>>

UN: Basic human rights being 'chiseled away' in Venezuela

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A U.N. report says the rule of law in Venezuela is quickly eroding as officials allow government security forces to kill citizens without any apparent consequences. More>>

Indonesia court sentences cleric behind attacks to death

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An Indonesian court has sentenced radical cleric Aman Abdurrahman to death for ordering Islamic State group-affiliated militants to carry out attacks including the January 2016 suicide bombing at a Starbucks in Jakarta. More>>

Fatal fight sets off anti-India protests, clashes in Kashmir

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Police say at least two rebels, a police official and a civilian were killed during a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir, triggering anti-India protests and clashes in which at least 20 have been injured. More>>

Tip from public helped Germany foil ricin attack plot

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German security officials say a call from the public helped foil an Islamic extremist's plan to use the toxin ricin to carry out a deadly attack. More>>

Allies disappointed by 'big bang' of US walkout from UN body

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The United Nations' Human Rights Council returned to business as usual Wednesday despite the U.S. pulling out _ what one Western diplomat called a "big bang"_ a day earlier. More>>

On North Korean side of DMZ, it's change in the air

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On the North Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone, the sound of silence is a welcome sign of detente. More>>

France's Macron tells teenager: Call me 'monsieur'

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A video of French President Emmanuel Macron strongly admonishing a teenager who called him by a nickname is going viral on social media. More>>

Greek far-left terrorist granted new furlough from prison

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A convicted Greek far-left terrorist, serving multiple life terms for a string of assassinations, has temporarily walked free after being granted a two-day furlough, the third since late last year. More>>

Nielsen's career forever linked to family border separations Video included

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Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is now the face of family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

After giving birth, New Zealand leader craves mac-n-cheese

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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is regaining her strength with macaroni and cheese and plans to spend at least one more night in an Auckland hospital with her newborn girl. More>>

Germany: Syrian teen admits assault on man wearing skullcap

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A 19-year-old from Syria is on trial in Berlin over an assault in the German capital on an Israeli wearing a skullcap. More>>

Eurozone gets deal to pave way for end to Greece's bailout

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Eurozone nations are working on the final elements of a plan to get Greece successfully out of its eight-year bailout program and keep its massive debt burden manageable. More>>

China blocks John Oliver on social media after scathing show

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A popular Chinese social media site is blocking users from posting about "Last Week Tonight" and its host John Oliver after the HBO news satire program aired a segment making fun of Chinese President Xi Jinping. More>>

2 Koreas discuss holding new reunions of war-split families

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North and South Korea are discussing the arrangements for reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War as the rivals boost reconciliation amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. More>>

Suu Kyi says outside hate narratives driving Myanmar tension

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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been quoted as saying "hate narratives from outside the country" have fueled the communal tensions between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist Rakhine. More>>

South Sudan warring leaders to meet Wednesday, Ethiopia says

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South Sudan's warring leaders to meet Wednesday for 1st time in nearly 2 years, Ethiopia says. More>>

Train hits minibus in Denmark, 2 people are killed

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Danish police say two people have been killed when a commuter train hit a minibus at an unprotected crossing in southwestern Denmark. More>>

The Latest: Trump renews trade criticisms of Mexico, Canada

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The Latest: Escalating trade fight could soon slow US growth, economists say. More>>

Russian energy company's manager arrested on spying charges

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A court in Moscow has arrested a top manager of a state-controlled energy company on spying charges. More>>

Italy interior minister refuses port to migrant rescue ship

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Italy's interior minister refuses port to migrant rescue ship with 224 on board. More>>

NK pledges to destroy missile test engine site

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The Trump administration has identified the missile test engine site that it says North Korea has pledged to destroy, but the president's latest comments raised new questions about what concessions Pyongyang has made. More>>

US diplomat thinks Trump's UK itinerary includes the queen

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A top official at the U.S. Embassy in London says he thinks President Donald Trump will meet Queen Elizabeth II during his visit to Britain next month. More>>

Saudi minister tweets barb at UEFA chief in TV rights row

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Saudi Arabia's sports minister has criticized the president of European soccer on Twitter in an escalating dispute over Qatar-owned sports broadcasting rights. More>>

Pope: Countries should take in as many refugees as they can

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Pope Francis is urging nations to take in as many refugees as they can integrate into their societies, but also to invest in places like Africa so migrants won't turn to human traffickers to reach countries that can offer a better life. More>>

Iraq set for election recount to salvage tainted result

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Iraq's Supreme Federal Court has issued a ruling that endorses manual recount for all ballots from last month's national elections as stipulated by a law passed by parliament in response to complaints of widespread fraud. More>>

South Sudan's armed opposition rejects 'imposition' of peace

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South Sudan's armed opposition rejects 'imposition' of peace deal after Kiir, Machar meet. More>>

Dutch detain 3 men suspected of Islamic State group links

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Dutch authorities have detained three men with suspected links to the IS extremist group based on DNA evidence found on arms found at a French hideout. More>>

German, French leaders propose Eurozone budget

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The leaders of Germany and France are meeting to coordinate the two major European powers' positions on the future of the European Union ahead of next week's EU summit. More>>

After only 2 matches, Egypt eliminated from World Cup

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Egypt arrived in Russia with Mohamed Salah and some high expectations, but was eliminated from the World Cup after only two matches. More>>

Switzerland, Serbia coaches don't want to talk about Kosovo

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The coaches of Serbia and Switzerland only want to talk about football, not Kosovo. More>>

Courting Putin, Trump jolts the West with a nationalist bent

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As Donald Trump presses ahead with plans for a summer summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin, the president is jolting relationships with some of America's longest and strongest allies. More>>

Pope, in Geneva, says Christians must work together on peace

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Pope Francis has arrived in Geneva, one of the world's first cities to adopt the Protestant Reformation, for a one-day visit to highlight the importance of Christians praying and working together. More>>

The Latest: UN 'deeply concerned' about Syrians in the south

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The United States is warning Russia and Syria's President Bashar Assad of "serious repercussions" for violations of an unraveling cease-fire in southwest Syria. More>>

Young to Vatican: Let's talk about gay and gender issues

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Young people have told the Vatican in a survey they want the church to concretely discuss gay and gender issues. More>>

UK prosecutors: IS follower plotted Downing Street bombing

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UK prosecutors say an Islamic State follower plotted a suicide bombing targeting British Prime Minister Theresa May at her Downing Street office. More>>

UN refugee agency: Record 68.5 million displaced in 2017

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The U.N. refugee agency says nearly 69 million people who have fled war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, a new record for the fifth straight year. More>>

NATO's chief appeals for unity amid trans-Atlantic row

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NATO's chief is urging the 29 member countries to set aside a festering trans-Atlantic row over trade, climate and the Iran nuclear deal, amid concern the tensions will undermine the military alliance. More>>

S. Korea: Joint US drills suspended to aid talks with North

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South Korea says a joint military exercise scheduled with the U.S. has been suspended to support ongoing talks both countries have with North Korea. More>>

OPEC enters meeting that could set direction of oil prices

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OPEC and Russia are expected to approve raising oil production, but just how much is up in the air. More>>

NATO head: No guarantee trans-Atlantic alliance will survive

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The secretary-general of NATO says bonds between Europe and North America have weakened, and he appealed for an international effort to shore up the trans-Atlantic military alliance. More>>

Merkel pledges $100 million loan for troubled Jordan

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has begun a visit to Jordan, a major refugee host country, amid an escalating domestic conflict over migration that has shaken her coalition government. More>>

Libyan coast guard rescues over 520 Europe-bound migrants

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Libya's coast guard says it has rescued some 380 African migrants, including four women and two children, and recovered one body in the Mediterranean Sea. More>>

The Latest: Pope stumbles after Mass, but aides prevent fall

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Pope Francis has been greeted joyfully by Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist and Orthodox leaders as he arrived for an ecumenical service among many different Christian faiths at the World Council of Churches. More>>

Turkey: 30,000 Syrians eligible to vote on Sunday

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Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is quoted as saying that some 30,000 Syrians who acquired Turkish nationality are eligible to l vote in Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections. More>>

Moment of silence held for attack near London mosque

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Survivors of an attack near a London mosque have been invited to gather for a moment of silence to remember the victim and others hurt when a man drove his van into a crowd leaving evening prayers during Ramadan. More>>

Pakistani authorities bar Musharraf from July polls

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Pakistan's elections oversight body has rejected nomination papers of former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf, barring him from running for office in elections to be held next month. More>>

Fire-hit Glasgow art school landmark may be partially saved

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The head of Glasgow City Council says the remains of the city's fire-ravaged art school appear to be structurally solid and it's hoped the facade of the world-renowned building can be saved. More>>

Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud, breach of trust

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Israeli prosecutors have charged Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister's wife, with a series of crimes including fraud and breach of trust. More>>

German lawmaker says Turkey bars him as election observer

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A German lawmaker says the Turkish government is denying him entry to the country as an international observer in this weekend's elections. More>>

Turkey says 35 Kurd leaders killed in airstrikes in Iraq

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again asserted that Turkish jets have dealt a heavy blow on the outlawed Kurdish rebels' leadership in Iraq. More>>

Croatian man convicted over Nazi salute in Austria

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A Croatian man has been handed a 15-month suspended sentence for giving a Nazi salute at an annual commemoration in Austria of a 1945 massacre of pro-Nazi Croats. More>>

Dozens missing after ferry sinks in Indonesia's Lake Toba

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Dozens of people are missing after a ferry sank on Indonesia's Lake Toba, casting a pall over holidays marking the end of the Muslim holy month. More>>

Suspect in Paris attacks released under judicial supervision

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French prosecutors say that a suspect in the November 2015 extremist attacks in Paris has been released and placed under judicial supervision in Belgium. More>>

Iraq Foreign Ministry condemns strikes it says killed Iraqis

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Iraq condemns the targeting of pro-Syria paramilitary troops eastern Syria after an airstrike killed mostly Iraqi Shiite forces. More>>

Trump's immigration order sparks confusion, deep concern

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President Trump's executive order aimed at halting the breakup of immigrant families sparked widespread confusion Wednesday about how the reversal will play out and concern that children will still be in detention, even if they remain with their families. More>>

Pilot of Saudi royal family jet arrested in Maine

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A pilot on a Saudi Arabian royal family jet that landed in Maine was arrested on a warrant for theft out of Florida. More>>

Burger King says sorry for Russian World Cup pregnancy ad

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Burger King says it's sorry for an ad in Russia offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to women who get pregnant from World Cup players. More>>

Official: Polish leader's ill health not sparking infighting

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A government official is denying rumors that the illness of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the powerful leader of Poland's ruling party, has sparked infighting at the highest government levels. More>>

Military vows to recover bodies from sunken Indonesia ferry

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Hundreds of family members are waiting in desperation at a small port on an Indonesian lake for news of missing relatives as the search for more than 190 people from a sunken ferry entered its fourth day. More>>

Japan to scrap evacuation drills for NKorean missile threat

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Japan plans to suspend the civilian evacuation drills it started last year while North Korea was repeatedly test-firing missiles near and over Japanese islands. More>>

East Libya forces say regain control over oil ports

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Libya's self-styled national army in the east says it has regained control over two key oil port terminals after an armed group attacked them a week ago. More>>

Turkish rap artist acquitted of inciting drug use

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A court in Istanbul has acquitted a rap musician of the charge of inciting drug use in his song lyrics and video clips. More>>

3 men die of 6 wounded in southern Sweden drive-by shooting

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Swedish police say two of the six men who were injured in a drive-by shooting episode in the center of Sweden's third-largest city, have died. More>>

Engine bursts into flames on plane with WCup team, none hurt

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Officials say an engine of a Russian airplane carrying Saudi Arabia's soccer team to a World Cup host city caught fire during landing, but nobody was hurt. More>>

Nothing stops Messi fan from rooting for star in Russia

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Nothing has stopped Argentine fan Nora Espector from following Lionel Messi wherever he plays. More>>

New Zealand leader welcomes newborn girl 'to our village'

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in the hospital preparing to give birth to her first child. More>>

Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of elections

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Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of long-delayed presidential elections. More>>

Libyan coast guard rescues 186 migrants, recovers 5 bodies

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Libya's coast guard says it has recovered the bodies of five migrants and rescued 186 others, including women and children, in separate operations in the Mediterranean Sea. More>>

The Latest: New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern gives birth

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to a girl. More>>

UK's May defeats Brexit rebels, but divisions still reign

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The British government has gotten its flagship Brexit legislation through Parliament, but remains locked in a tussle with lawmakers over the direction of the country's departure from the European Union. More>>

No easy path: Complex mass migration, politics reshape globe

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Migration declined last year in the developed world for the first time since 2011 but the overall trend is inevitably up, according to a new report from an economic organization representing the world's wealthiest countries. More>>

Doubts loom over Colombia peace deal with hawk's election

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

South Sudan's warring leaders meet for 1st time since 2016

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South Sudan's warring leaders set to meet face-to-face for 1st time in nearly 2 years. More>>

EU countries prepare mini-summit as migration row festers

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Leaders from a group of EU countries, led by Germany and France, will meet Sunday to thrash out possible solutions to a divisive row over migrants. More>>

The Latest: UN awaiting formal US notice on quitting council

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The United States is emphasizing that its pullout from the United Nations' main human rights body doesn't mean it's stopping its work with the U.N.'s rights chief. More>>

Australian bishop to be sentenced next month for cover-up

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A prosecutor has told an Australian court that the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse must be jailed to send a message that such institutional cover-ups will no longer be tolerated. More>>

Laws to deter asylum-seekers, aid workers passed in Hungary

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Hungarian lawmakers have tightened the country's asylum eligibility rules and threatened to incarcerate people who help asylum-seekers, votes that coincided with a United Nations' observance dedicated to refugees. More>>

Sweden starts construction on fossil fuel-free steel plant

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Sweden has started construction on a factory that will test whether it's feasible to make steel without burning fossil fuels. More>>

Pope backs US bishops who called border separations immoral

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Pope Francis is backing the Catholic bishops in the United States who have condemned the practice of separating children from their parents after families are caught crossing the U.S-Mexico border illegally. More>>

Eritrea sending delegation to rival Ethiopia for peace talks

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Eritrea sends rare delegation to rival Ethiopia for peace talks after years of deadly tensions. More>>

Italy, Austria signal new hard-line axis on migration

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Italy's anti-migrant interior minister says after meeting with right-wing Austrian counterparts that changing political winds in Europe have created "a historic moment" that could change the way Europe controls its exterior borders. More>>

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

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

The Latest: Reports: Europe to toughen migrant checks

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Italian President Sergio Mattarella says it is up to a united European Union to manage the arrival of refugees forced to flee their homelands. More>>

Protests in Moldova after court voids pro-Europe mayor's win

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Hundreds of protesters gathered in the Moldovan capital Wednesday after a court invalidated the election victory of a pro-European candidate to the post of mayor of Chisinau without providing a reason. More>>

UK panel finds lives shortened by hospital's opioid use

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A British panel has found at least 450 had their lives shortened by a hospital's institutionalized regime of administering opioids without medical justification. More>>

Pentagon suspends August military drills with South Korea

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The Pentagon says it has formally suspended a major military exercise planned for August with South Korea, a much anticipated move stemming from President Donald Trump's nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. More>>

EU adopts package to Lebanon to help it cope with refugees

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The European Union has adopted a support package to Lebanon of 165 million euros ($191 million) to help the country cope with hosting Syrian refugees. More>>

India takes direct control in Kashmir after alliance ends

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India's federal government has taken direct control of Kashmir state after the ruling Hindu nationalist party ended its long-troubled alliance there with a Kashmiri political party. More>>

Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy Video included

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American twin brothers killed in World War II are reunited 74 years after their deaths at a cemetery in Normandy. More>>

Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs

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

Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case

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

US urges Russia to release political and religious prisoners

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

Geraldine McCaughrean wins Carnegie children's book prize

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

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

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

Gunfire injures 5 in Sweden, police tell public not to worry

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

Merkel, allies avert collision for now in German migrant row

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

Top Russian and US diplomats discuss Syria, North Korea

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

Colombia's president-elect seeks unity after polarizing vote

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

Romania: human rights group slams secret phone tapping deal

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A human rights group has criticized an agreement between Romania's intelligence agency and the high court, saying it raised questions about protecting ordinary citizens from potential abuse. More>>

Russian lawmaker wants to ban 'mockery' of soccer team

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

Russia, Egypt match at World Cup could test close ties

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

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

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

Romania: Criminal justice revisions worsen graft worries

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Romanian lawmakers approved criminal justice changes that critics called a setback for prosecuting corruption, votes that came after an American diplomat urged Romania to keep fighting corruption to prevent "hostile powers" from undermining the country. More>>

Roll out the barrels: Christo artwork floats on London lake

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

Peek at the future: Electric plane cruises skies over Norway

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

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

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

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

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

Stephen Hawking's ashes buried in Westminster Abbey

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

Greek far-right lawmaker arrested on treason-linked charges

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

Critics scoff at UK govt claim of Brexit spending dividend

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

Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

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

Baby born on Paris suburban train gets free rides until 25

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

UK PM vows big funding increase for National Health Service

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

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

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

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

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

Vows in the air: German couple married in tightrope wedding

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

Israel PM, Jordan king meet after months of strained ties

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

Thomas Markle says Prince Harry said to give Trump a chance

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

Czech president torches underpants, stunt stuns journalists

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

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