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Dior travels back in time for couture-infused menswear

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Designer Kris Van Assche traveled back in a fashion time machine on the fourth day of the fall-winter shows in Paris. More>>

The Latest: Afghan hotel attack ends, Taliban claim

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An Afghan official says insurgents have killed 18 members of a pro-government militia in northern Afghanistan, in an attack claimed by the Taliban. More>>

Turkey says border town hit by rockets from Syria; 1 wounded

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A Turkish official says suspected Syrian Kurdish fighters have fired rockets from across the border, slightly wounding one person. More>>

Tens of thousands stage anti-corruption protest in Romania

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Romanians prepare to protest against legislation passed by Parliament which they say will make it harder to prosecute crime and high-level corruption. More>>

Taliban attack on Afghan hotel ends after 13 hours, 6 dead

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An Afghan official says that at least five civilians have been killed after gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital Kabul. More>>

The Latest: Syrian Kurds deny Turkish troops enter enclave

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Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish ground troops have entered a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria and are advancing with Turkish-backed Syrian opposition forces. More>>

Pence meets Jordan king on trip clouded by Jerusalem move

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is defending President Donald Trump's move to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, a decision that has touched off uneasiness among Arab nations on his first tour of the region. More>>

French president warns that UK can't keep full access to EU

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French President Emmanuel Macron has warned Britain that it cannot maintain full access to the European Union's market. More>>

Head of popular girl band leads N. Korean team to S. Korea

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Head of popular North Korean girl band arrives in South Korea amid Olympic cooperation. More>>

Paul Bocuse, globe-trotting master of French cuisine, dies

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French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has announced that Paul Bocuse, the world-famous master of French cuisine, has died at the age of 91. Collomb tweeted Saturday that "Mister Paul was France. More>>

2 Americans, 2 Canadians abducted in Nigeria are freed

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2 Americans, 2 Canadians abducted in Nigeria are freed and in good condition, police say. More>>

Pope wrapping up contentious, restive trip to Latin America

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Pope Francis is wrapping up the most contested, violent trip of his papacy Sunday with a series of meetings with Peruvian church leaders and a final Mass at an air base in Peru's capital. More>>

Paul Bocuse, globe-trotting master of French cuisine, dies

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Paul Bocuse, the master chef who defined French cuisine for more than half a century and put it on tables around the world, has died at 91. More>>

Paul Bocuse, modest but grandiose French chef, dies at 91

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Paul Bocuse, a modest but grandiose French master chef, dies at 91. More>>

Protesters, police clash at roadblocks in Honduras

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Clashes have broken out in Honduras as demonstrators protesting President Juan Orlando Hernandez's re-election blocked roads in several locations and police moved into to break up the barricades. More>>

IOC: More initiatives coming to promote Korean unity

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Olympics organizers have promised that "much more exciting initiatives" promoting Korean unity will emerge this weekend. More>>

Brexit costs Britain data center for Europe's satnav system

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Officials have decided to move a data center for the European Union's new satellite navigation system out of Britain because of Brexit. More>>

Turkish jets bombard Kurdish-run city of Afrin in Syria

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Turkey's military says it has retaliated against fire into Turkey from across the border in a Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwest Syria. More>>

The Latest: Danish chef behind Noma thanks Bocuse

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Paul Bocuse, the master chef who defined French cuisine for nearly half a century and put it on tables around the world, has died at 91. More>>

Pope: Femicides in Latin America a scourge that must stop

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When Pope Francis travels Saturday to northern Peru he will find a region still reeling from devastating floods nearly a year ago. More>>

Gunmen storm Intercontinental Hotel in Afghan capital

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An Afghan official says that a group of gunmen have attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital Kabul. More>>

The Latest: Tillerson speaks to Turkey, Russia diplomats

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Syrian state TV says government forces have reached the perimeter of a rebel-held air base deep inside what was once opposition territory in northwest Syria. More>>

North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to South

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South Korea requests North Korea to explain why it abruptly canceled plans to send a delegation to prepare for a visit by an art troupe during next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. More>>

Prague hotel fire kills 2, dozens injured

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Czech officials say a hotel fire in downtown Prague has killed at least two people. More>>

British Airways pilot, allegedly drunk, taken off plane

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A British Airways first officer was removed from the cockpit of a flight scheduled to leave for Mauritius amid fears he was drunk. More>>

Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

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Russian police have had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg _ a crocodile in the basement. More>>

Cardinal rebukes pope over Chile 'slander' comments on abuse

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Pope Francis' top adviser on clerical sex abuse implicitly rebuked the pope over his accusations of slander against Chilean abuse victims, saying Saturday his words were "a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse.". More>>

French airport activists start unblocking road

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French activists say they are have started to unblock a road they used to occupy, in a move that eases tensions three days after the government abandoned plans to build a new airport in the west. More>>

Germany's Social Democrats consider opening govt talks

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Leaders of Germany's Social Democrats are making their final push to try and convince party members to approve opening talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a new government. More>>

Serbian president visits Kosovo after politician's slaying

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Serbia's president is visiting Serb-dominated areas in Kosovo days after a moderate politician was gunned down in an attack that fueled concerns of instability in the volatile Balkans. More>>

Sure to win, Egypt's president seeks re-election

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Egypt's leader says he will seek re-election in a March vote he's sure to win. More>>

Germany's chancellor supports dialogue between EU, Turkey

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is voicing support for continuing the dialogue between the European Union and Turkey. More>>

Church conservatives question pope's airborne nuptials

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A day after Pope Francis grabbed headlines by marrying two flight attendants while flying 36,000 feet over Chile, the conservative Catholic commentariat questioned the legitimacy of the shotgun sacrament. More>>

'Watching my family burn': Woman frantic after copter crash

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Investigators will comb through the charred wreckage in search for clues as to why the helicopter carrying the group of prominent friends went down after dark Wednesday. More>>

All-female UK team of soldiers crosses Antarctica

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A team of British soldiers has become the first all-female group to cross Antarctica using only muscle power. More>>

Thai police arrest suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking

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Thai police arrest a suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking who allegedly fueled much of Asia's illegal trade for over a decade. More>>

Kashmir fighting escalates between India, Pakistan

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Indian officials say a teenage boy and a soldier have been killed in firing by Pakistani troops along the volatile frontier in Indian-controlled Kashmir. More>>

US oil output is booming and seen outpacing Saudis, Russia

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A global energy agency says that U.S. oil production is growing quickly and is forecast to top that of heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Russia this year. More>>

Croatia, Slovenia police bust human trafficking operation

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Police in Croatia and Slovenia say they have busted a human trafficking operation and released dozens of mostly Chinese nationals who were forced to work in illegal call centers. More>>

South Africa's president under pressure at key party meeting

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South Africa's scandal-plagued leader under pressure at key party meeting; some want his exit. More>>

Gabon says major ivory trafficking ring dismantled, 10 held

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Gabon says major ivory trafficking ring dismantled, 10 arrested in blow to elephant poaching. More>>

World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease

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World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease; 30 cases last year in Ethiopia, Chad. More>>

Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein nearing new leadership

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Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein is taking a step toward a changing of the guard, as Mary Lou McDonald became the only candidate to replace outgoing leader Gerry Adams. More>>

Spain rescues 56 migrants crossing Mediterranean Sea

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Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 56 migrants trying to make the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean from African to European shores. More>>

Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

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Government scientists calculate that 2017 wasn't the hottest year on record, but close and unusually warm for no El Nino cooking the books. More>>

Group pinpoints riches hidden in Europe's mountains of waste

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Researchers have completed the first survey of valuable materials they say are waiting to be mined from Europe's vast landfills and scrapyards. More>>

China, Europe jointly test technology for storm satellite

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China and Europe are jointly testing new technology that could help satellites peer through clouds and analyze storms. More>>

Turkish ski bus accident kills 11, injures 44

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Turkish officials say a passenger bus, carrying mostly holiday-makers on a skiing trip, crashed into trees on the side of a road, killing 11 people on board and injuring 44 others. More>>

China's birthrate dropped despite allowing 2-child families

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The birthrate in China fell last year despite the country easing family limits and allowing all couples to have two children. More>>

Russia exhorts Trump to counter 'Russo-phobic' intrigues

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Russia's top diplomat is exhorting President Donald Trump to counter what he calls "Russo-phobic" intrigues against him in the United States in order to improve ties between Washington and Moscow. More>>

Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

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The Pentagon says countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism. More>>

Turkey says no turning back from offensive in Syria

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Turkey's defense minister says country determined to carry out a military offensive against enclave in northwest Syria, saying Syrian Kurdish fighters pose ever increasing threat to Turkey. More>>

Pope: Corruption is 'social virus' infecting Latin America

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Pope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a "social virus" infecting all aspects of life in stern remarks Friday to Peru's president and high-ranking political leaders. More>>

Color galore in Paris as menswear gets bold

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There was color galore at Paris menswear shows Friday, with John Galliano channeling the hues of the rainbow for Maison Margiela and Cerutti 1881 featuring flashes of gold. More>>

Pope to indigenous: Amazon is 'heart of the church'

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After lengthy treks through the muddy Amazon, indigenous men, women and children will greet Pope Francis Friday in a visit to the world's largest rainforest that indigenous leaders hope will mark a turning point for the increasingly threatened ecosystem. More>>

Trump's vulgar Africa comment morphs into tourism campaigns

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Trump's vulgar Africa comment morphs into tourism campaigns; Botswana a 'waterhole' country. More>>

Tensions soar along Indian, Pakistan frontier in Kashmir

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Tensions between India and Pakistan soar along their volatile frontier in Kashmir as soldiers shell villages and border posts for third day. More>>

France's Macron pledges big increase in defense budget

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French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged an "unprecedented" hike in defense spending in the coming years to guarantee France's security within its borders and fight "obscurantism" abroad. More>>

The Latest: Traditionalist blog questions mid-flight wedding

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Pope Francis is receiving a warm welcome in the Peruvian Amazon city of Puerto Maldonado, with supporters lining the streets to greet him ahead of the pontiff's planned meeting with indigenous people. More>>

Lithuania probing bogus story after TV station is hacked

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Lithuania launched an investigation on Friday into a cyber-attack against a news outlet which saw a fake news article targeting the Defense Minister. More>>

French prison guards protest, 2 attacked by inmates

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French justice ministry says two prison guards have been injured in Corsica after an attack by three inmates amid widespread protests outside jails across the country. More>>

Italian who survived Auschwitz as a child given top honor

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A woman, one of the few Italian children to survive deportation to Nazi death camps, has been made senator-for-life in Italy. More>>

Turkey faces balancing act amid border offensive in Syria

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As Turkey threatens a bloody confrontation with U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin it faces the challenge of maintaining its old alliance with Washington and reinforcing a new rapprochement with Moscow. More>>

Winter is here: "Game of Thrones" ice hotel opens in Finland

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A "Game of Thrones"-themed ice hotel complete with a bar and a chapel for weddings has opened in northern Finland in a joint effort by a local hotel chain and the U.S. producers of the hit TV series. More>>

6.3-magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico's Gulf of California

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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck offshore in Mexico's Gulf of California, and there are no immediate reports of damage. More>>

Radio Free Europe says Pakistan closes its bureau

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty says Pakistani authorities have closed the Islamabad bureau of its Pashto-language Radio Mashaal after Pakistan's intelligence agency accused it of airing programs "against the interest of Pakistan.". More>>

US-backed Somalia commandos kill 4 al-Shabab extremists

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US-backed Somalia commandos kill 4 al-Shabab extremists in raid that frees child conscripts. More>>

European watchdog: More migrants heading to Spain by sea

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Europe's border watchdog says that flows of migrants and asylum seekers are likely to keep increasing in the Western Mediterranean route this year, after 2017 closed with more than twice the traffic seen the previous year. More>>

Merkel, Macron hopeful about German coalition talks

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expressing optimism that a weekend congress by the rival center-left Social Democrats will lead to coalition talks that could help end months of tense political limbo in Europe's leading economy. More>>

Expert says major eruption in Papua New Guinea could be soon

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A volcanologist says seismic activity beneath a Papua New Guinea volcano could mean that a major eruption is imminent. More>>

Catalan ex-president to risk arrest, travel to Denmark

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Catalonia's fugitive former leader, who wants his old job back, says new technologies would allow him to govern from Belgium. More>>

Report links hacking campaign to Lebanese security agency

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Researchers say a major hacking operation tied to Lebanon's main intelligence agency has been revealed after careless spies left hundreds of gigabytes of stolen data exposed to the open internet. More>>

Israel to name Jordan envoy after settling spat: report

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will soon decide on Israel's new ambassador to Jordan a day after the two countries agreed to put a monthslong diplomatic spat behind them. More>>

UK coroner awaiting test results on late Cranberries singer

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A coroner is awaiting the results of tests to determine what killed The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan. More>>

France's Davos? Macron hosting 140 CEOs in investment push

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French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting more than 100 CEOs of major world companies at the chateau of Versailles to try to persuade them to invest _ and especially hire _ in France. More>>

Russian police in unexpected encounter with crocodile

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Russian police have had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg _ a crocodile in the basement. More>>

Hezbollah denies US drug trafficking accusations

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The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group has categorically dismissed allegations that it is involved in drug trafficking and money laundering. More>>

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

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Pope Francis is accusing victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander, in an astonishing end to a visit that was meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. More>>

Royal Shakespeare Company co-founder John Barton dies at 89

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The Royal Shakespeare Company says co-founder John Barton has died. More>>

Hezbollah chief weighs in on Lebanon's Spielberg controversy

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The leader of Hezbollah is weighing in on a local controversy about Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama "The Post," saying it was wrong to let it show in Lebanese theaters. More>>

Zimbabwe mourns Bennett, 'sharpest thorn' in Mugabe's side

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Zimbabwe mourns white farmer and opposition leader Bennett, 'sharpest thorn' in Mugabe's side. More>>

Czech lawmakers lift immunity for PM Babis over fraud claims

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Lawmakers in the lower house of Parliament have agreed to lift the immunity from prosecution for billionaire Andrej Babis over an alleged fraud involving EU subsidies. More>>

Royal close shave: Prince William opts for dramatic buzz cut

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In Britain, the hair on the heir is no longer quite so apparent. More>>

Germany halts further arms exports to parties in Yemen war

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Germany won't approve arms exports to countries involved in the conflict in Yemen, a move that could affect sales of military hardware to Saudi Arabia. More>>

A bridge too far? UK's Boris Johnson suggests span to France

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested that Britain and France should build a bridge across the English Channel to bolster links between the two nations after Brexit. More>>

Thailand's ruling generals running out of time

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Entering their fifth year in power, Thailand's ruling generals may be running out of time and it's not for a lack of watches. More>>

The Latest: Catalan president to travel to Denmark next week

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Officials say that former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Brussels to avoid arrest in Spain nearly three months ago, will leave Belgium and travel to Denmark next week to attend a university forum. More>>

Belarus bristles at Kazakhstan's offer to host Ukraine talks

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Belarus has mocked Kazakhstan's suggestion that it could serve as a new venue for Ukraine peace talks previously hosted by Minsk. More>>

Teen denies responsibility in London subway bomb attack

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An 18-year-old has denied responsibility for an explosion on a London subway station that injured 30 people. More>>

Seller of pistol used in Munich rampage sentenced to 7 years

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A man who sold the pistol used by a teenager in a deadly 2016 shooting rampage in Munich has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and other offenses and sentenced to seven years in prison. More>>

Austrian nationalists staying in Le Pen EU parliament group

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A top official with Austria's nationalist Freedom Party says it's staying in a European Parliament group that also includes prominent euroskeptics Marine Le Pen of France and Geert Wilders of the Netherlands despite entering its country's new government. More>>

Poll shows Swiss willing to keep paying for public TV, radio

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A new poll suggests the Swiss are willing to continue paying fees for public broadcasting ahead of a referendum being closely watched across Europe. More>>

Storm's death toll in Germany rises to at least 8

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Authorities in Germany say the death toll from a storm that swept across Europe has increased to at least eight. More>>

In Chile, pope met by protests, threats, burned churches

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In Chile, Pope Francis was greeted with protests, threats and the burning of at least 11 churches _ hostility unheard of for a papal visit in modern times. More>>

Russian teenager attacks schoolmates with an ax, wounding 6

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A teenager armed with an ax has attacked fellow students at a school in southern Siberia, wounding five children and their teacher. More>>

Terminally ill Briton's bid for assisted death can proceed

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A terminally ill British man has been granted permission to challenge the country's law on assisted dying, after an earlier decision that rejected his case. More>>

Putin takes dip in icy Russian lake on Epiphany

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President Vladimir Putin has taken a dip in icy lake waters to celebrate Epiphany, a major holiday in Orthodox Christianity marking the baptism of Jesus. More>>

New Zealand prime minister says she's pregnant, due in June

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New Zealand's prime minister has announced she is expecting her first child in June. More>>

Haitians face hurdles after protected-status renewal delays

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Haitian community leaders say thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the US legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump's administration has delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status. More>>

Joint Olympic flag deal angers conservatives in South Korea

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Athletes from both Koreas marching behind one flag was an emotional moment at 2000 Olympics, but the plan to do so again isn't generating much enthusiasm among South Koreans for Games in their own country. More>>

Powerful gale lashes Europe, 7 dead amid traffic chaos

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School remain closed in many parts of Germany as the country prepares for a winter storm that's expected to come in from the west and bring heavy snow, rain and gusty winds. More>>

Women march in Polish cities to demand abortion rights

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Polish abortion rights proponents, most of them women, are marching in Warsaw and other cities across Poland to express their opposition to a proposal in parliament to further tighten the country's already restrictive abortion law. More>>

Love in the air: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

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Pope Francis is wrapping up his Chile visit by meeting Thursday with members of Chile's booming immigrant community. More>>

Israel digs deep to thwart tunnel threat from Gaza Strip

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Israeli military forges ahead with ambitious subterranean barrier to cut off attack tunnels from Gaza Strip. More>>

Emirates throws Airbus A380 a lifeline with $16 billion deal

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The Middle East's largest airline, Emirates is purchasing 20 A380 aircraft with the option for 16 more in a deal worth $16 billion, throwing a lifeline to the European-made double-decker jumbo jets. More>>

Syria threatens to down Turkish jets over its Kurdish region

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Amid threats from Turkey, Syria warns it will shoot down any Turkish fighter jets that attack within Syria. More>>

Drought-stricken Cape Town tightens water restrictions

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Drought-stricken Cape Town tightens water restrictions as 'Day Zero' approaches to cut taps. More>>

Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

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Pence Mideast visit showcases dilemma for major Washington allies Egypt, Jordan. More>>

Airborne nuptials: Pope marries couple on papal plane

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Pope Francis has performed the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants on a flight in Chile. More>>

UK and French leaders reach border deal, disagree on Brexit

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Britain says it will pay France tens of millions of pounds (dollars) as part of a deal to maintain a key border agreement between the two countries. More>>

Uganda's leader to sign death warrants again after 19 years

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Uganda's president to sign death warrants again after 19 years; plans to 'hang a few'. More>>

Ex-Trump aide was subject of arrest warrant at White House

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Hungarian police had an arrest warrant open for Sebastian Gorka during the eight months he spent as a national security aide to U.S. President Donald Trump. More>>

The Latest: Francis arrives in Peru for 4-day visit

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Pope Francis has performed the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants on a flight in Chile. More>>

UN chief: Threat from nukes, other weapons, gathers force

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the threat from weapons of mass destruction "seems to be gathering force" and is urging expanded diplomatic efforts to tackle the security challenge posed by North Korea's nuclear ambitions. More>>

Stars turn out for swansong of Louis Vuitton designer

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The celebrity allure of Paris Fashion Week menswear shows was at its height as the notables from the worlds of sports, film and fashion attended the Louis Vuitton swansong show for designer Kim Jones. More>>

Escaped wolf recaptured in Britain after hour-long lockdown

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British police are urging the public to be caution after a wolf escaped from a sanctuary located near a school. More>>

Underwear dance in dorm nearly gets Russian cadets expelled

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An underwear dance video filmed in a college dorm has turned out to be risky business for some Russian cadet pilots. More>>

The Latest: Macron, May differ on UK's Brexit trade deal

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French President Emmanuel Macron says Britain and France have signed a treaty to improve the management of their common border and to deal more humanely with migrants. More>>

The Latest: Kazakhstan to NKorea: Abandon nuclear ambitions

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The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the regimes that most threaten the world today with weapons of mass destruction also deny their people human rights, promote conflict and regional instability and "aid terrorists and militant groups.". More>>

Dozens of ex-US envoys to Africa urge Trump to reconsider

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Dozens of former US envoys to Africa urge Trump to reconsider view of the continent. More>>

AP Explains: Why Greece, Macedonia fight over nation's name

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For a quarter century, Greece and Macedonia have been at loggerheads over a seemingly intractable dispute that goes to the very heart of the small Balkan country's very existence and national identity: its name. More>>

Love in the air: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

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Pope Francis has performed the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants on a flight in Chile. More>>

Venezuela talks stalled over remark on slain rebel policeman

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A top official's claim that Venezuelan opposition leaders helped reveal the hideout of a rebel police officer who was later killed by security forces have stalled talks that aim to resolve the country's deep political and economic crisis. More>>

Turkey extends post-coup state of emergency

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Turkey's parliament has extended for a sixth time the state of emergency that was imposed in the wake of a 2016 failed coup attempt. More>>

Prince Harry, Meghan Markel visit Wales in whirlwind tour

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Prince Harry continues to introduce his American fiancee to new parts of Britain ahead of their planned wedding in May. More>>

NATO head urges Macedonia to end dispute with Greece, reform

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NATO's secretary general urged Macedonia on Thursday to solve its 25-year-old name dispute with alliance member Greece and proceed with wide-ranging reforms if it wants its membership bid to succeed. More>>

Ukraine passes bill to get occupied regions back from Russia

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The Ukrainian parliament has passed a bill referring to the regions in the country's east controlled by Russia-backed separatists. More>>

Russia marks 75 years since breaking Nazi siege of Leningrad

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President Vladimir Putin is attending events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the break of Nazi's siege of Leningrad. More>>

The Latest: 6 dead as high winds sweep across western Europe

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Dutch flag carrier KLM has cancelled 220 flights to and from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport as a powerful westerly storm lashes the Netherlands and other parts of Europe. More>>

28 aid workers killed in South Sudan last year, a new high

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28 aid workers killed in South Sudan last year, a new high amid civil war, UN report says. More>>

Outdoor artworks illuminate London in Lumiere Festival

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The dark January streets of London are being transformed into an illuminated outdoor gallery as part of the Lumiere arts festival. More>>

Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F

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Authorities in the Russian region of Yakutia where temperatures have dropped to record lows are not reporting any disruptions of heating or crucial supplies. More>>

Tap and donate: Paris church now takes contactless cards

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A Catholic church in Paris will start using a contactless card payment system to taking collections during Sunday mass. More>>

UK media: Police probe 3rd Spacey sex assault allegation

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Britain's media say police in London are investigating a third allegation of sexual assault against two-time Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey. More>>

Migrants shift to old, risky route to Spain and Europe

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Record numbers of migrants and asylum-seekers are arriving through the hazardous Western Mediterranean route into Europe. More>>

Europe's top rights body urges Romania to fight graft

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The Council of Europe's anti-corruption body says Romania should do more to prevent and combat high-level corruption. More>>

Top Italian criminal lawyer to run as candidate for League

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One of Italy's top criminal defense lawyers to run for anti-migrant, right-wing League party in upcoming vote. More>>

Zimbabwe's leader: 1st post-Mugabe elections in May or June

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Zimbabwe's president says elections to be in May or June; pressured to deliver a credible vote. More>>

Merkel still in charge of her future amid impasse in Germany

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Angela Merkel has defied many forecasts of her looming political demise in 12 years as German chancellor. More>>

German lawmakers vote to install anti-Semitism commissioner

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German lawmakers have voted to install a commissioner who would coordinate government activities against anti-Semitism. More>>

5 detained over fire bombs thrown at Tunisia synagogues

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A judge in Tunisia has ordered the detention of five people suspected of throwing Molotov cocktails at two synagogues during protests over price hikes. More>>

Searches at French baby milk maker after salmonella scare

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French authorities are searching five sites run by dairy giant Lactalis in an investigation into the botched recall of baby milk products after a salmonella scare. More>>

Italian prosecutors break up Chinese transport mafia

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Anti-mafia prosecutors say they have broken up a Chinese organized crime ring that used money from criminal activities to force their way into the transport sector, not only in Italy but elsewhere in Europe. More>>

Pair of Chinese giant pandas get snowy welcome in Finland

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A pair of pandas has arrived to Finland as China's gift to the small Nordic nation that marked centenary of its independence last year, and as the latest installment of Beijing's "panda diplomacy" throughout the world. More>>

The Latest: Syria vows to shoot down Turkish fighter jets

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Turkey's military says the country's chief of military staff and intelligence chief have traveled to Russia for talks on the situation in Syria. More>>

Turkey uses large crane to remove skidded plane from slope

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Turkish authorities are using a large crane to lift a passenger plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey and stopped on the side of a slope meters away from the Black Sea. More>>

Israel says it killed Palestinian sought in settler slaying

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In pre-dawn raid, Israeli forces kill Palestinian wanted in fatal shooting of West Bank rabbi. More>>

German court convicts Algerian of supporting IS group

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A German court has convicted an Algerian man of supporting the Islamic State group for helping plan the smuggling of a would-be fighter to IS-held terrority in Syria. More>>

London Zoo names okapi 'Meghan' to celebrate royal wedding

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London Zoo honors Prince Harry's fiancee by naming newborn okapi "Meghan". More>>

Abortion protesters throw red paint at Polish party building

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Police say that protesters in Poland threw balloons with red paint against the headquarters of the ruling conservative Law and Justice party, leaving marks on the building. More>>

52 people die in bus fire in Kazakhstan

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Emergency officials in Kazakhstan say 52 people have died when a bus carrying them caught fire. More>>

Romanians apologize to Japan's prime minister over visit

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Hundreds of Romanians have apologized to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe whose visit to Romania at the end of a European tour fell short on protocol and diplomacy. More>>

South Africa's Ramaphosa denounces graft before Davos forum

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South Africa's deputy president urges state prosecutors to target suspects in corruption scandals, some of which have been linked to a business family with close ties to President Jacob Zuma. More>>

Human Rights Watch says Trump era encourages world dictators

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Human Rights Watch says that new intolerance in countries like the U.S. is encouraging oppressive strongmen from Russia to China and Turkey. More>>

Nearly 4 years on, much of Syrian rebel 'capital' abandoned

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4 years on and with no funds for rebuilding, ancient heart of Homs still abandoned ruins. More>>

Pakistan, India trade fire in Kashmir, killing 4

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Officials say Pakistani, Indian troops trade gunfire in disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing 3 civilians and a soldier. More>>

Violinists and cheering squads: North Korea's Olympic lineup

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Even without many medal prospects, North Korea plans to send a spotlight-stealing delegation to the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea. More>>

Saudi Arabia to transfer $2 billion after urgent Yemen plea

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Saudi Arabia to transfer $2 billion to Yemen following appeal to save the local currency from 'complete collapse'. More>>

Families of captive French jihadis sue to bring them home

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The families of French Islamic State followers being held by Kurdish forces are suing to bring the women and children home, saying they have no hope of fair treatment in a place where their captors aren't even recognized as a government. More>>

Amid spat with Turkey, Tillerson denies Syria border force

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it's crucial for the U.S. to maintain a military presence in Syria to prevent an Islamic State resurgence. More>>

2 Americans, 2 Canadians kidnapped in central Nigeria

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American, Canadian kidnapped by gunmen in central Nigeria; police officer killed. More>>

Pope has tough words for indigenous, Chile during Mass

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Pope Francis goes to Chile's Araucania region Wednesday, where several churches have been firebombed amid a long-running conflict between indigenous Mapuche and government authorities. More>>

France abandons plans to build new airport in the west

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Police are deploying extra forces to western France as the government prepares to decide whether to build an airport that has mobilized nearly a decade of sometimes violent protests. More>>

Ethiopia releases top opposition figure from prison

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Ethiopia releases top opposition figure from prison after vow to free detained politicians. More>>

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

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The two Koreas are meeting again to discuss North Korean participation in next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea. More>>

Macedonia president vetoes Albanian language bill

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Macedonia's president says he will veto a law making Albanian the country's second official language, describing the legislation as unnecessary and unconstitutional. More>>

Warning: Stifling sneezes can be health hazard in rare cases

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Man who suppressed sneeze by pinching his nose suffers ruptured throat, swollen neck and lost voice in "exceedingly rare" case in the UK. More>>

Judges rule for deported Mexican woman threatened by cartels

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A federal appeals court is ordering U.S. immigration authorities to reconsider the case of a Mexican mother of four U.S.-born children who was deported last year while claiming she faced targeting by a Mexican drug cartel. More>>

50 shows, 5 days: Fashion says "bonjour" to Paris menswear

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The travelling fashion press bid "ciao" to Milan and said "bonjour" to Paris on Wednesday - kicking off 50 fashion shows, endless parties, million-dollar business deals and menswear mania that will sweep the French capital for five days. More>>

Glowing red lava rolls down slopes of Philippine volcano

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Glowing red lava was rolling down the slopes of a Philippine volcano as authorities maintain a warning of a possible hazardous eruption. More>>

Nationalists allowed to join German parliament's soccer team

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A soccer team of German lawmakers has agreed to let several recently elected members of a nationalist party join its squad. More>>

Suicide attack at market in Nigeria's Maiduguri kills 12

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12 killed, 48 others wounded in double suicide attack at market in Nigeria's Maiduguri city. More>>

Attacker of Russian radio host diagnosed with schizophrenia

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A Russian radio station says the man who has stabbed and seriously wounded one of its journalists has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. More>>

Turkey to extend state of emergency amid freedom concerns

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Turkey is set to extend a state of emergency for the sixth time since it was imposed following failed 2016 coup attempt. More>>

After US cuts, Palestinian refugee agency seeks donations

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The U.N. agency that serves Palestinian refugees and their descendants says it is launching a global fund-raising appeal in hopes of making up for funding cuts announced by the United States. More>>

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