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Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

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Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 1.6 million Muslim faithful from abroad have arrived in the ultraconservative kingdom. More>>

Toll rises to 42 in Italy bridge collapse ahead of funerals

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Italian media say three more bodies have been found in rubble of the Genoa bridge collapse, raising death toll to 41. More>>

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

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Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. More>>

Thousands await rescue amid deadly south Indian floods

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Thousands of stranded people are waiting for rescue as relentless monsoon floods batter the south Indian state of Kerala, where more than 170 have died in a little over a week and much of the state is at least partially submerged. More>>

Putin attends Austria wedding, to meet Merkel for gas talks

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is flying to Austria to attend the wedding Saturday of the country's foreign minister, before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. More>>

The Latest: Across Africa, mourning over Kofi Annan

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The Latest: The Elders 'shocked and deeply saddened' by Kofi Annan's death. More>>

Peak-lovers piqued as Welsh mountain downgraded to hill

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The Welsh mountain Fan y Big has had a comedown _ it has been downgraded to a hill. More>>

Turkey's president says country will defy economic threats

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Turkey's president has said his country will stand strong against an "attempted economic coup" amid heightened tensions with the United States. More>>

Pakistan's Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister

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Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan has been sworn in as prime minister after his party won the most votes in last month's election despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf. More>>

Getting personal: US, Turkish leaders feud over arrest

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Turkey's currency remains steady against the dollar despite an apparent threat of possible new sanctions by U.S. President Donald Trump. More>>

The Latest: Imam blesses coffins of 2 Italian bridge victims

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Italian state radio says the body of a 30-year-old man was found Saturday in the Genoa bridge collapse, bringing the toll to 42 dead. More>>

UK military academy probes waterboarding claim

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Authorities at Britain's Sandhurst military academy say they are investigating allegations that two cadets waterboarded another at the officer-training school. More>>

The Latest: Moody's cuts Turkey's credit rating further

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Turkey's state-run news agency says a higher Turkish court has also rejected an appeal for the release from detention of an American pastor who is at the center of a Turkish-U.S. spat. More>>

Anger engulfs families as Italy buries its bridge victims

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Excavators have begun clearing large sections of the collapsed highway bridge in the Italian city of Genoa in the search for people still missing three days after the deadly accident. More>>

Taliban say no peace with 'occupation,' want US talks

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The leader of the Taliban says there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign "occupation" continues, reiterating the group's position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States. More>>

Catalan seaside resort marks anniversary of attack

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A Catalan seaside resort has marked the anniversary of an attack that killed one and injured six following deadlier violence in Barcelona's Las Ramblas. More>>

US intensifies sanctions on Myanmar forces for rights abuses

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The U.S. Treasury is slapping sanctions on Myanmar security forces for their alleged involvement in violent campaigns against ethnic minorities across the Southeast Asia nation. More>>

Peru, Ecuador tighten requirements for Venezuela migrants

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Two South American nations are stiffening entry requirements for the flood of Venezuelans fleeing their nation's economic and humanitarian crisis, a move that could make their plight even more arduous. More>>

6.1 quake shakes Costa Rica near Panama; no major damage

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A strong earthquake has shaken southern Costa Rica near the border of Panama, knocking items off store shelves and knocking out power in places, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or major damage. More>>

People plucked from rooftops as Indian floods kill 324

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Rescuers are using helicopters and boats to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people in the past nine days. More>>

Mali opposition leader rejects presidential runoff result

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Mali's opposition leader Soumaila Cisse says he rejects results proclaiming incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita the winner of a runoff presidential election. More>>

'Most ancient' solid cheese found in dug up Egyptian jar

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Scientists have discovered that a solidified whitish substance in an ancient jar dug up in Egypt is "probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever found.". More>>

Pakistani lawmakers elect Imran Khan as prime minister

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Pakistani lawmakers gather in parliament to elect former cricket star turned politician Imran Khan as prime minister. More>>

Modi says India will send manned flight into space by 2022

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India will send a manned flight into space by 2022. More>>

The Latest: Italy buries its Genoa dead as emotions surge

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Davide Capello was driving across the bridge toward the Italian city of Genoa when suddenly, the road dropped out from under him. More>>

Culinary greats honor late French master chef Joel Robuchon

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Hundreds of chefs, among them some of the world's top cooks, have gathered to pay their respects to one of the masters of French cuisine Joel Robuchon. More>>

US officials: Ex-IS fighter accepted in US as refugee

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An Iraqi man arrested in California is accused of being a former Islamic State fighter and killing a police officer in Iraq after he qualified to be resettled in the U.S. as part of a refugee program. More>>

Al-Qaida in Yemen denies AP report on secret deals with UAE

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Yemen's al-Qaida branch has denied an Associated Press report saying that it struck secret deals over territories it controls with the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in the country. More>>

Armenia's new PM marks 100 days in office with giant rally

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Armenia's new prime minister has marked his first 100 days in office by calling a rally that has attracted about 100,000 enthusiastic supporters. More>>

Bob Mackie's designs for Cher, Carol Burnett up for auction

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Bob Mackie-designed outfits worn by Cher, Carol Burnett, Diana Ross and others are going up for auction. More>>

Al-Qaida bomb master killed in US strike, officials say

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Yemeni officials and a tribal leader say al-Qaida's chief bomb maker behind the 2009 Christmas Day plot to down an airliner over Detroit was killed months ago by a U.S. drone strike. More>>

Romanian PM tells EU: Force against protesters was justified

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Romania's prime minister has defended the use of force by riot police during a violent protest that left more than 450 people injured. More>>

Woman whose family perished in Greek fire files lawsuit

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A woman whose husband and children died in a deadly forest fire in Greece has filed a criminal lawsuit against seven officials, including the country's interior minister, asserting they share the blame for the blaze that killed dozens. More>>

Stormy Daniels drops out of UK reality show at last minute

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Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress and nemesis of U.S. President Donald Trump, has pulled out of a British reality-TV show at the last minute after a dispute with producers. More>>

Palestinians say 2 killed by Israel fire at Gaza border

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Gaza's Health Ministry says a Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire at a protest along the border amid ongoing Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire. More>>

Could Brazil's da Silva really run? It's not likely

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Now that former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has registered his candidacy for president, experts say there is a narrow but unlikely path by which authorities could allow him to run. More>>

Nigeria construction site collapses, trapping several people

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Nigerian rescue officials say they are working to pull out a number of people trapped under the rubble of a collapsed shopping complex that was under construction in the capital, Abuja. More>>

Yemeni official says rebels storm WFP warehouse in port city

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A Yemeni minister has accused rival Houthi rebels of storming a warehouse used by the World Food Program to store humanitarian aid, in the war-torn Red Sea port city of Hodeida. More>>

Long-distance bus overturns on German highway, 22 hurt

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Authorities say a bus headed from Stockholm to Berlin has come off a highway in northeastern Germany and overturned, injuring 16. More>>

Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania

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The Vatican has called the sex abuse described in a grand jury report in Pennsylvania "criminal and morally reprehensible.". More>>

Tipping the scales: White lion cubs bulking up in Germany

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They're still tiny, but the white lion cubs at the Magdeburg zoo in eastern Germany are putting on weight fast. More>>

Moroccan feminist activist arrested amid abortion campaign

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A prominent Moroccan feminist who campaigns for abortion access and LGBT rights has been arrested for alleged public drinking and disturbance of order. More>>

Benjamin Smith is new CEO of Air France-KLM, unions worried

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Air France-KLM's unions voiced their concerns and skepticism after the company appointed Benjamin Smith as new CEO with the support of the French state. More>>

German charged over alleged combat role in Afghan Taliban

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Prosecutors have charged a German citizen accused of fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan, accusing him of membership in a terrorist organization, attempted murder and weapons offenses. More>>

Bishops request Vatican investigation as abuse crisis grows

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is inviting the Vatican to play a key role investigating the scandal involving former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with minors and adult seminarians. More>>

Indians gather as former premier Vajpayee is cremated

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Indians are paying homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his body is taken to his Hindu nationalist party's headquarters before cremation on the banks of the Yamuna River. More>>

Knives and guns: Serb-Russian youth camp closed after outcry

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Police have closed a summer youth camp on a mountain in western Serbia organized by Russian and Serbian far-right groups after a public outcry. More>>

Plane skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel

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A plane from China landing on a rain-soaked Manila runway in poor visibility has veered off in a muddy field with one engine and a wheel ripped off but no serious injuries among the 165 people aboard who scrambled out through an emergency slide. More>>

The Latest: Germany seeks refugee who may have been with IS

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German authorities say they're looking into a Yazidi woman's claim that she ran into a man who bought her as a slave in an Islamic State-ruled area of Iraq after arriving in Germany. More>>

UN rights chief condemns Bosnian Serb decision on Srebrenica

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The United Nations' human rights chief is condemning the Bosnian Serb legislature's decision to revoke support for a report acknowledging the 1995 massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. More>>

Former comedian appointed Slovenia's premier designate

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A former comedian whose party finished second in Slovenia's parliamentary election has been appointed prime minister designate. More>>

Bridge collapse highlights Italy's aging infrastructure

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The Italian government lashed out Thursday at the holding company for Autostrade per l'Italia for defending its financial interests in the face of the deadly bridge crash in Genoa without sparing a word for victims. More>>

Spain remembers terror attacks that killed 16 in Catalonia

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Spain's King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez are among hundreds of people attending official ceremonies in Barcelona marking the first anniversary of terror attacks that killed 16 people. More>>

Judge finds conspiracy to kill Kim with VX, women to testify

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Two women on trial for the assassination of the North Korean leader's half brother have arrived at a Malaysian court for a key ruling. More>>

The Latest: Trump tweets support for pastor jailed in Turkey

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron, during which Macron said that Turkey's economic stability is important for France. More>>

Ugandan pop star, a government critic, faces military court

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Ugandan pop star, an outspoken government critic, to face military court after clashes. More>>

India's Vajpayee, who set off nuke race and peace, has died

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Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies after a prolonged illness. More>>

Merkel, Putin share a headache: Donald Trump

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday _ thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump. More>>

Afghan IS branch claims deadly attack on Shiites in Kabul

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Afghan authorities revise down death toll from previous day's suicide bombing in Shite area to 34 killed, not 48. More>>

Plane skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel

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A plane from China has skidded off a runway at Manila's airport while landing in a downpour and its 157 passengers and eight crew members have been evacuated safely by emergency slides. More>>

The Latest: Amnesty: Kabul attack on Shiites is 'war crime'

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The Latest: Police say gunmen besiege compound belonging to Afghan intelligence service in Kabul. More>>

The Latest: Indonesian to testify when murder trial resumes

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A Malaysian judge has ruled the two women charged with murdering the North Korean leader's half brother should begin entering their defense. More>>

Turkish finance chief tries to reassure investors on crisis

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The Turkish lira has rebound from record losses a day after Qatar pledged US$15 billion in investments to help Turkey's economy. More>>

The Latest: Bridge collapse death toll lowered by 1 to 38 Video included

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The holding company for Autostrade per l'Italia was facing a volatile trading day after the government announced it would take steps to revoke the concession following the deadly bridge collapse in Genoa. More>>

Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

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The Russian military says the number of drone attacks on its main base in Syria has increased. More>>

German passenger jet makes safe unscheduled landing on Crete

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Greek state TV says a passenger plane flying from Egypt to Germany with 250 passengers has made an unscheduled landing on the island of Crete after reporting a potential bomb threat. More>>

Moscow bristles at US sanctions on Russian company

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Russia warned that the latest U.S. sanctions against a Russian company accused by Washington of breaching international restrictions on North Korea could undermine denuclearization talks with Pyongyang. More>>

Russian court frees from jail 2 teenagers in extremism case

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Moscow court releases two teenagers facing extremism charges from jail and puts them under house arrest. More>>

Italy lowers confirmed death toll to 38 in Genoa collapse Video included

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The Atlantia holding company that controls Italy's main highway operator says that government pledges to revoke the concession were made without citing specific failures and before cause of deadly bridge collapse has been determined. More>>

Pakistan's ruling party suspends lawmaker for assault

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Pakistan's ruling party of Imran Khan suspends newly elected lawmaker over video of him beating up a citizen. More>>

Scottish neo-Nazi jailed for 12 years for bomb-making bid

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A Scottish man with far-right views has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempting to build a bomb that prosecutors say could have caused carnage. More>>

In US dispute, a few Turks destroy iPhones in online posts

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A small number of Turks are responding to their president's call to boycott American electronic goods by posting videos in which they smash iPhones with bats, hammers and other blunt instruments. More>>

US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

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A 45-year-old Iraqi refugee has been arrested in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while serving with the Islamic State terror organization. More>>

Turkey braces for hard times amid currency crisis, US spat

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Some Turks are reacting with defiance to their plunging currency and an escalating dispute with the United States, in an indication that they are ready to endure economic pain and risk further deterioration in a Cold War-era alliance. More>>

Physician to Queen Elizabeth II killed in cycling accident

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A physician to Queen Elizabeth II Has been killed by a truck as he cycled through central London. More>>

Mali's president wins runoff vote with more than 67 percent

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Mali's president wins runoff election with more than 67 percent of the vote. More>>

New Amnesty leader slams Trump for breaking up families

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New Amnesty leader slams Trump's family separations as 'one of the worst atrocities' in years. More>>

Mattis says US will work more closely with Argentina

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is pledging closer defense cooperation with Argentina. More>>

UN panel calls on Bahrain to release activist Nabeel Rajab

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UN panel says Bahrain should immediately release imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab. More>>

New Malaysian government repeals law banning 'fake news'

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Malaysia's new government has repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting "fake news," in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers. More>>

Vienna authorities ban eating on subway trains

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Authorities in Vienna have decided to ban passengers from eating in the Austrian capital's subway trains. More>>

Brussels highlights sun-splashed summer with flower carpet

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Brussels is highlighting its sun-splashed summer with a Mexican-themed carpet of over half a million flowers on its historic Grand-Place. More>>

Polish president vetoes law on EU Parliament elections

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The Polish president has vetoed a law on elections to the European Union Parliament that would have benefited large political parties and made it harder for small parties to reach a threshold to get seats. More>>

UK police given more time to quiz Parliament crash suspect

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British police have been given more time to question the suspect in a car crash outside Parliament that injured three people. More>>

Nuke talks uncertain, US hits shippers with NKorea sanctions

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The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on three companies it says are helping North Korea with illicit shipments of goods to fund its nuclear program. More>>

Doctor killed, assistant injured in stabbing in Germany

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Police say a doctor has been killed and an assistant seriously injured in a stabbing at a medical practice in southwestern Germany. More>>

Judge criticizes German officials over radical's deportation

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A judge is accusing German authorities of testing the limits of the law in the deportation to Tunisia of a suspected former aide to Osama bin Laden. More>>

Japanese emperor tries to make amends for his father's war

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Japan's Emperor Akihito has expressed deep remorse over his country's role in World War II as he made his last appearance at a ceremony marking the end of the hostilities. More>>

The Latest: Survivors describe Italy bridge collapse Video included

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The Latest: Italian authorities have raised death toll in the Genoa highway bridge collapse to at least 37. More>>

Turkey increases tariffs on some US goods, escalating feud

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Turkey is increasing tariffs on imports of series of U.S. products, escalating a feud with the United States that has helped trigger a currency crisis. More>>

Italy hunts for blame in bridge collapse that killed 39 Video included

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Rescue and recovery efforts continued through the night into the morning in Italy following the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa, while authorities raised the death toll to 35 with three missing. More>>

Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, killing 48

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Afghans are emerging from their homes and some shops are reopening in Ghazni nearly a week after a massive Taliban assault, as sporadic gunbattles continue in some parts of the eastern city. More>>

Cambodia's ruling party swept seats, official results show

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Final results show Cambodia's ruling party swept the elections last month for the National Assembly, ensuring long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen another term but reinforcing skepticism of the vote's legitimacy. More>>

The Latest: Malta says Italy taking some Aquarius migrants

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The Latest: The Aquarius rescue ship has reached Malta's main port carrying 141 migrants rescued off Libya last Friday but whose landfall was delayed as European states bartered over who would take them. More>>

The Latest: UNICEF: Kabul attack on children 'deplorable'

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Afghan officials say a Taliban assault on two adjacent checkpoints in the northern Baghlan province has killed 30 soldiers and police. More>>

Congo's latest Ebola outbreak taking place in a war zone

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7 killed in rebel attack amid Congo's latest deadly Ebola outbreak; population sent fleeing. More>>

Judge may acquit women or call defense in Kim Jong Nam trial

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Women on trial in Malaysia for the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader's half brother could be acquitted Thursday or called to enter their defense, which could last several more months. More>>

UK police seek motive of Sudan-born Parliament car crasher

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British media are reporting that the suspect in the Parliament crash being treated as terrorism is 29-year old British citizen of Sudanese origin named Salih Khater. More>>

Zimbabwe president urges court to toss opposition challenge

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Lawyers representing Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa have filed papers urging the country's Constitutional Court to throw out an opposition challenge to his election. More>>

Britain: No Brexit deal would be "a huge strategic mistake"

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British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says it would be "a huge strategic mistake" if no deal is struck before Britain leaves the European Union in March as Brexit talks have stalled. More>>

Poland marks Army Day with parade, call for US military base

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Poland's president voices hope for a permanent U.S. military presence in his country as the Eastern European nation put on a large military parade on its Army Day holiday. More>>

Germany creates 3rd gender identity for records: 'diverse'

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Germany's Cabinet has approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as "diverse," complying with a Supreme Court ruling. More>>

New Amnesty International leader's 1st move targets Zimbabwe

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New Amnesty International leader's 1st move targets Zimbabwe, 'injustices of the past'. More>>

Publisher John Calder, champion of edgy authors, dies at 91

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Influential publisher John Calder, who championed avant-garde authors and battled censorship, has died. More>>

A partial list of victims in the Genoa bridge collapse Video included

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A partial list of the 39 people who died in the collapse of the Genoa highway bridge on Tuesday. More>>

Forgotten remnant of Berlin Wall found in central district

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A local official has discovered a forgotten remnant of the Berlin Wall close to the new headquarters of Germany's foreign intelligence service. More>>

Armenian police says officers injured in scuffle at station

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Police in Armenia say that they have detained a man on charges of assaulting and injuring police officers in an incident that followed an attack on a group of gay people. More>>

Northern Ireland marks 20 years since deadly Omagh blast

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Bereaved families are marking the 20th anniversary of the Omagh bombing, the deadliest attack in Northern Ireland's four decades of violence. More>>

Putin hosts Turkmen counterpart after signing Caspian deal

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted the leader of Turkmenistan for talks following the signing of an agreement on the status of the Caspian Sea. More>>

Danes to fence German border to stop boars with swine fever

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Danes will erect a 70-kilometer (43.4-mile) fence along the German border to stop wild boars from crossing, in the hope of preventing the spread of African swine fever that can jeopardize the country's big pork industry. More>>

Putin to attend Austrian foreign minister's wedding

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The Kremlin says that President Vladimir Putin will attend the Austrian foreign minister's wedding. More>>

Man charged over mail bomb, threats to Swedish government

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Swedish prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old man with attempted murder for sending a letter bomb to a company in Britain and with other crimes for threatening letters sent to two dozen lawmakers in Sweden, including government members. More>>

Germany deports 46 rejected Afghan asylum-seekers

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German authorities say they have deported 46 Afghans whose asylum requests were rejected to their homeland. More>>

Greek soldiers freed from Turkish prison return to families

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Two Greek soldiers freed after spending months in a Turkish prison have been released from hospital following medical checks and are returning to their families, Greek authorities say. More>>

Dutch air traffic control problem grounds Schiphol flights

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A problem with an air traffic control communication system has briefly halted all flights to and from Amsterdam's busy Schiphol Airport. More>>

UK police return Buddha statue to India 57 years after theft

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London's Metropolitan police have returned a 12th century statue of Buddha to India after recovering it 57 years after it was stolen. More>>

Lombok lifted 10 inches by quake that killed nearly 400

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Scientists say the powerful Indonesian earthquake that killed more than 300 people lifted the island it struck by as much as 25 centimeters (10 inches). More>>

Foe accused by Maduro says Venezuela military is fracturing

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The exiled opposition leader accused by Venezuelan authorities of directing a failed plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro says the greatest threat to the embattled socialist leader may be his detractors in uniform standing quietly behind him. More>>

5 nations sign deal on Caspian Sea water, fishing rights

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Leaders of the five countries along the Caspian Sea have signed a convention aimed at ending decades-long uncertainty over exploitation of its resources. More>>

North Korea marks war anniversary, preps for big spectacle

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North Korea marks the anniversary of World War II's end with a series of low-key celebrations ahead of what is expected to be a much bigger event next month. More>>

Swedish police say suspect in car fires arrested in Turkey

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Police say that a man suspected of arson in connection with dozens of car fires in Goteborg, Sweden's second largest city, has been arrested in Turkey. More>>

Senior Chinese monk accused of sexual misconduct quits post

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One of China's most high-profile monks has resigned from a top national post following reports of sexual misconduct. More>>

UN refugee agency demands end to Mediterranean impasses

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The U.N. refugee agency is urging European countries to end a string of impasses over ships carrying rescued migrants and put together a Mediterranean regional arrangement that makes clear where such vessels can dock. More>>

Bus crash in Ecuador kills 24 people, injures 22

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Ecuadorean officials say at least 23 people died and another 14 were injured when a long-distance bus overturned on a highway near Ecuador's capital. More>>

UK police treat Parliament crash as terrorism, seek motive Video included

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London police say that a car has crashed into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament and that there are a number of injured. More>>

Chile authorities raid Episcopal Conference in abuse probe

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Chilean authorities raid Catholic Church's Episcopal Conference in sex abuse investigation. More>>

Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26 Video included

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The news agency ANSA says a bridge has partially collapsed near the northern port city of Genoa. More>>

2 Greek soldiers released from Turkish jail return to Greece

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Two Greek soldiers freed from a Turkish prison have returned to their home country on a government jet after their unexpected release eased tensions between the historical rivals. More>>

Albania hit by magnitudes 5.4 and 5.1 tremors; homes crack

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 struck off northern Albania on Saturday, damaging some buildings authorities said. More>>

The Latest: Italy authorities raise bridge death toll to 26 Video included

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The Latest: Italian authorities say that about 10 vehicles were involved when a raised highway collapsed during a sudden and violent storm in the northern port city of Genoa. More>>

Taliban overrun Afghan army base, kill 17 troops

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Officials: Afghan forces still clearing city of Ghazni of Taliban fighters on 5th day following massive insurgent attack. More>>

Chile: 10 women killed in nursing home fire

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Chilean authorities say that at least 10 elderly people have been killed as a fire swept through a nursing home. More>>

Official: Venezuelan general arrested in assassination plot

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Prosecutors in Venezuela say they've arrested two high-ranking military officers suspected in an assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro. More>>

German economy defies trade gloom with strong growth

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Official data show that the German economy grew by 0.5 percent in the second quarter compared with the previous three-month period, accelerating slightly. More>>

Malta to let rescue boat dock with 141 migrants aboard

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Two French officials are urging national authorities to allow docking access to a boat carrying 141 migrants rescued last week in the Mediterranean Sea, stressing humanitarian concerns. More>>

Uganda opposition figure held after anti-president protest

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An official says a prominent opposition figure has been detained following violent clashes Monday night that allegedly started when the president's motorcade was pelted with stones. More>>

Duterte: China should temper its behavior in disputed waters

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Duterte, who has long tried to nurture closeness between Philippines and China, says Beijing is wrong to claim airspace above man-made islands and surrounding waters in South China Sea and should not tell others to leave. More>>

The Latest: Germany says it will take 60 migrants

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Malta says it will allow the private rescue ship Aquarius, carrying 141 migrants aboard, enter port as part of an EU deal. More>>

The Latest: UK police say properties raided after car crash

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The Latest: London's Metropolitan Police say no one is in a life-threatening condition following a car crash outside the Houses of Parliament. More>>

Turkey's Erdogan vows US boycott, but diplomats resume talks

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The Turkish currency has stabilized near record lows as investors look to a speech by the finance chief later in the day. More>>

Male model convicted of murdering rival after online feud

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A British fashion model has been convicted of murdering a more successful rival after a social media-fueled dispute. More>>

Australia archbishop gets house detention for abuse cover-up

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The most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse has been ordered by an Australian court to serve his 1-year sentence in home detention rather than jail. More>>

Swedish leader voices anger after dozens of cars are burned

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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven lashes out at those who set fire to dozens of cars in southwest Sweden, asking them 'what the heck are you doing?'. More>>

Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban Alex Jones, Infowars

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defend company decision not to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his "Infowars" show. More>>

US, Israeli embassies in Berlin receive letters with powder

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Berlin police say threatening letters containing a white powder were sent to both the American and Israeli embassies in the German capital. More>>

Activist compares Beijing's rule in Hong Kong to colonialism

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A Hong Kong independence activist decried Beijing's rule as modern-day colonialism in a speech to a foreign journalists' association that defied the Chinese government's demand to cancel the event. More>>

Indonesia woman irked by mosque noise on trial for blasphemy

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Indonesian prosecutors have sought an 18-month prison term for a woman who was charged with blasphemy after she complained about the volume of a mosque's loudspeakers. More>>

Poland sets Oct 21 as the date for key local elections

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The Polish government announced that a first round of voting in local elections this fall will take place Oct. 21, with a runoff in mayoral races Nov. 4. More>>

Beijing: Anti-China forces are criticizing Uighur crackdown

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China is blaming "anti-China forces" for the growing criticism of Beijing's policies in a far western region where large groups of ethnic Uighurs are being detained in internment camps. More>>

Syria vows to help refugees return, wants sanctions lifted

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Syrian government officials have vowed to ensure the safe return of refugees and are urging Western countries to encourage the process by lifting sanctions. More>>

The Latest: Afghan aid group offers to help Ghazni's wounded

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The Latest: Afghan spokesman says Taliban have overrun a military base in country's north, killing 17 troops. More>>

Dutch government honors outgoing UN human rights chief

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The Dutch government is honoring the outgoing U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights with one of its most prestigious awards. More>>

Turkey tries to contain crisis but currency keeps falling

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Turkey's Central Bank has announced a series of measures to help banks manage their liquidity, after the country's finance chief said the government had readied an "action plan" to ease market concerns that led to a slump in the value of Turkish currency. More>>

Tunisian leader backs equal inheritance rights for women

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Tunisia's president has promised to submit a bill to parliament that aims to give women equal inheritance rights with men, as debate over the topic of inheritance reverberates around the Muslim world. More>>

UK Labour leader under fire over Palestinian wreath-laying

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British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, facing allegations of enabling anti-Semitism, has acknowledged he was present at a wreath-laying to Palestinians allegedly linked to the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. More>>

Now with power to long rule China, Xi beset by challenges

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Just months after clearing the way to rule in perpetuity, China's president and ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is beset by a wave of economic, foreign policy and domestic political challenges. More>>

AP Interview: Malaysia's Mahathir aims to scrap China deals

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Malaysia's prime minister says he will seek to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects that were signed by his predecessor as his government works to dig itself out of debt. More>>

UN report: Up to 30,000 Islamic State members in Iraq, Syria

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A U.N. report says the Islamic State extremist group has an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 members roughly equally distributed between Syria and Iraq and its global network poses a rising threat _ as does al-Qaida. More>>

Key Afghan city turned into 'ghost town' by deadly battles Video included

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Kabul says battle with the Taliban in city of Ghazni has killed about 100 Afghan forces, 20 civilians. More>>

Rival Korea leaders to meet in Pyongyang in September

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The rival Koreas have begun high-level talks to set the date and the venue for a third summit between their leaders. More>>

China to UN panel: No arbitrary detention in Uighur region

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China is insisting that there is no "arbitrary detention" and there are no "re-education centers" in the Xinjiang region after a U.N. human rights committee raised concern over reported mass detentions of ethnic Uighurs. More>>

Israel detains prominent Jewish-American critic at airport

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A prominent Jewish-American commentator who has been critical of Israel says he was detained by Israeli airport authorities and interrogated about his political views before he was allowed to enter the country. More>>

UAE responds to AP report on deals with al-Qaida in Yemen

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The United Arab Emirates says it is actively fighting al-Qaida's branch in Yemen after an Associated Press report outlined how Emirati forces cut secret deals with the militants to get them to abandon territory. More>>

EU seeks safe harbor for ship carrying 141 rescued migrants

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Italy's transport minister says that Britain should take in 141 migrants picked up by a rescue ship that sails under a Gibraltar flag. More>>

His name is Idris Elba, but will he be first black Bond?

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British actor Idris Elba is stoking speculation he may take over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig steps aside, offering an enigmatic Twitter post that fueled the buzz about him becoming the first black Bond. More>>

Israeli teen admits to desecrating WWII death camp in Poland

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A police spokesman in eastern Poland says an Israeli teen has admitted to dropping his pants at the former Nazi German death camp of Majdanek and is facing a fine. More>>

3 WWII bombs removed from Baltic Sea resort in Poland

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More than 2,000 people were evacuated Monday while Polish navy experts removed three World War II bombs from the Baltic Sea bed at the vacation resort of Kolobrzeg, officials said. More>>

Helicopter crashes in Tajikistan's Pamir Mountains, 5 dead

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Tajikistan's Emergencies Committee says five people have died in the crash-landing of a helicopter carrying climbers in the Central Asian nation. More>>

Israel protests to Romania after tourists beaten by police

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Israel's embassy has protested an incident involving four Israeli tourists who were dragged out of a taxi and beaten during a recent protest that degenerated into violence. More>>

Minister in Poland calls LGBT march a 'parade of sodomites'

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Poland's right-wing defense minister has used the term "sodomites" to describe the recent LGBT rights march while giving an interview on a pro-government Catholic television. More>>

The Latest: Malta rescues 114 migrants from sinking dinghy

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Dozens in the northwestern Bosnian town of Bihac are protesting the government's response to an unprecedented influx of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. More>>

Court orders former Armenian president released from jail

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The lawyer for former Armenian president Robert Kocharian says he has been released from custody on a court order. More>>

Death toll from quake that hit Indonesian island passes 430

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The death toll from the earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok a week ago has passed 430 and the government is estimating economic losses of least several hundred million dollars. More>>

Pentagon chief Mattis defends his reversal on Space Force

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he's satisfied that creating a Space Force as a separate military service is the right way to reorganize the Pentagon's approach to space. More>>

Germany's Merkel slaps down talk of working with leftists

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has slapped down an ally's suggestion that her conservatives could work with the post-communist Left Party in the country's east, an idea that appals many on the right. More>>

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