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Hong Kong set to get new leader as anointed by Beijing

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A committee dominated by pro-Beijing elites is set to cast ballots to choose Hong Kong's next leader in the first such vote since 2014's huge pro-democracy protests. More>>

US acknowledges its forces were behind airstrike on Mosul

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Iraq's parliament speaker has expressed concern over reports of airstrikes that have allegedly killed more than 100 civilians in western Mosul where U.S.-backed government troops are fighting the Islamic State group. More>>

The Latest: Madrid protest backs citizens' rights in Brexit

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Residents of Rome are avoiding the city center as authorities brace for the possibility of violent protests during a European Union summit. More>>

Erdogan: Turkey might hold referendum on EU membership

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Turkey's president says the country might pursue a Brexit-like referendum on whether to pursue European Union membership. More>>

Armed heist at Cartier shop in Monaco, 1 suspect captured

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Police in Monaco say robbers carried out an armed heist in a luxurious Cartier jewelry boutique in Monte Carlo. More>>

Thousands march to protest abortion in Romanian capital

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Several thousand people including Orthodox priests have marched through the Romanian capital and other cities to express their opposition to abortion and their support for family life. More>>

Serbian PM to visit Putin ahead of April 2 presidential vote

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Serbia's populist prime minister says he will pay an official visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the trip apparently intended to boost his bid for the Serbian presidency. More>>

Airstrikes across rebel-held Syria kill and wound scores

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Syrian opposition activists say airstrikes have struck the northwestern rebel-held city of Idlib, inflicting casualties. More>>

London attacker had worked in Saudi Arabia teaching English

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The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London says that the Westminster attacker was in the country three times and taught English there. More>>

Congolese militia decapitates more than 40 police: Officials

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Congolese militia decapitates more than 40 policemen in province where deadly violence grows. More>>

Belarus police arrest over 400 protesters; many are beaten

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Riot police in the Belarusian capital have raided the office of a human-rights group hours ahead of an attempt by opposition activists to mount a large protest demonstration. More>>

Hamas vows revenge at slain militant's funeral in Gaza

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A former Palestinian prisoner whom Israel sent to Gaza after his release has been found shot dead at the entrance of his house in Gaza City. More>>

Only UKIP lawmaker in British Parliament quits anti-EU party

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The UK Independence Party is losing its only member of the British Parliament in a blow to the upstart anti-Europe party's future. More>>

Pope visits Milan housing project; urges compassion for poor

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Pope Francis has arrived in Milan on a one-day visit to the world's largest diocese and the home base of his main competition for the papacy, Cardinal Angelo Scola. More>>

EU puts pen to paper, signs unity pledge on 60th anniversary

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European Union leaders are gathering in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of their founding treaty and chart a way ahead following the decision of Britain to leave the 28-nation bloc. More>>

Roadside bomb, sniper kill 4 policemen in Egypt's Sinai

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Egyptian security officials say a roadside bomb planted by suspected Islamic militants has hit a police armored vehicle in the north of the Sinai peninsula, killing three members of the security forces. More>>

Poles celebrate EU with march on bloc's 60th anniversary

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Thousands of Poles have marched through Warsaw, waving European Union and Polish flags in a show of support for the troubled European project as leaders in Rome marked the 60th anniversary of its founding treaty. More>>

Tens of thousands in London protest Britain's EU departure

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Thousands of demonstrators are gathering under sunny skies in central London to protest plans for Britain to withdraw from the European Union. More>>

Trump son-in-law's ties to Israel raise questions of bias

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The family real estate company of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son in law and senior adviser, has longstanding business ties to Israel, including an ongoing real estate deal with an Israeli insurance company. More>>

Dozens arrested in Kyrgyzstan protest over jailed dissident

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Supporters of a jailed former parliament member tried to break through a police cordon outside the national security agency's headquarters in Kyrgyzstan's capital, but police turned them back with flash grenades and arrested dozens. More>>

Turkish chocolate festival features bust of President Trump

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One of the highlights at a Turkish chocolate festival has been U.S. President Donald Trump _ made of cake icing. More>>

Bulgarian nationalists protest at Turkish border before vote

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Bulgarian nationalists kept up their protests at the Turkish border Saturday against Bulgarian citizens living permanently in Turkey who are coming in vote in Bulgaria's election. More>>

Third Airbus plane purchased by Iran lands in Tehran

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Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that the third of 100 planes it purchased from Airbus following landmark nuclear with world powers has joined its commercial fleet. More>>

Police clash with anti-Christian mob in southern Egypt

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Police have used tear gas to disperse an angry mob of Muslims approaching Christian homes in southern Egypt. More>>

EU transport chief calls for European car toll system

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The European Union's transport commissioner is calling for a continentwide car toll system that would enable motorists to use all European roads without having to stop at borders. More>>

McCain calls for Tillerson to be given team at US State Dept

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U.S. Sen. John McCain is urging President Donald Trump to nominate a team of senior officials at the State Department to back up new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. More>>

Congo must help search for missing UN experts: Rights group

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Congo must help in search for missing UN experts as deadly violence grows, rights group says. More>>

UN: Israel didn't comply with UN call to stop settlements

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The United Nations says Israel took no steps to comply with a Security Council call to stop all settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and instead authorized "a high rate" of settlement expansions in violation of international law. More>>

Corroded South Korean ferry loaded onto transport vessel

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Salvage crews are towing a corroded 6,800-ton South Korean ferry toward a transport vessel after it was successfully raised from waters off the country's southwest coast. More>>

The Latest: White House congratulates European Union

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Poland's prime minister will sign the declaration from the weekend's European Union summit, saying it's a compromise acceptable to all. More>>

General favors more aggressive approach in Somalia

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The commander of U.S. Africa Command says he would like to be granted more authority to battle al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia. More>>

Canada pulls vehicle license plate deemed offensive

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A Canadian provincial government has withdrawn a man's personalized license plate, saying Lorne Grabher's surname is offensive to women when viewed on his car bumper. More>>

London attacker cheerful, joking on eve of deadly rampage

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London's top anti-terror officer says two more "significant arrests" have been made in connection with the Westminster attack, in central and northern England. More>>

The Latest: UK honors lawmaker who tried to save policeman

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London's top terror officer says Khalid Masood, who attacked Britain's Parliament, killing four people and wounding some 50, was born Adrian Russell Ajao. More>>

EU leaders converge on Rome to rekindle sense of unity

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Hurt by Britain's planned exit, European Union leaders are making a pilgrimage to Rome this weekend with the hope that a visit to the cradle of their project of unity can somehow rekindle the vigor of youth. More>>

Rachel Dolezal struggles after racial identity scandal

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A woman who rose to prominence as a black civil rights leader and then lost her job when her parents exposed her as being white is struggling to make a living these days. More>>

Aid group fears hundreds of migrants drowned off Libya

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A Spanish aid organization says that it fears that hundreds of migrants may have died off the coast of Libya after five bodies were found near two capsized boats while the search for a third vessel reported missing has so far proved futile. More>>

US-backed Syrian fighters reach IS-held dam in north Syria

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France's defense minister says battle to take IS main stronghold in Syria _ city of Raqqa _ will start in coming days. More>>

Pope urges EU: Resist 'false' security promised by populists

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Pope Francis urged European leaders on Friday to resist the "false forms of security" promised by populists who want to wall themselves off and instead bank on a future of greater solidarity and union. More>>

French president denounces rival's claims of dirty tricks

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French President Francois Hollande has vigorously denounced suggestions by the conservative presidential hopeful that he is trying to discredit political rivals behind the scenes by using dirty tricks. More>>

UN warns that destroying cultural heritage may be war crime

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The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage and warning the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and other combatants that such attacks may constitute war crimes. More>>

Luxembourg leader urges Trump to value EU relations more

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AP Interview: The leader of European Union founding nation Luxembourg is warning U.S. President Donald Trump that if he turns a cold shoulder on the EU it will be "a lose-lose situation" for both sides on the Atlantic. More>>

US-aided fighters face little resistance in Syrian operation

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A U.S. military spokesman says the Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters airlifted into combat in northern Syria earlier this week have encountered only light resistance, suggesting that the operation caught Islamic State militants by surprise. More>>

French president denounces rival's claims of dirty tricks

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French President Francois Hollande has vigorously denounced suggestions by the conservative presidential hopeful that he is trying to discredit political rivals behind the scenes by using dirty tricks. More>>

Ukraine: Russian agent killed Kremlin critic Voronenkov

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A senior Ukrainian official says the killer of Kremlin critic Denis Voronenkov, who was gunned down in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, was a Russian agent. More>>

Putin meets Le Pen, denies French election interference

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a surprise meeting with France's far-right presidential candidate and dismissed suggestions that Russia aims to influence the election in her favor. More>>

Colombia official says Venezuela raid may be tied to crisis

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A Colombian official said an incursion by Venezuelan troops may have been linked to Colombia's call for elections in the neighboring South American nation. More>>

Egypt's Mubarak free, acquitted after years-long detention

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Egyptian security official says ousted President Hosni Mubarak is back home, free after his release from detention. More>>

Naked group stages disruption by notorious Auschwitz gate

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A group of 11 people took off their clothes, killed a sheep and chained themselves together by the main gate of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz before being detained by police, officials said Friday. More>>

Sao Paulo street art debate over what makes cities livable

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A campaign to clean up and beautify Sao Paulo has come under fire after the city's new mayor painted over a series of well-known graffiti murals. More>>

Arab autocrats: Exiled, killed or fighting for survival

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From the ashes of Arab Spring revolts, Mideast autocrats exiled, killed or fighting for survival. More>>

Pakistan: More bloggers charged, cleric's rally blocked

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Three more bloggers accused of blasphemy as police blocked a rally by clerics in Islamabad seeking to press their calls for the death of social media activists accused of insulting Islam. More>>

Swiss find signs of spying linked to Turkish community

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Swiss federal prosecutors say they have "concrete indications" pointing to alleged political espionage by people linked to the Turkish community in Switzerland. More>>

Prince George to attend Thomas's Battersea school in London

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Kensington Palace says Prince George will attend the prep school, Thomas's Battersea, beginning in September of this year. More>>

Russia: 6 militants, 6 soldiers killed in Chechen firefight

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Russian authorities say six suspected militants and six soldiers were killed during a firefight in the volatile North Caucasus region. More>>

Iran says renewing UN special rapporteur mandate 'spiteful'

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Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi, has condemned as "selective and spiteful" the U.N. Human Rights Council's resolution to renew the mandate of the U.N. special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran. More>>

Serbia says no to NATO on alliance's airstrikes anniversary

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Serbia's prime minister has pledged that the Balkan country will never join NATO or any other military alliance as Serbia marked the 18th anniversary of the start of NATO airstrikes that stopped a crackdown in Kosovo. More>>

A look at victims of the attack outside London's Parliament

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A look at victims of the attack outside London's Parliament. More>>

US coalition investigating reports of deadly Mosul airstrike

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US-led coalition fighting IS probing reports of airstrike in western Mosul that allegedly killed more than 100 civilians. More>>

1 killed as large fire rips through Ukraine military arsenal

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A woman has died in an enormous fire at a Ukrainian munitions dump in the country's Kharkiv region near the Russian border. More>>

Appeals court won't allow suit against Palestinian Authority

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A federal appeals court says the families of Jewish worshippers who were killed or wounded during a 2011 attack in the West Bank can't sue the Palestinian Authority for damages in U.S. courts. More>>

Key events in the life of the ousted Egyptian president

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Key events in the life of the ousted Egyptian president, who has been released from detention and returned home. More>>

New video shows delay removing Theresa May from attack scene

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Newly published video showing Prime Minister Theresa May being rushed out of Parliament while an attack unfolded seems to show some confusion and delay on the part of her security detail as she was rushed to her Downing Street residence. More>>

Swiss authorities extradite war crimes suspect to Bosnia

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Prosecutors in Bosnia say a woman wanted for war crimes she allegedly committed against Serb civilians during the country's 1992-95 war has been extradited from Switzerland. More>>

The Latest: Clashes erupt near key IS-held dam in Syria

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The U.N. Syria envoy has kicked off the formal start of the fifth round of peace talks over 14 months between envoys from President Bashar Assad's government and opposition groups, amid few hopes for an immediate breakthrough. More>>

Israeli rights group video: Troops question Palestinian boy

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An Israeli rights group has released an amateur video it says shows soldiers detaining a terrified 8 year old Palestinian boy as they tried to get him to identify people who had thrown a firebomb in the West Bank. More>>

French candidate Macron wins key backer: defense chief

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Independent French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has won the backing of the defense minister, which could bolster voter confidence that the Macron is presidential material despite having no party and minimal political experience. More>>

International court orders reparations for Congo attack

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International Criminal Court orders reparations for deadly Congo attack. More>>

EU prolongs satellite support to Ukraine monitors

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The EU is prolonging its satellite imagery support to help observers monitor the conflict in eastern Ukraine. More>>

Geologist for Shell says company hid Nigeria spill dangers

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Royal Dutch Shell concealing hazards from Nigeria's worst oil spills, geologist says. More>>

Hamas TV channel builds Jerusalem set in Gaza

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Surrounded by militant training sites on uprooted Jewish settlement lands, the first movie set in the Gaza Strip is growing, depicting the history-rich, volatile alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City. More>>

Car bomb near Somalia presidential palace kills 1, hurts 2

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Car bomb near Somalia presidential palace kills at least 1 and wounds 2, police say. More>>

German state vote 1st test for Merkel's euphoric rivals

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party faces a tough test from its center-left rivals when one of Germany's smallest states kicks off the country's year of elections this weekend. More>>

At Baghdad rally, Iraq cleric threatens to boycott elections

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Iraq's influential Shiite cleric threatens to boycott upcoming elections, calls followers to a 'reform revolution'. More>>

AP Explains: Hong Kong's unusual system to pick its leader

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Hong Kong is poised to choose a new leader on Sunday when members of a committee dominated by pro-Beijing elites cast their ballots in the first such vote since 2014's huge pro-democracy protests. More>>

Sunken S.Korean ferry set to be loaded on transport vessel

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Nearly three years after it capsized and sank into the violent seas off South Korea's southwestern coast, workers slowly pulled up the 6,800-ton ferry Sewol from the waters on Thursday. More>>

UN report: Sanctions disrupt humanitarian aid to North Korea

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International sanctions on North Korea are taking a toll on humanitarian aid activities, according to a U.N.-led report. More>>

Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers

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Israeli police say they have arrested a 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man as the primary suspect in a string of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers in the U.S. Police say the suspect's motives are unclear. More>>

The Latest: Dozens of French teenagers return to homeland

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the attack outside Britain's Parliament in London. More>>

German parliament considers changing 'father of house' rules

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The president of the German parliament is suggesting changing the rules on who can become 'father of the house' amid fears that a nationalist politician could be entitled to the job after the next election. More>>

A look at victims of the attack outside London's Parliament Video included

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A look at victims of the attack outside London's Parliament. More>>

London defiant as IS claims attack by British ex-con, 52 Video included

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British armed police have carried out a raid on a property in the central English city of Birmingham, after an attacker killed four people before being fatally shot by police within Parliament's grounds. More>>

Italian court: No rape happened since woman didn't scream

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Italy's justice minister has reportedly asked officials to look into a case in which a court acquitted a man of raping a woman because she didn't scream. More>>

British ex-con, 52, carried out Westminster attack

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The 52-year-old Briton identified as the Westminster Bridge attacker had a raft of convictions _ including assault, weapons possession and public order offenses _ spanning two decades, London police said. More>>

Poland's WWII museum opens amid an uncertain future

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A major World War II museum has opened in northern Poland amid plans by the government to change its content to fit its nationalist views. More>>

Republicans demand tougher stance on Chinese human rights

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Two Republican lawmakers say the Trump administration must criticize China's human rights record. More>>

Airlift of forces in Syria shows growing US involvement

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The U.S. is deepening its involvement in the war against the Islamic State group after an unprecedented airlift of Arab and Kurdish fighters behind enemy lines. More>>

Ex-Russian lawmaker shot dead in Kiev; Ukraine blames Russia

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Ukrainian police say former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov has been shot and killed in Kiev. More>>

State Department tells embassies to ramp up visa screening

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The State Department has ordered American embassies and consulates around the world to draw up criteria for "population sets" that should get extra scrutiny before getting U.S. travel visas. More>>

Erdogan urges US, Britain to drop 'exaggerated' laptop ban

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A senior official says Turkey is taking steps to keep Istanbul's main airport and its national carrier, Turkish Airlines, outside of the scope of new aviation restrictions imposed by the United States and Britain. More>>

Russia, Ukraine at odds over singer's Eurovision performance

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Organizers of the Eurovision song contest say they're taking the unprecedented step of offering to let Russia's contestant perform via satellite after authorities in host Ukraine banned her from entering the country. More>>

The Latest: Erdogan considers reviewing ties with the EU

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Germany's foreign minister has stressed the importance of maintaining communication with Turkey despite recently souring relations with Europe. More>>

Pope's sex abuse adviser seeks to keep survivor voice heard

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Pope Francis' top sex abuse adviser has insisted the pope is "thoroughly committed" to ridding the church of abuse, but says that his advisory commission must regroup following the clamorous resignation of prominent Irish survivor Marie Collins. More>>

Poland's top politician: We want Britain close to EU

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Poland's most powerful politician says he will tell British Prime Minister Theresa May that Warsaw would like Britain to keep close ties with the European Union after it leaves the club. More>>

The Latest: Jewish leaders welcome arrest of threat suspect

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the arrest of a 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man in a string of bomb threats targeting U.S. Jewish community centers shows the Justice Department will not tolerate religious-oriented attacks. More>>

Northern Ireland bids farewell to ex-IRA chief McGuinness

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Londonderry is filling with mourners for the funeral of former IRA chief Martin McGuinness, who helped lead his militant movement to compromise with British Protestants. More>>

Let there be light: German scientists test 'artificial sun'

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Scientists in Germany are flipping the switch on what's being described as "the world's largest artificial sun," hoping it will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuel. More>>

Egypt says Sinai fighting kills 12 security forces

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Egypt says 10 soldiers killed in fighting with Islamic extremists in central Sinai. More>>

Car tries to ram Antwerp shopping area; security tightened

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Belgian authorities have raised security in the port of Antwerp after a car with French license plates drove at high speed through a busy shopping street, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way. More>>

Pope OKs sainthood for Fatima siblings, Mexico child martyrs

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Pope Francis is making five more child saints: two Portuguese shepherd children who said the Virgin Mary appeared to them in Fatima 100 years ago and three Mexican adolescents who were killed for their faith in the 16th century. More>>

UN aims to immunize more than 115 million kids against polio

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The World Health Organization says it's aiming to vaccinate more than 115 million children against polio across Africa next week, in its continuing bid to wipe out the crippling disease. More>>

Africa has worst hunger crisis in 70 years amid budget cuts

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An official for a U.N. aid organization says Africa faces the world's largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, with more than 20 million people facing starvation in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and nearby Yemen. More>>

A look at attacks where vehicles have been used as weapons Video included

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When an attacker plowed a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge on Wednesday, it was the latest in a string of incidents in which drivers used their vehicles as weapons. More>>

Le Pen visits Russia weeks before French presidential vote

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French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is headed to Moscow for meetings with lawmakers less than a month before the French vote. More>>

Foreign ministry says French national kidnapped in Chad

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Chad's government says a French national employed with a private company has been kidnapped by unidentified abductors. More>>

Uganda at 'breaking point' as South Sudan refugees pour in

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Uganda at 'breaking point' as South Sudan refugees pour in, UN refugee chief says. More>>

At 93 years old, Zimbabwe's Mugabe remains a jet-setter

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Zimbabwe's 93-year-old leader might be slowing down, but his busy foreign travels have led the opposition to call him the "non-resident president.". More>>

After election, 4 Dutch parties to begin coalition talks

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The conservative party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and three other parties have agreed to begin talks about forming the next ruling coalition, but are warning that there are major differences to bridge before a deal can be struck. More>>

Taliban take key Afghan district in south; 9 killed in north

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Afghan officials: Taliban take key district in southern province; officer turns rifle on sleeping colleagues, killing 9. More>>

How do you lift 6,800-ton ferry from seafloor? Delicately

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Lifting a corroded, 6,800-ton ferry lying more than 130 feet undersea, keeping it in one piece, is a massive, delicate operation. More>>

Aid group says medical assistance needed in Iraq's Mosul

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Doctors Without Borders appeals for more medical aid to cope with huge numbers of Iraqi civilians fleeing western Mosul. More>>

Armed groups occupy Central African Republic schools

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Armed groups occupy Central African Republic schools; 'We're talking about a lost generation'. More>>

20,000 evacuated after fire at military arsenal in Ukraine

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Ukrainian officials say around 20,000 people have been evacuated in the Kharkiv region near the border with Russia after a massive fire at a military ammunition depot. More>>

Turkey warns Russia following sniper fire from Syria

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A senior Turkish official says his country has warned Russia that Ankara will retaliate against any new cross-border attack on Turkish troops from Syrian Kurdish-held areas in Syria. More>>

Explosion slightly hurts 2 in Albania's military base

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Albania's defense ministry says an unexplained explosion has slightly injured two army personnel at a base in the west of the country. More>>

5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament Video included

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A knife-wielding man goes on a deadly rampage at the heart of Britain's seat of power, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. More>>

The Latest: Chinese citizen among injured in London attack Video included

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The Latest: South Korea's acting head of state has instructed the country's Foreign Ministry to help the five South Korean nationals injured in London during Wednesday's attack outside Parliament. More>>

As Japan suicides drop, survivor shares story to save others

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It's not that he wanted to die. Rather, Kazuo Sawato says, he couldn't bear his life anymore. More>>

Take that! Pyongyang lambastes Trump as too much like Obama

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North Korea has a criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump he probably wasn't expecting: he's too much like Barack Obama. More>>

The Latest: Work resumes on raising sunken SKorean ferry

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A South Korean government official says salvage crews will need until the late afternoon or evening to raise a sunken ferry to a point where they could start the process of loading it onto a semi-submersible, heavy-lift vessel that will carry it to a port. More>>

Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school

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An aid group says nearly third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan unable to attend school. More>>

5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament Video included

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A session of Britain's House of Commons has been suspended as witnesses reported hearing sounds like gunfire nearby. More>>

The Latest: China, Australia leaders discuss London attack Video included

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The leader of Britain's House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. More>>

South Korean ferry that sank 3 years ago lifted from sea

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Nearly three years after it capsized and sank into the violent seas off South Korea's southwestern coast, workers slowly pulled up the 6,800-ton ferry Sewol from the waters on Thursday. More>>

Take that! Pyongyang lambastes Trump as too much like Obama

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North Korea has a criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump he probably wasn't expecting: he's too much like Barack Obama. More>>

Arabs protest UN's withdrawal of Israel 'apartheid' report

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An Arab delegation has met with the U.N. secretary-general to protest what Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour calls the "bullying tactics and intimidation" that led to U.N. withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of establishing an "apartheid regime.". More>>

Australia pair are first foreigners to own US radio stations

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An Australian couple with roots in Alaska has broken a longstanding barrier to full foreign ownership of U.S. radio stations. More>>

For some airline passengers, new warnings bring new hurdles Video included

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Banning laptops and tablets on some international flights is the latest indignity thrust upon airline passengers for vague reasons. More>>

UN atomic chief: Iran inspections at risk without more money

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The head of the U.N's International Atomic Energy Agency says the inspections regimen put in place to closely monitor Iran's nuclear activity is in jeopardy unless the U.S. and other nations contribute more money. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and his unachieved achievements

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President Donald Trump is getting ahead of himself on claiming certain achievements. More>>

Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school

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An aid group says nearly a third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan are unable to attend school, leaving them at increased risk of child labor, recruitment by armed groups, early marriage and other forms of exploitation. More>>

AP Interview: Emirates defends security as laptop ban looms Video included

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AP Interview: Emirates president defends his airline's security as ban on laptops, electronics on US-bound flights looms. More>>

US forces ferry Syrian-Kurdish fighters behind IS lines

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Syrian activists say dozens of civilians are dead or still missing after an airstrike on a shelter for the displaced in an Islamic State-held village in northern Syria. More>>

Italian train derails in Switzerland, 7 people injured

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Swiss police say they are trying to reach people trapped inside a train that derailed in the central city of Lucerne, with details of any injuries still unclear. More>>

Before Parliament violence, other attacks on Britain Video included

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Britain has been targeted anew by what authorities are calling a terrorist incident. More>>

EU warns of 'serious consequences' if no Brexit deal

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The European Union's chief negotiator for the upcoming negotiations with Britain on leaving the bloc has warned that there will be "serious consequences for everyone" if the two sides fail to clinch a deal within the two years of talks. More>>

Eurozone chief urged to quit for 'liquor and women' quip

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Eurozone chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem is coming under increasing pressure for what many see as derogatory comments about debt-ridden nations that have sought outside help to emerge from financial crisis. More>>

Over 400 students fall ill of Egypt army's school meals

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Egyptian Health Ministry officials say at least 435 students have fallen ill of suspected food poisoning in public schools across the country on Wednesday and Tuesday after consuming government-issued school meals. More>>

The Latest: China envoy hails Syria peace talks 'momentum'

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A U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish coalition says the U.S. has landed infantry behind Islamic State lines to spearhead an assault on the town of Tabqa. More>>

In Europe spat, Turkish president warns Westerners on safety

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-European rhetoric on Wednesday, warning that the safety of Western citizens could be in peril if European nations persist in what he described as arrogant conduct. More>>

African governments urged to spend more on clean water

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The World Water Council says 32 percent of people in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe drinking water. More>>

UK says cabin ban on laptops to go into effect Saturday

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The British Department of Transport says a ban on laptops and tablets being brought into airline cabins on certain flights must be put in place by Saturday. More>>

Int'l court sentences Congo ex-vice president to extra year

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A former Congolese vice president has been sentenced to an extra year in prison and fined 300,000 euros ($324,000) for interfering with witnesses in his trial at the International Criminal Court. More>>

In Europe spat, Turkish president warns Westerners on safety

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-European rhetoric on Wednesday, warning that the safety of Western citizens could be in peril if European nations persist in what he described as arrogant conduct. More>>

Lawyer for Russian whistle-blower's family injured in fall

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A lawyer hired by the family of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian whistleblower who died in jail, has been seriously injured in a fall from his Moscow apartment. More>>

Liverpool plans extravaganza for 50 years of 'Sgt. Pepper'

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It was 50 years ago today _ almost _ that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. More>>

Wilders: Dutch coalition talks ignore his 1.3 million voters

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Anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders says mainstream parties discussing the makeup of the next Dutch ruling coalition are shutting him out and sidelining 1.3 million people who voted for his party in last week's parliamentary elections. More>>

Red Cross appeal seeks funds for 4 countries facing famine

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The international Red Cross is appealing for $400 million to help millions of people at risk of famine in four war- and conflict-ridden countries in Africa and the Middle East, possibly within three months. More>>

German Cabinet OKs plan to annul homosexuality convictions

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Germany's Cabinet has approved a bill that will annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was applied zealously in post-World War II West Germany. More>>

'Be tender', Belgian king says a year after Brussels attacks

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Belgian leaders, victims and families of those who died in the March 22 suicide bomb attacks on the Brussels airport and subway are marking the first anniversary of the attacks. More>>

US, South Korea say North Korea's latest missile test fails

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South Korea says the latest missile launch test by North Korea has ended in a failure. More>>

Survey: US high schools seen as easier by exchange students

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Easier classes, less homework and lots of sports _ this is how American high schools are viewed by students from other countries. More>>

Closer US-Russia ties uncertain as Tillerson plans trip

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President Donald Trump has yet to make good on his pledge to pursue closer cooperation and friendlier ties to Russia, but a planned trip to Russia by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may test whether the detente will be more than just talk. More>>

S. Korea prosecutors grill Park over corruption allegations

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South Korean prosecutors have grilled the country's just-ousted president in a long-awaited investigation of corruption allegations that ended her rule and now threaten to put her in jail. More>>

French minister resigns over probe into daughters' jobs

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France's financial prosecutor's office has opened a preliminary investigation into a report that Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux hired his two daughters for 24 temporary parliamentary jobs. More>>

Afghanistan wants more US help in fight against Taliban, IS

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Afghanistan says it wants the Trump administration to send more forces and help meet "military shortfalls" in the battle against the Taliban and the Islamic State group. More>>

Poland says EU's Tusk hurt nation's interest over 2010 crash

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Poland's government is accusing European Council President Donald Tusk of betraying national interests and bowing to Moscow in the investigation of the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others. More>>

The Latest: Royal Jordanian to enforce ban starting Friday

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The Latest: Dubai-based Emirates says it's not aware of ban on electronics in aircraft cabins on US-bound flights. More>>

Media: Netanyahu to continue East Jerusalem construction

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Israeli media is quoting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying that he has no plans to limit Jewish construction in East Jerusalem. More>>

Car bomb kills 6 near Somalia presidential palace: Official

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Car bomb near Somalia's presidential palace in capital kills 5, police say. More>>

Ukraine lawmaker: Manafort tried to hide $750,000 payment Video included

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A Ukrainian lawmaker has published a document that he says ties Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, to attempts to hide a $750,000 payment from a pro-Russia political party. More>>

The Latest: McGuinness' coffin carried through streets

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Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair says the peace process in northern Ireland wouldn't have been possible without the courage displayed by Martin McGuinness. More>>

London's Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth artworks revealed

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The next two artworks to be showcased on the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square have been selected. More>>

Sturgeon urges Scottish parliament to back referendum call

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is asking the Edinburgh-based Scottish parliament to back her demand for a referendum on independence within two years. More>>

Turkish ruling party moves to end European campaigning

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The European Union official overseeing the bloc's expansion efforts says Turkish membership will become "more and more unrealistic" unless Ankara changes course soon. More>>

Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts again

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Israel is making contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter- million people from communities along the Gaza and Lebanese borders to get them away from missile attacks if war erupts again with Hamas or Hezbollah. More>>

Syrian troops respond as rebels renew attack on Damascus

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Hezbollah: Syrian rebels detonate car bomb in eastern neighborhood of Damascus in renewed attacks on Syrian capital. More>>

Palestinian cartographer uses map against Israel closure

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A prominent Palestinian cartographer says he used a tool of his trade _ a map _ to explain to Israeli authorities they shouldn't have closed his office on the outskirts of Jerusalem last week. More>>

Ireland's McGuinness trod unlikely path from war to peace

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From Bogside battlegrounds to the center of Belfast government power-sharing, Martin McGuinness traveled a long-unthinkable path from war to peace. More>>

Thailand's coin-eating turtle dies of intestinal blockage

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Tourists in eastern Thailand used to toss coins at a green sea turtle who lived in a pond in eastern Thailand, wishing for luck and longevity. More>>

Potential French first lady holds American-style campaign

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In a break with French tradition, presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has formed an inseparable team with his wife Brigitte _ his former high school theater teacher, 24 years his senior, who is campaigning by his side. More>>

Stolen Van Gogh paintings return to Amsterdam after 14 years

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The Van Gogh Museum has welcomed home two paintings by the Dutch expressionist master more than 14 years after they were snatched in a nighttime heist. More>>

Czech zoo saws off rhino horns to keep its animals safe

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A Czech zoo is taking no chances after the killing of a rhinoceros at a wildlife park near Paris by assailants who stole the animal's horn. More>>

Pakistan's assembly approves revival of military courts

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Pakistan's National Assembly has passed a constitutional amendment that would continue the practice of trying terrorism suspects in military courts. More>>

EU to hold Brexit summit for 27 members on April 29

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The 27 European Union nations will hold a special Brexit summit on April 29 to decide on the guidelines which will guide them through the next two years of divorce negotiations with Britain. More>>

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