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Hamas says 3 senior leaders killed in Gaza strike

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The Islamic militant group Hamas says three of its senior military leaders have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

Some see Qatar's hand in collapse of Gaza talks

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The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields...

Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister

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Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good - to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics...

Israeli air strikes pound Gaza; 6 dead in Rafah

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Palestinian police say at least six people have been killed when an overnight Israeli airstrike hit a densely populated neighborhood in the Gaza Strip.

Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister

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Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good - to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics...

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

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The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria....

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

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The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.

Mexico: 14 police on trial for US SUV shooting

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Fourteen former federal police officers have gone on trial on charges of using excessive force in a 2012 shooting attack that wounded two CIA agents, Mexico's national security commissioner said Wednesday.

Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

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Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350...

Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

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After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly...

Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

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Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza...

Father of Norway's mass murderer asks: What if?

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The father of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who killed 77 people in 2011, has written a book that questions his behavior as a parent.

UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports

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Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings, the U.N. health agency said on Monday.

Iran's parliament dismisses moderate minister

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In a move led by hard-line lawmakers, Iran's parliament dismissed the country's science minister Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President...

Pakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally

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Pakistan's powerful army chief called Wednesday for the country's civilian government to negotiate with thousands of protesters surrounding parliament who demand the prime minister step down over alleged fraud in...

Afghanistan orders NYT reporter to leave country

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Afghanistan ordered a New York Times correspondent Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of...

Militants use British killer as propaganda

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Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message - not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice of messenger.

WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

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The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people.

Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors

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Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren't the only...

Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix

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Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.

Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

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Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is...

Sweet job: England seeks 'choc doc' to study candy

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Is there a doctor of chocolate in the house?

Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

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Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.

100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

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Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and...

Global cruise lines set sail for China

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Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the...

Zimbabwe economy takes another dive

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It is 4 a.m. and people are already lining up outside Zimbabwe's main passport office - four hours ahead of opening time - in hopes of securing a passport that will allow them to escape their country's dearth of...

Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief

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Pope Francis expressed thanks on Wednesday for the prayers and condolences he has received following the death of his nephew's wife and their two young boys in a car crash in the pontiff's native Argentina.

Dutch museum to hold Crimean gold

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A Dutch historical museum that borrowed some of Crimea's most valuable historical treasures says it plans to hold onto them for the time being, due to fear of being sued if it returns them to Ukraine or Russia.

South Africa: Soap opera cast is fired

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"Generations," a hugely popular soap opera in South Africa, first aired in 1993, a year before the nation's first all-race elections ended apartheid. Now the future of this television staple followed by millions is up...

Merkel Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis - showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend - underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from economic...

Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

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Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants appealed to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the...

Germany, Italy, ready to send arms to Iraq Kurds

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Germany is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq, officials said Wednesday.

36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

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Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said.

4 suspects arrested over IRA letter-bomb campaign

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Northern Ireland police say they have arrested four people suspected of organizing an Irish Republican Army letter-bomb campaign.

Ring, ring: London statues want to talk to you

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Calling all London tourists: Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and Queen Victoria want to have a word with you.

Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper

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Protesters on Wednesday scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine. The dangerous prank, which set Russian social networking sites...

111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man Video included

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A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man.

Ukraine's rebel capital seeks ersatz normality

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It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.

French ex-prime minister seeks nod for '17 vote

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An ex-prime minister under Jacques Chirac who was once convicted in a corruption scandal and handed a 10-year ban on public office is jumping into France's 2017 presidential race.

Chinese, Russian media turn criticisms back on US

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Chinese and Russian state media have seized on the U.S. police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington's criticisms of their own governments, portraying the United...

North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

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In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."

Israeli-US relations tested once again in Gaza war

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When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States.

Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

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Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza...

Liberia president declares Ebola curfew

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Liberia's president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital.

Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

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Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan's parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country's prime...

WWII bomb found near Frankfurt airport

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A World War II bomb found Tuesday next to a highway near Frankfurt airport was disposed of in a controlled explosion, causing some disruption to flight operations.

Argentina car crash kills 3 relatives of pope

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Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in serious condition Tuesday after their car crashed on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and local officials said.

Top Saudi cleric: Islamic State is Islam's enemy

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Saudi Arabia's top cleric said Tuesday that extremism and the ideologies of groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaida are Islam's No. 1 enemy and that Muslims have been their first victims.

S Sudan authorities close popular radio station

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Authorities in South Sudan have shut down a popular radio station in the capital, Juba, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel-held areas

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Government troops pressed attacks Tuesday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000 and...

Somalia TV sales grow as many avoid public places

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Inside the small office, the line of sweating clients waiting to renew their satellite TV subscriptions keeps growing. Technicians crimp wires and test signal strength of boxes while others go to homes across the Somali...

Germany's Merkel to visit Ukraine on Saturday

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Kiev on Saturday and meet with top officials, making her first visit to Ukraine since the crisis there erupted.

Wife to bury Kasem in Norway, cites heritage

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The wife of U.S. radio personality Casey Kasem has cited her Norwegian heritage as one of the reasons for wanting to bury her late husband in Oslo, a spokeswoman for the funeral service agency there said Tuesday.

2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy

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Two Italian air force fighter jets carrying a total of four crew members collided during a training mission over Italy on Tuesday and crashed into a hilly, wooded area that erupted in flames, the force said.

Iraqi military clashes with militants in Tikrit

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Skirmishes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged...

South Africa repatriates journalist's remains

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South Africa's "native of nowhere" is finally home.

Image of Asia: On the street in Old Delhi

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By The Associated Press In this photo by Manish Swarup, a man checks his mobile phone as he walks on a crowded street in Old Delhi in the afternoon. Traffic on the streets in the ancient heart of...

Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusion Video included

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse...

Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland

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Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting.

Pistorius brother out of ICU after car crash

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Oscar Pistorius' brother is recovering and has been discharged from a hospital intensive care unit after suffering internal injuries in a car crash and going into respiratory failure, a spokeswoman for the Pistorius...

Activists: Jihadi killed near Syria-Lebanon border

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Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have killed a senior member of the Islamic State group who was known to be one of their top explosives experts in an operation inside Syria, activists said Tuesday.

Clash over Kurdish rebel statue in Turkey kills 1

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Backed by military helicopters and armored vehicles, Turkish troops clashed with Kurdish protesters trying to block the removal of a statue of a Kurdish rebel fighter on Tuesday, in violence that killed one person and...

Germany: Looted painting belongs to Jewish family

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Investigators say they have determined a second painting that was part of a massive trove of art found in the Munich apartment of late collector Cornelius Gurlitt was stolen by the Nazis from its Jewish owner.

Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

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As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens of...

Thailand's military ruler dons a suit and tie

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When Thailand's military ruler appears in public, he usually is seen in full military regalia.

Pope wants China dialogue, freedom for church

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Pope Francis says he wants dialogue with China and the only thing he asks in return is for the Catholic Church to be able to operate freely.

Ukraine: Dozens killed in shelling of convoy

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Ukraine accused pro-Russia separatists of killing dozens of civilians in an attack early Monday on a convoy fleeing a besieged rebel-held city. The rebels denied any attack took place, while the U.S. confirmed the shelling...

Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

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Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Barack Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept...

Egypt: No deal yet on Gaza cease-fire, more talks

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Egypt late Monday announced a 24-hour extension in talks between Israel and the Hamas militant group aimed at salvaging a long-term arrangement that would allow reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a monthlong war...

Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

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Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene.

Iceland warns of possible volcanic eruption

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Iceland has raised its alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange -the second-most severe level.

Grief, relief as ravaged Ukrainian town rebuilds

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Weeks after Ukrainian government forces recaptured Lysychansk from the rebels, the residents of this shell-shocked town near the Russian border say they hope simply to rebuild their former lives - but fear that war could...

A buyer's market at gun bazaar in Kurdish town

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There suddenly are deep discounts available at the once-thriving gun bazaar in Irbil.

Scotland's pro-independence leader vows victory

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Scotland's pro-independence leader is insisting his campaign is headed for victory - one month before the historic Sept. 18 referendum.

Growing unrest sets back Liberia's Ebola fight

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Authorities in Liberia urgently searched on Monday for 17 people who fled an Ebola medical center over the weekend when it was attacked by looters who stole blood-stained sheets and mattresses and took them into an...

Pope confirms hopes for 3-city US trip in 2015

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Pope Francis has confirmed he wants to go to the United States next year and is considering a three-city trip in September 2015: Philadelphia for a family rally, Washington to address Congress and New York to speak at the...

McDonald's confronts its junk food image

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At a dinner McDonald's hosted for reporters and bloggers, waiters served cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs using ingredients from the chain's menu.

Robbers ambush Saudi prince's convoy in Paris

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Armed robbers ambushed a car in a Saudi prince's diplomatic convoy on its way to a Paris airport commonly used for private jets, raiding the Mercedes for valuables then torching and abandoning the vehicle, police and...

Somali pirate leader arrested in Mogadishu

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A Somali police official says security forces arrested a senior pirate commander in Mogadishu.

Rick Warren hopes to expand ministry in Africa

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The American evangelical pastor Rick Warren, who visited Rwanda this week, told The Associated Press that he hopes to expand his ministry to East Africa.

Reports: Islamic State group kills Syria tribesmen

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The extremist Islamic State group shot and beheaded hundreds of tribesmen from eastern Syria over the past two weeks after crushing an uprising they led against the jihadi fighters, activists said Monday.

Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace Video included

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Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia on Monday by challenging Koreans -from the North and the South - to reject the "mindset of suspicion and confrontation" that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge...

South Africa: 8 killed in building collapse

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A building under renovation in an area southeast of Johannesburg collapsed on Monday, killing eight people, officials said.

Kenya anti-terror police accused of abuses

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There is strong evidence that the Kenya Anti-Terror Police Unit has carried out a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, an international human rights group said Monday.

Ukraine to pull out most troops out of Kosovo

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NATO in Kosovo says Ukraine will pull out most of its troops from its peacekeeping mission in the Balkan country by the end of the month.

UN sees some progress in Iran nuclear probe

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Iran is now answering questions about suspicions that it worked secretly on nuclear weapons, The U.N.'s chief nuclear inspector said Monday, but he did not indicate whether he was happy with the responses.

Iran says journalists held over 'security issues'

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A Washington Post reporter and two other journalists detained last month are being held over "security issues," Iran's judiciary spokesman said Monday, offering the first official indication on why they are being held.

Strong quake hits remote area in southwest Iran

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A strong, magnitude 6.2 earthquake jolted a sparsely populated mountainous province near Iran's border with Iraq on Monday, Iranian state television reported.

UK Iraq mission no longer strictly humanitarian

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Britain has moved past a strictly humanitarian mission in Iraq - and the country's leader warned Monday that the effort won't be over any time soon.

Fall on France's Mont Blanc kills 3 more climbers

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The mayor of the French city of Chamonix says two climbers and an experienced guide have died in a fall in Mont Blanc.

Image of Asia: Celebrating Krishna's birthday

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By The Associated Press In this photo by Rafiq Maqbool, youngsters in Mumbai form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, an integral part of celebrations to mark...

Turkey calls German ambassador over spying claims

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Turkey on Monday summoned Germany's ambassador and demanded an explanation after an "unacceptable, inexcusable" report that Germany's foreign intelligence agency targeted NATO ally Turkey in addition to...

Hip hop, graffiti in Lebanon tag a nation's woes

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In a red-lit bar in Beirut, Nasser Shorbaji and Marwan Alameh try not to knock the microphones over while laughing during the broadcast of their weekly radio show.

In Gaza, emotional wounds of war remain unhealed

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Shahed Quishta was curled up in an armchair one late afternoon during the Gaza war when a shell slammed into her living room. Shrapnel pierced the 8-year-old's head and neck, and she died minutes after arriving at a...

Twin protests suspend life in Pakistani capital

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Twin protests demanding the Pakistani government step down have wreaked havoc in the capital, Islamabad, where commuters must circumvent shipping containers and barbed wire to get to work, protesters knock on people's...

Novice matadors' hunger strike over bullfight ban

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Two years after Bogota's leftist mayor suspended bullfights at the capital's history-steeped bullring, a clutch of apprentice matadors is pressing for their reinstatement with a hunger strike.

Elderly ex-sex slaves want solace, help from pope

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Lee Yong-soo hopes a meeting Monday with Pope Francis will provide some solace for the pain that still feels fresh more than seven decades after Japanese soldiers forced her into prostitution during World War II.

Ukraine says troops entered rebel-held city

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Army troops have penetrated deep inside a rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine in what could prove a breakthrough development in the four-month-long conflict, the Ukrainian government said Sunday.

Ugandan gays who fled to Kenya still feel danger

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When a Ugandan court overturned the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act this month, rights activists worldwide claimed a victory. But not gay Ugandans who fled persecution to live in a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya.

Polls show close race month before Scotland vote

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Two opinion polls show that Scotland's voters are narrowly divided on whether to leave the United Kingdom one month before a referendum.

Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq's largest dam

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Aided by U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, Kurdish forces Sunday wrested back part of Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants who had captured it less than two weeks ago, security officials said.

Pakistan politician calls for civil disobedience

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A Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician on Sunday called on thousands of anti-government protesters to stop paying taxes and practice civil disobedience until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif steps down, raising fears of...

Palestinian divisions emerge in truce talks

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The Palestinians appeared divided Sunday as the clock was winding down on the latest Gaza cease-fire, with officials saying Hamas was still opposed to a compromise Egyptian proposal that would ease the closure of the...

UN: Iran ready to cooperate on nuclear probe

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Iran's president has promised to back a United Nations probe into suspicions that the country secretly worked on nuclear arms, the U.N.'s chief nuclear inspector said Sunday after talks in Tehran.

Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted

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Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses.

Man with many piercings denied entry to Dubai

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A heavily tattooed German man whose face is embellished with horn implants and more than 100 piercings said Sunday he was refused entry to Dubai without reason, forcing him to skip a planned appearance at a nightclub.

Syrian airstrikes target Islamic State group

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Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said.

Ukrainian, Russian officials to meet in Berlin

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The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia are meeting in Berlin on Sunday to resume diplomatic talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

John Kerry talks Asian relationships, trade pact

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's address to Hawaii's East-West Center think tank this week drew attention primarily for its focus on the need for a constructive relationship with China to ensure regional peace...

S. Koreans express pride, surprise at pope visit Video included

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They came from across South Korea to see Pope Francis or, if the crowds were too big to get close enough, to hear his voice emanate from speakers set up around a stage during a Mass to beatify 124 martyrs.

Pope urges "fraternal" dialogue with China, others Video included

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Pope Francis made a new gesture of outreach to China and North Korea on Sunday, saying he "earnestly" hopes to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conquerer" trying to take...

AP PHOTOS: A look at the pope's visit to S. Korea Video included

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By The Associated Press Pope Francis held an outdoor Mass on Saturday for huge crowds in Seoul as part of his five-day trip to South Korea. The Vatican estimated some 800,000 people turned out for the...

Liberia expands Ebola treatment in capital

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Liberian authorities expanded Ebola treatment centers in the capital Saturday to cope with increasing numbers of patients, while two more airlines announced they were halting flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra...

2 UN peacekeepers killed in north Mali; 7 wounded

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The U.N. secretary-general says two United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and seven wounded in a suicide attack in Mali.

Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq Video included

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Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an eyewitness, government officials...

Russian aid convoy waiting for security guarantees

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Hundreds of trucks in a Russian aid convoy waited Saturday near the Ukrainian border as complicated procedures dragged on for allowing them into eastern Ukraine to help civilians suffering amid fighting between Ukrainian...

Jihadists closing in on Syrian rebel stronghold

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Syria's Western-backed opposition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists captured three northern villages, putting them within striking distance of a...

Thousands of protesters demand re-vote in Pakistan

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Tens of thousands of protesters thronged the streets of Pakistan's capital Saturday, defying pouring rain to answer the call of a fiery cleric and a cricket star-turned-politician who are both demanding the government...

Egypt PM blames saboteurs for rising power cuts

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Egypt's premier on Saturday partially blamed the country's worsening energy shortage -- with rolling blackouts of up to six hours in some Cairo neighborhoods -- on saboteurs seeking to undermine the government, a...

German-French reporting legend Scholl-Latour dies

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Peter Scholl-Latour, whose reporting from far-flung places made him one of post-war Germany's most famous foreign correspondents, has died at 90.

Report: German intel spied on Kerry, Clinton

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Germany's foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

Congo's Tshisekedi seeks treatment in Belgium

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Officials say Congo's longtime opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi is seeking medical treatment in Belgium.

Mayor: 34 killed in C. African Republic attacks

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A local official says Muslim rebels in Central African Republic have killed at least 34 people over the last week in a series of attacks on remote villages.

5 aid workers abducted in western Afghanistan

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The International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan is trying to secure the release of five of their staff members who were abducted in the western Herat province, a spokesman said Saturday.

Pope makes strong, silent anti-abortion statement

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Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button "culture war" issues like abortion, arguing that the church's doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he'd rather emphasize other aspects of church...

Tens of thousands protest Pakistan's government

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Tens of thousands of protesters rallied Saturday in Pakistan's capital, defying the pouring rain to demand the prime minister step down in the biggest challenge yet to the country's government.

Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification Video included

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Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air Mass that their ancestors' willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two...

Panama Canal turns 100 as expansion hits snags

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It was supposed to be a grand celebration of the engineering triumph that forged a nation.

China, S. Korea blast Japan's war shrine visits

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China and South Korea reacted strongly Friday to visits by three Japanese Cabinet ministers to a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted war criminals, although Japan's prime minister stayed away.

Iraqis welcome change of PM but challenges loom Video included

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Nouri al-Maliki's decision to step down as Iraq's prime minister raised hopes Friday for a new government that can roll back an increasingly powerful Sunni insurgency and prevent the country from splitting apart.

Russia denies its vehicles destroyed in Ukraine

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NATO on Friday said a Russian military column ventured overnight into Ukraine, and the Ukrainian president said his forces destroyed most of it. Russia denied all of this, but the reports spooked global markets and...

Hundreds mourn AP video journalist killed in Gaza

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Several hundred mourners packed the ornate cathedral of this hilltop Tuscan town on Friday to remember Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli as a committed storyteller who had found personal and professional...

Greek PM says important tomb found in northern dig

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Archaeologists excavating an ancient mound in northern Greece have uncovered what appears to be the entrance to an important tomb from about the end of the reign of warrior-king Alexander the Great, officials said Tuesday.

Iraq's al-Maliki: Stern, unwavering, heavy-handed Video included

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By ADAM SCHRECK Associated Press When a rocket struck in Baghdad's Green Zone in 2007 during a news conference by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the world's...

Aid group: W. Africa Ebola outbreak like 'wartime'

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The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 people in West Africa could last another six months, the Doctors Without Borders charity group said Friday. One aid worker acknowledged that the true death toll is still...

Ebola survivor shunned by boyfriend, even school

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The medical school professors no longer want Kadiatou Fanta in the classroom. Her boyfriend has broken up with her. Each day the 26-year-old eats alone and sleeps alone. Even her own family members are afraid to touch her...

Seeing Iraq horror, Europe pledges aid and arms

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The European Union on Friday forged a unified response to the rapid advance of Islamic militants in Iraq and the resulting refugee crisis, allowing direct arms deliveries to Kurdish fighters battling the Sunni insurgents....

Boko Haram kidnaps 100, Chad frees most captives

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Nigeria's Boko Haram militant group kidnapped 100 people earlier this month but most were freed by security forces from neighboring Chad, a Nigerian security official and a local self-defense member said Friday.

3 killed in Egypt as Islamists protest

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At least three people were killed in the Egyptian capital Friday as dozens of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi held scattered protests for a second straight day, a year after the mass killing of...

EU says status quo for Gaza 'not an option'

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The European Union offered Friday to take charge of Gaza's border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows, insisting on a durable truce and saying a return to the status quo before the latest war "is not an...

France marks 70 years since Allies freed south

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France paid tribute Friday to Allied troops - including veterans from the United States and from French colonies in Africa - who landed 70 years ago on Mediterranean shores to liberate French land from Nazi occupation.

Ebola may leave 1 million in need of food help

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The deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 in West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for up to a million people as hunger threatens the largely impoverished...

Car bomb kills at least 22 in southern Syria

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A car bomb exploded outside a mosque in an opposition-held town in southern Syria on Friday, killing at least 22 people, activists said.

Iran: Nuclear deal by November deadline unlikely

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Iran's foreign minister said Friday that Tehran is unlikely to reach a final nuclear accord with world powers by a November deadline.

US sees surge in Cuban rafters aiming for Florida

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One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to...

Israel weighing how to deal with UN war probe

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With the Gaza war seeming to have calmed, Israel is now preparing for its next big battle: a diplomatic and legal challenge over Palestinian civilian deaths in its campaign against Hamas militants.

Turkey confirms Erdogan's win as new president

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Turkey's High Electoral Board on Friday confirmed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the country's first popularly elected president.

7 dead as battle erupts in Somali capital

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Combat shook Mogadishu early Friday as government troops launched a dawn attack on a house belonging to a former warlord as part of a disarmament campaign. Seven people died in the violence.

2 deaths overshadow end of Chess Olympiad

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A major international chess tournament in northern Norway ended on a grim note, with one player dying in the middle of a game and another found dead in a hotel room, organizers said Friday.

127 victims identified from Ukraine plane disaster

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Dutch authorities say they have identified 127 victims from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster in Ukraine.

Spain: Woman arrested with coke in breast implants

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Spanish police say they have arrested a woman who landed at Madrid's international airport with 1.7 kilos (3.7 pounds) of cocaine hidden in her breast implants.

Many Kenyan men flee to avoid forced circumcisions

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The circumcision season among Kenya's Bukusu ethnic group brings a festive atmosphere: music, food and free-flowing beer. For the uncircumcised men from other tribes in the area, however, it is not time to party,...

Poland puts on biggest military parade in years

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Poland put on its biggest military parade in years Friday to mark its annual armed forces holiday, with the president saying the violence in Ukraine shows that conflict is still a "brutal reality" in Eastern Europe and...

Image of Asia: Floating in Sydney Harbour

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By The Associated Press In this photo by Rob Griffith, an inflatable sea turtle sculpture floats past the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The sculpture by Australian artist BJ Price is emblazoned...

Hungary: Sanctions on Russia more damaging to West

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Hungary's prime minister said the West is "shooting itself in the foot" with inadequately thought through economic sanctions against Russia.

Pope's English on display for first time in SKorea Video included

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Pope Francis usually refuses to speak anything other than Italian or his native Spanish in public, apparently uncomfortable with his abilities even when reading from a prepared text.

New fighting hits South Sudan

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After a lull of several weeks, fighting broke out in South Sudan on Friday, forcing aid workers to take cover in a city where more than 40,000 civilians are huddled in a U.N. base. The country's rebel leader blamed the...

Indian PM urges an end to violence against women

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday that India had been shamed by rapes and attacks against women, and called on parents in this deeply misogynistic country to treat their sons and daughters equally in his first...

Al-Qaida urges abducted man's family to press US

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Al-Qaida urged the family of an American aid worker it abducted in Pakistan three years ago to demand that the U.S. government negotiate a prisoner exchange for his release.

Floods in Niger kill 12, leave thousands hungry

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Heavy rains and flooding in western and central Niger have killed 12 people and left thousands without food or shelter.

Lake body may be suspected Liechtenstein shooter

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Police say a body found drifting in Lake Constance may be that of a former Liechtenstein fund manager suspected of fatally shooting a bank's chief executive earlier this year.

SAfrica: Honeymoon slaying suspect fit for trial

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A British man accused of arranging the killing of his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa was on Friday declared fit to stand trial for murder after undergoing psychiatric observation at a Cape Town hospital.

Japan criticized as 2 ministers visit war shrine

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Two Japanese Cabinet ministers paid respects Friday at a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted criminals, a move that drew immediate criticism from South Korea, although Japan's prime minister...

Pope makes tough sell on materialism in SKorea Video included

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Pope Francis urged Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject "inhuman" economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of...

Pope's South Korea visit brings China opportunity

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Pope Francis' greeting to Chinese President Xi Jinping as he flew to South Korea on Thursday marked a rare cordial exchange between the sides, which have no diplomatic relations and are embroiled in a sometimes bitter...

Iraq's al-Maliki gives up post to rival Video included

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Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced late Thursday that he was relinquishing his post to his nominated replacement, ending a political deadlock that has plunged the country into uncertainty as it fights...

WHO: Ebola toll may 'vastly underestimate' crisis

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There is evidence the numbers of dead and sickened by Ebola in West Africa may "vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak," the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency said it was prepared...

Ukraine, Russia parry over Russian aid convoy

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Raising the stakes in Ukraine's conflict, a Russian aid convoy of more than 200 trucks pushed up to the border on Thursday but then stopped, provocatively poised to cross into rebel-held territory.

Candidate's sudden death transforms Brazil race

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Brazil's political landscape was being redrawn Thursday, a day after a small plane crash killed a top presidential candidate, possibly complicating President Dilma Rousseff's effort to win re-election in October.

Thousands on the road in Pakistan opposition rally

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Thousands of opposition protesters on Thursday joined large convoys headed to Pakistan's capital Islamabad for a mass rally to demand the ouster of the prime minister over allegations of vote fraud, as police foiled a...

AP PHOTOS: Lunar show illuminates world's skies

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By The Associated Press People around the world this weekend looked up at the sky to view a lunar phenomenon: the supermoon.

Palestinians voice optimism as Gaza truce holds

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Palestinian officials voiced cautious optimism Thursday, hinting at progress in Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Israel to bring an end to the fighting in Gaza and secure new arrangements for the war-battered territory.

Putin tones down rhetoric on Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to a much-hyped meeting in Crimea amid expectations of more saber-rattling over Ukraine, but he instead struck a conciliatory note and called for peace in a speech Thursday that...

Displaced Iraqis escape fighting, but not hardship Video included

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Abbas Mohammed Habib was born into Iraq's rapidly expanding world of the displaced.

Pope's small car fascinates South Koreans Video included

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Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive luxury cars.

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