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Police: Attacks in Spain are linked, took long time to plan

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Spanish police kill five suspects connected to the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people, as the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of Europe's latest rampage claimed by the Islamic State group. More>>

Barcelona's victims: A snapshot of the world

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The dead and injured in Barcelona were a snapshot of the world _ men, women and children from at least two dozen nations _ testifying to the global appeal of the sun-kissed city with its bounty of must-visit sites and star-studded football team. More>>

Officials: State Dept suffers worldwide email outage

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U.S. officials say the State Department has suffered a worldwide email outage affecting its entire unclassified system. The officials said the outage began early Friday morning and that technicians were working to restore email as soon as possible. More>>

Pentagon chief to visit Ukraine amid tensions with Russia

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The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will visit Ukraine next week to reassure government leaders that the U.S. does not accept Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. More>>

The Latest: Finnish police look for more stabbing suspects

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Police in Finland say they are looking for more potential suspects in the stabbing of several people in the western city of Turku. More>>

Finnish police shoot man who stabs several people in Turku

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Police in Finland say they have shot a man in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku. More>>

The Latest: Rome Colosseum to go dark to mourn attack dead

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French officials say 25 French nationals were injured in a van attack in Barcelona, and Australia says one of its citizens is unaccounted for. More>>

Warship captain in collision that killed 7 to lose command

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The captain of a Navy warship that lost seven sailors in a collision with a commercial container ship in June will be relieved of command and about a dozen others face punishment, and the Navy acknowledged Thursday that both ships had made mistakes. More>>

Chinese traders furious after crackdown on N. Korean imports

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Furious Chinese businesspeople say Beijing's decision to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korean seafood imports would hobble the economy of an entire northeastern city, sparking a rare public protest after the surprise move choked off the trade. More>>

US soldier killed in battle with IS in Afghanistan

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US military says American soldier killed, several wounded in battle with Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan. More>>

Polish ruling party figure criticized for anti-migrant tweet

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A prominent member of Poland's ruling anti-migrant party has drawn outrage with a tweet that praised threats and shots fired recently at a rescue ship destined to aid refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. More>>

Sierra Leone mudslides death toll now above 400, UN says

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Sierra Leone mudslides death toll now above 400 as hundreds still missing, UN says. More>>

Romanian bishop involved in sex tape scandal resigns

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Romania's Orthodox Church says a bishop who was seen on video engaging in sexual acts with a male student has resigned from his position. More>>

Bavarian black swan finds companion through lonely hearts ad

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A black swan in Bavaria is no longer alone after finding a companion thanks to a lonely hearts ad. More>>

Russian Bombardier worker charged with aggravated bribery

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A Russian employee in the Swedish branch of a Canadian plane and train maker has been charged with aggravated bribery. More>>

Merkel says she won't avoid eastern Germany despite hecklers

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Angela Merkel, running for re-election next month, says she won't avoid eastern Germany despite coming in for renewed public heckling at a campaign rally there. More>>

Woman gives birth to baby girl on German commuter train

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German authorities say a 32-year-old woman gave birth on a commuter train on her way from a town in the state of Brandenburg to Berlin. More>>

Missing woman's family in Denmark submarine case fears worst

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The family of a Swedish journalist missing since a trip off Copenhagen a week ago on a home-built submarine says "it seems the worst has happened.". More>>

US general pledges to defend Japan from North Korean attack

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America's top military official has pledged to defend Japan against a North Korean missile attack. More>>

Las Ramblas: A top Barcelona site for tourists to stroll

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The tree-lined Las Ramblas in Barcelona where a van plowed through pedestrians is a historic 1.2 kilometer pedestrian mall and walkway cherished by tourists and Spaniards alike. More>>

Zimbabwe's first lady remains quiet amid assault claims

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Zimbabwe's first lady remains quiet amid assault claims as South Africa weighs immunity request. More>>

Austrians first in Europe to make bacon on industrial scale?

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Austrians were making bacon thousands of years ago and a researcher says they were probably the first to it on an industrial scale. More>>

Burundi: 1 killed, 29 injured in grenade attacks, say police

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Burundian police say 1 person has been killed and 29 others injured in overnight grenade attacks in the capital. More>>

UN chief: Saudi coalition attacks killed children in Yemen

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Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in a draft report that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for more than half the children killed and injured in Yemen's civil war last year. More>>

Threat looms of more mudslides in Sierra Leone amid burials

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Queen Elizabeth II expresses sadness over Sierra Leone mudslides that have killed hundreds. More>>

Tillerson, Mattis insist military options remain for NKorea

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The U.S. and Japanese defense chiefs and top diplomats are meeting in Washington to discuss North Korea amid mixed messages from the Trump administration on how to deal with the threat. More>>

Israeli leader resists calls to criticize Trump

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Israel's prime minister is coming under growing criticism for his relative silence over President Donald Trump's response to the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. More>>

US: War would be 'horrific' but NKorea nukes 'unimaginable'

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Top US military officer: Military solution 'horrific,' but North Korea gaining US nuke strike capability 'unimaginable'. More>>

The Latest: Catalan govt ties attacks in Cambrils, Barcelona

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Spain's El Pais newspaper, citing police sources, says the two perpetrators of the van crash in Barcelona are holed up in a bar. More>>

Some major attacks in Europe in recent years

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Some major attacks in Europe in recent years. More>>

Barcelona van attack kills 13 in agonizing repeat for Europe

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Police in the northern Spanish city of Barcelona say a white van has jumped the sidewalk in the city's historic Las Ramblas district. More>>

ICC orders Mali extremist to pay $3.2 million in reparations

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The International Criminal court says a Muslim radical found guilty of destroying World Heritage-listed cultural sites in the Malian city of Timbuktu must pay 2.7 million euros ($3.2 million) in reparations. More>>

Scientists potentially narrow MH370 search area to 3 spots

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Scientists have potentially narrowed the search area for the missing Malaysian airliner to three specific locations in the southern Indian Ocean. More>>

Venezuela Supreme Court orders dissident lawmaker's arrest

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Venezuela's supreme court has ordered the arrest of the ousted chief prosecutor's husband after authorities accused him of operating a $6 million extortion ring targeting businessmen in the nation's oil industry. More>>

'Red alert' over Zimbabwe first lady, accused of assault

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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has arrived in South Africa as his wife is accused of assaulting a young model. More>>

North Korea warns it won't negotiate nukes if US is hostile

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North Korea warned the United States that it will never put its nuclear weapons program on the negotiating table as long as the Trump administration keeps up its "hostile policy and nuclear threat.". More>>

Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds mother-in-law's lost ring

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A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot. More>>

Brother of Pole implicated kidnap plot to fight extradition

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The brother of a Polish man suspected of kidnaping a British model will fight extradition to Italy. More>>

Families await remains of 37 dead in Venezuela prison clash

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Officials in Venezuela are pointing fingers at each other over who's to blame for prison clashes that killed 37 people. More>>

Spain rescues 600 migrants in Mediterranean in 24 hours

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Spain's maritime rescue service says it has rescued some 600 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco in the past 24 hours, making it one of its busiest days so far this year. More>>

Daniel Craig, back as Bond, keeps 007 fans on edge

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British actor Daniel Craig announced he will play James Bond again. More>>

Saakashvili in Poland preparing return to Ukraine next month

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A former Georgian president and ex-governor of a Ukrainian region is in Poland preparing to return to Ukraine after being stripped of his citizenship by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. More>>

Anti-Muslim Australian senator wears burqa in Parliament

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An Australian senator has provoked an angry backlash from lawmakers by wearing a burqa in Parliament as part of her campaign for a national ban on Islamic face coverings. More>>

The Latest: Wildfires threaten villages on Balkan coast

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Portugal's Interior Ministry says police have arrested 91 people _ a record number _ this year on suspicion of being behind a spate of wildfires. More>>

A look at Zimbabwe's first lady, who is accused of assault

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A look at Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe, who is accused of assaulting South African model. More>>

1 million South Sudan refugees now in Uganda, UN says

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1 million South Sudan refugees now in Uganda, UN says in world's fastest-growing crisis. More>>

Crew claims Florida to Cuba powerboat record in choppy seas

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A team led by a California-based businessman is claiming a record for a powerboat crossing from Florida to Cuba. More>>

Report: German-backed Arabic website blocked by Egypt

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German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle says an Arabic-language news and culture website it operates has been blocked in Egypt. More>>

The Latest: Lawyers for South Africa model consider court

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South Africa's police minister says a "red alert" has been issued to prevent Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe from leaving the country before she settles the accusation that she assaulted a young model. More>>

Saudi Arabia reopens Qatar border for hajj pilgrims

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Saudi Arabia says it is reopening its border with Qatar to allow Qataris to attend the hajj amid a monthslong rift between the neighboring countries that led to both sides trading accusations of politicizing the ritual. More>>

Macedonian lawmakers fire top prosecutor over wiretap probe

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Macedonia's left wing-dominated parliament has dismissed the country's top prosecutor, whom the government accused of alleged incompetence and "submissiveness" to the previous administration. More>>

Nobel winner shot for promoting education to study at Oxford

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Education activist Malala Yousafzai has gained a place at the University of Oxford. More>>

Migration trends shifting across Mediterranean region

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As international efforts are mounted to stop traffickers on one route to Europe, smugglers find alternatives. More>>

Amid US racial divisions, Auschwitz memorial issues warning

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The memorial site of Auschwitz-Birkenau appeared to weigh into the debate over U.S. President Donald Trump's response to the outpouring of racially changed and anti-Semitic hatred in Charlottesville, Virginia. More>>

French President Macron backs anti-racism movement in US

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French President Emmanuel Macron is offering support for anti-racism protesters in what he described a collective, historic battle against intolerance. More>>

Turkmenistan tightens entry rules before sports event

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The Central Asian country of Turkmenistan has tightened entry rules as part of enhanced security for an international sports event. More>>

Young leaders of massive 2014 Hong Kong protests get prison

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A court has overturned sentences that the prosecution said were too light and sent young Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders of huge pro-democracy protests in 2014 to prison. More>>

European Central Bank still concerned about low inflation

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An account of the European Central Bank's last meeting shows its policymakers were still concerned that inflation was too low. More>>

Austrian police: Sleeping toddler left in car, dies in heat

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Austrian police say an infant has been found dead after being left in a car for several hours in during high temperatures. More>>

Portugal braces for wildfire calamity as temperatures rise

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Portugal's government is taking the rare step of decreeing a state of public calamity before a forecast rise in temperatures that authorities fear will worsen a spate of wildfires. More>>

Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam also to face trial in Belgium

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Belgian authorities say the lone surviving suspect in the massacres in France in November 2015 will stand trial in Belgium over a shootout with police officers just before he was caught last year. More>>

Baby dolphin dies after being crowded around on Spain beach

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A Spanish environmental group has called on beachgoers to refrain from crowding around, touching or taking photos of stray sea animals following the death of a baby dolphin last week. More>>

German customs intercepts package with 20 snake heads

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German customs officers say they have found and destroyed 20 rotten snake heads in a package from Nigeria. More>>

New UK aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives at port

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Britain's new flagship aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived at its home port in southern England to great fanfare. More>>

The Latest: South Sudan's displaced numbers 'overwhelming'

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1 million South Sudan refugees now in Uganda, UN says in world's fastest-growing crisis. More>>

Danish police look for body in missing journalist case

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Copenhagen police are looking for a corpse in the case of a Swedish woman missing since a trip on a home-built submarine. More>>

Australian court: Refugee camp in Papua New Guinea is legal

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Australia's highest court has ruled that the country's policy of sending asylum seekers to migrant camps in Papua New Guinea is valid. More>>

Families wait in rain to ID lost loved ones in Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone prepares for mass funerals after mudslides as hundreds still missing. More>>

Governor: 37 killed in gun battle at small Venezuela prison

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A governor in Venezuela says at least 36 people have been killed during clashes between inmates and security forces at a prison in the country's south. More>>

Man arrested in French car attack that wounded 6 soldiers

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French authorities have detained a man linked to an Algerian driver who sped his car into a group of soldiers near Paris, in the first arrest in the case. More>>

Man with knife arrested in brief Netherlands hostage-taking

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Dutch police say a man armed with a knife who briefly held a woman hostage at a radio station in the Netherlands has been arrested. More>>

The Latest: Court sends Hong Kong activists to prison

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Hong Kong court sends activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders to prison in connection with huge pro-democracy protests in 2014. More>>

Brazil's top court favors indigenous groups in land dispute

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Brazil's top court has ruled against a state that sought federal compensation for lands used to create three indigenous reserves, delivering a landmark decision seen as a defeat for groups trying to limit native land claims. More>>

Charlottesville victim's mother urges 'righteous action'

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Mourners will gather in Charlottesville on Wednesday to honor the woman who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally. More>>

Pence won't address Trump comments but condemns supremacists

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Vice President Mike Pence's isn't expected to take questions from reporters after meeting with Chile's president _ even though Pence's public schedule had listed a "joint press conference" with Michelle Bachelet (bah-cheh-LET'). More>>

SKorea looks to jumpstart diplomacy in NKorea standoff

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A South Korean conservative party has called for the United States to bring back tactical nuclear weapons to the Korean Peninsula to better cope against North Korean threats. More>>

At least 7 dead in alleged gang attack on Guatemala hospital

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Officials in Guatemala say at least 2 people have been killed in an early morning shooting at one of the country's largest hospitals. More>>

The Latest: Guam starts new school year despite NK threat

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Russia says it's against further tightening sanctions on North Korea, warning that economic pressure on Pyongyang has reached its limit. More>>

South Africa debates immunity for Zimbabwe first lady

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South Africa's police say Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has requested diplomatic immunity over an allegation that she assaulted a young model in Johannesburg earlier this week. More>>

Russian ex-minister on trial for bribery blames Putin ally

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A Russian ex-economic development minister on trial for allegedly accepting a $2 million cash bribe has accused the head of Russia's largest oil company of setting him up. More>>

Cambodia's tax agency denies crackdown is political

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Cambodian tax authorities have denied there is a political motive for a crackdown on delinquent taxpayers that prominently targets media and civil society organizations critical of the government. More>>

China, India soldiers hurl stones at each other in Kashmir

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Indian and Chinese soldiers hurled stones at one another during an altercation in the high Himalayas in Indian-controlled Kashmir. More>>

The Latest: Pence promotes US trade with Latin America Video included

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Vice President Mike Pence is meeting with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet after arriving in the country. More>>

German pol slams Trump's 'downplaying of Nazi violence'

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A leading German politician has described "the downplaying of Nazi violence" in U.S. President Donald Trump's comments on the events surrounding a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia as "highly dangerous". More>>

'Please don't let her be dead': man who saved fiancee

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With tires screeching and bodies flying, Marcus Martin shoved his fiancée away at the last second from a car charging through a crowd of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. More>>

French first lady says husband's only fault is being younger

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France's first lady says President Emmanuel Macron's only fault is "being younger than me". More>>

France: Murder charges for driver in pizzeria car attack

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French authorities file preliminary murder charges against security guard who intentionally slammed his car into a crowded pizzeria east of Paris, killing an adolescent girl. More>>

Austria orders recall of unapproved cancer drug

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Austrian authorities have ordered a recall of a cancer medication that was put on the market without proper approval. More>>

UN experts: Charlottesville exemplifies rising racism in US

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U.N. human rights experts say racism and xenophobia are rising in the United States, pointing to far-right demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia as the "latest examples" and urging U.S. authorities to punish perpetrators of racist crimes there. More>>

Big Ben backlash: Plan to silence beloved bell under review

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Officials at the British Parliament say they will review plans to silence Big Ben during four years of repairs after politicians criticized the lengthy muting of the beloved bell. More>>

35 children die in north Indian hospital in 3 days

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Parents of at least 35 children who have died in a hospital in northern India over the past three days have alleged there was a lack of oxygen supply in the children's ward. More>>

Scottish Parliament under cyberattack, no systems breached

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Officials at the Scottish Parliament say the legislature's IT systems are under sustained cyberattack but have not been breached. More>>

Kenya opposition says it will challenge election in court

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Kenya electoral official who oversaw disputed presidential elections stopped from flying to US. More>>

Man held in Rome after sister's dismembered body found trash

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Police are investigation for murder after a pair of hacked-off legs, apparently of a woman, was found in a trash bin on an upscale Rome street. More>>

US adds Kashmir militant group to terrorism blacklists

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The Trump administration has added a Kashmiri militant group fighting to end Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region to several terrorism blacklists, blocking any assets it may have in U.S. jurisdictions. More>>

Game of Thrones episode shown in Spain, Nordics by error

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HBO in Spain has aired, apparently by mistake, the sixth episode of Games of Thrones' seventh season a week ahead of schedule. More>>

Ryanair files complaint with EU after Air Berlin bankruptcy

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Irish budget airline Ryanair has filed a complaint with European Union competition authorities after Air Berlin filed for bankruptcy protection and then got a 150 million euro ($177 million) government loan. More>>

UK vows Brexit won't mean the return of Irish border posts

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Britain says there must be no border posts between Northern Ireland and the Irish republic after Brexit. More>>

Afghan migrant 'Little Picasso' offered Serbian citizenship

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A 10-year-old migrant from Afghanistan, who has been nicknamed "Little Picasso" because of his talent for painting, and his family offered Serbian citizenship. More>>

5 years after 34 South African miners shot dead, no arrests

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5 years after 34 South African miners shot dead, no arrests have been made: Rights group. More>>

The Latest: Kenya opposition will go to court over vote

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Kenya electoral official who oversaw disputed presidential elections stopped from flying to US. More>>

German Chancellor Merkel's favorite emoji is a smiley

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's favorite emoji is a smiley _ and on a good day it's one with a heart. More>>

Greek firefighters close to containing wildfire near Athens

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Greece's fire department says it's close to containing a wildfire that is burning north of Athens for a fourth day. More>>

UK leader criticizes Trump remarks blaming "both sides"

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Britain's prime minister Theresa May has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks on white supremacists, declaring that there is "no equivalence" between fascists and their opponents. More>>

UK police arrest brother of main suspect in model kidnapping

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British police have arrested the brother of a Polish man suspected of kidnaping a British model and threatening to sell her on the dark web. More>>

Belgium joins legal action against tainted egg 'cheats'

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Belgium's Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme says the government will join in legal action against those responsible for the egg contamination scandal, which has hit at least 17 countries. More>>

Turkey asks Germany to extradite top coup suspect

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Turkey has formally asked Berlin to arrest and extradite a top suspect behind last year's failed coup attempt following reports suggesting that he has been spotted in Germany. More>>

Report: Woods had marijuana, painkillers in system at arrest

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A toxicology report shows that Tiger Woods had the active ingredient for marijuana, two painkillers and two sleep drugs in his system when he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. More>>

Manchester Arena to reopen next month with memorial concert

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Noel Gallagher will headline a concert in honor of victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, as the venue reopens next month for the first time since the deadly attack. More>>

The Latest: Austrian soldiers to help stop migrant entries

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Austrian officials say 70 soldiers are being sent to the border with Italy to help police stop the entry of illegal migrants over Austria's southwestern flank. More>>

Turkey warns Kurdish referendum can lead to 'civil war'

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Turkey says Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region should reverse its decision to hold a referendum on independence, warning that the vote could lead to a civil war. More>>

More than spectacle: Eclipses create science and so can you

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Next week's stunning solar eclipse in the United States will generate as much science as oohs and aahs. More>>

Swedish lawmakers boost defense budget over next 2 years

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Sweden's center-left defense minister says a majority of lawmakers, including two center-right opposition parties, has agreed to boost the Swedish defense budget with an annual extra 2.7 billion kronor ($334 million) over the next two years. More>>

Spain rescues 339 migrants from 7 boats in Mediterranean

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Spain's maritime rescue service says it has picked up 339 migrants from seven boats trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco. More>>

Baby, 2 women among 13 killed by tree on Portuguese island Video included

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Authorities say a 12-month-old baby and two foreign women were among 13 people killed when a huge oak tree crashed down on a packed outdoor religious festival in Portugal's Madeira Islands. More>>

Police doubt life jacket is linked to missing Swedish woman

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Life jacket find in Denmark submarine case unlikely related. More>>

North Korea threat prompts Guam natives to assert rights

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The threatened missile attack by North Korea on Guam has prompted calls for peace from the island's indigenous people. More>>

More than 300 dead, 600 missing in Sierra Leone mudslides Video included

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Death toll in Sierra Leone mudslides expected to rise; more than 300 reported killed. More>>

NGO:Nigeria's displaced people increasingly targeted

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Norway's Refugee Council says Nigerian government must protect civilians after a camp with internally displaced people was "indiscriminately targeted" by suicide bombers who killed at least 20. More>>

China tells US, North Korea to 'hit the brakes' on threats

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North Korea say that leader Kim Jong Un was briefed on his military's plans to launch missiles in waters near Guam days after the Korean People's Army announced its preparing to create "enveloping fire" near the U.S. military hub in the Pacific. More>>

China's Xi looks to party congress to cement authority

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As they do each summer, China's leaders have headed to the beach for bit of relaxation and informal meetings on matters both trivial and weighty. More>>

Zimbabwe's first lady accused of assault in South Africa

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Zimbabwe's first lady accused of assault in South Africa, hands herself over to police. More>>

Thousands flee as Iraq steps up airstrikes on IS-held town

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Thousands of Iraqis have fled an Islamic State-held town west of Mosul as Iraqi and coalition warplanes step up strikes ahead of a ground offensive to drive out the militants. More>>

US vet returns dead Japanese soldier's flag to emotional kin

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U.S. World War II veteran returns a calligraphy-covered Japanese flag he took from a dead soldier 73 years ago to tearful and grateful family. More>>

Sign at Swiss hotel directed to 'Jewish guests' draws anger

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Switzerland's tourism office is expressing regret over an "unfortunate" incident in which a small Alpine hotel posted a sign asking "Jewish guests" to shower before swimming in the hotel pool. More>>

Political feud erupts between Australia and New Zealand

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Political feud erupts between New Zealand and Australia over apparent dual citizenship of Australia's deputy prime minister. More>>

Iranian president threatens to revitalize nuclear program

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Iran's president issues direct threat, claims Tehran is capable of restarting its nuclear program within hours. More>>

US decries Islamic State 'genocide' of Christians, others

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The Trump administration is denouncing the Islamic State group for carrying out 'genocide' against Christians and other religious minorities in areas under its control. More>>

13 killed when huge tree crashes down on Portuguese festival Video included

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Portuguese media reports that several people have died when they were crushed by a falling tree on the island of Madeira on Tuesday. More>>

The Latest: Israel says delivers food aid to Sierra Leone

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The Latest: 600 estimated missing in Sierra Leone mudslides as death toll certain to rise. More>>

The Latest: Greece seeks EU help with major forest fire

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About 350 Greek firefighters and soldiers, assisted by water-dropping planes and dozens of fire trucks are struggling to contain a large wildfire raging for three days through pine forests north of Athens. More>>

The Latest: Death toll in Portugal tree fall rises to 13 Video included

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Portugal's prime minister has expressed his condolences for the victims of a falling tree on the island of Madeira. More>>

Nepal strengthens laws against dowry, menstrual exile

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Nepal has strengthened laws against demanding dowry payments and exiling menstruating women in an effort to improve women's safety and equality. More>>

France: 'Incoherent' suspect recalls driving into pizzeria

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The Paris hospitals authority says five people, including a 3-year-old boy, who were gravely injured when a man deliberately rammed his car into a pizzeria east of Paris are out of danger. More>>

Air Berlin files for bankruptcy after shareholder pulls plug

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Struggling German airline Air Berin says it's filing for bankruptcy after its main shareholder, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, said it would make no more financing available. More>>

Macedonian prostitution kingpin shot dead by unknown gunman

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Macedonian police say a convicted crime kingpin suspected of forcing hundreds of women from several Balkan countries into prostitution has been shot dead by an unknown assailant. More>>

The Latest: Driver who rammed pizzeria says was suicidal

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A security guard who deliberately rammed his powerful car into a crowded pizzeria east of Paris, killing an adolescent girl, told investigators that he was suicidal and had consumed large amounts of medicines. More>>

Kenya accused of intimidating rights groups after election

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US President Donald Trump has congratulated Kenya's president on his re-election and the country for conducting "a peaceful, fair, and transparent contest.". More>>

The Latest: US says still interested in dialogue with NKorea

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North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un was briefed on his military's plans to launch missiles in waters near Guam days after the Korean People's Army announced its preparing to create "enveloping fire" near the U.S. military hub in the Pacific. More>>

3,000 firefighters in Portugal combat raging wildfire

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Portuguese officials say 3,000 firefighters are struggling to put out more than 150 wildfires in Portugal, as persistent hot and dry weather stoke the flames. More>>

Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on ice, animals

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Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on historic Northwest Passage's sea ice, wildlife, native communities. More>>

India opens 1st Partition museum 70 years after bloody event

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India's first Partition museum tells the stories of those who survived the chaos and bloodshed 7 decades earlier. More>>

Search on in 2 countries for woman missing since sub sank

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Police from Sweden are assisting their Danish counterparts for clues in the search for a missing Swedish woman who apparently was aboard an amateur-built submarine before it sank. More>>

French leader sues photographer who trailed him on holiday

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The French president's press office says Emmanuel Macron has filed a legal complaint against a photographer who allegedly was spotted on the property where he is vacationing and followed his motorcade. More>>

Van Gogh 'Sunflowers' reunited online

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Five masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh are being reunited for the first time -- through Facebook live. More>>

UK says it may seek 'temporary' customs union with EU

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Britain says it might seek to remain in a customs union with the European Union for a time to avoid border chaos after leaving the bloc. More>>

Ukraine rocket maker denies leaking know-how to North Korea

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The head of Ukraine's top rocket-making company is rejecting claims that its technologies might have been shipped to North Korea. More>>

Italy to host fall G-7 interior ministers summit on security

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Italy will host a G-7 summit of interior ministers to discuss security matters. More>>

South Sudan rebels recapture Pagak, their headquarters

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South Sudan's rebel forces have reclaimed their stronghold of Pagak, a week after being pushed out of the town by government forces, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, deputy spokesman for the opposition IO, told the Associated Press. More>>

Reports: Turkey detains Interpol-sought Belgian IS suspect

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Turkish media reports say police in Istanbul have apprehended a suspected Islamic State group militant wanted by Interpol. More>>

President: Romania is security provider in uncertain region

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Romania's president says his country is a security provider in a region marked by uncertainty and unpredictability and security challenges. More>>

China says US trade probe would violate international rules

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China says it will respond to a possible trade probe ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump with "all appropriate measures" to protect Chinese interests. More>>

Hong Kong activist arrested over allegation of stapled legs

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Hong Kong activist who said Chinese agents stapled his legs as a warning is arrested on suspicion of false police report. More>>

Hungry Venezuelans turn to Colombia for a plate of food

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An estimated 25,000 Venezuelans trek across the Simon Bolivar International Bridge into Colombia each day _ increasingly to eat as well as to earn money. More>>

Philippines: 21 alleged drug offenders killed in single day

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Philippine police say simultaneous anti-drug operations in a northern province have left 21 drug offenders dead after they allegedly offered armed resistance against arresting officers. More>>

Japanese siblings accept WWII soldier's flag from US veteran

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The former U.S. Marine knew the calligraphy-covered flag he took from a fallen Japanese soldier 73 years ago was more than a keepsake of World War II. More>>

A look at North Korea's past bluster and actual attacks

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A look at North Korea's past bluster and actual attacks. More>>

US Navy reports another tense encounter with an Iran drone

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The U.S. Navy says it had a second tense encounter with an unarmed Iranian drone in the Persian Gulf in recent days. More>>

18 dead in suspected jihadist attack on Burkina Faso eatery

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Suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in the capital of Burkina Faso late Sunday, killing at least 18 people in the second such attack on a restaurant popular with foreigners in the last 2 years. More>>

Austria records first instances of Fipronil-tainted eggs

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Austria's food safety agency says it has found the first instances of eggs contaminated with Fipronil in the country. More>>

Americans sentenced in Panama for 5 murders

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A court in Panama has sentenced American William Dathan Holbert to 47 years in prison for robbing and killing five other Americans in a Caribbean tourist destination. More>>

The Latest: US WWII vet returns flag to Japan soldier's kin

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A U.S. World War II veteran has returned to a fallen soldier's family a Japanese flag he took from the man's body 73 years ago. More>>

At least 300 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides and flooding Video included

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Coroner official: More than 200 bodies at Sierra Leone morgue after floods, mudslides. More>>

Driver purposely steers into French pizzeria, killing girl

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French police say an 8-year-old girl was killed and at least five people were injured when a driver slammed his car into the sidewalk cafe of a pizza restaurant in a small town east of Paris. More>>

The Latest: French car attack driver said probably on drugs

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French officials say the driver who steered into patrons of a pizza restaurant east of Paris clearly acted intentionally, but they have no reason so far to suspect a terrorist motive. More>>

Top US military officer warns NKorea that US military ready

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The top U.S. military officer is warning during a trip to Seoul that the United States is ready to use the "full range" of its military capabilities to defend itself and its allies from North Korea. More>>

Italy OKs ambassador for Cairo, cites murder probe progress

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Italy is letting its ambassador take up his post in Cairo, citing on Monday Egyptian progress in the investigation of the 2016 torture death of an Italian scholar that had weighed on diplomatic ties. More>>

The Latest: Official: 200 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides Video included

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The Latest: More than 200 bodies at Sierra Leone morgue after floods, mudslides, says coroner official. More>>

Guam's tourism popularity unhurt by North Korea threats

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The U.S. territory of Guam has been the subject of angry threats exchanged by North Korea and the United States during the past week, but that's not keeping tourists away from the tropical island. More>>

German leader sees end of the road for diesel, gasoline cars

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she thinks the internal combustion engines that are the mainstay of her country's auto industry will eventually have to be phased out. More>>

Fugitive Romanian businessman surrenders to British police

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Romanian police say a fugitive businessman sentenced to 7 years in prison for real estate fraud has surrendered to British police. More>>

Drinking problem: Ryanair wants UK airports to curb alcohol

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Budget airline Ryanair is calling on British airports to take steps to curb alcohol sales following sharp increases in the number of incidents involving disruptive passengers. More>>

Zimbabwe vice president in South African hospital

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe says one of his deputies is in a South African hospital, as local media reported he was poisoned at a political rally. More>>

No more bongs! Big Ben to fall silent for 4 years of repairs

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The bongs of Big Ben will fall silent starting next week as a major restoration project is carried out. More>>

A snapshot of Guam before US-North Korea conflict and now

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A snapshot of Guam before US-North Korea conflict and now. More>>

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