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French prime minister wins confidence vote

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has won a vote of confidence in a tense ballot, allowing him to push through economic reforms that have divided the left. More>>

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

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A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the country doesn't have the death penalty. Confused? Authorities have granted a request for assisted suicide by the man, who says he's a menace... More>>

Weakening Odile pushes up Mexico's Baja California

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A weakening Tropical Storm Odile pushed up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula on Tuesday, dumping heavy rains that could bring dangerous flash floods and mudslides but also a potential boon to the drought-stricken region. More>>

Egypt says restoration of oldest pyramid on track

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Egypt's antiquities minister has brought journalists inside a 4,600-year old pyramid to reject recent accusations of mismanagement at the site as false and "without evidence." More>>

Sides in Scottish referendum make final push

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The two sides in Scotland's independence debate scrambled Tuesday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation. More>>

Tracing the rise of Ebola in West Africa

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Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part of Guinea... More>>

UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

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The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could cost nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. More>>

Legislator: 53 Turkish families joined IS

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A Turkish opposition legislator said Tuesday that at least 53 Turkish families - some with children - had crossed into Syria to join the Islamic State group in the past week alone and accused Turkey's government of... More>>

Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

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Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air... More>>

West Bank settler group boasts rapid growth

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Israel's settler population in the West Bank increased by 2 percent in the first half of the year, an advocacy group announced Tuesday, signaling robust growth in the settlements even while Israel was conducting peace... More>>

Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

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The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday he would recommend that the United States consider deploying ground forces to Iraq if President Barack Obama's expanded air campaign to destroy Islamic... More>>

US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

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The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local... More>>

Next title: Elizabeth, Queen of Scots?

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Queen Elizabeth II can keep her magnificent Scottish castle at Balmoral should Scots vote for independence - and chances are she will be able to keep her role as well. More>>

Ukraine legislators ratify landmark EU deal

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Ukraine's parliament ratified a landmark association agreement with the European Union on Tuesday, firmly pivoting the country toward the West and drawing a line under the issue that last year sparked massive protests... More>>

Belfast officer who oversaw Adams arrest promoted

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Rival factions in Northern Ireland's unity government are accusing each other of bias after a policeman who oversaw the arrest of Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams was promoted to the force's second-highest post. More>>

Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops

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A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three members of the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said. More>>

Kurds in Europe take up arms against IS group

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Shaho Pirani says he's just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq. More>>

UN panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimes

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As nations mount an offensive against the Islamic State militants that have gained a stronghold in Iraq and Syria, a U.N. human rights commission emphasized Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government has... More>>

South Africa sends murder suspect to Botswana

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Human rights lawyers on Tuesday pressed South Africa to explain why a murder suspect from Botswana was illegally deported to his country, where he could be executed if convicted. More>>

Fijians go to polls after 8 years of military rule

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Thousands of Fijians are awaiting their first chance to vote in eight years Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific nation of 900,000. More>>

Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS group

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A Syrian military plane crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, as thousands of its residents fled to nearby villages in anticipation of expected U.S.... More>>

Pope to focus on grandparents after newlyweds

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First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents. More>>

AP names Lynne O'Donnell Kabul bureau chief

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Lynne O'Donnell, a foreign correspondent who has covered major stories throughout the Middle East and Asia for two decades, has been named Kabul bureau chief for The Associated Press, leading the agency's coverage... More>>

AP names Maya Alleruzzo Mideast photo editor

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Maya Alleruzzo, a photographer who has covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during a 12-year stint in the region, has been named regional photo editor for the Middle East by The Associated Press. More>>

German court lifts injunction banning Uber

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A court in Germany has lifted an emergency injunction that banned the ridesharing service Uber from operating anywhere in the country. More>>

South Sudan urges groups to hire more nationals

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A South Sudanese official says the government in a new policy wants all non-governmental organizations to start hiring more nationals. More>>

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

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Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. More>>

Oligarch buys Russia's most popular social media

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A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, bringing an end to a months-long dispute that... More>>

Woman survives 4 days after Nigeria building falls

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Rescue workers early Tuesday dug a woman out of the rubble of a building that collapsed four days ago and she walked away with only a slight injury, a government spokesman said. More>>

Roadside bomb kills 6 policemen in Egypt's Sinai

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A powerful explosion killed five Egyptian police conscripts and an officer near the border town of Rafah in the restive Sinai Peninsula early Tuesday, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of a local al-Qaida-inspired... More>>

Thai police search for clues after 2 Brits slain

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Police on a scenic Thai resort island searched hotels and workers' residences Tuesday looking for clues into the slayings of two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier. More>>

Scotland took long road to independence vote

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On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring - and unfinished, ever since the money to... More>>

Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show

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It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates... More>>

Lava flows from Philippine volcano, thousands flee

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The Philippines' most active volcano belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a kilometer (half a mile) down its slope in an ongoing gentle eruption, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers,... More>>

Nobel laureates appeal to South Africa

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A group of Nobel peace laureates has appealed to South Africa to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama, who abandoned an attempt to get permission to travel to Cape Town next month. More>>

2 killed in pileup on mist-shrouded Dutch road

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Emergency services say two people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a pileup at least 150 cars and trucks on a Dutch highway shrouded in thick mist. More>>

Militants attack Pakistani post near Afghan border

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A group of militants attacked a Pakistan army post from neighboring Afghanistan Tuesday morning, sparking a shootout that left 11 insurgents and three soldiers killed, the military said, as government warplanes killed 20... More>>

2nd conductor resigns from Vienna State Opera

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The Vienna State Opera has lost its second star conductor in less than two weeks. More>>

Judge in Pistorius trial faces criticism

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Several legal groups in South Africa have expressed concern about threats and harsh criticism of the judge who found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, but not guilty of the more serious charge of murder. More>>

Scottish mistrust of Conservatives key in campaign

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With Thursday's referendum looming, proponents of Scottish independence are using one of the main weapons in their armory - Scotland's widespread mistrust of the Conservative Party. More>>

Ukraine village hopes for chance to rebuild

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The kindergarten building in this village in eastern Ukraine was once a source of pride. Renovated and brightly decorated with money provided by German donors, its classrooms were opening the doors of education to 120... More>>

Xi's India visit highlights changing power dynamic

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Chinese President Xi Jinping's trip to India this week highlights subtle shifts in the regional power dynamic that are bringing warmer ties between the two Asian giants, challenging China's traditional relationship... More>>

A look at Myanmar's struggling clay pot industry

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For generations, the Myanmar town of Twante has been known for its thriving pottery industry. Even today, residents can be seen sitting on wooden stools beneath the thatched roofs of their homes, placing lumps of soft clay... More>>

Philippines warns of possible volcanic eruption

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One of the Philippines' most active volcanoes is showing signs of heightened unrest and an eruption is possible within weeks, government scientists warned Tuesday. More>>

Venezuela's newest shortage: breast implants

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Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job. More>>

Brazil's indigenous seek out city, end up in slums

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They huddle in a tight circle, shaking seed-filled maracas and shuffling in time to a rhythm that has pulsed through their tribes for generations. The dancers raise their voices in song, conjuring an ancient spirit that... More>>

Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

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Odile weakened to a tropical storm Monday night after blazing a trail of destruction through Mexico's Baja California Peninsula that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels, and left entire... More>>

6 killed, 15 wounded in east Ukraine city

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Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, the city council said Monday - the worst reported violence since a cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops took... More>>

Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

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As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier... More>>

Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

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Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent. More>>

UN takes over C. African Republic peacekeeping

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The United Nations took over a regional African peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic on Monday, nine months after sectarian violence erupted that has left at least 5,000 people dead and has forced tens of... More>>

Generation gap: Young Scots favor independence

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Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families argue over how to vote in Scotland's independence referendum. A generation gap has opened up, with younger voters more inclined to back independence and... More>>

Merkel: Russia must withdraw troops from Ukraine

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Russia must withdraw its troops from Ukraine for a peace plan there to work. More>>

Pope meets with Argentine judge in Dirty War probe

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Pope Francis met Monday with an Argentine judge who played a key role in the recent convictions of two former military officers for one of the most notorious crimes of the country's Dirty War. More>>

Jean Paul Gaultier to stop making ready-to-wear

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The house of Jean Paul Gaultier has announced that it is stopping women's and men's ready-to-wear collections. More>>

Air France strike amid Europe's low-cost shakeup

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Air France canceled at least half its flights around the world on Monday as pilots began a weeklong strike, highlighting the trouble Europe's flagship airlines face in keeping up with low-cost competitors. More>>

Sierra Leone: WHO too slow to help doc with Ebola

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Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care. More>>

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

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Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism. More>>

Kerry to chair UN Security Council meeting on Iraq

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Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to New York this week to chair a meeting of the United National Security Council on Iraq. More>>

Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war

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After a ruinous war, Gaza is rushing back to a veneer of normalcy at astonishing speed. Street cafes and beaches are packed with people until late at night. Families crowd the few public parks. Wedding halls are booked solid. More>>

Mystery airstrikes target Libyan Islamist militias

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Unidentified warplanes conducted four airstrikes on Monday near the Libyan capital of Tripoli, leaving one dead and five wounded, a spokesman for Libya's Islamist-allied militias and a militia commander said. More>>

700 feared dead in 2 Mediterranean boat wrecks

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This year is on track to become the deadliest ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea after two heavily loaded boats were wrecked in the past week, possibly killing 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe - the same... More>>

European Space Agency picks site for comet landing

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Talk about a moving target. More>>

Prominent Egyptian activist freed on bail

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Worn out but smiling, a prominent Egyptian activist facing retrial on a 15-year prison sentence for violating a draconian protest law walked out of a Cairo prison Monday after a court ordered him freed on bail. More>>

NATO head: threats from Russia, Islamic State

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NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that members of the U.S.-led alliance must stand shoulder to shoulder to confront simultaneous security threats from Russia and the Islamic State extremist... More>>

Public praise, private Belfast funeral for Paisley

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Northern Ireland's Catholic and Protestant politicians united Monday to praise their former power-sharing leader, Ian Paisley, as his family held his funeral in conditions of exceptional privacy. More>>

Democracy? No, Afghans say, after vote count ends

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The ballot counting in Afghanistan's five-month-long presidential election is finished, but as negotiations continue over the country's future political power structure, many here are asking: Does my vote count? More>>

Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq

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The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, there will be no art or music. Classes about history, literature and Christianity have been "permanently annulled." More>>

93-year-old former Auschwitz guard charged

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A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp, prosecutors said Monday. More>>

45 dead after Nigeria building collapse

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Rescue workers have recovered 46 bodies and rescued 130 survivors from a collapsed shopping mall and guesthouse at the campus of renowned Nigerian preacher T.B. Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations, the West... More>>

Nigerian defense: Hope pilots alive in missing jet

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Nigeria's Air Force chief says he hopes the pilots of a missing fighter jet are alive. More>>

Man accused of IS membership on trial in Germany

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A 20-year-old German man went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday on charges he was a member of the extremist Islamic State group, the first such case to come to court in Germany. More>>

A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO

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If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security - the European Union and... More>>

Japan's whale hunt under scrutiny at IWC meeting

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Japan's intention to resume whale hunts in the Antarctic - despite a ruling by the top U.N. court - topped the agenda as an international whaling conference opened Monday in Slovenia's Adriatic Sea resort of Portoroz. More>>

Why hire? French confront reasons for malaise

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Marc Winocour and his two sons have enjoyed some success transforming the family farm into a field-to-table company that includes bread ovens, delivery trucks and a boutique. Revenues are climbing more than 50 percent a year. More>>

UN nuke agency indicates slow going on Iran probe

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With his probe of suspected nuclear weapons work by Iran sputtering, the head of the U.N. atomic agency on Monday urged Iran to either cooperate or accept the prospect of a ruling on the allegations based on incomplete... More>>

Uganda holds 19 terror suspects, seizes explosives

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Ugandan authorities are holding 19 suspects arrested over an apparent terror plot, officials said Monday as the security agencies continued an operation to dismantle what they said was an al-Shabab cell plotting attacks in... More>>

South Africa seizes $9.3 million at airport

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Authorities in South Africa say they have seized $9.3 million in cash from two Nigerians and an Israeli who arrived at Lanseria, an airport in the Johannesburg area. More>>

Hurricane Odile in Baja slams Baja California

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Hurricane Odile raked the Baja California Peninsula with strong winds and heavy rains early Monday as locals and tourists in the resort area of Los Cabos began to emerge from shelters and assess the damage. More>>

Sweden's far-right rises amid immigration debate

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A Swedish far-right party demanding sharp cuts in immigration has more than doubled its support in a parliamentary election. More>>

US reopens embassy in Central African Republic

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The State Department says it's reopening The U.S. embassy in the Central African Republic. More>>

British boy gets first proton treatment in Prague

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British boy Ashya King underwent his first proton beam therapy session for a life-threatening brain tumor in Prague on Monday, a week after the 5-year-old boy was flown here from Spain. More>>

UN takes over C. African Republic peacekeeping

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The United Nations is taking over from an African peacekeeping mission trying to stabilize Central African Republic. More>>

Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

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By DAN PERRY Associated Press The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal - destroying a marauding organization of... More>>

4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent... More>>

Egypt says will boost security at tourist sites

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Egypt plans to increase the number of security cameras at hotels and popular tourist destinations as part of a series of new security measures aimed at buoying the flagging tourism sector following three years of political... More>>

Austria plans to forbid Islamic extremist symbols

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Austria plans to introduce a law banning symbols of the Islamic State group and 18 other extremist groups. More>>

Locals, tourists ride out Hurricane Odile in Baja

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Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula. More>>

Scottish independence could mean messy divorce

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How do you divorce after a 300-year union? It's complicated, and there is a deadline. More>>

Iran's top leader discharged from hospital

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been discharged from hospital, a week after he underwent prostate surgery. More>>

Greek island missing out on tourism boom

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What's not to like about this island, with its cobbled streets, traditional stone-built houses, affordable fresh fish, and a quiet 15-minute boat ride from the mainland? More>>

Air France pilot strike amid low-cost tensions

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At least half of Air France flights around the world were canceled Monday as pilots kicked off a weeklong strike, angry that the airline is shifting jobs and operations to a low-cost carrier to better keep up with... More>>

Japan: More and more, a land of centenarians

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Reaching the century mark remains a relative rarity for humans, but it is increasingly less so, and perhaps nowhere more than in rapidly aging Japan. More>>

AP appoints Dharapak as Asia-Pacific photo editor

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Charles Dharapak, a veteran photographer who has spent the past decade chronicling the activities and travels of U.S. presidents and American political campaigns, has been named Asia-Pacific regional photo editor for The... More>>

Powerful Hurricane Odile aims at Mexico's Baja

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A powerful Hurricane Odile closed in on the resort area of Los Cabos on Sunday night as Mexican authorities evacuated vulnerable coastal areas and readied shelters for up to 30,000 people. More>>

UN: 1 Chadian peacekeeper dead in northern Mali

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A U.N. military vehicle struck a land mine Sunday in the volatile Kidal region of northern Mali, killing a Chadian soldier and wounding four other peacekeepers, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in the West African country... More>>

Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State group

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Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group - minus two of the main... More>>

Sweden shifts to left in parliamentary election

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Sweden's Social Democrats were poised to return to power after a left-leaning bloc defeated the center-right government in a parliamentary election Sunday that also saw strong gains by an anti-immigration party. More>>

Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat Video included

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Now it's Britain's turn to mourn. More>>

Queen to Scots: Think carefully about future

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Queen Elizabeth II has made her first comments about this week's Scottish independence vote, urging Scots to "think very carefully about the future." More>>

Anti-euro party strong in German state votes

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A new party that has expanded its anti-euro stance into a broader appeal to protest voters won seats in two more German state legislatures Sunday, building on recent momentum and intensifying a headache for established... More>>

Residents emerge in shell-shocked Ukrainian city

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Months of daily shelling reduced the east Ukraine city of Luhansk to a ghost town, silent but for the explosions. More>>

Egypt: Qatar ordered Islamists out within 2 months

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Egypt will hunt down exiled Muslim Brotherhood leaders and seek their arrest, a top official said Sunday, after Qatar ordered them to leave its territory despite initially hosting group members following the ouster of... More>>

Westwood show highlights Scotland, not fashion

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Vivienne Westwood may be staging a catwalk show, but Scotland - not clothes - is foremost on the designer's mind. More>>

Dutch stage tomato fight against Russian sanctions

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Hundreds of young Dutch men and women turned Amsterdam's central Dam square into a blizzard of red goop on Sunday, as they pelted each other mercilessly with overripe tomatoes. More>>

Merkel leads Berlin rally against anti-Semitism

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Chancellor Angela Merkel led a rally against anti-Semitism in Berlin on Sunday, telling several thousand people that Jewish life is part of Germany's identity and she wants to ensure that Jews feel safe here. More>>

'New' Scots vote crucial to independence result

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On the south side of Glasgow, in the heartland of Scotland's Asian community, support for independence from the United Kingdom is strong as Thursday's referendum nears. More>>

US man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

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North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. More>>

Nigerian jet missing in battle with extremists

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The Nigerian Ministry of Defense says an Air Force Alpha jet on a mission against Islamic extremist insurgents in the country's northeast has gone missing with its two crew members. More>>

Rights group calls for probe into Iraqi airstrike

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An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country's new prime... More>>

2 men fatally gored by bull at Portuguese festival

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Authorities say a Portuguese bull-running festival will continue next week despite the fatal goring of two men by a bull. More>>

Mozambique logs a rare victory against poachers

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The recent arrests of six suspected poachers on a vast wildlife reserve in Mozambique are seen by conservationists as rare good news in a country where elephants and other species are under extreme threat. More>>

Gaza children return to school after war

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Some half million Gaza children made a delayed return to school on Sunday after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings. More>>

Pakistan flood sinks boat carrying wedding party

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Severe flooding sank a boat carrying a wedding party in Pakistan's Punjab province on Sunday, killing the bridegroom and 17 others, officials said. More>>

Russia-annexed Crimea votes for legislature

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Residents of Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, are voting for their regional parliament in elections expected to be dominated by Russian President Vladimir Putin's backers. More>>

Holocaust experts work to preserve WWII-era items

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With survivors dying in growing numbers and their live testimonies soon to be a thing of the past, Holocaust commemoration efforts are increasingly focused around preserving the belongings that contain their stories. More>>

Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

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Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare... More>>

High-tech survey exposes hidden Stonehenge

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There is more to Stonehenge than meets a visitor's eye. More>>

40 'I'do's' at Vatican as Pope marries 20 couples

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Forty "I do's" - or "Si" in Italian - were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother. More>>

110 rescued from ferry: 'Death was in our minds'

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Survivors from a ferry that sank after encountering steering problems in the central Philippines said Sunday that they were tossed about by the churning sea in darkness for six hours while praying and clinging to an... More>>

Strikes in Iraq, Syria expected under new war plan Video included

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As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next... More>>

Turkey seeks behind-scene role in NATO coalition

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Turkey is the big Muslim power that sits atop raging conflicts in Iraq and Syria, so it might be expected to take a leading role in the NATO coalition announced this month to take on the Islamic State group. More>>

France bristles as Netflix advances in Europe

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Netflix is tapping into six new markets Monday hoping to gain a big subscriber base around Europe, but is facing a frosty welcome in France. Well-established French competitors are trying to head off a Netflix wave, the... More>>

Japan's World War II film idol Rikoran dies at 94

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Japanese film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan's wartime dreams of Asian conquest, has died at age 94. More>>

Pharrell invites Swedish feminist leader on stage

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Pharrell gave a Swedish feminist party a shout-out during a performance in Stockholm a day before Sweden's general election. More>>

North Korea holds trial of American Matthew Miller

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North Korea held a trial Sunday morning for American Matthew Miller, who was detained in April for violating his tourist status when he entered the country. Details were not immediately available. More>>

Video shows slaying of British aid worker

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Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as "an... More>>

About 100 rescued from sunken Philippine ferry

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Rescuers saved about 100 people overnight and recovered two bodies from a ferry that sank in rough seas after encountering steering trouble in the central Philippines, officials said Sunday. More>>

Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

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Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal... More>>

Egypt seeks broader alliance with US over Libya

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As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Egyptian support on Saturday for an international coalition to combat jihadi groups, Egypt pressed for broader international efforts to fight militants in its troubled neighbor,... More>>

Power shift expected in Swedish election

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Sweden heads into a parliamentary election on Sunday with polls showing the left-leaning Social Democrats poised to return to power after eight years of center-right rule. More>>

Ukraine government repels rebel attack on airport

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A convoy of more than 200 white trucks crossed the Russian border to deliver humanitarian aid to a battered Ukrainian city on Saturday, a move made without Kiev's consent yet met with silence by Ukraine's top leaders. More>>

Iraq PM orders halt to shelling of civilian areas

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Iraq's prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of "innocent victims" as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns... More>>

Sierra Leone requests funds for Ebola evacuation

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The World Health Organization said Saturday it could not meet a request from Sierra Leone to evacuate a doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola disease. More>>

Oscar Pistorius convicted of culpable homicide Video included

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A judge convicted Oscar Pistorius of culpable homicide Friday in the death of his girlfriend, ruling that the former track star was negligent when he opened fire in his home after hearing what he said sounded like an... More>>

US gov't warns citizens of terror plot in Uganda

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The U.S. embassy in Uganda warned American citizens in the country Saturday to stay at home overnight as Ugandan authorities attempt to foil a possible terror attack. More>>

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws re-election bid Video included

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Ailing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's dramatic decision to drop his re-election bid opened a new chapter in the saga, as his tough-talking but less magnetic brother runs in his place and brings his own storied past into the... More>>

Scots nationalists tell opponents: no grudges

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Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has sought to calm fears that there would be repercussions against opponents of independence if the Yes campaign wins the upcoming referendum. More>>

Pakistan diverts rivers to save cities from floods

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Military specialists blew up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed hundreds of people, authorities said Saturday, as officials stepped up efforts in... More>>

German gay rights activist beaten in Belgrade

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A German man who took part in a gay rights conference suffered life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten in downtown Belgrade on Saturday, Serbian police and gay activists said. More>>

Family of Syria hostage issues plea to captors

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The family of a British aid worker believed held by Islamic militants in Syria has issued a public plea urging his captors to contact them. More>>

In Jamaica, Rastas ready for pot decriminalization

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Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colors... More>>

12 migrants rescued, others feared dead off Malta

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Maltese and Italian militaries were searching Saturday for some more than a dozen migrants feared dead after a boat carrying them sunk 300 miles southeast of Malta. More>>

Qatar expels Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leaders

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Leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group and allied clerics said on Saturday that they are departing Qatar, where they had sought refuge following the ouster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the... More>>

Jewish leader: far-right votes risk nations' name

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European voters risk giving their countries a bad name by electing far-right politicians, the leader of the World Jewish Congress warned Saturday ahead of a major rally against anti-Semitism. More>>

Pope urges world to shed apathy toward new threats

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Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I. More>>

After Iraqi battles, residents choose displacement

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Misspelled graffiti on walls pockmarked by bullets and torn up propaganda stickers make up the few remaining traces of the Islamic State group in this northern Iraqi ghost town after Kurdish forces finally managed to free... More>>

Syrians attacked in Lebanon after soldiers killed

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Syrian refugee Ibrahim Abbas Ali and his family awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of gunfire outside their tent in Lebanon, and for a second time they raced off into the fields, fleeing a war that now seems to... More>>

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws re-election bid Video included

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrew his re-election bid Friday as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen, dramatically ending a campaign he had doggedly pursued despite a stint in rehab and calls for him to quit amid... More>>

AP: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

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More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally, suggesting that a U.N. peacekeeping mission approved months ago is coming too late... More>>

Kerry says no to Iran's help against Islamic group

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Even as it discouraged Iran from joining diplomatic talks on how to defeat the Islamic State militant group, the United States could not outline Friday what other nations have volunteered to contribute to a worldwide... More>>

US will be ramping up airstrikes soon _ in Iraq

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As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next... More>>

Analysis: US strikes unsettling for Damascus

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Syrian President Bashar Assad's government is angry Washington has not taken it on as a partner in the international campaign to hit the Islamic State group, likely for a very significant reason: It is worried that... More>>

Pope to marry couples with kids, cohabitating

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Pope Francis is making good on his insistence that the Catholic Church welcome all faithful - not just those who obey church teaching perfectly. He'll marry 20 couples this weekend, including some who already live... More>>

Cobbling coalition for Iraq, Syria no easy task Video included

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Assembling a coalition to fight the militants from the Islamic State group is proving to be a complicated affair. More>>

Ukraine will delay implementation of EU deal

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European leaders said Friday that they would allow Ukraine to delay putting a landmark trade deal into effect, a major concession to Russia which has repeatedly threatened retaliation if Kiev implements the measure. More>>

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

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On the cusp of intensified airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama is using the legal grounding of the congressional authorizations President George W. Bush relied on more than a decade ago to go to war. But... More>>

Islamic State group name raises objection

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Propaganda has been one of the core strategies of the Sunni militant group in Syria and Iraq that today calls itself the Islamic State - and its name is very much a part of that. More>>

Dozens of Israeli intel soldiers refuse to serve

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Dozens of reserve soldiers from an elite Israeli intelligence unit publicly declared Friday that they refuse to operate in the Palestinian territories, citing moral reasons. More>>

Pistorius trial: Judge's verdict explained

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Did Oscar Pistorius get away with murder? More>>

Paris wants Iran to help crush Islamic radicals

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France is prepared to invite Iran to an international conference Monday aimed at coordinating actions to knock out the Islamic State extremists in Iraq - even though that runs counter to the U.S. refusal to deal with Tehran. More>>

Pakistan nabs militants linked to attack on Malala

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Pakistan's army said Friday that it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for... More>>

Top candidate campaigns to be Romania's president

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Romania's prime minister has launched his campaign for the presidency, the country's top political office, promising a more united country than his predecessor has achieved. More>>

Iraq premier says France to join airstrikes effort

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France will join the U.S.-led airstrikes targeting extremists in Iraq as part of an expanding international effort to combat the Islamic State group, Iraq's new prime minister said after talks with the French president... More>>

Pakistani troops expand rescue in flood-hit areas

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The Pakistani military stepped up rescue efforts as floods wreaked havoc in more districts of the country's eastern Punjab province on Friday, affecting 1.9 million people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. More>>

Amanda Todd suspect linked to dozens of cases

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A prosecutor says a Dutch man suspected of possessing child pornography and blackmailing and harassing victims over the Internet with naked images of themselves may have victimized up to 40 people in the Netherlands and... More>>

AP: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

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There are no headstones to mark these graves, no loving words, nothing to tell the world who lies in these two giant pits full of bodies, or why. Yet a handful of village elders are determined that nobody will be forgotten. More>>

Prisoners kept handcuffed in park in Colombia

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It was a day in the park for about 40 prisoners - handcuffed to each other, a fence and even a children's slide. More>>

Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies aged 88

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For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: "No" and "Never." More>>

First German governor from ex-communist party?

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A quarter-century after the Berlin Wall crumbled, an election this weekend may show whether Germany is ready for its first state governor from the party descended from East Germany's communist rulers. More>>

Salmond: Savvy salesman for Scottish independence

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By SHAWN POGATCHNIK Associated Press Alex Salmond is many things: a gambler with an obsessive eye for the horses, a populist showman equally quick to cause and claim outrage, an improvisational wit with a... More>>

European countries condemn Estonian's abduction

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Nine European countries demanded on Friday that Russia immediately release an Estonian security service officer who was abducted by unknown gunmen a week ago and taken across the Russian border. More>>

Ian Paisley's many faces: orator, inciter, charmer

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Much like the Ulster weather, Ian Paisley could offer beaming sunshine one minute, stinging hailstones the next. More>>

Body parts found in barrels in German garage

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Authorities say parts of a woman's body have been found in two plastic barrels in a garage near Frankfurt, but it's unclear how long ago she died, who she was and what happened to her. More>>

Syrian troops capture key central town

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Government forces have captured a central Syrian town that has changed hands several times during the civil war, the military and activists said Friday. More>>

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