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Central tenets of Trump's new national security strategy

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Central tenets of Trump's new national security strategy. More>>

Chile stocks, peso jump after conservative wins presidency

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Former President Sebastian Pinera's resounding victory in a presidential runoff election swings Chile back to the right and highlights the increasing number of conservative leaders who have won power in Latin America. More>>

Deported ex-Marine wins case to return to US from Mexico

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Ex-Marine deported to Mexico 15 years ago wins fight to return to the United States after being pardoned by California governor. More>>

The Latest: Trump says America will 'stand up for ourselves'

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President Donald Trump says his new national security strategy puts "America First.". More>>

The Latest: UK base incident not being treated as terrorism

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U.S. Air Force Europe says there are reports of a security incident at British air base used by the U.S. Air Force and that the situation is ongoing. More>>

Report: US soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger

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The Associated Press has learned that an American soldier died in a hail of gunfire and fought to the end after fleeing militants who had just killed three comrades in an October ambush in Niger. More>>

Shots fired in 'disturbance' at UK base used by US Air Force

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British police say they are responding to 'significant' incident at a Royal Air Force based used by the U.S. Air Force. More>>

New leader of South Africa's ANC party has daunting task

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South Africa's ruling African National Congress has elected Cyril Ramaphosa as its new president, making the nation's deputy president likely to become the country's next head of state. More>>

Honduras president declared election winner; unrest persists

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President Juan Orlando Hernandez has been declared the winner of Honduras' disputed election, but that isn't quelling unrest from weeks of uncertainty as his main challenger calls for more protests Monday and vows to take his claims of fraud to the OAS. More>>

9 new Nazi war crimes cases sent to German state prosecutors

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Germany's federal prosecutor's office that investigates Nazi war crimes has turned over nine new cases to state authorities for possible prosecution. More>>

Opposition leader says he could beat Putin in fair election

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he's confident he could beat Russian President Vladimir Putin in a fair election. More>>

Princess Charlotte to attend nursery school in January

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Princess Charlotte to attend nursery school in January. More>>

Trump doctrine: Economic security is national security

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President Donald Trump is poised to outline a national security strategy that envisions nations in a perpetual state of competition and de-emphasizes the multinational agreements that have dominated the United States' foreign policy since the Cold War. More>>

Missing Polish fighter jet found; pilot ejected before crash

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Poland's state TVP INFO says that search is underway in central Poland for a Russian-made MiG-29 fighter plane that controllers have lost from radar. More>>

Germany extends facial recognition test at rail station

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Germany's top security official is extending tests of automatic facial recognition technology after an initial six-month trial showed the system had a good success rate. More>>

German journalist freed from jail in Turkey pending trial

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Media reports in Turkey say prosecutors are requesting that a German journalist who was arrested in Turkey be released from jail pending the outcome of her trial on terror-related charges. More>>

US vetoes UN resolution against Trump's Jerusalem decision

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The United States has vetoed a resolution supported by the 14 other U.N. Security Council members that would have required President Donald Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. More>>

Romania: Judges hold protests over legal system changes

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Hundreds of Romanian magistrates have staged protests around the country over planned modifications to the legal system they say will make it hard for them to carry out prosecutions. More>>

Italy OKs living wills amid long-running euthanasia debate

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Italy's Senate has passed a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in Catholic Italy's long-running debate over euthanasia and when it's OK to pull the plug. More>>

The Latest: Polish official says pilot of crashed jet saved

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Poland's state TVP INFO says that search is underway in central Poland for a Russian-made MiG-29 fighter plane that controllers have lost from radar. More>>

UK government starts thrashing out post-Brexit vision

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting with her senior ministers to begin thrashing out Britain's plans for a trade deal with the European Union after Brexit. More>>

Albania opposition protesters in clashes outside parliament

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Police in Albania have clashed with opposition supporters trying to force their way into and disrupt a session of parliament. More>>

Italian populist leader: I'd say yes on a euro-exit vote

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Italy's populist candidate for premier says in a last-resort scenario he'd vote yes on any euro-zone exit referendum. More>>

1 year after Berlin attack, anger and questions remain

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Survivors and families of those killed in last year's Christmas market truck rampage in Berlin will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time amid continued anger at German authorities' failures. More>>

Austria swears in Europe's youngest leader amid protests

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Hundreds of people are gathering in Vienna to protest against Austria's new right-wing government that's to be sworn in Monday. More>>

German museum returning objects robbed from Alaskan graves

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A German museum is returning nine objects from its collection which it says were taken without consent from the graves of native people in Alaska. More>>

US forces carry out airstrike against extremists in Somalia

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The U.S. military's Africa command says its forces conducted an airstrike against Islamic extremists in Somalia last week, approximately 30 miles northwest of Kismayo, killing eight militants and destroying one vehicle. More>>

Zimbabwe general retires, could be named vice president

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The general in charge of the military intervention in Zimbabwe that led to the resignation of longtime ruler Robert Mugabe is to retire from the defense forces, paving the way for him to be appointed as vice president. More>>

UN rights chief: China, White House seem 'hostile' on rights

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The U.N.'s human rights chief says in a published interview that China's Communist Party has taken a "hostile position" on the universality of human rights, and "the rhetoric from the White House" is heading in the same direction. More>>

Hundreds of migrants out in open along Serbia's EU borders

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Several hundred migrants are camping along Serbia's borders, sleeping rough in make-shift shelters in harsh winter weather as they look for a chance to cross into neighboring European Union countries. More>>

Stockholm truck attack trial expected to start in February

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Swedish prosecutors say trial against Uzbek man suspected of Stockholm truck attack expected to start February. More>>

6 aid workers missing in South Sudan following clash

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South Sudan's government spokesman says that six aid workers are missing after clashes between government and opposition soldiers near the northwestern town of Raga. More>>

South Africa's ruling party counts votes for new leader

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Voting for the next president of South Africa's ruling African National Congress was wrapping up on Monday morning, with the new leader of Nelson Mandela's storied liberation movement expected to be announced later in the day. More>>

Islamic State attacks Afghan intelligence compound in Kabul

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Afghan official: Attack is underway in western Kabul as gunmen battle security forces near intelligence training center. More>>

Greece: Man sentenced to 1,489 years for migrant smuggling

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A court in northern Greece has sentenced 23 people to prison terms ranging from eight to 1,489 years for smuggling Iraqi and Syrian refugees into the country from the Turkish border in 2015 and 2016. More>>

Grenfell report: UK high-rise fire regulations inadequate

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A British official heading an investigation into London's deadly Grenfell Tower blaze says she has been shocked by poor construction practices and inadequate building fire safety regulations that allow some builders to cut corners. More>>

Pakistan steps up security after IS kills 9 in church attack

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Pakistani security forces on high alert day after suicide bombing that killed 9 at a church in Quetta. More>>

Prince Harry interviews Obama for radio show

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Britain's Prince Harry has interviewed Barack Obama for a radio program in which the former U.S. president shared his memories of the day he left office and his hopes for the future. More>>

Poland says Nord Stream 2 would harm regional security

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Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says that a planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to link Russia with Germany would threaten central Europe's security. More>>

6 Ugandan lawmakers suspended over 'life presidency' bill

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6 Ugandan opposition lawmakers have been suspended from the legislature amid heated debate over a bill to abolish the presidential age limit. More>>

The Latest: Hundreds of migrants along Serbia's EU border

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Several hundred migrants are camping along Serbia's borders, sleeping rough in make-shift shelters in harsh winter weather as they look for a chance to cross into neighboring European Union countries. More>>

African refugees reach France in resettlement initiative

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The first group of African refugees benefiting from a new initiative bringing the especially vulnerable directly to Europe has arrived in France. More>>

Merkel focused on grand coalition with Social Democrats

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her conservative bloc is embarking on exploratory talks with the Social Democrats with the goal of forming a so-called "grand coalition," despite the center-left party saying it would also consider other options. More>>

EU complains US tax plans could endanger EU-US trade

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The European Union executive is warning the United States that its massive tax overhaul could violate some of its international obligations and risks "seriously hampering" trans-Atlantic trade. More>>

Paris attacks suspect's trial in Belgium postponed

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A closely watched trial in Belgium involving the only surviving suspect in the 2015 attacks in Paris has been postponed until Feb. 5 to give a new defense lawyer time to prepare. More>>

French group Thales seals $5.6B deal in Gemalto takeover

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French aerospace and defense group Thales has reached a merger agreement to buy Dutch digital company Gemalto in a deal estimated at $5.6 billion. More>>

Snowfall forces Frankfurt airport to cancel 170 flights

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Germany's biggest airport is canceling 170 flights due to snowfall Monday, though forecasters predict the weather will improve over the course of the day. More>>

Putin thanks Trump for CIA tip he says stopped bomb plot

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The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has called U.S. President Donald Trump to thank him for a CIA tip that has helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg. More>>

APNewsBreak: US soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger

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The Associated Press has learned that an American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger with three comrades but recovered days later wasn't captured alive by the enemy or executed at close range. More>>

South Africa's ruling ANC party votes for new leader Monday

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The vote to choose the next president of South Africa's ruling African National Congress party is getting underway, after disputes over the credentials of party delegates, highlighting the bitter fight within Nelson Mandela's historic party. More>>

Macron: Talk to Assad now, he will answer for crimes later

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French President Emmanuel Macron thinks Islamic State group will be defeated in Syria by middle or end of February and that Syrian President Bashar Assad can't be ignored in the aftermath, but must one day answer for his crimes. More>>

Sydney man charged with brokering North Korea missile sales

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A Sydney man has been charged with acting as an agent for North Korea in Australia by allegedly attempting to broker sales for Pyongyang that included components used in ballistic missiles. More>>

3 astronauts blast off for International Space Station

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A capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States has blasted off for a two-day trip to the International Space Station. More>>

French sailor Gabart sets new solo round-the-world record

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French sailor Gabart sets new solo round-the-world record. More>>

Pope Francis blows out birthday candle on extra-long pizza

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Pope Francis has blown out his birthday candle placed on a 4-meter (13-foot) stretch of pizza at the Vatican to the delight of kids. More>>

Conservative ex-President Pinera easily wins Chile election

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A billionaire businessman appears to be in an unexpectedly tight race for a return to Chile's presidency. More>>

Defiant Theresa May: UK 'proving doubters wrong' on Brexit

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that her government is "proving the doubters wrong" after European Union leaders agreed that Brexit negotiations can finally move on to their next phase in the new year. More>>

Honduras' electoral court declares president election winner

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Honduras' electoral court has declared President Juan Orlando Hernandez the winner of last month's disputed election. More>>

The Latest: Pinera thanks supporters for win in Chile vote

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The left-of-center candidate in Chile's presidential runoff election has conceded victory to billionaire former President Sebastian Pinera. More>>

Romanians join European royals for last king's state funeral

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Tens of thousands of Romanians joined members of Europe's royal families to pay their respects to late King Michael as a state funeral got underway. More>>

Thousands rally in support of Libya's military strongman

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Eastern Libya's strongman has offered the strongest indication yet that he intends to run for president if elections are held next year, saying he would only answer to "the will of the Libyan people.". More>>

Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9

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Pakistani officials say two suicide bombers have attacked a church in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing four people and wounding 18. More>>

5 things to know about King Michael's funeral in Romania

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5 things to know about King Michael's funeral in Romania. More>>

Exiled Italian king's remains repatriated after 70 years

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The remains of exiled former Italian King Victor Emmanuel III have arrived in northwest Italy, from Egypt, for interment in a mausoleum. More>>

Israel to probe fatal shooting of Palestinian paraplegic

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The Israeli military says it has opened an investigation into the fatal shooting of a paraplegic Palestinian man who was shot in the head during a violent demonstration in the Gaza Strip last week. More>>

Iran's state TV shows researcher confessing to espionage

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Iran's state TV has aired a broadcast in which an Iranian researcher confesses to relaying information to a foreign intelligence service about Iranian nuclear scientists who were later assassinated in 2010. More>>

British embassy worker found dead by roadside in Lebanon

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A Lebanese security official says the body of a woman found on the side of a road east of Beirut has been identified as a British staffer of the embassy here. More>>

Saudi-led coalition airstrike kills 10 women in Yemen

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Witnesses and health officials say an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition has struck a wedding procession east of Yemen's capital, killing 10 women. More>>

Saakashvili's supporters rally in Ukrainian capital

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Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president turned opposition leader in Ukraine, has joined about 5,000 supporters at a rally in the Ukrainian capital to push for the ouster of the nation's president. More>>

Ex-President in tight race for return to power in Chile

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Chileans voters will decide Sunday whether to swing the world's top copper-producing country to the right or maintain its center-left path in a fiercely contested runoff presidential election. More>>

Taliban kill 11 Afghan police in attack on checkpoints

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An Afghan official says Taliban insurgents have attacked checkpoints in the southern Helmand province, killing 11 police. More>>

Erdogan says Turkey will clear border of Syrian Kurds

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Turkey's president has slammed a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militant group and said will clear its entire border of "terrorists.". More>>

Homicide suspect agrees to extradition from Spain to Italy

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A Spanish court says that a man suspected of killing three people in Spain has agreed to eventually being extradited to Italy to face more charges of homicides and robberies. More>>

3 militant suspects killed in raid in Russia's Caucasus

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Russia's top domestic security agency says three suspected militants have been killed in a raid in the country's North Caucasus. More>>

Thousands rally in Pakistan against Trump's Jerusalem move

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Thousands of Islamists have rallied in two major cities in Pakistan to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump for declaring Jerusalem Israel's capital. More>>

Relatives lose contact with Palestinian tycoon in Saudi

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Relatives say they lost touch with Jordanian-Palestinian tycoon after he flew to Saudi Arabia for a business trip. More>>

With obesity on rise, Paris reflects on mirrored 'fatphobia'

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Image-conscious Paris has launched a public awareness campaign to counter sizeism, an often disregarded form of discrimination. More>>

Vatican issues new rules for relics in saint-making process

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The Vatican's saint-making office has updated its procedures for authenticating and conserving relics for would-be saints, issuing new rules that govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained and venerated. More>>

South Africa ruling party's fight for its future kicks off

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South Africa ruling party's fight for its future kicks off; delegates to elect Zuma successor. More>>

Pope appeals for freedom for 6 nuns abducted in Nigeria

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Pope Francis is appealing for the liberation of six nuns who were kidnapped a month ago from their convent in Nigeria. More>>

2 Danish journalists violently attacked in Gabon

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Gabon's government says a man violently attacked 2 Danish journalists who were shopping at an artisanal market in the capital, leaving one in serious condition. More>>

Correction: Israel-Palestinians story

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Palestinians protesters are scuffling with Israeli forces as fallout continues over President Donald Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week. More>>

The Latest: South Africa leader doesn't endorse a successor

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The Latest: South Africa's weakened ruling party begins crucial meeting to choose new leader. More>>

Nigeria troops arrest 400-plus Boko Haram fighters, families

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Nigeria troops arrest more than 400 Boko Haram fighters, wives and children. More>>

N. Korea unmoved as world unites against its nuke ambitions

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North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. More>>

New Austrian government pledges pro-EU approach, more police

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The leaders of conservative and nationalist parties in Austria have presented their coalition deal to the country's president for approval after concluding negotiations on forming a new government that will shift the country to the right. More>>

Egypt reopens ancient library in Sinai after renovations

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Egypt inaugurates an ancient library in the famed St. Catherine's Monastery in South Sinai. More>>

Israelis march against corruption amid Netanyahu probe

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Thousands of Israelis are calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign at a demonstration in central Tel Aviv. More>>

Remains of exiled Italian king to be returned after 70 years

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Remains of Italy's exiled King Victor Emmanuel III to be returned from Egypt after 70 years. More>>

Rahul Gandhi takes over India's opposition Congress party

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Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, has taken over as president of the main opposition Congress party. More>>

Homeless man finds $354,000 in room at Paris airport

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French police are looking for a homeless man who found a huge amount of cash last week at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport and was able to leave with 300,000 euros ($354,000). More>>

Syrian troops march into rebel-held province of Idlib

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Syrian government forces have entered small parts of the northwestern rebel-held province of Idlib in one of their deepest incursions into the area where President Bashar Assad's government almost has no presence. More>>

Pope: Media sins by dredging up, sensationalizing old news

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Pope Francis is criticizing journalists who dredge up old scandals and sensationalize the news, saying it's a "very serious sin" that hurts all involved. More>>

Libya's coast guard rescues over 270 migrants

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A Libyan official says coast guards have rescued at least 270 migrants off Libya's east coast. More>>

Mattis: North Korea short of posing imminent missile threat

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says North Korea's most recent test of a long-range missile did not demonstrate an imminent threat to the United States. More>>

Merkel's Bavarian ally re-elects Horst Seehofer as leader

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavaria-only sister party has re-elected Horst Seehofer as its leader, but with his weakest support so far following a dismal performance in September's election. More>>

Strong earthquake rattles Indonesia's Java island; 2 dead

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A strong earthquake shook buildings in the Indonesian capital Jakarta and cities in western and central Java late Friday evening. More>>

White House signals Western Wall has to be part of Israel

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Senior Trump administration officials are outlining their view that Jerusalem's Western Wall has to be a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to enflame passions among Palestinians and others in the Middle East. More>>

Putin looks for quick win, but voter apathy worries Kremlin

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Russia's presidential election campaign formally lasts only three months, and President Vladimir Putin wants to make it as short as possible. More>>

Peru's congress launches process for president's ouster

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Lawmakers in Peru initiated proceedings Friday to oust President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who refuses to resign after being accused of failing to disclose decade-old payments from a Brazilian company embroiled in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal. More>>

White House to push merit-based immigration in new campaign

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The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn the public against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push to move toward a more merit-based structure. More>>

2-time terror survivor's message to attackers: I forgive you

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A man who survived two terror attacks has a message for the assailants: I forgive you. More>>

EU sees new 'dramatically difficult' phase in Brexit talks

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EU leaders gathered Friday to launch a new phase in negotiations on Britain's departure from their bloc, as domestic pressure mounts on Prime Minister Theresa May. More>>

Playwright alleges misconduct by Hoffman when she was 16

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Dustin Hoffman faces new allegations of sexual misconduct, including exposing himself to a 16-year-old girl decades ago in a New York hotel room. More>>

Poland's senators defy EU warnings, approve judicial laws

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Poland's lawmakers have approved much-criticized new rules for local elections that opponents say undermine the independence of the electoral bodies. More>>

Italy says Amazon will pay $118 million to end tax dispute

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Italian tax authorities say Amazon will pay 100 million euros ($118 million) to end a dispute over its tax payments from 2011-2015. More>>

Ex-Russian minister jailed for 8 years in sting case

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A court has found a former Russian economic development minister guilty of accepting a $2 million bribe from a top ally of President Vladimir Putin. More>>

Disney buying much of Fox, will help it compete with Netflix

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Disney is buying a big chunk of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox in $52.4 billion deal, gaining U.S. cable channels and a major film studio and growing overseas as it tries to meet competition from technology companies. More>>

Coalition govt reached in Austria signals shift to right

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Austrian conservative and nationalist parties say they have reached a deal on a new coalition government which will make 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz the new chancellor and Europe's youngest leader. More>>

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry May 19 on FA Cup day

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Kensington Palace says the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be held on May 19. More>>

EU agrees to catch more fish sustainably in 2018

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European Union nations have agreed to set quota levels that ensure more sustainable fishing in the Northeastern Atlantic and the North Sea, but environmentalists insist the bloc is behind in its schedule to end overfishing by 2020. More>>

Zimbabwe ruling party seals Mugabe's fall from grace

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Zimbabwe ruling party meets to seal Mugabe's fall from grace, position new leader for election. More>>

The Latest: South Korea says North close to 'weaponization'

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Japan's foreign minister is urging the international community to maximize pressure on North Korea "by all means available," saying there is no other way to get Pyongyang to curb its escalating nuclear and missile programs. More>>

Spanish court allows extradition of 121 Taiwanese to China

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A Spanish court has granted China's extradition request for 121 Taiwanese accused of belonging to Spain-based gangs which swindled people in China out of millions of euros (dollars) by telephone. More>>

EU more unified on borders, but migrant divisions remain

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Hungary's prime minister says that European leaders at a summit dinner in Brussels "struggled with each other" over the issue of migrations, calling the debate "political close combat" that was not resolved. More>>

French death toll rises to 5 children in train-bus crash

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French authorities said all victims have been identified overnight and their families informed after a regional train hit a school bus in southern France, killing four children. More>>

Man with knife at Amsterdam airport is not terror case

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Dutch military police say they have shot a man after he threatened to use a knife at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. More>>

Germany's Social Democrats to talk with Merkel on new gov't

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Leaders of Germany's center-left Social Democrats have agreed to enter exploratory talks on a new government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel. More>>

Head of Hungary's Jobbik renounces party's anti-Semitic ways

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The leader of Hungary's Jobbik party says there is no way back to its far-right identity, including frequent anti-Semitic and racist remarks by its politicians. More>>

Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy

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An Australian inquiry into child abuse has recommended the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy and clarify the extent that the seal of the confession applies to evidence of child abuse. More>>

Vatican: Australia sex abuse report thorough, deserves study

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The Vatican says the devastating findings by Australia's Royal Commission into institutional sex abuse is "thorough" and deserves to be "studied seriously.". More>>

NATO concerned Russian missile system breaks Cold War pact

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NATO says it is concerned about a Russian missile system that could carry nuclear warheads and believes it violates a landmark Cold War arms treaty. More>>

Spain arrests suspect wanted in at least 5 killings

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Spanish authorities have arrested a homicide suspect wanted by Italy for months after the slaying of three people in Spain, including two civil guards. More>>

Russia to resume flights to Egypt, halted after 2015 bombing

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Russia's transportation minister says Moscow will resume flights to Cairo, suspended after 2015 IS bombing. More>>

UK surgeon admits signing initials on patients' livers

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A British surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by burning his initials into their livers during transplant operations. More>>

Peru's president fights back against calls to resign

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Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kucyznski is scrambling for his political survival as opponents demand he resign over revelations of decade-old payments from a Brazilian construction company at the center of Latin America's biggest graft scandal. More>>

Germany to fund more surveillance along Tunisia-Libya border

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Germany has earmarked 18 million euros ($21.3 million) in financial support to expand surveillance along Tunisia's border with Libya. More>>

Lebanon: Oil and gas drilling to begin in 2019

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Lebanon's energy and water minister says the country will start exploratory offshore drilling for oil and gas in 2019. More>>

UN chief offers his help to avoid conflict over North Korea

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Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is offering his "good offices" so that North Korea's "alarming" and accelerating nuclear and missile program does not accidentally escalate into conflict. More>>

Official says EU likely to give Poland unprecedented warning

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A top European Union official says the bloc's executive Commission will decide next week whether to trigger an unprecedented procedure against Poland that could see the country lose its voting rights in the EU. More>>

The kids are all right: 'Youthquake' is Oxford word of 2017

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Oxford Dictionaries is recognizing the power of the millennial generation with its 2017 word of the year: youthquake. More>>

Russian security agency busts Islamic State group cell

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Russia's top domestic security agency says it has arrested seven suspected followers of the Islamic State group accused of planning a series of terror attacks in St. Petersburg. More>>

The Latest: May says UK, EU to start new talks right away

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European Union leaders have given the go-ahead to Brexit talks with Britain to move onto the next stage, which will involve discussions over future relations and trade. More>>

Kosovo independence fighters try to amend special court law

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Former fighters of Kosovo independence are collecting signatures for a petition that will ask for amendments of the existing law on a court established to prosecute crimes committed during and immediately after the country's war for independence. More>>

Berlin police ban Israeli, US flags at pro-Palestinian demo

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Berlin police have banned American and Israeli flags at a pro-Palestinian march Friday, after the burning of flags at previous protests prompted outrage in Germany in recent days. More>>

Dutch police: Suspect in 2 deadly stabbings knew a victim

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Police say that a 37-year-old man suspected of involvement in two deadly stabbings in the southern Dutch border city of Maastricht knew at least one of the victims. More>>

American army commander says US committed to NATO, Europe

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The U.S. Army Europe's outgoing commander says America's commitment to European security in the face of Russian aggression is in Washington's own interest. More>>

Latest polls forecast inconclusive result in Catalan vote

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The last surveys ahead of a Catalan election next week show an inconclusive result between candidates for and against independence, throwing a scenario prone for prolonging Spain's political crisis in the region. More>>

EU nations bicker over migration policy as summit opens

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EU leaders are gathering in Brussels set to move Brexit talks into a new phase as pressure mounts on Prime Minister May over her plans to take Britain out of the 28-nation bloc. More>>

IOM launches new online portal of migrant statistics

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The International Organization for Migration is launching a new online portal bringing together a wide variety of data to help provide a more complete picture of where people are on the move and why. More>>

Congolese warlord found liable for $10 million reparations

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Judges at the International Criminal Court have ruled that a former Congolese warlord convicted of using child soldiers is liable for $10 million in reparations to victims in the African nation. More>>

Pakistan court rejects petition to disqualify Imran Khan

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Pakistan's top court rejects petition seeking to disqualify from office a famous cricketer-turned opposition leader for concealing foreign assets. More>>

Romanian king's funeral sees family feuds in the spotlight

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The death of the late King Michael is a solemn and sad time for many Romanians, but beyond the tears it's also proving a colorful_ and awkward family reunion. More>>

The Latest: Italy wants homicide suspect arrested in Spain

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The chief prosecutor in Bologna says Italy will seek the extradition of a Serbian man suspected in two slaying in Italy, after his arrest in Spain following another three killings on Thursday. More>>

The Latest: Tusk distances himself from anti-migrant views

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Poland's new prime minister is making his foreign debut at a European Union summit, a first test of whether the Western-educated former banker can bridge a deepening rift between his right-wing government and Brussels. More>>

Holocaust survivors worldwide celebrate Hanukkah

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Hundreds of Holocaust survivors are taking part in the third candle lighting of Hanukkah in Berlin, Jerusalem and New York _ part of a tribute to survivors worldwide that's being organized by the Jewish Claims Conference. More>>

Luxembourg appeals $295 million EU Amazon ruling

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Luxembourg is appealing a European Union decision that it has to claw back some 250 million euros in back taxes from Amazon. More>>

UK defense chief says Russia poses risk to undersea cables

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The head of Britain's military says Russia could try to sever undersea communications cables, and protecting them is a defense priority for NATO. More>>

Russian parliament launches presidential campaign

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The upper chamber of the Russian parliament has passed a decree, calling the presidential election in Russia in March. More>>

US special envoy backs unconditional talks with N. Korea

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The U.S. special envoy for North Korea has expressed hope that Pyongyang would accept Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's diplomatic offer of unconditional talks. More>>

3 die in small plane crash in southwestern Germany

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Prosecutors say two Austrians and a German have been killed in a crash of a small plane in southwestern Germany. More>>

EU's Tusk warns of bruising Brexit battle ahead, urges unity

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Britain's chief Brexit negotiator says a situation in which the U.K. crashes out of the European Union without a deal has become "massively less probable" because of a preliminary agreement reached last week. More>>

Putin says Trump foes harm US with Russia collusion probes

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will seek to modernize the Russian economy if he's re-elected to another term next March. More>>

US says missile parts prove Iran is illicitly arming Houthis Video included

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President Donald Trump's envoy to the United Nations says "undeniable" evidence proves that Iran is violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen. More>>

UN chief: It's key to avoid miscalculations on North Korea

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for urgent efforts to create conditions for talks on North Korea's growing missile and nuclear threat, saying it's important to avoid miscalculations that "make us sleepwalk into a war.". More>>

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

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As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-games costs and huge financial strain placed on one of its poorest regions. More>>

The Latest: Peru's president vows to fight on; won't resign

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Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is vowing to fight on amid calls for his resignation over decade-old payments his consulting business received from a Brazilian firm at the heart of Latin America's biggest graft scandal. More>>

As tensions ease, China keeps building on disputed islands

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Tensions over China's island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy. More>>

Aid group: At least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar

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International aid group Doctors Without Borders says its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar's security forces. More>>

New Polish PM seeks understanding for his gov't at EU summit

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A new Polish prime minister makes his foreign debut at a European Union summit Thursday, a first test if the Western-educated former banker can bridge a deepening rift between his right-wing government and Brussels. More>>

4 children killed in bus-train collision in southern France

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French authorities say there has been a "serious rail accident" in southern France involving a school bus and a regional train. More>>

Israeli drugmaker Teva to cut quarter of global work force

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's largest generic drugmaker, says it is laying off 14,000 workers as part of a global restructuring. More>>

UN envoy says 'opportunity missed' as Syria talks wrap up

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The U.N. Syria envoy has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to "have the courage" to push the Syrian government to accept new elections and a new constitution. More>>

The Latest: Syrian opposition says peace talks in danger

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The Latest: UN envoy says Syria peace talks 'golden opportunity missed' as another round ends without progress. More>>

Space capsule with 3 astronauts returns to Earth

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A Russian Soyuz capsule with three astronauts has landed after nearly six months aboard the International Space Station. More>>

Russian nuclear plant says it emits leaked nuclear isotope

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A senior executive at the Russian nuclear processing plant suspected to be behind a spike of radioactivity this fall has admitted that it emits the isotope that was recorded in the Ural mountains. More>>

Nigeria governors approve $1 billion to fight Boko Haram

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Nigeria governors approve $1 billion to fight Boko Haram after deadly attacks on the rise. More>>

The Latest: French prime minister: cause of crash unknown

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne are traveling to the site of a collision between a train and a school bus in southern France. More>>

South Africa's famed ANC risks split in choosing new leader

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South Africa's famed ANC risks split in choosing new leader; 'Collapse or begin a renewal'. More>>

US-backed Syria fighters kill 20-plus IS fighters

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The U.S. military says American-supported Syria opposition fighters killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters in an area near the Jordanian and Iraqi borders. More>>

UN chief: Iran may be defying UN on missiles, OK on nukes Video included

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Iran may be defying a U.N. call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the nuclear treaty with six world powers. More>>

Polish official says Putin responsible for 2010 plane crash

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Poland's Defense Minister says two explosions destroyed a plane in which the nation's president died in 2010 in Russia and called on President Vladimir Putin to "take responsibility for what has happened.". More>>

Baby's heart placed back inside her chest in rare surgeries

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British officials say a baby born with an extremely rare condition has survived surgery to place her heart inside her chest. More>>

Indian tycoon Mallya's extradition case in London extended

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The extradition hearing for Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya will be extended until January when a hearing on what evidence meets legal guidelines will be heard. More>>

Zimbabwe's new leader begins journey to key 2018 election

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Zimbabwe's new leader begins journey to 2018 election, key tests are economic growth, democracy, reform. More>>

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