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Eyes on Italy's president after he vetoes populists' choice

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All eyes are on Italian President Sergio Mattarella after he vetoed the proposed euroskeptic economy minister of what would have been western Europe's first populist government. More>>

Swiss Re, Softbank call off talks on potential investment

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Insurance company Swiss Re and Softbank have agreed to end discussions about a potential minority investment by the Japanese technology conglomerate. More>>

1 new Ebola death confirmed in Congo, bringing total to 12

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Congo's health ministry says there has been another death of a confirmed case of Ebola, bringing the number of fatalities to 12. More>>

Some Irish Catholics worried, dismayed after abortion vote

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Attention is turning to Ireland's parliament now that the country's citizens have voted in landslide numbers to remove the abortion ban from its constitution. More>>

Trump says US team in NKorea planning summit with Kim

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The U.S. State Department says American officials are meeting with North Korean officials at the border village of Panmunjom as talks continue over a potential summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. More>>

US Marines' bravery celebrated 100 years after French battle

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High-ranking military officials from the U.S., France and Germany have taken part in Memorial Day ceremonies at an American cemetery in northern France to mark the centennial of the battle of Belleau Wood, a key moment in Marine Corps history. More>>

Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

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A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges. More>>

France's Macron to host Libya summit pushing for elections

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France is set to host a U.N.-sponsored conference on Libya aimed at securing elections in the North African country and commitments to a joint political roadmap from its warring factions. More>>

Huge lightning storms in UK disrupt travel at London airport

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British meteorologists says up to 20,000 lightning strikes hit the U.K. during a powerful overnight thunderstorm, and a London-area airport is reporting flight disruptions after an aircraft refueling system was damaged. More>>

Colombia set for combative runoff with divisions over peace

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Colombia's presidential election is heading into a contentious runoff between two ideological opposites as the first-place finisher in Sunday's balloting took a hardline against the country's peace deal while his rival pledged to champion the poor. More>>

The Latest: Macron: Ireland makes history with abortion vote

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Britain's prime minister welcomed the outcome of the Ireland abortion referendum, in which voters overwhelmingly chose to abolish a ban on terminations. More>>

Japan ex-PM Nakasone, witness to war and success, turns 100

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It is somehow fitting in a country known for longevity that one of Japan's most prominent former leaders has reached 100 years of age. More>>

The Latest: Duque promises steady hand if elected in runoff

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Results from Colombia's first presidential election since the signing of an historic peace accord are trickling in following a contentious campaign. More>>

Conservative, leftist head to contentious runoff in Colombia

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For decades, Colombia's bloody conflict with leftist rebels influenced decisions in the ballot box. More>>

Power eludes Italy's populists, angry over president's veto

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Italy's political uncertainty worsens after premier-designate abandons bid to form a government. More>>

The Latest: Italy: President nixed Cabinet pick over markets

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Italy's premier-designate has told the president he has been unable to form what would have been western Europe's first populist government. More>>

Poland: Parents, disabled children end parliament protest

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A group of disabled people and their parents who had occupied part of the Polish parliament for more than a month has abandoned their protest without fully achieving their goals. More>>

S. Korea: Kim commits to summit with Trump, denuclearization

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S. Korea's president says N. Korean leader Kim committed to summit with President Trump and complete denuclearization. More>>

Pakistan: Gunmen kill 2 policemen in southwestern Quetta

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Police in Pakistan say gunmen on a motorcycle have opened fire on police sergeants in the southwestern city of Quetta killing two of them on the spot. More>>

Official: Syrian militants dug up graves to find Israelis

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A Syria-based Palestinian official says insurgents have excavated graves in a cemetery in a refugee camp in the capital Damascus in search of the remains of three Israeli soldiers who have been missing for decades. More>>

Landslide kills 23 in Ethiopia

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Ethiopia's state-affiliated broadcaster reports that a landslide triggered by heavy rains has killed 23 people in the country's Oromia region. More>>

Pakistan approves bill to merge tribal regions with country

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The assembly of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has approved a bill for merging the tribal regions along the Afghan border into its territory, paving the way to granting equal rights to about 5 million people in the restive area. More>>

German nationalists march in Berlin, face counter-protests

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Supporters of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party are gathering for a march in central Berlin against Chancellor Angela Merkel's government, while opponents are mobilizing for counter-protests. More>>

Egypt arrests prominent activist, latest in wider crackdown

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Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist has been detained, the latest in a new wave of arrests since presidential elections earlier this year. More>>

The Latest: Trump says Korea talks "going along very well'

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have met for the second time in a month to discuss peace commitments they reached in their first summit and Kim's potential meeting with President Donald Trump. More>>

Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples

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Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples. More>>

The Latest: Spain rescues 366 migrants in Mediterranean

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Spain's maritime rescue service says it has rescued 366 migrants attempting the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea this weekend. More>>

Russia says 4 of its soldiers have been killed in Syria

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The Russian Defense Ministry says four of its soldiers have been killed in a clash with "terrorists" in northeastern Syria. More>>

The Latest: Irish PM plans to move quickly on legal abortion

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Official counting is set to begin in Ireland's historic abortion rights referendum, with two exit polls predicting an overwhelming victory for those seeking to end the country's strict ban. More>>

The Latest: Trump says Korea talks 'going along very well'

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Trump says negotiations over a potential summit with the leader of North Korea are "going along very well." Trump told reporters, "We're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea," adding that "there are meetings going on as we speak.". More>>

Abbas doctor says Palestinian leader to stay in hospital

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' doctor says the 83-year-old is staying in the hospital, abruptly reversing a previous announcement that he would be discharged. More>>

Austrian leader backs role for EU border agency in Africa

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Austria's chancellor says European border guards should be allowed to go to north Africa to prevent migrants from setting off across the Mediterranean Sea in rickety boats. More>>

US warns Syrian government not to advance on south

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The United States warned it would take "firm and appropriate measures" to protect a cease-fire in southern Syria if President Bashar Assad's forces move against rebels there. More>>

Israeli soldier badly wounded in West Bank arrest raid dies

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The Israeli military says a soldier who was seriously wounded in action this week has died. More>>

Ebola vaccinations begin in rural Congo on Monday: Ministry

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Congo says confirmed Ebola cases rise to 35, with 10 deaths, as vaccinations continue. More>>

Declassified US cables link Uribe to Colombia drug cartels

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Newly declassified State Department cables show that when Alvaro Uribe was making his rise to Colombia's presidency in the 1990s, U.S. officials were frequently told he had ties to the nation's then-powerful drug cartels. More>>

'Quiet revolution' leads to abortion rights win in Ireland

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Official counting is set to begin in Ireland's historic abortion rights referendum, with two exit polls predicting an overwhelming victory for those seeking to end the country's strict ban. More>>

Detained Iranian-British woman to face 'security charges'

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Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that an Iranian-British woman detained in Tehran is to face trial on "security charges.". More>>

The Latest: US team heading to Singapore to work on summit

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White House says a team is still heading to Singapore this weekend to work on logistics for a possible summit between Trump and North Korea's leader. More>>

Powerful cyclone strikes Oman, Yemen; 6 dead, 30 missing

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Cyclone Mekunu has blown into the Arabian Peninsula, drenching arid Oman and Yemen with rain and cutting off power lines. More>>

With US talks in limbo, Korean leaders hold surprise summit

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South Korea says it feels relieved about the revived talks for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the future of Kim's nuclear weapons program. More>>

Korea summit after all? Trump says 'everybody plays games' Video included

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President Donald Trump is welcoming North Korea's statement that it was still willing to meet despite his cancellation of the summit. More>>

Venezuela's ex-oil czar sees economic collapse accelerating

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Venezuela's former oil czar said crude production in the OPEC nation will continue to plummet in the aftermath of President Nicolas Maduro's re-election. More>>

Syria says it has named a constitutional committee

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Syria's Foreign Ministry says it has handed a list of the members it has named to a committee to review the national constitution to the Russian and Iranian ambassadors in Damascus. More>>

Egypt's top court orders temporary suspension of YouTube

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An Egyptian court has ordered the suspension for one month of video-sharing website, YouTube, and others sharing a video found to be insulting the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. More>>

Amid confusion, EU data privacy law goes into effect

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Ready or not, companies that collect or process the personal information of EU residents must now start complying with stringent new EU data rules. More>>

22 killed in Uganda when speeding bus strikes beer truck

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22 killed in Uganda when speeding bus strikes tractor, beer truck, police say; 14 hurt. More>>

Iran detains professor over insulting Sunni Muslims

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Iran's state-run IRNA news agency is reporting that the country's authorities have detained a university professor over insulting Sunni Muslims. More>>

Iran seeks assurances on nuclear deal after US pullout

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The Iranian government wants assurances that economic incentives that were part of a landmark deal to stop the country developing nuclear weapons will be protected, despite the U.S. withdrawal and threat of sanctions against companies who trade with Iran. More>>

Libya: Car bombing near hotel in Benghazi kills 7

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Car bombing on a busy street in eastern Libyan city of Benghazi kills at least seven people, including a girl. More>>

Putin: We're held hostage to political strife around Trump

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Putin says politically motivated sanctions cause the global economy to suffer. More>>

Canceled summit raises stakes for China over North Korea

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President Donald Trump's withdrawal from his planned summit with North Korea raises the stakes for China to show that it can steer the North toward easing tensions over its nuclear program. More>>

Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

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North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit. More>>

The Latest: Exit polls project Irish repealing abortion ban

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A plane carrying Irish voters trying to return home to vote in the abortion referendum has collided with another plane on a taxiway at a London-area airport, delaying passengers but causing no injuries. More>>

Exit polls suggest Irish voters have repealed abortion ban

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Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions. More>>

Netherlands, Australia hold Russia liable for downing MH17

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The Netherlands and Australia are holding Russia legally responsible for the downing nearly four years ago of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over war-ravaged eastern Ukraine killing all 298 people on board. More>>

Canadian police seek 2 after bomb wounds 15 at restaurant

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Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded at least 15 people, some of them critically. More>>

2 French secret agents suspected of treason, handed charges

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Two retired members of the French secret services are suspected of being double agents for an unnamed foreign power, and have been given preliminary charges along with a suspected accomplice, authorities said Friday. More>>

US health chief pledges more action if Ebola spreads

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New US health chief pledges more action if Ebola outbreak in Congo spreads. More>>

Cyclone Mekunu nears Oman's coast, kills 12-year-old girl

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Meteorologists are warning that Cyclone Mekunu is expected to be "extremely severe" when it makes landfall on the Arabian Peninsula this weekend, after earlier thrashing the Yemeni island of Socotra. More>>

49 dead after boat capsizes on Congo River tributary

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At least 49 dead after boat capsizes on Congo River; unclear how many were aboard. More>>

UN says issues 'narrowed' over Greece-Macedonia name dispute

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The U.N. mediator trying to resolve a 25-year-old dispute between Greece and Macedonia over the former Yugoslav republic's name says the issues "have been narrowed" and both sides are determined to reach an agreement. More>>

Russia's ex-US envoy: Trump wants better ties with Russia

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Russia's former ambassador to the United States who was thrust in the middle of the Russian meddling scandal says "toxic" political infighting is preventing U.S. President Donald Trump from improving relations with Russia. More>>

N. Korea keeps hopes of talks alive after Trump cancellation

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North Korea said it's still willing to sit for talks with the United States "at any time, at any format" just hours after Trump abruptly canceled his planned summit with Kim Jong Un. More>>

Gaza officials: 86 hurt by Israeli fire in border protest

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Gaza's Health Ministry says dozens of Palestinians were hurt along the border with Israel. More>>

Hezbollah calls on Lebanon to reject US sanctions

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The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group has called on the Lebanese state to stand up for Lebanese individuals who are being slapped with sanctions by the United States. More>>

Monitor: Suspected Israeli strike targets Hezbollah in Syria

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Syrian war-monitoring group says suspected Israeli strikes hit a Hezbollah base in central Syria. More>>

Guatemala minister: Sheldon Adelson flew officials to Israel

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The Guatemalan government says United States casino magnate Sheldon Adelson provided its official delegation a Boeing 767 to travel to Israel for the relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. More>>

The Latest: Syrian army warns Daraa rebels of nearing attack

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Syria state-run media says Syrian aircraft have dropped leaflets on rebel-held areas in the country's south warning of an imminent government offensive, and urging fighters to disarm. More>>

Correction: Vatican-Priest Shortage story

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Pope Francis alarmed by "hemorrhaging" of priests and nuns seen in Europe. More>>

Israel calls on EU to end funding to pro-boycott groups

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Israel calls on EU to stop funding groups that promote boycotts against the Jewish state. More>>

$28.6 million in cash seized in ex-Malaysia PM's graft probe

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Malaysian police say the cash stashed in bags at an apartment linked to former Prime Minister Najib Razak and seized in a money-laundering investigation amounted to $28.6 million. More>>

China sets trial for dissident who chronicled rights abuses

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A Chinese dissident who founded a website documenting alleged rights abuses will be tried on a charge of leaking state secrets next month. More>>

Indonesia passes new terror law after attacks using children

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Indonesia passes a tougher anti-terrorism law, lengthening detention periods and involving the military in counter-terrorism policing, spurred into action by recent bombings that involved children as perpetrators. More>>

Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 31; 9 deaths

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Congo's Ministry of Health says the number of confirmed Ebola cases has reached 30, including 8 deaths in the 3 affected health zones in the country's Equateur province. More>>

Report: Airstrikes on Syria pro-government positions kill 12

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Syria monitoring group says at least 12 pro-government, foreign fighters killed in airstrikes in country's east. More>>

Probe: Missile that downed MH17 came from Russia-based unit

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An international team of investigators say that detailed analysis of video images has established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit. More>>

N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

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North Korea has carried out what it says is the demolition of its nuclear test site in the presence of foreign journalists. More>>

Saudi Arabia releases 3 women as other activists still held

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Rights groups and activists say Saudi authorities have released two women's rights activists, but 8 others remain detained. More>>

US pressure on Hezbollah may hamper Lebanese government

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Lebanon's president has formally asked caretake Prime Minister Saad Hariri to form a new Cabinet after the vast majority of legislators named him for the post. More>>

Israel defense chief plans 2,500 new West Bank settler homes

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Israeli minister says he'll seek approval next week to fast-track construction of 2,500 new West Bank settlement homes. More>>

Police: Missing Mexican woman's body found in Utah canyon

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Utah police say they've found the body of a woman who disappeared on the way home from English class three years ago, shortly after she moved from Mexico. More>>

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

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Yemeni island of Socotra pounded by Cyclone Mekunu, on a path to strike Oman this weekend. More>>

The Latest: Syrian TV reporting military base under attack

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U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish group says it has detained a French Islamic State group fighter linked to terror attacks in Paris and Nice in 2015 and 2016. More>>

Putin meets Macron, says North Korea summit end regrettable

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French President Emmanuel Macron is now reaching out to Russian President Vladimir Putin. More>>

London couple convicted of murdering nanny, burning her body

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A couple have been found guilty of murdering their French nanny and burning her body on a bonfire in their London backyard. More>>

Europe looks for deeds, not words, from Italy's populists

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Europe looks for deeds, not words, from Italy's new populists as premier-designate gets to work. More>>

IAEA: Iran complying with nuclear deal, but could improve

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The United Nations nuclear watchdog says Iran appears to be complying with a 2015 deal with major powers that was meant to stop it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. More>>

UN chief concerned by cancellation of US-NKorea summit Video included

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The U.N. chief says he is "deeply concerned" by the cancellation of the planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. More>>

License to chill: MI6 tries to shed macho James Bond image

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Britain's MI6 intelligence service has made its first-ever television ad, aiming to banish macho James Bond-style imagery and attract more women and ethnic-minority recruits. More>>

2 patients who fled Ebola ward among the dead in Congo

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The World Health Organization's regional director for Africa says the agency is stepping up efforts with nine countries neighboring Congo to help prevent possible spread of a new Ebola outbreak beyond its borders. More>>

China says no reason found for US staffer's sonic condition

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China says it has not yet found any explanation for a U.S. government employee's report of abnormal sensations of sound and pressure while working in the southern city of Guangzhou. More>>

UK slams Russian pranksters over Boris Johnson call

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Britain's Foreign Office is criticizing "childish" pranksters who called Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson posing as the leader of Armenia. More>>

Syria: US-backed group captures French IS member

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A U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish group says it has detained a French Islamic State fighter linked to the terror attacks in Paris and Nice earlier this decade. More>>

The Latest: Images show residents sheltering from cyclone

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Images circulated online from Yemen's Socotra island show soaking wet residents attempting to find shelter from Cyclone Mekunu, which pounded the area on its path toward Oman. More>>

China calls US withdrawal of drills invite 'unconstructive'

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China's Defense Ministry is criticizing Washington's withdrawal of an invitation for it to participate in a multinational naval exercise the U.S. is hosting this summer as "unconstructive.". More>>

Kremlin doubts ex-spy's daughter's statement on poisoning

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The Kremlin says it doubts that Yulia Skripal has issued a statement of her own free will after her recovery from poisoning that Britain blames on Russia. More>>

Spain issues arrest warrant for rapper convicted over lyrics

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Authorities in Spain have issued an arrest warrant for a Spanish rapper sentenced to prison for lyrics that praised terror groups and insulted the royal family. More>>

WWII bomb successfully defused in German city of Dresden

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German police say a World War II bomb that partially exploded while it was being defused in the eastern city of Dresden has been successfully deactivated. More>>

Algeria denies rights abuses in migrant expulsions

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Algeria's government denies that any human rights abuses against African migrants who have been expelled from the country in large numbers, refuting U.N. allegations. More>>

France's Macron takes on Facebook's Zuckerberg in tech push

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French President Emmanuel Macron is courting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and some 50 other tech bosses at a conference. More>>

Romania: Austrian businessman suspected of child pornography

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Romanian prosecutors detain an Austrian businessman on suspicion of child pornography. More>>

Spanish ruling party fined in major corruption case

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Spain's National Court has convicted and given heft prison sentences to politicians and businesspeople involved in a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme that helped fund the governing party. More>>

More than 350 observers to monitor Turkish elections

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A international security body says it is deploying 22 short-term and 350 long-term observers to monitor Turkey's June 24 snap presidential and parliamentary polls. More>>

1 dead, 4 injured in Turkish explosives factory blast

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A Turkish media report says an explosion has occurred at a government-owned explosives factory in the outskirts of Ankara. More>>

North Korea slams Pence as summit with Trump grows shakier

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A top North Korean official says recent comments by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence were "stupid" and "ignorant" and again warns the country is willing to pull out of a planned summit with Trump. More>>

Putin names ex-Cabinet member as new space chief

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has named an ex-Cabinet member to lead Roscosmos state space corporation. More>>

Migrants block northern Greek highway in 2nd day of protests

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Some 250 asylum-seekers have blocked a busy northern Greek highway, in a second day of protests against overcrowding and poor conditions in the camp they are housed in. More>>

Cardinal: Nicaragua talks at impasse, suspended indefinitely

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Talks between President Daniel Ortega's administration and opposition and civic groups on resolving weeks of deadly unrest broke down Wednesday after government opponents demanded earlier elections and changes in electoral laws. More>>

UK man convicted in attempted parachute murder

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A jury in Winchester has found an army sergeant guilty of attempted murder of his wife by sabotaging her parachute and tampering with a gas valve at her home. More>>

Sturgeon expresses horror at bullying incident

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Scotland's first minister has. More>>

Malaysia's ex-leader questioned again in corruption scandal

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has arrived at the anti-corruption agency's office for more questioning over alleged graft at a state investment fund he set up. More>>

FBI seeks to thwart major cyberattack on Ukraine

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Cisco says that a hundreds of thousands of routers have been compromised in preparation for what could be a major cyberattack against Ukraine. More>>

Merkel in China stresses dialogue on human rights, tech

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on her visit to China amid tension in Beijing and the European Union over trade issues with the United States and Washington's rejection of the Iran nuclear deal. More>>

Discovery of World War II soldier's plane brings closure

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When Tom Kelly's relatives got word that his World War II B-24 bomber had finally been found, a wave of exhilaration and grief washed over them. More>>

Turkish trial against Australian IS suspect postponed

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A Turkish court has postponed an extradition case against an Australian Islamic State suspect pending the result of a Turkish terror-related investigation against him. More>>

Sweden adopts law that says non-consensual sex is rape

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Sweden has adopted a law requiring people to get explicit consent before sexual contact. Otherwise it will be considered as rape. More>>

Yulia Skripal says recovery from poisoning 'slow, painful'

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Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her father in a nerve agent attack, says their recovery has been slow and painful, in her first public statement since the poisoning. More>>

Syria state-run media reports US-led airstrike on army posts

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Syrian government-run media outlet is reporting that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have struck Syrian army positions in eastern Syria near the front lines with the Islamic State group. More>>

Egypt detains activist blogger amid new wave of arrests

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Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist and blogger known for documenting police abuse has been detained, the latest in a new wave of arrests since elections earlier this year. More>>

Syrian official rejects US demand for Iranian withdrawal

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Syria has dismissed American calls for the withdrawal of Iranian troops and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah from the war-torn country. More>>

Facebook chief faces EU grilling over his 'digital monster'

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces senior European Union lawmakers later Tuesday to answer questions about a scandal over the alleged misuse of the data of millions of Facebook users. More>>

Critics see no end to foreign favors to Trump businesses

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Quid pro Trump? Critics fear nothing to stop foreign government favors to Trump businesses. More>>

French government orders evacuation of Paris migrant camps

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France's interior minister has ordered the evacuation of some 2,300 migrants camped in Paris amid a standoff with City Hall over how to handle the long-running problem. More>>

The Latest: North Korea blasts Pence for 'stupid' remarks

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says it is ultimately up to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un whether a planned summit with President Donald Trump takes place. More>>

Scars, unexploded bombs have lingered since Philippine siege

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The southern Philippine city of Marawi is marking the anniversary of a five-month siege by Islamic State group-aligned fighters with hundreds of displaced still in emergency shelters and the lingering threat of militants and unexploded bombs. More>>

Greatest female Everest climber wants to inspire other women

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The most successful female Everest climber says after finishing her ninth ascent of the world's highest mountain that she wants to inspire all women so they too can achieve their dreams. More>>

US employee in China reported strange sounds, pressure

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The State Department says a U.S. government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure. More>>

Foreign media depart on train for North Korean nuclear site

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North Korea allows South Korean journalists to cover nuke test closing, after protest over military exercises. More>>

Lucrative baby eel fishery shut down over illegal sales

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Maine authorities say they are shutting down the state's highly lucrative baby eel fishery early this year due to concerns about illegal sales. More>>

Iran's Khamenei criticizes US over hard-line stance

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Iran's Supreme Leader criticizes the U.S. over its hard-line stance toward the country since President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal with Western powers. More>>

Italy steps toward populist government as Conte gets mandate

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Italy's president summons premier candidate Conte for talks on forming a government. More>>

US Ambassador to Israel says Trump peace plan months away

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The U.S. Ambassador to Israel says the Trump administration's Middle East peace plan is months away. More>>

1 killed, dozens injured in Spain fireworks explosion

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Authorities in northwestern Spain say a blast at a fireworks storage facility has killed at least one person and injured 26 others, including seven children. More>>

Pakistani teen slain at Texas school is buried in hometown

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The body of a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Texas has arrived in the port city of Karachi, where her family lives. More>>

Spain PM gets budget backing in test of separatist strength

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The Spanish parliament is set to pass the national budget proposal for 2018, giving the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy some breathing space as it battles Catalan separatism. More>>

The Latest: Premier-designate confirms Italy's place in EU

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Italy's president has asked political neophyte Giuseppe Conte to try to form a government, giving the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and anti-immigrant League their first shot at running western Europe's first populist government. More>>

Alleged IS supporter accused of urging Prince George attack

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An alleged supporter of the Islamic State group has gone on trial accused of encouraging attacks on 4-year-old Prince George. More>>

Jewish group questions sainthood for WWII-era cardinal

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A leading Jewish organization has criticized the Vatican's decision to move World War II-era Cardinal August Hlond along the path to possible sainthood, saying he was "extremely" hostile to Poland's Jews and failed to condemn a 1946 pogrom. More>>

Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester anniversary

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Ariana Grande has shared a message with her fans on the anniversary of the bombing at Manchester Arena which killed 22 people. More>>

AP Explains: American football's niche following in Japan

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AP Explains: American football with niche following in Japan. More>>

Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

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Debate is raging in Ireland over whether to lift the country's decades-old ban on abortion. More>>

Germany: Local office improperly approved asylum requests

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Germany's top migration official says he will immediately ban a local branch office of Germany's Federal Office for Migration from making any further asylum decisions. More>>

Record number of Brits get German citizenship before Brexit

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German officials say the number of British nationals who received German citizenship hit a new high last year that is likely linked to the U.K.'s 2016 referendum to leave the European Union. More>>

Prince Harry, Meghan at first royal event as newlyweds Video included

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Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have arrived at their first royal event as newlyweds. More>>

Correction: Science Says-Green-Blooded Lizard story

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Scientists are gaining evolutionary insights into why a group of lizards in New Guinea have green blood. More>>

Rights group: Rohingya insurgents massacred Myanmar Hindus

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Amnesty International says Rohingya insurgents massacred Hindus in Myanmar last year. More>>

Merkel heads to China to talk economy, trade, rule of law

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to China with a business delegation as both Beijing and the European Union are grappling with the United States over trade issues and Washington's rejection of the Iran nuclear deal. More>>

German city partially evacuated after WWII bomb found

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German authorities have evacuated a downtown area of the eastern city of Dresden after an unexploded World War II-era bomb was found during construction work. More>>

Woman jailed in UK for forcing teenage daughter to marry

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A woman in Britain has been sentenced to four- and-a-half years in prison for forcing her teenage daughter to marry a relative in Pakistan. More>>

The Latest: Migrants protest overcrowding at Greek camp

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About 100 asylum-seekers are protesting outside a camp in northern Greece to draw attention to overcrowding and poor housing conditions there. More>>

US and China work on ZTE rescue; Mnuchin denies quid pro quo

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US and China negotiating to ease sanctions on ZTE; Mnuchin denies any quid pro quo. More>>

Pope to China Catholics: Make gestures showing communion

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Pope urges Chinese Catholics to make gestures showing they are in 'full communion' with Holy See amid apparent stall in deal over bishops. More>>

Australian archbishop steps down after cover-up conviction

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An Australian archbishop says he will stand aside but does not intend to resign after becoming the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse. More>>

Arrested Saudi activists held incommunicado since last week

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In Saudi Arabia, at least 10 women's rights activists are being interrogated and held without access to a lawyer. More>>

Red Cross: Over 2,000 attacks on health care in conflict

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Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

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Congo announces 6 new confirmed Ebola cases as vaccination effort enters 2nd day. More>>

Venezuelan president expels top US diplomat amid tensions

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President Nicolas Maduro is expelling the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela and his deputy for allegedly conspiring against his government. More>>

The Latest: Zuckerberg tells EU lawmakers 'I'm sorry'

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is apologizing for the internet giant's failure to prevent some of the internet tools it has developed from being misused. More>>

Italy: PM pick had library pass, no official status at NYU

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The 5-Star Movement is defending its premier candidate against reports that he padded his resume with elite international universities. More>>

Palestinians ask ICC to investigate alleged crimes by Israel

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Palestinian foreign minister arrives at International Criminal Court to ask for Israeli settlement policy investigation. More>>

Poland's Olga Tokarczuk wins Man Booker International Prize

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Officials: 9 anti-pollution protesters killed in south India

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Officials say nine protesters were killed when police opened fire on demonstrators demanding the closure of a south Indian copper plant. More>>

The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

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A top Trump fundraiser and a senior adviser to a UAE crown prince ran a secretive campaign, trading lobbying against Qatar for defense contracts from Gulf countries. More>>

Tear gas, broken windows disrupt Paris labor march

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French public services workers have gone on strike as part of their protest a government plan to cut 120,000 jobs by 2022. More>>

Danish govt: Minister's views on fasting Muslims are her own

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A spokeswoman for Denmark's coalition government says the immigration minister's assertion that Muslims fasting for Ramadan pose a safety hazard in some jobs don't represent official policy. More>>

The Latest: Italy PM pick had 'no official status' at NYU

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New York University says an Italian law professor tagged to be Italy's next premier had no official status at the university _ despite an entry on his resume suggesting otherwise. More>>

Brazil leader scraps bid, supports ex-finance minister

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Brazil's President Michel Temer is ending speculation that he might seek re-election despite dismal poll ratings. More>>

Mormon missionaries pulled from Nicaragua due to unrest

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The Mormon church is pulling 169 missionaries from Nicaragua because of growing political instability in the Central American country. More>>

Belarus restores ties with Sweden after teddy bear rift

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Belarus has named a new ambassador to Sweden, turning the page on a six-year rift that followed a Swedish advertising agency's air drop of teddy bears bearing messages about human rights. More>>

Romania court acquits Senate speaker of lying under oath

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A Romanian court has acquitted Senate speaker of making false statements under oath in a trial related to a fraudulent real estate case. More>>

Ukraine: Grenade explosion on bus kills 1 teen, wounds 3

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Separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine say an accidental grenade explosion on a bus has killed one teenager and wounded three others. More>>

Zuckerberg meeting with EU parliament leaders to be webcast

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to have Tuesday's meeting with the leaders of the European parliament about the data protection scandal that has engulfed his company open the public through web streaming. More>>

Russian sub test-fires 4 intercontinental missiles in salvo

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The Russian navy says one of its nuclear-powered submarines has successfully test-fired four intercontinental ballistic missiles in unison. More>>

The Latest: International court prosecutor won't be rushed

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The Latest: Palestinian FM files complaint to ICC, seeks 'immediate investigation' of alleged Israeli crimes. More>>

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  • Vacant for decades, Detroit's train station may get new life

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