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Malaysians return, Kim Jong Nam's body handed to North Korea

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Malaysian police have stopped guarding the morgue that held the body of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's murdered half brother, after a van departed amid reports his remains may soon leave the country. More>>

White House tells Russia probers: Come see intel yourselves Video included

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The White House says it has invited the heads of the Senate and House intelligence committees investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election to view materials found by the National Security Council. More>>

Israeli cabinet approves new settlement, first in 2 decades

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet has approved Israel's first new settlement in two decades to compensate for the court-ordered demolition of a settler outpost. More>>

Venezuela court says it can take over Congress' powers

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Venezuela's Supreme Court has ruled that it can take over responsibilities assigned to Congress. More>>

S. Korean ex-president jailed over corruption allegations Video included

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South Korea's disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye was being questioned by a court that will decide if she should be arrested over corruption allegations that have already toppled her from power. More>>

As war in Afghanistan drags on, Russia resurrects interest

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As America's 16-year war in Afghanistan drags on, Russia is resurrecting its own interest in the "graveyard of empires.". More>>

Germany: Turkish spy list may be deliberate provocation

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Germany's interior minister says the Turkish intelligence agency's handover to Germany of a list of suspected supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen may have been intended to "provoke us in some way.". More>>

G7 culture ministers discuss threat of cultural trafficking

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During their first formal meeting ever, Group of Seven industrialized nations culture ministers discussed the looting and trafficking of cultural treasures by extremist organizations to support their activities. More>>

Belgium warns against violence during Turkey referendum vote

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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel warned that the government will not tolerate violence as Turks living abroad vote on a referendum that would give Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more power. More>>

Trump, Denmark's premier meet amid Brexit, NATO concerns

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President Donald Trump will hold bilateral meetings with Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen. More>>

The Latest: S. Korea ex-leader arrives at detention center

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A South Korean court says it has approved the arrest of ex-President Park Geun-hye over corruption allegations. More>>

White House vows to fight latest ruling blocking travel ban Video included

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A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel hours before it was set to take effect ruled Wednesday to extend it. More>>

Ukraine gov't pledges to cease fire in the east on Saturday

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered his country's troops to cease firing on Russia-backed separatists on Saturday. More>>

Pentagon gets OK for more aggressive airstrikes in Somalia

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U.S. officials say President Donald Trump has given the U.S. military greater authority to go after al-Qaida linked militants in Somalia. More>>

US hits 'Beatles' cell member, 6 more with terror sanctions

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The United States is imposing sanctions on seven people for allegedly supporting the Islamic State group or al-Qaida, including a member of the IS cell dubbed "The Beatles.". More>>

US, Turkey strain for deal on key element of anti-IS fight

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is meeting Turkish leaders in Ankara for talks on the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Turkish requests for the extradition of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. More>>

Major newspapers in Serbia hit stands with same front pages

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Only days ahead of Serbia's presidential election, seven major newspapers have hit the stands with the same front page: the ruling candidate's campaign poster. More>>

5 bodies found after helicopter crashes in UK mountains

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British police say mountain rescuers have found five bodies with the wreckage of a helicopter that disappeared on a flight from England to Ireland. More>>

The Latest: Syrian refugee sets self on fire at Greek camp

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has renewed her praise for Turkey's efforts to take care of refugees. More>>

South African opposition parties aim at President Jacob Zuma

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South Africa's 2 main opposition parties took aim at President Jacob Zuma with one appealing to the highest court to order impeachment proceedings and the other announcing it will launch a parliamentary vote of no confidence in the president. More>>

Aide to warlord Kony surrenders as US pulls from mission

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A Ugandan military official says the hunt for fugitive warlord Joseph Kony will continue in the jungles of central Africa despite U.S. withdrawal from the mission. More>>

Coroner: London attacker killed by gunshot wound to chest

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A British coroner's officer says that the man who attacked Parliament last week before being killed by police died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. More>>

Putin on US election hack charge: 'Read my lips: No'

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President Vladimir Putin on Thursday voiced readiness to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump if Finland hosts an Arctic summit and strongly rejected the allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. election. More>>

NATO, Russia, share troop information, at odds over Ukraine

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NATO's chief says the allies and Russia remain at loggerheads over the conflict in Ukraine but have exchanged briefings on their troop movements elsewhere in Europe to help ease tensions. More>>

Mother convicted of UK terrorism offense spared jail time

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A mother convicted of a terrorism offense in Britain has been spared from prison after receiving a suspended sentence. More>>

Irish church hopes 2018 family meeting helps restore trust

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Irish church officials are hoping that a meeting of Catholic families that is expected to bring Pope Francis to Ireland next year will help families regain trust in the church following the devastation of the clerical sex abuse scandal. More>>

Germany: radicalized teen charged over attempted mall attack

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German prosecutors have charged a radicalized 18-year-old man with attempted murder for throwing two Molotov cocktails into the entrance of a shopping mall in an effort to kill "infidels.". More>>

Putin: Criticism of Russia protest arrests is 'interference'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected Western calls for the release of jailed protesters, in his first public comments about a wave of nationwide rallies against government corruption. More>>

Britain's young royals promote conversation on mental health

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Prince William, his wife Kate and Prince Harry are spearheading a campaign to encourage people to talk openly about mental health issues. More>>

Negotiator denies UK is blackmailing EU on security

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Britain's chief negotiator in the country's divorce from the European Union is rejecting the suggestion that the government has threatened to end security cooperation unless it gets the trade deal it wants. More>>

UNHCR: Number of Syrian refugees tops 5 million mark

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UN refugee agency says number of Syrians who have fled country's civil war has topped the 5-million mark. More>>

Turkey criticizes US arrests in Iran sanctions case

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Turkey's foreign minister says a Turkish banker and a Turkish businessman arrested in the United States for allegedly helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions are the target of a politically motivated case. More>>

Chilean president chides protectionism, isolationism

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Chilean President Michelle Bachelet criticized isolationist foreign policies and protectionism in trade Thursday, saying during a state visit to Portugal that multilateralism is crucial to address global challenges. More>>

German president calls for stronger French-German leadership

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New German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for stronger French-German leadership to ensure the European Union's future one day after Britain triggered its exit from the bloc. More>>

Nigeria summons Indian diplomat over attacks on students

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Nigeria summons Indian diplomat over attacks on African students, demands arrests. More>>

Hacker attack on German Parliament may be linked to election

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A top German police official says a recent hacking attack on Parliament may have led to a "significant drain of data" which may be used to try influence the outcome of the country's general election in September. More>>

Trump administration drops human rights in Bahrain F-16 deal

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The Trump administration has told Congress it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed by the State Department under President Barack Obama. More>>

Top German police official warns of extremist attacks

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A top German police official says Germany needs to remain vigilant against the threat of extremist attacks. More>>

Mosul shows difficulty of removing militants from urban area

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As the fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul drags on, many might ask: Why has it taken the Iraqi and U.S. military backed by an international coalition 2½ years to dislodge militants from the cities they held. More>>

China's Xi to meet Trump in Mar-a-Lago on April 6-7

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China says President Xi Jinping will meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump at the latter's Florida resort next Thursday and Friday. More>>

Israel prepares for next war with Hezbollah in mock village

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Between a collection of concrete buildings with Arabic graffiti that are designed to simulate a typical Lebanese village, dozens of Israeli officers are gearing up for their next battle with Hezbollah guerrillas. More>>

The Latest: EU official warns Trump over Brexit support

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British Prime Minister Theresa May writes in an article for a German daily that while her country "will leave the EU, we will not leave Europe.". More>>

Putin ready to meet Trump in Finland if it hosts summit

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President Vladimir Putin says he would be willing to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump if Finland hosts a summit of the Arctic nations' leaders. More>>

Migrant fruit pickers win European court case against Greece

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Group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh wins case against Greece at Europe's highest human rights court, after being shot at by employers for demanding unpaid wages. More>>

Ethiopia extends national state of emergency by 4 months

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Ethiopian lawmakers have voted to extend the state of emergency declared 6 months ago for an additional 4 months. More>>

Thai prosecutors postpone appearance for Red Bull heir

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An heir to the Red Bull fortune has won another delay in facing charges after an alleged hit and run that killed a police officer almost five years ago. More>>

First Afghan women's orchestra tries to change attitudes

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Afghanistan's first all-female symphony is trying to change attitudes in a deeply conservative country where many see music as immoral, especially for women. More>>

S Korea's Park questioned at court hearing on arrest request Video included

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South Korea's former president has arrived at a court for hearing on a prosecutors' request for her arrest for corruption. More>>

Judge in Hawaii extends order blocking Trump's travel ban Video included

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A federal judge in Hawaii is hearing arguments on whether to extend his temporary order blocking President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. More>>

It's not EU, it's me: UK files for EU divorce after 44 years

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Britain is set to formally file for divorce from the European Union, ending a 44-year relationship following the decision made by U.K. voters in a referendum nine months ago. More>>

Congo to investigate deaths of American, Swedish UN experts

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Calls grow to investigate deaths of American, Swede in Congo as Sweden opens murder probe. More>>

The Latest: Ambassador says UK will remain key world player

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Britain is set to formally file for divorce from the European Union, ending a 44-year relationship following the decision made by U.K. voters in a referendum nine months ago. More>>

US ambassador to UN calls Congo government 'corrupt'

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The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the U.N. is partnering with a "corrupt" government in Congo, and she supports a large cut in the world's largest peacekeeping mission there. More>>

Senate intel leaders pledge Russia probe cooperation Video included

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The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee say they will steer clear of politics in probing Russian interference in last year's presidential election in sharp contrast to partisanship on a House panel. More>>

First lady helps present courage awards to 13 women

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Melania Trump is helping present courage awards to 13 women from around the world. More>>

Iraqi officials: Suicide truck bombing kills 15 in Baghdad

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Iraqi officials say a suicide truck bomb targeted a police checkpoint in southern Baghdad, killing 15. More>>

Arab leaders ready to work with Trump on Mideast peace deal

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Arab leaders are gathering for an annual summit where the long-stalled quest for Palestinian statehood is to take center stage. More>>

US official: 6 fired from Afghanistan embassy for drugs

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Six people working at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan have been fired for using or possessing illegal drugs. More>>

Top EU Brexit official says Brexit would stun Churchill

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The European Parliament's top Brexit official thinks Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher would not look kindly on Prime Minister Theresa May turning over the hourglass on her country's withdrawal from the European Union. More>>

Putin visits Arctic archipelago to reaffirm Russian presence

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President Vladimir Putin is visiting an Arctic archipelago as part of Russia's efforts to reaffirm its foothold in the region. More>>

The Latest: US envoy at Arab summit: Mideast peace possible

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Jordan's king has told the opening session of an Arab summit that there can be no peace or stability in the region without setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel. More>>

South Africa activist's funeral exposes divide over future

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South Africa's Zuma doesn't attend apartheid-era activist's funeral after family request. More>>

Syrian experts visit critical dam spillway near main IS base

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The police chief in Syria's central city of Homs says a bomb planted on a taxi van killed at least five people. He says the vehicle was mainly carrying university students, and that four other passengers were wounded. More>>

Montenegro welcomes US Senate NATO approval

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Montenegro officials are welcoming the U.S. Senate's decision to ratify its entry into NATO, calling it a great step for the tiny Balkan nation. More>>

UK police, Muslim youths link hands to mark London attack

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British police officers will be linking hands with members of a Muslim youth group on a London bridge to mark last week's attack outside Parliament that killed four people. More>>

Turkish court orders Booking.com to be blocked

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Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered the travel website Booking.com to be blocked in a dispute with Turkey's main travel agency association. More>>

Ukrainian president condemns attack on Polish Consulate

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Ukraine's president has condemned an overnight attack on the Polish Consulate in a western city that appeared to involve a shell fired from a grenade launcher. More>>

Chinese demand for elephant ivory drops, new report says

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Chinese demand for elephant ivory drops as ban on legal trade looms, new report says. More>>

Joy, sorrow: People in UK, Europe react to Brexit triggering

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Reactions to Britain's momentous decision to trigger its divorce from the European Union. More>>

A look at issues now that Britain has started to leave EU

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A look at issues now that Britain has started to leave EU. More>>

Egypt's famed pyramids get new lab to restore pharaonic boat

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Egypt is inaugurating its largest on-site antiquities laboratory, to restore the second ceremonial boat of Pharaoh Cheops, known for building the largest of Egypt's iconic pyramids. More>>

Slain man's daughter disputes police account of Paris raid

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The adult daughter of a Chinese man killed in a police raid in Paris says her father never had a chance against the officers who broke down their door and shot him. More>>

French candidate Macron wins new supporter: former PM Valls

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French centrist presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has won the backing of Socialist former prime minister Manuel Valls. More>>

German court urged to reopen Auschwitz medic trial

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A group of Holocaust survivors, historians and others are urging a German court to reopen as soon as possible the trial of an ex-SS medic who served at the Auschwitz death camp. More>>

Feuds and fault-lines loom in UK-EU showdown over Brexit

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British Prime Minister Theresa May says Brexit is an opportunity to build an "independent, self-governing, global Britain.". More>>

Italy law gives comprehensive care for solo young migrants

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Italy's parliament has given final approval to a law outlining comprehensive standards of care for unaccompanied migrant children arriving in Italy, including a strict prohibition of turning them away at the border. More>>

Dylan to meet Nobel academy to receive literature diploma

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The Swedish Academy says 2016 Nobel literature winner Bob Dylan will meet with members of the academy this weekend and they will hand over his Nobel diploma and medal. More>>

China affirms climate pledge after Trump rolls back rules

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China's government says it will stick to its promises to curb carbon emissions after President Donald Trump eased U.S. rules on fossil fuel use that were meant to control global warming. More>>

Pope demands 'urgent' action to protect civilians in Iraq

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Pope Francis has demanded "urgent" action to protect civilians in Iraq, saying forces involved in the battle for Mosul have an obligation to protect innocents following a recent spike in civilian casualties. More>>

Somalia's drought once again has thousands on the move

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Somalia's drought has once again uprooted hundreds of thousands of people as families stream into camps, urban areas and neighboring countries in search of aid. More>>

EU regrets Trump's reversal of climate policy

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The EU has expressed regret about President Donald Trump's decision to undo U.S. policies for fighting global warming and is wondering how he will live up to Washington's international climate commitments. More>>

Toshiba says Westinghouse files for bankruptcy protection

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Japan's embattled Toshiba Corp. says its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection. More>>

Bizarre stunt at Auschwitz carried out by anti-war activists

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A Polish prosecutor says that 11 people who slaughtered a sheep at Auschwitz last week, stripped naked and chained themselves together were peace activists protesting wars across the world. More>>

Reports: Kurdish militant dies as bomb explodes prematurely

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Turkish media reports say a suspected Kurdish militant was killed when a bomb he was preparing inside a car exploded prematurely. More>>

Chinese anger, fears exposed in France after police killing

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Clashes in Paris over the killing of a Chinese man by police have left three officers injured and led to 35 arrests. More>>

Cyclone rips off roofs, flings boats onto land in Australia

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A powerful cyclone has slammed into Australia's tropical northeast coast, tearing down trees and knocking out power to thousands. More>>

Bodies of American, Swedish UN experts found in Congo

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Congo finds 2 Caucasian bodies in violent region where UN experts went missing. More>>

US denies loosening rules for avoiding civilian casualties

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Amnesty International says a recent spike in civilian casualties in the Iraqi city of Mosul suggests the U.S.-led coalition is not taking adequate precautions to prevent deaths among non-combatants as its forces battle the Islamic State militant group. More>>

French candidate's wife faces charges over parliament jobs

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The wife of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon is facing preliminary charges over well-paid parliamentary jobs that investigators suspect she never performed. More>>

Lawyer: Art dealer accepts prized coffin's return to Turkey

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Authorities say a prized 2nd-century B.C. coffin in sculpted marble depicting the 12 labors of Hercules is set to return home to Turkey. More>>

US official: Trump to meet China's Xi first week in April

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State Dept: China's president to meet with Trump in April. More>>

The Latest: Fillon's wife handed preliminary charges

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French Socialist presidential candidate Benoit Hamon has assailed European austerity policies as he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arguing that they have helped fuel the far right's rise. More>>

Russian Manafort client: Willing to speak to Congress

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A Russian billionaire who is close to President Vladimir Putin says he is willing to take part in U.S. congressional hearings to discuss his former business relationship with President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. More>>

Scottish lawmakers back independence referendum call

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Scottish lawmakers have voted to seek a new referendum on independence, to be held within the next two years. More>>

Unfriendly fire: US strikes that have killed civilians

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A look at previous U.S. strikes that caused civilian casualties, after residents of Iraq's Mosul say an airstrike last week killed more than 100 civilians. More>>

South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies, 87

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Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in jail _ many of them alongside Nelson Mandela _ for acts of sabotage against South Africa's previous white minority government, dies in Johannesburg at 87. More>>

German state warns Gulen followers of Turkish spy efforts

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Officials in the German state of Lower-Saxony are warning followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of Turkish efforts to spy on them. More>>

Russia general claims US-led coalition hit dam in Syria

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Senior Russian general criticizes US-led coalition fighting IS militants in Syria of allegedly targeting key dam. More>>

South Korea officials: Bones found near ferry not of victims

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South Korean officials say salvage crews have found what is presumed to be the remains of one of the missing victims of a 2014 ferry disaster that killed 304 passengers. More>>

US researchers: Images hint NKorea may be readying nuke test

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U.S. researchers who monitor North Korea say satellite imagery shows possible preparations for an underground nuclear test explosion. More>>

French hopeful Macron's risky move: Campaigning for Europe

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Embracing the European Union could be seen as a risky move for politicians given Britain's decision to abandon the bloc and the renewed popularity of nationalist parties. More>>

'Carlos the Jackal' sentenced to life for 1974 attack

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The man known as "Carlos the Jackal," once the world's most-wanted fugitive, has asked a French court to "take the only right decision" before deciding whether he's guilty of a deadly 1974 attack on a Paris shopping arcade. More>>

World Video Game Hall of Fame names 2017 finalists

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The World Video Game Hall of Fame's 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic "Donkey Kong" that launched Mario's plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit "Wii Sports," that made gamers out of grandparents. More>>

EU commissioner calls on Hungary to comply with asylum rules

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The European Union's commissioner for migration is calling on Hungary to comply with the bloc's rules on dealing with asylum-seekers. More>>

Complaints as UK paper focuses on leaders' legs, not policy

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Britain's Daily Mail newspaper has sparked complaints with a front page focusing on the legs of Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. More>>

Jailing in Russia of Navalny staff 'attempt to disrupt'

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A spokeswoman for the organization of Russia's main opposition leader says that the jailing of a dozen people working for him is "an obvious attempt to disrupt" his anti-corruption work following major nationwide protests. More>>

Germany nabs Taliban fighter accused of killing US soldiers

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German prosecutors say they've arrested a 30-year-old Afghan man on suspicion he commanded a Taliban unit responsible for an attack on a convoy that killed 16 American and Afghan soldiers. More>>

Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid Video included

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The world's largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in 3 African countries on the brink of famine, as President Donald Trump's proposed budget threatens to remove the U.S. from its historic role as the world's top emergency donor. More>>

French Socialist candidate meets Merkel, assails austerity

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French Socialist presidential candidate Benoit Hamon has assailed European austerity policies as he meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arguing that they have helped fuel the rise of the far right. More>>

South African finance minister pulled from overseas tour

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South Africa's finance minister returned to Johannesburg on Tuesday after being abruptly ordered to pull out of a trade promotion trip to the Britain and the United States, fuelling investor fears that he is about to be fired by President Jacob Zuma. More>>

Court cuts sentence of UK marine who killed injured militant

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A British court has shortened the sentence of a Royal Marine convicted of killing a wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan. More>>

The Latest: Paris Chinese community protests police killing

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China's Foreign Ministry says it has summoned a French envoy in Beijing over the police shooting of a Chinese man in Paris. More>>

German police vehicles torched in Hamburg anti-G20 protest

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Leftist protesters are claiming responsibility for torching a half dozen police transport vehicles in Hamburg ahead of this year's G-20 summit in Germany. More>>

UK attacker's wife 'saddened and shocked'; security added

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The wife of the man who killed four people outside Britain's Parliament last week condemned the attack, saying she is "saddened and shocked.". More>>

EU court rules Russia sanctions over Ukraine are valid

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The European Union's top court has ruled that EU economic sanctions imposed on Russian companies over the crisis in Ukraine are valid. More>>

Golden Globe winner Christine Kaufmann dies in Germany

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Christine Kaufmann, an Austrian-born actor who became the country's first Golden Globe winner and was married to Tony Curtis in the 1960s, has died. More>>

Deal reached to end Berlin airport ground staff dispute

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A union representing ground staff at Berlin's two airports says it has reached a deal to end a pay dispute that resulted in a string of recent strikes. More>>

South Korea holds memorial for 9 missing ferry victims

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South Korea has held a memorial ceremony for the nine passengers still missing from the 2014 ferry disaster that killed 304 passengers near the ship's wreckage that was raised last week. More>>

Red Bull heir enjoys jet-set life 4 years after hit-and-run

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An heir to the Red Bull energy-drink empire is accused of killing a Thai police officer in a hit-and-run nearly five years ago, yet he still has not appeared to face charges. More>>

Nuclear arms ban talks begin at UN, but US, others boycott

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The United States, Russia, China and more than a score of other countries are sitting out new talks at the United Nations toward a treaty that would ban nuclear weapons. More>>

Montenegro's bid to join NATO clears US Senate hurdle

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Montenegro, a country in the middle of a clash between the West and Russia, is on the verge of becoming NATO's newest member. More>>

Global Jewish group celebrates new Central Europe office

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A global Jewish advocacy organization is holding a gala celebration to mark the opening of a new office in Central Europe. More>>

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny gets 15 days in jail Video included

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Opposition leader Alexei Navalny is expected to make a court appearance after being detained at a major opposition rally the day earlier. More>>

Jordan FM: Arab world 'realizes urgency' of tackling crises

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Jordan's foreign minister says Arab leaders "realize the urgency" of tackling festering regional crises, from war to high unemployment. More>>

US-backed fighters pause military action near Syria dam

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Syrian state TV: More residents leaving last rebel-held neighborhood in central city under deal with government. More>>

Nigerian governor jailed for corruption on bail

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A former Nigerian governor sentenced to five years' jail for corruption has been granted bail to seek medical care after just 20 days in prison. More>>

Talks produce no progress in Scottish independence dispute

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting Scotland's leader for the first time since they faced off in a struggle over a new push for Scottish independence as the U.K. leaves the European Union. More>>

Police: 'No evidence' London attacker associated with IS

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UK police say two people remain in custody following last week's terror attack in London as messaging services face criticism for encrypted networks that allow attackers to communicate in secret. More>>

Kenya says its army killed 31 extremists in Somalia

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Kenya's military says it has killed 31 al-Shabab extremists in a raid in Baadhade district in southern Somalia. More>>

Official: Canada expected to legalize marijuana by July 2018

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Canadians are expected to be able to smoke marijuana legally by July 1, 2018. More>>

6 killed in plane crash near Zimbabwe-Mozambique border

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Zimbabwe's state-controlled newspaper says a plane crashed in the country's east, killing six people. More>>

Leonardo's "Adoration of the Magi" now cleaner, brighter

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The unfinished Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, "Adoration of the Magi," has emerged from a five-year restoration cleaner and brighter. More>>

The Latest: London attacker's mother 'saddened and numbed'

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The family of an American man killed last week in the London attack has offered tribute to his generosity and say they are grateful for the help and support so many have shown during a horrible time. More>>

Strikes to hit French Guiana as tensions paralyze territory

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French Guiana is facing a nationwide strike amid mounting protests over crime and economic difficulty that have paralyzed the French territory in South America, halted flights and a rocket launch and prompted a U.S. travel warning. More>>

Navalny: a savvy and determined Kremlin foe

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The 15-day jail sentence imposed Monday on Alexei Navalny is nothing new for the Kremlin's most visible domestic foe and unlikely to be more than a brief interruption of his campaign against what he calls "the party of crooks and thieves.". More>>

The Latest: Arab ministers adopt resolution on Jerusalem

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Jordan's foreign minister has told Arab counterparts that the region must come together and urgently confront crises that have been allowed to fester, including violent conflicts and millions of children deprived of the right to an education. More>>

Bangladesh army kills 4 insurgents, ending 4-day standoff

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The Bangladesh army says it has killed all four militants believed to have seized a building in an eastern city four days ago with a large cache of ammunition. More>>

Rights group: More than 1,000 arrested in Belarus protests

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A Belarusian human rights group says more than 1,000 people were arrested in the course of weekend protests and that about 150 of them have been sentenced to jail terms of up to 25 days. More>>

UK: Northern Ireland must act soon to save self-government

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The British government faces a deadline on whether to extend negotiations on Northern Ireland's political future or renew direct control from London. More>>

Foreign labs help Poland probe 2010 president's death

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Poland's prosecutors investigating the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others say they are seeking help from foreign laboratories in testing the evidence. More>>

Death toll in attack on South Sudan aid workers rises to 7

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The death toll of an attack on aid workers in South Sudan has risen to seven, with the news that the driver also died. More>>

South African man, 22, in court for axe murder of his family

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A 22-year-old South African man appeared in court Monday on charges of murdering three members of his family with an axe in their home outside Cape Town in January 2015. More>>

Italian police investigate body found in floating suitcase

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Police are investigating the discovery of a woman's body stuffed in a suitcase that was found floating at a marina in the Adriatic port of Rimini. More>>

Hong Kong police arrest more 2014 democracy protest leaders

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A day after Hong Kong picked a new pro-Beijing leader, activists say police are planning to arrest student leaders and other prominent figures involved with the huge 2014 "Umbrella Movement" pro-democracy protests. More>>

Swiss, Turks open probes over 'Kill Erdogan' protest banner

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Swiss and Turkish prosecutors have opened investigations after protesters against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Switzerland's capital hoisted a banner showing a gun pointed an image of his face next to the words "Kill Erdogan.". More>>

Massive gold coin worth millions stolen from German museum

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Berlin police say thieves broke into the German capital's Bode Museum and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions. More>>

Kushner agrees to speak to Senate panel about Russia

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The White House says President Donald Trump's son-in-law has volunteered to speak with the Senate Intelligence Committee about arranging meetings between the Trump campaign and the Russian ambassador and other officials. More>>

Turkish pop star, journalists on trial over failed coup

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A Turkish pop singer and 28 other people, mostly journalists, are being tried on terrorism charges for alleged links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for a failed coup attempt. More>>

Spain court opens 1st criminal case against Syrian officials

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A Spanish National Court judge has ordered an investigation into the role of nine Syrian officials in the alleged disappearance a man in 2013, in what is the first criminal case against President Bashar al-Assad's regime in a European court. More>>

Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific airlines sign code-sharing deal

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Lufthansa has announced a code-sharing deal with Cathay Pacific under which the German airline and its Swiss and Austrian Airlines units will offer new connections to Australia and New Zealand. More>>

European regulators clear Dow Chemical-DuPont merger

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The European Union has approved the proposed merger of Dow Chemical and Du Pont, saying that commitments by the companies to divest businesses have addressed its concerns. More>>

Merkel celebrates German election win, challenger deflated

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A senior member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party says the conservatives' unexpectedly strong win in a state vote gives them "tail wind" for bigger upcoming elections. More>>

The Latest: Greece: man carrying asylum papers found hanged

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Greece's coast guard says a man carrying asylum application papers has been found hanged at the country's largest port, near Athens. More>>

The Latest: Russian opposition leader Navalny gets jail term Video included

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The European Union has called on Russian authorities to release demonstrators detained during a series of protests across the country on Sunday. More>>

Germany renews call for access to journalist held in Turkey

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Germany says it will keep calling for access to a detained German-Turkish journalist detained in Istanbul since January on charges of terrorist propaganda and incitement to hatred. More>>

Poland questions legality of Tusk's EU re-election

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Poland's foreign minister has challenged the legality of Donald Tusk's re-election to a top European Union job, saying the vote was "fake" and that it exposed the EU as having "double standards.". More>>

Syrian refugee in Germany won't pursue case against Facebook

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A Syrian refugee in Germany has decided not to pursue further legal action against Facebook after a court rejected his call for an injunction forcing the company to seek and delete posts falsely linking him to crimes committed by migrants. More>>

Bulgaria near final results give pro-EU party clear victory

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Near final results in Bulgaria show that a center-right, pro-European Union party is the clear winner in the country's parliamentary election. More>>

Expat Turks begin voting in referendum on president's powers

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Turkish citizens living abroad have started casting ballots for Turkey's April 16 referendum on ushering in a system that would boost the president's powers. More>>

South Korean prosecutors push to arrest ousted president

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Media reports say that South Korean prosecutors have decided to ask a court issue a warrant to arrest former President Park Geun-hye on corruption allegations. More>>

EU calls for privacy-security balance on message encryption

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The EU's presidency says people's privacy must be protected following British calls to give police access to encrypted messaging services in case of attacks. More>>

Brother seeks retrial for China ex-police chief facing death

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The brother of Zhao Liping, a retired Chinese senior police chief sentenced to death for murder and corruption, is calling for a retrial of the case, saying he was abused in police custody and sentenced in a show trial. More>>

Nationwide protests bring thousands to Russia's streets Video included

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Russia's opposition, often written off by critics as a small and irrelevant coterie of privileged urbanites, put on an impressive nationwide show of strength with scores of protest rallies spanning the vast country. More>>

Cheryl and partner Liam Payne announce birth of first son

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Former Girls Aloud star Cheryl and partner Liam Payne of One Direction fame have announced the birth of their first child. More>>

Antonio Banderas says he's recovered from a heart attack

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Spanish film star Antonio Banderas says he has recovered from a heart attack that he had in January. More>>

Center-right party tops Bulgaria election; Socialists yield

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The center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov took the lead in Bulgaria's parliamentary election, exit polls showed, a result that if confirmed by official returns indicates support for the country keeping its European identity. More>>

Pope's sex abuse board vows to go on without survivor member

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Members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are vowing to press ahead with their work even with no survivors in their ranks following the resignation of Irish survivor Marie Collins. More>>

US-backed forces capture Syrian air base from IS

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Syrian activists say U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces have reached the Tabqa air base in northern Syria and are fighting to seize it from Islamic State control. More>>

The Latest: Bulgaria's Socialist leader concedes election

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The leader of Bulgaria's center-right GERB party says the party is prepared to form a government after exit polls showed it placing first in a parliamentary election. More>>

The Latest: US claims Tabqa dam is not in danger of bursting

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Syrian activists say U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces have reached the Tabqa air base in northern Syria and are fighting to seize it from Islamic State control. More>>

UK: Attacker used WhatsApp, firm must help police get access

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A top British official says Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service. More>>

German minister: Erdogan rhetoric causing significant damage

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A senior German official says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rhetoric in the standoff with European countries ahead of his country's referendum is causing damage that will take years to repair. More>>

Merkel party wins state vote as election year starts

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Projections show that Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party has easily won an election in Germany's western Saarland state, an unexpectedly strong performance as Merkel prepares to seek a fourth term in a national vote later this year. More>>

No surprise: Beijing's pick Lam chosen as Hong Kong's leader

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The candidate favored by China's Communist leadership has been chosen as Hong Kong's new leader, in the first such vote since huge pro-democracy protests erupted over the semiautonomous Chinese city's election system in 2014. More>>

Non merci: French voters reject corruption in politics

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French voters just won't tolerate corruption in politics anymore _ that appears to be the message from the swift downfall of the powerful security minister. More>>

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