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Indian temple priests turn back women, defying court ruling

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Hindu priests have joined conservative protesters to block women of menstruating age from temple, defying a ruling from India's top court to let them enter. More>>

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China says ex-Internet czar on trial over corruption charges

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China's former internet censor is standing trial over allegations of accepting $4.6 million in bribes. More>>

Taliban attack kills Afghan officials, US general unhurt

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Afghanistan stunned by killings of senior Kandahar officials ahead of parliamentary elections; top US commander unhurt. More>>

Former Chinese internment camp detainee denied US visa

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An outspoken former detainee in China's internment camps for Muslims says his application for a visa to visit the United States was rejected despite an invitation to speak at Congress about his ordeal. More>>

Israel's Supreme Court overturns deportation of US student

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Lawyers for a U.S. student who was denied entry to Israel because of alleged support for a boycott campaign say the Supreme Court has accepted her appeal and will allow her study in the country. More>>

Malaysia ex-Deputy PM charged with graft, money laundering

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Malaysia's former deputy PM charged with abuse of power, corruption and money laundering in another graft investigation against the leaders ousted in shock election results earlier this year. More>>

Migrants, police mass in town on Guatemala-Mexico border

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Members of a 3,000-strong migrant caravan from Honduras have massed in a Guatemalan border town across the muddy Suchiate River from Mexico as U.S. President Donald Trump continues to threaten retaliation if they continue toward the United States. More>>

Progressives say Seoul caved in denying asylum to Yemenis

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South Korea's government is being accused of caving to xenophobic sentiment by rejecting refugee status for Yemenis who arrived on a tourist island earlier this year and sought asylum. More>>

Putin says IS seized 700 hostages in Syria, executing some

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says Islamic State militants in Syria have recently seized some 700 people as hostages and are carrying out executions. More>>

Putin: Russia 'ahead of competition' with latest weapons

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President Vladimir Putin says Russia would only use its nuclear weapons in response to an incoming missile attack. More>>

Australia lawyers' group: Draft cyber laws would curb rights

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Australian lawyers' group say proposed cybersecurity laws to force companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages would significantly limit privacy and freedom. More>>

Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

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Many of the more than 2,000 Hondurans in a migrant caravan trying to wend its way to the United States have been helped at every turn in Guatemala by residents offering food, water, and rides in private pickups or on flatbed of semi-trailer trucks. More>>

Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished

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Turkish paper shows man from Saudi crown prince's entourage walking into consulate before Khashoggi vanished there. More>>

European and Asian leaders seek to boost trade, security

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After failing to reach a breakthrough on Britain's divorce terms from the European Union, EU leaders are rolling straight into another summit Thursday, this one aimed at forging closer links with Asia. More>>

The Latest: UN Security Council condemns Afghan attacks

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The Latest: Afghan guards turn weapons on colleagues at Kandahar security meeting, kill police chief; 2 US troops wounded. More>>

Western government officials cancel trip to Saudi event

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France's finance minister has canceled his attendance at an upcoming investment conference in Saudi Arabia amid doubts over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt

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Deputy governor says three top officials in Afghan province of Kandahar killed by their own guards, and a Taliban spokesman says Washington's top general in Afghanistan was the target. More>>

Turkey pledges accountability in Saudi probe; critics wonder

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Under global scrutiny, Turkey vows to get to the bottom of the alleged killing of a Saudi journalist at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. Some critics see a double standard. More>>

Crimean city turns to mourning 20 victims of school attack

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Russia's health minister says at least 10 of the wounded in a shooting by a student at a vocational school in Crimea will be airlifted to hospitals in Russia. More>>

Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

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Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. More>>

Newly published files confirm plan to move Assange to Russia

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Ecuadorean government documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate Assange from his embassy hideaway in London by naming him as a diplomat to Moscow. More>>

China 'regrets' US leaving postal union amid trade dispute

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China says it regrets the U.S. decision to leave the United Nations treaty that regulates international postage amid a worsening trade dispute between the world's top two economies. More>>

UK's May to face fresh ire at home after being spared by EU

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British Prime Minister Theresa May says she is considering a European Union proposal that would keep Britain bound to the bloc's rules for more than two years after Brexit. More>>

Exiled Vietnamese blogger: I'm not alone advocating freedom

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A Vietnamese blogger sent into exile in the United States says her reunion with her family after 2 years in prison is proof she is not alone in speaking for freedom. More>>

EU looks to African nations, border control to stop migrants

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European Union leaders are set to push ahead with plans to boost cooperation with northern African countries and beef up the bloc's borders in an effort to stop migrants entering Europe. More>>

Mothers of big families challenge Macron's fertility stance

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French President Emmanuel Macron is facing criticism from mothers with big families for comments taken out of context he made about women and fertility in Africa. More>>

NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch Video included

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The NASA astronaut who survived last week's failed launch and emergency landing says he knew he needed to stay calm. More>>

EU leaders order sanctions mechanism against cyber-attacks

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EU leaders have commissioned work on a new system for slapping sanctions on the perpetrators of cyber-attacks, in the wake of the attack on the world chemical weapons watchdog. More>>

US downgrades Jerusalem diplomatic mission to Palestinians

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The United States says it is placing its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians under the authority of its embassy to Israel. More>>

The Latest: EU voices concerns over Italy's budget deficit

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The European Commission has chastised Italy for a spending plan that will triple its deficit from what was previously agreed, calling the deviation "unprecedented in the history" of the EU's stability and growth compact. More>>

The Latest: Fox Business Network pulls out of Saudi meeting

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Britain's trade minister has pulled out of a Saudi investment conference over the kingdom's involvement in the disappearance and alleged slaying of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

The Latest: Washington Post publishes new Khashoggi column

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has landed in Turkey to discuss the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi with authorities there. More>>

Cyprus airline Cobalt halts flights amid lack of investment

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Cyprus-based airline Cobalt Air says it has indefinitely suspended all of its operations amid a struggle to find investors. More>>

Taxi drivers in Warsaw protest unlicensed Uber drivers

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Hundreds of taxi drivers have driven slowly through Poland's capital city Warsaw causing some traffic jams in protest against low earnings and competition from unlicensed companies like Uber. More>>

Khashoggi warns in last column of free rein to silence media

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The Washington Post has published a new column by missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning that Middle East governments 'have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate'. More>>

Ecuador expels Venezuelan envoy for insult to president

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Officials in Ecuador say they're expelling Venezuela's ambassador over disrespectful comments directed at its president. More>>

The Latest: Gibraltar 'not a problem' in Brexit discussions

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British Prime Minister Theresa May says the remaining differences on Brexit terms between the U.K. and the European Union are "few but considerable". More>>

Poll finds Trump's pro-Israel stance does not sway US Jews

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A new survey indicates an overwhelming majority of American Jews plan to vote for Democratic candidates in the upcoming midterm elections. More>>

Spain arrests 4, seizes 115 properties in Venezuelan probe

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Police in Spain say they have seized more than 115 properties as they dismantled a network that allegedly purchased real estate in Spain to launder illicit money from former officials in Venezuela. More>>

Report: South Sudan armed opposition seized girls as 'wives'

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Report: South Sudan's armed opposition abducted girls as 'wives' or left them to be raped. More>>

Pope indicates willingness to visit North Korea

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The South Korean President has met with the pope in a private audience, the week after his office announced that North Korea would like to invite the pontiff for a formal visit. More>>

UN: Ebola outbreak is worrying but not a global emergency

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UN says Congo's latest Ebola outbreak is worrying but not a global emergency. More>>

AP Explains: Why Congo's latest Ebola outbreak is worrying

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AP Explains: Why Congo's worrying new Ebola outbreak might be declared a global emergency. More>>

UN agencies urge end to 'virginity tests' in some countries

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U.N. agencies are calling for an end to the practice in some countries of determining whether a girl is a virgin through gynecological tests,. More>>

Kleenex to rebrand 'mansize' tissues after gender complaints

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Kleenex maker Kimberly-Clark says it will re-brand its "Mansize" tissues after consumers complained the name was sexist. More>>

The Latest: Putin: Iran pullout contingent on Syria security

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he believes that President Donald Trump would like to improve relations with Russia. More>>

Google to charge for apps on Android phones in Europe

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Google to start charging for pre-installed apps on Android phones sold in Europe. More>>

Police search Saudi consul's home in Khashoggi case

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Saudi Arabia told him their investigation by Saudi Arabia into the disappearance and alleged killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi won't spare anyone, including royals. More>>

The Latest: Data wiped from Crimea suspect's computer

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The local leader in the Crimean Peninsula says that authorities are looking for a possible accomplice in the shooting and bomb attack at a vocational school that killed 20 people and wounded dozens of others. More>>

US designates suspected Colombian trafficker as drug kingpin

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The U.S. has slapped sanctions on a Colombian man with ties to the South American country's largest rebel group who allegedly controls a narcotics trafficking corridor in northern Colombia. More>>

EU chief plays down trans-Atlantic trade rift concerns

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is playing down trans-Atlantic trade tensions, after U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross accused the EU of dragging its feet in exploratory trade talks. More>>

Navalny accepts National Guard challenge to a verbal 'duel'

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he accepts the "duel" proposed by the chief of the National Guard _ if it's is a televised debate with words as weapons. More>>

Kosovo lawmakers agree to consider creating national army

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Kosovo's parliament has taken another step to consider the draft laws on transforming the country's security forces into a regular army. More>>

Film with Fan Bingbing, Bruce Willis canceled after tax case

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The director of the film "Air Strike," featuring Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, says the film's release has been canceled in the wake of her disappearance and conviction on tax evasion charges. More>>

New Zimbabwe documentary on massacres takes aim at president

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New Zimbabwe documentary on 1980s massacres takes aim at president's alleged role. More>>

Greek far-left extremist seeks release on health grounds

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A lawyer for a far-left extremist convicted of terrorism and murder for killings by the defunct November 17 group says her client is seeking early release from prison on health grounds. More>>

UK official challenged at conference on sex abuse

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A demonstrator has confronted U.K. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt at a conference on sex abuse in the aid sector, complaining that women speaking out about such abuse were not being heard. More>>

Ethiopia PM says soldiers' protest attempt to derail reforms

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Ethiopia PM says troops' protest a move against reforms; 'some ... regretted I was not killed'. More>>

Indian gov't minister resigns, denies sex harassment claims

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India's junior external affairs minister has resigned amid accusations by 20 women of sexual harassment during his previous career as a prominent news editor. More>>

Turkish photographer Ara Guler dead at 90

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Ara Guler, an acclaimed Turkish journalist and photographer known as "the eye of Istanbul" for his iconic black-and-white pictures of the city and its residents, has died. More>>

Turkish restaurant set on fire in German city of Chemnitz

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German police say unidentified assailants apparently started a fire at a Turkish restaurant in an eastern city that saw violent anti-migrant protests recently. More>>

Shanghai airport automates check-in with facial recognition

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Shanghai's Hongqiao airport has unveiled an automated flight check-in system powered by facial recognition technology, as China pushes to integrate biometrics into daily life. More>>

Jubilant customers light up as pot sales begin in Canada

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And they're off: Canada starts legal marijuana sales and becomes world's largest national pot marketplace. More>>

Germany extradites suspect in Bulgarian reporter's slaying

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German authorities say the suspect arrested in the rape and slaying of a Bulgarian television journalist has been extradited to Bulgaria. More>>

Trump starts leaving postal union in latest anti-China move

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President Donald Trump is initiating the process of leaving the Universal Post Union Wednesday, which sets flat rates for international postage. More>>

UK, EU agree to take more Brexit time after no-result summit

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European Union leaders are converging on Brussels for what had been billed as a "moment of truth" Brexit summit but which now holds little promise for a breakthrough. More>>

Judge frees Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori

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An appeals judge has freed Peru's opposition leader Keiko Fujimori a week after she was arrested, but she remains under investigation over undeclared financial contributions to her 2011 campaign. More>>

Vietnam frees popular blogger on condition she leave for US

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Vietnam has freed a well-known blogger, "Mother Mushroom," after two years in prison on the condition that she leave for the United States. More>>

US criticizes EU for moving too slowly in trade talks

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says the EU is moving too slowly in trade talks and is warning that President Donald Trump's patience with the Europeans might soon run out. More>>

US airstrike wiped out al-Shabab camp, intel officials say

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US airstrike wiped out al-Shabab training camp, killing more than 75: Intelligence officials. More>>

Student gunman kills 19, wounds 50 at school in Crimea

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Russian news agencies say that up to 10 people may have been killed and at least 40 others wounded by a natural gas explosion at a college in Crimea. More>>

At Vatican, South Korean leader says he's certain of peace

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South Korean leader praises pope's message of peace, dialogue ahead of audience. More>>

Migrants moving again in Guatemala, Trump targets Democrats

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A caravan of some 2,000 migrants hoping to reach the United States marched deeper into Guatemala as President Donald Trump threatened to cut off aid to Central American countries that don't stop them. More>>

German nationalists pictured with Hitler wine, swastikas

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The far-right Alternative for Germany party wants to expel one of its own lawmakers who was pictured posing in front of wine bottles featuring pictures of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. More>>

Protesters stop females ages 10 to 50 from entering temple

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A temple in southern India that's one of the largest Hindu pilgrimage centers in the world is set to open its doors to females of menstruating age following a ruling by the top court. More>>

In posthumous message, Hawking says science under threat

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Stephen Hawking has spoken from beyond the grave to warn that science and education are under threat around the world. More>>

The Latest: May says UK, EU need 'courage, trust' on Brexit

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The European Union is playing down the importance of a U.S. announcement that it will pursue a trade deal with Britain, noting London cannot negotiate such pacts until it leaves the bloc. More>>

US briefs Iraq Chaldean head, Vatican on aid after critique

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US diplomat briefs Iraqi Chaldean leader who criticized American effort to help rebuild Christian villages in Iraq. More>>

The Latest: Toll in Crimean school shooting rises to 19 dead

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Russia's counter-terrorism agency says the blast that killed 10 people at a college in Crimea was triggered by an explosive device. More>>

Instagram users get free sushi in Milan with proof of posts

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A Milan sushi bar has come up with a new electronic payment method that is based on a currency than is more valuable than cash in some quarters. More>>

Beaches closed on the French Riviera due to oil pellets

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France's Ecology ministry said oil pellets have reached beaches near Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera on Wednesday, ten days after two cargo ships collided north of the island of Corsica. More>>

Egyptian mediators race to restore calm in Gaza

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The Israeli military says a rocket fired from Gaza made a direct hit on a home in southern Israel; 4 are being treated for shock. More>>

Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

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Prince Harry, wife Meghan get a lighthearted thanks for bringing English rain to a drought-stricken Outback town during their Australian royal tour. More>>

Greek foreign minister resigns over Macedonia deal dispute

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Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has resigned, following a disagreement with the defense minister over the handling of a recent deal which would change Macedonia's name in exchange for Greece dropping its objections to the country joining NATO. More>>

ICC prosecutor issues warning on Bedouin village demolition

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The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has issued a warning that if Israel goes ahead with the destruction of a Palestinian Bedouin village on the West Bank it could be a war crime. More>>

Trump criticizes rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi

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President Donald Trump is criticizing mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

Egyptian ex-lawmaker goes missing, may have been detained

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The wife of a former Egyptian lawmaker says he went missing nearly three weeks ago and may have been detained by security forces. More>>

Bomb kills Afghan candidate as Taliban vow to attack polls

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Bomb kills Afghan parliamentary candidate as Taliban warn teachers, students not to take part in elections on Saturday. More>>

NASA official: Tense moments but calm crew in aborted launch Video included

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A U.S. astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut have arrived in the Moscow region following a failed launch to the International Space Station that forced an emergency landing. More>>

French, Japanese leaders to discuss case of missing tourist

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French President Emmanuel Macron promised to discuss the case of a French tourist who disappeared in Japan in July with Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe. More>>

Slovakia to send soldiers to Iraq to train security forces

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Slovakia's defense ministry says the country will keep its military presence in Iraq after the government approved a plan to deploy up to 42 soldiers there next year to help train Iraqi security forces as part of a NATO mission. More>>

Romania: Prosecutors won't be fired due to new work rule

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Romania's top judicial body says a new government ordinance requiring prosecutors in key agencies to have more years of experience won't apply to prosecutors who have already been hired. More>>

Fighting in Kashmir city leaves 3 combatants, civilian dead

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Militants and government forces are fighting a gunbattle in the main city of Indian-controlled Kashmir. More>>

Serbian president issues veiled threat over Kosovo

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says U.S. calls for the withdrawal of a UN peacekeeping mission from Kosovo would leave Serbia no choice but to "protect" its people in the former province. More>>

UK offers prescription for loneliness, no drugs involved

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Doctors in England will be able to write prescriptions for cooking classes and walking groups by 2023 as part of the government's effort to combat loneliness. More>>

The Latest: IMF's chief Lagarde defers Mideast trip

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The Latest: Secretary of State Pompeo lands in Saudi Arabia to meet with king over Saudi writer's disappearance. More>>

Weeping relatives receive bodies of South Korean climbers

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Relatives wept in grief as the bodies of five South Korean mountain climbers arrived home from Nepal where they had died in a storm last week. More>>

Pakistan executes man convicted of killing 8 children

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A serial killer of 8 children has been executed at a Pakistani prison after the country's top court rejected request for his public hanging. More>>

US defense secretary sees the enduring costs of Vietnam War

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sees first-hand the enduring costs of fighting the Vietnam War. More>>

Afghanistan: German helicopters shot at, nobody injured

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German news agency dpa says German transport helicopters in Afghanistan have been shot but that nobody was injured. More>>

Australia shifts on refusal to send refugees to New Zealand

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Australia's prime minister has signaled that he could accept New Zealand's longstanding offer to resettle 150 refugees exiled to Pacific islands as long as they would be banned from ever entering Australia. More>>

Ex-UN leader helps launch climate 'adaptation' initiative

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Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other dignitaries have launched an initiative to accelerate and expand ways for the world to adapt to climate change. More>>

US airstrike in Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabab fighters

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US military airstrike in Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabab fighters, deadliest in nearly a year. More>>

Trump warns of aid cut over migrant caravan now in Guatemala

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Hundreds of Hondurans hoping to reach the United States bedded down for the night in a Guatemalan town after that country's authorities blinked first in attempts to halt their advance. More>>

China says interning Muslims brings them into 'modern' world

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A senior Chinese official is describing the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslims in the country's far west as a system of vocational training centers that saves Muslims from the lure of religious extremism by giving them employable skills. More>>

Turkish official: Police found evidence of Khashoggi slaying

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Turkish crime scene investigators search the Saudi consulate where journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared. More>>

Trump suggests 'rogue killers' murdered Saudi journalist Video included

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Saudi Arabia says it will respond to threats with tough measures as the US presses for more info about missing Saudi writer. More>>

As an oil giant, Saudi threats against US loom large

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Saudi Arabia's status as the biggest oil exporter gives it power to jolt the global economy but it's not expected to carry out threats against the US. More>>

Canada is ready to open the door wide to legal marijuana

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Canada is about to become the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. More>>

Anna Burns wins Booker Prize with Troubles tale 'Milkman'

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The Man Booker Prize is set to be awarded to one of six finalists, including a gritty story set in a women's prison, a novel in verse about a divided America and an environmental epic that has been likened to "Moby Dick" for trees. More>>

US general warns of complacency in fight against extremists

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The top U.S. military officer is warning that nations must not become complacent against the threat of violent extremist groups, as world leaders turn to other more pressing security issues. More>>

7 killed, almost 80 injured in Morocco train derailment

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A shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital to a town further north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, killing at least 7 people. More>>

Chaldean cardinal says promised US aid for Iraq hasn't come

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Iraq's Chaldean Catholic cardinal says promised US aid hasn't materialized. More>>

The Latest: Trump expands aid threat over migrant caravan

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U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to cut aid to Honduras if it doesn't stop a migrant caravan heading for the U.S. More>>

Investigators search Opel premises in diesel emissions probe

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Prosecutors say law enforcement officials have conducted searches at German automaker Opel as part of an investigation into suspected manipulation of diesel emissions. More>>

2 die in fighter jet crash in Ukraine, US pilot "involved"

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Ukraine's military says a Ukrainian fighter jet crashed during a joint exercise with U.S. and other NATO air forces, killing both pilots. More>>

Venezuelan fans endure sacrifices to 'Play Ball' amid crisis

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Winter league baseball is under way in Venezuela, and fans are having to make sacrifices to feed their passion for the "pelota," or the ball, as the national pastime is affectionately known. More>>

The Latest: Anna Burns wins Man Booker prize for 'Milkman'

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Anna Burns has won the prestigious Man Booker prize for fiction with "Milkman," a vibrant, violent story about men, women, power and conflict set during Northern Ireland's years of Catholic-Protestant violence. More>>

France flood heaps added tragedy on terror victim's widow

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French officials says flash floods that swept through towns in the southwest Aude region largely claimed elderly victims, who were seemingly caught off guard by the sudden, powerful torrents. More>>

Spain pressured to free imprisoned Catalan activists

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The Spanish government is facing calls from Catalan politicians and human rights groups to release jailed separatists, including two prominent pro-independence activists placed in pre-trial detention a year ago. More>>

Egyptian president urges Russia to resume flights to resorts

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is urging Russia to resume flights to Egyptian resorts. More>>

Macron seeks new start in French govt reshuffle in TV speech

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French president Emmanuel Macron has named a key political ally as interior minister in an expected cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday. More>>

IS-linked extremists kill abducted health worker in Nigeria

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Nigeria says IS-linked extremists kill abducted health worker despite Red Cross' urgent plea. More>>

EU official urges Britain's May to get creative on Brexit

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Austria's European affairs minister says that Brexit talks are advancing even though no imminent breakthrough appears likely, one the eve of a "moment of truth" EU summit. More>>

Prince Harry and Meghan start Aussie tour with baby gifts

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have started the first day of official engagements on a royal tour of Australia with the public focus on the former Meghan Markle's newly announced pregnancy. More>>

Report: Ecuador tells Assange to curb speech, look after cat

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A media report says that Ecuador has formally ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to steer clear of topics that could harm its diplomatic interests. More>>

US targets network backing Iran's use of child soldiers

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Treasury is targeting a network of businesses that provide financial support to a paramilitary force in Iran that allegedly trains and deploys child soldiers to fight with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. More>>

Romania's govt decree against prosecutors ignites fresh ire

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Romania's government has published an emergency ordinance that requires prosecutors in key agencies to have more years of experience, igniting fresh criticism that it could wreak havoc on current investigations. More>>

Armenian premier steps down, maneuvering for early election

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Armenia's prime minister has stepped down _ a political maneuver aimed at forcing early elections. More>>

New Pompeii discovery shifts date of Mount Vesuvius eruption

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New excavations in the ancient buried city of Pompeii have yielded a truly historic find: a charcoal inscription apparently dating the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to October of A.D. 79, two months later than originally thought. More>>

French hostage in Yemen freed after more than 4 months

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France's president has announced the release of a French citizen held in hostage in Yemen for more than 4 months. More>>

Prince Harry in another catch-up with war widow in Sydney

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There seems to be a special bond between Prince Harry and a 98-year-old war widow who gave him a warm hug Tuesday when they met in Sydney. More>>

Militants seize 14 Iranian security forces near Pakistan

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Iranian media say militants abducted 14 members of a border security force near Pakistani border. More>>

Ethiopia's new Cabinet 50 percent women, including defense

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Ethiopia's new Cabinet is 50 percent women, including ministers of defense, peace. More>>

Police: So far no indication of IS link to Cologne attack

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Cologne police are calling on witnesses to a bloody hostage-taking at the city's train station to upload photos or videos to help their investigation. More>>

Liberia investigates US-backed charity after alleged rapes

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Liberia investigates US-backed charity after alleged rapes of dozens of girls by local staffer. More>>

China wants to deepen economic ties in 16 European nations

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An official says China wants to further boost cooperation with central and eastern Europe where it is already financing infrastructure and other projects as part of a wider bid to increase global influence. More>>

The Latest: Tusk says new thinking required in Brexit talks

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged her divided Cabinet to back her as Brexit negotiations with the European Union go down to the wire. More>>

Australia considers moving embassy to Jerusalem

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Australia's prime minister says he is open to relocating the Australian Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. More>>

Kremlin: No plans for Putin-Trump meeting in Paris

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The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Paris for an event that President Donald Trump is also set to attend, but a meeting between them isn't planned. More>>

Greece: Ancient wrecks, pottery found at ships' 'graveyard'

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Greece's culture ministry says a Greek-U.S. team has located traces of three more ancient shipwrecks with pottery cargoes, and two from later times, in a rich graveyard of ships in the eastern Aegean Sea. More>>

About 200 migrants wade across river into Greece from Turkey

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Authorities say about 200 migrants have crossed into Greece from the northeastern land border with Turkey, an unusually large number of arrivals in that area in a single morning. More>>

Chinese bishops invite pope to visit as they return home

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Two Chinese bishops who participated in a Vatican gathering say they have invited Pope Francis to visit China in another sign of improved relations since a landmark agreement was signed over bishop nominations. More>>

Merkel's Bavarian ally seeks quick decisions after election

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's often-awkward Bavarian ally says he wants his party to draw consequences from its poor state election performance before Christmas, but is being coy about his own future. More>>

China party expels general who killed self, indicts another

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China's ruling Communist Party has expelled a former top general who killed himself during a corruption probe and indicted another on graft charges amid a continuing crackdown on military malfeasance. More>>

Deaths spark calls in Nepal for better warning systems

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The bodies of five South Korean climbers killed over the weekend in a fierce storm on a mountain in Nepal are heading home amid calls to improve weather warning systems on Nepal's mountains. More>>

Irish border dispute looms large over the UK-EU Brexit talks

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Britain's foreign secretary is cautiously optimistic that the U.K. and the European Union will secure an agreement on Britain leaving the bloc although perhaps not at an EU summit this week. More>>

Turkish police shoot tractor driver near Israeli residence

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Turkish media reports say police have opened fire on a tractor that was travelling in front of Turkey's parliament building and ignored calls for it to stop. More>>

Syria reopens vital crossing with Jordan, UN post with Golan

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Syria's key border crossings with Jordan, Israel to reopen, years after traffic was halted by war, violence. More>>

Koreas, US-led UN Command discuss disarming border area

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The rival Koreas and the U.S.-led United Nations Command are meeting to discuss efforts to disarm a joint-controlled military zone in the inter-Korean border under a peace agreement between the Koreas. More>>

'Dark days' over: Gambia launches truth, reconciliation body

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'Dark days' are over as Gambia launches truth, reconciliation commission to probe Jammeh era. More>>

France: 12 die in floods unseen in more than a century

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Authorities in southwest France say five people have been killed in violent storms and floods that saw the equivalent of several months of rainfall in the space of hours. More>>

And baby makes three: Prince Harry and Meghan's child on way

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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have arrived in Sydney a day before they officially start a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. More>>

Nigeria: IS-linked extremists kill abducted health worker

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Nigeria says IS-linked extremists kill abducted health worker despite Red Cross' urgent plea. More>>

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The Russian Orthodox Church says it's severing ties with the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community after his decision to grant Ukrainian clerics independence from the Moscow Patriarchate. More>>

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Kensington Palace says Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex are expecting a child in the spring. More>>

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South Korean President meets Macron on state visit to France

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says taking down the brutal MS-13 street gang and international drug cartels will be a priority for federal law enforcement. More>>

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The rival Koreas are holding high-level talks to discuss engagement amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea. More>>

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The French Interior Ministry says the death toll from flash floods in southwest France has nearly doubled to 13. More>>

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Beatles classic 'Sgt. Pepper' most popular British album. More>>

Egyptian president arrives in Russia

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Two Turkish journalists have been charged with insulting the Turkish nation and institutions for suggesting that a Turkish court may have taken government instructions when ruling in the case against an American pastor. More>>

Romanian govt move against prosecutors draws criticism

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Romania's government passes an ordinance requiring prosecutors in key agencies to have a greater number of years of professional activity. More>>

Report: Bullying, harassment rife at UK Parliament

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An independent report says Britain's House of Commons is a sometimes dysfunctional workplace in which bullying and sexual harassment have long been "tolerated and concealed.". More>>

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