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Tillerson's Mideast aim is a Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is trying to seal a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab world to neighboring Iran. More>>

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UK paper sorry for airbrushing out Solange Knowles's braids

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Britain's Evening Standard newspaper has apologized to Solange Knowles for digitally altering an image of the singer on the cover of its magazine. More>>

Spanish PM aims to take over Catalan govt; residents aghast

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The Spanish government is activating a previously untapped constitutional article to take control of the Catalonia region in a bid to stop a rebellion from separatist politicians. More>>

54 Egyptian police killed in ambush, say officials

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Egyptian security officials say at least 55 policemen including 20 officers and 34 conscripts have been killed in a shootout during a raid on a militant hideout near Cairo. More>>

The Latest: Catalan official: Spanish move is 'coup d'etat'

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A Cabinet meeting is underway in Madrid to outline government measures for taking control of the Catalonia region to stop regional authorities from breaking away from Spain. More>>

Populist billionaire's party wins big in Czech Republic

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Czech citizens are voting for a second day in a parliamentary election that could install another euroskeptic government in Central Europe. More>>

Malta offers $1.18 million to discover who killed reporter

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Malta's government is offering a 1 million euro ($1.18 million) reward and full protection for information on who killed a reporter with a car bomb. More>>

WHO chief now 'rethinking' Mugabe 'goodwill ambassador' post

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World Health Organization's chief selects Zimbabwe's Mugabe as 'goodwill ambassador'. More>>

Somalia readies for 'state of war' as death toll up to 358

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Somalia's death toll now at 358 as president set to announce 'state of war' on al-Shabab. More>>

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion

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Environmental pollutants are killing at least 9 million people and costing the world $4.6 trillion a year, a toll exceeding that of war, smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More>>

Countries with the highest pollution deaths, mortality rates

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Countries with the highest pollution deaths, mortality rates: study. More>>

The Latest: WHO chief 'rethinking' Mugabe ambassador post

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The Latest: WHO chief says he's 'rethinking' Mugabe's 'goodwill ambassador' post. More>>

Where's the buzz? German study finds dramatic insect decline

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Scientists say an "alarming" drop seen in the number of flying insects in Germany could have serious consequences for ecosystems and food chains. More>>

Searchers in Mexico find, but release, vaquita porpoise calf

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Researchers trying to catch and enclose the last survivors of the vaquita porpoise species captured a calf but released it because it was too young; they still see hope in the calf's capture. More>>

Syria troops capture central town recently taken by IS

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Syrian state media says government forces and their allies have regained control of a central town that the Islamic State group captured late last month. More>>

Polls indicate Japanese PM Abe headed for easy victory

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Japan's leader may have made the right call after all, if not for his country than for himself. More>>

The Latest: Czech vote sees big win for populist billionaire

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Early results from the Czech Republic's parliamentary vote show the centrist ANO (YES) movement led by populist billionaire Andrej Babis in the lead. More>>

Attack outside Afghan military academy kills 15

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A Defense Ministry official says a suicide attack has killed 15 army officers west of Afghanistan's capital Kabul. More>>

IS claims responsibility for Afghan mosque attack

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Afghan Interior Ministry says fatalities from suicide bombing in Shiite mosque in capital Kabul rises to 39 dead and 41 wounded. More>>

Morocco recalls envoy over Algeria official's hashish claims

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Morocco has recalled its ambassador to Algeria after Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel claimed Moroccan banks launder money from hashish trafficking. More>>

Man with knife attacks 8 people in Munich; suspect arrested

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German police say a person with a knife has wounded several people in Munich, but no one sustained life-threatening injuries. More>>

Devastation in Raqqa raises questions about cost of victory Video included

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A U.S.-backed Syrian force is expected to declare victory in the northern city of Raqqa days after it said it cleared it from members of the Islamic State group. More>>

The Latest: No terror motive seen in Munich stabbings

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Police say they've arrested a suspect after four people were lightly wounded in Munich by a man with a knife. More>>

The Latest: Pakistan condemns mosque attacks in Afghanistan

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Islamic State group claims responsibility for suicide bombing attack on Shiite mosque in Kabul. More>>

Drone video shows devastation in Raqqa, Syria Video included

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Drone footage from Syrian city of Raqqa shows extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State group. More>>

Spanish PM to unveil measures to fight Catalan separatists

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Bank customers in Catalonia are withdrawing money from financial institutions that have moved their official headquarters to other locations in Spain amid a political crisis over the region's independence bid. More>>

Somalia's death toll now at 358 as 'state of war' planned

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US drone strike targets al-Shabab shortly after Somalia's deadliest attack. More>>

Egyptian official: 14 policemen killed southwest of Cairo

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Egyptian security official says shootout with militants southwest of Cairo kills 14 policemen. More>>

Make China Great Again! Xi leads China into muscular new era

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A new form of red-blooded Chinese nationalism has been channeled skillfully by President and ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping as he seeks to strengthen the party's role in Chinese life. More>>

Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 63

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Afghan Interior Ministry official: Suicide bombing at Shiite mosque in western Kabul kills at least 30. More>>

WHO chief selects Zimbabwe's Mugabe as 'goodwill ambassador'

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World Health Organization's chief selects Zimbabwe's Mugabe as 'goodwill ambassador'. More>>

French-led EU push for heftier tax on internet giants stalls

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France's drive to force internet giants to pay more taxes is losing steam, amid resistance from other EU countries that offer tax shelter to companies like Apple. More>>

The Latest: US condemns twin suicide attacks in Afghanistan

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The Latest: Afghan police raise death toll from suicide bombing at Sunni mosque in western Ghor province to 33. More>>

Trump: UN has 'tremendous potential' under new leadership

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President Donald Trump says in a meeting with the UN chief that the world organization has 'tremendous potential'. More>>

Iraqi forces seize disputed town after clashes with Kurds

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Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange fire at border between federal and Kurdish lands, days after Kurds withdrew from disputed territories across northern Iraq. More>>

94 deaths from plague in Madagascar, UN health agency says

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94 deaths from plague in Madagascar, World Health Organization says. More>>

Report: 152 Afghan trainees have gone AWOL in US since 2005

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U.S. investigators say at least 152 Afghans sent to the United States for military training during the course of the war against the Taliban have gone AWOL. More>>

Power to the people: 2 Italy regions to hold autonomy votes

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It is greater autonomy __ not independence __ that two of Italy's wealthiest regions are seeking in a pair of non-binding referendums next weekend, yet Catalonia's secessionist ambitions loom over the debate. More>>

EU leaders struggle to break through Brexit talks impasse

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European Union leaders are gathering to weigh progress in negotiations on Britain's departure from their club as they look for new ways to speed up the complex, painfully slow moving process. More>>

Hurricanes, earthquakes estimated to cost insurers $95B

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Swiss Re, one of the world's biggest reinsurers, estimates that Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, two recent earthquakes in Mexico will cost the industry about $95 billion. More>>

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion

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Environmental pollutants are killing at least 9 million people and costing the world $4.6 trillion a year, a toll exceeding that of war, smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More>>

Police: Stabbings at Polish shopping mall not terror attack

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A police spokesman says that eight people have been hospitalized in southeastern Poland after a 27-year-old man attacked them with a sharp tool. More>>

Catalan crisis looms large at Spanish prize-giving event

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The Catalonia region's controversial bid for independence is an unavoidable topic at the prize-giving ceremony for Spain's prestigious Princess of Asturias awards. More>>

Greece to raise cruise ship that sank off Santorini in 2007

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The Greek government has ordered the raising of a sunken cruise ship that foundered just off the holiday island of Santorini ten years ago, leaving two passengers missing and presumed dead. More>>

The Latest: Somalia to announce 'state of war' on al-Shabab

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The Latest: Death toll in Somalia's worst attack now at 358, minister says. More>>

The Latest: King: Catalonia is "an essential part" of Spain

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A Spanish opposition Socialist politician says that her party and Spain's government have reached an agreement to hold a regional election in Catalonia in January as a way to resolve one of the country's deepest political crises in decades. More>>

UNICEF: Rohingya children refugees face 'hell on earth'

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UNICEF says children who are most of the nearly 600,000 Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar sense a "hell on earth" in overcrowded, muddy and squalid refugee camps. More>>

The Latest: France's Macron hails freeing of Syria's Raqqa

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Russia's military says recent travel warning by U.S. State Department proves Moscow's argument that Syrian militants have used chemical weapons. More>>

The Latest: Polish police: No terror motive in mall attack

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A spokesman for Poland's national police says investigators don't yet know why a man attacked shoppers at a mall with a knife, killing one person and wounding seven others. More>>

UN panel urges China to release and compensate 3 activists

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A group of independent experts appointed by the U.N.'s main human rights body say China's government has wrongly held three activists, calling for them to be released and compensated for the injustice. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrongly blames terror for UK crime jump

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An AP Fact Check finds U.S. President Donald Trump erred by suggesting in a tweet that a 13 percent increase in crime in the United Kingdom is linked to terrorism. More>>

Pope sends rare condolence after Malta journalist is slain

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Pope Francis has sent a letter of condolences to Malta following the car bomb slaying of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. More>>

Egypt releases Irish-Egyptian after 4 years in detention

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Egyptian authorities have released an Irish-Egyptian man who was detained for four years on charges related to a Muslim Brotherhood protest in Cairo in 2013. More>>

France faces butter shortage amid global demand for pastries

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French pastries, and butter, have become so popular abroad that the increased demand led to a mini shortage of the dairy product in French supermarkets. More>>

Cleric bans poses by Cyprus churches over lewd wedding photo

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A senior cleric from Cyprus' Orthodox Christian church has banned couples who marry in civil ceremonies to take wedding photos outside churches and chapels in a part of the island that is popular with holidaymakers. More>>

German prosecutors charge former Majdanek death camp guard

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German prosecutors say they have charged a former guard at the Majdanek death camp with being an accessory to murder for allegedly working there during a period when at least 17,000 Jews were killed. More>>

Kenya's police say 4 killed in opposition demonstrations

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Kenya's police say 4 killed in opposition demonstrations in recent days as new vote approaches. More>>

Wild boars rampage through German town, injure at least 4

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Police say a pair of wild boars have gone on the rampage and injured at least four people in the north German town of Heide. More>>

Brexit, Turkey and taxing tech giants tackled at EU summit

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Brexit is Europe's big worry but isn't the only global problem that the leaders of 28 EU nations are trying to resolve at their latest summit. More>>

NATO leaders set to meet July 11-12, 2018 in Brussels

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NATO says that U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with his counterparts in the military alliance for a summit in Brussels next July. More>>

Germany's entire U-boat fleet is out of action

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All of Germany's six submarines are out of action, and the country's defense minister isn't happy about it. More>>

Russia hands over fighter jets to Serbia

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Russia has formally handed over six MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia, part of an arms delivery that could worsen tensions in the war-weary Balkans. More>>

Report: Police informant may have incited Berlin attacker

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German media report that the Tunisian man who carried out a deadly truck attack in Berlin last year may have been incited by a police informant. More>>

France's Macron: Trump pushes EU closer together

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French President Emmanuel Macron says the uncertainty about U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign policies has made European countries closer. More>>

The Latest: German business supports EU stance on Brexit

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Ireland's leader is praising British Prime Minister Theresa May for a constructive attitude on Brexit talks but says "we're a long way" from getting to the next step. More>>

Syrian refugee detained in Greece on terror charge

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Police in northern Greece say a 32-year-old Syrian refugee has been arrested on terrorism-related charges following a review of his asylum application. More>>

The Latest: Federal troops take disputed town from Kurds

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Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange fire at border between federal and Kurdish lands, days after Kurds withdrew from disputed territories across northern Iraq. More>>

Uganda expels North Korea military experts over UN sanctions

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Uganda expels North Korean military experts, representatives of arms dealer over UN sanctions. More>>

EU weighs cutting pre-membership funds to troubling Turkey

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The European Union is studying whether and how to cut pre-membership funds to Turkey over alleged human rights abuses and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's hostile rhetoric about Europe. More>>

Kurz tasked with forming new Austrian government

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Austria's president has formally tasked conservative leader Sebastian Kurz with forming a new government after his party finished first in Sunday's election. More>>

2 dead, 9 sick in suspected mushroom poisoning in Denmark

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Danish police say two children have died and nine other family members have been hospitalized with signs of poisoning, reportedly after eating toxic mushrooms. More>>

Russia's Lavrov warns one-sided changes could sink Iran deal

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Russia's foreign minister says the landmark Iran nuclear deal can be amended only as long as his country and other signatories agree to proposed changes. More>>

New Zealand to hold marijuana vote under new leader Ardern

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New Zealand is poised to slash immigration, rethink trade deals and vote on legalizing marijuana under a new government that takes office next week. More>>

Pakistani court indicts ex-PM Sharif in 3rd corruption case

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A Pakistani court indicted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a third case of corruption after an official probe concluded he concealed assets abroad. More>>

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president

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Baghdad issues arrest warrant for Kurdish region's vice president for saying Iraqi troops 'occupying' disputed Kirkuk. More>>

Merkel: EU to cut aid to Turkey over democratic backsliding

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Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for cuts in European Union financial assistance aimed at reading Turkey for eventual membership given what she called a troubling direction the country has taken on democracy and rule of law. More>>

Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid

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Catalonia's separatist leader is facing an imminent deadline to withdraw a bid to secede from Spain. More>>

Russia's Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin has warned the U.S. against driving North Korea into a corner. More>>

CIA head: NKorea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo says North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities. More>>

EU leaders to May: Match Brexit promises with real proposals

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Prime Minister Theresa May is heading to a European Union summit with a solemn pledge to treat EU residents well once Britain leaves the bloc. More>>

China's conflicted goals: Freer markets, more party control

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China's ruling Communist Party is expanding its role in business even as it promises freer markets and support for entrepreneurs on the eve of President Xi Jinping's second five-year term as leader. More>>

Venezuela opposition claims evidence of tampered vote count

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Venezuela's opposition is presenting the first hard evidence of a possible tampered ballot count in Sunday's contested gubernatorial elections. More>>

US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats Video included

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Chris Allen's mysterious illness on a private 2014 visit to Havana illustrates how profoundly damaging the Cuba mystery has been for two long-estranged neighbors that only recently sought to patch up their relationship. More>>

Sons of slain journalist call for Malta leader's resignation

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The sons of slain investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia are calling for the prime minister's resignation, saying in a Facebook post that he should show political responsibility for "failing to uphold our fundamental freedoms.''. More>>

The Latest: Merkel says May's Brexit effort still not enough

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Hard-core euroskeptics in Britain's Parliament are urging Prime Minister Theresa May to walk away from European Union divorce talks unless the bloc starts discussing trade. More>>

British Film Institute strips Harvey Weinstein of high honor

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The British Film Institute says it has stripped disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of its highest honor Weinstein was awarded a BFI Fellowship in 2002 for his services to British cinema. More>>

Company seeks to build island off Alaska for Arctic drilling

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The federal government is collecting public comment on a proposal to drill in Arctic waters from an artificial island. More>>

Tillerson off to Mideast, South Asia with eye on Iran, Iraq

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe next week on a diplomatic mission focused on conflicts in Iraq and Syria and blunting Iranian influence in the region. More>>

EU pledges more help to Italy to reduce migrant arrivals

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European Union leader Donald Tusk says that the bloc has increase funding to help Italy in its efforts to keep migrants from arriving in Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea. More>>

Taliban attacks kill 58, nearly wipe out Afghan army camp

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Afghan officials say the Taliban have carried out two suicide car bombings at an army camp in the southern Kandahar province, setting of several hours of fighting and killing at least 41 soldiers. More>>

MH17 investigators appeal for information about Buk photo

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An international team investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 is appealing for information about a photograph that prosecutors believe features the Buk rocket that blew the passenger jet out of the sky. More>>

Ex-French intelligence chief testifies at terror trial

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A French ex-intelligence chief is expected to addresses failures in tracking Islamic extremists, at the trial over deadly 2012 attacks on a Jewish school and French soldiers. More>>

New Yves Saint Laurent museum opens in Marrakech

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The Yves Saint Laurent museum has opened its doors to the public in Marrakech, the Moroccan city beloved by the fashion designer, less than three weeks since the inauguration of a Paris-based museum also dedicated to him. More>>

Tourist killed by falling masonry in famous Florence church

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The news agency ANSA says a 52-year-old tourist has been killed by falling masonry in one of Florence's most famous churches. More>>

Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes to perform at MTV Europe Awards

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Pop star Demi Lovato, singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, rockers The Killers and grime artist Stormzy are set to perform at MTV's Europe Music Awards in London. More>>

The Latest: EU chief: No role for EU in Catalonia dispute

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Catalonia's leader has threatened to explicitly declare independence from Spain if no talks are offered and central authorities follow through on a threat to take control of the region's semi-autonomous powers. More>>

France committed to Iran nuclear deal despite Trump decision

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France has reaffirmed its support for the Iran nuclear deal following the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to no longer back it in its current form. More>>

Video released of Mali troops held by al-Qaida-linked group

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A video has been released that reportedly shows 11 Mali soldiers held hostage by an extremist group linked to al-Qaida. More>>

Russian opposition divided over TV host's presidential bid

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Russia's political world is embroiled in arguments over a celebrity TV host who has declared her presidential bid. More>>

The Latest: Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda

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President Vladimir Putin says Russia will adhere to a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty for as long as the U.S. sticks to it. More>>

US envoy: Hamas must disarm to join Palestinian government

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President Donald Trump's special Mideast envoy says if Hamas wants to play a role in any Palestinian government it must renounce violence and commit to peaceful negotiations with Israel. More>>

CEO of Goldman Sachs hints at further Brexit move

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The CEO of Goldman Sachs has hinted the banking giant could be sending more jobs from London to Frankfurt following Britain's exit from the European. More>>

A few militants fight on in Philippine city ripped to shreds Video included

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The Philippine military says a top Malaysian militant is believed to be among 13 Islamic State group-linked fighters killed overnight in clashes in Marawi. More>>

Kurdish female militia vows to keep fighting IS militants

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A Kurdish female militia that took part in freeing the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State group says it will continue the fight to liberate women living under the extremist group's brutal rule. More>>

French protest labor changes but fewer take to the streets

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The number of French protesters appears to be falling on the third day of union-backed, nationwide demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron's divisive labor reforms. More>>

Convicted war criminal to teach at Serbia's military academy

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Serbia's defense minister says a former general convicted for war crimes and other Serb commanders who took part in a bloody crackdown against Kosovo's Albanians in the 1990s will be invited to teach at the Balkan country's military academy. More>>

The Latest: White House envoy arrives in Egypt

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An Israeli anti-settlement monitoring group says Israel has advanced plans this week to build nearly 3,000 new homes in the West Bank _ eclipsing the number of homes that were approved during all of last year. More>>

Pakistan's ex-premier Sharif indicted on corruption charges

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Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from leaked documents known as the Panama Papers. More>>

Rights group chides Poland for 'harassment' of protesters

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Amnesty International has issued a report alleging that Poland's authorities have used surveillance, prosecutions and harassment _ and excessive force in rare cases _ against peaceful anti-government protesters since 2016. More>>

2 arrested in northern Greece on Macedonian wiretap charges

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Greek authorities say they have arrested two men at an airport in northern Greece who are wanted in neighboring Macedonia on charges related to an illegal wiretapping scandal. More>>

Tanzania arrests 12 suspected of promoting homosexuality

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Tanzanian police say they are holding 12 men, including two South Africans, for questioning over allegations of promoting homosexuality in this East African country. More>>

Kenya police disperse demonstrators despite court order

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A witness says police used tear gas and fired rifles to disperse demonstrators preparing to protest police killings of opposition supporters. More>>

Marburg hemorrhagic fever kills 1 person in Uganda

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Uganda's health minister says 1 person has recently died Marburg, a highly infectious disease that, like Ebola, manifests as a viral hemorrhagic fever. More>>

UK probes alleged money laundering link to South Africa

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UK authorities are investigating allegations that British banks inadvertently acted as conduits for money laundering linked to corruption in South Africa. More>>

Turkey seeks Nigeria's support against US-based cleric

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged Turkish cooperation in Nigeria's fight against Boko Haram. More>>

London Stock Exchange chief to step down at end of 2018

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The London Stock Exchange has announced that its chief executive plans to step down by the end of 2018. More>>

California education firm Chegg buys Berlin math app startup

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Two Berlin math wizards have solved a problem that confounds many a startup company in the German capital: how to build a popular product and sell it for profit within just a few years. More>>

Ardern to lead New Zealand liberal government

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Jacinda Ardern will be New Zealand's next prime minister after a small political party chose to make a deal with liberals following the nation's election nearly a month ago. More>>

Albanian police seize 4 tons of cannabis and arrest 3

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Albanian authorities say they have seized four metric tons of cannabis sativa in the south. More>>

Rejected Ghanaian asylum-seeker convicted of rape in Germany

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A Ghanaian man has been convicted of the rape of a camper in Germany. More>>

Grace Mugabe goes to court over diamond ring

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The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has gone to court in an attempt to seize assets of a Lebanese businessman who allegedly failed to deliver a diamond ring worth more than $1.35 million dollars to her. More>>

French actress Danielle Darrieux has died aged 100

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Beloved French actress Danielle Darrieux has died at age 100. More>>

The Latest: Ardern says its 'honor and a privilege' to lead

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Jacinda Ardern will be New Zealand's next prime minister after a small political party chose to make a deal with liberals following the nation's election nearly a month ago. More>>

Hangman's job in Zimbabwe gets 'flood' of applications

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The job of hangman used to be unpopular in Zimbabwe, but more than 50 people are now applying to be state executioner in a country where employment is hard to find. More>>

Under fire, Trump defends call to soldier's grieving family Video included

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Trump and the new politics of honoring families of the fallen. More>>

5 things to know about China's twice-a-decade party congress

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Much of it will be held behind closed doors, but journalists and academics _ and more than a billion Chinese citizens _ will be closely watching for hints signaling change at this week's twice-every-decade congress of China's ruling Communist Party. More>>

Turkey could close border with Iraqi Kurds 'at any moment'

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Turkey's president says the country could close its border with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region "at any moment" as a further reprisal for it holding a non-binding referendum on independence last month. More>>

Monument of love, the Taj Mahal, at heart of political storm

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The white marble monument of love, the Taj Mahal, is at the heart of a political storm, with some members of India's ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor does not reflect Indian culture. More>>

Fire rips through luxury Myanmar hotel, 1 body recovered

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A fire has nearly destroyed a luxury teakwood hotel popular with foreigners in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon, causing at least 1 death. More>>

UN, US failed to prevent 'ethnic cleansing' in South Sudan

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Despite warnings from officials and pleas from residents, UN, US failed to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan, especially in the Yei region. More>>

US-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out IS Video included

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Spokesman: US-backed forces removing land mines, clearing roads in Raqqa, a day after taking it from IS. More>>

Quebec lawmakers pass law obliging citizens to uncover faces

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Legislators in Canada's Quebec province have passed a religious neutrality bill that will oblige citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving state services, triggering criticism that the law targets Muslim women. More>>

Bootleg Libyan oil, shady havens: Slain reporter's beats

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On tiny Malta, slain reporter had no shortage of international intrigue to probe. More>>

Gord Downie, lead singer of The Tragically Hip, has died

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Gord Downie, the revered lead singer and songwriter of iconic Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, has died. More>>

Russian TV star Sobchak declares her presidential bid

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Famous Russian TV host Ksenia Sobchak has declared herself a candidate for Russia's presidential race. More>>

Hungary: Police search Scientology center in Budapest

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Hungarian police say they are carrying out a search at the Church of Scientology's main center in Budapest. More>>

EU unveils measures to tackle low-tech attacks

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The EU is unveiling new measures to help counter lone-wolf attacks following a spate of killings in major cities by extremists driving vehicles into crowds of people. More>>

Harry Potter exhibit marks 20th anniversary of first book

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A new British Library exhibition is tracing the history of magic to mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.''. More>>

Thousands march over 'Somalia's 9/11;' attack details emerge

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Thousands in Somalia's capital march in defiance after country's deadliest attack. More>>

Hungary summons US diplomat over negative comments on media

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Hungary's foreign ministry says it has summoned the top United States diplomat in Hungary over comments he made about the country's "negative trends" for press freedom. More>>

Mother's testimony at France terror trial angers relatives

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Relatives of Jewish schoolchildren, soldiers killed by a French extremist outraged by mother's testimony during complicity trial. More>>

Judge: Newest travel ban 'same maladies' as previous version

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A U.S. judge has blocked the third version of a travel ban issued by President Donald Trump this year. More>>

Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospital

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Former hostage Joshua Boyle says his wife had to be rushed to the hospital and remains there. More>>

5 dead in Ukraine after vehicle plows into sidewalk crowd

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Ukrainian police say five people are dead after a vehicle plowed into a crowd on a sidewalk in the city of Kharkiv. More>>

Orthodox Christians try to halt play, clash with police

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Greek riot police have used batons to stop an attempted theater invasion by monks, priests and other Orthodox Christian protesting against what they claim is a blasphemous play. More>>

Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against 'grim' challenges

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its national congress on Wednesday. More>>

As congressional investigations wear on, some eye a finish

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As congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections wear on in the Capitol, some lawmakers are starting to wonder when _ and how _ the probes will end. More>>

Provocative sculpture rejected by Louvre finds new home

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A huge abstract sculpture deemed too obscene for the regal gardens of the Louvre Museum has found a new home at Paris' edgier Pompidou Center. More>>

Tillerson: US seeks accountability for Myanmar abuses

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is condemning reported atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and he says those responsible _ perhaps the country's military _ will be held accountable. More>>

Portuguese minister resigns over 106 wildfire deaths

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The Portuguese government minister in charge of emergency services has resigned after 106 people were killed in wildfires this year. More>>

Kidnapped Italian priest released in Nigeria with 2 others

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Italy's foreign minister says that an Italian priest kidnapped last week in Nigeria has been freed, and is in good shape. More>>

Kenya vote chief says 'difficult' to have credible election

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A Kenyan electoral commissioner has announced her resignation and says the presidential vote scheduled for Oct. 26 cannot credibly proceed as planned. More>>

Turkey's top diplomat won't buckle to US 'impositions'

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Turkey's foreign minister says the country won't buckle under U.S. "impositions" as officials from both countries held discussions to try and resolve a dispute over visas. More>>

The Latest: Somalia leader urges fractured nation to unite

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The Latest: 2 arrested in connection with Somalia bombing that killed more than 300, officials say. More>>

US allies air concerns about Trump's 'Buy American' order

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China and Taiwan joined many U.S. allies including Israel at the World Trade Organization to express concerns over a Trump administration executive order that seeks to maximize use of American-made goods, products and materials in government procurement. More>>

Berlusconi backs autonomy referendums in 2 Italian regions

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Silvio Berlusconi has thrown his political weight behind a referendum on autonomy in his native Lombard region, but said he is not sure whether or not he can vote himself. More>>

France: Security law that replaces state of emergency passes

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France's Parliament has adopted a sweeping counterterrorism law that replaces a 2-year-old state of emergency and is meant to give police more tools to fight violent extremism. More>>

German parties meet for initial talks on forming coalition

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting members of three smaller political parties to sound out their red lines before formal talks on forging a coalition government. More>>

Pink diamond that was a French crown jewel to be auctioned

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Christie's says it will put under the hammer a legendary 19-carat pink diamond that once belonged to French rulers including King Louis XIV and Emperor Napoleon for the first time in 130 years. More>>

UN judges to deliver verdicts next month in Mladic trial

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A U.N. war crimes tribunal will deliver its verdicts next month in the long-running trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic. More>>

The Latest: Kenya protesters attack election training site

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The Latest: Kenya election chief says 'difficult' to guarantee credible election. More>>

Berlusconi stumps for referendums in 2 Italian regions

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Silvio Berlusconi has thrown his political weight behind a referendum on autonomy in his native Lombard region, but said he is not sure whether or not he can vote himself. More>>

Spanish premier urges Catalan secession leaders to back down

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Some 50 Spanish and Catalan party lawmakers have held up posters in parliament demanding the release of two pro-Catalonia independence movement leaders, describing them as political prisoners. More>>

The Latest: Catalan official rules out holding new election

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called on party colleagues of Catalonia's pro-independence president to convince him to back down on the region's push for independence from Spain. More>>

Diplomats from US, S. Korea, Japan discuss N. Korean threat

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Diplomats from the United States, South Korea and Japan are meeting in Seoul to discuss policy responses to North Korea's accelerating efforts to expand its nuclear weapons program. More>>

Dutch company AkzoNobel profit falls 24 pct in tough market

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Dutch paints and chemicals company AkzoNobel says its net profit fell by 24 percent in the third quarter to 216 million euros ($254 million) as higher raw material costs and unfavorable exchange rates cancelled out a slight rise in revenue. More>>

Swedish police station damaged in explosion, no injuries

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Swedish authorities say a powerful explosion outside a police station in southern Sweden has caused significant damage to the building. More>>

Bosnian Serbs pass resolution against NATO membership

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Lawmakers of Bosnia's Serb-run part pass declaration against country's potential NATO membership. More>>

Pope deplores Somalia bombing that killed over 300

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Pope Francis has deplored the Somalia bombing that killed more than 300 people. More>>

German police conduct series of raids on Hells Angels

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More than 700 German police raided buildings used by a local chapter of the Hells Angels biker gang near the western city of Duesseldorf after state authorities banned the group on suspicion it was engaged in a wide range of criminal activity. More>>

Amnesty: Myanmar army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya Video included

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Thousands more Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh where more than half a million others are already living in camps to escape large-scale violence. More>>

Catalans protest sedition case, court declares vote illegal

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Spain's northeastern Catalonia is bracing itself for a fresh round of protests after two leaders of the region's powerful pro-independence movement were jailed in a sedition probe. More>>

The Latest: Tibetan group protests at China Embassy in India

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President Xi Jinping has called for China's ruling Communist Party to step up technology development, an area in which Beijing faces complaints it encourages theft of foreign know-how. More>>

Iraqi gov't assumes control after Kurds leave disputed areas

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Iraq's Kurdish fighters have lost more territory in Iraq, a day after Iraqi forces pushed them out of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. More>>

Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospital

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Former hostage Joshua Boyle says his wife Caitlan had to be rushed to the hospital and remains there. More>>

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