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Author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann shot in Kenya

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Novelist and conservationist Kuki Gallman shot in Kenya as suspicion falls on herders. More>>

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France's next leader: centrist Macron vs. far-right Le Pen

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French voters have begun casting ballots for the presidential election in a tense first-round poll that's seen as a test for the spread of populism around the world. More>>

On Holocaust day, Netanyahu says its lessons guide him

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Israel is marking its annual Holocaust remembrance day in memory of the 6 million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II. More>>

The Latest: French results show Le Pen, Macron neck-and-neck

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Candidates in France's presidential election have started to cast their votes. More>>

Iranian candidate says nuclear deal failed to lift sanctions

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An Iranian presidential candidate says the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers has failed to lift sanctions or improve the country's economy. More>>

Unconventional Macron faces unprecedented challenge

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French centrist Emmanuel Macron faces an unprecedented challenge in his quest for the French presidency: A newcomer to politics, he was virtually unknown to most of his countrymen just three years ago. More>>

11 candidates vie for French presidency in high-stakes race

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From far left to far right, young to old, 11 candidates are vying for France's presidency in an election that is being watched as an indicator of populism's global appeal. More>>

AP Explains: How Kenya's drought has turned into violence

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AP Explains: How Kenya's drought has turned into deadly violence over land invasions. More>>

Corpses being sent home for burial after Taliban attack

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Dozens of corpses are being sent to different provinces around the country for burial two days after a Taliban attack on a northern Afghanistan army base left at least 100 soldiers and others dead or wounded. More>>

Report: Anti-Semitism rises, but violence against Jews falls

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A report released by Israeli researchers says violent attacks on Jews dropped for a second straight year in 2016, while other forms of anti-Semitism are on the rise worldwide, particularly on U.S. campuses. More>>

Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it

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The revered Icelandic language, seen by many as a source of identity and pride, is being undermined by the widespread use of English both for mass tourism and in the voice-controlled artificial intelligence devices coming into vogue. More>>

American monitor killed in Ukraine when mine hits vehicle

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A member of the OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine has died and two others were injured after their vehicle was blown up by a mine in the Luhansk region. More>>

Advocates fan out in global show of support for science

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Thousands of people are expected to attend March for Science events around the world to promote the understanding of science as well as defending it from various attacks, including U.S. government budget cuts. More>>

US officials say pirates have returned to waters off Somalia

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has arrived in Djibouti to bolster ties with the tiny and impoverished African country that's home to an important base for U.S. counterterrorism forces, including drones. More>>

Roadside bomb in Somalia kills 8 soldiers, police say

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Roadside bomb in Somalia's Puntland kills 8 soldiers, police say. More>>

Ceremonies mark liberation of 2 Nazi camps 72 years ago

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Holocaust survivors and officials have gathered at the memorial sites of the former concentration camps Bergen-Belsen in northern Germany and Sachsenhausen north of Berlin to commemorate the liberation of the camps 72 years ago. More>>

Saudi king names son as US envoy as ties boosted with Trump

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman has named one of his sons, an air force pilot who has taken part in coalition strikes against the Islamic State group, as the kingdom's new ambassador to the U.S. More>>

German nationalists elect top duo for general election

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Germany's nationalist Alternative for Germany party has elected two new top candidates for the September general election, after the party's best-known politician said last week she wouldn't be available. More>>

Sicily prosecutor probes possible NGOs-smuggler 'contacts'

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A prosecutor in Sicily says an investigation has found evidence of contacts between some NGO boats rescuing migrants off Libya and human smugglers. More>>

The Latest: Thousands join global rallies for science

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The March for Science has attracted several thousand people in Berlin, and those supporters of sciences have walked from one of the city's universities to the Brandenburg Gate. More>>

As orbit becomes more crowded, risk from space debris grows

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Experts consider decades' worth of man-made junk that is cluttering up Earth's orbit, posing a threat to spaceflight and the satellites we rely on for weather reports, air travel and global communications. More>>

American, Russian cheered as they reach Intl Space Station

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A Soyuz space capsule has blasted off for the International Space Station, carrying an American astronaut making his first space flight and a veteran Russian cosmonaut. More>>

Afghan officials: 100 casualties in Afghanistan attack

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An Afghan official says more than 100 army personnel have been killed or wounded after gunmen wearing army uniforms stormed a military compound in Balkh province. More>>

Renowned Soviet avant-garde art collection comes to Moscow

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A renowned collection of Soviet avant-garde art from a museum in Uzbekistan has gone on display at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. More>>

Ryan: Russian election meddling probe will help US allies

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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says one of the reasons the U.S. Congress has launched a thorough investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election is to "prevent the same kind of thing happening" to its NATO and other allies. More>>

Social media timeout as French election reaches final stage

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The final hours of many electoral campaigns are frantic affairs, dominated by last-minute pitches, late-breaking polls and massive social media campaigns aimed at drumming up turnout. More>>

Venezuelans march in memory of those killed in unrest

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Thousands of Venezuelans dressed in white are marching in a silent protest paying homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed. More>>

Pope comforts sister of French priest slain by extremists

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Pope Francis has comforted the sister of an elderly French priest who was slain by Islamic militants in a church in Normandy as the pontiff paid tribute to the courage of modern-day Christian martyrs. More>>

Opposition: Missiles knock out hospital in Syria's north

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An opposition war monitor and media platform say airstrikes have knocked out a medical center in Syria's rebel-held northern province. More>>

Security tight as France prepares for presidential vote

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Voters waking up in some French overseas territories are preparing to vote first in France's unpredictable presidential election _ one day earlier than in the mainland. More>>

Chinese jihadis' rise in Syria raises concerns at home

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Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organized, battled-hardened and have played instrumental roles in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad. More>>

The Latest: Venezuelan protesters cross into western Caracas

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For the first time in three weeks of protest, demonstrators in Venezuela have crossed from the wealthier eastern side of the nation's capital to the west without encountering resistance from state security. More>>

The Latest: French campaigns halt prior to presidential vote

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The final hours of many election campaigns are frantic affairs, dominated by last-minute pitches, late-breaking polls and social media campaigns. More>>

Croatia anti-fascists, Serbs gather at WWII death camp site

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Croatian anti-fascists and Serb minority groups have held a commemoration ceremony at the site of a notorious World War II death camp, boycotting the official event over alleged government inaction to curb the surge of neo-Nazi sentiment in the country. More>>

Divisions, protests erupt at German nationalist convention

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Germany's best-known nationalist politician calls on members of the Alternative for Germany to endorse her more pragmatic course instead of turning the party into a "fundamental opposition.". More>>

Ferry slams into breakwater in Canary Islands, 13 injured

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Spanish authorities say a large ferry slammed bow-first into a breakwater in the Canary Islands, injuring 13 passengers. More>>

Russian soldier killed by knife attack in Armenian city

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A Russian soldier serving at a base in Armenia has been killed in a knife attack. More>>

Pence embraces US-Australia partnership after Trump spat

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Vice President Mike Pence and Australia's prime minister have brushed off any lingering hostility over a contentious refugee deal and joined forces Saturday to urge China to take a greater role in pressuring North Korea to drop its nuclear weapons program. More>>

Humor, sarcasm at Hungarian anti-govt protest in Budapest

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Thousands of Hungarians are attending a "peace march for the government and for Russia and against everything else" organized by the satiric Two-Tailed Dog Party. More>>

Lebanon army kills wanted IS militant in raid

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Lebanon's army says it has killed a Syrian Islamic militant fighter during a raid in the country's east. More>>

Turkey's justice minister: Time to contest vote results over

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Turkey's justice minister has slammed the main opposition party for contesting the outcome of Sunday's referendum on expanding presidential powers and said there is no judicial path to reverse the ruling. More>>

China launches its 1st unmanned cargo spacecraft

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Preparations are underway for the launch of China's first unmanned cargo spacecraft on a mission to dock with the country's space station. More>>

Champs-Elysees gunman had long criminal record, praised IS Video included

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France began picking itself up from another attack claimed by the Islamic State group, with Hollande calling together his security council and with his would-be successors treading carefully before the election this weekend. More>>

Police arrest man with knife at Paris' Gare du Nord station

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A man with a knife has been arrested by police at Paris' Gare du Nord station, sending a brief ripple of concern over social media a day before the French presidential vote. More>>

Venezuela opposition boss asks Wall Street to cut off Maduro

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The leader of Venezuela's rebellious congress has a message for the world's capitalists: Think twice before signing another check to President Nicolas Maduro's government. More>>

The Latest: Far-left candidate goes on with final event

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French officials say the two police officers injured on the Champs-Elysees by a gunman who killed one of their colleagues are both out of danger. More>>

Spanish police arrest suspect from Egypt with German help

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Spanish police say they have arrested a 43-year-old Egyptian man for allegedly belonging to an international terror organization. More>>

Queen Elizabeth II turns 91 with day at the horse races

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Britain marked Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday on Friday with gun salutes, as the monarch celebrated quietly at home. More>>

2 teens die in April avalanche in western Romania

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Romanian authorities say two teenagers have died in an avalanche in western Romania after the country was hit by a blast of wintry weather in recent days. More>>

Pyongyang drivers scramble as gas stations limit services

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Car users in Pyongyang are scrambling to fill up their tanks as gas stations limit services and close their gates amid concerns of a possible shortage. More>>

20 children killed when minibus hits truck in South Africa

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20 children killed when minibus hits truck in South Africa; many trapped inside during fire. More>>

Venezuela officials say at least 12 people killed overnight

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Venezuela's energized opposition is planning sit-ins, silent marches to commemorate the dead and other nontraditional protests as it tries to build on the momentum of recent street demonstrations against socialist President Nicolas Maduro. More>>

Police officer killed in Paris was on duty at Bataclan

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The Paris police officer who was shot to death while at work on the French capital's most famous boulevard had seen first-hand the horror that could be carried out in the name of the Islamic State group. More>>

26 hostages, including Qatar royals, freed in bargain

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Two Iraqi officials say that 26 hostages, including members of Qatar's ruling family, have been released after 16 months in captivity in Iraq. More>>

Germany: Suspect bet against Dortmund then bombed its bus

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Prosecutors say a 28-year-old German-Russian citizen has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out the bomb attack against a bus carrying members of the Borussia Dortmund soccer team. More>>

Pence reaffirms US-Australia alliance after Trump spat

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Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Australia on a mission to reassure a key partner more than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the country's prime minister. More>>

Jordan rejects Assad claim it plans to send troops to Syria

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Jordan's government spokesman has rejected as "baseless" claims that the kingdom plans to deploy troops in neighboring Syria in coordination with the United States. More>>

The Latest: Pence says US will honor refugee deal

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Sydney for a weekend visit that will include meetings with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other top officials. More>>

The Latest: Peru's leader criticizes turmoil in Venezuela

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Authorities in Venezuela say 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in the South American nation's capital amid a spiraling political crisis. More>>

Delicate bargain frees 26 hostages, including Qatar royals

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Iraqi officials: 26 hostages, including members of Qatar's ruling family, released after 16 months in captivity in Iraq. More>>

The Latest: US, Russia discuss Syria chemical weapons probe

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Syrian President Bashar Assad says he is not considering asking Russia to send in the troops to help the government fight the Islamic State group. More>>

Lavrov speaks to Tillerson about Syria chemical attack

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Russia regrets U.S. opposition to Russian inspectors taking part in an investigation into a chemical weapons attack in Syria. More>>

AP Explains: How suspected bus bomber hoped to make millions

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The man who bombed the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team allegedly hoped to make money off an expected slump in the team's share price by using a financial trade called a "put option.". More>>

Ontario police arrest 100 men in child prostitution case

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Police north of Toronto say more than 100 men have been arrested for allegedly "purchasing prostituted children.". More>>

3 Pakistani women confess to killing man over blasphemy

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Police say three female friends in a rare incident have confessed to killing a man for insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad days after he returned from living in hiding abroad for 13 years. More>>

UK aims for first coal-less day since Industrial Revolution

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Britain's National Grid says that Friday may be the first day since the age of fossil fuel began in which the nation refrains from using electricity generated from coal. More>>

London library makes World War II war crimes searches easier

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The Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust & Genocide in London is making the U.N.'s files on World War II war crimes more accessible by allowing the general public to search an online catalog of the documents for the first time beginning Friday. More>>

Venezuela officials: 12 dead in overnight violence

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Authorities in Venezuela say 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in the South American nation's capital amid a spiraling political crisis. More>>

11 candidates vie for French presidency in high-stakes race

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From far left to far right, young to old, 11 candidates are vying for France's presidency in an election that is being watched as an indicator of populism's global appeal. More>>

Lebanese PM criticizes Hezbollah press tour on Israel border

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Lebanon's prime minister has paid a visit to south Lebanon, a day after Hezbollah organized a tour for journalists along the Lebanon-Israel border. More>>

Italy gives first of 10 boats to Libya for migrant rescues

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Italy is giving the Libyan coast guard boats and training in hopes more migrants will be rescued in Libyan waters and not reach Italian shores. More>>

Masked men attack activists in Israeli rights group clip

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Footage filmed by an Israeli human rights group shows what it says are a group of masked settlers attacking activists assisting Palestinians in the West Bank. More>>

In Syria, first phase of population transfer concludes

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Syrian state TV says troubled population transfers involving thousands resume after stalling for days. More>>

2 earthquakes hit western Turkey, cause panic in the streets

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Turkey says two earthquakes, both with preliminary magnitudes of 4.9, have shaken the western Turkish province of Manisa. More>>

Spain grants citizenship to Venezuelan govt critic

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The government says it has granted Spanish nationality to the editor of Venezuela's El Nacional newspaper because of the political persecution it said he was subjected to in his country. More>>

By the numbers: Facts and figures about Queen Elizabeth II

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By the numbers: Facts and figures about Queen Elizabeth II. More>>

Young man is 9th fatality in Venezuela protests this month

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Authorities in Venezuela say a young man has been shot and killed in a street protest, becoming the ninth person die this month during demonstrations in the South American country. More>>

Turkish opposition challenges presidential powers vote

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Days after the election authority rejected its request to annul the referendum on boosting the president's powers, Turkey's main opposition says it will apply to the country's highest administrative court. More>>

Correction: Monaco-Flying Car story

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A Slovakian company called AeroMobil unveiled on Thursday its version of a flying car, a light frame plane whose wings can fold back, like an insect, and is boosted by a hybrid engine and rear propeller. More>>

Hungary: Opposition seeks repeal of law about US university

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Opposition lawmakers are asking the Constitutional Court to repeal a law they say targets Central European University, founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros. More>>

In wake of tense Trump call, Pence aims to soothe Australia

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Vice President Mike Pence will be working to smooth over any lingering hard feelings with Australia more than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the country's prime minister. More>>

A look at extremist attacks in France in the past few years

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A look at extremist attacks in France in the past few years. More>>

The Latest: Dortmund bus attack suspect bet against the team

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German prosecutors say the 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attacking the Borussia Dortmund team bus had taken out a five-figure loan to bet on a drop in the clubs' stock. More>>

South Africa painting has Mandela, Zuma in apparent sex act

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Outrage as South African painting shows Mandela, president in apparent sex act. More>>

After sex video, S. Korea accused of targeting gay soldiers

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A human rights group is accusing South Korea's army of hunting down and prosecuting gay servicemen after a sex video between two male soldiers appeared was posted on the internet earlier this year. More>>

Drift analysis says MH370 likely crashed north of search

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Analysis of a genuine Boeing 777 wing flap has reaffirmed experts' opinion that a missing Malaysian airliner most likely crashed north of an abandoned search area in the Indian Ocean. More>>

7 dead when electrical wire falls on Nigerian gathering

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7 dead when electrical wire falls on Nigerian gathering, police say; residents say toll higher. More>>

Nervous about China, Southeast Asia gets Trump's attention Video included

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Vice President Mike Pence is meeting Indonesia's president and other top officials in Jakarta with trade and commercial disputes expected to be on the agenda. More>>

Supreme Court bans Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

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Russia's Supreme Court has banned the Jehovah's Witnesses from operating in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group. More>>

The Latest: Champs-Elysees reopening after gun attack Video included

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Paris police and soldiers have sealed off the area around the Champs-Elysees after an attack on police, ordering tourists back into their hotels and blocking people from approaching the scene. More>>

After sex video, S. Korea accused of targeting gay soldiers

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A human rights group is accusing South Korea's army of hunting down and prosecuting gay servicemen after a sex video between two male soldiers appeared was posted on the internet earlier this year. More>>

Italian court finds link between cell phone use and tumor

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A longtime Telecom Italia employee has been awarded monthly social security payments after a court found that his brain tumor was caused by improper use of a company-issued cellphone. More>>

Iran approves 6 to run for president, but Ahmadinejad is out

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Iranian state media says the Guardian Council has vetted candidates for next month's presidential election and will forward the final list to the Interior Ministry. More>>

Hezbollah border tour offers a glimpse of possible war ahead

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Hezbollah takes reporters on a tour of the Lebanese-Israeli border for the first time since the 2006 war to show preparations on the Israeli side for what many fear could be a far bloodier _ and perhaps inevitable _ round of fighting. More>>

Paris police shot on Champs-Elysees; IS group claims attack Video included

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Paris police are warning people to avoid the area around the French capital's grand Champs-Elysees. More>>

Amos Oz, David Grossman among Intl Booker Prize nominees.

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Two of Israel's most renowned authors and an Argentine first-time novelist are among six finalists for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction. More>>

The Latest: US, Indonesia companies sign investment deals

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Vice President Mike Pence has reaffirmed the importance what he says is the strategic partnership between the United States and the world's most populous Muslim nation Indonesia. More>>

GM quits Venezuela after government seizes its factory Video included

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Venezuela's opposition is looking to keep up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro by taking to the streets again Thursday hours after two people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years. More>>

The Latest: Latin America nations condemn Venezuela violence

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General Motors has stopped doing business in Venezuela after authorities took control of its only factory there in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets. More>>

Topsy-turvy French election still has surprises in store

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A French presidential campaign that's been filled with unprecedented twists and turns still has surprises in store heading into Sunday's first-round vote. More>>

Who stashed gold inside a British piano? It's a mystery

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British officials say they have been unable to trace the rightful heirs to a trove of gold coins found stashed inside a piano and worth a "life-changing" amount of money. More>>

Ontario brings in foreign housing tax to cool Toronto market

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Non-resident foreign nationals buying real estate in Toronto and surrounding areas will pay an additional property transfer tax of 15 percent under legislation proposed by the Ontario, Canada government. More>>

In Zimbabwe, boys are offered boxing instead of despair

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In Zimbabwe, where unemployment is rife and the young are increasingly taking to drugs and alcohol, a former boxing champion hopes a makeshift ring will keep some boys off the streets. More>>

AP Explains: Why are protests rocking Venezuela now?

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AP Explains: Why are protests rocking Venezuela now?. More>>

Slain St. Petersburg journalist had reported attacks before

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A Russian newspaper editor says the prominent journalist who died on Wednesday after being attacked had been previously targeted for his work. More>>

The Latest: French candidate on EU: We change it or we leave

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French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has had a phone call with former U.S. President Barack Obama. More>>

EX-UKIP leader Farage says he won't run in UK election

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Former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, Britain's best-known exponent of Brexit, says he won't run for Parliament in June's election. More>>

UN strongly condemns North Korean missile launch after delay

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The UN Security Council has issued a strongly condemnation of the latest North Korean missile launch after the U.S. agreed to Russia's request to include a call for "dialogue" with Pyongyang in the text. More>>

Syrian population transfer stalls over prisoner exchange

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The U.N.'s chief humanitarian adviser for Syria says aid agencies have been able to reach fewer besieged people with relief this year compared to the same period last year. More>>

Kosovo citizen indicted for alleged war crimes in 1999

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Kosovo prosecutors have accused a citizen of war crimes during the 1998-99 war against Serbia. More>>

The Latest: Syria formally asks UN to probe chemical attack

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The Russian military is questioning the conclusions by the international chemical weapons watchdog that victims of the April 4 suspected chemical attack in Syria were exposed to sarin or a similar toxin. More>>

Spanish royal visit to UK to shift due to early election

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A Spanish royal visit to Britain will need to be rescheduled as a result of Britain's early election on June 8. More>>

Turkey's Erdogan says he's set to meet Trump in Washington

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is set to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on May 16 or May 17. NTV television quoted Erdogan on Thursday discussing the visit. More>>

South Sudan fighting forces 100,000 to flee, says UN report

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The United Nations says a South Sudanese government offensive in the Jonglei region has displaced roughly 100,000 civilians, causing aid workers to relocate from an area that has dire humanitarian problems. More>>

Europe struggles with unseasonable weather, cold and hot

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Europe is facing both unseasonably cold and unseasonably hot weather. More>>

AP Interview: Emirates won't withdraw from US cities

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The president of Emirates says the Mideast airline remains committed to the U.S. market despite plans to slash 20 percent of its flights in the wake of tougher U.S. security and visa measures. More>>

US ends hunt for Joseph Kony as top rebels 'off battlefield'

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The head of U.S. armed forces in Africa says the force is ending its mission against Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army because the senior leadership of the rebel group has been "taken off the battlefield.". More>>

France's 11 presidential hopefuls stake out positions on TV

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The 11 men and women hoping to be France's next president are appearing on national television seeking to sway voters in the nail-biting, unpredictable election campaign. More>>

US weighs giving Saudis more military aid for Yemen efforts

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US officials say Washington is looking for ways to boost its military support to a Saudi-led campaign against Shiite rebel forces in Yemen. More>>

France promises proof Assad regime behind chemical attack

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France says it will provide proof within days that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad carried out the April 4 chemical attack in Syria that killed at least 90 people. More>>

Drought-hit Somalia moves closer to famine, says aid group

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The international aid group Save the Children says life-threatening child malnutrition rates are rising to alarming levels in drought-hit Somalia. More>>

Kremlin: No reason to believe gays abused in Chechnya

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Vladimir Putin's spokesman says the Russian president has no reason to disbelieve the Chechen leader's assurances that reports of detentions and killings of gay men in Chechnya have no basis in fact. More>>

Pope sets May 13 as canonization date for Fatima siblings

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Pope Francis has confirmed he will use his upcoming visit to the Portuguese shrine at Fatima to canonize two Portuguese shepherd children who say they saw visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago. More>>

Good Samaritan's killer deported to Serbia from Germany

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Germany has deported a 22-year-old Serbian man convicted of killing a German-Turkish woman after she confronted him for harassing two young women at a McDonald's in a case that drew national attention. More>>

Watchdog says Yemen rebel land mines killed, maimed hundreds

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Human Rights Watch says Yemen's Shiite rebels have extensively used land mines that have maimed hundreds since conflict started. More>>

Indonesia prosecutors seek 2 years probation for Jakarta gov

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Prosecutors are recommending two years of probation for the minority Christian governor of the Indonesian capital who is on trial for blaspheming the Quran. More>>

China says Interpol notice issued for outspoken tycoon Guo

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A billionaire who publicly threatened to expose high-level corruption in China's ruling Communist Party was named in an Interpol arrest notice before he appeared on a U.S. broadcaster, which abruptly cut the interview. More>>

Scientists say 'alien' fungus threatens European salamanders

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Scientists say Europe's salamanders could be decimated by an alien invader that has already wreaked havoc in some parts of the continent. More>>

Israeli defense officials: Assad still has chemical weapons

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Senior Israeli defense officials say that Syria's Assad still has up to 3 tons of chemical weapons. More>>

French presidential hopefuls wrap up campaigns in tight race

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French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says all the presidential contenders _ and all French people _ are potential attack targets. More>>

Back to the ballot box: UK lawmakers approve June 8 election

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May has defended her decision to seek a snap election. More>>

VP Pence meets Indonesian president on Asia tour Video included

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Vice President Mike Pence is meeting Indonesia's president and other top officials in Jakarta with trade and commercial disputes expected to be on the agenda. More>>

Emirates cuts US flights, blaming Trump administration curbs

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Mideast's biggest airline reduces flights to US after demand drops following tougher US security measures. More>>

Nation by nation, how Trump has shaken up Koreas, neighbors

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No matter whether Trump succeeds at getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons and missile programs, his actions, comments and tweets have changed how the region views the long-running conflict. More>>

2 killed amid massive anti-government marches in Venezuela

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Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are preparing to take to the streets in what they've dubbed the "mother of all marches" against Venezuela's embattled socialist leader. More>>

Haiti to rebuild National Palace smashed in 2010 earthquake

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Haitian authorities say they will rebuild the country's National Palace to resemble the iconic 90-year-old structure that was smashed during the country's 2010 earthquake. More>>

UN court rejects Ukraine request to block rebel funding

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The International Court of Justice is set to rule on Ukraine's request for orders to Russia to stop funding and arming pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine and to end discrimination against minorities in Crimea. More>>

Captured Mexican ex-governor appears in Guatemala court

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A Mexican former governor wanted on corruption charges is appearing before a Guatemalan court that will consider his possible extradition. More>>

Mission to pursue African warlord Kony is declared over

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Uganda declares end to mission to pursue warlord Kony, who remains at large. More>>

Trump to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on May 3

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President Donald Trump will welcome Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS') next month. More>>

UN council accredits religious rights group stalled by panel

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The Economic and Social Council has overturned a UN committee's decision and voted to grant accreditation to the organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide which promotes religious freedom in over 20 countries. More>>

The Latest: US official expresses concern over Venezuela

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Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called on Venezuelans to take to the streets for what they've dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled socialist leader. More>>

The Latest: Police, protesters clash ahead of Le Pen rally

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French Socialist presidential candidate Benoit Hamon is holding a rally and concert in Paris four days before a vote likely to devastate his once-powerful party. More>>

Russian journalist dies after attack in St. Petersburg

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A prominent Russian journalist has died of his injuries six weeks after being attacked in St. Petersburg. More>>

Prince William speaks with Lady Gaga on mental health

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Prince William has brought Lady Gaga on board with in his efforts to persuade people to be more open about their mental health and crush the stigma associated with the issue. More>>

EU's Tusk questioned for hours in Polish investigation

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Supporters of Donald Tusk, president of the European Council and a former Polish prime minister, have rallied at train stations as he prepares to testify in an investigation into an alleged secret deal between Polish and Russian intelligence officials. More>>

US VP Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready' Video included

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US Vice President Mike Pence issued another warning to North Korea over its latest failed missile launch, telling sailors in Japan that the US would bring 'an overwhelming and effective' response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons. More>>

The Latest: Israel says Assad still has chemical weapons

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Syrian state TV says an explosive device has gone off in the northern city of Aleppo, killing six people and wounding others. More>>

Trump administration says Iran complying with nuclear deal Video included

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The Trump administration has notified Congress that Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by former President Obama, and it has extended the sanctions relief given to the Islamic Republic in exchange for curbs on its atomic program. More>>

Turkey electoral board rejects request to annul referendum

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Turkey's prime minister says opposition parties have the right to file objections to the outcome of a recent referendum on expanding presidential powers, but warned that calling for street protests was unacceptable. More>>

China says Ivanka Trump trademark requests handled properly

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China is defending its handling of trademark applications from President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, saying that all such requests are handled fairly. More>>

The Latest: Turkish protesters rally against election board

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Turkey's state-run news agency says the country's electoral board has rejected the oppositions' petitions to annul the referendum on expanding the powers of the presidency. More>>

US VP Pence says to North Korea: 'The sword stands ready' Video included

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Trump administration officials are warning that North Korea's latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation. More>>

Haiti aims to revive military as end of UN mission looms

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With a 13-year U.N. stabilization mission about to end, Haiti is trying to bring back a national military force 22 years after a previous one was disbanded due to coups and oppression. More>>

Danish court allows extradition of South Korean woman

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A Danish court on Wednesday upheld a decision by the public prosecutor in Copenhagen to allow the extradition of the daughter of the former confidante of South Korea's ousted president to face prosecution in her home country. More>>

Russia objects to NATO meeting in Svalbards under 1920 pact

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Russia's foreign ministry is objecting to a meeting of lawmakers from NATO countries that is planned to take place in the Svalbard Islands next month. More>>

Hungary lawmakers debate bill that critics say is anti-NGO

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Hungarian lawmakers have begun debating a draft bill seen as meant to intimidate non-governmental groups which receive foreign financing. More>>

Ivanka's biz prospers as politics mixes with business

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Ivanka Trump has tried to distance herself from the brand that bears her name, to separate business from politics in her new position at the White House. More>>

Lithuanian volunteers help soldiers in eastern Ukraine

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In Lithuania, the so-called Blue-Yellow Movement helps Ukrainian government forces more than 1,000 kilometers away in their struggle against pro-Russian rebels, supplying them with non-lethal military aid. More>>

Another 17 mass graves found in central Congo, UN says

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Another 17 mass graves found in central Congo while soldiers reportedly kill 114, UN says. More>>

Russian agents kill 2 men suspected of plotting attacks

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The Russian counterintelligence agency, the FSB, says its agents have killed two men suspected of planning to carry out terror attacks in Russia. More>>

The Latest: UK lawmakers overwhelmingly back June election

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A senior European Parliament lawmaker says he hopes that British Prime Minister Theresa May, if strengthened by an election, will show readiness to compromise in Brexit talks. More>>

Nationalist leader Petry won't head German election campaign

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The best-known figure in the nationalist Alternative for Germany says that she won't be its top candidate in September's German election _ a decision that appears to reflect growing opposition among other leading members of the party. More>>

8 migrant smugglers arrested in Serbia

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Serbian police have arrested eight people suspected of smuggling migrants from the border with Bulgaria to the European Union. More>>

Cargo ship with 12 crew capsizes in Black Sea

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A cargo ship carrying grain from southern Russia to Turkey has capsized during a storm in the Black Sea with 12 crew members on board. More>>

Early results show defeat for Jakarta's Christian governor

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Preliminary election results show the minority Christian governor of the Indonesian capital has been resoundingly defeated by his Muslim challenger after a campaign that highlighted the country's religious and racial divides. More>>

The Latest: Pence to visit mosque in Indonesian capital

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The U.S. military says an aircraft carrier participating in curtailed training with Australia before starting its journey north toward the Korean Peninsula. More>>

Syria resumes reciprocal evacuations after deadly bombing

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Syria's military media says the evacuation and transfer of thousands of Syrians from four besieged areas has resumed. More>>

Belgium had sought suspect in foiled French election attack

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Belgium's federal prosecutor says the country had opened an investigation into one of the suspects arrested for plotting an attack that officials say was thwarted days before the French presidential elections. More>>

UK police name suspect in east London nightclub acid attack

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Police investigating an acid attack at a London nightclub that left 20 people injured are searching for the boyfriend of a reality TV performer who has urged him to turn himself in. More>>

UK leader calls for early election to boost Brexit bid Video included

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is due to make an unexpected statement in Downing Street, triggering speculation that she plans to call an early election. More>>

Passengers scream as bus plunges in Philippines, killing 31

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Philippine officials say at least 24 people have died after a passenger bus carrying about 45 people fell into a deep ravine in a northern mountain town in one of the deadliest vehicular accidents in the country in years. More>>

UN says 16 staff members freed by South Sudan refugees

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The United Nations mission in Congo says unarmed South Sudanese refugees have taken 13 staffers hostage at a U.N. camp in eastern Congo, demanding they be moved to another country. More>>

IMF foresees global economy accelerating to 3.5 pct. in '17

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A resilient China, rising commodity prices and sturdy financial markets are offering a sunnier outlook for the global economy and helping dispel the gloom that has lingered since the Great Recession ended. More>>

US: Human rights violations drive conflicts like Syria

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US Ambassador Nikki Haley says human rights violations have triggered conflict in Syria, stifled dissent in Burundi and led to repression in Myanmar _ and the next international crisis could come from another country where rights are widely disregarded. More>>