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Venezuela's newest shortage: breast implants

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Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job. More>>

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AP appoints Dharapak as Asia-Pacific photo editor

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Charles Dharapak, a veteran photographer who has spent the past decade chronicling the activities and travels of U.S. presidents and American political campaigns, has been named Asia-Pacific regional photo editor for The... More>>

Powerful Hurricane Odile aims at Mexico's Baja

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A powerful Hurricane Odile closed in on the resort area of Los Cabos on Sunday night as Mexican authorities evacuated vulnerable coastal areas and readied shelters for up to 30,000 people. More>>

Japan: More and more, a land of centenarians

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Reaching the century mark remains a relative rarity for humans, but it is increasingly less so, and perhaps nowhere more than in rapidly aging Japan. More>>

UN: 1 Chadian peacekeeper dead in northern Mali

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A U.N. military vehicle struck a land mine Sunday in the volatile Kidal region of northern Mali, killing a Chadian soldier and wounding four other peacekeepers, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in the West African country... More>>

Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State group

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Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group - minus two of the main... More>>

Sweden shifts to left in parliamentary election

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Sweden's Social Democrats were poised to return to power after a left-leaning bloc defeated the center-right government in a parliamentary election Sunday that also saw strong gains by an anti-immigration party. More>>

Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat

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Now it's Britain's turn to mourn. More>>

Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

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Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent. More>>

Queen to Scots: Think carefully about future

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Queen Elizabeth II has made her first comments about this week's Scottish independence vote, urging Scots to "think very carefully about the future." More>>

Anti-euro party strong in German state votes

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A new party that has expanded its anti-euro stance into a broader appeal to protest voters won seats in two more German state legislatures Sunday, building on recent momentum and intensifying a headache for established... More>>

Residents emerge in shell-shocked Ukrainian city

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Months of daily shelling reduced the east Ukraine city of Luhansk to a ghost town, silent but for the explosions. More>>

Egypt: Qatar ordered Islamists out within 2 months

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Egypt will hunt down exiled Muslim Brotherhood leaders and seek their arrest, a top official said Sunday, after Qatar ordered them to leave its territory despite initially hosting group members following the ouster of... More>>

Westwood show highlights Scotland, not fashion

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Vivienne Westwood may be staging a catwalk show, but Scotland - not clothes - is foremost on the designer's mind. More>>

Dutch stage tomato fight against Russian sanctions

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Hundreds of young Dutch men and women turned Amsterdam's central Dam square into a blizzard of red goop on Sunday, as they pelted each other mercilessly with overripe tomatoes. More>>

Merkel leads Berlin rally against anti-Semitism

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Chancellor Angela Merkel led a rally against anti-Semitism in Berlin on Sunday, telling several thousand people that Jewish life is part of Germany's identity and she wants to ensure that Jews feel safe here. More>>

'New' Scots vote crucial to independence result

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On the south side of Glasgow, in the heartland of Scotland's Asian community, support for independence from the United Kingdom is strong as Thursday's referendum nears. More>>

US man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

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North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. More>>

Nigerian jet missing in battle with extremists

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The Nigerian Ministry of Defense says an Air Force Alpha jet on a mission against Islamic extremist insurgents in the country's northeast has gone missing with its two crew members. More>>

Rights group calls for probe into Iraqi airstrike

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An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country's new prime... More>>

2 men fatally gored by bull at Portuguese festival

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Authorities say a Portuguese bull-running festival will continue next week despite the fatal goring of two men by a bull. More>>

Mozambique logs a rare victory against poachers

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The recent arrests of six suspected poachers on a vast wildlife reserve in Mozambique are seen by conservationists as rare good news in a country where elephants and other species are under extreme threat. More>>

Gaza children return to school after war

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Some half million Gaza children made a delayed return to school on Sunday after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings. More>>

Pakistan flood sinks boat carrying wedding party

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Severe flooding sank a boat carrying a wedding party in Pakistan's Punjab province on Sunday, killing the bridegroom and 17 others, officials said. More>>

Russia-annexed Crimea votes for legislature

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Residents of Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, are voting for their regional parliament in elections expected to be dominated by Russian President Vladimir Putin's backers. More>>

4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent... More>>

Holocaust experts work to preserve WWII-era items

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With survivors dying in growing numbers and their live testimonies soon to be a thing of the past, Holocaust commemoration efforts are increasingly focused around preserving the belongings that contain their stories. More>>

Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

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Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare... More>>

High-tech survey exposes hidden Stonehenge

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There is more to Stonehenge than meets a visitor's eye. More>>

40 'I'do's' at Vatican as Pope marries 20 couples

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Forty "I do's" - or "Si" in Italian - were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother. More>>

110 rescued from ferry: 'Death was in our minds'

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Survivors from a ferry that sank after encountering steering problems in the central Philippines said Sunday that they were tossed about by the churning sea in darkness for six hours while praying and clinging to an... More>>

Strikes in Iraq, Syria expected under new war plan

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As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next... More>>

Scottish independence could mean messy divorce

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How do you divorce after a 300-year union? It's complicated, and there is a deadline. More>>

Turkey seeks behind-scene role in NATO coalition

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Turkey is the big Muslim power that sits atop raging conflicts in Iraq and Syria, so it might be expected to take a leading role in the NATO coalition announced this month to take on the Islamic State group. More>>

France bristles as Netflix advances in Europe

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Netflix is tapping into six new markets Monday hoping to gain a big subscriber base around Europe, but is facing a frosty welcome in France. Well-established French competitors are trying to head off a Netflix wave, the... More>>

Japan's World War II film idol Rikoran dies at 94

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Japanese film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan's wartime dreams of Asian conquest, has died at age 94. More>>

Pharrell invites Swedish feminist leader on stage

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Pharrell gave a Swedish feminist party a shout-out during a performance in Stockholm a day before Sweden's general election. More>>

North Korea holds trial of American Matthew Miller

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North Korea held a trial Sunday morning for American Matthew Miller, who was detained in April for violating his tourist status when he entered the country. Details were not immediately available. More>>

Video shows slaying of British aid worker

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Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as "an... More>>

About 100 rescued from sunken Philippine ferry

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Rescuers saved about 100 people overnight and recovered two bodies from a ferry that sank in rough seas after encountering steering trouble in the central Philippines, officials said Sunday. More>>

Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

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Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal... More>>

Egypt seeks broader alliance with US over Libya

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As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Egyptian support on Saturday for an international coalition to combat jihadi groups, Egypt pressed for broader international efforts to fight militants in its troubled neighbor,... More>>

Power shift expected in Swedish election

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Sweden heads into a parliamentary election on Sunday with polls showing the left-leaning Social Democrats poised to return to power after eight years of center-right rule. More>>

Ukraine government repels rebel attack on airport

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A convoy of more than 200 white trucks crossed the Russian border to deliver humanitarian aid to a battered Ukrainian city on Saturday, a move made without Kiev's consent yet met with silence by Ukraine's top leaders. More>>

Iraq PM orders halt to shelling of civilian areas

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Iraq's prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of "innocent victims" as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns... More>>

Sierra Leone requests funds for Ebola evacuation

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The World Health Organization said Saturday it could not meet a request from Sierra Leone to evacuate a doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola disease. More>>

Oscar Pistorius convicted of culpable homicide Video included

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A judge convicted Oscar Pistorius of culpable homicide Friday in the death of his girlfriend, ruling that the former track star was negligent when he opened fire in his home after hearing what he said sounded like an... More>>

US gov't warns citizens of terror plot in Uganda

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The U.S. embassy in Uganda warned American citizens in the country Saturday to stay at home overnight as Ugandan authorities attempt to foil a possible terror attack. More>>

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws re-election bid

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Ailing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's dramatic decision to drop his re-election bid opened a new chapter in the saga, as his tough-talking but less magnetic brother runs in his place and brings his own storied past into the... More>>

Scots nationalists tell opponents: no grudges

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Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has sought to calm fears that there would be repercussions against opponents of independence if the Yes campaign wins the upcoming referendum. More>>

Pakistan diverts rivers to save cities from floods

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Military specialists blew up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed hundreds of people, authorities said Saturday, as officials stepped up efforts in... More>>

German gay rights activist beaten in Belgrade

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A German man who took part in a gay rights conference suffered life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten in downtown Belgrade on Saturday, Serbian police and gay activists said. More>>

Family of Syria hostage issues plea to captors

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The family of a British aid worker believed held by Islamic militants in Syria has issued a public plea urging his captors to contact them. More>>

In Jamaica, Rastas ready for pot decriminalization

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Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colors... More>>

12 migrants rescued, others feared dead off Malta

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Maltese and Italian militaries were searching Saturday for some more than a dozen migrants feared dead after a boat carrying them sunk 300 miles southeast of Malta. More>>

Qatar expels Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leaders

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Leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group and allied clerics said on Saturday that they are departing Qatar, where they had sought refuge following the ouster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the... More>>

Jewish leader: far-right votes risk nations' name

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European voters risk giving their countries a bad name by electing far-right politicians, the leader of the World Jewish Congress warned Saturday ahead of a major rally against anti-Semitism. More>>

Pope urges world to shed apathy toward new threats

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Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I. More>>

After Iraqi battles, residents choose displacement

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Misspelled graffiti on walls pockmarked by bullets and torn up propaganda stickers make up the few remaining traces of the Islamic State group in this northern Iraqi ghost town after Kurdish forces finally managed to free... More>>

Syrians attacked in Lebanon after soldiers killed

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Syrian refugee Ibrahim Abbas Ali and his family awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of gunfire outside their tent in Lebanon, and for a second time they raced off into the fields, fleeing a war that now seems to... More>>

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws re-election bid

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrew his re-election bid Friday as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen, dramatically ending a campaign he had doggedly pursued despite a stint in rehab and calls for him to quit amid... More>>

AP: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

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More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally, suggesting that a U.N. peacekeeping mission approved months ago is coming too late... More>>

Kerry says no to Iran's help against Islamic group

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Even as it discouraged Iran from joining diplomatic talks on how to defeat the Islamic State militant group, the United States could not outline Friday what other nations have volunteered to contribute to a worldwide... More>>

US will be ramping up airstrikes soon _ in Iraq

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As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next... More>>

Analysis: US strikes unsettling for Damascus

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Syrian President Bashar Assad's government is angry Washington has not taken it on as a partner in the international campaign to hit the Islamic State group, likely for a very significant reason: It is worried that... More>>

Pope to marry couples with kids, cohabitating

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Pope Francis is making good on his insistence that the Catholic Church welcome all faithful - not just those who obey church teaching perfectly. He'll marry 20 couples this weekend, including some who already live... More>>

Cobbling coalition for Iraq, Syria no easy task

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Assembling a coalition to fight the militants from the Islamic State group is proving to be a complicated affair. More>>

Ukraine will delay implementation of EU deal

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European leaders said Friday that they would allow Ukraine to delay putting a landmark trade deal into effect, a major concession to Russia which has repeatedly threatened retaliation if Kiev implements the measure. More>>

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

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On the cusp of intensified airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama is using the legal grounding of the congressional authorizations President George W. Bush relied on more than a decade ago to go to war. But... More>>

Islamic State group name raises objection

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Propaganda has been one of the core strategies of the Sunni militant group in Syria and Iraq that today calls itself the Islamic State - and its name is very much a part of that. More>>

Dozens of Israeli intel soldiers refuse to serve

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Dozens of reserve soldiers from an elite Israeli intelligence unit publicly declared Friday that they refuse to operate in the Palestinian territories, citing moral reasons. More>>

Pistorius trial: Judge's verdict explained

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Did Oscar Pistorius get away with murder? More>>

Paris wants Iran to help crush Islamic radicals

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France is prepared to invite Iran to an international conference Monday aimed at coordinating actions to knock out the Islamic State extremists in Iraq - even though that runs counter to the U.S. refusal to deal with Tehran. More>>

Pakistan nabs militants linked to attack on Malala

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Pakistan's army said Friday that it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for... More>>

Top candidate campaigns to be Romania's president

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Romania's prime minister has launched his campaign for the presidency, the country's top political office, promising a more united country than his predecessor has achieved. More>>

Iraq premier says France to join airstrikes effort

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France will join the U.S.-led airstrikes targeting extremists in Iraq as part of an expanding international effort to combat the Islamic State group, Iraq's new prime minister said after talks with the French president... More>>

Pakistani troops expand rescue in flood-hit areas

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The Pakistani military stepped up rescue efforts as floods wreaked havoc in more districts of the country's eastern Punjab province on Friday, affecting 1.9 million people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. More>>

Amanda Todd suspect linked to dozens of cases

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A prosecutor says a Dutch man suspected of possessing child pornography and blackmailing and harassing victims over the Internet with naked images of themselves may have victimized up to 40 people in the Netherlands and... More>>

AP: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

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There are no headstones to mark these graves, no loving words, nothing to tell the world who lies in these two giant pits full of bodies, or why. Yet a handful of village elders are determined that nobody will be forgotten. More>>

Prisoners kept handcuffed in park in Colombia

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It was a day in the park for about 40 prisoners - handcuffed to each other, a fence and even a children's slide. More>>

Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies aged 88

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For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: "No" and "Never." More>>

First German governor from ex-communist party?

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A quarter-century after the Berlin Wall crumbled, an election this weekend may show whether Germany is ready for its first state governor from the party descended from East Germany's communist rulers. More>>

Salmond: Savvy salesman for Scottish independence

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By SHAWN POGATCHNIK Associated Press Alex Salmond is many things: a gambler with an obsessive eye for the horses, a populist showman equally quick to cause and claim outrage, an improvisational wit with a... More>>

European countries condemn Estonian's abduction

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Nine European countries demanded on Friday that Russia immediately release an Estonian security service officer who was abducted by unknown gunmen a week ago and taken across the Russian border. More>>

Ian Paisley's many faces: orator, inciter, charmer

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Much like the Ulster weather, Ian Paisley could offer beaming sunshine one minute, stinging hailstones the next. More>>

Body parts found in barrels in German garage

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Authorities say parts of a woman's body have been found in two plastic barrels in a garage near Frankfurt, but it's unclear how long ago she died, who she was and what happened to her. More>>

Syrian troops capture key central town

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Government forces have captured a central Syrian town that has changed hands several times during the civil war, the military and activists said Friday. More>>

Germany to send 40 military trainers to Iraq

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Germany plans to send about 40 paratroopers to Iraq to provide weapons training to Kurdish fighters battling an Islamic extremist insurgency. More>>

US to restart limited adoption program in Vietnam

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Vietnam and the United States will soon resume limited inter-country adoptions, both nations said Friday, six years after a ban was imposed because of allegations of widespread baby-selling and children offered without the... More>>

EU sanctions hit Russian oil companies, lawmakers

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New European Union sanctions against Russia announced Friday toughen financial penalties on the country's banks, arms makers and its biggest oil company, to punish Moscow for what the West sees as efforts to... More>>

Freed Fijian troops call home and then celebrate Video included

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First came the emotional calls home and then the celebrations Friday as 45 Fijian peacekeepers held captive for two weeks by Syrian militants made it to safety. More>>

Scottish celebrities take sides on independence

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Scotland's independence battle is a tough one to call. The Yes side has James Bond, but the No campaign has Harry Potter. More>>

France preparing for action, president visits Iraq

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French President Francois Hollande is visiting Iraq as his country prepares possible airstrikes with a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State extremists who have seized territory around the region. More>>

Evidence growing that Hamas used residential areas

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Two weeks after the end of the Gaza war, there is growing evidence that Hamas militants used residential areas as cover for launching rockets at Israel, at least at times. Even Hamas now admits "mistakes" were made. More>>

Venezuela's UN Security Council bid gains backing

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Venezuela's socialist government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a diplomatic trophy that long eluded the late Hugo Chavez: a seat on the United Nations Security Council. More>>

Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State group

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Key Arab allies promised Thursday to "do their share" to fight Islamic State militants, but NATO member Turkey refused to join in, signaling the struggle the U.S. faces in trying to get front-line nations to put aside... More>>

4th Sierra Leonean doctor infected with Ebola

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Another doctor from Sierra Leone who has tested positive for Ebola will be evacuated for medical treatment, an official said Thursday, making her the first citizen of a hard-hit country to be treated abroad. More>>

UN: 45 Fijian peacekeepers freed in Syria Video included

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Al-Qaida-linked militants released 45 Fijian peacekeepers captured two week ago in Syria, ending the U.N.'s fourth crisis over abducted soldiers in the Golan Heights since March 2013 amid questions about the future of... More>>

Eying Scotland, Spain Catalans seek secession vote Video included

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Hundreds of thousands of Catalans energized by Scotland's upcoming independence referendum protested Thursday for a secession vote aimed at carving out a new Mediterranean nation in what is now northeastern Spain. More>>

Ancient Greek tomb dig finds marble statues

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Archaeologists inching through a large 2,300-year-old tomb in northern Greece on Thursday uncovered two marble female statues flanking the entrance to one of three underground chambers, in another sign of the unusual... More>>

Rights group accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza

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A leading international rights group on Thursday alleged that Israel committed war crimes during this summer's Gaza war, saying it reached that conclusion after investigating three attacks on or near United Nations-run... More>>

European states struggle with Draghi's challenge

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European Central Bank head Mario Draghi made the first move in his grand plan to rescue the economic recovery. Now it's over to the governments of the 18 countries that use the euro. More>>

Russia, Poland in spat over gas supplies

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A spat has broken out between Poland and Russia over what Warsaw claims is a sharp drop in natural gas supplies. The move comes amid concerns Moscow is ready to use its energy exports as a political weapon over the crisis... More>>

Pistorius not guilty of murder but was negligent Video included

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During his trial, Oscar Pistorius sometimes retched and sobbed. The double-amputee Olympian sobbed again on Thursday, this time in apparent relief as a judge said the evidence did not support a murder conviction for... More>>

Cameron's office overrules UK minister on Syria

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Hours after Britain's foreign minister said the country wouldn't participate in any airstrikes on Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron's office overruled the comment Thursday and stressed that the government... More>>

Attacking Syria may entangle US in rebel rivalries

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In expanding its airstrikes into Syria against Islamic State extremists, the U.S. could find itself entangled in a morass of jihadis, rebel rivalries and religious hatred. More>>

Scottish banks to move if independence is approved

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Scotland's leading banks warned Thursday that they would move their headquarters to England if Scots vote to leave the United Kingdom, intensifying doubts about the territory's economic future and dealing a blow to... More>>

Syrian air raids kill 11 in extremist-held town

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Syrian government airstrikes, including one on a crowded sheep market, killed at least 11 people on Thursday in a northern town controlled by the Islamic State group, activists said. More>>

Top banks plan move in case of Scots' independence Video included

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In a blow to the Scottish independence campaign, top financial groups including the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group say they will move their headquarters to England if Scots vote to break away from the... More>>

Despite economic fears, EU sanctions Russia again

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The European Union on Thursday slapped more sanctions on Russia for helping separatists destabilize Ukraine, limiting Russia's access to its financial market, hitting the country's vital oil industry, curbing... More>>

Suspected French jihad recruiter arrested in Paris

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French authorities have arrested a man suspected of being one of the top recruiters of young jihadis for the civil war in Syria, the Interior Ministry said Thursday, describing him as "a particularly dangerous individual." More>>

4 Reasons shoppers will shrug off Home Depot hack

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Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers. More>>

Court issues arrest warrant for Darfur rebel

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The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for a Darfur rebel accused of leading a deadly attack on African Union peacekeepers in Sudan and has scrapped a plan to start his trial on Nov. 18. More>>

Ex-Congo Republic officer convicted on coup plot

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A court in Republic of Congo convicted the former deputy chief of the intelligence services of plotting a coup on Thursday and sentenced him to hard labor for life. More>>

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

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By The Associated Press Associated Press Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and... More>>

4 jailed in SAfrica for Rwanda general murder plot

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Four men found guilty of an attempt to murder an exiled former Rwandan general in South Africa were sentenced to eight years in jail, the National Prosecuting Authority said. More>>

Pistorius: How the verdict is being delivered Video included

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Guilty or not guilty? The verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial is not being delivered so simply. More>>

Italy activists denounce death of mother bear

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Animal rights groups called Thursday for the resignation of Italy's environment minister and the forestry police opened an investigation after a mother bear died during a capture operation ordered after she scuffled... More>>

Mali refugees return north, face food crisis

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A pile of stones and wood was all that remained of the house where Fadimata Walet Abdou Salam once lived when she and her young daughters returned after more than a year of sleeping in a tent as refugees in a foreign country. More>>

Polish president accepts resignation of Tusk gov't

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Poland's president accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Donald Tusk's pro-market government on Thursday, bringing an end to seven years of governance that have been marked by unprecedented political stability... More>>

Report: Progress slow in Nazi art restitution

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Fifteen years after the first international agreement on the restitution of Nazi-era looted art, more than half of the countries that endorsed such accords have done "little or nothing" to implement them, the Jewish Claims... More>>

Syria, Iran slam US strategy in fighting militants

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Syrian and Iranian officials criticized the Obama administration on Thursday for excluding them from an international coalition coming together in the battle against the Islamic State group, while a state-run Syrian daily... More>>

Hamas says ready to talk to Israel directly

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A senior Hamas leader says the group is willing to talk directly to Israel, reversing a previous ban. More>>

35 deaths attributed to Ebola outbreak in Congo

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The World Health Organization says that an Ebola outbreak in Congo is thought to have killed 35 people of the more than 60 sickened. More>>

Pakistan evacuates thousands as floods hit plains Video included

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Pakistani troops used helicopters and boats to evacuate thousands of marooned people from the country's plains where raging monsoon floods inundated more villages Thursday, as the Indian military dropped food for... More>>

Libyan panel says charter vote set for March

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Libyans are to vote on a draft constitution in March, the state news agency said Thursday, but with militias controlling the capital Tripoli and large swaths of the country, holding a nation-wide vote will be a major... More>>

1 march, 11 sentences for Myanmar rights activist

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By marching through the traffic-choked streets of Myanmar's busiest city, handing out leaflets that lambasted the new nominally civilian government, Htin Kyaw showed how much the country has changed since emerging from... More>>

Court lifts bank freeze on ex-US diplomat

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Austrian court officials say that a freeze on bank deposits held by former top U.S. diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad and his wife has been lifted because of insufficient evidence of any wrongdoing. More>>

Currency question at heart of Scottish debate Video included

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In for a penny, in for a pound. More>>

Yes camp winning battle of ads Scotland campaign Video included

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When the campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom launched a recent TV ad, the spot went viral - but for all the wrong reasons. More>>

EU agrees to introduce new sanctions on Russia

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The European Union has decided to slap new economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, diplomats said Thursday. More>>

Toronto mayor hospitalized with suspected tumor

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Rob Ford, the controversial mayor of Toronto who became an international celebrity last year after acknowledging using crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor," is believed to have a tumor in his abdomen, health officials said. More>>

Putin orders forces in the east on combat drill

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered military forces in the country's east to carry out a major exercise to test their preparedness. More>>

War gives inspiration to Gaza's artists

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Palestinian filmmaker Khalil Mozayen's latest work was already complexly layered - a movie within a movie about a director and screenwriter producing a film about an honor killing in the Gaza Strip. More>>

Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time Video included

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Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless... More>>

Toronto mayor hospitalized with suspected tumor

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been admitted to a hospital and is believed to have a tumor in his abdomen, health officials said Wednesday. More>>

4th US aid worker with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

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The fourth U.S. aid worker sickened with Ebola arrived in Atlanta on Tuesday, mirroring the carefully choreographed routine of the two Americans already successfully treated and released from Emory University... More>>

US gives ambulances to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola

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As the U.S. government and the United Nations both stepped up giving Wednesday to quell the Ebola epidemic sweeping through several West African countries, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced it will spend $50... More>>

Islamic State group not an unstoppable juggernaut

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The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance. More>>

Israeli military opens its own probe into Gaza war

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The Israeli military said Wednesday it has opened criminal investigations into two high-profile cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer's Gaza war, in an apparent attempt to head off... More>>

Kerry says US will back Iraq against militants

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The United States pledged Wednesday to stand by Iraq as its new leaders pleaded for help in facing down a rampant, deadly insurgency. The assurances by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a daylong visit to Baghdad... More>>

9 topless activists cleared in Notre Dame protest

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A Paris court on Wednesday threw out a legal complaint against nine activists who bared their breasts in a protest at Notre Dame Cathedral but ruled that three security guards who restrained the women were too violent. More>>

UN says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

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Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday. More>>

Major river overflows, threatening Pakistan city Video included

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Raging monsoon floods across India and Pakistan that have killed more than 450 people poured into the plains of eastern Punjab province on Wednesday, sending a major river over its banks and threatening to force hundreds... More>>

Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats

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Russia will counter military moves by the U.S. and NATO with an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as the military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic... More>>

UK leader rushes to fend off Scottish independence Video included

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The British political establishment descended on Scotland on Wednesday to plead for a united United Kingdom, after polls suggested the once-fanciful notion of Scots voting to break from Britain has become a real... More>>

Attacks kill 30 people in Iraq's capital, Baghdad

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A series of attacks, mainly car bombings targeting security forces and markets, killed at least 30 people Wednesday in Iraq's capital, authorities said. More>>

What Mideast states could offer a US coalition

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If Arab states, plus NATO member Turkey, join a coalition to take on Islamic State militants, they bring both formidable weaponry and some hesitation about participating in an American-led fight. Here's a look at what... More>>

Syrian rebel group names new leaders after blast

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A Syrian rebel group named a new leader and military chief on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after an explosion killed a dozen of its senior figures in a devastating blow to one of the most powerful factions in the... More>>

France ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

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France offered Wednesday to take part in airstrikes against extremist fighters in Iraq if needed, but insisted on a more careful tack for Syria. More>>

Weapons watchdog: Chlorine likely used in Syria

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A toxic chemical, almost certainly chlorine, was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in attacks on villages in northern Syria earlier this year, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday. More>>

Afghan talks could continue after inauguration

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The candidate most likely to be named the next president of Afghanistan said Wednesday that he believes in a government of national unity and will seek to include his political opponent even if doing so requires... More>>

Russian gas supplies to Poland drop by a quarter

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Russian natural gas deliveries to Poland have dropped by almost a quarter this week, the country's gas monopoly said Wednesday, forcing it to stop supplying gas on to Ukraine. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Thousands flee flood in India, Pakistan Video included

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By The Associated Press Evacuees fleeing rising floodwaters cling to treetops and wait to be plucked from the roofs of buildings in Srinagar, the main city on the Indian-administered side of Kashmir.... More>>

Fantasy writer Graham Joyce dies at 59

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Graham Joyce, one of Britain's best known fantasy writers, has died from complications of lymphoma cancer, an ilness he had blogged about extensively. He was 59. More>>

Settlement sought with heirs on Klimt painting

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The present Austrian owners of a valuable Gustav Klimt painting say they plan to reach a fair settlement with Jewish heirs of the family who left the artwork behind as they fled the Nazis. More>>

Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

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The president of the overwhelmingly Catholic Philippines proposed Wednesday to give Muslims in the south the ability to run their own government under their own flag, part of a peace plan aimed at ending a four-decade... More>>

Before papal visit, Manila can take papal selfies

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In Asia's bastion of Roman Catholic faith, images of Pope Francis are getting the pop star treatment. More>>

Image of Asia: Resting on the water in Indonesia

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By The Associated Press In this photo by Achmad Ibrahim, two workers sleep on a raft at Jakarta's Sunda Kelapa port, which was built more than 450 years ago during Indonesia's years as a... More>>

Ukraine pledges more autonomy to rebellious east

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Ukraine's president promised Wednesday to introduce a bill as early as next week that would offer greater autonomy to the pro-Russian east, where separatists have been battling government troops for almost five months. More>>

Haiti prisons under scrutiny after mass breakout

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Sudden gunfire rattled the morning routine outside the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison and soon inmates, many barefoot and shirtless, dashed frantically from the maximum-security facility, startling street vendors as they... More>>

Merkel: Put new Russia sanctions into effect

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Wednesday for the European Union to put new sanctions against Russia into effect immediately because peace plans for eastern Ukraine have not yet been implemented fully. More>>

UN: China yet to deploy peacekeepers to S Sudan

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A spokesman for the U.N. mission in South Sudan says China is expected to deploy up to 700 peacekeeping troops to South Sudan as part of the increase in military personnel authorized by the Security Council last year. More>>

Lufthansa cancels 140 flights in pilots' strike

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Lufthansa has canceled 140 flights after pilots walked off the job at Munich airport - their fourth strike in five months in a dispute that has cost Germany's largest airline tens of millions of euros (dollars). More>>

Pakistan airstrikes hit Taliban hideouts, kill 65

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Pakistani warplanes struck five militant hideouts in a Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border on Wednesday, killing 65 insurgents, the military said. More>>

Pistorius: How the verdict will be delivered Video included

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Guilty or not guilty? The verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial will not be delivered so simply. More>>

Extremist threat hangs over key Tunisia elections

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When masked gunmen started pounding on the door last week, politician Mohamed Al Nasri leapt from the second-floor window into a neighbor's home. It was more than just an isolated case of political violence. Coming... More>>

Gaza war is over, but Jerusalem violence remains

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While the world's attention was focused on the airstrikes and rockets over Gaza and Israel this summer, a wave of violence hit the streets of Jerusalem - and is still roiling parts of this divided city at the core of... More>>

Fiji may have jumped gun on fate of its UN troops Video included

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Fiji on Wednesday may have jumped the gun by announcing that its 45 United Nations peacekeepers who are being held captive by Syrian insurgents would be freed soon. More>>

Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition Video included

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President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorize the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces but will press forward without formal sign-off from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to... More>>

Shark kills man in Australia despite rescue try

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A shark killed a 50-year-old swimmer Tuesday at eastern Australia's popular Byron Bay despite a beachgoer's brave rescue attempt, police said. More>>

Canada finds 1 of 2 explorer ships lost in Arctic

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One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a search for the fabled Northwest Passage has been found, Canada's prime minister announced Tuesday in a discovery that could... More>>

With surge in Liberia, Ebola case toll above 4,200

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A surge in Ebola infections in Liberia is driving a spiraling outbreak in West Africa that is increasingly putting health workers at risk as they struggle to treat an overwhelming number of patients. More>>

Palestinian: Donors wary of funding Hamas-run Gaza

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The deputy Palestinian prime minister said Tuesday that international donors are hesitant to fund the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip so long as Hamas remains in control there and the specter of future wars looms. More>>

Bombing kills head, leaders of Syrian rebel group

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The leader of an ultraconservative Islamic rebel group in Syria was killed Tuesday in a suicide bombing along with other of its top officials, its allies said, weakening the ranks of the country's already shaky armed... More>>

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