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{FD} Merkel before G20: Paris accord irreversible, not negotiable

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union is “more determined than ever” to make the Paris accord against climate change a success following the U.S. decision to withdraw from the agreement. Continue reading

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{FD} Israel’s ex-PM Ehud Olmert granted early release from prison

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The parole board of Israel’s Prison Service on Thursday granted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert early release from his 27-month corruption sentence, in perhaps the final chapter of a stunning fall from grace that forced him from office amid the last … Continue reading

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{FD} German prison to be evacuated after WWII bomb found nearby

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A prison in the southern German city of Regensburg needs to be evacuated after an unexploded World War II-era bomb was found during construction work nearby. Continue reading

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{FD} In Mosul, Iraqi forces push toward mosque blown up by IS

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In their battle for Mosul, Iraqi forces are pushing toward a landmark mosque blown up last week by the Islamic State group. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Pope appreciates Pell’s honesty, finance work

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The Latest on Vatican Cardinal George Pell being charged with sex offenses in Australia (all times local): 9 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Vatican cardinal hit with sex assault offenses takes leave, will fight charges

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Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of “historical” sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See. Continue reading

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{FD} Cardinal takes leave from Vatican after sex assault charges

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Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of “historical” sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See. Continue reading

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{FD} NATO agrees to send more troop trainers to Afghanistan

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NATO’s chief says allies have agreed to send more troops to Afghanistan, to help train and work alongside the country’s security forces. Continue reading

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{FD} Vietnam asks for prison time for prominent blogger

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A lawyer says a prominent Vietnamese blogger is being tried for her Facebook posts that prosecutors say distorted government policies and defamed the regime. Continue reading

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{FD} US quietly publishes once-expunged papers on 1953 Iran coup

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Once expunged from its official history, documents outlining the U.S.-backed 1953 coup in Iran have been quietly published by the State Department, offering a new glimpse at an operation that ultimately pushed the country toward its Islamic Revolution … Continue reading

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{FD} Travel ban a blow to Sudan refugees awaiting US resettlement

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Dozens of Sudanese activists living in Egypt as refugees, many of whom fled fundamentalist Islamic militias and were close to approval for resettlement in the United States, now face legal limbo after the Supreme Court partially reinstated President Do… Continue reading

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{FD} 4 more die in Pakistani tanker fire, pushing toll to 173

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A Pakistani doctor says four more victims of last week’s oil tanker fire have died, raising the death toll to 173. Continue reading

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{FD} China defends prison care of ailing Nobel Peace laureate Liu

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China appears to be responding to criticism that prison authorities failed to provide sufficient care to the ailing Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, saying he received regular health checks but nothing abnormal was detected until May. Continue reading

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{FD} Military option for North Korea being prepared for Trump, McMaster says

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A military option is part of the range of options being prepared for North Korea, President Trump’s national security adviser said Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Supreme Court bars chief prosecutor from leaving Venezuela

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court barred the nation’s chief prosecutor from leaving the country and ordered her bank accounts frozen hours after she delivered a scathing critique accusing President Nicolas Maduro of “state terrorism.” Continue reading

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{FD} China’s Xi in Hong Kong for anniversary as protests planned

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China’s President Xi Jinping is due to arrive in Hong Kong to mark two decades since China took control of the former British colony. Continue reading

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{FD} Car rams gate at Brazil president palace, driver in custody

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Security forces in Brazil’s capital have detained a minor who allegedly rammed a car through a gate in an apparent attempt to reach the presidential palace. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Support group applauds charges against cardinal

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The Latest on Vatican Cardinal George Pell being charged with sex offenses in Australia (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

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Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See. Continue reading

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{FD} Canadian sniper who set world record shooting ISIS fighter prevented oncoming attack, official says

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The Canadian sniper who set a world record by hitting an Islamic State fighter from 2.2 miles away also saved additional lives during the attack, a Canadian special forces official said. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-Catholic school teacher sentenced to 1 year in jail for sexual relationship with teen

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A former Catholic elementary school teacher in Canada was sentenced Tuesday to one year in prison after pleading guilty to having a sexual relationship with a teenage student. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea warns US it will keep building nuclear arsenal

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North Korea’s U.N. ambassador is warning the United States and the rest of the world that his country will keep building up its nuclear arsenal regardless of sanctions, pressure or military attack. Continue reading

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{FD} Beer can thrower in Toronto sentenced to community service

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The man who threw a beer can at a Baltimore Orioles outfielder during a playoff game in Toronto has been sentenced to community service and ordered to stay away from major league ballparks for one year. Continue reading

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{FD} Greek authorities ban clashing police union, anarchist meets

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Hoping to defuse a highly explosive mix in central Athens, Greek authorities have banned separate gatherings planned by police unionists and anarchists — both ostensibly themed against violence. Continue reading

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{FD} Bungee jumper misunderstood instructor’s ‘poor English’ and jumped without rope, court finds

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A Dutch girl jumped to her death when she misunderstood her Spanish instructor, and jumped before she was properly attached. Continue reading

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{FD} Israeli troops kill Palestinian who shot at them, army says

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Israel’s military says its forces have shot and killed a Palestinian who opened fire on them in the West Bank. Continue reading

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{FD} Prosecutor calls for 20-year sentence for Suriname president

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A prosecutor is calling for a 20-year prison sentence for Suriname President Desi Bouterse for his role in the December 1982 killing of 15 prominent political opponents in the South American country. Continue reading

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{FD} Vatican cardinal hit with multiple sexual assault offenses

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George Pell, the third most powerful figure in the Vatican behind the Pope, has been charged with multiple sexual assault offenses. Continue reading

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{FD} Iraqis fight house to house for costly victory in Mosul

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Gunfire echoes through the pockmarked streets as Maj. Continue reading

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{FD} A look at key moments on the road to Mosul

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The Islamic State group’s hold on Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, has shrunk to just two square kilometers (about one square mile). Continue reading

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{FD} 5 things to know about Venezuela’s political crisis

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Five things to know about Venezuela’s escalating political crisis: HOW DID THE UNREST BEGIN? Continue reading

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{FD} Train evacuated in western Poland due to bomb threat

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Polish media are reporting that authorities have stopped a train traveling from Warsaw to Berlin and evacuated its passengers after receiving a bomb threat. Continue reading

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{FD} Libyan official says gunmen capture, release 2 UN staffers

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The deputy interior minister of Libya’s internationally recognized government says a U.N. convoy was attacked by bandits on the road from Tunis to Tripoli, and that two U.N. staffers were briefly detained. Continue reading

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{FD} Italy threatens to close ports to NGO migrant rescue ships

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Italy is seeking increased support from the European Union as it deals with a huge wave of migrant arrivals, including a reported proposal to limit the types of ships that can offload migrants in Italian ports. Continue reading

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{FD} Camels left without food, water at Saudi Arabia’s border by the thousands, owners say

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Qatari-owned camels are starving and dying at the country’s border with Saudi Arabia following the Gulf Arab state’s decision to cut ties with the country earlier this month. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Actor says Venezuelan pilot unhappy over crisis

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The Latest on Venezuela’s political crisis (all times local): 12:30 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} India approves plan to sell stake in national airline

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India’s Cabinet has approved a plan to sell a stake in the debt-ridden national airline, Air India. Continue reading

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{FD} Thousands gather in India to protest attacks on Muslims

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Thousands of Indians have gathered in several cities to protest recent violent attacks across the country targeting minority Muslims. Continue reading

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{FD} Grenfell tower fire: More feared dead after London inferno

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The number presumed dead in the London building fire has risen from the previous count of 79 to 80. Continue reading

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{FD} Genetic bank that ID’s Argentina’s stolen babies turns 30

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Martin Ogando and his 91-year-old grandmother, Delia Giovanola, flip through a stack of photos until they reach an image of a man Ogando never saw in life: his father. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-CIA agent plans return to Italy to serve kidnap sentence

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A former CIA agent says she is returning to Italy this week to serve a three-year sentence for taking part in the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Milan 14 years ago. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope gives prestigious red hats to 5 new cardinals

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Pope Francis is leading a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica to give the Catholic church five new cardinals. Continue reading

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{FD} Myanmar journalists charged over visit with ethnic rebels

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Three Myanmar journalists who reported on a drug burning ceremony by ethnic rebels have been charged with violating a law that provides up to three years’ imprisonment for people who abet illegal groups. Continue reading

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{FD} Afghan officials: 4 police officers killed in 2 attacks

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An Afghan official says that two policewomen have been killed by gunmen in northeastern Badakhshan province. Continue reading

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{FD} Kosovo war crimes court clears way for indictments

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A court established to prosecute crimes committed during and immediately after Kosovo’s war for independence has approved its rules of procedure and evidence, a crucial step toward prosecutors issuing indictments. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: London police raise Grenfell fire toll to 80

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The Latest on the London high-rise fire (all times local): 3:10 p.m. British police have increased the toll in the Grenfell Tower fire to 80 dead or presumed dead. Continue reading

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{FD} Right-wing basks, leftists regroup after local vote in Italy

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Italy’s ruling center-left Democratic Party is picking up the pieces after a weekend drubbing in local elections while former Premier Silvio Berlusconi is basking in his latest political rebound and alliance with the anti-immigrant right. Continue reading

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{FD} South Africa approves export of 800 lion skeletons this year

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South Africa says 800 skeletons of captive-bred lions can be legally exported this year, meeting demand for traditional medicine ingredients in parts of Asia while alarming critics who believe the policy threatens Africa’s wild lions. Continue reading

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{FD} Czech lawmakers OK’s gun holders’ right to defend country

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The lower house of the Czech Parliament has approved a constitutional amendment that gives legal gun owners a right to participate in the country’s defense. Continue reading

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{FD} Kangaroo in Australia shot, tied to chair holding liquor bottle

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Warning: Photo below may be graphic for some. Authorities in Australia launched an investigation into a “tasteless” stunt that left a dead kangaroo dressed in a leopard costume and tied to a chair with a bottle of alcohol in its hands. Continue reading

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