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{FD} Former French intelligence chief to testify at terror trial

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

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{FD} US envoy: Hamas must disarm to join Palestinian government

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

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{FD} London Stock Exchange chief to step down at end of 2018

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

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{FD} Catalan leader faces looming deadline to end secession bid

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Catalonia’s separatist leader is facing an imminent deadline to withdraw a bid to secede from Spain. Continue reading

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{FD} Uncertainty as Mideast turns a page with IS defeat in Raqqa

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The Middle East may have turned a page with the defeat of the Islamic State group in its self-declared capital of Raqqa, but the future is looking even more tangled, and potentially as violent. Continue reading

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{FD} After Obama, Israel’s Netanyahu relishing in Trump love fest

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Widely unpopular around the world, President Donald Trump can take solace in the adulation of Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, who showers him with praise and even holds his tongue over issues Israel might normally complain about. Continue reading

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{FD} Taliban attack army camp in southern Afghanistan, killing 41

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The Taliban reportedly carried out an attack at an army camp in the southern Kandahar province, killing at least 41 soldiers, Afghan officials say. Continue reading

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{FD} Report blames pilot for fatal Dubai gyrocopter crash in 2015

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Investigators say a pilot killed by a 2015 Dubai gyrocopter crash during the World Air Games failed to properly strap on his helmet before takeoff, causing it to fall off during a high-speed turn. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Jacinda Ardern to be New Zealand’s next leader

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The Latest on New Zealand’s government (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Jacinda Ardern will be New Zealand’s next prime minister after a small political party chose to make a deal with liberals following the nation’s election nearly a month ago. Continue reading

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{FD} Taliban attack army camp in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province

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Afghan officials say the Taliban have carried out two suicide car bombings at an army camp in the southern Kandahar province, setting of several hours of fighting. Continue reading

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{FD} Turkish businessman and activist detained by police

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Turkish media say a prominent businessman and rights activist has been detained for questioning by police. Continue reading

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{FD} In Brazil, art exhibits latest flashpoints in cultural war

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A couple of modern art exhibits and a play have become leading battlegrounds in a growing culture war in Brazil, a nation whose fame for barely there bikinis masks a rising trend of conservatism. Continue reading

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{FD} Recovery, reconstruction go slowly after Mexico earthquake

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Wearing a hardhat, Rodrigo Diaz Mejia steps onto the hood of a crushed car and then gingerly into an apartment cracked open by the Sept. 19 earthquake. Continue reading

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{FD} Quebec lawmakers pass bill requiring citizens to uncover faces

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Lawmakers in Quebec passed a religious neutrality bill Wednesday that requires citizens to uncover their faces during state services, a bill that many say targets Muslim women. Continue reading

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{FD} China’s conflicted goals: Freer markets, more party control

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

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{FD} Malaysian militant believed among fighters killed in Marawi

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The Philippine military says a top Malaysian militant is believed to be among 13 Islamic State group-linked fighters killed overnight in clashes in the southern city of Marawi. Continue reading

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{FD} Fire nearly destroys luxury Myanmar hotel, at least 1 dead

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A fire has nearly destroyed a luxury teakwood hotel popular with foreigners in Myanmar’s biggest city of Yangon. Continue reading

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{FD} Russia’s version of Paris Hilton runs for president against Putin

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Famous Russian TV host Ksenia Sobchak has declared her presidential bid. Continue reading

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{FD} Guatemala court overturns warning to UN official

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A Guatemalan court has ordered the foreign ministry to withdraw an admonition warning the head of a U.N. anti-corruption commission to “refrain from interfering in the internal affairs” of the country. Continue reading

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{FD} Monument of love, the Taj Mahal, at heart of political storm

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India’s famed monument of love, the white marble Taj Mahal, is finding itself at the heart of a political storm, with some members of the country’s ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming that the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor does not reflect Ind… Continue reading

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{FD} Australian govt pushes easier language test for new citizens

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The Australian government says it’s prepared to relax its proposed English language test for new citizens as a compromise to get other tough new restrictions on attaining citizenship through Parliament. Continue reading

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{FD} New Zealanders expected to learn governing coalition

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New Zealanders expect to learn Thursday if their next prime minister will be 37-year-old liberal challenger Jacinda Ardern or 55-year-old conservative incumbent Bill English. Continue reading

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{FD} Record number of whales counted in Argentina’s Patagonia

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Conservation groups say a record number of Southern right whales were counted this year in Argentina’s Patagonia region. Continue reading

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{FD} Iran filling vacuum following ISIS defeat in Iraq

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Today, the Islamic State controls just three percent of Iraq after controlling one-third of the country two years ago, but American officials say an old nemesis in the region continues to stoke tensions inside the country, creating another immediate ch… Continue reading

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{FD} 5 dead, 60 arrested during Togo protests for term limits

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Togo’s security minister says at least five people have been killed in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters demonstrating for presidential term limits. Continue reading

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{FD} UN chief heading to conflict-torn Central African Republic

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday he is going to conflict-torn Central African Republic next week to spotlight growing communal tensions, spreading violence and deteriorating humanitarian situation as well as highlight the work of … Continue reading

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{FD} Caitlan Coleman, American woman released with her family in Pakistan: Who is she?

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U.S. citizen Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, and their three children were released in Pakistan earlier this month after spending five years held by the militant Haqqani network. Continue reading

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{FD} Chile sentences 35 dictatorship agents for disappearance

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A judge in Chile has sentenced 35 former agents of Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s feared secret police for the kidnapping, detention and forced disappearance of a pregnant woman in 1976. Continue reading

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{FD} Mexican fishing group: Proposed fish ban to hurt tuna catch

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A group representing Mexico’s leading fish canners says a proposal to create a non-fishing marine park off the Revillagigedo Islands in the Pacific could reduce catches in Mexican waters by 20 percent. Continue reading

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{FD} Quebec lawmakers pass law obliging citizens to uncover faces

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Quebec legislators passed a religious neutrality bill Wednesday that will oblige citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving state services, triggering criticism that the law targets Muslim women. Continue reading

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{FD} US wants quick vote on Syria chemical weapons inspectors

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The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. says the United States is circulating a resolution that would extend for another year the work of inspectors trying to determine who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Continue reading

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{FD} Sao Paulo schools to augment meals with processed pellets

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Some public schools in Brazil’s biggest city will begin augmenting meals for children with pellets made of reprocessed food items that were close to expiration. Continue reading

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{FD} From terrors of North Korea to US college student: One woman’s amazing journey

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When Grace Jo walks along the leafy paths of Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, she is indistinguishable from any other American college student. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman claims ‘American Horror Story’ inspired her to murder grandfather

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An Australian woman who stabbed and killed her grandfather, claimed that the show ‘American Horror Story’ inspired her crime, The New York Times reported. Continue reading

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{FD} 5 dead in Ukraine after vehicle plows into sidewalk crowd

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

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{FD} Iraq’s Kurdish region postpones elections

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Kurdish media says Iraqi Kurdish officials have postponed elections for parliament and president of the autonomous region in the wake of the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from disputed regions across northern and eastern Iraq. Continue reading

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{FD} Report: excessive force used against Mexican teachers

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A poorly planned and executed police operation to remove protesters’ highway roadblock led to a chaotic confrontation in which six civilians were killed, Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Orthodox Christians try to halt play, clash with police

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

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{FD} At least 8 dead in blast at firecracker factory in India

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Police say a blast at an unlicensed firecracker factory has killed at least eight workers and injured another 20 in eastern India on Wednesday, a day ahead of Hindu’s most popular Diwali festival. Continue reading

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{FD} Mother’s testimony at France terror trial angers relatives

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Relatives of Jewish schoolchildren and soldiers who were killed by a French extremist in 2012 have voiced shock and indignation during the trial of his older brother. Continue reading

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{FD} Longtime Neo-Nazi reveals he’s gay, has Jewish heritage

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A Neo-Nazi and National Front organizer in the United Kingdom came out as gay and revealed his Jewish heritage Tuesday, denouncing the far-right groups after 40 years of active membership. Continue reading

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{FD} France to create new police unit focusing on daily life

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French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a new police unit that will focus on routine crime and security problems. Continue reading

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{FD} Counterterrorism law replacing France’s state of emergency adopted

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

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{FD} Russian TV star Sobchak declares her presidential bid

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Famous Russian TV host Ksenia Sobchak has declared her presidential bid. Continue reading

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{FD} EU switches summit venue over toxic fumes issue

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The European Union is making a last-minute change to the venue of a two-day summit opening Thursday because of toxic fumes in the recently-opened Europa building. Continue reading

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{FD} Hungarian who helped Jews flee Holocaust honored in Budapest

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A Hungarian who printed thousands of passports allowing Jews to flee the country during World War II has been honored with a memorial plaque. Continue reading

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{FD} Police kill 2 at Uganda rally against president’s long rule

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A Uganda opposition official says police have shot dead two people while seeking to foil a political rally in a remote part of the country. Continue reading

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{FD} British mom requests cash instead of birthday presents so son could buy something ‘useful’

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A mother in England is under fire for reportedly for requesting cash instead of presents for her 9-year-old son’s birthday. Continue reading

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{FD} Berlusconi backs autonomy referendums in 2 Italian regions

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Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi threw his political weight behind a non-binding referendum on autonomy in his native region of Lombardy — though he said Wednesday he wasn’t sure whether he can vote himself. Continue reading

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{FD} 4 British nationals kidnapped in Nigeria’s delta region

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Nigerian police say gunmen have kidnapped four British nationals in the Niger Delta region. Continue reading

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