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{FD} WTO summit ends without substantial deals after US criticism

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A World Trade Organization conference dampened from the start by criticism from the United States has ended without any substantial agreements. Continue reading

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{FD} Constitutional arguments begin in Canadian polygamy case

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A Canadian man found guilty of marrying two dozen women says he believed he was entitled to practice polygamy because he wasn’t charged when police investigated the allegations in the 1990s. Continue reading

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{FD} Poland’s new PM marks anniversary of 1981 martial law

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Poland’s new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, and powerful ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski have attended ceremonies marking 36 years since the country’s communist regime used tanks and troops to clamp down on the Solidarity freedom movement. Continue reading

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{FD} Killings of women soared in last decade amid Mexico drug war

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A new study says killings of women in Mexico have risen sharply over the last decade during the country’s drug war, more than wiping out two decades of gains when the rate fell by half. Continue reading

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{FD} Peru seeks arrest of lay leader accused of abuse

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Peruvian prosecutors are seeking the arrest of the leader of a Catholic religious society accused of sexual and psychological abuse against minors. Continue reading

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{FD} Ukraine, Poland move to mend ties strained by views on WWII

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The presidents of Ukraine and Poland have met to find ways of overcoming the World War II legacy that sours relations between the neighboring countries. Continue reading

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{FD} Indian ‘happiness minister’ sought for murder, police say

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A manhunt is underway for India’s so-called “happiness minister” — who vanished after his arrest was ordered in the 2009 death of an opposition politician, according to local reports. Continue reading

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{FD} Another human foot washes ashore in British Columbia

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Another human foot has been found on British Columbia’s coastline. Continue reading

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{FD} Congo court sentences 12 to life for child rapes, murder

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A military court in eastern Congo has sentenced a dozen militia members, including a lawmaker, to life in prison for the rapes of more than 46 children as young as 11 months old. Continue reading

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{FD} Photos: Palmyra before and after ISIS

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Here is visual evidence of the damage the Islamic State did to the ruins of ancient Palmyra, Syria, when the terror group occupied the area. Continue reading

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{FD} Palmyra before and after ISIS

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{FD} New $1B US embassy in London a high-security fortress, with a moat

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It is a high-tech high-security fortress in London. Continue reading

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{FD} State Department investigating injuries, deaths linked to alcohol consumption in Mexico

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As cases continue to pile up showing U.S. citizens suffering injury, sexual assault or even death after drinking potentially tainted booze at Mexican resorts, the U.S. Office of Inspector General is taking another look at how the State Department is ha… Continue reading

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{FD} Sweden to re-establish military unit on Baltic Sea island

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Sweden says it is establishing the nation’s first new military regiment since World War II — a unit of 350 soldiers that will be based on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland. Continue reading

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{FD} For the 2nd time in a week Italy nabs women on mafia charges

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Italian authorities have arrested four women related to a notorious Camorra mobster, in the latest crackdown on females who often take over running mafia businesses when their men are serving time. Continue reading

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{FD} Police arrest one of Brazil’s most wanted drug traffickers

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Police say one of Brazil’s most wanted drug and arms traffickers has been arrested in neighboring Paraguay. Continue reading

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{FD} Aline Griffith, US-born World War II spy-turned Spanish countess, dead at 94

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Aline Griffith, an American-born former model who became a World War II spy and later a member of the Spanish elite as the Countess of Romanoes, died Monday. She was 94. Continue reading

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{FD} New lawyer could delay Belgium trial of Paris terror suspect

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A trial in Belgium set for next week for the lone surviving suspect in the November 2015 extremist massacres in Paris may be postponed due to the appointment of a defense lawyer. Continue reading

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{FD} China’s DNA database in Xinjiang is in ‘gross violation’ of global norms, rights group says

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China is collecting DNA and other biometric data from the population in western Xinjiang in a “gross violation” of global norms, Human Right Watch said Wednesday Continue reading

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{FD} Swans stabbed, beheaded in London parks

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A series of gruesome discoveries at several London parks has sparked a probe to figure out who’s been stabbing and beheading swans. Continue reading

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{FD} Man charged with kidnapping British model opens in Italy

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The trial of a Polish man charged with kidnapping a British model for ransom has opened in Italy. Continue reading

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{FD} Egyptian singer sentenced to prison for racy music video involving banana

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An Egyptian female pop singer was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday after she was convicted of promoting debauchery for a racy music video that featured her provocatively eating a banana. Continue reading

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{FD} Kim Jong Un vows more ‘quality’ nuclear weapons, honors rocket scientists

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Kim Jong Un vowed to bolster the “quality” and “quantity” of North Korea’s crisis-causing nuke and missile stockpile and praised the scientists responsible for “faithfully and perfectly” constructing the Hermit Kingdom’s deadly arsenal. Continue reading

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{FD} With unity in peril, EU leaders tackle refugee quotas

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European Union leaders are grappling with one of the most divisive issues ever to face the 28-nation bloc; how to collectively share responsibility for the tens of thousands of people arriving on Europe’s southern shores in search of a better life. Continue reading

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{FD} Zimbabwe seizes $500,000 worth of ivory on way to Malaysia

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Zimbabwe’s parks agency says it has seized 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of ivory destined for Malaysia. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Saudis, UAE pledge $100 to anti-terror force

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The Latest on a summit in France on a new African military force to counter jihadis in the Sahel (all times local): 2:50 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says Saudi Arabia has pledged to provide $100 million and the UAE $30 million to fight the ji… Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Saudis, UAE pledge $130M to anti-terror force

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The Latest on a summit in France on a new African military force to counter jihadis in the Sahel (all times local): 2:50 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says Saudi Arabia has pledged to provide $100 million and the UAE $30 million to fight the ji… Continue reading

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{FD} New Czech government led by billionaire Babis sworn in

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Czech President Milos Zeman has sworn in a new minority government led by a populist billionaire after his centrist movement won landslide parliamentary elections. Continue reading

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{FD} Swedish ‘Laserman’ on trial in Germany over 1992 killing

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A Swedish convict nicknamed “Laserman” has gone on trial in Frankfurt on murder charges related to the killing of a woman in the German city 25 years ago. Continue reading

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{FD} Group protests human rights activist’s detention in Burundi

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Human Rights Watch is urging Burundian authorities to either free or charge an activist who has been detained since Nov. 21. Continue reading

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{FD} Utah man jailed in Venezuela ordered to stand trial on weapons charges

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An American man who’s spent the last 18 months in a Venezuelan prison must stand trial on weapons charges, a judge ruled Tuesday, dashing hopes Joshua Holt would be released and reunited with his family for Christmas. Continue reading

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{FD} Rwanda-backed report alleges France’s role in 1994 genocide

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A new report commissioned by Rwanda’s government accuses France of supplying weapons to the perpetrators of the East African nation’s 1994 genocide in which over 800,000 people were killed. Continue reading

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{FD} Germany mulls more money for victims after Berlin attack

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The German government is considering increasing compensation for those injured or who lost loved ones in terror attacks, following criticism in the wake of last year’s truck rampage in Berlin. Continue reading

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{FD} Venezuela’s opposition, prisoners win EU human rights award

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Venezuela’s democratic opposition and its political prisoners have received the European Union’s Sakharov Prize for human rights. Continue reading

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{FD} Muslim leaders attending Istanbul summit on Jerusalem

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Leaders of the Muslim world gathered at an extraordinary summit in Turkey on Wednesday to coordinate a “unified action” against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Continue reading

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{FD} Press group says Myanmar journalists arrested over documents

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The Myanmar Press Council said Wednesday that police have arrested two journalists working for an international news organization on suspicion of possessing “secret police documents” related to the ongoing crisis in Rakhine state. Continue reading

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{FD} Collision in Switzerland’s Gotthard road tunnel kills 2

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Police say a head-on collision between a car and a truck in Switzerland’s Gotthard Tunnel has left two people dead and forced the temporary closure of the tunnel, a key transit route through the Alps. Continue reading

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{FD} Another deadly blaze strikes Beijing, killing 5

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Five people have died in an east Beijing fire, underscoring the challenges for the Chinese capital as it struggles to balance building safety with providing housing for its poor. Continue reading

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{FD} Suspected Saudi-led coalition airstrikes kill 15 in Yemen

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Yemeni rebel officials say suspected Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 30 others in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa. Continue reading

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{FD} Global firms snared in South Africa’s corruption scandal

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South Africa’s biggest corruption case since the end of apartheid has entangled not only the president and ruling party but also some major international companies, including U.S. firm McKinsey and KPMG. Continue reading

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{FD} UN court to hear appeal in Serbian lawmaker’s acquittal

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Prosecutors are set to explain to United Nations judges why they believe that the 2016 acquittal of a Serbian ultranationalist on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges should be overturned on appeal. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-king Michael’s coffin arrives in Romania ahead of funeral

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A coffin carrying the body of the late Romanian King Michael I has arrived at Bucharest’s airport from Switzerland ahead of his funeral this weekend. Continue reading

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{FD} Abbas blasts Trump, says no role for US in Mideast peace push

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinians won’t accept any role for the United States in a peace process with Israel “from now on” after the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Abbas says no role for US in Mideast peace push

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The Latest on the gathering of Islamic nations seeking a united stance against the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinians won’t accept … Continue reading

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{FD} France seeks ways to boost anti-jihadi force in Africa

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Presidents, princes and diplomats are coming to Paris on Wednesday to breathe life into a young African military force that aims to counter the growing jihadi threat in the Sahel region. Continue reading

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{FD} Hong Kong judges to decide on UK banker’s murder appeal

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Hong Kong judges will decide on a British banker’s appeal of his conviction in the grisly murders of two Indonesian women. Continue reading

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{FD} Russia moves to block Khodorkovsky’s news website

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The Russian communications watchdog has moved to block a news website financed by top Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Continue reading

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{FD} Saudi Arabia frees 82-year-old former judge after 5 years

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A Saudi human rights group says an 82-year-old former judge and prominent rights advocate has been freed after five years in prison. Continue reading

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{FD} Watchdog: Egypt remains among worst jailers of journalists

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The Committee to Protect Journalists says the international community has failed to pressure the world’s “worst” jailers of journalists, including Egypt, from improving press freedom conditions. Continue reading

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{FD} Gas flows restored after explosion at Austrian hub

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The operator of a major natural gas hub in Austria where an explosion left one person dead and 21 injured says gas flow in all pipelines to and from the plant has been restored. Continue reading

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