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{FD} China says fire in sacred Tibetan monastery not arson

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Chinese authorities say they’ve ruled out arson as the cause of a fire that damaged a 1,300-year-old monastery that is one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most sacred sites. Continue reading

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{FD} Mexican candidate: government erred in not going after arms

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Ruling-party presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade says the government made a mistake by focusing more on seizing drugs headed for the United States than on weapons heading into Mexico. Continue reading

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{FD} Haley issues strong call to UN Security Council to get aid to Syria’s Eastern Ghouta region

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After Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s military forces and allies Wednesday pounded civilians and infrastructure, including hospitals, in Eastern Ghouta, United States United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley called on her Security Council colleagues to sup… Continue reading

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{FD} 6 teens in Australian hospital after drug overdose at school

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Six boys remain in an Australian hospital after suffering drug overdoses at a private school. Continue reading

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{FD} Colombia arrests cop who got Escobar for money laundering

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The Colombian cop who commanded the operation that killed drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has been arrested for laundering money on behalf of a demobilized right-wing militia. Continue reading

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{FD} UN vote expected on 30-day cease-fire in Syria to help needy

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Sweden and Kuwait called for a vote Thursday on a U.N. resolution ordering a 30-day cease-fire throughout Syria to enable delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of people in acute need, and the evacuation of the critically sick and wounded. Continue reading

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{FD} Mexico judge rules arrest of alleged cartel boss was illegal

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A judge in Mexico has ruled that the arrest earlier this week of an alleged drug cartel boss in a city bordering Texas was illegal. Continue reading

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{FD} Magnitude-4.8 quake strikes off Greek island of Zakynthos

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Greek authorities say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 has struck off the western island of Zakynthos, but no injuries or damage have been reported. Continue reading

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{FD} French government unveils tough measures for asylum-seekers

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French President Emmanuel Macron’s government on Wednesday presented a bill to enforce tougher immigration rules, decried by human rights organizations as repressive toward asylum-seekers. Continue reading

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{FD} Model Chloe Ayling agreed to take part in her own kidnapping, suspect claims

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A Polish man accused of kidnapping a British model told an Italian court Wednesday that the woman had agreed to the scheme in a bid to boost her career, contradicting earlier statements that he needed the ransom money for leukemia treatment. Continue reading

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{FD} Who is Peter Madsen, the Danish inventor charged with murdering Kim Wall?

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What to know about Peter Madsen, the Danish inventor and submariner who is suspected of killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Continue reading

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{FD} Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $830M Fluor contract nears end

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Crews who are helping restore power in Puerto Rico as part of an $830 million federal contract are leaving as nearly a quarter of a million customers remain in the dark more than five months after Hurricane Maria. Continue reading

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{FD} Argentina truckers gridlock traffic to protest Macri reforms

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Tens of thousands of Argentines joined a demonstration on Wednesday organized by truckers and other labor unions in the first major protest so far this year against President Mauricio Macri’s austerity measures. Continue reading

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{FD} Ferry explosion injures 18 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Mexican authorities say an explosion on a ferry has hurt 18 people in the Caribbean beach city of Playa del Carmen, but none of the injuries are life-threatening. Continue reading

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{FD} Mexico finds illegal avocado plantation in Monarch reserve

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Mexican environmental inspectors say they’ve found 7.4 acres (3 hectares) of illegal avocado plantations in the Monarch butterfly wintering grounds west of Mexico City. Continue reading

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{FD} 50 girls missing from Nigerian town after Boko Haram attack

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About 50 young women remained missing Wednesday after Boko Haram extremists attacked a village in northern Nigeria that is home to a boarding school for girls, provoking fears that they may have met the same fate as those kidnapped from the town of Chi… Continue reading

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{FD} Venezuela opposition demands fair presidential election

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Venezuela’s opposition says it will boycott an election challenging socialist President Nicolas Maduro unless the government drops a ban on major candidates and takes other steps to ease fears it’s rigged. Continue reading

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{FD} Protests in Greece swell against property auctions

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Greece’s powerful Communist Party has vowed to step up protests against online auctions of homes with defaulted mortgages, putting more pressure on the government which has promised bailout creditors it will speed up the auction process. Continue reading

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{FD} UK’s left-wing Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn under fire for alleged Soviet collusion

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Jeremy Corbyn, the far-left leader of the UK Labor Party, lashed out at the British press Tuesday after allegations surfaced that he, along with other high-profile members of his party, colluded with Soviet spies during the Cold War. Continue reading

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{FD} Vandalism, violent incidents mark Italy’s election campaign

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More acts of vandalism and violence have occurred during Italy’s tense election campaign, with targets including far-right and far-left advocates and other politicians. Continue reading

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{FD} Ferry explosion at Playa del Carmen pier injures at least 12

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More than a dozen people were reportedly injured Wednesday in an explosion on a ferry docked at a Mexican tourist destination. Continue reading

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{FD} Egypt arrests 6 on a farm owned by Islamist politician

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Egypt’s official news agency says police have arrested six suspected Muslim Brotherhood members on a farm allegedly owned by a recently detained Islamist politician. Continue reading

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{FD} Polish kidnap suspect says model agreed to plot

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A Polish man charged with kidnapping a British model for ransom has claimed she agreed to the ploy in a bid to boost her career. Continue reading

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{FD} Mexican front-runner promotes ‘well-being of the soul’

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Religion has been the electrified “third rail” of Mexican politics since anti-clerical laws in the 1920s sparked a bloody uprising by Catholics in which thousands died. Continue reading

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{FD} At least 36 dead as bus veers off cliff in Peru

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Police say at least 36 people were killed when a double-deck bus veered off a highway and tumbled 200 meters (about 650 feet) down a cliff in southern Peru. Continue reading

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{FD} Sick UK toddler’s life support can be shut off despite parents’ wishes, court rules

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Doctors treating a sick British toddler can shut off the child’s life support despite his parents’ wishes to seek alternative treatment, London’s High Court ruled on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Liberia’s new president pays visit to France

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Newly-elected Liberian President George Weah and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have announced the creation of a fund to support sport projects in Africa. Continue reading

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{FD} European space probe prepares to sniff Martian atmosphere

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A European space probe has swung into position around Mars in preparation to analyze its atmosphere for possible signs of life. Continue reading

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{FD} 2 French soldiers killed in Mali by explosive device

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Two French soldiers died in Mali when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. Continue reading

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{FD} Kim Jong Un’s hard currency expected to run dry by October, South Korean lawmaker says

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Kim Jong Un’s cash flow is expected to run dry by October if international sanctions continue crippling his regime’s economy, a South Korean lawmaker said Wednesday, following months of rumors about North Korea’s financial woes. Continue reading

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{FD} UK Supreme Court: Police liable for failings in rapist case

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Britain’s Supreme Court says police can be held liable for failing to bring serious criminals to justice — a ruling that could open U.K. forces to a wave of lawsuits from victims. Continue reading

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{FD} Pakistan’s top court rules against disqualified PM Sharif

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, declaring that anyone disqualified from holding office cannot serve as head of a political party. Continue reading

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{FD} Russian FM Lavrov criticizes the West’s policies in Balkans

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Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov is criticizing Western policies toward his country, urging European countries to maintain good relations with Moscow despite the Russia-West divisions. Continue reading

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{FD} German court hands Swede life sentence for 1992 killing

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A German court has sentenced a Swede to life in prison for shooting dead a woman in Frankfurt 26 years ago. Continue reading

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{FD} South Africa’s FM under scrutiny ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

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South Africa’s finance minister has announced the first increase in the value-added tax in a quarter-century as the country seeks to bring in new revenue. Continue reading

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{FD} Amid a flood of plastic, big companies see opportunity

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Public awareness of the problem of plastic waste is swelling and companies are reacting. Continue reading

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{FD} Explosion at bank in northern Myanmar kills 2, wounds 21

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Myanmar authorities says a bomb exploded in a bank in the northern city of Lashio, a region where there is fighting between the government and ethnic minority guerrillas, killing two people and injuring 21 others. Continue reading

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{FD} Macedonia replaces road signs in goodwill gesture to Greece

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Macedonian authorities have begun replacing road signs on the country’s main highway named by the previous government after the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great, in a goodwill gesture toward neighboring Greece. Continue reading

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{FD} At least 25 dead as bus veers off cliff in Peru

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Police say at least 25 people were killed when their bus veered off a highway and tumbled 200 meters (about 650 feet) down a cliff in southern Peru. Continue reading

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{FD} Spain: Judge orders arrest of separatist if she returns

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A Spanish judge has ordered the arrest of a leading Catalan separatist politician if she returns to Spain from Switzerland, where she has moved to avoid a judicial inquiry. Continue reading

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{FD} Only on AP: Migrant recounts forced deportation from Israel

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Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea’s decision to snub Pence is sign of a ‘standoff,’ expert says

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There has been a muted and perplexed response here to reports that North Korea snubbed a planned meeting with Vice President Pence during his visit at the start of the Olympics. Continue reading

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{FD} Vatican sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile

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The special envoy sent by Pope Francis to investigate allegations that sex abuse was covered up has been hospitalized in Chile. Continue reading

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{FD} President says Egypt ‘scored a goal’ with Israel gas deal

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Egypt’s president says his country “scored a goal” by signing a $15 billion deal with an Israeli company to supply natural gas that will help turn Egypt into a regional energy hub. Continue reading

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{FD} A look at the scandals surrounding Israel’s prime minister

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political life as a dizzying array of scandals has engulfed him, his family and his inner circle. Continue reading

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{FD} Zimbabwe’s Mugabe marks 94th birthday in near solitude

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Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe is celebrating his first birthday since his resignation in near solitude, far from the lavish affair of years gone by. Continue reading

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{FD} Spain helps keep alive archaic language of Sephardic Jews

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A language still spoken by the descendants of Jews expelled from Spain 500 years ago is getting a helping hand from the Spanish Royal Academy to keep it alive. Continue reading

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{FD} Snow isolates Moroccan mountain villages more used to sun

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Bitter cold and exceptionally heavy snowfall have beleaguered parts of Morocco this winter, disrupting schools, closing national highways — and delighting residents in cities where it hadn’t snowed for decades. Continue reading

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{FD} Polish official: no criminal charges under Holocaust law

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A Polish government official says a controversial law makes it a criminal act to blame Poles for Holocaust crimes they did not commit will not lead to criminal charges. Continue reading

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{FD} Japanese father of 13 surrogate children veiled in mystery

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A Japanese man who has won legal custody of 13 surrogate children in Thailand has remained virtually anonymous in Japanese media. Continue reading

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