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Madagascar goes to the polls in runoff presidential election

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Voters have begun casting their ballots across the Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar Wednesday to select a new president in a runoff election that pits two former leaders against each other. More>>

Cuba eliminates gay marriage language from new constitution

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Cuba says language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea. More>>

Human rights court rules against Greece in Sharia law case

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The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Greece violated a prohibition on discrimination by applying Islamic religious law to an inheritance dispute among members of the country's Muslim minority. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Editors' picks for 2018 from Asia

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AP PHOTOS: Editors' picks for the best images of 2018 from Asia. More>>

US reviews report of imports from forced labor in China camp

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The U.S. government says it is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese detention camp where ethnic minorities must give up their religion and language and work in factories. More>>

European officials agree on ban of some single-use plastics

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European Union officials have agreed to ban some single-use plastics, such as disposable cutlery, plates and straws, in an effort to cut marine pollution. More>>

Yemeni mom wins fight to fly to US to give dying son kiss

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A Yemeni mother blocked by travel ban plans to flies to California after winning visa fight to kiss her dying son 'one last time'. More>>

UK to unveil post-Brexit immigration plan amid business fear

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The British government is publishing long-awaited plans for a post-Brexit immigration system that will end free movement of European Union citizens to the U.K. More>>

Chechen critic fears for his life as he faces deportation

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Critic of Chechen ruler faces deportation from Poland as European nations become increasingly wary of sheltering refugees from Chechnya. More>>

Media freedom group records increase in journalists killed

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Media freedom group Reporters Without Borders says it has recorded an increase in the number of journalists killed and imprisoned worldwide this year. More>>

Charity says Yemenis face 'double threat' of cold, hunger

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An international aid group says more than half a million displaced people in war-torn Yemen face the "double threat" of famine and freezing temperatures as winter sets in. More>>

First private Israeli lunar mission will launch in February

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An Israeli organization says that it has pushed back its launch of the first private spacecraft aiming to land on the moon. More>>

Victims, accountability on agenda at pope's sex abuse summit

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Organizers of Vatican summit on sex abuse prevention are warning that the credibility of the Catholic Church is in jeopardy over the abuse scandal and are urging participants to meet with victims to hear their pain first-hand. More>>

Scary statistic: 90.5 percent of plastic is not recycled

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The burgeoning crisis in plastic waste has won the attention of the Royal Statistical Society, which chose 90.5 percent _ the proportion of plastic waste that has never been recycled _ as its international statistic of the year. More>>

Germany arrests Russian suspected of breaching arms embargo

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German prosecutors say customs officials have arrested a 68-year-old Russian man on suspicion of exporting goods suitable for missile construction to 'military recipients' in his home country. More>>

Swedish TV: Witness in killings of UN experts poisoned

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Swedish broadcaster SVT says a key witness to the murder in Congo of two UN experts was poisoned in custody, citing a new confidential report by the United Nations. More>>

UK ramps up 'no-deal' Brexit preparations amid impasse

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The British Cabinet is expected to discuss ramping up preparations for Britain's departure from the European Union without a deal. More>>

Zimbabwe inquiry finds army, police killed 6 during protest

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A commission of inquiry says Zimbabwe's military and police were responsible for killing six people when they intervened to stop post-election protests in the capital in August. More>>

Johnny Clegg, musician and cancer survivor, awaits hard road

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South African musician Johnny Clegg has survived pancreatic cancer for the last few years, but awaits more hard times. More>>

Elections in the time of Ebola: Congo to vote amid disease

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Elections in the time of Ebola: Congo prepares to vote; 'There are so many risks'. More>>

President Trump to attend economic forum in Switzerland

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President Donald Trump will be attending the World Economic Forum next month in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

Romanian-Canadian singer dies after car plunges into Danube

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Police say Romanian-Canadian singer and songwriter Anca Pop has died after her car plunged into the River Danube. More>>

Talks adopt 'rulebook' to put Paris climate deal into action

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Nearly 200 countries at the U.N. climate talks have agreed upon universal, transparent rules on how nations can cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming. More>>

Truce brings hope for Yemen, but peace could prove elusive

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Yemeni officials say key port city of Hodeida calm, hours after U.N.-mediated cease-fire went into effect between government-allied forces and rebels. More>>

Belgian PM offers to resign after migration tears government

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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has resigned amid pressure on his government after the biggest party in his coalition quit over his support for the U.N. global compact on migration. More>>

Saudi spending to hit record high as oil prices resume slide

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman has extended monthly allowances for government employees, military personnel, pensioners, social security recipients and students into next year. More>>

US pledges $10.6B aid for Central America, southern Mexico

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The United States has pledged $5.8 billion in aid for strengthening government and economic development in Central America, and another $4.8 billion in development aid for southern Mexico. More>>

Russian guards not in a Christmas mood on Estonian border

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Travelers beware: Russian border guards are not in a Christmas mood along the Estonian border. More>>

Huawei calls on US, others to show proof of security risk

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The chairman of Huawei has called on the United States, Australia and other governments to provide evidence to back up claims that the Chinese tech giant is a security risk. More>>

China will 'never seek hegemony,' Xi says in reform speech

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Chinese President Xi Jinping says the country will "never seek hegemony" even as it approaches the center of the world stage, in a speech marking China's 40 years of reform. More>>

Romania maternity hospital hit by superbug to reopen

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Romania's health minister says a maternity hospital in the capital where 45 babies were diagnosed with a drug-resistant superbug has been given the all-clear to reopen. More>>

4 die in crash of Portuguese medical emergency helicopter

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Portuguese authorities say four people have died when a helicopter in the country's medical emergency service crashed. More>>

French govt offers 300-euro bonus to protest-weary police

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France's interior minister is to meet with representatives of police unions, following complaints about working conditions and calls for a work slowdown over what unions say are strained resources after five straight weekends of sometimes violent protests. More>>

Genoa announces $229M project to replace collapsed bridge

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Genoa's mayor has announced that a 200 million euro ($220 million) project by hometown architect Renzo Piano inspired by a naval ship has been chosen to replace the Morandi bridge that collapsed last summer, killing 43 people. More>>

The Latest: Greece accused of violently forcing out migrants

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A German court has convicted a man of unauthorized dealing in firearms over the sale in 2016 of weapons that he advertised as being usable to "shoot down asylum-seekers.". More>>

49 people smugglers arrested in Interpol-led operation

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Interpol says a police operation targeting migrant smugglers has led to the arrest of 49 people across the Americas. More>>

Deported immigrants get their last flight on 'ICE Air'

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An obscure division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates hundreds of flights each year to remove immigrants. More>>

EU urges Kosovo to drop tariffs as political tensions mount

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The European Union's top diplomat is calling on Kosovo to lift tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as tensions rise between the former Serbian territory, and the EU and NATO. More>>

Macedonia offers partial amnesty for storming of parliament

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Macedonian lawmakers has approved a law offering partial amnesty to some suspected perpetrators of a violent storming of parliament last year, as a move towards reconciliation in a deeply polarized society. More>>

French protesters' motives are in eyes of many beholders

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While flaming barricades, shattered glass and skirmishes occupy Paris, English-speaking observers have their own theories on the weeks of anti-government protests in France. More>>

Major powers report progress on new Syria constitution body

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Russia's foreign minister says the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed to convene the first session of a committee to draft a new Syrian constitution early next year. More>>

Warrant issued for arrest of 'Schwimmer lookalike' suspect

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A British judge has issued an arrest warrant for an alleged shoplifter whose striking resemblance to David Schwimmer made international headlines, after he failed to show up for a court appearance. More>>

Japan to spend more on defense, refit first aircraft carrier

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Japan has adopted new defense guidelines that include plans for its first aircraft carrier and increases in defense spending and arms capability in coming years, citing the need to counter potential threats from North Korea and China. More>>

Vatican urged to reveal status of ousted US archbishop

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A prominent U.S. archbishop is asking the Vatican for answers about the status of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct against his predecessor. More>>

Dutch student, 16, shot dead in school's bicycle shed

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Police say a 16-year-old girl has been gunned down in her school's bicycle shed, in a rare fatal shooting at a Dutch school. More>>

The Latest: 3,500 troops to be on standby if no-deal Brexit

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The British government has decided to ramp up preparations for a "no-deal" Brexit, saying it must be ready for the possibility of that default option. More>>

Report: China is driving use of armed drones in Middle East

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Use of armed drones in Mideast, driven largely by growing sales from China, is growing significantly, says new report. More>>

Putin: Russia has enough missiles without violating treaty

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President Vladimir Putin says Russia's new weapons have no foreign equivalents, helping ensure the country's security for decades to come. More>>

Macedonian, Greek leaders see Nobel Peace Prize nomination

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A former Nobel Peace Prize winner says the prime ministers of Macedonia and Greece will be nominated for 2019 peace prize for their efforts to end a 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name. More>>

Cameroon military says it killed 7 suspected separatists

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Cameroon's military says it has killed seven suspected English-speaking separatists in Bamenda in the North West region. More>>

Executive's arrest, security worries stymie Huawei's reach

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Chinese tech giant Huawei's ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad, while one of its top executives faces U.S. charges over trade with Iran. More>>

Iraqi parliament confirms 3 new ministers, 5 seats unfilled

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Iraq's parliament confirms three ministers to Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi's government, leaves other key posts, including ministers of Defense and Interior,. More>>

Dutch Supreme Court upholds weapon smuggling conviction

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The Dutch Supreme Court has upheld the war crimes conviction of a timber dealer who was found guilty of selling arms to former Liberian leader Charles Taylor and of complicity in war crimes committed by Taylor's forces from 2000 to 2003. More>>

South Africa eatery ad spoofs colonialism; regulators miffed

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A South African restaurant chain has been ordered to withdraw a television commercial deemed to have trivialized the brutal history of colonial rule in Africa. More>>

Terror charges issued in France's Christmas market attack

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A man suspected of supplying the gun that was used in the shooting attack that killed five people near a Christmas market in Strasbourg was handed preliminary terror charges Monday, according to a judicial official close to the investigation. More>>

Norway allows cleric to face court in Italy

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Norway's justice minister says an Iraqi-born cleric suspected of enticing recruits to fight in Iraq and Syria, has been given travel documents enabling to travel to Italy where he faces trial. More>>

Dutch court upholds ban on branch of Bandidos biker club

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An appeals court has upheld a ban on a Dutch arm of the Bandidos motorcycle club, agreeing with a lower court's conclusion that the biker gang forms a threat to public order. More>>

Russian cargo ship runs aground off southwest England

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A Russian cargo ship with 18 crew members on board has run aground off the coast of Falmouth, Cornwall, in southwest Britain, following bad weather. More>>

Morocco arrests suspect after deaths of 2 European tourists

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Moroccan authorities say one person has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two Scandinavian tourists in the Atlas Mountains, a popular hiking destination. More>>

9 migrants trying to reach UK rescued in English Channel

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French officials say that nine migrants, including a woman and child, have been rescued off the coast of Dunkirk after two distress calls from their small boat as they tried to sneak to Britain. More>>

German Chancellor Angela Merkel to receive Fulbright prize

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The Washington-based Fulbright Association says its 2018 prize for international understanding will go to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. More>>

Pope shakes up Vatican communications operations

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Pope Francis is shaking up the Vatican's communications operations, replacing the longtime editor of the Holy See newspaper and naming a prominent Italian journalist to coordinate the editorial line of all Vatican media. More>>

Pope to politicians: Unacceptable to blame migrants for evil

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Pope Francis says political speeches that blame migrants for all evils and deprive the poor of hope are "unacceptable.". More>>

German authorities raid mosque in Berlin in terrorism probe

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Authorities say police are searching a Berlin mosque as part of an investigation into its imam on suspicion he raised and sent money to support an Islamic extremist fighter in Syria. More>>

Cease-fire in Yemen's port goes into force after fighting

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Yemeni officials say intense fighting erupted between government-allied forces and Shiite rebels at the Red Sea port city of Hodeida shortly before a U.N.-brokered cease-took effect. More>>

Kremlin denies roiling US politics through social media

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The Kremlin says new reports containing new claims of Russia's political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media are baseless. More>>

Anti-government protesters mass for 5th day in Hungary

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Security forces have physically ejected Hungarian opposition lawmakers from the headquarters of the Hungarian state broadcaster MTVA in Budapest. More>>

'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak

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'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak; mother died in childbirth. More>>

German high court throws out far-right complaint on migrants

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Germany's highest court has thrown out complaints from the far-right Alternative for Germany party claiming Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 decision to allow in hundreds of thousands of migrants were a constitutional violation. More>>

Spanish court gears for high-stakes trial of separatists

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Spain's Supreme Court is holding a preliminary hearing ahead of a highly politically charged trial of 18 Catalan ex officials and activists accused of rebellion for their parts in last year's attempt to secede from Spain. More>>

Putin decries prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to looking into what has been widely viewed as the persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia. More>>

Nissan board meets but no chairman picked to replace Ghosn

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Nissan's board is meeting to pick a chairman to replace Carlos Ghosn, arrested last month on charges of violating financial regulations. More>>

US airstrikes in Somalia on the rise

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A spate of U.S. airstrikes against Islamic extremists in Somalia are the latest in a dramatic uptick in attacks in the Horn of Africa nation since President Donald Trump took office. More>>

Serbia and Kosovo trade accusations over Kosovo's new army

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The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo are scheduled to address the U.N. Security Council amid heightened tensions following Kosovo's decision to transform its existing 4,000-strong security force into a regular army. More>>

Kosovo betrayed by EU on visa-free travel, premier says

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Kosovo's prime minister says the country feels betrayed by and disillusioned with the European Union, which it is aspiring to join one day, because of the bloc's stance on a tariffs dispute with Serbia. More>>

May says postponed Brexit vote to be held week of Jan 14

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Prime Minister Theresa May is set to condemn calls for a second referendum on Britain's departure from the European Union, saying it would do irreparable damage to trust in democracy. More>>

Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman Sachs

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Malaysia says it has filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two of its employees in connection with a multibillion-dollar scandal involving state investment fund 1MDB. More>>

Detentions raise fears, cast doubt on China's policies

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China's detentions of Canadians worries executives, raises doubts about commitment to reform. More>>

UN approves compact to support world's refugees; US objects

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Despite opposition from the United States and Hungary, the U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a non-binding compact that provides more robust support for countries where most of the world's more than 25 million refugees live. More>>

France: Alleged gun source given preliminary terror charges

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A man suspected of supplying the gun that was used in the shooting attack that killed five people near a Christmas market in Strasbourg was handed preliminary terror charges Monday, according to a judicial official close to the investigation. More>>

Kremlin hails go-ahead for oligarchs to attend Davos forum

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The Kremlin has welcomed the decision by the World Economic Forum to renew invitations for three high-profiled Russians after an initial snub. More>>

Correction: Vatican-Bulgaria-Macedonia story

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Pope Francis is travelling in May to the Orthodox countries of Bulgaria and Macedonia, where he will pay tribute to Macedonian-born Mother Teresa, officials said Thursday. More>>

Indian troops enforce lockdown to foil Kashmir protest march

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Armed soldiers and police are enforcing a security lockdown to foil a public march toward India's military headquarters in disputed Kashmir in protest of weekend killings. More>>

Philippines' Catriona Gray named Miss Universe 2018

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Catriona Gray of the Philippines has been named Miss Universe, besting contestants from 93 other countries. More>>

The Latest: Corbyn submits symbolic no-confidence motion

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British Prime Minister Theresa May says the delayed vote in Parliament on the Brexit deal between her government and the European Union will be held the week of Jan. 14. More>>

Meghan's father Thomas Markle appeals to her to call home

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Meghan Markle's father has appealed to his daughter to call him, saying they hadn't been in touch since her wedding to Prince Harry in May. More>>

Polish president signs bill reinstating Supreme Court judges

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The European Union's top court has ruled Poland must immediately suspend a law that lowered the retirement age for Supreme Court judges. More>>

France: Unions urge work slowdowns by protest-weary police

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After five straight weekends of disruptive and sometimes violent protests across France, police are taking a turn expressing anger at the French government. More>>

3 men die in cold spell in Serbia; schools close in Bosnia

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A man has frozen to death in Serbia as a cold spell throughout the Balkans slowed down traffic and closed down schools in some areas. More>>

UK ministers seek to downplay chance of second Brexit vote

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May and former Prime Minister Tony Blair have exchanged insults as Britain's divorce from the European Union kept getting uglier. More>>

UK police evacuate city street after hotel 'threat'

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Police in Britain say they have evacuated part of a main street in the Welsh capital, Cardiff, after a hotel received threats. More>>

Pakistan, Saudis, UAE join US-Taliban talks

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The Taliban say "another" meeting is to be held with the United States, this time in the United Arab Emirates and involving representatives of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. More>>

US conducts 6 airstrikes against Somalia extremists, 62 dead

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The United States military Africa Command says that it has carried out six airstrikes in the Gandarshe area of Somalia which killed a total of 62 extremists from the al-Shabab rebel group. More>>

Yellow vest protesters still block French traffic circles

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Yellow vest protesters are occupying dozens of traffic roundabouts in France, even as their movement for economic justice appears to be losing momentum on the fifth straight weekend of demonstrations. More>>

Bomb explodes outside private Greek TV station, no one hurt

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Powerful bomb damages private Greek television station Skai, no one hurt. More>>

Kids at a Vatican charity give Pope Francis a birthday cake

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Children who receive help at a Vatican pediatric dispensary have given Pope Francis a cake on the eve of his 82nd birthday. More>>

Bosnian official: Croatia illegally expelling migrants

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A Bosnian official says it has documented numerous cases of migrants being illegally pushed back into its territory by police in neighboring Croatia. More>>

Family of migrant girl disputes official story on her death

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Lawyers for the family of a 7-year-old girl who died while in U.S. Border Patrol custody say she did not suffer from a lack of food or water before being picked up by authorities. More>>

Romania leader asks for govt agenda, fearing graft amnesty

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Romania's president wants the prime minister to send him what's on the government agenda in advance amid concerns government will pass an amnesty for people imprisoned on corruption charges. More>>

Canada caught between 2 powers, feeling alone in the world

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China has Canada in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the U.S. States. More>>

Kenyan police kill 5 after residents resist arrest attempt

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Kenya: Five people were killed in a village in Western after residents resisted the arrest of a suspect in domestic abuse case. More>>

5 Frankfurt police suspected of sharing far-right images

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German authorities say five Frankfurt police officers are under investigation over allegations they shared far-right images, videos and texts in a chat group with one another. More>>

Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned

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Putin calls for Kremlin to get in to the rap game. More>>

Sudan president lands in Syria in 1st visit by Arab leader

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Sudan's president has become the first Arab League leader to visit Syria since a war erupted there nearly eight years ago. More>>

South Africa's former leader joins Twitter amid legal woes

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'You will get used to me:' South Africa's former president, who faces corruption charges, starts tweeting. More>>

Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave

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Can we talk? On a continent of coups, Ugandans try to coax longtime president to step aside. More>>

Germany to compensate hundreds who fled Nazis as children

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Germany has agreed to one-time payments to those still living from the thousands evacuated in 'Kindertransport' efforts in Nazi era, group says. More>>

German rail operator, union agree on new wage package

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Germany's rail operator says it has reached a new wage agreement with workers, averting the possibility of more strikes during the Christmas crunch. More>>

Sri Lankan president doubts he can work with reappointed PM

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Sri Lanka's president has reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, nearly two months after firing him and setting off weeks of political stalemate. More>>

French city honors victims of Christmas market attack

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A gathering is being held in a central square of the eastern French city of Strasbourg to pay homage to the victims of a gunman who killed four people and wounded a dozen more several days ago. More>>

North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

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North Koreans are marking the anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il seven years ago with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son, Kim Jong Un. More>>

Germany sees notable drop in asylum applications in 2018

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The German government anticipates a notable drop in asylum applications in 2018 even including all the babies born to recent migrants in Germany. More>>

Nissan to replace rock-star chairman amid arrest scandal

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Nissan's board is meeting to pick a chairman to replace Carlos Ghosn, arrested last month on charges of violating financial regulations. More>>

Fighting around Yemen's Hodeida leaves 12 dead, 25 wounded

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Fighting around Yemen's port city of Hodeida leaves 12 dead and 25 injured. More>>

Israeli PM's son gets temporary ban on Facebook

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Facebook has temporarily blocked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son Yair for writing a post criticizing the social media platform as "thought police.". More>>

Hungary sees 4th day of protests over overtime, other issues

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Several thousand protesters have marched through Budapest for a fourth day to oppose laws introduced by the Hungarian government that critics say will restrict workers' rights. More>>

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

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Iraqi religious leaders have laid the cornerstone to rebuild Mosul's landmark al-Nuri Grand Mosque, which was blown up in the battle with Islamic State militants in 2017. More>>

The Latest: French official reports 8th protest death

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Paris police say 21 people have been detained in the French capital before protests by the "yellow vests" movement. More>>

Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

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Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she defrauded the treasury of more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. More>>

Death of 7-year-old on border raises questions

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Immigration officials say an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death of a 7-year-old migrant girl who suffered seizures in custody and later died. More>>

Tens of thousands rally in Gaza to mark Hamas anniversary

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Tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza City for a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the militant Hamas group's establishment. More>>

Canada gets access to detainee in China 6 days after arrest

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Canada's ambassador to China was given access to detained Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor six days after he was arrested in China. More>>

Croatia denies police violently push migrants into Bosnia

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Croatian authorities are denying a report by an international watchdog group that the country's police are illegally and sometimes violently pushing migrants back into neighboring Bosnia. More>>

Bomb kills 8 in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed forces

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Syrian activists say a bomb blast in a northern town held by Turkish-backed opposition forces has killed at least eight people. More>>

Kosovo president: Decision to form army 'irreversible'

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Kosovo's president says the decision to transform the country's security force into an army is "irreversible" but assures neighboring Serbia it doesn't have to worry about ethnic Serbs living in Kosovo. More>>

Girl who died fled intensely poor Guatemalan village

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Jakelin Caal Maquin had received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles from her impoverished Guatemalan village. More>>

Report: Iranian general fatally shoots himself by accident

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A Revolutionary Guard general who fought in Syria and Iraq has accidentally killed himself while cleaning a gun. More>>

Kremlin candidate wins Far East governorship in repeat vote

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Russians living in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai have voted for a new governor after previous election was tainted by fraud. More>>

Somalia closes notorious prison amid abuse allegations

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Somalia has closed an underground prison where the government has held extremist suspects and journalists, amid allegations of abuses against inmates, the security minister said Sunday. More>>

Georgia's 1st woman president is inaugurated amid protests

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The first woman president of Georgia has been sworn into office amid continued protests from opposition figures who allege her election was tainted. More>>

Report: Iran prisoner who died in hospital was a terrorist

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Iranian semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that a detained activist who died last week was a member of terrorist group planning attacks. More>>

Police, anti-migration protesters clash at EU headquarters

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Police have used tear gas and water cannons on demonstrators who assembled around the European Union's headquarters in Brussels to protest the adoption of a United Nations migration pact. More>>

1 dead, 44 injured in Switzerland bus crash

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Zurich police say a tour bus on its way to Germany has crashed in Switzerland, killing one person and injuring 44 others. More>>

Turkey expects 'concrete steps' from US on cleric's return

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Turkey's foreign minister is expressing impatience with the United States for not extraditing a cleric whom the Turkish government alleges masterminded a failed 2016 coup. More>>

Brexit debate needs a change of tone, Anglican bishops say

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The Church of England's bishops are appealing for national unity following a week of divisive discussions around Britain's efforts to leave the European Union, urging politicians and the public to adopt a more civilized tone in the debate. More>>

New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

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New Ukrainian Orthodox leader urges peace and unity in first liturgy. More>>

Moscow police arrest least 5 protesters near security office

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A human rights activist says Moscow police have arrested at least five protesters at an unsanctioned rally outside the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor agency to the KGB. More>>

Strike, lockdown shut Kashmir amid anger over killings

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A security clampdown and a strike sponsored by separatists fighting against Indian rule has shut most of Indian-administered Kashmir a day after protests and fighting killed seven civilians and four combatants. More>>

Tear gas in Paris, but fewer protesters and bigger demands

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A strong police presence has deployed in Paris ahead of planned demonstrations by the "yellow vest" protesters, with authorities repeating calls for calm after previous protests degenerated into violence. More>>

2 killed in attack in Rwanda, near border with Burundi

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At least two Rwandan civilians were killed and eight injured when attackers set fire to three passenger vehicles in the southern Nyamagabe district, which borders Burundi, said a Rwandan army official. More>>

Nations at UN climate talks back universal emissions rules

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Officials from around the world are still working to agree on the fine print of the Paris climate accord after two weeks of talks, even as workers busily dismantle sections of the conferenced venue around them. More>>

Ukraine Orthodox leaders approve break with Russian church

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Thousands of people have gathered outside a Kiev cathedral to witness the birth of a new Ukrainian Orthodox Church as tensions between Ukraine and Russia continue to drive the two farther apart. More>>

Frogs, fish and small birds die in English zoo fire

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Chester Zoo says insects, frogs, fish and small birds perished in a fire that broke out in an enclosure devoted to exotic tropical habitats. More>>

North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

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North Koreans are marking the anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il seven years ago with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son, Kim Jong Un. More>>

Prosecutor: Bavarian stabbing suspect has long arrest record

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Bavarian authorities say the 38-year-old German man arrested in connection with stabbing three women in Nuremberg last week has a long criminal record, including a sexual assault conviction. More>>

Pope hopes new UN global pact sparks compassion for migrants

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Pope Francis is expressing hope that the new, U.N. global pact for safe, orderly migration, spurs solidarity toward migrants. More>>

The Latest: UN climate talks agree on reporting emissions

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Attempts by developed nations at the U.N. climate talks in Poland to create watertight rules for international carbon emissions trading have prompted new, last-minute demands from Brazil. More>>

Canada says entrepreneur feared detained in China

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Chinese are cheering a Canadian court's decision to release a top Huawei Technologies executive on bail. More>>

Bus crash in snowy Serbia kills 3, injures 32

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Serbian police say a bus has skidded and overturned in wintry weather killing three people and injuring 32. More>>

China suspends tariff hikes on US cars, auto parts

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China suspends tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its trade cease-fire with Washington. More>>

Father of Strasbourg attacker said his son backed IS group

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The man described as the father of the 29-year-old suspect in this week's deadly Christmas market attack in Strasbourg says his son subscribed to the beliefs of the Islamic State group. More>>

Russia claims US ignoring outreach on nuclear disagreement

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Russia claims Pentagon ignoring efforts to work out nuclear treaty dispute. More>>

Troops kill 7 civilians as protest turns bloody in Kashmir

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Police say seven men have been killed and nearly two dozens injured when government forces fired at anti-India protesters in Kashmir following a gunbattle that left three rebels and a soldier dead. More>>

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his government has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement. More>>

The Latest: Migrant girl's family disputes officials' story

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An official with Guatemala's foreign ministry has identified the 7-year-old migrant girl who died in U.S. Border Patrol custody as Jackeline Caal. More>>

Sri Lanka's disputed prime minister resigns to end impasse

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Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned, saying he wants to end a political impasse over his appointment. More>>

Thousands brave snow to rally against Serbian leader Vucic

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Braving snow and cold weather, thousands have rallied in Serbia's capital in an outpouring of discontent with the autocratic rule of President Aleksandar Vucic and his government. More>>

Genoa mayor says new bridge to be built by Christmas 2019

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Genoa mayor says new bridge to be built by Christmas 2019 to replace the one that collapsed. More>>

Visitors evacuated, animals moved after fire at British zoo

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A British zoo says a fire has broken out at one of its enclosures and that visitors are being evacuated. More>>

Spain rescues 2 minors crossing Mediterranean on truck tire

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Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved two underage migrants who were trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar afloat a truck tire. More>>

German police arrest male suspect in Nuremberg stabbings

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German police say they have a man in custody suspected in the stabbing of three women in the southern city of Nuremberg. More>>

US says new airstrike in Somalia kills 8 al-Shabab fighters

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US says new airstrike in Somalia kills 8 al-Shabab fighters; at least 40 such strikes in 2018. More>>

The Latest: Ukraine Orthodox OKs break with Russian church

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Ukrainian Orthodox leaders say they have approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head the new church. More>>

AP Interview: Catalans on hunger strike speak before trial

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AP Interview: Jailed Catalan separatist politicians on hunger strike for the past two weeks say their upcoming trial will be a platform to foster their cause for independence. More>>

US Official: 'End days' nearing for Islamic State in Syria

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A U.S. military official says fighting against the Islamic State group in its last enclave in eastern Syria "is going very well.". More>>

Egypt announces discovery of 4,400-year-old tomb

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Egypt has announced the discovery of a private tomb belonging to a senior official from the 5th dynasty of the pharaohs, which ruled roughly 4,400 years ago. More>>

Ukrainian fighter jet crashes on landing, pilot is killed

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Ukraine's military says a Ukrainian Air Force pilot has died when his Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet crashed while attempting to land at a base in the northern region of Zhytomyr. More>>

Poland's ruling conservatives strike strong pro-EU tone

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Poland's prime minister and other leaders of the ruling conservative party, long seen as euroskeptic, have set a strongly pro-European tone at a party convention. More>>

Russian policeman injured after discovering WWII land mine

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Moscow police say an off-duty Russian police lieutenant has been hospitalized after a World War II-era land mine exploded on the side of a highway. More>>

Somalia uproar continues after former al-Shabab No. 2 seized

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AU force in Somalia says not involved in arrest of former al-Shabab leader-turned-candidate. More>>

French hunt for possible accomplices of Strasbourg attacker

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The immediate aftermath of the shootout between French security forces and the suspect in the Strasbourg attack has been caught on camera from across the street, with footage showing armed officers at the scene and the body of the man slumped in a doorway. More>>

May aims to rescue Brexit plan; EU says ball's in UK's court

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Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic says European Union leaders could meet in January for a new Brexit summit once Britain clarifies exactly what help it needs to pass the deal in the U.K. Parliament. More>>

Nigeria's military lifts suspension of UNICEF activities

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Nigeria military lifts suspension of UNICEF activities after accusing it of 'clandestine' work. More>>

Macron urges calm, Paris police prepare for more violence

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Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris police prefect says thousands of officers and armored vehicles will be deployed again in the French capital on Saturday. More>>

Rajapaksa set to quit as Sri Lanka's premier to end crisis

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A Sri Lankan lawmaker says disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis. More>>

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