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Amid nationwide drought, Rome seeks ways to avoid rationing

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Italy's environment minister says Rome and its water company are working to avoid rationing during drought. More>>

The Latest: More clashes after nightfall at Jerusalem site

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Muslim leaders tell worshippers to continue praying outside a contested Jerusalem holy site until. More>>

Clashes, tensions flare at sacred site in Jerusalem

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Israel removes an overhead metal bridge and railings it had installed near a contested Jerusalem holy site, meeting a demand by Muslim protesters. More>>

UK judge OKs plan for ill baby Charlie to go to a hospice

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A British judge has ordered that critically ill infant Charlie Gard should be moved from a hospital to a hospice, where he will "inevitably" die within a short time. More>>

French crews tame dramatic wildfire on Mediterranean coast

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French authorities are close to containing one of the fiercest blazes to break out during four days of wildfires in the country's southeast that have led to the evacuation of more than 12,000 people. More>>

AP Count: Death toll in Venezuela civil unrest hits 100

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An AP tally of official reports shows that the death toll in nearly 4 months of civil unrest in Venezuela has reached 100. More>>

Wife of Zimbabwe's leader tells Mugabe to name successor

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Wife of 93-year-old Zimbabwe leader says Mugabe should name successor; next election in 2018. More>>

Putin in Finland on centenary of independence from Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has tried to calm regional fears over joint Russian-Chinese naval maneuvers in the Baltic Sea, where tensions have grown with increased shows of military force by Moscow and NATO. More>>

US-backed Syrian fighters now control almost half of IS city

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A spokeswoman for a U.S.-backed Syrian force and an opposition monitoring group say opponents of the Islamic State group have captured nearly half of Raqqa. More>>

Italian, French leaders look to work in Libya on migration

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Premier Paolo Gentiloni says sending Italian naval units to help Libya's coast guard could be a "turning point" in combating migrant trafficking. More>>

Amazon and Foxconn reflect a growing trend: Deliver it now

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Job announcements by Amazon and Foxconn reflect a growing trend: Reach customers now. More>>

UN says over 200,000 have fled Syria's Raqqa since April 1

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A senior U.N. humanitarian official says over 200,000 people in Syria have fled their homes in the area around the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa since April 1. More>>

UK police: Corporate manslaughter possible in tower fire

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British police say they have "reasonable grounds" to suspect local officials may have committed corporate manslaughter over a deadly high-rise fire in London. More>>

France nationalizing shipyard amid Italian takeover interest

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France's economy minister has announced the nationalization of the country's emblematic shipyard to ensure an Italian company does not take it over. More>>

Summer storm slams into Istanbul with heavy rain, hail

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Turkish media reports say a severe summer storm has hit Istanbul, with heavy rains flooding streets and underpasses and "walnut-sized" hail damaging windows and windshields and knocking down trees. More>>

Cyprus: Asylum claims get anti-immigrant group ship ejected

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A Cyprus aid group says the captain and crew of a ship chartered by an anti-immigrant group has been ordered to leave the island after being detained on suspicion of forging the documents of 20 Sri Lankans on board. More>>

Iran claims launch of satellite-carrying rocket into space

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Iranian semi-official media say Iran has successfully launched a rocket carrying a satellite into space. More>>

Judge approves plan for Charlie Gard to be sent to hospice

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A British judge has ordered that critically ill infant Charlie Gard should be moved from a hospital to a hospice, where he will "inevitably" die within a short time. More>>

AP Interview: Yemen factions said to have pledged easing aid

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AP Interview: The head of the U.N. child agency says trying to slow the spread of cholera in war-ravaged Yemen is "a race between us, and the rains and the continuing destruction and the fighting.". More>>

Poll: Brazil president's approval ratings hit new low, 5 pct

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A new poll in Brazil shows President Michel Temer's already-abysmal popularity ratings have hit a new low as corruption allegations continue to swirl around him and others in government. More>>

Turkish parliament passes new bylaws; critics fear muzzling

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Turkey's parliament has voted to strip two legislators from the country's pro-Kurdish party of their parliamentary seat for absenteeism. More>>

Summer treat: Polar bears frolic in donated load of snow

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Polar bear mum Venus frolics in the snow with her eight-month-old cub in Ranua Wildlife Park in the summer heat of the northern wilds of Finland's Lapland. More>>

Deutsche Bank: Ex-execs to give up $44.9M in bonuses

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Deutsche Bank says former top executives have agreed to give up part of a disputed 69.8 million euros in bonuses withheld in a dispute over responsibility for the bank's legal troubles. More>>

George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro on Venice Film Fest slate

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This year's Venice Film Festival will include a crime comedy by George Clooney, a Guillermo del Toro fantasy and a Darren Aronofsky thriller. More>>

Hospitals: Death toll in Nigeria militant attack rises to 48

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Hospital officials say the death toll from an ambush in northeastern Nigeria has risen to 48 people. More>>

Prince William on his final shift as air ambulance pilot

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Prince William is set to complete his final shift as an air ambulance pilot in the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity. More>>

German plane hijacked to Somalia in 1977 being brought home

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A Lufthansa Boeing 737 hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of the leftist Red Army Faction's campaign against West German authorities is coming home to a German museum. More>>

Isolated Qatar hires firm founded by Trump aides amid crisis

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Qatar has hired a Washington influence firm founded by President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and another specialized in digging up dirt on U.S. politicians. More>>

Jordan king lashes out at Israel PM over embassy deaths

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Jordan's king lashes out at Israeli PM for 'unacceptable and provocative behavior' over Israeli embassy incident. More>>

Gaza power-sharing deal moves ahead with parliament meeting

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Lawmakers from Hamas and those affiliated with a former Gaza strongman have met for the first time in a decade in Gaza's parliament building. More>>

Moldova court nixes vote on increasing president's powers

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Moldova's Constitutional Court rules that a referendum which would have asked Moldovans whether the president should have greater powers is unconstitutional. More>>

Colson Whitehead, Arundhati Roy among Man Booker contenders

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Paul Auster, Colson Whitehead and past winner Arundhati Roy are among contenders for the Man Booker Prize for fiction. More>>

On anniversary of war, young North Koreans talk of tensions

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As North Korea marks the 64th anniversary of Korean War armistice, university students in Pyongyang sound off on a question that's on a lot of minds these days: Are the U.S. and North Korea moving closer to another war?. More>>

Trump emboldens friendly foreign leaders, leaves foes wary

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Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump has made clear who he considers to be his friends, and his foes, on the international stage. More>>

Indonesian expert tapped as new head of UN Myanmar team

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A prominent Indonesian human rights expert has been appointed the new chairman of a U.N. fact-finding mission to Myanmar, which the government has said it will bar from entering. More>>

Suspects to plead not guilty in Kim Jong Nam's assassination

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Two women accused of poisoning the estranged half brother of North Korea's ruler in a bizarre airport assassination are expected to plead innocent when they appear in a Malaysian court on Friday. More>>

Ex-Park aide, culture minister guilty for artist blacklist

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A South Korean court sentenced former presidential aide, culture minister to prison for blacklisting thousands of artists deemed unfriendly to ousted president Park Geun-hye. More>>

The Latest: Strong winds, dry forests fuel Portugal fires

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Officials in Portugal say they don't expect a forecast drop in temperatures to help extinguish a spate of summer wildfires. More>>

Venezuela leader's foes levy new sanctions and fresh strike

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Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is urging compatriots to back a 48-hour general strike to protest government plans to rewrite the constitution. More>>

Transgender Chinese man says he's won job bias lawsuit

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A transgender man says a Chinese court has ruled that he was unjustly dismissed by a former employer, in the country's first such lawsuit. More>>

2 Germans peacekeepers dead in helicopter crash in Mali

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The United Nations says a helicopter from the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali that was monitoring "confrontations" on the ground has crashed. More>>

US admiral stands ready to obey a Trump nuclear strike order

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The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander says he would launch a nuclear strike against China next week if President Donald Trump ordered it and warned against the military ever shifting its allegiance from its commander in chief. More>>

Rolling Stone cover asks why can't Canada PM be US president

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Rolling Stone magazine has put liberal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the cover of its latest issue and asks: "Why Can't He Be Our President?". More>>

Wildfires threaten French Riviera, inadequate aircraft cited

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The top official of France's Var region on the Mediterranean coast says that 10,000 people were evacuated as blazes hopscotching around the Riviera tore through the town of La Londe-les-Maures. More>>

Israel removes railings, overhead bridge near holy site

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Muslim worshippers have once again held their morning prayers outside Jerusalem's most contested holy site despite Israel's removal of the metal detectors that sparked the protest. More>>

Judge: Baby Charlie Gard will end life in hospice, not home

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A British judge is set to rule on where Charlie Gard, a baby with a rare genetic disease, will spend the last days of his life. More>>

Jerusalem Palestinians find voice through prayer protests

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Thousands of Palestinian Muslims have been praying in the streets of Jerusalem every evening, creating a new, surprisingly effective form of protest in their long conflict with Israel. More>>

The Latest: Man slain at protest in western Venezuela

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Cuba says it has no intention of trying to help mediate a solution to the political crisis rocking Venezuela. More>>

House, Senate Republicans reach deal to move sanctions bill

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A package of new financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea has a hit a snag in the Senate where the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee is objecting to the House's decision to include the penalties targeting Pyongyang. More>>

House GOP works to deliver on border wall for Trump

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House GOP allies of President Donald Trump are moving to give him a much-sought victory on Capitol Hill by finally passing a down payment on his long-promised wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. More>>

The Latest: Palestinians cheer after Israel removes devices

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The Latest: Israel issues scathing response to Turkey's criticism on contested Jerusalem shrine, says it's 'absurd'. More>>

The Latest: Poor visibility hurts wildfire fight in Portugal

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Almost 1,700 firefighters supported by 17 water-dropping aircraft are tackling wildfires in Portugal, where every summer large areas of woodland are scorched. More>>

Italian bank says 400,000 loan account details hacked

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Italy's largest bank, Unicredit, says accounts of some 400,000 customers in Italy have been hacked. More>>

Weekend strike to shut Acropolis at height of tourist season

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A 2-day strike by Greek culture ministry employees protesting staff shortages will shut the Acropolis and other ancient sites and museums in Athens this weekend, at the height of the tourist season. More>>

Ukraine strips citizenship of ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili

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Ukraine's president has rescinded the citizenship of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia who moved to Ukraine to become leader of one of its most corruption-plagued regions and later resigned. More>>

Items from Auschwitz death camp to tour Europe, America

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Officials at the museum of the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz say some exhibits are going on a tour of Europe and North America to bring its tragic truth about the Holocaust to a wider audience. More>>

Russian wanted in US caught in Greece for money laundering

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Greek authorities arrest Russian man wanted in the United States on suspicion of masterminding a money laundering operation involving at least $4 billion through bitcoin transactions. More>>

Century-old warship returns to Athens after repairs

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After three months of extensive maintenance and conservation work, a 107-year-old battleship returned Wednesday to its berth in Athens, where it serves as a floating museum. More>>

Britain to ban sale of new diesel and gasoline cars by 2040

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Britain's government says it will ban the sale of new cars and vans using diesel and gas by 2040 as authorities move to tackle air pollution. More>>

Top EU court moves to restore Hamas terror listing

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The European Union's top court says a lower court should not have removed the Islamic militant group Hamas from the EU's terror list and has sent the case back to the lower court for reconsideration. More>>

Maronites can return to Cyprus villages held by Turkish army

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Authorities in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of ethnically divided Cyprus say they have lifted restrictions on Maronite Christians from reclaiming homes and property in villages that are under military control. More>>

US hits Venezuela with more sanctions ahead of vote

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U.S. officials say the Trump administration is poised to hit Venezuela with new sanctions amid widespread unrest ahead of weekend elections that would lead to a rewrite of the country's constitution. More>>

The Latest: Judge sets deadline for moving baby to hospice

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Charlie Gard's parents are conceding that he will die in a hospice and not at home as they had previously wished. More>>

UN urges Congo to hold elections by Dec. 31 deadline

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The UN Security Council is urging Congo's government to swiftly implement an agreement to hold presidential elections by the end of the year, warning that failure to do so will increase the risk of insecurity and instability in the country and the region. More>>

Poles protest EU comments and govt moves against top court

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Small group hold protests in Warsaw after the European Commission says door still open to triggering sanctions against Poland despite the Polish president's rejection of parts of a judiciary overhaul that limits the independence of the courts. More>>

Rights groups ask Duterte to retract threat to bomb schools

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Human rights groups have asked the Philippine president to withdraw his threat to order airstrikes against tribal schools he accused of teaching students to become communist rebels. More>>

Police detain dozens of migrants in Milan train station

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Authorities have detained several dozen people outside Milan's main train station in response to an increasing public security issue as the city deals with a new wave of migrants. More>>

Partners of jailed activists in Turkey demand their release

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Germany's foreign ministry says Germany and Sweden are complaining to Turkey about the jailing of two human rights activists and demanding that the men be told what exactly they are accused of. More>>

Spanish PM Rajoy denies knowing about graft deals in party

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Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is standing Wednesday as a witness in a major trial to some 40 people allegedly involved in a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme that helped finance his ruling Popular Party. More>>

Swedish parties plan no-confidence vote over security leak

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Sweden's right-wing opposition parties table no-confidence motion in 3 government ministers in social-democrat led minority government. More>>

French president attends memorial for IS-slain priest

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French President Emmanuel Macron has spoken at an emotionally-charged mass to mark one year since the killing of a local French priest by two 19-year-old Islamic extremists. More>>

Britain lifts advisory against travel to Tunisia

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Britain has lifted an advisory against travel to Tunisia, paving the way for tourists to return, two years after a deadly beachside attack. More>>

Romania: Defense minister confirms $3.9B US missile deal

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Romania's defense minister confirms Romania intends to buy Patriot missiles worth $3.9 billion dollars from the U.S. to upgrade its defense system. More>>

At least 8 dead in building collapse in Nigeria's Lagos

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At least 5 killed in residential building collapse in Nigeria's largest city, Lagos. More>>

Daimler stands by diesel despite growing controversy

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Automaker Daimler AG says net profit up slightly in second quarter as Mercedes-Benz luxury car business booms while profits lag at its truck, van and bus businesses. More>>

EU court advised to reject Hungary, Slovakia refugee case

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An adviser to the Court of Justice of the European Union says it should dismiss lawsuits filed by Hungary and Slovakia contesting the mandatory relocation of 120,000 asylum-seekers. More>>

The Latest: Police block journalists from parts of Old City

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Senior Muslim official in Jerusalem says worshippers won't return to a contested shrine until Israel removes new railings and cameras it installed after a deadly attack there. More>>

Vatican Cardinal Pell faces Australian court on sex charges Video included

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Cardinal George Pell appears in an Australian court on charges of sexual abuse and vows through his lawyer he will fight the allegations that have threatened the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy. More>>

Kremlin holds off on responding to new US sanctions

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A senior Russian diplomat says a new package of U.S. sanctions against Russia harms chances for improving the ties between the two countries, pushing them into "unchartered territory.". More>>

Floods hit northern Germany, force some evacuations

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Heavy rains led to flooding Wednesday in some parts of northern Germany, forcing some evacuations and prompting residents to pile sand bags in front of their homes to protect themselves from a swollen river. More>>

Bodies buried after being missing in Swiss Alps for 75 years

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A Swiss couple whose bodies were found on an Alpine glacier after they went missing for nearly 75 years has been buried in Switzerland. More>>

US Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf Video included

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A U.S. Navy boat fired warning shots near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them in the Persian Gulf; Iran's Revolutionary Guard blamed the American ship. More>>

Germany to examine US-Russia sanctions package

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Germany says it will examine a new package of U.S. sanctions against Russia approved by the House of Representatives amid concerns that measures could affect European businesses. More>>

President says Iran will 'respond' if US missile law passes

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his country will respond if U.S. legislation imposing sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program becomes law. More>>

Strike by oil tanker owners causes fuel shortage in Pakistan

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Strike by oil tanker operators creates shortage of petroleum products in Pakistan, causing panic among people who are lining up at gas stations to make bulk purchases of petrol and diesel. More>>

Chainsaw attack suspect was armed, but didn't resist arrest

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Police say the suspect in a chainsaw attack on a health insurer's office in Switzerland that left five people wounded didn't show any kind of resistance when he was arrested, but carried a bag with weapons on him. More>>

Charlie Gard's parents ask court to let him die at home

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Lawyers on both sides of the case involving critically ill infant Charlie Gard will be returning to Britain's High Court. More>>

Trump, Lebanese leader pledge solidarity against terrorism Video included

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President Donald Trump and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri pledge solidarity in fighting terrorism. More>>

US Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf Video included

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An American defense official says a U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots near an Iranian naval ship during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf. More>>

Uruguay: Ex-Gitmo detainee also tried to travel to Russia

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The government liaison for Guantanamo ex-detainees resettled in Uruguay says one of the men tried to travel to Russia in recent months, at least his fourth such attempt to leave the South American nation. More>>

China denies its jets operated dangerously in US encounter

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China is denying that its fighter jet pilots acted dangerously during an encounter with a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace in which the American pilot took evasive action to avoid a possible collision. More>>

Thousands join Muslim prayer protests over Jerusalem shrine Video included

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Israel begins dismantling metal detectors from gates of contested Jerusalem shrine that had enraged Muslim world. More>>

EU-Turkey talks fail to ease friction over detentions

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-Western rhetoric Tuesday ahead of a meeting between his foreign minister and top European Union officials, saying the era of a submissive Turkey bowing to every Western demand is over. More>>

Top Vatican official faces Australian court on sex charges Video included

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The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis is expected to make his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday, as he vows to clear his name in a scandal that has rattled Rome. More>>

Uber's airport service in Madrid under attack from town hall

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The city of Madrid has asked Spain's anti-trust watchdog to investigate whether Uber's new airport transport service violates fair competition laws. More>>

Kurdish official says US role essential in post-IS Syria

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A senior Kurdish official says the U.S. role in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria's Raqqa must not end with the liberation of the city but continue as a guarantor of its future stability. More>>

Europe rights court: Sex still important for older women

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A European human rights court has ruled that sexuality is just as important for a 50-year-old woman with two children as it is for a younger woman. More>>

US and China report progress on new North Korea sanctions

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U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says the United States and China are making progress on a new U.N. resolution that would impose additional sanctions against North Korea following its test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. More>>

Trump message chief willing to 'fire everybody' for leaking

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President Donald Trump's new communications director says he's ready to clean house in order to prevent information leaks that have plagued the administration. More>>

Chainsaw attack suspect arrested in Switzerland

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A man suspected of wounding five people with a chainsaw is still on the loose, and a massive manhunt is taking place near the Swiss-German border. More>>

Blast damages offices of Mexico Catholic Bishops Council

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An explosive device has damaged a door at the headquarters of Mexico's Roman Catholic Council of Bishops, but there are no injuries. More>>

The Latest: Haley urges UN to get serious about Hezbollah

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President Donald Trump and Lebanese Minister Saad Hariri are pledging to fight terrorism to the end. More>>

The Latest: Abbas says ties with Israel remain suspended

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The Latest: Israeli minister says removal of metal detectors from contested Jerusalem shrine corrected a mistake. More>>

Smugglers offer crammed big rigs as 'VIP treatment' to US

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The gruesome discovery of a tractor-trailer full of dozens of dead and suffocating people outside a San Antonio Walmart reflects a durable business model for smugglers. More>>

UK to tighten rules on drones after near-misses with planes

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British officials have announced plans to regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation. More>>

Trump shows the Boy Scouts how to start a political fire

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President Donald Trump's rage against perceived political enemies Monday while speaking to Boy Scouts has infuriated parents and former Scouts. More>>

Swedish leader says security leak in 2015 was disaster

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Sweden's prime minister says a security leak in the transport agency two years ago was "a disaster," but it's unclear what damage it may have caused. More>>

Girl's HIV infection seems under control without AIDS drugs

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A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for 8 1/2 years after stopping anti-HIV medicines. More>>

Libyan rivals agree in France to cease-fire, elections

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President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a meeting of the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya, trying to play peacemaker in a country where the stakes are high for Europe and Africa. More>>

Reporter Q&A: A look at Duterte's state of the nation speech

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The Associated Press' chief Manila correspondent, Jim Gomez, who has covered regional politics for more than two decades, discusses Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's second state of the nation speech. More>>

Lawmakers accuse Japan's Abe of false testimony in scandal

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being questioned in Parliament after opposition lawmakers alleged he testified falsely when he denied using his influence to help a friend. More>>

The Latest: Chainsaw attack suspect arrested in Switzerland

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Police say the suspect in Monday's chainsaw attack at a health insurance company's office in the Swiss city of Schaffhausen has been arrested. More>>

The Latest: France's Macron hails 'courage' of Libyan rivals

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President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a meeting of the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya, trying to play peacemaker in a country where the stakes are high for Europe and Africa. More>>

Iowa firm tied to truck deaths has history of legal problems

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The small Iowa trucking company linked to the deadly case of immigrant smuggling in Texas has a history of safety and tax violations and financial problems. More>>

Putin spokesman: No Kremlin order for Kushner-Gorkov talks

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A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says a meeting between Donald Trump's son-in-law and the chairman of a Russian bank did not occur on Kremlin orders. More>>

Afghan official says roadside mine kills district governor

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Afghan official says a roadside mine killed the governor of Shebako District in western Farah province along with his son and five bodyguards. More>>

Anti-Qatar bloc adds names, entities to 'terrorism' list

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The four Arab countries isolating Qatar over its alleged support for extremists has added 18 more people and organizations to a designated terrorist list. More>>

The Latest: Hearing on Charlie Gard case to resume Wednesday

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A lawyer for the parents of baby Charlie Gard has told a judge their last wish is to take their critically ill son home to die. More>>

Greek bond issue marks milestone in recovery from bailout

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The Greek government says it has raised 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) with the country's first bond issue in more than three years, which was more than two times oversubscribed. More>>

Polish president emerges as independent in judiciary row

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For nearly two years Poland's President Andrzej Duda has been widely derided as a marginal figure, a man chosen by the powerful ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski for his loyalty whose role was to rubber-stamp the party's populist nationalist program. More>>

Polish president signs 1 of 3 contested laws on judiciary

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The office of Poland's president says he has signed into law one of three contested bills that organizes the judiciary in a way that critics say limits judiciary independence. More>>

Charlie Gard parents drop legal fight, agree to let him die

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The parents of a critically ill infant are returning to court for the latest stage in their effort to seek permission to take the child to the United States for medical treatment. More>>

Retired police go on tourist patrol at Rome's Trevi Fountain

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Retired traffic officers at Rome's Trevi Fountain are working to keep tourists on good behavior. More>>

Australia denies reneging on a UNHCR deal to accept refugees

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The Australian foreign minister has rejected the United Nations refugee agency's allegation that her government reneged on a deal to resettle some refugees who attempted to reach Australia by boat. More>>

Macedonian court rejects custody for former prime minister

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A Macedonian appeals court has rejected a prosecutor's bid for former prime minister Nikola Gruevski to be remanded in custody pending trial on charges connected with a wiretapping scandal. More>>

Syria activists: Despite truce, strikes near Damascus kill 8

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Syrian opposition activists, paramedic group say airstrikes in rebel suburb of Damascus have killed 8 people. More>>

U2's Bono meets French President Macron to discuss poverty

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French President Emmanuel Macron has received pop singer and philanthropist Bono at the Elysee Palace in Paris for talks about poverty. More>>

Is that really a beached whale beneath Paris' Notre Dame?

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A sperm whale appears to have beached on an embankment in the shadow of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris _ but it's really just an art installation from a Belgian artists' collective. More>>

Canadian polygamous leader found guilty of having 25 wives

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A former bishop of an isolated polygamous commune in Canada has been convicted of practicing polygamy after a decades-long legal fight. More>>

Pakistan: Suicide bombing in Lahore kills 26, wounds 54

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Pakistani officials: Car bomb kills 12 people, wounds 25 in eastern city of Lahore. More>>

Duterte vows end to uprising, 'jail or hell' in drug war

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A year after Duterte promised to cleanse the Philippines of illegal drugs in three to six months, tame corruption and began lashing out at the US, his 'shock and awe' declarations have collided with reality. More>>

Ex-Gitmo detainee deported from Morocco, returns to Uruguay

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Authorities in Uruguay say that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was resettled in Uruguay has returned to the South American country after being deported from Morocco. More>>

The Latest: Israel begins removing metal detectors from site Video included

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The Latest: Trump's Mideast envoy Greenblatt on his way to Israel amid growing crisis over Jerusalem holy site. More>>

Afghan security scrutinized after suicide bomber kills 24 Video included

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A suicide car bomb exploded in a western neighborhood of Kabul early Monday morning, but an Afghan government official said it was not known if there were further casualties. More>>

Amid protests, Polish leader puts brakes on judicial shakeup

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Poland's president says he will veto two contentious bills that are widely seen as assaults on the independence of the judicial system. More>>

11 states sue over EPA delay of new chemical safety rules

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A coalition of 11 states has filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration's decision to delay new chemical plant safety rules from taking effect for at least two years. More>>

Israel removes metal detectors from holy site entrance Video included

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Israeli security Cabinet fails to reach decision on new security measures at Jerusalem holy site that set off clashes. More>>

Hurricane Hilary forms in Pacific off Mexico, far from land

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Hurricane Hilary has formed in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico, but forecasters say the storm does not pose any imminent threat to land. More>>

Security forces shut Maldives Parliament, leading to clashes

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The Maldivian opposition party says some opposition lawmakers have stormed the parliament compound after it was padlocked by military members in a bid to prevent lawmakers from voting to impeach the parliamentary speaker. More>>

AP Explains: India and China face off in border standoff

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Indian and Chinese troops have been facing off for weeks in a tense standoff that has raised concerns in both capitals of an all-out military conflict. More>>

Israel, Jordan ties seen as strategic, if occasionally rocky

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A diplomatic standoff between Israel and Jordan over a deadly shooting at Israel's embassy in the kingdom once again tests the strategic, if turbulent ties forged in a 1994 peace treaty. More>>

The Latest: Pope prays for ill baby Charlie Gard and parents

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The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard are dropping their legal bid to send him to the United States for experimental treatment. More>>

'Darknet' suspect's flashy cars raised eyebrows in Thailand

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The young Canadian lived an apparently quiet life for more than a year with his Thai girlfriend, but the flashy cars he drove stood out. Authorities say Alexandre Cazes was the mastermind of AlphaBay, the world's leading "darknet" internet marketplace. More>>

UK girl left in tears after she's fined for selling lemonade

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A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention after being fined for selling lemonade outside. More>>

California farm region plagued by dirty air looks to Trump Video included

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Officials at the San Joaquin Valley air district say they can't meet some federal standards, so they're seizing upon Donald Trump's election to wage a campaign against enforcement of ever-tightening rules. More>>

Jordan releases security footage of shooting of 3 US troops

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Jordan's military has released security camera footage of a shooting last year in which a Jordanian soldier killed three U.S. military trainers at the entrance to an air base in the kingdom. More>>

Hunt is on for chainsaw attacker who wounded 5 in Swiss city

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Swiss police say that five people have been hospitalized, two of them with serious injuries, following an incident in the northern city of Schaffhausen. More>>

Turkish president meets Qatari leader over Gulf dispute

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Turkey's president has arrived in Qatar on the final leg of a Gulf tour aimed at forging a resolution to the diplomatic standoff gripping the Gulf nation and four fellow Arab countries. More>>

St. Peter's Square fountains being shut off due to drought

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The Vatican says it's shutting off all its fountains, including those in St. Peter's Square, because of Italy's drought. More>>

Albania's new president is sworn in, vows to back democracy

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Albania's new president has sworn in at the parliament convened in an extraordinary session. More>>

Book about Nelson Mandela's medical treatment stirs dispute

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Some relatives of Nelson Mandela say a new book by a military doctor that documents the South African leader's treatment before his 2013 death violates doctor-patient confidentiality. More>>

Ministers from Europe, Africa meet to tackle migrant crisis

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Interior ministers from 14 nations and the EU have decided in Tunisia to boost cooperation to tackle the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean with commitments to treat the causes of migration in home countries and beef up anti-trafficking action. More>>

East Timor's main parties able to form gov't but lose ground

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East Timor's two main political parties won enough votes in a weekend election to form another national unity government but lost ground to opposition forces in a sign of frustration with the economy. More>>

Red Cross chief visits besieged city on Yemen's front lines

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The international Red Cross chief has made a rare visit to the front lines in Yemen, taking a dirt road to reach the besieged western city of Taiz devastated by more than two years of fighting. More>>

Turkish parliament debates new bylaws; critics see muzzle

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Turkey's parliament has begun debating a series of controversial changes to its bylaws which critics say aim to further curtail opposition voices. More>>

Spanish islands approve booze-free and bloodless bullfights

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Lawmakers in Spain's Balearic Islands have banned underage spectators, alcohol and the killing or harming of animals during regional bullfights. More>>

President's vetoes mark latest stage in Polish legal battle

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Critics who argue that legislation proposed by Poland's ruling party would give politicians undue influence victory over judges secure a victory as the country's president announces he will veto two of the package's three bills. More>>

The Latest: Dog-walker saw chainsaw suspect in Swiss woods

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Swiss police say that five people have been hospitalized, two of them with serious injuries, following a chainsaw attack in the northern city of Schaffhausen. More>>

UN: No reviving failed Cyprus peace talks anytime soon

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A United Nations envoy says he sees little chance of failed talks to reunify ethnically split Cyprus restarting anytime soon. More>>

Europe concerned at impact of US energy sanctions on Russia

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European Union officials are "activating all diplomatic channels" to press home their concerns that looming U.S. energy sanctions against Russia could impact Europe's energy supplies. More>>

Fire on Danube River cruise ship: 8 suffer smoke inhalation

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Austrian emergency crews say a fire broke out on a riverboat cruise ship on the Danube, leading to the evacuation of nearly 200 persons on board and treatment of eight people for smoke inhalation. More>>

France bringing top Libyan rivals together in new initiative

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The office of French President Emmanuel Macron says he is bringing together this week outside Paris two Libyan leaders, and rivals, to try to "contribute to an end to the Libyan crisis.". More>>

Iran confiscates 30 horses, mules carrying weapons

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Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that the country's border guards have confiscated 30 horses and mules that were carrying weapons and ammunition. More>>

Prosecutor files request to resume landmark Srebrenica trial

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Serbia's chief war crimes prosecutor has filed a request to resume the landmark trial against eight former Bosnian Serb police officers charged with taking part in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. More>>

Germany, France, Russia, Ukraine vow to implement peace plan

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Leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine have vowed to go ahead with a peace plan for Ukraine's east. More>>

Nightclub shooting on Paraguay-Brazil border kills 4

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Police in Paraguay say a shooting at a nightclub near the border with Brazil has left four Brazilian citizens dead and 10 people wounded. More>>

Russia deploys military police at 'safe zone' in Syria

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Russia's General Staff says it has deployed military police to monitor the cease-fire in a safe zone in the eastern suburbs of Syria's Damascus. More>>

New al-Shabab video calls Trump 'brainless billionaire'

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New al-Shabab video calls Trump 'brainless billionaire' as US, others step up military efforts. More>>

Shakespeare's Globe names Michelle Terry artistic director

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Shakespeare's Globe, London's open-air, Elizabethan-style playhouse, has appointed Olivier Award-winning actress Michelle Terry as its new artistic director. More>>

Princes William, Harry remember their final call with Diana

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Prince William and Prince Harry are paying tribute to their mother, Princess Diana, as the 20th anniversary of her death in a car crash approaches. More>>

Report: German runaway found in Iraq wants to go home

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A German teenage girl who ran away after converting to Islam and could be executed after she was found by Iraqi troops in Mosul has told a newspaper she wants to go home. More>>

Rising Chinese politician under investigation for corruption

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China's ruling Communist Party says a rising star once tipped for a top leadership post is under investigation. More>>

At least 8 dead after suicide bombers hit camps in Nigeria

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At least 8 dead after female suicide bombers attack camps in northeastern Nigeria. More>>

The Latest: Lahore bombing death toll rises to 22

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Pakistani police say the death toll in a suicide bombing in the eastern city of Lahore has risen to 22. Senior police officer Haider Ashraf says a suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck near police at a vegetable market on the outskirts of Lahore. More>>

The Latest: EU condemns deadly Afghan attacks Video included

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An Afghan health ministry official says 2 people were killed and another 2 injured in a suicide car bomb attack in a western neighborhood of Kabul early Monday morning. More>>

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