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Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries 'lawful lynching'

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Human rights organization Amnesty International has honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, lauding his peaceful protests against racial inequality. More>>

Red Cross says shooting in Yemen kills staffer

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The International Committee of the Red Cross says a staff member has been killed in a shooting in Yemen. More>>

Hamas vows revenge for key member killed in Malaysia

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Hamas militant group says a man gunned down in Malaysia was one of its members who had made "important contributions" in science. More>>

Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

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Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London. More>>

Armenia protests: 70 arrested, including 2 suspected bombers

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Armenian authorities say more than 70 people have been arrested, including two people suspected of building bombs, as large protests against the new government enter their second week in the capital Yerevan. More>>

French nun known as allied troops 'White Angel' dies at 103

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French authorities say a 103-year-old nun known as the "White Angel" who helped allied soldiers during a failed 1942 raid in the Normandy region has died. More>>

Chemical weapons inspectors collect samples from Syria site

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Syrian state media says rebels have started to evacuate three towns in the eastern Qalamoun region in the Damascus countryside. More>>

Cuba's Diaz-Canel receives Maduro in first act as president

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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has received his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in his first official act as the country's leader. More>>

N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

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North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. More>>

Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

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Gaza health officials say 4 Palestinians, including 15-year-old boy, killed by Israeli army fire as thousands join fourth weekly protests on Gaza border. More>>

India approves death penalty for rape of young children

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India's government has moved to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 to combat an increase in crimes against women. More>>

Natalie Portman addresses snub of 'Jewish Nobel,' backlash

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Genesis Prize foundation says this year's winner, Natalie Portman, has pulled out of June ceremony in Israel. More>>

Smyths Toys to take over Toys R Us stores in Germany

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Ireland-based Smyths Toys has reached a deal to take over more than 90 Toys R Us stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. More>>

European regulators tighten order for jet fan blade tests

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The European Aviation Safety Agency has tightened a nearly month-old directive ordering inspections of some fan blades in engines like those used on a Southwest Airlines jet involved in a fatal accident. More>>

Hungary: Anti-government rally focuses on media freedom

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Tens of thousands of protesters in Hungary are taking part in a rally focusing on the media policies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government. More>>

Turkish opposition leader says Erdogan will lose at polls

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The leader of Turkey's main opposition party says he is confident of winning June 24 snap elections and ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan despite a lagging performance in past races. More>>

Nicaragua says it's open to dialogue after 9 dead in unrest

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Nicaragua's government says it is willing to negotiate over controversial social security reforms that have prompted protests and deadly clashes this week. More>>

UN officials in Sweden for talks on North Korea, Syria

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The U.N. secretary-general and Security Council officials are meeting in Sweden on Saturday to discuss a range of international topics with the developments on the Korean Peninsula and the Syrian crisis dominating the agenda. More>>

In court, Dems allege conspiracy between Trump camp, Russia

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The Democratic National Committee has sued President Donald Trump's campaign, his son, his son-in-law, the Russian Federation and WikiLeaks, saying they conspired to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election. More>>

The Latest: OPCW team visits Douma to probe chemical attack

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Russia's Foreign Ministry says a team of international chemical weapons inspectors has departed for the Syrian town of Douma, site of an alleged chemical weapons attack that prompted a retaliatory missile strike by the U.S., U.K. and France. More>>

Iran's president slams morality police's tactics with women

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Iran's state TV is reporting that the country's president has criticized the morality police's use of violence against woman failing to observe the national Islamic dress code. More>>

Russia takes heavy hand to internet to block messaging app

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The chief of the Russian communications watchdog has admitted to blocking access to millions of IP addresses in a so far futile attempt to block a popular messaging app. More>>

UK teen gets 2 years for targeting CIA chief's phone, email

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A British teenager has been jailed for two years for compromising the email and phone accounts of senior U.S. government officials in what a judge called acts of "cyber-terrorism.". More>>

Facebook adds privacy settings to comply with European rules

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Facebook is introducing more privacy safeguards to users in Europe to comply with new rules meant to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data. More>>

The Latest: Hamas mourns slain engineer 'commander'

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Israel's defense minister says Gaza's Hamas rulers are the "only culprits" in the death of a Palestinian boy killed by Israeli army fire in protests on the Gaza-Israel border. More>>

Irish premier launches bid to overturn abortion restrictions

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Ireland's premier has urged his country to show compassion as he launched a campaign to overturn some of the strictest abortion rules in Europe. More>>

First clues emerge about Cuba's future under new president

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First clues of Cuba's future power structure under new president emerge. More>>

Myanmar evicts kin of officer who told of reporters' setup

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Myanmar police have evicted the family of a police officer who had testified that he and others were ordered to entrap two Reuters reporters facing charges that could get them up to 14 years in prison. More>>

Pakistan: Traders call for reopening of Afghan border

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Pakistani traders have demanded the reopening of an Afghan border point closed last week after a deadly clash between the two sides. More>>

South Africa's leader cuts short UK visit after protests

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South Africa's leader cuts short UK visit after violent protests in provincial capital. More>>

Myanmar policeman testifies arrested reporters were set up

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A Myanmar police officer has testified that he and several colleagues were ordered to entrap two reporters for the Reuters news agency, dealing a major blow to the government's case against the journalists under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. More>>

Islamic State group to give up last pocket in Syrian capital

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Syrian state media says Islamic State militants have agreed to give up their last pocket in Damascus. More>>

UN health agency: Hungarian scientist exposed to Ebola

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The World Health Organization says it has helped ship an experimental Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat a laboratory scientist in Hungary who caught the potentially deadly disease in an accident earlier this month. More>>

UK Supreme Court declines appeal from parents of ill toddler

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Britain's Supreme Court has declined to hear appeal by parents who want to take terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment. More>>

UN health agency: Dengue vaccine shouldn't be used widely

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The World Health Organization says that the first-ever vaccine for dengue needs to be dealt with in "a much safer way" and mostly given to people previously infected with the disease. More>>

The Latest: Palestinians will seek UN probe of Gaza violence

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The Latest: Gaza's Health Ministry says Palestinian youth protesting at Gaza-Israel border shot in the head. More>>

The Latest: Ally China welcomes N. Korea's nuke suspension

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President Donald Trump appears to be confirming news that North Korea has agreed to suspend nuclear and long-range missile testing. More>>

Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians

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Israeli military aircraft drop leaflets urging Palestinians to stay away from Gaza border protest. More>>

Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

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A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and the authorities have set up a no-go zone around the mountain. More>>

Study: Diamond from the sky may have come from 'lost planet'

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Scientists say fragments of a meteorite that fell to Earth more than a decade ago provide compelling evidence of a lost planet that once roamed our solar system. More>>

Raul Castro acts like he's retiring though future unclear

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Raul Castro, who stepped down from the presidency Thursday, remains the most powerful person in Cuba as head of the Communist Party. More>>

40,000 gather in Armenia to demand leader's resignation

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About 40,000 demonstrators gathered on the capital's central square as a week of large protests against the country's new leadership showed no sign of dissipating. More>>

Prague zookeepers use puppet to raise endangered magpie

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Zookeepers in Prague have turned into puppeteers in an effort to save the critically endangered Javan green magpie. More>>

No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head

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British media outlets say heir to the British throne Prince Charles has been approved as the next head of the Commonwealth of the U.K. and its former colonies. More>>

8 convicted in case alleging govt reps colluded with Mafia

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A court in Palermo convicted eight defendants, including a close associate of Silvio Berlusconi, of charges showing collusion between the Sicilian Mafia and the government during the early 1990s. More>>

The Latest: France demands access for chemical inspectors

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The U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State group says its local allies in Syria have captured a Syrian-born German IS operative previously tied to a 9/11-linked jihadist cell. More>>

Russia: US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes

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Russia's foreign minister says U.S. President Donald Trump indicated he could visit Russia if President Vladimir Putin were able to accept his invitation to the White House. More>>

Croatia's president honors victims of WWII camp

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Croatian president has visited the site of a World War II concentration camp and honored its victims amid continued boycott by Croatia's Jews of the official commemoration ceremonies. More>>

The Latest: Commonwealth chooses Prince Charles as next head

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The Commonwealth has confirmed that Prince Charles will be the next leader of the organization of Britain and its former colonies once he succeeds his mother Queen Elizabeth II on the throne. More>>

Remains of Czech cardinal return home from Vatican

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The remains of a Czech Cardinal who faced with courage and dignity the persecution from the Nazi and Communist regimes have returned to his homeland from the Vatican almost 50 years after his death. More>>

Police remove students from occupied Paris university site

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French police have removed students from a Paris university building that had been occupied for a month to protest admission changes that also are causing turmoil at other campuses. More>>

Afghan authorities: 3 protecting voter registration killed

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Authorities say three police protecting voter registration centers in two Afghan provinces have been killed by militants over a two-day period this week. More>>

Pakistan: Armed men rob, harass prominent right activist

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A prominent Pakistani rights group says armed men have raided the house of the editor of its State of Human Rights report, harassed her and stole her laptop, two hard drives and two cell phones, as well as some jewelry and cash. More>>

German town braces for neo-Nazi concert on Hitler's birthday

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A court has banned the consumption of alcohol at a planned neo-Nazi concert in eastern Germany to prevent an outbreak of violence. More>>

UK lawmakers form group to combat 'malign' Russian influence

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British lawmakers have set up a special group to focus on Russian meddling, saying more must be done to understand the extent of Moscow's "malign influence.". More>>

Turkish lawmakers approve early elections called by Erdogan

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Turkey's parliament has approved holding the country's presidential and parliamentary elections a year-and-half early, a change President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said is needed because of uncertainties over Syria. More>>

Germany: Truck tips over, floods field with fish

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A tractor-trailer tried to take a turn and toppled over, tipping its entire load of fish onto a German farmer's field. More>>

Rights group: Lebanon evicting Syrian refugees from towns

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Human rights group says Lebanese local officials throwing Syrian refugees out of their towns, sending eviction notices. More>>

Zimbabwe's Mugabe summoned over alleged diamond looting

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe faces parliament summons over alleged $15 billion in diamond looting. More>>

German official, lawyers probed in bribes-for-asylum case

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German authorities are investigating an official and three lawyers on suspicion of corruption in the granting of asylum to people who weren't eligible for it. More>>

Man with 3 faces: Frenchman gets 2nd face transplant

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In a medical first, a French surgeon says he has performed a second face transplant on the same patient _ who is now doing well and even spent a recent weekend in Brittany. More>>

Basque militant group ETA: 'We really are sorry'

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Basque militant group ETA says it is sorry for the pain that its armed campaign for Basque independence has caused, and vows not to return to violence. More>>

WWII bomb defused in Berlin after large central evacuation

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Berlin police are evacuating thousands from a central area of the German capital and shutting down the main train station in preparation for the removal of an unexploded World War II bomb found during recent construction work. More>>

Evacuation in Slovakia after unexploded WWII bombs found

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Authorities have started evacuation of people in a town in southern Slovakia after a discovery of four unexploded World War II bombs. More>>

Koreas set up 1st hotline between leaders ahead of summit

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North and South Korea have installed a telephone hotline between their leaders as they prepare for a rare summit next week aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. More>>

Indonesia's Aceh canes couples for public shows of affection

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Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province has publicly caned unmarried couples for showing affection in public and two women for prostitution. More>>

Judge blocks transfer of US citizen with ties to IS group

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A federal judge is weighing the fate of a US citizen who has been accused of working with Islamic State militants in Syria, but never charged. More>>

Mahathir's wife urges Malaysian women to be 'queenmakers'

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The wife of former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad is urging women to support the opposition coalition in next month's general election for a better future. More>>

After Syria missile strikes, US stuck in holding pattern

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The drama of U.S. and allied missiles strikes on Syria has obscured the fact that the U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled. More>>

The Latest: Pence tweets response to Cuba's Raul Castro

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Raul Castro has passed Cuba's presidency to Miguel Diaz-Canel, putting the island's government in the hands of a non-Castro for the first time in nearly six decades. More>>

Syrian rebels give up Damascus area town to government

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Syrian state media: Hundreds of rebels hand over weapons, start leaving another town northeast of Damascus. More>>

Seoul: N. Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korea hasn't asked for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula as a precondition for abandoning his nuclear weapons. More>>

Queen tips Prince Charles to follow her as Commonwealth head

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Queen Elizabeth II has opened a summit of the 53-nation Commonwealth, and backed her son Prince Charles to be the next leader of the association of Britain and its former colonies. More>>

Women take fall in Nobel scandal for man's alleged misdeeds

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Another woman wants to resign from the Swedish Academy awarding the Nobel Literature Prize, bringing the total number of board members who have quit to eight. More>>

Poland marks 75th anniversary of uprising in Warsaw Ghetto

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People in Warsaw are pinning paper daffodils to their clothes as the Polish capital begins a day of commemorations on the 75th anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. More>>

Pentagon: Sarin likely at Syria sites, but questions remain

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The Pentagon says there have been no reports of civilian casualties from last week's missile strikes by the United States, France and Britain. More>>

FBI offers $1M for info on US reporter missing in Syria

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Federal authorities are offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to an American journalist who has been missing in Syria for five years. More>>

Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

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A 57-year-old bureaucrat will take Raul Castro's place as the president of Cuba on Thursday as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world's last communist states. More>>

Gaza protest camps moved closer to Israel border fence

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Organizers of mass marches on Gaza's border with Israel have moved protest tent camps closer to the border fence, heightening the risk of more bloodshed. More>>

Armenian protesters to renew efforts to stop capital traffic

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The leader of large protests that have roiled the capital of Armenia for a week is calling on supporters to renew efforts to paralyze traffic. More>>

Russia says US visa delays could halt direct flights

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The Russian Foreign Ministry says increasing delays by the United States in issuing visas could result in flagship airline Aeroflot ending flights to the U.S. More>>

Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

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President Donald Trump is leaving himself plenty of wiggle room when it comes to a summit with North Korea's leader, saying he will bail out of the meeting if he decides it won't produce results. More>>

Iceland: Bitcoin heist suspect has likely fled to Sweden

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A man suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoins and other virtual currencies has likely fled to Sweden after breaking out of a prison in Iceland. More>>

Archaeologists find silver treasure on German Baltic island

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Archaeologists on the German Baltic island of Ruegen have uncovered hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets that they say are linked to the era of the Danish King Harald Gormsson. More>>

US easing rules on sales of armed drones, other weaponry

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The Trump administration is making it easier for U.S. defense contractors to sell armed drones and other conventional weapons to foreign governments. More>>

Ancient coins, bracelets looted from Romania return home

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Romanian authorities display a treasure trove of coins and bracelets from the 1st century which were stolen from western Romania and illegally secreted out of the country. More>>

Russia joins bid to win compensation over US metals tariffs

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Russia has joined the European Union, India and China in demanding compensation from the United States for its tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. More>>

Trade issues expose the limits of Trump-Abe 'bromance'

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Trump rejects Abe's efforts to win a pass on tariffs for Japan and persuade US to rejoin TPP trade deal, showing the limits of their 'bromance'. More>>

EU foreign policy hails Western Balkan efforts at membership

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The European Union foreign policy chief has hailed efforts nations in the Western Balkans to advance toward membership in the bloc, ending a tour of the volatile region where Russia is also vying for influence. More>>

India hopes to host 3 sports events, including 2032 Olympics

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The Indian Olympic Association says it will bid for three major sporting events _ the 2026 Youth Olympics, the 2030 Asian Games and the 2032 Summer Olympics. More>>

Russia, NATO military chiefs meet in Azerbaijan

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Russia's top military officer has met with the chief NATO commander in Europe, the first such encounter since relations between Moscow and the alliance have plummeted to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis four years ago. More>>

Germany's Merkel appears open to compromise on EU reforms

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has signaled her willingness to find compromises with France when it comes to reforming the European Union, as she hosted French President Emmanuel Macron for talks in Berlin. More>>

Police: 2 die in light airplane crash in Northern Ireland

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Police say two people have died in the crash of a light airplane in Northern Ireland. More>>

Turkey's weak opposition scrambles to challenge Erdogan

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Turkey's weak opposition is scrambling to mount a meaningful challenge against strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with just nine weeks to prepare for snap elections. More>>

UK mulls plan to ban plastic straws and cut waste

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The British government wants to take action to ban plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds _ and is urging other Commonwealth nations to follow suit. More>>

Far-right cancels bid to shut Berlin's Berghain techno club

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A local councilwoman in Berlin is being ridiculed online for proposing to close one of the city's most famous techno clubs because of partygoers' drug consumption, long opening hours and lascivious behavior on the dance floor. More>>

Kremlin says nationalizing sanction-hit Rusal is an option

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The Kremlin says a temporary nationalization of aluminum producer Rusal is being discussed after the company was hit by United States sanctions. More>>

Better than a beach photo: Christie spends $85K on portrait

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Former Gov. Chris Christie's official portrait will carry an $85,000 price tag, higher than his three predecessors combined. More>>

California reaches deal on National Guard border mission

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Gov. Jerry Brown says he has reached agreement with the Trump administration to deploy up to 400 California National Guard troops to the border and elsewhere. More>>

First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and 'Black Panther'

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Saudi Arabia heralds opening of cinemas, screens Hollywood's 'Black Panther' in country's first movie theater. More>>

Corruption watchdog: G-20 moving slowly against tax havens

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An international corruption watchdog group says the world's Group of 20 industrialized and developing nations have made only slow progress improving the legal tools to ensure transparency. More>>

Attacker in Berlin skullcap case turns himself in to police

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A 19-year-old Syrian asylum seeker has turned himself in to police after his violent attack on a man wearing a Jewish skullcap in Berlin caused outrage across Germany. More>>

Greek court backs release of Turkish officer seeking asylum

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Greece's highest court has imposed severe restrictions on the movements of 1 of 8 Turkish servicemen applying for asylum in Greece after fleeing Turkey following a failed 2016 coup there, while he waits for a definitive decision on his asylum application. More>>

Egypt exhibiting previously unseen Ptolemaic artifacts

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Egypt is exhibiting artifacts from the Ptolemaic period for the first time in The Egyptian Museum in Cairo. More>>

Israel celebrates its 70th birthday with parties and BBQ's

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Israel is celebrating 70 years since the modern Jewish state was created. More>>

Cambridge Analytica ex-CEO refuses to testify in UK

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The British Parliament's media committee says Cambridge Analytica's former CEO, Alexander Nix, says he'll no longer testify at un upcoming session on fake news, citing an ongoing investigation by the information commissioner's office. More>>

2,000 Kachin trapped by Myanmar fighting lack food, medicine

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Leaders in the Kachin ethnic community say 2,000 civilians are trapped in the jungle after fleeing clashes between Myanmar's army and Kachin guerrillas and need urgent medical attention. More>>

Taiwan calls Chinese military drills a threat to region

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Taiwan's government says recent Chinese military drills aim to intimidate the island and are a threat to regional peace and stability. More>>

Quake, at least 5.5 in magnitude, strikes southern Iran

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US Geological Survey: Magnitude 5.5 quake hits southern Iran near nuclear plant; felt in Bahrain, Persian Gulf. More>>

The Latest: AP source: Pompeo, Kim discussed held Americans Video included

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President Donald Trump is confirming that his CIA director met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea "last week" in anticipation of their potential summit. More>>

US manufacturers seek relief from steel and aluminum tariffs

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Small and medium-size US manufacturers seek exemptions from Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs. More>>

Correction: Malaysia-Mahathir Interview story

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Former Malaysian strongman Mahathir Mohamad tells The Associated Press the opposition is getting an increase in support from rural ethnic Malays and a 30 percent swing may be enough to secure victory. More>>

Japan finance official quits over alleged sexual misconduct

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Japan's vice finance minister resigned over sexual harassment allegations in the latest embarrassment for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government. More>>

Erdogan catches Turkey off guard by calling early elections

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting the leader of the country's main nationalist party to discuss his political ally's surprise call for early elections. More>>

UN team fired on at suspected Syria chemical attack site

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International chemical weapons inspectors do not appear to have visited the site of a suspected attack in Syria after days of delays by Syrian and Russian authorities. More>>

Shallow Indonesia quake kills 3, damages hundreds of homes

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A shallow earthquake in central Indonesia has killed three people and damaged more than 300 homes. More>>

Croat officials halt Serbia visit over far-right incident

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A Croatian parliamentary delegation has cut short a visit to neighboring Serbia after a far-right leader convicted of war crimes reportedly stamped on the Croatian national flag and insulted officials. More>>

First the chlorine, then chaos and death in Syria attack

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Residents of Douma were packed into underground shelters amid bombardment when the gas began to spread. More>>

First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and 'Black Panther'

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Saudi Arabia will hold a private screening of the Hollywood blockbuster "Black Panther" to herald the launch of movie theaters that are set to open to the public next month. More>>

Polish ghetto survivor worries about rising nationalism

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Marian Kalwary, an 87-year-old survivor of the Warsaw ghetto remembers the horrors that he witnessed there as a boy. More>>

Miguel Diaz-Canel selected as next president of Cuba

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Cuban state media say the country's National Assembly will elect a new president on Wednesday but will only announce the replacement for Raul Castro the following day. More>>

Remnants of migrant caravan move toward US-Mexico border

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The remnants of a migrant caravan of Central Americans that drew the ire of President Donald Trump are continuing on their journey north through Mexico toward the U.S. border. More>>

Britain spy case: Watchdog rejects Russia nerve agent claim

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Global chemical weapon watchdog chief rejects Russian claims that traces of a second nerve agent were discovered in the English where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were targeted in a poisoning attack Britain blames on Moscow. More>>

Saving the bison: Polish bison off to help Spanish herd grow

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Head of a bison reserve in eastern Poland says that seven young female animals are traveling to Spain to help grow a herd there. More>>

Simply the best? UK critics praise Tina Turner stage musical

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British theater critics are praising a stage musical about the life of Tina Turner _ and it also has the approval of the star herself. More>>

Douma chemical attack puts OPCW back in spotlight

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been thrust once again into the international limelight by a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain and allegations of a chemical bombardment on the Syrian city of Douma. More>>

The Latest: UN says more security needed at Douma site

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Syrian state media say rebels in a town northeast of Damascus are handing over their weapons as part of an agreement reached with the Syrian government. More>>

The Latest: First Saudi Arabian movie theater screens film

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Saudi Arabia is screening the Hollywood blockbuster "Black Panther" in the first movie theater to open in the country. More>>

The Latest: Rubio calls pick of new Cuba leader a 'charade'

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Cuba's legislature has opened a two-day session that is to elect a successor to President Raul Castro. More>>

Student from Zambia fights to compete in US poetry contest

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A federal judge will hear arguments in the case of an immigrant high school poet who is suing to compete in a government-funded national poetry competition. More>>

Ex-head of Hungarian swimming denies ordering rival slain

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A defense lawyer says the former head of Hungary's swimming federation has firmly denied allegations that he ordered the 1998 slaying of a business rival. More>>

Queen to welcome Commonwealth leaders as group seeks mission

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The flags of more than 50 nations are flying outside Buckingham Palace Queen Elizabeth II prepares to welcome leaders from the Commonwealth, an international club with an eclectic membership, an identity problem and an uncertain future. More>>

WWII bomb to force evacuation around Berlin's main station

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Police say they will have to evacuate a large area of central Berlin including the city's main railway station Friday to defuse a 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) World War II bomb discovered during construction work. More>>

Merkel condemns attack on 2 men wearing skullcaps in Germany

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Berlin police say two men wearing Jewish skullcaps were attacked and insulted by a group of three other men, who whipped one with a belt in an apparent anti-Semitic assault. More>>

Pro-Putin youth group to form counter-protest squads

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The youth wing of Russia's dominant party says it will begin training groups of activists to mobilize quickly to conduct counterdemonstrations to opposition protests. More>>

Police: Bus crash in Switzerland leaves 15 hurt, 1 seriously

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Swiss police say 15 people have been injured, one of them seriously, when a bus carrying foreign tourists crashed into a truck on a highway in northern Switzerland. More>>

Korean leaders can discuss peace, but can't end Korean War Video included

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Trump has given his "blessing" for North and South Korea to discuss the end of the Korean War, but talks are only as far as the two leaders could get since South Korea wasn't signatory to armistice. More>>

EU envoy: Macedonia can settle name dispute by late June

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EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says she believes Greece and Macedonia can overcome a long-standing name dispute by late June, clearing the way for the Balkan nation to start accession talks. More>>

Koolhaas: Prada Tower explores effect of space on art

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Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas says the 10-story tower he designed for the Prada Foundation is meant to reveal the interaction between art and architecture. More>>

Armenia protesters defy ex-president's move to premier seat

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Thousands of people are flooding into the Armenian capital to protest the former president's shift into the prime minister's seat, which they see as an attempt to hold on to power. More>>

Italy president taps Berlusconi ally to try to break impasse

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Italian President Sergio Mattarella has tapped the Senate president, a longtime supporter of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi, to explore possible alliances to create a governing majority in Parliament more than a month after Italy's inconclusive elections. More>>

German gets life for killing retiree, cashing his pension

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A German man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing an 80-year-old man in Berlin and cashing his benefit checks for a decade. More>>

UK hopes former colonies can give trade boost after Brexit

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For decades, the Commonwealth, at least in Britain has been largely ignored, a quaint relic of an empire upon which the sun never set. More>>

Cuba's presidential transition bringing no joy to its exiles

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Cuban exiles in Florida are showing no enthusiasm around the stepping down of Raul Castro as president, saying they expect nothing to change. More>>

EU lawmakers want action amid top EU job scandal

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European Union lawmakers want for the appointment of a top EU official to be reconsidered amid a scandal that has raised troubling questions about the accountability of civil servants in Brussels. More>>

Greece vows to respect landmark court decision on migrants

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Greek officials say the government will respect a landmark court decision against a European Union policy that allowed authorities to force refugees and migrants to stay on the Greek islands where they first arrived even after they had applied for asylum. More>>

Iran bans government bodies from using foreign message apps

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Iranian state TV says government bodies have been barred from using foreign messaging apps. More>>

UK govt suffers Parliament defeat on key Brexit bill

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Britain's key Brexit bill has hit a hurdle, with the House of Lords voting to seek continued membership in the European Union's customs union. More>>

International team to investigate in slain journalist case

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Slovakia's prosecutor general has signed a deal to create an international team to investigate into the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee. More>>

US officials say Pompeo has met with NKorea's Kim Video included

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Two U.S. officials say CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un. More>>

Swedish king wants to let Nobel literature selectors resign

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Sweden's king wants to change the statutes of the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize each year, to allow its life-appointed board members to resign. More>>

UK chain Costa pledges new recycling targets for coffee cups

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A UK coffee house chain has pledged to recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by 2020, tapping into public anxiety over the increasing levels of waste in the world's oceans. More>>

Raul Castro leaving Cuban presidency, not power

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Raul Castro is stepping down from Cuba's presidency, but he isn't giving up all his power. More>>

Greek police: head of international crime ring arrested

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Greek police say they have caught the suspected head of a European organized crime ring specializing in burglaries, robberies and extortion in France and Greece. More>>

Germany urges probe into Russian reporter's balcony fall

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The German government says the death of a Russian journalist who fell from his balcony should be investigated. More>>

Zimbabwe marks Independence Day _ from Mugabe, too

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Zimbabwe marks Independence Day _ from Mugabe, too; many celebrating 'a new era'. More>>

Strike extended, Greek ferries stuck in port until Friday

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Greek seamen are extending their strike for a further 24 hours, leaving the country's mainland and islands without ferry services until Friday morning. More>>

200 child soldiers freed in S. Sudan, but problem continues

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More than 200 child soldiers were released by armed groups in war-torn South Sudan, part of a series of releases that will see almost 1,000 children freed in the coming months. More>>

Suspect in Iceland's 'Big Bitcoin Heist' escapes prison

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A prisoner in Iceland suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoin has managed to escape custody and flee the remote North Atlantic nation on a passenger plane. More>>

First the chlorine, then chaos and death in Syria attack

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Residents of Douma were packed into underground shelters amid bombardment when the gas began to spread. More>>

IMF: A major trade rift could imperil solid global economy

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IMF, on eve of meetings, foresees bright outlook for US and global economies this year. More>>

Researchers: Silk Road projects give China strategic benefit

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Report says China's Belt and Road program aimed at expanding Beijing's political influence, military presence. More>>

Iceland company to resume commercial hunting of fin whales

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A whaling company in Iceland is preparing its fleet to bring the commercial hunting of fin whales back to the country. More>>

Syria envoy says UN security team visits alleged attack site

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Syrian state TV reports country's air defenses confronted new 'aggression,' downing missiles over central Homs region. More>>

US tells WTO it will consult with China over tariff policies

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The United States has told the World Trade Organization it has agreed to discuss with China the Trump administration's efforts to slap tariffs on steel, aluminum and an array of goods from China. More>>

Russian sex guru, follower blame US for continued detention

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A Russian sex guru and his followers, one of whom claims to have evidence of Moscow's interference in the 2016 U.S presidential election, are in a Thai court for a closed hearing. More>>

The Latest: White House says NKorea talks at highest level Video included

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President Donald Trump will host Japan's Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago this week amid growing strain between the two countries over a planned meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and a push for new tariffs. More>>

The Latest: Russia clashes again with US, allies over Syria

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The Latest: Group of Seven industrialized nations issues joint statement, endorsing US-led air strikes in Syria. More>>

Amid protests, Armenia's ex-president becomes prime minister

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Armenia's former president has been elected prime minister amid large-scale protests against his rule. More>>

US, UK say Russia targets internet hardware for espionage

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US, UK accuse Russia of planting malware on internet equipment for espionage, possible attacks. More>>

UK court rules against parents who want treatment for son

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Britain's Court of Appeal has ruled against the parents of a terminally ill toddler who are seeking permission to take him to Italy for medical treatment. More>>

The Latest: After nod from EU, Macedonia pledges new reforms

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The European Commission is recommending that the EU launch membership talks with Albania and Macedonia, even as enthusiasm for enlargement of the 28-nation bloc wanes. More>>

Niger may have arrested militant with ties to US ambush

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The Niger military has detained a suspect who could be the militant leader who was being pursued at the time of an ambush that left four American soldiers dead. More>>

EU laments poor progress by Turkey in membership efforts

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The EU says Turkey has failed to make progress and is even backsliding on bringing its laws into line with European standards as it seeks to join the bloc. More>>

UK's May rejects criticism over Syria airstrike decision

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected opposition calls for a law making Parliament's approval necessary before committing U.K. forces to military action. More>>

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