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Kurds pull out abruptly from disputed Iraqi areas

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Iraq's Kurdish fighters have lost more territory in Iraq, a day after Iraqi forces pushed them out of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. More>>

US-backed forces celebrate fall of IS 'capital' of Raqqa

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US -backed forces battling IS in Syria take hospital in Raqqa, leaving militants cornered in and around the city stadium. More>>

George Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins Booker prize

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American author George Saunders is bookmakers' favorite to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with his novel of the afterlife, "Lincoln in the Bardo.". More>>

Airbus notches win over rival Boeing with Bombardier deal

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Airbus shares are rising after it announced an unusual no-cost deal with Canada's Bombardier that angered U.S. rival Boeing. More>>

Thousands more Rohingya Muslims cross border into Bangladesh Video included

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Thousands more Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh where more than half a million others are already living in camps to escape large-scale violence. More>>

Catalans protest sedition case, court declares vote illegal

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Spain's northeastern Catalonia is bracing itself for a fresh round of protests after two leaders of the region's powerful pro-independence movement were jailed in a sedition probe. More>>

After IS collapse in Raqqa, US faces other extremism threats

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The U.S. military says the Syrian city of Raqqa is about 90 percent cleared of Islamic State fighters. More>>

UK intelligence chief says terror threat is worst of career

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Britain's domestic intelligence chief says the country is facing the worst terrorist threat he's seen his 34-year career. More>>

In Somalia, hope fades in desperate search for missing

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US military plane lands in Somalia with aid after country's deadliest attack; 302 killed. More>>

The Latest: UN says Raqqa liberation from IS is game changer

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The Latest: Spokesman for US-backed Syrian force says city of Raqqa has been liberated from Islamic State militants. More>>

Israel says no talks if Hamas in Palestinian government

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Israel has announced it will not negotiate with a Palestinian government consisting of the militant group that rules Gaza, further complicating a reconciliation process between the rival Palestinian groups. More>>

Kenya opposition suspends reform protests after killings

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Kenya opposition suspends the electoral reform protest following police killings of supporters. More>>

Foreign experts to help Malta investigate reporter's killing

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Malta has appealed to the FBI and European forensic experts to help in the investigation of the car bomb killing of its leading investigative journalist. More>>

Deadly fires ease, anger grows over Iberia's 45 fire deaths

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Lower temperatures and rainfall in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula is aiding emergency teams in Portugal and Spain fighting fires that killed nearly 40 people over the weekend. More>>

New UN envoy pays first visit to disputed Western Sahara

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The United Nations' new special envoy for the disputed Western Sahara has met with Morocco's King Mohammed VI and government ministers as part of his first tour of the region. More>>

The Latest: 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins Man Booker Prize

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American author George Saunders has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with "Lincoln in the Bardo," a polyphonic symphony of a novel about restless souls adrift in the afterlife. More>>

Court extends house arrest for Russian theater director

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A court in the Russian capital is considering whether to extend house arrest for a widely revered theater and film director. More>>

The Latest: Iraqi PM calls for dialogue after Kirkuk

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The Latest: Thousands of civilians stream back to Kirkuk, day after fleeing as Iraqi troops pushed Kurdish forces out. More>>

Mass die-off of Antarctic penguin chicks alarms researchers

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Scientists say thousands of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic died of starvation last summer _ the second such die-off in over 40 years. More>>

Margaret Atwood receives Franz Kafka award in Prague

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Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood has been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize. More>>

The Latest: Barcelona protesters demand activists' release

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A Catalan official says the jailing of two prominent Catalan separatist activists shows how the Spanish authorities in Madrid are choosing "repression over dialogue.". More>>

France: 10 held in probe of alleged far-right terror plot

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French counterterrorism police have arrested 10 people allegedly linked to a far-right extremist who already was in custody on suspicion of planning attacks against mosques, politicians and migrants. More>>

Hogwarts Express rescues stranded family in Scotland

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As if by magic, the Hogwarts Express has come to the rescue of a stranded family in Scotland. More>>

Roman Polanski in Poland for documentary on his early life

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A Polish film company says director Roman Polanski has traveled to Poland to appear in a documentary about his early life during the Holocaust. More>>

Moldova president may be suspended for not naming minister

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Moldova's Constitutional Court rules that the country's president can be temporarily suspended from his duties after he refused to swear in the defense minister. More>>

Taliban launch wave of attacks in Afghanistan, kill 74

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Taliban wave of attacks across Afghanistan targets police compounds, government facilities, killing at least 34 people. More>>

Turkey's leader: Does EU want us in the bloc, or not?

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Turkey's president is in Poland for talks on international security and on his policies at home. More>>

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting child in April

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge say their third child will be due in April. More>>

The Latest: Afghan official: Drone strikes kill 35 Taliban

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The Latest: Afghan deputy interior minister says Taliban killed 71 people in attacks in Ghazni and Paktia province. More>>

Files show new details of US support for Indonesia bloodbath

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Declassified files have revealed new details of U.S. government knowledge and support of an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s. More>>

Soros-founded university urges Hungarian govt to sign deal

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The rector of a university founded by financier and philanthropist George Soros is urging Hungary to sign an agreement guaranteeing the school's continued operations in Budapest. More>>

Russian supply ship docks at International Space Station

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An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering supplies to its six-member crew. More>>

F-18 military jet crashes outside of Madrid, killing pilot

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Spain's Defense Ministry says F-18 jet has crashed at base outside Madrid, killing its pilot. More>>

Philippine military pushes to defeat last Marawi fighters

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Gunfire rang out and explosions thudded as Philippine soldiers fought to gain control of the last pocket of Marawi controlled by Islamic militants as Duterte declared the city liberated. More>>

Ophelia batters UK after pummeling Ireland, leaves 3 dead

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Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and Northern England after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Ireland. More>>

3 killed in Togo unrest after arrest of religious leader

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Togo officials say three people, including two soldiers, have been killed in clashes after the arrest Monday evening of a religious leader close to an opposition politician. More>>

US, Japan agree to maximize diplomatic pressure on N. Korea

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U.S. and Japanese senior diplomats have agreed to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy failed. More>>

12 Turkish police officers wounded in bombing

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Turkish media reports say a bomb targeting a bus carrying police officers has left several people wounded. More>>

UN forced to halve rations in Central African Republic

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A U.N. humanitarian official warns that aid workers have had to cut rations in half across Central African Republic because of underfunding. More>>

Britain reports hate crimes spike after Brexit vote, attacks

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UK authorities say hate crimes spiked following Britain's vote to leave the European Union and after several attacks linked to extremists. More>>

Authorities seeks answers from Air Berlin over tower flyby

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German air safety officials say they've asked bankrupt carrier Air Berlin to explain why one of its pilots aborted his landing at Duesseldorf Airport at the last moment to make a low pass around the control tower. More>>

EU Brexit chief urges Britain to keep up the momentum

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The European Union's Brexit negotiator says the British government must keep up the momentum in negotiations on leaving the bloc if it wants the talks to move into a new phase in December. More>>

6 killed in Turkey coal mine collapse

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Turkish media reports say a coal mine has collapsed in southeast Turkey, trapping some miners inside. More>>

Austria's Kurz would join growing lineup of young leaders

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Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz is set to become Europe's youngest leader at age 31, but other young politicians have reached the peak of power. More>>

EU: 1 million refugees in Turkey receive cash assistance

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European Union officials say a EU-funded project that provides cash assistance to the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey has reached 1 million beneficiaries a year after its launch. More>>

China's Xi looks to extend power at Communist Party congress

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its national congress on Wednesday. More>>

Potential ally urges Merkel to give up finance ministry

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A key potential ally in Germany's next government is insisting that Chancellor Angela Merkel's party shouldn't keep the finance ministry because that gives her too much power. More>>

Bomb kills journalist who exposed Malta's ties to tax havens

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Malta's prime minister says a car bomb has killed an investigative journalist on the island nation. More>>

Austria's Sebastian Kurz preaches change, faces challenges

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Young, dynamic and preaching renewal, Austria's next likely leader is already inviting comparisons with French President Emanuel Macron. But while Macron is making good on promises of change, politics could remain business as usual under Sebastian Kurz. More>>

US worried about dwindling independent media in Hungary

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The top U.S. diplomat in Hungary has raised concerns about the dwindling numbers of independent media outlets in Hungary and the growing influence of government allies in the media market. More>>

Tigers from war-torn Aleppo settle into new Dutch home

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Two tigers rescued from Aleppo have arrived in their new temporary home in the Netherlands to recover from their ordeal in the conflict-torn Syrian city. More>>

21 opposition members on trial over Morocco protests

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Demonstrators are calling for justice for 21 detained leaders of a Moroccan protest movement that has become the biggest challenge to this North African kingdom since the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011. More>>

2 Serbian students appear in court over April protests

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Two Serbian students have appeared before a court over the street protests last April against the election triumph of President Aleksandar Vucic. More>>

Russia pressures Serbia on status of controversial base

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Russia is pressuring Serbia to grant diplomatic status to the Russian staff of a controversial facility that U.S. officials believe could become Kremlin's spy base in the Balkans. More>>

Liberian runoff vote on Nov. 7 with Weah facing Boakai

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Election authorities say that Liberia's presidential runoff will take place Nov. 7. More>>

Hurricane Ophelia's remnants batter UK, Ireland; 3 dead

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Authorities in Ireland have closed schools, courts and government buildings amid concerns about potential damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia. More>>

Pope at UN demands response to hunger, climate, migration

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Pope Francis is demanding world governments collectively work to end rising world hunger by working to end the conflicts and climate-change related disasters that force people to leave their homes in search of their daily bread. More>>

Alleged IS female recruiter arrested in Spain with FBI help

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Spain's Interior Ministry says the country's civil guard has arrested a 21 year-old Spanish woman who allegedly recruited other women to join the Islamic State group in conflict areas. More>>

Court jails 2 Catalan independence leaders in sedition probe

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Catalonia's leader hasn't clarified whether he declared independence from Spain in a letter to the central government and has renewed a call for dialogue. More>>

Iraqi forces push into disputed Kirkuk as Kurds withdraw

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Iraqi Kurdish officials say federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a "major, multi-pronged" attack aimed at retaking the disputed northern city of Kirkuk. More>>

Somalia truck bombing toll over 300, scores remain missing Video included

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Funerals begin as Somalia bombing toll reaches 276; critically injured are airlifted to Turkey. More>>

Trump says 'total termination' of Iran deal possible

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President Donald Trump is renewing his threat to fully withdraw the United States from the landmark Iran nuclear deal. More>>

The Latest: Iraqi forces seize oil fields in Kirkuk

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An Iraqi Kurdish commander says federal forces have seized an oil and gas company and other industrial areas south of Kirkuk in fighting with Kurdish forces that caused "lots of casualties.". More>>

The Latest: Duterte says Marawi liberated, still skirmishes

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the southern city of Marawi liberated, though the military continues to battle a dwindling band of Muslim militants. More>>

Houses spared by massive fires bring joy and sense of loss Video included

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With the winds dying down, fire crews gained ground as they battled the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home. More>>

Venezuela opposition looks for answers after election loss

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Venezuela's National Electoral Council proclaimed candidates with the socialist movement founded by the late President Hugo Chavez won a vast majority of the 23 governorships up for grabs in Sunday's regional election. More>>

AP video journalist describes Somalia's deadliest attack

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AP video journalist describes Somalia's deadliest attack, which tore the roof from his home. More>>

Why the battle over the Iraqi city of Kirkuk matters

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Why the battle over the Iraqi city of Kirkuk matters. More>>

The Latest: 35 Somali victims arrive in Turkey for treatment Video included

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The Latest: Somalia blast death toll now above 300, ambulance service chief says. More>>

The Latest: Storm blamed for odd odors on British flights

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The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia have killed at least two people after slamming into the British Isles. More>>

Roman theater uncovered at base of Jerusalem's Western Wall

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Israeli archaeologists find 1,800-year-old Roman-era theater in Jerusalem's Old City abutting the Western Wall. More>>

Lawyers debate latest Trump travel ban before federal judge

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A federal judge in Maryland will rule later on three lawsuits requesting preliminary injunctions to block the most recent Trump administration travel restrictions. More>>

The Latest: Spain lowers growth forecast amid uncertainty

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Two senior Catalan regional police force officers and the leaders of two pro-independence associations are in court again, facing possible sedition charges related to the staging of the region's banned Oct. 1 secession referendum. More>>

The Latest: Israeli leader congratulates Kurz on Austria win

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she isn't "dramatically concerned" about differences on refugee policy after conservative leader Sebastian Kurz won neighboring Austria's election. More>>

Russia: Formal complaint made over gay crackdown in Chechnya

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A Russian man is accusing authorities in Chechnya of brutally beating him as part of a broad crackdown on gay people in the Russian region. More>>

Portugal wildfires kill at least 35; 4 dead in Spain

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Authorities in Spain and Portugal say that nine people died over the weekend in hundreds of wildfires fanned by strong winds caused by a hurricane. More>>

Suspected US missiles kill 20 militants in NW Pakistan

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Pakistani intelligence officials say suspected US missiles have hit a home in Kurram tribal region near Afghan border killing five militants. More>>

UK, EU leaders agree on need for speed in Brexit talks

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May is heading to Brussels for a meeting with senior European Union officials in hopes to reviving stalled negotiations on Britain's departure from the European Union. More>>

Russian cargo ship launched to International Space Station

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An unmanned Russian cargo ship has been launched to take supplies to the six astronauts aboard the International Space Station. More>>

Site of IS beheadings in Raqqa seized by Kurdish-led force

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A spokesman for a U.S.-backed force in Syria says it will be in control of the northern city of Raqqa "within a few days" after attacking the last pocket held by the Islamic State group. More>>

Poland says it's repelled a 3rd Russian hacking attack

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Poland's defense minister says that the nation's cyber experts have successfully repelled a 3rd hacking attempt from Russia but warned the threat is mounting. More>>

Ex hostage tells AP why he had kids in captivity

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Former hostage Joshua Boyle says he and his wife decided to have kids in captivity because they always planned to have a big family and decided "hey, let's make the best of this and at least go home with a larger start on our dream family.". More>>

Egypt says Ramses II temple unearthed southwest of Cairo

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Egypt's antiquities agency says archaeologists have unearthed remains of a temple belonging to King Ramses II southwest of Cairo, which may shed light on the life of the 19th Dynasty pharaoh, over 3,200 years ago. More>>

More Israeli settlements OK'd in Hebron, says watchdog

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An Israeli anti-settlement group says dozens of new housing units have been approved in the West Bank city of Hebron for the first time in over a decade. More>>

Jailed Rwandan opposition figure accuses president

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A critic of Rwanda's president says she is in jail because she tried to run against the long-time president. More>>

Militants rob bank, attack church in Egypt's Sinai; 7 dead

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Egyptian officials: Islamic militants in Sinai rob bank, attack church and trade gunfire with police, killing 6 people. More>>

The Latest: Putin halts NKorea ties in line with UN demands

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The European Union has slapped new sanctions on North Korea for developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. More>>

Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria

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Israeli military says it's destroyed anti-aircraft battery in Syria after its planes were fired upon over Lebanon. More>>

Kenya police killed 67 opposition supporters: Rights groups

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2 international human rights groups say Kenya's police attacked opposition supporters killing dozens and injuring scores following demonstrations by opposition supporters protesting President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in August. More>>

US delegation visits Turkey for talks following visa spat

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Turkey's state-run news agency says a U.S. delegation is in Ankara for talks aimed at resolving a spat that resulted in the two countries suspending the issuing of travel visas to the other's citizens. More>>

The Latest: Infant dies in Portugal fires; toll rises to 32

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Spain's prime minister says he's traveling to the northwestern region of Galicia where raging wildfires have killed at least three people and prompted the evacuation of thousands. More>>

EU slaps new sanctions on North Korea

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The European Union has slapped new sanctions on North Korea for developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. More>>

EU backs Iran deal, urges US Congress to protect it

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European Union foreign ministers are urging US Congress to safeguard the Iran nuclear agreement after Trump withdraws support for deal. More>>

Boat carrying Rohingya Muslims capsizes, killing at least 12 Video included

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Police say an overcrowded boat carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar has capsized in the Bay of Bengal; at least 5 dead. More>>

Improving world economy still needs help from low rates

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The world economy is the healthiest it's been in years but could still use a little help from low-interest rates and higher government spending from countries that can afford it. That from the International Monetary Fund. More>>

The Latest: Actress asks if others have been harassed

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French President Emmanuel Macron says that he wants to revoke Harvey Weinstein's Legion of Honor award over the multiple accusations of sexual assault and harassment against the Hollywood titan. More>>

Veteran British actor Roy Dotrice dies aged 94

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The family of veteran British actor Roy Dotrice says he has died in his London home. More>>

Clinton brands WikiLeaks boss 'tool of Russian intelligence'

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Hillary Clinton has told an Australian state broadcaster that WlkiLeaks founder Julian Assange was a tool of Russian intelligence in his release of hacked emails that hurt the U.S. Democratic presidential nominee's campaign. More>>

French president moves to revoke Weinstein's Legion of Honor

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British police are investigating three new allegations of sexual assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein. More>>

Macedonia's ruling Social Democrats eye local poll sweep

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Candidates supported by Macedonia's governing left-wing coalition take a strong lead in local government elections, according to near-final results reported by the country's electoral authorities. More>>

Center-right party win secure as Austrians count ballots

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Hundreds of thousands of ballots must still be counted in Austria's general elections, but the tally is not likely to substantially change results that have put 31-year old Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz on track to become Europe's youngest leader. More>>

Philippines: Last leaders of IS-tied siege killed in Marawi

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Philippine security officials say the two final surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the south, including a top Asian terror suspect, have been killed in fierce fighting. More>>

EU wants Myanmar attacks probed, reviews defense cooperation

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The European Union says the perpetrators of crimes against Myanmar's Rohingya minority must be brought to justice, and the bloc is reviewing defense cooperation in light of the violence. More>>

Russia launches European atmosphere monitoring satellite

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A Russian booster rocket has carried a European environmental satellite into orbit. More>>

The Latest: Qatar diplomatic mission hit in Somali blast

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The Latest: Red Cross says 4 volunteers dead in massive blast in Somalia's capital. More>>

276 killed in deadliest single attack in Somalia's history Video included

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Death toll from blast in Somalia's capital rises to 53, security and medical sources say. More>>

Election produces likely right turn, young leader in Austria

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Polling places are opening in Austria, where voters will decide whether the country moves right after decades of centrist policies and could pave the way for Europe's youngest government leader. More>>

Ophelia to bring hurricane-force wind, heavy rain to Ireland

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Authorities in Britain and Ireland say the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia could bring disruption and damage as the work week gets underway. More>>

Venezuela officials: Ruling party wins most governorships

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Venezuelans head to the polls Sunday in regional elections that could tilt a majority of the states' 23 governorships back into opposition control for the first time in nearly two decades of socialist party rule. More>>

The Latest: Venezuela ruling party wins most governor races

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Venezuela's National Electoral Council says candidates for the ruling socialist party have won a majority of the 23 governors' offices up for grabs in Sunday's regional elections. More>>

Volcanoes on 'Ring of Fire' remind Asia of its seismic peril

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The horseshoe-shaped string of active volcanos bounding the Pacific Ocean has lived up to its "Ring of Fire" name in the past month, sparking mass evacuations in Indonesia and Vanuatu and now setting parts of southwestern Japan on edge. More>>

Tillerson: NKorea diplomacy continues until 1st 'bomb drops'

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis "will continue until the first bomb drops.''. More>>

Iraqi forces enter territory disputed with Kurds

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Kurdish media says the three official border crossings between Iraq's Kurdish region and Iran have been closed. More>>

S. Korea and US begin naval drills amid North Korea's threat

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South Korea and US begin naval drills amid North Korea's threat to fire missiles near Guam. More>>

The Latest: Defense chief confirms 2 militant leaders dead

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A Philippine military spokesman says troops are being careful in the intense fighting with militants in Marawi city because of concerns for the safety of the 50 to 100 hostages still being held by the IS-linked militants. More>>

The Latest: Ophelia post-tropical but has hurricane strength

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Ophelia is now a post-tropical cyclone but is still on track to bring hurricane-force winds to Ireland and the United Kingdom on Monday. More>>

Suspected IS militants kill 7 soldiers in Egypt's Sinai

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Suspected IS militants attack six checkpoints in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, kill three soldiers. More>>

Amid evangelical support, Israel toasts ties with Christians

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Israel's prime minister has told a group of Christian media professionals that Israel has no better friend than the world's Christian communities. More>>

'It's a dark day for us': Somalia reels from deadliest blast Video included

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'It's a dark day for us:' Somalia reels from deadliest single blast in country's history. More>>

The Latest: Iraq media say troops enter area held by Kurds

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Iraqi state media say federal troops have entered disputed territories occupied by the nation's Kurds. More>>

Macedonia: Early results say voters back left-wing coalition

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Macedonia is holding municipal elections on Sunday seen as a strong test for the left-wing government, five months after it came to power. More>>

The Latest: Election tally shows Austria turning right

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Voting in a general election that will decide whether Austria moves to the right after decades of centrist policies ends. More>>

Plague cases double in Madagascar as treatment center sent

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Red Cross sends 1st-ever plague treatment center to Madagascar as outbreak spreads. More>>

Center-left party projected to win north German state vote

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party is aiming to unseat the incumbent center-left governor in Lower Saxony for a fourth straight victory in state elections this year. More>>

Trump's speech sparks a new war of words between US, Iran

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President Trump's refusal to certify Iran nuclear deal sparks new war of words between Islamic Republic, America. More>>

Taliban denies rescued Canadian hostage's accusations

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A Taliban spokesman has rejected as "false and propaganda" the allegations of rescued Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle that his child was murdered and his wife raped during his captivity in Afghanistan. More>>

Israel to probe foreign funding of human rights groups

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Israel's prime minister says he intends to establish a parliamentary committee to investigate the funding Israeli NGOs receive from foreign governments. More>>

Yes or No? Catalan separatists face critical answer to Spain

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Catalonia's regional president Carles Puigdemont is facing a critical decision which could determine the course of the region's secessionist movement to break away from the rest of Spain. More>>

Russian medical team in Yemen to treat ex-president

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Yemeni officials say that the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in the country has allowed a Russian medical team into the capital Sanaa to provide medical treatment for former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the coalition's rival. More>>

Friday the 13th: Flight 666 makes it safely to HEL

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The Helsinki Airport says Flight 666 has arrived safety in HEL _ the airport code for the Finnish capital _ for the last time. More>>

London film festival to end with 'Three Billboards'

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Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev's "Loveless," a drama about a divorcing couple whose son disappears, has won the best-picture prize at the London Film Festival. More>>

Governing party candidate wins Kyrgyz presidential vote

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Preliminary results from presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan show the governing party's candidate winning. More>>

Germans clash at 'new right' publisher's book fair event

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Police say a heated clash between left-wing and right-wing groups at the Frankfurt Book Fair has resulted in three arrests. More>>

Kitchen staff fall ill, evacuated from new EU building

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The European Union says staff working in kitchens of its new building in Brussels have fallen ill and been evacuated after a ventilator malfunction filled the air with fumes. More>>

Boeing and Airbus sales of planes to Iran safe for now

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Boeing and Airbus will benefit from Trump's decision not to re-impose sanctions against Iran, allowing them to continue doing business with Iranian airlines that are desperate for new planes. More>>

US-allied forces begin final assault on IS in Syria's Raqqa

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U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say they have launched an operation to retake the last Islamic State-held pocket in Raqqa after some 275 militants and their family members surrendered. More>>

The Latest: UK treasury chief withdraws inflammatory comment

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Britain's Treasury chief Philip Hammond has described the European Union as the "enemy" in talks ahead of leaving the 28-nation trading bloc. More>>

The Latest: Spain minister says 'not too late' for Catalonia

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Spain's interior minister has called for Catalonia's separatist leader to respect the Spanish Constitution and desist in his push for independence for the northeastern region. More>>

Pope adds 35 saints to church, nearly all martyrs

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Pope Francis has given the Catholic church 35 new saints, all but 2 of them martyrs. More>>

Greek clerics ring church bells to protest gender rights law

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Church bells have rung "in mourning" across a western Greek diocese to protest the passing of a law making it easier for people to officially change their gender. More>>

Pope convenes meeting in Rome for Amazon region's bishops

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Pope Francis has convened a special meeting of bishops from Amazon-area countries with a focus on indigenous peoples. More>>

Ex-hostages back in Canada after harrowing raid to free them

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Former Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle says the Haqqani network in Afghanistan killed his infant daughter and raped his wife during the years they were held in captivity. More>>

The Latest: Ivanka Trump offers herself as business mentor

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The Trump administration says the International Monetary Fund needs to be a more "forceful advocate" and push countries to put in place economic policies that will promote better growth. More>>

The Latest: Freed hostage says captors 'ran like cowards'

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Former hostage Joshua Boyle says full medical exams are being arranged for him and his family on their first full day back in Canada after being rescued from their captors in Afghanistan. More>>

4 Moldovans dead in cargo plane crash off Ivory Coast

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Cargo plane crashes in sea off Ivory Coast after takeoff; witnesses say they saw 4 bodies. More>>

Huge blast rocks Somalia's capital; police say 20 killed Video included

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Powerful blast from truck bomb rocks Somalia's capital; police say at least 6 dead. More>>

The Latest: People trapped in rubble after Mogadishu blast

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The Latest: Powerful blast from truck bomb rocks Somalia's capital; police say 20 dead. More>>

Global finance leaders warn against complacency

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IMF, World Bank leaders urge fight against inequality, push back against globalization's detractors. More>>

Spy, temptress, victim? Mata Hari still eludes definition

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A century ago on Sunday, an exotic dancer named Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad, condemned as a sultry Dutch double agent who supposedly caused the deaths of thousands of soldiers during World War I. More>>

The Latest: Russia says Syrian army taken key IS-held town

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The Latest: US-led coalition says 'difficult fighting' expected in days ahead in battle to capture Syria's Raqqa from IS. More>>

Syria: Local militants evacuate as Raqqa battle nears end

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US-backed forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria says 'final' battle for city of Raqqa is underway. More>>

After 883 years, Cistercian monastery to close in Germany

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A Cistercian monastery that's existed for almost 900 years in what is now western Germany is closing down for good, due to a shortage of monks. More>>

Couple described as adventure-seekers are free from captors

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The wife and husband who were held hostage for five years in Afghanistan are being described as adventure-seekers who wanted to see areas of the world infrequently traveled by Westerners. More>>

Hostage release not a cure for long-damaged US-Pakistan ties

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The United States and Pakistan are hailing the release of a Taliban-held U.S.-Canadian family as a cautious sign of improved ties for a deeply troubled relationship that has endured years of rancor. More>>

Duchess of Cambridge's uncle charged with assault in London

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British police say they have charged the uncle of the Duchess of Cambridge with assault after a late-night altercation in a London street. More>>

Vatican court convicts ex-hospital chief in housing scandal

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Anomalies abound in Vatican trial over diverted donations to Vatican children's hospital that instead went to spruce up a cardinal's apartment. More>>

Hillary Clinton says Brexit uncertainty affecting children

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Hillary Clinton says children are being given "short shrift" in the Brexit process. More>>

7 dead in Kenya school shooting in suspected revenge attack

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7 killed in Kenya high school shooting during raid; suspected revenge attack by student. More>>

Ireland, UK brace for impact of Hurricane Ophelia

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Ireland's weather service says 80 mile an hour (130 kilometer an hour) wind gusts may lash the country as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit the British Isles. More>>

Teams report first progress against wine country wildfires

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Northern California communities have been battered by four days under siege from wildfires that are nowhere near over. More>>

Poland's president signs divisive law on civic group funding

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Poland's president has signed into law a bill on funding for non-governmental organizations that critics fear the conservative government may use to undercut groups with missions that conflict with the ruling party's positions. More>>

Infighting threatens to derail Catalan separatists in Spain

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One of Catalonia's top separatist leaders pushing for a break from Spain has made a call for unity as disputes over strategy threaten to split the secessionist camp. More>>

One of world's most remote islands gets commercial flights

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One of world's most remote islands, St. Helena, begins weekly commercial flights. More>>

The Latest: 4 Moldovans dead in plane crash off Ivory Coast

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The Latest: Cargo plane crash off Ivory Coast injures at least 6, French military says. More>>

Austrian voters concerned about immigration, Islam

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After bruising political campaigns, Austrian political parties are heading into an election that could turn the country rightward after decades of centrist governance amid voter concerns over immigration and Islam. More>>

The Latest: Vatican court convicts ex-hospital president

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The lawyer for the former president of the Vatican's children's hospital has told a Vatican court that no crime was committed when his client used money from the hospital's fundraising foundation to renovate a cardinal's apartment. More>>

Family freed returns to Canada, says 1 child killed

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An American woman and her Canadian husband are free five years after they were seized by a terrorist network in the mountains of Afghanistan. More>>

Pakistan not to extend militant leader's detention

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Pakistan's government has withdrawn its request for extending the detention of the leader of a banned militant group wanted by the United States. More>>

Iran's president: Nuclear deal 'stronger' than Trump thinks

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country "will continue to stick to" the nuclear deal, calling it "much stronger" than U.S. President Donald Trump thinks. More>>

Merkel: EU progress possible even if some members opt out

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union can move forward on contentious issues even if some member states opt out. More>>

Cyprus president, 71, declares bid for second 5-year term

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Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades has declared a bid for a second five-year term. More>>

Local official: 100 IS fighters surrender in Syria's Raqqa

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Scores of terrified civilians fleeing IS holdouts in Syria's Raqqa ahead of final push to liberate city. More>>

Amid Trump ambiguity on NKorea, is US practicing for war?

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White House chief of staff John Kelly moves to tamp down fears of war, saying the threat from North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile capabilities is "manageable" for now. More>>

600 migrants rescued; fears rise of new surge from Libya

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About 600 migrants have been brought to Sicily after being rescued at sea in one of the biggest arrivals since the Italian government struck a deal with Libyan authorities to limit departures. More>>

Israeli PM 'embraces' Trump's call on Iran nuclear deal

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has congratulated U.S. President Trump for his decision not to re-certify the Iran nuclear deal. More>>

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