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Trump's travel ban likely to be upheld, justices indicate

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The Supreme Court is saving one of its biggest cases for last, weighing President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries. More>>

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Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Syria aid, short of UN needs

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EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherni is calling on Russia, Iran and Turkey to force a halt to fighting in Syria, as international donors gather in Brussels to drum up aid for the conflict-ravaged country. More>>

Macron urges US to reject isolationism

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French President Emmanuel Macron extolled the "special bond" between the United States and France during his speech in front of a joint meeting of Congress. More>>

For Trump lookalike, crops worry more than social media fame

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A woman in Spain has found unexpected fame on social media after many found she bore a striking resemblance to U.S. President Donald Trump. More>>

Kuwait expels Philippines ambassador amid maid abuse dispute

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Kuwait's state-run news agency says Philippines ambassador has one week to leave country amid a dispute between the two countries. More>>

European Space Agency satellite rides to orbit from Russia

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A Russian rocket has carried into orbit a satellite that is part of the European Space Agency's earth observation program. More>>

Chemical weapons team gathers more samples from Syrian town

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The Russian military has indicated it will supply the Syrian government with a sophisticated air defense system, after condemning a missile attack launched by the U.S., Britain and France earlier this month. More>>

Thousands protest in Armenia's capital as talks falter

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Armenia's acting prime minister says talks with the opposition have been called off because of "preconditions and demands" from the opposition. More>>

Comcast challenges Murdoch with rival bid for UK-based Sky

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U.S. media conglomerate Comcast has made a 22 billion pound ($30 billion) bid for London-based pay TV operator Sky in move that threatens a rival bid by Rupert Murdoch. More>>

Parents of sick toddler Alfie Evans lose UK court appeal

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The mother of a terminally ill British toddler whose case has drawn support from Pope Francis says the child is "struggling" and needs immediate intervention if he is to survive much longer. More>>

Germans don Jewish skullcaps to protest anti-Semitism

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People wearing Jewish skullcaps as a sign of protest are taking to the streets in several German cities, taking a stand against an anti-Semitic assault in Berlin. More>>

Dane convicted of killing, dismembering journalist on sub

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A verdict is expected at the Copenhagen City Court on whether Danish inventor Peter Madsen tortured and murdered a Swedish journalist during a private submarine trip. More>>

Ancient skeleton of child found in ruins of Pompeii's bath

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Work at ancient thermal baths in Pompeii's ruins has unearthed the skeleton of a child. More>>

Scientists release most detailed star chart of the Milky Way

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The European Space Agency is releasing the most detailed star chart yet made for the Milky Way and neighboring galaxies. More>>

Mysterious mummy found in Iran could be father of last shah

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Discovery of mummified body in Tehran raises speculation it could be missing remains of late monarch Reza Shah Pahlavi. More>>

French billionaire Bollore charged in Africa corruption case

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French businessman Vincent Bollore has been given preliminary charges in an investigation into alleged corruption surrounding lucrative port deals in Africa. More>>

The Latest: Sri Lanka native ID'd as van attack victim

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A Buddhist temple in Toronto has identified one of the victims of Monday's van attack as Renuka Amarasinghe (am-uh-ruh-SEEN'-yuh). More>>

Turkish court finds newspaper staff guilty on terror charges

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A Turkish court has convicted journalists and other staff members from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper on terror charges. More>>

Korean leaders seek to control optics at historic summit

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Kim Jong Un will be in unchartered territory when he crosses south of the border Friday, possibly on foot, and grasps the hand of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. More>>

Czech president suggests Israel embassy move to Jerusalem

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Czech President Milos Zeman says his country is planning transfer the country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. More>>

Tusk urges Russia ally Serbia to stay on EU membership path

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A senior European Union official has urged Serbia, a candidate for EU membership that is also Russia's key ally in Europe, to keep up its bid to join the bloc. More>>

Facebook launches transparency tool before Irish referendum

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Facebook is launching a pilot program in Ireland ahead of a referendum on abortion which it hopes will ensure greater transparency in political advertising. More>>

Cambridge Analytica fights back on data scandal

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A Cambridge University professor at the heart of the Facebook privacy scandal says that the former CEO of data firm Cambridge Analytica lied to a British parliamentary committee investigating fake news. More>>

The Latest: UN warns of surge in attacks on Syrian civilians

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The Latest: Syrian filmmaker says Russian state media have used images from the set of his 2016 movie to claim that video footage from an April 7 suspected poison gas attack in Syria was staged. More>>

Finland says basic income trial going ahead as planned

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Finland has denied media claims that the Nordic country's basic income experiment has fallen flat and that the government wouldn't consider expanding it. More>>

Gaza officials say journalist shot by Israel dies of wounds

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Palestinian journalist shot by Israeli troops while covering border rally in Gaza dies of his wounds. More>>

France's cultural clout resonates during Macrons' US trip

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In fashion, food and even art _ the Macrons' visit to the United States could be summed up in three words: French, French, French. More>>

South African workers criticize Ramaphosa in protest

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Thousands of South African workers demonstrate around the country against a proposed minimum wage, in challenge to President Cyril Ramaphosa. More>>

Toronto van attack suspect may have felt anger against women

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A Facebook message posted before a van plowed onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk is raising the possibility the suspect nursed grudges against women and it has recalled a 1989 massacre of 14 women that remains one of Canada's most traumatic acts of violence. More>>

Slovakia to deploy 152 troops in Baltics to join NATO forces

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Slovakia's government has approved a plan to deploy 152 troops in the Baltics as part of NATO forces amid growing tensions between Russia and the West. More>>

The Latest: Danish inventor to appeal murder sentence

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Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been sentenced to life in prison for torturing and murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his private submarine. More>>

Russia's Supreme Court rules against Navalny

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Russia's Supreme Court has upheld a criminal conviction against opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother. More>>

EU foreign policy chief says Iran nuclear deal should stay

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The European Union's foreign policy chief says EU nations want the nuclear deal with Iran to be fully maintained and that Franco-American talks on any new agreement could only "build on" the current terms. More>>

Trump calls Kim open, honorable as summit planning goes on

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Trump sounds more optimistic about a summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, even calling the leader open and honorable. More>>

Germany wants to deport alleged former bin Laden follower

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The German government says it is trying to deport a former follower of Osama bin Laden despite court rulings barring his transfer to Tunisia. More>>

Photographer Joao Silva still shooting despite loss of legs

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Photographer Joao Silva, grievously injured in Afghanistan in 2010, says journalists who cover conflict should have a clear understanding of the horrific consequences of combat. More>>

Iran's president says no changes, additions to nuclear deal Video included

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Iran's president has ruled out any changes or additions to the 2015 nuclear deal, in response to French efforts to convince U.S. President Donald Trump to stick with the landmark agreement. More>>

Trump, Macron make a show as best buds but tussle over Iran Video included

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A sit-down between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron followed by a joint news conference highlight the business portion of the French leader's second day in Washington. More>>

EU wants 28-nation bloc to invest $24b in AI by end 2020

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The European Union executive wants the public and private sectors in the bloc to invest at least $24 billion in Artificial Intelligence through 2020 in an attempt to remain globally competitive. More>>

Man charged over Mont Saint-Michel incident

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French prosecutors have charged a 36-year-old man with threatening to attack security services at Mont Saint-Michel, one of the country's most-visited tourist sites. More>>

Pope to focus on fate of Christians in Middle East on July 7

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The Vatican says Pope Francis is planning to invite heads of churches and Christian communities from the Middle East to join him in a day of reflection and prayer in the southeastern Italian port city of Bari on July 7. More>>

Indian court jails spiritual guru for life in rape case

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An Indian court finds a high-profile spiritual guru Asaram Bapu guilty of raping a teenage female devotee in 2013. More>>

Australia says admiral will be next US ambassador to Seoul

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The Australian foreign minister says Adm. Harry Harris will become the next U.S. ambassador to South Korea instead of Australia. More>>

More than 70 nations hold talks on terror financing in Paris

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About 500 experts from more than 70 nations are holding talks in Paris on how to choke off financing for the Islamic State group and Al-Qaida. More>>

Tourists enjoy final day at beach before Boracay closure

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Tourists are spending their final hours on Boracay, enjoying the Philippine island's famed white-sand beaches before it closes for up to 6 months to recover from overcrowding and development. More>>

Outrage in China over pressure on student to stop activism

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Students have launched a petition against China's Peking University amid a rare public outcry against the elite school's handling of a decades-old alleged rape case. More>>

Trump backtracks on Syria after talks with French leader

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One month ago President Donald Trump surprised many by announcing the U.S. would withdraw from Syria soon, but after talks with France's president he appears to have changed his mind. More>>

Australians commemorate 103rd anniversary of WWI battle

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Australians commemorate the moment when Australian and New Zealand troops waded ashore at the Gallipoli peninsula 103 years ago in their first major battle of World War I. More>>

Toronto van attack suspect was student, ex-military recruit

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Details have begun to emerge about the man suspected of mowing down people on a Toronto sidewalk in one of the deadliest mass killings in modern Canadian history. More>>

Trump, top Iran diplomat trade threats as US decision nears

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is warning the Trump administration that pulling out from the Iran nuclear deal would undermine talks with North Korea by proving that America reneges on its promises. More>>

Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek

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The mystery behind the origins of a fawning pro-Saudi magazine that laid down a red carpet for Crown Prince Mohammed's visit. More>>

In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as 'very honorable'

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President Donald Trump says North Korea wants to hold a high-stakes meeting "as soon as possible" and he is praising Kim Jong Un as "very open" and "very honorable.". More>>

Justices say foreign business can't be sued under 1700s law

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The Supreme Court says foreign businesses cannot be sued in U.S. courts by foreign victims of human rights abuses and extremist attacks. More>>

The Latest: Crowd gathers at memorial for van attack victims

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says authorities see no national security element in the seeming attack on pedestrians in Canada's largest city. More>>

Deadliest mass slayings in recent Canadian history

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Deadliest mass slayings in recent Canadian history. More>>

Toronto van attack suspect was student, ex-military recruit

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Details have begun to emerge about the man suspected of mowing down people on a Toronto sidewalk in one of the deadliest mass killings in modern Canadian history, but his motivations remain uncertain. More>>

Online post suggests rampage suspect may have resented women

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Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what many said seemed a deliberate attack. More>>

Greece to investigate claims over UNICEF branch's finances

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A Greek prosecutor has ordered an investigation into allegations of financial mismanagement in the local branch of the U.N. children's agency, UNICEF. More>>

UK judge rejects bid to take sick toddler Alfie Evans abroad

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The father of a terminally ill British toddler says the child is surviving after being taken off life support, surprising doctors who had argued he should be allowed to die. More>>

Correction: Trump-DNC Lawsuit story

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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>>

Verdict looms into macabre death of Swedish journalist

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Is Peter Madsen guilty of torturing and murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall during a private submarine trip. More>>

Macedonia: 8 million-year-old elephant-like remains found

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Paleontologists from Bulgaria and Macedonia are excavating the fossilized remains of a prehistoric elephant believed to pre-date the mammoth, after its bones were discovered accidentally by a man working in a field. 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>>

EU official favors Western Balkans integration into the bloc

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A senior European Union official says that the road to membership in the bloc for Albania and Macedonia will be tough. More>>

UN prosecutor seeks life term for Karadzic at appeal hearing

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UN prosecution lawyer urges appeals judges to convict former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on a second genocide count and increase his 40-year sentence for overseeing Serb atrocities during the Bosnian war to a life sentence. More>>

Armenia's political transition unclear after PM's ouster

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Both the Armenian government and the opposition are taking part in commemorative events to mark the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago by Ottoman Turks. More>>

Ibrahim Nasrallah wins Arabic book prize for dystopian novel

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Jordanian-Palestinian writer Ibrahim Nasrallah has won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction with a novel about humanity's capacity for savagery. More>>

Italian police seize weapons from Spain-bound rental car

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Police in northern Italy found a small arsenal of Kalashnikovs, pistols and ammunition hidden in the trunk of a rental car and arrested the Bosnian man who was driving it. More>>

Spain eyes HQ of EU piracy mission amid Brexit planning

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Spain looks set to take charge of the European Union's anti-piracy operation off Somalia despite a challenge from Italy, as EU countries continue to pick over the spoils left by Britain's departure from the bloc next year. More>>

German state orders crosses mounted at government buildings

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Bavaria's conservative government is ordering Christian crosses to be placed at the entrance of all state administrative buildings. More>>

Italy's high court refuses to release migrant rescue ship

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Italy's highest court has rejected a request by a German group to release its migrant rescue boat seized eight months ago by prosecutors investigating allegations that non-governmental organizations colluded with migrant smugglers. More>>

Seeking aid abroad, Lebanon uproots Syrian refugees

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Seeking aid abroad, Lebanon uproots Syrian refugees from camps and towns around the country. More>>

European rights court rejects case on terminally ill toddler

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The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a case from a British mother and father who want to take their terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment instead of allowing a hospital to remove him from life support. More>>

Royal baby: Prince Charles welcomes new grandson

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Prince Charles says it is a "great joy" to be a grandfather once again, issuing a statement to express his pleasure with the arrival of a boy to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 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>>

AP Interview: Chile abuse whistleblower from pariah to VIP

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AP Interview: Whistleblower in Chile's clerical sex abuse scandal says ahead of audience that he will urge the pope to get rid of the "toxic" bishops and cardinals who have defamed and discredited him and other abuse survivors around the world. More>>

Icelandic fugitive in bitcoin heist arrested in Amsterdam

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Police in Amsterdam have arrested an Icelandic fugitive suspected of masterminding the theft of hundreds of computers used to mine bitcoins and other virtual currencies. More>>

French billionaire detained in Africa corruption probe

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French billionaire Vincent Bollore has been detained for questioning in an investigation into alleged corruption in lucrative port deals in Africa. More>>

Suffragist first woman to get statue outside UK Parliament

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has helped unveil a statue of women's rights campaigner Millicent Fawcett outside Britain's Parliament. More>>

Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 11 troops, policemen

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Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill at least 9 Afghan soldiers and policemen, latest in particularly deadly week. More>>

New Zealand leader triumphs abroad, faces pressures at home

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returns triumphant this week from a trip to Europe but still faces political pressures at home. More>>

Suspect in Vietnamese kidnapping goes on trial in Berlin

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A Vietnamese man charged with involvement in the kidnapping of a former Vietnamese oil executive in Berlin has gone on trial in the German capital. More>>

Defense arguments start in German neo-Nazi murder trial

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Lawyers for the main defendant in a high-profile neo-Nazi murder trial have begun their closing arguments, five years after proceedings opened. More>>

Romania: Leader faces misconduct charges in court hearing

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Romania's most powerful politician heads for the final hearing in a corruption case, days after the U.S. State Department said corrupt practices remain widespread at every level of government in the European Union member. More>>

North Korea's Kim meets Chinese envoy after deadly bus crash

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has met with China's ambassador at a hospital where Chinese tourists were being treated after a deadly bus crash. More>>

Russia adds Google IPs to registry of banned sites

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Russia's communications watchdog agency says it is adding some Google IP addresses to the state register of banned sites, as a dispute over a banned messaging app intensifies. More>>

Corrupt Indonesia politician sentenced to 15 years in prison

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An Indonesian court sentenced a senior politician to 15 years in prison for his role in the theft of $170 million of public money by officials, a victory for anti-corruption police fighting the country's rampant graft. More>>

Dozens injured after earthquake in southeast Turkey

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Turkish officials say an earthquake shook southeastern Turkey, lightly injuring dozens and causing damage to buildings. More>>

Armenia's leader quits amid protests, saying 'I was wrong'

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Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned unexpectedly Monday to quell massive anti-government protests over what critics feared was his effort to seize power for life. More>>

German Jewish leader advises against skullcaps in cities

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Germany's main Jewish leader says he would advise people visiting big cities against wearing Jewish skullcaps, following a street assault last week on two young men wearing them. More>>

UK calls on social media firms to better protect children

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Britain's health secretary has threatened to introduce new laws targeting online social media companies if they don't do more to protect children. More>>

Prince charming: Kate gives birth to boy, home by suppertime

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Kensington Palace says Prince William's wife, the Duchess of Cambridge has entered a London hospital to give birth to the couple's third child. More>>

US won't ease sanctions without action by NKorea on nukes

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The White House says North Korea won't get relief from sanctions until it takes "concrete action" toward denuclearization. More>>

Saudi-led airstrike at Yemen wedding killed at least 20

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Yemen health officials: Saudi-led coalition bombed a wedding in northern Yemen on Sunday, killing at least 15. More>>

Prosecutor: Danish submarine inventor could kill again

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The prosecution in the murder trial of a Danish inventor accused of torturing and killing a Swedish journalist during a private submarine trip says there is "a risk that he that can commit the same kind of crime again.". More>>

Van plows into Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 and injuring 15

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A rented van plowed down a crowded Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police. More>>

The Latest: US offers condolences over Toronto van rampage

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Toronto's police chief says an incident in which a rented van smashed into pedestrians appeared to have been deliberate. More>>

S.Korea halts propaganda broadcasts before summit with North

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South Korea says it has halted anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts on the border ahead of inter-Korean talks this week. 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>>

Jailed Egyptian photojournalist wins UN press freedom prize

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The United Nations' cultural agency has ignored warnings from Egypt and awarded the World Press Freedom Prize to an imprisoned Egyptian photographer. More>>

The Latest: Toronto cops say van incident looked deliberate

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Toronto's police chief says an incident in which a rented van smashed into pedestrians appeared to have been deliberate. More>>

Van kills 10 and injures 15 in Toronto; driver in custody

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Police in Canada say the van that struck eight to 10 pedestrians in north Toronto has been found and the driver is in custody. More>>

The Latest: Toronto police report 10th death in van incident

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A Toronto police official says nine people have been killed and 16 injured from a van that jumped onto a sidewalk and struck pedestrians in the north part of the city. More>>

UK man convicted of hate crime for Nazi-salute dog video

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A Scottish man who filmed a dog appearing to give Nazi salutes has been convicted of a hate crime and fined. More>>

US raises Nicaragua threat level, pulls diplomats' families

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The United States is shutting down routine operations at its embassy in Nicaragua and pulling out some if its employees amid a string of deadly protests. 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: Canada official: Too soon for van crash motive

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Canada's minister of public safety says it's too soon to say whether the crash of a van into pedestrians in Toronto is a case of international terrorism. More>>

The Latest: White House spokeswoman can relate to Kate

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Kensington Palace says the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child, a boy weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces (3.8 kilograms). More>>

Canada police: Van hits at least 8 people in Toronto

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Canada police say a van in Toronto has struck at least 8 people, but cause and extent of injuries unknown. More>>

EU trade chief says Merkel, Macron will push Trump on steel

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The EU trade chief says that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will press Trump this week to exempt the 28-member bloc permanently from planned U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs. More>>

Organizers: Basque event next month to bring lasting peace

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Basque civil society groups and international observers say an event next month in southern France will be key to ending the Basque conflict. More>>

The Latest: Armenia opposition to demand snap election

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Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinian says opposition activists want to meet with the acting prime minister to discuss a "peaceful transfer of power.". More>>

Germany takes 10,000 refugees from UN resettlement program

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the country will take in some 10,000 migrants who were selected by the United Nations' refugee agency. More>>

Greek police arrest 120 migrants after violence by islanders

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Police on the eastern Greek island of Lesbos have arrested 120 asylum-seekers for illegal camping, following overnight violence by local residents trying to end their five-day sit-in protest in the heart of the island capital. More>>

Johnson: G7 officials focus on Russia's 'malign' behavior

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says top officials from the G7 nations are focusing on what he describes as a broad range of "malign" behavior. More>>

Dutch lawyer seeks Qatari compensation for terror victims

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Prominent human rights lawyer demands Qatar set up compensation fund for Dutch-based victims of an al-Qaida-linked Syrian terror group. More>>

Political overtone at Catalan celebration of patron saint

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Hundreds of Catalans are leaving yellow roses at a central Barcelona square in support of jailed separatists they view as political prisoners in their campaign to break away from Spain. More>>

The Latest: Yemen rebels say strike kills senior official

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Yemen's Houthi rebels say their acting head of state has been killed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition. More>>

Syrian troops look to isolate IS in Damascus battle

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Syrian state media says government forces, allies press offensive against Islamic State group in southern Damascus. More>>

Attacks on South Sudan health facilities, workers increasing

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Attacks on South Sudan health facilities, workers increasing, leaving many without care to die. More>>

Italy turns to 5-Stars to lead talks to end impasse

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Italy's president is launching another round of consultations to try to overcome the impasse from inconclusive March 4 elections, and he's expected to turn to the populist 5-Star Movement to head up talks. More>>

US builds drone base in Niger, crossroads of extremism fight

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US quietly builds drone base in Niger, crossroads of growing extremism fight in Africa's Sahel. More>>

Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 14 troops, policemen

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Afghan officials say Taliban attacks on soldiers and police in western Badghis province have killed 14 troops, policemen. More>>

Why French globalist Macron is befriending nationalist Trump

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French President Emmanuel Macron is bringing an environmentally friendly gift to the White House when he visits U.S. President Donald Trump this week: a tree sapling. More>>

Karadzic launches appeal against UN war crimes convictions

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Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic insists Serb forces acted in self-defense during Bosnia's bloody 1992-95 conflict as he calls on appeals judges to overturn his multiple convictions and 40-year sentence for masterminding Serb atrocities. More>>

Macron to push Trump on Iran deal, says there's no 'Plan B'

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French President Emmanuel Macron is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to stick with the Iranian nuclear accord, arguing that there's no "Plan B". More>>

Turin fixes legal loophole, registers babies of gay parents

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The Italian city of Turin has moved to fill a legal loophole by registering three babies born to gay parents who conceived abroad via artificial insemination. More>>

36 dead, mostly Chinese, in North Korea traffic accident

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China's foreign ministry says a large number of Chinese tourists have been killed and injured in a "major traffic accident" in North Korea. More>>

Malaysia releases images of suspects in Palestinian killing

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Malaysian police have released photo-fits of two foreign suspects who gunned down a Palestinian engineer and stepping up efforts to track them. More>>

Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam gets 20 years in related case

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A Brussels court on Monday found 2015 Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam and an accomplice guilty of attempted murder over shots fired at police they sought to avoid arrest in a Brussels suburb. More>>

Pope offers gelato to Rome's neediest to mark feast day

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Pope Francis is offering up 3,000 servings of gelato to Rome's neediest. 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>>

Report: Autopsies show nothing suspicious in Avicii's death

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Sweden's public broadcaster says police in Oman have conducted two autopsies on the body of Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ Avicii, who died Friday at age 28. More>>

Correction: Armenia-Protests story

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The leader of major political protests that have gripped the Armenian capital for more than a week has been arrested, and the streets of Yerevan are echoing with the blare of car horns in a new technique for expressing opposition. More>>

HRW: 'Men only' job ads show ongoing discrimination in China

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A human rights group says gender discrimination is widespread in the Chinese work force, with many hiring advertisements openly calling only for male applicants. 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>>

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>>

The Latest: Abdeslam, accomplice guilty of attempted murder

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A Brussels court says the sole surviving suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks and an accomplice were clearly implicated in shooting at police officers as they sought to flee arrest in Belgium in March 2016, but has not said whether they are guilty yet. More>>

Qatar denies UAE, Bahrain allegation over military jets

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The United Arab Emirates again has accused Qatari military fighter jets of coming dangerously close to an Emirati commercial airliner coming in to land in Bahrain. More>>

Mexico holds its first presidential debate for July election

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The first of Mexico's presidential debates has opened with fire, with front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defending the idea of an amnesty to fight drug violence and reviving his 2006 campaign slogan of "the poor come first.". More>>

Paraguay ruling party candidate wins presidential election

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The son of an aide to Paraguay's former dictator won the presidential election Sunday, helped by a booming economy under his party. More>>

2 Palestinians die of wounds sustained in Gaza protests

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Gaza's Health Ministry: 2 Palestinian youths die of wounds sustained in Israeli fire during border protests. More>>

The Latest: China says 36 died in North Korea traffic crash

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China's foreign ministry says 32 Chinese citizens and four North Koreans have been killed in a traffic accident in southern North Korea. More>>

Q&A: How strong is the Islamic State group in Afghanistan

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Q&A: How strong is the Islamic State group in Afghanistan and how popular is their ideology among the population. More>>

Nicaragua's president cancels social security overhaul

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Journalist Angel Gahona is among more than people killed in unrest in Nicaragua over social security reforms planned by President Daniel Ortega's government. More>>

Israeli minister vows to help Ethiopian Jews move to Israel

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Israel's Justice minister vows to help Ethiopia's Jews immigrate to Israel as soon as possible during a rare visit to Ethiopia. More>>

French performers, politicians decry 'new anti-Semitism'

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Actor Gerard Depardieu, singer Charles Aznavour and former President Nicolas Sarkozy are among some 300 well-known French people urging national action in France to counter a "new anti-Semitism" that they blame on rising Islamic radicalism. More>>

Islamic State suicide bomber kills 57 in Afghan capital

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Afghan officials say a suicide bomber has attacked a voter registration center in the capital, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens. More>>

Russian lawyer questions why Mueller hasn't contacted her

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A Russian lawyer who discussed sanctions with Donald Trump Jr. in New York during the 2016 U.S. election campaign says that she has not been contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller and suspected that he was not interested in getting to the truth. 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>>

The Latest: UN chief condemns attack on Afghan vote center

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An Afghan official says that at least five people were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the northern Baghlan province. More>>

Local vote comes as Italy struggles to form government

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Voting in one of Italy's tiniest regions is being watched for any shift in voter sentiment as politicians struggle to form a national government. More>>

Mexico's Pena Nieto optimistic on NAFTA overhaul talks

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Mexico's president has said at a trade fair in Germany that he's optimistic about reaching a deal to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement. More>>

At war with Alibaba: Top brands fight China e-commerce giant

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Executives tell AP their companies were punished by Alibaba after they refused to enter exclusive partnerships with the Chinese e-commerce giant, which denies wrongdoing. More>>

Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

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Syrian state media says government forces are pounding districts of southern Damascus held by Islamic State militants in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal reached earlier in the week. More>>

Iraq says its strikes in Syria killed 36 IS militants

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A spokesman for Iraq's military says 36 Islamic State militants have been killed in Thursday's airstrikes by Iraq's air force in Syria. More>>

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A look at previous nuclear negotiations with North Korea and how the currently planned talks between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington took shape. More>>

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The world's oldest person has died in southern Japan at the age of 117. More>>

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Pope Francis has expressed deep worry over deadly violence in Nicaragua fueled by protests and he's pressing for a peaceful solution. More>>

Merkel to Israel TV: Imperfect Iran deal better than no deal

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says an imperfect nuclear deal with Iran is still preferable to no deal, and that her country will "watch very closely" to ensure it is being fulfilled. More>>

4 Britons on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia killed in bus crash

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A British travel company says four Britons on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia have died in a bus crash. More>>

Libyan navy rescues 263 migrants, recovers 11 bodies

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Libya's navy says it has recovered the bodies of 11 migrants and rescued 263 others in two separate operations off Libya's western coast. More>>

Iran detains ex-prosecutor convicted in 2009 torture case

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Report: Iran detains former prosecutor who faces 2-year prison sentence over the death of prisoners in 2009. More>>

Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

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Authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France after a visitor apparently threatened to attack security services. 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>>

Pakistan: Gunmen kill 2 Shiites in Quetta

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Police in Pakistan say gunmen have killed two Shiites and wounded a third in Quetta, the latest in a recent series of attacks on the religious minority. More>>

Pakistan's Pashtun tribes stage protest calling for rights

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Thousands of Pashtuns from Pakistan's tribes have gathered in the eastern city of Lahore reiterating their call for the release of tribesmen being held by authorities on alleged links to militants. More>>

The Latest: Iconic French abbey reopens after security alert

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France's Mont-Saint-Michel abbey has reopened after several hours of searching by police failed to locate a visitor who allegedly threatened French security services. More>>

Turkish lawmakers switch parties in challenge to Erdogan

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Turkey's main opposition party says that 15 of its lawmakers have resigned their membership to join another opposition party in solidarity before snap elections. More>>

High-rise tower in Dubai catches fire; no injuries reported

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A fire breaks out atop a high-rise building in Dubai, though no injuries reported. More>>

Troubled German Social Democrats elect combative new leader

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Germany's center-left Social Democrats are electing a new leader to spearhead the party's recovery from a disastrous election result and guide it through a fractious coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. 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>>

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>>

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>>

Pope ordains 16 priests, tells them always 'be merciful'

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Pope Francis has ordained 16 men to the priesthood. More>>

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