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Aug 20, 2018

Old-time union boss returns triumphant in Mexico
One of Mexico's powerful old-time union bosses has made an unrepentant, triumphal return to the public spotlight after being freed from nearly five years of prison and house arrest.

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Aug 20, 2018

Flash flood hits hikers in gorge in southern Italy; 8 dead
Heavy rain flooded a gorge filled with hikers Monday in the southern region of Calabria, killing at least eight people, Italy's civil protection agency said.

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Aug 20, 2018

Shooting at U.S. Embassy in Ankara leads to rare moment of U.S.-Turkey solidarity
The attack occurred as Trump and Erdogan are locked in a feud over the fate of an American pastor detained in Turkey.

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Aug 20, 2018

Greece wants new talks with Britain on Parthenon Sculptures
The Greek government has launched a new bid to engage Britain in talks over the return to Athens of a celebrated group of ancient sculptures originally ornamenting the Parthenon Temple on the Acropolis.

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Aug 20, 2018

Mexican state confirms ICE detainee wanted for homicide
An official of the Mexican state of Guanajuato confirms that a man detained by immigration agents in California is wanted on an arrest warrant for homicide in Mexico.

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Aug 20, 2018

Flash flood hits hikers in gorge in southern Italy; 5 dead
Italy's civil protection agency says at least five people have been killed when a rain-swollen river flooded a gorge in the southern region of Calabria.

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Aug 20, 2018

Italian officials say at least 5 dead in flash flood that struck hikers in a gorge in southern Italy
Italian officials say at least 5 dead in flash flood that struck hikers in a gorge in southern Italy.

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Aug 20, 2018

UN calls for funding to fuel essential facilities in Gaza
The U.N. is making an urgent appeal for funds to provide emergency fuel for essential services in the Gaza Strip.

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Aug 20, 2018

US service member killed in helicopter crash in Iraq
One U.S. service member was killed and three others were wounded Monday in a helicopter crash in Iraq, where a U.S.-led coalition is battling the remnants of the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said.

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Aug 20, 2018

Europe sees sharp rise in measles: 41,000 cases, 37 deaths
The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died.

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Aug 20, 2018

2 detained after shots are fired at US Embassy in Turkey
Shots were fired from a moving car at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey before dawn Monday, an attack that came during heightened tensions between the two NATO allies. Officials said two people with criminal records were detained.

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Aug 20, 2018

UN rights chief warns UN could ‘collapse' without change
The outgoing U.N. human rights chief says the Security Council's five permanent members wield too much power at the United Nations, warning the world body could "collapse" if that doesn't change.

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Aug 20, 2018

Chef Jamie Oliver accused of ‘cultural appropriation' for his Jamaican ‘Punchy Jerk Rice'
People of Jamaican origin blasted the celebrity chef for a recipe that looked nothing like the jerk chicken they know.

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Aug 20, 2018

Uganda police battle protesters seeking release of pop star
Ugandan police fired bullets and tear gas Monday to disperse a crowd of protesters demanding the release of a jailed pop star who is a prominent critic of President Yoweri Museveni.

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Aug 20, 2018

Pope Francis: ‘No effort must be spared' to prevent Catholic Church's abuses
In a letter to the faithful following a Pennsylvania grand jury report, the pope promised reform.

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Aug 20, 2018

New database documents Irish clergy linked to sex abuse
An international research group launched a database Monday of Irish clergy convicted or credibly accused of sexually abusing children in hopes of pressing Pope Francis to disclose the names of all the priests and brothers deemed guilty by the church.

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Aug 20, 2018

Manafort jury begins third day of deliberations
The six-woman, six-man panel is weighing 18 bank fraud and tax charges against Trump's ex-campaign chairman.

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Aug 20, 2018

Kofi Annan's legacy was complicated by the Rwandan genocide
Critics say he did not do enough to stop a genocide that killed hundreds of thousands of people.

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Aug 20, 2018

Austria spy agency denies that it's being frozen out
The head of Austria's BVT spy agency is denying that there has been any significant reduction in cooperation with its foreign partners following a misconduct probe that sparked a political storm earlier this year.

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Aug 20, 2018

German foreign minister honors Nazi victims at Auschwitz
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has visited the former German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a gesture that he said is meant to "keep alive the memory of the incredible atrocities."

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Aug 20, 2018

After refusing a handshake, a Muslim couple was denied Swiss citizenship
Swiss officials said the couple's refusal to shake hands with interviewers signaled a lack of integration.

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Aug 20, 2018

Transgender Pakistanis demand protection after killing
Dozens of transgender people in Pakistan have held a protest demanding more protection after a transgender woman was shot dead and dismembered last week.

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Aug 20, 2018

Several policemen in Chechnya injured in raids by militants
The regional leader of Chechnya says several police officers have been wounded during attacks by Islamist militants.

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Aug 20, 2018

Manafort jury in third day of deliberations
The six-woman, six-man panel is weighing 18 bank fraud and tax charges against Trump's ex-campaign chairman.

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Aug 20, 2018

Pope Francis: ‘No effort must be spared' to tackle Catholic Church's abuses
In a letter to the faithful following a Pennsylvania grand jury report, the pope promised reform.

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Aug 20, 2018

Shots fired at gate of US Embassy in Turkey; no one hurt
Shots were fired from a moving car at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey before dawn on Monday, an attack that came during heightened tensions between the two NATO allies.

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Aug 20, 2018

Russia: West is obstructing aid to Syria, return of refugees
Russia lashed out at Western countries on Monday, accusing them of blocking U.N. aid for Syria's reconstruction and trying to prevent the return of refugees.

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Aug 20, 2018

Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 percent
Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge's strength by 20 percent — a finding that came months before it collapsed last week, an Italian newsmagazine reported Monday.

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Aug 20, 2018

Romania probes death of man injured in anti-graft protest
Romanian authorities said Monday they are probing the death of a man who sustained injuries during an anti-government protest that left 450 people seeking medical treatment.

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Aug 20, 2018

Australian filmmaker testifies in his Cambodian trial
An Australian filmmaker in Cambodia facing a possible five to 10 years in prison on a charge of endangering national security testified Monday that he wants to buy land to resettle poor local families.

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Aug 20, 2018

Poland bans Ukraine activist from Europe, raising questions
Poland has used its powers as a European Union member to ban a Ukrainian human rights activist from Europe's Schengen area, saying she poses a security threat. But the Polish government has given few details explaining the move, and critics are accusing it of abusing its power to intimidate civil society and the country's Ukrainian minority.

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Aug 20, 2018

Erdogan's search for new allies begins with allowing a German journalist to finally leave Turkey
The court ruling was unexpected and may be part of a Turkish effort to reduce tensions with Europe, as U.S. pressure mounts.

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Aug 20, 2018

Tears, hugs, arguments as Korean families reunite seven decades after division
Families divided in the chaos of the Korean War enjoy a rare chance to reunite.

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Aug 20, 2018

Russian military braces for massive war games in the east
Russia's military forces in the country's east were put on high alert Monday ahead of massive war games that also involve China and Mongolia, the largest show of power in nearly 40 years, the Russian defense minister said.

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Aug 20, 2018

Russia says West hampers aid to Syria, return of refugees
Russia has accused the West of trying to obstruct return of Syrian refugees to their country and blocking the U.N. assistance for reconstruction efforts.

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Aug 20, 2018

Brief Korean reunions bring tears for separated families
The 92-year-old South Korean woman wept and stroked the wrinkled cheeks of her 71-year-old North Korean son on Monday, their first meeting since they were driven apart during the turmoil of the 1950-53 Korean War.

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Aug 20, 2018

Spanish police shoot man dead in suspected terror attack
A man pleaded to be let into a locked police station in Barcelona before dawn Monday, then lunged with a knife at officers inside. Police shot him dead and the attack is being investigated for any links to terror, authorities said.

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Aug 20, 2018

South Africa opens inquiry into corruption during Zuma rule
A South African commission charged with probing allegations of widespread corruption under the government of former President Jacob Zuma started its first public hearings on Monday in Johannesburg.

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Aug 20, 2018

Pope Francis: ‘No effort to be spared' to tackle Catholic Church's abuses
In a letter to the faithful following a Pennsylvania grand jury report, the pope promised reform.

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Aug 20, 2018

Dutch Olympian churns through canals to fund cancer research
In a fundraising feat that has captured the imagination of his nation, a Dutch Olympian is approaching the end of a marathon swim along the route of an iconic speed skating race.

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Aug 20, 2018

Afghan forces free 149 hostages taken by Taliban in ambush
Afghan forces launched the lightning operation in northern Kunduz province on Monday, rescuing 149 people, including women and children, abducted by the Taliban just hours earlier, officials said.

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Aug 20, 2018

He escaped North Korea in the ‘Christmas Miracle.' At 88, all he wants is to go back.
The elderly survivors of the Hungnam flotillas hope openings between Seoul and Pyongyang could allow them to cross the border for the first time in nearly 68 years.

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Aug 20, 2018

Amid tensions, shots fired at U.S. Embassy in Turkey; no injuries reported
The attack came as President Trump and Turkish President Erdogan remained locked in an increasingly vicious feud.

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Aug 20, 2018

Afghan president offers two-month cease-fire to Taliban leaders
The offer, which comes just days after a major Taliban attack on Ghazni, is contingent on a positive response from the insurgents.

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Aug 20, 2018

Poland's judges boycott Supreme Court posts, accusing the government of a takeover bid
Critics say the ruling Law and Justice party is working systematically to end judicial independence.

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Aug 20, 2018

Egypt officials: Car bomb kills officer, wounds 4 in Sinai
Egyptian security officials say a car bomb has targeted members of the security forces in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing a military officer.

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Aug 20, 2018

The Latest: Afghan forces free 149 people taken by Taliban
The Latest on the situation in Afghanistan (all times local):

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Aug 20, 2018

Verdict scheduled for next week in Myanmar reporters' trial
A judge in Myanmar says he will deliver a verdict next Monday in the trial of two Reuters journalists that has become a key test of media freedom in the former military dictatorship.

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Aug 20, 2018

Israeli journalist and peace activist Uri Avnery dies at 94
Uri Avnery, a trailblazing Israeli journalist and peace activist and one of the first to openly advocate for a Palestinian state, has died. He was 94.

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Aug 20, 2018

Amid rising bilateral tensions, shots fired at U.S. Embassy in Turkey, but no injuries
The attack came as Trump and Turkish President Erdogan are locked in an increasingly vicious feud.

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Aug 20, 2018

Pakistan's 21-member Cabinet is sworn in
Pakistan's 21-member Cabinet has been sworn in, a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan in a televised address pledged to cut government spending, end corruption and repatriate public funds.

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Aug 20, 2018

German journalist in court case cleared to leave Turkey
A Turkish court has ruled that German journalist Mesale Tolu can leave the country, eight months after being released from prison pending the outcome of a trial on terror-related charges.

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Aug 20, 2018

Police in Barcelona shoot knife attacker
Police in Barcelona say they have shot a man who attacked officers with a knife at a police station in the Spanish city.

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Aug 20, 2018

As US pushes Tehran, Iran recalls American-backed 1953 coup
To understand how Iran views the United States after President Donald Trump pulled America out of the nuclear deal with world powers, one needs to look first at the past.

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Aug 20, 2018

Escort says oligarch now has tapes on Russia interference
An escort service worker from Belarus who claimed to have information linking Russian interference to the election of President Donald Trump says she no longer has the evidence and will not talk about it.

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Aug 20, 2018

Shots fired at gate of US Embassy in Turkey, but no one hurt
Turkish media reports say shots were fired at a security booth outside the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Ankara.

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Aug 20, 2018

Afghan officials: Taliban take at least 100 people hostage
Afghan officials say the Taliban have taken more than 100 people, including women and children, hostage in an ambush in the country's north.

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Aug 20, 2018

New Zealand politicians plan pay freeze as workers strike
New Zealand's lawmakers are planning to take a pay freeze at a time that teachers, nurses and other public workers have been going on strike for more money.

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Aug 20, 2018

Trump's Yemen policy is one of hypocrisy and indifference
The White House leaps to conclusions about Iran's role in Yemen's ruinous war, but is far more coy about its own.

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Aug 20, 2018

Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for hajj's pinnacle
Muslim pilgrims have gathered in the valley of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the annual hajj.

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Aug 20, 2018

‘The king and his husband': The gay history of British royals
Queen Elizabeth's cousin is expected to wed in the first same-sex royal wedding this summer — but he is far from the first gay British royal, according to historians.

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Aug 20, 2018

Despite deadly explosions, Mexican fireworks capital endures
Luis Enrique Urban Gomez was tidying up at his family's fireworks storage shed like any other day when an explosion ripped through the warehouse next door, killing its owner, leaving Urban with second- and third-degree burns and wounding seven others.

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Aug 19, 2018

South Koreans enter North to reunite with kin split by war
Dozens of elderly South Koreans crossed the heavily fortified border into North Korea on Monday for heart-wrenching meetings with relatives most haven't seen since they were separated by the turmoil of the Korean War.

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Aug 19, 2018

Tourists go off beaten path on North Korea's sacred volcano
Foreign tourists looking to go off the beaten path in North Korea can now camp out on the country's biggest volcano.

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Aug 19, 2018

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Foreign tourists looking to go off the beaten path in North Korea can now camp out on the country's biggest volcano.

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Aug 19, 2018

Australian prime minister abandons greenhouse gas target
Australia's prime minister has abandoned plans to legislate to limit greenhouse gas emissions to head off a revolt by conservative lawmakers.

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Aug 19, 2018

100s of S. Koreans to enter North to reunite with loved ones
About 200 South Koreans and their family members prepared to cross into North Korea on Monday for heart-wrenching meetings with relatives most haven't seen since they were separated by the turmoil of the Korean War.

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Aug 19, 2018

The Latest: Latest earthquake on Indonesian island kills 2
The Latest on earthquakes that have struck Indonesia's Lombok island (all times local):

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Aug 19, 2018

A group of South Koreans has traveled to border ahead of reunions with relatives in North after being separated by war
A group of South Koreans has traveled to border ahead of reunions with relatives in North after being separated by war.

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Aug 19, 2018

Erdogan capitalizes on Trump's effort to break and isolate Turkey
But a sustained crisis could harm Erdogan's carefully cultivated legacy of delivering economic growth.

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Aug 19, 2018

In fight against ISIS's propaganda machine, raids and online trench warfare
Targeted in police action, ISIS's news agency ‘went down fast,' but it came back again and again.

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Aug 19, 2018

Kofi Annan, former U.N. secretary general and Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at 80
Annan's popular and influential reign at the United Nations — the body he led from 1997 to 2006 — was marred by White House anger at his opposition to the American invasion of Iraq.

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Aug 19, 2018

Maduro has a plan to fix Venezuela's inflation — which may make things worse
Some store owners in Caracas wondered if it was even worth opening up this week.

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Aug 19, 2018

A woman says she fell off a cruise ship and spent 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea before she was rescued
The woman declined to reveal how she fell off the Norwegian Star ship or what happened in the moments just before.

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Aug 19, 2018

The secret app that gives Syrian civilians minutes to escape airstrikes
Volunteers in the hills watch for warplanes, sending their information to a high-tech alert network.

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Aug 19, 2018

A woman fell from her cruise ship — then spent 10 hours treading water
The woman declined to reveal how she fell off the Norwegian Star or what happened in the moments just before.

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Aug 19, 2018

At Austrian foreign minister's wedding, Putin brings the music, the flowers and the controversy
The small Alpine country of 9 million has pivoted toward Moscow since the end of last year.

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Aug 19, 2018

Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has died
Kofi Annan of Ghana, whose popular and influential reign as secretary general of the United Nations was marred by White House anger at his opposition to the American invasion of Iraq, has died, the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation said on Twitter. Mr. Annan, who shared the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize with the […]

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Aug 19, 2018

Maduro has a plan to fix Venezuela's inflation -- which may make things worse
Some store owners in Caracas wondered if it was even worth opening up this week.

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Aug 19, 2018

Imran Khan pledges to restore Pakistan's economy
Pakistan's newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan said Sunday that the country is in the worst economic condition it has seen and pledged to cut government spending, end corruption and repatriate public funds.

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Aug 19, 2018

Mexican poppy producing state pushes to decriminalize opium
Political leaders from Mexico's main heroin-producing state are pushing the federal government to legalize opium production for pharmaceutical use in a move they hope will reduce violence and help local farmers.

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Aug 19, 2018

Sentence doubled for Israeli policeman who shot Palestinian
Israel's Supreme Court has doubled the sentence of a former border policeman who was convicted in the death of a stone-throwing Palestinian teenager in 2014.

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Aug 19, 2018

Romanian minister: Hundreds involved in riot police attack
Romania's interior minister says hundreds of protesters attacked riot police during an anti-corruption demonstration that left 450 people injured.

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Aug 19, 2018

The Latest: Strong quake cuts power across Indonesian island
The Latest on earthquakes that have struck Indonesia's Lombok island (all times local):

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Aug 19, 2018

Trump administration to pull back funding for Syria reconstruction efforts
Officials tell Congress that the money will be "redirected" to other, unspecified areas.

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Aug 19, 2018

Mexican poppy producing state votes to decriminalize opium
The legislature in the violence-torn Mexican state of Guerrero is calling on the federal government to legalize production of opium for pharmaceutical use in a move it hopes will reduce crime and help local farmers.

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Aug 19, 2018

Quakes cut power, topple buildings on Indonesian island
A strong earthquake has cut power across the Indonesian island of Lombok and destroyed buildings as the tourist hotspot tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people.

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Aug 19, 2018

Italy bridge designer warned in 1979 of risk of corrosion
The Italian engineer who designed the Genoa bridge that collapsed and killed 43 people warned four decades ago that it would require constant maintenance to remove rust given the effects of corrosion from sea air and pollution.

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Aug 19, 2018

After 17 years of war, a peace movement grows in Afghanistan
Activists march barefoot amid an escalation of insurgent violence.

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Aug 19, 2018

Bolton meets Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss Iran
President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton has met with Israel's prime minister in Jerusalem to discuss Iran.

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Aug 19, 2018

Brazil to send troops to town bordering Venezuela
The Brazilian government says it plans to send troops to the border town of Pacaraima after residents there attacked Venezuelan migrants.

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Aug 19, 2018

Austria's far-right ordered a raid on its own intelligence service. Now allies are freezing the country out.
The operation has led to "paralysis" at the agency and questions about what happens when once-fringe political parties come to power.

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Aug 19, 2018

Big quakes trigger landslides on Indonesia's Lombok island
Strong earthquakes jolted the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, causing power blackouts, landslides and damage to buildings, as the tourist hotspot tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people.

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Aug 19, 2018

Ghani offers another Afghan cease-fire
There was no immediate reply from the Taliban.

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Aug 19, 2018

Afghan president offers two-month ceasefire to Taliban leaders
The offer, which comes just days after a major Taliban attack on Ghazni, is contingent on a positive response from the insurgents.

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Aug 19, 2018

‘Fat Leonard' scandal grows with indictment of three more retired Navy officials
Bribery and fraud charges announced against three retired sailors, including an officer who allegedly took part in a wild two-day party that cost $75,000.

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Aug 19, 2018

Italy acts to revoke contract in bridge collapse in Genoa
Prime Minister says company that oversaw maintenance of the motorway is to blame.

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Aug 19, 2018

In South Korea, families await reunions with Northern relatives with longing and trepidation
This week, 172 South Koreans will travel into North Korea to meet relatives, in the first reunion of divided families to take place for three years, as relations thaw between the neighbors.

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Aug 19, 2018

Iran appoints former F-14 Tomcat pilot as air force chief
Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that the country's top leader has appointed a new chief for its air force.

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Aug 19, 2018

Sorry, Dutch Pastafarians, but you still can't wear a colander on your government ID ... yet
Pastafarians sometimes say R'amen instead of Amen.

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