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  • ASTANA: Syria's government envoy and a rebel leader traded barbs as talks between the Mideast country's warring sides got underway in Kazakhstan on Monday in the first face-to-face meeting between the Damascus government and rebel factions fighting to overthrow it. The gathering in Astana, the ...

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  • ISTANBUL: Dozens of officers and soldiers went on trial Monday in Istanbul for their alleged role in the failed military coup in July. The 28 officers and 34 privates allegedly seized control of Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport on the night of the attempt. They are accused of crimes against the ...

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  • MOSCOW: In Russia, giving one's spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take a step closer toward decriminalizing it altogether. Battery is a criminal offense in Russia, but nearly 20 percent of Russians openly say they think it is ...

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  • WELLINGTON: A powerful magnitude 8 earthquake hit the Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands on Sunday and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it could generate tsunami waves on nearby islands. The quake hit near Arawa in Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific at a depth of 167 kilometers (103 ...

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  • Former CIA Director John Brennan says President Donald Trump "should be ashamed of himself" for his behavior at CIA headquarters. That's according to a statement released by Brennan's former aide Nick Shapiro. The statement says Brennan "is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump's despicable ...

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  • NEW DELHI (AP) — An overnight passenger train derailed in southern India, killing at least 32 people and injuring 50 others in the latest accident to hit the country's massive, disaster-prone rail network. Seven coaches of the Hirakand Express were thrown off the tracks around midnight ...

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  • WARRI: A Nigerian separatist group says the death toll has risen to 20 after a demonstration in support of U.S. President Donald Trump turned into clashes with police. Friday’s demonstration in southern Rivers state was organized by the Indigenous People of Biafra, which wants Trump to ...

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  • WASHINGTON: Determined to push back against the new US president, thousands of women descended on the capital Saturday for a march aimed at showing Donald Trump they won't be silent over the next four years. Organizers of the Women's March on Washington expected more than 200,000 people to turn out ...

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  • ROME: A bus carrying Hungarian school students home from a skiing trip to France slammed into a highway barrier in northern Italy and caught fire, killing at least 16 people, police said Saturday. Thirty-nine people reportedly survived, though some were seriously injured. Sixteen badly burned ...

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  • BUCHAREST: Fire engulfed a popular nightclub in the Romanian capital early Saturday, sending 41 people to hospitals for treatment including one who was seriously injured. No deaths were reported. The fire erupted in the early hours at the upmarket Bamboo nightclub, which was burned to the ground. ...

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  • HATTIESBURG: Four people were killed and scores of homes were flattened early Saturday when a tornado ripped through the Hattiesburg area, officials in Mississippi said. The city of Hattiesburg said via its Twitter account that four people had died after the twister blew through the city and ...

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  • THAILAND: Nature regularly taunts the farmers of Thailand by flooding their fields, but this time she's tossed some of them a potential safety net: the chance to pan for gold. Crops in Bang Saphan district, a rural community 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of Bangkok, were decimated by heavy ...

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  • HONOLULU: A group of NASA-funded researchers are poised to enter an isolated geodesic dome on a remote Hawaii volcano to study human behavior in long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars. The six scientists enter their new home Thursday on the Big Island's Mauna Loa volcano ...

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  • MILAN: Rescue workers were met with an eerie silence Thursday when they reached a four-star spa hotel struck by an avalanche in a mountainous earthquake-stricken region of central Italy. At least 30 people were missing, including at least two children, authorities said. Guests at the three-story ...

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  • SAFIRA: Carrying her four-year-old son, Elham Saleh walked all night behind a smuggler, navigating land mines through Islamic State group- and rebel-held territory in northern Syria. Finally, they reached relative safety in Safira, a government-controlled village on the southern edge of the city of ...

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  • MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin is accusing the outgoing US administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake allegations. Putin, speaking at a news conference Tuesday, described a dossier on Trump as part of efforts by President Barack Obama's ...

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  • DAVOS: The heads of major UN organizations on Monday called for access to civilians cut off from humanitarian aid in Syria, saying the world "must not stand silent" even though the high-profile siege of the Syrian city of Aleppo is over. The joint appeal from the UN's refugee agency, humanitarian ...

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  • WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama is marking the first anniversary of the Iran nuclear deal by warning the Trump administration that the accord can't easily be undone and is preferable to war. Obama says the agreement is the product of years of work between Iran and six world powers, not just ...

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  • LONDON: The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released Monday.Presenting its findings ...

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  • HAVANA: An American team of academics is racing to preserve millions of Cuban historical documents before they are lost to the elements and poor storage conditions. Many of the documents shed light on the slave trade, an integral part of Cuba's colonial history that was intertwined with that of the ...

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  • CAIRO: An Egyptian court ruled on Monday against the government's decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia — a landmark verdict likely to deepen tensions with the kingdom. The ruling by the Supreme Administrative Court rejected an appeal by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's ...

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  • MELBOURNE: Roger Federer returned from a six-month layoff to beat fellow 35-year-old Jurgen Melzer just before midnight on day one of the Australian Open, agreeing it felt a bit like coming home. The 17-time major winner hadn't played at tour level since Wimbledon, giving his injured left knee time ...

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  • JAKARTA: President-elect Donald Trump's billionaire business partner and possible political proxy in Indonesia nurses big leadership ambitions in the vast but perennially lagging Southeast Asian nation, which he says isn't developed enough to have a successful democracy and needs strong ...

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  • KUWAIT CITY: A Germany-bound airplane from Oman has landed in Kuwait over a bomb threat. The state-run KUNA news agency said the plane from the Omani city of Salalah bound for Cologne landed there Sunday morning over the threat. KUNA said some 299 people were evacuated from the plane. KUNA said ...

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  • LONDON: There's a little less mystery about the season finale of the television series "Sherlock" after a Russian version of the episode leaked online. The show's official Twitter account urged fans to refrain from sharing details of the episode "The Final Problem" before it airs Sunday. We are ...

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  • JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the norm. China was the biggest culprit with its electronic waste more ...

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  • BOGOR: Japan and Indonesia on Sunday affirmed a deepening of economic and political ties during a visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is using a four-nation tour of Asia to underscore his government's role in countering China's assertiveness in the South China Sea. After meeting with ...

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  • NEWPORT: In a secret telegram a century ago, Germany tried to get Mexico to join its side during World War I by offering it territory in the United States. Britain intercepted, deciphered and shared the "Zimmermann Telegram." Historians, seeing parallels to today, say there's a lot to be ...

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  • SITTWE: The U.N. human rights envoy for Myanmar arrived Friday in tense Rakhine state, where soldiers are accused of widespread abuse of members of the Muslim ethnic Rohingya minority, including torture, rape and killing of civilians and the burning of thousands of homes. U.N. rapporteur Yanghee ...

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  • BEIJING: Writer Lu Yong had merely wanted to show support for a professor who had taken flak online for criticizing Mao Zedong, the founder of the communist state who died more than four decades ago. Yet minutes after raising a sign to defend Deng Xiangchao's right to free speech, Lu found himself ...

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