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Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers' crosshairs

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PARIS (AP) — The same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have...

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Nearly 4 years on, much of Syrian rebel 'capital' abandoned

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HOMS, Syria (AP) — Sumaya Bairuty walked through abandoned streets pocked with shell craters amid rows of destroyed buildings, at times climbing over giant sand barriers before reaching her parent’s apartment in the once rebel-held district of Bab Dreib in this central Syrian city. The 38-year-old...


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The Latest: Koreas to form their first joint Olympic team

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on talks between North and South Korea (all times local): 10 p.m. South Korea says the rival Koreas have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and have their athletes march together during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in the South....


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Pope in Chile to say Mass on contested land used for torture

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TEMUCO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis traveled to the heart of Chile’s centuries-old conflict with indigenous peoples on Wednesday, celebrating Mass on contested land that was also used as a detention and torture facility during the country’s bloody military dictatorship. Mapuche people wearing silver...


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Jewish child orphaned in Mumbai attacks makes 1st visit back

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Moshe Holtzberg, a boy whose parents were killed at a Jewish center in Mumbai during a 2008 terror attack, returned to India for the first time Tuesday to visit the site of the attack. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi for a six-day visit Sunday and...


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Saudi Arabia to transfer $2 billion after urgent Yemen plea

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the transfer of $2 billion to Yemen on Wednesday, a day after Yemen’s Saudi-backed prime minister made an urgent appeal on the kingdom and its allies to save the local currency from “complete collapse.” Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin...


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EU maintains offer to keep Britain in despite vote to leave

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BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday maintained the offer for Britain to remain in the EU even after both sides have entered the second phase of Brexit negotiations. Juncker told the EU legislature that even if the famed Article 50 is set up to let Britain...


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North Korea to send 230-member cheering squad to Olympics

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea plans to send a 230-member cheering squad as part of its delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said Wednesday, as South Korea’s president announced his support of a proposal for the rivals’ first unified Olympic team. The two...


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Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong sentenced to 3 months in jail

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BEIJING - Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong was sentenced to three months in jail on Wednesday for obstructing a court order to clear a protest site during the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement. It is the second time Wong, 21, has been jailed for his role in...


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Catalan crisis drags Rajoy down as party whispers of change

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. The Catalan crisis is proving to be a millstone around the neck of the Spanish prime minister. Mariano Rajoy saw his People’s Party routed in elections in the rebel region last month and it has plumbed historic lows in opinion polls as the premier’s hesitant efforts to keep the...


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Czech billionaire's Cabinet resigns after losing confidence vote

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Almost three months after Czech billionaire Andrej Babis’ party dominated elections without winning an outright majority, his government quit after failing to secure approval in parliament because of concerns he may be charged over alleged fraud. The month-old Cabinet will...


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