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Palestinians vow to suspend talks if US closes PLO mission

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Trump administration turns to obscure law to pressure Palestinians to enter into serious peace talks with Israel. More>>

Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

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Negotiators worked through the night on the technical details of the Paris climate accord before two weeks of global talks on climate change finally ended in Bonn. More>>

Zimbabweans say Mugabe must quit now, but more talks planned

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Opponents of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe are preparing to demonstrate for the ouster of the 93-year-old leader who is virtually powerless and deserted by most of his allies. More>>

Lebanon's PM Hariri says he will be in Beirut within days

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Lebanon's PM says his stay in Saudi Arabia was to consult on his country's future. More>>

The Latest: Palestinian threat to cut communications with US

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The Palestinian foreign minister says the Palestinians won't give in to what he calls "extortion" after a U.S. threat to close their diplomatic mission in Washington. More>>

100 full moons: Blazing fireball lights up Arctic sky

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Finnish experts were scrambling to calculate the trajectory of a blazing fireball which lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds in an attempt to find the celestial body. More>>

The Latest: France not worried 2 Hariri children left behind

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Lebanese TV stations have shown Prime Minister Saad Hariri arriving in France from Saudi Arabia amid political turmoil. More>>

Spain: Ex-Caracas mayor meets leader after fleeing Venezuela

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Ousted Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma has arrived in Madrid a day after he escaped from house arrest in Venezuela and slipped past security forces into Colombia. More>>

The Latest: Mugabe, army commander to meet again Sunday

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The Latest: Demonstrators urged to move to symbolic Zimbabwe Grounds to 'see off' Mugabe. More>>

Italy Senate chief: Mafia planned to kill me next in 1992

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Italy's Senate president says the Sicilian Mafia targeted him to be killed next after twin bomb blasts killed Italy's two leading Sicilian magistrates. More>>

After Bonn: where next for the global climate caravan?

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After Bonn: where next for the global climate caravan?. More>>

Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook

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Global talks on curbing climate change are wrapping up Friday, with progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. More>>

Egypt orders detention of prominent activist over protest

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Egypt's count has ordered a prominent activist from the country's 2011 uprising to remain in custody pending trial on charges of taking part in an illegal protest. More>>

UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on 'killer robots'

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A U.N. panel is moving ahead with efforts to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, but not as quickly as some human rights groups and other opponents think is necessary to keep up with technological advances. More>>

VW to spend $40B on electric cars, technology through 2022

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Volkswagen says it plans to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years on developing electric cars, autonomous driving and other new technologies. More>>

Germany bans children's smart watches with listening app

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German regulators have issued a ban on certain types of smartwatches marketed to children, which they say run afoul of the country's surveillance restrictions and have been used, among other things, to listen in on classrooms. More>>

Turkey prosecutors open probe of former, acting US attorneys

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Turkey's state news agency says prosecutors have launched an investigation into the U.S. attorneys trying a Turkish-Iranian businessman for sanctions-busting. More>>

Ukraine detains man wanted for 2004 murder of Forbes editor

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Ukraine's intelligence agency says it has detained a man wanted for the high-profile murder of an American journalist in Russia thirteen years ago. More>>

German parties seek compromise on migrants, climate change

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and two smaller parties are pushing hard to reach agreement on positions on climate change and migration, two key issues of contention where compromise is needed if they are to move ahead with coalition talks. More>>

Vatican: New probe begun into alleged sex at youth seminary

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The Vatican says a fresh investigation has been opened into allegations a future priest had sex with a fellow student at its youth seminary. More>>

Demonstrators in Germany protest US, North Korea tensions

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Hundreds of people formed a human chain between the United States and North Korean embassies in downtown Berlin to protest the rising tensions and harsh words between the two nations. More>>

Egypt warns Ethiopia Nile dam dispute 'life or death'

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, for the second time in as many days, has delivered a stern warning to Ethiopia over a dam it is building after the two countries along with Sudan failed to approve a study on its potential effects. More>>

Mladic trial to end, where will next war crimes court start?

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When a panel of U.N. judges hands down a verdict next week in the trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic, it will mark the end of a ground-breaking era in international law. More>>

Israel fires 'warning shot' after Syrian border construction

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The Israeli military says it has fired a tank shell into Syria as a "warning shot" after the Syrian military conducted prohibited construction along their border. More>>

Egypt opens Gaza border crossing for 3 days under PA control

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Gaza's border crossing into Egypt is running under the Palestinian Authority's control for the first time in a decade. More>>

Kaspersky Lab releases report into upload of NSA documents

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Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kasperksy Lab is releasing more details about how its software uploaded classified U.S. documents several years ago. More>>

Spanish police protest in Madrid to demand better pay

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Thousands of Spanish police officers packed a central square in Madrid Saturday to protest for higher salaries and better working conditions. More>>

3 more found dead in deadly Greek flood, raising total to 19

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Greek authorities say three more people were found dead from a flash flood that hit a district west of Athens, raising the total death toll to 19. More>>

Spain saves 500 migrants crossing Mediterranean in 46 boats

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Spanish authorities say around 500 migrants have been saved by rescue craft as they attempted the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from Africa. More>>

Senior Chinese envoy in North Korea amid chill in ties

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China is sending its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years amid a prolonged chill in relations. More>>

Russia again vetoes extension of chemical experts in Syria

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Russia has vetoed a U.N. resolution that would extend for 30 days the mandate of the expert body charged with determining responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. More>>

Macron's upstart party chooses new leader, amid tensions

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French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party has chosen a new leader, as the 19-month-old movement tries to overcome divisions and solidify its position after redrawing France's political landscape. More>>

Hospital says N. Korean soldier's condition stabilizing

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Hospital officials say the condition of a North Korean soldier severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to the South is gradually improving after two surgeries. More>>

Sicilian town had long, bloody past before "Godfather" fame

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Corleone is a Sicilian medieval hill town whose bloody past began generations before "The Godfather" novels and films borrowed its name for a fictional Mafia don. More>>

EU leaders warn broadening of Brexit talks could be in doubt

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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven is urging Britain to clarify how much it will pay the EU as part of its financial settlement on leaving the bloc. More>>

AP Interview: Russia must be more tolerant, candidate says

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AP Interview: A celebrity Russian TV host who intends to run for president in next March's election says she hopes to make the nations' tightly-controlled political system more inclusive and democratic. More>>

Mugabe emerges from house arrest amid pressure to exit

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Zimbabwe's military says it is continuing in talks with President Robert Mugabe for his departure while it pursues those who were close to the leader and his wife. More>>

The Latest: Zimbabwe ruling party pursues urgent meeting Video included

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The Latest: Zimbabwe's Mugabe makes first public appearance since under military house arrest. More>>

The Latest: Again, Riyadh asks citizens to leave Lebanon

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French President Emmanuel Macron says that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will be received with all honors due his rank when he visits this weekend _ even though he announced his resignation _ and could stay in Paris for weeks should he choose. More>>

Lebanon's PM Hariri leaves Saudi Arabia for France

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Russia has spoken out against foreign interference in Lebanese affairs following the surprise resignation of the nation's prime minister. More>>

Nicknames, family: 5 Things To Know about the Sicilian Mafia

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The death of Salvatore "Toto" Riina, the long-time "Boss of Bosses" of the Sicilian Mafia, puts the spotlight back on the Cosa Nostra. More>>

Violence in Greece breaks out after annual US Embassy march

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Thousands of protesters have marched to the U.S. Embassy in Athens to mark the anniversary of the 1973 crackdown on a student uprising against the military dictatorship then ruling Greece. More>>

Argentine navy loses contact with submarine carrying 44

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Argentina's navy says it has lost contact with a submarine off the country's southern coast. More>>

Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Europe

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Former Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma has escaped house arrest and fled to Colombia. More>>

Notorious Mafia 'boss of bosses' Toto Riina dead at 87

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Italian media say Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina has died while serving multiple life sentences. More>>

Pope to feed hundreds of poor at special Sunday lunch, Mass

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Pope Francis will be offering several hundred poor people _ homeless, migrants, unemployed _ a lunch of gnocchi, veal and tiramisu when he celebrates his first World Day of the Poor in the spirit of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. More>>

NATO apologizes to Turkey over reports Erdogan shown as foe

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey has withdrawn 40 soldiers from a NATO military exercise in Norway, after the country's founding leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Erdogan himself were allegedly depicted as "enemies.". More>>

Polish leader says country was slandered in EU Parliament

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Poland's prime minister says it is not acceptable that Poles who took part in a "beautiful" march in Warsaw on Independence Day were denounced as "fascists" in the European Parliament. More>>

Turkish envoy: Cleric's network has infiltrated US justice

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Turkey's top diplomat says the "American system" has been infiltrated by a Muslim cleric blamed for last summer's failed coup. More>>

The Latest: 2 bystanders hurt in Greek clashes with police

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Hundreds of youths attacked with police in Greece's two largest cities, hurling rocks and petrol bombs, following large and peaceful marches to mark the anniversary of a 1973 student uprising. More>>

Italy buries 26 Nigerian women _ most without a name

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Catholic and Muslim preachers have celebrated a funeral for 26 young Nigerian women who drowned in a crossing from Libya, as prosecutors work to contact their relatives using phone numbers they had hidden in their clothes. More>>

Catalan rebels to campaign from Belgium amid extradition

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The prime ministers of Spain and Belgium have held talks over their testy bilateral relations as ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four secessionist allies prepare for an extradition court appearance in Brussels. More>>

The Latest: Spain: Catalonia violence claims 'intolerable'

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Catalan extradition case pushed to next month. More>>

Syria: Damascus suburbs violence kills at least 5 children

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Syrian activists say at least five children have been killed in a Damascus suburb during government shelling while state media reports that three civilians have been killed by rebel mortars. More>>

Letters and milk jug: Warsaw Ghetto archive goes on display

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Letters and other eyewitness accounts of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto _ records of a community destroyed in the Holocaust _ have gone on display for the first time. More>>

Spain 'no comment' on reports attacks imam was informer

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The Spanish government says it can't comment on news reports that the imam police say was the key figure behind the cell that killed 16 people in extremist attacks in Barcelona and a nearby town in August had once been a secret services informer. More>>

Greece: Search continues for 6 still missing in flash floods

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Rescue crews are searching for six people missing from deadly flash floods that killed at least 16 near Athens, as new storms hit the capital. More>>

Pope to lawmakers: Protect all people with health care laws

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Pope Francis says health care legislation must promote "common good" as he decries that in some places only the privileged can afford top treatments. More>>

Military dog wins British prize for valor under fire

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A British military dog that saved the lives of troops in Afghanistan is being decorated for bravery. More>>

UK agency investigates mid-air collision with casualties

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Air safety authorities in Britain say a helicopter and an aircraft have been involved in a mid-air collision northwest of London. More>>

Defying Russia, Serbia holds military drills with Americans

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American and Serbian paratroopers have held joint exercises in Serbia which is watched with unease in Russia that is trying to increase its influence in the Balkans. More>>

Saudi-led forces "extract" 2 French journalists from Yemen

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France's foreign ministry said the Saudi-led coalition "extracted" two female French journalists from war-torn Yemen on Thursday. More>>

Greek island calls strike against EU refugee policy

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Authorities on Greece's island of Lesbos have called a strike and are urging residents to take part in anti-government protests to press for a change a European Union policy of containment of refugees and migrants on Greek islands. More>>

Iraqi forces retake the country's last IS-held town

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Iraq's Defense Ministry says Iraqi forces have pushed into the last Islamic State group-held town in the country. More>>

Red Cross: 1 million Yemenis at risk of cholera outbreak

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An international aid group says 1 million people in three Yemeni cities are at risk of a renewed cholera outbreak because of a blockade. More>>

Britain names first woman to ceremonial role of Black Rod

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Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment of Sarah Clarke as Black Rod _ a ceremonial post in the British Parliament. More>>

Germany to press Kuwait after Israeli barred from flight

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Germany's foreign ministry says it will press Kuwait about a law that prevented its national airline from transporting an Israeli citizen on a flight originating in Frankfurt. More>>

The Latest: Interfaith ceremony for drowned Nigerian women

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Catholic and Muslim preachers in Italy have celebrated a funeral for 26 young Nigerian women who drowned in a crossing from Libya, as prosecutors work to contact their relatives using phone numbers they had hidden in their clothes. More>>

The Latest: Iraqi PM welcomes freeing of last IS-held town

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Iraq's Ministry of Defense says Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led coalition have liberated the last Iraqi town held by Islamic State group. More>>

Kosovo opposition supporters jailed for 2016 grenade attack

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A Kosovo court has sentenced with jail terms for terror charges an opposition lawmaker and three other supporters for their involvement in a rocket-propelled attack on parliament building. More>>

Lebanon Prime Minister Hariri's future on uncertain path

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri has found himself caught in the crossfire between the region's two feuding powers _ the Sunni kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran. More>>

Envoy says US to keep fighting greenhouse gas emissions

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A Norwegian investment fund that manages assets worth over $80 billion is pulling investments from ten companies over their involvement in the coal sector. More>>

Anti-corruption campaign in Saudi brings hope to businessmen

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Lebanon-based businessmen who lost business in Saudi Arabia watching anti-corruption campaign targeting officials and princes in the oil-rich kingdom. More>>

Germany's Merkel dodges coal deadline at climate talks

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World leaders are arriving at the global climate talks in Germany on Wednesday to give the negotiations a boost going into the final stretch. More>>

Rival US and Russian resolutions defeated on Syria weapons

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Russia has vetoed a U.S.-drafted resolution to extend the mandate of experts trying to determine who was responsible for chemical attacks in Syria. More>>

Rights group: Militants, troops violated law in Marawi siege

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Amnesty International says it has documented violations of humanitarian law, some amounting to war crimes, during the conflict between Philippine government troops and Islamic State-allied militants in Marawi. More>>

Cut ties with Cambodian gov't, says exiled opposition leader

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An exiled Cambodian opposition leader says the international community should cut ties with Prime Minister Hun Sen after the court-ordered dissolution of the only party challenging his three-decade grip on power. More>>

Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe seemed invincible but era ends

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Robert Mugabe seemed untouchable for most of his long rule as he crushed dissent or sidelined opponents, and now the apparent end of his era is launching Zimbabwe into the unknown. More>>

Trump urges 3 UCLA players to thank China leader for release

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President Donald Trump is exhorting three suspended UCLA basketball players to thank Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) for their freedom following a shoplifting incident. More>>

The Latest: US says Washington to remain engaged on climate

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Britain and Canada are launching a new alliance aimed at encouraging countries to phase out the use of coal as part of efforts to curb climate change. More>>

The Latest: African Union backs regional efforts in Zimbabwe

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The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition group wants transitional authority to take over. More>>

Lebanon's Hariri finds himself caught in regional feuds

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri has found himself caught in the crossfire between the region's two feuding powers _ the Sunni kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran. More>>

Regional summit expected to formalize terms of Mugabe exit

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Zimbabwe calm but tense as Mugabe is urged to step down peacefully; troops remain in streets. More>>

Ousted Venezuelan prosecutor seeks ICC probe into Maduro

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Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor has asked the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into President Nicolas Maduro and four other senior officials for alleged crimes against humanity. More>>

Greeks clean up, mourn after floods kill 16; 4 still missing

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Greece's fire department says rescue crews are searching for six people reported missing in the western Athens area following major flash flooding that left at least 14 people dead. More>>

Australian state parliament ends marathon euthanasia debate

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An Australian state parliament is in the final stages of a marathon debate on allowing voluntary euthanasia, 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy killing law. More>>

Famed London theater receives 20 allegations against Spacey

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London's Old Vic theater says it has received allegations of "a range of inappropriate behavior" against Kevin Spacey. More>>

Nicaragua's Sergio Ramirez wins Spain's Cervantes prize

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The Spanish government says Nicaraguan author and former politician, Sergio Ramirez Mercado, has won the 2017 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. More>>

Britain's cyber security chief warns of Russian interference

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Britain's Cyber security chief is warning that Russian hackers are targeting telecoms, media and the UK energy network. More>>

Human rights repression in China seen worsening under Xi

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Human rights repression in China seen deteriorating under leader Xi Jinping to become worst since the bloody crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. More>>

German court: Kuwait Airways can refuse Israeli passengers

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A German court has ruled that Kuwait's national airline didn't have to transport an Israeli citizen because the carrier would face legal repercussions at home if it did. More>>

Lebanese PM Hariri accepts invitation to France

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The French president's office says that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to come to France after his surprise resignation from Saudi Arabia. More>>

China renews call for North Korea, US 'freeze-for-freeze'

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China is reiterating its call for an agreement between North Korea and the U.S. under which the North would gain concessions if it freezes its nuclear weapons program. More>>

Big round-up of MS-13 gang members in US

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The Trump administration has announced a major gang sweep _ one that netted more than 200 members of the violent street gang MS-13. More>>

The Latest: US designation on NKorea could come next week

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U.S. President Donald Trump is calling China's plan to send an envoy to North Korea a "big move". More>>

British explorer Benedict Allen found in Papua New Guinea

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British explorer Benedict Allen, who failed to return on schedule from an expedition in Papua New Guinea, has been found safe in the mountainous jungle nation. More>>

Billionaire Berlusconi is spared big-bucks alimony to his ex

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A Milan court has ruled that billionaire media mogul Silvio Berlusconi. More>>

Italian minister OKs family visits for ailing top Mafia boss

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Italy's justice minister has given special permission for the family of a Mafia boss who is in a coma to visit his bedside. More>>

The Latest: Bus crashes into logging truck in Russia

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Police say at least 15 people in central Russia have been killed in a collision involving a bus and a logging truck. More>>

Spain: Jailed Catalan secession activist to run in election

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The jailed leader of the main grassroots group pushing for the secession of Catalonia has resigned his post and will run as a candidate in upcoming regional elections in northeastern Spain. More>>

EU: Greece bailout planners failed to anticipate recession

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Auditors from the European Union's executive Commission say massive bailout programs for Greece were not properly planned and failed to anticipate the recessionary effect of austerity measures. More>>

Bus crashes into logging truck in Russia, kills at least 15

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Police say at least 15 people in central Russia have been killed in a collision involving a bus and a logging truck. More>>

Save the Children says 130 children die every day in Yemen

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An international aid group says an estimated 130 children or more die every day in war-torn Yemen from extreme hunger and disease. More>>

Russia warns US media of possible foreign agent status

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Russia's Justice Ministry says it has warned several U.S. government-funded news outlets that they could be designated as foreign agents under a new bill which is yet to be fully approved. More>>

Syria activists: 22 civilians die in fighting near Damascus

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Syrian monitors: 22 civilians killed along with dozens of government forces, rebels in latest fighting near Damascus. More>>

Imelda Staunton dazzles as 'Follies' hits cinema screens

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Imelda Staunton plays a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown in "Follies," Stephen Sondheim's dizzying musical about a traumatic reunion of former Broadway showgirls. More>>

Lithuanian mayor invites Bono to visit shopping mall

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A mayor in northeastern Lithuania has invited U2 frontman Bono to visit the shopping mall in Lithuania which he allegedly owns parts via low-tax Malta according to recently leaked corporate documents. More>>

Criticism of US sanctions returns in Iran after earthquake

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Criticism of U.S. sanctions on Iran has been rekindled in the country after a powerful earthquake that killed over 530 people. More>>

Cambodia's top court orders opposition party dissolved

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Cambodia's Supreme Court has ordered the country's main opposition party be dissolved, in one of the biggest blows yet to democratic aspirations in the Southeast Asian state. More>>

Germany's Siemens to cut 6,900 jobs at power, drives units

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Industrial conglomerate Siemens has announced plans to cut about 6,900 jobs worldwide at its power, gas and drives divisions, half of them in Germany. More>>

The Latest: Death toll from Greece floods rises to 16

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Greece's fire department says rescue crews are searching for six people reported missing in the western Athens area following major flash flooding that left at least 14 people dead. More>>

France uncorks this year's batch of Beaujolais Nouveau wine

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This year's Beaujolais Nouveau has been uncorked in France in the famous wine event that spawns nationwide celebrations _ and plenty of hangovers. More>>

Train crossing in Finland closed after deadly crash

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Authorities in Finland say an unguarded railroad level crossing in the southern part of the country, where four people were killed and 11 injured last month, has been closed until safety has been improved. More>>

Prosecution in Kim Jong Nam trial could rest in 2nd quarter

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Lawyers say the verdict in the Malaysian trial of two women accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader likely won't come until the second quarter of next year. More>>

US opposes Nazi speech, but will vote no at UN to banning it

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State Department officials say the U.S. this week plans to vote against a yearly U.N. resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism. More>>

Germany: Dutch man arrested with drugs worth $3.5 million

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German police have arrested a Dutch man accused of running an international narcotics business from his apartment, after seizing drugs with an estimated street value of 3 million euros ($3.5 million). More>>

France holds fourth day of national anti-Macron protests

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Two of France's biggest workers' unions are staging nationwide protests against President Emmanuel Macron and his economic reforms. More>>

Novice surfer masters a pro move: Punching a shark to escape

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A novice surfer mastered a pro's move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws. More>>

Pope rebukes climate deniers as 'perverse' in Bonn message

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Pope rebukes "perverse" attitude of climate deniers in message to Bonn talks. More>>

London police: Final Grenfell fire death toll is 71

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British police say the final death toll in the devastating Grenfell Tower high-rise fire is 71. More>>

Police arrest man who held hostages in Madrid bank hold-up

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Spanish police say an armed man is holding one or more persons hostage in a bank in Madrid. More>>

The Latest: Madrid bank hold-up ends with no injuries

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Spanish police say a man has been arrested for taking one or more persons hostage while trying to rob a bank in Madrid. More>>

Court ruling expected to dissolve main Cambodian opposition

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Cambodia's opposition braced for a court ruling due expected to see the party dissolved in the latest move by authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen to remove threats to his power ahead of elections next year. More>>

Australia senator starts gay marriage debate day after poll

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A gay marriage opponent has urged the Australian Senate to protect religious, speech and parental rights when legislating for gay marriage. More>>

Haggling on new German government enters critical phase

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their prospective partners in a new German government are wrapping up talks aimed at determining whether to open formal coalition negotiations. More>>

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spends night in Romania

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Officials say U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has spent the night in Romania, on his way back from his trip to Asia. More>>

Quake in South Korea left 1,500 homeless, dozens injured

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A 5.4 magnitude earthquake that was South Korea's second-strongest in decades damaged infrastructure, injured dozens of people and left 1,500 homeless. More>>

Official: US would consider individual sanctions for Myanmar Video included

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says U.S. considering individual sanctions for Myanmar violence against Rohingya Muslims. More>>

After 37 years, rule of Zimbabwe's Mugabe appears to be over

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The Zimbabwe army's takeover of the state broadcaster and action against some members of President Robert Mugabe's government has been praised as a "bloodless correction" by the chairman of the war veterans' association. More>>

Lebanese PM invited to France amid resignation crisis

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Lebanese president says PM Hariri is detainee of Saudi Arabia, stepping up rhetoric amid crisis with kingdom. More>>

Egypt displays previously unseen King Tut artifacts

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Egypt is displaying previously unseen treasures from King Tutankhamun's famed tomb. More>>

Australian Senate debates gays rights in marriage bill

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A senator has introduced a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Australia and allow only churches and ministers of religion to boycott such weddings. More>>

Rights group urges China to ban abusive gay 'conversion'

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A human rights group says China's government should stop medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement and forced medication. More>>

US opposes Nazi speech, but will vote no at UN to banning it

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State Department officials say the U.S. this week plans to vote against a yearly U.N. resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism, State Department officials said Wednesday. More>>

The Latest: Police block migrants' march to Greek border

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Dozens of asylum seekers are gathering in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki following a call through social media for a march to Greece's northern border to protest their inability to move to other European countries. More>>

4 suicide bombers kill 14, wound 29 in northern Nigeria

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4 suicide bombers kill 14, wound 29 in Nigeria in one of largest Boko Haram attacks in years. More>>

Extradition hearing for Russian cybercrime suspect postponed

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Greece's Supreme Court has postponed until December an extradition hearing for Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, wanted in the United States on charges of laundering $4 billion worth of bitcoin. More>>

At UN rights body, Sri Lanka vows new steps to fight torture

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Government envoys from Sri Lanka have told the U.N.'s top human rights body Wednesday that their country is taking new steps to battle torture. More>>

Paris school room named for Jewish boys slain in 2012 attack

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A conference room at a Paris middle school has been named in honor of two Jewish boys who were fatally shot by an Islamic extremist in southern France more than five years ago. More>>

The Latest: Zimbabwe youth leader apologizes to army leaders

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In the wake of the military takeover in Zimbabwe, the national police force has recalled all officers on leave. More>>

Minnesota loses bid for 1st world's fair in US since 1984

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Minnesota has lost its bid to host the first World's Fair on U.S. soil in 40 years, beat out by a campaign by Argentina's capital to celebrate human creativity. More>>

Airbus to sell 430 planes to Phoenix-based Indigo for $49.5B

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Airbus to sell 430 airplanes to US firm Indigo Partners for $49.5 billion in the European firm's biggest deal. More>>

US drone strike in Somalia kills 'several' with al-Shabab

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US drone strike in Somalia kills 'several' al-Shabab fighters; 28th such strike this year. More>>

Sri Lanka official denies allegations of torture, rape

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Sri Lanka's defense minister denies his country committed torture and rape of suspected rebels, as charged by more than 50 men of the island's Tamil ethnic minority who are seeking political asylum in Europe. More>>

Congress urged to tighten rules on Chinese state media in US

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Congressional advisers want Congress to tighten rules on Chinese state-run media outlets in the United States. More>>

Egyptian singer faces trial after mocking the Nile

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Famous Arab singer to go on trial next month for mocking the Nile, banned from performing in her native Egypt. More>>

Angola leader removes dos Santos daughter as oil firm chair

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Angola's new leader removes dos Santos daughter as chair of state-owned oil company: Report. More>>

Greece in mourning as floods kill at least 14 near Athens

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Flash floods on the western outskirts of the Greek capital have converted roads into raging torrents of mud and debris, killing at least two people and inundating homes and businesses. More>>

The Latest: Saudi thought kidnapped in Lebanon reappears

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French President Emmanuel Macron has invited Saad Hariri and his family to come to France after the Lebanese prime minister's surprise resignation earlier this month, amid allegations that Saudi Arabia is holding him prisoner. More>>

Iran earthquake survivors, sleeping on rubble, ask for help

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Survivors of Iran quake await badly needed aid, 3 days after the powerful temblor killed more than 530 people. More>>

Palestinians say opening of Gaza border crossing delayed

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A senior Palestinian official says the long-awaited opening of the Gaza Strip's border crossing with Egypt has been delayed due to "special circumstances.". More>>

Congress urged to tighten rules on Chinese state media in US

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Congressional advisers want Congress to tighten rules on Chinese state-run media outlets in the United States. More>>

Julia Roberts says 'Wonder' shows radical power of kindness

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"Wonder" could have been designed as an antidote to the headlines. More>>

Key EU lawmaker warns UK it must act to unblock Brexit talks

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A leading member of the European Parliament is warning Britain that it needs to do more to settle the terms of its divorce from the European Union or risk negotiations being delayed even further. More>>

Russian lawmakers approve bill targeting foreign media

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Russian lawmakers have unanimously approved a bill allowing the government to register international media outlets as foreign agents. More>>

Hungary accuses US of meddling by funding 'objective' media

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Hungary's foreign minister accuses the United States of meddling with his country's internal affairs and upcoming election campaign by offering funds for "objective" media. More>>

3 UCLA players face punishment at home after China incident

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President Donald Trump says he's hopeful that three UCLA basketball players detained in China will be allowed to return home soon. More>>

The Latest: Death toll in Greek floods rises to at least 14

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Greek authorities say a third person has died in flash flooding on the western outskirts of Athens, after an overnight storm converted roads into raging torrents of mud and debris, inundating roads, homes and businesses. More>>

US says Russian security firm duly screened to guard embassy

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The U.S. State Department says it has duly screened a Russian private security firm contracted to help guard the Moscow Embassy. More>>

Husband of UK woman jailed in Iran presses for Tehran visit

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Britain's Foreign Secretary says he will meet with the husband of a British woman imprisoned in Iran to discuss the possibility of her being offered a special status in order to secure her freedom. More>>

Ex-Danish film company boss embroiled in harassment claims

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The film production company co-founded by Danish director Lars von Trier has launched an internal investigation on the company's culture after its former chief executive was accused of sexual harassment and workplace bullying. More>>

French suspect handed terror charges over Syria kidnapping

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The lawyer for a Frenchman accused of a deadly 2014 shooting at a Brussels Jewish museum says his client has been handed preliminary terrorism charges in France relating to a separate case in Syria. More>>

Archaeologists find buried medieval treasure in French abbey

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French archaeologists have discovered a medieval treasure on the site of a famous abbey in central France that had remained buried for over eight centuries. More>>

Macedonia lawmakers approve Albanian as second language

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Macedonian parliament has approved a draft law making Albanian the country's second official language, amid harsh criticism from the conservative opposition. More>>

Fire breaks out at German asylum-seeker home, 1 person dead

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Police say one person has died in a fire at a home for asylum-seekers in southern Germany. More>>

Jewish group honors Ginsburg for lifetime achievement

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Prominent Jewish organization recognizes US Supreme Court Judge Ginsburg with lifetime achievement award. More>>

Kremlin downplays Russian Defense Ministry blunder

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The Kremlin is downplaying the Russian Defense Ministry's blunder when it attached screenshots from a video game to back its allegations of the U.S. colluding with the Islamic State group in Syria. More>>

The Latest: FlyDubai and Boeing agree to $27 billion deal

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The Latest: Low-cost carrier FlyDubai, Boeing agree to deal worth $27 billion for 225 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft. More>>

UK panel rules Uber drivers have rights on wages, time off

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Britain's employment appeals tribunal is set to rule on whether Uber drivers are employees of the ride-hailing service in a decision with broad implications for the so-called gig economy. More>>

China sending envoy to North Korea following Trump visit

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Following President Donald Trump's visit to Beijing, China says it is sending a high-level special envoy to North Korea amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors over Pyongyang's weapons programs. More>>

Labour Party leader in Scotland steps down amid abuse claim

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The acting leader of the Labour Party in Scotland has stepped down after a woman made allegations of abuse against him. More>>

Pope auctions Lamborghini to rebuild Christian Iraq

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Pope gets Lamborghini, auctions it off to help rebuild Christian communities in Iraq. More>>

3-year-old girl survives Russia plane crash that kills 6

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Russian officials say that a short-range passenger plane has crashed on approach to landing in far eastern Russia, killing 6 people. More>>

Iran to probe state-built homes destroyed by deadly quake

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Rescuers are digging through the debris of buildings felled by an earthquake that killed more than 430 people in the border region of Iran and Iraq. More>>

Lockheed offers glimpse into missile defenses eyed by Saudis

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US defense giant Lockheed Martin says it's delivering its Patriot anti-missile system to Saudi Arabia. More>>

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