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Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour's death
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor - a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul....
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Israeli official says deal reached to expand government
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached a deal to expand his coalition government by bringing in the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party and appointing its leader Avigdor Lieberman as the new defense minister, a government official said Wednesday....
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Rights group: Israeli army probes of soldiers a fig leaf
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A leading Israeli rights group said Wednesday it will stop seeking investigations of Israeli soldiers suspected of abusing Palestinians, arguing that internal military probes have failed to deliver justice and effectively help whitewash half a century of occupation....
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Obama uses light moment with rapper to espouse free speech
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) -- President Barack Obama's parting shot before leaving communist Vietnam: let people express themselves....
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Group of 7 seeks way forward for aging, faltering economies
TOKYO (AP) -- Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations will undoubtedly voice unity over fighting terrorism, pandemics and tax evasion at their summit in Japan this week. Finding a consensus on how to breathe life into their sluggish economies is proving more elusive....
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VOICES: A-bomb survivors leader says Japan shares blame, too
TOKYO (AP) -- The debate over whether President Barack Obama should apologize to Japanese survivors of America's atomic bombings in World War II made Terumi Tanaka think: What about his own government?...
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Taliban bomber hits court minibus in Kabul, killing 11
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide bomber targeted a minibus carrying court employees in Kabul during morning rush hour Wednesday, killing 11 people, Afghan and UN official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack....
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Evacuation of Idomeni refugee camp continues for 2
IDOMENI, Greece (AP) -- Refugees and other migrants were boarding buses heading to organized camps Monday on the second day of an operation to evacuate the sprawling Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border....
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China's Wanda prepares for battle with 'old brand'
BEIJING (AP) -- Mickey Mouse has a new and deep-pocketed challenger: China's shopping mall king....
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Philippine population growth slows as contraceptives spread
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines' annual population growth rate has slowed as more people in the predominantly Roman Catholic country use contraception....
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