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UN chief says save migrants, deal with cause of flight
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants to flee by sea, leaving many still stranded in boats....
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`Yes' side joyous as count starts in Irish gay-marriage vote
DUBLIN (AP) -- Irish political observers from both sides said the first ballot boxes to be opened Saturday pointed to a strong victory for legalizing gay marriage, as the nation began counting results from a national referendum....
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IS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday....
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AP Interview: Steinem says isolating N. Korea not working
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem may be in North Korea, but she is as outspoken as ever....
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Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby....
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Thai year-old coup imposes superficial calm but little else
BANGKOK (AP) -- Shortly after seizing power in a coup that followed months of debilitating street protests, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to end Thailand's decade of political upheaval once and for all. In his words, "to bring everything out in the open and fix it."...
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Boat by boat, how 3,000 stranded migrants reached land
More than 3,000 migrants abandoned by human traffickers have been rescued or washed ashore this month in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Some are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, while others are Bangladeshis seeking better economic prospects. Many more are feared to still be stranded at sea, abandoned by traffickers amid a regional crackdown....
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Report: German woman, 65, gives birth to quadruplets
BERLIN (AP) -- German media report that a 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets....
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Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack
CAIRO (AP) -- The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom....
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AP Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) -- Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores....
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