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US envoy to SKorea in stable condition after knife attack
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said Thursday....
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Australia offers Indonesia prisoner swap to stop executions
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia has offered Indonesia a prison swap deal in a last-ditch bid to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers who have been transferred to an island prison where they are to be killed by firing squad within days....
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Venezuelan mayor's arrest casts light on unlikely marriage
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- She was raised by a leader of Venezuela's opposition and made a name for herself on a popular anti-government TV show. He is the tourism minister and one of the socialist administration's most passionate defenders....
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Death toll in east Ukraine mine blast reaches 32
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Officials in a separatist rebel-held city in east Ukraine say the death toll from an accidental explosion at a coal mine has risen to 32....
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AP PHOTOS: Pakistan religious schools in spotlight
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) -- Sitting on the ground, the students sway back and forth, deep in thought as they read Islam's holy book, the Quran. Their white skull caps signify that they are students at one of the tens of thousands of religious schools across the country that have become embroiled in a debate about where militancy comes from....
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Faucet theft from German spy building causes water leak
BERLIN (AP) -- Police say someone removed faucets from the still-incomplete headquarters of Germany's foreign intelligence service in Berlin, causing a large water leak....
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'Duang!' Chinese poke fun at Jackie Chan with nonsense word
BEIJING (AP) -- Jackie Chan might still be popular in China, but nowadays the pro-Beijing actor is as well-known as fodder for jokes as he is for his gritty martial arts and slapstick humor on screen. His latest contribution to the country's mass culture and entertainment: "duang."...
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China defense spending to grow 10.1 percent in 2015
BEIJING (AP) -- China said Thursday it will boost defense spending by 10.1 percent, a smaller rise than last year but in line with large annual increases that have drawn concern among the country's neighbors over Beijing's military and territorial ambitions....
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Iranian special operatives free diplomat abducted in Yemen
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's official news agency says that special operatives have freed an Iranian diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen....
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Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) -- U.S. officials sought Wednesday to tamp down expectations of a substantial preliminary nuclear deal with Iran by the March deadline while working to move past the political dust kicked up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's criticism of an emerging agreement's contours....
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