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Pope goes to stronghold of Naples-area mobsters
CASERTA, Italy (AP) -- Pope Francis has traveled to a southern Italian stronghold of a clan of mobsters who poisoned local farmlands by dumping illicitly trafficked toxic waste....
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In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future
HONG KONG (AP) -- As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift....
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US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move....
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EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed....
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French minister calls on protesters to observe ban
PARIS (AP) -- French police fired tear gas as clashes broke out at a banned pro-Gaza demonstration on Saturday as thousands defied a ban on the protest....
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Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire
PARIS (AP) -- Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip....
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Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people....
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Obama, senior EU officials barred from Chechnya
MOSCOW (AP) -- Although Russia has not responded to U.S. sanctions by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there's one part of the country he's blocked from: Chechnya....
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Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels....
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MH17 victims' family: Airline lacking compassion
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The family of two brothers killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 called the carrier rigid and bureaucratic Saturday, saying it has offered them no professional grief counselling in more than a week and refused to organize a flight home to Houston for the boys' grandmother....
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