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Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week
MUNICH (AP) -- Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short....
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Carter says UAE will put special forces in Syria
BRUSSELS (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a key Persian Gulf ally has agreed to send special forces soldiers to Syria to assist in the development of local Sunni Arab fighters focused on recapturing Raqqa, the Islamic State group's capital....
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The Latest: Syria task force hopes for humanitarian access
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):...
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Court: Facebook can be sued in France in nude painting case
PARIS (AP) -- Facebook has lost a crucial legal battle as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting....
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Seoul, US to open talks on missile defense aimed at N. Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Looking to take a harder line after North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, officials said Friday....
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How impoverished but nuclear-armed North Korea earns money
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The closure of a factory park in North Korea jointly run by both Koreas has cost the impoverished North a rare source of legitimate hard currency. Seoul says it shut the Kaesong complex in response to the North's recent long-range rocket launch to keep its impoverished neighbor from using the money factories provided to fund its nuclear and missile programs....
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Greek farmers clash with riot police in pensions protest
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek farmers wielding shepherd's staffs and throwing rocks clashed Friday with riot police in central Athens during a two-day protest against the government's plans to impose new tax hikes and overhaul the pension system. Riot police used tear gas to repel them....
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In meeting Pope Francis, patriarch asserts Russia's role
MOSCOW (AP) -- When Patriarch Kirill meets Pope Francis this week, the historic event will allow the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to assert Russia's leading role in the Eastern Christian world. It may also allow Kirill, a skillful political player with close ties to President Vladimir Putin, to open a new avenue of communication for the Kremlin as it tries to escape Western isolation....
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Several people killed in attack on UN base in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- An official says militants have attacked a United Nations base in northern Mali, killing at least three people and injuring 30 others....
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N. Koreans outside closed factories lose steady water supply
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Among the losers in the retaliatory sparring between the rival Koreas are residents who had been depending on a rarity in impoverished North Korea: a steady supply of water from the now-shuttered jointly run factory park in the North Korean border city of Kaesong....
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