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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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Israel's new defense minister could clash with his soldiers
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's incoming defense minister once called for bombing Egypt, suggested just weeks ago that Israel kill Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip and opposed the prosecution of a soldier accused of killing a wounded Palestinian. These are just a few of the positions that could put former bar bouncer Avigdor Lieberman at odds with a military he is now to command....
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Israel expands government, Lieberman to be defense minister
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a deal to expand his coalition government on Wednesday by bringing in the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party and appointing its leader Avigdor Lieberman as his new defense minister....
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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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Official: Ukrainian pilot released in Russia, returning home
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia on Wednesday released Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen jailed in Ukraine, an official in the Ukrainian presidential administration said....
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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
ISE, Japan (AP) -- Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations plan to 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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France tapping fuel stocks as strikes cause gas shortages
PARIS (AP) -- France has started using its fuel reserves to deal with gasoline shortages caused by strikes and protests over a bill weakening worker protections....
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As lines form for water, Myanmar pins hopes on Suu Kyi
DALA, Myanmar (AP) -- Every year at this time, the ponds and wells go dry. People walk for hours to fill their plastic buckets at a lotus-filled pond that is the only clean source of drinking water in this community outside Myanmar's biggest city, Yangon....
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