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Putin: state will support sanctions-hit sectors
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says the state will offer support to sectors of the economy that have been hit by international sanctions, but says the country in general is unconcerned about the sanctions' consequences....
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Hong Kong police, protesters brace for conflict
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters prepared face masks and goggles and police brought in supplies of tear gas and other riot gear as tensions grew Thursday in a standoff outside of the government headquarters....
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Hong Kong protests hit city's role as finance hub
HONG KONG (AP) -- Shops in Hong Kong have closed and the local stock market has plunged but protesters are gambling their agitation for greater democracy will pay off by preserving institutions that made this former British colony a profitable asset to China....
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Many sick in US Ebola patient's Liberia hometown
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Thomas Eric Duncan rushed to help his 19-year-old neighbor when she began convulsing days after first complaining of stomach pain. Everyone assumed her health problems were related to her being 7 months pregnant. Still, no ambulance came as Ebola decimates Liberia's capital....
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Faceoff in Hong Kong: 3 sides, all with options
HONG KONG (AP) -- Tens of thousands of protesters filled the streets of Hong Kong and crowds of students blocked the entrances to government headquarters Thursday as midnight approached - the deadline protest leaders had set for the resignation of the city's chief executive....
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Turkey ponders new powers to fight IS militants
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's parliament was debating a motion Thursday to give the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group....
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Saudi Arabia: 2 million in Mecca for start of hajj
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was safe and free of health scares as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage....
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Palestinian-born candidate runs for Berlin mayor
BERLIN (AP) -- Berlin's mayor broke ground 13 years ago by winning election after coming out as gay. Now a top candidate to succeed him wants to make history of his own: Palestinian-born Raed Saleh is seeking to become Berlin's first immigrant mayor....
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Oops! UK council destroys Banksy immigration mural
LONDON (AP) -- Authorities in southern England were embarrassed but defensive Thursday after telling workers to destroy a mural they later realized was created by the internationally famous graffiti artist Banksy....
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South Africa government criticized over Dalai Lama
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu, a periodic critic of South Africa's ruling party, now says the government is a "lickspittle bunch" for its alleged deference to China, a close business partner....
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