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Ransomed: The freeing of 226 Christians from Islamic State
SAARLOUIS, Germany (AP) -- The millions in ransom money came in dollar by dollar, euro by euro from around the world. The donations, raised from church offerings, a Christmas concert, and the diaspora of Assyrian Christians on Facebook, landed in a bank account in Iraq. Its ultimate destination: the Islamic State group....
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Cuba starts return to normal as mourning for Castro ends
HAVANA (AP) -- Music is playing in the streets again. Tourists are sipping mojitos at sidewalk cafes. Flags are flapping at full staff. After nine days of national mourning for Fidel Castro, Cuba is slowly returning to noisy, boisterous normality....
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World leaders face risks in reconciling with past enemies
Reconciliation can be tricky. It took 70 years for an American president to visit the site of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and nearly 75 for a Japanese leader to announce he would visit Pearl Harbor, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did Monday....
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French premier steps down to focus on presidential election
PARIS (AP) -- French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stepped down Tuesday to focus on running for president in next year's election and was replaced by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, a man who embodies the fight against Islamic extremism....
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Merkel seeks new term as leader of German conservatives
BERLIN (AP) -- Angela Merkel is seeking a new two-year term as leader of her conservative party, following her announcement last month that she will run for a fourth term as German chancellor....
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The Latest: Russia's Lavrov warns Syrian rebels in Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):...
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Syrian government: Aleppo truce must include rebel pullout
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Syrian government says it rejects any cease-fire for embattled Aleppo unless it includes the departure of all rebels from the eastern part of the city....
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Iran president: Trump won't be able to harm the nuclear deal
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's president said on Tuesday that his country will not allow incoming U.S. President Donald Trump to "tear up" Iran's landmark nuclear deal with world powers and also warned Tehran will react to any extension of American sanctions....
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English FA says scope of review into sexual abuse increased
LONDON (AP) -- The English Football Association says its review of sexual abuse by youth soccer coaches is expanding and a new lawyer has been appointed....
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Ugandan rebel pleads not guilty to rape, murder charges
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- An alleged senior commander in the militia of fugitive warlord Joseph Kony pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 70 charges including murder, rape, forced marriages and using child soldiers during the group's insurgency in northern Uganda....
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