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In Africa, Obama's presidency couldn't help but be personal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent. It was in Africa that he signaled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades....
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Iraq military: Troops have 'full control' of eastern Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's military says government troops are now in "full control" of eastern Mosul after routing Islamic State militants from that part of the northern Iraqi city....
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Power shortages leave Gaza in the dark
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- At night, large swaths of the Gaza Strip plunge into darkness - the result of chronic and worsening power outages. In crowded city streets, the only source of light comes from the headlights of passing cars....
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Gambia's Parliament extends leader's stay in power 3 months
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) -- Gambia's Parliament has voted to extend President Yahya Jammeh's term in office for three months, even as his mandate was set to end Thursday, state television said Wednesday. The extension takes effect immediately....
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Attack in northern Mali kills 33, injures dozens more
GAO, Mali (AP) -- At least 33 people were killed and several dozen injured after an explosives-laden vehicle targeted a camp housing armed groups in northern Mali, a local official said Wednesday....
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Were opportunities for clues from MH370 debris missed?
SYDNEY (AP) -- Three nations shelled out around $160 million and years' worth of work on the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The result: No plane. The only tangible - and arguably most important - clues into what happened to the aircraft have come courtesy of ordinary citizens, who bore the costs themselves....
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Australia defends end of MH370 hunt; investigation continues
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australian officials defended their suspension of the fruitless deep-sea sonar search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, insisting on Wednesday that the enormous costs involved played no role in their decision to halt the nearly three-year hunt....
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UK, EU take contrasting messages from May's Brexit speech
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May's promise of a clean but friendly exit from the European Union drew strikingly different responses Wednesday: optimism in Britain, skepticism on the other side of the English Channel....
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3 large earthquakes hit central Italy in an hour
ROME (AP) -- A series of three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year and has been buried under more than a meter (three feet) of snow in recent days....
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Caroline Kennedy boosted US-Japan ties as US ambassador
TOKYO (AP) -- Caroline Kennedy stepped down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa....
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