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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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German chancellor denounces rape-killing of student
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday denounced the rape and killing of a university student as a "tragic event," responding for the first time to a case that has inflamed passions since police arrested a 17-year-old Afghan migrant last week....
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Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after 'about a decade'
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- A fake U.S. embassy that operated for "about a decade" in Ghana's capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the U.S. State Department announced....
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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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Top Gambian opposition leader, 18 others out of prison
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) -- A top Gambian opposition politician and 18 other protesters were released from prison after an appeals court granted them bail on Monday, just days after strongman ruler Yahya Jammeh agreed to step aside after losing the presidential election....
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SKorean president to 'calmly' accept impeachment outcome
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean lawmakers say President Park Geun-hye is willing to "calmly" accept impeachment if the opposition-controlled parliament votes for her removal this week, but prefers to resign on her own terms....
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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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By accident or design, Trump signals tougher China policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Whether by accident or design, President-elect Donald Trump is signaling a tougher American policy toward China, sparking warnings from both the outgoing Obama administration and Beijing....
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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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Ransomed: The race to free 226 Christian hostages in Syria
SAARLOUIS, Germany (AP) -- Deep inside Syria, a bishop worked secretly to save the lives of 226 members of his flock from the Islamic State group - by amassing millions of dollars from his community around the world to buy their freedom....
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