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UK: All samples from high-rise towers fail fire safety tests

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Britain's government is urging local officials across the country to submit samples of tower block cladding "as a matter of urgency" after tests found that all cladding samples so far have failed fire safety tests. More>>

UK Parliament investigates cyberattack on user accounts

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British officials are investigating a cyberattack on the country's Parliament after discovering "unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts.". More>>

Turkey rejects Arab terms to Qatar, US urges sides to talk

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Turkey's president says he will not pull Turkish troops from its base in Qatar, rejecting a demand by major Arab states that it do so to end the ongoing crisis with the small Gulf country. More>>

Center-right set to win top race in Italian mayoral runoffs

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Italian towns are holding mayoral runoffs after the 1st round of voting saw populist candidates eliminated in the main cities. More>>

Philippine troops declare 8-hour cease-fire in besieged city

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The Philippine military began observing an eight-hour halt in its air and ground offensive against Islamic militants in southern Marawi city to allow residents to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. More>>

Over 150 dead as overturned fuel truck explodes in Pakistan

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A Pakistani official says more than 100 people have been killed after an oil tanker overturned and burst into flames. More>>

Dozens missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

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Authorities in Colombia said a rescue operation is under way to attend to an emergency following the sinking of recreational boat near Medellin with around 150 people on board. More>>

Italy giving 5.2B euros in resources to keep 2 banks open

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The Italian government is making 5.2 billion euros ($5.8 billion) of resources available to keep operative two banks that the European Central Bank last week had deemed "failing or about to fail," sending them into insolvency procedures. More>>

Vietnamese dissident recounts forced deportation to France

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A Vietnamese dissident who says he was arrested at his home in southern Ho Chi Minh City and forcibly exiled to France said Sunday he is determined to continue his activity as a pro-democracy blogger. More>>

Scores missing in massive China landslide; 10 bodies found

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Chinese crews have recovered nine bodies and are still searching for 109 others about 30 hours after a massive landslide buried a picturesque mountain village in the southwestern province of Sichuan. More>>

Lanvin fuses sartorial and street to cap Paris menswear week

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VIP guests looked on as Lucas Ossendrijver's passion for hybrid high- and low-styles found its voice on the catwalk for Lanvin at Paris Fashion Week. More>>

Options for Supreme Court on Trump travel ban

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The Supreme Court is expected to decide in the next few days whether the Trump administration can enforce a ban on visitors to the United States from six mostly Muslim countries. More>>

The Latest: 153 killed in Pakistan tanker fire

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A rescue official says the death toll from an oil tanker fire in Pakistan has risen to 148, with dozens more in critical condition. More>>

UN: More than 200,000 suspected cholera cases in Yemen

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THE UN's health agency and their children's fund say the number of suspected cases in a Cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen now exceeds 200,000, many of them children. More>>

5 people electrocuted in pool at water park in Turkey

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Turkish media reports say five people _ three of them children _ were electrocuted at a water park pool in northwest Turkey and have died. More>>

Japan marks 75 years of Vatican ties with Noh theater show

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Japan has marked the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties with the Holy See with a Noh performance of ancient traditional theater. More>>

Polish protesters demand halt to logging in primeval forest

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Hundreds of people have marched in central Warsaw to protest widespread logging in Europe's last large primeval forest, one of the most controversial steps taken by Poland's conservative government. More>>

The Latest: 9 dead, 28 missing after boat sinks in Colombia

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The head of the disaster response agency in Colombia's Antioquia state says that nine people are dead and around 28 missing after a multi-story tourist boat capsized near the city of Medellin. More>>

Activists kept from gathering en masse for Istanbul Pride

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights activists say they will march for Pride in Istanbul, despite a ban by the governor's office. More>>

Forest fire in Spain threatens renowned national park

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Spanish authorities say a forest fire has forced the evacuation camp sites and houses in a wooded area near a national park famous for its biodiversity on Sunday. More>>

Iran's president condemns 'siege' of Qatar by Arab nations

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Iran's president Hassan Rouhani has told the Qatari Emir that the "siege of Qatar is not acceptable for us," according to the office of the presidency's website. More>>

Norwegians collect money to fix penis-shaped rock formation

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Norwegian activists collect money to fix vandalized penis-shaped rock formation near Stavanger. More>>

Israel strikes targets in Syria for 2nd day

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The Israeli army says several projectiles fired from Syria have landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights for a second consecutive day. More>>

Low turnout expected in Albanian election key to EU bid

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Albanians have started to cast ballots in a general election that follows a landmark agreement between the two biggest parties to further efforts for the country to eventually join the European Union. More>>

The Latest: Panels on 60 UK buildings fail fire safety tests

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Britain's government says the list of high-rise apartment towers fitted with external cladding that failed fire safety tests has grown to 60. More>>

The Latest: 34 UK high-rise buildings fail fire safety tests

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A local council in London says it evacuated some 650 homes overnight after inspectors found fire safety issues in four public housing towers. More>>

In about face, Israel freezes Western Wall mixed prayer plan

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An Israeli official says the government has frozen a long-overdue plan to open a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall. More>>

Jeremy Corbyn gets rock star welcome at Glastonbury Festival

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Britain's famed Glastonbury music festival has embraced an unlikely headline act: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. More>>

In Moscow, 1 million people visit relics of popular saint

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Over 1 million people have visited relics of Saint Nicholas, one of the Russian Orthodox Church's most revered figures, since they arrived in Moscow last month on loan from Italy. More>>

The Latest: Tear gas, checkpoints greet LGBT pride in Turkey

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Turkish police have prevented people from gathering in large numbers for LGBT pride in Istanbul as small groups continue to make ad hoc demonstrations despite a ban issued by the governor. More>>

UK: 6 hurt as car strikes people at Muslim celebration

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British police say they have arrested a woman after a car collided with pedestrians outside a Newcastle sports center, injuring five people. More>>

Merkel challenger calls Trump 'will-o-the-wisp' president

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Martin Schulz, the center-left challenger of Chancellor Angela Merkel, has vowed to get his Social Democratic party into power at Germany's national election in September. More>>

UAE president appears in video over 3 years after stroke

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The president of the United Arab Emirates has made a rare public appearance on state media to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. More>>

China aims to improve ties between Afghanistan, Pakistan

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China's foreign minister says Beijing will hold a dialogue with Afghanistan and Pakistan to help improve relations between the two South Asian neighbors. More>>

Iran mocks reports its Syria missile strikes fell short

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Iran says the two-stage missiles it fired at Islamic State targets in Syria broke apart over the Iraqi desert as planned, mocking reports that some of the projectiles fell short. More>>

Jordan to cancel 'marry the victim' clause shielding rapists

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In a key step toward reform, Jordan is poised to abolish a provision that exempts a rapist from punishment if he marries his victim. More>>

Egypt's president ratifies disputed Saudi islands pact

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Egypt's president has ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. More>>

Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plot

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Saudi security forces say a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque at Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends. More>>

UK finds 34 high-rise apartment buildings with unsafe siding

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The residents of roughly 800 apartments are in have been evacuated from their London apartment buildings due fire- safety concerns. More>>

Russia kills 2 suspected militants in the North Caucasus

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Russian security forces have killed two suspected militants during a gun battle in a volatile province of Russia's North Caucasus. More>>

Berlin gives celebrity welcome to 2 giant pandas from China

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Two giant pandas from China have landed safely in Berlin where they are being welcomed by the German capital's mayor and the Chinese ambassador. More>>

15 bodies found after landslide buries scores in China

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Crews searching through the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China have found 15 bodies with more than 110 more people still missing. More>>

UAE: Arab states don't seek 'regime change' in Qatar

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A top United Arab Emirates official says the Arab countries isolating Qatar do not seek to force out the country's leadership but are willing to cut ties with it if it does not agree to their demands. More>>

Turkey bans Istanbul Pride, organizers vow to march anyway

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Turkish authorities announced Saturday they will not allow the Istanbul Pride march to take place on Sunday _ the third year in a row the celebration has been banned. More>>

Dior designer celebrates decade at helm at Paris menswear

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Celebrating a decade at the creative helm of Dior Homme Saturday, designer Kris Van Assche held court with Christian Slater, Jamie Bell and Kata Mara at his catwalk collection that paid homage of the iconic Dior suit. More>>

Iran detains Islamic State linked group

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Iran's Intelligence Ministry is saying that its forces have detained members of a group linked to the Islamic State group it says intended to carry out terrorist acts in holy cities across the country. More>>

Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 85

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A Pakistani official says the death toll from twin blasts in the northwestern town of Parachinar climbed to 40 overnight, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks to 56. More>>

Yemen to probe alleged interrogation abuses by UAE, US

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Yemen's internationally-recognized government has created a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, days after reports U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the UAE accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. More>>

Over 120 people buried by massive southwest China landslide

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County government in southwestern China says around 100 people from 40 homes feared buried in landslide. More>>

Experts: US exiting climate pact may doom some small islands

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With the US pulling out of Paris climate accord, scientists and government leaders say some small island nations may not survive. More>>

Syria releases hundreds of detainees ahead of Eid

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The Syrian government has released hundreds of detainees including some who backed the insurgency against President Bashar Assad. More>>

Uber CEO is pushed out as company tries to clean up its act

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Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick said in a statement to The New York Times that he has accepted a request from investors to step aside. More>>

Bahrain newspaper, shut down by government, lays off staff

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A prominent independent newspaper in Bahrain earlier shut down by the government as part of a crackdown on dissent has laid off its staff. More>>

Israel strikes Syrian positions after fire toward it

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The Israeli military has taken the precautionary step of asking civilians to avoid gathering near the border with Syria, following wayward projectiles from fighting there that landed in its territory. More>>

The Latest: Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 85

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A Pakistani official says the death toll from twin bombings at a crowded market in the northwestern town of Parachinar has risen to 55, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks on Friday to 73. More>>

Indian PM Modi visits Portugal on trip to meet with Trump

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started an international tour that will include his first meeting with United States President Donald Trump. More>>

Egypt's president ratifies disputed Saudi islands pact

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Egypt's president has ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. More>>

Russia warns Norway that hosting US Marines will hurt ties

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Russia has told Norway that the extension of a U.S. military deployment in the country will hit diplomatic ties. More>>

2 Dutch journalists freed unharmed by Colombian rebels

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The Netherlands' foreign ministry says that two Dutch journalists who were kidnapped earlier this week by leftist rebels in Colombia have been released unharmed. More>>

Russia's Putin: Top goal for journalists is 'do not offend'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the most important principle for journalists should be to avoid upsetting those featured in their writing and broadcasting. More>>

Spain rescues 224 migrants from 5 boats in Mediterranean

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Spain's maritime rescue service has rescued 224 migrants from five different boats trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. More>>

Swiss journalist dies of Mosul mine blast injuries

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A Swiss journalist has died of injuries suffered from a mine blast earlier this week in Iraq while covering a military operation to root out Islamic State extremists from Mosul. More>>

The Latest: Lebanon's Hezbollah condemns Mecca bombing

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Saudi government says a suicide bomber blew himself up as security forces foiled a terror plot in Mecca. More>>

After demands aired, solution to Qatar crisis seems far off

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There has been diplomatic movement in the dispute between Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries and the nation of Qatar. More>>

Italian PM 'guarantees' savers' accounts in 2 troubled banks

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Italy's premier says holders of accounts in 2 troubled Italian banks will have their savings guaranteed despite insolvency proceedings. More>>

North Korea says it's 'biggest victim' in US student's death

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North Korea has denied it cruelly treated or tortured an American student who was detained for more than year and died days after being released in a coma. More>>

German court removes 3 judges in Auschwitz trial over bias

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A German court has removed 3 judges over bias in the often-delayed trial of a former SS medic who served at the Auschwitz death camp. More>>

Journalist dies of wounds from blast in Iraq's Mosul

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The French Embassy in Baghdad says a Swiss journalist has died from wounds sustained in a Mosul mine blast earlier this week while reporting on the fight against the Islamic State group. More>>

Turkish authorities ban Sunday's LGBTI Pride in Istanbul

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Turkish authorities have announced they will not allow a march for gay, lesbian and trans rights to take place Sunday. More>>

Britain, EU clash over Brexit proposals on citizens' rights

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British Prime Minister Theresa May's show of goodwill at the European Union summit left the 27 other EU leaders with "thousands of questions" on how to proceed with the negotiations to leave the bloc. More>>

Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plot

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Saudi government says a suicide bomber blew himself up as security forces foiled a terror plot in Mecca. More>>

London council evacuates residents amid fire safety concerns

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British authorities are studying samples of cladding similar to that used on the west London apartment building that caught fire, killing at least 79 people. More>>

US releases photos of 'unsafe' Russian jet intercept

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The U.S. European Command has released dramatic photos of a Russian jet coming within a few feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance jet over the Baltic Sea in a maneuver that has been criticized as unsafe. More>>

40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities

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Pakistani police: Car bomb near police chief's office in southwestern province kills at least 11, wounds 20. More>>

The Latest: Evacuated London residents express anger, fear

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London police say manslaughter charges are among the offenses under consideration in the devastating Grenfell Tower blaze that killed 79 people. More>>

ECB: 2 troubled Italian banks failing, to face insolvency

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The European Central Bank says two troubled Italian banks will be wound down because they were about to fail. More>>

EU court: Vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without proof

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The highest court of the European Union says that even in cases where there is no scientific proof to suggest a vaccine is defective, courts may conclude in individual cases that the vaccines are to blame in certain circumstances. More>>

The Latest: Envoy says Qatar feeling no economic pressure

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The Latest: Turkey has no plans to shut down military base in Qatar as demanded by Saudi, other Arab states. More>>

Schwarzenegger talks climate change with French president

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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says the environment shouldn't be a partisan issue. More>>

Olympic spectacle upstages menswear Fashion Week in Paris

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It's rare that an event can upstage a top Paris Fashion Week show taking place in the French capital's ornate Grand Palais _ but guest flocked to take in a major aquatic spectacle happening on the gilded Alexandre III bridge. More>>

Brazilian president says he built warm ties with Putin

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Brazilian President Michel Temer says he has built warm ties with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. More>>

Russia fires missiles from Mediterranean at IS in Syria

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Russia says it has fired cruise missiles from Mediterranean Sea on positions of Islamic State group in Syria. More>>

British woman seriously injured in Paris tour bus accident

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Police and a tour bus company say four people were injured, one seriously, when a double-decker tour bus that took a detour due to a major display of sporting events got stuck inside a tunnel under a Paris bridge. More>>

Jewish groups critical of Hungarian praise for Hitler ally

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The World Jewish Congress says it is backing objections by the leading Jewish group in Hungary about Prime Minister Viktor Orban's praise for Miklos Horthy, who allied Hungary with Nazi Germany. More>>

Madrid hosts_ and debates_ global gay pride

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Madrid is gearing up to host WorldPride 2017, a colorful mixture of vindication for sexual and gender diversity together with commercialism and all-night partying. More>>

Italian farmers alarmed as dry spell prompts water rationing

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Italy's farm lobby is warning that agricultural production is plummeting nationwide because of a prolonged heat and dry spell that prompted authorities to ration water and declare a state of emergency in some areas. More>>

EU leaders boost support for Libya to halt migrant exodus

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to reassure European Union nationals living in her country that their futures will be secure once Britain leaves the EU in 2019. More>>

Pope seeks to encourage Colombian reconciliation with trip

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Pope Francis will preside over a reconciliation ceremony between Colombian victims and former guerrillas during a September visit aimed at consolidating the peace process to end Latin America's longest-running armed conflict. More>>

Scotland police turn down offer to pay for Obama's security

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Police in Scotland have turned down an offer to be reimbursed for the policing costs for former President Barack Obama's recent visit to Edinburgh and St. Andrews. More>>

People with disabilities at risk in Central African Republic

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People with disabilities at risk in Central African Republic amid fighting: Rights group. More>>

China: Political solution in Syria speeds refugees' return

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China's Foreign Minister is calling for a political solution to end Syria's six-year crisis saying that once the country's security conditions begin to improve refugees will start returning to their country. More>>

Food aid dwindling in world's fastest-growing refugee crisis

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UN chief calls for global tolerance, $8 billion amid world's fastest-growing refugee crisis. More>>

The Latest: Central Europe leaders meet with France's Macron

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French President Emmanuel Macron is meeting with central and eastern European leaders amid tensions over jobs and resistance to taking in refugees. More>>

Philippines: IS funded siege through Malaysian militant

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The Philippine military chief says a Malaysian militant who helped lead and finance the siege in Marawi has been killed in one of the setbacks to the uprising by locals aligned with the Islamic State group. More>>

Polish human rights official under fire for Holocaust remark

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A leading Polish human rights official has come under fire for saying the "Polish nation" took part in the implementation of the Holocaust _ a controversial statement in a country that never collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II. More>>

UK authorities charge Welsh man with murder in mosque attack

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British authorities have charged 47-year-old Darren Osborne with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder in connection with the van attack on a crowd of Muslim worshippers near two north London mosques. More>>

The Latest: Merkel calls UK's residency stance 'good start'

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European Council President Donald Tusk says that he still holds out hope that Brexit can be reversed even though the negotiations on Britain's departure from the European Union officially started this week. More>>

The Latest: Bombings at market in northwest Pakistan kill 15

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The Latest: Pakistani official says twin bombings at crowded market in country's northwest kill 15 people. More>>

Norway to Brazil: Curb deforestation or we stop the money

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The Norwegian prime minister has warned Brazil's president to curb deforestation or Norway will reduce its financial contribution this year. More>>

Detroit judge halts deportation of Iraqi Christians

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A judge has temporarily halted the deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians living in the Detroit area who fear torture and possible death if sent back to Iraq. More>>

The Latest: Downing Street orders investigation of fridge

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British police investigating the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London in which 79 people are believed to have died say the blaze started in a fridge freezer. More>>

Merkel to gather European G-20 participants next week

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The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel will host a meeting next week of European participants in the Group of 20 summit to prepare for the meeting of global powers in July. More>>

Corruption, economic crisis overshadow Mongolian election

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Mongolians will vote for a new president on Monday in a race pitting a horse salesman against a former judo star and a nationalist wanting to preserve the vast landlocked country's mineral wealth. More>>

Khmer Rouge leaders deliver closing defense at trial

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The former head of state of Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime, facing judgment on charges of genocide and other crimes, has rejected the case against him, saying the allegation of genocide was concocted by neighboring Vietnam. More>>

Friend of ousted S. Korean president gets 3 years in prison

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The longtime friend of South Korea's ousted president has been sentenced to three years in prison in the first punishment against a leading figure in the massive corruption scandal. More>>

New Zealand newspaper names all drunk drivers on front page

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The newspaper in a New Zealand resort town is taking a stance against drunken driving by identifying those convicted of the offense this year on its front page. More>>

Taliban leader: Afghan war will end only when NATO leaves

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Afghanistan Taliban leader says planned US troop surge will not end war, vows to fight on until full NATO withdrawal. More>>

Iraqis: IS blew up mosque in 'formal declaration of defeat'

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Iraq says Islamic State group detonated explosives, blowing up famous mosque in Mosul with iconic leaning minaret. More>>

Brexit: May offers hope for EU citizens, wins guarded praise

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European Union leaders are gathering to weigh measures to tackle terrorism, closer defense ties and migration, convinced that anti-EU sentiment and support for populist parties are waning. More>>

German parliament votes to annul gay men's convictions

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German lawmakers have approved a plan to annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was enforced enthusiastically in post-World War II West Germany. More>>

Ex-detainees: Detention center's practices border on slavery

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People once held in a privately run Colorado immigration detention center are challenging the system used to keep it clean and maintained, arguing it borders on modern-day slavery. More>>

London fire: Tests show other high-rises have suspect panels

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The local administrator in the west London community devastated by a high-rise apartment fire has resigned after government officials criticized the speed of the response to the devastating blaze that killed at least 79 people. More>>

Report: Israel gearing up to build in east Jerusalem

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An Israeli newspaper says the government is preparing to authorize construction of 7,000 new homes in Jewish areas of east Jerusalem _ a move that could complicate the efforts of U.S. envoy Jared Kushner to restart peace talks. More>>

South Korea's infrastructure boondoggle a boon for cyclists

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Costly infrastructure project in South Korea creates deluxe cycling network, longest car-free paths in the world. More>>

Archbishop: Church of England 'colluded' to hide sex abuse

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The head of the Church of England has said that the institution "colluded" with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its bishops, rather than help his victims. More>>

AP Newsbreak: US, EU urge China to limit food import control

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Food exporters including the United States and Europe are stepping up pressure on China to scale back plans for intensive inspections of imports that they say will hamper access to its fast-growing market. More>>

Israel: Hezbollah uses NGO to conceal border posts

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Israel has filed a complaint with the U.N. Security Council accusing the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of setting up observation outposts along the border on land purportedly used by an environmental advocacy group. More>>

Rome show smashes myth Virgin model was Borgia pope's lover

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An art exhibit in Rome aims to demolish what curators call the "myth" that a Madonna painting at Vatican was modeled on Borgia pope's lover. More>>

Prince Harry: No one in royal family wants to rise to throne

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Britain's Prince Harry suggests that no one in the royal family wants to be king or queen. More>>

'Imagine' if Britain stays in EU? Discord at EU summit

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If European Union chief Donald Tusk is still "a dreamer" about Britain having second thoughts on leaving the EU, some other EU leaders at a summit Thursday were ready to dash his hopes. More>>

Louis Vuitton channels escapism at sweltering Paris menswear

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Rick Owens dabbled in cosmic musing while sweltering celebrity guests such as model-actress Naomi Campbell got an exotic taste of wanderlust from Louis Vuitton during the second day of menswear collections for spring-summer 2018 at Paris Fashion Week. More>>

South Sudan must end war, UN chief says on refugee visit

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South Sudan's leaders must end war, UN chief says on visit to fastest-growing refugee crisis. More>>

US reassures Turkey over arms provided to Syrian Kurds

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President Macron says France no longer pushing for departure of Syrian President Assad, a shift in French policy. More>>

Turkey, Saudi Arabia to try to reduce tensions over Qatar

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Turkey's Erdogan, Saudi King Salman and new crown prince agree to 'increase efforts' to overcome tensions with Qatar. More>>

The Latest: Lavrov criticizes US in call with Tillerson

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A senior Turkish official says Russia has proposed deploying troops from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan to Syria, to monitor de-escalation zones there. More>>

Venice's first female gondolier announces he's transgender

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A gondolier who made headlines a decade ago for being Venice's first official female gondolier has announced he is transgender. More>>

German lawmakers OK plan to put messages under surveillance

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Germany's parliament has approved plans to allow surveillance of suspects' communications on messaging services such as WhatsApp. More>>

Egypt says 7 militants killed in raid on desert camp

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Egypt's Interior Ministry says it has killed seven people in connection with recent attacks on the country's embattled Christian minority. More>>

Prosecutor: Paris attacker asked family to see him as martyr

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A French prosecutor says a man who was killed when he drove a car packed with arms and explosives into a police convoy had pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group. More>>

7 dead in suicide blast at police station in Somalia capital

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3 dead, several wounded in suicide car bomb blast at police station in Somalia's capital. More>>

UN urges Egypt to halt execution of 6 men in 'flawed' trials

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UN experts urge Egypt to halt execution of 6 men over killing a policeman in 2014, saying their trials were 'flawed'. More>>

4 detained in raids linked to Brussels rail station attack

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Belgian authorities say police have detained four people in a series of raids in Brussels linked to the failed bombing at a rail station this week. More>>

Prince Philip leaves London hospital after treatment

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Buckingham Palace says Prince Philip has left the hospital, one day after being admitted for the treatment of an infection. More>>

High winds, rain disrupts travel in Germany; 1 man killed

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At least one person was killed, train lines were shut down and some planes were grounded as a low-pressure front brought high winds and driving rain to northern Germany. More>>

All that's cool and quirky at the Paris Air Show

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A guide to some of the cool and quirky things on show at the Paris Air Show this week. More>>

The Latest: 7 UK buildings found with combustible cladding

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British Prime Minister Theresa May says initial tests on other high-rise buildings after the London fire tragedy have shown that the cladding on some of them is combustible. More>>

France probes death reportedly from exploding cream canister

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French authorities are investigating the death of a fitness blogger reportedly hit by an exploding whipped cream canister that was withdrawn from the market in 2013, officials and the company that makes the product said Thursday. More>>

UK interior minister: Britain facing a new phase of terror

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Britain's Home Secretary says the country has entered a new phase of terror-related attacks. More>>

Russian Diplomat: Probable that IS leader killed in May

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A senior Russian diplomat says the head of the Islamic State group most likely has been killed in a Russian airstrike. More>>

Iran begins exporting gas to Iraq

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Report: Iran begins exporting gas to Iraq. More>>

Pope pledges more than $500,000 in South Sudan aid

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Pope Francis is offering 460,000 euros (more than $500,000) in aid for South Sudan to help finance two hospitals, a school and farm equipment. More>>

Afghanistan sets July 7, 2018 for parliamentary elections

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Election Official: Afghanistan will hold elections July 7, 2018 for its 249-seat Parliament in line with its constitution that requires Parliamentary polls every four years. More>>

Trump to speak to Poles at site that honors nation's heroism

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A Polish official says President Donald Trump has chosen to deliver a speech during his upcoming visit to Poland at the site of a memorial to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Germans. More>>

France presents new security bill amid extremist threats

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French President Emmanuel Macron's new government is presenting a security bill beefing up police powers amid sustained threats to Europe. More>>

EU's Tusk hails son's testimony in Polish scam investigation

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Poland's media say the son of European Council head Donald Tusk did him a disservice with a statement he made before a special commission in Poland that is investigating a major financial scam. More>>

Suicide car bomb outside Afghan bank kills at least 29

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Local Afghan police chief says at least 15 killed in suicide car bombing in capital of southern Helmand province. More>>

London police link 51-year-old man's death to mosque attack

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London police say 51-year-old man found dead after mosque attack last week died of "multiple injuries.". More>>

The Latest: Taliban claims deadly Helmand explosion

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The Latest: Afghan governor raises death toll in suicide car bombing in Helmand province to 29, mostly civilians. More>>

Portugal brings 2nd wildfire under control after 64 died

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Portuguese authorities say they have contained a dangerous wildfire that raged for five days near another blaze that killed 64 people last weekend. More>>

Russia cancels diplomatic meeting in wake of US sanctions

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The Kremlin has voiced regret about the new U.S. sanctions and warned of possible retaliation. More>>

Small explosion near NATO facility in Turkey; no injuries

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Turkish media say a small explosion at a graveyard close to the grounds of a NATO-owned military facility in western Turkey has damaged the installation's perimeter walls but caused no injuries. More>>

German Parliament backs plan to pull recon jets from Turkey

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Germany's Parliament has voted by a wide majority to move reconnaissance jets flying anti-Islamic State missions from a base in Turkey amid ongoing friction between the two countries. More>>

Saudi king names son heir as new generation encircles throne

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman has appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, removing the country's counterterrorism czar and a figure well-known to Washington from the royal line of succession. More>>

UN says IS targets children to hold Mosul civilians hostage

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The United Nations says fighters for the Islamic State group are targeting children in Mosul to prevent civilians from fleeing the city as Iraqi forces push into the last stronghold held in Iraq by the militants. More>>

IS destroys iconic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul

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Iraq's Ministry of Defense says the Islamic State group destroyed the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul and the iconic leaning minaret when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures late Wednesday night. More>>

Ukrainian government, separatists agree on new cease-fire

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A spokeswoman for the Ukrainian government's envoy at talks with separatist rebels say they have agreed on a cease-fire in Ukraine's restive east. More>>

War-torn Yemen to get cholera vaccines as death toll mounts

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The U.N. health agency and some major partners have agreed to send 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen to help stanch a spiraling and increasingly deadly caseload in the impoverished country that is already facing war and the risk of famine. More>>

Leaders of Russia, Brazil agree to expand ties

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Leaders of Russia and Brazil have agreed to expand their dialogue on international issues. More>>

Belgium tightens security after failed Brussels bombing

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Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon says security will remain high at Brussels rail facilities after a man blew up an explosive device at Central Station. More>>

US warship crash site known for congested nighttime traffic

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The site of a fatal collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a container ship off Japan's coast is notorious for congested sea traffic, particularly during the night when merchant ships are trying to reach Tokyo's port by daybreak. More>>

Queen outlines UK government agenda in scaled-down speech

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Queen Elizabeth II will outline the government's upcoming legislative program with far less pageantry than usual in a speech expected to be dominated by discussion of Britain's upcoming departure from the European Union. More>>

UN says world population will reach 9.8 billion in 2050

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A new UN report forecasts that the current world population of 7.6 billion will reach 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100. More>>

UK police studying cause of death of man in mosque attack

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London's police chief says detectives are still trying to determine the cause of the death for a man who died during the attack near Finsbury Park Mosque. More>>

Hidden trove of suspected Nazi artifacts found in Argentina

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In a hidden room in a house in Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history, including busts of Adolf Hitler and even a macabre medical device used to measure head size. More>>

Kushner kicks off Mideast peace push with first solo visit

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President Donald Trump's son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser, Jared Kushner, has arrived for a day-long visit aimed at restarting long-dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. More>>

Activist with undercover US group sues Polish newspaper

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A trial opened has opened in Warsaw the case of a conservative American political activist with the group Project Veritas who says he was defamed by a Polish journalist who described him as "Trump's man" and sympathetic to Russian President Vladimir Putin. More>>

The Latest: Kushner meeting with Netanyahu called productive

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President Donald Trump's son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser, Jared Kushner, has met separately with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders as part of his first solo visit to the region. More>>

South Sudan no longer in famine, but situation is critical

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South Sudan no longer has areas in famine, but almost 2 million people are on the brink of starvation and an estimated 6 million people _ half the population _ will face extreme food insecurity, according to reports by the government and the U.N. More>>

Queen's elderly husband Prince Philip in London hospital

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Buckingham Palace says Prince Philip has been admitted to a hospital for treatment of an infection and will not be attending the queen's speech. More>>

Soviet spymaster Yuri Drozdov dies at 91

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Russia's foreign intelligence agency says that Yuri Drozdov, the Soviet spymaster who oversaw a sprawling network of KGB agents abroad, has died at age 91. More>>

Macron adds new faces to Cabinet after losing 4 ministers

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The French press reports that two more French government ministers, including the minister of justice, are targeted in possible probes have resigned, following on the heels of the defense minister. More>>

The Latest: Oman's sultan congratulates Saudi crown prince

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Saudi King Salman has issued an order for high-ranking royals to pledge their allegiance to his son, 31-year-old Mohammed bin Salman, at a ceremony in Mecca. More>>

The Latest: US 'regrets' Russian decision to cancel talks

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Russia's deputy foreign minister says he has cancelled upcoming talks with the U.S. undersecretary of state over a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia. More>>

UK acquires apartments for tenants displaced by tower fire

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A charity single produced by Simon Cowell is being released to help victims of the devastating fire that killed at least 79 people in west London. More>>

The Latest: Officials: Brussels attacker sympathized with IS

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A federal magistrate in Belgium says that the suspect who was shot and killed by soldiers at the Brussels central station had Moroccan nationality and wasn't known to authorities for terror activities. More>>

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