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Poll: Afghans slightly more optimistic despite turmoil

Afghanistan Unlikely Optimism

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans are slightly more optimistic about the future than they were last...

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Finns scramble to calculate path of blazing Arctic meteorite

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Finnish experts are scrambling to calculate the trajectory of a blazing fireball that lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds in an attempt to find the celestial body. Tomas Kohout of the University of Helsinki’s physics department says Thursday night’s...


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Lebanon's PM Hariri in France, may be in Beirut next week

France Lebanon-3

PARIS (AP) — Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in France on Saturday from Saudi Arabia and may be back in Beirut next week, seeking to dispel fears that he had been held against his will and forced to resign by Saudi authorities. Hariri called Lebanese President Michel Aoun after his...


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Philippine court convicts bomber in congressman's death

Philippines Slain Congressman

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has convicted a man for a daring 2007 motorcycle bombing that killed a Muslim rebel-turned-congressman and three other people and wounded 10, including two legislators. Judge Ralph Lee of the Regional Trial Court Branch 83 on Friday convicted Ikram...


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Ousted Caracas mayor reaches Spain after fleeing Venezuela

APTOPIX Venezuela Fugitive Mayor

MADRID (AP) — The ousted mayor of Caracas pledged to spread his protest against Venezuela’s socialist government across the world as he arrived in Spain on Saturday, a day after escaping from house arrest and slipping past security forces into Colombia. After embracing his wife and two daughters...


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Sri Lankan police arrest 19 over racial violence

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan police said Saturday that 19 people were arrested following racial violence in the country’s south that started over a dispute between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said four people were injured in attacks that took...


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Cambodia charges 2 journalists with espionage

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Two Cambodian journalists who worked for U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia were charged with espionage on Saturday, the latest targets in an intensifying crackdown on perceived opponents of the country’s authoritarian prime minister. The pair — Uon Chhin and Yeang Socheameta —...


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The Latest: Lebanese PM arrives in Paris from Saudi Arabia

Lebanon Hariris Future

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on developments surrounding Lebanon’s crisis with Saudi Arabia in the wake of Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation (all times local): 7:45 a.m. Lebanese TV stations have shown Prime Minister Saad Hariri arriving in France from Saudi Arabia amid political turmoil. The...


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Strong predawn earthquake jolts Tibet; no casualties

China Earthquake

BEIJING (AP) — A predawn 6.9 magnitude earthquake jolted a remote corner of Tibet early Saturday, with no reported casualties. The China Earthquake Administration placed the epicenter at Nyingchi in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region near China’s disputed border with India. The area is sparsely...


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Lebanon's PM Hariri leaves Saudi Arabia for France

Lebanon Hariris Future

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri left Saudi Arabia for France early Saturday, two weeks after declaring his resignation from the kingdom and sparking speculation that he was forced to do so. The surprise resignation announcement by Hariri on Nov. 4 plunged his country into turmoil...


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Hospital says N. Korean soldier's condition stabilizing

South Korea Koreas Tension

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The condition of a North Korean soldier severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to South Korea is gradually improving after two surgeries but it’s too early to tell whether he makes a recovery, hospital officials said Saturday While the soldier’s vital signs are...


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