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After apology, questions about future loom for Lochte

Rio Olympics Lochte Robbery Swimming-10

U.S Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has apologized for his behavior surrounding an early-morning...

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Italian town destroyed in quake was preparing food festival

Italy Quake

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — In three days, the rugged residents of the medieval Italian hill town of Amatrice had planned to hold one of their most joyful events of the year: the 50th edition of a food festival celebrating their beloved Amatriciana pasta dish, which is made from local ingredients....


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Colombia, rebels say they have reached historic peace deal

Cuba Colombia Peace Accord

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s government and leftist rebels said Wednesday that they have reached a deal to end Latin America’s last major guerrilla war, opening a new chapter for the country after more than a half-century of political bloodshed. Negotiators for the government and the...


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France: Syria and Islamic State blamed for chemical attacks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France’s deputy U.N. ambassador says an international team is blaming the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for chemical weapons attacks in the conflict-wracked nation during 2014 and 2015. Alexis Lamek said the U.N. Security Council must take action against the...


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India's thriving rent-a-womb industry may be shut down

(c) 2016, The Washington Post. NEW DELHI -- India’s government has cleared the way for a measure that would ban all commercial surrogacy in the country, allowing only close family relatives to become surrogate mothers. The proposed measure is a blow to the thriving but unregulated rent-a-womb...


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1 killed, 18 injured as gunmen target American University in Afghanistan

(c) 2016, The Washington Post. KABUL, Afghanistan -- Gunmen tried to storm the American University of Afghanistan here Wednesday evening after setting off a powerful explosion nearby, sending panicked students at evening classes scrambling for safety on the highly guarded campus in the Afghan...


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Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

APTOPIX India Myanmar Earthquake

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least four people and damaging nearly a hundred ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.8 quake was centered...


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Italy earthquake kills at least 120, reduces towns to rubble

Italy Quake

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday. The death toll stood at 120, but the number of dead and missing was uncertain given the thousands of...


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Canadian Mounties allow officers to wear hijab

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s national police force recently permitted its women officers to wear the hijab. The Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police recently approved the change in policy, allowing Muslim women to wear the garment, a veil that covers the head and chest, Public Safety...


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India's thriving rent-a-womb industry may be shut down

(c) 2016, The Washington Post. NEW DELHI -- India’s government has cleared the way for a measure that would ban all commercial surrogacy in the country, allowing only close family relatives to become surrogate mothers. The proposed measure is a blow to the thriving but unregulated rent-a-womb...


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Syrian rebels backed by Turkish tanks capture key border stronghold from ISIS

(c) 2016, The Washington Post. ISTANBUL - Turkish troops and tanks crossed into Syria on Wednesday in support of a new U.S.-backed offensive against the Islamic State, helping Syrian rebels to swiftly recapture an important Islamic State border town but also adding a new layer of complexity to...


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