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Cuba starts return to normal as mourning for Castro ends

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HAVANA (AP) — Music is playing in the streets again. Tourists are sipping mojitos at sidewalk cafes....

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At least 45,000 homeless after Aceh quake in Indonesia

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 45,000 people have been displaced by the powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia’s Aceh province, authorities said Saturday, as the government and aid agencies pooled efforts to meet the basic survival needs of shaken communities. The estimate of the number of...


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Who's next? A look at South Korean presidential contenders

South Korea Presidential Hopefuls

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Fresh off impeachment, South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s days in office may be numbered. Her potential successors include the outgoing secretary general of the United Nations, an ambitious mayor who has been compared to both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and the man...


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Assad relies on foreign fighters in push to retake Aleppo

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ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Syria’s President Bashar Assad is on the verge of recapturing all of Aleppo from rebels, but the victory won’t be his alone. The battle for Syria’s largest city has attracted thousands of foreign forces backing Assad — including Russian soldiers and Shiite fighters from Iran,...


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US is sending 200 more troops to Syria to battle IS

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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday that as many as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the Islamic State group’s key stronghold of Raqqa. The extra troops will include special operations forces and are in...


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After weeks of protests, crowds celebrate Park's impeachment

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Shifting from protests to celebration, large crowds of South Koreans were expected to march near the presidential palace on Saturday to cheer the impeachment of disgraced President Park Geun-hye over an explosive corruption scandal. Protesters were planning to march to the...


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At least 43,000 homeless after Aceh quake in Indonesia

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 43,000 people have been displaced by the powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia’s Aceh province, authorities said Saturday, as the government and aid agencies pooled efforts to meet the basic survival needs of shaken communities. The estimate of the number of...


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China opens investigation into slaughter of rare sea turtle

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in southern China have opened an investigation into the slaughter and sale of a protected leatherback sea turtle by local fishermen, media reported Saturday. The case grew to national prominence after cellphone video circulated showing the 200-kilogram (440-pound) turtle...


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Large crowds to celebrate S. Korean president's impeachment

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Large crowds were expected to gather in South Korea’s capital on Saturday to celebrate the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye over an explosive corruption scandal that saw millions protest in previous weeks. Protesters were planning to march near the Seoul presidential...


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France's court annuls Kazakh banker's extradition to Russia

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PARIS (AP) — A top French court refused to hand over a Kazakh banker-turned-dissident to Russia despite accusations he embezzled millions, saying it considered the extradition request from Moscow to be “politically motivated.” Hours after Friday’s ruling, Mukhtar Ablyazov walked free from a French...


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Syrian forces squeeze Aleppo, bring new wave of evacuations

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BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly two weeks into a crushing blitz, Syrian forces and their allies have taken control of nearly all of what was once an opposition stronghold in eastern Aleppo, touching off a new wave of evacuations Friday and raising concerns about hundreds of men who have disappeared and are...


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