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Indonesia president visits quake survivors, vows to rebuild

APTOPIX Indonesia Earthquake

TRINGGADING, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president traveled Friday to areas of Aceh province devastated by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake, as estimates of the number of displaced people swelled, and vowed that torn-apart communities would be rebuilt. Stopping at a collapsed mosque in Tringgading not...


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What's Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung?

VIENNA (AP) — For all those who don’t speak German — and indeed for those who do — here is Austria’s word of the year, adding to the challenges or reading and speaking the language. It’s “Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung,” or “postponement of the repeat of the runoff of the...


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World Vision says hundreds affected by Solomon Islands quake

Solomon Islands Earthquake

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Hundreds of people in remote parts of the Solomon Islands have had their homes damaged or destroyed by a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck Friday, an aid organization said. There have been no deaths reported from the quake, which also caused some small...


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S. Korea's president loses power, keeps title, house, salary

South Korea Politics Suspension of Powers-1

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment Friday strips her of power — but not the perks. Even as her prime minister governs in her stead, Park gets to keep living at the presidential Blue House, using her official car and plane, collecting the same monthly salary...


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S. Korea's interim leader was Park defender; powers unclear

South Korea Politics What Comes Next

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The man who takes over as government caretaker in the wake of President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment is seen by critics as a stiff and uncompromising defender of the fallen leader. How loyal is Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn? As the corruption scandal that would bring Park...


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Russia says over 8,000 civilians leave eastern Aleppo

Mideast Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says it has helped more than 8,000 civilians leave the rebel-controlled eastern part of Aleppo. The military’s Center for Reconciliation in Syria said early Friday that 8,461 civilians, including 2,934 children, have left Aleppo’s eastern neighborhoods in the last...


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Iraq prepares for new fight against post-Mosul IS

Mideast Iraq After Mosul

BAGHDAD (AP) — With the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” seemingly nearing its downfall in Iraq, the country’s security agencies are preparing for a different fight against the militants, shifting away from ground offensives to a focus on intelligence work, surgical airstrikes and a higher level...


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Defense Secretary Carter makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Carter Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Friday made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to consult with military commanders and deliver a pre-holiday pep talk to U.S. troops. It is Carter’s last planned trip to Afghanistan before handing off his Pentagon...


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Indonesia president visits quake survivors, vows to rebuild

APTOPIX Indonesia Earthquake

TRINGGADING, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president traveled Friday to areas of Aceh province devastated by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake and vowed that torn-apart communities would be rebuilt. Stopping at a collapsed mosque in Tringgading not far from the quake’s epicenter, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo gave...


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Reports: Tibetan Buddhist monk self-immolates in west China

BEIJING (AP) — A Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire in western China in what appeared to be the latest such radical protest against Beijing’s rule, a U.S. government-backed radio station and rights monitoring group said. The unidentified monk set himself alight on a road outside the town...


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