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Israel's Netanyahu adds hard-liner to coalition

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named one of Israel’s most polarizing politicians as defense minister on Wednesday, solidifying his parliamentary majority at the risk of antagonizing the international community and his own military — and clouding already slim hopes for a...


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UN health agency gets OK for revamp of emergency response

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GENEVA (AP) — Stung by failures in its response to Ebola, the World Health Organization is revamping how it responds to emergencies to become nimbler, more reactive and more operational in “one of the most profound transformations” ever at the U.N. health agency. Member states agreed to the changes...


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Taliban replaces leader killed in U.S. drone strike

(c) 2016, The Washington Post. KABUL, Afghanistan - Just days after a U.S. drone strike killed the leader of the Taliban, the insurgent group named his successor Wednesday in a move that appeared to signal a blow to peace efforts by Afghanistan’s Western-allied government. Haibatullah Akhundzada, a...


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Europe's migrant deal with Turkey may be unraveling. But it was flawed from the


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Germany nears new plans on migrant integration: more help but tougher rules

(c) 2016, The Washington Post. BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet Wednesday backed a plan seeking to better integrate migrants, virtually assuring that Germany will move ahead with efforts designed to stop the creation of ethnic ghettos and compel refugees to learn German and European...


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The Latest: Le Havre citizens not worried about lack of fuel

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PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France’s strikes and protests against the government’s labor reforms (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Residents in the English Channel port city of Le Havre have mixed feelings about the crippling strikes against a divisive labor law reform in France. While some are fearful...


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Two of her daughters joined ISIS. Now she's trying to save her two younger

(c) 2016, The Washington Post. MORNAG, Tunisia -- In a small box in her bedroom, Oulfa Hamrounni keeps the photo she treasures most. It shows one of her daughters, brown hair flowing, a smile on her round face. The photo was taken before the girl and her sister left home to join the Islamic State’s...


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Freed Ukrainian pilot gets hero's welcome on return to Kiev

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — During the nearly two years that she was imprisoned in Russia, Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko became a national hero in absentia, lauded for her flinty defiance. On Wednesday she made a celebrated return to the country still embroiled in a fight against Moscow-backed...


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French strikes intensify as government holds firm on labor law

(c) 2016, Bloomberg. Strikes at French refineries and railroads are set to intensify Thursday as the government said it won’t back down on a labor law and businesses warned of economic damage if the protests continued. Six of France’s eight refineries are on strike, the CGT union has called for...


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Spanish hurdler tests positive in retest of 2008 samples

MADRID (AP) — Spanish hurdler Josephine Onyia is one of the athletes who tested positive in a reanalysis of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, an official with knowledge of the case said Wednesday. The Spanish Olympic Committee said it was informed by the International Olympic Committee...


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