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  • Church lifts ban of Indian priest convicted of sex assault

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    (AP) NEW DELHI (AP) — A church spokesman in India says the Roman Catholic church has lifted the suspension of a priest convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the United States. The spokesman said Saturday that the suspension of ...

  • Ex-students say boarding school kept them in isolation boxes

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    (AP) IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Former students say they were routinely kept in small concrete "isolation boxes" for days or even weeks as punishment at a private boarding school for troubled teenagers in Iowa that is now under investigation by ...

  • UN peacekeepers prepare for Central African Republic vote

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    (AP) BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Thousands of U.N. peacekeepers are stepping up security ahead of Sunday's historic presidential runoff vote in Central African Republic. White trucks coated in red dust snaked through the capital Saturday delivered voting materials to ...

  • Rock band kicks off rescheduled tour after Paris carnage

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    (AP) COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Jesse Hughes, frontman of the U.S. band whose Nov. 13 gig at the Bataclan theater in Paris was stormed by Islamic extremist suicide bombers killing 89 people, says "my friends died very beautifully, they died very ...

  • Pope-Patriarch meeting seen by Russians as significant

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    (AP) MOSCOW (AP) — Russians ranging from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to ordinary citizens are seeing the landmark meeting of the heads of Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches as having significance far beyond religious doctrine. The meeting in Havana, Cuba, ...

  • Syrian troops capture village near northern city of Aleppo

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    (AP) BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state TV and an opposition activist group say government forces have captured another village near Aleppo, tightening the noose around rebel-held parts of the northern city. State TV and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ...

  • Documentary "Fire at Sea" open at Berlin Film Festival

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    (AP) BERLIN (AP) — The documentary "Fire at Sea," about the Italian island of Lampedusa where thousands of immigrants arrive in Europe, opens as one of two documentaries in competition for the Golden Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival. ...

  • Israeli military: Palestinian killed after attacking soldier

    1 hour, 24 minutes ago

    (AP) JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military says a Palestinian was shot and killed after she pulled out a knife and attacked a soldier on guard near a sensitive West Bank holy site. It said Saturday's incident occurred in Hebron, a flashpoint ...

  • Several injured in French casino robbery; 4 gunmen at large

    1 hour, 36 minutes ago

    (AP) PARIS (AP) — Police are searching for four gunmen who stormed a casino in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence, causing several injuries and stealing cash before fleeing. Regional police chief Laurent Nunez said the robbery occurred overnight at the ...

  • Turkish media say Saudi Arabia, Turkey may strike in Syria

    1 hour, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish media are quoting Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying his country and Saudi Arabia may launch ground operations against the Islamic State group in Syria. After taking part at a security conference in Munich, Cavusoglu said ...

  • Kerry takes aim at Russia over Ukraine and Syria

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    (AP) MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is sharply criticizing Russia for its actions in Ukraine and Syria, accusing Moscow of "repeated aggression" in both places. Speaking to the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Kerry said Russia is ...

  • Amid multitude of woes, Egypt leader says democracy is back

    2 hours, 27 minutes ago

    (AP) CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president says his country has established a democratic system and rebuilt constitutional institutions after years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi declared the transition complete in a 32-minute address to parliament on Saturday, ...

  • Officials: 5 Afghan security men killed in Taliban attack

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    (AP) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say at least five security personnel have been killed by Taliban insurgents who attacked their checkpoints in the southern Helmand province. Gen. Abdul Rahman Sarjang, provincial police chief in Helmand says four police were ...

  • For refugees, finding work in Europe an uphill battle

    2 hours, 33 minutes ago

    (AP) VIENNA (AP) — Antonio Piani appears to have beaten the odds stacked against refugees finding work in Europe, but the hotel where he works was set up specifically to employ people like him. The 40-year-old says the janitor's job is ...

  • Major ivory network dismantled in Congo, wildlife group says

    2 hours, 55 minutes ago

    (AP) KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A conservation group says authorities in Congo have dismantled a major ivory smuggling network, arresting three traffickers in a blow to poaching operations that threaten the survival of the African forest elephant. WWF said in a ...

  • Gunmen kill police officer, wound 2 in Pakistani capital

    2 hours, 59 minutes ago

    (AP) ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police say two gunmen shot and killed a police officer and wounded two others in an attack on a patrol on a main road in the capital, Islamabad. Police officer Tariq Javed says the two gunmen ...

  • Steve Coogan film at Berlin fest puts death penalty on trial

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    (AP) LONDON (AP) — Is it possible to discuss an emotive topic like the death penalty with both passion and reason? Steve Coogan hopes so. The British actor-comedian plays a lawyer battling to keep his client from the gallows in Berlin ...

  • The Latest: Russian PM denies bombing Syrian civilians

    3 hours, 35 minutes ago

    (AP) MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the security conference in Munich (all times local): 10:40 a.m. Russia's prime minister has insisted that there's no evidence his country is bombing civilians in Syria after his French counterpart called for an end ...

  • Unlucky in love, elephant dents 15 cars in southern China

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    (AP) BEIJING (AP) — After losing out on his love interest, a wild elephant has turned his attention to cars. Authorities in southern China say the male elephant wandered out of a reservation area Friday following a failed courtship and started ...

  • Russian PM: West rekindling the Cold War

    3 hours, 43 minutes ago

    (AP) MUNICH (AP) — Russia's prime minister is accusing the West of rekindling the Cold War, saying sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea and new moves by the NATO alliance "only aggravate" tensions. Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that Russian President ...

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