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Germany's Social Democrats to talk with Merkel on new gov't

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Leaders of Germany's center-left Social Democrats have agreed to enter exploratory talks on a new government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel. More>>

Spain arrests suspect wanted in at least 5 killings

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Spanish authorities have arrested a homicide suspect wanted by Italy for months after the slaying of three people in Spain, including two civil guards. More>>

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry May 19 on FA Cup day

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Kensington Palace says the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be held on May 19. More>>

Ex-Russian minister jailed for 8 years in sting case

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A court has found a former Russian economic development minister guilty of accepting a $2 million bribe from a top ally of President Vladimir Putin. More>>

The kids are all right: 'Youthquake' is Oxford word of 2017

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Oxford Dictionaries is recognizing the power of the millennial generation with its 2017 word of the year: youthquake. More>>

Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy

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An Australian inquiry into child abuse has recommended the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy and clarify the extent that the seal of the confession applies to evidence of child abuse. More>>

Hungary's PM says EU leaders did 'battle' over migration

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Hungary's prime minister says that European leaders at a summit dinner in Brussels "struggled with each other" over the issue of migrations, calling the debate "political close combat" that was not resolved. More>>

EU sees new 'dramatically difficult' phase in Brexit talks

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EU leaders gathered Friday to launch a new phase in negotiations on Britain's departure from their bloc, as domestic pressure mounts on Prime Minister Theresa May. More>>

White House to push merit-based immigration in new campaign

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The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn the public against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push to move toward a more merit-based structure. More>>

Russian security agency busts Islamic State group cell

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Russia's top domestic security agency says it has arrested seven suspected followers of the Islamic State group accused of planning a series of terror attacks in St. Petersburg. More>>

Peru's president fights back against calls to resign

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Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kucyznski is scrambling for his political survival as opponents demand he resign over revelations of decade-old payments from a Brazilian construction company at the center of Latin America's biggest graft scandal. More>>

Germany extends facial recognition test at rail station

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Germany's top security official is extending tests of automatic facial recognition technology after an initial six-month trial showed the system had a good success rate. More>>

Disney buying much of Fox, will help it compete with Netflix

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Disney is buying a big chunk of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox in $52.4 billion deal, gaining U.S. cable channels and a major film studio and growing overseas as it tries to meet competition from technology companies. More>>

Head of Hungary's Jobbik renounces party's anti-Semitic ways

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The leader of Hungary's Jobbik party says there is no way back to its far-right identity, including frequent anti-Semitic and racist remarks by its politicians. More>>

The Latest: May says UK, EU to start new talks right away

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European Union leaders have given the go-ahead to Brexit talks with Britain to move onto the next stage, which will involve discussions over future relations and trade. More>>

Kosovo independence fighters try to amend special court law

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Former fighters of Kosovo independence are collecting signatures for a petition that will ask for amendments of the existing law on a court established to prosecute crimes committed during and immediately after the country's war for independence. More>>

Palestinians, Israelis clash as Jerusalem fallout continues

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Palestinians protesters are scuffling with Israeli forces as fallout continues over President Donald Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week. More>>

Berlin police ban Israeli, US flags at pro-Palestinian demo

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Berlin police have banned American and Israeli flags at a pro-Palestinian march Friday, after the burning of flags at previous protests prompted outrage in Germany in recent days. More>>

Dutch police: Suspect in 2 deadly stabbings knew a victim

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Police say that a 37-year-old man suspected of involvement in two deadly stabbings in the southern Dutch border city of Maastricht knew at least one of the victims. More>>

American army commander says US committed to NATO, Europe

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The U.S. Army Europe's outgoing commander says America's commitment to European security in the face of Russian aggression is in Washington's own interest. More>>

Latest polls forecast inconclusive result in Catalan vote

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The last surveys ahead of a Catalan election next week show an inconclusive result between candidates for and against independence, throwing a scenario prone for prolonging Spain's political crisis in the region. More>>

Poland's lawmakers approve contentious new electoral rules

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Poland's lawmakers have approved much-criticized new rules for local elections that opponents say undermine the independence of the electoral bodies. More>>

EU nations bicker over migration policy as summit opens

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EU leaders are gathering in Brussels set to move Brexit talks into a new phase as pressure mounts on Prime Minister May over her plans to take Britain out of the 28-nation bloc. More>>

Lebanon: Oil and gas drilling to begin in 2019

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Lebanon's energy and water minister says the country will start exploratory offshore drilling for oil and gas in 2019. More>>

IOM launches new online portal of migrant statistics

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The International Organization for Migration is launching a new online portal bringing together a wide variety of data to help provide a more complete picture of where people are on the move and why. More>>

Congolese warlord found liable for $10 million reparations

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Judges at the International Criminal Court have ruled that a former Congolese warlord convicted of using child soldiers is liable for $10 million in reparations to victims in the African nation. More>>

Pakistan court rejects petition to disqualify Imran Khan

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Pakistan's top court rejects petition seeking to disqualify from office a famous cricketer-turned opposition leader for concealing foreign assets. More>>

France rolls back death toll to 4 kids in train-bus crash

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French authorities said all victims have been identified overnight and their families informed after a regional train hit a school bus in southern France, killing four children. More>>

Romanian king's funeral sees family feuds in the spotlight

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The death of the late King Michael is a solemn and sad time for many Romanians, but beyond the tears it's also proving a colorful_ and awkward family reunion. More>>

Official says EU likely to give Poland unprecedented warning

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A top European Union official says the bloc's executive Commission will decide next week whether to trigger an unprecedented procedure against Poland that could see the country lose its voting rights in the EU. More>>

Zimbabwe ruling party meets to seal Mugabe's fall from grace

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Zimbabwe ruling party meets to seal Mugabe's fall from grace, position new leader for election. More>>

Russia to resume flights to Egypt, halted after 2015 bombing

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Russia's transportation minister says Moscow will resume flights to Cairo, suspended after 2015 IS bombing. More>>

The Latest: Italy wants homicide suspect arrested in Spain

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The chief prosecutor in Bologna says Italy will seek the extradition of a Serbian man suspected in two slaying in Italy, after his arrest in Spain following another three killings on Thursday. More>>

The Latest: Tusk distances himself from anti-migrant views

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Poland's new prime minister is making his foreign debut at a European Union summit, a first test of whether the Western-educated former banker can bridge a deepening rift between his right-wing government and Brussels. More>>

Holocaust survivors worldwide celebrate Hanukkah

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Hundreds of Holocaust survivors are taking part in the third candle lighting of Hanukkah in Berlin, Jerusalem and New York _ part of a tribute to survivors worldwide that's being organized by the Jewish Claims Conference. More>>

Luxembourg appeals $295 million EU Amazon ruling

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Luxembourg is appealing a European Union decision that it has to claw back some 250 million euros in back taxes from Amazon. More>>

NATO concerned Russian missile system breaks Cold War pact

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NATO says it is concerned about a Russian missile system that could carry nuclear warheads and believes it violates a landmark Cold War arms treaty. More>>

UK defense chief says Russia poses risk to undersea cables

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The head of Britain's military says Russia could try to sever undersea communications cables, and protecting them is a defense priority for NATO. More>>

Russian parliament launches presidential campaign

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The upper chamber of the Russian parliament has passed a decree, calling the presidential election in Russia in March. More>>

US special envoy backs unconditional talks with N. Korea

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The U.S. special envoy for North Korea has expressed hope that Pyongyang would accept Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's diplomatic offer of unconditional talks. More>>

3 die in small plane crash in southwestern Germany

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Prosecutors say two Austrians and a German have been killed in a crash of a small plane in southwestern Germany. More>>

EU's Tusk warns of bruising Brexit battle ahead, urges unity

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Britain's chief Brexit negotiator says a situation in which the U.K. crashes out of the European Union without a deal has become "massively less probable" because of a preliminary agreement reached last week. More>>

Putin says Trump foes harm US with Russia collusion probes

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will seek to modernize the Russian economy if he's re-elected to another term next March. More>>

US says missile parts prove Iran is illicitly arming Houthis Video included

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President Donald Trump's envoy to the United Nations says "undeniable" evidence proves that Iran is violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen. More>>

UN chief: It's key to avoid miscalculations on North Korea

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for urgent efforts to create conditions for talks on North Korea's growing missile and nuclear threat, saying it's important to avoid miscalculations that "make us sleepwalk into a war.". More>>

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

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As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-games costs and huge financial strain placed on one of its poorest regions. More>>

The Latest: Peru's president vows to fight on; won't resign

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Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is vowing to fight on amid calls for his resignation over decade-old payments his consulting business received from a Brazilian firm at the heart of Latin America's biggest graft scandal. More>>

As tensions ease, China keeps building on disputed islands

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Tensions over China's island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy. More>>

Aid group: At least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar

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International aid group Doctors Without Borders says its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar's security forces. More>>

New Polish PM seeks understanding for his gov't at EU summit

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A new Polish prime minister makes his foreign debut at a European Union summit Thursday, a first test if the Western-educated former banker can bridge a deepening rift between his right-wing government and Brussels. More>>

4 children killed in bus-train collision in southern France

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French authorities say there has been a "serious rail accident" in southern France involving a school bus and a regional train. More>>

Israeli drugmaker Teva to cut quarter of global work force

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's largest generic drugmaker, says it is laying off 14,000 workers as part of a global restructuring. More>>

UN envoy says 'opportunity missed' as Syria talks wrap up

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The U.N. Syria envoy has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to "have the courage" to push the Syrian government to accept new elections and a new constitution. More>>

The Latest: Syrian opposition says peace talks in danger

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The Latest: UN envoy says Syria peace talks 'golden opportunity missed' as another round ends without progress. More>>

Space capsule with 3 astronauts returns to Earth

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A Russian Soyuz capsule with three astronauts has landed after nearly six months aboard the International Space Station. More>>

EU agrees to catch more fish sustainably in 2018

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European Union nations have agreed to set quota levels that ensure more sustainable fishing in the Northeastern Atlantic and the North Sea, but environmentalists insist the bloc is behind in its schedule to end overfishing by 2020. More>>

UK surgeon admits signing initials on patients' livers

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A British surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by burning his initials into their livers during transplant operations. More>>

Italy OKs living wills amid long-running euthanasia debate

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Italy's Senate has passed a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in Catholic Italy's long-running debate over euthanasia and when it's OK to pull the plug. More>>

Russian nuclear plant says it emits leaked nuclear isotope

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A senior executive at the Russian nuclear processing plant suspected to be behind a spike of radioactivity this fall has admitted that it emits the isotope that was recorded in the Ural mountains. More>>

Nigeria governors approve $1 billion to fight Boko Haram

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Nigeria governors approve $1 billion to fight Boko Haram after deadly attacks on the rise. More>>

Homeless man finds $354,000 in room at Paris airport

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French police are looking for a homeless man who found a huge amount of cash last week at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport and was able to leave with 300,000 euros ($354,000). More>>

The Latest: French prime minister: cause of crash unknown

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne are traveling to the site of a collision between a train and a school bus in southern France. More>>

South Africa's famed ANC risks split in choosing new leader

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South Africa's famed ANC risks split in choosing new leader; 'Collapse or begin a renewal'. More>>

US-backed Syria fighters kill 20-plus IS fighters

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The U.S. military says American-supported Syria opposition fighters killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters in an area near the Jordanian and Iraqi borders. More>>

UN chief: Iran may be defying UN on missiles, OK on nukes Video included

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Iran may be defying a U.N. call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the nuclear treaty with six world powers. More>>

Polish official says Putin responsible for 2010 plane crash

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Poland's Defense Minister says two explosions destroyed a plane in which the nation's president died in 2010 in Russia and called on President Vladimir Putin to "take responsibility for what has happened.". More>>

Baby's heart placed back inside her chest in rare surgeries

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British officials say a baby born with an extremely rare condition has survived surgery to place her heart inside her chest. More>>

Indian tycoon Mallya's extradition case in London extended

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The extradition hearing for Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya will be extended until January when a hearing on what evidence meets legal guidelines will be heard. More>>

Zimbabwe's new leader begins journey to key 2018 election

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Zimbabwe's new leader begins journey to 2018 election, key tests are economic growth, democracy, reform. More>>

Thousands of mourners say farewell to Romania's King Michael

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Thousands of Romanians have paid their respects to the late King Michael whose coffin is lying in state at the Royal Palace ahead of his funeral this weekend. More>>

US firm: Hackers interfered with industrial facility

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A U.S. cybersecurity firm says that hackers disrupted the operations at an industrial facility using malicious software which interfered with safety equipment. More>>

Suicide bomber kills 18 at Somalia police academy

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A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people at a police academy in the capital. More>>

Fetid attraction: London fatberg to go on museum display

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Part of a monster fatberg that clogged one of London's sewers is destined for fame in a museum. More>>

Police arrest leaders of far-right group retweeted by Trump

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Two leaders of a British far-right group that gained publicity when it was retweeted by U.S. President Donald Trump have been arrested for allegedly stirring up hatred. More>>

Malta magistrate recuses herself in slain journalist case

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A Maltese magistrate has recused herself from hearing preliminary evidence in the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, citing a conflict of interest. More>>

Germany: Arrests, raids against suspected IS supporters

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Authorities in Germany have arrested two suspected Islamic State supporters and conducted raids in the capital in connection with the group. More>>

Italian agents circle in on fugitive Mafia boss

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Italian law enforcement is circling in on Italy's most wanted Mafioso fugitive, executing dozens of search warrants on known associates of Matteo Messina Denaro. More>>

Royals join bereaved families in London tower fire memorial

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Britain's royals have joined survivors and families of those who perished in London's Grenfell Tower fire for a memorial service to remember the 71 people killed in the June blaze. More>>

The Latest: Putin backs efforts to find kids of IS fighters

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia is concerned about the U.S. considering a pullout from key nuclear arms control pacts, adding that Moscow will stick to them. More>>

South Korean President Moon in China on visit to repair ties

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in is in Beijing on a visit to repair ties frayed by a dispute over the deployment of an anti-missile system. More>>

Turkish coast guard in dramatic rescue of stranded migrants

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Turkey's official news agency says the coast guard has launched a dramatic rescue operation to evacuate migrants stranded on rocks in the Aegean Sea. More>>

Turkey summons FBI attache over testimony in US trial

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Turkey's official news agency says police have summoned an FBI official stationed in Turkey, in connection with testimony in a U.S. federal corruption case against a Turkish banker. More>>

Greek unions strike as bailouts to end with austerity blitz

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Greek workers walk off the job in 24-hour general strike that shuts down services across the country. More>>

Austrian conservative leader confident of gov't by Christmas

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Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz says he's optimistic he can wrap up coalition talks with the right-wing Freedom Party and form a new government before Christmas. More>>

The Latest: Suicide bomber kills 17 at Somali police academy

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A Somalia police officer says that the death toll has risen to 17 in the suicide bombing Thursday at a police academy in the capital. More>>

Thousands of passengers affected by Niki airline's grounding

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Thousands of European travelers could be left stranded by the bankruptcy of Austrian budget carrier Niki, which has ceased flight operations. More>>

Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

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Islamic nations come together at Turkey summit, seeking united stance against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem. More>>

The Latest: White House says it's still seeking Mideast deal

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The Latest: Abbas says Palestinians won't accept any role for US in Israeli-Palestinian peace process 'from now on'. More>>

In blow to May, UK lawmakers assert final say on Brexit deal

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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says there will be "no turning back" for Britain on commitments made during an initial divorce deal between the two, after his U.K. counterpart insisted it was merely a "statement of intent.". More>>

Tillerson softens US stance on possible talks with NKorea

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. has discussed with China about how North Korea's nuclear weapons might be secured in case of instability in the reclusive nation. More>>

India's Modi duels with his predecessor amid local election

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During a bitterly fought local election, India is witnessing the unusual spectacle of Prime Minister Narendra accusing the opposition of holding secret meetings with officials from archrival Pakistan. More>>

Another deadly blaze strikes Beijing as evictions draw fury

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Five people have died in an east Beijing fire, underscoring the challenges for the Chinese capital as it struggles to balance building safety with providing housing for its poor. More>>

New US Embassy in UK: No perimeter fence, benches for public

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The most surprising aspect of the pricey new U.S. Embassy in London is what isn't there _ a perimeter fence. More>>

Correction: Roman Polanski story

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Los Angeles police are investigating allegations Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski molested a 10-year-old girl in 1975. More>>

African anti-jihadi force gets $130 million at French meet

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French President Francois Macron is convening presidents, princes and diplomats to breathe life into a young African military force with a mission to counter the growing threat jihadi threat in the Sahel region. More>>

Congo court sentences 12 to life for gang-raping children

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Congo court sentences 12 to life for gang-raping dozens of children as young as 11 months old. More>>

Venezuelans seeing bitcoin boom as survival, not speculation

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As inflation in Venezuela reaches catastrophic heights, thousands have begun turning to the world of cryptocurrency to salvage what little value remains from their increasingly worthless bolivars. More>>

Paris hosts major climate summit _ and it's all about Trump

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More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes gives new momentum to the fight against global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. More>>

US commander orders new probe into Somalia raid

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The head of U.S. Africa Command has asked for an additional investigation into whether civilians were killed during a deadly August raid in Somalia involving American and Somali forces. More>>

Study: Almost 45 million tons of e-waste discarded last year

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A new study claims 44.7 million metric tons (49.3 million tons) of TV sets, refrigerators, cellphones and other electrical good were discarded last year, with only a fifth recycled to recover the valuable raw materials inside. More>>

Greek court backs extraditing Russian bitcoin suspect to US

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Greece's Supreme Court will rule on whether to allow the extradition of a Russian cybercrime suspect to the United States to stand trial for allegedly laundering billions of dollars using the virtual currency bitcoin. More>>

The Latest: Jerry Brown to Trump: "Get out of the way"

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Activists pretending to represent a massive wave of oil are holding a protest in Paris at the start of an international climate summit. More>>

Rwanda-backed report alleges France's role in 1994 genocide

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New Rwanda-backed report alleges France's role in 1994 genocide that killed over 800,000. More>>

Romania: Applause greets ex-king's coffin at Royal Palace

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A coffin carrying the body of the late Romanian King Michael I was transported Wednesday to a castle in the mountain town where he was born as the country prepares for his funeral this weekend. More>>

The Latest: UK lawmakers defeat government on Brexit bill

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British lawmakers have delivered a defeat to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans by giving Parliament the final say on any exit agreement with the European Union. More>>

Sweden to re-establish military unit on Baltic Sea island

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Sweden says it is establishing the nation's first new military regiment since World War II _ a unit of 350 soldiers that will be based on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland. More>>

UN court hears appeal in Serbian lawmaker's acquittal

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Prosecutors are set to explain to United Nations judges why they believe that the 2016 acquittal of a Serbian ultranationalist on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges should be overturned on appeal. More>>

EU Parliament votes against banning key kebab additive

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The European Parliament narrowly defeated plans to ban an additive which is considered key in industrial meats for the ubiquitous doner kebab. More>>

With unity in peril, EU leaders tackle refugee quotas

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With their unity in peril, European Union leaders are set to tackle the thorny issue of refugee quotas at a summit on Thursday. More>>

The Latest: Mali warns IS fighters could come to Africa

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French President Emmanuel Macron says Saudi Arabia has pledged to provide $100 million and the UAE $30 million to fight the jihadi threat in Africa's Sahel region. More>>

Man charged with kidnapping British model opens in Italy

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Trial of Polish man charged with kidnapping British model for ransom opens in Italy. More>>

Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south

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Philippine legislators have voted to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law by a year in the country's south due to continuing terrorist threats despite the defeat of a pro-Islamic State group siege. More>>

Collision in Switzerland's Gotthard road tunnel kills 2

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Police say a head-on collision between a car and a truck in Switzerland's Gotthard tunnel has left two people dead and forced the temporary closure of the tunnel, a key transit route through the Alps. More>>

US-based climate scientists to take research to France

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Two U.S.-based climate scientists say it's a dream come true _ the offer of all-expenses-paid grants to advance their research in Europe instead of the United States under climate skeptic President Donald Trump. More>>

Polish top journalists oppose fine on US-owned broadcaster

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The jury of Poland's main journalism award has condemned the imposition by a state regulator of a heavy fine on a private American-owned television for its coverage of 2016 anti-government protests. More>>

New Czech government led by billionaire Babis sworn in

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Czech President Milos Zeman has sworn in a new minority government led by a populist after his centrist movement won landslide parliamentary elections. More>>

Germany mulls more money for victims after Berlin attack

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The German government is considering increasing compensation for those injured or who lost loved ones in terror attacks, following criticism in the wake of last year's truck rampage in Berlin. More>>

AP Exclusive: Sold NKorean brides face hard choices in China

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AP Exclusive: Thousands of North Korea women over the past decades have been trafficked across their country's border and sold as brides to Chinese men. More>>

Venezuela's opposition, prisoners win EU human rights award

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The democratic opposition and political prisoners in Venezuela on Thursday have received the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights. More>>

Baby formula maker calls global recall over salmonella fears

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French baby milk maker Lactalis has ordered a global recall of millions of its products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. More>>

Meghan Markle to join royal family for Christmas

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Prince Harry's fiancee is set to join Britain's royal family for Christmas at Sandringham. More>>

UN official: NKoreans say it is important to prevent war

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The UN. political chief says senior North Korea officials told him during his visit to the country last week "that it was important to prevent war" over its rapidly advancing nuclear and ballistic missile programs. More>>

UK theater axes play with abuse theme amid misconduct crisis

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With allegations of sexual misconduct shaking Britain's entertainment industry, London's Royal Court Theatre has canceled a production that features "themes of grooming and abuses of power on young women.". More>>

Global firms snared in South Africa's corruption scandal

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Major global companies snared in growing South African corruption scandal around president. More>>

Bahrain interfaith group pays unprecedented visit to Israel

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An interfaith group from the Gulf state of Bahrain is paying a public visit to Israel, but has drawn criticism at home. More>>

Bangladesh: Accused NYC attacker followed radical preacher

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Bangladeshi officials say a man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City's subway system was influenced by the sermons and writings of a radical Muslim preacher but appeared to have no known links to local radical groups. More>>

Crews struggle to keep flames from California neighborhoods

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The winds aren't changing for Southern California's wildfires yet. The fifth largest blaze in state history was threatening thousands of homes as it churned through coastal mountains amid persistently dangerous weather conditions. More>>

Bangladesh questions family of man accused of NYC attack

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Bangladesh counterterrorism officers are questioning the wife and other relatives of a man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City's subway system. More>>

Venezuelan judge orders Utah man be tried on weapons charges

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A judge in Venezuela has ordered an American man to stand trial on weapons charges, dashing hopes of his family in Utah that he would be released and be with them for Christmas. More>>

US drone strike removes 'imminent threat' to Somali capital

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US military says drone strike removes 'imminent threat' to Somalia's capital by al-Shabab. More>>

German intelligence warns of increased Chinese cyberspying

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The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency is warning that China is using social networks to try to cultivate sources of information. More>>

Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California community

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Officials say the largest, most destructive wildfire burning in Southern California is expected to grow as it enters its second week. More>>

Zimbabwe ex-leader Mugabe on 1st trip abroad since resigning

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Zimbabwe's ex-leader Mugabe on 1st trip abroad since resigning; to Singapore with wife. More>>

Stormtroopers and princes on London's 'Last Jedi' red carpet

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Princes William and Harry are due on the red carpet for the European premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," in which the royal siblings reportedly make a cameo appearance. More>>

Poland's PM: we don't want a divided Europe of 2 speeds

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Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in his policy speech Tuesday that Poland "fits the European puzzle" and should be allowed to protect its national interests and character. More>>

Austria: 1 dead, 21 hurt in explosion at natural gas plant

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Authorities say that an explosion at a natural gas facility near Austria's border with Slovakia has left one person dead and 21 injured. More>>

Moscow's cadet ball mixes pomp, discipline and inclusivity

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Moscow's International Kremlin Cadet Ball is a picture of discipline, pomp and splendor. More>>

Italian prosecutors seek to shelve Hacking Team breach case

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A legal document obtained by The Associated Press says that Italian officials are dropping their prosecution of the breach of Italian surveillance company Hacking Team. More>>

Pope on Guadalupe feast: Church is mestizo, native, black

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Pope Francis is urging Latin American and Caribbean Catholics to celebrate and defend their diversity, saying the face of the Catholic Church is indigenous, mestizo and black. More>>

Ex-US deserter to NKorea who married Japanese abductee dies

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U.S Army deserter to North Korea, who married a Japanese abductee and lived in Japan after their release in the 2000s, has died. More>>

JK Rowling says she's proud to receive royal honor

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Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling can add another magic moment to her list of achievements _ she has been made a royal Companion of Honor. More>>

EU's Tusk: Brexit will be a "furious race against time"

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The European Union's top Brexit legislator is criticizing British negotiator David Davis for his comments that last week's agreement between the EU and Britain was merely "a statement of intent. More>>

NATO prolongs chief Stoltenberg's term for 2 more years

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NATO is giving Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg two more years at the head of the world's biggest military alliance. More>>

Muslim leaders to convene extraordinary summit for Jerusalem

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Leaders and high-ranking officials of Muslim countries are convening Wednesday in Istanbul for an extraordinary summit to discuss "repercussions" on the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. More>>

Russian security agency says it busts IS suicide bomber cell

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Russia's top domestic security agency says it has detained three suspected members of a sleeper cell of the Islamic State group who have been preparing suicide bombings in Moscow. More>>

Most fake bomb calls that beset Russia coming from Syria

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A top Russian official says the majority of fake bomb calls that have plagued cities across Russia have come from Syria. More>>

German soldier charged in far-right plot against politicians

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German prosecutors have indicted a soldier accused of plotting to kill prominent political figures and blame the attack on refugees _ a cased that raised concerns about extremism in the country's military. More>>

2 teenage girl suicide bombers kill 4 in Nigeria's north

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A Nigerian official says two teenage girl suicide bombers attacked the town of Gwoza, in the country's north, killing at least four people. More>>

EU aims to link visa, crime databases to boost terror fight

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The EU is planning to link together its border, visa and fingerprint databases to plug information gaps and better combat terrorism and international crime. More>>

Historian Mary Beard connects Greek myths and Twitter trolls

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A new book by classical historian Mary Beard links Greek mythology to modern Twitter trolls, arguing both have a problem with women who speak up. More>>

Lawmakers extend German military missions until spring

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German lawmakers have extended the military's participation in missions against the Islamic State group and in Afghanistan, Mali and Iraq until the spring of 2018. More>>

Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish leader Shteinman dies at 104

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Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, spiritual leader of Israel's non-Hassidic ultra-Orthodox Jews of European descent, has died. More>>

Oscar Pistorius bruised in a jail fight over telephone use

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A South African prison spokesman says Olympian Oscar Pistorius, in jail for murdering his girlfriend, was bruised in an altercation with another inmate over telephone use. More>>

Poland's new PM to list his goals in speech to lawmakers

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Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is to outline his foreign and home policy goals after he was tasked with boosting the economy and Poland's image abroad. More>>

Macedonia's Zaev set to warm up ties with Greece, Kosovo

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Macedonia's prime minister repeated his will to reach a solution with Greece following more than two decades of dispute over its name. More>>

US ambassador to UK hopes for Trump visit in new year

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America's ambassador to Britain says America's ambassador to Britain says he hopes US President Donald Trump will visit the UK next year despite his recent Twitter dispute with Theresa May. More>>

Israel survey finds deep divisions, displeasure with leaders

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New survey shows deep divisions in Israel, widespread frustration with leaders. More>>

A confident and upbeat Putin goes on Mideast 'victory' tour

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Ankara to meet with the Turkish president, following visits to Syria and Egypt. More>>

In Putin's heartland, apathy and disappointment rule

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Three months ahead of Russia's presidential election, apathy and disappointment pervade incumbent Vladimir Putin's heartland. More>>

Iceland closes gender gap but violence against women remains

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Iceland scores high on studies of gender equality but still has high rates of violence against women. More>>

US Nobel laureate fears US politics could undermine science

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An American researcher who shared this year's Nobel Prize for medicine has bluntly criticized political developments at home in his address at the awards' gala banquet in Sweden. More>>

Houston 18-year-old arrested on charges of trying to aid IS

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A Houston 18-year-old has been arrested and charged with illegally distributing explosive-making information and attempting to support the Islamic State organization. More>>

Russia claims radioactivity spike not due to nuclear plant

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Russian authorities have denied that a radioactivity spike in Europe resulted from a nuclear fuel plant leak in the Urals, saying their probe has found no release of radioactivity there. More>>

Ukraine's anti-corruption agency faces strong resistance

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Ukraine's anti-corruption agency that was seen of symbol of reform comes under pressure from Ukrainian authorities. More>>

UN: Tensions over North Korea worsen rights violations

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North Korea's leadership has cracked down further on human rights as tensions have escalated over its nuclear and missile tests, the U.N. rights chief said Monday. More>>

France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

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A group of U.S.-based climate scientists are about to win multi-year grants worth more than $1 million each to relocate to France instead. More>>

Venezuela president's threat to ban opposition draws rebuff

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Venezuela's ruling socialists swept nearly all the races for mayors across the country, and President Nicolas Maduro is now threatening to ban key opposition parties from future elections in the oil-rich country wracked by economic crisis. More>>

Pope urges nuclear disarmament, climate-change solutions

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Pope Francis is calling for a world without nuclear arms and for effective measures to fight climate change. More>>

At rally, Hezbollah chief vows to return focus to Israel

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Tens of thousands of people have attended a Hezbollah rally, where the militant group's leader vowed to return its focus to Israel after years of fighting in Syria's civil war. More>>

US man accused of illegal gun exports to Europe, Australia

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A captured fugitive is accused of dozens of federal firearms violations in Montana for allegedly exporting guns from the U.S. to customers in countries with restrictive gun laws. More>>

Saudi Arabia to allow movie theaters after decades of ban

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Saudi Arabia to allow movie theaters next year, for first time in more than 35 years. More>>

Top EU economic powers warn US about tax plans

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The European Union's top five economies are warning the United States that its massive tax overhaul could contravene some of its international obligations and risks "having a major distortive impact on international trade.". More>>

The Latest: Turkish leader notes shared views with Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the U.S. administration's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, warning that it could destabilize the region and derail the Middle East peace process. More>>

UN promises justice in Congo against peacekeeper attacks

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The United Nations Deputy Special Representative for Congo says military offenses will be launched against rebels who killed at least 15 Tanzanian U.N. peacekeepers last week in eastern Congo. More>>

Poland's new prime minister sworn in with old Cabinet

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The government of Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is to be officially sworn in on Monday sparking speculation on who among the ministers will be replaced. More>>

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