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Muhammadu Buhari takes over Nigeria in crisis

AP Photo/Sunday Alamba ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Muhammadu Buhari takes over a nation in crisis Friday with an Islamic uprising that has made 1.5 million people homeless and coffers emptied by massive corruption. Similar crises confronted him when he ruled briefly as a military...
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Israel begins honoring long-overlooked Jewish WWII veterans

AP Photo/Oded Balilty JERUSALEM (AP) — As a proud patriot, Brooklyn-born Dan Nadel enlisted in the U.S. army right after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But there was another force driving him to battle – his Jewish faith. “What Hitler was doing to the...
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Civilians biggest losers on Afghan war’s new northern front

AP Photo/Rahmat Gul KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — When the Taliban descended a month ago on Dam Shakh, a hamlet on the wheat-growing plains of northern Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, nobody was prepared. “They turned up suddenly and took us completely by...
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Russia steps up propaganda push with online “Kremlin trolls”

AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Deep inside a four-story marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the front lines of an information war, say those who have been inside. Known as “Kremlin trolls,” the...
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Alleged Nazi war criminal wanted by Russia dies in Quebec

AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz MONTREAL (AP) — The second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of Nazi war criminals – charged earlier this month by Russia with genocide – has died at age 93, his lawyer said. Vladimir Katriuk passed away last week...
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US to “fine tune” Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders are trying to “fine tune” U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq, focusing on faster and better training and arming of Sunni tribes whose combat role is central to reversing the...
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Kurdish fighters in Syria on the march against IS militants

AP Photo/Uncredited BEIRUT (AP) — In contrast to the Iraqi army’s failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country’s northeast under the cover of U.S.-led...
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Bill Clinton hopes to keep working _ whatever Hillary does

AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton made an impassioned appeal Thursday for modern health care in the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa where his foundation works. He told The Associated Press afterward he hopes to keep...

Polish police find man who entered bear enclosure, got hurt

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A man who went missing after tangling with a brown bear at Warsaw’s zoo, leaving traces of blood, was found Thursday in the hospital. The 32-year-old man, being treated for an arm wound, refused to tell police why he entered the enclosure on...

Nobel laureates appeal for end to persecution of Rohingya

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Several Nobel Peace Prize winners on Thursday called for an end to the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, describing it as “nothing less than genocide,” and appealed for international help for them in Rakhine state. The...