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UN says too soon for new Syrian peace conference

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. point man on Syria said Wednesday it’s too soon for another peace conference in Geneva and invited Syrians to hold intensive preparatory talks on key issues including a political transition and fighting terrorism. Staffan de Mistura told...
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US official: Debris in photo belongs to Boeing 777

AP Photo/f.duckett WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that...
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Russia vetoes Security Council proposal on MH17 tribunal

AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia on Wednesday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago. The foreign...
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Taliban leader Mullah Omar, reclusive in life and death

AP Photo Mullah Mohammad Omar, the secretive head of the Taliban and an al-Qaida ally who led a bloody insurgency against U.S.-led forces, eluded capture for more than a decade in spite of being one of the most-hunted fugitives on Earth. On Wednesday, he was reported to have died...
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Rome’s hot summer: corruption, breakdowns run city to ground

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year for Rome. But the Eternal City will need a miracle to find anything to feel jubilant about. Just when Rome needs to be at its best, the city is being shamed by corruption scandals and a...
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AP PHOTOS: Greece’s odyssey through its latest crisis

AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It began with a Greek outburst of national defiance against years of budget cuts and quickly turned into a financial nightmare for the country’s people. Greece has endured financial and political chaos since its...
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Impending execution brings out mixed feelings in India

AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal NEW DELHI (AP) — Few countries sentence more people to death than India. Whether those punishments are actually carried out is another matter. Though well over a thousand people have been sent to death row this century, just three have been...
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Israel pushing for Pollard to come to Israel after release

AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s deputy foreign minister says Israel is making “very great efforts” to lobby for spy Jonathan Pollard to be granted permission to travel to Israel after his upcoming release in November. Tsipi Hotovely told...
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Afghanistan examining claim Taliban leader Mullah Omar died

AP Photo KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official said Wednesday his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached on the government’s comments about Omar, who has been...
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Students in Hong Kong warn of erosion in academic freedom

HONG KONG (AP) — Students at Hong Kong’s most prestigious university say its academic freedom is under attack in what they maintain is the politically motivated stalling of the appointment of an administrator who supported last year’s pro-democracy protests. In...