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NATO holding rare emergency meeting at Turkey’s request

AP Photo/Francisco Seco BRUSSELS (AP) — For just the fifth time in its 66-year history, NATO ambassadors will meet in emergency session Tuesday to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the debated actions Turkish authorities are taking in...
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Turkish bombing of Kurds carries risk of instability

AP Photo ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s unexpected move to launch raids against Kurdish rebels at the same time it is cracking down on the Islamic State group risks ending of a period of relative calm that has been boon for Turkey’s democracy and economy. The peace...
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British Lord in alleged cocaine video seeks leave of absence

AP Photo/Suzanne Hubbard LONDON (AP) — House of Lords member John Sewel has requested a leave of absence while police and Parliament investigate his alleged drug use and sexual behavior. He was filmed and photographed in an alleged cocaine-and-sex session with prostitutes...
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Key suspect says he won’t testify at Litvinenko inquiry

AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin LONDON (AP) — A British judge investigating the death from radioactive poisoning of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko accused a key suspect Monday of manipulating the inquiry by agreeing to testify, then refusing at the last minute....
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Kenyan girl who gave flowers to Obama goes back to school

AP Photo/Ben Curtis NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An 8-year-old Kenyan girl who presented flowers to President Barack Obama at an arrival ceremony last week got lots of attention when she returned to school on Monday. And she was a little overwhelmed by all the fuss. Joan Wamaitha,...
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Philippine leader seeks laws to end rebellion, dynasties

AP Photo/Aaron Favila MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president asked Congress on Monday to pass a troubled Muslim autonomy bill at the heart of efforts to end a bloody rebellion in the country’s south and another that aims to lessen the stranglehold on...
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Malaysia, Cuba taken off US human trafficking blacklist

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has taken Malaysia and Cuba off its blacklist of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery, leaving the U.S. open to criticism that politics is swaying the often-contentious rankings in its annual human trafficking report....
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Kyrgyz president is fuming over award to jailed journalist

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — The president of Kyrgyzstan is lambasting the United States for honoring a jailed Kyrgyz journalist. The U.S. State Department earlier this month conferred a share of its annual Human Rights Defender award to Azimzhan Askarov, an ethnic Uzbek...
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Far-right Hungary mayor imposes tough conditions on Gypsies

AP Photo/Janos Vajda OZD, Hungary (AP) — The workers wake up in the middle of the night and walk miles to get to their jobs by 6 a.m. Taking up hoes and rakes, they toil for hours with little chance of rest. Soon surveillance cameras shaped like eyeglasses will track their...
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US, Turkey seek to establish Islamic State-free zone

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The United States and Turkey are finalizing plans for a military campaign to push the Islamic State out of a strip of land along the Syrian border, deepening efforts to halt the extremists’ advances. A U.S. official said the creation of an...