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Afghan forces struggle as Taliban seeks northern stronghold

AP Photo/Rahmat Gul KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents, their ranks swelled by foreign fighters pushed across the border from Pakistan, nearly surrounded this northern Afghan city last month with an offensive that stunned local authorities and raised concerns...
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Stunning 36 percent rise in US visits to Cuba since January

AP Photo/Desmond Boylan HAVANA (AP) — The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in order to sidestep U.S....
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Americans find ways to visit Cuba despite tourism ban

AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz HAVANA (AP) — “Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No.” That’s what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust...
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Brides for sale: European women lured for sham marriages

AP Photo/Petr David Josek LONDON (AP) — Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and heavily pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met. She knew he did not want her, or her child. He wanted her European identity card. The...
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Independent candidate rides hated of politics in Mexico

AP Photo/Anonymous MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans’ disgust with corrupt, aloof, high-living politicians has a name, and it’s El Bronco. The horseback-riding, boot-clad, tough-talking Jaime Rodriguez lives up to his nickname. As mayor of a suburb of the northern...

Tornado kills 10 in Mexican border city of Ciudad Acuna

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A tornado raged through the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna early Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying homes and upending cars and other vehicles. Rosario Cano, spokeswoman for the interior department of the northern state of...
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Rohingya seek better life in Malaysia, but reality is stark

AP Photo/Vincent Thian KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. The tens of thousands who endured perilous journeys to get here find more work opportunities than in Indonesia and a more...

Turkey, US to provide air protection to Syrian rebels

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister says Turkey and the United States have agreed in “principle” to provide air protection to Syrian rebels being trained and equipped to fight Islamic State rebels, once they enter the Syrian territory to start...
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Turkmenistan unveils massive gold-leaf statue of president

AP Photo/Alexander Vershinin ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan has unveiled a grandiose gold-leafed statue of the president carrying a dove and riding atop a horse – a move aimed at burnishing the leader’s burgeoning personality cult. The 21-meter...

Soldier killed after shooting on fellow troops in Tunis

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s Defense Ministry says a Tunisian soldier has been killed after opening fire on fellow troops at military barracks in the capital Tunis. Ministry spokesman Belhassen Oueslati said it was not immediately clear whether there were other...