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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...

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....

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...

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...
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In an Afghanistan awash in arms, a push to ban toy guns

AP Photo/Rahmat Gul KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The weapons of Afghanistan’s long decades of war can be seen almost everywhere, from the burned-out hulks of Soviet tanks to the Kalashnikov assault rifles slung over policemen’s shoulders and helicopter gunships...

Colombia unearths landfill looking for scores of disappeared

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — The last contact Margarita Restrepo had with her daughter was a hurried phone call on Oct. 25, 2002. The school day was over and 17-year-old Carol Vanesa was going to meet friends at a metro stop near the sprawling Comuna 13 hillside slum. Restrepo...
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Putin OKs maritime code calling for strong Atlantic presence

AP Photo/Mikhail Klimentyev MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a new version of the country’s maritime doctrine that calls for maintaining a strong Russian presence in the Atlantic Ocean amid concerns about NATO expansion. The doctrine, which...

Officials: Iraqi forces retake Anbar University near Ramadi

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials in Iraq’s western Anbar province say government forces have retaken Anbar University from the Islamic State militant group after hours of fierce clashes. Athal al-Fahdawi, a provincial councilman, says that Iraqi troops are in full...