Mexico City bans use of models at city events

MEXICO CITY (AP) — They’ve long been an unmissable part of public events in Mexico, from soccer matches to trade fairs: attractive women hired to be greeters or simply as eye candy, sometimes scantily clad in short skirts and high heels or crop-tops and hot pants...
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Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday. The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said that five of them were shot down in the...
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Pakistan’s ruling party suspends lawmaker for assault

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The party of Pakistan’s prime minister-designate on Thursday suspended a newly elected lawmaker after a video surfaced online showing him beating up a citizen in the southern city of Karachi. The action by the party of former...
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Former Indian PM Vajpayee dies after illness at age 93

NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, died on Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 93....
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New Malaysian government repeals law banning ‘fake news’

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s new government on Thursday repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting “fake news,” in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers. The bill was passed in April under...
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Mali’s president wins runoff vote with more than 67 percent

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won a second five-year term in the turbulent West African nation with more than 67 percent of the vote in a runoff election, the Ministry of Territorial Administration said Thursday. Opposition leader...
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Ugandan pop star, government critic, to face military court

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A pop singer and prominent critic of Uganda’s government is due to face a military court for his alleged role in clashes in which the president’s motorcade was attacked by people throwing stones. The government says lawmaker Kyagulanyi...
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Doctor killed, assistant injured in stabbing in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Police say a doctor has been killed and an assistant seriously injured in a stabbing at a medical practice in southwestern Germany. Police in the city of Offenburg, near the French border, said the attack happened at about 8.45 a.m. Thursday. A male suspect...
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Afghanistan revises death toll from suicide bombing to 34

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan authorities have revised the death toll from the previous day’s horrific suicide bombing in a Shite area of Kabul to 34 killed, not 48. Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said on Thursday that 56 people were also wounded in the...
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The Latest: Gunmen besiege Afghan intel compound in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan after a deadly suicide bombing in a Shiite area of Kabul (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Police say gunmen have launched an attack on a compound belonging to the Afghan intelligence service in the capital of...
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