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  • France's Left starts fightback after Hollande bows out of presidential race
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    France's Left starts fightback after Hollande bows out of presidential race

    By Elizabeth Pineau and Richard Balmforth PARIS (Reuters) - France's Left on Saturday launched a bid to re-energize supporters disenchanted by Francois Hollande's five years in power and find a candidate to unite the ranks ahead of a presidential election next year where it could face humiliation

  • Brazil mourns Chapecoense crash victims at packed stadium wake
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    Brazil mourns Chapecoense crash victims at packed stadium wake

    By Brad Haynes CHAPECO, Brazil (Reuters) - A downpour drenched thousands of mourners in this Brazilian city on Saturday as they grieved over 50 caskets flown overnight to the stadium of the local Chapecoense soccer team, which was all but wiped out in an air crash Monday in Colombia. Instead, they

  • Russia seeks full withdrawal of Aleppo rebels
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    Russia seeks full withdrawal of Aleppo rebels

    By Tom Perry, Isla Binnie and Vladimir Soldatkin BEIRUT/ROME/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with the United States about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from eastern Aleppo, where advances by the Russian-backed Syrian army and its allies threaten to deal a crushing

  • Christian Science Monitor

    What Louisiana's Senate seat means for Democrats

    Foster Campbell is gearing up for a race to the finish in Louisiana’s Senate runoff – bolstered by more than 50,000 donations from hopeful Democrats across the country. The Democrat, a member of the Public Service Commission, is going head-to-head against Republican John Kennedy for the seat left vacant

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Merriam-Webster's plea: It’s not too late to change 'fascism' as word of the year

    By the end of December, the word fascism could end up being the “Word of the Year” crowned by Merriam-Webster based on the number of searches it received over the year. Its Twitter followers took the plea seriously, resulting in flummadiddle and puppy becoming trending searches since Thursday, although

  • Christian Science Monitor

    The cavalry arrives: Veterans bring 'symbolic value' and support to Standing Rock

    With local authorities saying they will arrest protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline who refuse to leave federal lands by the end of Monday, hundreds of veterans are traveling to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation this weekend to join the self-described "water protectors."

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Suspension of flag-stomping teacher upheld: Is teacher speech protected?

    A North Carolina superintendent’s recommendation to suspend a teacher for 10 days for stomping on a flag in a lecture about the First Amendment in September was upheld by the board of education on Wednesday. The suspension of Lee Francis – a first-year history teacher at Massey Hill Classical High School

  • Associated Press

    Correction: Israel-Palestinians story

    SAO PAULO (AP) — In a story June 11 about the FIFA Congress, The Associated Press reported erroneously that performer Mohammed Assaf wore a Muslim headscarf. Assaf's black and white headscarf is a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

  • First buses take Aleppo residents back to abandoned homes
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    First buses take Aleppo residents back to abandoned homes

    For much of the past four years, taking a bus between the two sides of Syria's divided second city Aleppo meant an arduous, and sometimes dangerous, 10-hour road trip. At least 10 buses made the trip from west to east, after the army seized 60 percent of the former rebel stronghold in east Aleppo

  • Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan call
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    Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan call

    President-elect Donald Trump is unapologetic about roiling diplomatic waters with his decision to speak on the phone with Taiwan's leader, a breach of long-standing tradition that risks enmity from China. ...

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    Top Asian News 4:01 a.m. GMT

    MALANA, India (AP) — For hundreds of years, the tiny village was just a speck lost amid the grandiose mountains of the Indian Himalayas. Nestled at 2,700 meters (8,859 feet) between the higher reaches of the lush Kullu Valley, Malana used to be a four-day hike from the nearest road. Its laws, tradition

  • Indonesians rally for tolerance after blasphemy protests
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    Indonesians rally for tolerance after blasphemy protests

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Indonesians rallied in the center of the capital Jakarta on Sunday, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests by conservative Muslims against the city's minority Christian governor.

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    Humphries wins World Cup bobsled race, Meyers Taylor crashes

    WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Canada's Kaillie Humphries started her World Cup season in the best way possible.

  • In remote Indian village, cannabis is its only livelihood
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    In remote Indian village, cannabis is its only livelihood

    MALANA, India (AP) — For hundreds of years, the tiny village was just a speck lost amid the grandiose mountains of the Indian Himalayas.

  • Rastas in Ghana preach peace ahead of presidential vote
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    Rastas in Ghana preach peace ahead of presidential vote

    Ghana is internationally renowned for being a peaceful country on a continent scarred by ethnic clashes, dictators and crime. In the days before the hotly contested presidential vote on December 7, Rastafarians in the West African country say they have the answer. "It's because we've put

  • Death toll in China's 2nd coal mine blast rises to 32
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    Death toll in China's 2nd coal mine blast rises to 32

    BEIJING (AP) — Thirty-two miners were confirmed dead Sunday in the second coal mine explosion in a week in China, state-run media reported.

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    Australia wins toss, bats in series-opener vs New Zealand

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia captain Steve Smith won the toss and elected to bat in the series-opening limited-overs international against New Zealand on Sunday.

  • China coal mine disaster kills 32: Xinhua
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    China coal mine disaster kills 32: Xinhua

    The death toll from a northern Chinese coal mine disaster rose to 32 on Sunday, state media reported, the latest accident in a country with a poor record of industrial safety. The blast took place on Saturday in a small mine in the Inner Mongolia region, next to Mongolia, Xinhua news agency said. A

  • Reuters

    Cuba's Raul Castro vows to defend brother's legacy in final tribute

    By Diego Oré and Sarah Marsh SANTIAGO, Cuba (Reuters) - President Raul Castro led tens of thousands of Cubans on Saturday in a pledge to defend the socialist legacy of his brother Fidel Castro, who died last week aged 90 and will be interred in the city where they launched the Cuban Revolution. "

  • Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial
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    Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office.

  • Reuters

    Thanks for the memory cards: North Koreans return home from China

    By Sue-Lin Wong DANDONG, China (Reuters) - Tiny memory cards and fluffy teddy bears are among the most popular items for North Koreans shopping in Dandong, China's gateway city to its impoverished and isolated neighbor. The teddy bears are often the souvenir of choice for young North Korean women

  • Players: Kerr's marijuana admission could spark dialogue
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    Players: Kerr's marijuana admission could spark dialogue

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — David West has undergone four surgeries in his long NBA career: left knee, right elbow and right foot twice to fix a couple of toes.

  • Raul Castro vows to defend Fidel's revolution
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    Raul Castro vows to defend Fidel's revolution

    Cuban President Raul Castro promised to uphold his brother Fidel's revolution at a massive, final rally in honor of the communist icon before his burial. Tens of thousands of flag-waving supporters recited the pledge with Raul Castro at the Revolution Plaza of Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of Fidel

  • Buzz Aldrin: Altitude sickness forced South Pole evacuation
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    Buzz Aldrin: Altitude sickness forced South Pole evacuation

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Buzz Aldrin said he was evacuated from the South Pole last week because he became short of breath and began showing signs of altitude sickness.

  • Semper (and suffer) Fidel: Artists conflicted about Castro
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    Semper (and suffer) Fidel: Artists conflicted about Castro

    NEW YORK (AP) — As a prominent advocate for human rights, the poet Rose Styron knew well the abuses in Fidel Castro's Cuba and the censorship of artists and publications with dissenting views. But when she and her husband, author William Styron, were invited to meet him in 2000 she didn't hesitate