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  • Taliban warn teachers, students to avoid Afghan polls

    A bomb blast killed an Afghan parliamentary candidate on Wednesday as the Taliban warned teachers and students not to participate in upcoming elections and not to allow schools to be used as polling centers. The insurgents said in the statement that they will target the Oct. 20 national...

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  • The Latest: Turkish paper: Saudi writer was tortured, killed

    The Latest on the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times local): 9:45 a.m. A strongly pro-government Turkish newspaper has published a gruesome recounting of...

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  • AP FACT CHECK: Cruz, O'Rourke claims cite taxes, immigration

    Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke abandoned his optimistic tone and attacked Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz as "Lyin" Ted in their second debate before the election, borrowing a nickname first used by President Donald Trump. It was one of the challenger's last chances to gain ground on Cruz, who...

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  • 3 Myanmar journalists in court over story gov’t calls false

    Three detained journalists have appeared in a Myanmar court to face charges filed against them by the Yangon city government, which says the story they published was false

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  • Federal prosecutor takes over Cologne hostage taker case

    Germany’s federal prosecutor’s office, which handles terrorism and national security cases in Germany, says it’s taking over the investigation into a bloody hostage taking in the western city of Cologne

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  • Read the transcript of AP's interview with President Trump

    A transcript of an Oval Office interview Tuesday with President Donald Trump by AP White House reporters Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. "OFF THE RECORD" indicates where portions of the interview occurred that were not for publication. ——— President...

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  • The Latest: IMF's chief Lagarde defers Mideast trip

    The latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 6:30 a.m. The International Monetary Fund says its managing director Christine Lagarde is deferring her trip to the Middle East. A brief...

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  • Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace

    Canada is now the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country's easternmost province a federal official told The...

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  • Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace

    Canada is now the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country's easternmost province a federal official told The...

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  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lands in Turkey to discuss disappearance, alleged slaying of Saudi writer

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lands in Turkey to discuss disappearance, alleged slaying of Saudi writer

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  • US defense secretary sees the enduring costs of Vietnam War

    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is getting a firsthand look at the enduring costs of fighting the Vietnam War. Mattis visited an air base north of Ho Chi Minh City that was heavily contaminated in the late 1960s and early 1970s by American forces through storage and spillage of the...

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  • The Latest: Cruz, O'Rourke trade barbs in Senate debate

    The Latest on the Texas Senate race debate between Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke (all times local): 8:20 p.m. Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke are wasting little time laying into each other in the second and final scheduled debate of a Texas Senate race...

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  • Bono resigns as USA Gymnastics president after 4 days

    When former California Congresswoman Mary Bono took over as the interim president for USA Gymnastics last week, she pointed to the opportunity to "reconnect" with a sport she loved growing up. The connection lasted all of four days. Bono stepped down on Tuesday, saying she felt her...

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  • 2 die in fighter jet crash in Ukraine, US pilot "involved"

    A Ukrainian fighter jet crashed during a joint exercise with U.S. and other NATO air forces Tuesday, killing both pilots, Ukraine's military said. The General Staff of Ukraine's armed forces said the two-seat Su-27UB went down in the Kmelnitskyi region. It said a rescue team found the jet's...

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  • Brazil's Temer charged with corruption, money laundering

    Brazil's federal police are recommending in a new case that President Michel Temer be put on trial for corruption, money laundering and criminal association. The federal police report was filed to Brazil's top court Tuesday and obtained by The Associated Press. The attorney general will...

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  • Brazil's federal police bring new corruption charges against President Michel Temer

    Brazil's federal police bring new corruption charges against President Michel Temer.

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  • The Latest: IMF’s chief Lagarde defers Mideast trip

    The Latest: The International Monetary Fund says its managing director Christine Lagarde is deferring her trip to the Middle East

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  • Canada is ready to open the door wide to legal marijuana

    Tom Clarke has been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for 30 years. He wrote in his high school yearbook that his dream was to open a cafe in Amsterdam, the Dutch city where people have legally smoked weed in coffee shops since the 1970s. Turns out, Clarke didn't have to go nearly so...

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  • Cuban diplomats disrupt UN meeting called by US on prisoners

    About 20 Cuban diplomats and supporters disrupted a U.N. meeting called Tuesday by the United States to spotlight the island nation's political prisoners, loudly banging on tables and shouting in Spanish, "Cuba, yes! U.S. blockade, no!" It was impossible to hear U.S. Deputy Ambassador...

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  • US to enter trade talks with Japan, European Union, Britain

    The Trump administration notified Congress on Tuesday that it plans to pursue trade agreements with the European Union, Japan and Britain. The announcement comes two weeks after the administration reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement. ...

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  • Australia shifts on refusal to send refugees to New Zealand

    Australia’s prime minister has signaled that he could accept New Zealand’s longstanding offer to resettle 150 refugees exiled to Pacific islands as long as they would be banned from ever entering Australia

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  • US tops revised competiveness ranking for 1st time since '08

    Organizers of the annual Davos conference ranked the United States first in their ranking of the world's most competitive economies for the first time in a decade Wednesday, saying the No. 1 spot reflects a new methodology and long-term factors more than recent policies of the Trump...

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  • US defense secretary sees the enduring costs of Vietnam War

    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sees first-hand the enduring costs of fighting the Vietnam War

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  • Trump escalates his attacks on Fed: 'My biggest threat'

    Stepping up his attacks on the Federal Reserve, President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that the Fed is "my biggest threat" because he thinks it's raising interest rates too quickly. Trump said he doesn't speak with Chairman Jerome Powell because of the Fed's political independence but...

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