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  • Man convicted of attempted murder invited to Trudeau party

    A stunning oversight that allowed a man convicted of attempted murder to be invited to a party in India with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is prompting many to say the Trudeau government is too close to Sikh separatists.

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  • Cash-strapped Venezuela faces eviction from Miami consulate

    Venezuela’s cash-strapped government faces eviction from a Miami building it once owned after its consulate failed to pay rent since August.

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  • Australia deputy leader quits Cabinet over harassment claim

    Australia's beleaguered deputy prime minister has resigned from the Cabinet over allegations that he sexually harassed a woman. Barnaby Joyce said Friday that while he will exit the Cabinet, he will not resign from Parliament. That ensures that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's single-seat...

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  • Cash-strapped Venezuela faces eviction from Miami consulate

    Venezuela's cash-strapped government faces eviction from a Miami building it once owned after its consulate failed to pay rent since August. The notice demanding the consulate vacate the building in the ritzy Brickell neighborhood was filed Feb. 15 in a Miami-Dade county court. The...

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  • China regulator to assume management of Waldorf owner Anbang

    China's insurance regulator said Friday it is assuming management of insurer Anbang, owner of New York's iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel, following the indictment of the company's chairman on charges of economic crimes. The China Insurance Regulatory Commission said Friday that it would take...

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  • Man convicted of attempted murder invited to Trudeau party

    A stunning oversight that allowed a man convicted of attempted murder to be invited to a party in India with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is prompting many to say the Canadian government is too close to Sikh separatists. Former Cabinet minister Ujjal Dosanjh has long accused his old party...

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  • Top US diplomat in Venezuela under fire for tough comments

    The head of Venezuela’s government-controlled assembly on Thursday accused the top U.S. diplomat in Caracas of promoting a coup and threatened to take “corresponding diplomatic measures” against him but stopped short of saying he would be expelled.

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  • The Latest: Russia's amended Syrian UN resolution circulated

    The Latest on Syria related developments (all times local):

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  • World leaders urge Syria cease-fire as fighting escalates

    World leaders called Thursday for an urgent cease-fire in Syria as government forces pounded the opposition-controlled eastern suburbs of the capital in a crushing campaign that has left hundreds of people dead in recent days.

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  • Texas governor accepts recommendation, spares inmate

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday spared the life of a convicted killer shortly before the man's scheduled execution for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother and brother. In sparing the life of Thomas "Bart" Whitaker about an hour before he was scheduled for lethal injection,...

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  • North Korea criticizes UN chief over support for sanctions

    North Korea sharply criticized U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday for supporting sanctions to pressure the country into negotiations with the U.S. on denuclearization, saying he appears to be acting as a “henchman” representing the United States.

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  • Indicted Missouri governor had been rising politically

    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL whose victory in his first run for public office made him a rising Republican political figure, was indicted Thursday on a felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from an affair he had in 2015. Greitens has acknowledged an...

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  • Russian indicted by US seen as doing favors for Putin

    Thirty years ago, he was in prison. A decade ago, he was serving fancy meals to President Vladimir Putin. A week ago, he was among 13 Russians indicted in Washington on charges of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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  • Top US diplomat in Venezuela under fire

    The head of Venezuela’s government-controlled assembly has accused the top U.S. diplomat in Caracas of promoting a coup and threatened to take diplomatic measures against him.

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  • Top US diplomat in Venezuela under fire

    The head of Venezuela's government-controlled assembly has accused the top U.S. diplomat in Caracas of promoting a coup and threatened to take diplomatic measures against him. National Constituent Assembly president Delcy Rodriguez's issued a series of tweets Thursday targeting U.S. charge...

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  • Russian indicted by US seen as doing favors for Putin

    Thirty years ago, he was in prison. A decade ago, he was serving fancy meals to President Vladimir Putin. A week ago, he was among 13 Russians indicted in Washington on charges of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The journey of Yevgeny Prigozhin from troubled youth to ex-con...

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  • Leading liberal policy group unveils 'coverage for all' plan

    A leading liberal policy group is raising the ante in the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all. Called "Medicare Extra for All," the proposal Thursday from the Center for American Progress, or CAP, would provide a path toward universal...

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  • Dutch lawmakers label massacre of Armenians as genocide

    Lawmakers in the lower house of the Dutch parliament overwhelmingly voted Thursday to label as genocide the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks more than a century ago. The move is likely to further ratchet up diplomatic tensions between the Netherlands and Turkey.

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  • Haiti suspends Oxfam pending investigation into sexual abuse

    Aid group Oxfam Great Britain will be suspended from operating in Haiti for the next two months pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by its employees, a government official said Thursday.

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  • Ex-rising star of French far right steps into US limelight

    The rising star of France’s far-right National Front until abruptly leaving politics last year stepped into the limelight on the other side of the Atlantic, decrying the European Union and immigration in a speech Thursday at a major forum for American Conservatives.

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  • Correction: Tax Overhaul-Company Spending story

    In a story Feb. 20 about the tax overhaul and companies raising dividends and share buybacks, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Sirius XM had increased its share buyback following the tax overhaul. The company is keeping the same level of buybacks as it did before the tax cuts. ...

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  • Argentina: arrests after cocaine seized at Russian embassy

    Argentine officials say that a police officer and a Russian diplomatic official were arrested after authorities seized a large cocaine shipment at the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires.

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  • UNICEF official resigns after allegations made

    A senior official at UNICEF has resigned after allegations of inappropriate behavior during an earlier stint at Save The Children.

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  • At Olympics, omnipresent flags are a tricky political dance

    A group of high school students plan to keep their new flags all their lives, as a souvenir of this historic political and Olympic moment that they traveled across their nation to witness.

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