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Drone rescue off Australian beach heralded as world-first

Australia Drone Rescue

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a...

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Pence visits Western Wall amid tensions with Palestinians

Israel Pence

JERUSALEM (AP) — Extending his hand at the holiest site where Jews can pray, Vice President Mike Pence visited the Western Wall on Tuesday amid tensions with the Palestinians over President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Wearing a Jewish skullcap on his...


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Russia says Ahn among top athletes barred from Olympics

Russian Doping

MOSCOW (AP) — Several of Russia’s top medal hopes for next month’s Olympics, including six-time speedskating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, have been barred from the Pyeongchang Games amid the country’s ongoing doping scandal, sparking renewed talk of a boycott. Already depleted by doping bans and...


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Rupert Murdoch blocked for now from taking over Sky by British regulator fearing 'too

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. British regulators said on Tuesday that Rupert Murdoch’s bid for a takeover of European broadcaster Sky would give his family trust “too much control over news providers in the UK across all media platforms . . . and therefore too much influence over public opinion...


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The Latest: Investor sees tech failure as risk for markets

Switzerland Davos Forum

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 2:25 p.m. A leading British investment manager says that a catastrophic IT crash that puts markets out of action for several days could be the catalyst to another financial crisis. Anna...


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Lula, once Brazil's 'most popular politician,' faces ruling that could send him to jail

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. RIO DE JANEIRO - Former president Barack Obama once called him “the most popular politician on earth.” That politician will find out this week whether he is still on track to retake the Brazilian presidency - or move one step closer to a prison cell. Luiz Inácio Lula...


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As US raises tariffs, India's Modi defends free trade

Switzerland Davos Forum

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Tuesday against a new wave of protectionism, saying that trade barriers pose a danger to the world on par with climate change and extremist attacks. Modi delivered the message in a speech just hours after the U.S. government of...


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Egypt's military arrests presidential hopeful, ex-general

Egypt Elections

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s military on Tuesday arrested former military chief of staff and presidential hopeful Sami Annan, leveling an array of serious allegations against him in what appears to be a calculated move by the armed forces and the incumbent to push him out of the race. With his bid to win...


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Injured Nadal out of Australian Open; Cilic into semifinals

Australian Open Tennis

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An injured and visibly struggling Rafael Nadal retired while trailing in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic. Top-ranked Nadal fended off five break points in the last game before Cilic broke his serve, then the 16-time major...


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Defense Secretary Mattis seeks ties with once brutal Indonesia special forces unit, with

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. JAKARTA, Indonesia - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is pushing to reestablish contact with Indonesia’s premier counterterror force, he said Tuesday, decades after it was barred from working closely with U.S. forces due to human rights abuses. Mattis told reporters a...


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Skepticism, worry amid preparation for Rohingya repatriation

Myanmar Rohingya

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar says it’s ready for a gradual repatriation of Muslim Rohingya refugees chased out by the Buddhist-majority country’s military. Bangladesh says it’s preparing for the transfer, but it might need more time. And the refugees themselves? In interviews in recent weeks with...


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