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Afghanistan's Shiite minority increasingly targeted in their places of worship

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- Dozens of men gathered in a dust-blown graveyard Saturday to pay their last respects to 83-year-old Karbalai Mohammad Anwar Noori, one of at least 50 people killed in a suicide bombing the night before at a nearby mosque in western Kabul.

As Noori's sons and nephews fought back tears, a tall, turbaned cleric stood above ...Read more

Czech populist is clear winner in parliamentary elections

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PRAGUE –– Billionaire populist Andrej Babis and his ANO (Yes) party were declared the winners of the Czech parliamentary elections Saturday,

With votes from nearly all polling stations counted, ANO received 29.7 percent of the votes, the national statistical office said -- an insurmountable margin for the competition.

Babis, who has been ...Read more

Trump says he'll allow release of JFK assassination files

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump said Saturday that he plans to allow the release of classified files related to the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Trump, in a Twitter post, didn't specify whether the president intends to allow all, or just some, of the information to become public, and he stipulated that the ...Read more

Spain moves to remove secessionist Catalonian leaders

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MADRID -- The entire regional government of Catalonia should be dismissed and new elections should be held there within six months, the Spanish government said Saturday.

The government asked to dismiss secessionist Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont and all his ministers, and to bring regional public media under Madrid's direct control.

...Read more

Iran says nuclear deal can't be renegotiated

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TEHRAN, Iran –– The nuclear deal between Iran and world powers can't be renegotiated despite U.S. President Donald Trump's objection to the terms, Iran's deputy foreign minister said Saturday.

That includes all annexes, clauses and proposed additions, Abbas Araghchi was quoted as saying by the state-owned Islamic Republic News Agency. The U...Read more

Bannon brings 'war' to California

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Former Trump administration strategist and GOP agitator Stephen K. Bannon on Friday told California Republicans, whose state party has fallen in membership and political influence, that their salvation lies in putting aside their differences and getting to work -- just as they'd done to help move President Donald Trump to his ...Read more

Stem cell infusions improved health in frail elderly, researchers say

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There's no medicine to prevent signs of aging like fatigue, muscle weakness and loss of balance.

But as scientists work to unlock the mysteries of why some 80-year-olds must live in nursing homes while others play tennis every week, researchers with the University of Miami's Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute said they found the beginnings ...Read more

Abe seeks fresh mandate in Japanese elections Sunday

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TOKYO –– Elections Sunday may clear the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to become Japan's longest-serving leader.

Polls project that Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and coalition partner Komeito will maintain control of parliament while two opposition groups compete for second place. It's unclear whether Abe's coalition will retain ...Read more

Irma is long gone, but South Florida's watery wilderness is still feeling the pain

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MIAMI --When Hurricane Irma charged across the state last month, coastal communities hammered by powerful storm surges attracted the most attention. But inland Lake Okeechobee, the state's 730-square mile liquid heart, also took a hit.

Lake levels already high from the wettest rainy season in 86 years shot up 3 1/2 feet, raising concerns about ...Read more

China's rising authoritarianism has a stark human cost

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BEIJING -- Li Heping spent his career trying to hold Chinese Communist Party officials accountable for their darkest behavior. He believed in an authority higher than the party -- China's legal system. And for that, he suffered tremendously.

Since the late 1990s, Li, a human rights lawyer, had defended China's most persecuted groups: dissidents...Read more

Trump divide trickles down to colleges

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LOS ANGELES -- University of California, Irvine senior Ariana Rowlands is buddies with Milo Yiannopoulos, the right-wing provocateur who has sparked campus uproars over free speech. She writes for Steve Bannon's Breitbart News. And she is unapologetically combative in campus culture wars.

Leesa Danzek, a University of Southern California ...Read more

State Department says US ambassador in Niger did not deny personnel request

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. ambassador in Niger did not deny support for a U.S. Special Forces unit that lost four soldiers in a deadly ambush on the border between Mali and Niger on Oct. 4, the State Department said Friday.

The Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau reported Thursday that the ambassador had resisted U.S. military requests for ...Read more

U.S. identifies 2 more victims of mysterious sonic attacks in Havana

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MIAMI -- The U.S. State Department added two victims to the list of diplomats who have suffered mysterious attacks in Havana.

The number of Americans affected is now 24.

"Based on continued assessments of U.S. government personnel, we can confirm 24 persons have experienced health effects from the attacks," State Department spokeswoman Heather...Read more

Woman in St. Louis County swindled out of $4,800 in a virtual kidnapping scheme

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ST. LOUIS--Nancy McGowan answered her phone and a man said he had her daughter and that he was not joking. But he didn't, and by the end of the scam she had wired him $4,800. It was what police call virtual kidnapping for ransom.

McGowan, of St. Louis County, is embarrassed but wants other people to beware and not get tricked as she was.

It ...Read more

Pablo Neruda may have been killed with toxic substance, experts say

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- Pablo Neruda, winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature, did not die of prostate cancer and may have been killed with a toxic substance, a group of international experts said Friday.

The studies were conducted to clarify whether the Chilean poet died of natural causes, or whether he was poisoned by the military ...Read more

Iraqi forces seize Kurdish-controlled town

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IRBIL, Iraq -- Fighting erupted Friday between the forces of Iraq's central government and Kurds in the disputed province of Kirkuk, as tensions escalated between Baghdad and the autonomous region of Kurdistan.

Thirty members of Kurdish peshmerga forces were killed in clashes with Shiite militias allied with Baghdad in the Kirkuk town of Altun ...Read more

Officer killed in Vegas shooting left funeral instructions: 'Remember me for who I was'

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LAS VEGAS -- Charleston Hartfield was a military man. A policeman. A family man.

And a prepared man.

So it didn't surprise those who knew him that he had instructions -- a computer file called "Charleston Hartfield's Memorial Service" -- that offered careful plans for what to do in the event of his death. Nobody should wear black. There should...Read more

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Weapons, explosive devices and aerial photos of schools found during child porn raid in Florida

A child porn raid at a Florida home this week turned into something much more when authorities found loads of weapons and explosive devices -- as well as aerial photos of two schools and a threatening note.

Detectives seized 20 guns, more than 2,300...Read more

Rep. Tim Murphy of Pa. will be gone, but staff staying on the job

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WASHINGTON -- Aides will answer phones by saying something like "18th Congressional District" rather than "Congressman Tim Murphy's office."

Other than that, constituents won't notice much change when they call their congressional office next week for help with things like help applying for veterans' benefits, guidance navigating federal ...Read more

Exclusive: After Trump claim of calling families of fallen service members, White House still lacked casualty list

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WASHINGTON -- In the hours after President Donald Trump said on an Oct. 17 radio broadcast that he had contacted "virtually everybody" who had lost a family member in military service this year, the White House was hustling to learn from the Pentagon the identities and contact information for those families, according to an internal Defense ...Read more

 

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