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Israeli president visits Arab town, massacre site

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new ceremonial president visited the site of a 1956 massacre Sunday, October 26, the first Israeli head of state to do so, as part of his outreach campaign to the country’s Arab minority. Reuven Rivlin became president in July, replacing Nobel laureate Shimon Peres, and has since made improving relations [...]

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Ukraine adopts law to purge government officials

  KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s president approved legislation Thursday to purge government bodies of officials linked to the rule of the country’s previous leader, Viktor Yanukovych. The law is aimed at restoring public trust in authorities and building “a new system of government in line with European standards,” President Petro Poroshenko’s office said in [...]

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Putin celebrates 62nd birthday in wild Siberia

  MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is celebrating his 62nd birthday in the wilderness of Siberia as supporters from across Russia create tributes in his honor. Putin celebrated his birthday Tuesday in the Siberian forest some “300-400 kilometers (185-250 miles) from the nearest populated area,” his press secretary told Russian news media. Putin [...]

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    CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton urged voters in his home state Monday not to use the midterm election as a protest against the White House, as he toured the state to help Democrats’ efforts to prevent a GOP takeover in Arkansas. Clinton kicked off a series of rallies in Arkansas [...]

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Ousted Haitian dictator, Jean-Claude Duvalier dies

  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jean-Claude Duvalier, who presided over what was widely acknowledged as a corrupt and brutal regime as the self-proclaimed “president for life” of Haiti until a popular uprising sent him into a 25-year exile, has died. He was 63. Duvalier died October 4th from a heart attack at the home of [...]

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Brazil election may change diplomatic direction

  SAO PAULO (AP) — More than a decade of Workers Party rule has seen Brazil prioritize ties with its leftist regional neighbors, from helping muscle socialist Venezuela into the Mercosur trade bloc to financing a billion-dollar transformation of an industrial port in Cuba. But if President Dilma Rousseff fails to fight off the surging [...]

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Ukraine pledges more autonomy to rebellious east

  KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s president promised Wednesday to introduce a bill as early as next week that would offer greater autonomy to the pro-Russian east, where separatists have been battling government troops for almost five months. But President Petro Poroshenko said the regions would remain part of Ukraine and rejected the idea of [...]

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Serbia caught in middle over Ukraine

  NOVI SAD, Serbia (AP) — Radivoje Miljanic, the owner of “Putin Cafe,” has no dilemma over the course Serbia should take over Ukraine: turn off the pro-Western path and forge a strong alliance with Slavic ally Russia. “Our government cannot sit on two chairs,” Miljanic, said sipping vodka in his smoky joint under a [...]

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NATO approves new force aimed at deterring Russia

  NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Seeking to counter Russian aggression, NATO leaders approved plans Friday to create a rapid response force with a headquarters in Eastern Europe that could quickly mobilize if an alliance country in the region were to come under attack. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said a command headquarters would be [...]

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