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Obama seeks broader audience through YouTube personalities

WASHINGTON (AP) — No cringe. No dazzle. No edge. President Barack Obama picked three of the most popular YouTube content creators for an interview Thursday, hoping to reach an audience typically not tuned to the daily give and take of Washington and its politics. After all, these were YouTube personalities with hits such as “The [...]

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Amid mourning, a new generation enters line to Saudi throne

  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s newly enthroned King Salman moved quickly Friday to name a future successor to the crown in his oil-rich kingdom, a significant appointment that puts the kingdom’s future squarely in the hands of a new generation. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud’s actions came as the Sunni-ruled kingdom [...]

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Economic test looms as Bolivia’s Morales begins new term

  LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales is beginning a new term that will make him the Andean nation’s longest-serving leader, riding high on a wave of unprecedented growth and stability. But after he takes the oath before foreign dignitaries Thursday, Morales and his compatriots will face economic challenges that could quickly [...]

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Havana talks start after promises by Obama, Cuban caution

  HAVANA (AP) — The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades kicked off two days of negotiations Wednesday after grand promises by President Barack Obama about change on the island and a somber warning from Cuba to abandon hopes of reforming the communist government. U.S. moves to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and loosen [...]

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France to get better guns, more intel agents to fight terror

  PARIS (AP) — France announced sweeping new measures to counter homegrown terrorism Wednesday, including giving security forces better weapons and protection, going on an intelligence agent hiring spree and creating a better database of anyone suspected of extremist links. The measures detailed by Prime Minister Manuel Valls came as four men were handed preliminary [...]

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Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

WASHINGTON (AP) — Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP’s own plans. In [...]

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Ohio Sen. Portman rules out presidential bid

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says he will not run for president in 2016, choosing instead to seek a second term in the Senate over the Republican nomination for the White House. The former White House budget chief and U.S. trade representative said he feels he can play an important role [...]

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Burkina Faso: Transitional president inaugurated

  OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A former U.N. ambassador was sworn in as Burkina Faso’s transitional president Tuesday, tasked with organizing elections after the military briefly took power when the country’s leader of nearly three decades was forced into exile. Michel Kafando, 72, had been chosen a day earlier to lead Burkina Faso for [...]

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Putin says sides not abiding peace deal in Ukraine

  MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s president said he believes peace in Ukraine is possible but that neither side is fully holding up a truce struck in September. In an interview with German television broadcast late Sunday, Putin said he was convinced that it was possible to end the deadlock in east Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels [...]

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Romanian president-elect: Deep change coming

  BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — An ethnic German mayor who defeated the prime minister in a runoff to become president of Romania said Monday his victory signals stronger relations with the West and greater stability for Eastern Europe. Thousands of Romanians celebrated the surprise victory of Klaus Iohannis over Victor Ponta, which the mayor of [...]

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Climate deal surprises after secret negotiations

  BEIJING (AP) — The climate change agreement between the United States and China caught the world by surprise after months of secret negotiations, built on an opening that arose last year when President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in the California desert. The deal, announced Wednesday, could mark a turning point [...]

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