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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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Obama, Xi look to highlight areas of agreement

  BEIJING (AP) — President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to play down points of tension between their two nations Wednesday, unveiling a flurry of agreements on climate change, military cooperation and trade, while casting their own burgeoning relationship as candid and productive. Yet areas of discord between the world’s largest economies [...]

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Romanian PM takes on mayor in presidential runoff

  BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s presidential runoff sees Prime Minister Victor Ponta facing off against Klaus Iohannis, the ethnic German mayor of the Transylvanian city of Sibiu. Ponta, a former prosecutor, led Iohannis by 10 points in the first-round voting on Nov. 2, and polls indicate Ponta is likely to win, despite corruption probes [...]

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3 presidents press Burkina Faso on civilian rule

  OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Three West African presidents visited Burkina Faso on Wednesday to join the international effort to press military leaders to quickly return to the country to civilian rule. Opposition protests forced President Blaise Compaore to resign last week, saying 27 years in power was enough for the semi-authoritarian leader. Burkina [...]

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Virginia State president to step down Dec. 31

ETTRICK, Va. (AP) — Virginia State University President Keith T. Miller is resigning at the end of the year amid concerns over declining enrollment and financial woes. Miller on Friday agreed to step down Dec. 31 as he and the school’s board of visitors acknowledged a need for a change in leadership at the historically [...]

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Body of Zambian president arrives home

  LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — A chartered plane carrying the body of Zambian President Michael Sata arrived on Saturday in Zambia from London, where the president died in a hospital after a long illness. Mourners, some carrying pictures of Sata, gathered at the main Lusaka airport before the arrival of the plane. Two former Zambian [...]

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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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