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France to merge Areva, EDF nuclear reactor businesses

PARIS (AP) — French nuclear giants Areva and EDF will merge their reactor businesses in a joint venture controlled by EDF — a wide-ranging res…

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Greek leader heads to Brussels to defend deal proposal

Greek leader heads to Brussels to defend deal proposal

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister headed for a showdown with key creditors on Wednesday in Brussels, where each side would present…

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From tiny cages to lots of love, Thai dogs find homes in US

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time, they gobbled up treats, walked on grass and rolled in the dirt — things many American dogs take for granted.

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Rome university chief blasted for 'Miss University' pageant

ROME (AP) — Some of Italy's top female academics are demanding an apology from the president of the University of Rome for participating in th…

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Ukraine battle tests cease-fire to breaking point

Ukraine battle tests cease-fire to breaking point

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A major battle erupted Wednesday on the western edge of the main separatist rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine, leaving …

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Amnesty slams Nigeria army for abuses in Boko Haram battle

Amnesty slams Nigeria army for abuses in Boko Haram battle

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian military abuses have caused the deaths of some 8,000 civilians in the fight against Boko Haram extremists, Amne…

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No bail for Canadian diplomat's teen son in killings

MIAMI (AP) — The teenage son of a senior Canadian diplomat is a risk of fleeing prosecution in South Florida for his role in an alleged drug-r…

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Zimbabwean court stops arrests of women at night

Zimbabwean court stops arrests of women at night

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Women in Zimbabwe are starting to venture out at night without fear of being arrested on prostitution charges after th…

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Dutch firebrand vows to show Muhammad cartoons on TV

Dutch firebrand vows to show Muhammad cartoons on TV

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said Wednesday he plans to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on Dutc…

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Latvian parliament chooses defense minister as president

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Latvian lawmakers have chosen the defense minister as the Baltic country's next president.

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China escalates effort to recover missing from capsized ship

China escalates effort to recover missing from capsized ship

JIANLI, China (AP) — Chinese authorities deployed scores more divers and a large crane as they escalated efforts Wednesday to recover more tha…

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ECB says stimulus is helping economy, pushing up inflation

ECB says stimulus is helping economy, pushing up inflation

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said the bank's 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus program is suppor…

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Protester disrupts news conference with Egypt's el-Sissi

Protester disrupts news conference with Egypt's el-Sissi

BERLIN (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi defended his government's human rights track record Wednesday, saying he was operating …

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Palace confirms Queen Elizabeth II's medical appointment

Palace confirms Queen Elizabeth II's medical appointment

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace took the unusual step Wednesday of confirming that Queen Elizabeth II went to a hospital for her annual medica…

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Prosecutor receives French army file about sex-abuse probe

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor's office has received documents linked to a military investigation of alleged sexual abuse by French soldier…

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Spain ex-premier plans Venezuela trip to help politician

MADRID (AP) — A former Spanish prime minister hopes to travel to Venezuela this weekend to help lawyers defending imprisoned opposition leader…

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Indonesia raises alert status of volcano to highest level

Indonesia raises alert status of volcano to highest level

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has raised the alert status of Sinabung volcano in the western part of the country to the highest level fo…

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Encouraging job market news sends US stocks higher

Encouraging job market news sends US stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as traders welcomed some encouraging news about the job market.

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Mothers call on children who've joined IS to come home

BERLIN (AP) — A group of Western mothers whose children have joined the Islamic State group and other extremists in Syria and Iraq appealed We…

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Image of Asia: Fishing on the Mahanadi

Image of Asia: Fishing on the Mahanadi

In this photo by Biswaranjan Rout, fishermen throw in their nets into the River Mahanadi, or Great River, on the outskirts of Cuttack, India. …

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The Latest on China Boat Sinking: Ship cited for violations

The Latest on China Boat Sinking: Ship cited for violations

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US, India move forward on joint military research projects

US, India move forward on joint military research projects

NEW DELHI (AP) — After several years of bureaucratic delays, the U.S. and India are moving ahead with two joint research projects for the mili…

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Cyprus official: Ammonium nitrate cache under surveillance

Cyprus official: Ammonium nitrate cache under surveillance

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A home in Cyprus where police seized five tons of a chemical compound that can be turned into an explosive had been kep…

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In Tokyo, Philippine leader criticizes China over sea moves

In Tokyo, Philippine leader criticizes China over sea moves

TOKYO (AP) — On his sixth visit to Japan in five years, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday criticized China's assertiveness …

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Rohingya expert: Dozens of corpses wash to shore in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Dozens of corpses have washed to shore in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine in the last month, an advocacy group and v…

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