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Kim Jong Un: 'Deranged' Trump will 'pay dearly' for threat

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is calling President Donald Trump

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Germany's Merkel faces tricky task to build government

APTOPIX Germany Election

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel was embarking Monday on a complicated quest to form a new government for Europe’s biggest economy and find answers to the rise of a nationalist, anti-migrant party. Sunday’s election left Merkel’s conservative Union bloc weakened after a campaign that...


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Iraqi Kurds vote in referendum on independence from Baghdad

Iraq Kurdish referendum

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurds were casting ballots on Monday in Iraq’s Kurdish region and disputed territories on whether to support independence from Baghdad in a historic but non-binding vote that has raised regional tensions and fears of instability. Millions are expected to vote across the...


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Japan's baby panda now has a name: Xiang Xiang, or fragrance

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s baby panda now has a name: Xiang Xiang, or fragrance. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said Monday the 3-month-old giant panda is called Shan Shan in Japanese, or Xiang Xiang in Chinese. The name, whose Chinese characters mean fragrance, was chosen from more than 320,000 suggestions and...


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The Latest: Merkel's bloc comes 1st in German election

Germany Election

BERLIN (AP) — The latest on Germany’s national election (all times local): 3:55 a.m. Election officials confirm Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc has come first in Germany’s election, paving the way for her to lead the country for a fourth term. The federal election authority said early...


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Iraq's Kurds to vote on independence amid fears of unrest

Iraq Kurdish referendum

KALAK, Iraq (AP) — “For the sake of the sacrifices and blood of the martyrs, let’s all say yes for Kurdistan independence,” reads a large billboard in the center of Kalak, a small town in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region. “Independence is not given, it’s taken!” reads another banner hanging below a...


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US drone strikes kill 17 Islamic State fighters in Libya, military says

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. The U.S.military launched six drone strikes against Islamic State positions in Libya on Friday, months after militants were driven from safe havens there. Officials announced the operation Sunday, saying 17 militants were killed and three vehicles were destroyed when...


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US airstrikes kill 17 Islamic State fighters in Libya, military says

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. U.S. warplanes launched six airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Libya on Friday, months after militants were driven from safe havens there. The military announced the operation Sunday, saying 17 militants were killed and three vehicles were destroyed when...


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Merkel heads for another term in Germany, but far right spoils the party

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on course to claim a fourth term in office Sunday even as the far right spoiled her victory party, surging into parliament for the first time in more than half a century, according to projections based on exit polls and...


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The Latest: DOE assessing Puerto Rico's power grid damage

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The latest on Hurricane Maria and its devastation of Puerto Rico (all times local): 4:55 p.m. The U.S. Department of Energy says initial damage assessments and power restoration efforts have begun on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The agency said Sunday that it is...


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Merkel wins 4th term but nationalists surge in German vote

Germany Election

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc won a lackluster victory in Germany’s national election Sunday while the anti-migrant, nationalist Alternative for Germany party managed a triumphant entry into parliament. Merkel’s main center-left rivals, the Social Democrats, slid to...


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