• Seeing double? Two Tymoshenkos run to become Ukraine president
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    Seeing double? Two Tymoshenkos run to become Ukraine president

    One is Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister and one of the frontrunners. The other is Yuriy Tymoshenko, a largely unknown lawmaker who insists he is the genuine candidate and that she is the bogus, or "technical", one sent to spoil his chances of victory. In turn, Yulia Tymoshenko has

  • German 10-year yields dive below zero to two-and-a-half-year lows as growth fears roil markets
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    German 10-year yields dive below zero to two-and-a-half-year lows as growth fears roil markets

    Equities in Paris and London FTSE tumbled 0.8 percent. Europe's auto sector led the falls, dropping one percent. "Numbers like the ones we have seen this morning from the European manufacturing sector in Europe would suggest there is more weak data to come," said Tim Graf, EMEA Head of

  • UCLA head soccer coach charged in admissions fraud scandal resigns
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    UCLA head soccer coach charged in admissions fraud scandal resigns

    University of Southern California Los Angeles' head men's soccer coach, Jorge Salcedo, who is among those charged in the biggest admissions fraud scheme uncovered in the United States, resigned his post Thursday, school officials told several media outlets including the New York Post. Salcedo

  • Broken-hearted but not broken: New Zealand prays together
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    Broken-hearted but not broken: New Zealand prays together

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — New Zealanders observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday in reflecting on the moment one week ago when 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques were slain — an act that an imam told the crowd of thousands had left the country broken-hearted but not broken.In a day without

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    Boko Haram militants kill 23 Chad soldiers: security sources

    N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants killed at least 23 Chadian soldiers overnight, Chadian security sources said on Friday, in what appeared to be the deadliest such attack inside Chad by the Islamist insurgents. Boko Haram has been fighting for a decade to carve an Islamist caliphate out

  • Explosion at Chinese chemical plant kills 47, injures 640
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    Explosion at Chinese chemical plant kills 47, injures 640

    The blast occurred on Thursday at the Chenjiagang Industrial Park in the city of Yancheng, in Jiangsu province, and the fire was finally brought under control at 3.00 a.m. on Friday (1900 GMT), state television said. The fire at a plant owned by the Tianjiayi Chemical Company spread to neighboring factories

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    EU leaders give Britain 'last chance' for orderly Brexit

    Arriving for a second day of a summit dominated by talks over Britain's departure, Belgium's prime minister said he hoped for a rational decision by British lawmakers to back the withdrawal treaty that May concluded with Brussels. Preparations for a no-deal, in which Britain would face sudden

  • The Latest: UK lawmaker: May must devise Brexit alternatives
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    The Latest: UK lawmaker: May must devise Brexit alternatives

    Labour lawmaker Hilary Benn says Prime Minister Theresa May needs to start considering alternatives to her divorce deal with the European Union to avert the crisis a no-deal Brexit would bring. Croatia's prime minister says European Union leaders are protecting their citizens and businesses by setting

  • Venezuela, China in focus for Trump meeting with Caribbean leaders
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    Venezuela, China in focus for Trump meeting with Caribbean leaders

    Trump will meet with leaders from the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida. The response to OPEC-member Venezuela's political crisis has split the members of the Caribbean Community, known as CARICOM. The organization has officially

  • North Korea abruptly withdraws staff from liaison office
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    North Korea abruptly withdraws staff from liaison office

    North Korea abruptly withdrew its staff from a liaison office with South Korea on Friday, a development that is likely to put a damper on ties between the countries and further complicate global diplomacy on North Korea's nuclear program. The North Korean action came a week after its vice foreign

  • North Korea quits liaison office in setback for South after new U.S. sanctions
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    North Korea quits liaison office in setback for South after new U.S. sanctions

    North Korea said it was quitting the joint liaison office set up in September in the border city of Kaesong after a historic summit between leader Kim Jong Un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in early last year. "The North's side pulled out after conveying to us that they are doing

  • Thai parties head into final battle ahead of Sunday vote
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    Thai parties head into final battle ahead of Sunday vote

    Supporters of a pro-army party that has nominated junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as its candidate for prime minister and the opposition Pheu Thai party will gather separately in Bangkok before sunset for last-gasp campaigning. Pheu Thai, removed from power by the military in 2014, is linked to ousted

  • United States warns China meddling in Hong Kong hurting business confidence
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    United States warns China meddling in Hong Kong hurting business confidence

    The U.S. State Department report cited incidents such as the expulsion of Financial Times editor Victor Mallet, the banning of a pro-independence political party, the jailing of young democracy activists and barring people from local elections. The city is now also seeking to amend laws to allow individuals

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    Frustration mounts in Mozambique's Beira over food, water shortages after cyclone

    The situation in the port city of Beira in Mozambique was "boiling" as residents suffered shortages of food, water and other essentials one week after a devastating cyclone, the head of a South African rescue operation said on Friday. Cyclone Idai battered Beira, a low-lying city of 500,000

  • Syria vows to recover Golan as Trump policy shift draws criticism
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    Syria vows to recover Golan as Trump policy shift draws criticism

    The Syrian government vowed to recover the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as its allies and enemies alike condemned U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday for moving to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory seized in war. Trump's statement on Thursday marked a dramatic shift in U.S. policy

  • 'We are one' says PM Ardern as New Zealand mourns with prayers, silence
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    'We are one' says PM Ardern as New Zealand mourns with prayers, silence

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined about 20,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park, in front of the Al Noor mosque where most of the victims were killed during Friday prayers last week. "New Zealand mourns with you. Ardern, who swiftly denounced the shooting as terrorism, has announced a

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    US forces say 2 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan

    KABUL — Two American service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday, the U.S. and NATO forces said, providing no other details on the combat deaths.The fatalities, which bring to four the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscore the difficulties

  • The Latest: Dutch PM: Britain could walk out without deal
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    The Latest: Dutch PM: Britain could walk out without deal

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the United Kingdom now could walk out without a deal on April 12, but he expects it to seek more time under any circumstance. The EU has asked the United Kingdom that if its parliament rejects the withdrawal deal next week it should "indicate a way forward"

  • U.S.-backed Syrian force still battling Islamic State
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    U.S.-backed Syrian force still battling Islamic State

    The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battled Islamic State militants holed up in the Baghouz area overnight, supported by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the SDF said, seeking to defeat the last pockets of jihadist resistance. The SDF has been battling for weeks to defeat Islamic State at the Baghouz

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    Last grants coming for endangered Route 66 program

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Final grant season for an endangered federal program that's helped preserve the historic Route 66 Highway for two decades is ending next month.

  • Explosions in Afghan capital Kabul kill six during new year festival
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    Explosions in Afghan capital Kabul kill six during new year festival

    The attacks came on Nowruz, an ancient Persian festival to mark the start of spring that is widely celebrated in Afghanistan but has also faced opposition from some hardline Islamists, who say it is un-Islamic. There were conflicting reports about of the cause of the blasts near the Kart-e Sakhi shrine

  • Residents fret about chemical plant fire, despite assurances
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    Residents fret about chemical plant fire, despite assurances

    HOUSTON — Kristin Crump and her two kids put damp cloths over their mouths on Thursday for the short walk from their suburban Houston front door to their car, defying an order to remain inside because of dangerous fumes coming from burned-out petrochemical tanks a couple of miles away.For the second

  • 2 hats are better than 1: Mendoza happy with ESPN, Mets role
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    2 hats are better than 1: Mendoza happy with ESPN, Mets role

    NEW YORK — Jessica Mendoza has heard the ribbing.An ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" analyst since 2015, she added a part-time role last month as a New York Mets baseball operations adviser."OK, you work for the Mets, we can't talk to you anymore," she recalled hearing from teams

  • Ex-President Temer arrested in Brazil on corruption charges
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    Ex-President Temer arrested in Brazil on corruption charges

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested Thursday on corruption charges, a dramatic development in a sprawling graft probe that has roiled Latin America's largest nation and shows no sign of slowing.Judge Marcelo Bretas issued an arrest order for the ex-president as well

  • May gets two-week Brexit reprieve from impatient EU
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    May gets two-week Brexit reprieve from impatient EU

    May had wanted to be able to delay Britain's departure until June 30 to tie up legislative loose ends, and tried to reassure the EU that she could overturn two heavy defeats to clinch a last-gasp parliamentary ratification of her deal next week, so allowing a status-quo transition period to come