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December 19, 2018 - 9:44 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Days before Congo's elections, the Kinshasa's governor banned campaign rallies in the capital city, citing security concerns. The capital's governor Andre Kimbuta on Wednesday cancelled all political rallies in the city for the 21 candidates vying for the presidency in the...
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December 19, 2018 - 9:37 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An international refugee agency says that more than 430,000 people have fled violence in Cameroon's restive English-speaking regions and are hiding in rural areas with few resources. The Norwegian Refugee Council, one of several humanitarian organizations offering support,...
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December 19, 2018 - 9:30 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Ten former employees of the Estonian branch of Danske Bank have been detained in connection with a probe into a major money laundering scandal that allegedly involved money from Russia and former Soviet states. Estonian Prosecutor General Lavly Perling said Wednesday the employees...
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In this photo released by Inter Services Public Relations of Pakistan's military, U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, talks with Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa during a meeting in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Khalilzad's meeting with Pakistan's powerful army chief Bajwa was presumably to brief him on the talks with the Taliban, which Pakistan helped orchestrate by getting the Taliban to the UAE. (Inter Services Public Relations via AP)
December 19, 2018 - 9:26 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The latest talks between the Taliban and a U.S. peace envoy on the war in Afghanistan focused on the withdrawal of NATO troops, the release of prisoners and halting attacks on civilians by pro-government forces, a Taliban spokesman said Wednesday. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who...
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain. A New York-based organization dedicated to the safety of journalists says the number killed worldwide in reprisal for their work, including Khashoggi, nearly doubled in 2018. Khashoggi was one of 53 journalists killed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 14, 2018, the committee said. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)
December 19, 2018 - 9:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of journalists killed worldwide in retaliation for their work nearly doubled this year, according to an annual report by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The New York-based organization found that 34 journalists were killed in retaliation for their work as of Dec. 14...
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European Commissioner for Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovkis speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The European Commission says it has reached an agreement with Italy to avert action over the country's budget plans, which the EU's executive arm had warned could break euro currency rules. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
December 19, 2018 - 9:21 am
LONDON (AP) — Hackers have spent years eavesdropping on the diplomatic communications of European Union officials, a U.S. cybersecurity firm said Wednesday, an operation disrupted only after researchers discovered hundreds of intercepted documents lying around on the internet. The documents were...
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December 19, 2018 - 9:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales increased in November for the second straight month, but sales plummeted 7 percent from a year ago amid growing affordability pressures. The National Association of Realtors says that sales of existing homes rose 1.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of...
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December 19, 2018 - 8:58 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has signed a long-term deal with a U.S. company for supplies of liquefied natural gas as part of an effort to reduce its dependence on Russian energy. Port Arthur LNG, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, and Poland's state gas company PGNiG jointly announced Wednesday the...
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December 19, 2018 - 8:57 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A former Bosnian army commander pleaded not guilty to charges of war crimes against civilians and prisoners of war during the country's brutal 1992-95 war. Atif Dudakovic appeared before the Bosnian court on Wednesday. Fifteen others indicted with Dudakovic also...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks down to a mobile devices as she leads the last cabinet meeting of the German government for this year, at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The German government will decide at the meeting about an initiative to attract foreign skilled workers. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
December 19, 2018 - 8:55 am
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has no plans to reshuffle her Cabinet, Merkel's spokesman said Wednesday after a one-time rival of the chancellor hinted he'd be interested in joining the government, Merkel's Christian Democratic Union is trying to heal internal divisions and prevent...
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