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Choice of hard-liner as new Taliban chief dims hope of talks

WASHINGTON — The selection of a hard-line cleric as the new Taliban chief Wednesday all but dashes President Obama's hopes for opening peace talks before ...

Debris in Mozambique, Mauritius to be analyzed by MH370 team

SYDNEY — Three pieces of debris found washed ashore in Mozambique and the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius will be examined by investigators in Australia ...

Japan's Abe rejects Pearl Harbor visit

SHIMA, Japan — Laying bare the complex politics of reconciliation and contrition, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday rejected the idea of visiting Pearl ...

Ukrainian pilot freed in swap with Russia

MOSCOW — Russia and Ukraine completed a high-level prisoner swap Wednesday, trading a Ukrainian helicopter pilot dubbed the country's "Joan of Arc" for two Russian ...

Germany nears new migrant plans

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet Wednesday backed a plan seeking to better integrate migrants, virtually assuring that Germany will move ahead with efforts designed ...

Netanyahu adds hard-liner to Israeli coalition

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named one of Israel's most polarizing politicians as defense minister Wednesday, solidifying his parliamentary majority at the risk of ...

Shakespeare First Folio fetches $2.75 million at auction

LONDON — A set of the first four editions of William Shakespeare's plays — dubbed the "Holy Grail of publishing" by Christie's auction house — ...

Switzerland to fine Muslim students who won't shake teachers' hands

GENEVA — Educational authorities in Switzerland ruled Wednesday that the parents or guardians of students who refuse to shake a teacher's hand — a Swiss ...

Egypt deports French journalist amid crackdown on the media

CAIRO — Egypt deported a French journalist without explanation on Wednesday, the reporter and his newspaper said, the latest move in an ongoing crackdown by ...

Taliban bomber hits court minibus in Kabul, killing 10

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber targeted a minibus carrying court employees in Kabul during morning rush hour Wednesday, killing 10 people, an Afghan official ...

Mixed signals given on cause of EgyptAir plane crash

CAIRO — Egyptian forensic experts have examined human remains retrieved from the site of the EgyptAir Flight 804 crash, officials told news agencies Tuesday, amid ...

French raid Google in latest probe into tech's tax tactics

PARIS — Police raided Google's French headquarters Tuesday looking for evidence of "aggravated tax fraud," marking one of Europe's most conspicuous attempts yet to cast ...

Cuba to legalize small, medium-sized private businesses

HAVANA — Cuba announced Tuesday that it will legalize small- and medium-sized private businesses in a move that could significantly expand private enterprise in one ...

Greece begins closing refugee camp on Macedonia border

IDOMENI, Greece — It grew to the size of a small town, becoming a symbol of Europe's closed border policy for migrants and refugees. On ...

Iraq says clashes with IS outside Fallujah briefly subside

BAGHDAD — Clashes between Iraqi government forces and the Islamic State group outside the city of Fallujah briefly subsided on Tuesday, the second day of ...

12 dead, 50 injured in jade mining landslide in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — A landslide in northern Myanmar's jade mining region Tuesday killed at least 12 people and injured about 50 others, witnesses and officials ...

Official: Roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan kills 5

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says at least five civilians were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in southern Kandahar province. Samim ...

Mine kills Saudi officer along kingdom's border with Yemen

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — State media in Saudi Arabia are reporting that a land mine has killed a border guard along the kingdom's frontier with ...

Greek authorities begin evacuation of Idomeni refugee camp

IIDOMENI, Greece — Greek authorities began an operation at dawn Tuesday to gradually evacuate the country's largest informal refugee camp of Idomeni on the Macedonian ...