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Russia's Putin makes stop at Russian military base in Syria

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MOSCOW (AP) — Declaring a victory in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday visited a Russian military air base in the country and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the Mideast nation. Putin’s surprise visit marked his first trip to Syria, drawing a symbolic line under...


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Clarification: Sweden-Synagogue-Arson story

HELSINKI (AP) — In a story Dec. 10, The Associated Press reported that the fire-bombing of a synagogue in Goteborg was the second anti-Jewish attack in Sweden in as many days. The story should have clarified that the first incident was a pro-Palestinian demonstration Friday in Malmo where...


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One of Japan's few female Shinto priests was killed in a Samurai sword attack. Was it

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. The attackers struck as the priestess stepped from her chauffeured car. It was last Thursday night at the Tomioka Hachimangu, a centuries-old Shinto shrine in Tokyo famed for its annual festival and association with Japanese sumo wrestling. Nagako Tomioka, the chief...


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Saudi Arabia says it will allow cinemas to operate for the first time in decades

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. MANAMA, Bahrain - Saudi Arabia said on Monday that it would allow cinemas to operate in the strictly conservative kingdom for the first time in decades, in the latest sign of a broader government push to relax social restrictions, provide popular entertainment for...


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AP: Rohingya methodically raped by Myanmar's armed forces

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UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — The soldiers arrived, as they often did, long after sunset. It was June, and the newlyweds were asleep in their home, surrounded by the fields of wheat they farmed in western Myanmar. Without warning, seven soldiers burst into the house and charged into their bedroom. The...


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Russian President Putin makes first visit to Syria, lauds victory over ISIS and announces

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday made a surprise visit to Russia’s Khmeimim air base in Syria, announcing an imminent drawdown of Russian forces in the wake of his declaration of victory in its intervention in the Syria war. In his first visit to...


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Japan to develop stadium evacuation app

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. The Japanese government will start developing an evacuation guidance app for mobile phones, tablets and other devices next fiscal year. The new app will automatically show users evacuation routes to help spectators at large stadiums evacuate without getting lost in...


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In Putin's heartland, apathy and disappointment rule

Russia In Putin's Heartland

NOVOKUZNETSK, Russia (AP) — Three months ahead of Russia’s presidential election, apathy and disappointment pervade incumbent Vladimir Putin’s heartland. Alexandra Chekh, a retired kindergarten director, voted for Putin the last time around in 2012. Now she wonders if he has anything to offer....


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Numazu, Japan restaurants focus on deep-sea specialities

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. NUMAZU, Shizuoka, Japan - Suruga Bay, off Shizuoka Prefecture, is a treasure trove of deep-sea fish. The Heda district in the city of Numazu in the prefecture lies on the coast about an hour’s drive from the city center. A large volume of the local catch of deep-...


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Macron to keep alive Paris climate pact as Trump stays home

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. French President Emmanuel Macron this week will seek to breathe new life into the fight against global warming and sway debate away from skeptics of the process led by U.S. President Donald Trump. At a series of events in Paris starting Monday, Macron along with leaders from...


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