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Mascot designs for 2020 Tokyo Olympics shortlisted

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TOKYO (AP) — Japanese schoolchildren will help determine the mascot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics....

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The rise, striking fall of a Trump adviser

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. ATHENS - A brass band played, fighter jets streaked the clear blue sky and a red carpet adorned the airport tarmac on the day in May 2016 when Vladimir Putin came to Athens for a visit. “Mr. President, welcome to Greece,” the Greek defense minister, Panos Kammenos,...


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Venezuela's Socialist party wins landslide victory in mayoral elections, election board

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela’s pro-government election board said the ruling Socialist party won a landslide victory in Sunday’s mayoral elections, strengthening President Nicolás Maduro’s grip on power ahead of next year’s presidential race, in which he is expected...


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Venezuela's socialist party wins landslide victory in mayoral elections, Maduro says

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro declared a landslide government victory in Sunday’s mayoral elections, strengthening his grip on power ahead of next year’s presidential race, in which he is expected to run. The pro-government election...


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American diplomat: US looks to counter Iran in post-war Iraq

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BAGHDAD (AP) — As Iraq emerges from three years of war with the Islamic State group, the U.S. is looking to roll back the influence of neighboring Iran and help the central government resolve its dispute with the Kurdish region, the American envoy to the country told The Associated Press. U.S....


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Once a mighty political force, the Pakistan People's Party is struggling to make a

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. ISLAMABAD - It seemed like a moment from another era. Thousands of exuberant supporters gathered in a field outside the capital on a chilly evening last week, dancing to music, waving banners and cheering loudly as leaders from the Pakistan People’s Party called for...


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Russia says its athletes want to compete at the Olympics

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian athletes are overwhelmingly in favor of competing at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games despite a ban on the national team, the country’s Olympic committee said Monday. Sofia Velikaya said the Russian Olympic Committee’s athletes’ commission, which she chairs, has heard from “all...


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What you can learn from watching North Korean soap operas

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. North Korean state media is often known for its bombast and fiery rhetoric. But spend some time watching North Korea’s televised dramas and soap operas, and you may be surprised to see that the country acknowledges some of its weaknesses, too. For example, the family...


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Clarification: Paradise Papers-Bono story

BERLIN (AP) — In a story Dec. 9, The Associated Press reported, based on an article written in German, that U2 frontman Bono told Munich newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung in an interview he would be at least as angry as fans “should anything fishy have happened” in relation to his offshore investments....


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

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday launched a surprise visit to Russia’s Khmeimim airbase in Syria, announcing a drawdown in Russian forces shortly after his administration declared victory in its intervention in the Syria war . In his first visit to...


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

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday opened a surprise visit to Russia’s Khmeimim air base in Syria, announcing a drawdown in Russian forces shortly after his administration declared victory in its intervention in the Syria war. In his first visit to...


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