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TOKYO (AP) - At first, it was 2011 all over again. "It really came back. And it was so awful. The sways to the side were huge," Kazuhiro Onuki said after northeastern Japan was jolted Tuesday by a magnitude-7.4 earthquake, the strongest since a … more
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Following a public outcry, Turkey's government has withdrawn a proposal that critics said would have allowed men accused of sexually abusing underage girls to go free if they were married to their victims. The proposal, … more
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the faithful of the "grave sin" of abortion, extending indefinitely the special permission he had granted for the duration of the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy. Francis wrote … more
MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian airstrike in northern Syria this week killed at least 30 members of an al-Qaida-linked group, including some of its leaders, the Russian military said Thursday. The statement comes amid a new wave on airstrikes in the … more
MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court, which rules on such grave charges as genocide and crimes against humanity. Putin's decree, published Wednesday on the … more
PARIS (AP) - Donald Trump's election in the U.S. has given a new boost to conservative leaders in what may be the next major populist battleground, France, where far-right leader Marine Le Pen is convinced that her anti-immigration, anti-Islam views … more
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Evidence is mounting for an ocean at Pluto, buried beneath its frozen heart. Scientists said Wednesday that Pluto may have rolled over on its axis eons ago, the result of tidal forces with jumbo moon Charon. The extra … more
BEIRUT - Bombs rained down on rebel-held eastern Aleppo for a second straight day Wednesday, pounding a district that houses several medical facilities, including the central blood bank, and forcing Syrian staff and patients in the only remaining … more
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - U.S. armed forces and the CIA may have committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said in a report, raising the possibility that American citizens … more
BAZWAYA, Iraq - Iraqi special forces stood poised to enter Mosul in an offensive to drive out Islamic State militants after sweeping into the last village on the city's eastern edge Monday while fending off suicide car bombs without losing a … more
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