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Egypt exhibiting previously unseen Ptolemaic artifacts

Egypt is exhibiting artifacts from the Ptolemaic period for the first time in The Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

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Attacker in Berlin skullcap case turns himself in to police

A 19-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker has turned himself in to police after his violent attack on a man wearing a Jewish skullcap in Berlin caused outrage across Germany.

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EU foreign policy chief praises Montenegro's role in Balkans

The European Union foreign policy chief has praised Montenegro's role in the volatile Balkans region, where Russia is also vying for influence.

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Cuba's Raul Castro steps down as president, lawmakers elect new leader

A 57-year-old bureaucrat replaced Raul Castro as the president of Cuba on Thursday, launching a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world's last communist states.

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The Latest: Raul Castro had left Cuba's presidency

The Latest on Raul Castro's handover of Cuba's presidency (all times local): 9 a.m.

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Israel celebrates its 70th birthday with parties and BBQ's

Israel is celebrating 70 years since the modern Jewish state was established.

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The Latest: Iraq strikes Islamic State targets in Syria

The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Iraq says it has launched airstrikes in neighboring Syria against Islamic State militants.

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A look at Cuba at a time of political transition

Some facts about Cuba: ___ POPULATION: Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean in both area and population, with nearly 11.5 million people.

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Grueling Marathon des Sables completes another edition

Under a hot desert sun and with the desolation of the Sahara all around, about 1,000 competitors from 50 countries took part in this year's Marathon des Sables, or Marathon of the Sands.

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Rapture prediction for April 23 just latest of kooky doomsday calls

The world will cease to exist on April 23, according to a prediction that has some laughing, some yawning and yet others making preparations that could leave their lives in shambles.

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Syrian rebels hand over arms, leave another town near Douma

Syrian state media say hundreds of rebels fighters in a town northeast of Damascus have handed in their weapons and started to leave under an evacuation deal.

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Italian PM in Romania for talks on Brexit

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has discussed the future of Europe after Britain leaves the European Union next year in talks with top Romanian officials.

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Suspected 9/11 recruiter for Al Qaeda captured in Syria, report says

Kurdish forces in Syria have detained a man who is believed to be a Syrian-born German jihadist suspected of recruiting some of the 9/11 hijackers to Al Qaeda, a senior Kurdish commander said.

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Airstrikes by US, allies failed to significantly reduce Syria's chemical weapons capabilities: report

Airstrikes conducted by the United States, France and Britain against Syria on Friday failed to have a major impact on President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities, according to a new report.

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Afghanistan return 5 bodies and a captive Pakistani solider

Pakistan says Afghan authorities have returned the bodies of five Pakistani soldiers killed during a weekend clash along a disputed segment of the two countries' border, and also released a sixth soldier captured by the Afghans.

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Yemeni officials: 2 al-Qaida fighters killed in south region

Yemeni tribal leaders say security forces have killed two suspected al-Qaida operatives in the country's southern province of Abyan.

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Macron facing big day of protests over reforms

Thousands of people are expected to march in protest at French President Emmanuel Macron's reforms as rail strikes and student protests continue to shake the country.

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Poland marks 75th anniversary of uprising in Warsaw Ghetto

People in Warsaw are pinning paper daffodils to their clothes as the Polish capital begins a day of commemorations on the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

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France's Macron heading to Germany for talks with Merkel

French President Emmanuel Macron is heading to Berlin for meetings with Angela Merkel in the hopes of winning support from the German chancellor on his ambitious reform plan for the European Union.

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Magnitude 5.5 quake strikes southern Iran; felt in Bahrain

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck in southern Iran near a nuclear plant, shaking Bahrain and other areas around the Persian Gulf.

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Japan finance official denies sexual misconduct allegation

Japan's vice finance minister has denied sexual misconduct allegations against him and challenged a TV station's report that its employee was a victim.

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First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and 'Black Panther'

The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood's blockbuster "Black Panther" premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater.

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Man stole ticket from Don Larsen's 1956 perfect game, police say

A Louisiana man this week had a valuable World Series ticket from New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen’s 1956 perfect game — the only perfect game thrown during a World Series — stolen by a homeless man he had befriended, according to authorities.

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Taiwan calls Chinese military drills a threat to region

Taiwan's government says recent Chinese military drills aim to intimidate the island and are a threat to regional peace and stability.

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