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A Mini-Russia Gets Squeezed by War

A Mini-Russia Gets Squeezed by War

TIRASPOL, TRANSNISTRIA — At the Back in the U.S.S.R. cafe, it is like the Soviet Union never collapsed. Busts of Lenin greet visitors at the door. Red hammer and sickle flags hang on the wall. Huge plastic Soviet-era telephones sit on the tables, next to bowls of traditional borscht and …

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Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wedged into a recliner in the corner of her assisted living apartment in Portland, Skylar Freimann, who has a terminal heart condition and pulmonary illness, anxiously eyed her newly arrived hospital bed on a recent day and worried over how she would maintain independence as she …

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Finland Launches Bid to Join NATO, Declaring a ‘New Era’

Finland Launches Bid to Join NATO, Declaring a ‘New Era’

HELSINKI, Finland — Finland’s government announced on Sunday that it would apply for membership in NATO, a move that would end decades of strategic nonalignment and pave the way for one of the most significant expansions of the Western military alliance in years. The decision was announced on Sunday by …

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World leaders descend on UAE to pay respects to late ruler

World leaders descend on UAE to pay respects to late ruler

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An array of presidents and prime ministers continued to descend on the United Arab Emirates from around the world Sunday to pay their respects to the federation’s late ruler. They also came to praise his successor, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan — a …

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Palestinian gunman dies days after clash with Israeli troops

Palestinian gunman dies days after clash with Israeli troops

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A Palestinian gunman who is the brother of a prominent Palestinian militant died Sunday after being critically wounded in clashes with Israeli forces, according to the Israeli hospital where he was being treated. Daoud Zubeidi was wounded in clashes with the Israeli military in the …

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Pope rallies from knee pain to proclaim 10 new saints

Pope rallies from knee pain to proclaim 10 new saints

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis created 10 new saints on Sunday, rallying from knee pain that has forced him to use a wheelchair to preside over the first canonization ceremony at the Vatican in over two years. Francis stood for a long period at the start of the ceremony to …

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‘Neutral’ Europe recedes as Finns, Swedes edge toward NATO

‘Neutral’ Europe recedes as Finns, Swedes edge toward NATO

BERLIN (AP) — With Finland and Sweden taking steps to join NATO, the list of “neutral” countries in Europe appears poised to shrink. Like the two Nordic countries, other nations joined the European Union for its promise economic and political unity without taking sides in the East-West divide that has …

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Prominent Israeli peace negotiator Uri Savir dies at 69

Prominent Israeli peace negotiator Uri Savir dies at 69

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Uri Savir, a prominent Israeli peace negotiator and dogged believer in the need for a settlement with the Palestinians, has died, according to Israeli media reports. He was 69. The reports said he died Friday. No cause of death was given. As director of the …

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Filmmaker: Officials arrest Iran movie industry workers

Maltese vote in general election with some firsts for nation

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An award-wining Iranian filmmaker said authorities raided the offices and homes of several filmmakers and other industry professionals and arrested some of them. Mohammad Rasoulof said in a statement signed by dozens of movie industry professionals on his Instagram account late Saturday that security …

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Okinawa marks 50 years of end to US rule amid protests

Okinawa marks 50 years of end to US rule amid protests

TOKYO (AP) — Okinawa on Sunday is marking the 50th anniversary of its return to Japan after 27 years of American rule on May 15, 1972, amid protests against a continued heavy U.S. military presence and lack of support from the mainland. Ceremonies will be held simultaneously but at two …

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