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5 things to know about China's twice-a-decade party congress

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BEIJING (AP) — The crucial parts are being held behind closed doors, but journalists, academics and...

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Philippines declares militants in Marawi 'finished'

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CLARK, Philippines (AP) — Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declared the last of the pro-Islamic State group militants in southern Marawi city “finished” Monday, exactly five months after the start of the siege that sparked fears of the group gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia....


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Abe retains supermajority in election in Japan, may push to amend constitution

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secured a crucial victory in Japan’s parliamentary elections on Sunday, with his ruling bloc maintaining a supermajority that could allow it to push for a revision of the nation’s pacifist constitution. With results still trickling in...


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Japanese Prime Minister Abe wins big in national elections

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TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s leader has scored a major victory in national elections that returned his ruling coalition to power in decisive fashion. Japanese media said Monday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and a small coalition partner had together secured at least 312 seats in...


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US-backed forces take Syria's largest oil field from IS

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BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces. With IS in retreat, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have been in...


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Malta: Newspapers, citizens take up slain reporter's message

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VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Several thousand Maltese citizens rallied Sunday to honor an investigative journalist killed by a car bomb, but the prime minister and opposition leader who were chief targets of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s reporting stayed away from the gathering. Participants at the rally in...


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Colombians have for years grown amazing coffee - finally, they're drinking it

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BOGOTA, Colombia - Not so long ago, Cesar Parra’s world changed with a cup of coffee - a freshly brewed, richly aromatic ambrosia served at one of this nation’s fast-multiplying quality cafes. “It came as a shock, having a good cup,” said Parra, 47, a late-to-the-game...


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France: 8 charged in probe of alleged far-right terror plot

PARIS (AP) — Eight people suspected of belonging to a French far-right extremist group have been given preliminary terror charges for allegedly plotting attacks against mosques, politicians and migrants. A judicial official told The Associated Press the suspects were charged with criminal terrorist...


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Tillerson seeks Arab help in US effort to isolate Iran

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the Trump administration’s case for isolating and containing Iran in the Middle East and beyond to two Gulf Arab nations on Sunday, pushing for Saudi Arabia and Iraq to unite to counter growing Iranian assertiveness. He also called for a...


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US-led coalition says it has captured Syria's biggest oil field from Islamic State

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BEIRUT - U.S.-backed forces seized control of Syria’s biggest oil field on Sunday, accelerating a race with the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies to take over the last major strongholds of the Islamic State in the east of the country. Kurds and...


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The Latest: Japan ruling bloc retains two-thirds majority

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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japan’s parliamentary election (all times local): 2:20 a.m. Japan’s public television NHK says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition has retained a two-thirds majority in the 465-member lower house in Sunday’s election. NHK says Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and...


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