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    Russian court: ex-minister guilty of taking $2 million bribe

    MOSCOW (AP) — A court has found a former Russian economic development minister guilty of accepting a $2 million bribe from a top ally of President Vladimir Putin. Alexei Ulyukayev, the highest-ranking Russian official to have been arrested since 1993, was detained last year at the headquarters of Russia’s largest oil producer, Rosneft, after a […]
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    NATO concerned Russian missile system breaks Cold War pact

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO says it is concerned about a Russian missile system that could carry nuclear warheads, and believes it violates a landmark Cold War arms treaty. The U.S.-led military alliance said in a statement Friday that “allies have identified a Russian missile system that raises serious concerns.” It urged Russia “to address these […]
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    3 die in small plane crash in southwestern Germany

    BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors say two Austrians and a German have been killed in a crash of a small plane in southwestern Germany. The Cessna 510 crashed late Thursday in a wooded area near the city of Ravensburg. The plane had taken off in Frankfurt and was heading to Friedrichshafen, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) […]
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    All victims identified in bus-train collision in France

    PARIS (AP) — French authorities said all four children killed in a crash involving a regional train and a school bus close to the border with Spain have been identified. The families of the deceased have also been notified. Philippe Vignes, the head of the local authority in the Pyrenees-Orientales, said on BFM television that […]
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    EU leaders set to launch new phase in Brexit talks

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are set to authorize a new phase in Britain’s departure from the bloc. The expected clearance Friday to trade discussions will provide a welcome boost to British Prime Minister Theresa May, who earlier this week lost a key parliamentary vote over giving lawmakers the final say on the Brexit […]
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    Airbus says CEO Enders to step down in April 2019

    BERLIN (AP) — European airplane maker Airbus says chief executive Tom Enders will step down in April 2019. The company said Enders, who will have been at the helm of Airbus and defense firm EADS for 14 years, won’t seek another term. The 59-year-old was quoted Friday as saying Airbus needs “fresh minds for the […]
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    Russia’s presidential election to take place on March 18

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s presidential election will take place on March 18 following a vote in the upper chamber of the country’s parliament. Though the vote Friday from the Federation Council is largely a formality, it formally kick-starts the campaign. President Vladimir Putin last week ended weeks of speculation, saying he will run for the […]
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    Zimbabwe ruling party meets to seal Mugabe’s fall from grace

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In an open space that Zimbabwe’s ruling party has called Robert Mugabe Square, delegates gathered Friday to seal the fate of a man they had revered for decades but removed from power in dramatic scenes last month. Emmerson Mnangagwa has already been inaugurated as the new president and party leader, replacing […]
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    US special envoy backs unconditional talks with N. Korea

    BANGKOK (AP) — The U.S. special envoy for North Korea on Friday expressed hope that Pyongyang would accept Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s diplomatic offer of unconditional talks, although the overture has already been contradicted by the White House. Joseph Yun told reporters in Bangkok that the talks could take place without preconditions and would […]
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    Indonesia sentences gay club workers to 2-3 years in prison

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court has sentenced at least eight men arrested in a raid of a gay club and sauna to between two and three years in prison, an activist and a relative of one of the men said. They were among more than 140 men detained after the raid in May […]