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    Istanbul’s mayor announces his sudden resignation

    ISTANBUL (AP) — The mayor of Istanbul has announced his resignation as head of the city of nearly 15 million people. Kadir Topbas, a member of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party, declared he was stepping down during a televised news conference Friday. He did not provide a reason. The resignation, however, came after the […]
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    Greek court says Syrian refugees can be returned to Turkey

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s supreme court ruled Friday that refugees can be returned to Turkey under last year’s migrant deal between the European Union and Turkey, rejecting arguments by two Syrian men that Turkey is not a safe destination. In a case with implications for thousands of refugees in Greece — and others planning […]
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    Tech firms and lawmakers celebrate new trans-Atlantic cable

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Lawmakers and tech industry leaders have announced the completion of a new high-speed data cable that stretches across the Atlantic Ocean. Representatives from Facebook and Microsoft joined with Virginia’s governor and two senators in Williamsburg to celebrate the cable’s completion on Friday morning. The 4,000-mile cable runs from Bilbao, Spain, to […]
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    African art museum opens in Cape Town; Tutu is early visitor

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu has attended the opening of a museum of contemporary African art in Cape Town. Tutu, who rarely makes public appearances since suffering recent health problems, on Friday walked with a cane into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and cheerfully greeted people. The 85-year-old former […]
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    The Latest: Group condemns Myanmar’s use of land mines

    BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh (all times local): 7 p.m. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, has condemned Myanmar’s use of antipersonnel mines along its border with Bangladesh, across which more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have […]
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    Slovenia cancels PMs meeting with Croatia amid border row

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia’s Prime Minister Miro Cerar has canceled a planned visit next week to Croatia as tensions rose over a border dispute between the two European Union neighbors. Official STA news agency says Cerar reacted after Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic told the United Nations General Assembly an arbitration ruling in the […]
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    Russian diplomat, Tajik ambassador meet over Moscow protest

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian deputy foreign minister and Tajikistan’s ambassador have met to discuss the unrest in Moscow in which about 90 Tajiks were detained. On Wednesday hundreds of Tajiks protested outside a Moscow shopping center where security guards had severely beaten a Tajik worker. Police said 90 people were detained. Tajiks and migrants […]
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    No freedom or hope for migrants in Hungary transit camps

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When they set off from violence-plagued Afghanistan nearly two years ago, 17-year-old Hamad Ahmadi and his family believed Europe would give them a chance for a new life. They didn’t expect to be penned in a Hungarian migrant center sealed with razor wire, where security was so tight that police felt […]
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    The Latest: Mexico rescuers eager to resume work after rain

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on Mexico’s major earthquake (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Cristal Estrada is pacing back and forth with a blanket wrapped around her near the tent where she spent the night on the street in Mexico City’s Roma Norte neighborhood. She is worried about her brother Martin, a 31-year-old accountant, […]
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    The Latest: Migrant death toll off Turkey rises to 15

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants toward Europe (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Turkey’s coast guard has increased to 15 the death toll of migrants who drowned when their boat capsized in the Black Sea. Authorities initially reported that four had died and 20 were missing. The coast guard later […]