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    Xi says China’s prospects are bright but challenges severe

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping proclaimed his nation’s prospects as bright but made a rare acknowledgement of severe economic challenges as he opened the ruling Communist Party’s twice-a-decade national congress on Wednesday. Other Chinese leaders have regularly warned since the 2008 financial crisis that China’s economic growth faces “downward pressure” due to weak […]
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    Guatemala extends UN anti-corruption official’s visa

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Guatemalan government has renewed the visa of the U.N. anti-corruption commissioner but instructed him to “refrain from interfering in the internal affairs” of the country. President Jimmy Morales tried to expel Ivan Velazquez in August but his order was blocked by Guatemala’s highest court. While ruffling the feathers of politicians […]
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    Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospital

    SMITHS FALLS, Ontario (AP) — Joshua Boyle, a Canadian who was rescued with his family last week by Pakistani troops, said Tuesday that his wife had to be rushed to the hospital and remains there. Boyle told The Associated Press in an email that his wife, Caitlan Boyle, was admitted Monday. His email did not […]
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    The Latest: Amnesty says Myanmar killed 100s of Rohingya

    BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar for refugee camps in Bangladesh (all times local): 5 a.m. Amnesty International says Myanmar security forces killed at least hundreds of people during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims. The human rights group interviewed more than 120 Rohingya who fled the violence […]
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    Brazil’s Senate confronts court, returns suspended lawmaker

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The Senate rejected a decision of Brazil’s top court and returned a suspended lawmaker to his post Tuesday, in what critics said was the latest self-protection move by politicians accused of corruption. Former presidential candidate Aecio Neves was returned to the Senate by a 44-to-26 vote. He had been suspended by […]
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    Greenpeace plane crashes in northern Brazil killing 1

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A small plane used by Greenpeace crashed in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest Tuesday, killing one of the five people on board, the environmental group said. Greenpeace said the single engine turboprop Cessna 208 Caravan crashed near the city of Manaus, capital of the northern state of Amazonas. The pilot and three […]
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    Italy: Turin’s populist mayor investigated over city budget

    ROME (AP) — A mayor from Italy’s populist 5-Star Movement says she is under investigation over a debt that wasn’t properly noted in the city’s budget. Turin Mayor Chiara Appendino told reporters on Tuesday that she cleared up the matter during a three-hour-long “chat” with prosecutors at the northern city’s courthouse. The 5-Star Movement is […]
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    Venezuelan president rejects opposition election fraud claim

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is rejecting opposition claims that regional elections for governors were shrouded in fraud. In a three-hour news conference Tuesday, Maduro defended Venezuela’s voting system as one of the most secure in the world. He provided an on-site demonstration of how the nation’s voting machines work and remarked […]
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    UN says South Sudan ‘lukewarm’ about regional peace effort

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — South Sudan’s government has given only “a lukewarm response” to a regional effort to revive the 2015 peace agreement and end worsening violence in the world’s newest nation, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday. Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the U.N. Security Council that opposition figures including the country’s former vice president, Riek […]
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    Woman facing deportation seeks sanctuary a second time

    DENVER (AP) — A Peruvian woman has sought sanctuary for a second time in Colorado rather than board a Tuesday flight to her native country as ordered by U.S. immigration authorities, supporters said. The American Friends Service Committee said Ingrid Encalada Latorre, 33, sought refuge at Foothills Unitarian Church in the northern Colorado city of […]