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    Explosion at firecracker factory in India kills 8 workers

    NEW DELHI (AP) — An explosion at an unlicensed firecracker factory killed eight workers and injured 20 other people in eastern India as Hindus celebrated their most popular Diwali festival, police said Thursday. A police officer said rescuers cleared debris of the collapsed building in a town in Balasore district in Orissa state on Thursday […]
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    Mother’s testimony at France terror trial angers relatives

    PARIS (AP) — The lawyer representing the older brother of a French extremist who killed seven people in 2012 told a judge and a jury of magistrates that testimony given by the men’s mother Wednesday was unreliable. The mother, Zoulika Aziri, lied in some of her statements because — forced to choose between justice and […]
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    France to create new police unit focusing on daily life

    PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a new police unit that will focus on routine crime and security problems. Macron unveiled a plan to bolster France’s domestic security on Wednesday during a speech to police forces at the presidential Elysee palace. He promised to provide modern equipment and reduce paperwork so officers […]
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    Russian TV star Sobchak declares her presidential bid

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian celebrity TV host shook up the country’s political scene Wednesday by announcing her presidential bid, a move that would likely boost public interest in the race but could further fragment the nation’s beleaguered opposition. Ksenia Sobchak, 35, announced her intention to become a candidate in March’s election in a YouTube […]
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    EU switches summit venue over fumes in new Europa building

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union made a last-minute switch to the venue of a two-day summit opening Thursday because of noxious fumes in the recently-opened Europa building in Brussels. The EU Council said in a statement Wednesday that the egg-shaped building encased in a glass box had to be evacuated because of technical issues […]
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    Hungarian who helped Jews flee Holocaust honored in Budapest

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian who printed thousands of passports allowing Jews to flee the country during World War II has been honored with a memorial plaque. Emil Wiesmeyer’s printing company initially made 4,000 of the basic passports, part of efforts by Swedish special envoy Raoul Wallenberg to save Jews from Nazi death camps. […]
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    Police kill 2 at Uganda rally against president’s long rule

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Police shot dead two people Wednesday while seeking to foil a political rally in a remote part of Uganda, an opposition official said, amid rising tensions over attempts to extend the longtime president’s rule. A campaign event in the southwestern town of Rukungiri turned violent when police blocked hundreds of opposition […]
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    4 British nationals kidnapped in Nigeria’s delta region

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police say gunmen have kidnapped four British nationals in the Niger Delta region. Police spokesman Andrew Aniamaka said Wednesday the four were abducted around 2 a.m. in Enukorowa community in the Burutu local government area. He says they include a doctor, his wife and two other men who were involved […]
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    France: Security law that replaces state of emergency passes

    PARIS (AP) — France’s Parliament has adopted a sweeping counterterrorism law that replaces a 2-year-old state of emergency and is meant to give police more tools to fight violent extremism. The Senate voted Tuesday 244-22 to approve the bill, President Emmanuel Macron’s first major security measure. The legislation enjoyed broad support, although lawmakers made amendments […]
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    Body of missing protester may have been found in Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine investigators think they have found the body of a protester whose disappearance more than two months ago prompted large demonstrations demanding the government find him alive, officials said Wednesday. Coast Guard divers discovered the body in a river in southern Argentina and an investigator involved said there are reasons […]