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Israeli military, Palestinians clash at West Bank shrine

JERUSALEM — Palestinian gunmen opened fire at Jewish worshipers on Thursday at a flashpoint holy site in the occupied West Bank, wounding an Israeli military officer and two civilians, the Israeli army said. The Palestinian official news agency Wafa said a Palestinian teenager was wounded by live fire and 16 …

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New Zealand designates Proud Boys a terrorist organization

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s government has declared that American far-right groups the Proud Boys and The Base are terrorist organizations. The two groups join 18 others including Islamic State that have been given an official terrorist designation, making it illegal in New Zealand to fund, recruit or participate …

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Japan’s Kirin to sell Myanmar Brewery to sanctioned partner

BANGKOK — Kirin Holdings will sell its shares in Myanmar Brewery to its joint venture partner Myanma Economic Holdings Plc., the Japanese beverage giant said in a statement Thursday. Kirin said the share buyback agreement with MEHL, a company facing sanctions by the U.S. and other Western governments, took into …

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India Hindus begin pilgrimage in Kashmir amid heavy security

SRINAGAR, India — Thousands of Hindu devotees began an annual pilgrimage Thursday through mountain passes and meadows to an icy Himalayan cave in Indian-controlled Kashmir amid heavy security in the Muslim-majority region. Officials say pilgrims face heightened threat of attacks from rebels fighting against Indian rule and have for the …

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Nicaragua closes Mother Teresa charity, 100 other groups

MEXICO CITY — The Nicaraguan government closed 101 more civic and charity groups Wednesday, including the local branch of the Missionaries of Charity established by Mother Teresa. The closures were approved by the country’s congress and bring to 758 the number of non-governmental organizations shuttered in Nicaragua over the last …

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Dictator’s son Marcos Jr. takes oath as Philippine president

MANILA, Philippines — Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake son of an ousted dictator, is to be sworn in as Philippine president Thursday in one of history’s greatest political comebacks but which opponents say was pulled off by whitewashing his family’s image. His rise to power, 36 years after an army-backed …

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Iran report: Nuclear talks with US end without deal in Qatar

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Indirect negotiations between Iran and the U.S. over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers ended Wednesday in Qatar after failing to make significant progress amid a growing crisis over the Islamic Republic’s atomic program, diplomats said. The Doha talks broke up after two days …

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Dictator’s son Marcos Jr taking oath as Philippine president

MANILA, Philippines — Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake son of an ousted dictator, is to be sworn in as Philippine president Thursday in one of history’s greatest political comebacks but which opponents say was pulled off by whitewashing his family’s image. His rise to power, 36 years after an army-backed …

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ASEAN special envoy making 2nd visit to strife-torn Myanmar

BANGKOK — Cambodia’s foreign minister is making his second visit to Myanmar as a special envoy of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to the country that has been mired in violence and civil unrest since the military seized power last year. State-run television MRTV reported that Prak Sokhonn and …

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