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Venezuelans stage sit-in on roads to protest government

Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro.

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India's rescued bonded laborers rebuild lives in 'dream homes'

Students from a college in Chennai, India, are working with the rescued individuals as part of a project to help them get back on their feet. Without homes, among other things, it is easy for them to slip back into debt bondage, campaigners say.

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For Turkey's Erdoğan, new powers present fresh challenges

The aftermath of Erdoğan's narrow referendum victory – marked by protests, arrests, and divisive rhetoric – is revealing the magnitude of his coming challenges, not least of which is unifying the Turkish people.

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Now on the threshold of the French presidency, who is Marine Le Pen?

The nationalist candidate is now one win away from becoming France's leader. Though currently trailing centrist Emmanuel Macron, her victory is a conceivable outcome – and would change France and Europe.

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Iraq's Kurds restore ancient sites, envision a tourist-friendly future

While Islamic State sends out suicide bombers and snipers in Mosul to the east, the Kurdish authorities in Erbil are already looking ahead to the day when they can pull in more visitors.

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Torture by Afghan security forces still widespread, says UN

A new report notes an alarming spike in the use of torture by Afghan police, soldiers, and intelligence officers.

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Le Pen, Macron advance to runoff in French election

The May 7 battle will shape the future of France and the European Union.

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London library makes denying the Holocaust a little harder

The library has published online catalog of World War II war crimes files that is now accessible to visitors to the Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust & Genocide or the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Is the tumult of France's presidential race a sign of longing for lost grandeur?

Charles de Gaulle declared that 'France cannot be France without greatness.' But after decades of watching their country go from colonial power to more typical nation-state, the French feel particularly removed from exceptionalism.

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Ahmadinejad disqualified from Iranian presidential election

The Guardian Council approved six candidates for next month's election, including incumbent president Hassan Rouhani, but not the controversial former president who held office from 2005 to 2013.

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In Balkans, a fragile order grows brittle, threatening stability

Yugoslavia's breakup a quarter-century ago unleashed wars that killed about 140,000 people and unleashed deep ethnic hostilities. Today, the region’s carefully calibrated path to recovery hangs in the balance.

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ISIS claims responsibility for shooting of Paris officer

Adding to tensions around the tightest presidential race in recent memory, a gunman open fired in Paris Thursday evening. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Is anyone mightier than Le Pen?

How a win by the nationalist in the coming French presidential elections – a distant but conceivable outcome – would change France and Europe. 

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Shooting incident rattles Paris as election nears

Local media broadcast footage of the Arc de Triomphe monument and top half of the Champs-Elysees packed with police vans and heavily armed police shutting the area down.

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As deportees return home, Mexico City warms up its welcome

Long criticized for its lack of support for citizens deported from the US, Mexico’s federal government has contracted with a private group to help repatriated Mexicans find jobs. 

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Pence tours Indonesian mosque, praises moderate Islam, and calls for ‘fairer trade’

Indonesia is on a list of 16 countries whose trade relationship the Trump administration is reviewing. It runs a surplus with the US.

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With nuclear deal holding, Iran and China sign reactor redesign contract

The fate of the Arak reactor was one of the toughest sticking points in the long nuclear negotiations that led to the 2015 agreement.

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The twin goals behind North Korea's resolve on nuclear weapons

To North Korea, nuclear deterrence looks like a prerequisite for another goal: economic development. Beijing may understand that path better than Washington, complicating the two countries' attempts to rein in China's neighbor.

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Moscow plans to give people new apartments, but is there a catch?

Many of the Moscow apartment buildings slated for demolition are indeed dilapidated. But residents may be moved to replacements far from their old homes – and the prime real estate they vacate could mean big profit for developers.

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International pressure on its side, Venezuelan opposition to march for state elections

Elections for state governorships were supposed to take place last year. Venezuela's opposition is calling for marches to demand a time line be set. 

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