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With new tactics, Taliban gain ground in south Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – In the rugged terrain of the Taliban heartland in southern Afghanistan, the fight against the Kabul government has become a war for control of key stretches of main roads and highways as the insurgents use a new tactic to gain ground. First they storm a checkpoint, …

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Fears of ‘Brexit’ stark along Ireland’s EU-blurred border

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BLACKLION, Ireland (AP) – Only a gentle stream separates the border villages of Blacklion and Belcoo, where Irish cows graze along one bank, British sheep on the other. Long gone are the armored police checkpoints, the concrete-block barricades on illegal side roads, the customs officers on the prowl for smugglers. …

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Kashmir villagers rise up, foil rebel-hunting Indian troops

Kashmir Villages Rise Up

LELHAR, India (AP) – On a crisp morning in February, Indian troops surrounded a sleepy, riverside village in the disputed mountain region of Kashmir. Intelligence had suggested three anti-India rebels were hiding out in homes set among the willows and poplar trees. As the soldiers prepared to lay siege on …

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Vatican summit of judges pledges aid to fight trafficking

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VATICAN CITY (AP) – Judges and prosecutors from around the world are pledging to crack down on human trafficking and help victims of modern-day slavery in the latest Vatican initiative to draw attention to the problem and rally resources to fight it. Pope Francis is expected to sign a declaration …

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