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Afghanistan faces tough battle as Haqqanis unify the Taliban

Jalaluddin Haqqani

ISLAMABAD (AP) – A shadowy, Pakistan-based militant faction is on the rise within the Taliban after its leader was appointed deputy and played a key role in unifying the fractured insurgency. The ascendency of the Haqqani network, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, could significantly strengthen the Taliban and herald another summer …

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Philippine election could cause heartburn for its US ally

Rodrigo Duterte

WASHINGTON (AP) – The upcoming Philippine presidential election could cause some heartburn in Washington. The winner of Monday’s vote will be hand-maiden to the most crucial U.S. relationship in Southeast Asia, and the front-runner has not inspired confidence with his casual threats to shoot criminals and by joking about the …

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North Korea party to give Kim Jong Un top title at congress

North Korea Party Congress

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – North Korea’s ruling party is preparing to bestow its top title on leader Kim Jong Un, another sign that the third heir to North Korea’s dynasty of Kims is firmly in control despite his country’s deepening international isolation over one of his key ambitions, to …

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Officials fear massive Alberta wildfire could double in size

Canada Wildfire

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Canadian officials fear a massive wildfire could double in size by the end of Saturday as they continue to evacuate residents of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray from work camps north of Alberta’s oil sands city. Thousands more displaced residents will get a sobering drive-by view of their …

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Philippine campaign ends in panic as Trump-like mayor leads

Manny Pacquiao, Jejomar Binay

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – A bruising presidential campaign was drawing to a close in the Philippines on Saturday, with a last-minute attempt by the president to unify candidates against a front-running mayor perceived as a threat to democracy virtually collapsing. After crisscrossing the archipelago nation for three months, five presidential …

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Marchionne: Self-driving cars could be on roads in 5 years

Sergio Marchionne

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) – Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says working with Google convinced him that self-driving technology is closer than he thought and could be on the road in five years. “I don’t find it that unsettling,” Marchionne said Friday. “I see this as having tremendous use in real …

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