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Polish workers in UK worry about possibility of Brexit

Britain Poland Worries

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Hundreds of thousands of people whose personal fates hinge on whether Britain leaves the European Union or stays don’t even have a say in the matter: Polish immigrants, a community so numerous that Polish has become Britain’s second most-spoken language. When Poland and many other countries …

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Virgin Mary statue stirs up debate in secular Uruguay

Uruguay Virgin Mary Statue

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) – The South American country of Uruguay has a long tradition of secularism, to the point that a popular president in the early 1900s insisted on writing the word “God” with a lowercase “g” whenever he wrote about his policies in local newspapers. So when the Catholic …

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Greece: 2 weeks or more to fix deportations

Greece Migrants

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – The Latest on the flow of people into Europe (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Greece says it will take at least two weeks to fix the process of deporting migrants from the eastern Aegean islands to Turkey. The country’s deputy foreign minister for European affairs, Nikos …

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In latest claim, N. Korea says it tests new rocket engine

South Korea Koreas Tensions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea’s latest belligerent declaration – that it successfully tested a new long-range rocket engine that could allow nuclear strikes on the U.S. mainland – leaves outsiders in a familiar predicament. With only a few details and no independent confirmation of what happened, there’s the …

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Sniper kills last doctor in besieged Syrian town

Syria Last Doctor

BEIRUT (AP) – Mohammed Khous was walking from the field hospital heading for his son’s house nearby to rest between operations. He would never make it: a sniper’s bullet to the head felled the 70-year-old in the street. With that, the Syrian town of Zabadani – under heavy siege by …

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Pope insists conscience, not rules, must lead faithful

Vatican Families

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis insisted that individual conscience be the guiding principle for Catholics negotiating the complexities of sex, marriage and family life in a major document released Friday that rejects the emphasis on black and white rules for the faithful. In the 256-page document “The Joy of …

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Fishing amid territorial disputes in the South China Sea

Tran Lan

CATO, Philippines (AP) – As Asian countries jostle for territory in the South China Sea, one Filipino fisherman is taking a stand. He has faced down Chinese coast guard rifles, and even engaged in a stone-throwing duel with the Chinese last month that shattered two windows on his outrigger. “They’ll …

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German paper says it won’t publish all offshore files

Panama Offshore Accounts

BERLIN (AP) – The German newspaper that first obtained the so-called Panama Papers, a vast trove of documents on offshore companies, said Thursday that it won’t publish all the files, arguing that not all are of public interest. Sueddeutsche Zeitung received the documents from an unidentified source more than a …

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Xi seen as easily surviving revelations in Panama Papers

Xi Jinping

BEIJING (AP) – For graft-busting Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping, the Panama Papers revelations that show his brother-in-law and relatives of two other members of the party’s elite inner circle owned offshore companies, often referred to as tax havens, might have been highly damaging. Instead, Xi will likely emerge …

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