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Pompeo, Ethiopia's PM discuss country's dramatic reforms

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - America’s top diplomat in his final Africa stop on Tuesday discussed reforms with Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister as well as regional issues that likely included Ethiopia’s dispute with Egypt over a massive dam project.

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p>Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was expected to speak …

Portugal says airline suspension by Venezuela is unjustified

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Venezuela’s decision to suspend TAP Air Portugal’s flights to Caracas is “completely unfounded and unjustified,” Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said Tuesday.

“I can’t see any kind of justification” for the 90-day suspension, Santos Silva said.

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p>Venezuelan authorities took the step Monday after TAP …

France gives backing to Cyprus amid gas search tensions

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - France’s defense minister said Tuesday that her country stands in solidarity with Cyprus amid tensions over a Turkish search for natural gas inside Cypriot waters.

Florence Parly said France supports Cyprus, which finds itself under “strong pressure.”

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p>“France is a friend of Cyprus,” Parly told The …

Israeli opposition chief pledges to mend ties with Democrats

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel’s opposition leader Benny Gantz has said that if he becomes prime minister after the country’s third national elections next month, he would work to mend ties with America’s Democratic Party.

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p>The former army chief of staff accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of neglecting bipartisan ties in …

Court reinstates order for Russia to pay $50 bln over Yukos

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - In a major legal defeat for the Russian government, a Dutch appeals court on Tuesday reinstated an international arbitration panel’s order that it should pay $50 billion compensation to shareholders in former oil company Yukos.

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p>The ruling overturned a 2016 decision by The Hague District …

Virus claims life of hospital director in hard-hit Wuhan

BEIJING (AP) — As a mysterious new virus enveloped central China’s Wuhan early this year, Liu Zhiming mobilized all the resources of his hospital in the city’s Wuchang district to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily, threatening to overwhelm the local health care system.

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p>That dedication appears …

Aging Shiite cleric a powerhouse in Iraq. What comes after?

NAJAF, Iraq (AP) - When Iraq’s top Shiite cleric underwent surgery for a fractured bone last month, it sent shivers around the country and beyond. “May God heal Iraq,” read a photo of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani that circulated online.

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p>Frantic supporters shared prayers. Anti-government protesters hung photos of the …

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