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Kashmir police say thousands detained in crackdown in region

At least 2,300 people, mostly young men, have been detained in Indian-administered Kashmir during a security lockdown and communications blackout imposed to curtail unrest after New Delhi stripped the disputed region of statehood, according to top Kashmir police and arrest statistics reviewed by The Associated Press.
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Italian premier to quit, blaming deputy for political crisis

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation Tuesday, blaming the collapse of his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious and politically ambitious deputy prime minister who triggered a political crisis in a gambit to force early elections that could bring the right-wing, anti-migrant leader to power.
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UK, EU only harden their positions on Brexit as G-7 nears

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

The European Union and Britain, which are hurtling toward a costly, damaging no-deal split in a little over two months, kicked off a high-wire week of diplomacy Tuesday by entrenching themselves deeper in their irreconcilable positions.
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Police kill man who held bus passengers hostage in Rio

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

Brandishing a fake gun, a man on Tuesday took dozens of hostages on a bus in Brazil and threatened to set the vehicle on fire with gasoline before police shot him dead in a four-hour standoff broadcast live on television.
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Russia restarts sharing radiation data, big questions linger

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Russia has resumed sharing data from radiation monitoring stations in Siberia after some were taken offline following a deadly explosion at a missile range, an nuclear weapons watchdog said Tuesday, while an American expert said the fact that more than one Russian site went offline at the same time suggests it was not the work of Mother Nature.
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Afghanistan mourns, vows to crush militants after attack

As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding, a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in the country and the crushing guilt he felt at having to face his neighbors, many of whom lost relatives in the weekend blast.
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UK PM Boris Johnson faces rising Brexit strategy criticism

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing rising criticism of his Brexit strategy at home as he increases pressure on the European Union to re-open negotiations ahead of key meetings with his French and German counterparts later this week.
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Airstrikes hit near Turkish convoy in Syria, raising tension

Airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside a rebel-held part of northwestern Syria on Monday, killing three civilians and wounding 12 others, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. Syria, however, said the Turkish convoy was carrying ammunition to rebels who have lost ground this month amid a government offensive to retake their last stronghold in the country.
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Iranian tanker sought by US heading toward Greece

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 11:27 a.m.

An Iranian supertanker with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization has left Gibraltar and was heading Monday east into the Mediterranean Sea, with its next destination reported to be Greece.
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China lashes out at Taiwan over Hong Kong asylum offer

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 10:49 a.m.

China lashed out at Taiwan on Monday over its offer of political asylum to participants in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement, a day after hundreds of thousands of people marched peacefully in the latest massive demonstration in the Chinese territory.