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Islamic State returnees cloud anniversary of Paris attacks

France commemorated the fourth anniversary of the Islamic State attacks that struck the heart of Paris with a solemn reading Wednesday of the names of 131 dead, and the growing certainty that the group’s recruits will return home in increasing numbers.
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North Korea issues warning over US-South Korea drills

North Korea’s supreme decision-making body lashed out Wednesday at planned U.S.-South Korean military drills and warned that the United States will face a greater threat and harsh suffering if it ignores North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s end-of-year deadline to salvage nuclear talks.

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Hong Kong endures more transit disruptions, campus violence

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

University students from mainland China and Taiwan are fleeing Hong Kong, while those from three Scandinavian countries have been moved or urged to leave as college campuses become the latest battleground in the city’s 5-month-long anti-government unrest.
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Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free two university professors – an American and an Australian – they abducted three years ago.
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Bolivia in power void as Morales, would-be successors resign

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

Crowds of jubilant foes of Bolivian President Evo Morales celebrated in the streets Monday after the embattled leader stepped down following weeks of massive protests, but the resignation of every constitutionally designated successor left unclear who will take his place and how.
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Turkey starts returning IS fighters; deports US national

Turkey on Monday deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for the Islamic State and made plans to expel other foreign nationals as the government began a new push to send back captured foreign fighters to their home countries, a Turkish official said.
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Top Shiite leader backs UN plan to resolve Iraqi crisis

Iraq’s most powerful Shiite religious leader said Monday he backs a U.N. roadmap aimed at meeting the demands of anti-government protesters who have been rallying in recent weeks despite a bloody crackdown by security forces, but he expressed concern that political parties would not carry them out.
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Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire

Following a day of violence in which one person was shot by police and another set on fire, Hong Kong’s leader pledged Monday to “spare no effort” to halt anti-government protests that have wracked the city for more than five months.
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Iraqi spiritual leader warns of ‘great risks’ from protests

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric urged political leaders Friday to find a way out of the current cycle of anti-government protests and a subsequent security crackdown that has left more than 250 people dead, saying the country faces “great risks” if it continues.