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12/6/2014 6:26 AM
Hagel makes surprise Afghanistan visit
KABUL, Afghanistan — With striking optimism, Chuck Hagel said Saturday on his final visit to Afghanistan as U.S. defense secretary that he believes Afghans will successfully put down a surge in Taliban attacks in the capital and stabilize the nation.

12/6/2014 6:19 AM
600,000 Filipinos flee as typhoon nears
MANILA, Philippines — Haunted by Typhoon Haiyan’s massive devastation last year, more than 600,000 people fled Philippine villages and the military went on full alert Saturday to brace for a powerful storm that was only hours away from the country’s eastern coast.

12/6/2014 6:16 AM
American, South African hostages killed in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen — An American photojournalist and a South African aid worker held by al-Qaida militants in Yemen have been killed in a failed U.S. rescue attempt, authorities said Saturday.

12/5/2014 1:16 PM
Ukraine tests ground for lasting cease-fire
KIEV, Ukraine  — A one-day truce announced by Ukraine’s president will serve as a test to see if the fighting in eastern Ukraine against Russian-backed separatists can truly be halted, a military spokesman said today.

12/5/2014 9:50 AM
Greece outraged by sculpture loan
LONDON  — The British Museum has loaned one of the Parthenon Marbles to Russia’s Hermitage Museum — the first time in 200 years that any of the ancient sculptures has left Britain. The move outraged Greece, which has demanded that the marbles be permanently returned.

12/5/2014 6:56 AM
17 dead in migrant ship off Libya
ROME — Rescue crews discovered 16 bodies in a migrant boat off Libya, the first reported deaths since the European Union took over Mediterranean rescue operations, the Italian navy said today.

12/5/2014 6:55 AM
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12/4/2014 7:28 PM
Couple cleared in daughter's death arrives in U.S.
LOS ANGELES — An American couple has arrived in Los Angeles after being cleared in the death of their adopted 8-year-old daughter in Qatar.

12/4/2014 4:12 PM
Vatican has millions in surplus
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s economy czar says the Holy See’s finances are in better shape than he thought, revealing that hundreds of millions of euros were kept off the balance sheet and that reforms are forging ahead to make the Vatican “boringly successful.”

12/4/2014 12:29 PM
Car bomb attacks kill 37 in Iraq
BAGHDAD — A string of car bomb attacks across Iraq killed at least 37 people today, Iraqi officials said. Three of the attacks targeted Shiite districts in the capital, Baghdad, while the fourth targeted a Kurdish neighborhood in the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk.

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