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The Latest: Iraq recaps opposition to planned Kurdish vote

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Iraq’s top diplomat is reiterating its government’s opposition to Iraqi Kurds’ planned independence vote next week. Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari told the U.S. General Assembly on Saturday...


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The Latest: After quakes, Mexico volcano spews vapor and ash

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on earthquakes in Mexico (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City has spewed a cloud of vapor with some ash about a mile (2 kilometers) into the air, but experts said it was not related to the quakes. The 17,797-foot (5,426-meter) volcano...


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Conservative theologians accuse pope of spreading heresy

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. In a 25-page letter delivered to Francis last month and provided Saturday to...


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After military drills, West is examining Russia's capability

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. VILNIUS, Lithuania - The vast Russian military exercises that ended this week showed off a muscular fighting force practicing state-on-state warfare, NATO’s deputy military commander said, in one of the first assessments of a large-scale operation that put Russia’s...


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Far-right party poised to enter Parliament as Germans head to polls

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. FRANKFURT AN DER ODER, Germany - Two years after Germany took in more than a million asylum seekers, there’s scant evidence of the influx here in this struggling former communist stronghold hard on the Polish border. There are no mosques, few ethnic-minority...


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Earthquake strikes North Korea near nuclear test zone, but no radiation reported

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BEIJING - A 3.5-magnitude earthquake was detected in northern North Korea on Saturday afternoon, near the nation’s known nuclear test site, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. But experts said seismic data suggested that it was probably not caused by a new...


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On the hunt: Lithuanians race to pick wild mushrooms

VARENA, Lithuania (AP) — Hundreds of Lithuanians ran around with baskets and buckets Saturday in a southeastern pine forest. Why you ask? It’s the national championship of wild mushroom picking — a competition always held on the last Saturday in September. That’s when conditions are “not too dry,...


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Uber tops 500,000 signatures on petition to halt London ban

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Uber Technologies collected more than 500,000 signatures in less than 24 hours on a petition to protest London’s decision to not renew the company’s taxi license, a setback in one of its most lucrative markets. The campaign on the website Change.org asks London Mayor Sadiq Khan...


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US bombers fly close to North Korea, tremor shakes test site

(c) 2017, Bloomberg News. U.S. Air Force bombers flew over international waters east of North Korea as tension simmers between the two nations and their respective leaders, and a tremor earlier struck close to North Korea’s nuclear test site. The U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers, based in Guam, and F-15C...


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French opposition protests Macron's labor law reforms

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. PARIS - Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of the French capital Saturday, condemning the liberalizing labor laws of President Emmanuel Macron. The demonstrators gathered at the behest of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the radical leftist who has emerged as the...


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