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Wallaby hops across Sydney Harbor Bridge, captured uninjured

Australia Wayward Wallaby

SYDNEY (AP) — A wayward wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor...

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Paul Bocuse, modest but grandiose French chef, dies at 91

France Obit Bocuse

PARIS (AP) — He was modest about his accomplishments in the kitchen but grandiose in his dreams. Paul Bocuse credited his long reign as France’s master chef to everything but himself: good produce fresh from the garden, a superb kitchen staff and happy diners. But the three-star Michelin rating...


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The Latest: Pope Francis consoles Peruvians hit by floods

Peru Pope

TRUJILLO, Peru (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Peru (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Pope Francis is consoling Peruvians who lost their homes and livelihoods in devastating floods, telling them they can overcome all of life’s “storms” by coming together as a community. Francis travelled...


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In Pakistan, the rape, killing of 7-year-old girl is changing culture of shame,

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. KASUR, Pakistan - The second-grader’s homework assignment on Jan. 4 was to describe herself. “I am a girl,” wrote Zainab Amin, who had a perky smile and a pageboy haircut. “I am seven years old. I live in Kasur. I love mangoes.” The next morning, while walking to a...


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Kashmir fighting escalates between India, Pakistan

India Kashmir Pakistan

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire Saturday along their volatile frontier in Kashmir, killing at least five civilians and a soldier in the latest escalation of violence in the disputed region. The deaths on both the sides of the border came as the nuclear-armed rivals...


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IOC says North Korea to have 22 athletes in 5 Olympic sports

South Korea Koreas Tensions

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A Korean unity deal for the Pyeongchang Olympics will see 22 North Korean athletes cross the border with South Korea to compete and march together under a unification flag at the opening ceremony. In the most symbolic agreement approved Saturday, 12 North Korean women’s...


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The world's most valuable distiller is running out of liquor

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. You know you’re in Maotai when you smell it. The picturesque town of about 100,000 in southwestern China is home to the world’s most valuable liquor company -- and the soy-sauce-like scent of the Chinese grain alcohol baijiu, made by the eponymous Kweichow Moutai Co., permeates...


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IOC President Thomas Bach offers "sincere thanks" to governments of North and South Korea

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach offers “sincere thanks” to governments of North and South Korea for Olympic unity deal.


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North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to South

South Korea Koreas Tensions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed sending a delegation led by the leader of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe during next month’s Winter Olympics. The new proposal came less than 24 hours after North...


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Church conservatives question pope's airborne nuptials

APTOPIX Chile Pope

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The honeymoon, as it were, is apparently over. A day after Pope Francis grabbed headlines by pronouncing two flight attendants man and wife while flying 36,000 feet over Chile, the conservative Catholic commentariat on Friday questioned the legitimacy of the impromptu sacrament...


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Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

Russia Police Meet Crocodile

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement. The Fontanka.ru news portal said the incident happened Thursday while detectives were looking for undeclared weapons in the house of a man involved in...


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