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Thai police arrest suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking

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BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police have arrested a suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking who allegedly fueled much of Asia’s illegal trade for over a decade, officials said Saturday. Boonchai Bach, a 40-year-old Thai of Vietnamese descent, was arrested Friday in the northeastern border province of...


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Indian army soldiers fight fire from highly polluted lake

BANGALORE, India (AP) — Thousands of Indian troops battled for hours a huge fire emanating from a highly polluted lake, causing panic among thousands of people in the southern city of Bangalore, the army said Saturday. Nearly 5,000 soldiers swung into action on Friday after the fire threatened a...


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Analysis: Trump support carries rewards and risks for Israel

Israel-Trump Effect Analysis

JERUSALEM (AP) — From recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to cutting aid to Palestinians, President Donald Trump has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the unprecedented gift of strong U.S. alignment with a nationalist Israeli government. With the two leaders in sync personally and...


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Pope: Corruption is 'social virus' infecting Latin America

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LIMA, Peru (AP) — Pope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a “social virus” infecting all aspects of life in stern remarks Friday to Peru’s president and high-ranking political leaders, several of whom are embroiled in the region’s biggest graft scandal. Hours after decrying...


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Pope to indigenous: Amazon is 'heart of the church'

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PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) — From deep in the scorching Amazon rainforest, Pope Francis demanded Friday that corporations stop their relentless extraction of timber, gas and gold from God’s “holy ground,” and called on governments to recognize the indigenous peoples living there as the primary...


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The Latest: Traditionalist blog questions mid-flight wedding

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PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Peru (all times local): 8 p.m. 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...


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Pope brings environmental crusade to Peru's Amazon

Special To The Washington Post. PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru - Pope Francis landed in the Amazon on Friday, bringing his environmental crusade to a rough-and-tumble corner of Peru’s jungle that is besieged by deforestation and illegal mining. The visit to Peru, the second leg of a trip that ends Sunday...


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With Merkel's fate in the balance, would-be partners prepare to vote in Germany

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BERLIN - Germany’s long and tortuous path to a new government could hit yet another obstacle Sunday. Four months after the nation’s voters delivered a muddled message, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s would-be coalition partners will cast ballots on a contentious question...


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German officials believe rapper-turned-militant Denis Cuspert has been killed

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BERLIN - German rapper-turned-militant Denis Cuspert is most likely dead, according to three German security officials and one person close to him. Also known as “Deso Dogg” and later by the nom de guerre “Abu Talha al Almani,” Cuspert was one of Germany’s most...


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Pele skips public appearance in England, stays home to rest

SAO PAULO (AP) — Pele has cancelled a trip to England, where the 77-year-old Brazilian was to receive an award from the country’s Football Writers Association. Pele’s spokesman said Friday that the cancellation was due to fatigue. “He didn’t travel because it was going to be to exhausting to go and...


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