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BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers have approved a government plan to declare three North African nations and Georgia safe countries of origin, a move meant to deter migrants from those countries and streamline the handling of asylum applications.

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police arrested a man Friday for questioning over the death of an Israeli student in Melbourne, while the victim's tearful father visited the flower-strewn crime scene where her body was found.

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KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's constitutional court is poised to rule as early as Friday on a challenge to the presidential election results. But the African Union continental body has issued a surprise last-minute request for Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final results, …

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities were scrambling to identify who was behind a brazen car bombing at a police academy in Bogota that has rattled residents and raised tough questions about lingering security threats in the wake of a peace deal with the nation's largest rebel group.

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MOSCOW (AP) — A Belarusian model who claimed last year that she had evidence of Russian interference in the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was arrested immediately upon her arrival in Moscow on Thursday following deportation from Thailand.

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HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration is weighing what could become the most serious tightening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in more than two decades — a move that could unleash a flurry of lawsuits against foreign companies that have invested on the island.

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SAO PAULO (AP) — A few days after being inaugurated, new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced a tax increase, only to have his chief-of-staff say hours later that the boss "had been wrong."

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CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Thursday in cities across Sudan, including the capital, where activists said two people were killed in clashes between police and protesters attempting to reach the presidential palace to demand longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir step down.

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on Thursday, the last leg of a regional tour aimed at finding a negotiated conclusion to Afghanistan's 17-year war, which would end the U.S.'s longest military engagement.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo has accused his election rival of allowing corrupt candidates on his legislative ticket and failing to include women in senior positions.

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The head of the U.N. mission in Yemen charged with monitoring a cease-fire and withdrawal of rival forces from a key port city is safe along with this team following a reported shooting incident, the spokesman for the world body said Thursday.

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BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's army intelligence have detained a man on suspicion that he crossed into Lebanon from Israel, a military official said Thursday. The country's state news agency said the detainee is a U.S. citizen.

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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been found dead a day after reports that he had been kidnapped by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso's volatile north near the Niger border, the West African nation's security ministry said Thursday.

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KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A grouping of African states is urging the international community to respect Congo's sovereignty and legal processes as its constitutional court is set to rule on a challenge to the presidential election results.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Police in Sweden say a 22-year-old man has been charged with stealing 65 million kronor ($7.2 million) worth of royal treasure including a jeweled crown from a cathedral where they were on display.

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Amid a lavish welcome, Vladimir Putin arrived in Serbia on Thursday in a show of the Russian president's support for the Balkan country's populist leader and his pro-Moscow policies.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — She is largely unknown in the United States. But the American anchorwoman for Iran's state-run broadcaster, detained last weekend by U.S. authorities, is a familiar face on its English-language channel.

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PARIS (AP) — France is spending 50 million euros ($57 million) to beef up security at airports and the Eurotunnel, hiring hundreds of extra customs officers and issuing emergency decrees to gear up for the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the European Union on March 29…

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe says it is "alarmed" by credible reports that security forces are targeting and beating activists and labor leaders. A local doctors' rights group says it has treated 68 gunshot cases.