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Holocaust survivors worldwide celebrate Hanukkah
BERLIN (AP) -- Hundreds of Holocaust survivors participated in the third candle lighting of Hanukkah in Berlin, Jerusalem and New York on Thursday - part of a tribute to survivors worldwide that was organized by the Jewish Claims Conference....

Hunger at Damascus' door as Syrian government blocks aid
BEIRUT (AP) -- At the doors of the Syrian capital, children with wrinkled faces and arms like sticks are going hungry because President Bashar Assad's forces, supported by Russia and Iran, are blocking trucks filled with humanitarian relief....

Putin says Trump foes harm US with Russia collusion probes
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday the U.S. is only hurting itself with investigations of alleged collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, and the Kremlin leader vowed he won't allow the radical opposition at home to challenge the status quo as he seeks re-election....

Haley unveils missile parts, says proof Iran arming Houthis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's envoy to the United Nations says "undeniable" evidence proves Iran is violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen....

Opponents of refugee quotas give money to bolster EU borders
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia announced Thursday that they plan to spend around 35 million euros ($41 million) to beef up European Union borders as they come under pressure for refusing to accept refugee quotas....

As tensions ease, China keeps building on disputed islands
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tensions over China's island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy....

Aid group: At least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar
BANGKOK (AP) -- International aid group Doctors Without Borders said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar's security forces....

Israeli drugmaker Teva to cut quarter of global work force
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's largest generic drugmaker, on Thursday said it would lay off over a quarter of its workforce as part of a global restructuring meant to salvage its ailing business....

UN envoy says 'opportunity missed' as Syria talks wrap up
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. envoy for Syria said the latest round of Geneva talks ended without progress on Thursday after two fruitless weeks - a "golden opportunity missed" - and acknowledged that he needs to come up with new ideas to make headway toward ending Syria's nearly seven-year war....

Nigeria governors approve $1 billion to fight Boko Haram
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- Dozens of Nigerian state governors on Thursday approved the transfer of $1 billion to aid the federal government's fight against the deadly Boko Haram insurgency, signaling that previous announcements of victory over the Islamic extremists had come too soon....

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Israeli drugmaker Teva to cut quarter of global work force