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US evaluating Taliban video of captive couple in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department said Tuesday it is evaluating a video released by the Afghan Taliban showing a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their Afghan captors will kill them and their children unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners....

Crossbow suspect alleged to have killed mother, brothers
TORONTO (AP) -- A man who allegedly used a crossbow in a triple homicide in Toronto last week killed his mother and two brothers, according to police....

Clashes subside in Syria between Turkish, Kurdish forces
BEIRUT (AP) -- Clashes between Turkey's military and Kurdish-backed Syrian forces subsided Tuesday evening after days of fighting between the two had frustrated efforts by a U.S.-led coalition to drive the Islamic State group from northern Syria....

IS buried thousands in 72 mass graves, AP finds
HARDAN, Iraq (AP) -- Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die....

Diplomats disagree over Syria chemical sanctions
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council failed to agree Tuesday on whether Syria merited sanctions over the use of chemical weapons, with Russia questioning the evidence from an independent commission that found government forces were behind at least two such attacks....

What next? Opaque Uzbekistan faces transition anxieties
MOSCOW (AP) -- Whether Uzbekistan's president is at death's door or has already passed through is unclear, but that may not be the greatest uncertainty facing the country - it's what comes after his death....

Islamic State group says spokesman killed in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group's spokesman and chief strategist, who laid out the blueprint for the extremist group's attacks against the West, has been killed while overseeing operations in northern Syria, the group announced Tuesday....

Brazil Senate debates fate of Rousseff, final vote Wednesday
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Senators deciding whether to oust President Dilma Rousseff headed into a long night of debate Tuesday, with so many wanting to speak that the judge presiding over the impeachment trial put off the final vote until Wednesday....

Italy honors quake victims as bishop warns of reconstruction
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- An Italian bishop issued a veiled critique of the suspected shoddy construction behind the high death toll of Italy's earthquake and warned during a state funeral Tuesday that the rebuilding effort must not become a "looting" of state coffers....

Albania passes a judicial reform law, key to EU efforts
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania's parliament has approved a law to check the personal and professional backgrounds of judges and prosecutors in a move to convince the European Union to launch membership negotiations....

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