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Merkel is last of Obama's key European allies still standing
BERLIN (AP) -- Just a few months ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought together the leaders of the U.S., Britain, France and Italy to discuss the world's crises, a moment captured in a photo of the five seated around a conference table. When she hosts a summit of 20 leading global powers in July, she will be the only one of them left - and many of the policies her partners worked for might be reversed....

Putin's Russia seeks to project power with modern military
MOSCOW (AP) -- With an aircraft carrier deployed off Syria's shores and hundreds of new jets, missiles and tanks entering service each year, President Vladimir Putin can project Russian military power on a scale unseen since Soviet times....

Russia's men increasingly see army as good job, not dead end
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) -- Increasingly, the young men of Russia say they see military service as an opportunity, not a dreaded obligation to avoid....

Ransomed: The freeing of 226 Christians from Islamic State
SAARLOUIS, Germany (AP) -- The millions in ransom money came in dollar by dollar, euro by euro from around the world. The donations, raised from church offerings, a Christmas concert, and the diaspora of Assyrian Christians on Facebook, landed in a bank account in Iraq. Its ultimate destination: the Islamic State group....

Trump adviser's family donated to Israeli settlement groups
JERUSALEM (AP) -- U.S. tax records show that President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law co-directs a family foundation that has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Jewish settlement organizations in the West Bank....

The Latest: Syrian forces take more east Aleppo districts
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):...

Chopper crash in Rio flashpoint with police in 'City of God'
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Viviane Goncalves cries softly as she explains why she believes her husband was killed....

Lebanese women protest against rape law
BEIRUT (AP) -- A dozen Lebanese women, dressed as brides in white wedding dresses stained with fake blood and bandages, gathered Tuesday outside government buildings in Lebanon's capital to protest a law that allows a rapist to get away with his crime if he marries the survivor....

Iraqi troops enter another IS-held neighborhood in Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- The Iraqi army on Tuesday pushed into another neighborhood held by the Islamic State group on the southeastern edge of Mosul, according to a military statement and Iraqi commanders on the ground....

Syrian government forces advance on 2 fronts in Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces and allied militias captured Aleppo's centrally located al-Shaar neighborhood from rebels on Tuesday as the government and its ally Russia rejected a cease-fire for the war-torn city....

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