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Nationwide protests bring thousands to Russia's streets
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's opposition, often written off by critics as a small and irrelevant coterie of privileged urbanites, put on an impressive nationwide show of strength Sunday with scores of protest rallies spanning the vast country. Hundreds were arrested, including Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic....

No surprise: Beijing's pick Lam chosen as Hong Kong's leader
HONG KONG (AP) -- The candidate favored by China's Communist leadership was chosen as Hong Kong's new leader on Sunday, in the first such vote since huge pro-democracy protests erupted over the semiautonomous Chinese city's election system in 2014....

US-backed forces battling for IS-held air base in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces began their assault on an Islamic State-held air base in northern Syria on Sunday, activists said, as reports circulated that residents were evacuating the nearby city of Raqqa, the militants' de facto capital....

Why the London attacker's links to Saudi Arabia might matter
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The British man who killed four people in a rampage in London last week had made three trips to Saudi Arabia in his lifetime. Though millions of foreigners from around the world live and work in the kingdom, Khalid Masood's time there immediately raised questions about whether the country's ultraconservative brand of Islam impacted his worldview and radicalized him....

With eye toward Trump, Arab leaders to seek consensus
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) -- With an eye toward Washington, leaders of a fractured and conflict-ridden Arab world hold their annual summit this week, seeking common positions and possible leverage as President Donald Trump weighs his approach toward the region....

The Latest: Syrian Kurdish forces battle IS over air base
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):...

Settler leader: Population growth is end of 2-state solution
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A prominent West Bank settler says the number of Israelis living in the West Bank has soared by nearly one quarter over the past five years to over 420,000 people....

Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera
BAIDOA, Somalia (AP) -- An emaciated woman writhes on her hospital bed, weakly waving her bony hand to create a current of air....

6 aid workers killed in South Sudan
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Six aid workers were ambushed and killed in South Sudan, the deadliest attack on humanitarian workers since the East African nation's civil war began in 2013....

UK: Attacker used WhatsApp, firm must help police get access
LONDON (AP) -- Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service, a top British security official said Sunday....

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