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What to expect from Putin and a resurgent Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- Vladimir Putin now has a stronger hold on Russia - and stronger place in the world - thanks to an overwhelming mandate for yet another term as president....

Putin gains massive mandate for nationalist policies
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin won a fourth presidential term with nearly 77 percent of the vote - his highest score ever and a massive mandate to pursue his nationalist, assertive policies for another six years in power....

The Latest: Germany seeks constructive dialogue with Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's re-election victory (all times local):...

The Latest: EU's Mogherini warns Turkey over Syria's Afrin
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):...

Syria monitors: Turkish-allied militiamen looting in Afrin
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Syria war monitoring group says Turkish-allied militiamen are looting the northern Syrian town of Afrin after the Turkish military and allied Syrian fighters seized control of it....

US, South Korea, Japan discuss denuclearization, summits
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Top U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials discussed how to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula during weekend talks ahead of upcoming inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korean summits, Seoul said Monday....

6 months after Mexico quake some still camp outside homes
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Under a patchwork shelter of overlapping tarps and repurposed vinyl advertisements, several dozen residents of 18 Independence Street pack cheek by jowl into donated tents in the street near their building, which was damaged in the Sept. 19 earthquake....

AP Interview: Zimbabwe's new opposition leader faces vote
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Ahead of Zimbabwe's crucial elections this year, the biggest opposition party has selected a charismatic lawyer and pastor to challenge the military-backed president in the first vote without former leader Robert Mugabe in decades....

Maduro's cryptocurrency 'genius' once pushed US sanctions
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A chief strategist of Venezuela's government-backed cryptocurrency is a former U.S. congressional intern who once organized protests against the same socialist administration he's now helping to circumvent U.S. financial sanctions....

Myanmar's Suu Kyi welcomed to Australian amid protests
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's was feted in Australia on Monday with a military honor guard and 19-gun salute as part of a state visit that has provoked protests over her response to her country's violent campaign against Rohingya Muslims....

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AP Interview: Zimbabwe's new opposition leader faces vote

Japan PM's approval ratings dive over land sale scandal

Britain slams 'absurd' Russian denials of spy poisoning

Latin America/Caribbean
6 months after Mexico quake some still camp outside homes

Middle East
The Latest: EU's Mogherini warns Turkey over Syria's Afrin