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US declares 'ethnic cleansing' against Rohingya in Myanmar
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be "ethnic cleansing" on Wednesday, putting more pressure on the country's military to halt a brutal crackdown that has sent more than 600,000 refugees flooding over the border to Bangladesh....

UN court convicts Mladic of genocide over Bosnia's horrors
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Ratko Mladic, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb army, was sentenced Wednesday to life imprisonment after a United Nations special court found him guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity that it labeled as some of the "most heinous" in human history....

The Latest: Zimbabwe's incoming leader returns home
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):...

Bosnian ex-prisoner says justice served with Mladic verdict
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A former prisoner of Serb-run camps in northwestern Bosnia who became a symbol of the horrors of the 1992-95 war says justice has finally been served with the sentencing of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic....

Cold War drama caught on video as N. Korean soldier escapes
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- It's 3:11 p.m. on a cold, gray day on the North Korean side of the most heavily armed border in the world, and a lone soldier is racing toward freedom....

Zimbabwe's incoming leader Mnangagwa returns home to cheers
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa emerged from hiding Wednesday, departing from neighboring South Africa to return home in preparation to take power after Robert Mugabe's stunning resignation....

N. Korea criticizes US over designation as terror sponsor
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to relist it as a state sponsor of terrorism a "serious provocation" that justifies its development of nuclear weapons....

Russian upper house approves bill targeting foreign media
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's upper house of parliament has unanimously approved a bill allowing the government to register international media outlets as foreign agents in a quid pro quo to the U.S. demand made to a Russian TV channel....

German Social Democrats under pressure in coalition impasse
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's center-left Social Democrats are under pressure to halt the country's drift toward a new election after ruling out a repeat of their outgoing coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel....

Syria's opposition, divided and varied, to get a new face
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's notoriously fragmented opposition gathering Wednesday in the Saudi capital is trying to close ranks and come up with a unified vision as international efforts appeared headed toward a resolution that would preserve the rule of President Bashar Assad....

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