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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....

Cuba starts return to normal as mourning for Castro ends
HAVANA (AP) -- Music is playing in the streets again. Tourists are sipping mojitos at sidewalk cafes. Flags are flapping at full staff. After nine days of national mourning for Fidel Castro, Cuba is slowly returning to noisy, boisterous normality....

SKorean president to 'calmly' accept impeachment outcome
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean lawmakers say President Park Geun-hye is willing to "calmly" accept impeachment if the opposition-controlled parliament votes for her removal this week, but prefers to resign on her own terms....

World leaders face risks in reconciling with past enemies
Reconciliation can be tricky. It took 70 years for an American president to visit the site of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and nearly 75 for a Japanese leader to announce he would visit Pearl Harbor, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did Monday....

Merkel seeks new term as leader of German conservatives
BERLIN (AP) -- Angela Merkel is seeking a new two-year term as leader of her conservative party, following her announcement last month that she will run for a fourth term as German chancellor....

Uganda rebel commander goes on trial at Int'l Criminal Court
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- One of the most senior commanders in the feared militia of fugitive Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony is going on trial at the International Criminal Court....

Turkish, US military chiefs meet at Incirlik air base
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's military says the country's military chief has held talks with his U.S. counterpart during a previously announced visit to an air base in southern Turkey....

'We have lost everything': Syrians return to ravaged Aleppo
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- Amina Hamawy burst into tears and then fainted when she returned to eastern Aleppo to find that looters had ransacked her home. "Where am I? What happened?" she asked after her husband and daughter revived her. "We have lost everything."...

German factory orders beat forecasts, up strongly in October
BERLIN (AP) -- German factory orders were up a far stronger-than-expected 4.9 percent in October compared with the previous month, led higher by orders for cars and vehicle parts....

By accident or design, Trump signals tougher China policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Whether by accident or design, President-elect Donald Trump is signaling a tougher American policy toward China, sparking warnings from both the outgoing Obama administration and Beijing....

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