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Renewed hope for release of jailed American pastor in Turkey

This week marked two days since Pastor Andrew Brunson was detained by Turkish authorities, and there is a renewed – but extremely cautious – optimism that he could soon be headed home.

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Amid violence, Brazil presidential candidates call for calm

The two presidential candidates who will square off in Brazil's runoff this month are calling for an end to politically motivated violence— an issue emerging as a central theme of the elections.

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Who killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi? Congress digs for answers as Middle East mystery grows

The disappearance of a U.S.-based Saudi journalist after a visit to the Saudi consulate in Turkey more than a week ago has heightened the tensions between regional powers and President Trump says the United States wants to find out what happened.

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The Wellcome Collection, a library and museum located in London, was criticized after it invited “womxn” to attend an event on Twitter.

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An Egyptian military court on Thursday sentenced 17 Islamic militants to death for involvement in deadly attacks on Christians, a rights lawyer said.

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Matthew Hedges, a British student, has been held in the United Arab Emirates since May after he was accused of spying, reports stated.

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An American graduate student will remain in detention after appealing Israel’s decision to bar her entry to the Jewish state, even though she had a valid student visa, over allegations that she supported an international boycott campaign by pro-Palestinian groups.

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A Kashmiri scholar-turned rebel leader and his colleague were killed Thursday in a gunbattle with Indian troops, police and residents said, sparking violent anti-India protests by residents in the disputed region.

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Merkel allies brace for big setback in German state election

This weekend's state election in Bavaria has been casting a long shadow over German politics for the past year — and the aftershocks could cause more turbulence for Chancellor Angela Merkel's struggling national government.

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The disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist raises a dark question for anyone who dares criticize governments or speak out against those in power: Will the world have their back?

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Reports: Malaysia plans to end death penalty for all crimes

Malaysia's government reportedly plans to abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt all pending executions, a rare move against capital punishment in Asia that human rights groups hailed Thursday as a major advance.

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Cuban constitutional reform spawns unusual public debate

In a country with no opinion polls, campaigns or independent mass media, a series of meetings on reforming Cuba's constitution has spawned a highly unusual debate on the island's political system and values.

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Quake hits Papua New Guinea, no damage or injuries reported

An earthquake rattled part of Papua New Guinea on Thursday, but no major damage or injuries have been reported.

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Saudi ruler ordered detention of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, report says

Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, ordered that Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi be lured to that country from his home in the U.S. and detained, the paper reported Wednesday evening. 

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