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Dancing despite the fear

Transgender people face harassment and abuse in Pakistan

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Greeks favor radical left before vote

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The winds of political change are coursing through austerity-weary Greece, but a financial whirlwind may lurk round the corner. Opinion polls ahead of Sunday’s closely-watched national election agree: The radical left opposition Syriza party, which has vowed to rewrite the terms of Greece’s international bailout, is poised to defeat Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ conservatives. To govern — in a historic first for the Greek left — it may need the backing of a smaller party, but most seem willing to oblige.

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Ukraine rebel offensive looming

DONETSK, Ukraine — Signs emerged Friday pointing to a major offensive in eastern Ukraine by rebels fighting to break off from the rest of the country. A rebel leader said they will continue to fight and won't join further peace talks — but left unclear whether they would respect this week's agreement to pull back heavy weapons from the front line.

Mexico's Colima volcano erupts, sending a large plume of ash and gases into the air.

Mexico's Colima volcano erupts, sending a large plume of ash and gases into the air: AP video

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French police kill gunmen in twin attacks, free 16 hostages

PARIS — With explosions and gunfire, security forces ended a three-day terror rampage around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper, and an associate who seized a kosher supermarket to try to help them escape.

UN gun control treaty enacted

Congress takes steps to block U.S. involvement

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Report: At least 60 journalists killed in 2014

Many slain media officials were targeted

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Sydney hostage planned daring escape

82-year-old slips through gap, first to escape lone gunman

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Israel suffers sharp rebuffs from Europe

BRUSSELS — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday as Palestinians headed to the United Nations to try to set a two-year deadline for an Israeli withdrawal.

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Americans, Belgians mark Bulge anniversary

U.S. casualties numbered over 80,000

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Israel troops demolish home

JERUSALEM — Israel demolished the east Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly October attack, just hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised strict security measures in the wake of a grisly synagogue assault a day earlier.

Success for second station spacewalk in two weeks

Energy capability to orbiting lab fully restored

Wounded journalist vows return to Afghanistan despite danger

NEW YORK (AP) — Over and over, Kathy Gannon has re-lived the decisions that led to her close friend’s death — and almost her own — in Afghanistan.

Parrot trades languages

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner — and the bird now speaks Spanish.

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3 win Nobel for super-zoom microscopes

STOCKHOLM — Two Americans and a German scientist won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for finding ways to make microscopes more powerful than previously thought possible, allowing scientists to see how diseases develop inside the tiniest cells.

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