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Proposed law would criminalize use of "Nazi" in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli draft law that would criminalize the use of the word Nazi in most cases has sparked a debate on freedom of speech in a state that was founded out of the ashes of the Holocaust.

Suicide attack on Afghan restaurant kills 21 WITH VIDEO

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban attack against a popular Kabul restaurant killed 21 people, officials said Saturday, in the deadliest attack against foreign civilians since the war began nearly 13 years ago.

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Afghanistan’s first female police chief starts job

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — She wears a black headscarf instead of a cap. But otherwise Col. Jamila Bayaz looks like any other district police chief in Afghanistan as she reviews checkpoints in the center of Kabul.

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Jewish heirs in dispute over art

Treasure trove was acquired by Nazis after forced sales

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Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon dies at age 85

JERUSALEM — Ariel Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him in a coma from which he never awoke. He was 85.

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Forced abortion highlights abuses in China policy

BEIJING — When her mind is clear, Gong Qifeng can recall how she begged for mercy. Several people pinned her head, arms, knees and ankles to a hospital bed before driving a syringe of labor-inducing drugs into her stomach.

French Senate seeks ban on free book delivery

PARIS — If the French Senate gets its way, retail giant Amazon and its online peers won’t be able to offer free book deliveries in France anymore.

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Captive Goodyear bosses freed at French site

Managers held captive by angry workers seeking bigger severance packages.

Chemical weapons removal from Syria begins

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The first batch of Syrian poison gas precursor chemicals was loaded onto a Danish cargo ship and taken out of the war-torn country Tuesday — a week later than initially planned, the United Nations announced.

Iraqi troops battle al-Qaida

BAGHDAD — Under siege by government forces, al-Qaida militants tried to strengthen their hold on two of Iraq’s main Sunni cities Friday, telling residents that they were defending them against the Shiite-led government.

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Passengers rescued from icebound Antarctic ship

Chinese helicopter pulls scientists, tourists off ship

$0.60 for cake: Al-Qaida records every cost

Terror group documents even minute expenditures

Police, troops heavy in bomb-hit Russian city

VOLGOGRAD, Russia — Eerily empty buses lumbered through the streets, police weighed down with body armor warily watched pedestrians near a fast-food restaurant, and members of Cossack units stood guard at bus stops. Volgograd was an ominous and jittery city Tuesday, after two suicide bombings in two days killed 34 people.

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Israel likes a party but is torn about New Year’s

New Year’s is ‘someone else’s Party’

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