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Charged 'Putin's chef' runs news sites along with troll army

MOSCOW -- He's been indicted in the U.S. for meddling in the 2016 presidential election with an army of trolls and his private military company has trodden battlefields in Ukraine and Syria. Still, the Russian multimillionaire dubbed "Putin's chef" runs yet another asset that is valuable to the Kremlin: a sprawling Russian media empire.
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After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

Nikolas Cruz appears in court for a status hearing before Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Cruz is charged with killing 17 people and wounding many others in Wednesday's attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which he once attended.
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Airstrikes on suburbs of Syrian capital claim move lives

BEIRUT -- A new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus left at least five people dead and more than a dozen wounded Saturday, raising the death toll of a week of bombing in the area to nearly 500, including scores of women and children.
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EU and Russia vie for influence in volatile Balkans region

BELGRADE, Serbia -- For years, Russia has worked to gain influence in Southeast Europe, using Serbia as a foothold to establish a friendly pocket on a hostile continent.
The European Union finally is pushing back.
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Airstrikes on suburbs of Syrian capital claim more lives

BEIRUT -- A new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus left at least five people dead and more than a dozen wounded Saturday, raising the death toll of a week of bombing in the area to nearly 500, including scores of women and children.
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Politician: Ex-Austrian chancellor part of Manafort lobbying

MINSK, Belarus -- A Ukrainian opposition lawmaker who helped uncover off-the-books payments to U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman said Saturday that a one-time Austrian chancellor was among the European politicians secretly paid to lobby for Ukraine.
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3 bombs rock Myanmar's northwestern city Sittwe

Three bombs rocked the capital of Myanmar's restive Rakhine State, Sittwe, early on Saturday, police said, adding that a police officer was slightly injured and the authorities were still working to determine who was behind the bombings.
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Female Nobel laureates in Bangladesh to meet Rohingya women

Three female Nobel Peace laureates have begun a week-long trip to Bangladesh to meet Rohingya women who say they were tortured and raped by Myanmar soldiers before fleeing the country.
During the trip that began Saturday, Iran's Shirin Ebadi, Yemen's Tawakkol Karman and Northern Ireland's Mairead Maguire will assess the Rohingya refugees' situation and the violence against the Rohingya women, according to the Nobel Women's Initiative, a platform of six female peace laureates established in 2006.
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Hundreds of Philippine Catholics march to protest Duterte's drug war

Around a thousand Catholics in the Philippines marched in Manila on Saturday to protest President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs and his efforts to reinstate the death penalty.
The protests come a day after students in the capital and provincial universities held demonstrations against Duterte, and a day before the 32nd anniversary of the "People Power" revolution that drove dictator Ferdinand Marcos into exile.
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Suspect in killing of Filipina maid interrogated in Lebanon

 

Another suspected Boko Haram kidnapping in Nigeria: The cycle continues

"It's like we have been thrown back to the abysmal darkness of April 2014 all over again," says Aisha Yesufu, one of the founders of the #bringbackourgirls movement in Nigeria.
"Unbelievably the Nigerian government did not learn anything from the Chibok girls' abduction," she tells the CBC from the Nigerian capital Abuja.
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Speeding jeep kills 9 schoolchildren in eastern India

PATNA, India -- A speeding jeep plowed through a group of schoolchildren crossing a road in eastern India on Saturday, killing nine and injuring 10 of them.
The jeep first hit and injured two adult female pedestrians.
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At least 23 dead in series of attacks in Aghanistan

A suicide bomber killed at least two and wounded seven in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in the diplomatic area of Afghanistan's capital on Saturday, and at least 18 soldiers died in an attack on a checkpoint by Taliban insurgents in the country's west, authorities said.
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