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  • Uzbekistan votes in poll expected to re-elect Karimov

    Polling stations opened Sunday in the ex-Soviet state of Uzbekistan for a ballot that is almost certain to re-elect 77-year-old strongman incumbent President Islam Karimov. Voting at more than 9,000 polling stations across the country began at 0100 GMT and will continue until 1500 GMT, according…

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  • One Direction plays on in S.Africa as fans mourn Malik's exit

    Best-selling boy band One Direction bounded onto the stage in Johannesburg Saturday for their first show since fans across the world were plunged into teenage distress over heartthrob Zayn Malik quitting the group. Adoring young fans said they feared the departure of Malik, 22, could mean the…

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  • Al Sadd deny deal done to sign Xavi

    Qatari side Al Sadd released a statement on Saturday denying that a deal had been concluded to sign Barcelona and Spain great Xavi Hernandez. Al Sadd also said they "would make any further and official announcements only if further developments take place". Their statement came after pictures…

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  • Migrants' newest route to Europe means an epic Balkans trek

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East take many routes to cross illegally into the European Union, and all are fraught with likely disappointment and occasional danger. The newest path, through the EU's Balkans back door, comes with a cruel twist: an epic…

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  • For African migrants, trek to Europe brings risk, heartbreak

    VELES, Macedonia (AP) — This is the moment when Sandrine Koffi's dream of a new life in Europe ended — and her nightmare of an infant lost in the Macedonian night began.

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  • Kane scores 80 seconds into England debut in qualifying win

    LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane scored 80 seconds into his England debut on Friday, providing another astonishing moment in his breakthrough season in a 4-0 victory over Lithuania in European Championship qualifying.

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  • German airline could face 'unlimited' damages for Alps crash

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday.

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  • US economic growth may be mild, but it's also really durable

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy's tepid performance last quarter — a 2.2 percent annual growth rate — was typical of the economic rebound that began in the summer of 2009. Yet the sluggish pace of the recovery has a silver lining: This growth spurt has proved to be one of the most durable since…

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  • Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — As airstrikes in Yemen intensified on their second day Friday, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were considering an intervention on the ground, aimed at giving the president a secure foothold to return to the country, while backing Sunni tribesmen to fight against Shiite rebels and their…

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  • Yemen's Aden a key battleground in conflict

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Yemen's city of Aden, a vital Arabian Sea port for centuries, is emerging as a key battleground in the fight between a Saudi-led Arab coalition backing the country's president and Shiite rebels and their allies.

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  • Ryder Cup director: Italy 2022 bid has 'pretty special' view

    ROME (AP) — Italy's bid for the 2022 Ryder Cup will require overhauling some holes on the Marco Simone club outside Rome.

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  • Ahead of poll, aging Uzbek leader puts regime before family

    Lambasted in the West over his human rights record, Uzbekistan's strongman Islam Karimov looks certain to extend his 25-year grip on power at a poll Sunday despite a bitter feud inside his own family. "Without a strong government there will be chaos in society," Karimov told a small group of…

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  • Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer dies at 83

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said Friday.

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  • EU weighs new methods to coax Israel back to peace talks

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is assessing new ways to push Israel back to the peace negotiating table with the Palestinians for a deal based on a two-state solution, working in tandem with the United States, EU officials say.

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  • European air authority recommends 2 crew in cockpit

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The European Union's aviation safety agency recommended Friday that airlines always have two people in the cockpit of a flying aircraft after it emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in alone to crash the plane.

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  • Bernie Ecclestone casts doubt on German, Italian GPs

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — The German Grand Prix could remain off the sport's calendar after this year's cancellation, and the iconic Italian GP may be next to go, Formula One commercial head Bernie Ecclestone said Friday.

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