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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2018 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Finance State Secretary Jens Spahn during a meeting of the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin. Chancellor Angela Merkel is preparing to name her ministerial team for a new German government on Sunday evening, Feb. 25, 2018, amid reports that she plans to promote 37-year-old Jens Spahn, a leading advocate of a more conservative approach. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
February 25, 2018 - 1:15 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel named an ambitious young conservative Sunday as health minister in Germany's new government, signaling a desire to integrate critics as she embarks on her fourth term. Merkel had pledged to put fresh faces in her Cabinet after reaching a coalition deal this...
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Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja'afari, far right, addresses the United Nations Security Council Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at U.N. headquarters after the council voted on a resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire across Syria. The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved the resolution, demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
February 25, 2018 - 6:34 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is denouncing the "inhuman" violence in Syria and is backing a U.N. Security Council-demanded cease-fire so food and medicine can reach desperate Syrians and the sick and wounded can be evacuated. Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter's Square in praying...
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FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2017 file photo, Rohingya Muslims travel on a raft made with plastic containers on which they crossed over the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh, near Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh. Six months after waves of attacks emptied Rohingya villages in Myanmar, sending 700,000 people fleeing into Bangladesh, there are few signs anyone is going home soon. Life isn’t easy in the refugee camps, but the Rohingya living there have one immense consolation. “Nobody is coming to kill us, that’s for sure,” says one man. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)
February 25, 2018 - 12:05 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Their houses are often made of plastic sheets. Much of their food comes from aid agencies. Jobs are few, and there is painfully little to do. The nightmares are relentless. But six months after their horrors began, the Rohingya Muslims who fled army attacks in Myanmar for...
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This combination of two satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe, Dec. 2, 2017, left; and Feb. 19, 2018, right; displaying the village of Thit Tone Nar Gwa Son, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Maungdaw, Rakhine state, Myanmar, shows the predominantly Rohingya village and hamlets that have been completely leveled by authorities in recent weeks, far more than previously reported. While Myanmar's government claims it's simply trying to rebuild a devastated region, the operation has raised deep concern among human rights advocates, who say the government is destroying what amounts to scores of crime scenes before any credible investigation takes place. (DigitalGlobe via AP)
February 23, 2018 - 8:20 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth — in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against the nation's ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority...
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February 23, 2018 - 5:06 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is facing another financial headache after donors to a major U.S. Catholic foundation balked at a request from Pope Francis to foot a $25 million loan to a scandal-plagued Rome hospital. The Immaculate Institute for Dermatology made headlines in 2013 when prosecutors...
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he arrives at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
February 23, 2018 - 7:50 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Friday with a hug, one day after embarrassed Canadian diplomats had to revoke a party invitation for a man convicted of attempting to kill an Indian politician. The invitation was the latest blunder in...
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This combination of two satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe, Dec. 2, 2017, left; and Feb. 19, 2018, right; displaying the village of Thit Tone Nar Gwa Son, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Maungdaw, Rakhine state, Myanmar, shows the predominantly Rohingya village and hamlets that have been completely leveled by authorities in recent weeks, far more than previously reported. While Myanmar's government claims it's simply trying to rebuild a devastated region, the operation has raised deep concern among human rights advocates, who say the government is destroying what amounts to scores of crime scenes before any credible investigation takes place. (DigitalGlobe via AP)
February 23, 2018 - 4:34 am
BANGKOK (AP) — First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth — in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against the nation's ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority...
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he arrives at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
February 23, 2018 - 3:22 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Friday with a hug, one day after embarrassed Canadian diplomats had to revoke a party invitation for a man convicted of attempting to kill an Indian politician. The invitation was the latest blunder in...
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This combination of two satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe, Dec. 2, 2017, left; and Feb. 19, 2018, right; displaying the village of Thit Tone Nar Gwa Son, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Maungdaw, Rakhine state, Myanmar, shows the predominantly Rohingya village and hamlets that have been completely leveled by authorities in recent weeks, far more than previously reported. While Myanmar's government claims it's simply trying to rebuild a devastated region, the operation has raised deep concern among human rights advocates, who say the government is destroying what amounts to scores of crime scenes before any credible investigation takes place. (DigitalGlobe via AP)
February 23, 2018 - 3:12 am
BANGKOK (AP) — First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth — in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against the nation's ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority...
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This Feb. 19, 2018, satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe, shows the village of Thit Tone Nar Gwa Son, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Maungdaw, Rakhine state, Myanmar. Satellite images of Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state, released to The Associated Press by Colorado-based DigitalGlobe on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, show that dozens of empty villages and hamlets have been completely leveled by authorities in recent weeks, far more than previously reported. The villages were all set ablaze in the wake of violence last August, when a brutal clearance operation by security forces drove hundreds of thousands of Rohingya into exile in Bangladesh. (DigitalGlobe via AP)
February 23, 2018 - 12:08 am
BANGKOK (AP) — First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth — in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against the nation's ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority...
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