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In the forlorn town of Hershey, Cuba, closer U.S. ties are a cause for hope

A company town in decline, built in 1916 by a U.S. chocolate tycoon, never quite fit the revolutionary narrative on capitalism.

Uncertainty: The only sure thing in Britain’s too-close-to-call election

An indecisive result could launch a mad scramble for power, as parties joust to form a coalition government.

Report: Co-pilot practiced deadly descent before French Alps crash

The report sheds new light on the amount of planning by Andreas Lubitz before the March crash.

Kerry seeks pause in Yemen war so aid can reach civilians

Scores of people were killed in the country Wednesday as rebels pushed further into the port city of Aden.

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Netanyahu’s new government is more right, more religious than last

Netanyahu’s new government is more right, more religious than last

The five-party coalition with a slim majority comes 42 days after election.

Bashar al-Assad acknowledges setbacks on the battlefield

Bashar al-Assad acknowledges setbacks on the battlefield

The usually upbeat Syrian leader painted a sober picture of the fighting against reinvigorated rebel groups.

British immigrants decry being made scapegoats in election campaign

British immigrants decry being made scapegoats in election campaign

As a divisive election campaign winds down, foreign-born voters push back against immigrant bashing.

India’s crackdown on NGOs receiving foreign funding prompts U.S. criticism

India’s crackdown on NGOs receiving foreign funding prompts U.S. criticism

U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma said he worries about “potentially chilling effects” on civil society.

Report: 2.2 million Iraqis displaced by Islamic State

Report: 2.2 million Iraqis displaced by Islamic State

A humanitarian group says a record 38 million people have been internally displaced worldwide, with 2.2 million Iraqis alone forced to flee from their homes.

Nigerian troops save 25 more kids, women from Boko Haram

Nigerian troops rescued 25 more from Boko Haram early Wednesday as the soldiers destroyed seven more of the extremists’ camps in a northeastern forest stronghold.

Four men are sentenced to death for brutal mob killing of Afghan woman

Four men are sentenced to death for brutal mob killing of Afghan woman

The men were among 49 defendants swiftly brought to trial amid a public clamoring for justice.

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Shooter’s grandmother: ‘I said that can’t be him. But it was’

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Bollywood star Salman Khan gets 5 years for hit-and-run

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Powerful earthquake rocks Nepal, hundreds dead

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Jolie scolds U.N. for response to Syrian crisis

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Tornado strikes German town

A tornado has caused widespread damage in a small town in northeastern Germany, covering the streets with debris.

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Party leaders and candidates make their final pitches on the last day of campaigning before polls open.

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John Kerry in Africa

He became the first secretary of state to visit Somalia, meeting with the country’s leaders and pledging U.S. support.

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The pall has not lifted from a town that thrived, then was obliterated by revolution. But a quiet hope has emerged.

Hope springs eternal in Hershey, Cuba

A sweet optimism has reached the forlorn rural town that once housed one of the world’s most advanced sugar mills.

Aftermath in Nepal

The April 25 earthquake affected 8.1 million people, the United Nations says.

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The region’s death toll of about 800 has remained one of the highest in the country.

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After a break over the weekend, thousands continued to protest the president’s decision to seek a third term.

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