In August, Germany blocked 46 percent of migrants from Austria, compared with 7 percent in January.

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With international diplomacy in tatters and the U.S. focused on its election, the Syrian government and its Russian allies are seizing the moment to wage an all-out campaign to recapture Aleppo, unleashing the most destructive bombing of the past five years and pushing into the center of the Old City.

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The small shop has been an informal living room for many of the most revered figures in contemporary literature.

More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to problems like strokes, heart disease and lung cancer, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

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Here’s what Trump said about the world — and what it means

Washington Post foreign correspondents in Beijing, Brussels, Moscow and Tokyo analyzed Donald's Trump's foreign policy statements during his first debate with Hillary Clinton.

U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’ says U.N. panel

Its recommendations will likely be ignored by Washington.

The tangled escapades of ‘Germany’s James Bond,’ now on trial for tax evasion

Werner Mauss was a longtime undercover agent for German authorities.

The former Israeli president suffered a massive stroke two weeks ago.

The unprecedented war crimes ruling opens the way for possible future cases against the Islamic State.

Separate suicide bombings ripped through busy commercial areas in Shiite-dominated neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing at least 17 civilians, officials said.

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The ceremony will matter little unless voters approve the accord in a Sunday referendum.

The move, already controversial, has been put on hold.

“It persists in the belief that such attacks will enable it to obtain the territory it covets,” India’s foreign minister said.

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A Dutch-led investigative team is also set to release a report on where the missile was fired from.

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The statement is an attempt to highlight the government’s efforts to tackle the issue ahead of next year’s presidential election.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei effectively blocks a possible reelection bid by the firebrand ex-president.

But the Communist loyalist isn’t recognized by many Tibetans.

At the United Nations, the divisions between the two sides appeared to be deepening.

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The detonation near central Budapest seriously injured two officers.

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Guatemalan authorities say they have broken up a group that sold the government millions of dollars’ worth of contraband corn and beans, some of it not fit for human consumption.

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Even by English soccer’s standards, the latest embarrassment is a new low. Sam Allardyce was forced out in disgrace after one game in charge of the national team.

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An international court on Tuesday found a Muslim radical guilty of committing a war crime by overseeing the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu, and sentenced him to nine years in prison.

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An opinion poll on Thursday showed that a minority of Australians support the government’s plan to hold a national vote on whether gay marriage should be allowed.

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Organizers of a cultural festival in Haiti celebrating the Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ community said Tuesday that it has been called off due to numerous threats of violence and a subsequent prohibition by a government commissioner.

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The call to British military security forces came early in the morning, shortly after 1 a.m., and could not be ignored. The informant’s message was alarming: Assassins planned to kill the commander of British forces in Palestine the following morning; evasive action was needed.

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