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  • US, NATO allies wrangle over troop levels in Afghanistan

    More than 16 years into the Afghanistan war, the United States and its NATO allies wrangled anew on Thursday over how many more troops are needed to counter the resurgent Taliban and break a stalemate in the fight. At a meeting in Brussels, NATO agreed to send more forces in response to commanders'...

  • Cardinal takes leave from Vatican after sex assault charges

    Cardinal George Pell, a top adviser to Pope Francis, took a leave of absence as the Vatican's financial chief Thursday to fight criminal charges in his native Australia that alleged he committed sexual assault years ago. Pell forcefully denied the accusations, denounced what he called a "relentless...

  • Germany denies permission for Erdogan rally on G-20 visit

    Germany will deny permission for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to address Turks at a rally when he visits for the upcoming Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany's foreign minister said Thursday. Turkey officially requested permission Wednesday for Erdogan to make the appearance while...

  • 5 found guilty in Russian opposition leader's murder trial

    A jury found five men guilty Thursday in the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, bringing to a close a trial that Nemtsov's allies believe failed to bring the slaying's masterminds to justice. Nemtsov, a top political opponent of President Vladimir Putin, was shot late at...

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