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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2018 file photo, damage can be seen to one of three Ukrainian ships seized by Russia during a naval incident near the annexed Crimean Peninsula. A top official from Ukraine has told the BBC in remarks posted on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, that the country plans to again send its warships into the Sea of Azov, a move that could set the stage for another clash with Russia. (AP Photo, File)
December 19, 2018 - 10:46 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A top Ukrainian official says that the country plans to again send its warships into the Sea of Azov, a move that could set the stage for another clash with Russia. Oleksandr Turchynov, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, has told the BBC that another such...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2011, file photo, poet Naomi Nye speaks with students at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, La., reading from some of her published pieces. The Academy of American Poets announced Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, that Nye’s “Kindness” was the most popular work on poets.org. (Richard Alan Hannon/The Advocate via AP, File)
December 19, 2018 - 10:05 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Poetry readers this year have been in the mood for kindness. The Academy of American Poets announced Wednesday that Naomi Shihab Nye's "Kindness" was the most popular work on poets.org this year. More than 250,000 people in 2018 clicked on the poem, which features such lines as "It...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks down to a mobile devices as she leads the last cabinet meeting of the German government for this year, at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The German government will decide at the meeting about an initiative to attract foreign skilled workers. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
December 19, 2018 - 9:55 am
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has no plans to reshuffle her Cabinet, Merkel's spokesman said Wednesday after a one-time rival of the chancellor hinted he'd be interested in joining the government, Merkel's Christian Democratic Union is trying to heal internal divisions and prevent...
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December 19, 2018 - 9:45 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's top defense body has agreed to upgrade the country's armed forces and equipment in the next decade. President Klaus Iohannis said from 2019 to 2028, Romania will acquire ground-to-air missiles, multirole combat aircraft, armored transporters and medical...
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Rwanda's President Paul Kagame talks with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, right, at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
December 18, 2018 - 8:52 am
BERLIN (AP) — European officials and companies met with African leaders in Vienna Tuesday for talks intended as a springboard to increase investment in Africa. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, said investments of around...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018 file photo Christian Democratic Union, CDU, chairwoman and German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech during a party convention of the Christian Democratic Party CDU in Hamburg, Germany. The Washington-based Fulbright Association says its 2018 prize for international understanding will go to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The organization said Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 it had decided to award the prestigious prize to Merkel “for her remarkable, compassionate leadership and her strong commitment to mutual understanding, international cooperation and peace.” (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)
December 18, 2018 - 7:36 am
BERLIN (AP) — The Washington-based Fulbright Association says its 2018 prize for international understanding will go to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The organization said Tuesday it had decided to award the prestigious prize to Merkel "for her remarkable, compassionate leadership and her strong...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2018, file photo, a high school principal displays vaping devices that were confiscated from students in such places as restrooms or hallways at the school in Massachusetts. The U.S. surgeon general says swift action is needed to prevent millions of teenagers and adolescents from becoming hooked on Juul and other high-nicotine electronic cigarettes. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Tuesday, Dec. 18, that parents, teachers and physicians must take aggressive steps to address an epidemic of underage vaping. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
December 18, 2018 - 6:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general says swift action is needed to prevent millions of teenagers and adolescents from becoming hooked on Juul and other high-nicotine electronic cigarettes. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Tuesday that parents, teachers and physicians must take aggressive...
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December 16, 2018 - 11:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Merriam-Webster has chosen "justice" as its 2018 word of the year. Editor at large Peter Sokolowski said ahead of Monday's announcement the word experienced specific spikes in lookups on the company's website for much of the year. It also consistently bubbled up in the rankings from...
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December 16, 2018 - 5:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Colin Kroll, a tech executive who co-founded the HQ Trivia app, has died. He was 34. The New York Police Department says officers went to Kroll's Manhattan apartment early Sunday after getting a call asking for a wellness check on him. They found him unconscious and unresponsive on...
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FILE - In this July 4, 2017, file photo, fleeing Iraqi civilians walk past the heavily damaged al-Nuri mosque as Iraqi forces continue their advance against Islamic State militants in Iraq's Old City of Mosul. Iraqi religious leaders have laid the cornerstone to rebuild Mosul's landmark al-Nuri mosque, which was blown up in the battle with Islamic State militants in 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
December 16, 2018 - 5:07 pm
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi religious leaders have laid the cornerstone to rebuild Mosul's landmark al-Nuri mosque, which was blown up in the battle with Islamic State militants in 2017. The mosque, also known as The Great Mosque of al-Nuri, and its iconic leaning minaret were built in the 12th...
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