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February 22, 2017

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Trans-Atlantic relations put to test

BRUSSELS -- After President Donald Trump's raucous first month in office, Europeans have reacted with demonstrations, counter-barbs and sheer angst that a century of trans-Atlantic friendship may be sinking.

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Ex-officials: Israeli leader spurned secret peace offer

JERUSALEM -- Israel's prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former American officials confirmed Sunday, in apparent contradiction to Benjamin Netanyahu's stated goal of involving regional Arab powers in resolving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.

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Muslim groups criticize 'Moroccan scum' comments

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Muslim organizations in the Netherlands on Sunday criticized disparaging comments about Moroccans made by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, but say they are just the latest in a long string of insults.

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North Korea, Malaysia tussle over corpse

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- At a hospital morgue in Malaysia's capital, the tightly guarded corpse of a middle-aged man has become the focus of a dizzying case of international intrigue involving five countries, combative North Korean diplomats and an apparently duped female assassin.

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Pence: US to hold Russia accountable, stand with NATO

MUNICH -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday conveyed a message to jittery partners that the Trump administration will "hold Russia accountable" and maintain steadfast support for NATO, a military alliance the American commander in chief once dismissed as "obsolete."

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Pakistan cracks down on militants after IS shrine attack

ISLAMABAD -- A brutal attack on a beloved Sufi shrine that killed 88 people raised fears that the Islamic State group has become emboldened in Pakistan, aided by an army of homegrown militants benefiting from hideouts in neighboring Afghanistan, analysts and officials said Friday.

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3 arrested in North Korean's death in Malaysia; autopsy completed

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysian authorities announced two more arrests Thursday in the death of the North Korean leader's half brother, whose apparent assassination this week unleashed a wave of speculation and intrigue: a pair of female assailants, a broad-daylight killing and a dictator-sibling out for blood.

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Pentagon boss to NATO nations: Up military spending

BRUSSELS -- In an ultimatum to America's allies, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told fellow NATO members Wednesday to increase military spending by year's end or risk seeing the U.S. curtail its defense support -- a stark threat given Europe's deep unease already over U.S.-Russian relations.

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