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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says standoff at Intercontinental Hotel over with all attackers killed, Taliban claim attack.

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    Nadal beats Schwartzman, reaches Aussie Open quarterfinals

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    Somali president sacks Mogadishu mayor, names replacement

    Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi sacked the mayor of the capital Mogadishu and appointed his information minister to replace him on Sunday. The president, in a decree, named Abdirahman Omar Osman as the new mayor, replacing Taabit Abdi Mohamed. Local media reported on Saturday that Mohamed and Prime

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    Gunmen assault luxury hotel in Afghan capital, 5 dead

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, killing at least five people, including a foreigner, and setting off a gun battle with security forces that lasted well over 12 hours and continued into Sunday afternoon.

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    The Latest: Edmund advances to Australian Open quarterfinals

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    Russia's Lavrov, U.S.' Tillerson discuss north Syria situation

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the Syrian conflict in a telephone call, in particular ways to bring stability to the country's north, the Russian foreign ministry said on Sunday.

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    Turkey says border town hit by rockets from Syria; 1 wounded

    HASSA, Turkey (AP) — Four rockets fired from Syria hit a Turkish border town on Sunday as Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters pushed forward with an offensive to drive Syrian Kurdish forces from an enclave in northern Syria, the state-run news agency reported.

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    Seldom seen, rarely heard: Melania's tenure is most notable for her absence

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    The Latest: Roadside bomb kills 12 civilians in Afghanistan

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    Lebanese women look for greater role in parliament elections

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon is campaigning to get at least five times more women elected to parliament this spring in its first vote in nearly 10 years, the country's first women's affairs minister says.

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    Head of popular girl band leads N. Korean team to S. Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on Sunday to check preparations for rare performances by an art troupe she also leads during next month's Winter Olympics.

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    Kabul attack: Hotel siege ends after 13-hour gun battle

    Kabul [Afghanistan], Jan 21 (ANI): Afghanistan Ministry of Interior (MoI) has confirmed that all the three terrorists, who attacked the Intercontinental Hotel here, have been eliminated after a 13-hour stand-off, the Tolo News reported. MoI spokesperson Najib Danish confirmed that the security forces

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    After long day, Garcia wins Singapore Open by 5 strokes

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his new found self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.

  • Pence defends Trump's shift on Jerusalem during Mideast tour
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    Pence defends Trump's shift on Jerusalem during Mideast tour

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is defending President Donald Trump's move to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, a decision that has touched off uneasiness among Arab nations on his first tour of the region.

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    Novel synthetic vaccine against smallpox developed

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    18 pro-government militiamen killed in Afghanistan

    Kabul, Jan 21 (IANS) At least 18 pro-government militiamen were killed following a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan's northern province of Balkh, officials said on Sunday. The incident occurred in village Bozboy in Sholgra district on Saturday night when Taliban militants stormed a security checkpoint

  • Turkish artillery fires in northern Syria after border town hit
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    Turkish artillery fires in northern Syria after border town hit

    Turkey continued to fire artillery at a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria on Sunday, after Turkey's state media said four rockets from Syria had hit a Turkish border town. The cross-border fire marked the second day of Turkey's new front in the nearly seven-year-old Syrian civil

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    Smartphones help researchers decode rare cosmic particles

    Moscow, Jan 21 (IANS) Smartphone cameras are now helping Russian researchers analyse rare ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECR). The UHECR emanate from supernovae and black holes and, upon interacting with air particles, form cascades of secondary particles with lower energy.

  • England makes 302-6 against Australia in 3rd ODI
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    England makes 302-6 against Australia in 3rd ODI

    SYDNEY (AP) — Jos Buttler completed a century off the last ball of the innings to guide England to an imposing total of 302 for six in the third one-day international against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

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    Miocic, Cormier defend heaviest titles at UFC 220

    BOSTON (AP) — Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou had a violent history of first-round finishes.

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    10 killed in Kabul luxury hotel attack

    Kabul, Jan 21 (IANS) Terrorists stormed the upscale Intercontinental Hotel here, triggering heavy fighting with security forces that ended on Sunday leaving 10 persons including all four attackers dead, authorities said. Seven others were wounded in the attack, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesperson

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    Nicolas Cage supports Time's Up movement

    Los Angeles, Jan 21 (IANS) Actor Nicolas Cage has spoken out in support of the #MeToo movement and said that "talent and creativity needs to be heard and supported and cherished". "Every opportunity I get to work with a female director - one of the best movies I ever made was 'Valley

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    Mudslides take heavy toll on immigrants serving posh town

    Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe give Montecito its star power, but it's people like Antonio and Victor Benitez who keep the wealthy Southern California community running.