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Former US VP Biden Announces 2020 Run for White House

Former US vice president Joe Biden jumped into the race for the White House on Thursday, becoming the frontrunner in a crowded field challenging Donald Trump in 2020 -- and hoping to be the oldest leader in American history.

The party's 76-year-old senior statesman is the most experienced and best recognized Democrat in the running, a popular former VP who has been dominating early polls following months -- even years -- of campaign planning.

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Sudan: From Bashir's Ouster to Demand for Civil Rule

Anti-government protests that erupted in Sudan more than four months ago have led to the ouster of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir and evolved into a push for civilian rule.

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Putin Says Ready to 'Fully Restore' Ties with Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia was ready to restore full relations with Kiev, after a political novice won the Ukraine presidential election. 

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Brent Oil Hits Near Six-Month High above $75

Brent North Sea crude hit a near six-month high above $75 per barrel Thursday on supply concerns that have been worsened by the United States tightening the screw on sanctions-hit Iran.

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Colombo Area Remains on Edge 4 Days after Easter Blasts

Sri Lanka's capital remained jittery Thursday as authorities set off more controlled detonations of suspicious items, soldiers stopped and searched vehicles and some businesses advised staff to stay indoors, four days after suicide bombing attacks killed more than 350 people in and around Colombo.

John Keells Holdings, the parent company of the Cinnamon Grand hotel, one of the sites stricken in the Easter Sunday bombings, told employees at its various hotel properties to stay inside until at least 2:30 p.m. "further to the communications we have received" in an email shared with The Associated Press.

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Father of 2 Easter Suicide Bombers Arrested

The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local):

2 p.m.

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Algeria Reopens Corruption Probe against Ex-Energy Minister

Algerian authorities apparently intent on clearing away two decades of cronyism following the ouster of veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika have reopened an investigation against an ex-energy minister close to the former president, according to state media.

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Privacy Fine Set-Aside Dents Facebook's Profit

Facebook said Wednesday its profit took a hit from setting aside billions of dollars for an anticipated fine from US regulators, in a quarterly report that sent shares higher.

The leading social network logged a profit of $2.4 billion -- down 51 percent from a year earlier -- on revenue that climbed 26 percent to $15.1 billion in the first three months of this year.

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Sudan Military Chiefs Resign as Deal Struck with Protestors

Three members of Sudan's ruling military council resigned Wednesday after it said it reached "agreement on most demands" with protest leaders who have called for a million-strong march to demand a civilian government.

The 10-member military council had invited the protest leaders for a meeting after the leaders suspended talks with the army rulers on Sunday.

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In North Syria, Skin Disease Ravages Young and Old

Inside a dank clinic in the north of war-torn Syria, a girl covered in scabs wails and tries to wriggle out of her mother's arms to escape a nurse's needle.

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