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Two Cuban Doctors Kidnapped by Suspected Al-Shabaab Militants in Kenya

Suspected Somali Al-Shabaab jihadis kidnapped two Cuban doctors Friday and killed their police protection officer in northeastern Kenya, police sources said.

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White House Wanted to Send Migrants to Democrat Cities

The White House pushed immigration authorities to release illegal migrants onto the streets of so-called "sanctuary cities" to retaliate against US President Donald Trump's political enemies, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Citing homeland security officials and leaked emails, the Post said White House officials first broached the plan in November, asking officials at several agencies whether members of a caravan of migrants could be arrested at the border and then bused "to small- and mid-sized sanctuary cities".

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Assange Aide Arrested Trying to Leave Ecuador

A collaborator of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested Thursday in Ecuador while trying to flee to Japan, the South American country's interior minister said.

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Taliban Announce Spring Offensive amid Afghan Peace Push

The Taliban on Friday announced their annual spring offensive, which comes as the US and Afghan politicians try to negotiate for a peace settlement with the Islamist militants.

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Bomb Kills 16, Wounds 30 in SW Pakistan

At least 16 people were killed and 30 wounded in a bomb blast Friday at a fruit market in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta, officials told AFP.

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U.N. Chief Urges Democratic Transition in Sudan

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for a transition in Sudan that meets the "democratic aspiration" of the Sudanese people after president Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the army.

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Taliban Announce 'Ban' on Red Cross, WHO in Afghanistan

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it had suspended work in Afghanistan after the Taliban announced a "ban" against the humanitarian group and the World Health Organization.

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Trump Floats Idea of Third North Korea Summit

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he is considering a potential third nuclear summit with North Korea's leader.

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Poll Predicts Comedian Zelensky Will Win Ukraine Vote

A new poll released Thursday predicted comedian Volodymyr Zelensky would win the second round of Ukraine's presidential election scheduled for April 21. 

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Young Chinese to be Sent Back to Villages in Mao-Style Move

China is planning to send millions of youth "volunteers" back to the villages, raising fears of a return to the methods of Chairman Mao's brutal Cultural Revolution of 50 years ago.

The Communist Youth League (CYL) has promised to dispatch more than 10 million students to "rural zones" by 2022 in order to "increase their skills, spread civilization and promote science and technology," according to a Communist Party document.    

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