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Speculation Abounds over New Taliban Chief's Leaked Photo

An ordinary, albeit strikingly clear, headshot of the secretive Afghan Taliban's newly appointed chieftain has triggered a flurry of speculation over the motive behind its release.

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London Mayor Kicks Off 'Positive' Pro-EU Campaign

London's new mayor Mayor Sadiq Khan told AFP on Thursday he was pushing a "positive case" for staying in the EU rather than simply predicting doom if Britain votes out.

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Merkel Says G7 Has No Plans to Lift Russia Sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that the Group of Seven has no plan to withdraw sanctions slapped on Russia over its involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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Dutch Court Agrees to Return Terror Suspect to France

Dutch judges agreed Thursday to send a wanted Frenchman back to his home country where he faces accusations of involvement in a foiled terror attack.

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Two Rebels Killed in Fresh Clashes in Eastern Ukraine

Two pro-Russian rebels were killed and another injured in fresh clashes with government forces in the country's war-torn east as simmering violence showed little sign of abating, separatist authorities said on Thursday.

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Putin Says EU Needs Russia to Stay on Global Stage

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed in an article published Thursday that the EU would not be a global player without his country's help as he prepared to visit the bloc for the first time in almost a year.

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Clashes as France Gripped by Fresh Wave of Strikes

Masked youths clashed with police in Paris and striking workers blockaded refineries and nuclear power stations on Thursday as an escalating wave of industrial action against labor reforms rocked France.

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Obama Says World Leaders 'Rattled' by Trump

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday said that global leaders are "rattled" by some of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's policies, blasting the ideas as demonstrating "ignorance" of how the world works.

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Obama Says Taliban Violence Will Continue despite New Leadership

The Taliban is unlikely to come to the table for peace talks with the government of Afghanistan "anytime soon", despite the organization’s new leadership, U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday.

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Uganda 2010 Bombing Mastermind Found Guilty

The Ugandan ringleader of a 2010 bombing by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab that killed 76 people in Kinshasa was found guilty on Thursday of masterminding one of the region's worst attacks in decades.

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