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Shock and Fear: Afghan Americans in NY Post-Orlando

When Fatima Rahmati found out the Orlando killer was Afghan American she was shocked and scared -- fearful that her community could suffer reprisals in an increasingly toxic political climate.

"Everyone is still in shock," said the Women for Afghan Women program coordinator. "It's scary."

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Facebook Aiding Probe of France Live-Streamed Killing

Facebook said Tuesday it was cooperating with French authorities probing the killing of a police commander and his partner in an incident that included a live-streamed video statement on the leading social network.

"We are working closely with the French authorities as they deal with this terrible crime," Facebook said in a statement following Monday's fatal stabbing of 42-year-old police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his 36-year-old partner Jessica Schneider in a town near Paris.

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French PM Vows No Climbdown on Reforms after Violent Demos

A defiant French prime minister on Wednesday vowed to stand firm on a disputed set of labor reforms, despite mass protests against them that spiraled into violence.

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NATO Demands Russia Withdraw from Ukraine

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday demanded that Russia withdraw its forces and military hardware from Ukraine, and halt its support for pro-Moscow separatists battling Kiev.

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Armed Worker Killed after Taking Hostages at Texas Store

Officers fatally shot an armed man inside a Wal-Mart store in Amarillo, Texas, on Tuesday after he took two people hostage, including a manager with whom he had a work-related dispute, according to police.

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U.S. Launches Talks with Crisis-Hit Venezuela

The United States and Venezuela said Tuesday they would launch new high-level talks as the South American country struggles with a growing humanitarian crisis.

With the Venezuelan opposition pushing to remove President Nicolas Maduro, the United States urged "constructive" steps to ease the situation in the volatile oil-exporting state.

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Kerry Calls Out Venezuela on 'Political Prisoners,' Shortages

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government to free "political prisoners," safeguard basic freedoms and address the severe food shortages crippling the country.

Speaking out on what he called the "deeply troubling situation in Venezuela" at the Organization of American States' general assembly in the Dominican Republic, Kerry urged Maduro's government to "release political prisoners, respect freedom of expression and assembly, (and) alleviate shortages of food and medicine."

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Russia Releases Two Jailed Ukrainians

Two Ukrainians jailed in Russia have been released and are flying home, Kiev said Tuesday, in the latest gesture of good will between the two uneasy neighbors.

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26 Hurt in Paris Clashes between Police, Masked Protesters

Twenty-six people were hurt and authorities made 15 arrests Tuesday as protests in Paris over disputed labor reforms descended into violent clashes between riot police and masked troublemakers.

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Turkey, Russia Leaders in First Contact since Plane Crisis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin marking Russia's national day, in their first contact since Ankara downed a Russian warplane in November, an official said Tuesday.

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