Putin reassures Russians ruble will rise again

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy would rebound after the ruble's collapse against the dollar but warned that it could take two years for the country to emerge from crisis.

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After Juncker, Luxembourg seeks tax gurus' help

BRUSSELS - When Jean-Claude Juncker was voted out after two decades running Luxembourg, his victorious rivals were eager not to alienate tax gurus who had helped him make their tiny state rich.

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Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred at school

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Pakistan on Wednesday began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure on the government to do more to tackle an increasingly aggressive Taliban insurgency. | Video

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Exclusive: As easy targets thin, Syria air strikes by U.S. allies plunge

WASHINGTON/DUBAI - As U.S. fighter jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, Washington's coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war.

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EU court says Hamas should be removed from terror list

BRUSSELS - The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union's terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis.

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U.S.-led coalition conducts 67 air strikes against Islamic State: task force

WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies have conducted 61 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in the past the three days, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Suicide bomber kills one on outskirts of Afghan capital

KABUL - One policeman was killed and two were injured on the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Thursday, in a blast caused by a suicide bomber attempting to enter Kabul in a vehicle laden with explosives, an interior ministry spokesman said.