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Obama plans 19 percent tax on U.S. companies' foreign earnings

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposes a 19 percent tax on U.S. companies future foreign earnings and a one-time 14 percent tax on roughly $2 trillion of profits being held offshore, the White House said on Sunday.

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Greece starts drive to sell new debt deal to doubting Europe

ATHENS - Greece's leftist government on Sunday began its drive to persuade a skeptical Europe to accept a new debt agreement while it starts to roll back on austerity measures imposed under its existing bailout agreement.

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Boko Haram insurgents attack northeast Nigeria's capital city

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Boko Haram insurgents attacked the outskirts of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, security sources said, their second assault in a week on a city they hope to make the capital of a breakaway Islamist state.

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Kurdish forces free oil workers at Kirkuk crude station: officials

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Kurdish forces on Sunday found and freed workers who had gone missing a day earlier when Islamic State insurgents seized a small crude oil station near the northern city of Kirkuk, the provincial governor and a provincial councilman said.

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Exclusive: Some charities to refuse money from U.S. financier accused in sex case

NEW YORK - Some charities that have received money from U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein said they are reviewing their relationships with him or will decline to accept any future gifts from him in the wake of recent allegations he forced an underage girl to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew and other powerful men.

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Pro-democracy protesters back in Hong Kong, no violence

HONG KONG - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in the first large-scale rally since demonstrations rocked the global financial hub late last year. | Video

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California suffers dry January, prolonging devastating drought

LOS ANGELES - California has experienced one of the driest Januarys on record, and the lack of rain during a time of year when the weather is usually wet indicates the state is likely headed for a fourth straight year of drought, officials said.

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Yemen's Houthis give parties three days to solve crisis

SANAA - Yemen's dominant Houthi movement on Sunday gave political factions three days to agree a way out of a crisis that led to the resignation of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi before the group imposes its own solution.