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Special Report: How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War.

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Italy PM Renzi cuts taxes for 10 million low earners

ROME - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday cut taxes for 10 million low earners to try to boost household spending after a two-year recession, making good on a promise he made after taking office two months ago.

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Japan says trade talks with U.S. to resume on Monday, gaps remain

WASHINGTON/TOKYO - Talks between the United States and Japan seen as vital to a broader regional trade pact had narrowed to a few critical areas and will resume again on Monday, officials of both countries said on Friday, as negotiators struggle to bridge gaps ahead of a summit between the countries' leaders.

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Top Hollande aide quits in conflict of interest row

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France - A senior adviser to French President Francois Hollande quit on Friday over accusations of past conflict of interest linked to his work for pharmaceutical firms, adding to pressure on the unpopular Socialist leader weeks before European elections.

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GM could benefit, too, from an ignition-switch victims fund

- If General Motors Co creates a fund to compensate victims of its faulty ignition switches, an option that a top legal adviser suggested it is exploring, the company could give up strong defenses to a wave of lawsuits. But it could stand to gain even more.

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Memorial held for policeman slain after Boston Marathon bombing

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts - More than 1,600 people gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday for a memorial service for a popular campus police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Suspect in Kansas City highway shootings faces 18 felony counts

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A man who went on a two-week shooting spree on Kansas City, Missouri, highways has been charged with 18 felony counts, including firing into vehicles and striking occupants, prosecutors said on Friday.

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Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

MEXICO CITY - A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, although there were no early reports of major damage.