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Hagel resigns as defense secretary, official says

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, U.S. officials said on Monday, ending nearly two years in the Pentagon's top job after a bruising mid-term election that undermined President Barack Obama's Democrats in Congress.

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Two U.S. soldiers killed in bomb attack in Afghan capital: sources

KABUL - Two U.S. soldiers were killed when their vehicle was hit by a bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials and sources said.

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Grand jury expected to resume Ferguson police shooting deliberations

FERGUSON, Mo. - A St. Louis-area grand jury was expected on Monday to resume deliberations over whether to bring charges against a white policeman who shot and killed a black teenager in a case that has triggered months of demonstrations and set the city on edge. | Video

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Three more Ukrainian soldiers killed: Kiev military

KIEV - Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in the past 24 hours in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east despite a ceasefire in place since early September, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Monday.

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War-weary Darfuris see grim future with or without U.N. peacekeepers

TABIT, Sudan - Caught in a forgotten war between rebels and government forces and beset by bandits who roam the lawless roads, villagers in Darfur say their lives can scarcely get any worse if Sudan insists on international peacekeepers leaving their region.

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Italy's Renzi wins regional vote, low turnout sends warning

ROME - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's center-left Democratic Party (PD) won regional elections in Calabria and Emilia Romagna on Sunday but an exceptionally low turnout suggested growing disillusion among many voters.