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United Kingdom votes in most unpredictable election in decades

LONDON - British voters get to decide on Thursday who they want to rule the world's fifth-largest economy in a tight election that could yield weak government, propel the United Kingdom towards a vote on EU membership and stoke Scottish desire for secession.

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Netanyahu clinches deal to form new Israeli government

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a deal to form a new government on Wednesday just before a deadline expired, but his coalition will rule by the slimmest of majorities in Israel's turbulent parliament. | Video

Israel 7:26pm EDT

King's changes make Saudi policy less predictable

RIYADH - Changes in Saudi Arabia's leadership have concentrated power in an inner circle of the Al Saud dynasty, removing constraints on the monarch and making the conservative kingdom's strategic positions less predictable.

Saudi Arabia 6:23am EDT

Erdogan, Turkish Cypriot leader urge Greek Cypriots to step up peace efforts

ANKARA - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and the newly elected north Cypriot leader said on Wednesday that renewed peace talks between Cyprus's estranged Turkish and Greek communities could lead to a solution this year if the Greek side shows more commitment.

Greece 4:40pm EDT

Nigerians fleeing Lake Chad in Niger say some have died from lack of food, water

GEIDAM, Nigeria/NIAMEY, Niger - Some of thousands of Nigerians told to leave neighboring Niger in the past week due to threats from Boko Haram militants have died en route from lack of food and water, evacuees said.

Africa, United Nations 6:34pm EDT

Forces loyal to Libya's official government claim they shot down rival war plane

TRIPOLI - Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government said that on Wednesday they had shot down a war plane belonging to a rival administration controlling Tripoli.

United Nations, Libya 4:13pm EDT

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